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THE GUARDIAN, JANUARY 3, 1969 PAGE 7 Trend .S. Church Attendance Declines N. J. (NC) --About of all adult Americans d church in a typical week COmpared with 45 percent 7, according to the Gallup represents a continued in weekly church atten- from the 1955 and 1958 highs Percent, but it is substan- above the 1940 figure of 37 Gallup organization said of adult Catholics at- church in a typical week [he past year, compared percent of Protestants. OF MAPS ARK. I" b mUe $1.35. I/2" to the mile S0. Plus 2S ImndllnL mLUlng charge. Fisherman,s Maps *Norfolk Lake *Lake Conway Brake *(}leers Ferry "BUy ALL 6 MAPS FOR $1.10- Illvidu Map 25 Plus 6' Postage FARRELL & SCHAER Blue Print Company RECTOR BLDG. LITTLE ROCK, ARK. ._,' GABRIEL'S---Sunday Masses: 7 ] 9 A.M. Holydays 7 and 9 A M a in s rdina, . .0. J01tN.%_.Sunday Messes: 6. 8 ldUJ! I0 A.M. and 12 Noon. Holydays i Trade With Your I bmetown Merchants ' tMEEKS NEON Manufacturing Co. *A LES .LEASE - SERVICE Signs & Letters The LARGEST It added, however, that church attendance by Catholics has drop- ped nine percent in the past de- cade, compared with five percent among Protestants. In the last 10 years church attendance has declined more sharply among young adults in their 20s than amongother groups. While the overall drop in the decade was six percent, among young adults it was 14 percent. An average of 48 percent of adult women and 39 percent of adult men attended church in a typical week in the past year, the Gallup organization said. Church attendance was highest among college-educated adults and among those with a family income over $7,000. The church atten- dance figure for whites was 43 percent and for non-whites 44 percent. A Gallup international survey of 11 countries showed the U. S. to have the highest church atten- dance rate. Figures for other countries cov- ered in the survey were: The Netherlands, 42 percent; Aus- tria, 38 percent; Switzerland, 30 percent; Greece (Athens), 28 percent; West Germany, 27 per- cent; France, 25 percent; Uru- guay (cities only), 24 percent; Norway, 14 percent; Sweden, nine percent, and Finland, five percent. Red Cross Stops Biafra Aid Geneva (NC) -- The Internat- ional Committee of the Red C ross here has been orde red to halt its nightly relief flights into Bia- fra by the government of Equa- Springs (00hurch Guide 6, 7 and 9 A.M. and 12:05 P.M. ST. MARY'S--Sunday Masses: 8:00 and 10:30 A.M. and 12:15 and 5:30 P.M. Holydays: 8:00 and 10:30 A.M. and 12:15 and 5:30 P.M. l llllll L I -- II I II CHARLES MOENSTER "All Your insurance Needs." * AUTO * LIFE * FIRE * BOAT * COMMERCIAL 516 Hobson NA 3-6648 Hot Springs, Ark. HA 3.6762 Muaicel Department Store [ :! Orgens . Plenoa Band Instruments Records . Sheet Music INSURANCE DEPARTMENT ARKANSAS BANK & TRUST CO. Floyd H. Bryant, Ins. Mgr. COMPLETE COVERAGE A uto-Home-Buslness -Life BROADWAY SQUARE PHONE NA 4-4611 OUR SPECIALTIES Commercial . Portrait Children The Wylie Studio Advertising Industrial Photo Copies Greeting Cards 823 Hobson NA 3-8412 HOT SPRINGS NA 3-1212 911 Central Old Hickory BARBECUE Service . Curb Service ! ' LEWIS BAR-B-Q ICall NA 3-1061 709 PARK  HOT SPRINGS & Margaret Henderson .Owners MILWAUKEE HOTEL Opposite Bath House Row Free Parking --Moderate Rates HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS Edward Longinottl, Mgr. torial Guinea. The halt, ICRC officials said, will mean that 850,000 Biafrans-- mostly women and children --will have their sole source of food immediately cut off. (in New York, a spokesman for Catholic Relief Services which cooperates in a joint religious re- lief airlift into Biafra from the Portuguese island of See Tome, said its operation will continue without interruption.) The Red Cross flights were made from Santa Isabel on the island of Fernando Po. They started last September, when the island was still a Spanish posses- sion. But Fernando Po and the small mainland territory of Rio Muni became the independent country of Equatorial Guinea in October -- and it was then that the Red Cross' difficulties seemed to be- gin. Several times in October flights w e r e inexplicably suspended. When an explosion killed five workers and wounded two air crewmen from Sao Tome at the Biafran airfield in late November, the Red Cross once again suspen- ded flights, this time for several weeks. They were resumed in mid-December, only to be shut down