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Abuse reports part of moving ahead, Bishop Gregory writes • The study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice is slated for release

"go forth and sin no more." Acknowledging the extent of abuse is one step toward moving ahead, he said. An audit released in Janutoda~ ary showed 90 percent of Catholic dioceses in complete By CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE compliance with elements of NEW YORK - A study of the U.S. bishops' "Charter for how the Church has handled the Protection of Children and sexual abuse cases may be Young People," Bishop Grepainful, but it's a necessary gory said. The charter was appart of moving ahead, said the proved by the USCCB in 2002 president of the U.S. bishops· as a plan for the Church to preconference in an opinion col- vent abuse, reach out to victims umn in The Wall Street Jour- and be accountable for how nal. abuse cases are handled. The study by the John Jay When the John Jay study is College of Criminal Justice of released, the National Review the City University of New Board, which also was estabYork being released today will lished as part of the charter, analyze the extent of sexual will release a report about the abuse of minors by U.S. "how and why" of the abuse Catholic clergy since 1950. crisis, he continued. "While its focus is not on That report, while not sciindividuals, it will contain a entific, will provide perspecportrait in aggregate of the pain tive from the view of a board and the suffering, the crimes of Catholic laity commisand the sins, encompassed in sioned to work for a safe futhis outrageous misconduct," ture for children, he said. said Bishop Wilton D. GrePope John Paul II's mesgory, president of the U.S. sage for Lent voices hope that Conference of Catholic Bish- this season will "be a time of ops, in the article in the Feb- ever greater concern for the ruary 19 Wall Street Journal. needs of children." Bishop He wrote that more than one Gregory said the pope points person has asked him why the out that some young people bishops requested this study- "have been profoundly hurt by "Won't it just be another the violence of adults," includwound?" ing sexual abuse. Despite being painful, "the "The reports that will beChurch in the United States come public so soon after Lent needs to shine a light on the begins will cause us not only past to gather as much infor- to grieve over the past, but also mation as possible about how to keep alert to present and futhis dreadful chapter in our his- ture challenges to defend the tory came about," wrote young and innocent," he Bishop Gregory, who heads wrote. the Diocese of Belleville, Ill. Bishop Gregory said he's "We cannot change history; apprehensive about "the forthbut greater and more accurate coming difficult news" but knowledge will help assure feels confidence born of "facing a situation clearly and that it is not repeated." He explained that Catholics fully." He said he believes believe one must overcome sin "God can bring new life out of and repent before being able to Turn to page five - Reports

ERIC ETHINGTON and partner Doug Okun, carrying twins Sophia and Elizabeth, hold their marriage license as they depart San Francisco's City Hall recently. Under the direction of Mayor Gavin Newsom, a backer of gay rights, city officials issued marriage licenses and married same-sex couples, despite a recently passed state law that institutes marriage as a union of a man and a woman. The next session of the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention that will consider a marriage protection amendment is scheduled for March 11. (CNS photo from Reuters)

MCC still holding the line on Marriage AffirDlation and Protection ADlendDlent BOSTON - As the old saying goes, it's never tion loomed large: after all the hullabaloo, where do pretty to watch sausage, Jello, and laws being we stand with Marriage Affirmation and Protection made, say officials of the Massachusetts Catholic Amendment? Conference, the official public policy voice of the' First, here's what happened procedurally, the botRoman Catholic tom line of which is that Church in the Com- . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - , MA & PA is still alive. Before the joint session monwealth. even started, Rep. Phil An update from the MCC in the wake of Travis of Seekonk had the two days of debate placed on the calendar, the FALL RIVER-Motor coach transportation will worksheet, I'f you WI'll , f or during the recent Constitutional Convention be available for people who want to go to the State the convention, his pro. . I House in Boston on March 11 for the reconvening in the state legislature of the Constitutional Convention to consider the posed constItutlOna said, it was, for many, amendment, H. 3190, the Marriage Affirmation Protection Amendment. M' Aff' , & especially those who arnage umatlOn don't make it a habit Departure and return times to be announced. Protection Amendment, or - Fall River, leaving from Immaculate Concep- MA & n'A. to follow the legisla- tion Church. Call Beatrice Martins at 508-678-3351. r, . tive process, a disapSen. Jarrett Barrios then d hid - New Bedford, leaving from Holy Name: Pointing and confus- Church and the Taunton Park & Ride. Call Diane mserte onto t e ca en ar ing experience. Bolton at 508-994-8421. a proposed amendment to Travis's constitutional When theJ'oint ses. - Cape Cod, leaving from Holy Trinity Church, sion was gaveled to a Amendment. Barrios's Burger King in West Barnstable, and Kingsbury d ld close at midnight Febamen ment wou gut Plaza Commuter Parking. Call Charlotte LeBlanc & PA b .. ruary 12, to be re- at 508-430-1269. MA y turnmg It sumed at 2 p.m. on Reservations are $5. Deadline is March 9. Turn to page 12 Amendment March 11, the ques-

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Friday, February 27, 2004

DCCW to host 'Welcoming the .Stranger Among Us' program

MICHELLE MONIZ is presented with the St. Bernard's Parish, 'Assonet, "Volunteer of the Year 2003" award by pastor, Father Tim Goldrick.

St. Bernard's Parish recognizes volunteers ASSONET-St. Bernard's Parish recently held its Volunteer Appreciation Night, to recognize parishioners who go above and beyond. The "Volunteer of the Year 2003" was Michelle Moniz, who has contributed significantly to the success of the Annual Yard Sale for the past few years. This past year was far and away the most successful.

Other parishioners recognized for outstanding parish spirit were Denise Branco, who received the Diocesan Marian Medal, Lindsay Perry, who received the Pope Pius X Youth Award, and David Morin, who was recognized as an outstanding Altar Server of the Year by the Knights of Columbus, Cross of Christ Council. \

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SOUTH DARTMOUTH -The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women has organized a program for March 7, 2004, entitled: "Welcoming the Stranger Among Us." The program will begin at 2 p.rn. at St. Mary's Church, 783 Dartmouth Street, South Dartmouth. Following the prayer service there will be refreshments from the various ethnic groups. This is the third year that the groups organizing this event have gotten together to respond to the call of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to observe Migration Week, a remembrance that the Catholic Church observes annually between the feasts of the Epiphany and the

Mrs. Maria Lagoa NEW BEDFORD - Mrs. Maria (Dias) Lagoa, 88, wife of the late Evaristo da Costa Lagoa, and mother of Father Raul M. Lagoa, pastor of St. John of God Church, Somerset, died February 17 at home after a long illness. Born in Methuen, a daughter of the late Jaime and Maria (Tomais) Dias, she lived in Methuen until the age of seven when she moved to Portugal. She lived in Graciosa, the Azores, for 31 years until returning to New Bedford in 1947 where she has lived for more than 40 years. Mrs. Lagoa was a stitcher for路 various garment factories in the. New Bedford area for many years. She later owned and oper-

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On December 10, 1925, Our Lady appeared to Sister Lucia (seer of Fatima) and spoke these words: "Announce in my name that I promise to assist at the hour ofdeath with the graces necessary for the salvation oftheir souls, all those who on the first Saturday of five consecutive months shall: 1. Go to confession; 2. Receive Holy Communion; 3. Recite the Rosary (5 decades); and 4. Keep me company for IS minutes while meditating on the IS mysteries ofthe Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me." . In a spirit of reparation, the above conditions are each to be preceded by the words: "In reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary:' Confessions may be made during 8 days before or after the first Saturday, and Holy Communion may be received at either the momlnQ or evening M888 on the first. Saturday.

to present the flowers to the bishop, Juan Diego and Fray Juan saw the image of Our Lady on the tilma. This is the image which is still venerated to this day in Mexico City. The prayer service will include a multicultural Scriptural Rosary, with prayers in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Polish, and Arabic, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. Bishop George W. Coleman will speak. The prayer service is the DCCW's response to the Catholic bishops' annual observance of Migration Week. For more information, call Mildred Gil at 508-823-0541.


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Baptism of the Lord. This year they delayed having the event until March so as to be able to have the Traveling Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe present for the prayer service. This is an exact copy of the tilma of St. Juan Diego. On Dec. 12, 1531 Juan Diego carried his tilma (a type of cloak) filled with roses to Fray Juan de Zumarraga, OFM, Bishop of Mexico. He did this at the request of the Blessed Mother, who had begun appearing to him on Dec. 9,1531. Since Bishop Zumarraga doubted Juan Diego's account of Mary appearing to him, the roses in winter were to be proof of her appearance. When he opened his tilma

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ated Lagoa's Restaurant on County Street in New Bedford for four years prior to retiring. She was a member of Our Lady of. Mount Carmel Parish in New Bedford. Besides her priest son, she leaves another son, Charles A. Lagoa of Dartmouth; three daughters, Mary Ouimet of New Bedford, Teresa M. Gifford of Dartmouth, and Eileen P. Peters of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Laura Andrews of Dartmouth and Deolinda Cunha

of Dracut; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Arthur and John Dias. Her funeral Mass was celebrated February 20 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, New Bedford. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery, New Bedford. The Dartmouth Funeral Home of Waring-Sullivan, 230 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth, was in charge of arrangements.

In Your Prayers Please pray for the following priests during the coming weeks March 1 1906, Rev. James F. Masterson, Founder, St. Patrick, Somerset 1948, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Peter L.D. Robert, P.R., Pastor, Notre Dame, Fall River 2003, Rev. John McCarthy, CSC, Stonehill College, North Easton r\

March 2 \ ' 1936, Rev. Antonio Berubel ~astor, St. Jos~gh, Attleboro. . 1941, Rev. James 1. Brady, ~~tor,搂.t.J<i1iaii} New Bedford 1952, Rev. Tarcisius Dreesen, SS:CCc,Sacred Hearts Monastery, Fairhaven .~ \ 1962, Rev. Alp~e-6authieritastor, Sacred Heart, New Bedford \\ 1970, Rev. J. Orner Lussier, PastOl', Sacred Heart, North \\ Attleboro . March ~\ \ 1960, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Timothy P. sw,e,ey, LL.D., Pastor, Holy Name, New Bedford \) March 5 1995, Permanent Deacon Manuel H. Camara March 6 1932, Rev. John W. Quirk, Founder, St. Joseph, Taunton; Rev. Bernard P. Connolly, S.S., St. Charles College, Maryland 1996, Rev. Antoine Lanoue, O.P. . March 7. 1958, Rev. ArthurP.1. Gagnon, Pastor, Holy Rosary, New Bedford

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HOLY UNION Sister Eugenia Margaret Ready, pastoral assistant at Sacred Heart Parish, Fall River, stands beside food and toiletries the parish collected for troops in Iraq and Af-' ghanistan. The project was organized by the Social Justice Committee of the Parish Council and Sister said, ''The response from parishioners has been absolutely tremendous:' She hopes that other parishes might be able to take up similar collections, (Anchon'Gordon photo)

Pope approves six sainthood causes VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope John Paul n fonnally paved the way for the canoruzation offour men and two women, the majority of whom are founders of religious congregations from the 19thcentury. The six will be elevated to sainthood during a Mass May 16 in St. Peter's Square. One of those to be canonized is Blessed Father Luigi Orione. The Italian priest was born in 1872 and founded the religious congregation of the Little Work of Divine Providence as well as the Olione Family, which is made up of laity, religious and priests active . in 30 countries. Father Orione became known around the world for his work helping the poor, sick and handicapped. . He died in 1940 and was beatified by Pope John Paul in 1980. Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla, the only nonreligious of the group, was an Italian pediatrician who, in national circles, became known as the "Pro-Life saint."




