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LXIII, NO. 9 MARCH 1, 1974 Asks U.$. Children for Lenten Sacrifices City =-Pope Paul VI aled to American to make Lenten on behalf of needy around the world. of the annual collection for Relief Services, are being encouraged contributions out of their spending money. The Pope addressed a special Lenten message to Catholic children of North America. It reads as follows: "Dear children, "Each year at this time we ask you to remember in your prayers and sacrifices the rch Storm Over, Day Dawning, ,Serrans Told Rock ._ The storm has a new day is breaking Catholic Church, Serra Trustee John E. -r told Little Rock members as they With priests and Friday night to y of group. "the future of the with a militant, Gallagher, a lawyer, charged "must improve the the role of priest and Serra -- devoted to .Priestly vocations, an of all Religious and instilling in of -- must have New Techniques be content with of the early We must be We can't use the of the past," past president of Serra Club. In he is a board of the archdiocesan ', and Catholic hospital he scene after being by Edward B. Dillon Rock, International Gallagher told of of the '60s -- Religious defections, gainst authority, law, and "an age Sold its soul to He described it "the cult of per- a way of life." has passed, said. The task of hand. He said his being in Little Rock the 45 local Serra the status of mission of the Church. Gallagher said those who survived the "storm" will have courage and determination to share with others. Serra is entering a new era in the same way, he said. He called the 1970s a time for rescuing the young. The youth- ful generation is "groping for the moral reason for life," he continued. The young, Gallagher said, are repelled by the manic in- trospect of some priests who have no time for others in their lives. Serra, he said, must present the image of the Church and priests who survived '"the storm," discard the negativism of the past, get rid of the depic- tion of bankruptcy, and show that 57,000 priests and 120,000 Sisters are "alive and well." Serra, Gallagher said, is an elite organization. It is "not social or economic but is devoted to its purposes: -- evangelization." He called on Serrans to stress the second of the club's two objectives, an appreciation of their own vocations. After hearing Serrans honor diocesan priests on their an- niversaries Gallagher jibed, "We (Philadelphians) sort of seem to be the mother church of Little Rock." Recalling when many Philadelphians were entering the seminary at Little Rock, he said, "We equated Little Rock with South Africa." Serrans introduced the dozen priests present who were ob- serving anniversaries. They were Father Royce Thomas, fifth anniversary of ordination; Father James Walters, 15 years; Father Robert Dagwell and Father Paul Bujarski, 30 years; Msgr. John Bann, Father Rudolph E. Maus, Msgr. B. FrancisMcDevitt, and Msgr. Francis J. McKee, 35 years; SEE SERRA ON PAGE 3 millions of homeless and hungry children of the poorer countries of the world. They need your help and that of your parents, for many have no one else to turn to for assistance. "The boys and girls for whom we are asking your help live in A Diocesan First The Little Rock Diocesan Priests' and Sisters' Senates met jointly for the first time last week to discuss the Apostolate to the Aged and the establishment of task forces for various diocesan projects. Chatting before the meeting, above, from left, are Jesuit Father George Wilson of Cincinnati, representing Management Design, Inc., a consultative firm; Msgr. James E. O'ConneU, president of the Priests' Senate; Sister Eulema, S.S.N.D., of Conway, president of the Sisters' Senate; and His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald. Woman Theologian to Open Ecumenical Lecture Series Little Rock -- The 1974 Ecumenical Lecture Series, sponsored by the Holy Souls Council of Wo- men, will be- gin Thursday, March 14, at 8 P.M. in. the Arkansas Arts Center Audi- torium here Dr. James with an ad- dress entitled "Born to Love" by The Rev. Dr. Muriel James, a world-renowned theologian and psychologist. Subsequent lectures on Thursday, April 18, and Thursday, April 25, will be delivered by The Rev. W. Forrest Lanier of Atlanta, Ga., a Baptist ecumenist, who is a personal friend of His Ex- cellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald, and Father John T. Pawlikowski, O.S.M., a member of the Secretariat for Catholic-Jewish Relations of the National Conference Of Catholic Bishops. Tickets covering all three lectures are $6 and are available from the ticket chairman at 1704 North Palm Street, Little Rock, 72207. Dr. James, who has a Master of Divinity degree from the (Episcopal) Church Divinity School of the Pacific, has taught for several years at California State College at:Haxward, and is a consultant in human relations and communications to government agencies. She. has lectured widely on tran- sactional analysis and has led seminars for the World Council of Churches in Switzerland. She founded the interdenomination- al Oasis Education and Coun- seling Center of Cosa Nostra County, Lafayette, Calif. Doctor Lanier, who will speak April 18 on "The Significance of Sound and Fury," was one of the first Georgians to respond to the initial stirrings of ecumenism in the 1960's. He invited the then Msgr. Andrew J. McDonald of Savannah to speak from his pulpit in the First Baptist Church there. A year later, on moving to Atlanta, he again invited Bishop McDonald to address his congregation. Father Pawlikowski, whose April 25 topic will be "Judaism and Christian Renewal," has been a visiting lecturer at the Ecumenical Institute for Ad- vanced Theological Research in Jerusalem. McCormick McCormick Feted on Jubilee Marche (NLR) -- Father Edward J. McCormick, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish here, was given a sur- prise testimonial Feb. 21 by his parishioners to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his or- dination to the Holy Priesthood. Joinin in the celebration were His Excellency The Most Rev. Albert L. Fletcher, former Bishop of Little Rock; Msgr. Francis X. Murphy, diocesan comptroller, and Msgr. Thomas J. Prendergast, former editor of The Guardian and former pastor of the Marche parish. An anniversary skit by seventh and eighth graders from the parish school opened the program. First and second graders, directed by Mrs. Stephen Pruss, then presented "A Day With Father Mc- Cormick." Mrs. Gary Burgess led third and fourth graders in "A Tribute of Love," Warren Carpenter's fifth and sixth graders read original poems. Seventh and