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Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, addresses the House Judiciary Committee in Washington June 25 at a hearing about the unprecedented rate of unaccompanied and undocumented minors entering the U.S. from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Bishop Seitz testified that Congress should see it as a humanitarian crisis and urged immigration policies that ensure children receive appropriate welfare and legal services. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

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Catechists take part
in one of the certification
program sessions
that were held
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El Paso in 2013.
More than 800 catechists
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113 classes offered in
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Called to teach gift of God’s forgiveness

By Andy Sparke

Rio Grande Catholic

Religious formation Catechists in the Diocese of El Paso will participate in a special ...

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Called to teach gift of God’s forgiveness

By Andy Sparke

Rio Grande Catholic

Religious formation Catechists in the Diocese of El Paso will participate in a special “Catechist’s Kermes” Sept. 20 at the Pastoral Center.

The bazaar-like event — with the theme “Soy Catecista” — will precede the celebration of Catechetical Sunday, Sept. 21, said Dr. Veronica Rayas, diocesan director of Religious Formation.

“It will feature faith-based games as well as free food and a chile con Queso Cook-off for catechists and their families,” she said. We will gather affirm the catechetical ministry in the diocese.

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Approximately 2,500 catechists provide religious formation for various age groups throughout the diocese, including rural West Texas, Rayas said.

On Catechetical Sunday parishes traditionally commission and send forth the catechists who serve in the parish religious formation programs. This year’s Catechetical Sunday theme “Teaching About God’s Gift of Forgiveness.” Focuses on the sacrament of reconciliation.

“Whether you confess regularly, or this is the first time in a long time, may this be your moment to draw near to the confessional with confidence to celebrate the tender loving mercy of God,” said Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, chairman of the Evangelization and Catechesis committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a message to U.S. Catholics.

Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to return to confession at some of his Wednesday general audiences and even modeled the practice during a Lenten penance service this year in St. Peter’s Basilica.

“Even before anyone of us can consider seeking forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance, we know God is already at work in our hearts,”

Bishop Ricken said. “God the Father pursues us down the byways of our life, intent to restore and share with us in greater measure a life of grace and union with him, which was secured at so great a cost through the saving death of his Son. The Spirit helps us to discern where sinfulness has wounded and enslaved us, and creates in us, the penitents, a readiness to embrace ongoing conversion of life through sorrow for sins, sacramental confession through the ministry of the priest, and a firm purpose of amendment.”

The bishop noted that a variety of materials have been prepared to assist pastors, parish catechists, Catholic school teachers and the faithful in celebrating Catechetical Sunday, not only in September, but also throughout the 2014-2015 year.

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Resources for the observance of Catechetical Sunday include a guide for clergy, “Preaching About the Gift of God’s Forgiveness,” by Father John Guthrie, USCCB’s associate director of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, a teaching aid by Jesuit Father Peter Ryan, USCCB’s executive director of Doctrine, and a catechist in- service by Father Louis Cameli of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Catechetical Sunday, which is observed on the third Sunday in September, is a celebration of catechists and all teachers of the Catholic faith. Many parishes commission those who serve in catechetical ministry on Catechetical Sunday. The U.S. bishops have provided resources for Catechetical Sunday since 1971. More information is available at: www.usccb.org/

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The Religious Formation Office of the El Paso Diocese conducts a formation program for catechists to help them gain the theological knowledge, creative skills, and pastoral abilities for the ministry, Rayas said.

The office’s report for 2013 showed more than 800 catechists taking part in the program at 14 locations throughout the diocese.

‘Catechist Kermes’ to open religious formation year

Other activities conducted and sponsored by the Religious Formation office were:

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El Paso Diocese catechists display their unity during a session of the Catechist Certification Program sponsored by the Office of Religious Formation.

The Religious Formation Conference which brings together local and national presenters in a format that allows catechists to experience liturgy, formation and Community in one event, Rayas said. Conciertos de alabanza y oración on prayer and worship are offered in Spanish to help raise funds to cover the cost of the Religious Formation Conference.

