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A big day for Timothy Dresser By Pat McGowan Last Sunday was another big day for Timothy Dresser of St. Francis Xavier parish, Hyannis, where last month he was presented with the Eagle Scout award, a rank attained by only about 2 percent of Scouts.

On March II, it was time for religious recognition and Timothy received the Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII awards from Bishop Daniel A, Cronin at the annual Scouting Religious Awards ceremony held at St. Mary's Cathedral in the context of Mass.

Timothy, 23, has Down's syndrome. It has not, however, kept the youngest of the II children of Deacon and Mrs. Richard M. Dresser from racking up a lengthy list of accomplishments. Turn to Page Six

larczyk has said Catholics who "Such dissent does not make the promote or assist in abortions church's teaching any less sure or' "should not consider themselves any less binding." prop.erly disposed" to receive comChurch teaching on abortion is mumon. . . "so crucial," he said, that "under Arch.blshop PIIarczyk, head of \ certain specific conditions [it] t~e ~atlOnalConferen~; ofCatho- provides for an automatic excomIIc Blshop.s, released a Statement. munication of those who are peron C~rta,~n Matters Related to sonally and directly involved in the performance of abortions," AbortIOn March 7. The statement came after he met ._. MR' t t Id h C th r Feb. 21 with pro-life Catholics s. In ~ ~ ~, e a, 0 IC who reportedly had urged excom- Telegraph, CInCI,?natl s archdlO~e. t' f C' . t" san newspaper, I feel I must live mumca IOn 0 mcmna I s new· I'f d' . my I e accor 109 to my own conPlanned Parenthood dIrector, Bar-. t II C th I' " bara Rinto, a Catholic. sCience as mus a a 0 IC~. Ms. Rinto. in a March 7 stateIn her statement, she said she r~spected "the right of each. i~diment, said, '.'My work at Planned Parenthood is rooted in the long VIdual t? ma~e personal decIsIons tradition of working for socialjus- c.oncermng ~Irth con.trol and abortice and equality to which many tlOn ~ccor~!ng to hIS or her own Catholics have devoted their lives." conscIence. She then quoted from Planned Parenthood operates clin- ;.'rch?ishop Pilarczyk's s~atement: ics where abortions are performed. ObVIOusly no, one ca~ Judge the Ray George, Cincinnati archdi- state ~f another s conscIence before ocesan spokesman, told Catholic God. News Service March 8 that the The archbishop continued in his archbishop's statement did not own statement, "But we can judge single out anyone, nor was there that certain behavior is objectively any subsequent statement identi- wrong and that the espousal and fying individuals. practice of such behavior under "Some Catholics hold and pub- the guise of Catholicism are a licly proclaim views" on abortion source of scandal and confusion in "which. are not in accord with the Turn to Page Six

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51. Mary's Cathedral Will celebrate 51. Patrick's Day tomorrow with a concert of Irish music by harpist Karen Rol<os following 12:05 p.m. Mass. There will be .,.. no 9 a.m. Mass tomorrow.

1990 Appeal chairman named. Horace J. Costa, a member of Costa was in the U.S. Army Sacred Heart parish, Taunton, has from 1952 to 1954, attaining the been named diocesan lay chair- rank of corporal. ·Among organiman of the 49th annual Catholic zations in which he holds memberCharities Appeal of the Fall River ship is his parish conference of the diocese. His appointment was an- Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He nounced today by Bishop Daniel is a past president of the Taunton A. Cronin. district of the Vincentians and is The new chairman, a native of presently diocesan vice-president St. Joseph's parish, North Dighton, of the society. graduated from Bristol County The CCA chairman serves on Agricultural High School. and the Taunton registry of voters, the Johnson and Wales School of board of directors of Marian Providence. Manor, also in Taunton, and the He has been an employee of . Diocesan Pastoral Council. He is Fernandes Supermarket, now a past honorary chairman of the Sweet Life, Inc., for 34 years as a annual Bishop's Ball of the Fall meatcutter and meat department River diocese. manager and is currently assigned He and his wife Barbara are the to the Attleboro store. He also owns and operates Costa Greenhouses in Taunton with his brother, ~ CATHOLIC CHARITIES Albert. The business has been in operation since the late 1930s.

parents of three children, Catherine PrinlO, Lisa Costa and Father David A. Costa, parochial vicar at . St. Thomas More parish, Somerset. The Catholic Charities Appeal is in its 49th year of service to southeastern Massachusetts charitable, educational and social service undertakings. Its special gifts phase will take place from April)3 to May 5, during which time collectors will ask support of professional, fraternal, business and industrial organizations. The parish phase will begin May 6 with a noon to 3 p.m. house-tohouse solicitation conducted throughout the diocese by over 20,000 volunteers. It will end May 16. The Appears traditional kickoff meeting will take place at 8 p. m. April 18 at Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River.

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Sister Lisa professes final vows Sister of Mercy Joanne Lisa professed final vows last Sunday in the chapel at Mount St. Rita Health Center, Cumberland, R.t. She entered the Mercy Community in September, 1982 and pr'ior to her entrance, lived in New Bedford and worked with adolescent girls at the Deaconess Home in Fall River. From 1985-1988 she worked as a social worker at St. Vincent's Home, also in Fall River. Sister Lisa professed the traditional vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and a fourth vow unique·to.the Sisters. of Merc;y pC. seYvi'ce to the poor, sick and uned- . ucated. This fourth vow is a guiding principle in the life of every, community member and is essential to the Mercy spirit or charism. Sister Rosemary Laliberte, administrator of the Providence . province of the Sisters of Mercy, received Sister Lisa's vows as the representative of Sister Helen Amos, president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Union in the United States. Currently Sister Lisa is a social worker at Valley Community School in Pawtucket and resides with two other sisters in Providence. The daughter of Eleanor Leduc of Cranston, she is a graduate of St. Xavier Academy, Providence, and Salve Regina College, Newport. .

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AT THE ANNU AL dinner board meeting of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, Bishop Daniel A. Cronin stands with, from left, Martina Grover, president of the Taunton District of Catholic Women; DCCW president Madeline Wojcik Sr.; and Lillian Plouffe, Taunton district fith vice-president. The bishop thanked the board members for their work and urged them to encourage young women to join the organization. (Lavoie photo)

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Some say that deacons, who can baptize, witness marriages and deliver homilies, are a way of easing the priest shortage. But others argue that the diaconate creates another all-male clerical caste that excludes women. About 90 deacons serve parishes in the Seattle archdiocese. In an interview with The Progress, archdiocesan newspaper, the archbishop said he made his decision to cancel a new deacon class' because of testimony he heard from various lay and religious groups in hearings for the bishops writing the pastoral letter on women. "At those hearings, many women and men told us that the church didn't seem to respect the personhood of women, that the church was patriarchal and unappreciative of women's gifts," he said. The archbishop conceded that the question of women's ordination and' their full role in the church is in the Vatican's hands. "In many instances, decisions are beyond our control," he said .. "But in this one, we do have a choice." Reaction to the archbishop's de- . cision varied. Sister Kathleen Pruitt, of the· Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, wel-' corned the decision. "I think what it tells women is that there is at least room for dialogue," she said. Others were unsure about link-' ing deacons with the' issue of wo..: men's rol~ in the church. . Delbert Hoover, a deacon in. Federal Way, Wash., said he and. other deacons were confused because the archbishop had told them" a week earlier that a new deacon .class would be formed next year. '~I knew that disappointment

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SEATTLE (CNS) - Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen of Seattie has halted plans to form a new group of permanent deacons in his archdiocese until the role of women in the church is more adequately addressed. The archbishop announced March 2 that formation of a new deacon class would not serve the best interests of the local church. "This has been a most difficult decision for me to m'lke," Archbishop Hunthausen wrote in a letter to deacons, priests, parochial ministers and key lay leaders. "I know that my final decision will highlight' the women's issue and create new tensions in our church." Archdiocesan spokesman John McCoy told Catholic News Service March 8 that Coadjutor Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy of Seattle was "supportive of Archbishop Hunthausen's decision." The decision comes at a time when the archdiocese faces a growing shortage of priests. Some parishes have no resident pastor and some have had "priestless Sundays" in which the liturgy does not include celebration of the Eucharist.

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) - The Vatican has given the Brazilian bishops' liturgy commission permission to begin studying ways to incorporate Afro-Brazilian rituals into the Mass, but has not approved an experimental Afro-Brazilian liturgy Vatican Radio reported. About 60 percent of the Brazilian population is black, and about 60 percent of those blacks is Catholic.

and pain would accompany my decision on this issue no matter what the final outcome," the archbishop said. "But I had to base my decision on what I'd heard and what my heart told me to do." Archbishop H unthausen stressed that his decision to cancel a new formation class has nothing to do with the existing deacons. "But we need to seriously address the role of women in the church," and canceling the class was "a way . that we could clearly indicate the depths of our concern," the archbishop said. In 1986, following an investigation, the Vatican instructed Archbishop H unthausen to cede authority over several key aspects of archdiocesan life to an auxiliary bishop. The unprecedented division of episcopal authority provoked controversy, and a three-bishop commission worked out a solution under which Archbishop H unthausen's powers were restored and then-Bishop Murphy, head of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Mont., was named coadjutor with power of succession. The investigation was conducted after concerns were raised about archdiocesan practices in the areas of liturgy, sacraments,mil1istry to homosexuals, priestly format.ion, the marriage tribunal and others.

Sister Legault : Sister Yvonne Legault, CSC, 88, formerly known as Sister Mary Ferdinand, died Feb. 22 in Manchester, NH.. The. Mass of Christian Burial was offered for her on Feb. 24. A native of St. Anne's parish, New Bedford, where she attended its former parochial school, she was the daughter of the late Ferdinand "and Albina (Lamontagne) Legault. She entered the Holy Cross community in 1920 and subsequently served in New Hampshire; Connecticut; Springfield, Mass; and St. Laurent, Quebec, and Falhel', Alberta, in Canada . She is survived by three sisters, Diana Carignan and Lauretta Langlois, New Bedford; Claire Bierce, Lake Worth" Fla., and several nieces and nephews.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles Archbishop Roger M. Mahony has asked priests and nuns from his archdiocese ages 65 and older to volunteer as human guinea pigs for a proposed AIDS . vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, who formulated a vaccine ' for polio. Archdiocesan officials confirmed March II that Archbishop Mahony had asked for volunteers in a Jan. 25 letter sent to 3,500 priests and nuns at the request of Dr. Brian Henderson, an associate of Salk. The letter said 10 volunteers are sought. . .N9 human testing h.as begun, : pending·appl'oval from Califomia.. health authorities. The vaccine has been tested on three chimpanzees without signs of infection. Under California law, the state can permit AIDS testing on uninfected individuals without federal approval. The vaccine has already been tested on 100 people with the AIDS virus, and the U.S. government has given approval to test 1,000 more. The vaccine is considered risky because it contains the whole AIDS virus, albeit a strain killed in the laboratory. But a test batch of Salk's experimental polio vaccine contaminated . with live polio viruses infected scores of children with polio in 1955, resulting in some deaths. Archbishop Mahony in his letter said Henderson had specifically asked for senior citizens. The Los Angeles Times quoted Dr. Alexandra Levine, a third associate in the AIDS vaccine project, as saying that Henderson had acted without Salk's knowledge, and that only nuns, who "are at essentially no risk at acquiring AIDS," will be sought. The He~derson letter, which accompanied Archbishop Mahony's, said Salk, 75, would take the first vaccine himself in keeping with scientific tradition. Salk also had taken the first experimental polio vaccine. Archbishop Mahony, in Rome until March 19, told Associated Press that Henderson told him about six nuns and one or two priests had contacted the doctor. The researchers are "looking for people who would want to volunteer for something that could be very risky," Archbishop Mahony told AP. "You're really looking for people who have a commitment to humankind and willingness to take risks to benefit others." Cardinal John J. O'Connor of New York said March II he would consider taking the vaccine. "Anything that is morally licit," he said, "should be considered." Cardinal O'Connor visits AIDS patients in New York, usually on a weekly basis.

