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Takes Helm As Catholic Schools Week Starts Father George Coleman is unlikely to forget Tuesday, Feb. 1, his 38th birthday. On that day he took the helm of the Diocesan Department of Education, assuming responsibility for more than 75,000 young people in Catholic schools and parochial religious education programs, plus an uncounted number of adults participating in Church-sponsored educational activities. His appointment also coin-
cides with .catholic Schools Week and he will celebrate the television Mass on WTEV, Channel 6 at 8:45 a.m. this Sunday to mark the week's beginning. A national observance, Catholic Schools Week has also been proclaimed for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by Governor Dukakis, whose official statement declared that "the commitment of Catholic Schools to Christian values and the
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Christian moral code renders a profound service to society which depends on spiritual values and good moral conduct for its very survivaL" Father Coleman said that he looks forward to his new office, and hopes to "carry on in the tradition of Msgr. O'Neill and his predecessors, who set a solid foundation for Catholic education in the diocese." The new director noted that
the years ahead will be "challenging in proclaiming the basic message of Christ" and commented that he expects direction and guidelines to emerge from the fifth world synod of Bishops, to be held in Rome in the fall and to devote itself to catechesis, especially that of children and youth. Best Investment On the national scene, on the Turn to Page, Seven
Pope Paul Meets Mond.ale, Backs Arms Limitations By John Muthig
MONDALE VISITS POPE: Vice-president Walter F. , Mondale is escorted by Pope Paul VI into his private library for a two hour visit. Among' topics discussed was nuclear arms limitation. (NC Photo)
VATICAN CITY (NC) - During Vice President WaIter Mondale's two-hour visit here Jan. 27, Pope Paul VI threw strong backing behind President Jimmy Carter's recent pledge to go full speed ahead with nuclear arms limitations negotiations. "It is with optimism that we note the commitment of your President in favor of reduction of weapons, particularly nuclear weapons," said Pope Paul to Mondale during ceremonies in the Pope's private study.
Blind Stonehill Student Vice-President Hopes for Priesthood It was a routine press release announcing that Dennis Polselli of Sacred Heart parish, Fall River, a senior at Stonehill College, had been named for inclusion in "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, because of "his exceptional student record and for his contributions to student life at Stonehill College." The difference came in the third paragraph. It casually stated that Dennis is a graduate of Perkins School for the Blind, and added that he is vice-president of student government at Stonehill and a staff member of the campus radio station. This was not routine, and neither was an interview with Dennis, an articulate 24-year-old who, despite total blindness since the age of 18 months, is
preparing for a career in college administration and hopes to combine such work with the
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HAPPY FAMILY: Several members of the large Polselli family of Sacred Heart parish, Fall River, supervise decoration of cake for shower. From left, David, 12; Debbie, 22; Christopher, 8; Dominic, 4; Mrs. Polselli; Dennis, 24; Clifford, 8, Christopher's twin.
"We are sure that this will promote common interests and be of immense service to the world." The 79-year-old Pontiff made the remarks in English during a
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First Marriage Encounter On Martha's Vineyard" Last weekend the first Marriage Encounter program to take place on Martha's Vineyard was held at the Ben Coffin House under sponsorship of the Regional Religion Center of the Vineyard's three parishes: S~(;red Heart, Oak Biuffs, St. Augustine, Vineyard Haven and St. Elizabeth, Edgartown. "Arranged by Sister Evelyn Dailey, RSM, Religion Center coordinator, the program was participated in by 23 Martha's Vineyard couples and one "offIsland" couple from Falmouth, who took the opportunity "to reflect on themselves, their marital relationship, their marriage as it relates to God and their marriage in the context of the world community." Presenting the program, popular throughout the United States and in many other parts of the world, were Father Bill Carrigg of Ipswich; Barry and Janice Mead, Raynham; Walt and Jackie Coyne, West Wareham; and Bob and Bev Domigella, Pembroke. Sister Evelyn said that an Engaged Encounter weekend, following a pattern similar to
that for the Marriage Encounter, is in the planning' for coup- ' les anticipating marriage, "to give them an opportunity for an honest look at their commitment to one anothep."
Sp'eaker's Topic Cathol ic Press Rev. John R. FoIster, former acting editor of The Anchor, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Fall River, and chaplain of the city fire department will speak on the Catholic Press at tomorrow's meeting of the First Friday Club. The program will begin with Mass at 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, celebrated by Father FoIster. Supper and the meeting will follow. Plans will be made for future meetings, including a ladies' night and the March gathering, to be addressed by Bishop Daniel A. Cronin. Reservations may be made with captains or by calling 678-6675. The club, open to all men in the Fall River area, has as its purpose the promotion of the devotion of the nine First Fridays.
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Claims Miracle MEMPHIS, Tenn. - An American Jesuit said he is convinced he. regained sight in one eye through a first class miracle attributed to a Mohawk Indian girl who is a candidate for sainthood. Father Walter M. Abbott said the return of sight in his left eye came through the intercession of Kateri-Tekakwitha, known as the "Lily of the Mohawks," who died in Canada in 1680.
Condemns Torture MARSEILLES, France - Archbishop Roger Etchegaray of Marseilles has issued a pastoral letter strongly condemning the growing use of torture on prisoners and suspects throughout the world.
Chose Death, Not Abortion VATICAN CITY - The Vatican Congregation for' Saints Causes is expected to begin studying soon the cause for beatification of a woman who died in childbirth rather than have an abortion. The cause of Dr. Gianna Molla Beretta, who died in 1962 seven days after giving birth to her fourth child, was given major publicity here by the Vatican daily newspaper and by Vatican Radio. Publication of the Molla story ~ame only days after the lower house of the Italian parliament passed a bill to permit abortion on demand in the first 90 days of pregnancy. The bill now faces action in the Senate where passage is probable.
Question NLRB Power PHILADELPHIA - Eight pastors in this archdiocese have asked a federal court to block the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from conducting union elections for lay teachers in 269 parish elementary schools. At the same time, an eight-member pastors' Committee an~ Philadelphia archdiocesan officials announced Jan. 27 their intention to resist the labor board's election order until a court decides whether or not the NLRB. has authority over labor issues involving parochial schools. '
Wants Conference LONDON - Anglican Bishop Hugh Montefiore has called on Pope Paul VI to summon a conference representing all faiths and peoples to find ways of avoiding "global apocalypse" and "global
catastrophe." He said the conference should seek to bridge "the chasm between the growing wealth of the rich nations and the poverty of 'Lazarus' countries."
Challenge' N.J. Tax Break TRENTON, N.J. - Thirteen organizations and 41' New Jersey residents have challenged the constitutionality of a new state law providing tax deductions for parents of pupils in parochial and other nonpublic schools.
Nun Is Press Aide LONDON - In what is thought to ta the first appointment of its kind in Britain, a nun has been appointed press secretary to Cardinal George Basil Hume of Westminster, and press officer for the archdiocese. She is Sister Julie Anne, who for the past three years has been international communication secretary of her congregation, the Sisters of Notre Dame, at their headquarters in Rome.
Attacks Farm Laws PHOENIX, Ariz. - United Farm Workers of America president, Cesar Chavez, charged in federal court here that Arizona's farm labor law makes it impossible for farm workers to have a union. Chavez told a three-judge panel that the Arizona law also denies the right of farm workers to "strike and boycott and makes it a crime for a union to raise crucial issues in collective bargaining. The state law reduced unions to the status of emploYment agencies." '
Denounce Image Burning SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Lawyers, Communist leaders and news media have joined clergymen in denouncing the recent burning of two religious images at San Juan Cathedral. Investigators have failed to find evidence against the vandals. The mid-January burning of a crucifix and a statue dating from colonial times was attributed to fundamentalist fanatics who consider the objects idols.
Ask OAS Condemn U.S. , WASHINGTON - A Catholic political action group has asked a branch of the Organization of American States (OAS) to condemn the United States
for violating the terms of the 1948 Bogota Declaration on human rights by legalizing abortion. In a formal complaint of the Inter-, American Commission on Human Rights, Catholics for Christian Political Action (CCPA), a WasJtington based group, cited the abortion performed by Boston physician Kenneth Edelin on Oct. 3, 1973, as a specific violation of the Bogota Declaration ,adopted by the OAS and signed by the United States, and the yet to be ratified American Convention on Human Rights.
Paraplegic Priest, Dies DUNEDIN, New Zealand The world's first"paraplegic ordained a priest, Father Leo St. John Close, died here last month. He was 42. Despite his handicap, one of father Close's claims to fame was his athletic prowess. Founder of paraplegic associations in two countries, h.e was a medal winner in a number of paraplegic sports events around the world.
Priests' Encounter COLUMBUS, Ohio A "priests' encounter" will be held at the Pontifical College Josephinum here March 24·28. Designed to strengthen vocations, the encounter movement is a Spanish import founded by Father Gabriel Calva, originator of Marriage Encounter. '
Excommunicates Torturers ROME - ,Bishop Francisco Claver of Malaybalay, the Philippines, has banned government officials who are known to participate in torture from receiving the sacraments or acting as sponsors or witnesses at baptisms, weddings or confirmations. The ban came in a Jan. 8 pastoral letter, read in all churches in the Malaybalay Prelature and recently made available to NC News here. .
Canonization Fraud PHILADELPHIA - The approaching canonization of Blessed John Neumann, former Bishop of Philadelphia, is apparently being used as the occasion for a nationwide attempt at fraud. Philadelphia archdiocesan officials have learned that the title, "Office of the Chancery," followed by a Philadelphia address, is being used without the
knowledge or permission of the Catholic archdiocese of Philadelphia to elicit funds for a so-called "Neumann Canonization Committee," of which the archdiocese also has no knowledge. Catholics are warned against being taken in by the scheme.
Ask New Kueng Book STUTTGART, Germany Controversial theologian Father Hans Kueng after meeting with leading German bishops, has agreed to wite a new book clarifying some of his writings about Christ. According to a statement released here after the meeting, the theologian and bishops met to discuss "the desirability of a supplemental explanation of some views expressed in Father Kueng's book, 'Christ Sein' COn Being a Christian') in order to avoid misunderstandings about Christ's person and salvific role."
Ask Abortion Ban TRENTON, N. J. - Tbe New Jersey State Senate has passed a bill calling on Congress to convene a constitutional convention aimed at banning abortions on demand. At the same session, the senate adopted a measure giving municipal courts the authority to define obscenity. Both measures were sent to the General Assembly, where passage was seen as probable in view of upcoming political campaigns.
