June 6 – June 19, 2011
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 Nicholas of Myra, the Patron Saint of Children, may come to the aid of those children affected by brutal violence in Somalia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster (Violence against Children) Map of Somalia. Extract from Growing Numbers of Young Children Wounded, Killed in Somalia: “In the Somali capital Mogadishu, more and more children are becoming victims of the fighting between pro-government forces and the Islamist militia al Shabab. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the number of weapon-related casualties at the city’s three main hospitals reached a new peak last week. Of the nearly 1600 casualties, 46 percent were under age five. ‘Beginning of May, we found the increase in the number of casualties under five and mortalities under five. The main types of injury are burns and shrapnel, blast injuries and bullets,’ said Dr. Omar Saleh, a WHO trauma surgeon. Many of the burns are third degree. Children suffer from disfiguring scars and infection over much of their bodies. . . . ” See also: Over 700 young children injured in Somali warzone, VIDEOS: Somalia’s Child Soldiers, Child casualties rise in Somali war.
Saint Nicholas (Patron Saint of Children) (Feast Date: December 6) Extract from:Saint Nicholas of Myra(EN): “Priest. Abbot. Bishop of Myra, Lycia (modern Turkey). Generous to the poor, and special protector of the innocent and wronged. Many stories grew up around him prior to his becoming associated with Santa Claus. . . . Upon hearing that a local man had fallen on such hard times that he was planning to sell his daughters into prostitution, Nicholas went by night to the house and threw three bags of gold in through the window, saving the girls from an evil life. These three bags, gold generously given in time of trouble, became the three golden balls that indicate a pawn broker’s shop. He raised to life three young boys who had been murdered and pickled in a barrel of brine to hide the crime. . . . Induced some thieves to return their plunder. This explains his protection against theft and robbery, and his patronage of them – he’s not helping them steal, but to repent and change. . . .During a voyage to the Holy Lands, a fierce storm blew up, threatening the ship. He prayed about it, and the storm calmed – hence the patronage of sailors and those like dockworkers who work on the sea.” See PICTURES of St. Nicholas. See also: December 6 – Saint Nicholas of Myra, the “Wonderworker”, Patron Saint of Children, and of Turkey (Multilingual), ORACIONES a San Nicolás de Bari, A PRAYER of Impetration to Saint Nicholas.
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Adelaide, the Patron Saint of Prisoners, may come to the aid of incarcerated refugees in Australia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster (Prolonged Incarceration of Refugees) Map of Australia Extract from Detainee self harm ‘a major concern’: “SELF harm and suicides are a major concern in Australia’s immigration centres, the Human Rights Commission says. During a visit to Sydney’s Villawood Detention Centre the Commission found detainees scarred from self-harming while others talked about frequent thoughts of suicide. ‘What we saw at Villawood was the result of the system of mandatory and indefinite detention, where people can see no end in sight,’ the Commission’s president, Catherine Branson, said today. During its visit the Commission found 60 per cent of the 400 detainees had been held for more than six months while 45 per cent had been there more than a year. ‘We saw people scarred from self-harming. We heard others talk of sleepless nights, days of depression and frequent thoughts of suicide,’ Ms Branson said. The Commission, which is releasing a report on its visit today, said it is ‘deeply concerned’ about the detrimental impacts of prolonged and indefinite detention and has urged the Government to make greater use of community-based alternatives. As of May 6 there were 6715 people in immigration detention across Australia and more than half of those people had been in detention for longer than six months, the Commission said. ‘There have been six deaths in immigration detention facilities over the last nine months, including the apparent suicides of three men in three months at the Villawood detention centre,’ Ms Branson said. See also: Children attempting self-harm in detention, Suicide, depression hit Australia detainees, Australia Human Rights Commission in asylum warning.
Saint Adelaide (Patron Saint of Prisoners) (Feast Date: December 16) Extract fromSt. Adelaide: Born c.931 at Burgundy, France ; died 999 at the monastery of Seltz, Alsace; canonized in 1097 by Pope Urban II. The daughter of King Rudolph II of Burgundy she was promised in marriage when she was only two years old, to Lothaire, the son and heir of his enemy, Hugh of Provence. Lothaire was killed when still young and Adelaide was to have a tumultuous life that paralleled the struggle for political power of the times, something she had come to symbolize. Having been sought after by various kings and nobles, after Lothaire’s death, she was finally married by Otho the Great of Germany who had invaded Italy. When Otho’s son – Adelaide’s stepson – the Emperor Otho II died, his son Otho III, a child became emperor. In 991, Adelaide was invested as the Regent of the Empire and she used her power as the effective empress to increase evangelization efforts, especially in northern Europe, built many monasteries and churches, and aided the poor. See PICTURE of Saint Adelaide. See also: December 16 – Saint Adelaide: Patron Saint of Prisoners (Multilingual),VIDEO: Santa Adelaida, emperatriz de Italia.
