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Pope's message to priests VATICAN CITY (CNS) - In his annual Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday, Pope John Paul IT said the words a priest recites when consecrating the Eucharist must be the words that guide the way he lives. Thanksgiving, self-sacrifice, a desire to show others the way to salvation, remembering Christ's saving work, holiness and hope must mark not only a priest's celebration of Mass, but his whole life as well, the pope wrote. The text of the letter, released at the Vatican, was signed by the pope March 13, shortly before he left Rome's Gemelli hospital after undergoing a tracheotomy to ease breathing difficulties. Pope John Paul began the letter by writing, "My thoughts turn to you, dear priests, as I spend this time recuperating in hospital, a patient alongside other patients, uniting in the Eucharist my owri sufferings with those of Christ." Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, told reporters the pope's 2005 letter was unique because "it was signed in a place marked by the cross of Christ: the hospital." Christ's cross on Golgotha became the place par excellence "of the infinite and merciful love of God for the world," the cardinal said. Writing from the hospital, the pope, like many saints, "in the silence of his suffering repeats with the example of his life given to the end" the offering of suffering as a sign of love for the world, Cardinal Castrillon said. In his letter to priests, the pope quoted parts of the eucharistic prayers and explained how Tum to page 13 - Priests

Easter TV Mass to air at special time FALL RIVER - The Television Mass on Easter Sunday, March 27, will expand to a full hour and will air at a special time, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on WLNE-TV, Channel 6, Providence-New Bedford. Bishop George W. Coleman will celebrate the Easter Mass from the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in Fall River. Father Edward J. Healey, Cathedral rector, will concelebrate. The St. Mary's Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Madeleine Grace, will lead the music for the liturgy. Those unable to attend a parish Mass because of age or infirmity are encouraged to make this telecast a part of their Easter celebration.

THE 15TH STATION - Christ rises from the dead on Easter mqrning, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro. (Anchon'Jolivet photo)


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Provincetown K of C Council receives international recognition PROVINCETOWN - Knights ofColumbus, Council 2476 in Provincetown is a Founders' Award winner. The award is presented for outstanding promotion of the organization's insurance program during the 2003-2004 fraternal year. The Knights of Columbus international headquarters located in New Haven, Conn., made the announcement. Thomas Keogh, Field Agent for the organization, presented the engraved plaque award to the


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10. Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, president ofthe international organization, iil recognjzing the Walter Welsh Council, said, "Please accept my sincere congratulations upon attaining this prestigious award. The dedication to the principles and aims of the Order shown by your officers and members is exemplified by the high standard of excellence your council has achieved. May this award be a reminder and inspiration to the members of your council." Accepting the award were Past Grand Knight Michael Medeiros and Grand Knight Joseph Maroon. Maroon said, "Receiving this award is quite an honor. We're very pleased with this accomplishment." The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization with nearly 1.6 million dues-paying members worldwide. In 2003 they gave more than 6.1 million hours of volunteer service and donated $130 million to charitable' and benevolent causes. The Walter Welsh Council has donated numerous college scholarships to local high school graduates, donated to other worthy causes, and volunteered numerous hours to community service and Church projects.

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Sister Theodora Martel SUSC NORTH ATTLEBORO Holy Union Sister Theodora Martel (Gabrielle Lucie), 88, of Madonna Manor, died March 13. Born in New Market, N.H., the daughter of the late Edouard and Lea (Rousseau) Martel, she graduated from St. Jean Baptiste Academy Tn Pawtucket R.I., and entered the Novitiate of the Holy Union Sisters in Fall River, in 1934. She received a bachelor of science degree from Catholic

Teachers' College in Providence, R.I., and a master's degree in education from Bridgewater State College. Sister Theodora spent the first 30 years of her teaching career at Sacred Heart School in North Attleboro. She founded the Holy Union Special School, now the Lighthouse School for special needs children, located in Chelmsford. In her later years she gave private music lessons and taught English as a Second Lan-

In Your Prayers

Daily Readings

Please pray for the following priests during the coming weeks March 28 1960, Rev. Alfred J. Levesque, Pastor, St. Jacques, Taunton 1972, Rev. Bernard A. Lavoie, Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River 1983, Rev. Dieudonne Masse, OFM, Retired, Montreal, Canada 1985, Rev. Howard A. Waldron, Pastor Emeritus, St. Thomas More, Somerset

~rch 29 . 1923, Rev. James H. Carr, S\TIL., Assistant, St. Patrick, Fall River 1951, Rt. Rev. Msgr. EdwardJ\~oriaI!Y,Pas..!-~St. Patrick, Fall River 2002, Rev. Lucio B. Phillipino$etired'Pastor, Immaculate Con. ception, North Ea~~\\ . March 30 19.63, Rev. Aime Barre, On Sick\kave, Fall River 1985, Rev. Benoit R. Galland, Retifed, United States Navy . . '. March 3l~\ 1953, Rt. Rev. Msgr. George C. Maxwell, Pastor, SS. Peter & Paul, Fall River ~'


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April 2 1961, Rev. Adolph Banach, OFM Conv., Pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Bedford 1976, Rev. Donald Belanger, Pastor, St. Stephen, Attleboro 1993, Rev. James B. Coyle, Pastor Emeritus, St. Dorothea, Eatontown, N.J.


guage' at the Holy Union Multicultural Center in Lowell. Besides her Holy Union Sisters, she leaves a brother, Wilfred Martel, of Mendon; and nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Leonie Chamberlain and Gabrielle Sweeney. Her funeral Mass was celebrated March 18 in Sacred Heart Church, North Attleboro. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Attleboro. . The Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home in North Attleboro was in charge of arrangements.

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PACE-sponsored Catholic Schools Advo~acy Day draws hundreds BOSTON - The Parents Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) sponsored the Annual Catholic Schools Advocacy Day on March 15 at the State House. The event came on the heels of a front-page story appearing in The Boston Globe featuring PACE's request for equity for Catholic and Jewish school students in qualifying for the state-funded Adams Scholarship. More than 500 parents, students and Catholic school administrators packed the Great Hall to overflow capacity while lawmakers shared their perspectives on Catholic education - many of whom are alumni of Catholic elementary and secondary schools. At the outset, PACE Executive Director Steve Perla made it clear to participants that in its II-year history, the overarching goal of PACE has been to ensure social justice for students. House Majority Leader John Rogers offered passionate remarks on the topic of "unification of church and state," quoting from John Adams and the state constitution, which Adams wrote. Rep. Rogers argued that that intent of the state constitution regarding education was to serve all the Commonwealth's children.

"I believe your agenda is consistent with the Constitution," Rogers stated, referring to PACE's advocacy goals in the areas of school health, school transportation, early education and after school programs and equity in Adams Scholarship eligibility. Rogers also called upon the audience to show their appreciation for priests and clergy of all faiths who selflessly and with hu-


STEVE PERLA, PACE executive director, speaks to the ass.embly at the recent Catholic Schools Advocacy Day in Boston. (PACE photo)

rnility dedicate their time to community service. With a number of religious men and women in attendance, the full audience responded with spontaneous applause. Cathedral High School (East Boston) Junior Miss Dayshel Turner shared her experiences at the school stressing her appreciation of the spirit of teamwork and support she receives at the school, as well as the importance of tuition assistance in making a Catholic education possible for many of her fellow students. At the conclusion of the formal program, parents and principals fanned out for one-on-one meetings with their legislators. Key goals for PACE in this state budget cycle include 1) restoring $4 million to school nursing, 2) supporting Early Education for All legislation for a universal, mixed system of preschool by 2012 and 3) offering free MCAS testing for private and religious school students so they may qualify for the state-funded Adams Scholarship.

PACE is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the Commonwealth's 82,000 Catholic elementary and secondary school students.