No Deacons Either V:ATICAN CIlY - The Vatican has no plans "for the moment" to change current Church bans on ordaining women to the diaconate, a consultor to the Vati· can's Doctrinal Congregtion said here. Jesuit Father Louis Ligier said the justreleased document restating the Chureh's ban on women's ordination to the priesthood purposely did not take up the question of ordaining women deacons. "For the moment the question is not open," said Father Ligier. ~
Perils Surround US WASHINGTON (NC) - The Consumer Product Safety Commission has warned consumers and religious groups about the "potentially harmful" effects of candles with lead-core wicks, used primarily in church votive lights.
Necrology FEB. 11 Rev. John J. Sullivan, S.T.L., 1961, Pastor, Holy Rosary, Fall River Rev. John O'Connell, 1910, Founder, St. John Evangelist, Attleboro FEB. 12 Rev. Stanislaus B. Albert, SS. CC., 1961, Monastery of Sacred Heart, Fairhaven , FEB. 14 Rev. Charles E. Clerk, 1932, Pastor, St. Roch, Fall River FEB. 15 Rev. Joseph G. Lavalle, 1910, Pastor, St. Matthew, Fall River Rev. James C. Conlon, 1957, Pastor, St. Mary, Norton THE ANCHOR
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FACE EVICTION: Sisters of the Missionaries of Char- home for the abandoned in Rome as municipal government ity, Mother Teresa's community, sit on floor during recent wishes to take over building. Pope gave Sisters high praise, Vatican audience. They face possible eviction from their, exclaiming, "They have come to evangelize Rom,. I"
On Friday evening, Feb. 4, the Cursillo members of Our Lady of Victory parish, Centerville, will sponsor an evening of reflection and discussion of the restoration of the Permanent Diaconate. The theology of the Diaconate will be the subject of the homily of a Mass to be offered at 8 o'clock by Rev. John F. Moore, Diocesan Director of, the Permanent Diaconate. Following Mass, a general discussion of the diocesan diaconate program will be held in the parish hall. This will be the first of many meetings that hopefully will be held on the parish level to acquaint the people of the diocese with the proposed program for the Permanent Diaconate as it relates to the Church in general and specifically as it will be implemented in the diocese of Fall River. Through such meetings, an opportunity exists for interested
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laymen to seek more information on the Permanent Diaconate and perhaps be encouraged in the pursuit of this vocation.
Veterans Honor Four Chaplains
Penal Death Controversy By Jim Castelli
WASHINGTON (NC) - Two bishops have taken totally different positions on the death penalty in columns in their diocesan newspapers. Bishop Carroll Dozier of Memphis, Tenn., writing in Common Sense, called the death penalty "a frustrated and vindictive response as violent as the crime committed." But Archbishop Francis Furey of San Antonio, Tex., argued that "people who commit heinous crimes . . . should be made to pay with their most precious possession - their life." Archbishop Furey went even further, claiming it is "just a plain lie" to say that the hierRev. William A. Fletcher, a archy is opposed to capital punFall River native and a Mary- ishment. He wrote that the bishops deknoll Missioner who served as secretary to Cardinals in Rome feated an anti-death penalty reand Manila, died last week at solution by a 119-103 vote at their general meeting on Nov. Maryknoll, N.Y. 19, 1974. Ordained in 1923, one of his But his column did not· menfirst mission assignments was tion a second vote taken the as secretary to Cardinal Michael same. week. The bishops approvJ. O'Doherty of Manila. After ed a one-sentence statement opnine years in that position he posing the death penalty by a became secretary to Cardinal 108-63 vote. Fumasoni-Biondi, the Prefect of Archbishop Furey told NC the Congregation for the ProNews that he did not feel bound pagation of the Faith in Rome. by the statement because it did One of the first members of not pass by a two-thirds vote the National Catholic Educa- and because it was passed by tional Exhihitors (NCEE), Father the U.S. Catholic Conference fletcher served as the organiza- (USCC) which, he said, is not a tion's treasurer during its early "juridical body." years and was treasurer emeriAlthough the death penalty tus at the time of his death. statement did not have a twoThe missioner's other assign- thirds majority, it did not need ments included mission work one. Its sponsor, ·Bishop John in South China and Guatemala, May of Mobile, introduced it as and promotional work in Chic- a simple motion which required ago. In China he was on one only a simple majority. occasion robbed and held capAnd although the motion was tive by pirates for three days, passed by the USCC, the USCC's and at another time he was sole members are 'the nation's caught in a battle between bishops. The usec is the civil feuding war lords. In recent arm of the National Conference years he lived in retirement at of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) Maryknoll. . which acts' on most social jusHe is survived by a brother, tice, education and communicaRalph J. Fletcher of Fall River, tions issues. William Ryan, director of inand two sisters: Mrs. Louis Navin of Mitchell, S.D., and Sister formation for the NOCB-USCC, Mary Dorothea, RSM of Mt. St. said the position of the bishops' Rita Convent, Cumberland, R. I. conference is opposition to the death penalty. But votes taken on such matters are not binding on individual bishops, who are free to disagree, he said. "The Church has always supported the right of the state to impose the death penalty in order to protect itself and its citizens," Archbishop Furey wrote. The question is when and in what manner this right should be used. "In the humble opinion of this writer, the when is now and the manner depends on circumstances." He said it was "hogwash" to say that capital punishment is not a deterrent. FR. FLETCHER Turn to Page Five
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EXECUTION REQUIEM: Hours after Gary Gilmore's execution, the Community for Creative Non-Violence holds prayer vigil at Supreme Court building in Washington.
Says Secular Media Give Warped Abortion View (For the next few weeks The Anchor will present a special question and answer series on abortion by Rev. Herbert F. Smith, S.J.) Q. Dear Father Herb: What need do you hope to meet with this column? A. A worthwhile column- the real issues, and often hostile to the babies' lives. ist cuts through confusion, Let us take up these charges. claptrap, and pretense. He is First, the secular news media a therapist to society, goading it toward reality. ·The reality I see is that the secular news media give scant
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coverage to the abortion issue. Their coverage is biased in favor of death. My column is not so much on abortion as on our babies' right to life and on the obstacles to that right. Media coverage of these obstacles is often piecemeal, irrational, blind to
inadequately and distortedly cover the abortion debate. When the presidential candidates hit the '76 trail they were stunned by the vehemence of the right to life issue. The media had misled them by their distorted coverage. What coverage the media did give was biased in favor of death. They were not treating abortion as an issue - they were ramming it down their readers' consciences. And it was sticking like a chicken bone. Let me cite proofs. In September '72 The Magnificat of western New York cried in the wilderness that "TV DECLARES WAR ON LIFE." The article detailed plans of the Public Broadcasting Network to promote unrestricted abortion. It also reported that the National Academy of Television Arts and Turn to Page Six
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Marking the <>pening of Religious Emphasis Week sponsored by the American Legion, Sunday, Feb. 6 has been designated Four Chaplains Day. It will commemorate the heroism of four World War II chaplains aboard a torpedoed troop transport who, after giving their own life jackets to young soldiers, went together to their deaths. To mark the occasion, members of Moby Dick Legion Post 459 in New Bedford will attend 10 a.m. Mass on Feb. 6 at St. Boniface Church, New Bedford. Vigil lights memorializing the chaplains wiJI burn in the church during the first two weeks of February, and lights will also burn and prayers will be offered at Our Lady's Chapel in downtown New Bedford. Additionally, the flag above Old Glory Tower in New Bedford will fly this month in honor of the four chaplains and· Earle D. Wilson, New Bedford journalist. In charge of arrangements for the observance are John Millette, Elmer Stowell and Joseph Theodore, all of Post 459, who have also issued a statement to the effect that the Four Chaplains and departed servicemen of all wars will be honored by Legion units throughout the nation during February.
Memorial Mass At Notre Dame A memorial. Mass will be offered in the mausoleum chapel of Notre Dame Cemetery, Fall River at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5. All relatives and friends of those interred or entombed in the cemetery are invited to attend.
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The Dominance of Law
From its very beginning this nation has prospered be-. cause of the delicate balance that has existed between the rights and freedoms of its people and the proper exercise of these privileges as defined by law. There are many people today who sincer~ly believe that this balance has been lost. The scales of justice have become imbalanced. Seemingly, the courts are running the country and ror the most part all of us are to blame. Whether we like it or not, Americans have run to the courts to solve all their problems. Those who seek to bring a degree of equity to our social order have bypassed respective legislatures and fled to the courts for a swift answer to their pleas. The ordinary citizen now needs little encouragement to bring a plea or grievance to a judge. From housewife to sportsman, the courts have become the new molders of American life. Just think of some of the issues that have been brought to the courts. Who has a right to life? Can a football player change teams? Does a school system have the right to decide the length of a student's hair? In essence, every phase of our national and personal life is now regulated by the courts. Americans are taking for granted that each and every problemin life should be solved by the courts and the law. When we take into consideration the fact that many of our judges are political appointees and that many of ou'r legislators are lawyers waiting in the wings for a judgeship, we have already an issue in itself. In addition to the question of competency, we see a tremendous burden of cases that have been ridiculously brought to the courts, creating an unprecedented legal backlog. As a result, many serious cases are merely dismissed or extended into oblivion. Thus, there are people who really should be confined to a penal institution just walking the streets waiting to do "their thing" once more. There are many proposed solutions to this current legal maze. First and foremost, more people should be attempting to _solve their problems amongst themselves. Alternative means should be sought to solve personal disputes, such as legal boards of arbitration. A great deal of the probate work load could be lessened in cases where conflicts just do not exist. For example, just in'the matter of computerization of deeds, a great deal of time could be saved, thereby allowing the court to hear pressing cases. Small claims courts should not be just a bill collecting agency for the business world. No-fault settlements could be appropriately extended to medical and legal malpractice cases. Whatever the situation, something should be done to reform our legal procedures. This nation, in general, has the best and fairest legal process now existing in the life of man. Yet it is becoming a giant octopus, reaching into every aspect of life, attempting even to be the sole judge of morality and ethics for each man and woman in this land. As life grows more complex and confusing, it is obvious that- the courts themselves cannot be self-reforming .Competent legislative procedures must be enacted to bring about - necessary legal and court reforms. If this is not done, our personal rights and freedoms will continue to deteriorate under the domination of a legal system that surely will become tyrannical.
