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WASHINGTON (CNS)-Giving the states full responsibility for hunger and poverty programs is a risky proposition given the records of some states with welfare programs, said the president of Catholic Charities USA in. congressional testimony. "The historical record requires great hesitation about the willingness or the ability clf the states to protect our poorest families from the worst ravages of hunger and poverty," said Jesuit Father Fred Kammer Feb. IA before a subcommitte of the House Agriculture Committee. The subcommittee is considering proposals to fund various nutrition programs at reduced levels through block grants to states. Subsidized school breakfast and lunch programs, surplus commodities distribution, the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program and senior citizen meals programs would be affected under proposals from House Republicans. But Father Kammer said people in states that already have flexibility about eligibility and benefits for federal Aid to families with Dependent Childn:n end up being worse off than their counterparts in states that have not received such exemptions from federal guidelines. The states that exercise flexibility "have allowed the actual value of AFDC benefits per family to
decline steadily for more than 20 years," said Father Kammer. Some such states have not taken advantage of federaljobs programs, for instance, because they are unable or unwilling to provide the required matching funds, he said. "Federal food programs have reflected the Congress' determination that poor children and families in the world's most powerful and wealthy natio~ at least would not starve to death," said Father Kammer's written testimony. "They
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have succeeded in part because the Congress has maintained and improved that guarantee and not let it be subject to 50 sets of bureaucracies and 50 state budget tradeoffs." In his testimony, Father Kammer also pointed out that none of the witnesses who testified in favor of shifting the agriculture programs to the private sector represented the churches and charities that do the work. "The churches and charities, beginning witlh our own, say this would produce a tidal wave of hungry and homeless kids and moms, a torrent of newly abused children and a profoundly wrong social and moral outcome," said Father Kammer. Existing programs need change, he agreed, but they must continue to provide an effective barrier to hunger in the United States. Earlierin the hearing, Rep. Tony P. Hall, D-Ohio, said it would be a good idea to give states some flexibility in using some federal funds for the poor, but that nutrition programs are a risky place to experiment. Under the current system, allocations of funds and resources can be quickly shifted when one state is hit by recession or natural disaster. A block grant system would react much more slowly, as much as several years behind the needs, said Hall, former chairman of the now-defunct House Select Committee on Hunger.
WASHINGTON (CNS) - Requiring accredited obstetrics and gynecology residency programs to ensure abortion training violates the conscience rights of Catholics as well as some state laws, according to the U.S. bishops' pro-life committee head and their top lawyer. Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, chairman of the Committee for Pro-Life Activities, and Mark E. Chopko, general counsel of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, commented in separate letters to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The Chicago-based council was to vote in February on a proposal to require training in induced abortions for all U.S. obstetrics and gynecology residents. "Coercing people and institutions to participate in the destruction of innocent life is a great evil," said Cardinal Mahony in his Feb. 13 letter. !'When such coercion is directed against people and institutions that to embody society's healing, amoral outcommitment rage is the only appropriate response. "1 therefore find it difficult to believe that medical organizations would require doctors who specialize in caring for unborn children and their mothers to learn how to kill the former and jeopardize the physical, emotional and spiritual health of the latter," the cardinal added. Chopko, in a Feb. 9 letter to
council officials, pointed out that the proposal would violate existing laws in about half ofthe nation's 50 states that exempt hospitals from referring for abortion, artificial contraception or sterilization when the hospital is conscientiously opposed to such procedures. In addition, Chopko said, six states have specific statutory remedies "against any person that discriminates against a hospital for exercising its right to refuse to participate in or refer for these procedures." Cardinal Mahony described the proposal as "anti-Catholic," as well as "anti-medicine and anti-human." Under the proposal, Catholic health care institutions will be required to establish "mechanisms" to ensure abortion training, he said in his letter, although residents with personal "moral and religious" objections can be exempted. "We can no more establish 'mechanisms' to ensure the killing of an unborn child, at any location, than we could do so for the killing of the same child when born," he said. Although Catholic health care institutions will be able to seek protection under the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Cardinal Mahony said, the most serious harm will be to the medical profession itself. "A profession that makes abortion into the routine and expected Turn to Page 13
Greyhound park case goes to state Supreme Court The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has submitted a friend of the court brief on behalf of Kathleen Pielech and Patricia Reed, two Catholic women fired because they refused to work on Christmas Day, 1992, at Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park. In June 1994 the judge in Bristol County Superior Court ruled that the Catholic religion did not require the plaintiffs to abstain from work on Christmas Day. The Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to which the case was appealed, is expected to grant a ruling this spring. Commenting on the friend of the court brief, Catholic League president Dr. William A. Donohue said: "At the invitation of Kathleen PieIech, the Catholic League welcomes the opportunity to file an amicus brief on her behalf, and in support of Patricia Reed, as well. At stake is whether Americans can
practice their religion without penalty from the state. So elementary is this right that organizations like the ACLU and the ADL have joined with the League in backing the plaintiffs. Freedom of religion means nothing if those who worship are penalized for practicing the tenets of their faith. "It was decided in 1963 by the Supreme Court, in Sherbert v. Verner, that the government may not refuse unemployment compensation to a person unwilling to work on Saturday, the Sabbath of her faith. Thirty years later, in the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, it was decided that the state. must demonstrate a compelling government interest before it can substantially burden the exercise of religious beliefs. "Given this legacy, it behooves the Supreme Judicial Court to recognize that Catholics should be allowed the right to abstain from work on what is surely one of the most pivotal days of the year for Christians of any denomination."
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Marriage courts must remember person's strengths says pontiff VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Just as church marriage courts cannot ignore human weakness, they cannot forget people's ability to do good 'and to make lifelong commitments, Pope John Paul II said. Not recognizing the "highest nobility of man, his intangible rights and the respect owed him" would be as wrong as not recognizing the human person has "a wounded nature inclined to ev.il," the pope told officials of the Roman Rota, a Vatican appeals court handling annulment cases. Meeting with the officials Feb. 10, the pope said that social sciences, psychiatry and Christian teaching about human nature must be considered when judging the validity of a marriage. With the help of divine grace, "certain Gospel requirements which from a purely earthly and temporal view would appear too harsh, not only are possible, but are able to bring benefits essential for the person's growth in Christ," the pope said. The truth is not served and justice is not done when marriage courts rely exclusively on scientific teaching that ignores the individuals' God-given dignity and the grace that comes through the sacrament, he said. Pope John Paul also told the tribunal officials that while the church has always taught that people must act in accordance with their consciences, that does not mean that the conscience is an autonomous and exclusive source for determining what is good and what is bad. "If it is true that man must act in conformity with the judgment of his conscience, it is also true that the judgment of his conscience cannot pretend to establish the la w; it can only recognize it and make it its own," he said. When doubts arise in marriage cases, the pope said, "reference must be made to a judgment correctly coming from the legitimate authority and not from a presumed private judgment, and even less from an individual's arbitrary conviction." The pope's comments reconfirmed teaching contained in an October letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The letter said divorced Catholics who remarry without an annulment cannot receive Communion even if, in good conscience, they believe their second marriage to be valid.
Father McNaspy dies NEW ORLEANS (CNS) Jesuit Father Clement J. McNaspy, 79, whose expertise in liturgy, music, languages and other fields made him a Renaissance man~ died of a stroke Feb. 3 at a Jesuit nursing home in New Orleans. He had been a priest for 50 years and a Jesuit for 63 years. An authority on liturgy and associate editor of America magazine for 10 years, he was recognized as a writer, historian,liturgist, musicologist, linguist and missionary to Paraguay. At his death, he was professor emeritus of religious studies at Loyola University, New Orleans.
BISHOP' RAYMOND J. Boland, left, and Bishopdesignate John K. Boland will be ninth set,of brother bishops in U.S. church history. (eNS photos)
Brother bishops ninth such pair in US church history WASHINGTON (CNS) the Northwest. Bishop Francis N. When Bishop-designate John K. Blanchet was ordained a bishop in Boland of Savannah, Ga., says 1845, nearly two years after he was "brother bishop," he may be talk- named first apostolic vicar of ing about his blood brother as well Oregon. He later became first archas brother in the faith. bishop of Oregon City, which later Bishop Raymond J. Boland of became the archdiocese of PortKansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., is land. his older brother. The year after his episcopal orThe bishop-designate, 59, and dination his younger brother, Auhis brother, 63, were born and gustine M. Blanchet, was ordained raised in Ireland and studied for as first bishop of Walla Walla in the priesthood there, but both were what is now the state of Washingordained for U. S. dioceses - Ray- .ton, a diocese that was suppressed mond for the Washington archdi- -a few years later. One of the leading collectors of ocese in 1957, John for the Savanunusual facts about the U.S. bishnah diocese in 1959. ops for many years was the late Bishop Raymond Boland was Bishop Francis P. Leipzig of Baker, made bishop of Birmingham, Ala., in 1988 and bishop of Kansas City- Ore. According to his series of booklets, "Longevity and HistoriSt. Joseph in 1993. cal Sketches of the American HierBIshop-desIgnate John Boland archy," oth~r blood brothers in the was appointed head of the Savanhistory of the U. S. hierarchy were nah diocese Feb. 7, replacing Bish- Bishops Jeremiah F. and op Raymond W. Lessard, who has John W. Shanahan, first and third retired for health reasons. bishop, respectively, of Harrisburg, The Bolands are not the first or Pa. even the only living sibling bishops - Bishops John S. Foley of in the United States, however. In Detroit and Thomas Foley, coadfact, they are the ninth such pair. jutor of Chicago. The Hurley brothers, originally - Bishops Thomas M. Lenihan priests of the San Francisco archof Cheyenne, Wyo., and Mathias diocese, are also bishops. C. Lenihan of Great Falls, Mont. The elder, retired Bishop Mark - Bishops Michael J. O'ConJ. Hurley, 75, of Santa Rosa, nor of Pittsburgh and James Calif., was ordained an auxiliary' O'Connor of Omaha, Neb. bishop of San Francisco in 1968 - Bishop Howard J. Carroll of and named bishop of Santa Rosa Altoona-J ohnstown, Pa., and the following year. He retired Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll from his diocese.in 1986 to work of Miami. on special projects for the Vatican. His younger brother, Archbishop Francis T. Hurley, 68, of Anchorage, Alaska, was made auxiliary bishop of Juneau, Alaska, in 1970, WASHINGTON (CNS) ~ The bishop of Juneau in 1971 and recent 50th anniversary meetings archbishop of Anchorage in 1976. of the World Bank and InternaThe first and easily most famous tional Monetary Fund in Madrid, siblings in the U.S. hierarchy were Spain, represent a "missed opporthe Kenrick brothers. tunity" for much-needed reforms, Dublin-born Francis P. Kenrick social justice advocate Jo Marie was the 22nd bishop in the history Griesgraber said after her return of the U.S. hierarchy when he was from Madrid. She directs the ordained in 1830 as coadjutor Rethinking Bretton Woods probishop and administrator of Phil- ject for the Center of Concern, a adelphia. He became' bishop of Jesuit-founded ecumenical think Philadelphia in 1842 and archtank on social justice issues. The bishop of Baltimore in 1851. World Bank and IMF - both His younger brother, Peter R. founded in Bretton Woods, NH, Kenrick, also born in Dublin, was in 1944 to assist European recovordained in 1841 as a coadjutor of ery after World War II - "are St. Louis. In 1843 he became bishop long overdue for major overhaul of St. Louis and in 1847 its first involvinga,thorough critique accomarchbishop. panied by fresh proposals and political will to implement them," she Two brothers from Quebec were among founders of the church in said.
Several events designed to provide pre-Lenten and Lenten spiritual nourishment have been announced by the Diocesan Department'of Education. On Saturday, Feb. 25, the weekend preceding' Ash Wednesday, Bishop Sean O'Malley will lead a day of reflection at Cathedral Camp Retreat Center, Route 18, East Freetown. To take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:36 p.m., it will include prayer, discussion, "lunch and fun." The second "pillar" of the new Catechism of the Catholic Church, which deals with the manner in which Christ works through the seven sacraments and with the nature of the sacraments themselves, will be discussed by Father Mark R. Hession in a lecture to be offered in four areas of the diocese on four successive Wednesdays, March 8, IS, 22 and 29, in each case from 7 to 9 p.m, The locations are St. Pius X parish, South Yarmouth, March 8; St. Patrick parish, Fall River, March IS; St. Joseph parish, Taunton, March 22; and St. Mary parish, Seekonk, March 29. Father Hession, parochial vicar at St. Mary's parish, New Bed-
ford, is a judge on the diocesan marriage tribunal and a member of the board of directors of St. Anne's Hospital, Fall River. "Seeking a Church with a Human Face: Spirituality for Today's Catholic" will be the topic of Sister Maureen Sullivan, OP, at a program to be offered from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, March 10, at Our Lady of Victory parish, Centerville. Sister Sullivan holds a, docto-' rate from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, where she was an associate dean. A theological consultant for the William H. Sadlier publishing company, she writes and speaks extensively. .On March 10 she will discuss changes brought about by the Second Vatican Council and offer insights on developing a spirituality appropriate for post-Vatican II Catholics. Among topics Hhe will cover are the role of faith in times of crisis and the relationship between an individual conscience and the teaching authority of the 'church: Further information on all programs is available from the Diocesan Department of Education, tel. 678-2828.
