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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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World Missions Collection is Oct. 26-27 – provides support to Guatemala mission, other Catholic ministry around the globe

the Inland Register

(From the October 17, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Catholics throughout the diocese are asked to contribute to the World Missions Collection the weekend of Oct. 26-27. This collection – one of four major annual collections in the diocese – 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 our own diocesan missionary efforts in the Diocese of Sololá, Guatemala.

Contributions to the World Missions Collection support these works:

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 (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. Financial support helps provide Catholic schools, the education and training of seminarians, and encourages vocations to the Religious life.

Collection for the Holy Land 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 Holy Scripture.

The Collection for Aid to the 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 (CRS) is the overseas relief and development agency of the Catholic Church in the United States. In peacetime, 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 times of crisis, CRS responds with emergency aid wherever it is needed. CRS has brought emergency relief to thousands of desperate, flood-stricken families in Haiti, India and Nepal; temporary shelters for families waiting for the conflict of conflict in Darfur; and so much more.

Guatemala Mission: In the late 1950s, the Diocese of Spokane entered into an agreement to share its 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 member of the Sisters of Charity of New York, who guides the health, pastoral, and women’s programs, and numerous health programs.

Our support of the Guatemala Mission goes directly to meet the needs of the impoverished people of the Guatemala highlands. Continued and ongoing prayer and financial support by the people of the Spokane Diocese is vital to the lives and welfare of the Guatemalans served by our mission.

(Donations to the World Mission Collection can be mailed to: Catholic Diocese of Spokane, PO Box 1453, Spokane, WA 99210-1453.)

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