September 10 – September 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. Petronilla, the Patron Saint of Travelers in Mountainous Regions, may come to the aid of those affected by the bus crash in Morocco. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster: Map of Morocco Extract from Bus crash leaves dozens dead in Morocco: At least 42 people have been killed after a bus travelling between Marrakesh and Ouarzazate in southern Morocco plunged into a ravine, officials say. All the victims in Tuesday’s crash were Moroccan, a local official told the AFP news agency. “But we are still in the process of identifying the bodies, as well as the injured,” he added. The accident took place when the vehicle left a main road in Haouz province, about 100km south of Marrakesh, one of Morocco’s top tourist destinations. Nearly 25 people who were injured in the accident were taken to different hospitals in the region, according to a local official. The MAP news agency, which said the bus fell 150 metres, said five of the victims died in hospital, and that 24 people were injured in the crash, four of them critically. It was the worst bus crash recorded in Morocco, which has a poor road safety record. See also: Deadly bus crash in south Morocco, 42 killed in Morocco’s worst-ever bus crash. VIDEO: Dozens killed in Morocco bus crash. Read about the CTF/SOS DRS latest response to Disasters in Africa.
Saint Petronilla Patron Saint of Travelers in Mountainous Regions (Feast Date: May 31) Extract from St. Petronilla: “St. Petronilla is believed to have been the daughter of St. Peter. Until the XVII Century, she was called his physical daughter, and since then, she has been thought a spiritual daughter who was consecrated to his service. Legends quoted in Manichæan documents relate that Peter cured her of a palsy. Stories found in the writings of St. Marcellus (and retold in The Golden Legend) say that Peter, who thought his daughter too beautiful, asked God to afflict her with a fever, of which he refused to cure her until she began to be perfected in the love of God. . . . Traditions say she died a natural death, but accounts of her martyrdom can be found. . . . a basilica was built on the site of her tomb. In the VIII Century, Gregory III established a place of public prayer in the basilica, and her relics were translated to St. Peter’s, where a chapel was dedicated in her honor. Charlemagne (d. 814) and Carlomen (d. 771) were considered adopted sons of St. Peter, and they, along with the French monarchs who succeeded them, considered Petronilla their sister. Her chapel became the chapel of the kings of France. Her emblem, like that of St. Peter, is a set of keys.” See PICTURE of Saint Petronilla. See also:May 31 – Saint Petronilla: Patron Saint of Travelers in Mountainous Regions.
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Alban Bartholomew Roe, the Patron Saint of Refugees, may come to the aid of those affected by the capsized refugee boat near Indonesia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster: Capsized Refugee Boat Map of Indonesia Extract from Dozens feared dead off Indonesia coast: “At least 54 people have been rescued from the ocean more than a day after an asylum-seeker boat heading for Australia disappeared off the Indonesian coast with more than 150 people aboard. After Indonesia abandoned its search, six people were rescued overnight by a cargo ship and 48 more were pulled from the water by an Australian navy crew after being located by spotter planes late on Thursday. ‘Three have serious injuries but are in a stable condition,’ the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said, adding that the search was being scaled back. ‘Vessels will remain on scene overnight, but have limited search capability until daylight Friday.’ Jason Clare, Australian home affairs minister, said there were serious concerns for those still missing, who include women and children. ‘We have grave fears for a lot more,’ he said. ‘Don’t underestimate how hard it is to find people in the middle of the sea.’ Search is under way by Australian and Indonesian rescue workers for the missing boat, believed to be carrying scores of asylum seekers. The head of Indonesia’s rescue mission at Merak port in western Java said it appeared that one of the survivors had been bitten by a shark.” See also: 54 rescued in waters off Indonesia, Asylum boat drowns off Indonesia coast, Bodies of boat capsize victims found in Indonesia. VIDEOS: Dozens rescued from sinking boat near Australia, Asylum boat survivors plead to be taken to Australia, Asylum boat survivors will still try for Australia.
Saint Alban Bartholomew Roe: Patron Saint of Refugees (Feast Dates: January 21, October 25) Extract from Extract from ST. ALBAN ROE(Bartholomew Roe 1583-1642): “. . .one of the Forty English martyrs canonized by the Church. Bartholomew Roe was born at Suffolk, England, in 1583 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. He was reared in a good Anglican home and later attended Cambridge University. It was while he was attending this university, during a summer break, that he visited the Abbey of St. Alban just north of London. At that time, the Abbey was a prison for Catholics. It was named after the first English martyr, Alban who died around the end of the third century. . . . It was at this Abbey that Bartholomew met a prisoner, whose name is unknown to this day, who inspired him to take a good hard look at the faith of forefathers. Returning to Cambridge, this inspiration grew into faith and he was baptized. Not content with this, he decided to become a priest in Post Reformation England, he left for France to study for the priesthood. He was accepted by the Benedictine Community in France, the same community that had fled Westminister during the reign of Henry VIII. He began to care for Catholic prisoners. He was soon imprisoned but continued his ministry with his good disposition. He was finally ordered to die by hanging on January 21, 1642. He was declared Blessed on December 15, 1929 and canonized on October, 1970.” See PICTURE of Saint Alban Bartholomew Roe. See also: January 21, October 25 – Saint Alban Bartholomew Roe: Patron Saint of Refugees.
