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Fall River natives make difference in Jeremie By Pat McGowan

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GLENCOLUMBKILLE, COUNTY DONEGAL, on Ireland's west coast. In the words of an Irish poet, "How sweetly lies old Ireland, emerald green beyond the foam, awakening sweet memories, calling the heart back home."

"Cead mile failte" wished

to new immigrants By Msgr. George G. Higgins

Americans in 1892 and for several successive decades. Let me cite but one recent scholarly treatise which describes the plight of the immigrant Irish in the latter part of the 19th century. "It will seem strange to American descendants," we read in a 1960 book. "that for a long period their ancestors were ... classified in public documents as 'aliens.' The relationship of 'aliens' with crime and pauperism was generally applicable to the Catholic Irish as the particular source of offense.... "An uncomplimentary description of the Irish by a political enemy," the writer continues, "received wide circulation: 'The children of bigoted Catholic Ireland, like the frogs which were sent out as a plague against Pharoah ... arrive among us, too idle and vicious to clear and cultivate land .... [They) dump themselves down in our large village and towns, crowding the meanest sort of tenements and filling them with wretchedness and disease. In a political point of view, what are they but mere marketable cattle?''' That doesn't make for pleasant reading in 1992 but it does suggest, I think, that the present-day de~­ CATECHUMENS PREPARING through the Rite of cendants of the poor Irish and Christian Initiation of Adults to receive the sacraments of other immigrants ought to have a initiation - baptism, Holy Eucharist and confi~mation - at special sympathy for the new aliens in our midst. the Easter Vigil gather to inscribe their names in the Book of And let us not forget - if we are the Elect during ceremonies Sunday at St. Mary's Cathedral, tempted to think this is none of the Fall River. Also participating in the Rite of Election and Call federal goverqment's business to Continuing Conversion were validly baptized non-Catholics that the survival and rapid adseeking to become members of the church and baptized· vancement of the Irish Catholic community in the United States Catholics preparing for full initiation into the church. At right furnished a test of the wisdom and is Father lon-Paul Gallant, director of the Diocesan Office of tough-minded strength of the naDivine Worship. Diocesan Administrator Msgr. Henry T. tion's Constitution, to which the Munroe was presiding celebrant at the ceremony, held each Irish appealed for the protection Turn to Page II year on the first Sunday of Lent. (Gaudette photo) The Catholic Church in the United States is still a church of immigrants, millions of new immigrants mainly, but not exclusively, from Latin America. Writing on this recently, I cited Pope John Paul II's 1991 encyclical "Centesimus Annus" on the church's responsibility (yours and mine) to address the immigrants' socioeconomic as well as spiritual needs. With apologies to readers of other ethnic origins than my own,

let me suggest in this pre-St. Patrick's Day column that IrishAmerican Catholics have more reason than almost any other segment of the U.S. population to take up the pope's challenge in this regard. Not so many years ago their own forebears were the victims of the worst kind of economic and social discrimination because of their alien status. The kind of prejudice that still victimizes many American blacks and new immigrants in 1992 victimized Irish-

Fall River natives Dr. Jeremiah J.Lowney Jr., and his wife Virginia now live in Lebanon, Conn., but still have a soft spot in their hearts for their natal city. The rest of their hearts belong to Jeremie, Haiti, one of the poorest cities in one of the poorest nations on Earth. Last Sunday they came to St. Vincent's Home in Fall River to tell members of Pax Christi of Southeastern Massachusetts about their work there. It is awesome. They started in 1987 with a barren Jeremie hilltop overlooking the blue Caribbean. Today a four-story medical-dental clinic constructed without blueprints or aid of architects crowns the hilltop. It includes a chapel, living quarters for the many unpaid American volunteers who aid the clinic and space for offices and satellite services. The entire concrete structure, wedged into an excavation on the hill, was built with pick and shovel labor: no earthmovers, no bulldozers, nQ cranes. It occupied an army of workers for months, as they wielded picks to crumble native rock sufficiently to make concrete, then transported the concrete to the building site. How did this amazing project start? Dr. Lowney, an orthodontist who practices in Norwich, Conn., and who is also an associate clinical professor of orthodontics at the University of Connecticut, visited Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, in 1984. He brought along dental equipment and said to a sister he met, "I'm a dentist. Is there anything I could do here?" "She looked at me," he related, and said, 'N obody ever comes here. God must have sent you.' " "I was hooked," he said. But the needs of Port-au-Prince proved overwhelming for American volunteers; and Dr. Lowney consulted with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who has convents in



Haiti, regardmg other POSSibilitieS for service. She requested that he see what could be done in Jeremie, a seaport town in a remote area of southwestern Haiti. The Lowneys flew into Jeremie in a tiny plane, surveyed the situation and decided that, unlike Portau-Prince, it was a place where they could make a difference. The difference now includes, as well as the City of God medicaldental clinic, a roofed-over outpatient area on the three-acre clinic grounds, health outreach into the surrounding countryside and a flourishing Save-a-Family program providing about $300 annually to each family assisted. The money, amounting to .83 per day from each U.S. contributor to the Haitian Health Foundation, the umbrella organization that covers the Lowneys' activities in Jeremie, goes far in Haiti. It permits parents to provide schooling and basic food and clothing for their children; and on occasion it also saves lives. One man used $75 to pay for surgery for a strangulated hernia, thereafter enabling him to return to his $15 a month job, vital to his family's welfare. As president of the Haitian Health Foundation, Dr. Lowney is responsible for raising $300,000 to $400,000 annually to keep it going. He and his wife travel to Jeremie four times a year and all their four children have worked in the clinic. Jennifer, 25, now a dentist, helped with tooth extractions as a teen-ager, said her father. He said that very often she and visiting dentists from the States would set up shop with little more than forceps and a straight chair. Patients lined up, indicated their aching teeth and stoically endured the extraction process. "They have a very high tolerance for pain," said Dr. Lowney. Turn to Page II



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DR. JEREMIAH J. LOWNEY and his wife Virginia with a family that has been ~ided by the Save-a-Family Foundation.

Fall Ri~7er native among pundits assessing politicians WASHINGTON (CNS) - At the closing session of a meeting of Catholic social ministry workers March 4, three Washington political writers speculated about the state of U.S. politics and showed that while politicians may be out of touch, they're still worth some jokes. Humorist and writer Mark Shields joined Adam Clymer, chief congressional correspondent for The New York Times, and E.J. Dionne, Washington Post reporter, in analyzing the values in current politics with a hefty dose of humor. Dionne is the son of Lucienne Dionne of Holy Name parish, Fall River, and the late Dr. E.J. Dionne. He and his sister, Atty. LucieAnne Thomas, are graduates of the former St. Mathieu elementary school, Fall River, where their mother was a teacher. Now retired, Mrs. Dionne, who was also a librarian for many years, is gathering materials for a reference collection on Franco-American contributions to the civic and cultural life of Fall River. The Washington conference in I1I111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 THE ANCHOR (USPS-545-020). Second Class Postage Paid at Fall River. Mass. Published weekly except the week of July 4 and the week after Christmas at HH7 Highland Avenue. Fall River. Mass. 02720 by the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River. Subscription price by mail. postpaid $11.00 per year. Postmasters send address changes to The Anchor. P.O. Box 7. Fall River. MA 02722.

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which her son participated was on "Catholic Social Ministry in the '90s: Traditional Values, Contemporary Changes" and was sponsored by the U.S. Catholic Conference's departments of Social Development and World Peace, the U.S. bishops' Campaign for Human Development and Roundtable, a forum for social action discussion. At the closing session, one ofthe political writers predicted a grudging victory for President Bush in November, followed by a spiritless second term; another suggested Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton would win the presidency; and the third said Patrick Buchanan's fellow political commentators would decide the wrong member of their group wa's running for office and anoint Shields as president. Shields, sitting across the dais, looked embarrassed. Dionne joked about Buchanan and former California Gov. Jerry Brown as "the alpha and omega of Jesuit education" and suggested the time for the panel discussion might be better spent in analyzing. how two such diverse politicians could both be products of Jesuit schools. The author of " Why Americans Hate Politics," Dionne said only people "working out there in the front lines" like those in social ministries truly understand the problems facing the country. But politicians and political parties persist in making elections about issues instead of specific problems and after the races are over "the issues go back in the closet," Dionne said. Instead of picking candidates they like, American voterS now see themselves as having to choose

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ATTLEBORO AREA director and assistant director of the 1992 Catholic Charities Appeal are (left) Father John J. Steakem, pastor of S~. Mary's parish, Norton, and (right) Fa':her Ralph D. Tetrault, pastor ofSt. Mary's parish, North Attleboro. Father Daniel L. Freitas, center, pastor ofSt. John of God parish, Somerset, directs the Appeal.

Appeal dates announcedCatholic Charities of the Fall Ri\er Diocese announces the fol10\\ ing dates for the 1992 Catholic Charities Appeal, the 51 st Appeal: Kick-Off Meeting: Wednesday, April 22. 1992 - 7 to 8 p.m. Reception; 8 p.m. meeting, Bishop Co nnolly High School, Fall River Special Gift Phase: April 20 to May 2 Parish Phase: May 3 to May 13 Msgr. Henry T. Munroe, the administrator of the diocese, emphasizes that for over 50 years the diocese has had a genuine care and cOllcern for all human life. It has

been a period of caring, sharing and giving to those in need regardless of race, color, and creed. Greater enthusiasm will be needed thus year in order to meet the needs that are increasing from day. to day, Msgr. Munroe said. Rev. Daniel L. Freitas, diocesan director of the Appeal, said, "We need generosity and sacrifice more than ever before, by those who are capable, so that thousands of persons can be helped by the Catholic Charities Appeal,. The. the~e for.. this year's call for help is "Be as Generous as God. Has Been to You."

Children's issues addressed WASHINGTON (CNS) - Social activists from Catholic dioceses throughout the country spent four days in Washington learning how to assure that the nation is "d :>ing the best it can for its children." That's how Marian Wright Edelma n, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, described the: goals of the U.S. bishops' ree ent statement, "Putting Childn:n and Families First" and of the: March 1-4 conference on Catholic social ministry in the '90s. :)iscussion topics were as broad as international justice and peace and as specific as a refundable children's tax credit as part of U.S. tax teform. :)uring an afternoon on Capitol Hill March 3, a member of the House Democratic leadership and a representative of the Bush administration presented the diocesail social justice leaders with decidedly different approaches to the problems facing children and familie s today. "The poor, after all, are not a powerful enough constituency to affect change by themselves," said Bonior. "It's only when the Democratic Party has been able to forge an alliance between the poor and thl~ middle class that change has been accomplished." Mrs. Barnhart, substituting for Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan, said the ad ministration's two goals to improve the plight of children are "to

strengthen families and promot~ self-sufficiency." . "We need to help our children and families develop priorities based on principles," she said. Later that afternoon, the social action workers set out to personally convince members of Congress to approve a refundable chil~ dren's tax credit and to shift the nation's budget priorities from weapons to health, housing and development assistance for poor nations.

OBITUARY Ernest Correia The Mass of Christian Burial was offered yesterday at St. John the Baptist Church, New Bedford, by Father Edward E. Correia for his father, Ernest L. Correia, 86, who died March 9 at Our Lady's Haven, Fairhaven, after a long illness. Msgr. Henry T. Munroe, diocesan administrator, was a concelebrant ofthe Mass and imparted the final absolution. Correia, a native of St. Michael, Azores, lived for many years in North Dartmouth and before retirement was a weaver in the textile industry. He is survived by his widow, Clothilde (Pacheco) Correia, his son, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church, Fall River, a sister, Mary Correia, and a niece, Lucia Crovello, both of New Bedford.

and where he was appointed pastor in 1972, serving there until he was appointed to his present pastorate in 1988. While in Taunton, he was also chaplain at Taunton State Hospital. The jubilarian's celebration will come Sunday, April26, when parishioners, family and friends will attend a Mass of thanksgiving at II a.m. at S1. Louis de France parish, followed by a dinner at White's of Westport for which arrangements are being made by Permanent Deacon Robert G.L. Normandin. Father Jussaume, who calls himself a "frustrated carpenter," enjoys doing woodwork and refinishing antique furniture. He is a sports fan and a faithful follower of Bruins and Celtics games.



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Fathers l l hre P. Jussaume, pastor of St. Louis de France parish, Swansea, and William F. O'Connell, pastor of Holy Name parish, New Bedford, will mark their 40th anniversaries of priestly ordination Sunday, March 29. They were ordained on that date in 1952 in St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River, by the late Bishop James L. Connolly. Father Jussaume Father Jussaume is the son of

the late Joseph and Adrienne (Dupre) Jussaume. A New Bedford native, he graduated from St. Anthony's grammar school in that city and completed his high school and college education at J oliette College in Canada. He completed preparation for the priesthood at St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore. Father Jussaume was parochial vicar at Notre Dame parish, Fall River; St. Theresa's, New Bedford and St. Jacques, Taunton, where he went as parochial vicar in 1958

Father O'Connell Father O'Connell, a Taunton native, is the son of the late William and Leona (Sherry) O'Connell. After graduating from Dighton Junior High School and Msgr. Coyle High School, Taunton, he attended Providence College for two years before entering St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, to prepare for the priesthood. Following ordination, he served as parochial vicar at St. James parish, New Bedford; SS. Peter and Paul, Fall River; and St. Lawrence, New Bedford. He was appointed pastor of St. Augustine's parish, Vineyard Haven, in 1971 and subsequently was pastor at Sacred Heart, Fall River; and St.

