August 15 – August 28, 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 St. Anthony of Padua, the Patron Saint of those who are Starving, may come to the aid of those affected by famine in Somalia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster (Famine) Map of Somalia Extract from 29,000 children dead, 12 million people at risk: “A U.S. aid official warned Monday that hundreds of thousands of Somalis could die as famine spreads . . . . More than 29,000 children under the age of 5 have died in the last 90 days in southern Somalia alone, according to U.S. estimates. The U.N. says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, suggesting the death toll of small children will rise in the coming weeks. USAID administrator Raj Shah said models predict that hundreds of thousands of people could die from famine. More than 12 million people in the Horn of Africa are in need of immediate food aid, including nearly half the Somali population. The U.N. has declared five famine zones in Somalia, including the camps for displaced people in Mogadishu. Aid was only reaching about 20 percent of the 2.6 million Somalis who needed it, said Mark Bowden, the U.N.’s top humanitarian official for Somalia. The situation was better in the Somali capital, where about half the city’s 600,000 inhabitants were receiving aid, he said. Transport and security were the two main problems, he said, and it was unclear what the effect would be of the Islamist withdrawal from their bases in the capital Saturday. There have been several serious gunfights at aid distributions recently, and at least 10 people have been killed. . . . Kiki Ghebo, another top U.N. humanitarian official, said different kinds of aid were needed: food for the starving, vaccines and medical help to prevent disease outbreaks, and things like plastic sheeting and cooking utensils for those who had been forced to flee their homes because of the war and famine.” See also: Famine’s devastation: 4 dead children, 1 family, Pope underlines urgency of famine in Somalia, Somalia famine has reached three new regions, says UN, KENYA-SOMALIA: Women and children suffer the most as famine spreads, Somali famine spreads to three more areas, says UN, Mogadishu machinations: Is the famine an opportunity?. PICTURES: Famine in Somalia. VIDEOS: 29,000 Somali children under 5 killed by famine, Thousands Under 5 Dead in Famine, UN Says, Somalia famine continues to spread, East Africa drought: More Somali areas hit by famine, Starved and desperate for aid in Somalia, CTF/SOS DRS Response: Horn of Africa – Drought/Famine 1 – Please Help!
Saint Anthony of Padua (Patron Saint of those who are Starving) (Feast Date: June 13) Extract fromNovena to Saint Anthony: “St. Anthony of Padua is a favorite saint of many people. Called the ‘Wonder Worker’ because of the many miracles with which God has favored him, St. Anthony has traditionally been the refuge of all who have lost things, whether temporal or spiritual. If you want to express your devotion to St. Anthony, you can make a novena of nine or thirteen Tuesdays, or of nine consecutive days, by using any of the following prayers. . . . ‘St. Anthony, your love for the infant Jesus made him present to you to see and hold in your arms. Help us to see and love Jesus in all the poor and suffering of the world. Move us to clothe, feed and help Jesus, in all unwanted, abused and abandoned children and people. Lead us, for the sake of Jesus, who became a child like one of us, to reverence and protect all human life from its beginning to its end. Amen.’” See Baroque PICTURE of Saint Anthony of Padua. See also: June 13 – Saint Anthony of Padua: Patron Saint of Brazil, of Travelers and Against Starvation.
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Cajetan, the Patron Saint of the unemployed, may come to the aid of those without work in Australia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster (Unemployment) Map of Australia Extract from Australia unemployment rate jumps: “Australia’s unemployment rate surged to an eight-month high in July, raising further concerns about a slowdown in its economy. The unemployment rate was 5.1% in July, the country’s statistical bureau said. There are concerns that high borrowing costs and weak consumer spending, coupled with floods earlier in the year, have hurt the economy. Last week, Australia’s central bank cut its annual growth forecast to 3.25% from 4.25%. Analysts said given the current economic scenario, the unemployment rate was likely to remain high for some time.” See also: Australian unemployment in surprise jump, Victoria hardest hit in jobless rise, Unemployment the biggest threat to the economy, says NAB chief.
