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When nun died in Canada, there was grief in Haiti After Sister Bertha Richard, 78, died Feb. 19 in Ville Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada, natives in the small village of Le Borgne, Haiti, went into deep mourning, conducting traditional rituals to express their grief at the passing of the Holy Cross Sister who had cared for their health needs for 19 years. Her Mass of Christian Burial, offered Feb. 21 in Ville SaintLaurent, was attended by four' Holy Cross priests and several sisters who served with her in Le Borgne, where she was stationed from 1954 to 1960 and again from 1967 to 1980, and where she operated a dispensary and an infirmary and was professor of anatomy at a nearby school. She was also in Haiti from 1961 to 1964, at that time directing a hospital in Port-au-Prince, the nation's capital city. A native of St. Anthony parish, New Bedford, Sister Richard was the daughter of the late Euclide and Lydia (Pothier) Richard. She was professed as a Holy Cross Sister in 1934, at that time taking the name of Sister Mary Dolorosa, and thereafter pursued adv.anced studies in Springfield and graduated from the nursing school of Hotel Dieu, Montreal, Quebec.
After service at the Holy Cross motherhouse in Mont-Laurier, Quebec, she began her many years of service in Haiti, returning to the United States and Canada from 1960 to 1961 to speak on her missionary work and from 1964 to 1967 to direct community services at the motherhouse. In 1980 she returned from Haiti to the motherhouse to work with infirm members of her community and in 1986 retired. In a 1961 interview with the Anchor, she described her work with infants in Le. Borgne. "It is pitiful," she said, "to behold the emaciated little bodies, the halfopened eyes, the burning brows. To save these little victims oftetanus, tuberculosis, and malignant fever, the sister-nurse must often assume great responsibilities those of the dentist or doctor who is so far away. With God's help, she works wonders." When she first arrived in the village, said Sister Richard, it was commonplace for an .attendant delivering a newborn to snatch up a piece of glass, a stone from the ground or a dirty knife to cut the baby's cord. As a result, the infants Turn to Page II
Charles Rozak Appeal chairman Charles T. Rozak, a past president of the Diocesan Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society,
It's hard to be a saintly spouse - and as for coping with teens! With Catholic News Service reports "Dear Pope: You've noticed! . No canonized married couples! Let us tell you, it's a lot tougher to be a saintly spouse than a saintly single and when it comes to being a holy mom or pop, especially during the terrible twos and even more especially during the far more . terrible teens - pu-Ieeze!" It's a note a lot of married couples might have felt like sending Pope John Paul II, who recently complained that he was eager to canonize a husband and wife but couldn't find any candidates;' ~he Vatican's saint-making pipeline. The pope said the Vatican generally deals with lives of nuns, priests and members of religious orders when reviewing sainthood causes, because these candidates have organizational support. "We should review all this," he said. "Let's look for lay couples, because as things stand today, they don't generally find this support in society, in the Christian community, in dioceses or in parishes." The pope's impromptu remarks came during an annual meeting with Roman clergy, during which a pastor asked him to consider a married couple for canonization, saying today's Catholics need con-
crete examples of holiness that are close to their own lives. The pope replied that this was . his own "great desire," but that founders, members of religious orders and to a lesser extent diocesan clergy, have church groups ready to promote their causes. But lay people usually do not come to the Vatican's attention', he said. An American case in point is that of Dorothy Day, a cofounder of the Catholic Worker movement, whose canonization is being pushed by the Claretian Missionaries. Even with their support, however, there seems little progress in her cause. The pope recalled that the Vatican had difficulty finding lay candidates to beatify during the 1987 world .Synod of Bishops on the laity. He said that only "at the last minute" did the congregation forward the causes of two virgin martyrs and a concentration-camp victim, the latter obviously not an average mom or dad. . At one time, the pontiff said, the church was considering the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, but 'for reasons unstated their cause has not moved ahead quickly. The pope said the Congregation for Sainthood Causes handles current cases well, but that "the system should be considered by the
"HE'S A REGULAR FELLOW," said Brendan Connelly of Pope John Paul II. Connelly, a Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadet, took this picture at a February papal audience attended by cadets on a training cruise from their Buzzards Bay home port to Italy, Spain and Portugal. They were accompanied by chaplain Msgr. Norman J. Ferris, pastor of St. Anthony of the Desert Maronite Catholic Church, Fall River. (Photo courtesy of Maureen Gonnelly)
people of God" to see whether changes are needed. One obvious difficulty is that it costs lots of money to get canonized. There are possibly hundreds of people to interview, trips to Rome to plead the cause of the potential saint or saints, since we're talking two here, medical inquiries, if miraculous cures enter the picture, and plain old organizational skills needed to get the sainthood ball rolling. Religious communities are well positioned for much of this activity, whereas a mom and pop would probably have to depend on hopelessly disorganized friends and relatives without a clue on how to get, by this time, Grandma and Grandpa past the front door ofthe Congregation for Sainthood Causes. (Yes, it would undoubtedly take that long for those previously terrible teens to become parents and appreciate their own parents' incredible sanctity.) "So, Holy Father," our hypothetical note might conclude, "considering the number of children who survive their teens without having their necks wrung by their pushed-to-the-wall parents, the problem might really be that if every mom and dad deserving sainthood were actually canonized, your Congregation would be working 24 hours a day."
has been named lay chairperson for the 1992 diocesan Catholic Charities Appeal. He is a member of St. Theresa's parish, South Attleboro. Hisappointment was announced by Rev. Daniel L. Freitas, diocesan director of the Appeal. Rozak, a native of Woonsocket, R. \., graduated from Central Falls High School. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Rhode Island and is a retired employee of the U.S . Treasury Department.
He is presently treasurer of the northeast region of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The region includes the New England states and New York state. Rozak is married to the former Annette T. Corriveau, a native of Central Falls, R.t. They are the parents of three children, Charles, a hospital administrator: Steven, a physician: and Kimberly, an attorney practicing in Boston. They also have three grandchil~ren. Turn to Page Two.
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A very special trip to Rome It was no ordinary trip to Rome to see the sights for 31 members of the Christ the King parish choir. While the Mashpee group. traveling in February with 40 guests. did tour many sites traditionally frequented by Rome visitors. they also performed at three of them, singing during a pilgrim's Mass at St. Peter's Basilica and offering concerts at St. Ignatius and St. Anselm's churches in Rome. The choir, directed by Brian Gilbert and led by parochial vicar Father Stephen Fernandes, prepared for the performances for nearty two years, said organist Beth Beckel. The choir sent a tape of its work -- a Christmas concert - to be evaluated at the Vatican. and final arrangements for the performances were made through a travel agent by pastor Father Ronald Tosti. who often visits relatives in Italy. The concert program was designed to provide a mix oftraditional and contemporary music, said Mrs. Beckel. though it was changed several times over the course of rehearsals, as not all of the 50 choir members were able to make the trip. Mrs. Beckel found her first performances in Europe "a learning experience." "It was wonderful t·o play on the beautiful old pipe organs in gigantic marble cathedrals," she said. "These organs had thousands of pipes - one of them had 5,900, I was told." She said she also found it inspiring to play among some of the world's most famous architectural and art treasures. "You felt the inspiration of all the artists and saints [who) left behind such a legacy." Joan Dion. wifc of choir member Jean Dion. said she also was impressed by "so many different beautiful things - St. Peter's Basilica. the Pi eta, the Sistine chapel." but the highlight of the trip for her was "seeing the pope." Although John Paul II left for Africa shortly after the Mashpee group's arrival. they were present Feb. 16 for weekly Sunday noon address to the crowd in St. Peter's Square. Said Mrs. Beckel. "For me the highlight was being with the choir. sharing the experience with that group'of people. It was really a spiritual experience ... [singing] for the pure sake of the music, and for the spiritual part too."
Pacemaker for cardinal PHILADELPHIA (CNS) Cardinal John J. Krol, 81, retired archbishop of Philadelphia, has received a permanent pacemaker, said his physician, Dr. Joseph F. Majdan. The cardinal, who has been at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia since Feb. 19, "continues to improve," Majdan said. Cardinal Krol retired as archbishop of Philadelphia in 1987 but remains president of the Papal Foundation, an organization which raises funds for an endowment for the Vatican.
Apology "Rainbows apologize for angry skies."- Sylvia A. Voirol
WASHINGTON (CNS) - The U.S. Catholic Conference is opposed to a Bush administration proposal to make churches tell the Interoal Revenue Service how much money its parishioners give, said Dierdre Halloran, USCC associate general counsel. "It's burdensome," she said. "\t's offensive. It interjects the IRS between the church and the donor, making the church an enforcer for the IRS." The plan to make churches report everyone who gives over $500 a year was buried deep in the 1993 budget proposal Bush sent to Congress in January. It first got attention in the general news media Feb. 22, and the next day Vice President Dan Quayle ..,.-, CAPE AND ISLANDS directors for the annual Catholic repudiated it in a national television interview. He said Bush "didn't Charities Appeal meet with Rev. Daniel L. Freitas, diocesan know it was in there" and "that Appeal director, center. At left, Rev. Stephen A. Fernandes, piece of legislation is not going to parochial vicar at Christ the Kirig Church, Mashpee, and have our [administration) support." assistant Cape and Islands director; right, Rev. Gerald T. Less than two weeks later, however, The New York Times reported Shovelton, pastor of Holy Trinity Church, West Harwich and that White House chief of staff area director. Samuel K. Skinner had said the proposal was still alive. Current federal law required nonprofit organizations which Continued from Page One munities in the fields of charity. receive more than $25,000 a year Their hobbies include skiing. hik- mercy, social services and educato report to the I RS annually on tion. ing and bicycling. all donors contributing more than The special gifts phase of the The 1992 Appeal chairman serv- Appeal. April 20 to May 2. will $5,000 in money or property. But ed in the Air Force during World solicit support from the profesthe law exempts churches and their War II and retired from the service sionaL fraternal. business and incharities from that requirement. with the rank oflieutenant colonel. dustrial commimity. The administration's proposal He is an American Assn. of The parish phase will begin Sunwould require parishes to track Retired Persons tax preparation day, May 3, when some 20,500 and report the contributions of volunteer, a member of the board parish volunteers will visit mem"every parishioner who gives $10 a of Madonna Manor nursing home bers of the III diocesan parishes week," Ms. Halloran said. in Attleboro and a eucharistic to solicit contributions. This phase In practice, she said, every church minister in his parish. will end May 13. would have to track the donations The Appeal Kick-Off meeting The Catholic Charities Appeal of every parishioner every year, of the diocese of Fall River began will be held at 7 p.m. April 22 at since there is no way to tell who Bishop Connolly High School, Fall . will not reach the $500 bracket. in 1942 and since then has served Southeastern Massachusetts comRiver. In early February Frank Monahan, director ofthe USCC Office of Government Liaison, faxed all state Catholic conferences asking them to tell the White House and
Rwanda Catholic.groups to assist AIDS orphans
VATICAN CITY (CNS) Catholic charity organizations in Rwanda are making plans to deal with the tens of thousands of children expected to be orphaned by the AI DS epidemic there. A recent report by Caritas R wanda said that nearly 5,000 AIDS orphans already have been identified in the capital city of Kigali. and the number is expected to rise more than 10- or 20-fold over the next five years. At least 25 percent of Kigali's 400,000 population is infected with the AIDS-causing HIV virus, said the report, which was summarized in a recent bulletin of Caritas Internationalis at the Vatican. Tiny R wanda is one of several countries in East Africa's" AI DS belt," where experts believe the epidemic may soon reach staggering proportions. According to the Caritas Rwanda report, children of parents with AIDS begin suffering well before they are orphaned. They are less likely to attend school and are more likely to be malnourished and emotionally disturbed. After one or both parents die, fewer than 20 percent of the children are taken in by other family members, the report said. Caritas urged the establishment of neighborhood social-service centers, as well as small group homes able to host up to six orphans.
The report said that of Kigali residents with AI DS, 57 percent were women, and a substantial number of males and females with AIDS were between 10 and 30 years old. Most of the people with AIDS are poor, it said; 79 percent were either unemployed or able to find only occasional work. Mostofthose with AIDS reported that they had been abandoned or rejected by healthy people who feared contracting the disease. According to international health experts meeting in Senegal in December, AIDS will produce a medical and economic disaster in Africa over the next decade. The World Health Organization estimates that about 6 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are infected with the HIV virus, and the number is expected to reach 15 million by the year 2000. In parts of East Africa, especially in urban areas, between 20 and 30 percent of the adult population is infected with the virus. WHO has projected that AIDS deaths among African children will wipe out the reductions in child mortality achieved through immunization programs over the last 20 years. Overall life expectancy, which before the AI DS epidemic had been expected to rise from 50 to 60 by the year 20 I0, will instead drop to 47. the World Bank predicts.
Congress that they opposed the proposal. Monahan said the proposal would force churches to obtain the Social Security or taxpayer identification number from every donor of $500 or more during the year and would require them to fill out W-2 or 1099 forms for each donor, sending them to the IRS and the donor. In addition, it would require any church or charity with more than 250 donors of $500 or more to give the data to the I RS in magnetic forl11at such as computer disks. In a Feb. 13 letter to members of the Senate Finance Committee, Monahan urged them to oppose the proposal. "The impact of this requirement on parish churches, with their inadequate staff and computer capabilities, would be staggering," said Monahan. Ms. Halloran said national Catholic organizations that receive many contributions by mail, such as Catholic Relief Services, would also have to track all donors and obtain Social Security number or tax identification numbers. Ms. Halloran said the administration proposal arose in part because of tax cheating by people who, for instance, participate in grocery store scrip programs in which a supermarket chain sells scrip to a church at a 5 percent discount and church members purchase it at full face value, using it to purchase groceries. The church's profit comes from the 5 percent discount and parishioners who buy the.•scrip· are making apurchase, not a contribution. But when tax time comes around and a scrip buyer has cancelled checks, possibly worth hundreds of dollars, made out to the church, "the temptation is great" to claim them as charitable contributions, said Ms. Halloran.
