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! ! ! Dear Sisters and Brothers, ope John Paul II traveled to otr country. He once again[  ] graced our nation by  I walking on its .oill I and by being in ourl midst as a fellow pilgrim. He came to be with us. He saw us. He spoke to us.nmulmmll He touched us. He blessed us. He prayed with us. He challenged us. He looks to us to be leaders in spreading the Message of the Gospel, to evangelize. He fills us with hope. i Does it not sound familiar? Has not that script been heard be- fore? Jesus did it first. He traveled by foot to be with the people of his time. We do not have a record of the distances he trod, but he touched people of the known world with his witness to truth. As did Jesus, so Pope John Paul II, Jesus' Vicar on earth, uses the tools at hand to communicate with all human beings on the earth. He has come to this land of plenty, yet we are so young. We were a missionary territory until 1922. We were cared for by the Propagation of the Faith until that time. Missionaries were supported by contributions. We came to know Jesus and the eternal truth by the efforts of others. Not only have we benefited by the contributions of monies from other lands to support missionaries here for so long, young.people have given their lives in our behalf. On November 1, 1995, Bishops Raymond and John Kevin, broth- ers and native sons of Ireland, now bishops of Kansas City, Mo., and Savannah, Ga., respectively, will concelebrate liturgy of All Saints Day at St. Francis Xavier Church, the Old Cathedral in Vincennes. They will recall the 150th anniver- sary of the arrival of five Irish sem- inarians. The seminarians came from All Hallows Seminary in Dublin, Ireland, where the two bishops also studied. The five were later ordained priests for the Dio- cese of Vincennes by Bishop Celes- tine de la Hailandiere. They came to this missionary land to spread the Gospel. '' "1[" "re have an obligation to re- : VV spond to the Holy Father's call to be committed to the worldwide mission of Jesus. We do that in three ways: prayers, sacri- rices and concrete financial sup- port. I suggest as well that each of us see this responsibility as both a personal and a familial one. Please be generous. May the Lord bless each of you for your generosity toward the mis- sions beyond our national bound- aries. May we always be grateful for those beyond our boundaries who prayed, offered sacrifice, and provided financial support for this country up until 1922. We are in- deed indebted. e assured of my prayerful re- membrance of all of you at Holy Mass. Faithfully yours in Christ, Most Reverend Gerald A. Gettelfinger Bishop of Evansville Dear Friends of the Missions: uring the past several years, we have much posi- tive news from the ,,oo missions about the ........... ;?!i growth of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Last year, the num- ber of major semi- narians receiving support increase to 24,624, and ordinations in the mis- sions were at an all time high of 1,745. In the past three years, close to a half million dollars has been raised for the St. Peter Apostle So- ciety, an affiliate of the Propagation of the Faith, for these mission semi- narians and religious novices. I've been in fund raising for 42 years and you know that I'm not writing to brag, but to beg. You know the missions need you to keep giving and to help the mis- sionaries with their needs. Sometimes, I feel like apologiz- ing, sometimes I feel ashamed. I'm always asking. But the stories from all over the world speak of pain, sor- row, hunger and suffering. The Prop- agation tries to make things better with the resources that are available, through the generosity of our friends, donors, monthly givers and wonderful supporters -- people like you. Through the Propagation of the Faith, contributors have be- come partners in: Sending $10,000,000 in medicine to Chernobyl, aiding over 8,000 children suffering with cancer. Providing over $8,000,000 in medicine to Bosnia. Airlifting over 20,560 cases of Naturalyte to Rwanda, saving 120,000 children. Donating millions of dollars to help over 37,000 people with river blindness in Cuba. Getting $10,000,000 worth of medication to Lithuania to treat neu- rologically-impaired children. Providing regular shipments of medicine to Mother Theresa for 120,000 people with leprosy. Because of donors like you, be- cause of your goodness, you con- October 22, 1995 For further information about THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH please contact: The Society for THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH ...all of us committed to the worldwzde mzsszon of Jesus tinue to plant seeds of life f people. You are of refugees with and clothing. You are hope for thos leprosy and the You are planting for people who are gospel planting seeds of as children of God His grace and love.  There are many World Mission Sunda precedence over all peals. Our Holy letter Redemptoris Missio should be the largest of all "as it is the holiest 'other Teresa once .should be the sion of God's kindness our faces, the kindness in c and in the kindness in this way, others have come in touch with God. Your help, generous sacrifice on World Mission Sunda next weekend, is gratitude for the Lord's you. Never let anyone without leaving better We have to respond tot needs of the world. Someone once tianity has beggar telling to find bread." May all bread of life in our care for the poor. can next weekend in special ou have the Masses offered missionaries, on the "front lines" yard. You also all the prayers of the ters and catechists Father's (Pontifical) Faith. Sincerely yours in Life, One beggar to another,: Msgr. C.A. Schlachter