MQRE THAN 500 parents, students and Catholic school administrators attended the recent Catholic Schools Advocacy Day at the Massachusetts State House, sponsored by the Parents Alliance for Catholic ~ducation. (PACE photo)

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. Easter transformation For people without faith, Easter is a mere commercial interlude. It is an occasion to promote the sending of flowers and cards, along with endless chocolate bunnies and marshmallow eggs. TIlen there are others who see Easter in the light of a cultural experi ence. At one tiDIe they might have been churchgoers, but the so-called good life has removed them from religious practices. Among this group we would find the "Easter Christians and Easter Catholics." Going to church regularly would be a quaint practice from the past. A week to be called "holy" is not on the calendar for many people. We are too busy immersing ourselves into the secular. As a result, fewer people view such religious observances as a relevant part of their living. It is so very sad to see so many ignoring priorities, Which could help them to truly live their lives with greater meaning. The emptiness of our culture is creating a spiritual vacuum. For those who truly are striving to live faith concepts as best they can with the knowledge they have at hand, Easter is a powerful reminder of how much God so loved the world. First and foremost, the mystery of Christ's ~esurrection is a real event with manifestations that were historically verified, as the New Testament bears witness. St. Paul put it so very well in his letters to the Corinthians, "I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, and that He was buried and that He was ralsed on the third day and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve." The "Catechism of the Catholic Church" interestingly remarks that the Apostle speaks here of the living tradition of the Resurrection, which he had learned after his conversion. In addition, Paul speaks of more than 500 people to whom Jesus appeared on a single occasion, and also to James and all of the Apostles. . . Although we reflect the Resurrection as an historical event that' could be verified, still it remains at the very heart of the Mystery of Faith as something that transcends and surpasses history. Again, the Catechism teaches, "Jesus is conclusively revealed as Son of God in power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by His resurrection from the dead." As for the Son, Jesus reflects his own resurrection by virtue of his divine power. He himself announced that the Son of Man will have to suffer much, die and then rise. He also said, "I lay'down my life, that I may take it up again." So we believe that Jesus indeed died and rose again. We must also recall Paul's wQrds, "If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain." The resurrection above all constitutes the confIrmation of all Christ's work and teachings. Easter is a tiDIe to affirm that by his resurrection, Jesus opens for each of us the way to a new and better life. We have been called "to walk in the newness of life." People become Christ's brethren not by nature, but by the gift of grace. Thus, Christ's resurrection is the prin~ . ciple and source of our future resurrection. Easter, therefore, is nof simply one feast among others. It is the feast of feasts; the solemnity of all solemnities. St. Athaneus called Easter ~e "Great Sunday" for all of us who are baptized into the faith of the Lord Jesus. It indeed should be just that. Celebrating Easter can be a powerful personal faith experience, Instead of grumbling and griping about the grave difficulties of our tiDIes, we need to be restored and renewed. That will not come from movements and agitations. It will be gained by peace of mind, body and soul, achieved in an affirmation of faith; a faith that if we die with Christ we will rise with him as well. For us, resurrection is to be found in a fulfilling faith that will indeed raise us up above our fragile human failings. Let us try to make Easter a celebration of healing, hope and happiness. Then our Alleluias will have true meaning and conviction. The Executive E4itor J








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Jesus' valedictory No greater homily has ever. was being hammered to his forgotten: "Today I tell you: you been given than the one Jesus cruciform podium. While others be with me in paradise." preaches today, nailed to his would have naturally cried out The good thief knocked and the perpendicular pulpit. in agony, Jesus cried, rather, door of heaven was opened, and It consists of a mere seven "Father, forgive them, for they the Good Shepherd arrived in sentences, spread over the span know not what they do!" These verdant pastures with one of his of three cold and dark hours'. For words of mercy were invoked lost sheep. Jesus to have spoken at all not just for his executioners and His third word was to saints. shows how important he mockers, but for everyone who . Jesus had come from heaven to considered every word. The has ever sinned. Little did his found a new family. That family human person speaks during executioners realize they were already had a father, but needed exhalation, and for a crucified killing the God-man; little have a mother. In a second annunciaman to talk, he has to thrust we known that by our sins we tion, Jesus declared to Mary that himself upward by his legs to were doing the same; But in the she was to become a open his lungs suffimother again: "Woman ciently to exhale. Under behold your son!" Then ordinary circumstances, he turned to his beloved Putting Into this would have been disciple and said, immensely painful, but the Deep "Behold your mother." for someone like Jesus The new "mother of all with nails throu'gh the the living," Mary By' F:ath~r Roger nerves of his feet, such repeated her "fiat!" and J. Landry ;';:'% an action would have has ever since helped also sent piercing bolts John and her other racing through his spiritual children to say beaten body. Not only was he midst .of suffering the worst sin the same. suffering while he said these of all, Jesus was begging In the fourth word, Jesus words, but he was suffering forgiveness for us all. The shows how he was fulfIlling all anew precisely in order to say "friend of tax collectors and the Old Testament prophecies. these words. sinners" was a faithful friend to In the words of Psalm 22, he Well before the Roman all such sinners to the end. turned to his Father and prayed: soldier had pierced his heart His second word was to one "My God, my God, why have with a lance to let forth a torrent sinner in particular who, in the you forsaken me?" This psalm of blood and water, Jesus midst of his own pain, recoghad predicted that he would be himself revealed its contents nized Jesus not as a fellow mocked and encircled by through his scabbed and parched crucified criminal about to die, evildoers, that others would cast lips. And in them, Jesus, like but as a king about to conquer lots for his clothing, and that he any great orator and teacher, and reign. After defending would be able to count all his summarized the most important Jesus, he didn't ask to be saved bones. But that is just a prelude parts of what he had spent his from death, only to be. rememto a message of great hope: that life trying to communicate. bered. And Jesus responded he would live in God and even The first word came when he with words that have never been Tum to page six - Jesus


How much should Tedy bear? Most of the time I enjoy being being a millionaire professional a member of the newsmedia. The athlete. seemingly endless college writing Maybe. and reading assignments were But as a member of Patriots' well worth the effort. Nation, Tedy Bruschi is not But there are those few times considered a millionaire profeswhen] wish I had devoted my sional athlete. young man energies to something Tedy Bruschi is a man who else. approaches football as he does There are the occasions here at everything else in life - with The Anchor when the level of my Faith is questioned because of what I put in or omit from the pages of this publication. Outside these four walls, as a newsman I By Dave Jolivet cringe each time I see a microphone or tape recorder shoved in someone's face immediately gusto, with passion, and with 11'0 percent effort. following a tragedy. Why a grieving individual owes the Tedy Bruschi is not a celebmedia an answer to, "How do rity. To everyone in Patriots' you feel," at the lowest moment Nation, he's family, and as such, in their life, is beyond me. I don't want to see him hounded This brings me to the most by the media. recent media meddling episode There's no need for a video - New England Patriot Tedy shot of Tedy behind some Bruschi. snowbanks at his home simply Tedy has frustrated the media talking to his neighbors. by keeping his health problems a There's no need for the public private matter - or at least trying to know his every move. to keep them private. There's no need for us to know when his surgery is There are those who say that scheduled, what's the diagnosis, athletes trade away their privacy what's the prognosis, what is he for the money and notoriety of

My View From the Stands

having for lunch. Tedy Bruschi is a husband, a daddy, and a neighbor who has a serious medical problem. Tedy Bruschi loves New England, proven by the fact he signed a "hometown discount" contract to finish his career here. Why is the media trying to chase him back to Arizona? For a scoop? For an exclusive? For bragging rights? I'm willing to wager that there aren't many Pats fans who care to see Tedy hounded this way. Tedy, as a member of the media, I'd like to say I'm embarrassed and apologize for the breach of your privacy. And Tedy, as a family member, I'd like to say that there are many of us praying for your good health, your wife, and your kiddies. The only news we want to hear is that you're doing well- and only when YOU want to tell us. Godspeed neighbor. Dave lolivet is the editor of The Anchor and a former sports editorlwriter. Each week he gives his view ofthe unique world ofsports. Comments are welcome at dave;

