Page 1

t eanc VOL. 40, NO. 11 •

Friday, March 22, 1996



Southeastern Massachusetts' Largest Weekly


513 Per Year

"The prayers of Fall River came with us" By Christine Vie~ra Mills Anchor St"ff On Friday, March 15, Brittany DeGagne's doctors Were watching . her hour by hour, sa41y convinc~d

AIDS Mi~istry • recelv:es S25K grant The Fall River Diocesan Office of AIDS Ministry has received a $25,000 Faith in Action grant to establish an Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program to benefit families of patients l with H IV/ .' AIDS. The grant is from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest private philan: thropy devoted exclusively to improving health and' health care through grant-gi.ving. Its Faith in Action component w~s established two years ago to provide start-up funds for qualifying p'rojects sponsored by tax-exempt social service agencies and health ,care providers. Recipients must obtain matching funds locally in Qrder to continue projects in the (uture. "Those sufferi ng from H IV/ AIDS experience physical and mental debilitation, and the result is tremendous demands on family and loved ones," said, Dr. Krysten Winter-Green, director of the Office of AIDS Ministry. "This Faith in Action grant will enable us to begin creating a network of vol unteers from a variety Qf denominations to help respond to the needs of HIV/AIDS persons in their communities." The Interfaith Vol,unteer Caregivers Program wili encompass southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, geographic region severely impaqted by H IV/ AIDS. The Office of AIDS Ministry has begun contacting various denominations to determine their interest in participatipg in the new program. Dr. Winter-Green projects that some 20,congregations will be involved initially, each desigl1ating two families to recruit others in their congregation and to serve as a referral source for members who might he in need of services. Volunteers, who will be professionally trained about H IV, will become companionS to infected and affected familieS. Adults and youth will visit, offer friendship and spiritual and emotional support, perhaps prepare a favorite meal and support human service programs. They willialso provide short-term respite for primary caregivers of patients. , Dr. Winter-Green plans to engage a fulltime program director to manage day-to-daYidevelopment


!Fiftn Swufag of Lent

Index Church & WOlrld 12 5 Daily Readin£ls Editorial 4 Necrology 8 Our Rock & Riole.. 15 Saluting Seniors .. 10 Steering Points 16 Youth News 14

Turn to Page 13

that she wouldn't make it to see the next. The 10-YI:ar-old member of St. Patrick's parish, Fall River, was born with biliary atresia, a degenerative liver condition and desperately needed a new liver to survive. Two weeks ago, a donor was found and the young Dominican Academy student underwent the transplant operation. Her mother, Cynthia Rego, was at her side at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital. Unfortunately, the liver developed many complica.tions and was rendered unusable. She was slipping away and her family felt helpless. "We left it to God," said Brian Beausoleil, Brittany's uncle, "and He answered our prayers." Brittany's family decided to call on the Fall River community for prayers. They hoped to gather a few friends to offer prayer and comfort. What they got was nothing short of amazing. "It was a miracle," Beausoleil said. "There were literally hundreds of people there. The power in that church was ·unbelievable." He spoke of a candlelight Mass and prayer service held at St. PatrIck's Church, Fall River, on March 15. Many gathered: relatives, friends, acquaintances, even people who had only heard about it on the news. All wanted to do something for the little girl who dreams of being a nun. The 200 to 300 people in attendance prayed to Brittany'S patron, St. Theresa, and to St. Patrick as well as reciting rosaries with many indivi(Juals leading prayer. Father Horace Travassos offered Mass for her amid pictures of her and her family. The moving service left few dry eyes, Beausoleil said, because "something happened that night." On March 16, Beausoleil and his sister-in-law, Sheila, flew to Pittsburgh expecting the worst but brought with them "the power of the Holy Spirit."

"We didn't know what to expect," he said, "but we felt that something good was going to happen. The prayers of Fall River came with us." That night, Brittany was still doing poorly so the family arranged to pray the rosary in her hospital room. As they did, her doctor entered with a consent form, stating that a suitable donor had been found. "We just started hugging each other and crying," Beausoleil said. Brittany went into surgery March

17 at 7:30 a.m. and came out of the operating room 10 hours later. She will need to undergo further operations to remove infected tissue from her old liver but is beginning a recovery period. Though still unable to speak, she is responding to her family and opening the many cards and gifts she . has received. "She will be at Pittsburgh Children's Hospifal for the next 10 weeks to recover," her overjoyed uncle said, "but she looks so beautiful. We are so thankfuL"

FATHER HORACE Travassos accepts the chalice from Brittany DeGagne's brother Shane, accompanied by her uncle Brian Beausoleil and cousins Brett (rear) and Colby Beausoleil, at the Mass at St. Patrick's Church, Fall River; below, family pictures. (Studio 0 photos)

" Me,d,eiro, S,> ':and 'ha,lf .of. that. w~s, _ for airfare. Our parish family, the business community and fundraisers helped us reach- our goal and then some." Arrival in Progreso The mission team arrived in diE~s Progreso on Feb. 18, after a snowstorm in Boston delayed their NEWBURGH, N.Y. (eNS)planned departure on the· A funeral Mass was celebrated last Their home for the next eight days month at the Center of Hope in would be the Holy Spirit church Newburgh for Sister Grace Electa hall. Loring, who at 104 was th.e oldest "We roughed it," said' Don Dominican Sister of Hope. The Fredette. Team members slept in sisters have a communit) in Fall sleeping bags on the floor, shoRiver, formerly known as the wered when they could and cooked Dominicans of St. Cath,~rine of all their own meals. Siena. "It was definitely not a .vacaSister Loring; who died Feb. 20, tion," summed up Fredette. was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., The team's work in Progreso and joined the order on Sept. 8, included rebuilding and adding to 1908. She entered the novitiate on a house, packing rice and beans to June 10, 1909, made her first feed families in Mexico, passing profession a year later, and on out T-shirts and being present to Sept. .19, 1921, took her final those who needed someone to talk vows. to. With a bachelor's degree in The house on which the tejlm chemistry and a master's ill science worked was a small shack. Memfrom Fordham University, she' PAMELA PILAT, Kevin Viveiros, Rhiannon Poitras and Farrell DeSouza, members of bers installed insulation and elec- taught science and mathematics tric wiring, put up sheetrock, primed the St. Mary, Fairhave.n, youth group, stand with boys and 'girls in Mexico, where they for 49 years in New Jersey and distributed rice, beans and T-shirts to poverty-level families. The students spent their February and p'ainted the walls and con- New York Catholic schools. She structed a three-wall addition. was also a principal at elementary vacation doing mission work for the poor in Texas and Mexico. "Ithad been a three-room house and secondary levels in both states. that was, housing seven family members, with another child on the way. The Cortez family, who owned the house, were there every Rev. Henry E. Nadeall, SSE, Students who took the trip, all day to help us," said Ste've Piazza, As high school students returned self-denial, personal and spiritual 14 to 16 years old, were Pamela from February vacations in places gr.owth and of satisfaction at being "and they gave us lunch several 81, died March 17 in Selma, AL, and Kathleen Pilat, Amy Saucier such as Florida and New Hamp- able to help others. times. It was· their way of showing after a heart attack. A native of East ,Taunton, he was the: son of The 15-member. team from St. and Samantha Cabral from Acushshire, nine Fairhaven youths and th~ir appreciation." Mary's parish in Fairhaven trav- net; and Kevin Viveiros, Rhiansix adult team leaders reported on On two 'of the eight nights the the late Emma (Desrosie:rs) and non Poitras, Farrell DeSouza, an experience·of a lifetime; one of eled to Progreso, TX, and Mexico team was in .Progrese, it met with Joseph Nadeau. His Mass of Christian Burial was offered March to do mission work. The parish Shannon Lewis and Michael Perry area junior high and high school program was begun five years ago of Fairhaven. Ad ults were Patricia students for prayer and reflection. . 19 in the Emundite Chapel in Medeiros, director; Dot Cabral, by youth minister Charlie Murphy Saint Anne's Hospital gratefully "It didn't matier where we came Selma and interment was also in Selma. codirector; Michelle Messier, and has continued every February acknowledges contributions from or what cQlor bur skin was. After attending grammar and vacation since then. Murphy de- prayer coordinator; Donald Fred- We were one," said student Farrell . to the Remembrance Fund high schools in Taunton, he enette, utility leader a.nd adult advithewission component of veloped received during February 1996*. DeSouza. "I've gotten a lot of rolled at St. Mic!Jael's College, Through the remembrance the parisWs''youth ministry as a sor; Steve Piazza, music and adult addresses and plan to keep in C6Ichestei-~ VT and entered the and honor of these lives, means of .broadening members' leader; and Charlie Murphy, youth touch with all those I met. SomeSociety of St. Edmund in 1933. Saint Anne's can continue horizol).s, allowing them to explore minister. day maybe we could do an exchange Father Nadeau was ordained May "Caring for ~r community." , The adults began preparing for to bring them here." the universality of their faith,~ex­ 18,1940, in Burlington, VT, by the perience different cultures, recog- "Mission 1996" last September, . "We met a young man named " t\ I '" I .\ '\ ,,\ I " II 0 S I' I I t\ L late Bishop Matthew BraC:y. nize their own gifts and learn how when they began ho.lding biweekly Max, who spent the last four days RI:,\IL \IHI~,\:--:CJ' I LIND Subsequently he taught and was organizational meetings, working ~ith us," added Fredette. "He to use them to serve others. Candidates for. the mission trip with Sister Mary Ann of the Sis- helped us anhe house and is going prefect of discipline at his community'sjuniorate in Swan1:on, VT, had to submit a fivc::-page applica- ters of St. Dorothy at Holy Spirit to help the Cortez family with the and later served in France and tion and be interviewed by adult Church in Progreso.. Noah Alldradt rest of the roof." England, then returning to the "When I first began to call Sister team members. Once accepted, they [rmt Bouchard After they re.turned, the youth IY1ary Ann," chuckled Ms. Cabral, and adults reported on .their expe- United States to teach at Bishop attended five. pre-mission orientauo A. Brulltau Mindszenty High School, Dunkirk, tion meetings that made them more "it seemed there was more enthu-' riences at a. March 3 program at AlJrtd Challdallais siasm from the,other sisters than St. Mary's church hall. Many of NY:, and from 1958 to 1965 at St. aware of poverty and social injusThomas COllsidillt from her. I think one of her biggest those who had supported the pro- Michael's College', Cokhester. tice and prepared them for what Raymolld Cuny fears was how they were going to ject were present for a slide show After seven years at the Edmunencounter in Texas they would Oairt C. Dorr pay for 15 of us to go down there. and comments from each team dite novitiate in Mystic, CT and at and· Mexico: P.articipants also Alict Duclos, But when I told her we would raise member. And State Senator Mark St. Bernard's High Schocll, New signed a contract promising their Walttr 1. Eatoll all the money, I think she wa,~ able M ontigny' was on hand to speak London, CT, he returneq to St. commitment and dedication to the DOlllla Ftrrtira Michael's .lind was college archiu'ndertaking and agreeing to assist ' to breathe a little better:", . and pres'ent .each pa~ticipant with Rogtr Fo!'rnitr '''We raised $10,000," s,aid M,s. ' a citation from the Massachusetts vist until his' retirement "i:[1 1989. in f1.!ndrai~ing for. the trip. Thomas Fragoso He moved to·Selma in 1991. Senate., Edward Fragozo Father Nadeau is survived by ''I'm very proud of this team a.nd Rost Grillo th,ey should be very proud of.them- four sisters: Edna Cardin, Harriet Allntllt Hagtrmall selves," he said. "To sacrifice their . Plentu's a~d 'Rita Prunier, all of East Taunton, and Julia Martin of Jamts 1. Hamiltoll . vacation to help others is some~ Mystic. WillitHolmts tiling!" '. .... Anita Kitchm The mission week is ()ver but the Gtrard N. lJlVigllt : mission in the 'youths' hearts -i~ ROllllit Mrytr not. Many will keep in touch with MaIlUtl "ZW' Mtdtiros their new friends by lTlajl, while Raymolld E. Parist others plan to make another tr'ip last week's issue, Mr. Mrs. Picallso to Texas and Me~ico. and Mrs. Matthew Hart Robtrt C. POlltt were mistakenly identi'Emily Rossmort fied as parishioners of St. Jost~h C. Saulillo , Joseph, Fairhaven. They Augustillt Silva. Jr. are in fact, members of St. Raymolld Walkdm Jallt Willarski Mary's parish, Fairhaven.




Oldest Domilllican of Hope

Fairhaven youths report on mission trip

Father Nadeau, SSE




~ -~W:·· ~




g •


Hospital 795 Middle Street Fall River, MA 0272 i

(508) 674-5741

*As of Ftbruary 29.

f 996


DON FREDETTE, an adult team member, lays bricks for an addition to the Cortez house, where the group did the major part of their work.

God has promised that the cross he gives us will not exceed what we can bear. With the strength he gives us we can face the future knowing God cares. Amen.'

-Sally Tavares

1111111111111/ 1111111/ III/ III/ II/ 1I1I THE ANCHOR (USPS-545-0201. Second Class Postage Paid at Fall Riv':r, Mass. Published weekly except for the first two weeks in July and the week after Christmas at 887 Highland Avenue, Fall River, Mass. 02720 by the Catholic Press of the Diocclse of Fall River. Subscription price by mail, postpaid $13.00 per year. Postmasters send address changes to The Anchor, P.O. Box 7, Fall River, MA02722.

.- ..' ,.... '0\0'. '. "



• '.'