PRIDE IN WORK
- A lumberjack looks with pride . . . at a stool he shaped with his axe. " . from a solid log. A rare skill ... perhaps a dying art in an increasnor a highly ,ingly automated age ... Not a fine art r,sophisticated skill . . . but. a truly creative craft . . . demanding competence and care. All work worthy of human energy deserves genuine care ... and growing competence The manual crafts ... so poorly esteemed ... in our highly technological world ... can bring out the best in a person ... and benefit others. ' Working with one's hands .... encourages respect for nature ... and wonder at its mysterious laws ... respect for oneself . . . and wonder at the creative powers of mind and hands . . . The ability to make things . . . brings a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment . . . a healthy independence and pride. To do something well .. '. according to one's talents ... is a god-like achievement ... To stand back and enjoy the work of one's creativity .'. . is a god-like pleasure . . . for creative work shares in the creativity of the Creator . . . who shaped the earth . . . and all its inhabitants ... and then stepped back . . . gazed at alLthat He had made ... and exclaimed: "That's good! ... In fact, it's very good!" (see Genesis 1:31) . (Copyright (c) 1977 by NC News Service)
A Life of Hope The death of a priest affects us all; the death of a young priest saddens us all. Father Thomas McMorrow of Our Lady of Victdry Parish in Centerville lived only six years of his short life as a priest, a life of suffering, illness and pain. Yet in the six short years of his priesthood he accom-plished a personal witness to the reality of the crucified Christ with love and devotion. Despite his physical limitations, he was truly a parish priest, serving the people with a joyful and hopeful spirit. May those who knew him not forget hi~ sacrifice, may his brother priests always reflect his example and may Father Thomas McMorrow rest now in peace.
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Say Czechs By John Muthig ROME (NC) - A Slovak Catholic bishop employed as a common laborer is facing renewed pressure from the Czechoslovakian government either to leave the country or to take up his ministry in an isolated village. Jesuit Bishop Jan Korec, clandestinely ordained a bishop in 1951 at the age of 27, is em, ployed in a Bratislava chemical factory. In the 60s, he endured almost eight years of solitary confinement for illegally engaging in priestly activities. He was "rehabilitated" by the reform government of Alexander-Dubcek in 1968. The bishop is extremely popular in Slovakia, especially with intellectuals, doctors and artists, who seek him out in his Bratislave apartment. Last year, report reliable sources in the West, he was summoned for interrogation in August, September and October by Czechoslovak secret police. The government would like him either to leave Czechoslovakia or to go to a remote village in eastern Slovakia to minister to a small parish. The bishop, however, has reportedly told the police that he is happy to stay on as a common factory worker and would accept the government's offer only if as many as 500 other Czech and Slovak priests, impeded by the government from ministering, are, given permission to resume their ministry. The Vatican is extremely reticent to make a comment on the Korec case hut according tq. a reliable diplomatic source here, "The Holy $ee is waiting for a worthy and just solution in the Korec case. H is not going to abandon him." Slovak exiles in the West, however, are concerned about the psychological state of Bishop Korec, who celebrated his 53rd birthday Jan. 22. They say that he is feeling the weight of the government pressure and a sense of being abandoned by the Church outside of Czechoslovakia. Worker Background Jan Korec was born to worker parents in Bosany Jan. 22, 1924. After studying several years to become a Jesuit priest, he was ordained in June 1950, before completing all his theology studies. A year later, Father Korac was clandestinely ordained a bish'op and at age 27 was thought to have been the world's youngest bishop. After serving in the military, he ostensibly returned to lay civilian life and worked in a Bratislava factory, for nine years succeeding in carrying out a clandestine ministry as a bishop. But in January, 1960, he and other priests were caught in a government crackdown on religion. A- Slovak exile now living in Vienna who witnessed Bishop Korec's trial in 1960 recalled that he was "physically weak looking, but a crystll-I-clear thinker.
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Differ on Death PenaIty
Continued from Page Three "Without capital punishnient and swift justice," he said, "life would have been unlivable in the pioneer days of our West" and "would be unlivable today in vast areas of the wastelands of the world."
Rome Reacting to recent ordinations of Episcopalian women in the United States, the Vatican daily has quoted a statement by Pope Paul VI that such ordinations pose "serious difficulty" for ecumenical dialogue and reunion. The ordination to the Episcopal priesthood of Mrs. J acquline Means in Indianapolis on New Year's Day, the paper said, "broke down the last hesitation which had persisted in the Episcopal Church" over the question of ordaining women. Pope Paul VI has explicitly stated his firm opposition to the ordination of women. Ecumenical officials in Vatican City have termed the new wave of women's ordinations an "ecumenical headache."
* * :) The bishop of Rome, Pope Paul VI, has given his diocese a new set of laws. The legislation, in the form of an apostolic constitution, replaces that issued in 1912 by Pope St. Pius X, but is based on experimental laws that have been in effect since 1974. In what was called an unprecedented move, Pope Paul personally proclaimed the new constitution during a liturgical service in St. John Lateran Basilica, his cathedral church as bishop of Rome. The constitution, the pontiff said, is designed to bring government of the Rome diocese "into harmony with the doctrinal and disciplinary teachings of Vatican Council n in order to strengthen and renew it." For the most part it incorporates already existing organizations and structures into permanent legislation. But it also introduces some significant changes, including the personal involvement of the Pope in major decisions affecting the diocese, the creation of the post of general secretary, and a streamlined restructuring of the existing bureaucracy. The document stresses the exemplary role of the diocese of Rome for the entire Church and emphasizes that service to the People of God must mark the work of all those in authority.
The Pope has reaffirmed the traditional Catholic practice of infant Baptism, calling it a "holy custom." At the same time, the Pope urged baptized adults to make a serious, formal study in their parishes of what their Baptism should mean. "Church law and practice have introduced the holy custom of infant Baptism," the Pope told a general audience. "The period of preparation called the catechumenate which in pagan times preceded Baptism is entered into now only in a liturgical way in the baptismal rite. "But in the social environment Turn to Page Six
Archbishop Furey criticized the "unholy clamor" raised by death penalty opponents after the Jan. 17 firing squad execution of convicted murderer Gary Gilmore in Utah. Gilmore, he said, got "the punishment he deserved."
RlCHEUEU CLUB: The Richelieu Club of Fall River marks its 20th anniversary at a banquet at which Bernard G. Theroux, left, was master of ceremonies, Bishop Daniel A. Cronin spoke, and Romeo Charest, president, officiated. The French cultural organization has among its projects aid to exceptional children and the granting of scholarship funds.
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Loves Holy Family Dear Editor: Before I tell you what I'm writing about, I'd just like y<>u to know that I am not telling you how to run your business. For sometime now I've been reading the Anchor and I love it. Especially "Your Basic Youth Page." But since I've been reading it, I've noticed that you are constantly writing articles and adding pictures to the Anchor about Bishop Stang High School. Now I'm not saying that you shouldn't, but there are two other Catholic high schools in New Bedford. Namely St. Anthony and Holy Family. And there are other Catholic high schools in the .diocese. I've noticed articles about them also. There have only been a few articles about New Bedford's 'schools, omitting Stang. Now I go to Holy Family, and I'm not putting Stang down but I find that Holy Family truly lives up to its name. I'm only a freshman, but I feel as though I'm very wanted in the school. Everyone is in a family. I will admit that we have our problems but they are not too bad. I love dearly all my teachers and especially my principal, John Finni. He has been my neighbor forever and I feel especially close to him. All of my teachers and friends are really nice. My first day of school was the best one of my life. Everyone was kind and friendly. I just wanted you to know that Holy Family is great and we have great teachers and a lot of spirit for such a small school. I love my school and everyone in it. Thank you. Ann Dupre New Bedford
Man For All Seasons
Dear Editor: Words cannot convey the sorrow that was emanated by the loss of our beloved Msgr.~ John E. Boyd.· His contributions to all causes were many and will be more appreciated as time goes on. Would it be possible for you to publish the following verse I wrote for Msgr. Boyd when he was elevated to Domestic Prelate? I thought many of his friends might enjoy reading it as well as· I did writing it.
He said people protesting the execution did not also protest the thousands of abortions that took place the same day. . Much of the criticism of the death penalty from Catholic bishops, such as Bishop Dozier and Cardinal William Baum of Wash~ ington, has been linked to the "pro-life" argument they use against abortion. Texas is one of three states whose death penalty law was declared constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court last July and executions are expected to be resumed there soon. Bishop Thomas Tschoepe of
Dallas has opposed the death penalty and assigned an official diocesan representative to work with the Texas Coalition Against the Death Penalty. Bishop Dozier said in his column that capital punishment spares people "individual responsibility, for we view it as a corporate act, responsibility diluted among the many." He noted that one of the five rifles fired at Gilmore contained a blank so that "no one is re'sponsible for the death of the victim." If we have the death penalty, Bishop Dozier asked, "why not cut the hands off the thief? It was done in times and places we consider barbarian. Would that not stop the number of thefts now reported? Or would there be too many corporate officials without hanqs?"
Bishop Dozier noted that he wrote his column while visiting Rome, where he saw a sampling of international opinions on the Gilmore execution. He cited editorials from papers in London, Rome, Frankfurt, Stockholm and Copenhagen condemning the execution.
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A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS Highly esteemed as a charitable one Reverent as one can be in his priestly way Good and kind in everything he has done And deeply appreciative of his honor today We who know him recognize his worth and Extend our best wishes too For a gentler heart could not be found Nor one that is so true Msgr. Boyd, we dedicate this night as our 20th century plaudit to you! Anna M. Tyrrell Fall River
Expresses Thanks Dear Editor: I wish to express my thanks to the Reverend Bishop and the many members of the clergy who attended my late brother's funeral. It was deeply appreciated. Jane ,Boyd Meinhold Providence
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Tra:c,es In,evitable Result Of Televising Executions
Miclhigan M,others S,h,ould Slha,re Slecr,et wit,h Us . Bone-chilling is the only word to express our present weather: a bone-chilling winter that has everyone reaching for more and more layers of clothing, electric blankets, and anything that can keep the blood in their extremities. Mittens,' gloves and boots become the mainstay of our must have some secret formula for preventing their children wardrobes and one 1?egins to from losing their clothes. get the feeling that we were born with boots on. Of course any of us who have spent any time in New England know that this is what we can
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expect from the months that come on the tail of December, snow, ice, cold and more cold, and hopefully we plan accordingly, except you know what they say about the best laid plans. Very often in the fall, as I stroll through an area department store, I pick up a winter hat and mittens for Jason and gloves for the girls and kid myself into believing that they will be set for the chill ahead.. Of course, by the time the first snowflake falls Meryl has not only lost her own gloves but every pair of mine and Missy has chewed Jason's hat and one of his mittens. (The remaining mitten goes into the mystery drawer with all the single socks that appear in our house just waiting for the sock thief to return their mates. Oddly enough, when you realize that everyone, like those famous kittens, has lost his mittens, winter has arrived in all its fury, you're unable to get any.where 'to buy any more pairs and you spend your driving time trying to keep one hand warm while the other experiences .frostbite. Marvelous Michigan Mothers I was watching the news tonight as an announcer discussed a town in the upper regions of Michigan where the people know how to deal with the cold. "EVeryone knows how to dress for the cold" was his brilliant statement, making me think that it's not that we don't know how to dress our children for the cold, it's that the mothers of Michigan
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Oddly enough, one thing my children do not lose is scarfs, We have enough of the latter to keep Isadora Duncan happy for years, and some are as long as the one that did in Ms. Duncan. The only trouble is that while they are wonderfully warm the really long ones are almost dangerous, unless you're six feet tall and when not in use they somehow wind up wrapped around the hangers in the coat closet. In fact, their grip on these hangers is so strong and you have such a struggle to unwind them that invariably you leave the house sans scarf and it spends the chilling day keeping the hanger warm.