Mythical 0 'Hair petition won't die WASHINGTON (CNS) - It's like the petition from hell that wiII not die. Repeated denials seem unable to kill the false rumor that atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair has asked the government to ban religious broadcasts. . The Federal Communication Commission says it's done its part. It sent a mailing to every religious denomination in the country some years ago to say the petition commonly known as R M 2493 doesn't exist. It also has formatted it automated telephone service to give a recorded denial to the thousands who call about the petition. You can call yourself. Dial (202) 632-7000, push I on your touchtone phone, then push 3 for religious petition option. The message will say: "Petition No. 2493 has resulted in millions of letters and telephone calls to the commission since 1975. This petition was denied by the FCC on Aug. I, 1975 - over 15 years ago. The commission is required by the First Amendment to take a neutral position toward religion, acting neither to promote nor to inhibit it." An FCC spokeswoman said that every religious season, such as Advent and Lent, the number of calls concerning the rumor rises. The real petition R M 2493 denied in 1975 was from two California
men who asked that the agency "not grant new [TV and radio) frequencies for non-commercial use." It somehow was misinterpreted as an effort to bali religious broadcasts. There it is. The report that there's a Madalyn Murray O'Hair petition banning religious broadcasts is counterfactual, erroneous, inaccurate, incorrect, specious, truthless, unsound, wrong, way off the mark, delusive, fallacious and misleading. It's also not true.
praye~BOX Prayer for Selection ofaBishop Lord God, you are our eternal shepherd and guide, In your mercy grant your Church in the diocese of. Fall River a shepherd who will walk in your ways and whose watchful care will bring us your blessing. Amen.
Youth ministry sets retreat, workshop The Diocesan Office for Catholic Youth Ministry is accepting applications for a YES retreat, to be held March 27 through March 29 at Cathedral Camp, East. Freetown. The retreat is open to junior and senior high school students interested in deepening their relationship with God. It includes sharing of the sacraments, prayer experiences and fellowship. Retreat team members are Father David Costa, Chris Tanguay, Amy Bedard, Armand and Michelle Brunelle, Amy Cawston, Chris Cox, Carlton Boardman, Allison . Harden, Frank Lucca, Heather MacCaffrie, Swede Magnett, Scott Waite and Diane Zine. The Youth Ministry office also announces the third in a series of enrichment days for youth ministers and other adults working with young people. It will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April II, at the camp. Rev. William C. Konicki, director of youth ministry for the Worcester diocese, will lead the workshop.. It will focus on building Christian community with youth through programs and activities promoting openness, trust, cooperation, honesty, responsibility and service. Registration deadline is March 27. Those interested in either the retreat or workshop may contact Cathedral Camp at PO Box 547, East Freetown 02717 or may call
Coyle-Cassidy seeks hall-oC-Camers . The athletic department of Coyle-Cassidy High School, Taunton, is soliciting nominations for its newly-instituted Warrior Sports Hall of Fame. James Burns and Joseph Scanlon were the first Hall inductees last October. Now Coyle-Cassidy plans to honor another group of outstanding athletes from Coyle, Cassidy and Coyle-Cassidy high schools. Non-alumni who have greatly contributed to the school's athletic program may also be included. Nominations should list the name of the athlete, year of graduation and reason for nomination. Sports the nominee participated in, honors or awards received, and other pertinent information should be included. Nominees must have graduated from the Class of 1986 or earlier to be eligible for the Hall of Fame. Nominations will be aCGepted until April 18 and inductions will be held in the spring. Send nominations to Coyle-Cassidy High School, Warrior Sports Hall of Fame, Adams and Hamilton Sts., Taunton 02780.
Youth need boost VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope John Paul II recently told a group of French bishops that young people need spiritual values more than ever, but feel increasingly cut off from religion. The pope said that part of the fault lay in a secularizing trend in French society, characterized by "the disappearance, whether conscious or not, of religious references" by groups and institutions. Modern youths often lack a spiritual foundation, the pope said, and are ill-prepared for social and psychological hurdles.
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Bishop is tempted to close his chancery DALLAS (CNS) - Bishop Charles V. Grahmann of Dallas says he is tempted to shut down his chancery office because it is typical of a church that is "overwhelmed by structures" that should be reformed. The bishop recently spoke to about 100 people on "If Vatican III Were Held Today. , . the Key Issues." He said he believed that a new council would concentrate on the need for reforming the church structures, the origin and destiny of human life and the simplicity of the Gospel. As a result of the Second Vatican' Council, Bishop Grahmann said, new structures were created which "hinder the inner renewal envisioned" by the council. These structures "drew forces behind desks, to meetings, to endless discernment, and not much work." The Dallas bishop quoted Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as saying, "The more organisms we create, however up-to-date they may be, the less space we leave for the Spirit, the less space there is for the Lord, and still less space for liberty." Bishop Grahmann said there is a need "to shake free from the shackles of offices, secretariats, committees and commissions which suffocate the evangelization drive rather than help it." He said he lives "with the constant temptation" to go to the chancery "at midnight some night, change all the locks, secure the building [and] put up a sign that would say, 'Closed until the year 2000. No forwarding address or telephone number.' Then perhaps I could be the shepherd/ pastor that a bishop should be." 1111111111III11111111111111111111111111111111111111111I111111111I1111111 THE ANCHOR (USPS-545-020). Second Class Postage Paid at Fall River. Mass. Published weekly except the week of.l uly 4 and the week arter Christmas atllS7 Highland Avenue, Fall River. Mass. 02720 by the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River. Subscription price by mail. postpaid $11.00 per year. Postmasters send address changes to The Anchor, P.O. Box 7. Fall River. MA 02722.
On the human life issue, the bishop said people's lack of understanding of who they are and why they are here is the root cause of violence, war, poverty and oppression. The final issue of the imaginary council, Bishop Grahmann said, would be the simplicity of the good news of the Gospel. The good news means that "God loves each person unconditionally, no strings attached," he said. "We have failed miserably in communicating this simple message." The bishop said that in recent years the church has been "moving away from highly nuanced theological concepts , .. to a much simpler understanding of the relationship of human beings to God ·and his unconditional love of each one,"
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the moorif'l.9-..., Catholic-Bashing There are few who would deny the popularity of Catholicbashing in today's world. No other religious group in this country encounters as much criticism as the Catholic Church. Day after day, the media seem to delight in heaping scorn and ridicule upon its leaders, its faithful and their beliefs. On both the local and national level, secular editors and their cohorts are dipping their poison pens in wells of sickening invective and coming up with stories at best presumptuous and at worst blashphemous. Sacred signs and sacraments become the targets of venomous cartoonists, pope, bishops and priests are open game, while religious and laity are scorned for adhering to the tenets of their faith. This behavior would not be tolerated by other religious organizations or by ethnic groups. Catholic-bashing editors and cartoonists dare not dish out such garbage to the Jewish community. Rightfully, the reaction would be beyond belief. There would be civil lawsuits and certainly there would be financial penalties in the form of withdrawn advertising. With just cause, the Anti-Defamation League and the B'nai· B'rith would join forces with the American Civil Liberties Union to ensure the cessation of such slander. The same could be said of attacks on the bla.ck community. The media dare not scorn American blacks as they do Catholics. They know the uproar that would result. Indeed, it is only recently that anti-Catholic bigotry has resurfaced; but it is evident that the old hatreds have lurked just below the surface of American life, often abetted by disgruntled Catholics with an ax to grind, frequently simply because they could not get their own way to do their own thing. But the life and death issues that secular society has dragged into the marketplace are for many holy and sacred matters. They do not deserve the derision they have experienced at the hands of those with a hidden agenda of hate when it comes to things Catholic. The problem is that criticisms voiced by the media often have an impact out of all proportion to the authority or expertise of those expressing them, whereas informed persons who wish to respond to whatever issues have been raised frequently lack a forum. In the past, in the days of the immigrant church, Catholics depended on their leaders to do battle for them; but since Vatican Council II the laity have been urged to assume their rightful role in church life. Certainly an appropriate way of accepting this responsibility is by defending the faith in a pagan social order that would destroy it. Catholics must organize and speak out, as they have done so ably in the pro-life area. One of the most effective forums for' this purpose is the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, which is the Catholic equivalent of the AntiDefamation League or the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The Catholic League exists to stem the ever-growing tide of anti-Catholicism, especially in the media. It would be well for Catholic organizations and individuals to support its efforts. As Catholics, we have a special interest in defending our constitutional freedoms and combating all forms of religious prejudice. It is time to act! The Editor
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Putting a spin on abortion polls WASHINGTON (CNS) - Pick a poll on abortion, any poll. The different conclusions they· draw might make them all seem about as scientific as a card trick. The contradictory results of three such polls were recently released: • A survey by Hickman-Brown Public Opinion Research for the National Abortion Rights Action League says 63 percent of Americans believe the government should not interfere in the right to have an abortion. • A poll conducted for the National Right to Life Committee by the Wirthlin Group says 53 percent of those surveyed oppose the overwhelming majority of abortions. • And a Gallup Poll concludes that 31 percent of Americans favor unlimited access to abortion in all cases, while 53 percent believe it should be legal only in certain circumstances and 14 percent favor an outright ban on abortions. So who's right? Assuming the polling techniques are comparable, each could be an accurate reflection of national opinion, depending upon how the questions were asked, according to Frank M. Newport, Gallup Poll editor-in-chief. "Polling literature is full of examples of how wording can affect the outcome of a survey," Newport said. Of the thousands of opinion polls conducted around the country every day, those on abortion are among the most easily manipulated, he said. For instance, someone who answers "yes" to the question, "Do you personally oppose abortion?" might also respond "yes" to the question, "Should abortion be legal? "Depending upon who commissioned the poll, the first answer might be construed as supporting a ban on abortion while the second response could be interpreted as backing an unrestricted right to abortion.
However, after nearly 20 years of intense argument, overall public opinion about the basic legality of abortion has apparently changed very little. Since 1975, responses to Gallup's annual survey have shown that no less than 49 percent and no more than 58 percent of Americans thought abortion should be legal in certain circumstances. The percentage who think abortion should always be legal - now 31 percent - has ranged from 33 to 21 percent since 1975. The percentage saying it should always be illegal - now 14 percent - has ranged from 12 to 22 percent. Further questioning shows most Americans also personally oppose abortion and support restrictions such as parental consent for minors and a mandated discussion with a physician about alternatives to abortion, Newport said. The "very fuzzy middle group," which doesn't believe in abortion for itself but wants it to remain available, is where carefully phrased questions can draw conclusions supportive of the position desired, according to Newport. Besides interpreting the same types of data differently, opposing groups also may affect surveys with their choices of terminology - what the National Right to Life Committee characterized as "hot buttons" in a poll-vs.-poll discussion at a recent press conference. "Notice how Hickman manages to pepper his questions with 'hot button' words to lead the respondent to the pro-abortion answer: 'keeping it legal,' 'choose,' 'decide,' 'need,''' said a press release from the pro-life group. One Hickman-Brown question reads: ,.-w ould you say you generally favor keeping it legal for women to be able to choose to have abortions when they decide they need to have one, or do you generally oppose keeping it legal
for women to be able to choose to have abortions when they decide they need to have one?" The comparable question in Wirthlin's poll asks: "Which one of the following statements most closely describes your personal. position on the issue of abortion: Abortions should be prohibited in all circumstances; abortions should be legal only to save the life of the mother; abortions should be legal only to save the life of the mother or in the case of rape or incest; abortions should be legal for any reason, but not after the first three months of pregnancy; abortions should be legal for any reason but not after the first six months of pregnancy; or abortions should be legal at any time during a woman's pregnancy and for any reason." Newport said phrasing is paI:ticularly sensitive in surveys on abortion, the death penalty and gun control, areas in which seemingly minor differences in terminology may be seen as skewing results. For example, the term "child in the womb" would likely draw a more sympathetic response to a question than the word "fetus," he said. "People have become kind of cynical because they see the surveys bandied about a lot,' Newport said. "In fact, a lot of surveys are misused." He advises a cautious approach to accepting the results of surveys, particularly those sponsored by any organization with a vested interest in the results. Newport also believes the best information comes when several surveys, either repeated by one polling group or conducted by various agencies on the same subject, show the same general results. "If we had only one poll saying George Bush is in trouble politically, it wouldn't mean much," Newport said. "But now we've had several polls by reputable groups saying about the same thing,
He came to open our eyes Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15 I Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12 Luke 13:1-9 Jesus often had to deal with that most fundamental of religious questions: "Does faith change the world around us, or does it simply change the way in which we look at that world?" Many Christians choose the former. Religion is their means to achieve or acquire whatever they wish. They search for a certain prayer, a proper ritual or a correct frame of mind to help them succeed. Only when they discover one, or all, of the above will they reach their objective. Should it not be attained, they just redouble their efforts and strive to discover some new magic formula. A very popular idea. But Jesus usually teaches the opposite! He is much more concerned with changing people than he is interested in changing the world. Jesus knows that no matter what God does in our lives, our perception of his behavior is all important. He believes God's kingdom already envelops us. But since our natural nearsightedness stops us from perceiving it, he must continually call for "metanoia": a complete change of our value system. Only such repentance will permit us to experience God already working all around us. Paul, reflecting on this truth in today's second reading,; re.minds his Corinthian community of something they would rather forget: "I want you to remember this: our ancestors were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; by the cloud and the sea all of them were baptized into Moses. All ate.. .AII drank... Yet we know that God was not pleased with most of them..." Though Yahweh worked identical Exodus wonders for everyone, only a few really understood what was occurring. As the Apostles write, "The things that happened to them serve as an example." We had better not fall into the same trap. Jesus makes a similar point in our gospel pericope. "Do you think these Galileans (whom Pilate killed) were the greatest sinners in Galilee just because they suffered this?
