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cliniic shootings Cardinal Bernard F. Law of Boston and Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., of Fall River have issued thefollowing statements in response to the shootings at two abortion clinics in Brookline and one in Norfolk, VA. Cardinal Law's statement was issued Dec. 30, the day of the Brookline shootings, before the arrest of a suspect in the incidents. Bishop O'Malley's statement was issued Jan. 4. Statement of Bishop O'Malley We ended 1994 under the terrible pall of violence unleashed by a gunman in two Boston abortion clinics. It is the greate:st tragedy imaginable for the victims and their families and for the pro-life movement. In solidarity with Cardinal La w, whose statement we are publishing in this week's Anchor, I would like to share some of my own thoughts on this n:cent crisis. In our November ml~eting, the U.S. Catholic Bishops issued a statement entitled, "Confronting a Culture of Violence." In it, we stated: We cannot teach that killing is wrong by killing. This cycle of violence diminishes all of us - especially our children. For our part, we oppose both the violence of abortion and the use of violence to oppose abortion. We are clear in our total repudiation of any effort to advocate or carry out murder in the name of the pro-life cause. Such acts cannot be justified. They deny the fundamental value of each human life, and do irreparable harm to genuine pro-life witness. In our modern world, we see how institutional injustices often spawn terrorism as a r'eaction.1t is very important that the Church and pro-life activists distance ourselves from all forms of violence. At the same time, we can never abandon our legitimate aspirations to bring about institutional changes that will protect the lives of unborn children. A million and a half

abortions each year in our country is an intolerable violation of human rights. The efforts of the Catholic Church in defense of human life will continue. It is a moral imperative that cannot be ignQred. At this time, we must recommit oqrselves to nonviolent and peaceful methods that recognize the digqity of every person. We must strive to win people over by persuasion, not intimidation. The battle over abortion will be won only by changing people's minds and hearts. This cannot be accomplished by anger, but only by nonviolence and love as Christ teaches us by His word and example. Statement of Cardinal Law There is no way to express adequately the sorrow that fills my heart in this moment. The fatal shootings of this morning were reprehensible acts of violence with absolutely no justification whatsoever. While I speak these words at a time when the murderer's identity and motive are not yet established, it is important to stat,e again that violence is in total contradiction to all that the pro-life movement represents. It is impossible to affirm the right to life of some while advocating violence against others. I join a stunned community in offering my profound sympathy and the assurance of rny prayers to the relatives a nd friends of those killed and wounded. To those in the pro-life movement who ex press their commitment through prayerful presence Turn to Page II



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AT EVENING PRA YER and conferral of papal honors ceremony Dec. 28 at S1. Mary's Cathedral, from left, Msgr. Henry T. Munroe and Msgr. John J. Oliveira, named Prothonotaries Apostolic, stand beside Bishop Sean O'Malley. At right is Very Rev. George Coleman, named a Domestic Prelate with the title of Reverend Monsignor. More photos page 7. (Studio D photo)

Renewal Season programs listed Rev. Richard W. Beaulieu, cochairperson of the core planning committee for the Season of Renewal for laypersons involved in parish or diocesan ministries, has released an Opportunities for Renewal schedule. The Season, which opened Nov. 10 at a Mass of Christ the King at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River, and will continue through June II, is designed to offer various prayer and enrichment opportunities to lectors, Eucharistic ministers, members and officers of parish and diocesan organizations and all other lay leaders. It is also expected to lay the foundation for an ongo-

ing diocesan ministry formation program. Opportunities for Renewal Adult Youth Ministers Enrichment: Feb. 3 to Feb. 4. Contact: Office for Youth Ministry Services. tel. (508)676-6503. Tuesdays at the Lake: Guided reflection and discussion series based on spiritual classics: Tuesdays II a. m. to 1:30 p. m. Feb. 7 to 28; April 4 to 18, at Cathedral Camp Renewal Center, E. Freetown, tel. (508)763-3994. Lenten Renewal Series: Living in the Kingdom (Reflections on Sermon on the Mount), presented by Rev. George E. Harrison: Tues-

days. 7 to 9 p.m., March 7 to 28 at Cathedral Camp Renewal¡Center. Contact: Rev. Charles Jodoin, tel. (508)763-3994. Spirituality of the Catechist, presented by Sister Maureen Sullivan. OP: March 10,9:30 a.m. to nOOIl at Our Lady of Victory parish, Centerville. Contact: Sr. Elaine Heffernan, RSM, tel. (508)6782828. Afternoon of Renewal for Those Who Serve Families: I to 5 p.m. March 19 at Family Life Center, 500 Slocum Rd., No. Dartmouth. Contact: Jerry/Scottie Foley, tel. (508)999-6420. Turn to Page II

40th annual Bishop's Charity Ball will have 35 presentees Thirty-five young ladies will be presented to Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., at the 40th annual Bishop's Charity Ball 8 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Venusde Milo, Swansea. The bishop, for the third time to be the honored guest at the Ball, will be presented to the gathering at 9 p.m. by Mrs. Manuel T. Nogueira, president of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. and Matthew Martin, president of the New Bedford District St. Vincent de Paul Society.

The Hospitality and Ushers committees will escort patrons to their places. Members oft/lese committees are to meet at the Venus de Milo at 6:30 p.m. the night of the Ball. Miss Claire O'Toole of Fall River, head of the Presentation Committee, announced that there will also be a rehearsal of the presentation ceremony for presentees and their presenters at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12. "These presentees ~epresent parishes from the five areas of the dio-

cese," said Ball director Father Daniel L. Freitas. Each year, one third of the 112 diocesan parishes may select a presentee.

and Elizabeth Ann Roma. Christ the King. Mashpee.

Fall River: Kelly Ann Ainsworth, SI. Patrick. Fall River; Lisa Almeida, SI. Anthony of Padua, Fall River; Dawn Marie Costa. SI. Patrick, Somerset; EliAttleboro: Melissa DaCosta. SI. Mary's parish. Norton; Danielle Fournzabeth Costa. Our Lady of Health, Fall ier. Holy Ghost. Attleboro; Lisa E. Sarro.. River; Sarah Kaczynski.) mmaculate Conception. Fall River. SI. Mary. Mansfield. Nicole Marchand. SI. Jean Baptiste. Cape Cod: Ca.r1een Marie Carpenter. Fall River; Lisa Monteiro. Our Lady of Our Lady of Vic;tory. Centerville; Kara Angels. Fall River: Mary Agnes Murphy. Frances Codinhll. SI. Peter the Apostle. Sacr.ed Heart. Fall River; Jennifer GalProvincetown; Katherine M. Miller. Corvao Paiva. SI. Dominic. Swansea; Stacy pus Christi. East Sandwich. Ventura. SI. Michael. Swansea. Sarah Jane Norcross. Holy Redeemer. New Bedford: Nicole Lynne Allain. SI. Chatham; Anastatia Quirk. SI. Pius X. Julie Billiart. North Dartmouth; StephaSouth. Yarmouth; twins Amy Catherine

Ole Ann Clements, St. Patrick. Wareham; Tracey Marie Forgue. Holy Name. New Bedford; Domenica Gonzalez. SI. Lawrence. New Bedford; Shirley Guerreiro. Our Lady of MI. Carmel. New Bedford. Karen Anne Melo. SI. Mary. South Dartmouth; Martha Louise Mitchell. SI. James. Ncw Bedford; Nicole A. Poisson. SI. George. Westport; Rochelle Roy. SI. Anthony. New Bedford; Jillian Swire. Sacred Heart. New Bedford. Taunton: Rachel Andrade. SI. Joseph; Susan Marie Morin, SI. Jacques; Emily Peloquin, Sacred Heart, all in Taunton; nd Jessica Perry. SI. Peter. Dighton; Danielle Plouffe, SI. Joseph, North Dighton.

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Community leader of the year The New .Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts have named Sister Rosellen Gallogly, RSM, community leader of the year in the New Bedford area, noting that "her accomplishments have had a major positive impact on our community's history and life." Sister Gallogly is director of Market Ministries of New Bedford, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen.





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KNIGHTS OF' COLUMBUS dedicated a monument in memory of all innocent victims of abortion in recent ceremonies at St. Ann's parish center, Raynham. From left, Grand Knight John Kourtz; Past Grand Knight James Mulvihill; William McCarthy, pro-life committee member; Father Philip Davignon, pastor; Past Grand Knight Jack Lynn; Rose Marie McCarthy, pro-life committee member; Grand Knight Michael Scarlett; Past Grand Knight John Peters. Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy serve in both the Knights' and parish pro-life groups.

Obituaries Sister Claire Gregg The Mass of Christian Burial was offered Dec. 28 at Sacred Heart Church, Fall River, for Sister Claire Gregg, SUSC, the former Sister Margaret Edmund,.who died Dec. 26 at Sacred Hearts Convent, Fall River. A native of Taunton, she was the daughter of the late Edmund P. Gregg and the late Margaret (Raferty) Gregg. After graduation from Taunton High School in 1949, she entered the Holy Union Sisters' novitiate Jan.· I, 1950, and professed perpetual vows in 1958. She held a bachelor's degree from the former College of the Sacred Hearts in Fall River and a master's degree from Fordham University in New York City. Over the years, Sister Gregg took courses at colleges and universities, including the Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Molloy College, Rockville Center, NY; Trinity College, Burlington, YT; and Florida Southern CoIlege, Orlando, FL. Shealso participated in various workshops and programs in Amarillo, TX; Providence, RI; and the diocese of Orlando. She taught at schools of her community in Elizabeth City, NC; Baltimore, M D; Asoria, Brooklyn. and Patchogue, NY;. and Portsmouth, RI. Thereafter she was' active in the Hispanic apostolate and as a social work assistant for Catholic Charities of the diocese of Rockville Center, NY; and from 1977 to 1983 as a staff member of Nanaquaket Spiritual Center, Tiverton, RI, whc;:re she conducted adult spiritual programs. In 1983 Sister Gregg became a· pastoral associate at St. James Cathedral, Orlando, and in 1986' began working with parishes and retreat centers in Orange County, FL, also serving in the county public school system as a teacher in a General Equivalency Diploma program and in alternative education classes. From 1989 to 1993, she taught homebound and hospitalized children with AIDS. As a professional member of the Association of Christian Therapists, she also worked at San Pedro Retreat and Conference Center in Orlando with Abbot Thomas Keat-

ing, TOR, in developing a contemplative outreach program and teaching techniques of centering prayer. In 1993, Sister Gregg's active ministry was halted by illness and she returned to her community's Fall River convent. She is survived by a sister, Muriel Newbury of North Myrtle Beach, SC; two brothers, Dick Gregg of Brewster, and Ted Gregg of Annandale, YA; and several nieces and nephews.

Sr. Irene Plourde Sister Irene· Plourde, OP, 87, of the Dominicans of St. Catherine of Siena, Fall River, died New Year's Day. Her Mass of Christian Burial was offered Jan. 3 in the Dominican Sisters' convent chapel on Park Street. A Fall River native, she was the daughter of the late Etienne and Odelie (Schenck) Plourde. During her years of active ministry she served in institutions of her com~ munity in Acushnet and in Plattsburg and Peru, NY. In Fall River she was a sacristan at the'Dominican convent and at St. Anne's Church. She is survived by a sister, Noella Melancon of Fall River.


The Yc;:ry Reverend William A. Barry, S.J., provincial of the New England Society of Jesus (Jesuits), recently informed Bishop. Sean O'Malley, Bishop of Fall River and Reverend Richard W. Beaulieu, Diocesan Director of Education, that the presence of the Jesuit fathers at Bishop Connolly High School would come to an end at the close of this school year. Father Barry stated to the bishop that, "the Jesuits of New England leave with great sadness from an apostolate which we have served for over .28 years. The Jesuits today face a loss of manpower and can no longer contin'ue our commitment to administer and staff Bishop Connolly High School." Father Barry noted that he was confident that with their high calibre of professionalism and devotion to the school the lay faculty, religious and staff would be able to carryon despite the staffing change. As announced earlier in the fall, Father John Murray, S.J., Connolly's current principal, will be completing his five-year term of office in June 1995. The provincial has assigned Father Murray to his final year of formation in the Jesuits, known as tertianship. This is a year of spiritual studies and missionary work in preparation for Father Murray's final vows. Father Barry has also called the three remaining Jesuit fathers [at Bishop Connolly] to new assignments within the New England province beginning in the summer of 1995. Bishop O'Malley commented that he was saddened to learn of .

this necessary change in the Jesuit apostolate, because of the fine contribution the Jesuit presence has made to the diocese over the last 28 years. "The foundation' for Catholic secondary education in the Fall River area has been def::ned over the last 25 years by the tradition of excellence always associated with the Jesuit schools. The legacy that the Jesuits leave is woven into the fabric of Bishop Connolly High School and into the local community. That legacy will doubtlessly influence the school for many years to come. We are extremely grateful for the services given by the Jesuits through the years," said the bishop. Father Beaulieu echoed similar remarks and praised the Jesuit fathers, especially those who have served at the school for the past five years. Their contribution along with those of the lay faculty, religious and staff greatly enhanced the process by which the school attained its full 10-year reaccreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Father Beaulieu further noted that the recent placement exam held at the school tested more than 200 students, presenting the possibility of the largest incoming class in many years. The Cath,)lic Edu.cation Office has initiated a search process to find a new principal for Connolly. Upon the recommendation of the search com:nittee, a new principal will be appointed by Bishop O'Malley on or be::ore June I, 1995.

