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PAGE 3 :.:.:.:.:.:.:.:......, THE GUARDIAN, AUGUST 6, 1982 ntly went on a pilgrimage to Europe. He as , 'f' the group's stops in Ireland and Paris and they ./, Rome. His story resumes after a visit to St. silica. ) Lvisit, we walked I Then we left this holy place, cross the Square walked once again across the Square and did shopping for n:- != a cafeteria for d olrbus lunch, we and rode The vails of Rome to on )f St. Paul. This 'ovid unique beauty. ;dist e church is a th tb statue of St. and inscription says _.. pr of the truth and Illd 9, ,elebd of the Gentiles. mdaSs in this church "(nai XXIII received ..LL=Aon to start the Jencil. We then fre Benedictine pers. associated with e ad. We noted the leroitions of each of Jew ere are 13 vacant Italian tradition the world will end when there is m in St. Paul's-to aic of the head of religious goods. We returned to the hotel in the middle of the day. At 3:30 in the afternoon, our bus took us back to St. Peter's for the audience with our Holy Father. At least 25,000 people were present. This is indeed a phenomenon. Week after week, anywhere from twenty five to fifty thousand people assemble to see and to hear the Holy Father. Our pilgrims this year had excellent seats and some of them were able to shake hands with the pope. A number of bishops were also present. Our Holy Father continued his discourse on the sanctity of marriage and family life. At the end of the audience, he invited the bishops present to stand with him in imparting a blessing to the pilgrims. This was indeed a touching and memorable occasion in our lives. I did get a chance to shake hands with him and to receive his blessing for me and for all of you. Following the audience, a group of pilgrims from Poland, most of them young people, spent at least one hour singing to the Holy Father. It is remarkable to note that this great pastor of the world has a special affection for the youth of the world and for the sick, the disabled and the han- dicapped. In the evening, as a group, we went to the Restaurant Fantasia where we enjoyed a good Italian meal and all of the Italo- American songs. Their en- tertainment was lively and spectacular. In the late late evening, we returned to the hotel for rest and relaxation. THURSDAY, JULY 15th. In the morning around 9:00, we offered Mass for our pilgrims in the room set aside in the hotel. Many of the pilgrims had elected to take an all day tour of Capri and Sorrento. Incidentally, their day was beautiful and very enjoyable. In returning to Rome, they had an opportunity to see Monte Cassino. Several of our pilgrims on another day, visited Subiaco in order to show their love and respect Italy was the victor this year. their efforts to meet the needs At the Trevi Fountain, there of those who suffer and who remained evidence of the bear the burden of loss. I am celebration of that victory a given an opportunity from few days before. Then, we time to time to share in these returned to the hotel for rest. sad occasions. I would wish to be with each family when FRIDAY, JULY 16th, Feast such sadness occurs. While I of Our Lady of Mount Carmel did not know Gary in life, be At 7:00 in the morning, our certainly did show us how to die Patiently, he bore hls sufferings unto the end. On last Saturday, I left Little Rock early in the morning to fly to Pittsburgh. Each year Bishop Leonard, the Bishop of Pittsburgh, offers me an opportunity to speak in some of the parishes for the rural missions of our diocese. The parish was that of St. Joseph and the pastor was Father Lawrence Holpp. From the moment of my arrival, I experienced Pitt- sburgh hospitality. Mr. Jack Daniels, a friend of mine for years, met me at the airplane. We went first to his home for a visit to his wife and children. Then we went to St. Joseph's in the late afternoon for the Mass at 7:00 P.M The people were hospitable and very kind. I learned at the very beginning of my visit that this was the home parish for our beloved Monsignor James Gaffney of happy memory. Some of the older people recalled his First Mass. I was able to tell them of his long years of service to the people of Arkansas and especially to pilgrims assembled for the last time in the room set aside for tIoly Mass in the hotel. I spoke to them of the unique and sacred tradition of our Church to honor Mary as the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of God. In no way does this devotion conflict with the doctrine of our faith that Jesus is the savior of the world. We then had tireakfast and boarded our bus for the airport. We were to leave at 11:00 in the morning. The cabin attendants on Alitalia went on strike. We were not able to leave until 2:00 P.M. Our pilgrims were very patient and reasonable in enduring the delay Ap- parently the strike was settled around 1:30 and we boarded the 747 jet for our return home. The plane was almost completely