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Page 2 January 17, 1998 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC Founded ln 1911 ,. JANUA 17, 1998 Simr-uqs Father Placldus Eckart, OSB • Statewide: 6 a.m. Sunday kTHV, Channel 11. • Pulasld County (Comcast): 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Channel 18. • Batesville: 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Channel 1. • Fayetteville: 9 p.m. Sunday, Channel 8. • Nashville: 6 a.m., 1Z noon Sunday, KJEP, Channel 23 -[ B,s.oP's D^ s t- Saturday, 17 Hispanic coundl meeting, St. John Center; Martin Luther King Jr. Mass, Cathedral Sunday, Jan. 18 Rosary, Mass and March for Life, Cathedral Monday, Jan. 19 Office dosed, Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday Tuesday, Jan. Z0 Catherine's House celebration; in office Wednesday, lan. 21 In office Thum y, ZZ in office Fdday, Jan. 23 Vlsit Gillett in morning; in office in alternoon Catholic Schools Week celebrated around diocese. --f Arkansas Catholic welcomes sub- missions of news artides, columns and obituaries. The deadline is noon Wednesday, I0 days before publica- tion. Advertising deadline is noon Friday, eight days before publication. To bsalb can (SOl) 664-0125. PlmUSimR Most I~. Andrew J. McDonald, nidmp MANAGING £DITOll ~~~ Daniel C Straessle EDIlrOll Malea Waleers Elm(XUAL/lqU)miClriON MANAGER Nancy C. Moore m smm ~JF.I"IION I~flr~ Leslie M. O'Mailey CUtCUL&lrlON MANAG~ Ar~ela M. Hess 111gEOLOGIC~ CONMILTANT Rev. Francis I. Malone, JCL Cadm~/c (LISPS 853-320 ISSN 1057-8439) Is publldted weekly (except the first SaturdaylnJan., July • ~m:l Aug,, and the k~,t Saturday In Dec.), by the C.affmlic Diocese ofUttle I~ock, Arkam~ Cattmac, Inc., P.O. Box 7417, LR~ Pox:k, AR 7Z217-7417. Boldness houl~ are 8:30 - 4, Monday-friday, except olt~es are located In Mon~ HaU, St. John Certte£, Z500 N.T~a'St., 7~.07. Phone numbers am (501) 664-0340 or (SOl) 664..01 gS; Fax (501) 664-9075. An annual sul:aalp~ Is $ I 5. I~dtatlc~ pmtage paid at Ut~e I~.k, ArK Postmas- t~..~nd clumMs ofaddam m: A,'gmsas ~aa~¢., P.O. Box 7417, Utde Rocl~ AR72217-7417. Address o~recr t~ requested. OCES AN ARKANSAS t'¢ CATHOL'( Dear Friends in Ghrisu We begin each new year with an ex- traordinary gift from the Church. This gift or grace is the celebration of the baptism of Jesus. As we commemorate Jesus' baptism, we have the opportunity to reflect on what our baptism means. Jesus experienced in the desert the call of his Father to immerse himself in a mission to the poor and marginalized. He made a public response to his Fa- ther by being baptized. Luke tells us that Jesus then returned in the power of the Spirit to his hometown, stood up to do the reading, and found the pas- sage where it is written: "The spirit of the Lord is upon me; therefore, he has anointed me. He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind and release to pris- oners, to announce a year of favor from the Lord" (Lk 4:14-19). As followers of Jesus, we are the ones now sent through baptism to be good news to the poor. I ask each of you to prayerfully renew your commitment. What is it that Jesus is asking of you in 1998? Allow me to offer a suggestion. Our nation is in the first year of welfare re- form. For many who are poor, the transi- tion to the new program is unintention- ally causing a greater hardship. To move from a welfare that promoted dependency to independence will take a lot of learn- ing and help. Bona auth( Our diocesan Social Action Office J 22 at initiating a program (vlth the help of tht The ] Campaign for Human Development. The, will t will be asking each parish in the dioce abou to mentor at least one family from wd fare to independence, starting with a cot~ of Re group of trained volunteers. I heard cared support this project, and ask every pari respe to give prayerful consideration to pard0 lives paring. .- ~ ant t~ AS a diocese, our contribution in assi For ing some of the 15,000 families still Benz welfare in Arkansas will be small, but i~ TEEI a start. Isn't that what new years are about i' Your friend, • Bishop of Little Rock Parishes have role in moving Arkansans from welfare to wor By Malea Waiters =The mentoring aspect is the one role this," Huddleston said. =The federai EDITOR that most churches are suited to play prob- ernment has basically passed the bud As the federal and state governments begin to rely more on nonprofit organi- zations to help those on welfare, the Dio- cese of Little Rock is seeking to be part of the solution. An estimated 15,000 Arkansas families receive welfare and most will be required to move to independence within two years. Through the Social Action Office, parishes are being asked with form a committee to mentor at least one Of those families over the next two years. The mentoring can vary from helping fill out paperwork to finding transportation for job interviews. The committee could also act as an advocate for the family when dealing with the Department of Human Services, which administers services. Sister Joan Pytlik, DC, Social Action Office director, said many of the adults on welfare have poor work skills and might have had difficulty keeping a job. The money to organize and monitor the mentoring program is from a national grant from the Campaign for Human Development. The diocese is contracting with Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families to gather information from the parishes on how the mentoring program is performing. The summary of obstacles and successes will be made available to DHS,I legislators and other nonprofit groups., Rich Huddleston, research director for Arkansas Advocates, said churches are a likely source of support for welfare families. ably," Huddleston said. He said what parishes can offer de- pends on resources within the parish. "Simple things like tilling out forms or the process of how to interact with others in a job environment are needed," he said. "Basic type things that families in parishes take for granted." Sister Joan said financial support is not the goal of the program. "We not asking this team to take on feeding, clothing, transporting and baby-sitting for the family," she said. "We are asking that they learn the things to be the advocate for the person and help them find the things they need." Huddleston closely follows develop- ments in the state welfare plan, watching for obstacles that could be a detriment to families gaining independence. "DHS has a really tough job in all of onto state governments. DHS is the lea agency for really the first time mandati that states really do help recipients that transition from welfare to work." i Since the new welfare reform progra began in July, Huddleston said he is ready seeing some problem areas, such] transportation. For example, only Arkansas cities have public transportati¢]i and only 16 to 20 percent of welfare cipients own cars. In the first three mon of the new program, the state gove ment only spent $24,000 of its $21 lion budget in transportation, educati0 sho and training. In March, regional committee trainh sessions will be held to provide more formation on the mentoring program, i terested Catholics are asked to cont their parish's social concern chairpers( pastor or Sister Joan at (501) 664-034 SEE EVERYI ING IN A NEW • Lamps • Lampshades • Lamp & Chandelier Repair 5b08 R Street Little Rock, 72207 (501) 666-2628 "Director of Developmenf The Springfield, M0., Catholic School SyS, i, tern is seeking applicants for the position 0t director of developmenL This school syster operates three elementary schools and high school, serving more than 1300 stU'i dents in pre-school through grade twelve, The person filling this position will work di, rectlywith the development board and under the supervision of the director of schools. This person must be a self starter and den onstmte the skills needed to implement 8 comprehensive development program. The position is currently open and the start date is negotiable. Salary range is $30,000 to $35,000. Thedeadline forapptica6on is Magi 1, 1998. For application information, call Dr. Larry Reed at (417) 865-5567.