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, the Patron Saint of those who are Sick, may come to the aid of those affected by the E. Coli outbreak in Germany and other European countries. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster (E. Coli Outbreak) Map of Germany Extract fromE.coli cucumber scare: Cases ‘likely to increase’: “A deadly E.coli outbreak linked to cucumbers is expected to worsen in the coming days, a scientist says. Fourteen people have died in Germany and hundreds are ill from infections linked to contaminated vegetables. ‘We hope the number of cases will go down but we fear it will worsen,’ said Oliver Grieve, of the University Medical Centre Schleswig-Holstein, where many victims are being treated. It is thought cucumbers from Spain were at the origin of the outbreak. But Spanish officials have refused to accept the blame, saying it is still unclear exactly when and where the vegetables were contaminated. Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’s national disease institute, has confirmed 329 cases in the country – though some reports have mentioned as many as 1,200 cases.” See also: World’s largest E coli outbreak kills 14 in Germany, E.coli cucumber scare: Germany seeks source of outbreak, Toll climbs in European E. coli outbreak. VIDEOS: Spanish cucumbers blamed for outbreak, BBC News: Germany e.coli bacteria in cucumbers kills four 0214 27 May 2011.
Saint Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes (Patroness of those who are Sick) Feast Date: February 11) Extract fromOur Lady of Lourdes: On 11 February 1858, St Bernadette, at the age of 14 first had a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She was out with her sister and a friend collecting firewood at Massabielle, near her home town of Lourdes in the South of France. ‘I heard the sound of wind as in a storm. I turned towards the meadow, and I saw that the trees were not moving at all…I went on taking my stockings off, and was putting one foot into the water, when I heard the same sound in front of me. I looked up and saw a cluster of branches and brambles underneath the topmost opening in the grotto tossing and swaying to and fro, though nothing else stirred all around. Behind these branches and within the opening, I saw immediately afterwards a girl in white, no bigger than myself, who greeted me with a slight bow of the head; at the same time, she stretched out her arms slightly away from her body, opening her hands, as in pictures of Our Lady: over her right arm hung a rosary. I was afraid, I stepped back. . . . Raising my eyes again, I saw the girl smiling at me most graciously and seeming to invite me to come nearer. . . .She crossed herself as though to pray. My hand was trembling. I tried again to make the sign of the Cross, and this time I could. After that I was not afraid. I said my Rosary. The young girl slipped the beads of hers through her fingers, but she was not moving her lips. While I was saying the rosary, I was watching as hard as I could. She was wearing a white dress reaching down to her feet, of which only the toes appeared. The dress was gathered very high at the neck by a hem from which hung a white cord. A white veil covered her head and came down over her shoulders and arms almost to the bottom of her dress. On each foot I saw a yellow rose. The sash of the dress was blue, and hung down below her knees. The chain of the rosary was yellow; the beads white, big and widely spaced. The girl was alive, very young and surrounded by light. When I had finished my rosary, she bowed to me smilingly. She retired within a niche and disappeared all of a sudden.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of Lourdes. See also: February 11 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, Patron Saint of those who are Sick, Our Lady of Lourdes novena, NOVENA ALLA MADONNA DI LOURDES, PRIERE a Notre Dame de Lourdes.