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. Now is the acceptable time We have been through one of the coldest winters on record. The frozen' earth, the bone-chilling air, and the drifts of snow have been a burden for many., There has been a multitude who repaired their homes after the water' pipes have burst. Others have experienced endless fender benders slipping about on the ice. All in ali, this winter has affected all of us in some negative way. Each day we look to see if the thermometer will rise; will we feel the warmth of the sun? When will we see springtime? Yet, deep in our hearts we know winter shall pass. The trees arid flowers of spring will once again blossom: The grass so seemingly dead will once more be green. All these realities give us hope. The world of nature will again bless us with 'her 'wonderful gifts to help sustain and renew us. , If this is true in the realm of nature, how true it will be for the world of the supernatural. We must reflect that Lent means spring. It is that period which prepares us for Easter. It leads us to that eternal light which dispels all darkness. The dark mght of the soul is banished by hope reflected in the,symbol of the Easter candle. We journey the springtime of Lent always awaiting the flowering of Easter. This Lent takes on new meaning for our Church in America. As so very well,stated in his Lenten letter, our bishop, Bishop George W. Coleman, has reflected that this Lent, this spring, is a "time to heal." More than ever, Lent is a,necessity to draw us from the long dark winter of hurt and abuse that has imploded itself on our Church. The scandals that have inflicted themselves in our living have made us feel anger and betrayal. The cold harsh reality of this winter has penetrated our very being. For s9me it has been a spiritual death. Others have reacted by leaving the Church. The, crass reality of our secular society and public media has been relentless in the pursuit of isolating the Church, thnisting her into a hopeless oblivion. For too many it is a darkness that seems to have no end. Yet, with the eyes of faith there can be light at !he end of this very long tunnel. That's where Lent.enters into our lives to give us hope. It can be a time when we relight our lives from the flame :of the Easter candle, which represents the risen Christ. For this reason, this Lent is so very important for all members of the Church. It is.a time we s~ai-ch f~~ way~ to to renew faith and all that this irriplies assure everyone that this darkness will never again overcome us. We must be renewed if we are to have hope. Lent-Easter time, especially this year, is a powerful time of challenge and resolve. The ashes which are a symbol of our new spring should be a powerful reminder of past beginnings, present need and future glory. What we, must do is to revive our faith in the presence of Christ in his Church and determine that we will never tum our backs ~m whatever would separate us from the love of God. We need healing and hope, we need light and peace, and we need prayer and penance. St. Paul, in his second Letter to the Church of Corinth, writes, "In an acceptable time I heard you, and in th"e day of salvation I helped you. Behold, now is the very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain." Every time is an acceptable time; every day is a day of salvation. We need to set aside special times and days to call ourselves back to the truth and simplicity of our belief and our mission. Lent is the time we need to receive the grace of God, knowing that he loves us in spite and despite of our flaws and failures. How terrible to reflect then, that we could receive his healing wonders in vain.


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Same-sex unions and marriage:'The iss_ues' Editor's note: The following is the first in a three-part series on this most topical issue by Sulpician Father Gerald Coleman, who addressed the subject in a single address January 28 at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. The entire articie appeared in the Febr.uary 12 issue of Origins, the Catholic News Service's documentary service. In an introduction to the address of Father Coleman, Origins offered the following thumbnail review: The central question in the current debate' over same-sex marriage and the definition of marriage "is whether the meaning or definition of marriage should be changed or enlarged to be more inclusive," Father Coleman told the gathering in California. He said that in the current discussion of same-sex marriage, "Catholic authorities, among others, have gone out of their way to place the argument in this fashion: It is possible to maintain marriage as a

unIon of a man and woman, either by definition or reasonable legislative intent, while at the same time upholding the digtiity and respect due to homosexual persons who want this particular form of partnership. This is a very delicate balance to maintain." Coleman said: "It is important to kf1ep in mind that advocates of same-sex marriage do not wish to undermine the 'institution' of marriage. or to 'abolish it.... What is desired is 'inclusion.''' But, he said, "set against this panoral11a is this belief that marriage has a meaning prior to individual wishes, desires and choices, and this meaning cannot be realized by persons of the same sex. This affirmation does not mean that homosexual people do not have hopes or seek lasting and significant relationships. It does not mean, as some argue, that homo- • sexuals are 'second-class citizens' if denied marriage." Father Coleman said that "perspectives on marriage which make its central component simply a matter of

interpersonal affection and love mirror the individualism of modem society and in fact contribute to the breakdown of marriages." He said: "Theologically speaking, ... marriage is much more than a personal commitment of love to another person.... Mariiage is not simply an intimate relation to a private other, but rather a commitment' to foster a community of intersecting relationships and interests, marked critically in the creating of new life." Father Coleman discussed four interlocking dimensions of marriage. And he said that "in the same-sex marriage debate, it is not only the unity of love and procreation that is at stake but also the social implications of sex and its reproductive potential." He argued that heterosexual marriage is society's "most basic institution." Father Coleman's text follows: Situating the debate on the question of same-sex unions and marriage is no easy task. Francis Schussler Fiorenza points out that Turn to page 13 -Issues

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A rocky road in the Rocky Mounta'ins We've all seen the image before - a caveman with a club in one hand dragging a cavewoman about by a lock of her hair. Thank goodness we've come a long way since then. Or have we? Anyone with an ounce of decency can't help but be at least a smidge disturbed by the allegations flying out of the University of Colorado football program. Seven young women have come forward with rape accusations against some members of that gridiron team - either at a bar, or a party, or by a teammate, in the case of the school's firstever female place kicker. I realize the justice system still follows the tenet that all are innocent until proven gl,lilty, but let's face it, we all make instant judgments on such cases. Why? Because if we say that the athletes are innocent, then we're saying that the accusers are liars, and vice versa. One couldn't help but stare


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Letters to the Editor know his voting record. In Massachusetts we Catholics know him only I commend you for the editorial and stories re. garding the Marriage Affirmation and Protection too well. He has always voted for abortion on demand, Amendment. However, it was Governor Celluci, not Gover- including partial-birth abortion, during which the nor Weld, who appointed Margaret Marshall as chief doctor gashes a hole in the head of the partiallyjustice in 1999. She is, needless to say, not an im- delivered baby and suctions out its brains to ensure partial jurist. Her agenda was known before her death.. Massachusetts Catholics have the power to show opinion was rendered. Several years before the court's decision, Marshall addressed a meeting of the rest of the country that we disapprove of Senahomosexual activists and stated that Vermont had tor Kerry's pro-abortion position when the,primary not gone far enough in its approval of civil unions. voting is held here on March 2. Frances D. Doherty Massachusetts's citizens' rights were denied in Medford July 2002 when then Senator Birmingham, through a procedural motion, failed to open an assemply where the legislators could have voted on a similar Editor: I write to you so that you may inform your readamendment. He ignored 130,000 signature petitions ers of the deplorable actions of our higher schools and stopped the process. Now we are demanding that Senator Travaglini of learning. On the Internet I came across an article open the assembly and allow our legislators to vote featuring Catholic colleges that intended to run the on this amendment. These same legislators must un- play "Vagina Monologues." (See page 12 for CNS derstand that they are accountable to us, their con- story.) This play depicts the seduction of a 16-yearold girl by a 24-year-old lesbian. Of the 30 Cathostituents. Our civil rights were denied in 2002 and this can- lic campuses offering the play, fout in our region not happen again. The recent, 4-3 ruling by the court include Boston College, Providence College, Regis was bad law - if not unconstitutional. Make your College and Stonehill College. Isn't it amazing that voices heard. Call, write, E-mail, visit '... send let- our wonderful places of higher education can afters and make calls to the newsmedia, letting them ford to place this on their curriculum without any remorse toward what they stand for, a moral educaknow we will be watching and listening. Doris Toohill tion. To add insult to injury, a Stonehill (student's) Orleans attendance at the performance is counted toward merit points used to assign campus housing the following year. Please write an ll;rticle on this so that Editor: Judging by the way U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry Catholics in the area can see what is being taught to of Massachusetts is getting the votes of Demo- our children in the name of higher education. , Donald L. Vandal crats in presidential primary voting in other' Fall River states, it is obvious that the people there do not


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ASSONET - The Rishmawi Family, Palestinian Christians, will visit St. Bernard's Church, Route 79 (South Maip. St.), on the weekend of February 28-29. Hours: Saturday beginning at5:30 p.m. and Sunday morning, beginning at 9:30 a.m. ATTLEBORO - Singer musician John Polce will pres~nt the Bethany Nights Program tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the La Salette Shrine. It ' will include music, prayer and healing. La Salette Father Richard Lavoie will celebrate Mass at 2 p.m._ on Sunday. A healing service will follow. For more information call 508-222-5410. ATTLEBORO - Grief education programs will be held at the La' Salette Retreat House March 4, 18; and April 1, 15 from 6:30-8 p.m. They will also be held March 8, 22; and April 5, 19 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information call Sister Judith Costa at 508-824-6581. CRAIGVILLE - Echo of Cape Cod, a retreat program for high school students, will be held at the Craigville Conference Center March 5-7. For more information call Mary Fuller at 508-759-4265 or on the Web: DIGHTON - The Fall River Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will hold its 'annual retreat March 26-28 at the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation's Mother House. Retreat director Dorothy , Levesque will speak on the theme ~ "Bringing Us to a Journey." For more information call Claudette Armstrong at 508-672-1658.

Franciscan Sisters of Allegany invite women who are discerning a religious life to a Come and See Weekend April 16-18 at St. Raphael Convent, West Medford. The retreat is open to women 20 to 45 years old. For more information, or to regis: ter, call Sister Helen Roberts, OSF, at 617-471-7775 or E-mail: MISCELLANEOUS - A Catholic television program entitled "Boa Nova da Vida," will appear on Channel 20 in Portuguese on the first. and third Wednesdays of each month at 9:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Communications Departmentof the diocese, the March airing is "Christians Ask: What Is the Meaning of the Sacrament o~Ma~mony?" NORTH EASTON - The publit is invited to participate in the praying of the 20 mysteries ,of the rosary on Sundays at 5 p,m: in the chapel of the Father Peyton Center at Holy Cross Family Ministries, 58 Washington Street. Daily rosary is recited at 9 a.m. and Mass is celebrated at n60n every weekday. ' SOMERSET -Come to an old fashioned Parish Mission at St. Thomas More Church; Somerset, Monday-Thursday, March 1-4,7-8 p.m. and hear Father Barry R.L. Connerton, pastor ofSt. Augustine's Church in Providence, R.I., a dynamic preacher known for his humor and insight.

