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FRIGID WEATHER did not deter diocesan pilgrims from participating in last Friday's March for Life in Washington. From left, in front row, Father Gerald Shovelton, pastor of Holy Trinity parish, West Harwich; Father Stephen A. Fernandes, director of the diocesan Pro-Life Apostolate; Bishop Sean O'Malley; Mrs. Marian Desrosiers, Pro-Life Apostolate assistant, and

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her son, Lee. Banner at right rear is that of People for Life from St. Stephen's parish, Attleboro, and the pro-life banner at front was a gift to the diocese from Larry and Penny Poulin of Penny Pockets embroidery design company in Swansea. Picture at right is of pilgrims at Franciscan Commissariat of the Holy Land, where they were Bishop O'Malley's breakfast guests.

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lVlarch for Lifers not fair-weather friends With CNS stories hony of earthquak{J-torn Los Angeles was unable'io be in Washing"We're coo!!" gleefully exclaimed ton, Bishop Sean O'Malley filled 10-year-old Lee Desrosiers of Corin for him as principal celebrant of pus Christi parish, Sandwich. He a Mass offered Thursday, Jan. 20, could have been talking about the at the Basilica of the National weather at last weekend's 21st annual March for Life in Washing- . Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. There he commented that ton, but he wasn't. He was delighted that his biShOP was center "the Mass tonight was to be canceled due to the State of emerstage for two major Masses offered gency," referring to an order from in connection with the march. Washington's maYQrthat had shut Because Cardinal Roger Ma-

Diocese joins relief drive for earthquake victims With CNS stories Members of the Fall River diocese contributed last weekend to a special second collection taken up at Saturday and Sunday Masses to assist victims of the Jan. 17 earthquake affecting Los Angeles and surrounding communities. The quake killed at least 61 people, injured about 8,000 and caused billions of dollars of damage. Authorized by Bishop Sean O'Malley, collection proceeds wil\ be transmitted to the Catholic Charities office of the Los Angeles archdiocese. The bishop requl:sted that prayers be offered for earthquake victims and for priests, religious and other persons ministering to their physical and spiritual needs. It was noted that those who may not have had an opportunity to , contribute last weekend may stil\ make donations at their parish or to the Fall River Chancery Office, PO Box 2577, Fall River 02722, specifying that they are for earthquake relief.

After the Quake Despite the devastation, hun-

dreds of earthquake survivors flocked to church services Jan. 22 and 23 in the Los Angeles area to give thanks for being saved and to pray for the strength to rebuild their shattered lives. The earthquake, which demolished many buildings and highways, left 20,000 people homeless. U.S. officials said they were doing all they could to streamline the largest urban relief effort ever mounted by the federal government in the aftermath of the Jan. 17 quake. Many of the Los Angeles-area services on the first weekend after the earthquake were held in makeshift places of worship. Badly damaged churches were closed because they were deeme<;l dangerous by building inspectors. Standing before a sign that read, "We Will Rise Again," Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony celebrated a Jan. 23 Mass in the parish hall of St. John Eudes Catholic Church in suburban Chatsworth. The cardinal said the quake had "a great ripple effect," bringing Turn to Page 16

down private and public business that day to conserve energy. "I see that there is an even greater emergency that has brought us here. So I thank you," Bishop O'Malley said to applause. The evening Mass was not the end of the bishop's unexpected roles at the march. At 10:30 Thursday night he was asked to replace Boston Cardinal Bernard

Law as homilist &I'ld principal celebrant at a basilica Mass the next morning. Rising to the occasion, the bishop related the story of the emperor's new clothes. He recounted the famous tale of how everybody went along with an emperor's delusion that a tailor had spun him a glorious outfit to wear at a royal event - save for a child who cried

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out, "But he's wearing only his underwear'" "The church," Bishop O'Malley said, "is like that little child." On abortion, the church is "saying a truth that the powers that be don't want to hear," he added. Those powers "have deluded themselves into believing in that magical suit of clothes," he said. Turn to Page 13

Screening process initiated for Cape Cod schools Rev. Richard W. Beaulieu, Diocesan Director of Education, has notified Cape Cod pastors that a screening process has been initiated for accepting students at Holy Trinity and St. Margaret's regional Catholic elementary schools. Holy Trinity School will be located in West Harwich and SI. Margaret's in Buzzards Bay. Registration for both schools will open on Monday, Jan. 31. Initially the schools will be open to kindergarten, first and second grade st udents. Parents wishing to enroll children are asked to call Sister Michaelinda Plante, RS M. Associate Superintendent for Elementary Schools at the Diocesan Department of Ed ucation in Fall River, telephone 678-2828. for application and registration forms. In future years. this procedure will take place on-site. Father Beaulieu noted that in order to make places available to students in all Cape parishes, a specific number of enrollments. based on the number of children Turn to Page 16

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into ecology learning 路center BATH. OHIO (CNS) _. The pesticides are slowly filtering out of 'the soi.l at the Crown Point Ecology Center. owned and run by the Akron Dominican Sisters. Sown with timothy now. the 130-acre farm in Bath will one day yield organically grown produce if the sistcrs have their way. Meanwhile. they have turned the property into a place wheq: people can learn to "live simply and gently on the land" through workshops on a variety of ecological issues. The religious community cstablished the center in 1989 as II way to preserve and usc the farmland. \\'hich they had purchased in 1967 to be the site of a new motherhouse. Because their numbers dropped signiCicantly after the late 1960s. the new residence was ne\'cr built. ' "We were gelling so much pressure [from developers] 'to sell thc land." recalled Dominican Sister Pat Maric Sigler, coordinator of the center. "We were gelling calls once a week," Even as they turned down such offers, housing developments were springing up all around them in the fast-growing suburb of Akron. "We arc going to be one of the largest undeveloped parcels in Bath Township," Sister Sigler said in an interview with the Universe Bulletin, newspaper of the Cleveland diocese. Despite development on all sides. the Ecology Learning Center has an air of sanctuary. A red. rustic barn. built in 1910. overlooks a new wetland area the sisters put in with the help of volunteers. Nca rby. a flock of chickens pushes to the


side of their coop in hope of a snack. The garden has been harvested and turned. although it still yields a carrot or two. A house on the property featuring paneling from native trees milled by a past'owner was t he site of a small preschool run by the Dominicans from 1968 to 1977 a nd has also sen'ed as a residence for a handful of sisters. A separate building nearby is the site of most center workshops. "Part of the mission statement of the Dominicans is to afford women and the poor a share in our resource's," said Sister Sigler.

7 diocesan schools candidates for NEASe accreditation Seven Catholic elementary schools in the Fall River diocese have been accepted as candidates for accreditation through a new program offered by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). For more than a century NEASC has been the accrediting agency for secondary schools and colleges in New England, while elementary schools have, been accredited by local cities and towns or, in the case of Catholic schools, by diocesan departments of education. Beginning this spring, NEASC will also offer an accreditation program for elementary schools. Diocesan schools that are currently candidates for the program are Espirito Santo, St. Anne, St. M ichael and SS. Peter and Paul schools in J;::all River; St. Joseph, New Bedford; Our Lady of Lourdes, Taunton; and St. John Evangelist, Attleboro. Sister Michaelinda Plante, RSM, associate superintendent of dioce-, san schools, hopes to see all 24 diocesan elementary schools eventually enrolled in the process. "It would certainly verify and validate the wonderful work already being done in our schools and would reinforce the fact that we are committed to quality education," she said.

Throughout the summer. innercity children c'ome to Crown Point to learn gardening skills. A women's group called "Women's Web" meets monthly to discuss issues and share life experiences, Outside artists. Dear Editor: conservationists and experts in ecA phenomenon, little observed, ology run workshops ranging from is sweeping our country. I refer to basket-making to eomposting, The the increasing rise of scorn, dericenter also offers days of spiritual sion and mockery-of-God remarks reflection. that one hears on raqio and teleFor a $30 fee. area residents can vision and reads in newspapers help plant and care for th'e organic ,and magazines. In recent days, garden and take home some of the "Calvin and Hobbes" joined the produce. The sisters also sell their club with its "GOD MUST HA VE home-grown vegetables and enter A GOOFY SENSE OF HUMOR" some of their produce in local comic strip. fairs. A door in one of the center's If visitors from space ever landed buildings adorned with red and on American soil, they would be, blue ribbons attests to their baffled by what, they would see abilities. and hear., . Five sisters staff the center. To think, they would reason, helping care for the grounds. that' this blessed land with its planting trees and tending the enormous food surplus, its abun- , garden, Sister Sigler is the only dant fresh water supply, its warm fulltime staff member. but Sister and pleasant climate should subCarol Kandiko works parttime orject its creator and greatest benegani/ing workshops and events, factor to such a barrage of daily "It resonates in mv heart of ridicule. hearts." Sister Kandik~ said of her They would have no part of us, work. "I've always 100ed the out-ofbut hastily pack their gear, don doors," their spacesuits and blast off for For her the center is also a place home. where she can put a newly-earned For all who abuse the commundegree. i'n' spirituality to' work, ication media with their crude antioffering retreats and spiritual God and anti-Christ jokes this direction. reminder: "Greater men and woThe sisters hope the center will men than you have said that before be self-supporting one day. Sister -'and they have all died." You Sigler said. Currently it runs on wiII be no exception. If your talents donations and a subsidy from the and brains were better utilized, Akron Dominicans as well as on you would never be a ventrilorevenues from produce sales and quist's dummy for the devil's hatred some oil wells on the property. of God. The ecological ministry is one Edward Starks tpat Sister Sigler hQpes will catch Buffalo, NY on among religious congregations, "The ea rt h wi II go on." she sa id, But "it may ditch us as it did the d inosa urs,"

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Correction Art work by Gary Rego, chairman of the art department at Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth, is on display this month at the New Bedford YWCA, not the YMCA as reported in last week's Anchor.

Dear Editor: Instead of referring to any Catholic politician's "difference" with the Church over the matter of abortion - as if it were matter of disagreeing how much to drop in the collection basket every week. or what hymns the choir' should sing every Sunday - I'suggest our


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CARDINAL George Basil Hume of.Westminster, England, says goodbye to the Duchess of Kent following a ceremony at which he received her into the Catholic Church. Rumors that Princess' Diana might also become a Catholic are unfounded, said Andrew Palmer, Britain's ambassador'to'the Vatican. (CNS/ R~uters photo) ii

editorial and obituary writers remove their heads from tlte sand and begin using truthfulla Ilguage like" Although for political reasons M r. X preferred to disregard the murder of innocent unborns ..." or perhaps" Miss Y, well known for her support for spotted owls and Pacific yew trees, nonetheless adopted the 'personally opposed' stance with regard to the indiscriminate taking of unborn life ..." It's no wonder that Catholicbashing has become so popular, since we Catholics (including, it seems, some members of the hierarchy) do so little either to make clear or defend our own positions. What in God's name are we ashamed afraid of? Either the Tips and Teddys and Marios are right, or they are wrong, if thc:y are wrong, why are we expected to overlook the fact? (Surely it can't have anything to do with the perception that they have been so "progressive"in other areas?) Unhappily we can't do much about the morals'( or lack thereof) of the Studdses and Franks of the sorld, but when a nominally Catholic politician takes it upon himself or herself to vote in favor of abortion clinic access legislation without that action resulting in cries of outrage from the (timid) Catholic press or (unconcerned) laity, hoW can we be surprised to find that our postcard campaigns don't have the desired effec(' I hope I outlive Teddy Kennedy -I'm really looking forward t D seeing'how the'Catholic press handles his obituary! Bill Black Falmouth

God is pure spi'rit Dear Editor: Father Roger Karban always uses the pronouns he/ she when he refers to God in his column ill the Anchor. I wonder who Father is afraid of offending-the fail:hful laity or the feminists? Shouldn't he be afraid of offending God? We know that when Jesus taught the Apostles the Our Father He didn't say He/she Who art in Heaven. He referred to Him as Abba! Daddy! I have 路yet to see a female daddy. Readers of the Anchor can get very confused when an orda:,ned priest doesn't know what the Father in Heaven is-male or female, God, being a spirit, has no need of human gender, male or female. He is a pure spirit who crellted man male and female in order to propagate the species. He did likewise with every creature, in:;uring the continuation of the world He created.' Jesus used the male figure to enable the Apostles and us to understand that, as the fathe r is the head of the family, so is God the Head of us all. Olympia Caesar New Bedford 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111I1111111111111 THE ANCHOR (USPS-545-020). Sec:ond Class Postage Paid at Fall River. I\('ass, Published weekly except the week of July 4 and the week after Christmas at 887 Highland Avenue. Fall River. Mass. 02720 by tlie' Catholic Press of the Diocese 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.

