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The Ouar'dian 0fficial 00Publica00i0n of lhe 00)i0cese of Ciltle 000ch VOL. LXXl, NO. 50 DECEMBER "17, "1982 Nun dies, Page 4 Arms race, Page 7 Mount renovation, Page 13 Xmas rites, Pages 14-15-.16 i was late afternoon Thursday, Dec. 9, when the new Earth Station of of Little Rock picked up the first signals from the Westar IV The occasion is pictured above with the antenna dish visible the Earth Station's open window. All that remains now is to the electronic equipment, install a video tape recorder and diocese will be an operating member of the Catholic Telecom- Network of America. een, McClaren and Jones.. By William W. ODonnell, K.S.G. nications Director Rock -- McKeen,. McClaren and s...McKeen, McClaren and .There's alliteration in those three when one pronounces them And when one's exposed to them day for a week, McKeen, McClaren and become like a catchy tune that one tPut out of his mind. McClaren and Jones. Who are they? Why, McKeen, McClaren and Jones are electronic specialists who installed the Earth Station that the Diocese of Little Rock or- dered as a member of the Catholic Telecommunications Network of America (CTNA). It was McKeen, McClaren and Jones -- Tim McKeen, Glenn McClaren and Roland Jones -- who were sent to Little Rock from Virginia Beach, Va., by Satellite Systems Corporation to install the apparatus manufactured by M-A " Are Assisting Disaster Victims Rock -- Catholic Social Services are in ', in aiding victims of the tornado and that swept the state of Arkansas last Ann Moix, SC.N., Director of Social Services Office, said her had received many calls for in- Ltion on donating food, clothing, bed- etc., for those families hit by the Excellency Bishop Andrew J. Mc- of Little Rock has donated $25,000 to In addition, in a letter read in all of the state last Sunday, he urged. to aid the victims The letter lends in Christ: TV Mass Sunday Rock -- Father Joachim Lally, will be the celebrant of the weekly for Shut-Ins on the fourth and SUnday of Advent Dec. 19 at 7 A.M. on. Channel 11. reader for the Mass taped by the Center of St. Vincent Infirmary l) in the Infirmary Chapel will be Sister Ellen Paulus, O.P., who also will give .Ommunion Meditation. Sister Maggie it 'r, S.C.N. will be the second reader. ie will be furnished by Father Martin P., and Sister Janet Schlichting, O.P., Jyl the Little Rock-based Dominicans. "The storms -- rain, wind, swollen rivers -- have devastated our people throughout Arkansas. We have placed at the disposal of people in distress the modest sum of $25,000.00. Please contact your parish priest to let him know the names of those who need help. "Today, I ask you to make a sacrificial gift to this cause in a spontaneous second collection. Your gift can be an act of thanksgiving to God for the health and safety of your own family Your gift can be an act of gratitude to God the Father for the gift of His Son Jesus. "Asking God to bless you, I remain, Your friend, AndrewJ. McDonald Bishop of Little Rock Sister Cecelia Ann said those in Pulaski County wishing to make contributions, both financial or otherwise, can send them to The Helping Hand, Sister Annella Willett, O.S.B., 112 East 24th Street, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114 or to Catholic Social Services Office, P.O. Box 7239, Little Rock, Arkansas 72217. She said those outside of Pulaski County may contact the Social Services Office in their county or their county judge. Diocesan Comptroller James Davis said the only report he has received concerning damage on Catholic property was minor roof damage and some broken windows at Catholic High School here. Com Video Satellite, Inc., Mass. First, they dug a deep hole 12-feet-square 350 feet east of Morris Hall on the grounds of St. John's Catholic Center. Then they dug a trench across the campus, under a driveway and beneath a sidewalk. They poured 14 cubic yards of cement into the hole. Then, they laid 350 feet of plastic conduit and coaxial cable into the trench right up to the wall of Morris Hall. Next came construction of a five-meter parabolic antenna "atop the concrete "slab" and, finally, the electronic receiving equip- ment was hooked to the coaxial cable in the second-floor room set aside as the diocesan Earth Station. That's x'hen McKeen, McClaren and Jones were able to display their talents more meaningfully. McKeen, McClaren and Jones, remember, are electronic specialists. Con- struction work is just incidental to their oc- cupation. Making the apparatus work by This was the scene less than an hour before the Earth Station picked up its first satellite signal. Glenn McClaren of Satellite Systems Corpora- tion of Virginia Beach, Va., puts the finishing touches on the massive parabolic antenna, while Tim McKeen, on the ladder, watches closely. Looking on are David Justice (wearing coat), director of technical services for the Catholic Telecommunications Network, who flew down from New York to oversee the final installation, and Roland Jones of the installation team. Get Job Done of Burlington, picking up signals from the Westar IV satellite 22,300 miles above the equator over Chile was the reason they were here. It was'late Thursday afternoon (Dec. 9), with McClaren and Jones manipulating the giant antenna dish, that McKeen made the first attempt at fine-tuning the diocesan apparatus. Everybody was tired. It had been a hectic week. Finally, out the open window of the Earth Station to McClaren and Jones at the antenna, McKeen bellowed into the semi-darkness: "We gota piece of the bird!" (The bird, of course, is the satellite. ) What McKeen had on the monitor screen were three words, the first words picked up by the Little Rock diocesan Earth Station. They said: "Capitol Broadcast News." But to a bleary-eyed newsman who happens also to be a communications director of sorts, those words looked for all the world like "McKeen, McClaren and Jones." [ Guardian Subscriptions [ at Christmas A gilt your friends and relatives ill enjoy throughnut the year' Give them a year's subscription to the Little Rot'k diot'esao veekl) publication. Upon receipt of the subscription price, The Guardian ill mail a Christmas greeting card, announcing the gilt and identifying the person ordering it. Subscription price in the U.S.A. is $7.00 for one ) ear To or more Gift Subscriptions are $5.00 each Subscriptions mailed to Canada $2.00 additional; to Europe and other overseas addresses $3.00 additional APO and FPO addresses are same price as other U.S.A. addresses. ($5.00 special price on txo or more gilts applies onb to subscriptions sent In Catholics outside of Arkansas and to non-Catholics in and out of Arkansas) Please Send Christmas Gift Subscription To Address City and State Name for Gift Card Zip Mail Coupon to: Guardian, Box 7417. Little Rot'k, AR 72217 Diocesan Earth Station Operating