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WASHINGTON (NC) - U.S. culture will be a key issue at the March meeting of U.S. bishops with Vatican officials and the pope, said several archbishops who will participate in the meeting. Culture affects "the way we have to evangelize, the way we have fo work in the United States," said Archbishop John L. May of St. Louis, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. U.S. Catholics looking at the Vatican and Vatican officials looking at the church in the United States both have to realize that "the culture in which the church operates differs from country to country," said Archbishop Daniel Kucera of Dubuque. Iowa. The heads of Vatican congregations and 36 U.S. bishops will have an opportunity to explain to each other their concerns about the church in the United States during the March 8-11 meeting. It will begIn With an opemng address by Pope John Paul II and a response by Archbishop May. In a January letter to the bishops, the pope said the meeting's theme would be "Evangelization in the Context of the Culture and Society of the United States with Particular Emphasis on the Role of the Bishop as Teacher of the Faith." Some Vatican officials are unfamiliar with U.S. culture and its positive - as well as negative effects on the church, Archbishop May said in a telephone interview with National Catholic News Service. "The pope is better informed than many of the people in the [Vatican] congregations because he has traveled more," Archbishop May said. The meeting, which the pope has described as a "summit," will give Vatican officials an opportunity to discuss concerns face to face with U.S. churchmen, "not just read letters and reports," Archbishop May said. The discussion topics - bishops as teachers, priests as evangelizers, relations with Religious, the role of the laity; education, vocations, family life, sacraments, ecumenism and the unchurched - are not new areas of Vatican-U.S. church discussions, the archbishop said. But following Pope John Paul's 1987 U.S. visit and the 1988 "ad limina" trips, which brought every U.S. bishop to Rome to report on the status of his diocese, the meeting is an opportunity "to pull all those things together," Archbishop May said. The meeting, and the more than 12 hours scheduled for open discussion, "will result in a better bonding of the leadership" of the church, Archbishop Kucera said in another interview. "It is not so much an opportunity to talk about problems, but to get to know each

To focus on tensions between society, countercultural church message other persollally ... tightening the bonds that constitute collegiality." Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk of Cincinnati, vice president of the NCCB, said "I don't perceive that 'we are in any way being called to Rome to get chewed out," he said. "We will share thoughts" on evangelitation, which is "the cornerstone of the church's mission." The NCCB leaders have said that relations with Vatican officials have improved greatly since

the summit meeting was first suggested in 1986 after Vatican actions in the cases of Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen of Seattle and of Father Charles E. Curran, a moral theologian at The Catholic University of America in Washington. Archbishop Hunthausenand the heads of 33 other archdioceses will attend the meeting, as will Bishop William H. Keeler of Harrisburg, Pa., secretary of the bishops' conference.

"We have a very positive climate" in Vatican-U.S. church relations, said Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco. He and Cardinal Edouard Gagnon, president of, the Pontifical Council for the Family, will give the meeting's formal presentations on the family, including a discussion on the indissolubility of marriage and how marriage cases are handled in diocesan tribunals, "I will no doubt try to layout some of the stresses on the family

BISHOP GERRY reaches out to a well-wisher following his installation Feb. 21 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, Maine. (NCj UPI photo)

Bishop Joseph Gerry installed in Maine Law of Boston. Archbishop Pio knesses, to be his holy people," the PORTLAND, Maine (NC) Issuing a call for Catholics in his Laghi, apQstolic pronuncio to the bishop said. diocese to live a life of holiness and United States, also attended. "To each of us that call says provide for those in need, Bishop Bishop Daniel A. Cronin was simply: in the times and circumJoseph J. Gerry was installed as among bishops at the liturgy. stances which are personal to you, bishop of Po'rtland during a Feb. Bishop Gerry thanked his brother . live out in very practical ways the Benedictines "who have nourished, 21 liturgy at Immaculate Conceplove with which God has enriched strengthened and affirmed me in tion Cathedral. you." my love for God, his church and "I invite you to reflect on the calling which is yours in the Lord," his world since my first arrival in The life of holiness inCludes an he said. "God has called each of their midst just prior to my 17th obligation to imitate Jesus by being you to be a member of his people, birthday." merciful and forgiving, he said. The call to holiness is not as "We too can extend the helping a people which is holy, a people , - "abstract or impractical" as it may hand of protection and support to which is God's very own." Bishop Gerry, 60, who succeeds seem, Bishop Gerry said. Nor is an all who stal).d in need of life itself retired Bishop Edward C. O'Leary, exemption given "for busy men or of life's necessities whether of was auxiliary bishop of Manches- ,and women engaged in the ordi- body, mind or s~irit. nary tasks of everyday life." ter, N.H., for the past two years. "We too can show the kindness, "God, our loving Father, has Before his appointment as a bishop, he served as abbot of St. Anselm called each of us, regardless of our the openness, the large-heartedness place or position in life, irrespec- of Jesus who said: 'Come to me all Abbey in Manchester for 14 years. tive of our daily tasks, without you who labor and are heavy laden Portland's new bishop was inconcern for our strengths or wea- and I wiIl give you rest. '" stalled by Cardinal Bernard F.

in the United States and how the church is responding to those stresses," Archbishop Quinn said. The modern stresses include "drugs, poverty, illiteracy, homelessness - an increasing phenomenon for families," he said. In addition, "there is the powerful impact of the media in this culture, which in many respects is hostile to the church's teaching. "This culture is increasingly antifamily," the archbishop said. "It glorifies divorce, promiscuity, abortion." By strengthening families with the values of the Catholic faith, he said, the chu'rch can strengthen U.S. culture. Archbishop Kucera, who wiIl give a presentation on liturgy and sacraments, said the focus of his talk will be "to indicate that the liturgical life of the church in the United States is a very good witness to its vitality." For example, he said, "we have one of the highest rates of Mass attendance in the Western world," there is a high rate of reception of the Eucharist, and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is thriving, bringing in thousands of adult converts each year at Easter. A haIl mark of U.S. culture is participation, he said. That shows' up in the numbers of lay people involved in liturgy by lectoring, singing, being extraordinary min-' isters of the Eucharist, and performi'ng other tasks open to them. The sustained drop in the number of people receiving the sacrament of reconciliation also wiIl be a topic in Archbishop Kucera's presentation, he said. The low confession rate is "a worldwide problem," the 'archbishop said, and it shows a definite need for "better education on the use of all sacraments." The culture also contributes to the problem, he said. In the United States, there is a widespread belief that "sin is a rare thing," therefore people think they do not need the sacrament. Archbishop Pilarczyk; who will give a presentation on seminaries and' vocations, said his talk wiIl include the declining seminary enrollment, the closing of seminaries . and the decline in vocations to the pr!esthood and religious life. On the up side, thoilgh, the U.S. church has seen the number of lay people in paid and volunteer ministries "vastly incr,ease." With the exception of having sacraments available, he said, "maybe, all things considered, people are better ministered to now." . Just a generation ago, the priest was considered "the minister. "The "participatroy proclivity" of people in the United States has changed that. "They want a greater hand in serving." At the upcoming meeting, "I Turn to Page Six

Sister Blute reports on women's concerns Women of St. Mary's parish, Mansfield, recently heard a report by Sister Mary Noel Blute, RSM, Episcopal Representative for Religious, on an East Coast conference on Women's Concerns and the Local Church. The conference, held in Elkins Park, Pa., was called by Bishop Joseph L. Imesch of Joliet, 111., chairman ofthe U.S. bishops' com- . mittee on Women in Society and in the Church. A similar conference took place on the West Coast. Delegates discussed the U.S. bishops' proposed pastoral letter on women and other issues of concern to women in the contemporary church. . Bishop Imesch. said the conferences were intended "to provide a forum for persons serving on diocesan commissions/ committees on women, staffing women's offices or otherwise focusing on women's needs in their local churches." He said the bishops' committee\ would benefit from knowing what resources dioceses need, and how' the committee could be of assistance.


A draft of the U.S. bishops' proposed pastoral, entitled "Partners in the Mystery of Redemption, A Pastoral Response to Women's Concerns for Church and Society," was released for national consultation last April. Catholics throughout the country were asked for feedback du'ring the succeeding eight months, and a new draft is expl:cted to be put before the bishops at their Novembel' meeting. Also discussed at the Pennsylvania meeting, said Sister Blute, was the recent papal letter, "On the Dignity of Women." The letter was the pope's response to a recommendation of the 1987 World Synod of Bishops for further study of the anthropological and theological bases connected with the meaning and dignity of womanhood.

In the past 25 years, the ·role of The documents of the U.S. bishwomen in the church has changed ops and the'pope express the ideal greatly for the better, noted Sister of marriage as equal partnership Noel. She pointed out that in the of man and woman as a strong United States, women are chancel- . model for society and point out lors of dioceses' and serve in finance that the beliefthat one sex is superoffices and on marriage tribunals. ior to another is a result of original


WASHINGTON (NC) - As violence continued over the controversial Salman Rushdie book, and as government and church leaders rallied for an end to the crisis, one priest said the controversy could help Catholics understand the Islamic religion better. Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses," denounced by Moslems as blasphemous, "is simply an occasion to learn more about Moslems," said Father Sidney Griffith of the Institute of Christian Oriental Research at The Catholic University of America in Washington: "Catholics tend to think of (Islam) as something that's going on over there, but when something like the Rushdie issue comes along, Catholics see the religion is·here, too," he said. The book has sparked a wave of protests and violence in several countries with Moslem populations. Moslems have said the book denigrates Mohammed, founder of Islam, alld the Koran, the Moslem holy book. . In Islamic belief, the angel Ga-' briel transmitted the word of God to the prophet Mohammed, who recorded it verbatim into the Koran. Rushdie's book appears to imply that Mohammed tampered

Some women administer parishes without a resident priest and some work with pastors in collaborative ministry. Women are .eucharistic ministers, distributing communion at Mass and to the sick. Women are on parish councils and committees and are hospital and prison chaplains. Lay women and women religious serve the church in nearly all positions which do not require ordination. Among speakers in Elkins Park was Sister Sara Butler, MSBT, one of the writers of the bishops' pastoral. Her topic was, "Pope John Paul II and the American Bishops: Responding to Women's Concerns." She noted that changes in Catholic women's roles have . been precipitated by changes in society and by Vatican Council II.

Sister Butler said that the next sin and of a misreading of Genesis. Neither document subscribes to draft of the U.S. pastoral, which it is hoped will be final, will incorpothe idea that there are no distinctions between the sexes. They pro- rate many of the suggestions and pose a sincere and honest respect recommendations heard around for the human dignity of all per- the nation. At the end of the Elkins ParK sons and uphold the view that exclusion of women from ordina- meeting suggestions to the bihtion is compatible with their beli,ef sops' committee involved in the in equality. Both portray Mary as preparation and writirig of the a model for women, especially in pastoral included that there be continued dialogues among woher role in the Incarnation. men, between women and men, The bishops' pastoral records and among laity, religious and prithe voices of U.S. women, gives ests, a living out of the attitudes attention to the concerns of single found in the document, more pracwomen, and to social reforms and tical treatment of the issues of indicates that men's roles must 'birth control and the marriage change as women's roles are given tribunal, support for women's just treatment. rights in sexual abuse cases and Finally, the bishops recommend. clarification of the roles of women study of the possibility of the per- in parishes. manent diaconate for women and Participants noted the need to of their all non-ordainincorporate values expressed in ed roles within the church. the document into teaching, worship, marriage preparation and all The papal document is presented other church activities on the as a meditation on what it means to be a human person, "striving diocesan and parish levels. Th~y toward self-realization, which can. also asked that diocesan structures only be achieved through a sincere address the nature of women's place in the church and society. gift of self. "

controversy seen as way to understand Islam

with the Koran.' Some scholars said the book also provides a portrayal of Mohammed as an indecisive person, stirring more controversy because in Islam, it is wrong to portray Mohammed at all. Ten people were killed and about 30 injured Feb. 24 in Bombay when police fired on rampaging Moslems who were protesting Rushdie's book. In Pakistan, police suspect that a bomb which exploded Feb. 26 at the British Consulate in Karachi was connected to the unrest over the book. A security guard was killed in the bombing. On Feb. 12, six Moslems were killed during a book demonstration in Pakistan. Although Pope John Paul II has nOlt commented on the book or the $5.2 million bounty set by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini for Rushdie's execution, other church leaders have denounced the death threat and called for peaceful ways to handle the issue. Father Michael Fitzgerald, secretary of the Vatican Secretariat for Non-Christian Religions, said it was "understandable" that Moslems· would be upset about the book, but that the opinions of

more moderate Moslems needed to be heard in the controversy. "My own reaction is that it makes dialogue even more impor- . tant," Father Fitzgerald said Feb. 17. "The Christian world needs to try to understand the Moslem sensitivity, .and the Moslem world needs to better understand the Western world - where freedom of expression and thought is an important part of life:" . A Vatican historian, U.S. Jesuit Father Robert Graham, said the book "constitutes a severe, lacerating criticism of Islam" which he said was a "very serious attack." But he added that he had not read the book and wondered how many condemning it had. During a Vatican Radio interview, Father Graham also said any Catholic criticism of the book must also make clear that it does not condone the Ayatollah's call for the author's death. The Milwaukee-based Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights said in a statement released Feb. 22 that such defamation of religious belief found in the book and in the recent film "The Last Temptation of Christ," directed by Martin Scorsese, were "not in keeping with the principles of religious

freedom precious to Western man." But the group said such a violent action as a death threat against the author does a "disservice to religion." New York's Cardinal John J.

