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An Anchor of the Soul, Sure and Firm-St. Paul


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A Seminarian's Hopeful Dream Commitment to the Church

Ordination路 by the Church

Ministry to Everyone ~


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In This Issue This Week


Possibilities of

New Family

Parish Youth

In Lent

Christ Week

a Vocation

In the Parish

Help Each Other

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'National Centenarian NORTH PROVIDENCE, R. I.-Sister Angela Gatto, 100 last Monday, keeps busy with needlework, prayer and spiritual reading at Fruit Hill Infirmary of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. Her last project was an afghan for the mother of Providence Bishop Gelineau. Born in Italy, she has been a nun 77 years. Her work has included teaching embroidery and making shoes for her community.

Maronites Have Confidence DETROIT-The board of the National Apostolate of Maronites, a lay organization, has expressed "complete confidence" in Bishop Francis M. Zayek of St. Maron of Detroit, leader of all North American Maronite Catholics. He had been under fire from Detroit Maronites, who recently sent a letter to Pope Paul VI asking the bishop's removal and saying that he intimidated clergy and was inaccessible to the people. The lay board said it had polled Maronite clergy and laity for the vote of confidence.

Can Say Mass WASHINGTON - The U. S. Supreme Court has upheld a state court decision blocking the University of Delaware's efforts to prevent

Catholic chaplains from saying Mass on campus. The Delaware court decision upheld by the Supreme Court held that prohibition of religious services on campus violated the freedom of religion of university students unless a "compelling state interest" could be found to justify the prohibition.

No Foul Play TRENTON, N.J. - State Attorney General William F. Hyland Jr. has announced here that an investigation has failed to establish that foul play was the cause of the coma into which Karen Quinlan lapsed last April 15. The announcement closes an investigation beg~~m shortly after Miss Quinlan's parents sought court authorization to disconnect the respirator that has kept their daughter alive but comatose. An appeal of that decision is pending.

NCCW Agenda WASHINGTON - Educational programs on natural family planning and the Bible top the 1976 agenda of the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW). The NCCW leadership has also resolved to promote programs enhancing women's role in the Church; "foster activism on Church and social issues; develop a respect-forlife program, strengthen the campaign against obscenity, and cooperate with existing agencies in stemming alcoholism.


Alarms Justified VATICAN CITY - The justified concern in the medical profession over the harmful effects of artificial contraceptives is being glossed over by big money interests, a genetics expert warned over Vatican Radio. "These alarms are really justified and today the medical profession is becoming. more and more cautious in the use of such methods," said Dr. Angelo Serra, director of the University of Rome's Institute of Human Genetics.

Controversy SANTIAGO -

Bishop Francisco Gillmore Stock is among several bishops in Chile who openly support the military regime. B ish 0 p Stock, a military chaplain for more than 40 years and others feel that reports of prisoners being tortured are exaggerated. 0 the r bishops, find the Church more and more at odds with the government over the same torturing of prisoners, growing unemployment and poverty.

Real Treasures

Asks Support

VENICE - Asserting that the Church's real treasures are the poor, Cardinal Almino Luciani of Venice authorized paastors and rectors of sanctuaries to sell gold an<J silver objects to help a center for the retarded. The cardinal made the first contribution himself by putting up for auction a pectoral cross and gold chain which had belonged to Pope Pius XII.

VATICAN CITY-In a brief Lenten message to American children broadcast yesterday, Pope Paul VI asked for support of Operation Rice Bowl, the Lenten phase of the annual U. S. Bishops' overseas aid appeal. And in a message to the entire Church, the Pope asked Christians to es-' tablish justice and witness to the Gospel by sharing "what you have with those around you."

Necrology MARCH 12 Rev. Aurelien L. Moreau, 1961, Pastor, St. Mathieu, Fall River MARCH 16 Rev. Francis J. Maloney, S.T.L., 1957, Pastor, St. Mary, North Attleboro

Bishop's Night

Programs for the First Wee.k of Lent Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7 St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River: See advertisement, page 3. St. John the Evangelist, Attleboro: Exposition from 12:30 p.m. Sunday until Vespers and Benediction, 4 p.m. Exposition from 3 p.m. Monday until Vespers and- Benediction, 7 p.m.

All past president of the Fall River Catholic Women's Club will be hostesses at the organSt. Francis Xavier, Hyannis: ization's annual Bishop's Night, . Exposition on Sunday following honoring Bishop Daniel A. Cron- 11 a.m. Mass until Benediction in, to 'be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, preceding 5 p.m. Mass. March 9 at Holy Name School Hall, Pearce Street, Fall River. Immaculate Conception, Taun-

ton: Exposition beginning Sunday after 11 a.m. Mass and con路 tii'lUing until novena service honoring St. Jude at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Adoration sign-up lists will be posted in the church vestibule for the convenience of worshippers. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, New Bedford: Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Mass of Exposition with procession. Private adoration of Blessed Sacrament exposed throughout Saturday and Sunday with exception of times of scheduled services; 1:30 p.m., - Adoration for young people of New Bedford area conducted by Rev.

Timothy Place. Music directed 'by Rev. Henry Arruda; 3-4 p.m., Holy Hour conducted by Msgr. Luiz G. Mendonca; 5 p.m., Benediction and Reposition of Blessed Sacrament. Sunday: Exposition following noon Mass; 2-3 p.m., Holy Hour conducted by Rev. Mark Angelo, O.F.M.; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Holy Hour conducted in Portuguese by Rev. Fernando Veiga, C.M.; 4:30 p.m., Benediction and Reposition of Blessed Sacrament. LENTEN PROGRAM ''What's Happening to Confession?"

To be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in all locations: Friday, March 5 - St. Anthony of Padua parish hall, Nye Street, New Bedford. Monday, March 8 - St. Louis de France Convent, 66 Buffington St., Swansea. Tuesday, March 9 - St. John Baptist parish hall, Wing Street, New Bedford; St. Patrick parish center, East Main Street, Falmouth. Wednesday, March IO-CoyleCassidy Library, Adams and Hamilton Streets, Taunton; Holy Name School Hall, Pearce Street, Fall River.



On the Eucharist

Laity, Priests Join Bishops At Meeting Bishop Daniel A. Cronin will lead a delegation of 12 priehts, religious and laity of the Fall River diocese attending the Fourth Annual Convocation of the New England Bishops to be held at Mont Marie Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Holyoke the weekend of March 12 through 14. Topic for this year's meeting will be the Eucharist, and among concerns to be discussed will be attendance at Mass by Catholics and the relationhhip of divorced and remarried Catholics to the Church. Over 20 Roman Catholic and Melkite Rite Bishops from the six state New England region will participate in the meeting, as will more than 150 priests, religious and laity. Discussing the choice of the Eucharist as a discussion topic, Worcester Bishop Bernard J. Flanagan said, "We've seen a fall-off in Mass attendance in the past few years in the Church. But at the same time we have seen increasing interest on the part of many people, especially the young, in making the Eucharist a more meaningful part of their lives. Again, now, the fall-off in Mass attendance seems to have stabilized in many areas. It would seem to us that many people are asking the Church to help them better understand the role of the Eucharist in their daily lives."

Need To Share Food, Faith By John Cardinal Krol Archbishop of Philadelphia



REV. JAMES F. LYONS Delegation Chairman

This summer, from Aug. 1 to 8, Philadelphia wiJl host the 41st International Eucharistic Congress. It is only the second such congress to be held in the United States and, under the sponsorship of the entire American hierarchy, it promises to be a spiritual milestone in the history of our nation. But the Eucharistic Congress should be much more than an historic celebration in honor of Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament; with its theme, "The Eucharist and the Hungers of the Human' Family," the congress should result in a religious transformation among those who find in Jesus, the Bread of Life, the only adequate answer to the many hungers of the human family. We will be celebrating the fact that Jesus gave us His Flesh for the life of the world.

"We, as Bishops", he continued, "hope that the Convocation will point up the need for a deeper understanding and awareness of the Mass on the part of the average person. Our contemporary liturgical celebrations call for greater participation by the faithful. For this, one must have a greater. understanding and appreciation of the Sacrament in the context will revolve around the Eucharist as "Bread of Life" and "Bread for Life". Delegates will sit down in small groups with the Bishops and Turn to Page Ten

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE to the 41 st International Eucharistic Congress PHILADELPHIA, AUG.1 to AUG; 8, '76 Under the Leadership of Most Rev. Daniel A. Cronin Bishop of Fall River .Directed by Msgr. Anthony M. Gomes Departures: Aug. 1sf for one week Aug. 1st for 3 days Aug. 3rd & 6th - 4 days

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Our Schools Are Winners! Two entries from diocesan schools in "Bicentennial Showcase" a contest sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for projects reflecting the interaction of the Church and American culture have been named national winners and will be exhibited at NCEA's annual convention, to be held Easter week in Chicago. The entries, earlier winners on the diocesan level, are a Bicentennial quilt made by fourth graders at Holy Union Primary School, Fall River, depicting Catholic contributions to American history; and a red, white and blue book produced bv children at Nazareth Hall, Fall River, payin~ tribute to "peo~le who have helped make us good Catholic Americans." Miss Mary Glenvinc;ki, coordinator of Bicentennial Show-

Fun路eral Rites For Three Funeral Masses were celebrated last Saturday and Monday for the brother of a dio,cesan priest and the mothers of Maryknoll Bishop Jose~h W. Regan and Maryknoll Sister Rita Marie Regan. and Chaplain Col. John F. Denehy, USAF. Bishop James J. Gerrard presided and gave the final absolution at rites last Saturday at St. Thomas More Church. Som. erset, for William C. O'Brien, brother of retired diocec;an priest Rev. David A. O'Brien. Principal celebrant of the funeral Mass'was Rev. Joseph F. D'Amico, assisted by diocesan priests. Bishop Gerrard, with some 30 priests, was principal celebrant Turn to Page Ten

case at NCEA headquarters in Washington, D.C., said that the Nazareth Hall entry was of special interest because it vvas the only one received from a school for exceptional children. She said that the Holy Union Primary School quilt, together with - Turn to Page Ten

CCA Programs To Be Aired On TV, Radio A schedule of radio and television programs supporitng the 1976 Catholic Charities Appeal (CCA) has been released by Msgr. Anthony M. Gomes, director of the annual fund drive supporting diocesan apostolates of charity, mercy, education and social service. The television Mass broadcast at 8:45 a.m. each Sunday by WTEV Channel Six will include during April and the first week of May homilies on various charities programs given by Mass celebrants. They are, for April 4, Rev. Francis L. Mahoney, Fall River Turn to Page Ten

Blacks, Indians A special collection for Negro and Indian missions in the United States will be taken up in all churches of the diocese this Sunday. This annual collection aids nearly 700 missions and parishes for Black Catholics and 400 missions for Indian Catholics in their religious and educational work. The Episcopal committee in charge of the appeal is headed by John Cardinal Krol, Archbishop of Philadelphia.

