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EXTENSION30bishopx19scommentaryCatholicsaroundtheworldarebeingsummonedtoobserveaYearofFaithproclaimedbyPopeBenedictXVIwhohopesthatx1cthiswillbeagoodopportunitytousherthewholeChurchintoatimeofparticularrex0ectionandrediscoveryofthefaith.x1dTheYearbeginsOctober112012the50thanniversaryoftheopen-ingofIIVaticanCouncil.TheHolyFatherx19sconcernwiththeNewEvangelizationisthetransmissionofthefaithtothepeopleoftoday.ThisinvolvesallCatholicswhoarebaptizedandwhoclaimtofollowChrist.ThetimesweliveindemandintelligentcommitmenttothevaluesofourfaithinordertolivetheCatholiclifeinourmedia-dominatedsociety.Simplyputevangelizationisx1clivingourfaithfullyandsharingitx3eelywithothersandwithoursociety.x1dThisyearwillbesignificantfortheChurchboththroughouttheworldandinuniquewaysforthemis-siondiocesesinourcountry.Theystrivewithdix1cultybecauseoffewCatholicsandlackofx2nancialresources.TheywilllooktoCatholicExtensionforassistanceinsev-eralareasincludinghelptosupporttheformationof500seminarianseachyearmenpreparingtoserveaspriestsinmissiondioceses.IntheDioceseofJacksonforexamplewehavealargeterritorybutfewCatholicsservedby75parishesand21missions.Ifyoucountdownx3omthelargesttothemiddle-sizeormediancommunityithas243peoplenotfamilies.Sohalfofallthe96communitiesaresmallerthan243peopleandtheywilllooktoExtensionforhelptobuildtheirfaith.CatholicExtensionisstrangelyoneofthebest-keptsecretsoftheChurchintheUnitedStates.PublicationsliketheoneyouarereadingarecontinuingtoraiseawarenessamongourCatholicpeopleoftheneedstohelpsmallCatholiccom-munitiesinotherpartsofthecountry.Onax0ightonedayIwassittingnexttoawomanwhowasCatholic.SheaskedwhatIdidasapriest.WhenItoldherIwaswithCatholicChurchExtensionSo-cietyshesaidx1cWhatisthatx1dItooktheopportunitytoexplainwhatExtensioniswhatitdoesanditsneeds.AswewerecomingtoourdestinationshewroteachecktoCatholicExtensiongaveittomeandwentawaysmiling.TheYearofFaithisinmanywaysacalltoactionforeachofuswhosharetheCatholicfaith.Weneedfaiththatisstrongvibrantandinformed.SaintPaulurgesustolivealifeworthyofthecallingwehavereceived.MaythisyearallowustodevelopanintimaterelationshipwithJesusChristalongwithourbeliefintheteachingsoftheCatholicfaith.MaytheYearofFaithx2ndusdoingourbesttoloveandliveourfaithandtoloveCatholicExtensionwhichhelpsthefaithinmissiondioceses.Donotbereticenttosharewithothersthefactthatyouareapersonoffaith.Bejoyfulaboutsharingthegoodnessthatyouhave.Signupforweeklymeditationsx0omBishopHouckatwww.catholicextension.orgmeditationx1cDonotbereticenttosharewithothersthefactthatyouareapersonoffaith.Bejoyfulaboutsharingthegoodnessthatyouhave.x1dHearingtheCallbishopWilliamR.HouckMostReverendWilliamR.HouckispresidentemeritusofCatholicExtensionandanhonorarymemberoftheBoardofGovernors.