Publishers Day gives pastors, parish catechetical leaders, and coordinators opportunity to review approved textbook materials and meet with publishers’ representatives.

The Confirmation Youth Celebration unites young people throughout the Diocese in a joyful event emphasizing the meaning of the sacrament they have received.

A Scanlan Foundation grant has allowed parishes to obtain religious instruction materials for those with special needs at a nominal cost. Advent and Lenten retreats are held for Parish Catechetical Leaders. And Coordinators

In-service days help Parish Catechetical Leaders continue their formation and stay current on issues.

The Religious Formation Office serves the parishes in rural West Texas through catechetical training and the formation of catechists to serve in the parishes.

Maria Guadalupe Rodriguez de Gonzalez, coordinator of religious formation for rural West Texas, travels to 20 communities in nine counties each month to assist the catechists in these far flung communities.

Catechists take part in one of the certification program sessions that were held in 14 locations around the Diocese of El Paso in 2013. More than 800 catechists took part in the 113 classes offered in the program.

Catechists take part in one of the certification program sessions that were held in 14 locations around the Diocese of El Paso in 2013.
More than 800 catechists took part in the 113 classes offered in the program.

El llamado a la enseñanza es don del perdón de Dios

Por Andy Sparke

Río Grande Catholic

Traducción por Anita Marta

Los maestros de formación religiosa en la Diócesis de El Paso participarán en una “Kermes de Catequistas” especial el 20 de septiembre en el Centro Pastoral. 1-3

El evento tipo Bazar -con el tema “Soy Catequista”- presidirá la celebración el Domingo Catequético, el día 21 de septiembre, dijo la Dra. Verónica Rayas, Directora Diocesana de Formación Religiosa.

“Se presentarán juegos basados en la fe así como comida gratis, entretenimiento y un concurso de chile con queso para los/las catequistas y sus familias,” dijo. Nos reuniremos para afirmar el ministerio catequético de la diócesis.

Aproximadamente 2,500 catequistas proporcionan formación religiosa a grupos de diversas edades a través de la diócesis, incluso en el área rural de Texas, dijo Rayas.

El Domingo Catequético las parroquias tradicionalmente comisionan y honran a los catequistas que llevan a cabo sus programas de formación religiosa y estos son enviados a servir en los programas de formación religiosa de las parroquias. El tema de este año para el Domingo Catequético es “La Enseñanza Acerca del Don del Perdón de Dios,” el cual se enfoca en el sacramento de la reconciliación.

“Ya sea que acuda al Sacramento de Confesión regularmente, o bien que vaya por primera vez en mucho tiempo, que sea este el momento de acercarse al confesionario con confianza para gozar de la tierna misericordia de Dios,” dijo el Obispo David L. Ricken de Green Bay, Wisconsin, Presidente de la Comisión para la Evangelización y Catequesis de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, en un mensaje a los Católicos de Estados Unidos. 1-2

El Papa Francisco anima a los Católicos a que regresen al Sacramento de la Confesión durante algunas de sus audiencias generales de los miércoles y aun puso el ejemplo de esta práctica durante el servicio de la penitencia de Cuaresma este año en la Basílica de San Pedro.

“Aun antes de que cada uno de nosotros pueda considerar buscar el perdón en el Sacramento de la Penitencia, sabemos que Dios está trabajando en nuestros corazones,” dijo el Obispo Ricken. “Dios el Padre nos busca a través de nuestra vida, e intenta restaurar y compartir con nosotros en gran medida una vida de gracia y unión con Él, la cual nos asegura a un gran costo a través de la muerte salvífica de Su Hijo. El Espíritu nos ayuda a discernir dónde nos ha herido el pecado y nos ha esclavizado, y crea en nosotros, los penitentes, una disponibilidad para aceptar la constante conversión de vida a través de la tristeza por el pecado, la confesión sacramental por medio de un sacerdote, y un firme propósito de enmienda.”

