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Pago0 ,ouO17 -- 00 OO O 000000000 O O.2 By Marilyn Langford ROGERS CORRESPONDENT BENTONVILLE ---"As with many things in life --death brings new life," Father Michael Sinkler, pastor of St. Stephen Church in Bentonville, wrote in a letter of appreciation to members of Holy Rosary Church in Burditt, Kan. The letter was intended to express gratitude and compassion to the parish for its generosity of spirit in sharing re- ligious articles following the closing of Holy Rosary Church in June 1997. The Kansas church, along with five other churches in the Diocese of Dodge City, closed when Bishop Stanley Schlarman, faced with the reality of the priest shortage in his diocese, made this decision in early 1997. Established in 1950, this tiny mission church in southwestern Kansas served about 36 families. The bishop's decision was unexpected and disappointing news to the parishioners of Holy Rosary Church. Shortly after learning of the closing, the parish council began the The stations of the cross and crucifix at St. Stephen Church were given to the parish by Holy Rosary Church in Burditt, Kan., which closed in June 1997. for those items. But he was also con- also restored an antique oak baptismal new placed in the foyer. Most of the articl y M are used on a regular basis, but a few Drrc in storage-currendy. " Recendy, Alan Bauer expressed thej~ In felt by the Holy Rosary parishioners i ,ich knowing" Father Sinkler and the. par twn.,_ocenti were willing to provide a home tor ui syn , bols of their church history. Gl "rh!s was thrilling news to the --' Dick loners, Bauer said. Pa "the I In late November, Bauer's family fr epa Burditt" attended Mass at St. Steph ng, we ( Church so they could be reassureu articles were being put to good use. D They were really pleased when Fatl* icl Mike came out wearing one of the Tq ments that had been donated by H0leac Rosary Church," Bauer said. "Pr8 Father Sinkler said he has learned iflags naOn n important lesson from the experie ~'h "In our case I learned from listen~,e l are~uric to people here how attached they trea our facility, to having a church hoI And I think whether articles have ma . Ull~ lCtt rial value or not, if your comm worked to put that together, that ship space has great emotional value. search to find a new home for the reli- cerned about how the ardcles could be font. A wooden crucifix was donated by have to take care of that. gious ardcles that had come to symbol- accommodated into their newly con-the parents of the first priest to serve in "rhat was a very painful thing for ize the lifeblood of this parish. But there structed facility in Bentonville. the parish. The stadons of the cross, members of Holy Rosary Church. was little hope for a positive outcome. "Our facility is very new and very con- detailed in gold leaf, are thought to be need time to grieve. And a lot of p eo p' A former member of Holy Rosary temporary and these articles are some- of some historical significance, here really appreciated a part of 0r-- Church who now lives in Bentonville was what older and a different style so there "One of the things they are working church history that we weren't ablek _ the link between the two parishes,is a question of, would they fit and where on now in Kansas is to find a special share and celebrate. I think nenler fL -yoNI "I first found out one day in spring or would they go, Father Shakier said, "so history of the stations of the cross, Ours a little more that this is their reli~ early summer from Alan Bauer, Father all of these things had to be weighted is at least the third, if not the fourth, home because we have clear signs a/ M Sinkler said, ' hen Alan was sharing with and measured." church they were in," Father Sinkler said. Ix)Is of that." _ atn me his parents' hurt at the closing of After receiving photographs of theThe stations are now prominently dis- sY In the aftermath of the closing, 3avail their church, which is always a painful items in September, Father Sinkler tray- played in a circular pattern around the parish priest in nearby Lamed, Karl., P ar, worship space at St. Stephen Church. extended a welcome to the families] experience. He wanted to know if any of eled to Holy Rosary Church to see the c ,rojt those ardcles from the church in Burditt items. The articles proved to have a"Several people have asked me, 'Did Holy Rosary. On Christmas Eve, a 7gg s could be used in our parish because there touching history tO them. The oak altar, you build with those stations in mind?' van of eight families from Burditt was no interest up there, lectern and tabernacle with wood inlaid They fit very well, Father Sinkler said. lowed each other to their new p 41and' As pastor of the fairly new parish, designs of grapes and wheat were de- The items arrived in Bentonville in about 20 miles away to attend miclni se Father Sinkler knew there was a need signed by a parishioner, Duane Metl. He time for Thanksgiving. The crucifix was Mass. l Hispanic ministry team serving a//(s b-- ght growing population in Magnolia By Andrea Johnson kansas have training in Spanish, many are EL DORADO CORRESPONDENT having to learn as they go. "Most of us are not fluent in Spanish MAGNOLIA--- The Hispanic population but can handle the Spanish Mass," he said. is growing in several areas of Arkansas, in- To compensate for the language bar- cluding Magnolia, in Southwest Arkansas. tier, Sister Maria Teresa Salazar and Sis- I'he Catholic Diocese of Little Rock is ter Maria de los Angeles Guerra, who are seeing a tremendous influx of Hispanics, Missionary Catechists of the Poor from mostly from Mexico, moving into and Monterey, Mexico, have been living in working in the area," Father Jon South Arkansas for several months. McDougal, pastor of Immaculate Heart Father Pilcher said the sisters, who live of Mary Church in Magnolia said. "So, in Magnolia, provide services and evalua- the Church is trying to respond, since so tions in Magnolia, El Dorado and Fordyce. many of them are Catholic." They also are developing programs for He said many Protestant churches in the Hispanic community. the area have tried to respond to the needs Father McDougal said it is his hope of Hispanics, however, cultural differences that the sisters will be able to offer some between the religions and language bard- continuity and leadership for the Hispanic ers have often led to confusion, population. To serve the Spanish speaking resi- "We plan to have classes for couples and dents, Father McDougal, as well as Father singles," Sister Maria said. "But most are Gregory Pilcher, OSB, of Holy Redeemer singles because the jobs draw them here." Church in El Dorado, are now offering Many area residents work in area nurs- Spanish Masses for their parishioners, cries, poultry farms and dmber harvest- Father Pilcher, who studied Spanish in ing sites. Guatemala, said Spanish Masses have been Spanish Masses are celebrated weekly offered in El Dorado since 1985. How- at noon Saturdays in El Dorado and 6 ever, Father McDougal only recently be- p.m. Thursdays in Magnolia. The out- gan to offer Spanish Masses in Magnolia. reach classes are held following Mass in He added that while some priests in At-- Magnolia. Hot Springs residents enjoyed seeing St. John Church carpeted withlights during the Christmas holidays. The Osborne family of Little Rock pre- sented the lights as a gift to the church, which they have vis- ited during their stays at their Lake Hamilton house. A crew spent three days hanging approxi- mately 20,000 lights. Though a problem dimmed the lights for several nights, the lighting crew that beautified downtown Hot Springs cured the situation by Dec. 18. The lights last shone Jan. 7. A display with more lights is planned for Christmas 1998. C H a h