To aid Jesuit head WASHINGTON (CNS)""':" Jesuit Father Francis E. Case, 51, has been appointed U.S. regional assistant in' Rome to the order's superior general, Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach. Father Case is currently provincial superior of the Jesuits' Oregon province.

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sets annual Acies Members of the Legion of Mary in the Fall River diocese will hold their annual Acies ceremony at St. Mary's Cathedral at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25, the feast of the Annunciation. At the ceremony, active and auxiliary Legionaries will reconsecrate themselves to Mary. Bishop Daniel A. Cronin will officiate, Rev. Barry Wall, diocesan moderator for the Legion, will be present and Father Matthew Sullivan, SS.Cc., will be the hcimilist. Legion officialshave announced establishment of a new Legion praesidium or chapter at Christ the King parish, Mashpee. Named Our Lady of the Angels, it is the first Legion praesidium to be formed on.Cape Cod arid it brings" to the number of nine the active groups within the diocese. The other groups are a Spanish praesidum at Regina Pacis Center, a Portuguese unit at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish, and junior and senior praesidia at St. Joseph's parish, all in· New Bedford. St. Mary and St. Joseph parishes in Fairhaven have praesidia, there is a Fall River unit and a Spanish group in St. Joseph parish, Attleboro. Active legionaries may visit auxiliary members, often impeded by age or health from active works, or they may welcome new parishioners and converts. They visit nursing homes and hospitals and may help in parish census-taking. Junior members may prepare small religious gifts for nursing home residents, first communicants and parochial school graduates. Those interested in joining the Legion or learning more about it•. may contact their parish priest, Father Wall at St. Anthony's parish, Mattapoisett, or Father Sullivan at Sacred Hearts provincial house, Fairhaven. The public is invited to attend the March 25 ceremony, which will be followed by refreshments.

Pastoral Care plans. prayer day The Diocesan Department of Pastoral Care to the Sick will sponsor a day of prayer and reflec-. tion for eucharistic ministers and pastoral visitors to hospitals, nursing homes· and the. hon:tebound from 9 a.m.• t<;>3.p.m. April 7. The session will be offered simultaneously at St. John the Baptist parish,. Westport, and Christ the King parish, Mashpee. Presenters at St. John the Baptist will be hospital chaplaif!s Sister Annette Bibeau, SSA, Morton Hospital, Taunton; and Sister Jacqueline Dubois, SSA, Charlton Memorial Hospital, Fall River. At Christ the King, chaplains Sister Shirley Agnew, RSM, Barnstable Hospital, Pocasset; and Sister Dympna Smith, RSM, Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, will present. Information on registration is' available from Sister Smith at 5644771 or at; Cape Cod Hospital, 771-1800 ext. 2286 or 771-7329. Deadline fQr registration is March 27.

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St. Anne's Hospital, Fall River, is once again offering a "Walk Your Weight Down" program to help people lose extra pounds. This successful weight reduction and exercise program, now in its third year, is designed to promote healthy eating habits combined with exercise for long term weight management. Former participants have lost an average of 10 pounds during the program and have maintained their weight loss when checked at a followup class. The program, presented by Suzanne Vieira, M.S., and JoAnn Faris, M.S., both registered dietitians.at St. Anne's: of~e~s a guided

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the moorin&.-, A Passion for Justice It is hard to wax eloquent about Ireland in these. times of increasing unity when it is a nation still divided and broken. However, it is important that the cause of Irish unity and human rights remain on the world's agenda, however easy it may be at this time of year to drown the issue in a sea of sentimentality. Indeed, for all practical purposes, the wearing of the green has become an American rather than Irish tradition. The b4siness world has turned a saint's feastday into a commercial moneymaker, handily taking up the slack between Valentine's day (also a saint's memorial) and Easter. From coast to coast, shamrocks are flaunted and greeting cards, tinted carnations and certainly a "drop of the craythur" return their purveyors a tidy profit. Parades and parties are the order of the day and each year the occasion is more aggressively marketed.It must be remembered that thousands of British troops remain on duty in Ireland. Some wags would say they are there to keep the Irish from killing each other, but this is gibberish. They are there to keep British interests in the ascendancy and the Irish ih their place. The question of Irish unity has of course been overshadowed by the ongoing events in Eastern Europe. Everyone is caught up in the dramatic movement toward freedom of nations held captive for decades, while the Irish situation has been with us so long that, even if concerned, we tend to roll with the punches. Ireland is simply that ongoing problem that defies solution, so why let it become a priority, especially since it involves ont: of our so-called dearest allies. Say soothing words and give a token nod and the Irish will remain in their place'. This attitude, so popular among American diplomats, con"' veniently ignores the reality that if one man is enslaved, all men are slaves. How can we be selective, supporting political change from the Baltics to the C.ape of Good Hope, applauding black freedom in Pretoria w1lile denying Irish fr~edom in Belfast? The inconsistency of American politics in this regard borders on the abhorrent. Thesituation is exacerbated for those in Northern Ireland in light of the land's loss of its- young people. Free Ireland, the Republic, has its own economic problems, causing the tremendus wave of illegal immigration to this country; but its situation isdifferent from that of occupied Northern Ireland. In the case of the Republic, poverty, lack of jobs and limited opportunities have precipitated the desire to leave home. In Northern Ireland, in addition to lack of jobs, it is the war. Catholic, Protestant, Green and Orange are fleeing the north because they seek freedom from combat, assassination and murder. They go their separate ways to separate lands, but they go. British Columbia, for example, is a mecca for Orangemen. As a result, Northern Ireland is drained of its lifeblood and is left to extremists on both sides. The only difference between the factions is that one side is supported by the British government and its armed forces, making the struggle uneven, to say the least. So, as we celebrate St. Patrick's Day and pin on our shamrocks, let us continue to be awa,re that many Irish are still denied the rights and freed'oms our wonderful nation has as its heritage. Let us defend and uphold our own rights while never forgetting those who as yet are denied th~rs. The Editor

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Corporate gadflies still at it NEW YORK (CNS) - Church activity in the corporate responsibility movement, which involves using stockholder rights to challenge corporations on issues of peace and social justice, has entered the new decade showing the vigor of continued growth. The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, a New York agency that coordinates most of the church activity in this field, reported in its annual compilation, "Church Proxy Resolutions," that church groups filed a record 219 resolutions for action at the 1990 annual meetings of 157 corporations. In 1987, year of the previous high, 165' resolutions were filed with 122 companies. The number dropped to 155 resolutions with 125 companies in 1988, and last year it was 166 resolutions with 124 companies. However, every year a number of resolutions fail to reach the floor because of compromise agreements reached through negotiations, disallowance on technical ground by the Securities and Exchange Commission and other reasons. Tim~thy H. Smith, a United Methodist layman who directs the interfaith center, said in an interview that the longstanding concern of the churches about environmental issues wll:s getting a new surge of attention this year. Exxon and some two dozen other corporations are being asked to report on their activities to reach goals set forth in the Valdez Principles, a set of 10 environmental guidelines issued last September by the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies. The principles are named for the Exxon Valdez oil disaster in Alaska last year. . "Over a half-dozen of the companies have already agreed to do the report we requested:' Smith said. Although church groups have substantial stock holdings through

investments of penSIOn, endowment asserts that although the company and reserve funds, they never have announced in 1986 it was leaving. enough votes to pass their resolu- South Africa, it "continues to tions. But they say their sustained supply a full line of products, serefforts force management to give vices and technology there." The the issues consideration, and that resolution calls for IBM to "stop the process produces some corpo- all direct or indirect sales and serrate offices. vices to South Africa until apar"Corp()rations often bargain with theid ends." local government for zoning, tax Among sponsors of the resoluor other concessions to advance tion, along with IBM shares they their legitimate interests. We believe own, are: the American Baptist they should use this same power to . Foreign Mission Society, 5,000 press for affordable housing for and Sisters of Charity of St. Vin- . their own emp.loyees with equal cent de Paul, Halifax, Nova Scoconcern for others in need," said a tia, 2,100. supporting statement for a resoluResolutions this year also are tion filed with several firms. continuing an emphasis of the past Although the 1990 resolutions several years on equal employment show some new emphases, the in Northern Ireland. majority focus on issues of perenFederal Express, IBM, 3M, nial concern to the churches. Mobil, Xerox and several other A primary c.oncern has been corporations with branches in South Africa, and in 1990 about Northern Ireland are being asked half the resolutions deal with South to implement the MacBride PrinAfrican issues. ciples, a set of equal employment Although some U.S. firms have guidelines developed by the late taken steps to disassociate them- Nobellaureate Sean MacBride and selves from the government there, ot路hers. A separate resolution was resolution filers charge that many filed with Lockheed and Boeing. companies continue to.support the The Lockheed resolution has South African economy through support from the Sisters of St. franchising arrangements, sale of Joseph of Peace, who have 100 their products through intermed- shares and, in a new development, iaries and other means.. from several New York public A resolution filed with IBM employee pension funds, representing at total of 2,265,775 shares. Benedictine Sister Susan Mika, vice chairwoman of the interfaith center's board, said in a telephone interview that the movement to press American companies on Northern Ireland has "picked up strength." Prayer for Patience "Raising questions in this arena," Grant me, Lord, mildshe said, "is a way for the Catholic ness and patience that I Church here to be in solidarity with the people over there." may always speak and act Sister Mika, superior of a conkindly to all and suffer gregation based in Boerne, near patiently for love of you San Antonio, also is chairwoman whatever wrongs, injuries of the Texas Coalition for Reor insults come my way. sponsible Investment, a group including not only religious orders -St. John Baptist but also the archdiocese of San de LaSalle Antonio and the dioceses of Fort. Worth and San Angelo, Texas.