Card. Law, Gov. Weld u.rge 'relief for fishermen BOSTON (CNS) - Boston Cardinal Bernard F. Law and Massachusetts Gov. William F. Weld have joined forces to urge federal relief for fishermen after federal regulators placed major New England fishing grounds off limits. In ajoint letter the governor and cardinal urged U.S. Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown to provide "a much more intensive relief effort" to respond to the economic crisis the regulations have created. for fishermen. "Federal regulations already have been devastating Massachusetts fishing communities such as New Bedford and Gloucester. The new regulations surely will exacerbate the situation," they said. They said Massachusetts fishers, including those out of Cape Cod ports, have· suffered the brunt of the impact from federal fishing regulations in the region, but the state has received less than a third of the $30 million in federal emergency aid earmarked last spring to help ease the blow the regulations dealt New England's fishing industry. Citing danger of "commercial extinction" of some badly depleted species, federal regulators banned all fishing as of Dec. 12 in three large areas off Massachusetts, comprising one-sixth of New England fishing waters and including the rich fishing grounds of Georges Bank. The action came from the New England Fishery Management Council, the Northeastern regulatory agency of the National Marine Fisheries Management, an arm of the Commerce Department. The letter to Brown was the first

joint effort by the cardina:: and the governor to help the fishermen of the state. Boston archdiocesan spokesman John Walsh said that despite "some open and very frank disagreement" between the cardinal and governor on other issues, there was an "obvious convergence" of (:oncerns regarding the financial plight of the fishermen, many of whom come from the strong Portuguese Catholic communities along the Massachusetts coast. The cardinal and govem)r urged use of remaining emergency aid for "direct, short-term e(:onomic assistance to fishermen." Much of the federal grant money so far has gone to research projects and new business development rather than to direct assistance to fish,~rmen. They also urged that priority in the next round of technic2.1 assistance funding go to "projects that directly employ fishermen."

Office of AIDS Ministry "Embracing the Mystt:ry," a service of prayer and healing for persons living with H IV/ AIDS, their families, friends and concerned others, will be held 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at St. Peter the Apostle Church, Provincetown. 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 THE ANCHOR (USPS-545-0201. Second Class Postage Paid at Fall Riv,:r. Mass. Published weekly except the week of July 4. and the week after Christmas at li87 Highland Avenue, Fall River. Mass. 02720 by the Catholic Press of the Dioce!e of Fall River. Subscription price by mail, postpaid $11.00 per year. Postmasters send address changes to The Anchor, P.O. Box 7, Fall River, MA 02722.

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Two changes in pastorates announced by bishop Bishop Sean O'Malley has announced two changes in pastorates: Msgr. Henry T. Munroe, VE, PA, now pastor of St. Thomas More parish, Somerset, will be pastor of Our Lady of Victory parish, Centerville; and Very Rev. John A. Perry, VF, now pastor of Our Lady of Victory, will be pastor of St. John Neumann parish, East Freetown. Msgr. Munroe Msgr. Munroe, who was elevated to the rank of Prothonotary Apostolic in Dec. 28 cere:monies at St. Mary's Cathedral, has been pastor of St. Thomas More since 1989. He was diocesan administrator from January to August, 1992, in the interval between the episcopates of now-Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin and Bishop O'Malley. A Fall River native, he was pastor at St. Pius X parish, South Yarmouth, before being named pastor at St. Thomas More. Earlier he was administrator of St. John the Evangelist parish, Attleboro, and parochial vicar at Holy Name parish, New Bedford. On the diocesan level, he is a judge in the Marriagf: Tribunal and a member of the College of Consultors and the Presbyteral Council. He was Vicar General from 1989 to 1994.

Father Perry Father Perry, a native of Pawtucket, RI, has been pastor of Our Lady of Victory since 1980. Earlier he was parochial vicar at Sacred Heart parish, Oak Bluffs; St. Peter's, Provincetown; St. Mary's, New Bedford; and St. Julie Billiart, North Dartmouth. While at St. Julie's, he was chaplain at Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth; and he has also served as a campus minister at UMass Dartmouth. Hl: serves on the Diocesan Presbyteral Council

and in the recent reorganization of the administrative structure of the diocese he was named Secretary for Ministerial Personnel.

OP is VP At a meeting of the Dominican Leadership Conference held in Adrian, Mich., Sister Claire McGowan, OP, of the Dominicans of St. Catharine of St. Catharine, KY, was elected conference vicepresident. She is a native of North Attleboro. The Dominicans of St. Catherine of Siena, whose motherhouse is in Fall River, were represented at the conference by Sister Annette Roach, prioress, and Sister Claire Sinotte, a councilor of the community. Also elected at the meeting were Sister Patricia Keating, OP, Sparkill, NY, president, and Rev. Carl Trutter, OP, secretary. Sister Rosemary Huddleston, OP, Sinsinawa, Wise. remained in office as conference treasurer. Centered on peace, the meeting theme was "Preaching the NonViolent God."

Tired but tough WASHINGTON (CNS) "Tired, fed-up, tough" is how Catholic Relief Services director Kenneth Hackett describes the people of Sarajevo, the Serb-besieged capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina. They're tired coming into the third year of siege and another cold winter, Hackett said. The daily struggle of finding enough food and enough fuel to make it through has taken its toll, he added. "Vou don't see any fat people." Hackett was just back from a visit to the Balkans to check on CRS operations there.

WASHINGTON (CNS) - In two recent polls, Americans have shown great faith when it comes to their spiritual beliefs and needs. Accordingtoa USAToday/CNN/ Gallup poll conducted in midDecember, 96 percent of 1,016 adults surveyed said they believe in God. Belief in both heaven and hell, treated in separate questions, were both up 6 percentage points from 1981, with 90 percent believing in heaven and 73 percent in hell. Belief in other spiritual entities is similarly strong, with 65 percent believing in the devil and 72 percent in angels. Regarding miracles, 79 percent said they believe. The concepts of communication with the dead and reincarnation, while their numbers are up from 1990, do not sl~em to have as strong a hold on Americans. Only 28 percent believe people'can communicate with someone who has died and 27 perc,~nt that souls are reborn in new bodies after death. Ina Newsweek poll in November, 58 percent of 756 adults questioned said they feel a need to experience spiritual growth. When questioned about the previous 12 months, 26 percent said they had bought or read a book, other than the Bible, about spirit-

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., Bishop of Fall River, has announced the following appointments: Reverend Monsignor Henry T. Munroe, V.E., Pastor, Our Lady of Victory, Centerville. Very Reverend John A. Perry, V.F., Pastor, St. John Neumann, East Freetown.

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uality or the sacred; 13 percent said they saw or sensed the presence of an angel; and 20 percent said they had a revelation or communication from God. In the poll, taken for a Newsweek cover story, "The Search for the Sacred ," 14 percent said they feel a deep sense of communion with God or the sacred during church or worship services all the time, 36 percent most of the time,

MIAMI (CNS) - On returning from a recent fact-finding mission to Cuba, a Catholic Relief Services task force reported terrible living conditions and the need to expand CRS humanitarian aid. Task force ml:mbers described an l;conomy so shattered that Cubans eat stray dogs and cats and hospital patients must provide their own sheets, soap and even medicine. Task force members included Barbara Myers, CRS country representative in Bolivia; Walter Blake, of the CRS development program in EI Salvador; and Father 'fomas Marin, Cuban-born chancellor of the Miami archdiocese. Invited by Cuba's bishops, the task force visited hospitals, nursing homes, homes for the aged, and other institutes receiving aid from CRS, the U.S. bishops' overseas relief and development agency. Ms. Myers said CRS has sent $3.5 million in medical aid to Cuba this year and noted that Cuba's communist government was neither interfering with nor confiscating shipments, but 'that "our assessment is that things will get worse before they get better." Father Marin, also a medical doctor, said most people he talked to reported eating only once a day. Because of the dietary deficiencies and lack of hygiene, the priest said, many skin disorders were visible and children have parasites.






ALL ARE invited to attend the ordinations of diocesan seminarians Joseph Blyskosz, Marek ChmlUrski, Michael O'Hearn, Michael Racine and Christopher Stanibula to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Sean 0 'Malley, 0 FM Cap., at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River.





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28 percent some of the time, and 12 percent hardly ever. When asked in what other places or experiences they have felt the presence of something sacred, 71 percent answered nature, 68 percent the birth of a child, 66 percent the death of a loved one, 26 percent a sexual union, 40 percent in a prayer group and 41 percent in a Bible study group.

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No to Murder The senseless carnage last week at the abortion clinics in Brookline and in Norfolk, VA., is indeed to be condemned. Life is God's gift to each of us and must be respected in all its manifestations. One of the tragedies of the abortion issue is that it's driving people mad on both sides. There is no dialogue, only diatribe. In such an atmosphere, extremes are the order of the day, with fanaticism ruling the mind and heart and malice becoming murder. Certainly every faithful member of the Church condemns the taking of human life. Virtue stands in the middle, it does not polarize to the right or left, but when people are blinded by rage, they lose their sense of direction. Let no news commentator or newspaper even hint that the . Catholic Church is the cause of the Brookline murders. Only this year the bishops of the United States condemned the violence that roams our land. Violence in families, schools and neighborhoods, the bishops noted, is tearing apart the fabric of American life. Stating that American society is too quick to seek violent solutions to social problems, they urged parishes and all Catholic organizations to work toward the red uction of violence in the nation. As has been noted by the Catholic press, the bishops are not only making a statement but are urging organized efforts to combat violence at the local level. The church's teaching on abortion reflects her unchanging stance on the sanctity of all human life. Her position flows from the belief that God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to all men and women the noble mission of its safeguarding. This mission, however, should never be pursued by violent means. For people of faith, human life is not limited by temporal horizons; its full value and true 'meaning can only be understood in reference to its eternal destiny. Life is changed, not ended, by death, and issues such as abortion, capital punishment and euthanasia should be viewed in this light. Believers safeguard all life; they <10 not r\,:sor:~ to violence. The

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reality is impaired and. whose mind is distorted. The church, obeying the will of God, will always uphold all life. This commitment: must be translated into a'ction within the framework of God'siaw and the obligation of the state to safeguard human life. Those who choose to exercise their constitutional right to protest infringement of God's la w in this regard should do so within legal limits. Sad to say, many have been hurt when protest has deteriorated into mob action or when it has become an excuse for violence. Let us pray that the voice of church leaders on the issue of violence is heard. We need a cooling-off period on both sides of this current madness, during which it is to be hoped that rational minds may prevail and human hearts may heal. The church supports life. It is not a party to nor should it be pictured as upholding murder as an answer to murder.

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WASHINGTON (CNS) - Although you can boxup the Christmas lights, recycle the tree and maybe give away the fruitcake, don't bother putting away the angel decoration. These winged creatures are going to be around for a while. They'll be sweetly singing in the malls long after the carols have stopped, making themselves knownby way of posters. cards, jewelry and little statues. And that's not to mention books. Bookstores are so inundated with accounts of the heavenly hosts that some have separate angd sections. The Editor Angels also currently star in movies, television shows and a Broadway play. They are the recent Letters Welcome subjects of talk shows, seminars, newsletters' and magazines:' Letters to the editor are welcomed. All letters should be Apparently the hype is not just brief and the editor reserves the right to condense any because the cherubs are so cute. A , le.tters if deemed necessary. All letters must be signed and December 1994 USA Today/ CNN/ contain a home or business address. Please type if at all Gallup Poll shows that 72 percent possible. of Americans believe in angels. The survey, with a sampling error of 3 percentage points, revealed that only 13 percent of those polled were not' sure about angels and 15 percent did not believe in them. No one needs to tell Father Karl Chimiak, pastor of St. Michael parish in Ridge, Md., how popular OFfiCIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER angels are. The priest,'who claims Published weekly by The Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River he has 'been "assisted" in his '887 Highland Avenue P,O. BOX 7 priestly ministry since he began Fall River, MA 02720 Fall River, MA 02722-0007 praying to his guardian angel 15 Telephone 508-675-7151 years ago, now gives angel semiFAX (508) 675-7048 nars that become crowded ' , each year. Send address changes to P.O. Box 7 or call telephone number above "People are thirsty for any information [about angels] they EDITOR GENERAL MANAGER can receive," he, told Catholic News Rev, John F, Moore Rosemary Dussault Service. "In this world of turbu~. Lear . . p,~ss- Fall Riller lence, people are looking for something stable."