Stonehill establishes Slovak collection Stonehill College, North Easton, is establishing a Slovak Book Collection, a gift from 1956 alumnus and trustee Michael Novak. The 100-volume collection, currently held in the Cushing-Martin Library at Stonehill, will be expanded and housed in a new college library, expected to be completed in 1998. Novak is a religious pnilosopher whose writings have influenced political and social movements around the world. Recipient of the 1994 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, valued at $1 million, he holds the Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington, DC, policy center. Novak, whose papers are housed in the college's Joseph W. Martin Institute for Law and Society, has been the driving force behind the creation of several programs at Stonehill. Recently, he established the Novak-Templeton Merit Scholarship, which provides four scholarships annually to students who demonstrate academic excellence. One scholarship is designated for a student from Slovakia in honor of Novak's family heritage and another for a student from the Bahamas to honor Sir John Templeton, who resides in Nassau, Bahamas. To supplement the scholarship to a Slovak student, $1,000 from the Joseph L. and Ann H. Sakmar Endowment in Slovak Studies will be awarded to Slovak students studying at Stonehill. The endowment, established by Novak's aunt and uncle, provides funding for educational programming in Slovak studies. The Novak family also established the Rev. Richard Novak, CSC, Memorial Scholarship in 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 THE ANCHOR (USPS-545-020). Second Class Postage Paid at Fall River, Mass. Published weekly except the week of July 4 and the week after Christmas at 887 Highland Avenue, Fall River, Mass. 02720 by the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River. Subscription price by mail, postpaid $11.00 per year. Postmasters send address changes to The Anchor, P.O. Box 7, Fall River, MA 02722,
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OBITUAR Rose M. Moore Father John F. Moore, pastor of St. Mary's parish, New Bedford, diocesan Secretary for Communications and Anchor editor, was principal celebrant of the Mass of Christian Burial for his mother, Rose M. (McCabe) Moom, 87, who died Feb. 14. The Mass, at which many priests of the diocese were concelebrants, was offered this morning at St. Lawrence Church, New Bedford, where Mrs. Moore was a longtime parishioner and a member of the Guard of Honor Society and the Helpers ofthe Holy Souls. A native of Killinkere, County Cavan, Ireland, the daughtl~r of the late John Francis and Mary (Brady) McCabe, she had lived in New Bedford for the past 70 years. She was the widow of Patri,:k J. Moore. In addition to Father Moore, she is survived by another son, Kevin Patrick Moore of Lower Marion, Pa; two daughters, Rosemary Moore Bowen of Little Compton, RI, and Margaret Moore Grandchamp of Adams; two sisters, Bridget Thornton of Scranton, PA, and Anne Ke~.ting of Ireland; 10 grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. This morning's Mass was followed by interment in St. Mary's Ceme~ery, New Bedford.
St. Anne's Hospital CEO resil~nS Sister Joanna Fernamdes, OP, chairperson of the board of trustees of Saint Anne's Hospital, Fall River, has announced the resignation of James M. Dawson, since 1992 hospital president and chief executive officer. Under Dawson's leadership, the hospital has recorded three successive years of steadily improving financial performance, culminating last fall with the upgrade of its bond rating by Moody Investors Service. "The board of trustees hired James Dawson to effe:ct a turnaround of the hospital, a process now successfully completed," said Sister Joanna. "The entire Saint Anne's community is very grateful to Jim for his stewardship over the past three years." Dawson commented that he is pursuing other professional interests, "having achieved the financial turnaround of the hospital and several other key objectives, including development of a strong partnership with Caritas Christi Healthcare System." Sister Joanna also announced thatJoseph Wilczek, former senior vice president of Cadtas Christi, has accepted an interim appointment as acting president and will direct hospital operations while the trustees conduct a national search for a successor to Dawson. "One of the very tangible benefits of our partnership with Caritas Christi," she said, "is access to a proven health care executive such as Joseph Wilczek. 1 am confident that he will provide very capable leadership to this institution as we continue our progress in positioning Saint Anne's Hos,pital for success in a rapidly changing healthcare environment."
Troubling clause MANILA, Philippines (CNS) - Philippine Catholic theologians and church leaders are expressing concern over the morality of a General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade provision which will allow patenting of life forms, including human genes. The Philippines Senate was considering ratification of the global trade agreement, also known as GATT, signed in April by more than 120 countries, including the Philippines. Church apprehensions stem particularly from GAITs provision on "Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights" which allows life forms to be patented. "Patenting life forms, especially human life forms, is against nature and therefore immoral," said Dominican Father Antonio Cabezon, professor of moral theologyand bioethicsat Manila's Catholic University of Saint Thomas.
Reflection afternoon set for religion teachers Msgr. John J. Oliveira, Diocesan Secretary for Education/ Evangelization, has scheduled a Lenten afternoon of reflection for teachers of religion both in Catholic schools and in parish programs. It will be presented by Father Robert S. Kaszynski, pastor ofSt. Stanislaus Church, Fall River, from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at the church. It will offer two presentations and a concluding holy hour. The sacrament of reconciliation will be a.vailable during the holy hour. Further information is available from the Education Secretariat office, tel. 646-3630.
THE ANCHOR- Diocese of Fall River - Fri., Feb. 17, 1995
Banish poverty says NCCW The National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) has announced that it will not support any welfare reform legislation that does not have as its primary objective the protection of children and the promotion ofstrong family life. Furthermore, NCCW advocates welfare reform aimed at eliminating poverty altogether. "We're concerned that some of the legislation being called for could result in women and children who are homeless and hungry. What's more, harsh legislation may unwittingly contribute to an increase in abortion, if young women who are pregnant and poor are faced with bleak futures with no basic resources for their babies," said Rita Greenwald, NCCW president.
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ONE OF EIGHT Massachusetts welfare protesters arrested in a demonstration by over 400 persons following passage of a major welfare reform act is draggedfrom th~ floor in front of Governor William Weld's office. Her T-shIrt reads "Fight Poverty, Not People in Poverty." (See editorial, page 4)
Ukrainian seminary in U.S. is host to native Ukrainians WASHINGTON (CNS) - The Ukrainian-rule Catholic seminaries in Ukraine are overflowing, but in the United States, it is just the opposite: only two Americans studying in a Washington seminary built to house dozens. The solution? Bring some Ukrainian students to America to study at St. Josaphat Seminary. The facility is used more effectively, and more priesthood candidates are trained rather than turned away for lack of space. At this time, si;'l: seminarians and one priest have arrived from southwest Ukraine, which is predominantly Catholic. Eventually, up to two dozen could be studying at the seminary if all goes well, said Archbishop Stephen Sulyk of the Ukrainian archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Philadelphia archdiocese will pay for their training, a nineyear program that includes one year of intensive English. If they make it all the way, they will be ordained for the Philadelphia archdiocese - not for their home dioceses in Ukraine. "The condition I pla'ce on them is celibacy," Archbishop Sulyk said in an interview. In Ukraine their dioceses would have permitted them to marry before ordination. The Eastern rites in communion with Rome admit married men to the priesthood in their regions of origin but do not permit marriage after ordination.' In the United States, celibacy was required for
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those rites beginning in 1929, Archbishop Sulyk said. The only other condition is that "they work for me for at least five years," Archbishop Sulyk said. After that, they're free to minister in Ukraine, Poland, C.anada or any pla<;e else with a Ukrainian population." Iouri Sakvouk, 18, the only seminarian who ventured speaking English in an interview, said he first felt the call to priesthood four years ago. "At first I think about spiritual life and about to be a priest. This was [in] my soul," he said. "And I feel ... God needed me, and our church, the Greek Catholic Church, needed me. too." After the collapse of the SO\liet Union, "it wa.s still a difficult situation," Sakvouk said, turning ~o seminary rector Father John Bura to act as an interpreter. "There was a rush to start seminaries, but there was nobody trained," he added. "The seminaries are beginning again but now it is the hope [to eventually staff] the seminaries" with U.S.-trained priests. The mixed emotions of sending a son away to the seminary were doubled for the VaIiavka family. The only two boys in the family -Bohdan, 21, and Roman, 22came to Washington. But Archbishop Sulyk said the Valiavkas' mother told him, "I want my boys to be priests. They don't need to marry. They will be married to God." Still, it will be a long, long road to priesthood, one that's taken the Ukrainians thousands of miles from home. Father Bura said it hasn't yet been worked out how often the seminarians will be able to get back home. But there's no worry about loss of Ukrainian identity while here. "I'm not afraid of that," Sakvouk said. "The previous generation was here and it didn't lose it. This is pos.itive."
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Justice and the Social Agenda Congress seems permeated by fear of the coalitions of what one might call the religious right, in particular by those of Christian fundamentalists. In many ways, the nation as a whole should be wary of this development. The strident calls for moral and ethical reform emanating from this sector come from a melange of dissident voices, many of which continually fluctuate, often seeming to seek reform for the mere sake of reforming. ,Shallow in the content of their proposals, superficial in mind and'confused in spirit, their representatives tend to be intolerant and violent. Such a mind-set is too often characteristic of those who feel that they have the right to foist their interpretation of God's will on th.e whole nation. Let us simply say that this frame of reference has no place in American democracy. All it does is reinforce bias, bigotry and prejudice. This country needs no increase in these evils. Admittedly, there are few Americans who would disagree that our nation has many problems. Violence, abuse, pornography and addiction have claimed millions of victims. The crime issue is all too real, as is the murderous scourge of abortion. We are a shameful people whose guilt is ever before us. The breakdown of family values has left our streets full of the shattered and broken. The rise in both teenage pregnancies and suicides reflects the mores of the times. We cannot simply deny the plagues that infest us. The question is how best to treat the illnesses that are eroding the body politic. Extremism in any form, right or left, is simply not the answer. The positions now being supported by many from the fundamental right take away the liberty for which Americans have fought and died on battlefields throughout the world. The church has always taught her,sons and daughters that the social order and its development must yield to the good of the person. As the Fathers of Vatican II wrote: "The social , order requires constant improvement; it must be founded in truth, built on justice and enlivened by love; it should grow in freedom toward a more humane equilibrium." As they legislate to govern conduct, let those who hold public office remember that all men and women are endowed with a rational soul and are created in God's image; they have the same nature and origin; they enjoy the same divine calling and destiny. In the process that will be mandated by the majority in Congress, may it be remembered that all people are created equal and -that this fact must be given greater recognition. As those in power push their agendas, they must be fair and honest. Excessive economic and, social disparity between members of the one human race is a source of scandal and militates against social justice, equality, human dignity and. peace. In their zeal to change the course of American society, may our lawmakers spare no effort to banish social and political injustice and safeguard basic human rights. The Editor Letters Welcome Letters to the editor are welcomed. All letters should be brief and the editor reserves the right to condense any letters if deemed necessary. All letters must be signed and contain a home or business ,address.
