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Number 31 1 7 " The Diocese of Little Rock Weekly Newspaper August 22, 1998 :e W1 TO SCHOOL --- Brad Thomas helps organize L Supplies at Helping Hand of Greater Little Rock. His Cheryl Thomas, is a board member. The agency pplies from Target at a discount but is for others to donate supplies to help needy children ol year off to a good start. See story page 4. Worst terrorist bombing in country's history claims 28 lives By Christena Coclough CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Irish church leaders and Pope .John Paul II condemned the bloodiest terrorist bombing in Northern Ireland's history, urg- ing people to reject violence and continue to seek peace. Priests who visited the scene of the Aug. 15 bombing, which hit a busy shopping district in Omagh, 50 miles west of Belfast, spoke of confusion, numbness and grief. At least 28 people were killed and more than 200 people were injured by the 900-pound car bomb, which came on the 29th anniversary of the first de- ployment of British troops to Northern Ireland. Archbishop Scan Brady of" Armagh, visibly shaken fl'om the atrocky,.,,said ,~i~a,ci~goe~s must unite in prayer and not lose hope that the peace process will tri- umph. '%gords are not very useful. We must support people by (our) presence and assure these people that these evil ones who carried out this will not succeed," Arch- bishop Brady said. "People had begun to dare to hope that scenes like this had disappeared. It will open up old wounds. We can only hope that people will turn away from vio- lence," he ,said. Police said the car bomb was believed to be the work of Irish Republican Army dissidents who oppose the peace process. At the papal summer home in Castel Gandolfo Aug. 16, Pope John Paul said, "Once again, blind violence is attempting to impede the difficult path of peace and productive harmony which most discerning people are con- vinced is possible. "My earnest hope fbr that be- loved country is that Irish people of good will not succumb to vio- lence and that they will persevere with determination in building that peaceful coexistence on which the whole future depends," he saM. The pope prayed for those killed "in such a tragic and sense- less way," a,d ~Lsked biessmg~, on the injured, the families in mounting and "all who continue to put their u'ust in dialogue and agreemen t." In the late afternoon Aug. 16, Archbishop Brady, primate of all Ireland, traveled to Beragh, near Omagh, to visit a family that lost several family members in the bombing. Mary Grimes, 65, was shopping in Omagh at the time of the blast with her 30-year-old daughter Mass for Shut-ins on the move during renovation of Morris Hall Avirl Monahan, who was preg- nant with twins, and Avirl's 18- month-old daughter, Maura. All of them were killed. Archbishop Brady said: "The families are just totally devas- tated. They are just so shocked." Monahan is survived by her husband, Michael, two daughters and a son. Her eldest child is 6. The bomb victims were herded into the path of the bomb after an inaccurate warning was given. Acting on a telephone tip, police evacuated the shoppers to the end of the su'eet, where the bomb eventually exploded. Police, ambulance crews and firefighters worked for hours to move those injured by the blast to local hospitals. Forensic ex- perts scoured the rubble and debris to find missing limbs. One eyewimess said: "1 picked up a little boy. l hs legs had l)ecn blown off, but he did not even realize." Father Kevin Mullan of Christ the King Clmrch in Omagh was among the local religious lead- ers who comforted ~,5ctims' tami- lies as they awaited news at a leln- porary hospital set up in the town's community center. 'q'here is a terrible sense of grief waiting to explode. C, od be with them," he said. "I am just See Bombing page 12 811 ,e.ekly viewers of Mass for in vt'tns have noticed a change 4p enue for the program since .ril. of renovations at St.John Catho- production of televi- has been moved to ad- Fletcher Hall where the is serving host. Sacrifice of the aired weekly through- for more than 15 to Robert L. Brown, and general man- KTHV Channel 11. The television station is on cable systems the state which al- McDonald to pro- for Catholics who infirm, or otherwise to attend Mass at their parish. years, however, the of Little Rock Depart- of Communications has taken charge of producing Mass for Shut-ins and in the process increased the number stations carrying the program statewide. A complete list of these is located every week on page two of this newspaper. Once a month, usually the second Wednesday, Department of Communications employees wipe the newspaper ink off their hands in exchange for headsets, cameras and microphones. Ev- eryone gets in on the act. Arkansa Catholic circulation manager Angela Hess and pro- duction manager Nancy Moore take their positions as camera operators. Editor Malea Wahers serves as a one-person altar soci- ety by decorating the chapel with seasonal liturgical themes, and managing editor Danny Straessle produces and directs the Masses from a control room located above the chapel. Recognize the voice of the an- nouncer at the beginning of TV Mass? That's Sharon Stanley who comes in from Conway once a month to help out with the au- dio technicalities. If her voice sounds familiar, it's because Stanley is the primary announcer for the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), the state's PBS affiliate network. On occasion other volunteers will assist in preparing for Mass, like Pat and Eleanor Sullivan who are parishioners at St. Jo- seph in Conway and donate the use of handmade liturgical ban- ners for each Mass. Usually fbur Masses are re- corded in a day's production, sometimes five depending on the number of Sundays in the next month. Priest, are sched- uled to celebrate Mass for Shut- ins on a rotating basis with Fa- ther Placidus Eckart, OSB, mak- ing the most encore appear- ances. Sometimes a priest will bring a group of parishioners or school children with him to sing, lector and serve Mass. While the di- mensions of Lafferty Chapel are See TV Mass page 12 Irish sister named associate director of religious education and Christian initiation ...................... p. 4 Godparents can help children recall their baptism ....................... p. 5