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THE GUARDIAN, MAY 3, 1974 PAGE 5--A J: "N NG MAN SHARES A HAPPY MOMENT WITH AN ELDERLY WOMAN IN A hospital as she reaches out and touches him. (NC Photo) " andtJ'00,eElderly KNOW YOUR FAITH \\; Sponsored By  Arkansas State Council Knights of Columbus M. Champlin IqRST dozen years at I had a people for "Corn- These were confined to their but with some in and I attempted each month to take a staggering, time-consuming the sick has very high on m y priest's duties, mere numerical of that particular function made it often mechanistic and frustrating. FOR SEVERAL hours I would follow this basic pattern - - jump out of the car, step into a house, offer several words of St. Andrew's Day Care - 503 E. 6th St. (One block west of Sheraton Hotel) o.s. Little Rock, Ark. Children 3 - 6 Open 6:30 A.M. to 6 P.M. Licensed by Health Department For Information, Call 374-0520 - ALSO - BENEDICTINE STUDIO OF MUSIC in Piano, Organ, Accordion and Gnitar. For lnlormaUon Call: Sister Philippa, O.S.B. 376-2703 greeting, hear a normally perfunctory confession, recite identical prayers, communicate the sick person, wave a farewell ("See you next month"), return to my auto and drive to the next stop, always conscious of the time schedule which alloted 15 minutes for each of the day's dozen visits. These were, I know, precious, God-filled moments and the month's highlight for those incapacitated parishioners. But during periods of reflection away from the pressures of my busy mirilstry, I regretted the routineness of it all. I wished there were time to stay longer, to chat, to show a more thorough interest in or concern SEE ELDERLY ON P.6-A of COLUMBUS Insurance Rop. IOHH E. BUSH ALL FOP-MS OF LOW COST PERSONAL COVERAGE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY UFE * HEALTH * ACCIDEN'] PH. Little Rock 84"/-0142 Rte. 1, Box 813E Benton LOOK INTO THE LIFE AT SUBIACO ACADEMY Fully accredited, college preparatory residence school for young men, grades nine through twelve Conducted by Benedictine monks Diversified, contemporary and individualized system of education, based on Christian values Well-rounded social and athletic program Modern and functional physical facilities Moderate rates  For catalog or more information, write: BOX G, SUBIACO ACADEMY SUBiACO, ARKANSAS 72865 PHONE (501) 934-2061 Voluntary Service A Gift From Mankind By Father Carl J. Pfeifer, S.J. JOAN WAS almost always ill. She had a constant succession of the widest variety of possible ailments. Her husband was retired. Their children were all grown and living away from home. Joan's husband urged her to find some creative outlet for her time and energies. He hoped this might at least take her mind off her pains. Nothing was available except volunteer work. Joan adamantly refused to work as an unpaid volunteer. Her doctors gently suggested that she consult a psychiatrist., since they could find no organic cause for her many ills. Reluctantly she did so. He discovered no serious psychological illness, but urged her to find some form of volunteer activity to occupy her time more constructively. He felt that the work and the ser- vice to others might enable her to break through her vicious cycle of ailments. Still Joan refused. She said she would not work for anyone for nothing. She felt volunteer work was second-rate and unprofessional. Last I heard, Joan was looking for a new doctor to diagnose her latest ill. JOAN'S ATTITUDE may be extreme, but in a sense it is typical. Many people would rather pay out money to others for medication than voluntarily to serve others without pay -- even if the voluntary activity might ultimately save them money. Others consider volunteer work as below their dignity. Perhaps still more people never even think of volunteer work. The steady increase of leisure time in our society -- shorter work week, longer vacations, early retirement -- makesit more imperative than ever to recognize the significance of voluntary service. Volunteers provide a notable service to society as well as to themselves. Voluntary forms of work can provide creative opportunities to develop oneself as one serves the needs of others. VOLUNTEERISM has in recent years taken on a growing importance in our society. Some specialists in volunteerism think that volunteer services are necessary for the survival of a democratic society, that they are demanded from citizens of a democratic system. It