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PATTY BOUCHER, RN, presents cake toJoseph Saulino on his birthday last January 17 as Nancy Cooper, RN, looks on. .

Room, fund recall valiant spiri~ The memory of valiant-spirited Fall River teacher Joseph C. Saulino will live at St. Anne's Hospital, Fall River. Last month the hospital where he was born dedicated in his honor the room in which he had often been a patient until his death last May at age 34 of a rare form of cancer. Hospital officials also announced establishment of an endowed memorial fund in further tribute to the former fourth grade teacher at Holy Name School, Fall River. A city native and lifelong resident, Saulino was a member of Holy Rosary parish, where he was religious education coordinator,

taught a religion class and was a eucharistic minister. His funeral Mass at Holy Rosary last May 19 was offered before a standing-room-only congregation that recalled his leadership in many parish activities in addition to the religious education program. During his three-year battle with canCer, Saulino developed close ties with the staff on South I ward at SI. Anne's Hospital. the ward where he was frequently a patient and where he eventually died. "Although this was all very difficult for Joseph, particularly the last several months in terms of treatment, he was comforted by the outpouring of care and interest

of [all hospital] emPloyees," said .his brother, Fall River attorney John E. Saulino, who recalled that when Joseph was admitted to the hospital on his birthday last Jan. 17, staff members held nn impromptu birthday party for him.

National Migration Week will be celebrated Jan. 7 through 12 by Catholics across the United States, but possibly nowhere more unselfconsciously than in Holy Ghost parish, Attleboro. Founded in 1921 at the request of parishioners tired of walking some six miles to S1. Mary's Church, Seekonk, to which they officially belonged, Holy Ghost has always had many Portuguese members, although it is a territorial rather than national church. For some years, however, few newly-arrived Portuguese settled in the parish, but a quarter century ago, with immigration restrictions eased, many "Miguelenses" from the Azorean island of Sao Miguel made their new homes in Holy Ghost. There they were welcomed first by pastor Father Bento R. Fraga, then by the present pastor, Father Thomas C. Lopes, and were warmly received by their fellow parishioners. Some one-third of the parish, said Father Lopes, is comp.osed of

either long-settled or newly-arrived Portuguese, and many traditional Azorean customs, such as celebration of Pentecost, the feast of the Holy Ghost, an October procession honoring Our Lady of Fatima, and the growing of Christmas wheat to surround family and church creches, are observed. There is also a weekly Portuguese Mass. The national traditions blend with activities common to most parishes in a happy marriage that sees all members enjoying church life together. The parish, said Father John J. Oliveira, parochial vicar at St. Michael's Church, Fall River, is an outstanding example of the theme of this year's National Migration Week: "Aliens and Strangers No Longer," a theme taken from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians.

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"It was a great relieflfor our family, knowing' that he was never alone and had so many good fri'ends so close," he added. i Atty. Saulino said Joseph had asked that in lieu of Oowers at his funeral, contribution~ be made to St. Anne's in his name. The response was overwhelming and the hospital approached, the family Turn to Page II

Vatican stresses openness to' life VATICAN CITY (CNS) - The church has a pastoral obligation to promote the use of natural family planning in order to make its moral teaching credible, an Italian archbishop wrote. Archbishop Dionigi Tettamanzi of Ancona and Osimo said natural family planning allows couples to exercise responsibility while preserving the true nature of Christian marriage. The archbishop's article on natural family planning was pu blished in the, Dec. 16 issue of L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper. It appeared two days after Pope John Paul II, in a speech attracting great attention in the Italian media, said if couples who practice natural family planning are not open to the possibility of having children, their actions are "substantially analogous" to using artificial birth control. Teaching couples how to practice natural family planning cannot be "a simple 'instruction' dis-

connected from the moral values proper to an education to love," he told people in training to teach the Billings method of natural family planning.

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In teaching couples to use natural methods, the pope ~aid, it must be made clear that s~ch methods are not morally permissible ways to get around church teaching that every act of sexual i intercourse must be open to the p'ossibility of conception. "Only if there is a fundamental acceptanceoffatherhoodand motherhood, understood as collaboration with the Creator, ,\,ill1recourse to natural methods become an integrating part of the responsib:.lity to love and to life," the pope said. Potential parenthoQd carrit:s a responsibility that co:uples must take seriously, the pope said. They may use natural method.s to plan, space or delay the bihh of their 'children after "discerning the will of God for their familY," taking into account "physicalt economic, psychological and so~ial conditions." The pope said that 'the chu rch teaching on the regulation of birth Turn to Page 11

FATHER THOMAS C. LOPES, pastor of Holy Ghost' parish, Attleboro, with Holy Ghost crown and flag kept on permanent display in the church and used at annual celebrations of the feast of Pentecost (top picture); at bottom, parishioners prepare to deliver "pensoes," traditional feastday delicacies, to homes of church members.


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Cruzan debate seen likely to continue for long time MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (CNS) - Debate over the case of Nancy Beth Cruzan, whose parents had taken their battle to withdraw her feeding tubes to the U.S. Supreme Court, was expected to continue 'long after her death Dec. 26 at the Missouri Rehabilitation Hospital in Mount Vernon. Miss Cruzan died 12 days after the liquid diet which had been fed to her through a stomach tube was stopped. She was 33 and had been in a coma since an automobile accident nearly eight years ago. In a Dec. 20 statement, the four Catholic bishops of Missouri said decisions like that taken in the Cruzan case must be made "with great deliberation" and with "a presumption in favor of life." "In no way cartthe life of a person with a physical or mental disability be considered less important than that of a person without such a disability," the bishops said. "While there might not be an obligation to use extraordinary means to prolong life . . . there should be a presumption in favor of life in controverted cases and the decision to refuse or terminate extraordinary treatment should be taken with great deliberation," they added . . Miss Cruzan's death prompted reaction similar to that heard less than tW9 weeks earlier, when Jasper County Circuit Court Judge Charles E. Teel granted a request from Miss Cruzan's family and. her court-appointed guardian to end food and water. "It's open season now on every mentally or severely disabled patient who doesn't meet the standards of relatives or caregivers," said Benedictine Father Paul Marx, founder and president of Human Life International, based in Gaithersburg, Md. Father Marx predicted that Miss Cruzan's death would open the floodgates for the "greatest number of legally sanctioned deaths of disabled people since Nazi Germany, as part of its preparation for war, cleaned out its mental wards and acute care centers of those deemed 'unworthy to live."" Judie Brown, president of the' American Life League, based in Stafford, Va., said the decision to withdraw Miss Cruzan's food and water "will become yet another ben'lhmark in the decline of respect for innocent human life." , "Nancy is now uppermost in our thoughts and prayers," she said. "But this precedent for sanctioning murder will remain with us forever as an indictment against a society so callous and selfish that we would turn against the helpless and dependent among us." The Catholic Health Association said in a media advisory that 40 percent of the 2.2 million American deaths each year involve "a . decision to forgo some form of life-sustaining treatment." The case shows the need for everyone to "indicate clearly and convincingly in advance what treatment choices. they desire." In its decision in the Cruzan case last June, the Supreme Court said a state's interest in preserving life may supersede the wishes of the family in cases where a patient is in an irreversible coma-like state. It said there was no "clear and convincing proof' that Miss Cru-

