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For the Second Year ;! Convert Instruction Classes lr Little Rock diocesan priests are pictured here at a nt meeting, discussing plans for a 1974-75 series of to be conducted at St. John's Catholic Center. the left, they are Father Albert Schneider, Father Torres, Father John Oswald and Father Richard ald. The four priests will be on the faculty that will the 21 weekly classes. e 'OL. LXI 11 . NO. 35 AMNESTY we think of Jesus, we think of forgiveness, Y, in our finest hour, when we lan beings imitate Jesus in these virtues. The new United States has injected a fresh breeze of pardon, understanding concerning the young stand in need of amnesty. The President is a call that was issued a long time ago from Jesus , from Our Holy Father, and from the Bishops' of the States. We will not be healed and united until we We call uln all of our people to be open to this breath of forgiveness and understanding which could in a long series of steps to achieve national ad a restoration of national honor for our nation. Diocese Plans Course For Convert Instruction Little Rock -- Encouraged by the "positive response" to last year's project, the Little Rock Diocesan Office of Religious Education has announced plans for a 1974-75 series of convert instruction classes. The classes, to be conducted at St. John's Catholic Center on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9 P.M. starting Sept. 16, will be open to Catholics of Greater Little Rock, Conway and Pine Bluff who are interested in updating their knowledge of their faith, as well as to non- Catholics. A get-acquainted registration session will be held Monday, Sept. 8, at 4 P.M. in St. An- drew's Cathedral Hall, Ninth and Louisiana Streets, when the faculty for the course will be introduced and study materials and schedules will be distributed. With "Christ Among Us" by Father Anthony J. Wilhelm, Ouard00an Official 00ublication of the q00iocese oF Cittle AUG. 30. 1974 Bishop's Office il 2415 No Tyler ii Little Rock, Ark i2iiii iiii00 :i:i:i LABOR DAY, 1974 - A TIME FOR ACTION '''i2h  rough the leadership of the Popes in modern times, the !iiiiiiiii ll re.h, God's holy people, have upheld the rights of the - ' lng man, the dignity of the human being, the sanctity ,,,,{e family. For many years, Papal documents have :U'laimed these ideas and held them aloft before the Ir Iraunity of Man Our present Holy Father, Paul VI, now f  l.ks of action. It is time for us to put these principles into "|-nee. The good effects of his leadership can be seen in |4 raetieal involvemen['of the people of God in the Farah ilii! ..' nd the plight of the United Farm Workers Union. On iii::ili:: .", bor Day 1974, we join hands, hearts, and prayers iii m those who stand before the world in proclaiming Ie bee for all and human dignity for all. If we do not heed ::iiii i]'.ery for justice and human dignity, we leave ourselves :::!::i Jih.'sed to unruly greed and runaway inflation. We invite iiiiiiiii "_readers to peruse the Labor Day statement prepared by iiiiii L ESignor George G. Higgins, Secretary for Research, iiiill .['nlted States Catholic Conference, published on Page 3. i::i:::: ,I Andrew J. McDonald i;iiii [i .... Bishop of Little Rock ii::i::i 0000orking Document' I:00Sued for Synod City (NC) --A designed the more than 200 Religious who will m the world Synod of Sept. 27 has out by the synod's is a general Work to be undertaken. is composed of it was reported by rvatore Romano, the daily newspaper. The Presents an exchange regarding the of evangelization from a lengthy 'ndence among the According to Romano: exchange of ex- which was asked for bishops' conferences, all the questions )Y the subject of which have resulted from pastoral experiences and which therefore need to be clarified, the Vatican press office reported. A Synod of Bishops is designed to assist the Pope and the Vatican to deal with major problems facing the Church today. Taking part in the synod will be 144 delegates named by bishops' conferences around the world, representatives of the Catholic Eastern rites, delegates from male Religious orders, top officials of the major offices of the Roman Curia, the Church's central ad- ministrative offices, and some persons selected by Pope Paul VI himself. The subject of the synod will be evangelization, the spreading of the Gospel message in today's world. This will be fourth synod since SE SYNO0 ON PAGE 2 part contains a questions C.S.P., as the text, the course will include 21 weekly sessions. Teachers will be Father Richard Strock, diocesan director of religious education; his associate director, Sister Fides Gough, O.P.; Father Richard Oswald, Father John Oswald and Father Albert Schneider of the faculty of Catholic High School; Father James Mancini, associate pastor of Good Counsel parish, Little Rock; Father John Riddell, co-pastor of St. John's parish, Hot Springs; and Father Robert Torres, associate pastor parish, North Little Rock. Pastors throughout central Arkansas have been invited to recommend the course to non- Catholics interested in studying the Catholic faith and to parishioners who want to up- date their knowledge of the Church and her teachings, especially in the light of Vatican Council II. Certificates will be awarded to those who complete the course. These will indicate to respective pastors that in- terested non-Catholics have received instruction necessary of Immaculate Conception for reception into the Church. President Ford Signs New Education Aid Bill Washington (NC) - President Gerald R. Ford has signed into law a $25-billion aid to