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Barnabas the Apostle, the Patron Saint of Peace, may come to the aid of those affected by armed conflict on the Georgia border. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster: Armed Conflict Map of Georgia Extract from: Georgian army operation on Russian border leaves 14 dead: “Three Georgian soldiers and 11 suspected militants have been killed in an army operation along the border with Russia, Georgian officials said. Georgia deployed forces to free several people taken hostage by the gunmen. The gunmen had crossed from the Russian republic of Dagestan, where armed Islamist insurgents operate, Georgia’s interior ministry said. Correspondents say there are fears the incident could increase tensions between Russia and Georgia. According to Georgia’s deputy interior minister, Nodar Kharshiladze, the militants released the hostages, but opened fire when they were asked to surrender. ‘At this point we do not know who these people are and why they entered Georgian territory,” Mr. Kharshiladze was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.’” See also: Georgia says 14 killed in clashes near border, Georgia hunting gunmen after clash at border, Georgia says armed raid was in “enemy’s” interests, VIDEOS: Georgia frontier gun battle. CTF/SOS DRS Latest Response to European Disasters.
Saint Barnabas the Apostle, Patron Saint of Peace (Feast Date: June 11)
Extract from St. Barnabas (a biography): “Barnabas was an important person in the foundation of the early Church and the spread of the gospel. He is mentioned fairly often in the Acts of the Apostles and in several of Paul’s letters. He is honored with the title apostle. Barnabas was born in Cyprus. His given name was Joseph; the apostles gave him the Hebrew name Barnabas, which means ‘Son of Encouragement,’ in honor of his work in the church. (Acts 4:36) Joseph Barnabas was born into a Jewish family, members of the tribe of Levi. As Jews of the Diaspora living outside of Palestine, they would have spoken Greek. We don’t know when Barnabas came to Palestine. He may have been in the company of disciples who traveled with Jesus; some of the early church writers thought so. If he did not know Jesus before the crucifixion, Barnabas heard the apostles’ preaching very soon after Pentecost. Barnabas believed in the power of the gospel message to change people’s hearts. . . . “ See PICTURE of St. Barnabas the Apostle. See also: June 11 – Saint Barnabas the Apostle, Patron Saint of Peace, SAINT BARNABAS PRAYER.
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, May come to the aid of those affected by Hurricane Isaac in Haiti. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster: Hurricane Isaac Map of Haiti. Extract from: Isaac death toll rises to 24 in Haiti: “The death toll from Tropical Storm Isaac rose Tuesday to 24 in Haiti where disaster officials warned the number could increase, and donors continued efforts to assess damage to crops and homes. Edgard Celestin, spokesman for Haiti’s Office of Civil Protection, said three people remained missing. Another 42 suffered injuries. The deaths included a man who died in a camp when a tree branch fell on him, another young man who was killed by mudslides in the southeast and several killed by electrocution. Beyond the loss of life, Haitian and humanitarian officials were still trying to assess Isaac’s impact as the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations flew reconnaissance flights around Haiti’s capital and some of its hardest hit regions. Among them, the southern region where mountain hamlets remained cut off to some assessment teams trying to tally the loss of crops and homes. ‘We are still collecting information,’ said George Ngwa, communications chief for the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe who visited several hard hit communities in the capital Sunday with President Michel Martelly said the disaster has reinforced the need to increase resettlement efforts for those living in the tents.” See also: Haiti death toll jumps to 19 after tropical storm Isaac, In Port-au-Prince, Isaac Intensifies the City’s Suffering. VIDEOS: Isaac churns in Caribbean, threatens Republican convention, Haiti Death Toll from Isaac Hits 19. CTF/SOS DRS Recent Response to Disasters in America: Haiti, Chile.
Saint Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Patron Saint of Haiti (Feast Date: June 27) Extract from History of Our Lady of Perpetual Help: “According to this record, a merchant from the island of Crete heard stories of many miracles that occurred around a fabulous painting on the island. Wanting this power for himself, he stole the painting and packed it away with his other wares. His travels led him, and the stolen picture, to Rome, where he suddenly fell ill. As he lay dying, he told the whole story of the stolen picture to his friend, a Roman, who was caring for him during his illness. His last request was that the Roman take the picture and have it placed in a church where it would help many people. The Roman’s wife, however, put the picture in her bedroom. Mary made her opinion of this situation known by appearing to the Roman in a series of visions. Each time, she asked him to stop hoarding the picture and start sharing it with others. And each time, the Roman ignored her. After being rejected by the adults, Mary visited their six-year-old daughter. The daughter announced that Mary had commanded that the picture be placed in a church between St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran — a church called St. Matthew’s. At last, the Roman obeyed, and the picture was placed in the care of the Augustinians on March 27, 1499.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. See also: June 27 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patron Saint of Haiti.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Peace, may come to the aid of those affected by ongoing Conflict in Syria. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster: Conflict Map of Syria Extract from: Fighting cuts Aleppo water supply: “About 100 people have been killed in fighting in Syria, activists say, most of them in the two main cities, Damascus and Aleppo. Several Aleppo neighbourhoods have been left without drinking water after a water main was damaged in fighting. Separately, a rocket fired from western Syria killed a small girl over the border in Iraq, officials said. It is one of the worst incidents across the Iraqi border since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011.” See also: Water Main Is Hit in Syria, Worsening Refugee Crisis, Fighting intensifies over Syria’s largest city, EU agrees to beef up sanctions on Syria, Syrian army ‘storms’ border town of Tal Shehab. VIDEOS: Syrian violence continues. Deadly bombing reported at Syrian Mosque. Extract fromCTF/SOS DRS Response to Disasters in Asia: 2011-10 Floods in Thailand,Pakistan.
Saint Francis of Assisi: Patron Saint of Peace (Feast Dates: October 4, September 17) Extract from Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.” See PICTURES of Saint Francis. See also: Saint Francis of Assisi: Patron Saint of Peace, Ecology and against Fires, Franciscan PRAYERS.