zan would have wanted food and water withdrawn. The case was reopened In November when Miss Cruzan's family and court-appointed guardian presented three new witnesses who testified that the young woman had told them more than 10 years ago that she would not want to live "like a vegetable" on medical machinery. Judge Teel granted the request to end food and water, Dec. 14. The Missouri bishops said the medical, legal and moral aspects' of the Cruzan case will influence decisions about treatment of future patients for years to come. "Decisions should be reached in respect for the best interests of the patient: sympathetic understandALTHOUGH THE CHRISTMAS lights at LaSalette Shrine, Attleboro, were turned off ing of the emotions of the family, on Jan. 1, a candle continues to burn nightly in each window of the community'S provincial protection of rights of conscience house as a reminder of U.S. service personnel in Saudi Arabia. A Mass for world peace, which of health providers, the common good of society and primarily in all are welcome to attend, is celebrated at 6:30 p.m. each Monday in the shrine's People's conformity with God's will as best Chapel. we can understand it," the bishops said. Bishop Joseph A.Fiorenza of Galveston-Houston said in a Dec. Final plans are under way for bers of the St. Vincent de Paul diocesan rectory. In addition, they 26 statement that the decision to withdraw food and water from the 36th annual Bishop's Ball, to Society and the Diocesan Council will be available at the door the of Catholic Women; also at any evening of the ball. Miss Cruzan was in conformity be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. II, with a statement of 16 Texas at White's of Westport. . The bishop's box will be placed bishops last May. He said that since the young in the Grand Salon of the restauwoman was receiving no beneficial rant, whose decor recalls the tlays effect on restoring health or con- of Fall River's famous steamships St. An'ne's Hospital, Fall River, Bounakes, "and although most sciousness, there was no moral which commuted to and from New has established a comprehensive breast lumps are not cancerous, obligation to continue food and York City. Members of the hospitality and water. breast cancer screening clinic which this simple procedure can provide will offer such services as mam- the early detection so important in Bishop Fiorenza disputed the ushers' committees will direct guests mography and physical breast exam- the successful treatment of cancer." opinion that Miss Cruzan died of to their reserved tables and will be on duty at the restaurant, whose inations and will include extensive Patients will register at St. Anne's starvation and said her death was community outreach programs emdue primarily to the accident that 路decor recalls the days of Fall Rivbreast care center, located in the er's famous steamships which comphasizing the importance of early caused her comatose state and hospital, then will undergo a breast muted to and from New York detection and intervention. only secondarily from the withassessment by a nurse and doctor, City. A physician will conduct each followed by a mammogram. While drawal of food and water. Members of the hospitality and screening and test results will be awaiting results, patients will see ushers' committees will direct guests made available to the patient im- an educational video and will to their reserved tables and will be mediately after her examination. receive informational materials and ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNS) on duty at the restaurant from 6:30 Annette Kenney, director of cor- instruction in breast self-examin- Delegates from Anchorage and p.m. onward. Dancing, to con- porate planning and marketing at ation. the Magadan region in the Soviet tinue until I a.m., will be in two St. Anne's, said the decision to Followup treatment, if necessary, Far East have agreed to build an locations: in the Grand Ballroom establish the Breast Care Center will be referred to a patient's own ecumenical'center for religion and with the Buddy Braga orchestra was based on concern about the physician. If she has none, the culture in the Soviet Far East. and in the Grand Salon, where availability of health care service& clinic will offer recommendations. Agreements were signed in October Studio One will be featured. for women and in particular about Visits should take approximately in Anchorage after six days of Ball tickets may be purchased the prevalence of breast cancer in one hour. meetings by members of the two from committee members and mem- Southeastern Massachusetts. The breast care center may be delegations, which included religBased on 1990 data from the reached from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ious leaders from both sides of the National Cancer Institute and St. on weekdays to schedule appointBering Sea. Anchorage Archbishop Anne~s own cancer registry, breast ments. Its telephone numbers are Francis T. Hurley was credited cancer ranks as the second most 674-MAMM and 674-5741 ext. with helping cut through mutual prevalent form of cancer nationally, 2454.. suspicions and red tape to foster An article on a youth ministry behind lung cancer and tied with the agreement. Three-Year Accreditation training program that appeared in colo-rectal cancer. However, in In other news, the hospital has the Anchor for Dec. 14 may have' southeastern Massachusetts, and given the impression that the proat St. Anne's Hospital, breast received a three-year accreditation gram was intended for young peocancer ranks first among cases from the Joint Commission on WASHINGTON (CNS) - A Accreditation of Healthcare Organple rather than for adult volundiagnosed and treated. former Catholic newspaper editor teers ministering to youth. izations (JCAHO). A mammogram a safe and has become the first U.S. winner . The program, covering cults and JCAHO, which conducted a threeof an international contest to write the occult; teens, stress and sub- painless X-ray image of the breast day review process at St. Anne's, is and other cancer screening tests a novel in 72 hours. Bill Dodds, stance 'abuse; and planning youth a private, nonprofit organization are aimed at finding cancer at an former editor of The Progress, that evaluates for accreditation retreats, will be held in three ses- early stage, when it responds best Seattle archdiocesan newspaper, sions from 7 to 9 p.m. at Espirito more than 5,400 hospitals and 300 said he produced "a lighthearted Santo Church, Fall River, and at to treatment. other healthcare organizations. According to Dr. George Boumurder mystery" over Labor Day Cathedral Camp, East Freetown, Accreditation is a voluntary weekend to win the Pulp Press Jan. 17,24 and 31; and in an all- nakes of the hospital's surgery process designed to further the of department, medical director International Three-Day Novel day session from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 objectives of quality patient care the breast care program, women Contest. First prize was $500 and p.m. Jan. 26 at St. Pius X Church; who have no symptoms of breast and safety of the environment in publication of his novel, expected which care is provided. South Yarmouth. cancer should get a baseline mamthis spring. Further information is available mogram between the ages of 35 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 from the Diocesan Office for Cath- and 39 to serve as a comparison THE ANCHOR (USPS-545-o20). Second Love One Another olic Youth Ministry, PO Box 547, for later exams. 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Medical resources allocation is symposium topic St. Anne's Hospital, Fall River, and the Pope John XXIIl MedicalMoral Research and Education Center, Braintree, will cosponsor their second annual daylong symposium on ethics and medicine Jan. 18 at White's Qf Westport. Themed "And Justice for All," the symposium will address allocation of scarce medical resources in the 1990s. It will be set in the context of the 100th anniversary of Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo XIII's encyclical on capital and labor, a foundation of modern Catholic social teaching. Designed forpily"sicians, clergy, pastoral care workers, health care administrators, nurses and allied health care professionals, the symposium will consider such issues as ethical distribution of health care at a time of limited resources, particularly in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Speakers will be Robert J. Barnet, MD, newly-elected president of the National Federation of Catholic Physicians' Guilds, who will discuss "The Right to Health Care"; and Rev. J. Bryan Hehir. Kennedy professor of Christian ethics at Georgetown University, whose topic will be the relationship of Catholic social teaching to medical ethics. A question period will follow. The afternoon session will present cases illustrating local and national applications of ethical allocations of health care. Panelists wlHbe David H. Mul.Iigan, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; Lorraine Silveira, RN, nurse manager of the intensive care unit at St. Anne's; Dr. Barnet and Father Hehir. Malcolm W. MacDonald, MD, will be moderator. The symposium begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration, followed at 9 a.m. by a welcome from Sister Dorothy Ruggie;o, OP, chairperson of St. Anne's Hospital board and of its ethics committee, and an introduction from Rev. Mark Hession, ethics committee vicechairperson.

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King holiday packet offered WASHINGTON (CNS) - The National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice is offering a packet for parishes, schools and religious orders to celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. nation~ al holiday set for Jan. 21, 1991. Its theme, the 100 years of Catholic social teaching that began with issuance of "Rerum Novarum" in 1891 will relate Catholic social teachings to Dr. King's actions. The packet contains homily notes," scriptural commentaries, prayers of the faithful, musical selections, home prayer services in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, a Bible celebration and dialogue for small group discussions.

SEMINARIAN Gregory Mathias will be ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Daniel A. Cronin at II a.m. tomorrow. All are welcome to attend the ceremony.

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\J"J"l,/ SISTER DOROTHY RUGGIERO, OP, chairplan ofthe board of directors of St. Anne's Hospital, accept~ a $2,000 donation from Robert Stoico, president of First F~deral Savings Bank of America. Stoico, lay chairman of t~e hospital board and board chairman of Greater Fall River Medical Systems, Inc., made the donation as an incentive tb his fundraising team during St. Anne's recent phonathon. Four teams raised a total of$38,000 in t~e four-night effort. (Hic~ey photo)

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PHILADELPHIA (CNS) Four relatives of Philadelphia Archbishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua perished in an early morning fire Dec. 21 in their North Stonington. Conn., home. Dead at the scene of the 3 a.m. blaze were prominent Connecticut attorney James J. Courtney. 42. and his 3-year-old daughter Jennifer. Sons Paul. 12. and James Jr.. 8. died at area hospitals later that day. Their mother. Mary Jo Courtney, 41, niece of Archbishop Bevilacqua. received a hairline hip fracture when she jumped from a second-floor window of her home to seek neighbors' assistance. As of Dec. 27, the remaining Courtney child. ll-year-old Langan. remained in hospital under treatment for severe burns and smoke inhalation. Archbishop Bevilacqua traveled to Connecticut Dec. 22. where he escorted Mrs. Courtney. the daughter of his brother. Dr. Rocco Bevilacqua, to a private leavetaking of her husband and children. They then went to Yale-New

Haven Hospital to vi~it Langan, who observers said was visibly encouraged at the sight of her I mother. Archbishop Bevilacqua returned to Philadelphia for: Christmas Masses and returned to Conm:cticut for the Dec. 26 M~ss of Christian burial for the Couhney family members. The fire is believed tO,have started in a metal trash container in the kitchen of the Courtneys' 18thcentury Cape Cod-style home and quickly spread to wooden cabinets and cleaning materials. More than 100 firefi~hters from 10 departments respoflded to the fire,•which took three hours, to • I extInguIsh. I

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themoorin~ A Nervous New Year Most Americans are entering the New Year with fear and hesitation. The Middle East mUd.dle, the deepening recession and the' moral climate of the country offer little comfort and support. As a result of the various combinations of uncertainty that plague us from Washington to Arabia, the mood of the average citizen is becoming increasingly gloomy, if not outright pessimistic. The very thought of thousands of young American men and women coming home to their fa.milies in body bags is bound to foster an atmosphere of hopelessness. It seems pointless that the spirit of youth should be stymied . by the politics of oil. How can caring parentsdream of a bright future for their children when the machines of war threaten to destroy their own? What promises can be kept when war is seen as a beneficial solution to international conflicts? Is there a real need for us to be the world's policeman when our involvement is ridiculed and scorned by those whom we say we are helping? These and other questions arise as a result of the political deceptions that have been offered the American public as an excuse for U.S. intervention in the Middle East. In this New Year, we do not !leed deadlines for war, we need efforts for peace. Political warmongering will never nurture an atmosphere in which peace could be a possibility. Truthfulness devoid of political intrigue is the only foundation on which true and lasting peace can be built. Let's hope that somehow it can be achieved in 1991. If this horrendous problem were not sufficient in itself, the ever deepening recession adds to our woes. With joblessness on the rise, more and more people are seeking relief. But most Americans do not want to live 'on government handouts. It is true that for many such support has become a way of life; but it's not what most citizens would choose. Welfare promotes a negative mentality leading to defeatism, while the ongoing recession does little to inspire personal achievement. When such psychological states are added to the already chaotic confusion of our national addiction to drugs, alcohol and sex, the very soul of the nation becomes imperiled. Unbridled liberalism has fostered a situation where the excessive becomes the so-called norm. It is outrageous to waste billions on defense and spend peanuts on rehabilitation, neglecting to help the least of our brothers and sisters. The sorrowful litany seems end'less, yet it must be faced. Our real hope for 1991 is that the citizenry will indeed stand up and be counted, not for a mere reshuffling of congressional seats, but for a more important moral and spiritual renewal of hope. Americans need to dream. It is more than important that we stop running from our problems and face them, even if we have to look the devil in the eye. It's not a time to wish for change; it's time to work for peace. This is the only way we can survive as a people, a nation and a country. As we struggle to reach the year 2000, may we hope that we will throw off the chains of complacency and escape the doldrums of inertia. Let's stop cursing the darkness and light the beacon of hope and resolution that will show us the way to true and lasting peace. The Editor

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NATIONAL MIGRATION WEEK, JAN. 7-12

