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PAGE 6 THE GUARDIAN, AUGusT 6, 1982 Dolores Curran Talks With Parents When Unemployment Hits Home "WILL YOU please talk a little about what unem- ployment does to the family?" a woman asked. "For years, we've had a good and loving family only to see us fall apart when my husband was laid off. What's happened to us?" And, as heads nodded in a chorus of agreement, she proceeded to describe the familiar ripple effect of unemployment upon self- esteem, intimacy and com- munication in the family. Unemployment is a fact of life in many families today and while we read numerous pieces on its effect on the economy, little is written' about its effect on the family. It can be bonding or destructive, with most situations tending toward the latter, regrettably. ABOUT A year ago, a bishop in a highly-industrial, automobile-assembly-line a- rea told me they're having a terrific breakdown in family life as a direct result of unemployment. He said that when great numbers of men were laid off, their wives had to compete for marginal jobs to keep the families fed. The men, after" months of discouraging job-seeking, became depressed and began spending more time in bars or in isolation. This resulted in alcoholism, abuse and family breakdown in families that never before experienced any of those things. Eventually, youths began to be affected, many refusing to accept discipline from their dads, others dropping out of school to add their meager wages to their mother's. The family unit shifted dramatically. This pattern was followed almost exactly in a family I heard about whose father's job was phased out in an economy move. He searched for three months before finding something in another state. In the interim, he began withdrawing from the family who then began to withdraw support from him. WHEN, IN desperation, he took the new job, his family resented losing jobs and schools because of forced relocation. They are still living together, but they are ,sullen and non-supportive of one another. Unemployment tells a family a lot about itself and its purpose. It also helps us to better understand the devastating family problems of the chronically- unemployed and to be a little more compassionate in our attitudes toward them. I don't want to give the impression that unem- ployment means automatic family breakdown because many families report becoming closer as a result of temporary unemployment. But I do believe it important to acknowledge a predictable loss of serf-esteem on the part of the adult who loses his or her job. Our society tends to equate people's worth with what they do, not what they are. When a job is lost, self-worth often plummets. At times like this, family support is essential. Alone the Way WITH THE growth of ministries in the Church and the decline in the number of priests, different forms are developing in parish structure in the United States. Recently, a Sister described the arrangement in the parish in which she works and lives. She is the Resident Ad- ministrator of the parish and the priest who comes in on weekends is the "Sacramental Minister on the Parochial Team." The Sister conducts Communion services during the week, takes Holy Com- munion to the homes, visits the parishioners, conducts the instructions in preparation for the sacraments - including matrimony, leads daily rosary groups in parishioners' homes, co-ordinates the work of the various other parish ministers and so on. This past year, she also was much in- valved in a parish building program. THE PRIEST, who comes in on weekends from other diocesan duties, serves the parish as Sacramental Minister, while leaving the ordinary administrative The Resident Administrator Sacramental By Father David Flusche, New Subiaco Abbey NT,ON , /IC) -- country and existing now in pattern, ' I wa Dev " many mission lands in which visited me "t _ '_el " "--ann 1 the local administrator is is a househoi-th likely to be called a Catechist. teaching is a e.  rengi In other instances, the local household innate Unit administrator might be a be kept alive" J ace Oc deacon or a lay person. The communl/,heme Depending on our way of need a comnill be thinking, our reaction on this coming togetl, r Fun approach can range to strong formal an feelings either way, great or gatherings horrible. It is neither. It is togetherness simply a response to a need. It casions. To would be equally wrong for and means someone to shout either economics and Alleluia or Oh my gosh! it involves A parish is a shared and music. spiritual enterprise carried on in sustaining under the direction of the parish. Bishop, with the Eucharist as the primary focal point of the parish life, together with the IN ACTS sacraments. Clearly, a priest find Saint is needed for this and also as the primary  qO the one who ordinarily apostles was  act proclaims the Word of God to ministry of theivingto the people, food distribuST ARK arose, he was q Tal BUT A parish is also a frthatthrougb[finCo. community of believers others, tryetta united under a title such as St. In the earlale, Ar Michael, St. Mary, or Sacred centuries, .al: 7 Heart parish. Catholics probably f"': 75 coming together identify responsibilities themselves under those titles, community tl# "I belong to Sacred Heart," priest. History etc. A change in priests does and downs on tl not change that title, over-control ! The unemployed, already matters to the Sister. The community of believers existed at eitl "The VACATION CAPITAL oi'" feeling less worthy, finl Together and in union with the share more than the However, as le themselves filling out endless Parish Council, they plan the sacraments. There is the need and priests .. -- l"     application forms, waiting for necessary activities and of mutual concern, care, Resident Admi l  [ VI$1T..,"4-. DcLgJ% )OTTERIE$ call backs and answering programs, support in many dimensions, the SacrameW' v [ /..  / friends who ask daily, "Have This arrangement hearkens The parish provides a way in may be one wd | ,/llll$]k .............. you found anything yet?" back to earlier days in our which all can fulfill the gospel parish needs sud j j $1E HISTORY $ OLDEST ART After so long, they begin I {k'mallll') ON avoiding others, even family Bishop Dozier 70 ResJ00 I "JI_-HITTINGTON AVEN-UE ;N NOT SPRINGS members. Tensions increase 0 istra t  and insensitive comments are , . taken the wrong way. [ A. K$'N WATKINS # i. #PHONE $01-2-h[ [ Washington (NC) -- Bishop followed by Mass with In1971, heissl I IrJ..l| .J'.,  n J WE MOST need support Carroll T. Dozier, 70, has distribution of Communion. letter that ca _ I 414fg4][ _ .. OX32 J from our families when we )ensYoflis2aiidTeofnthe James Cardinal Knox, mediate U. S,- " [   J #"#,,fnet [aren't getting it from our .....  : .. "_ prefect of the Vatican's from the Viet 6 |   [culture. Yet, families aePedOln r'au 1.1 nas Congregation for Sacraments h" OIT: ] ADVERTISING UW'ou'r, AT, PHOTOGRAPHy J sometimes withdraw support p g auon, ][ and Divin ......... J YOUR HOT SPRINGSGUARDiAN REPRESENTATIVE [ at this very time, believing ..... e worsmp, sam me ,aStenUncoli c VeSmgtn ceremonies violated pastoral ' ' ' somehow that if they "nag" Y pos ga e m  more, the jobless person will ....... norms for general eaithiedStates'nrchblsnp sacramental absolution  $HOPP|RjRichar [_    [ try harder. .. g " . established in 1972. Bishop j/g_V:l'i' [ Unemployment isn't easy msnop uozier wih remain Dozier res,nded that the ROY Rlt: Pasta I / [J "Y I for the family, but if it views it as apostolic administrator of " ......... granting of generalabsolution Rhe PrPaulet I - [__Jl/l"l-l ] as an opportunity to become uecesermiPsnnSm.e untu a was not the focal point of the | ,  ..... / [ more understanding and to . . ". . , services and that they were H1LLCRE$! [ _: li' [share in the bread-winning firbTaPnPnl7;dMempnls intended to reconcile 801Kavanaugll [ .i  '' ._ ' [ role while the jobless person ..... P.  _ .. religiously active and inactive [ - "  ' I is searching, the family unit orn m rlcnmona, va., on Catholics 'REE DE [ I[ITL'31|l IIMI IMITh [ will find itself richer once a Aug. 18, 1911, Carroll Dozier ,, ' [ ve, ..... i, [ new job is found. The family was graduated from Holy The cardinal ... is not DANES . overjoyed, but I msmt wth j | ;, '" ..... | then knows it can weather bad Cross College, Worcester, " " " " ass., m 1932 and then pe y Rhm [ ........... %" I times without settling on a M " him that I'm rfectl w my rights to make the I  ..... L.",, ,,,, I scapegoat and that it can be studied for the pr'esthood at counted on as a support the North American College judgement -- the moral _ system in rough times as well and Gregorian University in judgement - I do make, and Rome. He was ordained in they don't agree to that, but HA as good. ,,, Romein 1937. there isn't very much they k  I ""-",2blockstobahhouses , all color cable TV  1982 From 1937 to 1945, he held can do about it, he said in a various pastoral posts in television interview. In 1978, Phone 6n: dov thr refrigerators in all kit- s away from city traffic Newport News and Peter- at a talk at a pastoral liturgy 2903 KaVo  T 6 p CONSULTOR DIES ppmg downtown in a park cbenelles and rooms 230 Fountain St., Hot Springs Mo, ntein Drive, Phone 501 321 2230, Hot Springs Nat'l Park, AR 711)01 EMIL E. WENCEL Real Estate Sales Management Appraisals .,, Member MLS Graduate Realtors Institute 230 Fountain St., P.O. Box 1266, Hot Springs, AR 71901 Business Phone 501321 2230 "No w, more than ever, look to the landmark." 0000stFed.eral Savm.00s of Hot Spr,00,s [] Home O#f: Numbe( One Marke Place [] fW,h 0ffi: 100 AII Pe 3021 Malvem Roa0 Hot SIxlngs Nat0nal Park Arkansas 71901  A  Nmer O C Cmer 14ol Somgs Village. kkansas 71901 ,,:,-, Hays, Kin. (NC) -- Capuchin Father Dominic Unger, 75, a fellow of the sburg, Va., which are in the Richmond Diocese, and then served from 1945 to 1954 as diocesan director of the Society for the Propagation of conference at the University of Notre Dame, he urged more church use of general absolution. Pontifical Marian Academy, the Faith and youth director. Rome, and a theologian, died He was named pastor of ! of cancer at Hays, Kansas. Christ the King Church in From 1960-62, he was a con- Norfolk, Va., in 1954 and suitor to the preparatory remained there until he was n theological commission for named bishop of the new Vatican lI. Diocese of Memphis, which PFIEFER-HILLCREST was split from the Diocese of , I e_U [}AR Nashville, Tenn. ] "--"_. ..... :3-24 '.,,0-$""' "" HLP PREVENT His tenure as head of the [ WromptandEfflclenf J Adverti12w,3 ''JJJrORESTrlRES Memphis Diocese was[ 376-60. ] _.lhLittl marked by his outspoken Se[|| f,,,. IN THE SOUTH comments and actions on* -- , such topics as the use of ED KRENZELOK Manager 624-4611 or 624-5397 Hot Springs National Pork, Arkansas general absolution in the sacrament of reconcilation, the Vietnam war and the draft, the role of women in the church and world peace and justice. He sparred with the Vatican after his use in 1976 of general absolution at two recon- ciliation services in his diocese which drew 11,500 people and 2,000 people. The services involved the giving general absolution without individual confession, % "Pete" Zakrzeki Fran YaniflllllC Lamps Lamp Shades Repairs : L.oc ney Par '0303 st 12th -- 11907 5608. Street r , Little Rock, AR 72207 501/666-2628