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Pope calls for full acceptance of church doctrine VATICAN CITY (CNS) Concluding a week of consultations with a group of U.S. bishops, Pope John Paul II said American Catholics must be encouraged to fully accept church teachings on faith and morals. The greatest service the bishops can give the church right now is to teach the faith unambiguously and thus end "disharmony and confusion" produced by dissenting views, the pope said March 20. The papal speech was the final session for the bishops, most from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, who made their "ad limina" visits March 13-20. In talks with the pope and other Vatican officials, they discussed pastoral issues, including the shortage of clergy, priestly celibacy and the need for better catechesis. The visits are required of heads of dioceses every five years. Other U.S. bishops will be making their "ad limina" visits this year, with Bishop Sean O'Malley and other New England bishops scheduled for Sept. 20 to 27. Bishops interviewed unanimously described the sessions as productive and encouraging - particularly their one-on-one meetings with the pope. An important meeting with the Congregation for Clergy dealt with priestly pedophilia. The bishops said Vatican officials made a real effort to understand the difficult legal, moral and psychological aspects of the problem in the United States. In his concluding speech, the Turn to Page 13

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FATHER DANIEL L. Freitas, diocesan director of the annual Catholic Charities Appeal stands beside Bishop Sean P. O'Malley as preparations are completed for the CCA kickoff meeting. (Gaudette photo)

Plans finalized for Charities Appeal With the theme "Your Sacrifice Will Assure Our Success," plans have been made for the 1993 Catholic Charities Appeal. Priest directors for the 52nd annual fundraising drive that supports diocesan apostolates serving community needs met recently with Bishop Sea~' P. O'Malley for a planning session. . The bishop, participating in his flTSt Appeal as honorary chairman, said he would be carrying on a tradition of over 50 years, during which the diocese has demonstrated care and concern for all human

life, caring, sharing and giving to all in need, regardless of creed. All were hopeful that it will be possible to surpass last year's Appeal, which garnered $2,220,951.64. Father Daniel L. Freitas, diocesan Appeal director, noted that if a substantial increase is to be realized, greater generosity and sacrifice will be needed on the part of those who have 10ya1ly supported the drive in past years. The area priest directors for the Appeal pointed out that diocesan apostolates will need increased Turn to Page II

WASHINGTON (CNS) - As Catholics continued their campaign of postcards, telegrams and phone calls against the Freedom of Choice Act, a House subcommittee voted to amend the legislation to eliminate all restrictions on abortion. If the bill passes as amended, "the states will be powerless to prevent even third-trimester abortions, and their number will increase," said Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee. "The panel even voted to wipe out all parental notification and parental consent laws." The House Judiciary Subcommittee on civil and constitutional rights made several amendments to the legislation March 18 before sending it to the full Judiciary Committee, which is expected to consider the bill in April. Meanwhile, the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment, a Catholic pro-life organization, continued to count postcards from its National Project Life, which began in January but shows no sign of ending. "We have 12 more bags of mail to count," said Mike Taylor, executive director of the committee, which sponsored the project along with the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities. "And people are still ordering postcards in a major way." The postcards state that passage of FOCA "would be a disastrous mistake for our country because it

mandates abortion on demand as a national policy." FOCA says that "a state may not restrict the right of a woman to choose to terminate a pregnancy - I) before fetal viability; or 2) at any time, if such termination is necessary to protect the life or ,health of a woman." The postcards were distributed in sets of four - one for each of the signers' U.S. senators, one for his or her representative and one to be sent to the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment to track nationwide participation. In the Fall River diocese, said Father Stephen A. Fernandes, diocesan director of the Pro-life Apostolate, 80,000 Catholics, representing 85 percent of the diocese's 111 parishes, returned their postcards. It is not clear how many returned the fourth card, which requested that the sender be placed on the mailing list of the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment. If all did, the total would have been 320,000 individual cards. At least 5 million sets of postcards went out to U.S. dioceses, but getting an accurate count on the number sent to members of Congress has been a major challenge, Taylor said, noting that getting information from some congressional offices qas been difficult. But Taylor's staff has been getting one message loud and clear: "The [congressional] aides think this is Turn to Page II

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SCOTT AND SANDY Saxton with 2-year-old Kyla, - quint Philip William at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, who's about to be joined at home by three brothers and two NY. (CNS photos) sisters (left photo); right, neonatologist Dr. Rita Ryan checks ' ..

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CNS)Sandy Saxton had always hoped to have five or six children but she didn't expect them all at once. The Waterloo, N.Y., resident gave birth to quintuplets - three boys and two girls - at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester Feb. 13. Philip William, Anthony Allen, Zachary James, Maria Elizabeth and Bianca Diana were born nearly two months prematurely and are expected'to remain in the hospital's neonatal unit until mid-April. Mrs. Saxton and her husband, Scott, already have a 2-year-old daughter, Kyla. They will now have an eight-person family living in the three-bedroom house they recently purchased. The quints were conceived after Mrs. Saxton took one dose of a Turn to Page I I

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EI Salvador archbishop deplores amnesty SAN SALVADOR (CNS) Archbishop Arturo Rivera Damas of San Salvador said an amnesty for war criminals passed by EI Salvador's conservative ruling party was a maneuver to sweep 12 years of atrocities under the.rug. The amnesty is "a desperate government maneuver to throw a blanket of forgetting and, as such, impunity" over the worst crimes of the civil war, Archbishop Rivera Damas said in a March 21 homily. President Alfredo Cristiani's -ruling ARENA party and its allies pushed the blanket amnesty through the Salvadoran legislature - March 20, only five days after the Vnited Nations issued a report on human rights atrocities. Those convicted of war crimes are now expected to walk free shortly. Among them are the five military men convicted of raping and murdering three V.S. nuns and a lay worker in 1980. The V. N. report reopened wounds left over from the war, which ended with a V. N.-brokered peace accord signed 15 months ago. On March 15, the V.N.-appointed Truth Commission report said the army was guilty of most of EI Salvador's war crimes, including a string of massacres. Defense Minister Gen. Rene Emilio Ponce was cited for ordering the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her 15-year-old daughter at Central American V niversity in San Salvador. Government ministers, military officers, ARENA deputies and

right-wing groups have accused the'commission of bias and trying to destroy the armed forces. Cristiani said the report "does not respond to the desires of the majority of Salvadorans." He left unclear whether he would, apply its recommendations for judicial reforms and removing dozens military forces implicated in rights abuses. ARENA's insistence in pushing through an amnesty was widely seen as an open challenge to the V.N. sponsors of the Truth Commission, headed by former Colombian president Balisario Betancur. "Some reject the [V.N.) report. Others, unable to reject it, take away its power with other measures," Archbishop Rivera Damas said. The Truth Commission report cited late army Maj. Roberto D'Aubuisson, ARENA's founder and still a hero to its rank-and-file, for ordering the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero in 1980 and as a mastermind of the death squads that killed thousands of suspected leftists in the 1980s. Among those to benefit from the amnesty law were Col. Guillermo Benavides and Lt. Yusshy Mendoza, both serving 30 years in prison for their part in the Jesuit murders. Rebels serving time for the murder of four V.S. Marines at a cafe in San Salvador in 1985 and facing charges for killing two downed V .S .. airmen in 1991 also were to be freed ..

Catholic-Jewish "first lady" dies NEW YORK (CNS) - Claire H uchet Bishop, a French Catholic who played a key role in advancing Catholic-Jewish relations, died at her home in Paris March II at age 94. She also had a New York residence and there worked closely with such organizations as the American Jewish Committee. Just as Helen' Hayes was the first lady ofthe theater, Mrs: Bishop was the first lady of CatholicJewish relations, said Eugene Fisher, associate director for Catholic-Jewish relations for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.

AIDS workshop set A workshop, "AIDS: Handle with Care," will be presented 7 to 9 p.m. April 8 at Catholic Memorial Home, 2446 Highland Avenue, Fall River. It will focus on issues and concerns related to caring for AIDS patients. Presentoers will be Pauline Smith, RN, ilirector, and Courtland David Roach, HIV health ,educator, of Project Aware at Stanley Street Treatment and Resources, Inc., Fall River. A personal perspective on the iSsues will be offered by a person living a diagnosis of AIDS. The program is open to the public, and continuing education credits will be awarded to nurses and other health care professionals. Seating is. limited, and advance registration is required by April 2. For more information, contact Anne Marie Kelly, 679-001 L

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Mrs. Bishop was a past president of the International Council of Christians and Jews and of the Jewish-Christian Fellowship of France. She was a founding member of a Christian scholars' study group on Jews and Judaism. Born in Geneva, she grew up in Le Havre, France, and was the highly-regarded author of some 30 children's books. The New Catholic Encyclopedia cites her "Twenty and Ten" story from 1952, a true account of French children protecting Jewish children from the Nazis, as an example of postwar literature that "stressed the -innate brotherhood of the world's children." It was made into a PBS· film, "Miracle at Moreau." In the 1950s, Mrs. Bishop lectured twice in Fall River on children's literature. Her husband, Frank Bishop, an American concert pianist, died in 19~4.

Cardinal Baggio ROME(CNS) - Cardinal Sebastiano Baggio, 79, chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church and a former Vatican diplomat who served in Canada in 1959-64, died in Rome March 21. He had been ordained, with special permission, at age 22. His death leaves the College of Cardinals with 152 members, 110 of whom are under age 80 and therefore eligible to vote in a papal conclave. As chamberlain since 1985, Cardinal Baggio's main duty was administering the property and revenues of the Holy See.

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DOROTHY DAY

Mother Cabrini, Dorothy Day among century's top women WASHINGTON (CNS) - Catholic Worker Founder Dorothy Day and St. Frances Cabrini were among the top choices in a survey of the most influential American women of the 20th century. The survey, conducted by a research branch of the Franciscanfounded Siena College, ranked the top 10 women in 17 fields including religion, education, social work. humanities. literature and an overall category of influential women. The results of the study were released in a news conference March 12. Dorothy Day, social reformer and advocate of Christian pacifism, was ranked fifth in the social work category and second in religion. A Catholic convert, Miss Day founded the Catholic W.or~e.r Movement as well as nationwide houses of hospitality which provide food and shelter for the poor. She also founded the Catholic Worker newspaper. a penny monthly that addressed issues of poverty, racism, war and labor relations. Miss Day was 83 when she died in 1980. In 1974. when she was 76. she visited Fall River for two days, attending a noon Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral and remarking appreciatively on its exquisite rose window. (The photo accompanying this article was taken during her . stay in the city.) St. Frances Cabrini, the first American citizen to be canonized,

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Father Robert C. Donovan, pastor of St. John the Evangelist parish, Pocasset, was principal celebrant at the Mass of Christian Burial for his aunt, Sister M. Louisita, CSJ, who died March 14 in Framingham. Concelebrating was Father Henry Bourgeois, CSC, chaplain at Fontbonne Hall, Framingham. The former Catherine G. McCarthy, Sister Louisita was a Sister of St. Joseph for 62 years and was the daughter of the late Charles A. and Catherine (Finneran) McCarthy. During her active career she taught at schools in Somerville, Dorchester, Roslindale, West Roxbury and Newton. In addition to her nephew, she is survived by a sister, Mary Donovan of Hingham, and a brother, Joseph McCarthy of Ohio, as well as by several other nieces and nephews.

