World Mission Rosary Intentions
December 19, 2011 – January 1, 2012
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. Nicholas of Myra, the Patron Saint of Travellers, may come to the aid of those affected by the boat accident in Nigeria. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster (Boat Accident) Map of Nigeria. Extract fromDeadly boat accident in Nigeria: “The wooden boat was travelling between Eagle Island and Mgbuodohia in Rivers State when it capsized on Tuesday (12/13/11). Despite the region’s oil wealth, most people there are poor and complain of bad transport networks. A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (Nema), Yushau Shuaib, said rescue workers had so far recovered 20 bodies. ‘The boat was overloaded with passengers, some standing,’ he said. . . . Divers are taking part in rescue operations, reports the BBC’s Fidelis Mbah from the capital of Rivers State, Port Harcourt. There were also goats on the boat, he says. A rescue official in the area, Umesi Emenike, said the survivors included a child and a pregnant woman who gave birth hours after being rescued, AFP news agency reports. ‘There are lots of onlookers, curious onlookers, and some very emotional relatives,’ he is quoted as saying. Roads are bad or non-existent in many parts of the Niger Delta, forcing people to travel by boat through the region’s creeks and rivers.” See also: Spike in Nigeria boat accident death toll, Nigerian boat accident kills at least 20. Read about the CTF/SOS DRS latest response to Disasters in Africa.
Saint Nicholas of Myra (Patron of Travellers) (Feast Date: December 6) Extract fromAbout St. Nicholas: “Nicholas came from one of the city’s wealthy merchant families, but he was not spoiled by his family’s wealth. His mother and father taught him to be generous to others, especially those in need. So Nicholas came to see that helping others makes one richer in life than anything else. One day, by chance, Nicholas heard about a rich man in Myra who lost all his money when his business failed. The man had three lovely daughters, all wishing to get married, but he had no money for their marriage. Besides, who would marry them, he thought, since their father is such a failure? With nothing to eat, the man in desperation decided to sell one of his daughters into slavery. At least then the rest of them might survive. That night before the first daughter was to be sold, Nicholas, with a small bag of gold in his hand, softly approached their house, and, tossing the gold through an open window, quickly vanished into the darkness. The next morning, the father found a bag of gold lying on the floor next to his bed. He had no idea where it came from. . . . The poor man fell to his knees and great tears came to his eyes. He thanked God for this beautiful gift. His spirits rose higher than they had been for a long time because someone had been so unexpectedly good to him. He arranged for his first daughter’s wedding and there was enough money left for the rest of them to live for almost a year.” See picture of St. Nicholas. See also: December 6 – Saint Nicholas of Myra, the “Wonderworker”, Patron Saint of Children, Travellers and Turkey(Multilingual), St Nicholas Rosary.
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Christopher, the Patron Saint against Flooding, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding in New Zealand. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster (Flooding) Map of New Zealand Extract from Rain brings more misery to Nelson: “Dozen of houses in Nelson have been damaged by flooding and slips caused by heavy rain the region, with more homes evacuated this afternoon. Roads and footpaths near the Matai River – which runs through Nelson – have eroded away, with the river breaching its banks in a number of places. Newstalk ZB reporter Tyler Adams said many houses close to the river in the centre of town had been damaged. ‘A lot of people out there, their houses have just been tipped in to the river and as the day goes on we hear more about evacuations. We have an area called The Wood, which is just two minutes out of the CBD, about 40-50 residents have been evacuated out of their houses there. A lot of those houses have just crumbled on the surface that they’re on.’ Incident commander Steve Caldwell confirmed residents were being evacuated from Grove Street. ‘There’s all sorts of rumblings going on at the back and we’re not taking any chance at all, so people have been asked to leave their houses and they’re being very co-operative with us,’’ he says.” See also: New Zealand Flooding, Nelson floods: $500k repair bill, Flash flooding, Man swept from armchair. Videos: Hundreds evacuated in New Zealand floods, Worst floods in New Zealand for ten years.