O'Connor said Feb. 19 that Catholics share with Moslems in the "deep distress" over the attack against Islam in Rushdie's book and that he thought it would be silly for Catholics to buy the book.

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6lubata'R•.O'Brien orStlAnn's parish, Raynham, home ,economist fotBri~tol County Extension Serwasinclqdedintheeighthedition of"Who's Who;of American Women."" .' .

19~~ 'Our March 8 issue was:a 72-pager celebrating the 75th a,nniversary of the Fall Riverldiocese.

, THE SAINTS AND SINGERS <:horus, an ecumenical group based in Buzzards Bay, will perform "How Great Thou Art," an Easter cantata open to the public, at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at LaSaletee Shrine, Attleboro.


. The squad representing$t.Joseph's parish, Fairhaven, ..... won the eyO cheerleadi~gcompetition at :the Kennedy . . . Center, New Bedford. Groups from St. Ffancis Xavier . School,' ACUshnet;·a:nd;Ne~Bedford·sSt. Anthony Schoolplaced~¢(,)ondandthilrd.. . ..•• >.'0,..


C U wins Curran case WASHINGTON (NC) - The Catholic University of America acted within its rights when it barred moral theologian Father Charles E. Curran from teaching theology there, a District of Columbia Superior Court judge said Feb. 28. Judge Frederick H. Weisberg ruled that in a conflict between academic freedom and obedience to religious authority in the Catholic Church, "the university may choose for itself on which side of that conflict it wants to come down."

Diocesans at youth meeting About 80 young people and adult youth ministers and youth ministry advisers will represent the Fall River diocese at a New England Youth Gathering taking place tonight through Sunday in Nashua, . N.H. According to Joanne M. Claussen, Diocesan Office of Youth. Ministry coordinator, all New England dioceses are participating in the event, sponsored by New England Region One directors of Catholic Youth Ministry, part of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Minstry. The gathering is designed to permit New England youth ministers to meet and celebrate together. "And it's a weekend to learn together," she added, noting that the program includes workshops for adults and youth. Mrs. Claussen will attend the meeting together with diocesan Youth Ministry director Father George E. Harrison and retreat coordinator Kathryn E. Wrobel. Parishes represented in the Fall River delegation, Mrs. Wrobel said, are OurLady of Victory, Centerville; Christ the King, Cotuit/ Mashpee; St. John Neumann, East Freetown; St. Stanislaus, Fall River; Our Lady of Fatima and St. Anthony, New Bedford; St. Patrick, Wareham and St. Thomas More, Somerset. Father David A. Costa, St. Thomas More parochial vicar, is planning the gathering's

Father Curran said he would not appeal the decision. He has been barred from teaching Catholic theology at the university since January 1987 after the Vatican ruled that he was ineligible to be a teacher of Catholit: theology because of his dissent from certain church teachings. He filed a civil lawsuit against the university seeking reinstatement on grounds that the ban on teaching classes violated his contractual guarantees of academic freedom. The case went to trial in December, and attorneys on both sides submitted closing arguments in writARCHBISHOP Daniel ing in late January. W. Kucera of Dubuque, la., The case has been seen as a pos- will give a. presentation on sible judicial landmark for. questions of the respective rights of liturgy and the sacraments at professors and administrators in . the March 8-11 meeting of church-run institutions of higher U.S. bishops with the pope education in the United States. and top church officials at the Weisberg referred to the broader Vatican. (NC photo) implications in his decision. "It is apparent," he wrote, "that this dispute is merely a piece of the larger struggle that has been raging in Catholic higher education for many years. That struggle seeks to establish the proper role of aca102 Shawomet Avenue demic freedom within an AmeriSomerset, Mass. can Catholic university." . Catholic University said in a Tel. 674-4881 brief statement that it was "pleased" 3Vz room Apartment that the judge's decision "vindi4V2 room Apartment cates the university's position" and Includes heat. hot water, stove reo "reflects a judicial respect for the friprator and maintenance service. character of The Catholic University of America."

MALA YBALAY, Philippines (NC)- Mindanao's bishops have thrown their weight behind a bill that would ban logging for three years In provinces where less than 40 percent of the land area is forested. Their move comes a year after the Philippines bishops' conference issued its ecology letter, "What is Happening to Our Beautiful LandT' Only. nine ofthe country's 75 provinces have more than 40 percent of their area in forests.

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themoorin~ A Sense of Priorities . .Where are our priorities? Has afflueJilce blinded us? Are we impervious to real need? These are a few of the questions that come to mind after reading an article on pet insurance. Daily we read about the plight of the homeless. The media are constantly telling us that thousands of Americans go to bed hungry each night. The suffering of thtrowawaychildren is a national disgrace. , On and on goes the tale of human suffering and degradation." ,There are millions of Americans who just can't afford hospital insurance. Uncounted aged and retired people barely subsist. Inner city poverty with all its fallout is a major social dilemma. Yet many seem to forget these human sufferings when it comes to路 caring for their pets. This is not an anti-pet editorial, nor an attempt to attack the practice of veterinary medicine. It is, however, a plea for common sense and an effort to establish the priority of human beings -over animals. Last year billions of dollars were speJilt by Americans on pet care ranging from grooming to medical services. Some have estimated that the pet industry reaches close to the $30 billion mark each year and is still expanding. Nowa relatively new concept is being introduced that will indeed generate millions of new dollars: pet health insurance. Encouraged by the rapid expansion of veterinary medicine, the cost of care for the family pet is skyrocketing. You tho~ght CAT scans were for humans? Think again, they're also available for the cat. Angell Memorial Veterinary Hospital in Boston, located, by the way, in the forml~r Cardinal O'Connell Seminary, specializes in cancer therapy, intensive care, pacemakers, hip replacement surgery and even open heart surgery. To help pay for these services, pet policies are offered to cover major illnesses. They include hospitalization, x-rays, lab fees and"prescriptions. Humans have Blue Shield, animals now have Gold Shield. There is the Animal Health Insurance Agency as well as Veterinary Pet Insurance. These national. companies write policies on pets, much like those for people, right down to deductibles. By contrast, many people fare poorly indeed. In fact, it is dangerous business being a human being in this country. Initially, it is hard to get born in this abortion-prone society. That hurdle surmounted, child care poses national issues in an economy where most families need a second income-simply to meet basic expenses. Little has been done to establish a comprehensive national day care program. Many kittens fare better than some children. And the problem of teenage use of alcohol and drugs seems out of control, with many simply throwing up their hands and proclaiming that treatment is useless. Again, puppies and kittens are often treated with more compassion than our youth. What it all adds up to is our lack of perspective. Certainly we want a world where God's creatures live together in harmony; and it is our responsibility to work' toward this ideal. When we disregard it, we are in trouble. A corrective to all this is the recollection that we are made in God's image. Sometimes that's hard to see and it may well be easier to care for a pet cat than for a leper or an AIDS victim. But priorities, accountability and responsibility are words that should help recall us to a balanced view in a world that seems out of whack in its love for P(:ts and its distaste for people.

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Listening to God

By Father Kevin J. Harrington If you have not done anything for Lent, now is the time. If you are really serious about sharing in the dying/ rising of Jesus, your best bet is to follow one Lenten theme. A fruitful theme that I highly commend is simply to listen. The greatest disciples were and are the best listeners: to each other, to Jesus in the proclaimed Word and to the word of God in the world around them. The gospels for the first two Sundays of Lent challenge one to listen. Jesus quotes from the prophet Isaiah in the temptation scene: "N ot by b"read alone does man live but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord." And who can forget the voice of God in the theophany of Mount Tabor when Peter, James and John saw Christ transfigured and heard his father's voice: "This is my Chosen One, listen to Him." Listening is an arduous art. Unfortunately, most conversations are not conversations at all. Too many people confuse parallel monologues and debates with authentic dialogue. To listen is not merely to exchange words but to give yourself completely to another, putting yourself into the other's mind, even the other's heart. It means hearing a human person, not just naked words. There is nothing more frustrating"than speaking with someone who is only waiting out of courtesy for you to finish so that he or she can The Editor - utter words that would have been spoken had you said nothing.

said to listen to confessions 12 risked martyrdom. Perhaps this hours a day! was because they also listened to My best teachers have been those God in the world around them. who could sincerely say: "I learn as He is not imprisoned in a book, much from my stude?,ts as my stu- .~ even in a book of his own inspir".. ing. He speaks to us ceaselessly, dents learn from me. Every Sunday we he~~: ThiS IS. even if we are dreadfully deaf to the word. of the Lord: Do ~ou his voice. There is no blade of really be.heve that ~od IS speakmg grass that does not speak of him. . to you? Do you hsten as breath- It may be easy to see God's glory lessly as did Moses on Sinai or as attentively as did Peter, James and in the beauty of the natural order John at Mount Tabor, or as eag- but it is more difficult to see it erly as did Jesus' fellow country-' reflected in life's agonizing momen who marveled at the words of ments. Every cry from a starving grace that fell from his lips? child, from Appalachia to Calcutta, Has repetition dulled your appe- is the voice of Jesus begging for tite for the word of the Lord? Do bread and human dignity. our he~rts ever burn as di~ those How often do you feel like the of the discouraged compamons on bereaved Martha who cried: "Lord, the road to Emm~us when they if you had been here, our brother encountered th~ Risen Lord who would not have died." Yet if we broke bread with them and ex- truly listen we will hear the Lord plained Sacred Scripture. say: "Do you love me? Trust me. I The need of the early Christians do care. I am never closer to you to break bread and listen to the than in your agonizing moments. proclaimed word of God were so For every Gethsemane is my gar.great ~hat to satisfy them they den, and every Calvary is my cross!" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~v~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~





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We at The Anchor are very, very, very modest. But we don't: mind letting other people speak for us. ~ While checki'ng parish bulletins for Steering Points this week, : we came across some very tasty tidbits related to Anchor subscrip- iI tion weekend, held Feb. 25 and 26 in diocesan parishes. iI We ate them up. : From St. Anne parish, .Fall River (Father John R. FoIster, ~ pastor): "So very often, The Anchor is the only Catholic news- : paper that enters a home; so very often this is the only means of ~ reaching out to the people of our parishes; so very o(ten The iI Anchor is the most available tool of educating Catholic adults and : families. Know your Church - its hopes, desires, problems, leaders, ~ etc." . ~ From Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish, New Bedford (Msgr. : Luiz G. Mendonca, pastor): "We recommend that The Anchor be ~ received in every h01lle of our parish." : From Sacred Heart parish, North Attleboro (Father Marcel H. ~ Bouchard, pastor): "Renew your subscription, or begin one if you : do not already receive our diocesan paper. It's an excellent way to iI bring good and important news into your home, and to keep up to ~ date on religious matters." : From St. Mary parish, North Attleboro (Father Ralph D. ~ Tetrault, pastor): "There can be no substitute for good wholesome : Catholic literature in our homes." , ~. From St. Joseph parish, Taunton (Msgr. Thomas J. Harring- ~ ton, pastor): "You'll find a wealth of helpful, accurate information : about Church affairs, internationally and here at home!" "~

Worse still are those who do ": listen but are simply waiting for an ~ inept word or false phrase to pounce : ~ upon. True listening always involves .: loving. To love is to be where ~ iI another can reach out to you. Two great listeners were Mary : and St. John Vianney. The mother ~ of Jesus listened to angels, she- : pherds and prophets and, as Luke ~ records, "treasured all these things, ~ : pondering them in her heart." ~" St. John Vianney, the famous iI iI parish priest of Ars in France, was ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~.

Rediscover Dismas' I met a Brother Dismas last year who was affectionately nicknamed Thiefby his fellow friars. I asked him whether he chose the name or if it was bestowed upon him by his order. "I chose it," he replied. "And I'm the only one in the order who is oositive my saint is in heaven." I laughed but on reflection I have to admit he's right. Dismas, identified in scripture as the Good Thief, is the only one who is promised a place in heaven by Jesus. Luke writes, "One of the criminals hanging in crucifixion blasphemed Jesus, saying, 'Aren't you the 'Messiah? Then save yourself and us.' "But the other one rebuked him: 'Have you no fear of God, seeing you are under the same sentence? We deserve it, after all. We are only paying the price for what , we've done, but this man has done nothing wrong.' "He then said, 'Jesus, remember me when you enter upon your reign,' And Jesus replied, 'I assure you, this day you will be with me in paradise.' " ,Let's, for a moment, try to put ourselves in Dismas' thongs. By pure chance he ends up hanging next to Jesus. He finds himself in the presence of a man being murdered for a totally different kind of crime - the crime of heresy.