SANTA FE, N.M. (CNS) Archbishop Robert F. Sanchez, 59, of Santa Fe: the focus of alleged sexual misconduct with several young women in the 1970s and early, 1980s, has asked Pope John Pa~1 II "for permission to resign from my position as archbishop." The archbishop has headed the Santa Fe archdiocese since 1974. The text of his March 19 statement follows: "My dear people: "May God's peace and love be with you all. Two weeks ago I personally decided to enter into retreat so as to prayerfully reflect on the many events surrounding me. It was during this time that I decided to make public certain allegations of misconduct concerning me. This was done. There has been much pain and suffering for many as a result. I also know that there has been much prayer. Personally, I have spent many hours in prayer, day and night, for you and our church. "So as to prevent any misunderstanding, I also want you to know that I have freely chosen to remain on retreat so as to avail myself of both spiritual and psychological guidance. It is my personal desire to thoroughly evaluate my life and ministry before God so that I may have a clearer vision of my life and ministry for the future. "Please know that I have also written to the Holy Father, humbly asking him for permission to resign from my position as archbishop. He knows of my willingness to accept whatever decision may be made for the good of the church. I must now await a response from the Holy See. Please pray for me, as I do for you daily. God bless you all."

was ranked fourth in the religion category. Born in Northern Italy, Mother Cabrini established the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Italy before extending her efforts to the Vnited States. She founded dozens of schools. hospitals and orphanages throughout North and South America. She died in 1917 and was canonized in 1946. The women's study was initiated by Siena College professors Thomas O. Kelly and Douglas A. Lonnstrom, also co-directors at Siena Research Institute. During the press conference, Lonnstrom said the study began as part of an effort to survey the best and worst parts of the 20th century. Both rpen felt the womfin',s moveme'nt needed to, be.emphasized in this analysis. "We decided to start, with the women's movement because of the importance of that," Lonnstrom said. Kelly said their survey was the first to emphasize the achievements Sister Susan Donohue of the of important women, rather than Sisters, ,Faithful Companions of men, in history. "We've been rank- Jesus recently represented her coming men for a long time." he said. munity at a lO-day workshop for Lonnstrom and Kelly said they returned missioners held in San gathered research through a pilot Antonio, TX, by the Federation of study of 100 academics, who chose Returned Overseas Missioners three: women for each of the 17 (FROM). categories, as well as overall. In The Faithful Companions serve the second phase. more than 300 in the Fall River diocese as pasacademics again cast votes for the toral ministers at St. Luke's Hostop three women. The votes were pital, New Bedford, and St. Anne's assigned point value, and the woHospital, Fall River. men were ranked according to Sister Donohue, a missioner in number of points. West Africa for 13 years and now stationed in East Providence, said Betty Friedan, feminist and she found the workshop very helpauthor who founded the National Organization for Women, spoke ful. She said among FROM's purposes is assisting returned misat the press conference of the need for constant change and new think- . sioners to readjust to North American life while offering knowledge ing in the women's movement. of other cultures to those at home. Ms. Friedan said women gained Workshop participants also learn power in the decades following the publication of her 1963 book, "The ways of offering new approaches and creative solutions to problems Feminine Mystique." in the American church and in Nancy Woodhull, president of secular institutions. the National Women's Hall of FROM sponsors several workFame, emphasized the surv'ey's shops annually throughout the nacrucial role in "celebrating women" tion. Further information is availand making women's achievements able from Sister Donohue at 63 more visible in society. Turner Ave., East Providence, RI, "One of our goals is to help .02915, telephone (401) 433-5549. write women into history," Ms. 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 Woodhull said. THE ANCHOR (USPS-545-020). Second The survey ranked Ms. Friedan Class Postage Paid at Fall River. Mass. seventh behind top-ranked Elea- Published weekly except the week of July 4 nor Roosevelt in the overall cate- and the week after Christmas at 887 Highgory of most influential women of land Avenue. Fall River. Mass. 02720 by the 20th century. Mary Baker'Eddy, the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River. Subscription price by mail. postpaid founder of the Church of Christ, $11.00 per year. Postmasters send address Scientist, ranked first in the reli- changes to The Anchor. P.O. Box 7. Fall gion category. River. MA 02722.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Catholic churches may playa key role in helping avoid a repeat of last year's riots, said a letter from Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles to archdiocesan pastors. "Parishioners should be reminded of their role as peacemakers - both in word and in action - to support a climate of discussion and a constructive channeling of emotion," Cardinal Mahony said in the letter, issued in mid-March. It was -distributed as the civil rights infringement trial against four Los Angeles police officers involved in the 1991 Rodney King beating was continuing, and as preparations were made for the SCOUT AWARDS: Courtney Tavares of 55. Peter and trial of three black men in the beating of a white truck driver last Paul parish, Fall River, receives I Live My Faith award and April shortly after not-guilty verMichael Tremblay ofSt. Mary's parish, New Bedford, receives dicts were reached in the first King Ad Altare Dei award from Bishop O'Malley at the Scouting beating trial, which sparked wideReligious Awards Ceremony at St. Mary's Cathedral. (Studio spread riots.D photos) Included with Cardinal Mahony's letter were Lenten homily ideas and a list of Scripture readings. The cardinal recommended pasYouth award recipients were as Bishop Sean O'Malley presided tors use them with parishioners follows: at the annual Diocesan Scouting "to encourage dialogue and disReligious Awards Ceremony, held cussion, to suggest possible conI Live My Faith March 7 at S1. Mary's Cathedral, structive responses to the outcomes Fall River-Troop 1009: AmanFall River. 18 adults and 63 youths of the trials and to stress the need da Bessette, S1. William's; Sally were recognized for their accomfor unity in our communities." Desrosiers, St. Anne's; Jennifer plishments in Catholic Scouting. Cardinal Mahony said to use Rego, St. Patrick's. Boy Scout adult awards included the Lenten readings in a way that Troop 1076: Erin Brogan, the St. George Emblem, presented will bring about "genuine and lastImmaculate Conception; Angela to John Bussiere of Holy Trinity ing healing" among Southern CaliCosta and Mary-Elizabeth Vasparish, West Harwich, Cape Cod fornians. and Islands Council; and to Roger concellos, Espirito Santo; Tanya Issues he invited pastors to disPelissier, S1. Dominic's parish, Raposa, St. Joseph's. cuss included justice and racial Troop 1083: Katie Elizabeth Swansea, and Gilbert Tavares, Our harmony, npnviplent responses.to Frank, -Blessed Sacrament; injustice, methods o(dealing with " Lady Of M1. Cimnel, New Bed- Courtney Tavares, SS. Peter and ford, both in the Moby Dick Counanger and frustration in positive Paul. cil. ways, and respect and love for Troop 1514: Christin Jezak, Our The Bronze Pelican Award went neighbors and their property. Lady of the Angels; Kristen Teixto Leonard Fougere, Christopher Witte and Constance C. Witte of eira, St. Anthony of Padua. Campfire Group 33: Jennifer the Cape Cod and Islands Council and to Richard Larrivee, Janice Leger"Holy Name. VATICAN CITY (CNS) Heinig, Robert F. Durgan Jr., Radio is the church's most effecMarian Medal Edwardo Oliveira and Richard tive and far-reaching pulpit in Asia New Bedford-Troop I: Suzanne Menard ofthe Moby Dick Council. Bernaro, Katherine Bills, Michelle and Africa, said a cardinal from Msgr. John J. Oliveira received Beth -Lacourse, St. Mary's, New the Philippines and a nun from a special recognition award. Ghana. God's word is "transmitThe St. Anne Medal for Girl ted through the air waves to the remotest areas where even the Scout leaders went to Patricia absence of electricity cannot stop Latinville of SS. Peter and Paul parish, Fall River, and Bernadette what can be heard from a transisMilot ofS1. Joseph's parish, North tor radio," said Cardinal Jaime L. Dighton. Sin of Manila. The cardinal and Sister Pierre-Elise Gafah of Accra, The St. Elizabeth Seton Medal Ghana, spoke about the church's went to New Bedford area leaders use of radio during a meeting of Patricia Souza, Jean Bernard and the Pontifical Council for Social Diane Lacourse and to Lorraine Communications. Roberts, Fall River area.

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Bedford; Sarah Metthe, St. Julie, North Dartmouth; Morgan Souza, Monica Viegas, St. Francis of Assisi, New Bedford. Taunton-Troop 494: Emily C. Milot, St. Joseph's, North Dighton; Kerry V. 0 'Boy, S 1. Paul's, Taunton. Ad Altare Dei Cape Cod and Islands Council-Troop 63 (Our Lady of Victory, Centerville): John Drake, Brian Drake, Matt Harrington, Alex McKee, Michael Peterson. Moby Dick Council-Troop 50, Fall River: Dennis J: Hennessey II, Our Lady' of the Angels. Troop 100, Westport: Sean Cookington, SI. George's; Brian King, Our Lady of Grace. Troop 26, Swansea: Robert Cartier, SI. Dominic's. Troop 170, South Dartmouth: John Barreiros, Kevin DaCosta, Robert Decampos, David Morais, Daniel Daniel Morais, Kenneth Wheeler, S1. Mary's, South Dartmouth; Patrick Hartigan, St. Julie's, North Dartmouth. Troop II, New Bedford: Carl-

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Ambassador Extraordinaire The nomination of Boston's Mayor Raymond Flynn as our new ambassador to the Vatican is certainly being applauded by New Englanders. It will be more than interesting to observe the Flynn style at work in one of the world's most sophisticated. diplomatic posts. Few Americans realize the true importance of the Vatican in diplomatic circles. Reaction to President Clinton's nomination of Flynn was swift and severe from the usual anti-Catholic forces, especially the president's own Baptist affiliates. What was, however, somewhat surprising was that the National Council of Churches opposed recognition of the Vatican. Such an action is detrimental to ecumenism. The Council deplores lack of Catholic participation in its organization while at the same time complaining about U.S.-Vatican diplomatic ties. But true ecumenism is not a one-way street. It's difficult to share brotherhood and sisterhood when dialogue is impeded by路 negative' statements concerning Clinton's ambassadorial appointment. But anti-Vatican sentiments are not reserved to officials of the National Council of Churches. Some secular editorialists took advantage of the situation to continue their habitual jabs at the Catholic Church. The Boston Globe did not hesitate to sneeringly refer to Rome as an "imperial city, girded about with princely robes and antique ceremonies." Then we have the pundits who share the general lack of realization of the importance of the Vatican in world affairs. They would have the pope and Ray Flynn racing around Rome's Colosseum in matching jogging outfits or Flynn himself riding through the city on a fire engine or a dump truck. Such stupid reflections might be saying that the mayor is a people's person but they also infer that he might not be able to make the transition to polished diplomat. President Clinton, along with his predecessor, knows that the Vatican is one of the most sensitive and informative diplomatic sources in the world. Roosevelt knew this in 1939 when he sent Myron Taylor as his personal representative to Pope Pius XII. This awareness of Vatican significance was also demonstrated by Nixon, whose representative to the Holy See wa,s Henry Cabot Lodge of Massachusetts. The Vatican is a place where representatives of dissenting nations can gather in a peaceful setting. Iran and the vast majority of Muslim states have ambassadors at the Vatican. The new states of Eastern Europe have made the Vatican one of their prime ambassies. From Asia to the Arctic, from Canada to Cameroon froJ:11 Fiji to Finland, ambassadors from close to 150 nations are received by the. Holy Father. Into this world community Ray Flynn now steps. To be sure, he is a political appointee, not a career diplomat. Yet he brings to the Vatican a knowledge that many do not possess. He brings a Catholic faith nurtured at home, encouraged in a parish, and lived in public service. His talent for serving and caring for people did not just happen; it grew and developed in a loving and faithful community. He may not have the spit and polish that we expect of diplomats but he has a kind heart and a believing soul. As he steps onto the world stage may he serve his country and his president well with those qualities. The Editor

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"I have lifted up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help." Ps. 120:1

Bringing Christ's image to perfection' By Rev. Kevin J. Harrington What is the true meaning of Lent? For many Catholics, it is seen primarily as a 40-day period of sacrifice and sadness. The tradition offasting, almsgiving, repenting and praying are certainly part' of what Lent means, but these actions alone do not exhaust its meaning. The first preface of Lent sum" marizes in three sentences what the season is all about. "Each year you give us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed. You give us a spirit of loving reverence for you, our Father, and of willing service to our neighbor. As we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ, you bring the image of your Son to perfection within us." . It is wrong to look upon Lent as a season of dying and Easter as a season of rising. Even if liturgically路we refrain from singing Alleluia during Lent, Jesus Christ is risen even then! As we recall the paschal mystery, it would behoove us to remember the eighth chapter of Paul's letter to the Romans: "If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit which dwells in you." In many parishes throughout the diocese of Fall River there are adult candidates preparing during Lent for the sacrament of baptism. What a blessing they are for their parishes as they participate in the liturgies of Lent every Sunday in preparation for their baptism dur-

ing Holy Saturday's Easter Vigil celebration. They remind us how Lent is indeed a joyful season of increasingly intense initiation into the paschal mystery. Our Sunday Lenten liturgies are celebrated through a three-year A, Band C cycle. 1993 is a Cycle A Year, corresponding to the cycle recommended for the preparation of ad ult candidates for the sacrament of baptism. . The first Sunday begins in the desert, where the character and faith of the Israelites were shaped and tested. There a hungry Jesus proved a worthy adversary of Satan as he told his tempter what makes for life: "not by bread alone... but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." The second Sunday of Lent gives us a fleeting glimpse of Jesus' glory on Mount Tabor as he is transfigured before the eyes of Peter, James and John. But the journey toward another mountain, Calvary, will not be avoided in spite of Peter's desire to erect a booth in honor of Jesus, thus elevating him to the stature of an Elijah or a Moses. The third Sunday of Lent Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman who wonders aloud how a Jew can ask a 'Woman and a Samaritan besides for water. Jesus responds: "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water." Lent challenges not only the adult candidates for baptism but we who are born Catholics to ask ourselves how much we really thirst for these living waters. Last Sun-

day we rejoiced at the healing of the m,n born blind. Can we identify wIth this hopelessly sightless man? Paul's letter to the Ephesians expresses the deeper meaning of this t1iracle: "Once you were dark~ess, but now you are light in the Lord." The symbol oflight will become the cornerstone of the Easter Vigil celebration with the lighting of the paschal candle. Nelxt Sunday we recall perhaps Jesus' greatest miracle: the calling of Lazarus, dead four days, back to life. Jesus wept for his friend Lazarus and' raised him from the dead and in his love for all of us that same Christ gives us the sacraments to lift us up to everlasting life. The Lenten season culminates with the celebration of Passion/ Palm Sunday. The two cannot be separated. Triumph in tragedy is in a nutshell what this season is all about. Through this joyful season of grace the image of the dying/ rising Christ is being brought to perfection within us.