Vietnam War veteran who lost It's already going on, the both his 'legs and one arm in airing of political campaign ads battle. How could anyone put out that say or show ugly things a TV commercial implying this about the opponent. Most man is not patrio~c! Oh yes, disturbing so far was the ad Cleland lost that election. picked up by the TV news I met Cleland many years ago commentators that showed the when he was addressing a \ face of Adolph Hitler morphing rehabilitation agency dedicated into the face of President Bush. .to helping people with disabiliThe Republican National " Committee said the ad canie ties gain independence. Cleland, who had been head of the U.S. from That group Department of Veterans Affairs issued a disclaimer. (The ad had under President Carter and was not been released by, burit had 'been submitted to a contest run by that organization. MoveOn is an Internet political group that wants to see Bush defeated in November.) In spite of By Antoinette Bosco the disclaimer, the Republican ranting went on about dirty campmgn tactics. The anger was at that time secretary of state in understandable, considering the Georgia, was so perfectly awful implications of linking qualified for that task. He talked openly 'about the Bush to Hitler. ' But then, surprise. The day that changed his life Democrats pulled out a TV ad Vietnam, April 8, 1968 - when that had been effectively used by a grenade explosion left him a the Republican campaign of triple amputee, but "lucky to be alive." Saxby Chambliss before the 2002 election to discredit "Not many people believed Democratic Sen. Max Cleland of that a 25-year-old former Army Georgia. That offensive ad captain, -losing two legs and one showed the face of Osama bin arm, could do much after that," Laden morphing into Max , he told me. Cleland's face. I had not seen He spoke honestly of the that before, and I went apoplecyears after suffering those tic. Cleland is a longtime friend, terrible wounds when he had to and much more than that he is a pull his life together. He would' -, - - - - - - _._._--

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become so discouraged that he would think "doing the right thipg is ending it all." He realized then that people who have extraordinary setbacks "have to dig down deeper - to discover more courage" than normally is needed. "Before Vietnam I thought courage was the absence of fear," he said. He learned instead, that courage is accepting fear and turning to prayer so that you can now "focus on opportunity in the face of danger to take disabilities and tum them into possibilities, to tum your scars into stars." Cleland wrote a路 book about his journey back to 'life. Its title, "Strong at the Broken Places," is from a line in Ernest Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms": 'The world breaks everyone and afterwards many are strong' at the broken places." -I remember being awed, even by the fact that Cleland had traveled by himself from Georgia to Connecticut. I vowed not to complain about my periodic bouts with sciatica! I judge that linking this heroic soldier to the master terrorist was about the lowest a group could sink to. But it has had a good effect on me. I shall be ever on the alert for raw lies and hateful calumny in this election year of 2004. It is sad that we, through our political parties, have slipped into such shame. -

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SEEKONK - The local food pantry, Doorways fuc., is in need of volunteers to stock shelves and asWith the goal of total unity in chain themselves to a courthouse school lunches. sist clients on Saturday mornings. the Church and for the sake of door if they were not allowed to There are scores of words that For more information call Katie argument (which is the goal 'watch "Survivor." fall under the multiple-personalFAIRHAVEN - A First Friday Malo at 508-761-5491. . here), let's ster~otype all Catho-To a pew person, a "progresity heading, including: "celiMass, sponsored by the Men of'the lics as one of the following: sive" is a meal shared wherein bacy" ("gift," "accident of TAUNTON - Beginning on liberal, cons~rvative or pew Sacred Hearts, Fairhaven Chapter, various courses are served at . history," "vow"); "brotherhood" will be celebrated March 5 at 7 p.m. March 2 and continuing for six person. ("order of men," "sexist at St. Mary's Church, North Main weeks during Lent, Our Lady of the Now that we have term," "kind commuStreet. All are welcome to spend Holy Rosary Church will host the done that, let us put forth nity"); and "worship" time with the Blessed Sacrament in rosary and prayers for healing and the proposition that to ("reverent love," ''joyful a Holy Hour following Mass. Re- vocations to the priesthood and . achieve unity each 'celebration," "Mass on of the Blessed SacraBenediction freshments and friendly social time "camp" must-speak the Sunday"). ment from 7-8 p.m. , will follow. same language as the The Roadkill Theological Roundtable's YARMOUTHPORT - Father other. For that purpose, FALL RIVER - The Fall River By pan Morris stance, however, is that Area Men's First Friday Club meets Roger Landry will lead a Morning the Roadkill Theological once we understand of Recollection March 6 from 9 a.m. March 5 at Sacred Heart Church. FaRoundtable has begun the ....- - - - - - - - - -....~?f'.... what the other person therJohll 1. Peny will celebrate a 6 p.m. to noon at the Sacred Heart Chapel. lengthy process of putting different friends' homes as the Mass. A hot meal will follow in the It will include the celebration of together a lexicon of terms used actually means, even if that' church hall. Guest speaker is retired Mass, the opportunity for reconcili- by most Catholics but which repast "progresses": hors person is only smiling and Assistant District Attorney Bernard ation and talks on the theme "Liv- frequently seem to have different d'oeuvres at Jason and Tina's; pretending to be nice, then we Herman. For more information call ing Lent with Christ." For more in- interpretations. soup at Peter and Pam's; Peptohave a better chance of seeking Normand Valiquette at 508-672-8174. formation call 508-775"0818. One example jumps to mind: Bismol at the Millers', etc: and achieving unity. "progressive." To a conservative, "Survivor" is rarely involved. It cap also help if our goal is WEST HARWICH - The Per- a "progressive" is a liberal in MANSFIELD - A natural fam"Cafeteria Catholic" can be to thump them psychologically ily planning course, sponsored by petual Adoration Chapel at Holy slieep ~s clothing trying to ' understood many ways as well. with an airtight argument and the Couple to Couple League, is cur- Trinity Church; Route 28, invites disguise his or her wild-eyed For many liberals a "cafeteria , thus treat ourselves to a good rently underway at St. Mary's people to spend an hour or two in plans to radicalize the Church Catholic" is a conservative who dance around the parish hall . Church. For more information call prayer. This regional chapel of the with a social agenda at the picks and chooses the Church while playing an air guitar and mid-Cape area depends on the sup508-337-4937. ' expense of ~ or in defiance of teachings to which he will adhere "Beat ya. Yeah, yeah. singing: port of people. For more informa- a solid ecclesiology.. with zeal, while ignoring others. Beat ya good. Yeah, yeah, yeah. tion call Jane Jannell at 508-430MANSFIELD -A Lenten MisTo a liberal, a "progressive" is For many conservatives, I win. You lose." sion, led by Sacred Hearts Farqer Al 0014. someone. willing to sign an anticafeteria Catholics are those who : It should be noted that the Dagnoli will be held beginning Sundeath-penalty petition but who pick and choose Church teachwords to "Beat ya. Yeah, yeah, WE~TPORT - The Friendly day at St. Mary's Church. Each yeah" are not found in the Bible, morning session will begin with 9 Sons of St. Patrick will hold its 63 rd will choose watching "Survivor'~ ings to which they will adhere with zeal, while ignoring others. the catechism or canon law. a.m. Mass and the evening session annual celebration of the "Feast of over chaining himself or herself To the pew person, cafeteria Comments are welcome. E' St. Patrick," March 13 at White's of to a courthouse door and being will follow a 7 p.m. Mass. Westport. For more information call arrested. Of course, there are Catholics are those kind volunmail Uncle Dan at many Catholics who would teers who help out during' MISCELLANEOUS - The Jimmy Fl~agan at 508-996-2568.

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Looking forward to death: A Lenten meditation The late, great Father John all go. The one thing we "really Courtney Murray, S.1., was a have to look forward to," the man of aphorisms, many of them one thing in our lives that isn't paradoxical. Thus "a gentleman transitory, is death. is never rude, save intentionally." That can be terrifying. For After a year abruptly punctuated the Christian, though, it ought to by the unexpected deaths of several friends, some in war and some from disease, I've been thinking about another of Father Murray's paradoxes. The precise formula escapes me but the gist was this: death is By George Weigel the only thing we really have to look forward to. It's an appropriate theme for Lenten reflection. be encouraging. Death is the Everything else to which we passage, not to oblivion, but to look forward in life is, in the the fullness of life which is final analysis, transitory. The promised to those who have first big game, the senior prom, the "died with Christ," in their graduation, the wedding or baptism and in their lives. A "death wish" is pathological, ordination or day of final vows: all eagerly anticipated, all come, according to psychiatry. The

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Christian's embrace of his or her death is not a "death wish," but a final, radical, once-andfor-all conforming of our lives to Christ, who passes over to the Father through the valley of death. Will each of us have, in our dying, the opportunity to make that once-and-for-all, complete handing-over of our lives into the merciful hands of the Father? When we pray for a "good death" that's, in part, what we're praying for. But aren't we also praying for a dying-to-self every day? To remember, every day, that one day we shall die isn't morbid. Our dying should live in us now, so that our little deaths-toself prepare us for that final offering of self, in which we

Priestless parishes long and complicated for a Q. I understand that more column like this. But some than 3,000 of the nearly 29,300 highlights may be helpful. parishes in the United States As you say, private one-on-one are now without a resident confessions were not the first priest pastor. In many of them, instead of Sunday Mass there is form. In early centuries the only a Communion service. process of forgiveness of sins Was generally more public, sometimes Does our obligation to attend lasted for years and took place Sunday Mass apply also to under the direction of the bishop. these Communion services? The move toward private (Maryland) confession and forgiveness of sins A. What you say about extended over several centuries. priestless parishes is correct, and it seems that unless something major happens the replacement of Mass with Communion services will become more frequent as time goes by. Church law on the subject is explicit; the By Father faithful must participate John J. Dietzen in the Mass on Sundays (Canon 1247). When that is not possible, the obligation Beginning around the time of St. does not transfer to a Communion Patrick (died 461), Irish monks, most of them priests, traveled the service or any other liturgy. Irish countryside preaching, Of course, worshiping God in some way with our community of baptizing and conducting a simple personal rite of forgivefaith ought to be an integral part ness patterned on what the monks of keeping the Lord's Day holy. were accustomed to in their own Participation in a Liturgy of the monastic spiritual lives. Word and Holy Communion Penitential books began to together, when the opportunity is provided, is an appropriate way to appear with appropriate penances for different kinds of sins. As the meet that responsibility. monks spread over Europe, they Q. My friends and I found the communal penance services took these "penitentials" and in our parish greatly beneficial, rituals with them, and began to use them in regions where they much more meaningful than established new monasteries and private confessions ever were. communities. When and under what circumThe practice took hold very stances was the sacrament of slowly, however. In fact, several penance introduced in the bishops and Church councils Church? Our understanding is condemned what one regional that private confession was not council (Toledo, Spain, seventh always available or required. century) called the "abominable (New York) presumption" of "asking a priest A. The history of the sacrato forgive them as often as they ment (or sacraments) of forgivewish to sin." ness in the Church is much too

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They insisted on a return to the ancient and accepted penitential disciplines. Even as late as the ninth century the practice of private confession apparently was unknown in Rome. Gradually the idea took hold, however, and bishops moved from condemning the practice to trying to regulate it. By the Fourth Lateran Ecumenical Council (1215), private confession had become pretty much "the" sacrament of forgiveness in the Church. There is no question that in its understanding of the sacrament of penance, or reconciliation, the Church is turning from a rather legalistic, juridical approach to one more Scriptural and liturgical, more centered on conversion of heart. In other words, the present Catholic rituals for this sacrament focus more on the penitential theology of the first centuries, but with additional insights offered by the experiences of faith in our own age. I must add that these changes and developments in the Church's liturgical celebration of forgiveness of sin should not surprise us. It happened with the other sacraments as the people of God lived through the centuries, and would be expected in this case as well. A free brochure answering questions Catholics ask about the sacrament ofpenance is available by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Box 325, Peoria, IL 61651. Questions may be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address, or E-mail: ijdietzen@aoLcom.

