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FALL RIVER, MASS., THURSDAY; MARCH 19; 1981

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Budget cuts are target • of major usee campaIgn WASHINGTON (NC) - Calling President Reagan's budget proposals "unfair" and "harmful to the poor," the U.S. Catholic Conference has launched a major campaign to oppose the proposed federal spending cuts. In a letter to each member of the House and Senate, the US CC's general secretary. Bishop Thomas Kelly, said the cuts would endanger the basic right of the poor to "full human dignity." At the same time USCC officials sent diocesan social justice directors across the -country a nine-page letter opposing the cuts, along with a series of "fact sheets" on Reagan's budget proI posals and other materials on , the federal budget. Congressional testimony on several budget issues also was being planned. "If these budget cuts are enacted, elderly men and women will go unfed, women and children will go without necessary health care and social services, some of the working poor will be YOU NEEDN'T BE: AN ITALIAN to enjoy the Sicilian forced onto welfare and families tradition of St. Joseph'!l Table. The saint, patron of peace, across this nation will go witha happy home and charity -to the poor, is honored on his out adequate housing," Bishop feastd'ay by extending hospitality to all. The custom is Kelly said in the letter to Congress. The usce is the public carried out at Mt. St. Joseph School, Fall River, by, from policy arm of the U.S. bishops. left James Sullivan, Ronald St. Pierre, Anna Aguiar and titing what it called the "morPa~la Morgado. The festivities were preceded by a' special al dimensions of th~ current tieMass. (Torchia Photo) bate over the president's economic proposals," the letter said an essential element of Catholic tradition is the belief that the dignity of all persons is protected by basic rights to such things as food, housing, employment, health care, education and necessary social services. ''These basic necessities are matter of right, not of privilege VATICAN CITY (NC) -- The son is the basis on which society or choice," said Bishop Kelly unabortion of deformed fetuses or at every level ought to approach derlining the word right. "Therekilling of newborn handicapped the rights and needs of the handi- fore, the government has the ulbabies is "pseudohumanism," ac- capped. timate responsibility, a moral recording to a Vatican statlement The Vatican statement attack- sponsibility, to see that these on the United Nations Interna- ed euthanasia {mercy-killing) for needs are met." tional Year of the Disabled Per- ·disabled newborn infants. Bishop Kelly noted that under son. "The deliberate failure to pro- Reagan's economic recovery proAbortion of deformed fletuses vide assistance or any act which gram, the impact of the budget "compromises the ethical order leads to the suppression of the cuts on middle-income families of objective values and must be newborn disabled person repre- would be partially offset by the rejected by upright consciences," sents a breach not only of medi- proposed tax cuts and that the the Vatican statement said. "It cal ethics but also of the funda- net effect of the budget propois a form of behavior which, if mental and inalienable right to sals would be "a large financial it were applied at a different life. One cannot at whim dis- gain" for the wealthy." age, would be considered jgrave- pose of human life by claiming The letter urged House and ly anti-human." an arbitrary power over it . . . Senate members to oppose largeThe Holy See's statement The respect, the dedication, the scale budget cuts in six areas: urged a comprehensive approach time and means required for the - Food stamps. The letter to inte~rating the handicapped care of handicapped persons, maintained the program already into family, social, civil. and even of those whose mental fac- is targeted to the needy and said ulties are gravely affected, is the a $1.8 billion cut would force work life. It stressed that the "<llignity price that a. society should genthousands of families to go hungry. and worth" of every human perTum to Page Six

Statement raps 'pseudohumanism'

- Jobs. The letter called "unwise" the dismantling of the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) program. It said early problems with CETA were largely corrected by a set of amendments passed in 1978. - Aid to Families with Dependent Children -(AFDC). Bene-

fit levels should be improved, not cut back, because they are already far too low in most states, the letter saId. It also warned that many families cut from AFDC also would be cut from Medicaid benefits. - Housing. Saying the supply Turn to Page Six

Bishops oppose 'living will' hill Speaking last Monday on behalf of the Catholic bishops of Massachusetts before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, Auxiliary Bishop Thomas V. Daily of ·Boston strongly opposed a "living will" bill now before' the legislature of the commonwealth. "Let me make it clear," said the bishop, "that, in our stated opposition we do not qeustion the sense of compassion and concern which are present in the hearts of the proponents of this bill. We share with them their

distress over the excessive technologizing the dying process. We, too, recognize its all too frequent control by' professionals, rather than by the patient and his/her family. We also appreciate the fear of malpractice suits, which is of so much concern to physicians and hospital administrators. However, we are firmly convinced that these difficulties will not be solved by legislation which gives civil recTum to Page' Six

Mrs. Paul's 'miracle'

Fishes are multiplied . for hungry of Poland NiILADELPHIA (NC) --:- Hungry Poles will soon experience a modern miracle of benefaction - a multiplication of fishes - in the form of 40 million frozen fishcakes, 5 million more than the population of the country. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is sending the fish, valued at approximately $9 million, to assist the needy of Poland, where floods .last summer curtailed the potato and wheat crops, including grain for livestock. The fishcakes, estimated at 9 million pounds, are part of a gift to the archdiocese from Mrs. Paul's Kitchens, a food processing company. Since May 1980 the company has continuously supplied the archdiocese wiith breaded and fried fjshcake pattie for distribution to the poor. In announcing the gift, Cardinal John Krol of Philadelphia said ·that the Polish government will transport" the food in refrigerated containers for distribution to the aged, the ill and children. The cardinal noted that the Catholic Church in Poland lacks transportation and distribution facilities. Cardinal Krol said a similar offer had ibeen made to Catholic Relief SerVices for victims of the fall 1980 Italilln earthquake. However, the fish could not be used in the quake IJrea, due to lack of refrigeration. . In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus fed 5,000 people miraculously by multiplying five loaves and two fishes.


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VATICAN CITY (NC}-Will Pope John Paul II call a special consistory after Easter to create new !cardinals? Some Vatican sources say yes and that Americans figure prominently in the list of candidates for the traditional red hat and robes. Among Americans often mentioned are Archbishop James Hickey of Washington and Archbishop John May of St. Louis.

ROME (NC}-President Ronald Reagan's personal envoy to Pope John: Paul II arrived in Rome March 13. William A. Wilson, a California businessman appointed by Reagan in February, said in an interview, "John Paul II is a fantastic man and in my judgment one of the great statesmen of our times."

ADMIRING ONE OF 10 soundproof classrooms in the new parish center of St Thomas More Church, Somerset, are, from left, Mrs. Dolores Almeida, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Coady, Mrs. and Mr~ Gilbert Lowney, Mrs. and Mr.Roger Dube. The facility was dedicated March 8. (Torchia Photo)

BERKELEY, Calif. (NC}-Science and religion are not opposed to one another despite a recent California court case on the teachfng of evolution in public schools, according to two California priests. "The choice doesn't have to be (fundamentalists') 'creation by God' or 'creation by evolution' but can include creation by God through an evolutionary process," said Franciscan Father Michael Guinan, of the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley. Father James Murphy, editor of the Catholic Herald, newspaper of the ,Sacramento diocese, concurred. "Today few if any biblical scholars would agree that one cannot accept evolution and still believe that this mysterious process was created and directed by Jthe hand of God," he wrote.

PORT HOOD, Nova Scotia (NC)-JMembers of St. Peter's Parish are being asked to withhold two percent of ,their 1980 income taxes to protest abortion in Canada. Leading the drive is the 12-member social action committee of the parish. According to the plan, the withheld portion of the taxes is to be donated to the pro-life cause.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (NC}-Mother Teresa, founder of the Missionaries of Charity religious order and recipient of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, will receive Marquette University's 1981 Pere Marquette Discovery Award medal.

NEW YORK (NC}-A report by a Soviet news agency saying that Catholic priests in Lithuania are becoming increasingly loyal to the Soviet system is "largely hogwash," according to Father Casimir Pugevicius, executive director of Lithuanian Catholic Religious Aid.

WASHINGTON (NC}-Four prominent Irish-American politicians, renewing their annual St. Patrick's Day appeal for an end to violence in NONhern Ireland, .announced plans to form an organization called Friends of Ireland to assist in attaining that goal. They are House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. (D-Mass.), Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan (D-N.Y.) and Gov. Hugh L. Carey of New York. WASHINGTON (NC}-President Reagan has indicated a human life amendment may be unnecessary if Congress passes a simple statute establishing when life begins. "Now I happen to have believed, and stated many times, :that I believe in an llbortion we are taking a human life," Reagan :told the press. "But if this is once determined then there really isn't any need for an amendment because once you have determined this, the Constitution already protects the right of human life," he said. MEXICO CITY (NC)-Political violence took the lives of about 4,000 Salvadoran civilians in the first 路10 weeks of 1981, according to the Mexican office of Socorro Juridico, a church human rights office. Salvadoran security forces have been responsible for 46 anti-church attacks in :the last five months, said Socorro Juridico, an agency of. the Archdiocese of San Salvador, El Salvador.

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GENEVA Switzerland (NC}-The recent printing of 135,000 Bibres does not begin to fill the needs of Chinese.Chrisians, an official of the Lutheran World Federation said after a three-day visit to China. The Rev. Andrew Hsiao, vice president of the Geneva based organization, said the Bible shortage may last for years because their printing has not been given priority and paper supplies are limited.

AlIEAD OF THEM ALL: Four-year-old Darius Galden, believed one of the youngest altar boys in the nation, has his own way of holding the lectionary for Father Robert Klee of Corpus Christi parish, Columbus, O.

WASHINGTON (NC}-Stressing his ability to speak from personal experience, Archbishop James A. Hickey of Washington has told a House subcommittee that the situation In El Salavador "is not principally a matter of guns but of justice." In testimony which repeated the U.S. bishops' opposition to military aid for ~l Salvador, Archbishop Hickey called "particularly ominous" the sending Qf military' advisers to that Central American nation.


Fall River 'Praise Day' for diocesan charismatics

Lower Cape CCD teachers are invited to attend a training session at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joan of Arc parish hall, Orleans. Under cosponsorship of the Diocesan Department of Education and the Sadlier Publishing Co., the program will be directed by Mrs. Adele Grabbi of the faculty of Lesley College; M:s. Anne Campanella of Andover Newton School of Theology; anti Sister Theresa Sparrow, RSM, religious education coordinator :for St. Michael's parish, Swansea. A similar program was presented for mid-Cape teachers Monday at Our Lady of Victory parish, Centerville.