Saint Cajetan (Patron Saint of the Unemployed) (Feast Date: August 7) Extract from SAINT CAJETAN of THIENA: “Saint Cajetan was born in 1480 at Vicenza near Venice in Italy, of the pious and noble family by the name of Thiena.His great-uncle, who bore the same name as himself and was a Canon of Padua, was considered to be the prince of the theologians of his century; and several prelates and cardinals, as well as governors of Milan and Naples, were of the same line. His parents dedicated Cajetan to our Blessed Lady. From childhood he was remarked for his obedience, his temperance, and his charity towards the poor. A distinguished student, a veritable model for all his peers, he desired a higher perfection and left his native town, where he was in honor, to seek obscurity in Rome. There, however, Pope Julius II, perceiving his merit, named him an apostolic protonotary, a high office. He joined a certain Congregation or Confraternity known as that of Divine Love and, working with its members, introduced frequent Communion in their midst, and elsewhere through their influence. The Pope saw to his ordination, and he then offered many fervent Masses. About that time, on Christmas Eve at the Church of Saint Mary Major, when he entered the church he saw the Holy Mother; She came to him and placed Her divine Infant in his arms. It was also Saint Cajetan who later would introduce the Forty Hours’ Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, as an antidote to the heresy of Calvin. . . . When the Germans, under Constable Bourbon, sacked Rome, Saint Cajetan was barbarously scourged to extort from him imaginary riches; his only wealth was his good works, which he had long since securely stored in heaven. When the Saint was on his deathbed, resigned to the Will of God, happy to suffer to satisfy his love, and eager for death to attain to life, he again beheld the Mother of God, radiant with splendor and surrounded by ministering seraphim. Turning Her countenance full of majesty and sweetness upon him, She said, ‘Cajetan, My Son calls you. Let us go in peace.’ Worn out with toil and sickness, he went to his reward in 1547.” See also: August 7 – Saint Cajetan: Patron Saint of the Unemployed (Multilingual). VIDEO: St. Cajetan. NOVENA to Saint Cajetan Patron of the Unemployed.
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Elizabeth of Portugal, the Patron Saint of Peace, may come to the aid of those affected by Rioting in England. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster (Riots) Map of England Extract from Britain Debates Riots and Fears They Set a Pattern: “Still reeling with shock and anger over the worst rioting in decades, Britain turned on Wednesday to a tough reckoning with the perpetrators, even as the police and political leaders worried about a potentially explosive new pattern of interracial violence that could be set off by the past four days of mayhem. Despite at least a temporary lull in the rioting that has ravaged London and other major cities, concern was growing about many of the ethnically segregated districts battered by the rampaging disorder, particularly Birmingham, Britain’s second-largest city. Three young men of Pakistani descent were killed there on Tuesday night when a car mounted a sidewalk and crashed into a group of residents who had gathered to protect local businesses from attack. . . . While London and other major cities afflicted by rioting were in a state of tense calm at nightfall on Wednesday, courts began round-the-clock sessions to begin processing some of the 1,200 people arrested in the five days since the rioting erupted in an impoverished district of north London. The wildfire spread of violence, the initial failure of the police to contain it, the slow early response of political leaders and the cruelty of the attacks have left the nation shaken and wrung by an embittered debate about whom and what to blame. Prime Minister David Cameron took a tough line, saying the actions of those who looted and committed arson showed a lack of “proper morals” and a failure of parenting. One surprise was the presence of young men and women with regular jobs among the riot suspects lined up in police wagons outside courthouses in London and other cities. That raised questions about why they had been caught up in the kind of mayhem that has traditionally drawn on an underclass of alienated young people, with no jobs and few prospects. Many of those who were remanded for trial appeared to come from just those kinds of backgrounds — evidence, as some commentators saw it, that the root causes of the disorders lay in social deprivation and despair.” See also: Three killed protecting property during Birmingham riots, Was Tottenham’s riot a cry of rage?, UK riots spread to Liverpool. PICTURES: Riots in England.VIDEOS: TimesCast | Riots Spread in Britain, A 4th night of riots in Britain, England riots: Fightback under way, says PM, London riots: Met police raid suspected looters . London Riot: Tory HQ smashed by British students, Graffiti Riot: Paint bombs fly at cops as students rage in London.
Saint Elizabeth of Portugal (Feast Date: July 4): Extract from: SAINT ELIZABETH Queen of Portugal (1271-1336): “Saint Elizabeth was born in 1271. She was the daughter of Pedro III of Aragon, and named for her aunt, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. As a child she was holy, and when she was given in marriage to Dennis, King of Portugal, she became a saintly wife. She heard Mass and recited the Divine Office daily, but her devotions were arranged with such prudence that they interfered with none of her duties of state. She prepared for her frequent Communions by works of charity, austerities and fasts, and by her Communions for these heroic works of charity. Elizabeth herself cared for the sick whom she visited, and never did a poor beggar leave her palace without having received what he needed. . . . The patience of Saint Elizabeth and the wonderful sweetness with which she cherished the children even of her rivals, eventually won over the king, and he became a devoted husband and a Christian king. She founded many charitable institutions and religious houses, among others a convent of Poor Clares. . . . The Blessed Virgin appeared to her, accompanied by Saint Clare of Assisi and several other holy women.” See picture of St. Elizabeth of Portugal. See also: July 4 – Saint Elizabeth of Portugal: Patron Saint of Peace – Invoked in Times of War (Multilingual), July 4 – Prayer to St. Elizabeth of Portugal.