"Aliens and strangers no longer." Eph. 2:19

Religion or cheap grace? By Rev. Kevin J. Harrington Gallup surveys consistently indicate that the people of the United States are distinguished by the extent of their religious participation and religiosity. While opinion polls cannot of course really chart something as deep and persona'hs one's religious belief. they can give us some indication of the centrai place of religion in the nation's life. Indeed, the United States differs sharply from most industrial nations in its religious participation and beliefs. From 1970 to 1990 Americans have changed little with regard to church attendance. Two out of five Americans answered "yes" to the question: "Did you yourself happen to attend church or synagogue in the last seven days?" The same survey resulted in almost identical responses in 1970. 1975, 1980, 1985 and 1990, Over half of the respondents claimed to pray once a day or more. Perhaps most crucial of all is the fact that 85 percent responded "yes" to the question: "Did you receive any religious training as a child?" and a Whopping 92 percent . answered "yes" to the question: "Would you want a child of yours to receive any religious instructions?" In countries where much effort is expended on religious instruction, people test positively to being statistically religious. Take for example the question: "Do you believe in heaven?" 84 percent of Americans responded "yes" as did a similar number in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Compare that with 41 percent of

the Italian population, 27 percent of the French and 17 percent of the Danish, These statistics may bolster the spirits of some Americans but they leave me in somewhat of a quandary. Concern with the quantity of religion can steal attention from the more crucial matter of its quality. In any case, the ultimate questions are not.about how religious people are, or how organized religion is faring, We sho.uld call to mind the Old Testament book of the prophet Micah who daringly portrayed God as saying to human beings: "Would that you forget me and keep my commandments." In other words, in a showdown. God would prefer that ritual worship be neJ1;lected rather than that his commands about justice and mercy be disobeyed. Who can forget the words 01 Jesus: "Not everyone who says to me, Lord. Lord. will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father." _ In an ideal world, religious participation should lead to a more

Evening Prayer Father, bless me in my body, Son,bless me in my soul, Spirit, bless me this night In my body and my soul. Amen.

ethical and loving way of being. But in the real world, it may be fruitful to speculate that some of our I'lational religiousness may be an expression of that "cheap grace" against which the German martyrtheologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer preached so persuasively during his nation's darkest hour. The great Hebrew prophets represent an authentic religious tradition that measured true adherence to religious belief by one's willingness to conform one's way of life to the deepest demands of God's commandments of love, The prophets' voices may be muted by a culture that urges us to give our hearts to the passing pleasures of this world while dutifully proclaiming with our lips our belief in a deity that is actually conveniently absent from our lives. The optimist in me rejoices that our statistical religiousness sets us apart as a nation truly "under God," while the pessimist in' me wonders if our religiousness is truly an index of our sense ofthe sacred, our reverence for life, our universal benevolence,' our capacity for self-control and self-sacrifice. The Hebrew scriptures speak of periods of moral anarchy in Israel, when "everyone did what seemed right in his own eyes." America seems to be floundering in such a period, with little relation between. the beliefs our country espouses and the values actually practiced. . The gap between the religion of childhood and the moral choices of adulthood can only be bridged if the demands of the Gospel are heard in a culture thus far unwilling to listen to them.


Loosing the bonds of hatred Dear Dr. Kenny: After seven years of marriage and one child, my husband rali away with a woman to Florida. I never heard from him for three years until he wanted back. Foolishly I allowed it, feeling everybody is entitled to one mistake. But in the ensuing years, more girlfriends, more moving out and back. He was very devious, a liar, a cheat, amoral, unfaithful. He played head games with me, demeaned me, debased me. I finally said no more and got a divorce. He promptly married a girl 20 years younger. She's wealthy and he has a new car, a new condo -and anything he wants. Meanwhile, I live alone in a one-bedroom a'partment. He's tall and handsome, takes people to lunch and dinner, drinks, buys them gifts. He can charm the birds out of their trees. Now my dilemma. Just how does he get away with all this? Since God loves everyone and forgives everyone, when does justice occur? Am I being naive in thinking that he'll have to pay for his sins some day? It makes me think that I lost out on a lot of fun in my life. How does a creep like this get into heaven? Maybe he can charm St. Peter. Please explain it to me. -Iowa The world does not seem to be a very fair place at times, How does one cope with the fact that those who "play it loose" sometimes appear to do better than those who play by the rules? Your ex-husband has clearly done wrong by you. Whether he receives his just due in this life, however, is not within your control. Sadly, you seem preoccupied and consumed with hatred toward him. However justified your hatred toward him may be, you are letting it destroy you. It is as if he hurt you earlier in reality and now you are

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By Dr. JAMES & MARY KENNY inviting him to do it again in repeated mental instant replays. Anger is a painful emotion. Being constantly upset is no way to live your life now. Don't let him continue to do this to you. Forget him. He apparently is not worth your thoughts, not even your negative ones. Here are three simple rules to get on with yoUr life: I. Don't let hate consume you. Blaming someone else for your unhappiness may make you feel better momentarily, but it does not solve the problem. He answers to his own pleasures and ultimately will have to answer for his life. Be satisfied with that. Let him be. 2. Don't make comparisons. Would you really have wanted to live your life his way? Don't judge your life by his or anyone else's. Someone will always appear to be better off than you are, and ifyO'u are always comparing your own lot, you will always be dissatisfied. 3. Find joy in what you do. Look at your life, not his. Are there areas that need improvement? Things you wish to do? New goals? Make your own life and go for it! You need to detach and separate from your ex-husband. Unfortunately, hate binds us as much as love to another person. Let go and get on with your own life.

Dear Editor: I The December 1,11990 issue of TV Guide included the results of a survey taken by this magazine, and revealed that 90 percent of those polled believed that TV programs are sexually tnore explicit than a year ago. These figures lend credence to the statement made some time ago by Pope John Paul, that TV shows being foisted upon our people are filthy land obscene. He asked that the networks clean up their acts. His requests were not heeded! Only recently, the ~how "Nightline" featured the performer "Madonna" who was quotl:d as saying that she couldrh undemtand why her show that features bisexuality, voyeurism, group sex, (:rossdressing etc. is being criticiz,ed so much. ; At its last national convention, the Knights of Col~mbus asked members to become, active in requiring elected officials to prosecute porno violators.' Let's protect our children. Let's ~ot patronize sponsors of obscene shows! Thomas A. Walsh Secretary, Morality in Media, Needham Hgts

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Mugg.eridge was ready for 'destination in eternity British snobbery and politics from the United States to the Kremlin.

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I also remember his decision to become Roman Catholic eight years ago, at the age of 79. His wife, Kitty, was also received into the church, and they attributed their move from Anglicanism largely to M other Teresa of Calcutta.

I'm one of the fortunate people old enough to remember seeing the controversial British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge on television. His wit was like a sword, and he had no problem telling it like it is when it came to mode'rn morals,

M uggeridge called himself a "Jesus freak," and his writings on religion are as well-known as his TV documentaries. But not so well-known, I would wager, is an essay he wrote for a book published just a year ago, titled "The Courage to Grow Old." In the essay, titled "The Prospect of Death," the honest M~. Muggeridge - who died Nov. 14 courageously tackl~he subject of

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The annual wishing time - the time for resolutions - is upon us. As we move into 1991, instead of resolving to get in better physical shape or to perform some ascetical act, why not contemplate practicing a particular virtue for virtue's sake? Consider the virtue upon which all other virtues rest: prudence. Once you kndW it fully, I have the feeling it will tempt you.

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Q. My grandmother recently passed away. When planning for her funeral we requested that the casket be opened at the back ofthe church at the end of Mass. Our parish priest said this could not be. He said the casket could not be opened and this was not his opinion but what the church says.

death, unpalatable today "to the point that extraordinary efforts are made linguistically, and in every other way, to keep death out of o;ght and mind." That's actually logical, he proposes, because "if man is the very apex of creation, with nothing greater then himself in the universe; if his earthly life exhausts the whole content of his existence, then clearly his definitive end, his death, is too outrageous to be contemplated, and so is better ignored." H is essay goes on to explain that there has to be another reason for our existence, and he refers to the convictions of the great saints and scholars who "provided infallible signposts in the quest for God." - And then Muggeridge says: "To

suppose that these distinguished believers were all credulous fools whose folly and credulity in holding such beliefs had now been finally exposed, would seem to me untenable; and anyway, I'd rather be wrong with Dante and Shakespeare and Milton, with Augustine of Hippo and Francis of Assisi, with Dr. Johnson, Blake and Oostoyevsky than right with Voltaire, Rousseau, the Huxleys, Herbert Spenser, H.G. Wells and Bernard Shaw." . It,'s not surprising that M uggeridge's career-long search for God would bring him to the Catholic church. .In a brief introduction to his essay he spoke about what had become his most "wonderfully fulfilling thing" in his late years. This was Mass, with the church "packed

with children," and "I love to have Mass with all these little children around, and come away feeling enormously happy." This brilliant man had finally found the simple path to connection with God. I n the final lines of his essay on death, written one year before his demise, Muggeridge speaks beautifully of how the nearness of death in some mysterious way makes what is being left behind all the more entrancing - "as the last notes of a Beethoven symphony manage to convey the splendor of the whole piece." My guess is that, on Nov. 14, when Malcolm Muggeridge reached his destination in eternity, he found a lot of old friends waiting to escort this Jesus freak to the Man himself.

ANew Year's resolution: practice prudence in 1991 Often when prudence is mentioned, it conjures up images' of timorous or small-minded people, of people devoted to self-preservation or of clever tacticians. When we say a person is prudent we imagine a person who measures everything, is cautious and avoids adventure. But prudence is much bigger and more expansive than this. Prudence is the perfected ability to make decisions that are right. It is what every businessperson should carry in his or her briefcase to be successful, and what every family should store up in order to keep house and home together. Prudence has to do with action taken for good, practical reasons. The opposite of prudence is irresoluteness, thoughtlessness, hesit-

ation, being wishy-washy. The prudent person thoughtfully and quickly sizes up the reality of the moment and carries through. This is a virtue that focuses on the good means to swift action. How many times have we kicked ourselves because we did not take advantage of an opportunity when it presented itself or because we were not more decisive in,making a family or business decision? Good decision makers must use their minds well. Prudence calls for a good memory, c1earsighted~ess and docility. Memory is not just the recollection of past events. It is not enough to remember that a past family picnic was a disaster and to rely on this recollection to avoid repeating

the mistake. Prudence demands that we move beyond the recollection to cut through our emotions and selective memories and determine what went wrong - what, was the real truth of the matter. To do this, docility is needed. Docility must be understood as a willingness to understand, not passivity. Its opposites are being closed-minded or a know-it-all. Then there is c1earsightedness. As so often happens when things suddenly go wrong, there is a tendency to flinch - to face the issue by stopping, looking and listening, and not by hoping the problem will disappear. Clearsightedness assumes courage, the energy to stay in there and

to sort things out when all looks like chaos. Prudence gets at our very will and calls for immediate action based on solid reasoning. It encourages us to be bold and, in order to get at the truth, to move beyond the surface of what we might want to remember in only a partial way. -. Prudence is a dauntlessness th~t says to us, "Get out of your little world and learn what others have to say so that you can act well, so that you make good decisions." It is a bravery that doesn't retreat in the face of confrontation. 1991 be a year inwhich you walk hand in hand with prudence. You'll find this is a much more exciting virtue than you might have thought!