Dr. Joyce Brothers says that if you believe that the death penalty is a deterrent to crime, then you would have to agree it should be televised. It can deter best, she says, only if potiential killers are made aware of its gruesome reality. I agree, and it's one audience, they could try of the reasons I don't believe an hanging or the guillotine. in capital punishment. I find When that no longer properly the idea of televising it re- shocks people, they could build
Asks' Diocesans To Join Legion
The Legion of Mary will mark its 25th year in the Fall River diocese in March. In connection with the observance, it is seeking new members, as Miss Alice Beaulieu, president of St. Joseph Praesidium, New Bedford, writes: One may ask, "What will the future of the Legion of Mary be?" The answer depends on how the people of God respond to this apostolate. Since Vatican II, much em-' phasis has been placed on each individual having a personal duty to become actively involved in the Church. One way, open to all Catholics in good standing, Misery always loves company is to join the Legion of Mary! and a friend of mine, the proud Some may think "I really mother of six boys and one girl, won't have the time." Granted, assures me that lack of cold time is precious, but often weather gear is not something Qluch is wasted in one day. And peculiar to my house. She winc- after all, the Legion really only ed at the memory of how she takes three hours out of the 168 had bought each of her' offspring in a week. two pairs of gloves and a warm Still others will say, "I want and woolly hat only to discover to do this if it is the will of by Christmas that not an item God." What is the will of God?' was to be found. Maybe it is to surrender one's life to Him, doing what He exI certainly don't know the solution but if any of my readers pects of us. No better way to do I would be delighted to fol- dp this than as part of an orlow their advice and pass it on ganization whose watchwords are "pray and work." to others'. So the Legion's future is' in your hands: you, the husband; you, the housewife and mother; Official approval and support you, the single man or woman; of the Sisters' Senate of the Fall you the career person. Each of River diocese has been received you can contribute to its continued growth. . in a letter from Bishop Cronin Those looking for a challenge read at the organization's Janu- why not give the Legion of ary meeting. -Mary a try! Members will continue to serve on committees planning days of renewal for the coming Separated, Divorced year and a decision will be made To Meet in Taunton at the March meeting on sendFollowing an organizational ing representatives to a forth- meeting, a support group for coming national convention of separated and divorced Caththe National Association of olics in the Taunton area will Women Religious. hold its next gathering at 7:30
New Vafican Coins Will Be Released VATICAN CITY (NC) - The Vatican numismatic office an路 nounced here that the 14th series of Vatican coins in the reign of Pope Paul VI, dated 1976, will go on public sale Jan. 31, 1977. As has been customary for several years, the series will contain eight coins, from one lira to 500 lire in. face value. The price at the Vatican will be '7,000 lire, or about $8. The 500 lire piece is of silver, and' is almost never seen in circulation. It commands double its face value in coin shops in Rome. All the other coins are of base metals.
pulsive and bizarre. If capital punishment is really a deterrent why did Gary Gilmore choose death rather than
By MARY CARSON life imprisonment? . Possibly because his mind was unbalanced. If so, then we have taken someone with a sick mind and killed him instead of curing him. Some say that violent films and TV increase crime. Then televising capital punishment ought to raise the crime rate. If it were televised, it will become one more "thriller" in the long line of violent entertainment. We start our children off on violent entertainment. Bugs Bunny is a violent cartoon. Ob路 viously it's all a farce, no one takes it seriously. Even small children know that it's all "in fun." But the entire film consists of Bugs destroying Elmer. These cartoons entertain young minds. Are they a cause of crime? Maybe psychologically there is even some merit to them'. . . good guy wins over bad guy, cleverness triumphs over plodding. This one appeal that makes violent movies popular. The "good guy" wins. But ways to dispose of the enemies. The killings get more ugly in order to keep the audience "entertained," When violence gets bad enough, it's called humor. It Will Escalate
Just as a child laughs at the violence being done in a Bugs :Bunny cartoon, adults laugh at the gore and crudeness of the worst violent films. Oddly, some p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 at St. of these films are considered Mary's School Lodge, Taunton. "moraL" . All are welcome to attend If this is our entertainment and further information is avail- level, it's likely that showng able from Rev. Michael Nagle, capital punishment on TV will have any deterring effect. telephone 822-7116. If it were handled "tastefully," it wouldn't show it to be the nauseating thing it is. Continued from Page Five 路If it's handled crudely, to show of today, this method of preparation must be completed by it at its most repulsive, then it a post-baptismal instruction and risks faIling into the same trap initiation into a style of life as the violent movies have. People become hardened. They which is distinctly Christian." Attending the papal audience need a greater thrill to be enterwere about 1,000 bishops, tained. They need more gore to priests, Religious and laity from keep their interest. . Televised executions would around the world who partici. pate in the neo-catechumenal become a spectacle. Each execommunity movement, and in- cution would become a compettense parish-based course in tion to outdo the last one. When Christian life and belief for the electric chair and the firing those already baptized. squad lose their power to pull
a big arena, round up some hungry lions, and throw the .offenders in. Its barbarian. Its disgusting. I think most people who commit violent crimes are mentally unbalanced. I know there is no simple answer to curing them, rehabilitating them'. . . or preventing the sickness in the first place. But, nevertheless, there is a sickness there. I'm asha~ed that some people' are recommending capital punishment as a "cure" for sickness. Christ asked us to love our enemies. We claim to be His followers. But if the death penalty is put into common use, I wonder how many of us will be there shouting "to the lions." Christianity won't have come very far.'
Abortion Continued' from Page Three Sciences was sponsoring a population conference with a pretence of neutrality that was belied by the fact that they loaded up on known anti-life speakers. Should parental consent be required for abortions on girls under 18~ A .bill requiring such consent was being considered in the New York state legislature in May 1976. A New York Times editorial attacked that bill, calling it a "Death BilL" That marked the Times as a Death Paper. Does anyone think a paper with that editorial policy is interested in fairly reporting the pro-life side of the issues? During the presidential campaign the same paper argued that abortion should not be an issue. That is, it argued that the most fundamental civil right the right to life - should not be a civil issue. L~t babies die by the millions without a cry from America's media. The news media ignored and distorted a '75 report of the National Academy of Sciences underscoring the health dangers of abortion. Let us be realists. The secular media are in business for their' own good, not for the common good except in rare instances. They make money by pleasing their readers - and unborn babies are non-readers. We must use our own religious media to expose the secular media and demand that their reporting cease to bias, mutilate, suppress and censor the news. To redress the balance a little in the right to life issue. for the babies' sake, is the purpose of this column.
No Limitation "The Holy Spirit . . . is the free reign of God in map himself, it is something intimate, which no synod ca~ limjt, and no pastor can convey." -Friedrich Naumann
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Schools Continued from Page One eve of Catholic Schools Week, addressing an institute for principals co-sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Assn. and the diocese of Green Bay, Wisc., William McCready declared that Catholic schools are probably the best investment the-Church has made for its future. McCready is a co-author with Father Andrew Greeley of "Catholic Schools in a Declining Church, issued last year by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC). He said the center's research shows that Catholics are not giving, proportionately, as much money as they could to support Catholic schools, and that, at the same time, an' overwhelming majority of Catholics thinks that Catholic schools are worthwhile. The Social Scientist said Catholics are "much too quick to say" that Catholic schools are "expensive, that they're messy and a problem, that they take a lot of time and a lot of concern. "You people know that better than anyone else." he told the principals, "but you also know , what the payoffs are. You know the payoffs to the students and I would hope that most of you are aware of the payoffs to the community because that is 'also something that needs to be talked about." The NORC study showed that Catholic schools "are more important to the Church than they were a decade ago," McCready said. "Having had 10 or more years of parochial ,education doesn't deter Catholics from going to Mass less frequently or from disagreeing with the official teachings on birth control. "However, having 10 or more years of Catholic education is terribly important for support of priestly vocations; it's very important for financial contributions to the Church; and it's very important for a sense of tolerance of people of different ' racial and ethnic' backgrounds. "These are things that we need right now, things that we need in this Church in transition." McCready called for the continuance of Catholic education because "it works for us" and emphasized the need to "formulate a strong moral, idelogical, philosophical or rational argument for the continuation of parochial schools." "We need to do that," he said. "We need to defend what we have because it works."
Attleboro eyO Attleboro area CYO will sponsor a ski trip during the midwinter school vacation, from Thursday, Feb. 24 through Saturday, Feb. 26 at King Ridge Ski Resort in New Hampshire. Food and lodging will be provided at LaSalette Monastery, Enfield, N. H. and the cost for them and for transportation, but not including ski equipment, will be $25.50 for three days and two nights. Further inforniation is available from Rev. Philip A. Davignon, St. Mary's Church, Mansfield, telephone 339-2981.
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IT'S COLD EVERYWHERE: Students in freshman religion class at Catholic high school in Cincinnati wear jackets and hats to keep warm as classroom thermostats were turned down due to natural gas shortage. Many schools were closed altogether. (NC Photo)
Mass. Parental Consent Law Upheld by Court BOSTON (NC) - The Massachusetts Supreme Court has upheld a state law requiring unwed minors to seek parental consent for abortions but allowing them to appeal to Superior Court when such permission has been refused. Dr. Mildred F. Jefferson, a Boston surgeon who is president of the' National Right to Life Committee, praised the court action as a "landmark decision." William Baird of the Parents Aid Soc,iety branded the rulings as a "disgrace" and said it would be appealed. The court's interpretation of the 1974 law indicates that parents of unwed minors (under 18) must be consulted about an ab-, ortion but must act in the best interest of the minor. If parents refuse to consent to an abortion, according to the court, the minor may appeal to Superior Court for a "speedy hearing" to determine whether an abortion would be in her best interest. A federal district court here in April, 1976, declared the state law unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court vacated the ruling and directed that the district panel present the state Supreme Court with some appropriate questions concerning the law and its implementation.
