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Saturday, September 2, 1972
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Aftdtl fishing l^legraph Saturday, September 2,1972 irFs plight led to priest's study of alcoholism Pastors aim By Bill thotka Telegraph Staff Writer The withdrawal of a little girl from the world around her and a consultation with her boozing parents was one incident in the life of a young priest that led Rev. Philip Kraft, recent assistant at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Alton, into the extensive study 6f alcoholism. "No wcnder that kid was having trouble in school, her lather was drunk all the time," Father Kraft, 35, reminisced in an interview with the Telegraph prior to his departure last Monday for Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., for a year's study on alcoholism. The withdrawn - child, flrinking-father incident was One of a series of episodes which pushed Father Kraft into what has become a dual career — priest and expert on alcoholism. As a priest serving as an assistant at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Springfield, FR. PHILIP KRAFT Father Krnft said he began to question his ability to help many of the parishioners who sought him out for counsel. During conservations with them he learned that "alcohol seemed to be a common denominator," Father Kraft said. As a result, the Decatur native applied for. and received, a one-week scholarship in June, 1970, to Western Michigan University. During the 14-hour per day sessions and lectures from authorities in the field of alcoholism. Father Kraft began to learn the answers to such questions as who is an alcoholic, how can he be helped, and what are the effects of alcoholism on his life, his family and his relation to God. "You ran still be an alcoholic and quit for Lent," Father Kraft said, pointing out the expanded view on who is and who is not an alcoholic. "It is no longer how much you drink," Father Kraft said. "But what happens when you take it. What effect alcohol h;<s on your behavior and thinking." "An alcoholic can quit but what happens when he takes his first drink — the second is right around the corner. "Kememljer. the Skid Row guys only account for five per cent of the alcoholics and there are nine million in the United States. How drinking is affecting you is the determinant." After the seminar, Father Kraft enrolled at Sangamon Slate University and earned a masters degree in psychology. While continuing to serve as an assistant at SS. Peter and Paul, Father Kraft branched out into other directions. His additional duties included assisting alcoholic priests in their recovery and lecturing to groups of clergy on the problems of alcoholism as part of a state alcoholism program. In the lectures and in the Telegraph interview. Father Kraft emphasized that alcoholism must be considered a disease. "Alcoholism is not a moral disease but a physical one and we should try not to judge a person on moral principles." Father Kraft said. "Yes, the Church's attitude has changed," Father Kraft said. "But don't forget, it wasn't until 1957 that the American Medical Association listed alcoholism as a disease." Father Kraft said that in his counseling work alcoholism is treated as a team concept. "I know next to nothing about the physical aspects," Father Kraft said. "What I do know about is his (the alcoholic's) relationship (to God." A major portion of his counseling, Father Kraft said. has been with the spouses of alcoholics trying to help them help their husband or wife. Father Kraft recommends the Al-Anon program of Alcoholics Anonymous for the spouse and friends of an alcoholic, and AA is still the most effective program for the alcoholic himself. "If an alcoholic is going to change, then the spouse is going to have to change too. If the spouse doesn't change, the problf.Tns may be right there again. The spouse has to change because he or she already has changed as a result of the alcoholism." Father Kraft's role at St. Matthew's was cut short after two months when he received the university grant from the North American Association o n Alcohol and Drug Problems. He will spend a year at Johns Hopkins studying primarily the physical aspects of alcoholism. He feels that when he completes the program he will be better able to counsel persons "about their problems, not what I think are their problems." at beefed-up sermonizing Faith healer DETROIT (AP) — Kathryn Kuhlman spoke to more than 3,000 persons recently in Ford Auditorium in her first healing crusade in Detroit in years. Miss Kuhlman exhorted 40 persons to raise their hands to show they were cured of bursitis or similar joint or limb ailments. She advised one woman to leave her wheelchair and push her husband instead. The audience laughted often during the show. Miss Kuhlman said in an interview, "I wouldn't go across the street to hear me. I never consider myself a preacher." She has no prayer line, no card signing and insists that most of the healing is done among people as they sit in their seats. She emphasized that it is God's touch which heals, not hers. One woman