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Rose Philippine Duchesne, Patron Saint of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, may come to the aid of those affected by the Joplin Tornado in Missouri. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster (Tornado)(May 22, 2011)Map of Missouri, U.S.A.Extract from: Number of missing after Joplin tornado down to 29: “The number of missing since a killer tornado chewed through Joplin a week ago is down to 29, the Missouri Department of Public Safety reported today. The number had stood at about 100 over the weekend. More than 130 people have been reported killed in the storm that destroyed thousands of homes and other structures, including several schools and a hospital. The tornado — an EF-5 packing 200 mph winds — injured more than 900 people. Tallying and identifying the dead and the missing has proven a complex and sometimes confusing exercise for authorities and loved ones.” See also: Joplin, Mo., tornado witness: ‘Swath cut through town is huge’, A Rush to Protect Patients, Then Bloody Chaos, 116 killed by Missouri tornado, tying it for deadliest on record, Joplin tornado leaves thousands with no place to call home, Joplin victims offered existing homes. VIDEOS: Good Morning America: Joplin, Missouri Tornado Video: Storm Chasers Capture Storm’s Fury, Good Morning America: Joplin, Mo., Dramatic Tornado Video: Twisters Rip Across Midwest; Levels, Death Toll Passes 140 in Joplin Missouri, Death toll rises in Joplin, Missouri,Tornado-ravaged city struggles to recover, Missouri twister deadliest in decades.
Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne) (Patron Saint of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri) (Feast Date: November 18) Extract fromSt. Rose Philippine Duchesne – The Saint Who Prayed Always: “St. Rose Philippine Duchesne was born in Grenoble, France during the French Revolution. She had a great desire to leave France and serve the Native American population in America. As a Madame of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she came to serve at their academy in St. Charles, MO and in Florissant, MO. It wasn’t until the end of her life that she got her wish to serve the Indian community in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. It was at that mission, that this great Saint and patron of St. Louis, MO became known as the ‘saint who prays ALWAYS.’ The Indian children would place leaves and sticks upon her feet as she knelt to pray at night, to see if she would stop and to take a break. Eight hours later the next day, they would find the twigs in exactly the same place as they had left them the previous night before, undisturbed. What a great witness for the Church, to have such a dedicated lover of Jesus constantly in prayer.” See PICTURES of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne.
See also: November 18 – Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne: Patron Saint of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri(Multilingual), PRAYER in Honor of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Melchior, the Patron Saint of Travelers, may come to the aid of those affected by the Bus Crashes in India and elsewhere. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster (Bus Crash) (May 30, 2011) Map of India Extract from37 feared killed in Assam bus accident: “A wedding celebration turned into a mourning in Assam when a bus carrying the groom and 42 more people plunged into a gorge after hitting a wooden bridge, officials said Tuesday. A total of 37 people have been feared killed, but six survived miraculously. The accident occurred around 11 p.m. Monday near Charabari village in Kamrup district, about 30 km off Assam’s main city of Guwahati. The bus was on its way from Guwahati to Tihu in Nalbari district. ‘The marriage rituals at the bride’s home in Tihu were to take place early Tuesday, and the bus was on its way with the groom when the accident took place,’ Police Officer A. Das said. The dead included the groom and their relatives. Rescue workers have so far managed to fish out 28 bodies and efforts are on to recover more bodies. According to witnesses, the driver failed to notice the wooden bridge without any railings or signposts and the bus plunged into the deep gorge. ‘Six people were rescued by locals and admitted to hospitals, while 28 bodies have been recovered so far,” the police officer said.” See also: India: Bus crash kills ’25 wedding guests’, At least 31 dead after bus plunges into a river in northeastern India. VIDEOS: Assam: bus falls off bridge in Kamrup, 31 dead, Two tragic road mishaps in Assam kill 31, Assam: 24 killed in bus accident.
Saint Melchior (Patron Saint of Travelers) (Feast Date: January 6) Extract from Concerning The Magi And Their Names: “The Magi were a priestly caste of ancient Persian Zoroastrianism and were revered by classic authors as wise men. It was their alleged power over demons gave rise to the word “magic.” Magi comes from Middle English magi, from Latin magì, pl. of magus (meaningsorcerer), from Greek magos, from Old Persian maguš. In Christian culture, the Magi were men who came, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, to adore the newborn Jesus. They were guided by the Star of Bethlehem. Their number was not identified in the Gospel of Matthew, but Christian tradition has set their number as three, called them kings, and named them Caspar or Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. The Feast of Epiphany, January 6th, commemorates their visit. Their coming was foretold. ‘The kings of Tarshish and the Isles shall offer gifts, the kings of Arabia and Seba shall bring tribute. All kings shall pay Him homage, all nations shall serve Him’ (72:10-11).” See PICTURE of Saint Melchior and the Magi. See also: January 6 – The Magi – Saints Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, Epiphany PRAYERS, NOVENA TO THE MAGI IN ANTICIPATION OF THE EPIPHANY