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 ofSaint Chad, who prayed passionately during storms, may come to the aid of those affected by the flooding in Chad. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa
Disaster (Flooding) (Summer, 2010)Map of Chad Extract fromUN: 24 dead, 70,000 homeless in Chad flooding:“Some 70,000 people have been left homeless by flooding triggered by heavy rains in the central African nation of Chad, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Sunday. Twenty-four people have been killed and 29 others injured, said Ute Kollies, head of the office’s branch in Chad. Forty-six others have died from cholera that broke out in the wake of the floods. Some 700 people are suffering from cholera, she said. Overall, nearly 145,000 people in Chad have been affected by the flooding, and that number is rising, she said. ‘Today is the worst, and it’s getting more and more out of hand,’ she said. ‘This is the crisis point, at the moment.’ Flooding has affected more than half of Chad’s regions, she said. The same regions were hit by extreme drought last year. About 31,500 hectares (77,000 acres) of crops have been destroyed. About 6,000 people have been displaced, Kollies said. They have moved in with family or sought shelter in schools and open areas. Most roads are closed in the affected areas, meaning aid has to be airlifted, Kollies said. See also: Radio:Chad Hit by Worst Floods in Four Decades. Articles: Chad: Torrential rains affect 150,000 people, including refugees, In Brief: Chad under water, Severe Flooding Hits Chad, Sub-Saharan AfricaandCentral Africa cholera toll rises.
Saint Chad of Mercia (He prayed passionately during storms) (Feast Date: March 2). Extract from Saint Chad: “He founded monasteries. . . evangelized, travelled and preached, reformed monastic life in his diocese, and built a cathedral on land that had been the site of the martyrdom of 1,000 Christians by the pagan Mercians. Miraculous cures reported at the wells he caused to be dug for the relief of travellers. During storms, Chad would go to chapel and pray continually. He explained, “God thunders forth from heaven to rouse people to fear the Lord, to call them to remember the future judgment…when God will come in the clouds in great power and majesty to judge the living and the dead. And so we ought to respond to God’s heavenly warning with due fear and love so that as often as God disturbs the sky, yet spares us still, we should implore God’s mercy, examining the innermost recesses of our hearts and purging out the dregs of our sins, and behave with such caution that we may never deserve to be struck down.” See PICTURE of Saint Chad.See also: St. Chad, St Chad – Staffordshire’s saint, St. Ceadda (En),Chad of Mercia (Multilingual), San Chad Marzo 2 (Sp), San Ceadda (Chad) di Lichfield Abate e vescovo (It), Błogosławiony Karol, męczennik (Po), PRAYERS to Saint Chad (En).
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Norbert of Xanten, the Patron Saint of Peace, may come to the aid of those affected by violence and police brutality in West Papua. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster (Police Brutality) (September 16, 2010) Map of West PapuaExtract from THOUSANDS PROTEST KILLINGS IN WEST PAPUA: “The Indonesian military has deployed soldiers to Manokwari,in the province of West Papua to control thousands of residents who took to the streets to protest the killing of two men by police a day earlier. The district military commander in Manokwari, Lieutenant Colonel Edward Sitorus, said soldiers were deployed around vital installations and at locations where crowds had gathered.The head of the Manokwari Police, Adjunct Senior Commander, Bambang Ricky, said officers had been forced to fire their weapons last Wednesday in self-defence when dozens of residents became violent after a motorist fled the scene of an accident. He said that day, mobs armed with knives and spears blocked roads and threw stones at Brimob officers who arrived at the scene of the accident. Bambang said that other Brimob officers conducted a number of raids to locate those responsible, firing weapons while rioting continued, killing two residents and injuring others. The Jakarta Globe reports earlier this month, officers killed seven people in Buol, Central Sulawesi, after residents attacked a police station.” Articles: West Papua police kill two in road riot, Security tight in West Papua province after protests and Two killed after residents, police clash in Manokwari.