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The last of the seven capital sins is sloth, which St. tendency to follow the lines of least resistance - these Thomas Aquinas defines as disgust for virtue, a lan- are all manifestations of sloth. guor of the soul which deprives it of the power to do An indolent soul is barren in good works (Prov .good. "Pride may be the root of all evil," observes 24:30-34), and easily falls prey to the devil, "for idletheologian R.R. Reno, "but in our day, the trunk, ness teaches much evil" (Sir 33:27). As motionless branches, and leaves ofevil are characterized by a be- water soon becomes stagnant, so a Christian who lives MISCELLANEOUS - The lief that moral responsibility, spiritual effort, and reli- idly will soon become corrupt. Remember Our Lord's Daughters of Isabella state convengious discipline are empty burdens, ineffective and emphatic warning about the slothful servant and fooltion is being held April 15-17 at the archaic demands that cannot lead us forward, inacces- ish virgins (Mt 25:1-30), and his promise to spew the ACUSHNET - The Youth Sturbridge Host Hotel and Confersible ideals that, even if we believe in them, are be- lukewarm out of his mouth (Rev 3:16). Group of St. Francis Xavier Parish ence Center. All members of the yond our capacity." This is sloth. Hungering for righteousness, or likeness to God, is will present the Living Stations ofthe group are invited to attend and take Medieval writers often speak ofsloth as a waning of the beatitude that remedies sloth (Mt 5:6). God alone Cross tonight at 7 p.m. Each Station part in business meetings and interconfidence in the importance and power of prayer. St satisfies the deepest desires of the human heart. Senwill be acted out by the teens and set act with other Circle members. ConBernard of Oairvaux speaks of a sterility and dryness suality, technology, money and power arejust a few of tact your Circle's regent for further to music. ofhis soul that makes the sweet honey ofPsalm-ehant- the false gods that leave us ultimately empty. Seek the information. ing seem tasteless. Dante, on the fourth ledge of Purga- true God and you will find him (Mt 7:7-8), and in findATILEBORO - The National NEW BEDFORD - The proShrine of Our Lady ofLa Salette will tory, describes the slothful as suffering from a "slow ing him you will have the joy that overcomes sloth. host a healing service March 31 at gram "A Closer Look at Our Catholove" that cannot uplift, leaving the soul stagnant under . ''Learn of me," Jesus tells us, ''because I am meek 6:30 p.m. It will include the oppor- lic Faith," led by Lisa Gulino will the heavy burden of sin. The ancient monastic spiritual and humble of heart" (Mt 11:29). 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Missing published in various periodicals, including HomiFor more information call John GrifMass on Sundays and holy days, laxity in prayer, dis- letic & PastoralReview; The Catholic AnswermagaWESTPORT- The Fall River fin at 781-341-1709. regard for the Church's laws of fast and abstinence, a zine, First Things, and Adoremus BuUetin. Diocesan Council ofCatholic Nurses EAST SANDWICH- The pro- are sponsoring the seminar "Viogram "A Closer Look at Our Catho- . "lence and Abuse: Identification, Inlic Faith," led by Lisa Gulino will tervention, Prevention and Retake place April 2, 9,16,23,30 and source," April 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 May 7 at Corpus Christi Parish from p.m. at White's of Westport. For 9:30-11 a.m. more information call 508-678The foUowing meditations are of God, returned to the Father in when Mary ascended the steps of 2373. taken with permission from the glory. For he had revealed the per- the temple and presented to the FaFALL RIVER - The Diocesan Pro~Life Apostolate along with the YARMOUTHPORT - Father book "Minute Meditations on the fect love of the Father to us by his ther his own Son, made flesh in her Order of Malta will present a free Roger Landry will lead a Morning Mysteries ofthe Rosary,"by the late teaching, his life, his death on the womb by the overshadowing of the lecture seminar entitled "Catholic of Recollection, themed "Being Holy Cross Fa!/rer Thomas M. Fee- cross and his resurrection, so now Holy Spirit. In her Assumption Teaching on Morality and Sexual- Risen with Christ," April 9 at the ley, who had written Advent and he could say to his Father: "[ have Mary is taken up body and soul into ity," April 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Chapel on Summer Lenten reflectionsfor The Anchor. glorified you on earth and finished heaven and Christ her Son路presents The Resurrection the work that you gave me to do. her to the whole heavenly court as Bishop Connolly High School. It will Street. It will begin with the celebrafeature three nationally known tion of Mass at9 a.m. and includes Christ's words to Mary Now, Father, it is time for you to the perfect embodiment of what a speakers. . adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Magdalene after the Resurrection, glorify me with the glory [ had with human being ought to be. two conferences on prayer and rec- "Do not cling to me because [ have you before ever the world was " (In Mary was preserved from all sin FALL RIVER - Lisa Gulino onciliation. not yet ascended to the Father" (In 17:4-5). But he has not left us or- by the grace that Christ had won. 20: 17) seem puzzling, but not ifwe phans. He has ascended to prepare That ~ame.grace is available to us. fill in the implied premise. Ifwe do, a place for us (In 14:2) so that we If we open our hearts to receive it, the reasoning becomes clear: might see his glory and share in it. then he who is mighty can do great Continued from page four "When I have ascended to the Fathings for us (Lk 1:49), as he did The Descent of the Holy Spirit those who "sleep in the earth" God, was giving his body and ther you must cling to me. But I John's Gospel describes the death for Mary. would bow before God. Despite shedding his blood to inaugurate have not yet ascended to the Father. ofJesus on the cross with the words, The Coronation of Our Lady contrary perceptions, God was the new and eternal covenant, he Therefore, you must not cling to "and bowing his head, he gave up St. Paul tells us that "tOOse God shouting that God had never cried out in triumph "it is me." Then he sent her to tell the his Spirit" (In 19:30). On Pentecost called hejustified and those hejusfinished!" abandoned his beloved children good news to his disciples. the Spirit, which Jesus had given to tified he glorified" (Rm 8:30). At and would call them back to life! His mission successfully . Mary showed her deep love and his Father, was poured out on the the Annunciation Mary was called In the fifth word, he fulfilled accomplished, he could now adoration by clinging to the feet of Apostles gathered in the upperroorft to be the Mother of God. At Cal. Psalm 69, which foretold that he turn to his heavenly Father and the risen Christ that first Easter with Our Lady, herrelatives and sev- vary Mary was called to be the would be thirsty and given in his last word put an exclamamorning. We cannot do that now eral women. They had been praying mother of all Christ's disciples. In vinegar to drink. He who had tion point on the infinite trust since Christ has ascended to the continuously for the previous 10 the Assumption she was called up created all the water in the that characterized his entire life: Father. But now we must cling to days (Act 1:13-14). At last their to heaven, body and soul. She had world nevertheless clamored "I "Father, into your hands I him all the more because he is "the minds were open to understand what lived without sin so her body was thirst!" As with the time he commend my spirit!" Way, the Truth, and the life" (In Jesus had tried to teach them. At last not allowed to suffer corruption. asked the Samaritan woman for Jesus had strained to speak 14:6). Ifwe are strong in faith, hope their hearts were open to receive the She has, therefore, been glorified a drink, however, his thirst was these words aloud so that we and love, as Mary Magdalene was, love about to be poured into their above all others and crowned to give us himself as "living could know what was in his and cling to him heart and soul, we hearts. Filled with insight and love Queen of Heaven and Earth. water," to quench our thirsts and heart as that heart was about to will realize the truth of our Lord's' when the Holy Spirit came upon Though Queen, she is still our desires forever. beat its last. He proclaimed words, "Blessed are they who have them. they began to preach. . Blessed Mother, so we pray to her That fifth word leads to the them so that we could hear them not seen but have believed" (In When we pray and reflect on the with complete confidence to help us sixth. Scripture scholars say that and base our lives on them. 20:29). . Scriptures with Our Lady, she helps "now and at the hour of our death." the wine mixed with gall given Today their power and The Ascension us open our minds and our hearts "Minute Meditations on the to Jesus constituted the fourth eloquence echo unabated in the The cloud in Scripture signifies to the Holy Spirit, the Spirit ofTmth Mysteries of the Rosary" can be cup of the Jewish Passover rite, contrite, contemplative' hearts of the divine presence, so when we and Love, so we can experience obtainedfrom Holy Cross Family which brought to completi<;m . his faithful followers. read that as the Apostles looked on, Pentecost for ourselves. Ministries, 518 Washington Street, what Jesus had begun at the Last Fatller Landry is a parochial Jesus "was lifted up and a cloud The Assmnption No. Easton 02356,1-800-299-7729 Supper the night before. 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Is there an angel named Uriel? Q. As a grade-school religion teacher, I begin each year by discussing angels, especially guardian angels. Recently I see religious catalogues advertising statues of an Archangel Uriel. Who is this? If he is an archangel, why do we only hear of Michael, Raphael and Gabriel? (Maryland) A. The name Uriel

of the ancient heroes of faith who did not "see death" but was taken up to God (Heb 11:5). Other Christian theologians often refer to these books. The Letter of Jude quotes them at least once (v. 14).

