Servants of Saint Camillus Disastr 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. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi, the Patron Saint of the Sick, may come to the aid of those affected by illness as a result poverty in the Horn of Africa. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster (Illness resulting from Poverty) Map of Horn of Africa Extract from Crisis in Horn of Africa: “Somalia is at the heart of one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today. Twenty years of conflict and waves of drought have uprooted a quarter of the country’s 7.5 million people. As the region faces its most severe drought in 60 years, the Somali exodus is growing fast. In the first half of 2011 alone, more than 83,000 Somalis fled into Kenya and over 54,000 into Ethiopia. In July, daily arrivals in each country ranged from 1,300 to 1,700. An additional 2,600 Somalis had crossed the north-western border into Djibouti by mid-2011. The refugees say they fled a combination of violence and drought in Somalia. Many are waiting until the last possible moment to flee, putting up with violence, crop failures and rising food prices until they can no longer survive where they were. Insecurity prevents aid from reaching them, forcing people to leave their sick and elderly behind and flee their homes to get help. Many walk for weeks to reach aid in neighbouring countries. Some do not survive the harsh journey; the weakest children die along the way as their mothers watch helplessly. Those refugees who make it to Kenya or Ethiopia’s camps arrive exhausted, dehydrated and severely malnourished. Child deaths are alarmingly high. The refugees urgently need medical aid and high-protein, high-energy food. They also need clean water, shelter and basic services in the camps.” See also: CTF/SOS DRS Response: Horn of Africa Famine –Update 1, KENYA: Disease concerns as flash floods hit coastal area. VIDEOS: Somalia’s children dying in record numbers, Star-studded PSA tackles famine in Africa, Acute Shortage of Lifesaving meds in Somalia.
Saint Mary Magdalene of Pazzi (Patron Saint of the Sick) (Feast Date: May 25) Extract fromSaint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, Virgin: “Thy life here below, O Magdalene, resembled that of an Angel, who was sent by God to assume our weak and fallen nature, and be subject to its laws. Thy soul was ceaselessly aspiring to a life which was all heavenly, and thy Jesus was ever giving thee that thirst of Love which can only be quenched at the waters of life everlasting (St. John, iv. 14). A heavenly light revealed to thee such admirable mysteries, such treasures of truth and beauty, that thy heart, unequal to the sweetness thus given to it by the Holy Ghost, sought relief in sacrifice and suffering. It seemed to thee, as though there was but one way of making God a return for his favours, the annihilation of self. Seraphic lover of our God! how are we to imitate thee? what is our love, when we compare it to thine? And yet, we can imitate thee. The year of the Church’s Liturgy was thy very life. Each of its Seasons did its work in thee, and brought thee new light and love. The divine Babe of Bethlehem, the bleeding Victim of the Cross, the glorious Conqueror of Death, the Holy Ghost radiant with his seven gifts, each of these great Realities enraptured thee; and thy soul, renewed by the annual succession of the Mysteries, was transformed into Him, Who, that He might win our hearts, gives these sublime celebrations to His Church. Thy love of souls was great during thy sojourn here; it is more ardent now that thou art in possession of the Sovereign Good; obtain for us, O Magdalene, light to see the riches which enraptured thee, and love to love the treasures which enamoured thee. O riches! O treasures! is it possible that they are ours too?” See PICTURE of St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi. See also: May 25 – Saint Mary Magdalene of Pazzi: Patron Saint of the Sick and against Sexual Temptation (Multilingual).
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Amatus of Nusco, the Patron Saint against Earthquakes, may come to the aid of those affected by the earthquake in Bali, Indonesia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster (Earthquake) Map of Indonesia Extract from Quake shakes Indonesia’s Bali, tourists run from hotels: “DENPASAR, Indonesia, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s resort island of Bali was struck by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake on Thursday, injuring dozens and sending tourists running out of hotels. The Red Cross said 44 people in the south of the island suffered injuries, some with head injuries and broken bones from falling ceilings, with one person in a critical condition. It said one school and house collapsed. The epicentre of the quake was about 160 km (100 miles) southwest of the island’s capital Denpasar, the U.S. geological survey said. Caroline Mercier, a 40-year-old tourist in the island’s cultural centre of Ubud, said she was used to feeling quakes in California, but never like this one. ‘It started at my feet and went all though my heart and head — it made me nauseous. My first reaction was to get out of the house. I was very confused when the roof started shaking,’ she told Reuters. Novotel Bali Benoa, one of many resorts in the luxury southern beach area of Nusa Dua, evacuated its guests as the hotel shook for a minute.” ‘The funny thing is that the foreign guests who were sitting in the lobby did not feel the shaking. They started running when hearing people say ‘there’s an earthquake’ while running down the lobby,’ hotel worker Ariyanti told Reuters.” See also: Earthquake Rattles Bali, Bali police HQ evacuated due to 6.8-magnitude earthquake.
