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Page 2 December 5, 1998 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC ARKANSAS CATHOLIC J Founded in 1911 December 5, 1998 FOR SHUT-INS Father Piacldus IEckart, OSB CELEBRANT Statewlde 6 a.m. Sunday, KTHV, Channel 1 1 Pulaski County (Comcast) 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Cable Channel 18 Batesville 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Cable Channel l Fayettevllle 9 p.m. Sunday, cable Channel 8 Nashville 6 aum., noon, Sunday, KJEP, Channel 23 NEXT ISSUE ........ ......... Arkansas' cloistered nuns spend hours praying for special intentions. BISHOP'S DATES Saturday, Dec. 5 Diocesan Council of Black catholics meeting in morning; Mass, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Magnolia Sunday, Dec. 6 Mass, 75th anniversary, St. Louis Church, camden; confirmation, Southwestern Deanery, Holy Redeemer, El Dorado Monday, Dec. 7 School Mass, Holy R_- deemer, El Dorado Tuesday, Dec. 8 Feast of Immaculate Conception, offices dosed Wednesday, Dec. 9 In office Thursday, Dec. I0 In office in morning; confirmation, Christ the King Church, Little Rock in evening Fdday, Dec. I 1 In office in morning; Finance Council meeting in afternoon DEADLINES Arkansas Catholic welcomes submissions of news artides, columns and obituaries. deadline Is noon Wednesday, 10 busi- ness days before publication. Advertising deadline is noon Fdday, eight business days before publication. 1E) sullidl~ QII (51)1) 6~1-O125. I~lmUfdll~ ...... Most IM',v. Andrew J. McDonald, Bishop MANAGING IEDNOg .................... Daniel C. Stmessle EDH'OII ......................................... Malea Waiters ,~CTION IEOllrOll ................................. Kathy Neal PIIOI)UCIIION MANAGIF~ ....... - ........ Nancy C. Moore OIICJUlIAInlON MANAGER ................ Angela M. Hess THEOLOGICAL CONSULTANT ........... Rev. Msgr. Frands I. Malone, JCL A~ C.a~h~lc (LISPS 853-370 ISSN 1057-8439) iS publlsi~d weddy (except the first Saturday in Jan., July and Aug,, and the last Saturday in Dec,) by fl~ Cafllollc Diocese of Utile Pock, A,'h~,as Catho//c, inc, P.O. Box 7417, Utile ~ All 7ZZI 7-7417, I~drmss hou~ are 8:30 - 5, Monday-Fdday, except 5~" I-Ioly Days and na~,ooal ho~. ,'Ukan~ ~ ~ am ~ In Mom~ Hall, St. ~nn Center, 2500 N. Tyler St., Little Rock, AR 72207. Phone numbe~ am (501) 664-0340 or (501) 664.-0125; Fax (501) 664-9075. An annual subsaJptlon is $ I 5. pedodlc~ pos~ge paid at Little Rock. Arlc ~: Send changes of address and copy of labet to: A~'er~s C.a#',o#c, P.O. Box 7417, Utde Rock, AR 72217-7417. Addres~ Smvlce Pa~luesmd. Corinna Estrada de Vanegas smiles as she feeds her son, Carlos, at Arkansas Children's Hospital. By Malea Wakers an outward problem of something deep- EDITOR er. Carlos was diagnosed with heman- gioma, a platelet-absorbing tumor that Four parishes, the Diocese of Little causes Carlos to bruise easily. Treatment Rock and a religious order teamed up was not available in his hometown of recently to bring a Guatemalan child to Guatemala City, and the Internet and a Little Rock for life-saving medical treat- book connected the Vanegas family with ment. a specialist, Dr. Milton Waner of Carlos Vanegas appears to be like any Arkansas Children's Hospital. other 22 month old except for the black Blanche Moore, the hospital's senior and purple discoloring on his face. It's vice president of government relations, the st z. des nation ? : ..... contacted Sister Joan Pytlik, DC, direc- tor of the Social Action Office, in des- peration for funding to bring Carlos to Little Rock. "With international patients, so many of them don't have a method of payment," Moore said. "We are tax sup" ported. We just cannot take every free, foreign patient." A $300,000 fund set up for interna- tional patients has already been deplet- ed, she said. The next solution is to find an agency or donor who could make a "substantial" donation to pay for some of the child's care. Moore and Sister Joan formed a rela- tionship while both were lobbying dur- ing the legislative session. Moore asked Sister Joan if she could get a $5,000 donation to help the Catholic child. "I thought that would be difficult to get," Sister Joan admitted. Sister Joan first contacted Msgr. Gaston Hebert, pastor of Christ the King Church in Little Rock. She felt the parish would want to help because it operates a med- ical mission in another Central American country, Honduras. Within several hours, she secured a commitment from Christ the King Church, Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church and the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock and Immaculate Conception Church in North Little Rock to help Carlos. The remainder of the funds was donated by Catholic Social Services and the Daughters of Charitfi of which Sister Joan is a member. "I was stunned that everyone was so helpful for one child," Sister .Joan said. "She (Moore) made it pretty clear that the child would not live if they didn't help." Sister Joan visited Carlos and his par- ents, Carlos and Corinna Estrada de Vanegas, shortly after they arrived two weeks ago. Sister Joan said she wanted to visit the boy and let his family knOW she would pray for them. Corinna Estrada said she was thank" ful to get her son to Dr. Waner, who spe" cializes in laser surgery. "It was definitely God's help. We were desperate, she said. 'I was sick of people staring at us. Someone asked if I burned my baby. He s just a normal kid. I know he's in the right hands with the right person." J 1187 HIGHWAY 9 MORRILTON, AR 72110 Phone: (501) 354-3527 Toll-Free Number 1-800-280-2178 Fax: (501) 354-5102 John Deere... A Way of Lifer