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Page 2 June 6, 1998 ARKANSAS @ CATHOLg ARKANSAS CATHOLIC Founded In 1911 Jura 6, 1998 JMASS FOR SHUT-INSm Father Pl ldus Eckmt, 058 CELEBRANT SMtewlde 6 a.m. Sunday, kTHV, Channel 11 Pulukl County (Comc,. ) 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Cable Channel 18 BaCesvllle 7:30 a,m. Sunday, Cable Channel 1 fayettevllle 9 p.m. Sunday, Cable Channel 8 Ndulh~||eL 6 a.m., noon, Sunday, ggP, Channel NEXT lSSUEm=m=m Sublaco Academy Is a place for learning about life. BISHOP'S DATES Saturday, June 6 Mass, Jubilee Day, St. ScholasUca, Fort Smlth Youth Convention, Fort Smith Sunday, June 7 Mass, Youth Convention, Fort Smith Monday, June 8 In office Tuesday, June 9 In office In morning Wednesday, June 10 Out of office Thumday, June 11 Out of office In morning fdday, June 12 Finance Coundl Meeting DID YOU KNOW Dudng Ordinary Time the liturgical color Is green. It represents hope. To ancient people, green was spring, vegetation, rebirth and hope for a bountifiA harvest. Priests wear green on the Sundays after Epiphany and Pentecost. The word green Is from the Dutch groen, which Is the Indo- European word for grass. ammmaDEADLINES=mml Arkansas Catholic welcomes sub- missions of news attldes, columns and obituaries. The deadline Is noon Wednesday, 10 days before pub,ca- tion. Advertising deadline Is noon Fdday, eight days before publication. To mlbsclrU)e, call (501) 664-0125. I'UBLBIIB -/vl~t l~v. Andrew J. McDonald, Bishop MANAGING IDITOI ............. I~ml~ C. Sm~eule .............................. Mma W,Jtm fd~11ON EMlrOR ............. -le, anetm D, L,m~t'on PRODUCTION MANAGES ......... N4m~, C. Moore QRCULATION MANAGER ......... Anleli M. Hess TH[OLOCdCAL CON~/LTANT ........... Rev, fr~cls I. MaJone, JCL Arkan~J Catholic (USPS 853-320 ISSN 1057-8439) 1, pul~iC~.d weekly(except the flr=t~rd~lnJJn.,July Mid Au|., and the lut Saturday In Dee.,), by the Catholic DIoe.eu of Llffie Rock, A~ Cathol/, Inc., P.O, Box 7417, Llffie Rock, AR 72217-7417, Buslneu hours am 8:30 - 4, Monday:fridAy, exe.ept for H01y Days ~md nltiomd holldWI. Arl~mlwJ Catholic ORII Me IGnited In Mordl Hail, St, John Center, 2500 N, Tyler St,, 7Z207. Phone numberl ~re (50 I) 664.0340 or (SOl) 664.0125; Fix (501} 664-9075, An annual subl.dption Is S I S. Peflodlads postNle paid at Little Rock, Ark, Pestm~- ter: .~nd ch~les of eddrex and copy of label to: Xrkanlas Ca~~Jc. P.O. Box 7417, Little R~..k, AR 723.17-7417, Address Service Requested, By John J. Archibald BENTON CORRESPONDENT Meet Mike Stewart. At 50 years old, he seems a typical Catholic. He teaches engi- neering at the University of Arkansas at Litde Rock, he's happily married to Julie, has six children and attends Immaculate Conception Church in North Litde Rock. A resident of Sherwood, he's a Eucha- ristic minister and active in the church group Men of Faith. And oh, he went to the Promise Keep- ers conference atWar Memorial Stadium in Little Rock last month. A Catholic? At Promise Keepers? Why? "I think (it's) a recommitment to my family, to be the best possible husband and father," Stewart said. "It just points out that all these men come together because they need God. They want him to be parts of their lives. "They've come here because they've got an emptiness in their hearts." Stewart was one of about 20 men from Immaculate Concept.ion's Men of Faith group who attended the May 22-23 "Live a Legacy" event in Little Rock. Catholics from other Arkansas parishes also heard the speakers, sang and prayed. Unofficially, 15,000 to 20,000 men came. Former Uni- versity of Colorado coach Bill McCartney began Promise Keepers in 1990. He wrote about his life in "Sold Out: Becoming Man Enough to Make A Difference." Bishop Andrew J. McDonald wrote an open letter to Catholic men to clarify Catho- lic participation in the conference, He en- couraged the men who attended to come back to the Catholic church and partici- pate in diocesan and parish activities, such as Cursillo and Marriage Encounter. "Thank you, Bishop, for telling Catho- lic men it's OK, that Promise Keepers is OK," Stewart said. 'I thought it was won- derful that he did that. "There's no religion here. You don't see anybody saying, 'Are you Baptist? Are you Catholic?' We all believe in Jesus Christ," Stewart said. Indeed, the very draw of Promise Keep. ere seems to be in its universal message, to gather men of the United States together in faith, "Prombe Keepers is a peacemaker, if you will," McCarmey said. "We have seen men brought together in extraordinary ways. "I believe that the prize for us is a trans- formed church. That's the call I'm in to- day," McCartney said. ROn Stager, 45, a computer program- Catholic men praised God during the mer consultant who lives in North Little Rock, came because the conference con- veniendy was in Litde Rock and he wanted to offer a Catholic point of view should he hear anything non-Catholic. He is married and has four children. He finds a strong connection between his Cursillo experience and Promise Keep- ers themes. Those themes are of men getting together in small groups, praying and holding each other accountable, he said. Some of those influences could have come from McCarmey, a former Catholic who also attended a Cursillo. But Stager noticed the lack of a Catho- lic speaker. "That's the thing that hasn't evolved yet. I still think that there's a wail ... that they know in a typical city, 15 to 20 percent can be Catholic and they don't offer the po- dium to Catholics," Stager said. He feels uncomfortable "from time to time," he said. "vVhen they talk about justification by faith alone, it shows limitations in their faith." He paused to think. "If we could get this kind of enthusiasm in our church, we could convert the world." John Singel, 33, is a Catholic convert and an Air Force pilot living in Jackson- ville. Divorced and the father of four chil- dren, he said Promise Keepers is a chance for him to revisit his Catholic faith, be grateful for it "and not take it for granted." Spiritual life should be the foundation of a man's life, he said. "Sometimes I get it backwards." Promise I I I I I I I ESTATE PLANNING PROBATE WILLS & TRUSTS ASSET PROTECTION BUSINESS START-UPS CORPORATIONS & LLCs ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS (so I/ 8-2S88 g 918 II IF 1921 Main Street North Little Rock, AR 3on Xay Smft'r 501-758-1170 "rout cathotc O4o. ." l Keepers conference in This was his second Promise I el conference with Men of Faith, ,. I '.The stuff they (Promise Keepers) saY l not a deep, dark secret. It's common-Se [ type things but when you connect it w ul [ the word of God, 'love and honor cherish your wife,' it provides a meaning that no secular thing can '. "During the Mass, when they say, us give thanks to the Lord,' every hear that now I think, 'Yes, rather the. bitter about my divorce, I'm thankful my wife.'" "She helped me bring my kids OP" Singel said. The Office of Black Catholtc sponsor its annual pimic at 2 p.m., STY'..,. dR,, June 14 at St. Raphael pmlsh side of Pine Bluff. The picnic is ope to parishioners of all ages, For dire.el dons to St Ranhael or more inforr " ' r tla0' don, call the Council for Black Ca lics at (501) 375-9617. Booklets J/~.BI! ' FAX:JISqT$7