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---------------------------------,More knowledge should bring more faith By Father Kevin J. Harrington The thirteenth century was an important period in the integration of philosophy into the realm of religious belief. Intellectual giant St. Thomas Aquinas brought his knowledge of invaluable Greek texts of antiquity to bear on his theological discourse. It has been persuasively argued by scholars that Aquinas used "being" as a central term in his theology rather than the traditional Father, Son and Holy Spirit - partly' because it was a term shared with contemporary Jewish and Islamic theologians and philosophers. On the verge of the twenty-first century, theology must reach out credibly to our contempor~rypluralistic situation. This does not mean that our theology must appear to be avant-garde or have no continuity with tradition. The eternal truths must constantly seek new ways of understanding how God reveals himself in the light of both reason and revelation. Today science is almost as influential a "religion" as were Islam and Judaism in the thirteenth century. For many people, Christian belief is no longer tenable in the postmodern world. I believe it was as great a mistake in the nineteenth century to retreat to fundamentalism when confronted with the discoveries of evolution as it was in this century for many religious people to deny the ongoing efforts to find a cos-
mological theory that might explain the origin of our universe. Roman Catholicism, because of its twin pillars of tradition and Scripture, has not fallen into the trap of many of our Protestant brethren who have retreated into a literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis' account 'of creation. However" we are in no position to point an accusing finger at anyone in light of our Church's reaction to Galileo! Most Christians readily admit that the Bible was not written as history, but many people find this declaration distressing because history interests us so greatly. Many people are more interested in knowing whether the Red Sea did or did not part than in the question that should really matter: "Did or did not God definitively use a certain unusual situation to create a chosen people?" I.find it helpful to think of Newton and Einstein to better understand how God's providence can play'a role in a' world seemingly fixed by unbreakable laws. Newtonian laws operate within a certain domain (low speeds) but are only approximations ofthe higher laws of relativity that encompass all that comes within the purview, of Newtonian principles and more besides. The scientific community had reached a satisfying'consensus until Einstein showed that his laws could not only explain what peo-
pie could see but what they could only imagine (subatomic masses moving at the speed of light). Analogously, in certain unusual situations such as those of creating a chosen people, revealing d~ivine intentions in Jesus, and revealing the nature of the kingdom of God, higher laws come into play that have different outcomes from 'those of normal physical laws which concern different situations. Prior to Einstein's contribution there was a great deal of talk about the "God of the gaps," I have always found that language u:l1satisfying. It seemed to convey the ' notion that the more science discovered, the less need there was for God. Following this line of a,rgument would lead one to believe that primitive humans positl~d a need for God because of their ignorance, but as knowledge progressed there would eventually be no need of the "God hypothel:is." In our postmodern world, Christian belief is too often viewed as problematic. But when faith s.:eks understanding as in the cas.: of St. Thomas Aquinas, increased knowledge of the natural wor:ld is anything but a threat to belief. Ideally, wider knowledge of the natural world should bring its knower to a greater understanding and appreciation of the Creator. I personally find the study of the origins of our universe coupled with the praying of the Psalms one of my most edifying experiences!
Whena parish has problelns Dear Father Dietzen, I just read your column from a woman whose new pastor took away a lot of oppoll'tunities for participation in their liturgy. You said there seemed to be "a serious breakdown of caring !iomewhere." One of your alternatives was to attend another parish. I, too, have experienced parishes where there WIIS a "serious breakdown of caring" on the part ofthe priest, which is a nice way of saying that the pastor is not following the spirit of church law, at least as we see it. From my experience, most Catholics, particularly those in a parish which has been well pastored, do not consider it an option to seek another parish for such superficial reasons as the way Mass is said. Between the fact that the pastor has complete authority in the parish and the fact thllt the bishop does not have enough priests to go around, there is little likelihood that any appeal to Vatican II documents or canon law will be attended to. But "church" is where you are, with the people where you are, including the pastOJ' who is not in sync with the writtenl guidelines of the larger church. Now that we have a new priest, people are saying we were dying under the former pastor. I think' that is an overstatement. The parish, "the church" ,"vhich meets at our parish, was ml~rely dormant. We lost a few along the way, but most stayed and pl~rsevered. One man cannot destroy a true Christian community. Another consldlntion is that, for some, changing parishes means 20- or 30-mile commutes. One thing which helped me was a comment by an outsider: "This situation is a challenge to your love." Although I never convinced the priest that I was honestly trying to be loving, at least on my part I do not feel guilty; I am not bitter or derogatory. It is not being hateful to state that someone does not follow Catholic practice or church decrees if he is in fact not doing so. Going somewhere else is not what is needed. What is needed is how to live with injustice, in the church of all places:. What is needed is: How does one nourish one's
Daily Readings Feb. 20: Sir 1:1-10; Ps 93:1-2,5; Mk 9:14-29 Feb: 21: Sir 2:1-11; Ps 37: 3-4,18-19,27-28,39-40; Mk 9:30-37 Feb. 22: 1 Pt 5:1-4; Ps 23:1-6; Mt 16:13-19 Feb. 23: Sir 5:1-8; Ps 1:16; Mk 9:41-50 Feb. 24: Sir 6:5-17; Ps 119:12,16,18,27,34-35; Mk 10:1-12 Feb. 25: Sir 17:1-15; Ps 103:13-18; Mk 10:13-16 Feb. 26: Sir 27:4-7; Ps 92:2-3,13-16; 1 Cor 15:5458; Lk 6:39-4S
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By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN faith when on a starvation diet, so to speak? For many people it is the power of the sacraments which transcends the manner and person of those administering them. St. Teresa of Avila, I think, saw devils around a priest, but stiH knew the Mass was valid. Committed Catholics see their parish as family. To abandon one's community because of a pastor does not feel right. After all, pastors come and go. The parish community continues, and how the community is church to one another does not change. It may be less visible with a pastor who seems to do non-Christian things, but it doesn't change in essence. I don't know what the answer is, but I do know seeking another parish is not it. (Indiana) Thank you for a wise and helpful letter. I know your words will give hope and encouragement to a lot of priests and other ministers, and to lay people like yourself. In my opinion you make some fine ponts. But I would have questions about· at least a couple of them. I disagree with your statement that "the way Mass is said" is a "superficial reason" for deciding how to respond to one's faith community, or parish. If we believe, a$ I ass~me we all do, that the celebration of the Eucharist is the heart of our life of faith and the core expression of what we believe we are all about as the body of Christ, then certain elements of how that celebration takes place are not at aJI trivial. They are quite serious. They may express what the church says is happening in the liturgy (in the liturgical documents or in the wordS of the liturgy itself), or they may not. If they do not, they are, at least to some degree, damaging to our faith. It's true priests come and go. But so do lots oflay people. Canon law spells out a number of rights Catholic faithful have, among them the right to be spiritually fed by liturgies carried out as the church allows and prescribes. Is one unfaithful to one's parisn, for example, by $eeking the help of another community in living and praying one's Catholic relationship to God more fully? I wouldn't be quite so quick to answer yes. A free brochure on confession without serious sin and other questions about the sacrament of penance is available by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Holy Trinity Church, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, Ill. 61701. Questions for this column should be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address.
WASHINGTON (CNS) - The White House vowed to stand behind President Clinton's choice for surgeon general, Dr. Henry W. Foster J r., despite mounting opposition to his record of performing abortions and involuntary sterilizations of retarded women. Among those opposed are members of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, who are calling, faxing and writing President Clinton and Senators Kassebaum, Kerry and Kennedy to express their opinions. "We will fight for this nomination," said Leon Panetta, White House chief of staff, Feb. 12 But even before the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee set a date for Foster's confirmation hearings, several key senators of each party said they would vote against him - either because of his record or because of the White House failure to thoroughly investigate him before presenting the nomination. . Clinton administration officials sought'to counter reports on Foster's involvement in abortions or sterilizations by circulating documents meant to show him as a mainstream doctor dedicated to bringing healthy babies into the world. "The use of abortion solely as a form of contraception, although acceptable in some parts of the world, has not become prevalent in the United States," Foster said in one pape:r distributed by the White House. "Clearly, this would not be ideal for patients with sickle cell disease." Since his nomination was announced, Foster or government officials have estimated the number of abortions he performed in his 38 years as an obstetrician and gynecologist at one, fewer than a dozen or 39. But the. transcript of a 1978 hearing of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare's Ethics Advisory Board, on whi~h Foster served, quoted him as saying, "I have done a lot of amniocentesis and therapeutic abortions, probably near 700." The transcript also shows that Foster sometimes clashed with a Catholic board member, Jesuit Father Richard A. McCormick, over use of fertilized embryos for experimentation. . Now a visiting professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, Father McCormick told Catholic News Service that he did not recall much about his dealings with Foster on the ethics board and had not spoken with Fostc~r since the board was dissolved in 1979. He said he had "no reason to think that Foster wouldn't do a good job" as surgeon general, but that issues of Foster's qualifications "have been dwarfed by the gross incompetence of the [nomination] process." "The abortion issue is terribly controversial and divisive, and anyone who isn't squeaky clean on the issue" should not have been nominated, said the priest. Pro-life groups opposing the Foster nomination also focused on 1981 c:linical trials of an abortion-inducing drug at Meharry Medical College in Nashville when Foster was chairman of obstetrics and gynecology there. A 1981 National Catholic News Service story described Foster as principal investigator in the study
of a vaginal suppository that induced abortion. The trials were funded by the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Co., which never marketed the drug. Fifty-five of 60 pregnant women
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and girls who received the experimental drug aborted, Foster reported several years later in a medical journal. Four others had to undergo a surgical abortion, and one "opted to continue her pregnancy'" af~er the drug failed to cause an abortion, he said.
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One of the hazards of air travel if you check baggage is the everpresent possibility that you may be J temporarily or forever separated' from your belongings. ~%". ) . , I know, because I hold somef, thing of a track record for traveling by air, only to find that my baggage didn't. The first time I was faced with lost baggage I was going to a theology conference in Montreal. Since the largest percentage of participants were priests, this limited my chances of borrowing something resembling night attire. The conference was at a Catholic college where there were limited lines and toiletries, and bathrooms were down the hall. It didn't look good when it came to my personal . hygiene that night! When the word got around about my dilemma, people started com, ing up with creative solutions,like: "We'll get you an extra sheet so you can wrap it around yourself and pretend it's a nightgown." We had lots of laughs, and somehow . my lost bag became the way for strangers to crack the ice and quickly become caring colleagues. Fortunately, my bag arrived at STREAMERS fly above confirmation youth taking part the college the next morning, and in a Fountain Square Fools retreat day at St. Joseph's Church, a kind priest offered to carry it to
"Fools" inspire Taunton area confirmation students "We are the saints," said stu- prepared the altar or acted out the dents on one side of the hall. Scripture readings. Some were in"God's chosen people," was the volved in the entrance and offeranswering cry from the other side. tory procession and yet another The Fountain Square Fools, a group offered the prayers of the group from Cincinnati, were lead- faithful. "The Liturgy was truly ajoyous ing Taunton area Catholic students in their annual confirmation retreat celebration," said Rev. James McLellan, celebrant of the Mass and Feb. 5 at St. Joseph's Church, North Dighton. Just a few minutes Saint Joseph's pastor. "It was wonderful to see a church after the retreat had begun, the Fountain Square Fools had the full of young people saying Yes to entire group of students, their Jesus, participating and really involved in the Mass in a such procatechists, religious educators and local clergy on their feet, clapping, found and alive way," said Sister singing, smiling and involved. "De- Judith Costa, SSD, religious educision-Making and Commitment: , cation coordinator. "It was, without a doubt, a liturgy - the work We Say Yes" was the theme of the program, which included songs, of the people.' " As students told it, "It was cool, parables, Gospel stories, group discussions, journal writing, banner 'cause it was modern." "It was making and personal reflections interesting and fun ....entertaining from "Fools" Josie Nutter, Susan and uplifting...different than I expected." "Lots offun... had a good Sheaffer and Richard .Burns, who time." "Learned new stuff I didn't led the retreat. The day ended with an enthusi- know before." And "It was great astic Mass celebration. Some stu- ....invite them back!" The event was organized by Sisdents formed a chorus to lead the others. Others made banners that ter Costa and sponsored by particwere displayed around the church, ipating churches.
Youth plan "30-Hour Famine" More than 35;000 people, mostIy, children, die each day from hunger. The Our Lady of Angels parish, Fall River, Youth Group Angels plan to do their part to fight the tragedy of hunger by participating for the second year in the World Vision 30-Hour Famine. The youths and youth minister Margie Copeland will spend Feb. 24 and 25 at the parish hall, participating in 'games and activities designed to raise awareness of the problem of hunger worldwide while' they fas't for 30 hours. Parishioners will provide prayer support ,and sponsor the group, with pro- ' ceeds going to World Vision, one of the largest Christian relief and development agencies in the world.
For information on the Our Lady of Angels project, contact Mrs. Copeland at 644-5797. Informati on on organizing a 30-Hour Famine is available from World Vision at 1-800-7-FAMINE.