DAilY READINGS March 23: 2 Kgs 5:1-15; Ps 42:2-3;43:3-4; lk 4:24-30 March 24: On 3:25,34-43; Ps 25:4-9; Mt 18:21-35 March 25: Is 7:10-14; Ps 40:7-11; Heb 10:4-10; lk 1:26-38 March 26: Jer 7:23-28; Ps 95:1-2,6-9; lk 11:14-23 March 27: Hos 14:2-10; Ps 81:6-11,14,17; Mk 12:28-34 March 28: Hos 6:1-6; Ps 51:3-4; lk 18:9-14 March 29: Jos 5:9-12; Ps 34:2-7; 2 Cor 5:17-21; lk 15:1-3,11-32 or 1Sm 16:1,67,10-13; Ps 23:1-6; Eph 5:814; In 9:1-41
Legion of Mary Acies ceremony is March 29 The Diocesan Legion of Mary will hold its 40th annual Acies ceremony, consecrating members to the Blessed M other, at 2:30 pm. March 29 at St. Mary's Cathedral, ' Fall River. Diocesan administrator Msgr. Henry T. Munroe will preside. Guest speaker will be Father By FATHER ROGER Marc Bergeron, pastor of St. KARBAN Joseph's Church, New Bedford, ... Or were those 18 killed by a and spiritual director of the two falling tower in Siloam... more Legion praesidia of that parish. guilty than anyone else who lived Currently there are nine Legion in Jerusalem?" Disasters happen of Mary praesidia in the diocese. to good and bad alike. Our reac- They include a Portuguese group, tion to such events, not the events Our Lady of Fatima, at Our Lady themselves, is what distinguishes of Mt. Carmel parish, New Bedus from others. ford; a Spanish group, Mother of Jesus did not invent this con- God, at St. Joseph's, Attleboro; cept. Long before his earthly min- and ajunior group, Mary, Star of istry, the authors of the Hebre~ the Sea, at St. Joseph's, New BedScriptures also called upon their ford, in addition to the parish's readers to look carefully at the , adult praesidium, Seat of Wisdom. reality around them. Other praesidia are Our Lady of Carroll Stuhlmueller once mused Good Counsel, St. Joseph's parabout the possibility that the ish, Fall River; Queen of Peace, famous burning bush in Exodus 3 St. Joseph's parish, and Immacucould have been on fire for centurlate Heart of Mary, St. Mary's ies! Yahweh might not have ignited parish, both in Fairhaven; and it right before Moses arrived on Queen of All Saints, Christ the the scene. It could have always King parish, Mashpee. been ablaze. Though thousands of A new praesidium, Our Lady of people might have passed by before Czestochowa, was established last Moses came through, only he saw year at St. Casimir Church, New the fire. Everyone else saw just the Bedford. bush. He was the first to realize In the past 40 years, the Legion's that the place on which he stood work has included home visiting, was "holy ground": others thought recruiting auxiliaries and active it was just ordinary rock. . members and attending Mass at Moses recognized the call to libthe House of Correction. Current erate his people because he was emphasis is on evangeliza~ion of able to recognize Yahweh's presfamilies and lapsed Catholics. ence in one of the Sinai's most All are invited to attend the common objects. Only such a perAcies ceremony and to join the ceptive person could ever underLegion of Mary. For informati?n, stand how the Lord can be the "lcontact Father Barry Wall, LegIOn Am-Who-Am" for everyone. director, at St. Anthony's parish, Because Jesus practices what he Mattapoisett, 758-3719; or Fa~h.er preaches, his faith in us helps .h!m Matthew Sullivan, SS.Cc., spmtperceive those personal qualitl~s ual director for the New Bedford which most people overlook. ThiS area Legion, at Sacred Hearts seems to be why Luke includes the Provincial House, 993-2442. mini parable about the unproductive fig tree. Those who refuse to see below Montie Plumbing the surface are quick to command. & Heating Co. "Cut it down. Why should it clutOver 3S Years ter up the ground?" Thankfully of Satisfied Service Jesus sides with the perceptive person who pleads, " ... Leave it Reg. Master Plumber 7023 another year while I hoe around it JOSEPH RAPOSA, JR. and manure it; then perhaps it will 432 JEFFERSON STREET bear fruit." Fall River 675-7496 Though Jesus came to open our eyes, we still do not always see correctly. Only after we confess our blindness can we really start following him. If we refuse to admit our lack of sight, we will also be refusing to ask Jesus for the one favor he most longs to grant.
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Christians said key ROME (CNS) - Catholic patriarchs in the Middle East say Christians there are deeply involved in local struggles for justice and are an essential part of the region's population. The patriarchs, meeting recently in Maadi, Egypt, began work on an Easter pastoral letter on the Catholic role in the Middle East. "Christians in general, and Catholics in particular, are an integral part of the population of Middle Eastern countries. They are engaged in these countries' causes rooted in the land and deter~ined to act in concert with all their fellow citizens, working for the triumph offreedom, brotherhood, justice and peace," the patriarchs said in a statement.
The FALL RIVER HOUSING AUTHORITY. ~s seeking, four and .fi~e bedroom apartments or houses ~hat can be subSidized under the Authonty s existing Section 8 Assisted HOUSing Program. .. Units must meet Housing Quality Standards, including lead paint requirements' and the landlords must, be willing to abide by all of the rules of the existing Section 8 Assisted Housing Program. , . Landlords have the right of t~na~t selecti.C?~ and landlords have the option of providing utilities or renting Units wIthout utilities. For additional information - contact Albert N. Cartie~l. Coo~dinator of Housing Assistance, at the Fall River Housing Authority A~mlnlstratlve Ar:mex, 180 Morgan Street, Fall River; or phone 675-3500 dunng usual bUSiness hours. ATTORNEY BRIAN R. COREY, CHAIRMAN BOARD OF COMMISSIONER~ THE FALL RIVER HOUSING AUTHORITY PROVIDES EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES
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What should I do with the rest of'my 'Iife? raise 25 years ago, there certainly was no time to "think about Antoinette," as family members advised me.
By ANTOINETTE BOSCO
It seems that every other person I meet these days is going through some kind of transition. So many people say they feel "stuck" in their jobs, their location, their family situations and are looking for ways to change their lives. Many times I have felt "stuck" in some way. When I became a single parent with six children to
But after my children were grown, I listened to people tell me more and more about how they were in "transition." I even decided to get some help myself because I felt I was at an impasse. So I signed up for a workshop that could loosely be called "future focus," designed to get me to think about what I should do with the rest of my life. First, I had to find my "personal purpose." That wasn't as simple as it sounds. The workbook stated: "For every successful and satisfied human, the shaping ofa life worth living starts with identifying and
building on the purpose each of us was born to fulfill." One couldn't argue with that. [0' fact, I was reminded of Cardinal John Henry Newman telling us that we'll either find our purpose in this world or we'll surely be told in the next world what we failed to do. Anyway, as the exercises went on we were told that if we veer from the "path of purpose" we risk making decisions that will hurt us. We were instructed to list the six "best of times" and the six "worst of times" of our lives. Here's where [ really got stuck. I started thinking about all the terrible times in my life - and there were many - like my mother's nervous breakdowns, the realiza-
tion that my marriage was hopeless. being harassed on a job but unable to leave because [ had to support my kids. But, surprise! These were times when my performance excelled and when I made decisions that eventually brought great satisfactions. I remember ,once getting some good advice that as life goes on I should focus on what [ have, not what I've lost. I tried to do that. not always successfully. But as [ sat there, pencil in hand, I began to think of all the ways God had equipped me for the life I would have to deal with. I started to tally the blessings the Lord had given me and realized that for every crisis and pain, I had received a resource to help me deal
with it. I remembered the searing tortures, like losing a briefly-lived child. But even that tragedy had its shining side: the love of that child. I thought of my home, family, friends, my love of learning, the life of Je~us - and I was overwhelmed with gratitude to my creator who gave me so much, even though it came wrapped in mystery. I must admit I didn't fill in all the workbook's blank spaces on what I planned for the next 20 years. For I had just realized that God again had given me the aid I needed, enabling me to face this transition point in my life. As long as I "seek first the kingdom of God," I will have all I need to find my continuing purpose in life.
Lent IV: A time to mourn and a time to laugh By
knew that t~ere was a time for tears and a ttme for laughter.
In her book, The Right to Feel Bad: Coming to Terms with Normal Depression. Lesley Hazleton
"For everything there is a season ... a time for tears and a time forlaughter." (Eccl. 3) If true, why do we feel so guilty when we indulge in either? We're embarrassed when we cry and we apologize for taking time off to play. Our forebears didn't have this problem. They wept openly, sometimes proudly, and they knew how to celebrate when the planting and harvesting were completed. They
points out that in our culture, feeling good has become a duty. "We have become convinced that if we do not feel good, we are at fault -weak or ill, dysfunctional or wrong." She goes on, "The right to feel good has been exaggerated out of all proportion - we now have to reclaim the right to feel bad. We have to reclaim the right to the whole range of feelings, including the right to mourn the vast range of loss we are prey to. This is the right to react as human beings
instead of automatons who keep to the one path of happiness with grim determination, ignoring the realities of their lives." I reflect on her words when I recall the elderly woman who was forced by ill health to leave her home of a lifetime. She was sobbing as she left and her fortyish son impatient at her tears, said, "P~ll yourself together, Mom. There's no reason to cry." No reason to cry? He was far more, pitiable than she because he didn't recognize it as a time to mourn. But there's good news, too. Tears are in. Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, who was ridiculed for crying publicly a few years ago, is keeping a tear file - a running
account of publicleaders who have cried in public in recent years. These include Ronald Reagan when he left the White House, John Sununu when he left the New Hampshire Legislature, Norman Schwazkopf saying goodbye to his troops, Buzz Aldrin, Wayne Gretzky, and George Bush. Schroeder says that Americans are more accepting of public displays of emotion because we are finally recognizing the truth of "no tears, no heart." We all need to mourn and not only when we lose a loved one. We need to mourn injustice, war, and cruelty when we read about them. I can get teary when I read an account of a child being abused by a parent.
I grieve over the Serbs and Croats killing each other, over the fact that 35,000 children die of malnutrition-related disease daily on this planet, and the senseless killings in Northern Ireland. At the same time we examine our ability to mourn, we need to look at our ability to relax, laugh and play. There is a time fOrlaughter and joy - yes, even in prayer. Theologian Reinhold Neibuhr wrote, "Humor is a prelude to faith and laughter is the beginning of prayer." This week, let's examine our ability to mourn and to laugh and the balance of these in our lives. If one heavily outweighs the other, maybe this Lent is a good time to correct that imbalance.
How the Church views stillborn babies By FATHER JOHN J. DIETZEN Q. Several years ago I gave birth to a stillborn baby. We had waited for this blessed event for more than eight years, so my Baptist husband and I were quite distraught over our loss. Since the baby was deformed and we
believed in cremation, I never got to see the child. I was shocked when our local priest said he could not offer a Mass for the baby since, as he said, there was never a soul. Is this how we view babies? After 11 years I still feel cheated for our pain and for our child, who has a special place in the heart of our family. Since then we have been blessed with two more sons. Thank you for any comments you. might have. (Tennessee) A. I am truly sorry for you and
for what you and your husband were told. Of course we believe that babies. even unborn babies, have a soul and possess a genuine human life. Your child could obviously not have experienced any conscious sinfulness. A Mass thanking God for his life and asking grace and strength for yourselves would have been perfectly permissible and appropriate. According to Catholic theology and practice, a full Catholic funeral, including Mass, may be offered for any child who dies before the Catholic parents are
able to have him or her baptized. This is explicit in our canon law. It would have applied to your child, as it applies to other babies who die, before or after birth. Q. A friend of mine recently acquired a stained glass window from a church. It includes the words "fiat voluntas tua." What do those words mean? (Illinois) A. The Latin words mean "thy will be done," and appear in the version of the Lord's Prayer in the Gospel of St. Matthew (6: 10). They express a theme which Jesus frequently insisted upon for his followers and which several
times is shown to be his own attitude of love and obedience to the will of the father. In Christian writing and art the word "fiat," "let it be done," also refers to Mary's acceptance of God's will at the annunciation (Luke 1:38). A free brochure answering questions Catholics ask about baptism is available .by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope 'to Father John Dietzen, Holy Trinity Parish, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, III. 61701. Questions for this column should be sent to the same address.
Teen activities straining the family budget By
Dr. JAMES & . MARY KENNY
Dear Mary: We have one son in high school. Every month we seem to spend more and more just meet路 ing his daily expenses. He gets an allowance for his spending money, but the expenses connected with extracurricular events and the car expenses to get him around really add up. I want my son to be active and take part in school events, but this is really taxing our budget. What's a parent to do? - Iowa You are not the first parents to realize that little things can break a budget every bit as much as major purchases. And like most parents you do not want your son to miss out on worthwhile activities for lack of funds.
Getting a job is the obvious solution for a teenager who needs more spending money. In some cases this may not be possible. If your son is under 16, child labor laws limit the jobs he can hold. School activities such as sports, band or choral music seem to demand more and more practice time each year. A child who attends school, does homework and engages in a sport or band puts in a full day every day. A few hours on the weekend may. be the only time free for holding a job, and such limited employment may not be available. Finally,jobs depend on the state of the economy. In some areas parttime jobs for high school students may be almost nonexistent. Since you know the problem, planning and budgeting ahead may be your best option. Your son already gets an allowance. Without telling your son how to spend his allowance, specify clearly what that allowance must cover. You might try to set up an al-
lowance sufficient to cover school expenses, clothing and entertainment. In this case you pay only room, board and medical. Many teens are excited by this proposal. Often they anticipate getting a generous allowance before they realize that they are responsible for any number of expenses. A system in which the teen handles his own expenses can be an important learning experience. While your outlay may seem sizable at first, you know how much you must spend each month and can budget better than when you are doling out money constantly during the month. Pay the allowance weekly or at least bimonthly. Few adults can live longer than two weeks on a paycheck. Do not expect more restraint from teens who are just learning about money. A second option is to provide an emergency fund for school expenses. The emergency fund might be created from small regular con-
tributions by you the parents, from savings or by your son's earnings from a summer job. The emergency fund would cover major expenses such as equipment or special trips connected with sports or band. Finally, schools sometimes offer financial help in meeting extracurricular expenses or scholarships to camps. Ask about them. Byengaging in extra activities your son is contributing to the school and the
community. If he is entitled to financial aid, use it. By planning ahead, by involving your son in the planning and the solutions, and by exploring all sources of funds, you should be able to ease the financial burden of raising a teen today. Good luck. Questions on family living or child care to be answered in print are invited by The Kennys; 219 W. Harrison St.; Rensselaer, Ind. 47978.