Of the 700 people who attended his seminar last year, Father Chimiak says, "It's beyond me. I'm just a regula'r country priest," which is why he turned down offers to have his seminar taped by PBS or to appear on "Geraldo." He says he is not doing anything sensational, merely presenting the theology of angels based on the Bible and writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. '~The biggest reference is the Holy Bible. If you eliminated angels [from it], you would have to tear out every other page." he said. The Scripture passage he calls the "crux of angel theology" is Matthew 18: 10 where Christ says, "See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell,You, their angels in heaven always behold the face of my Father in heaven." Angels are defined as a "truth of the faith" in the "Catechism of the Catholic Church," which says that from "infancy to death human life is surrounded by [angels'] watchful, care and intercession." Theologians in the Middle Ages divided the angels into a hierarchical order of nine choirs according to the work they do. Seraphim, the angels who praise God constantly, are believed to be the highest in the pecking order, and guardian angels, in charge of protecting humans, are at the bottom. But does the average shopper have any idea about the heavenly hierarchy when he buys an angel statue for his garden? Maybe not, but that's OK, says Father Chimiak. "Statues get you thinking, God does the rest," is his theory.

But he does have one concern with the current angel craze. He worries that people may be "led off the track" when they read some of the current angel books. The danger, he said. is when belief in angels does not increase one's faith in God because, as he says. "everything angels do is for God's honor and glory." Joan Wester Anderson was careful to keep angels in their rightful place in her best-selling book, "Where Angels Walk." Ie recounting people's experiences with angels, she said. the beneficiaries were a.lmost always "drawn closer to God." "That's what a'n angel encounter should do," she said in a Catholic News Service interview (Anchor, Dec. 23). "Angels are messengers; they are not the message. If we stop with angels we miss 1he whole point." Mercy Sister Mary Lucy Astuto says her experience with an angel made her "more aware of the providence of God." Driving one morning after an all-night prayer vigil, she fell asleep at the wheel and claims an angel drove her the last two miles to her home in Omaha, Neb. Since that experience, she said, she has read and heard ahout similar occurrences and is onvinced that such talk is not just trendy, but that "God is giving our world a grace so that we do not lo:;e hope." However: now when she gets tired at the wheel, she thinks about that angelic intervention, but pulls over, saying, "My angel !;aved me once. but I better not push my luck."

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• marriage without Mass? Q. May two Catholics be married in the Church without a Mass? Just a simple, private, short ceremony recognized by the Church? (Iowa) A. What you suggest is possible. I would ask why? In my experience, marriage of two Catholics without the celebration of the Eucharist usually means that one or both of them have: very little faith. For Catholics who do not practice their faith, do not attend Mass, receive the sacraments rarely if ever, it would make little sense, and perhaps even be sacrilegious, to celebrate the marriage at Mass. Unless you fall into that category, you surely are aware that you will be receiving a sacrament in the giving of your marriage vows. Celebration of the Eucharist and receiving Communion would be the natural way for you as Catholics to unite yourselves with God and open your lives to his grace for your marriage. A huge, fancy celebration is not necessary. I hope you will consider that possibility and talk with your priest about it. Q, I am one of those Catholics who grew up learning ubout "extreme unction" and "the last rites." I understand it is now called the sacrament oCanointinl\ ofthe sick. In a class we attended recently, the speaker said this sacrament is not the sacrament of the dying. "There is another sacrament for that," she said, but did not explain what she meant. What is the sacrament of the dying? (Texas) A. The sacrament of the dying in the church's liturgy is the Eucharist. We even have a special name for it, viaticum, when it is ministered to someone close to death. The word means something that is "with us on the journl~Y" through death. The Roman Ritual for pastoral care of the sick says this is why the anointing of the sick should be administered at the beginning of the illness if possible, so "viaticum, celebrated when death is close, will be better understood as the last sacrament of Christialll life" (175). Viaticum should be administered within Mass whenever possible so the dying person and surrounding

DAILY READINGS Jan. 8: Is 60:1-6; Ps 72:12,7-8.10-13; Eph 3:2-3a,5-6; Mt 2:1-12 Jan. 9: Is 42:1-4,6-7; Ps 29:1-4,9-10; Acts 10:34-38; lk 3:15-16,21-22 Jan. 10: Heb 2:5-12; Ps 8:2,5-9; Mk 1:21-28 Jan. 11: Heb 2:14-18; Ps 105:1-4,6-9; Mk 1:29-39 Jan. 12: Heb 3:7-14; Ps 95:6-11; Mk 1:40-~~5 Jan. 13: Heb 4:1-5,11; Ps 78:3-4,6-8; Mk 2:1-12 Jan. 14: Heb 4:12-16; Ps 19:8-10.15; Mk 2:13-17 Jan. 15: Is 62:1-5; Ps 96: 1-3,7-10; 1 Cor It~:4-11; Jn 2:1-11

By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN family and friends can participate fully in the liturgy. The ritual provides guidelines, Scripture readings and prayers for all these combinations of liturgies for the sick and dying. It also provides liturgical settings for visits to sick adults and children. For any Catholics or other Christians who care for and minister to the sick, the Roman Ritual is a valuable resource. Q. Regarding your column about a Roman Catholic wife with a Protestant husballd and Communion restrictions, you may be aware of the American Association oflnterfaith Families, based in Louisville, Ky. • It was founded by a professor at Bellarmine College hI Louisville, Ky., as a support group for married couples of two denominations, each active in his or her denomination of origin, and often with children. Perhaps others could be helped, as we have been, by resources offered through the association. Its newsletter, "The Ark," is available by contacting Highlands Community Ministries, 1140 Cherokee Rd., Louisville, Ky. 40104. (Wisconsin) A. I know this association has been a help and support for couples in the situation you describe who are continually challenged in their ingenuity, faith and love for each other and their children. Thank you for your suggestion. Free brochures in English or Spanish, outlining baptism and marriage regulations in the Catholic Church and explaining the promises in all interfaith marriage are available by sending a selfaddressed, stamped envelope to Father John Dietzen, Holy Trinity Church, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, IL 61701. Questions for this column should. be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address.


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Protection of Life Father of mercies, defend the works of your hands against untimely and undeserved death. Save the unborn who bear your image, and cleanse our society of the scourge of abortion, which obscures your likeness in those who practice it and those who tolerate it. We ask this through Christ our lord. Amen.

PEORIA, Ill. (CNS) - Brochures covering current Catholic practice regarding baptism and marriage, based on Father John Dietzen's syndicated questionanswer columns.. are now available in Spanish translations. "EI BilUtismo de los Ninos: La Practica Catolica Actual" and "Disposiciones de la Iglesia Catolica para El Matrimonio: Las 'Promesas' de un Matrimonio Mixto" have been published by Guildhall Publishers in Peoria. The brochures are also available in English: "The Baptism of Children: Catholic Practice Today" and "Regulations of the Catholic Church on Marriage: The Promises Before an Interfaith Marriage." In a telephone interview with Catholic News Service, Father Dietzen, pastor of the 2, I DO-family Holy Trinity parish in Bloomington, Ill., said that he began his question-answer column in the late 1960s to help people bridge the gap between pre- and post-Second Vatican Council church practice. Originally carried in The Catholic Post, Peoria's diocesan newspaper, the column has been syndicated by Catholic News Service since 1975. Guildhall has published English versions of nine of Father Dietzen's brochures, on annulments, penance, the Eucharist, prayer and beliefs, funerals and burial customs, the Masons and devotion to Mary as well as those on baptism and marriage. The priest said a Spanish language version of a brochure entitiled "Basic Prayers, Beliefs and Precepts of the Catholic Faith" will be available soon. It is not a straight translation, he said, but has been "adapted to Hispanic religious devotions and cultures," and will incorporate traditional Hispanic prayers.

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Records sought ROME(CNS)-AJewishorganization has asked the Vatican to help reopen European. church records that could Identlfy thousands of Jewish children who were baptized and thus saved from Nazi persecution during World War II. "I'm convinced that ift~ese records are released, they Will reveal a heroic chapter of church history,"

said Abraham Foxman, U.S. directorofthe Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai B'rith. Reopening the records would be a "humanitarian and a historical gesture," he said at a Rome press conference. He said his organization has asked the Vatican to put the question on the agenda of Catholic-Jewish dialogue.

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Dear Dr. Kenny: We have had two biological children and now we have an adopted son. We have had him since infancy. He is now 5 and we find him harder to understand, harder to discipline than our biological children were. Are there differences in parenting adopted children? (New York) Yes, there are differences but they are not necessarily problematic or bad o'nes. Four of our 12 children are adopted, and I believe that you described the major difference in your letter. The adopted children may be harder tei understand. Remember, with biological children you may have many genes in common, which undoubtedly makes for a more immediate linking of minds. You know they know what you're thinking and what you mean.' Nevertheless, biological children often baffle tIleir parents. Each child is a unique human being, a mystery begging to be understood; This is more true with adopted children. You may need to do a little more explaining, a little more sharing .of where you are coming from to get your message across. You have certainly heard parents ofadolescents bemoan, "Whatever was she thinking?" or "Wha. tever possessed him/ her to do that?" Parents of adopted children may have to say that more often.

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Parents of adopted children may notice unfamiliar traits. Jan may be more assertive than' anyone in the immediate family. Martin may be more shy. Lynn may have an openness and a sense of humor that surprises grandparents and uncles and aunts. Certain new abilities may appear from "nowhere." One child is an exceptional athlete, the first football player anywhere in the family. Another child shows promise of becoming a talented musician. Lest you become overconcerned about differences, reflect on the fact that you and your spouse are not genetically related. You do not share a common genetic heritage. Ideally, you complement one another, and nature is the richer for it. Of course there are differences between biological and adopted children, but so what. You still must parent. You owe love and loving guidance to all your children. You can give this equally to biological and adopted children. Vne baSIC meaning of love is affection, a spontaneous positive bonding that leads to joy and delight in the other's presence. This affection may come and go in all positive intimate relationships. A deeper meaning of love is positive commitment, a forever promise to shape a child for adult inde-

By Dr. JAMES & MARY KENNY pendence and wish the child only good things and happiness. You can have this type of love equally for all your children. One gift that non-bi,ological children give their parents is to require, as with husband and wife, that the relationship be worked at and earned. No simple reliance on the basic automatic understandings provided by commongenetics. An even greater gift maybe the realization that none of our child ren belongs to us. They belong to themselves and to the fUl ure. The Arab poet, Kahlil Gibral~, puts it so well in his book "The Prophet:" "Your children are riot your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you .... For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow ...." Questions on family li'ving and child care to be answered in print are invited by the Kennys, 219 W. Harrison, Rensselaer, Incl. 47978. I

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ST ATISTICS SHOW that 3 million to 4 million American women are battered each year by their husbands or The church under Pope John partners. Domestic violence is also a major cause of homelessness among U.S. women and children. Catholic parishes are路 Paul II's leadership, has taken giant steps towards ending antibeing asked to confront violence through prayer and action Semitism forever. during the week of Jan. 15 to 22. (CNS/Forsyth photo) I have in my hands a book that

Leave brooding behind By Father Eugene Hemrick One recent Sunday, our young deacon gave an inspiring homily. After Mass he must have received a dozen compliments before a sour parishioner came along and said, . "Y ou missed the entire point of the Gospel!" As we, walked back to the rectory I could see in his demeanor that this one negative comment deeply disturbed him and was undermining the impact of the compliments he had received. This incident reminded me of the maxim: One negative occurrence can cause 1,000 goods to be . forgotten. As I begin to evaluate the year that is now concluding, that maxim is, as it were, kicking into high gear. I can't seem to get past all the negative events I have experienced this year in order to get to the' year's blessings. In Washington, we saw one person crash his plane into the: White House, another person riddle' it with bullets and an ex-policeman walk into the police department and kill three people. Many of the cars in our neighborhood have been vandalized,' and a walk through the neighborhood reveals bars on all the windows. ' Add to this that the city has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation and that its general hospital had to dismiss hundredi of employees due to lack of funds, and you could begin to lose faith in humanity. What is even more demoralizing is the realization that many people .are coming to expect to be accorded less dignity in,society....