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the Patron Saint of Haiti, may come to the aid of those affected by Tropical Storm Emily in that nation. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster (Tropical Storm Emily)Map of Haiti in America Extract fromTropical Storm Emily Hits Haiti; Damages Hundreds Of Homes, “Rivers rose to dangerous levels in Haiti’s rural center Thursday even as Tropical Storm Emily broke apart and became a wet low pressure system after dumping rains over Haiti and the southwestern corner of the Dominican Republic. . . . The Artibonite is particularly prone to flooding because the surrounding mountains have been almost completely deforested by people clearing trees for agriculture and to make charcoal. . . . With about 600,000 Haitians still living in flimsy tents and shanties because of the January 2010 earthquake, strong winds whipped through palm trees in Haiti’s capital while heavier rains fell farther north, damaging homes and a cholera treatment center, said Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste, the country’s civil defense director. . . . More than 1,000 people were evacuated from their homes in the far western town of Jeremie but were expected to return to their homes Thursday night, Jean-Baptiste said. . . . Schneider said the U.N. mission also sent heavy equipment to the Central Plateau to help repair a road cut by flooding. A team of sanitation specialists also traveled to the area to help stem the flow of the flood cholera treatment center.” See also: Tropical Storm Emily kills 1 in Haiti, 3 in DR, Tropical Storm Emily heads over quake-ravaged Haiti.CTF/SOS DRS RESPONSE 2010-01 Earthquake in Haiti, CTF/SOS DRS RESPONSE: 2010 10 Haiti Cholera Epidemic, VIDEO: Tropical Storm Emily. . .
Saint Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Patron Saint of Haiti) (Feast Date: June 27) Extract from Our Lady of Perpetual Help: “The picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is painted on wood, with background of gold. It is Byzantine in style and is supposed to have been painted in the thirteenth century. It represents the Mother of God holding the Divine Child while the Archangels Michael and Gabriel present before Him the instruments of His Passion. . . . It was brought to Rome towards the end of the fifteenth century by a pious merchant, who, dying there, ordered by his will that the picture should be exposed in a church for public veneration. It was exposed in the church of San Matteo, Via Merulana, between Saint Mary Major and Saint John Lateran. Crowds flocked to this church, and for nearly three hundred years many graces were obtained through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. See also: June 27 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Patron Saint of Haiti (Multilingual), VIDEOS: PRAYERS: Our Mother of Perpetual Help (Mother of God, Jesus Christ). PRAYERS: A NOVENA to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Joan of Arc, the Patron Saint of Soldiers, may come to the aid of those affected by the violent protests and humanitarian crisis in Syria. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster (Violent Protests) Map of Syria Extract from Syrians describe bloody assault in Hama: “Residents who have escaped describe sustained bombardment and say bodies lie in the streets as tanks and snipers hold positions. Food is running short as troops block supplies from entering the city. Residents fleeing the central Syrian city of Hama on Thursday said bodies lay in the streets and a humanitarian crisis was looming as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad pressed forward with an assault on the opposition stronghold. A summary of fragmentary accounts compiled by the Local Coordinating Committee of Syria, an opposition activist network, said at least 30 people were killed in the city Wednesday by sustained bombardment and shooting. It said many of the dead were buried in makeshift graves in parks.US says Syria dead ‘exceed 2,000’, Dozens die, thousands flee Syrian tank assault in Hama,Hama: One City, Two Massacres. VIDEOS: Syria unrest: Tanks ‘advance’ on besieged city of Hama, Syria: tanks continue assault on Hama.
Saint Joan of Arc (Patron Saint of Soldiers) (Feast Date: May 30) Extract from SAINT JOAN OF ARC: “Saint Joan of Arc or Jeanne la Pucelle (Joan the Maid) as she preferred to be called lived for only nineteen years but the brilliance of her life continues to inspire and amaze people even today. Joan was the youngest person in history to lead the armies of a nation at only seventeen and her victories at Orleans and Patay are considered among the greatest in all of military history. Despite her great successes, Joan was captured and put on trial for heresy by her English enemies under the auspices of a Church trial. She was ultimately convicted and declared a relapsed heretic and burned at the stake on May 30, 1430. Twenty-six years later another trial conducted by the Church (today’s Roman Catholic Church) overturned the ruling of the first trial and declared that Joan was a martyr who had been wrongly executed by corrupt partisan clergy who abused a Church trial for secular purposes. In 1920 Joan was officially canonized a Saint by the Roman Catholic Church affirming what so many during her life and down through the ages have believed that she was indeed “A SAINT.” See PICTURE of Saint Joan of Arc. See also: May 30- Saint Joan of Arc: Patron Saint of Soldiers and Rape Victims, PRAYERS to Saint Joan of Arc.