High C10urt OKs applying racketeering law to abortion clinic blockades


WASHINGTON(CNS)-Ina seeming slap in the face to pro1lifers who three days e:arlier had j participated in the annual March i for Life in Washington. the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on I Jan. 24 that abortion protesters I need not have an economic motive Ito ~e prosecuted under antiracket, cering la ws. I The ruling avoided c:onsidering I whether First Amendment rights protect abortion clinic protesters : from prosecution under racketeerling la ws. But a separate case the court agreed to take three days earlier questions whether judges , may ban protests outright without I infringing on those free speech rights. In the racketeering case. while declining to decide whether the specific case before them otherwise fit under the fed'~ral Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. the court said the la w does not require proofofeconomic gain and therefore could be applied to Operation Rescue and other groups that blockade abortion clinICS.

The National Organization for Women sued Joseph Scheidler and his Chicago-based Pro-Life Action Net work on behalf of abortion clinics in Delaware and Illinois. The suit alleged that anti-Clbortion blockades constitute an organized •. nationwide effort 10 drive clinics out of business. NOW said Scheidler. the ProLife Action Network. Operation Rescue and their followers illegally conspired to close abortion clinics and benefited financially from.doing so. NOW seeks prosecution of the protesters under la ws intended to control organized crime. Scheidler and his supporters contended that in order to be prosecuted under the anti-racketeering

statutes. there had to be proof of economic gain. But the court disagreed. saying that nowhere in the RICO statute is there any indication that an economic motive is required. Lower courts that rtiled in favor of Scheidler overlooked the fact that while certain activities may not benefit the protesters financially. they still may drain money from businesses like ,the clinics, said the opinion written by Chief Justice William Rehnquist. In a separate concurring opinion, Justices David Souter and Anthony Kennedy said the ruling does not bar First Amendment challenges to the application of RICO. Proving economic motive is unnecessary "because legitimate freespeech claims may be raised and addressed in individual RICOcases as they arise," wrote Souter. "Accordingly, it is important to stress that nothing in the court's opinion precludes a RICO defendant from raising the First Amendment in its defense in a particular case." Souter went on to ,say conduct that otherwise might amount to extortion under RICO may well be fully protected under the First Amendment. Souter added that he had no view on the p<)ssibility of a First Amendment clai'm by Scheidler and his co-respondents, but warned courts that apply RICO to bear in mind that First Amendment interests could be at stake. Just three days before the NOW vs. Scheidler ruling the court agreed to take a case in which anti-abortion protesters challengecla judge's order pro hi bi t ing.QC nionst rations near an abortion clinic in Melbourne. Fla. ' In that case, a state trial court judge required that antiabortion protesters stay at lea$t 36 feet away from a clinic or face fines of up to

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OFFICIAL His Excellency, the Most Reverend Sean O'Malley, O.F.M .• Cap., Bishop of Fall River, announces the following appointment: Reverend Gastao Oliveira, Director of Communications for the Portuguese Ministry, effective January 26, 1994, while remaining Parochial Vicar at Santo Christo. Fall River.

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$500 .. The judge also barred protesters from approaching patients within 300 feet of the clinic and banned picketing within 300 feet of the homes of clinic staff. . A federal appeals court in Atlanta struck down the order, but the Florida Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality. "While the First Amendment confers on each citizen a powerful right to express oneself, it gives the picketer no boon to jeopardize the health, safety and rights of others," wrote the Florida Supreme Court. The order was appealed by three people who said it prohibits peaceful protests. The Supreme Court said it would hear the case by April. A ruling is expected by the end of the term in July.

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A Faith Obligation Next week the church invites all to celebrate the twentieth year of Catholic Schools Week. From coast to coast.. parish schools and diocesan high schools will echo the theme that in supporting Catholic schools, one supports choice in education. For two decades, an entire generation, Catholic schools have made this observance a time not merely to extoll their achievements but also to lobby for the constitutional freedom of choice in education that is ours. And Catholic schools offer a very distinct choice. The difference is not only that more Catholic school graduates attend college, that the drop-out rate is less in Catholic schools, or that, in many areas of learning, students in Catholic schools have a better achievement record. To base freedom of choice solely on such a basis does an inj ustice to the nature of Catholic schools. The real difference is faith. A Catholic school is a faith school. If it fails to make this the prime reason for its existence, it fails in its very mission: to teach as Jesus taught. Parents often have a hand in what could be called the defaithing of a school. They send their child to a Catholic school because of fear, not favor. With the mounting turmoil in public education, they feel that Catholic,schools are safer. They also feel that their children can do better in the sense of worldly advantages in a Catholic school. Many parents merely tolerate the faith element that should be at the center of the church school experience. Often this indifference is evident in the low turnout of Catholic school children at the weekly liturgy. Skiing, camping and vacations are seen as far more important than Mass. This mind-set, unfortunate as it is, is one issue that Catholic schools must face with honesty. Much evangelization must be done with parents who ignore the faith dimension of Catholic education. Certainly one cannot fault the little child who does not, for example, share in the Eucharist. He or she must ,be brought to the Lord. . .. , One of the goals of Catholic Schools W~~k sh'Qulet be :sharing and discussing these matters. Children and young peo'ple have a right to be taught to make sound morill judgments based on a well-informed conscience. Schools and parents who fail to fulfill this obligation fail both themselves and their children. The family is the principal teacher of values. Thatdoes not mean avoiding faith at home and letting the school take care of it, but rather that parents and guardians assume their responsiblity of teaching children to know and worship God. All of us too well how society in general is failing children. The church has always emphasized its obligation to see to their religious formation but this cannot be achieved without the cooperation and support of the family. Catholic schools are a very special help in attaining this expectation. For their part, schools must not relegate religion to a lesser role in the education process. Rather, religion must permeate all other academic s.ubject.s. Otherwise a school has no right to be called Catholic. As we join in the celebration of Catholic Schools Week, let us make it a time to renew our faith commitment as a vital aspect in educating our children. There are many obstacles to , be faced in this regard. But they should never deter parents, schools, parishes, dioceses or universities from this sacred responsibility. The Editor


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"The earth quaked and rocks broke." Matt. 28:51 'J,saint W~o::~sked que,stions",

By' Father KevinJ. Harrington Today is the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, a saint whose teachings are as relevant today liS they were in his day, more than 700 years ago. There is a quaint story preserved in the history of the saint that tells us that the young Thomas. daily b~dgered his elders with the question "What is God?" ,However true or untrue this story lT1ay be .. it illustrates an important characteristic of this saint. Aquinas prefered askingquestions more than making statements. This may on the surface seem to be an insignificant idiosyncrasy, but upon examination of the saint's life it is clear that Aquinas' constant inquiries were central to his personality, Saints storm heaven by different methods. Some knock on heaven's door through martyrdom, others through ceaseless prayer, yet others through heroic work for the poor, indefatigable preaching, or patient pastoral care. Thomas Aquinas' sanctity lay in an insatiable hunger for truth, manifested in an untiring ability to ask questions. Mother Teresa of Calcutta is fond of saying that God never asks us to be successful; only. to be faithful. In the same spirit, Aquinas rellected;at the end of his life that all of his writings seemed but straw. He saw from this perspective all his life, and precisely because of that his life was spent in asking questions and seeking answers to them. One ¡becomes a saint not by what one does and achieves, but by one~s acceptance of .the will of God. Aquinas' writings are brilliant and many , theologiansaclsnow~

ledge them as unsurpassed; however, that childhood question: "What is God?" was a question he coul9 not answer. In his humble acceptance of that fact, he truly proved that he conformed to Christ. What Jesus acknowledged during hi~ agony in the garden - that acceptance of the cross was the only way to fulfill his mission Aquinas learned through a lifetime of inquiry His mission was fulfilled when he accepted his personal "crucifixion of the mind." Aquinas' writings will always be


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I give you my hands, to do your work. I give you my feet to go . your way.' I give you my eyes to see as you see. I give you my mouth to speak your words. I give you my mind to think a~ you think. I give you my spirit so that you may pray in me. I give you myself so that you may grow in me, So that it is you, 0 Lord Jesus Who lives and works and prays through me. . Amen "'"

held in high esteem in the Church. He was fortunate that at the age of 15 he was sent to school to' the part-Islamic University of Naples. Established by the excommunicated Frederick II to train his imperial officials. it was the first s,:cular university in Europe. There Thomas was exposed to the ,translated works of Aristotle. an oppof':unity he would not have had at schools under church control. By reading those banned books, he was stimulated to ask more and more questions and arrive at more and more truths. Aquinas had a great deal of confidence in the power of human reason. One of his central tenets, derived from Dionysius, was "Grace builds upon nature." Those who feel Aquinas is outdated are blind to how penetr,ating and enduring were his insightH into human nature and the nature of God. We live in an i1ge where tht: fine art of debate has been reduced to arguments settled by the arbi':rary respect granted an authority or rendered non-operative by nonjudgmental acceptance of pi L1ralism. The academic world Sl:ems determined to shape curricu:,ums conforming to whatever llucl:Uating politically-correct age:nda faculties can agree upon. When'I celebrate today's '[.:astday, I thank God that I graduated from Providence College when its curriculum was unabashedly Thomistic. I believe that if Aquinas were alive today he would be shocked at how little confid,:nce educated people have in the power of human reason and how little they respect or know of the s,:holars who nave preceded them in ,the age-old search for the meaning of life.




God stays committed to us Deuteronomy 18: 15-20 I Cor. 7:32-35 Mark 1:21-;~1l At one time or another, all followers of God are engulfed by a dreadful fear that God might desert them one day. Because we can constantly change our own minds, we know that abandonment is, possible in a relationship. Perhaps those we love will discover a character flaw in us which makes our involvement with them too difficult for them to sustain, or they might simply happen upon someone better able to fulfill their needs. The insecurity which springs from such a fear is an integral part of everyone's personality. No matter how "balanced" we become, we'll always have to deal with it. But this fear can certainly be magnified for those who attempt to build a relationship with God. Though we honestly. try to give ourselves over to himl her, it's logical to worry about God's part in the commitment. The Lord's so different from us, and works with everybody - lots of people better than ourselves. No one would blame God for having second thoughts and choostng someone else. Our Sacred Authors have also experienced this fear. That's why they so often stress the Lord's determination to Stay committed to us, no matter the circumstances. This is especially true w~en that. com mi.tl1}e~tj~ rooted"irr:one ,:s~e::. cial person, and that person leaves us. Today's first reading narrates such an incident. The whole book of Deuteronomy is cast in the form of Moses' last will and testament. The great leader, prophet and law-giver is on the verge of dying. But before he leaves his people, there are still things which he must teach them. One of them revolves around Yahweh's relationship with them which he, Moses, has mediated. Are they on their own when he dies? Will God simply find another people and another mediator? Moses assures the Israelites that Yahweh will never abandon them. In the Lord's own words, he proclaims, "I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kinsmen, and will put my words into his mouth; he shall tell them all that I command him."

Readings Jan. 31: 2Sam 15:13-14,30; 16:5-13; Ps 3:2-7; Mk 5:1-20 Feb. 1: 2 Sam 18:9-10,14, 24-25,30-19:3; Ps 86:1-6; Mk 5:21-43 Feb. 2: MaI3:1-4; Ps 24:710; Heb 2:14-18; Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22-32' Feb. 3: 1 Kgs 2:1-4,10-12; 1 Chron 29:10·U~; Mk 6:7-13. Feb. 4: Sir l~7:2-11; Ps 18:31.4.7,50-51; Mk 6:30-34 Feb. 5: 1 Kgs 3:4-13; Ps 119:9-14; Mk 6:30-34 Feb.6: Jb 7: 1-4,6-7; Ps 147:1-6; 1 cor 9:16-19,2223; Mk 1:29-39 .;

By FATHER ROGER, KARBAN Though by the ti'me of Jesus, many Jewish teachers thought the "prophet like you" referred to just one special person, originally it seemed to mean that the Chosen People would always \lave prophets who would help them correct and grow in their relationship with Yahweh. In other words: "By the fact you have prophets, you know I haven't abandoned you." Because Jesus' first followers experienced God's constant commitment to them iii all that the Galilean carpenter said and did, Mark chooses an exorcism for the Lord's first miracle. One of the signs that God continues to be with us is found in our ability to overcome evil. Mark's community presumed they possessed such power. But they reillized that it was rooted in their commitment to Jesus. His death would not end

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Jan. 1944, Rev. Christiano.l. Borges, Pastor, St. .Ioh.n .t.he Baptist. ~e.w BedfQid_:.:~', i.':"'\ '~ ...;.~~~::.: '. 1950, Rev. Albert .I. Masse, Pastor. SI. .I oseph. Attleboro Jan:30 1983. Rev. Raymond F.X. Cahill. S..I.. Assistant. St. Francis Xavier. Hyannis Jan. 31 1901, Rev. Charles .I. Burns. Pastor, SI. Mary. North Attleboro 1930, Rev. V,iilliam F. Sullivan. Pastor, SI. Patrick, Somerset; Rev. Manuel C. Terra. Pastor, SI. Peter, Provincetown

Feb. I 1948. RI. Rev. M$gr. MichaelJ. O·Reilly. Pastor. I mmaculate Conception. Taunton 196!L Rt. Rev. Patrick Hurley. Pastor. St. .Ioseph. Taunton 1975, Rev. Anatole F. Desmarais. Pastor, SI. .lames. Taunton 1983. Re\'. Msgr. Gerard .I. Chabot. Pastor. SI. Theresa of the Child Jesus. South Attlcboro Feb. 2 1907. Most Rev. William Stang. D.D .. First Bishop of Fall River: 1904-07 1913. Rev. Patrick F. McKenna. Pastor. 1m maculat,e Conception. Taunton 1941. Rev. John L. McNamara. Pastor. Immaculate Conception. Fall River 1947. Rcv. P. Roland Decosse. Pastor. St. Hvacinth. New Bedford 1991. Rev.' Daniel 'F. Moriartv. 'Pastor. SI. Brendan.; Ri\·ersid~. R.I.