But I recall the,well-known writer, C.S. Lewis, saying that 'we should beware of brooding. Playing the devil's advocate, he skillfully shows how evil loves people who brood. Once in this mood, we can only see the whole world centering around self. "We deserve much more than this," we tell ourselves as we brood~ How to avoid this mood in the year ahead is the question. Here again Lewis is a help, telling us that the essence of evil is not so much in doing it as in the decision prior to the act. Applying this to the brooding syndrome, we are counseled to prepare beforehand how we will meet the bad news that life inevitably deals everyone at one time or other. And what are the best means for this? Pray! And pra} in the way that prayer should be done! Prayer is the struggle for the "real I" to meet with the reality of God. Prayer is saying, "May it be the real I who speaks, may it be the real Thou that I speak to." This is the prayer that precedes all prayer. Once we pray this way, our question to God changes. We no longer ask, Why are all of these terrible things happening to me? Rather we are inspired to ask, "Lord what is your will in all of . this? How do I fit into your present plans? What more should I be doing that is not being done?" When we pray this way, we lift ourself out of self-crippling pit'y. Life's stifling negatives become instead God's challenge to us. Heaven knows, it is better to leave 1994 in this spirit than to . leave it in a spirit of brooding.

probably holds the key as to why Pope John Paul feels so strongly about obliterating obstacles to Christian-Jewish understanding. Called "Letter to a Jewish Friend," the book, by Gian Franco Svidercoschi, tells of enduring friendship between two boys from the small town of Wadowice in Poland, who survived the World War II Nazi atrocities in their homeland. Of these boys ~ Jerzy "Jurek" Kluger and Karol "Lolek" Wojtyla - who saw family members die and knew their own lives were daily in danger, one grew. up to become an exile in Rome and the other became pope. Getting this book was a wonderful gift. We don't often think of the pope as someone who suffered life's traumas as much as you and I. To read about his life as a youth in his native land, playing hockey, skiing, swimming, going to dances and studying with his Jewish friend, Jurek, is to be introduced to a youth we all would have enjoyed knowing. What a sad destiny awaited them when Nazis stormed into Poland. Anyone who saw "Schindler's List" knows that the Jews of Poland were almost entirely wiped out in the Holocaust. In recent years a movement started to deny that the Holocaust ever happened. A few days before I got the book about the, pope's long ,friendship with his Jewish friend, I had received "The Wiesenthal File" by Alan Levy, which points out that the Holocaust victims inclu~ed many others along with the Jews., .. SimonWiesenthal, the Holocaust survivor who became a ,post-war relentless hunter of Nazis, said, "I was for over four years in different

camps with people from 15 nations: Jews, gentiles, gypsies, communists .... For me, the Holocaust'was not 'only Ii Jewish tragedy, b.ut'also a human tragedy.. " "After,the war, when I saw that the Jews were talking only about the tragedy of 6 million Jews, I sent letters to Jewish,organizations asking them to talk also about the millions of others who were persecuted with us together - many of 路them only because they helped Jews." The pope knows full well what the Holocaust was. In a letter to his friend, written in March 1989, Pope John Paul asked him to go to Poland for a special event: "On the site of the synagogue which was destroyed during the last World War, a plate will be unveiled commemorating the Jews from Wadowice and nearby who were vic-




tims of persecution and wen: exterminated by the Nazis.... "Tell all who are gathered there that, together with them, I venerate the memory of their so cruelly killed coreligionists and compatriots, and also this place of wor'ship which the invaders destroyed ... "This has a special significance to the pope from Poland, because, together with you, he survived all that happened in this land." In a prologue to this book New York's John Cardinal O'Connor, a strong supporter of ChristianJewish understanding, says it gives readers "a precious gift."

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Prayer asked Dear Editor: In reading The Anchor of Nov. 25, I noted the extensive article about preparations in the diocese for World AIDS Day. The article, like many others I have read regarding the Catholic Church's efforts to assist those suffering from AIDS and to commemorate the deaths of those who died, seems to dwell primarily on ceremony and ritual. Services are used as a political forum and to promote AIDS education :and to decry "homophobia." Wait a minute. We are the Body of Christ - the Catholic Church. Doesn't anyone pray for the sick and dying anymore? Why aren't Catholic services emphasizing that all of us have sinned, and all of us need prayers. God alone knows who is in Heaven. Until we ourselves attain our eternal reward, it is our responsibility to pray for the sick and dying, and to hope that those prayers are answered. Antoinettt: Berry Sacramento, CA

The role of nuns Dear Editor: Regularly, there appears in a newspaper, on televh;ion, on the radio, in a magazine, etc., an item about a rebellious nun who publicly denounces the fact that because she is a religious woman she doesn't have the same rights as a religious man in the Catholic Church. The most recent is in th(: Anchor of Dec. 2 She wants what she wants when she wants it, and suggests: "legislation which would solve problems and be universally applicable." This statement from a Catholic nun is astounding! With all due respect, this nun needs to be instructed that the role she has been called to is a spiritual one-not a political one.

Jan. 7 1970. Rev. Alfred R. Forni. Pastor. St. Francis of Assisi. New Bedford 1989. Rev. Gustave Gosselin. M.S .. LaSalette Shrinc. Attleboro Jan.8 1885. Rev. John Kelly. Founder. St. Patrick. Fall River 1940, Rev. Alfred .I. Carrier. Founder. St. Jacques. Taunton 1944. Rev. ArthurC'. Lenaghan. Chaplain. United States Army Jan.9 1982. Rev. William F. Morris. Pastor, Corpus Christi. Sandwich Jan. 10 1919. Rev. Jourdain Charron, O.P., Dominican Priory. Fall River 1938. Rev. George H. Flanagan. Pastor. I mmaculate Conception, Fall River 1977. Rev. Msgr. Emmanuel Sousa de Mello. Our Lady of Lourdes. Taunton Jan. 13 1954. Rev. Emile Plante. M.S .. LaSalette Seminary. Attleboro

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(Editor's note: Actually, the story referred to quotes Sister Doris Gottemoeller, RSM, as approving the decision of October's World Synod of Bishops not to "suggest legislation which would solve problems and be universally applicable.") As a person in the laity, it is clear to me that my role as a Catholic is not the same as that of a nun. Certainly I wouldn't demand that because I am a Catholic, I should be entitled to the same role that a nun has. Catholicism is instituted in the Church left on earth by Jesus, and its body is spiritual. That is what I was taughtby nuns. The authority ... is in its authenticity motivated by the Holy Spirit. It is my understanding that all are equal in the sight of God - but that doesn't mean He gives everyone the same gifts to do the same things. That is common sense. Traditionally, if a nun had a complaint or wanted to request something, she privately discussed it with her superiors and accepted the decisions of authoritative figures in the Church. She didn't go complaining and discussing it in public and try to undermine and demean the authority of the Church. When she does, it would seem to me that her priority is the worldly and not the spiritual nature of herself and the Church. It is a problem which the Catholic Church is obviously trying to solve. It is with the Holy Spirit that it will be solved. Pray, Pray, Pray.

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Dear Editor: My pastor said he read in the paper about some school putting on a Christmas conc~rt but taking the word Christ out of every song. The Christmas carols were written long ago. I'm 74 but I "love them now as I did when I was young. How could we celebrate Christmas without Jesus Christ's birth? There would be no Christmas and I felt sad when I heard it. Then I got angry and decided to write and say that I believe in Jesus, my Savior and Lord, and his birth. They have taken prayer out of school but the children can pray at horne, or they should. If you look at the spelling of Christmas. you will see the name Christ. I hope the young say "I won't change a word." I hope God and his Son Jesus Christ forgive them and that they make strong those who believe. Mrs. Sally Feijo Tavares SS. Petera~d Paul parish Fall River

Thankyous Dear Editor: Again this year I wish to publicly thank Bishop O'Malley for having spent two hours with us at our Christmas get-together at St. Francis Residence. It was good to see him relax and enjoy our company. Thanks also to Father Joseph Costa for having taken the time to be with us. Eleanor Pavao Fall River


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Body, mind, spirit relation topic of hospital lecture By Pat McGowan "The best way to for your health is to get a life," declared holistic health care expert Tom McDonough at a recent program on therapeutic touch he presented at St. Anne's HospitaL Fall River, to an audience largely made up of ministers of pastoral care to the sick and elderly. In the context of health care, holistic, coming from the Greek word holos, meaning whole, refers to an integration of body, mind and spirit that contributes to physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. McDonough, a muscular therapist and director of Faith Works, a holistic health cal'i~ center in Woburn, said that it is impossible to have a thought or feeling that does not have a physi<:al effect on the body, and this is why it's important to "get a life." As a practical example of the effect on the body of something seen, McDonough said that tests have shown that watching Mother Teresa on television boosted a subject's immune system, while the stress of taking, for instance, a math exam lowered the system; and that having a reason 'to live improves a person's health, while depression has the opposite effect. Outside factors also influence a person, he continued, noting that while therapeutic techniques are important, "ususally it's the person using them who makes the difference to the patient." This concept is recognized by 1he diocesan program of pastoral ministry to the sick, which offers a September to May course that prepares volunteers for parish ministry to the sick, elderly and homebound in hospital, extended care and home settings. Among techniques suggested by McDonough, who holds a master of divinity degree, is that of prayer on the part of both patient and therapist, accompanied by a visualization of one's body as one wishes it to be. Such a procedure has been demonstrated to aid healing, he said. Simple methods may help to lift depression, McDonough noted, recommending that a. minister or therapist urge a patient to look up, smile and breathe deeply because such physical acts influence the mind. Mechanical m<:ans can also be employed, he said, distributing a leaflet explaining how tennis balls, knotted tightly in a sock, can be placed under the head to support its weight for a 15-minute period.

The technique, he qeclared, enhances motion of fluids and tissue and relaxes connective tissues throughout the body, also improving function of the involuntary nervous system governing such processes as digestion. It has been noted to improve sever~1 conditions, including degenerative arthritis. "The more flexible your body, the more flexible your mind," said McDonough, pointing out that one's bodily processes reilect one's character. People who play only one sport "can be a mess," he said, stressing that it's important to exercise all parts of the body. As an example of the damage that can be done by overusing one's wrist, he cited the computerinduced malady of carpal tunnel syndrome that has affected thousands of office workers. And demonstrating the interconnectedness of body systems, he called on a volunteer to lie on a table while he bent her foot. Almost immediately her eyes twitched. Everyone got into the act as he distributed finger cots. "Put it on your finger, then twist it," he directed. Most experienced that twisting the cot made them wish to turn their finger, then their wrist. The next demonstration involved a small washer and a length of thread. The instruction· was to tie the thread to the washer, then hold it suspended and will the direction in which one wished it to move. Those who believed they could do this did; the washers of skeptics refused to move. "If you want to effect change in your sphere of influence, you can; if you simply worry about things, you can't," summed up McDonough, saying that the experiment demonstrated how thoughts influence the body. Everyone has a "field of force," said McDonough, demonstrating that a person with his or her eyes closed can often feel the approach of someone as an increase of pressure. "This is represented by a halo in the case of a portrayal of a saint," he said. In much the same way, he added, prayer affects the person who is being prayed for. "And it affects one even better if the person praying is not specific - if the prayer is simply for whatever the subject needs at that time." Experiments have shown that hospital patients prayed for by their physicians and nurses do better than those who are not the recipients of prayer, even when the patients are not aware of the prayers. And "touch increases the ef-

fectiveness of prayer, as does the number of people praying," said McDonough. The importance of "therapeutic touch" is noted again and again in the Gospels, as the evangelists recount how the cures wrought by Jesus were almost always accompanied by touch, either Jesus touching the one cured or the ill person touching even "the hem of his garment." The sacraments of the Church also reflect this insight, with most including physical contact between minister and recipient. Turning to the role of a pastoral minister or therapist, McDonough said that person "should be the faucet through which power flows; he or she should not feel personally drained after working with someone." And he asked the intriguing question: "If everything were possible for you, what one or two things would you choose to accomplish before you dieT' What would your answer be?


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Salve professor advocates teachers as researchers In this age of rapidly advancing technology, elementary and secondary school teachers must also be researchers if they are to educate their students effectively, says Brother Victor Hickey, FSC, author of" Megatrend for the 21 st Century: TeaChers Becoming Researchers," published by Salve Regina University. "If they care about their students and they want to teach them in the best possible way, they'll do research," saidl Brother Hickey, director of the master of education program at the university in Newpmt, RI. : The book advocates transition from current educational research controlled by educational theorists with little classroom experience on the precollegiate levels to a sys-


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Family of AIDS patient helps educate parishes SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (CNS) - Rita Davis, a member of St. Patrick parish in Monson, lost her son, Francis, to AI DS last September. Now Mrs. Davis, her husband, Guy, and their family are donating educational materials about AI DS to some parishes in the Springfield diocese that cannot afford to purchase them. "He touched so many, many lives," she said of her son, who died at age 32. Francis Davis was an organist at St. Thomas the Apostle in Palmer and St. Peter and Paul in Three Rivers, as well as other area churches. "His having AIDS made him grow," Mrs. Davis told The Catholic Observer, Springfield diocesan newspaper. "He lived his life to the fullest. As far as he was concerned, he didn't have AIDS." "He would have loved to have gone into schools and talk about it," Mrs. Davis said, "but he was afraid it, would embarrass the family." Mrs. Davis would like to, see such embarrassment eliminated through education. The diocesan Bishop's Task Force on AI DS/ H IV has focused for the past two years on education and prevention. LaSl year, through the task force, a curriculum called" A Catholic Educational Approach to HIV," developed by the National Catholic Education Association, became a mandatory part of diocesan schools' curriculum. Now the task force wants curriculum in diocesan religious education programs and the Davis

family has donated print and video materials toward that end. Father David Caron, a member of the 10-person AIDS task force said the group's main goal is to offer people affected by AIDS or HIV compassion by educating the public and supporting families coping with the disease. , The curriculum the task force is disseminating covers kindergarten through 12th grade and has been approved by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Davis was diagnosed in 1989, said his mother. "When he told us, of course we weredevastat'ed," Mrs. Davis said. "But we stood behind him and supported him and loved him," "Francis told all the people in the choir and they said, 'Look at who you are - not what you have.' He was really surprised," she said. Mrs. Davis said she thanks God her son received compassion and support, because many do not. "Not everybody's family is like Fran's," said Father Caron, a close friend of the Davis family. "It's all about attitudes. AI DS isjust a statistic, but when people can put a name and a face to the virus and the disease, it becomes personal." The priest said it's important to ask "How can I help?" not "How did you get itT' "Jesus does not ask them how they got sick, he just reaches out and offers hope." the priest continued. "Paul tells us that we are the body of Christ .... When one of us hurts, we all hurt." "As a result," Father Caron said, "it probably would be fair to say, 'The body of Christ has AIDS,'''