permanently Dec. 20. No reason was given for the shutdown by officials of Equatorial Guinea. But Red Cross officials indicated they felt the opera- tion had become the victim of pol- itical pressures put upon the new government by Nigeria and other African nations. Meanwhile, Bishop Edward E. Swanstrom, executive director of Catholic Relief Services, said that the religious-sponsored airliRs from Sao Tome would continue "without interruption." Bishop Voices Unusual Eulogy for Young Curate Knoxville, Tenn. (CPF) -- In one of the more unusual eulogies given at a funeral Mass for a priest, the Catholic bishop of Nashville paraphrased the words of a popular song, "It Was a Very Good Year," in reviewing the life of a 27-year-old assis- tant pastor. Said Bishop Joseph A. Durick of the Rev. William Sherman: "I think that, if I may be per- mitted, since he used to do this often himself, I would like to refer to one of today's current epistles in song --paraphrased and sublimated, of course -- to tell in some way his priestly life of commitment and dedication-- always apart, but never aloof to those around him. "So Father Sherman could say -- When I was seventeen, It was a very good year. It was a very good year for me -- A Knox- ville Catholic Graduate -- To enter Saint Mary Seminary -- that place with its lovely days and its vibrant autumn nights -- As I absorbed the new insights-- On its college green -- When I was seventeen. "When I was twenty-two -- It was a very good year. It was a very good year -- To continue to climb God's stair -- To be a Delaware Religious Leaders Want National Guard Removed Wilmington, Del. (NC) -- The leaders of five Christian com- munities in Delaware have issued an unprecedented joint pastoral letter in which they call for re- moval of National Guard patrols from the city of Wilmington. They also commit themselves to "a new beginning in a common work toward justice for all our citi- zens." The signers are Bishop Thomas J. Mardagaof the WilmingtonCath- olic diocese; Bishop William H. Meat of the Episcopal diocese of Delaware; Bishop John Wesley Lord of the Washington Areaofthe United Methodist Church, which includes Delaware; the Rev. Paul L. Buehrle, dean of the Delaware District of the Lutheran Church in America and the Rev. William R. Phillippe, executive of the Chesapeake Presbyterian Synod. The National Guard troopswere called into Wilmington by Gov. Charles Terry after the murderof Dr. Martin Luther King lastAlril. Despite repeated calls for their removal, Terry -- who was de- feated for reelection in November -- has sald they will stay until he leaves office Jan. 31. The Christmas pastoral was the first time that the state's religious leaders have made a unified call for the Guard's removal. The 500-word statement reaf- firms the principle that "peace first-year Divine -- Which Theo- logy I began to do -- When I was twenty-two. "When I was twenty-six-- It was a very good year. It was a very good year for Tenn- essee, my beloved Diocese -- Upon which my gaze was now to be firmly fixed -- When I was twenty- six. "When I was twenty-seven, the day's grew short--And now in God's Eternal Springtime -- I think of that earthly life -- As vintage wine from fine, old kegs -- From brim to dregs, it poured sweet and clear -- It was a very good yearl May he rest in peace. Amen. III Nocturnal Adoration Slated at Good Counsel Little Rock - This months Ioc- turnal Adoration and Pllgrima:, Novena is slated for Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 12th d Jackson, Little Rock. The Right Rev. Msgr. John B. Scheper will open with an 8 P.M. Mass January 3 and close with a 6 A.M. Mass January 4. Parishes and times are Good Counsel, 8 - 9 P.M.; St. An- drew's Cathedral and Christ the King, 9 - 10; Holy Souls, 10 - 11; St. Theresa's, 11- 12; Immaculate Conception, St. Augustines and St. Jude's, 1 - 2 A.M.; St. Anne's, 2 - 3; St. Mary's 3-4; St. Edward's,4-5; and St. Patrick's, 5 - 6. is the work of jusUce" while con- demning violence as a productive force in the pursuit of justice. But," they add, "to allow our churches, businesses, schools or communities to perpetuate in- equalities that can be remedied is in itself an injustice." in their pledge to work for justice the signers say: "If we fail to work constructively for justice for all our citizens we yield to the temptations to ac- cept force as the only way of deal- ing with our problems..."