August 13 – August 23, 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 Saint Angela Merici, the Patron Saint of the Sick, may come to the aid of those affected by the Ebola Virus in Uganda. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster: Ebola outbreak Map of Uganda Extract from: Prisoner with suspected case of Ebola escapes from hospital in Uganda: “One of five prisoners receiving treatment for a suspected case of Ebola virus in Uganda escaped overnight Friday from the hospital at the center of the outbreak, a health official said. ‘Should his results come back and he is positive, that causes us a lot of worry. So right now, we have resolved that the remaining prisoners will be cuffed on the beds for fear that they might also escape,’ said Dr. Jackson Amune, com’More deaths in Uganda Ebola outbreak. ‘We do expect the number of suspected cases to increase,’ Kyamanywa said. ‘It’s important to break transmission and reduce the number of contacts that suspected cases have.’ The inmates from Kibaale prison are among 30 people at Kagadi hospital with suspected cases of the virus. Two additional patients have confirmed cases, according to Doctors Without Borders. The prisoners have been showing Ebola-like symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea and fever, Dr. Dan Kyamanywa said Thursday. ‘”We do expect the number of suspected cases to increase,’ Kyamanywa said. “It’s important to break transmission and reduce the number of contacts that suspected cases have.’” See also: Health Team Fights Ebola Outbreak That Has Killed 14 in Uganda, Prisoner with Ebola symptoms escapes. Videos: Ebola Outbreak in Uganda, Ebola outbreak suspected among Uganda prisoners. Read about the CTF/SOS DRS latest response to Disasters in Africa.
Saint Angela Merici: Patron Saint of the Sick (Feast Dates: January 27) Extract from St. Angela Merici: “When she was 56, Angela Merici said “No” to the Pope. She was aware that Clement VII was offering her a great honor and a great opportunity to serve when he asked her to take charge of a religious order of nursing sisters. But Angela knew that nursing was not what God had called her to do with her life. . . . She brought together a group of unmarried women, fellow Franciscan tertiaries and other friends, who went out into the streets to gather up the girls they saw and teach them. These women had little money and no power, but were bound together by their dedication to education and commitment to Christ. Living in their own homes, they met for prayer and classes where Angela reminded them, ” Reflect that in reality you have a greater need to serve [the poor] than they have of your service.” They were so successful in their service that Angela was asked to bring her innovative approach to education to other cities, and impressed many people, including the pope. Though she turned him down, perhaps the pope’s request gave her the inspiration or the push to make her little group more formal. Although it was never a religious order in her lifetime, Angela’s Company of Saint Ursula, or the Ursulines, was the first group of women religious to work outside the cloister and the first teaching order of women.” See also: Saint Angela Merici, Catholic Prayer: Litany of St. Angela Merici. VIDEOS: Saint Angela Merici, Saint Angela Merici Jan 27.
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Bathilde, the Patron Saint of Children, may come to the aid of those affected by high rates of child mortality in Indonesia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster: Child Mortality Map of Indonesia Extract from INDONESIA: Low health awareness deadly for children: “Poor knowledge of basic healthcare and lack of sanitation are contributing to the high number of deaths among children under the age of five in Indonesia. Among poorer households child deaths are more than three times higher than in richer ones. According to Countdown 2015, a global collaboration to achieve health-related Millennium Development Goals, 151,000 Indonesian children died in 2010 before they reached the age of five – 35 out of every 1,000 live births. To reach the target of reducing child deaths by two-thirds of the 1990 death rate, seven more children out of every 1,000 births need to survive. Causes of children under five years dying in 2010 included pneumonia, which accounted for 14 percent of deaths, preterm births caused 21 percent, injuries 6 percent, and measles and diarrhoea 5 percent each, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The agency noted that 48 percent of children’s deaths took place in their first 28 days of life. ‘Poor nutrition and lack of clean water are important contributors to child mortality in Indonesia,” said Isni Ahmad, a spokeswoman for the NGO, Plan International, in Indonesia.” See also: Simple Hygiene Skills Could Reduce Child Deaths In Indonesia.