When children visit. aged relatives' By Monica and Bill Dodds Visiting an elderly family member who is frail and ill can be tough for children, whether they're youngsters or teens. As an adult, you can do things before such a meeting to , reduce stress and make the time together more rewarding for both generations. • First, give your children information about their grandparent's or great-grandparent's condition' in words they can understand. For example, "emphysema" may mean nothing to them. Tell them Grandma may need to be on oxygen. She might have difficulty talking and may experience shortness of breath while they are there. • Talk about equipment being used, if for instance a relative is receiving intravenous feeding or hasa catheter bag hanging beside the bed. • Warn them that visitors may need to step out of the room if Grandma or Grandpa has to take care of some personal business with a nurse or attendant. • If the elderly family member has dementia, talk about what

symptons the children might see. ries about him or her. This will Explain how this person might not help the youngsters understand recognize them - or you - and why it's so important to :vou that might speak as if a long-dead rela- they spend time with their relative, tive is still living. time which may be slipping away • Re'minc;l your children that very quickly. when they aren't feeling well they • It might help to loole at old may tend to be cranky. The same is family photo albums. Let your true for grown-ups. Grandpa may children see pictures of when this seem angry or get upset easily but person was young: celebrating birthit's not because he is mad at them. days; opening Christmas presents; • Go over appropriate and inap- enjoying a vacation. Help your propriate behavior, whether the children understand the life this visit is taking place in a home bedperson has lived. room, a nursing home or,a hospi• This can be especially hard, but just as you talk about how life tal. There's no running around, and it's a quiet place. begins when there's a newborn • Offer suggestions for what they around, talk about how I:ife ends: might talk about: what they're how Grandma and Grandpa is doing in school, their sports teams near the end of life on Earth, and or their pets. what that means; why just as life is respected when it comes into the • Suggest that younger children might want to bring a homemade world, it needs to be as it leaves. gift, maybe a drawing to hang on • Talk about how precious life the wall. Explain to older ones is - that being bedridden or not that their visit is itself a gift, one making money doesn't make a that can mean a great deal to an person's life worthless. Maybe this elderly family member. is a time for Grandma to pray, to • Remember that your children reminisce with family and friends may have few or no memories of , and say goodbye, to pre:?are for this person. Tell your children stothe life that comes after this life.

I'm not a TV addict, I'm really not! By Dan Morris Father John C. McCloskey III recently put forward 12 "steps" for families "addicted" to television. 'I'm a social TV watcher myself - one or two programs now and then with friends and family, and that's about it. So I read the article with passing interest during commercials of a M*A*S*H rerun. No TV bingeing for me - unless you count the football bowl season, which really doesn't count because everybody does it. My wife jokes about moving the refrigerator into the TV room and hooking me up to intravenous feedings of Visene. The fridge would be handy. You certainly can't lump watching Olympics coverage into binge viewing, or the Shogun miniseries or that kind of thing that pops up a few times a year. I do not calendar my life around, the TV schedule, something Father McCloskey condemns.

Well there is, of course, "Home Improvement" Tuesday evening, so maybe that's one little tiny thing we could look at - especially since it screwed up my Wednesday nights because I was so used to seeing it then. Monday Night Football could be another, but it only lasts a few months - just like the new Sunday Night Football series. "I can think of only a few meetings and evening plans I've changed because of televised Sonics basketball games. I've never missed work because of it, except that one time during the playoffs. Father Kill Joy is a little harsh on some aspects of TV watching -like channel surfing. "No one in the family should sit down ... (and) ask, 'I wonder what is on television tonight?' and start changing channels," he says. How else would you know what's on? Just because Father McCloskey

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_,,; )"li MEMBERS OF the family of Francis Davis, who died from an AIDS-related illness, together with Father David Caron, look at AIDS educational materials issued by the diocese of Springfield, Mass., which the family is donating to needy parishes in memory oftheir son. From left, parents Guy and Rita Davis, sister Mary Lou Callahan and her daughters, Meaghan and Kelly. (CNS/ Bob Robinson photo)

"There but for the grace of God go I," many seemed to realize'. According to an unspoken code, neighbors were expected to throw" It encourages men to carry a out life preservers to each other card with the following promises: Stay committed to God's word, when needed. being ethical, pure and moral; reach Not to be overlooked is the fact out to other men who may need that almost everyone went to you; build your marriage on biblichurch. cal values, support the mission of Other facts helped to maintain your church by lending time and family cohesiveness. Families were resources to it; reach beyond racial less mobile. They were not yet and denominational barriers, and influenced by the secularism the stay committed to influencing the TV age ushered in. world by being obedient to the Furthermore, the workplace was great commandment. more personal. Many entrepreneurs On July 31, 1993, more than oWned small neighborhood stores 50,000 men gathered in Colorado



And think about it. Have. you seen any government warnings on TV programs that might rot your brain? If it were harmful, I'm sure former Surgeon General J,)ycelyn Elders would have said something.

That old neighborhood spirit By Father Eugene Hemrick How often have we'heard that if the nation's old neighborhoods still existed we would not be experiencing so many family breakups _ that nothing can match the old supportive neighborhood's effectiveness today. One reason was the closeness among neighbo'rs. Mothers tended to be at home, saw more of each other and knew immediately when there was trouble.


is a chaplain at Mercer House near Princeton University he probably thinks he can promote things like "keeping the television loded in a high place. Television is a dangerous substance, not unlike alcohol or a gun. Parents should keep the key." He has apparently not considered: I) Someone might get hurt pulling the TV down all the time; 2) some parents lose key:; faster than Roseanne loses ratings; and, 3) I can't think of a high place in our house where the cabl,e ,could reach. Check tl1is: Father McCloskey thinks one TV set is the most any home should have. How c,)uld we watch "Frasier" and "Home Improvement" at the same: time?

in which they sometimes gave more counsel than they sold groceries. Big business moved at a slower pace and relied more on personal contact. The workplace had a family spirit which today's big businesses are trying to recapture because it's good for business. True as it may be that fewer old neighborhoods exist to provide support for family life, it is untrue that nothing matches their effectiveness. Today we are seeing the emergence of some new forms of support. One program is called "Promise Keeper,"


to pray and meditate Oil these pledges and to support each other. This new program is one among thousands surfacing around the country. For example, we are seeing support groups for parents dealing with a dysfunctiona Ichild; neighborhood watch grou ps that protect and care for residents; Bible groups that apply the Biblf: to the workplace and the home; and volunteer services that reach out to people who are addicted to drugs and to people suffering from AIDS. In many places the support found in the old neighborhoods has been replaced by contemporary forms of support - support inspired by the same spirit as in earlier times. Although the neighborhood population may be more mobile lind the pace of life has quickened, these supports are driven by (:aring, God-loving, community-minded people with a personal tou(:h. If we take stock of all that presently exists in our neighborhoods, parishes and local communities, we will find the old neighborhood spirit is still alive.

C,?ntinued from Page One Living Out Baptisl1l1: Afternoon of Reflection for Those in Ministry of Baptismal Prell'aration: I to 4 p.m. April23 at Cathedral Camp Renewal Center, tel. (508)763-3994. Scout Leaders' Retreat: 3 to 5 p.m. at Heart Retreat House, Wareham. Contact: Rev. Stephen Salvador, tel. (508)222-3266. Day of Reflection with Bishop Sean O'Malley: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at Cathedral Camp Renewal Center. Contact: Rev. Charles Jodoin, tel. (508)763-3994. Private Retreats The following retreat centers offer private retreats: Cathedral Center of Renewal, P.O. Box428, East Freetown, MA 02717, (508)763-3994. J)jocesan Family Life Center, 500 Slocum Road, North Dartmouth, MA 02747. l_aSalette Center for Christian Living,947 Park Strel:t, Attleboro, MA 02703, (508)222-8530. Mount St. Joseph, 13 Monkeywrench Lane, Bristol, RI 02809, (40 I)253-5434. Our Lady of Pence 'Spiritual Life Center, Ocean Road, P.O. Box 507, Narragansett, RI 02882. Sacred Heart Reheat Center, Great Neck Road, Wareham, MA 02571, (508)295-0100. St. James Retreat House, 49 Nannaquaket Road, Tiverton, RI 02878, (40 I )624-4232. Week of Rel1lewal Father Joseph Tagg of the diocese of Memphis, Tenn., will offer a Week of Renewal April 24 through 28 from 7 to 9 nightly at the following locations: April 24; Mt. Carmel church haIl, New ·Bedford April 25: St. Pius )~ pari~h center, So. Yarmouth April 26: Bishop ConnoIly High School, Fall River April 27: Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro April 28: Sacred Heart church haIl, Taunton The week wiIl conclude with a Mass at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River, with Bishop Sean O'MaIley. Season Conclusion The Season of Renewal will conclude Sunday June II, with ceremonies at a time and place to be announced. Throughout the Season resources wiIl also be available for parish holy hours and days of prayer. Information on these is available at the Diocesan Office for Catholic Education, tel. (508)678-2828.



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AMONG THOSE involved in arrangements for the 40th a?nual Bishop's Charity Ball, to be held from 8 p.m. to midmght Jan. 13 at Venus de Milo restaurant, Swansea, are from left, Mrs. Theodore Wojcik, lay coordinator for the TauntonEaston are; John J. Connors, Taunton District St. Vincent de Paul Soci~ty pres~dent; Miss Adrienne Lemileux of the presentee committee; Horace Costa, St. Vincent de Paul diocesan president and on ithe Ball usher committee. The event is cosponsored by the: Vincentians and the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women., (Gaudette photo)

Continued from Page One at abortion clinics, I would ask that you refrain from such manifestations. To those who favor abortion, I would request that this tragic and criminal act of apparently one individual not become the occasion of universalizing blame. The unconscionable acts of violence of a few must not be confused with the millions who advocate a prolife position in public debate, in social outreach, in lion-violence and in peace. These wanton slayings must not be allowed to escalate hostility. An issue as divisive as abortion demands prayer, it demands ~ivil 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111IIIIIIiillllllili discourse and it demands mutual any thought or intention of viorespect. All too oft~n, these are lence. I urge us ali to recol11mit ourselves to the way of nonvioabsent. In this volatile moment, I caIl on . lence in thought, it\. word and in ' all in the community to put aside . deed.


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Security system, minorities program, rehab director new at St. Anne's Saint Anne's Hospital, Fall River, has installed ah infant security system, which monitors children in the pediatric area by means of a transmitter placed on the ankle. Any attempt 't'o tamper with the device 01' remove a child from the pediatric area without authorization will trigger alarms at the exit, nurses' station and security office. Doors and elevators leading to and from the pediatric department would automatically lock, preventing alrabductor from leaving the area. I nformation on the system is available, from Sheila Wallace, director 01 security and safety, at the hospital, 674-5600 ext. 2694. Grant for Minorities The Executive Office of Health and Human Service will provide grant funding for "Opening Doors to Health Care for Linguistic and Cultural Minorities," a program to begin Jan. 31 fo~ persons who wish to improve their English proficiency in order to pursue a career in health care. The 48-week program, for which there is no charge, will offer English as a Second Language classes in conjunction with training in interpretation and fuedical terminology to 30 applicants whose primary language is Portuguese, Spanish or Khmer. Information is available from Curt Wilkins, director of community at:\d social work services, tel. 674-5600, ext. 2270. New Reha bilitation Director David McQuaid, vice president of clinical services, ~as announced appointment of Patty McI.,.aughlin as director of rehabilitation services. Her responsibilities include staff development, patient care a.nd overseeing d~partmental operations.. A Fall River resident, Mrs. Mc-

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Traveling bishops enjoy moving ministries Most bishops operate from a fixed home base. Not Bishop Kenneth E. Untener of Saginaw, Mich., or retired Bishop Francis A. Quinn of Sacramento, Calif. Here are their stories as reported by Catholic News Service. Center is his 52nd Jesidence since becoming bishop. "The idea just came to me one evening as I was walking out the front door after visiting a patient," he said. "I knew it was about time . for me to move again, and it struck me - I could live here. A patient's room has everything I would need. "Sometimes the best ideas just come to you," Bishop Untener added. "Many people in the world have been in a hospital to visit, or as a patient, but the unique part about living in a hospital is that I'm living in a workplace. "I can visit with somebody and their family as they are getting well, or I can talk with the family of somebody else when they don't BISHOP UNTENER takes make it," ht< said. "In fact, I drive a coffee break at St. Mary's more carefully now, since I've spent Medical Center, Saginaw, nights in the emergency room. "Living here at St. Mary's is like Mich. (CNS/Siers photo) being part of a great big family," he added. "Every family has sickness and every family has health in it, and being here so close to life At 4:30 on a cold winter morn- and death, I realize 'we are fragile ing in Saginaw, the hospital halls creatures. " "You certainly can't learn much are quiet except for the footsteps of medical personnel - and of about a hospital by being a patient Bishop Kenneth E. Untener as he in one," he said. "This experience heads toward the lounge to make has shown me so much. Every place I live becomes home after the morning coffee. For the past two months, Sagi- about five or six days, after the naw's traveling bishop has made sounds and smells become characterSt. Mary's Medical Center his resi- istic." An unexpected benefit of his dence. Since coming to the Saginaw latest residence was the chance to Diocese in 1980, Bishop Untener spend more time with retired Bishop Francis E. Reh of Saginaw, has chosen to live with his flock, staying for several months at one who was hospitalized at St. Mary's of the diocese's III parishes, then before his Nov. 14 death. "It was by chance I was here moving on. St. Mary's Medical

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when Francis was brought in," Bishop Untener said. "Up close it looks more like chance, but from a distance it was the hand of God's providence. "I was fortunate to have had the time to spend with him," he added. "You know how 'it is when you visit people in the hospital, you come and go and don't want to stay too long.... We had long conversations and good hours together so it really was God's providence I was here when he was brought in this last time."

