World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 23 – December 6,2009

“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

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General Rosary Intention: That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

Africa (Green Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Our Lady of the Assumption, the Patron Saint of South Africa, may come to the aid of those affected by xenophobic attacks there and elsewhere. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster (Xenophobic attacks) Map of South AfricaExtract from More than 2,000 Zimbabweans flee, fearing of xenophobic attacks Johannesburg, 17 Nov 2009 (IRIN) – Fearing a resurgence of xenophobic attacks, around 2,500 Zimbabwean migrants have taken refuge in government buildings in De Doorns, a farming town about 140 km from Cape Town, South Africa, after some of their shacks in an informal settlement were attacked and demolished. The attacks took place early in the morning of 17 November in Stofland, meaning dustland in Afrikaans, the largest squatter camp in De Doorns. All the displaced Zimbabweans are documented. The local police station commander, Superintendent Desmond van der Westhuizen, told IRIN the local residents were unhappy that farm owners had been employing Zimbabweans for “less money”, and had complained that farmers were “excluding the local community”.

Saint (Our Lady of the Assumption) (Patron Saint of South Africa) Extract from Assumption of Mary (Feast Date: Aug 15). Profile According to the beliefs held by Christians of the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox churches and by some Anglicans, the Assumption of Mary was the taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her life. The Roman Catholic Church teaches as dogma that Mary, “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”This doctrine was dogmatically and infallibly defined by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950, in his Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus. This belief is known as the Dormition by the Orthodox. In the churches which observe it, the Assumption is a major festival, commonly celebrated on August 15. In many countries it is a Roman Catholic Holy Day of Obligation.See picture of Our Lady of Assumption

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  Saint Roch,  the Patron Saint of Diseases, may come to the aid of children dying from diarrhea in East Timor and elsewhere. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster (Deaths from Diarrhea) Map of East TimorExtract from  Poor sanitation killing East Timorese children An international charity focused on safe water and sanitation says children are dying needlessly in East Timor due to poor toilet facilities. WaterAid Australia estimates more than 1,000 children die from diarrhoea in East Timor each year and poor sanitation is a reason for this. Chief Executive of WaterAid, Adam Laidlaw says improving sanitation is not a priority within the aid system and the Australian Government needs to do more. “But we really want to see a bit more, we reckon that Australia’s fair share for water and sanitation financing would be around about $350 million per year. And currently the spend is around 165 million dollars a year,” he said. Mr Laidlaw says diarrhoea rates can be cut by more than a third when there’s a safe toilet. “Over 2.5 billion people around the world who don’t have a safe place to go to the toilet, and one of the outcomes of that particularly in countries like Timor Leste is that we have a significant number of child deaths each year due to diarrhoea.” Many would be shocked to learn that it is one of the leading causes of death among the developing world’s children, responsible for approximately two million deaths each year. Even more shocking, diarrhea contributes to the death of four to six million people of all ages every year around the globe.

Saint (Roch) (Patron Saint of Diseases) Extract from Saint Roch (Feast Date August 16). Profile. Untrustworthy sources say he was probably born at Montpelier, France, son of the governor there. He was orphaned when he was twenty. He went on pilgrimage to Romeand devoted himself to caring for the victims of a plague that was ravaging Italy. He became a victim himself at Piacenza but recovered and was reputed to have performed many miracles of healing.


Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  Saint George, the Patron Saint of England, may come to the aid of those affected by floods in England and elsewhere. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster (Floods) Map of EnglandExtract from Helicopters, boats rescue over 200 from floods in UK’s Lake District England — Military helicopters winched dozens of people to safety and emergency workers in inflatable boats rescued scores more as floods swamped homes and roads Friday in northern England’s picturesque Lake District. One police officer was missing after a bridge was swept away. British soldiers conducted house-to-house searches and the air force deployed helicopters, dropping down and breaking through rooftops to pluck out people trapped by the flooding. Authorities had no firm figures yet on the number of rescued. At least 960 homes were flooded by water up to 8 feet (2.5 meters) deep after a day of unprecedented rain, police in the northern region of Cumbria said. Heavy rain and gales also brought widespread flooding to Ireland, as more than 3 feet (1 meter) of water shut down the center of the country’s second-largest city, Cork, and more than a dozen towns and villages.

Saint (George) (Patron Saint of England) Extract from St. George (Feast Date: Apr 23). ProfileSt. George was a soldier in the army of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and he was one of the Emperor’s favorite soldiers. Now Diocletian was a pagan and a bitter enemy to the Christians. He put to death every Christian he could find. George was a brave Christian, a real soldier of Christ. Without fear, he went to the Emperor and sternly scolded him for being so cruel. Then he gave up his position in the Roman army. For this he was tortured in many terrible ways and finally beheaded. See picture of Saint George

America (Red Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Florian, the Patron Saint Protector Against Fire, may come to the aid of those affected by fires in California now and in the future. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster (Fires) Map of California, USAExtract from 250-plus-acre wildfire in Southern California San Juan. — Firefighters made good progress Monday on a small brush fire that spread through more than 250 acres of rugged wilderness in southern Orange County. Some 300 firefighters had the flames 75 percent contained by evening, and the fire was expected to be fully surrounded sometime Tuesday. The fire was about 2½ miles from any structures.  The 2009 California wildfires have burned more than 336,020 acres (525 sq mi; 135,982 ha) of land since the beginning of July, destroying hundreds of structures and killing two people.

Saint (Florian) (Patron Saint Protector Against Fire) Extract from St. Florian (Feast Date: May 4). Profile St. Florian, was an officer of the Roman army, who occupied a high administrative post in Noricum, now part of Austria, and who suffered death for the Faith in the days of Diocletian. His legendary “Acts” state that he gave himself up at Lorch to the soldiers of Aquilinus, the governor, when they were rounding up the Christians, and after making a bold confession, he was twice scourged, half-flayed alive, set on fire, and finally thrown into the river Enns with a stone around his neck.See picture of Saint Florian

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  Saint Francis Xavier, the Patron Saint of China, may come to the aid of those affected by the landslide in this country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster (Landslide) Map of ChinaExtract from 23 killed in China landslide Zhongyang – At least 23 people were killed in a massive landslide in north China’s Shanxi province, rescuers said Tuesday. Rescuers had retrieved 12 bodies Monday, and found another 11 bodies by early Tuesday. The landslide, covering an area of about 20,000 square meters, swept over five houses at about 10.40 a.m. Monday at a village in Zhangzishan Township of Zhongyang County. More than 300 people pitched in the rescue operation for 23 people who were buried under the debris. The victims were migrant workers at a nearby coal mine and their families. They were all natives from southwestern Yunnan Province.

Saint (Francis Xavier) (Patron Saint of China) Extract from Saint Francis Xavier (Feast Date December 3). Profile – Tremendously successful missionary for ten years in India, the East Indies, and Japan, baptizing more than 40,000 converts. His epic finds him dining with head hunters, washing the sores of lepers in Venice, teaching catechism to Indian children, baptizing 10,000 in a single month. He tolerated the most appalling conditions on long sea voyages, enduring extremes of heat and cold. Wherever he went he would seek out and help the poor and forgotten. He traveled thousands of miles, most on his bare feet, and he saw the greater part of the Far East. Had the gift of tongues. Miracle worker. Raised people from the dead. Calmed storms. Prophet. Healer. See picture of Saint Francis Xavier  

  

 

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