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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Octobew Restriction hampers Indian church quake relief NEW DELHI, India (CNS) -- India's attempt to control crime in villages devastated by a major earthquake in the state of Maharashtra has put a crimp in church effort to help survivors. A ban on entry into the dis- aster zone by private voluntary groups was imposed by the In- dian government Oct. 2 after thieves posing as volunteers looted villages in the Latur and Osmanabad districts of Maharashtra, UCA News, an Asia church news agency based in Thailand, reported. "Nobody is allowed to enter the area," said Arokiam, the head of the emergency depart- ment of Caritas India, the so- cial apostolate of the Indian bishops' conference. Seventy-three villages in the southwest India sugar cane plantation region were hit Sept. 30 by an earthquake reg- istering 6.4 on the Richter scale, making it India's worst temblor in 50 years. Caritas India executive di- rector Father Yvon Ambroise said Oct. 4 that the agency al- located $96,700 for immediate relief and opened an emer- gency office in Aurangabad to coordinate further efforts. Despite the entry ban, the Latur district administration asked Caritas Oct. 4 to build homes and undertake rehabili- tation work in two villages, Fa- ther Ambroise added. Caritas is planning a $193,548 project for quake vic- tims, he said. Bishop Ignatius D'Cunha of Aurangabad said Oct. 1 that he sent a two-member team to Latur to assess the damage and plan church relief work. He said no church personnel or institutions were affected in the quake. The Latur district has a parish, a church school and a convent. The bishops' conference ex- pressed the church's sorrow over the disaster and offered its "solidarity and support." The New Delhi Archdiocese planned a special collection for the quake victims. Similar fund raising was being under- K of C football league play continues The following information was provided by Thomas J. Jones, league president. In the first game, Oct. 3, James Melchiors, of Christ the King/Holy Spirit, ran 22 yards for a touchdown with Aaron Mooney adding the P.A.T. on a pass from Justin Woolsey; and Justin Woolsey plunged 1 yard for a touchdown to give Christ the King/Holy Spirit a shut out over Holy Rosary/Good Shep- herd/ St. John 13 -- 0. St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer took on St. Benedict/Holy Name in a rematch of an ear- lier meeting that it pulled out with one second remaining. With a 41 yard pass from Nick Miller to Jake Tucker, and Matt Moore adding the P.A.T. St. Theresa/Holy Re- deemer got on the scoreboard. Nick Miller ran 82 yards down his team's sideline for another touchdown. The P.A.T. attempt was no good. St. Benedict/Holy Name came back with a 61 yard touchdown run by Josh Twedell. Twedell also added the P.A.T. The remainder of the game was scoreless. With the 13-7 victory, St. Theresa/ Holy Redeemer maintained sole possession of first place and remained undefeated. On Oct. 10, Christ the King/ Holy Spirit plays St. Theresa/ Holy Redeemer; St. Benedict/ Holy Name meets Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd/St. John. NATIVITY CATHOLIC CHURCH 3635 POLLACK AVENUE 476-7186 10 DAY PILGRIMAGE Israel & Egypt- April, 1994 Fr. Henry Kuykendall, Chaplain WANDERING CATHOLICS Come Home for Christmas. Join our companions on the Journey. Call Dottie, 476-7186 MASS FOR THE DEAF & ,HARD OF HEARING EVERY SATURDAY, 5 P.M. taken by other dioceses. Various agencies quoted dif- ferent death tolls. A Caritas India official in quake-hit Aurangabad Diocese quoted local newspaper reports saying some 60,000 people were killed and thousands more wounded. But official estimates put the figure at 30,000 dead as of Oct. 4. In an Oct. 1 telegram to Archbishop Giorgio Zur, apos- tolic pro-nuncio to India, Pope John Paul II offered his prayers for the victims and ex- pressed deep sorrow over "the tragic deaths and great suffer- ing caused by the devastating earthquake." Catholic Relief Services, the overseas relief and develop- ment agency of the U.S. Catholic Conference, has sent 350 tons of food and stocks of tarpaulins, blankets and cook- ing sets to the quake victims. CRS executive director Ken- neth F. Hackett said his agency would continue to mon- itor the area and increase aid as needed. CRS India representative Donald Rogers told UCA News Oct. 4 that the agency is coor- dinating rehabilitation efforts with the Maharashtra govern- ment. The Society for the Propaga- tion of the Faith has provided $100,000 for relief, and the Archdiocese of Boston has taken up a special collection for the earthquake victims. Indian army and paramili- tary forces undertook rescue and relief operations after the Sept. 30 predawn quake devas- tated Latur and Osmanabad districts. Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, who the affected sites Oct. nounced a to survey quake-prone throughout the also announced $64 paid to each tive of the dead. Rao also for the first time since pendence, India will international help with a natural calamity. Parishes and in the Diocese of may send contributions earthquake relief to Catholic Center, P.O. 4169, Evansville, IN 0169. Donations will warded to Catholic Services. Our church around the world As the armed men entered the village, all playing, laughing and working quieted. In ravaged country of Liberia, where more than 60,000 have died from gun wounds, starvation -- 40,000 of them children--the appearance of troops is very definitely worry about. The rebel soldiers rounded up the residents of the tiny village of Jawejeh and told the hundred men, women and children that they would kill them if the villagers did not food and money. Being mostly subsistence farmers, the inhabitants of Jawejeh had no to offer, and certainly no money. No matter, the soldiers wanted the provisions, and they getting angry. As night came on, the villagers began to beg the rebels and to pray for their release year-old Momo Siafa escaped unseen. He ran three miles to the parish priest at Kle, Fr. Jenkins. Momo told him of the plight of his family and village. When Fr. Jenkins arrived at Jawejeh, he promised the rebels they would have the they wanted if they would release the villagers. The rebels agreed and untied the were given the food and money. They always did wonder, though, how Father arrested the villagers -- but he never told them of Momo's bravery. Momo Siafa and his family were baptized into the Catholic Faith when he was five years Each day Momo walks three miles to St. Mugaga School, named after a Liberian Martyr, one who came before the five Sisters killed there in October 1992 These are the people of our Church. It links every parish, every diocese, every Catholic throughout the world. We are each called -- adult, teenager, and child -- to support other Faith communities, even if they are 4,000 miles away. The Holy Childhood Asso- ciation (HCA) is our Church's mission organiza- tion for children. For the past 150 years, it has been the way for Catholic chil- dren to share their faith -- and life's necessities  with youngsters in devel- ............... oping countries. The young HCA mem- bers of the Diocese of Evansville need your prayers and financial as- sistance as they support young people in countries where the Faith, too, is young. To find out how you can assist the Holy Child- hood Association, write to your HCA Diocesan Direc- tor. Msgr. C. A. Schlachter P. O. Box 4169 Evansville, IN 47724-0169 :/i:/ (:.i : HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Licensed Bonded Insured Industrial, Commercial and Residential P.O. Box 405 TONY NAZARIO Haubstad, IN 47639 812-768-5207 1-800-766-2787 MILLER & MILLER "F Since 424-00