Marxism & Masses ROME (CNS) - Hermes Herrera is an atheist who spends most of the year attending religious events. He is Cuba's ambassador to the Vatican, and mixing Marxism and Masses is part of his diplomatic role as representative of a communist government. He said that attending Catholic events expresses Cuba's appreciation of Vaiicanstands in favor of world peace and solutions to poverty and the mounting foreign debt of Third World countries.


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Jesus lived and died will live forever. His reasoning is foolproof. Imitating Jesus, we cut through our human restrictions. We die to the old ways of relating to God and to people around us and begin to experience the new life which comes from giving ourselves to others. So ".. .if the Spirit of him 'who raised Jesus from the dead dwelIs in you, then he who raised Christ from the dead will bring your mortal bodies to life also through his Spirit c;lwelIing in you." Yahweh's life-bringing spirit is now seen to be located specificalIy in Jesus' spirit of loving: a gift offered to alI people, not just to Jews. Yet the early Christian community continualIy grows in its Be. But at this point they're begin- understanding of the life Jesus ning to despair of ever going back. promised. John's Lazarus pericope Many of the original deportees gives us a glimpse into how their have already died, and those re- thought evolves. Mary expresses the "old" theolmaining are no closer to a return than when the Exile began. Like ogy. When Jesus assures her, dry bones scattered on a battle- "Your brother wilI rise again," she field or skeletons buried under gives the tried and true response: tons of earth, nothing, or no one, "I know he wilI rise again, in the can help them now. Not only is resurrection on the last day." . Jesus' first folIowers had so life's receptacle gone, even its spirit eqIphasized his -Second Coming is dying. , In the middle' of :ihis oespair that they thought they would only Yahweh telIs them to reexamine begin eternal life when the Parou- . their situation. They actualIy need sia took place. Those who died the Lord more than they need to before that glorious event would return to Israel. God not only have to spend the interval cooling gives life, God becomes life. "I will their heels (and bodies) in the put my spirit in you," Yahweh grave. Eventually, some in John's proclaims, "that you may live, and community reached a deeper I will settle you upon your land; understanding of life. Jesus enunthus you shalI know that I am the ciates their new theology. "I am Lord." Life is not just a matter of going the resurrection and the life," he home. It revolves around accept- proclaims, "whoever believes in ing Yahweh's spirit, a spirit so me, though he should die, wilI powerful that not even death and come to life; and whoever is alive decay can stop its infusion. No and believes in me will never die. matter what land the Israelites Do you believe this?" Now not only does God's life inhabit, they're only alive when liberate us from geography and they have God'sspirit in them. Paul expands on Ezekiel's in- race, it also frees us from time. What was once thought to be in . sight. Just as the prophet believes the future is now perceived as Yahweh's spirit is more powerful being already present. than death, so the Apostle believes Once we understand how comthat those who live and die as mitted God .is to passing on life, we'lI also understand how little we perceive and appreciate the ways that commitment is continualIy a March29: On 13:1"9,15-17, part of our lives...and the struggle 19-30,33-62 or 13:41-62; Ps it involves.

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Dear Mary: During a marriage enrichment weekend my husband and I decided to celebrate our anniversary. We realize it is the least-celebrated event in our family. Sometimes we go out to dinner, and sometimes we don't even do that. How do other couples celebrate?-Ohio . If your anniversary seems to be overlooked, you are not alone. Being an enthusiastic student of

By FATHER JOHN J. DIETZEN

Q. In the early years of Christianity, along with the books in our New Testament, there were many Scriptures which are called non-canonical and are not in our Bible. Who decided, and when, which books were to be in the New Testament Bible? (New York) A. We believe that, under the inspiration, and guidance of the Holy Spirit, the church gradually

Wedding anniversaries are often":neglected traditions, I began looking into actual families for our book "Makthe subject. Anniversaries are the ing the Family Matter". least-celebrated family events. "Our children prepare an anniSusan Abel Lieberman, in her versary meal of their choice. They book "New Traditions, Redefin- set the table and do everything. ]\ ing Celebrations for Today's Fam- typical anniversary meal is mashed ily" (N.Y., The Noonday Press, potatoes, rice, Jello, hot dogs, rolls 1991), devotes a chapter to "Birth- and cake." days, Anniversaries and Other Rites "Anniversaries are the time to of Passage." Unlike holidays we get out old pictures. We tell the celebrate with our family, friends history of our family." or community, birthdays and anni"We did not simply celebrate versaries mark our personal mov- our 10th wedding anniversary; we ing forward, our change and got remarried. We exchanged new growth. vows, reflecting the changes in our After interviewing many mar- lives and the insights we had gained ried persons, Lieberman concludes over 10 years. Afterward we had a that most couples either go out to reception and went on a honeydinner alone or with friends or let moon." the occasion slip by. Original, new' "I am divorced but I still celetraditions are scarce. 'brate my wedding anniversary by Here are some, gathered from taking my children out to dinner.

This helps them realize that I'm glad they were born, and it helps me with a 'down' day." One couple told Lieberman they have a travel fund. During the year husband and wife both contribute extra funds. They do not count it until their anniversary. This couple saves for five years, then uses the fund for trave1. You could also use the fund annually. The' idea includes some nice aspects of a long-term marriage: sharing and enduring in good times and bad; planning for the future. Another couple alternates planning an anniversary fantasy. The planner chooses something hel she likes which the partner might enjoy but would not ordinarily choose. One wife chose a

Japanese dinner; the next year her spouse chose a tennis party. One couple re-enacts their first date each year. He picks her up, they go to the restaurant where they went on their first date and they talk as if they are just getting acquainted. One wife asks her husband out. She sends him a rose at work, makes dinner reservations and plans the entire evening. According to this woman, if your anniversary is ignored you have no one to blame but yourself. Happy anniversary! Reader questions on family living and child care to be answered in print are invited by the Kennys; 219 W. Harrison St.; Rensselaer, Ind. 47978.

How were the New Testament books chosen? discovered which of the many sacred writings of very early Christianity were to be in the "canon." The Greek word canon, in this context, means a norm or standard, The biblical canon, then, constitutes those books which were inspired by God, and which were believed to constitute the norm or rule for Christian faith and moral life. Many letters, Gospels and other writings circulated among the early churches. Various lists or canons surfaced, and Christians eventually recognized certain Scriptures as normative, that is reflecting Christian faith and presenting a model or guiding standard for any authentic Christian church. By about the year 400, popes and councils had endorsed a basic

list. Certain confusions remained, ther Hebrews and Revelation were "however, all the way up to the really written by Paul and John Council of Trent which, in 1546, respectively, thus casting doubt on finally defined those books to be their apostolic origin. 'Complicating things further was recognized as the church's sacred, the fact that numerous changes canonical Scriptures. and additions were made afteLthe It sounds easy. In reality the original forms ofthe Gospels were process was not at all simple. written. Sometimes these came For one thing, a number of sup~ from sayings of Jesus that were posedly important books were just passed down orally well into the "los!." The letter of his own that second century. Paul mentions in I Corinthians The story ofthe woman taken in 5:3, and a document containing adultery (John 8), for example, quotations from Jesus in Aramaic, was inserted into the fourth Gossupposedly written by the apostle pel around the year 200, about 100 Matthew, simply disappeared. year after the Gospel was first Others encountered opposition, composed. partly because origin or presumed No wonder some of the great connection with the apostles was early fathers ofthe church differed considered essential for acceptance. among themselves about which Even way back then, leading , books should ·be on the 'canonical Christian scholars questioned whe- ·Iist·.' , '.,

There were letters from Clement of Rome(one of the early successors of Peter as bishop of Rome), the Didache or Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, at least one of several non-canonical Gospels, a document known as Shepherd of Hermas and more. Other centuries, major Christian scholars and centers of learning considered these and other honored "writings to be canonical Scriptures, until church authorities decided the issue. A free brochure outlining Catholic beliefs is available by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Holy Trinity Church, 704 N. Main St., Bioomington, III. 61701. Questions for. thiscolu!Un shou,cJ ~e s.e.l1t. to the same address.

Lay volunteerism is alive ,and growing ters to the needs of economically described their friends' reactions By disadvantaged parishes, agencies as "supportive from the beginning." and schools in Texas, the Red When discussing frustrations, ANTOINETTE Cloud Volunteers, which dedicates one lay volunteer said that livitself to the education of Native ing on a limited budget is frustratAmerican children in South Da- ing when looking around at the BOSCO kota, or the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, lifestyles of friends earning salwhich offers people an opportun- aries. ity to work full time for justice Another said that after expeand peace by serving the poor riencing poverty "you just don't Between 1986 and 1993, the directly. feel good ever again about having International Liaison of Lay VolunAll the programs are Catholic- material possessions." teers in Mission reports its memaffiliated. However, not all volunbership has grown from 1,043 to Some volunteers said their parteers are Catholic. Being a Catholic 4,943, a 400 percent'increase. ents at first were concerned about is not a requirement for involvetheir working in an inner city, or Lay volunteers are young peo- merit in Catholic programs. ple, most between 21 and 25, who, Some volunteers use the time as working with drug and alcohol dedicate two or three years of their a.period for deciding on a perma- addicts, many of whom had recently lives serving others in the United· nent career, or they want to expe- .been released from prison. States or other .countries. However, once parents better rience coinmunity living. When asked; "What was your understood the services their conThey participate in programs such as Volunteers for Educational friends' reaction to your decision?" cern gave way to support. In many ways lay volunteers are' and Social Services, which minis- 75 percent of those responding

like Peace Corp workers or Papal . prone to service is frowned upon. Volunteers, young people volun- There is a also a danger of becomteering valuable time to help ing single-issue oriented and losothers, living in community and ing a sense of balance. giving up the security of a paying There is the danger of seeing the work as just one of many advenjob. , They are propelled by a selfless tures a person wants to experience, idealism which puts aside concern and not entering into its true for self-security in order to make seriousness. Given all the pros and cons, the others feel more secure. They represent the best of youthful energies greatest claim to fame for lay and dreams aimed at making this volunteers is that it reflects the life world just a little better. of Christ. One abandons self to . Community living replaces indi- ser'(e the poor and destitute, teachvidualism, and working for God ing and reflecting the kingdom of replaces working for self~interests. God here on earth. But dangers abound: There is F or further information contact the danger of rough neighborhoods, International Liaison of Lay Voluncontracting diseases and worst of teers in Mission, 4121 Harewood all, becoming disillusioned by so RoadNE, WashingtonD.C.200P, and the Pallotti Center, Box 893 much destitution. There is the danger of being so Cardinal Station, Washington D.C service oriented that anyone not so 20064.