7 most fully align our lives with the life of the Crucified One. Living this way - "looking forward to death" - is about as countercultural as it gets these days. For many scientists and physicians on the cutting edge of the biotech revolution, death is a disease to be cured, not an integral part of the human condition. But suppose death could be "cured"? Or, at the very least, indefinitely postponed? Would worldly immortality be a blessing? Or would it be a lethal blow to our humanity? Would adding even 25 or 50 years to the normal life-span increase our happiness? Would doing the same things for a much longer time - would doing even the occasional extraordinary thing during a lengthier life-span - add to the sum total of our satisfactions? Would we strive for goodness and great accomplishment hereand-now, absent the prod of mortality? Would there be genuine passion without mortality? Wasn't the Psalmist teaching a deep truth about the human condition when he enjoined us to "number our days" so that we might '~'get a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90:12)? There may in fact be two or three things in our lives that would not be crippled by

infinite longevity. One is the quest for understanding; we can imagine that going on forever, without warping us in the process. The other exceptions are friendship and love. They, too, could grow infinitely; and as they did, our humanness would be enhanced, not destroyed. Yet that is precisely what is promised us in the Kingdom: an eternity of unfolding friendship, deeper understanding, nobler love. Those are surely things to look forward to. We can look forward to them only through looking forward to our death, embracing it in faith and hope. G.K. Chesterton, another great aphorist in the paradoxical mode, said somewhere that, while man had always lost his way, "modem man has lost his address." That address is the Kingdom of God. When we forget our address, we lose our navigational bearings here and now. We enter the Kingdom of our fulfillment through death conformity to Christ's death in baptism, and our own death to the flesh as we now know it. When we forget that, death' becomes a disease to be cured. In fact, it's the one thing we really have to look forward to. George Weigel is a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

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St. John Neumann Parish, East Freetown EAST FREETOWN - In October house the young, vibrant community. Pa1983, Bishop Daniel A. Cronin, along with rishioners donated much of their time and the Presbyteral Council of the diocese, es- talent to completely renovate one of the tablished a community of local Catholics, other camp buildings. known as the Freetown Catholic CommuThis "newly refurbished" building, comnity who worshiped at the chapel on the plete with a new kitchen, would provide a beautiful grounds of Cathedral Camp, to be facility for both worship on the weekends administered by Father George E. Harrison. as well as a hall for various spiritual and At that time, Father Harrison was also social events of the community. To this day, named director ofboth Cathedral Camp and Neumann Hall is used for religious educaOur Lady of Good Counsel Retreat Center. tion, adult formation and social activity of On Ash Wednesday, March 7,1984, the the parish. Jubilee Year of Redemption, the parish of A new church, however, was always a St. John Neumann was canonically estab- hope and dream of this community. In June lished and Father Harrison was appointed of 1985, a festival was organized on the its first pastor. camp grounds to establish funds for a new In the words of Bishop Cronin, "mem- building as well as for the ongoing needs of bers of the parish thus established will be the parish. The Lakeside Family Festival, those Catholic faithful who live within the as it came to be known, continues to this territory encompassed by boundaries in day, on Memorial Day weekend, not only the civil sphere designated as Precinct 2 to continue to provide financial support of of the town of Freetown as constituted on the parish, but to gather parishioners and the date of the canonical erection of the friends to work t()gether as a family. parish." On May 17, 1987, ground was broken Many parishioners of the new parish for the current chiJrch structure. At the site were formerly members of Our Lady of where the altar would be located, families Fatima Parish, New Bedford. But because were mvited to place earth from their homes of its proximity to other local towns many to be the symbolic foundation of the center people found their way from Rochester, of worship for this faith community. On Oct. Lakeville, Middleboro, Dartmouth, 10, 1988, the Mass of Dedication of the Acushnet and New Bedford to the new par- "new house for our church" was celebrated ish located at Cathedral Camp. by Bishop Cronin along with a large numFor the time being, St. John Neumann ber of diocesan an4 religious priests and the Parish would make use ofthe chapel for its faithful of the.parisl1: place of worship." . Father John C.Ozug was named adminHowever, asili~ IUliTIger.of.p¢shioners istr~tor iJ.l·$epi~m.!?~rj994until February increased fromthe~nitial;':]OO'families,the,W' 4 995;vwhen-a~ne,~::pa,.stor, Father John A. camp chapel soon became too small to . Perry, was appoinieo:Under his leadership,

Msgr. Perry brought together many new families along with the founding members of the parish. On June 28, 2000, Msgr. StephenJ. Avila was appointed the fourth pastor of St. John Neumann. The parish is comprised of more than 1,300 families, 600 young people in the religious education program, with an extensive music ministry program and programs of outreach to youth, married couples and singles. Deacon Bruce J. Bonneau is the pastoral assistant, along with a very dedicated staff, including Doris Thibault, director of religious education, and coordinators Suzanne Medeiros and Madeleine Oliver.

William and Susan Furtado and Michael and Lynn Durand are the coordinators of youth ministry; Dan Davey is director of music ministry; Jacqueline Mathieu is parish secretary; and Thomas Stone, maintenance manager, who, along with the faithful of St. John Neumann Parish, have embraced the parish motto proclaimed by its founding pastor, "Together we have it all." The parish office is located at 157 Middleboro, Road, P.O. Box 718, East Freetown, MA 02717-0718. It can be reached by telephone at 508-763-2240; and by fax at 508-763-3040. The Website is:


Christ the King Parish, Mashpee MASHPEE - The Parish of Christ the King was established on Nov. 25, 1984 by Bishop Daniel A. Cronin. Father Ronald A. Tosti was named its first and founding pastor. The parish encompasses the town of Mashpee and the villages of Cotuit and the major part of Marstons Mills in the town of Barnstable. Father Tosti began the work of

building a parish community from the former reCtory, now a convent, on Route 28 in Cotuit. The parish began with the Chapel of St. Jude on Route 28 in Cotuit and the Chapel of Our Lady, Queen of All Saints, on Great Neck Road in Mashpee, missions of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Osterville. Father Tosti had been parochial vicar at the latter parish.

St. Jude's was built in 1939 as a mission of the Osterville church and technically located in the then village of Santuit. It was to service the Portuguese population that came from Falmouth and New Bedford to work as gardeners. Our Lady, Queen of All Saints Chapel, was built in 1966 as a temporary summer chapel. Sold in 1990, it currently houses the Cape Cod Children's Museum.


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St. Jude's was moved from Cotuit to its current site attached to the main church of Christ the King., Its federal design was restored and is a graceful and peaceful house of worship used for daily Masses in the winter months as well as for small weddings, funerals and baptisms. Father Tosti worked diligently to found the parish, forming a pastoral council within a week. Liturgical ministers were trained and a tent seating 500 was set up behind the chapel and utilized for five summers. Religious education programs were established in the farmhouse next to St. Jude's Chapel. The firm of Holmes and Edwards was hired to plan the church. Through the generosity of Fields Point Limited Partnership of Masphee Commons, the eightacre site on the common overlooking the Mashpee Commons was given to the diocese. Ground was broken by Bishop Cronin on Memorial Day 1988. The church construction took 18 months and the total cost of the complex was $7.1 million. It comprises 40,000 square feet under , one roof. It is completely air-conditioned and handicapped accessible. It seats 1,100 worshippers and the parish hall seats 600. The Christian Formation Center accommodates 144 students and the

chapel seats 120. The parish office is the connector between the church and the rectory. Bishop Cronin, assisted by Father Tosti, dedicated the church on Nov. 24, 1989. More than 1,500 attended. Since then; the parish has grown to more than 2,500 families, with 7,000 members. Parish ministry programs are carried out by nearly 600 men, women and children. There is a pastoral council, a St. Vincent de Paul Society, and a variety of parish organizations. In his 20 th year as pastor of Christ the King Parish, Msgr. Tosti is assisted by Father Lawrence A. Jerge, CSC, parochial vicar; Deacon Robert D. Lemay as a pastoral assistant, and by Deacons Frank D. Fantasia and Gregory 1. Beckel. Dominican Sisters of Hope Claire Sinotte and Annette Roach lead the Christian Program, and Mercy Sister Dympna Smith is director of pastoral care, and Mercy Sister Shirley Agnew heads spiritual development. The parish address is The Commons, P.O. Box 1800, Mashpee, MA 02649. It can be reached by telephone at 508-4777700; by FAX at 508-477-8158; and by E-mail The Website is:

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Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Parish, New Bedford NEW BEDFORD - In 1961, Congregation of the Sacred Hearts Father Francis Regis encouraged a small group of Hispanics to establish a center which could assist their needs. The first building was almost in ruins, but the efforts and labors of the men and women converted that place into a joy-filled chapel. To cover the expenses, they organized various social activities. Giving the Center the name Regina Pacis (Queen of Peace), the founder celebrated his first Mass in Spanish with great rejoicing. Since then the community has grown little by little. Father Regis, together with the Sisters of the Love of God, was always very attentive to the needs of the Hispanics and worked tirelessly to gather them into the Catholic faith. However, within three years he had to depart, leaving in his place Father Albert Rowley, SS.CC., who anived in 1965, and who worked with the community for six months. FatherConley Coleman, SS.CC., anived in 1968. Although he spoke only English, he continued the apostolate. His enthusiasm and total dedication and contagious joy helped offer programs for the youth and social services. In the summer of 1968 he was joined by Mercy Sisters, and at the start of 1971, he was succeeded by Father William Petrie, SS.Cc. He too spoke only English. But .he continued the diverse programs.

However, in 1972 came the sad in 1981 and served for a year before servers, as well as a bilingual relinews that the chapel, the labor of being named Bishop of Honduras. gious education program, mission sweat and sacrifice, had to be tom Father Bruno returned in 1982. auxiliary, and choir. down. At that time, Regina Pacis St. Hyacinth's was closed, and Father Ramon Dominguez is curwas transferred to St. Hyacinth Par- the Hispanic community was to rently the parochial administrator at ish, to share it with the French com- share the same church building as Nuestra Senorade Guadalupe. Mismunity. Father Petrie continued, but the Polish community ofSt Hedwig sionary Sister of the Holy Spirit within a year he had to depart for in 1984. St. Hedwig's new church India, leaving the group without a was built in 1961. When the priest. Franciscans left St. Hedwig's in It was at that time that the coura- 1992, the Guadalupe Sisters moved geous group directed themselves to from Kempton Street to the former Bishop Daniel Cronin. On Oct. 1, St. Hedwig rectory where all the 1972, Father Thomas O'Dea was Sisters who work in the diocese in named director of the Center. Help- Hispanic ministry live today. ing him in the work, Father James Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Murphy came every Sunday to ce1- Cap., established the parish of ebrate Mass in Spanish, working at Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe on the same time for the recognition of July 31, 1993 and stipulated that it the Hispanic community. was to share the facilities of St. Since 1975, Franciscan priests Hedwig's. He named Father Paul were assigned to direct Regina Pacis Canuel founding pastor of Nuestra Center. Senora de Guadalupe and director The first of them, Father Carlos of the Spanish Apostolate in New . Soto, a native of Puerto Rico, Bedford. He continued until 2000 worked there for five years. He ini- when Bishop O'Malley set him to tiated the small procession on the establish a mission in Guaimaca, feast ofSt. John the Baptist and with Honduras. his own hands transformed the baseFather Kevin Harrington sucment into classrooms, offices, a large ceeded Father Canuel. He was folchapel and a smaller chapel. lowed in 2002 by Father Ramon Working with Father Soto were Dominguez, a member ofthe Youth the Sisters Misioneras Apostles, as parochial administrator. Guadalupanas del Espirito Santo He had previously been the director from Mexico, assisted by Holy of the Hispanic Apostolate at St. Union Sister Carmen. Mary's Cathedral in Fall River. Father Bruno Ciardello, OFM The Hispanic community in the replaced Father Soto in 1980 and parish continues to grow and evanexpanded St. John's feast celebra- gelize by way of retreats, prayer tions. . ", grollPS, and the RENEW program. Father Mauro Muldoon anived It has an路 active youth group, altar

Margarita Ocana is the pastoral associate. The parish address is 73 Division Street, P.O. Box 40605, New Bedford, MA 02744-0006. It can be reached by telephone at 508996-5862; and by FAX at 508-9922208.