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El Paso Diocese catechists display their unity during a session of the Catechist Certification Program sponsored by the Office of Religious Formation.

El obispo recalcó que una serie de materiales han sido preparados para asistir a los pastores, catequistas de parroquias, maestros de escuelas Católicas y para los fieles en la celebración del Domingo Catequético, no solo en septiembre, sino a través del año 2014-2015.

Los recursos para la celebración del Domingo Catequético incluyen una guía para el clero, “Predicando Acerca del Don del Perdón de Dios,” por el Padre John Guthrie, Director Asociado del Clero para la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, Vida Consagrada y Vocaciones, una herramienta para la enseñanza por el Padre Jesuita Peter Ryan Director Ejecutivo para la Doctrina de USCCB, y por un catequista en funciones por el Padre Louis Cameli de la Arquidiócesis de Chicago.

El Domingo Catequético, que es celebrado el tercer domingo de septiembre, es una celebración de catequistas y maestros de la fe Católica. Muchas parroquias comisionan a aquellos quienes sirven en ministerio catequético el Domingo Catequético.

Los obispos de Estados Unidos han proporcionado recursos para el Domingo Catequético desde 1971. Más información disponible en: www.usccb.org/catecheticalsunday

La Oficina de Formación Religiosa de la Diócesis de El Paso lleva a cabo un programa para catequistas para ayudarles a obtener el conocimiento teológico, habilidades creativas y pastorales para el ministerio, dijo Rayas.

El reporte de la oficina para el 2013 mostró más de 800 catequistas participando en el programa en 14 ubicaciones a través de la diócesis.

Otras actividades conducidas y patrocinadas por la Oficina de Formación Religiosa fueron:

La Conferencia de Formación Religiosa la cual reúne a presentadores a nivel nacional y local en un formato que permite a los catequistas vivir la experiencia de la liturgia y la Comunidad en un evento, dijo Rayas. Los conciertos de alabanza y oración en plegaria se ofrecen en español para ayudar a recabar fondos para cubrir el costo de la Conferencia de Formación Religiosa.

Kermes de Catequistas’ dará inicio al año de formación religiosa

El Día de los Publicistas les proporciona a los pastores, líderes catequéticos, y coordinadores la oportunidad de revisar el texto y los materiales aprobados, y para reunirse con los representantes de los publicistas.

La Confirmación de la Celebración Juvenil unifica a los jóvenes de la Diócesis en un evento de gozo enfatizando en el significado del sacramento que han recibido.

Una aportación de la Fundación Scanlan ha hecho posible que las parroquias obtengan materiales para la instrucción religiosa para aquellos con necesidades especiales a un costo simbólico. Los retiros de Adviento y Cuaresma se llevan a cabo por Líderes Catequéticos Parroquiales; y Coordinadores.

Los días de taller ayudan a los Líderes Catequéticos Parroquiales a seguir con su formación y a estar actualizados en la materia.

La Oficina de Educación Religiosa sirve a las parroquias en zonas rurales del Oeste de Texas a través de la capacitación catequética y la formación de catequistas que sirven en estas parroquias.

María Guadalupe Rodríguez de González, coordinadora de formación religiosa del Oeste de Texas, viaja a 20 comunidades en nueve condados cada mes para asistir a los catequistas en estas lejanas comunidades.

 

Catechists take part in one of the certification program sessions that were held in 14 locations around the Diocese of El Paso in 2013. More than 800 catechists took part in the 113 classes offered in the program.

Catechists take part in one of the certification program sessions that were held in 14 locations around the Diocese of El Paso in 2013.
More than 800 catechists took part in the 113 classes offered in the program.

Columban Mission Center to hold open house for volunteers

The Columban Mission Center at 816 Magoffin Ave. in El Paso will hold an Open House for the Columban Volunteer Corps 10 a.m.-2p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13..