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. . Truth lrom""ni'yth Last week I talked about the Catholic woman who was angry because the Bible stories she learned as a child are

nize that Santa Claus is a myth used to teach the truth of Christmas love, joy, and giving. Eventually, she came to see the creation and other biblical stories not the same as she is reading in similarly and gave up her anger at The Bible as an adult. She was the Church for teaching her Scripconfused that there cpuld be two ture on a chi'ld's level. She was creation stories when she learned growing up in ~the Bible, as we all only one and upset when the teacher must if we are to appreciate it as said that some of the stories may adults. be mythical. Serious Bible study means givIn class, she expressed anger ing up childish ideas and underagainst the Church because it standing in search of deeper truths. taught her the Adam and Eve Aesop s Fables can be read on two story as truth and is now trying to . levels: a child's where animals talk teach her to question it. Even and the tortoise wins the race and though the teacher explained that on· an adult's where the animals children cannot understand con- don't talk but the deeper truth of cepts and abstractions so that we perseverance is understood. It must teach concrete stories on doesn't mean we have to do away their level, she was unwilling to with the fable as adults but that we accept that explanation. accept the childish embellishments In an attempt to help her, I as necessary to their understanding. asked her if she had believed in The idea of some Bible stories as Santa Claus as child and she rep- mythical is more difficult for some lied yes. "When and why did you Catholics and most fundamentalstop believing in Santa Clause?" I ists to accept. Part of this resistasked. ance can be attributed to a mis"When I'was about seven because taken notion of myth. We've come it didn't make sense to me any to understand it as a lie, an incommore." plete understanding at best. "Were you angry with your parThe American Heritage Dictionents for telling you there was a ary offers as its first definition of Santa Claus?" I asked. myth:'" A traditional story origi"No," she replied. And she nating in a pre-literate society, admitted she taught the Santa Claus dealing with supernatural beings, story to her own children because ancestors, or heroes that serve as it signified the meaning of Christ- primordial types in a primitive mas. Slowly she began to recog- view ofthe world." In other words,

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Why an annulment? Q, After 14 years of marriage my daughter divorced her husband and married a divorced Catholic at a civil ceremony. It is my understanding that according to church teaching this is not a valid marriage. When 1 expressed my views to . them her present husband replied about annulment, "I view this process as a rehashing of the legal divorce process that would be costly in money and energy. 1 sincerely feel that God has already granted me an annulment." Another priest told me it is the personal covenant between God and the individual that makes up the person's status regarding a religion. 1 am confused. One person tells me one thing and another something else. 1am agonizing over this situation but do not know what to do. (Massachusetts) A. You ask several questions which demand lengthier answers than are possible here. A few thoughts may help, however, and give you some ideas to discuss with your daughter's present husband. First, in spite of his comment, I seriously doubt that he knows what an annulment really is. From other statements in your letter he, as most other Catholics, confuse annulment with divorce. A divorce declares that a marriage which at one time existed is now dissolved. An annulment, in civil and most particularly in church law, means that even though a couple went through a marriage ceremony and lived together as husband and wife, perhaps for a number of years, the true community of life that we believe marriage to be never existed, for one reason or another, between those two people. It is true that individual con-

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it's a story used to teach a point to those unable to understand deeper theological and scientific reasoning. Cecil M. Bowra says that "myths bring the unknown." Biblical · scholar Sr. Macrina Scott says, "A myth is a story that never happened." Writers often call it, "a story of a lie used to teach a truth." Just as Jesus used parables to teach a point, so did earlier prophets use st9ries which mayor may not have been true but which many have come to believe as unassailable. Interestingly, we don't question Jesus' parables. Was there really a man whose ox fell into a pit on the Sabbath? Maybe. Maybe not, but it isn't really that important to us. Was there a snake-who talke(j in Eden? Did God create Eve out of Adam's rib? Maybe. Maybe not. The deeper truth is that at some point in evolution, God created beings with souls, imperfect beings called humans who began the struggle to wrest control from God which contiues to this day. Whether the story happened exactly as written isn't important. What it teaches us is.

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Kansas kids h~arn from foreign peers LEAVENWORTH, Kan.(CNS) - Kids come from all over the" world to ,attend Xavier Elementary School in downtown Leavenworth. The consolidated Catholic sch~ol" that serves four parishes attracts' , the children of parents who are in , Kansas, for military training, at nearby Fort Leavenworth. The youngsters, from Germany, France, Switzerland, Ireland and South America, offer the rest ,of Xavier's pupils "a broadening experience," said principal Sister Ann McGuire. "It is a learning experience to see children who cannot, speak English being totally immersed in it. "Our students see the, struggle with learning and the efforts our foreign students put forth to learn things, such as idioms, which we take for granted," she told The Leaven, newspaper of the archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. Despite cultural differences and language barriers, the foreign pupils fit in with their peers, Sister McGuire said, while teachers consider it a privilege to teach them. "It is very rewarding," Sister McGuire said, "because the students go from little or no Englishl0 carrying on a conversation in a short 'time." The U.S. pupils also enjoy the . challenge because each foreign pu-

pil is gi~en a peer buddy to help with his or her studies. "The students are excited about the foreign»tudents," said Sister McGuire. "They 'were especially enamored of the Irish kids because . they pl~yrugby." , Of course, the foreign children also have new experiences. Rory ~.fcCann, who has been in the U ni~ed States just over six months from Ireland, said computel'S were new to him. Martina Freel'S of Germany said sometimes the German children "do not understand the big words." Classrooms are different too. European desks are smaller than those in the United States and the time spent in class differs, said Ronnie Bettler of Switzerland. In Europe, Ronnie explained, some children go to class all day long, while others have a break around lunch and return in the afternoon. Sister McGuire said the U.S. students have learned to overcome ethnic and racial stereotypes. "This experience has brought home the idea that each student is unique, and that is a great thing to learn," she said. ---------

The Way To Love "The way to love anything is to realize it might be lost."-G.K. Chesterton

Starting Scouting as a Cub in 1980, he progressed into Boy Scouting by 1983. As a Scout, his honors include membership in the Order of the Arrow and service in the Leadership Corps and as a chaplain's aide. He is an altar boy at St. Francis Xavier parish, where his father serves as a permanent deacon. His Eagle Scout project was the crafting, with two other Scouts, of a Bible and two angels, displayed outside the church last Christmas. He has been equally outstanding in the Special Olympics program, where last year he won the Heart of an Athlete trophy. His sports activities include horseback riding, swimming, track, weightlifting, bowl_~ng; and basI<etball. Since graduating from Barnstable High School special needs class in 1988, he has been employed three days a week at area supermarkets. His proud father feels that Timothy's loving and outgoing nature has much to do with keeping the Dresser family in close touch with each other. That nature was demonstrated when Timothy received his Eagle award. A traditional part of the ceremony is known as "Eagle Reflections." At that time the new Eagle'Scout comments on what the award means to him. Here is what Timothy said: ,Hi and thank you for coming. I like Boy Scouts. I have learned a lot since I have been in Scouts. I like the camping trips, the fun and the games. Scouts ~!J.ould help others who ) ,are ,i,n .ne.ed. Scoutsar~ taught to keep the outdoors clean in cities, towns ~nd; forests .. I have met many people In . Scouting and hliVe made many friends. ' . I' would like to thank ali" who helped me -, from Cub Scouting to becoming an Eagle Scout. I'd especially like to tnimk Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson from CUb PaclC'57. From Troop 57,1 wantto th'ank Mr. Smith, Mr. Custer, Mr. Hampton and Mr. BerrY'.J also want to thank Mr. Smith and Mr. Dent from Troop 56 and all . troop members, as well as those belonging to the Order of the Arrow.. I also want to thank former Scouter Grumpy Shufelt and all those who helped me achieve my merit badges. I want to thank my Mom and Dad and my brothers and sisters for their help and encouragement. Thank you. , As well as for Timothy, last Sunday was special for his fellow award recipients. The young people expected their recognitions but '21 adult Scout and Camp Fire leaders did not know that they too had been singled out for honors. Bishop Cronin took the occasion to speak of the positive effects of youth groups on both members and leaders and thanked the adults for presenting Christian values to youth through Scouting and Camp Fire and for stressing the importance of spiritualizing virtues such as honesty and courtesy. At the end of his comments, he blessed the awards. The list of recipients follows. Ad Altare Dei: Sean Bowker, Keith Braga, Paul Gilford. Robert Heap. Robert Kenney, Eric Purcotte, That- .

cher Buckfey, Sean Diamond, Eric Diamond, Timothy Dresser, Neal Nevin, David Newell, Sean Walsh, Marc DeMello, John Freitas, Robert - Pereira, Eduardo Oliveira, Christopher Santos, Adam Souza. Pope Pius XII: Marc DeMello, John Freitas, Eduardo Oliveira, Robert Pereira, Christopher Santos, Adam Souza, Eric Diamond, Sean Diamond, Timothy Dresser, Neal Nevin. I Live My Faith: Amy Bartle, Heather Leach"Suslm Ross, Mindy Paulo, Taylece Henderson, Michelle Lacourse, Sarah Metthe, Mahogany Silva, Morgan Souza, Monica Viegas, Melissa Albert, Martha Andrews, Marta Andruk, Sara Andruk, Stacey Arpin, Alyssa Bator, Talia Correira, Kerrie Enos, Laura Furtado, Cara Giovanoni, Maureen , Hamel, Brianna Lachance, Aimee Levesque, 'Jennifer Lopes, Angela McClellan, Elizabeth McGowan, Kristy Marcondes, Emile Millot, Kerrin O'Boy,.5antina Siciliano, Eric Sullivan, Jennifer Souza. Marian Medal: Paulette Hubert, Claudette Hubert, Kimberly LeBlanc, Elizabeth Metthe., . Spirit Alive: Laurie Gallagher, Mary Katrina Giovanoni, Ann Hoye, Jessica Lazaris, Kerry Parker, Laura Watson. ' Adult Recipients St. George Award: Ernest DiBiasio, Roland McLean, Harold Thompson. Bronze Pelican Award: David Griffiths, Richard McLaughlin, Joseph Costa, Diane Marie White, Karen Heap, Donna Hebert, Raymond Hebert, Deacon Vincent Walsh, Harry Evans Jr., Ronald Mansbach, Deacon Francis Cama'cho"Francis Sullivan. ' St. Elizabeth Seton Award: Nancy :rarter, Monica Leahdre~ St.,Anne Award: Kathleen Moniz, Cecile Michno, Mary' Giovanoni, Joyce Metthe.

Warning Continued from Page One the church' and constitute manifest moral evil.", Daniel- Roche, director of prolife activities for the Cincinnati archdiocese, praised Archbishop Pilarczyk for making his point about abortion without adding fuel to the cause of those calling for excommunication. Joanne Engel, a member of St. Martin parish, told the Catholic Telegraph that she and several other pro-life activists met with the archbishop and asked him to address the issue of Catholics involved with abortion, but "we did not ask, him to excommunicate anyone." Ms. Rinto, 38, was associate director of Planned Parenthood of Southe(j.stern Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for six years before taking the Cincinnati Planned Parenthood position Feb. 5. Officials of the Philadelphia archdiocese said the church there took no action against her, nor was any sought.

J ail ministers LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The II th National Convocation of Jail and Prison Ministers is scheduled for June 2-6 at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Its theme will be "Telling Our Story, Living Our Hope." Further informationis available from convocation officials at 422 W. Almond St., ,Orange, CA 92666.