Many Catholics turn to evangelicals BALTIMORE (CNS) - On a Sunday morning, hundreds of devout members pour into a church parking lot in east Baltimore. Many arrive an hour early for classes before the service. Inside the church, the congregation moves as one, arms lifting toward the ceiling, swaying to the music. Young and old alike join in a half hour of joyful singing. During prayer, they stand, spouses with their arms around each other. Members ofthecongregeation greet one another with warm hugs. Newcomers are embraced and welcomed. The Evangelical Temple Church of God is not a Catholic church. But 500 of its 750 members were once practicing Catholics, according to its pastor, the Rev. E. Lamar McDaniel. Msgr. Thomas Donellan, pastor of the S1. Francis Xavier Catholic Community in Hunt Valley, Md., said Catholics who join evangelical churches are "looking for support, meaningful values and a place where they find religion presented on a human scale," he told The Catholic Review, Baltimores archdiocesan newspaper. Banker Eric Goodwin is one who found the right atmosphere at Grace Community Church in Columbia; ,Md. He attends a Bible study group at 6:45 a.m. before work, meets with a smali group three evenings a month, keeps the church's books and tith'es 10 percent of his income. "A lot of people go to what's easy," he explained. "But mychurch is very challenging. It challenges me to be better, to serve others." Goodwin was raied a Catholic· but his interest waned. "I wasn't going to Catholic Church every Sunday," he said. "I had grown tired of it. It was boring-d ull. I wasn't learning anything. The sermons were uninspired, inapplicable. It was kind of

cold to me, there was no personal message." Michael Zeiler, a "cradle Catholic" joined Grace Fellowship Church in Baltimore, drifted away from the church, attending Mass only occasionally after graduating from Catholic elementary and high school and Loyola College. Two years ago, he heard of the children's ministry at Grace Fellowship, a non-denominational church where volunteers teach children from infants to high schoolers. The convenience of child care appealed to Zeiler. The enthusiasm at Grace made him a bit uneasy at first but the messages hit home and he appreciated the emphasis on the Bible. "It's all there in the Catholic Church, but it's too covered over by tradition," he believes. "A nondenominational church throws out the traditions and rituals and starts where it began." Zeiler feels no bitterness toward the Catholic Church, "but Grace Fellowship made my faith real." Across Baltimore, Trinity Assembly of God reports 60 percent of its members were once active Catholics. The administrative pastor, Edward Meeks, studied for the priesthood for eight years. After he left the seminary to marry, he and his wife remained active in their Catholic paris~, serving on the parish council and in eucharistic ministry, but after a "born-again experience" in 1978 they felt called to "another kind of worship experience" and five years after finding Trinity Assembly, Meeks joined the staff. Teaching at most evangelical churches centers on literal interpretation of the Bible, with emphasis on healing and speaking in tongues. "Churches are attracted to things that are a plus - the welcoming atmosphere, friendliness, acceptance, support, belonging, the feel-

ing of being beloved," explained A. Vanlier Hunter, professor of biblical studies at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore. "So much of life in the Catholic Church is anonymous. You may speak to a couple of people, but you don't know them necessarily." The key to strengthening the Catholic Church is appreciating its unique aspects, such as the emphasis on liturgy and sacra':. ments, the rich history and tradition and the sense of universal church, said Hunter. Paulist Father Kenneth Boyack, acting director of the Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Association, agrees. "We can do everything in the Catholic Church that the evangelical church does and add the Eucharist and the long Catholic tradition," he said.

Status quo at GU WASHINGTON (CNS)- Cardinal James A. Hickey of Washington has rejected the latest appeal from a lay group to revoke Georgetown University's Catholic status. Efforts to have Georgetown's Catholic status revoked were spurred by a decision made a year ago by officials at the Jesuit-run university to recognize GU Choice, a campus pro-abortion group, by giving it access to funding provided by students fees and to other university benefits. Ann Sheridan, president of the Georgetown Ignatian Society, which filed the appeal with the cardinal and an earlier request last October, said the group will next file a petition to the Vatican through the papal pronuncio in Washington.


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Joseph, North Dighton. He was named to Holy Name parish in 1989. Over the years, Father O'Connell has been chaplain for Boy Scouts in the Fall River and New Bedford areas and moderator for the New Bedford Catholic Guild for the Blind and the Fall River Catholic Woman's Club. His celebration will come March 29, 40 years to the day after his ordination. An II a.m. Mass of thanksgiving will be followed by a buffet dinner and program in the parish center. Program participants will be Father John P. Driscoll, who will offer the invoca~ion, Father John G. Carroll, who will be a speaker, and Father Jon-Paul Gallant, who will be master of cerem-

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As we once again come upon St. Patrick's Day, very little has changed to make this celebration a happy one because Irish are still killing one another in the land of Patrick. In fact, the intensity of vengeance and carnage has increased this past year with little hope for an end to sectarian retaliation. As the strife between the many factions of green and orange, Catholic and Protestant, Irish and British seems destined to continue, few in the world community appear concerned. The idea of the "new world order" has captured the minds of politicians, but of course they have never been known for in-depth perception. The so-called Irish question has very restricted play in American global policy. This is perhaps due to our national dependence on oil rather than the potato. This aside, it should be clear that the ongoing trouble in Ireland is in no way diminishing. England's attempt to maintain an invading army of close to 20,000 troops in an area the size of Cape Cod is absurd; in fact, an insult to any thinking person. It should be obvious by the body bag count of English troops that the situation amounts to an internal Vietnam. America had to pull out of Southeast Asia and Russia had to retreat from Afghanistan. Isn't it time that England pulled its army out of Ireland? This is but one issue in a very complicated maze; the Irish never do anything simply" but it is a major issue and one that must be addressed by the world community. It is obvious that the warring parties cannot and will not come to any meaningful meeting of the minds. If this be the case, then let the United Nations take up the problem and if necessary send in a peacekeeping force. Today the UN seems willing to go anywhere there is civil strife and for a change it is being readily received. There is no doubt that the occupying English army in Northern Ireland is the reason for the UN's hands-off policy this issue. If her Majesty's troops were not there, the UN would be a viable alternative, certainly free from the prejudice and bias of English policy. Let's make no excuses, the Unionists and their bully boys are well protected by the army of occupation. This is not an apology the carnage of retaliation employed by the Irish Republican Army but it certainly is an aggravating circumstance. Extremists on both sides ofthe battle lines in this war cannot be condemned or supported despite the injustice and inequity involved. Make no mistake, the so-called liberation front of the IRA is nothing more than a terrorist group. Neither their gang ofthugs nor the English army is seeking peace, and peace is the only true hope ofthe Irish people, most of whom long for reconciliation and unity. For too many centuries they have known only division, with families torn apart, deaths, and homes and fields devastated. As a consequence, millions have fled as refugees, especially to this land. Let all in Ireland who profess Christianity hear the words of the Prince of Peace. True, peace is God's gift but it is not achieved without the commitment of human beings. All parties in this conflict must realize that they cannot make progress until they enter into hOl)est dialogue. That is the prime condition for making Ireland a dwelling place worthy of those who place their trust in the God of Patrick. , Such an attitude might prove the catalyst that will bring about an effective exchange of ideas which will in turn be a first step in helping to tear down the walls of hatred which for too long have divided the Irish people. The Editor

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Self-esteem: beyond the fad down offamily life has more to do Our unchanging ethical convicwith our nation's obession with tions have been ridiculed as outToday's hottest subject seems to than with lust. Our childdated but it is only their implicagreed be self-esteem. A cover story in not be imfor society that need periodic ren's self-esteem will tions Newsweek magazine highlighted the hope that educators. psychol- proved by giving them more mate- rein~erpretation. Pope John Paul II is on the verge of promulgating. ogists and social workers have rial goods but by giving them more time and love. the very things that a Universal Catechism.that will,fiU placed in improving self-esteem as this need. a means of modifying self-des- money cannot buy. Catholic morality has the unenIt may be recalled that in 1968 tructive behavior in the populaviable task of countering a culture Pope Paul VI promulgated his tion at large. hostile to its teachings. Some ask if encyclical, Humanae Vitae, to an But what the article did not address is where self-esteem comes it is viable in the technological unreceptive public that ridiculed West in 1992; but every age has . his warnings that the promised from. For too many people it is linked to the smiles and frowns of had its obstacles to the teachings freedom of the "sexual revolution" of Jesus and it has always been a would bring with it devastating peers and to being accepted or consequences. We are still paying admired for what one has rather challenge to live a moral life. the price of ignoring his teachings. The Judeo-Christian tradition than who one is. is uniquely blessed with a moral I would hope that the Universal Clearly, self-esteem is a wondertradition interpreted by prophets Catechism will receive a warmer ful asset and many of the ills that reception from Roman Catholics and sages. afflict us as a nation can be attribJesus, as heir to this rich legacy, than did Humanae Vitae. uted to its lack among our poputaught his disciples how to live Perhaps the new emphasis on lane. I believe that our sense of morally in the most difficult of cir- self-esteem will bring people to the self-worth is in direct proportion cumstances. Following him, the realization that feeling truly good to our commitment to doing God's church has always taught that the about oneself will always be the will. cause of immoral behavior as dis- fruit of doing good and resisting Ultimately, our value as human tinguished from its conditions lies evil. When we begin to think in beings comes from mirroring the' in freely-made choices. As temp-t- terms of right and wrong as well as image of God in whose likeness we ing as sin may be in every age. the in terms of sin and forgiveness, we are created. Noone makes an ethi- Good News never fails to make can believe in the power of choice cal choice that affects only him or itself heard loudly and clearly and and can look at ourselves as more herself. Our church makes exacteach of us has the freedom and than victims of circumstances! ing demands of us because it recgrace to know that we can overognizes that fulfilling them will come the forces of evil within and promote the common good. The around us. danger in our society's fixation on ST. LOUIS (CNS) - "Heal USA" is the theme of the 77th self-esteem, in my opinion. is that it too closely focuses on self to the annual assembly of the Catholic exclusion of responsibility to the Health Association of the United larger community. States, scheduled for June 14-17 in Anaheim, Calif. Human beings are gifted with Sociologst Robert Bellah of the free will. Our contemporary society University of California at Berkedoes not cause immoral behavior Prayer for Selection but does provide conditions and ley, will deliver the keynote address, attendant circumstances that invite "A Time to Heal." ofaBishop it. Much of the assembly will be Lord God, you are our Perhaps the biggest temptation devoted to discussion of a CHA eternalshepherd andguide. comes from the media's obsession health care reform proposal, to be with equating happiness with senunveiled this spring. Workshop In your mercy grant your topics will include euthanasia,labor sual pleasure. The advertising inChurch in the diocese oj dustry is adept at convincing the relations, AI DS treatment and Fall River a shepherd who populace that happiness comes cultural diversity in the workplace. will walk in your ways and from having more and doing less. whose watchJul care will On Target Unfortunately, to buy into this bring us your blessing. dream one has to work more and "A hammer sometimes misses more hours and spend less and less Amen. its mark - a bouquet never."time with one's family. The breakMonta Crane

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Six steps to more spiritual Lent

Book of faith Genesis 15:5-12,17-18 Philippians 3:17-4:1 Luke 9:28-36 When it comes to living our faith, we can easily feel inferior to the persons described in Scripture. How simple for Abram to walk away from the covenant-making ceremony depicted in today's first reading, trusting that Yahweh would see him through any future problems. Or how easy for Peter, James and John to believe in Jesus as they climbed down the Mount of Transfiguration to begin the rest of their lives. Just as we must learn English in order to understand the readings of an English lectionary, so we must also learn the special language of Scripture in order to perceive what the sacred authors are trying to convey in their writings. Since our Bible is a book of faith, not a history book, its authors are much more interested in helping us understand the meaning of events than in accurately describing the events themselves. The writers presuppose parallel things are constantly taking place in our lives. But if we do not know what to listen and look for, we may miss those most important happenings. So they construct their narratives in such a way that we cannot possibly miss the meaning. They include something modern historians are not permitted to include: interpretation. Every biblical passage comes with built-in faith. Our Genesis pericope was composed at least 600 years after the covenant-making event it describes. By then all Israelites were convinced that Abram's migration from Ur to Canaan was an essential step in their eventual possession of the Promised Land. Though Abram was just one of thousands who journeyed through the Fertile Crescent during that period, his descendants saw Yahweh's hand in his actions. Their faith in God's care and concern determined the

Daily Readings March 16: On 9:4-10: Ps 79:8-9,11,13; lk 6:36-38 March 17: Is 1:10,16-20: Ps 50:8-9,16-17,21,23: Mk 23:1-12 March 18: Jer 18:18-20: Ps 31:5-6,14-16: Mt 20:17-28 March 19: Rom 4:13,1618,22: Mt 1:16,18-21,24: or lk 2:41-51 March 20: Gn 37:3-4,1213,17-28; Ps 105:16-21: Mt 21:33-43,45-46 March 21: Mi 7:14-15,1820: Ps 103:1-4,9-12; lk 15:1-3,11-32 March 22: Ex 3:1-8,13-15; Ps 103:1-4,6-8,11: 1 Cor 10:1-6,10-12: lk 13:1-9 or Ex 17:3-7; Ps 95:1-2,6-9: Rom 5:1-2,5-8: In 4:5-42

By FATHER ROGER KARBAN way the story was eventually composed. Yahweh would not only have guided Abram to Canaan through natural means, he would have given him the security of a formal covenant ceremony (complete with the symbolic animal cutting of that period). Yet most Scripture scholars believe Abram, like us, had to live his life without such guarantees. Only his deep fajth in God caused him to regard his migration to be different from ali others. In the same way, it is nO accident that the three evangelists who include a transfiguration narrative end their accounts with a line similar to the last sentence in today's passage: "The disciples kept quiet, telling nothing of what they had seen at that time to anyone." Only after Jesus' death and resurrection did his disciples truly understand his uniqueness. Reflecting on him from that perspective, they would finally piece together all the traces and hints of divinity they experienced during his earthly ministry. Eventually they saw him as the fulfillment of the Hebrew Scriptures they revered. Yet before that time, they would have collectively given their right arms to have heard a heavenly voice proclaim, "This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him." They had followed him because they believed in his cause and person. He made them feel more alive than anyone else they had ever experienced. But only after Easter Sunday did their wobbly faith make sense. No wonder Paul, the first Christian author, encourages his Philippians "to stand firm in the Lord." The Apostle and his community are at the cutting edge of faith. He writes letters, not gospels; he reflects on the present, not the past. He must inspire his church to see more in their lives than nonbelievers perceive in their own. Obviously many of us believe superficially. We refuse to go "beyond," to hear our heart's voice telling us to follow Jesus even when he asks for everything. We forget the Lord's covenant love when obstacles appear. We, like the Philippians, are waiting for signs and voices from heaven; not realizing the Gospel writers' basic message: all we need, we already have.