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occurs in apocryphal Jewish scriptures, the By Father Books of Enoch, as one John J. Dietzen of four archangels. Enoch, our Bible says, was the father of Methuselah. Genesis (5:24) tells us Enoch With such a well-known work "walked with God, and he was no devoting considerable attention to longer here, for God took him." the angel Uriel, among other things This implies, so it was believed, placing him in charge of the that Enoch did notdie but, like the netherworld, it is perhaps underprophet Elijah (2 Kings 2), was standable that even today certain taken alive to heaven. religious groups honor him. The three Books of Enoch were Only the three angels named in known widely in the early years of the Bible - Raphael, Gabriel and Christianity. Written around the Michael- are honored by name time of Christ, they significantly in Christian history and tradition. influenced early Christian writings, Q. In the eyes of the Catholic including the New Testament. Church, is it pennissible to keep I They are the first to desIgnate the ashes of the deceased in the Messiah with names like the Son house? One priest says it is all of Man, the Righteous One (e.g. right, but others have said it is Acts 3:14) and the Chosen One not. (New Jersey) (e.g. Lk 9:35). A. Two documents, 'The Order of Christian Funerals" and The New Testament Letter to the Hebrews names Enoch as one "Reflections on the Body,

Cremation and Catholic Funeral Rites" published by the U.S. bishops in 1997 explain the care we should have for the bodies of our dead. Both stress a preference for burial or entombment of the deceased, even after cremation. The latter document expresses it very clearly: 'The remains of cremated bodies should be treated with the same respect given to the corporal remains of a human body. ''This includes the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and their final disposition. The cremated remains of a body should be entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium (a burial place reserved for ashes after cremation); they may also be buried in a common grave in a cemetery." The practice of scattering remains on the sea or on the ground, it continues, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend, are not proper. The same applies to the extraordinary practice of dividing the cremated remains so they may be placed in brooches, or necklaces, or other jewelry. This, too, overlooks some important truths

Parishioners with special aversions Blessed Sacrament Parish in Seattle has set a new standard for reaching out to parishioners who have challenges to their ability to attend Mass - something that even rivals the invention of the crying room. The parish has created a "fragrance-free zone" at three of its weekend Masses - a seating area where parishioners sensitive to things like hairspray or fragrances can sit and be pretty sure they

The offbeat world of Uncle Dan By Dan Morris won't become ill. I know what you are thinking. Rather than create a special place for those of us who are chemically sensitive, maybe we should set aside a special little room for worshippers who splash on cologne with a soup spoon. On the other hand, you might be wondering: If a parish can reach out to parishioners who are chemically sensitive, couldn't a parish also create special zones for Catholics who: - Do not like to hold hands during the Our Father? - Must sit at the end of the pew? - Only lip-sync hymns? - Are terrified oftwo-year-olds? - Tend to forget their pew envelope on the counter at home

and jump up during Mass to retrieve it, even when they are visiting relatives in another state? I'll tell you why. It's because these latter "conditions" are more attitudinal than medical or physical like real chemical sensitivity, which can shut down your whole system and send you to the emergency room where people wearing green clothes ask you, "When was the onset?" and look at you funny when you say, "When I sat down next to someone with the new 1. Lo'Glow' perfume at church." This kind of thing rarely happens when people beside you at Mass ask you to link up for the Our Father, unless of course they are being cute and zap you in the palm with a "sucker buzzer." OK, OK, OK, I am curious exactly how Blessed Sacrament's "zone" keeps certain scents from wafting in. You can't help but think of some restaurants' smoking and nonsmoking sections, which are separated by nothing but imagination. An official scientific federal study surely would prove that Old English cologne or Aqua Net hairspray could penetrate stainless steel barriers, much less the distance of a few pews. Nor do I know how it is communicated to higWy bouqueted parishioners (aka Calvin Klein on a Stick) that they

should steer away from the fragrance-free section. The parish probably uses tactful little signs or something, as opposed to walkthrough chemical sensor devices along the lines of airport security checkpoints that would sound an alarm if a particular worshipper exceeded a certain level of scent as measured on the smellerometer scale. Rather than be singled out and embarrassed, however, these parishioners could be discreetly led behind a privacy wall and shrinkwrapped. E-mail Uncle Dan at

about our care for loved ones who die. Anthropologists often note that one way we learn the quality of a culture's civilization is how they treat their dead. We need to be sure that how we respect our dead faithfully reflects our Christian understanding of the meaning of human life and death, and our faith in the resurrection.

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'We are here, we are here': Pro-Life Democrat voices break through WASHINGTON (CNS) - Af- leader. Reid includes legislation to ter feeling alienated by party poli- reduce abortions by preventing untics for decades, Pro-Life Demo- intended pregnancies among his crats may be encouraged by a Dr. top-10 priorities. Then, Sen. Hillary Rodham Seuss book that could be an allegory for their struggle. Clinton, D-N.Y, told an audience In "Horton Hears a Who!" the of family planning providers that tiny people ofWho-ville, a complex abortion is a "sad, even tragic world inside a speck of dust, choice to many, many women," and struggle to make their voices heard . that emphasizing religious and and save their civilization from im- moral values in encouqiging teens pending doom. to abstain from sex should be emPro-Life Democrats haven't got- braced. She went on to encourage ten quite that clear a sign of sup- supporters of legal abortion to fmd port from their party's leadership. common ground with abortion opAnd they're not all sure the pot of ponents in preventing unwanted Beezle-Nutoil isn't just sirnmering, pregnancies and providing better on a back burner. prenatal care. But since November's election, Most recently, the Democratic Democraticleaders have acknowl-· leadership cleared the way for edged they hear the voices of those Pennsylvania Treasurer Robert Cawho feel alienated by the party's sey, son of the late Gov. Robert history of opposing, any law to re- Casey, to run unopposed in the 2006 . . . b d . strict abortion and shUtting out can- primary race for the Senate. Casey, ,BISHOP JOHN J. ~evlns of Venice, Fla., nght, ,offers. encourageme~t to me":! ers an didates and activists who disagree. like his father, is Pro-Life, which supporters of the Coalition of I~~okalee Workers In Venrce ~s they begin ~.15-clty protest Exit polls that showed voters con- not so long ago would have meant tour in late February. The coalition, a grass-roots effort to Improve conditions and labor cerned about "moral values" over- the Democratic Senatorial Camstandards for farmworkers, recently reached an agreement with the parent company of whelmingly voted for President' paign Committee would have Taco Bell to increase pay and improve conditions in the'tomato industry. The agreement George W. Bush solidified what steered clear of primary endorseends the coalition's four-year boycott against Taco Bell. (CNS photo by Ed Foster Jr.) little-heard voices had been saying ments or supported another candi. . about the Democratic Party for date who backs legal abortion. . years. By persuading two other leaders~ II . " . , .NowsomePro-LifeDemoqr,!ts iI,lgDemocratsnottorun,theparty think the tide has turned. .' ',-set the scene for Casey, a,Catholic, w. '.'For the first time in 'three de- to rUn unopposed against incumcades we have a substantial oppor- bent Republican Sen. Rick tunity'to potentially change the'de- "'. saritorum, another Pro-Life CathoBY CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE . in a recent statement, Bishop form," he said, adding that any bate in the Democratic Party lind . lic. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., .. '~ ORLANDO, Fla. - Florida Nicholas A. DiMarzio of Brook- solution must be industrywide potentially change the outcome of who heads the senatorial commitfarm workers and Taco Bell have lyn, N.Y., chairman of the U.S. because Taco Bell alone "simply its' policies," said .former Indiana tee, also has been encouraging Proreached an 'agreement to improve bishops' domestic policy commit- . does not have the clout" to solve congressman Tim Roemer, now Life Rep. Jim Langevin to run wages and working conditions in tee, called the agreement "a step the problems raised by the coalihead of the Center for National against Republican Rhode Island the tomato industry. toward justice for farmworkers." tion. . Policy. Roemer was among those Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who supports The agreement was reached Bishop DiMarzio commended The company purchas~dabout who sought to head the Democratic legal abortion. . two weeks ago by the Coalition Taco Bell for its pledge to work 10 million pounds of Florida toNational Committee. In that case, Eric McFadden, president of 'of Immokalee Workers and Taco with the coalition to address work- matoes in 2004, about one percent he said, being Pro-Life created "not Catholicsfor Faithful Citizenship, Bell, a division of Yum! Brands ing and living conditions of agri- of the state's commercial crop. just a glass ceiling, but a steel one." said he's encouraged by what has . and the largest Mexican-style; cultural workers in Florida as well In 2002, the coalition gave the Former Vermont Gov. Howard happened in the Democratic Party fast-food chain in the country. It as to raise wages. example of workers for one Dean was elected instead at the in the last few weeks and by ef, calls fOT an increase of a penny During the years of negotia- grower who were paid 40 cents committee's February meeting. forts from groups such as the , per pound in the price the for each 32-pound bucket of ''Being Pro-Life has been a death American Life League to reach out tomatoes they picked. The warrant" for Democrats with their to his members. But he remains a company pays for tomatoes and for the company to . Bishop DiMarzio commended rate, which had not changed , eyes on party leadership positions bit skeptical about how much work with the coalition to Taco Bell for its pledge to work with since 1978, meant workers or the White House, Roemer, a backbone the party will show if had to pick and haul two improve working conditions the coalition to address working and tons of tomatoes to earn Catholic, told Catholic News Ser- big-money organizations such as in the tomato industry. vice. But now, "I believe we're get- Emily's List and NARAL Pro. Since 2001, the coalition living conditions ofagricultural work- $50. ting traction and momentum. We've Choice America start to flex their had led a grass-roots cam- ers in Florida as well as to raise· Employees of that com- made more progress in the last six muscle. pany had no union organiz- weeksthanwehaveinthelastthree paign to boycott Taco Bell. wages. "Those groups really have a . Under the agreement the ing rights, received no over- decades." ~, stranglehold on the Democratic time'pay, had no health incoalition will end its boyAmong the signs encouraging Party," he said. "It's going to take tions, the U.S. Conference of surance, sick leave, paid holidays Roemer and others is the selection someone with courage, like Dean, cott. Bishop John J. Nevins ofVenice Catholic Bishops had joined the or vacations, and had no pension. of abortion opponent Sen. Harry to break it. Whether Dean is willLucas Benitez, co-director of Reid of Nevada as Senate minority ing to do that remains to be seen." has worked with the farmworkers bishops of Florida in appealing to ori efforts to reach an agreement Taco Bell's management "to take the coalition, said "Not much that included joining marches and this kind of action and to lead the more can be said about the condiprayer services. He said the . entire industry by their example," tions in Florida's 'tomato fields . '.' coalition's success would not have he said. that hasn't been said already. been. possible without the grass-, Since 1994, the U.S. bishops' Wages are extremely low, workroots involvement of people Catholic Campaign for Human ing conditions can be brutal throughout the nation and "all the Development, the Church's domes- Florida's fields have seen some of faithful, our parishes and other tic anti-poverty program, has regu- the most shameful extremes of .. ' 'Ctturch organizations that en" larly funded the coalition's grass- exploitation that this country has " dorsed the boycott and remained roots organizing efforts with grants known, both decades ago and still today. My community is one of in solidarity with the coalition of between $25,000 and $35,000. .' ..during this struggle." Emil Brolick, Taco Bell presi- the poorest communities in the . Bishop Nevins thanked the dent, said "We recognize that country and our sacrifices have coalition and the company for Florida tomato workers do not helped make Florida's tomatoes A CROWN of thorns is displayed during a Mass at Jesus their willingness to work out a enjoy the same rights and condi- some of the least-expe~sive, highcQntract and added, "I hope oth- tions as employees in other indus- est-quality tomatoes on the mar- the Good Shepherd Church in Dunkirk, Md., on the fifth Suner~ will follow their lead." tries, and there is a need for re- ket today." day of Lent. (CNS photo by Bob Roller)