Diocesan charismatics are in· the anticipated gifts of Christ. vited to attend a "Praise Day" The principal concelebrant and to be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sun· homilist for 'Mass will be Father day, April 26, at Blessed Sacra· ' Maurice Jeffrey, pastor of Blessed Sacrament. Music will be by ment Church, Fall River. the Bread of Life music minisSponsored by the Bread of try. Life Charismatic Community, the program will feature an Those attending are asked to address by. Barbara Wright, in- bring "Songs of Praise" songternationally known speaker and books and priests wishing to cona member of the pastoral team celebrate are asked to bring alb of St. Patrick's Charismatic Com- and stole. It is noted that parkmunity, Providence. Her theme ing facilities at the church are will be "Come and Worship" and limited, therefore car pooling her comments will be based on and the use of buses are recomthe Book of Isaiah, chapter 12, mended. Coffee will be availa canticle of thanksgiving for able.

Anointing set for Taunton Father Edward McDonough, C.SS.R., of the Mission Church, Roxbury, will be homilist for the third annual TauntlJn area Mass Anointing of the Sick ceremony. The service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, 'March 29, at St. Mary Church, Taunton. Father McDonough is nationally known for his healing ministry and his radio apostolate. He conducts regular services at the Mission Church. Those wishing to receive the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick on March 29 should obtain a pre-registration card from any Taunton rectory. (The cards will not be available at the door on the day of the service.) 'In explaining adminIstration of the sacrament, Father Herbert Nichols, among Taunton priests arranging thhe ceremony, noted: "The revised rite has removed the immediate dnnger of death as a requirement for receiving the anointing, but leaves to the discretion of thE! pastor the prudent judgment as to suitability. "The purpose of the sacrament is to overcome the spedfic obstacle to grace and salvation (in some cases the illness itself) or to motivate the person to combat the disease and identify his or her sufferings with the sufferings of Christ in Gethsemane and his ultimate victory in the resurrection."

Appeal aids millions On March 29, diocesan Catholics will have the opportunity to touch the lives of millions of their less fortunate fellowmen when they will be asked to con· tribute to Catholic Relief Services' Annual Appeal Collection. "The importance of this appeal cannot be stressed enough," said Msgr. John J. Oliveira, diocesan appeal coordinator, "In past years the generosity of our local Catholic community has enabled Catholic Relief Services to continue its relief and development work in many underdeveloped areas of the world.~' Since 1943, when it was founded to help the European victims of World War II, CRS has touched the lives of millions of the world's poor. It operates through a global network of field offices headed by program directors who work with local agen-

BISHOP CRONIN and Father John Andrews, Cape and Islands director for the annual Catholic Charities Appeal.

CCA schedules kick-off for 40th annual campaign CCA director, has announced that Bishop Daniel A. Cronin will be the main speaker at the appeal kick-off meeting, scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 at Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River. Over 900 clergy, religious and laity are expected at this meeting. The 1980 OCA exceeded, for the fifth time, the million dollar mark. It is hoped that this year's appeal will surpass the 1980 total which was $1,210,087.

With the theme "A Lot of People Are Depending on You," priest directors of the five diocesan deaneries have begun preparations for the 40th annual Catholic Charities Appeal. 0

The Special Gift phase begins Monday, April 20, and will end Saturday, May'2. The house-tohouse parish phase starts Sunday, 'May 3. Between noon and 3 p.m. solicitors will call at every home in every parish. The parish phase will end on May 13. The CCA, dating back to 1942, funds diocesan services of charity, mercy, social services and education. They include care for the elderly, youth and pastoral activities, social services, child Care, and education and development of religious personnel. Msgr. Anthony M. Gomes,

March 20 Rev. Francis A. Mrozinski, 1951, Pastor, St. Hedwig, New Bedford March 22 Rev. Joseph A. Martins, 1940, Assistant, St. John Baptist, New Bedford

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CCD sessio][l in Orleans

Rev. Marcel H. Bouchard, diocesan director of continuing education for the clergy, was among 150 such directors attending the eighth annual convention of the National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy, held last month in Orlando, Fla. With the theme "A Vision: Priest and Church of the 80s," participants examined prieAtly ministry in terms of the four periods of the rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The priest's functions as preacher, enabler, spiritual director and celebrant were considered.

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themoori~ Threatening Taxation In their desperate attempts to meet the challenges of Proposition 2~, many politicians are thinking of tax-exempt colleges and universities as a source of new revenue for their shrinking coffers. . Instead of trimming the fat from political commen, some politicians want to carry on business as usual, by means of cutting budgets for teachers, firemen and policemen. To people of this ilk, the independent colleges and universities seem a fertile source for monies they need to play the same old game of to the victor belong the spoils. Rather than attacking political corruption and contractual kickbacks; rather than seriously appointing a state inspector general; rather than curtailing their jaunts and expenses, these guardians of the public trust would sink their teeth into one of the most vital resources that this commonwealth possesses, namely, its tax-exempt institutions. How many proponents of taxation realize that independent higher education, a $2.3 billion industry, as it were, is a valuable resource for this state. To cite only one statistic, over $21 million a year in aid is given to Massachusetts students by these independent institutions, using their own resources. Additional millions are poured into the state economy by out-of-state students purchasing local goods and services. Furthermore, it should be pointed out that private institutions in the commonwealth employ some 72,000 people, paying them $838 million annually. An added $782 million are spent on goods and services by the institutions themselves, plus an average $70 million annually on capital improvements. From these figures it should be quite clear how signi:ficant a factor private education is in the state's economy, both from the路 standpoint of revenue and tax savings. On the latter point, it is calculated that without the independent institutions of Massachusetts, the cost to the state of supplying higher education would have risen by $165 million in fiscal 1979. ~ecause of such savings, the commonwealth spends comparatively little on higher education, ranking, in fact, 49th among the 50 states in per capita expenditure. Although making these contributions to the general welfare and common good of Massachusetts, it should be remembered that private higher education is itself in an economic bind. Private colleges and universities must simultaneously cope with rapidly rising prices, huge increases in energy costs and diminishing student population. Cuts in student aid expenditures proposed by the present Washington administr~tion will pose another problem in the 80s. Those who would seek to insulate their own positions and jobs at the expense of imposing unjust and unwarranted taxes on our state's independent institutions of higher learning would do well to realize that these colleges and universities contribute far more to the community in services and benefits than anything they take from it. It would be well for Anchor readers to stay on top of each and every attempt of the state to infringe on the constitutional freedoms guaranteed to the private and independent sector. To allow such infringement would destroy academic independence. It would be a first step towards nationalizing educational institutions and allowing the state to become the proverbial "big brother."

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'Have pity on me, have pity on me, at least you my friends, because the hand of the Lord hath toucheCl me.' Job 19:21

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By Jo-Ann Price

of Communications, who has studied the cult phenomenon, as estimating that about 45 percent of the members of the Unification Church of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon have a Roman Catholic background.

Despite the shock caused by the mass suicide two years ago of 900 members of Jim Jones' People's Church in Guyana, religious cults are still spreading in the United States, says Rabbi A. Ms. Rudin cited Jonestown in James Rudin, assistant interreligious. affairs director of the Am- Guyana, where members of erican Jewish Committee (AJC). Jones' People's Church lived and In an interview in New York died, as an "extreme" example City, Rabbi Rudin and his wife, of a governmental "hands-off" Marcia, co-authors of a book en- policy toward spiritual beliefs. titled "Prison or Paradise? The Religious cultists, she said, are New Religious Cults," discussed hiding behind the First Amendthe phenomenon of U.S. cult ment guarantees of religious freedom, even as they are viola,growth. ting civil and criminal laws to "The bigger cults are flourish- attract followers. ing in money and property," As one ironic sidelight, the RuMrs. Rudin said. . dins noted out that Shannon Jo "Thousands of people are being Ryan, 28, whose father, Congdamaged permanently," her husressman Leo J. Ryan of Califorband added. nia, was shot to death while inIn doing the research for their vestigating legal ways of escape book, published by Fortress for members of the Jim Jones Press, a Lutheran publishing cult, has herself joined a relihouse in Philadelphia, the Rudins gious cult in India. studied in detail the methods of "Our appeal is for Christians nine of the largest cults. They and other sociologists estimate and Jews to challenge the cults" that between 1,500 and 3,000 Rabbi Rudin said. Traditional cults have sprung up in the churches and synagogues must United States, nearly half of offer more "spiritual substance" them since 1965. There are about in their teaching, and provide 3 million past and present cult what the cultists seek: small members in Jltis country, they loving communities, concrete ways to Improve" the worl~ cof路 estimate. The couple agreed that the fee houses, counseling, emer路 cult "boom" is unprecedented in gency "hot liDes," hostels for recorded history. "I would say travelers and even career advice, the phenomenon will be here for the rabbi said. At a recent New York Univerat least another decade," Rabbi' sity colloquium on the cult phenRudin said. The Rudins quoted Father omenon, Mrs. Rudin gave a soJames LeBar, coordinator for ciological definition of cults as suburban cable television in the . "deviant groups which exist in New York archdiocesan Office a state of tension with society."

Cults, she said, "do not break away from other religions, as do religious sects, but offer their members something different." The "something different," the Rudins said, includes sophisticated techniques aimed at thought control of initiates. There is constant repetition of doctrine, intense peer pressure, manipulation of diet, deprivation of sleep and sometimes hynosis. Recruitment is frequently deceptive, because new members are not told they will have to break off family ties. Some cults are very rich. One estimate in the Rudins' book places the Unification Church's income at more than $200 million. Deprogramming, an intensified effort to undo cult indoctrination, has had some effect in specific cases, the Rudins noted, but the technique has raised un路 resolved First Amendment legal questions. Most cultists are white males between the ages of 18 and 26 from middle or upper class families earning $10,000 or more a year. The Rudins cited as an encouraging note the growth of anticult organizations, such as the Citizens Freedom Foundation of Redondo Beach, Calif. The major cults studied by the Rudills were the Unification Church, Hare Krishna, the Way International, the Tony and Susan Alamo Christian Foundation, the Divine Light Mission, Love Family, Body of Christ, the Children of God, and the Church of Scientology.


THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thur. Mar. 19, 1981

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Once, when one of our children was youn~~er, he came home from school and asked me, "Are we rich?" Having just dropped a bundle at the supe~arket, I infonned him rather strongly that we weren'L "Oh," he said, "then Tim is wrong. He said that anybody who has a room of his own and goes on vacations is rich." "Well ... " I began, and was immediately confronted with the dilemma of American Christians. What is rich? Does it m,ean having enough to eat or enough to spend a thousand do:llars on Christmas? Does it mean not being able to afford a doctor or not being able to afford tickets to the Super Bowl? Jesus gave us so many stories about being rich that we don't even want to know about them. They make us very neryous, especially when we hea.r about people like Mother Tere:;a, those in Bangladesh, or the elderly w~o eat dog food to keep alive. It isn't fair to make us fE!el guilty about enjoying the fruits of our labor, we say defensively. We work hard for what we have, as if that is enough to wipe out of our consciences the have-nots. "Sell all you have and follow me." "Woe unto you who are rich; you have your comfort already." "It's easier to pass through the eye of a neEldle . . ." Gospel values aren't pleasant

to discuss when we come up against our lifestyles. Most of us want to pare down our lives but we don't know how. Poverty is such an awful word. It connotes not having security and control. Or two TVs, two cars, and pizza and beer at midnight. It means we have to give our excess away and trust the love of God to furnish groceries, gas and college at the very time VIe see our elderly friends struggling to make it on savings and social security in inflationary times. What's a family to do? First, let's get rid of the word poverty. Jesus never said we had to live inpoverty and destitution. When I looked for another word for poverty, I came up with some apaIling choices: indigence, pauperism, beggary, mendicant, destitute, berefit, and seedy. Who needs those? Better we work with a word that makes more sense in our lives: simplicity. How can we simplify our lives, stripping them of the constant desire for more goods, experiences, and wealth? Each family has to come up with its own plan. I know a family that gives a thing away a day just to make themselves aware of the excess of things in their lives. They've been doing it two years now and it's been a profound experience for them. Sometimes it's hard, but they do it - a piece of clothing, a toy, a tool, a dollar, an extra

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clock, a chair, a casserole, a bundle of old National Geographics lovingly saved through the years. Another family began focusing on alternatives to consumerism about the same time. They invested in the Alternative Celebration Catalogue and found themselves enjoying the holidays more by spending less. They are now enthusiastic members of the Alternatives movement. (Information: Box 1707, Forest Park, GA 30050) Today's questions: take time as a family to answer these questions together: 1. If we gave a thing away a day, how long would it be before we were poor? 2. If our income was cut in half, what would we cut out of our lives? 3. What is our family's favorite possession? 4. Would we be the same without it? 5. Estimate what last Christmas cost and write a plan for halving it next year and having the same amount of fun. 6. What does eating leftovers have to do with the gospel?

Motller Teresa I was enthralled recently by the PBS television spec:ial "The World of Mother Teresa." The fact is that I have always been in love with Mother TE~resa and have long considered her more beautiful, by far, thalli all the glamour queens of Hollywood. Sanctity is her secret--as it is, indeed, the open secret of those rare human beings who love with a large and unconditional love. This is not the sanctity that Hollywood and ~~e world have reduced to a mEre cliche derived from sentimentally religious movies. Mother Teresa has been gifted with that authentic sanctity which is the mark of the truly holy and therefore wholesome person. Authentic sanctity cannot be acted out in movies or demeaned into something it isn't - namely, of course, a kind 0:1 pietistic irrelevance. Authentic sanctity is rare and it is positively thrilling. If you can't see it i.n Mother Teresa of Calcutta, chances are you can't see it in anything at all. Something else that's beautiful about Mother Teresa is: her simplicity, which, again, is yet another of the misunderstood virtues of truly holy and wholesome ~ersons. Simplidty lives at the heart of the matter and confounds the world with its direct !Jnd luminous ~;nowledge of the reality of things. Mother Teresa has the kind of

devastating simplicity. It is simplicity of an order which quietly leaves the would-be interviewer of Mother Teresa without much to go on - that is, in the mediahustling sense of the term. The secularist doesn't know quite what to do with such simplicity, such spiritual candor and human openness, which was poignantly anomaly evident, I think, in the case of PBS interviewer Joyce Davidson (Susskind), who seemed to regard Mother Teresa as some kind of angelic anomaly in an otherwise real world. Sanctity, in its pristine nature, is a lovely puzzlement. For instance, I was listening to a phone-Christian evangelical radio station the night that "The World of Mother Teresa" was shown. A caller reported that he had watched the Mother Teresa program and seemed almost to be seeking some justification in his enthusiasm for this remarkable Roman Catholic nun. He was extremely tentative and embarrassed by what was a clearly natural response to the sanctity of Mother Teresa. The answer man allowed that her humanitarianism is commendable, but - well, the implication was that, you know, Roman Catholics are sourced in a lot of things that are not scripturally related, etc. Mother Teresa was a puzzlement to the

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answer man. It is all the more curious, though not in the same way, that Mother Teresa should also be a lovely puzzlement to a celebrated American theologian at the University of Notre Dame. Our theologian takes pains to compare the late Dorothy Day with Mother Teresa. The stated implication is that where Dorothy Day was a socially conscious activist, Mother Teresa, on the other hand, "chooses not to interfere in the workings of a society which leaves people to die in the streets." But is it really necessary to question Mother Teresa's "model of sanctity" against Dorothy Day's record of social activism? Isn't it possible to love Dorothy Day for what she was, and Mother Teresa for what she is? Of course, and let the worrisome theologian tend to other matters. As we said, authentic sanctity is a lovely and devastating puzzlement to the world and, apparently, to some theologians as well.

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which Bolger says disturb him "greatly" and suggest an obtuseness about the general economic condition. He knows that the beauty of the Zip plus four system is lost on people who can only see its cost - 900 million for a single installation - and do not look ahead to the day when it will all come back through electronic sorting. He knows they think that the postal unions are avaricious and that the workers are already grossly overpaid. But money is by no means the whole story. Bolger didn't mention it in his speech, but afterwards he said that employee incivility is the post office's "number one problem." Onethird of the complaints received - two-thirds are taken up with dissatisfaction over "the swift completion of their appointed rounds" - are about the surliness of window clerks. Bolger, who is himself an agreeable man - one can imagine him explaining the intricacies of the postal code in Bulgaria to an elderly person or even looking up a zip code for a patron with a cousin in Iowa said he does not understand the 'reason. "We have courses in courtesy," he said. "We emphasize it in training. When we get a certain number of complaints, clerks are sent back for retraining on their own time." . "But," he sighed, "it's like a vaccination that didn't take." Washington, he volunteered, is the rudeness capital of the postal service. He wrote a letter .to the city's new postmaster, urging him to lose the title. People go to their post offices and see five of seven windows with "closed" signs and watch the clerks chatting in the background to the accompaniment of Muzak - and they rage. When they ask for Qommemorative stamps, they meet a blank stare and the response that "I don't have any in my drawer" which means they must either take their place at the end of another long line or stamp out. Maybe the employees have been reading the self-pitying propaganda about the steep costs and burden of it all and have been convinced that people should not writli! letters. But it's nice to know that the chief, at least, understands that if you're going to ask for ninedigit zip codes and 20-cent stamps, you ought to be nice about it.

ericans take pen in hand. The most recent and notorious example of letter-writing, Jean Harris' last to Dr. Herman Tarnower - whom she subsequently dispatched to the deadletter office in what she calls a botched suicide attempt - was not a quality to revive the dying epistolary art. Incidently, ,the letter, sent by registered 'mail, provides an unusual and, from Ms. Harris' point of view, infelicitous instance of post office efficiency, since it was delivered overnight and had to be retrieved by her lawyer, who fought its introduction into evidence. The thoughts, the wording - the bitter reprise of their long affair, a characterization of her rival in terms that would make her former students at Madeira blush would in no way remind you of a missive from Elizabeth Barrett to her beloved. Of course, Ms. Barrett and Robert Browning lived in an era before the telephone and the zip code, and she, perhaps more importantly, due to her invalid condition, never had to go to 路~t.he post office, a circumstance which today's patrons greatly envy her. Letter-writing is not exactly discouraged by the U.S. Postal Service, which, as the U.S. Post路 Office, once had itself described in stone as the "Messenger of Sympathy and Love/Servant of Parted Friends." But the sentiment, if not the stone on which it is incised on the Washington City Post Office, has been eroded, and contemporary employees give a definite impression that people should resort to Ma Bell to communicate and send packages by United Parcel. Today, 84 percent of the load carried by the neither-rain-norsleet folk comes from business. Private letter writing - or "citizen mail," as it is called - is being put down by increases in rates and a decline in service and the inhospitality encountered in the Scarsdale post office. We can imagine that Ms. Harris' lawyer had few problems getting his client's letter back. Some people think the post office would do anything with a letter rather than deliver it. The postmaster general, William Bolger, admitted a decline in public esteem for his agency: He counted the ways in a Press Club speech. The nine-digit zip code, even renamed "Zip plus four," causes True Contentplent fury and devision. So does the imminent increase to 20 cents "Be content at all times and in for first-class mail.and the loom- all places because everything is ing demands for higher wages given to us by etern,l love." by postal workers, rumbles of St. Catherine of Siena


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VATlCAN CITY (NC) - Pope John Paul II will visit Switzerland in the late spring, but the dates and program have not been firmly set, a Vatican - spokesman said.