The U.S. Supreme Court forbade the law's .implementation while the case was pending in state court. The Massachusetts Supreme Court indicated that its opinion would not become effective for 20 days, after which time the federal district court could determine whether a further ban against implementation could be ordered. State Attorney General Francis X. Bellotti lauded the court's opinion as upholding "the primacy of the family unit." He said that' he would continue to defend the statute before the higher courts if necessary. According to the state court's interpretation of the law, parental consent is required in every case where an unmarried minor seeks a nonemergency abortion. If parents are unavailable, according to the court, their consent is not required.
Continued from Page One with the Pope, stopped here during visits to leaders in Europe and Japan. During the private talks, the Pope was joined by the secretary of the Council of the Public Affairs of the Church, Archbishop Agostino Casaroli. The archbishop is referred to informally as the Pope's "foreign minister." Mondale was accompanied by David Aaron, deputy national security advisor to the President. Aaron is regarded as one of the Administration's top foreign policy officials. What was discussed during the private study was not revealed. But certainly the leaders talked over Carter's recent pledge to proceed energetically with the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT). Observers speculated that the
Helsinki Agreement, the Middle East and current turmoil 路in Eastern Europe were also discussed. Mondale, a Presbyterian, thanked Pope Paul, in an impromptu English - language speech after the private meeting, for his "strong message of justice, freedom, compassion and peace which we want to be the centerpiece of our new government." Declaring that the "cause of America must be the cause of all mankind," Mondale asserted that "in this spirit, greatly strengthened by your wise and human words, this visit will help launch our Administration in pursuit of justice, peace and moral works." . CATHOLIC PRESS MONTH READ THE ANCHOR
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Sunday begins a week highlighting the contributions of Catholic schools to the nation and emphasizing those. things unique to the very special work of Catholic schools, which, because of their religious orientation, provide the essential "plus" that opens up the possibiility of education in the fullest sense. The plus for students is witnessed in the quality of Catholic school programs, permeated at all levels by the beliefs that form the Catholic heritage. Our schools also provide a plus for families in a willing and growing partnership providing the foundation from which the values basic to home life can be nurtured. The plus for our country is obvious. Talents developed and values nurtured in the Catholic schools contribute to a strong and just society.
come especially through the message proclaimed, the faith community formed and the service offered to the larger community of mankind. Quality Education Our schools offer quality education, as evidenced by student achievement on standardized tests and scholarships and grants for higher education awarded to . our secondary
Message a Plus First, as Catholics, we have a unique message to' share with our young people, the message of Christ, a message of hope, trust and love. We educate our children not just to earn a living but to live meaningful lives. We do not want them merely to survive in life but to love life. We do not seek to provide young people with academic
Community a Plus Our schools are a genuine community effort, sustained financially, morally and spiritually by the people of the Church. This community is our second characteristic. We are a community of believers sharing Jesus' vision of eternal happiness. Our community is not based on force or accidents of geography or ethnic origin, but
The plus for the Church rests in 0llr schools' solid long-term commitment to' the work of forming the' young, 'lital if Catholicism is to continue to be a society-shaping force. "These "plusses" for students society and the Church itself
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school graduates. School curri- - credentials 'with which to outdo on the life of the Spirit, uniting cula meet and often exceed state their fellow human beings; ra- us in a unique fellowship with requirements and such learning ther, we seek to help them live Jesus and each other. Although as human beings we aids as individualized study in unity with their fellows and programs, remedial reading and with God. Our measure' of edu- often fail, we believe that peovarious types of learning labor- cational success is not money ple are meant to live in harmatories are employed as needed. made or power and prestige at- ony. Thus we try to teach by Educational opportunities and tained; rather it is growth in the word and action the need to unleadership are not, however, the Lord and in thinking, acting and derstand each other, to be patient and kind. We recognize only reasons for the unique feeling as Jesus would. value of Catholic schools in the Jesus Christ is' the difference the competitive worlds. of busicontemporary world. Our differ- in our Catholic schools, teach- ness and politics, the loneliness ence lies in three interwoven ing us how to be at peace with and alienation of modern sociecharacteristics. our neighbors, how to grow and ty, the frequent domination of mature through life's difficulties the greedy and powerful. . and failures. But we do not accept this Our Catholic heritage makes style of life. We teach our Cornwell Memorial us different. Our views of life young people to interact with -Chapel and death differ from those of each other and with their famimany of our contemporaries. lies. We believe in loyalty to . Dignified Funeral Service We believe in eternal life and family, school and nation. We we believe that Christ has' freed . seek to create a warm, supporWAREHAM us from our sins. This is our tive atmosphere and to develop plus: Jesus Christ, crucified and honest and creative study en· 295-1810 risen, is among us today. vironments. We want our chil-
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dren to experience a strong, loving community of faithful believers. Service a Plus But we are not a walled-off community. As Catholics, we seek to serve all, and this is our third characteristic. We must fulfill one another's needs, seeking with other Christians to transform the world with Jesus' presence and power. We encourage our students to seek interracial and international justice, to pray and work for religious cooperation. Our schools teach young people to extend an open hand to all, to be sensitive to their neighbors' needs, to grow daily in their ability to help ease the burdens of their fellow pilgrims. Such efforts are demonstrated when students share time, mOney and effort with underprivileged and exceptional children, with the elderly and with the handicapped, when they participate generously in pro-life efforts or aid in arranging such activities as retreats and days Of recollection for their fellows. Vital to Country The uniqueness of Catholic schools is vital to our pluralistic society. The public schools of this nation were originally Godcentered. Today, after years of growing secularism and adverse court rulings, God has been officially expelled. Prayer or any other type of religious education is not permitted in public schools and values in public education are founded in conventional . morality, subject to, change with the winds of opinion. Because many young people by default come to feel that God is unimportant, Catholic schools fill a critical contemporary need. They are not built with concrete and mortar alone, but are founded on Jesus Christ, the cornerstone that the bliilders rejected but accepted by us as our true foundation.
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"More Things Are Wrought By Prayer Than This World Dreams Of" Two diocesan women take results of the program, unique, the f~mous words of Alfred as far as he knows, to St. Stanand he feels it is a pracLord Tennyson very serious- islaus, tical way of putting into pracly and they act accordingly. tice the admonition of St. Paul They are Valerie Polka, a to pray without ceasing. Parish Intercessor for St. Jesus Prayer Another means of praying Stanislaus Church, Fall River, and Sister Madeleine Ta- without ceasing has been chosen by Sister Madeleine, who cy, O.P., a member of the came to SMU from a three year' campus ministry team at period spent at the Still Point Southeastern Massachusetts ' House of Prayer near Albany, University (SMU), North N.Y. The House of Prayer, she Dartmouth, who has been insaid, offers an approach to spirtroducing students to yoga ituality based on a combination and the Jesus Prayer. of "integral yoga" with the anValerie is one of 15 mem- cient tradition of the Jesus bers of St. Stanislaus parish Prayer. Integral yoga, as opposed to participating in an unusual the type of yoga often used ministry. Her special contri- merely as a means of reducing bution to parish life is a reg- weight and getting into generalular daily period of interces- ly good physical condition, com. sory prayer for St. Stanis- bines knowledge, study, physilaus, for the Fall River dio- cal fitness, work and service to cese and for the universal others to develop an integrated .person, said the religious. Church. The Intercessor program began last October, said Rev. Robert S. Kaszynski, pastor, when he called for volunteers willing to pray (or 路their parish for 15 or more minutes daily, thus providing spiritual back-up for the many goings-on at super-active "St. Stan's." Father Kaszynski provided each Intercessor with a copy of the Book of Christian Prayer, a compilation of scripture, readings from the breviary read daily by priests. During the daily prayer period this book may be used or the Intercessor may choose to meditate, recite the rosary or use other books of spiritual reading. The pastor is happy with the
"The physical part of yoga, exercises, diet and bodily positions, is really meant to prepare one for meditation, so that one's body is not an obstacle to one's spirituality," she explained. "If someone goes no further than that, it's like getting psyched up for a test - and not taking it." For Sister Madeleine, the meditation aspect of yoga centers on the Jesus Prayer, an ancient devotion dating from the fourth century and sometimes called the Prayer of the Heart. It may take a variety of forms, ranging from "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner" to simply the one word "Jesus."
Whatever the form, the prayer is repeated again and -again, in the manner of a mantra, a word or phrase used in meditation and lately brought to attention in this country by followers of Transcendental Meditation. Sister Madeleine said that rhythmic breathing is associated with repetition of the Jesus Prayer and that the technique acts to relax and enable the meditator to feel the presence of God. She said there is an informal
SISTER MADELEINE' student prayer group at SMU and that she is presently forming a yoga group, mainly with faculty members. Did Housework She and Rev. John A. Perry, SMU Catholic chaplain, are also available to students for counseling, and Mass is celebrated on the campus twice weekly. Sister Madeleine said that her experience with yoga has changed her life in many ways.
In conformity ,with dietary principles, for instance, she does not eat meat. And she said that while at the Still Point house she and the other residents, for the most part also Sisters, supported themselves by doing housework for nearby suburban housewives. "It was an ideal arrangement," she said, "We could work on a flexible schedule and the trust Turn to Page Thirteen
IMPORTANT NOTICE FALL RIVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION Parents who plan to register their child for Kindergarten classes in September of 1977 are requested to contact their district school before March 18, 1977. At that time, parents will be given the necessary forms that' are to be completed regarding the new registrationprocedu-re.
