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He is 'not here but is risen! Easter Message My Brothers and Sisters in the Risen Lord: Today we join our voices in joyful praise to God who has raised Christ from the dead: "Alleluia! -This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice-and be glad in it!" (Ps. 118:24) We celebrate the completion of the Paschal Mystery: through His suffering, death and resurrection, Christ has conquered the power of sin and death, and calls us all to share in His wonderful light. Just as during the celebration of the Easter Vigil, we share in the one light of the Paschal Candle, so we are called to share the one Light of our faith with those still cloaked in the darkness of sin. This is the great mission of evangelization -spreading the good news of our faith. It is not sufficient simply to admire the beauty of the liturgical services or the decorations of the Easter season. Weare called to bear witness to the Risen Christ, in our homes and places of employment and to the society in which we live: indeed, to all nations. It has been 500 years since the arrival of the Gospel message to the Americas. This anniversary prompts each of us to

examine the effect of the Gospel message on us and on society. The feast of Easter allows us to recommit ourselves to living and proclaiming the Good News of the Resurrection daily. As Administrator of the Diocese of Fall River, I extend my prayerful best wishes to you. May our observance of this Easter feast be a source of grace and blessing. As St. Paul wrote in today's second reading: "Let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, that of corruption and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." (1 Cor. 5:8)

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~ /. (R~v. Ms Henry T. Munroe Administrator of the Diocese of Fall River


Msgr. Munroe will celebrate the Mass of Easter, to be telecast on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on WLNE Channel Six. The television Mass will resume its usual broadcast time of 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 26.

Cardinal Law celebrates Mass of Chrism in Fall River By Pat McGowan with Catholic News Service reports As it awaited appointment of a new bishop, the Fall River diocese welc~med a distinguished substitute on Tuesday afternoon as Cardinal Bernard Law, archbishop of Boston, was principal celebrant of the solemn Mass of Chrism. The Mass is the annual occasion for the world's priests to recommit themselves to their vocation. For Cardinal Law it was the second such Mass of the day. Earlier he had offered the Mass for

Boston's priests and had preceded it by announcement of two new auxiliary bishops for the huge archdiocese. Welcomed to St. Mary's Cathedral in Fall River by Msgr. Henry T. Munroe, diocesan administrator, the cardinal spoke warmly of his own predecessor, Cardinal Humberto S. Medeiros, originally a priest of the Fall River diocese, and of now Hartford Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin. "I well know his deep love for

the Fall River diocese," said the cardinal of Archbishop Cronin. Cardinal Law then called for a round of applause for Msgr. Munroe "for his faithful service as diocesan administrator" and thanked the scores of priests in attendance "for the gift you are to this church. "The next bishop of Fall River, whomever he may be (and I have no information) will be a lucky bishop indeed," he continued, to laughter from the congregation. Many, unaware that announce-

ment of new bishops is made from Washington by the apostolic pronuncio to the United States after he has received word from the Vatican, had indeed hoped th~t Cardinal Law would be the bearer of that news. Special features of the Chrism Mass include, as well as priestly recommitment, blessing of the oils of the sick and catechumens and of chrism, used at baptism, confirmation, ordination and in dedication of churches and altars. Singled out for recognition are

priests celebrating significant anniversaries. This year they are Fathers Cornelius J. Keliher and Maurice H. Lamontagne, 60 years; Father William H. O'Reilly, 55 years; Msgr. Anthony M. Gomes, 50 years; Fathers Andre P. Jussaume and William F. O'Connell, 40 years; and Fathers Henry S. Arruda, Richard L. Chretien, Brian J. Harrington, James H. Morse, William W. Norton and Msgr. John J. Oliveira, 25 years. Turn to Page 13