CARDINAL KROL The theme of the congress implies a spiritual preparation program with a twofold apostolic dimension-social and spiritual -which reaches out to satisfy both the hunger for food and the hunger for faith , the hunger for justice for which humanity must strive and the hunger for justification which only God can give. This twofold hunger is satisfied in Jesus Who gives us our daily bread and Who is Himself the Bread of Life. As we become more intimately identified with Jesus, however, we appreciate more fully that we must become instruments through which the hungers of the human family are satisfied. Like Jesus, we must give of ourselves for the life of the world and, through our work, we must communicate the. knowledge and live of Jesus, for Whom the world hungers. Share Food, Faith In other words, we must share our food and we must share our faith. This twofold sharing and this appreciation of the twoTurn to Page Ten THE ANCHOR Second Class Postare Paid et Fall River, Mass. Published every Thursday at 410 Highland Avenue, Fall River. Mass. 02722 by the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fa II Piver. Subscription price lly mail, postpaid '5.00 per

Sf. mary's Cathedral presents For Lent and in PreDaration for The 41 st International Eucharistic Congress

Two Weekends of Renewal The First Weekend, March 6 and 7 The Second Weekend, March 13 and 14

Saturday, March 6 - 13 MASSES: 8:00 A.M., 12:05,4:00, AND 5:30 P.M. EXPOSITON OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT: 8:30 A.M. TO 3:45 P.M.

Sunday, March 7 - 14 MASSES: 8:00 A.M., 10:00 A.M., 11:00 A.M. AND 5:00 P.M. EXPOSITION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT: 11 :45 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M.

Special Services: PENANCE SERVICE: SATURDAY 3:00 P.M. ROSARY AND BENEDICTION: SATURDAY 3:30 P.M. HOLY HOUR: SUNDAY AT 4:30 P.M. (Includes Mass at 5:00 P.M.)

t All are invited and urged to make these Lenten Weekends of Renewal.



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Shamrock Time At Clover Club

Our Seminary Training A seminarian's dream entails much. There is much that must precede that moment when the young man commits himself to obey, respect and serve for the rest of his life. A selfless discipline must be expected by all and not just hoped for. A fount of knowledge and skills must be at the call of those to be served. The seminarian's future work is something for which the individual has a particular inclination but also it is something to which the Church has called him. His personal inclinations and the official call of the Church are needed. But we all have divinely chosen vocations. We are all called to be holy, knowledgeable in the things of God and open to a loving service to neighbor.




This Lent is in a real sense our seminary. This is especially the time for us to discipline ourselves, to enlighten_ ourselves, to rid ourselves of selfish tendencies. Th~ vocation to the Priesthood and to the ,Religious Life is a marvelous thing because it is a special gift of God. It translates itself into countless and invaluable instances when God is recognized and served in one another. It helps us sense the living presence and providence of God.



Reorganization In Worcester

This year, we are surrounded by all kinds of~oppor­ tunities to make our own seminary training most useful. We have the personal strengthening of our wills to work on through fasts, almsgiving and personally involved service. We have all kinds of adult religious education courses tailored to meet our needs and available time. We have liturgical and devotional services to relish better the presence of God. We have Rice Bowl and SIGN to serve the needy as a family offering sacrifice together.

SIGNS OF REDEMPTION-This theme is depicted in these readings for the weekend of Marc:h 7: First-God ~ets the rainbow in the sky as a sign of His covenant with Noah (Genesis 9:8-15); Second-The water of Baptism is the sign of our covenant with God (1 Peter 3: 18-22); Gospel-Forty days of penance prepare for the reign of God (Mark 1: 12-15). (NC Sketch courtesy of J. S. Paluch Custom Bulletin Service).

The seminarian 'soon learns that the long years of preparation fly by quickly. Soon he is on the threshold of decision and joyous service. Lent has already begun. Wednesday's fast is already a thing of the past.

Will Talents Multiply?

May the coming weeks of Lent with all its opportunities be carefully used by each of us. We know that we expect of a young priest - the inspiration, the knowledge, the courage that youthful dedication brings to the Church. But the world expects the same of you and me. This is the time to work it out in the presence of and with the aid of God. Our little "yes" worked on daily in Lent is very much like the "yes" of the young man submitting to long study periods, complicated class schedules, a personal discipline, a strong prayer life. How truly great is the Priesthood of Jesus Christ! But how truly great it also is to be and live as sons and daughters of God, brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ. We need this Lent . . . the world needs our Lent . . . as the involved ministry of Christ's Priesthood needs both the dedication of young men and a strong seminary program. It is still not too late. Lent is only a day old. Let's all get with it. ...



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The Fall River Clover Club Choir will sing at 9:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, March 7 at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Fall River. A communion breakfast and another singing program will follow. Club members will meet at the Niagara Fire Station at 9 a.m. for a march to the church. The organization, for Irish Catholic men of the Fall River area, will hold its 34th annual St. Patrick's Day banquet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13 at. White's restaurant. State Rep. James A. O'Brien Jr. will be the main speaker and Irish musical selections and community singing will also be on the program, for which William Sullivan will be master of ceremonies. The 20-member choir, directed by Kenneth Leger, wiLl also be heard on the Channel Six television Mass at 8:45 a.m. Sunday, March 21. Tickets for the breakfast and banquet are available from James Rogers, club president, at 93 N. Main St., Fall River.

By Cliff Foster RESTON, Va. (NC) - Some people attending a recent Sunday Mass at St. Thomas a Becket Church here probably thought their pastor got things a little mixed up at collecti,on time. Instead of collecting donation enyelopes after the Gospel, Father Harris Findlay gave them out with instruction that they not be opened until the Mass was finished. As was expected, a rush of _"surprise and enthusiasm" - to use Father Findlay's words swept the congregation as members opened the envelopes and found a list of suggestions on how to multiply the attached $5 bill. The giveaway at St. Thomas a Becket was not a rebate of surplus funds; but rather an experiment designed to raise money for and a sense of community in the parish located in this Washington, D.C. suburb. The idea of making money by spending it is certainly not new. St. Matthew described the principle in chapter 25 of his gospel: A rich man was preparing to leave on a journey and entrusted his fortune to three servants according to the abilities. When he returned, two of them had dou-

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less a man believes in the soul-that is to say in his conscious immortality, personal and concrete-the more he will exaggerate the work of this poor transitory life." -Miguel de Unamuno

bled their master's money, but the third confided that he had merely dug a hole and buried it, a response which led his master to "throw this worthless servant into the darkness." Not Acceptable Father Findlay drew the parallel between the Parable of the Talents, as St. Matthew's rendition is called, and his experiment this way: It "would seem to make the point that we can not be' content to merely mark time as Christians. To sit on the sidelines and be uninvolved is unacceptable." So as a way of getting his parish off the "sidelines," Father Findlay dispersed about $4,000, scheduled a parish bazaar, and erected an eight by four foot "talents message exchange bulletin board" for people to post suggestions on how to cultivate their "five talents." Besides St. Matthew's inspiration, a newspaper article brought to his attention by "a parishioner convinced Father Findlay that a real-life application of the Parable of the Talents was both spiritually and economically sound. Some time ago, Father Findlay said, a church "some place out west" gave its. congregation $2,700 and within a month collected $6,900. Yet the priest stressed that the success of his project will be difficult to measure, since the intent is community response, not financial gain. "We want to make the Gospel of the Talents come alive," said Father Findlay, "not just to make money for the parish."

WORCESTER (NC)' - Bishop Bernard T. Flanagan of Worcester has announced a restructuring of diocesan schools in the city of Worcester that will result in the closing of two schools and the establishment of a new comprehensive education center for the diocese. The move will also involve a relocation of all diocesan offices to a conevnt attached to one of the schools. The planned education center is expected to develop a wide range of programs including adult education, marriage preparation, and theological and social studies. A number of elementary and high schools in the city are unaffected or only indirectly affected by the plan. Father Martin P. Donahue, diocesan superintendent of schools said declining enrollments, fewer Religious personnel and general financial problems were the chief reasons behind ihe restructuring. When the new plan is completed, it will bring the number of Catholic school closings in Worcester County since 1969 to 31-10 high schools and 21 elementary schools.

Monogram Club The annual St. Patrick's Day dinner-dance of the Coyle and Cassidy High School Monogram Club wiill take place Saturday night, March 20 at Ute school auditorium, Hamilton and Adams Streets, Taunton. A social hour will begin at 6:30 and the corned beef and cabbage dinner wiU be served at 7:30. Dancing will follow from 9 to 1. Proceeds will benefit the school's athletic program.

Seminary Grants Six scholarships totaling $10,000 are available for candidates to the priesthood or other Church ministries at ss. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, Mich. 48034. Further information is available from the seminary and applications close April 15.


Letters to the editor No Words Adequate

Dear Editor: My congratulations to you on your fine hiographical and pictorial tribute to Bishop Gerrard. His years of service in the Fall River diocese are deserving of such fine praise. However, I feel that you only touched the "tip of the iceberg." No one can adequately describe the love, respect and gratitude he has engendered in those of us who have known him during .these many years. May his years of retirement be filled with the peace and joy of the Lord! Sincerely, Evelyn O'Neil Glorian Saunderstown, R. I.

Unborn Is Human Dear Editor: That a new, individual human life comes into existence at fertilization is not a religious view, nor a personal opinion. It is a scientific .fact. The unborn is a human being from fertilization, because from fertilization he possesses the essential characteristics of any human being. Thus, as a Catholic, do not be deluded by those who tell you that "you should not try to impose your morality of abortion on others." We are talking biology, not theology. Abortion is wrong, not because the Church says it is wrong. Rather the Church condemns abortion as an evil, because it is an objective evil. Thus, by opposing abortion you are not imposing your morality on others. You are defending a principle-the most basic principle upon which our country was founded-the principle that all human beings are endowed with the inalienable right to life, no matter how sman or hidden, no matter how weak or poor, no matter how unwanted or inconvenient. Any intellectually honest person with a knowledge of life before birth" recognizes the fact that abortion is the direct, intentional, deliberate destruction of an innocent human being. A Catholic, therefore, has not only the right. He, like every other American, has the duty to work to help restore the right to life, which right the abortionpushers, by imposing their immorality, have taken away from the most innocent and defense-

less members of the human family-the unborn. A Catholic has not only the right. He has the obligation to work for a Constitutional Human Life Amendment which will give protection to all human beings at very stage of their biological development, for, .we did not come from fetuse'swe were fetuses. We did not come from embryos-we were embryos. We did not come .from zygotes-we were zygotes. At none of these stages were we "potential human beings. Rather, we were human beings with potential. Unfortunately, millions of other human beings will never reach their potential because of the U. S. Supreme Court's permissive abortion ruling of January 22, 1973. The best way to reverse this ruling is by means of a Human Life Amendment, and we can best help the unborn by supporting political candidates who support a human life amendmerit. ' Richard A. Carey Executive Director Massachusetts Citizens for Life


Did You Know? Dear Editor: Did you know that Humanism has been defined as a religion by the Supreme Court? Did you know that having an abortion has never improved any woman's mental health but has, rather, complicated her treatment for mental illness? Did you know that no one is forced to have an abortion; no one, but the unborn child? Did you know that according to 5 separate modern medical studies 83.1 per cent of unborn children whose mothers contact German measles are born perfectly normal? Did you know that of the other 16.9 per cent many have, handicaps that can be corrected by modern medical science?