Requ!irement for Registration Age of Child: 5 years of age by December 31, 1977 Per Order of the Fall River School Committee Owen L. Eagan, Jr. Abraham A. White David J. Megna Allen Jarabek Patrick Foley Wilfred C. Driscoll, Chairman Mary A. Harrington, Vice Chairperson Robert J. Nagle, Superintendent of Schools
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ST. JOSEPH, AITLEBORO Acolytes, supervisors and kadets will meet at 7:30 tonight in the school. The drop-in center will be open from 7 to 9 tomorrow ST. JOHN OF GOD, night in the parish hall for youth SOMERSET from sixth grade up. Cub Scouts The Brayton Club will meet will meet in the hall from 3:45 following 9:30 a.m. Mass, Sunto 4:45 p.m. tomorrow. day, Feb. 6 in the church hall. Throats will be hlessed folRefreshments will be served. lowing each Mass next weekThe Women's Guild announend and candles will also be ces that it still has a few church blessed. cookbooks available, featuring The Women's Guild will sponPortuguese specialties. They are sor an eveniJ:tg of recollection at obtainable at the rectory or from 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 in the any guild member. parish hall under the direction HOLY NAME, of Rev. Maurice Proulx, MS. All FALL RIVER parish women are invited. Throats will be blessed after A parish supper will be sponthe 7 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Masses sored Saturday, Feb. 12 by the today, as well as from 2:30 to 3 CCD teachers and the BEE Peop.m. and at 7 p.m. ple. Donations of baked beans, Items such as glassware, toys; ham and potato salad are re. bicycles, records and household quested. goods are still needed for a scnool fund raising auction to OUR LADY OF LOURDES, be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. TAUNTON The Holy Ghost Society will 5 in the school hall. For pick-ups donors may call Jean Beaupre, sponsor a dance from 8 p.m. to telephone 674-3029 or Bill Ren- midnight Saturday, Feb. 5 in the school auditorium. Music will aud, 674-4437. Parishioners wishing to regis- be by Bebe's Orchestra and ter children for Holy Name Portuguese and AJnerican foods School should do so within the will be' available. Tickets will next two weeks, during regular be on sale at the door. school hours, bringing the child's ST. ANNE, baptismal certificate. Openings FALL RIVER· exist only in grades 1, 2 and 5. Confirmation classes will beConfirmation candidates will .gin meetings this week, followmeet at the school at 7 p.m. ing an orientation meeting for Monday, Feb. 7 to be measured the confirmation team. for robes. The liturgical commission has HOLY REDEEMER, met with the priests of the CHATHAM parish to plan a family liturgy, Listed as a "Mid-Winter with date and time to be an'Blahs Buster," a potluck supper nounced. will be held by the Women's ST. STANISLAUS, Guild at 6 p.m. Saturday. Feb. FALL RIVER 5 in the church hall. A springBlessing of throats will take time decor will feature flowers place following 8:30 a.m. Mass and pastel table linens and and during brief scripture servthose attending are asked to ices at 1:45 p.m. for schoolchildbring a family size entree. Des- ren and at 5 p.m. following serts and beverages will be pro- . Christian Living Classes. vided. In charge of arrangements are Mary Mikita and An- OUR LADY OF ANGELS, nette Hackett. Further informa- FAI;L RIVER The Council of Catholic Womtion is available at telephone en is in need of cloth to be 945-1770 and 945-0613. used for the making of pads for OUR LADY OF FATIMA, the Rose Hawthorne Lathrop NEW BEDFORD Donations may be A Sweetheart Dance and buf- Home. fet sponsored by the Women's brought to the church. Masses on Ash Wednesday, Guild will take place in the parFeb. 23, will be celebrated at 7 ish hall Saturday, Feb. 19, with music by the Trade Winds. Re- a.m. and 4 and 7 p.m. Children of Mary will sponsor servations may be made by calling telephone 995-2175 or 995- a cake sale the weekend of Feb. 26 and 27. 1752. A penny sale is planned for ST. JOSEPH, Sunday, Feb. 6 at the parish hall NEW BEDFORD by the Council of Catholic WomA performance of "The Mys-' tery of the Holy Mass," a 17th en. The unit will also hold a century mystery play by Father cake sale the weekend of March Calderon de la Barca, will be 19 and 20. A pre-Lenten malasada SUpr offered at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 in the church on Acushnet per with a bazaar· and booths Avenue, opposite Brooklawn will be held Saturday, Feb. 19 Park. There will be a rate for in the hall. those under 18 and reservations HOLY ROSARY, may be made witl:l Armand FALL RIVER A calendar party will highGrendon, telephone 995-6607 or light the next regular meeting of Roland Grendon, 995-6154. the Women's Guild. The unit ST. GEORGE, plans' a Mardi Gras dance and WESTPORT The public is invited to a buffet at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 in 'the church hall on Beattie dance to be sponsored at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 in the parish Street. Mrs. Warren Dearden, hall by the Couples' Club. Re- chairman, will be assisted by freshments will ,be available and Mrs. Marcel Fournier and the music will be by the Khorey Al Rainone Orchestra will play. Quartet. In charge of arrange- No tickets will be sold at the ments are Roger Desrosiers and door. Mr. and Mrs. Roland Thibault. Turn to Page Fifteen Publicity chairmen of parish organizations are asked to submit news i.tems for this column to The Anchor. P. O. Box 7. Fall River. 02722. Name of city or town shOUld be included, as well as full dates of all activities. Please send news of future rather than Dast events. Note: the same news Item can be used only once. Please do not request that we reDeat an announcement several times.
and loving family, Dennis entered the Perkins School at age six, remaining until his graduation from high school. Distance made it necessary for him to stay at the school except for weekends and vacations and he said that after graduation he realized that before entering college he needed to learn how to' function in a sighted milieu, without the many safeguards built into student life at the Perkins School. His problem was solved during a year of post-graduate work at Bishop Connolly High School, 'Fall River, where he took some academic courses but mainly concentrated on being with sighted students. He paid high tribute to both his classmates and teachers. "It was a small school with a personal approach. The students were great and altogether it was a very good feeling there." . At Stonehill, said Dennis, he did much of his studying with the aid of readers, fellow students who either volunteered their time or were paid by the state under a program of assistance to the blind. "I used students in my classes wherever possible," he said, "so it was really a study help for them as well." Aids Others There are other blind students on the Stonehill campus, said Dennis, and for them he undertook the project of making Braille labels for classroom doors and preparing a Braille edition of the college handbook. Dennis is the second eldest in his large family, and his leaning towards the priesthood is being watched with special interest by an uncle, Father Leo Polselli, CSC, vocation director for the Holy Cross Fathers, also the· community staffing Stonehill College. His father, Amato, is a member of the Fall River fir.e department, and his older brother, Amato Jr., is a medical student in Austria. A sister, Debra, is a teacher at St. Patrick's kindergarten in Fall River and another, Barbara, is also a student at Stonehill. The younger members of the family are students at Durfee High Schaol, Sacred Heart and the Small School.
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A five-hour First Friday ·vigil of reparation to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary will be held from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. tomorrow at St. George Church, Westport. The service will begin with a votive Mass of the Sacred Heart and conclude with a Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The rosary will also be recited and a holy hour conducted. There will be a coffee break at 10 p.m. All are invited to attend all or any part of the vigil.
A review of a book of mine that reported research on mysticism done by my colleague Wililam McCready and me appeared' in the "Linacre Quarterly" and stated that our conclusions were based on 1500 interviews administered at cocktail parties. The review er observed that such meth- either, carried on at cocktail parties or they were not. A samodology shows how comp- pling technique is either describetent and responsible a pro- ed accurately or it is not. These fessional social scientist, I am.
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clearly in the book, the basic data of our reserch was based on interviews with a representative national sample selected by the advanced methods of probability statistics. The "Linacre Quarterly" printed a review that is a total misstatement of fact. Now the "Linacre Quarterly" is a trivial journal, and the review was a trivial review. Why bother to give it any attention at all? Unfortunately it is typical of how Catholic journals treat scientific social research. They feel free to print misstatements of fact without the slightest twinge of guilt. This does not happen in secular journals. They may disagree with, attack, and criticize scholarly work; they do not prevariciate about it. In the years I have been working in the social science field, such factual misstatements have appeared in the full range of Catholic journals - the "Commonweal," the "National Catholic Reporter," "America." I cannot accept the notion that these are merely honest differences of opinion. With reference to the "Linacre Quarterly" review, for example, the interviews were
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KNOW YOUR FAITH The Spirit: AGift By Deacon Steve Landregan As ,I thumbed through the papers filled out by sertior girls the first day of the religion class I was teaching at a diocesan high school, 'I came to the question: "The Holy Spirit Is:" For students who had completed 11 years of Catholic education, the answers were disappointing, amusing, and far too typical. Of the three questions pertaining to the Trinity, the first: "God the Father Is!" elicited . fairly uniform responses that showed the girls almost all saw the Father as stern, distant, majestic and awesome. The second: "Jesus is!" revealed the closeness and warmth young people feel toward Jesus. Answers like "my friend," "one I can go to when there is no one else," indicated an intimate, prayerful relationship. But when it came to "The Holy Spirit is!" I literally drew a blank. The majority of the
girls gave no answer. There were a few indicating the Holy Spirit was "what I got at confirmation." There was one "holy dove," and a single "the Holy Spirit is like a white tornado." .The message was clear. To most of these young Catholic ladies, the Holy Spirit was a Divine nonentity, or as someone has said, the forgotten person of the Holy Trinity.