God's relationship with them. Because they were willing to die with Jesus, they had become one with him and could do whatever he had done. Now not only he, but also they, could give orders to unclean spirits and they would obey. Because Christians have such great confidence in God's faithfulness. they can put their insecurities into cold storage and concentrate .on building up the relationship. It's against this background that we must read today's famous passage from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. It's best to start with the last sentence: "I have no desire to place restrictions on you, but I do want to promote what is good, what will help you to devote yourselves entirely to the Lord." At this point in his ministry, Paul is still expecting the Parousia to take place very soon. (For some reason those who chose our liturgical reading omitted the important lines which immediately precede it, among which is, ..... The time is running out...The world in its present form is passing away.") The Apostle is logically concerned that nothing. not even our relationshi I' with others. should stop us from deepening our relationship with the Lord. Because this passage includes the only reference in the entire Christian Scriptures to non-marriage as a preferred life style, scholars remind us that Paul might have written differently had he penned these lines in 90 AD instead of 35 years earlier, and that he himself, in other letters, uses the committed relationship of a husband and wife as the most evident sign of God's commitment to us.


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Fri .• Jan. 28, 1994

Religion needed RICHMOND, Va. (CNS) The great importance of religion to Americans is due to the nation's history of freedom of worship and its variety offaiths, Vice President AI Gore said in a speech marking National Religious Freedom Day. Speaking at the Virginia state capitol. Gore praised the religious diversity of the United States, assailed religious bigotry and en.couraged speaking frankly about

.J:.»~~je~t ~ontinues EAST HANOVER. N.J. (CNS) - After giving away some 3,400 sleeping bags to the homeless in New York City, Philadelphia, Newark and Atlantic City last winter, Jeff Biggiani knew his work was not done. "A story in the news recently about a 42-year-old homeless woman who froze to death in Washington just strengthened my resolve to keep Project Sleeping Bag going to help as many people as we can." said Biggiani. a member of St. Rose of Lima parish, East Hanover. What began as a family Advent project with his wife, Debbie, and their eight children snowballed into a parish and community effort, raising more, than $40.000 last year.

beliefs based on faith. Quoting at length from Virginia favorite son Thomas Jefferson. Gore noted that in the early patriot's day, there was great need to protect nonbelievers from religious coercion.

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" Th~ Anchor Friday, Jan. 28, 1994 who. according to Hebrew tradition. constituted the people of Israel. Biblical chronologies of that period are extremely uncertain. but she probably lived somewhere around 1.500 years before Christ.


The town of Ramah was on the edge of the territory assigned to the tribe of Benjamin. about five miles north of Jerusalem.

DIETZEN Q. Some of our post-aUwrtion counseling centers have the name of Rachel. The Scripture readings on the feast of the Holy Innocents this past December referred to her weeping for her children. Is there a connection between these Rachels? ( Pennsylvania) A: Rachel. the favorite wife of Jacob( Israel). was among the most attractive and endearing women in the Old Testament. She was mother of two of his children. Benjamin and Joseph. ancestors of two of the" 12 tribes"

By Dr,JAMES& MARY KENNY Dear Mary: Since Vati(:an II, we never seem to hear homilies on the subject orsino Instead, the topics are mostly about love of God, love of neighbor or evangelization, which is well and good because that is what Jesus taught. However, Jesus also spoke of the evils of sin in very specific terms. It think it is no coincidence that since Vatican II many Cathol-

In the passage you quote. Jeremiah pictures Rachel mourning the tragedy befalling "her children." descendants of her sons Benjaminand Joseph,

"In Ramah is heard the sound of In 597 B.C.. Nebuchadrezzar .. , bitter weeping! Rachel mourns (called Nebuchadnezzar in the, her children. she refuses to be conBible). king of Babylon. conquered soled because her children are no the entire area. He eventually desmore." (Jer. 31: 15). troyed the city of Jerusalem. including the great temple of.SoloThe Gospel of Matthew quotes mono this passage in the' story of the massacre of infants in Bethlehem Over the next 10 years nearly al'ter the bl'rth of our Lord (Mt. ~heBenbtirle pOPdulati~n was hreselttled 2: 18). In a y on an vanous ot er ocations in the Babylonian empire. If you're a music lover. by the beginning a 60-year exile that would way. you may recognize that event drastically affect the history of the is the theme of Verdi's opera Hebrew people. "Nabucco." .



The book of Jeremiah (Chapter 40) describes how Ramah was the staging area where the Jewish captives were gathered before resettlement.

The words quoted about her in Jeremiah and the Gospel make Rachel an appropriate symbol for mothers attempting to cope with the death of their unborn children. Q. One of our relatives has a new baby. The couple wished to have the baptism where their families live, rather than in the parish where they now reside, a few hundred miles away. The pastor of the parish where they wanted the baptism says no. We don't know why. Are there any 'rules about this? (North Carolina) A. With many families now spread out all over the country the ' b e occurs 0 f'ten. Sl't ua t'IOn you d escn Usually there is no problem. ' The pastor of the parish where the baptism will take place normally,andproperly,requestsaletter from the pastor of the new

baby's parents indicating two things: I.) At least one of th,~ child's parents is a practicing Catholic; and 2.) the parents have attended whatever pre-baptism program their parish provides. Sometimes the child's parents have stopped going to Mass, have no connection with a pa rish, do not wish to bother with :lny prebaptism requirements and do not wish to be embarrassed, by talking about. it with a priest in their own locality. Such parents may feel they can get around all this by goir:.g somewhere else where no questions will be asked. This, of course, is no favor either to the parents or the child to be baptized. How any of this might fit into .your situation I don't know. Why don't you, or someone in the family, talk with the priest involved.


What happened to sin and guilt?

think need to be addressed? Some love might be viewed as the posiPsychiatrists and other mental skeptics note that church members tive side of moral living. health professionals have found prefer homilies in which the sins in that excessive guilt over one's Perhaps we talk more' about question bear no relevance to the behavior can stifle and immobilize love today because the challenge audience. the personality. In some areas the to love each other every day concern 'over guilt. was taken to Perhaps you can talk to your 'is immense. We Christians need mean that all guilt is harmful' and parish priest about your specific frequent encouragement to perthat healthy pers'o'ns'~avoid it. concerns. What areas offamily life severe. As Menninger's book suggests, should be addressed? the total denial of sin and guilt was .' . But you are right to note also a misinterpr~tation of mental health Perhaps a married deacon in that we have a need to ac knowlfindings. your parish might preach on famedge sin and to seek rec,:mciliaDenying sin and guilt can be ily differences and how to heill tion. Lay Catholics and clergy You are not alone in your convery comfortable. Adolescents do them. The priests in your parish together might find the most fruitcern. Some years ago psychiatrist it all the time. "It's not my fault," is might welcome input from marful areas for emphasis within the Karl Menninger wrote a bo.ok a favorite remark of teens to jusried couples regarding family parish. life. called "Whatever Became of Sin?" tify practically anything. , Questions on family living and The issues of si~ and guilt vs. peace. Sin is such a broad a,rea t/lat you One 'way to I define sin is the child care are invited by Th,e Kenand love ate'broader tha'rt tlu!' own ~- -need- to specify' your concerns. absense:.of love. ,Sin is路 'notibving ::: IlYs; 219 W.-Harri'son; RenBselaer, Catholic community, 'What areas particularly do you God or neighoor.' A homily on Ind. 47978. ics, particularly our youth, seem to have lost a sense ofsin and a realization of the merits of frequent reception of the sacrament of reconciliation. I would like to know why'sin is no longer mentioned from the pulpit. While Vatican II urged us to ' follow our consciences, it seems., we are being deprived of oneofihe primary tools for forming it right conscience. - New Jersey

It's not nice to fool Mother Nature By ANTOINETTE BOSCO

j One of the most talked about news items recently was the new wrinkle in obstetrics. People oohed and aahed, laughed and expressed disgust, depending on their personal reactions to reports that a 59-year old British woman gave birth 'to twins. This was followed by an even more astounding item that a 61year old Italian woman is pregnant. What's going on here? people

By FATHER EUGENE HEMRICK If a poll asked Americans how they feelab'out the 'iricreased numbers of refugees entering the country. I believe we would find that nativism',is very. much alive.



Americans have reached a dan-, gerous frustration level spawned by daily reports of senseless crimes. blatant corruption and loss ofiobs. It is the kin'd of frustration' that seeks out scapegoats --like immigrants.

asked. Are some women going crazy, wanting to be mothers when they're on the brink of old age? When I read these reports I thought of two doctors I talked to years ago who had someting to say about what might happen in the future as science found a way to move forward with what had come to be called "test-tube babies." One doctor, a man, was very concerned about ethics. He said we hadn't begun to see the moral problems that would surface now that we had entered the age of "laboratory obstetrics." The other physician,'a woman, projected the possibility that fertilized eggs could be implanted in older women at a time when virtu-

ally no one was yet thinking of that possibility. She said she could visualize a future where "geriatric obstetrics" would be accepted. It's hard to stay neutral on this subject. On the one hand, it seems unnatural for an egg to be fertilized "in vitro" and then implanted into the womb of a menopausal woman. It also raises a serious moral question for anyone who believes in the sanctity of life. We don't get the numbers, but how many of those fertilized eggs are simply wasted? The 'bishops don't believe it is right t~ play this way with potential life. The pain infertiie women experience is .another factor in the discussion these days. The inability to

conceive is torturous for many women, and getting older sometimes only intensifies the sense of loss. So some ask why a woman shouldn't have the chance to have a baby at any age. Some others respond that the most serious right of all --,- the right of a child to be reared by a healthy parent hasn't been given due attention. But these days 50 is hardly seen as middle age, considering how many people, particularly women, are living to be more than 100. At least one well-known feminist, thougl1, is having a har~ time reconciling that older wO,men, able to live the responsibility-free life championed by so manyfeminists, would go the route of childbearin~.'

Germaine Greer was quoted in The New York Times as !:aying, "The problem is that nobody seems to know what is pathologit:al behavior any more. When people get fixated on wanting a child, nobody says 'Get your head read.' These women are going to have a tl~rrible time when they finally meet the Grim Reaper. They're really out of touch with reality." I wager the subject of geriatric pregnancy will get a lot of attention, push a lot of p,:ople's buttons and generate a lot of opinions. Surely, it raises serious moral issues that should be confronted by both the theologians and the medical professions. Stay tuned. .

What路immigrants ,contribute to this路patiO,n Unless immigration is better understood.' intolerance could turn into unco~t'rollable hatred that could destroy our cities. Recentl)1 the U.S. Catholic Conference in Washington. D.C .. held an immigration' a\varenessweek for its employees. It demonstrated' a number of simple ways to counter intolerance. The conference building's spacious first floor corridor was turned into an exhibit room. Its walls were lined with f1agsfrom various countries. creating a colorful sense of international pride. It was a reminder to look at those with whom we work and to reflect on the international flavor immigrants add to our environment.