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eNS TV review 'Visions of Mary' NEW YORK (CNS) - In tima and Medjugorje in BosniaMay 1982, a year after surviving Herzegovina. (To date, the latter an assassination attempt, Pope has not been officially recogJohn Paul II knelt and prayed at nized by the Church.) "Visions of Mary" maintains the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima a level of objectivity concerning in Portugal. On one lev~l, the gesture rep- the debate over "private revela. resented the Holy Father's grati- tions" - refraining from detude to God - and, by way of bunking them or endorsing them intercession, Mary - for sparing without question - and allows his life. But the papal pilgrimage. the voices of both devotees and to Fatima also affirmed the im- critics to be heard. Unfortunately, portance the Church attaches to the otherwise polished program the claims of the three peasant is handicapped by B-movie speSMOKE RISES from the 150-year-old St Raphael Cathedral in downtown Madison, Wis., children, who in 1917 said that cial-effects shots of the appariMarch 14. The early morning fire destroyed the roof of the cathedral and caused significant . the Blessed Virgin had appeared tions themselves. "Visions of Mary" provides to them at that site. The last of damage to the interior. No injuries were reported from the fire. The cause was unknown; three visionaries - Carmelite viewers with a clear understand. (CNS photo by Julianne Nornberg, Catholic Herald) Sister Lucia-dos Santos - died ing of why the Catholic Church has traditionally taken a prudent in February at age 97. Church history is replete with approach when evaluating and similar stories of such mystical authenticating apparitions. The encounters - known as Marian reason for the hierarchy's intense apparitions - many of which are scrutiny - usually involving a thoughtfully examined in "Vi- rigorous investigation - is to sions of Mary," an intelligent and make sure that the faithful are not balanced documentary airing misled by delusion, mass hysteEaster Sunday, March 27, 8-10 ria,-fraud or demonic deception. p.m. EST on cable's History As one commentator cautions, 235 north Front Street - new Bedford Channel. "There is a fine With Paulist line between Fathers Frank 'Visions ofMary"provides devotion and R. Desiderio viewers with a clear under- superstition." 25 2", 2005 and Gregory Also disstanding of why the CathoApparcel of cussed are the mdSS dnd novend PrdlJers Edch DdlJ df 00 noon Paulist Produc- lic Church has traditionally criteria used by tions as execu- taken a prudent approach Church offiThe conclusion of the novena will take place on Sunda~, April 3, 2005 tive producers, when evaluating and au- cials in assessat the 11:00 a. m. mass. the engaging thenticating apparitions. ing each case: IVe invite and encourage parishioners, friends and all who hdve devotion to the Divine program uses a Is the visionary merc~ to ioin us for this novend. Conducted b~ the Conventual Franciscan Friars. blend of archipsychologival photos and footage, religious cally stable? Can the events be artwork, dramatizations and talk- explained through natural ing-head interviews with noted means? Does the revealed messcholars - both believers and sage conflict with Church teachSunddq, April 3, 2005 skeptics - to explore one of the ings? Does the experience lead Specidl Liturgq & Devotions dt 11 d. m. most fiercely cherished and con- to deeper private or public piety? troversial forms of popular Of course, Christians cannot Catholic devotion. categorically discredit the possiWhile the number of reported bility of such events, since to do cases has boomed in recent years, so would effectively deny such Marian apparitions, as the special supernatural visitations as the poihts out, are not a new phe- Annunciation. nomena. The earliest recorded According to the program, of example dates back to St. Gre- the 80,000 claims since the third gory in the third century. century, only one percent have Ideal for family holiday view- been recognized by the Church ing, the film covers the major vi- - and none to date in the United sions at Fatima, Lourdes and La States. .-.'.. -.;--'.Salette In France, and Knock, IreIn the 18th century, Pope land, as well as Our Lady of Benedict XIV, addressing the Machine Operatqrs and Shippers Guadalupe in Mexico and lesser- approbation granted to "private known apparitions. " revelations," concluded that, Must be at least 18 years of age. No experIence necessary. 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New Catholic lay group will promote Church management By JERRY