threw off a brace but fell in the aisle. crying. Another person collapsed outside the hall and had to be removed by ambulance. More than 800 persons were turned away after the autidorium was filled with 3,300 persons. Many long-haired youths join the matronly women and balding men who fill her audiences. Participant entranced Holding her Bible, one participant is lost in her own world of concentration. Touching the cheek Faith healer Kathryn Kuhlman touches the cheek of a woman who is seeking help at a rally in the Ford Auditorium in Detroit, (AP Wirephoto) Elm Street Presbyterian schedules fall roundup fete Sacred Heart program to honor its founder Twenty committees are now planning for a big fall roundup to be held on the church grounds Saturday and Sunday. Oct. 14-15. There will be chuckwagon dinners, open pit Western- style barbecue, country- western bands, square dancing, horses, ponies, tack display, wagons, hayrides, outdoor and indoor exhibit, arts, crafts, bake shop bnazaar, trading post, flea market and book fair, barn sale, contests and other attractions and concessions. Country-western attire will be the dress for the two big days. Festivities will start at noon each day. With the cooperation of local saddle clubs, horse- owners and riders, there will be a western touch in and around the area of Hie church ground*. Open pit bnar- oecueing will be one of the many featured attractions. Local artists and craftsmen will display and sell their work, some will demonstrate their skills. Continuous entertainment is planned with appearances of professional c o u n t r y and western bands, and amateur talent featuring instrumental and singing groups will compete for prizes. All contests are open to the public. Prizes and trophies will be awarded. The members of Kim Street Presbyterian Church have, for several years past, successfully staged fund-raising event, profits of which have- been used to retire ciebt.s, offset improvement costs, and to increase various programs, such as additional services for young people and Christian Education facilities. Chuckwagon dinner tickets are now on sale at the church office. Friends and staff of the Sacred Heart program will gather at the Chase-Park Plaza Hotel, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. to honor its founder, the Kev. Eugene P. Murphy, S.J.. at a testimonial reception and dinner, on the occasion of his Diamond Anniversary as a member of the Society of Jesus. Joseph Wciler is chairman of the event. More than 51)0 persons are expected to attend. Msgr. Rowland E. Gannon, director of the St. Louis Cathedral, will be master of ceremonies. Most Rev. David F. Hicki-y. S.J.. chaplain of the Little Sisters of the Poor, North Florissant Residence, and ALTON BIBLE and BOOK STORE 2808 E. Broadway, Alton, III. — Dial 462-6855 CLOSED MONDAY, SEPT. 4th — LABOR DAV ATTENTION GIRL AND BOY SCOUTLEADERS — 50% OFF ALL CRAFT PACKS! Clifton Baptist Church Suiiduv'Sfhool . . . . Morning Service . . . Wediirodav Niglii .0:30 10:10 EmmeuW.Cbx. . 7:00 Pastor . 7:OO 3014 W. Clifton Baptist Highway Godfrey, III. other Jesuit Jubiliarians will attend. Other special guests who will attend include the Very Rev. Gerald K. Sheahan, S.J., Jesuit Provincial of the Missouri Province and Mayor and Mrs. Alfonso J. Cervantes and members of the Sacred Heart radio and television speakers bureau staff. REVIVAL CONTINUES 7:30 p.m. Tonight 9:30 a.m.—7:30 p.m. Sunday Dynamic Evangelist LEW GODFREY from Me.Keesport, 1'a. Prayer for the Sick FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD 107 W. Fayrtte Bunker Hill Alfred Allen, Pastor Lutherans: This man has ideas for you Store Hours: Mon. thru Sat. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ZBKE PHARMACY 627 E. Airline Drive ROSEWOOD HEIGHTS Dial 259-22B3 BUCKMASTER LANE CHURCH of CHRIST "PREACHING CHRIST AND CHRISTIANITY" Bible Study 10 am Morning Worship 11 am E. J. Allen, Minister In Charge By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer NEW YORK (AP) - The old channel of church communications, the "sermon," is coming in for some hard knocks these days. But efforts also are going on to beef it up. Varying approaches to the matter range from steps to put more quality into pulpit preaching to experiments with scrapping it entirely. It's a "time of flux" In Sunday services, says the Rev. E.T. DeLaney, of Minneapolis, executive secretary of the American Lutheran Church's Commission on Worship. Many parishes are trying new methods as sermon substitutes, such as "dialogues" with the congregation, multimedia presentations, dramatic skits. Some pastors, to fill the spot, subscribe to "canned" sermons. On the other hand, work is going on to upgrade the art of preaching itself. "A good sermon is the most effective way of communicating the Word of God in today's society," says Roman Catholic Archbishop John F. Wheaton of Hartford, Church to return to oivn sanctuary The congregation of the East Alton First Baptist Church will return to their own sanctuary for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. Sund :j, the Rev. Raleigh Gordon, pastor has announced. The day will