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e a v LXXI, NO. 40 OCTOBER 1, 1982 CCSA Reactivated, Page 4 Conference Set, Page 5 St. Francis Stamp, Page 6 Convent Scenes, Page 8 al g 8-9 -- Delegates from 25 Arkansas missions will meet Friday and Y, Oct. 8-9, at St. John's Center, 2500 Street, for the second of a series t Parish renewal convocations spon- n Parish Renewal Office. I by the department heads and staff ttle Rock Chancery Office, | began last April 30-May 1 with the Featured was Father of Fort Worth, Texas. Father a challenging vision of the and addressed the planning if that mission is to that time the 25 delegates have to carry on the process at the aid of resources provided by the offices, they have reflected on developed a parish profile, )arish life and parish services and a list of parish needs, Father $. Oswald, Director of Parish Keynote Address convocation will include a dress by His Excellency Bishop J. McDonald of Little Rock and presented by Chancery Office The latter will describe how the Offered by the diocese can enable some of their recognized schedule starts with a welcome Vl. A small group discussion of local progress since the tion is set for 7:20 P.M., by a general assembly with a report and themes evidenced in the parish their needs, including questions at McDonald will give the keynote at 9 P.M., followed by a wine and breakfast at 8 A.M. will be prayer at 8:45 and a workshop at a break, a second workshop is 10:15 A.M. After a break at 11, a assembly will review needs method, homework assign- be given and the meeting closed Musicians on Oct. 16 ROck The first general meeting of Chapter of the National of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) at St. John's Center, 2500 North Saturday, Oct. 16, from 10 A.M. choir directors, organists, cantors, other instrumentalists liturgy committee members to attend the beginning of an effort to deepen the spiritual life of musicians, to provide for parish clergy an on-going educational Current issues affecting musical in the parish and to improve the and liturgical skills of pastoral will begin with a presentation, Music to the Congregation," conclude with a wine and cheese Mount St. Mary Academy Convent Dedicated His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald blesses the new convent for the Sisters of Mercy at Mount St. Mary Academy, Little Rock, as Father Francis I. Malone looks on. The blessing followed a march to the convent preceded by nuns from the Academy gymnasium where a dedication Mass was offered by the Bishop. Alarge crowd was on hand for the Mass and toured the convent later. (More pictures on Page 8) Peace Day Celebration Set Sunday, Oct. 10, in Arkansas Little Rock -- Peace Links Worldwide is mitment to peace in this world, and that sponsoring Peace Day celebrations in Arkansas Sunday, Oct. 10. Purpose of the celebrations is to show unity of concern among people about the threat of nuclear confrontation and to end the dangers which it poses to mankind's survival. Peace Links Worldwide was founded by Betty Bumpers and has committees in most counties. Rather than being a new organization, it seeks to tie together existing organizations in working for peace and in promoting alternatives to nuclear war. "Peace Day will be an outward expression of what people, by working together, can do to make their own actions count for peace," Mrs. Bumpers said. "I believe Peace Day will demonstrate to everyone -- participants and observers alike -- that there is a strong and unwavering corn- thousands of women, men and children will stand up and be counted on Oct. 10," she added. Pastors, CCD co-ordinators and Catholic school principals have information regarding Peace Day activities around the state. In Little Rock, the program begins at 12:30 P.M. at the State Capitol. There will be music, a fun run (nuclear arms race -- no winners), a children's parade, booths, art exhibits, hot air balloon rides, a patriotic program and more. "Prayer is an important part of peace action. And," as Father Joseph H. Biltz of the Diocesan Office of Justice and Peace points out, "peace is so important that Our Lord promised that peacemakers will have a special relationship with God. "Peace Day can be observed by everyone concerned about life and the future of the human race," he concluded. Renew Vows at Wedding Anniversary Celebration His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald leads a large crowd in again saying their wedding vows last Sunday at the Catholic High School gymnasium. The event was moved from the Cathedral of St. Andrew to the gymnasium due to the unexpectedly large number at- tending from all over the state. The event was mainly for those married 25 years or longer. A reception followed, with refreshments furnished by ladies from Our Lady of Good Counsel parish. Dialogue Needed: Pontiff Castelgandolfo, Italy (NC) -- Scientists cannot enclose themselves in ivory towers but must dialogue with all sectors of humanity on society's problems, said Pope John Paul II. The Pope was speaking to about 100 members of national academies of science from around the world. The papal audiencel at the pontiff's sum- mer residence at Castelgandolfo, occurred during the celebration of the 200th an- niversary of the creation of the Italian National Academy of Sciences. The Pope noted that scientific techniques, when properly applied, can be "priceless tools in solving many serious problems, in the first place those of hunger and disease, through the production of more advanced and vigorous strains of plants and of valuable medicines." However, warned the Pope, science is a two-edged sword, and "often the ever more sophisticated and deadly technology that has stemmed from science has been used against man, to the point of creating fearsome stockpiles of both conventional and nuclear arms, and of biological and chemical weapons, capable of destroying a large part of humanity." The Pope said also that "the development of technological methods used by some in- dustries had a grave effect on the en- vironment, causing ecological imbalances that seriously harm the lives of individuals and whole peoples. "The contamination of the chain of food production, caused by the use of insecticides and other means of protecting crops, raises disquieting questions regarding human health," the pontiff added. To be a scientist, the Pope said, "is a fine and noble mission." He used the example of members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences who spoke to world political leaders several months ago at the Pope's request to emphasize "that science and medicine can offer no remedy to the effects caused by an atomic bombardment." The pontiff said that the national academies of science "must not close themselves within the ivory tower of their private debates. "They must be open to discussion with the whole of humanity on the problems that assail people today as they face the next millenium," the Pope said. He specified that such problems included "the energy problem, the problem of non-renewable raw materials, the problem of hunger in the world, and the problem of the illnesses and endemic diseases which torment hundreds of millions of people, reducing their energy and work capacity. "Added to these," the pontiff noted, "is the problem of the abuse of drugs that affect the mind and the very life, especially of the young." Catholics Urged to Vote In November Election Little Rock -- Father Joseph H. Biltz, Director of the Diocesan Office of Justice and Peace,is urging all Catholics in Arkansas to vote in the upcoming Nov. 2 election. All 18 or older are eligible to vot e . Deadline for registering for the upcoming election is Tuesday, Oct. 12. Those residing in Pulaski County may register at the Courthouse or at First National, Commercial and Worthen Banks. In other counties, the County Clerk's office will provide the location. "Voting is a right, privilege and respon- sibility," Father Biltz stated.