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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 26, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                  www.thetelegraph.com   Vol. 164 No. 12 50 cents  SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  Quitters' Mecca' New owner making  Patchwork Plus % even better  Page D-l  Congratulations!  McGwire honored at Writers’ Dinner  Page C-l  The outlook Partly sunny and warmer ; high 47, low 41  Page IM  Down to business    .  Shimkus looks forward to upcoming legislative year  Page B-l  Holy Father’ arrives today  Good weather, big crowds to greet visiting pontiff  By PAUL BRINKMANN  Telegraph staff writer  fc  X PASTOR  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.  “There’s a tremendous amount of anticipation here as we hear the weather forecast that indicates things will be very nice,” said Steve Mamanelia, spokesman for the St. Louis  Archdiocese.  On Monday, members of the media began descending on the city. The archdiocese had given credentials to 2,429 employees of print    and  broadcast journalism.  The latest estimates of the crowds expected in the city today    and  Wednesday are about 500,000, Mamanelia X ST. LOUIS • MISSOURI X  sai(i   “We always knew weather  See VISIT, Page A-7  j  fa    ^  > *?# mar*  The Telegraph/JOHN 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 ll. Above, novice Sister Mary Beata prays silently before Mass in the main chapel at St. Anthony’s Health Center. The pope is scheduled to arrive at Lambert Airport at 1 p.m. today.  Area’s faithful 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 Anthony’s Hospital in Alton.  “We’ve been praying for the visit of  the Holy Father for nine months,” 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, praying that God “will defend, comfort, and  intercede” for Pope John Paul II.  Red and white poinsettias(cq) 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 Perica’s prayer rosary  designed with blue beads.  “My rosary has a silver cross like the Holy Father’s," 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 A-7  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  PauTn John  of events  “For the    Page    A-7  most part,  it’s just the chance of a lifetime," said Melinda Fisher, principal at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, 801 State St. “I think they’re really excited. The pope’s mission seems to revolve around the youth.”  Buses were scheduled to take 70 students from the school at 7 a m. 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 week,” she said “Classes have done reports on the pope. On Wednesday, they’H watch the Mass on televisions."  The pope arrives in St. Louis at I p.m. to meet with President Clinton and Hillary Clinton He will then travel by motorcade to Archbishop Justin Rigali’s residence in St. Louis’ Central West End.  The pontiff will lead a prayer service at the youth rally at 6 p m Adults from area parishes were planning to attend the papal Mass in the Trans World Dome on Wednesday at 9:30 a rn.  Joseph and Amy Miller, members of St. Mary's  ■ See YOUTHS, Page A-7  'God’s angel’ to area’s needy dies at 90  Area/Illinois A-3, 8  Bulletin Board A-6  Business.........D-1  Classifieds........C-6  Comics...........B-5  Editorial..........A-4  Horoscope B-5  Nation/World......D-5  Obituaries ........A-5  Anthony, Entrain, Falter, Foraker, Golenor, Jackson, King, Koevenig, Lesseg, Searls, Strang  Region...........B-1  Scoreboard.......C-2  Stocks ...........D-2  Television ........B-6  Weather..........D-6  rn  ww Ihnlnlrur :il»ln in  By ANDE YAKSTIS  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — Frances Jackson was “God’s angel” to homeless, 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 God,” said Rita Schilling, who worked alongside Jackson to help poor people.  The 90-year-old good Samaritan to lonely, homeless and hungry people died at 7:45 p m. 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 God’s angel to  all Then I saw the tears in the little VV homeless girl’s eyes. God touched my heart to dedicate my lite to help hungry, homeless people.”  Frances Jackson  on why she started Crisis Food Center  people who walked the streets looking for food, clothes and a place to sleep,” 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 sleep,”  Jackson said in an interview last year.  The mother and children stayed all night at Jackson’s home.  “On Christmas morning, I fed breakfast to the homeless family and found some toys to help the children have a happy Christmas,* 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 girl’s eyes, God touched my heart to dedicate my life to help hungry, homeless people,” Jackson said.  In 1977, Jackson began to feed people from the refrigerator in her home in Alton.  “I remember old “Boxcar Bill’ who knocked on my door for food for himself and his little dog,” 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 St., next to the Nearly New Shop  On a blackboard at the clothing 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 me.”  ■ See ANGEL, Page A-7  Frances Jackson  Founded Crisis Food Center  Imr  PMM  ■ ■  RETAIL-WHOLESALE AND COMMERCIAL  OVER 700 ROLLS IN STOCKI PRICES STARTING AT JUST  ,  rtl ff. ...............  d MOS. rill FINANCING WITH A WW! OVID CREDIT   f m v!?T jsg&SI   

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