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00.CONrmVmG JESVS' MISSlON Pastoral, "To the Ends of the Earth," clearly state that "Jesus' Mission Is came to bring Good News to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives, give sight His mission became that of the Church, and it is now ours." Throughout the ious - continue that mission. At Baptism, each of us became a Mission Sunday especially, you can reaffirm your Baptismal commitment to Propagation of the Faith, you can support, prayelfully and financially, your SIGN OF WITNESS ...thanks to you/ ncl how can they believe in Him horn they have not heard? And Can they hear without someone .. And it is written, 'How the feet of those who the good news. '" -Romans 10:14-15 SIGN OF COMPASSION ...thanks to yout man pictured above is a in Thailand. He will teach the Christian way of life. He them for Baptism; he them the "Good News" of many catechists in the Mis- Who witness to Jesus in word the example of their need your prayerful and finan- $15 is financial sup. for a catechist for one month, witnesses to the Good In Liberia, West Africa, this mis- sionary Sister cares for handicapped children, lending a helping hand as well as providing a loving hug. Throughout the Missions, Reli- gious Brothers and Sisters labor to bring Christ's love to those among whom they live and serve: the young and the old; the weak and the strong. Members of such Religious Communities serve in hospitals, homes for the aged, schodls, refugee centers and orphanages. $300 helps to educate a mission Sister or Brother for a year. A MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH Bishop William J. McCormack My dear Friends of the Missions, Throughout these pages, you will read much "good news": the ordina- tion of 1,423 young men to the priesthood; the opening of seminaries in Indonesia and Kenya; more than 30,000 Daya people awaiting instruc- tion in the Catholic faith in Indonesia. Truly, this is a time of great growth for the Church in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands and remote regions of Latin America, the areas we refer to as the Mis- sions. Yet, too, this is a time of challenge and opportunity. Consider that Catholics in Africa, for example, are but 16.4% of the population. Bishops from countries on that continent report, again and again, evangelization as their top priority. To accomplish that, they write also of their need for funds: aid to train " future priests, Religious and catechists who will witness to the faith; money to build churches and chapels as visible signs o1' the faith; support for pastoral, educational and social programs, through which many witness to the faith and others come.to join the faith. In our World Mission Pastoral, the Bishops of the United States wrote that Jesus' mission - healing, preach- ing, loving - is now that of the Church. We, the baptized, are mem- bers of the Church, sharers in that mission. Although many of us will never leave our part of the Church, our local church, be it Kansas City or Allentown, we are nevertheless obliged, indeed compelled, to join the mission; Jesus' mission is our mis- sion. And, as St. Paul writes, "Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!" Again a challenge. And still another opportunity. World Mission Sunday is the day on which Catholics worldwide unite to prayerfully and financially support the continuation by the Church - and her members - of Jesus' mission. We can, on that day, join in prayer for the seminarians studying in the newly re-opened seminary in northeast Vietnam or for the first two priests of the Naga tribe in India. We can offer our financial help for the Sisters of Our Lady of the Visitation, witnessing to Christ through.their work in education and health care in Sierra Leone, Africa, or for the building of chapels in Mall, also in Africa. I myself try never to lose sight of the faces behind the encouraging statistics, the people helped by the prayers and sacrifices offered through the Propagation of the Faith. I think of Endrias Osman. When he was a teenager growing up in a Muslim village near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he was approached by a catechist from that archdiocese.. Some time later, he took instruction, became Pope John Paul II extends his gratitude, through Bishop McCormack, to the Catholics of the United States for their consistently generous support of the missionary work of the Church. a Catholic and soon after began studies for the priesthood. Ordained in 1986, he has since brought many in his village, including his parents and relatives, many who had before been openly hostile to Christianity, to the faith. Interestillgly, the Propagatign of the Faith supported not only the catechist who first approached Endrias, but also the seminary that provided his priestly training. Countless others are helped through the Propagation of the Faith, people whose names we may never know, but whose work depends almost exclusively on support from the Propagation of the Faith. Because of your past generosity, and because you know both the challenges and the opportunities in the Missions today, I know you will give generously this World Mission Sunday, October 21. You will give to reaffirm the commit- ment you made to the Church's mission at Baptism; you will give because I know you recognize that Jesus' mission is indeed the mission of each one of us. Thank you and God bless you!