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The life of "it" Dear Editor: Everywhere)'ou turn, you hear the words pro-choice or pro-life. On TV, in the papers and in conversation's, the issue faces us, the killing ofunborn children. So many times you ,will hear people say, a person doesn't exist until it is born into the world, Some people even struggle with the concept that the new human life-is---not a baby but described as it. Let's go into the life of "IT". I) Immediately upon fertilization, cellular development begins. Before implantation the sex of the new life can be determined. At implantation, the new life is composed of hundreds of cells and has developed a protective hormone to prevent the mother's body from rejecting it as a fOl:eign tissue. 2) At 17 days, the new life has developed its own blood cells; the placenta is a part of the new life and not of the mother. 3) At 18 days, occasional :pulsation of a muscle -'- this will be the , heart. 4) At 19 days, the eyes start to develop. 5) At 20 days, the foundation of the entire nervous system has been laid out. , 6) At 24 ~ays, the h~rt has regu~lar beats or pulsations. (This is a legal sign of life). 7) At 28 days, 40 pairs of muscles are developed along the trunk of new 'life; arms and legs are forming. 8) At 30 days, regular blood flow within the vascular system. 9) At 40 days the heart energy output is reported to be almost 20 percent of that of an adult. 10) At 42 days the skeleton is complete and reflexes are present. II) At 43 days, electrical brain waves are recorded. The new life is thought of as a thinking person. 12) At 49 days, the appearance of a minature doll with complete fingers, toes and ears., 13) At 56 days, the name changes from embryo to fetus, all organs are functioning - stomach, liv.er, kidney" brain - all systems intact. Lines in palms. All future development of new life is simply refinement and increase in size until the age of 23 years. All that is needed is nourishment. The mother cannot 'feel the child's move-

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NEW YORK (CNS) - Cardinal Tomas 0 Fiaich of Armagh, Northern Ireland, said in a letter to the editor in The New York Times that Irish prisoner Joseph Patrick Doherty should be released on bail from a Manhattan prison and given a prompt hearing on his claim to political asylum. In a letter dated Feb. 15 and published March 10, the Irish primate ~aid he made a pastoral visit to Doherty Feb. 12. "Mr. Doherty has spent nearly seven years.in this prison," Cardinal'O Fiaich wrote. "He is the ongest-held prisoner in the his- tory of this center, without the recreational and educational facilities normally required for longterm prisoners. He is confined in a small cell for 23 hours of every day;" The cardinal said, however, that he found Doherty in "excellent spirits" and appreciative of those who have taken up his cause. -' "We spoke at length and prayed together, much of that in Irish," Cardinal 0 Fiaich said. Doherty, an IRA member, was convicted with three othermembers of the organization of killing a British army captain iii a 1980 ambush of British troops in Norlhern Ireland. They were sentenced to 30 years in a Belfast maximum security prison, but Doherty escaped the next year and made his way to New York, entering the {) nited States illegally. He was arrested by federal agents June 18, 1983, and has been held without bail and without trial, despite a number ofjudicial and immigration rulings that the United States had no right to hold him. Last year, Attorney General Dick Thornburgh conducted a review of the case, and on June 30 overruled an immigration appeals board finding that Doherty could reopen proceedings to seek political asylum. Cardinal 0 Fiaich associated his appeal with earlier efforts by Cardinal John J. O'Connor of New York. "I understand that on seven occasions since 1983 judgment has been given in favor of Mr. Doherty in court hearings in the United States," Cardinal 0 Fiaich said. "I support the view of John Cardinal O'Connor of New York that 'there is something very wrong in this case in which so many positive decisions on Mr. Doherty's behalf have not had substantial results.' "

The Cross of Cong is one of the chief treasures of the National Museum of Ireland. A reliquary or portable shrine, it was made to hold a relic of the True Cross, now lost. It combines the function of a reliquary with that of a processional cross and was no doubt carried on a pole on solemn occasions. Irish processional crosses are rare, and none of the others is of so early a date.

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Irish women built U .8. church, says Catholic historian WASHINGTON (CNS) - "Irish women built the American church," and their impact is still felt today, according to Sister Dolores liptak, a historian and expert on Catholic immigrant studies. "The church's work force may be less Irish now, but it's stit! predominantly female," said the nun, author of "Immigrants and Their Church." Her book was published by Macmillan in 1988 as part of a sixvolume work authorized by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops as the official bicentennial history of the Catholic Church in the United States. "Look around and see who makes up the church," she said in an interview. "Women are still taking their role in the church very seriously. The vast number of Catholic school teachers, parish religious educators, parish council members, for example, are women." Sister Liptak, a Sister of Mercy from Hartford, Conn., is director of Historical and Archival Services in the Washington suburb of Silver Springs, Md, ' "In the church in the United States, which was built by several immigrant groups, the Irish took a predominant role," she said. "Among the Irish immigrants, it was the women who predominated." The immigration of Irish people to the United States was "a mass female movement," the only one of its kind, said the nun. "Immigrants from other nations in the

l800s were primarily men or families; only the Irish counted thousands of single women among their immigrants." Historians have long recognized that Irish immigrants played a major role in building the U.S. church, she said. However, usually they. credited only Irish men "because of their heroic and public roles," she said. She mentioned Archbishop John Hughes, who became bishop of New York in 1842, was named its first arch,bishop in 1850 and served until his death in 1864, and Areh-·' bishop John Ireland, who was

appointed bishop of St. Paul, Minn., in 1884, was named its first archbishop in 1888 and died in 1918. Statistics show, however, that women predominated among the Irish immigrants, she said. In the • l860s in Dubuque, Iowa, for example, she said, historians report "there were 317 Irish women to 183 Irish men." These women made a significant financial contribution, she added. Many of them ·worked as servants and contributed heavily to the building of church structures. She quoted Cardinal John

Friendly Sons set Mass tomorrow The Friendly Sons ofSt. Patrick, formerly the Robert Emmet Club, will hold its annual Mass for deceased members at St. Mary's Church on Tarklin Hill Road in New Bedford at 9 a.m. tomorrow. This annual memorial, dedicated to peace and fellowship among all the world's people, is the opening event of the club year. The Mass includes Irish music played on bagpipes and choral selections by St. Mary's choir. Music and singing will begin at 8:30 a.m. and since the Mass is usually crowded, those planning to attend should arrive early.

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McCloskey of New York, who said that most of the money to build St. Patrick's Cathedral came "out of the pockets of poor Irish servants, some of whom were known to give five or eight dollars a month out of their wages to this one special project." When Cardinal McCloskey spoke of "servants," the nun said, he had to have been speaking of wome because "it was the Irish women who were servants at this time. Irish immigrant men worked primarily in construction, shipping and railroad work." Some women even got into the actual construction of early Catholic churches. She noted a tombstone in Pawtucket, R.I., that reads, "Mary Doran, wife of Paul Doran, died Oct. I, 1849, aged 33 years. She was the first person who took a crowbar in hand at the building of the church and the clearing of the lot." Irish women also influenced the church through their families, where they were the predominant influence, the historian said. When they married, they maintained their "right to the purse strings and over the future," she said. Irish women held such a dominant role because "they usually married when they were older and married younger men, thereby maintaining a place of dominance in the home," she said, "They also had an independent streak, because they had worked before marriage and were used to having a network of female friends and some money in their pockets." The influx of Irish women into religious orders also helped build the U.S. church, Sister Liptak said. In the l800s, "Irish women predominated not only in Irish-based orders, such as the Sisters of Mercy, but also orders rooted in other nations," she said. "The nuns built the Catholic hospital and school systems with both their money and their lives," she said. ,.And the Irish laywomen were partners with them." The same nuns were role models for laywomen from all immigrant groups who established a strong force of Catholic social workers in the United States, even without joining religious orders, she said.

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The cross is two feet six inches high and is made of oak covered with copper plates. These in turn are covered by openwork panels of gilt bronze in the form of fantastic interlaced beasts owing much to Scandinavian influences. On the front, the surface is divided into small panels by silver bands and the small and delicate interlacings are arranged symmetrically in pairs, one side being the mirror image of the other. On the back the interlacing is much bolder and not divided, actually a more suitablt; treatment for an object the size of the cross.

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By Dr. James and Mary Kenny Dear Mary: 1 was raised Catholic and the man 1 am dating is, for all intents and puposes, a fundamentalist. We have the predictable problems and arguments of a cou- • pie from different faith backgrounds, but our conflict goes deeper. For reasons 1 do not know, he perceives the Catholic Church as a collective "brainwasher." He bas many typical misconceptions. 1 want him to better understand my faith, although my ability to explaintbe laws of the church is negligible. 1 need practieal advice. 1 love him very much.- Ohio. Arguing out religious differences is rarely a way to reach understanding. Probably eaeh-of-you sincerely thinks that the other is wrong. How can you respond when religious arguments come up? Attacking each point the other makes rarely convinces the other. More frequently the argument is an effort to "prove" one's own side while putting down the opponent. On the other hand, youcamiot agree with your friend's points. You find some basic differences and misconceptions on his part. To imply that he is right would not

be true to your own beliefs. Nor Today adults who are interested c'n you say, "Either position is in Catholic Initiation of Adults fine. It does not matter." Religous Can join this program without belief matters to both of you. making a commitment to'become What do you two have in com- Catholics. mon regardi~g religious e~J:'eriEmphasize to your friend that en,ce? Most.lmportant, r~hglOus you are not trying to force your faith IS a serIOUS concern m both faith on him. Invite him to attend y?ur lives. It is th~ s?urce of y~ur with you so that you' will have ~Isagreement, but It IS also a pomt greater understanding in your m common. relationship. Second, you love each ot~er. Read more a,bout your faith on Whatever you say or do, remmd your pwn. For an overall view, try yourself that you seek to under- "Believing in Jesus: A, Popular stand and support the person y?U Overview of the Catholic Faith" love. Try to express thiS. Tel! him by Leonard Foley OFM availathat y.ou do not seek to hurt him or ble from St. Anth~ny M~ssenger put him down, and you. expect the Press Cincinnati. same treatment from hun. '. ' . Here are some approaches you Try rea~l~g th~ BIble. Perhaps -might-tryttt reach gI'eater-unityffi nYQ!1~Q\IldJ~m a BJble5tudj'gro~ your religious backgrounds: at: your par~. ,y ou ~n,t-e~l your I. Tell your partner that you frIend t~at hiS enthuslasm.ls what respect his beliefs, but that yoU: got ~o~ mterest~d. also- expect him to respect yours. F~ndmg th~ dl~erences~etween 2. Learn more about your faith. Y0';1ls easy. Fm~mgthe beliefs and You need not apologize if you , a~tJtudes you .share may be more cannot explain every aspect of difficult, but It can !ead to clos~­ your faith. Few Christians could. ness rather than distance. It IS Your friend might have done worth the effort. you a favor by making you more Reader questions on family livinterested in the faith you grew up ing or child care to be answered in in. Perhaps you and your friend print are invited by The Kennys; could learn about the faith of Box 872; St. Joseph's College; Catholics together. Rensselaer, In'47978. '

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trol my life and environment started to become' too important.·1 was shrinking my world and, though I did not realize it immediately, was in danger of also shuttin~ God out. So, I made sonie moves, took some risks, opened my doors to let others (always translated God) come in again and stopped fearing pain. I recently happened upon a wonUl:rJUI oook that says this far betterthan I can. "The Way of Suffering," by Jerome A. Miller (1988: Georgetown Press). "Insofar as I want everything to be manageable," he writes, "I want there to be nothing infinite in my life, nothing

that surpasses or exceeds my power to cope and handle.... For every increase in control results in a shrinkage of one's universe, where the only realiW is one's will to be in controL" " I am not sure my young acquaintance understood the p_oint I was making. But one day, when he is employed and this crisis' is over, maybe he 'will think back and realize that overzealously trying to control one's life' is a trap. Crisis, pain and suffering are essential, because as Oscar.. Wilde wrote, "How else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in?"