" .. • ' .•

0' . ' . 0.". "



HE'S ALIVE! A Celebration of the Living Lord An inspirational, musical story of Easter directed by Dee Powell

BISHOP SEAN O'MALLEY, OFM Cap., steps off at the corner of Eastern Av,enue and Bedford Street, Fall River, as Grand Marshal for the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade. (Anchor/ Mills photo)

,Celebrations galore on the feast of St. Patrick by Christine Vieira Mills Anchor Staff

Fresh, crisp springtime: air and a sunny day greeted thousands in the Fall River diocese as the feast of St. Patrick was celelbrated in many different ways. Among the myriad events that went on, highlights of the weekend included those attended. by Bishop Sean. O'MalleY,OFM Cap. ' Sunday Mass at St. Mary ofthe Assumption Cathedral, Fall River, brought back nostalgic memories for many of the hundreds gathered to join the Cathedral choir in singing the Gregorian chant Missa de Angelis (Mass of the Angels) in its original Latin. Booklets were provided (stamped as the property of the former Mt. St. Mary Academy in Fall River) that enabled the congregation to follow the liturgy in English translation. Bishop Sean celebrated the Mass and blessed a new statue of St. Patric:k for the Cathedral. In his homily, the bishop recounted the story of St. Patrick,

kidnapped as a child by Hish pirates and sold into slavery, who. by his great faith, was able to forgive his captors and who later, became a bishop. "St. Patrick's Day is green beer and parades," the bishop said of modern associations with the feast day, "but,like Christmas, we forget the religious dimension...St. Patrick holds a shamrock because that is what he used to teach about the Trinity." He spoke of St. Patrick's missionary work, explaining that historically more missionaries have been Irish than any othe~ nationality. But he added that everyone "is called to be a missionary," "Don't just keep the faith," he said, "spread it around." After the Mass, the bis~op served as grand marshal for Fall River's St. Patrick's Day parade. Thousands, wearing all shades of green, lined the city:s Bedford Street from Eastern Avenue to North Main in anticipation of what

Carver West Harwich Fall River Plymouth Fairhaven North Easton North Falmouth

, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday,

Barnsltable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich & Chatham C3TV, Cable channel 3 Mar. 25, 1:00 p.m. - Mar. 30, 8:30 p.m. ' Mashpee Continental Cablevision, Cable channel 20 Mar. 24, ]l2 noon - Mar. 27, 2:00 p.m.Mar. 28, 7:00 p.m. North Attleboro, Taunton TCI Cablevision, Cable channel 27 Mar. 24, 8:30 p.m. Attleboro, Rehoboth Inland Cable TV, Cable channel 8 Mar. 27, 9:00 p.m.

Our Lady of Lourdes ,Holy Trinity Holy Cross St. Mary's St. Mary's Easton Baptist Church St. Elizabeth Seton

A free-will offering will be taken.

In recognition of


._. • .......

pfanning Wee{

March 24 - 30

-r.,.-r ...n-r


Diocesan Office of Family Ministry wishes to publicly thank our N.F.P. instructors:

Dan and Kathy Couet Nestor and Sharon Levesque Dave and Joan Pepin

Jon and Maureen Howey Caroline Parris Rita Quinn

for their excellent, faith-jUled service to the Diocese of FaU River


Turn to Page 13

New Bedford Public Ace<::ss Cable TV, Cable channel 47 Mar. 23, 30., 9:00 p.m. - Mar. 26, 3:00 p.m.

8:00PM 8:00PM 4:00PM 8:00PM 8:00PM 8:00PM 4:00PM


From Our" r.',., 1'1' i, Church lUtCheR

Bishop's Ball Telecasts

March.22 March 23 March 24 March 28 March 29 March 30 March 31

Sc.dJivQn)s Est. 1962

Religious Articles Books • Gifts Church Supplies 428 Main St. • Hyannis, MA 02601 508-775-4180 Mon.-Sat. 9-5

Montie Plumbing & Heating Co. Over 35 Years of Satisfied Services Reg. Master Plumber 7023 JOSEPH RAPOSA, JR. 432 JEFFERSON STREET FALL RIVER 675-7496



FRIDAY, MARCH 29th SERVING AT 6:00 PM Tickets: $5.00 St. Joseph's Church 208 So. Main St.

Attleboro, MA


Cards Bibles Music R~saries Gifts






TEL. (50S) 997-1165 Open-Mon. - Sat. 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

282 Un,lon Street· New Bedford



1·800·411·7355 CAR CONNECRONS 1821 County Street Somll'll!, MA 02728


4 THE ANCHOR-- Diocese of Fall River .






Fri., Mar. 22,1996' .".

\ '.


... ,

.the moorillL

the living word

Suicide by Law

Sad to say, little notice has been taken of the recent legal maneuvers to legitimize mercy killing. Within the past two weeks, a United States Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a Washington State law that made assisted sl,licide a felony. The American Medical Association is worried about the effectS of. this ruling because it still feels that assisting in a suicide is "fundamentally incompatible with the physician's role as healer' and caregiver." Others feel that this court action will have a ripple effect across the country, not only because it is the first of its kind but also because it is a very lengthy and carefully reasoned decision by the judges of that circuit court. Some think that the right to die will become the duty to die. Indeed, our nation seems to be pressing headlong toward becoming a society that guarantees not the right to treatment but the right to die at the hand of doctors. . & It has also been noted that this ruling puts the right to suicide in line with the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion decision of the Supreme Court. Many have been caught up in the abortion battle b~t so far few have done much to stop the snowballing reality of legal suicide. Killing the sick and elderly is as hor:. . rendo'us as killing babies. One can be sure that the issue of assisted mercy killing will reach the Supreme Court, which will have no choice but to review the Appeals Court decision. It is therefore time that those who support the sanctity of all life muster their forces to take on this new challenge. ' There should be no constitutional right to suicide assisted by any doctor, pharmacist or family member. Yet killing is in the air. The Michigan jury that acquitted Dr. Jack Kevorkian of his acts of assisted suicide told the world that mercy killing is legally acceptable. To date Kevorkian has acknowledged taking part in 27 known suicides since 1990. He has indeed become a merchant of death and tragically he is getting headeNsl Sl. An'hony'" Guild pho'o lines and legal support as he usurps the,Ole of God. ST. JOSEPH SHARES A TENDER MOMENT WITH THE CHRIST CHILD IN THIS It would be well for all who believe in the fundamental PAINTING. ST. JOSEPH IS THE PATRON SAINT OF WORKERS, AND IN dignity of the human person to recall the words of the Fathers ·1870 POPE PIUS IX PROCLAIMED HIM PROTECTOR AND PATRON of Vatican II on this issue. In their document on the Church in OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH. ST. JOSEPH'S DAY WAS the Modern World, they teach that "whatever is opposed to CELEBRATED ON MARCH 19. human life itself, such as any type of murder, genocide, aborIte ad Joseph (Go to Joseph) tion, and euthanasia violates the integrity of the human person." The Judeo-Christian tradition holds and teaches that "human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the reactive action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship by John W. Murphy, Jr. the, stated goals of the group. .Judeo-Christian ethics up':>n which with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of One of the so-called constituSome bishops. as well as other our nation was founded. we and life from its beginning to its end; no one can under any circum- tional questions which has histori- individuals, have said that because the nation would all be b:tter off. Unfortunately, for th ose who stance claim for himself or herself the right to destroy an cally been raised in the American of the name, the creation of this innocent human being." This quotation from the new Cate- political arena has been the specter new group constitutes a direct may not know. under thl: present of a "Catholic" political position. attack on the teaching office of the . governmental approach \.0 politichism of the Catholic Church clearly indicates the Catholic While it may be implied in some bishops; that it undermines their cal activity in this country. the position on assisted suicide as a grave moral and ethical evil. circles. no one has openly gone so authority to speak on church mat- Catholic Church is proscribed from . Love toward one's self remains a fundamental principle of far as to say that a Catholic is not ters; . that the use of the word engaging in political activity. Any morality. It is legitimate to insist on respect for one's.own right entitled to have a specific view on "Catholic" is inappropriate; and violation of this governme ntal view to life. "Y ou shall not kill" applies in a very real way to those an issue or. candidate. However. that it is a disservice to the church could produce the los~i of the church's tax-exempt status by the whose intent is to bring about a person's death. In the current the accepted norm seems to be: in general. God forbid that there be any conThe rationale behind theirargu- Internal Revenue Service, suicide cases before various courts, we must affirm as a church sensus of political opinion among ment would seem to be that this . However, this does n,ot mean and as citizens that both direct and indirect euthanasia are Catholics. which may be contrary organization is designed to pursue that the church cannot speak out simply unacceptable medical procedures. We must safeguard to the humanistic secular views partisan political gain only. Other on moral issues which may be . prevalent in our society today. critics seem to have a tendency to impacted upon in the socic.political aI/life. To say that such an outlook or -label people and groups as "the arena. As church, we 'speak from The Editor

Should Catholics speak out on politlics?


OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER Published weekly by The Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River 887 Highland Avenue P.O. BOX 7 Fall River. MA 02720 Fall River, MA 02722-0007 I . Telephone 508-675-7151 FAX (508) 675-7048, . Send address changes to P.O. Box 7 or call telephone number above

EDITOR Rev. John F. Moore

GENERAL MANAGER Rosemary Dus~ault

-8P LEA"''' PRESS -


approach is reprehensible, let alone unconstitutional, would bean understatement. And yet, in fact, this kind of an implied approach to political involvement has held sway for years, and in many ways it has . been contributed to and supported by many Catholics because of blind adherence to a particular political party, platform or politician. . For example. there have been many recently who have ·"rushed to judgment" over the creation of an expanded branch of the Christian Coalition founded by, Pat Robertson and a nu"mber of evangelical Christians called the "Catholic Alliance." This new branch of the organization is designed to appeal to individual Catholics and get them involved in supporting

religious right" or "right wing." Aside from "soundbite" value, what do these terms really mean? Does .it mean that if one is right, the other side is wrong? The purpose of this article is neither to defend nor condemn the creation of the Catholic Alliance, but rather to defend the right of those Catholics who are tired of being taken for granted by the political pundits, pollsters and media experts of the day- those members of the faith coming, from many walks of life, who are inclined to finally stand up and let their collective voices be heard on the political decisions which affect all of us. If only more Catholics would start to exercise their political decisions guided by an adherence to those

neither a "conservative" or "liberal" point of view, because those views are usually subjective. The Catholic Church always s;~eaks on any sociopolitical issue frt>m the view of Gospel values. As to the Catholic Alliance, it should be noted that the Catholic Church does not hold an exclusive right to' the use of the word "Catholic." It should also be understood that the church itsl:if is not nor should it ever be a puppet for any political party orme,vemenl. However. when it comes to politics. the individual Catholics who comprise the membership of the church in this country are ali entitled as anyone else to exercise their collective good judgment an.d act as they see fit.


r .. ~ ~., ....

• ' .. (.' ~

This Sunday's Message




.. r


. . " ';


...... - • •

• z. • (' -

... 'f:'" ... ~



by Dr. Patrick V. Reid

. Moving towards Easter joy

The Word of the Lord

The'Anchor Friday, March 22, 1996


l'Blest are they who have not seen and have belleved." Jn20:29

The Fifth Sunday of Lent Readings:


Romans 8:8-11

As we move ever closer to the memorial of Jesus' death, this Sunday's r{:adings remind us of the triumph of the resurrection which lies beyond the cross. Even in the depths of our sorrow over sin during this Lenten season, let us sing with resurrection faith the refrain of the responsorial psalm: "With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption" (Ps 130). The first reading proclaims God's power to bring the Babylonian exiles back to life by restoring them to the land of Israel. [t is the conclusion of Ezekiel's famous vision of the valley of dry bones (Ezek 37). The exiles think that God has abandoned them: "Our bones are dried up, our hope is lost, and we are cut off'(Ezek 37:11). . [n the midst of this despair, Ezekiel is commanded to prophesy to the dry, lifeless bones, and, by the power of God's spirit, they are joined together and given life again. In the Lord's name he goes on to announce: "0 my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them, and bring you back to the land of Israel." Ezekiel concludes by assuring the exiles that the Lord's promise is irrevocable: "[ have promised, and [ will do it. says the Lord." [n the Romans reading, Paul is both celebrating God's triumph 'over sin and death through Jesus' resurrection and encouraging the Roman Christians that "he who raised Christ from the dead will bring your mortal bodies to life also through his Spirit dwelling in you." In this section he uses a favorite contrast: the flesh versus the spirit. For Paul, the flesh represents the baser desires of our human nature, our sensual instincts which can lead to sin. The Spirit, on the other hand, is the power of God unleashed by Jesus' resurrection which ena bles us, even while in our mortal bodies, to live a life of justice. Christians are now dead to sin (the flesh) but alive in the spirit through the power of G.od. The gosp'el sto"ry of rhe raisihg of Lazarus'is the last a'nd the greatest of t he signs of John. It reveals Jesus as "the resurrection and life" who triumphs over death and gives lasting life to whomever believes in him. Like all the signs in John, this is a symbolic story in which Jesus is challenging his hearers, and us, to see the sign as a revelation of his glory. For example, when Jesus first hears the news that Lazarus is sick, he solemnly announces: "This sickness is not to end in death; rather it is for God's glory, that through it the Son of God may bf: glorified." This statement not only refers to Jesus' raising Lazarus, but also to Jesus' own death and resurrection, his hour of glory in John's theology. The raising of Lazarus sets these events in motion. When many Jews come to believe in Jesus after the raising of Lazarus, the leaders begin to plan to kill him (sec 11:45-53). The dialogue with Martha challenges herto move beyond believing simply in Jesus' power to resurtect a corpse or in a general resurrection of the dead on

John 11:1-45

the last' day, a view held by the Pharisees. When Je$us finally arrives, Martha says to him, "Lord, if you had been here. my brother would never have died. Even now I am sure that God will, give you whatever you ask of him." When Jesus assures her, "Your brother will rise again," she thinks he is speaking of "the resurrection on the last day." But Jesus challenges her with the proclamation: "I am the resurrection and the life: whoever believes in me, though he should die. will come to life; and whoever is alive and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? Despite Martha's confession that Jesus is "the Messiah, the Son of God," at this stage neither she nor the other witnesses believe fully in Jesus as "the resurrection and life." As Jesus begins to weep before the tomb, some in the crowd say. "He opened the eyes of that blind man. Why could he not have done something to stop this man from dying?" When Jesus commands that the stone be taken away from the cave, Martha herself expresses doubt: "Lord. it has been four days now; surely there will bea stench!" In contrast to the disbelief of all around him, Jesus is confident and prays only "for the sake of the crowd, that they may believe that you [the Father] sent me." The actual miracle is a dramatic demonstration of Je$us' power and the liberating erfects of the resurrection. It is accomplished simply by his command: "Lazarus, come out!" When "the dead man came out, bound hand and foot with linen strips. his face wrapped in a cloth." Jesus then commands: "Untie him and let him go free." We are then told that this "caused many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary. and had seen what Jesus did, to put their faith in him." As we move closer to Holy Week, let us enter its mysteries with the same faith.

