Servants of Saint Camillus Disaster Relief Services (SOS DRS)/Camillian Task Force (CTF)
“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.” Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
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 Saint Elmo, the Patron Saint of Intestinal Disorders, may come to the aid of those sickened by Cholera in Cameroon. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster (Cholera) (August, 2010)Map of Cameroon Extract fromCAMEROON: Biggest cholera outbreak “in at least 10 years”: “Cholera has killed at least 94 people in northern Cameroon and is spreading, in what health officials say is the most severe outbreak in years. .We are seeing some 30 new cases every day,’ said Kuété Fotié. By the end of July some 1,300 cases had been recorded in Cameroon’s Extreme North region. Cameroon is one of several countries across the region where flooding this year has killed many and destroyed homes, livestock and crops. ‘Poverty is absolutely the foremost cause here – people do not have the means to observe even a minimum of good hygiene. You can tell people all you want to wash their hands with soap before eating, but what if they don’t have money to buy soap?'” See also: Cholera outbreak kills 200 in Cameroon , Cameroon cholera deaths rising as heavy rains bring flooding, video: Taps run dry in water-rich Cameroon.
Saint Erasmus (Patron Saint of Intestinal Disorders) (Feast Date: June 2). Extract from The Golden Legend: The Life of St. Erasmus: “The holy man, St. Erasmus, was come of noble and of great kindred, and he was not only gentle by his birth but also in deed and conditions. In the time that Diocletian the emperor reigned, which was a great persecutor of Christ’s people, then came this holy man St. Erasmus in the land of Campania, . . ., and there this holy man preached to the people the word of God, and taught unto them the Christian faith, and he baptized them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Then was this holy man chosen and made bishop of all the land of Campania, and preached and taught the people how they should serve God and love him, and avoid sin. See picture of St.Elmo (Pinacoteca). See also: Erasmus of Formiae (Multi-lingual), Erasmo de Formia, Santo (Sp.), Sant’ Erasmo di Formia Vescovo e martire (It), Święci Erazm i Pankracy – orędownicy jeleniogórskiej fary (Po), and Novena in Honour of St. Erasmus.
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Amabilis, the Patron Saint against Poisoning, may come to the aid of those affected by Poisonous Moonshine in Indonesia and elsewhere May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster (Poisonous Moonshine) (August 23, 2010) Map of Indonesia. Extract from ‘Moonshine’ brew kills 8: “JAKARTA – EIGHT people died after drinking moonshine alcohol in Indonesia’s capital, police said on Monday. The victims, all men, succumbed to poisoning after drinking the toxic beverage they had bought from a shop in South Jakarta on Saturday night. Twenty-five people including four foreigners died from methanol-laced palm wine last year on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, while 13 were killed in similar fashion in Yogyakarta earlier this year. “See also: City told to curb moonshine, not liquor .
Saint (Amabilis) (Patron Saint against Poisoning) (Feast Date: November 1) Extract from Saint Amabilis of Auvergne: “Cantor in the church of Saint Mary at Clermont, France. Precentor of the cathedral of Clermont. Parish priest in Riom, France.” St Amabilis: “Patron against fire and snakes. Amabilis served at the Clermont Cathedral and then Auvergne. He gained a reputation for holiness and effectiveness against fire and snakes.” See also: Amabilis of Riom, Sant’ Amabile di Rium.(It), and Amable de Riom (Fr).
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, may come to the aid of those affected by the hospital fire in Romania. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster (Hospital Fire) (August 16, 2010) Map of Romania Extract from Romania maternity hospital fire kills newborn babies: “A fire in a Romanian hospital is now known to have killed four newborns and left several babies clinging to life. The fire, apparently caused by an electrical fault in the air conditioning system, swept through the Giulesti hospital in Bucharest. Health Minister Attila Cseke described Monday’s fire as ‘one of the darkest tragedies in the history of the Romanian healthcare system’. In all, eight babies sustained serious burns and were moved for treatment. “See also: Babies die in Romania hospital fire, and video: Fourth baby dies after Romania hospital fire .
Saint Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows(Feast Date: Sept. 15). Extract from Our Lady of Sorrows: “The principal biblical references to Mary’s sorrows are in Lk 2:35 and Jn 19:26-27. The Lucan passage is Simeon’s prediction about a sword piercing Mary’s soul; the Johannine passage relates Jesus’ words to Mary and to the beloved disciple. Many early Church writers interpret the sword as Mary’s sorrows, especially as she saw Jesus die on the cross. Thus, the two passages are brought together as prediction and fulfillment. St. Ambrose (Dec. 7) in particular sees Mary as a sorrowful yet powerful figure at the cross. Mary stood fearlessly at the cross while others fled. Mary looked on her Son’s wounds with pity, but saw in them the salvation of the world. See also: Our Lady of Sorrows–(articles, pictures) (multilingual),Nuestra Señora de los Dolores (Sp), Maria Addolorata (It), Notre-Dame des Douleurs (Fr), Our Lady of Sorrows, Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows. Videos: 2007 Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows (opera), Our Lady of Sorrows, Seven sorrows of our Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,, Seven Sorrows of Mary – Part 1 – April 11 2009, Devotion to the Seven Sorrows (Dolors) of Mary.
