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Number 33 The Diocese of Little Rock Weekly Newspaper September 4, 1999 Day time about , poor gap WASHINGTON (GNS) --- American Tt _,tholics are being encouraged this Oor Day to take their faith into the o l.d by helping transform business and uca, factories and offices, homes and 0oh. rh.. an annual statement issued by the of the U.S. bishops' Domestic re- yol cy Committee for Labor Day, which year is Sept. 6, Los Angeles Cardinal t ger M. Mahony said Catholics are M preparation ould address issue of living together By Jerry Filteau : eaVaOt]c NEWs SERWCE IJ _WASHINGTON _- A report sent to the i .~ . . "l hopsAug. 20 says the wide pracuce of "aabitation poses major pastoral challenges . . , Church rnarnage preparauon programs. 4t says marriages preceded by cohabita- L are less likely to succeed than others, - ut Pastoral ministers should approach a ~ ,l~ling couple s decision to marry as a moment." ere is a unique opportunity to help the Catho.c v on of e. Here, too, is an opportunity for elization, the report says. "By sup Lrting the couple's plans for the future than chastising them for the past, can draw a couple ~deeply into the Church community P lace of their faith. 27-page report, "Mar#age ' earafion and Cohabiting Couples, was -Prepared by the U S bishops' Committee Marr e and Family, headed by Bishop See Marriage page 13 INSIDE Adults Invited to Catechetical [ Study Day in Little Rock .... p. 2 seminarians beain studies for ] ,. L Cese of Little/ k. ..... p. 4 /ii P 4 J called to examine economic relation- ships through the lens of Catholic social teaching principles. I'he Church asks Catholics to think about public policy proposals not only from the perspective of their individual or family self-interest, but also from the perspective of average and low-wage workers and their families," he said in the statement. Americans have much to be grateful for --- economic freedom, low infl tion and economic growth, Cardinal Mahony wrote. "But our prosperity is not being widely shared. Too many have been left behind and the gap in family income continues to widen. I'he top 5 percent of the population takes a larger share of personal income today than similar people did 30 years ago --- a 16 percent share in 1968, 24 per- cent in 1996," he said. Meanwhile, the share of income going to the middle 60 percent of the population has declined by nearly 10 percent over the same peri- od. The decline was even sharper for people in the bottom 20 percent of the income scale, he said. trend is part of the reason why we need a strong, active, democratic labor movement," he said. Cardinal Mahony notes that the labor movement has given much to the United States over the last century. See Labor Day page 13 BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Catholic Relief Services will be among the agencies provid- ing assistance to victims of Turkey's Aug. 17 earthquake. The Baltimore-based overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic Church will work with local Catholic part- ner organizations to provide water, food and shelter. U.S. Catholic dioceses also were respond- See Turkey page 13 d \ It's a celebration Father Warren Harvey (above), pastor of St. Augustine Church in North Little Rock, leads the gospel acclamation during the parish's ?0th anniversary Mass 29. Bishop Andrew J. McDonald was the main celebrant. Also during the Mass, Sister Sylvia Provost fleft) and Sister Carol Nishke, both School Sisters of Notre Dame, were honored for 15 years of service to the parish. The former principals work in the parish's Learning Club and day care center. The St. Augustine Church Gospel Choir from Memphis provid- ed the music during Mass and at a special concert Aug. 28.