Near"the exhibit's entrance was from extermination. cries out that' that week a priest with experience a large map ofthi: worl.d: employees he has not done'enough. His Jew-' in ,the area of immigration pre'we~e asked tei, place pins in the ish friend turns to him and says.' sided. After Mass. we heard refleccountries on the'map representing "when you saved one of us. you ~tions from immigrants on how their background. This simple act began to save the world ...路 they escaped from 'prison camps. was a vivid reminder that we who One table'had a film. "The Mo~t went without food for days. were consider o'urselves 'the' nation's Abused Immigrants."li,chronicles stuffed like sardines into bo,Hs on . dominarit gr6up 'were once aliens. how some cultures look down upon rough seas. We were 'told of inci. and perhaps minorities as well. women and children; perhaps,docdents of cruelty as well a!; out'Tables were filled with literature tors will not speak to a woman and standing acts of kindness. on what it takes to become a~ vice versa. making appropriate C~uld your' parish. school or American citizen. on immigration medical help all but impossible to office sponsor a similar immigraand refugee laws. and on how the provide. ' tion week? Literature and many conference's Migration and Refu- . When large numbers of refugees other educational ai"ds are availagee Services has helped resettle crosS a border into a nation with ble to help'create understanding of more than 765.660 refugees since such customs. men receive food immigrants and refugees. 1975. and treatment while women and Combining them with a faith As I read these statistics a scene . children must fend for themselves. which prompts us to reach out to from the movie "Schindler's List" That and similar circumstances others, we Catholics are well came to mind in which Schindler. arc often the plight of the refugee.' equipped to work towards interafter saving more than 1.000 Jews At each noon Mass celebrated, cultural harmony.

When you make a Catholic school your choice for education, you'll give your child a solid academic - and moral - foundation. Nationally, Catholic school studen~s consistently outperform others on tests for math, reading and science. They also lead in graduation rates, and they're the most likely of all students to go on to college. Yet al:ademic achievement is anI y one side of Ca tholic schools. Spiritual and moral growth is the other. Ca tholic schools have al wa ys believed Christian teachings have a place in school. And in a Catholic school, your child will learn from people who share your values. To learn how you can make a Catholic school your choice for education, please call or visit us today.

I~==============================~I Ellementary Schools ACUSHNET St. Francis Xavier, 223 Main St. 02743-1597. Tel. 995-4313. Mrs. Joanne N. Riley, Principal. ATTLEBORO St. John the Evangelist, 13 Hodges St. 02703. Tel. 222-5062. Sr. Ann Therese Connolly, Cop, Principal. FAIRHAVEN St. Joseph, Spring & Delano Sts. 02719. Tel. 9961983. Sr. Muriel Ann Lebeau, SS.Ce., Princip~1. FALL RIVER DominiclllI Academy, 37 Park St. 02721. Tel. 6746100. Mrs. Helen Miller, Principal. Espirito Santo, 143 Everett St. 02723. Tel. 672-2229. Charles D. Moreira, Principal. Holy Name, 850 Pearce St. 02720. Tel. 674-9131. Dennis R. Poyant, Principal. Notre Dllme School, 34 St. Joseph St. 02723. Tel. 672-5461. Sr. Paulette M. Gregoire, RJM, Principal. St. Anne School, 240 Forest St. 02721. Tel. 6782152. Mrs. Irene L. Fortin, Principal. St. Jean Baptiste School, 64 Lamphor St. 02721. Tel. 673-6772. Kathleen Barboza, Principal. ' St. Mich:ael School, 209 Essex St. 02720-2996. Tel. 678-0266. Sr. Bernadette Sullivan, SUSC, Principal. SS. Peter & Paul School, 240 Dover St. 02721. Tel. 672-7258. Miss Kathleen A. Burt, Principal.

St. Stanislaus School, 37 Rockland St.. P.O. Box 217,02724. TeI.674-6771. Mrs. Denita Tremblay, Principal. St. Vincent's Residential/Special Education Treatment Center, 2425 Highland Ave. 02720. Tel. 6798511. FAX 672-2558. Thomas J. Petrouski. Special Education Administrator. NEW BEDFORD Holy Family-Holy Name School, 91 Summer St. 02740. Tel. 993-3547. Cecilia M. Felix, Principal. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, 103 Crapo St. 02744. Tel. 997-9612. Mrs. Rosemary daSilva, Principal. St. Anthony School, 190 Ashley Blvd. 02746. Tel. 994-5121. Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Lavigne, Principal. St. James-St. John School, 180 Orchard St. 02740. Tel. 996-0534. Edmund Borges, Principal. St. Joseph School, 35 Kearsarge St. 02745-6117. Tel. 995-2264. Felipe M. Felipe, Principal. St. Mary School, I (5 Illinois St. 02745. Tel. 9953696. Angela L. Stankiewicz, Principal. NORTH ATTLEBORO St. Mary-Sacred Heart Consolidated School, 57 Richards Ave. 02760. Tel. 695-3072. Mrs. Alberta M. Goss, Principal. TAUNTON Our Lady of Lourdes School, 52.First St. 02780. Tel. 822-3746. Sr. Mary Margretta Sol, RSM, Principal. St. Mary's Primary School, 106 Washington St. 02780. Tel. 822-9480. Mrs. Martina B. Grover, Principal.

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS Schooh; in the Diocese of Fall River admit students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the schools. They do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, loan programs, and athletic and other school路 administered programs.

Middle School TAUNTON Taunton Catholic Middle School, 61 Summer St. 02780. Tel. 822-0491. Ms. Kathleen Simpson, Principal, Rev. Gerald P. Barnwell, Chaplain.

High Schools ATTLEBORO Bishop Feehan High School, 70 Holcott Dr. 02703. Tel. 226-6223. FAX 226-7696. Bro. Robert J. Wickman, FSe. Principal. Rev. David A. Costa, Chaplain. FALL RIVER Bishop Connolly High School, 373 Elsbree St. 02720. Tel. 676-1071, FAX 676-8594. Rev. .John P. Murray, SJ, Principal, Rev. Donald A. MacMillan, SJ, Chaplain. NORTH DARTMOUTH Bishop Stang High School, 500 Slocum Rd. 02747. Tel. 996-5602, FAX 994-6756. Theresa E. Dougall, Principal. Rev. Stephen J. Avila, Chaplain. TAUNTON Coyle and Cassidy High School, Adams and Hamilton Sts. 02780. Tel. 823-6164; 823-6165. Michael J. Donly, Headmaster; Dr. Donna Boyle. Academic Principal. Rev. Gerald P. Barnwell, Chaplain.

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES Schools in the Diocese of Fall River, to the extent required by Title IX, do not discriminate against any applicant/employee because of sex. They do not discriminate against any student because of sex in any educational program and activity.

Catholic'Sc'hools Week: A 20--year",old traditlion

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Twenty years later, NCEA and WASHINGTON, D.C. - The twentieth annual Catholic Schools USCC have used the Catholic Week will be celebrated across the Schools Week as the foundation nation January 30 - February 5, for a year-long marketing strategy 1994. With 'activities ranging from · known as the National Marketing parades and assemblies to com- Campaign for Catholic Schools. munity service projects and school Complete with a handbook which Masses, 8,500 Catholic elementary offers month-to-month ideas for and secondary schools look for- marketing, the campaign offers ward each year to this week-long colorful posters, t-shirts, buttons, opportunity to celebrate the good decals and banners. The logo and · theme are thus promoted daily. news of Catholic education. "Support Catholic Schools Since 1974, Catholic Schools Your Choice for Education" is the Week. has served as a celebration theme for 1994 Catholic Schools of both U.S. education and CathoWeek and for the fourth annual lic schools in particular. "Every National Appreciation Day for American has a stake in education. Catholic Schools on February 2. Old or young, parent or not, we all Begun as a pilot project in 1973 are responsible for the future of to build community awareness of, this country. And that future will and involvement in, Catholic be determined by how well we schools throughout the .country, · educate our children," said Sister Catholic Schools Week was so Catherine T. McNamee, CSJ, well received that it became an NCEA president. annual event in 1974. February Sister Lourdes Sheehan, RSM, 17-23, 1974, marked the' first nasecretary for education, USCC, tional Catholic Schools Week with said the week serves to help spread the theme "Different Where It the good news about Catholic Counts - Message, Community, schools. "We need to redouble Service. " our efforts to bring the facts about Early materials distributed by our schools - the quality acathe National Catholic Educational demic courses, the excellent perAssociation (NCEA), which co- formance of our students on nasponsors the event with the Unitional tests, the persistent and onted States Catholic Conference going involvement in Christian (USCC), included posters, reproservice activities, the outstanding ducible artwork and "case studies" career-track records of our graduofsuccessful activities in neighborates - to the attention of the peoing dioceses. The kits also prople who do not know us," she said. vided guidelines for working with A new dimension to Catholic local media representatives to pubSchools Week was added in 1990 licize school accomplishments.

with the introduction of National Cumberland, Md., learned early Appreciation Day For Catholic that careful planning is one of the Schools. On this day - the Wed- most important elements of a sucnesday of Catholic Schools Week cessful Catholic Schools 'Week. In - Catholic'school advocates wear 1974, they gathered together pasa button showing their support. tors frol1) 11 area churches, five Through proclamations, personal elementa'tv school principals, reli- ' visits, calls and letters, supporters gious and fay faculty and concerned urge local and national leaders to communit.y members to organize recognize the contributions of their seCond annual cel,~bration. Catholic schools to American edu- They pla.aned open hous,~s, wrote cation. Last year, student repre- articles lcjr parish bulletins and sentatives from Washington area designed posters, brochures, pins elementary and secondary schools and bumper stickers. They also journeyed to Capitol Hill to speak blanketeeb:heir area with 60-second with members of Congress about public ~vice announcements the value of a Catholic school which plSryed eight times daily on education. They also delivered local radiO stations at no cost to the material on the Catholic school school. As a result of their efforts, network to every congressional they expanded enrollment, inoffice. creased enthusiasm for the school Despite a unifying national theme and prorQoted better tie, within and several traditional activities the comm\.mity. such as Alumni Day, Student ApMany ~chools and dioc:eses use preciation Day, and Faculty and the week. to showcase Catholic Staff Day, Catholic Schools Week school news at press conferences. is truly a project adapted to local The archdiocese of Chicago conneeds. Holy Trinity School in ducted a news briefing to deliver a Indianapolis, Indiana, has, for in- "report card" on archdiocesan stance, used the week to further schools. cooperation between public and Sometimes spur-of-the-moment private schools in their cOIT'.mun- CSW activities have produced ity. As an extension of friendship positive results. At St. JOHeph the and peace to the neighborhood, Worker School in Liverpool, NY, they organized a kickball tourna- school children thought when ment with local schools. It was fea- snowfall upset their planned 1978 tured on a television segment en- CSW program. They made three titled'''Kickball Sociology:" which gig~ntic snowmen in the school said that the event had promoted yard with signs reading: "Honk if integration in a changing neighbor~ you like Catholic schools. ",Truck hood. drivers loved it, said a school Bishop Walsh High School in .spokesman, imd so did Channel 6 TV, which included it on the evening news. '

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• Enrollment in Catholic schools is 2.7 million students. • There are 8600 Ca~holic elementary and secondary sch~ols. • Approximately 4000 Catholic schools are located in urban areas; 1000 of this number are inner-city schools, reflecting the ongoing commitment of Catholic educators to inner-city education. • Catholic schools continue to serve ·increasing numbers of ethnic minority students. In 1970-71, these students represented 10.8% of enrollment; today they represent over 23%. Hispanic Americans number 255,000; African Americans, 218,000 and Asian Americans, 91,000 • Hispanic students are 97% Catholic; black students are 64% non-Catholk. • There has been a continuing i,r:tcrease of non-Catholic students in Catholic schools, from 10.6% in 1982-83 to almost 12% in 1990-91. . • Catholic preschool enrollment grew by 220% between 1982 and 1991. This reflects two developments: 1) population growth of preschool youngsters and 2) increased emphasis placed on preschool programs offered by Catholic educators to respond to demographic development .:- e.g. dual income families. . " • Kindergarten, too, continued to increase by civer 22 %. There are 314,000 youngsters enrolled in these programs. .




