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Page 2 October 3, 1998 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC ARKANSAS CATHOLIC r-ou~ed~ 1911 Ocrc a 3, 1998 MASS FOR SHUT-INS : Father Bernard Keller, SVD CELEBRANT Sta wkle 6 a.m. Sunday, kTHV, Channel I 1 Pula.dd County (C.omca. 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Cable Channel 18 tesville 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Cable Channel 1 Fayette le 9 p.m. Sunday, Cable Channel 8 Nashville 6 a.m., noon. Sunday, lqEP. 23 NEXT ISSUE : :: Hispanics share culture and faith during Encuentro Hispano ' BISHOP'S DATES : Saturday, Oct. 3 Encuentro, St. John Center, Little Rock Sunday, 4 Marriage anniversary Mass, St. Edward, Texarkana Monday, Oct. 5 School Mass, St. Joseph Church, Conway; in office in afternoon Tuesday, Oct. 6 School Mass, St. Patrick Church, North Little Rock Wednesday, Oct. 7 In office; RCIA, Cathedral of St. Andrew, in evening Thursday, Oct. 8 In office; RCIA, Holy Souls, in evening School Mass, Holy Souls Church; in office in morning DEADLINES Arkansas Catho#c welcomes sub- missions of news artldes, columns and obituades. The deadline is noon Wednesday, I0 business days be e publication. Advertising deadline Is noon Friday, eight business days be- fore publication. To subsalb (501) 664-0125. pUlUSilEI - Mo~ ~'v. Andlew I. Md)m~d. ~oP ltO.l~trSCG ~ ............. Daniel C. Straessle EDITOI .............................. Malea Waltels tmma ........................ lqtOl~lalON lW~hb~m ......... Nanoj C Moo~ ClmC.lgAIION J ......... Aagela M Hess IW.OI.OGIOUL CONSULTANT .... IL-.v. Msgr. Frands I. Malone, JrJ. Att~nsas Ca~no//c (USPS 853-320 ISSN !0S7-8439) is punished weekly (except the Ilmt Sa~mday in Jan.. July and Au~., and the ~m ~in Dec-). I~ theGUtmk Diocese of Ume l~k, ~ Camo/~ Inc-, I'.O. Box 7417, Uttle Ila:lt~ AR 72217-7417. haurs a~e &.30- S. Mcmcl~j-f~ay, except ~ Ho~ Days and nat~r~ hdd.~s. ,~ans~ ~ ofl~,es am loca~d In Moer~ H,~, Sc Iohn ~ Cente, ZS00 N. T~r SL. Liltle I~ck, AR 72207. Phone num~"~ are (SOl) 664-03410 m (S01) 664-012S; Fix (SOl) 664.-9O75. An ~nual subscdp~k~n Is $ I S. ~d~ds pos~ paid a~ Ume P~k. A~ ~ ter: Send changes ~ addmss and copy t~ labd to:. Ari~ms~ C, alflo~ P.O. Boa 7417, Ullle ~ AR 77.2.17-7417. Address Service I~luested. ~ ~ ~ ~ ........................................................................ ........... . ...... :: :~ .:~.~;~;~G~;~;*y~*~;~:~.~;~:g~%~.~~:~%~::~:~.~:~:~:~::~;:~.~:~;~.~:~:~:~&~:~.:::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ~..::.. : ~ ::: ::;:::.:::..,. ::::::::::::::::::::::: . : ~ .......... Dear F tls in Violence plagues the world. Violence destroys innocent life on the streets of our nation every night. In Arkansas, we deeply felt the im- pact of violence last March when chib dren took the lives of children in Jonesboro. More than once, when I addressed the issue of violence from the pulpit, I was able to say, is likely that Mitchell and Andrew at midnight are weeping and crying. They are only chil- dren. They miss their mother and their father." Other violence has become so corn- 4 monplace that it no longer captures the headlines. On a daily basis, through- out the land and throughout the state of Arkansas, moth- ers abort their chib dren violently. Some mothers have even allowed partial-birth abortions. From the Throne of Peter, we hear the voice of our Holy Father,John Paul II. He encourages us to live the remainder of the century as though we are ori He inspires us to seek that will not be a repetition century. He call: a century of civilization, reconciliation. As we celebrate Respect Life Month in 1998, I encourage you, our people: to help stop violence in all forms and begin this new century with a respeC t for life from its inception until its end; Your friend, Bishop of Little Rock Marian conference draws hundreds to Conway By Kathy Trower CONWAY CORRESPONDENT CONWAY- St. Joseph Parish in Conway hosted a large party Sept. 18-20 and Mary, "the spouse of the Holy Spirit," was the honoree. The first annual Marian Conference attracted local and national musicians and speakers. The conference started out with a focus on youth. A youth Mass was celebrated by Father Warren Harvey of Little Rock, Father Joseph Seiter, CSSp, of Morrilton and Father Plus Iwuchukwu of Atkins. RADIX, a group from Lincoln, Neb, whose ministry is to travel to spread the Word of the Lord to youth, performed following Mass. Doug Barry, spokesman for the group, talked to the audience of grandparents, parents and teens humor- ously and truthfully. He advocated