WASHINGTON - A group of U.S. Catholic bishops and lay Church and business leaders have announced formation of a National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. Its goal is to help Catholic dioceses and parishes improve administrative practices and financial and human resource management as the Church confronts clergy shortages and the challenges of training effective lay leadership. At a press conference in Washington the group also issued an 80-page "Report of the Church in America," reporting the proceedings and recommendations of last July's national leadership round table at Wharton, the prestigious business school of the University of Pennsylvania. That session was a tw()-day meeting of lay and Church leaders from diverse perspectives who came together in Philadelphia to analyze how Church leadership can respond more effectively to leadership problems that surfaced in the clergy sexual abuse crises and, more broadly, to the rapidly changing realities in American Catholicism. Geoffrey T. Boisi, a Long Island, N.Y., businessman long prominent in the worlds of busi路 ness and Catholic philanthropy, introduced the report and new organization to journalists in a 90minute session at Washington's National Press Club. Among the initial projects of the group are: - a program with six DVDs and a workbook that the round table plans to distribute to all Catholic parishes and dioceses in the country later this year to initiate a national dialogue on leadership and Church management at the parish and diocesan level; - creation of Catholic advanced management degree and certificate programs at key educational institutions around the country. The report concluded with 27 priority recommendations nine each at the national, dioc-

esan and parish level - and 21 more long-term recommendations. Each set of recommenda.lions was divided into three areas of management - governance or administration, finances, and human resources or personnel. Many of the recommendations focused on greater use of Catholic lay expertise from business and professional fields in consultative or advisory capacities to pastors, bishops and other Church leaders. A major component of the report was a call for research to help identify best management practices already in place in some dioceses and parishes. The report called for developing networks and other means to spread the word about those success stories, showing other dioceses or parishes how to emulate those practices in their own context. The report proposed the "Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Se~tor" as a basic code of policies and practices that every U.S. Catholic diocese and parish should live up to. Bishop Dale J. Melczek of Gary, Ind., one of the press conference panelists, said the goals of the new round table - finding better ways to incorporate lay expertise in the management of Church finances and human resources, promoting dialogue on those issues and advancing models of best practices in those areas - are "very much needed in the Church." "It's not just a need, it's required of the laity," he said. "Even if we had a plethora of clergy and religious, this would be required of the faithful" because of their call by their bap~ tism "to use their gifts to build up the body of Christ." The round table will have its headquarters in Washington at the offices ofFADICA - Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities - an agency whose members are among the major U.S. foundations supporting Church projects and' programs in'the United States and around the world.

Vatican official says displaced Africans, refugees need more help VATICAN CITY (CNS) Facing hunger, rape and death, refugees and displaced people in Sudan's Darfur region and throughout Africa must be given greater assistance by the international community, a Vatican official said. "The precarious and tragic condition of these millions of persons forcibly uprooted from their villages and their lands calls for concrete and, prompt decisions," Msgr. Fortunatus Nwachukwu told the executive committee of

the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Msgr. Nwachukwu, a staff member at the Vatican's observer mission to U.N. agencies in Geneva, spoke to the committee March 10; a copy of his remarks was later released at the Vatican. On March 11, U.N. SecretaryGeneral Kofi Annan told the U.N. Security Council that the Sudanese government and rebels had not made any serious attempt in the past month to resolve the Darfur conflict.

CARDINAL TARCISIO Bertone of Genoa, Italy, speaks out against Dan Brown's novel~ ''The Da Vinci Code," in a recent interview with Vatican Radio. The cardinal called the boo~ a "castle of lies" and urged Christians not to read or purchase the book. (CNS photo frorry ~~~


Italian' cardinal: 'Da yinci Code' plays on anti-Catholic sentiment VATICAN CITY (CNS) The success of Dan Brown's novel, "The Da Vinci Code," is the result of a marketing strategy playing on anti-Catholic sentiment, s~id Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone of Genoa, Italy. The cardinal told Vatican Radio he was particularly concerned about the fact that the book, first published in Italian in 2004, now is available in paperback and is popular among high school students. "There is an idea circulating in the schools that one musft~ad this book to understand the dynqntics of history and all the maniPulations carried out by the Church\I;l the course of history," Cardinal, Bertone told Vatican Radio. "This is truly sad and terrible," he said, explaining why he had scheduled. a public discussion

about the book in Genoa. Cardinal Bertone said the most ridiculous premise in the novel is the Catholic Church's alleged "obliteration of the feminine aspect from the Gospel narratives and in the life of the Church." "There is nothing more false," he said, pointing to the importance the Church gives to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to the attention the Gospels pay to Jesus' female disciples, including the women who announced to the male disciples that Jesus had risen. "There is nothing more false than the need to rediscover a how can I say it - an 'amazon' Mary Magdalene in order to re'(,:uperate the presence of women" in\the Church, he said. '~he more mystifying element" of the book, Cardinal


! Bertone said, is its "denial of the death and resurrection of Jesus." Cardinal Bertone, calling the book a "castle of lies," said he thinks promotion of the book is an anti-Catholic reaction to all the positive attention paid to the Catholic Church and the Christian faith during the Holy Year 2000. The cardinal said it seems acceptable to be anti-Catholic; "I ask myself what the reaction would be to a similar book, full of lies, about Buddha or Mohammed or if a novel came out manipulating the whole story of the Holocaust, the Shoah." Part of the book's marketing strategy, he said, is to try to convince people "that one is not an adult Christian if one has not read this book. But I say, 'Do not read it and', especially, do not buy it. '"

Pope reminds Catholics of need to go (0 confession VATICAN CITY (CNS) Catholics must remember that they may not receive Communion if they have committed a serious sin and have not gone to confession, Pope John Paul II said. In the year the Church has dedicated to the Eucharist, it is important to remind people of the importance of going to confession, the pope said in a message sent from Rome's Gemelli hospital. ' , The pope's message, released at the Vatican last week, was ad-, dressed to priests taking a course at the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican court dealing with matters related to confession and questions of conscience. "Only one who has a sincere awareness of not having committed a mortal sin can receive the

Body of Christ," the pope said in his message. " The prayers of the Mass underline the need for "purification and conversion," he said, citing the initial penitential rite, the sign of peace and the prayers immediately before the reception of the Eucharist. The pope said the Gospel readings of Lent "help us to better understand the value of this unique priestly ministry." , "They show the Savi~r while converting the Samaritan woman, becoming a source of joy for her; he heals the man born blind, becoming a source of light for him; he raises Lazarus from the dead and shows how life and resurrection defeat death, the consequence of sin," the pope wrote. "His penetrating gaze, his word

and his judgment of love enlighten the conscience of those he meets, provoking their conversion and profound renewal," Pope John Paul said. The pope said that in an age when people seem to forget about God and ignore the reality of sin priests and religious educators must work even harder to help pf<ople understand that Christ is calling them to conversion, "which presupposes a conscious confession of their sins and the request for forgiveness and salvation." The pope also told the priests that people will not approach them unless they model their lives and 'behavior on Christ, "the teacher and pastor, healer of souls and bodies, spiritual guide and just and merciful judge."


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feeding tube. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge VATICAN CITY - Terri James Whittemore refused to order Schindler Schiavo has been con- the restoration of Schiavo's feeding demned to die "an atrocious death" tube, which had been removed in a society that is "incapable of ap- March 18 by order of a Florida state preciating and defending the gift of judge. Schiavo's parents had appealed life," said the Vatican's newspaper, to thefederaljudge after U.S. PresiL'Osservatore Romano. A judge in the United States "has dent George W. Bush signed emerdecided that Terri's life is not worth gency legislation Monday allowing living, at the same time condemn- them to do so. But Whittemore said he refused' ing the woman to an atrocious death: death by starvation and to order restoration of Schiavo's thirst," the paper said in its Tues- feeding tube because the woman's day edition, which was released to parents had not established a "sub- '. reporters at the Vatican. stantiallikelihood ofsuccess" at trial The paper gave its reaction to the on the merits of their arguments. The Vatican newspaper called case of the severely brain-damaged Florida woman in a front-page edi- the reasons behind the court decision "absurd and chilling" and said torial. Schiavo, 41, who has been brain- Schiavo's "destiny" based on a damaged for the past 15 years, can , court decision was not unlike the breathe on her own but requires death sentence facing the men and nutrition and hydration through a women sitting on death row. CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

However, in this case, "Terri has not committed any crime, other than that of being 'useless' in the eyes of a society that is incapable of appreciating and defending the gift of life," it said. Earlier, in its March 21-22 edition, the Vatican newspaper said the debate surrounding the future of Schiavo has ignored "the heart of the issue" that no one has the right to determine whether another human being should die. Under an avalanche of "accusations, appeals, and last-minute surprises, one risks losing the true 'heart' of the issue," the paper said. "A human being, not a vegetable, is slowly dying" and instead of "provoking a wave of pity or solidarity," the "authentic drama" of Schiavo is "smothered by the indecent race to arrogate the right to decide on the life and death of a human creature," the paper said.