Saint Amatus of Nusco (Patron Saint against Earthquakes) (Feast Dates: August 31, September 30 ) Extract fromAmatus of Nusco: “Born to a wealthy family. First bishop of Nusco, Italy in 1048. He restored and built churches, and helped found the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria in nearby Fondigliano, Italy, a house that lasted 400 years.” See also:August 31, September 30 – Saint Amatus of Nusco: Patron Saint against Earthquakes.
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, the Madonna of St. Luke, the Patron Saint of Italy, may come to the aid of those affected by violent protests in Rome. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster (Violent Protests) Map of ItalyExtract fromOccupy protest in Rome turns violent: “Italian riot police fired tear gas and water cannons in Rome on Saturday as violent protesters hijacked a peaceful demonstration against corporate greed, smashing bank windows, torching cars and hurling bottles. Elsewhere, hundreds of thousands nicknamed ‘the indignant’ marched without incident in cities across Europe, as the Occupy Wall Street protests, which started in New York, linked up with long-running demonstrations against European governments’ austerity measures. Heavy smoke billowed in downtown Rome as a small group broke away and wreaked havoc in streets close to the Colosseum and elsewhere in the city. Clad in black with their faces covered, protesters threw rocks, bottles and incendiary devices at banks and Rome police in riot gear. With clubs and hammers, they destroyed bank ATMs, set trash bins on fire and assaulted at least two news crews from Sky Italia. Riot police charged the protesters repeatedly, firing water cannons and tear gas. Around 70 people were injured, according to news reports, including one man who tried to stop the protesters from throwing bottles. Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno blamed the violence on ‘a few thousand thugs from all over Italy, and possibly from all over Europe, who infiltrated the demonstration.’ VIDEOS: Protests go global, rampage, tear gas in Rome, Protests heating up across Europe.
Saint Mary, Madonna of Saint Luke (Patron Saint of Italy) (Feast Dates: August 26, May 21) Extract from St Luke Madonna, 1435-40by Rogier van der WEYDEN: “Rogier created another great work during his early period in Brussels, roughly between the middle of the 1430s and the beginning of the 1440s: the painting of St Luke Drawing a Portrait of the Virgin, known as the St Luke Madonna. St Luke the Evangelist was also the first Christian painter, and had painted the Virgin Mary from life. As a consequence he was the patron saint of painters, and in many towns and cities was regarded as patron of their guilds. As a result, most of the major pictures of St Luke were destined for the altars of these communities; Rogier’s painting was probably an altarpiece for the Brussels guild.” See picture of The Black Madonna of Częstochowa. See picture of Our Lady of Vladimir.See also: May 21, August 26 – Madonna of Saint Luke: Patron Saint of Italy.August 26 – Our Lady of Czestochowa: Patron Saint of Poland, October 18 – Saint Luke, Slave, Patron Saint of Physicians, (Multilingual), Our Lady of Vladimir (EN).
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary Ann de Paredes, the Patron Saint of the Americas, may come to the aid of those affected by torrential rains in Central America. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster (Torrential Rains) Map of Cental America Extract fromHeavy Rains Wreak Havoc Through Central America,: “Central American authorities said on Sunday that at least 66 people had died in six days of heavy rains that caused landslides, floods and bridge failures throughout the region. Officials ordered evacuations as the rain was expected to continue, possibly through Wednesday. El Salvador’s director of civil protection, Jorge Meléndez, said that at least 24 people had died, most of them buried in their houses by landslides. Authorities were evacuating people from the area around a volcano near San Salvador, the capital. Guatemalan officials confirmed 28 deaths in their country. President Álvaro Colom declared a state of emergency. In Honduras, officials tallied at least nine deaths and estimated that 2,500 homes, 29 roads and eight bridges had been damaged. Officials in Nicaragua said five people had died there. The rain had begun to abate, they said.” See also: Floods death toll rises in Central America, Heavy Rains in Central America Take Their Toll, 66 Deaths Reported. VIDEOS: Central America floods and landslides ‘leave 80 dead’.