Second time round MEXICO CITY (CNS) - Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia of San Cristobal de Las Casas in' Mexico's troubled Chiapas state has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for the second year in a row by a group of Latin American peace and human rights activities. The bishop's nomination was announced in the San Cristobal diocese by Father Jesus Gonzalez, a longtime friend of Bishop Ruiz.
my room. He didn't know it weighed a ton because I had loaded it with books and papers. He earned some gold stars for that act of kindness. My most recent misadventure with missing baggage came at a Florida airport. I watched the carousel at the baggage claim until I got dizzy. But it was in vain. When new bags started coming around '- for the flight following mine, of course - I finally accepted my fate. I wasn't alone. About five of us were in the same baggageless boat. We all had to go to the office where you wait to make your claim. One woman was trying to take the loss in stride. I told her I was an old hand at this and the longest I ever had to wait to be restored to my belongings was two days. Just then, the friend who was to pick her up arrived. The woman was enormously empathetic, but as she sat, she felt helpless. However, someone emerged from a door behind the counter announcing, "We found a few bags." One of them turned out to belong to the nice lady I had been talking to. When it turned out that mine was still missing, her friend put her
The single traveler Dear Mary: I read with interest your column about the newly single (I am a widow) getting involved in social activities. I would like to travel, make friends and become more involved, but I would welcome suggestions on where to start. - New Jersey . Singles of all ages are traveling almost everywhere, either alone or on group tours. Your real difficulty might be selecting from among the many options available. If you wish to make your own arrangements, careful planning prevents many mishaps. There are guidebooks written especially for the single traveler. Many travelers find that planning is half the fun. If you prefer to travel with a companion, try a day or weekend trip to see how well you get along as travel companions. Short trips of any. kind are a good introduction to travel and a good preparation for more extensive travel. F~r maximum enjoyment, select travel according tQ your.particular ,interests and, preferred mode of
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"The' duct tape prayer Is it wrong to think of the Hail tape and a crescent wrench. One tool with a zillion uses. Mary as the duct tape of prayer? Lost keys? Hail Mary. Two touchThe reason I ask is that a couple of guys have just made themselves downs behind? Hail Mary." Kid's filthy rich ( or at least hundre- late coming home? Hail Mary. Actually, you could write a whole daires) by writing a book that outlines dozens and dozens of ways to volume on the use of the Hail use duct tape - such as covering Mary in child rearing alone. Temperature 103 degrees? Hail Mary. that blinking 12:00 on the路VCR. Maybe I could b~come eligible Sitting at a violin recital? Hail for the radio talk show circuit if I Mary. Want to smack 'em in the composed a parallel volume sub- mouth with a pound of raw hamstituting the Hail Mary for duct burger? Hail Mary. Nice thing about Hail Marys is tape. that you don't ever run out of them For example, just last week I or have to look for them on sale in couldn't think of any words of .six-roll bulk packs, although I'd prayer as the state revenue auditor "surely buy them that way if that knocked on our front door, so I was the deal. said a Hail Mary. If Jim Berg and Tim路 Nyberg In this case duct tape might have (even their last names seem sort of been a better option, but you get duct taped) can sell 125,000 copies my point. of something that suggests how A lot of us unsophisticated types you might rid yourself ofjunk mail use the Hail Mary like we use duct (tape mailbox shut), could I not
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Faith When no one seems to care And you think there's no one You can turn to, and life Seems to be full of sadness And there's no one to Listen to you Call on Jesus, he'll give you The faith you need. Ask his blessing and he will Touch your heart and Draw you to him. Your prayers he will heed. Sally Feijo Tavares Fall Rivl:r
Time to Rethink? Dear Editor: I have been carrying this letter around in my head for quite a while. My concern goes back to December of last year, the 12/2 issue in which your editorial confidently proclaims that by virtue of the elections, Americans are mandating change, and further, that politicians need to heed the electorate. Boy, are you right. But I also think that concern applies to the modern Church. As the Church rushed headlong in the 60s to bring itself "into the 20th Century," it literally threw out the baby with the bath water. We threw out the old Mass; we threw out the most solemn parts of the Mass; we thn:w out the old hymns in favor of everyone else's music. What we have bc:en left with is a Mass that is so altered in form, music and function, that it reflects very little of our great heritage as the one true Church. To be sure, many folks prefer clapping, shaking hands, walking up and down the aisles and singing the so-called newer hymns that·· with few exceptions - have such bad melody and lyrics no one can remember them. But millions more are chagrined by the changes. While the sights, sounds and smells of the old Church may be considered too old-fashioned for some, they did provide us with a uniquely Catholic context. As I
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CHILDREN in the religious education program at St. John the Evangelist parish, North Attleboro, watch a video called "The Valentine Card" after completing a project creating Valentine greetings for residents of Attlelboro area nursing homes. look around today there are far fewer people at Mass, fewer still follow the Mass in the Missalettes provided, few pray the rosary or bring devotional material, and with the exception of only a few of the new hymns - no one sings the new music because it is not memorable or melodic. Priests, nuns and brothers are leaving in droves. Young people don't even think in terms of vocations. Churches and schools are closing in record numbers. The message is that maybe it's time to rethink what has happened. Let's start with the Mass. The new Mass in its current manifestations provides no link to our glorious history as a Church. It is time to reintroduce a more solemn and historically connected Mass. It is time to reintroduce the beautiful music in Latin and in English. In fact, one has only to watch daily Mass from Our Lady of the Angels
Monastery in Alabama as broadcast in our diocese at 8 a.m. to see how inspiring a new Catholic Mass can be. Finally, thc~ Church has recently reaffirmed its commitment to Latin as the official language of the Church. The New Catechism insists that the Church is committed to the use of this beautiful language (a la Ave Lingua Latina, also from the 12/2 issue). It seems to be time to put our own house in order, to reach out to those traditionalists who feel disaffected and abandoned, to reintroduce the rosary (and the beautiful hymns to the Blessed Mother), bring back Benediction after Mass, and - above all- mandate that the repository of the Blessed Sacr~ ment be reintroduced to the mam altar. Joseph e. Nahil West Dennis
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Give in to temptation - when it comes to reading the Bible ERIE, Pa (CNS) - The Bible the current liturgical year, Cycle C of the three-year cycle of readings says "Lead us not into temptation," but one expert on the good that was developed in t he liturgical reforms following the Second Vatbook says the way to read it is to "give in to your temptations." ican Council. Blessed Sacrament Father EuFather LaVerdiere told the gene LaVerdiere gave that advice priests of Erie that Luke is his during a visit to Eric to conduct a favorite Gospel writer. series of workshops on Luke's Gos"Mark is my condominium and pel for priests of the Erie diocese. I am a frequent house guest in the Father LaVerdiere, a Scripture house of John, but Luke is my professor at the University of St. home." he said. Mary of the Lake and Catholic For Catholics who want to get Theological Union in Chicago. exin closer touch with God's word plained why he advises Catholics . through Luke this year. he sugto go where temptation leads when . gested a three-pa rt process: they pick up the Bible: "If you start Start reading the followmg where you think you should start. Sunday's readings in the middle of you'll probably quit." the week. But people are more likely to . Listen closely to the readings read the Bible and come back to it at Sunday Mass. again if they start where their In the first part of the week interest lies, hc said. reflect back on last Sunday's readHe also recommended that peoings, meditating on their message. ple shop around to find a transla-· Father LaVerdierc said Luke tion they like. There arc a lot of constant·ly reminds readers that good translations to choose from, Jesus is on an important journey. he said. Lukc's travel narrative of Jesus' He suggested looking for a long journey to Jerusalem begins translation that includes good notes, saying the notes help people in Chapter9 and continucs through understand better what they're read- Chapter 19, taking up one-third of the whole book. ing. Christ's journey is "the symhol But the important thing is to read, he said. "Nohody reads Scripof universa'l salvation," Father Lature enough." Verdiere said. "Anyhody who can The Gospel of Luke provides understand life as a journey can the Sunday Gospel readings for understand Luke."
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NEW YORK (CNS) - Two and Shaw wrote. "Not to believe a case to be made for all of these this trivializes Scripture and the changes; but it is no help to discusleading lay Catholics have warned sion of the falling-off in e':Icharisthat a "collapse of eucharistic faith" doctrine of the church." is causing a major crisis in the U.S. They said one of the basic causes tic faith to deny or over),:lOk the behind the apparent loss of Catholic fact that these and other authochurch. Writing in the February issue of faith in the Eucharist "lies in the rized changes have had the bad pervasive secularization of West- side-effects of contributing to it." The Homiletic and Pastoral Re"Another important, thmlgh less ern culture under way for the last view, philosopher Germain Grisez several centuries and still continu- Obvious, cause ... is the de:line in and author and publicist Russell sexual morality among Catholics," Shaw said U.S. Catholic belief in ing." U.S. Catholics were once rather .they said. the real presence of Christ in the The demeaning of the imporEucharist, a central tenet of Cath- successfully shielded, from the tance of the body that underlies olic faith, "has not simply' grown· effects of secularization, they said, lax sexual morality "subveTts the dim but, seemingly, been extin- but that has changed with the rapid assimilation of Catholics into incarnationalism and sacramentalguished." the cultural mainstream since ism at the heart of Catholi;: faith. To counter that trend they urged Specifically, it subverts faith" in restoration of reverence for the World War II. Grisez and Shaw also blamed Christ's real presence, they said. Eucharist in Catholic churches, The problem is aggravated by revival of eucharistic devotions some of the authorized or manand concerted efforts by "catechists dated changes in the liturgy since "pastoral practice that condones and priests to teach and preach the Second Vatican Council, such sexual sins and makes little of the as the use of English in the eucha- sacrament of penance," they added. sound doctrine" of the Eucharist. "I n this crisis of eucharistic faith Among church changes that have ,ristic prayer, the multiplication of the forms of that prayer, the empha- the stakes are very high. 'How contributed to a falling-off in eucharistic faith, they said, have sis on the celebrating community, high, Jesus himself makes dear," been the virtual disappearance of the reduction of the eucharistic Grisez and Shaw wrote. They quoteucharistic devotions in many par.- fast, Communion in the hand and ed Jesus' words from John'!: Gosthe exchange of peace before Com- pel: "U nless you eat the flesh of the ishes and introduction of unauthSon of Man and drink his blood, munion. orized practices into the liturgy. "N 0 douht.'· they said, "there is you have no life in you." "In the general crisis of the church in the United States, no individual crisis is more serious and urgent than this one," they wrote. ' Grisez is a professor of Christian ethics at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Md. Shaw is public information director for the Knights of Columbus. Their joint article, "The Crisis in Eucharistic Faith," was one of several that have appeared in Catholic publications in response to a New York Times article last June on the beliefs and practices of U.S. Catholics. The Times reported that when Catholics were asked in a TimesCBS News poll what. best describes their belief about what happens to the bread and wine at Mass, most chose the answer that' the bread and wine are "symbolic reminders of Christ" over the answer that they are "changed into the body and blood of Christ." Among Catholics under 45 years of age, 70 percent called the "symbolic reminders" description the best expression of what they believe. "The New Testament and the whole Catholic tradition testify in unmistakable terms to the fact, that the consecration of the bread eNS pholo and wine changes them into the WHAT DOES the Eucharist mean to communicants? body and blood of Christ," Grisez
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DUBLIN, Ireland (CNS) - A young women who have told me Catholic lay organization foster- that their vocations came to them ing adoration of the Eucharist has as a result of the .adoration procaught on in Ireland. The Aposto- gram," he said. late of the Perpetual Eucharistic Bishop Magee was personal Adoration has 40,000 members in secretary to Popes Pius VI, John Ireland and Northern Ireland and Paul I and John Paul II. is established in 23 dioceses. Members of the parish-level orBishop Seamus Hegarty of Derry ganization are required to spend said the apostolate has revived a one hour a week in prayer before traditional form of de'votion poputhe exposed Eucharist in their par- lar prior to the Second Vatican Council. ish church. The apostolate, founded "At the Second Vatican Council in Los Angeles, also encourages nonmembers (0 pray before the there was so much emphasis on the Eucharist. eucharistic celebration itself that "Of the 50 seminarians adopted some of the devotional practices for this diocese since the beginning . associated with the Eucharist fell of perpetual adoration in 1988,30 ,to the wayside," he said. have come from parishes where ,The apostolate was founded in the adoration program is estab- Los Angeles ,in 1986 by Owen lished," said Bishop John Magee Traynor, an Australian, to help of Cloyne. combat drug abuse. "There has also been evidence of While in the United States, the influence of adoration on vo- Cathal Magee, brother of Bishop cations to the religious life. I have Magee, came in contact with Trayhad' personal contact with three nor and decided to promote the
apostolate in Ireland. Magee said the Irish bishops have recognized that the strength of the organi,:ation comes from the grassroots of the church. Father Patrick McDonagh, pastor of a large suburban Dublin parish, said the growth of the apostolate has 'been effortless and spontaneous. "The time was ripe for it," he said. "It could ~eem as if the Ho,ly Spirit was moving us."