WHEELING, W.Va. (CNS)Lent is an excellent time for families to grow together in faith, according to Catholics in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Families might not feel they can begin something new and continue it on a regular basis, but Lent gives them an opportunity to try it out. West Virginia Catholics offered six areas for developing a healthy family spirituality. - Family prayer. Barbara Halfhill, religious education director at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Parkersburg, said she found a rewarding experience in praying the shorter version of the Liturgy of the Hours. - Using Scripture as a family. Kris Willumsen, assistant professor of theology at Wheeling Jesuit College, keeps it simple, with an open-ended approach. If questions arise from the Scripture reading, the family will talk about it, he said. "If it happens it happens. If it doesn't it doesn't. There are no blackboards in the dining room," - Family meal and the Eucharist. At mealtime, families can connect not only with Christ and one another, but ~ith all humanity: "Take, for example, a loaf of bread," Willumsen said. "Other people made that. When we eat food it reminds us that we are connected to other people's work." - Family hospitality. According to Anne Comeaux, diocesan CCD coordinator, "It would be a nice idea to decide that Sundays during Lent we are going to reserve for worship and hospitality. "N 0 matter how busy we are, we are not going to go to the grocery store, and we will invite our neighbors over for a cup of coffee and dessert," she said. Hospitality can be extended outside the home, she added, to shut-ins or people in nursing homes. - Spiritual companionship. Sister Loretta Jean Schorr, diocesan coordinator of adult formation and a Sister of Divine Providence, suggested that each day families, "from the smallest child to the parents," tell each other how they thought God was present to them that day. - Peace and justice within and outside the family. At home, "we tend to each other's needs and we fill them. That carries over into our treatment of other people," Mrs. Comeaux said. The family meal can be the source of outreach for families, she added. Something her family has done for many years is have a meager meal on Lenten Fridays, and give the money saved to the poor at the end of Lent. "N ot only were we reaching out to other people, but we got an understanding of what hunger was," she said.

Gas tragedy ruling unsatisfactory NEW DELHI, India (CNS) Indian church workers and volunteer agencies said they are disappointed with a recent court ruling on compensation for victims of the 1984 Bhopal poison gas tragedy. The Indian Supreme Court unanimously upheld a $470 million compenstaion settlement by the multinational Union Carbide company with the federal government.

t,he disaster, according to UCA News, an Asian church news agency based in Bangkok, Thailand. Gas leaked from the Union Carbide's Indian subsidiary in Bhopal city Dec. 2, 1984, killing 4,000 people and leaving more than I million permanently disabled.

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"For everything there is a season ... a time for planting and a time for uprooting." (Eccl. 3) It is particularly appropriate to use this imagery of planting and uprooting during Lent because our40 days of reflection occur at a time when the earth is preparing to rise from its winter hibernation and make itself receptive to new seed.

By FATHER JOHN J. DIETZEN Q. My son and his non-Catholic fiancee recently had a beautiful baby girl. They tried to have the baby baptized in a Catholic church' without success because they are not married. They do plan to get married in the future. Both prospective godparents are Catholic, as is my son. Must this innocent baby suffer

By Dr. JAMES & MARY KENNY Dear Dr. Kenny: How do I know if my 9-year-old is really sick or lying to get out of going to school? He has already missed too much school. He complains of headaches, sore throats, stomach pain or just "feeling sick." He has been to the doctor, and the doctor found nothing wrong. Once when I forced him to go to school, I got a call an hour later

,Lent III: a time for planting and uprooting, Before new seed is planted, however, old vegetation, dried stalks, and weeds must be removed and the land readied for growing anew by hoeing, plowing, and disking. What are the weeds in our lives that we must uproot? We all have them and they differ as widely as we do. Many of our weeds fall into t.he category of the seven capital sins: anger, sloth, envy, covetousness, pride, lust, and gluttony. Others fall into the category of neglect: a neglect to feed the hungry and visit the sick, a neglect to love and forgive others. a neglect to believe God really does love us passionately, endlessly. unconditionally.

When discussing these ideas with a group of adults, I found them agreeing with the need to recognize and uproot spiritual weeds in our daily lives. "My sin isn't anger," one woman said. "My sin is my fear of anger. Everyone prays to overcome anger. I pray that I might have the courage to be angry when I should be angry." Another woman sighed and admitted, "I need to stop trying to control the lives of those I love. I need to let my husband be the person he is and to let my children make decisions and mistakes." A young husband said, "My biggest weed is that I've turned my work into religion. Everything

comes second to my work, including my family and my God." This week, I suggest we each name three weeds that need uprooting in our lives and take one small step toward uprooting them. The woman who was afraid of her anger made a decision to say to a' co-worker, "It really angers me when you say, that about people." She discovered she could say it and not feel recrimination. The overcontrolling mother let her children wear what they wanted to wear to school one day. The workaholic chose not to bring work home from the office for three days in a row. "And the office survived!" he reported. Once we've begun the uproot-

ing, we can start planting new attitudes and behaviors. If we've been neglectful of an elderly friend 'or relative, this is a good time to visit. If we've been neglectful of our spiritual dimension and prayer life, Lent is an ideal time to get up a half hour earlier to attend morning Mass. If we have hurt someon'e, we can plant the seeds of reconciliation. So, in addition to n'atning three weeds, we need to name three seeds we've been meaning to plant. As the Cheshire"eat said to Alice, "You've got to plant some seeds and you'd better plant a lot of them 'cause you can't tell which one's will sprout." I agree. God will decide that.

Can the infant of unwed parents be baptized? because the parents have sinned? They made a decision not to abort the baby, and now the church is turning its back on them. What are they to do? (Florida) A. As I recently explained in this column, the fact that a mother and father are not married is no automatic obstacle to the baptism of their child. Church regulations for baptism do require that the priest have a solidly founded hope that the child will be raised a Catholic. Normally this means that at least one of the parents is a practicing Catholic. You don't give enough information for me to say anything further. Is your son practicing his faith at

all? What about their attitudes toward marriage and their efforts to live a moral and honest lifestyle? Unless questions like these have some positive response, any priest is correct in wanting to help that couple work out their own spiritual lives before consenting to the baptism of their baby. The fact that the godparents are good Catholics is a help, but it realistically cannot substitute for some basic Catholic practice on the part of at least one parent. I am concerned more by your remark about making an innocent baby suffer. I hope you are not implying that without baptism a baby is totally spiritually deprived by God. Or

that only through baptism does a child become loved and cared for and rejoiced over by God, From the first moment of any perSQn's existence that life comes straight out of God's creative love, it is held in existence each moment by that same love and care, and it is a recipient of the redemptive grace of Christ, who shed his blood every person. It is an old axiom of Catholic theology that God does not deny his grace to anyone who does not deliberately place a sinful obstacle to that grace. Certainly tremendous graces are bestowed through baptism into the community of believers. It is an essential element of full entrance

into that community, one of what we cali the sacraments of initiation. But to grow and flourish and come to fulfillment, baptismal grace normally needs to be nourished in some context of faith. This is precisely the reason the church insists on the above requirements before a priest or anyone else can lawfully baptize a baby into the Catholic faith. A free brochure outlining marriage regulations in the Catholic church is available by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to Father John'Dietzen, Holy Trinity Parish, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, III. 61701. Questions for this column should be sent to the same address.

Is my child really sick or just avoiding school? ,from the school nurse saying he was ill. What can I do? - Ohio As you imply, the behavior of your son looks suspiciously like a ploy to get out of going to school. You suggest that either he's sick, exaggerating or lying. The pain he feels is probably very real at the time, even though your doctor cannot find a physical cause. Your challenge is to eliminate whatever is causing the pain. Has your child suffered from allergies in the past? Review his diet carefully, looking for some link between the times he eats certain foods and the times he reports headaches or stomachaches. Does he take any medicine, including over-the-counter medi-

cations, which might be the culprit? Has your family situation changed? Have you recently changed the hours you are at home? Are you or your husband experiencing money worries? Children can pick up anxieties of their parents even when problems have not been shared. Has someone else been claiming a lot of your attention? Is a new person living in your household? Is your parent or relative ill? Has a brother or sister begun a new activity which claims your attention? Your son may be asking you to pay attention to him. Most likely some event occurred at school, perhaps something so small that adults were unaware of it, and this event upset your son. A

call or visit to your son's teacher may help. Consider not only his schoolwork, but his social situation. Are bullies teasing younger children? Was he asked to perform some task he could not do? Was he referred for special testing or remedial work that has made him anxious? Since your son has said nothing about school problems, he may not want to talk about them. Ask the teacher to observe your son without questioning him directly. Meanwhile, whatever the cause, you need to create a situation in which going to school is more attractive than missing school. I. Pay attention when he feels

good rather than when he complains. Plan some activity with your son for after school or early evening, then say, "Oh, I'm so glad we're all healthy, because tonight we're going out for ice cream." 2. Be sure to notice schoolwork he does well. 3. Give lots of hugs. Try reading aloud with your arm around him before bedtime. Try not to be irritated with your son. Learning to face difficult situations is part of growing up. With your encouragement and support he can discover that attending school is better than missing out. Questions are invited by The Kennys; 219 W. Harrison; Rensselaer, Ind. 47978.

A judge concerned about children's rights By ANTOINETTE BOSCO

Judge Charles Gill is passionate about a cause which has grabbed him by the heart. This 53-year-old Irish Catholic gentlemen, who sits on the bench of a Connecticut Superior Court, may just be the most outspoken advocate for children in the United States. Gill, a father of three, said that as a nation, we have failed to recognize the dignity of our children as human beings who have "inalienable rights" separate from those of their parents or caretakers. Constitutional protection is conspicuously absent for children in this country, he argued. "Children are still being tortured

as we speak," said Gill. "They're still being emotionally abused. They're still being sexually assaulted .... It has to stop. Children have to be moved from a zone of danger to a zone of safety." Gill's concern for children has become a crusade with a specific agenda. He is working tirelessly for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would guarantee the right of all children to a safe and healthy home environment and provide children under 16 with adequate health care and education. The amendment also stipulates that children would have counsel to protect them in any legal proceeding. To gain support for his cause, Gill founded the National Task Force for Children's Constitutional Rights in 1988. The following year he received an award at the White House for his work with children. In a 1991 essay in the Ohio

Northern University Law Review, the mediator in painful custody battles and in physical and sexual Gill cited what he called "social indicators" that tell us American abuse cases. Court rules, however, children are in crisis. Among these are "rules for adults, not children," he. said. indicators: About half a million childGill said his proposal has met ren are runaways. some minimal opposition, mainly More than 6 million childfrom those who see a conflict ren suffer from depression. between the rights of parents and Suicide is the second leadthe rights of children. ing cause of death among But the judge's only wish is "that children. all the children of the world be About 1,000 cocaine babies are born each day. About 3,000 young girls become pregnant each day. VATICAN CITY (CNS) One in five children lives in Catholic migrant workers are bepoverty. ginning to return to Kuwait, but More than 12 million child- religious restrictions hamper the ren lack access to health church's ability to meet their pastoral needs, said Bishop Francis care. 2.2 million children have Micallef, apostolic vicar in Kubeen reported abused or wait. Catholics have only two churches in the entire country, are neglected. Gill called this situation "a not allowed to teach religion in private schools and cannot evannational emergency." He said he often finds himself .geli-ze ..a'mong the country's pre-

born healthy, protected and loved." Clearly, this is -a man to be respected for recognizing that children are our most precious resource and that they deserve love and the opportunity to have a good productive life. Gill has had enough when it comes to the maltreatment of children. He's angry, and he's turning that anger into action. Bravo for the judge.

Restrictions hamper Kuwait church dominantly Muslim population, he said. Besides traditional Catholic migrant workers from India and the Philippines, the bishop predicted that there would be an influx of Europeans in the next two years to help rebuild the wartorn country. Bishop Micallef, a 62-year-old Discalced Carmelite from Malta, has headed the Kuwait vicariate for 10 years.

