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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - January 26, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 No 12 50 cents New owner making Patchwork Plus even better PageDl McGwire honored at Writers Dinner PageCl The outlook Partly sunny and warmer high 47 low 41 Shimkus looks forward to upcoming legislative year Page Bl Holy Father arrives today Good weather big crowds to greet visiting pontiff By PAUL BRINKMANN Telegraph staff writer ALTON When Pope John Paul II arrives in St Louis later today the weather should be mild and the crowd should be large officials said Theres a tremendous amount of antic ipation here as we hear the weather fore cast that indi PASTORALVISIT ST LOUIS MISSOURI cates things will be very said Steve Mamanella spokesman for the St Louis Archdiocese On Monday members of the media began descending on the city The archdiocese had given credentials to employees of print and broadcast jour nalism The latest estimates of the crowds expect ed in the city today and Wednesday are about M a m anell a said We always knew weather See VISIT Page The BADMAN Right the clasped hands of Sister Mary Rita were still as she joined other nuns from the Sisters of St Francis of the Martyr St George in Alton early Monday in a prayer for Pope John Paul II Above novice Sister Mary Beata prays silently before Mass in the main chapel at St Anthonys Health Center The pope is scheduled to arrive at Lambert Airport at 1 today Local youths take part in visit By PAUL BRINKMANN Telegraph staff writer ALTON Young Catholics from churches throughout The Telegraph area planned to leave for St Louis on buses this morning to take part in the historic visit of Schedule AreaMaithful offer prayers to Pope John Paul II By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON Amy Perica kneeled and prayed for Pope John Paul II on Monday in the St Francis Adoration Chapel at Saint Anthonys Hospital in Alton Weve been praying for the visit of the Holy Father for nine said Perica 25 who is excited about seeing the pope Wednesday during his holy Mass at the Trans World Dome in St Louis Candles flickered softly on the face of Perica who kneeled in the quietness of the beautiful Adoration Chapel pray ing that God will defend comfort and intercede for Pope John Paul II Red and white and red roses surrounded the magnificent cross on the wooden altar of the chapel Perica looked at the cross her fingers moving slowly along the beads of her prayer rosary A tiny silver portrait of Pope John Paul II adorns Pericas prayer rosary designed with blue beads My rosary has a silver cross like the Holy Perica said Perica smiled and her love for the pope showed in her face as she talked about seeing the pontiff in person on Wednesday See PRAYERS Page A7 of events For the Page A7 most part its just the chance of a life said Melinda Fisher principal at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic School 801 State St I think theyre really excited The popes mission seems to revolve around the Buses were scheduled to take 70 students from the school at 7 to the Gateway Arch grounds for a walk and participation in the Kiel Center Youth Rally Fisher said anticipation for the visit has been building for weeks The younger children made pope hats last she said Classes have done reports on the pope On Wednesday theyll watch the Mass on tele The pope arrives in St Louis at 1 to meet with President Clinton and Hillary Clinton He will then travel by motorcade to Archbishop Justin Kigalis residence in St Louis Central West End The pontiff will lead a prayer service at the youth rally at 6 Adults from area parishes were planning to attend the papal Mass in the Trans World Dome on Wednesday at Joseph and Amy Miller members of St Marys I See YOUTHS Page A7 8 Bulletin Anthony Entrikin Falter Foraker Golenor Jackson King Koevenig Lesseg Searls Strang Stocks Television Gods angel to areas needy dies at 90 By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON Frances Jackson was Gods angel to home less hungry people who walked the streets looking for food and clothing Frances reached out with a helping hand to hundreds of needy people with food clothes and the love of said Rita Schilling who worked along side Jackson to help poor peo ple The 90yearold good Samaritan to lonely homeless and hungry people died at Saturday at Rosewood Care Center Jackson touched the lives of people through the Crisis Food Center and Nearly New Shop in Alton the food and clothing distribution centers that she started in 1977 Frances was Gods angel to a I saw the tears in the little VV homeless girls eyes God touched my heart to dedicate my life to help hungry homeless Frances Jackson on why she started Crisis Food Center people who walked the streets looking for food clothes and a place to said Schilling who supervises the Nearly New Shop to help needy people with clothing Jackson remembered the day when she handed her first loaf of bread to a homeless mother and children It was a snowy Christmas Eve and a young homeless mother and her children knocked on my door looking for food and a place to Jackson said in an interview last year The mother and children stayed all night at Jacksons home On Christmas morning I fed breakfast to the homeless family and found some toys to help the children have a happy she said Jackson said she cried as she watched the mother and children leave her home and walk away down the cold snowy street When I saw the tears in the little homeless girls eyes God touched my heart to dedicate my life to help hungry home less Jackson said In 1977 Jackson began to feed people from the refrigera tor in her home in Alton I remember old Boxcar Bill who knocked on my door for food for himself and his lit tle Jackson said She opened the Crisis Food Center in 1977 at Elm Street Presbyterian Church in Alton and it was later moved to the present location at 21 E Sixth next to the Nearly New Shop On a blackboard at the cloth ing center Jackson wrote the words of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew I was naked and you clothed me I was hungry and you fed See ANGEL Page A7 Frances Jackson Founded Crisis Food Center RETAILWHOLfSALE AND COMMERCIAL CARPETING 700 ROLLS IN STOCKI PRICiS STARTING AT JUST VSR   

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