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Page 16 December ] i g) S ARKANSAS CATHO Prayers, Donations Urgently Needed lu Tue aa'klaml Clatwiic THOREAU, NM - As CatholicsAcademy live with the following re- living in poverty in remote areas of the around the globe turn their eyes and alities: barren Reservation. hearts to the Christ Child, the direc- • 55% of the Navajo popula- New lay missionaries often ask, tor, sisters, lay missionaries •ion cannot reador write," "Can this be America?" and staff of aNew Mexico Mission • McKinleyCounty(wherelhe For many of our students, schoolareconcernedabouturgently- Mission is located) has the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Acad- needed help. They work daily to highestpovertyrate(d3%)in emy is their "last hope." They've make the message of Christ come the state; experienced failure in other schools alive for American lndian boys and • The suicide rate among or inability to get to school from girls in their care. Navajo teenagers is ten times great distances. Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha higher than for their age Trusting in God, everyone at the Academy was started more than a group in the U.S population Mission prays for urgently-needed decade ago when the founder real- at large, help. We added two classrooms this ized the Indian children in the A nearly 40-member strong fallsohavetheincreasedexpenseof Mission's CCD classes didn't have corps of dedicated lay missionaries two more teachers and aides, plus even the most basic reading and teach and carry out the other work materials for those classrooms and writing skills. Today over 300 chil- of the Mission. This "other work" supplies for the children. Will you dren, most of them Native Ameri- includes maintaining the buses and help us? can,join staff and supporters in their vans which travel the remote mesas Gifts made to St. Bonaventure In- prayers to keep the Mission school to bring the children to school; pre- dian Mission and School are tax- from closing, paring two nourishing meals daily deductible. The school also quali- The Indian boys and girls at- for the children; and bringing both ties for "Matching Gifts." tending Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha food and water to aging Navajos ........................... i:i:i:i:!!:::: mmm 00000• 0 O000000 • • 0000000000000000 O@ ........................ ~' ............. ::." • Dear Arkansas Catholic Readers, • !ii!ii::!!i::!:{~ ~ -i i ~:: ................. • ~,~g~-~ " .. :~:~!i{..:..:i~ii..':.~i~iii!i:~i!:i!i:::i.',:i!:!:~:~ • • , • . . • • I m turning to you for specml help. Wall you help me feed ~ over 1000 people at our Mission's annual Christmas dinner? • Without caring friends like you St. Bonaventure Mission • • * can't exist. And for many of the people here on the eastern • Navajo reservation, our dinner is their only holiday "feast." • Many of the over 300 children in our school live in near • Third-World conditions-some have no electricity or running • • * water; despair bred by poverty; and poverty of spirit due to ** !!iiii • neglect, dysfunctional family life and alcoholism. In our . • * school we provide education which gives hope for the future to :i{il these children' tw° meals a day' and a nurturing environment' • Our needs are great. Will you join in our love for these ** children and their families through your financial help and • iiiiiiii!i Ai y°ur prayers? : ii:i[it - I°C st, o,o • : i Bob O'Connell, Director "- "-" -" Ell mid T St. Bonaventure Indian Mission & School • mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm P Y mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmnmmm Here's my gift of love of $ Please pray for my special intentions NiUtltle Address oty State Zip ( ) Please check here i/you wouldlike to receive a beautiful rosary hand-strung with reconstitutedturquoise nuggets andsilver-platedbeads as a token o/appreciation for your gift orS100 or more. ( ) Please check here i/you wouldlike to receive an autographed hardbound copy o/Tony Hillerman's book, ~ ~vrtl~ which is dedicated to the lay missionaries serving at St. Bonaventure Indian Mission andSchool, as a token of appreciation for your gift of $50 or more. ( ) Please check here i/you wouldlike to receive a sterling silver cross, set with turquoise, made by our localIndian artisans, as a token ofapprecia- tion for your gift of $35 or more. It is a unique piece o/jewelry you will wear--or give with pride. Send to: Help from The Arkansas Catholic Readers St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School Eastern Navajo Reservation, P.O. Box 610, Thoreau, NM 87323-0610 9626 ICW 049 i J L ')