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iWASHINGTON (NC) - Bishop Carroll T. Dozier of Memphis, Tenn., said, "I would In Switzerland a spokesman wholeheartedly endorse the for the Swiss Bishops' Confer'Plowshares Eight,''' the eight ence said the pope was schedpeace activists convicted March uled to arrive June 1 and would 6 of burglary, criminal mischief leave either June 5 or June 6. and conspiracy in connection with their break-in at a missile Father路 Romeo Panciroli, direcassembly plant. tor of the Vatican Press Office, said he could not confirm the . "These eight people have done dates because "we don't say anya magnificent job of preaching thing until we are absolutely the Gospel," Bishop Dozier said sure." in a telephone interview. The Plowshares Eight, who But he added that the pope's took that name from the biblical visit would take place "in that passage about beating swords , period." into plowshares, are Jesuit Fath\ Also on the papal agenda is a er Daniel Berrigan, his brother trip to Paraguay, said that naPhilip Berrigan, a member of the tion's minister of education and Jonah House community in Baltiworship, Manfredo Ramirez more; John Schuchardt, a BaltiRusso, in an interview on Vatimore lawyer; Molly Rush, a subcan Radio. urban Pittsburgh housewife and STANDING BEFORE a portrait of their foundress, Mother Bertrand Sheridan, are, He said no time has yet been mother of six children; Oblate Father Carl Kabat, a member of from left, Sister Judy Brunell, Sister Elizabeth Menard and Sister Elizabeth Tacy of the set for the visit. the Jonah House community in Fall River Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena. The sisters participated in a twoRamirez said that after a genBaltimore; Sister Anne Mont- day program, "Tracing Our Roots," presenting papers on St. Dominic, St. Catherine of eral audience he renewed an ingomery, a Religious of the Sa- Siena and Mother Bertrand to fellow community members. (Sr. Gertrude Gaudette Photo) vitation to visit which had been cred Heart who teaches in New extended in 1979 by Paraguayan York City; Dean Hammer, of President Alfredo C;troessr'ier. New Haven, Conn., a graduate "The holy fath~~ accePt~~'. it of Yale Divinity School, and Elwith the usual reserve,'" Ramimer Maas, a poverty worker and rez said. history teacher from New York. stamps, jobs and housing under pensation and veterans benefits. Continued from page one No date has been set for sen"As a result, contrary to Mr. the budget cuts. tencing. They face a maximum of low-income housing is "critiAlso opposing the proposed of more than 20 years in jail. cally low," the letter called for Reagan's promises to protect the Father Kevin F. Tripp, coorThey were arrested last Sept. increases in the number of fed- 'truly deserving needy,' the bud- budget cuts was Network, a 9 after breaking into the Gen- erally assisted housing units and get cuts will affect the poor in Washington-based Catholic so~ dinator of pastoral ministry at eral Electric Company missile opposed increases in rent levels dramatic and severe ways," said cial justice lobby comprised St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedprimarily of nuns. ford, was principal celebrant assembly plant in King of Prus- from 25 to 30 percent of income. Krietemeyer. Krietemeyer predicted that the sia, Pa., damaging missile nose Sister Nancy Sylvester, Net- Monday of a funeral Mass for -Medicaid. Proposed reduc- federal budget cuts also would cones with hammers and pourwork lobbyist, said the proposed his father, Philip F. Tripp, 73. tions "would have a serious detri- have an impact on the Campaign ing blood on official papers. budget would undennine domes- In attendance were Bishop Danmental impact on the availability for Human Development (CHD), tic security even though the in- iel A. Cronin and many priests of quality health care for the the bishops' anti-poverty project, crease in the military budget is and religious. of the diocese. poor," the letter argued. and on Catholic Charities. A New Bedford native, Mr. aimed at improving national seTripp was executive director curity. - Human services programs. Many of the groups funded by Continued from page one emeritus of the New Bedford The letter opposed consolidation CHD might go out of existence Sister Sylvester, a member of erously pay in order to remain of 40 programs into block grants because of the loss of federal the Immaculate Heart of Mary Housing Authority and was actruly human," the statement for the states, noting that the funds, Krietemeyer said, and the Sisters, also argued that the ap- tive in state and regional houssaid. poor would lose in the "local demand on organizations such as parent rush to enact the budget ing organizations. With its comments on the competition for funds that would He was a Third Order FranCatholic Charities likely will in- cuts "may reflect a fear that newborn, the Holy See defended characterize a block grant procrease because of the loss to in- there is no mandate for this type ciscan and officer in the Knights the protecting of life whenever gram." It also urge~ especially of Columbus and the Serra Club dividuals and families of food of change." possible in the delicate area of that cuts be opposed in the Legal and a lector and special minismedical ethics when doctors and Services Corporation, the Com. ter of the Eucharist for St. Anfamilies are faced with babies munity Services Administration, thony's parish, East Falmouth, who are severely handicapped, low-income energy assistance where he lived in retirement. He mentally or physically, but able and migrant and community "In that case, the court de- also served on the board of diContinued from page one to live if provided with the mod- health centers. that every individual has rectors of Our Lady's Haven, creed ognition to documents such as em medical care available. the right to terminate medical Fairhaven. Last year he received Bishop Kelly also said in the the Living Will. Underlying the comments was treatment. The court went fur- the Marian Medal. the catholic ethical doctrine that letter that w~ile cuts in federal "Living will legislation," he As well as his son, he is surther and acknowledged what truly extraordinary or dispro- spending may be politically popu- said, "gives nothing to persons moral and medical ethicists have vived by his widow, Mrs. Helen "they do not constitute an lar, portionate means need not be tht they do not already possess long taught, namely, that care Tripp, a sister, Miss Dorothy A. applied to save a person's life, adequate solution to inflation." under the law. Living will legis- and cqmfort, not continuing ef- Tripp of New Bedfl?rd, and a but that ordinary means such as He added, "We believe there lation adds no further legal pro- forts at useless treatment, are brother, Charles, of Taunton. nutrition and available medical are better, more humane solu- . tection to physicians which路 they the proper way to deal with and surgical care may not be tions which would strike at the do not already possess. What is patients who are dying. withheld or withdrawn simply root causes of inflation without needed is the carrying out of rebecause the person to be saved infringing on the basic rights of sponsibility !by patients and phy-' "The bill under consideration is severely handicapped. is dangerous as it is," concluded sicians. the poor and needy citizens." Bishop <Daily, "and it has potenThe Holy S,ee,'s statement also "The patient has the responsi路 tial for even greater danger. Let In the letter to the diocesan said: - "More extensive and thor- social justice directors, the direc- bility to inform his or her physi; there be no doubt about it, ladies ough research in order to over- tor of the usec Office of Dom- cian of the desire to be treated and government there are in this come the causes of disabilities" estic Social Development, Ron- in a way consistent with human nation individuals and groups ald T. Krietemeyer, said the "so- dignity and the right to self- who not only want to give legal should be undertaken. - The handicapped have a cial safety net" as defined by . determination. That right is recognition to the right of indiright tQ live in family or family- Reagan does not include the founded in the person's dignity, viduals .to terminate life-support like sitqations to the extent pos- most important programs for the a dignity recognized in all reli- systems. They also want legal sible, and associations and pub- poor. Rather, he said, it consists gious and moral communities. recognition to terminate life. Dad. can I give a whole <foliar lic autQorities must provide as- mostly of programs for the mid- That right has been admitted by. They want legal approbation for like you do? sistance to enable families to dle class with powerful lobbies, the Supreme Judicial Court of suicide and for active euthanacope with the difficulties of such as Social Security, Medi- this commonwealth in the recent sia, or so-called 'mercy killing.' " Saikewicz case. care, basic unemployment comraising 'a handicapped child.

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Forgotten F'amily _Dear Editor: Your article on "A Forgotten Family" which appeared in The Anchor of 19 February 1981 was sincerely appreciated by the staff of the Military Ordinariate. We are grateful tCl you for bringinij to the attention of your readers the severe challenges which flJce those who have dedicated t~emselves to the service of our country. Your request that local chllrches reach out to welcome and support thE! members

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X-rated fil:ms Dear Editor: The citizenry of Fall River is made up of Catholics numbering approximately 68,000 and numerous other religious d·enominations composed of various ethnic groups. I quote a statement by Richard Moses in the March 9 Providence Journal. He is the lawyer for John and Daniel Shea, the owners of Cinema I in Fall River. He said "The verdict also indicated that it believed that in Fall River the community will accept such films X-rated as long as they are shown only to consenting adults in the proper circumstances... At> a member of the community and one of the aforE!mentioned 68,000 Catholics I would like to go on record that I am completely against the showing of such films, under any cc)nditions, in the City of Fall River. It behooves the citizenry of this community to judge what is best for the community, rather than outside interests who are interested in nothing more than their own monetary gains. It is my opinion that anyone who fails to state their opposition to the aforementioned statement of Mr. Moses by their silence concur with Whflt he has said. <It is up to you, the citizens of this community, to protect the rights given to you by the Constitution and reaffirmed by the Supreme Court in 1973,. that you have the right to protec~t and establish community standards. But those standards mllst be expressed if those in position to take action are to know what they are. Your voice, united with thousands of others throughout the community, will tum the' tide of pornography and will bring about arrests, prosecutions and convictions of those violating our state and local obscenity laws. Let your elected officials, religious leaders, law enforcement agencies and civic, fraternal or other organizations know how you feel and suggest that they organize and establish community standards that are beneficial to making this a bettE!r city for our kids to live in. Ted Darcy Fall River

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'If we tire, it Hlust di.e' NEW ULM, Minn. (NC) Bishop Raymond Lucker of New Ulm has recommitted his diocese to aid for the world's poor until poverty and injustice are abolished. In a pastoral letter regarded as a response to upheaval in the Central American nation, Bishop Lucker praised the staff of San Lucas Toliman Pari~h, Guatemala. Two priests and three Sisenn"llltnlllntuttmlmllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllltllllllllllUlllllllllli"lllllllllllllllllllill

of the military family will, I'm sure, be heeded by many in your area. We shall do our best to circulate your article among military and civilian personnel in other areas. Incidentally, the article was brought to our attention by a very dedicated Navy chaplain serving at Otis Air Force Base. Again, many thanks for your concern on behalf of our brothers and sisters in uniform. Msgr. J. T. 'Dimino Military Vicariate New York, N.Y.

