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r.~ CATHOLIC December | 6, 1995 Page 3 NEWS aid ~c~ re~q dq for pa • ESSAY CONTEST: Students from Holy Rosary School in Stuttgart recently participated in an essay contest sponsored by the state Knights of Columbus. This year's topic was "With all the challenges facing youth today, how do you feel your religion helps you cope with those pres- ~tres?" A plaque from the Bishop John B. Morris Council #2780 was presented to three local winners, fourth grader Kathine Hatfield, fifth grader Amanda Cress and sixth grader Rick Hadield. • SLAM DUNK: Seventh and eighth graders at St.Joseph Junior High School in Pine Bluff placed fourth in the Rev. Rochester Rodgers 26th Annual Pre- Christmas Basketball Tournament at the University of Arkansas at Litde Rock, Which was held Nov. 29-Dec. 2. Both teams were the recipients of the sportsman- ship trophies for their age group. Trey Piper, Clifford Flowers, Lee Smark and Stephen Purtle were picked for the All-Tour- nament Team. A total of 151 teams in third through eighth grade participated. • I~/IINISTERS: Our Lady of Holy Souls Parish in Little Rock will begin training for Stephen Ministers with a retreat Jan 12-14. Stephen Ministers, a non-demoninational ministry, was first commissioned at the parish in 1994. Since that time, the ministers have spent more than 3,300 hours ministering to more than 60 people in the parish who are experiencing difficulties, such as loss of a loved one, depression and divorce. Stephen Ministers make a two-year com- mitment. There are currently 15 active ministers and four team leaders. For more information, contact the parish. • ELECTIONS: Charles Lock was re- cendy elected president of the Pastoral Council at St-Joseph Church in Conway. Alex Burns and Christen Baltz enjoy McGruff, the crime fighting puppet, who Was part of the Red Ribbon Week activities at St. Paul School in Pocahontas. Congregation group issues notification GOngregatThe foUowing statement was issued by the ion for the Doarine of the Faith on Oct. 6 and was made public Nov. 2Z The ~t refers to the activity of Vassula a Greek Orthodox from SwiUerland, ~ao dedicated herself to spreading messages to heavenly revelations. Many bishops, priests, religious and lay PeOple have sought an authoritativejudg- bent from this Congregation on the of Mrs. Vassula Ryden, a Greek • odox residing in Switzerland, who ~aSpeech and in writing is spreading in tholic circles throughout the world essages attributed to alleged heavenly revelations. A calm, attention examination of the entire question, undertaken by this Con- gregation in order to "test the spirits to whether thev are of God (cf. 1 Jn ,t.l - . .. . .." ), has brought out m addiuon to posl- uve aspects --- a number of basic ele- ments that must be considered negative the light of Catholic doctrine. In addition to pointing out the sus- nature of the ways in which these eged revelations have occurred, it is ecessary to underscore several doctri- al errors they contain. Among other things, ambiguous lan- .gUage is used in soeakin of the Persons Holy Trinity, to thVe point of con- the specific names and functions t the Divine Persons. These alleged predict an imminent period the Antichrist will prevail in the In millenarian style, it is proph- that God is going to make a final, glorious intervention which will initiate on earth, even before Christ's definitive coming, an era of peace and' universal prosperity. Furthermore, the proximate arrival is foretold of a Church which would be a kind of pan-Christian com- munity, contrary to Catholic doctrine. The fact that the aforementioned er- rors no longer appear in Ryden's later writings is a sign that the alleged "heav- enly messages" are merely 'the result of private meditations. Moreover, by habitually sharing in the sacraments of the Catholic Church, even though she is Greek Orthodox, Mrs Ryden is causing considerable surprise in various circles of the Catholic Church. She appears to be putting herself above all ecclesiastical jurisdiction and every canonical norm and in effect, is creating an ecumenical disorder that irritates many authorities, ministers and faithful of her own Church, as she puts herseff outside the ecclesiastical discipline of the latter. Given the negative effect of Vassula Ryden's activities, despite some positive aspects, this Congregation requests the intervention of the bishops so that their faithful may be suitably informed and that no opportunity may be provided in their dioceses for the dissemination of her ideas. Lastly, the Congregation in- vites all the faithful not to regard Mrs. Vassula Ryden's writings and speeches as supernatural and to preserve the purity of the faith that the Lord has entrusted to the Church. Tis the Season Photo by Carole Masters Sisters at St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith were entertained by senior high students in Catholic Youth Ministry last week. The carolers made their rounds to homes and businesses to raise money for their ministry. The students are caroling as a service project and fund-raiser for three of the four Sundays in Advent. Fort Smith parishioners were asked to give the gift of song by having the students sing for friends and relatives. Joe Smith was elected vice president and Sandra Sartain was elected secretary. Lock is an usher and parish religious edu- cation teacher. Smith is chairman of the Parish Finance Council and co-chairman of the Administration Committee. Sartain is a Eucharistic minister and a chair- woman of the Worship Committee. Other members are Lynn Batchelor, Pat Hoelzeman, Kevin Rehm, Stephanie Shachmut, Jim Stiefvater, Jan Watson and Scott Wright. ?4o p t4o 0 Services provided for the terminally ill and their families within a 50 mile radius of Little Rock, Hot Springs and Searcy. • Physician home visitations • Nurse visitations • 24 hour "on call" services • Social worker services to the patient and family • Home health aide services • Spiritual assistance offered • Volunteer support • Medications • Medical equipment • Health care supplies • Respite care for the patient and family when needed • Continous care at times of crisis • Hospital inpatient care • Bereavement services offered Parishioners to serve you: Dr. Theresa Davis Medical Director & Co-Founder (Christ the King Parish) Cecilia Troppoli, Exec. Dir. & Co-Founder (Holy Souls Parish) Monica Poe (Holy Souls Parish) Melissa Vinson (Good Counsel Parish) Eric Troppoli (Holy Souls Parish) Michael Aureli (Holy Souls Parish) Robert Torres, Chaplain Thomas Baker, Chaplain Hospice Home Care, Inc. Hot Springs: 321-4014 Hot Springs Village: 922-1576 Little Rock: 666-9697 Searcy: 279-7955 Statewide: 1-800-479-1219 :Medicare/Medicaid, Member of the National Hospice Organization & Arkansas State Hospice Association