,Centering prayer: it's simple but not easy By DOLORES CURRAN

Sportswriter Red Smith, on being told by a player that writing was an easy job compared to baseball, nodded and responded, "Writing is easy. You just stare at the keyboard until little drops of blood appear on your forehead." Centering prayer is easy in the same way. A common reaction to those first introduced to it is, "Is that all there is to it? It's SO sim-

pie...· Father M. Basil Pennington in his audio cassette series, A Centered Life, (Credence Cassettes, P.O. Box 414291, Kansas City, M 0 64141) reiterates the message throughout the eight tapes, "Centering prayer is simple, but not easy." How does one go about it? By finding a quiet place, relaxing through deep breathing or stretching exercises, choosing a prayer word (Jesus, God, Abba, Father, Lord, etc.) which, through use, moves one quickly into the center of our being, emptying the mind for 20 minutes to listen to God, and saying a slow Our Father at the end.

Simple, right? Have you ever tried not to think for 20 minutes? Or even for three? This is the most difficult part for most, including me. I'm amazed at the thoughts' that come flooding in, some from remo.te incidents I haven't thought about it for years. The most troublesome thoughtinvader, though, is the one that monitors the prayer. For months, I found myself thinking, "How's this going? How am I doing?" Eventually, I learned to turn my meditation period over to God. When I did, the monitor in my mind disappeared. 'Father Pennington says not to worry about invading thoughts

but simply use the prayer word to bring us back to our center and God. He explains that even if w,e have to use our prayer word 100 times, it tells God 100 times that we want to return to his presence. Everyone has a different approach to and. problems with centering prayer. As we move deeper into the spiritual realm, we change and may need to change some of our techniq ues. As the saying goes, "Change is inevitable; growth is optiona1." If we're to grow in our spirituality, we may need to prepare for our meditation with different prayers and reading than we did at the beginning. Before I meditate in the

morning, I begin thanking God for all His gifts. I keep a gratitude list and try to add one item each day. I then read a chapter of scripture and some·favorite prayers. , It is this preparation on the Word of God before meditation that distinguishes centering prayer from transcendental and other forms of meditation that are utilized primarily to alleviate stress or release creativity. Although both are by-products of centering prayer, they are not t,he purpose. Some days prayer goes better than others. Let me assure you, the peace and joy ofthe good days are worth the wadows of the not-sogood. '


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On behalf of gays Dear Editor: I am writing in response to your recent letter by Paul Couturier, Anchor, March 5 regarding homosexuals in the military. I would like to bring a few details to your attention. "Gays" have been and are currently serving in the mil~ itary. There are many, many individuals who have given their lives for our country. Lifting this ban would only allow them the option to be themselves. They would not have to hide who they are. It appears to me that the tone of this letter is not very Christian. I find words like "ban," "privilege," "standards" etc. un-Christian. As a "gay" person who happens also to be a Catholic, I feel that letters with such a tone are disgusting. What kind of Christians are we? Are we allowing ourselves to be part of the problem or part of the solution? Homosexuality is not a choice! Ask any "gay" person. One can pick any poll one wants to make a point. There are many, many government polls that say that lifting the ban would NOT be a problem. Allowing homosexuals to serve in the military does not give them or anyone else the right to be promiscuous. I would like to point out that promiscuous behavior by "straight" individuals in the military seems perfectly OK. We only need to think about those "shore leaves." I would simply like each of us to pray about this issue. By allowing the ban to continue, are we perpetuating discrimination? By lifting the ban, are we possibly breaking down some barriers of segregation and opening our minds to things that are different? We can only grow and become better human beings and better Christians. Jesus was our best role model for opening our minds to different and better ideas. God bless! Dale Szczech Provincetown

A d appreciated Dear Editor: I write to thank those men and women who were so articulate and who gave public support to the priests and religious ofthe Diocese of Fall River in The Anchor December 18, 1992. It is encouraging and affirming to know that we touch the lives of others and are touched by them in our collaborative efforts to live the Gospel. Sometimes, in our human frailty, we err and need forgiveness. Let us continue to share our faith, to support each other in our efforts to live the gospel message and to call to wholeness and holiness. Sister Patricia Heath, SUSC Provincial, Holy Union Sisters Fall River

Column rebutted Dear Editor: In response to Father Kevin Harrington's 2/12/93 column, "Why Women Need Not Be Priests," I feel compelled to answer that women should be priests be-

cause the Catholic Church needs them. When women are included in the language of Scripture and' prayer, when young girls are altar servers; when women may become deacons and when those women who are theologically and spiritually prepared may answer God's call to priesthood, the Catholic Church will have become what it was called by Christ to be, "One in Christ Jesus." Margaret Bowen Diggins Cotuit

Prosecution asked Dear Editor: Decent citizens are upset by the recent news report that child pornography is being spread through our country by Danish computer bulletin boards. News of this traffic has come from the office of the United States Customs Service in Boston. Our members have expressed amazement at this announcement, which is a clear indication that the billion-dollar pornography industry will stop at nothing to spread filth and obscenity. Pornographers ignore the constitutional right of decent citizens to the minimum standards of public decency, while overlooking the fact that pornography and obscenity are not protected under the First Amendment to our Constitution. Once again, we urge law enforcement agencies to prosecute all violators of our state obscenity law. Thomas A. Walsh, Secretary Morality in Media of Mass.

CHRIST CHILD" WINNERS: Cherubic tots Alyssa Correia, left, and Craig Patrick LeBlanc will portray the Infant Jesus in local performances of "The Christus," a Passion play written and produced by Father J. Joseph Kierce, pastor of St. Kevin's Church, Dorchester. Alyssa is the daughter of MarleI1e and Brian Correia of

East Freetown. Mrs. Correia teaches at Notre Dame School, Fall River, where the play will be performed at 8 tonight. Craig is the son of Louis and Donna LeBlanc of St. Joseph's Church, New Bedford, where a performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. tomorrow. The play, with professional actors and directors, tells the story of salvation history.

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I hope that we all continue to strengthen our own faith and in so doing reach out to each other. May we all enjoy a spiritual rebirth in the Springtime holidays which are just around the corner. Rabbi Norbert Weinberg Congregation Adas Israel Fall River

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The administration's new special envoy, Lawrence Pezzullo, is a career diplomat and was executive director of Catholic Relief Services, the Baltimore-based U.S. bishops' overseas relief and development agency. A senior White House official said Pezzullo's message would be that "the status quo is not going to hold." Pezzullo is to work with U. N. special envoy Dante Caputo, who is to begin negotiations aimed at

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LA WRENCE PEZZULLO government to do refugee processing inside Haiti. He said he expected to make a final decision about whether to go ahead with the project late this month. An MRS team was to be sent to Haiti to look for possible processing sites, the priest said. Because of numerous reports of human rights abuses and torture in Haiti, "speed is of the essence," said Father Ryscavage. He said the Haiti project would be "a natural extension of our Miami operation," which processes

Haitians who were previously allowed into the country after being declared likely prospects for asylum. Currently Haitians are allowed to enter the United States as refugees only after undergoing refugee processing at the U.S. Embassy in Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince. Observers of the Bush and Clinton administrations' policy toward Haitian boat people, including Father Ryscavage, have been critical of the in-country refugee processing conducted at the U.S. Embassy, They say only a tiny percentage of Haitians' are found to qualify for refugee status and contend that the embassy is too far from many rural parts of the ·nation. Critics also say persecuted Haitians are reluctant to go to the embassy because of its prominent Port-auPrince location - out of fear of later retaliation from' Haiti's military. Father Ryscavage told CNS he was encouraged by appointment of Pezzullo as special envoy and said the results of Clinton's meeting with Father Aristide "suggest the White House is finally developing momentum on the Haiti issue," including the fate of about 260 H IV-positive Haitians detained at a U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay. Cuba, and the economic blockade against Haiti. Clinton met with Father Aristide March 16 at the White House. as demonstrators marched outside to protest Haiti's military rule.

Clinton announced after the meeting that the United States would pay its "fair portion" of a five-year, $1 billion project to rebuild the Haitian economy. He also said he would dispatch a National Security Council aide to review conditions at Guantanamo Bay and that he would discuss'the situation of Haitians there with Attorney General Janet Reno, who has authority to admit the refugees. The HI V-positive Haitians cannot be sent back to Haiti because they have plausible claims for political asylum. Clinton said he was not ruling out stepping up the economic embargo against Haiti. He said the United States "will not now or ever" support a military government in Haiti, and said he hoped negotiations will lead to Father Aristide's peaceful return. But he declined to support Father Aristide's call for setting a specific deadline for the return of democratic rule to Haiti. "It is a very grave thing for the United Statesalone to be setting a certain date in an endeavor that involves the United Nations and the Organization of American States," he said. Father Aristide called upon "all Haitians not to engage in vengeance, but rather t'o devote themselves to justice." He said he wanted military leaders stripped of their control of the army, but said he didn't necessarily oppose an amnesty.

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Congressmen ask Northern Ireland bill of rights WASHINGTON (CNS) - A resolution urging a bill of rights for Northern Ireland united Catholic and Protestant, Republican and Democrat, Irish-American and African-American - at least for a press conference at the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, DMass., March 16 unveiled a resolution that would press the British government to adopt a bill of rights for Northern Ireland that would guarantee civil liberties similar to those of the U.S. Bill of Rights and the European Conven.tion on Human Rights. Flanked by a diverse group of members of Congress, Kennedy said the system ofjustice in Northern Ireland frequently is "only as good as the last judge." Kennedy said Catholics in particular suffer under Britain's "regular renewal of "emergency" legislation, a parliamentary maneuver under which, he said, civil rights have been suspended in Northern Ireland for more than 70 years. "It is unacceptable that in Northern Ireland, where human rights abuses have been consistently documented by Amnesty International and the International Helsinki Watch Committee, no bill of rights exists," said Kennedy, a Catholic. "Such fundamental rights associated with our own democracy as the right to trial by jury, the right to remain silent, freedom of the press and the right to due process, simply do not exist in Northern Ireland," he said. The time has come for the rest of

March 27 1918, Rev. James W. Conlin, Pastor, St. Patrick, Somerset 1964, Rt. Rev. Antonio P. Vieira, Pastor, O.L. Mt. Carmel, New Bedford March 28 1960, Rev. Alfred J. Levesque, Pastor, St. James, 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 March 29 1923, Rev. James H. Carr, S.T.L., Assistant, St. Patrick, Fall River 1951, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Moriarty, Pastor, St. Patrick, Fall River March 30 1963, Rev. Aime Barre, on sick leave, Fall River 1985, Rev. Benoit R. Galland, Retired, U.S. Navy March 31 1953, Rt. Rev. Msgr. George C. Maxwell, Pastor, SS. Peter and' Paul, Fall River April 1 1958, Rev. George A. Lewin, Pastor, St. Mary, Hebronville 1974, Rev. Edwin J. Loew, Pastor; St. Joseph, Woods Hole April 2 1961, Rev. Adolph Banach, OFM Conv., Pastor, O.L. Perpetual Help, New Bedford 1976, Rev. Donald Belanger,' Pastor, St. Steph~n, Attleboro

