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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana February 2 Uniting the world's children: Our kids are COMMENTARY By MSGR. C.A. SCHLACHTER Holy Childhood Association When I was young, we knew it as the Holy Child- hood Association, a dedi- cated group of young people interested in learning about and helping children from other countries. Today, kids continue this tradition of bringing schools to young people in Uganda, laughter to children in India, and hope to kids in Brazil, but now they are known as HCA: Young Catholics in Mission. Founded in 1843, HCA has a 150-year history of helping children to help other chil- dren. As a mission education agency, HCA is guided by principles championed by ed- ucators, theologians, sociolo- gists w principles established by the Holy Father in his re- cent encyclical Redemptoris Missio, which calls Catholics to a renewed commitment to mission. As John Paul II writes in the encyclical, "'No believer in Christ . . . can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples." If, as nion with God except through Christ, how can we deny others the goodness of living in the light of Christ's love? Each pf us is called to be a missionary here and now by living a life of Christian wit- ness, a life guided by the hope and joy, and the love for others, that comes through our Faith. We are also called to sup- port those who bring the mes- sage of God's love to people around the world. But a global perspective rarely de- velops unaided; mission awareness must be fostered long before adulthood, which is why HCA is so important. For children to view mis- sion as a part of daily life, it must be a part of their faith development. HCA provides Catholic schools and reli- gious education programs with materials that highlight the global nature of our Faith and the importance of sharing the resources so generously entrusted us with those who are less fortunate. Out of a growing awareness of the other members of God's Fam- ily, HCA members reach out, As a Diocesan Director of mission, I believe in educat- ing children to their role in the universal Church. As adults in the Catholic com- munity, you can join me in supporting our young people as they grow in faith and learn to act on that faith through HCA. For more infor- mation about the part you can play in fostering mission awareness among the young, contact the parish Director of Religious Education, your school principal or teacher, ii !!,  LI  ':?. r or your HCA Director. For more in tact Msgr. C.A. Mission Director, hood A ssocia tion, 4169, Evansville, 0169. ........ i the Holy Father reminds us, sharing their gifts with chil- = no one can enter into commu- dren in faraway places. Eager students give generously to the Holy Childhood Association's emergency famine relilf in Somalia. -- Photo by J! : Cassocks, sur ces req ill for parish in Bahamas PRESENTED VIA SATELLITE BY CTNA TELECOMMUNICATIONS Pastoral Bereavement ' Counseling LEARN THE SKILLS TO REACH OUT TO THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING. A Certification Training Program in Ministry to the Bvravvd/Pastoral Bvrvavement Counling TUESDAY. MARCH 30" APRIL 6,13, 20 AND 27- MAY 4,11 AND 18,1993 Available at the Catholic Center LIVE: 2-3 pm Evansville time ON TAPE: from the Media Center Washington Auto Trim 27 Years Service III I t I Father James Lex is hoping parishes in the Diocese of Evansville might have some extra cassocks and some sur- plus surplices they could send for his parish in the Ba- harnas. Father Lex, a retired priest of the diocese, spends six months each year at Sacred Heart Church, Harbor Island, in the Diocese of Nassau. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew caused heavy damage to the homes, churches and busi- nesses on the island, and Fa- ther Lax spear-headed a fund drive for island residents. In a recent phone call to St. Anthony Church, Evansville home for Father Lax when he is not in the Father Lex asked FOR COMPLETE I ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 i RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY IlJll I COURSE INSTRUCTOR PATRICK DEL ZOPPO, Psy.D., C.A.S., a thanatologitt, psychotherapist and national lecturer, is director of bermvemt rrvit for tim Visiting Nunm Hoicv Care Progrtm in New York stud bereavement coordinator for the Archdioce of New York'= Ministry to the Bereaved. CD-SlKSOR BY N=kx! CoSe Minimy to the Bereav Ntiomd  tot, Pmmmd ,e, Family Coum Fily Life,RuW life Office of tiN= Ardocw of New York .IFUNDFJI IN PART IY 'rill CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION CAMPAION. I II I I I I II I II I staff to pass for cassocks and surp Helen Filer, tory, said Father Lex pecially hoping for socks for use at his Harbor Island. To save on may be sent to the friend in Florida, ther Lex plans to visit: March. Send items {to March 22) to Father care of Bob Fletcher, Hell 33020. Atznerlcan National Bickne!l - Vincennes ; Drive-in Facilities - A Full Servk: Bank AUTO TOPS . SEAT COVERS. BOAT ( STEREO SALES & HWY 50 EAST, EUGENE WELP, "A family name you can trust" Miller & Miller 424-9274