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Fri., Apr. 17, 1992

US-ordained priest to be beatified

Nuns seek Vatican nod as new national group WASHINGTON (CNS) - A group of U.S. nuns is seeking formal recognition by the Vatican as a national association separate from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Currently, only the LCWR has canonical status as the official representative of non-cloistered orders of U.S. nuns. According to Dominican Sister Donna Markham, LCWR president, communities represented by the LCWR hold a membership of 94,000 of the estimated 100,000 women religious in the United States. The women religious who want their own association are not affiliated with LCWR. They represent groups which have organized alternatives to LCWR starting 20 years ago. CNS learned that the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life has received their request, but there was no action on it announced as of early April. . Sister Vincent Marie Finnegan, spokeswoman for the proposed group, who heads the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart in Los Angeles, did not estimate how large it would be but said that joining it would not necessarily preclude membership in LCWR. The new group wants to be known as the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious. It would include communities working in hospitals, hospices, and edu~ cation and with the poor. LCWR officials were to go to the Vatican in April to discuss the proposed new organization, said Sister Markham. She said she did not know of any other country with two such groups to represent its nuns. "Any effort to structure division between women religious in our country is very regrettable,"'Sister Markham said. Sister Finnegan said that the new group would be a "new creation," and "not a reaction to or replication of anything else." Sister Markham said LCWR has "not been informed as to the nature of this group," but was told that "an entity is to be established."

There is nothing in the Code of Canon Law that would prohibit Vatican recognition of a second organization. Sister Finnegan said four major superiors consitute the "major players" urging establishment of the new association. Besides herself, they include, she said, Sister Marie Bernard du St. Esprit, Little Sisters ofthe Poor, Baltimore; Sister Mary de Chantal St. Julien, Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans; and Sister Leticia Rodriguez, Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, San Fernando, Calif. Consortium Perfectae Caritatis was formed in 1971 after the Con- . ference of Major Superiors of Women was renamed the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. At the time some members disagreed with LCWR directions in regard to apostolates, community living, community prayer, wearing of religious garb and other issues. The Chicago-based Institute on Religious Life was founded in 1974 to foster better understanding of the teaching of the church regarding religious life and to encourage vocations. The Forum of Major Superiors was formed in 1988 to represent women religious who belong to the institute. Sister Finnegan said the new group seeks "a permanent episcopal liaison so they can have better communication and understanding of living out of religious life according to 'Essential Elements,''' a 1983 Vatican document that called for "clarification and restatement" of "essential elements" applying to religious life. It underscored religious living in community, strong prayer life, wearing of religious garb, and adherence to the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience - including obedience to the pope and disapproval of religious holding civil power. Concerns of nuns wanting representation apart from LCWR were voiced at the Vatican in 1989 by Washington Cardinal James A. Hickey. Shortly afterwards, the Vatican named the cardinal for a three-year term as its liaison to nuns who do not belong to LCWR.

WITH THE expert aid of Dr. David Goodman of Fall River's Jewish community, members ofSt. Anne's Fellowship, associated with St. Anne's parish, Fall River, sponsored a seder supper for parishioners. The supper, similar to the Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples, is celebrated by Jews as part of the observance of the Passover festival. From left, Father John R. FoIster, pastor of St. Anne's; Joseph Capostagno, leader of the Fellowship; Dr. Goodman; Father Peter N. Graziano, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Church, Fall River, and longtime participant in Confluence, a weekly ecumenical radio program. (Gaudette photo)

LAST SATURDAY, April 11, the Anchor celebrated its 35th birthday. The three candles on our cake symbolize our exciting past, spanning the years leading up to and following the Second Vatican CounCil; our present, equally exciting on the diocesan level, as we await the coming of a new bishop; and our unknown future, for which the only given is that we will continue to follow Christ, symbolized by the chi rho logo within our Anchor A.