He hears Jesus' words on the cross during their long ordeal: "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." He had to have been astonished and impressed. Forgive His killers who are killing Him for a non-reason?

sider entering the priesthood? At a meeting in Niles, Ill., a group of black bishops, priests and seminarians discussed that very question. A bishop told how he once had wanted to be an altar server. When he applied, .however, he learned that he wasn't wanted. He asked himself, "Why don't they want me? I feel it is rigl1t and my parents have told me it is right." He persevered In his desire and he became a server. Yet, years later when he wanted to becoine a priest, a priest hold him, "Certain folks won't want you." He is now a bishop and at the meeting had several messages for black seminarians. -Let all the pe.ople tell you whether they accept you or not. Don't listen only to naysayers. -Test yourself against your own abilities, not the attitudes of naysayers, and see how determined you are. - Know that "your own," whether they be other blacks, priests or friends, can often be your worst enemies. But you must laugh at this because people are fickle more times than they are perfect. Once you achieve your goal their fickleness turns to admiration. Racism is often the result offear and insecurity, it was observed. So racism is a weakness and this must be understood, but without sink- ' ing to the level of racism oneself. The meeting also explored the need to define cultural symbols and to balance Euro-American history with black history. Participants discussed how to better combine what a black learns in the seminary with his field education experience, as well as the

relationships of black seminarians among themselves, especially with black seminarians from other nations. The need black seminarians have for support by black priests also was examined. ' The church needs more black" vocations and it needs men with the strength to foster racial unity. As I listened in on the discussions at this meeting, I realized that what I heard advocated was the virtue of kindness in its deepest philosophical sense. Kindness means being well disposed toward life. There is a' militancy about this virtue - a militancy against allowing life and people to get you down. This is' a difficult virtue. For people proud to be black, it muSt be difficult to look kindly on oth-


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And he witnesses the women and the beloved disciple John who stay by Jesus at death. Dismas, is the patron saint of prisoners, who is alone, senses the love and . many of whom have found God compassion flowing from these . through him. But we are all pridear ones. This love has to make soners of a sort. We can be imprisoned in an him feel more bereft and alone. unhappy marriage, in depression, What stroke of the Holy Spirit alcohol, poverty, illness and even touched Dismas to say to Jesus, in a meaningless affluent life, ask"Lord, remember me when you ing, "Is this all there is?" enter into your reign," instead of Whatever our chains and our reacting as the other thief? crosses, Dismas stands as a symBoth heard and witnessed the bol of resurrection. Perhaps dursame Jesus but one taunted Him ing this Lent, we could rediscover and one responded to Him. After a Dismas and pray to him to give us wasted life and ignominious death, 'hope to break the chains of our Dismas is promised a glorious varied imprisonments and the hopeeternity, all because he turned his lessness of others. Like Jesus, we life - what was left .of it - over to can use Dismas to give others Jesus. hope. I believe this is the lesson we Our other choice is to mimic the learn from Dismas. God didn't put second thief who railed against him on the cross next to Jesus by Jesus, taunting Him and asking chance but to give hope to count- Him why He wasn't working a less generations of hopeless souls miracle. The truth is, He was, only who can be resurrected if they do He did it in His own way. We have as Dismas did - admit helpless- the choice of'reaction, too, anger ness and hopelessness and turn with God or submission to His invitation to become a saint like their lives over to God. It's understandable that Dismas Dismas.

Kindness needed What needs to be done if the church is to keep its black vocations to the priesthood arid if more' blacks are to con-



ers who act as though they come from a superior race. The virtue of kindness is tough be<;ause it means moving beyond personal vendettas. It requires great inner strength as well as a grasp of human nature, its weaknesses and follies. It means rising above the naysayers in order to keep the bigger picture in mind. ... In its fullest sense, the virtue of kindness is not weak. When problems are approached on its basis, they are approached from a posi~ tion of strength. In other words, kindness is a virtue to r.ely on, as is being done as ways are pursued to foster the black vocations to the priesthood so needed by the church.

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It's a matter of respect Q. I am a non-Catholic married to a Catholic man. My father is Jewish. Would Catholic Church regulations permit my husband to attend services which my father's family may have, such as a bar mitzvah? Also, Jewish men wear a cover over their head. Does my husband do this also, in respect for their religion? (Indiana) A. The answer to both of your questions is yes. Catholics are not only allowed but encouraged to share in prayer or religious services with people of . other faiths whenever a legitimate reason exists. Such reason, on occasion, may be simply interest in thilt faith or religion. Certainly the situation you describe is a good .reason to be present and participate. The only limitations on such participation would be actions that might imply identification with that other faith. Such an action for us Catholics would be to receive Communion, for example, in ceremonies of another denomination. Jewish men usually wear a yarmulke (a kind of skull cap) or a prayer shawl as a sign of reverence during common prayer. It is simply respect for another faith for a,visitor to do the same when invited, just as one takes off one's shoes when entering a mosque, a Moslem place of prayer. Q. If the court house record of my marriage shows that I was married· civilly (not through the. church) and if the church has no record of the marriage, would I be able to marry through the church without going through the annul.ment process? (Texas) A. Many Catholics and others are confused by the same concerns you have. So let's answer your questions step by step. As you obviously are aware, all Catholics are obliged to j)bserve the "form" of marriage, to be married before a priest or other qualified Catholic minister. With what is called a dispensation from the form, the bishop may permit a Catholic to enter a valid Catholic marriage before a non-Catholic minister or other qualified civil official. Apparently this did not happen in your case.' Civil marriage records at the court house indicate the, official who performed the marriage. They have nothing to do with whether that marriage was valid or' not according to Catholic or other religious laws. If a marriage which is invalid according to Catholic law is later validated (or, as is sometimes said, blessed) in the church, no record of that validation is sent to the court house. It is an internal church matter which . appears on no civil record. However, the validation of a previously invalid marriage is recorded in the parish where that validation took place. Record of that validation always would be available. Now to your final point. Let's suppose a Catholic were married outside the church, never had that marriage validated, divorced and

By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN later wishes to marry someone else. The process is relatively simple. While the procedure is referred to officially as "annulment because of defect of form;" the time and effort involved are nothing approaching what would be required in other types of annulment proceedings. Gathering a few documents, including marriage and divorce records, and some testimonies that the first marriage was never validated in the Catholic Church, normally may be completed within a few weeks, sometimes even within days. If you contemplate another marriage, please talk to a priest in your parish right away and explain the exact circumstances. He will advise you, on the necessary steps to Because of the huge volume of mail, it normally is impossible for Father Dietzen to respond to correspondence personally. Questions for the column should be sent to Father Dietzen, Holy Trinity Church, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, III. 61701.


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Ilishops' prepare for Rome Continued from Page One evangelization in the United States don't know if there will be any big subthemes leave the door open t~ raising <controversial issues such as issul~s in the. sense of where there will be big differences," Archbi- the relationship of bishops to disshop May said. "The period offree senting theologians, the high numdiscussion will be the most impor- ber of annulments granted by U.S. tant .. and you can't predict what marriage tribunals and criticisms OVER 300 students from St. Jerome's School Phoenix people will say." of Vatican draft documents on Ariz., form an outline of a space shuttle to highlight ~heir entr; Catholic universities and the nature Vatican View of bishops' conferences. of the name" Adventure" in a N arne the Orbiter contest sponFor their part, Vatican officials "!t's an open forum. Anything sored by NASA. (NC photo) exp<:ct the meeting to focus on the tensions between modern, plural- can pe ,discussed," said Joaquin' istic U.S. society and the often Navarro-Valls, Vatican press spokes• countercultural message of Catholi- man. At the same time, "any iniage' cism. that puts the meeting into a dialecThis, more than specific probtical situation between two church lems between the Vatican and memgroups is erroneous," he told Nabers of the U.S. hierarchy, is ex. tional Catholic News Service. pected to dominate the three-day The tension that exists is between par1<:y, they say. "the church's message, which is at Memorial services were recently Alithough its overall theme is . times countercultural, and indusBrothers of Christian Instruction, "held on Bainbridge Island, Wash., their provincial superior and a lay trial, developed societies," he said. His view is shared by Cardinal and at Brothers of Christian Instruc- couple from the Netherlands were Joseph Ratzinger, head of the Vat- tion headquarters in Alfred, Maine, visiting mission posts in Zaire when ican Congregation for the Doc- for Fall River native Brother Nor- their plane burned after crashing trine of the Faith, who will speak man Berger,FIC,40. Brother Berg- into a volcanic mountain during a FII,~ST sudden storm. at the meeting on the role of er was among six persons killed Rev. J. Joseph Kierce Feb. 15 when a plane he was pilotThe four brothers were buried bishops as teachers of the faith. ing crashed into a mountainside in ' in Zaire. The bodies of the couple Author and Producer 'of Another scheduled speaker, CarZaire, Central Africa. were returned to the Netherlands. The New England Passion Play dinal Edouard Gagnon, president. According to community memBorn Sept. 7,1948, in Fall River of the Pontifical Council for the "THE CHRISTUS" bers, Brother Berger, two other to Norman.and Lorraine (Vallee) Family, cited as a tension-causing Berger, now of Bainbridge Island, issue the growing acceptance of Brother Berger attended the former divorce in soCiety. Prevost elementary and high "A big problem, not only in the The Mass of Christian Burial schools in Fall River and St. Louis States, iis that people don't believe was offered Wednesday at St. MaHigh School, Biddeford, Maine. in the indissolubility of marriage ry's Church, North Attleboro, for He joined the Brothers of Chrisanymore," Cardinal Gagnon told Sister Louise Rita Bourget, SUSC, tian Instruction at age 18 and National Catholic News Service. 84, who died Saturday at Sturdy "Bishops have to make sure that made perpetual profession in 1977. Memorial Hospital, Attleboro. their priests truly believe and proHe earned a bachelor of arts degree Sister Bourget, a member of the mote the church's teachings in at Walsh College, Canton, 0., and Holy Union Sisters' Groton prothese m.atters," he added. studied physics on the graduate vince, had lived in retirement at St. In order to do so, he said, the Maris Convent, North Attleboro, , level at the University of Akron. bishop "should listen to people Before volunteering for the misTOUR 1 since 1982". sions, Brother Berger worked in CRUISE ON THE LUXURY LINER, THE who come to complain and not The former Leona Bourget, born Appalachia, taught in Louisville,' NORWAY (Norway) to the enchanted always feel that those who comin Pawtucket, R.I., to the late 0., and was an announcer and islands of St. Marten, St. John, St. plain are against them."· Louis and Hectorine (Guilmette) chief engineer at a Jesuit-run radio "He should listen to the coniThomas & Salt Cay, Spring Vacation Bourget, began her religous life in station in Nome, Alaska. mon sense of the faithful - that's Week. 1922. She held a bachelor of arts the meaning of 'sensus fidelium,''' Brother Berger earned a private FROM ONLY degree and elementary and secon- pilot's license in 1981 and later the cardinal said. Most annulments of Catholic dary general science certification qualified for commercial pilot and marriages are granted by U.S. dio- from the former Catholic Teachers airplane mechanic licenses. APRIL 15-22 cesan tribunals. According to 1986 College, Providence. She taught at In 1987 he volunteered to join (air + all meals) Vatican figures, the last year for Sacred Heart School, North Attle- the Canadian Brothers of Chriswhich comprehensive statistics are boro, now part of St. Mary-Sacred tian Instruction in Zaire. TOUR 2 available, 78 percent of the more Heart Consolidated School, and Besides his parents, Brother BerCHIN~ -DELUXE HOTELS & ALL MEALS than 73.000 annulments granted . at schools in Taunton, Pawtucket ger is survived by three sisters, -to Beijing, Xian, Hangchow, Shanghai, worldwide were by U.S. church and Cambridge. . Yvonne Silvia of Haverhill; Lynette Guilin, and Hong Kong! See the mys- courts. Prior to retirement, she also Schmidt of Portland, Ore.; and tery I~ wonder of ancient and modern In past years the pope and other worked at Madonna ManorNursCeline Cragerud of Everett, Wash.; Chinel. Vatican officials have complained ing Home, North Attleboro. and four brothers, David Berger FOR ONLY Sister Bourget leaves a brother, that in unnamed countries church of Fall River and Damien, Noel courts are granting too many annul- Alfred Bourget, of Lincoln, R.I. and Norbert Berger, all of the ments because of too great a reliSeattle area; and his maternal JUNE 29 - JULY 14 ance on psychological factors. grandmother, Yvonne Vallee of .(from/to East Coast, United Air) In a 1987 speech the pope critic- ' Swansea. ized psychiatric and psychological The Mass of Christian Burial experts who "evaluate every [mariTOUR 3 was offered Monday at Holy FamCAN~.DIAN ROCKIES: 1st CLASS HOTtal) tension as a negative sign and ELS & MOST MEALS. Visit Seattle, as an index of weakness and inca- ily Chapel, North Providence, R.I., KelolVna, Banff, Jasper, Kamloops, pacity to live in a matrimony." for Sister Clara Paulina, FMM, Vancouver, Victoria, and exult in their Pax Christi ofsoutheastern MassUnder church law" courts can- 96, who died Feb. 24 at Holy Fambreath·taking beauty and charm. ' achusetts, a recently-establishednot dissolve a marriage, but they ily Convent, North Providence. Sister Paulina was also known unit of Pax Christi, USA, an interFOR ONLY can declare that a Catholic marnational Catholic peace movement, riage never took place because the as Sister Marie Bento. For 81 years a Franciscan Mis- will screen the film "The Global two people involved were not disposed ttD receive the sacrament at sionary of Mary, Sister Bento was Brain" at a meeting at 6 p.m. SunAUGUST 11-21 a sacristan/ cook at Santo Christo day at the St.John of God Relithe timt: 'of the ceremony. (from/to home airport) parish, Fall River. 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VATICAN CITY (NC) - Filipino Cardinal Ricardo Vidal visited former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos in a Honolulu hospital, where he celebrated Mass for the deposed dictator and gave him the last rites, Vatican Radio reported. Cardinal Vidal, archbishop of Cebu, said through a spokesman that the decision to visit Marcos was "purely personal and priestly." The two men discussed God, according to the spokesman. Vatican Radio reported Feb. 27 that the visit, had taken place sometime during the previous week. Cardinal Vida.l also met with Marcos~ wife, Imelda, who repeated her husband's desire to return to the Philippines, the station reported. The Philippine government, citing security reasons, had several times denied the request. Marcos, 71, had been admitted to the hospital's intensive care unit in early February for heart and lung problems. His relatives have said he is dying and wants to return to his homeland before his . death. He left the country in 1986, after a 20-year rule, when a popular revolt brought Corazon Aquino to power. Cardinal Jaime Sin of Manila said Feb. 20 that he supported the government's ban on Marcos' return. He warned against "new forces of darkness" that threaten democracy in the country and want to "bring back a dictatorship." The Bishops-Businessmen's Conference ofthe Philippines had also issued a statement saying that Marcos should not be allowed to return. The ex-president left the Philip'pines in an airplane provided by the United States Feb. 25, 1986, after the largely bloodless uprising toppled his administration. He has since lived in' Hawaii. Cardinal Sin and other Catholic clergy and religious played a prominent role in the events surrounding the revolt. The uprising broke out after . Mrs. Aquino, who had claimed victory in a presidential race against Marcos, was denied the presidency through apparent voting fraud committed by Marcos supporters.