Daily Readings Mar. 25: Is 7:10-14; 8:10; Ps 40:7-11; Heb 10:4-10; Lk 1:26-38 Mar. 26: Nm 21:4-9; Ps 102:2-3,16-21; In 8:21-30 Mar. 27: Dn 3:14-20,91-92,95; (Ps) Dn 3:52':-56; In 8:31-42 Mar. 28: Gn 17:3-9; Ps 105:4-9; In 8:51-59 Mar. 29: Jer 2: 10·13; Ps 18:2-7; In 10:31-42 , Mar. 30: Ex 37:21-28; (Ps) Jer 31:10-13; In 11:45-56 .Mar. 31: Mt 21:1-11; Is 50:4-7; Ps 22:89,i7-20,23-24 Phil 2:6-11; Mt 26:14-27:66 or 27:11-54

OUR LADY'S RELIGIOUS STORE Mon. - Sat. 70:00 - 5:30 p.M.



673-4262 936 So. Main St., Fall River

J -800-4 J J -7355 CM CONNECTIONS 1821 County Street Somerset, MA 02726


ST. STANISLAUS PARISH HALL On Saturday, March 23 from 9 A.M.• 2 P.M. and following the 4:30 P.M. Mass Sunday, March 24 following the 8 A.M. BE 10:30 A.M. Masses FEATURING CABBAGE PIEROGI • CHEESE PIEROGI GOLABKI • CABBAGE SOUP KIELBASA

CATHOLIC SCHOOL .PRINCIPAL Pre-K-5, 500 students, seeks a qualified administrator as the next principal.

Desired qualities: dem~nstrate underst~ding of and commitment to Catholic Faith embracing the spirit of Vatican II, ability to interact effectively with all school constituencies, strong background iIi elementary curriculum, strong managemenUind staff develop!llent ~kills.

Applicants must have prior teaching experience and/or' administrative experience in a Catholic school.


r... ' ,.. •,..

Applicants must have a Master's .d~gree or equivalent and be certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

DEADLINE MARCH 30, 1996 Qualified.candidates mail resume, salary history and references:

BISHOP SEAN O'Malley'blesse!ithe new statue of St. Patrick at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River, during a S1. Patrick's Day Mass last Sunday. (Anchor/ Mills photo)

SEARCH COMMITTEE 14 St. Mary's Square • Taunton, MA 02780


Revenge brings no peace of mincl

Diocese of Fall River -F~i., Mar. 22, .1996

Time and again the subject comes tip: Are the media - mainly television and movies - responsible for promoting violence in our society? You get arguments pro and con. Most who disagree insist that people can always make up their own minds about what they want to watch; always lurking in the background is the "censorship" word. I'm not for censorship that would destroy freedom of choice and academic freedom. But I favor what I call self-censorship. I think people should censor themselves when it comes to using foul language, engaging in lewd behavior and acting out aggressive anger. Furthermore, I think the communications media should practice self-censorship so that their products do not insidiously glorify violent, evil or immoral behavior. A case in poin't is the recent movie, .. An Eye for an Eye," starring Sally Field. I heard about this movie from my friend, Sister Rosemarie Greco of the Daughters of Wisdom, who operates Wisdom House, a retreat center in Litchfield, Conn. We had talked about a speech against the death penalty that I was to give in Wilmington, Del. The next morning Sister Greco called me, telling me that she had turned on the television hoping to get some weather news, and instead the Oprah show was on. It was about pare'nts of murdered children who wanted revenge and death for the murde·rers. What apparently triggered the show was the movie "An Eye for An Eye," and Sally Field was one of Oprah's guests. Later, after seeing a rerun of that Oprah show, I thought I'd better see the movie in case questions came up about it after my upcoming talk. In the movie, the system fails by letting the murderer get off on a technicality. The mother then goes for revenge, getting a gun and learning to shoot so she can kill the man. I was' turned off when the newspap'er ads called this movie "an explosive thrill ride." What? I thought we were talking about the rape and murder of a teen here. What were the producers thinking of?

News briefs from around the U.S. Cardinal Krol remembered at funeral Mass PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- The late Cardinal John Krol of Philadelphia was saluted as "a lion of courage, a voice of truth" 'at his March 8 funeral Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul in Philadelphia. In the days after his death Mar. 3, Cardinal Krol "was spoken of by many as one of the m'ost powerful men of the church," said Cardinal John J. O'Connor of New York in his homily. But "those who knew him as a human being and a great priest, however, knew that any such concept of power was in his mind but dust and ashes," Cardinal O'Connor said. He. spoke movingly of his last visit to his' old friend the day before Cardinal Krol's death, saying, "In his suffering and his helplessness he was very much like Christ."

Bomb attempt is sad commentary on society POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (CNS) -- Miami's archbishop called an alleged attempt. by two Catholic school students in Pompano Beach to firebomb their science classroom a sad commentary on society and on the media's "steady diet of violence." "The fact that young children would even ,have it cross their minds to do something like this," said Archbishop John C.Favalora, "is the saddest commentary on our society and on the steady diet of violence that all the media, from television to movies, are feeding children. It is such a shame that our sophisticated technology is being put to such use." A bond hearing for the two teenagers was under way March 14. They were arrested Feb. 26 in connection with an attempt to firebomb the science classroom at St. Coleman Grade School in Pompano Beach two days earlier.

u.s. citizens can help build peace in Ireland

Dear Mary: My daughter has a daughter 8 months old. She seems to be happy and playful, and pretty well adjusted, but she will not go to sleep without a fight. My daughter is a nursing student, so time is at a premium for her. We try to rock the child, read to her, play those he'artbeat music tapes. Nothing works. The last time I watched her all day, she was up at 6 and took only about a 15- to 20-minute nap about 1 p.m. By the time she finally went to sleep it was 8 p.m. We ha ve put her in her bed and let her cry, and that is all she does- cry and maybe sleep 15 to 20 minutes, then it's crying time again. (Hawaii)

Election-year responsibilities for Catholics

Trust Services'

Call Citizens-Union':S~rvings Bank at 5086754316



til ,""' ...... LENDER


••• ·.ottom By Antoinette Bosco deal with someone who is violent, especially if the violence hurts you, is to be violent in return. At the movie's end, when the mothc:r pumps bullets into the man who raped and murdered her daughter, most oftheaudience cheered and clapped. Oprah had asked Ms. Field if, in playin~; this role, she came to empathize with the mother. The actress said no. This mother, she said, goes down into herself and touches the dark places there, the latent evil that could always haunt us. Ms. Field went on to say that the mother becomes the perpetrator and, in doing so, moves onto the killer's level. Bravo to Ms. Field for her insightful understanding of the evil of revenge. Too bad the audiences won't think this clearly. If they did, they would have cried for what this mother had turned into. The movie portrayed most parents of murder victims as angry people who want revenge. Not true. We want justice, but many also want healing. We learn quickly that without forgiveness we can never heal because anger keeps us emotionally handcuffed to the person who hurt us. If we don't forgive, we give the murderer more victims - ourselves.

Some infants are high-needs

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- While U.S. citizens traditionally have supported and prayed for the peace process in Northern Ireland, "such support and, encouragement are needed now more than ever," said the cnairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Policy. "This is a decisive moment for building peace," said Bishop Daniel P. Reilly of Worcester, in a statement marking the feast of St. Patrick March 17. In the statement, Bishop Reilly also endorsed a plan to begin political talks on the future of Northern Ireland in June.

LAFAYETTE, La. (CNS) -- "Our religious commitment really demands we undertake our responsibility as Christians in the field of politics,not imposing through any force of power, but rather through persuasion by force of argument to the way of Christ," said Bishop Edward J. O'Donnell of Lafayette, .in opening a diocesan conference on political responsibility. "It used to be that we didn't talk about religion or politics," with matters of human life and' rights taking second place to discussion of football or vacations, said Bishop O'Donnell at a workshop in February. "Our country deserves better." "When Jesus held up the coin of tribute and said, 'Render to Caesar the things which are Caesar's,' I hear Jesus saying we should take part in the political processes of our country and in animating the processes," Bishop O'Donnell said.

Clearly, this movie was made to titillatle and get across the idea that ifthejustice system doesn't work for you, you can take vengeance into your own hands. Those responsible for this film had one thing in mind, to push the hate buttons in all of us. The movie tells you.c1early that the right way to

How well you describe the very challenging baby. Some would say"fussy baby." Others would call her a "colicky baby." I prefer "high-needs baby," the description of Dr. William Sears. Sears has written a book, "Nighttime Parenting" (Plume Books, 1985), about the problems you describe. I am indebted to Sears for many of the following insights. I suggest you read his book soon. Sears suggests that some babies simply have a more difficult time adjusting to life outside the womb. In addition they have a low stimulus threshold, reacting to the slightest stimulus. This temperament manifests'itselfin the first few days of life, and to some extent it lasts throughout life. Do not blame yourself, your daughter or the baby. The condition rests with the child's temperament, which will probably make her a dynamic go-getter as a child and adult. Accept the challenge you have been given. This baby needs lots ofattention, time and. energy from the adult careperson. You need at least two carepersons to spell each other day and night. And your whole family needs support. . Your daughter might contact a La Leche League leader.. La Leche League meetings bring together . mamas who share their experiences and ;support each other. Your daughter needs support, not adults that tell her there is something wrong with her or her baby.. . Here are some ideas. ,.; . I. High-needs babies often like motion; Hold her, carry her, walk her. Shift position until you find one that baby iikes. She may develop favorites. For your sake and the b~by's, get outdoors daiiy.'U~e a siing, . '.,llot·a stroller:Carry baby snuggled c1os.e·against you as you take a walk.' . . . . . . .. '. ' .~ 2: Use skin'contact and people cOl}tact as'muC;,h as :. possible. Encotirage Mom.. to nurse "skin to skin." __-_..__.. __.."' :......,. .








Such contrast is frequently soothing for a high-needs baby.... : ...~ ... ';. . ' 3. Sleep with baby. Sleeping with Mom or Grandma is probably the single most important step you can take t6 soothe a wakeful baby. Use your .;)wn ingenuity to provide skin contact, people contact and gentle motion when baby is distressed. .

..m.u..,,,&III: With Dr. James & Mary Kenny High-needs babies are exhausting. You say your daughter has little time to spare. The challenge of parenthood is that children do n'ot express their needs in accord with adult needs or schedules. Fortunately, baby has a mom and a grandma. Spell each other and get lots of support for yourselves. Meet baby's needs for gentle stimulation and physical contact. And read Doctor Sears' book. Reader questions on family living or child care to be answered in print are invited. Address Cluestions: The Kennys; St. Joseph's College; 219 W. Harrison St. Suite 4; Rensselaer, Ind. 47578. Our recent booklet, "Babies Are to Love;" is available at the same address for $3.95 plus $1 postage.

r' I'





Catholic and Muslim Unity Q. The other night on cable TV I heard Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan speak. At first I was inclined to turn it off. But I became impressed with what he said and even more with his dosing prayer, quoting Jesus, and saying nothing belittling to Christians or Jews. I know nothing about this religion, but can see why many black peol>le have joined the ranks. . My question: What would prevent Catholics and Muslims from uniting? Catholics and Protestants have not made all thalt much progress. After listening to this man, maybe unity with the Muslims is more attainable. I read your column faithfully and hope you can enlighten us - (JIIinois) A. Your remarks about Louis Farrakhan call for some comment others can make better than I. Your question is an interesting one, however, so let's stick with that. • Some sort of peac:eful relationship between the Catholic Church and Islam would indeed be an aweSOme achievement. Catholics, about 1.058 billion, constitute the largest single religious denomination in the world. Muslims run a close second, about I.Oj3 billion. They ue the only religious groups with over I bilIion members worldwide. It's no wonder that everyone from the pope on down, on the Catholic side at least, looks with hope on any sign of possible dialogue between the two faiths. . I'm afraid, however, that any stable, effective religious collaboration or union between the Catholic Church and Islam is far more difficult than might sometimes appear. Many points of similarity do exist. With Judaism and Christianity, Islam is one of the 'three great monotheistic religion:s in the world, all in one way or another looking to Abraham as the founder of their faith. The Muslim creed is simple: There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet. Each day devout Muslims recite often the prayer "Allahu Akbar," God is the most great. All three of these religions look to Jerusalem as a central focus of their religion. The second most sacred mosque of Islam is the Dome of the Rock, built on the site of Solomon's temple in Jerusalem, where Abraham intended to sacrifice Isaac, where Jesus walked and taught, and' where (according to Muslim tradition) M(>hammed ascended into heaven in 632 A.D. ~ . Frequent prayer, gcnerous personal care of the poor, fasting and behef in the one God are pillars of the Islamic faith. Officially at least, economic justice, equal dignity for women far beyond what was accept-

able in the surrounding male-dominated cultures and racial equality arc among the demands made on believers. The. insistence on racial equality, incidentally, is tne reason mainstream Islam even today rejects the Qlack Muslim moveinent for its discrimination and segregation.



We understand the middle school student! 61 SUMMER STREET TAUNTON, MA 02780-3486 (508) 822-0491

Q • •StiLGD8



By Father John J. Dietzen The obstacles to effective dialogue, however, are many. For one, Muslims reject belief in the Trinity, and thus many other core Christian doctrines, the divinity of Jesus Christ among them. . Perhaps even more divisive, in its practical effect on relations with other religions, is their official e,mphasis on killing and violence against those who oppose them. . Starting with Mohammed himself, whose personal influence resulted in large part from his suc: cessful warfare against those who opposed him, slaying those who persecute or attack the "believers'" is a sacred obligation. : "Allah loves no aggressor~," according to the Koran. the Muslim "bible": "slay them wherever you fi'nd them." We have witnessed in recent months too d1any instances of how literally a growing number of Muslim fundamentalists take that command. Nevertheless, God's plan for salvation includes all who acknowledge the Creator, says the Catholic c~techism, "in the first place among whom are the N1uslims." "Together with us they 'adore the one merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day." (no. 841, quoting the Vatica'n II Constitution on the Church,16) Unity between our two faiths doesn't appear imminent. But God can do some remarkable things 'Yhen he is ready to move. •

2i, 1'9967

tTaunton Catliotk MiJfifkSclioof


Fri., Mar.



Sunday, March 24, 1996 • 2:00 PM • Religious values emphasized through curriculum • Intellectual development guided toward academic success • Involve all members of the community in the educational process • Encourage social and physical development through various programs


A free brochure answering questions Catholics ask about Mary, the mother of Jesus, is available by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to Father ~ohn Dietzen, Holy Trinity Church, 704 N. Main $t., Bloomington, III. 61701 Questions should be sent to f.'ather Dietzen at the same address.


