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 Pharaildis, Patron Saint against Childhood Diseases, may come to the aid of those affected by polio in the DR of Congo. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster (Polio) (November, 2010) Map of Congo. Extract from: Congo-Brazzaville polio outbreak kills more than 100:”An outbreak of polio in Congo-Brazzaville has killed more than 100 people and paralyzed hundreds more, the authorities say. Congo-Brazzaville had previously recorded its last case of indigenous polio in 2000 . . . . The WHO said tests had shown that the cases were caused by a virus most closely related to one circulating in Angola. It said the majority of reported cases and deaths had occurred in males aged over 15. Polio normally strikes young children. Congo’s director-general of health, Alexis Elira Dokekias, said the victims had either not been sufficiently immunized or not immunized at all. Reports say women and girls may have developed some immunity to the disease through contact with babies that had been immunized.” ARTICLES: Congo Republic Declares a Polio Emergency, CONGO: Polio cases confirmed, Acute polio outbreak kills nearly 100 in Congo: WHO, VIDEOS:UNICEF: Responding to re-emergence of polio in DR Congo, Congo inicia vacunación de millones de personas contra la polio.
Saint Pharaildis (Patron Saint Against Childhood Diseases)(Feast Date: January 4)Extract from Saint Pharaildis: “Sister of Saint Gudule. Niece of Saint Gertrude of Nivelles. After making a private vow of virginity, she was forced into marriage with a wealthy nobleman. Her husband insisted that she was married to him, and her sexual fidelity was owed to him, not God. Physically abused for her refusal to submit to him, and for her late night visits to churches. When widowed, she was still a virgin. Legend says that Pharaildis caused a well to spring up whose waters cured sick children.” See PICTURE of Saint Pharaildis. See also: Pharaildis (Multilingual), Faraildis (Farailda) de Gante, Santa (SP), Santa Farailde di Gand Vedova (IT), Św. Faraildis z Gandawy Święta dziewica (650-740) (PO).
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, the Patron Saint of Homeless people, may come to the aid of those affected by Mount Merapi Volcano in Java, Indonesia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster (Mount Merapi Volcano) (November, 2010) Map of Indonesia Extract from Merapi eruptions displace almost 300,000: “Almost 300,000 people have now been displaced from their homes after almost two weeks of eruptions from Indonesia’s Merapi volcano in central Java. . . .The government has issued a 20-kilometre exclusion zone around Mount Merapi, where most of those who have died have been suffocated by ash and poisonous gases or burnt alive by pyroclastic flows. However, the devastation covers many hundreds of square kilometres of surrounding countryside where ash as thick as sand and fine as cement powder has created a filthy gray wasteland. Those who have stayed behind have to cover their faces with paper masks or respirators to breathe. The clinging ash has caused roofs to collapse and snapped branches from trees. On the outskirts of Yogyakarta the huge, multi-storeyed Maguwoharjo Stadium has become a temporary shelter for tens of thousands of those driven from their homes. ARTICLES: 300,000 DISPLACED AFTER VOLCANO WREAKS HAVOC IN INDONESIA, At least 206 dead in Mount Merapi eruption. PICTURES: Indonesia Merapi Mount Eruption Picture November 11th, Volcanic Ash Disturbance. VIDEOS: Merapi eruption displaces nearly 300,000, Mount Merapi volcano shelters, Volcano victims overwhelm Indonesian hospitals, Indonesia: Survivors flee to city stadium, tell stories of fiery escape.
Saint Benedict Joseph Labre (Patron Saint of Homeless People) (Feast Date: April 16)Extract from St. Benedict Joseph Labre: “Benedict Joseph Labre was truly eccentric, one of God’s special little ones. Born in France and the eldest of 18 children, he studied under his uncle, a parish priest. Because of poor health and a lack of suitable academic preparation he was unsuccessful in his attempts to enter the religious life. Then, at 16 years of age, a profound change took place. Benedict lost his desire to study and gave up all thoughts of the priesthood, much to the consternation of his relatives. He became a pilgrim, traveling from one great shrine to another, living off alms. He wore the rags of a beggar and shared his food with the poor. Filled with the love of God and neighbor, Benedict had special devotion to the Blessed Mother and to the Blessed Sacrament.” See PICTURE of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre. See also: Benedict Joseph Labre (Multilingual), St. Benedict Joseph Labre (EN), San Benito José Labré (SP), S. BENEDETTO GIUSEPPE LABRE (1748-1783) (IT), Saint Benoît Joseph Labre Le vagabond de Dieu (1748-1783) (FR), Święty Benedykt Józef Labre, wyznawca (PO). PRAYER to Saint Benedict Joseph Labre.