Hawaii's holy days cut back HONOLULU (CNS) - Besides Sundays, Hawaii's Catholics will celebrate only Christmas and Immaculate Conception as holy days of obligation, Bishop Jos路eph A. Ferrario of Honolulu has announced. With the dropping of the legal obligation for four other feasts, he asked his people to begin viewing those and other major feasts of the church as holy days of celebration. It is better to gather as the early Christians did before Mass obligation laws existed, out of "a deep conviction that no one could be a Christian without celebrating the Eucharist with the other believers," he said. He said his decision was based on Vatican approval of a request he made two years ago to let Hawaii follow the practice of dioceses in the South Pacific islands,

which are closer neighbors of Hawaii than is the U.S. mainland. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Pacific works under a Vatican-approved norm that each diocese may select its own holy days of obligation provided it retains Christmas and at least one of the major feasts of Mary. In early 1990, Bishop Ferrario said, after consultations with his priests' council he asked Vatican permission for his diocese to follow the .Pacific conference's rules instead of those governing U.S. dioceses. 路He stressed that removal of the Mass obligation for some feasts will not end their observance in the Honolulu diocese.

An Opinion "The fewer the facts. the stronger the opinion." - Arnold H. Glasow

EL PASO, Texas (CNS) - Of 25 Mexican martyrs that Pope John Paul II recently approved for beatification, one was a priest ordained in El Paso. No date has been set fOJ: the beatification ceremonies. Father Pedro de Jesus Maldonado Lucero, killed in Mexico's anti-clerIcal persecutions of 191737, was a priest of the Mexican Diocese of Chihuahua, now an archdiocese. He lived for a time as an expatriate in El Paso, was ordained there and said his first Mass there Feb. II, 1918, in St. Patrick's Cathedral. He was ordained in Texas because of the persecution going on in Mexico under the anti-clerical constitution of 1917. When Father Maldono was ready to be ordained, the bishop of Chihuahua was living in Mexico City, exiled from his home diocese. Exactly 19 years after his first Mass, Father Maldonado died in Chihuahua of wounds suffered when he was brutally attacked by government agents in his rural parish of General Trias. The Vatican recently announced that the pope, acting on recommendations from the Congregation for Saints' Causes, had declared 25 Mexicans and 51 Spaniards martyrs for the faith because they were killed in anti-Catholic persecutions earlier this century. Since they were declared martyrs, the verified miracle normally required for beatification is not needed. The Mexicans, 22 priests and three lay people, were killed between 1917 and 1937. Some of them, including Father Maldonado, are already revered as saints by local populations. He is the only one in the group from northern Mexico. The Spaniards, all Clarentine male religious, were killed in August 1936, during the Spanish civil war, by the leftist coalition government opposing Gen. Francisco Franco.

Special Gifts phase of Appeal to begin The Special Gifts phase of the 51 st annual Catholic Charities Appeal of the diocese of Fall River, begins Monday, April 20. At that time over 250 volunteer Special Gifts solicitors will make over 3000 visits to professional, fraternal, business and industrial organizations throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. The solicitors have been asked to serve by Msgr. He!lry T. Munroe, administrator of the diocese. Charles T. Rozak, 1992 lay chairperson for the Appeal, said, "I thank the Special Gifts volunteer solicitors on behalf of Msgr. Munroe for their willingness to assist in this phase of the Appeal. I ask that contacts be made promptly and that returns be made to area directors as soon as thev have been received. The final date of this phase is May 2."

Rev. Daniel L. Freitas, diocesan Appeal director, urged professional, fraternal, business and industrial'donors to increase their generosity in view of ever more serious needs, being mindful that the services provided by diocesan apostolates and ministries benefit all area residents directly or indirectly. The theme of this year's Appeal,

"BE AS GENEROUS AS GOD HAS BEEN TO YOU," echoes themes of the previous 50 Appeals, and calls on all to care and share their time and their possessions with sacrificial generosity to aid the many for whom one or another diocesan program may represent their only hope in difficult circumstances.

ST. VINCENT'S HOME, Fall River, is among diocesan agencies aided by the annual Catholic Charities Appeal. In this Anchor file photo, former Boston Celtics star M.L. Carr speaks to St. Vincent's youngsters on the role of self-esteem and self-confidence in fighting drug abuse.

