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December 24, 1982

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THE GUARDIAN, DECEMBER 24, 1982 r, WEEK began with a nostalgic journey In 1937, I left Savannah for the first to St. Charles and then to St. For twelve years, I lived in preparing for the priesthood. The for the journey was the celebration isixtieth anniversary of priesthood for Lawrence Cardinal Shehan, the Archbishop of Baltimore. my years in the seminary, His was the Auxiliary Bishop and to give us spiritual talks. The me a chance to see classmates and Mrs. Theresa Duerr, the beloved of Father Robert Duerr, a classmate of cancer last summer, t returned to : on Tuesday afternoon and enjoyed to participate in the Christ- for our Serra Club. Serra families vocations and sponsor programs to four priests and religious for faithful ;our people. Wednesday morning, Leo Hiegel, Schmuck and I drove to Searcy, School for Boys. A number of the are from Mexico. Annually, I the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe community. How touching it was to young men from Mexico bring at offertory time and place them the of Our Blessed Mother. tte we are to have this religious ' of Franciscan Brothers, living the life of St. Francis and forming our according to the teachings of Our After lunch, I returned to Little Rock. Letters Continued from Pg. 2 movements. I have never been much more embarrassed by vicious, letters and language from than I am by a few liquor ads. And ned that some persons curse the (and other persons) rather than a candle and using their energy for a world. That, in general, is what the family is trying to do, although we tthing they do. Name withheld by request In the evening, I sponsored a reception at my home for the men and women who volunteer their services to assist me in areas of finance and building. This reception takes place in my home and is brought to a conclusion standing beneath the nativity scene, with all of us singing "Silent Night, Holy Night." ON THURSDAY, I crossed the Arkansas River and offered Mass for the children at St. Patrick's School. Both Father Burke and Father Malone concelebrated. Standing among children in kindergarten and first grade, I asked which of the three of us was oldest. Fortunately, the answer was whispered. Three times, one of the children declared that I was the oldest. This brought great joy to Father Burke and Father Malone. Following the Mass, I went to Good Counsel to participate in the funeral of Mr. William Nahlen, grandfather to Lance Gibson. Less than a month ago, Grandpa was sponsor for Lance when he received the Sacrament of Confirmation. In the evening, the Carmelite Fathers, Father John Michael presiding, invited us to Marylake for the annual Christmas party. Together, we prayed Vespers. Then we enjoyed supper and song. On Friday, with the help of Mr. Schmuck, I drove to St. Joseph's, Conway, to offer Mass for the students. The young people were filled with the spirit for the occasion. The visit gave me an opportunity to bid farewell to Father Behr and to thank him once again for his years of service as pastor of St. Joseph's. Two little boys asked me to visit their mother in the bank before I left Conway. I was glad to spend a few moments with Mrs. Sue Bruich at the bank. She lost her husband just a few weeks ago. In the evening, I enjoyed a Christmas dinner with friends. MayXour holiday be deligh00ful and fulfilli n 5. And ma X the new) ear 6e one of haPpirtess for),ou and those close to you. .FIRST FEDERAL SAVINGS Of FORT SMITH MEMBER FSLIC / / PAGE 3 ON SATURDAY, I went to the Cathedral at 11:30 for the taping of the Christmas Mass. The Cathedral Choir sang and Channel 11 was there to record. The Mass will be broadcast on Christmas morning at 7:00 A.M. In the evening, I offered Mass in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hiegel to commemorate the life and death of his father, Peter Hiegel. Members of the immediate family were present for the occasion. .: ON SUNDAY, I returned to the Cathedral again to offer the Mass at 12:05. In the af- ternoon, I invited priests, religious and lay people who are associated with me in the chancery for a Christmas Mass and the an- nual Christmas Party. As we approach Christmas, there are some items joyful and some sad: Pray for Mrs. Donna Mascio whose husband died this past week in Savannah, Georgia. I performed the marriage of this young couple six years ago. The young man died of a serious disease and was buried on the 6th anniversary of their wedding. REJOICE FOR the generosity of our people during the year 1982 to Father Stan Martinka. Father Martinka is a chaplain at Fort Chaffee during the summer months. He has been generous in his service to the churches in the Fort Smith area. Having given him per- mission to take up collections in some of our churches for his missions in Mexico, I am happy to announce that the Immaculate Conception, Fort Smith, St. Theresa, Little Rock, St. Joseph, Tontitown, St. Bernard, Bella Vista, St. John, Engleberg and its Missions of Corning and Knobel participated in the efforts of Father Martinka. The total funds raised for the missions amounted to $4,356.00. Rejoice and be glad that your generosity for the flood victims has amounted to $17,091.91 from forty parishes. Through the co-operation of our priests, we are distributing these funds directly to the people in need. Have a happy and holy Christmas; a blessed and peaceful New Year. Your friend, + Andrew J. McDonald Bishop of Little Rock urrying through dark, snow-filled woods in an open sleigh laden with gayly wrapped presents. The little horse sniffing the crisp night air, its breath turning to mist in the cold. Rushing homeward, eager to join friends and family and share in the delights of the holiday season: egg nog and plum pudding, mistletoe and the sweet scent of bayberry, fireside carols and the laughing faces of children. The times have changed,' to be sure, but the spirit of Christmas lives on. It endures throughout the ages. May it flourish in your heart and home each and every day of the coming year. Griffin Le00:00_Heale_y'00 Roth of Little Rock REST HILLS of North Little Rock PEC)IE TO DEIND ON