Bishop Quinn A retired Catholic bishop working among the Native Americans of Arizona has found that "the warmth of the people matches the warmth of the desert and makes the work rewarding in every way." Bishop Francis A. Quinn, who retired as head of the Sacramento diocese in November 1993, travels from reservation to reservation in a recreational vehicle given to him by priests of the diocese. "The desert is a路 rugged, challenging, breathtaking setting," he wrote in The Catholic Herald, Sacramento diocesan newspaper. "The ministry to the Native Americans is the same." "A vocation is not a profession from which you retire," said Bishop Quinn, 73. "A vocation never ends." A typical day for Bishop Quinn begins at 5 or 6 a.m. He celebrates Mass in his R V, on the reservation he is visiting or in a local parish. He fixes his own breakfast and lunch.

The bishop answers correspondance, reads the Divine Office, and writes material for parish missions and retreats for clergy. He does his own shopping and laundry. He usually walks or jogs and tries to go to a YMCA at least three times a week. Reading also takes up a good part of his time. Before dinner, he visits the Blessed Sacrament. In his journal, Bishop Quinn recalled memorable moments from the first months of his ministry to Native Americans. They include: - A communal penance service with Yaqui Indians at the Church of Cristo Rey on the New Pascua Reservation, southwest of Tucson. "In a Yaqui tradition at Cristo Rey, the people wrote their sins on pieces of paper, which they brought forward to the altar and handed to the priest~," Bishop Quinn wrote. After the priests read the papers and gave individual absolution, they "placed each paper in an Indian bowl on the altar, where the sins were consumed in flames." - A night sky "brushed with stars. I had forgotten what the night sky could look like away from the cities and towns," the bishop wrote. - A congregation showered with flower petal~ when the Gloria was sung and church bells rang for Easter Sunday Mass at the Meninger Dam community of O'Odham Indians. . - l;ilessing the home of the victims of a murder-suicide in the village of Pisinimo. "The Tohono people are very open about death," Bishop Quinn said. "To them it


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BISHO'P QUINN has a huge saguaro cactus for com~ P~lnY in the Arizona d.esert. (CNS/ Joyce photo) seems to be more simply a part of life, a part of the circle." - An Easter Mass at dawn with Tohono O'Odham parishioners at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, and an Easter egg hunt among the mesquite and the saguaro cacti of the desert. - A confirmation service at Santa Rosa village, followed by a. potluck dinner at the "feast hall" with menudo, beans, beef stew, Native American and Mexicanstyle tortillas. "The people are poor but there is a joy pervading the desert ,and its people,"'Bishop Quinn wrote. "And those who leave their vil\.age to make their way in the big cities eventually long to come home."

-------------------------------------------------------In the beginning was the MS Word but people did not comprehend it In a fax note to Catholic News fake story said: "H istorically~ the WASHING'fON (CNS) - In Service, Microsoft spokeswoman church has a reputation as an the beginning was the MS Word. and the Word got spread on Inter- Christine Santucci also stressed aggressive competitor, leading cruthat The Associated Press "was sades to pressure people to upgrade net. and the joke went too far and not associated with this. The par- to Catholicism and entering into Microsoft is trying to make things exclusive licensing arrangements ody was made to look like AP." right with God. And so the word went forth in various kingdoms whereby all That's not exactly how St. John's from that time and place, through subjects were instilled with CaGospel really begins. But it follows nationally syndicated radio com- tholicism, whether or not they in the vein of a parody "news mentators like Rush Limbaugh planned to use it. report" that began floating around and Paul Harvey, and through "Today Christianity is available on I nternet last month. The report said the coinputer real news stories like this one. to from several denominations, but tell people: Hey. it was all just a . the Catholic version is still the software giant Microsoft had made most widely used. The church's a bid to buyout the Roman Catho- joke! ". The Internet message was writ- mission is to reach 'the four corners lic Church. ten as if it were an A P story out of of the earth,' echoing Microsoft's It was one of those in-office joke Vatican City. It said Mieros6ft vision of 'a computer on every memos. The kind of ~hing 'that people send to their friend~, who chairman Bill Gates had announced desktop and in every home.'" . As,news of the'hoax story and laugh at it and make photocopies at a press conference in St. Peter's Square that his company intended Microsoft's official denial spread. "to bring home or send to other to acquire the church "in exchange Seattle archdiocesan public affairs friends. for an unspecified number of shares spokesman John A. McCoy issued Except Internet is a computer of Microsoft common stock." a tongue-in-cheek news release exnetwork that reaches 20 million pressing "profound disappointThe hoax story went on to fanpeople who don't all know one ment" that the news was not Vue. another. and some of them missed tasize that the deal would enable McCoy expressed amazement Microsoft to "make the sacraments the joke. And Microsoft started getting available on-line for the first time." that anyone could have been ofangry calls .from people who Top Microsoft execs would be put fended by the news and suggested thought it was true. . on the College of Cardinals and additional benefits from a merger So Microsoft issued a news Pope John Paul \I would become that had not been raised in the Internet piece. release denying the reported buy- senior VP of Microsoft's new Religious Software Division. out. "We've had 2,000 years of workThe story predicted a new soft- ing with icons," he said. "Micro"M icrosoft wishes to clarify that the story has no truth and was not ware applicat"ion, "Microsoft soft Windows has only done it for generated by the company, and" Church," which could be used to three. We could have helped." ex tends an apology to anyone who download heavenly graces autoMcCoy said his boss, Seattle's may have taken offense to it," said matically. Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy, Mixing religious, marketi ng and a brief statement from Microsoft was unavailable for comment headquarters in Redmond, Wash." computer terminology freely. the "He's surfing in cyberspace."

INDEFATIGABLE: Pope John Paul II, named 1994's top newsmaker by Catholic editors and Time magazine's Man of the Year, is preparing for a whirlwind Jan. 12-21 trip 'to the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Australia and Sri Lanka. It will be his 63rd trip outside Italy. (CNS/ Mariphoto)

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, MEMBERS OF a Little Rock Scripture Study group hold hands in prayer during their weekly meeting. (eNS/ Le. May photo)

Little Rlock Scripture Study Progr~lm marks 20 years NORMAN,Okla.(CNS)- Two lay people 20 years ago asked a simple question: "Why can't we have a Catholic Bible study'!" What evolved is an international Scripture study program used in more than 8,000 parishes throughout the United States, including parishes in Fairhaven and on Cape Cod, and in 10 other countries. "This is a dead-center Vatican II program inspired by the laity," said Benedictine Abbot Jerome Kodel\, author of the Little Rock Scripture Study program. "It was the laity who contacted me. The truth is, if they hadn't, none of us religious would have thought of il." 1n the early 1970s, program founders Fred and Tammy Woell of Little Rock, Ark.. bl:gan studying the Bible with Protestant neighbors. A conVert, M irS. Woell was reluctant to continue Bible studies without grounding in Catholic beliefs. They eventually cOlltacted then-' Father Kodell, a Scripture scholar who hadjust returned from Rome. "That was on a Wednesday," recalled Mrs. Woell. "Father Jerome was at our house the next Monday." Now abbot of the Subiaco Abbey in Little Rock, the priest agreed to guide the Scripture sltudy and write a set of questions to help participants apply the readings to their own lives. The first day of class, Sept. 9, 1974, 150 people showed up at St. John's Center in Little Rock to study the Acts of the Apostles. The room had been set up for 50. "The next day we went out and bought more chairs," said Fred ,Woell. "That was our first hint that this was going to be bigger than we thought." Offered through t he diocese's Office of Religious Education, the program thrived locally and around the state. In 1978, Little Rock Scripture Study was introduced at a national meeting of diocesan liaisons for the charismatic renewal movement as an example of Bible study resource:s. It is now the largest Catholic Scripture program in the country. Still operating out of the diocese of ·Little Rock, its office is staffed by five diocesan employees at the Catholic center. Appreciatin~ Scripture "The whole purpose is to appre-

eiate the Scriptures, and to help in prayer life as well," said Father Benedict Folger, SS.Ce., pastor of St. Mary's parish, Fairhaven; and director of its Little Rock group. He introduced the program at the parish about a year ago after finding it effective in his previous parishes. The program came to the diocese when Abbot Kodell visited St. Stanislaus parish, Fall River, in the early 1980s. Do~othy Peluso of Sandwich and Fred and Mary Demetrius were amqng organizers. Now Assonet residents, the Demetriuses led Little Rock SCripture Study at Blessed S~crament parish, Fall River, for 10 years. ."There is a plaintive cry" among Catholics that "we don't· know how to read the Bible," said Fred Demetrius. The Scripture courses offer "a good grounding in the fundamentals. You use the concordance, look up other Scripture references; you have to read the footnotes! It really broadens your knowledge of the Bible." The program is particularly effective because of its discussion component, he said. Each unit is followed by questions which participants answer individually, then discuss with the group. There are now 20 courses for adults, five for young adults and two for children. This year,leadership training and study materials were published in Spanish. A simple format of four elements makes Little Rock Scripture Study adapta1:)le to different situations: daily personal reading; weekly small-group sessions; a wrapup lecture; and personal and conversational prayer. A five-week leadership training program designed by the Woells in 1974 is still in use. Lay parishioners conduct the training, which explains the rationale, format and materials of the program, demonstrates group dynamics skills and teaches leaders to use and direct conversational prayer. "My study of S~ripture taught me the power of God's word to transform lives,'1 said Abbot Kodell. "But I was still surprised when this began to happen before my eyes. At the beg~nning, we were preparing a single, local source. We didn't know or have answers for everything that was to happen. The mastermind Was the Holy Spirit."

BALTIMORE(CNS)- Tavon Johnson is a lot like other 18-yearolds. He goes to high school, likes to hang out with friends and wants to get a leathe:r jacket. He hopes to go to college after graduation and then get a good job. What sets him apart from other young men his age is that he has gained legal custody of his 12year-old brother, Jajuan. Tavon has been living with his brother at Sarah's House, the Catholic Charities long-term housing program at Fort Meade, Md.,since July. Heattends Fort Meade Senior High School, while Jajuan goes to MacArthur Middle School on the military base. "He's ajunior in high school. He takes the bus to schooljust like his brother, but for all intents and purposes, Tavon is Jajuan's father," said Jan Angelo, guest advocate at Sarah's Hous,e. "He goes to parentteacher conferences, he has to write absentee excuses for him and he signs his report card." Tavon and Jajuan spent the first three months at Sarah's House in the emergency shelter where, Ms. Angelo said, "most everything is done for you. You get your meals and medications, and you get a bed. The whole point of the shelter is to save all the money you can." The two have since moved to the transitional housing facility at Sarah's House, where Tavon must pay a modest program fee, purchase food and do his own housekeeping. He works on weekends. Tavon spoke of his situation slowly but plainly. He and his;re living with his mother at Flaghouse Court, a high-rise project in east Baltimore, when his mother became addicted to cocaine . They ~ere evicted in 1988, and then "moved around a lot for about five years." he said. After living with different friends of their mother, Tavon and Jajuan moved in with an aunt and uncle, Sharon and Robert Evans, who received custody of the boys from their mother in 1993. That year, however. their mother kicked her habit, landed a steady job in a supermarket and got her sons back. The situation soon turned again. Tavon said his mother had lost money due to a living arrangement 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111

The abbot attributes the success of the program to its origins and development in a rural diocese. That required the course work to be self-contained, not dependent upon' a local seminary. expert or university. Father Stf:ven J. Binz, current director of Little Rock Scripture. Study, said the program helps people understand "how central Scripture is and how it can transform their lives. Whatever their own particular or personal spirituality, the Bible is the common denominator for all Catholics." Because prayer. is the foundation of the program, it helps people establish and deepen a habit of daily prayer, he explained. "Catholics are reclaiming the Bible as the book of the church," Father Binz said. "The more that Catholics study the Bible, the more they know who they are, the more they know that this is our story as the people of God." Information on the study program is available from Little Rock Scripture Stllldy Program, PO Box 7565, Little I{ock Ark. 72217.

gone bad, leaving months of bills unpaid. "That sent her back to using drugs," he said. He and his brother eventually moved in with another aunt. Meanwhile, Tavon landed a jo~ at a caterer. Tavon heard about Sarah's House through the Anne Arundel County police department's "Take Back Our Streets" program. He and Jajuan moved in on July 7. Tavon said he still loves his mother, and just wants her to seek help. "That's my mom and I love her with all my heart," he said. "I just want to get help for her. Even though we have been through prob-

(ems, I think she is the best mom in the world. She got pregnant when she was 16, but still graduated from college." He still speaks to his mother and writes to his father. Jajuan also writes to his father . Things ha've been good lately. Tavon said. "My brother and I are very happy with the situation right now. Sometimes we get a little bored, orwe can't see our friends as often as we like, but this is a lot better than some of the situations we have been in. "Plus," he added, "this place is ours."