When Jim-the-Gu,PPY came By Hilda Young We were impressed and quickly Mycousin, Kevin, is a diocesan boughtJimmy(his immediate nickpriest. He is also a "workshop- name) afl'ugal gl~ss bowl from the dime store. aholic." However, it-didn't take ole Jim Within the last six months alone he has attended at least four long to teach us thathi~frugallit­ seminars, workshops, "weekends" tle home bad to be drained, washed and "teach-ins" on topics ranging and refilled every other day. Since from prayerto lawn management. you can guess who end~ updoing Our family not infrequently most of this washing and refilling, serves as Father Kevin's equival- ' it did not take much longer for ent of laboratory animals. He Jesse James to wrangle his own experiments on us with his work- -little self-filtering aquarium - cute shop brainstorms before unleash- little bubbles and all. Cost: $35.99 on sale. ing them on the wholesale pariDaughter insisted next that we shioner market. Thus, Jim-the-Guppy came to buy the specially treated sand and gravel for the bottom ($4.50). No. live with us. "This is a pre-Lenten gift from 2 son couldn't see how Jimmy-theme," Father Fresh-From-a-Sem- Guppy could live without the fake inar begain in' serious tones re- oyster shell that opened and closed cently. "A guppy. I have named ($3.75). him James, after the apostle." Did I mention the little nets, "James-After-the-Apostle is a special food, chemicals, filters? pretty long name for such a little Yesterd,ay the inevitable happenfish," oldest son observed. ed. James-After-the-Apostle croakA raised clerical eyebrow simul-, ed. Probably from guppy gout. taneously acknowledged and This morning spouse and I went ignored the quip. Father Kevin to the pet store to' buy a receremoniously set James and his placement. cellophane and water home on our "A guppy, ehT' the storekeeper kitchen table. nodded. "Good choice. Guppies "Not only is a fish one of Chris- are an undemanding fish and they remind us..... tianity's oldest symbols, this simWe raised our hands. "Save it," ple little guppy will serve to remind I said. "That's where we came in." us to live more simply and frugally."


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Cardinal enters Covenant House situation NEW YORK (CNS) - Cardinal John J. O'Connor of New York announced March 9 he'll help find an acting president for the Covenant House ministry to runaway youths. He said he did not yet know whom he would recommend. But he said that if the choice were a priest of the New York archdiocese, the archdiocese would continue paying his salary at the existing level of archdiocesan priests. Joseph Zwilling, archdiocesan spokesman, said priests received a guaranteed minimum of $7,200, though. some earned additional amounts from extra Masses or other services. The salary of Franciscan Father Bruce Ritter, Covenant House founder who was president until his resignation Feb. 27, was reportedly $98,000. But the priest has said that in 1986 he began putting $60,000 of that in a trust fund that has now become a subject of investigation by the state attorney general. At the press conference, Ralph A. Pfeiffer Jr., chairman of the Covenant House board, announced that three outside people had been added to the recently formed presidential search committee of board members. They are New York Auxiliary Bishop Emerson J. Moore, archdiocesan vicar for social development; Msgr. ]lime's J. Murray, director of archdiocesan Catholic Charities, and Joan Ganz Cooney, president of Children's Television Workshop, producers of Sesame Street. . However, Cardinal O'Connor repeatedly emphasized that the archdiocese was not assuming responsibility for Covenant House or seeking to exercise control over it. Pfeiffer also presented Robert J. McGuire, whose employment to conduct a full investigation of all charges against Covenant House had been announced earlier. McGuire, a forrner New York City police commissioner and later head of the Pinkerton security firm, is now a senior managing director of an investigating firm, Kroll Associates. Pfeiffer said a summary' of McGuire's findings would be made public and would also be reviewed by a newly formed special over-, sight committee, to be chaired by William Ellinghaus, former president of AT&T, and to include Cyrus Vance, a lawyer and former U.S. secretary of state; Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum, former interreligious

yew leader dies BRISTOL, England (CNS) Pat Keegan, 74, a former international president of the Young Christian Workers and a lay auditor at the Second Vatican Council, died in a Bristol hospital March 8. Keegan was the first national YCW secretary in Britain after the organization was founded in 1937. He was YCW national president until 1950, and from 1947 to 1957 was international president. He was a lay auditor at Vatican II and addressed the council during debate on the draft decree on the lay apostolate. He was a Knight of St. Gregory and a member of the Order of the British Empire. He also held the the grand cross of the Order of St. Gregory the Great.'

affairs director and later international affairs director of the American Jewish Committee; and Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve and now chairman of a New York financial advisory company~ Although Cardinal O'Connor and Pfeiffer made no direct criticism of Father Ritter, their previously expressed confidence in the priest appeared to be weakening. Cardinal O'Connor said that "whatever mistakes anyone may have made," Father Ritter had undoubtedly made a contribution through Covenant House. Asked if he considered it "irregular'~ for a priest' of a religous order to have a salary and trust fund that he controlled independently, the cardinal replied, "A lot of this sounds irregular." The trust also was criticized by the National Charities Information Bureau, which announced March 7 it was withdrawing its approval rating for Covenant House. The trust eventually amounted to nearly $1 million and was ostensibly to benefit Covenant House programs, but Father Ritter reportedly said no money had been spent for those programs because it had not been needed. He reportedly took $140,000 from it for his own expenses, and used it to make loans to his sister, two personal friends on the board who have since resigned, and a truck driver who had been a shelter resident. Separate loans taken from operating funds r'eportedly had gone:to Father Ritter and two'other executives. ' Although the trust secured taxexempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, annual reports required by the IRS were rep~rtedly not filed. ' And although in seeking tax exemption the trust told the IRS it was accountable to the New York state attorney general, who oversees charities; the trust was never registered with his office. Six years of recently completed reports were filed with the state attorney general March 6, The New York Times reported. ' Pfieffer said Father Ritter did not tell the board about the trust. The only ones who knew were the two who got loans and Edmund J. Burns, Covenant House counsel and sole trustee of the trust. At the March 9 press conference, Pfeiffer announced that the New York firm ofCravath, Swaine & Moore had been employed as counsel to Covenant House. In response to a later question, he said it had been agreed that Burns could not continue to function effectively. Covenant House also was hit March 9 with news stories about a secret internal report dated last Oct. 22 and reportedly detailing serious operational problems. The report was said to have found the Catholic shelter "as dangerous as a city-run shelter" with youngsters getting treatment of varying quality and ethnic minorities on the staff feeling their opportunities for advancement were limited.

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The new judge said she sees her relationship with God as part of her life that cannot be divorced from her professional life. But she said she does not feel it will affect her objectivity. "I would hope that I could be completely objective on the bench, but being Catholic is part of what I am," she said. Talking to God is part of her daily routine, Judge Duncan said. "I get up every morning around 6, and I walk my dogs. And that's part of my quiet time. "I talk to God, and I think about things, and' that's part of what helps me get ready for the day." Judge Duncan said she "would like to be able to move beyond labels" like "first black woman 'JUDGE DUNCAN

New black judge is' trailblazer DURHAM, N.C. (CNS) - The first black woman on an appellate court in North Carolina said her Catholic upbringing has played an important role in her life. Allyson K. Duncan, sworn in last month as ajudge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, said, "It may be part of the reason I feel so strongly about some things, like equity." A member of Holy Cross Parish in. Durham, Judge Duncan told the North Carolina Catholic, newspaper of the dioceses of Raleigh and Charlotte, that "even when I was a child, it was very hard for me to see buIlies - a big kid beating up on a little kid.or two kids beating up on one kid or any kind of cruelty to animals." Judge Duncan, 38, who spent nine years at Immaculata School in Durham. said her Catholic education gave her excellent liberal arts training. "I think my writing skills, in particular, owe a lot .to 'that," she said. She also recalled during her swearing-in ceremony a ~tudent play she attended as a child about a black man mistreated by the legal system. Judge Duncan said she had been appalled to realize that law and justice were not the same and pledged at her swearing-in to use her new office to work for both.

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Church is quietly preparing for united Germany VATICAN CITY (CNS) - For the Catholic Church, German reunification is an idea whose time is about 40 years overdue. But while strongly favoring'the 'move in principle, Vatican and German church officials are staying out of the sticky political debate over how and when unity should be accomplished. Instead, they are quietly preparing to join pastoral forces for what may be a long and difficult transitional phase for two very different Catholic churches if the'two Germanys come together. East and West Germany bishops held their first joint postwar planning session last week in the West Germany city of Augsburg. Although West German bishops have not taken a public position on reunification, most support the idea wholeheartedly, the spokesman said. On a related point, they are said to agree with Berlin Bishop George Sterzinsky's statement that the bishops' conference in East Germany was a "provisional" structure that could now be dissolved. Throughout the postwar decades, East German bishops have pointedly refused to meet leaders of the communist government - a symbolic challenge to the legitimacy of the now-defunct regime. This also reflected the view of the Vatican, which has never adjusted German diocesan boundaries to conform to the political division of 1949 and which steadfastly ignored East German requests to open exploratory talks on diplomatic relations. "In effect, the Holy See never recognized this division, which was imposed," said one Vatican official. As a consequence of that policy, large parts of West German dioceses have remained in East German territory - zones managed since 1973 by Vaticanappointed administrators. Another major issue for a reintegrated German church would be the raising and distribution of money for pastoral programs. West German structures and programs are financed through a church tax, based on a concordat. never applied in East Germany. There would likely be a massive initial effort to aid the much poorer and smaller East German church. A larger issue, as pointed out recently by an East German bishop, is. that Catholics in the two Germanys are not very familiar with each other. When Cardinal J oachirri Meisner went from Berlin to Cologne in 1988, he remarked,that many West German Catholics' know the Third World better than they do East Germany. Until recently, travel was severely restricted in East Germany. Even the bishop o,f Berlin, who served both sides of the divided city but lived in the eastern half, could visit the West only on designated days. Like West German bishops, the Vatican has been careful not to enter into the current debate on German reunification. But privately, officials do not hide their enthusiasm for the move. "This division was imposed and was never desired by the people, and you cannot deny them now the right to self-determination," said one informed Vatican official.

He estimated that 95 percent of East Germans support the idea of unity. Another high-ranking Vatican official said: "Y ou can say,there is a risk of going too fast [toward reunification], but I think it's going to be difficult to stop or slow down at this point." However, a note of caution was sounded by La Civilta Cattolica, a Jesuit journal that usually reflects Vatican thinking. An article in February said German reunification was a "complex and delicate" proposal that should not be rushed and that should not be exploited by "political parties and shortterm electoral interests." West German Chancellor Helmut Kohrs quickening ofthe reunification pace already has provoked some criticism in both Germanys and other parts of Europe. Church officials are deliberately keeping a low profile in this debate, which involves monetary and economic policies, military alliances and political sensitivities on both sides. At the Vatican. the expectation is that East Germany's first free elections, to come this Sunday, will bring to power a pro-unification government, which would work out the mechanisms for unity with West Germany. Under a mid-February agreement, the two Germanys would then be joined by the United States, Great Britain, France and the Soviet Union in negotiating exter' nal security issues in Europe. Vatican officials point out that in Pope John Paul II's native Poland, there are still deep misgivings about the prospect of a reunited Germany and a fear that the German-Polish border question might be resurrected. "I think we need to help Germany to accept these borders as final," said a Vatican official experienced in diplomatic affairs. "But I think we're beyond the' point of fearing a resurgence of German nationalism," he added. The belief, expressed by Vatican officials as well, is that a united and democratic Germany, wellintegrated in European economic and political affairs, will not pose any risk to its neighbors. The Vatican's public silence on unification, however, has led some West German Catholics to question how much support the idea really enjoys in Rome. Said one West German priest at the Vatican, "Some people feel that the pope, having spoken out so often on Poland, could say more about reunification in Germany." In the meantime, the Catholic bishops of East and West Germany have decided to hold their semiannual episcopal conference meetings together. The bishops announced their decision in Augsburg, West Germany, March 9. They repeated an earlier plea by East German bishops asking citizens of East Germany not to join the thousands of people moving to West Germany. Catholics on both sides of the border have an obligation "to construct the future in solidarity," reclaiming a just social order for all Germany, said the bishops.