Solutions sought NEWARK, N.J.(CNS)- More than "good political speeches" will be needed to solve the nation's health care crisis, said Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark. "I'm afraid that in the political debates of the next six months we are going to hear the word 'health care reform,' but they might be words crafted for good political speeches rather than needed solutions," he said. Archbishop McCarrick, whose comments appeared
in a recent issue of The Catholic Advocate, Newark's archdiocesan newspaper, urged Catholics to "insist that our civic leaders work vigorously and effectively" to find "adequate and affordable health care."
Occupation "Occupy your minds with good thoughts, or the enemy will fill them with bad ones."-Dag Hammarskjold
Father's Day gift for God Dear Editor: Have you ever thought of givin~ God a gift on Father's Day? We give gifts to our earthly fathers and pray for those who have died. But what about God? He is the Father of all mankind. He is our best friend and our closest relative. I invite you to participate in my 10th "Father's Day Gift for God." All you have to do is say two Our Fathers a day (or any number that you prefer),just to express love for God the Father. I hope many people will join in to make this 10th Father's Day gift extra special. And maybe it will be a time of special graces and blessings for all the participants. Please send your name and address and the date you begin the prayers to: Father's Day Gift for God Lucille A. Zimnotch 60 Lancaster Rd. Apt. 32 Wethersfield, CT 06109 Lucille A. Zimnotch Wethersfield, CT
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~ TH~!!:!!.~!!!!!A~IL Inactive Catholics invited back to church WASHINGTON (CNS) - It used to be common for parishes and dioceses to ask inactive Catholics to "come home" to the church for Christmas. Now, Lent and other times of the year are being used as well in the enticement effort. The Archdiocese of Boston is boosting its "Rediscover the Catholic Church" project, begun in Advent, with a five-week media campaign that began March 8. Targeted to inactive and alienated Catholics, many of whom are already on a spiritual search, "the ads extend an invitation to these individuals, letting them know they are 'welcome home' and that the church can help them experience God in real, tangible ways," said David Thorp, director of the archdiocesan evangelization office. "Since the time of St. Paul, the church has been reaching out," said Cardinal Bernard F. Law of Boston. "The church has always been in the busin~ss of using the best means at hand to communicate her message." The cardinal added, "Newspaper and radio ads are part of the give and take of the public marketplace. Christ himself was never ashamed to be found in the public square proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom of God." The effort invites people to "look beyond their perception and ask what is it in fact the church teaches," Cardinal Law said. "On the hard issues - abortion, human sexuality - there is a compelling truth here, perhaps a different truth. Let people hear from the church and not hear it in a caricature from those who clearly might be opposed to that message," he added. A Boston advertising agency donated its services for the ads. To support the campaign, a tollfree number, 1-800-64-RENEW,
will be 'answered between noon and 9 p.m. through April 24. In the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa, a "Re-Membering" program started in one parish last year is expanding to 10 parishes in Sioux City itself. Begun March I, the program continues through Holy Thursd.ay. 1nactive Catholics who are considering a return to the church meet weekly to reconcile their differences with the Catholic faith. "We thought many of these former Catholics are waiting for nothing more than an invitation to take a look at the church:' said Fred Karp.uk, a permanent deacon who proposed the program. "We felt they deserved a warm, friend Iy hand, offering help and understanding." The evangelization commission of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Neb., started its media campaign inJanuary to attract inactive Catholics in the Omaha area. It, too, features a telephone hot-line number that inactive Catholics may call. The campaign, themed "We Miss You," divides participants into groups of age 24 and younger, and age 25 and older. "Some of our young people feel there isn't a place for them in the church," Petri said. "To show them there is a place for them, we've tailored a program for young people." In 'Meadville, Pa., in the Diocese of Erie, one parish's invitation to inactive Catholics worked so well last year the "Homecoming" program will continue. St. Brigid Parish placed an advertisement in the Meadville Tribune daily newspaper saying, "We care. We want you to return - to return home!" Nine people responded. Eight were reconciled with the church. The ninth, who was not a Catholic, was placed in the parish's RCIA classes and is scheduled to join the church at Easter, said pastor Father Richard Butryn.
Now hear this: Curia workers must shape up VATICAN CITY (CNS) - A new rule book for Roman Curia employees explicitly bans bribery and nepotism and says any official who tells a "pontifical secret" will lose his job. The Vatican's revised "General Regulations for the Roman Curia:' issued in early March, lists do's and don'ts for the Curia's approximately 2,000 lay, clerical and religious employees. The document requires all curial personnel to make a profession of faith and swear to keep official business secret. It forbids unauthorized interviews and says employees may not take notes or photocopied documents out of the office. Those working at the Vatican are prohibited from meeting with "outsiders" in their offices. Anyone caught violating "office secrecy" is to be suspended from the job. But officials who divulge "pontifical" secrets - such as information about Vatican documents, appointments and correspondence - are to be fired. The new code's insistence on secrecy reflects past policy at the Roman Curia - a policy which in
practice is often stretched or igIt also defines the Vatican's 10 nored. job categories in detail, from doorCurial employees must also men to office managers, giving swear - in Latin - to refuse to precise education and experience seek or accept money for the work requirements for each level. Vatithey perform and to refuse remun- can lay employees had requested eration "under the guise of a gift." the job-level definition for years. Nor may officials arrange for the The code sets 10 special holihiring of blood relatives in any days - including the pope's name Vatican office. day - for all Vatican employees, Those hired for administrative in addition to several religious positions at the Vatican are re- feast days. It lowers the retirement quired to have good health, be free age from 70 to 65 for lay employees, of a criminal record and obtain a but keeps it at 75 for heads of currecommendation from their par- ial departments and 70 for other ish priest. They are to be chosen, administrative officials. as muchas possible, from various Lay employees are given 15 days parts ofthe world so that the Curia . off if they get married. New parwill reflect the church's universal ents receive one day off when their nature. child is born. The Vatican's paid All prospective employees must maternity leave is six months, and be approved by the Secretariat of working mothers get two hours off State and are on trial employment per day when breast-feeding. for one year. The new code mainThe regulations state that voluntains the order on ecclesial dress teers may work in Vatican offices, for clergy and religious working at but managers are asked to be pruthe Vatican. . dent in accepting them and to The rule book confirms Latin as make clear that no benefits will be the officiaI language for curial given them. documents and says Latin must be The new code follows a general known by those working in most reform of the Roman Curia in administrative positions. 1988.
War shrinks Medjugorje crowds MEDJUGORJE, YUGOSLAVIA (CNS) - Shops and restaurants are closed and the streets look deserted compared to earlier times, but small groups offoreigners still come to Medjugorjewhere apparitions of Mary and other miracles are said to have occurred, a Croatian agency said. "In spite of a very tense, almost war situation, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, there were still around 100 pilgrims in Medjugorje ... from the U.S.A., Holland, Italy, ]reland, Belgium and England," in mid-March, reported Christian ]nformation Service, an interfaith news service based in Zagreb, Croatia. The agency said that 45 Americans had come to the village early in March bringing medicine and 10 wheelchairs to donate to the local Caritas program. It quoted the last of the six young visionaries remaining in Medjugorje, Vicka ]vankovic, 25, as saying Mary "doesn't have a happy smile as she used to have.
She is saying to us that we can bring peace back only by prayers." War between neighboring Croatia and the Serbian-dominated Yugoslavian army, and the efforts of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian republic to secede from the Yugoslavian federation have made travel to the region risky. Nevertheless, the agency said that visitors still reach Medjugorje by crossing the border .from southern Croatia. Nearby airports are closed or occupied by the army, it said. At its peak, the village attracted upwards of 300,000 visitors annually, the information service reported. For nearly 10 years, increasing numbers of foreign visitors came to the site where the six youngsters said Mary visited them in visions and passed on revelations. The alleged apparitions were the source of conflict between two
local bishops - Bishop Pavao Zanic of Mostar-Duvno, who said he concluded there were no visions, and Archbishop Frane Franic of Split-Makarska, who said he believed in them. The reported visions also prompted an extensive study by the Yugoslavian bishops, who decided there was no conclusive evidence at the present time that the apparitions and revelations reported by the youths had occurred. "Nowadays, everything around Medjugorje seems deserted," said Christian Information Service. "Many hotels, restaurants and other facilities for pilgrims have been closed." "Ten years ago when everything used to go on so well, many didn't understand why the Virgin Mary always speaks about peace," Ms. ]vankovic was quoted as saying. "Now it's clear."
"Right" pushed WASHINGTON(CNS)- More than one-third of the membership of the U.S. Congress has asked the Supreme Court to uphold "the national right" to abortion in deciding a Pennsylvania abortion case. In a friend-of-the-court brief written by Walter Dellinger, a professor of constitutional law at Duke University, 29 senators and 118 House members said that Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion, should be reaffirmed. "The freedom to make one's own determinations about whether to become pregnant and whether to continue a pregnancy should ... be a national right secured to every American woman, no matter what state she calls home." said the brief.
. Uplifted "There is nothing so base or low that it cannot be reconquered; there is no duty, however menial, that cannot be retrieved for sanctity; and there is nothing that is cast down that cannot be lifted up."-Fulton J. Sheen
35 MEMBERS of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women attended the council's annual retreat, which had prayer as its theme, earlier this month at the Family Life Center, North Dartmouth. Among participants (from left): Madeline Wojcik, past president and church communities consultant; Theresa Lewis, third vice president and retreat chairperson; Rev John J. Oliveira, retreat spiritual director; Mary Mikita, president; and Very Rev. James F. Lyons, DCCW moderator. (Lavoie photo)
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Taize pilgrimage set for Dayton in May WASHINGTON (CNS) Wanted: Several thousand young adults, ages 18-30. Purpose: To explore their spirituality and share with others. Where and when: Dayton, Ohio, May 21-25,1992. Equipment needed: Seasonal clothes, a Bible. Since 1978 the ecumenical monastic community ofTaize, France, has called a yearly international pilgrimage of young adult Christians in Europe. Groups 60,000 to 80,000 have gathered for several days in Rome, Barcelona, London, Parish, Prague and several other cities to pray and reflect together. Now, for the first time, the Taize Community is trying to bring that experience to young Catholics and Protestants of North America. For five days this May the community will host "A Pilgrimage of Trust on Earth" on the campus of the V niversity of Dayton. Participants will be housed at the university, run by Marianist priests and brothers, or in the homes of Dayton families. Planning the effort with the Taize Community have been the V.S. bishops' Committee on the Laity,
and several Protestant church organizations. Brother Emile, a Canadian-born Taize monk, said that in the past few months several Taize brothers and lay volunteers have worked in Catholic and Protestant churches and through campus ministry groups to prepare young adults for the pilgrimage. "The preparation is as important as the pilgrimage," he said. Those planning to attend are asked to read, pray, reflect and discuss how they can build trust and reconciliation in their own lives, he said. The pilgrimages are an outgrowth of prayer, meditation and sharing weeks that have attracted hundreds of thous'ands of Christians to Taize, a small village in the Burgundy region of France. The Taize Community was founded during World War II by Brother Roger, a young Swiss theologian, as what he called a "parable of community" - a vowed monastic community of Christians of different faiths witnessing reconciliation by their life in common, despite their divisions. The days at Dayton will be much like those at Taize, with
prayer and the Bible at the heart of activities. How many young adults do they expect? Brother Emile hazarded a guess of about 15,000. "We'll start to know the numbers in April" as the April 30 registration deadline approaches. Those wishing more information may contact: Taize, 413 West 48th St., New York, N.Y. 10036 (phone 212-246-0029); or Taize, 305 Stonemill Rd., Dayton, Ohio 45409 (phone 513-461-6860); or NCCB Secretariat for Family, Laity, Women and Youth, 3211 FourthSt. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017 (Phone 202-541-3040)
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If there is more joy in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous persons, consider how full of joy must be the entire heavenly host over the fall of atheistic communism. Of all the saints on high, which one is most joyful over the fall of Marxism in what was once the Soviet Union and its numerous satellites around the world? St. Joseph, of course. Fifty-five years ago on St. Joseph's Day, March 19, 1937, Pope Pius XI issued his historical encyclical, "Divini Redemptoris," on atheistic communism, and named St. Joseph as the patron of the "vast campaign of the Church against world communism." Communism was on the march in 1937. Besides Stalin's slaughter and starvation, persecution was underway in Mexico and the Spanish Civil War bloodbath was unleashed. Who better than St. Joseph the Worker to lead the attack? Why did Pius XI nominate Joseph, a just and peaceful man, to be the standard bearer in the worldwide struggle against Marx, Lenin and Stalin? "He belongs to the working class," Pius explained. "T 0 him was entrusted the Divine Child when Herod loosed his assassins against Him.... he left an example for all those who must gain their bread by the toil oftheir hands... serving as a living model
of that Christian justice which should reign in social life." It should surprise no one that St. Joseph was named patron of the life-and-death struggle against the Red Menace. Pope Pius IX proclaimed him the patron of the Universal Church in 1870. In 1955, Pope Pius XII established the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, observed May I as an alternative to communist May Day marches. The list of those who call him patron is long. It includes workers, (amilies, virgins, the sick, fathers, priests, religious, the poor, travelers and many more. 1think he also should be a favorite of senior citizens. That's not because of his age, unknown, but because of his historic role as the patron of a happy death. "Lives of the Saints" explains that by saying that when he died he "received the affectionate ministry of his foster son, Jesus, and his Virgin spouse." Legion are the stories of those devoted to St. Joseph which tell how the spouse of Mary came to their rescue in times of trouble. American immigrants from Italy in general and Sicily in particular make a major celebration of March 19. They remember when a major famine threatened during the Middle Ages, and all the crops failed in
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BERNARD CASSERLY Sicily but the fava bean-and it kept them alive. Dried fava beans. are often handed out with free meals by Italian Americans to this day. Widely publicized in the media is the annual return ofthe swallow to San Juan 'Capistrano, CA. The town is named for St. John of Capistrano, Italy, the patron of jurists, but the birds arrive on St. Joseph's Day. If you were to visit the lovely chapel of the Sisters of Loretto, Santa Fe, NM, you could see a remarkable wooden staircase leading to the choir loft. The sisters will tell you that it was built by a strange carpenter on a donkey who came in response to a novena to St. Joseph. Now that communism is in a shambles, can St. Joseph rest on his laurels? Impossible. In his role as patron offamilies, I submit that the head of the Holy Family will be besieged with pleas to help that most troubled unit of society-the family.