Schiavo's suffering recalls the "the agony of love" that comes when one remembers to help those who are "more fragile and needy," said the paper. ''The slow, heart-rending agony of Terri" is "the agony of human-

ity," it said. Whittemore's ruling was immediately appealed to the 11 th U.S. Circuit Court ofAppeals in Atlanta. No decision on that appeal has been made as The Anchor went to press on Tuesday morning.

WOMEN PRAY the rosary outside Hospice House Woodside in Pinellas Park, Fla., where Terri Schindler Schiavo is a patient. (eNS photo from Reuters)

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those words should shape the life of a priest. Jesus' first words at the Last Supper, he said, were words of thanksgiving. A priest "must cultivate a constant sense of gratitude for the many gifts he has received in the course of his life," the pope said. "We have our crosses to bear - and we are certainly not the only ones - but the gifts we have received are so great that we cannot fail to sing from the depths of our hearts our own Magnificat," the Blessed Virgin Mary's hymn of praise, he said: Modeling his life on Christ who gave himself for others, the pope said a priest must "offer himself as a gift, placing himself at the disposal of the community and at the service of anyone in need." "This is exactly what Jesus expected of his apostles," the pope said, and it is what "the people of God expect of a priest." Priests are called to be heralds of the good news that on the cross and through the Eucharist Jesus shed his blood for the salvation of all people, Pope John Paul wrote. "Yet unless we sense that we ourselves are saved, how can we be convincing heralds?" the pope asked. Credibility, he said, comes from knowing that one has been saved, living a holy life and demonstrating that one truly believes that Christ will come again. "Vocations will certainly not be lacking if our manner of life is truly priestly, if we become more holy, more joyful, more impassioned in the exercise of our ministry," he said. Celebrating the Eucharist, priests also are called to be men who remember Christ's saving action, the pope said.

"At a time when rapid social and cultural changes are weakening the sense of tradition ... the priest is called to be, within the community entrusted to him, the man who faithfully remembers the entire mystery of Christ," he said. The mystery of faith the priest proclaims is a mystery in which Jesus is truly present in the bread and wine on the altar, the pope said.

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wolves, and astronomy. Students wrote a research report and displayed their findings on impressive display boards. First-, second-, and third-place ribbons were awarded for the research projects and for display boards.

THESE COYLE and Cassidy High School students spent some recent vacation time painting the Taunton school's food pantry, under the direction of coordinators Ross Perry and Emily Burdick. It was decorated in the school's colors of blue and gold. From left: Julie Robens, Bridget Correia, Kerrin Viveiros, Courtney Kasianowicz, Lindsey Grant, Matthew Gerrior and Janelle Joyal.

SOME OF the I-Search winners at Notre Dame School, Fall River, were, from left: Science Teacher Angie Rivera, Mikala Grimo, Brittany Farias, Adam Wood, Stephanie Dias, Nathan Ferreira, Nick Ratcliffe, Eric Viveiros,. Alex Lees, and Principal Christopher Myron. .

THIRD-GRADE students in Tammy Pereira's class at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, New Bedford, sit near a model city they constructed in a recent Junior Achievement activity. The students learned about the different zones used in city planning and the role of a city planner within a city. BISHOP FEEHAN faculty members recently participated in a CUrSillo weekend retreat. Front row from left: Carla Tirrell, Jim Suprenant, Ben Ryder, Mercy Sister Patricia Harrington, Catherine Brandley, Anne Meloni. Back row: Gary Porter, Deacon James Meloni, Donna MacPherson, Linda Tyler, Paul Lanciaux, Doug Michaud, and Shannon Maher.


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ATfLEBORO - Over the past faculty's faith formation. The five months, 17 Bishop Feehan High Cursillo Experience is one of many School faculty members have partici- ways that the campus ministry propated in 'The Cursillo Experience," gram at Feehan involves its faculty a weekend Christian retreat held at in activities that aim to strengthen the Holy Cross Retreat House in faith. North Easton. ''Cursillo'' is Spanish Carla TIrrell, director ofCampus for路 "short course" and the weekend Ministry at Bishop Feehan, reis described as being a ''back-to-ba- marked, "We must be strong role sics experience which often deepens models. We inspire our students . and rounds out what one has learned much more by who we are individuabout Christ earlier in life." ally and collectively than by what we The campus ministry program, say. We need to continually assimialong with the administration at . late our Catholicity so that our attiCOACH DEAN Carlson and Assistant Coach Melissa Carlson with the Fall River Fire, Bishop Feehan encourages not only tudes, habits and values are penneone of many teams participating in .the growinQ Futsal League. . students' faith fonnation, but also ated through it."


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Making sure you collide with love By CHARLIE



COLLIDE is certain: "You finally find The dawn is breaking you and I collide." A light is shining through Is he right? Are some relationships just meant to be? You're barely waking To be honest, I don't know. And I'm tangled up in you But I'm open, you're closed When I look at my own life, I Where I follow, you'll go can recognize how many aspects I worry I won't see your face could be different. I feel blessed Light up again that eventually I "collided" with Refrain: the woman who would join me Even the best fall down sometimes Even the wrong words ~••r seem to rhyme '-'.... AI ....11. Out of the doubt that fills my mind I somehow find, you and I collide I'm quiet, you know You make a first impression I've found I'm scared to know I'm always on your mind (Repeat refrain.) Don't stop here I've lost my place I'm close behind (Repeat refrain.) You finally find in marriage. However, I can also You and I collide see that both she and I easily You finally find could have created our lives in You and I collide Sung by Howie Day different ways. Much mystery surrounds Copyright (c) 2003 by Sony Howie Day's single "Collide" what happens in our lives. is all over pop radio. The song Sometimes, we can "connect the is off his latest disc "Stop the dots" and see why certain people World Now." His music features came into our lives. For others what reviewers call "trademark we cannot. Most of this mystery guitar" combined with "heart- is not meant to be "solved." Instead, we learn to live humbly felt, passionate vocals." The song offers a poetic before a God who guides us totribute to an enduring relation- ward our highest spiritual purship. The guy in the song lyri- pose. Yet, I would affirm this: We cally expresses his belief that his girl and he are meant to be are meant to "collide" with love together. He admits that "doubt over and over again. Giving and fills my mind" at times, and receiving true caring is one of that "even the best fall down the reasons that our souls are sometimes." Yet, no matter making this Earth journey. We need to see our "colliwhat occurs, he feels that this


DRESSED AS Albert Einstein, Jill Jelinek, a science teacher at St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Michigan City, Ind., works with sixth-grader Jordan Kubaszyk on constructing graphs of the "pi" symbol in pie tins during a celebration of Pi/Einstein Day. On the anniversary of Einstein's birthday, middle-school students engaged in a variety of activities related to pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. (CNS photo by Karen Callaway, Northwest Indiana Catholic)

KIMBERLY SEGURA and Mary Torrance of Corpus Christi School in Mineola, N.Y., rehearse with the Diocese of Rockville Centre's honor band at St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington recently. The honor band, comprised this year of nearly 800 musicians from more than 50 Catholic elementary schools, performs in concert once a year to showcase those students who have excelled in music programs taught at diocesan schools. (CNS photo by Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)

sion" with love not just as something that happens to us, but also as the gift that we have to share. Here I speak of love in its most expansive state, not just in terms of romantic relationships. Each day, commit yourself to be love for others. Sometimes this is easy. You naturally bump into your friends at school and hopefully help them have a better day. Also, while at school, you might extend kindness and respect to teachers, the lunchroom staff, the maintenance workers, and even to those peers that you don't know well. You also can practice bringing more love into your home. Occasionally, this is more difficult. You might find that you are angry with your parents or siblings. Maybe their behavior has hurt you. '~Colliding" your home with your love can be challenging! Even when this is the case, gradually you can change your focus. Compassion, forgiveness and the refusal to meet unfairness with harsh words remains a choice. If others do not love, ' you still get to decide who you want to be and what attitudes you want to manifest. You can still make sure that your home "collides" with love. As for my own life, I do not know why many of my best friends and family have entered it. Yet, I recognize how love has collided with my life and I am left in deep gratitude for all that remains a mystery.

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Avoid starring in you'r next teen movie By



Dreams sometimes start when you're asleep. Sometimes they come when you are in between sleeping and being awake, and sometimes they come when you are wide awake. Sometimes dreams come when you are in class and shouldn't be dreaming, and sometimes they come when you realize your potential in sports, academics or communication. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that we all have dreamed about dating someone in class or lockers next to us. This is probably more common in bigger schools where there is a chance you may not know everyone around you.