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Five Hours Not Long Time To Spend With Lord A quiet apostolate that has been underway for three years in the New Bedford·Fairhaven area will be in operation again tomorrow night, when anywhere from 50 people to "a churchfull" will gather for a five hour First Friday prayer vigil from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Sacred Hearts Church, Main .Street, Fairhaven. An organizer of the project, who "wQuld just as soon not get personal publicity," said the vigil is held every First Friday, going from one to another of about 15 churches, depending on availabilty. It is a response to the plea of Our Lady of Fatima for prayers of reparation for the sins of the world, she said. "We put a little notice in the papers and there are about 50 people who come regularly, no matter where the vigil is held," she said, noting that often attendance is swelled by parishioners of the host church, who hear of the vigil through their parish bulletins or from the pulpit. "A busload comes regularly from Fall River," she added. She said the five-hour vigil begins with a Mass of the Sacred Heart and ends after midnight with a Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In between there is a holy hour, Benediction and recitation of the rosary. There is also a coffee break, operating

somewhat on the order of the loaves and fishes. "I never ask for anything," said Mrs. Anonymous, "but there are always more than enough pastries to go around and always enough contributions to pay for the coffee," She takes care of the refreshments, while her husband, equally devoted to the vigil project, handles arrangements with participating parishes. She said that although many . people remain for the entire five hours of the vigil, as many others drop in for an hour or so in the course of the evening. "Usually we have more people for the second Mass than for the first. It seems as if people go out on Friday night, do their shopping or whatever, then end up with us," Isn't five hours a long time to spend in church? "It doesn't seems that long when you're there," said Mrs. Anonymous simply.

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ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA, FALL RIVER Members of the parish Council of Catholic Women wishing to attend the open meeting of the Fall River District Council of Catholic Women to be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11 at St. Michael's Church, Ocean Grove, are asked to meet in the parking .lot at 7 p.m. The council will sponsor a cake sale after all Masses the weekend of March 13 and 14.' Memhers are reminded to bring pastries for the sale preceding the Masses. Rev. John Gomes will conduct a day of recollection for council members from 2 to 5 p.m. Sun· dav, March 21. Members are asked to brin~ toilet articles for patients at the Rose Hawthorne Lathrop Home to the next re~ular meeting. set for 7:30 n.m. Tuesday, March 16. Toiletries for men are particularly needed.

. By Joseph and Marilyn Roderick We have just experienced a period of weather that was more like mid-Spring than mid-Winter. In this little rush of fine weather I noticed quite a few impatient gardeners taking a quick survey of their gardens. Not one to be left out, I too, wanted to look at what the ravages ed about the tuna fish, egg salad and sardines with which they of winter had wrought. For- filled the gaps and if I rememtunately, my garden seems ber correctly a great deal of I

to be in fairly good shape except for the roses, which suffer· ed a great deal of winter-kill. Care should be taken with roses. The steps to be taken are quite simple, yet I notice that most gardeners neglect roses in the early stages of their break from dormancy. First of all,' pruning should not be done until the new buds begin to thicken and are clearly discernible on the stem. At that time, late March for me, all dead wood should be removed as far back to the base as possible. The tin of the cane remaining should then be cap~ed with a pruning spray of some sort (the pitchlike materials which are available in spray bombs can be used) to prevent the entrance of borers later in the season. Pruning Technique At the proper time, roses can be pruned so that new growth will grow to the outside of the plant. That is, 'by cutting just above a bud which is growing to the outside of the plant, new growth will then proceed from that bud to the outside. not inside. This leaves the interior of the plant relatively free from growth and gives the rose a bowl-shaped ap':'earance which allows more sunlight to hit each leaf, lessens overcrowding in the center of the bush and diminishes the chance of fungus growth, which thrives in damp leaves. This procedure is sometimes difficult if there is a great deal of dead cane material on the bush, but it should be attempted if the plant is to thrive. Fertilizing can be begun in March and continued monthly throughout the season, ending in Julv. I find it useful to do my fertililizing on the first of each month, thus taking away guesswork. One quick look at my roses this year suggests that I will probably be cutting them back considerably to make up for the "large number of canes damaged this winter. But it has been my experience that even roses cut back almost to the ground tend to grow very rapidly and send up good strong shoots which produce bloom in the first or second week of June. In The Kitchen By the time this column is printed Lent will be with us, Ash Wednesday will have come and gone and if we have chosen to make any Lenten sacrifices these too will have begun. Conscience-wise, Lent was so much easier when we knew exactly what was expected of us. We didn't eat between meals (but boy, did we complain about being hungry!), meat was restricted and everyone complain-

time was spent during Lent thinking about the food we could or couldn't eat. Now the onus has been placed on us and we are told to sacri· fice as we see fit. Sadly, most of us have the 'hest of intentions, but time, obligations. and the stress of living in a high-paced society very often give those good intentions a back seat. In many wavs, I miss the discipline of the old-fashioned Lent. While I know that we can't return to what was (and I'm sure that the best part of it was in our memorv), perhaps the em. . phasis on the Rice Bowl proiect for Lent '76 will help us return to more visible sacrificec; and mavbe ease our consciences a little bit. In the early davs of doin~ these columns. Lent meant daily menu suggestions and a lot of discussion and recipe swapping with the women of the diocese. For quite a few years now, we haven't published Lenten menus but if any readers have s"ocial recipes for tho<;e foods sugp,ested in the Rice Bowl menu, I would love to print them. Cutting down actually isn't that hard when rice pudding (one of my favorites) is among Rice Bowl menu suggestions. Creamy Baked Rice Pudding 1 qt. milk % cup granulated sugar % cup uncooked regular white rice (for a thicker pudding, use 5 tablespoons.) 1 Tablespoon butter or margarine

HEALTH CARE: Brother Herman Zaccarelli, C.S.C., former Food Center director at Stonehill College, Easton, ST. GEORGE, has been named director of WESTPORT the health care book diviA public whist party is schedsion of Cahners Publishing uled for 8 p.m. Saturday, March Co., Boston. The Holy Cross 6 in the school hall on Route 177. Refreshments will be availBrother is the author of six able and door prizes will be books on adminstrative man- awarded. agement and menu planning The Women's Guild will sponin health care facilities and sor a fashion show of styles is a national authority on nu- made and modeled by parishioners and friends at 7:30 p.m. trition for the elderly. % teaspoon salt % teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1'2 cup light or dark raisins . (optional) 1) Start heating oven to 325 degrees. 2) In a greased 11'2 quart casserole, combine the milk, sugar, rice. butter, salt nutmeg and vanilla. 3) Bake, uncovered, stirring often, 21'2 hours, or until rice is done. 4) Add raisins after first hour.

Friday, March 26. A luncheon will be served and tickets are available from any guild member. ST. WILLIAM, FALL RIVER The Women's Guild will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 10 at 8 p.m. in the church all-purpose room. Rev. John Moore will show slides of his recent trip to Italy following the business meeting.

ST. PATRICK, WAREHAM St. Patrick's Circle and the Altar and Rosary Society will hold their annual communion breakfast in the parish hall Sunday, March 7, following 8:30 a.m. Mass. Rev. Robert L. Carter will speak. Barbara Reidy and Annette Parece will represent the parish at the World Day of Prayer services to be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Wesley Methodist Church, High Street, Wareham. All are invited to attend.


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With Big, Lively Family S,ens'e of Hum,or Helps

The- Parish Parade PublicIty chaIrmen of Darish orlanlzatlonl Ire liked to submIt news items for this column to The Anchor, P. O. Box 7. Fall Rive,. 02722. Name of city or town should be ',eluded as well as full dates of III activities. Please send news of future rather than Plst events. _

When I write a column on the nonsense that is part· of raising a bunch of kids, most mothers find a sympathetic vibration, and laugh. There's consolation in knowing your kids are not the only ones who do nutty things. But there are other people of everyone, dressed herwho object to my "picking ahead self, made a sandwich and on the children," "being dis- packed her lunchbox, fixed a satisfied with motherhood," plate of cereal and juice ... and "being sorry for myself because I'm not a man," and "droning on about the hardships of a. role t chose--and now regret."


MARY CARSON Those comments would be sillier than the original column ... except there is an underlying message. Some people apparently distorted motherhood to such a degree that they can only tak~ it seriously. Raising kids in an atmosphere were you can't laugh at the problems will either cause "sick" kids or a "sick" mother. Once you stop laughing at the nonsense, and take the job - and yourself-too seriously, you distort life. You develop a one-sided perspective that is shallow-flat -unbalanced. Every job-whether it is parent, priest or president-must have its nonsense that should be laughed at. It proves we _are all human. It's when we stop seeing the humor that we get neurotic. Most people haven't been as fortunate as I. They never had my 9 year old retarded daughter, Bobbie. She can put things in perspective. In Same Package

She can Hit my spirits to immeasurable heights ... and embarrass me. She can be an overwhelming joy ... and a worry. She brings ecstasy and pain ... and frequently they come rolled together in the same package. She loves school. She understands there are five days of the week. Recently she had a Monday holiday ... so Saturday was the fifth day of Bobbie's week. She got up very quietly,

was going out to wait for the school bus. But she couldn't unlock the door. I don't know what caused me to wake up. Normally, you could drop a bomb in our house Saturday morning and I wouldn't hear it. Maybe Guardian Angels ~ are more powerful than bombs. I found Bobbie climing out a window that has a five foot drop down into a rock garden. She had opened the window, thrown her lunchbox, hat and mittens from the window, and was trying to climb down. We had words. I impressed on her the fact that _she was never to go out without waking me first. Next morning, in the wee hours, a little hand was shaking me. "I'm waking you first, Mommy." P.J. Shortage Things are usually confused in our house, but this past week was particularly bad. Laundry hadn't been done. If we miss one day with laundry it's rough. Four days and we have real problems. Most of the kids' clothing is hand-me-downs from other families, and it's not quite gracious to specify to the donor that we already have 17 shirts in that size but the kid has only two sets of underwear. When laundry backs up, little Bobbie runs out of pajamas. Last night I was giving her a bath, and the best I could find was a pair of her 6 foot tall brother's longjohns, her father's pajama shirt for a bathrobe, and a pair of socks for slippers. I was helping her get dressed in the outfit, and she got giggly as we folded sleeves back six inches, and cuffs up to her knees. But she was clean and warm, and so she was happy. When we finished, she threw her arms around my neck. "I love you. Mommy ..." Bobbie said, "'cause you're crazy!"