For Cambodia Dear Editor: Many thanks for the article you published in the Feb. 12 Anchor concerning the needs of a Cambodian family recently resettled in the Fall River area. The response was truly gratifying. Included in the donations were clothing, kitchen items, blankets, as well as money and food. When the need was presented the Christian community responded with care and concern. The family is doing quite well and is settled in its own apartment. The children, ages 12, 11 and 5, will start school this week and their parents hope to study English as soon as possible .They are grateful to all who came to their aid and look forward to a promising future here in the United States. Patricia J. Sullivan Catholic Social Services

tel's of Notre Dame staff the mission, which, with diocesan support, includes an orphanage, school, clinic and nutritiin center. "During a time of great violence in Guatemala, the mission staff" despite the very real danger to their lives, (have) renewed their commitment to remain in the service of the poor as long as possible," the bishop wrote. "I support that commitment and· pledge our support to it. I beg you to keep San Lucas in. your daily prayers." The diocese of New Ulm has sponsored the parish of San Lucas for 20 years. In addition to its facilities, the parish has initiated extensive social action programs in housing, land development and resettlement. Work at San Lucas "is a Ibig program because the needs are big," the bishop said in his pastoral. "There is no part that can be eliminated without putting little children out on the street, sending the sick to lie uncared for on the bare dirt or allowing the next generation to grow up uneducated... San Lucas is New Ulm's largest parish, noted the bishop. "And it is our poorest parish because its income from the sacrifices of the poor is only about $8,000 a year. It is also our richest parish because through the work of their people and the support of our people it carries on a program of help and selfimprovement that no other parish in our diocese even needs." "That parish can exist only as long as our help continues," he concluded. "It we get tired of it, it must die."

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MILWAUKEE (NC) - Franciscan ,Brother Ron Pickarski, who won a bronze medal at the Culinary Olympics for his display of vegetarian food, says that developing proper eating habits will not happen overnight. "You have to develop a taste for naturalfoods," said the brother, who won the medal at Frankfurt, West Germany. "And the foods must be presented in an eye-appealing and tasty way." Brother Pickarski's prize-winning meal was based on the theme of the Holy Family: Joseph represented the entree, the heart of the meal. Mary symbolied the appealing appetizer, while Jesus was represented in the dessert, sweetness and fulfillmen~. according to Brother Pickarsk\. . .. "My apoStolate is to the poor and to those mlsl~d by the big business of the> food industry," he said. Citing SL ,Paul's description of the body as a temple of the spirit, he said ,that he sees himself as being in charge of temple upkeep. "The priority is the spirit, but we can't negate nature," he said. He is opening a restaurant and health food store in Milwaukee and is working on a book on cui1nary arts. He said he doesn't try to convert people to a vegetarian diet but he speaks about health foods

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Fiscal conservatism can extend to wardrobe too By MarUyn Roderick

Not a day goes by during which we are not faced with the inflationary cost of just everyday living. In today's paper, $277 is given as the smallest amount a family of four needs for weekly expenses. This figure certainly differs from the one listed for 1971 of $127 or 1959 when the figure was an unbelievable $79 for the same goods and services. What all this has done to clothing budgets is of course noteworthy because the inflationary spiral has completely changed the shopping habits and the wardrobe philosophy even of women in the middle to upperincome brackets. One of my friends, as interested in clothes as I, says that she now goes through the better stores simply to look. After getting some idea as to what's "in" for the season, she translates it into an outfit to create in her sewing class or to search for in an area fashion outlet. This same fashionable woman says that her purchases nowadays often amount to investments, such as a pair of $100

boots she bought recently that she expects to wear for at least 10 years. The savvy shopper of today never buys on impulse (who can afford it?). Instead, she buys items that mix and match with what she already has at home. With just a hint of spring in the air, now is the perfect time to go closet cleaning and see what you have on hand for spring and summer. Jot down the items you really need to round it out and spend that little extra time in the search for them.' Remember, if you build each season's wardrobe around one or two basic colors accessories can be kept to a minimum and each piece you buy will coordinate with many others. Take the time, too, to try some new combinations of outfits you already have. You may be surprised to find that a dress you thought could only be worn one way takes on an entirely different feeling when paired with a different jacket. Take an evening at home to expreiment - it can be fun as well as helping you to become a fiscal conservative (and isn't that the way to go today?).

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Parents of first communion candidates will meet at 7 p.m. Sunday at the CCD Center. A Marriage Encounter reunion will be held Saturday, Murch 28 at the center, beginning with Mass at 7:30 p.m. All fmcountered couples are invited. ST. LOUIS, FALL RIVER A Mass and healing service will be conducted at 7:~10 p.m. Wednesday by Father Jolm Lazanski, OFM of St. Anthony Shrine, Boston. The devotion of 13 Tuesdays in honor of St. Anthony is in progress, to end with the saint's feast on June 13. Lenten Stations of tht~ Cross are conducted at 6 p.m. each Thursday and 11 :30 a.m. each Friday. The Sacrament of the Sick will be celebrated at all weekend Masses March 28 and 29, and on March 29 a day of recollection for parishioners will be conducted from 1 to 7:30 p.m. The St. Louis Music Ministry will sponsor a coffee hOl.:lse Sunday, April 15, in the parish hall. SACRED HEART, FALL RIVER Girls in the confiqnaHon class are making a day of retreat Saturday and will attend a followup session at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 28. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed following noon Muss until 4 p.m. each Tuesday of Lent. ST_ JOHN OF GOD, SOMERSET A communion breakfast cosponsored by the Holy Name Society and the Women's Guild will follow 8:30 a.m. MI:lSS Sun· day. The second in a series of Lenten lectures by Father Daniel Freitas, pastor, will be presented tomorrow night in the CeD center. First penance ceremOltlies will be held at 7:30 Saturd~IY night. BLESSED SACRAMEN'lr,

FALL RIVER "Born Again," a full-length film concerning Wate1uate figure Charles Colson, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, in the parish hall. All are welcome. Bare branches are being distributed to parishioners as Lenten symbols with the suggestion that small crosses be made from them for home meditation. Parents of first communicants will meet Monday. A parish penance selvice will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday. ST_ RITA, MARION Openings and babysitters are available for the parish. renewal program scheduled for this weekend. Information may be had at the rectory. GUILD FOR THE BLIND,

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Q. My husband and I have been married about 40 years. Before we were married I had' an affair that was a very un-

PAT SIMBRO, Assonet adminstrator for the Polaroid Foundation, presents a $5,000 check to· Ronald Ponte, director of social work at S1. Anne's Hospital, Fall River. The donation will purchase educational materials for Family Beginnings, a program for prospective and new parents co-sponsored· by S1. Anne's, the Charlton Hospital and the Family Service Assn. (Torchia Photo)

How to help new Americans Each month, notes Sister Carleen Reck, SSND, 14,000 refugees resettle in the United States, 5,600 of them school-age children. Most are from Southeast Asia, South Americ;a, Africa and Asia. . Studen~ and teachers, she says, can do much to move these newcomers into the mainstream and also ·enrich their own lives. In "NCEA Notes," published by the National Catholic Educational Association, she makes the following suggestions, based on a UN publication, "Children Without:" - Play together and share games of each other's countries; - Help parents and children learn community customs and resources; - Invite a refugee family to dinner, asking them to bring a typical dish from their country; - Assist a new family to shop in American stores. The American Catholic school system originally served a nation of immigrants, notes Sister Carleen. "Today," she says, "Catholic families arriving from Asia or Mexico should be able to rely on Catholic education. Hopefully, o~r roots are strong enough to support new growth.

ST. MARK, ATTLEBORO FALLS A Cursillo information night will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29. CLOVER CLUB, FALL RIVER The club choir will be heard at 4:30 p.m. Mass Saturday at St. Joseph's Church, Fall River.

pleasant situation. Eighteen months after we were married my busband, who was in the service, wrote to ask me if I had sexual relations before our marriage. I confessed. He came home permanently about two years later, after our second child was born. When my husband is sober and working he's a fine person. But when he is dnmk, he accuses me of having affairs and other things I would not think of doing. As a child I lived a good Christian life and I still go to Mass and communion almostl every day. Yet be still accuses me of these awful things. I have never cheated on him and have kept our marriage vows. When I told my doctor about this situation with my busband, she said he was using me for some guilt he had. This maD bas never told me in person that be loves me, he bas written it but never said it. Forty years is too 10D8. to do this. I 'need your help or advice on handling this. It's getting too much for me anymore. (Calif.) A. Your letter is one more proof of something that cannot be said often enough. Confessions by husbands and wives of what went on before the marriage generally accomplish nothing except to threaten the at· mosphere of that relationship for the rest of their lives.

This particularly true when one partner prompts, or tries to force, such a confession from the other. So many negative factors are at work here that pushy questioning about such matters offers a quite sufficient reason to wonder about the love and/or emotional stability of one's pannero A normal person would possibly not want to know such information, and even more would not want to inflict the pain that such a confession would cause someone he loves. These things are and should be kept between oneself and God. You cannot go back and redo your life, but maybe what I've said can help put your situation in a little better perspective. I agree with your doctor. Your husband's attitude through all these years says something more about him than it does about you. From your letter it seems to me you are handling the situation as well as possible. What you're saying is that his continued lack of consideration, to put it mildly, hurts you deeply. I understand that. But your own persevering patience, love, prayer and understanding will enable you to' go on coping with it. Q. Often when I attend our parish Mass, a group of retarded teeo-agers is present with a person in charge. Why do these

poor people have to attend Mass? Surely they do not UDderstand what. is going on and are not interested in being in church.. A. In my opinion you vastly underestimate the ability of many mentally handicapped people to understand and participate in the liturgy, or other activities for that matter.

A group from our· local association for retarded citizens regularly attends Mass in our parish. In addition, I frequently celebrate Mass myself with anum· ber of mentally and physically handicapped children and adults. My experience is that, while their intellectual grasp might not equal that of others, their joy, their awareness of the presence and life of God, and their simple human warmth are unmistakable. True, much of this results from the unusual degree of tenderness and care given them by , their parents and family, and from the love of the many reo markable people who volunteer to help them. But it's real nonetheless. Such children probably would be excused. from Sunday Mass. By no means does it follow, however, that they cannot receive much from, and offer much to those who are celebrating the Eucharist with them.