St. Peter & Paul Parish at Holy Cross Church, Fall River ST. PETER




FALL RIVER - Two old Fall River parishes that for many years were the backbone of two ethnic communities, were joined on Sept. 15, 1997 to form a new community of faith. In a marriage of the former SS. Peter and Paul Parish and the former Holy Cross Parish, Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., said he believed that the union would "create a strong parish, where the ethnic traditions of all parishioners will be maintained and treasured and where the Catholic faith, held precious by generations of parishioners, will continue to be proclaimed and lived." It placed the two parishes in the church that had served Holy Cross Parish since its founding in 1916 as a result of the ardent petitions of the Polish community residing in the Maplewood, Flint and Niagara sections of Fall River. Holy Cross began as the offspring of two intensely fervent religious heritages - the Polish parish of St. Stanislaus, that gave it its first spiritual administrator, and the predominately Irish parish of SS. Peter and Paul, founded in April 1882, that provided it with its first house of worship. But when SS. Peter and Paul Church, dedicated in 1890, was destroyed by a raging fire on April 19, 1973, it could not be salvaged. A multi-purpose building that included a school, a new chapel and a social center was dedicated on April 27, 1975. The 1997 merger came after the Conventual Franciscan Friars, who staffed Holy Cross Parish said they could n~ longer minister there because of lack of priests. Father Walter Mruk, OFM Conv.,

who had been pastor since 1991, was the last pastor of Holy Cross Parish. At the same time, leaders at SS. Peter and Paul School, part of which was used as the parish church, said the school needed to be expanded if it were to continue to offer Catholic education of the highest quality. So the historic link between the two parishes was extended in a new way: the parish that had first offered its church facilities to the other, found itself in the other's house of worship. After some renovations, the church opened its doors again, this time as SS. Peter and Paul Parish at Holy Cross Church. Father Stephen A. Fernandes, who had been associate pastor at SS. Peter and Paul since. 1977, became the spiritual leader of the new parish community, that includes SS. Peter and Paul SchooL At this time, the parish lists approximately 1,800 members and 972 families. The vibrant community of faith includes a Women's Club, Rosary Sodality, Travel Club, S1. Vincent de Paul Society, a Polish Customs Group, and an active Festival Committee. Father Stephen B. Salvador succeeded Father Fernandes in 2000 and is the current pastor. Mercy Sister Davida Dunne is the pastoral assistant, and Gayle C. Riley is coordinator of religious education. The church address is 47 Pulaski Street, Fall River, MA 0272{ and the rectory address is 250 Snell Street, Fall River, MA 02721. It can be reached by telephone at 508-6768463; by FAX at 508-678-8070; and by E-mail



Friday, February 27, 2004

Gibson's 'Passion' earns R rating for graphic violence By MARK PAmSON CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE


WASHINGTON - The Motion Picture Association of America has given actor-director Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ" an R rating for its sequences of graphic violence. In a rough cut of the movie shown during a November screening in Washington, one five-letter vulgarism for a promiscuous woman was directed at Mary Magdalene by a Roman soldier early in the film. Appearing as an English subtitle, the term was startling because the wordor anything remotely like it does not appear in any biblical account of the Passion. . But that word alone would not merit the R rating - for "restricted, under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian." In fact, a much cruder word can be spouted twice in a film - albeit in a nonsexual way - and the film can hang on to a PG-13 rating, which allows anyone of any age to see the movie without parental accompaniment. The violence that did earn "The Passion of the Christ" the R rating is historically based. But how that violence is depicted is another matter. A Los Angeles Times story said, "Gibson has emphasized that it (his film) is not for young children." "Even Mel Gibson told us that he would not recommend -this movie for anyone under the age of 13," said the Rev. Jerry Waugh, senior pastor at Northcliffe Baptist Church in Spring Hill, Fla. Rev. Waugh had attended a Chicago screening of the film with Gibson present. Even those endorsing "The Passion of the Christ" say it is not suitable for young children, or that parents should see the movie first before deciding whether to let their children - of any age .see it. The Gospels say Pontius Pilate had Jesus scourged, but there's no account of precisely what happened in the scourging. There is mention, though, of the crown of thorns being place~ on his head,

and the three falls Jesus had carrying the cross on the way to Golgotha. Much of the rest is the filmmaker's interpretation of events. One past film where the Motion .Picture Association of America had to wrestle with historical accuracy in determining a rating was "All the President's Men," the cinematic treatment of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's account of the Watergate burglary that ultimately led to .the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. The foul language heard in the movie was based on the transcripts of secretly made White House. tapes whose existence helped lead to Nixon's downfall. In 1976, though, there was no PG-13 rating. So the MPAA gave "All the President's Men" a PG rating, and the movie won a slew of awards, including four Oscars - one for best adapted screenplay. But the violence depicted in ''The Passion of the Christ" may do less to shock and outrage viewers than to stun them. One common myth held that Jesus received 39 lashes at the hands of Pilate's men. But in the November screening, Gibson had Jesus being struck by the whip more tl;lan 100 times - and the film il1cluded plenty of slow-motion images of whippings with sound effects. Paul Lauer, a spokesman for Icon Productions, Gibson's filmmaking company, told Catholic News Service in November that Gibson was working to edit some violence out of the film. But firstperson accounts from some who attended invitation-only screenings in January still attested to the quantity of crucifixion-related violence on the screen. As of mid-February, reviewers in the U.S. bishops' Office for Film & Broadcasting, which judges movies not only for their aesthetic content but also for their moral suitability, had not yet seen "The Passion of the Christ," which did not debut in theaters until February 25, Ash Wednesday.

STEVE JANASZAK is pictured in the front row, far left, in goalie gear opposite Jim Craig, far right, in this portrait of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. (CNS photo courtesy USA . Hockey, Inc.)

Hockey player who was on Olympic 'miracle' team recalls excitement GALLUP, N.M. (CNS) - When Steve Janaszak each other from their recent college days. The averreturned to the empty ice arena in Lake Placid, N.Y., age age of players was 22. "We hated each other," Janaszak said, but Brooks in 1990, he closed his eyes and remembered the chilling excitement of the crowd's repeated chant of"USA! formed a group of players with individual talent into a USA!" and how their shouts shook the rafters. great team, he added. "We became 20 people who Ten years earlier, in a moment now frozen in time, lived, fought and breathed as one individual." The U.S. squad had four wins and one tie when it Janaszak and the other players on the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team were dubbed the "miracle" team for faced the USSR Feb. 22, 1980. "It was a classic David their victory over the top-ranked Soviet team at the and Goliath story," said Janaszak of his opponents, x:m Winter Games. The U.S. squad went on to win .who were essentially professional hockey players. the gold medal in afinal match with Finland. In the third period, when the score was tied 3-3, the Janaszak is now 47 and an investment banker liv- crowd of 10,000 was jumping and screaming so much ing in Babylon, N.Y., with his wife of23 years, Jaclyn, the arena began shaking. When captain Mike Eruzione and their 19- and 13-year-old daughters. He said the scored what would be the winning goal, the crowd impact on America of how the players became a win- sensed it was witnessing not only a great athletic event but something special for the United States. ning team has yet to fa,de. While the seconds ticked off the clock, TV com"We were 20 guys who became one," said Janaszak, a parishioner at St. Joseph.'s. Church ~ Babylon, in mentator AI Michaels exclaimed, "Do you believe in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. miracles?" A short time later Janaszak and the rest of The story of the team's Olympic victory and its the team converged on the ice to celebrate their vicfirst gold medal in 20 years has been described by tory. 1\vo days later they beat Finland for the gold. Sports Illustrated magazine as the greatest athletic And now, when Janaszak talks about his team's event of the 20th century. Now the event has been famous victory, he tends not to describe it as a miracle, chronicled in the Disney film "Miracle," which was but as "the epitome of a team" working together. released last week. He also credits his Catholic faith with grounding In an interview with the Voice of the Southwest, him and his family, saying it is ''what everything is newspaper of the Gallup Diocese, Janaszak, who was built from and everything flows from." backup goalie behind Jim Craig, said he had "the best These days, he coaches his daughter's Catholic seat in the house for the greatest sporting event of the Youth Organization basketball team and talks with 20th century." young athletes about his philosophies of competition For a team which went into the x:m Winter Olym- and sports. pics seeded seventh against the powerful USSR in the He points out that some of these philosophies could first position, the anxiety level of the U.S. team was really be applied to all walks of life, not just sports. high but the players were confident. "God creates us all as individuals and gives us a .Janaszak attributes the team's success to their head certain set of skills to operate," he said. "Being part of coach, Herb Brooks, who galvanized made up a team involves losing a bit of yourself for the better of men who harbored competitive animosity against of the whole."


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CClVILIlel NEW YORK (CNS) - The following are capsule reviews ofmovies recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting ofthe U .S~ Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"50 First Dates" (Columbia)

ACTOR JIM Caviezel portrays Jesus on the cross in a scene from ''The Passion of the Christ:' (CNS photo from Icon)

Occasionally entertaining romantic comedy about a love-' emand-leave-' em veterinarian (Adam Sandler) working at an aquarium in Hawaii who falls for

a sweet island beauty (Drew "Monsieur Ibrahim" Barrymore), only to discover that (Sony Classics) she has a short-term memory Tender tale set in Paris in the problem which forces him to win early 1960s about a motherless her heart anew every day. Despite young Jewish boy (Pierre the on-screen chemi~try of its Boulanger) abandoned by his fastar-crossed leads, the amusing ther, who finds an unlikely surropremise is weighed down by crass gate in a kindhearted, elderly dialogue and situations, making Muslim grocer (Omar Sharif).. director Peter Segal's mnemonic Buttressed by nuanced performelodrama hardly worth remem- mances from both ends of the life bering. Recurring crude humor . spectrum, director Francois and language, as well as innu- Dupeyron's beautifully crafted endo, a casual attitude toward sex, film is a poignant, though minor, including several implied sexual fairy tale about love, loss, friendencounters, some drug references ship and tolerance. Subtitles. A and comic violence. The USCCB few sexual encounters involving Office for Film & Broadcasting the teen protagonist and a prosticlassification is A-III - adults. tute, as well as sporadic crude Motion Picture Association of expressions. The USCCB Office America rating, PG-13 - parents for Film & Broadcasting classifiare strongly cautioned. Some cation is A-III - adults. The material may be inappropriate for Motion Picture Association of .America rating is R - restricted. children under 13.

Rembrandt exhibition in Chicago shows Dutch master's spiritual s~de By MICHELLE MARTIN CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

possessions, there were only 20 he made, and by 1656 his possesbooks," she said. "One was a very sions -including his house CHICAGO - Of the thou- well-worn Bible." were auctioned off to pay his Rembrandt van Rijn was the debts. But his work continued to sands expected to see the Art Institute of Chicago's new ninth of 10 children born to a develop until his death in 1669,Rembrandt exhibition, some will miller, and the only one in the McCullagh said. go to appreciate the beauty of the family to be sent to the university His early biblical scenes reflect works and some will want to view - which he soon left to study art. his own situation as a young famthem so they have something to In terms of religion, "he comes ily man, with paintings of the talk about over coffee or cock- from a modern mixed back- Holy Family and Old Testament tails, said Father Richard ground," McCullagh said. His fa- scenes rendered with particular Fragomeni. ther was a member of the Dutch detail to the phys'ical appearances But some will visit the exhibit Reformed Church and his mother of the subjects, giving a unique and see God, added the priest, was a Catholic. The Latin School, expression, to each face in a who is vice rector of the Shrine where he studied before entering crowd. "There's one early painting of of Our Lady of Pompeii and as- the University of Leiden in Hol, sociate professor of liturgy and land, at age 14, probably took a Christ sending the moneylenders from the temple, and it's the prodpreaching at Catholic Theologi- Calvinist approach, she added. cal Union in Chicago. As a young man, in the early uct of a young, virile artist," Suzanne Folds McCullagh, the 1630s, Rembrandt accepted one McCullagh said. "A later image exhibit's curator, said there can be of his first major commissions, a of Christ debating with the doclittle doubt that Rembrandt was series of paintings on the passion tors is much quieter." "He did a series on Joseph tellthinking spiritually when he cre- of Christ. During this time he also ated the more than 200 drawings, established himself in Amsterdam ing his dreams; and he crams Jopaintings and etchings that make and married Saskia van , seph and all of his brothers into up the exhibit. A large portion of Uylenburgh, who was related to this tiny little scene, and yet all his work - maybe up to a third a prominent art dealer, and he the expression is there," she said. - has biblical or other spiritual moved up financially and so- "It's incredible." cially. ' Rembrandt focused more on themes, she said. But as his career progressed, religious themes than other Dutch During Rembrandt's most successful period, he set for himself Rembrandt encountered disaster artists, perhaps partially because the task o( constantly drawing after disaster. Three of the four of his upbringing, partially bebiblical scenes, finding new ways children he had with Saskia did cause he was working on themes to draw viewers in to familiar sto- not survive infancy and Saskia he picked up from other artists, ries, McCullagh told The Catho- died in 1642, only eight years af- working in Catholic Italy, but also . because he wanted to touch somelic New World, Chicago's ter they married. While he earned good money thing inside his viewers, archdiocesan newspaper. "When they inventoried his' as a painter, he spent more than McCullagh said.