Christ Week Set At St. Joseph's Members of St. Joseph parish, New Bedford,are invited to spend a week with Christ this Lent. The week, described as a personal, family, parish and com· munity retreat, is a "call to all to be a living, loving community," said its organizers, Msgr. Henri A. Hamel, Rev. Roger J. Levesque and Rev. Roger D. LeDuc, the priests of the parish, who will be aided by a large committee, including Cursillistas, Legionaries of Mary and memo bers of a parish prayer group. The program, to begin Monday, March 15 and conclude Friday, March 19, feast of St. Joseph, will begin at 7 each morning with Mass and will include times for spiritual guidance and confession each morning and afternoon, a 10 a.m. morning prayer service, followed at 10:30 by Mass celebrated in French. Devotional prayer and meditation are scheduled each afternoon and a holy hour will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Because most parishioners wiH be unable to attend the daytime services, the major retreat functions will take place at night, and will include a 7 p.m. Mass each evening, followed from 7:30 to 9 p.m. by a varied program, with a different theme emphasized each night, including family life, the Eucharist, the sacrament of reconciliation, and prayer. A parish celebration on Sunday, March 21 will follow the retreat week, with a buffet and social following a -7 p.m. concel· ebrated Mass.

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SANTO CHRISTO, FALL RIVER With the slogan "Something you don't want, someone else may enioy," the Council of Catholic Women is· sponsoring a rummage sale at the church hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 10. Parishioners are asked to bring donations of dishes, furniture, clothing and other items to the hall at any Mass the preceding weekend, March 6 and 7. Council members may bring their contributions to their reg~ ular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ml\rrh 9, also in the hall. ST. JOSEPH, FAIRHAVEN The Sacred Hearts Associa~ tion will host the District Council of Catholic Women at an open meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 at the school haIJ on Spring and Delano Streets. The program will feature John Durgin of the Cape Cod Alcoholic Intervention Clinic, who will speak and show a film. Community chairman Paulin Goldrick is in charge of arrangements for the evening. HOLY NAME, FALL RlVER The Lenten series of lectures on confes"ion for the north end of the citv will ta1<e place in Holy Name !'chool hall be~;nn­ in~ at 7:30 Wednesdav, March 10. Subsenuent lecturec; will be at the same time at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, Wednesday, Wednesday, March 24 and March 31. . Altar bous will meet at 3 p.m. today in the seventh grade classroom at Holy Name school. Registration of new students for Holv Name Rehool will take place this wee'<: and next during rep-ular school hours. Dailv MasRes during Lent will be celebrated at 7 and 11 :50 a.m. and at 5:15 p.m. The Women's Guild will hold a board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Mondav. March 8 in the rectory conference room. A rummage sale is slated for Saturday, March 27, for which donations are renuested, and a pennv sale will take place Wednesday ni'tht March 31. ST. JOSEPH, NEW BEDFORD In preparation for the forth· coming Eucharistic Congress, a half hour period of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament exposed will follow the 7 p.m. Mass tomorrow. This First Friday observance will continue until August, the time at which the Congress will be held.

ST. KILIAN, NEW BEDFORD A Lenten series of adult religious education classes will be held in the church hall at 7 p.m. each Thursday from tonight through April 8. Conducted by Rev. Ernest D'Oonofrio, O.F.M., they are open to Catholics and non-Catholics and will discuss the meaning of adult education, the teaching role of the Church, and the place of the Bible in the life of the Christian. An open discussion, during which coffee and tea will be served, will follow each lecture. ST, MARY, NEW BEDFORD The Religious Education Center will sponsor a Lenten Forum at 7 p.m. each Wednesday of Lent, beginning March 10. Each program will begin with Mass and a homily by a guest speaker. Discussion and a question period will follow in the school. Topics for each week are: March 10, Marriage: We Walk Together; March 17, Unless We Blossom; March 24, The Hunger Issue: We Can Help; March 31, Death and Dying: We All Face It; April 7, A Tour of the Holy Land: We Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus; April 14, The Forgiveness of Jesus: We Receive It. - ST. STAN1SLAUS, FALL RIVER During Lent a Polish Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. daily and English Masses at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The rosary will be recited before the 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Masses on Mondavs and a holy hour will preced the 9 a.m. Mass on Thursdays. The Way of the Cross will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 6:40 p.m. on Fridays and the Lamentations on the Passion will be sung at 4 p.m. each Sunday. Holy Rosary Sodalists will meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Match 7 in the school hall. Basketball practice open to any interested player is held from 6 to 8 p.m. every Friday in the school. The Women's Guild will hold an executive board business meeting at 7:30 tonight at Magoni's restaurant, Somerset. A regular meeting will be held at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 at the school. Mrs. Muriel Finglass. RN will present a program on breast self-examination and plans for a fashion show to be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 21 in the school will be discussed. Tickets for the show will be available.

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Mar. 4, 1976

Someone Saw Possibilities

THEY SAW POSSIBILITIES: Left to right, top to bottom, photo story of Cape Cod .Vocations Night begins with meeting of hardworking committee, Rev. George W. Coleman, co-chairman; Rev. Mr. Joseph M. Costa; Sister Patricia Hughes, M.S.B.T.: Mrs. Charles Fuller; Rev. Timothy Goldrick, co-chairman; Jack Hill; Mrs. Richard Farley. Next are members of Women's Guild of Our Lady of Victory readying tables for spaghetti dinner; Mrs. Richard Farley, Sister Maria Therese Mulieri, M.S.B.T., Sister Patricia Hughes, M.S.B.T., Mrs. Turner Duane, guild president. As guests arrive, Rev. Thomas McMorrow looks over vocations literature

'Being Priest Doesn't A lot of people worked a long time to put it together and it was a big success. That was the consensus on the All-Cape Vocations to the Priesthood night held last month at Our Lady of Victory Church, Centerville. It began with planning meetings for the Cape Cod Vocations Committee, a part of the dioc-

esan vocation program directed by Rev.. John J. Smith, 'and ev~ntually involved the Women's Guild of Our Lady of Victory and all area priests. The women's contribution was the preparation and serving of a spaghetti dinner to the 25 high school juniors and seniors attending the night.

with Jim Norton, Michael Smith, Bill Bussiere, Michael Caouettee. Following dinner Rev. Fran~is B. Connors speaks to young men on meaning of priesthood to him; and Patrick McNamara and Bill McMahon talk to diocesan seminarians Rev. Mr. Joseph M. Costa and Rev. Mr. Matthew Clark in a discussion period. Finally, some of priests, religious and seminarians participating in evening hold brief get-together; Brother Richard, M.S., Father Coleman, Rev. James R. McClellan, Rev. William Costello, Father Connors, Rev. Mr. Costa, Father McMorrow, Father Goldrick.


"The boys were really im.pressed by the fact that the guild went to so much trouble for them," reported Rev. Timothy Goldrick, a co-chairman of the Cape committee. "It was one of the important parts of the evening for them-realizing that so many were interested in helping them."

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The role of area priests, said Father Goldrick, was to alert boys in their parish of the vocations program and to arrange transportation for any needing it. Speaking on "What Priesthood Means to Me," Rev. Francis Connors, pastor of Our Lady of Victory, told the young men,

"Someone saw the possibilities of a vocation to ministry in your lives. That's why you're here. Some of you may have come simply because you wonder about the life of a priest, but don't overlook such curiosity as unimportant. It may be a sign." Father Connors was followed Tum to Page Nine

Asserts Celibacy Can Help Family ADELAIDE ~NC)- Priests and Religious can help the family by bearing living testimony that an active sex life is not necessary for happiness, an Irish bishop has stated here in Australia. To support family standards is part of the vocation of priests and Religious, Bishop Peter Birch of Ossory said. He said the truth that the family is the basic unity of society remains no less true simply because it has become a cliche. "It is basic to society, and it is our duty and privilege to help it." He continued: "One of the means by which we can, help it is, to my mind, to give the lie to all the propaganda stuff that a person without a sexual life in the crude, biological sense, can't in any way be a happy person. "This propaganda has a great effect on young people. They're practically brainwashed into thinking they must have sex as soon as possible and into thinking that if anything has gone wrong with their parents or friends it's because their sex life has gone wrong. "The celibate is not a normal person in the sense that it's not a natural life. But with natural and supernatural helps we路 can be very happy."

Vocations Increase In Mission Lands ROME (NC)-Priestly ordinations in mission countries have increased steadily over the past decade, according to figures released by Fides, a news service of the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. This rise contrasts sharply with the general trend in most developed countries. In 1965, according to Fides, 415 new priests from mission territories were ordained. The figure rose to 655 in 1975. The number of seminarians from those territories rose from 5,212 to 8,652 during the same period.

Faith, Sincerity "Faith is required of thee, and a sincere life, not loftiness of intellect, nor deepness in the mysteries of God." -Thomas a Kempis

Being Priests Continued from Page Eight by Rev. Mr. John Oliveira, who spoke on the life of a diocesan seminarian. Taking as his theme the Gospel narrative of Christ calling the Apostles, he pointed out that in their transition from fishermen to fishers of men, the Twelve retained elements of their previous occupations. "Being a priest doesn't change who you are," he said. The evening's program was coordinated by Rev. Mr. Joseph Costa of Espirito Santo parish, Fall River, a seminarian assigned to vocation work in the diocese as part of his field training. Father Goldrick said the Cape committee is now making plans for a day of recollection as a follow-up activity to the Vocations Night.


Despite All Testing, Religious Call Remains Mystery, Says Psychologist

Thurs. March 4, 1976

Clean Start BLOOMFIELD (NC) - Donald L. Battiston former president of the largest dry cleaning operation in New England, has dropped out of the business world to devote his life' to the Catholic Church. The 34-year-old father of five said he had grown disillusioned with the business world that brought him financial success. Last April he servered relationships with the family-owned Battiston's Fabric Care Centers of Greater Hartford and took a job as associate director of Alleluia House, a Catholic facility for the retarded here. "I look around at business and a lot of it is really contrary to the Gospel message," he said in an interview. "All the things that Christ was out there doing were inconsistent with the way I was doing business." Battiston will complete a special program this year at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and will be ordained a permanent deacon.

