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CAIHOLIC F RUARY 24, 1991 PAGE 7 "Summit," from page 1 Other Vatican officials have warned that the ~r could damage the Church's relations with file predominant Muslim populations of the region. Among the patriarchs on the list of at- tendees are Iraqi Chaldean Patriarch Raphael l'Bidawid, who has called the bombing of Iraq a crime, and Latin-rite Patriarch Michel Sabbah of Jerusalem, who has said ~ar in the region should have been avoided. Other patriarchs representing the Maronite, Coptic, Syrian-Antiochene, Ar- menian and Melkite churches are also Sdmduled to attend. Together, the patriarchs represent more than four million Catholics in the region. Also invited were the presidents of the bishops' conferences of England and Wales, France, Italy and Belgium. Their countries ( have contributed to the U.S.-led military forces in the Gul m| ~ ..................... , el"I I " qh /o ! , ansas Cat c! Candidates on the altar at cathedral. Deborah Halter ST witness proclaim that our Church is signifi- cant and that they want to belong. Island [[ SCHOOL [] in awe before them and the Spirit of God [1 ( Established 1898) I[ in our midst. [I 1518Parker St. ]] A total of 68 catechumens and 185 [] North Little Rock ][ candidates attended the services. ]] "Teaching childern [[ The first Sunday of Lent, on which the [] more than the ABC's]] Rite of Election is traditionally celebrated, [1t of life..." 11 begins the Church s preparation for the II NOW II ebmte Jesus' death and resurrection.[I ~' Accepting 11 The Rite of Election is a celebration of Carla Setg Principal heeding the call of God. The Church rec- [ ] 374 5237 App!lcatlons][ ogn~ ~ call by inscribing the names of II M =0k For 91- 9211 the ~' elect' (catechumens) in the Book of the Elect, which is signed by the bishop. 11 Pastor I I [1 374-7123 School Term[] The candidates for full communion or[1 Kindergarten thru 8thgradeII confirmation are encouraged to strive for ~ working parents $ conversion. [1 After school care 3 PM - 5:30 PM for]] #- By Sr. Eugenia Pellin, RSM P & lR I II II P II II I IL II Catholic Point Community, in which St. Joseph's parish is located, is approximately 20 miles northeast of Morrilton. The Cen- .ter Ridge Catholic community was settled ua 1881 by Italians from St. Louis who Obtained land from the Missouri Pacific Railroad. The first church was built in 1883, and Served about every six months by diocesan Priests. During the first four years, the people attended religious services at Morrilton when COnditions permitted. In 1895, the congregation acquired an acre of land for the church from Mike and Qolutnbia DeSalvo which was about one ~ile southeast of the original settlement. It Was the highest geographical location in the Cotntnunity. Construction of the new St. Ja uarius Church was completed in 1900 the leadership of Rev. P.J. Horan. church was named in honor of St. nUarius, Palron of Naples, Italy. All ma- and labor were donated by parish- lOrlers. Horan began to serve the people of Qenter Ridge, journeying from Little Rock, about once a month. After the second Church was built there were approximately 140 members. The dmrch was later con- Vevted into a convent. In 1924, a new red brick church was built f la land donated by Alexander Zarlingo, a t~nding member of the settlement. ~c~ive$ St. Joseph, Center Ridge, undated. Rev. HJ. Cattani, who served the parish until 1914, drowned on Christmas Daywhile being driven by horse and buggy back to St. Vincent after saying midnight Mass at Catholic Point. Following a Msgr. Fisher, Rev. H.J. Goebel was considered the first resident pastor of the rapidly-growing community. It was un- der his leadership that the present church, Constructed out of brick and native stone, was built about 30 yards west of the St. Januarius church. The new church was named for St. Joseph and dedicated May 17, 1925 by Bishop John Morris, whose ser- mon for the occasion was preached in Ital- ian. Only in 1936 did Center Ridge receive its first regular resident pastor when Rev. Joe Walshe was appointed to St. Joseph parish. The educational needs of the Italian community were first served by Public School District No. 37, two miles from the first settlement. Unfortunately, there were only three months in a school year at this time, and all elementary grades were taught in one room by one teacher. Within a few years a two-story school was built in which the lower half was used for instructional purposes, while the upper part served as a meeting place for the Farmers' Union. The Notre Dame Sisters from Mop rilton gave religious instruction to the children of the parish before the Benedic- tine Sisters took over the staffing of the school in 1929. Under the pastorate of Rev. Charles Schwab, CSSp, the name of the school was changed to "Catholic Point" to distinguish it from the Nemo Vista Public School at Center Ridge. The parish school made good progress under the guidance of the sisters until they were obliged to withdraw in 1967. Attended from the Church of the As- sumption in Atkins, Msgr. FrancisJ. McKee, VF, is the present pastor of St, Joseph, and there are 83 families. (Sr. Eugerda Pellin, ~ writes .flora IJ, g, le R k.) i ..................... Count on Arkansas Catholic to help deepen your understanding of the Church. ARKANSAS CATHOLIC J