filled. We lifted off at 2:00 P.M. with gratitude to Our Lady of Mount Carmel within our hearts. It was to her that we prayed for the success of our return trip. The flight from Rome t New York takes eight and a half hours We enjoyed a movie and a good meal. We also rested and joyfully recalled many of the events of the journey. We arrived in New York at 4:30 in the afternoon. Customs of- ficials were good to us in Continued from Pg. 1 helping us get everyone family must be considered at through the documentary all levels of organized pastoral work," he com- mented. "We need to develop a family impact dimension in all our pastoral work." "A creative response is called for," said Bishop Stafford, "so that the exhortation may be enfleshed within already existing organizations that touch the lives of marriages and families today." The whole church must reflect on "how the church process upon returning to the country. An official of Overseas Travel was there to assure us that our flight from New York to Little Rock was delayed. When we were all assembled, we took a bus to Delta Airlines. Then we waited because of the crowded conditions on the flight lines. Eventually Delta Flight 105 left New York and we flew to Atlanta. Again, fortunately, the plane from our priests who were seminarians at St. John's. After the Mass, Mr. and Mrs. Daniels took me into Pitt- sburgh to the old railroad station now transformed into a restaurant for supper. ON SUNDAY, I gave the homily at the four Masses. In the first part of the talk, I told the people of the rural missions and their need for help in building programs. Specifically, I asked them to come to our aid in the establishment of a new parish church in the mission of St. Norbert, Marked Tree. During these very hours, by prearrangement, I asked Father Preske to lead his people in prayer at St. Nor- bert's for the parishioners of St. Joseph's. On Sunday afternoon, Jack Daniels picked me up and we drove to Western Maryland, Deep Creek Lake. I have come here for more than twenty five years to visit with Monsignor Lyness and other priests who were classmates at St. Mary's in Baltimore. This was my first opportunity to congratulate Father An- thony Sauerwein, a classmate and our retreat master for the priests retreat last June. Just a few days before, Our Holy Father John Paul II through the Archbishop of Baltimore recognized the work of Father Sauerwein and designated him as a "Prelate of Honor," with the title Monsignor. In a very modest and humble way, he has accepted this recognition both for the people of his parish and for his family DURING THIS week of rest and relaxation, I have thought Family Synod want to stress that the Pope is calling all levels of church leadership to support in- dividual families and to help them realize the graces that have been bestowed upon them" Father Lynch said a sub- committee of the commission is working on ways to get the papal document studied and implemented so that it will have greater impact on U. S. Catholic life. Specific methods, he said, would in- clude such things as calling meetings of experts and lay THOUGH the as exhausting t. _ he summer heat, ne  rl our bus ride to es, b of St Callixtus alhe  . " :ne burial places Lt ar 'hr" " "" 4" Istians These sloe drag places for ma during time of a  asi n the early customary to . rot upon the burial ttc?] e martyrs. Out of ion comes the pie., an altar stone and. I relics of martyrs jo in our churches. ruse and yet refreshed, na ! to the hotel for can0laxation. In the dis .'e became tourists re m , /.u the Restaurant God figinale. The fet- t.hensidered the best ,lr . Alfredo prepares mm ble for his guests. ju the musicians to chu, songs for us. We )t oxy Anniversary to ?oT;00a" 00o00.,ey of "ta who were r ishe the Silver An- nessJof their marriage Pimage. In the late ouffe returned to the tde,t and relaxation. hylDAy JULY 14th. s s tnf the prayerful beour pilgrims, we or iy on Wednesday i enjoyed breakfast t al abs to St. Peter s of PI. onsignor Lyness, t morris and I vested for soni were fortunate aurt be assigned to the lfor/St. Plus X. His Ire intact and are the pilgrim. The ;onc.oclay is not faith in ist but faith in the -"ith all of its 3,u=- . '*tlaand its limltatmns" " . -'lke of the good No ,. Is ours to have v ang men as leaders apurch in our Holy ilart when his efforts x ' '..peace failed durra pTiNorld War; Pins xgI ,, ,m strong defender of h. against com- -'ms XII who set the *s'[the Vat IeV_ t. ican Council ecooms efforts to bring ,t ,,%m all over the world Nsoage to Rome- John :o  m was the inspiration .mtican Council; Paul N ..ad the difficult task M, . IS offered for the m n Arkansas and for s. ' as individuals and .i es. Following the je went below St  v =. nook at some of the r:;tsiaWe visited the . s ter himself, the L for New Subiaco in Arkansas. They were Audrey Fellabaum, Jane Clarke and Frances Burgin. After Mass on Thursday