the world to focus attention on human rights issues in Northern Ireland as it has in other parts of the globe, according to Kennedy. "The British government may run but it can't hide." Kennedy cited recent deaths in police custody of two Catholic teens and the return to military duty of one of the few British soldiers ever convicted of murdering a Catholic as the type of incidents that would be addressed by a bill of rights. Joining Kennedy at the Capitol ASSOCIATE JUSTICE press conference were Reps. Byron White, who will retire Richard Neal, D-Mass.; Peter King, R-N.Y.; Albert Wynn, D-Md.; from the Supreme Court this Bobby Menendez, D-N.J.; Chasummer, wrote the minority rles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Peter Blute, dissent that called the court's R-Mass.; and Austin Murphy, D1973 decisions legalizing aborPa. The members noted that their tion a constitutionally unjusown backgrounds - Irish, Cuban, African and Jewish - and their tified~'exercise of raw judicial opposing political parties represpower." He also opposed rigid ent the kind of bipartisanship such of church-state interpretations a resolution would need to pass separation in some important Congress. on use of public court rulings Neal, a Catholic, called the situation in Northern Ireland the funds to assist education of "longest standing political dispute .students in church-related in the western world." schools. King, also a Catholic, told of a "He has been a voice of reavisit to Northern Ireland where he _ son on the question of church saw court proceedings in which 30 or 35 defendants were on trial at and state and a voice of conthe same time even though they cern for the plight of the unwere charged with unrelated crimes. born. He will be sorely -In 1920, the British portioned missed," said Mark E. Chop-' off the six counties that make up ko, general counsel for the Northern Ireland, allowing independence to the rest of the island National Conference of Cathand keeping the six as part of Bri- olic Bishops. tain. The division left the Republic of Ireland to the south mostly Catholic with the north predominantly protestant. Kennedy said that although the problems of Northern Ireland are often described in terms of Protestants arid Catholics fighting a religious war, "the British presence is the problem" because it fos- . ters official discrimination against one group. . Other longstanding efforts to equalize such problems have included a drive to encourage Britain to adopt the McBride principles, which call for fair treatment in employment of Catholics. Various large employers in Northern HELEN HAYES, 92, acIreland have adopted the McBride principles and several U.S. cities claimed as "first lady of the have passed resolutions pressing American theater" died March for them. 17 in Nyack, NY. She counted Kennedy said he had recently had "extensive conversations" with a reading she gave· at Pope the British ambassador to the Uni- John Paul II's 1979 Mass at ted States and was encouraged Yankee Stadium as her crownabout the prospects for serious ing endeavor. consideration of a bill of rights. Born a Catholic and a grad"It will be on the front burner of uate of Catholic schools, she peace talks if we can get the parties to sit down in the next couple of left the church during her 28months,': Kennedy said. year marriage to Charles MacAt the press conference Kennedy Arthur, but returned in 1958, was asked about a rumored nomiafter his death. Over the years nation of the congressman's aunt, she narrated various videos of Jean Kennedy Smith, as U.S. amCatholic interest and served a bassador to Ireland. The following day the White House announced term on the U.S. Catholic the nomination, which must be Conference Communications confirmed by the Senate. Committee. Kennedy said his aunt would make a strong ambassador for a 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 position in which a tough-minded M. Kennedy, D-Mass. Her father, individual "can truly make a difthe late Joseph P. Kennedy, was ference. Jean will dedicate herself American ambassador to the Unito those goals." ted Kingdom from 1938 to 1940. Mrs. Smith, 65, is a New York Mrs. Smith founded Very Spesocialite active in the arts. She is cial Arts in 1974 and serves on its the sister of the young congressboard of directors. The organiza-. man's late father, Sen. Robert F. tion provides opportunities in the . Kennedy, and of the late President arts for disabled people in the U.S. John F. Kennedy and Sen. Edward and 55 other countries.

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What you are to be you are now becoming By Tom Lennon Maybe you've met old people who make negative remarks about the young. Usually they begin, "Young people today..." To them I often say, "Young people today-aren't nearly as mean and annoying at Halloween time as I and my friends used to be." Many older people gravitate toward others more or less their own age. I gravitate toward young people. While some senior citizens live together in a retirement community, play bridge, go on vacations or day trips, spend time comparing theirailments or do volunteer work together, I and some others enjoy hearing youths' viewpoints and trying to absorb their general cheerfulness. Their high spirits make my life more enjoyable. Why this talk about older people and senior citizens? Well, I have just turned 70. And today in my memory I'm hearing the voice of Ii teenage girl who more than two decades ago asked me, "What's it like to be old?" With the thought that that girl's question might occasionally be on other teens' minds too - because the young often dread the thought of getting old - here's a bit about what it's like to be old. It's early afternoon, and I've just gotten up from a l5-minute nap. My energy level isn't what it used to be, but my health 'is good. ~i'm one of the lucky oldsters who take very few pills. Some senior citizens are very lonely because they live alone. A

visit from anyone would be most welcome, especially from a lively, cheerful young person. Like many old people, I look at the past more than I used to, remembering a lot of happy events but also regretting my mistakes and sins, and seeing God's hand in many of the twists and turns my life took. But I also look frequently at the future and think about the momentous event we call death. I dwell more and more on the optimistic words of the church's liturgy, "Life is changed, not taken away." What an exciting moment it will be when at last I see face to face the hidden God whom I have tried to love all my life! One of the most fascinating aspects about old age is that I have been able to watch little children mature into adults, to see them grow from ages 10 to 40. Watching them, I have become very much aware of how and why the circumstances, events and choices they made as children and teenagers shaped them into the kind of adults they are. The consequence is that I have the urge to tell all young people to live their growing years carefully, to think through the fateful choices they make and to try to realize the meaning of the adage, "What you are to be you are now becoming." But then I think with a start: don't those words apply to me too? Even my 70s are growing years. Every day I have choices to make, and what I am to be I am still becoming.

LITTLE SISTER ACT: Students from St. Ann School in Charlotte, NC, practice their rendition of the popular movie "Sister Act" for a school talent show. They later performed for diocesan staff members as well. (CNS photo)

When an aging parent moves in By Monica and Bill Dodds Having your aging parent come to live with you may be the right move, but that doesn't mean it will be easy for either generation. Being aware of each other's feelings and concerns can help smooth the transition. Here are some points to consider: I. The move is stressful for both your parent and you because it is charged with emotions. Your parent is grieving not just because he has lost his family home or his own apartment, but his way of life. He may have had to say goodbye to friends, neighborhood and parish. This chips away at his sense of independence and control. You may be grieving also. It is hard to watch as a parent's health deteriorates. It is hard to see the family home - the home of your childhood - up for sale. It is hard to give up some of your home's privacy, to ask your spouse and , children to do the same. The result can be that both of you - parent and adult child feel as if you must tiptoe around the other, holding in any negative emotion. But if this new arrange-

ment is to work, like all healthy relationships it must be based on a loving and respectful honesty and openness. A two-way street of communication is needed that includes accepting and giving helpful criticism as well as praise. 2. Your parent needs to be given as much control as possible. Things that might seem trivial to you can be important to her. Ask if she would like to move in at the beginning of the month or the 15th. Let her decide how to decorate her room. 'What color would she like it painted? What material and pattern for the curtains? What furniture and other household items brought with her? Reducing a houseful of belongings collected over a lifetime to fit into a single room can be difficult. Be respectful as you help her sort the items out. Treat every item as if it were a treasure. Let your parent decide what she will bring with her, what she will toss, what she will give to charity, what she will give to family members. Keep in mind that your parent may want to distribute many of

her possessions while she is still alive. She's not being morbid; she just wants to enjoy seeing each person inherit a special gift. 3. Find out if your parent would like to be given some household duties. Dad may feel more like a contributing member of the family if he takes his turn drying the dishes or one evening a week oversees children's homework. Maybe sometimes he can watch the kids while you and your spouse go out. 4. Your parent needs more than food and shelter; he or she needs your emotional support. Even if Mom was strong and optimistic when she lived on her own, the dramatic change in her life and the emotions that come with it can easily lead to depression. You need to be available, to realize that your part in this arrangement includes a commitment of time. . Having an aging parent move into your family home can be a tremendous blessing if each member bears in mind that a home is more tha n just a house, a family is more than just a group of people living together.

Adult children of parents who argue There are many reasons an aging couple may not be getting along, reasons their so-called golden years of marriage seem to be anything but that. The sad truth is, divorce is not uncommon among couples whose children are grown. Watching one's parents fight is never easy, whether you are 4 or 40. But while a youngster can do little if anything to stop it, an adult child may feel an obligation to intervene. Here are some points to consider if you find yourself in that position. -Parents are not a single unit. Your mother and father are two individuals who may be at different points in life. Each is dealing with losses, concerns about what is happening, worries about health and so on. -One parent may be growing more dependent on the other. Maybe Dad was always the strong one. The provider. The caretaker. The driver. Now Mom must assume those roles. Maybe Mom did the cooking, the cleaning, the shopping, the laundry. She balanced the checkbook and sent out the Christmas cards. Now Dad is learning those jobs. But Mom doesn't drive the same way Dad did, the way he thinks everyone should. Or Dad doesn't cook like Mom always has, the style to which she has become accustomed. This type of "role reversal" is hard on two people of . any age. -Maybe the relationship of Mom and Dad always has been confrontational. Some couples bicker throughout their married lives. -A personality change could be a symptom of a health problem. Alzheimer's disease, dementia, a stroke or other medical conditions may change Mom or Dad from meek and mild to combative and aggressive. -A woman's role in society has changed. In years past, a woman' who was a homemaker took care of her children, managed the family home and followed her husband's instructions. Times have

changed. A longtime husband can have difficulty when his wife tries' to change, too. -Subconsciously, one parent may not want any kind of dis'agreement for fear his or her last words to a spouse will be words of anger. So instead Mom or Dad will swallow those words and the anger will build up inside until one day it explodes. What can you do if your parents are having more battles? First, consider what the fight is about. How important is the issue? Is it a question that needs to be resolved or is it just everyday friction?

Is it something they need to handle themselves? (Which soap opera to watch while they're having lunch.) Or is it something big that may need your attention too? (Dad wants to move to an apartment and Mom doesn't want to sell the house.) Second, try to avoid taking sides. But if the fight seems to be unequal, if one parent really needs help, provide it. And third, remember that the arbitrator's role is always a delicate one, but especially so when all the parties are in the same family.

Playing hookey with dad By Dan Morris We did not have a name for it, though we could have called it Hookey-With-Dad Day. It was a special event, even a feast day of sorts for our family for many years. There was a sense of spring about it. When our children were in grade school, we would set aside one day a year when I would stop by school - unannounced - and take one of our children out of class early. It was a big deal for a second- or third-grader to have a dad show up at school and yank him or her out. "Is that your dad? What's up? Where you going?" Once free of school and work and routine, we joyfully headed off into a spontaneous day of doing pretty much whatever we wanted wherever we wanted. At least that's how it felt. Scenes from amusement parks, video arcades, toy shops and ice cream parlors flash through my mind. We explored aquariums, space shuttles, submarines, zoos, horse farms, great sailing ships and open-air fish markets. We ate ice cream, chocolate, Green Rivers and messy, big hotdogs that we usually could not afford for the whole family. We'd top it off with maybe a Hershey bar or a cotton candy or maybe both. If our stomachs hurt, we could turn to M&Ms for relief.

We discussed grand and wideranging issues - how much a fish might suffer when you catch it, how seeds become trees, how cartoon characters can talk. I'd bring along our cheapie instamatic and occasionally ask a passerby to take our picture. Here's Dad and Marie sticking our heads out of cutout boards of a sailor and pirate. Here's Jon and Dad fishing for perch and drinking milkshakes. There's Mikey and Dad waving from the octopus ride. Can you believe there's Joey getting an autograph of Ricky Henderson?! Today these snapshots carry magic our pricy, formal family portraits cannot touch. If there was any doubt how much plain old-fashioned fun we received from the day, it was eradicated by the review of the event given to a family waiting at home for us - where we would arrive well after dinner, of course. Interestingly, my wife seemed to receive almost as much joy from her husband's and child's adventure as we ourselves had. Fascinatingly, the other children, rather than' feeling excluded, also absorbed the excitement that when two of us shared joy, became closer, we all shared joy and became. closer. I wonder if my son's boss would understand if I showed up and asked to take him away for the day.