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Dear Mary: I'm getting CorgetCuI. In recent weeks I have forgotten two appointments. I forgot to pay a bill. I frequently set my purse somewhere, then forget where I put it. Am I losing my mind? I am 60 years old. - Indiana My elderly father, who was in his 80s, would misplace his keys. As he searched for them he would tell me, "I'm losing my mind." A few hours later I would misplace my car keys, and as I searched for them I invariably recalled my father's remark. I was in my 40s. Forgetfulness can occur at any age. Recent research tells us forgetfulness may become a problem as we age but that we can gain good control of memory at any age. What you describe seems to be absent mindedness. Mistakes occur because we act without conscious attention to what we are doing. When we try to recall the action, we have no recoilection. We are especially prone to absent-mindedness when we are tired or stressed (not paying attention) or when we are acting out of habit (no need to pay attention). Older people may become more absentminded because they are more sensitive to interference, more easily distrac~ed. Here are some steps for dealing with forgetfulness. I) Write it down. Young or old, busy people use appointment calendars. Get one with space to write each day of the year. Use only one. If you write some appointments on the kitchen calendar and others on the calendar in your purse, you have not solved your problem. Check your calendar each day. Associate checking your calendar with some other event you do daily: drinking your morning coffee. 2) Simplify and organize. Many persons become distracted because
there are so many things to attend to. If you can reduce the clutter in your house, you may reduce distractions to your mind. Discard whatever unneeded things distract you: clothes, kitchenware, old books, magazines and catalogs. If you cannot part with them, move them to the attic or garage. Assi'gn places to put the things that are left. 3>' Develop a plan to deal with the areas which bother you most. For example, to avoid missing bill . payments, plan a routine to handle the mail. . You might set aside a time each day to go through the mail. Discard unwanted mail immediately. Move magazines or catalogs to their assigned place. If you have the means and so desire, pay bills at the time you open them. In this way you handle the paper only once, a valuable tool of good management. Alternately you might put all bills into a single location and choose one time per week to review them. 4) Develop your memory. To avoid acting absent mindedly, try visual associations. When you set your purse down, observe the purse and the location. Then make a conscious association such as purse-desk while picturing the purse on the desk. If you frequently get distracted and cannot remember what you intended to do, try one-trackminded ness. You are in the sewing room and you need to get scissors from the kitchen. Picture the pair of scissors' location. Keep that image before you as you get it and return to the sewing room. Such an exercise prevents your becoming distracted by each thing you notice along the way. Research on memory is growing every day. The above exercises on visual associations and one-trackminded ness are from "Don't Forget!" by Danielle C. Lapp (New York, McGraw-Hill, 1987).
Prayer concert set at St. Thomas More Diocesan pastoral musician and composer Denise Morency Gannon will sing in concert, peforming her original music for the Stations of the Cross at St. Thomas More Church, Somerset, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 27. The concert is open to the public. During the past nine years, this prayer concert has been performed in parishes throughout the dioceses of Fall River and Providence. The concert work includes vocal meditations accompanied by string quartet, oboe, and guitar. Concert mistress will be violinist Ann Danis, with Cheri Markward, violin, John Gomes, viola, Perry Rosenthal, cello, and Elizabeth Doriss, oboe. Ms. Gannon is guitarist and vocalist. The concert is performed within the setting of the traditional Stations of the Cross, using a contemporary text. The texts of accompanying prayers to the Virgin Mary are by the composer. A cassette recording of music composed and recorded by Ms. Gannon in conjunction with arranger and producer Joseph Carrier is in production and will be available this spring. A New Bedford native, Ms. Gannon has for 25 years sung throughout the diocese and taught pastoral musicians throughout New England. She is a graduate of the former St. Anne School, New Bedford; Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth; and Notre Dame College, Manchester, NH, where she majored in vocal performance and music education. Following six years as a music teacher in the New Bedford school system, she devoted herself to teaching, writing and performing as a pastoral musician. She has directed a children's choir at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River, and has been director of music for St. Mary's parish, South Dartmouth, and St. Luke's Hospital Catholic Ministry, New Bedford. For 10 years she has been on the music staff at Our Lady of Victory parish, Centerville, and for five years has been music director and organist at St. Julie Billiart Church, North Dartmouth. Married and the mother of three children, she is a volunteer music teacher for nursery and kindergarten pupils at St. Mary's School, New Bedford, where her children are enrolled.
Hispanic parley set WASHINGTON (CNS) - Hispanic Catholic leaders, saying·it is time to take the initiative rather than wait for funding from the U.S. bishops, have planned a national meeting to address concerns of Hispanics in church and society. Titled "Hispanic Congress '91: Roots and Wings," the meeting is to take place at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles Aug. 13-16. It is sponsored by the year-old National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry, an independent umbrella organization of Hispanic Catholic groups. Some 1,000 Hispanic Catholics, including youth, catechists, clergy and lay professionals from throughout the country, are expected to attend.
Convenience "Many would be willing to have afflictions provided that they be not inconvenienced by them."St. Francis de Sales
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Grief in Haiti
BISHOP GASPARINI with two of the children who are helped by Propagation of the Faith donations.
Lent and the missions: a chance to help In 1964, two missionary priests came to the Awasa region of Ethiopia. Year after year, others came. Today there are 70,000 Catholics among the area's 3 million people, says Awasa Bishop Armidio Gasparini. "The people are very poor," says the 78-year-old bishop, "but God is with us; we trust in him." As 1991 ended, the bishop had much good news to report: that the first three priests ofthe Sidamo tribe had been ordained; that four young Sidamo women had taken first vows as Handmaids of the Church, a local community founded by the bishop; and that Awasa had seen the opening of its first senior secondary school and of a new health clinic. But Bishop Gasparini says there is "still much to do. I need priests badly," he explains. "The missionaries do not grow in number, only in age." But he warmly thanks all Propagation of the Faith donors for their prayers and financial support, "making the church's work here possible." Throughout the missions there are similar stories of great church growth but also of great needs, answered at least in part by Prop,agation donors. In Darjeeling, India, there is the village of Suruk. Thirty years ago the first missionary priest came to the area; in the past 15 years, three priests, three seminarians and eight nuns have come from among the people. The sisters operate rural . health clinics, teach and help in. struct converts. "Amidst the hardships, the people are deeply rooted in faith, most trekking about two hours along mountain paths for Sunday Mass," reports Bishop Eric Benjamin. "My thanks to all Propagation donors," he adds. "You keep us going and growing." Propagation aid to the church in Bluefields, Nicaragua, has been
used to help Miskito Indians rebuild homes destroyed during 10 years of civil war and also to replace chapels destroyed in the fighting. There Bishop Salvador Berg, OFM Cap., said the Indians declared "They can take away our homes, our priests, our sisters. But they can't take away our faith." This Lent, continue to help the people of Awasa, Darjeeling, Bluefields and all the other missions aided by the Propagation. Perhaps you could sacrifice $40 - a dollar for each day of Lent. Or maybe you could give $25 to support a village mission for one week or a sister- or brother-novice for one month; $75 helps support a mission seminarian for one month. Through the Propagation ofthe Faith, you can stand with the poor, offering the hope that comes from the knowledge of the Resurrection.
Continued from Page One "died like flies from tetanus," she said. Over her years in Le Borgne, however, she and her coworkers taught the necessity of cleanliness at the time of childbirth, training midwives to deliver routine cases. In Haiti, Sister Richard combined the roles of social worker, spiritual advisor, nurse and friend. "The patient," she said in 1961, "is made to feel that he is the only one that matters just now. And with the exposition of, let us say, a stomach ailment, many other troubles are brought to light: economic difficulties, doubtful marriage situations, and even spiritual problems. "Old people find a compassionate heart helping them prepare for the ultimate voyage. 'Would you be ready?' they are asked. The answer is sometimes slow in coming, but very often faltering steps are taken in the direction of the rectory, just to make sure 'one is ready.' "Unwed mothers and women living in sin are received, tactfully brought in contact with the priest and led to amend their lives. Marriages are rectified, little ones baptized and Christian educations offered." All this is what was remembered in Le Borgne.
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Wh,at is evangelization? By Very Rev. Pierre Lachance, OP The second in a series on evangelization today In his Exhortation on Evangelization in the Modern World, Pope Paul VI begins by reminding us that evangelization is not simple. It can mean many things, and that is part of its richness. A few examples: Some evangelize by preaching, like the TV evangelists with whom we are all familiar. Some years ago, Catholics had Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, whose appeal won many converts to Cat hoI icism, including such famous and influential people as Clare Boothe Luce. In recent years we have a multitude of TV evangelists, all seeking to bring people to Christ. The most famous and universally respected is undoubtedly Billy Gra, ham. Another way to evangelize is knocking on doors from house to house. The Jehovah's Witnesses do just that, coming with literature and trying to make converts. They are very successful, especially with Catholics. Protestants for the most part. because they are better versed in the Scriptures, are not so easily swayed.
DOME WITH A VIEW: St. Peter's dome in Vatican City affords an incomparable view of Rome, attracti,ng nearly a million sturdy-legged pilgrims annually. (CNS photo)
Upwardly mobile pilgrims scale St. Peter's dome VATICAN CITY (CNS) - In the elevator people come and go, speaking of Michelangelo. Many are chatting about their visit to the Sistine Chapel to see the frescos by the 16th-century Renaissance artist, and now they are on the first lap of another popular Vatican attraction: scaling the heights of Christianity. The elevator takes people to the base of the majestic dome - called the cupola - atop St. Peter's Basilica. It avoids the 200 steps from the square below, but anyone with loftier aspirations needs st'urdy legs. The elevator stops 330 steps short of the 473-foot-high dome's upper reaches. The dome is also the work of Michelangelo, its principal architect. It attracted 979,160 visitors in 1991, slightly more than half as many as walked through the Vatican museums. But the number still makes the dome one of the Vatican's most visited sites. The popularity also provides income. Entrance for people bypassing the elevator is $3.25. The round trip elevator ticket costs $4.10. At the base of the dome, visitors see the "ins and outs" of the basilica. Indoors is a fenced-in walkway for strolling halfway around the base, 170 feet above the basilica floor. This puts the visitor face to face with mosaics of smiling cherubs, naked except for fig leaves. It is also an excellent spot to appreciate in a sweeping glance the huge size of the basilica's 65,000 square yards. On the outside is the terrace leading to the basilica's facade. The portion currently open to vis-
itors takes one right to the base of the statue of St. Matthew on the far right. From there, a glance outward gathers in the square and the Tiber River, which winds through Rome, dividing the Vatican from the ancient Roman section of the city. Pay telescopes provide 16-cent views of the first-century Pantheon - the temple to all the Roman gods - across the Tiber. It was the tallest structure of ancient Rome, but is now dwarfed by St. Peter's. The terrace also allows a breather before the gruelling climb to the upper reaches. It has a souvenir shop where tourists can leisurely finger $1.50 rosaries and ogle $300 hand-carved wooden man'ger figures of the Holy Family. Even here, the ever-present Michelangelo has left traces. A popular browse is the bin with $10 Tshirts depicting Vatican monuments, including a print of Adam's head from Michelangelo's creation fresco in the路 Sistine Chapel. Then comes the climb, 330 steps laid out in winding stairways narrowing to where they can be walked only in single file. But it is a noble gesture that has attracted emperors of the sun and the king of Siam. Czar Nicholas I of all the Russias made it on Dec. 14, 1844. King Chulalonkorn I of Siam did the high-stepping Oct. 29, 1897. The current emperor of Japan, Akihito, arrived July 6, 1953, when he was the hereditary prince. His father, Hirohito, preceded him by 32 years.. The reward at the top for princes and commoners is a crow'snest view of Rome and a behindthe-scenes look at the Vatican.
