World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 21, 2009 – January 3, 2010

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

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary

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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 St. Rocco,  the Patron Saint of Contagious Diseases, may come to the aid of those affected by cholera in Kenya.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster: (Cholera Epidemic) Map of Kenya. Extract from: Cholera Epidemic Infects Thousands in Kenya: “NAIROBI, Kenya — A cholera epidemic is sweeping across Kenya, with 4,700 cases reported in the past month and 119 deaths in what Kenyan officials are calling “one of the worst outbreaks in a decade. The most stricken areas are the arid swaths of northern Kenya, which were hit this year by a devastating drought. The scant rains have meant that many people are surviving off dirty, germ-infested water, which is how cholera spreads.The drought has also left thousands of people malnourished and weak, making them vulnerable to infectious diseases. Because of the remoteness of many of the infected areas, aid workers say they believe that the officially reported numbers of cases and deaths may vastly understate the severity of the outbreak.” Video: Govt on high alert in Kabarnet

Saint Rocco (Patron Saint of Contagious Diseases) (Feast Date: August 16) Extract from Saint Rocco: “Legend has it that everywhere he visited, the terrible scourge disappeared before his miraculous power. He visited Mantua, Modena, Parma, and other cities, all with the same results.” See pictures of  Saint Rocco[Saint Roch]


Oceania (BlueBeads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  St. Peter Chanel,  the Patron Saint of Oceania, may come to the aid of those affected by Cyclone Mick in Fiji.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.          
Disaster (Cyclone Mick)
Map of Fiji. Extract from 3 dead after tropical cyclone cuts swathe through Fiji :  “SUVA, Fiji — Thousands of Fiji villagers fled to shelters as a tropical cyclone battered the South Pacific nation, causing flooding, damaging homes and power lines, and killing three people, officials said. Cyclone Mick, Fiji’s first this summer season, ripped through the most populated island of Viti Levu on Monday night and is headed toward Tonga, which has been placed on alert.Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office said the death and injury toll was reduced by people heeding the cyclone emergency shelters ahead of the storm.”  See video: Two dead after Cyclone Mick rips through Fiji.


Saint Peter Chanel (Patron Saint of Oceania) (Feast Date:  October 20)
Extract from St. Peter Chanel:   “He had a heart of gold with the simple faith of a child, and he led the life of an angel.”. . . . In 1831, he joined the newly founded Society of Mary, since he had long dreamed of being a missionary; but for five years he was assigned to teach at the seminary in Belley. Finally, in 1836, his dream was realized, and he was sent with other Marists to the islands of the Pacific. He had to suffer great hardships, disappointments, frustration. .” See picture of St. Peter Chanel.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention –That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  St. Raphael the Archangel, the Patron Saint of Travelers, may come to the aid of those affected by terrorism in Russia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster (Terrorism) Map of Russia. Extract from Russia: Bomb caused train crash that killed 26: “UGLOVKA, Russia  – A powerful homemade bomb sent a high-speed Moscow-to-St. Petersburg train careening off its tracks, Russian officials said Saturday, killing at least 26 people in what officials consider an act of terrorism. . . .As many as 100 people were left injured by the disaster, officials said, and 18 remained missing Saturday night.”  See video:  Russia Train Crash ’caused by bomb’.

St. Raphael the Archangel (Patron Saint of Travelers) (Memorial:  September 29) Extract from St. Raphael:  “Archangel. One of the three angels mentioned by name in Scripture, and one of the seven that stand before God’s throne. Lead character in the deutero-canonical book of Tobit in which he travelled with (and guarded) Tobiah, and cured a man’s blindness; hence his connection with travelers, young people, blindness, healing and healers.  . .” See picture of St. Raphael.

America (Red Beads)

Intention –That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Patron Saint of the Homeless, may come to the aid of those affected by homelessness in Los Angeles and elsewhere in America.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster (Homelessness)Map of United States in America Extract from Fear sets up camp on a stretch of the L.A. RiverDucret is too ashamed of his appearance to hunt for food from city trash bins in the daytime. “I’m dirty and nasty,” he said. . . . He tries to stay hidden from teenager taggers who throw rocks at him. He owns a filthy futon, paperback novels and a tiny radio that brought him news of the slayings last November. He knows that even these few possessions will be stolen if he leaves them unguarded for a few minutes. . . . Nearby lives Sarah Lomeli, an Arkansas woman in her mid-40s who said she keeps a machete or a Louisville Slugger close by and is terrified when her husband, Omar, wanders from their camp on the eastern bank. “I cry every day,” she said. “I hate being scared all the time.”  . . . –“They don’t want to be seen, they don’t want to be found. If I went down to the river and ran their rap sheets and really looked at their backgrounds, I’d probably pass out, . . . These are the people that have fallen through the cracks, that have nothing going for them.” If they had any kind of money, they wouldn’t be there.”  On any given night in America, anywhere from 700,000 to 2 million people are homeless, according to estimates of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.”  See Audio slide show: ‘Gimme Shelter’ and PHOTOS: Living under the 7th Street bridge.


Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (Patron Saint of the Homeless) (Feast Date:  November 17).
Extract from Saint Elizabeth of Hungary: “Princess, the daughter of King Andrew of Hungary. Great-aunt of SaintElizabeth of Portugal. She marriedPrince Louis of Thuringa at age 13. Built a hospital at the foot of the mountain on which her castle stood; tended to the sick herself. Her family and courtiers opposed this, but she insisted she could only follow Christ’s teachings, not theirs. Once when she was taking food to the poor and sick, Prince Louis stopped her and looked under her mantle to see what she was carrying; the food had been miraculously changed to roses. . . .” See picture of St.  Elizabeth of Hungary.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Our Lady of Akita,  the Patron Saint of Akita, Japan may come to the aid of those affected by Typhoon Melor in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster (Typhoon Melor) Map of Japan.Extract from Powerful typhoon forces flight cancellations, cuts power in Japan; 2 dead dozens injured: “TOKYO — A powerful typhoon tore through Japan’s main island Thursday, peeling roofs off houses, cutting electricity to hundreds of thousands and forcing flight cancellations before turning back toward the sea. Two men died. . . Nearly 30 people were injured and more than 11,000 people were evacuated to shelters, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.”

Saint:  Our Lady of Akita, Japan (Patron Saint of Japan)(Sept 15). Extract from: Messages from Our Lady of Akita, Japan:  “. . . you have obeyed me well in abandoning all to follow me. Is the infirmity of your ears painful? Your deafness will be healed, be sure. Be patient. It is the last trial. Does the wound of your hand cause you to suffer? Pray in reparation for the sins of men. Each person in this community is my irreplaceable daughter. Do you say well the prayer of the Servant of the Eucharist? Then, let us pray it together. “Jesus present in the Eucharist…” Our Blessed Lady interrupted, adding “Truly present” And to impress this all the more… She said: “From now on you will add Truly.” See picture of Our Lady of Akita, Japan.

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