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By Alma Roberts Giordan
Does the Spirit live in people today? Yes. But sometimes -we shut the Spirit off from our lives. Yet every time the smallest good triumphs over evil, the Spirit is manifest in contemporary society. "The spirit .of truth and the spirit of freedom - they are the pillars of society," Ibsen reminds us. Whether in the field of government, communications, To be sure, the Spirit has al- education or human welfare, the ways been abundantly present in Spirit moves over the waters, the Church.' Nevertheless, to the the desert, the terrain of our average (:atholic, educated in lives, warmly alive. Catholic schools, awareness of Jt lends strength, encouragethe action of the Spirit in his ment, hope to our every endeadaily life has been sadly lack- vor. It is in the charismatic moving. ment which began as a cloudburst perhaps, ,but glides and Significant Factor spreads as an unstoppable landRecently, however, I believe swell that must be acknowledthat the movement known as ged, even in this sophisticated the Charismatic Renewal has age, even by the Holy Father been a significant factor in himself. For, as St. Paul tells bringing the Holy Spirit once us: "God chose those whom the again into the center of Christworld considered absurd to ian spiritual experience. shame the wise; he singled out Turn to Page Thirteen the weak of this world to shame the strong" ~I Cor., 1,27). And with the spirit hovering over, all things are possible. For the three great attributes are contained 1n it: faith, hope apd love. the ones below from the third People are many individuals. euchari'stic prayer: Every person God created is "Grant that we, who are nour- touched in some way by the ished hy his body and blood, Spirit. As the flower blooms may be filled with" his Holy when exposed to sun and rain, Spirit, and become one body, so too, each one of us open to God's grace, through prayer and one spirit in Christ." contemplation, has the potential These two portions of the euto bloom beautifully in the charistic prayer form the "epicwarm light of the Spirit. Thus lesis, "a calling forth of the Holy we may give back to the world Spirit into our midst. The Rosome of that radiance which, man Missal explains its function: like all energy, is destined for "oJn special invocations the immortality. Church calls on God's power Pandora Myth and asks that the gifts offered One of the most moving storby men may be consecrated, ies that affected my life's directhat is, become the body and tion was the pagan myth of blood of Christ and that the vicPandora. Against the advice of tim may become a source of salwisdom-personified she opened vation for those who are to the forbidden chest entrusted share in communion" (General to her safekeeping. 'Immediately Instruction, number 55c). all manner of nasty insects, symThose simple gestures of ex- bolizing every evil known and tended hands and sign of the unknown, escaped into the cross over the gifts have consid- world: sickness, ugliness, cruelerable impact upon a congrega- ty, hate, greed, jealousy, povertion since the priest performs ty, prejudice. In terror Pandora them in view of the people. A slammed down the lid, but it few years ago, concealed from was too late. Sin in its multple the worshippers, they were a guises whirred about, stinging, signal for the server to ring the blinding, deafening her to the warning bell. How many altar one small cry still contained boys drew an. impatient glance within that chest - the voice of or sharp remark from the priest hope, a battered moth. when they missed this gesture! Cautiously she released that Today, however, the congregation is at that point silent and saving grace. Once freed, hope observant, making the out- grew stronger, strong enough to stretched hands a more signifi- prevail over all the other insects in the field. Once again there cant 'Sign and symbol. was a fair chance for good to In the first Christian centuries he victorious over evil. When I the priest normally bowed dur- arrived at that point in the story ing this prayer. However, from my heart, which had almost the close of the middle ages on- stopped, began to beat normalward, instead, the hands were ly again. Hope was the spirit of extended, coupled later with a creation, the breath of God. Perhaps even that "unknown god" Turn to Page Thirteen
The Coming of the Spirit By Msgr. Joseph M. Champlin Immediately before what we commonly call the consecration of Mass, the celebrant extends both hlj.nds over the bread and cup. With palms so outstretched, he prays in phrases such as this, taken from the second eucharistic prayer: ' "Let your Spirit come upon these gifts to make them holy, so that they may become for us the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ." During the recitation of that invocation directed toward the Holy Spirit, the priest also traces a cross over the host and chalice. Following the institutional narrative or consecration, the celebrant once again invokes .the Holy Spirit in words similar to
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"SHARING OF the Pandora-experience was my first personal Pentecost," writes Alma Roberts Giordan. Eric S.mith sketches opening of Pandora's chest, releasing evil into world. (NC Photo) to whom the Greeks built an altar, whom St. Paul recognized in his address to them. The Spirit indeed came to him, as it physically hovered over the first apostles, gathered fearfully
in that locked room after their Master's departure. Frederic Myers speaks for Paul when he says: "Who so has felt the Spirit of the Highest cannot confound Turn to Page Thirteen
At Work from the Beginning By Father John J. Castelot
The Fourth Gospel is famous for its symbolism, one aspect of which is frequent use of double meanings. An interesting example is the description of Jesus' death: "Then he bowed his head, and delivered over his spirit" (In. 19,30). A common expression for dying is "to give up the ghost (spirit)," and the other three Gospels use a Greek equivavlent of this phrase. But J<?hn adapts this to signify simultaneously Jesus' dying and his handing over gift of the Spirit. This is the "hour of Jesus, a dark hour, yes, but one already suffused, from the Johannine point of view, by the light of glory. It is the climactic hour of salvation history. The spirit of God had been at work from the beginning of time,
a creative, powerful, life-giving spirit. What did this concept mean throughout the Old Testament period? What did it mean to Jesus' contemporaries prior to the startling revelation of the Holy Spirit as a divine Person? The word for spirit in Hebrew (ruah), Greek (pneuma), and Latin (spiritus) meant basically wind or breath. This explains why the New American Bible translates, in Gn. 1,2, "a mighty wind swept over the waters." "Mighty Wind" is literally "a spirit (ruah) of God." The translation is quite correct. It is easy to see how the idea of wind could suggest that of power and the concept of breath that of life. Thus the Yahwist story of creation expresses the emergence of human life by Turn to Page Thirteen
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The Coming of the Spirit Continued from Page Three sign of the cross. For the balance of this column 1 would like to discuss those two gestures. Symbolic Evaluation -At the start, the outstretched hands apparently formed a mere pointing gesture, indicating what were the gifts being offered to God. -Later a symbolic or interpretative meaning tended to be added to the extension of hands. These generally referred the gesture back to Old Testament practices and sacrifices. For example, in Leviticus we read of burnt sacrifices or holocausts. "To find favor with the Lord, he shall bring it to the entrance of the meeting tent, and there lay his hand on the head of the holocaust" (1,3-4). This Old Testament book refers similarly to peace offerings. "If someone is presenting a peace offering . . . he shall lay his hand on the head of his offering" (3,1-2). Leviticus also describes sin offerings. "Having laid his hands on its head, he shall slaughter the goat as a sin offering before the Lord ..." (4-24). Finally, some saw a link here between Christ, the victim on
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At Work from the Beginning Continued from Pa~e Twelve saying that God "blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being" (Gn. 2,7). In this connection, read again Ezekiel's 'Dry Bones' vision of the re-creation of the people (Ez. 37, 1-14). 'The Spirit of God' - a symbol of divine force, creative, life-giving power. Over and over we read of His sending His spirit upon chosen instruments to empower them to carry out His designs in a variety of ways: to praise Him, to speak in His behalf, to act for Him. Thus Saul's prophetic ecstasy is described: "As he set out from the hilltop toward the sheds, the spirit of God came upon him also, and he continued on in a prophetic condition until he reached the spot" (1 Sm. 19,23). Isaiah envisioned the rise of an ideal king from the line of David, one abundantly endowed with truly noble qualities: "But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of under<'standing, A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of feat' of the Lord (Is. 11,1-2). Spirit as Person The idea of the spirit of God takes on a startling new dimension in the New Testament. The spirit of God is now the Holy Spirit; the spirit is no longer simply something, however wondeful, but Someone; it is no longer just a divine force, however creative, but a divine Person. The Holy Spirit was the gift of the glorified Christ to His community, both as a community and individually. The Gospel of John tells us that on the very
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the altar, who takes upon Himself our sins, and the Old covenant scapegoat who assumed the sins of the Jewish people and was led off into the wilderness. In that approach, Jesus becomes our scapegoat and through these outstretched hands we place our guilt and sins upon him. -A last meaning saw in this gesture a blessing given to the bread and wine. This would be similar to the benediction bestowed by a priest on some ob- ' ject or by the newly ordained on a person kneeling before him. For the first 1,000 years in the Church, blessings were customarily made through the laying on of hands. Gradually, however, the sign of the cross superseded that gesture for benedictions. The present rite obviously combines both elements. Whatever may be those added, symbolic meanings, the main thrust of that extension of hands over the gifts at, Mass in our day is a petition asking, "Father, may this Holy Spirit ,sanctify these offerings" (Eucharistic Prayer IV). (Copyright (c) 1977 by NC News Service)
night of His resurrection-glorification, He appeared to 10 of his disciples and said, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so II send you." Then he breathed on them and said: "Receive the Holy Spirit. . ." (In. 20,21-22). This same Gospel had said a great deal about the coming and the mission of the Spirit in the preceding chapters, especially 14-16. Luke tells us of a solemn, charismatic experience of the whole community which we know as the Pentecost event. It is interesting to note how many allusions to Genesis he weaves into his picture of this experience. The "strong, driving wind" (Acts 2:2) is reminiscent of the mighty wind which swept over the waters at the beginning of the Priestly creation story. For Luke Pentecost is tantamount to a new creation. Indeed, the Holy Spirit plays a central role in his theology; the Acts of the Apostles would before appropriately entitled 'The Activity of the Holy Spirit." See the theme of this book as enunciated in 1,8. Even in his Gospel interpretation of the life of Jesus he seems unable to wait for Pentecost and portrays the Holy Spirit already at work in the souls of peopleso much so that the Third Gospel has been called the Gospel of the Holy Spirit. ~
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~',. THE CHARISMATIC RENEWAL has been a significant factor in bringing the Holy Spirit once again into the center of Christian spir,itual experie'nce," writes Steve" Landregan. At a Minneapolis meeting, charismatics raise their hands in prayer. (NC Photo)
The Spirit: A Gift Continued from Page' Twelve Ten years ago the idea of a group of Catholics gathering to pray more than the block rosary was virtually unheard-of. Today, prayer groups have sprung up all over the country, in homes, churches and schools. Many meet for several hours of prayer each week. A new vocabulary, not new to the Church but new to the lay spiritual experience, has come into being, including such terms as baptism in the Holy Spirit, prayer meeting, prophecy, healing and life in the Spirit. A new phenomenon has come into the Church, the covenant community, in which lay Catholics form a community based on a common spiritual experience and gather into residential and non-residential households. A whole new set of spiritfilled songs of praise have emerged from the various choral and instrumental groups that are commonly referred to as music ministries. The word ministry itself has been given a new and wider
Prayer Continued from Page Nine level was. very high - families knew who we were, and they would just give us the house keys and let us come and go as we wished. Usually you'd be alone in a house, affording a perfect opportunity for meditation as you worked." There were other unexpected benefits. Often, said Sister Madeleine, a suburban housewife proved more in need of a confidante than a cleaning woman, and the Sisters found themselves in a natural counseling relationship with their clients. The Dominican Sister said that as well as her work at SMU, she is becoming involved in area prayer groups. She re.sides at the Dominican Novitiate in North Dartmouth, where she may be' reached by groups or individuals who might wish to call on her experience, which includes study of Zen mysticism as well as the yoga discipline. "Many people are searching for something on which they can hang their lives," she said. "Prayer is a good answer."
meaning within the Charistmatic Movement where community members work in tape ministries, youth ministries, healing ministries, and all are involved in serving other members in what is referred to as the' body of ministry. Another old custom that has been revived is the prayer posture of praying with hands extended towards heaven. At the Statio Orbis Mass that ended the Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia last August, an amazing number of participants prayed and sang in this ancient prayer posture, particularly during the Communion. Charistmatic phrases like "Alleluia," "Praise the Lord," and "Jesus Christ is Lord," have found their way to the heart of Catholicism. In 1975 on Pentecost Sunday, Pope Paul VI ended a warm greeting to. the International Conference on Charismatic Renewal with "Alleluia, Jesus Christ is Lord." There are those who are cautious and even apprehensive about the Charismatic Renewal movement, but there is no denying the fact that it has restored the Holy Spirit to the center of worship for thousands.
To Discover God To discover God may be very painful; it is like going through a kind of death. But it is the one thing that makes life worth living." -Bec;le Griffiths
Continued from Page Twelve nOr doubt Him nor deny." In any event, I do not think it blasphemous for me to contend that sharing of the Pandora-experience was my first personal Pentecost - ,faith's reassurance to my fearful heart. The spirit gives life, the letter kills. "When I was a child I understood as a child," even as did St. Paul. And unless we recapture that innocent childhood faith, Scripture insists, it will be difficult to achieve heaven. Such is the faith I would cling to in this troublesome jet age of religious experimentation. "Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me." (Copyright (c) 1977 by NC News Service) Cannot Legislate "Reform must come from within, not from without. You cannot legislate for virtue.''' -James Cardinal Gibbons.