morning, Monsignor Lyness and I went to a religious goods st6re for shopping. We then went to the office for the canonization and beatification of holy men and women. Monsignor Lyness has a friend, Monsignor Pietro Galavotti. He in- troduced us to the current prefect of the Congregation, His Eminence Cardinal Pallazini. We had a brief tour of the archives for this congregation. Then, Mon- signor Pietro took us for a marvelous tour in his automobile of Vatican City and especially the Papal Gardens. It was after midday. The weather was very hot and humid. The Monsignor's automobile gave out on us. We walked the last part of the tour and then had lunch in a trattoria just outside of Vatican City. We then returned to the hotel for rest Atlanta to Little Rock was delayed. Otherwise we would have missed the connection. In spite of the many delays, we arrived safely in Little Rock on Flight 687 at 11:15 P.M. We had not been to bed for more than twenty four hours. Members of our families were there at the airport to greet us. Martha and Charlie McNeil were generous enough to meet me and to deliver me to my home. I give thanks to God and to Our Blessed Mother for a safe and happy journey. It was truly a combination of pilgrim and tourist. The people who went with me were very co- operative and fun-loving. When it was time to pray, we prayed; when it was time to play, we played. In each of the sacred places and shrines, we remembered all of you in our Masses and our prayers. May Jesus Christ be praised. IT IS hard to believe that and relaxation. In the half of the summer has evening, pilgrims went to passed. I had only one week in different places for supper. Little Rock when I returned We enjoyed supper at a very from our pilgrimage to small restaurant called Europe. It was a week filled Abruzzi. When we finished with answering mail and supper, we walked to the keeping appointments. It is Trevi Fountain to cast our also memorable for the coins into it. Even though it passing of Gary Roll, a young was 11:00 at night, hundreds man just 33 years old. I was of people were there. On glad to be able to comfort and many occasions throughout console his mother, his father, our visit in Italy, we saluted his aunt, his brothers and the Italians for their victory in sisters. I am so grateful that soccer. The world cup is our priests are dedicated played only every four years, throughout the diocese in can be family and the family movement leaders to study be church," he added. "We the document and the Fire at St. Francis Continued from Pg. 1 discovered," he said. No damage estimate is yet available, he added. The school was built in 1952 and was a parochial school until it closed in 1970. However, CCD classes were being held in the school and it housed the St. Francis School for Exceptional Children until last January. The.parish hall was con- strutted in 1967 and was formally dedicated as Perd- zock Hall in March, 1981, in honor of Joseph Perdzock, a deceased parishioner. Father Donahue said the buildings probably would be rebuilt. "Parishioners are already donating their time and labor to clearing the debris from the fire," he added. | air conditioned coaches. 1 I I HOUSTON-BIGELOW I I BUS LINES | O000000:Tae00A00e00S00t00o [ARROW COACHLINESI I 15 W. t0th 666-989! I FAMOUS CHILl & WHOLESALE MEAT COMPANY Joe Korkames, Owner 1421 No. 7th Street Fort Smith, Ark. 72901 of reasons why we should be grateful to God in the Diocese of Little Rock. I thought of your own generosity through the gift which you make to the parish church on a weekly basis I thought of the sacrifice that you make to meet the needs of the larger Church through the special collections. I thought of your generosity in my own appeal, the Special Projects Drive. l thought of anonymous gifts which have come my way for the support of our Church in Arkansas. In the last ten years, one donor who does not live in our State has given me a hundred and sixty two thousand dollars for the building of mission churches throughout the diocese. Before this year is over, he will add twenty five thousand dollars to this sum. Then I thought of the constancy of the generosity of the Catholic Church Extension Society. Without exception, that Society, located in Chicago, Illinois, has come to our aid in our building programs. I thought of the many in- dividual people who make gifts on a regular basis to build up our burse funds for the education of young men for the priesthood. The opportunity to pause and to reflect enables me to thank God and to thank you for magnificent acts of charity which indeed are sacrifices acceptable to God Our Father through His Son Jesus. I continue to pray that you and the members of your family will have a safe and restful summer. Your friend, Andrew J. McDonald Bishop of Little Rock develolment of media programs and pastoral ap- proaches based on the document. 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