Oscar's not the only name i'n awards; think 'Chri'stopher' o


through adult. And above all, it must affirm the highest values of the human spirit. Past recipients are as extensive as they are influenNEW YORK - Recently, it seems that there is just as much news coverage on how media can adversely tial. Such distinguistted international filmmakers as affect both children and adults as there are actual mov- Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Ken Bums have ies, television shows and video games: Some experts won. In the literary arena, authors David McCullough, have even concluded that media is as positively stimu- Stephen E. Ambrose and Dava Sobel, and children's books authors Patricia MacLachlan, Sharon Creech and lating for the mind as the couch is for the body: Not so, insists the Christopher Awards, which this Natalie Babbitt have been honored. The special and life year celebrates 55 years of singling out media that af- achievement Christopher Awards have included,individuals such as Elie Wiesel, Bob Hope and Mary firm ''the highest values of the human spirit." Founded by Maryknoll missioner Father James Higgins Clark and programs such as "Mister Rogers' Keller in 1945,The Christophers are rooted in theJudeo- Neighborhood" and "ExxonMobil MasterpieceTheatre:' A number of winners have expressed how the award Christian tradition of service to God and community. Essentially a Catholic organization, the Christophers' has meant more to them than other higher-profile awards, inspirational message of hope and of mining one's tal- such as the Oscars, because the Christopher Award gets ents for the good of others has a wide-ranging audi- to the heart of what they hope their work will accomence. Understanding the power of media, The plish. It acknowledges notjust their work, but how they Christophers use print and the electronic media to spread nave poured their faith and values into what they do, their credo, "It is better to light one candle than to curse making them who they are. This year, the Christopher Awards - bestowed Thursthe darkness." First presented in 1949, the awards acknowledge that day in New York - "recognized stories about those who the role of the media is unique and its influence far- surmountformidable challenges with courage, persistence and unshakable belief:' In the feature films category, "In reaching. Father Keller founded The Christophers with the America," "Seabiscuit" and ''Whale Rider" are among hope of encouraging people of all ages, from all walks the winners. In the TV and cable category, Bill Moyers' of life, ''to use their God-given talents to make a posi- PBS miniseries "Becoming American: The Chinese Experience:' the premierepisode ofCBS' "Joan ofArcadia" tive difference in the world." To date, more than 3,OUO Christopher Awards have and ABC News 20120 segment "Cheerleader: Bom Difbeen presented to the creators of feature films, broad- ferent" are three of the seven winners. With 847 books submitted for consideration, the Chris, cast TV and cable programs, and books for adults and topher panelists were certainly kept busy in 2003. Seven for children. The selection panels use three basic criteria for choos- adult-book authors and five children's authors came out ing recipients. The material must exhibit exceptional on top, among them Dr. Fred Epstein and Joshua artistic and technical proficiency and/or a unique vi- Horwitz's "If I Get to Five," David Von Drehle's 'Trision. It must be significantly positioned to impact the angle: The Fire That Changed America," John 1. Fialka's widest possible audience within its age-level specifica- "Sisters: Catholic Nuns and the Making of America," tions, ranging from, but not limited to, pre-kindergarten and ''Little Bear's Little Boat" by Eve Bunting.

THE EARLY biblical scenes of Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn are said to reflect his own situation as a young family man. In this oil painting from 1645, Mary peers at the infant Christ lying in a cradle as angels hover above. It is among the works in the exhibit "Rembrandt's Journey: Painter, Drafts-' man, Etcher" on display at the Art Institute of Chicago through May 9. (CNS photo courtesy Art Institute of Chicago)

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Bishop 'raps production of 'Vagina' Monologues' ~t'Notre Dame'

into a mandate for same-sex mar- prohibit the passage of civil riage. So, when the joint session union legislation. Although not By CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE opened, the first order of business desirable, this change to MA & were sponsoring limited productions seminars within the university;' he . was to deal with Barrios's pro- PA is acceptable. FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The of ''The Vagina Monologues," with said. There are other approaches bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend students reading the script. The posed amendment substituting his "Yet, part of this play carries being bandied about that do not said the University of Notre Dame shows are put on to benefit a cam- within it and honors a sexual relalanguage for Travis's language. . During the two days of de- constitutionally mandate treating should not have allowed the produc- paign called V-Day, which raises tionship between an adult woman bate, three further amendments same-sex relationships as equal tion of ''The Vagina Monologues" money for organizations working to and a very young girl, the very thing to be substituted for and to to marriage. However, these ap- to take place on campus because the stop violence against women and which Notre Dame has opposed in eliminate Barrios's proposed proaches would expressly au-, play is "offensive to women" and girls. these seminars," he said. language were offered, voted thorize or require the legislature "antithetical to Catholic teaching on Early performances of the play The Notre Dame production Febon, and defeated, meaning that to establish civil unions. One the beautiful gift of human sexual- ruary 14 was part of a daylong fair were criticized for a positive porthe issue during the two days variation is to define in the Con- ity." on campus organized under the 路trayal of the'statutory rape of a 13was whether to accept an 'stitution what a civil union ''The play violates the truth about theme "Stop the Violence" and year-old girl by a 24-year-old amendment to an amendment to would be, and some argue that women, the trutli about sexuality, the sponsored by the university's pro- woman, but those sections of the the Amendment! There has not the Constitution should require 'truth about male and female and the gram in gender studies. The 'sold- script were revised for campus proyet been a vote on Barrios's pro- that cIvil unions be constitution- truth about the human body. It is in out performance was attended by ductions. posal or for that matter on MA ally reserved for same-sex opposition to the highest understand- about 1,000 people, mostly students. As Notre Dame students entered couples. We oppose this varia- ing of academic freedom;' Bishop & PA itself. Sausage, anyone? -Bishop D'Arcy praised the uni- Stepan Center for the performance To make matters even more tion entirely. versity for often taking positions on of ''The Vagina Monologues," a John M. D'Arcy said. . confusing, one of the proposals Others argue that it should He made the comments in a col- a number of issues including "sev- group of about 40 Notre Dame stuoffered and voted on was sub- be left up only to the legislature umn he wrote for the recent issue of eral related to Catholic teaching'on dents led by Notre Dame Right to mitted by Travis himself. His to define what the term civil his diocesan newspaper, Today's sexuality" that have gone against Life stood outside in the snow and proposal was a streamlined ve'r- union means and what relation- Catholic. "the dominant university culture." quietly prayed the rosary in protest. sion of MA & PA that reaf- ships it would include, so no According to the Cardinal "The Vagina Monologues," He said Notre Dame should have firmed marriage as only the definition would be added to the which the bishop ,said he read, is applied the same conviction to the Newman Society, "The Vagina union between one man and one Constitution. This ,is the ap- based on more than 200 interviews issue of ''The Vagina Monologues." Monologues" was scheduled to be woman and ,added a sentence proach being proposed by Rep. by playwright Eve Ensler with, Some clergy "have failed in their presented by students at 27 Cathodeclaring that civil unions were Paul Loscocco. Although it single and married women and les- 'promises" to make Christ present to lic colleges around the country this neither required nor prohibited. doesn't mandate that civil. bians who represented a variety of the faithful, "and little children, our year, but the play had been blocked We'll get to civil unions in a unions must include or be lim- ages and ethnic groups. most precious of gifts, have been by officials at 16 Catholic colleges. moment. Since Travis's sepa- ited to same-sex couples The Cardinal Newman Society, The play, described as "a cel- deeply wounded in body and soul," rate proposal was among those and delays the civil union de- ebration of female sexuality in all Bishop D'Arcy said. an organization that promotes defeated, does that mean MA & bate to another day, we find its complexity and mystery," feaNotre Dame "has stepped for- Catholic identity at Catholic colPA is dead? No. MA & PA is this variation dangerous givep. tures female characters as vaginas ward and taken a positive and help- leges, placed a full-page advl<rtisestill alive. All of the votes were the lobbying pressures to create that speak out in a series of mono- ful stand in the midst of this crisis ment in USA Today urging people preliminary skirmishes not deal- same-sex civil unions. Thus we logues. through convocations for bishops, to support the campaign to ban the ing with the main question of continue to promote MA & PA For the sixth year in a'row, col- priests, historians, lawyers and semi- play at Catholic colleges and uni, MA & PA itself. as definitely the best approach lege ca,mpuses across the country nary faculties, as well as in internal versities. Ultimately, if a Constitu- to reversing the Goodridge de' tional Amendment is approved cision. The hunt for a majority by the joint session, MA & PA on ,MA &' PA will have to be dealt with. So vote our mess~ge to legislators still continues. Legislators have to remains: vote yes on MA & PA, hear loud and clear that doing let the people decide! nothing at all is to ratify sameBY FATHER BILL PoMERLEAU 'that charges be filed. Second, 'let's look at what sex marriage since the CAlltOUC NEWS SERvIcE The Republican reported that the alleged abuse was happened substantively, which Goodridge decision would revolves around the whole issue then be left unchallenged _ SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -:- The Hampden County against two boys, started in the 1970s and continued of civil unions. Some legislators and might then remain un- district attorney's office has interviewed several offi- into the 1980s. Bishop Dupre was not a bishop at the express concern that MA & PA challengeabl~ through other cials of the Springfield diocese as part pf its investiga- time the alleged abuse took place. As part of the newspaper's policy, the names of the as presently worded would pre- means for the near future aS,a tion into allegations that recently retired Springfield vent benefits of any sort, such practical, matter. Legislators Bishop Thomas L. Dupre engaged in sexual miscon- all~ged victimS were not made public. The newspaper , as health care or housing, from: also must continue to hear that duct with minors. said it spent a year interviewing people to corroborate Among those questioned have been Msgr. Richard the accusations. , being exte!1ded to unmarried, it's MA & PA that we want sent Sniezyk, diocesan administrator; Mark Dupont, diocFather James Scahill, an East Longmeadow priest persons.This concern is abso- .to the people. lutely unfounded. . If it becomes absolutely clear esan spokesman; and Laura Failla Reilly, the diocesan who has been publicly critical of Bishop Dupre's hanOther legislators want civil . that not enough legislators victims' advocate. dling of sexual misconduct matters, told The Catholic The early retirement of Bishop Dupre, announced Observer, Springfield's diocesan newspaper, that he had unions to be established as equal would vote for MA & PA, then to but not identified as marriage, the consequences of closing the February 11, hours before allegations were made pub-' reported the alleged abuse last November to the office whereby opposite-sex couples joint 'session with no amend- lic by The Republican daily newspaper, has left many of Boston Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley. , Father Scahill added that he also contacted Massawould continue to be identified ment at all would have to be . questions unanswered. Bishop Qupre, 70, entered an undisclosed medical chusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly about Bishop as married while same- weighed against the dangers sex couples would be treated as posed by the Loscocco facility February 10 shortly after being informed by tele- Dupre in November and arranged a meeting. married spouses but not approach. By no means are we phqne that Pope John Paul II had accepted his request, Reilly had previously initiated contacts with Father given the name of marriage. at, that bridge yet, and so MA & for early retirement for health reasons. Normally, bish- Scahill after the priest became a prominent advocate The Catholic Church cannot PA must remain the focus of our ops are requested to submit their resignations at age 75. for victims of sexual abuse in the diocese. The bishop had not made a public statement about support this approach. Marriage efforts.. Ann Donlan, a spokeswoman for Reilly, confirmed is unique and same-sex relationTht; Massachusetts Catholic the allegations made against him and has remained se- . that' the at!0rney general met with Father Scahill last ships do not have a moral or bio- Conference will conduct a meet-: cluded. November. logical parity with the opposite- ing on Cape Cod regarding the Meanwhile, diocesan officials have been cooperatFailla Reilly, the diocesan victims' advocate, told dithe investigation with Hampden County District sex union, and thus should not marriage debate ing in ocesan employees that she and a member of the diocesan in the legisla/ be given a legal parity. Thus we ture on Wednesday, March 3, at Attorney William Bennett. They also have sent all rel- misconduct commission had also been approached by oppose any change to MA & PA 7 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church in evant information to the Boston Archdiocese. Under Father Scahill on New Year's Day at St Michael's Church that constitutionally mandates Falmouth. The topic will be: Church rules, accusations against a bishop are to be sent in East Longmeadow, where both are parishioners. that same-sex relationships must "Marriage, the Legislature, to the provincial archdiocese, which then forwards them She said the priest told her that there was a woman be treated as equal to marriage March 11 th: An Update." All to the Vatican. saying that two boys had been abused by the bishop. with all the same benefits, no are invited. One of the issues Bennett's office has to make a de- Failla Reilly said she asked Father Scahill to urge the matter what the relationship For more information call cision' about is if the statute of limitations has expired woman to report the allegations to the diocese. is called. We have been advised, MCC's Dan Avila at 617-367-' for criminal charges. The statute of limitations in MasFather Scahill never got back to diocesan officials however, by Travis that to have 6060. sachusetts for sex abuse crimes ranges from 10 to 15 about the matter before the February 11 revelations by any chance at getting a majorGo on line at the Massachusetts years, depending on the age of the victim and the na- The Republican, Failla Reilly said. ity of legislators to support MA Catholic Conference Website at ture of the crime. Roderick MacLeish, a prominent attorney involved & PA, he needs to take out:Ian- www.macathcontorgfor more As, of February 16, Bennett told The Republican, no 'in misconduct cases against the Boston Archdiocese, guage that legishitors fear will , information. fomial charges have been filed nor has anyone requested has been retained by one of the alleged victims.