Saint Christopher (Patron Saint against Floods) (Feast Date: July 25) Extract from The Golden Legend The Life of Saint Christopher: “Christopher tofore his baptism was named Reprobus, but afterwards he was named Christopher, which is as much to say as bearing Christ, of that that he bare Christ in four manners. He bare him on his shoulders by conveying and leading, in his body by making it lean, in mind by devotion, and in his mouth by confession and predication. . . . (he) found a child beside the rivage of the river, which prayed him goodly to bear him over the water. And then Christopher lift up the child on his shoulders, and took his staff, and entered into the river for to pass. And the water of the river arose and swelled more and more: and the child was heavy as lead, and alway as he went farther the water increased and grew more, and the child more and more waxed heavy, insomuch that Christopher had great anguish and was afeard to be drowned. And when he was escaped with great pain, and passed the water, and set the child aground, he said to the child: Child, thou hast put me in great peril; thou weighest almost as I had all the world upon me, I might bear no greater burden. And the child answered: Christopher, marvel thee nothing, for thou hast not only borne all the world upon thee, but thou hast borne him that created and made all the world, upon thy shoulders. I am Jesu Christ the king, to whom thou servest in this work. And because that thou know that I say to be the truth, set thy staff in the earth by thy house, and thou shalt see to-morn that it shall bear flowers and fruit, and anon he vanished from his eyes. And then Christopher set his staff in the earth, and when he arose on the morn, he found his staff like a palmier bearing flowers, leaves and dates.” See PICTURE of Saint Christopher. See also:July 25- Saint Christopher: Patron Saint of Travelers, against Floods (Multilingual), Prayer to Saint Christopher.
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Banneux, the Patron Saint of Belgium, may come to the aid of those affected by gun attacks in Liege, Belgium. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster (Gun attacks) (12/13/11) Map of Belgium Extract from Belgium Attack: 75-Year-Old Woman is Fifth Casualty: “The death of a 75-year-old woman on Thursday brought the death toll of Tuesday’s shooting in Liege, Belgium to six, including gunman Nordine Amrani, who committed suicide. In the initial confusion following the attack, the woman had already been reported dead, but it was later clarified that she had been hospitalized and was in critical condition. The woman, who has not been named, died early Thursday morning. Two teenaged males leaving exams were killed on the spot on Tuesday when Amrani launched his grenade attack and shooting spree in Liege’s Place Saint Lambert on Tuesday afternoon. A 17-month old boy who was injured in the attack died in a hospital on Wednesday. Additionally, when searching Amrani’s house a day after the attack, police found a woman’s body in a shed where Amrani grew marijuana plants. The 45-year-old woman had been shot in the head. ‘It was a cleaning lady. This is how she met him yesterday morning,’ Liege Prosecutor Daniele Reynders told The Associated Press. ‘She dies [sic], shot with a bullet in the head.’ Amrani killed himself on the elevated platform in the Place Saint Lambert where he threw grenades down on a bus shelter and used an assault rifle to shoot shoppers and commuters.” See also: Liege attacks: Elderly woman becomes fifth victim of Belgian killer, Liege attack: Death toll rises to five, Videos: Belgium Mourns, Liege attack: Belgian police search for gunman motive. CTF/SOS DRS Latest Response to European Disasters
Saint Mary, Our Lady of Banneux (Patron Saint of Belgium) (Feast Date: January 15) The Apparitions at Banneux: “Mariette again left the house at about seven and knelt down in the snow to pray. After a couple of decades of the rosary she again saw the Lady, stretched out her arms and said: ‘Oh, she is here!’ before asking her who she was, to hear the reply: ‘I am the Virgin of the poor.’ She then took the same path to the spring by the ditch, again falling to her knees on a total of three occasions. Mary spoke to her: ‘This spring is reserved for all the nations – to relieve the sick.’ Finally Mariette repeated the last words of the Lady for this apparition, which only lasted about seven minutes: ‘I shall pray for you. Au Revoir.’ Mariette continued on subsequent evenings to pray, on her own sometimes, often with her father too, but it was only after three weeks of disappointment that the Lady again appeared to her on 11 February, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Six people were present on this cold, moonlit, Saturday evening, and after reaching the spring, with similar genuflections as before, Mariette plunged her hand into the water and blessed herself, while appearing to listen intently to someone. After a few minutes Mariette thanked her unseen visitor and tearfully made her way back to the house, indicating the Lady’s words: ‘I come to relieve suffering.’ Afterwards she went to see Fr. Jamin and gave him a full account of what had happened. There were no more apparitions until 15 February, when several ladies and Mariette’s mother were with her in the garden. The rosary was recited and then Mariette again saw the beautiful Lady, reporting that the priest had asked her for a sign and then listening intently for several minutes before bursting into tears. She could only say that the Lady had said: ‘Believe in me, I will believe in you. Pray much. Au Revoir.’ See PICTURE of Our Lady of Banneux. See also: January 15 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Banneux, Virgin of the Poor: Patron Saint of Belgium (Multilingual), Our Lady of Banneux (Multilingual), Our Lady of Banneux (EN), Why pray the Rosary every day for a year? Prayer to Our Lady of Banneux.