TV unsuitable Dear Editor, ·1 would like to know when television will be made suitable for family ...iewing? It is getting very difficult to turn on the television and find a decent program. The ,movie ,~kers of today have the ~.ier~ha:ta movie isn't good unless it cont~ns.smut, extreme violence, or.fPJh~.~guage. ~ec~ntly surveyed

J an issue of TV.Guide, dated Feb. 29-Mar. 6. In. the 'cable guide, 317 movies weJ:e; listlid. I found 219 of these . movies contained one or more of the following; violence, nudity, strong languag~.adultthemes and sexual~i1uati!tns;'fhe temainil11L 98 were listed as not rated or were . wholesome movies from the past. 01 also'fouM a large. number of ,these movies were being aired d ur-ing the late day and early evening hours. Daring this time, teenagers and children are being exposed to these adult movies. One positive . point is that these movies are on channels that must be purchased .through cable companies. However, it is still very clear that movies -.ofthis-nMure are continuously being proouced. : Let me give you an example of ~,daytime television on local net; works: A teenager comes home ifrom i scil6ol, tucnsori the televi'si(}n,and·'whatdoes he/she find? Daytime soaps! Example: Mary is married to John. but she's sleeping wittr'Biil. Sue i~ married to Dave, but she's havi9~J5:91'sbilby. In my opiniOn; ftlese pr~trams contfibute to the problems of .teeriage pregnancies, p'romiscuous behavior and AIDS. Soap operas should be placed on a cable channel oftheir own. If viewers want to see these programs they would have to purchase that channel. .This would prevent minors from being exposed to this smut. Some of you readers may think I'm just an old fogey flapping his gums. I'm not! I'm a 30-year-old male who's tired of the smut and immorality in today's society. Mark A. Dozois . Fall River

March 16 1957, Rev. Francis J. Maloney, S.T.L,.Pas!or, St. Mary, North Attleboro March 18 -1989,. Rev. Robert D. Forand, CP, West Hartford, Conn. March 19 John J. McQuaide, Assistant, S1. Mary, Taunton }9.0~~.~ev.

March 20 Francis A. Mrozinski, Pastor, St. Hedwig, New Bedford ~ 1~51; Rev.

:. ::,:A Christian "A Christian as such (according to the design of his religion, and in proportion to his compliance with its dictates) is the inostjocund and blithe· person in the world; always in humor and full of cheer." Isaac Barrow

Nursing home ·volunteer program is expanded A newly expanded volunteer program at Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, offers opportunities in a variety ofareas, including interaction with residents, staff assistance and helping with special events. "No matter how or where they serve in the home, volunteers can contribute so much to the wellbeing of our residents," said staff development director Anne Marie Kelly, RN. "They can help to renew their sense of being part of the wider Fall River community. The volunteer program, which welcomes teens as well as adults, includes training, support and social sessions, and recognition of service. No special skills are required, but the home is asking for a commitment extending beyond occasional visits. Further information is available from Anne Marie Kelly at 679-0011. Activities directors at the other diocesan nursing homes also welcome volunteers of all ages. Contact persons are Alice Tiffany at Marian Manor, Taunton (8224885), GaryPoholek at Madonna Manor, North Attleboro (6992740), and Natalie Bean at Our Lady's Haven, Fairhaven (9994561 ).

FATHER RICHARD Delisle, MS, administrator at LaSalette Shrine, Attlebpro, will .present a Lenten renewal pro~ gram March 28 through April I at S1. Joseph's parish, New Bedford. He will preach at the parish's regular weekend Masses, 4 and 6:30 p.m. March 28 and 8:30 and II a.m. and 6:30 p.m. March 29. March 30 to April I the renewal program sermon will be given at the II a.m. Mass and repeated at the 6:30 p.m. Mass. Father Delisle, ordained in 1959, has served his order as superior, treasurer, assistant master ofnovices, retreat master and in radio ministry. He has been involved with Marriage Encounter, Cursillo and youth ministry and founded the Boca Raton, Fla.-based Isaiah 43 Ministry, a group of laypeople, priests and religious who preach throughout the United States. He has himself preached throughout the United States and Canada.

DOROTHY J. LEVESQUE, director of Family Life Ministry for the Providence diocese, will speak on the theme "Together we achieve. Let us work with one another" at a 7:30 p.m. meeting of the Taunton District Council of Catholic Women March 19 at S1. Mary's School, Taunton. Miss Levesque frequently addresses groups throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts and has presented many programs at the diocesan Family Life Center in North Dartmouth. Her ministry includes preparing and offering courses for students who have drugrelated problems. Miss Levesque holds a bachelor's degree from Catholic Teachers' College in Providence and has done graduate work at Providence and Rhode Island colleges and the University of Rhode Island. She was formerly principal of S1. Clare School and founding principal ofWoonsocket Catholic Regional Junior High School, both in Rhode Island. All are welcome at the March 19 presentation, chaired by Elsie Abreau and Emma R. Andrade.

Award-winning nun RIDGELY, Md.(CNS)- Benedictine Sister Jeannette Murray has been unanimously voted the first recipient of the Jessie Ball duPont Religious. Charitable and Educational Fund's Lifetime Achievement Award. The director of the Benedictine School for Exceptional Children in Ridgely will receive the award from New York Cardinal John J. O'Connor May 22. The fund gives grants to 350 organizations to which Mrs. duPont contributed in 1960-1964. Sister Murray was a founder of the Benedictine School in 1959, and has been its director since 1977. From an enrollment of eight students, the school now has over 200. It has a vocational training center and operates a cleaning service, an industrial laundry facility and a car wash. Sister Murray also created an "open community" program of 15 group homes in Maryland and Delaware which provides jobs and recreational activities for adults with developmental disabilities. The catalyst for her school's five-year, $1 O-million capital cam'paign, Sister Murray has raised $9 . "mi!l\qn.,i~ p-!lJy}hr,ee)\earS!.:

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Responding to concerns raised by a Feb. 27 Prime Time Live television program regarding the accuracy of mammograms, St, Anne's Hospital, ~ Fall River, has assured the public that women can feel secure about mammography at the hospital. The Prime Time Live segment charged that some facilities conduct mammography using obsolete or poorly-maintained equipment and untrained personnel. That is not the case at St. Anne's, where: - the mammographic imaging services are accredited by the American College of Radiology ('M~Rlfor thr~years, the maximum period for which such accrecf- ~ itation is awarded. - a Philips Dedicated Mammography U nit is in use. The unit was identified by Prime Time Live as one of the top two models available. The Philips organization conducts monthly preventive maintenance checks on the equipment and it is monitored quarterly by Radiation Physics, Inc., for radiation output and exposure levels. - the equipment has also been evaluated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the average radiation dose at St. Anne's is three times less than the state average. - Elizabeth Orton, a fulltime mammography technologist at St. Anne's, holds credel)tials. in advanced level mammography from the American' Ilegistry of Radiologic Technologists. - the staff includes ACR boardcertified radiologists who review mammography images before the patient leaves the department. Images are not sent elsewhere to be read. S1. Anne's meets federal requirements for Medicare reimbursement in mammography screening and also provides free or reduced-rate mammograms to needy women in the Greater Fall River area. For information on the service, provided in conjunction with the Massachusetts division of the American Cancer Society, contact the ACS in New Bedford at 996-6262.


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NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNS) - Dressed in the simplest of cotton robes, Sister Holy Rosary, the Good Shepherd nun responsible for setting up a thriving silk industry in the island-state of Sri Lanka, remembered how she started the project knowing nothing about silk production. She recalled going to the Sri Lankan town of Kandy with an, other Good Shepherd sister in 1969 to look into the business. "She had this great idea about setting up a silk farm, but she knew nothing about it" and told Sister Holy Rosary she would run it. It was trial and error, but the industry Sister Rosary founded employs thousands of Sri Lankans today and its product is regarded to be as fine as can be found anywhere in the Far East. At 74, Sister Holy Rosary continues her enterprise: After 10 years in the silk business, she and her fellow nuns turned the operation over to the government and returned to Colombo, the capital, to work with disturbed and troubled girls. Sister Holy Rosary was born Sadie Lee on a western Ireland farm. She joined the Good Shepherd Sisters when she was 17. Sister Holy Rosary was sent to Sri Lanka as a teacher, like most Good Shepherd nuns, But it wasn't a role she relished. "I was probably the world's worst teacher," she said. "I couldn't be bothered correcting books, and gosh,.' couldn't spell,"




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But a group ··KatienaSlfttlacabre Serlsc'O'f'hu:l11ot ,Iik~ IcWa,b\rt1shelWute4 me to ~proof. of nuns, mainly Irish, ignored the ,/ 'rlri~hancestry, in caseanyon'e d~ dOU_ it. Under a Celtic cross, the order. Siste'r Holy Rosary was tone listed fiyedeceased Casserlys: i among them. BernardCasserJy, CloonshanviUe, wh~ L\ug. 27, 1898;· his.wife Mary, Aqg. 4, Today, she is one of the few 1910;tbeir son Bernard, Oct: 24; 1957; hj~ :riocet. Aug. 27, 1966, and last, Ellen Irish nuns left in the country. She Cassetly(USA), July 1 9 6 6 . : continues working with disturbed Not alFthe Casserlys Katie and. Mick d~ cd we,e deceased; however. In Clbongirls and young lawbreakers sliunville they met a living namesake of rni dhls family, alldistantrelatives. They many of them runaway slaves. also met a Ganley family in the same ru~ m. But it was not the best of times; a "It's a custom in Sri Lanka that dispute between the families over the deatl cow washlrely suspended during their sadly still e,xists," the nun said. visit. Katie and Mick's search for theirrootsi lpular practice in the old sod. So many "The poorer families would sell their youngsters to wealthy people American Irish are returning to theilando~ ancestOlrs'thatthe Irish Tourist Board is ... knowing at least they'd be fed" promoting "H~ritage Centers" in ~very lriunty.. To help visitors check on theu··ances Hentage Centers are gathermg up although never educated. recordsfrom area·parishes: The' rlbave made it easier to cheek onfamily baptismal But "some of them would run away when they're older [and] names, according to Daniel P. Moriarty,' lart, MN, president of the Irish Genea~ . t)1 o(Minnesota: many have ~een raped or abused atetired teacher, leads Mor! lours to the Emerald Isle as part of his and few oft~em can read or write," "g, editing and publishinj eMotiutyClan," II twice-yearly eightshe said. Thf nuns "try to educate , tter"dedicated to the Moriari . " them, give tHem a home and hopendwS4etted W:hatartitieal A gll.- recetttissucreveals somefasoinating fullv heal the scars." .stories about Moriartys around the wo: Its pages offer Moriartys in the news. t-ierconv~nt, on the outskirts of the poor. small fishing village of f~llt~res, 1<:tters, obituaries, marriages ancc:h mo~~' Aptongthose featured were Michael, t1 ~~~"d11V sUu;Cathy,also in TV and Negombo, tverlooks a calm lathe movies; Erin, a €BB correspondent.:.lof-Ml"the late Minnesota Distri¢t goon. It is ,~ister Holy Rosary's jUdge Joseph J., an old friend; poet, sto"~,'Uld Jegend in his own time.. home and location of her latest l .Moriarty sQlrted his newsletter· in I~d has s¢¢nit ciroulate' to 800 family enterprise, a knitting factory. 'The factory, located in a large namt-bearers in 48 state&dO countries. '''Moriarty ClanY is" not unique;, there are hall on the qonvent grounds, pro- more than 500 family-named newsletters rculation, There is nOf,]lsserlyJettell"M olliarty sai~ Irish fa;Jttii! uPa'bol,lt IQ ~cent vides c1othe~-making jobs for 70 of tlt¢ total. Most are said, bee ofthe lar.~Q,\lP1WllofV.S. immigran~. local girls. After a d~y's work in the gar- from that country. In a time when family ties aTe breakinwn.tlie ment oper1tion, Sister Rosary tends to a, chicken farm which curiosity we aU have about cur ancestors.~]on produces up to 1,500 eggs daily for and ·affluence to find out more about ourins, When St. Patrick's' nay :rolls i1round"CasserlY'c;.~.~.·,wil the local m~rket. Restaurantto remember the past, celebrabgrowin;llt\1 s;and toast Sister Ro~ary said that it helps As patriarch ofthe clan, I praise God for alblessirijsJ.an4 oo.k. €drwardto to be busy. I Despite years in Sri Emerald Isle once more. Lanka, she ~isses Ireland. 1'<lliketo find the Casserly monttoment ionty Ros~mon myself, and $ly an; "I love ev¢ry stick and stone and for my kin at least once before fiyname litrS on ano~heth~dstone. the longer I'm away, the more I love it," she said. But, she' added, "Sri Lanka is where I belo g. I feel now that I'm needed. I me n something to these poor people here, even these little scalawags w th the knitting. 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who believe themselves to be called In the fall of 1988, I taught fam- together as "an instrument of God's ily ministry in Belfast, the seat of peace," in the Church and in the religious division in the English- world. The group was founded in 1965, speaking world. Some ofthe nuns, four years before the current outclergy, and laity in my seminars break of violence in Northern Ireworked in Catholic ghettos with land. The 40 founding members, 70 to 90% unemployment and with many of them Catholic priests and the problems that accompany such Protestant ministers, painfully a statistic: poverty, crime, alcohoaware of the deep divisions within lism, and homelessness. They also the society then, established themdeal with attraction of paramiliselves as a community reconciliatary activity to idle youth who tion committed to work for the have given up hopes of finding healing of social, political and employment. religious divisions in Ireland and In all the news we get in the throughout the world. States about the strife in Northern The formal members, of whom Ireland, we don't often hear about there are now 140, work with the many courageous Christians many others who share Corrymeeon both sides who work for peace. la's vision and work. In Ireland In 1987, I met some of these there is a network of some 1000 people who are committed to Friends of Corrymeela and numerresponding to Christ's call to every ous support groups worldwide. Christian to be a peacemaker, Clusters of Members and Friends working for the end of violence meet monthly for support, study and the establishment of lasting and involvement in local peace justice, harmony and well-being. I projects, was invited to address the CorryThe Ballycastle centre, a resortmeela Summerfest, a gathering of like campus positioned on the coast peacemakers around the world held where the North Sea and Irish Sea at the groups' residential campus meet, provides a place where at Ballycastle on the Co. Antrim Catholic and Protestant families Coast. can meet, talk freely, pray and It was a wonderfully hopeful play together. For many who live experience for me to see Catholics in cities where even the sidewalks and Protestants working together are Catholic or Protestant, this is to heal old wounds, minister to the first time they have ever victims of injustice, and pray and interacted. learn together. The experience was After witnessing the healing work especially poignant after seeing of this group, I reflected on the the barbed wire, armed soldiers many Americans who send money and inflammatory graffiti in Bel- to paramilitary organizations which fast and Derry. buy sophisticated arms to keep Let me tell you a little about this division alive. What a wonderful group. The Corrymeela Commun- gesture it would be if we could ity is a group of Christians in Ire- support efforts like Corrymeela land, both Protestant and Catholic, instead.