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Can a casket be opened after funeral Mass? Is this correct? I have been to many Catholic funerals with the casket opened at the back of the church at the end of Mass. Is this a new rule? (Arizona)

For example, evening funeral Masses are becoming more and more common in some areas. In these circumstances the visitation is often held in the church itself before and after the evening Mass, and burial takes place the following morning.

Mass as a favor to friends or relatives who were unable to be at the visitation the previous evening. It is possible your pastor is dealing in this manner with a local concern, but there is no general law to forbid what you had planned for your grandmother. Q.I was baptized a Catholic and to this day consider myself Catholic. After numerous infidelities and mental abuse, I divorced my husband whom I had married in the Catholic Church. I remarried in a civil ceremony a good man who also was baptized Catholic. We go to Mass together. '

On occasion also the casket is opened before or after the funeral

After we were married, my present husband's ex-wife obtained an

A. I know of no regulation, whether of the universal church or of any diocese, that would prohibit opening the casket in<:hurch.

annulment so she could remarry in the Catholic Church. My husband was informed about this. What is his status? What is my status? Does this mean I now must apply for an annulment? (Florida) A. A decl~ration of annulment means that, for some reason, no valid marriage ever existed between those two people. The annulment decision that was requested and received by his first wife, therefore, means he is as free to marry in the Clitholic Church as she is. You do need to talk with a Catholic priest about your own first marriage if you wish to return to full sacramental life in the

church. You are not excommunicated. It's too bad you did not talk with a priest about this earlier so the process could be taking place while the other annulment was under study. For your own peace of mind and soul, I hope you will follow my suggestion right away. A new brochure answering questions Catholics ask about receiving and ministering Communion is available free of charge by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Holy Trinity Parish, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, III. 61701. Questions for this column should be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address.

Take a risk: reach out when a friend is hurting By

DOLORES CURRAN

It happens to all of us eventually. We hear via the grapevine that a good friend or relative has separated from a spouse. We may or may not be surprised but we need to verify it. Enter the problem. If it isn't true and we call a mutual acquaintance the rumor will spread, and even if it is true, we can easily stand accused of being gossipy instead of caring.

So we wait and pass up an opportunity to be there when someone may 'need us. The same thing happens when we hear that a priest or nun has left religious life, a friend's child is pregnant or being treated for drug abuse, or a friend has lost his job. When we hear about a friend's illness, loss of a baby, or other tragedy, we know exactly what to do. We call and visit to offer empathy and services, pass the word and gather others together to supply support. We'don'Chave any protocol in the relatively new social experiences we encounter. Separation and drug abuse are different from illness, accidents, and death. Why? There's a stigma attached that

implies the problem was self-imposed rather than an "act of God." I asked a number of people who have been through personal problems how they would have liked friends to react路 in such situat.i.ons. "The same way they would in any other misfortune," is the answer I got. To a person, they said they wished others weren't so fearful of approaching them because they needed their support. "I couldn't call everyone and tell them we were separated," one woman said. "But I knew they knew and when they didn't call, I assumed they didn't care." Another said, "When my daughter died of an overdose; people just acted as if she hadn't died. Yet, when another teenager died in a

car accident, the whole parish came around to support the family. What's the difference, really? That she brought it on herself so we didn't need sympathy? Or that we did something wrong? Friends aren't just for the easy times. We needed them and they weren't there." Her words were still echoing in my head when I heard that a good friend had separated from her husband. Gathering courage, I called her.

about what her friends thought. She needed to know we cared. My plea is that we overcome our timidity and become available when others are hurting. The Chinese have a proverb: "Nobody's family can hang out the sign, 'N othing the matter here.''' Yes, it's awkward to intrude. Yes, we risk. My friend could have been offended and offered a curt reply. But she didn't and that made the risk worthwhile. I would want my friends to .do the same.

She started to cry. Yes, they were separated, and it was tough. She wanted to get together and talk about it. We did and, I think, it was helpful for her to be able to pour out some feelings. What struck me was that she wasn't concerned

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Saint Pius Tenth Parish. South Yarmouth A parish life center for which ground was broken in October, 1989, was dedicated last December 16 in the context of a Mass and blessing ceremony at St. Pius X parish, South Yarmouth. The center was the latest in a series of expansions of parish facilities, dating from 1954, when St. Pius X was founded. A 1962 Anchor story describes those early years: Not mat:ly years ago, there were no Catholic churches on Cape Cod between Hyannis and West Harwich and the faithful in that entire area had to travel to :'8t. Francis Xavier parish or to Holy Trinity church to attend Mass. This situation was alleviated somewhat when Rev. Thomas McLean, then pastor of the Hyannis parish, built Our Lady of the Highway Chapa-tn Bass River. It was 1954 when an independent parish was formed to provide for Catholics living below Hyan-

nis. Land was- purclulsed in South Yarmouth by Bishop Connolly and the decree establishing St. Pius X Parish was issued on June 15~ 1954. Delbert Johnson was commissioned as the architect for the new church and on August 18 dedication ceremonies were held. Rev. Christopher Broderick, then stationed at 51. Mary's Church, Norton, was appointed first pastor. The parish name honors Pope St. Pius X, who referred to the Fall

River diocese as his "first child," since it was the first diocese he created after assuming the papacy. The chapel of Our Lady of the Highway. once detached from the parish. is now a mission of the South Yarmouth church, and in 1960 it was necessary to enlarge the chapel, almost doubling its capacity. While the parish. church and missions were being established. Father Broderick and the Jesuit priests from Boston College who

assisted him resided in a house Henry T. Munroe and continued approximately one-half mile from when Msgr. John J. Smith sucthe church, but in 1961 Father ceeded him in June 1989. St. Pius Tenth is a parish that Broderick planned construction of a rectory and named the architect caters to a vastly increased flock in who had worked on Our Lady of the summer. As a 1984 Anchor the Highway Chapel to design it. article pointed out, during the The result is a lovely colonial vacation months Cape parishes home situated next to the church. add to their weekend Masses, plan In succeeding years the parish bazaars, suppers and other activicontinued to grow, as evidenced ties that most parishes save for by opening of the present St. Pius fall, winter and spring and in genTenth church on Jan. 12, 1969. eral provide a church home away Now the new center has added a from home for vacationers, many large meeting room, two small of whom return to the same Cape rooms for family-oriented activi- commuI!i!Y year after year. ____.-ties and a youth ministry office to ---"It's a gorgeous sight to see families together and watch the summer parish facilities. Preparations for the center began kids grow up," said Msgr. Henry during the pastorate of Msgr. Turn to 'Page Eight

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attend Mass as a unit, what with conflicting commitments, teenage jobs and so forth," he explained. "But on vacation they all come together." Year-round, St. Pius is one of the Cape's busiest parishes. One evidence is its outstanding record in Catholic Charities Appeal returns. Its winter population of 3,000, however, doubles in summer and many extra 'weekend Masses are scheduled to serve all worshipers, both at the main church on Station Avenue, which seats 1,200 and at Our Lady of the Highway summer chapel in Bass River. Sometimes, witnessing to its hold on their affections, long-time summer visitors choose to get married at St. Pius, said Msgr. Munroe. 'And members of the summer flock bring their problems to St. Pius, as to any other rectory. "Many people think of the Cape as a place to get away from it all, but it really isn't," summed up the then pastor.