eighth graders then played scenes from the life of Cardinal Gibbons, adapted from the book "Larger Than the Sky." Parish Council President Arthur Kitta congratulated the pastor on behalf of the parish and Bishop Fletcher, Monsignor Murphy and Monsignor Prendergast added their felicitations. A buffet luncheon concluded the testimonial. The pastor received many gifts, including spiritual bouquets and a money tree. Father McCormick celebrated a special Massof Thanksgiving in the parish church last Sunday, the actual annlversary date of his or- SEE JUBILEE ON PAGE 2 Carmelites Plan St. Joseph Novena Little Rock -- Arkansas Catholics are being invited to participate in their homes in a Novena to St. Joseph, sponsored annually by the Discalced Carmelite Sisters. The Novena will begin Monday, March 11, and will conclude on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Tuesday, March 19. Intentions to be remembered by the nuns and others making the Novena are an increase in vocations, the unemployed, the poor, the sick and the dying, for the Church and for the private intentions of those par- ticipating. Novena prayer leaflets are available from the Carmelite Sisters, 7201 West 32rid Street, Little Rock, Ark. 72204. countries where there are few of the comforts and advantages which are part of everyday life in America. Many have no schools, no doctors; many go to bed hungry every night because there is simply not enough food to go around. And there are mothers or fathers; others who many children who have no have no homes at all. Then there are those unfortunate children who suffer because of floods, earthquakes, typhoons and other disasters. It is good, then, that you can help. "The organization which turns your Lenten sacrifices SEE POPE ON PAGE 2 Bishop Calls for Shared Responsibility in Catholic High Schools of Arkansas For Catholic Schools Week, the Bishop directed the following message to the faculties of our high schools and to the priests whose students use our high schools. In a letter dated Feb. 25 to Msgr. James E. O'Connell, president of the Priests' Senate, he asked the Senate to implement his message locally in Catholic High through a series of meetings between the faculty and the Senate. To develop deeper understanding between faculty, Senate and himself, the Bishop will participate in the meetings. I welcome this opportunity to meet with you today. That we might understand who we are a little better, invited to this meeting are Father (George) Tribou, the principal of Catholic High, the faculty of the school, the presbyterate of Little Rock and North Little Rock and all other priests whose parishioners use the school. I am happy because your presence today gives me an opportunity to see you visibly as support for our Catholic high school system. You in turn have the opportunity to see your- selves in the same light, that is, working together for the good of our Catholic youth. The week of February 17-22nd has been nationally proclaimed by NCEA as Catholic Schools Week. While I am making this address here at Catholic High, I have sent it to the other Catholic high schools in Arkansas through the Superintendent of School's office so that everyone associated with our secondary school system can reflect upon these remarks. In my approach to Church and school in this era of time, I see a clear distinction in theory betwen "Values" and the "System of Delivery." I readily dmit that it is not alwayS easy to see the dif- ference in practice. An example of a grocery store helps me. "The values" are the groceries on the shelves. "The System of Delivery" is constantly changing. If I were to open a grocery store today, "The Values" on my shelves would be just as good as, maybe better than, "The Values" on the shelves of a supermarket. But if I chose to use a "Delivery System" of sixty years ago, my "Values" would remain on my shelves. The mission of our Church has laid upon us the imperative to serve the sick, shelter the homeless,teach the ignorant. To address ourselves to the achievement of these values, the Church has designed systems. We have a hospital system to reach the sick: or- phanages and convalescent homes to help the homeless; schools to instruct the ignorant. Each time that I touch a system, many people feel that I do not cherish the same values as themselves. In our Church, it should be obvious that we have Canonized "Systems." We are afraid at times to examine delivery systems. We know what values our systems deliver, we also know our deficiencies, but often we lack courage, vision and a spirit of cooperation to update and change the system. With this as background, I want you to know that I cherish with you the mission of the Church; I cherish with yoff in secondary high school education your participation in our continuing efforts to achieve these values for the students committed to our care. As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, I now propose ways of improving the system. Were I to address each of the high schools in our diocese today, these are the general areas I would have them assess. Be it a private academy, a parochial high school or an inter-parochial complex, I would ask each one associated with the school to measure the school by these criteria. I believe the points I am about to enumerate are the points the Church asks its education apostolate to safeguard because they reflect high priority values of a school; that is, the sacred dimension of the student as a person. (1) Structure: Our Church asks us to esteem the personal dignity of every human being. The structured relationship between school authorities and students should go to extremes to protect human freedom. It should operate with the minimum restrictions upon human freedom and give the student opportunity to respond to his freedom. The structure should be visible enough so that the student clearly knows his freedom through a written handbook of policies. These policies are created, refined and updated by cooperation among the parents, the presbyterate, the PTA, the faculty, the diocesan school board, the area school beard and the students. Human beings want and need direction in sorting out and seeking their goals. Just as greatly needed and demanded is the chance to participate in this develop- mental process. The faculty, the students, the parents and other school-related organizations should work together in patience, with vision and courage. Through this mutual cooperation we define our roles better and develop a tremen- dous bond of unity as well as a deep sense of christian com- munity. (2) Pastoral Mission of the Church: Certain challenges SEE SCHOOLS ON PAE 3