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The Ouardian Official CPubllcahon of the 00iocese oF Cittle 00ock VOL. LXIII, NO. 49 DECEMBER 6, 1974 In Holy Year Procession to E Cathedral of Sto Andrew Cathedral Pilgrimage Inaugurates Holy Year in Diocese hl'ittle Rock -- By bus, by car observance of the 1975 Holy Bishops, more than 30 priests by foot, 500 Arkansas Year in the Diocese of Little and dozens of Religious for a olics converged on the Rock. procession, an inaugural rite edral of St. Andrew here On a raw and cloudy Feast of and a concelebrated Mass Saturday to inaugurate St. Andrew, they joined two i! atncan Urges Curb l:Dn Abortion Causes 10 7 yatican 00k's v, ll_ ured /rtipn /d a -- Ilitical actim as." e City (NC) -- Last Vatican Declaration on Abortion, branding intrinsically evil, action including -- "to combat its anti-abortion document, I on Pope Paul VI's orders Vatican's Doctrinal egation, declared that no Jan may "conform" to an sieally immoral law. lNor can any Christian take 1 t m a propaganda campaign l favor of such a law, or vote it. Moreover, he may not in its application." the "sorrows and cited by pro- to justify abortion, document said: Very man and woman of and certainly every must be ready to do can to remedy them... can never approve abor- tS_ but it is above all k.,'sary to combat its causes. s includes political action, "ch will be in particular the $  of the law. But it is t Ssary at the same time to influence morality and to do everything possible to help families, mothers and children." The declaration pointed out that much has been achieved "in the service of life" by modern medicine, and ex- pressed the hope "that such progress will contine, in ac- cordance with the vocation of doctors, which is not to suppress life but to care for it and favor it as much as possible." In its opening paragraph the declaration made the point: "One cannot but be astonished to see a simultaneous increase of unqualified protests against the death penalty and every form of war, and the vindication of the liberalization of abortion, either in its entirety or in ever broader indications." The document pointed to a difference between "ethical pluralism" and "ideological pluralism." It described ethical pluralism as the notion that a change in existing laws against abortion "would violate no one's SEE ABORTION PE 2 one of us will dedicate this year to a change of heart that we might become the light of the world." of men. And at once, Simon, who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew left their nets and followed the Lord." O'Donnell, V.F., of Pine Bluff, chairman of the diocesan Holy Year committee, has an- nounced that other pilgrimages keyed to the Holy Year theme of renewal and reconciliation. His Excellency Bishop An- drew J. McDonald led the Holy Year prayers and was the principal celebrant and homilist of the Mass, and one of the concelebrants was His Ex- cellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher, former Bishop of Little Rock. "Let the spark of the Holy Year... turn into a flame. And let that flame set the world on fire," Bishop McDonald declared in his sermon. He cited the universal need for renewal and reconciliation, asserting that "what link.s us together is our sinfulness." He recalled the 1950 Holy Year, when he was a student in Rome, and the five million pilgrims who thronged the Eternal City, and he reminded the local pilgrims they can gain the same graces and in- dulgences by participating in Holy Year pilgrimages to designated Arkansas churches. Bishop McDonald observed that "we contribute to the world's sorrows as well as its joys" and continued: "Can I be so bold as to say, in a very human way.., that I would like for you to join me in efforts to find a change of heart, in efforts to be a people who are reconciled with one another and with the world...? "We pledge this day.., each Despite a biting wind, the Holy Year inaugural was preceded by a two-block procession of laymen and laywomen from Cathedral Hall and a procession of Bishops, priests and servers from the Cathedral rectory. A 20-voice adult choir drawn from several Greater Little Rock parishes sang under the direction of the organist, Earl Kelone of Holy Souls parish. The Catholic Youth Singers, with Miss Rebecca Ann Norton as soprano.soloist, sang during Communion. From the episcopal throne, Bishop McDonald formally proclaimed the Holy Year open in the Diocese of Little Rock. Then, kneeling at a prie dieu facing the congregation, he led a special rite of reconciliation, in which he proposed meditations on the need for personal renewal. Six periods of silent meditation during this ritual were marked by the lighting of candles in a candelabra, located at the head of the main aisle. The sixth candle was lighted by the Bishop, who then returned to the throne for Mass. The lector for the first reading from Romans was Bill Wrape. Bishop McDonald then read St. Matthew's Gospel recounting the call Christ gave to St. Andrew: "Come, follow me and I will make you fishers [of C Xmas Supper Set at Children's Home Traditionally, each of the hundreds of men who attend the event deposits a gift, marked for a boy or a girl, under the Home's Christmas tree. Fifty- seven youngsters now reside at the home. The children presently are rehearsing a musical program for the dinner. A free-will offering taken up during the evening will be given to the Benedictine Sisters of St. Schola'stica Convent, Fort Smith, for use in meeting needs of the Home. Dozens of non-Catholic men annually attend the dinner with the Knights of Columbus. Many public officials are expected to be present. Among gifts for boys suggested by the Sisters are colored knit shirts and pull-over sweaters, sizes six to 14; pajamas, sizes six to 16; socks, '' Little Rock -- Only the ."st of Christmas itself _s more excitement at St. .Ph's Home for Children i than what will happen e next Thursday, Dec. 12. 