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Mercy," now known to be Sister How did finding an old Our Mary Alexis Donnelly. Lady of Mercy hymnal in a used Meggison researched Sister Donnelly, visiting the Mercy combookstore lead to production of a cassette entitled "Mercy's Music munity's archives and talking to Heritage?" several sisters about her. During a visit with Sister M. The answer lies in a man's love for music, inspired at the old St. Stephen Finnerty and Sister CosMary's School (later St. James tello at Mount St. Rita Convent in and now St. James-St. John Cumberland, RI, Meggison was introduced to Sister M. Nathaniel School) in New Bedford. Gallogly. Peter Meggison, a native of St. Learning of his interests, Sister James parish who now resides in Holbrook, credits Mercy Sisters Gallogly steered him to Sister M. M. Teresita Kingsbury and M. Ignatia Giblin and then to Sister Miriam Theresa Daily, who had Amadeus Costello, who taught at WILLIAM K. ~eilly, head St. Mary's, for his interest in the studied under Sister Donnelly. of the Environmental ProtecMeggison and Sister Daily conhistory of American Catholic mucurred that the music Meggison sic. tion Agency, who teceived his The story of the cassette, the had found should be preserved. high school education at BMC sale of which will benefit the Sister Daily suggested they apDurfee High School, Fall retirement fund of the Providence proach J on Carew, director of the River, has asked thF l) .S. bishprovince of the Sisters of Mercy, Dorian Concert Choir in Provibegins with Meggison's boyhood., dence, about recording some of ops to, write a pastoral letter "Even though it was Sister Sister Donnelly's hymns. on the environment, addressTeresita who was in charge of the Meggison funded the project ing such issues as abd rain, air music program," he recalled, "it and will donate proceeds from pollution and waste disposal. was my sixth-grade teacher, Sister cassette sales to the Mercy retireI (CNS photo) Mary Amadeus, who instilled in ment fund as a tribute to the sisters who have educated three generame a love for music.... In Sister '1 tions of his family. Amadeus' class, we sang every Last June 27, after a year of morning and every afternoon not only hymns, but all kinds of rehearsal, the music was recorded I at Holy Name School in Provinice songs. We always looked forContinued from Fage One ward to singing, and all the other dence. is misunderstood an~ challenged "Mercy's Music Heritage" conteachers and our parents and because it often is presented intains 18 songs for which Sister 'adequately. priests marveled at the large reperI Donnelly wrote music, including toire of hymns and songs we learned Also commenting 'on the papal "a Dearest Mother of Mercy," speech was Father 4ivio Mt:lina. under Sister Amadeus' direction." Through the years the memory "Jesus, My Lord, My God, My an official at the Vatican Congre-" of all this music remained alive for All," "Evening Hymn to Our Lady" gation for the Doctrine of the Meggison. When he found the old and "Lead, Kindly Light." Faith. Speaking during an interMercy hymnal, he recognized many Also on the cassette are "Hail view with Vatican Radio. he said of the hymns, among them one of Thou Ever Blessed Morn," "The that the idea that there are "moral his favorites: "Again We Greet Day Is Done" and "Dear Little limits" to the use of natiural methods Our Mother," by Sister Mary One." of family planning is nothing new. Alexis Donnelly. A picture of Mercy foundress "It seems to me th~t one cannot He offered to make copies of Mother Catherine McAuley adorns say that this is a novelty at all. as it some of the music for friends in the cassette jacket. is in perfect continuity with all the various church choirs. Said Meggison, "I think it's tradition of the church," said' the "They loved this music. They important to note that the hymns, priest. I ' wanted more and asked me where' all accompanied by a majestic Church teaching requires marI had found it and did I have anymusical setting, are in themselves ried couples to have "a fundamenthing else they could sing," he said,. ' prayers. They still have a meaning tal openness to life as' a basic conMeggison obliged by giving them' to those brought up with them dition of their resppnsibi,lity to more music from the Mercy hymnbut also, to anyone else who would love:' Father Melinalsaid, adding al. ' care to listen, they are simple, that willingness to have "a nu merAlong the way, he developed an prayerful, and direct. Perhaps this ous family. generously opell to intense thirst for knowle<Lge about idea is best expressed in the words life," is recommen[jed by the the musical history of the Catholic of Sister Donnelly herself in the church. I Church. A Jesuit friend put him in preface to the 1927 Our Lady of • But "for serious reasons bdore touch with Father Bill Leonard, Mercy Hymnal: God ... spouses can responsibly limit SJ, at Boston College, a ,liturgist In presenting Volume 11 births" and still respect the moral who began liturgical reform moveof Our Lady of Mercy Hymorder, he said. ' , ments in the 1940s. Father Leonal, our fervent prayer is While church te'aching sincl: the nard gav'e Meggison duplicate that it may draw the hearts Second Vatican Countil has tended copies of some old hymnals. Megof our children to know the to emphasize, more Ithan in the gison began visiting churches in tenderness of Our Blessed past, that interpersonal love is a search of more hymnals and soon Mother's love, that love purpose of marriage, ;Father Melaccumulated what he terms a which all must possess who ina said, the church has not changed "major collection." , would enter into the Sacred I n all, he visited nearly 75 its mind about procreation also Heart of Mary's Divine Son, churches in the Fall River and being an aim of marriage. I Jesus Our Lord. Providence dioceses hunting for Further information on the musical treasures. cassette may be obtainedfrom the He was not disappointed. Sisters of Mercy Provincialate, Among his finds were composiMANILA, PhilipP,ines (CNS) R.D. 3, Cumberland, R102864, tions dating from the late 1800s, - Cardinal Jaime Sin of Manila tel. (401) 333-6333. and attributed to "-A Sister of said billions of dollars recovered from the family and associates of former Philippine Pr¢sident Ferdinand Marcos shoulp go to aid the poor as a gesture of repentance. He spoke at a Mass attended 'by President Corazon It\quino and her two main political critics, Vice President Salvador Laurel and opposition Sen. Juan Pobce Emile.

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SISTER DOROTHY SCHWARZ, SSD, left, and Brother Raymund Davey, FSC, were among major religious superiors to meet with Bishop Daniel A. Cronin and Sister Noel Blute, RSM, episcopal representative for religious, on Dec. 19 to discuss collaboration in the diocese. (Hickey photo)

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Interpretatipn "We should knowl what our convictions are, and stand for them. Upon one's own philo~ophy, conscious or unconscious,ldepends on one's ultimate interpretation of the facts."--CG. Jung!

Continued trom Page One about establishing an endowed memorial fund. "We were interested in a fund that would help others and benefit the less fortunate. We also wanted something that would keep Joseph's spirit alive," said Atty. Saulino. "The hospital went to great effort to explain the options available and offered us this program that addressed exactly what we were looking for." The Joseph C Saulino Endowed Memorial Fund "will serve as a lasting and fittil1g tribute to an individual who celebrated life every day," noted Sharon Danosky, St. Anne's director of development and public relations. "It will also recognize the Saulino fainily - which has in many ways become a part of the St. Anne's family - for their friendship, support and generosity." -Gifts to the fund may be sent to the hospital. Income from accrued interest will be allocated annually by St. Anne's after consultation with the Saulino family. An acknowledgment plaque has been placed outside Joseph's former room with the inscription: "In loving memory of Joseph C Saul-

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Gibbons Award WASHINGTON (eNS) - Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics International and executive vice president of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, has received the James Cardinal Gibbons Award from Catholic University. The honor recognizes her work for the mentally retarded. Past recipients have included Mrs. Shriver's brother, the late President John F. Kennedy, and her husband, R. Sargent Shriver,a former Peace Corps director.

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Vatican pos~ office: costly but quick, safe VATICAN CITY (CNS) - For Vatican postal workers, December brings neither rain nor sleet nor dark of night so much as a rising tide of Christmas cards and packages - all sent in the absqlute faith that the "pope's mail" will get, through on time. That explains the steady pilgrimage this time of year toward the familiar blue mailboxes in St. Peter's Square, and to the postal windows nearby. For those living in Italy or visiting Rome, the Vatican offers the best Christmas delivery system since Santa Claus. The Vatican post office handles about 76,000 pieces of mail a day, and much more during the Advent rush. Compared with other sovereign states, that may not seem like a lot - but it represents more than 100 letters daily for every resident of tiny Vatican City. Much of the outgoing mail traffic comes from surrounding Italy, and the reason is well-known: Italy's mail service is a national joke. Chances are that a card posted after Dec. I in Rome will spend Christmas inside an Italian mailbag. If the Vatican post office had a motto it might read: "No backlogs allowed." The secret to its efficiency is a strict policy of clearing the sorting room every day - even if it means working overtime. In a profession _of increasing automation, the Vatican post office maintains an old-fashioned "handson" approach. The sorting is done on a big table by human beings, who send off the day's collection by truck to -Rome's airport every evening. "A letter posted here today should be in the New York mail system tomorrow," said Pier Giorgio Andreani, vice director of the postal service. The secret to their success, he said, is frequent quality control, both for outgoing and incoming mail. "We take time to track down snags along the route," he said. In his 35 years at· the Vatican, he added, only one registered letter has been lost. The Vatican Post and Telegraph Office was officially founded in 1929, but the postal service dates back to the Middle Ages, when messengers ofthe Holy See carried correspondence by horseback and carriage throughout the Papal States.

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Opus Dei head named bishop Opus Dei has always worked "in VATICAN CITY (CNS) - The head of Opus Dei, a worldwide perfect union with the ordinary of organization of lay Catholics and . the diocese," said the spokesman, priests, has been named a bishop Giuseppe Corigliano. Opus Dei - Latin for "God's by Pope John Paul II, the Vatican work" - has centers in some 300 has announced. dioceses around the world. Its apThe pope named Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo titular bishop of Vita. proximately 75,000 lay members are guided by some 1,350 memberThe prelate has headed Opus Dei priests. since 1975. The 'organization was founded An Opus Dei spokesman in in 1928 by Spanish Msgr. Jose Rome said the appointment would not alter the juridical structure of Maria Escriva de Balaguer. Its aim the organization, nor affect rela- is to spread throughout society an tions between Opus members and awareness of the universal call to holiness. local bishop~.

they write more than five or ten words on the back of a postcard, it is considered a letter and the price doubles. Those sending Christmas gifts through the Vatican have learned to think small. The post office accepts package~, but only up to I kilogram (2.2 pounds). The Vatican mailmen make most of their appointed rounds in the marble hallways of historic mansions, where Vatican offices are housed. The biggest mail-getter is Pope John Paul 11, and his daily batch of envelopes and packages is sent straight to a special screening office at the Secretariat of State. Security is a constant concern, and during a wave of Italian terrorism in the 1970s and 1980s the Vatican post office routinely sent papal mail through an X-ray machine. No explosives ever turned up, but employees remember one famous false alarm. "We ran a packet through and the machine revealed a suspicious spherical object," Andreani recalled: "We told the secretary of state, and the demolitions people were called in. When they opened it, they found a disassembled chalice - but packed so that it looked just like a small bomb," he said. A few years ago, a rash of robberies hit Vatican postal trucks around Christmas, apparently after a rumor spread that exotic merchandise, or possibly gold, was passing through the Vatican mail. "When they found out what was in the packages, the robberies stopped," Andreani said. For the post office's 65 employees, the Christmas rush means extra hours and extra patience with clients - explaining, for example, that all packages must be left unsealed on one side for possible inspection. Most of the postal workers are bilingual, and some have even, managed to learn Polish in recent years. Between their hours at stamp windOWS and the sorting room, the employees find time to put up their own Christmas creche. Among the figures is St. Gabriel, whose role in announcing Christ's coming qualifies him as the patron saint of mailmen and other messengers.