POPE JOHN PAUL II, wearing the medieval scallop shell symbol of a pilgrim, walks to the shrine of St. James of Compostela during a youth pilgrimage and rally last summer to the Spanish city ofthe same name. "Half a Million Strong," a video ofthe event which drew half a million youth from all parts of the world, has been reJeased by Veritas Communications of Los Angeles and the Communications Connection Corporation of America. (CNS/ UPI-Reuters photo)

It 'was party time in Spain By Paul Henderson This past summer I spent eight days with 500,000 of my favorite people: youth. In August I was one of many who journeyed to a small historic town in northwestern Spain: Santiago de Comp.0stela, an ancient center of Christianity. The week began rather simply and quietly with Z30 young people from 54 countries gathering for three days of dialogue at the International Youth Forum. The week ended with much excitement, ceremony and mobs of people as 500,000 young people from around the world prayed, sang and partied with Pope John Paul II. This was the biggest and most upbeat party I have ever seen and best of all, it needed no drugs or alcohol to get it going or keep it going. It was all people power. Here are some of my experiences of what made this party so successful. First ingredient: youth. Young people came from all over the world. Walk down any of the cobblestone streets and you would hear five or six different languages. There were no "in" clothes but jeans. Whether U.S. Levis, generic

denimS or a European or African variety, the most frequently worn items of clothing were jeans and a T-shirt. "In the evenings every corner of every street was crowded with teens sipging, dancing, telling stories and trading hats, buttons and other mementos. I for one now have a T-shirt from Yugoslavia. As the week went on and the crowds grew, so did the excitement. These young people were here because they wanted to be with others who found power and support in the message of Jesus. They wanted to be with teens whose values and ideals were like their own. Santiago was the place路 to be - dancin' in the streets and singin' till you dropped. The second ingredient: hope. These young people were not down on life. As I talked to many, or communicated through hand gestures and translators, I came to see and feel that they had a vision and hope for our world. Youth from Lebanon and South Africa spoke of the pain experienced daily in war and apartheid, but they als6 spoke of hope for a better tomorrow. They were living

their crucifixion, but knew the . resurrection was on the way. In the words of Jesse Jackson, "They have their eyes on the prize." They have a vision of what can happen when people come together to work for justice and peace. The third ingredient: faith. These young people were ~ot afraid to say that they were proud to be Catholic and to believe in Jesus. If Jesus can make so many people happy and alive, there must be something to him, their attitude seemed to say. The morning and early afternoon hours were spent in catechesis, discussion and prayer. In the evenings there was a giant mixer. You could go up to anyone on the street, introduce yourself and not worry about being rejected. People were interested in each other. They genuinely cared for each other. Faith was alive in their daily experience. These young people were searching for and finding meaning in their lives. It was party time in Spain and the youth of the world were here to celebrate a man who lived 2,000 years ago, but whose life still touches us today - a man who gave, and gives us reason to hope, to live, to party!

Pope to beatify Mexican child-martyrs MEXICO CITY (CNS) - Pope John Paul 'II will beatify three Mexican child-martyrs in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the first day of his visit to Mexico in early May, said Mexican c路hurch officials. Immediately after his arrival for an eight-day visit on May 6, the pope is scheduled to preside over the beatification ceremony of the "Child Martyrs ofTlaxcala," who were killed in the 16th century for having converted from their native Indian reljgion to Christianity. Father Pedro Juarez Melendez, chancellor of the Diocese of Tlaxcala, said the importance of the beatification was that the three

were "models of lay evangelization for yOUllg people." According to Father junipero Rivera Alonso, a member of the church commission that has promoted the cause of the martyrs, the children were members of the royal families of the tlaxcalan Indians, an indigenous people independent of Mexico's ancient Aztec empire. lhe first o'f the martyrs wa,s 15- ' year-old Cristabilito, s.on of the Tlaxcalan prince Axotecatl and a convert to Christianity. The boy was killed in 1527 for criticizing his father for having 60 wives and mistresses. Axotecatl reportedly beat his son severely, ran him

through with a sword and, seeing that he was still alive, set him afire. In 1529, 13-year-old Antonio. and his brother of the same age, Juan, were also killed for having converted to Christianity. The two riephews of the Tlaxcalan chief Xicotencatl were stoned to death as punishment for their conversionand for having destroyed idols of the native religion.


ST.-1.0UlS de FRANCE, The Anchor· ST.;A-NNE, FR " .n , Troop 50 Court of Honor2-4 p.m. SWANSEA Friday, March 16, 1990 • Sunday, schoo) .. Ladies of St. Anne sodality meeting 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, parish ST. THOMAS MORE, LaSALETTE SHRINE, hall; Susan Sterrit of Bristol ComATTLEBOIW SOMERSET munity College will speak on cholesHealing service led by Father Confirmation II candidates meet terol and risk factors of heart dis7-9 p.m. Sunday, parish center; robe Andre Patenaude to include celebraease; all invited. measurements will be taken; spontion of the Eucharist, teachings, songs HOLY GHOST, ATTLEBORO of praise, and 'opportunity for indiIMMACULATE CONCEPTION, sor forms due. Grades 3 and 4 will First communion parent's meetparticipate in 10:15 a.m. Mass Suning 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. Youth grou I' vidual prayer and anointing 2 p.m .. TAUNTON Widowed support group meeting day. Applications available at church' Sunday. meeting 7-9 p.m. Sunday. RCIA 7:30 p.m. March 26, parish hall. for Women's Guild Rev. Howard A. inquiry and catechesis I p.m. Sun- ST. JOSEPH, TAUNTON Youth group movie night 7-9 p.m. Waldron memorial scholarship; day, parish center. Lenten talks 9:30 Final confirmation rehearsal and March 23, CCD center. submission deadline April 30. a.m. and 7 p.m. March 22 and 29. penitential service 7 p.m. Sunday; SACRED HEART, NB confirmation Monday evening. CATHEDRAL CAMP, ST. MARY, FAIRHAVEN Ladies of St. Anne will sponsor a GreaterTaunton Ecumenical Lenten E. FREETOWN Ladies of St. Anne corporate comconcert by Father Andre Patenaude program includes services at Pilgrim Confirmation day retreats: Cormunion 9:30 a.m. Sunday; meeting 7 April8; information: Annette Hanks, Congregational Church Thursday pus Christi, Sandwich, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Cub Scouts working 995-8732; Muriel Denault, 993-0316. and St. Joseph's March 29. Both p.m. tomorrow; SS Martha and for Parvuli Dei Award meet 6 p.m. Mission retreat March 31-ApriI5. begin with 6:30 p.m. potluck supper Mary, Lakeville, 3-8 p.m. Sunday. Tuesdays during Lent, rectory meetST. JOSEPH, N. DIGHTON followed by Scripture service. CenYouth retreats: Cardinal Spellman ing room .. Eucharistic ministers Lent '90, a weekly family flyer, tering prayer group meets 7-9 p.m. H.S., Brockton, Monday and Tuesneeded to bring communion to resimay be picked up at the church. New Thursdays, Kilton Street Center; new day; St. Francis Xavier, Acushnet, dents ill Alden Court Nursing Home; altar boys needed; contact Father members welcome. Calix meets 6:30 2-7 p.m. Tuesday. information: rectory, 992-7000. Parp.m. Sunday. Robert Donovan. ishioners invited to taping of SunST. PATRICK, FALMOUTH LASALETTJE CENTER FOR day TV Mass 9:45 a.m. tomorrow, SS PETER AND PAUL, FR Parish council meeting 7 p.m. CHRISTIAN LIVING, Spanish language Mass 5 p.m .. St. Julie Billiart Church, N. Sunday. St. Patrick scholarship ATTLEBORO Dartmouth. Saturdays. applications available in Falmouth Retreat, "Dreams: A Source of H.S. guidance office; deadline for Growth and Prayer," April, 6-8. submission is April 6. St. Patrick's Participants will learn to determine Day Mass 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, fol'This is where God wants me. " meaning of dreams through Jungian lowed by Irish music, dancing and psychology techniques. Sister Carrefreshments. Share the Word folmela Garolfalo, RSM, will direct. lowing 9 a.m. Mass Tuesdays; 'sesInformation: 222-8530. sions deal with Scripture readings AIDS WORKSHOP for coming Sun,day. The Diocesan Office of Catholic ST. JOHN EVANGELIST, Social Services will sponsor" AIDS: POCASSET Strengthening Our Communities' ReParishioners asked to join CCD sponse," addressing ed ucational, youth in donating toiletry articles Age: 39 pastoral, social and personal aspects for needy in Honduras; collection Native of: Larned, Kansas of the disease, 1-6 p.m. March 25, St. cartons at church entrance. John Neumann parish, E. Freetown. Interests: Music, oil painting APOSTOLATE FOR PERSONS Information and registration: Cathand crafts. olic Social Services, 674-4681. WITH DISABILITIES Mass and social 2 p.m. Sunday, ST. JAMES, NB St. Vincent's Chapel, Highland Ave, CYO general meeting I p.m. SunFR; a meeting of Chapter 91 will day; Father Bruce Cwiekowski will follow. Easter Mass 2 p.m. April 8; discuss AIDS. Vincentian food drive social and childrens"Easter egg hunt this weekend. will follow. DAUGHrERS OF ISABELLA Hyacinth Circle 71 meeting 7:30 ST. PATRICK, FR "From growing up on alarm in Kansas . .. to working as an LPN in Salt Liturgical committee meeting 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Holy Name CCD center, Mt. Pleasant St., NB. Anna Lake City, Galveston, and Ketchikan, Alaska . .. to entering religious p.m. Monday. O'Neil will present an Irish program. life. It was an interesting journey. It led me to a truly awesome life CHRIST THE KING, MASHPEE commitment. " Members asked· to bring bar soap M eeting for ad ults interested in for the missions. youth ministry 8 p.m. Thursday, religious education center. Singles ST. GEORGE, WESTPORT DOMINICAN SISTERS OF HAWTHORNE Healing service with anointing of group dinner meeting after 5:30 p.m. A religious community of Catholic women with seven modern nursing the sick and Benediction Sunday. Mass Wednesday. Single parents' facilities in six states. Our one apostolate is to nurse incurable cancer All those who have health problems, support group meeting 7:30 p.m. patients. This work is a practical fulfillment of our faith. work with the sick or who wish to Thursday, religious education center. pray for the healing of the communThe most important talent, highly prized by us, is the talent for sharing CATHERINIAN CENTER, ity are welcome to attend. of yourself - your compassion, your cheerfulness, your faith - with those N. DARTMOUTH who have'been made so vulnerable and dependent by this dread disease. ST. DOMINIC, SWANSEA Spring programs: Lenten Day of Not all of our sisters are nurses, but as part of our apostolate, all directly Enrollment Mass for first comPrayer 2-8 p.m. March 25; Enneahelp in the care of the patients. munion 10 a.m. Sunday. Confirmagram II, April 28; Enneagram III, If you think you have a religious vocation and would like to know more tion I penance service 7-8:30 p.m. June 2; John's Gospel: A Way of about our work and community life, why not plan to visit with us. We Monday. Lenten presentation on Mysticism Tuesdays April 24-May would be happy to share with you a day from our lives. Shroud of Turin and the Passion of 22; Dream seminar Wednesdays Christ following 7 p.m. Mass April 25-May 30. Information and Wednesday. registration: Sister Judy Brunell, ST. ANTHONY, MATTAPOISETT 996-1305 after 3 p.m. Prayer and Bible study with DeaWrite: Please send me more information about your ST, ANTHONY OF PADUA, FR con Louis Bousquet and Jim Arruda Congregation. Sister Marie Edward Council of Catholic Women meetAN 3, 16/90 7 p.m. Thursday, Children's Chapel. DOMINICAN SISTERS ing 7 p.m. March 20, Father Reis OF HAWTHORNE ST. PATRICK, WAREHAM Hall; o'uting plans to be discussed, Name _ Rosary Hill Home CYO organizational meeting 7members asked to bring canned and, 600 Linda Avenue nonperishable groceries for the 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, conference room. Hawthorne, New York 10532 Address _ needy. ST, JULIE BILLIART, or call:,(914) 769-4794 _ N. DARTMOUTH SAINTS AND SINGERS Cily Slale Zip _ Confirmation II instructional sesCONCERTS sion and penance service, WednesThe Saints and Singers Chorus day. will offer "Calvary's Love," an Easter program at 8 p.m. April 9, St. Margaret's Church, Buzzards Bay, and 3 p.m. April 8, St. John Evangelist Church, Pocasset. The public is invited. O.L. VICTORY, CENTERVILLE The Legion of Mary is in the parish of Christ the King serving the Cotuit, Marston Mills and OLV Men's Club meeting 7:30 Mashpee areas. Meetings are held at 6:15 p.m. Thursday evenings in the CCO center. All are p.m. Monday. Parish council meetwelcome to be an active or auxiliary praying member. No age restriction. Be a functioning part in ing 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Five Rivers' Branch of Cape Cod Hospital Aid the Mystical Body of Christ. will hold its spring meeting 10 a.m. For More Information Write: Monday, parish center. Lois O'Brion will demonstrate care of nails. MICHAEL McGUIRK • P.O. BOX 1625 • COTUIT, MA 02635 ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, The Church was founded for the purpose of spreading the kingdom of Christ throughout the HYANNIS earth for the Glory of God the Father to enable all men to share in His saving redemption, and that Youth group volleyball game and through them the whole world might enter into a relationship with Christ. pizza party 6-8 p.m. Sunday. Life in the Spirit Seminars begin 7 p.m. For pastors who need help within their parishes consider establishing a branch otthe Legion Tuesday, parish center. of Mary. Let the Legion of Mary be an extension of your pastoral care. ST. MARY, SEEKONK For More Information Contact: Confirmation student and parent meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, parish REV. BARRY WALL center. Grades 3-5 students will parSt. Anthony Rectory. 22 Barstow St. • P.O. Box 569 • Mattapoisett 02739 ticipate in Stations of the Cross 7 p.m. March 23. ~'.\