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A strong sense of community continues to be a distinctive quality of Catholic education. Also, recent studies show that Catholic students excel in reading, science and math. Dr. James Coleman of the University of Chicago, in his 1987 study, Publicand. Private Schools: The Impact of Communities conCludes that these characteristics are interrelated. . .Cath'olic high schools offer distinctive commu'nity support precisely because of the religious commitment of these school~. This community support, in turn, helps e?,plain the remarkable academic success of Catholic school students. Dr. Coleman also has reported that Catholic schools do a better job of educating minority students. African and Hispanic Americans in Catholic high schools not only have higher achievement levels. but the drop-out r~te of these students is much lower than in public schools. Over all. the public school drop-out' rate is 14% compared to 3% in Catholic schools. . Source: National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)

Catholic high schools not only send 90 percent of their graduates on to college, they accomplish this academic feat with considerably less money per pupil than public schools. This is a key findin:~ in the study Dollars and Sense: Catholic Schools and their Finances, 1992, authored by Michael Guerra, executive director of the NCEA's Secondary Schools Department. The research also showf:d that the per pupil cost in Catholic high schools is $3,700, 44 percent less than that of public schools, which have an estimated per pupil ,:ost of $5,327 according to the U.S. Department of Education. "Based on these figures, a conservative estimate of the dollar value ofCatholic secondary education's gift to the nation would exceed $3.5 billion a year," said Guerra. Countering the claim that Catho- . lic schools are attended only by children from affluent famili,~s', the study showed that 23 percent of Catholic high school students come from families with incomes less than $25.000 per year. Approximately 15 percent of the average student body is non-Catholic and minorities represent 23 pe:rcent. The majority of the schools report that·between 90 and 94 percent of . their freshman class graduat:es in four years. Another segment of the N'CEA .survey presents information ubout new administrative structures, including a detailed report on president-led schools. The evolutiDn of Catholic secondary school leadership is continuing. 'Lay prindpals Turn to Page 10

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Educational Choice: Getting There From Here' by Quentin L. Quade

i What is choice in education and why is it a focus of attention? Why are some people opposed to itl What should the supporters of choice be ~oing? This article will address these fundamental questions regarding an irportant educational policy issue. What is educational choice? i Educational choice refers to parents' rights to choose their child's tjducational environment without financial penalty. Educational choice is ~ funding policy, not another teaching or schooling reform. Any rational schooling method can be pursued under educational choice. I Although such choice can take different forms-vouchers, certificates, ~ax credits, for example--its essence is simple: choice enables parents to 4"ocate educational tax dollars to the education provider they ~hink best ~or their child. While well-to-do Americans already have choice by private means, all Americans, especially the poor, would directly benefit from educational choice funding. I Conversely, within the current educational finance monopoly, state a,nd public school bureaucracies assign all tax funds without parental 4hoice. As a result, parents' rights do not match their responsibilities. Why is choice getting so much attention? . , I Locally and nationally, concerns over the state of American education are increasing. The problems confronting education are many: crisis in ~he inner cities, general academic underachievement, ethical relativism, remoteness from parental control, burgeoning bureaucracies al1d bloated ~udgets with corresponding tax burdens. ' Furthermore, Americans have a growing perception that these problems reflect the monopoly-financing environment out of which they ~ome.

, That monopoly artificially protects the public schools from normal 90mpetition and comparison, thus encouraging bad habit~. It also endangers independent schools by cutting them off from normal funding. Thus, public schools suffer in terms of educational quality, and inde~endent s~hools suffer, often unto death, from under-financing. As the vIces of monopoly funding become clearer, so does the ability of croice to break the monopoly and help rid education of its vices. i By permitting parents to allocate educational tax dollars, choice would end the monopoly of assignment: In the same motion, it would reestablish parental determination of educational environment. It would intro1uce comparison and competition, the normal human stimuli which encourage excellent perfo'rmance and cost restraint.

In addition, choice has no downside risk, since any good educational idea can be explored under it-indeed, more easily than other monopoly conditions. Now it is easy to see why choice is gathering attention. It is simply "nature taking its course" in education. Parents, free to choose without financial penalty, will choose schools, public or private, which they judge best for their children. A natural variety of educational options and models reflecting America's pluralism will arise. Why are some people opposed to choice? Those who mQst strongly oppose educational choice and parental freedom typically say that it will "siphon dollars from public schools." This seriously mistaken notion is based on several fundamental errors. Those concerned that dollars will be siphoned from public schools may have slipped into the erroneous belief that public schools have a right to be served as if they were an end in themselves. Actually, they should serve the good ends of education and be judged by how well they do. They have no claim to a given amount of money. Furthermore, educational choice as such says nothing about the amount of money society will spend on education or on public schools as one educational provider. Choice has to do with how such money will be spent. Choice also would encourage the public schools to be better educational providers, to get more bang for the buck, by ending the present monopolistic vacuum and introducing comparison and competition. Public schools .are not the enemy of educational choice. Educational finance monopoly is the enemy. Thus, opposition to educational choice cannot logically come from concern for publi<: schools. Rather, the vehemence of that opposition indicates that most of it comes from persons and organizations whose monetary welfare is dire~t1y tied to the current finance monopoly. Vested interests such as educational unions and local and state bureaucracies can hardly be expected to welcome a policy'change'that would end their monopoly advantage and put them in a competitive and comparative environment. This should surprise no one. What should choice supporters be doing? Among those who support educational choice, some opt for a passive or self-sacrificial posture: "Yes, it is too bad we do not have a better policy, but let us be. resigned to the inevitable." This attitude is unacceptable. Turn to Page




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Educational Choice Continued from Page Nine Those who adopt a passive response to current policy are sacrificing not only the parents and students who desire choice in education today, but also those parents and students to come and the welfare of society as a whole. The pursuit of educational choice is right and just, not self-serving, but other-serving. First, af!long the others are the poor parents unable to exercise choice and control in contemporary American education. What are the implications of this message for the members ofNCEA? I ask you to consider taking specific action in your schools and communities, your states and dioceses.

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Help to raise awareness among school par~nts and sponsoring parishes. Dispel the smoke which surrounds contemporary educational policy. Encou'rage your constituents to help form coalitions needed. You do not need to be uncritical in forming alliances, but the enemies of the educational finance monopoly should be your allies in breaking that monopoly and replacing it with educational choice and parental freedom. And friends and partners in other efforts - ecumenical efforts, for example - should be informed as to how seriously you take this matter. Help to form the sustaining umbrella organizations which fundamental policy change will require, Along with parents and parishioners, help to provide financial and political support for these organizations, which can unite the educational choi.ce constituencies and link the whole process to the political system. In doing this you will want to look at the first-rate examples being established in Florida, in Pennsylvania, in Michigan and elsewhere. There you will find excellent leadership organizing for these purposes, committing for the duration, and putting in place the structures and people necessary to alter educational financial policy. . These groups concretely manifest the general principles of organization and practical action which will be needed if the educational finance monopoly is ultimately to be broken. ' Educational choice's natural constituencies are potentially decisive in all political jurisdictions. The parents, if they properly understand the issue, can join with other interest groups to achieve these policy changes. When they are achieved, justice wiil be done: education financing; schools will be reestablished as the accountable means for realizing educa. tion's ends; parents will once again have rights equivalent to their duties; an'd children for all time will be the beneficiaries. We must get there -from here, . br~ Quade is Raynor 'Professor of Politic~l Science at Marquette UniverSity, Milwaukee, Wis. and director of its Blum Center on Parental Freedom in Education, This articleis reprinted from the November /December 1993 issue of Momentum magazine, a publication of the National Catholic Educational Association, with the permission of Patricia Feistritzer, editor.


Continued from Page Eight are now in place in more than 40 percent of all Catholic high schools. A president-principal leadership model is in place in 20 pf~rcent of Catholic high schools. This ar. rangement. divides schoo:! leadership between two offices ill a structure analogous to the corporate roles of chief executive officer and chief operating officer. Lay teachers now constitute 88 percent of the faculty, up from 83 percent reported in the two previous surveys.


The study also describes compensation trends for teachers. Ac-, cording to the survey, the c:ompensation gap between Cath,)lic and public school teachers has narrowed slightly during the past two years. The average beginning salary for lay teachers increased nine percent from $16,200 in 1.990 to $17,685 in ~992. The median salary increased 12 percent from $22,100 in 1990 to $24-,716 in 1992. The average maximum salary paid to a lay teacher with ~ master's degJ:ee increased 10 percent from $29',000 in ~990 to $32,028 in ~ 992. The compensation gap between Catholic and public: school teach~rs; however, remain;. wide.

The aliteracy factor: why By Mitch Finley A few years ago a German Catholic immigrant to the United States, a highly trained computer technician, responded on an employment application form to a question about his hobbies and interests. The immigrant wrote down "reading" as his main hobby. In an interview, the personnel director asked him about this. The man explained that he enjoyed reading philosophy, theology, literature and history. The personnel director expressed astonishment. "How can you be interested in such abstract topics and be a computer technician too? I should think you would read mostly technical journals, maybe some science fiction. Don't you watch television?" "I watch television sometimes," the immigrant replied; puzzled by the questions. "But when I am not working I prefer to read, mostly in areas unrelated to my work; life is more than work. And I do not think what I read is abstract. All these things have to do with life. after all." Estimates put illiteracy in the United States at about 5 percent, which isn't great but it could be worse. Far more challenging, I'd say. is what's called aliteracy. An aliterate person has the ability to read but chooses not to.


According to the American Booksellers Association, 60 percent of American households bought not a single book in 1991. Two-thirds of books sold were popular fiction. while almost half the massmarket paperbacks sold were romance novels. Contrast this with a country such as Poland. In 1990,5 million people there bought 25 million books, and they weren't romance novels, I can tell you. Some may point to the explosion in the publication and sale of children's books in the past decade or so as a sign of hope for the future. This looks good until we see the study which reported last year that the' percentage of students who read for pleasure each day drops by almo'st 50 percent between elementary school and high school. Does it take any great conjectural leap to lay the, blame at the doorstep of television, video games and, I dare say, the example of aliterate parents? Knowing how to read but choosing not to is not just an intellectual problem but a spiriq.lal one. What happens when the average American Catholic watches television or video movies most evenings? How does this affect his or her spiritual life? What impact does aliteracy have

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on the ability to relate to a Mass homily? What impact on the ability to relate to local, national and international issues from a Catholic-Christian perspective? Does anyone care? The assumption I make is that the abrlity to think critically comes from serious reading, which, I again dare to say, can be a pleasure. Masters of the spiritual life have taught for many centuries that three practices are necessary to a healthy, growing spirituality: reading, thinking and prayer. Reading leads to reflective thought, reflective thought leads to prayer and prayer leads back to reading. One major Catholic publisher consistently reports that its biggest selling book, for years now, is an illustrated fable for adults that looks like a children's book. It takes 30 minutes, max, to read this volume, and it is written in words of no more than two syllables. The average American Catholic looks more and more like the average American in general. Maybe it is hopeless. but I like to think not. Here's a great note for parish Sunday bulletins, week in, week out: "Attention, adults and kids: Read something each day that requires you to think from a faith perspective."

Telling mom or dad.the truth By Monica and Bill Dodds Lying can seem like such a good idea at the time. The perfect solution. Dad is terrified of getting cancer, so when the results of his test come back and the news isn't good. tell him everything was line. He doesn't need to be upset, dOf:s he? You're only thinking of his feelings. You're only trying to protect him. You can break it to him gently ... later. Or, Mom has made it clear she will not pay for getting extra medical help at home. III' her health insurance doesn't cover a visiting nurse, then she will do without. But you're the one handling her


bills now. You know she has plenty of money. She's just being stubborn. So go ahead and hire a nurse. Tell mom the insurance company has a new policy. No harm done. ' That's not so. F. When an adult child starts lying to or withholding information from a parent, harm is being done. When the truth comes out and it always seems to at the worst possible moment, it can take a long time before trust is reestablished. "Why didn't you tell me?" and "What else have YQu been lying about?" are natural reactions. Often the adult child believes he or she has the parent's best'interests at heart. She doesn't want to

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upset Dad. He doesn't want Mom to know because Mom won't agree with the decision. But it comes down to this: A parent has a right to know. A parent needs io' know if he or she, is going to make informed choices and prepare for what's coming. If you are the adult child of an aging parent and you're tempted to lie. imagine someone keeping similar, personal, vital information from you. You would be furious. Imagine hearing that you need a serious operation next week. And at that point you find out your loved ones, those closest to you, knew for a month, six months, a year, that this was a possibility. Yes, you would have been scared I'or a year. Yes, you would have worried. But you would have also had time to prepare yourself, to turn to those loved ones for support. How can you turn to them now when they didn't even respect you . enough to tell you the truth? If you are an adult child. remember that telling the truth carries an obligation. It isn't just a matter of getting those hard words out. It is helping your parent to: -understand what those words mean; -get whatever additional information is needed'; -cope with that new and perhaps horrible knowledge; -come to grips with that reality. Telling the truth is another way you show your love for your parent. Love makes many demands, and one of them is h·onesty. Love never tricks a person. Love never uses a person's resources without that person's knowledge. Love never says, "I know what's best for you and so you have no say in this." The truth can be cold and cruel and terrifying. When we tell the truth or when we hear it, we need the warmth, the caring and the comfort only a loved one can give.