I'm gllad we don't e'lect our bishops The more I watch the political races for the presidential nominations in this country, the more I am glad we don't elect our bishops, cardinals and popes. Somehow I couldn't handle seeing a bishop come on the air and tell us another bishop's theology on First Communion. or something, was bad for the church, and that if we elected him (the naughty bishop, not the mudslinger) we'd be sorry. Ugh. It's not that I'm not all for more democracy in the church. It's just that the two major "political" wings in the church scare me. The liberals overall seem to be nice people, or at least people you would want your daughter to date - given a change in the celibacy thing, of course. But I am not certain I would enjoy them at a backyard barbecue if they wefie going to tell me what fruits I shouldn't eat, why I should actually enjoy holding hands during the OUle Father and how to vote in the general election. And they do. Uh, not that I don't love my priestcousin, Kevin, of course. On the other hand, the conservatives seem to enjoy expensive scotch more than the animal beer I can afford. This doesn't make them bad people, obviously. Still, it does weaken the credibility of one's poverty~ fighting schemes when one is sipping Glenlivet while debating which contractor would be better for renovating the parking lot to the tune of something that sounds like it could buy Guatemala outright. Actually, one of my biggest fears is that a parallel political party system would develop and replace the seamy, yet efficient, smoke-filled chancery and rectory deal-making system that has worked for us for so long. To expose this delicate process to the light of day and debate would be like sending Marines into battle wearing jockey shorts and armed with nyswatters.

Diocese of Fail River -

Of course it's a tasteless metaphor. That's the point. , . Even worse, we could open ourselves up to fad-of tre-generation problems. We would probably end up electing bishops because they playa mean acoustical guitar while knowing nothing of their ability to

..b.. ollJJ>Qat _0.1« 01 VD,cti'IQ·


By Dan Morris oversee four confirmations, two ordinations, a rightto-life fund-raiser and a 'presbyteral council meeting ' - i - all on a Saturday afternoon. We could be exposed to tacky campaign promises, like assurances he would commission Hootie and the Blowfish to write a few catchy hymns for Generation X, or vowing to consider the NFL schedule when reviewing Mass times. Appointments could come to be handed out like favors, based on support and loyalty. Wait a second! But it could be worse! And I, for one, would hate to see groups like Bishop-McKnuckles-for-Cardinal cluttering up our 4hurches with posters and flyers and leaflets and l!-dvertising. We have plenty of groups who can do that now.

Pro-Lif~ Mass

toI b~ h~ld Monday, March at noon St. Mary's Cath~dral, Fall Riv~r I


~>~~ .)


''>''r;o£~g past the changes <wtbl1ght by age, ~o see the whole person: the laughter and tears; the fears and joys; the hopes fulfilled and promises kept. For you, it's a matter of remembering. For us, it's a process of discovery. At 51. Patrick's Manor, our residents are never simply names on a schedule or numbers on a chart. Because, unless you know the person,

you can't proVide true personalized care, Maybe th'at's why, since 1953, so many families have counted on 5t. Patrick's Manor ... and honored us with their trust. We're not-for-profit. Nonsectarian, And unequaled for providing skilled care with a sense of dignity and aspirit of compassion. Please, won't you pay us avisit?

St. Patrick's Manor welcomes inquiries from caregivers, caseworkers

and healthcare professionals. Please call to arrange apersonal tour. • 24 hour skilled nursing care • Dedicated Alzheimer's unit • Personalized rehabilitative services

• Innovative activities • Private and semi-private rooms • Unrestricted visitation • Secure, updated facilities

S1. PatridCs Manor 863 Central Street • Framingham, MA 01701-4892 • 508-879·8000 ACaring Mission of the Carmelite Sisters


Diocese ofFaJrRiver -'Fri.:Ma'r, 22; 1996'"

Mother Teresa clarifies· , .position ~fter magazine flap WAS H INGTON (CNS) tion. said. "The Bible is very clear. Mother Teresa, founder of the Jesus says. 'God made them male and female; for this 'reason a man Missionaries of Charity. issued a clarification of her views on divorce shall leave his father ana his mother after quotes attributed to her on and the two shall become one. the marital woes of Prince Charles They are no longer two but one and Princess Diana appeared in flesh. Therefore let no man separate what God has joined ...• Ladies Home Journal. Adv(fcating divorce "is clearly She added. "The family that against Catholic teachings and my prays together stays together; and own convictions." s'he said in a if you stay together you will love March 12 statement. '" have never one another with the same love w'ith which 'God loves each one of advised or encouraged a husband , and wife to seek divorce. I always us. Love begins in the family. tell couples having trouble to pray Peace begins in the family. Where - alone and together as a family." there is love. there is unity, peace The topic of the royal relation- and joy. ' ship came up in an interview with "Let us pray for all married writer Daphne Barak. In an article couples. especial1y for those expein the April issue of Ladies Home riencing problems in their marJournal. Ms. Barak wrote that she riage, that they may become one landed an interview with Mother heart full of love in the heart of Teresa. because she had agreed to God." spend some time working wit h ~er The .church teaches the indisnuns. solubility of marriage. h does not' When Mother Teresa final1y exclude a person from the sacraments for obtain'jng a civil divorce. talked with Ms. Barak ·one-onone. she told the journalist: "You .but does not consider that person see? You are here for a reason - to free to remarry unless there are help me. That's why Jesus sent you grounds for decl,aring the first marhere. And I don't just see every- ,riage invalid from (he start. body. Princess Diana had to wait a The remarks about Princess few days to see me when she was Diana were only a portion of the here." Ladies Home Journal interview, Ms. Bartak asked Mother Teresa with Mother Teresa. Ms. Barak about her relationship with the asked the nun about her work, her princess. travels. her health. whether she "Oh. she is like a daughter to' thinks about death and if she is me;" replied Mother Teresa, w~o worried about who her successor then remarked: "They told me you . wil1 be. interviewed h~r husband. What is "My doctors advise me not to real1y going' on there? Is it (the travel. but I have to see my sisters, marriage) overT' ' to inspire-them," said Mother After being told that "it cer- Teresa. "Jesus knows how much: tainly appears ,to be." Mother time I have. Why fight itT' Teresa is quoted as saying: "I think She added that "when my time it is a sad story. She (Diana) is comes I will just take a bed in the such a sad soul. She gives so much house in Kalighat (a Calcutta love. but she needs to get it back. ' neighborhood where her sister~ You know what? his good that it work) and wait for the end .... is over. Nobody was happy any- That's what Jesus wants me to how. I know I should preach for do." .. family love and unit'y. but in their As.for her successor, she said, "I case...... she said. her voice trailing am not worried. There are so many off. people who give up a lot to do the The interview took place before, good work. Each sister knows her but was published after. the royal duty. Jesus has his ways." family announ.ced the impending divorce. The magazine article sparked a controversy that the Missionaries of Charity have tried to quell. Sister M. Sylvia. the Missionaries of Charity's regional superior March 25 in the Bronx. sent a letter to all 1991. Rev. John J. Brennan, U.S. bishops asking for their help SS.Cc. in supporting the woman her fellow nuns simply call "Mother." . March 27 "The quote undermines the 1918, Rev, James W. Conlin, Catholic Church's teaching on Pastor, St. Patrick, Somerset marriage and completely misrepre1964. Rt. Rev. Antonio P. Vieira. sents Mother's own convictions." Pastor, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Sister M. Sylvia said in her March New Bedford 12 letter. "And it is having a significant March 28 impact on the public. Many peo1960. Rev. Alfred J, Levesque., ple have already contacted us to Pastor. St. James, Taunton verify the quote or to complain 1972. Rev. Bernard A, Lavoie. against Mother. Worse stillare the Catholic Memorial Home, Fall millions who wil1 read the quote, River believe that Mother real1y said it 1983. Rev. Dieudonne Masse. and use it to support divorce!" OFM. Retired, Montreal, Canada She asked the bishops to reprint 1985, Rev, Howard A. Waldron. Mother Teresa's clarification in Pastor Emeritus. St. Thomas More. parish bulletins and diocesan news- Somerset papers and to tell the Missionarie,s of Charity when and in what pJ.lbMarch 29 lications the clarification appeared. 1923. Rev. James H. Carr. "We beg you to do everything S.T.I.., Assistant. St. Patrick. Fall you can to correct the damage River , done by the quotations." Sister M. 1951. Rev. Msgr. Edward J, Sylvia said. Moriarty, Pastor, St. Patrick, Fall Mother Teresa. in the c1arifica- River


x;.. \


GOLD LEAF and small images of lambs are applied to pasch~1 candies at theWiU a'n'd' Baumer Candle Co. in Syracuse, N. Y. The plant has a tradition of hand decorating each Easter candle. (CN AI Okoniewski) .


Liturgical candles fuel company's f1amle wax. machines can only be used competitors. all started by family SYRACUSE. N.Y. (CNS) for candles or cores a couple of members or formeremployel:s who There's a pretty good chance that inches across, he said. struck out on their own. explained Barbara A. Ryback and Mary Ciccone. one of the current emMerritt of Syracuse contributed Those cores are dipped as many ployee-owners. After brief forays something to the Easter celebratimes as necessary to reach the into the novelty candle market tions injust about any U.S. Cathofour- to five-inch diameters of,the that temporarily brought bigger lic parish. ' , biggest cathedral-size candles. At staffs and new equipment to' the As the quality control manager various steps along the way, the company, Will and Bauffil:r has and decorator, respectively. for candles sit for a day or two. as the country's oldest church candle employees watch for signs of blis- settled almost exclusively into the church candle market. The f,ilctory manufacturers: the two women tering or other imperfections'. probably had hands or eyes on the After that, Ms. Merritt begins that once held hundreds of workers remains at 65-70 employee!: these paschal candles being used in about decorating them with bits of shaped 10,000 U.S. Catholic churches for gold foil. Greek letters and wax- days. Ciccone said. The closing of inner-city. ethnic Easter celebrations. dipped symbols such as lambs. At Will and Baumer Candle Other candles are decorated by churches that once used huge Co .. Ms. Merritt is the sole emmachines. which paint on Easter quantites of candles and their replacement by more modern. ployee decorating paschal candles· symbols and pictures. better-lighted suburban ch urches - nearly 5,000 each year by hand. "Each one takes an hour to sevMs. Ryback. who official1y retired , eral hours to decorate, depending which purchase fewer candles has cut into the business in recent two years ago, still comes in daily on the order," Ciccone said. decades. But Ciccone said dc:mand for quality control inspections. The cost can also vary widely. remains relatively stable. They're part of a 70-employee from $35 for the simplest. smaller Although there are hundreds of operation that ~il1 be dipping and styles, to $300 for complicated decorating beeswax paschal can- designs on the biggest. 45-pound other candle manufacturers a round the country. canon law requires dies through Holy Week. candles. he explained: beeswax candles ofa specific: qual"We'l1 be working right up It's a painstaking job, but Will ity for Catholic liturgical use. through Good Friday," said Mar-' and Baumer is just one of several shall Ciccone. executive vice pres~ companies that have made Syra- explained Ciccone. Producing that quality takes a certain ex:!>ertise ident. "We put them on buses and cuse a national center of candleand consistency of formulas that airplanes right up to the last minmaking for more than a century. only about a half-dozen U.S. ute" for oelivery by Saturday afterAn estimated 60 percent of the companies can provide. he :;aid .. noon before Easter Vigil cele- church candles used in the United brations. States come from One Syracuse • While Will and Baumer specialCandle' makers at Wil1 and company or another. according to izes in paschal candles and decoBaumer have' been working on the Syracuse Herald-Journal news- rated ceremonial candles for wedpaschal candles since September, dings, baptisms and confirmatio'ns. . paper. when the first candle cores were What is now known as Will and the company also sells t~:ns of formed in machines that extrude Baumer was formed in 1896 with thousands of regular beeswa I{ altar the beeswax in widths up to'sev- the merging of two smaller man\.!- candles each year, Ciccone Haid. eral inches. expiained Cicc'one in . facturers, both started by Bavar"They're the bulk of our busian interview with Catholic News ian immigrants in the mid-1800s. ness. but we really highlight the Service. Because of the enormous Wil1 and Baumer eventually paschal candles for their ,:raftsp'ressure required to' extrude bees- spawned its three remaining local manship and decorating," he said.

Appeals court 'moves nation toward san.ctioning as.sistied suicide WASHINGTON (CNS) - The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals moved the nation a giant step toward allowing p.hysician-assisted suicide with its March 6 ruling that the terminally ill have a constitutional"right to die" when and how they wish with a doctor's help. The court's 8-3 decision ihvalidating a Washington state law against assisted suicide drew sharp criticisms from many religious, medical, legal and pro-lif(: leaders. It was the first time in the United States that a federal appeals court has asserted a "constitutionally protected liberty interest in determining the time and manner of one's own death." "This ruling paves and broade!,\s the road to a complete culture of death," said Cardinal Bernard F. Law of Boston, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee for ProLife Activities. "This is fundamentallv incompatible with the physicia~'s role as healer and caregiver," said Dr. Thomas Reardon, chairman bfthe American Medical Associatio'1's Task Force on Quality Care at the End of Life. Despite the court ruling, it remains "unethical for a physician to intentionally cause the death of a patient," he said. Washington's 'Catholic bishops