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CORPUS CHRISTI, SANDWICH Bishop Daniel A. Cronin will administer confirmation at I :30 p.m. April 1 at Sandwich H.S. The blessing of the site for the new parish center will follow with shuttle buses leaving the school for the site beginning at 2:30 p.m. All parishioners are invited to the blessing and recep-, tion to follow at the school. Confirmation session 2 day retreat leaving from church parking lot at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. CATECHIST DA Y OF RECOLLECTION, SOMERSET/ SWANSEA St. Thomas More parish, Somerset, will host an afternoon of reflection, prayer and sharing for catechists 2-6 p.m. March 25. Catechists from St. Louis de France parish, Swansea, and St. Patrick and St. John of God parishes in Somerset are invited. Guest speakers will be Sister Marie Puleo, OSF, and Father Fred Babiczuk. SEPARATED/DIVORCED CATHOLICS Cape Cod and Islands meeting 7-9 p.m. Sunday, St. Pius X parish center, Barbara St., S. Yarmouth. Tom O'Connell will speak on addictive relationships. Information: 771-4438. Scheduled meetings for NB area at Family Life Center, ~OO Slocum Rd., N. D'artmouth: March 26, The Sacrament of Reconciliation and Divorce with Father Richard DeGagne, S M U chaplain; April II, Starting Over Again, a University of Massachusetts video presentation; April 23, Counseling After DivorceWhat's in It For Me? with Patrick C. McCarthy, social worker and coun. selor. Planning meeting April 17, Sacred Hearts provincial house, 3 Adams St., Fairhaven. SACRED HEART, N. ATTLEBORO First Scrutiny rite for catechumens 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday. Explanation of the Sacred Triduum 7:30 p.m. Monday, chapel. CATHEDRAL, FR Mass for catechism students and tHeir families 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. ST. PATRICK, SOMERSET High school students interested in starting a youth program will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, parish center. Junior high level adult advisors, will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Joseph and Rosemary Macek. Adult advisors for junior high and high school will meet 7 p.m. March 27, parish center. Sister Dorothy Schwartz, SSD, provincial administrator of the Sisters of St. Dorothy, will present a study of the Old Testament 7-8:30 p.m. March 22 and 29 and April 4 and 5 in the parish center. ST. STANISLAUS, FR Women's Guild scholarship applications for elementary, high school and college students available from Irma Emond or from the parish school office; submission deadline May I. The new parish baptismal font which will allow for baptism by immersion will be installed in time for the Easter season. HOLY NAME, NB The Couples' Club will travel to Muldoon's in Taunton 6:30 p.m. Sunday for a St. Patrick's meal and meeting. CCD students in grades 7-9 will meet at parish center at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to attend a prayer concert at St. Lawrence Church; the students will return by 9:05 p.m.

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DON'T CLOSE YOUR.EYES What ya doing there in the nighttime Why'd ya call me on the' phone Your momma can't solve your problems When's daddy ever get home So' you did your little blues and cried In the middle of a suicide Don't close your eyes Don't clo'se your eyes ..... Don't sing youFlast.lullaby ." No'one there to hold you ISo one hears your scre~ms You live Iif!! pp al}d downer~ Yo~r nigl)tinares'are. yoLir dream~ I know it,'s lonely when you're hangi n ' 'round pon't you take it lying down no, no Hold on, hold on' tight . ' . 111 make everythipg all right . Wake up don~t go to sleep 111 pray the L9rd your soul to keep Don't close your e'yes Don't' close your ~yes Don't sing your last"lullaby Written by' Donnie Purnell, John 'Palumbo, ·Bob Halligan . Jr. Sung by Kix (c) 1988 by Cookies Music Inc. IF YOU ARE a frequent reader of this column, you know that I am not a fan of heavy. metal. However, Kix's "Oon't Close Your Eyes" cau'ght my attention, with both its sound and its lyrics about suicide. The problem of suicide among today's teens has been well documented by the media; After accidents, suicide is the leading 'cause of death among young people. It is a. problem that·

teens and those' who care al:>out them must address. . The song describes a painful scenario.' Apparently,an .individual has'called a friend while "in the middle of a suicide." The song's scene reminds me of someone who has taken a drug over'dose, arid yet is still· Deaching out for help. The suicidal person feels isolated and overwhelmed by problems.. The person called implores

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his friend not to give up. He wants to help. He tells her:' "Don't close your eyes and sing your last lullaby." This scene is realistic, beca use teens are likely to be the first to realize when a peer is in trouble. I want to suggest some guidelines for responding to someone who is suicidal: I. Be attentive to the signs that a person is giving up on life. Most people try to tell others how desperate they feel before actually making a suicide attempt. Don't brush off comments about being discouraged and depressed. Invite the person to share his or her feel": ings. Tell the other person that you want to listen and· that you care about his or her life. Z. Ask your friend to meet with a 'trusted adult: Volunteer to -accompany your friend to this meeting. Tell your friend that you will give your support to 'finding a better' way to solve current problems or face diffi-cul~ feelings. .' ,. 3. If a person rduses to' talk to an adult, do so yourself. Do. not become the only support system for a person who is suicidal. Knowing ~hat a person is thinking abo",t suicide is too serious a problemfor.one fril;nd· to handle alone.. Taking this step may seem li\(e you're risking the friendship, but it is act.uallya genuine act of caring. , Thoughts. or .plans about suicid~ are symptoms of how much a person is hurting. Suicide is a tragedy. To "close y'.our eyes" through suicide ends chances of discovering a different way to liv~. All of us can work together to help a teen .find healing and hope for the future .. Your comments are welcomed by Charlie Martin, RR 3,' Box 182, Rockport, Il)d. 47635.

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St. Mary's School St. Mary's School, New Bedford, has achieved Levels I and 11 certification according to 1989 criteria of the Computer Learning Foundation, ii public service and education project designed to make educators and students aware of advances in computer technology. The certification program encouraged educators to discover new classroo'm uses of computers and software. To achieve Level I certification, each faculty member learned' three software programs he or she had never used before. Level II certification required teachers to work together to create lesson plans incorporating use of computers. "All of our teachers demonstrated a commitment. to the future by learning more about technology an<.l.hQ~..it .cail be..used, effe.ctiv.ely,.. in Qur clilssrooms·. I congrat~ia'te:' them for their achieve'ment and their commitment to ed~cation;" . said St: MarY's principal Dennis R. Poyant. . . i

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St. Mary's eighth, .grad~ class toured· Washingt<;>n dl.\ring the· midwinter break. Students visited the Smithsonian Institution, the Lincoln and·Jefferson ml;morials,; the National. Arcl,1ives, the Vietnam Veterans MemQrial, Arling-. ton.National Cemetery, and Ford'~ Theatre. : They also toured Mt. Vernon, the home of George Washington, on President's Day and viewed a fife and drum corps exhibition. In addition, a special tour.ofthe FBI fingerprint and computer di- . visions was arranged forthe class., .A highlight of the four-day tour was att.ending Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Concep- . tion, where St. Mary's .associate pastor Rev. Mark Hession concelebrated with shrine clergy. Many pare,nts aCl;ompanied the students on this first-ever trip led by St. Mary's principal Dennis R. Poyant anp eighth grade teacher Albert Caron..

Coyle-'Cassidy Theforeign language department of Coyle-Cassidy High School, Taunton, sponsored a number of activities. during .Foreign Language Week, March 5-9. The schQol offers Spapish, French, Portuguese and Latin, and more than:,h,a1tthe .s~ude~t.s,are in a language,cou'rse:.·: " ':, ,\ .. ' , During ~he week;; :'~op:'-Ffench,' Spanish IlPO Latin'~tudenis 'took. exams iri'their ~espect~ve:la~giJages. Top sc.orers wJII receive p.nzesal}d.. will be hon~red b.y the ,n,ational assoc~atiorisofte~chers of the languages :concerped.. :'" : ' . ' ~ . ' c Foreign languagj;~Students also participated in a 'Culture Bowl quiz and sampled cusines of the v.arious cultures during visits to French, Mexican and Portuguese restaurants.' Latin .;iudents,will participate' inthe aimual C1l!ssics D~y March 29 arMIT. .