Anyone wishing to help the Columban Fathers, or Mission Society of St. Columban, in the running and upkeep of the Columban Mission Center are invited to attend sometime during these hours, and to discover how their work helps the Columban fathers promote their activities in over a dozen countries.

The volunteers also prepare the Columban Mission Center for groups of young adults from universities all over the country, who stay for five to seven days and visit area sites and organizations in order to experience life “on the Border.”

We cannot rest in our fight against sexual abuse of children

We in the Church of El Paso along with our entire community were saddened last month to hear that one of the leaders of our Catholic community, a member of our Diocesan School Advisory Board, had been arrested for possession of child

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pornography. This case is now in the hands of our legal system; all we can do is pray that the outcome is just. Regardless of the outcome, this case serves as a daunting reminder that the risk of the abuse of children must be met with even greater vigilance.

The sexual abuse of children, and we rightly include child pornography as child abuse, is among the most heinous crimes against the dignity of an innocent person and causes lifelong adverse consequences for the victims. Child abuse is a scourge to all of society. Unfortunately, it occurs most often in families. However, we also hear of such cases in schools, in athletics, in the Scouts–wherever children gather. Most disturbing are the cases where abuse is committed by someone who, even as a volunteer in an advisory role, represents the Church. These cases challenge us to develop additional safeguards to protect our children from persons whose backgrounds do not suggest or indicate any history of child abuse.

I hope that we in the Church will treat this incident as one more clarion call to rededicate ourselves to doing all that we can to provide safe environments for our children, at Church, in school and wherever they are. Already the Catholic Church has done more than any other large institution to make our churches and schools safe for children. Since my arrival in El Paso I have made this one of my top priorities.

In July our Diocese hired the first full time coordinator of our Safe Environment Program, Mrs. Diana Bulko. I have asked Mrs. Bulko to start from scratch and to totally renew and upgrade our program. We cannot be satisfied with a good program. Ours should be a model that others can follow. Our facilities should be the safest places where our children can gather and our Church should continue to lead the way in providing the formation that will make the rest of the places where children are found safe and protective environments. Coat

This will mean that every parish and mission, no matter how small will need to have a Safe Environment Coordinator. Every Church community will need to keep up-to-date records on staff and all active volunteers. Every person involved in the Church will need to participate in regular training and back ground checks. The Diocese will maintain a data base so that those who move among parishes will be able to have their information accompany them.

Everyone who is in a recognized role in the Church is seen as a person in whom a child can trust. Consequently, all persons who serve the Church in any official capacity must be subjected to rigorous scrutiny and training because there is no other way to prevent predators from gaining entrance to our schools and parishes. If exceptions are made then one could expect that the potential abuser will find those exceptions as well. I have spoken frequently to our priests about these requirements and once again I would urge you to be willing to do your part and to cooperate with your pastors in strengthening these programs.

We all need to do our part to end the scourge of the sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults!

 

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No podemos cesar en nuestra lucha contra el abuso sexual de niños

Nosotros quienes pertenecemos a la Iglesia de El Paso junto con toda la comunidad lamentamos sobremanera escuchar que uno de los líderes de nuestra comunidad Católica, un integrante de nuestro Consejo de Asesores de Escuelas

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Diocesanas, fue arrestado por posesión de pornografía infantil. Este caso está ahora en las manos de nuestro sistema legal; todo lo que podemos hacer es rezar para que el resultado sea justo. Independientemente de dicho resultado, este caso sirve como un desalentador recordatorio de que el riesgo del abuso de niños debe mantenerse aun con más vigilancia.