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The La Salette Shrine Community extends its deep gratitude to the following for their contributions to the Christmas Festival of Lights:

Mrs. Anne Austill, of Cataumet, Mrs. Mary Fuller, of Buzzards Bay, and Fr. Timothy Goldrick, of St. Bernard's Parish, Assonet for generously loaning 126 Nativity Sets for display and

Sr. Gertrude Gaudette, O.P. of Fall River, and Mr. Albert LaPierre of No. Attleboro for their creative talents. Their displays were inspiring and appreciated by thousands of pilgrims,

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Dr. Philip Silvia, history professor at Bridgewater State College, recently visited the eighth grade at Holy Name School, Fall River, where he spoke abput life in the city during the Industrial Revolution. Included in the presentation were originalpayrolliedger sheetsfrom var~ ious cotton mills and an antique book picturing machinery of the JSOOs. The studenls.also visited the Fall River Historical Society to view exhibits about life in the late ISOOs and early J900s.

ATTLE BO Ra-Senior Jason Derosa of Foxboro has been named a candidate for a Special Sch'Olarship by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Recipients of Special Scholarships, awarded by the Merit Program's corporate sponsors, will be selected in March. Derosa is also a nominee for the 1995 Principal's Leadership Award, a $1 ,000 scholarship given by the National Association of Secondary School Principals to 150 students who exhibit outstanding leadership and are in the top 20 percent of their class. Derosa is president of his class and of the Spanish National Honor Society and is founder and president of Feehan's Outdoors Club. He is a participant in the student council, Environmental Awareness Group, National Honor Society, Junior Achievement, football, track, . tennis and basketball. His church and community activities include coaching CYO basketball, distributing recycling bins, and volunteering at a local soup kitchen and at the Children's Discovery Museum. Via Satellite 37 students and science department head Sheila Fisher participated in a recent teleconference via satellite with the National Institute of TechilOlogy. The conference linked participants in 2,000 cities for a discussion of medical and ethical aspects of cancer research.

Msgr. Patrick O'Neill, former Stang chaplain', was honored by principal Theresa Dougall and the !,chool community at a recent Mass.

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NEW BEDFORD-As part of their cultural diversity studies, students in kindergarten and grades 2 and 6 are learning about contributions of African-Americans this month. Their studies began in December when teachers Janet Moreau, Sharon Hudon and Jane Rioux introduced them to Kwanzea, the African-American observance established in 1966to preserve the seven principles .of African harvest rituals. Activities included: exchange of handmade placemats to signify unity; creating selfportraits indicating self-determination; making necklaces, chains and candles to employ creativity; and, focusing on "economy of group sharing," buying fruit baskets for residents of Grinnell Mansion. The students also donated Christmas gifts for distribution by New Bedford Child and Family Services, while seventh- and eighth-graders contributed to a giving tree benefitingthe Women's Shelter in New Bedford.

Junior, class officers at Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth, are, from left, secretary Aya',la Pilgrim of Wareham, treasurer Daniel Osuch of Fair/laven; president Brian Jusseaume of Westport, and vice presid,ent Danielle Valcourt of Westport.

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Coyle-Cassidy High TAUNTON - The Warrior Weightlifting Club of Coyle and Cassidy High School will host the 1995 American Drug Free Powerlifting Association's Massachusetts Open High School Powerlifting Championship March 4-5. The ineet will be a one platform, two-day affair. All. girls, and boys who weigh between 114-165 pounds, will lift on Saturday. Boys from 181 pounds to superheavyweights will compete on Sunday. Weigh-ins on both days will be from 7-8:30 am and the meet will 9:30 am. All high school power.lifters are welcome and will ,be placed in specific age and weight classes. Individual awards for the first five p·laces in each age and weight class wilJ be given. 'J~t;~in trophies fofthe fjve . top teams wjll"be a\Varded on the basis of points...' , '. Applicatiol1s fo~ tIJe ineet and mor~ .in(ormation::may . be obtained by contac~ing meet·((irector·I-i:,Waldron at ,t Coyle-~assidy, 823-6164. ext. 680:·-!.


". Preschoolers at St, $(anislaus School, Fall River, had afestive December, abo"e celebrating thefeast day ofSt. ".Lpcy. a,nd below preparing for their Christmas per. . !ormance.


NORTH DARTMOUTH-Senior Sandra Penira of New Bedford has been named the school's Sylvan Scholar as winner of the Century III Leaders Compe-:ition. She is eligible to compete with other Sylvan Scho:lars in the state for a $1,000 scholarship and an opportunity to compete nationally for a $10,000 scholarship. Newly-elected officers for the Stang chapter of the National Honor Society are president Beth Dunllhe of Pocasset, vice president Chad D'Adamo of Assonet, secretary Melissa Amann of Westport and treasurer Rachel Brune of New Bedford. Science teacher Rose Grant of Fall River and religious studies teacher Douglas Rodrigues of Somerset were selec~ed by foriner students to appear in Who's Who Among America's Teachers for 1994. Family and friends of Msgr. Patrick O'Neill':ioined Bishop Sean O'Malley and the Bishop Stang community in honoring the former Stang chaplain and diocesan director of education at a Mass and luncheon recepl:ion at Bishop Stang at the end of Nov.ember. Msgr. O'Neill was also pastor of St. Julie Billiart Church in .Dartmouth prior to his retirement. . As part of Stang's capital campaign, friends and fellow priests established a Msgr. Patrick O'Neill endowment , . fund:Th'e income'from this fund will be given in the form . offinancial aid to Bishop Stang students in need. To date the fund has a balance of more than $18,000. For further . information contact Suzy BU'rke, director of de'velop'ment, 993-8959: ;


:u1J..iv~rsity· senior .'.':'amed best. art education student in nation '. DA YTQN, Ohi<? (CN,S) -"- A't the'age or'?, Laura.Hall:: ..(9.otsteps and teach but didn't realize she. had artistic converted'·her playroom ,i!lto Ii 'c1assroom - co·mplet~· . : ."taient until she took a required art course at Bishop witJ1. her own bulletin boards., ..' Watterson High School in Columbus. She won a scholar"I was ready to be a teacher,"'r¢call~ t.he University of .. ,ship to take Saturday art classes during her junior and Dayton student with a l!iugh. "~y poor. little sister, I:d ... 'senior y'ears at the Columbus College of Art and Desigp. When Ms. Hall enrolled at the University of Dayton, always 'p'lay' school '\yith ·h(:raJid force ~er to be the student.". . ' ,. '. , . .~. she b.c::gan to draw on her artistic abilities to make a '.' .w.hen .Ms. Hall graduates, i~~ay·with..a bachelor's' "'oiffererice in other people's lives. . 'degree ·j'n fine arts witH' certification to :teach K-12 art In her first year, she decorated Marycrest Residence .ed.ucati'!'n; .she should . have her, pick of classropms to· flail for parties for underprivileged children. She also has te~ch in.' ~he :r<:cently Was 'named the.· country's. best' .spel}t Friday mornings showing people with disabilities ·uhoergraduate atteduciition student by.the National Art how' to finger paint and work with clay. In the spring, .. she'll help children enjoy /lands-on exhibits at the Dayton Education: Association: . , .:, "If you're'the top student teacher in the··nati'on, someArt institute's Experience Center. She performs volunteer work on top of working to pay for college expenses one will grab you pretty quick," says Lyn Manera, an ·adj'un.ct'professor.,of art education' who h'omiri;lted. Ms. '. . not covered by scholarships and loans, . H.all·.for·t~e·honot" '~She's a;'.tistic~lly strong, inieil~ctu~~ .... ·"I·can't even describe the fun I have" mixing art with ·allY,~tron.g a.ndco,nmitted to. s~r~i2e.':· .,- ... ',., '.', .:. _ volunteer service, she says. "I once wQrked with a woman .. IMs~ Hall.ICnew she wanted to fo.lloW· in' her mQt,her's .... :. who was blind and deaf. When I put her hands in the clay"

she'd smile and her whole face would light up." , Ms. Hall fo'linded the Gamma Epsilon Lambda service and leadership fraternity on campus and served as president of the student chapter of the National Art E.duo:ation Association. Also, as part of "Project Artifact," an outreach program with local schools, .Ms. Hall showed seventh-graders an authentic Japanese netsukl~ and encouraged them to create their 'own artwork ba~,ed· on , the decorative ornament. . She's already logged 300 hours of classroom observation ~ime and during the winter term will student t~ach at an elementary and a hiRh school.. ' .. . When Ms. Hall receives the award a't the NAEA . n'ational convention in Houston April 8, she will p~esent slides of her work - drawings,paintings, sculpture and· .photography .-:-; a.nd talk about her philosophy of art education. That. can be.summed up in one word: sf:rvice. "It's a nee.d I have to help other people~" she says. "It just fee}s go'od 1" I : ,

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By Charlie Martin

CIRCLE OF LIFE Fwm the day that We arrive on the planet And blinking, step into the sun Tlltere's more to be seen Tlltan can ever be seen More to do Tlltan can ever be done Some say eat or be eaten Some say live and let live BllIt all are agreed As they join the stampede YQU should never take More than you give In the circle of life It's the wheel of fortune It's the leap of faith It's the bond of hope Till we find our place On the path unwinding In the circle, In the circle of life Some of us fall B:V the wayside And some of us Zoom to the star~ And some of us sail Through our troubles And some have to live With the scars There's far too much To take in here More to find than can E'ver be found But the sun rolling high Through the sapphire sky Keeps great and small On the endless round Written by: Elton John, Tim Rice. Sung by: Elton John, (c) t9~14 by Walt Disney Music Co. (ASCAP) THE NEW YEAR offers an Happiness often is enhanced opportunity to set goals and by reaching ou.! to others. That's design new ways to improve why I'm startlllg my 1995 colour lives. I see it as God's invitaumns with Elton John's 1994 tion to us to evaluate our haphit, "Circle of Life." All of us are part of the circle of life on piness and determine how we might increase our satisfaction this planet. And how we treat with life. others in this circle. will affect

the quality of our own lives during the coming year. I particularly agree when the song says, "You should never take more than you give." Those words might actually be turned into a goal for the year ahead. Think how the~1 apply to life in your family. What do you give in terms of emotional support and und(:rstanding to the others in your home? How much responsibility do you take for the completion of everyday tasks? What in your general attitude brings humor and fun into the lives of the others at home? Consider also your skills and abilities. These are parts of who you are and w(:re given freely to you by our Creator. Certainly, they can be utilized in ways that will increase your own enjoymentoflife but they can also be used for the benefit of others. I challenge you to set a 1995 goal that focuses on how one of your God-given abilities can assist others. Think creatively: What is it that you do well that could be given as a service to others? Finally, as you gaze into the circle of life, consider the importance of Earth itself. More and more we understand that our planet's resources are limited. If we are to be responsible to the people of the future, we must think today of Earth and its care. Noone out of the future is going to step into your life and say thank you. Yet if you make it a goal to upgrade your family's recycling program by donating more of your own time and effort to it, your new goal will say som(:thing about the care you give to the circle of life, as路well as about your place in that circle. Yes, set 1995 goals related to your most personal hopes and dreams. But remember also that the circle of life ties us all together. What you choose to do in 1995 can make a real difference to the lives of many in this great circle. Your comments are welcomed by Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, IN 47635.

Manilans asked to host Youth Day delegates WASHINGTON (eNS) - Two U.S. young adults have been chosen to represent the nation for the Jan. 6-10 International Youth Forum in the Philippines which precedes World Youth Day. At the same time the Philippines government is scrambling to find housing for the 250,000 delegates to the Youth Day itself. Amy Wortmann, 26, and Brian Johnson, 29, were invited by the Vatican to participat.e in the biennial forum, to be held at the University of St. Thomas in Manila, Philippines. They will be. two of an expected 250-300 participants. World Youth Day it.self is slated for Jan. 10-15, with an estimated 250,000 young people attending, and I million on hand for its closing vigil and Mass. Ms. Wortmann said the forum's closing session will double as World Youth Day's opening ceremony. She is pursuing a master's degree in religious studies at t.he Marianistrun University of Dayton. Johnson is associate director of the youth ministry offiCI: for the Diocese of Galveston-Houston.