Confession is topic of last letter NEW ORLEANS (NC) - Parish priests should provide "sufficient and convenient times" for lay people to receive the sacrament of reconeiliation, said Archbishop Philip M. Hannan of New Orleans in a pastoral letter issued shortly before his retirement. "Providing ample time for confession or reconciliation sends a signal from the rectory about the importance of the sacrament," he said in the letter to archdiocesan priests. "Scant time means scant importance. Ample time means urgent importance," Archbishop Hannan wrote in his last letter before Archbishop Francis B. Schulte was installed as his successor. "The times scheduled for confession in the parish must be ample to enable the whole family to receive the sacrament without undue inconvenience," he said. "Even if at first there is no great response, the priest's prayer or meditation during that time will certainly be a source of benediction on the parish."


It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Mother Teresa! CAPE TOWN, South Africa' (NC) - Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 78 and seemingly indestructible, turns up wherever there is trouble. In recent months she has appeared in Cuba, one of84 nations . where her sisters operate Missionaries of Charity foundations, in Armenia, where she comforted earthquake-battered children, and in wartorn Central America. Now it's the turn of South Africa, where on a recent first visit, she ' toured Khayelitsha, an impoverished black township erected by government order near Cape Town, . where she is expected to establish a hostel run by members of her Missionaries of Charity nuns. The diminutive missionary turned aside press questions on apartheid and the country's political turmoil. "To tell the truth, I don't know anything about politics," she said. "What is important is that we love one another." She said the purpose of her trip was to "give tender loving care to the poorest of the poor."

Mother Teresa was accompanied to Khayelitsha by four or' her missionary sisters and Archbishop Stephen Naidoo of Cape Town. Sister Bethany, one of the four nuns with her, was born and raised in a wealthy white neighborhood of Cape Town but later moved to England. Archbishop Naidoo said the missionaries' visit capped a lO-year effort by the archdiocese. It took a decade from the time the archdiocese first extended an invitation to Mother Teresa to obtain permission from the governments of India and South Africa for her visit, he ' said. Khayelitsha is a settlement of approximately 250,000 on a sandy, treeless plain 22 miles from Cape Town - one of South Africa's major cities and site, in 1652, of its first white settlement. The township was created in 1983 for residents of several squatter camps in the Cape Town area. Mother Teresa, born in Yugoslavia, founded her order in 1950. In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

America's maturing says Msgr. Higgins By Msgr. George G. Higgins The Catholic University of America, where I have resided for the past eight years, is about to celebrate its centenary. If the founding fathers of the university could return to earth again, I dare say they would feel they were living not only in a different century, but a different epoch in world affairs. Many of the founders, notably' Bishops Spalding, Ireland, Gibbons and Keane, appear to have shared an almost unlimited optimism about the future of the United States and the future of American Catholicism. Bishop John Lancaster Spalding, who did more than any other single person to bring the university into being, could have been speaking for all the others when, a dozen years after the university opened, he looked back on the 19th century and hailed it as an "era of emancipation, of enlargement." The nation's optimism, he said, "blew like a creative breath on the face of the people." Archbishop John Ireland offered even more extravagant praise of the republic at a gathering held in honor of President McKinley just a few years after the university was established. "I n America," he said, "the general tone and trend of social life make for honor and honesty, for truth and morality. Public opinion metes out stern condemnation to wrongdoing and unstinted approval to righteous conduct. The typical American home is the shrine of domestic virtues. " One would have to be either very insensitive or very naive - or perhaps a combination of the two - to indulge in this kind of rhetoric in the aftermath of Watergate, the tragic war in Vietnam and the Iran-Contra scandal. The author of a recent study of 20th-century American Catholicism argues that until very recently Catholics in this country

have attempted to maintain a firm hold on the American moralism and idealism which figured so prominently in the outlook of Catholic University's founders an'd many.of their contemporaries. ' "Catholics," he says, "attempted to construct a world impervious'to th~ disruptions of modernity and determined to preserve the receding boundaries of American innocence," a set of values which included a firm belief in progress, a firm conviction that the human race, at least within the continental boundaries ofthe United States was surely advancing and would almost inevitably continue to advance through the foreseeable future. While such euphoric idealism had much to recommend it and is certainly not to be disdained. today Americans are much more soberminded about the future of the republic. That shouldn't be cause for alarm. The very fact that we no longer think, as the Puritans did, that we have a divine commission in the world or that our nation has a God-given manifest destiny is a sign of hope, I believe, a sign not of decadence, but ofa growing maturity. Belatedly we have begun to learn that our nation, like every other in the history ofthe world,is made up of people who are frail, sinful and condemned to the human predicament. Self-doubt and self-criticism, of course, can, be destructive if indulged in cynically or uncritically. Yet I think we are better off as a nation because Americans, and American Catholics in particular, are more willing to question, to criticize, to challenge and, if necessary, to oppose government policies. ' Responsible opposition, born of the conviction that all nations and peoples stand under the judgment' of God, is calculated not to weaken, but to strengthen the solidarity of our nation.

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Swahili and English, Sister Sim- her students become fluent in Engcoe said, but the latter is "the lan- lish and "to provide them with a guage of instruction" and a neces- confidence to go on." Students who proceed to Tansity for anyone wanting contact zania's university, she said, do so with foreigners. Sister Simcoe accepted the mis- with a promise to the socialist sionary challenge because "I just nation that in return for the educafelt that the need was greater there tion they'll provide Tanzania with than here for religious." In Janu- a year of agricultural or military ary, 1987, she began teaching at . service. Work at Jangwani, Sister SimJangwani Secondary School for .coe said, is very rewarding. She girls ages 15 to 21. Jangwani, she said, is Swahili for "in the desert" says she sees much in the way of but the school is actually in down- student progress since she moves town Dar-es-Salaam, the nation's , with her class until it graduates. She's renewing her work contract capital. The missionary said that she is for another two years, she said, officially an employee of the Min- because the two she's already put istry of Education of the United in are "just a beginning." Tanzania, Sister Simcoe added, 'Republic of Tanzania.. She chose to teach at a girls' school because is "basically an agricultural coun"I think that education for girls is try so white collar jobs are scarce." not valued as highly, I~specially in Sisters Simcoe and McNally are a developing country, as that of their community's only Americans in Tanzania. Nine Holy Union Sisboys." 85 percent of Tanzanian stu- ters work in the nation. Irish sister dents, she said, attend primary Denise O'Brien, SUSC, is a Jangschool, "a' very high rate for a wani physics instructor. Sister Simcoe began her first developing (and very poor) counvisit home in December and retry." Tanzania has a policy ofuniver- turned to Africa last month. She sal primary education, but secon- noted that she enjoyed the cool dary education is a different story. weather since Dar-es-Salaam, on Only five percent of Tanzanian the Indian Ocean, is extremely hot youth attend high school because and humid. the country "just doesn't have the facilities. " The lucky few are chosen by examination. The majority of , youth, Sister Simcoe said, are wellmotivated and hope to make the cut. Jangwani's 1000 students, tops academically, are educated under the British system. "There's a lot to get used to," Sister Simcoe said, including Saturday classes. The school, she said, "might have five books for 40 girls" and no audiovisual aids, but "it's a good school," with "a sense of religion" even though it's governmentoperated. Tanzania's population of nearly 25 million is approximately onethird Christian, one-third Muslim and one-third animist (native reliMotta photo gions), Sister Simcoe explained. Her goals as a teacher are to see SISTER SIMCOE


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visit native Fall River diocese Brother Nichols Brother Nichols, 45, "never really thought about going to the mission" when he was new to his community. He was a math and chemistry teacher in this country and happy in that role. But the Holy Cross brother, who recently visited his mother's home, a stone's throw from St. Joseph's Church, Taunton, of which she is a member, said his order "needed a replacement for a brother in Uganda who was very sick and had to return home. "I'm reading the noticeboard," Brother Nichols said, "and I didn't know the brother, and someone walked by and I asked 'What did he teach?' and he said 'math and chemistry.' " Brother Nichols soon found himself writing to his provincial, volunteering to take the sick man's place. He left for Africa in August, 1971, when he was 28. The Taunton native was a 1961 graduate of his home city's Msgr. James Coyle High School. "In those days the school (now part of Coyle and Cassidy High School) was almost all Holy Cross brothers, young and active. I think that's how I got involved." When he graduated, Jim Nichols joined the men who had offered such good examples. He professed final vows in 1968, earned a chemistry degree from Stonehill College, North Easton, then taught math and freshman science for three years at Bishop Hendricken High School, Warwick, R.I., before beginning work on a master's degree in math at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. . Another three-year teaching stint, this time in Rochester, N.Y., followed his Hendricken years, and he continued his studies at Wesleyan during summers and later on visits home from Uganda. He completed the degree in 1976. Brother Nichols visits home every two-and-a-halfto three years. This winter he stayed for three months, during which the Nichols family marked the first anniversary of his father's death, a loss he was late to

learn about due to poor comunications. His Ugandan home base is Fort Portal, about 200 miles from Kampala, Uganda's capital. Fort Portal, "a village by our standards," Brother Nichols said, is 50 miles from the equator and at an elevation of 5000 feet. "It's springtime all year long." Brother Nichols said "there are a lot of Catholics in Uganda, actually a higher percentage than in the United States." He explained that Uganda has had Catholic missionaries since 1979, when the White' Fathers arrived. 22 Catholic Ugandans killed during a period of persecution in the late 1880s; he said, were canonized in 1969 by Pope Paul VI, and their memory remains strong. "There are a lot of people interested in vocations," said Brother Nichols. "It's a very Christian country." The nation, he said, has been plagued by wars. President IdiAmin, deposed 10 years ago, suppressed the church during his capricious regime, but today's government promises stability. "Still," Brother Nichols said, "there's almost no economy. Salaries are unbelievably low."

