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&apos;" PAGE 3 THE GUARDIAN, APRIL 16, 1982 THIS issue of The arrives in your es, we will have for a whole week power of the of Jesus Christ. annual celebration of this in our life renews our hearts. It fills us to know that, in spite Other difficulties which arise, Jesus has the evil of sin and .evil of death. Let us and be glad. I have enjoyed cookies, jelly and the other good hat along with a before Holy Week, I the Sacrament at the Blessed lment Parish in On that occasion, McKinney, a grammar Student gave me a copy l lay me down to study, the Lord I won't go fail to learn this the Lord I will not I do, don't shed a tear, rose behind my ear. teacher I did my best, my books upon my L. Hoyt AGENT ITO, LIFE, FIRE INSURANCE 753-0834 Dine 982-3031 If I should die before I wake, That's one less test I'll have to take. AS WE continue to celebrate the joy of Our Lord's Resurrection, I want to thank you for the sacrificial gifts which you have made to our diocese in the Special Projects Drive. We have not quite reached the goal, but we have every hope of doing so. I am truly uplifted and edified by the way in which you have responded. If by chance you have not made your gift, please present it directly to me or to your parish priest as soon as possible. On Monday, we celebrated the Mass of Chrism and Priestly Renewal in the Cathedral of St. Andrew at 12:05. Priests came from all parts of the diocese. Begin- ning with Palm Sunday and right through Easter, our organist, Mr. Bob Winn, and the choir were outstanding. They moved our minds and our hearts in prayer to the Lord God. How touching it was to see our priests march two by two into the Cathedral to participate in the Mass with me as their bishop. How pleased I was to have the opportunity to thank them for their love and for their labor. I reminded them that almost daily I hear from people in the diocese expressing gratitude for their tireless service. I called upon those present among the lay people to pray for our priests who are sick; to pray for those who labor day in and day out for the Lord; to pray that young men will answer the call and fill the ranks. Following the Mass of the Chrism, I went to the headquarters for the Presbyterian Church in l "The Saturday Bank PULASKI BANK AND TRUST COMPANY Pierce at "R" Street - 661-7700 1091 Rodney Parham - 661-7890 Optical Owner: Mrs. Raymond Rolf d'$ Parish) Asker & University 568-0021 * John Benton, Ark. y, 778-6896 ;ina NORTH LITTLE ROCK The Other Center Across from McCain Mall 753-1326 AI Indian Hills Shopping Center 6929 J F K Across from I.C. Church 835-5036 Kiffy OAK FOREST CLEANERS & LAUNDRY 1217 Fair Park Blvd. Little Rock, kR 72204 663-6049 h For... DIAMOND LIQUORS Rixie Exit- Highway 67 North Arkansas to participate in a semester is spent in the meeting of the Roundtable. Eternal City. I had pledged to This is an assembly of the wear the alb at Easter time in heads of various religious his memory, since he has denominations throughout the already passed through death State. We are working hard to life. James Patrick Selig these days to find ways of and Jeff Dumboski from St. achieving an even better Anne's were among the spirit of co-operation and servers for the Mass, Af- terwards, we enjoyed fun and conversation at the kitchen table in the Selig home. Almost all of the participants in the Mass moved from the television station to their home. unity among us. ON TUESDAY morning, as is my wont, I began the day at the altar of the Lord in my home chapel. I was pleased to have guests, Edwina Taylor, Ada Bray and Helen Catlett. Not too many months ago, Ada lost her husband Carson ON WEDNESDAY, priests, sisters and lay people who was truly devoted to our associated with me in the Cathedral Church. It is chancery assembled for a comforting to help one morning of prayer, reflection another in time of sorrow at and planning. The at- God's holy altar, mosphere was truly prayerful Then, it was a day of work and filled with love. Father in the office. In the evening, I Richard Oswald and his went to Channel 11 to offer committee for Parish Mass which was televised Renewal led us through the for Easter Sunday morning. The Catholic High Choir under the direction of Mrs. Betty Hennelly sang for the occasion. Some thirty parishioners came from St. Anne's to participate in the Mass. On this occasion, and on Easter Sunday, I wore an alb which Carla Selig sent from Rome for Father Mc- Donnell. She is a parishioner of St. Anne and a student at the University of Dallas. This prayer and the discussion. At 1:00 in the afternoon, I went to St. Vincent's In- firmary to participate in a prayer service, celebrating Holy Week. The service takes place in the hospital chapel but is televised by closed circuit throughout the hospital. The chapel was almost completely filled. The program is sponsored an- nually by the Pastoral Care Department and those who Reflections on the life and death of Monsignor Joseph A. Gallagher, devoted priest, perfect gentleman. May 5, 1896 - April II, 1982 Just before 7:00 on Easter Sunday morning, Mrs. Bennie Clemmons called me. "Bishop, Monsignor