Saint Mary Ann de Paredes (Patron Saint of the Americas) (Feast Date: May 26) Extract from
Mary Ann de Paredes: “Daughter of Don Girolamo Flores Zenel de Paredes, a nobleman of Toledo, and Doña Mariana Cranobles de Xaramilo; Her birth was accompanied by unusual celestial phenomena. Orphaned very young, she was raised by her older sister and her husband. Mary Ann was a pious child with a devotion to Mary. She was miraculously saved from death several times. Attracted to religious life at an early age, at ten she made vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. She initially wanted to be a Dominican nun, but instead became a hermit in home of her sister. Her life changed at that point, and except to attend church, she never left the house again. Given to severe austerities, she slept little, and ate an ounce of dry bread every eight or ten days, surviving solely on the Eucharist which she received during daily Communion. Given to ecstacies; had gifts of prophecy, remote viewing, reading of hearts, healing by making the Sign of the Cross or sprinkling with holy water, and at least once restored a dead person to life. During a series of earthquakes in 1645, and inevitable epidemics that followed them, in Quito, Ecuador she publicly offered herself as a victim for the city and died shortly after. Immediately after her death there blossomed a pure white lily from her blood. The Republic of Ecuador has declared her a national heroine.”See PICTURE of Saint Mary Ann de Paredes. See also: May 26 – Saint Mary Ann de Paredes: Patron Saint of the Americas. VIDEOS: Saint Mary Ann de Paredes – The Lily of Quito (PL)(Multilingual).
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Gratus of Aosta, the Patron Saint against Rain, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding in Thailand. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster (Floods) Map of Thailand Extract fromDefences bolstered as floods threaten Thai capital,: “Rescue workers reinforced make-shift walls and sand-bags around Bangkok on Saturday as the worst floods in half-a-century threatened Thailand’s low-lying capital after swamping entire provinces in the north. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra sought to reassure Bangkok’s 12 million people they would largely escape floods that have swept over a third of Thailand since July, killing at least 297 people, causing about $3 billion in damage and turning villages and industrial parks into lakes. The north, northeast and centre of Thailand have been worst hit and Bangkok — much of it only two metres (6.5 ft) above sea level — is at risk as water overflows from reservoirs in the north, swelling the Chao Phraya river that winds through the densely populated city. . . . Despite official assurances, residents stocked up on bottled water, instant noodles, rice and canned goods, emptying shelves in some major markets. Many parked their cars in elevated garages, or piled sand-bags in front of shop-houses and homes. ‘If we are not prepared for the floods, it is hard to imagine what will happen if the government cannot help us in time,’ said Sompong Pinmaninsab, a bank worker in Ta Prachan, a Bangkok district known for its markets next to the Chao Phraya river. ‘Anything can happen.’ See also: Thailand’s worst flooding in decades threatens Bangkok, As Thailand Floods Spread, Experts Blame Officials, Not Rains,Bangkok Flood Defenses Hold Firm, Bangkok Flood Barriers Hold Firm in City, THAILAND: Agencies gear up for possible water-borne diseases. VIDEOS: Thai volunteers fight flood risk, Focus on Bangkok endangers other Thai cities, Racing to Protect Bangkok from Flood, Flood waters strike factories in Thailand.
Saint Gratus of Aosta (Patron Saint against Rain) (Feast Date: September 7) Extract from PATRON SAINTS: “Saint Gratus, former bishop of Aosta, is now its patron saint (Benedictines). In art, Saint Gratus is depicted as a bishop carrying the head of Saint John the Baptist and a bunch of grapes. There may be lightning flashing near him (Roeder). He is the protector of vineyards and is invoked against dangerous animals, fire, insects, hail, lightning, rain, and storm (Roeder). See PICTURE of Saint Gratus of Aosta. See also: September 7 – Saint Gratus of Aosta: Patron Saint Against Rain, Best St Gratus Online Information.