El abuso de niños, y justamente incluimos la pornografía infantil también como abuso de niños, está entre los crímenes más atroces contra la dignidad de una persona inocente y provoca consecuencias adversas de por vida para las víctimas. El abuso infantil es una calamidad para toda sociedad. Desafortunadamente, esto ocurre con más frecuencia en las familias. Sin embargo, también escuchamos tales casos en escuelas, en el ámbito deportivo, en los Scouts (Exploradores)-dondequiera que se reúnen los niños. Más inquietantes son aun los casos donde el abuso se comete por alguien quien, aun como voluntario en su papel de asesor, representa a la Iglesia. Estos casos nos retan a desarrollar medidas adicionales de seguridad para proteger a nuestros niños por personas cuyos antecedentes no sugieren o indican ningún historial de abuso infantil.

Espero que nosotros en la Iglesia tratemos este incidente como una alarma, la cual nos llama a que nos enfoquemos nuevamente en hacer todo lo posible para proporcionar ambientes seguros para nuestros niños, en la Iglesia, en la escuela y dondequiera que ellos estén. Ya la Iglesia Católica ha hecho más que cualquier otra institución grande para hacer que nuestras iglesias y escuelas sean seguras para los niños. Desde mi llegada a El Paso he hecho de esto una de mis principales prioridades.Coat

En julio nuestra Diócesis ocupó a la primera coordinadora de nuestro Programa de Ambiente Seguro, la Sra. Diana Bulko. Le he pedido a la Sra. Bulko iniciar, renovar y actualizar nuestro programa. No podemos estar satisfechos solo con un buen programa. El nuestro debe ser un ejemplo a seguir para otros. Nuestras instalaciones deben ser los lugares más seguros donde nuestros niños puedan reunirse y nuestra Iglesia continúe marcando el camino para proporcionar la formación y que hagan el resto de los lugares donde los niños se encuentren seguros en ambientes protegidos.

Esto significa que toda parroquia y misión, independientemente de lo pequeñas que sean, necesitarán contar con un Coordinador de Ambiente Seguro. Toda comunidad de la Iglesia necesitará mantener actualizada la base de datos del personal y todos los voluntarios activos. Toda persona que participe en la Iglesia deberá participar en entrenamientos regularmente y una revisión de antecedentes. La Diócesis mantendrá una base de datos para que aquellos que vayan a otras parroquias puedan tener su información con ellos.

Toda persona que esté en un papel reconocido en la Iglesia es visto como una persona a la cual se le puede confiar a un niño/a. En consecuencia, toda persona que sirve a la Iglesia en capacidad oficial debe ser sujeto a un riguroso escrutinio y entrenamiento porque no hay otra forma de prevenir que los depredadores tengan acceso a escuelas y parroquias. Si se hacen excepciones entonces uno puede suponer que un abusador potencial encuentre dichas excepciones también. He hablado con frecuencia a nuestros sacerdotes acerca de estos requisitos y de nuevo les pido que estén dispuestos a hacer lo que les corresponde y a colaborar con sus pastores para fortalecer estos programas. ¡Todos tenemos que hacer nuestra parte para terminar con la calamidad del abuso sexual de niños y adultos vulnerables!

 

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Catholic schools move to ensure computer system safety

The El Paso Diocese Office of Education has hired certified forensic computer experts to insure the safety of the Catholic schools computer networks and systems.

Sister Elizabeth Swartz, SSND, superintendent of schools for the diocese, issued the following press announcement in August;

“The safety and well-being of our students is always a priority of our Catholic schools. Due to recent events, the Office of Education for the Catholic Diocese of El Paso has retained the services of certified computer forensic computer experts, Net- Tech Consulting, LTD, to ensure that no unauthorized material or unauthorized has been or can be gained on the schools’ computer networks or systems. Although this is a very remote possibility, we are taking the steps to ensure the safety of our students. This will be done at all of our parochial schools.”

Our Lady of Valley School opens year with new staff

Our Lady of the Valley School began the 2014-2015 school year Aug. 11 with 194 students enrolled.

In addition to the school’s new principal, Cynthia Vargas, the school has new and re-assigned staff as well as a new pastor.

Father Cyprian was transferred in late June from St. Edward Parish in Carlsbad, New Mexico. He is originally from Chicago Heights Illinois

Michael Garcia 6th grade homeroom teacher teaches 6th through 8th grade social studies and speech. He previously taught for four years at Bridges Academy.

