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VOL. LXXI, NO. 51 DECEMBER 24, 1982 Vocations, Page 5 Christmas Mass, Page 6 Disaster Aid, Page 7 Vatican Art, Page 8 Hood Victims Church Groups Give Aid B) ('harles A. WoKI NC Nexs Service heavy rains caused record flooding Mississippi Valley rivers in several states, Catholic dioceses and relief throughout the region rallied people rces for a variety of services. And parishes, even some whose property damaged, contributed personal and help to their communities. regions hit earliest by flooding, Illinois, St. Mary's Church in ac escaped serious damage, though the received 5.5 inches, of rain. The of St. Mary's, Msgr. Joseph O'Dea, parish provided food to firemen and rescue workers. Elsewhere in the Diocese, a Catholic high school, in Ottawa, suffered severe to its football field, which was sub- under nearly 10 feet of water. The dismantled the bleachers and Ed school principal, estimated that costs could be as much as rivers in northern Illinois were ling, record flood levels were set in the region of that state and in the cen- sou!hertz-regions of Missouri. In the of Belleville, I11., Immaculate parish', one of the oldest parishes Midwest, barely escaped damage. on Kaskasia Island about 55 miles of St. Louis, the parish was by Father Jacques Marquette. River crested two days earlier on the parish feast day, but it btactually flood. Surpass Records lissouri, there was extensive flooding; rivers surpassed flood records going as far as 1915. Governor Christopher tleclared 23 counties as disaster areas. Charities of the St. Louis At- formed a special task force to the needs of victims on a parish-by- One of the hardest hit areas was Park, a small city about 16 miles west Most Sacred Heart parish in that 30-40 people seven days and kept hall open around the clock during period. Father Daniel Hogan, estimated that about 300 people each day. parishes in the archdiocese, local Paul Society conferences were Irequests for food, shelter and clothing. (2atholic hospitals also provided aid, ling St. Joseph's in Kirkwood, a St. Suburb. That hospital offered free shots and dispensed free medications, prescription drugs, to those who lost the flood. some parishes were involved in other agencies, St. Bridget's in became the center of flood relief in its community. In that town along River. the ambulance service to the parish, operating out of the Additionally, the police station damage and police maved to the fire department, which is across the from St. Bridg6t's Church, so the became the logical site for disaster according to Father Marvin associate pastor. Diocese of Springfield- in southern Missouri, church See Aid on Pg. 4 The Nativity P00ope Lauds Prenatal Treatments But Gives Warning Against Abortion Vatican City (NC) -- Pope John Paul II repaired and was then reinserted in the praised prenatal diagnosis and early surgical womb. treatment of congenital defects. But the Pope said firmly that prenatal He warned, however, that such diagnosis research must not lead to abortion. must not be used as a prelude to abortion. "I cannot but repeat the severe con- The Pope spoke at a special audience at the demnation, rooted in natural law itself, of Vatican for some 700 doctors who were at- every direct attempt on the life of the in- tending a conference on prenatal diagnosis nocent, the human being that develops in the sponsored by the Italian Movement for Life maternal womb," he said. under the auspices of the Catholic University "It is clear, then," he added, "that the of Rome. intrauterine research that tends to spot The Pope's talk to the doctors was a defective embryos and fetuses very early in highlight in a busy weekend which also saw order to be able to eliminate them promptly the pontiff hold special audiences for several by means of morally inad- other groups, consult with high-ranking missible." churchmen at private audiences, deliver a In .many medically advanced countries, Sunday Angelus message in St. Peter's controversy has been generated by the use of Square, visit a Rome parish and lead a First such techniques as ultrasound scanning and Saturday recitation of the rosary on Vatican amniocentesis, on the basis of which couples Radio. sometimes decide to abort their child in the In his speech to the doctors, the pontiff womb. called the area of prenatal diagnosis and The Pope said scientific research shows surgery "new and promising, that many hereditary diseases are able to be "The Christian," said the Pope, "like every prevented by doctors through marital person of good will, can only be happy for the counseling "based on an attentive stud)' of the advances that science makes on the open road genealogical tree of the persons interested in toward therapies that are always quicker and calling a new being into life." more efficient, even in the most delicate and See Pope on Pg. 4 critical fields. "In taking notewith joyof the results solar TV Mass Sunday attained," he added, "'the church is very happy to encourage those who use their Little Rock -- Father Thomas Marks. talents and intelligence in this very important associate pastor of Our Lad)" of the Holy Souls sector of medical research, which concerns parish, Little Rock, will be the celebrant of the first months of existence of the human the weekly televised Mass for Shut-lns this being." Sunday, Dec. 26, at 7 A.M. on Station KTHV. During their conference, the doctors Channelll. discussed such operations as one conducted Larry Jegley will be the deacon. Readers last year in San Francisco, where a 21-week- will be Joe Quinn and Ann Jansen. The Holy old fetus was removed from its mother's Souls Junior High Choir will furnish the womb to have its urinary, tract surgically music, directed by Connie Jones. At Catb. e, dral, on TV Bishop To Offer Masses Little Rock -- His Excellency Bishop An- drew J. McDonald will lead Arkansas Catholics in celebrating the Feast of the Nativity this Saturday when he otters mid- night Mass at the Cathedral of St. Andrew here. A Christmas Vigil Mass will be offered Friday. Dec. 24, at 5 P.M. a! the Cathedral. Other parish and mission churches throughout the Diocte of Little Rock also will be oflering Anticipation Masses. (Christmas Mass schedules for Arkansas parishes and missions, received too late for announcing m last week's Guardian, will be found on Page 6 of this week's paper. ) Retired priests hi the Cathedral parish and other awulable priests will concelel)rate the Bishop's midnight Mass. The Cathedral Choir will present a program of carols, I)egitming at II:15P.M. Alater Mass at the Cathedral Christmas Day will be at 12:05 P.M. The midnight and 12:05 P.M. Masses will be the [rely ones of- fered at the Cathedral Christnas Day. Masses on Sunday, Dec. 26, will I)e at 12:05 P.M. and 5:30 P.M. at the Calhedrall Bishop McDonald also will celel)rate the. Christmas Mass for Shut-Ins this Saturday, Dec. 25, 7 to 8 A.M. on Station KTHV, Channel 11. Christmas music will be presented by the choir of the Cathedral of St. Andrew. Bob Winn is the choir master. Lector will be Robert L. Brown of Christ the King parish of Little Rock. The server will be Paul Brisson of the Cathedral of St. Andrew. Asks Donations In a letter read last Sunday in all parishes and missions throughout Arkansas, Bishop McDonald noted donations on Christmas Day would go to the priests of the diocese. The letter folh)ws: Dear Friends in Chrisl : Each Christmas, we have reason to give thanks to God the Father for the gift of His Son, Jesus. For twenty centuries, God has gifted cer- lain men. women and even children to clothe themselves in goodness, mercy, love. These living saints move among us h) bring the presence of Jesus to us 365 days a year. For you, that sainted person may be your mother, a brother, a friend, a neighbor, your parish priest. During your liletime in Arkansas, Our Lord has given yo.u gifted, dedicated, humt)le, prayerful priests. In Ills name, they have gone about doing good. Many of these priests now sulfer ill health: others have retired because of sickness and old age. Your gilt in the otferh)rv collection on Christmas will he an expression of thanksgiving to God tin" the way these priests have touched your lives. For their support, I beg a sacriticial gill from you at Christmas 1982. Commending you and your children to the innocent Baby of Bethlehem, I remain, Your friend, + Atlrew J. MoUrn!mid i Bishop of Lilt) e Rock