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Blessed Marie of the Incarnation, Patron Saint against Poverty, may come to the aid of those affected by the earthquake in Serbia, particularly those already struggling with the challenges of poverty. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster (Earthquake)(November 3, 2010) Map of Serbia. Extract from ACT Preliminary Appeal: Earthquake in Central Serbia: “A series of earthquakes hit central Serbia on Wednesday 3 November 2010. Two people were killed and over 50 injured by the 5.4 earthquake. The greatest damage was recorded in and around the cities of Kraljevo and Kragujevac, with around 120,000 people affected. Many of these are refugees from Croatia and from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and displaced people from Kosovo and Metohija. Over 70 percent of houses had major damage. Up to now, more than 15,000 requests for analysis of damage have been submitted; almost 5,000 have been processed and more than 1,000 buildings have been declared no longer suitable for habitation (data from 11 November 2010). Five schools were completely destroyed. The public water supply system and public health care centres were also heavily affected by the earthquake. Food and non-food items are provided by IFRC, the Serbian Red Cross and also private companies. However, the population in the affected area was already living on the edge of or below the poverty line before the earthquake and became even more vulnerable. The unemployment rate in the region is high and many families will not be able to rebuild their homes. . . ” ARTICLES: Quake shakes Serbia, two dead, 50 hurt, Town in state of emergency after earthquake. VIDEOS: Earthquake kills two in central Serbia, 5.4-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Serbia, Earthquake Caught on Tape (zemljotres u Kraljevu).
Blessed Marie of the Incarnation (Patron Saint against Poverty) (Feast Date: April 18)Extract from BLESSED MARY of the INCARNATION, Carmelite: “Blessed Mary of the Incarnation was born in Paris in February 1565; both of her parents were members of the most ancient families of that great city. Before she was born, several other children had seen the light of day, but all died in their infancy. During the time her mother awaited this child, she vowed her to the Blessed Virgin and Saint Claude, promising to clothe her in white until the age of seven and to offer her in a church of the Blessed Virgin. .. . Blessed Mary was so sage in her almsgiving that during a famine the wealthy persons who desired to help the poor caused their alms to pass through her hands, and this holy woman was universally honored. She entered into the spirit of the current reforms of the religious orders and the foundation of new congregations which were reviving the spirit of piety in France. Through her efforts she merited the title of Foundress of the Carmelites in France.” See PICTURE of Blessed Marie of the Incarnation. See also: MARY OF THE INCARNATION (Barbara Avrillot Acarie, 1566-1618) (EN), Marie of the Incarnation (EN),Marie of the Incarnation (Multilingual), Beata María de la Encarnación-Madre de familia (SP), Beata Maria dell’Incarnazione (Barbara Avrillot) Carmelitana (IT), Sainte Marie de l’Incarnation (FR), Błogosławiona Maria od Wcielenia, zakonnica (PO).
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Thomas the Apostle, the Patron Saint of Construction Workers and People in Doubt, may come to the aid of those whose circumstances and faith were affected by Hurricane Tomas in Haiti. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster (Hurricane Tomas)Map of Haiti. Extract from ACT Update: Cholera Outbreak and Tropical Storm Tomas, Haiti: “According to the Civil Protection Direction (DPC), Hurricane Tomas caused 21 deaths and made 6,610 people homeless. 48,235 people were evacuated of which 24,212 sought refuges in 75 temporary shelters. To date the DPC has reported 2,008 houses destroyed and 5,336 damaged. With planning figures of 100,000 affected families, the impact was less consequential than originally thought. The department of Grande Anse was the most affected with the destruction of 70 to 90 percent of its farm land. Assessments are also ongoing in the South-East, Centre, Northwest, North and Nippes departments which have equally experienced severe losses in the agricultural and fishery sectors. Floodings occurred in the centre of Leogane as well as in the Artibonite department. . . . ARTICLES: Tomas aftermath raises concern over worsening cholera outbreak, A Storm Averted, Haiti’s Cholera Threat Grows, CTF SOS DRS Response: Hurricane Thomas 4 – The Situation is Worse than we Thought. VIDEOS: Tomas drenches Haiti, Cholera-hit Haiti braced for tropical storm, In Haiti, Tomas gone,cholera fear remains, Aftermath in Haiti.