urged an immediate appeal to the warned that any ruling affecting them would also be applied to lifeU.S. Supreme Court to reverse the or-death proxy decisions for the decision. "It does not create 'a incompetent. right to die,' it creates a right to be The 9th circuit court fulfilled killed," they s a i d . ' Archbishop ThomasJ'. Murphy .. their worst expectations. Footnote of Seattle led a Prayer Service for 120 in the ruling says, "We should Life March 10 at Mount St. Vinmake it clear that a de.c;ision of a cent, a Seattle residence for the duly appointed surrogate decisionelderly and infirm run by the Sismaker is for all legal purposes the ters of Providence. decision of the patient himself." In his homily he contrasted the Also before the 9th circuit court "culture of death" of the court is an appeal of a decision last decision with the "environment of summer by U.S. District Judge hope and true compassion for the Michael Hogan that the Oregon sick, elderly and dying" ,witnessed Death With Dignity Act, legalizto by Mount St. Vincen~. ing physician-assisted suicide, is Dr. David Stevens, executive unconstitutional. director of the Christian Medical Although their March 6 deci.: and Dental Society, said:" An elite sion was not on that case, known panel of activist judges has thrown as'Lee vs. State of Oregon, the out the basic tenets of tl)e Hippo- appellate judges addressed it and cratic and Judeo-Christian values signaled plainly that .they would that have provided the fqundation not accept Hogan's decision. of medical ethics for two millennia." "The benefit we conclude the In a separate action a Michigan terminally ill are entitled to receive jury dealt opponents of physicianin this case - the right to physicianassisted suicide another defeat assisted suicide - is precisely what March 8 by acquitting Dr. Jack Judge Hogan determined to be a Kevorkian of assisted suicide burden and thus unlawful.... In charges in two of the 27 deaths he doing so, Judge Hogan clearly has assisted at since 1990. He faces erred. 'Lee' not only does not aid trial on two other death~ in April. us in reaching our decision, it is The 9th circuit court; which is directly contrary to our holding," based in San Francisco and has Reinhardt wrote. jurisdiction over nine Western Mark Chopko, general counsel states and Guam, ruled March 6 of the National Conference of that the Washington $tate law Catholic Bishops, said the new making it a criminal offense to decision "expands the law in new assist il) another person's suicide is and dangerous ways." unconstitutional. "Our lawand culture have always "We hold that insofar as the outlawed murder and, for that Washington statute i)['o~ibits phy- reason, have outlawed assisting sicians from prescribing I\fe-ending another in suicide," he said. medication for use by terminally "We need not wonder if there is The Hudner Oncology Center of Saint· Anne's H ospitnl, Fall, ill, compet~nt adults whp wish to a 'slippery slope' in the law. We are hasten their own deaths, it violates on it .... Until (March 6) the supRiver, is sponsoring an educational due process clause of the 14th posed 'right to die' was not part of the prostate cancer support group to Amendment," said Circuit Judge our Constitution," he added. He discuss the emotional and physical Stephen Reinhardt, aut~or of the urged the Supreme Court to reverse impact of a diagnosis of'prostate majority opinion. I the decision as soon as possible. cancer. Although the plaintiffs had Cardinal Law said the ruling The group meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. each Monday in Room 128 of sought to reverse the state law only sends a chilling message to "milfor the mentally competent termi- lions of elderly and seriously ill the hospital's Clemence Hall. Each nally ill, opponents for years have people in our society." meeting will include pre!.entation of a topic related to prostate cancer. Meetings are free and open to the public and parking and entrance to the hall are available on Forest Street. According to Fred Barbosa, MSW, L1CSW, Oncology Social Worker at the Hudner Center, "the support group is an integral part of the healing proces:, because it enables patients to learn from each other in a safe and supportive environment." Keynote speakers will discuss a variety of topics including the effects of prostate canc(:r on the patient and family, treatment options, and nutrition as wdl as survivorship and post-treatment issues. Upcoming programs include: March 25, "Overview of PSA Testing," Anthony D'Amil;o, M.D.; April 8, "Overview of Treatment Options," Raymond L. Dugal, M.D.; April.22, "Addressing the Effects of Prostate Cancer on the Patient and His Family," Fred Barbosa, MSW, L1CSW,; May 6. "N utrition and the Cancer Patient," Carole Hazen, R 0 and Brenda Helger, RD; May 20, "Addressing Post-Treatment Issues and Survivorship," Barry Brown, MSW, L1CSW and Fred Barbosa, MSW, L1CSW. More information on the new support group is available from BOSTON CARDINAL Bernard F. Law says a recent Fred Barbosa at '(508) (i74-5600, court decisioh calling physician-assisted suicide a c~n­ federal ext. 2279, or from Rosemarie Baystutional right sends a "chilling" message to tlhe elderly and lies, RN, BSN, MHP, OeN, at (508) 675-5688. seriously·ill. (CNS/ Kessler photo)

Prostate cancer support group to meet at hos,pUal




Diocese of Fall River -'- Fri., Mar: 22, 19969

"Human life - every human life - is of incomparable and irreplaceable worth. Bad court decisions are not," he said.

he said. "When a society stops protecting innocent human life in the womb, the sick and then the elderly are next." Burke Balch, director of the Bishop James T. McHugh of . Depart!,l1ent of Medical Ethics of Camden. N.J., a member of Carthe National Right to Life Comdinal Law's committee, said the mittee, said, "This decision singles "opens'a wide door for lawruling out those branded 'terminally ill' yers, euthanasia advocates and and strips them of protection from family members to persuade, if not those who would pressure them actually pressure, patients to end into death." their lives." "The so-called 'right to die' will Steven T. McFarland, general quickly become the duty to die," counsel of the Christian Legal he predicted. Society, criticized the court majorIn response to the court deciity for ignoring "the crucial differ- sion, the American Life League in ence between letting someone die Stafford, Va., began distributing by withdrawing extraordinary med- forms for what it called a" Loving ical treatment and making them Will" - a declaration expressing die by giving them a death-ind ucing in advance a person's desire to agent." continue receiving food, waterand "This is the predictable legacy of basic care in case he or she becomes 'Roe vs. W~de,''' the 1973 Supreme incapable of making medical deciCourt decision legalizing abortion, sions.


/? ::ng' f Ea:::c:. . L

cope with the challenges of aging

Our Care Manager can assist dders to remain living at home by: • • • •

Arranging in-home help or other services Reassuring 'long-distance caregivers Supporting working caregivers Providinj crisis intervention

Sponsored by Our Lady's Haven Serving Greater New 13ectford and Fall River, including Little Compton and Tivenon, Rhode Island

ReqllCsts for helpllnfo: please call 999:<U61 and s.peak


Deborah Osuch, RN, MA, Care Manager . Member National Association oJProJessional Geriatric Care Managers

!! Finally!! .liThe music you've


asking for is here"

"All new recording..•over 50 minutes of beautiful music . ...exquisite performance by recording artist Keith Wells "

Be Not Afraid

Here I Am, Lord

On Eag!e~

Wing~ Hosea

Prayer of St. Francis

And many more!!! Not Sold In Stores Mail check or money order with the form below: -- -





Cut On Dotted Line -

Make Check Payable to:







Price Total $15.95 _ $12.95. _ _ West Acton, MA 01720 Cassette Tape MA Sales $.65 @ Tape/$.80 @ CD _ _ Shipping/Handling $2.95 Total Enclosed

~.~.d:~x~~';o Records Compact Disc

Please Print: Name


Address City

_ State 100% - 30 day money back guarantee

Zip _ _ FMA


COO-UIHG Serves 4

Potato· Omelet

, .'

.• 4-5 ~tatoes cubed • 7 eggs ' .• sak, pepper, parsley 'and parmeian 'cheese to taste FrY ~tatoesln oil until soft. Beat eggs and mix with sak, pepper, parsley, cheesund potatoes! Mek butter on fry pan to prevent sticking. Frymlxture until eggs are done, carefully ffipplng omelet halfway'through.

Wanted: friendly 'faces If you have ever thought about becoming a volunteer, talk to Lillian LaFrance. As the new director of community vofunteers at Our Lady's Haven, Fairhaven, Ms. LaFrance can match volunteers with a wide variety of experiences at the nursing home. "My job is to help staff work, more effectively ~nd efficiently by· , ·identifying the resources they need, , ,', such as people, things orservices. I find outwhal I can do to help and try to get it done;" said Ms. LaFrance. Currently M s LaFrance is coor. of the staff with dinating the,needs .J obs that volunteers might, do to help them. Resident i'nput is impor-. tant also, she says. "Finding out . what residents want or need preserves their quality of life. We; must make sure residents are taken care of and happy." Ms. LaFrance'plans to recruit volunteers from all members of' the community including schoois,· parishes, service organizations and clubs. "It's like planting a seed and letting other people's minds run wild with what they can do," said Ms. LaFrance. . "Anyone is a target in terms of potential volunteers," said Ms. LaFrance. "We have no limits on whom we serve or who can vol unteer."

All new volunteers will be paired with a staff mentor, receive orientation and training sessions, and participate award and recognition ,program. Perhaps most rewarding is the joy volunteers can bring to residents.' ",Volunteers can see immediate results fffiffi'lheir actions. Even a short time' spent with a volunteer reading" writing letters, playing games or just talking can brighten a resident's day," she said. . Volunteers are needed· in a var~ iety of positions throughout 'the home from' performing clerical duties and assisting in the reception area; to' mending residents' clothes or maintaining bulletin boards. Ms, LaFrance encourages. anyone who would like to share interests, talents or time to contact her at 999-4561 to discuss volunteer opportunities, Ms. LaFrance holds an associate's degree in journalism from Bristol Community College and a bachelor's degree in English from the· University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has also attended various profe~sional development seminars on customer service, human resources management and quality. previously, s,he was the director of development at the, Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford.

LILLIAN LaFRAN CE is the new director of community' volunteers at Our Lady's Haven, Fairhaven.

A BUST of B.B. King looks on as sculptor Ed Dwight works on a piece resembling jazz great Louis Armstrong. The Denver artist was commissioned to create a·black Madonna ~tat~e for a new chapel at the Basilica of the National Shrine .of the Immaculate Conception In Washington. (CNS/ As~er photo) . '

Artist to s,cqlpt ,MadQn1la 'DENVER (CNS) - Sculptor Ed Dwight's newest ,project may be a departure from his ongoing work to im'mortalize the country's jazz greats, but it fits right in with the Denver artist's Catholic faith. The 62-year-old African-American artist has been commissioned to create the sculpture and basrelief that will grace the new Mother , of Africa chapel at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. In an interview at his 27,000square-foot studio in Denver, he said that when he toured the shrine in Washington recently, he was amazed to find so many different images of the Blessed Mother, from the abstract to the traditional, in wood, steel and other mediums. "Every possible depiction of the Madonna is there," he said, talk, ing as he fine-tuned a bust of Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. A largerthan-life image of B.B. King looked on from the sculptor's cluttered workbench. One corner of Dwight's massive st'udio is peopled with the jazz figures he has completed over the years and that have been exhibited around the country. One of those exhibits brought him to the attention of someone who encouraged him to compete for the shrine commission. He was picked from among other artists late last year. The decisi.on to erect the chapel was announced in January 1995. Sponsored by the African-American bishops and the national Black Catholic Congress, the .chapel is scheduled to be completed in late summer. The image of a black Jesus is a familiar one in the black community, Dwight said, so "it shouldn't be a surprise to, anyone (to see Mary) depicted in that sense." . But he said the challenge for

him in creating a black Madonna is not to depict the Blessed Mother "as somebody blackjust for black's sake," but to capture Mary's role as "an intermediary." Even the style of her clothing is a concern, he said, noting that his first model looked too European because her robes had too many folds. "I grew up with the European white model of the Madonna," he said, and experienced the church "as a quiet respit~ where you'd answer the priest and go home." But today's church, Dwight added, is incorporating more and more of black Catholics' culture and realizes they are "bringing a new form of energy" to the church. , Growing up in Kansas City, Mo., he attended Catholic schools and was an altar boy for 12 years. Dwight said his mother had always wanted him to be a priest. "She decided the smartest way for her to get a chair in heaven was if I ,were a priest," he said. "Unbeknownst to me she was talking to the Franciscans." But at that time "they weren't taking black folks," he added. His sister was the first black w9man to join the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. Dwight has completed his model for the chapel's bas-relief. It is a history of African-Americans Starting at the viewer's right, it shows an image of slave traders capturing African villagers. Next is a scene of slaves on the auction. block., Then slaves are shown escaping on the underground railroad, followed by images of the civil rights' movement. The reliefs last image is of the contemporary African-American family. At the top, gazing down, is the Holy Spirit symbolized as a dove. "I sometimes wonder. where the Holy Spirit was" while blacks




endured such hardship:;, Dwight remarked. Dwight's original design included a sign fo'r the auction block that said: "Negroes for sale." However,. he said, he was asked to eliminate it for fear it would offend people. Some in the black community "say black people don't want to be reminded of the days of slavery," Dwight said, but he thinks such historical details have their place - to educate. Many white Americans "have no idea what the black community is about," h(: added. , For example, he said, the Holocaust Museum in Washington is not a pleasant reminder of Jews' fate in World War II. "I visited the Holocaust Museum, and was overcome by emotion," Dwight said. An educational experience like that "certainly breeds understanding."

councils on I

PROVINCETOWN The fourth annual Wellness Fair will be held at the Provincetown Town Hall March 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There 'will be free blood pressure readings and hearing, cholesterol and sugar tests. Call 487-7080. Bereavement support group will begin a series of eight weekly sessions starting in April or May. Call Hospice of Cape Cod at 362-1103 or (800) 642-2423 for information. DENNIS Singer and entertainer Ron Jenner will performat the senior center on April 4 at I:30 p.m. A Women's Health Fair will be held on March 28 at the sl:nior cen'ter from' 1:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is free and sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association. Call Martha irroutman at 394-2230. ext. 278, for more information.