By Judy Ball CINCINNATI (NC) - Applicants for religious life are healthier and more stable than they were five to 10 years ago. There are also more of them. So says William C. Wester of Cincinnati, a psychologist who has been evaluating candidates for religious life for the past 13 years. Director of the Behavioral Science Center here, which conducts assessment programs for 42 religious groups around the country, Wester said in an interview that before 1965 evaluations were made "in house" by members of the particular religious community involved. It was in that year, he said, that professionals interested in working with Religious met to organize a group that would work for "a scientific, realistic approach toward assessment of candidates for religious life." Since that time Wester's group has tested applicants from all parts of the country (threefourths of his clients are male) with the assistance of psychologists throughout the United States, as well as a few in Europe. They conduct the initial interview and supervise the taking of screening tests which are then scored and interpr~ted in Cincinnati by the Behavioral Science Center. The initial screening session, designed to look for pathological who took the Edwards Personal traits in the individual, is folPreference Schedule exihibit a lowed by a recommendation from Wester-"accept," "accept with strong need to belong and to analyze themselves as well as reservations" or "reject." He esothers, have a strong need to timates that two of 20 candihelp others and seem to find dates are recommended with reservations, while one of 10 is change and variety healthy. Both men and women, whose average in the rejected category. age at testing was 19, also have But it is only a recommendahealthy sexual needs, he indition, Wester emphasized, and the community or diocese in- cated. Other features of the profile, volved is free to make its own he said, point to a relatively low determination about the candineed to achieve (when compared date. with entering college freshmen), Feedback Session perhaps attributable to their If a candidate is accepted, a feelings of security and their second testing session is sched- motivation to help others and uled with various interest, serve God rather than achieve achievement and personality status; a low need for organizatests administered. These are tion and order, perhaps indicatthen analyzed with the candi- ing the attitude 'I'm in your date in a "feedback session" in hands, God, and anything you which the positive is stressed- send me is fine"; a high need the candidate's strengths, his po- for attention; and a generally tential for particular types of low need to stick to a task ministry. when frustration or stress is inAlthough Wester emphasized volved. that "no psychologist can preOne of the most striking redict the call to religious life," sults of the study is the differit is helpful , he said, to look ence between mille and female for emotional qualities that will candidates tested in the area of make for a healthy candidate "dominance" and "aggression" for that kind of life: emotional needs. In both areas of the test, stability, ability to cope with women scored considerably highstress, positive self-image, good er, a result Wester is inclined to interpersonal relationships, phys- view as "a sign of the times." ical well being, healthy sexual Women Stronger identity. Asking the candidate It probably suggests, he said, about what has influenced his decision and how long he has "that women are no longer gothought about religious life can ing to be kept down. They're coming across stronger than also help, he noted. And what Wester has been males," he said, cautioning that seeing of late has been' what he the test measures the candidates' calls "a fairly healthy kind of need for dominance and aggrespersonality." He discussed the sion and does not necessarily results of the testing records of say they are functioning that 600 randomly selected applicants way. Not only does Wester find the he has tested over the past five overall results of his study years. He noted that the candidates healthy from a psychological


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point .of view. He also finds the increasednumber of applicants for religious life a healthy phenomenon for the Church. He said he thinks he has some insight into why these changes are occurring. In interpreting the results' of the testing and the increased numbers of candidates in the past five years, he pointed to changes that have been made in seminaries themselves. Not only have they come to realize that older, more mature candidates make far more settled seminary students, he said, "there is much more flexibility within the seminary itself about allowing students to have freedom in a positive way, to experience life" in such a way that they can better see their strengths and potential. During the past 13 years, Wester said, he has accumulated a lot of experience and knowledge about religious life in his work with men and women considering such a life for themselves. But religious life retains an air of mystery, he acknowledged. It is a "spiritual caIIing," and science neither can nor should be able to penetrate that, he said. l路mlllllllllllllllll'



VATICAN CITY (NC)-Pope Paul VI, noting a decline in vocations to the Sisterhood, said Feb. 25 that he hoped many of the new generation of women will choose the life of Religious. Speaking to participants in a meeting of the Italian Union of Superiors General, the Pope said: "We don't have the numbers we once had. We have quality, yes, and perhaps this has even increased. But we don't have the numbers we had before the (Second Vatican) Council." He then said that he hoped many young women of the new generation would choose the religious life of dedication "to the habit, the rule and to love of neighbor." "How many families of Religious do we have?" he asked. "Oh my, several thousand. And the superiors general are like generals in an army with many, many Sisters lined up behind them. As in a garden where one sees flowers, you are the flowers of the Church."

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Continued from Page Three fold hunger for justice and jus. tification bring together two emphases in the work of Christians which should never have been separated: the demands of social~ justice and the challenge of traditional evangelization. Both aspects of the apostolate are essential to the ministry of the Church. To offer a Gospel to men without its fruits of justice and true charity is to deprive man of his dignity; to offer material goo~s without Christ is to deprive man of his destiny. Lent, a season traditionally identified with prayer and fasting, offers a special opportunity to respond to the hungers of the human family and to show our appreciation for our lives which are nourished by Jesus, the Bread of Life. First, our prayer should be universal; not only that we might prepare for the congress more fruitfully but that all men and women might profit from the congress profoundly. Second, our fasting should be truly sacrificial and the fruits of our sacrifice should be devoted to satisfying the hunger for food in our own communities and throughout the world. Third, our concern for the spiritual nourishment of others should not be limited to prayer but should extend to a program of sharing our most precious treasure, our faith. Then, the events of that which is appropriately called "holy" will have added significance for us who will have seen more clearly what Jesus intended when He said to His Apostles: "This is My Body which wiH be given for you."

women in the liturgy, and the concept of specialized Masses: for children, the sick, the age9, etc. Convocation sessions are also expected to dwell on a major contemporary concern of the Church: that of the relationship between divorced and remarried Catholics, and the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Currently, the divorced and remarried Catholic is forbidden reception of Holy Communion by Church law. Keynote speaker for the convocation will be a Norbertine Father and a noted contemporarv theologian, Father Alfred McBride, O. Praem. Also scheduled to address the the convocation is Father J. Bryan Hehir. associate director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Social Development for the U.S. Catholic Conference, a Massachusetts native, a'ld a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston. From Diocese Representin~ the Fall River diocese under the leadership of Bishop Cronin will be Rev. James F. Lvons, chairma'l of the diocesan Divine Worship Commission. who will al.;o the delegation; Rev. John J. Oliveira, commission secretarY: Rev. Ronald Tosti and Sister Marv Evangela, RSM, commission members. Also Sister Rita Pelletier, SSJ. diocese associate director of religious education; Sister Mary Felicita, CSSF, parochial school teacher; Mrs. Jeanne LeBoeuf and Mrs. Thomas Murach, members of parish liturgv committees; Mrs. Emma Andrade, member of Ethnic Participation Committee for Eucharistic Congress. John Finni, Catholic high school principal and parish liturgy committee member; George Milot, Catholic high school principal; Rev. Charles Soto, OFM, Spanish Apostolate.

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Funerals Continued from Page Three of a Mass at St. Joseph Church, Fairhaven, for Mrs. Mary M. Regan, 104, mother of Bishop Regan of Davao City, Philip"lines and Sister Rita Marie, stationed in Taiwan, Republic of China, neither of whom was able to be present for the funeral. Chaplain Col. Denehy was principal celebrant for the funeral Mass of his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Denehy, at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River. Bishop Daniel A. Cronin presided and gave the final absolution.

Concelebrants included Archbishop Jose;>h Ryan, coadjutor for the U.S. Military Ordinariate, many priests of the diocese and military chaplains.

School Winn'ers Continued from Page Three several similar projects from other parts of tne country, lend itself to especially effective convention display. The diocesan entries will be part of the "static exhibit" section of Bicentennial Showcase. "Live exhibits" - will feature choral and dramatic groups, prima:rily from the midwest.

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Continued from Page Three area assistant Appeal director, who will speak on youth work; April 11, Rev. George F. Almeida, New Bedford area assistant director, summer camps; April 25, Rev. John F. Andrews, Cape and Islands area director, schools for exceptional children; May 2, Bishop Daniel A. Cronin, honorary Appeal chairman, the broad scope of the fund drive. On Channel Six's community program, seen at 6:30 a.m., Rev. Armando Annunziato will speak on St. Vincent's Home on Friday, March 26; Sister M. Carolita Schmith, R.S.M. will discuss diocesan programs for exceptional children on Tuesday, April 13; and Bishop Cronin and Richard C. Fontaine, diocesan lay chairman for the 1976 appeal, will appear on Thursday, April 29. In addition, spot announcement will appear on Channel Six and radio announcements will be heard on all area stations.

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Women's Lib Here to Stay Declares Msgr. Higgins

To get the hang of what liberation theology is all about you've got to understand that the people who propose it do not confuse "liberation" with "freedom." Freedom has traditionally come ~o mean a number of highly specific things: the right to they have in mind. Marxism, of political opposition, the right which the liberationists are so to express oneself or~lly or devoutly fond, never comes to in writing, the right to pub- political power without ruthlesslish dissenting opinion, the right to run newspapers, radio stations, and television channels that are not under the complete


REV. ANDREW M. GREELEY control of the government, the right to areas of life that the government may not invade, the right to trial by an impartial judiciary, and the right to form organizations not subject to government manipulation. But for the liberationists this kind of "freedom" is dismissed as "bankrupt liberal democracy" or "bourgeois capitalism" or (the ultimate putdown) the "American idea of freedom." You see, there are other kinds of freedom besides the American kind; you can be "free" with a government that permeates every aspect of human life, with a state-controlled press, radio, and television, a state-dominated church, a single-party government, and absolute prohibition of freedom of expression, freedom to dissent, freedom to disagree. It is' this kind of liberation which the liberation theologians are advocating. For them, liberation does not mean political choice for the ordinary people (who are too "immature" to exercise such choice); it means rather political control for the "representatives" of the people. Liberation occurs, in other words, when tl)ey and their friends seize political power and impose their public virtue on the rest of the nation. And just to make sure the people are virtuous, you organize a secret police, build concentration camps, and ruthlessly suppress all political dissent. By the standards of liberation theology, then, Indira Ghandi has recently "liberated" India. One need only look at the countries the liberation theologians admire - Cuba, China, Peru, Tanzania - to see what

ly suppressing all opposition. Under such regimes, one is free, all right, free to do exactly what the government wants you to do. That was the kind of freedom the Spanish Inquisition had in mind at its worst moments. Utterly Astonishing One might understand why some Latin American theologians, whose countries have very weak traditions of civil liberties nnd political choice, might be so desperately enamored of such a rigid authoritarianism, which might well impose on unruly citizens the kind of discipline they need and bring the theologians into political power or inf'uence). But it is utterly astonishing. that people brought up in the United States. can be so eager to sell out the cause of personal and political freedom. Douhtless there are weaknesses in the American system, but one can scarcely think of any other country in the world wh~re there is so much freedom. Just try to write an article in an Indian newspRper Rhont the weakness .of their political systemor in a Cuban, Tanzanian, or Chinese newspaper - and see how far you get. But are our liberation theologians so eager to pive np free' nom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of worship, the right to an impartial trial, and all the other precious freedoms that have heen part of the American heritage for two hundred years? I have the impression that they are perfectly willing to give up such freedoms. I wonder why. My guess is that they really don't understand the implications of liberation. They may devoutly desire to see the end of liberal democracy, but they don't realize what that will mean to them personally. The political and personal freedoms that exist in American society are as natural to them as breathing; they cannot imagine a country in which those freedoms do not exist. They don't really believe that they will lose such freedoms any more than they believe that they will have to stop breathing. They never have been liberated, they never have been REALLY liberated, you see.