We might disagree with the Witnesses' beliefs and. at times, with their pressure tactics. but we must admire their zeal to preach the word of God as they understand it. Would that we Catholics were as eager to spread the truth we possess and to win people to Jesus. The Witnesses have no provision for passive membership. for members who simply want to attend services at their Kingdom Halls. Even those who are invalid or elderly try to spread their beliefs by telephone or mail. Each Witness knows he or she must become an active missionary. Let me say that there is nothing objectionable in knocking on doors to share our faith if we do it in love and with respect for the religious convictions of others. In the fall of
1980, we Catholics of the Fall River diocese did just that. Remember the "We Care, We Share" project? It was in part a diocesan census, conducted by parish volunteers going door to door, but as well as contacting inactive Catholics, it reached out to all with information on the Church and an invitation to Advent meetings, climaxing with a "Come Home for Christmas" Mass. Many people responded warmly to this initiative. All they had needed was a friendly invitation. Indeed, many Catholics who have not been going to church or to the sacraments for years are ready and eagertocomeback, but they are shy. During the last Lenten season, I asked several penitents who had been away from the church for 5, 10, 15 years and more, why they were coming to confession now. Many replied, "Father, I've been wanting to come for a long time." If a relative or friend had approached such a one and invited him to Mass, saying perhaps, "Come to Mass with me next Sunday," this would have made it easier and perhaps that person would have returned far sooner. Don't give up on anyone just because he or she has been away from the church for years! In October of 1987. a door-todoor evangelization program was launched in a few parishes of the Providence diocese. Among those who knocked on doors was Providence Bishop Louis E. Gelineau. Needless to say, he was well received. The reaction of some Protestants in the Providence diocese was marvelous: "At last the Catholics are waking up!" They were glad to see that we were beginning to get involved in evangelization. trying to win people to Christ. Another form of evangelization Pope Paul mentioned was "the witness of life." "Above all." he wrote, "the Gospel must be proclaimed by witness. This wordless
witness stirs up irresistible questions in the hearts of those who see how [the witnesses] live. Why are they like this? What is it that inspires them?" The pope concluded by saying: "Such a witness is already a silent proclamation of the Good News and a very effective and powerful one. Here we have an initial act of evangelization." This is the power of exampie, within the reach of every Christian, even the sick and bedridden. What is the common element in all forms of evangelization? All aim to win converts to Jesus Christ and to increase and strengthen the faith of those who already believe. Evangelization is not just preaching or teaching Christian doctrine. Just knowing a lot about Jesus will not save you; believing in him will. This implies a serious commitment of our whole life to Jesus. Such was the thrust of Peter's Pentecost speech. It led to people asking, "What are we to do, brothers?" (Acts 2:37) Peter answered, "You must reform and be baptized." And on that day some 3,000 people were added to the believers. (Acts 2:41) The thrust of Billy Graham's crusades is no different. His every talk ends with an "altar call." He invites those who want to accept Jesus into their life as their Lord and Savior to come forward and, declare 'their intention. Graham calls this "a decision for Christ." Our great preachers of parish missions in the past also aimed at conversion but generally they were more concerned with "moral conversion" than to "faith conversion" to Jesus Christ. The mission was successful if by its end people had made a good confession and resolved to better fulfill their duties as Catholics: to go to Mass, receive the sacraments and keep the commandments of God and of the Church. Evangelization. however. aims primarily at conversion to Jesus Christ. If you have that. moral conversion will necessarily follow.
around the church world with catholic news service THE IRISH Catholic bishops have acknowledged that an abortion crisis has arisen in Ireland and urged citizens to support legislators in finding a solution. The bishops, reacting to an Irish Supreme Court ruling that a 14year-old rape victim could have an abortion in Britain, said they shared widespread dismay at the decision. "The understanding of the Irish people was that the right to life of the unborn was protected by the constitution in such a way as to render abortion illegal," said the bishops.
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A "MINIMUM"British nuclear deterrent is morally justifiable for the immediate future, said Britain's Cardinal George Basil Hume. But he said the country should not feel it will always need nuclear weapons. In a view he said differed with six fellow members of the English and Welsh bishops' conference who signed an anti-nuclear petition, the cardinal said that "I accept for the future that the uncertainties are such that retaining some minimum form ofindepend-
ent nuclear deterrent can be morally justified."
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THE POPE cleared the way for beatification of 25 Mexicans and 51 Spaniards killed during anticlerical periods in both countries this century. A Vatican statement said the pope declared the Mexicans and the Spaniards martyrs because they were "killed in hatred
of the faith." Being declared a martyr waives the need for a miracle to qualify for beatification, the step before sainthood.
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THE FORMER president of the Peruvian bishops' conference has accused Peruvian judges of being soft on terrorists, and said he suspects corruption is the reason. Archbishop Ricardo Durand Florez of Callao said he feels frustrated "to see how, in view of the great quantity of death and destruction produced by terrorists, the majority of Peruvian judges release about 85 percent of the terrorists arrested by the police." He said a weak judicial system could undermine Peruvian democracy by encouraging recourse to vigilantism.
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Washington parish submits best idea on finances TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (CNS) - A Seattle-area parish has won a national contest for the "best idea which positively affects. parish finances." St. Anthony parish in Renton, Wash., won $250 for combining a sacrificial giving progra.m with a $10,000 challenge grant. The prize was given by Finance Council Forum, a quarterly newssletter for parish finance councils. "It was difficult to pick the best idea," said William Corbett, newsletter editor. "But what helped St. Anthony's was their documented success over a number of years, and their efforts to anticipate a decline in revenues and take prompt steps to avoid trouble." The winning entry was submitted by Lois J. Tylus, St. Anthony's parish administrator. It detailed the use of a $10,000 chalIenge grant received in 1991, in conjunction with the archdiocese of Seattle's sacrificial giving program, which the parish had been using since 1987. The chaIlenge, funded by an anonymous donor, required the parish to obtain 1,000 pledges and to collect $1 million in offertory income during 1991. The parish has some 2,200 families. Among other ideas submitted for the contest were turning a former convent into a bed and breakfast, disclosing.parish finances, making parishioners feel "a part of things" and realizing that wealthy Catholics might indeed be "poor in spirit" and in need of help. All the non-winning ideas were resubmitted in the newsletter's next "best idea" contest, which will accept new entries until May 30. Ideas should be typewritten and include the name, address and position of the submitting party (i.e., pastor, finance council member, etc.) as well as the name and address of the submitter's parish. Entries should be mailed to Finance Council Forum, P.O. Box 1125, Traverse City, MI 49685.
Grant-seekers' guide is available WASHINGTON(CNS)-FADICA in Washington and the LiIly Endowment have published a fourth edition of a directory for fund raisers and religious organizations seeking financial support. "Foundation Guide for Religious Grant Seekers" is available from Scholars Press in Alpharetta, Ga. FADICA, Foundations and Donors interested in Catholic Activities, provided research and editorial expertise for the directory, funded by Lilly. It lists 588 U.S. foundations interested in religion. The list is broken down by faiths and entries are also arranged by state and presented alphabeticaIly. Each foundation's address, phone number, principal contact, funding interests, geographic giving pattern, assets, grant range limitations and application procedures are listed. Also included are an overvi'ew of the grant-seeking process, advice on the application procedure, insight into what fund providers seek in applicants, and a list of other sources of information. The $19.95 guide may be ordered from Scholars Press Customer Services,
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FATHER FLAVIUS CZUBA and diver Scott Mitchen hold a display of religious artifacts retrieved by Mitchen from Wisconsin lakes. (eNS photo)
You can shake hands with history at Wisconsin parish WASHBURN, Wis. (CNS) Sunken treasures, some lost in Wisconsin lakes for over a century, have resurfaced at St. Louis Church in Washburn, thanks to diver Scott Mitchen. Mitchen, 34, recently gave his parish 250 medals and crosses he has salvaged from state waters in the last 10 years. Many are made of gold, silver and other precious metals. He decided to donate the medals after hearing a homily by pastor Franciscan Father Flavius Czuba that stressed that "it's better to give than receive," Mitchen said. "Right then I decided to give this display to the church." Mitchen told the Catholic Herald, newspaper of the diocese of Superior, Wis., that the church was "the proper place for this display. People can enjoy the medals for generations." He started diving as a teen-ager. "I spent a lot of time looking for treasure near the sites of old resorts and swimming areas. These are places where people, many of them wealthy tourists, congregated," he said. "They lost their jewelry while swimming or walking on piers. One old boardwalk over the water had a real bounty of medals," Mitchen said. "It's unbelievable the amount of treasure I would find." Mitchen, president of a diving and salvage firm, said he has found treasure worldwide, some of it priceless, but that religious medals will always be "one of my favorites to discover." "I guess it's the little kid in me that loves to find sunken treasure. Tell me a kid, or even an adult, who isn't fascinated with treasure. There is a mystery about finding something lost for ages." . Mitchen spent most of the winter working with the Venezuelan government to salvage an 1815 Spanish shipwreck. This sumlIl~r 1111II111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
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he plans to lift logs sunken during the logging boom of the 1800s from the bed of Lake Superior. They will be sold and the money used to finance a logging museum. Father Czuba said the religious medals are "a one-of-a-kind display. I have never seen anything like it before.... There are so many interesting medals in the display. You have to wonder about their history and how they were lost. "People are also very curious about the medals, especially the children," Father Czuba added. "They are just fascinated. To the kids this is treasure." Mitchen said jokingly, "A diver has nine lives and I'm on number six right now. I'm glad this display has a home." He added, "Once you dive and find treasure, it becomes a fever. You're shaking hands with history and people who see this display can do that."
Let them stay WASHINGTON (CNS) - CardinalJames A. Hickey of Washington urged that Salvadoran nationals be permitted to stay in the United States through 1993. "I urge that temporary protected status be extended to them for another 18-month period," Cardinal Hickey said in a statement. Current temporary protected status for Salvadoran nationals will end June 30. Cardinal Hickey issued his statement foIlowing a Mass that he celebrated at a Washington church in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood. Washington has the largest population of Salvadoran nationals in the United States after Los Angeles.
Our Work "With good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own."John F. Kennedy
OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) - Jennifer Supancheck didn't plan to spend the summer in jail in Fargo, N. D. It just sort of worked out that way. While it wasn't a pleasant experience, she said she'd do it again to save more mothers and babies from what happens at abortion clinics. The 18-year-old Omahan was one of 105 people arrested and jailed last summer during five protests at the Fargo Women's Health Organization, North Dakota's only abortion clinic. The protests were organized by a national group calIed the Lambs of Christ. It was her fourth arrest and second time in jail for abortion protests. Miss Supancheck was charged with criminal trespass and obstructing police. She had been told to expect possibly a week's stay, but ended up serving 102 days in North Dakota correction'al facilities. "It was a good experience, looking back at it now," she told The Catholic Voice, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Omaha. "Sometimes I didn't think I would make it, but I stilI have that inner peace. I had a sense of inner peace from the first day I decided to go with the Lambs." Miss Supancheck said she liked the Lambs' emphasis on prayer and devotion to Mary, Jesus and babies. In solidarity with aborted babies, they refuse to give their names or pay fines, she said. "In a way we become the babies, become their voice." Miss Supancheck said she became involved in the issue when she heard a woman from Women Exploited by Abortion speak about her abortion and the anguish she felt. JoAnn Supancheck also had been urging her daughter to pray the rosary at area abortion clinics with her on Saturday mornings. "That wome"n's story touched me and the next time my Mom asked me to go, I did. I've been going ever since," she said. Noting that abortion was legalized a week before her birth in 1973, Miss Supancheck said it has robbed her of potential friends. She became active in Students for Life at Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School, where she graduated in 1991. In her junior year she became involved in Operation Rescue. Her first arrest came at an Omaha clinic July 18, 1990. That arrest brought her four days in jail last March because she wouldn't pay the fine. "I wouldn't pay into a system that kiIls babies," she explained. Miss Supancheck said her parents, Don and JoAnn, and older sister, Jody, were concerned when she became involved with Operation Rescue. When she wanted to join the Lambs of Christ, they prayed and discussed it as a family. Her family was supportive, but not all of her friends were as understanding, she said. "I lost friends. They disagreed with what I was doing," she acknowledged. "Some felt abandoned. They couldn't believe I'd do that. They thought it was so stupid ... to give up my job. They thought I had wasted the summer. ..and could have been in colIege.
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By Charlie Martin
CHANGE If I could change the way that I live my life today
Rest isn't just a physical state; it By Linda L. Rome On a recent holiday, my son was is also a spiritual state. Rest is for gaining perspective. Rest is not restless, bored. "There's nothing to do," he com- accomplishment. It can lead to discovery. When you stop to see plained. I suggested writing a letter, a where you are, sometimes you can walk down to the lake, a puzzle, better see where you are going. And so the question is, do you building a model, watching the to learn how to rest? Examneed football game. "I don't want to do anything," ine these five statements and see. I. I often feel I don't have enough he answered. "Anything I can think time to get everything done. of, anyway." 2. If I don't have something to "Today's a day of rest," I said. do all the time or someone to be "Looks like you're right in the with, I don't know what to do with spirit of the day." myself. "But I'm not tired," he answered: 3. I am easily bored. I know how he felt, and I'm sure . 4. I am always busy, but I don't you do too. Somehow the idea, the feel I accomplish much. very concept, of rest has been 5. There are more things I want taken over by muddied thinking to do than I'll ever have time for. that makes rest only a physical If you answered yes to four or restoration. all five of these questions, per.haps To some rest means entertain- you should introduce some rest ment; to others it is merely another exercises into your life. word for wasting time. We think For example: Spend an hour sitwe're unworthy if we're not pro- ting in the sun, without a book, ducing something visible, tangible. friend or radio; walk for an hour The old-fashioned idea of Sun- without a destination; playa game day as a day of rest seems to have with - and chosen by - your shrunk to the two hours of morn- brother, sister, niece, or neighbor. ing church. We live in a seven-day- . Or ponder the Gospel of Mata-week, 24-hour-a-day economy thew II :28-30: "Come to me, all in which not only hospitals and you who labor and are burdened, power plants, but grocery stores and I will give you rest. Take my and record stores are open for bus- yoke upon you and learn from me, iness every day of the week. We for I am meek and humble or expect people to work difficult heart; and you will find rest for shifts to service the occasional yourselves. For my yoke is easy, customer. and my .burden light." But what ought we to learn from Find out for yourself the beneremembering that God rested on fits of knowing how and when to the seventh day? rest.
