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ne to I felt most work" aM Volume 84, nitely n her nis -hool prob" ight hr Y .-al 's got read, Late 3 >ther .tlaer Botll .-II aS ilore Iay ; the Number 48 Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas December 16, 1995 By Nancy Frazier O'Brien CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic editors voted the October visit of Pope John Paul II to the United Nations and four U.S. dioceses as the top religious news story of 1995, and named women arid the Church as the year's second most significant story. Pope John Paul, who visited the United States and 10 other countries in 1995 after recovering from health prob- lems the year before, emerged as the top aewsmaker of the year in the annual Year-end ooll conducted by Catholic News Service among subscribing editors. Runners-up in the newsmaker category Were Catholic women and assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The poll was the 34th annual survey Of editors of CNS client newspapers. Par- licipating editors included one in Aus- tralia, marking the first time that a client OUtside North America and Europe nab VOtes in the survey. This year's ballots were distributed l)ec. 4 and the deadline for returns was bec. 8. Editors were asked to vote for the top 10 news stories from a list of 30 selected by CNS editors and the top five Bi: By Malea Waiters and Nancy C. Moore STAFF CONWAY-- Busting at the seams. That is how parishioners and staff at St. Joseph Church in Conway could have described the growing pains the parish has endured as the population has increased beyond capacity. As the only Catholic Church in the state's fastest growing county, St. Joseph Church had to undergo a massive construc- tion project to take care of the parishioners' needs. The project began in 1993 with the kickoff of the fund-raising drive. One of the last projects was the 1,000-seat sanctuary, which was dedicated by Bishop An- drewJ. McDonald Dec. 10. As- sisting Bishop McDonald were pastor Father Tony McKay, CSSp, and associate pastors Father Joseph Deniger, CSSp, and Edward Crowley, CSSp. "Praise God from whom all blessings flow!" Bishop McDonald proclaimed. During his homily, the bishop praised the community aeWsmakers from a list of 15. Votes were of St. Joseph for their hard !ighted by the ranking editors gave m points for a first-place vote, ninepoints Decking the halls r second, etc., and five for top Christmas holds rtewsmaker, four for second, etc. With 29 editors submitting ballots, the rrtaximum points a story could have re- Ceived was 290. The most a newsmaker ]uld receive on the five-point scale was 45. Fractions in the point count are the result of an editor ranking two or more stories as a tie. When the first editors' poll was See Stories page 13 I ~ i!i !!iii iii!i i!~ Is your nativity scene influ- encecl by French, German or Ital- ian tradition? Nativity scenes re- flect culture and traditions of Countries, priest says ............. p. 2 I I l-earn how to celebrate the 12 i 'lil .................. / i I Christmas Mass schedule for I / J I and dio- I .By Nancy C. Moore STAFF @ work and dedication and chal- lenged the community to bring forth a candidate for the priest- hood from among their ranks. The large crowd at the dedi- cation Mass filled the church; however no additional seating was necessary. ' Ne have had chairs at the 10:15 and 12:15 Masses for a long, long time," said Terri Hollender, a parish administra- tive assistant. The parish currently has 1,425 families, which is one of the largest parishes in the dio- cese. Over the past six years, the number of families has in- creased by 600. rowe sometimes get over 10 (families) a month registering," Hollender said. "It's unbeliev- able." Other completed projects include the Family Activity and Recreation Center, which houses a gymnasium that is open during the morning and evening for those wishing to walk or exercise. At St. Joseph High School, additional class- rooms to be used as part of the science wing were also com- See Dedication page 13 Staff photo by Nat, o/C. Moore Bishop McDonald blesses a doorway at St. Joseph Church in Conway. special meaning, mission for two priests Christmas is an especially joyful and busy time for the pastors Father Scott Marczuk of St. Mary Church in North Little Rock and Father John Connell of SL Theresa Church in Little Rock. The holiday sea- son offers the two priests a special chance to share their artistic talents, aesthetic senses and hobbies with their parish communities. Upon entering the offices at St. Theresa Church, visitors are immedi- ately faced with yule- tide reminders. A tree is decorated with lights and trim- mings and George, a long-haired dachsund attempts to add his own fin- ishing touches by Staff photo by Nancy C. Moore rearranging the Children at St. Mary Church in North Christmas tree skirt. Little Rock admire the life-size Father However, the Christmas that Father Scott Marczuk trimmings of the of- helped design, rice area do not pre- Staff photo by Nancy C. Moore Father John Connell, pastor of St. Theresa Church in Little Rock, begins decorating the rectory with villages, Santas and Christmas trees Nov. 1. pare visitors adequately for the sights to come as one enters the holiday Winter Wonderland, which is otherwise known as the rectory. For pastor Father Connell, preparing for and enjoying the Christmas season is not limited to the month of December; but is a part of every day life 365 days a year. Father Connell collects Christmas memorabilia year round as a hobby, con- centrating mainly upon Santas, Christmas trees and villages. See Priests page 6