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KNOW YOUR FAITH Powerful Heroines of Israel

Daniel: The Young Idealist Six times Daniel shows youthful courage, faith and wisdom when confronted by challenges to his relig'ion. In each case he illuminates an ideal. 1. Fidelity to religious custom and law. The king drafted Daniel into the royal service. Daniel liked the prestigious opportunities this would bring. He disliked the pressure to succumb to the royal menu that included. food forbidden by Jewish dietary law. Daniel persuaded his manager to By let him stay on a vegetarian diet for 10 days. The trial period FR. AL worked. Daniel looked even more robust that those youths McBRIDE who ate the king's rich food. His example secured the· exiles' loyalty to ceremonial laws. 2. All human might has clay The story of Daniel is a case feet. It happened the king had study in youthful idealism. The a nightmare. No one could inauthor of The Book of Daniel terpret it. The king had seen a lived under the Greek persecu- giant statue with feet of clay. tion of Antiochus the Terrible,· A small stone toppled it. The from 167 to 164 BC. Grieved king had not recalled his nightby the national ~espair caused mare's details but felt troubled by this oppression he told six' about it. Daniel prayer about it legend-like Daniel tales that sur- and was rewarded with the invived from the days of Bab- sight. ylonian exile. He used these Great Mountains idealistic· narratives for their He told the king the details of inspirational value. He also drew upon four of the dream. The statue, made of Daniel's visions and adapted many metals, represented the them as religious interpretations world's empires. The small stone of the current crisis to establish that rolled against the monstrous hope in the ultimate victory of image was the little community Turn to Page Thirteen the saints of God. Every teacher is aware of the native idealism of young people. In a special way, the 1960s underlined the idealistic passion of youth. In retrospect adults may have disagreed with some of its substance, but few would quibble with its inspiring intentand many came to hear and act upon that upsurge of idealism.


As we conclude our study of the Old' Testament with this week's Know Your Faith series it seems appropriate to return to the first of our theme articles which appeared last September.


That article began: "Above all, the Old Testament deals with promise and response. God's promise to a man ... and then to his descendents, and the reESTHER is crowned queen in this elaborate engraving sponse of that man ... and his by Beauvarlet. "Esther, : . . had been chosen queen after descendents ... to the promise." Queen Vashti had been deposed for her refusal to answer For the past six months we have considered promise and re- a royal summons." sponse in the religious history As is frequently the case in of Israel. We have seen in the bodiment of the faithful Israelite, Books of the Old Testament how confident of God's promise of the Old Testament, the methods God first called Abraham to protection and deliverance in of Judith will not stand up to covenant with Him so that his the face of a clearly impossible rigorous moral examination, but as Father John L. McKenzie obchildren might become a sign of human situation. Opposing Judith is Holofernes, serves, "God saves His people and witness to "God's plan to restore broken humanity to the also a type characterization of by the deeds of men acting as original integrity or wholeness the prideful pagan determined to men," or in the case of Judith, for which it had. been created. seduce or force Israel into a woman acting as a woman. Through people and events idolatry. In the Book of Esther we find The story is not historical, but the virtue of faith exemplified God revealed Himself and His unselfish love to Israel. Through in the opinion of most scholars by Mordecai, a courtier of King prophets and kings, through is didactic or teaching fiction. Ahaseurus (Xerxes) of Persia, faithful men and women, The names of characters and and his step-daughter, Esther, through the Exodus and the Ex- nations are plucked at random descendents of Jews who had ile. God repeated His promise from the history of the Ancient migrated to the East after the and demonstrated His forgiving Near East and rearranged by the Exile of Judah to Babylon. .love, seeking a response from author to provide a background Like Judith, Esther is not conBehind those doors are chil- Israel in love and faithfulness. for his inspired story. sidered historical, although it is The last two books of the Old Armed only with faith, Judith likely that the story has its roots dren-35 of them. The babies are being taken care of by Testament that we are to study, enters the enemy camp and wins in a pogrom or persecution from nurses and aides in a cheerful Esther and Judith, repeat again the favor of Holofernesc, the op- which the Jews of Persia were nursery. Older children are busy the great theme of faith and posing general. The would-be delivered in a providential man·playing with toys that stimulate faithfulness ... Israel depends on seducer of Israel and Judith is ner. King Xerxes reigned from beheaded by Judith in a slaying 485-465 in Persia, but his learning and motor skills. Open the promise of Yahweh! The Book of Judith is the story that is depicted as a religious Queen's name was Amestris, and doors reveal bedrooms that might be your own children's of a widow, whose name, Judith, ... the working out of God's not Vashti or Esther as related means Jewess. She is the em- justice. rooms-each one different. in the book. Who are these children? They Esther does not set out to give are retarded and handicapped a lesson in history, but again is youngsters who, for various reaa teaching document that resons, cannot be cared for at peats the Old Testament theme home. Why are they here? that God will be faithful to His Why are they not in public inThe anonymous letter. I re- Saigon officials to sell gold was promise of protection to those stitutions? They live at "Our ceived contained only an anno- broken only when the bank ran who respond in love and faithLady of the Wayside" because tated newspaper clipping with out of money." fulness. of the love of one couple. One the headline: "Viet Generals My critic had scribbled around In the story, Haman, an honcouple who built this home lit- Find Refugee Life Not Too the bottom edge of that article: ored official of Xerxes, seeks erally from nothing. They had Hard." "To thnk you want people of glory for himself and orders that no money, but they saw a need. this parish to support these peo- all citizens bow down and adore From their recognition of a need, ple. I will not donate to the him when he passes. Mordecai, a dream evolved. Faith joined . church again." Turn to Page Thirteen the dream-anct the dream, fiFortunately, over 100 Holy nally, was reality. Family parishioners indicated by By Find Joy their actions they disagreed I visited the "Our Lady of the with the objector. That ·generWayside" because of my per- FR. JOSEPH M. ous and hard-working group, sonal interest in exceptional which included many modernchildren. All of us who have CHAMPLIN day Judiths and Esthers, simply such a child, I think, are somecut through all the negative arhow linked to one another. First guments and arranged a home in The sender had circled' in red Fulton for the Nguyen Van Ngan we share the sorrow. And then this paragraph: we find the joy. family. I was moved by the beauty "Refugees who traveled with These people saw the Vietof these children. But I was the generals said Jhe wife of namese refugee problem in a painfully aware, too, of other Gen. Cao Van Vien deposited clearer and more Christian perThe Falmouth National Bank FALMOUTH. MASS. children like· these who ar~ not nearly $1 million in Guam._ The spective. By 'he lIillaRe Green Since 1821 Turn to Page Thirteen . Turn to Page Thirteen -line formed by other wives of

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MAYOR SHOT DEAD IN A BASQUE TOWN-13 BRITONS REPORTED SHOT BY FIRING SQ!TAD IN ANGOLA-MAJOR CRIME UP U.8 PER CENTThese are headlines selected at random from a recent issue of the New York Times-headlines that reveal the plight of today's world. But there are other headlines, too. AID SUPPLIES POUR INTO GUATEMALA - and there are the many stories that never make headlines in the New York Times. A few uplifting stories appear in local papers, but there are many more that are never printed. Quiet heroism passes up by more often than not. Today's topic, "Powerful Heroines of Israel," reminded me of the heroic people I have kno~n during my lifetime. And it's comforting to realize that they are not few in number. A little over a year ago, I visited a place called "Our Lady of the Wayside." This low, rambling, well-kept building shaded by trees. is located in a pleasant residential section in Avon, Ohio. To one passing by, it might appear as a rather large American home, like I:lany another we see day in and day out. But it is not. It is unique.

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A New Family in our Parish Continued from Page Twelve It had and .has nothing to do with one's views on the war in Vietnam or whether our government should have even brought these persons to the United States,'lt is not affected by the fact that some refugees like the generals, may abuse our charity or that this particular county of New York State suffers a higher than average unemployment rate. The resettlement question, fO,r us, was reduced to these essential points: Here is a family living in a tent at Fort IndIantown Gap, Pa.; they escaped from Vietnam by a small canoe with very few of their personal belongings; only the eldest child, a 16-year-old son, speaks English;

Heroines of Israel Continued from Page Twelve who bows down only to Yahweh, refuses. Haman, infuriated, vows vengence upon Mordecai and his people. Esther, whose relationship to Mordecai is unknown by Xerxes or Haman, had been chosen Queen after Queen Vashti had been deposed for her refusal to answer a royal summons. Haman uses subterfuge to get Xerxes to agree to the issuance of an irrevocable proclamation calling for the extermination of the Jews. Mordecai appeals to Esther, who after prayer and fasting intercedes successfully' for her people. In the original Hebrew form of the book, the name of God is never mentioned but there is no question that God's hand is seen in Esther's successful intervention. Haman is deposed and replaced by Mordecai, and in an ironic twist is hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai's execution. . The dilemma of' the irrevocable order is solved by Mordecai who issues a new order over the King's signature authorizing the Jew to defend themselves against their enemies. Thus the situation is reversed and those who would slay the Jews are themselves slain. The Jewish Feast of Purim celebrates the victory of Esther and Mordecai over Haman. The name Purim comes from an Akkadian word, "puru," which means lot or destiny, and refers to the fact that in the Book of Esther the date for the extermination of the Jews was determined by the casting of lots. So we end our study of the Old Testament with two short books, each depicting an heroic woman whose covenant loyalty to God is rewarded by God's covenant loyalty to His people. Sadly the response of Esther and Judith was never the. response of Israel and the Old Testament is a testament of murdered prophets, broken covenants and apostasy, a testament of God's election of a people that was misunderstood as an election to privilege instead of an election to responsibility. The New Testament begins when, after seeking in vain from Israel a response in love and faithfulness, the God who calls becomes the Man who responds.