'at's when the annual pre- istraas sausage supper for , Will be served at the home r the auspices of the three hts of Columbus councils of ater Little Rock. Serving begin at 7 P.M. %. Giant Medical Center Nearing Completion %l.ractors have entered the final stages of project of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, who l,[ruction of the new St. Edward Mercy operate St. Edward Mercy Hospital in ieal Center in Fort Smith. This aerial downtown Fort Smith. Sister Judith Marie 1 rwcshows the massive complex seventy-'five Keith, R.S.M., is the administrator. ent complete. The new Center is a h._ sizes six to 11; vests and sweat shirts sizes eight to 12. Suggested gifts for girls include pull-over knit shirts and vests sizes six to 16; knec-length socks of all sizes, slacks for ages six to 16, creative games, hobby kits, costume jewelry, and cosmetics for older girls. Holy Year Rite Slated at Marche N. Little Rock -- The North Little Rock Deanery will sponsor its first Holy Year pilgrimage this Sunday, Dec. 8, at Immaculate Heart of Mry Church, Marche. The rite, led by the dean, The Very Rev. Joseph N. Doyle, V.F., pastor of St. Patrick's parish, will begin at 2 P.M., and will consist of a Reconciliation devotion, a homily by Father James P. McDonnell, pastor of St. Anne's parish, and Benediction. Priests, Religious and laity from seven parishes will attend. They are St. Patrick's, St. Mary's, St. Anne's, Immaculate Conception and Immaculate Heart of Mary, North Little Rock; St. Jude, Jacksonville, St. James, Searcy, and SS. Cyril & Methodius, Slovak. Father Doyle said the graces and indulgences of a Holy Year pilgrimage to Rome may be gained at this local pilgrimage. At the conclusion of the Mass, with all heads in the congregation bowed, Bishop McDonald conferred a solemn blessing and bestowed the in- dulgence attached to a Holy Year pilgrimage. After the Mass, about half those who were present in the Cathedral walked to Cathedral Hall for the concludng function of the pilgrimage inaugural. As a reminder that millions around the world are hungry and that Christians need to be con- cerned,a cup of soup and two crackers were served to each of the pilgrims. The Very Rev. John F. over the next 12 months will be conducted in the various Deaneries. At least two chur- ches in each Deanery have been designated as pilgrimage churches where the indulgences of the Holy Year may be gained by participating in the special devotions. Many of the pilgrims from areas outside Little Rock made the trip to Cathedral Hall in chartered buses. One group from Little Rock's Holy Souls parish marched the length of West Capitol Avenue from the State Capitol behind a large banner proclaiming the Holy Year theme. Crippled Convert Needs Wheelchair Little Rock -- Raymond Ellinger, Jr., needs a new wheelchair. The 34-year-old convert, a congenital cripple, who has been a ward of the state since he was an infant, will soon spend all his time in bed unless this need is met. Ellinger, who has withered legs and twisted arms, spends about 12 hours every day strapped into an old battered re- welded wheelchair which for years has provided him with the only mobility he is abie to enjoy. At the Trinity Court Nursing Home, 2000 S. Main, Little Rock, where he is one of the most popular patients, Ellinger is disturbed by the rickety condition of his proudest worldly possession. With Christmas appracmng, he is hopeful he will not long be troubled by concern that be might become bedfast. However, it will take $625 to purchase the heavy-duty specially equipped wheelchair Raymond Ellinger, Jr. he needs. Friends are now sending contributions toward the pur- chase of Raymond's wheelchair to Mr. Ed Hart, 6509 Juniper Road, Little Rock, Ark. 72209.- Give Guardian Subscriptions At Christmas A gift your friends and relatives will enjoy throughout the year[ Give them a year's subscription to the Little Rock diocesan weekly publication. Upon receipt of the subscription price, The Guardian will mail a Christmas greeting card, announcing the gift and identifying the person ordering it. Subscription price in the U.S.A. is $5.00 for one year. Two or more Gift Subscriptions at $3.50 each. Subscriptions mailed to Canada $1.50 additional; to Europe and other overseas addresses $2.50 additional. APO and FPO addresses are same price as other U,S.A, addresses. ($3.50 special price on two or more gifts applies only to subscriptions sent to Catholics outside of Arkansas nd to non-Catholics in and out of Arkansas). Please Send Christmas Gift Subscription To, Address, City and State Zip Name for Gift Card Mail Coupon to: Guardian, Box 7417, Little Rock, Ark. 72207.