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Forty parishes will hold daylong adoration and two daily Masses. By DEACON JAMES N.


FALL RIVER - Taking a page from Church history, day-long eucharistic adoration will be held each Lenten weekday in one of 40 different parishes _~/ across the Fall River diocese, which will also offer a Mass each morning and another in the e v e n i n g . ' "Lenten Station Churches is modeled on an idea that Pope Gregory the Great came up with, as he would visit the churches of his city throughout Lent," said Father Rodney E. Thibault, who suggested the practice in this diocese. "This tradition goes back to the Fourth Century, and having lived and st~died in Rome for five years, I was part ont for that time," he told The Anchor. "I thought because our diocese was not too large geographically we could get from church to church easily, especially in our cities where we have so many of them." "And in this Year ofthe Eucharist proclaimed by


Rules for Lent Wednesday, February 9 Is Ash Wednesday. The Church's regulations for the Lenten season follow: abstinence from meat on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays during Lent and Good FrIday for those aged 14 and older; Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are to be observed as days of fasting for those aged 18 to 59. Fasting is defined as eating only one full meal nod two light meals during the day. Bating between meals Is not permitted; however, liquids are permitted.

Pope John Paul II since last October and to extend to next October, what unites us better than celebrating Mass and the Eucharist as our source and summit?" he said. At a time when the diocese is facing pastoral planning and the possibility of parish mergers and closing, "what's a more unifying way than to let -. . people know it's the same Eucharist at Cor"\. pus Christ Parish in East Sandwich as it \ is at Notre Dame Parish in Fall River?" \ Father Thibault noted. "It is not a difi ferent Jesus but the same one. It is he ! who unites us." He said the idea of the Lenten days / of adoration in a different church each day "seemed a good idea and I passed it along to Msgr. Stephen J. Avila, diocesan director of the Office of Worship, and he brought it to the Year of the Eucharist Committee, which he chairs. It was approved by Bishop George W. Coleman and here were are." Msgr. Avila, who also lived the Rome experience, called Station Churches "a wonderful initiative for unification right here in our dioTum to page 13 - Churches


In Lenten message, pope says families must help the elderly By CAROL GLATZ CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Advances in science and medicine have allowed people to live longer, but families and governments must help the elderly live those added years in a full and dignified manner, said Pope John Paul II. The 84-year-old pontiff dedicated his 2005 Lenten message to the gift of longevity. The pope told people to always "remain open and welcoming" toward older people, especially those who are weak, sick or suffering. "The care of the elderly, above all when they pass through difficult moments, must be of great concern to all the faithful," especially in Western countries where older people often struggle to find a place in society, the pope said in his written message, released January 27 at the Vatican. "Human life is a precious gift to be loved and defended in each

of its stages," he said. The commandment "You shall not kill" applies to life's very beginning at conception and to its natural end, said the message. Even "in the presence of illness and when physical weakness reduces the person's ability to be self-reliant," the life of a human being is precious and represents a gift from God, said the pope, who suffers from a neurological disorder and has not walked in public for more than a year. Archbishop Paul Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum, " the Vatican's charity promotion and coordinating agency, said that the elderly today are under threat in a variety of ways. Ensuring the safety and health of older people takes time, effort and money, which for those who must care for them can seem to be an insurmountable burden, the archbishop said as he released the Tum to page 13 - Pope

IN A NEARBY abandoned school last Saturday, part of the overflow crowd watches a monitor showing Bishop George W. Coleman celebrate a special Mass for the parishioners of St. Peter the Apostle Church in Provincetown. A local cable television station, and a local lighting and sound designer volunteered their services to broadcast the Mass. Despite the recent blizzard, more than 300 people attended the Mass. (Photo courtesy of Vincent Guadazno, Provincetown Banner)

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Bishop Coleman comforts Provincetown parishioners after devastating fire

PROVINCETOWN - Four days after seeing their vintage church go up in flames, parishio-

ners of St. Peter's Church stood up and applauded during the homily by Bishop George W. Coleman when he announced that a new house of worship would be built. On Saturday afternoon, January 29, Bishop Coleman celebrated a Mass in the parish hall

attended by 300 people comforting and assuring them that the devastating morning ftre of January 25 was not the end of their parish on the tip of Cape Cod. Mter Mass he attended a reception with parishioners and Tum to page three - New

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Lawrence Barnwell FALL RIVER - Lawrence Barnwell, 92, husband of the late Doris (Messier) Barnwell, and father of Father Gerald P. Barnwell, pastor of St. Peter's Parish in Dighton, died January 29 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. Born in Fall River, the son of the late Ambrose and the late Edith (Murray) Barnwell, he had resided in Somerset for most of his life. He was a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Somerset and a member of the Somerset Village Senior Citizens. Before retiring in 1974, he was a bookkeeper for the A&P Super

Markets. He was a 1932 graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River. Besides his priest son, he leaves two other sons, Lawrence Barnwell of Swansea and Stephen Barnwell of Somerset; a daughter, Sheila Sullivan of Tiverton, R.l.; two grandsons, a great-grandson, and nieces and nephews. His funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday in St. Peter's Church in Dighton. Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Somerset.. The Auclair Funeral Home, 690 South Main Street, Fall River, was in charge of arrangements.

Auxiliary Bishop Rueger of Worcester retires WASHINGTON (CNS) - The September, the mandatory age for a resignation of Auxiliary Bishop . bishop to submit his resignation. George E. Rueger, 75, ofWorcester, Last September 24, the Society Mass., has been accepted by Pope ofSt. Vmcent de Paul announCed the Bishop Rueger Fund for the Poor to John Paul 11. Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, honor his years of work to help the papal nuncio to the United States, poor in the diocese. announced the resignation. At the time of his retirement, Bishop Rueger has spent his en- Bishop. Rueger was diocesan vicar tire priestly life as part ofthe Worces- for education and was instrumental ter diocese and was its auxiliary in the development of a program for . adUlt faith fonnation. Last October, bishop for 18 years. He was ordained to the priest- at the Catholic Ministries Convenhood in 1958, becoming the first di- tion, he was presented with the Colocesan native to be ordained a priest laborative Award for Education and for the diocese. He turned 75 last Ministry.

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AT ITS recent annual meeting, the Friends of Saint Anne's Hospital presented a check for

$145,000 toward fulfillment of their current five-year $500,000 pledge. It will help underwrite the Hudner Oncology Center's advanced radiation therapy technology. From left are members: Melissa Panchley, treasurer; Dale Ferris, vice president; Janis Karam, president; and Geraldine Holewiak, secretary.

Taunton parish to host weekly .Lenten Wednesday prayer Service TAUNTON - Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish will host a prayer service with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on five Wednesday evenings during Lent at'the church at 80 Bay Street. The program, which runs from 7 to 8 p.m., will begin on February 16. Because of the

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Gn 1:1-19; Ps 104:1-2,56,10,12,24,35; Mk6:53-56 Gn 1:20-2:4a; Ps 8:4-9; Mk 7:1-13 JI2:12-18; Ps 51 :3-6a,1214,17; 2Cor 5:20-6:2; Mt 6:16,16~18

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On December 10, 1925, Our Lady appeared to Sister Lucia (seer of Fatima) and spoke these words: "Announce in my name that I promise to assist at the hour ofdeath with the graces necessary for the salvation oftheir souls, all those who on the first Saturday of five consecutive months shall: 1. Go to confession; 2. Receive Holy Communion; 3. Recite the Rosary (5 decades); and 4. Keep me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the 15 mysteries ofthe Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me." In a spirit of reparation, the above conditions are each to be preceded by the words: "In reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary." Confessions may be made during 8 days before or after the first Saturday, and Holy Communion may be rec~ived at either the morning. or· evening Mass on the first Saturday..

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Taunton Deanery Mission, . back to the Church. there will be no service on Feb- . There will be quiet time to ruary 23. It will start again on offer personal intentions as March 2. well. The rosary, Litany of Lent All are welcome to attend and prayers will be offered and spend time before the for an increase of vocations Blessed Sacrament during this to the prieSthood and reli- special Year of the Eucharist. gious life, and for those who For more information, conhave wandered from the faith, tact the rectory at 508-823that they may find their way 3046.

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1963, Rt. Rev. Msgr.-J6hn-J:'Kelly, Pastor, SS. Peter & Paul, Fall ~ \ \ River 1972, Rev. Peter 1. McKone, S.J\\BiShOP Connolly High School, Fall River \ 1985, Rev. Vincent R. Dolbec, A.A.'~AssumPtion College



1966, Rev. Edward L. O'Brien, St. M . ,Mansfield 1983, Rev. Lucien A. Madore, Retirel:J Chaplain, Mt. S1. Joseph School, Fall River. Director, Notre DameIC'emetery, Fall River

Feb. 11 1910, Rev. John O'Connell, Founder, St. John Evangelist, Attleboro 1961, Rev. John 1. Sullivan,S.T.L., Pastor, Holy Rosary, Fall River 1987, Rev. William J. McMahon, Retired Pastor, St. Joan of Are, Orleans

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talked about the work ahead. "I am pleased to assure you that the church was fully insured and that this parish, with the intercession of St. Peter, will build a new church building. I look forward to working with Father (Henry J.) Dahl and the members of my staff at the diocesan offices to begin the plans for a new church." Father Dahl, the pastor, in his Sunday homily the following day, noted that Bishop Coleman referred to the Saturday Mass as one of thanksgiving. "(It was) thanksgiving that we had a church building for 130 continuous years in which to worship God," Father Dahl said. "Yes, we certainly mourn the loss of our house of worship, but at the same time we give thanks to God that through our bishop we will have a new church rising from the ashes of old." And taking a cue from the Gospel reading that centered on the Beatitudes, Father Dahl said, "This is the peace God offers us. How blessed we are." Bishop Coleman was in Dallas meeting with other U.S. bishops when the fire - ruled by fire officials as accidental and possibly from an electrical malfunction - raced through and destroyed the often-refurbished 1874 wooden structure that is the spiritual home for 750 registered parishioners. When he heard of the fire, Bishop Coleman called quickly to say he would come to the Cape parish as soon as he returned to this area.