Thomas Bracamontes is the new physical education and health teacher. He taught for 22 years in the Clint District. He was also the varsity softball coach and freshman football coach at Horizon High School.

Mirta Anchondo is the new Honors English teacher and NJHS sponsor. She previously worked in the Socorro Independent School District.

Sofia Garcia, last year’s 6th grade homeroom teacher, is now the school’s religion instructor. She has been teaching at Our Lady of the Valley for 10 years.

The school’s new cafeteria manager, Rosa Simental was previously a teacher’s aide, substitute, and cafeteria manager at St. Raphael School. Our Lady of the Valley School enrollment is still open for most grade levels and ESL. For information call (915)859-6448.

Most Holy Trinity School enrollment grows

Most Holy Trinity had an enrollment of 160 students to begin this school year. This is the largest enrollment for the school in the past 10 years.

The students returned to a remodeled library, complete with a new “dragon” mural, new storybook wall plaques, new book shelves and a new Lego table.

Two new music programs are being offered- choral music and bell choir.

Finally an area of land is being cleared to build a soccer practice field which can also be used for physical education.

There are still spaces available for new students in grades 4-K, fourth grade and fifth grade.

For more information please call (915), 751-2566.

En este año de formación estamos bendecidos con 18 seminaristas

 

 

Estamos en las manos providentes de Dios. ¿Por qué se nos hace tan difícil, a veces, creer que Dios verdaderamente proveerá por todas nuestras frmiguelnecesidades? Nuestro Señor Jesús nos recuerda, “Pidan y se les dará; busquen y encontraran; toquen y se les abrirá…” (Mt 7:7)

Damos comienzo este año de formación en el seminario con dieciocho seminaristas.

Los once seminaristas que regresan ya están en sus respectivos seminarios, excepto del Diacono Apolinar Samboni, Cong Vo y Victorino Loresca, quienes permanecen en El Paso en su año pastoral. El diacono Apolinar está en la iglesia Most Holy Trinity, Cong está en la iglesia Nuestra Señora de Fatima en Van Horn, y Victorino en la iglesia de San Pedro y San Pablo.

Le damos la bienvenida al Seminario San Carlos Borromeo a siete nuevos seminaristas:

Noe Mendiola (El Paso), Wilbert Colas (Haiti), Michael Lewis (El Paso), Angel Valdez (El Paso), Alfonso Coronado (México), Felipe Venture (México) y Aldo Camacho (México). Pedimos a Dios que los bendiga durante este año de formación con paz, alegría y perseverancia.

Contemplando ante nosotros lo bueno que es Dios al bendecirnos con mas vocaciones sacerdotales, solo podemos decir “Gracias Dios!”

 
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We are blessed this formation year with 18 seminarians

We are in God’s providential hands. Why is it so difficult, at times, to believe God will truly provide for all our needs? Our Lord Jesus reminds us,frmiguel “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you…” (Mt 7:7)

We begin this seminary formation year with 18 seminarians.

Our eleven returning seminarians are now in their respective seminaries continuing their formation, with the exception of Deacon Apolinar Samboni, Cong Vo and Victorino Loresca, who remain in El Paso for their pastoral internship.

Deacon Apolinar is at Most Holy Trinity Church, Cong is at Our Lady of Fatima Church at Van Horn and Victorino is at Sts. Peter and Paul Church.

We welcome to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary seven new seminarians:

Noe Mendiola (El Paso), Wilbert Colas (Haiti), Michael Lewis (El Paso), Angel Valdez (El Paso), Alfonso Coronado (Mexico), Felipe Ventura (Mexico) and Aldo Camacho (Mexico).

We ask God to bless them throughout this year of formation with peace, joy and perseverance.

Contemplating before us the goodness of God by blessing us with more vocations to the priesthood, all we can say is “Thank you God!”

 

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