DCCW convention plans finalized Final plans have been announced for the annual convention of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, to be held this year at St. Francis Xavier parish center, Hyannis, Saturday, April 25. Following registration and coffee from 8 to 8:45 a.m., at which time members will signify which of four workshops they will attend, a general session will convene at 9 a.m. DCCW president Mary Mikita will preside and Msgr. Henry T. Munroe, diocesan administrator, will be guest of honor. Keynote speaker Roberta Paradise, coordinator of youth ministry at Our Lady of Victory parish, Centerville, will have as her topic "Recognizing the Moments of J oy throughout Life." Her address will be followed by a business session and presentation by Msgr. Munroe of the annual Our Lady of Good Counsel awards, recognizing outstanding service by a member of a parish Council of Catholic Women in each of the five districts of the Diocesan Council. The convention Mass will be offered at 11:15a.m. inSt. Francis Xavier Church, with Msgr. Munroe as principal celebrant. Luncheon and a giftorama are scheduled for 12: 15 p.m. and workshops will take place from 2 to 3: 15 p.m., presented by DCCW commissions. Topics, speakers and sponsoring commissions are: • "Hospice of Cape Cod in the Community," Marilyn Hannus of Hospice of Cape Cod; Community Affairs Commission; • "Prayer, Is Anybody Listening, and Prayer as a Sustaining Relationship," Father Robert A. Oliveira, diocesan director of Continuing Formation of Clergy and Laity; Church Affairs Commission; • "AIDS, Motherhood and a Catholic Conscience," Dr. Gene. vieve Fitzpatrick; Family Affairs Commission; • "The Tragedy of Romania's Children:' Suzette Sears; International Affairs Commission.

Full of joy WASHINGTON (CNS) - Cardinal James A. Hickey of Washington said his greatest joy as a bishop. comes in ordaining priests and deacons and seeing the Catholic Church serve the poor, educate the young and protect the unborn. The cardinal, 7 I, made the comments at a Mass marking the 25th anniversary of his episcopal ordination. Ninety-three bishops, including four cardinals, gathered in the Crypt Church at the National Shrine ofthe Immaculate Conception for a Mass of Thanksgiving. "My heart is so full of joy," said Cardinal Hickey, reflecting on episcopal assignments that have led him from Saginaw, Mich., to the North American College in Rome, to Cleveland and finally to Washington.

NOTICE The Jan. 28 two-hour installation ceremony offormer Fall River Bishop Daniel A. Cronin as Ordinary of the. Hartford archdiocese will be cabIecast at 10 p.m. April 25 and 4 p.m. April 26 on the Eternal Word Television Network.

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FATHER RICHARD W. Beaulieu, pastor of St. Patrick's Church, Fall River, accepts a donation for the Fall River Community Soup Kitchen and. Market Ministries of New Bedford from Michael O'Shea, treasurer, and Lucia Piazza, president of the Catholic Student Organization at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. The students raised $760 through a campus-wide promotion offasting on Ash Wednesday. St. Patrick's parish grounds are among locations of the Fall River Community Soup Kitchen.

Holy Saturday Way of Cross planned in Wareham People in the Wareham area of Cape Cod are invited to participate in a two-mile Way of the Cross walk organized by Knights of Columbus of St. Patrick's parish in Wareham. Father Marc P. Tremblay, parochial vicar at St. Patrick's, said the walk will 'begin at ,9:30 'a.m.. HolySaturday;.ApriI18;from the front of St. Patrick's, and is ex-·

pected to last about an hour and a half. It will pause at 14 locations at which appropriate prayers will be recited. The locations will include area churches, an elderly housing complex and the Lighthouse Hospice Assn. Walkers will be sponsored and proceeds will go to the hospice. Father Tremblay said ·that further information is available at St. Patrick's rectory, 295-2411.