It is easy to slip into a dreamlike coma imagining how you two could be going to dances together, going to the movies together or laughing together on a Friday night. These dreams make their way onto your notebook as you scribble each other's names together with doodles all around them; even the scribbles say things like, "I ' Love ..." or "Me and ... forever." I have seen these colorful creations allover notebooks in class where notes from the teacher should be instead. And although boys may not doodle allover their notebooks about a girl, they still find themselves living in this fantasy world, dreaming about how it would be to go out with the girl who sits

across the room from them in geometry. Every teen movie outlines this scenario so commonly. A young

Coming of Age girl falls in love with the coolest guy in school. She then changes everything about herself so she can get him to ask her out. Then, of course, as all teen movies go, she finds out he is really a jerk ·and realizes she ditched all her friends for this guy because of

changed to fit that dream. the fantasy she had about him So, in your life, skip the before she got to know him. middle part of the movie. Don't I think I can safely say that try to change your image, lose Hollywood puts out a different some weight or ditch your version of this every year, and it friends so that someone else will rakes in millions. You think we dig you. Skip to the part at the would catch on to this, but then the next year comes along and we end of the movie when you realize that you are who you are, flock to the next teen movie to and that is good - when you watch the same events take place. realize your friends and studies Why? are more important than that Because we live it. We all romantic dream. have had those dreams about Let the credits roll without all some guy or girl we don't know, the drama of forgetting who you someone we are convinced we are in order to date someone love, and in our heads we say, who isn't any good for you "If he would go out with me, I anyway. Realize you don't need would wear this, lose this much this particular drama in order to weight or ditch my friends." Then, just like in the movies, we feel good about yourself. And then you can buy a ticket to next realize she isn't all that our dreams made her out to be. We· , year's teen drama. '






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Friday, March 25, 2005

In Madrid, residents remember trauma of al-Qaida bombings



.most basic right of life is a~­ MADRID Spain (CNS) The railway carriages were tacked something transcendent packed full of rush-hour com- awakens in the hearts of others, muters just after 7 a.m. March an awareness' ... that man can~ not be destroyed but is made for 11, but no one made a noise. Spanish media showed silent immortality and eternal life," passengers with heads bowed, Cardinal Rouco said., Among the 20 bishQps and some crying, remembering exactly one year before when archbishops present at the Mass nearly 200 people traveling on was Bishop Ricardo Blazquez the commuter train from Alcala Perez of Bilbao, newly elected de Henares and three other president of the Spanish bishtrains became victims of the ops' conference. Spanish Prime deadliest al-Qaida attack in Eu- Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and opposition leaders rope." The train passed through sta- were in the congregation. The March 11, 2004, bombtions that 12 months ago had been full, of twisted metal, bod- ings not only traumatized Spain, but also left a legacy of politiies and dazed survivors. ' This year, lines of City Hall cal sniping. The then-Conservativ:e govrepresentati ves stood on the platforms, watching the train's ernment initially blamed Basque terrorists long after Spain's sepassing with bowed heads. At a little before 7:40 a.m.- curity services said al-Qaida had the time last year when the first carried out the bombings in re: A FAMILY AFFAIR In celebration of its patron saint, The Friendly Sons of S1. ofthe 10 bombs planted in back- venge for the presence of SpanPatrick honored a diocesan priest and his three religious Sisters as its Persons of the packs exploded - 650 churches ish troops in Iraq. In a general Year at a Mass and 64th annual-dinner-dance on March '15. At the social at White's of in and around Madrid started election three days after the atpealing their bells. Organized by tacks, the Conservatives were Westport, seated, from left, are honorees Mercy Sisters Patricia and Kathleen Harthe Archdiocese of Madrid, the defeated by Zapatero's Social~ rington; and their broth~r Father Brian J. Harrington, pastor of S1. Julie Billiart Church in peal signaled the official start of ists. North Dartmouth, where the tribute Mass was celebrated. At right is their brother, Fall Ever since, the Socialists Spain's day of remembrance. River Fire Captain Kevin G. Harrington and his wife Joy. At rear, flanking honoree Mercy At midday, the Spanish capi- have argued the Conservatives Sister Sheila Harring~on, are nieces Erin Brigid Harrington and Shannon Mary Hartal marked the anniversary with tried to cover up al-Qaida's role rington. The Friendly Sons also cited Richard Brown of New Bedford, one of their own, a five-minute silence on streets, in the attacks, fearing a voter with the prestigious S1. Patrick Achievement and Service Award. (Photo courtesy of in offices and cafes; the solemn backlash from a nation that bitJohn Murphy) day ended with a memorial terly opposed Spain's involveMass. ment in thelraq War. . Addressing the hundreds of The Cons~rvatives have acfriends and relatives of the vic- cused the Socialists of using the tims iIi. the capital's Our Lady of tragedy to score political points Almudena' Cathedral for the on the eve of the general elecMass, Cardinal Antonio Rouco tion, a day on which campaignVarela of Madrid said that ter- ing is forbidden. rorism "will never have the fiOn the anniversary, Spanish BY ClAN MOLLOY ing legalization for undocunal word." CardinalJulian Herranz, presi- ' members abroad." CATHOLIC' NEWS SERVICE The bishop said he planned to mented workers and expanding The cardinal reminded the dent of the Pontifical Council congregation, which included for the Interpretation of LegisDUBLIN, Ireland - Ireland's travel to the United States "to opportunities for work and for King Juan Carlos and other lative Texts, warned against any bishops have asked Catholics to visit o~r immigrant pastoral cen- immigrants' family members to . members of the Spanish royal politicization of the tragedy. remember the plight of undocu- ters and to meet with our chap- join them in the United States. He family, of the prayers of Span"Unfortunately, terrorist acts mented Irish workers living as il- lains and those working with said the campaign would include ish Catholics on the day of the are often used by one (political) legal aliens in the United States. Irish people. I will also discuss all immigrants, although there attacks. party or another, and this is laThe undocumented workers with my colleagues in the U.S. were "rather large numbers" of "These prayers ... were an mentable," Cardinal Herranz told are the focus of this year's Sup- Catholic bishops' conference Irish immigrants in cities like eloquent sign that when man's the Spanish news agency EFE. porting Irish Abroad campaign by how best the Irish and U.S. bish- Boston and New York. Although the Irish Episthe Irish Episcopal Comcopal Commission forEmimission for Emigrants. A grants was established in March 13 press statement "St. Patrick's Day is a special 1957 and has helped estabsaid the commission was launching this year's cam- time for Irish people everywhere. lish Irish outreach chaplainpaign "to coincide with St. Above all it is a time to remember cies across Europe, the Patrick's Day" March 17. in our prayers family members United States and Australia, "This year's awareness abroad." this is only the second year the bishops have run an SIA campaign focuses on the campaign. The acronym challenges facing our people who are living furtive ops can work together to allevi- SIA is also a word in the Irish lanlives in the' U.S.," Bishop ate the plight of (the) most vul- guage meaning "longer" .or "further." Seamus Hegarty, chairman of the nerable of migrants." Last year the campaign foIrish Episcopal Commission for Bishop Hegarty said th~ Irish Emigrants, said in a March 13 bishops were working with the cused on the plight of elderly press release on the program. U.S. bishops' Migration and Irish emigrants living in Britain, "St. Patrick's Day is a special Refugee Services, which is initi- especially London. That camtime for Irish people every- ating a campaign for immigration paign raised some 614,000 euros ($822,000) for the commission, A MAN pays his respects at one of the platforms at Madrid's. where," he said. "It is an occa- reform. sion both to reach out to those In Washington, Mark Fran](en, which is spending the funds on Atocha train station March 11. Spain solemnly commemo- who have fallen on hard times MRS director, said the campaign outreach services for the elderly rated the first anniversary of the Madrid train bombings with and to celebrate the positive con- will focus on educating Catholics and isolated Irish in Britain and ringing church bells and silent tributes to the 191 people who tributions of the Irish around the about immigrants and will in- on the recruitment and training died in al-Qaida's worst attack in Europe. (CNS photo from world. Above all it is a time to clude legislative strategies to of volunteers to work with those Reuters) remember in our prayers family change immigration law, includ- emigrants.

Irish bishops ask Catholics to rem,ember compatriots in U.S.

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