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(Sponer) and William :reyaldenhoven of Morrilton will their 50th wedding anni- Nov. 30 at a 4 PM Mass at Heart Church. Reception will at the Knights of Columbus The two were married Nov. 25, 941, in St. Vincent. Their children Ann, Chris, Robert, Ray, Philip, Man, Carol Watson, Barbara Mallett, larti Womack and Geralyn Beck. have 20 grandchildren. :atechetlcal conference ;et for New Orleans New Odmm - The 14th annual Johannes iofinger Catechetical Conference will be held m. 3-4 at the Hyatt Regency here. The confer- lace is sponsored by the Religious Education )ffice of the Archdiocese of New Orleans~ The theme for the conference is Rediscover- ag Faith in America: Healing Heart and Earth. ~onference goals include celebrating the cub aral diversity and gifiedness of God's people; he empowerment of the creative arts in our Yes; exploring practical ways of strengthening ruffly, parish and community;, responsible stew- rdship of God's cremion. There will be a keynote address given by Ft. ~icardo Ramirez, CBS. St. Maria de la Caa~ Lymes, SH, will also give an address. Also fea- ared are Fr. Michael E. Moynahan, SJ, and :arla DeSola and The Omega Liturgical Danc- rs. O'er 25 breakout sessions wilt be presented ~--~a ,~xriety of speakers. Topics include faith d cuhure, using imagination, Christian Initia- ~on of Children, Church volunteers, spiritual ~rowth among at-risk youth, a planning model "~r parishes, clfildren's prayer, lay ministry, and -1 ~sing popular music in religious education. I There win be two Professional Track series .~ven by Dr. Greer Gordon and Dr. Evelyn Eaton ~Vhitehead and Dr.James D. Whitehead. These q ~.dal four-part sessions will focus on the the Ir~le of adults in youth ministry, inner dty-chil- , i ~ren, interdependence in ministry and sharing ~ower in minisuy. L Fee is $70 if registration is postmarked be- I~re Dec. 13. Individual day rates and group [~scounts are also available. In addition, there [~e discounted room rates at the Hyatt Regency r~ad discounted airfar~ [ For more information and registration forms, [%ntact Conference Services by Loretta Rei~ P.O. , ~50. I. Novem~. that Chris "ti,ans who live 1 ~ war~orn lands may work for peace.. .... n . In mfi ARKANSAS CATHOLIC NOVEMBER 7.,4, 1991 PAGE 5 Bishop dedicates new church building By Emen/Davis Bentonvi~ - Bishop AndrewJ. McDonald praised parishioners at St. Stephen Nov. 9 for being "recklessly generous" in construct- ing a new church building for their young The bishop helped dedicate the struc- ture along with Ft. Richard S. Oswald, pastor;, Fr. Laval Couture, MAfr, associate pastor', and Fr.John Marconi of North Little Rock, former assodate pastor. Bishop McDonald was presented with the plans and key to the church building dur- hag the service. De. Leslie "Bud" Vendl assisted the bishop at Mass. The combined choirs of St. Stephen and St. Vhacent de Paul of Rogers provided the music, under the direction of Robert Brown of St. Vhacent de Paul and Arline Daut of St. Stephen. A buffet provided by the St. Stephen Altar Society followed the service. St. Stephen parish began ha 1988 with services at a high school gymnasium and hter an elementary school cafeteria. Before the new parish was organized, Catholic fan# ties ha Bentonville attended St. V'mcent de Paul church or St. Bernard church ha Bella Vista. Bishop Andrew J. McDonald greets tion of St. Stephen church. Ft. Oswald, pastor of St. Vhacent de Paul ha Rogers, helped found the new parish along with then-assodate pastor Fr. Marconi. About 225 of St. Vhacent's 800 families began attending St. Stephen, but the Rog- ers parish quickly recouped its lo~es, with more than 900 families now attending. St. Stephen now counts 300 families ha the pamh. The new church building includes a skylighted sanctuary, six classrooms, a kitchen and a church office. Emory DavB an unidentified woman at the dedica- The building project was led by Bo Patterson, president of the Parish Council. Other council members indude vice presi- dent Dick Alpe, Stephen Harrington, Sha- ron Poteet, Dr. Kim Keimer, Kevin Pawlik and Daut. Members of the building com- mittee were Patterson, Marie Simpson, Bobby Wren, Tony Keisel and Daut. Fr. Oswald oversaw not only the St. Stephen building project but a firnultaneous expansion project at St. V'mcent de Paul. fr0m Bentom ) shelter for homeless may close as winter sets in By IAnda Webster Warren - The Oasis, a homeless shelter here, opened July 1. On Dec. 6, it may dose. 