Prayer to Jesus Soul of Christ, make me holy. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, fill me with love. Water from Christ's side, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
Salve"Regina Dances of Universal Peace will be performed at Salve Regina University's Mercy Hall in Newport, RI, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 10. The circle dances, initiated in the 1960s and performed in more than 15 countries, integrate simple steps and sacred songs from various religions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Native American tradition. No partner is needed and all da'nces are taught. For information, contact campus ministry at (401) 847-6650 ext. 2326. Upcoming eVI:nts open to the community inclu.de: "Artist Talk" with Ann Fessler 4 p.m. Feb. 23, Mercy Hall; her photography exhibit, Old Master's Lessons, will be displayed in McKillop Gallery Feb. 21-March 10. Trumpeter Nathan Wilensky and Friends will perform a noon concert Marchi, Cecilia Hall. Dr. Lawrence Sullivan will speak on "Technology, Vision, Ecstasy and Magic: Envisioning Knowledge in the Modern World" 7:30 p.m. March 23, O'Hare Academic Cen-
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have served in the NCCB-USCC as a layman, Msgr. Lynch is actually ending his second stint at the MSGR. ROBERT N. Lynch presides at his last Mass conferences. HI~ was first hired in before leaving his post as general secretary of the National 1971 as a layman to help establish organization seeking Conference of Catholic Bishops and US Catholic Conference ataxnational credits for parents of children to return to parish work in the Miami archdiocese. (CNS in nonpublic schools. photo) Having already decided against the priesthood after studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio, he lived in Washington with two priests - now both bishops -who were fellow conference employees. They are Archbishop MiWASHINGTON (CNS) they have a "tough job." But, he chael J. Sheehan of Santa Fe, Msgr. Robert N. Lynch has ended added, "it's been a privilege to N.M., and .Bishop Lawrence J. a more than 10-year church career work with them and try to help McNamara of Grand Island, Neb. in Washington with a few regrets, them make Christ present in the "The example of those two men, , who worked hard Monday through some pride in his accomplishments world." and a belief that "anyone who The part of the general secreFriday but every Sunday would go' seeks the office [of bishop] proba- tary's job that Msgr. Lynch is out and assist in a parish and come bly is out of his mind in today's happiest to give up is re'solving the home renewed and invigorated, church." "painful personnel problems" that quietly ate at me and pushed me to The 53-year-old priest of the have arisen over the years. consider ~gain my vocation to the "I do what's necessary, but I priesthood," Msgr. Lynch said. archdiocese of Miami has officially have to tell you ... I hate terminaturned over the post of general After completing seminary studsecretary of the National Confer- tions. I hate them," he said. "It's ies at Pope John XXIII National ence of Catholic Bishops and U.S. the difficult side of personnel ad- Seminary in Weston, he was orCatholic Conference to Msgr. ministration that's been the hard- dained in 1978. Msgr. Lynch praised the conDennis M. Schnurr. est part." ference staff, calling them "loyal, He will take up a parish post in Staff at the twin conferences, dedicated and deeply committed southern Florida on July I after a which carry out national policies five-month sabbatical during which and programs adopted by the U.S. to the church and to the bishops they serve." he plans to travel to England, Irebishops, numbered about 350 as He dismissed as "inane" the critland, Thailand and Bali. Msgr. Lynch prepared to leave. In an interview with Catholic "That's significantly down from icism sometimes made that conference staff dictate policies that News Service, Msgr. Lynch said when I started" as, general secrethe bisho'ps oppose. "The people the 1993 World Youth Day cele- tary, he said, but explained that who have made that charge are brations in Denver were "undoubt- most of the change came from ignorant of conference processes edlya highlight" of his six years as downsizing of Migration and Refuand procedures," he said. "Action general secretary and his previous gee Services because ofloss offedis taken only after receiving strong four years as associate general eral funds to implement several of support of the sponsoring [bishsecretary. its programs. ops'] committee." "It was a significant evangelizaMsgr. Lynch, who brought tion moment, especially for young aboard the first female NCCBMsgr. Lynch said he was proud people, and I think it convinced USCC associate general secretary, of the work of CNS, which he some of us who are older that Mercy Sister Sharon Euart, says called "preeminent in its reach and there's still a lot offaith vitality left the conferences have progressed in scope." He also praised Origins, in young people," he said. bringing more women and minorithe CNS documentary service, as' Msgr. Lynch, who was national ties on staff, but that much more "one of the finest documentary coordinator of Pope John Paul needs to be done. services in the church." He was significantly less enthuII's visits to the United States in "We have not been very successsiastic toward two national Catho1979 and 1987, said this pope "has ful in recruiting black males for lic newspapers - The Wanderer, never come to the United States our management positions. We've based in St. Paul, Minn., and the without my involvement in some had more success in placing women National Catholic Reporter, pubway." in major positions," he said. lished in Kansas City, Mo. If the pope comc~s next NovemHe predicted that the conferDuring his term as general secreber as expected, "of course I'm ence staff will become less clerical tary, "I didn't read the Wanderer going to feel a longing to be in the and less male in the next 'few years or the National Catholic Reportmiddle of it," he admitted. "But I "simply because t~ere will be fewer er," he said, "because I feel that can't do this forever and it's time priests available" for conference from their different perspectives for someone else to learn how it's service. "A lot of things that the they distort things equally, aldone.... I'm comfortable with not conference does which have histhough [the Reporter is] not as doing it." torically involved clergy no longer fully lacking in charity as the Msgr. 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Maternal stress affects children Just how stressed a mother feels, either from daily hassles or from raising children as a single parent, makes more of a difference in how her preschool child develops than whether or not路 she works outside the home, according to a study recently published in Family Relations. The research examined the impact of maternal employment, marital status, and maternal stress on preschool children's psychosocial development. Since more than half of all mothers, single or married, who have young children work outside the home, the study aimed to identify how the dual career role might affect how the mother relates to her children. Since numbers of young children raised in divorced families continue to escalate, the study also examined whether conflicting roles of parent and wage earner create more stress for divorced mothers who lack the potential support of a spouse. In this study 104 married and 99 divorced families with preschool children were randomly selected from day care centers in Salt Lake County, Utah. Over 64 percent of the mothers were employed outside the home. Each family was videotaped to look at mother-child路 interaction. The mother's sense of well-being, as well as her perceived daily stress with numbers of daily irritants or hassles was assessed. In addition, the child was observed for any emotional or behavioral problems. The study found that the higher the level of stress and number of daily hassles for the mother, the less supportive the interaction be-
tween mother and child and the more the child showed behavior problems. Divorced mothers, whether employed outside the home or not, reported significantly more daily hassles, less feeling of wellbeing, and more behavior problems among their children than the married 路mothers. Even high-in.come divorced mothers reported greater numbers of hassles and stress. If the mother did not experience a high amount of stress or hassles, employment outside the home did not significantly impact the child's development. The researchers stated, these findings "support the notion that it is not whether a mother works outside the home that has an important effect on either child's adjustment or the mother-child interaction. Rather it is the factors that .accompany employment, such as maternal stress." The study did not assess the mother's religious commitment which in other research has been shown to reduce preceived stress and also improve coping ability. The researchers suggested learning time management skills and finding role models to discover better coping strategies from women who successfully manage the dual career roles. More supportive work environments, including flexible hours, compressed work weeks, job sharing without loss of benefits, more personal days, and a "time bank," in which paid hours can be saved and used for family needs, might also reduce stress.
HAIFA, Israel (CNS) - The House of Grace is always full of people: Some come out of need, some out of curiosity. The traffic is constant, so the Shehade family, which runs the home for people down on their luck, is never alone. "For me living like this is not strange," said Kamil Shehade, a 39-year-old Catholic. "My grandparents and parents were always socially active, and their homes were always full of people." When Kamil and his Swiss-born wife, Agnes, married 13 years ago, they shared Kamil's apartment with two former convicts for the first two weeks of their newlywed life. That has been the pattern ever since. 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111I111I11111111111111
parenting style. "Authoritarian" was defined as being overly restrictive or demanding without considering the sons' needs or wishes. This contrasted with an "authoritative" parenting style that considered the sons' desires and included National Institute of Healthcare warmth and affection. Research report Neither mothers' discipline nor monitoring was associated with their sons' susceptibility to antisocial peer pressure. However, fathers, who used negative discipline, tive influence" the authors observed. "Perhaps it is fathers' sta- tended to have sons who were highly susceptible to antisocial peer tus as possible identification figures influence, even when the son did that allows them to influence their sons in ways that mothers canno~. not himself hold antisocial values. Boys who were most likely to The researchers interviewed 41 follow their peers in delinquent mothers and their adolescent boys behavior and already held antisoto assess family conditions and cial values themselves tended to possible antisocial attitudes of the view' their fathers as monitoring sons. Susceptibility to peer presthem less frequently. sure was measured by asking hypo- . Previous studies have found such thetical questions: "Noone is poor family discipline and moniaround and your friends decide toring associated with a child's that you should all write on the delinquent behavior and poor school walls. You don't think it's a school performance. However, this good idea, but your friends do it new study was the first to assess anyway. What would you really the specific effects of the father's do?" In addition, the researchers in- disciplinary practices compared to the mother's, and to focus on how terviewed the boys separately each both separately relate to a son's day for a week about types offamsusceptibility to peer influence. ily discipline and extent of parenSuch findings may come as no tal monitoring. The researchers surprise to many parents, but famconsidered parental nagging, shouting, or hitting as negative forms of ily therapists and social workers tend to work with mothers alone discipline. . rather than with both parents in The strongest predictors of susceptibility of sons to negative peer addressing problem behavior in pressure was their dad's lack of teens. monitoring or exerting an incon- National Institute of Healthcare' sistent, negative or "authoritarian" Research report
Fathers key to teen son's behavior Teenage sons whose dads keep tabs on their whereabouts and give consistent discipline are less likely to be swayed by peer pressure, found a recent study on the roles fathers play. In contrast, sons whose dads fail to monitor how their sons spend their time or who are inconsistent or abusive when disciplining are more likely to be influen'ced by friends toward antisocial behaviors. The study aimed to determine whether fathers had a differing impact on their teenage sons' behavior compared to their mothers. Earlier research found that adolescent boys in single-mother fa milies tend more toward delinquency than in two-parent families. Consequently, the researchers wondered what particular role dads might play in reducing delinquent activities. The study also investigated what type of disciplining methods would prevent teens bending to peer pressure. The study's findings "suggest that fathers play a stronger role than mothers in reducing their sons' susceptibility to peers' nega-
Their family includes those down on IIIck Kamil said he warned Agnes that he was married first to his church and his people. He said he told Agnes 'she would have to move to Israel if she wanted to be with him. 'Agnes said she did not hesitate. They were married in Switzerland by her brother, a priest, then left for Haifa. Agnes, 42, said she has never regretted her decision. . The former lab technician now helps organize the House of Grace social projects and speaks to groups who visit on the work done there. "I knew with Kamil it would never be just our family," she said, sitting in the little room that the family can use for some privacy. "What I would like is more quiet, sometimes. But really, up until now, it feels like a normal family. We spoke once to the children about maybe moving to a separate home, but they wouldn't hear of it." Kamil says his faith is instru. mental in his work. "When people ask me why I do this, I tell them it is my Gospel that every human being is the face of God," he said. Following the massacre of M uslim worshippers by a Jewish settler in a mosque in the West Bank town of Hebron, the House of Grace sent medicine and food for the victims. Nearly a month later, after the massacre of Jews in the central bus station of Afula, Israel, Kamil and 12 other residents of the house - Jews, Christians and Muslims - responded to the urgent call for blood donors. Kamil said that, as a' youth, he was angry and rebellious against the church. He said he felt the religious establishment was just preaching to people, not reaching out to them. "I was not very fond of the church," Kamil said. "It talked about peace and forgiveness, and I didn't agree with that." He said Melkite Archbishop Joseph Raya showed him a different side of the church. Archbishop Raya spoke about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and nonviolent protest and introduced him to a nonviolent community. Kamil said that after a while, the archbishop became his spiritual father. He said Archbishop Raya urged
him to study in Ontario, at a center for lay people who intend to dedicate themselves to charil:Y and a life of celibacy. Kamil said he studied there for a year, until t,e finally decided his place was with his people in Lebanon. Archbishop Raya had fallen ill, and Kamil said he decided: to continue tne work the archbis:hop had begun in establishing the community house in Haifa. HI: kept it going with financing from his own successful interior design business. Through his work with former prisoners, Kamil gained the respect of local authorities. "Kamil has saved many people," said Ada Shiloh, national rehabilitation officer for tht: Israeli Prison Authority. "He takes in released prisoners that nobody else is willing to take." In 1987, with a burgeoning work load, the She hades started hiring a professional staff. There an: seven staff members, including a social worker and criminologist. They moved into the renovated church that is their current home in 1992, with the blessing of Melkite Archbishop Maxim Salloum of Akka, whose jurisdiction includes Haifa. The neighbors were wary of the house at first, and it was hard finding employers willing to hi.re the residents, Kamil said. But the establishment was slowly accepted into the community and now has become an essential part e,f the local welfare system. The House of Grace has begun receiving more support from the municipality and is applyin,g .for financial help from Israel's Ministry of Welfare and Labor. Haifa Mayor Amram Mitzna also appointed Kamil as his adviser and chairman of the public cmmcil for services to the Arab sector. "He integrates people back into society and helps them regardless of race, religion or sex," Mitzna said. "He does very positive work." The mayor said Kamil is able to provide the care a government institution cannot give - especially to prisoners who are not always willing to accept such help from a government. "Kamil'sorganization is very important to the Haifa community," Mitzna said. "If he saves one soul, it's like he saved the whole world."
