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LIX, NO. 49 Guardian OFficial Claublication of the CDiocese of Cittle @ock LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS DECEMBER 4, 1970 .... ,, ,t ., ,p; / / 4 # " ......... K. of C. Testimonial "P-! To Brackett Brings ii:!/i i ..... Foiling Attack on Holy Father Cassock-clad would-be assassin (right, back to Pontiff shortly after his arrival at Manila Air- Camera) gets a daring bearhug from Msgr. port in the Philippines. The incident, witnessed asquale Macci, personal secretary to His only by those close to the Pope, caused no in- Holiness Pope Paul VI (left, partially hidden) terruption in the Holy Father's tour of the Far lUring an attempted attack on the Supreme East, American SamoaandAustralia. (NCPhoto) N.L.R. Church to Be Blessed Little Rock -- The beautiful Immaculate Conception at 7000 John F. Kennedy here will be blessed Dec. 6, at 4 P.M. by y Bishop Albert L. lsting at the ceremonies His Excellency Auxiliary Lawrence P. Graves; the Father Ralph L. Bauer; assistant pastor, Father J. Sebaugh, and Father Us R. Savary, diocesan di- of hospitals and charities, a former assistant pastor. 0ncelebrated Mass of Thanks- will follow the blessing A reception in the parish hall will conclude the fes- ing, the parish instituted a"tlth- ing" program to obviate the neces- sity of a building fund appeal. An attractive 34-page brochure, recounting the history of Immacu- late Conception parish from its in- ception as a mission of St. Pat- rick's parish 23 years ago, has ken published in connection with the forthcoming church blessing. It contains letters of congratu- lation f r o m Bishop Fletcher and Auxiliary Bishop Graves. ONLY I00 CATHOLICS There were only 100 Catholics living within a one mile radius of the Sylvan Hills Country Club when the first $5,000 toward construc- tion of a mission church was raised among Catholics and Protestants of the region. The Catholic Church Extension Society matched this sum and the mis- sion's first church was dedica- ted May 22, 1948. The first parish school - four rooms, a hall and a kitchen-- was dedicated Dec. 7, 1956, and it had an enrollment of 140 child- ten on opening day. In 1965, plans were inaugurated for an $80,000 addition to the school, and these were followed im- mediately by plans for construc- tion of the new church. The parish subscribed $100,000 toward the $280,000 cost of the new church to accommodate its present 367 families. Msgr. Joseph M. Burns, pastor of St. John's parish, Hot Springs, was the pastor of St. Patrick's parish when initial plans for the original Immaculate Conception Church were made. He was suc- ceeded as pastor of St. Patrick's by Msgr. James P. Gaffney, V.F., pastor of St. Mary's parish, Hot Springs, and Monsignor Gaffney oversaw the initial fund raising and church construction. In the fall of 1952, the late Fa- ther William J. Kordsmeier was appointed the first resident pas- tor of Immaculate Conception par- ish. He lived for a time inn converted rock garage on East Klehl Avenue in Sylvan Hills, and later in two back rooms of the mission church. Father Kordsmeier was suc- ceeded in December, 1956, by Fa- SEE BLESSlN,=- ON PAGE 2 new church, one of the most ltlful parish edifices in Arkan- Was designed by the North Rock architectural firm of & Taylor. It was built Construction Company T /L@/!  ii , i ' ,, Fletcher officiated atthe ceremonies for IleW church on April 13, 1969. was completed last To finance the new build- , Exterior View of New Immaculate Conception Church Warning of Red Peril Little Rock -- Ar- kansas Knights o f Columbus were given a stern warn- ing last Sun- day night not t o become compla- cent about the Brackett dire menace which the criminal atheistic com- munist conspiracy still poses for the United States. The warning was voiced by Su- preme Director Harry Pierotti of Memphis in an address during a testimonial dinner at the Coach- man's Inn, honoring recently- elected Supreme Warden James D. Brackett of Pocahontas. Pierotti, who, with the per- mission of His Excellency Bis- hop Albert L. Fletcher, nomin- ated Past State Deputy Brackett to become one of the eight top officers of the international Catho- lic men's fraternal organization, called attention to recent warn- ings by F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover. He quoted Hoover as attributing "the unrest in the country" to the communist party, saying that the leaders of the turmoil "take or- Holy Day Little Rock -- The Guardian offices at 2500 North Tyler, Little Rock, and 1314 Main, North Little Rock, will be closed next Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immacu- late Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation. ders from Hanoi and Moscow. Un- less law and order are restored," the Supreme Director asserted, "this country stands in the great- est peril in its history." Brackett was feted by about 150 K. of C. officers and their wives. State Deputy John Shields was toastmaster and introduced the dignitaries, including Bishop Fletcher, Judge Pierotti, and Po- cahontas Mayor Adrian White, all of whom lauded the guest of honor as an "outstanding Catholic lay- maiL" Judge Pierotti presented Brackett with his certificate of election. Shields presented him an "Arkansas Traveler" certifi- cate from Governor Rockefeller. Fourth Degree State Master Robert S. Peters presented him a "Count of Pulaski" certificate from County Judge Frank Mackey, and Mayor White presented Brackett with an inscribed resolution of congratulations from the Poca- hontas City Council. Judge Pierotti prefaced his re- marks with an explanation that the Knights of Columbus is a pro- gressive organization in matters such as racial justice and ecumen- ism, but is conservative in de- fense of the Faith and patriotism. He then quoted J. Edgar Hoover, asserted that law and order must be restored to save the country, and declared that this includes stemming the growing belief among radicals that "destruction and mayhem" are "a duty in over- coming d u 1 y constituted author- ity." He averred that "the right SEE BRACKETT ON PA 2 Give Guardian Subscriptions At Christmas A gift your friends and relatives will enjoy throughout the yearl Give them a year's subscription to the prize-winning Little Rock diocesan weekly publication. 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