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The missionary has a trio of jobs. Since arriving in Uganda he's taught at St. Mary's minor seminary, the equivalent of an Ameri-. can Catholic boys' high school, in the Fort Portal diocese. Math and physics are his current subjects. Most of the approximately 55 Ugandan priests (diocesan and 'order) have been his students, he said. His own order, active in the country since 1958, has been accepting Ugandan vocations for about five years. About one-third of Ugandan youth attend school, Brother Nichols said. Half of the country's 16 million people.• he added, are under age 14. The population doubles every 20 years. Brother Nichols has since 1973 taught at St. Leo's College in Fort Portal, the equivalent of an American junior college. He is the only brother at the government-run school, which was at one time administered by his community. All teaching in Uganda is done in English, the' official language, he said. Since 1985 Brother Nichols has also been hard at work at his third job, 'director of candidates for his community. In that ,£apacity, he lives with another brother and a half-dozen young men, most in their early 20s. Introducing Ugandans to the Holy Cross community is ajoy, he said, because he's been so satisfied with his own experiences. "I think I'm doing something that's useful and necessary," he summed up. "You receive so much from the people you work with and that's what keeps you going." Ugandans, he stressed, "have absolutely nothing but they give so much." A visit home, though, is always fun for him. "I like to go to the stores and see what the new things are," he laughed, adding that he also used this visit to work on a family history and to visit friends. Visiting the dentist was on his list, too. . , "You do that when you're here," . he said.


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][)on't waste time Lent is half over, and how are you doing on your resolutions? If we can't make a little spiritual progress in our lives during Lent, when will we? Ifwe're going to find time to do some of the good things that need to be done, like going to daily Mass, reading good books and helping others, we've got to stop wasting time. Have you any idea .. how much time we fritter away? We spend six months out of each lifetime, on the average, waiting for traffic lights to change, and eight months just opening junk ma'il, according to a stop-watch study made by a Pittsburgh, P A, firm. Waiting in line uses up five years' of our lives, according to Priority Mamlgement Pittsburgh, Inc. Would you believe we waste a full year looking for lost objects, and two years trying to return phone calls? The study was made to inform marriage counselors about how little time married couples spend doing things they say they value, and how much time they simply waste, The average husband and wifespend·only four minutes a day in meaningful conversation, the study daimed, and only 30 seconds a day talking with their cnildren! We probably can't eliminate standing in line or hunting for lost objects, but~fficiency experts have some suggestions that may help. Television and the telephone are two of our biggest time wasters,


they say, so keep phone calls short and don't let TV habits run 'your BERNARD life. Using the telephone is more cost' effective than writing a business letter, however, with a single letter CASSERLY costing an executive around $25. Efficient people don't just let things happen; they plan, set goals and write things down. You <tan feed both your body Successful people save time by and your soul at lunch by reading using their "spare" time well. They your diocesan newspaper or an go through the mail while waiting inspirational book or magazine. for phone calls to connect. They If learning while driving is your use their lunch hours for businessrelated reading. They listen to in- shtick, try books on tape or invesformation and improvement tapes tigate lecturers on spirituality or popular retreatmasters. I usually while driving to and from work. One way to trim traffic signal save drive time, however, for my rosary. delays is to plan travel routes according to 'radio reports. And Eating .and 'doing housework you won't have to call on St. are hardly wasting time, but the Anthony, finder of lost objects, so Pittsburgh stud'y claims we spend often-if you have regular locations six years at the former and four for your glasses and car keys. years at the latter. How many What are we going to do with all years are wasted on TV, I wonder, the time we save making shorter when kids spend more time before phone calls and refusing to watch the tube than they do on going to "L.A. L,lw" or panel debates on school. the state of the economy or the Msgr. R. G. Peters, publisher of best weight-loss diet? One good Lenten resolution is the Peoria, Ill., Catholic Post and to spend more time with your fam- the sage of the Catholic press, put ily. "Most p,eople say their families, it well: "I'm afraid that all but the are important," Michael Fortino, most saintly among us are somedirector of the Pittsburgh e(ficiency day going to realize that we spent study, said, "but they don't live too much of our lives wrapped up in things that had little meaning." that way, . ' "Schedule a' din:n~r with your Easter will be here before you family and commit to it as if it know it. What will you have were a dinner appointment with a accomplished to merit the Resurrecmajor corporate executive." tion?

Study recomme,nds no "notch", action A !: t U d Y by the Nat ion a I Academy of Social Insurance has concluded with a recommendation that Congress make no change in current law in order to deal with the "notch"-the difference in benefi:ts received by beneficiaries born before 1917 and those born during 1917 and later. The study was commissioned by Senators Moynihan (D-NY), Chairman, and Dole (R-KS), Ranking Minority Member, of the Sub-

committee on Social Security and Family Policy, Senate Committee on Finance. The report provides a nonpartisan, objective discussion of the conditions that created the notch and looks at various deal with it. The study found that the notch arises because the benefits of some persons born before 1917 are higher than Congress. intended. Benefits for thos(: born m1917 and later ~re at about the level Congress 11Itended. Accordingly, no reasonable basis'

, "If one were to compare the Mass attendance on Sundays and holy days of obligation with those of our coreligionists in France, in the Netherlands, in other places ,.we look very good," he said. "But we are down drastically from what we were inthe 19608. It's a fall-off. " ! As a' historian, he said, he could n'ot predict where the revolution I ' and decline would lead. , "The data are too elusive," he said. "They may change within 48 hours." : He also said he could not pinpoint why the changes had occurred. "I think in the final analysis, it is a mystery," he said. "I don't know how else to explain it." . He pointed to the Netherlands as an example. "In the 1950s - to go back no further than that, one generation -+ the Netherlands' Catholics led tlie world in almost every aspect of n,ligious life. In the missions they, ~ere outstanding and in every other n,gard. Today they are virtually annihilated. " . : Meanwhile, in South Korea, an Ica. "I have read about revolutions, mfant church, he said, converts taught about revolutions, but I "are coming in so fast that it is said never thought I ",as going to live iti is difficult to keep up with and , cope with them." , , through one," Msgr. Ellis said. ! Despite the decline in Mass at"Society's in tumult," he said. "All the accepted things of the past t~ndance, however, Msgr. Ellis said are largely on the sidelines. And he did not think that the life of the the morals of the people in general ~ .S. church or the Dutch church is • have taken a very, very grave down- oyer. !"The history of the church in ward course. . The church can't help but be general -and this is one of the affected by iV' he said, "She doesn't tHings t'ownich' '1 woiilo attach a exist on Mars. She exists here." g90d deal of importance- her He described the decline in Mass whole history is a succession of up attendance as "a drastic drop" and the mountain and down into the said it is the chief sign of trouble in valley and up the mountain again the church. ' ahd down into the valley," he said. WASHINGTON (NC) - The United States is "living through a genuine revolution" and its Catholic Church is in "serious decline," according to Msgr. John Tracy Ellis, 83, dean of American Catholic historians. But in the decline, the church in the United States is following a pattern seen by the entire church throughout its long history, Msgr. Ellis said. "The nearly 2,000 years of the ch'urch's life" has been marked by "dying here, being born there." . Msgr. Ellis said that currently the U.S. church is in a "very; very serious period of decline," the most serious one in its 200-year history. He spoke about the state of the American church in an interview with National Catholic News Service for the bicentennial of the U.S. church, officially established in 1789 when Father John Carroll was named first bishop of the newly created diocese of Baltimore. The American church's current down cycle is being influenced by a revolution taking place in the nation, said Msgr. Ellis, who lectures ~t the Catholic University of Amer-

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Potty training problems By Dr. James and Mary Kenny Dear Mary: My grandson started potty training about three months before his third birthday. He made up his mind that he wanted to wear Mickey Mouse underwear, a'!d did quite well both day and night for a couple of weeks. Then he had some accidents at night, so my daughter put diapers on him at that time. Suddenly he started to urinate on the family room rug or the kitchen floor. First, my daughter and son-in-law punished him, then my son-in-law wanted to ignore it, then my grandson told them to put a diaper on him. I never experienced anything like this with my children and I thought she should call the pediatrician. She never did, and he went back to using the potty. Then one day while his parents were busy painting cabinets, he went on the floor again when he saw his grandfather and aunt watching him. If this should continue, how should it be handled? (Pennsylvania) Your letter illustrates several facts about children and toilet training: I. The child holds all the cards; 2. children's behavior toward the potty is frequently quirky; 3. the more attention potty train-

ing receives, the mote difficult it dicates that he also has reasons for becomes. refusing to go potty. Your letter First, as with eating, sleeping hints he was seeking attention from and learning, going potty is totally . his busy parents, probably a good under the child's control. A parent guess. can enforce come-when-<:;illed behavI would go right along with this ior by physically getting the reluccapable little boy. If he wants tant child. The adult cannot force diapers, put him in diapers. If he going potty. wants to use the potty, put him in Second, while some children Mickey Mouse underwear.lfneithlearn quickly and smoothly, many er behavior gets a big reaction, he other healthy, normal children do will probably choose the potty quirky things: They begin to use more and more as the grownup the potty, then refuse; they stay way. dry at night at 2, then bed-wet at 3 Night accidents are no concern or 4. They even attempt to hold at 3. Many normal children have back entirely on urinating or bowel night accidents at least until around movements, a truly alarming situa- age 6. Very heavy training pants tion for parents. are a good nighttime substitute for Third, since the child controls diapers for the older bed wetter. the behavior and since quirky be- They are more grownup and conhaviors can easily develop, parents venient than diapers. The child need to take a casual approach. himself can handle them. Although our modern culture Potty accidents are annoying, thinks otherwise, parents need to and a nuisance. It is easy for messy communicate to the child that this parents to get angry or upset. It is is no big deal. Your daughter and son-in-law not easy to keep cool and relaxed. seem to take a relaxed approach. However, the more the parents Waiting until the child is almost 3 can relax about the whole issue of assures the child is physically and potty training, the sooner the quirintellectually mature enough to ky behavior is likely to disappear. understand exactly what is ex- Reader questions on family living' pected. His on-again, off-again be- or child care to' be answered in havior indicated he is aware of print are invited. Address the Kenwhat is expected and how to gain nys, Box 872, St. Joseph's College, approval. His quirky behavior in- Rensselaer, IN 47978.

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The case against labeling people By Antoinette Bosco

days the average man in the street or office has a grocery bag full of psychological terms to toss around. When a friend complains that someone has deliberately hurt him, a common response is: "You're just paranoid." the labels glide off our tongues too easily, and then it's case~dismissed. A person who is packaged and defined doesn't have to be taken seriously. Labels make people deficient by packaging them and taking away their mystery. Once defined, they

Maybe some people would be more comfortable if every human being came with a label pasted on, like a jar of raspberry jam. Every day we hear people categorized, wrapped up, packaged and slapped with a label that sums up whatever we wanrto know about them. We do it in dozens of ways. All we might really know about a white male divorce lawyer or an Odental female waitress might be their race, sex and occupation. Yet we are likely to make dozens of unconscious assumptions about them. If I said the lawyer was sleazy and the waitress humble, I'd By Hilda Young be believed. If I said he worked pro bono and she climbed Mt. Everest, Assertiveness always has been people would think I was kidaing. difficult for me but especially with Occupation tells a lot about priests and nuns. I might be helphow a person spends his days. The ing out with the pancake feed for labels are fine, as long as we do not the CCD fundraiser when Father extrapolate too much from the O'Kneel comes by and remarks, data. "Isn't the batter a little thick?" Socioeconomic categories can Rather than say, "Listen, when be helpful in studying societal was the last time you even touched patterns and understanding somea spatula, much less warmed your one's background. But if we assume knuckles over a hot grill?" I just a Boston blueblood is snotty and smile and add water to the batter privileged while a disadvantaged and start making runny pancakes. youth is ignorant and tough we I might have been up for 72 may be way off base. Socioecohours with four flu-sick ki4s when nomic labels also distance Sister Lisa Michele calls and asks us. The less we identify with another if I would give her and Sister class, the less compassion we feel. Roberta a ride to the college beWe risk unfairness and prejucause the bus schedule "is just all dice when we label people by what wrong." they have done and where they Would I say, "No problem, just have been in the past. Someone may be called an Ivy Leaguer give me 10 minutes to instruct the house staff on how I want tonight's because he went to Yale or a criminal because he once committed a . Beijing duck prepared and I'll have crime, but the labels alone tell us James bring the Bentley around?" Not a chance. Somehow I must next to nothing about either perfind a way to overcome this silly son's present values or character. What offends me most is psy- intimidation. Why can't I tell Fathchologicallabeling. It is bad enough er O'Kneel the truth when he asks that professionals are often too me how I like his homily? For years I have wanted to say eager to classify patients as schizophrenic or manic-depressive be- nonchalantly: "It was spellbinding. How can cause their personalities seem to fit a textbook definition. But these you do it week after week? You

are easier to deal with. It lessens the need for creativity and flexibility in our responses to them. If labels were lacking, we could admit the unfathomable mystery of another human being. We could withhold judgment, staying open to the surprising behaviors and thoughts of which every human person is capable. Knowing someone's type tells us nothing about that person's soul. Ultimately, that is the only part worth discovering.

