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2 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Commentary: You are a missionary The person sitting next to you at Sunday Mass is a mis- sionary; the family in front of you . . . the man behind you. You are a missionary too. As we come to ever-greater knowledge that "we" are the Church, it is equally clear that "we" are also missionaries, as the Church exists to bring the The following commentary was provided by Msgr. Clarence A. Schlachter, dioce- san director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Help, hope offered to victims of Indian quake dence in i947 that it has ac- cepted international disaster relief help. The Red Cross, Red Cres- cent, Oxfam, and CARE have rushed supplies and personnel to the area. India's longtime border enemy, Pakistan, even joined in the effort. "This will bring the two countries closer to- gether. Gestures in times of need cross all other considera- tions," said a spokesman for the Pakistani consulate in Ma- harashtra. However, crime in the quake area prompted the Indian gov- ernment to briefly ban entry by private voluntary groups into the disaster zone. Thieves posing as volunteers looted villages in two districts in the quake area, reported UCA News, a Thailand-based Asia church news agency. , Despite the entry ban, Ray- mond Flynn, the U.S. ambas- sador to the Vatican, flew to Egypt Oct. 2 to join two India- bound aircraft loaded with supplies and medicine for quake victims. According to press reports from India, Flynn toured hard- hit villages in the quake area by helicopter and by car Oct. 5- 6. In the town of Umarga, near the quake's epicenter, Flynn served food on banana leaves in a makeshift kitchen set up by the Indian army. About 15,000 people flocked to the air station kitchen. "Can I have more?" one girl nervously asked Flynn. Flynn was to leave India for Washington to personally re- port to President Clinton and administration officials on the quake and make recommenda- tions about further U.S. aid, according to a spokesman at the U.S. Embassy at the Vati- can. When Flynn accepted the ambassador post, he said he did so only after Clinton as- sured him his job would in- clude missions to world trouble spots and efforts to alleviate human suffering. The government in the WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Aid and messages of comfort are slowly making their way to the site of one of the worst earthquakes on the Indian subcontinent in the 20th cen- tury. The Sept. 30 quake, which measured 6.4 on the Richter scale, leveled about 90 villages in a 154-quare-mile area, re- sulting in an estimated 30,000 deaths, though some accounts put the toll at twice that. Tremors continue to rock the quake region. An aftershock with a Richter reading of 5.2 hit the area Oct. 9, the most severe aftershock since the quake. The tremor caused panic, but there were no imme- diate reports of casualties or damage. In an Oct. 1 telegram to Archbishop Giorgio Zur, apos- tolic pro- nuncio to India, Pope John Paul II conveyed his "prayerful closeness at this dif- ficult time." "He commends the victims to almighty God and invokes di- vine strength and comfort on the injured and on those left homeless," the telegram said. Catholic Relief Services is bringing in 400 tons of food, plus tarpaulins, blankets and cooking sets to the affected area in western Maharashtra state, according to CRS spokes- woman Sarah Berk. Most of CRS' aid is coming from its Bombay office, while CRS offices in Calcutta, New Delhi and Madras are also giv- ing supplies. Ms. Berk said an Indian merchant whose ware- house was unaffected by the quake had offered to store the supplies. The Indian army provided transit for the first three truckloads of food, Ms. Berk said. Supplies are now being delivered via India's railways. CRS, the U.S. bishops' over- seas relief and development agency, was able to send five people into the affected region Oct. 2 to get food to survivors and assess other needs, Ms. Berk said. This marks the first time since India achieved indepen- Bishop Ferrario resigns Honolulu Diocese the changes in Washington. Joseph Anthony Ferrario was born in Scranton March 3, 1926. He was ordained a priest May 19, 1951, after studies at St. Charles College in Catonsville, Md., St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore and The Catholic University of America in Washington. After ordination he earned a master's degree in educational psychology from the University of Scranton. He taught from 1951 to 1957 at St. Joseph's College Semi- nary in Mountain View, Calif., and from 1957 to 1966 at St. Stephen's Seminary in Ka- neohe, Hawaii. Latur district asked Caritas India Oct. 4 to build homes and undertake rehabilitation work in two villages, said Fa- ther Yvon Ambrose, Caritas India's executive director. India has set an ambitious three-month target for rebuild- ing 30,000 homes lost to the quake. Contracts have already been signed to build 18,500 of the homes. Construction was to begin before the end of Octo- ber, with all the homes being finished by Jan. 26, India's Re- public Day. Sharad Pawar, Maharash- tra's chief minister, said the homes would be better built and on better sites than those lost in the quake. The World Bank has agreed to loan India $300 million to rebuild the villages, and an- other $1.5 million for a feasi- bility study on how to build homes that are more earth- quake-proof. - - - Editors: Quake relief contri- butions may be sent to CRS, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21298-9664. Monetary contributions only are asked. Checks should be made out to "Catholic Relief Services," and marked "India Earthquake Fund" on the memo line to as- sure speedy handling. WASHINGTON (CNS) Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph A. Ferrario of Honolulu for health reasons Oct. 12. The pope named Auxiliary Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of Scranton, Pa., as apostolic ad- ministrator of Honolulu with the faculties of a residential bishop. Bishop Ferrario, 67, has been a bishop since 1977 and head of the Honolulu Diocese since 1982. In January 1992 he underwent quintuple bypass surgery. Archbishop Agostino Cac- ciavillan, papal pro-nuncio to the United States, announced saving, healing Good News of Christ to all people. In his missionary encyclical, "The Mission of the Redeemer, "Pope John Paul II reminds us of the "immense portion" of the human family that does "not know Christ:" millions upon millions of men, woman and children. Think a moment who they may be: a frightened mother in Somalia, a workworn father in a Bangladeshi village, an abandoned child on the streets of Nairobi, Kenya. What difference would "knowing Christ" make to them? Only in Christ can they know they are children of God and thus of immeasurable worth, owed, today, the justice and dignity due to each unique person created in God's image Only in Christ can they know the gift of salvation, know their destiny of eternal life with God. For the many millions of people who have not yet come to know Christ, each one of us is needed to respond to our baptismal commitment to share our gift of faith with oth- ers, those we meet in our daily lives and others far beyond our home, our workplace, our neighborhood. The person next to you at Sunday Mass is needed; the family in front of you is needed; the man behind you.., you. Sunday, October 24, is World Mission Sunday, the an- nual celebration of prayer and sacrifice for the Church's mis- sionary work. On we come together charist, the church of our resl baptism and our take part in the mission of Jesus. sion Sunday is "an i: date in the life of the Pope John Paul II cause it teaches how an offering made to Eucharistic all the mission Our giving is those who will Offer; our giving is portant for us; as di! Christ we need a way, to extend our love of Christ will never see, The Propagation gives us a way! With help through i agation of the Mission Sunday, dreds of mission around the world gently Sacrifices offers, parishes on World Sunday help the out Africa and Asia' and areas of Latin and also provides work of our Missions. Call The Ex With 80 Years Of Ex [] Free [] Advice [] Legal [] [] proceedings Hay ride Parishioners at St. Joseph Church, Bramble, enjoy a hay ride during the annual parish picnic. REALTORS -- INSU! 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