Saint Bathilde: Patron Saint of Children (Feast Date: January 3) Extract from St. Bathilde: “Wife of Clovis II, King of France, time and place of birth unknown; d. January; 680. According to some chronicles she came from England and was a descendant of the Anglo-Saxon kings, but this is a doubtful statement. It is certain that she was a slave in the service of the wife of Erchinoald, mayor of the palace of Neustria. Her unusual qualities of mind and her virtues inspired the confidence of her master who gave many of the affairs of the household into her charge and, after the death of his wife, wished to marry her. At this the young girl fled and did not return until Erchinoald had married again. About this time Clovis II met her at the house of the mayor of the palace, and was impressed by her beauty, grace, and the good report he had of her. He freed and married her, 649. This sudden elevation did not diminish the virtues of Bathilde but gave them a new lustre. Her humility, spirit of prayer, and large-hearted generosity to the poor were particularly noticeable.” See also: Saint Bathilde.
Europe (White 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 affected by high unemployment in Greece. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster: High Unemployment Map of GreeceExtract fromGreece unemployment reaches record high: “‘My unemployment benefit runs out in a few months, I hope the government keeps its promise to extend it by another 12 months,’ said Eva Grigoriou, 42, who lost her job in retail trade as the recession led to cutbacks. ‘I don’t see light at the end of the tunnel with more austerity ahead. Recovery is being pushed back every year,’ she said. The sharp labour market deterioration, coupled with cuts in pay and pensions and a bleak economic outlook, have fuelled anger against the pro-bailout mainstream parties which suffered major losses in two election rounds in May and June. The data showed 1.147 million people were officially jobless, 37.2 per cent more than in the same month a year earlier. . . . The latest data, published on Thursday, showed that the country’s jobless rate climbed to 23.1 per cent in May from 22.6 per cent in April. Almost 55 per cent of Greeks aged 15-24 are out of work, a desperate situation that fed into the popularity of anti-bailout parties in Greek elections this year.” See also: Greek Unemployment Rises to 23.1 Percent in May, Greek unemployment rate soars to new record, more pain ahead.
Saint Cajetan: Patron Saint of the Unemployed (Feast Date: August 7) Extract from Saint Cajetan: “Born to the Venetian nobility. Caytanao studied law in Padua, and was offered governing posts, but turned them down for a religious vocation. Ordained at age 36. In 1522, Cajetan founded a hospital in Venice, Italy for victims of incurable illness. Cajetan was aware of the need of reformation in the Church, and felt called to enter a religious community to serve the sick and poor. On 3 May 1524, with three others, including John Peter Caraffa who later became Pope Paul IV, he formed the Congregation of Clerks Regular (Theatines) at Rome, Italy with the mission of fostering the Church‘s mission and reviving the spirit and zeal of the clergy. Founded a bank to help the poor and offer an alternative to usurers (loan sharks); it later became the Bank of Naples. Known for a gentle game he played with parishioners where he would bet prayers, rosaries or devotional candles on whether he would perform some service for them; he always did, and they always had to “pay” by saying the prayers.” See also: August 7 – Saint Cajetan: Patron Saint of the Unemployed. Novena to Saint Cajetan Patron of the Unemployed. VIDEOS: Aug 07 – Homily: Saint Cajetan, Novena Saint Cajetan.
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Peace, may come to the aid of those affected by the shooting at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster: Hate Crime: Shooting at Sikh Temple: Map of Wisonsin, U.S.A.Extract from Wisconsin Shooting: Several People Killed After Shots Fired At Sikh Temple: A gunman killed six people and critically wounded three at a Sikh temple during Sunday services before police shot him dead in an attack that authorities are treating as an act of domestic terrorism. Witnesses said the gunman opened fire when he entered the kitchen at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee at about 10:30 a.m. CDT (1530 GMT) as women prepared a Sunday meal, sending worshippers fleeing to escape the barrage. The suspect was a bald, white man, approximately 40 years old, said Thomas Ahern, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Authorities did not release his identity. Four people were shot dead inside the sprawling temple. Three, including the gunman, were killed outside. . . . Wade Michael Page reportedly had ties to white supremacist groups and was alleged to be a member of a heavy metal band that promoted an ultra-right-wing ‘white power’ agenda.” See also: At least 7 shot dead at Sikh temple near Milwaukee – Chicago Tribune, Suspected gunman who staged massacre at Sikh temple was ex-GI and a frustrated neo-Nazi who played in racist rock bands, For Victim in Sikh Temple Shooting, a Life of Separation. VIDEOS: Police see Sikh shooting as “domestic terrorist” incident, Sikh shooting Wisconsin. CTF/SOS DRS Recent Response to Disasters in America: Haiti, Chile.