Canlpus Crusade head is Templeton prize winner NEW YORK (CNS) -


1996 Templeton Prize for Progress

in Religion will go to William R. Bright, founder and president of Campus Crusade for Christ International, it was announced at a March 6 press conference in New York. Bright and his wife, Vonette,' natives of Oklahoma, started Campus Crusade in 195 i in Los Angeles after giving up a career in business. Although they began the organization as an effort to evangelize college students, they have since expanded it to include numerous other programs as well. Campus Crusade. with headquarters now in Orlando, Fla., has 13,000 staff members working in 165 countries and a budget of some $300 million for the current year. It is engaged in an effort called New Life 2000 that aims to present the Christian message to all the world's people by the year


t6«Jl-»lif.l~ .~YiL~'If& The following are home videocassette reviews from the U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC) Office for Film and Broadcasting:

"Angus" (1995) Formula comedy in which a tubby teen (Charlie Talbert) must overcome low self-esteem and taunting classmates before finding courage to talk to the girl of his dreams (Ariana Richards). Cardboard characters and Patrick Read Johnson's dull direction result in a preachy, predictable tale about beauty being only skin deep. Some sexual innuendo, comic roughhousing, crude slang and a needless instance of rough language. USCC classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (Turner)


Bright, a Presbyterian layman, said at the press conference that CalTIPus Crusade was interdenominational, and that its staff included Catholics as well as Protestants of all denominations. In 1994, he was among the signers of an appeal for cooperative work issued by Catholics and conservative evangelicals under the leader-

"Babe" (1995) Live-action barnyard charmer in which a kindly Australian farmer (James Cromwell) enters his unusual piglet (voice of Christine Cavanaugh) in a sheep dog competition, unaware that his farm animals can talk to one another as they pull together to make the little pig's dream of herding sheep come true. Director Chris Noonan's enchanting comic fable is filmed entirely from the animals' point of view, with delightful visuals and an endearing message of learning to live and work in harmony. USCC classification is A-I -- general patronage. MPAA rating is G -general audiences. (MeA/Universal)

U .8. Jewish leader wants inventory of Vatican treasures

"The Bride Came C.O.D." (194.1) Screwball romantic comedy in which an aviator (James Cagney) is hired to bring an eloping heiress (Bette Davis) back to her millionaire father (Eugene Pallette) but their plane crash-lands in a desert ghost town. Directed by William Keighley, the fun comes mostly from the battling Cagney-Davis combination, but the good supporting cast and some twists on old formula plot are added dividends. Some comic violence and romantic complications. USCC classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. Not rated by the MPAA. (MGM/UA)


"Country Life" (1995) After many years away, a pompous London-based theatre critic (Michael Blakemore) returns to 1919 Australia to visit an outback ranch whose owner (John Hargreaves) and the local doctor (Sam Neill) fall hopelessly in love with his young, bored wife (Greta Scacchi). Adapted from Chekov's "Uncle Vanya" by (writer-director) Blakemore, the. slowly paced drama of unrequited romances has sprightly comic moments and stresses the humanity of its characters as they learn to accept life's disappointments with good grace. Momentary violence, fleeting nudity and romantic complications. USCC classification is A-II. MPAA rating is PG-13. (Miramax)

"Operation Dumbo Drop" (1995) Two cantankerous Green Berets (Danny Glover and Ray Liotta) in war-torn 1968 Vietnam are assigned to transport an orphaned boy and his ornery elephant across hundreds of miles of Viet Cong-infiltrated territory to raise morale in a village outpost. Director Simon Wincer's fact-based story strains the limited comic elements of moving the big beast while also st~essing multiracial harmony in earnest, heavy-handed terms. Some ·restrained military shootouts, a brief sexual reference and instances of scatological humor. USCC classification is A-II. MPAA rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. (Disney) "The Time of Your Life" (1948) Static version of William Saroyan' s play set in a San Francisco bar whose easygoing owner (William Bendix) eJ~oys his eccentric clientele, inCluding a philosophical lounger (James Cagney), his dim gofer (Wayne Morris), a lonely woman (Jeanne Cagney), a dancer (Paul Draper) and a woolly teller of tall tales (James Barton). Under H.C. Potter's direction, the scenes sputter unevenly without ever jelling into a whole, though Saroyan's exotic characters certainly hold attention. A scene of stylized violence and some sexual inferences. The USCC classification is A-II. Not rated by the MPAA .. (Nostalgia)

.' .

WASHINGTON (CNS) -Israel wants the Vatican to search its storerooms for an ancient gold menorah, but a U.S. Jewish official wants the Vatican to go a step further. Rabbi James A, Rudin, interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee, said he would like to see teams of competent Catholic and Jewish scholars complete an inventory of~reasures in the Vatican storerooms. Such an inventory, if made public, would end talk of "rumors and searches," he said. Rabbi Rudin spoke to Cath<>lic News Service Jan. 19, two days after Israeli Minister of Religious Affairs Shimon Shetreet met at the Vatican with Pope John Paul II and asked him to search for a sacred gold menorah (ceremonial candelabrum) carted off from Jerusalem nearly 2,000 years ago by a Roman army, "There is some evidence that this lamp, of deep spiritual importance to Israel, may exist in the basements of the Vatican," Shetreet said after meeting the pope. Rabbi Rudin said he believes that, over the years, other Jewish treasures have made their way. into Vatican hands. He said that in February 1995, American Jewish leaders asked Vatican officials to conduct such an inventory. The conversations occurred during informal meetings with Vatican officials after Robert S. Rifkind. president of the American Jewish Committee, formally asked the pope for an encyclical on antiSemitism and to open the Vatican Secret Archives for study of the Holocaust by Catholic and Jewish scholars. "We've got the:: spirit of cooperation," Rabbi Rudin said. All that remains is to open the information to scholars "who really know this material." . .=

. . _. .• .•..

,I. ••

. •••• '

••• I

• ~ I , •

ship of Father Richard J. Neuhaus and Charles Colson, the latter a Templeton Prize winner in 1993. The religion prize was established in 1973 by the retired Wall Street investor John M. Templeton, also a Presbyterian, who was born in Tennessee but is now a British citizen living in the Bahamas. The first honoree was Mother Teresa. Winners are selected by international, interreligious panels of judges, and have been chosen froin a variety of religions. Other Catholic winners include Belgian Cardinal Leo Jozef Suenens, 1976; Chiara LUbich, founder of the Focolare Movement, 1977; Benedictine Father'Stanley L.·Jaki, an astrophysicist with Seton Hall University, 1987; and political philosopher Michael Novak, 1994. Templeton said at the press conference that he founded the award to direct attention to examples of progress in religion as other prizes

The Anchor Friday, March 22, 1996


did for advances in such areas as medicine. He has kept the cash award of the prize higher than that of the Nobel Prizes to show his belief in the greater importance of religion, and this year increased it to $1.07 million. Templeton also gives a number of smaller prizes. This year he is inaugurating $25,000 prizes for a movie and a television program that "best result in bringing the viewer into a closer understanding of and love for God." The first prizes were presented in Los Angeles at a March 13 dinner of the Christian Film and Television Commission of Norcross, Ga. The Templeton Prize will be presented to Bright by Prince Philip in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace May 8. A public ceremony of recognition will be held the following day and for the first time will be in Rome, at the Church of Santa Maria in Tr3stevere.

·'E'(iiior of' Spanish'Catll"oifc 'pap'er

II ;i

News briefs frc~rri around the glolbe

survived torture, imprisonment "I realized you could do journalglimpses of each other during sham WASHINGTON (CNS) - At that moment, Oscar Reyes thought . court proceedings, but he said their ism and serve God and serve the love for God and each other people," he said. his life was over. endured. The newspaper recently won 12 Blindfolded, he had been pushed Finally the couple was taken to awards from the National Associup against a tree in his native Honduras. Hours earlier, soldiers an airport and expelled from the ation of Hispanic Publications. But Reyes said his greatest reward wearing black ski masks had burst country. They arrived in the United States and came to Washing- is in knowing that the newspaper into his home, abducted him and provides the Washington-area Histon with their family one month his wife, Gloria, and tortured them. panic community - which numbers later to apply for asylum. Reyes was accused of being a about 500,000 - with information Marxist, but he refused to confess, "I came from being a full-time about employment, education, because he had always opposed professor to cleaning offices," said housing and where to receive medcommunism. Reyes, who later worked as a clerk ical, legal and immigration assistThen the parliamentary forces at a 7-Eleven convenience' store. ance. dragged him outside, promising to He also found work doing translaThe paper also includes a list of shoot him. Reyes heard the shots, tions and teaching Spanish, "doing Spanish Masses, comprehensive but was still alive because the guns whatever I could to survive." stories·about issues affecting local had been shot into the air. In 1985, he picked up a copy of Hispanics and regular CatholicEarlier, he had been hung from oriented columns about Scripture the ceiling and beaten, in his words, El Pregonero in a Washington "like a pinata" while the interroga- church. Recognizing the editor's and family life. In May 1994, Reyes proudly tors applied electric shock to his name, he applied for a reporter took the oath of U.S. citizenship. wife's body. Their imprisonment position, was hired, and by the end of the year, became' the paper's In a country where freedom of was only the beginning. editor. "I had a good life before that press and freedom of speech are With the new job, he said, his often taken for granted, Reyes day. After that day, I had nothing," said he feels blessed to work and said Reyes, editor of EI Pregonero, life had come full circle with new address issues "without fear." the Spanish-language weekly com-' meaning and purpose. munity newspaper published by the Archdiocese of Washington. "The only one to call on (at) that moment was God." That day came in 1982. Reyes was the founding director of the . journalism school at the University of Honduras and an outspoken critic of the military leaders ruling his country. . Reyes learned his trade as assistant editor at La Prensa in Managua, Nicaragua. His editor, Pedro Chamorro, frequently wrote against the human rights abuses committed by Nicaragua's military regime under the leadership of Gen. Anastasio Somoza. "Knowing he was in danger, he always printed the truth," Reyes said of Chamorro, who was imprisoned several times. The newspaper was also periodically shut down by government authorities. Chamorr.o was the son of Violeta Chamorro, the current president of Nicaragua. When he became a journalism· professor in Honduras, Reyes traj'ned a generation of young journalists as he had been trained by Chamorro. "(I 'taught them to) always defend the truth, no matter . what. That's one of the things the military people didn't like," Reyes told the Catholic Standard, Washington's archdiocesan newspaper. In 1978, Reyes learned that his mentor had been gunned, down in Nicaragua. Meanwhile, the SanOSCAR REXES, the editor of El Pregonero, the Spanishdinista revolutionary leader th'ere language newspaper of the Archdiocese of ~a:shin'g~ori, came had adopted Marxism..Reyes, originally Ii supporter of the moyeto the United States after his arrest and torture in, his native ment t'o' oust .S<;>moza, said' he H,onduras for opposing Communi'sm. (CNS/ Alexander/ Catl~broke ties with the rebels after they olic Standard photo) , 1 !?e came Marxist;' . I'" . BQt his outspoken criticism of military njl~, his friendship with opus'n~i 'Chamorro, and his work to train . , young jou.rn!llists, put him' 'on a ROME (CNS)- fiope John ution~ for the parish comi>iexwere collision course' w.ith Hond'uras' f>aul II has dedicated a Rome collecte.dby Q,· Dei members milit~ry l~aders,. who vl~re .<.:!oseiy church t() Blessed Josemaria Es- . around the world.. ......,,' 'allied .witli thei~ counterparts in criva de Balaguer;. the founder of 'Jhe pope,sl,lid ijlesse'lEs~riva's Ni~aragua. "'" .. 'Opus Dei, urging parishioners to message was valid for all Catholics :: ..In 1981: Rey,es ~,~s inyakelled in take up his call (or .holiness in .because "every C~ristia~i~' called ., the middle of the night by the everyday. life. to be; a sain,t." This ,simple, truth . The. pope made the remarks , wa~ the continual. teaching of Opus sound of machine g,uns ~Ia~ting into his house .and destrc;>Ying.hls . -March· 10 after blessing the new Dei's founder; he said.... . '. two cars. T"e next year, hean~,his structure in.a Rome suburb of . 'He ask.ed.parishioners t~ ;'make wife were abducted, tortured and high,rise apartments and office his- program ,of li.fe and' pastoral impr.isoned for six.months with- buildings. Servi,ng some 8,000 . commitment your own.~' .. oJt a .triili. Their home ,was ran- people, it the first .church Opus Dei, a primarily lay organsa~~ed .and their PRs~essions,qe- dedic;Hed to. Blessed Escriva, who ization with 74,000 members, is a . ,stroyed. Their daughter and son' was beatified in 1992. . personl,ll prelature, .with its own were cared for. by family members At the time of the founder's priests g~nerally ,ministering to its and friends before being sent to beatification, Opus Dei officials . members. In unusual circum.relati'ves in Houston. pledged. to build one of 50 new stances, parishes' are entrusted 'to During the "next few 'months, c~urches targeted for ~ome sub.ur- the organization. Reyes and his wife only had quick ban areas by the year 2000. Contribr

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- Jewish groups, Calholic leaders and the Polish government have criticized plans to build a shopping center near the former Auschwitz NazJ concentration camp. But organizers and local officials defended the project and said they plan to continue building the mall, scheduled to open in June, despite the mid-March pmtests. Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger of Paris, a Jewish convert to Catholicism, called the shopping center project "scandalous." Auxiliary Bishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Gniezno, head pf the Polish bishops' Commission for Dialogue with Judaisn'!, said the mall could disrupt the site's "serious character" andcause conflict. .. ,.

Experts warn of welfare dangers VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Government welfar~: programs may accelerate the breakdown of families, said a group of experts on economic and social questions invited to a Vatican conference. Many of the economic problems facing modern families "are aggravated by misguided g(lvernmental policies and by ideological assaults on marria~:e and the family from special-interest groups such as gender;feminists," said the participants' final statement. The meeting, sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family in early March, focused on the relationship between families and economics. The Vatican press office released the'meeting'l; final 'statement March 13, attributing its content to·the Pi~rtici­ pants, not the, Vatican.

Bishop urges authorities to lead ethically MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- The Mexican govenlment should examine whether its economic program is mOnll, especially given the levels of corruption in the country, said Bishop Felipe Aguirre Franco of Tu'xtla Gutierrez. ,"The authorities ought to review whether the application M the present economic system, in which the profits are for.a few and the cost is for the majority, is moral," Bishop Aguirre said in his Lenten message. "Ethics are not only for conducting personal and private actions. They should orient public life in all its fields: social, cultural, political and economic," he said. Bishop Aguirre stressed in his message that Mexico is not lacking resources, but that the resources are not reach' ing the majority of the country's people.

Vatican hopeful: ordinations.increase VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Priestly ordinations continued to increase slightly in 1994, leaving Vatican officials hopeful about the future of the global pastoral workJo(ce, According to the latest statistics, ordinations were up nearly I percent in 1994 over the previous year. The biggest percentage increase was in ordinations of members of religious orders, while the rise in diocesan clergy has been smaller but steady. The statistics were released on March 8 at the.Vatican, the same day the Vatican's annual yearbook, the Annuario Pontificio. for 1996, was presented to Pope John Paul II. .'

Bishops ask for less focus on birth contrlol


'LIMA, (CNS) -- Peruv~an bishops have asked President Alberto Fujimori to put less emphasis on birth:cdntrol and more on other serious problems, such as poverty. Bishop Luis ,alin:tbarer.,Gastelumen.di, secretary~g~neral'of the Pet:uvian bishops' conference, said if the Peruvian governml~nt is truly concerned about equality in the country, "it should start by providing basic needs." Last year, Fujin;lOri began a st~ict birth controLcllmpa,ign, and this year'he launched a sex;eau, catipn 4~y,e'ar-olds. The. govern111~n( I;1lso .h~.s started ,~.J,T!~ssive.distribution of c~mdoms among ireq.lvlan YQuth. " "".' 'i


, Pope .honors


Proposed shopping center draws critici:sm






J •

, ~


Th~ 'An~hor will publish the :;: Winning essays in the Pro-Life ':; . ,_Essay Contest in the Mar. 29 issue.