Trying to be assertive even got the statue ofSt. Joseph to nod off a couple of times." _ "Come into the church of Vatican II," my husband berated me last night. "Throw off the chains of your childhood notions of a totally vertical church. Embrace the new relationships between religious and laity." "Can it, Mr. Tambourine and Guitar Mass Lover," I snapped. "It'sjust that at some level it seems wrong to be assertive around priests and nuns." "They don't want that. You just think they do. It's you who should change," he philosophized on. "They don't want a docile, mousy laity. As a matter of fact, if you keep going the way you are, you'll develop an unhealthy anticlericalism." "Who appointed you pop pyschologist of the week?" I asked. The phone rang. "Hi, Sister Lisa," iny resident theologian chirped. "We were just thinking of you (pause). A ride to the airport? 5 a.m. flight? (pause). No problem. See you at 4 a.m. Bye." "Don't say it," he said, smiling and not moving his lips. I felt newfound assertiveness coming on. "You taking the Bentley or the Rolls?" I asked.


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VATICAN CITY (NC) - Like scripted international visits, the many U:S. mayors, Rome's Pietro pope is often spontaneous and Giubilo must deal with the probinformal at home. Whether it b~ a lems of drugs, pollution, homewealthy but sparsely attended lessness and unemployment in the church in Rome's ancient center, city he heads. or a parish hall in the teeming , But unlike his U.S. counterparts, "borghate:" or slums, the pope has Giubilo also has a pope looking a chance to hear from the neighborhoods. over hi:, shoulder. He also has his own priests to fill In an early February audienge him in on the grimmer aspects of with Mayor Giubilo and the City Council, the bishop of Rome made, urban life. During a recent papal encounter with diocesan clergy, his annual courtesy call the occaFather Romano Breviario dession fOlf a blunt description of the cribed for the pope an "ungoverproblems facing the city he desnable city." cribed as the "center of Christianity." "The monuments are sick, the The pope listed for the discom- atmosphl:re' polluted" and the fited politicians some of the major "streets are unsafe," he said, not to problems facing the city: lack of mention "'endless garbage, drugs, housing, neighborhoods without purse snatchings, thefts, robberies essential services and the needs of and shootings." the elderly, handicapped, unem'Father Giuseppe Cina spoke,of ployed,,illegal workers, transients, the elderly and the isolated in his AIDS mfferers, the mentally ill, center city parish, many of whom drug addicts and juvenile delin- are fighting evictions by landlords quents. eager to advantage of escalatThe speech underscored the ing reilts. pope's concern not only for the Hospital chaplain Father Virgispiritu~!l state of his diocese of nio Bolchini mentioned the "inefmore than 3 million souls, but its ficiencies ofthe hospital structures and the slerious violations of the social conditions as well. Throughout his pontificate, the rights of the sick." What the pope can do about Polish pontiff has made it clear he considl:rs it his job to comment on such problems is limited. The Vatcivic affairs, even if this means giv- ican has opened a shelter in the shadow ofSt. Peter's for the homeing the mayor an earful. In the past years Pope John less and transients and organizaPaul has criticized the city's hoUS- tions ranging from the diocese's ing shortage, the "deafening traffic Caritas program to the San Egidio noise" and the "terrorism and vio- lay Cathollic movement offer food, lence" which plagued Rome ear- clothing a.nd' a place to sleep for many of the city's refugees' and lier in the decade. illegal immigrants. In the Rome of centuries past, "The church is happy to be able pontiff:; themselves ruled the city to offer its own contribution" to and were responsible for its prob- , the needs of Rome, the pope told lems. One can still find 18th-century Giubilo, including its educational plaques warning Roma,ns no~ to and charitable institutions, soup throw trash in the streets by order kitchens, hostels, v,olunteer groups of the "illustrious and most reve- and other forms of assistance. rend mqnsignor president of the He made it clear, however, that streets. " it is up to city hall to end the Since 1970 the city has been the bureaucratic delays and develop respomibility of secular authori- the political unity necessary to ties, but Pope John Paul has made tackle the city's mounting proit a point to know about the prob- blems. lems outside the Vatican's high For Rome's quarrelsome politi-' walls and manicured gardens. cos, who left the city without a One way he has done this is by mayor for months last year because visiting individually about half of of interparty feuds, this may be the the diol;ese's 300 parishes. toughest penance of all. But should they fail, Mayor These Sunday afternoon visits 'become occasions for seeing, touch- Giubilo and his council are likely ing and listening to the people first- to be hearing about it from their hand. Unlike the' more tightly papal critic again next year.


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VATICAN CITY (NC) - Organizers of a controversial theological congress on "Morality and Medicine" have canceled plans to publish papers from the meeting after the Vatican said it would be "inopportune" to do so. The four-day congress, held in April 1988, included theological questioning of the church's ban on "in vitro" fertilization and debate about the Vatican's approach to other medical and sexual issues. Vatican press spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said Feb. 23 that the Congregation for Catholic Education took the action in December after revie'wing the "acts," or formal interventions, of the congress. The documents had been forwarded to the congregation by the meeting's organizers, officials of the Redemptorist order's Alphonsian Academy of Moral Theology in Rome. " Navarro-Valls said he would not


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characterize the Vatican's action as censorship, but rather as a response to a specific request for advice. Theological congresses are common in Rome, and their collected interventions are" n'ormally pub-" , lished in book form without prior 'Vatican review. The dean of Alphonsian Academy, Redemptiorist Father Louis Vereecke, said that the aeademy had forwarded the documents to the Vatican for reasons of "pru'dence" after it became clear that the Vatican was sensitive to the 'is~ues under discussion. Father Veniecke said that just before the congress began, three unscheduled speakers were added to the program at' the Vatican's specific .request. Those speakers strongly defended the church's teaching on the moral issues that 'came up for discussion. The education congregation said publication would be "inopportune," Father Vereecke said. He added that the congregation had made no direct criticism or judgme!]t on the content ofthe speeches and papers and that'each partici~ ,pant was fFee to publish his paper individually. "The doctrinal content was not ; in question," he said. ,

The congress covered a variety of moral-medical issues, including fe(tility and conception, genetic technology and human embryo experimentation. Speakers included theologians and professionals in scientific fields. pne ofthe participants, Redemptotist Father Bernard Haring, tol~ National Catholic News Service during the congress that the argum~nts of theologians opposed to any form of "in vitro" fertilization "db not convince me or other pepple." The moral theology congress I ' was called to honor St. Alphonsus Likuori, the 18th-century founder of :the Redempto'rists, a doctor of the church and the patron saint of moral theologians. It was attended .by:some 250 ethicists, moral theologians and scientists. I


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FILM RATINGS A-I Approved for Children and Adults The Land Before Time

Oliver and Company

A-2 Approved for Adults and Adolescents The 'Burbs

Gleaming the Cube

A-3 Approved for Adults.Only The Accidental Tourist Bill and Ted's . Excellent Adventure Beaches Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Her Alibi The Mighty Quinn The Naked Gun Physical Evidence Rain Man

A-4 Separate

Tap Tequila Sunrise Three Fugitives l"rue Believer Twins


(Separate classification is given to certain films which while not morally offensive, require some analysis and explanation as a protection against wrong interpretation and false conclusions) Full Moon in Blue Water Mississippi Burning Talk Radio Working Girl

O-Morally Offensive The Chocolate War Cousins Dangerous Liaisons Deepstar Six The Fly II

Hellbound: Hellraiser 11 Parents The January Man Torch Song Trilogy Kinjite Who's Harry Crumb? For~idden Subjects

(Rec.) after a title indicates that the film is recommended by the U.S. Catholic Conference reviewer for the category of viewers under which it is listed. These listings are presented monthly; please clip and save for reference. Further information on recent films is available from The Anchor office, 675-7151.

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The following television and radio programs originate in the diocesan viewing and listening area. Their .lIstlngs normally do ~ot vary from week to week. They will be presented in the Anchor periodically and will reflect any changes that may be made. Please c1ipan~ retain for reference. On TV sho,¥ with William Larkin, 6 p.m. Monday. cable channel 35. Each Sunday. 11:00 a.m WLNE. Channel 6. Diocesan On Radio Television Mass. "Be Not Afraid." 15 millutes at Portuguese Masses from Our music and Gospel message hO$ted i Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. by Father James M. Fitzpatritk' New Bedford: 12:15 p.m. each parochial vicar at St.. John tll~A . . Sunday on radio station WJFDEvangelist parish. Attleboro; FM. 7 p.m. each Sunday on teleheard at 8 a.m. Sundays ons vision Channel 20. tion WARA,I320 AM. Theel! Portuguese Masses from Our aile e1ergy of tile Attleboro II Lady of Lourdes and St. Ansponsor the program. thony of Lisbon parishes. Taun"The Beat," Christianrocl(.. ton: 7 p.m. each Sunday and 6 music and informationprodu~fJ! p.m. each Monday on cable chanby Building Block Ministries or ne127. Taunton, is broadcast at 6:00 "Confluence." 8:30 a.m. each a.m. Sundays on station WVBF Sunday on Channel 6. Is a panel Boston. 105.7 FM, and maybe' . program moderated by Truman heard in the Attleboro. FaD River, Taylor and having as permanent New Bedford and Taunton deaneries. ' participants Father Peter N. Graziano. diocesan director of social Charismatic programs witlt services; Right Rev. George Hunt. Father John Randall are aired Episcopal Bishop ofRhode Island, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday and Rabbi Baruch Korff. through Friday on station WRIB; "The Beat."produced by Build1220 AM; Mass is broadcast at I ing Block Ministries of Taunton p.m. each Sunday. and aired on many cable systems "Topic Religion," presented by"· in the Fall River diocese felltures two priests, a rabbi and a Prot· videos from and information on estant minister, is broadcast at ." contemporary Christian roek art6:06 a.m. and 9:06 pwm. each .s, i!lts. Check loe.IUstlngs for times Sunday on station WEEI Bos~ .' and dates. ton, 590 AM. Mass 9:30 a.m. Monday to Programs of Catholic interest Friday, WFXT. Channel 25. are broadcast at the following "Breakthrough" 6:30 a.m. each times on station WROL Boston, Sunday, Channel 10, a program 950 AM: Monday through Fri~ on the power of God to touch day 9, 9:15. 11:45 a.m.; 12:15, lives, produced by the Pastoral 12:30, I p.m. Theological Institute of Hamden, A Polish-language rosary hour, Conn. conducted by Father Justin, is . "Maryson."· a family puppet broadcast at I:30 p.m. Sundays' show with moral and spiritual 0'1 station WALE, 1400 AM. ' perspective 6 p.m. each ThursA Polish-language Mass is day. Fan River and New Bedford heard from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Cable Channel 13. every Sunday on station WICE, 550 a.m. "Spirit and the Bride," a talk

It's dangerous - THE ANCHOR--Dio~eseof Fall River-~ri., March;], 1989 13 to be Christian f::i:r~:~~;;::;$.:::;:m~$;::;;~:;::@1$:::~;:::::~«::,*:;:'~;;~:::~WA~':::W@:::z:~§~,;:·:m~~M~~m~~ in Nepal KATMANDU, Nepal (NC)A district court has sentenced four people to prison for converting from Hinduism to Christianity in Nepal, the world's only Hindu kingdom. -Conversion is outlawed in Nepal, and violation of the law brings a maximum six-year prison term. Sentenced to one year of imprisonment were converts Thulo Budhai Hastha Sathar, Prakash Bhanne Sano Budhai Sathar, Shibu Urau and Ramesh Bada Urau. Arrests for violation of the conversion law have increased recently. At the end of 1988, 126 people were awaiting trial and more than 100 reportedly were serving prison sentences for becoming Christians. Despite such restrictions, Nepal maintains diplomatic relations with the Vatican. The apostolic pronuncio, Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, recently offered birthday greetings to King Birendra of NepaJ.

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By Charlie Martin

I DID IT FOR LOVE Every night that I held you made heaven from hell, yeah , ' ...,, . . > / I did it for love Qut like the ch~nge of t~e sea~911/{ •..•.. you grew cold for that reason . I did it for love And When it aU went wrong And there's no use hangin'(m . I turned and walked away . I did it, I did it I did it for love· Now you want to know Why I let you go Did it for love Well, I thought that I was tough But I guess lain't tough enough I didn't do it for the glory I did it for love When you were lost in the night and you feared for your life I came running to you And as I held you so tight you said forever, you and I But, girl, I knew And now you stand and say '., How could I walkaway " . .1 love you too rnucht()~~ay': .' "'Iremernber howitsflla;t~d/"" 'And 'we f~t sOlllive" ,,' / And the passionw~ b'ltJ!ing Well, there's a lesson iii love When the heart grows wild . Recorded by Night Ranger. Written by Russell Ballard (c) 1988, Russell Ballard Ltd.-ViI·gin Musiti(~ubIiShers)Ltd. A READER from Temple Terrace, Fla., asked me to review' Night Ranger's "I Did it for Love." The song made the charts in 1988. The song describes the ups and

downs of romance. Though the couple's relationship has passion and emotional closeness, it also is running into problems. The difficulties caused one person to lelj,ve the relationship.

