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 St. Sunniva, who was buried by a landslide, may come to the aid of those affected by the lanslides in DR Congo mines. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster: Landslide Map of DR Congo Extract from Congo Mine Landslide Claims The Lives Of 60 Miners: “A landslide at a gold mine in a remote corner of northeast Congo has left at least 60 people dead, a local administrator said Thursday. Faustin Drakana Kananga told The Associated Press that the accident took place Monday in Pangoyi, but rescue efforts have been hampered because the dense jungle area is controlled by members of a militia. The miners were in an area about 100 meters (yards) below the surface at the time of the landslide, he said. Congo, a vast nation in central Africa, is mired in poverty. The nation has been scarred by decades of dictatorship and war. Many Congolese try to eke out a living through small-scale mining, a dangerous and unregulated practice.” See also: Landslide leaves scores dead in DR Congo mine, Dozens die in Congo mine collapse. VIDEO: Democratic Republic of Congo Mine Accident. Read about the CTF/SOS DRS latest response to Disasters in Africa.
Saint Sunniva, who was Buried by a Landslide (Feast Date: July 8) Extract from Saint Sunniva: “Daughter of a tenth century Irish king. To avoid an arranged marriage with an invading pagan king, she, her brother Alban, and several female companions fled her home only to settle in a cave on the island of Selje, off the Norwegian coast. Sometime later, Viking locals decided that the group was stealing cattle, and sent an armed band to attack them. When they arrived, they found the cave sealed by a landslide; none of the group of exiles was ever seen alive again. Years later, around 995, after reports of strange lights in the area, King Olaf Tryggvason had the cave opened; Sunniva’s body was found incorrupt, and the king built a church there in her honour.” See picture of Saint Sunniva. See video: Gloria.tv: Monastery of Saint Sunniva, Nordfjord, Norway. See also:St. Sunniva, Patron Saint of Norway, Buried by a Landslide.
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 on Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster: Earthquake Map of Indonesia Extract from Indonesia earthquake leaves 6 dead, officials say: “Food and water were being dropped by helicopters on Monday to residents in rural Indonesia cut off after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck, triggering landslides, according to the National Disaster Management Agency. At least 6 people were killed and 43 wounded when the earthquake struck Sunday near the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the National Disaster Agency said. About 471 homes and buildings have been destroyed, Nugroho said. Many of those displaced are staying in shelters or government buildings that were undamaged by the quake. Rescuers have been unable to reach several village because landslides triggered by the quake are blocking the roads. Heavy equipment and bulldozers are helping clear the way. Disaster, health and social welfare officials, including the Red Cross, are headed to the area to provide emergency assistance, trucks and ambulances.” See also: Indonesia Earthquake Kills 6 On Sulawesi Island, 6 dead in earthquake on northern Indonesian island, 6.3-magnitude quake hits Indonesia’s Sulawesi.
Saint Amatus of Nusco: Patron Saint against Earthquakes (Feast Date: August 31, September 30) Extract from Amatus of Nusco: “Amatus of Nusco, in Italian Amato di Nusco (c. 1003 – 1093) was the first bishop of Nusco in Irpinia, southern Italy. He died (probably) on 30 September 1093. Numerous miracles were reported at the site of his tomb and his cult developed to the point where he became recognized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, celebrated in the Roman Martyrology on 30 September. The monks of Montevergine regarded him as a disciple of William of Vercelli and accordingly argued for 30 September 1193 as the date of his death.” See also:September 30 – Saint Amatus of Nusco: Patron Saint against Earthquakes.
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Olga of Kiev may come to the aid of those affected by Bombings in Ingushetia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster: Bombings: Map of the Caucasus RegionExtract fromSuicide bomber kills seven in Russian’s Ingushetia region: “At least seven police officers have been killed in a suicide bomb blast in the Russian Caucasus region of Ingushetia, investigators say. The explosion took place at the funeral of a fellow officer who was shot dead on Saturday. Officials said the bomb went off as policemen entered the yard of the house where the funeral was taking place. Russia is fighting a radical Muslim insurgency in the Caucasus and militant attacks are a regular occurrence. Several others were wounded in the explosion, officials told Interfax news agency. The attack came hours after gunmen in Dagestan opened fire in a mosque, injuring several people who had gathered to celebrate the end of Ramadan. A bomb discovered at the site was deactivated.” See also: Mosque shooting, suicide bombing hit Russia’s Caucasus region. VIDEO: Eight Dead After Suicide Bombing in Russia’s Caucasus.