the camp cannot care for the remaining refugees throughout a cold winter; this father and mother plus the seven children (from three-16) are anxious to find a new home. Those were the clear facts; the Christian vision said this: "I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me ..." A Christian an· swer could not be, "I was away from home and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing. I was a Vietnamese family and you wouldn't take me in or give me a house or help me start a new life." Spurred on by our American bishops' call for each parish to sponsor a family and encouraged by the earlier experience of a Lutheran committee, the Holy Family Resettlement group within about six weeks accomplished the entire project or at least the initial move. They met twice, accepted the suggested family, searched out and rented a house, completely cleaned, painted and furnished the home, secured a temporary janitorial job for the father and were ready for their arrival on Nov. 7. On that Friday night tears Clime to many of the 20 commit· tee members present as we welcomed the family after their sixhour trip from Pennsylvania. Others shared similar feelings when they participated in Mass and received Communion the next Sunday. Since then there have been many big and little tasks cared for by different parishioners: medical and dental examinations, enrollment in school, Wednesday and Friday night English classes, assistance with the budget, proper clothing for winted get, proper clothing for our winter weather, governmental forms. Our goal has been to lead them as soon as possible to fiscal and personal independence. I am sure this is what the family wishes as well. Before their arrival they wrote: "With' the help of Father and your believers, our family hopes that we will adapt to the new life in the United States of America and will be useful Americans citizens soon. In the Lord and relying on Father and your believers, our family does not worry at all."

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DANIEL survives the lions in this sketch from The Catholic Encyclopedia' for School and Home. "Daniel refused (to worship the kings) and was thrown in the famous lion's den. Darius came to see the results and found a contented Daniel."

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Continued from Page Twelve of faith that sought justice. It would rise up and become a mountain to strike away such tyranny. Jesus would one day name Peter the rock of the Church. And this Church would became a "great mountain and fill the whole earth." (Cf. Dan. 2:35) 3. Worship only the true God. Daniel's three friends, Shadrach, Mesach and Abednego were thrown into a furnace for refusing to worship an idol. They walked among those flames, unharmed, and singing a hymn of blessings that remains a masterpiece. 4. All flesh is grass. Power tends to corrupt the most powerful with delusions of false immortality. Tl;1e king had dreamed . " " " " " " " " " " " J he was a tree filling the earth and the heavens. An angel came I~ • I ~ I~OrrIS ~ and cut down the tree and put the king out to pasture like an ~ J. TESER, Prop. - animal. Daniel told him that this ~ means that all power comes to _ RESIDENTIAL ~ INDUSTRIAL ~ an end. Kings are mortal and , COMMERCIAl- when they forget it they lose - 253 Cedar St.. New Bedford _ their humanness, become like _ 993-3222 _ beasts eating grass and one day return to the earth from which f"""""", ""f that grass grows. 5. There is always a "hand· writing on the wall." The king gave an orgy for the princes. In the midst of their revelry a disembodied hand wrote MENE, TEKEL, PERES on the wall. The event produced instant soContractors & Industrial berness and terror in the beRichard Sousa, Inc. holders. Daniel comes to tell locations in them what it means. The glory of Babylon will soon end. Medes FALL RIVER & SOMERSET and Persians will destroy it. The 679-8991 Fall River corruption symbolized by the 672-1051 Somerset banquet-orgy simply forecasts

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Continued from Page Twelve fortunate enough to have such an enjoyable life-children who live and die in large institutions that are understaffed - places where there is no. time for love. "Our Lady of the Wayside" exists because one day, some years ago, a nun asked Dorothy Gauchat, the mother of three normal children, if she would care for a hydrocephalic infant in her home. The baby's life expectancy was short. Dorothy talked it over with her husband and they agreed to try. When they picked this baby up from the hospital, the nurse said, "He can't see-he is blind. He can't hear-he is deaf. He can't feelhe is atrophied." But they soon found that he did hear; he did see; he did feel. Other children followed. One day, Dorothy and Bill Gauchat were touched with great personal tragedy. One of their children was accidentally hit with a baseball bat. The result was irrevocable brain dam· age-damage that became evident bit by bit. It would have been logical to relinquish taking care of the children who were not theirs. But they did not choose that path. Theirs was one long embrace that encircled many. Dorothy began thinking of building a home. that would be the kind of facility that would allow them to care for more children. But from a practical point of view, it ·was impossible. Yet the idea become more and more compelling. At< the same time, she noticed that Bill's energies were dwindling. When he went for his regular checkup with the doctor, cancer was found. It appeared that their thoughts of a larger building were shattered. Dorothy began to face the fact that she would have to give up these foster children. Then as suddenly as the cancer appeared, it left. They expressed their thanks by immediately searching for funds to build a sizeable home. Their unceasing work resulted in "Our Lady of the Wayside." Bill died not long ago. And Dorothy continues alone. I did not meet the Gauchats during my visit because Bill was ill then. Nevertheless, I feel that I know them. They touched my life that day and left their indelible mark. The heroes and heroines do not belong only to the past. They live among us. Yes, God continues to reveal Himself and His un$elfish love through those whom He has created. (Dorothy Gauchat tells her story in "All God's Children" published by Hawthorn Books, Inc., New York, 1976.)


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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Mar. 4, 1976

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BY CECILIA BELANGER I am writing this column in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., having just returned from a visit to my summer Alma Mater, Cornell University. Whenever I visit that "home away from home" I return full of fresh ideas, challenges, and gratitude for some wonderlike "Forward to 1776" are ful friends. (and for the notes gans not enough. I'm forever taking all over What the Bicentennial is and the place.) I had the oppor- should be is a time for re-assess-

tunity of talking to many young people ranging in age from 16 to 24. Some were high school students, others college juniors and seniors, still others high school drop-outs, and some who hadn't gone beyond grammar school. They had a lot in common-their youth, their inexperience, and their honesty. They were not from one part of the country only. They were a good cross-section-from New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and points south and west. They came from varying backgrounds, economically and culturally. Love America I did not meet one who preferred another country to his or her own. They saw the inequities and the many things they don't like about America, but they ail love her. They love her because they feel she can still bring about that dream that made her so famous around the world. They believe her best days can be ahead of her. One quoted the closing line from Tagore: "Into that heaven of freedom, ·let my country awake." What is grabbing most of the young people with whom I talked is whether or not this Bicentennial year will really put to good use the three R's that our nation should engage in: recalling, renewing, and reaffirming. We do need to recall from where we have come, they said. We do need to renew those freedoms and responsibilities which have enhanced justice. And we need to reaffirm our own commitment to building a more humane, decent, moral society. Young people are idealists. I am. But we also know that 1deals in themselves are not enough. The statement of values is not sufficient. It is the practice of , those ideals and values which counts. And looking back at the Bicentennial is not enough. 510-

ment - "of the present" - "and emphasizing the future"-with respect to the ideals and values connected with the founding of our nation. These are some of the opinions of youth in and out of school. We spent hours discussing this one topic, and what amazed some of the college students was the knowledge of history possessed by many of the high school drop-outs. Most of these young people are educating themselves by reading, and a good job they are doing. A youth who works in a garage and loves it said, "For me, this is a time for looking at where we are now· with respect to the unfinished agenda of our nation, and asking ourselves what oui' third century is going to be like." His friend, a young fellow who goes to school nights and works days, said "Even more important is what are we going to do about it: the unfinished agenda." Then, "What are we going to do about the rest of this century and the one coming up?" These young people do not want to leave the Bicentennial to the sellers of souvenirs, who are trying to make it a Buycentennial. They feel it is important that we emphasize and not curtail the freedoms of the Bill of Rights and particularly religious freedom from which other freedoms are derived historically and legally. A grad student said he had one concern and that was "the danger of civil religion, of religious nationalists." He said, "The question is that of the policies of our nation and allegiance to national leaders becoming a religion which overrides our own private religion. It is the danger of feeling that when we engage in a war, ~r when we execute foreign policy, that we are God's chosen people, and that we are doing God's wilL"




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MEMPHIS (NC) - Almost 90 per cent of 404 Catholic high school pupils polled here said they feel it is necessary at times for parents to use physical discipline 9n their children. Ami practically all of them said they planned to use similar discipline in raising their own children. Most of the students responding to the poll, conducted by Common Sense, newspaper of the Memphis diocese, said they had been physically disciplined at times by their parents. The poll surveyed 134 boys and 270 girls in the junior and senior classes of diocesan Catholic high schools here. The poll showed no significant differences between male and female attitudes towards parental discipline. Roughly the same percentages in each group answered the questions the same way. The greatest difference with parents appeared in response to the question, "In general, will you raise your children the same way your parents raised you?" To this 66.5 per cent said yes, 33.5 per <:ent no. Asked if they felt parents had to resort at times to physical

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Most of those in the poll answered the question: "If you had to make a point about how to raise a child or what not to do when raising chilqren, what would you say?" "Do not spoil them," said one girl. "Don't let them do everything they want. But let them have some fun."

'¥ork, Dedication, Fun )~t Stang 'Ring Thing' ~ Leo A. Racine Stang Correspondent

Student cooperation and participation are two of the most desirable qualities for a class, yet they are sometimes beyond reach, behind the curtain of apathy. Recently the Junior Class at Stang High School, North Dartmouth, exhibited these qualities in a very commendable way. The occasion was the Junior "Ring Thing." It began with a oonceIebrated Mass which 11 priests and a deacon from throughout the diocese attended. The homilist was Rev. Msgr. Henri Hamel who spoke on the Mass theme-"A Friend Is ..." stressing the importance of believing in Christ, our Eternal Fr::end. At this celebration, the Juniors' rings were blessed by Rev. John Steakem, school chaplain. It is from this blessing that the occasion derived its significs.nce. The next Saturday, over 100 students and 15 faculty members

attended a Ring Banquet at which Mr. James· McNamee of the guidance department addressed the Juniors on the symbolism of their rings. A most significant· fact concerning this banquet was that approximately 60 mothers prepared the food and many stayed to help with the serving. Along with the careful planning of the committee, it was this contribution that made the meal a real success. The Ring Dance which followed tl;le banquet proved to be the climax of the "Ring Thing." Highlighting decorations was a 7 Y2 foot facsimile of a class ring which had been constructed over a two week period in a student's garage, across Route Six from Stang. Made of heavy pipe, it required plenty of muscle to hoist it to its place of honor on the gym stage. But that was nothing compared to the project of carrying it across busy Route Six to the school when it was first completed. Those who watched the traffic-halting feat agreed that nothing stops the Stang Juniors!