The second good thing that happened, said Father Dahl, was how the tabernacle containing the Blessed Sacrament was rescued. One of the firefighters, among many who belong to the parish "kept coming over and saying, 'we're gonna try to get the tabernacle out of the church. Where exactly would it be against the back wall?''' When the flames were contained - well after the roof collapsed and when black smoke was still rising from the charred rafters firefighters using a chainsaw open a section of the back wall. "We couldn't believe our eyes, because the tabernacle was in place," Father Dahl recounted the experience for his parishioners. "It was resting on the altai just below the statue of St. Joseph, the foster father of our Lord." After more sawing the tabernacle was lifted away from the altar and brought in procession-like fashion to the parish hall. "It was completely intact," Father Dahl said. "There was not a bum mark or ember visible. After it was placed on a temporary altar, I opened it and found the two gold containers inside with the Blessed Sacrament unharmed. There wasn't even the hint of the odor of smoke within the tabernacle." Asking the rhetorical question "Where was God when all this happened?" Father Dahl said," Our God was in the tabernacle, right in the middle of the fire that consumed everything around him. ·God is where he always is, he is by our side, bearing us up when we think the burden is too much to bear. He

will never leave us. We have his sacred word." Both Bishop Coleman and Father Dahl were quick to praise the skills of Provincetown Fire Chief Michael Trovato - a parishioner of St. Peter's - and members of his department, as well as fire teams from Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans and Chatham that answered the threealarm fire. They noted that no lives were lost and the church rectory and hall were saved from the damages of fire. "It was quite a shocking event," said Father Dahl. "because these are people with multigenerational heritage in an' historic church. But the bishop was absolutely courageous, he truly shepherded his people who were looking to him for help. He gave us our hope." Bishop Coleman in his homily told the parishioners that in so many places, and a so many times throughout history, members of the Church have had to rise above the ruins, with their faith intact and with a persevering hope. "B ut even the most beautiful, ornate and historic church buildings would be only hollow and empty places if there were no faith-filled people who go there to worship." He added, "our faith is not based on a building; it is a faith founded in a living person, Jesus Christ, present in our midst." Referring to the reading from Zephaniah, Bishop Coleman called the statues and articles rescued from the fire "remnants of the church you all knew and

loved. But there is a greater remnant ... your faith in Christ which no fire can destroy." Father Dahl reported the 1896 statue of St. Peter, which sustained serious damage to one arm, was also rescued from the church, as was a statue of Our Lady with Child. But the sanctuary mural of St. Peter walking on the sea was too badly damaged to be saved. A regular Mass schedule for daily and weekend Masses will be

kept, with all Masses in the parish hall. "We are more than a Cathoiic church in town," Father Dahl told The Anchor. "We have deep roots in town. The sound equipment just set in our hall is from townspeople who sent workers over to install it. We have so many offers of help we can't keep track of them." No timetable has been set for the new church project, but that it would soon get underway. j

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HOLY HOUR Eucharistic Holy Hour and devotions to Our Lady of La Salette and Divine Mercy Wednesdays at 7: 15 p.m. in Church

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SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION Monday-Friday 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 2:00 - 3:00 & 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Hispanic Reconciliation Saturday, Feb. 5 1:00-2:00 p.m. Portuguese Reconciliation 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. February 19


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INTERCESSORY PRAYER GROUP February 10 7: 15 p.m. Chapel of Reconciliation RECONCILIATION SERIES Friday, Feb. 11 "Church and the Ministry ofReconciliation" 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Reconciliation Fr. John Sullivan, M.S.

ASH WEDNESDAY Mass with ashes will be celebrated at 12: 10, 4:00 and 6:30 p.m..

MEDITATION ON THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS Tuesdays, Feb. 15 and 22 at 7: 15 p.m. in the'Shrine based on the "Folly of God" led by Fr. Giles Ginest, M.S.

LENTEN WAY OF THE CROSS Fridays February 11, 18 and 25 7:00 p.m. in the Shrine Church

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Parents and Catholic education One of the prime reasons why Catholic education is doing so very well, given the climate of the times, is parental. Parents who sacrifice to send their children to Catholic schools are the backbone of our educational systems. Their care, concern and involvement make our schools work. Above all, they know that in the eyes of faith they are the pr4ne educators of their families. The process of sharing the basics of life and living begin at the kitchen table. It continues in homes where parents are eyer mindful oftheir special role in the education process. A good teacher can have a wonderful incentive influence on students. Only believing parents can give to their student child a complete and fulfilling educational e x p e r i e n c e . ' . So often we read that various secular schools are searching for a philosophy of education. Those who serve in Catholic educational development know that search has been fulfilled in the Declaration on Christian Education giVl!n to the universal Church on Oct. 28, 1965 by the Fathers of Vatican Council IT. It would be very well ifevery teacher in a Catholic school undertooka study program of this document. That is how important the statement really is to the very mind-set ofCatholic schools. From the outset, parents are ofconcern. It states "It is the parents who have given life to their children who have the greatest obligation of educa.t:P1g their family. They must be recognized as being primarily and principally responsible for their education." The role of parents in education is therefore of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute. In this light, the family becomes the principal school of social values, which are necessary to every society. A Catholic family inspired by the grace and the responsibility ofthe sacramentofmarriage knows that children should be taught to worship God, love their neighbor and themselves in accord with the faith experiences they have received froIl). their birth. It is necessary for parents to realize the importance of early faith education. Today it is widely accepted psychologically that given the person from conception to three years of age, you will have the Ilian or woman. As more children attend preschool, the impact of this concept becomes very real in the life of the child. It is through the family that children are gradually initiated into relationships with people in civil life and also as members of God's holy people, the Church family. Education has always been a paramount concern ofthe Church. She, as mother, has the obligation to provide for her children an education, which will inspire their lives. She has a fundamental part to play in the development and extension of educational endeavors. The Church also reflects that parents should enjoy the fullest liberty in school choice. Public authority, whose duty is to protect and defend the liberty of citizens, is bound accordingly to the principles of distributive justice to insure that public subsidies to schools are so allocated that parents are truly free to select schools for their children in accordance with their conscience. This, or course, is not recognized in our form ofdemocracy. Parents who choose to send their child to a school of choice are penalized. They are doubly taxed, paying for public education where God has no place and paying tuitions in schools where ethical and moral values are part of the curriculum. One would think that government would support schools that are working. It seems most public monies are going to so many schools that are simply broken. In the long run, it is the family school that develops interior disposi,tions that are a genuine prerequisite fOf a living faith, and remains a support for it throughout one's life. Catholic education starts in the home; it starts with parents. The Executive Editor

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How about Super Bowls? The two-week layoff leading up to the Super Bowl is way too long. Even for most football fanatics, there's only so much talk radio, game analysis, speculation, rumor, trash talk, and predictions we can handle. On the other hand, only one week between the conference championships and the big dance is not enough. The already rapid transit football season seems to end too abrubtly in !,\l~h instances. In those nl\;;asly seven days, we don't get enough talk radio, game analysis, speculation, rumor, trash talk and predictions. There has to be a middle ground, and I think I know what it is. Let's make the Super Bowl experience a best two-out-ofthree series, AND eliminate the controlled climate environment that is so anti-football. Super Bowl A would take place'in the home stadium of the team with the inferior record of the two teams involved, and Super Bowls Band C (if necessary) would take place in the home stadium of the team with the best record of the two,

and if need be, the NFL could surely come up with at least one to 200 different tie breakers to determine home stadium advantage.