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Leonard of Noblac, the Patron Saint of Miners and of Prisoners, may come to the aid of those trapped by the mine collapse in Chile and those whose lives theirs touch. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster (Mine Collapse) (August 5, 2010) Map of Chile. Extract from Trapped Chile miners get supplies: “33 miners trapped underground in Chile since 5 August have begun receiving glucose, rehydration tablets and medicine. Capsules containing the supplies were sent down a tube, which is the miners’ only lifeline. Rescuers made contact with the men on Sunday after lowering a probe some 700m (2,300ft) beneath the surface. The miners have not been told it may take up to four months to get them out, the head of the rescue operation said. Andres Sougarret said it could take that long to drill a new shaft wide enough to pull the men to safety. The miners have been trapped since 5 August, when the main access tunnel collapsed. They are located some 700m vertically underground, 7km (4.5 miles) inside the winding mine.” See also: Miners shared limited food to survive, president says and Chile’s trapped miners could be stuck until Christmas.
Saint Leonard of Noblac (Patron Saint of Miners and Prisoners) (Feast Date: November 6) Extract from SAINT LEONARD Hermit, Patron of prisoners: “Saint Leonard was born towards the end of the fifth century of illustrious parents, residing in the part of the province of Gaul which was then beginning to be called France. Several historians believe that with his brother Saint Lifard, his origins can be traced to the castle of Vendome in the region of Orleans. He belonged to the nation of the Franks, and at the court of Clovis his relatives were dignitaries, baptized at the same time as the king by Saint Remi. The reputation of Saint Leonard’s goodness and sanctity soon spread, and the sick came to him for healing and alms. . . .” See picture of Saint Leonard. See also: Saint Leonard of Noblac,ST LEONARD, HERMIT, CONFESSOR (SIXTH AGE, Leonard of Noblac (Multilingual), SAN LEONARDO de NOBLAC, Ermitaño (Sp), San Leonardo di Noblac, Eremita (It).
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the Patron Saint of Environmentalists, may come to the aid of those affected by flood-related landslides in China. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster (Mudslides) Map of China Extract from: videos: Yunnan (August 18): Two dead, 90 missing in China mudslides Two dead, 90 missing in China mudslides: “Devastating mudslides in south-west China have claimed their first two victims and left 90 others missing, as experts in other parts of the country warn of more disasters to come. Torrents of mud slammed into homes in the remote Puladi township in Yunnan province in the early hours of Wednesday when residents were sleeping, leaving dozens missing and prompting a large-scale rescue effort. Photos published in state newspapers showed rescuers laying down planks on a 300-metre wide sea of mud, which had buried at least 21 houses along with their inhabitants. The latest mudslides come after at least 1,287 people were killed in mudslides 10 days ago in the north-western province of Gansu, which virtually split the town of Zhouqu in two, leaving nearly 460 more missing. . . ” See also: Gansu: Mudslide death toll in northwestern China rises to 1,407, China mudslide death toll tops 1,000, New rains pound China mudslide town, geological disasters warned. Videos: (Yunnan) Ninety missing in China mudslide, Gansu: Deadly mudslide in china, Death toll climbs to 1,117 in China mudslides, Rescue hopes dim in slide-hit Chinese town. Slideshow: Floods Cause Deadly Landslide in China..
Saint (Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha) (Patron Saint of Environmentalists) (Feast Dates: Apr 17. Alternate Feast Dates; July 14, March 25) Extract from Blessed Kateri, Model Ecologist: “Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680) is honored as the patroness of ecology and the environment. . . . Tekakwitha’s father was a Mohawk chief and her mother was a Catholic Algonquin. At the age of four, smallpox attacked her village, taking the lives of her parents and baby brother, and leaving Tekakwitha an orphan. Although forever weakened, scarred, and partially blind, Tekakwitha survived. The brightness of the sun blinded her and she would feel her way around as she walked. Seeing her groping about, they named here Tekakwitha, which means “The One Who Walks Groping for Her Way.” Kateri led a life of prayer and penitential practices. She taught the young and helped those in the village who were poor or sick. Her favorite devotion was to fashion crosses out of sticks and place them throughout the woods. These crosses served as stations that reminded her to spend a moment in prayer. Kateri’s motto became, “Who can tell me what is most pleasing to God that I may do it?” She spent much of her time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, kneeling in the cold chapel for hours. Kateri loved the Rosary and carried it around her neck always.” See picture of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. See also March 25, April 17, July 14 – Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha: Patron Saint of Environmentalists.