seems to me that religious education - at home, in school, or in church -- has the important task of helping people recognize the vital place of the volunteer in today's world. It has the challenge and opportunity to help young and old develop a generous spirit, open to serving the needs of others with or without financial recompense. Religious educators can help people become more aware of human needs and of the many ways volunteers can help meet those needs. Volunteer activity can be a concrete expression of Christian love and an unusually rewarding opportunity for personal growth and fulfillment. PERIIAPS one way Christian communities can highlight the significance of volunteer ac- tivities is by giving more recognition to the tremendous contribution being made by volunteers within their very communities. How many religious education programs for example, could survive without the generous and competent work of volunteers -- directors, teachers, helpers, aids, supporters? Yet I find that very often such volunteers in religious education programs consider themselves second- rate substitutes for professionals. Timir lack of self- esteem is often reinforced by the manner in which they are treated within the parish or diocese. (I once worked as a volunteer catechist in a large urban parish where the religious education program was supported as a charity of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and where we volunteers were not trusted even to run a slide- projector. ) It may be that the best way a parish religious education program can convey to young and old alike the importance and value of volunteer activity, would be to make a aeoncerted effort to give recognition to the significant contribution of volunteers to the life of the parish. It might be that even then people like Joan might still prefer to be ill rather than to serve others, but she would have to dismiss the abundant evidence-around her of the value and dignity of volunteer activities. @ 1974 NC News Service mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm n ii ' TIJ'I'OtlING: | l l n that's real____!y effective! i I :  Pork PJoz. Center : .,00jL ,...,.,.0 ; l , ]Learai00q00 Foundations | l I n The Tutoring Center l I.___ _ __.....,.,...__.......q HER COFFIN: THE GARBAGE CAN THE HOLY FATHERtS MISSION AID TO THE ORIENTAL" CHURCH HOW MANY MORE? WILL YOU HELP,  The Sister was moving among the slums of a city in India. Unbelievably, she heard sobbing coming from a trash barrel. Brushing aside the flies and the vermin, she looked. Beneath the filth and debris was an old lady crying from tear'- less eyes as her life slowly ebbed away. Tenderly the Sister lifter her, placed her on her shoulders and took her to the Hospice for the Dying. Be- fore she died, the old lady told the Sister, "i'm not crying because I was in the garbage. I'm cry- ing because my son put me there. He had to, There was not enough food for the family.".., Tragically, this scene will be replayed many more times. But you can help to lessen it. Will you? Here is how... In the hands of our native Sisters your gift in any amount ($100, $75, $50, $25, $10, $5, $2, $1) will fill empty stomachs with rice, fish, milk vegetables. [] Our priests can start a model farm for their parishioners and teach them how to increase their crop production for only $975. We will tell you where it is located. [] $15 a month will enable an aged person to spend his or her declining years with simple dig- ]1itS, cared for by our Sisters. alh i Jr A REMINDER Why not send us your Mass requests right now? Simply list the intentions, and then you can rest assured the Masses will be offered by priests in India, the Holy Land and Ethiopia, who receive no otiler income. SOME DON'T Have you made your Will? Did you remember God's poor and needy? They can pray fc7 you after you have gone. Our legal title: CATHOLIC NEAR EAST WELFARE ASSOCIATION. Masses offered for the repose of your soul our native priests with their only income, O A Dear ENCLOSED PLEASE FIND $ / Monsignor Nolan: FOR ....................................... Please NAME_ return coupon with your STREET ............................ offering CITY STATE .... ZIP CO[E .__ THE CATHOLIC I NEAR EAST WELFARE ASSOCIP. T[ON NEAR EAST MISSIONS TERENCE CARDINAL COOKE, President MSGR. JOHN G. NOLAN, National Secretary Write: CATHOLIC NEAR EAST WELFARE ASSOC. 1011 First Avenue New York, N.Y. 10022 Telephone: 212/826.1480