My View From the Stands By Dave Jolivet Critics may say that the Super Bowl hype of thousands of freespending football crazies descending upon tourist trap cities for a week or two in late January or early February would become a thing of the past. True enough, but most of the host cities will get the tourists whether the big show is played there or not. Regardless of the location, tens of thousands of football lunatics will travel WHERE EVER the game(s) will be played. Just think of the financial benefits for areas like Foxboro, Buffalo, and Green Bay. Imagine the weather actually

playing a part in the outcome of the gridiron classic. And a two-out of-three format will give pigskin piranhas one, possibly two extra games a year! The series would also reveal the true cream of the crop each season, forcing players and coaches to make adjustments and corrections for two or three weeks. Instead of mindless banter on the airwaves, fans and media could dissect each series as it unfolds. I know this will never happen, but compared to some of the conversations I've seen and heard on radio and television these past two weeks, it's no more far fetched. Here's just a couple of notes on Sunday's game. I was listening to Bill Belichick on talk radio this week (I just can't help it) and he was going through the Philadelphia Eagles team, position by position, giving his thoughts on what problems the Pats will face this weekend. And listening to Bill, it truly sounded like he knew the Eagles better than they know themselves. He's done his

Eucharist, not music or priest, must be focus of Mass, cardinal says By JASON PIERCE CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE DALLAS - The celebration of the Eucharist is "the supreme act 'of worship" for Catholics, and is at the "very heart of our religion," a top Vatican cardinal told a crowd of nearly 2,000 gathered in Dallas for a liturgical conference. Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, was the keynote speaker at the 43rd annual Southwest Liturgical Conference, held January 18-21. Representatives from 27 dioceses in the Southwest gathered for a series of workshops, talks and activities focusing on celebrating liturgy during the study week, on the theme "Come to the FeastlVen at Banquete: Disciples Called, Fed, Sent Forth." According to the Second Vatican Council, the Eucharist is '''a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet' where Christ is consumed and Jesus' glory is given to us," Cardinal Arinze said. "It is the essence of religion at its heart and at its height." The cardinal used his address to emphasize the centrality of the Mass to Catholicism. "There are four reasons for the Mass;" he said, urging his'listeners to remember the reasons with the acronym ACTS, which he said stands for 路"adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, supplication." "We come to Mass to adore God, to ask pardon for our sins, to

thank him, praise him, and to ask necessarily wrong, Cardinal Arinze for what we need, in that order," said, they should not be the focus he explained. of why one goes to Mass. The cardinal added that Catho"To allow the holy Eucharist to lics should "appreciate the verti- exact its great power in our Chriscal direction of the Mass." tian vocation and mission, we have "These acts of worship are to (perform) an act of worship diaimed primarily at God, to adore rected toward God," he said. 'There him, praise him and thank him," is nothing greater we do as Chrishe said. "He is great, above all, and tians than the Mass. The only thing we owe him the loving tribute of better than a Mass is another Mass." adoration." The cardinal said Christians Cardinal Arinze said that even . who adore and contemplate the though adoration is the No.1 rea- holy Eucharist together have a betson Catholics should attend Mass ter chance of becoming an "auother reasons come into play. He thentic commuiJ.ity." said some are there for the music, Because of the importance of others for a certain priest and oth- the Mass to Catholics and because ers to show off their own talents, priests are necessary to celebrate which the cardinal said ''would be Mass, "all Catholics, not only better in a theater," a comment that members of the Serra Club" are drew laughter from the crowd. responsible for praying for vocaWhile none of these reasons are tions, he added.

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homework, as usual. For all my fellow parishioners looking for my prediction this weekend - 1'1l remain true to form, Philly will win. Go Pats!

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We never lose the ones we love Publicity Chairmen are asked to submit news items 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. DEADLINE IS NOON ON FRIDAYS. Events published must be of interest and open to our general readership. We do not carry notices of fund-raising activities, which may be advertised at our regular rates, obtainable from our business office at 508-675-7151. BUZZARDS BAY - The St. Francis of the Cape Fraternity will meet Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Father Francis deSales Paulo will' speak about the Secular Franciscan Order. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 508759-3130. EAST FREETOWN - A retreat entitled "Awakening to God's Presence: The Contemplative Dimension of Christian Living," led by Father Robert Powell, will be held February 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call Father Powell at 508761-0746. EAST FREETOWN Emmaus, a Catholic retreat program for young adults ages 20-40, will be held at Cathedral Camp April 22-24. It offers participants the opportunity to grow in their relationship with Christ. For more information call Barbara Hayden at 508-336-9158.

ing prayers follow the Mass. FALL RIVER - The Fall River Area Men's First Friday Club will meet for a 6 p.m. Mass tonight at Sacred Heart Church, 160 Seabury Street, celebrated by Navy Chaplain Father St. George, who is also the guest speaker. A meal will follow in the church hall. For more information call 508-672-8174. FAIRHAVEN - A First Friday Mass will be celebrated tonight at 7 p.m., at S1. Mary's Church on North Main Street. It is sponsored by the Men of the Sacred Hearts, Fairhaven Chapter every first Friday. Come join them and spend time with the messed Sacrament in a Holy Hour following Mass. Refreshments and friendly social time will follow. NORTH DARTMOUm The musical group Session Eight will perform at the Three-In-One coffeehouse February 8 from 710 p.m. at St. Mary's Parish center. Refreshments will be available. For more information visit the Website: NORm EASTON - Public adoration of the Eucharist, in observance of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, will be held in th~ chapel of the Father Peyton Center at Holy Cross Family Ministries, 58 Washington Street on February 11 beginning with recitatiqn of the rosary at 9 a.m. Mass will be celebrated at noon and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will conclude the day at 4 p.m. For more information call 508-238-4095.

went on, her grandfather was one brother who had been my buddies Shortly after Christmas I of the Rome brothers who owned a was devastating. received a letter from a man I It didn't end. My mother, 96, print shop in Brooklyn, N.Y., never have met, but whose name where the first edition of died a few days before Christmas. sb:uck a chord. I knew his mother, Whitman's ''Leaves of Grass" was florence Rome Garrett, a beautiful We buried her Christmas Eve. . Now I am celebrating printed. poet., someone who had become a "Walt could find no publisher," florence's life: . friend after we met some 20 years she explained, because ago. We shared a love of his book was considered poetry and a deep belief "controversial." ''Tom, that we are destined for my grandfather, set etemallife. I loved being in almost the entire bOok her presence. himself, with Walt many I had sent her a Christtimes sitting in the print mas card and was worried shop proofreading," when I didn't get one from By Antoinette Bosco Florence wrote in a letter her. She was older than I, tome. my mother's age actually, L.o.--------~L...L....i.. __J_I What we had deeply and I knew she had had in common was our some health problems. The Strangely, it was my brother Joe belief that life itself is beautifully letter I received from her son . expressed in poetry, which is a verified'my wollY. florence died in who brought me closer to Florenee. Back in the late '80s, he had way of seeing beyond the September. shoWn me a book he wanted me to physical. I have long posted a I had not been in close touch read called "Cosmic Conscious- , poem she wrote titled "Glouster with florence for over a year Diner": ness," by Dr. Richard Bucke. It because I had so much sorrow to "Suddenly looking up, I saw his was considered one of the great deal with in 2004. The year began classics of "mystical experience," face with my son Sterling needing a ''In the midst of working men heart and kidney transplant. He he said, and since we talked joking' received them in late March, but, always of God and how we are ''For quick coffee, plus eggs sadly. died March 27. Easter this truly ~piritual beings, Joe let me and home fries borrow it. year falls on that date. 1 will join One of the people in the book ''No one noticed the face of his wife. seven children and 13 who had a "cosmic consciousness" infinite beauty grandchildren then for a great celebration of his life. "Strange, after a lifetime of experience - defined as "an illuminating, metaphysical While Sterling was hospitalseeking ''To find. at eight 0' clock in the experience" - was the poet Walt ized, my younger brother Joe was morning, battling hairy cell leukemia His Whitman. I was the feditor of a "With sea freshness blowing in two children had lost their mother weekly newspaper in Connecticut to cancer 14 years earlier. I was then, and I wrote a piece about him from the opening ''Door, the fishennen with the able to spend a'lot of time with Joe and the book. Christ, Florence immediately wrote to in the six months before he died October 6, but the pain oflosing ''Tune shattered by the stroke of me, telling me she had a first copy so close together a son and a of Dr. Bucke's book. In fact, she etemity."

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Welcome and not-sa-welcome surprises It was still dark and very cold valves. Can you imagine if all that when I arrived at the preschool' mighty power came under pressure where I teach. It seemed like the and didn't have a safety release? beginning of an ordinary day. But It took the gas company less by the time parents started than half an hour to cap the valve. dropping off their children for the The parking lot returned to its moming class. something peculiar wooded quiet, and we went back into. school. After some phone was goingon. A loud. whooshing sound was eclipsing the otherwise quiet parking lot, and the smell of gas filled the air outside. Our director made a JL quick call to 91'1, and we began evacuating the building. Fortunately, t h e ' majority of students were By Effie Caldarola