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Planet Earth's our parish says San Angelo bishop SAN ANGELO, Texas (CNS) - "Planet Earth is our parish ... we are global people," wrote Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer of San Angelo in a pastoral message on ecology urging his people to develop an "ecospirituality." He described ecospirituality as a "truly creation-centered spirituality in the tradition of St. Francis, the patron of ecology, who praised [God's] divine presence in all creation." Bishop Pfeifer published his message, titled "An Ecospirituality: 'The Whole Earth Is Mine,'" in the February issue of his diocesan monthly newspaper, the West Texas Angelus. . Among Christian practices of ecospirituality he urged: - Respect all life, especially,the dignity of the human person. - Give up dominating people, give up violence. - Clearly recognize the evil of sin and sinful. structures and the need for forgiveness and healing. - Live simply. - Promote peace by working for justice. --:- Incorporate ecology into the liturgy. - Live the Beatitudes - hunger and thirst for holiness. - Care about the suffering of others. - Care for Earth and its needs; love it. - Build community. He said a Christian ecospirituality begins with a renewed understanding of the creation account in Scripture. "The first line of the revealed word of God tells us that 'I n the beginning ... God created the heavens and the Earth,''' he said. "We know God gave humanity dominion over all the Earth, but we have confused dominion with exploitation.'~ , The dominion over Earth referred to in the creation account refers to stewardship, he said: "Scripture reminds us, the stewards of creation, that all the Earth is intended to reflect the grandeur of God. Every effort we make to protect and preserve the planet not only benefits the future of humankind but also gives glory to God the creator." He cited Christ's frequent references to nature and to God's care for the birds of the air and the lilies of the field to argue that, for a. Christian, care for all creation is part of following Christ. "Imita,ting Christ, we should act in a loving manner toward the Earth because all creation leads us
back to God .... We must act upon the physical world in a way that respects its relationship to God," Bishop Pfeifer wrote. "A cornerstone of an ecospirituality is justice," he said. "There is an essential link between social justice and ecological integrity. Environmental concerns are crucially linked to issues of maldistribution, maldevelopment, overconsumption, structural reform, poverty, social disintegration, which impact the very source of-our common life and common future -the Earth." "The biblical notion of justice involves a right relationship among humans, all creation and God," he added. "An ecospirituality is mindful that nature's resources are limited, nature's integrity is fragile .... The issue is not whether we have dominion, but what are we doing with it?" he said. . He said the development of attitudes and habits of care and protection of creation "is an inescapably religious-spiritual challenge. We are at a major turning point in which we can either continue along the path of self-destruction or turn toward restoration and renewal." Bishop Pfeifer urged an "ecoexamination" of conscience, dealing with issues of recycling, waste, pollution, conservation and ecology as Christian moral concerns. He asked his people to examine their own lives on such questions as: - "What actions am I taking to reverse the destruction of Earth's ecosystems and to promote her healing?" - "As I consume material goods, am I mindful of the extent [to which] I consume Earth's resources? Do I reciprocate by nurturing the Earth's resourc'es and giving back to the Earth?"
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Vincent's Dining Room, which feeds hundreds of hungry men and women each weekend: . Also under her direction, the parish operates a health center and legal clinic for those in need. She also runs religious instruction programs for parishioners of all ages. "I don't have a word to describe my surprise," the 49-year-old nun said of her upcoming award. "I'm encouraged by the statement the American cardinals are making, their standing with us at St. Vincent's and what we can do for people in poverty." Sister Smith said she finds the award especially gratifying at this
~.fI. JAMIE TURNER plays glass parp for a sidewalk audience in Alexandria, VA. (eNS photo)
He plays glasses for the glory of God WASHINGTON (CNS) Jamie Turner plays the "glass harp" - dozens of brandy snifters filled . with distilled water. When he runs , his fingertips across their rims, the , gl~sses give a pure, bell-like sound that makes listeners shake their heads in wonder and smile with delight. A self-described born-again charismatic Catholic convert, Turner and his art were featured in an ABC documentary "Creativity: Touching the Divine," which aired in December and was funded in I1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111I1I1111111111111
Cardinals to honor food-kitchen nun PHI~ADELPHIA (CNS) - A nun who helps feed hundreds through a weekend food program in Philadelphia will receive the 1995 American Cardinals Encou'ragement Award. Sister ofSt. Joseph Eileen Smith will receive the award Feb. 25 at the sixth American Cardinals Dinner, to be held in Philadelphia. Seven U.S. cardinals will attend the dinner, which benefits' The Catholic University of America, • Washington. ' Director of religious education at St. Vincent de Paul parish in Philadelphia, Sister Smith is instrumental in the operation of St.
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time of "alienation of homeless people and exclusion of people who are poor." She noted the many years of service by' her order at the parish and said, "I stand on their shoulders." "From the moment I met Sister Eileen, I recognized the face of God," said Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua of Philadelphia. "Jesus teaches us to put our faith into action and I can think of no person who better exemplifies this commitment than Sister Eileen Smith. It is a great honor to count her as a sister in faith." Cardinals James A. Hickey of Washington, William H. Keeler of Baltimore, Bernard F. Law of Boston, Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles, Adam J. Maida of Detroit and John J. O'Connor of New York are expected to join Cardinal Bevilacqua at the $I,OOO-a-plate dinner. Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago was not expected to attend because of a scheduling conflict.
part by the Catholic Communication Campaign. . "On my [business) card I say, 'To God be the glory.' That brings a lot of questions," he told Catholic News Service'. "Christians will come to me and say, 'Oh, you're a Christian.' That's a confirmation of their own belief. l.S. Bach wrote it at the end of most of his musical manuscripts." Intellectuals and agnostics "understand the mastery Of Bach but not the subtext," Turner said, which gives him an opportunity to explain his faith. He grew up in Montana, where he learned how to play the glasses from his parents. The glass harp was popular during the time of the 18th century composer Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart but Turner said he is one of only a few dozen glass players worldwide. He grew up as a Protestant but when he and his wife attended a Catholic charismatic' conference 'in New Orleans in 1987, "we were born again. It changed our lives.... 'To see pri'ests and nuns dancing, it was an incredible experience." . Turner has popped up other times on TV, appearing on "To Tell the Truth" in 1977 and "The Tonight Show" in 1983. He has
also performed compositions commissi,oned expressly for him with symphony orchestras. But he seems to prefer the more personal elements of performing. When he moved to Alexandria, Va., he said, he promised himself that he would play his gla!:ses on street corners. He also plays for unlikdy audiences. Turner recalled one time when he set up his glasse~; on a beach. "There was. this musclebound guy. I had him playing the bass glass on 'Chariots of Fire.' "When we were all done, he started to cry. He got so embarrassed. He whispered to me, 'Is this holy water?' It was an incredible spiritual experience." After nearly three decades of performing, Turner has many of the essentials down to enhance his performance. - He sticks to a whole-food diet high in.brown'rice and whole grains to keep his hands from chapping or getting oily. - He uses plain brandy snifters - crystal rings for too long -- but hopes to have a set hand-blown for him before long. - The distilled water he fa,vors makes a difference in tones ov,:r all other types of water Turner has tried. - The tables on which his glasses stand are made of juniper with an oak tongue groove for portability' and stability. With the mechanics taken ,care of, Turner can concentrate on the aesthetics. "The spiritual aspect is paramount," he said. "You know the Lord is doing his work."
NY Times shows why alternative press needed
THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri, Feb. 17, 1995
Red Mass held WASHINGTON (CNS) - Ata Red Mass attended by five U.S. Supreme Court justices, Bishop Edward M. Egan denounced the "politically correct" exclusion of believers' voices from the public square. ChiefJustice William Rehnquist and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended the Mass for the legal profession at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington.
In Catholic Press Month, the Catholic Messenger of Davenport; lA, reflects on a new reason for publishing diocesan newspapers. It's sad to see a long-respected institution show evidcnc:e of losing its integrity. That is precisely, and unfortunately, what we find in the story of The New York Times twisting and turning in an effort to keep a strong pro-life message off its pages. Sad and unfortunatl:, yes. Surprising? No. Most of the large m:ws organizations in this country have become captive of the pro-choice view on abortion. It is accepted in most newsrooms and editorial offices that abortion should be and remain a free and easy option protected by law. It is accepted in most newsrooms and editorial offices that there will be no references to abortion as killing or to the fetus as human life of any stature. The New York Times tried to prevent the U.S. Catholic bishops from answering an ugly Catholicbashing abortions rights ad that the newspaper had run (without question, we'd guess) early last month. This was not a request to influence the news columns of the paper, or even to get an opinion piece published. It was a straightforward attempt to buy advertising space for a message. The Times regularly runs such ads for all kinds of groups. Journalism in the United States is facing a great many pressures. Newspapers particularly are threatened by new media and new tech'nologies, and' by declining print literacy, shorter attention spans and a general loss of public trust. All serious news media are also threatened in their integrity by mass-appeal publil:ations with standards that put buyer-grabbing sensation first an'd t.ruth an alsoran. So there is'work for publishers and editors who believe that a healthy community needs good news organs performing according to traditional standards of fairness and accuracy. One way to demonstrate that the old standards continue to be honored would be for some soulsearching up and down the chain of responsibility in our newsrooms on how the issue of abortion is covered. If Americanjournalism is losing respect, a good part of the reason may have been exposed in the arrogant way The New York Times tried to stiff-arm the Catholic bishops. One more reason why an alternative press like thl: Catholic press is needed.
600,000 c:hildren ROSEMONT, Pa. (CNS) Sister Ann Gillen, human and religious rights advoc:ate and founder of the Interreligious Task Force on Soviet Jewry, has died in Rosemont, where she took final vows as a Sister ofthe Holy Child Jesus 47 years ago. In a eulogy at her funeral, Rabbi James A. Rudin, national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee, said he was angered when someone said it was a shame she had left no children behind. He said he answered that Sister Gillen had "600,000 children ...:.. Jews who came out of the Soviet Union and found freedom in IsraeL"
an annual event held the day before the Supreme Court opens its term. Bishop Egan, of Bridgeport, Conn., used the occasion to zero in on two areas in which he said the "politically correct" view is intolerant of the voices of believers. In both abortion and education choice -Supreme Court decisions have played a major role in setting the direction of national policy.
. AN ELDERLY patient sits outside his room in a dilapidated hospital in Santa Clara, Cuba, among institutions aided by Catholic Relief Services, which has sent $3.5 million in mediCations to the poveriy~stricken island. (CNS photo)
Polish bishop honored for wartime rescue of Jews WARSA W, Poland (CNS) In a speech at the ceremony, Dr. Rolnicka said that after she traced A retired Polish bishop has been awarded a special honor by Israel the bishop to Krakow three years for saving the lives of Jews during ago, it took time to persuade him the World War II Holocaust. to accept the nomination. She said Father Malysiak and Sister WilBishop Albin Mlilysiak, retired meska had been "fully aware" of auxiliary of Krakow, was given the "Righteous Among Nations" the consequences of harboring medal by Israeli Ambassador Ger- Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland, which was the only country in shon Zohar at a ceremony attended which that action carried a manby Polish church and state representatives in Warsaw's Jewish His- datory death penalty. Poles hold almost half the 10,000 torical Institute. "Righteous Among Nations" medAn accompanying letter from the Yad Vashem Memorial Insti- als previously awarded to wartime Gentile rescuers of Jews. Besides tute in Jerusalem praised the having their names inscribed on bishop for acting out of "humanitarian considerations" only, not- Jerusalem's "Wall of the Righting that he had later refused gifts eous," recipients are given honorof gratitude from the families of ary Israeli citizenship. The first international conferrescued Jews. In 1943, whileservingasachap- ence of medal-holders was organized in Warsaw in July 1993 by the lain at an Ursuline-run home for U.S:-based Jewish Council for disabled people in Nazi-occupied Christian Rescuer's of Jews. Among Krakow, then-Father Malysiak obtained false birth certificates for . other activities, the council profive fugitive Jews, enabling them to be admitted. Although other staff and residents knew the' Jews' identity, Father Malysiak continued to protect them, even after the entire home was evacuated to the Gestapo-controlled town of Szczawnica Zdroj. Ursuline Sister Bronislawa Wilemska, the home's director who helped hide the Jews' identity, . died in 1946. Bishop Malysiak, 77, is now chaplain to the Association ofPriest Missionaries of St. Vincent de Paul. He was nominated for the award by Maria Rolnicka, a New York-ba'sed doctor whose mother was one of the five rescued Jews.