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__your basic youth page 'Open School' , At Feehan During Catholic Schools Week, Feb. 6 to 12, parents and friends have been invited to visit Feehan High School in Attleboro during the class day in order to see it in action. Guests will be welcome at all classes and extracurricular meetings. ,seniQr Claudette Lemieux has been named Feehan's 1976-77 Family Leader of Tomorrow. She will receive 'a certificate from General Mills, sponsor of the annual educational scholarship program, and is eligible for state and national honors. A group of sophomores have had ,their annual day of recollection as a part of the religious studies program, while seniors engaged in a marriage seminar, one of a series planned for small groups during the year. Members of the consumer economics class visited the John Hancock Building in Boston recently, observing the routine of an insurance business organization and learning the do's and don't's of employment interviews. Auditions have been scheduled for the annual spring musical. Co-directors will be Sister Marialyn Riley, Sister Mary Evangela McAleer, and James Haskins. Approximately 265, students took the entrance examination for Feehan 6n Jan. 15. There will be a second examination given for those unable to make the earlier date, at 8 a.m. Saturday, 'Feb. 12. ' . Parent's Night Senior Lisa Farinacci has ,been notified that she has received a score of 800 in the CEEB Achievement Test in Math, Level 2. Lisa, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Farinacci of Walpole, ranks first in her class. She is a member of the Mat~ Club and the National Honor Society and a past member of the Student Council, the Color Guard, and the Spanish National Honor Society. Lisa wishes to pursue her studies in biology to prepare herself for a career in biological research. She hopes for a career in research biology.
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Life is seen as a fast-breaking, headlong kind of adventure in the eyes of youth. This major concern was wrapped up in the following student opinion: "Man has led himself, or rather rushed headlong, from a basic, simple life bito a confused, hectic life without moral and religious obligations, and now he wants out. He is looking for something better, and religion can open the door . . . "With a remembrance of religion still tucked away somewhere in a far corner of his mind, man is beginning to realize that maybe he has, and has had all along, the ticket to happiness: simplicity, serenity, and all the promises of something better in another world." Materialism in the church, in fact, has been critized by several students writing to me. "The main problem churches face today," said one, "is worldliness instead of Godliness. Churches are too rich. Clergymen spend too much time on social problems rather than relating religious teachings to spiritual problems." "Apathy and money are religion's main problems," another stated. She continued, "The rich don't need God, the poor gave up on God, and, the middle class just doesn't care. They do their own thing. "Churches have an especially important role in the dope problem, " is a view of many. "The church is especially important in a mobile society, for it offers a common meeting place for transients," another offered. Outside of what some students considered mishandling of
church finances, another problem loomed large and that was "churchgoer attitudes" or reasons why some people attend church. "Is it so important for. the neighbors to see your new outfit?" one wanted to know. In today's world, Sunday morning at the church is nothing more than a social gathering," said another. If this article so far appears to paint college-age youth as cynical and distrustful of the church and religions, let me hasten to add that the v~st majority attest to the value of the church or of religious philosophy. Even though current and past religious practices are questioned, they do not view the situation as hopeless. In fact, ringing affirmations of the church, and of religion generally ought to be included here to balance the account. "The church today is more sincere than formerly in its search for the truth,", was a major viewpoint. "The church is the main and pure agency to disseminate the teachings found' in the Holy Bible," was another. "RegligiQn as substance is as important today - maybe more so - as ever; in form it is not, the same," a student explained. How religious philosophy and the teachings of Jesus 'tend to affect everything we do within government and in our daily lives was explained by a student who used the analogy of England's Beatles. "The Beatles' records" don't sell so well any more, but they influence other songwriters, just as religion influences our hearts and souls in the physical absence of Christ."
FLY LIKE AN EAGLE Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin', Into the future Keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin', Into the future, I want to fly like an e.!Ble to the sea, ,Fly like an eagle, let my spirit carry me, I want to fly like an eagle 'til I'm free, I want to fly like an eagle to the sea, Fly like an eagle, let my spirit carry me, I want to fly like an eagle 'til I'm free, Right on through the revolution • • • Feed the babies who don't have enough to eat, Shoe the children with no shoes on their feet, House the people livin' in the street, Oh. Oh, there's a solution • • . (p) Haworth Enterprises Written and performed by: Steve Miller This song speaks of the tension that exists in peopie's lives between taking care of one's own self and being concerned with, the needs of others. The eagle stands forth as a symbol of freedom, soaring high in the sky, looking down on' creation, and in control of his movements because of his strength. Just when one feels this fantasy is possible, Steve Miller speaks of social injustices of people who "don't have enough to eat," "no shoes on their feet," and "livin' in the street." Suddenly the reality of the human condition shows another side of life. The author ends that section by saying "there's a solution." When faced with these two aspects of life: preservation of self and concern for others - what is the "solution?" If one goes to the extreme in concern for self, then there would be the solution of escape. "I want to fly like an eagle . . . right on 'through the revolution." It would be the escape tactic of flying above the ugly human condition to the freshness of the sea. Don't get involved; it's really their problem; my little contribution is not enough to make any difference; I am really not interested in their condition. All these are attitudes that will keep self preserved. "The problem is that the free eagle will have no one with whom to share his beauty. Another "solution" could be to trust that getting involved with people, ,caring for them, appreciating their human condition, will help them let their spirits rise and that there is hope and joy within their situation . . . It is a willingness to struggle, to get hurt, to die to self, to be the servant. In comparing the two approaches or "solutions" one certainly looks much more attractive than the other. However, is the shining appearance of the "free eagle" all external and no depth? Which will bring the more lasting fulfillment? Is the sacrifice of the second approach worth the effort in terms of truly helping others plus the necesary actualization? Is there a balance necessary in the two solutionsYes, time keeps on "slippin' into the future." How we use our time has a bearing on the type of happiness we can attain. The insight of Christ into proper love of self and love of neighbor is one indication that it is worth grappling with their innate tension of humanity. , (Copyright (c) 1977 by NC News Service)
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Durfee-New Bedford 'Crucial' Tomorrow Night When the Durfee High HilItoppers and New Bedford High's Crimson meet tomorrow night in the Bank Street Armory, Fall River, that game might well be "the moment of destiny" for both teams as far as the basketball championship of the Southeastern Mass. Conference's Division One is concerned. It is quite probable that the championship of that division could, to all intents and purposes, ride on the outcome of that game. ,In other Division One' action tomorrow night Bishop Stang High will entertain Holy Family, Bishop Connolly High will be home to Taunton and Dartmouth visits Barnstable. Next Tuesday night, it will be Holy' Family at Barnstable, Connolly at New Bedford, Attleboro at Taunton and Durfee at Dartmouth. Still setting the pace in Division Two but involved in what looks like a down-to-the-wire finish with Fairhaven and Ware-
ham for the crown, Somerset is at Dennis-Yarmouth tomorrow and hosts Bishop Feehan High Tuesday rtight. Fairhaven has home games with Coyle-Cassidy tomorrow and Falmouth Tuesday while Wareham is home to Feehan tomorrow and at Old Rochester Tuesday. Another Division Two game tomorrow lists Seekonk at Falmouth, and Seekonk is home to Coyle-Cassidy Tuesday. In Division Three, going into this week, New Bedford Voke was still the leader but St. Anthony had moved up to a second place tie with Case. Voke visits Westport tomorrow and is host to Diman Voke Tuesday. In Three action tomorrow night, Bourne is at Case, St. Anthony at Norton and DightonRehoboth at Diman while Tuesday night's card lists Westport at Dighton-Rehoboth, Norton at Bourne and Case at St. Anthony.
Sharon Still Leads Hockomock Basketball Sharon and Stoughton battling for the Hockomock crown are scheduled to meet tomorrow night in Sharon, which at the end of last week's play was undefeated in nine starts. Stoughton had lost only one of its nine games and its only setback was a 57-40 loss to Sharon on Jan. 4.
In other Hockomock games tomorrow night Canton is at Franklin, Foxboro at Mansfield and North Attleboro at Oliver Ames. Tuesday night's schedule shows Franklin at King Philip, Oliver Ames at Foxboro, Mansfield at Sharon and Canton at Stoughton.
Plenty of Hockey in Conference and Hockomock So. E. Mass. Conference teams will engage in three twin bills tonight. In the Driscoll Rink, Fall River, Coyle-Cassidy and Case meet at six o'clock in a Division Three contest, while Durfee opposes Connolly at eight in an inter-division tilt. In the Hetland Rink, New Bedford, Barnstable and New Bedford meet at six in Div. One, Attleboro and Fairhaven at eight in Div. Two. And in the Taunton State Rink, Wareham takes on Norton, at six, in Div. Three; and Somerset opposes Taunton at eight, in Div. One. Other Div. One games over the next week are: Saturday, New Bedford at Falmouth; Monday, Connolly at New Bedford; Wednesday, Taunton at Falmouth, Dennis-Yarmouth at In Mayflower League basketball tomorrow night Sacred Heart of Kingston is home to Apponequet, Blue Hills at Avon, South Shore at Bristol Aggies and Southeastern at West Bridgewater. Tuesday night's games are Sacred Heart at South Shore, Bristol Aggies at Blue
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ST. PIUS X, SOUTH YARMOUTH A demonstration of the art of make up will be offered at the Women's Guild meeting slated for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 in the parish hall. Guests are welcome. A bloodmobile visit to the hall will be sponsored by the guild from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9. Ruth Traverse, telephone 398-8594, may be called for an appointment. Planned for noon Tuesday, Feb. 22, also in the hall, is a Mardi Gras luncheon and card party for which reservations may be made by calling Vivian Cappas. 398-8310.
Barnstable. Division Three games over the same period list:· ST. JOSEPH, Saturday, Dartmouth at Attle- NEW BEDFORD Half an hour of adoration will boro, New Bedford Voke at follow 7 p.m. Mass tomorrow in Seekonk, Bourne at Fairhaven; Monday, Attleboro at Durfee, obseryance of the First Friday. Bourne at Dartmouth. In Divi- ST. MARY, sion Three, Old Rochester is at MANSFIELD Feehan Saturday and Feehan is The annual potluck supper of at Dighton-Rehoboth, Coyle- the Catholic Women's Club will Cassidy at Wareham and Old be held Thursday, Feb. 10 at the Rochester at Norton Monday church hall. A physical fitness night, when. Case will be at program will be presented. Somerset in an inter-division tilt. SACRED HEART, Saturday's Hockomock games FALL RIVER Confirmation candidates will list Oliver Ames at Canton, .King Philip at Stoughton and Franklin meet at 10 a.m.' Saturday, Feb. at North Attleboro. Wednesday 5 in the school. CCD teachers will meet in the night it will be North Attleboro school at 7:30 tonight. at Canton, Franklin at King Bingo is played each WednesPhilip and Stoughton at Oliver day night in the school, beginAmes. ning at 7 p.m.
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