EAST SANDWICH- A program entitled "Conversations on TAUNTON - Members of Catholic Spirituality," presented by Paula Raposo, will be held the Taunton District Council of from 10-11:30 a.m. at Corpus the St. Vincent de Paul Society Christi Parish beginning February will celebrate Mass on February 10. It will continue on Thursdays -,7 at 7 p.m. at the Immaculate ConFebruary 17 and 24 and again on ception Church for the intention March 3. It will focus on Catho- of the canonization of Blessed lic spirituality and prayer for daily Frederic Ozanam and in memory living. For more information call .of deceased members. The regu508-678-2828. lar montWy meeting will follow in the parish hall, just arriving. and parents L ~----FALL RIVER - Bishop took chaIge of their George W. Coleman will celWESTPORT - Mass in children, hustling them back into ebrate the Rite of Election and honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary coats, out the door and away. calls, a few children drifted back Call to Continuing Conversion is sung each Saturday morning at Left with a handful of early for what remained of the morning. on February 13 at 3 p.m. at St. 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace arrivals, we teachers sat huddled in I have a Jesuit friend who prays Mary of the Assumption Cathe- . Church, 569 Sanford Road. The cars watching the police, the fueeach morning, "Surprise me, dral Parish. rosary is recited 20 minutes be- tmckand the gas company take Lord." That's a beautiful prayer. It fore Mass. For more information over the road down in front of the speaks of adventure, wide-eyed FALL RIVER - First Satur- call 508-674-6271. school The night's cold tempera. excitement, childish delight. Yet, 1 day devotion will follow the celtures had caused a safety relief find it very hard to say that prayer. ebration of the 9 a.m. Mass at St. YARMOUTHPORT - Fa- valve to open on some natural gas I know that many surprises aren't Mary's Cathedral tomorrow. It ther Roger Landry will lead a pipes ~ comprise a station by the . good. Being a controlling person, I will include Benediction of the Morning of Recollection, themed wooded comer 100 yards from the want to direct God to send me Blessed Sacrament. "Lenten Conversion and the Eu- school what I think is best, not the charist," February 12 at Sacred surprise that might be in store. Normally we wouldn't even FALL RIVER - A healing Heart Chapel on Summer Street. notice the tangle ofpipes down by As surprises go, our early Mass will be celebrated at St. It will begin with the celebration the trees. That day they were evacuation was mostly a nonevent. Anne's Church, 818 Middle of Mass at 9 a.m: and includes emitting a sound one parent No one was hurt, and due to the Street, on February 10 at 6:30 adoration of the Blessed Sacra- likened to a jet taking off. A geyser fact or' ~e safety release it<;elf, we p.m. The rosary will be recited ment, two conferences on prayer of natural gas shot into the air. weren't really in danger. y. at 6 p.m. Benediction and heal- and reconciliation. Thank God, I thought, for safety Still, the morning turned out to

be a surprise for me. It was a surprise for four-year-old Hans, who spent the morning at the office of his mother, an interior designer, instead of in our class. It was a surprise to Kathryn, who instead of staying at preschool went on a field trip to a science center with her dad and her brother's ilfade school class. It was a surprise to Julia that when her father opened the car door at preschool he jumped right back into the car, called 911, then took her home. Many surprises are

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much less benign. Who would have dreamed, waking up on an ordinary day in Asia, that a giant tsunami would affect thousands and thousands of people by nightfall? I know I can't be in co.ntrol, thank God. I know I can't be assured that my little routine will be just as I plan it. But rather than offer a chirpy "Surprise me, Lord," I have to make mine a more humble prayer, a coward's prayer, perhaps: . Lord, help me to be ready for surprise. Help iDe be willing to climb out of the comfortable routine ofmy day and experience the depth of your love in the unexpected, the beautiful, the sorrowful, the surprising. Help me to be ready for whatever you send my way.


Circumcision not sinful Q. I was deeply distressed by people ... become more aware of your recent column about medical facts about routine circumcision of infants." circumcision being immoral. It makes parents whose boys were As I noted, circumcision is a prescribed ritual practice in many circumcised feel they've done cultures, notably Jews and something wrong. My husband and I attended Muslims. The Catholic Church Church-related marriage has several times through the programs before and after our centuries forbidden the practice, but these condemnations seem to m:arriage, and no priest ever said circumcision is immoral. It is wrong for the Church to withhold that information and now make parents feel they've committed some sin. (Iowa) By Father A. First, let me be John J. Dietzen clear that, to my knowledge, no notable moral theologian claims that a parent or physician who has have been based largely on an infant circumcised is thereby doctrinal, not moral, reasons. The Council of Florence committing a sin. Certainly I don't believe that, nor has the Church (1438-1445), for example, commanded that·no Christian . taken a position about it. should be circumcised since As one Michigan pastor wrote to me, we don't need moral "whether or not they place their theologians to add any additional hope in it, it cannot possibly be items to our list of things to be observed without loss of eternal salvation." These prohibitions, scrupulous or guilty about. therefore, would apparently not The purpose of the column in question was to point out that affect Christians who practice circumcision for medical reasons. many in the health industry believe routine circumcision of Even to this day, the circumcision controversy is not finished. infant males is not morally justified and needs to be reconsid- Some experienced physicians who contacted me are confident ered since it is considered that infant male circumcision medically unnecessary by most presents advantages, both medical associations who have immediately and in the future. addressed the question. Also, large-scale studies in Already in October 1985, the Asia and Africa during the past 10 Mayo Clinic Health Letter years, involving thousands of predicted we ''will see a gradual men, offer evidence that circumshift in opinion and practice as

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Court declines to hear case that rejected 'Choose Life' car plates WASHINGTON (CNS) - The Supreme Court has declined to hear a case over whether states can offer license plates with anti-abortion slogans. Without comment, the court declined to take an appeal of a ruling that said South Carolina's program offering Pro-Life license plates was unconstitutional. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court ofAppeals had said it was unconstitutional for the state to offer plates with the saying "Choose Life" because supporters of legal abortion were not given the chance to have a license plate expressing a different view. Planned Parenthood of South Carolina said in a lawsuit that the state had engaged in ''viewpoint discrimination" because the program allowed only one side of the debate about abortion to have access to the license plate forum. Under a 2001 law, South Carolina began offering specialty plates for additional fees of up to $70. Among those available are special plates for fans of NASCAR racing, for support ofa program for spaying and neutering pets, for nurses, and for members oforganizations including Rotary International, the Shriners, the South Carolina Chiro-

practic Association and the Secular Humanists of the Low Country. The 4th Circuit is not the only federal appeals court to have taken up acase over "Choose Life" plates. The 5th Circuit Court said in 2002 that supporters oflegal abortion had no legal standing to sue over Louisiana's "Choose Life" plates. In material filed with its case, South Carolina said 11 other states offer "Choose Life" plates and 11 other states are considering them. Earlier in January, the Alliance Defense Fund won a ruling enabling a federal civil rights lawsuit to go forward against New York authorities for refusing to adopt a "Choose Life" plate that would have helped support an adoption organization. The Children First Foundation had revised its design to include a Web address, New York's Department ofMotor Vehicles rejected the design twice on the grounds that a significant portion .of the population would find the message "patently offensive." A federal judge ruled last month that the plaintiffs had sufficient grounds for the case to proceed, rejecting the state's request that the suit be dismissed.

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cised males are significantly less likely to acquire the AIDS virus, HIV, than the uncircumcised. Whatever moral label we might tentatively place on circumcision, therefore, there is no basis to claim that parents or physicians who practice it are doing anything sinfully wrong. It was not the intention of my previous column to make. that claim. Q. Our parish liturgy committee hoped to arrange for homemade eucharistic bread during some weekend Masses during Lent. But we cannot fmd a good recipe we can use lawfully. Some have additives that rule them out. Do you know a way to make Communion bread that families in our parish might use? (Ohio) A. Your committee's idea is already practiced in many parishes during Lent, Easter time, first Communions and other special OCcasions. Several years ago, in response to a note in this'column, a deacon in Idaho, a baker by profession and now deceased, sent a recipe to me, which I offered to readers. Many have written to thank me, saying it is exactly what they were looking for. The recipe contains no additives to the wheat and water, but is prepared a bit differently, making it more practical than other methods, and is of course in accord with Catholic regulations for eucharistic bread. Anyone who wishes the recipe may write to me. Afree brochure answering questions Catholics ask about the

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nations, subtly influencing whether they are considered ilS friends or enemies, allies orpotential adversaries." The mass media can incorrectly represent other people through words or images steeped in hostility, the pope said. By demonizing people from other social, ethnic orreligious groups, the mass media can sow the seeds of conflict by fomenting fear and hatred, which "can all too easily escalate into violence, war or even genocide," he said. Those in the public and private sector who are responsible for ''the style and content ofwhat is communicated have a grave duty to ensure that this does not happen," the pope added. ' He urged those involved in com-, munications to leam and apply ethical and moral principles in living their own lives and in carrying out their work. The basic principle underlying this ethical standard, he said, is "a genuine commitment to the common good" that "embraces the needs and interests of all," andnotjust ''the narrow interests of a particular group or nation." The pope said "communication should be by persons to persons for the integral development of persons," which should also include promoting "a true culture of life." Corninunicators have the possibility to distance themselves ''from today's conspiracy against life" and convey ''the truth about the value and dignity of every human person," he said.

