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Thank you from East Timor (letter)

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 Contents - Sep 2004AD2000 September 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: 2004 Fighting Fund launched - Michael Gilchrist
Morwell: Vatican decision backs parish priests who uphold Church teachings - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Pulp Fiction: Religious illiteracy and 'The Da Vinci Code' - Fr Martin Tierney
Books: Exposing 'The Da Vinci Code' fraud - James Hitchcock
Iraqi bishop: positive developments despite the violence and bloodshed - Bishop Rabban Al-Qas
Terrorist attacks on Iraqi Christians - Catholic World News
Mass Attendance: Where have all the worshippers gone? - Fr Martin Durham
Sydney Catholic Adult Education Centre courses prove popular - Peter Holmes
Mission: Sydney seminary's evangelisation program revitalises parish - Bishop Julian Porteous
Events: Carnivale Christi Melbourne to celebrate Graham Greene's centenary - Liam Houlihan
Why not a little Latin in the liturgy? - Angus Sibley
Adult education: Latin language course in Melbourne
Letters: Thank you from East Timor (letter) - Fr Marcos de Oliviera SDB
Letters: Mass translation? - Philip Holberton
Letters: NRSV Bible - Mrs M.A. Ross
Letters: Liturgy abuses - Peter Lynch
Letters: 'King Arthur' an anti-Catholic movie - Fr Brian Harrison
Letters: Permissiveness - Ena Makaus
Letters: State Aid - George Caruana JP
Letters: Maronite Church - L.L. Booth
Letters: Support given - Barry O'Brien
Letters: The Power of One - Carola Morgan
Letters: AIDS in the Philippines - Christopher Rule
Letters: Freedom to be Born pro-life march - George F. Simpson
Letters: Moral relativism - Tim Coyle
Books: The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, by Philip Jenkins - John Barich (reviewer)
Books: The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America, by David Carlin - Fr James Schall SJ (reviewer)
Books: Interrupted Journeys: Young Refugees from Hitler's Reich, by Alan Gill - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Catholic Family Catechism: 2004 Disciples Edition with 50 Questions and Answers - Fr Peter Murphy
Books: More new titles from AD Books
Reflection: Why the priesthood is absolutely necessary - Fr John O'Neill

I write to thank you, my good friends in Australia.

I am very grateful for the help you have given to our schools via the Australian Salesians Mission Office.

With your help we have been able to pay teachers and keep the schools open during the past year. There are 45 primary and three junior high schools with more than 6,000 students in the parish.

In addition, with your help our school luncheon program is operating in five schools: Laga (250 students), Baguia (250 students), Quelicai (150 students), Hosuna (70 students) and Tequinuamada (120 students).

The luncheon program is very popular and is meeting a real need. A great proportion of the children have nothing to eat in the morning and many walk for more than an hour to get to school.

And for a large number of the youngsters the meal they get at school is the best meal they have for the day.

The past two years have been very difficult for the local people in this district. We have been in severe drought. Last year the rain came too late for the corn harvest and more than 50 percent of the farmers had nothing to reap.

Though we have had rain this year, much of it has been patchy and it remains to be seen what sort of a rice harvest there will be for the farmers.

Right now many local people are really desperate. More than 2,000 families have come to me in the past three weeks seeking help. They are asking for food. Many of these are widows with young children.

Needless to say if you can see your way clear to continue to assist us in this difficult time, I will be very grateful. The Salesian Mission Office (PO Box 80, Oakleigh Vic 3166) will forward your donation.

We are praying for you and your families. May the Lord bless you and reward your generosity.

Please pray for us - the priests and sisters in the Laga parish, as well as teachers, the students and their parents.

Laga, East Timor

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 8 (September 2004), p. 14

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