Johnson told Catholic News Service the forum would be "looking at the human race, looking at international encounters and looking at the role of youth" and how they contribute to life and society, while asking themselves, "What is our task? What are we called to do?" Meanwhile, the Philippine government, responding to a church appeal, has asked its personnel to help house the thousands of youths for World Youth Day. President Fidel Ramos has issued a directive calling on Manila-based government officials and employees

to "adopt" at least two foreign or provincial delegates to the huge event. The directive specifies government officials and employees should provide their guests with a room of at least 80 square feet, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and travel fare or transportation to Youth Day programs. Under the "Share a Home" program, foreign delegates are to be hosted for a minimum of II days, Jan. 7-17, and provincial Filipino delegates for a minimum of eight days, Jan. 9-16.

Rural needs discussed DES MOINES, Iowa (CNS)With rural America facing complex and painful restructuring, church leaders are being asked to bear witness to the plight of small farmers - and to serve as peacemakers in communities with seemingly insurmountable divisions. Such was the message of the National Catholic Rural Life Con-

ference in Des Moines. The gathering's theme was "The Rural Church: Cultivating a Promising Future:' "There are fewer church leaders today who are devoting themselves to the needs of rural communities," said Tom McKenna, rural life director for the diocese of Rockford, III.

Friday, Jan. 6, 1995

By Christopher Carstens Christian music doesn't have to be boring. From a teenager's point of view, most of the music at Mass in local parishes is pretty boring. I get around to a lot of Catholic churches, and you could start believing that the last new musical idea in Christian America was the Folk Mass. The '60s were a long time ago, and a partly bald guy with a pony tail singing "They Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love" is not going to light up young people in the '90s. But lately I've been reminded Christian music is alive and well in America. I recently attended Mass at Christ the King parish in San Diego. Located in "the hood," this may be the most fully integrated parish in America. It was certainly unique in my experience. African-American, white, Hispanic, Asian - everybody was there. There were old people there are always old people in church! - but there were young people, teenagers obviously at Mass because they wanted to be not because their parents made them go. What brought these people together from all over the city? The music. They have a real Gospel choir at Christ the King. They sing the hymns of the African-American Gospel tradition, a wonderful, joyous, exciting style of music. And they're good - really good. I know a teenage girl who goes to Mass there, driving in from another town. She told me that she found the church again when she found that Gospel choir. Many Sundays there isn't enough room for everybody to sit down. She's clear why they come. "It's the music - it really lifts you up." I had a second experience that reminded me that church music doesn't have to be boring. Frank Maranino, who reads The Beacon in Clifton, N.J., sent me three Christian music tapes. Maranino said in a letter, "Music is a really powerful medium in my life. These days I've been listening


to a lot of contemporary Christian music." His tapes are a blend of a wide variety of styles. If there isn't something in there you'd like, you just don't like music. It's good to be reminoed that there is good, wellwritten church music for every taste. On Maranino's tape, Christian rock and heavy metal are represented by a wide variety of artists. That's music I've liked for a long time. There are dozens of very good pop and rock musicians recording Christian music today, ranging in style from Amy Grant to Stryper to a wide variety of Christian rappers. It isn't all exactly my taste -but then neither is a lot of the stuff we hear at Mass week after week. You need to pick and choose. Here's the bottom line. There's a lot of very, very good religious music out there, but you need to look for it. Whether we're talking about excellent choirs or recorded music, it's still a search. A few weeks ago I watched the MTV video countdown, and the No.2 song said that if somebody wants to sell her body on the weekend, it's "none of your business," and No. I was about the joy of getting drunk early in the mornilJg. I'm not a prude and, like most people, I choose my music in different flavors. Consider putting some of the excellent Christian music out there into your mix, something with higher human and spiritual values. It's worth seeking out.

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fteering pOintf SEPARATED/DIVORCED A newly formed support group for separated/ divorced Catholics will meet at 7 p.m.' each second and fourth Wednesday at St. Joseph's rectory, 499 Spring St., North Dighton, with Father James McLellan as spiritual director. RETROUV AILLE Weekend program to help troubled 'marriages will be held Jan. 20-22 sponsored by Diocesan Office of Family Ministry. Information: 9996420 or Phil and Diane Caruso, 429-6293.



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LaSALETTE SHRINE, ATTLEBORO Shrine winter schedule: Daily Mass 12:10 p.m.; also 6:30 p.m. Mon. thro'ugh Fri. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Confessions: 2 to 3 p.m. week= days, I to 4 p.m. Saturdays, I to 5 p.m. Sundays. Bible study classes: 10 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. II, 18 and 25. Healing service and Mass with Father Andre Patenaude, MS, 2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 15: LaSalette prayer group healing ministry will .lead a healing service 2 p.m. Sunday. Jan. 29. All welcome. Gift shop open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Further Shrine information, tel. 222-5410. ST. BERNARD, ASSONET The parish bulletin reports that "The World Record for the Shortest Ski Season in History was ~et this week by (pastor) Father Tim Goldrick. On Monday, he went to Wareham. to pick up skiing equipment and as he was leaving with it under his arm, he slipped and fell and broke his arm in two places. Thus, the ski season for him lasted about a minute and a half. Father Tim's right arm will be in a cast for two or three months." CATHEDRAL CENTER OF RENEWAL, E. FREETOWN Pastoral Care Education Program Retreat Jan. 6-8. St. Patrick's, FR, confirmation retreat Jan. 6-7. O.L. VICTORY, CENTERVILLE Father James Phalan, CSC, former member of the parish family, will speak at Masses this weekend while on holiday leave from mission work in Peru. He will also speakat guild meeting I p.m. Jan. 9.

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"Dear Children: I am joyful with you and I pray with you for peace, peace in your hearts, peace in your families, peace in your desires, and peace in the whole world. May the King of Peace bless y~u today and give you peace. I bless you and I carry each of you in my heart. Thank you for having responded to my call." OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE PRAYER GROUP ST. PATRICK'S CHURCH • FALL RIVER, MA EVERY WEDNESDAY· 7 P.M.

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ST.-MARY;·MANSFIELD- . Beginning today, the parish will . have monthly exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from noon until 8 p.m. each First Friday, as long as at least two persons are in the church .. Parishioners and non-parishioners are welcome to participate ..To sign up for a specific time, adorers are asked to call Mrs. Rita Roane, 3394483, or St. Mary's rectory, 3392981. Persons may also sign the form available at the front doors of the church. ST. MARY, N. ATTLEBORO Adoration of Blessed Sacramen't in the of church each First Friday following 7 a.m. Mass and continuing until the beginning of 9 a.m. Mass Saturday. All welcome. Evening prayer at 9 p.m. each Friday and prayer at 8 a.m. each Saturday. . SAINTS AND SINGERS CHORUS Rehearsals for Easter season concert series are being held 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through March 24 at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Harrington Building lecture hall. Auditions are informal; singers must have a pleasant voice, be able to memorize or hold a part other than the melody, and attend rehearsals regularly. Male voices are especially needed. I nformation: Dee Powell, 759-4690 .. 1,000 DAYS: The parents of Marijo Osadcij light a eandle ST. ANTHONY of the DESERT, FR . at his grave in Sarajevo. Marijo, who died two years ago at age Exposition of Blessed Sacrament 17, is one of more than 10,000 residents to have been killed in noon to 6 p.m. Sunday with holy hour 5 to 6 p. m.. St. Sharbel Chapel. the seige of the city, which reached its I,000th day on o,~c. 31. 300 North Eastern Ave. Exposition (eNS/ Reuters photo) also held 9 a.m. to midnight Mondays. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. i[ CORPUS CHRISTI, E. SANDWICH :1 All welcome at Cenacle of Prayer The following television and radio programs originate in; the 7:30 p.m. Mondays. parish center; diocesan viewing an\llistening area. Their listings normally do' not charismatic prayer meeting. 8 p. m. Mondays. parish center. participants vary from week to week. They will be presented in the Anc;hor asked to bring Bible; chaplet of periodically and will reflect any changes that may be made. Pl,ease divine mercy prayed following 9 clip and retain for reference. a.m. Mass Wednesdays. "Talking Religion" with SisOnTV First Friday Exposition of Blessed ter Mary Hennessey, a ntbbi Sacrament IOa.m .. untiI8 p.m. BeneEach Sunday, 8:00a.m. WLNE, diction 8 p.'m. today. First Friday Channel 6. Diocesan Television and rotating Protestant mi:nisMass 5 p. tn. at St. Theresa's Chapel. Mass, also broadcast on radio ters 5 a.m. Sundays, WR'KO, .CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES, 680 AM .. station 87.9 FM. CAPE COD The rosary is recited by Bishop Portuguese Masses from Our Workshop for parents of adopted Sean O'Malley in Portugllese Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, teenagers 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 18,25 and New Bedford: 7 p.m. each Sun- weekday mornings at 5: 15 a. m. Feb. I and 8 at Catholic Social Serand weekends at 5:45 a.m. and day on television Channel 20. vices, 261 South St., Hyannis. Pre"Vivendo a Nossa Fe" (Portu- in English every night following registration required by Jan. 13. Information: 771-6771,9 a.m. to 5 guese), 9:30 p.m. Saturdays Fall . the II :00 news (approximately II :06 p.m.) on WHTB, 1400 p.m. weekdays. River/New'Bedford Channel 20; . 2 p.m. Sundays Fall River AM, Fall River. CATHEDRAL, FR "Quince Minutos de ~u~ica All welcome at an Epiphany conChannel 13. cert by the Cathedral Choir at 3 p.m. "Confluence," 8:30 a.m. each y Quince Minutos de Mens,aje" Jan. 8. Sunday on Channel 6, is a panel (Spanish), with Father KI~vin Harrington, pastor of St.'.1oprogram moderated by Truman CAPE/ISLANDS CATHOLIC NURSES Taylor and having as perman- seph's parish, Attleboro, IUO Meeting 7 p.m. Jan. II, St. Pius X ent participants Father Peter p.m. each Sunday on WJFD, parish hall, South Yarmouth. GeofN. Graziano, pastor of St. 97.3 FM. frey Anderson will speak on "SubCharismatic programs \\lith Mary's parish, Mansfield; Right stance Abuse in the Health Care Father John Randall are Rev. George Hunt, Episcopal Professional: Potential for RecovBishop of Rhode Island, and from I :00 to 1:30 a. m. Monday ery." Discussion will follow. Cathothrough Friday on station Rabbi Baruch Korff. lic nurses, whether members or nonMass 9:30 a.m. Monday to WRIB, 1220 AM, Providellce. members, are invited. Information: Friday, WFXT, Channel 25, Other Catholic programs run Leonard Fisher, 362-8264. "Rejoice and Hope"6:30a.m. daily at 7:00 and 9:15 a.m. ;and INTER ·CHURCH COUNCIL OF I :30 p.m. Mass is broadcasrat I alternate Sundays, Chann'el 10, NB An informational meeting will be features Providence Bishop p.m. Sunday. held 7 p.m. Jan. 12, St. John the Programs of Catholic interlouis Gelineau. Baptist Church hall (corner of The Stations of the Cross are est are broadcast at the follt:lwCounty and Allan streets). Local telecast at 10 a.m. each Friday ing times on station WROL clergy have been discussing the poson Fall River cable channel 13. Boston, ~50 AM: Monday sibilities ofa congregation-based comFaith and Values channel, through Friday 9, 9: 15, ~!:45 munity organization for three months (formerly VISN/ ACTS), an inter- a.m.; Tuesday and Thurs,~ay and will share their findings. II :00 a.m.; Wednesday (dO faith national cable TV network, EMMAUS/GALILEE. is offered at various times on p.m.; Saturday 6:30 and 8:00Fa!her Tim Reis of Our Lady of 10:30 a.m.; Sunday 7:00 and cable channels in Attleboro, Mt. Carmel parish, Seekonk, will 10:30 a.m.; 12 noon - 3:00 p.m. Barnstable, Chatham, Dennis, celebrate Mass at Galilee meeting 6 Harwich, Rehoboth and Yar- "In Season & Out of Seas,)n" to 9 p.m. Sunday, Neumann Hall, . Cathedral Camp, E. Freetown. An with Father Tom Dilorenz.), 3 mouth. Consult local listings. Epiphany presentation is planned. EWTN can be viewed in most and 11:15 a.m., 9:45 p.m., laaparts of the diocese on various tion WEZE, 1260 AM. channels. Consult local listings. A Polish-language Mas!!, is heard from 7:30 to 8:30 a;m. On Radio The American Catholic, "5:45 every Sunday on station WICE, a.m. Sundays, WPXC, 102.9 550 A M . ' The rosary is broadcast at FM, Hyannis. St. Jude Novena, 6:45 a.m. 5:43 a.m. Monday through Sundays, WHTB, 1400 A.M. Saturday on WPLM Plymouth, 1390 AM, 99.1 FM. Fall River.

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