Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on August 26, 1972 · Page 8
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 8

Alton, Illinois
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Saturday, August 26, 1972
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A-8 Alton Evening Telegraph Saturday, Aupusl 26, 1972 Raindrops keep falling An early-morning rain left puddles ot water on the floor of the partially constructed St. Matthew's Church, and cartons of materials ready for installation stand before the Rev. Father Michael P. Henehan (right) and the Rev. Father Phillip Kraft, who conducted the first mass inside the church. The two priests stand on the platform that will eventually become the altar in the new church. Inside religion Morticians and clergy at odds By Lester Kinsolvin& While morticians generally have an understandable aversion to being called "undertakers," the selected euphemism of "funeral director" has been a leading cause of strife with the clergy for more than half a century. It got so bad in Manhattan during the '30s that a number of the leading pastors simply hired morticians as their assistants, with the rule that no other mortician could handle any funeral in the church. This eliminated any mortuary interference with the appropriate clergy authority in any religious service, and there is no report that any clergyman ever deigned 10 offer his church's mortician advice regarding such functions as embalming. Since morticians handle ;i considerable number of 1111- churchod, they could oi'lni retaliate by hiring th> hungrier clergy to do as told. Or they could frequently take advantage of clergy fnm distant areas who had no desire to argue at funeral time and in front of the bereaved. One such instance tooic place when the late Oscar Green, a colorful and dry- witted clergyman fnmi Pain Alto, Calif., was called to officiate in another county. As the family was approaching graveside, the morticinn brusquely thrust an envelope of rose petals into the hand of the Rev. Mr. Green, loftily informing him that "It is our custom here to throw rose petals instead of earth upon the casket." "I'd prefer dirt, thank you,' 1 replied the Rev. Mr. Green. "Oh, why be difficult?" countered the mortician, his voice thick with sarcasm. "The rose petals eventually turn to dirt, you know!" "So do undertakers," shot back Green, "but we don't throw them on!" Most morticians have a sense of humor and many are both cooperative and scrupulous in providing goo;! and modest services whin requested, without takini; advantage of the unwary bereaved. But there have not been nearly enough of these to offset — or to police — 1)10 monumental scandals uncovered in such best sellcis as "The American Way of Death" or "The High Cost Of Dying." "Ambush on the Styx," charged the Saturday Review of Literature, about those described by author Edwin O'Connor as "the death-be:! bandits." And U.S. Catholic magazine recently called not only for official Catholic approval of cremation, but for the elimination of both funeral ho m e s an! cemeteries. The Rev. Father Michael P. Henehan places the, first inortur lor the cornerstone in tiie opening icl'i at the entrance to the new church. Alter others from the parish placed trowls of mortar in the hole, the stone, containing a box of historical items, was put into place. Youth will hold service Young people will be in charge of the 10:15 a.m. Sunday worship hour in St. Paul Methodist Church, Rosewood Heights. Speaking on the topic, "I'd rather have .lesus" will be Debbie Bunt, Jim Howard ;nd .1 o h n Vidakovich. Other members of the youth group will lead the singing ami serve as greeters. ushers ami liturgists. The senior high youth group will sponsor an old-fashioned ice cream social from 3 to (i p.m. on the same date in the church park adjoining the church grounds. Homemade ice cream, pies and cakes will be featured. Coffee and soda will also be available. CHURCH OF CHRIST 3402 FRANOR ALTON Sunday Meetings 9:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. For Information Phono 259-3244 462-8137 Church dedicated By L. ALLEN KLOPE Telegraph Staff Writer The 25th anniversary of St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Alton was celebrated Thursday evening with a Mass in the partially constructed new sanctuary, after which the cornerstone of the new church was put into place. As the late afternoon sunlight streamed through open spaces in the ceiling and walls of the new church, parishioners gathered inside, picking their way around pools of water left there by an early morning rain. The Rev. Michael P. Henehan stood on a raised platform in the center of the church where the permanemt altar will be constructed. At a temporary altar, Father Henehan explained Thursday was the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the quonset hut church, which could be seen through the openings in the walls of the new structure. His white hair shining in a slim shaft on sunlight, and with his hands folded at his chest, Father Henehan said the Mass was for the conerstone laying, and that the official dedication of the church will take place when the sanctuary is completed. On a small table at his side stood the copper box that would be placed in the cor- nerstorne. He said it contains a list of the parish membership, a list of the societies and their officers, a small history of the parish, a list of contractors, pictures