WMR Sept.7-20, 2015

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Missionaries of Mercy


Jesus I Trust in You!



Witnessing to Divine Mercy in word, deed and sacrament for the salvation of souls

through serving the neediest of the needy affected by man-made and natural disasters

“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has

embraced all continents,all people in prayer.”

Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen


World Mission Rosary Intentions: September 6 – September 20, 2015

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General Rosary Intention: That the Father in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Mercy, 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. Walburga, the Patron Saint against Famine, may come to the aid of those affected by the El Nino drought in Ethiopia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster: Drought Map of Ethiopia Extract from: Millions at risk as severe drought hits Ethiopia: “Around 4.5 million Ethiopians could be in need of food aid because of a drought in the country, the UN has said. Hardest-hit areas are Ethiopia’s eastern Afar and southern Somali regions, while pastures and water resources are also unusually low in central and eastern Oromo region, and northern Tigray and Amhara districts. . . . . ‘When we were informed about the problem, the federal government and the regional state authorities started an outreach programme for the affected people,’ he said. In August, the Ethiopian government said that it had allocated $35m to deal with the crisis that has been blamed on El Niño, a warm ocean current that develops between Indonesia and Peru. The UN says it needs $230m by the end of the year to attend to the crisis.n August, the Ethiopian government said that it had allocated $35m to deal with the crisis that has been blamed on El Niño, a warm ocean current that develops between Indonesia and Peru. ‘The absence of rains means that the crops don’t grow, the grass doesn’t grow and people can’t feed their animals,’ David Del Conte, UNOCHA’S chief in Ethiopia, said. One farmer in the town of Zway told Al Jazeera that he was selling personal belongings to stay alive. ‘There is nothing we can do. We don’t have enough crops to provide for our families. We are having to sell our cattle to buy food but the cattle are sick because they don’t have enough to eat,’Balcha, who has a family of nine, and grows corn and wheat, said.” See also: Food crisis in Ethiopia, Ethiopia: Drought – 2015.”

Saint Walburga: Patron Saint against Famine (Feast Date: September 24) Extract from St. Walburga:“St. Walburga was born in Devonshire England, around 710. She was the daughter of a West Saxon chieftain and the sister of St. Willibald and Winebald. . . . In 748, she was sent with St. Lioba to Germany to help St. Boniface in his missionary work. She spent two years at Bishofsheim, after which she became Abbess of the double monastery at Heidenheim founded by her brother Winebald. At the death of Winebald, St. Walburga was appointed Abbess of both monasteries by her brother Willibald, who was then Bishop of Eichstadt. . . . She was buried first at Heidenheim, but later her body was interred next to that of her brother, St. Winebald, at Eichstadt. For some reason an aromatic fluid with healing qualities began to flow (and still flows) from a fissure in a rock on which their tomb stands. Its healing powers were attributed to her, and the fluid became known as St. Walburga’s Oil. Was seen as a sign of her continuing intercession. The oil has always been collected and given to pilgrims. Healings attributed to St. Walburga’s intercession continue to be reported up to the present day. See PICTURE of Saint Walburga. PRAYERS to St. Walburga, Mother’s PRAYER to St. Walburga. Saint Walburga.

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Notburga, the Patron Saint of Farmers and Peasants, may come to the aid of those affected by El Nino drought and frost in Papua New Guinea. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster: El Nino Drought and Frost Map of Papua New Guinea Extract from El Nino Affects a Million People in PNG Highlands: “A million people in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG) are currently enduring severe drought and frost in what has been described as the worst El Niño weather system in living memory. PNG’s National Disaster Centre estimates that it will cost USD 12 million (PGK 35 million) just to bring food to the affected families over the next four months. . . . The impact of the disaster is clearly visible: the landscape has already changed in colour from green to brown and is more prone to wild fires. Subsistence vegetables like sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots have been badly affected by frost, while unique trees like the casuarina are drying out, as wild life migrates to greener pastures. Livestock, mainly pigs, sheep, goats, cows and poultry are also feeling the lack of food and water. This has produced a negative impact on cash economies for the population that rely on subsistence farming. Water levels have diminished and have also affected coffee plantations which will impact the production of coffee, one of the main crops destined for export. Inland fisheries, a new multimillion dollar initiative sponsored by the National Fisheries Authority as a supplement to subsistence farming and an additional source of protein and cash is also hard hit, with immediate and devastating consequences for the farmers and the economy. Many creeks and streams have dried up and villagers are forced to use alternative and unsafe sources of water. Poor water and sanitation facilities may contribute to an outburst of communicable diseases such as typhoid, cholera, and many other diarrheal diseases. Rural health centres lack the facilities to respond to a potential outbreak of diseases. Water shortages have also affected schools which are operating on a half day basis and experiencing lower student attendance.” See also: Rural villagers facing food shortages as El Nino brings drought, frosts to Papua New Guinea, In pictures: Papua New Guinea’s developing food crisis.

