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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana of the Faith iding 'rice' for the workers /:'mission work: tribute through the Holy ] a difference life and death .eda Ryan is a ,nary of Mary ngu Hos- gida, Tanzania, health services impover- I. Sister Breeda s of the serves, and of .wh value people far above the material posses- Serve people in Says.  extended faro- and its mem- children have and uncles sev- and rs. De- ;Upport net- is not available when and the 'ies do makes the dif- life and death :hildren. But 0rt of gener- who con- Childhood Association (HCA), they couldn't provide milk and vitamin supplements to malnourished children, medi- cine for malaria, meningitis, and dysentery, or the special care needed by newborns and young children. What may surprise you is that the funds HCA provides to places like Makiungu are made possible largely through the generosity, sacri- rice, and hard work of chil- dren -- children in U.S. Catholic grade schools and religious education programs who are part of this 150-year- old pontifical mission organi- zation. "Here is our donation. We wish we could give more to help children who have noth- ing to eat and no one to care for them," they write. With a little help from you, their sacrifices can go much farther to help children in need. Call or write your diocesan mission director: Rev. Msgr. C..A. Scizlachter, P. O. Box, 4169 Evansville, IN 47724- 0169. . OF THE DIVINE WORD GIFT ANNUITIES receive an 8.6% return or for the rest of your life! Annuity from the Society of the Divine in both high rates of income and signifi- The rate gets better the older you PUrchase the annuity! When you sign on at re for men; women s rates sign on at age 70, it's rate is 8.6%; when you are slightly lower.) portion of your annual annuity tax-free, and you may be able to write percentage of your annuity contribution as Lion. 't Outlive this annuity and the rate You are guaranteed income for as long as at which you initially signed on. The Word is the oldest sponsor of Catholic ras in the U.S. We have never missed an Lt in 90 years. )f the Divine Word Gift Annuity will help you of return and to educate missionary THE DIVINE WORD IS A WORLDWIDE CATHOLIC MIS" Mr]TED TO PREACHING THE GOSPEL IN 57 COUN- of the annuitized income you se send this coupon to: WORD GIFT ANNUITIES 2-6067 State Zip ____ n%t h day  year m []M []F give sex and birthdate of second party: .. day year [] M []F e reply Uaill be kept strictly confidential. EV1 My dear Friends of the Missions, A missionary in Indonesia, Father Victor Stevko, tells this beautiful story. His people needed a church and they were eager to build it themselves. Some brought sand from the nearby river. School children each brought one rock a day. Men carried bags of cement for 22 miles. Older people collected rice for the workers. Slowly the little church rose out of the love and con- tributions of all the people. "It is their church, their sacrifice," says Father Stevko. I think of this story today as I write to ask you to help "build" the Church, the Body of Christ, by joining the Propa- gation of the Faith -- all of us who are committed to the worldwide mission of Jesus. What can you "bring" to build the Church? Your prayers are needed; your daily prayers that are the bedrock support of the Church's worldwide mission. Pray for the mission priest in a village parish in Ethiopia with chapel, school and clinic! Pray for Sisters caring for Liberian refugees, the Brother serving the sick-poor in the Philippines, the lay catechist teaching children in India. Your personal sacrifice is needed, the unique gift that only you can give. Offer your burdens, your anxieties, your pain, in union with the suffering of Christ, for the redemption of men, women and children who have never heard of Him, who live without the gift of faith that promises eternal life. Your financial help is needed; the "rice" for the workers. Please, today, will you send your special help for the priests, Religious and catechists who count on the love of all of us to help them in their daily service? I hope you will "JOIN" today, sharing with others the treasure of your faith in Christ. You are in my prayers and, as a member of the Propaga- tion of the Faith, you will receive the grace of Masses offered in the Missions every day of the year. Most gratefiflly in Christ. Rev. Msgr. C. A. Schlaehter Diocesan Director DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU'VE REACHED YOUR LIMIT. If you're feeling as though you simply cannot cope with one more demand, give us a call. We offer free, con:idential personal assessments 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you get past it. THE HELP LINE 634-NEED (634-6333) Toll Free 1-800-852-7279 A service of the BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CENTER M00oR0000,HosaT00 And Health Care Center HO0 Wetl 9th Sttt .]alr, Ir|i.ta B;22 *4. of Southwestern Indiana Your pledge touches thousands of lives throughout our diocese 11 Lay leaders spread The Chicago Archdiocese | is considering putting lay [ people in charge of:some | parishes because of a priest |shortage. They would be [ called pastoral coordinars. [The Diocese of Evansville and more than 70 other U.S. dioceses and archdioceses; or about 40 percent, aeadY have one or more parishes administered by someone other than a priest. Pray for families Catholics throughout the United States have been urged to celebrate the sixth annual National Day ot Prayer for the African. American Family Feb. 6. The theme is "Touch Om Families, Lord." 'In vitro' continues Two French Catholic hos- pitals have agreed to stop providing in vitro fertiliza- tion services, but several others continue the practice, according to a French bish- ops' spokesman. The Vati- can considers in vitro fertil- ization immoral and has told Catholic hospitals not to provide the service, even to married couples who cannot have children otherwise. Msgr. Higgins honored The Washington office of the International Labor Or- ganization gave its highest award Jan. 27 to,:,Msgr; George G. Higgins, a vet, eran social justice fighter known to many as "the labor priest." Catholics attacked Bosnian Catholics are "on the brink of extermination" while the world community does nothing, said Arch- bishop Vinko Puljic of Sara- jevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. In [the three-sided civil war Catholics first faced the on- slaughts of Serbs and now are being attacked by Mus- lims, he said ........ Bishop arrested An underground Chinese Catho]ic bishop who met with an American congress- man visiting China was ar- rested and detained for more than a week, possibl:: because of that meeting. Coadjutor Bishop Su Zhi Ming, 62, of Baoding was ar- rested by Chinese authori- !ties according to a Jan. 31 statement from the office of the congressman, Rep. Christopher Smith, R-NA. Vatican baby bonus The Vatican has begun paying its employees a "baby bonus" equal to two. thirds of their monthly pay- check every time a child is born or adopted. The policy is among a package of new benefits established by Pope John Paul II to mark the 1994 International Year of the Family. The policies af- fect approximately 3,400 lay employees of the Vatican and its city-state. i H i __