1reen Retreat Exemplifies Inter-Parish Cooperation (Ed. note: The following report is by Rev. Pierre Lachance, 0.]1». of St. Anne's parish, Fall River.) I would like to share with Anchor readers a beautiful experience we had two weeks ago with a group of young people of our parish, thanks to one of our

lay parishioners and a group of Christ filled people from St. Patrick's parish in Somerset. We, the priests of St. Anne, had become painfully aware for several years of the needs of our youth and how inadequate we were to meet those needs. If Turn to Page Fifteen

THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Mar. 4, 1976


Prosp"ect of Three Champions Cause for Guarded Optimism The Eastern Massachusetts Schoolboy Basketball Tournament moves into the final stages of the sectional playoffs this week with local contingents still in contention in all three divisions. The hope of, at least, one sectional title being won by an area school remains bright. ference champions who entered tourney favored to win the The prospect of all the the Southern sectional crown, will Southern champions com- play the winner of the Boston ing from the region is cause for guarded optimism. Five of the original 17 qualifiers from within the confines of diocesan territorial limits were "alive" entering the semifinal round competition slated for last night. The surviors include one Division I team and two each in Division II and III. Durfee High of Fall River made its tourney debut last week against Quincy and rolled to a relatively easy 76-67 victory. The Fall Riverites are paired against perennial powerhouse Catholic Memorial of Roxbury in the semi-finals. The Southeastern Massachusetts Con-

Tech-Boston English if they are able to withstand the challenge of Memorial. Coach Tom Karam's charges were led by sharpshooter Jim Mercer's 24 point performance in the quarterfinals but the victory was the result of team balance. A sound floor game by sophomore Kevin Whiting and strong rebounding by Matt Sunesan contributed greatly to the win. Durfee will need another team effort to move into Saturday's finals. The key to victory will undoubtedly rest with the Red and Black's defenses which must collar Memorial's ace Ron Perry.

Area Will Be Represented in II Finals Attleboro, the area's only other representative in the large school bracket, lost its preliminary round game to Boston Tech. The Blue Bombardiers, however, were impressive in defeat as they forced the Bostonians into overtime before dropping the 69-64 decision. Oliver Ames of Easton has shown to date why it's the favorite to win the Division II crown. The Tigers demolished Burke 90-74 in first round action and disposed of Boston Trade 82-71 in the quarterfinals." In the initial contest 6'10" Craig Watts was unstoppable as he poured in 46 points. When Tech concentrated on collaring the big man in the quarterfinals, John Santos took over and scored 23 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Watts did score 27 in that contest. Barnstable, somewhat of a surprise performer, earned the right

to meet OA in the semis on the strength of its 65-63 triumph over Somerset and 67-55 win over Hyde Park. The winner of the OA-Barnstable matchup will go on to represent the area in the finals of Division II scheduled for Saturday. With a little ,luck, either Dartmouth or Bishop Connolly High of Fall River could have been among the semifinalists. Dartmouth toppled Roslindale, 73-50, in opening round action, before losing to Rockland 64-60 in the quarterfinals. Rockland's victory came on the heels of its exciting and controversial win over Bishop Connolly. In that contest Connolly fought back from an 18 point h!llf time deficit to tie the score at the end of regulation time. The game was eventually decided at the end of the second overtime when Rockland got on the board with two free throws.

Norton and Bristol-Plymouth Set Records A recap of the fate of the remaining local Division II qualifiers shows Seekonk eliminated by Westwood 70-58, DightonRehoboth lost to Boston Trade 67-54, and Somerset lost to Bamstable. The most surprising results, relative to area teams, have occurred in the Division III playoffs. Bristol-Plymouth Regional High of Taunton, and co-champion of the Mayflower League, and Norton of the Southeastern Massachusetts Conference are both in the semifinals. Neither" was expected to survive beyond the quarterfinals. B-P advanced to the semis by defeating St. Columbkill's 64-47

and Southeastern Regional" 5649. Norton has earned tourney victories over Nauset 58-51 and West Bridgewater 52.41. With some luck, the two could meet for the Division III crown, but the prospects of that happenning are slight. BrnstolPlymouth must beat tourney favorite Cathedral High of Boston while Norton eliminates Cardinal Spellman High of Brockton. Regardless of the outcome in the semis, both clubs have established new records at their respective schools. Their appearance in the semifinals will mark the first time in history that either has advanced to that level in the state tournament.

Continued from Page Fourteen only we had one young priest to work with the youth! We resigned ourselves to do all that we could with our resources and prayed that God would somehow_ do what we could not. Then, one day in early October, Mike Freitas, a parishioner of ours, who had served on Echo retreat teams and frequented St. Patrick's in Somerset, where a beautiful retreat movement had developed, came to offer us a weekend retreat for our Juniors and Seniors in High School. A full team of 14 people, mostly from St. Patrick's, were making themselves available to launch a retreat movement at St. Anne. Wow! We" could hardly believe it. Truly, it was God's response to our needs and prayers. Later on, a young man of our parish who, unbeknown to us, "had become involved in Echo retreats for youth while at State College in Lowell, and had recently returned to teach in Fall River, expressed a deep interest in our Youth Retreat and joined the team. Another surprise gift from the Lord! This time, it was one of our own parishioners who would continue to work with us for the spiritual renewal of our parish through youth retreats. We prepared for this weekend for more than four months. The team was just wonderful beyond words. They gave so much of themselves to help .a sister parish! (What great good could happen in the diocese if parishes that have special resources thus shared them with others!) The team met frequently during those four months to plan the program, pray together and share Christ wth one another, before they could share Him with our young people. Beyond Expectation


MODEL STUDENTS: Gerald Bruce and Warren Pratt, seniors at Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth, work out on the school's Universal Gym machine, a gift from the Stang Booster Club. They are aJPong students, alumni and parents who will model spring and summer fashions at a buffet and style show the club will sponsor at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 in the school auditorium. Finally, the weekend came. Much frustration had been encountered in trying to sell the program to oUr parishioners, kids and parents alike, who were unsure whether they really wanted this type of retreat. Finally, 18 came and the experience was something beautiful beyond expectation. It was an experience of spirtual growth that hardly seems possible in so short a time. I would like to conclude by reiterating the expression of my gratitude to the beautiful people who have come to us to launch this retreat for our youth. This I want to do in the name of the entire parish community at St. Anne. We are especially grateful to Mike Freitas, who took the initiative of the project, to Gene Rauner,who directed the retreat, and to Father Joe Maguire, of


St. Patrick's in Somerset, whose experience and presence proved most invaluable. Sister Noella, Parish Coordinator of Religious Education at St. Anne, also deserves special credit for her outstanding dedication in getting the retreat organized. All have become very special to us and deserve our deepest gratitude.

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Life In Music By The Dameans CREATIVI1Y IS A GIFT Of all the mysteries that surround the adventure of life perhaps the most awesome is the mystery of birth. When the mind can no longer stand the strain of trying to understand how life happens the heart ~imply rejoices that life has come and celebrates the central reality of birth, namely that life is a gift. The experience of giving birth is not limited to those who possess the dignity of motherhood. Giving birth is an experience that everyone knows who trys to build, create, rearran~e or simply conceive a new idea. Giving birth is everyone's share in continuing the work of creation, and as in giving birth to a child, the same rules apply. By now you should be asking yourself what all of this has to do with music and why are we discussing birth instead of a song. The reason is that we, the Dameans, are presently involved in giying birth to a new album by recording some of our own new music. Each time that happens it is a profound experience for us. Since we generally use this column to reflect on the experience of other artists as seen in their music, we thought that we might share an experience of our own, and what that experience is teaching us. Over a year ago we began working on new ideas for songs. The process of writing involves much the same thing as any pregnancy. It is a time of waiting and a time of growing. The idea may begin easily but may have to struggle to take flesh. This waiting is not only necessary for the idea to grow but is just as necessary for us to get ready to receive it. This last phase, our getting ready, is what labor is all about. There seems to always be a time of wrestling in any creative venture. But in the struggle we learn one of the most important elements of any creation or birth. We learn that no amount of struggle we do will actually make life happen or create an idea. Life and birth are a gift. When we have struggfed enough to clear our own pride out of the way, then we are ready for the gift and it comes. 'Here I Am' Many of our songs happen that way. The initial idea comes and we start wrestling. Then when we're exhausted the finished idea walks over, taps us on the shoulder and says, "Here I am." On this album some of those ideas have happened Tum to Next Page

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• Life In Music Continued 'From Page 15 while we were: sailing, talking to a friend, back packing, reading Scripture, losing a friend' and even simply being still. Songs, like life, are a gift. Now we are recording and the gift is taking flesh. But even here there is much to be learned. As we spend grueling hours in the studio, oblivious to everything except our investment of time and energy into making music, we find that what finally comes out is more than the total of what we have put into it. What starts as a simple idea gains force and power from what is added by the other musicians and people who share the experience. Then the final product speaks with the force of a spirit that is far beyond our own. We realize that, as in all creativity, we have been an instrument of creation and not the sale source of creativity. Once again creation is recognized as a giit. Finally when the album :.s all done and the music is shared we realize that the last step is giving birth, in letting go. What we have given birth to is now no longer our own. It will be enjoyed and used without us. It will affect people in way~ we never counted on for reasons we can't explain. Now we understand most clearly what every parent, every artist and every creator learns; we cannot claim what we have helped give li::e to. It is now, in turn, open to being used for new birth, just as we were used before it. All we can do is watch in utter humility and be thankful for what we were allowed to share. Now we know most completely, that all birth, creativity and life is a gift. From this we learn to be always thankful.

Broken glass ... a shattered window ... jagged pieces fallen on rough, weather worn boards . . . on the porch of an abandoned house. The broken glass calls up images of shattered dreams . . . of ideals splintered against the harsh realities of life ... of the brittle fragility of being human. The rough boards . . . nailed in place, orderly and solid ... worn but firm ... provide rest for the fragile glass . . . Having endured the rigors of nature for long years . . . the seasoned boards suggest something of human durability ... in the face of life's brokenness. Life is like that . . . People are like that . . . fragile but firm . . . breakable yet able to endure.. . . There is a mystery about life . . . about people . . . a mystery of strength in weakness . . • of something solid under the brittleness ... of power to endure the fragmenting flow of time. What is the source of that security ... even when a life seems shattered? . . . What grounds people in hope ... when everything seems to be breaking apart? Whether we can name him or not . . . the enduring ground of our being . . . is our God . . . and His Son, Jesus Christ ... in whom all things hold together . . . in whom we are ultimately rooted . . . in whose image we fragile humans are made.

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