Northern Ireland prayer day set WASHINGTON (CNS) - The head of the U.S. bishops' conference has asked U.S. Catholics to join Irish Catholics in praying for peace in Northern Ireland, which he said is facing "the worst violence in many years," Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk of Cincinnati, president of the bishops' conference, said this violence coupled with continued delay in opening "new and meaningful talks" had prompted religious leaders in Northern Ireland to call for a National Day of Prayer for Peace to be held March 15. He said the bishops of Northern I'reland had informed him of "a growing fear of renewed violence and reprisals - by the security forces as well as the paramilitaries Archbishop Pilarcyzk said this fear "reflects a new sense of frustration and despair about the future of their land." The Irish, he said, "yearn for a peace based injustice, yet can attain no justice without peace." "We are moved by this deepening tragedy to reiterate our concern for the many victims of violence, injustice and intolerance in NorHlern Ireland," said the archbishop. In a spirit of solidarity, he said, the U.S. bishops urge Catholics in this country to "join with the Irish people in prayers for peace in Northern Ireland,"

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Medeiros: M{chelle Vieita,13liily Morris. The annual diocesan Scouting Rapoza, St. John of God parish, Marian MeciaIs: Taunton, Troop Religious Awards Ceremony was Somerset, and Serafin Mello, Our 429 - Cara Gjovanoni, Tdsha held March I at St. Mary's CatheLady of Mt. Carmel parish, New Ford, K,errie Enos, AilllC(c J-edral, Fall River, with diocesan Bedford, Moby Dick Council. vesque. , administrator Msgr. Henry T. Scout award recipieilts were as Ad AltareDei: Cape Coda.nd Munroe presiding. follows: Islands Council: Troop 47,SandI Live My Faith: New Bedford: Adult awards included the St. wich ~ Frank Kippenberg, ~k Elizabeth Ann Seton medal, Troop 62, South Dartmouth Heroeon, Erik Zeliski, Jeffrey4liawarded to Kathleen Boucher of Lindsey Farrell, Katherine Pietsch, ski. ' , St. Lawrence parish, New Bed- Karlene Souza. Military Ordinariate: noo"'~5, ford; Maria Rebello, Notre Dame Fall River: Troop 1114 - AnOtis Air Force Base - J~:bn parish, Fall River; and Manuela drea Callahan, Meagan Callahail. Strausser. Andrade, St. Joseph's parish, Troop 1170 - Jennifer Camara, Anawam Council: Troop 33, Taunton. Michelle Camara, Nicole Garrafa, North Attleboro - Timothy ConThe St. Anne medal went to Lisa Silva, Brenda Zak. rad, Danny Carmichael, Robert, Troop 1083 - Kathleen Costa, Nancy Santos, diocesan chair of Driscoll, Jose Banzaga. " the Girl Scout and Campfire pro- Valerie Costa, Jessica O'Neil, Also, Paul Barry, Paul Risotti, grams. Danielle PineauIt. Kristofer Boutin, Joe Hastings. The Bronze Pelican emblem for Campfire-Bluebird - Jillian Moby Dick Council: Troop 2, Boy Scout leaders went to Moby Collard. , Somerset - Matthew Tal~t, Dick Council members Michael Taunton: Troop 654 - Kelly Da n i el_M~CQm bs,-__~ta t t h~w uCox and Anthony RebellouKmr -McUory;-Metissa-mggins, Kris- Stubbs, James Kerry, Matthew Lady of Mt. Carmel parish, See- tin Cataldo, Amy Rebelo. Troop Belanger. ' konk; Rev. Richard Czerwien, 401 - Laura Scarlett, Kristina Troop 49, New Bedford -James SS.Ce., parochial vicar at S1. Saunders. Corbett Ill, Lia~ Corbetl; Joseph Troop 330 - Christine Max- Lewis.,' ,' Francis Xavier parish, Acushnet; .. ' and father and son Roger and well, Rebecca Briggs. Troop 417 Narragansett Council: Troop I, Charles Pelissier of St. Dominic - Theresa Sousa, Donna Silveira. Seekonk ..,....., Robert Miller, ;_~ric Troop 432 - Dawn Tavares. parish, Swansea. Miller. ,(, Troop 448 - Rachel Andrade, Also receiving the Bronze PeliPope Pius Troop~~. Faircan was Ann McLean, Holy Fam- Shannon Andrade, Heather Boiily parish, Taunton, of the Ana- ros, Stacey Fernandes, Kendra haven ~ Damon Shaw, Nick'Furtado, James Gonet. ' warn Council. Ferrie. Another Boy Scout adult award, ~;.;.;.;~-----------------------"":"-the St. George emblem, was awarded to Francis Sullivan, St. Pius X parish, South Yarmouth, WASHINGTON (CNS) committees whicb develop proCape Cod Council; Michael E. Frank Rossomondo,Jr., like many grams for Scouting in the church. Ridlon, St. Mary's parish, Nor- fathers, "joined" the Boy Scouts More than 300,000 boys;,and ton, Anawam Council; and Joseph with his children. girls belong to, .9,000 .Cat\lQlicNow, 29, years later, Rosso- sponsored ScoutlOg UOlts .a~ss mondo will be "leader of the pack" the country. _. Rossomondo became an a,alve as national chairman ofthe Nationparticipant in Scoutin;g at .thelocal al Catholic Committee on Scouting. He will be installed for a three- level in 1963 when hiS oldest son year term in April at the ScoJJting joined the Cub Scouts. a~ an4 his committee's conference in Nash- wife, Jeanne, h~vefive cqd4re n - "att-formerScotrt~" - -and "five ville, Tenn-. A resident of Rockville, Md., future Boy Scouts and one future Rossomondo will lead a nation- Girl Scout" as grandchildren. wide program using Scouting to foster the spiritual development of MARIA C. ROCHA, a Catholic youth. He will oversee healing minister from Portsthe efforts of II national standing


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Vatiean denies helping Nazi fugitives VATICAN CITY (CNS) - The Vatican has denied that it provided travel documents to help Nazi war criminals escape from Europe after World War II. "This idea is historically false," said Joaquin Navarro-Valls. Vatican spokesman. Navarro-Valls said that it might have been possible for war

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~,I BOARD MEMBERS of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women held their annual dinner meeting March 5 at the Dan'l Webster Inn, Sandwich. Members of the clergy were guests. Among those in attendance were, from left, Joanne Quirk, Boston province director; Rev. Edward C. Duffy, District Y, Cape Cod and Islands, moderator; Mary Mikita, president; Rev. Msgr. Anthony M. Gomes, past diocesan moderator; and Bella Nogueira, first vice president. Among issues discussed were plans for the annual DCCW convention, to be held April 25 at St. Francis Xavier Church, Hyannis. (Lavoie photo)

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Making a difference in Jeremie Continued from Page One As well as routine dentistry, he specializes in reconstructive facial surgery, which takes place in the City of God clinic. Before and after pictures demonstrate the difference his work makes in the appearance of patients, not to mention the effect on their selfesteem. Henas a gift for involving others in the many ways he is aiding Jeremie. Among his helpers is Norwich Bishop Daniel P. Reilly, who flew to Jeremie for the dedication of City of God clinic and who sponsored a Haitian student at Holy Family Academy in Baltic,

Conn., a part of the Norwich diocese. Dr. Lowney also sponsored a student at the academy and it is his hope that both girls will fulfill their ambition to become nurses and will return to Jeremie to help their people. Dr. Lowney is a native of St. Mary's Cathedral parish, Fall River, and his wife, a graduate of the former Sacred Hearts Academy and former St. Anne's Hospital School of Nursing, both in the city, was a native of St. Stanislaus parish. She coordinates the Haitian Health Foundation's Save-aFamily program. Just call the couple hopelessly

hooked on a country with 50 percent unemployment, where those lucky enough to have jobs earn an average $300 annually, where 25 percent of babies die at birth and an additional 25 percent in their first year of life; where C.ity of God clinic sees 300 to 400 patients a day; and where people line up as early as 3 a.m. for services available only occasionally, such as those of an optometrist. Thank God for such addicts. Further information on the Foundation is available from the Lowneys at 100 Sherman St., Norwich Conn. 06360.

Catholics flee Hong Kong as 1997 looms WASHINGTON (CNS);- With a wary eye on mainland China across the channel. thousands of Hong Kong Christians are leaving the British protectorate to beat the 1997 takeover by China's communis-t regime. Many are settling in the Washington area. A four-diocese Chinese Catholic mission with headquarters in Washington said the Cantonese membership at a parish in Washington's Chinatown neighborhood has risen from 80 families in 1990 to 200 in 1992. A Mandarin-language community of about 150 families worships at a chapel in a Maryland suburb of Washington. Father Louis Tou, pastor of the Our Lady of China mission, said the mission began in 1982 with five families. "Then it increased to 35. then 75, than 100. to what we have today," about 400 families. he told the Catholic Standard Washington's archdiocesan newspaper. The mission covers the archdioceses of Washington and Baltimore and the Virginia dioceses of Arlington and Richmond. Father Tou expects its size to double in the next two years. Believing they will face persecution when the communist mainland takes over Hong Kong. more than 20,000 Hong Kong Catholics have been migrating to the West yearly, as visas became available.

The present annual quota for Hong Kong immigrants to the United States is 10.000. which will increase to 25.600 in 1994. Additional thousands migrate to Canada and Australia. Carolyn Ng. active in Washington's Cantonese Catholic community. said immigration is hardest for young teens, who "are often isolated and considered outsiders." Margaret Wu. another Cantonese community member said that regardless of appearances. all Cantonese immigrants do not own or work in restaurants. "Many Chinese who do own

restaurants here were professionals in Hong Kong - businessmen. secretaries. government workers," she explained. but cannot get similar positions in the U.S. because of the language barrier. Francis Ng. no relation to Carolyn. said most major U.S .. Canadian. British and Australian cities have Chinese Catholic missions and Father Paul Tsau. born in mainland China and a naval chaplain at Portsmouth(Va.) Hospital. said there are 80-100 Chinese priests in the United States, although some are not active.

"Cead mile fiiilte" Continued from Page One oftheir civil and religious rights in troubled times, and in the name of which they could depend on a solid core of generous and decent American opinion for support. If it be said that the coming feast of St. Patrick is no time to be taking life so seriously, I would incline to agree, except that St. Patrick himself was deadly serious indeed when it came to defending human rights. H is letter to the soldiers of Coroticus, who had taken some of his converts into captivity and were violating their basic rights, was a classic expression of Old

Testament-style righteous indignation against man's inhumanity to man., "Wherefore," the letter reads, "let every God-fearing man know that they [the wicked captors) are enemies of me and of Christ my God, for whom I am'an ambassador. Who of the saints would not shudder to be merry with such persons or to enjoy a meal with them?" By today's standards, this would be considered crude and intemperate language, but it tells us more, I suspect, about the real St. Patrick than do many of the sentimental legends which grew up around his name over the course of centuries.










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Evangelization decade By Very Rev. Pierre Lachance, 0 P In 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered America. With him came the first Catholic missionaries to the New World. The bishops of our country invite us this year to celebrate the 5th centennial of the beginning of the evangelization of the Americas by providing new understanding of and impetus to the work of evangelization in our day. With this in mind, I am pleased to publish these articles.