Chilly students share plight of homeless DA YTON, Ohio (CNS) - More than 100 heavily bundled figures spent a night out in the cold, sleeping in cardboard boxes in a University of Dayton courtyard. The quiet figures wrapped in blankets and newspapers and shivering against 28-degree weather were not homeless. They were students and faculty of the University of Dayton participating in an allnight sleep-out for the homeless. The event was a highlight of the university's fourth annual Week in Solidarity with the Homeless. "Homelessness is still a pertinent issue," said Steve Scanlan, a junior sociology major from Stoutsville, Ohi9. "When something is around for a while, it tends to be overlooked." The 'purpose of the vigil was to give students a very realistic idea of how difficult it is to find comfort and warmth without a home, said Sister of Charity Nancy Bramlage, coordinator of the week and director ofjustice, peace and community outreach for the university's campus ministry office. Students were encouraged to
take part in community service projects during the week. Some helped build houses with the university's Habitat for Humanity program, while others helped stock food in local shelters. The candlelight vigil began at 10:30 p.m. and lasted throughout the night. Students could \participate in a series of events including a prayer service, group discussions, movies dealing with the issue of homelessness and a simulation game called single-occupancy residence. The game, developed in the San Francisco area to show how people in low positions of status and income have difficulty surviving in inner cities, involved 24 players. Players were given different amounts of money, health, peace of mind and status. As the game progressed, individuals had to move through the make-believe city, which included an opera house, hospital, shelter, food store, bar and adult movie theater, while avoiding being thrown in jail by a policeman or dying from lack of health, money and peace of mind.
I wouldn't change a single thing 'Cause if I change my world into another place I wouldn't see your smiling face Honey don't you worry There is nothing to worry for Because if I didn't love you I wouldn't be here now And ifl didn't want you I would have turned around by now You got to believe me Believe that I love you so Because if I didn't love you I would have turned around And if I didn't want you Then I would want you out This love, this love has filled me up My love 111 never give you up Because 111 always want your love Believing is the answer The answer to all your fears When I first said I love you I went in for the kill And when I say that I love you I mean that I always will Written by Stansfield, Devaney and Morris. Sung by Lisa Stansfield. Distributed by Arista Records Inc. (c) 1991, Eurodisc Ltd. HOW MUCH do you like yourlife? Is there anything about it that you would change? I suspect that most of us would find something to change. Some of us might want to change quite a lot. Others might find that life is going quite well, yet would want to fine-tune certain aspects of it.
However, this is not so for the woman in Lisa Stansfield's new hit "Cha~ge." She says that she "wouldn't change a single thing." Apparently this decision is based on a fear that if she changes anything, it will negatively affect her romance. She does not realize that her attitude likely will become a prob-
lem because change isinevitable in life. The very effort to keep everything the same creates stress. Rather than suppress our growth, we should trust ourselves and God that changes will help us become better persons. This kind of trust does not mean we should abandon changes to fate or to life's uncertainties. Once we accept change we can allow our feelings, interests and dreams to grow. We can explore more of life and develop our potential. Consider the relationship mentioned in the song. Most of the lyrics describe the girl's determination to stay in the relationship. But few dating relationships possess this kind of certainty. There are unknowns and blind spots which make young love a risk. Some of our teen commitments may last forever, but others will not. Often, we need to make adjustments, including ending a relationship. I encourage teens to date with such openness and awareness. Value and appreciate every person you love. But give a relationship time to evolve and change. Be careful with all statements that include "forever" or "never." Finally, don't imagine that the need to make changes - to make decisions that lead to change - is a sign of failure on your part. Making decisions to become the person you want to be can be a sign of strength even a sign that God is active in your life. Your comments are always welcome. Please address them to: Charlie Martin, R.R. 3, Box 182, Rockport, IN 47635
One woman participant said she found herself "living day by day" in the game. "I knew I could be on the edge any minute." Steve Mendoza, a senior computer information systems major from Cincinnati, was part of the game until his sudden demise. "I was thrown in jail for loitering and then I lost another peace of mind," he said. "The next thing I knew I was dead." In another act of solidarity with the homeless, the signatures of 5,000 Catholic youth from around the country were delivered at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Human Resources to demonstrate concern over the lack of services provided to young people living on the streets. . "No system of service is mandated by 'any state or the federal government to aid these' young people," said Christina Purcell of Milford, Del., who delivered the signatures to the subcommittee on behalf of the National Federation for Catholic Youth ,Ministry. "Homeless youth are excluded from existing programs and are not considered in plans or funds for the future," Miss Purcell; 18, a freshman at the University of Delaware, told subcommittee chairman Rep. Matthew G. Martinez, D-Calif. The subcommittee was holding a hearing to determine whether any changes are needed to the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, which is Title III of the J uvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.
UNIVERSITY of Dayton students Patrick Joyce, left, and Joey Langan try to read and warm themselves by candlelight in a campus courtyard as they participate in a one-night sleep out during the Ohio Catholic university's annual Week in Solidarity with the Homelss. (CNS photo)
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in our schools trees for the school grounds and biology lab supplies such as eggs for incubators, and fish tanks. "There are plenty of animals that would benefit" from planting the new trees, said Miss Gerhard, "and we're replacing trees that suffered damage from Hurricane Bob." Money will also be put into a general-purpose fund for the school.
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JACQUELINE CLARKE, a senior at Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro, has won the state title of Young Woman of 1992. The competition had physical fitness, creative arts, and presence and posture as components. Miss Clarke will participate in the 35th annual national Young Woman program in June in Mobile, Ala. At Feehan, she ranks 17th in a class of 163 and participates in varsity cheerleading, National Honor Society, the school's environmental group,
Fifteen Connolly students competed against peers from other schools in a mock trial tournament. sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association in which students assume roles of lawyers and witnesses, trying fictitious cases in actual courtrooms. Preliminary trials, involving the case of a man alleging his child incurred permanent injury because day-care workers failed to report evidence of child abuse, were held Feb. 24 to March 9. Connolly competitors were coached by Ted Pettine and assisted by Atty. Clement Brown.
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The Connolly Drama Society will stage "Splendor in the Grass" as its second play of the 1991-92 season, April 10 to 12. Meredith Lowe and Greg Czarkowski have leads and Leo Strickman is directing, assisted by Wendy Ingles.
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The school's National Honor Society recently sent nine juniors to the first Massachusetts Leaderthe Big Brother/Big Sister 'ship Convention, held at Holy program and tutoring. Cross College. Worcester. It opened with a speech on leadership and perseverance by State Treasurer Joseph Malone, followed by meetings for present and future honor Juniors Karen Hillman and society officers. Richard Yngve, of Bishop Feehan Connolly science teacher Kevin High School, Attleboro, have reBimmler spoke on the Adopt-Aceived national "I Dare You" Program project which this year leadership awards from the Amerproposes that students assist famiican Youth Foundation and are lies of children with spina bifida, a eligible to participate in a national spinal cord defect. leadership conference to be held at The day closed with regional Camp Merrowvista, NH, in Augmeetings. The South Regional ust. chapter, of which Connolly is a Both students rank in the top part, discussed a possible beach ten of their class and are involved party or cookout. Connolly stuin honor societies, student council dent Elizabeth Sisson was among and athletic teams. regional representatives elected. Foreign language teacher Joan National Honor Society memDrobnis recently earned the Dipbers have also held their annual loma of Spanish as a Foreign Language from the government of blood drive with over 70 donors participating. Spain. The award was granted after she completed a rigorous sixhour exam testing written and spoken Spanish and literary analCoyle-Cassidy High School, ysis and was interviewed by the Taunton, sophomore Benedict J; Spanish Consular staff. Mackiewicz of Middleboro recentMrs. Drobnis received a congratulatory letter from the 'Span- ly won an award for his entry, Vikish Embassy and was encouraged ing Discoverers, in the district competition of the National History to take a superior level exam. Day Contest, sponsored by the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies. He will compete at the 10th Kathryn Gerhard, a senior at annual Massachusetts History Day Bishop Connolly High School, Fall April 4 at' Tsongas Industrial River, has put into action princiCenter. ples learned in George Angelo's The National History Day conenvironmental biology class. . test is held on local, state and She has organized aluminum national levels. Within the 'state it can and paper recycling at Conis sponsored by the Massachusetts nolly, remaining after school about Council for the Social Studies and two hours each day to work on the the New England History Teachers' project. Association. For paper recycling, she has More than 1,000 grades 6 placed bins in each classroom and through 12 students participated collects their contents weekly. in district competitions, entering Money raised from returnable papers, projects, performances and cans will purchase fruit-bearing media presentations on the theme,
Houdelette led the boys' team, f01lowed by Bryan Desmaris and Brandon Bigelow. Kristen Janiak led the girls' team, with Anne Lacoste second and Kate Lacoste third. Brya n Desmaris earned the Most Improved Skier Award.
"Discoveries, Encounters, and Exchanges." Judges were professors of history from state colleges and universities, museum directors, and historians. The Coyle-Cassidy National Honor Society recently hosted its second annual Talent Show. Grade 5 students at St. Mary's The capacity crowd was treated School, New Bedford, recently to performances by dancers, vo- completed a research project on calists, pianists, comedians and a the states integrating the subject student rock band. Highlights of areas of language, history and the evening included a finale by geography. the Coyle-Cassidy Jazz Band. Each of the 36 students was Proceeds from the evening go to assigned a different state and pretwo National Honor Society schol- sented a project consisting of four arships which will be awarded in parts: notecards, research paper, May. poster and oral presentation. Each National Honor Society faculty also answered five questions about moderator, Mrs. Marie Angeley, his or her state. Using the techwas the coordinator of the event. nique of process writing, students Coyle-Cassidy experienced a lit- recorded the questions on index tle of its own "March Basketball cards, researched them and wrote Madness" with the annual Two- the answers on the cards, which On-Two basketball tournament. then served as a rough draft for the More than 30 teams entered the written report. single elimination tourney that was The research phase began with a played over three days. trip to Southworth Library in Katie MacDonald and Laurie Dartmouth. where students had Poyant won the freshman-sopho- access to the America the Beautimore division, whileJen Hunt and ful state book series. They also Tara Emond were champions of sought other pertinent books, the junior-senior division. which they read during class time. On the boys' side, Matt Thielker After completing their papers, they and Chris Cunningham took home worked on their posters, illustratthe freshman-sophomore title, and ing the state, including the capital, the junior-senior division cham- . two major cities, points of interest. pionship was won by Brian Ferris major rivers. and mountains. The and Eric Figuerido. flag. seal, bird and flower of the The tournament raised more state were represented in the corner than $200 for the school's chapter of the poster. ofthe St. Vincent de Paul Society. Lastly. students made oral preThe Coyle-Cassidy Athletic Asso- sentations on their states to classciation donated the championship mates. Not allowed to simply read trophies. their research paper. they came up F our Coyle-Cassidy athletes wit~ creative approaches, bringing were named to Eastern' Athletic in foods or other products of their Conference winter all-star teams. state. For example, Kelly Proulx Senior Brian Ferris of Taunton invented a game about her state was voted by the league coaches to and handed out peanuts. a state the boys' basketball team. product. for each correct answer. Two senior hockey players, de- She also had peaches for everyone. fenseman Darrell Borges of TaunDaniel Mota served cheese as ton, and forward Mark Cribben of part of his presentation on WisBrockton, were selected to the consin, and Ryan Pelletier handed EAC hockey team. out diamond-shapedjello pieces in Trackster Rich Domingos of his discussion of Delaware, the West Bridgewater was named to Diamond State. the conference's all-star team as The class wrapped up the monththe league's All Around Sprinter. long project with a State Fair, inviting other classes to view displays of their work and ask questions about the states. Students at St. James-St. John School, New Bedford, recently took part in the annual Easter Seal Basketball Shootout to raise money WARSAW. Poland (eNS) for Easter Seals. This year 100 students partici- The Polish church is undergoing a pated,raising $2,000 in pledge major reorganization. New archmoney. Fifth graders Joelle Sylvia dioceses in Gdansk and Bialystok, and Jennifer Harrington collected and the separation of traditionally the most money in pledges and linked sees of Warsaw and Gniezno, appeared on the Easter Seal Tele- are among far-reaching administrative changes currently being prethon on Sunday, March 8. pared by the church. The changes would bring the number of Polish archdioceses to nine. In 1991. The ski team of Bishop Stang according to figures released by High School, North Dartmouth, the hierarchy's press office, nearly finished an impressive third in a half the country's 8,997 parishes seven-member league in its first were concentrated in the Warsaw and Gniezno archdioceses - headseason of competition. Sophomore 'Kristin Janiak, ed by Poland's primate, Cardinal daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Jozef Glemp - and the dioceses Janiak of North Dartmouth, fin- within their provinces. More than 93 percent of Poles are Catholic. ished third overall in the league. Stang parents and alumni Dr. Love and Mrs, Roger Lacoste of East Freetown coached the team, with "To love a human being means seniors Kate Lacoste and Brandon to accept him, to love him as he is. Bigelow captaining the girls' and If you wait to love him until he has boys' squads. respectively. got rid of his faults, until he is Team seedings were determined different, you are only loving an according to best time. Gabe idea."-Blessed Julian of Norwich
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Drug-free schools WASHINGTON(CNS)- Drugfree schools can be created by having enforceable policies. using role models and getting the word out about drug and alcohol effects. according to principals honored in a U.S. Department of Education booklet. The educators, who include principals from Catholic schools. offer those and other strategies in the booklet "Success Stories From Drug-Free Schools: A Guide for Educators. Parents & Policymakers," which cites 107 public. private and Catholic schools for efforts to create drug-free campuses. One section profiles five schools in depth. including Nebraska's Boys Town High School at Father Flanagan's Boys Town.
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Symbols following reviews indicate both general and Catholic Films Office ratings, which do not always coincide. General ratings: G-suitable for general viewing; PG-13parental guidance strongly suggested for children under 13; PG-parental guidance suggested; R-restricted, unsuitable for children or young teens. Catholic ratings: AI-approved for children and adults; A2-approved for adults and adolescents; A3-approved for adults only; A4-separate classification (given films not morally offensive which, however, require some analysis and explanation); O-morally offensive.