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Music at St. John's By Joim Maroney

Music has been an integral part of religious ceremonies for centuries. Long before the Israelites were chosen by God, prehistoric man was making music to an unknown, all-powerful being.

know your faith Paul: serving as an By .Father Jolm J. castelot

Parents upset by the behavior of their children find themselves in the grip of conflicting emotions. Usually the overriding one is loving concern. But this is mixed with annoyance, disappointment and anxiety. These emotions show up in parental appeals to children, sometimes in strange, almost humorous ways. So it was with Paul and his converts. He was not just a functionary doing a job. Paul was a father and he lived and worried about his people with a father's heart. . There was reason for him to be disturbed by his Corinth community. To judge by its childish rivalries, one would think Paul had never instructed its people on the primacy of love. Paul's appeal to the Corinthians reveals his mixed emotions: He is alternately sarcastic and forthright, stem and tender. Having reviewed the situation as it concerned him and his fellow minister, Apollos, he seems to say: "'Look, you certainly didn't

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learn this kind of behavior from either of us! We didn't pick and choose among you when we were instructing you, preaching only to an elite, to those who appealed to us personally." (1 Cor. 4:6) Then Paul gets sarcastic. If the people now have something to recommend them, it is only because of God's gracious gift, delivered to them through the good services of his ministers. What, then, are they bragging about? He contrasts what they think their situation is with the actual situation of God's ministers in an eloquent passage: "As I see it, God has put us apostles at the end of ,the line, like men doomed to ,die in the arena. We have become a spectacle to the universe, to angels and men alike. We are fools on Christ's account. Ab, but in Christ you are wise! We are the weak ones, you the strongl They honor you, while they sneer at usl" (1 Cor. 4:9-10). But again his deep love for them surfaces: "I am writing not to shame you but to admon-

Our own stories By Father PbIIJp Mumion

takes shape as a modest community as its participants build up a memory bank of past incidents to share. - The musicians and choir members in another parish acquire a repertoire of stories they retell, as if to undersCore their special relationship to each other. In families, hardly a celebraTum to Page ThIrteen

A good story has a clear plot and a fascinating central character. It usually describes a situation all kinds of people will find interesting. . In a good story, relationships among the characters must be clear. A good story can be savored. As it is recalled, we might discover that it holds more meaning than we first thought. What is our own story - as individuals and as communities? . How is it like the story of Jesus? You might say we are a story church. Old Testament stories of By Janaan路 Manternach the patriarchs, kings and prophets are embedded in our reliIt was the Sabbath. An ungious memory. usually large crowd, both Jew The story of Jesus is contin- and gentile, had come to hear ually recounted too. So interest- Paul and Barnabas speak. People had heard what Paul ing is it to so many that authors and film producers continually had said about Jesus the week before. They too wanted to hear try to present it in fresh ways. Memories and stories. are in- Paul's good news. Some Jews- were upset at so terrelat,d. In every parish where I have served, I have found that many gentiles coming to hear individuals tend to become a Paul. They were jealous because community when they share he was so popular and they also felt that God's word was just memories of certain events. - The 7 a.m. daily Mass for them. group in one parish gradually Tum to page thirteen

Music continues to play a vital role in churches. Among them is St. John's Parish, Liverpool, N.Y., whose music is well known to a lot of people in the Diocese of Syracuse.

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ish you as my beloved children. Granted you have 10,000 guardians in Christ, you have only one father. It was I who begot you in Christ Jesus through my preaching of the Gospel. I beg you, then, be imitators of me" (1 Cor. 4:15-16). This appeal for imitation is important. Paul not only preached the Gospel, he lived it. People needed a visible model for imitation. .Paul tried to furnish that model.

Much of the credit for this belongs to Veronica Salazar, parish minister of music, liturgy and religious education. When she joined 'the parish six years ago, its music group had 10 members. Today, under her tutelage, 50 volunteers are regularly involved in five different music groups. Music has become an important part of St. John's life for many parishioners. The senior choir, the adult folk group and the youth group lead the music during Sunday liturgies, while smaller groups

are at the Saturday vigil Masses. Being a member of these groups requires time and energy. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings and a half hour before .each Mass. But the experience pays off for participants who form a smaller community within the larger parish community. Participants are also e~cour颅 aged from the parish staff, Father James O'Connell, pastor, and two assistant priests. Mrs. Salazar says the musicians know that "what they have to offer will be excitedly accepted." They have a sense of making a real contribution to the parish. St. John's is blessed with other musicians, including a harpist, pianists, a flutist, organists, a trumpet player and several guitarists. Together they provide a rich variety of musk. Planning liturgies requires much time and care. Mrs. Salazar meets regularly with the parish priests as well as with a liturgy committee of 12 people. She admits, however, it is still a problem to get all the people Turn to page thirteen

Christianity at ,the table By Stephen A. Nunes

Family experiences have a common factor: They are shared. For many families, the dinner table is the sharing place, a place for listemng and responding, for expressing ideals, facing reality, even for making decisions. It would be interesting to know how many families share their feelings about the faith around their table. One thing is sure: Christianity offers much grist for the mill of family conversation. Take a look at the news stories any day. What is reported in a newspaper - wars, poverty, homelessness, political events, courage, illness - is all within the scope of Christian concern. Christian values speak to everyd.ay life. Can this be discussed at home? It seems to me it is important

for parents and children to talk together about ,the meaning of Christianity. I realize this is easier said than done. Many people have good intentions in this area that have not materialized, perhaps because of scheduled activities outside the home or simply because they haven't felt comfortable about it. But why not? Is religion out of place in a family's daily life? Are people self-conscious when it comes to talking about their faith? Good conversation can start with discussion of a TV show or a popular song. Maybe it trivializes the value of a relationship between two married people; maybe it demonstrates how one person can reach out to another;

maybe it raises questions about what a family is, about the ways people help each other grow. I think a key factor in talking about faith at home is spontaneity. Start with a newspaper article or an incident of tile day Or take advantage of a religious media event. When speaking about our values and our faith, it is important to be personal. What does Christianity mean to me, to us, to our family? It is helpful if parents are comfortable discussing religious topics with each other, not just for the sake of the children. Parents set the tone of the family. If parents not only choose to be Christians, but find it interesting to discuss the church and the faith, their children will surely take note.

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mundo de hoje apresenta-se-nos num contexto tao nebuloso, que'ate 0 mundo da fe nos aparece inquieto e desconcertante. Podemos falar mesmo de autintica confusio. As raz5es sio evidentes, e 0 poder ver essas raz5es tira a essa confusio aquela nota deprimente que exerce sobre n6s. De facto, ,~omo podemos imaginar que, num mundo tal como se nos apresenta hoje em dia, a fe possa ter e gozar duma tranquila segurancra, e nio sofrer vi6lehtos abalos? A fe nio e uma estranha na nossa vida: participa das nossas tribulacr5es, esta implantada na nossa inteligincia e deve segui-Ia, tanto na suas conquistas como nas suas inquiletacr5es. :l!: um combate que temos que aceitar cada diaD A fe tern scempre em si mesma a capacidade de se renovar, mas, tal como um barco em ma:r agi tado, 56 se pode ~anter a voga, ~vancrando, e,~6 avancra a custa de perpetuas oscilacroes. Ora, as sacudidelas de hoje sio de uma amplitude universal e duma potencia extraordinaria. Nio poupam a ninguem e interferem em 'todos os aspectos da vida de cada um de n6s. Umas sao superficiais: sio os acontecimentos que a hist6ria quotidiana vai registando: press5es ideol5gicas, invencr5es desconcertantes e, as vezes, derrocadas espectaculares. Masestes·abalos estio longe de sler os mais importantes e dignos de_atencrio: as ondulacr5es profundas sao mais fortes e perigosas, e os marinheiros tim mais medo a estas ...Este clima de provacrao nao e necessariamente 'Urn clima nocivo para a fe, mas e necessario reconhecer e desde ja, afirmar que a situacrio nio esta destinada a mudar em breve espacro de tempo. ~ precise acomodarmo-nos por algum tempo, e, em certos aspectos, para semp:re. Mas Deus nao nos falta para amparar a nossa fe ::1.este ambiente tio atormentado. Prevendo horas semelhantes a estas, deu-nos multiplos recursos, que ultrapassam as nossas necessidades. Deve ser nosso cuidado fazer urn inventario destes recursos e usa-los, para poder avancrar ,::::om uma serenidade que nenhum furacio pode comprometer. Tal serenidade nao se pode adquirir sem um grande esfo:rcro, mas, uma vez alcancrada, consti tu:i, num mundo tormentoso uma preciosa garantia de estabilidade. Tal serenidade tern tern em Deus a sua fonte. N6s mUda.mos, Deus permanece. A nossa fe nio e mais do que uma participacrio na sua luz. ' t: s6 atravla~ dum acto de vontade que n6s, no me:io duma tempestade, levantamos os olhos para Deus comofonte de paz e este apelo jamais e vio. Ora, entre os meios que Deus nos deu para confi:r-mar e ao qual nos de..:. vemos agarrar vigorosamente num periodo difioll, a Eucaristia ocupa, sem duvida, 0 lugar mais impo17tante. Ela e 0 Sacramento da Fe por excelencia, constitui urn dos pontos fixos onde o cristio pode encontrar perpetuamente a solidez e a autenticidade da sua feD .

For children Continued from page twelve Paul and Barnabas spoke, then the Jews who were upset argued with them in front of the crowd. They told the people Paul and Barnabas were wrong. But Paul and Barnabas continued to tell the people about Jesus. They.challenged their jealous attackers. "God's word is to be spoken first to the Jewish people," Paul said to the Jews. "You are right about that. Barnabas and I always speak first to Jewish communities, but we must now bring the word of God to the gentiles as well. "These are our instructions from the Lord," Paul told them. "You know the words well. They are from the book of the Prophet Isaiah. There God says to his servant: "I have made you a light to the nations. You are to be a means of salvation to the ends of the earth." This passage from Isaiah was about a mysterious servant of God. Many felt that God's people, Israel, was that "servant." They felt God called the Jewish

Stories Continued from pa~e twelve tion is held - whether birthday, Christmas or Mother's Day without the retelling of stories about past incidents. When a parish calls on its amateur historians to recall the past, for centenary, for example, the story of the parish becomes a saga of many memories. Father John Shea of Chicago reminds people of the role of stories in his book, "Stories of God," and in his poetry through which he presents fresh views of age-old mysteries and experiences he reminds us that the story of Jesus is still told and written in the lives of individuals, families and parishes. Remembering the life of Christ is not simply a matter of dredging up incidents from the past. It is a matter of making present the events of Christ's life so that people may associate themselves with it. An appreciation of the meaning of our lives can come from drawing the connections between our own stories and that of Jesus. Some parishes help people to trace their journey of life and faith, identifying the main characters in their lives, realizing what "pilot" is emerging in their lives, and what "editing" may be necessary. We will not much appreciate the story of Jesus if w~ do not appreciate our own stories and those of the people around us.