Saint Norbert of Xanten (Patron Saint of Peace) (Feast Date: June 6). Extract from Saint Norbert: ” The early part of his life was devoted to the world and its pleasures. He entered upon the ecclesiastical state in a worldly spirit. . . . To ensure his success at court, he also had no qualms about accepting holy orders as a canon and whatever financial benefices that came with that position, although he did hesitate at becoming a priest and the implied responsibilities that came with that vocation. . . high winds pushed and pulled at his fashionable coif, rain slashed at his fancy clothes, and dark roiling clouds pressed night down upon his light thoughts. A sudden flash of lightning split the dark and his horse bucked, throwing Norbert to the ground.For almost an hour, the still form of the courtier lay unmoving. Even the rain soaking his clothes and the howl of thunder did not bring him back to consciousness and life. When he awoke his first words were, ‘Lord, what do you want me to do?’ — the same words Saul spoke on the road to Damascus. In response Norbert heard in his heart, “Turn from evil and do good. Seek peace and pursue it.” See PICTURE of Saint Norbert. See also: Nobert of Xanten (Multilingual), Saint Norbert (En), Saint Norbert of Xanten (En), SAN NORBERTO (Sp), San Norberto Vescovo (It), Saint Norbert de Xanten (Fr), Święty Norbert, biskup (Po). Video: St. Norbert.
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Vincent de Paul, the Patron Saint of Hospital Workers, may come to the aid of those related to the shootings in Loerrach, Germany. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster (Shootings) (September 19, 2010) Map of Germany Extract from: Fatal shooting at German hospital: “A woman armed with an automatic weapon has shot dead one person at a hospital in Germany before being killed by police. . . . Police believe the shooting is linked to an explosion at a nearby building where they found the bodies of a man and a child. . . .Police say there was an explosion in an apartment block opposite the hospital, after which witnesses saw the woman run from the building and into St Elisabethen hospital holding a gun. The woman killed a male nurse and critically wounded a police officer who happened to be in the hospital at the time. When police arrived at the scene, the woman turned the gun on the officers, who shot back and killed her. Eyewitness Siegfried Schmid said he heard the explosion and then saw the woman load her gun and run into the hospital. ‘She headed straight to the gynaecology station. Then she shot someone,’ he said. ‘I ran downstairs and finally the police arrived. . . . I took them to the first floor. She immediately began to shoot around again and wounded a policeman in the knee.’ Prosecutors say a domestic dispute may have triggered the shooting.” Articles:Woman opens fire in German town, four killed, 4 dead in Germany fire, shooting. Videos: Fatal shooting at German hospital and Four die after blast and shooting in Germany.
Saint (Vincent de Paul) (Patron Saint of Hospital Workers)(Feast Date: September 27). Extract fromVincent de Paul: “Born to a peasant family. A highly intelligent youth, Vincent spent four years with the Franciscan friars at Acq, France getting an education. Tutor to children of a gentlemen in Acq. He began divinity studies in 1596 at the University of Toulouse. Ordained at age 20. Taken captive by Turkish pirates to Tunis, and sold into slavery. Freed in 1607 when he converted one of his owners to Christianity. Returning to France, he served as parish priest near Paris where he started organizations to help the poor, nursed the sick, found jobs for the unemployed, etc. Chaplain at the court of Henry IV of France. With Louise de Marillac, founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity. Instituted the Congregation of Priests of the Mission (Lazarists). Worked always for the poor, the enslaved, the abandoned, the ignored, the pariahs.” See PICTURE of St. Vincent de Paul. Seealso: Vincent de Paul (Multilingual), San Vicente de Paul (Sp), San Vincenzo de’ Paoli Sacerdote e fondatore (It),“Histoire Monsieur Vincent”, un prêtre humaniste, DOCUMENTS RELATIF A SAINT VINCENT (Fr), Św.Wincenty a Paulo,(Po). Videos: THE JOURNEY OF VINCENT,St. Vincent de Paul and the Christian Philosophy of Work,St. Vincent de Paul and Louise De Marillac, St. Vincent de Paul and the Blessed Virgin Mary, el corazon de san vicente de paul (Sp,) San Vicente de Paúl, fundador de las Hijas de la Caridad (Sp). PRAYER to St. Vincent de Paul.
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Patron Saint of Catemaco, Veracruz, Mexico, may come to the aid of those affected by Hurricane Karl in Mexico. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster (Hurricane Karl) (September 17, 2010)Map of the Mexico Extract from: Hurricane Karl Smashes into Mexican Gulf Coast: “Hurricane Karl smashed into Mexico’s Gulf Coast on Friday, creating havoc in the major port city of Veracruz and forcing the country to shut down its only nuclear power plant and its central Gulf Coast oil platforms. Karl’s eye had passed Veracruz by early afternoon and sustained winds dropped to 90 mph as it headed southwest toward central Mexico, according to U.S. Hurricane Center. It had sustained winds of 115 mph when it hit land at midday about 10 miles northwest of the city.