education bill that has been called "truly monumental" by a U. S. Catholic Conference (USCC) education official. In a ceremony at offices of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, the President signed H.R. 69, the Education Amendments of 1974, which extends and amends the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The 1965 act has provided substantial aid to nonpublic schools since its enactment. The new measure was praised after its passage of Congress by Dr. Edward R. D'Alessio, director of the USCC Division of Elementary and Secondary education. The new law includes a prohibition against busing past the school nearest a child's home unless a court finds it necessary to protect the con- stitutional rights of minority children. As the Bishop Heads for Rome His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald, third from left, departed last Friday from Little Rock Municipal Airport on a trip that will take him to Rome for a special one-month study course arranged for U.S. bishops to provide them with the latest thinking in theology, philosophy, Sacred Scripture, Church history and Church law. Seeing him off, from left, were Frank Malone, nephew of Father Bernard G. Malone, a Little Rock diocesan seminarian; Father Bernard J. Roberson, associate diocesan comptroller; Bishop McDonald, Father James R. Savary, diocesan director of social services; Father Joseph M. Correnti, Jr., associate pastor of Holy Souls parish, Little Rock, and Msgr. Francis-X. Murphy, diocesan comptroller. The Bishop was to stop in Florida to officiate at the wedding of a nephew and attend a Bishops' meeting on the East Coast before flying to Europe. (Photo by Msgr. Francis A. Allen, V.G., pastor of Holy Souls parish). Only Good Music Being Chosen for New Hymnal Peoria, Ill. (NC) -- Hymns being selected for a new national hymnal must "reflect good English, sound theology and contemporary spirituality, and they must be singable," said the executive director of a national committee now assembling the hymnal. The committee director, Father Patrick Collins, former chairman of the Peoria diocesan Commission on Sacred Music, said liturgical music must be measured by three norms: -- Is it good music? - Does it fit the liturgy? -- Is it actually suitable for the people who are gathered to worship at this time and place? The National Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Com- missions, eomposea of delegates from all dioceses of the United States, has called for the natnal hymnal, said Father Collins. Father Collins said his 30- member committee is selecting hymns and psalms from the best hymnals and service books in the English language. "First, we consider the text," he explained. "It is important that the music we use on liturgy should reflect sound con- temporary theology and spirituality. Many of the hymns are out of the 19th century and reflect a spirituality no longer viable today. They tend to be sugary, emotional. "We'll try to eliminate hymns SEE HYMNS ON PAGE 2 Father Zarrilli's Father Dies Pocahontas -- A Mass of Christian Burial Was offered in St. Paul's Church here last Monday afternoon for Anthony Zarrilli, 75, father of The Rev. Frederick B. Zarrilli, the Pocahontas pastor. Mr. Zarrilli, who died in a local hospital last Friday night, was a retired barber from Philadelphia, who had lived in Conway and Hot Springs before moving to Pocahontas. He was born in Italy and came to the United States in 1920. Father Zarrilli, his only' survivor, celebrated the funeral Mass. Burial was in St. Paul's Cemetery, Pocahontas. Holiday The Guardian offices at 2500 North Tyler Street, Little Rock, and 26th and Willow Streets, North Little Rock, will be closed next Monday, Sept. 2, in ob- servance of Labor Day. Sister to Be Feted Little Rock -- Sister Dorothy Ann Plafcan, R.S.M, will celebrate 25 years in the Congregation of the Religous Sisters of Mercy here on Sun- day, Sept. 8. A member of the faculty of Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Sister Dorothy will renew her religious vows at a Concelebrated noon Mass in Good Counsel Church. A reception, being arranged by the Good Counsel Home School Association, will be held in the parish school gymnasium from 1 to 3 P.M. Joining in the celebration will be Sister Dorothy's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Plafcan, and other members of her family, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Marawski, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Bodak, Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Plafcan, Mr. and Mrs. George Plafcan, Miss Frances Plafcan, John S. Plafcan and Sister" Mary Cyrillus Plafcan, R.S.M. Sister Dorothy was born in Slovac, attended Sts. Cyril & Methodius School there, Mount St. Mary Academy, Little Rock, and Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, Texas, where she earned a B.S.E. degree. She presently is doing graduate work in elementary school administration at State College of ArkansaK y// HIt;I IlL Itllttlill ..... ; IllIllllll Sister Dorothy Sister Dorothy entered the Religious Sisters of Mercy Sept. 8, 1949. She received the habit and white veil of a novice in 1950, made temporary vows March 12, 1952, and final vows at Our Lady of Mercy Convent, Webster Groves, Mo., Aug. 15, 1955. She has taught in schools in Arkansas, Texas and Missouri. Happiness A bounds This Mexican mother, embracing her daughter, beams as she, her husband and friends gather black volcanic rock to erect a parish church at Opopeo, where Father John Manchino of Little Rock is rebuilding the Church in spirit and stone. See Page 8 for details.