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1989. But he received a number of new appointments, most notably that of secretary of the College of Cardinals, which he was given one month later. He was also made a member of the permanent interdicasterial commission that coordinates work of various Vatican departments in matters of changes ill local churches, a consultor to t:le Pontifical Council for the Lait.y and a member of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers. In February 1990 he wa!! named a consultor to theCongl'egation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and in June he moved from counselor A FRIEND comforts Anto member of the Latin America gela Hyan Sook Lee after she commission. learned that her husband and In addition to his Vatican duties, Archbishop Rigali over the years 14-year-old son were killed in VAT1CAN CITY (CNS) - The This is a duty. he said, especially the Los Angeles earthquake. also worked in various parishes and seminaries in Rome and was Her son was a student at Our Vatican and the Palestine Libera- because "to perpetuate a situation chaplain for many years to the tion Organization plan more fre- of uncertainty and heavy suffering Lady Queen of Angels Semicloistered nuns at the Monastery quent contacts to discuss issues of for the Palestinian population" nary in the Los Angeles archconcern to Christian and Muslim could create new difficulties and of St. Joseph in Rome. diocese and the family was Palestinians, the Vatican's spokes- place the fruits of dialogue again Archbishop May, 71, was archbishop of St. Louis for m:arly 13 man said. out of reach. active in St. Bridget's Korean Four PLO leaders met Jan. 17 The Vatican-Israeli agreement Catholic Community in Canyears before he retired in 1992. Although surgery for a m2.lignant with Msgr. Claudio Celli, a Vatishould aid the overall peace pro- oga Park, Calif. (eNS/ Lugacan undersecretary of state. cess: the pope said. For the church. brain tumor was successful, anti- the Vatican's It . guaran t ees con d't' Msgr. Celli was I Ion s for a vere/LosAngelesTimes/Reuconvulsant drugs and othe:r treatrepresentative at the Dec. 30 "normal existence," he said. ters photo) ment following surgery kft him Moreover. he said. there is no ceremony in Jerusalem at which too weak to govern th(: arch• an agreement between the Vatican doubt that all believers will draw diocese. I~rael, and Israel was signed, paving the benefits from the "fundamental Bishop Edward J. O'Donnell, a way to diplomatic relations. agreement." St. Louis auxiliary, has be~n intePalestinian observers. including The Vatican will continue to rim administrator of the: archNemer Hammad, the PLO's dele- press fo'r the settlement of other VAT1CAN ,CITY (CNS) diocese. gates in Italy, have called for fuller questions involving "legitimate Pope,John Paul II has ~ppointed Vacant Sees relations with the Vatican in the aspirations individuals and Archb.ishop Andrea Cordero LanWith Archbishop, Rigali's apwake of the agreement with Israel. peoples." These issues have 'so far ~a de, Montezemolo, the apostolic pointment to St. Louis, 1.0 U.S. Vatican'spokesman Joaquin Na- received only "partial answe'rs," he, delegate in ,Jerusalem since, 1990, dioceses remain without an active 'varr~- Va'lIs said tl)e Jan. 17 meet- said. ~p .be his ,special,ii:epresel.lta~ive to il1lo~ingthisfclo~e,collaborator," ,residential. bishop, according to ,ing was '''th'e beginning of a phase "It is impossible 'to overerriphil- the.lsraeli government. said; :Yatica~f;pre~s spokesman the'recoi4~ofth~ VaticanI;mbassy 'ofmorefrequent contacts and ofa size that among these questions ~ The Jan. 19 appointment came ,Joaquin Navarro-Valls. "The ex- in Washington. -more official dialogue between the there figures' the s'tatus of the holy less than three weeks after the pertise ,that ,Archbishop Rigali Five dioceses were made vacant Holy See and Israel signed a "fun- brings with him to St. Louis is by the transfer of their bist,lop to a 'Holy See and,Palestinian represen- city of Jerusalem, which greatly interests believers in the religions d,ament i t " on pnnclp . . Ies astonl·shl·ng." tatl·ves." larger diocese or archdiocese. They a ;agreemen Navarro- Valls would not comof the Book." he said. of church-state relatil;ms and prom-Justin Francis Rigali was born are: ment further, nor provide details The pope has said he; wants' to ised to exchange representatives. in Los Angeles April 19, 1935, the - Birmingham, when Bishop about structure and timingofVatvisit the holy city, and Vatican Israel has announced that its yo~ng«stofsevenchildrenofHenry Raymond J. Boland was named ican talks with the Palestinians. officials say a papal trip may be representative to the Vatican will A. Rigali and Frances Irene White. bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, possible in the ,next couple of be Samuel Hadas, a foreign minisHe also has a brother and a sister Mo., June 22, 1993. The meeting, he said, "was dedicated, above all. to an examina- years. try official and former ambassa- in religious life. - Charlotte, when Bishop John tion of the situation in the Holy dor to Spain. He was ordained for the Los F. Donoghue was named archDoor To Holiness The two diplomats will function Angeles archdiocese April 25, 1961, bishop of Atlanta June 22, 1993. Land in relation to the peace negoBe kind because, although kind- as personal representatives until and ·after six months in parish tiations, as well as to the well- Helena, when Bishop Elden known position of the Holy See on ness is not by a long shot the same the "fundamental agreement" is work went to Rome for graduate F. Curtiss was named archbishop the city of Jerusalem." thing as holiness, kindness is one ratified by the Israeli parliament. studies in canon law, remaining of Omaha, Neb., May 4, 1993. The Vatican has called for in- of the doors that holiness enters The envoys will become full am- there except for his stint in Mada- Lubbock, when Bishop Mi-ternational guarantees to protect the world through, enters us bassadors once ratification is com- gascar. During the Second Vati- chael J. Sheehan was named archthe religious identity of the <;:ity through - not just gently kind but plete and the Israeli-Vatican bilat- can Council, he was priest-assistant bishop of Santa Fe, N.M" Aug. which is sacred to Jews, Chrnstians sometimes fiercely kind. - Frede- eral commission begins working for the 1962 and 1963 session. 17, 1993. and Muslims. The political future rick Buechner on specific church-state problems. Upon graduation he was as- Salt Lake City, when Bishop of the city is a key question for. the signed to Madagascar as an aide at William K. Weigand was named Israeli-Palestinian talks in the peace the apostolic delegation. When the bishop of Sacramento, Calif., Nov. process. Holy See and Madagascar estab- 30, 1993. Hammad. a member ofthl; PLO ' lished formal diplomatic relations Two dioceses are currer-,tly vadelegation, told the Catholic in 1967, the delegation was made a cant because of the death of their newspaper Avvenire that the Palnunciature and he was its first bishop. They are: estinians were not pleased wtth the secretary. He was also made a - Beaumont, where Bishop Bertiming of the Vatican-Israeli signmonsignor. nard J. Ganter died Oct. 9, 1993. - ing of their agreement because it He returned to Rome in 1970, - The Byzantine archdiocese of where he d'eveloped a reputation came as Israeli-Palestinian talks Pittsburgh, where, Archbishop were at an impasse. for discretion, loyalty and hard Thomas V. Dolinay died A:?riI13, work. But, he said. the delegation was 1993. not visiting the Vatican S e c r e t a - . - In1985 PopeJohn Paul 11 named Replacements have not y'~t been him an archbishop and president named in three dioceses where the riat of State to complain "but to build a fuller relalionship with, the of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical bishops have retired or havl~ given , Vatican.".,. Academy, making him the first up administrative duties because American to head the church's of age or health. They are: ;' : " Meanwhile Pope John' Paul II '£"I, diplomatic school in its 284-year made his first public commen,ts 01)' - Gary, where Bishop Norbert ,the Vatican-Israel( accord in a . waves to well-wishers history. He remained with the Sec- F.' Gaughan; after suffering a ,'speech 1'0 th~ diplomatic com'mun- ~ following his installation by Cardinal John J. O'Connor o~, reta~iat of State as a consult~r. stroke, retained title of residential ;ity at the.Vatican Jan. 15. New York. as the new bishop of Ogdensburg, NY, Jan. 17 at St. In 1988 the pope made. hIm a bishop but gave up all administra:; The pope said the agre'ement Mary's Cathedral. The ceremonies for the former auxiliary :,~,:mB.emhberoHf the COthngregaltlOn for tive .duties tq an a'postolic adminis, was reached against a backdrop of . . " IS ops. e, was e on y super- trator Aug. 21, !992. '~h<?p~ and frailti: created by'the bls~op of Hartford, Conn., went ahead desptte.a snowstorm 'nu.merary me~ber - one ~ho is - Honolulu, where Bishop JoIsraeli-Palestinian peace talks. He and temperatures as much as 25 below zero whtch prevented neIther acardlOal nor a bIshop seph A. Ferrario retired for health point<;.d to overall in the'" . t,he arrival of several other merribers of the hierarchy. The new heading a diocese. , reasons Oct. 12, 1993. ! peace ~egotiatiQns but, in ~n.~p. - bishop toobt all in stride, however, declaring that he'd heard He 'left h,is "diplomatic school - The Byzantine diocese: of St. .parent reference to"dela'ys In Im- Ogdensburg has two seasons: "Winter and July' 20th." (eNS and SecretartatoJStateJPo~tswhen George in Canton; 'where 'Bishop plementation, he encouraged both, -' -- , , I he was made secretary of the Con-. Louis. Puscas retired at the age of sides to follow through. photo) - , , gregation for Bishops in December 77 July IS, 1993.

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WASHINGTON (CNS) - Pope John Paul 11 has named Archbishop Justin Rigali, one of the four top American officials in the Vatican, to head the archdiocese of St. Louis. Archbishop Rigali, 58, has served the Holy See nearly 30 years beginning when he entered its Secretariat of State and diplomatic school in 1964. He served in the Secretariat of State as a diplomat in Madagascar in 1966-70, head of the secretariat's English-speaking section 1970-85, and head of the diplomatic school, the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, 1985-89. He was Pope Paul VI's English translator from 1970 on and has accompanied Pope John Paul II on a number of travels to Englishspeaking countries, including the United States. Since 1989 he has been secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Bishops. For the past four years he also has been secretary of the College of Cardinals. The secretary is the only noncardinal allowed to enter a secret conclave when it convenes to elect a new pope. In St. Lo~is, Archbishop Rigali succeeds Archbishop John L. May, who retired for health reasons in December 1992, following surgery for a: brain tumor. The appointment was announced Jan. 25 in Washington by Arch~ bishop Agostino Cacciavilian, papal pro-nun,cio to the United States. "The pope~is, making 'a' sacrifice


If. FROM LEFT, Bishop O'Malley enters Basilica ofthe National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for Mass; the bishop with young people, who made up about 20 percent of the Fall River diocesan pilgrims; the bishop at


Saturday Mass at the Franciscan Commissariat with, from left, Father Stephen A. Fernandes, newly ordained Deacon Pawel Swiercz and Father Gerald Shovelton.