CYO hoop tourney results Diocesan CYO All Star Basketball Tournament play was held on Sunday in Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton. Contests were held in Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Prep and Senior divisions. Attleboro came away with the Junior Boys crown by defeating Taunton 57-41 and then edging· out New Bedford 47-45. New Bedford had earned its way into. the final game by topping' Fall River, 56-53. . High scorers in the Fall RiverNew Bedford game were 'Chris Herren and Pete Pavao of Fall River, with 19 and 1.6 points respectively, and Ken Leandre and M~tt Golda of New Bedford, with 13 and 10 points. Steve Houle of Attleboro, with 16 points, and Casey Cunningham of Taunton, with 13, were the high scorers in the game between their teams. Houle, with 24 points, Leandre, with 20, and Attleboro's Jamie Riley, with 14, were high scorers in the final game. Houle was named MVP and a member of the All Tournament Team. Others hOllOred with team placement were Herren, Leandre, Riley and Pavao and John Peters of New Bedford. Fall River's Junior Girls beat out their New Bedford counterparts 36 to 33. Sheila Freitas and

Chris Gonsalves of Fall River both shot II points, and Michelle Desrosier of New Bedford dunked 10. Miss Frei.tas was selected MVP and made the .AII Tournament Team, along with Miss Desrosiers, New Bedford's Amy Bedard and Jen Mayo and Fall River's Amber. Roy and Kdly DeMello. Fall River took New Bedford down 72 to 58 for the Senior Boys' crown. Fall River's Len Britto, named MVP, contributed '19 points, 'and Brian Maggnet and Cheo Sanchez of New Bedford scored 14 and 10. The All Tournament Team is composed of Britto, Maggnet, Sanchez, Dave Oliveira and Norm Dumont of Fall River and Dan Soares of New Bedford. Overtime saw Taunton defeat

Thiers mistake SAN DIEGO (NC) - A parish priest from Our Lady ofthe Rosary Church in San Diego called on his abilities as a former wrestling coach to help nab a thief allegedly caught stealing a 6-foot cross from the church. Ril:hard Alan Ferris, 28, was accused of entering the church and taking a processional cross valued at $1,800 from the altar. As he fled the scene, he dropped the cross, breaking the cor~us.

"When it' all went wrong a~d there's no use hangin' on; 1 turned and walked away." Apparently the same person refused to reconcile for "I love you too much to stay." That statement may seem unloving and unfair. If someone wants to renew a romance, shouldn't the other be open to . trying again? Much depends on what has· gone wrong in the relationship. If the problems were caused by behaviors that can be changed, then forgiveness can build a bridge to a new future. This can occur when people see how their actions contributed to the difficulty and how each person can resolve to behave differently. However, the song implies that a different situation affectS the couple. When one person walked out of the relationship, the trust between the two was broken. Therefore it is not justa mattet of apologizing for an action that hurt. Rather, new ways must be found to rebuild trust. Ilowever" in the song one person is not willing to try again. Perhaps he honestly realizes that he no longer can trust the other person in the way that love demands. His choice is to let the relationship go. He is aware that an attitude of trust cannot be faked. Such a decision requires courage and maturity. The temptation is to hold on to a relationt ship,e,venwhen oneknowsthl;lf· somethi.ngneeded f(jrgli!luifi~" love is missing. . .. , What the relationship needs lit "this point is separation, perhaps on a ,permanent basis. On the " other hand, maybe the couple can find each other again at a different time when both have grown and healed from past pain.' For now, the best and most loving choice is to separate. Your comments are welcome always. Address Charlie Martin, R.R. 3, Box 182, Rockport, Ind, 47635. Fall River 81 to 80 in Boys Prep play. High Score for Fall River were Carlos Couto, Brandon Bouchard, Fred Canuel, Rui Estrella and Joe Cidade, with, respectively, 16, 14, 13, 13 and 10 points. Lead Taunton shooters were Chris Perreira, Chris Grundy, Brian Ferris and Ryan Lapghurst, with 19, 16, 13 and 12 points. . " MVP Perreira was named to the All Tournament Team along with Couto, Estrella, Bouchard, Ferris, Grundy and Langhurst.

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Brian Woods of Raynham and Key'award and may·enter national Christopher Bell ofiTaunton, senior competition. art students at Coyle and Cassidy This is the first time that C-C High School, Taunton, were rec- has: entered the Globe contest, ognized in the Boston Globe's which this year attracted nearly recent Scholastic Art Awards com1300 works of art by eastern Maspetition. sachusetts middle and high school Christopher's drawing received .students. an honorable mention. One drawBrian and Christopher work uning Brian submitted earned a place in a 200-piece exhibition. Another, der direction of C-C art depart"Boy at a Diner," received a Gold ment chair Carol Caulfield.



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Bishop Connolly High School Kevin Anthony, a junior at Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River, has been selected as one of five Hallmark Nominees in the 39th Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards Program. The artwork of one ofthe nominees will be selected as the best drawing or painting from Massachusetts in national judging to take place this summer in New York. The program is an annual event open to students in grades seven through 12 in all public, private and parochial schools in Massachusetts. Administered by the Artists Foundationand sponsored nationally by Scholastics, Inc., it is designed to recognize and reward young artists.

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Connolly: senior Jennifer Tung, a Somerset resident'- will represent the Central Massachusetts Ski League and Connolly at the Bay State Games. She has been a league leader in slalom racing and quali~ fied despite a disqualification in a late-season race. This is the first time a Connolly skier has been selected for the Bay NEW YORK (NC) - A new State Games. Given the fact that program assisted by the Catholic. Connolly has the area's only comNear East' Welfare Association is petitive ski team, Jennifer's seleca.ttempting to build foundations tion is likely a first for Southeastfor Middle East peace by bringing ern Massachusetts according to Christian, Moslem and Jewish pro- Connolly ski coach George Angelo. • fessionals from the area to study' A dozen Connolly students left together at 'Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. The for Utah in search of good skiing first students, who expect to com- during their February vacation. plete the one-year Master in Pub- They skied some of the state's best lic Administration program and slopes, including Snowbird, Alta return home this summer, are two and Park City. The trip, coordiJewish Israelis, a Moslem Egyp- nated by Connolly's George Angelo, tian, a Catholic Jordanian, a Cath- also included visits to the Univer-. olic Palestinian from the West sity of Utah, Temple Square in Bank and a Moslem Palestinian Salt Lake City and the worldfamous Mormon TabernaCle Choir. from Gaza.

Building for peace.

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The Cougars finished regular basketball season playas SMC Division II champions (13-7 overall). Tournament action began this week against a strong Old Rochester team. The Lady Cougars also claimed championship honors in SMC Division II. The team, supposed to be in a building year with only three players returning, proved a league power with Keri Hanly as lea.d, scorer. The boys' freshmen team posted a 11-4 season record.

The boys' track team earned second place honors in Division II at last mo.nth's SEMC meet. Brian Ramos took a second place in the two mile (9:52), and Mike O'Neil broke a school record in the 1000 (2:28). At the same conference meet, O'Neil, Ramos, Jeff Pereira and Dermot Murphy set a school relay record (3.36.6). The girls fin'ished third in Division II. Muffy Mer:rick, successful all season, won the two-mile run at the SEMC girls' meet. Jeanne McLaughlin placed in the high jump and 50 yard hurdles and Sharon Hand placed in the 600 yard run. In its second year, the Alpine Ski Team has shown tremendous improvement. Captain Mike Saraceri predicts the team will be a strong league leader next season. This year, the Jennifer-Jeremy Tung combine proved impressive. Jeremy placed 10th in league stanaings in a recent race while . Connolly's student government Jennifer qualified for the Bay State recently joined an effort by area Games, a first in Connolly history. clergy and "Concerned Citizens of Matt Palma' and Eric Lafrance Fall River" calling attention to the also placed well in recent races. problem of pornography. A video

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Friends "In order to have friends, you must first be one." - Hubbard

on the dangers of pornography featuring Father Bruce. Ritter of Covenant House in New York was screened during school hours. Over 100 students and faculty members signed a petition asking the Fall River police to enforce existing ordinances which restrict the sale of pornographic materials.

. tv, movie news "The Mighty Quinn" (MGM) - The grisly murder of a white businessman on an exotic Caribbean island pits an honest chief of police (Denzel Washington) against powerbrokers who would like to pin the murder on a local ne'er-dowell (Robert Townsend) who also happens to be the chiefs boyhood chum. Diluted by meandering subplots. Some grisly violence, rough By Christopher Carstens language and sexual innuendo. A3, next time you're feeling self-conR This is the worst, right? scious, take control of your feelYou walk into a room full of ings by taking that deep breath "True Believer" (Columbia) other teens and instantly know and repeating t.hem. A onetime '60s idealist lawy'er that everybody is staring at the (James Woods) who grabbed headYou'll feel calmer right away. new pimple on your nose. It's so - Next, change the subject of lines for powerfully defending noble gross! How could anybody miss it? your thoughts. Fill your brain with causes has sold out for easy money There is hardly anything more things other than yourself. Notice defending drug dealers. A young agonizing than feeling really self- your surroundings. Look around law clerk (Robert Downey Jr.) conscious in a group of teens your carefully and silently describe the encourages him to take the case of age. room or the furniture to yourself, a young Korean (Yuji Okumoto) All sorts of things can cause that as if you were telling somebody unjustly incarcerated for a Chinaawful "everybody here is thinking else about it. town murder, enabling the lawyer NOTE I'm a loser" feeling. It might be "Those chairs look old and stufto restore his waning self-respect that your new haircut looks dread- fy.... The food looks good though.... and integrity. Intriguing premise, Please check dates and ful, or tonight your dad made you Chocolate chip cookies, I can smell flamboyant lead protagonist, classy times of television and radio wear a green "Brady Bunch"sweat- them from here." direction and a diverting perforprograms against local lister just because of the snow. mance by Woods make this courtThen, start noticing details about, ings, which may differ from Other times you may feel self- the other people present. You might room thriller thrilling. Some grisly the New York network sched· conscious abo.ut having trouble in eve'n pretend that you're a reporter violence, intense menace and rough ules supplied to The Anchor. algebra class or being at the beach assigned to check this group out. language. A3, R with no tan. There may be some Again, talk about them in your Films on TV occasions when you don't even head. Be specific and detailed. Tuesday, March 14, 8-11 p.m. New Films know what's causing the self-con'For example, "She has on' a EST (CBS) - "Aliens" (1986) sciousness - but it is there. green dress that looks like it's her "Bill and Ted's Excellent AdvenSigourney Weaver returns in a Self-consciousness can come older sister's... The two ofthem act ture" (Orion Pictures) - Spacy' sequel to the 1979 "Alien" as the from something temporary like like they just fell in love. She teens (Keanu Reeves and Alex maternalistic su'per heroine who badly matched clothes, or some- , smiles at him like he was made of Winter) are saved from sure flunksinglehandedly battles an egg-laden thing long term, like an' unusual gold .... That fellow parts his hair out by a genie (George Carlin) and alien to prevent its infesting the accent. And self-consciousness is in the straightest line I ever saw." his time-travel phone booth, which galaxy with slimy creatures from more complicated than just realiz- Finally, get involved in con- enables them to recruit several hyperspace. Stylized violence and ing you aren't perfect. versations about topics other than famed persons of the past as show, excessive sexually derived profanThe more troublesome part is yourself. Ask the other teens ques- 'n' tell exhibits for a crucial oral ity. A4, R the feeling that everybody around tions. Most people would rather history project. Some gratuitous Wednesday, March 15,8-10 p.m. you is thinking about your defects. talk about themselves than any vulgar references laced with sexual EST (PBS) - "Stand and Deliver" Part of you probably knows it isn't other subject so just give them a innuendo. A3, PG (1988) - About a real-life math true, but it feels that way just the chance. "The 'Burbs"(Universal) - Bur- teacher (Edward James Olmos) in same. As soon as you get fo a topic The cause and solution for this where you feel comfortable, you dened with too much free time and an East Los Angeles high school vivid imaginations, three neighbor who transforms a rowdy class of problem are found in the word can make your own contribution. pals (Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern and Hispanics into calculus whizJ<ids: itself. "Self-conscious" means Remember, both the cause and Rick Ducommun) create havoc Inspirational. Some profanity. A2, "thinking about yourself." To feel the solution are found in the word when they investigate their myste- PG less self-conscious, change the topic itself - "self-conscious." As soon of your thoughts. It isn't auto- as you can change the topic of rious new neighbors. Incidental matic, but it can be done. your thoughts to something other vulgar references. A2, PG Montie Plumbing - Recognize that you are feel- than you, the work of getting past "Gleaming the Cube" (Fox) Heating Co. -An alienated teen (Christian Slater) ing self-conscious. Instead of just self-consciousness almost is done. Over 35 Years feeling dreadful, take a deep breath decides to investigate the death of And when you can get involved of Satisfied Service, and say to yourself, "Right now in conversations that aren't about his adopted Vietnamese brother Reg. Master Plumber 7023 I'm feeling self-conscious. That yourself, you are home free. Before (Art Chudabala) and faces off many means I'm thinking about me." long you'll be so busy with what's meanies on his skateboard. Flimsy JOSEPH RAPOSA, JR. Memorize those words so you going on that there is no time ll?ft plot. Mild rough language, some 432 JEFFERSON STREET violence and comic-book menace. can repeat them automatically. The for self-consciousness. Fall River 675·7496 A2, PG 13