NEW YORK (CNS) - The Vatican has turned down a request by the superior of the Maryknoll Fathers that the priestly faculties of Maryknoll Father Miguel D'Escoto be restored, the order told Catholic News Service Dec. 20. "Until such time as Father D'Escpto changes his position, and is willing to commit himself in writing to obey the canonical norms regarding political activity on the part of ecclesiastics, this office will not take his request to lift the suspension 'a divinis' into consideration," wrote Cardinll1 J ozefTomko, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Father D'Escoto, who served as Nicaraguan foreign minister, and Father Ernesto Cardenal, minister of culture, were suspended from priestly ministry in 198~ when they refused to give up the government posts they had taken after the 1979 Sandinista victory. As a result of the Feb. 25 victory of Violeta Chamorro over the Sandinistas and the installation of her government April 25, Father D'Escoto left office. Maryknoll superior Father William M. Boteler requested restoration of his faculties in a June 6 letter to Cardinal Tomko. The cardinal's response was received Nov. 26, Maryknoll said. Father D'Escoto also wrote to Cardinal Tomko requesting restoration of his faculties, but Maryknoll had no word on what response he may have received. In a telephone interview Dec. 20, Father Boteler said he had not been able to reach Father D'Escoto, who lives in a house in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua with his 90-year-old mother, but had written him to report receipt of the Vatican letter and ask for clarification. Father Boteler said' Cardinal Tomko's letter was based on dialogue among several Vatican congregations, but he did not know whether Pope John Paul II had been directly involved. . Father D'Escoto has recently been traveling with former Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on a peace mission to Iraq and other areas, Father Boteler said. But he said he did not know where Father D'Escoto was currently. In discussions 18 months ago, Father Boteler said, he and Father D'Escoto agreed that Father D'Escoto would set up a center on "the spirituality of nonviolence" in Managua after he left the government. Father Boteler said Father D'Escoto had never been suspended from Maryknoll, but had continued to receive the modest stipend given to all members of the order. Father Boteler said Father D'Escoto could serve Maryknoll as center director even if he could not function as a priest, but that the

order wanted his priestly faculties restored. A Maryknoll general chapter this fall elected .Father Kenneth Thesing as new superior. Father Boteler will conclude his six-year term Dec. 30. After spending the spring semester at the University ofN otre Dame, Father Boteler said, he expected to take a parish assignment in San Salvador, capital of El Salvador.

Social climate worsens mental ailments, says pope VATICAN CITY (CNS) Decaying social conditions and the current crisis in values are contributing to the growth of mental disorders, Pope John Paul 11 said at a Vatican-sponsored meeting of brain specialists. He asked for an integral approach to mental diseases that takes account of the mind's spiritual dimension and for greater respect for the human dignity of the mentally ill. The pope spoke at a meeting sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. "Medical science recognizes·a very close relationship, for example, between the manifestation and worsening of some mental pathologies and disorders and the current crisis in values," the pope said. "This is confirmed, to cite one instance, by the interdependence of AIDS, drug addiction and the disorderly use of sexuality;" he added. Many mental diseases stem from "poverty, malnutrition, hygienic deficiencies and environmental decay," he added. The pope asked government officials and health care workers to become aware of "the extent and complexity of the problem of the mentally ill" and to support laws providing therapy and helping eliminate social causes of mental illness. In treating them, doctors should not underestimate the value of love, he added, praising "the singular contribution love can make, both preventively and therapeutically, to overcome a good many mentaly disturbances." . The pope cautioned that "the attempt to explain man's thought and free will in mechanistic and materialistic terms inevitably leads to the negation of the person and his dignity." Development of"artificial intelligence" and "electronic brains" do not alter the fact that "at the root of information science and cybernetics is human intelligence," which cannot be reduced "to physical and chemical phenomena alone," he said.


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I Ironically, the cartoon, which is popular with youngsters, is not really a child's program, Ms. Coffman said. I "It'san adult cartoon," she said. "The audience it attracts is from [agel 2 to 54." , "The writers cornel from adult shows," such as N Be's "Che'ers" and "Saturday Night Live," rather than the "Saturday cartoon shows," : she said. She added that "the writing's geared for adults" and that "when families watch togethJr, the adults and children laugh at different parts." Sometimes reactions, she said, surprise her. In one episode, "S hock Therapy," the Simpsons went for help so they could llearn to get along with one another. Ms. Coffman awaited criticism: from counselors. Instead, she said, "all these teaching psychologis~s and psychiatrists wrote asking for the segment to use with the,ir class lectures."

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"It's enough to make you have a cow," says mother WASHINGTON (CNS) - It's enough to make you have a cow. Bart Simpson, the most criticized character of Fox's cartoon series "The Simpsons" is "everywhere," said a Lynn, Mass., mother and Catholic school teacher. He's forcing parents to watch him - for the same reason the nation flies reconnaissance missions over enemy territory. The skateboarding, spike-haired Bart, a self-proclaimed underachiever, arrived on the TV scene just a year ago and has raced into American popularity. H is picture is "everywhere - on nightshirts, sweatshirts, pencils and crayons," said Anne Gaudet, who termed the series offensive. Nevertheless, Mrs. Gaudet, who teaches at St. Pius V School in Lynn, tunes in each week with her husband to watch fourth grader Bart even though she'd rather be viewing "The Cosby Show" on N Be. Both air Thursday, 8 p.m. Eastern time. The Gaudets have a son in sixth grade. "He really likes 'The Simpsons,''' she said. In a telephone interview, Mrs. Gaudet laid out her game plan. "You need to counterbalance 'The Simpsonst' she said. As the son watches, "we comment on it. We don't feel the thing to do is take it completely away from him." Mrs. Gaudet holds a list of objections that start with Bart's boasting on a T-shirt that he's an "underachiever - and proud of it." She also minds how parenthood is portrayed by Bart's parents, balding, grumpy Homer and irrelevant Marge, who has the mile-high blue bouffant hair-do. Then there is the issue of nuclear power - Homer is an inept safety inspector at a nuclear power plant. Because the Gaudets live near a nuclear power plant across the state border in New Hampshire, the Massachusetts mother can't laugh at "how lightly the show treats nuclear power ~ occasionally a little bit of radiation slips out - without giving any sense of the real danger there."

"The Simpsons" criticizes the nuclear industry, but it's "very subtle," she said. "I don't know if children have the experience to pull out what the writers are trying to say." Most of all, however, Mrs. Gaudet objects to Bart, who, she said, "tries to get away with whatever he can."

She's not alone in that view. CO/llplaints about "The Simpsons" "usually zero in on Bart," said Antonia Coffman, the series' publicist. People don't like his "bad language," she said. So far, this season, his worst word has been "bitchin'," a synonym for "cool." "The Simpsons" is "not a message show" or out to make a point. The writers are Harvard grads in their 30s and just "write what's funny to them," she said. The Simpsons are "dumb," she said. "They mean well but they fail in every way." Still, a few messages slipped into some episodes in the 1990-91 season. The series criticized the nuclear power plant through Homer. It also scorned negative messages in Saturday morning cartoon~ by having Marge campaign against violence on the "ltc'hy and Scratchy" program that Bart and his younger sister, Lisa, watch. Since Fox began this season to program "The Simpsons" against "The Cosby Show," the cartoon has given stiff competition to the NBC show, which has been a ratings leader since it first aired in 1984. The success of "The Simpsons" lies in its being opposite "Cosby" in more than its time slot, said Ms. Coffman. .' The Cosbys present a view of perfect family life, she said, and nobody can be like them. Most families are like the Simpsons, "imperfect - though they try not to be," she said. She defended Bart as "misunderstood." She said "people misconstrued" his underachiever shirt because the shirt is not upholding underachievement, but making fun of a label the school put on him.

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Oh girl I'd be in trouble if you left me now Because I don't know where to look for loving I just don't know how Oh girl How I depend on you To give me love when I need it Right on time you would always be All my friends call me a fool They say let the woman take care of you So.l try .to be hip, think like the crowd But even the crowd can't help me now Oh girl . . Tell me what am I going to do I know that I got a hill to face But I feel so o.ut of place . I don't know where to go,' who to see Oh girl I guess I better go I can save myself a lot of useless tears Girl I got to get away from here Sung by Paul Young, produced by Pete Wingfield (c) 1990 . . 'by United. K~~gdom Ud. . PAUL YOUNG's strong vocFacingthi.s typ~ of uncertainty als, plus his skillful use of the in dating relationships can be harmonica make "Oh Girl" a difficult and upsetting. At times it may be more stressful than sure chart riser. The song describes a relaknowing that a.romance is over. tionship stuck in emotional limIf the couple decide to wait boo The person in 路the song and see what time will bring, realizes how much he depends there are certain things they can on the woman and that indeed do to help the process along, he "would be in trouble if you Consider these steps to help your relationship get through left me now," Yet, there doesn't seem to be any immediate way the uncertainty: to solve the problems causing I. Be honest and clear. Make the insecurity. sure both of you understand

what is c~us'ing the current conflict. No resolution will be gained through avoidance, 2. Be respectful. Do not put the other person down for what he or she wants, or for the view taken toward the situation. Respect lies at the heart of love. 3. Be fair to both of you. Do not sell out your needs, for doing so eventually leads to resentment. Nor"should you try to bulldoze the other into your way of resolving the situation. Instead, keep brainstorming for possible solutions that both of you could livc with, even if they are not exactly what each of you seeks individually. 4. Take the responsibility for your own needs, Ask your friends for the support that will help you get through this difficult time. Allow more emotional space in the relationship. 5. Seek out a knowledgeable and trusted adult to help you negotiate differences. Most of us need help to widen our perspectives on a situatiol}. Your pastor, a counselor or sonie other professional can help both of you be more objective. , 6: Set a limit ~n this time in limbo. If the above steps do not alleviate the problem and the insecurity, it is time for both individuals to let go of the relationship. That both people have acted with integrity, respect'and fairness will help each heal from the grief of losing a loving relationship. Ask God to help you go on with your life and discover new paths for love and meaningful relationships. Your comments are welcome always. Please address them to: Charlie Martin, RR 3, B~x 182, Rockport, Ind, 47635.

Missioners need "future approach" says Maryknoller CHICAGO (CNS) - A new approach to missionary activity is needed to fill the "vacuum" left by the discarding of past models, said a Maryknoll priest speaking at a missions conference. Maryknoll Father John Gorski, an internationally known specialist on church missionary activity, said "a future-centered approach" is needed to bring together the best of past and present models of missionary work. He spoke at a recent Chicago symposi~m on World Mission

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sponsored by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on the Missions. In the past, Father Gorski said, "mission activity was usually called 'Christianization: the extension of the limits of Christendom and the incorporation of people into it." The emphasis on authority with that approach "left it open to an exaggerated clericalism and a centralism that ignored the importance of the particular churches and of cultural diversity," Father Gorski said, while neglecting to

emphasize that "the life-giving action of the Holy Spirit extends beyond the visible limits of the church." The church benefits from the current'insight that "human development, socioeconomic and political liberation, enculturation and interreligious dialogue are integral dimensions of evangelization:' he said. "The problem is rather the tendency to reduce mission activity to the advocacy of international justice and peace issues."

