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Page 2 November 20, 1999 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC ARKANSAS CATHOLIC Foundedln 1911 NO MBR 20, 1999 FORSHLIT-INS Father Tel l fl, IMS CELEBRANT Storewide 6 a.m. Sunday, KTHV, Channel 11 Pulaski County (Comcast) 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Cable Channel 18 Batesvllle 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Cable Channel 1 Fayetteviile 7 p.m. Sunday, Cable Channel 8 Naslwille 6 a.m., noon, Sunday, KJEP, Channel 23 NEXT ISSUE How to celebrate the millennium in Arkansas BISHOP'S Saturday, Nov. 20 Dedication of icon, Chdst the King, Fort Smith Sunday, Nov. 2 I Mass and ble~lng of new school, St. Mary, Paragould; confirmation, Northeastern Deanery, St. Paul Church, Pocahontas Monday, Nov. 22 School Masses, St. Paul, Pocahontas, and St. Mary, Paragould Tuesday, Nov. 23 In office in morning; Mass, prison at Forrest City Wedn~tay, Nov. Z4 Out of town Thursday, Nov. 25 Thanksgiving Day, office closed Fdday, Nov. 26 Day after Thanksgiving, office closed DID YOU KNOW The Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, never authorize peo- ple to "solidt funds or goods" for them or their causes, according to Sister Nlrmala, Mother Teresa's successor. DEADLINES .: Arkansas Catholic welcomes sub- missions of news articJes, columns and obituaries. The deadline is noon Wednesday, 10 business days before publication. Advertising deadline is noon Friday, eight business days before publication. To su~, call (501) 664-0125. ...... N~ Rev. Andrew L NkDonald ~ ~Lr~ k~ck I~t~IAGING BMr~ ......... Daniel C S~aessle LOIlrOI ..................... Male~ Hargee secnoN mno~ ............... . Kaeq Ne~ ~KN)gJ~IN~ MANA(~t ......... Tara W. Uttle C.JSCIKATION MANAGER ....... Meredith Lyon ~TANT ... Rev. Msgr. Francis I. Malone, ICL Arkar~ Catho//c (LISPS 853-320 LSSN 1057- 8439) is ~ weekly (except the first Saturday In Jan., July and Au&, and the last Saturday In Dec), by the Cathoac Diocese of Ume P.ock. Arkansas Call'P-, Inc., P.O. Box 7417, Little Rock. AR 7ZZI7-7417. Busln~ hours are 8:30 - 5, Monday-Friday, except ~ holy days and naUor, al holidays..~a.msas Cat/~o//c ~ are located In Morris Hall, St. John ~atl~ Cemer, 2.500 N. Tyler St., Little ~ AR 72207. Phone numbers are (501) 6~1-0340 o~ (501) 664-0125; Fax (501) 6649075 An annum sub~p~on Is $15. P~ IX~,~ge paid at Ll~e Paxk, Ark, pmemaseer: Send chanl~ o~ addre~ and mpy of label to~ A~nsas ~ P.O. Box 7417, Llt~ Roc~ AE 72217-7417. Adcbe~ Servtc.e Reques~l. By Phyl Nichols FAYETrEV~LE CORRESPONDENT SPRINGDALE -- Celestine Eichler encountered a spiritual journey while paint- ing new stations of the cross for St. Raphael Parish in Springdale. Eichler almost declined a newspaper interview because she said, is not about me; this is about Christ's love, His passion for us...," she said. q-Iowever, I feel I have an obligation to tell my story, to tell of my expe- riences with Christ through this project." In 1996, Eichler was a co-owner of The Gallery on Dickson Slyeet in Fayetteville and was painting numerous subjects, but had made a commiunent to concentrate on Christian art. "Very soon after that decision," said Eichler, "I was given an opportunity to pres- ent a sample of my work to St. Raphael's Women's Council." Eichler dedicated the project to the memory of her father, Bill Leding. He died Dec. 29, 1996, just before she received approval to begin the project. father grew up and attended church at St. Mary in Alms, ArE He was always fond of the hand-painted stations on the walls there," Eichler said. Eichler used family, friends and parish- ioners as models for the stations, which she painted in oil on 16 by 25-inch canvases. "Actually, a carpenter, Greg Matthews, was my model for Jesus, but just for the posi- tions and body language," she said. "I did not paint (Jesus) to look like him." Although Eichler ffave up her part own- ership of The Gallery, she felt she gave rela- tively little to the project. q know I would not have been pleased, nor felt good about the finished pieces if I had retied only on myself and my artistic tal- ent," she said. "Instead, I felt it was necessary that the project be turned over to God and His direction in order to appropriately depict Christ's Passion." "While painting the face of Jesus for the first time," Eichler mused, "I was touched by the way we as humans are used as instru- ments, and how neat it was to see His face on the canvas. I had felt somewhat inade- quate to try and draw the face of Christ before, and so to paint it in living color was an awesome experience." However, "the reflection that really hit home with me," Eichler said, "came when I began really pondering the probable expe- riences of His Blessed Mother, Mary." Eichler felt she was given many opportu- nities for personal growth as she experienced deaths and adversities, but also dmes of joy. One of thasejoyful dmes was a mission trip to Honduras, where she painted and taught. q felt there was a di dnct relationship to Artist Celestine Eichler poses with the 13th station she created for St. Raphael in Springdale. The artist said she had an inner conversion as she painted the what was happening in my life and what I was painting as I was, in a sense, walking the stations along with Christ," Eichler said. New booklets of the stations with full- color reproductions of Eichler's scenes were designed by Marry Ramos. Ramos, also of St. Raphael Parish, compiled the booklets without Eichler's knowledge. She was overwhelmed when she saw them for the first time. "I am hopeful," Eichler said, "that individuals view the stations, they will eXl . rience an inner peace, acknowledgingi Christ endured these things for them and., ! a result, they will make every effort to kno*', love and serve Him in return." llhm mira of S Tlmrt of the Uttfe Bower, w$ v lt Oklahoma Oty Dec. 13-14. The relics can be seen at St. Therese Uttle Bower Church from 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 to 4 p.m. Dec. 14. Various events will be held at the church, includ- ing an all-night prayer vigil, Mass, school presentation, anointing of the sick and holy hour for vocations. The rellqumy will be transferred to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Pespetual Help from 4-9 p.m. Dec. 14. with a Mass at 7 p.m. by Archbish Emebius J. Beltran. For more in.marion, call St. Therese Church at (405) 235-7.037 or the cathedral at (405) Conference. She told the group that she 525-2349. believes school choice will be the cJvil fights issue of the new millennium. Mine alum 200 educatms altmded ehe MetojSecomlm Educamm The Sod Action comdfere~.e recently in Uttte ~ The hosing a free Parish Mentodng projed conference, sponsored by Mount St. wodcshop for those who would like to Mary Academy, Included representatives help people go from welfare to from 42 Mercy high schools in the United "How to Team Mentor" will be held fror States, Guam, Belize, the Philippines, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 20 In Honduras, Saipan, Jamaica and Fitzgerald Hall at St. John Catholic Center Argentina. The keynote speaker was in Little P.oclc To register, call Matthew Sister Lourdes Sheehan, secretary of edu- Vogler at (501) 664-0340 or e-mail him at cation for the United States Catholic mvogle