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.. THE,GUA RD!AN+,.OECEMBE R,3; +1982' . PAGE' 3, LAST days have really swept right There was great enthusiasm and in the meeting of the bishops in this month. When I returned, I to St. Patrick's Church in Little Rock for Confirmation. Father Father Malone, Father Nho, Deacon along with visiting Father were in the sanctuary for this happy The young people were well eager to receive the gift of the powers them to be loyal to Jesus and to love the Lord all the was a day of work in had an ecumenical spirit running it. Denominations of many faith met at the Fairgrounds in Little for the Ingathering for Hunger. This event is an effort to make us more of the bounty of God's blessings in the I food. This event reminds us that the the distribution of this food to of the world. We learned for that 15,000,000 people a year on this to death and half of that number the age of 5. In the afternoon, I to the Northern part of the State and greeted by Father Rossi at St. in Eureka Springs. In the we celebrated the conclusion of their A great crowd of people were the Mass and for the supper which Leo and Mary Hiegel were in that the State also. After the celebration, in the rectory for a little ice SUNDAY, morning, I traveled West ureka Springs to the Parish Church of Lady of Perpetual Help in Siloam The new priest is Monsignor Elmo the Philippines. He has agreed this assignment beth because of the and of the need to serve of Tontitown even better. The were filled with enthusiasm and Confirmation, we enjoyed a luncheon and I went to the home by the parishioners for their new priest Then, I went to Tontitown for a ith Father Zarrilli. In the late af- I drove North to St. Bernard's Parish Vista where Father Malone greeted lis young people were also well for the Sacrament of Confirmation. lass, we enjoyed a potluck supper in hall. I did not have to tell my old The children instead rose to the oc- and delighted us with their jokes and I spent the night at Bella Vista and Mass in the church early in the good breakfast, I started the JOurney South to Little Rock amidst rains. rains, I stopped in Van Buren Father Choppesky and look at the new St. Michael's Hall and I arrived in Little Rock to enjoy with the Fourth Degree Knights of their families, the priests, the and the religious of Central an expression on the part of of Columbus of gratitude to those On that occasion, I was presented gifts for the Burse Fund for the of priests representing memorials lrother Knights who died during the UESDAY, we continued deliberations Personnel Board. Then I went to Infirmary to bless the new Van." This is an emergency vehicle to labies in distress to the hospital. The :Auxiliary earned the money for of this van. Following the I visited with the staff and leader- of the Infirmary. I was given an to express my thanks to them for their loving service + to the sick and the bereaved of our community. In the evening, I went to Good Counsel for Confirmation. I felt a sadness because of the death of Father Reynolds, the beloved pastor of this flock. Both Father Oswald and Father Marczuk were there to greet me. We enjoyed supper and then went to the church for Confirmation. Father Marczuk presented the class and I could not help but note their joy and their enthusiasm for the opportunity to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. After the ceremony, we enjoyed a reception in the school gym. On Wednesday morning, I traveled across the river to offer Mass for the school children at the Immaculate Conception. The children were at the doors of the church to greet me with a welcome sign and balloons. I suggested leaving my automobile on the grounds and flying across the Arkansas River by balloon. The kindergarten, the first and second grades were ready to join me. At midday, I went to the airport to greet my sisters, Sister Mary James and Sister Incarnata. Annually, they come for a visit at Thanksgiving. Throughout these days, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, we have enjoyed visits with friends and a family reunion. Thanksgiving provides each one of us with an ample opportunity to be mindful of the hundreds of reasons why we should be grateful to God for the gift of life and for the gift of love. SATURDAY WAS unique in the history of the Church of Arkansas. For several years, black Catholics throughout the State have worked very closely with their parish priests to inform me of their needs. I have endorsed this effort and I asked Sister Cecilia Ann to work closely with the group. For several months, Father Michael Aureli, in addition to his work as Pastor of St. Augustine's, has participated in this effort. Miss Renee Moon was hired to conduct the process. The effect was brought to a beautiful conclusion on Saturday, November 27th. It Dolores Curran Talks With Parents Do You Know A Good Book About... EVERY YEAR about this time, I find myself answering questions and mail from readers who are looking for a book on some phase of family life, so every year about this time, I write a column on some of the new and was called Homecoming of the Black Catholic Community in Arkansas. Bishop Eugene Marino, the Auxiliary Black Bishop of Washington, D.C. came for the occasion. In spite of the inclement weather, black Catholics - men, women and children came from all parts of the diocese to St. John's Center. Throughout the day, we listened to the story of their faith tradition. We once again reviewed their needs. Bishop Marino guided, inspired and directed us. AT THE conclusion of the day, the people strongly urged that we establish an office for black Catholics. I pledged to take this appeal under consideration. At 4:00 in the afternoon, the work of the day was brought to a con- clusion with Holy Mass. I am grateful to Father Aureli, Father Mathis, Father Brendan Murphy, Sister Theresa, Sister Cecilia Ann, Miss Renee Moon for their ef- forts in bringing this process to such a sue- cessful conclusion. In a special way, I thank Bishop Marino