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TV SPECIAL: Native Americans at Taos Pueblo in New Mexico perfo~rm a dance for the production crew of "On Fire with Faith," a one-hour documentary that will air Jan. 13 at 12:30 p.m. EST on ABC. Funded in part by the Catholic Communications Campaign, the program traces the history of evangelization in the United States from the arrival of the first missionaries to ministries carried out today by Hispanics in the Southwest. (CNS photo).

By Michael Warren Yes. How do some people create As I am about to leave the this time? Here are some things house, briefcase in hand, Catheyoung people told me they do to rine, not yet 3 years ,old, says, create time for themselves, not just "Daddy, will you play with meT' Is on occasion but regularly: Once a week Bob goes for a long it a reasonable request? Basically, yes. walk on the beach not (ar from his She knows that one sign of love home. He says it helps him think is the willingness to spend. time about his friends, his life, his future, his problems. Those walks give with someone you car~ about, in a sense to "waste time" with that him joy in being alive. Nancy takes a bath every night personjusthaving fun. So I explain with a hug that there is nothing I . before going to bed_ To s'ome such would prefer to do more than play . all ~,xample might ,seem silly, but with her, but just now I can't do to her that time of relaxation is her gift,fo herself at the end' of a busy what I want but hiive to leave. As I walk down the street I am day. Afterward she spends time reminded that a young woman 'reading something just for enrecently asked me what she should joyment. Claire lights a candle, gets commake of the fact that her boyfriend doesn't seem to have time for her fortable and quiet in her room and all by herself. He always wants to prays. She uses various methods, be in a crowd or at least with other like imagining' herself in a scene from Scripture and speaking to friends around. She asks, "Why doesn't he want the various persons involved, or to talk t'o me?" She's afraid some- just'listening to her own breathing, thing's the matter with her. Know- knowing that the spirit of God was ing her, I suggest something may present in that breath. Are these people selfish in takbe the matter with him. ing time for themselves? I don't There is another side to this think so. They took the time 'for matter, and it involves taking time themselves so they could be prefor yourself, by yourself. I wonder pared to be with others in deep if the two sides are connected. ways. Being present to yourself is People who don't take time or related to being present to others. enjoy time alone may be the very Many people fool themselves ones who have difficulty taking into believing they have no time loving time with others. for either themselves or those they Is there such a thing as having love. The time is there. But I don't life too crowded, meaning too much suddenly find time to play with of it spent in groups and crowds, Catherine. I have to make time with too little time to get in to.uch and take time. I also have to take with yourself and to reflect? Is and make time for myself. th-ere such a thing even as crowdThe patterns of taking time and ing your alone time with the ear- making time can be developed in phones of a personal stereo or by one's teen years. Long beach walks, watching junk television? The hot baths or candle meditations obvious answer is yes. may not be your thing. These speAre there ways of creating patt- cific ways of taking time are not erns of quiet time for yourself? the point. Taking time is the point.

If you can't have it, be it! By Hilda Young Just because we can't afford a "home entertainment center" (with. a drive-in movie screen and speakers the size of radar dishes) does not mean we cannot think of our home as an entertainment center anyway. Playing this week alone we have: "Revenge of the Nerds": A mother and father invite county health officials to inspect oldest son's rOom. Room is condemne'd and son is required to make restitution. Great for persons who enjoy fantasy. "Jaws": Three brothers plot to overthrow their sister's dominationof the family phone. . "Predator": Oldest daughter sets up a series' of third-party phone calis, "chance" meetings and subtle hints that lead to Daren ("Hu'rikman") Murphy asking her to the junior-senior prom. '''Rocky V": Spouse and four of his friends play flag football with their children at local field. This could have been titled "Medic I" or "Running Scared:"

"The Money Pit": Smiling, happy family enters local mail to go shopping and emerges white-faced, haggard,limping. Rated PG-I3. Some violence. "Ghost": Home is invaded by a mischievous, gremlin who leaves towels on bathroom floors, peanut butter on fridge d~or,pptato chips on. car seats and newspapers all over front room. Hours of searching leave no clue where it hides. "Home Alone": Beknownst to no one, family dog is locked in house while the family is at "The Money Pit." Left to his own devices, Leaky, h~s an 'uproariously good time. Rated "R" for language at end of film. "Dances With Wolves": Father meets daughter's 'date for juniorsenior prom.' Claims he cannot see what she sees in a young man who resembles Kevin Costner, drives an "awesome" Camaro and stars on the high school baseball team, "Say Anything": A tense drama centering on dialogue between a father and 13-year-old after a call from vice-principal.


THE ANCHOR-Diow,e of Fall River-Fri., Jan. 4, 1991

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KATHRYN McCAUGHEY, pictured with Sisters of Mercy Davida Dunne, Lea Malley and Eileen Kitchen, portrayed Mercy foundress Catherine McAuley for a recent SS. Peter and Paul School celebration of the sisters' foundation Day. The Mercy Sisters have served at the Fall River school since 1923, and four are currently on the faculty. The F oundation Day program included presentation of corsages to the sisters, an autobiographical sketch of Mother McAuley, a slide show of the area of Dublin where the congregation was founded, and a student panel presentation of material on the foundress' works. Students were challenged to spread the Mercy charism and the celebration closed with a prayer for beatification of Mother McAuley and singing of the Suscipe.

Bishop Feehan Accepted into the Southeast member ofthe chorus, drama club, District Choral Festival from Bish- yearbook staff, debate team and op Feehan High School, Attleboro,' the French, Spanish and National were vocalists Rachel Padoll and Honor Societies. Patricia McLaughlin, both seniors; She has been honored by John juniors Kate Berry and Kerri Simon- Hopkins University as an academiceau, and sophomore Raymond Mar- ally talented youth and was a gold tell, who also received All-State key winner in the Scholastic Art recommendation. Competition. She was also a chemInstrumentalists Jennifer Wilson, istry winner at the Rhode Island Erinn Hoagg and Vanessa Cesarz State Science Fair and has received also were accepted for the festival a biology award at Feehan. She and received All-State recommend- ranks seventh in her class of 250. ations. Feehan students participated in recent academic decathalon region~ al championships at Framingham North High School, placing 23rd overall and performing well despite Taunton Catholic Middle School competing with eight players in- students recently elected student stead of nine due to illness of a council officers and homeroom starter. representatives. Officers are Brian Senior Joseph Boyle won a gold Lanagan, president; Melissa Simas, medal in the scholastic division for vice president-treasurer;' Marc the highest score in grammar and Barney, vice president-bookstore literature, and a bronze medal for manager; and Justin Gordon. secthe third highest score on social r:etary. 24 students in grades 5 science. He placed in the top 10 in through 8 were named homeroom fine arts and science. representatives. The coach's medal went to Students recently participated sophomore Tim Famulare for his in a Pennies-by-the-Mile contest contribution to the overall success in which they competed bOy classof the team. room to be the first to raise enough Coached by English teacher pennies to measure a mile. The Christopher Servant, the team is winning class, homeroom 7-3, will composed of two seniors, six jun- enjoy a pizza party. The drive iors and four sophomores. raised $700. In its second meet of the year, held at Dighton-Rehoboth High School, the Feehan math team Dominican Academy placed second in a field of seven Pupils at Dominican Academy, withjunior Elaine Dwyer receiving Fall River, enacted a Mexican an award as the highest scoring posada for nine days before Christjunior in the competition. Virginia mas as statues of Mary, Joseph Jolin is the coach and Kathleen and Jesus, led by an angel, were McCarthy and Amy Matoian are carried through the halls to the, cocaptains of the IO-member team. strains of "Prepare Ye the Way of Senior Stacy Girard was recently the Lord." The statues were placed honored as 1991 Somerset Lions in a different classroom daily, symClub Young Woman of the Year. bolizing the various resting places She plans to use her $1 ,000 scholar- found by the Holy Family en route ship award toward study of hotel to Bethlehem. administration at Cornell UniverPupils also donated items for sity. She has studied classical ballet needy children and adult family for 10 years and was winner of members at the Fall River shelter creative and performing arts and for the homeless and collected fitness awards in the local contest. food and money for the Rocking She now qualifie.s for state-level Horse restaurant's annual project competition. of feeding the needy on Christmas At Feehan, Miss Girard is a day.

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31 juniors and seniors Wl~re recently inducted into the Bishop Connolly High School:chapter of the National Honor Society. Chapter president Porsha Ingles welcomed parents, faculty ~nd friends to the ceremony and sbhool chaplain Father Jim Mattaliano, SJ, offered the invocation. : Chapter members Anne Conforti, Bruce Mason, Michael Nasser and Lisa Goss spoke on scholarship, leadership, servicJ and character, qualities on whIch socit:ty membership is based. I Principal Father John Murray, SJ, exhorted members to be faithful to their gifts. He cited St. Ignatius of Loyola as a Iman who worked hard to succeed at his studies and was devoted to serving GQd and God's people. : Seniors Eric J. Stubbert and Porsha Ingles were Elks Teenagf:rs of the Month for N1ovembf:r. Stubbert, student goverllment treasurer, is active in hockey and ski club. , Miss Ingles is yearbook editor and participates in dra.rta, sailing, choir, National Honor Society, Amnesty Internationa1 and the foreign language club. ~he is a St. Anne's Hospital and Fall River Community Soup Kitchen volunteer. Both students are o~ the postprom committees. I Jim L'Heureux, yearbook moderator at the Fall Rive,r School, has been notified that OPUS '90 has been named among the top 10 percent of 1990 yearbqoks pulblished by the Taylor Rublishing Company. Yearbooks were judgf:d on cover and page design, copywriting and theme development. Editors were Matt Carlo'S, now at Rhode Island College, and Maria Mutty, now ·at the University of Massachusetts at Amherlst. Connolly faculty and staff have received a Silver Award from the United Way of Greater Fall River. for pledges and gifts made to the 1991 United Way campaign. GEORGE ANGELOofth; science faculty at Bishop Connolly High School, Fa!ll River, has received a $500! specia.l achievement award from the National Park Servic~. For' the past half dozen summers, Angelo hasibeen an emergency medical technician at Grand Teton Natiodal Park, WY0n;ting. He. ~s n~w le~d EMT tn the park S North DIStrict and in 1988 and 1~90 was acting ranger for parlt of thl~ summer. He also coordinates training for Natiomp Park Service and district'concession staffs. i

