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December 15, 1991

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Oasis to =.vents of interest Little Rock --- Upcoming events at the ~)asis Renewal Center at 14913 Cooper Orbit Road include: An open house for "friends from other ~ountries" from 2 to 4 PM Sunday, Dec. 15, ~t the lodge. The public is invited, espe- rally citizens of other countries living or risking in Arkansas. A book review of 'q'he Seven Steps of Vomen's Spirituality" by Maria Harris from ) AM to Noon Saturday, Jan. 11. The re- Of flew, led by Sr. Maria Kleinschrnidt, DC, . rs ~ help women find and use the spiritual !teps to transforming their lives. Cost is $15 rot md registration is $5. Registration deadline an Saturday, Jan. 4. la, i For more information or to register, of ,-6890 or write the Oasis, 14913 Cooper ~or Orbit Road, Little Rock, 7.9211. 'or of Little Rock women _attend workshop Bellevllle, IL- Sr. Maria Kleinschmidt, DC, Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Little Rock, and Amy Sexton, Uhair of the Diocesan RCIA Commission, recently attended a workshop here to study relationship between litmgy and reli- gious educalion. The consultation was sponsored by the American Forum on the Qatechumenate. Participants spoke of tensions between the two aspects of faith expression, accord- to a press release. Cited were the complaint that catechists use lit- to teach about the sacraments, and the catechist's complaint that Catholic lit- twgy is too often empty and mechanical. The two groups reached a concensus that good liturgy and catechesis are both about religious formation, not information about The Forum will take recommendations from the consultation to help Catholic com- munities develop a deeper union between Ihlu~ and catechesis. Conway school names new elementary principal Con14ray Elizabeth McDuff has been hamed principal of SL Jo- seph Elementary School. She was formerly the Ad- ] , , , numstratave Assts- rant and a fifth grade teacher at ~ the school. A graduate of Louisiana Tech Elizabeth McDuff Unh, ersity, McDuff earned her Master's degree in education adminislmdon from the University of Ar- kansas, Fayetteville. She has done post-gradu- ate work at several universities. Her goals include continued exl nsion of the curriculum, she said. Fr. Wayne T. Epperley, CSSp, highlighte/:l McDuffs professional accomplishments-in announcing her appoinlment. $33.33. For decades, that was the monthly salary for a priest in the Diocese of Little Rock. No medical insurance. No car allowance. No retirement benefits. It was an- other era. If "Father" got sick, the Catho- lic hospital would always take care of him. Some- times the priest's family or l:m_rishioners hdped in the purchase of a new car. Many priests died young. Even if they lived long enough, they did not relire. They just took what was called a less demanding job as chaplain at a hospital, a school or a con- venL Now many priests are living beyond retirement age. They are still active, but unable to meet the demands of parish life or chaplaincy. And the retirement fund which provides for their needs is in serious trouble. In six to seven years it will be wiped out if drastic changes are not made immediately. Actuarial studies show the need for an additional $300,000 per yea," for the next .'20 years. To ease the crunch, I~rish contribu- lions to the fund will be raised fi~om $720 to $1440 per year beginning in July, 1992. For the next three years, t~-ish contribu- tions will be raised an additional $300 per year. But more is needed. Catholics in Ar- kansas have a chance to do their part with a generous contribution to the an- num Christmas colleclion, which goes in its entirety to the fund for infirm and retired priests. Bishop Andrew J. Mc- Donald, the Clergy Welfare Board and all the priests of the diocese are nuaking a special appeal to all Catholics to respond to the need and give generously to help the priests who have served faithfully and well through the years of their active ministry. The colleclion will be taken at all Masses Dec. 24 and 25. Because the need is so great, parishioners are asked to turn in their contribution at a later date if bad weather keeps them from attending Mass at Christmas time. Fr. Albert J. Schneider Managing Editor 'The Sabbath' to air Sunday on KATV-7 /2,ttle Rock- 'The Sabbath," a program exploring the day of rest and ritual for the Jewish faithful, will air on KATV- Channel 7 late Sunday night, Dec. 15, from 12:30 - 1:30 AM. Produced by The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, "The Sabbath" [Shabbat or Shabbos in Hebrew] is a sa- cred dine of individual repose and reflec- lion in Jewish tradilion. "The Sabbath" offers a glimpse at the significance of this special day through personal stories and conversa- tions of famous and not-so-fiunous ,people. "Th 'p'rogi-am ig flii/x:l in a series of four -specials ,presented by the Interfaith Broad- casting Commission, Inc. ARKANSAS CATHOLIC DECEMBER 15, 1991 O A message from Bishop Andrew ,I. McDonald and members of the Clergy Welfare Board who are: Msgr. J. Oaston Hebert, V.G. IT. Bernard G. Malone, V.F. IT. Leo Riedmueller Ft. Raymond R. Rossl IT. James R. Savary IT. Albert d. 3chnelder William M. Hartmann For years, most of us have gone to church on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and celebrated the generosity of God the lather who gave His Only Begotten Son. The church was always at Its most beautiful. Qreat care had been taken to decorate altar and crib scene. We gathered to rejoice, to remember, to bask In the recognition of Christ's love. Before us stood a priest, he proclaimed the Glad Tidings and then moved to the altar to celebrate the Eucharist. With our reception of Communion, Jesus was bom anew within our hearts. Plow there are different priests than the ones who rejoiced with you at Christmas when you were a child. Some of those priests have died, others are 111 and still others have retired. Our sick and Infirm parish priests within the Diocese of Little Rock face an uncertain future. In the summer of 1991, the finn of Wllllam M. Mercer conducted an actuarial study to determine whether the Clergy Welfare Fund for the diocese had sufficlent fundlng to care for its retired and Infirm priests over the next 20 years. To the dismay of all, It was found that the fund was In danger of being unable to meet their needs seven years from now. Our clergy has grown older, health care costs have become hlflher and there Is simply not enough money to care for those who have cared for us. To meet the needs of our Infirm and retired pri.~sts for the next 20 years, over slx milllon dollars must be raised In addition to normal revenue. A major source of revenue for the Clergy Welfare Board Fund Is the Christmas collection, which goes entirely to the support of Infirm and retired diocesan priests. We ask you to follow the example of God's generosity this Christmas. Your gift will provide not only for those already unable to continue In the active ministry but also those who need the help of the fund when they become ill or must retire in the future, the priests" who serve you now. It is a wonderful way to give the priests of our diocese a Christmas gift that will really aid them. Please be more generous than ever before tn the Christmas collection. Let your gift be a symbol of your gratitude for the priests who have served you throughout the Christmases of your life. Merry Christmas. ,. . . .. PAGE 7