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of Mt. Carmel parish, Seekonk. Father William L. Boffa will be principal celebrant. A meal will follow in the church hall. At both events,Top Hat awards will·be made. Commemorating the fact that Ozanam wor.e a top hat, the customary attire of gentlemen of his day, the award goes to Vincentians outstanding for service and also to those giving notable assistance to the Society.

Church groups ask Roe reversal WASHINGTON (CNS) - In an unusual joint action, major Catholic, Baptist and Evangelical organizations have urged the Supreme Court to uphold Pennsylvania abortion restrictions. The U.S. Catholic Conference was joined in a friend-of-the-court brief by the Christian Life Commission ofthe f5.2-million-member Southern Baptist Convention and the National Association of Evangelicals, which represents 45,000 churches in 75 denominations, with a constituency of about 15 million people. The churches argued that the result of the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion has been to isolate pregnant women from aid and support and "to expose them to victimization by an abortion industry that masquerades as operating in their best interests, while in fact it seeks to avoid legitimate state regulation aimed at protecting health and safety."

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Vincentians to mark founder's birth Over 900 members of diocesan units of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. will commemorate the anniversary of their founder's birth on Ozanam Sunday, April26. Frederic Ozanam, who died in 1853 at age 40, was a lawyer and prominent Catholic thinker. Born in Italy, he pursued his career in France and at age 20 was one of a group of students who organized the St. Vincent de Paul Society, named for the French saint famous for his work among the poor. Ozanam Sunday has been designated as a time for Vincentians to pray for their families, the sick and afflicted, the works of the Society and more especially for Ozanam's beatification. The Society is an international' organization of laity who aid the needy on a person-to-person basis. In the United States, over 57,000 men and women are active members. In the Taunton area, Vincentians will attend 5 p.m. Mass on April 26 at St. Jacques parish, Taunton, with Msgr. John J. Oliveira as celebrant and concelebrants to include Father Daniel L. Freitas, diocesan director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Msgr. Thomas J. Harrington, pastor of St. Joseph's parish, Taunton, and Father Thomas E. Morrissey, pastor of the host parish. A meal at members' expense will follow at the parish hall. No Vincentian funds are used for such purposes.




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the路moori~ An Easter Hope The non-celebration of Easter is a sad commentary on our social mores. With the advent of Sunday sales, more and more people are simply unable to observe the Sabbath. We hear a great deal about declining church attendance and tend to conclude that people are losing interest in worship. But lack of religious responsibility should not be considered the sole reason for empty pews. It is rather easy for religious leaders to complain about a nebulous paganism as a reason for declining attendance, but churches in general should do more. than moan and groan about people absenting themselves from services. Too many have justified their own lack of interest and effort by a what'sthe-ust:-anyway attitude. Christian leaders and pastors should cease believing that there are features of our secular society and philosophy that are compatible with Christianity. One simply cannot modify or adapt such concepts in the hope of somehow communicating the Gospel message. At the same time, the churches should also realize that from earliest times there has existed the idea that divine revelation and human knowledge are fundamentally at odds and that a special holy language is required to express God's thoughts. That notion removes church leaders from the real world of their congregations. Too many leaders live in a never-never land of their own making, placing blame for their lack of influence on the pagan morals and ethics of the times. Such minds seem incapable of understanding the frightful positions into which many Christians of good will are forced by the economic realities that dominate their lives. Many Christians have indeed sold themselves to a golden calf; yet many more want to do the right thing. They really desire to follow the dictates oftheir conscience but are simply prisoners of the system. They can't go to church on weekends because they must work. Ifthey take time from the job or refuse a work schedule, they will be fired: a hard situation in our times of grave recession when many a family is simply trying to keep the wolf from the door. In a society motivated by greed, we have given up much that formerly held us together. Our capitulation to the lure of extra . profits via Sunday sales has for all intents and purposes made the mall our new church. Far too many people have been persuaded that this temple of idolatry is far more important than bringing the family to a Saturday evening or Sunday church service. In fact, such thinking has also influenced other patterns of home life. Fewer families today have specified times to be together. Sunday dinner is all too often replaced by the fast food lane; family gatherings are disappearing because family members are becoming strangers to one another; family values are being destroyed by personal selfishness. Our celebrations and our holidays have degenerated into interludes that suffer from the malaise of misplaced priorities. It's about time that all who still consider Easter an "alleluia" celebration of life translate that belief into living reality. In our efforts to accord this greatest of Christian celebrations its fitting significance, may we be motivated to see each Sunday as an Easter event. It might mean that we have to reorganize the lives in the pulpit as well as in the pew, but it must be done if we are not only to keep holy the Lord's day but also restore wholeness and holiness to ourselves and our society.