Saint Notburga: Patron Saint of Farmers and Peasants (Feast Date: September 14) Extract from Saint Notburga: “Born to a peasant family. Worked as a kitchen maid at the house of Count Henry of Rattenberg at age 18. The count’s wife, Ottilia, ordered Notburga to feed leftover food to the house swine; she gave it to the poor instead. Warned about her behavior, Nortburga fed the leftovers to the pigs, and gave much of her own food to the poor. Ottilia saw this as a form of disobedience, and dismissed her. Worked as a servant for a farmer in Eben am Achensee, Austria. However, when her the lady Ottilia died, the count re-hired her, and she spent the rest of her life as a servant in his house. Worked with the poor. Miracle worker. Miracle stories are an integral part of Notburga’s life. . . .” See PICTURE of Saint Notburga. St. Notburga.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Maurice, the Patron Saint of Austria, may come to the aid of those affected by migrant fatalities in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster: Migrant Fatalities Map of Austria Extract from Italy arrests 10 in migrant deaths at sea; Austrian officials sort out deaths on land: “Italian and Hungarian authorities made arrests in the deaths of migrants and refugees this week, including 71 whose bodies were found in an abandoned truck in Austria. Those who died in Austria — most likely fleeing war-ravaged Syria — probably suffocated inside the truck abandoned on a highway, authorities said Friday. Sixty of the 71 victims were men. Eight women died, as did three children, ages 2, 3 and 8. ‘We are talking about human trafficking, homicide, even murder,’ said Johann Fuchs, state prosecutor of Eisenstadt.United Nations officials have called on European officials to improve their efforts to resolve the growing humanitarian crisis, including dealing with human traffickers preying on refugees. ‘This tragedy underscores the ruthlessness of people smugglers who have expanded their business from the Mediterranean Sea to the highways of Europe,’ said Melissa Fleming, a spokeswoman for the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. ‘It shows they have no regard for human life and are only after profit.’”

St. Maurice: Patron Saint of Austria (Feast Date: September 22) Extract from St. Maurice: “Maurice was an officer of the Theban Legion of Emperor Maximian Herculius’ army, which was composed of Christians from Upper Egypt. He and his fellow legionnaires refused to sacrifice to the gods as ordered by the Emperor to insure victory over rebelling Bagaudae. When they refused to obey repeated orders to do so and withdrew from the army encamped at Octodurum (Martigny) near Lake Geneva to Agaunum (St. Maurice-en-Valais), Maximian had the entire Legion of over six thousand men put to death. To the end they were encouraged in their constancy by Maurice and two fellow officers, Exuperius and Candidus. Also executed was Victor (October 10th), who refused to accept any of the belongings of the dead soldiers. In a follow-up action, other Christians put to death were Ursus and another Victor at Solothurin (September 30th); Alexander at Bergamo; Octavius, Innocent, Adventor, and Solutar at Turin; and Gereon (October 10th) at Cologne. Their story was told by St. Eucherius, who became Bishop of Lyons about 434, but scholars doubt that an entire Legion was massacred; but there is no doubt that Maurice and some of his comrades did suffer martyrdom at Agaunum. ” Saint Maurice.