The Decade of Evangelization A movement is underway to evangelize the world in this "decade of evagelization." Led by Pope John Paul II, the aim is to celebrate fittingly the 2000th birthday of our Savior, Jesus Christ. A few recent events are significant in this respect. Some months ago a North American Congress of the Holy Spirit and World Evangelization was held in Indianapolis. It was an interfaith event seeking to inspire Christians and teach them how to evangelize. It brought together some 30,000 Christians, mostly Pentecostals and Catholic charismatics, people who have taken seriously the command of Jesus to "go and make disciples of all nations." Their motto is: "Evangelize the World N ow!~' Not sometime, but NOW! It路s a call to action. A second significant event: the second worldwide retreat for priests held in Rome with the theme Called to Evangelize. More than 5,000 priests attended that retreat, plus 100 bishops and three cardinals: clear signs of the new importance attached to evangelization in today's Catholic church. A third highly significant fact: the Holy Father has been issuing frequent calls for a new evangelization." What does he mean by that but an evangelization adapted to the needs of our time. And now, in our own country, the National Conference ofCatholic Bishops is sponsoring a national consultation on evangelization. Why this sudden concern? Why this sense of urgency? Two reasons, among many, stand out in my mind: a general weakening of the faith in our Catholic people; and the alarming number of Catholics who no longer go to church, many of whom have even left the church. The signs of the general decline of faith are all too obvious. First, the attendance at Sunday Mass. Our churches are half empty. Our youth especially, but also many young parents no longer go to Mass or to the sacraments regularly, if at all. We also see an appalling degree of religious ignorance. Many children today begin school or CCD classes and don't know the Our Father and the Hail Mary. Some school children confess missing Mass because their mother doesn't go. Is it surprising that when such children grow up they have no real faith, no religion, no firm moral principles. They get into all sorts of troubles and the parents wonder why. This is not meant to blame parents for all children who go wrong. Some children from excellent Christian homes unfortunately fall prey to the powerful influence of the secular world. A true Christian home is a place where the faith is born and nurtured. It is the place where the

seeds offaith are planted when, for example, mother tells her little one about Jesus or gives him or her the crucifix and says: "Kiss Jesus." By such little things a baby gets the idea that Jesus is good because mother loves him. Later, mother will tell the child more about Jesus and thus from an early age Our Lord becomes a part of the child's life. What our mothers did for us in simple ways was in a real sense evangelization, or pre-evangelization, if you prefer, sowing the seeds of the future faith. With this in mind, I often tell parents: "You are the frontline missionaries of the church. Through you the faith is on to future generations long before a child hears the word of God from the lips of the priest or of a religion teacher." Let me mention a second reason why evangelization is so urgent today. Many Catholics have left the Church in the last 20 years, some going to other Christian churches, others to sects and cults or Eastern religions; some have even gone over to Satanic cults. This shows the confusion in the minds of milny, their ignorance of the Catholic 'faith, and the urgent need to our people, as Pope John Paul says, to prevent more from going astray and, hopefully, to bring back some of those who have left. Considering all this, in 1974, Pope Paul VI called a synod of bishops in Rome to study the whole question of evangelization and make recommendations to him. Then, in 1975, making use of the recommendations of the bishops, he published one of the finest documents issued by the I;Ioly See in our time: "Evangelization in the Modern World." The document is presented not as an encyclical, but as an exhortation. It is addressed not only to the bishops and clergy, but also to all the faithful. The Holy Father wants not only to teach, but more especially to "exhort" all the members of the Church to get involved in evangelization. We shall draw largely on this beautiful document as we go deeper into the subject.

ALTHOUGH CONTROVERSY has attended the methods of bringing Christianity to the New World, it is undisputed that Christopher Columbus, depicted here landing on the island of San Salvador, brought with him the missionaries who sowed the first seeds of the faith in the Americas. (CNS photo of John Vanderlyn oil painting courtesy of U.S. Capitol Historical Society)

First native Latin-rite bishop dies in India THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Retired Bishop Jerome Maria Fernandes, India's first native, Latin-rite bishop, died Feb. 26 in Quilon, India. Bishop Fernandes introduced inculturation in thdndian church and fought monarchy and corrupt politicians. He was appointed to the Quilon Diocese in Kerala state in 1937. Authorities in the church and in politics said he would be remembered as a remarkable leader during a remarkable historic era. Bishop Fernandes, 91, was a priest for 63 years and a prelate for 54 years. He retired in 1978. In his tenure as bishop he introduced the Catholic Church to Indian culture, helped India emerge as an independent nation and led campaigns for social justice. To give the church an Indian appearance and behavior, Bishop

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Fernandes wore saffron robes instead of white priestly garments. Saffron is the traditional color for ascetics in India. In the 1950s, long before the Second Vatican Council and inculturation became a common concern, Bishop Fernandes built churches and altars in the Indian style and sculpted saints like Indians. Famous among them are the Blessed Mother's statue dressed as an Indian woman in a sari [dress] and an altar at the minor seminary in Quilon in the shape of a lotus, the country's national flower. The Quilon Social Service Society, the first of its kind in the country, was started to help fishermen, who form the bulk of Catholics in his diocese. Several dioceses in the country now have similar development projects.

A promoter of universal education, Bishop Fernandes set up schools, colleges and training institutes to help the people in his diocese. Bishop Fernandes also championed justice and freedom. In 1958, he joined the movement that overthrew the world's first democratically elected communist government - in the Indian state of Kerala. The communists opposed the church, a major force in the state. Bishop Fernandes _fought the state government in 1970 when it tried to interfere with Christian schools and colleges. In his introduction to Bishop Fernandes' biography, Archbishop Cornelius Elanjikal of Verapoly, India, describes Bishop Fernandes as "a guide in social services, guardian of minority rights, symbol ofsimplicity and a firm nationalist."

Sudanese students flee government abuses JUBA, Sudan (CNS) - Government efforts to Islamize the nation's school system have pro-

WITH THIS ISSUE the Anchor has redesigned the former Vatican View page. Now designated "The Church and the World," the page will carry stories of Catholic activity throughout pIa-net Earth, including events originating at the Vatican. It is appropriate to introduce the new page with a series on world evangelization by Very Rev. Pierre Lachance, 0 P, prior of the Dominican community at St. Anne's Church, Fall River.

pelled southern Sudanese students into a sometimes deadly flight toward neighboring countries in search of ed ucation, said Christian leaders in the rebel-besieged city of Juba. Students have been arrested, jailed and killed in the process, said a pastoral letter, signed by Catholic Archbishop Paulino Lukud u of J uba and others and recently obtained by the Missionaries of Africa. When students in primarily animist and Christian sections of southern Sudan still controlled by the government protested the Islamization campaign, the government responded by arresting demonstrators and closing the schools in the region, the churchmen noted. "The students then, in search of education, started to escape to the neighboring countries of Zaire, Uganda and Kenya," they said. They said that at least 24 students were killed in the bush on their way to Uganda and elsewhere. "We do not know who did the killing, the SPLA [rebel Sudanese People's Liberation Army), the army or bandits," the church leaders said. The SPLA, representing the Christian and animist South, has been in a protracted civil war with

the Arab, Muslim government whose power base is in the North. Some extremist Muslim groups pushed through legislation imposing Islamic law, the Sharia, on the country. Eighty students were said to be in jail or police custody at the time the letter was made pUblic. Remaining copies of the pastoral document were seized by authorities soon after its publication, say African church sources. Archbishop Lukudu has protested the government's subsequent allegation that the churches had conspired to prompt the student exodus. "Your excellency, the Catholic Church did not dispose itself to open so many schools in Juba [in order) to send the children to Uganda," he said in a Feb. 8 letter to the military governor of Equatoria, Maj. Gen. Saturnino Ariha.

To Be Happy "If you want to be happy for an hour, take a nap. If you want to be happy for a day, go fishing. If you want to be happy for a week, take a trip. If you want to be happy for a year, inherit money. If you want to be happy for a lifetime, serve others."-Chinese proverb

Proposed Freedom of Choice Act ~rivializes human rights, says USCC WASHINGTON (CNS) - The proposed Freedom of Choice Act to prohibit states from legislating abortion restrictions is a "horrendous" proposal that "trivializes" human rights, according to a U.S. Catholic Conference official. It is being considered this session only as an election-year strategy, said Helen Alvare, director of planning and information for the USCC Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities. She testified March 4 at a hearing called by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights. The bill "trivializes the human rights question at the heart of the abortion issue, unjustifiably usurps state authority, gives a monopoly on abortion policy to those favoring unlimited abortion on demand and tramples over the heartfelt sentiments of millions of American citizens," said Ms. Alvare. Douglas W. Kmiec, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, testified that Congress actually lacks constitutional authority to enact H.R. 25, citing the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which says Congress may only enforce, not create fundamental rights. In addition, Kmiec said, "Congress should not legislate in a manner that is brazenly inconsistent with existing Supreme Court interpretation. Were Congress to take this irresponsible path it would undermine the rule of law every bit as much as the obstructionist positions at one time taken in response to the court's desegre-

ings are those requiring informed consent before a woman undergoes an abortion; requiring parental notification when minors seek abortions; allowing medical personnel to decline to perform abortions; and other measures aimed at producing a live birth. Kmiec disputed the argument that abortion restrictions force wo-


men to bear children. "What prolife leaders across the country have asked for since Roe and before, is that a woman who has decided to bear a child not be allowed to change her mind and take the child's life. There is nothing totalitarian in asking citizens to assume the consequences of their decisions," he said.

bill would not codify Roe, but gation and civil rights opinions." create a separate standard. The In her written testimony, Ms. Freedom of Choice Act ignores Alvare said the only reason hearthe state's interest in maternal ings are being held on the bill, health spelled out in Roe, at least which President Bush has vowed to veto, is because "the National in the last stages of pregnancy. Among regulations allowed unAbortion Rights Action League has made support of this bill a der Roe and subsequent court rul'litmus' test for its support in the· 1992 election and has said it will spend $5 million in those elections." She also said that "some political strategists want Congress to approve the bill so it can be vetoed by President Bushjust before election day." Ms. Alvare strongly contested the claim by supporters that H.R. 25 would "codify Roe v. Wade," the 1973 Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion that is expected to be overturned soon. The act would legally require states to permit abortions at any point in pregnancy, even when the baby is fully capable of surviving outside the womb, Ms. Alvare said. It would prohibit laws against Sister Muriel Ann Lebeau,, principal abortion for the purpose of gender Father Patrick Killilea,, pastor selection or other arbitrary criteria Tuition: $850 one child; family plan available and would foster growth of the 161 boys, 182 girls in nursery through grade 8 abortion industry, "without meaningfullimit," she said. "H.R. 25 displays no interest in Specialty offerings: Computers, Music on the Move, a decision about 'whether or not' physical education, sports, enrichment programs, exto choose an abortion - it protended care before and after school hours, daily hot tects only the right to choose to Sister Lebeau Father Killilea lunches, School bus can serve Cape Cod Canal area. have an abortion," she added. "Since informed women sometimes choose otherwise, state laws allowing women to be informed will be in jeopardy." Kmiec, testifying alongside Ms. Our mission is to teach as Jesus did in a family atmosphere. By educating the whole child we help Alvare at the end of the daylong him/ her to become accountable and prepared for a life of dignity with· Christian values. session, agreed with her that the

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NaturaJ family planning said underutilized WASHINGTON (CNS) - One of the reasons few American women use natural family planning (N FP) is that too few of them know the methods or their effectiveness, said Theresa Notare, special assistant for the U.S. Catholic bishops' Diocesan Development Program for Natural Family Planning. "Researchers [in population and birth control) rarely make a distinction between the modern methods of natural family planning and rhythm," Ms. Notare said. "Rhythm" refers to a calendar method of determining fertility, which has for the most part been replaced by scientific methods based on obseryable signs of the fertile time of the woman's cycle. Calendar calculations got the nickname "Vatican roulette" in the 1960s because of their high use among Catholics and their reputation for unreliability. But today's NFP techniques have "a method effectiveness rate of97-98 percent," said Ms. Notare. To achieve that level of effectiveness, users must "be taught by certified NFP instructors, be motivated to use the method and be clear about their family planning intention," she said. Users are taught to recognize their fertile period by methods such as changes in body temperature, the cervix and cervical mucus. "Ms. Notare said that among countries with a high rate ofNFP use are Poland, 30 percent, Sri Lanka, 15 percent, and Peru and Mauritius, each 17 percent. "One of the reasons NFP is not

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used by a higher percentage of Americans," she said, "is the aggressive advertising used by the con" traceptive industry. This industry has made its presence felt in medical schools, sexual health education programs and family planning ctinics." NFP proponents lack funding to "compete with the high-tech commercialism of these groups," she added. Although natural family planning "entails little expense" and "has no harmful side effects," she said, it requires training and "mutual responsibility with regard to family planning by husband and wife." But in the "quick fix" culture of the United States, she said, "Americans trust something packaged in a box and wrapped in latex rather than their own minds and bodies." Natural family planning users, she said, view their fertility "as a reality to live, not a problem to be solved."

One Day "We should ever conduct ourselves toward our enemy as if he were one day to be our friend." -John Henry Newman

Philosophy'· St. Joseph's School is a Catholic educational community open to all in which knowledge is shared in an atmosphere of responsible freedom and love. The school provides a setting in which children are assisted in accepting one another as members of one Christian family and where learning experiences are greatly enriched by the uniqueness and giftedness of each individual. The school administration and faculty are committed to ever-intensified use of innovative methods of education according to available resources; to provide an environment for the support and cooperation of parents and other members of the local church and communities. All are united in the goal of providing for the spiritual, intellectual, physical and social development of each child.