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"a few errors" had been made in determining the "age of reason," so that until 1910 children under the age of 10 - and in some dioceses, under the age of 14 were prevented from receiving Communion. Allowing children to receive the Eucharist at a young age "has brought great grace to the Church," Cardinal Castrillon said. He told priests that Pope John Paul II praised the decision to

can be that the children "are worthy to receive in their hearts VATICAN CITY the sacramental Christ." Children's innocence, openness "In fact, the mind of a child and ability to be awed mean that, who has reached the age where when properly prepared, their they begin to reason - and tofirst Communion can be a moday this age is reached quickly ment when the whole parish wit- is open and available to welnesses how great a gift the Eucoming the divine light that charist is, said Cardinal Dario makes the mystery of God's love Castrillon Hoyos. for man penetrate where it is As soon as children are able able," the cardinal wrote. to recognize the difference be"Faith raises us beyond reatween regular bread and a conson," he said, "and this faith, secrated host, preparations which we frequently expefor their first Communion rience in our parishes, is should begin, said the carCardinal Castrillon told the priests very alive in children who dinal, prefect of the Con- he hoped the "holy practice" or al- are able - sometimes gregation for Clergy. more than we are - to exIn a letter posted last lowing young children to receive press their closeness to the month in Spanish, Italian their first confession and first Com- Lord with prayer." and German on the munion would be better appreciated, The cardinal did not congregation's Website- and followed during the Year of the mention ongoing - the car- Eucharist, which runs from October sions in the Church about dinal urged priests,in conpreparing mentally handi2004 to October 2005. sultation with their bishcapped children for their ops, to ensure that children first Communion and was in their parish are able to not available January 25 to receive their first Communion allow young children to receive discuss the question. when they reach "the age of rea- Communion. Cardinal Castrillon told the son," generally agreed to be In his autobiographical book, priests he hoped the "holy pracseven years of age. "Rise, Let Us Be on Our Way," tice" of allowing young children In many countries, while Pope John Paul said Pope Pius' to receive their first confession Communion preparation classes decision was "a touching testi- and first Communion would be accept seven-year-olds, many of mony of pastoral love for chil- better appreciated and followed the children do not receive their dren." during the Year of the Eucharist, first Communion until they are The future Pope John Paul re- which runs from October 2004 eight or nine. ' ceived his first Communion in to October 2005. Cardinal Castrillon said that May 1929, just after his ninth The cardinal prayed, "May in 1910, when Pope Pius X au- birthday. love for the most holy Euchathorized publication of a decree Cardinal Castrillon told rist be transmitted from the saying that children could re- priests, "I think that one of the most tender age and the desire ceive their first Communion greatest joys for a pastor is to to receive the body of Christ be"from about the seventh year," hear the first confession of chil- come the surest path for buildit "marked an important change路 dren and then let them receive ing a future of peace and holifor the pastoral care of chil- their first Com~union." ness, not only for the indidren." "The younger they are," he vidual, but for the whole ChrisPope Pius' decree noted that said, the more certain a priest tian community."

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Video games, other issues ate focus of corporate responsibility movement By TRACY EARLY CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE NEW YORK - The sale of violent video games to children is getting special attention this year from church agencies in the corporate responsi bili ty movement. Mercy Sister Patricia Wolf, -director of the Interfaith Cen'ter on Corporate Responsibility in New York, said in a recent interview with Catholic News Service that research conducted earlier about the issue will now " be followed by direct challenges to companies at stockholder meetings. Members of the center have , filed resolutions with five major retailers - Best Buy, Circuit City, Target, Toys 'R' Us and Wal-Mart. Support for a particular resolution by members depends on which company's stock they hold. For example, the Toys 'R' Us resolution is backed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Dominicans of Sinsinawa, Wis., and Trinity Health, formed by merger of health care facilities of Holy Cross and Mercy nuns and based in Novi, Mich. In the resolution, each of the fi ve retailers has been asked simply to "report on the implementation of the company's policies" regarding sale of "mature-rated" video games. Sister Wolf said research , has shown that children are 'able to buy violent games where advancing in the game requires killing or hurting , someone. An investigation by a New York City government " , agency found that minors were able to buy the "mature-rated" games at 34 of 35 stores surveyed, she said. The nun said the resolutions , avoided any censorship issues by taking no position on the production 'of such videos and by asking only about how policies on marketing to children were monitored. Kathy Rowan, a consultant to Trinity Health, said for her agency the videogame issue relates to children's health. Pediatricians express concern about what exposure to the violence of some video games does to a child's overall well-being, she explained. In December, Julie Tanner, corporate advocacy coordinator for Christian Brothers Investment Services, told CNS that keeping violent video out of the grasp of kids is also a top 2005 agenda for her organization. The Christian Brothers organization invests funds totaling $3.5 billion for 1,000 Catholic groups.




The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility has about 275 members who together have more than $100 billion invested in pension, endowment and reserve funds. With a staff of a dozen and an annual budget of $1.3 million, the center coordinates most of the church activity in the corporate responsibility field. Its members include a large number of retigious orders and Catholic agencies; Oblate Father Seamus Finn is chairman of its board of directors. A compilation of centersponsored shareholder resolutions is published each January. This year's report shows that church agencies continue to challenge corporations on a large number of issues. Sometimes, a compromise agreement leads to withdrawal of a resolution before it gets to a company's annual meeting, and other times the Securities and Exchange Commission will disallow a resolution. But every year dozens of resolutions are debated and voted on, putting the spotlight on issues of church concern, although the church agencies do not have enough shares to win votes when 'confronting management's opposition. However, Sister Wolf noted that Coca-Cola management decided to support a resolution last year calling for a report on how AIDS was affecting the company; an almost unprecedented 98 percent voted in favor of it. Getting companies to look at the AIDS crisis, particularly in Africa, from the standpoint of how it would affect their business was a focus of the center last year. Sister Wolf said that effort is continuing this year, with an expansion 'of attention particularly to Russia, where AIDS has become more widespread. She said church groups also will be pressing pharmaceutical companies, including Merck & Co., to disclose more information about their political contributions including the amounts given and who receives them' - to evaluate the effect of the donations on drug policies and pricing. Copies of ,"The Proxy Resolutions Book" for' 2005, containing texts of resolutions with supporting stafements and names of filers; can be ordered from: Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, 475 Riverside Dr., Room 1842, New York, NY lOllS. Further information about the center is available on its Website,

ROBERT DE NIRO and Dakota Fanning star in a scene from the movie "Hide and Seek." (CNS photo from 20th Century Fox)

eNS movie' review - 'Hide and Seek' NEW YORK (eNS) - "Hide and Seek" (20th Century Fox) is a stale psychological unthriller that should have stayed hidden. Directed by Aussie filmmaker John Polson, the scWocky frightfest bores more than it scores on the goose-bumps meter. Robert De Niro stars as David Callaway, a New York psychologist who relocates to the country with his y~ung daughter, Emily (Dakota ' Fanning), after his wife (Amy Irving) kills herself, reasoning that a fresh start will be therapeutic for Emily, traumatized by her mother's suicide. ' Their new home is located in a secluded woodsy community conveniently emptied of much of its population by the off-season exodus. Once in the boondocks, Emily develops a "friendship" with an imaginary playmate named '!Charlie." Initially, David thinks it is part of the normal psychological healing process, a harmless way of expressing unresolved emotions. But strange things start to happen. Jammed windows mysteriously open, Emily's drawing~ become increasingly macabre and the family cat winds up a drain-stopper. Before long, David begins to read the ominous writing on the wall - literally - and questions whether Charlie is make-believe or something more malevolent. He must also contend with the town's neighborly but slightly creepy locals including a shiftyeyed sheriff (Dylan Baker), rodentlike realtor (David Chandler) and a covetous next-door couple (Melissa Leo and Robert John Burke) mourning the recent loss of their own child. Rounding out the cast are Elisabeth Shue as a divorcee who befriends David, much to Emily's - and the unseen Charlie's - dismay, and Farnke Janssen as a former student turned colleague of David. Pirating plot elements from movies like "The ,Shining," "Angel Heart" and most brazenly "Psycho" (a shower curtain and butcher's

knife both come into play), the cliche-ridden script lacks any real sus- pense, let alone the faintest semblance of logic. What it does have is more red herrings than your local fish market and a ridiculous twist ending which elicits more snickers than surprise. What little does work is a credit to Fanning, who carries the movie on her tiny shoulders - or, more accurately, in her hauntingly hyp',notic eyes, which lend the'plot more story credibility than it deserves. As for De Niro, while it is interesting to see the intimidation tables turned and watch him squirm for a change, one can only wonder if he actually read the script before signing on. Polson exhibits relative restraint in regard to the violence; most (though not all)'is suggested rather

than shown. However, the movie does contain disturbing images, among them, a distressingly explicit scene involving Emily watching from the doorway as her father discovers her mother, wrists slit, lying dead in a blood-soaked bathtub (which alone justifies the film's R rating). Late in the game, a terrified Emily cries, "I don't want to play with Charlie anymore," and by that point neither will viewers. The fIlm contains recurring violence, including a graphic suicide and several murders, as well as intense scenes of menace involving a minor. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is Am- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R - restricted.