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FOCA opposed Continued from Page One very big," he said. "Counting all those cards is a problem." Response to the postcard campaign has varied widely among congressional offices. A spokesman for Rep. Henry J. Hyde, RIll., said each of the 5,000 to 6,000 received would be logged into the computer and answered, while a staffer for freshman Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, D-Ill., said the postcards sent to her office would not be counted or answered and would be thrown away. A staffer for Rep. Robert Livingston, ~-La., estimated that he received at least 60,000 postcards, and Sen Dave Durenberger, RMinn., said he got about 37,000. Aides to Wisconsin's two Democratic senators, Herb Kohl and Russell D. Feingold, told the Milwaukee Journal that they received about 100,000 postcards between them. Livingston told Catholic News Service March 19 that the postcard campaign might not change the minds of ardent supporters of . the Freedom of Choice Act but it "reinforces those of us who believe very strongly that abortion is wrong." "We're fighting an uphill battle here," he added, "so we need all the support we can get." A parallel campaign by the Knights of Columbus has included a national hot line for callers who wish to tell their senators and representatives that they oppose FOCA. Callers to the number, (800) 435-9933, pay $7.95 for telegrams

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Consistent ethic can change things Washington (CNS) - Margaret Steinfels, editor of Commonweal magazine said that if Catholics want real political change they can become "a burr under the national saddle" by taking to heart church teaching on the consistent ethic of life. Other. wise, the "winds of change" supposedly blowing in Washington

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Appeal plans finalized Continued from Pa~e One 1993 budgets in order to meet greater community needs. At the planning meeting Father Freitas explained Appeal methods and announced names of area priest directors and their assistants. They are, for the Attleboro area, Rev. John J. Steakem, aided by Rev. Ralph D. Tetrault; for the Cape and Islands, Rev. Stephen A. Fernandes, aided by Rev. Freddie Babiczuk; for the New Bedford Area, Rev. Maurice O. Gauvin, aided by Rev. Daniel W. Lacroix; for the Taunton area, Rev. John P. Cronin, assisted by Rev. Paul A. Caron; and for the Fall River area, Father Freitas, assisted by Rev. John F. Andrews.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Sister Ada Geraghty has personally experienced the stigma of being a nun "under the influence." That experience led her and her order, the Sisters of the Holy Faith, to open the doors of a West Los Angeles convent to women religious and lay women in recovery from alcohol or drug dependency. The Center for Renewed Life can house up to a dozen guests at a time. Since it opened in August 1992, a steady stream of nuns and lay women have taken advantage of its services. "Sisters are subject to the same diseases that affect the general population, and the disease of chemical dependency is no exception," said Sister Geraghty, a former elementary school principal who holds master's degrees in counseling and theology. The SO-year-old-nun, who said her drinking problem began in her 40s, said she had four ineffective stays at treatment centers. Describing herself as a blackout periodic drinker, Sister Geraghty said her drinking left her with feelings of shame, remorse and guilt. In a "totally helpless, totally hopeless" state, she called a recovering alcoholic friend on what became her personal Independence Day: July 4,1989. "The minute I asked for help, something happened to me: the fighting was over," said Sister Geraghty. Her recovery brought her new opportunities, including a chance to serve as technical consultant for the hit Whoopi Goldberg movie, "s ister Act." . '" could never have done that if I'd still been drinking," she said. After her recovery, she completed a certification program in chemical dependency, followed by an internship at a recovery center. There she was introduced to Kristine Kepp, a psychotherapist and Catholic convert with a master's degree in theology. The two joined forces to create programs at the Center for Renewed Life based on the 12-step recovery principles. "The most difficult part of recovery is the period immediately after a 28-day treatment prQgram,~' said Sister Geraghty. "Though [a sister) may intellectually accept the fact that she has a disease, she, still has to work through her feelings of guilt, shame and,low self-esteem," she said. "It is extremely difficult for her to taik about her illness." Sister Geraghty views the center as helping a recovering sister who needs time in a supportive environ'meilt. The program consists of group therapy sessions, individual counsefing, community living, prayel:and companionship. While a resident, a sister can contiriue working in her ministry, find a new ministry or do volunteer work. "Gnidually she will regain her self-cOnfidence, and, with the tools of re,<overy, learn to deal with life's problems soberly," said Sister ,Gerghty.. The center is unusual in combining nuns and lay women, she said. "It's a much healthier balance to have them together," she explained. It is much more.difficult for sisters' to get well in isolation."

Push for moral media seen task of US church LOS ANGELES(CNS)- With the United States making most of what the world watches on the big screen, church officials worldwide look to the U.S. church for leadership on how to call the entertainment industry to moral responsibility, said Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles. Cardinal Mahony, a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication, said several of his. fellow council members repeatedly told him that "everything they see on television or in the movie houses, though subtitled, has come from the United States. "So they really look to the [American] church to have a primary thrust in trying to deal with the moral quality of the media," the cardinal said. Cardinal Mahony was in Rome for a March meeting of the pontifical council. He presented the report A FIT-LOOKING pope waves to dancers on hand to greet him as he arrived in Uganda of the U.S. Catholic Conference's last month. (eNS / Reuter photo) Committee on communications at the meeting. The report focused on church contacts with the media industry and included a presentation of his VATICAN CITY (CNS) -" A impressed with the pope's appetite looking for signs of fragile health 1992 pastoral letter to the entersteady stream-of U.S. bishops filed and his repartee during the group and found none. tainment industry, "Film Makers, into Pope John I'auill's office in luncheon. He said he was surprised "Like all of us, he's older than Film Viewers: Their Challenges mid-March. and theyemerged with at the pope's apparent good health. the first time we met here," the and Opportunities." one immediate impression: Desarchbishop said. But he said the During their IS-minute private He also talked of his subsequent pite rumors to the contrary, the pope had good color and was in audience, Bishop Lucker said: "We meetings with entertainment leadpope looked good. good spirits. The pope's face was were right eye-to-eye, and his eyes ers on the content of current films For many of the U.S. prelates not drawn, unlike last year priorto and television programs. were bright and his face was bright. making their "ad limina" visits to his operation. he said. I just thought he looked good. The meeting was the fir~t chance the Vatican, it was the first oneThe pope used notes and seemed "The last time' saw him was five for council members to view the on-one meeting with the pontiff in better prepared for their private years ago. and' thought he looked document in its entirety, Cardinal several years. Those interviewed discussion than in previous meetas good or better this time." he Mahony told, The Tidings, Los by Catholic !':ews Service said ings, he said .. said. adding that the pope spoke Angeles'.archdiQcesan,newspaper; J -they found the 72-year-old pontiff ~Said Bishop John J. Myers of' English quite well in the meetings. He added it generated a "wonderin fine form. Peoria, III.: "I thought he appeared Archbishop Rembert Weakland ful response" from the group. Bishop Joseph L. 'mesch of in extremely good health. He had of Milwaukee spent half an hour Most impressive to the council Joliet. III.. said he asked the pope a healthy appetite. I don't recall in a private session with the pope. about the pastoral "was its emphaspecifically about his health in the him' passing up a course." He said he found the pontiff a little sis on a positive approach to the wake of surgery last year to remove Bishop Norbert Gaughan of aged but "very engaging and cerentertainment industry without a noncancerous colon tumor. Gary, Ind .. also said he thought tainly very alert." coming down with the heavy hand "He said he feels as healthy as he the pope looked very good. of censorship," he added. "Certainly he had no mental did before. He looked relaxed and The pope's health has been a "They also were interested in the pauses of any sort. In fact. this is healthy. Any rumors about his topic of continuing speculation, fact that there were criteria people the third time I've come since he despite Vatican assurances that failing health are unfounded," could use" to judge the moral conhas been pope. and I thought this Bishop Imesch said after meeting post-surgery medical tests confirm tent of the movies they watch, the was the best of the three meetings his full recovery. In January. a and lunching with the pontiff. cardinal said. I've had, in that he was much more '" know one thing -- he's got a Vatican spokesman denied a report engaged in conversation than he that the pope remained seriously 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111I11I1111111111111 good appetite. He ate more than' was previously." he said. works. Raising the questions, did." he added. ill and said that "all sorts of fantachallenging the powers that be. Archbishop Francis Hurley of sies still appear about the pope's Bishop Raymond Lucker of New that's trouble," he said. Anchorage. Alaska. said he was health." Ulm. Minn .. said he was also When the priest first arrived in Nirivilo. the villagers were still cooking on the ground over open fires. "I was able to get some money to buy a few wood stoves," he said. "This was not a gift. but something they had to pay back. As money was returned, we were OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) - For a looking for employment 10 the with a great deal of sadness," he able lo buy more stoves." said. missioner working in a remote vilurban areas. "This makes pastoral work very As for inculturation of the Goslage on the flank of the Andes Father DeM.ott first went to pel, it is expressed in Nirivilo by a Mountains in the coastal range of Chile shortly after his ordination' difficult," said Father DeMott. "I start to form a youth group, the . statue. southern Chile, large concepts are in 1976 and worked in Santiago. girls suddenly leave for the cities to realized in small ways.' In 1988 he became pastor of three In Chile, the last Sunday ofSepfind jobs as live-in maids, the Preferential option for the poor' parishes, composed of II small tember is a celebration of Our young men leave to become lumberis exemplified by replacing open Christian communities, in the rural Lady of Mount Carmel, the nation's jacks." . cook fires with wood-burning area of the southern coastal range, patroness. Villagers would scrape "Poverty is a lack of health care, stoves, and inculturation by the where campesiilos practice dryland . together money to buy a gold a lack of housing, a lack of educa- crown and 'robes to adorn a statue acceptance of a Peasant Virgin. farming on land exhausted byerotion," he said. '~It is also the lack of of Marv. - "A missioner accepts the people sion and years of poor farming . ability.to make their needs known in this area as identified with th'e practices. "I thought of relating the Blessed and to lift themselves up from crucified Ch;ist," said Father Ste~ Mother to rural life." he said. "I Because of the poverty and isopoverty." phen DeMott. a Maryknoll priest did that by reflections in the II lation. many villagers drift away who spent eight years in Chile, the He drew a distinction between small communities, asking, 'How last four in Nirivilo, a village of working to reduce the effects of about a campesino straw hat in. 313 persons 200 miles south of povertyand working to address lts stead of a gold crown.... How Santiago. cause. about a poncho instead ofa capeT Father DeMott, whose mother While the former is accepted, This Peasant Virgin "carried the lives in Omaha, left Chile to assume "raising the question of why is new duties as director of the social trouble," he said. "Jesus Christ day," Father.DeMott said. "The communications department at Marycame up aga.inst the sam.e thing tradition had been to dress her as a knoll headquarters in Maryknoll, when they picked up stones to Spanish queen, Now, after 500 N~.路 . .' years, we are able to dress Mary in throw at him. the clothes of the poor." "N 0 one will get stoned for good . ''I'm leaving my people behind

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Continued from Page One pope stressed that Catholics cannot go their own way on doctrinal matters. While recognizing that a majority of U.S. Catholics understand that an "assent of faith" is needed, he said the cultural climate in the United States is often suspicious or hostile to religious truths. "In a climate of religious individualism"some ,assume the· right to decide for themselves, even in important matters of faith, which teachings to accept, while ignoring those they find unacceptable," the pope told the bishops. The bishop's task is to insist on full acceptance of church teaching, clearly and unambiguously, so that it will "rise above the clash of conflicting opinions with the forcefulness and power of the truth," he said. In this regard, the pope said he hoped the new "Catechism of the Catholic Church" would help launch a "national recatechizing endeavor" i~ the United States. The private meetings between each bishop and the pope provided substantial conversations on a wider variety of.topics - in particular, priestly. vocations, a key papal concern. Bishop Raymond Lucker of New Ulm, Minn., explained to the pontiff his use ofthe "Called, By Name" vocations program. The pope "indicated he believed that around the world and even in our country the situation is turning around, that there's beginning to be a change. I have to say that I'm not quite that optimistic," Bishop Lucker said. Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee said he thought the priest shortage would turn out to be a major issue during the ad limina visits, because "it does affect how you can administer a church as large as ours." Although lay people have been well-trained, "at least for the sacramental ministry it's not the same," he said. Bishop JohnJ. Myers of Peoria, Ill., was asked by the pope why his diocese does enjoy a high number of vocations. The bishop attributed it to a good vocations team

and the enthusiasm of young priests and seminarians. In his private audience, Archbishop Francis T. Hurley of Anchorage, Alaska, told the pope that in the wake of recent publicity, the church needs to address the growing assumption that priestly celibacy is impossible. The archbishop said further that "it would be very helpful for the bishops to have a good discussion on celibacy because many people a're'coming to the conclusion that it just isn't possible to lead a celibate life." The pope referred to the celibacy issue during a private Mass with the bishops March 18. Speaking of allegations that Santa Fe Archbishop Robert Sanchez had been sexually involved with several women, the pontiff said the case required compassion, understanding and prayer. He added that the church should recognize failings of its ministers and show concern for those affected. But such failings should not be the subject of public "sensationalism," he noted. The pope's frank remarks were welcomed by ~he bishops, who said they helped clear the air on a matter of deep concern. In their meeting with the clergy congregation, the bishops said they received a good hearing from Vatican officials on another controversial topic: sexual abuse by clergy. Bishop Myers and others who attended the meeting said Vatican officials were interested in hearing "the psychological, ethical and legal implications of the problem in the United States. "It was a very frank, very open discussion," said Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee, adding that he felt congregation offi- " cials now have a better idea of the situation in the United States. For example, he said, "I think they may not have h~d a clear notion of the problem of reassigning priests" to other ministries after they have been accused or convicted of sexual misconduct. Indianapolis Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein pointed to the U.S. bishops' explanation of "the fact that we're dealing with pedophilia