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FROM THE OUTSIDE, St. Joseph's looks like most other schools. But we're unique! A community based on respect for aiL. reflecting a sense of responsibility to others...a place where students can explore and develop their characters and talents, where they can grow in leadership, judgment, initiative and self-confidence. We come from many backgrounds, with many talents. We're academic standouts, athletes, artists, leaders, enjoying learning, affirming values, grounded in our rich spiritual life. Our creative teachers are committed to a Catholic education in a faith-oriented school community. We're proud of our students: their academic excellence, their interests, their community service, their maturity and awareness of issues. In the early grades, our principal goals are to develop basic academic skills, along with an eagerness for learning and a strong sense of values and self-worth. In the upper grades, the curriculum provides a strong academic base for high school and college years. learning how to learn is stressed. St. Joseph's is concerned with the whole person. St. Joseph's tries to create an environment that prepares its graduates to make their way in the world and to make the hard choices and decisions facing them throughout life. We seek to develop each student's full potential and instill values that will serve them throughout life. Parents are really involved in St. Joseph's because they believe it's their responsibility to work with our school in every way they can and to support the goal of providing a well-rounded Catholic education. Our school includes many students from outside the parish, as well as non-Catholics. Our doors are open to all. Since its founding in 1908, St. Joseph's has tried to: • Maintain the highest standards of academic excellence • Teach religious values within the educational process • Encourage the fullest possible spiritual, intellectual and personal development of its students


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By Charlie Martin




No more than three short years ago I was abandoned and alone Without a penny to my name So very young and so afraid No proper shoes upon my feet Sometimes I couldn't even eat I often cried myself to sleep But still I had to keep on going Never knowing if I' could take it If I would make it through the night I held on to my faith I struggled and I prayed And now I've found my way If you believe in yourself And know what you want You're gonna make it happen 'Make it happen And if you get down on your knees at night And pray to the Lord He's gonna make it happen Make it happen I know that life can be so tough And you feel like giving up But you must be strong Baby just hold on You 11 never find the answers If you throw your life away I used to feel the way that you do Still I have to keep on going Never knowing if I could take it If I would make it through the night I held on to my faith I struggled and I prayed And I've finally found my way I once was lost But now I'm found I got my feet on solid ground Thank you Lord If you believe within your soul Just hold on tight And don't let go You can make it Make it happen Written by Mariah Carey, David Cole, Robert Clivilles. Sung by Mariah Carey (c) 1991 by M. Carey Songs-Virgin Music Inc., Cole-Clivilles Music Enterprises

hear it as their silly nagging, but as a parent's prayer for your safe return. More teens are killed by car accidents than die from drugs, suicide, gang violence or AIDS. Those other dangers are out there but the car is the big killer. Second, appreciate each day. All of life is on temporary loan. We can't keep anything forever. Enjoy your family and your friends, appreciate the beauty ofthe clouds, and scratch your dog behind the ears. Remember to thank God for the chance. Finally, as you make your choices about how to spend your time, remember that you don't have forever. Do the important things today because you might not have a chance tomorrow. As a psychologist I have sat with many people in times of great loss. Nobody is happy after the death of a loved one, but people in grief fall into two groups. The first group carries an inner peace with their grief. They remember the important things they did with the person they mourn. They tell stories of trips taken together, good work done arm in arm and simple pleasures shared in the home. And the memories ofthose times soften the loss. The second group carries only the memories of things they wish they had done. Death opens their eyes to time taken for granted and lost. So be careful. Don't take ridiculous risks. Appreciate life, savoring its blessings. Each day, think about what's really important in your life, and do the things that matter.

A TEEN from Virginia recently sent me this request: "Mariah Can;y's 'Make It Happen' would fit very well into your column. Not. only does

DOMINICAN ACADEMY, Fall River, science fair winners, pictured with science teacher Denise Kochanski, are, from left, Vanessa DeMarco, second place for "Catching Sunbeams", a project on solar energy; Renee Gau,thier, third place for "Fatal Attraction", a project on skin cancer; and Deborah Rodrigues, first place for "Radiation: It's All Around Us." The winners and 10 students who received honorable mention will participate in the Region III science fair in April. (Gaudette . photo)

By Dan Morris "Why do I have to go to Mass?" oldest son asked last Sunday morning. "Don't ask me," I said, looking up from the sports page. "I'm a convert. I like to go to Mass." "But I don't like to go," he responded. "That's too bad." "Would you go if you didn't want to go?" H~ wasn't going to let this drop. "I'm not sure," I ¡admitted. "Maybe not. I've missed before for some pretty lame reasons." "Then why should I have to go?" "Because part of your mother's and my commitment to God and to the church and to each other -and to you - is to get you to Mass on Sundays." He thought a moment. I sensed he was trying to judge how far to push. He pushed on. "But that's your commitment. Don't I have a say in it?" I set the paper down, leaned forward and made solid eye contact. "Son, you have every right in

By Christopher Carstens I came within half a second of death, I was driving my car on the way to shop for tires, Just as I was making a left turn, a gray Toyota came roaring through a red light. The driver saw me just in time, hit his horn and' swerved, missing my car by about a foot, He cursed and careened on down the road, I pulled off the road and trembled, unable to drive on, If my car had entered the lane half a second earlier, that driver wouldn't have missed me, He would have slammed directly into the driver's side of my car. I probably would have been killed on impact. I waited until he was out of sight, composed myself and drove on, I got the tires, went home and spent an ordinary Saturday there. I didn't mention the event to anyone, and it slipped from my mind. But one night, when I was walking the dog and listening to a mockingbird in my neighbor's tree, it really sank in. My life could have ended in an instant. Later that night my daughter Jessica and I watched an old movie after dinner. That wouldn't be happening if that car had come through the red light half a second earlier. Life is such a fragile thing. It seems permanent, safe, almost guaranteed to go on. But there aren't any such promises in the contract. Each of us makes it through the day by the grace of God and dumb luck. So what's the point? It seems that there are three. First, be careful out there. When you leave home and your mom or dad says "Drive carefully," don't

Mariah have the voice of an angel, but this song conveys a message that is often lost in the ambitious world that we live in. The song reminds us that to

attain success and balance we have to believe in ourselves. We can' pray to God to 'Make It Happen.''' Like the reader, I enjoyMs. Carey's music. I also affirm how this song encourages us to both believe in ourselves and ask God for guidance. The person in the song faces challenges and uncertainties. She knows "life can be so tough and you feel like giving up." Yet she understands that "you'll never find the answers if you throw your life away." She realizes she needs "to keep on going," even when she doesn't know for sure "if I could take it." Where does she get the strength to do this? She advises us to "hold on tight" to our belief in ourselves and to our faith in God. Most of us would agree with her attitude. Yet when life seems overwhelming, we may wonder if we can hold on tightly enough. If you sense that you are losing your grip, that your faith in yourself or in God is waning, consider these suggestions: I. Tell someone you trust just how you feel. God gave us each other to help us get through life's hurts. At times, all of us need to have our faith bolstered by others. 2. Also share your feelings with God - including what you are feeling about God, who accepts whatever the state of our emotions, even if our feelings toward him are anger or despair. 3. Ask yourself what practical steps you can take to improve the current situation, if only in small ways. This doesn't necessarily mean a total fix. Sometimes improving circumstances in small ways is well worth the effort. 4. Finally, remember that no failure is final in God's eyes. God accepts us no matter how badly we have made a mess of our lives. . And remember, as the song so clearly states, if you choose God's gift of life by being open to a new beginning "he's gonna make it happen." Send comments to Charlie Martin, R.R.3, Box 182, Rockport, In 47635.

The Mass protest the world to ask that question. You are old enough to take responsibility for a lot of things in your life. And I know you do not usually enjoy going to Mass these days. I regret that. If I am going to be honest, I don't always enjoy it myself." "But,".1 went on, "there is something more at stake here than enjoying ourselves or a good time or a good sermon or whatever. It has to do with duty and commitment and love. . "I don't totally understand it myself - which doesn't make it any easier to try to explain why you have to go with us.. But 'you do." He sighed and shifted from one foot to the other. "I know you are thinking that someday when you move out and you are on your own you won't have to go to Mass unless you darn well want to, so why the big deal now. Why can't we just let you decide for yourself, pretty much like we let you set your own bedtime?"

"WeIl?" he agree,d. "I guess part of it is that we would be delivering a message to the other kids that Mass is no big deal. Why should they go if you don't have to? But we would make you go even if you were an only child." I smiled. "We corrie into contact with God in a special way'at Mass - even; I firmly believe....when we wish we were still in bed o'Yat the beach or' watching a b'li'llgame. Even when we' count ceiling tiles, or don't like the homily. Even when people are unfriendly at the Sign of Peace. ,.. , "It's something our family 'is going to' do. And you are part of our family. Understand?" He ran his tongue over his teeth. "Kinda,but not. really." After he left to dress for church my wife asked, "Are we doing the right thing? Are we going to make him hate Mass in the long run by making. him go?" "I'm a convert," '1 said. "I'll let God handle that one."

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in our schools Coyle-Cassidy Taunton Coyle-Cassidy High School was recently reaccredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The association's approval culminated a two-year self-evaluation, during which Coyle-Cassidy hosted eight Catholic and private school instructors who evaluated the school's faculty, staff, curriculum, programs and physical plant last Fall. The Association voted for continued accreditation in late February, and forwarded its recommendations to C-C headmaster Michael J. Donly and academic principal Dr. Donna A. Boyle. "We look forward to the association's comments," Donly said. "We feel that they will make our great school even better."

* * * * Ten C-C students competed against peers from other schools in the Massachusetts Mock Trial Tournament, a program sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association in which students assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses, trying fictitious cases in actual courtrooms. The C-C team was coached by social studies chairman William Tranter, and was assisted by Taunton attorney Ted Pietnik. In the tournament, C-C tried a hypothetical case of a man who alleged that his child incurred severe permanent injury because day care workers failed to report evidence of child abuse. The trial was held in Brockton district court and was heard by a court probation officer.

* * * * Coyle-Cassidy students who study Portuguese language and culture have formed a Portuguese Club. Members will tutor other students and will participate in field trips. Officers are Curtis Madeiros, president; Paula Teixeira, vicepresident; Alan Rebolo, secretary; Gina Reis, treasurer.

* * * * The school's annual Career Night will be held in the gymnasium Thursday, March 19, from 7-9 p.m. Over 80 individuals and groups, representing such careers as business, engineering, medicine and education will discuss their fields and answer questions. The program'is open to all mid~ die and high school students, and to the public.

* * * * Coyle-Cassidy athletes took part for the second consecutive year in the recent annual state track and field meet at Harvard. The mile relay team of Rich .Domingos, Anthony Maffini, Michael Riconscente and Mike Sheerin shattered the school record on the Harvard track in a time of 3:42.4. Riconscente also competed in the 600-yard run, while Maffini qualified for the state meet in the 300. The Warrior boys placed third in the Eastern Athletic Conference meet in February. In girls' track, Rebecca Murphy wrote her name int6 the C-C record books with school record times of 43 seconds in the 300-yard run and 6.8 seconds in the 50-yard dash. In other C-C sports, athletic

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director William Tranter has announced that girls' soccer (fall) and girls' outdoor spring track will be offered, beginning in the 199293 school year.

Bishop Feehan Attleboro The Bishop Feehan science department has been awarded Tapestry and Eisenhower grants. The Tapestry Grant, sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association and funded by the Toyota Corporation, recently enabled a science class to visit the Boston Museum of Science to further their study of light theory. The $10,000 grant was awarded to science teacher Sheila Fisher last year to aid her in developing an approach to conceptual physics. It is hoped that it will be renewed for the coming academic year. Ms. Fisher was also instrumental in bringing the Eisenhower grant to Feehan. It will fund expenses of science department members attending the National Science Teachers Association convention to be held this month in Boston and to include a presentation, "The Physics of the Prom," by Ms. Fisher. The science department is also designing a four-year hands-on program emphasizing critical thinking skills. Already in place is a two-year course with the first year focusing on chemistry and physics and the second on biology. In September a third year will explore chemistry in greater depth; and in the 1993-94 school year, physics will be similarly .introduced. Still in the realm of science, on May 3 the school will host its first annual regional science fair for 4th, 5th and 6th grade students in conjunction with its annual regional art fair. Seventy schools have been invited to participate. Registration forms, which must be returned by April 20, are available at Feehan. For further information, call Ms. Fisher at 226-6223.

St. Joseph New Bedford First prize winners in the annual science fair for grades 5 through 8 were for Grade 8: Jonathan Santos for a project on lupus; Grade 7: Renee Smiatkowski, "Making Sense of Our Senses"; Grade 6: Virginia Ramsbottom, "Hypo"; Grade 5: Jennifer da Silva, "Moving Air and Air Pressure." The 7th through 8th grade winners will compete in a regional science fair April 3 through 5 at Bristol Community College,· Fall River. In the 1992 spelling bee, Gwendolyn Brassard was school champion; runner-up was Thomas Farland. High honors for scholarship went to Paula Kramer and Leslie Brito, 8th grade; Renee Smiatkowski, 7th; Leslie Avelar, Thomas Farland; Marcie Letendre, Virginia Ramsbottom, Keith Rivard, 6th; Robert Arsenault, Jennifer da Silva, 5th; Kelly Piva, Marc Costa Jr., Leah St. Laurent, 4th.


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STUDENTS AT St. Joseph School, Fairhaven, celebrate Mardi Gras in great style, first viewing videos and reading about the feast. All grades made masks, banners, posters and class floats and 8th graders also made necklaces as Mardi Gras favors distributed by King Brian Rose and Queen Erin Gordon. Also featured were a crowning ceremony. a parade led by the royal couple and their courtiers, a Mardi Gras ball and a traditional pancake and sausage meal. At top, the king and queen; bottom, Kyle and Shannon St. Jacques with their class float. The ambitious project was coordinated by kindergarten teacher Donna Biscari and parent aides Diane Stapleton and Dawn Nicolson.

Church to work for free elections MANILA, Philippines (CNS) - Philippine Cardinal Jaime Sin of Manila says the Catholic Church will be active in next May's national

Notre Dame Fall River One hundred and three students from kindergarten to 8th grade received awards in the school science fair. Trophy winners were Michael Corriveau, Kimberly Morrissette and Jeremy Corriveau. Ten students will represent the school at the regional science fair: Adam Cadrin. James Medeiros. Helen Jang, Jennifer Durette, Kimberly Morrissette, David Jang, Robert Hicks, Celeste Masse, Eric Poulin, Jeremy Corriveau.

election to free polls and unmask bad politicians who might try to use "guns, goons and gold" to rig the ballot. Cardinal Sin, who played a prominent role in the 1986 "people power" revolt that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos and installed President Corazon Aquino, said the church would not endorse a specific candidate but would call on priests across the predominantly Catholic country to help ensure free elections.