& Broadcasting classification is 0 - morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rat-' ing is R - restricted. ''Because of Wino-Dixie" (20th Century Fox) Gentle and disarming story c~s M()vile CCllV~UJ~e~ based on Kate DiCamillo's awardNEW YORK (CNS) - The fol- winning best-seller about a Baptist lowing are capsule reviews ofmov- preacher (Jeff Daniels) and his little ies recently reviewed by the Office girl, Opal (AnnaSophia Robb), who for Film & Broadcasting ofthe U.S. move to a small Florida town, and Conference of Catholic Bishops. the dog they take in which becomes "Alone in the Dark" the catalyst for Opal to make friends (Lions Gate) with several of the town's outcasts: Insufferably inane sci-fi action an ex-alcoholic recluse (Cicely film directed by Uwe Boll about a Tyson), a fearful, spinsterish librarparanormal detective (Christian ian (Eva Marie Saint), and a guitarSlater), who in investigating the dis- strumming pet store manager with appearances of several missing a prison record (Dave Matthews). people uncovers a plot by a mad Wayne Wang's film, based on a scientist to open a virtual portal to novel by Kate DiCamillo, is beauhell which will unleash an evil race tifully acted all around, and imparts of savage creatures on the world. a heart-tugging message about Based on the popular video game, people's loneliness and need to conthe ludicrous film is as incoherent nect, making satisfying entertainas it is violent; and is full of ment for adults as well as children. bafflingly bad acting and risible dia- The USCCB Office for Film & logue. Excessive gratuitous vio- Broadcasting classification is A-I lence and gore, a suicide, an implied - general patronage. The Motion sexual ,encounter, as well as much Picture Association of America rough and crude language and pro- rating is PG - parental guidance fanity. The USCCB Office for Film suggested:

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the women's petition, which was received January 18 at the Supreme Court, is a "Rule 60" motion based on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The rule allows for a decision to be set aside, in ·part, if "it is no longer equitable that the judgment should have prospective application" or for "~y other reason justifying relief from the operation of the judgment." Parker said decisions up to 41 years old have been overturned using the Rule 60 standards. ''The older a decision is, the more likely you'll be able to get it overturned," he said. However, the strategy on Roe and Doe has failed in two other judicial forums. In June 2003, a Dallas district court judge declined to reopen the case, saying that McCorvey's request was not made within "a reasonable time" after the Supreme Court decision. Last year, a February appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of ApTWO MEN, identifying themselves only as Brother Ryan and Brother Brian, both of Dopeals in New Orleans also failed. ver, Del., hold up religious artwork in front of the Supreme Court building at the conclusion of A petition for a full-court hearing the annual March for Ufe in Washington. (CNS photo by Bob Roller) was denied soon after.

'Roe,' 'Doe' seek reversal of Supreme Court's 1973 abortion decisions By MARK PAT11SON CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON - Norma McCorvey and Sandra Cano, the women who were "Jane Roe" and "Mary Doe," respectively, in the 1973 Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion virtually on demand, have filed a petition with the high court to set aside the decisions, or at least order a new tIial on the merits for reversal. Allan Parker, president of the San Antonio-based Justice Foundation and lead attorney in the case, told Catholic News Service he expects to prevail in at least one of the cases. The man-bites-dog twist in this instance is that it is the winners, not the losers, who are looking to have the court's decision reversed. "You can i.mat£ine the lady who won Brown v. Board of Education wouldn't want to go back," Parker said at a late-January press conference outside the Supreme Court,

referring to the landmark school desegregation ruling. McCorvey and Cano, who both spoke at the press conference, are backed by 33 women from 19 states who say they regret having had abortions; one of the women had seven. Neither Cano nor McCoryey ever had the abortions at issue in their cases. "I was never told what an abortion would do," said McCorvey, the "Roe" in Roe v. Wade. "I'm glad I didn't have an abortion. My baby is alive - somewhere." McCorvey was 21 years old and pregnant for the third time when she sought an abortion. She agreed to be the plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking to overturn a statute in that prohibited abortion unless it was necessary to save the life of the mother. The U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case came after she had the baby. It was the third child she put up for adoption. Cano, who, like McCorvey,

helped give American women an almost unlimited right to an abortion, said her "case was based on deceit and fraud." "I have never had an abortion," she added, voicing her sympathies with women who have had abortions: "They do not know which way to tum.... They cannot undo the death of their baby." Cano, the "Doe" in Doe v. Bolton, never sought an abortion when she went to a Georgia legal aid attorney for help with a divorce in 1970. Pregnant with her fourth child and receiving no support from her husband, Cano faced family pressure to have an abortion, but she refused. She eventually left the state and had the child, whom she gave up for adoption. The Roe decision threw out most state restrictions on abortion, while the Doe decision permitted abortions through all.nine months of pregnancy. The legal strategy being used in

Vatican praises woman who refused cancer treatment to save child VATICAN CITY (CNS)-The Vatican praised an Italian woman who sacrificed her life for her unborn child, calling it an act of"love and faith." A 41-year-old woman from northern Italy died two weeks ago from skin cancer, just three months after giving birth to a healthy baby boy. Soon after Rita Fedrizzi was diagnosed with melanoma last year, she discovered she was pregnant. She refused doctors' f!XOmmendations to abort the fetus and to undergo treatment that would have been harmful to her unborn child. The Vatican newspaper,

L'Osservatore Romano, headlined its recent story about Fedrizzi "A gesture of love and faith in order to let life win." The decision to forgo treatment knowing she would most likely die as a result was not made without "a heavy heart" or with "superficiality," said the paper. "She informed herself ... and she knew clearly that if she were to give birth sh~ would not have had any hope of surviving" the disease, it said. . The woman's husband, Enrico Fontana. said his wife had told the doctors that carrying out an abortion would have been like "killing


one ofmy other two children to save my skin." . Fedrizzi made "a choice based on her faith, which I always shared with her," Fontana said. The Vatican paper called her sacrifice "a courageous gesture." The article recalled "another act of courage and love toward life" with the example of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, also from northern Italy. . St. Gianna died in 1962 after refusing treatment for a tumor so that she could carry her unborn child to term. Pope John Paul II beatified her in 1994 and proclaimed her a saint May 16,2004. .

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Justice Foundation attorneys took hope in a concurring opinion . by Judge Norma Jones of the 5th Circuit, who gave her "fervent hope" the Supreme Court would consider developments since 1973 and re-evaluate Roe v. Wade. Parker said the Supreme Court would not decide whether to consider the latest petition until late summer. If the court were to accept the petition, a hearing would not come until autumn at the earliest.