Music Continued from page twelve involved. Some say they "enjoy the music so much" they prefer to sit back and just listen. To overcome this, Mrs. Salazar opens one rehearsal a month to the entire parish family. This begins informally with a party and from 15 to 20 parishioners not in the music groups generally attend.

people to bring light and hope to the whole world. For a moment Paul's accusers were silent. They could not argue against Isaiah's words. The gentiles in the crowd were delighted. Many of them accepted Jesus Christ as the light of their lives and their Savior. Those who believed eagerly shared their new faith with others. In this way the word of the Lord spread through the whole city. But the group of jealous Jews did not give up. They turned some of the leaders of Antioch against Paul and Barnabas. They were expelled from the city. Outside the gates they shook Antioch's dust from their feet in protest against those who' had rejected them. Then, full of the Holy Spirit, they set out for the city of Iconium.

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.Bishop Connolly The math team of Fall River's Bishop Connolly High School has had an impressive season: first place in the Boston Math League Central Division, twice outscoring all 19 Southeastern conference schools. With 10 members the team is coached by Father Ed Kelley, 5J.

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During Lent, retreats, special collections and liturgies' are among class projects. Especi ally noteworthy is the 10-day prayer program being undertaken by two sophomore classes. Members are meditating daily according to the Ignatian method and are keeping journals, which will be shared with one another, on the experience. The Community Service Program will sponsor a social awareness day Wednesday, April 8. With the theme "Who l\.re My Brother and My Sister," students will hear talks by persons involved in helping those in need. Preparations for the day are being coordinated by Jesuit novice Paul Murphy. Planned for Saturday, April 4, are the Connolly Kapers, a showcase for student talent, being organized by Father John Murphy, SJ and scholastic Gerry McKeon, SJ. Father George Mahan, SJ, director of development and alumni relations, is looking for alumni interested if) setting up an allclass reunion dinner dance, highlighted by reunions of the 10 and 5 year classes of '71 and '76. Alumni may contact him at the school.

ILLUSTRATIONS FROM "Francis, A Brother of the Universe," the first religious comic book ever published by Marvel Comics Co. The saint's life story, in traditional comic book format, is in its second printing after an inititial run of a quarter million copies.

The luck of the Irish was enjoyed by Nazareth Hall children who attended a St. Patrick's Mass and magic show at Connolly on Tuesday. Richard Boivin was the magician and a party followed his entertainment. It was all sponsored by the Connolly Christian Life Community in observance of the International Year of the Handicapped. By Chadle Martin

Portugal _bishops state positions LISBON, Portugal (NC) Portugal!s Catholic bishops have come out strongly against abortion, divorce, illegitimate births and common-law marriages. The bishops made the comments during their recent meeting in Lisbon and in light of upcoming efforts for constitutional reform. About 97 percent of Portugal's 9.8 million people professes Catholicism.

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"Liberty should not be confused with .license," they said in 1979.

(JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER Our Ufe together is so precious Together we have grown, we have grown Although our love is stiD speCial Let's take a chance and flyaway somewhere alone It's been too long since we took the time N~ one's to blame I know time fOes so quickly But when I see you darling It's like we both are falUng in love agaln It'U be just Uke starting over, starting over, Every day we used to make it love Why can't we be making love nice and easy It's time to spread our wings and fly Don't let another day go by My love it'U be just like starting over, staJrting over. Why don't we take off alone Take a trip to somewhere far away We'U be together on our own again LIke we used- to in the early days Well, well darling It's been so long Since we took the time No one's to blame I know time fIies so quickly But when I see you darOng It's Uke we both- are falling in love again it'D be just like starting over, starting over Sung by John Lennon, (c) 1980 by Lenono Music

JOHN LENNON'S philosophy, values and musical style have helped determine what we hear on our radios and play on our turntables. "Starting Over" is from Lennon's last album, "Double Fantasy." Ironically, it asks what is precious in life. A second question asks how we use our time. These are worthwhile questions. Lennon's death is a clear reminder of just how precious life is. Sometimes its value gets lost in the shuffle: - We put tasks ahead of people. - We fail to value our physicalor mental health, attempting to do too many things. What do our actions say about the respect and reverence we have for life? To answer that question, think about how you use time. Life makes many demands on us. The person who controls his own life makes decisions about these demands, responding to some, refusing others. On paper, this sounds easy. But we are pressured in all sorts of ways to be such a type of person. Definitions for "success" are all too readily available. If we value ourselves, we do not necessarily accept these definitions. John Lennon was not a Christian but many of his values can be seen as a challenge to Christians.

Last days By cecuia Belanger Just before his death, Jesus retired to the desert town of Ephraim a few miles from Jerus-alem. He was back in the desert of Judea, where his ministry had begun, where he received his divine commissioning, where he had rejected the vision of the kingdoms of the wo~ld. The morning of his public life dawned in the wilderness; here . also came its evening. It has been said that before the culminating acts of the lives of the great heroes and heroines of faith and endeavor, one often notices a kind of silence, the thrilling pause before the curtain _ lifts upon the final scene. Such a silence Jesus knew in Ephraim. He was able to collect his thoughts, to review his life, to meditate on its inner significance and its outward stream of events. It is on the barren hills of Ephraim that we may picture Jesus wandering, lost in self-communion. He no longer needed to ask, "Whom do men say that I am?" His own soul gave him the answer, that. he was the Son of God, appointed to a destiny of divine sacrifice. No longer did the 'Tempter, who had spoken to him in these solitudes, appear. The Prince of this world had come and found nothing in him. The techniques of wiles and seduction were lost on Jesus. Mighty forces were now resolving themselves into harmony. Jesus was tanquil. His soul was silent. Here we see the peace of God which passeth understanding, be. cause路 peace is not known through the understanding but "lies like a fragrance on the heart." The hills of Ephraim did not witness despair but victory. As Jesus moved among those blosromless hills he left them in the . knowledge that the march toward the Cross had begun. But how little were Jesus' thoughts shared by those who loved Him best. The mother of ,James and John came to him at this time, full of Messanic hope, desiring that her sons should sit upon the right and left hand of Christ in the new ~ngdom. How路 little they knew what was in store for him! With eager zeal this woman pleaded for her sons, asking nothing for herself, and Jesus answered them rather than her: "Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink, and to be baptized with the baptism with which I shall be baptized?" . The disciples boasted and spoke bravely but in the end they refused to drink the cup. But the day was coming when they would see him risen from the dead and how guilty would they feel! The worst torture of bereavement to many a mourner is the memory of unlfindlness to the dead, of niggardly returns of tenderness, of grudged. and scant emotions. But has one ever heard of anyone regretting that the dead have been too lavishly or too well loved?


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portsWQtch St. Francis, St. AnnEI, Feehan Cheerleading Champs Competing in a field of 13 squads, St.•Francis Xavier of Acushnet repeated as ch21mpion of the grammar school division in the annual Diocesan CYO Cheerleading Competitiorl held Sunday at Kennedy Cente:r, New Bedford. Repeating its performance of last year St. Anthony's, New Bedford took second plaee and St. Joseph, Fairhaven, third. Other competing units and their order of finish wer,e Holy Name, New Bedford; No. Attleboro Junior High; St. Mary, New Bedford; St. Joseph, of New Bed-

ford; Cohannet Middle, Taunton; St. Lawrence, New Bedford; St. John, Attleboro; Morton Middle, Fall River; Austin Middle, Lakeville; St. Jacques, Taunton. Defending champion Bishop Feehan retained its high school varsity division crown. Case High and Sandwich High, the only other squads in that division, finished in that order. St. Anne's, Fall River, was the winner in the combined junior varisty-parish CYO division followed by Bishop Connolly, Bishop Feehan and Somerset.

Father Donovan Fund Game Players Named Named to the senior te2lm that will oppose a team from the Bristol County CYO Hockey League in the Father Donovan CYO Scholarship Fund hockey all-star game in the Driscoll Rink, Fall River, next Thursday night, are Steve Couturier, Brian Bouchard, Dave Medeiros, Ed Daniel, Dave Rockett a::ld BiII

Kiley of Fall River; Scott Geary, Jeff Colbert, Dave Cuttle, Chuck Borge, Ken Sullivan and Paul Marcellus of Somerset; Steve Rivard, New Bedford; Jerry Bromwell and Steve Sullivan, Dartmouth; Bob Reynolds, Acushnet; George Pedro and Mike Cassidy, Attleboro; Les Wilkinson, Westport.

Diocesan Hoopsters Named To All-Star Teams Mary Beth Bruce of Bishop Stang High and Colleen Taylor of Holy Family have been named to the New Bedford StandardTimes girls' all-star basketball teams. Miss Bruce, considered an outstanding point guard, was named to the large schools team. Now a junior, she should be an important factor in the Spartanettes' showing next year. Miss Taylor, a member of the National Honor Society and Seniclr Class president, was named to the small schools' team. . Earning mention as standouts were Melody Livrame:nto of Stang and Chris Souza of Holy Family. Others named to the large schools first team are Rita Roach and Ada Silvia of Wareham High, Dawn Gomes and Donna Fields New Bedford High. Donna Well, Westport, Tracy McGrath and Laura Vervi:tIe, Old Rochester, and Julie Cruz, of New Bedford Yoke-Tech, round out the small schools first team. Diocesan high school players dominate the boys' all-star selections in Division Two and Three in the Southeastern Mass. Conference. On the Division Two stellar· combine are Mark Schmidt, Gerry Lavalee and Rick Basile of division champion Feehan and Brian Seba and Ed Kehoe of runnerup Connolly. Other allstars are John Quinn and Tim O'Brien, Dartmouth; Larry Perry, Warehapt; Ron Andrews, Fairhaven; ~ob Corey, Falmouth. Dioce/ians on the Division Three t~l'£m are Karl Farnsworth and John 'Markey, Stang; Barry

Greaves and Mike Strojny, Coyle and Cassidy; Steve Lopes, Holy Family. Also on the team are Mike Barros and Mark Reeves Old Rochester; Mark Bruce, Paul Gomes and David Smith, New Bedford Yoke-Tech. Division One All-Stars are Bill Capra and Steve Davis, Barnstable; Mark Dias and Robert Lopes, New Bedford; Carlton Rodriquez and Mike Wellman, Taunton; Steve Attar, Somerset; seniors John Stanton and Jeff Gagnon, Durfee; Peter Laporte, Attleboro. Division Four selectees are Scott 'Easton, Ted Richmond, Paul McCann, Dighton-Rehoboth; Ernie Bacon and John Couto Diman Yoke; Alan Snell and Robert Perryman, Bourne; Brian 'Manton, Case; Joe Reddington, Seekonk; Carl Tripp, Westport. Regular season titIist New Bedford defeated Rochester, 4-2, last Sunday night to sweep its best-of-three semi-final series and advance to the final in the post-season playoffs of the Bristol County CYO Hockey League. The other finalist will be determined when Fall River South and Somerset meet at 9 p.m. Sunday in the deciding game of the semi. Somerset tied the series at I-I with a 4-3 win over South in overtime last Sunday.