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I THE ANCHOR.:-Diocese of Fall River~Fri., March'3, 1989' . 'BREAD OF LIFE, FR . , . 'ST~ :JOSEPH, TAUNTON-·-·-·ST. STANISLAUS;FR Canned goods and donations for ;Christopher Haponik will chair , Bread of Life prayer group, meet. . ing at 'Blessed Sacrament Church, distribution by Vincentians collected the 1'989 Catholic Charities Appeal collection in the parish, succeeding Fall River, will hear Sister M. Oli- this weekend. Walter Deda, who took on the job veira speak on "We Are A People of HOLY ROSARY, TAUNTON Story" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March Margaret and Louie Osenkowski for about 40 years. 10. The group plans Life in the Spirit are celebrating their 25th wedding ST. MARY, NB seminars; information from Father anniversary. Kolbe Guild men's reMen's Club meeting 7:30 p.m. Rene Levesque, 672-5473. treat begins II :30a.m. Sunday; guest March 8, parish center. Junior Girl priest: Father Gerald Waterman; pro- Scout Troop 130 is working towards SACRED HEART, FR an "I Live My Faith"Catholicaward. John Wallace Spencer, a TV mete- gram includes Mass and lunch. orologist from Springfield, will disVINCENTIANS, TAUNTON SS. PETER AND PAUL, FR CATHEDRAL CAMP, . WOMEN FOR FAITH, FAMILY cuss his book, "Thank you, S1. Jude," S1. Vincent de Paul Society TaunCYO outing to wrestling match PROVIDENCE, RI . E.FREETOWN at an open meeting of the Women's' ton district council meeting Monday tomorrow. Vincentians meeting 7 Diocesan Council of Catholic WoWomen. for Faith & Family of Guild on Tuesday in the parish hall, at S1. Mary's Conference, Taunton, p.m. Thursday, rectory. Women's Southeastern New England will meet men weekend retreat today through immediately following 7 p.m. Sta- begins with 7:30 p.m. Mass for the Ch"b meeting 7 p.m. Monday; guest 7:30 p.m. March 14, Holy Name Sunday. Diocesan priests' study day tions of the Cross in the church. beatification of society founder Fre- speaker: WALE radio account execu'Church, Camp St., Providence. The Tuesday. St. John's Seminary senior deric.Ozanam; meeting follows, tive Maryl Novek. ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA, FR retreat March 9 through 12. group, which includes members from Council of Catholic Women meet- school auditorium. S1.'. PATRICK, SOMERSET the Fall River diocese, unites women DCCW,NB ing 7 p.m. March 7. who support church teachings and IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, Lenten Scripture study 9 a.m. Diocesan Council of Catholic Wotraditional family values. Father RoTAUNTON Tuesdays. Parish retreat Sunday ST. JAMES, NB men New Bedford district Internabert McManus will speak on the Choir rehearsals have resumed; th~ough Thursday; services 7 to 8 CYO general meeting 2 p.m. Suntional Commission-sponsored talk papal letter, "The Dignity of Wop.m.; theme: "Faith: The Courage to day, hall; diocesan seminarians will new members welcome; information: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Our Lady of men." and Dale O'Leary will discuss 824-4974, after 3 p.m. Accept Acceptance."'Women's Guild discuss the priesthood and seminary Perpetual Help Church, New Bedpromotion of church teachings in meeting with potluck supper and training. ford; Deacon Thomas McDevitt will members' communities. Information: business session 8 p.m. Tuesday. speak on his visit to Haiti; all wel- , ST. JULIE, No DARTMOUTH 401-247-0822. Claire Stevens will conduct an Even·,·~·Sotltb Youth group roller skating Suncome. ing of Forgiveness 7:30 to.9 p.m.. HOLY NAME, NB day night, Hot Wheels rink. March 16, parish center; all welCATHOLllCWOMAN'SCLUB,NB Women's Guild meeting·7:30 p.m. Mass for deceased members 7 ST. MARY, FAIRHAVEN come. Choir practice 7 p.m. TuesMarch 13 includes business session p.m. Wednesday, St. Lawrence First Friday Mass 7 tonight; Ladies . days! loft; new members welcome. and Irish music singalong with organ- Church, New Bedford, precedes meet..S~q9(\.tSi$tet off:ITQtte of the Sacred Hearts Association SACRED HEART, ist Paul Cabral. ing at Wamsutta Club, New BedClll.refitzgerald.willcQ . . . meeting follows, rectory meeting N.:ATTLEBORO room. Family Mass 9:30 a.m. Sunford; John Wallace Spencer will I..,eriten series, "The Spi 1 Family Life Committee meeting day. speak about his book, "Thank You, Journey/'· from 7:30 to 9:30 . . . . 234 Second Street Tuesday. First Friday holy hour S1. Jude." CATHEDRAL, FR p.m. on Mondays March 6, 13 ~ Fall River, MA 02721 7:~0 tonight, chapel. Mass for deceased parishioners , ST. ANNI~, FR and 20, at Holy Cross Church ~WebOffset _ ST. JOSEPH, FAIRHAVEN Parent appreciation day 2 p.m. and friends 9 a.m. tomorrow. Peni_ _ _ Newspapers hall, South Easton. AU are wel~ Eucharistic ministers' workshop 2 Sunday, sc:hool. Cub Scout commit- tenti~l_service 3 p.m. Sunday:-, . . . . . . . . Printing &Mailing come. to 4 p.m. Sunday, rectory. Legion of tee meeting 7 p.m. Sunday, school. ~ (508)679-5262 Mary meeting 6 p.m. Sunday, recO.L. CAPE, BREWSTER Sister Fitzgerald, a past presLittle Rock Scripture study of the Canned and paper goods for Vintory. Lenten prayer service 9 a.m. ident of the U.S. Leadership Gospel and Epistles of John begin ;;Ow! centian distribution to Cape needy Monday, school. Conference of Women ReliMarch 29; information: Father Her9Jrtpt,itt~iztdMailiIlg collected Sunday. Prayer group needs ST. THOMAS MORE, gious, was recently named to a bert Nichols, 674-5651. . prayer line volunteers; information: SOMERSET Vatican commission on the stuFirst Class Second Class Mary Farrell, 896-3309. CORPUS CHRISTI, SANDWICH Vocation team-sponsored Evening dy of religious life in the United Carrier Route Coding First Class Presort Women"s Guild meeting March 8 ST. MARY, N. ATTLEBORO of Prayer for vocations 7 p.m. MonShe directs the Catholic States. begins with 7 p.m. Mass, Corpus Lenten Triduum March' 20 to 22; day, church. Women's Guild meetThird Class Bulk Rate Zip Code Sorting School Leadership Program at Christi Church; business session foling 7:30 p.m. Thursday, parish cen7 p.m. services; conductor: Father Third Class Non Profit List Maintenance Boston College. lows, Father Clinton Hall; William ter, includes Father Stephen FernanFolsey of Providence College. Congalton will offer a talk, "Tea ALL TO USPS SPECIFICATIONS . des' presentation, "Adventures into SCOUTING AWARD Around the World." Items for Food HOSPICE OUTREACH, FR the Magic of the Mind." Cheshire labeling on Kirk-Rudy 4-up Classes for Parvuli Dei Catholic Pantry being collected at Masses Training course for new volunCub Scouting award (grades three teers begins March 13; classes 7 p.m. BLESSED SACRAMENT, FR labeler. And Pressure Sensitive Labeling this weekend. and four scouts) 7 p.m Thursdays ST. PATRICK, WAREHAM Mondays and Thursdays for eight _,Women's Guild meeting 7 :30 p.m. Inserting, collating, folding, March 16 to April 20; K of C Hall, Youth Mass 11:30a.m. March 12; weeks; volunteers provide support March 8. metering, sealing, sorting, addressing, Seekonk; information: Marty for terminally ill cancer patients and eighth graders will lector, usher and ST. GEORGE, WESTPORT sacking, completing USPS forms, bring up the gifts; singing led by Jun- O'Loughlin, 336-9592. their families; no special skills or First Friday holy hour 7 tonight, direct delivery to Post Office ior CYO choir. Adult education and LaSALETTE SHRINE, education needed; information: of- . church. Liturgy c0n:tmittee meeting .. , Printing . .. We Do It All! catechist training 7 to 9 p.m. Tues- ATTLEBORO fice, 673-1589. 7 p.m. Sunday, center. 75th anniverCall for Details (508) 679-5262 Seder meal 7:15 p.m. March 20; day; topics: baptism and confirsary committee meeting I p.m. March O.L. VICTORY, CENTERVILLE information: 222-5410. mation. 12; parish hist,orical (especially years Ultreya 8 tonight, parish center. 1914 to 1955) information needed; CATHOLIC NURSES, CAPE COD senior parishioners welcome to share Cape Cod chapter ofthe Diocesan their memories; information and Council of Catholic Nurses meeting tr~nsportation: John Poisson, 6757:30 p.m. Wednesday, S1. Anthony's 0271. Church hall, E. Falmouth; Father IT'S TIME TO ORDER Sr. JOHN EVANGELIST, Mark Hession will speak on AIDS POCASSET education in diocesan schools; car :First Saturday Mass 8 a.m. tomorpool information: 775-2326 days, roW; rosary recitation follows. , 771-1309 evenings. S1;. DOMINIC, SWANSEA The Fall .River Diocesan Directory and Buyers' Guide contains OUR LADY'S CHAPEL, NB Board of Education meeting 9 Sisters' Day of Recollection March complete diocesan information and a telephone directory of II; conferences 10:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. tomorrow. Detective Edmund priest, directors of diocesan institutions, parish religious educap.m. by Father Zachary O'Friel, Peirce of the Warwick Police' DepartOFM, on "Fidelity in Service"; oppor- mtlnt will speak about Satanism and tion coordina,tors and permanent deacons. '-Satanic cults in New England at 7:30 tunities for reconciliation. p.m. March 22. ST. JOAN OF ARC, ORLEANS Also included are addresses of retired clergy and those serving Bible study 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, BIRTHRIGHT, NB outside the diocese, as well as a listing of priests by years of . ,volunteers needed to answer parish hall, Orleans. Prayer Group phones; information: 995-2905. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Visitation ordination and atable of m'ovable feasts through the year 2011. Hall, Eastham. CHRIST THE KING, ST. JOSEPH, NB COTUIT/MASHPEE It may be ordered by telephone at 675-7151 or by mail, using the coupon below. Senior citizens' social 2 p.m. March Youth Ministry Mass for persons THE DIRECTORY IS $5.00 (plus $2.00 postage and handling per copy). . 16. Prayer group resumes 7 p.m. with disabilities (sign language and March 29. Scout committee meeting voice) March 19. Penance service 7 .. _-------------------------._----_ .... _----------------------_ .. _-------_.-----_._--------_.~~2 p.m. March 11. Parish council p.m. March 15. Catholic Women's meeting 7 p.m. March 13. School Club meeting 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, ANCHOR Publishing Co. celebration of S1. Joseph's Feast Queen of All Saints Chapel: guest Day at II a.m. Mass March 16. P.O. Box 7, Fall River, MA 02722 speaker: Dr. Donald Donheizer.


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CUF founder dies NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (NC) - H. Lyman Stebbins, 77, founder and former president of Catholics' United for the Faith, a lay association of traditionalist Catholics, died Feb. 19. CUF's aim was to "support, defend and advance the efforts of the teaching church in America" and to combat the tendency of some Catholics "who wish to break the doctrinal bonds that unite Rome and America." - Over -the y~a-r~:CUF urged the U.S. bishops to withdraw recogni-

tion from the Catholic Theological Society of America, saying that a 'society study on sex rejected official church teach,ings; to declare a Ibook published by the U.S. Catholic Conference on establishing a national pastoral council' "simply inadequate for intelligent st~dy"; and to reject efforts to allow reception of communion in the hand. Stebbins, retired businessman and a convert from the Episcopal Church, was made a Knight of St. Gregory the Great in 1988.



VOL.33,NO.9. Friday,March3,1989 thesummitmeetingwasfirstsug- gestedin1986afterVaticanactions inthecasesofArchbishop Ray- mond G. Hunthausen...

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