Gallagher slipped away at 6:20 this morning. He was not well for a day or two but we could not tell that the end was near. His passing was serene and peaceful." I couldn't help but say, "Praise God, Alleluia! What a blessed day to move from this life to the next." Then, the pages of my memory began to turn back. W.hen I came to the Diocese in 1972, Monsignor Gallagher was a dedicated priest, a perfect gentleman, a respected citizen of Pine Bluff. Just as his ministry extended to the total community, including the most forlorn, the prisoners on death row at Cummins, in unison, people of all faiths, all walks in life welcomed the opportunity to love him and cherish him in these last months of his life. In the spring of 1973, his obedient priestly spirit and his gentlemanly demeanor made easy my task to ask him to retire. With dignity and grace, Monsignor Gallagher moved to the Benedictine Manor in Hot Springs. The Sisters and the guests welcomed him as a rich asset to their community. Thereafter, priests and people in Pine Bluff and throughout the diocese vied with one another to receive him as their guest. The people cherished his years of priestly service. The priests recalled that he inspired them to leave home and come to Arkansas for a life of priestly service. No matter what their age, they rejoiced when Monsignor referred to them as "my boys." If I may be personal, I cite just one example -- the love and devotion between Monsignor Gallagher and Father James Patrick McDonnell. Father McDonnell lost his father in the flu epidemic after the first World War. Monsignor Gallagher became his father in Christ. I relish the memory of a visit to the Manor to Mon- signor with Father McDonnell. I recall the hospitality Father McDonnell gave Monsignor at St. Anne's during the festive seasons of the year. Joyfully, I recall Monsignor's Golden Anniversary of Priesthood celebrated in this sanctuary. The organist and choir lifted us up to the heavens. Priests, religious and you the people thronged the church. Father James Patrick graced the pulpit and gave the glorious tribute to fifty golden years of service in the priesthood of Jesus Christ as lived byMonsignor Joseph A. Gallagher. As we commend Monsignor to the Lord, I express my thanks to Father Riedmueiler, the Pastor of St. Joseph for his loving care and for his timely assistance in preparing this final farewell and to Father John O'Donnell for his timely, fitting homily. To you the parishioners of St. Joseph, the people of Pine Bluff, I express my thanks. In his final days, I committed Monsignor to your loving care. Without fail, you em- braced him, you loved him, you cared for him. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. Only God, however, can reward such love. + Andrew J. McDonald Bishop of Little Rock are employed at the hospital. From among those who are associated with the hospital, we reverently listened to music and song. My devotional touched upon Jesus as the seed, dying unto Himself so that He might rise to conquer the evil of sin and the evil of death. The same seed of God's grace rests within us to help us to carry our cross and to live in the hope of final resurrection. In the evening, I went to our Carmelite Monastery to eat the Seder Supper with our sisters. Together, we celebrated "the old and the new." That supper reminds us of the great gift that God has given to the human race in choosing the Israelites to be His people and to preserve among us the hope of redemption. The celebration also reminds us that it was at this supper that the Lord Jesus gave us Himself in the Holy Eucharist. THURSDAY WAS a restful, quiet day. In the late af- ternoon, I went to the Cathedral of St. Andrew to celebrate the Lord's Supper. Father John Keefer, a Dominican priest, preached the homily. He reminded us that it was on Good Friday last year that the Dominicans informed me of their coming to Little Rock. Men of the Serra Club presented their feet to me for the washing. In my own personal prayer, I thanked the Lord Jesus for choosing me to be a priest. I promised once again with the help of His grace, to be faithful to Him even unto death. After the celebration, I went to Bruno's for supper with the McNeils and the Bennewises. Friday was good for us but it was not good for the Lord. We assembled in St. Andrew's Cathedral at 12:05 for the liturgy, commemorating His Passion and Death. In the homily, we presented the suffering Lord, as best we could, through the eyes and the heart of His holy mother Mary. A member of the choir grew and prepared a crown of thorns to be placed in the sanctuary near the cross, venerated on this sacred day in our lives. "O all ye who pass by the way, attend and see if there be any sorrow like unto My sorrow?" ON SATURDAY. I had a delightful visit to the home of Ernest and Margaret Viveros in Judsonia. After spending more than a year in St. Vin- cent's Infirmary, he is now at home. What an inspiration to me is their love for one See Bishop on Pg. 4 Complete Travel Arrangements Major Credit Cards Accepted Bob Peters Manager HORIZON TRAVEL AGENCY 3901 McCain Park Drive N. 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