I '

DRESSED TO IMPRESS, the Fall River Clover Club (left), one of the organizers of the March 17 St. Patrick's Day parade, steps off amid thousands of people. Students and parents from Sts. Peter and Paul School, Fall River, also marched. (Anchor/ Mills photo)

Feast of St. Patrick Continued from Page Three

Spirit: of revenge fuels death pellalty CHICAGO (CNS) -- The Illinois Catholic bishops are taking a strong stand jn opposition to the death penalty. In a statement released in midFebruary, the Illinois bishops incorporated recent anti-death penalty references from Pope John Paul II's encyclical "Evangelium Vitae" ("The Gospel of Life") and from the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" into an earlie:r statement. The state's bishops originally voiced their opposition in 1988, two years before Illinois reinstated the death penalty. The newest statement notes that mcent history has strengthened the case against taking human life. "Modern science and technology have allowed us to probe more deeply than ever into the very mystery of life," they said. "We have an obligation to use this knowledge for the enhancement of human life.... While these various life issues differ and require separate analysis, a consistent ethic of life suggests that capital punishment is not an appropriate response to crime in our land."

in English in 1994, notes that Catholic teaching allows the taking of human life in exceptional cases, such as self defense or capital punishment when other means are insufficient to protect society. It says the death penalty is only acceptable in cases of extreme gravity and that if bloodless means are available and sufficient, "public authority must limit itself to such means." In his 1995 ,encyclical, the pope said such situations are "very rare, if not practically nonexistent." The Illinois bishops said their opposition to capital punishment is rooted "in our belief that human life is sacred and that we have an obligation to protect and enhance it at all stages of development." Too often, support for the death penalty stems from a desire for revenge, the bishops said. "However, justice (;annot be achieved through vengl~ance.... Our Scriptures direct us to a different ethic."

Among the reasons they cite for opposing capital punishment are: - It is not an effective deterrent to serious crime. -It fails to alleviate fear ofviolent crime or to safeguard people. - It does not protect society more effectively thah alternatives such as life imprisonment. - It does not restore the social order breached by t~e offenders. The bishop also voiced concern for the victims of trime, saying society's resources should be turned toward 'solving the root causes of crime "or we all will suffer the consequences of living, in a society overwhelmed by the demands of our criminal justice $ystem." "We believe that capital punishment undermines rather than witnesses to the sacredness of human life," the statement said. "Moreover, it fans to combat crime effectively and to build a society that is free from crime.' Furthermore, it doe~ not help the victims who survive or relieve the pain and loss of the victims who do not." ' The new catechism, published

Easter triduum broadc~lstsplanned from Eternal City

WASHINGTON (CNS) - Television stations worldwide are being invited to broadcast three papal ceremonies during the Easter Triduum live from the Vatican. On Good Friday, April 5, the pope will preside over the W8:Y of the Cross at the Colosseum. Broadcast is scheduled for 2: 15-3:30 p.m. EST. On Easter Sunday, April 7, the "~'ashing" Holy Father will celebrate Mass in front of St. 'Peter's Basilica. The Dear Editor: . broadcast is scheduled to run from It is a well-known fact that the music industry is continuing to 4:30-6:00 a.m. EDT. Daylight exploit Catholic "bashing"! savings time begins April 7. At the recent "Grammy Awards" affair, two Catholic women The pope's Easter "urbi et orbi" nominees were lauded by the New York Times,Newsweek, and Roll("to the city and to the world") ing Stone Magazine for their songs, which degraded and insulted message and apostolic blessing, a Catholicism. One of these women had also openly solicited funds 40-minute broadcast, is scheduled for Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider. to be aired live at 6 a.m. EDT. As one Catholic magazine reported: "These two Catholic singers Television stations can air the are using their Catholic faith for a profit, as they m!llign Catholivideo feed and audio commentary cism...It is the same tired self-hating Catholicism whiqh undermines our Catholic faith to the outside world, while undermining the doc- I in English, Spanish, French or trines that Catholic; parents instill in their children!" ': i Portuguese. The Vatican has said Parents should screen the records they buy for their children! As I it will pay for uplink expenses if one author said: "111e mixture of vulgarity and religion is a base way I the local stations pay for downlink of selling sex to most vulnerable buyers, our innocent children!" : expenses. Broadcastl!rs interested in further Thomas A. Walsh I informatiolll may contact Mr. Mincio at NliovaTelespazio: (fax) , Roslindale


in the music industry


396-407-1790, (voice) 396-40793487.

turned out to be 90 minutes of rousing music, uniformed bands, majorettes and military groups, floats and greens of every shade. Organized by the Clover Club, an Irish heritage organization with a history of religious, civic and political achievement, and Jeffs Companion Animal Shelter of Westport, a non-profit organization that provides senior citizens with animal companions, the parade had more than 100 units. It began with a moment of silence in tribute to Bill Connelly of the Westport animal shelter, who died unexpectedly only days before the

parade, of which he was a cochairman. Everyone was in the spirit of the day including the bishop, who donned a bright green Friends of St. Patrick jacket over his brown Franciscan robe. Though the day wasn't quite warm enough to make winter coats unnecessary, the enthusiasm and festive atmosphere of the parade warmed all hearts with its timeless qualities: children scurrying to grab candy thrown from passing floats; parents hoisting the tiniest ones on their shoulders; and everyone, no matter how many parades they've seen, still jumping at the firing of muskets.

Hospital's bond rating upgraded Standard & Poor's, one of the nation's leading bond rating agencies, recently announced that the rating of Saint Anne's Hospital's outstanding revenue bonds has been upgraded from B to BB. This rating change reflects the Fall River hospital's continued operational and financial improvement. Standard & Poor's cited a number of reasons for the upgrade, including a stable market share, improved liquidity through increased cash balances and improved financial performance through increases in operating income. Other factors given for the upgrade were the expectation of further financial stability and, continued growth of liquidity. Standard & Poor's also noted a 12.9 percent increase in outpatient visits and a 27 percent increase in same-day surgeries from fiscal 1994-1995. "We路 are delighted that Standard & Poor's has recognized what we have known for some time... that the financial turnaround of Saint Anne's Hospital has been realized and that we are now operating from a position of improved strength in the most challenging financial environment ever to confront the hospital industry." stated Joseph Wilczek. president of Saint Anne's Hospital. "The Standard & Poor's action validates our continued efforts to deliver high quality health care in the most efficient manner possible:' he continued. "The improved rating will allow us. if necessary. to return to the capital market in the future with confidence and with leverage." Standard & Poor's ratings provide investors with a simple. yet reliable means by which the relative finanCial strength of an organ-

ization can be evaluated as part of the investment decision process. By upgrading the hospital's outstanding revenue bonds to BB. Standard & Poor's is acknowledging the hospital's steadily improving financial outlook. The improved financial standing will also give Saint Anne's Hospital better access to capital in the future.

AIDS grant Continued from Page One and implementation of the project and to be responsible for education of volunteers and ongoing promotion of the program throughout the area. "Faith communities have a long history of delivering caring service to their partners in worship," Dr. Winter-Green noted, "and with this Faith in Action grant. we are able to begin incorporating that caring ethic into the living circumstances of the families in our own communities currently living with the complications of HIV disease and AIDS." She expressed gratitude to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for support of Diocesan AIDS Ministry participation in the foundation's Faith in Action program. The Princeton. N.J.-based foundation was created by the late Robert Wood Johnson. who built his family firm. Johnson & Johnson. into a worldwide health and medical care products company. He endowed the foundation with a $1.2 billion bequest from his personal fortune and at the end of 1994. its assets were valued at $3.8 billion. Over the next two years. the foundation expects to fund 800 Faith in Action grants totaling $20 million.

Our Catholic Schools â&#x20AC;˘ Our Catholic Yout

ESPIRITO SANTO, Fall River,sixth graders gather around the wide screen television with teacher Jay Vaillancourt to participate in a live teleconference with marine biologists at the New England Aquarium in Boston. The project, sponsored by the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications, links students across the country in an effort to promote environmental awareness. The students conduct activities and research topics in class and the results are ~elayed to the aquarium via the school's Internet access. Vanessa Pinto, holding the. telephone, acts as classroom corr~spondent while Monique Medeiros and Derek Pinto look on.

OUR LADY of Lourdes, Ta'unton,. third graders. (top photo) commemorated lQO'days of school by creating special projects during February vacation. Clockwi,se are Chris Simpson, Nico'le Rogers, Tracy Pelletier, and Brittany DaRosa. Fifth graders, following' Jesus' command to "cast your nets into' the water," put a fish in the net for every good deed done. Joseph Amaral and Tiffany Rodrigues point to their names in the net.

St. Mary-Sacred Heart School A team of three students' from St. Mary-Sacred Heart School in North Attleboro was chosen as one of 48 semifinalist teams in the 1996 ToshibajNSTA ExploraVision Awards Program, the world's largest K-12 student science competition. The teams were chosen from more than 5,300 entries which describe students' visions of how a RECENTLY, STUDENTS from Holy Family-Holy Name, New Bedford, attended a rally current technology might exist 20 for the Parents' Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) at the statehouse fn Boston. Under years in the future. Sixth-graders MeghanHoward, direction of Robert Massoud, president of PACE for the Fall River diocese, and the supervision of teachers Carol Larkin and Heidi Kuliga, they took part in the diocesanwide effort to Heather Johnson and Frances Stathakis envisioned future techsupport Catholic education. nology to officiate soccer games. Using antennas underneath the perimeter of a soccer field and Small computer chips in the ball, WASHINGTON(CNS)- High . Evenings will feature social 15-Aug. 2 by the School of Archi- this device automatically sounds a school students can experience col- , events, swimming and sports at tecture and Planning. Cost is $675 lege life or learn more about engi- the university's 40-acre athletic if students apply by 'April 21 or horn when the ball is kicked out of bounds or through a goal. When neering or architecture through sum- complex. The cost is $450. $7-20 afterward. the ball contacts a player, an elect~ mer programs at The Catholic UniFor those who want to learn , P~rticipants will see the archiversity of America in Washington. about the engineering profession, tecture of the nation's capital, work ric charge, is transmitted from a A July 14-19 "College Focus" the School of Engineering offers in studios with architecture majors computer chip worn in the shin session, sponsored by the' School "Engineering 2000" July'7-l2. A and faculty, visit construction sites . guard to a bracelet worn by the of Arts and Sciences, will include registration fee of$175 is required, and meet people in the. building official so the official can easily call the shot. The team's teacherarts and sciences classes and field and students selected for the pro- industry. . advisor is Mary Ellen Smith and trips throughout the Washington gram will receive tuition scholarFor Curther inCormation, con- the communityadviso'r is Carla area, Students will be housed under . ships. tact the sponsoring school at (202) Brennan. ' staff supervision in theuniversity's Two three-week sessions called 319-5000 or write The Catholic newest residence halls and eat in "Experiences in Architecture" will University oC America, WashingWorking in teams of three or ' campus diiiing halls. be held June 24-July 12 and July ton, DC, 20064. " four with a teacher-advisor. and in

Summer sessions offered for high school students

many cases also a community advisor, ExploraVision parti<:ipants select a technology currently used in the home, school, or community and envision what it will'~e like 20 years in the future. The teams present their ideas throu~h descriptive essays and story boards. Teams compete in four :gradelevel categories-K-3,4-6, 7-9, and lO-l2-in 12 regions in the IJ nited S~ates and Canada. Forty-eight teams, one from each grad,~ level category in each region, wl:re selected' as semifinalists. Each team was awarded $500 to dev<:lop a video necessary to qualify for the final round of judging in April when 12 finalist teams will be selected. The finalist teams, four firstplace and eight second-place :teams, will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June to be honored at an awards ceremony. More than $300,000 in savings bonds, ns well as selected Toshiba products, will be awarded to winning students, teachers, and schools. Each student on the four first-place teams will receive a $1 0,000 savings bond; each student on the eight se:condplace teams will receive a ~~5,000 savings bond.

Our ROCK antl Role part of you will stay." Yet, he realizes that "all these words I hear spoken" are "just promises broken." Weare not told what these promises were. However, any promise depends .on trust, and By Charlie Martin when a promise is broken, trust is injured and sometimes PRIOMISES BROKEN lost. . Streets me filled with broken glass . Two lessons flow from the You get burled by the past song's story. The first concerns Give me Just a little taste when promises to us are bro-' Lay this mess to waste ken. Take mE! home This always hurts. While difMy mind is racing' ficult, the healing of this hurt Take mE! home begins by facing how we feel. To My bodl"S aching pretend that the promise wasn't So alono I'll make you wanna broken or that it didn't hurt is Stay with me just to set yourself up for further Befriended by the enemy pain. One more time. If someone has broken a (Refrain) promise to you, the likelihood Every little thing about you is that this will happen again. If Tells mE! nothing out there you hide your pain and don't Is ever ~Ionna help me share it with the other person, All theSI! words I hear spoken you hurt yourse:lf and the relaJust promises broken. tionship you may still want to Now loclklng outside keep. From my window sill On the other hand, if you Throw 81nother coin about the hurt but the speak In the wishing well other person doesn't acknowlYou'll nl!Ver find what edge the ha'rm caused, a new You are looking for 15 miles question emergt$: Why should Your dim light shines I stay in this relationship if I am' From SCI far away going to be trt:ated with disYour sad smile Is respect? All I see when I say The other clear lesson in the (Repeat refrain) song is that we need to be very From the hotel satellite careful about what we promise. Don't look like I speak not just about being in a You're living right , romance, but in any type of Here's 81 deal you can't refuse relationship built on trust. And You ain't got as much to lose I'm talking, of course, about the But I dOln't mind kinds of promises that are good Can you tell.your troubles to make. To som,eone who won't laugh at you? Suppose you promise someIt's all right thing to your parents but do not And as I watch you walk away follow through. Will they be Hope a part of you will stay able to continue trusting what It's all rlig'ht. you say? '> (RepeaU refrain) • Whether it be with parents, Written by D. Pirner, Sung by Soul Asylum, Copyri,ght 1995 teachers, friends, your promise by WB Music Cc>rp.lMade to be Broken Music (ASCAP) can be a way of saying that you SOUL ASYLUM first grabWhat did it feel like? How did care. If you break a good prombed national attention with their you handle the situation? ise, you show you don't care. The person in the song behit "Misery." Now they are All of us make mistakes, and comes disillusioned an~ conback on the charts with "Promthey sometimes .serve as the fused. He appears t~ want his ises Broken," off their "Let Your pathways to harsh.1essons. Don't, ' relationship to conti~ue, and he . think,that injt,ll'ed trust can be Dim Light Shine" CD. hopes to" make you :wanna stay. quickly fixed. ,Instead, prote~t One way to listen to this song with me.~e tries to' minimize the sacredne'ss"of your'word by is to think of a timl~ when you his' hurt by ~ying that, "As I being 'careful' with, what you experienced "promises broken." watch you walk away, hope'a promise. '.'