for coming to Arkansas and participating in our Homecoming. On Sunday morning before he left for Washington, he offered Mass both at St. Bartholomew's in Little Rock and St. Augustine's in North Little Rock. On Sunclay, the first Sunday of Advent, l- offered Mass at the Cathedral. This was a special day in our lives because I received Mr. Bob Winn, our organist and choir director into full Communion with our Church. It was a happy and festive occasion. Empowered by the Holy Spirit in Confirmation and by the Lord in Holy Communion, Bob Winn will continue to enrich our liturgies and our life of prayer through music and song. Your friend, + Andrew J. McDonald Bishop of Little Rock Christmas Is Season For Cherishing Others By GabeHuck called Christmas. It is the festival made possible by the patient discovery of Advent in our world. It is the time to marvel what it means to say: "The word was made flesh and dwelt among us." That is done in song, in silence, in story. And in gifts, in greetings, in gatherings of friends. It is done around altars and dining tables. THE SEASON begins on the night between Dec. 24 and 25. A Vigil Mass in the early dark tells the whole list of ancestors of the new- bern child, all those generations, all that conceiving and giving birth until this birth. In the middle of the night, the dearest story is told: the census, the crowded inn, the animals and angels. At the heart of it: "She gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger." Have we heard it too often to hear it? At See Season on Pg. 4 CHRISTMAS IS a season. Right? We talk about it all the time. But we generally mean a time beginning between Halloween and Thanksgiving and running until mid-afternoon Dec. 25 when the post- Christmas season is said to begin. What of an individual, a family, a parish that has kept the season of Advent, kept it by relishing the darkness, by pondering the way that human beings frighten each other, by seeking God's promise in all the confusion? What if one sought out the true Advent in the faces of strangers, the grim and repetitious news stories, the poetry of Luke and Isaiah? WHAT IF the harried December were put at least partially on hold while the long darknesses and the welcome light made time itself the beautiful gift of God? When such things begin to happen, we will be again at the threshold of a season rightly better family-related books. Whether for yourself or a gift, these are all good reading. Ask a local bookstore to order them for you if they don't have them on the shelf. "The Hurried Child" by Dr. David Elkind is a provocative book sure to jab parents where their values lie. Elkind submits that we are pushing our children into maturity so fast that we are setting them up for lives of stress and fear. Inundated with the idea that "sooner is better," parents foster stress and fear of failure. Much worth pondering. (Addison- Wesley; $6.95 paper) Joan Wester Anderson has a new guide to home-based careers entitled "The Best of Both Worlds." Filled with ideas for parents who want to work and be at home at the same time, this book gives practical information on taking inventory of your talents, experiences and interests to come up with a career at home that will work for you. ($6.95; Bet- terway Publications; White Hall, VA) "WHEN BAD Things Happen to Good People" was wrung out of the experience of Rabbi Harold Kushner. When he learned that his three-year-old son would soon die of a rare disease, he asked the ageless question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" and tells in his introduction, "I wanted to write a book that could be given to the person who has been hurt by life - by death, illness, injury, rejection or disappointment...What can God mean to such a person?" (Schocken Books) "The Family Handbook of Adolescence" by John E. Schowalter, M.D., and Walter R. Anyam, M.D., is a bargain at $7.95 because there's practically nothing-that isn't in it. Nutrition, weight change, religion, em- ployment, rebellion, depression, sexuality and loads more are included in this large- sized paperback. Good for new parents of adolescents. (Alfred A. Knopf, Pub. ) Joel Wells has a smaller book out called "How to Survive Your Teen-Agers." Easy to read, smiles galore and thoughtful material including communicating with teens, athletics, lying, drugs, driving, careers and college. Sketchier than the above book but good for the parent who wants quick and enjoyable information. ($5.95; Thomas More Press) FOR THOSE fathers on your gift list, I sug- gest two good books. "How to Father" by Dr. Fitzhugh Dndson (Signet, $3.50) covers the psychological stages of a child's development by the author of the popular "How to Parent." Chock-full of solid information, this is written from the dad's point of view. "The Father's Almanac" by S. Adams Sullivan ($8.95; Doubleday) is loaded with warmth, humor and first-hand ideas that have worked for young kids and their fathers. Sample topics: job versus family life, painless car travel, fishing and worm hunts, playing with kids and the like. Excellent. "How to Win as a Step-Family" should help many parents. Authors Emily and John Visher discuss topics like dealing with former spouses, remarriage, grandparents of remarriage, legal issues and helping children adjust. ($13.95; Dembner Books) "GOING IT ALONE: The Family Life and Social Situation of the Single Parent" by Robert S. Weiss is a well-written account by a respected authority in the field. He discusses raising children, organizing households, developing a personal life, coping with overload, conflicting demands, loneliness and more. I like his many anecdotes and positive tone but not his small print. ($13.95; Basic Books) Finally, for sheer fun, get "How to Eat Like a Child -- And Other Lessons in Not Being Grown-Up" by Delia Ephron. For $4.95, you get hilarious read-aloud accounts of How to Watch TV, Hang Up the Telephone, Care for a Pet, Act After Being Sent to Your Room, Torture Your Sister, Say Your Prayers and Celebrate Christmas. (Viking) 1982