The storm caused widespread damage, knocking down hundreds of trees, billboards and power poles and upending cars, said Veracruz civil protection chief Isidro Cano Luna. Eighty percent of the city was without electricity. Cano said there had not been a storm like it since Hurricane Janet in September 1955. . . .” Articles: Hurricane Karl Slams Into Mexico; Flash Floods Predicted and Karl hits Mexican mainland, weakens to tropical storm Videos: Hurricane Karl Pounds Mexico, Hurricane Karl Kills At Least 7 In Mexico. Elsewhere:Hurricane Igor lashes Bermuda.
Saint Mary, Nuestra Senora del Carmen [Our Lady of Mount Carmel] (Patron Saint of Catemaco, Veracruz, Mexico) (Feast Date: July 16)Extract from Our Lady of Mt.Carmel: “There is a tradition (which may not be historical) that Mary appeared to St. Simon Stock, a leader of the Carmelites, and gave him a scapular, telling him to promote devotion to it. The scapular is a modified version of Mary’s own garment. It symbolizes her special protection and calls the wearers to consecrate themselves to her in a special way. The scapular reminds us of the gospel call to prayer and penance—a call that Mary models in a splendid way.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. See also: Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Multilingual) St. Mary, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Nuestra Senora del Carmen): Patron Saint of Chile and of Catemaco, Veracruz, Mexico – July 16 [June 16 in Basque Country] (Multilingual), Nuestra Señora del Carmen (Sp), LO SCAPOLARE DELLA BEATA VERGINE MARIA DEL MONTE CARMELO (It), Notre Dame du Mont Carmel et le saint Scapulaire(Fr), Matka Boża Szkaplerzna (Po).Videos:Devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel(En), The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (En), Our Lady of the Brown Scapular: Scapular and Its Wearers (En), Virgen del Carmen (Sp), Consagración a la Virgen del Carmen (Sp), Flor del Carmelo (Canción a la Virgen del Carmen) (Sp), Himno a la Virgen del Carmen (Sp), Fior del Carmelo (It), Beata Vergine Maria del Monte Carmelo – 16 luglio (It), Madonna del Carmelo Sant’Eufemia 2009 Mimmo Rositano (It), Maria Ss.ma del Monte Carmelo.mpg (It), Notre-Dame du Mont Carmel (Fr). PRAYER to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Notburga, patron saint of farmers and peasants, may come to the aid of those affected by homelessness and the destruction of crops by monsoons in India. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster (Monsoons) Map of India Extract from India floods leave two million homeless, destroy crops: “At least two million people in northern India have been left homeless as the Ganges and other rivers, swollen by heavy monsoon rains, broke embankments and submerged villages, fields and religious sites. State officials said 500,000 hectares of agriculture land in top cane growing state Uttar Pradesh were flooded and the heavy rains could affect cotton output from Punjab and Haryana. They said floods in Uttar Pradesh were the worst in years and were still assessing the damage to the cane. Any output loss would reduce sugar supply in India, the world’s top consumer and second-largest producer of the sweetner, and could push up prices globally. The Ganges, a dip in which Hindus believe washes away sins, and its tributary rivers have risen to close to their record-high levels and weather officials have forecast heavy rains in the region for the next two days. ‘Agriculture fields and many roads are still water-logged… the real estimation would be possible when the water recedes,’ said K.K. Sinha, a senior Uttar Pradesh government official.” Articles: Floods, Rains – News Roundup (8-15 September 2010), India floods kill 63 people in two days. Videos: Flood fury in north India, Devastating Flooding Kills Nine in India, Around the World: Deadly Landslides in India, and Landslides Block National Highway in Dehradun, India.
Saint Notburga (Patron Saint of Farmers and Peasants) (Feast Date: September 14) Extract from Saint Notburga: “Born to a peasant family. Worked as a kitchen maid at the house of Count Henry of Rattenberg at age 18. The count’s wife, Ottilia, ordered Notburga to feed leftover food to the house swine; she gave it to the poor instead. Warned about her behavior, Nortburga fed the leftovers to the pigs, and gave much of her own food to the poor. Ottilia saw this as a form of disobedience, and dismissed her. Worked as a servant for a farmer in Eben am Achensee, Austria. However, when her the lady Ottilia died, the count re-hired her, and she spent the rest of her life as a servant in his house. Worked with the poor. Miracle worker. Miracle stories are an integral part of Notburga’s life. . . .” See PICTURE of Saint Notburga. See also Notburga (Multilingual), Santa Notburga (Sp), Santa Notburga di Eben, Domestica (It), Sw. Notburga z Eben (Po). VIDEOS: EBEN / ACHENSEE (A) – Pfarr- und Wallfahrtskirche St. Notburga – Plenum, 120Sekunden – heilige Notburga (Ger).