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Mar. 26,1993

By Charlie Martin

A WHOLE NEW WORLD

By Christopher Carstens There Barbara sat, pleading with her mom and dad, hoping that they could just see it--her way this one time. She wasn't breakingany laws, it was not a matter of health of morals or safety. She just wanted to dye her hair - green. "I t's not like I want a tattoo - if I hate it, it will just grow out." "N ot on your life," grumbles her father. "We let you do this and who knows what you'll try next?" In one form or another, the green hair problem turns up' all over the world. It's a regular part of the teenager's growth to~ard independence. The junior high years are a testing ground for parents and young people. You aren't a child anymore, but you aren't really a fullblown young adult either. Twelve, 13 and 14 are often the hardest ages for families, and part of that distress is often the green hair problem. The particular' argument will probably be something other than hair color - I've only seen green hair debated once in two decades. of work as a psychologist - but. the central core is the same problem. The kid is sending out a message, loud and clear. "I'm not your. little kid any more, and I'm not going to grow up to be just like you! Just let me make my own decisions, and I'll be fine." The parents are sending back an answer. "Look, you may be nearly full grown, but we're not ready to trust your judgment in this. We're adults, and we know better than you do about some things." Both are right. The teen is certainly right. In just a few years, she'll make all her own decisions, and. what ·her parent's think will have no bearing on what she decides unless she lets it. As an adult, she'll be her own person.

But the parents are right too. They have lega] responsibility for their teenager and a moral responsibility as well, one that demands that they try to keep their kids from doing destructive or dangerous things. They just disagree over what sort of behavior expresses responsible independence and what is "destructive or. dangerous." Barbara sees green hair as a way of announcing that she is a freethinking artist, one who can see beyond the petty restraints of p,opularity and mass media style. "H ow can it hurt me? It's just my dumb hair!" Parents usually take a more cautious view, quickly recognizing any risks in the situation. "Green hair may not harm you physically, but what about your reputation when everybody in town thinks . you're a weirdo?" The green hair problem can emerge in hundreds of ways. Often it's a fight over clothes or music, the choice ofa boyfriend or whether or not you can insist on a teenager going to church. .. Teenagers, remember that your parents are going to set some limits. Not being allowed to dye your hair green isn't really the same as being sent to concentration camp. Remember, you eventually win this one. When you're 18, you can dye your hair purple with green stripes and there's nothing they can do about it. Parents, remember that you can win the struggles that are really important - in fact, you need to. lf your kid is using drugs, or sneaking out with a guy who's 34, or running with a gang, you need to be in control. But nobody ever died from green hair. So, sometimes you can compromise. Like Barbara, who remembered that they sell this green hair dye that washes out ill three days.

I can show you the world Shinin'g, shimmering, splendid Tell me princess Now when did you last Let your heart decide I can open your eyes Take you wonder by wonder Over, sideways and under On a magic carpet ride A whole new world A new fantastic point of view No one to tell us no Or where to go Or say we're only dreaming A whole new world A dazzling place I never knew But now from way up here It's crystal clear That now I'm in a whole New world with you Unbelievable sights, Indescribable feelings Soaring, tumbling, free-wheeling Blue and endless diamond skies A whole new world Don't you dare close your eyes I'm like a shooting star I've come so far I can't go back To where I used to be A whole new world With new horizons to pursue I'll chase them everywhere There's time to spare Let me share this Whole new world with you A whole new world A new fantastic point of view Noone to tell us no Or where to go Or say we're only dreaming A whole new world With new horizons to pursue 111 chase them anywhere There's time to spare This whole new world with you A whole new world That's where we'll be I've really changed A wondrous place For you and me Written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice. Sung by Peabo Bryson and Regina B.elle (c) 1992 by The Walt Disney Company DO YOU WISH that your life were different because it's just not what you want it to be? Well, according to Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle, there's "A Whole New World" await-

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offers to take a princess on a "magic carpet ride.'~ Then; she will see the world as "a dazzling place" that she never knew. At times, we all would like a magical genie to appear in our lives. We may feel disco~raged, wondering how to get our lives going toward those experiences that we truly desire. Yet, if we look within ourselves, we can find this genie. For within our minds is a true magical power. God gave' us the gift of our minds so we could change, heal and recreate our lives. Unfortunately, we don't always know how to use our minds to experience its magic. Consider the following tips for using the power of your mind to put new happiness into your life: I. Focus your mind on what you want, not on what you don't want. For example, think about how to pass a test, not how you might flunk it. See within your mind how you study and prepare, how you want to feel as you take the test, and finally, visualize the passing grade on your returned test paper. Stay positive and focused on the result you want. 2: Be self-affirming. Sure, we all make mistakes, but emphasize the things you. do right. Recognize the goodness in yourself. Each of us is God's child. That's a whole lot of eternal dignity. Acknowledge this dig-· nity within yourself. 3. Dream big! However, make sure your dreams are your own, not placed on you by ·someone else's expectations. Further, don't buy into limitations too quickly. Your mind has no limits. Use itto see how you could best expand and enjoy your life. 4. Put more love into your life, and by ·Iove I mean how you care about and serve others. One reason God invited you into life was to help others find better lives. Focus your mind on ways you· can give to others without thought of what's in this service for you. . S. Make sure there's some quiet in your life. Take time each day to pray, to think, to daydream. It's amazing what kind of ideas and insights come to us if we just create a space for paying attention to our minds. Aladdin's genie is correct. There's a whole new world given to you. God and you can create it. Look within yourself to firid . it. Your comments are welcomed by Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, IN 47635.

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Bishop Connolly High School Leo Strickman, of Fall ~iver's Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River, students are undefeated Little Theater fame, is the direcin competition against their peers tor, assisted by. senior Heather from other schools in the 1993 Fletcher. Music will be performed Massachusetts Mock Trial Tour- during intermissions by groups nament, a program sponsored by under the direction of Brian the Massachusetts Bar association Michaud, Connolly's music dirin which students assume the roles ector. Students and faculty at Bishop of lawyers and witnesses, trying fictitious cases in actual court- Connolly, recently hosted the third cultural exchange with ESL (Engrooms. The competitors from the Fall lish as a Second Language) stuRiver high school are Terry Car- dents from Bristol Community College, Fall River, during part of reiro, Tara Gauthier, Joseph Mendes, Kevin Roy, Lauren Stiles, Connolly's annual Foreign LanChristina Erwin, Alexis Sbardella, guage Week. 15 students, accomShawn Levesque, Lisa Peters, panied by Professor. Cathy Lund Monica S,ylvia, ·Jeff ·Guimond, .and her teaching assistants, qis-. Pedro Fernandes, Steven Mello cussed their countries, culture, and customs. They hailed from China, and Pat Griffin. They are coached by Ted Pettine and assisted by Japan, Ukraine, Brazil, Iran, Syria, Hong Kong, Laos, Russia, and Atty. Clement Brown. Cambodia. Across the commonwealth, stuWhen asked "What is your dent teams recently competed favorite thing about the U.S.?", against other schools from their their reply was unanimous: "Freeown regions in three preliminary dom." round trials. Teams with the best "What a wonderful thing for courtroom records will compete our students to hear firsthand," for county championships in April. remarked Suzi Silvia, head of the A play-off in late April will result Connolly foreign language departin one team being named state ment and coordinator of Foreign mock trial champion. Language Week at the school. Throughout the tournment, "The language department and I each team tries the same hypothetare grateful to BCC and their stuical case. dents for giving our students the The goal of the tournament is to opportunity to meet and exchange help students gain an understandideas with people from other culing and appreciation of. the role tures." the legal process plays in our The visit was part of a weeksociety and to sharpen listening, long celebration of foreign .Ianpublic speaking and reading skills guages and cultures with the theme, while building self-confidence. "Foreign Language: Tool for the Attorney volunteers, recruited Future." Hallways were decorated by the MBA, assist the students in with posters, banners, and streapreparing for the mock trials, mers in colors of various counwhich are presided over by sitting tries. Each day a different culture Massachusetts judges. and language were highlighted. Since the start of the mock trial Ethnic lunches were served in the ,tournaments eight years ago, more cafeteria, ethnic music was played than 10,000 Massachusetts students on the intercom and morning anhave participated in the program. nouncements included trivia contests. Connolly Players to Present The faculty got into the spirit "Harvey" with an ethnic potluck lunch. The Bishop Connolly Drama A Mass celebrated in Portuguese, society will present "Harvey" by Spanish, French, Italian, Latin, Mary Chase as its second produc- Gaelic, and English .by school tion of the 1992-1993 season. Per- chaplain Father Donald MacMilformances will be March 26 lan, S.J. capped the week's events. through 28 in the school audiBoldness of Virtue torium. "Virtue is bold, and goodness Cast members are Heather never fearful."-Shakespeare Fletcher, Mariann Hartley, John Farley, Sarah Thiboutot, Elizabeth Smith, Lauran Mack, William Cox, Mike Charkowski, Matt GOO" ANCHOR HOlD' Tracy, Nicole Rubano, Charles Walsh and Kevin Comeau. - ..... .....

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Celebration of Foreign LanSociety were stagehands and ushers guage Week at Coyle-Cassidy High and proceeds benefited the NHS S.chool, Taunton, included deck- scholarship fund. ing the halls and classrooms with Three Coyle-Cassidy band memprojects and flags representing the bers were invited to sit in with the four languages taught at the school: United States Navy Band during Portuguese, French, Spanish and their Taunton visit on March 23. Latin.. Sophomore Thomas Souza of Language classes viewed video- Taunton played clarinet; sophotapes, sampled ethnic foods and more David Chace of Middleboro listened to typical music from many played baritone; and junior Matforeign countries. Lorena Dau- thew MacMullen of Easton played teuit's Spanish class visited Span- the drums. ish classes and toured the campus The Coyle-Cassidy band is diat the University of Massachusetts- rected by Kristen Voccio. Dartmouth. Coyle-Cassidy recently held its Greetings and news were offered eighth annual Two-on-Two basketball tournament, with more than daily in various languages during morning public address announce- 65 C-C hoopsters pairing off to vie ments. Reflecting the diversity of for the trophies donated by the the faculty and student body, the school's Athletic Association. Among boys' freshman-sophoannouncements were offered not' only in Spanish, P,ortuguese, more teams, freshman Eric Ferris French and Latin, but also Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Nigerian, Haitian Creole, Polish, Lebanese, Greek, Italian, Korean and HeWASHINGTON (CNS) - Presbrew. ident Clinton's budget reform Coyle-Cassidy students earned package has at least one supporter. a wide range of awards at the He isn't a member of Congress. recent National History Day district contest held at Bridgewater In fact, he can't even vote. But 14State College with the theme year-old Larry Villella says he "Communications in History: The understands economics and knows the country's deficit isn't going to Key to Understanding." Sophomore Kate Tenney of magically disappear. Taunton won first prize in the That's why he recently sent Pressenior division for individual pro- ident Clinton a check for $1,000. jects with "War of the Worlds: "I know about Clinton's proRadio Play Shocks Nation." posals and I know how Congress is Freshman Christopher Wenson disputing this and that," Villella of Bridgewater earned second prize told Catholic News Service in a in the senior division with "Hitler, telephone interview from his Fargo, the Master Orator." N.D., home. ' In third place with a group pro"I also know from my business ject were sophomores Eric Rodriexperience that people listen to guez and Alex D'Agostino of children," said the member of Middleboro with "CommunicaNativity Parish in Fargo. tions during the Civil War." That's right, business experience. Honorable mention went to Three years ago Villella founded a Thomas Souza, Thomas Zaks, company called ConServ Products Michael Previti, Ryan Crandall, that" markets a tree and shrub James Boyle, Rick Thomas, Geof- watering system he invented. frey Cook and Alexa Connell. He calls the country's deficit an Despite a week's postponement example of how "the government's because of the snowstorm, the been careless." He says the only third annual National Honor So- way for the country to get out of ciety Talent Show played successthe red is to "pull together and fully before a packed house in the work as a community." school's auditorium on March 21. Little did the high school freshThe show featured more than 30 acts ranging from dance to classical piano to vocals to comedy. Members of the National Honor

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and sophomore Matt Thielker of Taunton were victorious. At the junior-senior level, seniors Ryan Powers of South Easton and Greg Napier of Carver earned the championship title. In the girls' division, junior Laurie Poyant of New Bedford and sophomore Jamie Leonard of Taunton were undefeated. The tourney raised nearly $200 for the St. Vincent de Paul Camp in Westport where tournament director Bill Breen is assistant director. The Coyle-Cassidy cheerleaders were among 50 teams competing at the Massachusetts Association of Cheerleading Coaches Spring State Cheerleading Tournament March 20 at Marlboro High School.