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Pope says world must remember . but never repeat Holocaust VATICAN CITY (CNS) destruction of an entire people falls "Never again, in any part of the like a shadow on the history ofEu- . world, must others experience what rope and the whole world," he said. was experienced" by the victims of "It is a crime which will forever the Holocaust, Pope John Paul IT darken the history of humanity. said. . ."May it serve, today and for the In a message marking the 60th future, a~ a warning: There must be anniversary of the liberation of the no yielding to ideologies which jusAuschwitz-Birkenau concentration tify contempt for human dignity o.n camp in Poland, the pope called the the basis of race, color, language or Nazi extermination of almost six . "religion," Pope John Paul said. The pope said memories of his million Jews, three million Poles and hundreds of thousands of Gypsies visit to Auschwitz and of the Shoah and homosexuals ''the final tragic were with him in 2000 when he visited the Holocaust memorial and the outcome of a program of hatred." The pope's message, released at Westem Wall in Jerusalem, where the Vatican in seven languages, in- "I prayed in silence, begging foreluding Hebrew, was carried to the giveness and the conversion of anniversary commemoration in Po- hearts." land by Cardinal Jean-Marie Pope John Paul also said that Lustiger of Paris, the papal envoy during his visit to Auschwitz he to the cere!ll0ny. prayed that the victims would in"I bow my head" before all the . tercede with God to grant the gift victims, "whom we have mourned of peace to the world. FARMAN GARMAVI, right, a Nashville, Tenn., resident of eight years, registers to vote at for 60 years,"路 the pope wrote. "I continue to pray unceasingly, one of the two Iraqi "out of country" voting stations in Nashville. Polling stations had been Pope John Paul said it was es- trusting !;hat everywhere, in the end, established in five places across the United States for the Iraqi elections. Besides Nashville, sential to remember the Holocaust there will prevail respect for the digthe votingisites are Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit. (CNS photo by Theresa in order ''to honor the dead, to ac- nity of the human person. and for Laurence;, Tennessee Registel) . knowledge historical reality and, the right of every man and woman J above all, to ensure that those ter- to seek the truth in freedom, to folI 'rible events will serve as a summons low the' moral law, to discharge the for the men and women of today to duties imposed by justice and to ever greater responsibility for our lead a fully human life," he said. The pope said people also common history." The pope said that when he vis- should remember that "in the midst ited the Auschwitz camp in 1979 of that unspeakable concentration he paused before memorial inscrip- of evil" which was Auschwitz, By VINCENT GRAGNANI tions in 19 languages, remember- "there were also heroic examples But many made them. ChaldoAssyrians, as they call CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE ing all 'of the victims. of commitment to good," of prisSam Kosa, a parishioner at St. themselves, refers to members "I stood somewhat longer before oners who demonstrated love for EL CA10N, Calif. - San Michael's Chaldean Church in of an indigenous ethnic group in the inscription written in Hebrew," their fellow prisoners and even their . Diego's Chaldean community EI Cajon, spent four hours riding Iraq that is neither Arab nor he said, because Hitler's plan was "tormentors." feels betrayed by Iraq's out-of- a bus to Irvine, registering and Kurdish. They belong either to the ''total extermination" ofthe Jews. ''Their attitude bore clear wit- country voting program, which riding back. At the polling place, the Chaldean Catholic Church or He repeated what he had said in ness to a truth which is often ex- put only one U.S. polling site he met people from Arizona and the Assyrian Church of the East, 1979: ''This, the very people that pressed in the Bible: Even though West of the Mississippi River, different parts of CaJifornia. two churches that share nearly received from God the command- man is capable of evil, and at times according to Father Michael , Weeks before the election, identical liturgies and traditions. ment, 'You shall not kill,' itself ex- boundless evil, evil itself will never Bazzi, pastor of St. Peter's Kosa and others circulated a peFather Bazzi said most memperienced in a special measure what have the last word," the pope said. Chaldean Cathedral in San Di- tition via E-mail froin the bers. of his parish follow the situkilling means. "In the very abyss of suffering, ego. Assyrian Internatio"nal News ation in Iraq closely, watching "No one is permitted to pass by love can triumph," he said. "We are the third largest com- Agency protesting the choice of CNN and AI-Jazeera, the Arabic this inscription with indifference," ''The witness to this love shown 'munity from Iraq in the United polling sites. news channel based in Qatar. he repeated. in Auschwitz must never be forgot- States, and they bypassed us," "The seemingly arbitrary al- They also follow many Iraq"No one is permitted to pass by ten," Pope John Paul said. "It must Father Bazzi said. "We based Websites on the' the tragedy of the Shoall," or Holo- never cease to rouse consciences, were supposed to have a Internet. caust, the pope said. to resolve conflicts, to inspire the center here to vote. We "The seemingly ar.bitrary alloca,- , When the rectory of a ''That attempt at the systematic building of peace." , church in Mosul, Iraq, was tried so much. We fought so much. They betrayed us, .tion of polling stations is seen as an destroyed, Father Bazzi and we are very disap- outright act of discrimination against had photos of the rectory pointed," ,he told The non-Kurdish Iraqis, especially the posted at the entrance to Southern Cross, diocesan ChaldoAssyrians who comprise St. ,Peter's Cathedral so newspaper of San Diego. VATICAN CITY - The Catho- Vatican the same day. . some 85 percent to 90 percent of that everyone could see When it comes to using the press Polling sites for Iraqi what had happened. He lic press can help build a sense of all Iraqi Americans," the petition said that through special community by helping individuals as an instrument of evangelization, elections were set up in 14 collections the parish realize they are not alone in practic- Catholicjournalists are called to lead . countries outside Iraq, in- read. cluding the United States, regularly sends money .to ing their faith, said U.S. Archbishop exemplary lives, he said. If not, "many people will not lis- where Iraqi citizens or parishes and seminaries in John P. Foley. Catholic newspapers not only ten to our message, because the mes- those born to Iraqi fathers were location of polling stations is Iraq. The priest and most of his provide "authentic information senger himself or herself appears to eligible to vote from January 28- seen as an outright act of dis~ 30 to elect an assembly to draft crimination against non-Kurdish parishioners are from Nineveh, about the Church and society," but lack credibility," he said Living a saintly life is the best a constitution for Iraq. Iraqis, especially the in the northern part of Iraq. He they also form "a true sense of kind of public relations the Catholic The American cities chosen ChaldoAssyrians who comprise feels it is important to support Catholic community," he said. as polling places include Irvine, some 85 percent to 90 percent the centuries-long tradition of They make "us realize that we media can offer, he said. "Mother Teresa is a much better just outside Los Angeles, Nash- of all Iraqi Americans," the pe- Christianity in Iraq, which is are not alone in practicing our faith" and provide "good ideas argument for the Christian life than ville, Tenn., and Chicago, De- tition read. A prime example of why he wishes Iraqi Christians about how we might be able'to js .an advertising campaign," he troit and Washingto)l. To take the hick of balance, the petition abroad had more access to the part in the vote, the estimated added, is the decision made by elections. strengthen our faith and share it added. Finally, Catholic communicators 25,000 eligible voters living in the International Organization "The Christians in Iraq don't with others," he added. Archbishop Foley, president of must always be "open, truthful and San Diego had to ,make two trips for Migration to establish a poll- have backup from us," he said, to ltvine - one trip to register, ing site for Nashville, where an adding that it "hurts very much. the Pontifical Council for Social accessible," he said. People ''will not listen to the good another to vote. The estimated.. . . estimated 5,000 Kurdish fami- It hurts Christianity. It hurts Communications, made his remarks in an address recently to communi- news we seek to share unless we are 10,000 eligible voters in Phoe- lies live, "but not for San Chaldeans." cations professionals in Accra, honest with them about the unfortu- nix and 10,000 in Modesto and Diego's 25,000,' Modesto/ "All the votes will go to the Ghana. The council released the nate bad news that sometimes oc- Turlock in California have even Turlock's 10,000, or Phoenix's Muslims," he said. "What can longer trips to make. 10,000 ChaldoAssyrians." archbishop's written remarks at the curs," said the archbishop. we do but feel disappointed?"

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Vatican' official says Catholic press helps with sense of community

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Churches cese because of the focus on the Year of the Eucharist and because it brings us together in prayer before oureucharistic Lord." He said it opens up the opportunity "to see the diversity as well as the many beautiful churches throughout diocese" and hopes people "will take advantage of being able to pray with one another." A brochure listing the churches involved in the Church Station days will be mailed to each pastor in the diocese so that it will be made available to all parishioners who might want to become involved, he said. Msgr. Avila said that having the devotions begin and end at St. Mary's Cathedral in Fall River, the mother church of the Fall River diocese, is particularly meaningful.

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"We will start the first day of the Lenten Station Churches on February 9, Ash Wednesday, at the cathedral. And we also ask people to join with the priests of the diocese at the Chrism Mass on March 22 the final day which is the day priests reaffirm their vows before the altar," he said. Bishop Coleman, who announced the Lenten practices, invited parishioners from every par-' ish to become pilgrims to participate by attending either the morning or the evening Mass each day at the Station Churches or by making a visit before the Blessed Sacrament during the day. "I ask that you remember in prayer your own parish community, as well as our diocesan family in this important year, during which we unite to strengthen our

local Church through the process of pastoral planning," Bishop Coleman urged. The following prayer has been adopted for this ongoing Year of the Eucharist: . "God our Father, you give us the gift of the Eucharist to satisfy the hungers of the human heart, and to draw us ever closer to Jesus Christ, you Son, and to our brothers and sisters. VOLUNTEERS FROM Jesuit Refugee Service and an InHelp us to grow in our love of the Eucharist, to celebrate it with donesian civic group arrive on Aceh island off the northern tip joy and reverence, and to allow of Sumatra recently. The volunteers were spending 10 days it to transform us to be more like. recovering and burying bodies and preparing the island for Jesus. . the return of surviving villagers, most of whom fled to Sumatra May we grow in union with after the deadly tsunamis. (eNS photo by Paul Haring) Him as He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever, Amen. " Continued from page one The following is a list of Station Churches and a schedule of take to think we are masters over pope's message. therr devotions: ,.,\ To avoid facing the suffering the beginning and end of life," r---------------------------~----, that sometimes afflicts the elderly, Bishop Leonard told reporters. When appropriate palliative Archbishop Cordes said, family DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER STATION CHURC~S members may be tempted to avoid care, which aims to enhance a Eucharistic Exposition will.take place following the morning Mass until hour prior to visiting their elders, or to send patient's comfort and relieve pain, the evening Mass unless otherwise noted. them to a home, or to help them is provided, "this reduces many Addresses and other contact information for each station church may befoundonline at "die in dignity" when a debilitat- requests for death," said the Belhtfp:// gian bishop. ing, painful illness lingers. Archbishop Cordes urged the In today's culture of death, the faithful to "not let political leadof euthanasia is "inevithreat Feb. 9, VVednesday St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River Masses at 12:05 and 7 p.m. ers sacrifice the dignity of human table," the archbishop said. Feb. 10, Thursday Our Lady of Guadalupe, New Bedford Masses at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Bishop Andre-Mutien Leonard .beings" in response to "popular or Feb. 11, Friday St. Pius X, South Yarmouth Masses at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. of Namur, Belgium, said the ide- economic" pressures. Feb. 12, Saturday St. Joseph, Fall River Masses at 9 a.Qll.and 4:30 p.m. But especially this Lenten seaology of the importance of "an individual's freedom of choice" is son Christians are urged to uphold Feb. 14, Monday St. Stanislaus, Fall River Masses at 7 ~'~.• 1·~.8P 7p.m. the driving argument for turning the dignity of the person by exFeb. 15,Tuesday St. John the Baptist, New Bedford Masses at8 a'lJli a~ 7 p.m. euthanasia and assisted suicide tending a hand of kindness to the Feb. 16,VVednesday Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Seekonk Masses at 9 a.t. a~d 7 p.m. into a legally recognized medical older people in one's family and neighborhood. . Espirito Santo, Fall River Feb. 17, Thursday procedure. Masses at 8~:jtr1 ~~d 7 p.m. The challenge of real converBelgium and Holland recently St. Theresa, Attleboro Feb. 18, Friday Masse~ at7 a'.r; ~~d 7 p.m. passed laws regulating euthana- sion, he said, is not proclaiming St. John the Evangelist,Atd~boro I Feb. 19, Saturday 10 a.m, ExPO~IJtQI1;!! ··1·· ,," the pope's message as an idea, but sia. and 4 p.m. Ma~: .. if in carrying it out, taking care of "We like to think we are the I,'.J.'.U.' Is.".;.;l .,! 1,1 owners of our lives, but we are older people, lifting them out of St. Mary, South DartmoUftr Feb. 21 , Monday Masses at 7 ~~f~ ~~d 7 p.m. born and we die. We didn't choose loneliness and recognizing them Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, iNew Bedford Masses at 8 ~.,' ~ ~qp 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22,Tuesday to be born and we didn't choose as a resource and gift to be valFeb. 23,VVednesday St. Anne Shrine, Fall River Masse&at 11.~~~6;30p.m. that life should end, so it's a mis- ued. , L 11 Christ the King, Mashpee, Feb. 24, Thursday Masses at a,'~I~l1d7 p.m. St. Mary, North Attleboro Feb. 25, Friday k~l))d 7 p.m. Masses at 7 St. Joseph, Attleboro Feb. 26, Saturday ~~d 5 p.m. Masses at 9 f:ontinued from page four





