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PAGE 6 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC JULY 21, 1991 CHD making a difference By Jo Ann Bemrich Director, Diocesan Social Action Office West Helena- ~qao says, "~bu can't change City Hall?" A group of dtizens in West Helena has begun to effectively make a difference in their community. The Eastern Arkansas ACORN Organizing Project ftmded by The Campaign for Human Development has joined with oth- ers to make change. One of the most significant changes in the commtmity was the establishment of a 10 PM Guaranteed income after retirement is an issue we all need to consider. A Life Income Plan through St. Vincent Infirmary Medi- cal Center is a way to ensure monthly or annual income for life. Learn how your charitable contributions can work for you while helping to provide quality healthcare for future generations of Arkansans. Return the coupon below (with no obligation) or call 660-2380 to talk about the giving plan that is best for you. Clip and return to the St. Vincent Develop- ment Foundation, 5520 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205-3300. Please send me more information on: [] Giving Through Life Income Plans [] How Your Will Can Last Forever [] Your Estate Planning Guide Name Address City. State ZiR Phone 5~0 We= ttlemla I I m RaX AR ~ I (501) elD,q3e0 curfew on a section of West Plaza St. known as "Fhe I~m." This well traveled main thorough- fare in West Helena had become notorious for its high crhne rate, drng activity and teen delin- quency. Several murders had occurred in the area which is occupied by dilapidated business buildings. James Gray, a resident of the neigh- borhood and ACORN leader, says, "It isn't "safe to go outside at night." A conlmiuee approached the West Helena City Council in March of this year calling for immediate law enforcement action on 'The Line." Hollis Foster, ACORN member, pre- sented petitions which were circulated by ACORN members. The curfew was the result. The members hope to find more permanent solutions. Other Acorn victories in the West Helena area include a successful effort to retain the Civil Semice Commission that approves promo- tions in the police and fire depafmaents and a decision du'ough the Quortml Court to allot $25,000 to County recreation prc~r'ams with $10,000 of Cotmty funds going to West Helena for stmuner recreation for the children. This includes four gyms open during the summer and a degreed recweational director. The Campaign for ttuman Development, is an effort of the National Conference of Catho- lic Bishops (NCCB) to raise funds through a once a year collection in Catholic parishes to support "olganized groups of white and minor- ity poor to develop economic strength and political power..." For more information: contact Jo Ann Bemrich, Diocesan Sodal Action Office, 2500 N. Tyler St. 72207, 6644)340. Catholic Daughters hold banquet Pine Bluff - Catholic Daughters of the America Court Victory #564 held their awards Banquet Sunday e~'erdng,June 30th in Gallagher Hail at St. Joseph Church, Pine Bluff. After a delirious meal awards were presented by Re- gent Prisdlla Rucker. Members of her court that received awards were: Pare Winkler, Catherine Wynn, Grethen Czmapbell, Mary Louise Martin, Wanda Burns, Nora McGrath, Vickie Turchi, Mary Mitchell. Apostolate Kathryn Ttuchi, Dis- trict Deputy Genevieve Bednar were also award. Those that received perfect attendance awards were: Mmy Mitchell, Gretchen Campbell, Catherine ~ln, Kaduyn Turchi, Wanda Burns, Genevieve Bednar and Vicki Turchi who has never missed a meeting since she joined years ago. Other awards presented were publicity chair, Catherine W~xm; bakesale Chair, Nora McGrath; youth chair, Debbie Neece; renewal chair, Mar- garet Karlovic; cornmtmity chair, Cathy McCoy; scrapbook, Gertie Schimmel, and card chair, June smith, whose been doing this for 22 years. Rev. Andrew W. Smith received a monetary gift for being the Catholic Daughters chaplain and in honor of his many years in the priest- hood. The Catholic Daughter of the Year award went to Gretchen Campbell. The award was presented by Mary Mitchell, last years Catholic Daughter. Deacon Bill Ralston of Sacred Head . Parish, Charleston, has bee!FII granted certification as Chaplain'b)_ the USCC through the National A ar sociation of Catholic Chaplains, Ralston received his Clinical Pastcv i ral Education at St Mary's Hos#aliv, tal, St. Louis, MO and Baptist Hos thr( pital, Oklahoma City, OK, and haJfior been a member of the Pastoral SeP Sis vices Department of St. Edward 1 Mercy Medical Center, Fort Smith, for six years Ralston was ordained Ill to the Permanent Deaconate in 1986 He has two sons and one grand daughter t P ]I I lib II PI @1TLII By Sr. Eugenia Pellin, RSM Mass was offered in Atldns for the first time when Rear. Brem, a Swiss-born priest, arrived from Ohio in 1878. On that occa- sion, 15 German fanfilies gathered with him at the Nottenkamper farm, about a mile from the center of town, to celebrate Mass. At a cost of $5,000, the Church of Fidefis was built in 1878, with the fmandal assistance and sevend acres of land donated by the Missouri Pacific Railroad (Iron Moun- lain Railroad, at that time). Members (frOm |xarish contributed both money and labor for the construction of their first 42 by' 24 foot pine lumber building. Some of the land was set aside at that time as the present Catholic cemetery located about a riffle south of town. In those early days, living conditions were exlremely poor and winters were severe, especially for families whose houses were log cabins. There were no roads to speak of, and families found their way to church by the markings on trees. These immigrants had such poor success that in the later 1880s many of them moved to Canada and else- where to try to better their riving situations. As pastors in Atkins, the Holy Ghost Fa- thers shared those lean hard years with the pioneers, often being forced to go to Conway for food. Shortly after the church was completed, a combined hool and rectory was built on the site of the present rectory, with Rev. E. Shulz, CSSp, serving as pastor from 1890- 96. Lay teachers conducted school during its first years of operation. In 1898, the Benedictine Sisters from Shoal Creek (later from Fort Smith) came to staff the parish school and continued throughout its dura- fion until 1967. In 1897, the present brick church was erected just west of the original pine struc- ture (luring the pastorship of Rev. Donatus i : :) ' :: :. L Archives Church of the Assumption, Atkins, undated. Schlesser, CSSp. With its 107-foot high tower and three huge bells, it can easily be seen and heard as the "beacon of Cathoficism" to the Atkins community. After his arrival in 1926, Rev. Joseph G. ( Feldkamp had the parish buildings re" Los painted, and he arranged for the purchase cot. of an old Missouri Pacific building whicl the was converted into a school. ,'" 2 on April 27, 1953 to his inemory and to ga~__ th it of parishioners killed during World War It Tlfis Catholic Center continues m be ht ,..a.u . . ,Seri fi'equent u.~ for pansh fimcUons and ~, various groups withi" n the conunmfity. 1 Msgr. McKee became pastor in 1951, a ofi new parish hall was dedicated in 1953; the , church walls were strengthened, repaired and repainted; and the three altars were-"~ refinished. Again in 1963, the Church interior ~ or. redecorated and the altars renovated to corr cal form with new Church regulations. The , church ceiling was lowered, new carpeting len was laid, and new pews and furniture were installed. The parish rectory also "has bee~ Upl completely remodeled, sle, The only parish buildings that remai~ since 1979 are the church, the haiL the rectory and the "old well shed" which h~ plx been converted into a stwine. A peak census of 90 families in the pat tht ish was reached during the late 1800s, whe about 80 Catholic families moved to a see as fion of land called Crow Mountain, thret Ph miles northwest of Atldns, becoming a of the parish. In 1991, the parish of the Assumptior numbers 69 Catholic families, and Msgr. FrancisJ. McKee is the resident pastor. (Sr. Eugtmia Pellin, RSM, writes front Roa,.)