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The Guardian Official 00ublication of the 00iocese of ffittle 00ock 'OL. LXIII, NO. 27 --- JULY 5, 1974 I.S. Catholicism Declared Basically Strong Together for Vocation A wareness Weekend !4 L tie Rock - Twenty-four ul s from all parts Of the OCese of Little Rock spent last -'ekend at St. John's Catholic tr here, gaining insights ue in the holy priesthood. he Vocation Awareness ekend attracted youths nging in age from 14 to 21 and monstrated to them that @Piness is attainable only tesh if,Christ as the center of our Those registered--for the ight to L ife Group ) Organize July ! 7 Youths Get Vocation Insights weekend, listed alphebefically by cities, were: Clarksville -- John Zimpel; Fort Smith -- Larry Ebone, Tom Halliburton, Mike Meyers, Michael Kevin Robinson, Pat Shields and Kuper Upchurch; Jonesboro - Rick Dietz; Little Rock -- Steve Binz, John Dallas and John Ohnemus of the Little Rock Air Force Base; North Little Rock - - Mike Feirricher, Allen Gehrki, Rick Perrin and Steve Sorsby; McGehee -- Marce A. Jarrow; Mountain Home -- Scott Hart- mann and Mike Chrenko; Pine Bluff -- Mark Gieringer; Sheridan -- Greg Backus; Stuttgart -- John Webber; and West Memphis -- Harry Bell, Richard Gunter and Jim Mc- Dougal. His Excellency Bishop An- drew J. McDonald, Father Joseph Correnti, associate pastor of Holy Souls parish, Little Rock, and Father Joseph L. Pallo, diocesan vocations director, were among priests who addressed the group. Arkansas seminarians who helped conduct the weekend were The Rev. Mr. George Murdaugh, John McDougal, Tom Marks, Jerry Ryan, Andy Smith, Charlie Sullivan, Scott Marczuk, Tom York and Mike Aureli. Serrans who participated included Ed Dillon, a candidate for president of the Serra In- ternational Board of Directors; Jerry Heil, Dan Bailey, Bill Waters and George Wildgen. "Christ as the Center of Our Lives" was the theme that ran through the entire weekend, and Father Correnti, the principal speaker, observed that regardless of whether one chooses the priesthood or a secular occupation, life is meaningless unless Christ is its focal point. ttle Rock -- An Carmel Novena to Begin Monday ,'mlZational meeting of the a as Right-to-Life Com- tee Will be held Wednesday, Little Rock -- The annual Theresa s; July 10 -- Im- those making the Novena will ly 7, in Fletcher Lounge of Solemn Novena in honor of Our maculate Conception; July 11 -- be included in the cloistered J ' Lady of Mount Carmelwill be St. Edward's; July 12 prayers. n s Catholic Center here. - St. nuns' :Presentatives of all nes of Greater Little Rock lqect committee officers. eeting will be o n to all vrot^  . pe b,,Y  m the Right-to-Life "rent" lation concerning the .. tree and the meeting is i hIe from Mrsl Tom i'' an, 11411 Birchwood, _ =lOck 72205. Father James Vary, Little Rock Diocesan .-tor of social services, is the fvaittee moderator. conducted in the Carmelite Monastery, 7201 West 32nd Street, from Monday, July 8, through Tuesday, July 16. The daily devotions at 7:30 P.M. will include a Mass, homily and Novena prayers. Father Ralph Reyes, O.C.D., of the Marylake Novitiate of the Discalced Carmelite Fathers will officiate. Greater Little Rock parishes will sponsor the daily devotions as follows: July 8 - Cathedral and St. Bartholomew's; July 9 -- St. 00r00clnsas Franciscan Dies Waukee .- Sister M. anie Zell, O.S.F., a native It!le Rock, Ark., and head ,nan at Cardinal Stritch eg e here, died here June 29. ' b lass of Christian Burial , Offered July 2 at the lner ol  of the Order of St. '%'ers Solicited Francis of Assisi here where her class had celebrated its silver anniversary last Aug. 11. Burial was at the Motherhouse. Born Rosemary Zell, she was the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. August M. Zell, was graduated from Little Rock schools and from the University of Arkansas in 1940. In 1943, she obtained a degree in library science at the University of It" Bishop's Brother Illinois. blin, Ga. -- Prayers were l this week for Eugene OOnald, an older, brother s Excellency Bishop An- ,' J. McDonald of Little Who m sermusly ill. ' McDonald is scheduled to . rgo surgery next Tuesday, a, in St. Joseph's Hospital, 'mnah, Ga. Following graduation, she was a member of the staff of the Little Rock Public Library until 1948 when she joined the Order of St. Francis. Survivors include two brothers, Dr. Lawrence M. Zell of Little Rock and Augustine B. Zell of Sherman Oaks, Cal.; one sister, Mrs. Martha Van Haltern of Little Rock, and nine nieces and nephews. Mary's and St. Anne's; July 13 -- St. Patrick's and St. Augustine's; July 14 -- Im- maculate Heart of Mary; July 15 -- Holy Souls and Christ the King; July 16 -- Good Counsel. The. Discalced Carmelite Sisters, who sponsor the Novena, will furnish prayer leaflets to all who request them. Besides general intentions of world peace and increased vocations, special intentions of The Novena, which will conclude on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, has been an annual public devotion at the Little Rock Caremlite Monastery since the nuns established a cloister in Arkansas in 1950. For those unable to make the full Novena, the last three devotions - July 14, 15 and 16 -- will constitute a Triduum, through which the novena in- dulgences can be gained. Bishop's Office 2415 N. Tyler Little Rock, Ark "O all you who pass by the way, attend and see if there be any sorrow like my sorrow." "How long 0 Lord, how long." Twenty centuries ago, Jesus gave us the perfect prayer when He lifted His eyes heavenward at the request of His friends the apostles and prayed, "Our Father .... ." This prayer contains all of the elements of christian living - peace, forgiveness, praise. Even as a congregation joined hearts and voices in ex- pressing these sacred sentiments, the explosion of gunfire tore them apart. As the sacred words of the Lord's Prayer fell from their lips, they fell into pools of their own blood.  "How long 0 Lord, how long?" Our hearts go out in sym- pathy and in prayer to the King family, to the christian community so hurt and wounded, to our black brothers and sisters in Christ. "0 all you who pass by the way, attend and see if there be any sorrow like my sorrow." Andrew J. McDonald Bishop of Little Rock Bishops Cite Changes But Discount Collapse Washington (NC) -- "American Catholicism is changing, not collapsing," said the bishops of the United States in a state-of-the-Church paper prepared for the World Synod of Bishops meeting in Vatican City this fall. The synod theme is evangelization and the U.S. bishops agreed that "effective evangelization lies at the heart of what is needed now." But in order to evangelize effectively, the Church must first understand what that means now and, second, "determine which (means) can best reach and touch minds and hearts today." These evaluations are con- tained in "A Review of the Principal Trends in the Life of the Catholic Church in the United States," written by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Noting that Catholic life has "changed markedly in the last 15 years," the bishops said that "the pertinent issue now is whether Catholics in the United States are more powerfully formed and influenced by the Church or by secular society." They admitted that for a large number of Catholics secular society's good and bad elements are the most important in- fluence, but, they added, another segment of the Catholic com- munity still holds Church beliefs in a "position of cen- trality." The bishops listed negative and positive elements of changes in CJaurch life in this country. On the negative side: -- "Polarization and ferment are widespread in the Church, not least in the Religious life. " -- "The shortage of vocations to the priesthood and Religious life remains a serious problem." -- "Departures from the active ministry continue at a disturbingly high rate." -- "There is even evidence that weekly Mass attendance has begun to decline significantly." -- "Many Catholics are have a divorce rate not markedly different from that of other Americans, and regard most social issues very much as their non-Catholic countrymen do." On the positive side: -- "Centers and movements for the study and practice of spirituality.., are springing up in many places)' - "There is a deep and growing interest in prayer," including frequent confession, charismatic groups and spiritually oriented movements for married couples. - "The spreadof parish and diocesan councils has involved more people than ever before in the exercise of shared responsibility." - "There is a strong and healthy interest in the future of religious education." - "There are many new and successful programs for the continuing education of clergy and Religious, as well as lay persons." Social Awareness -- "National organizations and dioceses manifest a heightened awareness of the social dimensions of the Church's mission to minority and ethnic groups and a greater sensitivity to such issues as women's rights." - "Ethical and moral abuses, such as legally sanctioned permissiveness, as concerning abortion, have helped create a renewed sense of unity among concerned Catholics." The bishops said that "the role of parents is crucial" in passing on the Church's value systems. They called for greater parental involvement in religious and moral education in Catholic schools and other programs. Although society at large seems to foster more in- dividualism, there is at the same time a growing concern for community, the bishops said. They pointed to how the Church can help all people find community by playing a role of reconciliation -- one of the twin themes of the 1975 Holy Year, along with renewal. "To do this, tolerant of abortion in at least however, it must become more some circumstances, reject of a loving community -- and be official Church teaching on perceived as such -- than it is means of family limitation, now." Pope Fixes Stipend Rules Washington (NC) - Pope Paul practice relate to situations that VI, citing statements from  are not part of the American Scripture that "the laborer deserves his pay," reaffirmed the Church's traditional practice of allowing Mass stipends, but ended several practices that have created problems in recent years in some countries. The papal document, dated June 13, was made public June 27 by the Vatican press office and by the National Catholic Office of Information here. It sets new norms for stipends, effective July 1, and returns authority over stipends to the appropriate Vatican agencies: The Pope had reserved all such authority to himself in February 1972 until new general rules could be drawn up. The new norms will have no significant effect on practices in the United States, an official of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops told NC News. The areas of real change in experience, he said. Mass stipends, or Mass of- ferings, are offerings to the priest, in consideration of which he is obliged to apply the fruits of a Mass to the intention of the donor. In this country the usual rate for such offerings ranges from about $2 to about $5, and it varies from diocese to diocese. The introduction to the document, which was issued in Latin, contains some con- siderations regarding the principles on which the practice of Mass offerings are based. Entitled "Firma in Traditione," the document recalls it is in the firm tradition of the Church that Catholics, out of a strong religious and ecclesial sense, seek a more active participation in the Mass by adding some sacrifice of S S'rPznos o Pz 3