Saint Mary, Our Lady Queen of Peace: Patron Saint of Peace (Feast Dates: January 17, January 24, July 8, July 9, September 22, November 21) Extract from Extract from Our Lady of Peace: “Tradition has it that some time in 1682 some merchants found an abandoned box on the shore of Salvador’s “Mar del Sur.” They were unable to open the box. As it was tightly closed and sealed, they surmised that it contained something of value, and decided to take it to the City of San Miguel where they would find out how to open it. They tied the box on a donkey’s back and undertook the long and dangerous journey to the city where they arrived on November 21, meaning to inform the local authorities of their find. But when they went by the parish church, now a cathedral, the donkey lay down on the ground. They were then able to open the box and were surprised to find that it contained a lovely image of Our Lady holding the Child.” See also: Saint Mary, Our Lady, Queen of Peace: Patron Saint of War and Civilian Victims, Peace, El Salvador. Prayer for the Immaculate Queen of Peace.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Columbanus, the Patron Saint against Floods, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding in North Korea. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster: Flooding Map of North Korea Extract from Death toll in North Korea floods rises: “The death toll from recent floods in North Korea has risen significantly. The UN has already committed to delivering emergency food aid to the impoverished state to help it to deal with the crisis. The death toll from the recent floods that have ravaged parts of North Korea has risen to 169, state-run media reported Saturday. The floods, brought on by heavy rain last month, have left more than 212,000 people homeless, and 400 people are still missing, according to the media reports. . . . some 50,000 families lacked clean drinking water and stood in need of purification tablets or other help to prevent disease. Widespread deforestation in the country has led to an increased vulnerability to flooding and drought. A famine in the 1990s killed hundreds of thousands.” See also: North Korea more relaxed on aid access – U.N., North Korea flood bath, 169 killed, North Korea floods: Death toll raised, WFP sends food aid. VIDEOS: North Korea pleads for Emergency Supplies after. . . , Many killed and missing in North Korea floods. CTF/SOS DRS Response to Disasters in Asia: 2011-10 Floods in Thailand, Pakistan.
Saint (Patron Saint against Floods) (Feast Date: November 23) Extract fromExtract from Saint Columbanus: “Well-born, handsome and educated, Columbanus was torn between a desire for God and easy access to the pleasures of the world. Acting on advice of a holy anchoress, he decided to withdraw from the world. His family opposed the choice, his mother going so far as to block the door. He was a monk at Lough Erne. He studied Scripture extensively, and wrote a commentary on the Psalms. He was a monk at Bangor under abbot Saint Comgall. In middle age, Columbanus felt a call to missionary life. With twelve companions (Saint Attala, Columbanus the Younger, Cummain, Domgal, Eogain, Eunan, Saint Gall, Gurgano, Libran, Lua, Sigisbert and Waldoleno), he travelled to Scotland, England, and then to France in 585. The area, though nominally Christian, had fallen far from the faith, but was ready for missionaries, and they had some success. They were warmly greeted at the court of Gontram, and king of Burgundy invited the band to stay. They chose the half-ruined Roman fortress of Annegray in the Vosges Mountains for their new home with Columbanus as their abbot.. . . “ See picture of St. Columbanus. See also: November 23 – St. Columban: Patron Saint against Floods, A prayer of St. Columbanus. VIDEO: Saint Columbanus (November 23).