Sufficient "Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing dismay you. All things are passing. God never changes. Patience attains all that it strives for. Who has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices."-St. Theresa of Avila

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Symbols following reviews indicate both .general and Catholic Films Office ratings, which do not always coincide. General ratings: G-suitable for general viewing; PG-13parental guidance strongly suggested for children under 13; PG-parental guidance suggested; R-restricted, unsuitable for children or young teens. Catholic ratings: At-approved for children and adults; A2-approved for adults and adolescents; A3-approved for adults only; A4-separate classification (given films not morally offensive which, however, require some analysis and explanation); O-morally offensive.

Card. Law gets post WASHINGTON (CNS) President Bush has appointed Cardinal Bernard F. Law of Boston as chairman of the presidential Commission on Legal Immigration. The commission was created to evaluate the Immigration Act of 1986. A previous evaluation of the act took place in 1990. Cardinal.Law is chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration. He said he hopes that the commission can assist in developing, legislative and policy initiatives to meet evolving immigration needs. Cardinal Law's term as member and chairman of the commission expires next January.



THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri .• Mar. 13.1992

Iteering pOintl ST. PATRICK, FR Parishioners will assist in dusting and cleaning the upper church beginning at 6 tonight. It will be back in use tomorrow after its winter hibernation. ST. ANTHONY, MATTAPOISETT Prayer concert 7:30 tonight with vocal meditations on the Stations of the Cross accompanied by strings, oboe, violin and guitar, composed and directed by Denise Morency. All welcome. Volunteer needed to lead rosary once a month at Mattapoisett Nursing Home. Information at rectory or at home. 758-2512. ST. MARY, N. ATTLEBORO Stations of Cross 7 p.m. Lenten Fridays, main church. Daily Mass in parish center 7 a.m .. also Wednesday exposition of Blessed Sacrament 7:30 a.m. to noon. Lenten series 7 p.m. each Wednesday, parish center, with Mass and video/ discussion program. Children's liturgy 5: 15 p.m. March 28. ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI. NB Seniors will meet for a S1. Patrick's Day dinner noon March 17 at Days Inn, Hathaway Road. Men's League meeting II a.m. March 22. church hall. Altar boy. lector and eucharistic minister schedules are available. Lenten calendars prepared by Women's League members are also available.

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CATHEDRAL, FR Stations of Cross, Benediction. 3 p.m. each Friday. Sunday: CCD Mass II :30 a.m., refreshments follow in school hall; canned goods for needy will be collected; youth group will bowl 6:30 to 9 p.m. Holiday Lanes, Somerset; Evening Prayer 4 p.m. St. Patrick Mass 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, with harp and flute music. ST. PATRICK, FALMOUTH St. Patrick celebration at 5:30 p.m. Mass Saturday. followed by refreshments and entertainment in parish hall. Confirmation 7 p.m. March 16. O.L. VICTORY, CENTERVILLE Kelly G1ydon has been named an Outstanding Young Churchwoman by Churchwomen United and will be honored at a May 1luncheon. Lenten luncheons with guest speakers noon each Wednesday. HOLY TRINITY, W. HARWICH Life in Spirit seminar 7:30 p.m. Thursdays church hall, beginning March 26; information 432-4622. Rose Renewal for married couples April 4. Information: Deacon John Sullivan, 432-8190. Scripture study group meets 7 p.m. Thursday, parish center. Youth group swimming meeting Sunday, Cape Cod Divers. Healing service with Maria Rocha following 7 p.m. Mass March 18. ST. JOHN EVANGELIST, POCASSET . Stations and Benediction 3:30 p. m. each Friday: prayer chapel open until noon daily. Women's Guild scholarship applications: deadline April 15. Available at Bourne High School nurse's office or from Bunny McKenna. 563-7365. CORPUS CHRISTI, SANDWICH Couples Club seeks organizational committee members. Information: 888-0209. Electronic organ needed for St. Theresa's Chapel. CATHEDRAL CAMP, E. FREETOWN Congregational Church retreat today and tomorrow; confirmation retreat tomorrow, St. John Evangelist Church, Attleboro. ST. LOUIS de FRANCE. SWANSEA Stations of Cross 7 p.m. each Lenten Friday. Vincentians meet 7:30 p.m. March 16. rectory. HOLY GHOST, ATTLEBORO Children's winter clothing needed; may be left at rectory side porch. First communicants parents' meetin~ 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.

O.L. HEALTH, FR Lenten neighborhood Masses: available dates are March 16, April6 and 13. Those wishing to host a home Mass may contact Father Steven Furtado. Holy Name Society Mass 8 a.m. Sunday. Meeting follows. ST. DOMINIC, SWANSEA Father Albert Ryan is conducting "Scripture from Scratch," a video/discussion series at 8 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays during Lent. . All welcome. First communion 2 p.m. Sunday; youth Mass 9 a.m. Sunday. Lenten program 7 p.m. March 15, 22, 29 and April I in church. Blanche M. Lagesse of Rolfe Square Center of Healing and Wholeness will be the presenter. HOLY NAME, NB Couples Club dinner meeting 6 p.m. Sunday. During rectory renovations the parish offices are temporarily in the religious education center. ST.STEPHEN,ATTLEBORO A "Good News" newsletter is being prepared by the pastoral council's EvaJ.lgelical Committee for Easter distribution. Good news of prayers answered or other favors may be dropped into designated box in rear of church. Pro-life postcards to be sent to state legislators available in rear of church. Parish Lenten prQgram, "Pursuing Happiness," 7 p.m. parish hall March 16,24,30; April6. Parish has been designated food collection center for area Catholic churches. ST. PATRICK, SOMERSET Job Search Program uses side door bulletin board to post notices from job seekers, job openings or work needed done by parishioners. Youth group members may bring guests to Stations and Benediction 7 p.m. March 20; group will provide coffee for brown bag supper following 4 p.m. Mass March 21. ST. MARY. NB Lector workshop April 5. Lector and altar boy schedules available. Free blood pressure. pulse. glucose monitoring will be offered March 15 by Women's Guild. SACRED HEART. NB Youth group and 1990 and 1992 confirmation classes invited to meeting 7 p.m. March 22. parish hall. Reception for Catholic Charities Appeal workers and new volunteers 7 p.m. April 7.. parish center. Parish Appeal chairs are Mark and Roseanne Gongola. ST. GEORGE. WESTPORT Parents invited to view a video. "Molly Kelly Talks to Teens about Chastity." before it is seen by 7th and 8th graders. Showings 9 and 10:30 a.m. March 14. school. SS. PETER & PAUL. FR School children's Stations of Cross each Lenten Wednesday. 11:30 a.m. All welcome.

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, HYANNIS Women's Guild communion breakfast at Cape Point Restaurant, W. Yarmouth, following 9 a.m. Mass Sunday. Thomas Loughlin will speak on Brazilian Refugees on Cape Cod. O.L. CAPE, BREWSTER Second graders and families will attend 8:30 a.m. Mass Sunday. Parish mission with Sister Patricia Cocozza will take place March 23 through 25 and will include a penitential service March 24. Her presentations will precede II a.m. Mass March 23,24 and 25 and the 7 p.m. Mass the 23rd and 25th. Stations of Cross 7 p.m. every Lenten, Friday. Program on situation in Haiti 7:30 p.m. Saturday, parish center. Bible study of the Book of Isaiah begins March 16. Information: 385-6751 after 6 p,m. Ladies' Guild scholarship applications information at rectory or 896-7694. Contributions welcome for Good Tidings parish newsletter. Information: 385-3833. DIVORCED/SEPARATED, CAPE COD Support group meeting 7 p.m. Sunday, St. Pius X parish center, So. Yarmouth. Tom O'Connell will speak. Information: 548-1065; 3629873. ST. ST ANISLAUS. FR Free breakfast follows 7 a.m. Mass each Wednesday of Lent and Easter season. Communal penance service 7 p.m. April 6 with eight priests as confessors and Father John Steakern as guest preacher. HOLY NAME. FR Children's Mass 10 a.m. Sunday. La SALETTE SHRINE. ATTLEBORO Healing service 2 p.m. Sunday led by Brother Armand Binette, MS; day of healing with Barbara Shlemon and Cynthia Villari. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4. Registration closes March 30. The day will focus on feelings of grief. pain. anger or shame regarding separation, divorce. bereavement. family problems. addictions and other problems. Further information: 222-5410. Also at shrine: coinmunal reconciliation service 7:30 p.m. each Lenten Wednesday. based on theme of God's creating and forgiving love. ST. JULIE, N. DARTMOUTH Ladies' Guild scholarship applications for high school seniors available at rear of church and must be returned by April I. Parish retreat. "In the footsteps of Jesus." March 30 to April 2. 7 p.m. nightly. DIVORCED/SEPARATED SUPPORT GROUP. N. DARTMOUTH All meetings 7 p.rn.. Family Life Center. 500 Slocum Rd .. N. Dartmouth. March 21, Fr. John Powell video. "Free To Be Me": April8. Fr. Richard Degagne. speaker. "Journey of Lent: Journey of Divorce": April27. Fr. Jay Maddock. speaker. "Annulment in the Church." ST. THOMAS MORE. SOMERSET Refreshments available in parish center after 9 a.m. Mass Tuesdays and Thursdays during Lent. Musical presentation of Stations of Cross 7 p.m. March 27. MADONNA MANOR, ATTLEBORO Staff members will participate in a IO-mile Attleboro Super Cities Walk in support of multiple sclerosis research and services beginning at 10 a.m. ApriI4.lnformation: 291-2169; 699-2740. HOLY TRINITY. W. HARWICH Life in Spirit seminar 7:30 p.m. Thursdays March 26. April 2. 9. church hall. An introduction to the series is set for March 19 at the same time. Information: 430-0014 (evenings): 432-8149. NOTRE DAME. FR There will be an extra daily Mass at 7 p.m. during Lent. CATHOLIC NURSES. CAPE COD Meeting 7 p.m. March 18. St. Pius X parish center. So. Yarmouth. Spiritual moderator Msgr. John Smith will offer a night of recollection.

DISTRICT V, DCCW District meeting 2 p.m. Sunday St. John Evangelist Church, Pocasset. All women's guild and council members in Cape and Islands area welcome. ST. JOSEPH. NB Parochial school students will host parish senior citizens 12:30 p.m. March 19 for social hour and lunch in school hall. Reservations: 9952264: 999-5754. HOSPICE OUTREACH. FR Volunteers needed to deliver medical supplies and equipment to terminally ill cancer patients in Greater Fall River on a regular schedule. Information: 673-1589. ST. JOSEPH, NB Parish advisory council meeting April 13. Mission with Father Richard Delisle, MS, March 28 through April I. ST. PATRICK, WAREHAM First communion clothes for boys or girls are needed. Donations may be left at cenacle or persons may call Sister Beth Henken, 295-0780. Grades 7 and 8 students will attend a retreat 7 p.m. March 21 through 7 a.m. March 22. parish hall. Those interested may call cenacle. Youth group St. Patrick's celebration 7 to 8:30 p. m., parish hall. All ages welcome. Lenten retreat program 9 to II a.m. Tuesdays March 17 through April 14: prayer, discussion, video showing, refreshments. Living stations and Benediction 7 p.m. March 31. ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA, FR Council of Catholic Women meeting 8 p.m. March 17, parish hall. ST. MARY. NORTON Lenten parish renewal with Father Robert Kaszynski ofSt. Stanislaus parish, Fall River, 9 a.m. at church. 7 p. m. at parish center. March 30 through April 2. New lectors needed; see one of the priests. ST. THERESA. NB Exposition of Blessed Sacrament each Friday following 9 a.m. Mass until 6:30 p.m .. concluding with Benediction and. during Lent, Stations of Cross. K orc. FALMOUTH. MASHPEE Oldtimers' dinner meeting March 17: Council 813 is adopting a 2-mile stretch of Route 28: council open house 2 to 3 p.m. March 29 at council headquarters. 279 Brick Kiln Road. Falmouth; prospective members welcome. ST. JOSEPH. TAUNTON Stations of Cross 7:30 p.m. each Lenten Friday. Living Stations with tableaux by 6th grade CCD students March 20. Confessions after each service. Bible study 9:30 a.m. each Lenten Wednesday. rectory. Lenten vespers 4 p.m. March 29. Calix meeting 6:30 p.m. Sunday, parish center. Confirmation 7 p.m. March 19.

ST. MARY. FAIRHAVEN Youth group meeting 6 p.m. Sunday with self-esteem workshop; bereavement support group meeting I:30 p.m. S·unday. rectory. "Scripture from Scratch" tapes/ Bible study 7:30 p.m. Lenten Wednesdays. Market Ministries in New Bedford is in need of new or used clean towels. Donation boxes in church.

Brazil's debt grows ROME(CNS) - Although Brazil constantly ships huge sums of money to rich countries at the expense of its poor. its foreign debt continues growing. said Cardinl;ll Paulo Evaristo Arns of Sao Paulo. Brazil. The reason is that debt repayments are scheduled in such a way that Brazil is always paying interest and service charges and not reducing the principal. he said. In 1990. Brazil paid $15.7 billion in interest and service charges. he said. This sum could have been used to build 135,000 public housing units, "diminishing in large scale the agonizing housing problem." he added.


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