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October 7, 1982     Arkansas Catholic
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'PA'E 2 'THE GU,RD?AN,'.OCTOBER E.]982 i | ON SUNDAY, September 19th, I arose early in the morning and traveled to the home of Leo and Mary Hiegel. At the same time, Norman Schmuck came from his home. We traveled then from North Little Rock east to the beautiful community of Marked Tree, the Church of St. Norbert. The priest, Father Venantius Preske, lives at Weiner, the Parish of St. Anthony. In 1950, Father Lawrence Maus met the needs of the people and built a little building which served as a church and a small school. The Olivetan Benedictine Sisters staffed the school. Father Maus was succeeded by Father Bolds. Over the years, the building has served its purpose. During the time that Father Mancini was pastor, a decision was made to raze the building and put up a new one. Leo Hiegel was the architect. Mr. Gillis was the contractor. I was so pleased to see the new church building. It serves both as a church and as a hall. it can also be divided to use for classrooms in the teaching of our religion. We had a full congregation. The choir from St. Anthony's at Weiner did the singing. Guests came from Father Preske's former parish, Our Lady of the Mount, Horseshoe Bend. Father Malone assisted as master of ceremonies. Father Dunleavy, the Dean, was present. Father Buhrfeind who is a retired priest in Northern Arkansas and who has substituted for Father Mancini during his illness-was present. It was truly a glorious day for the people of that community. After the de(iication, we traveled a few blocks to the school cafeteria for the public schools. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch and I had an opportunity to tell my jokes to a whole new set of people. In the late afternoon, we returned to Little Rock. There was enough time to stop at St. Vincent's Hospital and visit Father Keller, Father Joe Murphy, Mrs. Clara Kelly of Huttig, Arkansas and Mrs. Christina Hart, the mother of one of our seminarians. THE MORNING of Monday was a routine day in the office. After lunch, I participated in the deliberations of the Roundtable, the heads of the various churches and synagogues in our state. Then I went to Good Counsel to be a celebrant with other priests for the funeral of Gene Smith. This young man, only twenty years old, had graduated from Catholic High. He, his mother and father had come into the Church some years ago, taking instructions from Father Robert Kepple. Gene had visited Father Tribou Saturday morning at 10:00 and during that visit, went to Confession. An hour later, he had a wreck at a train crossing and lost his life. The church was filled with people. The grief and the sorrow were deep. Father Tribou gave a beautiful, comforting homily. Let us pray for those who weep and mourn. Sister Charlene at St. Joseph's Home in North Little Rock has been a comfort to the family both in life and in death. In fact, the family asked her to sit with them. Tuesday and Wednesday were office days. On Thursday, I participated in the meeting of the Arkansas Council of Churches. This organization is in the middle of making a change. The new organization will he called the Arkansas Conference of Churches and Synagogues. A new constitution has been written in close consultation with the Jewish community, the Catholic community and other denominations. After the meeting, I met Pinky Schmuck at Rebsamen Park Golf Course for a little golf. It occurred to me that I had not been to the local course since last July. Shed no tears of pity. I have played in other states and in other cities. Mr. Paul Lewis, the local pro is so gracious. I felt quite at home on the course. On such occasion, however, I do miss my old golfing partner, Father Jim McDonnell of happy memory. He could turn any ordinary golf game into an exciting, memorable event. Priests also who have played with him know what I mean. Mercy. At 10:30 in the morning, I joined priests, Sisters of Mercy from St. Louis and from the State of Arkansas who were assembled in Mount Saint Mary's Gym. I offered Mass for the feast and then proceeded to the new Mount Saint Mary's Convent for a blessing. Both students and faculty presented me with a resolution of good wishes upon my tenth anniversary and a gift in my name for Abba House. In the afternoon, I went to St. Theresa's Church to join priests, relatives and friends to bid a final farewell to Christina Kordsmeier Hart. She is the mother of our seminarian Greg Hart. Her brother is Father John Kordsmeier, Pastor of St. Jude's Parish, Jacksonville. The beloved mother of Christina, now in her golden years, was present in the church. Christina Hart lived for the Lord Jesus, for her husband and for her children. She died believing in Jesus. May she rest in peace. In the evening on Friday, I invited Horace and Bobble Hampel to my home for a memorial Mass. They were accompanied by friends, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Duncan. On this day, one year ago, their beloved son Gene lost his lifo. "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, although he be dead, shall live; and I will raise him up on the last day." SATURDAY WAS a day of rest and reflection. In the evening, I was guest at Abha House. We enjoyed the supper and the beautiful cake prepared for my, 10th an- niversary. It was good to be with the young people who are guests and to he with so many people who share their resources, their funds, their talents, their energies with Pat and Jim Grabher - all in the name of Jesus for the guests of Abba