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PAGE 2 THE GUARDIAN, DECEMBER 20, 1974 From the 00Ouardia Managing Editor's Desk.. Watching television, listening to radio or reading the daily papers, one would never gain know- ledge of the approach of one of the most signifi- cant anniver- saries in human history. That something unusual is afoot might be assumed from intensified silver-tongued huckstering. But precisely what prompts high pressure efforts to sell onion slicers and such, national advertisers never mention. American pagans have almost completely secularized one of the most sacred days in the Christian calendar. Avarice reigns supreme. The conce_pt of "giving till it hurts" has been corrupted to "buying till it hurts." Christians, sad to say, have tolerated this denigration of the Feast of the Nativity and its wondrous implications. They have cooperated for years as Madison Avenue and its money- mad employers have desecrated the holy season of Advent and have distracted millions from the real spirit of Christmas. Even children are denied insights into what's ap- proaching. The media feeds them an entertainment diet made up almost exclusively of non-sensical elves, fairies, talking animals and santa clauses. But how often is any emphasis placed on the Child of Bethlehem? Into this milieu, The Guar- dian staff extends to its readers prayerful wishes for a happy and holy Christmas season. Henry Lienhart Any size Bus available, from school bus to luxury air con- ditioned coaches. HOUSTON-BIGELOW BUS LINES ARROW COACH LINES 2"/15 W. 10th 666-9891 Scene at Abbatial Blessing Liturgy Four Bishops, two Archabbots and 18 Abbots were among concelebrants of the Mass in St. Benedict's Church at New Subiaco Abbey Dec. 11 when The Right Rev. Abbot Raphael DeSalvo, O.S.B., received the Abbatial Blessing from His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald of Little Rock. Mother $eton was held on the 20th an- niversary of his episcopal or- dination, the Pope also an- nounced the establishment of the Catholic hierarchy of the Sudan, a country in which a decade ago the Church was suffering from persecution and governmental harassment. Washington (NC) -- Ar- chbishop Joseph L. Bernardin of Cincinnati, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, expressed "joy and gratitude" over Pope Paul's announcement that Mother Elizabeth Seton will be canonized. Mother Seton, foundress of the Sisters of Charity in this country, is the first American- born saint. Following is the complete text of Archbishop Bernardin's remarks : "I believe I speak not only for the Catholic Bishops' Con- ference but for all American Catholics in expressing the joy and gratitude we feel at the i FRIGIDAIRE SALES & SERVICE Washer, Dryer, ReffilEerator, Freezer, Dishvmsher, Range, Air Conditioner Bob and Hilda Nord Phone 666-2826 4206 WEST MARKHAM LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS 72205 ! Watch For... DIAMOND LIQUORS Rixie Exit- Highway 67 North CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Holy Father's announcement. "In the providence of God, the canonization of Mother Seton represents, I believe, a singular grace for the Church in the United States at this particular time in its history. This ex- traordinary woman whom the Church will honor was a con- vert, a housewife, a parent, an educator, and the dynamic foundress of a religious com- munity which continues to be a vital element in the Church's apostolate of service today. She might be termed a woman ahead of her time were it not more accurate to say she is a woman for all time. "The Church in America was privileged to know Mother Scion for the 46 years of her life on earth. Now the Church universal will know her, look upon her as a model, and pray for her intercession. This is an honor for our country and for all our Catholic people. "In a very special way we pay tribute to all the Sisters of Other Bishops participating were His Excellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher, former Bishop of Little Rock; His Excellency Bishop Carroll T. Dozier of Memphis and His Excellency Bishop John J. Cassata of Fort Worth. 