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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Guatemala Mission among beneficiaries of World Missions Collection

the Inland Register

(From the October 18, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

On the weekend of Oct. 27-28, the World Missions Collection will be taken up once again in all parishes in the diocese. This collection supports the missionary activity of the Church throughout the world. It takes the place of five collections, which otherwise would be conducted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at various times during the year. The Spokane Diocese does this in order to reduce the number of times parishioners are asked to support the local, national and world-wide Church.

A letter from Bishop Cupich regarding the collection will arrive in the mail soon. This Collection – which is one of the bishop’s four major annual collections – includes support of ministries not covered by the Annual Catholic Appeal: Peter’s Pence, Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Catholic Relief Services, Collection for the Holy Land, and the Spokane Diocese’s missionary efforts in the Diocese of Sololá, Guatemala. Use the envelope which comes with Bishop Cupich’s letter, or place a clearly marked check in the Sunday collection. Please be generous.

The World Missions Collection supports these efforts:

The Works of the Holy Father and the Apostolic See (Peter’s Pence): The Holy Father uses the money raised through this collection to respond with emergency assistance to those who suffer as a result of war, oppression and natural disasters. They are the neediest of our brothers and sisters throughout the world. We are challenged by our Holy Father as a Christian community to help the poorest among us.

Catholic Near East Welfare Association: The Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) helps to care for the spiritual lives of our Catholic brothers and sisters in the countries of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Ethiopia and other mostly Muslim countries. When you support their work you support Catholic schools, the education and training of seminarians, and encourage vocations to the Religious life.

Collection for the Holy Land: This collection helps the Franciscan Friars to preserve the places throughout Israel and Jordan that are key to our Christian faith – the place of Christ’s birth, the site of his Resurrection, and the places where he taught. It also helps the Friars in their mission to sponsor research and excavation of sites connected with Scripture.

Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe: The collection for the Catholic Church in Central and Eastern Europe has funded more than 3,000 projects for the renewed Church in 27 countries. These projects have included training of seminarians and lay catechists, the building of churches, establishing religious education programs, expanding social ministries, and spreading the Gospel through the mass media.

The Society for the Propagation of the Faith: Evangelization programs worldwide receive support through the Society. It has consistently supported the education of seminarians, Religious novices and lay catechists, and funded the work of Religious communities in education, health care and social services, as well. The work of the Society has borne fruit. In 1900 there were two million Catholics in Africa. By 1995, that number had increased to 107 million. In 1930 there was just one African bishop. Now, 90 percent of the 513 bishops in Africa are themselves African.

The missions are a fertile ground for vocations. There are over 29,000 men in 374 major seminaries in mission countries. This is an increase of 38 percent since 1989. In 1998 there were 1,716 ordinations to the priesthood in the missions. That’s more than four times as many ordinations as in the United States during the same year.

Catholic Relief Services: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the overseas relief and development agency of the Catholic Church in the United States. In peace, CRS operates teaching and long-term improvement programs in 94 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. In crisis, CRS responds with emergency aid wherever it is needed.

In western Sudan, where tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than one million people have been forced from their homes by the violence, CRS is there to provide food, shelter and comfort.

Guatemala Mission: In the late 1950s, the Diocese of Spokane entered into an agreement with the Diocese of Sololá in Guatemala to share spiritual, material and human resources with the Diocese of Sololá. We maintain a “sister diocese” relationship that includes financial support, prayers, and the exchange of representatives to provide pastoral guidance to each other. Families in Guatemala pray for us – their benefactors in Spokane. We support Father David Baronti, a priest from our diocese, who has worked in Guatemala for almost 30 years. We also support a Sister of Charity of New York, who guides the health, pastoral, and women’s programs, and numerous health programs.

Our Guatemala Mission support goes directly to meet the needs of the people who need it most: the poor and the needy. Continued and ongoing prayer and financial support by the people of the Spokane Diocese is vital to the lives and welfare of the poor and needy in Guatemala.

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