be observed as Communion Sunday. A special prayer service is planned for 7:30 p.m. tonight, to mark the return to the church after holding services in the education building and in other facilities during the past six months while an extensive remodeling and renovation program was underway. Formal dedication of the refurbished church is slated for October, the minister said. Convention The Madison County Singing Convention will be held Sunday at the Assembly of God Church, Cottage Hills, from 2 to 4 p.m. Guest singers will be Slim and Zella Mae Cox and the Sunshine Singers. METROPOLITAN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6th & MARKET ALTON Sunday School — 9:00 AM Morning Worship — 10:00 AM "My Kingdom—Here Today, Coming Tomorrow" By Kev. Beck TWELFTH STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 504 East 12th St., Alton Rev. W. Russell Shaw Church School—9:30 a.m. Worship—9:30 a.m. (Nursery Provided) SERMON: "The Foolishness of God" FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHDRCR C*MT if Itourtfc Wd Alby $****, Alton. Illinois Oefftpf -Hugh HuwWftai Lawrence Jackman, Pastors N«ByW8«Wp-9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Sermon: «f%» £ra of Ye» and No" #y Rev. Coftiny Burroughs Nut-wry Prmr)4*d Jf.lf.V STItKKT MTEH METHODIST mi ^ f? 1400 Main St. Alton Ministers: Iru L. Thetford. Phillip Moulden • Church School — 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship — 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. Sermon: "The Churdi — Dead or Alive" No Evening Service Miles R. Brueckner P.O. Bo. 1 18 AKon III. 62002 618462-2514 Aid Association tor Lutherans Appleton,Wisconsin Frat*rnalil« Insurance ' i Ltle • Hfcdiin •^' J 7 SPRING STREET ASSEMBLY of GOD 6th & Spring, Alton Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Evangelistic Service 7:00 p.m Bible Study, Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Young Life, Wednesday .... 7:30 p.m. "Preaching Christ For The Whole Man" Roy C. Bennett Pastor Bruce Hardt Pu&tor Conn.. "There is no substitute for it." Sometimes the sermon gets partly sidelined by the current of new techinqttes. "Jazz, dramatic readings, interpretative dancing and discussions are replacing the sermon in some churches," the Rev. Robert H. Lauer a Florissant, Mo., pastor writes in Christianity Today. But, he says the problem is not with the preaching method itself, but its frequently ambiguous content. Tie urges more simple, authoritative preaching, focused on Christ. Among Roman Catholics, Archbishop Whealon says that "undeniably we are getting better sermons today, but we still hear far too often the complaint from the pews that the sermon didn't help very much. "We have to do something about that." With this objective in mind, a National Congress on the Word of God is being held in Washington, D.C., Sept. 5-7. sponsored by the Catholic University of America. Both Protestants and Catholics arp participating. The coordinator for the affair, the Rev. John J. Burke, director of the university's Institute for Pastoral Communications, says a major trouble with modern sermons is that they deal too much with psychology, sociology and political theories rather than on spiritual nature of people. "The sermons that touch people are those that show people that Jesus is their Savior," he says. "They want to know the meaning of their lives in the context of their struggle for significance." The Rev. Ross Blake, an Ithaca, N.Y., Presbyterian pastor, says preaching would be immensely better if church members would let pastors know that they appreciate the sermon as a prime aspect, of worship, and would offer specific reactions and suggested ideas or problems they want discussed. North Side Assembly of God H836 N. Alby. Godfrey, III. SUNDAY— fltllO A.M. Sunday School 10:45 A.M. Morning Service 7:00 P.M. Evening Service WEDNESDAY 7:30 P.M. Prayer and Bible Study Christ Ambassadors (Youth) DAV OR NIGHT DIAL-A-DEVOTION 466-6317 Rev. I. T. Beard, Vaster First Baptist Church College and Johnson Street, Alton, Illinois OBRIN M. ANDERSON, Pastor 9:00 a.m. — Sunday Church School 10:00 a.m. — Morning; Worship Sermon: "Why Work" Nursery I'rovidctl FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 600 Henry Street, Alton ROBERT CHATF1ELD KEMPKR, Pastor 9:30 a.m.—Church School 10:15 a.m. — Prayer Time 10:30 a.m.—Service of Worship Sermon: "Toward Spiritual Maturity" With Communion Worship With Us CALVARY BAPTIST (SOUTHERN) 1432 WASHINGTON AVE., ALTON Larry Jameson Ed Claybrook Rayford Raby Min. of Ed. & Youth Pastor Min. ol Music • Sunday School 9:30 u .m. • Morning Worship 10:40 a.m. "The Secret of Genuine Joy" • Christian Training Union ... 6:30 p.m. • Evening Worship 7;3o p. nii "The Misunderstood Cross" • Wed., Family Night Activities 6:00 p.m. • Wednesday, Prayer Sen ice .. 7:45 p.m. ATTRACTIONS • Friendliness You Can Feel • A Staff of Trained Personnel • Graded Program of Inspiring Music • Nursery Service • Comfortable Facilities Ministering to the Whole Alton Area Air-Conditioned for your Comfort "Constrained Only By Christian Love"

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