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PAGE 8 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC DECEMBER 15, 1991 The Confirmation class of St. Edward Church in Texarkana than $1,000 for Catholic Relief Services recently when it held which included grades K - 12. Catholic Daughters #1809 to meet North little Rock m Catholic Daughters of America, Court Queen of Peace #1809, will hold its Christmas meeting and party Sunday, Dec. 22, at 3 PM in the Marian Room of the SL Mary's Parish Center, 16th at Parker Sts. Prospective members are invited. P & II I II II By Sr. Eugenia Pellin, RSM To serve the spiritual needs of the black Catholic community in the late 1920s, Bishop John B. Mon'is' long-pLanned ntis- sion station materialized when an old. two- story hall in North Little Rock was reno- vated for the triple purpose of church, II @ II I IL II 7-. netted more a walkathon gmdtmfing class on May 28, 1930. Under the pastorship of Ft'. Albin Trublows'ld, SVD, the school's fn'st c~fete- ria for hot lunches was built in 1948, and property acro~ the sU'eet was purchased m 1953. In 1955, more land was acquired and a new school, with priests' acconmaodations, was com- pleted while Fr. Louis A. Nau, SVD, served as pas- tor. The care of the parish was turned over to the diocese in June, 1975. Fr. Frederick Zarrilli, two Benedictine sisters and a Daughter of Fathna reacti- vated many or- ganizations in bring the memhers of the parish back together. The 1975- ....... .... 76 , school- ....... "i years financial ............ ............. " " responfibilifies Arch~o, became un- St. Augustine Church, undated. Pastor's quarters upstairs bearable and reached by rear outside steps, the school , " had to dose at school and sisters home, and became St. the end of that term. Augustine parish. Since September, 1976, St. Augustine s Since the bishop had not yet r~medschool building has been used for a Day, from his journey to the Vatican, Fr. S.J. Care Center. It was also used for a Social ! Peoples, Dean of Missions, presided at the Service Center for the elderly from 1976- opening of St. Augustine s on Sept. 8, 1929. 87. As the first of the seven priests of the With the aid of a generous benefactor, Society of the Divine Word who helped to a grant from the Catholic Church Exten- start this parish named in honor of the sion Society and financial support of the parishioners, a second St. Augustine chapel, seating 100 adults, was completed in 1979. ...... Fr Michael Aureli, nastor, assisted by Augustine no longer seess & " r. i neresa Knable, SCN, and 45 adults itself as a mission parish, butfrom the congregation, initiated a series of - .-..-:..t. J.L _ "..-- tent revivals in the 1980s to help revive the d I.~i'll,ll~dll WIU.I d ll$lUIlle ~... ,~ . , -- Ialm o/many parishioners. Indeed, several Great Teacher, Fr. Joseph H. Haarman, SVD, arrived the following day and offered Mass in St. Augustine Church. After their arrival on Aug. 21, 19-'29, two missionary sisters, Servants of the Holy Ghost, registered 50 school children on the first day. More than 100 students par- ticipated at the flag-raising ceremony with which St. Augustine School opened on Mar. 19, 1930. The first Easter was truly a solemn event in the parish, when 34 children were Imp tized. Music for this occasion was provided by the SVD sisters from the neighboring St. Bartholomew's parish in Little Rock. Formal dedication of the parish, which was delayed until the end of the school year, was combined with the confirmation of 22 children and the presentation of di- plomas to St. Augustine's fast 8th grade who had drifted away from the church began to attend some parish activities and celebrations. In 1985, a tree falling on the church seemed to the pastor to be a nudge from God. The church was fairly crowded each Sunday. The work of Sr. Carol Nishke and Sr. Sylvia Provost, SSND, was bearing fi'uit. Lay leadership and participation was en- riching parish life. The dedication of the third St. Augus- fine Church in August, 1988, reflected the renewal of parish life shown in the cel- ebration of the liturgy and the expression of the various cultural gifts. St. Augustine no longer sees itself as a mission parish, but as a parish with a mis- sion. At present Fr. Warren Harvey adminis- ters St. Augustine's 80 households. 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