'q'he owners were asking $80,000 and we'd applied for a $1.5 million grant butwe didn't get it by the Sept. 15 deadline," ex- plained Fr. Dan Dorsey, GHM, chair of the advisory board. "Now, we've got to find another location to open the shelter." Fr. Dorsey, pastor of St. Luke's in War- ren, has been active ha all phases of the shelter's operation, from planning to imple- mentation. The shelter ks a cooperative ef- fort of five counties: Drew, Bradley, Dallas, Cleveland and Calhoun. The state Department of Human Ser- vices uses the shelter for referrals from the five-county area but does not have the funds to keep it open. "Right now, St. Luke's contributes about $40 a month to the shelter," said Fr. Dorsey. ~hat's a considerable portion of their in- come ~ St. Luke's has a small congrega- tion." Residents are limited to a five-day stay but may remain up to 30 days if the emer- gency ks severe. The state Department of Human Services expedites food stamp ap- prowal for residents and registration with the Employment Security Division ks com- pulsory. According to director Pat Hand, 70 per- cent of the shelter's residents have found housing and employment ha the area. Hand, a psychology student at the Uni- versity of Arkansas at Monticello, works up to 25 hours each week without pay. Two student interns spend nine hours weekly driving shelter clients to job interviews and on house-hunting expeditions. "We have until Dec. 6 to vacate," said Hand. "We're ha contact with private indi- viduals and realtors, but it's hard to find something to meet our needs." The board is now negotiating for a po- tential alternative facility, but renovations to the kitchen and bathrooms would cost about $2,000. The current shelter can house up to 25 people if some are willing to sleep on the floor. For the new facility, Hand is looking for a sU-ucture with at least five bedrooms. To meet state health requirements, the dwelling must have a bathroom on each floor and be zoned for residential and com- mercial use. All appliances ha the current facility be- long with the property. "When we move, we'll need a stove, a refrigerator, a washer and dryer and other appliances," said Hand. "In addition, with the holidays coming, we are going to need plenty of food and toys and presents for the children." The shelter also needs a television, an iron and ironing board and cleaning sup- Parishioners at St. Luke's church in Warren and St. Mark's ha Monticello are already gathering food and dothing for the shelter. "It's such a shame," said Fr. Dorsey. "There's such a lack of resources in rural areas, but we got the shelter going. Now, I don't know what's going to happen." For further information or to offer assis- lance, contact Oasis at 226-7592. ( da Wa ter w,/tts from Warren.) Little Rock- "Fall Preview," an open house for prospective Mount St. Mary Acad- emy students, will be held from 2 to 4 PM, Sunday, Nov. 24. Girls in grades 58 and their parents, grandparents or guardians are invite~ A series of 10-minute presentations by the staff and students presenting warious subjects will be prowled from 2 to 3:15 PM. Presenta- tions will be given on the vah of MSM, curriculum, finances, religion/campus min- istry, English, mathematics, sodal studies, business/computers, foreign language, home economics, science, art, the MSM sports program, MSM spirit groups, and the MSM music program. From 3:15 to 4 PM, students and par- ents will have the opportunity to return to any spedfic group or to visit any or all of the other areas and or ask questions. Girls and parents interested ha attend- hag are asked to call the school office at 664-8006 and leave daeir name, addnm, phone number, grade and school they are attm, g. Otolic welcomes letters, wh . must be signed and are to ctmdetm- tion. Addrtm letters to: EBitor Admmm Caholic P.O. Box '/417 Little Rock, 72217