Saint Thomas the Apostle (Patron Saint of Construction Workers and People in Doubt) (Feast Date: July 3) Extract from Saint Thomas the Apostle:“Poor Thomas! He made one remark and has been branded as ‘Doubting Thomas’ ever since. But if he doubted, he also believed. He made what is certainly the most explicit statement of faith in the New Testament: ‘My Lord and My God!’ (see John 20:24-28) and, in so expressing his faith, gave Christians a prayer that will be said till the end of time. He also occasioned a compliment from Jesus to all later Christians: ‘Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed” (John 20:29).'”See PICTURES of Saint Thomas. See also: July 3- Saint Thomas the Apostle: Patron Saint of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Construction Workers and People in Doubt (Multilingual), Thomas the Apostle (Multilingual), Biography of St. Thomas the Apostle (EN),St. Thomas the Apostle(EN), Santo Tomás Apóstol (SP), San Tommaso Apostolo (IT), Saint Thomas (FR), Święty Tomasz Apostoł (PO). VIDEOS: St. Thomas the Apostle (EN), St.Thomas Part 1 Of 3, Saint Thomas The Apostle – Indonesia subtitle Part 01-1. PRAYER to Saint Thomas the Apostle. SPECIAL NOVENA TO ST. THOMAS.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Our Lady of Salvation, may come to the aid of those affected by religious discrimination in Iraq. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster (Religious Discrimination-Attacks) (October 31; November 2, 3, 2010)Map of Iraq. Extract from Iraqi Bishops to French: Stay With Us: “The Iraqi appeal comes in the wake of anti-Christian attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday that closely followed an Oct. 31 massacre that killed 58 in Baghdad’s Syrian Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation. Bombs exploded at three Christian homes on Tuesday evening, and mortar bombs were set off Wednesday throughout Christian neighborhoods such as Dora, in southern Baghdad, Aid to the Church in Need reported. Vatican Radio reported Wednesday that at least six are dead. Some 26 were injured, including a four-month-old baby. Another church was damaged. Meanwhile, according to the France Presse agency, a plane from Baghdad landed in Orly, France, on Monday, carrying 35 wounded, 34 of whom were Christians. . . . The Archiocese of Rabat, Morocco, reported that Iraqi bishops are appealing to their French brothers for support. ‘Our Calvary is harsh and seems prolonged,’ their message said. ‘The massacre that took place in the cathedral […] which left 58 dead, including two young priests, and 67 wounded, among them a priest, has shaken us profoundly.’ They added that ‘we lose patience but we never lose faith and hope. This event of such magnitude, which took place just after the synod [dedicated to the Middle East] hits us even more.’ In this light, they beg ‘prayer and fraternal and moral support.'” ARTICLES: Iraqi Christians Victims of “Unprecedented Ferocity”,Archbishop: Attack on Iraqi Church Is a “Nightmare”,We Are the Christians of Iraq,Continued Attacks Target Iraqi Christians, Iraqi Attack Prompts Protest of UK Parliament. VIDEOS: Pope Condemns ‘Ferocious’ Siege At Baghdad Church, Dozens killed in Iraq church siege, Baghdad reeling after wave of blasts, Mourners attend funerals of Iraq church attack, Bomb attacks kill Iraqi Christians in Baghdad, 37 Christians killed in Iraq church hostage drama, Iraqi Christians Massacred on All Saints Day.
Saint Mary, Our Lady of Salvation (Feast Dates of the Blessed Virgin Mary)Extract from THE VIRGIN MARY’S ROLE IN SALVATION HISTORY: “This is Mary’s role in Salvation History: ever virgin and yet fruitful mother. It is Mary, a daughter of the Old Covenant, who is not only the bearer of Christ in the Annunciation but Mary also “labors” in prayer in the Upper Room with the other disciples for the birth of the Church at Pentecost for the New Covenant believers will become her spiritual children. She stands as the Christian model, which we should all emulate. From her obedience at the Annunciation to the events of Christ’s passion she illustrates for us a model of Christian virtue, faith and obedience as she remained true to Christ and His word. Her fidelity shows us that true faith can be preserved in one individual and down through history the Church has honored her for this by considering her the mother of the true remnant of Israel in the New Covenant Church. It has been as Mary prophesized, filled with the Holy Spirit, “Yes, from now onwards all generations will call me blessed!”. See PICTURE of Our Lady of Salvation. See also: Devotion to Mother Mary is Necessary for Salvation, Our Lady of Salvation Church – Dadar – Mumbai – INDIA, Chapel of Our Lady of Salvation, Novena(EN), The Mary Pages(Multilingual), Feasts and Prayers of The Blessed Virgin Mary (EN), La Virgen María, cooperadora en la obra de la salvación (SP), LE TRE AVE MARIA, UNA DEVOZIONE PER LA SALVEZZA ETERNA(IT),Notre-Dame du Salut(FR),Przymierze z Maryją – RÓŻANIEC – RATUNEK DLA ŚWIATA (PO). VIDEOS: MaryCast Special #1 Benedict XVI Role of Mary in Salvation, DEVOTION / HONOR OF MARY REQUIRED FOR SALVATION !! NO APOLOGIES 16, MUSIC VIDEOS: Schubert – Ave Maria (Opera), Celine Dion – Ave Maria , Ave Maria By Nana Mouskouri, AVE MARIA -Placido Domingo & Michael Bolton – Nana Mouskouri, Helene Fischer – Ave Maria, Ave Maria on the Classical Guitar, Tarja Turunen – Ave Maria – Live In Lahti, Luciano Pavarotti – Ave Maria, Sarah Brightman – Ave Maria, Bach – “Ave Maria” (Mother’s love), Ave Maria- opera child), Andrea Bocelli “Ave Maria”, FILIPPA GIORDANO Ave Maria Live in Vatican, Mario Lanza – Ave Maria, Ave Maria Sarah Connor, Bobby McFerrin – Ave Maria, Beyone “Ave Maria”, Plácido Domingo – Ave Maria (Aznavour)(SP), Ave Maria,em ITALIANO, Martha Angelici sings “Ave Maria” from Verdi’s “Othello”(FR), Ave Maria Paien: Multiple FRENCH Cast Version, AVE MARIA – Bach-Gounod in POLISH: Lucyna Szczepańska, soprano, 1936, Beyonce – Ave Maria.