Saint Olga of Kiev (Feast Date: July 11) Extract from Prominent Russians: Princess Olga of Kiev: “Princess Olga’s life was full of great deeds described in numerous historical records . . . .The Old Russian annals describe four types of vengeance organized by Olga. First, she ordered the capture of the 20 matchmakers who had come to Kiev and had them buried alive. The Princess then asked the Drevlyans to send better ambassadors to her, but as soon as they arrived, they were burned in a bathhouse. Soon after that Olga went to the land of the Drevlyans, supposedly to have a funeral feast in memory of her murdered husband. Having made her enemies drunk during the feast, the governess then ordered them all killed. The annals report about five thousand victims in this third act of revenge. The last vengeance took place in the year 946 when Olga traveled around the land of the Drevlyans in order to gather tributes. She besieged the town of Iskorosten, which refused to pay her. According to legend, the Princess asked that each household present her with a dove as a gift. Then she tied burning papers to the legs of the doves and let them fly back to their homes. As a result, the entire town was destroyed by fire. . . One of the most well-known among Olga’s actions was her conversion to Christianity. She was one of the first to bring this religion to the pagan society of Kievan Rus. According to the Primary Chronicles, Olga was baptized in Constantinople either in 955 or 957. Her son Svyatoslav didn’t support his mother’s decision and was worried about losing the respect of the army because of Olga’s new faith. Apparently, she had a big influence on her grandson, Vladimir the Great, who in 988 made Christianity the official religion of Kievan Rus. . . . In 1547 the Orthodox Church proclaimed Princess Olga a saint and equal-to-the-apostles. She became one of only five women to be honored with this status in the history of Christianity.” See also: July 11 – Saint Olga of Kiev: Patron Saint of Converts and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady Health of the Sick may come to the aid of those affected by the West Nile Virus in America. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster: West Nile Virus Map of America Extract from Dallas declares virus emergency: “The city of Dallas in the US state of Texas has declared a state of emergency as it struggles to contain an outbreak of mosquito-borne West Nile virus. At least 14 people have died after contracting the virus in the state so far this year. Almost 700 cases have been reported across the country – the highest number since 2004. Texas residents have been urged to use insect repellent and avoid going out at dusk and dawn. . . . There have been cases of infection reported in people, birds or mosquitoes in 42 US states, with 80% of the cases in Texas, Mississippi and Oklahoma. . . . The virus was first discovered in 1937 in Uganda. It is carried by birds and spread to humans by mosquitoes. In extreme cases, symptoms can include high fever, loss of vision and paralysis. Milder manifestations can include headaches and skin rashes.” See also: Virus emergency declared in Texas, Dallas mayor declares emergency over West Nile virus. VIDEOS: West Nile blamed in death of Illinois official as U.S. battles virus, Dallas sprays against West Nile virus. CTF/SOS DRS Recent Response to Disasters in America:Haiti,Chile.
Saint Mary, Our Lady Health of the Sick (Feast Date: Saturday before the last Sunday in August; November 16 [Camillians]; June 1 [Kevelær, Germany]) Extract from Prayer to Our Lady, Health of the Sick: “Virgin, most holy, Mother of the Word Incarnate, Treasurer of graces, and Refuge of sinners, I fly top your motherly affection with lively faith, and I beg of you the grace ever to do the will of God. Into your most holy hands I commit the keeping of my heart, asking you for health of soul and body, in the certain hope that you, my most loving Mother, will hear my prayer. Into the bosom of your tender mercy, this day, every day of my life, and at the hour of my death, I commend my soul and body. See PICTURES of St. Mary, Our Lady Health of the Sick.Libro de otras Oraciones: A NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA SALUD Y PERPETUO SOCORRO (SP), Nowenna Matki Bozej Uzdrowienie Chorych (PO),VIDEOS:Salve Madre de la Salud (SP), Salve a Nuestra Señora de la Salud (SP).
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Francis Borgia, the Patron Saint against Earthquakes, may come to the aid of those affected by the devastating earthquake in Iran. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster: Earthquake Map of Iran Extract from Deadly Quakes Strike in Iran: “At least 250 people were killed Saturday when two powerful earthquakes struck several towns near the Iranian city of Tabriz, state-run Press TV reported, quoting government officials. Khalil Saei, the director of the crisis management headquarters in East Azarbaijan Province, confirmed the death toll and estimated that over 2,000 were injured. As rescuers searched through the rubble, the head of the country’s emergency services, Gholamreza Masoumi, told the semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency that 400 of the injured had been taken to Tabriz, the provincial capital of East Azarbaijan and home to Iran’s Azeri Turkish-speaking minority. According to the United States Geological Survey, the quakes struck in quick succession, with the more powerful one measuring a magnitude of 6.4. Iranian news media reported that the epicenters were near four smaller cities north of Tabriz: Ahar, Heris, Mehraban and Varzaqan. ‘We just wandered around the city and everybody is in a panic,’ said a woman reached at the state telephone company in Ahar, a city of about 85,000. ‘Thank God we have not seen any dead people, but buildings are damaged.’ Officials were urging people to spend the night outside, and television images showed chandeliers shaking in living rooms and people sitting in parks. Telephone lines were mostly cut, and cellphone services were not working in the stricken areas.” See also: Iran Raises Earthquake Death Toll to 306, Iran earthquake toll rises to more than 300. VIDEOS: At least 250 killed when strong quakes jolt northwestern Iran, Iran earthquakes leave scores dead in Tabriz region. CTF/SOS DRS Response to Disasters in Asia: 2011-10 Floods in Thailand,Pakistan.
Saint Francis Borgia: Patron Saint against Earthquakes (Feast Date: October 10) Extract from St. Francis Borgia: “Francis was a young nobleman at the court of the King of Spain. He became a Duke when he was only thirty-three and lived a happy, peaceful life with his wife Eleanor and their eight children. But unlike so many other powerful nobles, Francis was a perfect Christian gentleman, a true man of God and his great joy was to receive Holy Communion often. This happy life ended when his beloved wife died. Francis did something that astonished all the nobles of Spain; he gave up his Dukedom to his son Charles and became a Jesuit priest. So many people came to his first Mass that they had to set up an altar outdoors, but his Superior tested him by treating him in exactly the opposite way he had been used to all his forty-one years of life. He who had once been a Duke had to help the cook, carrying wood for the fire and sweeping the kitchen. When he served food to the priests and brothers, he had to kneel down in front of them all and beg them to forgive him for being so clumsy! Still he never once complained or grumbled. The only time he became angry was when anyone treated him with respect as if he was still a Duke.” See PICTURE of St. Francis Borgia. See also: October 10: Saint Francis Borgia: Patron Saint Against Earthquakes. VIDEO: Saint Francis Borgia Oct 10. PRAYER FOR THE FEAST OF SAINT FRANCIS BORGIA.