ST. ANTHONY, MATTAPOISETT Lenten program after 7 p.m. Mass March 25. ST. ANNE, FR Cub Scout pack meeting 7 tonight. Troop 50 breakfast 8 to II :30 a.m. ST. ANTHONY of the DESERT, Sunday. WIDOWED SUPPORT FR Attleboro area meeting 7 p.m. ECHO RETREAT, CAPE COD Lenten family mission March 23 April 3, St. Mary's parish center, N. ECHO 166 for girls this week-end, to 25; 6:30 p.m. Mass each day with Attleboro; Father William Babbit Craigville Conference Center. ECH 0 homilist Father Robert Kaszynski. will celebrate Mass. Cape Cod area 167 for boys will be held April 10 to SACRED HEART, FR meeting I:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 29, 12; openings are still available, Women's Guild supper 6:30 p.m. Christ the King parish library, Information: Father Richard Roy, April 10, parish hall; reservations: Mashpee: information: 428-7078 548-1065. Peg Leger, 678-6675; Rosann Patoevenings. WORKSHOP: CATHOLIC ta, 673-0554; Fern White, 673-9786; TAUNTON STATE HOSPITAL FUNERALS Ginger Kitchen, 636-4892. Volunteer positions open: mobile 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 29, St. O.L. GRACE, WESTPORT library aides, friendly visitors and Pius X, parish, S. Yarmouth. Light Stations of Cross 7:30 p.m. each computer consultants. Information: supper will be served. To register call Lenten Tuesday. Sandy Epstein, 824-7551 ext. 127. rectory, 398-2248. CATHOLIC WOMAN'S CLUB, ST. MARY, SEEKONK SHA ALUMNAE FR Children's choir will sing at 10 ASSOCIATION Communion breakfast following a.m. Mass Sunday: coffee and donuts Sacred Hearts Academy Alumnae 8:30a.m. Mass for deceased members followboth8:30and 10a.m. Masses. Lenten afternoon of reflection, "A April 5, Holy Rosary Church, FR; High school youth meeting after 5 Day Together - Another Step in reservations: Celia Corcoran or p. m. Mass Sunday; photos and video Our Journey of Faith," 2 to 5 p.m. Grace Dunn by March 25. of ski trip will be shown; parents March 29. St. James Convent, Nanawelcome. quaket. R I. Pat Staebler, director of HOLY ROSARY, TAUNTON Attleboro Catholic Social Services, , Lenten program: Gorzkie Zale with ST. MARY, MANSFIELD Applications for Catholic Womwill be presenter. Donation of nonBenediction 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Staperishable food item for Fall River tions of the Cross followed by ven- an's Club St. Mary's Scholarships available at rectory and at guidance Community Food Pantry is requesteration noon Fridays in Polish and 7 offices of Mansfield and Bishop ed. Dinner is optional. Reservations p.m. Fridays in English. Feehan high schools; deadline for may be mailed to SHA Alumnae submission is April 8. Association, 550 Rock St.. Fall River CHRIST THE KING, MASHPEE 02720. Information: Peg Leger, 678~ 234 Second Street Italian Fest featuring highlights of . . . Fall,River, MA 02721 6675. choir trip to Rome and Vatican 5 to Web Offset • SEPARATED/DIVORCED 8 p.m. tomorrow.·Youth group meetNewspapers CATHOLICS, NB ing 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday; board • Printing &Mailing Support group meeting 7 t09 p.m. ,games and tryouts for talent show (508) 679-5262 March 23. Family Life Center, 500 • . MC. Nostalgia Night adult dance Slocum Rd., N. Dartmouth. Topic with music of 50s to 70s 8 p.m. to will be self-esteem, with video "Free Now! midnight March 28. New Computerized Mailing to Be Me" by Father John Powell. NOTRE DAME de LOURDES, Information: Louise Reinsch, 991FR First Class Second Class 4019. Women's Guild meeting after 7 First Class Presort Carrier Route Coding HOLY NAME, FR p.m. Mass March 31; Dr. and Mrs. . Vincentians will collect canned Third Class Bulk Rate Zip Code Sorting Anthony Pareta of Narragansett, goods this weekend; receptacles at Third Class Non Profit list Maintenance RI, will present program on the church entrances. Altar servers Shroud of Turin. Youth group meetavailable for Holy Week and Easter ALL TO USPS SPECIFICATIONS ing 7 p.m. Sunday, parish center; services may sign up in sacristy. Cheshire labeling on Kirk-Rudy 4-up Det. Alan Alves of Freetown Police Applications are available for high will speak on "Satanism and Cult labeler. And Pressure Sensitive Labeling school youth weekend retreat to be Worship." held May 22 to 24; information: FaInserting, collating, folding, ther Jim Calnan, 679-6732. ST. JOSEPH, TAUNTON metering, sealing, sorting, addressing, First communion children and sacking, completing USPS forms, SEPARATED/DIVORCED parents meeting 9 to 10: 15 a. m. CATHOLICS, FR direct delivery to Post Office tomorrow, church hall. Eucharistic Support group for divorced/ se... Printing . .. We Do It All! ministers meet 7 p.m. March 24, recparated Catholics meets 7 p.m. each tory. Lectors meet 7 p.m. March 25, Call for Details (508) 679-5262 second Tuesday and fourth Wed',' rectory. nesday at Our Lady of Grace parish hall, 569' Sanford Rd., Westport. , O.L. VICTORY, CENTERVILLE First communion students and At Stonehill, the only Catholic parents meeting 3 p.m. Sunday, college serving the Fall River church. diocese, you can obtain a bacheCATHOLIC CENTER, BRIDEWATER STATE lor's degree in Business AdminisCOLLEGE tration, Humanities. Sociology or "Keys to the Castle," a dramatic' one of eight other areas. Earn a one-person presentation of the certificate in seven useful disciteachings of "The Interior Castle" by plines including Accounting, St. Teresa of Avila, will be presented Substance Abuse Counseling, at 7:30 p.m. April 6 at the Catholic Center of Bridgewater State College or Paralegal Studies. Or take in Bridgewater. Both the saint and non-credit courses in Computers, Christ will be depicted by actress Personnel, Fund Raising, and Proverbs 4:7 Roberta Nobleman with the aid of more. All in convenient evening various props. The script, by Ms. classes. on a campus just one Nobleman and Janet Beddoe, was minute off Route 24 at the commissioned by the Carmelite Order in 1990 to commemorate their Brockton I Easton exil 200th anniversary of work in the A Stonehill education is one Americas. All welcome. you can be proud of. Because ST. PATRICK, WAREHAM we teach both the value of excelJr.CYO meeting 7 to 8:15 p.m. lence, and the excellence of March 26, rm. I. Catholic school traditional values. children preparing for first communion will begin classes 9:45 a.m. Call us'at (508) 230-1298 for tomorrow. Second year confirmacomplete information. tion parent and sponsor meeting 7 to 8: 15 p.m. March 23, hall; the video "Confirmation: Faith Alive" will be shown. First year confirmation parenti sponsor meeting 7 to 8: 15 p.m. March 25, hall: video: "Becom/ " Office of Continuing Education ing a Confirmation Sponsor." FaJJ,:/, " North Easton, MA 02357 ther Dan Lacroix will celebrate and youth group will sing at TV Mass to i be broadcast March 22 on channel6. Close~ I LaSALETTE CENTER, but far from ATTLEBORO ordinary Day of Lenten Renewal for Senior Citizens 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24. "Marriage: Renewal and Recovery," 'a retreat for couples married 10 or more years, April 3 to 5. Information: 222-8530
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'STONEHILL COLLEGE LENTEN PRAYER DAY FOR Dramatic reading by Richard SINGLE WOMEN McElvain and Company of the Jon Sisters of Mercy vocation team Lipsky play "Living in Exile," a con- will sponsor prayer day for single temporary retelling of the Iliad, 7:30 women themed "Unearthing the Merp.m. March 30, Joseph W. Martin, ciful Heart" 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April Jr., Institute for Law and Society at 4 administration building, Highland Stonehill College, 320 Washington View Rd., Cumberland, RI. ParticiSt., N. Easton. Building is handi- pants should bring bag lunch; bevcapped accessible. Refreshments will erages provided. To regi~ter an~ follow performance. Information: receive directions contact SIster AIIProf. Richard Capobianco, 230-1243. ceann Walsh, (40 I) 333-6333, before College organist Daniel LaMarch 31. moureaux will present an organ reci- SS. PETER AND PAUL, FR tal 8 p.m. March 31, Chapel of Math workshop for school parMary. Program will include demon- ents 7 p.m. March 26, Father Coady stration of new additions to Moore Center; presenters will give overview organ and works by J.S. Bach, Pachof math curriculum and suggestions elbel, Schumann and others. for helping children improve math CATHEDRAL, FR skills. Confirmation retreat Sunday, D. of I. Sacred Hearts Retreat Center, Alcazaba Circle 65 Daughters of . Wareham; students meet in schoolIsabella, Attleboro, roll call supper yard I p.m. and will return at 9 p.m. and meeting 6 p.m. April 2, K. of e. ST. MARY, FAIRHAVEN Hall, Hodges St. Mystery Sisters Father Matthew Sullivan, SS.Ce., will be revealed. will present a Lenten mission the ST. PATRICK, FALMOUTH week of March 30. Youth choir rehearsals for Easter SACRED HEART, 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays; choir sings N.ATTLEBORO at II: 15 a.m. Mass Sundays. Parish Pro-life committee meeting with choir rehearsals 7:30 p.m. Wednesinformation on state and federal leg- days to sing at 10 a.m. Mass Sunislation 7:30 p.m. March 23, church days. Information on either: Pat hall. Parish council meeting 7:30 Fetters, 540-3781. Parish sexton is p.m. March 27, rectory. "Traits of a collecting one-pound coffee cans for Healthy Family" family ministry a project at St. Joseph cemetery; video presentation and discussion they may be left outside his garage. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 24, church ST. THERESA,S. ATTLEBORO hall; information: Brian or CourtAdult confirmation classes begin ney Walsh, 699-7083. March 25 for persons to be conST. JOSEPH, WOODS HOLE firmed May II at the parish or May Dr. Mildred Jefferson will speak 17 at St. Mary's Cathedral; FR. on medical concerns and other releMembers of S. Attleboro K. of e. vant issues related to condom distri- Council 5876 will hold information bution to teenagers 7:30 p.m. March sessions after Masses this weekend. 30, Morse Pond School; parishionWORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ers are urged to attend. ENCOUNTER CATHOLIC WOMAN'S CLUB, Upcoming Marriage Encounter NB weekend April 24 to 26; informaExecutive board meeting 7:30 p. m. tion: Dan and Terri Cesarz, 336-8398. March 25, St. Lawrence rectory, SEPARATED/DIVORCED NB. CATHOLICS, ATTLEBORO ST. JOHN EVANGELIST, Support group meeting 7:30 to 9 POCASSET p.m. March 22, St. Mary's rectory, Confirmation I and II investiture N. Attleboro; information: 695-6161. ceremony at 10:30a.m. Mass Sunday. WIDOWED SUPPORT, HOLY NAME, NB CAPE COD Holy hour for Lent 7 tonight folSupport group meeting 1:30 to lowed by confessions. Celebration of Father William F. O'Connell's 3:30 p.m. March 29, Christ the King parish, Mashpee; information: 42840th anniversary of ordination will take place after II a.m. Mass March 7078, evenings. 29; reservations: parish office; J.ohn K.ofe. Macedo, 993-3292; Irene MedeIros, Bishop James L. Connolly Coun__' 999-5571. cil9444 open house for prospective ST. GEORGE, WESTPORT - members 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Youth ministry bottle and can K. ofe. Hall, Quaker Meeting House drive March 28 and 29. Lenten Holy Rd., Sandwich. Hour 7 tonight; confessions 6: 15 to 8 p.m. Lenten Bible study 7 p.m. CATHEDRAL CAMP, E. FREETOWN Sunday. O. L. Assumption, N B, retreat O.L. ASSUMPTION, today through Sunday. St. Mary, OSTERVILLE NB, confirmation retreat tomorrow. Guild will host District V Council of Catholic Women 2 p.m. April 5. FATHER ANDRE A. ST. MARY, N. ATTLEBORO PATENAUDE, MS, will preHigh school students and their sent an evening of song and parents are participating in a fourweek video presentation on sexual prayer at 7 p.m. April 9 at St. morality, "No: the Positive Answer," Mary's Church, Mansfield, 6:30 p.m. Mondays. under sponsorship of the parST.STEpHEN,ATTLEBORO -Child care program for children ish Woman's Club. All are ages I to 5 is available during 9:30 welcome: a.m. Sunday Mass; information: Clau"Father Pat," a Fall River dette Corbett, 761-9636. Lenten program, "Choosing ·Health," 7 to native, is provincial vocations 8:30 p.m. March 24, parish hall. director for the LaSalette Youth group meeting 7 p.m. SunMissionaries in Attleboro. He day, rectory ha II. ST. JOAN OF ARC, ORLEANS is also active in musical and Evening of recollection with Fahealing ministries and has rether Bob Mallonee of Mirimar leased II albums, mainly of Retreat center, Duxbury, 7:30 to 9 p.m. March 24; Mass included. his own composition. ST. DOMINIC, SWANSEA First communion workshop 9:30 to II :30 a.m. tomorrow. Confirmation II penance service 6:45 to 8 p.m. March 23. Youth group will sponsor food bag Sunday for assembling Easter meals for needy families March 29; donations should be returned April 12. Pro-life meeting 8:45 a.m. tomorrow, lower rectory. ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI, NB Women's League meeting 7:30 p.m. March 26, church hall; following business meeting Father Robert Kaszynski will conduct a holy hour.
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