"The land that was desolate and impassable shall be glad....It shall bud forth and blossom."-Is.35:2

HIV in priests, religious is topic

ST. LOUIS (CNS) - About 125 priests and religious in leadership positions met recently in St. Louis to discuss how to deal realistically and compassionately with the presence of the human immunodeficiency virus and AIDS among priests and religious. After the closed meeting, Marianist Father Rodney DeMartini, executive director of the National Catholic AIDS Network, and Jesuit Father Jon Fuller, its president, told journalists that the conference was convened to help religious leaders understand issues to be faced when dealing with a priest or member of a religious order who has HIV. Sponsored by the network, the four-day conference had as its theme, "HIV / AIDS: Its Impact on Clergy and Religious." The network officials at the press briefing declined to speculate on how many priests or religious or how many conference participants have HIV. But they said the conference included a discussion of what it is like to live with HIV by a panel of five priests, religious and seminarians who have the disease. Father Fuller, who is also a physician and assistant director of the clinical AIDS program at Boston The Editor City Hospital, said other issues discussed included the need for stronger reflection on sexuality . and sexual development in priestly and religious formation. Conference participants included San Francisco Archbishop John OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER . R. Quinn, episcopal moderator of Published weekly by The Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River the network, and St. Louis Archbishop John L. May, who attended 887 Highland Avenue P.O. BOX 7 two sessions. Fall River, MA 02720 Fall River, MA 02722-0007 Father DeMartini said conferTelephone (508) 675-7151 ence participants hoped differences FAX (508) 675-7048 in sexuality would not be "divisive," but that people would "learn to understand and accept that diversity." GENERAL MANAGER EDITOR Father Fuller said each religious Rosemary Dussault Rev. John F. Moore order or diocese must make its ~ Leary Press-Fall RIver own decisions about screening can- . didates for HIV and whether to


accept a candidate who has the disease. He noted that each order would have to address the question in terms of its own traditions, mission, ministries and resources, and added that some communities might view applicants with HIVas having a special ministry. "The experience of being infected changes one's whole outlook ... and gives one access to other people who have other illnesses and handicaps," he said, also pointing out that with the rapid advances in understanding and treating the disease, many HIV patients may have years of productive, relatively healthy lives before they develop AIDS. Father Fuller commended those in the church who have recognized the HIV epidemic as a justice issue that calls for more education in the church and involvement by Catholics. Increasingly the disease is affecting women, with an "absolutely scandalous disproportionate representation among members of minority communities, so that 80 percent of women and children with AIDS come from communities of color," he said.

praye~BOX Prayer for Selection of a Bishop Lord God, you are our eternal...hepherd and guide. In your mercy grant your Church in the diocese of Fall R il'er a shepherd who will walk in your way.\路 and whose watchful care will bring u... your h1e.uing. Amen.