America (Red Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Vitus, the patron Saint against Storms, may come to the aid of those affected by Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster: Tropical Storm Erika Map of Dominica Extract from Tropical Storm Erika dumps rain on Hispaniola after killing 20 in Dominica: “The physical damage to Dominica is worse than first thought and the emotional toll from Tropical Storm Erika, which killed at least 20 people on the tiny Caribbean island, is substantial, the nation’s Prime Minister said Friday night. ‘Rest assured, my brothers and sisters, you are not alone in your period of mourning in your period of pain, in your period of suffering and anxiety,’ Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told the nation. ‘We are in this together and help is coming your way.’ The storm has passed and was assaulting the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Friday night. It left behind swamped villages, eroded away roads and washed-away homes. Some people were still missing, Skerrit said. The Prime Minister, who was in Saint Lucia when the storm first hit, deflected criticism that the government didn’t issue proper warnings to its 70,000 citizens. ‘There is no need to indulge in blaming others for what has happened in Dominica,’ he told the nation. He said forecasters had been focused on the larger islands in the Caribbean and Florida. Dominica was deluged by 12 inches of rain in fewer than 10 hours, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. Trisha Scotland said the storm damage is the worst she’s seen in her lifetime.’ See also: Dominica estimates Tropical Storm Erika damage at nearly half of GDP, Dominica asks for aid after tropical storm Erika devastates island. Responses to Disasters in America: Haiti, Chile.

Saint Vitus: Patron Saint against Storms (Feast Date: June 15) Extract from Saint Vitus: “Legend says that Vitus was the son of a pagan Sicilian senator named Hylas. The boy was converted to Christianity at age twelve by his tutor, Saint Modestus, and his nurse Saint Crescentia. His father showed his objection to the conversion by having all three arrested and scourged.  Freed from prison by angels, they fled to Lucania, then Rome. There Vitus freed the son of Emperor Diocletian from an evil spirit. When Vitus would not sacrifice to the pagan gods in celebration, his cure was attributed to sorcery, and he and his household were arrested again. Tortured, and condemned to death, they were thrown to the lions; the lions would not touch them, so they were thrown into boiling oil. At the moment of their deaths, a immense storm destroyed several pagan temples in the region, which led to the tradition of protection against stormy weather. . . ” See picture of Saint Vitus and  Prayer to St. Vitus. Saint Vitus.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of the Turumba, the Patron Saint of the Philippines, may come to the aid of those affected by Typhoon Goni in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster: Typhoon Goni Map of Philippines Extract from Typhoon Goni leaves at least 7 dead, 2 missing in Philippines: Typhoon Goni slightly weakened Saturday as it lashed the northern Philippines with strong rain and wind that set off landslides and flooded low-lying villages, leaving at least seven people dead and two others missing, officials said. The government’s weather agency said the typhoon was at sea about 78 miles east of northern Calayan Island on the northern tip of the archipelago and is not expected to make landfall. It is packing maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour and gusts of up to 121 mph. The slow-moving typhoon is forecast to start blowing away from the country on Sunday, passing east of Taiwan and heading toward Okinawa, Japan, early next week. Among the dead were two brothers who died when a landslide buried a temporary shelter where they took cover in Bakun town in the mountain province of Benguet. Two other men were killed in separate landslides and a man was pinned to death by a fallen tree, according to the Office of Civil Defense. Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan reported two other deaths in his province Saturday and added that rescuers were scrambling to dig up two villagers who were buried in a landslide. Other casualties were swept by rampaging rivers, landslides and a tornado, officials said.” See also: Typhoon Goni threatens Japan after killing 26 in Philippines, Typhoon Goni Damages Buildings, Drenches Western Japan.

Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Turumba, Patron Saint against of the Philippines (Feast Date: September 13) Extract from Our Lady of Turumba: “The image, according to tradition, belonged to some missionaries who crossed Laguna de Bay in a launch. When the launch was shipwrecked, some of its relics were washed ashore including the image of the Virgin. One Friday morning, some fishermen found the image in the nets. Believing it was a religious image, they decided to drop it off at a parish church. When they started to carry the painting, they found that it was heavy. They tried to take it away, they could not move it; even the strongest among them, Mariangga, could not lift it. Our Lady of the Turumba.

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