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Zita of Lucca, the Patron Saint of Rape Victims, may come to the aid of those affected by rape in Haiti. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster (Rape) Map of Haiti Extract fromIRIN film: Haiti’s Rape Survivors,: “More than 18 months since the earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, women and girls living in makeshift camps remain vulnerable to sexual violence. . . . According to human rights organizations, continued lack of security is one of the main factors contributing to high levels of rape in and around the internal displacement camps. More than 250 cases of rape were reported in several camps in the first 150 days after the earthquake, according to Amnesty International. Sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence were widespread in Haiti even before the earthquake. In the 1990s, Human Rights Watch (HRW) documented the use of rape as a form of oppression during the regime of Raoul Cédras. From 2004 to 2006, the UN Security Council estimated that 35,000 women and girls were subjected to rape and sexual violence. ‘After you have been raped, you have nowhere to go, you have to return to the camp and face the person who raped you,’ says Christoff. As police stations and courts were reduced to rubble during the earthquake, the few protection mechanisms that did exist were destroyed.” See also: Tackling rape in Haiti. Borderless With Brooklyn: Rape in Haiti’s tent city endangers thousands. CTF/SOS DRS Recent Response to Disasters in America:Haiti,Chile.
Saint Zita of Lucca (Patron Saint of Rape Victims) (Feast Date: April 27) Extract from St. Zita of Lucca: “Zita is a good saint for those of us who sometimes lose a chance to do some good by waiting to do something better. St. Francis of Assisi was still living when Zita was born to poor, devout Italian parents. From the age of 12 until her death, she worked as a servant for the Fatinelli family in Lucca. She was a hard worker, pious and generous. Although that dedication provoked jealousy on the part of some other servants, Zita won them over by her patience. As the years passed, she became famous for helping the sick, the poor and the imprisoned. She was regarded locally as a saint soon after her death; that title was officially given to her in 1696.” See PICTURE of Saint Zita. See also:April 27 – Saint Zita of Lucca: Patron Saint of Domestic Workers, Lost Keys, Rape Victims.(Multilingual), Prayer to St. Zita.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Anastasia, Healer from Poisoning, may come to the aid of those affected by alcohol poisoning in West Bengal, India. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster (Alcohol Poisoning) Map of India Extract from130 Indian villagers die from alcohol poisoning: “More than 130 poor villagers, including a 12-year-old girl, have died from alcohol poisoning after drinking illegal Indian ‘country-made liquor’ in West Bengal. Relatives of the victims said corrupt police and officials knew about the illegal distilleries but allowed them to operate. Officials fear the toll could rise higher with dozens more victims being treated in hospitals close to the state capital Calcutta, where they were admitted suffering from violent stomach cramps. Deaths from alcohol poisoning from ‘country-made liquor’ are not uncommon in India. In 2008 more than 180 people were killed in Bangalore and in 2009 136 people were killed in Gujarat, which prohibits the consumption of alcohol. The state recently introduced the death penalty for those in the illegal alcohol industry. Officials said a batch of country liquor sold to rickshaw drivers and poor leather workers in 10 villages in and around Mograhat and Sangrampur in West Bengal, claimed its first victim on Wednesday afternoon after they had first drunk liquor adulterated with methanol on Tuesday afternoon. The death toll increased rapidly and has now reached 131, a senior police officer confirmed.” See also: Who, What, Why: Why are Indians dying from alcohol poisoning? Videos: 143 killed by alcohol poisoning in India, Tainted alcohol kills scores in India. CTF/SOS DRS Response: 2011-10 Floods in Thailand,Pakistan.
Saint Anastasia (Healer from Poison) (Feast Date: December 25) Extract from Saint Anastasia, Virgin and Martyr – 3rd century:“St. Anastasia was a noble Roman who was raised in the faith by her mother and St. Chrysogonus. She was betrothed against her will to a pagan named Publius, but the man died before he could have her. She had three Christian serving girls who were desired lustfully by the Prefect. Through a number of humiliations and tortures, they kept their virtue and were finally martyred. Another prefect tried to marry Anastasia against her will, but in the bridal chamber he was struck blind. He went to a pagan temple and complained of this to his gods, who replied that he was doomed to spend eternity with them in hell. Yet another prefect tried to wed St. Anastasia so as to gain her wealth. She protested that her wealth had to go to the poor, so he had her shipped to an island where she was burned to death along with a number of other Christians. St. Apollonia took her body back to Rome and buried it in a garden. On the site of the garden a church was later built.” St. Anastasia PICTURE and PRAYER. See also: December 25 – Saint Anastasia, Healer from Poison (Multilingual).