Teen sends president $1,000

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1. Falling Down, 0 (R) 2. Groundhog Day, A-II (PG) 3. The Crying Game, A-IV (R) 4. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, A-I (G) 5. Mad Dog and Glory, 0 (R) 6. Amos & Andrew, A-III (PG·13) 7. Best of the Best II, (Not Classified) (R) B. Sommersby, A·III (PG-13) 9. Aladdin, A-I (G) 10: SWing Kids, A-II (PG-13)

man know the contribution from his company's bank account would stir so much commotion. Days after sending the check the young man was interviewed by numerous radio programs. He appeared on all three networks' morning television programs and on "Donahue." He said he hoped to "publicize the fact that people can send money" to help the government get out of its debt. He received a call from President Clinton from Air Force One to thank him for the check. The president told the young entrepreneur that his staff would investigate if it was legal for private citizens to se.nd unsolicited money toward the deficit. "I was really nervous talking to him," Villella said. The youth received a $2,000 check from Bill Cosby to be used for co'llege as a thank-you gift for his generosity. He said his parents "think it's neat" that he is in the limelight, but one of his three younger sisters just "doesn't understand what's going on." B'ut at three years old, she probably doesn't understand the deficit either.

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Mar. 26, 1993

D.ofl Alcazaba Circle 65 Daughters of Isab~lla, Attleboro, meeting 6 p.m. April I, K. of e. Hall, Hodges St., with roll call buffet and election of officers. State Regent Virginia Corey will attend. ST. ANTHONY of the DESERT, FR Lenten retreat with Father Robert A. Oliveira March 29 to 31. Liturgy and lecture 6:30 each evening with coffee hour following Wednesday night in St. Sharbel Center.

ST. MARY, NORTON Divorced/ separated Catholics meeting 7 p.m. March 28; breast cancer support group meeting 7:30 p.m. March 31, both in parish center meeting room. Monthly food collection for St. Joseph's Food Cellar will" take place this weekend. ST. JULIE, N. DARTMOUTH Jon Polce will conduct an evening of prayer and song 7 p.m. April 4. CATHEDRAL CAMP, E. FREETOWN Office of Youth Ministry YES retreat March 26 to 28, St. Francis Xavier, Acushnet, confirmation retreat March 27. Priests', Lenten day of recollection March 30.

ST. JOSEPH, TAUNTON, Lenten vespers 4 p.m. March 28. STONEHILL COLLEGE, N. EASTON Karen Ordahl Kupperman, professor of history at the University of Connecticut, will speak on "Early. English Settlements in Southern New England" 7 p.m. April 5, Joseph W. Martin Institute for Lawand Society lecture room 105. All welcome; handicapped accessible. WIDOWED SUPPORT, ATTLEBORO Support group meeting 7 p,m. April 2, St. Mary's parish center, N. Attleboro; a police officer will speak on safety.

SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY, RI Mathematician Dr. Thomas Banchoff of Brown University will speak on "The Fourth Dimension and the Life of the Mind" 7:30 p.m. April I, O'Hare Academic Center as part of the Atwood Lectures in Humanities. Dr. Banchoff has been investigating PUBLICITY CHAIRMEN the fourth dimension for 25 years and has collaborated with Salvador are asked to submit news items for this column to Dali, lectured to producers of "Star Wars," and worked with Charles -' The Anchor, P.O. Box 7, Fall River, 02722. Name of city ortown should be included, as well as full dates Strauss on the film "The Hypercube." His work is the basis (or speof all activities. Please send news of future rather WIDOWED SUPPORT, CAPE cial effects in the television show than past events. Support group meeting I :30 to "Star Trek: The Next Generation," 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Christ the King Due to limited space and also because notices of and his most recent work is the parish education center library, Scientific American Library volume strictly parish affairs normally appear in a parish's Mashpee; topic: "Family: Brothers, "Beyorid the Third Dimension." own bulletin, we are forced to limit items to events of Sisters and Children." Information: (401) 847-6650 ext. general interest. Also, we do not normally carry 2156. SEPARATED/DIVORCED O.L. VICTORY, CENTERVILLE notices of fund raising activities, which may be CATHOLICS, CAPE Lenten mission with Rev. Richard Support group meeting 7 p.m. advertised at our regular rates, obtainable from The J. McCormick, director of Don BosSunday, St. Pius X parish center, S. Anchor business office, telephone (508) 675-7151. co Technical High School, Boston, Yarmouth. John Powell, SJ, video March 29 to 31. Father McCormick On Steering Points items, FR indicates Fall River; on "self-acceptance" will be shown. will speak at 5:30 p.m. Mass at O.L. New participants welcomed beginNB indicates New Bedford. Hope each evening and conduct a ning at 6: 15 p.m. Information: 362prayer service at O.L. Victory 7:30 9873, or Father Richard Roy, each evening. Topics will be "Essen255-0170. ST. ST ANISLAUS, FR . tials of Christian Life"-ba'ptism, CANCERSUR~VORSGROUP Survivors, a local chapter of the Lenten penance service 7 p.m. Eucharist and penance. Wednesday's March 31. program will include penance service. National Coalition of Cancer Survivors, facilitated by Lisa Dugal, RN, YOUNG ADULT ST. MARY, FAIRHAVEN BSN, OCN, meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. RECOLLECTION DAY Saints and Singers Chorus will second and fourth Wednesdays at PRESS Father Robert A. Oliveira and' present Easter musical "The Victor" the St. Anne's Hospital Hudner team will present a "Come and See" 8 tonight. Oncology Center, Fall River. Meetday ofrecollection for single Catholings provide persons diagnosed with ST. LOUIS de FRANCE, ics ages 20 to 402 to 5 p.m. April 4, cancer and their families an opporSWANSEA St. Patrick's Church, FR. Sessions and expetunity to share feelings Rosary. prayer cell meeting 7:30 will be "Seeing with new eyes;" "Lisp.m. April 6, religious education riences and' discuss such issues as tening with a renewed heart" and employment, insurance, rela'tioncenter. "Jesus, the foolish lover among us.'" ships, and maintaining health. BusiMass will be celebrated at" 5 p,m. ness meetings for program planning. with a buffet following in the parish take place 6:30 to 7 p.m. prior to school. Registration requested by group meetings. Participants need March 29. Information: Diocesan not be patients of St. Anne's or its Department of Education, 678-2828. affiliated physicians. Information: O.L. CAPE, BREWSTER Lisa Dugal, 675-5688. Prayer group meeting 7:30 p.m. (.h·e :1 Gift DCCW March 24, parish center. ('.·rlifiealef'or :1 Diocesan Council of Catholic U·f·(·k(·nd :1.I·ay Women Taunton District will spon- NEW ENGLAND HOLISTIC COUNSELORS ASSOCIATION sor Passion Play 7:30 p.m. April 3, For Info Contact· Third annual conference, "Living St. Jacques Church; cast members TIM & BARBARA are confirmation students and their' with Fear: Surviving as a Holistic Counselor," 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April3, siblings from Mary Queen of Peace HAYDEN O'Hare Academic Center, Salve Reparish, Salem, NH. TEL. 336-4381 gina University, Newport, RI. ProST. LAWRENCE, NB gram will include panelists, workSt. Lawrence, St. Francis and shops and exhibits. Non-members Holy Name parishes, NB, will sponof NEHCA may attend. Informasor Stations of the Cross Concert by tion: NEHCA, P.O. Box 525, PortsDenise Morency Gannon 2 p.m. mouth, RI 02871, or Dr. Jack Childs, April 4 at St. Lawrence Church. (401) 847-6650 ext. 3179.

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ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA, FR Men's Holy Name Society will sponsor Passover Seder meal with Rabbi Norbert Weinberg and Cantor George Lieberman presiding, 7 p.m. March 28, Father Reis Hall. ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, ACUSHNET Lenten mission with Father Thomas McElroy, SS.Ce., March 28 to April I; theme: conversion. SEPARATED/DIVORCED CATHOLICS, NB Planning board meeting 7:30 p.m. March 29, Family Life Center, N. Dartmouth; new participants welcome to help plan future meetings.

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FATHER CAMILLE Doucet, MS, will preach a Lenten Mission' at LaSalette Shrine, Attleboro, March 27 through 31. The first session, "Do You Beiieve in Jesus Christ?," will be presented at 4:30·p.m. Mass tomorrow and at 12: 10 p.m. Mass Sunday. Weekday sessions will be at 12: 10 and 6:30 p. m. with Mass and talk Monday on the theme, "Jesus, in His Fidelity, Calls Us to the Word;" Tuesday, "Jesus, in His Love, Calls Us to Change" with reconciliation service; Wednesday, "Jesus, in his Teaching, Calls Us to the Table" with Mass. The Shrine's Saturday Night video series, sponsored by the Christian Action Group, concludes 6:30 p.m. March 27, Shrine Theater, with a film on Mother Teresa. Information: 222-5410.

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BALTIMORE (CNS) Shocked and saddened by the murder of Sister MaryAnn Glinka, 50, superior of the Franciscan Sisters of Baltimore, many were finding an anchor in the power of prayer and forgiveness. The nun was discovered in the early morning of March 19 bound hand and foot and apparently strangled in a convent hallway after encountering an intruder. "It was very hard for those of us· who saw the body," said one of the Franciscan sisters living at the motherhouse who asked that her name not be used. "We must bring a sense of God back to the city. That takes all of us working together - the churches, the media, the politicians. We must remember that God is bigger than us." Franciscan Sister RitamaryTan, general superior of the Franciscan sisters, said it is difficult to make

sense of Sister Glinka's violent death. "This is the time that our faith is really called into play," said Sister Tan. "Sister MaryAnn contributed a great deal and this is a tremendous loss. We are now beginning to face the process of forgiveness." Sister Tan told The Catholic Review, newspaper of the Baltimore archdiocese, "it is hard for some of us to forgive because this person took one of our sisters. llut we begin by praying for him." On March 21, Baltimore City police arrested suspect Marvin J ones, charging him with first degree murder and burglary. According to police spokesman, the killer entered the convent, in the middle of a l3-acre property, bybreakinga window, then unlocking the door. The convent's alarm system had been deactivated. Petty cash belonging to the convent and credit cards belonging to one of the nuns were stolen.

N one of the other sisters in the convent, asleep at the time of the murder, heard any screams or sounds of struggle. Among the convent's 42 nuns, Sister Glinka was usually first to arise around 5 a.m. Her body was found at 5:46. Baltimore Archbishop William H. Keeler rushed to the convent March 19 after he heard of the murder. He prayed with the sisters for more than an hour. He told reporters that the sisters expressed "sadness of course, and shock" but they were also "profoundly spiritual" and were comforted in knowing Sister Glin.ka died on the feast of St. Joseph, the patron saint of happy death. Sister Glinka, a nun forJ2 years, joined the Felician order when she was 19. In 1978, she joined the Franciscan order. She is survived by her mother, two brothers and a sister, also a nun.


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