]V1arch for Life participants are not fair-weather friends Continued from Page One Reminding the congregation of Pope John Paul II's encyclical "Veritatis Splendor" and of the adage that "the truth shall make you free," Bishop O'Malley said, "A lie has ensla ved A me rica again." He was referring to slavery, which 19th-century backers defended because "the economy depended on it," the bishop said. In his homily, he recalled having seen many marches during the 20 years he spent as a Capuchin friar in Washington. Some were "for noble causes, some for less-thannoble ones," he added. He said he had a special fondness for the civil rights and peace marches of a generation ago. Back then, he said, "The Washington Post never ~cc;;sed any'one o'f tr~­ ing to impose their r<:ligious views on anyone .... "How different it is today. The media is chillier to liS today than the weather." the bishop said. "They'd rather we turn a blind eye to the nasty business of abortion." He also blasted "radical feminists. " "I have news for the radical feminis~s," Bishop O'Malley said. "Most of the babies that are aborted

are women. We may have already lost the first woman president of the United States to abortion." Bishop O'Malley said, "We don't place our hope in politicians. Too many have disappointed us. We don't place our hope in political parties. They are flawed. We place our trust in God." The bishop promoted adoption, saying that in the Old Testament story of Solomon offering to split a child in two, the child's real mother offered to renounce her claim so the child could live. "Life is great. It belongs to God," Bishop O'Malley said. "Respect it. Cherish it. Nurture it .... Life is more preciolls than lifestyles." Many from Oiocese An 'estimated 3p,OOO people braved sub-freezin~,temp'eratures and icy conditions for the march itself, according to U.S. Park Police figures. They included 84 persons participating in the official diocesan pilgrimage to Washington, plus three bus loads of Cape Codders traveIing with Massf\chusetts Citizens for Life. Father Stephen A. Fernandes, director of the diocesan Pro-Life Apostolate who, tog~ther with Mrs. Marian Desrosiers, his assistant,

organized the diocesan trip to Washington, said a highlight for the group came last Saturday morning when members were guests of Bishop O'Malley for breakfast at the Franciscan Commissariat of the Holy Land, toured replicas of Holy Land shrines and attended a Mass offered by the bishop. The Mass. said Father Fernandes, "offered a spiritually charged moment for all of us to be together after responding in an important way to the demands the Gospel puts upon us. We were recharged and reenergized." Commenting on the march as a whole, he said that "It's becoming a youth movement: every year more and more young people are involved. It's difficult to maintain the stereotype t'hat it's only for·lit.i. tie old ladies." r· Mrs. Desrosiers, mother o'f 10year-old Lee, declared that last week's' march was for her the most memorable of the several she has attended. "It's a peaceful, holy time to come together with the , bishop," she said. 'She also noted that the teens in the diocesan contingent "had a wonderful time and were grateful for the opportunity to march. "One high school senior had

thought the experience would be very boring 'with all those Masses,' but now wants to do pro-life education work." Mrs. Desrosiers added that some on the trip "wanted to reserve seats for next year"! One diocesan, a veteran of many frigid Marches for Life, said that the 1994 weather was '''cooperative." Madeleine Lavoie of Our Lady of Grace parish, Westport, reported that although it was a bit icy underfoot, there were no accidents. She was impressed by Bishop O'Malley's Friday homily, and especially by his assurance to young people that "we're here for you." Although there was fear for a time that weather conditions might cancel the March for Life, doughty JRrgill!iz,er"Nelli~ Gra)),WPuld have none of that. . "Abortions do not stop during a snowstorm," she declared. "We are not fair-weather friends.". . Of her never-say-die spirit, Bishop O'Malley had commented at Thursday evening's Mass, "I

think I saw Nellie Gray sneaking in to light a candle," perhaps for colder weather. "I think she would like it to be 28 below so that they know we mean business," he added. 1n fact, the only major event canceled was the visitation of congressional offices, since official Washington had been closed down Jan. 20 to save energy and many members of Congress did not open their offices on Jan. 21 either.

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By Charlie Martin


By Christopher Carstens priest when I was in high school. 'Letters are special things. 1 like We still write to each other. When writing them, and I enjoy getting I'm writing to Father Moore, I think before I put the words down. them even more. This ha~ been a really good time Sometimes I wait months between for letters in my mailbox. I got a letters, because I wantto have my long letter from an old friend in thoughts in order when I start Arkansas, full of news about his writing. I look forward to his letters, life. Another friend wrote, thank:' because he also thinks carefully ing us for a wedding gift and shar- , ing some memories about her recent when he writes. If I were just calling him on the phone, we'd pass wedding. But my favorite recent letter was the time and chat about some from an 8-year-old girl in New Jer- news, but the deep thoughts we sey, Christine Isaac, who read my share in our letters would never be article about homework and wrote expressed. Finally, letters help build memabout her experiences in school. That letter is one I'll be sure to ories. Since you can put a letter away and read it years, later, it keep and read again. forms a bridge between your presLetter writing seems like a disent and your past. appearing art, but it's worth keepRecently 1came across some let- " ing alive. "Why write," people ask, ters I wrote to my wife when we "when it's so much quicker ti) call were first married, almost 25 years on the phone?" ago. A flood of remembrance came I can think of at least three ways out of the envelopes, along with a letter is better than a call. the faded, folded letters. First, a written message has a Ten years ago, my father sent powerful impact on the one who me a remarkable letter. "Son," he receives it. It's nice to say "thank said, "I'm really proud of you and you," but even a short written note your family.''.l cried with deep joy really lights, up a person's day. when 1 got that letter. It's in my Most people don't write, so it dresser now, in the box with Dan makes an impact when you do. If Fout's autograph, my daughter's you jot down a three-sentence first rosary and the stubs from my thank-you note to a teacher for tickets to the 1984 World Series. help on a project, yours will probI take it out now and then, and ably be the only one she gets all read the words, "Son, I'm really year. Those notes end up being proud ... ," and cry a little. If my saved in special places, like dad had called me instead the keepsakes. night he wrote that letter, maybe I People in government carefully could remember what he said, but count the letters they get about I'm not so sure. important issues. They keep track Writing letters, even short notes, of phone calls too, but they know makes you a more thoughtful and that people who write letters are more memorable person. Each letmore likely to take other action, so ter is a little gift that only you can they pay attention. give. Second, writing a letter helps Your comments are w,elcomed you think through your own ideas. by Dr. Christopher Carstens, c/o I have a friend who lives in Catholic News Service, 3211 Fourth Cyprus, a man who was my parish St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017.

There's a hero If you look inside your heart You don't have to be afraid Of what you are There's an ans~er If you reach into your soul And the sorrow that you know Will melt away And then a hero comes along With the strength to carryon And you cast your fears aside And you know that you can survive So when you feel like hope is gone Look inside you and be strong And you'll finally see the truth That a hero lies in you It's a lon'g road When you face the world alone No one reaches out a hand For you to hold You can find love . If you search within yourself And the emptiness you felt Will disappear Lord knows Dreams are hard to follow But don't let anyone Tear them away Hold on There will be tomorrow You'll find the way Written by Mariah Carey, Walter Afonasieff (c) 1993 By Sony 'Songs/Rye Songs (BMI)/WB Music Corp./Wallyworld Music' '" (ASCAP) THI)'IK OF time when you Box"CD. The song contains so felt hopeless. According to many good ideas that several Mariah Carey's new hit "Hero," columns could be written about this is a time, to "look inside" it. yourself and to "be strong." Yet it is the song's primary You finally see the truth: ,. A message that I want to stress: hero lies in you." Each of us possesses the power "Hero" is 'Carey's second to make our dreams come true. releas,e off her recent "M usic Carey characterizes this power


as a "hero" that lives within each of us. This is the part of us thilt holds great strength lind courage, lifting us past life's disappointments and obstacles. Perhaps this is o'ne rea:;on why unexpected challenges ccme our way. Through dealing with such circumstances, we discover more of who we really are. For example, remember a time when you were fearful of trying something'new like t.~k颅 ing a tough course 'or going ,)ut for a school athletic team? S'Jppose that you found the courage to go ahead, and to your surprise you succeeded in the course or made the team. At that point, you could look back at your fear and smile. The "hero" within helped )'ou attain more of your po'tential. Of course, not every new ,endeavor turns o'ul' well. W:lat happens if you flunk the course or get cut from the team? This experience also can assist you in findin'g the "hero" within. This "hero" helps you k(:ep the dream alive or alter it in a way that gives you the essence of what you sought. You can look at why you failed the course and see w!lat went wrong. Perhaps you "viII discover that you need additional math skills before you are ready for physics., ' Or, to use my other example, perhaps you need to accept that you just aren't quick enough to make the basketball team. Consequently, you decide to concentrate on a sport where quil:kness isn't as important, say the golf or cross country team. The song makes no reference to God. Yet it is hard to think about'this "hero" in' us and flot recognize that this power is part of the way the Creator made 'liS. We can ask God to guide IUS in utilizing this part of our s\lOl to build a joyful, creative life. Your comments are welcomed by Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, Ind. 47635.

The final complication is the you look do~s not determine your sonal strengths. Work on being a junior highstudent's intense'desire value as a person nor the quality of good student, a good sport ,~nd a to fit in. At this early point in the your life. The task - and it isn't good 'friend. Then, when the rest of the kids teenage journey, most of us want easy - is to keep reminding yourto be one of the group. Anything self that those judgments are super- your age are mature enough to that puts you on the outside, or 'ficial and don't last forever. appreciate somebody who isn't just feels like rejection from the group, You can get a head start on the another Barbie or Ken doll, you'll is a guaranteed cause for unhap'piprocess if you focus on developing be there, ready for the kind of ness. your inner qualities and your per- friendship that involves more than Our bitter legacy of racism comes looking just like everybody else. in here as well. Wordslike "spick," "fuzz head" and "camel driver"unacceptable at any age - hurt like stones when thrown across the junior high campus. They imply, "You're out, because of what you路 look like." The junior high student can look I knew one eighth-grader who at the world and understand that it was miserable because he was the could be different than it is. Hav- shortest guy in his class. Kids' ing realized th~t things could be called him "Papa Smurf." A heavy different, it is very easy":"" even " girl lives with taunts o拢."Shamu." appropriate - to be dissatisfied, That kind of teasing is astoundwith the way things actually are. 'ingly painful. The bravest kids . 'It is quite 'understandable, then,: shrug it off and act like it doesn~t , that early teenagers are often un- bother them. But it does.. hl\ppy even about the particular, The only redeeming fa'ct is that body they happen to inhabit. junior high is temporary, and by Junior high k,ids are also remarkthe time most, kids get into high ably cruel with each other. If your school they're ready to leave most body is the least bit unusual, you of that juvenile'junk behind. can be quite sure that some others The meanest teasers are often the ones who are most desperate will do their best to help you feel like a freak. for approval themselves. The guy Remember, the tormentors are mocking a girl about her bright FOR LIFE: Ginny Gideon, a member ofthe Naples, Fla., unhappy with their own bodies. red freckles may be painfully selfYouth for Life, holds daughter Brittany during Jan. 20 vigil conscious about his own crooked One way to make themselves feel a at Basilica of National Shrine of the Immaculate ConMass little better is by making someteeth. But bullies grow up too. body else feel a lot worse. You are not your body. How ception. (eNS photo)

'Why young teenagers hate their bodies,' By Christopher Carstens Most junior high kids are uriiuippy about their bodies,always thinking the'y are "too" s'omething: Th~ waistline is too thin or, too fat, the nose is too big, there 'are too many zits.. Nobody, in 路.junior high is completely satisfied with how he or she looks. Nobody. The most gorgeous girl and the best-looking guy in any junior high spend partofevery day feeling self-conscious, unattractive and somehow deformed. There are good and natural reasons for this. First, in those years, everybody's body is going through' changes. Second, the maturation of the brain in early adolescence leads to new ways of thinking of which younger children are simply incapable.




Stonehill College observes Black History Month Stonehill College, North Easton, I plans the following events in celebration of Black History Month in February: I 8 p.m. Feb. 3, Hemingway Theatre: Black Folks Theater Company of Boston will present I "Wine in the Wilderness" by Alice Childress. The play is set during a riot at the home of an artist who is intent upon capturing the essence of black womanhood in a triptych of paintings. 4p.m. Feb.6,Joseph W. Martin Institute Auditorium: Panel discussion on "Racism: Image of the African-American Family in Film," moderated by Steven Bernard, president of Brockton NAACP. 4 p.m. Feb. 10, Martin Institute Auditorium: Lectun: on "The Media and Multiculturalism" by Dr. Alvin Poussant, professor of psychiatry and associate dean for student affairs at Harvard Medical School, author of Why Blacks Kill Blacks. and consultant to "The Cosby Show." 8 p.m. Feb. IS, St. Mary's Chapel: Performance by Voices of Inspiration, choir of the Messiah Baptist Church, Brockton. Admission to all events is free and all facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. For further information call 230-1120. I



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LONDON (CNS) Britain's Princess Diana recenlly gave her son. Prince William, a glimpse of the harsher realities of life. taking him to meet homeless people at a Catholic-run London day center. The II-year-old prince. whom many Anglican clergymen would like to sec as Britain's next monarch. visited the shelter ncar Westminster Cathedral with his mother and Cardinal George Basil Hume. leader of Britain"s Catholics. Newspaper reports said the young prince met sonll: of about 100 homeless people who visit the center every day for warmth and a cheap lunch. "Clearly shy, he didn't say much. Instead, he dutifully listened to what the homeless h;ld 10 say and then shook hands," the Dail\; M ir1'01' reported. . The tabloid drew a (;ontrast between the plight of those in the shelter and the recent $1.75 million cost to taxpayers of improvements to nearby SI. James Palace, home of William's 'father, Prince Charles. "Prince and the Paupcrs." the paper's headline said.