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vides financial support to needy past recipients. Documentary information about 872 Poles executed by the Nazis for giving support to Jews was shown in a Warsaw exhibition last year. The exhibition also included detailed material on help provided by Catholic priests and nuns, a number of whom also hold "Righteous Among Nations" awards. Bishop Malysiak said neither he nor Sister Wilemska had believed they were acting "heroically or courageously," adding that their only concern had been for the efficacy of their efforts. "In hiding the Jews, we were simply following the voice of conscience," the bishop said. "All we wanted was to fulfill Christ's evangelical command to love your neighbor." At the award ceremony, Auxiliary Bishop Tadeusz Pieronek of Sosnowiec said the "Righteous Among Nations" award would be seen as a "great gesture to the church and faithful in Poland." The bishop said the award was helping to build "better relations between the Catholic Church and our elder brothers in faith." "It is also building a new history - although not always easy and at times highly dramatic - and helping clear the atmosphere, something for which we all care." Poland is home to an estimated 15,000 ethnic Jews, compared to a pre-World War II total of3 million. The first Jewish school since the 1940s opened in Warsaw Sept. I, funded by the Lauder Foundation. The first church-run Institute for Catholic-Jewish Dialogue opened Oct. I at the capital's Academy of Catholic Theology.
Continued from Page One norm for medical practice - that places the killing of its patients on the same moral plane as their cure - has denied itself the status of a healing profession," he said. Cardinal Mahony said the proposal, if approved, "will open up a new and even more emotional phase in the abortion debate, further dividing a society in urgent need of respectful dialogue and reconciliation. "The once-proud medical organizations that ally themselves with the abortion industry in this matter will never be the same," he said. "I urge you not to take such a seriously misguided step."
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St. Jean Baptiste School principal Kathleen Barboza and pastor Father Rene Gauthier accept Certificate of Accreditation from Bishop Sean O'Malley and James MeNamee ofthe Diocesan Department ofEducation at a service marking the completion of St. Jean's self-study process.
St. Jean Baptiste FALL RIVER - St. Jean Baptiste School has received a diocesan Certificate of Accreditation after completion of a self-study process which culminated in compilation of a comprehensive manual documenting every aspect of school renewal over the past five years. The process involved updating curriculum, devising new report cards, and restructuring of all documents, forms and evaluations. New classrooms have been built and the entire building reconditioned. Art, gym, and music were added to previous offerings, as was a reading specialist. "Lion's Quest International" and "Kids and Company" are added components to the health program. Also, St. Jean's will be the first school in the diocese to offer Junior Achievement in all grades, kindergarten through eighth. . The school credits success - including kindergarten waiting lists for the next three years and the 199~ New England Development Award - to the work of pastor . Father Rene Gauthier; Father Louis Boivin, senior priest at St. Jean's; the Sisters of St. Joseph who have given many years of service to the school, and to the support of " the parishioners, Women's Guild, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and many benefactors.
St. Joseph's School FAIRHAVEN - For the second quarter marking period, earning principal's honors for 90% or above in every subject were Jaclyn Martin, Kristen Rumbolt, Peter Lucas and Jacqueline Jozapaitis. Also on the honor roll were nine students achieving first honors, IS students earning second honors and II students receiving honorable mention. "
St. Mary - Sacred Heart NORTH ATTLEBORO - Ten6th, 7th and 8th grade students took top honors at the school's science fair. 8th grade winners were: Brendan Poirier; "Acid Rain: An Enemy of Catholic Protection"; Bill Smith, "The Effect of Road Salt Pollution on Fresh Water Midge Larvae" and Justin Duquette, "Is an Alkaline, AA or Heavy Duty Battery a Better Consumer Buy?" Grade 7: Erica Santos, "Common Cold Remedies: Are They Helpful?"; Kate"Connors, "Does the Rythm Affect the Bea~?"; Megan Rothemich, "What Puts the Snooze in Cold Medicine?" and Katie McBrine, "Learning Through Sight and Sound." Grade 6: Susan Taylor, "What is the Red Rock of North Attleboro?"; Thomas Taylor, "Newton's Second Law of Motion: Is It True?" and Todd Empie, "The Tale of Two Rivers." Second place ribbons went to 8th graders Andrea Gualtieri, Nina Nigro, Tracianne Parker, Merrilee Fazio, Danielle Petrone and Emily Gingras; 7th graders Alison Lane, Kristin Bazinet and Ryan O'Korn;' and 6th graders Renee LaRoque, Kelly Nason, Marissa S. Connolly, Babara Corte O'Dezaille and Beth Connor. I was impressed with the caliber of the projects this "year," said Barbara Conners, math teacher, who cochaired the event with Mary Ellen Smith, science teacher. Twelve students received high honors on the second quarter honor roll for grades 4-8. 48 students earned honors, all As and Bs.
FALL RIVER - For the second quarter marking period, 97 students earned highest honors, SI high honors and 40 honors on the Bishop Connolly honor roll. Bishop Connolly is among 32 schools which will participate in the Third Annual New England Science Bowl Feb. 2S at Brown University, Providence, RI. School teams, comprised of four students, one alternate and a coach, compete in answering questions on science, mathematics and technology. The winning team will compete in the National Science Bowl in Washington, DC, in April for prizes including science-oriented trips to London and Alaska. Thirty-three students were inducted into the National Honor Society Feb. 8. Grady Gauthier, president of the Bishop James L. Connolly Chapter, welcomed the guests and introduced Rev. Robert Levens, S.J., who gave the invocation. The officers of the Society explained the four requisites necessary for admission to the organization, an affiliate of the national organization. Grady Gauthier spoke on scholarship; Bryan Stubbert, service; Paulina Pacheco, leadership; and Patricia Rego, character. Rev. John P. Murray, S.J., principal; gave the address and congratulated the students for their many accomplishments and the contributions they have made to the school in the areas of service and leadership. He also thanked the students' parents for their loving support of the candidates in their academic efforts. Joyce Costa, moderator of the Connolly Chapter, offered congratulations to the new inductees. A reception followed in the Jesuit residence. This year N HS members are involved with Habitat for Humanity, helping to build adequate housing for the disadvantaged. They coordinated the "Trick or Treat for the Needy" food drive in October and a Christmas Gift Drive for disadvantaged teens in the Fall River area. NHS also runs an after school Snack Shack and sold Valentine's Day candy~grams. Proceeds have been donated to St. Vincent's Home and to the school's scholarship fund. Members are now making preparations for an annual blood drive.
Bishop Feehan High ATTLEBORO - On the second quarter hoilor roll, 24 students earned first honors, 102 second honors and 143 third honors.
Dear Mom and Dad, why did you sendme to a Catholic school? When Kyle Arruda of Westport, a first-grader at St. Anne's School, Fall River, wrote a letter to his parents for Catholic Schools Week, asking why they sent him to a Catholic school; he got this response from parents Antone and Yvette Arruda: God looked down and saw us on earth Your Mom and Dad. awaiting you; birth. He sent us a son asp;ecious as gold A gift from the heavens to have and to hold. "Take care of this child and teach him my ways Now andforever, for all of his days. Teach him to love, be kind and be true To grow in his faith and keep it anew. " With patience and guidance we'll follow 路his rule Therefore our reason for a Catholic school. Love, Mom and Dad
Joint program at Taunton schools TAUNTON - Third-graders in Sandra Parker's class at St. Mary's School and 14 Coyle-Cassidy HighSchool drama students of Christopher Myron recently participated in a joint program as part Of the drama class's mid-year exam. Using a range of children's literature from fiction to fairy tales and biography, the high school students dramatized the stories using role-playing and props while engaging the children in discussion of the story. The cooperative effort was enjoyable and beneficial to both groups of students, as the third-graders' enthusiasm and responsiveness encouraged the drama students to a new level of self-confidence. The high school students are eager to visit the elementary school again and the elementary students look forward to another drama encounter in which they can actively participate.
St. A nthony's faculty member Kimberly Ihibault clowns with younger students during a circus put on by her fifth grade class.
St. Anthony's School NEW BEDFORD - St. Anthony's observed Catholic Schools Week with a celebration of fun, learning and caring. Opening festivities was a family Mass celebrated . by pastor Father Edmond Levesque. Science fair winners were announced. Grand prize winner Gina Colangelo, an eighth-grader, will compete in the regional science fair at Bristol Community College. Librarian Terry Clemmey conducted a book fair throughout the week with proceeds to be used to purchase new volumes for the library. .Monday was National Hobby Day. The auditorium was filled with students' work, ranging from collections to crafts. Visitors conducted judging for the doordecorating contest, won by the kindergarten students for their circus-themed display, a red big-top marked with a lighted sign reading "Catholic Schools: The Greatest Education on Earth." On Tuesday, local cable channel 13 visited St. Anthony's to feature its activities on a Focus on Lea.rning Segment. Sixth-graders ventured to the Zeiterion Theater for a Performance of "The Great Brain" and it was also Crazy Hat Day. Class spelling bees were held Wednesday morning. School champion Stephen Campbell, a seventh-grader, will compete in the Standard Times Spelling Bee April S. The fifth grade class of Kimberly Thibault performed a circus for younger students which included stunts and comical clown acts. Also, a Fun Sports Day for grades I through 8 was organized by Mrs. Thibault and third grade teacher Lynn Lawrence. The second fioor of the school was converted into a sports arena featuring s~veral events, with a champion named for each class. " On Thursday, Mismatch Day, faculty and students donned their most colorful and bizarre fashions and c01T!-peted.ina volleyball game. Friday's focus was on community awareness. Fac:ulty member Patrick Wilkinson presented a Black History program that included discussion of important black figures in American history and music ranging from !:pirituals to rap. In the afternoon, an awards ceremony was' held, with certificates presented to spelling bee winners. Seve::tthgrader Melanie Araujo received a gin certificate for win-' ning a contest to name the new school newspaper. The SAS Press, under direction of English teacher Jennifer Murphy, then presented its first edition.
Espirito Santo School FALL RIVER - Students in grades 6,7 and 8 participated in the Feb. 2 school science fair, coordinated by Jason Vaillancourt and judged by a panel of community members. Winners, listed in order offirst, second and third place . and honorable mention, were: Grade 6: Kelly Martins, "The Heart"; Mary Vascont:elios, "Recycling: The Throw-Away Society"; Matthew Soares, "Weather-You'll Be Blown Away"; Derek Falria, "Water Pollution." Grade 7: Debbie Viveiros, "The Lungs and Lung Cancer"; Adam Cabral, "Amazing Mice";.Bethany nomingue, "Mummies and Pyramids"; Kevin Pimentel, "Clean Up Your Act." Grade 8: Steven Luciano, "Get This Stuff Off Me"; Matthew Cuvellier, "Man vs. Machine"; Phillip Paiva, "Keeping Your Air in Style"; Bethany Soares, "Legionnaires Disease."
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By Charlie Martin
LOVE WILL KEEP US ALIVE I was standing All alone Against the world outside You were searching For a Iplace to hide Lost and lonely Now )"ou've given me The will to survive When we're hungry Love will keep us alive Don't you worry Someltimes you just Gotta let it ride The world is changing Right hefore your eyes Now :I've found you There is no more Emptine'ss inside . When we're hungry Love will keep us alive I would die for you Climb the highest mountain Baby, there's nothing I wouldn't do Now I've found you Ther,e's no more Emptiness inside When we're hungry Love will keep us alive I would die for you Climb the highest mountain Baby there's nothing I wouldn't do Written by Pete Vale/Jim Capaldi/Paul Carrack. Sling by Eagles (c) 1994 by EMI Virgin Music Ltd/ Freedom80ngs Limlted/PRS/Plangent Visions Music (ASCAP) MANY OF US longtime time and music styles: How do Eagles fans eagerly a waited their we keep well- and keep growing - in our emotional lives? new CD "Hell IFreeze~ Over." Now the group has its second Most of us have experienced chart hit offthe new disc, "Love times when we felt "all alone against the world outside." PerWill Keep Us Alive." The Eagles' rejuvenation haps we were "searching for a place to hide" from painful feelbrings back good memories of ings. That lost and lonely sense the height of their recording felt overwhelming as we faced success in the '70s and '80s. each new day. The question a~dressed in For the person in the song, their latest relf:ase transcends
the answer for these types of hurts lies in his new relationship. He s.ays, "Now I've found you, there is no more emptiness inside." He has discovered that "love will keep us alive." . Certainly, having a loving connection with another helps to heal feelings 路jf emptiness. Yet, what can w~ do when no special romantic relationship is forthcoming? What if we feel alone as we go through periods of our lives? These difficult questions have no sure answers. However, if we were to take the song's message, "love will keep us alive," in a broader sense, it could lead us to discover more of life's goodness. For example, we can make an effort to see the gifts given in each day. Do you notice the wonder and beauty in nature? Do you allow the gift of music to lift your spirit? Do you take the time to experience the goodness of your body through exercise, dance or some other form of physical movement? Another sure way to find love is to give love. Reaching out to others in their loneliness builds purpose and meaning into our live:s. Almost every community has organizations that serve others. Start with your school or parish. What is happening there that you can give part of your time to and thus lift up your own life? Finally, do you practice kindness toward yourself? Many people are their own worst critics. Instead of being harsh on yourself, learn to be self-accepting. Making mistakes, even big ones, can bring us to the path of growth. Be ready to learn, but also shower yourself with a compassionate and forgiving attitude. There are many ways "love can keep us alive." Being in a special romantic relationship is just one way. Look also for the many other approaches that enable love both to be given and received. Your comments are welcomed by Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, IN 47635.