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Bi.shop Stang Senior Kim J. Sutcliffe of Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth, was among 30 U.S. students who traveled to Moscow recently as science youth ambassadors to Russia in a People to People Youth Science Exchange Program. The program brings U.S. students to other countries for tours of scientific facilities, meetings with scientists, and sightseeing. Miss Sutcliffe was pari of an astrophysics team headed by W. Russell Blake, director of the Plymouth-Carver Planetarium. The team earned·a first place gold medal and a certifi,:ate of excellence in a 200-question oral Science Olympics Contesl sponsored by the Soviet Center of International Programs. Senior Kelly Condon received a $500 scholarship first place award in the Dec. 7 Johnson and Wales Invitational Skills Meet in speedwriting. Miss Condon had studied

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Ten of Stang's fall sports teams have received the M IAA Academic Excellence Award, given teams for achievement of a high academic average while participating in sports... Gold medals, awarded to teams averaging 3.0 to 4.0 academically, went to the girls' varsity crosscountry team and the varsity field hockey and varsity volleyball teams. Silver medals, for averages of 2.5 to 3.0, went to junior varsity field hockey, freshman field hockey, varsity football, freshman football, boys' junior varsity soccer, girls' varsity soccer and junior varsity volleyball. In all, 48 percent of Stang's fall athletes are on the school honor roll.

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ST. JOSEPH, TAUNTON Kudos to parish Vincentians Roland Ducharme and Louis Chaves for assistance at a recent Granite Street fire, to Dotti Beauvais for climbing a fire escape to a smoky rooftop to rescue a child and to Christine LaPointe for bringing a naked child to her home for clothes, cookies and milk. LaSALETTE CENTER, ATTLEBORO Men's retreat Jan. II to 13. Information: 222-8530.

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ST. THOMAS MORE, SOMERSET Annual youth ministry retreat Jan. II to 13, St. James House of Hospitality; Tiverton. Rl. Information at rectory. VINCENTIANS, FR, TAUNTON Fall River District Council Vincentian meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 8, Immaculate Conception Church. Fall River. Taunton District Council meeting 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7, St. Anne Church, Raynham. ST. PATRICK, WAREHAM 45 children are 'unable to attend CCD classes because of lack of transportation. Anyone able to assist in this matter may call 295-0780. Epiphany prayer. Mass and dinner for catechists 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, church hall. CYO meeting and dance 7 to 9 p. m. Ja·n. 8. Junior CYO meeting Jan. 10. ST. FRANCIS, NB CCD classes resume Jan. 6 7 and 8. O.L. CAPE, BREWSTER Exposition of Blessed Sacrament after 8 a. m. Mass until II a. m. today. Under a new schedule, there will be no Tuesday Masses and no Saturday 8 a.m. Mass beginning the week of Jan. 7. O.L. ASSUMPTION, OSTERVILLE The adult choir will sing at 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday. Canned and packaged foods for t·he needy may be deposited at church entrances. ST. PIUS X, S. YARMOUTH Mass is offered in Spanish at 3 p.m. each Sunday for the benefit of Cape Hispanics. ST. MARY, SEEKONK Youth group winter dance Jan. 18; Explorer Post meeting Jan. 14. 7:30 p.m .. parish center; leaders' meeting 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15, center. 9th to 12th graders invited to join post.

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ST. THERESA, SO. ATTLEBORO· Ad ult enrichment course begins 7:30 p. m. Jan. 9, continuing for nine Wednesdays and facilitated by Deacon and Mrs. Bob Pelland. Confraternity of Christian Mothers Mass 7:30 a.m. Jan. 6. HOLY GHOST, ATTLEBORO Buses to Washington for the annual March for Life will leave church at lOp. m. Jan. 21, returning at midnight Jan. 22. Jnformation: 2260292. Portuguese Epiphany celebration 6:30 p.m. tomorrow. Liturgy board meeting 8 p.m. Jan. 8. WIDOWED SUPPORT, ATTLEBORO Support group meeting 7 tonight, St. Mary's Church, North Attleboro. Rev. William T. Babbitt will offer Mass and show Medjugorje slides. HOLY NAME, NB (CD teacher needed for grade 8. CHRIST THE KING, MASHPEE Bible study group meets Jan. 6 and 9. Food pantry needs jellies, peanut butter. crackers, canned meats and hand soap. The parish library will open this weekend after Masses . and also on weekdays, offering thousands of books and other religious resources. More volunteers needed; information 477-7742; 5390061; or 477-9149. ST. PATRICK, SOMERSET Parents of candidates making a winter retreat will meet at 7 p.m. Sunday in the parish center. First penance 10 a.m. Jan. 19. Parish youth groups have donated to Marie's Place, a clothing center operated by Dominican Sisters of the presentation. . CAPE-ISLANDS CATHOLIC NURSES Meeting 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9, St. Pius X hall. South Yarmouth. Sister Thomas More, OP, will speak on the hospice program. ST. MARY, FAIRHAVEN Adult Scripture discussion group meets 7 p.m. each Thursday at Ferreira home. 45 Carnegie St.. N. . Dartmouth. All welcome. Information: 992-7557. Baptism preparation meeting 7 p.m. Sunday. Youth group meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 27. Market Ministries program will be discussed. SS. PETER & PAUL, FR Vincentian meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 10, rectory. CYO meeting 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8, Fr. Coady Center. ST.GEORGE,WESTPORT Parish advisory council nomination weekend Jan. 12 and 13. ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA, FR A holiday party sched,uled by the Council of Catholic Women for 6 p. m. Dec. 18 in Father Reis Hall has been transferred to Jan. 15. same time and place. ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, ACUSHNET School registration for the 199192 year is now open in pre-school through eighth grade programs. Information: 995-4313.

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CATHEDRAL CAMP, E. FREETOWN Retreat tomorrow and Sunday for Holy Cross parish, South Easton; confirmation retreat tomorrow for St. Anthony's parish, East Falmouth. HOLY NAME, FR Youth group movie night 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, school. ST.LOUIS de FRANCE, SWANSEA Vincentians will meet Jan. 14 and on Jan. 22 will host an evening meal at the area soup kitchen. Volunteers welcome to contribute, prepare or serve. IJlformation: 673-5449 or rectory. ST. JOHN EVANGELIST, POCASSET Convert instructions: 7 p.m. each Wednesday, parish center. The 5 p.m. Sunday Mass at St. John's has been suspended until April, but a Mass at that hour is offered at St. Elizabeth Seton parish, North Falmouth. Girls' Echo retreat Jan. II to 13 with parishioner Jan Travis as rectora. ST. MARY,N. ATTLEBORO Healing Service and Mass 2:30 p.m. Sunday with Father William T. Babbitt. parochial vicar.

Migration Week Continued from Page One. tion Week is designated by the U.S. bishops to celebrate "the' multicultural dimension of the Roman Catholic Church on a national level," said U.S. Catholic Conference officials. It is suggested that parishes celebrate National Migration Week by planning a special liturgy or penitential rite "that emphasizes the spirit of welcome, acceptance and concern for the people of various language groups." In 1991, the church will be involved in resettling one-third of the 131,000 refugees expected to be admitted to the United States, according to the USCe. The refugees will be "former political prisoners, victims of torture and members of religious and ethnic minorities.". Some will be "political dissidents or human rights activists who challenged unjust and repressive political systems" and suffered as a result. The USCe's division of Migra. tion and Refugee Services will participate in an effort called the Emergency Resettlement Initiative. Individuals can help, the division said, by: - Contacting their local resettlement office and offering to become a sponsor for a refugee -helping the refugee find housing, jobs and schools for· the children. - Encouraging their parish or community to include leaders of various local ethnic communities in their organizations and activities. - Encouraging parishioners to visit newcomers to their neighborhoods so that these families feel welcome and are made aware of parish .activities.

- Organizing committees to contact their congressional representatives when immigration or refugee issues arise and to meet with local officials on the service needs of newcomers.

U.8. health care "out of control" says ethicist LATROBE, Pa. (CNS) - The U.S. health care system "is the most expensive in the world and way out of control," says Catholic ethicist Daniel Callahan. In a talk on "The Limits of Medical Progress" at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Callahan said that with the exception of South Africa, "the United States is the only developed country that does not have a national health care program." Although $650 billion, about 12 percent of the U.S. gross national product, is devoted to medical care, "there are approximately 35 million people who have no health care coverage at all," he said. Callahan is cofouncler and director of the Hastings Center in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., a research and education institute specializing in issues of medical and biolog: ical ethics. In his talk he called for a reordering of U.S. priorities in health care, especially in the emphasis on "curing" over "caring." . "We are mortal human beings," he said. "N 0 matter how much medical progress we get, we are going to get sick, we are going to age, we are going to die. There is nothing medicine can ultimately do about that."

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ST. STANISLAUS, FR The 85th anniversary of the parish school will be celebrated Sunday with Mass at 10:30 a.m. fo1l9wed by a brunch at the school. New family ministry coordinators are Jan and Debbie Grygiel and David and Nancy Beard. WIDOWED SUPPORT Cape Cod area meeting "Nutrition: Eating Better, Feeling Better" 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 27, library of education center, Christ the King parish, Mashpee. STONEHILL COLLEGE, N. EASTON Continuing Education open house Jan.7 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., Donahue Hall. Resource persons will answer questions regarding degree and non-credit programs, financial aid, professional development and student life. ST. JOSEPH, NB Prayer meetings 7 p.m. Jan. 16, 23,30; rectory basement; Bible study 7 p.m. Jan. 9. ST. DOMINIC, SWANSEA The Deacon Gene food bank is in need of donations. Canned or packaged foods may be placed in receptacles at entrances and center of church.

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