con- fession for all of the young people and not giving into the pressures of the world. "Tell the truth to the young; they don't want to be lied to, do not tell half truths," he told parents. He also cautioned parents, you preach about mercy, then you must preach about justice." The group advocates in their minis- try prayer and the sacraments. They stressed that Jesus died not for eve@ one but for each one. Father Tony McKay, CSSp, pastor of St. Joseph, said the teens responded to RADIX's message. Confessions were heard until 1:15 a.m., he said. David Parkes, Irish vocalist and mas- ter of ceremonies, said he was impressed with the perfect timing and planning of the conference. Most conferences on teen night, you might be lucky to get 35 to 40 teens tops," he said. "l literally cried when I saw the church filled 20 minutes before the scheduled start." On Saturday, the conference at- tracted 725 people, some as far away as Kentucky, California and Missouri. An 8-by-12 foot painting of Mary painted by parishioner Patrick Thessing titled "Mary, Spouse of the Holy SpiriC was center stage for the conference. National speakers told their stories of the importance of Mary in their lives. Parkes said he became despondent about the health of his son and his own disease and lost sight of the Lord. He received a free trip to Medjugorje, and there he received a miraculous healing. Shortly after his healing, he pledged to dedicate his life to witnessing to the healing power of God. "Ave Maria" sung Dennis and Janet Holt of Pocahontas provide music for the healing service led by Alan Ames. by Parkes set the mood for the confer- ence and the blessing. Char Vance, a Chicago radio broad- caster known as Our Lady's comedian, shared her conversion and miraculous cure with the audience. you can't find Jesus today, look for His mother; she is in Conway, she said. Her admission of disbelief, spiked with humor, and her confession, Jesus works undercover in our lives," touched the audience. Return to the confes- sional often and recite the rosary and receive the Eucharist," she said. Wayne Weible, a former newspaper publisher and columnist, became inter- ested in the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Medjugorje while on as. signment to write a story. "I suddenly felt a strong message within my heart that not only was I to write about these events, but I was to devote my life to the spreading of its basic message of reconciliation with God," he said. He said all of Mary's messages stress prayer. He asked for prayers for Presi- dent Clinton and all others who find themselves in dire need of divine inter- vention. The rosary that afternoon was prayed for Clinton by all conference at- tendees. Alan Ames, an Australian, said he had been receiving messages and visions for the past five years. His first vision was of St. Teresa of Avila, who reprimanded him for the type of life he was leading' He snoke of his conversion from v v/h0 coholic, violent man to a person . - . th [ has taken on the task of showing ., God's love and mercy is available to 11, no matter how far they have strayed' "God loves everybody; the differe c is how much we love God," he said. "Prayer is not a burden, chore duty. Prayer is working for God, said. Many experienced a sl at the service conducted by Ames. proximately 75 were slain in the and he said aloud specific prayer quests that would be filled. The conference closed with a celebrated by Bishop Andrew McDonald. Conference speakers and commented on the quality of the ference. "You can really see the joy of the l in the audience," Vance said. no 'church faces' there. I think it from the fact that there is adoration the Blessed Sacrament here in ish." Marian Kaylor of Bossier City, said she felt the conference was planned, feel it,' "It is so special that you can she said. Delores Moose of Bartlett, said, "I am very emotional and nothing but cry. This is my first conference and it has been very r0 ing and powerful." Barbara Jones of Springdale speakers were fantastic. Usually to a conference and there is one speaker; here they were all Parkes, one of the speakers, the conference organizers for work. "Mary planned the conference, she needed foot soldiers," he said. DIABETICS with Medicare or insurance Save money on diabetic supplies' For more information CALL 1-800-337-4144 The family of Doroth) our heartfelt thanks for the many anddonati0nst0SL Patrick Church. Your is deeply appreciated. We especially wish to those who have not received a personal thanks from us; due to lack d notification fr0 Patrick's, do not know who