Conference LONDON (NC) - A major ecumenical conference bringing together representatives of the main Christian confessions in Eastern and Western Europe is to be held next November at Loegumkloster, Denmark.

tv, movie news Symbols following film reviews indicate both general and Catholic Film Office ratings, which do not always coincide. General ratings: G-suitable for gen· eral viewing; PG-parental guidance sug· gested; R-restricted, unsuitable for children or younger teens. Catholic ratings: AI-approved for children and adults; A2-approved for adults and adolescents; A3-approved for adults only; B-objectionable in part for everyone; A4-separate classification (given to films not morally offensive which, however, require some analysis and explanation): C-condemned.

New Films "The Devil and Max Devlin" (Disney-B.V.): The sour owner of a rundown apartment house (Elliott Gould) plummets into hell after being struck by a bus while pursuiting a jogger behind in his rent. A member of the infernal bureaucracy (Bill Cosby) offers him a deal: If he'll deliver the souls of three young people, he can escape damnation himself. The premise of this tepid comedy is hardly original, Cosby has next to nothing to do and Gould has far too much. Because of occasional mild vulgarity, it is classified A2, R. "Sunday Lovers" (United Artists): Bryan Forbes, Edouard Molinaro, Dino Risi and Gene Wilder combine to direct this omnibus movie dealing with the separate amorous adventures of four middle-aged men in four countries. None of the episodes is much good and Wilder's is especially bad including a nude scene with Kathleen Quinlan, an actress born for better things. ·Because of this graphic nudity, the picture has been classified C, R.

Films on TV Sunday, March 22, 8 p.m. (ABC) - "Patton" (1970) - A long, complex examination of the wartime leadership of Gen. George S. Patton, a controversial and heroic figure in U.S. military history. George C. Scott stars as Patton. A strong film that uses violence and profanity in a creditable way. A2. Sunday, March 22, 9 p.m. (NBC) - "The End" (1978) Except ,for the buffonery of Dom DelUise: this is a painfully unfunny Burt Reynolds comedy about how to commit suicide. It is seriously offensive in its treatment of confession. 'Dtere are also an explicit love scene and some highly insulting Polish jokes. C, R.

Religious Broackasting Sunday, March 22, WLNE, Channel 6, 10:30 a.m., Diocesan Television Mass celebrated by Father Jobn Ozug whose homily topic win be "Reconciliation and Lent."

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Sunday, March. 22, (NBC) "Guideline" (Radio): Father Leo Foley, a retired university professor, talks about his life as a recovered alcoholic and appraises current programs to help alcoholics. Check local listings for time. Monday, March 23, Channel 27, 5-5:30 p.m., and Channel 12,' 7:30-8 p.m., third of a six-part Lenten series on the Apostles' Creed given by Father Benedict J. Groeschel, OFM Cap.

Pope quashes conservative ROME (NC) Pope John Paul II has eliminated the influence of conservative Bishop Jan Gijsen from a Dutch bishops' committee studying the adequacy of the country's seminaries. Gerald Swuste, assistant press secretary for the Dutch Bishops Conference, said that the pope decided Bishop Gijsen should no longer be involved in the work of the committee as the result of a conflict over seminary training. The bishop, one of two considered conservatives in an otherwise liberal seven-member Dutch hierarchy, had established his own seminary in 1975 because the theological school at Heerlen in his diocese was "too modern for his views," Swuste said.

He said that .last year, followSunday, March 22, 8 p.m. and ing the Dutch synod, the bishop Tuesday, March 24, 9 p.m. (CBS) refused to permit the ordination - "Gone with the Wincf' (1939) . of a seminarian because he was - A two-part presentation of a HeerIen student. the popular classic starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. A2. Thursday, March 26, 9 p.m. (NBC) - "The Cassandra Crossing" - Sinister military bureaucrats plot to send a train bearing plague victims over a weakened bridge in this witless, fitfully interesting melodrama. Some profane and vulgar language and a violent wreck. A3, R.

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Father Robert Oliveira of Holy Name parish, New Bedford, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday- on "The New Morality: Are You Sinning More and Enjoying It Less?" The' program will include music by Denise Morency and Philip Spindola and will be followed by refreshments.

CATHEDRAL MUSIC, FALL RIVER _ "The Dutch Guitar Company," a duo from Holland, will be heard at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the cathedral. LA SALETI'E SHRINE, ATTLEBORO

A healing service will be conducted by Rev. Richard Lavoie, MS, at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, in the People's Chapel. ST. JOSEPH, FAIRHAVEN

An altar fund lia~ been established to which donations may be made as memorials to deceased friends and relatives. Information on it is available at the rectory.

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A holy hour will be sponsored at 5 p.m. tomorrow by the Legion of Mary. A 'parish penance serVice is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 5. The parish council will meet tonight. DOMINICAN SISTERS, NORTH DARTMOUTH

The community at 856 Tucker Road is sponsoring a vocation "live-in" weekend March' 28 and 29 for high school and college students and working women in· terested in exploring religious life. Further information is avail. able from Sister Elizabeth Menard, 996-1305.' CITIZENS' SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION, FALL RIVER Sister Lucille McKillop, RSM, president of Newport College! Salve Regina, will be the main speaker at the 24th annual CSF banquet, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at Venus de Milo restaurant, Swansea.

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A study day on "Management St. John's Council, Knights of Columbus, and Alcazaba Circle, of the Geriatric Patient/Nursing Daughters of Isabella, will hold Process" will be offered from 9 a joint communion breakfast at a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March K .of C Hall on Hodges Street 28, at the home, 359 Summer St. following 8 a.m. Mass Sunday Registered and licensed practical at St. Joseph's Church, Attle- .nurses may earn .6 CEUs for attending ~e day. Pre-registraboro. tion is required and further inST. ANNE, formation is available at 996FALL RIVER 6751, Ext. 59. A course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, at 7 o'clock, and a KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, fellowship meeting at 7:30, both FALL RIVER Father David P. Belliveau, SJ, in the school, are scheduled for associate pastor at Immaculate tonight: Conception parish; Fall River, . Nominations to the parish will speak on alcoholi.sm at the board of education, on which K of C meeting set for Monday. membership is open to any parishioner over age 18, are now BISHOP STANG ASSIEMBLY, open. Further information is FALL RIVER Members will attend their anavailable from Mrs. Jacqueline nual communion breakfast folBrodeur, telephone 678-1510. Little League registration will lowing 8 a.m. Mass Sunday, be held from 10 a.m. to noon April 12, at St. Anne's Church, Saturday, April 11 at the Little Fall River. The Fourth Degree will be exLeague field!. Teenage and adult volunteers are needed to help emplified Sunday, April 26, at Our Lady of Grace Church, with the program. Westport. STONEHILL COLLEGE, NORTH EASTON

A parents' weekend with the theme of "Up the Lazy River" will be held the weekend of April 3 through 5. A'cademic, athletic and social programs of the college will be sampled and a dinner dance will be held Saturday night. ST. MARY, SEEKONK

New altar boys will receive crosses and older boys will recommit themselves to serivice at 11:30 a.m. Mass Sunday. Eucharistic ministers will also be installed or recommit themselves. Families are invited. The jubilee planning committee will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday and the ushers will meet at 3 p.m., both in the church. Stations of the Cross are conducted following Mass on Mondays in Lent. CCD teacher training resumes today. Eucharistic ministers and altar boys will be received at 11:30 a.lO. Mass Sunday. XAVIER SOCIE1Y, NEW YORK CITY

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Confirmation services are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, April 10. Lenten Masses are offered at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. DEAF APOSTOLATE,

FALL RIVER DIOCESE Beginning and intermediate sign language classes will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, April 6, at St. John the Baptist School, New Bedford; and at the same time Thursday, April 12 at John E. Boyd Center, Fall River. Further information is available at Deaf Apostolate headquarters, telephone 679-8373.

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The Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament will sponsor a holy hour at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Hearts Church, Fairhaven. Mass will be celebrated and there will be private prayer. Refreshments will follow. SEPARATED & DIVOR.CED, NEW BEDFORD AREA

Separated and divorced Catholics are invited to attend a support group meeting at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady's Chapel, 600 Pleasant St., New Bedford. Probate court officer James Casey will give the second of a two-part series on The Family and Divorce. DAUGHTERS OF ISABELLA, ATTLEBORO Alcazaba Circle 65 will meet

at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in K of C Hall on Hodges Street. A program entitled "We Save America" will be presented. HOLY NAME, FALL RIVER

The parish will sponsor a pro- . duction of "The Music Man" in November and parishioners are invited to volunteer foJ:' participation in is production, staging, program and administration. 55. PETER AND PAUL.

FALL RIVER The Women's Club will mark its 50th .anniversary Sunday. June 7, with a 4 p.m. Mass followed by a social hour and dinner in Father Coady Center. Mrs. Margaret O'Neil is planning committee chairperson. Nine new altar boys were inducted at recent ceremonies. ST. MARY, • NEW BEDFORD

First penance will be received at 10 a.m. Saturday. The girls' basketball team, undefeated in league play, also won first place in the Geprge Washington tournament ~ld recently at the Kennedy Center. ST. STANISLAUS, FALL RIVER

A school science fair will be held Sunday. It may be visited following all' Masses.


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