e VOL. 46, NO~ --._-------FALL RIVER, MASS. 24 • Friday, June 14,2002 Southeastern Massachusetts' Largest Weekly • $14 Per Year Catholic Charities at$3M FATHER JEFFREY Cabral stands with his parents Antonio F. and Maria R. Cabral at St. Mary's Cathedral following his ordination to the priesthood. (AnchotiGordon photo) Young·ll1an embraces the priesthood By MIKE GORDON ANCHOR STAFF FALL RIVER - Rev. Mr. Jeffrey Cabral was ordained a priest by Bishop Sean P. O'Malley OFM Cap., before hundreds of 'clergy, family and friends at the II a.m. Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral, June 8. As the rite of ordination began the transitional deacon came forth, responding to the call by the bishop to be ordained and serve in the Fall River diocese. After Cabral announced his readiness to enter the order of presbyter a thunderous applause from those gathered signaled their approval. "Today our hearts are truly bursting with gratitude because this man has come forth to join the priesthood," said Bishop O'Malley. The bishop was principal celebrant and Fathers Maurice O. Gauvin and Richard Wilson shared master of ceremony duties. Music was provided by the Fall River Diocesan Choir and cantor Patrice Tiedeman. They were accompanied by Concordia Brass, timpani player John Beaulieu and director and organist Madeleine Grace. Bishop O'Malley addressed Cabral during his homily, speaking about answering the call to priesthood. "Your obedience to God's call will be a source of great blessings to many people," declared the bishop. "We thank you for saying yes to God ... you have made yourself a gift to the Church." The bishop said nothing is improvised by God and importance to the will of God is important. "Jesus showed his obedience when he became a priest and just as you today said 'present' so too will Jesus when you call upon him at Mass." Tum to page 14 - Ordination Taunton parish planning centennial celebrations TAUNTON - St. Anthony's Parish will launch its lOOth anniversary Sunday with a solemn Mass at 10 a.m., at which a proclamation with emphasis on the Mission Statement of the family parish will be read. Although the anniversary date is June 16,2003, a variety of activities in the year ahead are being planned to preview the actual parish founding day. On Sunday, pastor Father Henry S. Arruda will be assisted by Deacons Thomas L. Souza and Jose H. Medina. The deacons are also supervising the music and the liturgy. Father David Andrade, pas- tor of Holy Trinity Parish, Fall River, a native son of St. Anthony's, will be the homilist. Two large banners reaffirming the mission statement will be positioned in the church. A luncheon will follow in the parish hall. Among the future activities already planned as part of the centennial are a penny sale and a family picnic next fall as well as a cabaret at Christmastime. Celebrations cochairmen Jane Santos and Mrs. Annalee Nystrom and a large planning committee are at work scheduling events. FALL RIVER -:- In an energetic, 11th hour push this year's Catholic Charities Appeal is moving towards a goal needed to maintain, expand and improve the apostolates and ministries that rely upon the generosity of its donors. Parish leaders and committeemembers are busily alerting prospective donors that time is rapidly winding down on this, the 61st annual Appeal. "This is the time when we begin to recognize parishes which have surpassed last year's totals, all which were realized in a $3.6 million total," said Msgr. Thomas J. Harrington, director of the Appeal. He cited St. Joseph's Parish in Fall River and Holy Rosary Parish in Taunton as two that have already gone well over their expected totals. Also identified as suburban overachievers were St. Anthony's in Falmouth and St. Margaret's in Buzzards Bay. "It's interesting to see the friendly rivalry between Notre Dame Parish and Immaculate Conception Parish, both in Fall River and in the Flint Neighborhood - both within a few donations of going over the top and we'll keep our eye on that race," Msgr. Harrington remarked. Being listed on what he called "an honor roll status" were St. Peter's in Dighton and St. Anthony of Padua Parish in New Bedford's bustling North End. "We're grateful to the pastors for continuing to work very diligently in these closing weeks," said Michael Donly, diocesan director of Development. "We'll be processing returns right up until the very last day. Every single contribution is very important." Last minute contributions to the Catholic Charities Appeal may be made to any of the parishes or sent directly to Diocesan Headquarters, P.O. Box 1470, Fall River, MA 02722, or by calling 508-675-1311. Vacation time is near In keeping with our 49-issue schedule, The Anchor will not publish on July 5 and 12. The business office will be open, however, during the break. Items for the June 28 edition must be at the Anchor office by noon on June 21.