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9 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC FEBRUARY4, 1990 Histo Shington, DC - Fr. James Goode, St. Paul of the Shipwreck in M .rancisco and a national black lic leader, and James McConduit, . 'dent of the National Office fo; D Catholics (NOBC), have called fo I ational Day Of Prayer for the Afri- 'Araerican Community on Sunday, February is Black History Month. -Soriduit and Fr. Goode are co- the National Day of Prayer for |Ifurlcan American Community. | R is a sad state of affairs when we that among blacks, 33 percent live [ Verty, the median 1987 income of . ilies was $18,098, black unem- Fardinal Szoka of ployment was !1.7 percent in 1988 vs. an overall 5.5 percent," said Fr. Goode. "Women head 43 percent of black families, 54.8 percent of those families live in poverty and the list goes on. We as a people must come together and unite to build our communities and save our black families." Fr. Goode said that African Americn Catholics "must not run away from the problems of our community, but we must face the realities of life and be present to the community as agents of change and hope in a weary land. Church for us must not just be Sunday morning, but Church is every day that God gives us. African Americans are crying out for us to be a witness to their struggle of oppression and racism." Fr. Goode is also a San Francisco Housing Authority Commissioner. =Do not give up your spirit and your faith," he said. "Give your heart, mind and will to God. Return, yes, return to Church for us must not just be Sunday morning, but Church is every day that God gives us. the struggle and to reality for our people need us, not tomorrow but right now. God has made us a sign of judg- ment, grace, love and hope." [ tatiean City (CNS) - In a major Vati- af artcial appointment, Pope John II named Cardinal Edmund C,. kaofD,etroit to head the Holy See s I get and accounting office Uardinal Szoka, a 62-year-old Polish- i erican and a personal friend of the e, Was named president of the t Cture for the Economic Affairs of i,,s Hly See, replacing Cardinal Gi- Ppe Caprio, who is retiring at age Cardinal Szoka will run an office that has played an increasingly important role in the Vatican's effort to cut spend- ing and reduce its annual operating deficit. He will act essentially as Vatican budget director. The office gathers income and ex- pense figures of Vatican agencies, double-checks and puts them into a composite budget. Its figures tell how much money entered the Vatican, how it was spent and how much is needed ah2 he Vatican made no immediateto cover the shortfall. .Uncement regarding Cardinal The office has no specific power to ement in Detroit. set limits on spending nor to set poli- cies on ways of earning money, but is charged with financial "vigilance and control" over Holy See agencies and is called upon for advice regarding im- portant expenditures. As archbishop of Detroit since 1981, Cardinal Szoka administered an arch- diocese of some 1.5 million Catholics, including more than 300 parishes. His decision to close 30 parishes in a cost- cutting restructuring in 1988 was highly controversial and was appealed by some parishioners to the Vatican, which upheld the cardinal's decision. The appointment of a resident arch- bishop to a top Vatican financial posi- tion is considered unusual. The prefec- ture was established in 1967, and its two previous presidents have been veterans of Vatican administration. go-based Catholic group ]/Jerry F'dteau petition for Dennis Kellar, M.S. of New Life Counseling Services (CNS) - Backed by sev- groups, the Chicago- to Action has launched a drive for Catholic signatures letter" that calls for re- What it calls unjust institutional the Church. urges Church authorities Women and married men and voice in Church Seeks freer debate on Church is- calls for more local voice in 3ishops and full disdo- of Church finances. It also urges the Catho- in developing Church teach- phuraan sexuality." astoral Letter from Catholics about Fundamental Re- of our Church" also calls on to take more responsibility in es for the life and mission Action co-director Dan Daley a bulk mailing to more than had brought in about since early January, 1,000 signers who contributed $25 or more to have their names in- cluded on a paid advei-tisement that Call to Action hopes to publish in The New York Times on Feb. 28, Ash Wednesday. A second goal announced by the group is to collect at least 100,000 Catholic signatures during 1990 to mark the 25th anniversary of the completion of the Second Vatican Council. "Hundreds of people are asking for more copies to circulate in their par- ishes and among friends and co-work- ers," Daley said. "We can't keep up with the calls." Call to Action, which has about 5,000 members nationwide, was formed by a group of Chicago-area Catholics in 1978 to work for peace, social justice and Church reform. The idea for a national publicity campaign for its call to reform began last fail when Call to Action gave a draft of the letter to European theologian Ft. Hans Kung during a conference in Washington, at which he spoke on the future of the Church. Ft. Kung dis- carded his prepared conclusion and instead read the draft letter, which he said summed up =the principles I have been stressing over the years." offerO~ Chrtsffan Counsellr~ for the MARRIAGE FAMILY Member of Christ the King Pariah Ltcmsed by AIR Board of gxamtaers In Psyeholo~,, Member,~moc. of Christian Therapists. Over 20 yrs. 1501 N. Uaivcesity - Suite 010 LltUe Rook. 72207 (5Oll e~-soto II r' CUSTOM DPRINTING NCR CO. Forms Continuous Forms Booklets PLANNED & [nvelopes PRODUCED Wedding FOR YOUR NEEDS InVitations 18th & Pike Avenue - NLR State Rep. Charlotte 1". Schexnayder, editor-in-chief and publisher of The Dumas Clarion, is the first female officer of the National Newspaper Association In its 104-year history. She was chosen as treasurer at the NNA convention in Atlanta, GA. The NNA Includes 5,000 weekly and dally newspapers in Rs mere- bership. Rep. Schexnayder was the first woman to serve on the group's board, a position she held for seven years. As state representative from Dis- trict 85, she serves parts of Desha, Arkansas and Phillips counties. She and her husband, Melvin, are mem- bers of Holy Child parish in Dumas. John Michael Talbot and Staff invite you to experience Christian growth and healing on the "holy mountain"... MARY, PROPHET FOR OUR TIME March 23-25 Considers Mary, Mother of the Lord in terms of Scripture and with particular attention to her presence as a prophetic Voice today; with Fr. Martin Wolter, OFM, resident chaplain, Little Portion Retreat Center, former director, Alvema Center, Indianapolis; and Deacon Samuel Hilburn, director, Little Portion Retreat Center; author, teacher. TOBIT WEEKEND March 30- April I A weekend conducted for over 2,500 engaged couples. Provides guidance in self- help program to build a successful marriage; team couples and Fr. Martin Wolter, OFM, innovator of programs designed to meet needs of engaged and married couples. Write or call for information and complete 1990 schedule: Little Portion Retreat Center at MORE Mountain Route 4, Box 430 Eureka Sp ,,AR 72632 (501) 253-7379