Barry Huff, a St. Louis native who until recently was preparing to become a Jesuit, said that as a hemophiliac he grew up with blood transfusions and was diagnosed with HIV six years ago. He now works as an artist and campus minister at Jesuit-run Spokane University in Washington. Talking about "denial" by religious authorities, he said that last year when he was a teacher at a Jesuit high school, his superiors refused to let him inform the school about his condition. "Ifit had been dealt with honestly, it could have been a gift for the students and the faculty," he said. Another panelist was Father John McGrann, a priest from the diocese of Spokane, Who founded and directs Kairos House, a San Francisco center for AIDS caregivers. He organized the center in 1988, shortly after he was diagnosed as HlV-positive. "In San Francisco we know people with AIDS," he said. "We know them as persons. We're better educated that AIDS is not easily contracted.... We've had to face the Gospel message" of love and compassion for one another. In many places, however, people still "have to live ill and keep it a secret and die, hoping no one finds out.... I guess at one time cancer was like that, too," he said. "My faith has become very simple," Father McGrann added. "God forgives me and I'm going to die and God has promised me in Jesus a new life." 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111I11111111111111111 TH E ANCHOR (USPS-545-Q20). Second Class Postage Paid at Fall River. Mass. Published weekly cxceptthe weck of July 4 and the week after Christmas at KK7 Highland Avenue. Fall River. Mass. 02720 by the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River. Subscription price by mail. postpaid $11.00 per ycar. Postmasters send address changes to The Anchor. P.O. Box 7. Fall River. MA 02722.

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The • risen Jesus Exodus 14:15-15:1 Romans 6:3-11 Luke 24:1-12 ldea/~l'.

nine Scripture passages should be read tonight. But because of space limitations. I will on~1' comment on three. The Easter Vigil, the most important of all Christian celebrations, seems to rely totally on the account found in our Gospel pericope. There we hear the familiar story of women going to the tomb at dawn to anoint Jesus' body. But before they could carry out their loving ritual, these startled disciples hear an amazing proclamation: "He is not here; he has been raised up!" Yet, because the story is so familiar, we probably no longer hear the words. If we read all four Gospel accounts at the same time, we have problems. They're contradictory! Every evangelist names different women. They go to the tomb at diverse times for various reasons. In each version who and what they find differs. The message they receive changes Gospel to Gospel; so do t~e events after they leave the tomb. If our faith relies solely on scriptural consistency, we're in trouble. Thankfully, we find the key to understanding our belief in Jesus' resurrection not in Luke's Gospel narrative, but in Paul's Romans pericope. We must remember that Gospels are relatively late in the chronology of early Christian writings. Paul was martyred almost 10 years before Mark, the first Gospel, was written. Considering how essential Jesus' rising is for all Christians, we are amazed that Paul only once, in I Corinthians 15, gives any "proof' for the event. And though he lists several of the Lord's post-resurrection appearances, he never discusses what happened at the tomb that morning. His reticence can only spring from his belief that what we find is far more important than what thel' found. Our faith in Jesus' death and resurrection is not based upon eyewitness testimony. It flows from our discovery of Jesus' dying and rising in our own lives. Though we need others to tell us about the thi'ngs the Lord experienced, we only acquire true Christian faith when we experience the same things. Listen carefully as Paul ex-

DAILY READINGS April 20: Acts 2:14,22-32; Ps 16:1-2,5,7-11; Mt28:8-15 April 21: Acts 2:36-41; Ps 33:4-5,18-20,22; In 20:11-18 April 22: Acts 3:1-10; Ps 105:1-4,6-9; lk 24:13-35 April 23: Acts 3:11-26; Ps 8:2,5-9; lk 24:35-48 April 24: Acts 4:1-12; Ps 118:1-2,4,22-27; In 21:1.14 April 25: Acts 4:13-21; Ps 118:1,14-21; Mk 16:9-15 April 26: Acts 5:12-16; Ps 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; Rv 1: 9-13,17-19; In 20:19-31