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Friday, February 27, 2004

Voting of state sen-ators and representatives in the diocese The following is a breakdown of the votes taken on February 11 and 12 regarding the Marriage Affirmation & Protection Amendment. A Yes vote (Y) indicates support for the proposed amendment; a No vote (n) indicates non-support for the proposed amendment; an x vote indicates Did Not Vote. Amendment A (Travis proposal) - Reaffirming marriage as that between one man and one woman, and indicating neutrality on same-sex civil unions. Amendment B (Finneran proposal) - Reaffirming marriage as that between one man and one woman, but not mandating same-sex civil unions. Amendment C (Travaglini-Lees proposal) - Reaffirming marriage as that between one man and one woman, and mandating same-sex civil unions equal to marriage. Note: A list of the parishes falling within the districts of the following Representatives and Senators appeared. in the February 6 edition of The Anchor. Representative




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Demetrius Atsalis Antonio ED. Cabral Christine Canavan Robert Correia James H. Fagan David Flynn Thomas N. George Susan W. Gifford Shirley A. Gomes Patricia Haddad Mark A. Howland Robert M. Koczera John A. Lepper Matthew D. Patrick Jeffrey D. Perry Elizabeth A. Poirier Michael J. Rodrigues William M. Straus David B. Sullivan Philip Travis Eric.T. Turkington Senator Brian Joyce Joan Menard Mark Montigny Therese Murray Robert O'Leary Mark Pacheco JoAnn Sprague



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today marriage is already a fragile institution at best. Changing or adding to its meaning seems astonishing when some have even asked, "Is marriage obsolete?" since our society is now "postmarital." The problems are many: the increased rate of divorce; the growing number of couples who live together without a civil or Church wedding; singleparent families; violence within marriage exampled in battered wives and children, not to .mention the sexual abuse of children. In Reclaiming Spirituality, Diarmuid 0 Murchu proposes that the more fundamental question is not marriage, but rather the central issues surrounding. "intimacy, loneliness and disembodied living." Vatican correspondent John L. Allen Jr. lists the "Top Vatican Stories of 2003" and names as No. 4, close to the top, "Marriage and Homosexuality." He rightly points out that this past year witnessed an increasingly marked defense on the part of the Holy See of monogamous, heterosexual marriage as "the front line of the culture wars." This insistence was also at the heart of the crisis in Anglican/Catholic relations. The October 4-5 visit of Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to Pope John Paul II unfolded under the shadow of the crisis within

Anglicanism set off by two de- unique legal status of heterovelopments concerning same-sex sexual marriage, but no support unions: the formal rite of bless- in any fashion can be shown to a ing of same-sex unions by the legal recognition of same-sex Diocese of New Westminster in partnerships. The document inCanada and the election (and sub- sists that "one must refrain from sequent consecration) of Gene any kind of formal cooperati~n Robinson as the first openly gay in the enactment or application of bishop in the Anglican Commun- such gravely unjust laws and, as ion. These developments pose se- far as possible, from material corious consequences within operation on the level of their Anglicanism, not to mention its application. In this area everyone relationship to Catholicism. can exercise the right to consciOn Jan. 16,2003, the Congre- entious objection." gation for the Doctrine of the In his State of the Union adFaith issued a "Doctrinal Note on dress on Jan. 20, 2004, President Some Questions Regarding the Bush articulated a strong denunParticipation of Catholics in Pub- ciation of gay marriage and inlic Life." Referring to same-sex sisted that "our nation must demarriage, this document calls on fend the sanctity of marriage." Catholics in public office to up- Bush identifies marriage as "one hola Church teaching on -mar- of the most fundamental .endurriage: "In no way," the note indi- ing institutions of our civilizacates, "can other forms of cohabi- tion." He added that if judges contation be placed on the same level tinue to force their "arbitrary will as marriage, nor can they receive upon the people, the only alterlegal recognition as such." native left to the people would be In June 2003, tli.e Congrega- the constitutional process." tion for the Doctrine of the Faith Michele Ammons, spokeswoman made this same point in "Consid- for the Christian Coalition, aperations Regarding Proposals to plauded the president for his Give Legal Recognition to "courage" in taking "a stand for Unions Between Homosexual Per- .the family." This brief synopsis gives a sons." The congregation strongly maintained that a Catholic politi- glimpse into the complexity of cian cannot promote any form of this question: upholding the civil recognition for same-sex uniqueness of marriage, and inunions. In other words, it is not deed its sacredness and simply acceptable to preserve the sacramentality in Catholic theol-


ogy, in the midst of myriad difficulties within marriage itself and forces pressing for its redefinition. The central question in the current debate: Whether the meaning or definition of marriage be changed or enlarged to be more inclusive. Is marriage a "special covenant" between a man and a woman or does it lend itself to other meanings, e.g., a union of two persons committed in intimacy and love? This latter question inevitably connects "marriage" with persons of the same sex and their desire, some would argue their right, to also claim marriage as their union of choice. When tackling this point, Roman Catholic authorities, among others, have gone out of their way to place the argument in this fashion: It is possible to maintain marriage as a union of a man and woman, either by definition or reasonable legislative intent, while at the same time upholding the dignity and respect due to homosexual persons who want this particular form of partnership. This is a very delicate balance to maintain. To this point, for'instance, the 2003 "Statement on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling" by the Massachusetts bishops stated that "it is not the intention of the Catholic community to infringe on the civil rights of homosexuals or anyone else. Our opposi-

tion to a redefinition of marriage is to safeguard the institution of marriage for future generations." This same point is made in the November 2003 statement of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, "Between Man and Woman: Questions and Answers About Marriage and Same-Sex Unions." The bishops assert that marriage and same-sex unions are "essentially different realities," but upholding this fact is not meant to "offend the dignity of homosexual persons." The bishops declare their opposition to "unjust discrimination against homosexual persons" and repeat the te~ing of the Catechism that homosexual persons "be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity" (No. 2358). Bishop Daniel Reilly of Worcester, Mass., attempted to bridge the gap between upholding marriage as a union of a man and woman while respecting homosexuals by suggesting that it is possible for the Church to discuss economic justice for "individual" homosexuals, while not recognizing the legality of "same-sex marriage" or "same-sex domestic partnerships." This posture is echoed by Boston Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley, "People of homosexual orientation should be treated with every respect and with compassion, and their rights should be defended."


Coyle and Cassidy students named AP Scholars TAUNTON - Nine students at Coyle and Cassidy High School have earned.the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in . recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program Exams. TheCollegeBoard'sAPExarns offer students the opportunity to take challenging college-level. courses while irl high school and receive college credit for successful performance. Almost 15 percent - of the more than one million students who took the exam performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition of AP Scholar. Six students earned grades of

three or higher on their exams. They are: Nicholas Bernier, Zachary Boissonneau, Caitlin Dermody, Amy Pratt, Meghan Savina and leona Sullivan. Three students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average of 3.25 on their exams. They are: Lindsay Berard, Kyle Bradbury and Allyce Sullivan. Most of the nation's colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement or both bases on successful performance on these exams. More than 1,400 institutions award a full year's credit to students presenting a sufficient number ofqualifying grades and they are offered in a wide variety of subject areas.

Bishop Feehan holds blood drive MEMBERS OF the St Francis Xavier Preparatory School's National Junior Honor Society display Valentines they created during a recent service project Students at the Hyannis school sent them off to veterans at the VA Hospital in Providence, R.1.

ATTLEBORO - More than. 140 students and faculty at Bishop Feehan High School recentlyparticipated in its annual blood drive. Approximately 60 students and 10 faculty donated blood while another 70 students volunteered throughout the day.

Each year Bishop Feehan teams with the American ~ed Cross to hold a blood drive at the school. When .an individual donates a pint of blood, it can help three patients so with this year's donations more than 210 people can be helped.

STUDENTS FROM St Mary's School, Mansfield and their parents enjoy the work of author and illustrator Brian Lies during a recent presentation during Catholic Schools Week. Below, visiting parent Sean Costello speaks to fourth-graders on Parent's Day about his travels to' China to adopt a路child.

THESE STUDENTS from the pre-school class at Holy Family-Holy Name School, New Bedford, help celebrate the recent Feast of the Epiphany by portraying the three Wise Men.



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Friday, February 27, 2004




THESE CARDS from students at St. Francis Xavier School, Acushnet, were on display for soldiers in Iraq during the Christmas holiday and helped give soldiers a taste of home.

Cards from students make an impact ACUSHNET . - Students from St. Francis Xavier School got a real thrill recently when they received an E-mail picture of Christmas cards they had sent to soldiers in Iraq, on display in a tent there. Little did they know that a project they worked on months ago would have been such a moral boost for those fighting overseas. The idea came from parent

Elizabeth Lafleur who had a cousin serving overseas and students in grades two to four participated. Teachers made it part of their creative writing class. Soldiers were so happy to receive the cards and kind words from students they put them on display in Specialist Veronica Lafleur's tent. It turns out those cards were the only Christmas decorations they had.

What are you doing tonight? I wish I, could be a fly on your wall Are you really alone? Still in your dreams? Why can't I bring you into my life? What would it take to make you see that I'm alive? Refrain: If I was invisible Then I could just watch you in your room If I was invisible I'd make you mine tonight If hearts were unbreakable Then I can just tell you where I stand I would be the smartest man If I was invisible. (Wait, I already am.) I saw your face in the crowd I called out your name You don't hear a sound I keep tracing your steps Each move that you make Wish I could be what goes through your mind Wish you could touch me with the colors of your life. (Repeat refrain.) I reach out But you don't even see me Even when I'm screaming Baby, you don't hear me I am nothing without you Just a shadow passing through. (Repeat refrain.) Sung by Clay Aiken Copyright (c) 2003 by RCA Did you ever wish that you could get someone's attention, but no matter what youdid nothing developed? That's the situation for the guy in Clay Aiken's latest hit, "Invisible." You might remember that



Aiken was runner-up to Ruben Studdard in last summer's Round 1\\'0 of"American Idol." However, he has proved that finishing second doesn't always mean losing. His debut disc "Measure of a Man" opened at No. One on Billboard's albums chart. The song's character is lost in frustration. He wonders, "Why can't! bring you into my life? What would it take to make you see that

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I'm alive?" If she is just a ''face in a crowd" that he has no way of meeting, then he needs to coine back to reality. His obsessive thoughts about her keep him caught up in a fantasy, and that is not a way to have a creative, satisfying life! However, let's say that they at least know who each other is. She is just unaware of his attraction. Then what? Here are a few suggestions. Put aside the chemistry, the romantic, sexual attraction. First get to know the individual as a human being. What are his or her interests and values? How does this person like to have fun?

