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ARKANSAS CATHOLIC Founded in 1911 JUNE 12, 1999 MASS FOR SHUT-INS Father Placldus Eckm OSB CELEBRANT $tatewlde 6 a.m. Sunday, KTHV, Channel 11 Pulaski CounW 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Cable Channel 18 ~le 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Cable Channel I FayettevHle 9 p.m. Sunday, Cable Channel 8 Nuln le 6 a m., noon, Sunday, KJEP, Channel 23 NEXT ISSUE New Diocesan pdests begin life of service. BISHOP'S DATES ~atunJlay, June 12 Ordination, Norbert Rappold and Tom Eillott, Cathedral of St. Andrew, Little Rock Sunday, June 13 50th anniversanj, Sacred Heart Church, Crawfordsville; priest retreat begins Monday, June 14 - Wednesday, June ]J 6 Out of office Thursday, June 17 In office In early afternoon Fflday, June 18 Election, Holy Angels Convent, Jonesboro DID YOU KNOW The Ccellodan calendar uses the birth of Christ as Its starting point. Thus, It's 1,999 years since His birthday. To determine the year in the Jewish calen- clar, add 3,760 years to the Christian cal- endar from Jan. 1 through Rosh Hashana, or 3,759 from R~sh Hashana to Dec. 31. A kneeler or bench suitable for pray- Ing Is called a pde-clleu, which Is French for "pray-God." DEADLINES Arkansas Catholic welcomes sub- missions of news articles, columns and obituades. The deadline is noon Wednesday, l0 business days before publication. Advertising deadline Is noon Fdday, eight business days before publication. To subscribe, can (501) 664-0125. ...... Most Rev. Andrew J. McDonald Bishop of U~e MANA~IG U)ffOIt ......... Daniel C. Straesde llNlrOll ..................... Maiea Waiters m rd~rro= ................ ~athy Nea PIlOI)tl~rlON M~IAGEit ......... Tara W. Uttle ClCM~11ON ~l, Jq~ ....... Meredith Lyon ~EOEOGICAE COI~dI~TANT ... 1~./~gr. Frm~is I. Malone, JCL Atkan~ Cathofk: {LISPS 853-320 ISSN 1057- 8439) Is publisimd weekly (except the first Saturday In Jan.0 luly and Aug., and the last Saturday In Dec), by the ~ D~cme of Utt~ ~.k. At~msas Cathof~ |n~, P,O. Box 7417, ~ Rock. AR 72217-7417. Butdr~s~ hours are 8:30 - 5, Monday-Friday, except ~ holy days and n~tlonai holidays. At~ms~s offices are located In Monis Hall, St. John CaOmllc Center. 2500 N. Tyler St., Uttle Rock, AR 72207. Phone numbers are (501) 664-0340 or (501) 664-0125; fax (501) 664-9075. An annual subsc~ IS $15. Periodicals 0o~age paid at Llttte Rock, ~: Send change~ of ~ddm~ ~1 cOl~ of label to: ~ Cafl~o/~ P.O. Box 7417, Utile Rack, AR 7~ZI 7-7417. Addre~ Sef~c~ P,=que~ed. By Charmaine Beleele FORT SMITH CORRF~PONDI~T VAN BUREN -- Like the old movie "Bells of St. Mary's," the story of new build- ing at St. Michael Church in Van Buren is awe-impiring. The parish is bustling with more than 200 religious education students and no classrooms. Parishioners often eyed the building next door, a Baptist church, because it had office space, conference rooms and a big meeting room. Not in their wildest dreams did they believe a building like that could be theirs. When the Baptist church went bank- rupt, St. Michael expressed an interest in buying the building. The church refused to sell to St. Michael and sold their build- ing to W.H. Investments and Hawkins- Weir Engineers Inc. The civil engineers remodeled the building and even added landscaping, turning the former church into even a more ideal space. Grimly, the parishioners began to plan a $2 million building to solve their need for more space. Plans were halted when the dvil engineers decided to move to larger quarters. The new owners agreed to sell the building for $600,000. Pastor Father Ralph Esposito said, "God is really blessing us, and we'd better be aware of it." Nina Lairamore, member of the build- ing committee and church secretary, added, "Everything is exactly like we need- ed. I'm excited about it." A diocesan team, lead by development director John Heird, came from the dio- An engineering firm next door to SL Michael parish for religious education dasses. cese to help the committee establish the building fund. Armed with brochures and videos, the parish began the money- rais- ing process, kicking it off with a dinner in April. "Letters have gone out. The Altar Sodety gives sewing and cooking classes and spon- sors a mother-daughter program," Laira- more said. She said the slogan --- "Bridge to the Future" --- has several meanings. here could be a bridge placed physi- caUy to connect the two buildings in future plans. We also use the symbol of a rainbow because it is a bridge created by God," she said. Ronald R. Hawkins, president of Church will soon be used by the I jl Hawkins-Weir Engineers and a parmer in W.H. Investments, said he is happy .at the building is being sold to his CatholtC neighbors. ~'he church has always been good neigh" bors," Hawkins said. "We've always had a nice relationship. Negotiations have pr0- ceeded in good faith and professional ." .- Father Esposito said the parish will dally buy the property in July and the en. neering firm will vacate the building December. The parish will move into the building in January and begin using building for religious education classes an parish offices. Parishioners toured the building during the annual parish picnic June 6. Camp Monk-a-Many, a Catholic youth ump held at Sublaco Abbey, has extended its atlon dead- line. Camp for students entedng fourth through sixth grades will be held July 12-16 and camp for lunior high stu- dents will be held July 19-23. To regis-" ter or for more Information, call Karen Hollenbeck at (501) 782-3966 or e-mall her at khollen911 The Secular Order of the Discalced Camnelltes will meet at the Carmelite Monas ry In Utile Rock at I0 aum., Saturday, June 12. The day will begin For more information, call (504) 828- with Mass, followed by a conference 1368 or e-mall and business meeting. For more infor- mation, call Susan Hooks at (501) 982- The diocesan Social Action Office 3982 or Anne Raney at (501) 225-0554. offering scholarships for high school students to attend Anytown Arkanm Aug. 1-7 at Ferncnff Camp In utde Rock. Anytown is a course for studentS to share expedences with others of dif- ferent races, religions and ethnicity. The week Includes workshops, discussion Capuchin Father Ranlero Cantala- messa, offlclaJ preacher to Pope John Paul I! and the papal household, will be the featured speaker at the Holy Spidt Jubilee Retreat Aug. ZO-2Z at Gulfshore Baptist Assembly in Pass Chdstian, Miss. The retreat fee of $105 includes meals and accommodations. groups and recreation. For an applica" tion, call the Social Action Office at (501) 664-0340, ext. 379. / J Oear! gooa I re, [ Lamps Lampshades ' _j=-7/] ] Lamp & Chandelier Repairs ] ppe' ] I I TIM BENTON, P.D. [ l tmp I (501) 470-0721 I Ho s,e P.O. Box 365 Mayflower, AK 72106 1 5608 K St. 11 ] I Little Rock (501) 666-2628 ' I I (Formerly Family Drug Center) I Margaret Zakrewski Frank Zakrewski Jr.......J A i 1"