5ubiaco to Host CCUA-NCWU Subiaco -- The 1975 joint national convention of the Catholic Central Union of America and the National Catholic Women's Union will be held at New Subiaco Abbey's Coury House here next August 1-3, it was announced this week by Mrs. Miriam Maginnis, president of the Catholic Women's Union of Arkansas. His Excellency Bishop An- drew J. McDonald of Little Rock will be the episcopal host, and the CWUA will be the host organization with the assistance of The Right Rev. Abbot Raphael DeSalvo, O.S.B., and the Benedictine monks of Subiaco. His Excellency Bishop Albert L. Fletcher, former Bishop of Little Rock, will attend as National Episcopal Protector of the Unions. Joseph Gervais of Rochester, N.Y., is CCUA president. Mrs. Marie H. Sat- tier, L.C.H.S.,heads the NCWU. Charity who joyfully and steadfastly carry on the spirit and the labor of Mother Seton." Letter to the Editor Reader Objects to x in Xmas Dear Editor: Regarding a front page story in the Dec. 6 issue of The Guardian, entitled "K of C Xmas Supper Set" at Children's Home, I would like to make the following comments: There has been enough already done to take Christ out of Christmas. A few years ago, court rulings banned anything of a religious nature from public school Christmas celebrations, J Grateful Widower Becomes Priest Allentown, Pa. (NC) -- Father William J. Kirk, Sr., says he decided to become a priest because he had had "such a wonderful married life." Father Kirk, 69, a widower and father of five, was ordained Thanksgiving day at Sacred Heart seminary, HalesCorners, Wis. Father Kirk's wife, Marie, died in 1969. He entered the seminary in 1971, and com- pleted a five-year program in about three years by attending summer sessions. He explained why he entered the priesthood: "I had such a wonderful married life, so many blessings. I thought in some small way, I might be able to repay God for all the good things he did for me." even if tax money was not used. I, for one, do not appreciate seeing the X replace Christ in the word Christmas on the front page of a Catholic newspaper. Paul Bryan 615 E. Klan Paris, Ark. (Editor's Note: -- Headline writers, always beset by making words fit limited space, are most grateful to the Greeks. In their language, "X" denotes Christ. Thus "Xmas" is a proper usage). POPE HELPSRENO Reno, Nev. (NC) -- Pope Paul VI has sent $11,600 to Bishop Norman F. McFarland, newly appointed apostolic ad- ministrator of the Reno diocese, specifying that the donation be applied toward the reduction of the debt incurred when a diocesan investment in a religious trust, failed. ,(,/// Don,t Be Confused About the Faith /r(/./// //, :, W Read The Guardian II i Entered as second-class matter ro |!'[ 1911, at the post office of Little Rock, Arlr'tJ sas, under the Act of Congress of arch ! Second.class postage paid at eX Little Rock, Arkansas SUBSCRIPTION PRICE: $5.00 per year in the United Stat Canada S6.50 - Foreign S7. I! a PUBLISHER MOST REVEREND ANDREW J. McDONALD, D.D. Bishop of Liffle Rock ] EDITOR Ol  REV. MONSIGNOR THOMAS L. KEANY, Ph. D. Mount St. Mary Academy Little Rock, Arkansas 722O7 IV MANAGING EDITOR , MR. WILL IAM W: O'DONNELL Address All Departments P.O. BOX 741 FORREST PAR K STATION -- Zlp72 Telephone 666-0286 Business Hours 8:30 A J" t0 4:30 P.M. Monday fhraugl F, day. Closed on Saturday, f.J I National Holidays and Holy uw of Obligation. " Unity Vigil P lanning Begins Little Rock - Prelimin planning has begun for the 1 Vigil for Christian Unity to  conducted Sunday, Jan. 19 3:30 P.M. at the Cathedral o Andrew here. Cripple Co-sponsors will be : Arkansas Council of Churell central Arkansas units  CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Church Women United andE intentions while they await Greater Little Rock deane; acknowledgement of their gifts, of the Council of Cath These will be written by a friend Women. Canon E. Washin as time permits, presided at the p]annX Ellinger, whose urgent need session. for a new wheelchair to forestall Catholic delegates verJ becoming permanently Father Robert A. Toffe " bedridden was disclosed two chairman of the dioceS weeks ago in The Guardian, liturgical commission; Bd said about a month will be Castle, Little Rock Dea required to get delivery. Council president; Nell I "After that," he said, "tell nest, Little Rock Cath0J, everybody I'dlike them to come Daughters regent ; a; visit me and see my new Delphine Sutton, execute', wheelchair." Ellinger lives at the Trinity secretary of the DioceS Courts Nursing Home, 2000 Council of Catholic WomeV. Main Street, Little Rock. NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE --Tuesday Eve, Dec. 31- 8:30 to 12:30 IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY PARISH HALL MARCHE, NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARK. Music by the Kings's Men Admission s6.00 couple Anticipatory Mass at 7:30 P.M. * SIZE & FIRMNE6 FOR YOUR SLEEPING COMFORT * BUY FACTORY DIRECT , SAVE MIDDLE _, MAN MARK.UP * ALL SETS FULLY GUARANTEED . Crash Pads $34.95 Headboards Trundle Furnitur00 Round Beds Bunkettes OPEN 10 'til 8 P.M. l,. 4 MON. thru SAT. "lle! 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