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Vatican each year) precisely to stress the interconnection between.the lay and religious states. Jesus' presentation evokes our baptism, the time at the beginning of our lives when we, like Jesus, were presented in God's temple and consecrated to his service. Through this baptismal consecration, each of us has begun a consecrated life, participating in Jesus' consecrated life offered to the Father in the Holy Spirit. This general consecration is the foundation of the consecrated life of religious in particular. At the same time, however, religious life shows those consecrated by baptism the full scope of their life -in Christ. The profession of the evangelical counsels is a public identification with Christ, who' himself was poor, chaste, and obedient to his Father in everything. From Christ's poverty, reflected in the poverty of religious, we learn the antidote

to the materialism of our age and how to trust in God as our sole treasure. From his chastity, reflected in religious chastity, we discern the proper response to contemporary hedonism and how to master ourselves in order to give ourselves in love to God and others. From the Lord's obedience to the Father until death, reflected in religious obedience, we discover the remedy for today's exaggerated autonomy and how God's truth alone sets us free. Religious men and women, through living the evangelical counsels, become icons of Christ and signposts to the joy of his kingdom. They show us that God is our greatest gift and is worth everything we are in return. May we never take them for granted! And may we all follow their beautiful and timely witness! Father Landry is a parochial vicar at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Hyannis.





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FALL RIVER - Arnie Vieira, a junior at Bishop Connolly High Schoo"! recently attended the Eleanor Roosevelt Girls Leader. ship Workshop. The nine-day conference was held at the Stone Cottage in Hyde Park, N.Y., and Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Vieira of Fall River,

Vieira is a member of the school's National Honor Society. She is also a member of the cross-country team, winter and spring track teams, and the debate team. She was one of 200 young women from across the country to attend the workshop 'which focused on human rights issues.

'I CHILDREN FROM the Religious Education program at St. Patrick's Church, Somerset, line up before their presentation on the Nativity. The event was open to all parishioners and featured songs performed by the youth group, adult choir and folk group. Below, children in the fifth-grade Religious Education class and students from Somerset路Middle School pro. vide music for a sing-a-Iong.

ACADEMIC PRINCIPAL Mary Ann Miskel congratulates Ted O'Leary and Lauren Wickel of Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth, upon their recent nomination for the Wendy's Heisman Award. The seniors were selected for exemplifying excellence as citizens, scholars and athletes. , .


IN A RECENT social studies unit, Tammy Pereira's third-grade class at Our Lady of Mount Carillel School, New Bedford, traveled throughout the school on a campaign trail in order to elect the third-grade political party animal. Here, they cheer and shout for their favorite. The eventual winner was the tiger.

THE EIGHTH-GRADE confirmation class from Holy Trinity Parish, West Harwich, helped assemble several baskets of baby items for new mothers recently. Their service project helped young mothers at fAA Women's Concern," in Hyannis.


Friday, February 4, 2005

Spirited crowd of about '18,000 fills Washington arena for life events By MOIRA E.


WASHINGTON - There were blue sweatshirts with the words "Pro-Life trip, because it matters," blue headbands that read "I love life," and yellow Tshirts that said "Smile, your mom chose life." More than 18,000 young people, adult chaperones, seminarians, priests and religious gathered January 24 at the MCI Center, a sports and concert arena, in downtown Washington for the Rally for Life and Youth Mass that preceded the March for Life. For the past decade, the Archdiocese of Washington has sponsored the morning of song, prayer and socializing for youths from

around the nation. Singer-songwriter and youth leader Steve Angrisano performed, along with Tony Melendez and the "Who Do You Say I Am" band from Cleveland. Washington Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick celebrated the Mass. Twenty-two-year-old David Dufresne handed out fliers for Crusade for Life, a Pro-Life organization, at the rally entrance. More than five years ago, he and his girlfriend were faced with a pregnancy. His girlfriend decided to carry the child to term and give him up for adoption. "I could have killed a human being, and it would have been legal," Dufresne told the Catholic Standard, Washington's

SARA MCMANAMON, 19, and Melissa Coleman, 21, both students at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, celebrate prior to a Mass for young Pro-Life activists at the MCI Center in Washington. The Mass and rally preceded the annual March for Life. (CNS photo by Bob Roller)

archdiocesan newspaper. Three years ago, he became involved with the Pro-Life movement. "(Women) deserve better than to kill their children," he said. Ryan Poticny, from St. Rose of Lima Parish in Gaithersburg, Md., stressed his belief in adoption. "Adoption is an option," he commented. His family has provided foster care to children, and he said he has seen firsthand the innocence of a child. "Basically, Pro-Life is one of the most important things. This baby didn't do anything" to deserve to be aborted, he said. Katherine Hamm, director of Christian services at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, brought two buses full of girls to the rally. "It's great for them to see a positive image of the Pro-Life movement," she remarked. "To see young, happy, holy teen-agers defending life." Stephanie Toebben, Nikki Simora and Serena Niff, three students from St. Pius X High School in the St. Louis Archdiocese, talked about supporting their felCATHOLIC MUSICIAN Tony Melendez performs prior to low classmates who find them- a Mass for young Pro-Life activists at the MCI Center in Washselves pregnant. A fellow student ington recently. The Mass and rally preceded the annual is pregnant and has decided to March for Life. (CNS photo by Bob Roller) keep the baby. The girls at Pius X are throwing the young mother a And he asked the crowd to pray crowd to do the same. baby shower. "Reach out to those pregnant for those who believe in abortion. Father Andrew Fisher, an associate rector at the Basilica of and alone. Tell them that God "Remember, with God all things the National Shrine of the Im- loves them, and God has a won- are possible," he said. Brian Weddig, ajunior from maculate Conception in Wash- derful plan for their c4ild," he Elder Catholic High School in ington, gave the homily at the said. He also urged the youths to Cincinnati, said, "I believe that Mass and spoke about his friend in college who became pregnant. "reach out to those who've had an everyone should have a right to He said that the woman's friends abortion. Tell them that God loves life whether they're 20, 60 or gathered around her and stayed them and the Church loves them in the womb. Everybody by her side to help her through and to find peace and healing in should have the opportunity to the pregnancy. He asked the . the sacrament of reconciliation." have a life."

School dances: Awesome or awful? By M. REGINA CRAM CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE School dances are great, aren't they? You hang with your friends, pig-out on junk food, dance with all the cute guys/girls and go home humming your favorite tunes. Does this sound like your school dances? If it does, you're one of the lucky ones. Mine sure weren't like that. Personally I think the guy who invented school dances should be forced to endure one himself. They're OK in high school, but middle-school dances can be downright painful. When I was in junior high, I spent weeks imagining how great the upcoming dance would be. The school cafeteria would be transformed into a winter wonder~ land or a tropical island or some

other fantastical place. Lights would gyrate, and music would blast so loudly that my friends and I would have to shout to be heard. When the dancing started, it was my cue to take my place along the wall where I would remain for the evening's duration. I wasn't a wallflower, I was more like a wall fixture, hugging the Band-Aid beige walls and trying to look like I was having a great time. Occasionally some sympathetic guy would ask me to dance. Big mistake. I was awkward and shy, with no idea what I was doing. It was pathetic, and what made it worse was that everyone else seemed to be having so much fun. But not every dance is a disaster. Last year s()me of my

friends went to a formal dance where it is traditional for the guys to take the girls out to dinner beforehand. The problem was that none of the guys had any money.



Age So the girls came up with a creative solution: They planned a fancy picnic with china and crystal to match their gowns and the tuxes. They spread out a linen tablecloth on the grass, drank Sprite out of champagne flutes and feasted on everyone's favorite food: Taco Bell takeout. It was a

huge success. The dance wasn't bad either. I remember one special dance too. My date wasn't especially popular or good-looking. Brian was just an old friend; he was thoughtful and kind, and he made me laugh. He also happened to be the National Ballroom Dancing Champion. Ballroom dancing isn't the kind of thing that sounds very cool, but let me tell you, this guy knew how to dance! He gave me a few lessons ahead of time, and best of all he taught me how to swing dance. He knew all the great swing dancing moves: twirls, pretzels, twists. Once I got the hang of it, we looked pretty impressive. Even my mother said so. And you know what? My date was the most popular guy at the

dance. What girl wouldn't want to dance with a guy who made her look great? The funny thing is that he didn't take advantage of his popularity. Instead, Brian spent the entire evening with me. Every single dance. Girls were dying to take a tum with him, but he knew this was a special night for me my senior prom""':' so he gave me his complete attention. Only at the after-party did Brian share his dancing talent with the other girls. For that one evening, I got to be Cinderella at the ball, and I didn't even have to wear uncomfortable glas~ slippers. ,OK, so maybe school dances are OK - especially when you go With friends who care about you instead of their own popularity. , : Thiuiks, Brian..


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