House. Eagerly, we await the coming of the sisters of Mother Teresa. After this visit, I returned to Southwest Little Rock and visited Ed Hart, the widower and his children. See Bishop on Pg. 3 FRIDAY WAS the Feast of Our Lady of Editorial According to one acceptable definition, democracy is government by compromise. In a democracy, everyone gets something not infrequently by yielding to someone else. To safeguard this government by compromise, the God-inspired founders of the American republic established a tri-partite organization -- executive, legislative and judicial -- each essential to the other. In the past two centuries, each branch has a curious history of ups and downs. The presidency, or executive branch, has had its bad periods. One needs only to mention Grant or Harding. In 1972, the position and the prestige of the presidency reached a nadir. In the ensuing vacuum, both the judicial and especially the legislative branches have tried, almost to the point of usurpation, to assume executive respon- sibilities and perogatives. Were this trend not interrupted, the character of our democracy might have been irretrievably altered. It is not necessary to agree or disagree with Ronald Reagan to recognize the restored prestige of the presidential office. One can be either Republican or Democrat and acknowledge that the executive is once more fulfilling the role intended by Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison and their companions, to foresee, to initiate, to cajole, to withstand, to appeal to those who place him in short, to be an executive. The Advocate Archdiocese of Newark Letters to the Editor The Guardian welcomes letters to the editor. Letter writers should strive to be concise and accurate. A letter must bear the writer's signature, but the writer's name will be withheld from publication on request. Letters will be edited to conform to space requirements and standards of good taste. Likes Format Dear Editor: The Guardian arrived on Friday and it was a nice surprise to see the new format being implemented. Knowing that you and your staff would like comments from your readers, I found that the new look is easier to read and the pictures shown on the front page are very eye-catching. We are very appreciative of the space you give to announcements pertaining to the Infirmary and its many activities. Congratulations to you and I do hope that others, as we do, find The Guardian a publication they look forward to reading each Friday. Sister Margaret Vincent Blandford, S.C.N. President, St. Vincent Infirmary Little Rock Objects to Ads Dear Editor: I am in accord with those who are objecting to the placing of liquor advertisements in The Guardian. When one knows of all the trouble, heartaches, deaths and injuries caused by the consuming of spirits, not to mention the broken homes and battered spouses and children. I don't know how you could, in good faith, advocate the purchase of these The Editors beverages. Besides all of these horrible problems, it is also costing us, the taxpayers, a phenomenal sum to rehabilitate those who have become alcoholics. Won't you please reconsider the placing of these advertisements in your paper. To me, it is in very bad taste for a paper that claims to he of a religious nature to do this. Concerned Reader Paragould Dislikes Format Dear Editor: The new format of The Guardian is very attractive and easy to read. Congratulations on the change. Unfortunately, the substance of The Guardian has suffered while the appearance has improved. The diocesan newspaper is a unique form of publication in that it can provide formation and information in the faith. With the deletion of the "Know Your Faith" series, the disappearance of the columns by Richard McBrien and Delores Curran, and the shortening of Father Jerome Kodell's space, The Guardian offers very little in this area. I urge you to resume publication of these features, or others of equal value, as soon as possible. Father Albert J. Schneider LittleRock Rev. Jerome Kodell, O.S.B. Question: -- I used to hear that tM Church taught some things through that were not in the Bible. Now a me that the Scriptures contain plicitly all that God has right? A. -- Vatican Council II states that and tradition are not two separate: doctrine, but that they "flow for divine wellspring" (Decree on paragraph 9). It is proper to Scriptures contain at least God has revealed, in the sense Spirit guides the Church in implications and consequences of word of God. The Council process in these words: comes from the apostles Church with the help of the there is a growth in the realities and the words which handed down. This happens contemplation and study made by who treasure these things in their 2:19,51), through the of spiritual things they through the preaching of those received through episcopal sure gift of truth" ( paragraph 8). Question: -- Can joint Protester ceremonies be performed in the church or must they always be in the Church? A. -- They may he performed church. Question: -- What is meant by the hell" in Jesus' words to St. Peter: rock 1 will build my Church, hell shall not prevail against it" A. -- Hell in this statement referS place of eternal damnation but to, underworld, the place where all good or bad, were believed to existence. Therefore the statement is not that the Church touched by evil, but that she overcome by the powers of death. Father Jerome invites from Guardian Questions should be Rev. Jerome Kodell, O.S.B., Subiaco, Ark. 72865 The Identification No, ( USPS 853-310) Published Weekly by the Guardian Press, Inc. 2$00 N. 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