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. For the second ye~;' in 'a row, a ' Coyle-Cassidy student tt~s"been named Greater Tauntoil Young Woman of the Year. HeatherAnn Peterson, a Coyle-Cassidy honor student, was the 1990 titl.e wi'nner' and recipient of a $500'scholarship' to' be used at.the college of her choice. . Classmate Nicole Dorthe won a $100 scholarship and earned the highest scholastic award. . Judith Mills, a 1989' graduate, captured the crown last year when

BETHANY STRAJNY displays her Point. the Way roller skate invention.

SS Peter and . Paul Scbool .Kathleen A. Burt, principal of SS Peter arid Paul SchoQI, Fall R.iver, .recently pr.esented ~wards for the 'winning;entires in the school's annual Invent America! st~den~ invention competition. Morethan 109 studertt~ in, grades 2,.4 and 6 participated in the program, which prod.uceq'such ingenious devices as the Doorbell for the Deaf, Slipper Lights, 'Powdered Diapers and the Electric Warmup Ice Cream Scoop.. First-prize win~ers, whose inventions will be 's·ubmitted. to the national Invent 'America! competitiOI)-, are Diane Pelletier, grade 2, Switcherroo; Bethany Strojny, gr'ade 4, Point the Way'; and Carolyn 'Reis, grade 6, Ear Guard. These students. will compete with other studen.ts at their grade level for awards 'at 'th~' state, regional and national levels. Other winners were Kyle Hathaway, Sports Rack; imd Cath'erine Messier, Joe-']oe's . Cleaning Machine, for grade·Z. Eric Copsetta's Skate Brake and Christopher Medeiros' Mixer won gra'de 4, and Karen BieJawa's Sno Melt and Kristen Enos' Night Stalker Startler were winning entries from grade 6. Laura Sis~a, grade I; re'ceived a special award' for her Erasing Writing Glove. The program was supervised at SS Peter and Paul by Angela Stankiewicz and Robert Correia. Invent America! is a natio'nal kindergarten through eighth grade education program d'esigned to promote creativity and ingenuity. Headquartered in Washington D.C., it is sponsored by several major corporations. " 1I1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111illllllllllllllili111111

' . ,. . . _. . th~ prog.ram ~as known'a1i Amenca sJ.u~lO.r:Mls~...." '.: '_:'. "Pagea!lt co~testants were ~udged on phySical fltI).e~~;'presc::nce and ~omp~~U1:~;.creatlve an~ perf?rmmg arts.ablhty, schol~stlc a~hleve­ men~ and:a personal ~ntervlew. . MISS P,eterson ~ec~lved. an addihona!llOO for wlnmng fust place in th,e ~reas .of prese.J:l~e l;lnd comP?sufeas wel.las,crel;lJ~v.e!\nd performing arts.. ' ,{, '. -',

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ceived the Eagle Scout.award, the highest Boy Scout honoLJle is an honor student at~Qyle~Gassidy . and a member ()f theVat'sity soccer and 'hockey ·teams. During his Scouting career, he has earned two Catholic religious awards and in 1987 visited Australia:"

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tv, movie news NOTE Please check dates and times of television and radio programs against local listings, which may differ from the New York network sched· ules supplied to The Anchor. By Christopher Carstens Maybe it has happened al~eady, and maybe the day remaInS In your future. But almost certainly someone you care about will live in a nursing home. We think of nursing homes as places for very·oldpeople. But@s 1! result of accidents or illness, many younger people also need special assistance that their families cannot provide at home. So they also must go where care is available. It is a terribly, terribly difficult decision to place someone you love in a nursing home. It is the sort of thing people put off for years, usually waiting until every other option has been tried. But there comes a time when taking care of a very old or seriously disabled person 24 hours a day, seven days a week demands more than. the family members have left to give. Truthfully, hardly anyone likes nursing homes. Many of the people in them are very frail and some are so badly out of touch with reality that it's creepy. Residents who still have all their marbles usually find nursing homes boring because life is so much the same, day after day, and there are few trips or dinners out to break the monotony. When someone you care about is in a nursing home, there is a lot you can do to help. Be a good visitor. There is nothing that brightens life in a nursing home like i;l caring visitor. You don't need to ipend all day or do anything spectacular. Just go, be yourself and let your caring show. There are four things you should bring to every visit. One should be' something that can be seen, touched· and held. For example, you might take a school paper, a flower from the garden, a magazine or a little bottle of hand lotion. Bringing something tangible, provides a reminder of your visit; a little remembrance of someon~ who cares. It will continue to cheer long after you have left.

relationship among four major characters (Michael McManus, Arsinee Khanjian, Gabrielle Rose and David Hemblen) so robotized by video imagery that each virtually depends upon the technology to connect with other human beings. The unconventional narrative depicts the characters and audience as passive voyeurs so lulled by the use of video that their lives are emotional vacuums. Some profanity, many se~ual innuendoes and an explicit masturbatory scene with nudity. a

Second, bring news from home. Symbols following film reviews 'People in nursing homes feel cut indicate both general and Catholic Films Office ratings, which do not off from daily life. They can find out what's happening in Washing- always coincide. General ratings: G-suitable f~r ton from the television, but they general viewing; PG·13-parental gUI' can only get familynews from you. "Too Beautiful for You" (Orion dance strongly suggested for children Talk about what's going on in Classics): Wealthy Frenchma.n under'13; PG-parental guid~nce sug· school or in your church youth 'Iested; R-restricte~. unsultabl~ fgr (Gerard Depardieu) shocks ,hiS 'group. Tell what happened at your children or young teens. beautiful wife (Carole Bouquet) sister's softball game or how the Catholic ratings: AI-approved for and their friends by falling madly dog ate the cake you baked for children and adults; A2-approved for in love with a plain, plump woman adults and adolescents; A3-approved youfmom. When you can't live at for adults only; 4-separate classifi- (Josiane Balasko). This serio-coI?ic home, just hearing about what's farce mixes fantasy and reality, cation (given films not mora!ly offenhappening there helps you feel like Twists the cliches of marital infic sive which. however, require some a part of things. analysis and explanation); O-morally , delity and French film convention Third, bring a willingness to and raises but does not answer phioffensive. . , listen. Many older or disabled peoCatholic ratings for teleVISion losophical questions about men ple relish talking about the past. movies are those of the movie house and women, infidelity, beauty, love Telling those old stories gives a versions of the films. and the nature of sexual attracperson the chance to feel imporNew Films tion. Some sexually explicit, vultant and valuable, even when they "Love at Large"(Orion Pictures): gar dialogue. Subtitles, A4.R are no longer active. It is true that Entertaining romantic comedy that older people tend to retell the same spoofs '40s private-eye films by' "Where the Heart Is" (Touchstories again and again. The more tracking the exploits of a rumpled stone): Pointless, humorless farce current-news you bring from home, gumshoe (Tom Berenger) who's about a wealthy demolitions expert the less time will be spent on supposed to be following the sinis- (Dabney Coleman) who atte~pts ancient history. ter boyfriend of a mysterious femme to teach his three grown but spOiled Finally, the most important thing fatale (Anne Archer), but mistaken- children a lesson in self-sufficiency to bring is a commitment to visit ly trails the wrong man (Ted and frugality by leaving them on a regular basis. Dropping in Levine). Writer-director Alan stranded in an abandoned Brookunannounced shines a little light, Rudolph and his cast have a ball lyn tenement. Focuses on u~ap­ on a single day. However, if your with their offbeat characters whose pealing characters, shows ~lt~l.e visit can be anticipated, it will love lives are a me§s of contradic- sensitivity to family responsibilibrighten an entire week. Often the tions and lost causes, Many sexual ties and is,offensively crass in dealresidents of nursing homes funcinnuendoes, a subplot about big- ing with minority issues and the tion from visit to visit and become amy and some comic-book vioreality of homeless ness. Some more active and cheerful for days nudity in the context of artwork, , lence. A3,R in advance when they are expectsexual innuendoes and rough lan"Speaking Parts" (Zeitgeist): ing company from home. Tracks the chilling, obtuse inter- guage laced with vulgarities, A3,R So at the end of each visit, be sure to say when you will be back. And then keep your promise. That pledge of love is one of the most gracious gifts you will ever give anyone.

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Arson awareness is contest theme Budding artists in grades five through eight in public, private and parochial schools throughout Massachusetts are eligible to participate in a poster contest sponsored by the Arson Watch Reward Program. The poster should symbolize artwork for the theme "Kids Are No Match For Fire - Call 1-800-6829229," The goal is to create artwork for a poster that will broaden and strengthen public awareness of the costs and suffering caused by arson and the importance of smoke detector safety. Prizes of$250, $100 and $50 will be paid to pi'izewirining students on two levels whose posters, best show fire or smoke detector safety. Level I will be 7th and 8th grades; level 2 will be 5th and 6th grades. Any school may submit up to 10 entries per class, according to t~e contest rules which have been diStributed to school principals. Contest winners will be announced May II and the teachers of prizewinning students will also be acknowledged by the Arson Watch program.

Joyful deficit PITTSBURGH (CNS) - "1 never thought I would be joyful about having a deficit of$741 ,000," said Bishop Donald W. Wuerl of Pittsburgh. But after red-ink fi~­ ures of $2.6 million and $2.8 million the previous two years, "1 am almost prepared to see our current deficit as a blessing," he said. A Prayer grace, Almighty Father, so to pray as to deserve to be heard."-Anon. ~'Grant us

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COME TO WASHINGTON APRIL 28, 1990 '-'NOW- --IS THE- TIMcE TO BE COUNTED" Rep. Henry Hyde

Come and be a part of the largest gathering in the history of the Right to Life movement. Help us speak for those unable to speak for themselves. Join· celebrities, politicians, athletes, and religious leaders in our nation's capital.

** * Bring the whole family! Financial assistance is available.

** IT'S "CHERRY BLOSSOM" TIME - THE WEATHER SHOULD BE FINE! * Senior Citizens are encouraged to join with us!

** KIDS! FULFILL YOUR CONFIRMATION SERVICE REQUIREMENT! \ * Ask your Religion Teacher or Pastor 'about it. Take part in American History!

** BE A PARISH REPRESENTATIVE TO THIS HISTORIC EVENT * Ask your Pastor about it.

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** IF YOU ABSOLUTELY CAN'T ATTEND, PLEASE CONSIDER - -CONTRIBUTING TO HELP LARGE FAMILIES OR STUDENTS ATTEND! Busses will leave various locations in the Diocese late Friday evening traveling all night arriving in D.C. Saturday morning, and partaking in what promises to be the largest Pro-Life Rally in History. We leave after the Rally and arrive back home very early Sunday morning. It definitely can be called a Pilgrimage.

Call us for INFORMATION or to send DONATIONS to help. CONTACT: MASS CITIZENS FOR LIFE (MCFL) MCFL OF CAPE COD P.O. BOX 1780 • HYANNIS,MA 02601 TEL. (508) 428-4294

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