CELEBRA TIN G significant anniversaries on the Coyle-Cassidy faculty are Holy Union Sisters (from left) Vera Hebert and Mary Catherine Burns, 30 years, and Mary Elizabeth Murphy, 25 years. At a Catholic Schools Week liturgy, Leadership Assembly officers (from left) Christy Chaves,Josh Dion,Julie Be~ls and Mary Catherine Savard presented roses to the sisters. Below, at the liturgy, sophomore Stl~ven Matos gives a witness talk on the importance of Catholic schools while St. Mary's School students Jeffrey Quinn and Alison Perry await their turn to speak. Other Catholic Schools Week events included Teacher Appreciation Day and videotaped interviews with Sister Burns and Thomas Whalen, director of guidance, now in his 37th year at Coyle-Cassidy.
By Mick Conway Have you checked lately to see whether you're dead or alive? You're alive if you wake up each morning and kick into the usual routine of your life. You're dead if somewhere during that routine you don't experience stress of some kind. Stress is here to stay. Teenagers experience stress just as frequently and intensely as adults. It's inevitable, it's unavoidable, it's everywhere. There are levels of stress ranging all the way from megastress, such as laid-out-on-the-floor stress, to annoyances that interrupt our lives in irritating ways. Most of the time we do it to ourselves. We take on too much and then groan at the weight of it. We become too involved in other people's problems and become worn out trying to solve them. There's an interesting exercise that I use in counseling called "The Juggling Act Inventory" that helps define stressors in our lives. Take a plain sheet of paper. ,Write your name in the center of the page inside a rough dra wing of yourself. You are the juggler, so throw some balls into the air by drawing circles around your name. Fill the balls by writing things you're juggling in your life school, job, sports, friends, relationships, money, church activities. If alcohol or other drugs are in the picture, write them down. In-
elude everything you can think of that fills your life both positively and negatively. Surprising, isn't it? Next step: Look at each ball and draw a line from it to yourself in the center, attempting to determine where the ball will hit where you will feel its impact. In the head? The heart? The stomach? The back? Now ask yourself these questions: I) How do I feel about how much I'm juggling? 2) What do I get fromjuggIing all these balls? 3) What do I lose by juggling so many balls? 4) Do I want to continue juggling this load? Your responses probably will sound like this: I) Overwhelmed. 2) Stressed. 3) My private time for relaxation. 4) No I don't. So what can you do to alleviate the crush of all these stressors? Start by drawing a line through the balls that contain stressors you want to eliminate. Then decide on a strategy to accomplish that goal. Make a promise to yourself to do at least two things differently, and then follow through with that promise. When those two things are taken care of, select another two. Before long you should be juggling fewer and fewer balls and feeling some relief from stress'Use your gift of faith as the strength of your life. A prayerful relationship with God will make all the difference when your juggling act starts to get off balance.
Coyle-Cassidy High School TAUNTON - Coyle and Cassidy High School's celebration of Catholic Schools Week was highlighted by the annual Catholic Schools Week Liturgy, to which classes from St. Mary's grammar school were invited. The theme of the Mass, celebrated by CC chaplain, Father John Denning, CSC, was "Schools You Can Believe In." Students from both schools gave witness talks about why Catholic schools are important to them. Coyle-Cassidy sophomore Steven Matos and St. Mary's fourthgrader Jeffrey Quinn offered the following reflections. Coyle and Cassidy High School. When I look at it from the outside it looks like an ordinary brick buiiding, nothing special. But when I walk through those doors everything changes. It isn't an ordinary brick building anymore, it's my second family. The teachers at Coyle and Cassidy don't just teach me and then leave, but they stay and listen to my problems and understand what I am saying and they do whatever they can to help me. This is something I never thought teachers could or would do.
Then there are my friends. I love each and everyone of them. Coyle allows me to have an opportunity to get close to people I never thought that I would. I could be having the worst day but when I walk through. those doors I know that someone will be there to feel my pain and console me or to share my laughter and feeljoy with me. Who could have thought that a building dedicated to education could turn into a building of love! (Steven Matos.) I like Catholic schools because we learn a lot and the teachers are very nice, too. Catholic schools are special to me because if I went to public school I wouldn't learn about God and how his life went. Catholic schools mean a lot to me because they teach me how to be religious. Without Catholic schools I wouldn't know how to make communion or reconciliation. Catholic schools teach us how to respect and care for other people. They also teach us how to live our lives like Jesus did and to be holy. Catholic schools help us make friends, too. (Jeffrey Quinn)
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Iteering pOintl K. of C., FALMOUTH Knights of Columbus Council813 will hold a business meeting 8 p.m. Feb. 21. George Cettley is organizing a softball team to begin play this spring and seeks members. John Dias plans to organize card-playing with residents at Fraser Rest Home. CATHOLIC WOMAN'S CLUB, NB Executive board meeting 7 p.m. Feb. 22, St. Lawrence rectory, NB. CATHOLIC ALUMNI CLUB Catholic singles club monthly . social gathering 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19, Ruby Tuesday restaurant, Silver City Galleria Mall, Taunton. Meetings ST. JOAN of ARC, ORLEANS are held at the mall on third Sundays Vincentians food collection for and at Darlings Restaurant, Fall LCOCpantries this Sunday. Sewing River Ave., Seekonk, on first Sunpads fOL cancer patients will take days. Information: 824-8378. place 9:30 a.m. Feb. 21, Thrift Shop. LaSALETTE SHRINE, SS. PETER AND PAUL, FR ATTLEBORO A Gong Show will be held 7 p.m. Healing service with Mass celeFeb. 28, Father Coady Center; to brated by Father Andre Patenaude, participate call Kyle Riley, 672-5366. MS, 2 p.m. Feb. 19. Service will include music, teaching, and opporCATHEDRAL CENTER of tunity for individual anointing. InRENEWAL Bishop's Day of Renewal for Laity formation: 222-5410. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 25; to register· O.L. CAPE, BREWSTER call 763-3994. Applications are being accepted for Ladies Guild Scholarship for PAX CHRISTI, CAPE COD' students who have completed second Monthly meeting and potluck year in a four-year college or first dinner with members of Haitian year in a two-year institution of specommunity 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, O.L. cialized education; information: MarVictory R.E. center, Centerville. guerite McGirr, 896-3594; Marion Lupica, 896-3073. Application deadline April 15. Hospice volunteer training program will begin tomorrow and continue on next three Saturdays; information: Eileen Urquhart, 760-5650 ext. 285. D. of I., NB Daughters of Isabella Circle 71 will meet 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Holy Name parish center, and hold a baby shower for Birthright. 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 6f all activIties. Please send news 01 future rather than past events. Due to limited space and also because notices of strictly parish affairs normally appear In a parish's own bulletin, we are forced to limit Items to events of general Interest. Also, we do not normally carry notices of fundralslng activities, which may be advertised at our regular rates, obtainable from The Anchor business office, telephone (508) 675-7151. On Steering Points Items, FR Indicates Fall River; NB Indicates New Bedford.
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"RAINBOW CONNECTION"will perform in the Coffee House Series at LaSalette Shrine, Attleboro, 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Shrine cafeteria. Members of the local ecumenical Christian music ministry are Mary Murphy and Carol Ann Hilsman, youth choir directors at St. Mary's parish, North Attleboro, and Larry Gower and Roger Pellitier, who provide worship music at All Saints Episcopal Church in Attleboro. A 4:30 p.m. Mass will be held before the concert. Information: 222-5410. SEPARATED/DIVORCED CATHOLICS, CAPE . Support group meeting 7 p.m. Feb. 19, St. Pius X parish center, S. Yarmouth; "Healing Memories and Forgiveness" video of Father Martin Padovani will be shown. Newcomers welcomed at 6:30 p.m. Information: 362-9873 or 385-2693. SAINT ANNE'S HOSPITAL, FR Volunteers are sought for a variety of placements, including information desk, gift shop, patient advocacy, clerical assistance. Information: Sister Cecilia Dowling, 6745741. ' DAUGHTERS OF ERIN Sister Kathleen Harrington, RSM, heads this new women's branch of the FR Clover Club. Information: 672-0183. DCCW Diocesan Council of Catholic Women annual Lenten retreat March 3-5, Family Life Center, N. Dartmouth, with retreat master Rev. James Krupa; SJ; for reservations call Bella Nogueira, 673-6145, or Sister Jane Sell mayer, (617) 2965723. The Council's annual dinner meeting, to be held at the Venus de Milo with Bishop O'Malley as guest, has been rescheduled from March 14 to March 20.
EDWINA GATELEY, noted poet, speaker, author and missionary, will present the retreat "Giving Birth to God in a Contemporary World" March 24 to.26 at LaSalette Center for Christian Living, Attleboro. The weekend will explore the call to break open God's kingdom in the daily events of life. Also, the Center, in collaboration with Rolfe Square Oasis Center, will offer the workshop "Relationships: Creations from the Heart," March 10 to 12 with presenters Father 'Richard Landry, MS, director of the Center, and Cynthia Villari, M.Ed., NCC; an experienced spiritual director; psychotherapist and workshop presenter. The program will focus on' inner healing of the heart, mind, body and soul that occurs when relationships are understood in their proper perspective. The Christian connection between spirituality and sexuality. will be discussed, and there will be time for contemplation and prayer. To register for either program call LaSalette Center at . 222-8530:
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING Classes at Saint Anne's Hospital, FR, with instructor Rita Quinn will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays March 7, April4, May 2 and June 6. . To register call Diane Santos, 6745741 ext. 2480. ST. MARY, FAIRHAVEN Members of youth group will leave tomorrow for Mission '9.5 in Rochester, NY, Feb. 18-26. CORPUS CHRISTI, E. SANDWICH .' -" Donations offood and paper goods will be collected this weekend for Sandwich Food Pantry. K. of C. COUNCIL 9444 All men over 21 are invil:ed to an open house Feb. 26 following Sunday Masses at St. Theresa's, Sagamore. • ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP Catholic Memorial Home, FR, sponsors a daytime support group for caregivers of persons .... ith Alzheimer's disease or related memoryimpairing illnesses. Sessions are held 12:30 to 2 p.m. fourth Tuendays at the home, meeting next on .Feb. 28. Information: 679-0011. HYLAND HOUSE, INC., TAUNTON Hyland House offers pawnt support groups for families of ':hildren with mental health or behavioral special needs in the following areas: 7 to 8:30 p.m. second and. fourth Tuesdays, Unitarian Church, Branstable; 7 to 9 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, First Baptist Church, FR; 7 to 9 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, YWCA, NB: 7 to 9 p.m. first Tuesdays, Parent Professional Community Services, Taunto n. Also offered: Active Parenting Support Group 9:30 to II :30 a.m. first and third Thursdays, Children's Services, FR; Attention Deficit Parent Support Group 7 to 9 p.m. third Thursdays beginning Feb. 21, Galleria Mall conference room, Taunton. Information: Parent Professional Services, 828-1732, 828-1895,·9 a.m. to 5 p.m. COYLE-CASSIDY HIGH SCHOOL, TAUNTON The Twelfth James Lamb Memorial Scholarship Road Ral:e wil\ , be held March 26 with a Twc-Mile Fun Run beginning at 10 a.m. and a Five-Mile Race beginJ)ingat II a.m., both de'parting from the school at Adams and Hamilton St. Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate. I nformation: Peter Lamb, race director, 822-6990 or 997-9429, or Bill Tranter, CoyleCassidy High School, 823-6164.
Aging is topic :at Stonehill Colle:ge Stonehil\ College, North Easton, wil\ present" As the Family Ages," a program on complex family changes arising from aging, 4 p.m. March5 at the Martin Institut~ on campus. Father Tony DeConciliis, CSC, of the Stonehill College pSycilology department, will modera::e a discussion with panelists Linda Lavin, Alzheimer's Program director at Blue H ills Alzheimer Care Center, Stoughton; Patricia Wilkinson, director of social services at New England Sinai Hospital, Stoughton; and Ken Branco, professor of sociology at Stonehill. They will address mythsa.nd realities associated with aging, using examples from film, art and literature. The program is part of the "Changes, Challenges and Choil:es -Ageism: Myths and Realitit:s" sponsored by the Martin Institute's Catholic and Jewish Steering.committee and funded in part by the Dr. and Mrs. William Winick Symposium on Catholic-Jewish Relations at Stonehill. The series will continue on April 2. Information: 230-1120.