Be ICareful AbQut Making Promises


By Christopher Carstens Personally, I often have said that I wouldn't go through junior high again for $100,000 a year. There was nothing wrong with my school. The teachers were generally fair. Some showed me immense personal kindness and sympathy, but on more than one occasion a teacher was probably glad when the bell rang and I moved on to the next class. Why? I generally got Bs. I turned in most of my work on time. I was hardly ever a discipline problem. But I was the class clown. You know the guy: he's always making jokes nobody else thinks are funny, jumping up and down in his chair, saying something, anything, that will draw attention his way. My unofficial title was "The Fastest Mouth in the West," and it was true because my mouth was certainly way, quicker than my brain. Injunior high I often started talking several seconds before I had any clue about what I was going to say. How many times was I six words into a sentence - "Mrs. Shaw, did you know that ..." when I realized with terror that what I was about to say was really, really stupid? By then it was too late, so I'd say it anyway. It seemed almost as if my brain was directly wired to my mouth, and I said whatever I thought. Again and again I'd go home from school humiliated by some thoughtless remark I'd made. It got so bad that my math class once chanted in unison, "Carstens, sit down and shut' up." That was the worst; Class clowns are the same as' everybody else injunior high. More than' anything; they want kids to like them. The 'class clown thinks he can do that by making everybody laugh.

ABOUT YOUTH It doesn't work, because the rest of the kids can see through all the clown's pretending to be smart and clever, and others recognize the clown's desperate longing for attention and approval. We class clowns are flailing around, shouting "Look at me, look at me." It just ends up putting people off. It's pathetic. and we in the worldwide fraternity of class clowns know that best. But there's hope. Eventually, we grow up and it gets better. We develop that ever-so-importa~t technique of engaging our brains for a second or two before we let our mouths go free. It doesn't happen all at once. I was still in occasional hot water up into high school because of my mouth. But I was a particularly severe case. It doesn't take everybody so long. If you think that you may suffer from a case of "class clownitis," here's what finally helped me. I learned to count to 10 before I said anything. I'd get the impulse to blurt out, "Sara's dress makes her look like a ..." - one, two, three, four, five, six - and my b'rain would kick in. "011, man," I'd realize, "you're about to make Sara hate you forever." And I wouldn't say it. Sometimes it felt like I'd escaped, and I'd go home smiling, since ·1 was the only one who knew how close I'd come to ruining another day. Work on being the second one to raise your hand, instead ofalways the first. Strive to be the third one to speak, instead of calling out your funny version of the answer before the teacher finishes the question. . We get over these things. Life gets better. But I wouldn't go back. No, not for anything..

Christopher~offer contest.

, .for ,college':students NEW YORK (CNS)'- College c·as·sette. All curreritly ~nrolled' colstudents can win up to $3;000 in lege students in good standing. are ' The Christophel's' ninth annual eligible to enter. . Official entry forms are availavideo contest. Entries must interpret, on film , ble from The Christophel's, Col:, or video, the Christopher belief lege Contest, 12 East 48th St., New , that one person can make a differ- York, NY 10017. Telephone (212) ence., Previous 'winners have used 759·4050. Deadline is June 7. a variety of techniques such as animation, music video, news report, documentary. comedy and drama to capture the theme. ' "I watched Satan fall Cash awards of $3,000, $2,000 from the sky like and $1 ,000 will be given to the top fightnlng. I have given three entries, with five honorable you power to tread on mention prize~ of $500 each. Winning entries also will be featured snakes and scorpions and on the weekly syndicated televiall the forces of the program, "Christopher CloseCONFIRMATION STUDENTS at Sacred Heart Church, New Bedford, with their sion enemY,andnotlllngshall up." pastor, Father Clement E. Dufour, proudly presen~ $500.25 to Sister M. Rose Ell~n Gallogly to ever injure you. " Productions must be five minhelp the poor in the area. Sister Gallogly directs Ma.rket Ministr.ies, a program which operates a Lk 10:18-19 utes or less in length and may be submitted on VHS or 3/4-inch soup kitchen in the: New Bedford area.

The Word of the Lord

' • _CA Tn. ['0' RAt' "'A·MP.," '..,..... .. "HOLY' 'R'E'D' EE' M' E' R' ,CJIATHAM' LaSALETTE SHRINE, L . ATTLEBORO E. FREETOWN A Lenten Triduum w.ill be held at Beginning at 7: 15 this evening, the The following events are scheduled Holy Redeemer Church. Highland contemporary Way of the Cross will at the Cathedral Camp Retreat 8i Ave., Chatham, April I. MassesfQr Conference_Center,_ ,E.-F-reetown: """1he-TriduUm will' be neld'a"i II a.m. be viewed through the eyes of a teen---ager: iiiti1eSIi riiie-CliapdThese-i-=- . March-26 - day of recollection for . and 7 p.m .. April I: 2 and 3. The vice includes singer, guitarist and, diocesan priests; March 29-30: Youtli Triduum will be conducted by Facomposer John Poke, Brother David Ministry Leaders retreat; March 30ther Bill Fickel: S.S.S. His theme Dumaine, M.S. and the LaSalett~ 31: Coyle &. Cassidy Student Leadwill be "The Holy Eucharist. Christ's Youth Group. Polce's regular Bethership Assembly; March 30: Our' Love Outpoured," Father Fickel will any Nights program will follow the Lady of Fatima confirmation re,treat. be available for the Sacrament of service. Members of the. prayer group Cathedral Camp 'is now taking Recol]ciliation on the half-'hour HOLY TRINITY, W. HARWICH healing ministry will be available for registrations for summer. Informabefore Mass and immediately after 24-hour adoration of the Blessed tion: tel. 763-8874. Mass. All invited. Sacrament begins each Friday after anyone who wishes to be prayed over indiyidually. ONCOLOGY CENTER the 9 a.m. Mass and continues until FALL RIVER WIDOWEU GROUP Levite, a group of three musicians NORTH DARTMOUTH Benediction on Saturday at 8: 15 The Fall River Widowed Group a.m. followed by mornirig prayer; who miriister with a decided Messi-" "I Can Cope," a free program for Mass and the rosary, at the adora- anic Jewish flavor will make a firstadult cancer patients, their families will meet on March 25 at 7 p.m. in tion chapel, Holy Trinity.Church, an(j friends, is meeting from 6 to 8 the St. Mary's School hall on Second time appearance at the Coffee House, Rt. 28, W. Harwich. Information: March ~3 in the cafeteria. Each p,m. each Tuesday through April23. St. Father Horace Trava!;sos. Rectel. 432-0650. brings a different heritage - 'Cape at ·the Oncology Center, 480 Haw- tor of the Cathedral, will b,: the guest Verden, Finnish and Jewish - to thorn St..T 0 register, call (800) 497- speaker. All widowed are welcome. Information: Annette. tel. 679-3278. tlie evening. 1727. The center is a service of St. CURSILLO MOVEMENT The "New Catechism: Life in Anne's Hospital, Fall River, and St. Leaders' School will be held March HOLY FAMILY-HOLY NAME 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Bishop Connolly Christ" series continues "on. March' Luke's Hospital, New Bedford, in .SCHOOL,NB 26. with the topic of "The First and collaboration with Brigham and High School Fall River. All welcome. The Laurel Tree Players wiU.presSecond Commandments." Father Women's Hospital and Harvard Ernie Corriveau will host the evenMedical School Joint Center for ent Cabaret"A Disney Jamboree at Holy Family-Holy Name ~;chool, 9 I ing in the Theater at 7: 15. The series . Radiation Therapy. both in Boston. Summer St., New Bedford on March continues after Holy Week on April ST. JOSEPH, FAIRHAVEN . 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. and M;lTch 24 at 9, 16 and 23. 0 M h 27 7 h 'II 2 p.m. Information: tel. 99 3-3547. ' Nancy Ann Navickas is on~ of the narc .. ~t p.m.,. t ere WI cast members of "Christsong:' a be a reconcIliatIOn service at the' musical portrayal of the life of Jesus. chu~ch located on the corner .of INFORMATION DA Y ON to be presented at the Shrine on Spnng and Adams Streets. Falr- CHINESE ADOPTIONS An information day for individuPalm Sunday (March 31) at 7 p.m. haven. Holy Week Masses are: Holy Ms. Navickas portrays Mary and Thursday .a~ 7 p.m.; Holy Saturday als and families interested in adoptother characters. She is a c1assically- . (Easter Vigil) .at 7:30 p.m.; Easter ing a child from China will be sponsored from I to 3 p.m, March 24 at trained' ballerina and dancer. and Su,nday at 8, ~.30 and II a.m. Good . .. Fnday - StatIOns of the Cross at 3 St. Mary's parish hall, 41 Harding M f h L d' S 7 has won four natIOnal danCing titles, Rd., Fairhaven. Pre-registration is p.m.. ass 0 t e or s upper at including America's Female Dancer required by calling (508) 6744681. of the Year. . p.m. Ms. Lillian Y. Zhang, liaison with As part of its Holy Week obserST. ~AT~IC,K, W.AREHAM . St. Patnck s parish, Wareham, IS the China Adoption Organization of vances the Shrine will hold a Seder Meal April 2 at 7: 15 in' the cafeteria. ~xtending .an invi~ation to those the Chinese central government. will be the main speaker. explaining the 'Brother David Dumaine. M.S. and Interested In learmng more about the LaSalette Youth Group will host the ~atholic faith, or who wis~ to availability of babies and cultural the event. The traditions of the past receIve .the sacra~ents .of baptls.m, aspects involved. Catholic Social will be honored arid respected in this Euchanst. or conflr~atlOn. InqUiry Services will discuss costs. the home study process and U.S. government contemporary version of the Seder. c1as~es Will be starting soon. InforAll the referenced events are hanmatlOn: call the rectory, tel. 295- requirements foradoptiolls. Travel dicapped accessible. InfoTl):1ation on 241 I' or Mary Peabody, te!. 295~361: to China is required and prospective all events: tel. 222-5410. The youth of the pansh WIll be adoptive parents must be cit least 35 presenting a Living Stations, re- and be childless in most cases; but if enactment of the Passion of our Lord, both parents of a baby are declared SACRED HEART SCHOOL . March 29 at 7 p.m. deceased, adoptive parents may be REUNION, NB . 30 or over and have children. In both A reunion is being planned for all mv/ AIDS SERVICE; cases, singles and/ or couples may those who attended'Sacred Heart '''COFFEE BREAK" School which was located on Robe"Embracing'.the Mystery:' a ser- adopt. Furthe'r informatio:n is availson SI. in New Bedford. The reunion vice of healing and reconciliation for able from the Fall River office of is scheduled for Aug. 9. Informathose with or affected by HIV/ AI DS Catholic Social Services, 6744681. tion: Susan Forgue Weiner. tel. 992will be held at 2 p.m. March 24 at 4078. Donald Bellefeuille. tel. 990Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Churcn. ST. JOHN THE EV ANGILlST, 0305 or Roger Chartier. tel. 996-0495. 984 Taunton Ave.. Seekonk, under ATTLEBORO A meditative celebration of the sponsorship of the diocesan Office HIS LAND-BETHANY HOUSE Lenten season will be highlighted by of AIDS Ministry. The AIDS MinOF PRAYER, LAKEVILLE istry is also planninga "coffee break" a concert March 29 at 7:30 p.m. at On March 30th Barbara Wright St. John the Evangelist Church, 133 for HIV/AIDS patients at 10 a.m. of Providence, R.I.. a gifted speaker No. Main St., Attleboro, f(:aturinga each first Tuesday, beginning April on Prayer and Healing will be con2. with pre-registration by calling musical interpretation of tile Way of ductinga workshop"Learn to Reign. (508) 674-5600, ext. 2295. The pro- the Cross, composed by pastoral The Kingdom of God is Within gram will consist of a meeting, view- musician Denise Morency Gannon Yau.'; To register or for more inforof New Bedford. The work is arranged ing of a film and participating in a mati on call Pat or Norma: tel. discussion at Room 225, Clemence for string quartet, oboe, classical 9474704. guitar and voice. All welcome. Hall. St. Anne's Hospital. Fall River.

",'. '1'6', THE' ANdiOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Mar. 22,i996: .


., ,





• r








Ileering pOintl .

ST. PATRICK, FALMOUTH On March 24 there will be anointing of th.!: sick at the II: I5 Mass at St. Patriclc's Church,S I I East Main St., Falmouth, sponsored by the 51. Vincent de Paul Society of that parish. All invited to attend. NEW BEDFORD CATHOLIC WOMAN'S CLUB There will be an executive board m'eeting on March 27 at 7 p.m. at St. Lawrence Rectory, 110 Summer St., New' Bedford. Information: Joan Sylvia. tel. 993-8825.


Please fill out coupon, enclose it with your check or money order and mail to:

The ANCHOR ·~.O. Box 7 • Fall River, MA 02722

o 1 year $13.00

0 Foreign $25.00 .



Address City

: :









: ,

Parish to receive credit


City & State


.. .-


-THE ANNUAL diocesan dinner meeting of the Fall River Diocesan Council of C.:ltholic Women was held March 12 at the Col. Blackinton Inn, Attleboro, in preparation for the DCCW convention to be held in May. Seated left are Theresa Lewis, first vice-pn~sident of the. DCCW, New Bedford, ~nd Kitsy Lancisi, DCCW president. Standing are Father Stephen Salvador, moderator of the Daughters of Isabella, Lillian Plouffe, DCCW :;econd vice-president, Taunton, Monsignor Daniel F. Hoye, VE, DCCW moderator, Bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., Monsignor He.nry T. Munroe, District Five Cape and Islands moderator, and Father Stephen J. Avila, secretary to the bishop. (Lavoie photo)


DIO.CS.S......•., WSP.APER;; EAST MAS~CHUSErrS, &amp;'THEISlANDS . . . FATHERHORACETravassosacceptsthechalicefrom BrittanyDeGagne'sb...


DIO.CS.S......•., WSP.APER;; EAST MAS~CHUSErrS, &amp;'THEISlANDS . . . FATHERHORACETravassosacceptsthechalicefrom BrittanyDeGagne'sb...