of both the old and new churches, and several Telegraph articles about the church. Father Henehan said that in the 25 years of the parish, there have been 1,876 baptisms, 328 marriages, and 199 who have died. A shaft of late afternoon sun streams gation prepares to take communion in through the open roof of St. Matthev.'s the church, which is scheduled for coin- Church during mass. Here, the congre- pletion sometime in December. Winter schedule Singing program Starting on Sunday the Wood River First United methodist Church will resume the winter schedule of one worship hour at 10:40 a.m. each Sunday, the Rev. Boyd Wagner, pastor, has announced. Two services are held each Sunday during the summer for the convenience of the congregation. Picnic Sept. 3 WEST ALTON — The picnic of Immaculate Conception parish in West Alton will be held Sunday, Sept. 3. Chicken and 'beef dinners will be served, both family style and carry outs, at a cost of $2 for adults and $1 for children. The picnic will be held rain or shine and there will be refreshments and entertainment. A singing program will be held at 8 p.m. tonight at St. Paul's Baptist Church, Gold and Pearls streets. The program will include selections by the Sensational Travelers, the Desired Travelers, and. the. Illinois Specials, all of East St. Louis. Store Hours: Mon. thru Sat. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ZBICE PHARMACY 627 E. Airline Drive ROSEWOOD HEIGHTS Dial 259-2263 Read Telegraph Want Ads Daily! the episcopal p&oish opaJtoruttmots tpmity ctupel wot suce sweet 8:00 A.M.—Holy Communion The Rev. Roger J. White, Rector 0:30 A.M.—Parish Eucharist BETHALTO UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 21fl E. Sherman ' Karl Wrijfht Minister 9:00 — Church School 10:00 — Morning Worship 6:00 — Evening Fellowships. Nursery Caro Available Luther ans: This man has ideas for you *". / TWELFTH STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 601 East J Mh St., Alton Kev. W. Russell Shaw Church School—9:30 a.m. Worship—9:30 a.m. I Nursery Provided) SKHMO.N: "Ib Ours Still A Missionary Church'.'" FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Corner of Fourth and Alby Streets. Alton, Illinois Cortley Hugh Burroughs, Lawn-nee Jackmuo, Pastors Family Worship — 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Sermon: "Tilt; ShorU-st Distance Bctwi-i-u Two Points" By Bev. Curtley Burroughs Nursery Provided GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH E. 7th at Henry — Alton Sunday Services Church School 9:30 Worship Service 10:30 "A Touch of Sun and Bain!" Methodist Youth 6:30 Wilbur O. Relnhardt, Pastor Bethany Baptist Church 4718 North Alby Road Godfrey, Illinois 62035 Telephone 018/466-1573 Sunday School 9:30 am Church Training 6:30 pm Morning Worship 10:35 am Evening Worship 7:30 pm Wednesday 7:00 pm Prayer Time Norman L. Jameson, Pastor Melvyn Jolly, Minister of Music A GOING CHURCH FOR A COMING SAVIOUR i I First Baptist Church College and Johnson Street, Alton, Illinois ORBIN M. ANDERSON, Pastor 8:00 a.m. — Sunday Church School 10:00 a.m. — Morning Worship Key. Warroii Lynes, Guest Speaker Nursery Provided FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (iOO Henry Street, Alton KOBEKT CHATFIELD KEMPER, Pastor 9:30 a.m.—Church School 10:15 a.m. — Prayer Time 10:30 a.m—Service of Worship Sermon: "Coping With Frustration" hy Pastor Kemper Worship With Us Sell it mm' with <i Telegraph Want Ad! MAiN STREET IMTi;i> METHOmS CHURCH 1400 Main St. Alton Ministers: Ira L. Thetford, Phillip Moulden • Church School—9:30 a.m. • Morning Worship — 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. Sermon: "Life Together" No Evening Service Miles R. Brueckner P.O. Box 118. Alton, III. 62002 618462-2514 Aid Association for Lutherans Appleton.Wisconsin *•::• FraternalifeInsurance /it Lile'Huallh'HBliterrnr.t Bethel Free Will Baptist Church Sinclair & High St. — South Boxuna Special Youth Kiuphasi.s Service Sn/ir/r/, , 27 Gospel Jour QuarJrf Sunday School 9:45 am Morning Worship 10:15 a.m. Jr. Church 10:45 am Sunday Evening 7:30 pm Wed. Evening 7:30 pm "SPECIAL M1MSTBV TO THE DEAF" 1 iff Bus Bide — Phone 254-9737 Kt-v. Jim Walker, Pastor ALTON'S FIRST ASSEMBLY EDWARDS STREET ASSEMBLY OF COD CJIIRCH College Avenue Edwardi Street Brown Street Broadway James Kofuhl 9:30 AM—Bible Lesson Auditorium Study of Romans 12 Sunday Morning 10:30 am Bandy Hurst, Speaker Ei aiigfltetic BulJy 7:00 1( in Pastor Kolahl Speaking Family Night Wednesday 7 : uo pm CALVARY BAPTIST (SOUTHERN) 1422 WASHINGTON AVE., ALTON ED CLAVBKOOK RAYFOBD BABY Pastor Min. of Muiic • Sunday School .............. 9:30 a.m. • Morning Worship .......... 10:40 a-m. "Christianity at the Crossroads" • Christian Training Union ... 6:30 p.m. • Evening Worship ............ 7 :30 p.m. "Triumph in Christ" • Wednesday — Prayer Service — 7:45 pjn. ALL CHURCH FELLOWSHIP AT NOON We welcome Larry Jameson as our Minister of Education & Youth and bid grateful goodbye to Andy Cunuon, our summer youth director—Come Join Us! Air-Conditioned lor your Comfort "Constrained Only By Christian Love" REVIVAL One Week Only! Aug. 27 - Sept. 3 7:30 NIGHTLY Hear . ,, LEW GODFREY From McKcesport, Pa. ft Dynamic Minister I Prayer for the Sick I Former Catholic FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD 407 W. Fayette St. Bunker Hill, 111. Don't Dare Miss It! Alfred Alien, Pastor

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