Ask yourself, What do I have in common with this person? For example, do you go to the same church, have some classes together or know some of the same people? If nothing seems to surface, ask a friend to help you think this question through. Once some common ground has been identified, use it as a way to begin a conversation. Of course, if the person doesn't know you by name, you first will have to introduce yourself. That may take some courage. However, knowing that you have something in common enables you to ask questions. This is a natural way to begin a conversation. At first aim for short bursts of dialogue. Be friendly and recognize that you will need to take the lead. Good relationships take time to develop. Don't ask for a date'until you have had several short conversations. When you do feel ready to seek a date, suggest something simple. Forexample, ask the person to meet you for a soft drink or coffee. Don't make it a big deal situation. Start slowly and see what happens. _ If he or she turns you down, respect the decision. Refuse to be crushed. Also, keep up the beginning friendship. People's interests change, and something different could grow in the future. Taking such steps is more helpful than the obsessive thinking ofthe character in "Invisible." Making a plan is doing something positive. At least you will have affirmed another person through_your actions. Your comments are always welcome. Please write to me at: or at 7125W2008, Rockporl, IN 47635.

In place of listening By KASE JOHNSTUN CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE I know that somewhere along the line someone told me that the sun does not rise and set on my word. I just didn't listen. Have you ever made a phone call when you really desperately needed to talk to someone and that person was too busy and just brushed you off? I have, and I have been the brusher, the impenetrable brusher. "I'm sorry, I have laundry going. Can I give you a call back later? Thanks." Or: "Hey, can I call you back? My favorite show is on." Feeling the sharp slice of

the knife of rejection, you hang up the phone, feeling more down and worthless than you did before the call: "If the person- on the other end of the line would just have given me 20 seconds, I could have told them I am lonely, I am angry or I am tired of being brushed aside by everyone!" What's worse than being brushed off? Worse, is when someone patronizes you and pretends to be listening. "Yep. Vh huh. Sure. I know what you mean. That's to bad." "Hello, are you even listening to me?" "Sure, but could you just repeat the last little bit? I

forgot it." Aaaaauuughhh. This is enough to disconnect the phone for life. You have made the phone

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flge call or asked someone to meet to talk about "that" thing that is really hurting you. The person sits down, acts interested, listens inc. tendy for about 30 seconds. Then you see the brimming of his or her lips as about a third of the way through your

last word the person jumps in with either "wonderful advice" or a story to top yours. "Really, that same thing happened to me." Your pain is lost in a torrent of words spewed by your friend who came there to listen but is blabbering on about how the same thing happened to him or her. You sit there, thinking, "You didn't even listen to me. If you did, you would realize that I am really hurt and that the same thing could not have happened to you.',' Daily. This happens daily. There are millions of shoulders cutting off the tears of someo'ne who needs them.

There are millions of eyes blinking up and down, pretending to listen. There are millions of tongues being held, waiting to be released to talk incessantly about a similar story instead of listening. There are millions of people wishing they never had made the phone call because it just made things worse to be treated as if their problems ,were trivial. When the phone rings, listen. When door opens, hug. When the eyes cry, grab a tissue. When someo'ne is hurting, keep a lid on it. There is someone sitting in front of you who needs an ear, not a-mouth.


Friday, February 27,2004

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NEW BEDFORD - At the Street. Vigil Mass on Saturday, Nov. 27, To an impoverished church, 1999, then Bishop Sean P. the Parish of St. Andrew in O'Malley, OFM Cap., gathered Lufkin, Texas, a missionary outwith clergy and iaity from the post in the Diocese of Tyler in the hitherto existing Holy Name and Lone Star State, many significant Sacred Heart parishes in New artifacts from the Sacred Heart Bedford and led them into the Church were donated, including beautiful ~hurch on Mount Pleas- the altar, baptistry, Stations of the ant Street for a special Mass. Cross, and statues. , It was during that liturgy that The stained glass windows and Bishop O'Malley called into ex~ . pews were carefully packaged in, istence the new, vibrant, merged containers and were shipped from Parish of the Holy Name of the a New Jersey seaport to the ParSacred Heart of Jesus, uniting the ish of St. Joseph on Saint Croix communitiesoffaith into a single Island in the Diocese of St. Thoparochial family. mas. There, parishioners were' Father Clement E. Dufour, turning out each weekend to litwho was retiring as pastor of Sa- erally build a new church by cred Heart Parish, joined the hand. The appurtenances from the bishop in concelebrating and dur- former Sacred Heart Church have ing the Mass, Msgr. Thomas J. been installed in the church now Harrington was named pastor of regarded as the most beautiful in the merged parish. the Caribbean diocese. . Thus was completed a lengthy The local parish maintains a process of deliberation, prayer strong pastoral presence in the and preparation for the new pa- North End of New Bedford, and rochial entity. Leaders from both the spacious Parish Center is conpreviously distinct parishes had standy occupied with spiritual, participated in planning sessions cultural and recreational endeavfor many months. ors. A wonderful disposition was The church, which served the made of the fbrmer Sacred Hearts Holy Name community for deChurch located on Summer cades prior to the merger, has

been tastefully renovated within the past year. Handicapped access and the installation of restroom facilities better serve all who worship there. The clergy are assisted by an enthusiastic parish council and a generous and cooperative community. All strive to form a welcoming church presence with the city of New Bedford, and look forward to the 21 51 century with optimism and faith. Musing on . the experience of merger, Msgr. Harrington stated, "It has not been easy but the good will of everyone has brought us, quite literally, to the best of both worlds." Joining Msgr. Harrington, the current pastor, and Deacon Eugene H. Sasseville on the pastoral team in the year 2002 was Father Andrzej Kozanko as parachial vicar. Mercy Sister Barbara Hunt serves as home visitor, and Bob and Heidi Kuliga are coordinators of religious education. The' parish address is 121 Mt. Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA 02740-5699. It can be reached by telephone at 508-9923184; and by FAX at 508-9843406.

Lenten Reflection: The Temptation in the Desert



By HOLY CRoss FATHEP. THOMAS'FEELEY All thnie synoptic Gospels tell us\that after his baptism by John in the Jordan River, Jesus spent 40 days in the desert. That may seem strange because at his baptism the heavens opened, the Holy Spirit descended on him and a voice thundered "You are my Son, the Beloved; my favor rests on you" (Lk 3:22). Why, then, would the Spirit lead him or, drive him as Mark's Gospel says, into the desert to be tempted by the devil? We should recall that John's baptism was a "baptism of repentance" and that when Jesus stepped into the river wh~re the people were confessing their sins and John was baptizing them, he did not do so to be cleansed of his sins, for he had none. He waded into the river with all the repentant sinners to take on the pollution of sinful humanity. He was about to begin his mission to take away the sins of the world as John proclaimed (In 1:29). Buthaving, with his heavenly Father's approval, taken on the sins of the world, Jesus would have to confront Satan. When the evangelists tell us that Jesus was "led" or "driven" by the Spirit into the desert, they hearken back to the ancient Jewish rite for the Day ofAtonement, when a goat was driven off into the wilderness after the high priest had recited the sins of the people over its head (Lv 16:10,21-22). Bearing the sins of world upon him after his baptism Jesus, too, was led by the Spirit into the desert and the devil would tempt him and test his resolve. The temptations in the desert would seem to be the first skirmish between Jesus and Satan. As a man Jesus had to determine how he

would go about his task ofredeem- could see that "they were about to need (Mt 25: 31-40). As Christ's ing mankind, and Satan offered him come and take him by force and disciples faith in his word is our mosome tempting suggestions regard- make him king, he escaped back to tivation and our deeds of mercy ing the ways in which he might go the hills by himself' (In 6: 15). And give expression to apr faith. about his mission. whenthecrowdcaughtupwithhim Jesus also refused Satan's offer We read that Jesus was very at Capernaum, he knew they were to give to give him "all the kinghungry after he had fasted for 40 seeking him because he had given doms of the world and their ,splendays and 40 nights. The tempter ap- them all the bread they wanted and dor" if he would do him homage peared and said to him, "If you are he told them, "Do not work for the (Mt 4:8-10). Jesus refused saying, the Son of God, tell these stones to food that cannot last but work for "You must worship the Lord your turn into bread" (Mt 4:2). But Jesus thefood that endures to eternal life" God and serve him alone" (Mt would not use his ~;::=",=~'C1 4: 10). For Jesus had power for his own not come to establish an earthly kingdom, as convenience and comfort. He had not he later told Pilate (In come to be self-serv18:36). And even ing but ''to give his life , though Jesus told us to "Give to Caesar the as a ransom for many" (Mt 20:28). He rethings that are jected the devil's sugCaesar's" (Mt 22:21), he was hounded and gestion with the eventually tortured and words: "Man does not live on bread alone, killed by those who ,but on every word that thought their own comes from the power and prestige mouth of God" (Mt were threatened by his 4:4). teaching. Jesus paid a heavy price for rejectJesus also rejected the temptation to esing the power of the tablish the kingdom \ secular state, but it was of God by feeding the the price of our rehungry and taking demption and he was care of all our physiwilling to pay it. cal needs. If he reJesus also rejected sorted to that ploy, we the devil's temptation The Temptation of Christ on the Mountain would not worship that he throw himself - Duccio DiBuoninsegna God for his sake but from the parapet of the for our temporal benTemple to see if God would be true to his word. "You efit. Christ wants us to "seek first (In,6:27). the Kingdom of God and his holiJesus would tell us to' ask God must not put the Lord your God to ness" and he assures us that every- for our daily bread, but to ask in the test" (Mt 4:7). Jesus replied. thing else we need will given to us faith, to ask because we believe that This is a constant danger for believbesides (Mt 6:33). To be members he is our loving, heavenly Father, ers and Jesus taught us to reject it. of Christ's kingdom faith must be who knows what we need before The Jews succumbed to it when the root and the foundation of our we ask him (Mt 6: 9,11). Jesus also they brought the Ark of the Covlives knew that if our faith in him is enant with them into battle. They Later in his public ministry Jesus strong we will feed 'the hungry and would force God to make them vicfed the multitudes who had he tells us that he will count as done torious. If they were not, the Ark thronged to hear him, but when he to himself what we do for those in would fall into pagan hands. The

Jews were slaughtered and the Ark was carried off. The Pharisee in the Gospel story was guilty of it when he boasted about all his good deeds and expected.God to reward him. We are fall victim to it when we think God owes us for what we have done for him and are angry when our prayers are not answered in the way we wanted. Jesus told us that we are always to consider ourselves "useless servants" (Lk 17: 10) because we can never merit what God is prepared to give us no matter how long and hard we have labored in his vineyard (Mt 20:1-16). To avoid this temptation Jesus taught us to pray as he did in the Garden of Gethsemane "Not my will but thine be done" (Mt 26: 39). The temptations of Jesus in the desert are temptations we all of us have to face, as individuals and as God's Church. Because we fail, we need to repent, just as the Church needs to recognize her failures and, guided by the Holy Spirit,be continually renewed. But we must never be discouraged by our failures but put our trust in Christ who put Satan to flight in the desert and at the end of his life told us: "Have courage: I have conquered the world" (J016:33).

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