Essay contest "How Can the United States Best Contribute to WorldPeace and Development?" is the topic of an essay contest for high school students sponsored by LaSalette Shrine, Attleboro. Entries are due March I and a $1,000 prize will be awarded April 30. The contest, said Shrine director Father Joseph Gosselin, MS, is intended to raise awareness among high !;chool students of the interdependence of nations and the re!iponsibility of the United States in building a new world order based on equality arid fairness IImong nations. . Contest rules are available from the Shrine at n2-S410. '

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St. Mary's School' St. Mary's School, Taunton, plans a number of activities in observance of Catholic Schools Month. Jan. 28:"Abraham L.ineoln" visits St. Mary's to kick off Catholic Schools Week. Jan. 31-Feb. 4: Registration for nursery through grade 5 for 1994959:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. I-II: Art exhibition. Feb. 2: Open house 9:30-11 :30 a.m., early release I p.m., Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. Feb. 3: Fun Day with games, prizes, popcorn and treats. Feb. 4: Report cards distributed. Feb. 8: Second graqe bake sale. Feb. 9: Roller skating party, Silver City Skateland, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. II: Nursery through grade 5 lip-sync. Feb. 13: Father-Daughter Dance. Feb. 16: Ash Wednesday paraliturgy, St. Mary's Church, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 18: Scholastic Achievement Awards 10:30 a.m. Feb. 28: Guest speaker (to be announced); grade 3 will make get-well cards for Morton Hospital patients.

... ... ... ... With the new year have come many new things to learn: Nursery students are learning their phone numbers; kindergarten students are studying penquins;first-graders are studying winter, dinosaurs and space. Third-gra~ers are le~rning about the Olympics and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fohrth-graders are completing projects on the 50 states. A fifth grade staff is compiling the school yearbook, a book of pictures and writings about the year's events.

Coyle-Cassidy Coyle-Cassidy High School, Taunton, will kick off Catholic Schools Week with "Pack the Gym" basketball games between the Coyle-Cassidy Warriors and Attleboro Blue Bombardiers on Sunday. The junior varsity teams square off at I p. m. and the varsity teams at 2:30. The Coyle-Cassidy" Band will also perform. Other activities scheduled for the week are School Tradition Day, for which items from the school's 81-year hist~ry will be on display, and a school Mass at St. Mary's Church in Taunton on Feb. 2, National Appreciation Day for Catholic Schools. School chaplain Rev. Gerald P. l,4arnwell will be celebrant.

Bishop Stang Kimberly Shenk,1 a senior at Bishop Stang High School; ~orth Dartmouth was honored by the International Management Goiln-' cil at its recent Student Recognition Night. A North Dartmouth resident, Miss Shenk was named to represent Stang as a result of business acumen exhibited ~·in Lynnley Crane's economics c1a~s.

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and Michael E. Terry'Teenagers of the Month for December. Miss Mack, a Fall River resident, is a member of the National Honor Society, ski team, ski club, and spring track team. She has been accepted to the University of Notre Dame. Terry, a Barrington, RI, resident, is a member of the National Honor Society, golfteam, Alcohol and Drug Awareness Team, Student Athletic Trainer Corps, ski team and soccer team.

Espirito Santo Catholic Schools Month activities at Espirito Santo School, Fall River, are as follows: Jan. 31: Registration begins for kindergarten and new grades 1-8 students for 1994-95. Coffee and pastry served to parents. Feb. I: Family Day. Open house II a.m.-12:45 p.m.; parents have lunch with children. Feb. 2: Kindergarten graduation meeting and report card conference; first grade report card conference; grade 8 graduation meeting with parents 6-7 p.m. Guest speaker from District Attorney's office will give presentation on drug abuse at PTFA meeting 7 p.m. Feb. 3: School Tradition Day. Alumni guest speakers will share how Espirito Santo prepared them for the future. Students will dress to indicate what they wish their future jobs to be. Feb. 4: Half day of school with dismissal 11:30 a.m. Dr. Robert Hayden of Bradley Hospital will speak to teachers from Espirito Santo and other schools on "Attention Deficit Disorder and Other School Problems" I to 3 p.m. Feb. 7: 7th and 8th grade Science Fair viewing 6:30-7:30 p.m.; prizes will be awarded. Feb. II: Mismatch Day. Students wear mismatched outfits. Feb. 14: School accreditation ceremony and social with Bishop Sean O'Malley 7 p.m. Feb. 18: Red and White Day. Students dress in school colors. Faculty and students will compete in basketball and volleyball games beginning 12:45 p.m. Students will be served ice cream..

SMSH SI. Mary-Sacred Heart School, North Attleboro, Family Mass 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Sacred Heart Church, followed by social in church hall. Distinguished Graduate Award recipient will be announced. "Focus on Science" open house 10-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Feb. II; grades 6-8 science fair in Sacred, Heart Church hall and science demonstrations and activities in kindergarten-grade 5 classrooms. New student registration for 1994-959:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 7-9.

-. SETTLING IN: Youths from St. Benedict High School, Memphis, TN, gather in Memorial Hall at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception while Josh Doyle (below) of East Greenwich, RI, gets some sleep. The young people were among travelers who spent the night at the shrine before the March for Life Jan. 21. (CNS photos)

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ST. ANTHONY of the DESERT, :FR , , . Exposition of ~lessed Sacrament noon i6 6 p.m. Feb. 6 with holy hour 5 to 6 p.m. Feb. 6. St. Sharbel Chapel.' , HOSPICE OF CAPE COD Volunteers needed to help terminallv ill and their families. Information': C~'nthia Hicke~'. :!62-IIO:!.

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ST. THOMAS MORE, SOMERSET Eight-week series. "Our Celebration of the Eucharist," will examine the Eucharist as a communal event which teaches people about their faith while' stimulating them to transform society according to the design of Christ. The program is offered in both morning and evening sessions: 9:30 to II :30 Tuesdays Feb. I-March 22 and 6:30 'to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 3-March 24. Information: Religious Education office. 679-1236. Prayer service for vocations 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2. SACRED HEART, N. ATTLE'BORO Joseph Aubin and Kristofer Boutin received the Eagle Scout Award Jan. 22. CHRIST THE KING, MASHPEE Blessing of throats for feast of St. Blase' after Masses this weekend. ST. ANTHONY, TAUNTON Father Jose Sousa will present 10week study of the Book of Revelation beginning 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

SERVANT ASSOCIATES"' "Finding Freedom Through Forgiveness." a 12-week Christian therapy group. will be offered 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays Feb. 15 to May 3 at LaSalette Shrine. Attleboro, led by Celeste Charpentier and Sue Almeida of Servant Associates. aN. Attleboro association of Christian counselors. Preregistration required. Information: 461-3138 or(401) 7692736. SEPARATED/DIVORCED CATHOLICS, ATTLEBORO Support group meeting 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. St. Mary's rectory. N. Attleboro. Information: 695-6161. D. of I., ATTLEBORO Alcazaba Circle 65 Daughters of Isabella will meet 7 p.m. Feb. 3. K. of C. Hall. Hodges St.. for guest speaker presentation and Valentinethemed social. CORPUS CHRISTI, SANDWICH Prayer meeting 8 p.m. Mondays; Mass or Eucharistic service on last Mondays of the month followed by Adoration. Benediction and confessions; rosary precedes meetings at 7:30 p.m. ST. MARY, NORTON Monthly food collection for St. Joseph's Food Cellar this weekend. Beginning Sunday, parish center gym will be open 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays for 6th throl;gh 8th graders to play basketball or volleyball. Adults may use the gym for walking 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

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A WING 'n A PRA YER, a contemplative singing group, will be featured at LaSalette Shrine's second Coffee House

6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Attleboro shrine's cafeteria. The performers are John and Denise McMahon of North Attleboro and Connie de Tonnancourt of Pawtucket, RI.

Catholic Prison Project begun by ex-prisoner BUFFALO, N.Y. (CNS) Concerned about the inroads that non-Catholic religions are making among Catholics in prison, an exconvict living in Buffalo has developed a plan to provide good Catholic reading for prisoners. Peter James, not his real name, is trying to interest parishes, prayer groups, Catholic colleges and other C'atholic organizations in collecting Catholic literature for mailing to prison chaplains for distribution to prisoners. James said he developed the idea for the project through his own experiences in New York state's prison system from 1991 to 1993. J Arrested 6n charges of malicious mischief for spray painting political slogans on state buildings in Albany,' James was assigned in 1991 to the state maximum-security prison in Elmira because at the

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Continued from. Page One families and communities closer together. ' \ ,. "Just as the earthquake itself And you can be assured your donations are being maghad its damage go outward ... so nified and are having their greatest impact because our programs are directed by dedicated Catholic missionaries the good effect of caring for one with a long standing commitment to the people they serve. another also has had that same ripple effect," he told the congregation. Plus. you are your child's only sponsor. To help build In a letter to his fellow bishops your relationship, you will receive a picture of your child Little Conchita lives iii a small village in the (updated yearly), information about your child's family and Jan. 19, Cardinal Mahony said that his top priorities included mountains of Guatemala. Her house is made of country. letters from your child and the CFCA quarterly "continuous prayers for our newsletter. ' cornstalks, with a tin roof and dirt floor. Her father priests, religious and ministry perstruggles' to support the family as a day laborer. sonnel," and. "crisis intervention Your concern can make the difference in the lives Please take this opportunity to make a difference in the specialists to assist the thousands of children like Conchita. life of one poor child. Become a sponsor today! of people deal with this total disruption of their families and their ~ lives." He said more than 100 churches had substantial damage, with six 1 0 Boy Girl 0 Child in most need In 0 Latin America 0 Africa 0 Asia 0 Any judged "possibly beyo~d repair." , My monthly pledge is: 0 $10 0 $15 0 $20 0$25 0 $50 .0 $100 One Catholic high school and one elementary school will have to be 1 My support will be: 0 monthly 0 quarterly 0 semi-annually 0 annually torn down and rebuilt, with anEnclosed is my first sponsorship con~ributicin of $ r--If-y-ou-p-r-ef-er-.-si-m-p-Iy-c-al-I other 35 schools and two Catholic ·1 0 Icannot sponsor now but I enclose' my gift·of $ CFCA Sponsor Services 1 hospitals needing major repair Please send me further information regarding: 1-800-875-6564. ' work. Both short-term and long-term 1 Sponsorship 0 Volunteer Program 0 U.S.Homeless Program .1 financial assistance would be needName ~ ~~---~---Phone _ ed to meet immediate relief needs Address -=:_ 1 and to repair and rebuild churches, City State Zip _ schools and other buildings, he added. 1 Structural damage caused by 1 Christian Foundation for Children 'and Aging (CFCA) One Elmwood Avenue / P. O. Box 3910/ Kansas City, KS 66103-0910 the earthquake forced 18 Califor1 171 Make checks payable to: Christian Foundation for Children and Agi~g (CFCA) FAR 1{948 1 nia hospitals. to close or curtail Financial Report available upon request I Donation U.S. tax deductible. services, including St..John's Cath'Member: U.S. Catholic Mission Association· Nat" Catholic Development Conference - Catholic Press Association I olic Hospital and Medical Center . ~I Uaison of ~olu~rs in~ssion~at'l ~olic Steward_sh_ip Co~ - N~ath~Cou=.,for ~anic Ministry -----J . in Santa Monica.... . . ,


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time there was no room in overcrowded minimum- or mediumsecurity prisons. In the prison, he met Josephite Sister Jeannine Scheg, who on her own brought in whatever Catholic literature she could collect. But "it didn't explain church teachings and doctrines," ,he said. And there was not enough for all of the prisoners, despite the nun's efforts, he added. Meanwhile, fundamentalist groups were flooding the prison with literature. "It was just amazing how much of it they got in," Jame:s said. "Most of it was anti-Catholic." James said the situation was even worse when he was moved to other prisons. In one, he' found pamphlets with a picture of the Blessed Mother in the chapel during a Catholic service. He took one back to his cell, only to discove~ it was a tract "denouncing Catholic use of Mary." ," After being released from prison last March, James thought about how to help those still in prison. From that came the Catholic Prison Project which asks prospective donors to look in their phone books for the addresses of local correctional facilities. "Most Americans live within 20 miles of a federal, state, COltnty or city jail, and if readers pick one and make a long-term commitment to suply its Catholic chaplain with their used Catholic literature," much good can result, he said. "Many Catholics and others will never leave prison alive because of AIDS, violence in prison, clld age, cancer, illness, injuries, death penalty, long prison sentences like 25 years to life in prison," Jaffit~s said. "So these may never see a catechism book or a lives of the saints book if we don't donate these holy things to those who are in many cases spiritually unaware of the treasures of Catholicism," he added.

Cape_ Cod schools Continued from Page One enrolled in religious edul:ation classes. has been reserved for each parish. Each school will be able to accept 27 or 28 pupils in each classroom; and if a particular parish does not fill the quota assigned to it. those places will be available to pupils from other parishes ona firstcome. first-serve basis afwr the .February school vacat.ion... .


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