By FATHER ROGER KARBAN presses this reality: "Are you not aware," he writes, "that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Through' baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life. If we have been united with him through likeness to his death, so shall we be through a like resurrection." Our faith comes through a union with Jesus' actions in the present, not from a knowledge of what he did in the past. The feast of Passover is based on the same concept. Scholars are quick to remind us that tonight's Exodus passage contains the oldest lines in the entire Bible: "I will sing to Yahweh, for he is gloriously triumphant; horse and chariot he has cast into the sea." Yet the event the Sacred Author narrates is not remembered because of its age. Jews retold and retell it year after year because they experience Yahweh saving them year after year. Whether on the first anniversary of their escape through the sea, during the Roman occupation of the Holy Land, or even in Nazi concentnitiori camps, God's Chosen People have always proclaimed this story. The recounting should never create a longing for the good old days. Rather, it enables them to see how Yahweh frees them today. If we leave this most important Christian celebration wishing to

Take-out sermon RAPID CITY, S.D. (CNS) Customer orders from the outside speaker to the drive-up window at the Cleveland Street McDonald's in Rapid City kept breaking up late one Saturday afternoon. The problem was so bad assistant manager Carla Quasney called Chicago to try to pinpoint the problem. Finally, a young man in the drive-through line diagnosed the trouble: "It's the church," he said. Sure enough, the wireless microphone at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral two blocks away was beaming Father Richard Novotny's homily directly into the headsets at McDonald's. All orders for the next hour had to be taken by hand. One clerk remarked, "I'm not Catholic, but that was a good sermon." Another worker kept putting on the headsets. When Ms. Quasney asked why he was using the "broken" system, he responded, "I'm. Catholic. If I listen tonight maybe I won't have to go to Mass tomorrow." "It was kind of funny," Ms. Quasney said. "Maybe God's trying to tell us something. All we heard for an hour was church." The following Monday, she called the cathedral to ask for its frequency so McDonald's could adjust its system.




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have lived during Jesus' earthly ministry, to have been present at Golgatha, or to have walked to the tomb early that first Easter morning, we probably should have stayed at home.....and read all four empty tomb narratives. They differ one from another because those who composed them differed in the ways they experienced the risen Jesus. Only when we understand this will we feel compelled to write a fifth narrative: the story of our own experiences. The reason we gather on this night is to learn how to compose such a narrative.

Many plead for murderer's life LOS ANGELES (CNS) - E~r­ lier this month, Mother Teresa telephoned California Gov. Pete Wilson to ask him to spare the life of a man scheduled for execution April 21. The founder ofthe Missionaries of Charity asked Wilson, who supports capital punishment, to commute the death sentence of Robert Alton Harris to life imprisonment. Harris is scheduled to be executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin Prison for the 1978 murders of two teen-agers in San Diego. If his appeals fail, Harris would be the first person executed in California in 25 years. In Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony said he feared that if California resumes carrying out capital punishment, "the floodgates will open and many more will soon follow." In addition to Mother Teresa's phone call, pressure to commute Harris' sentence has come from Pax Christi USA and from San Francisco Archbishop John R. Quinn. Petitioners have asked that weight be given to information not presented at Harris' trial, including his history of being abused as a child and evidence that he suffers from the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome.


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A time for Easter, a rebirth of joy bo~h in Jesus' life; death on Good


"For everything there is a season ..." Throughout Lent I've been sharing thoughts on this passage from Ecclesiastes - what it meant when it was written and what it might mean in our lives today. One pair of "times" I didn't discuss was the opening verse: "a time to be born 'and a time to die." This holy week, we celebrate

when it happens." He has a lot of company, I suspect. Yet, in an age of longevity, where nearly 150 Americans reach the age of 100 weekly and age 70 is beginning to seem more like middle than old age, we find people longing for death and rebirth. They have accomplished their stint in this life and are ready for the next 'which promises peace, love, and rest from the aches, pains, and worries of life. For many, waiting for death, not death itself is the ultimate suffering.'

Freud once called it, explaining that all other fears stem from this one. Woody Allen expressed it this way, "It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there

For those of us who truly believe in resurrection and eternal life in God after death, leaving our human bodies to become one with God is appealing, even if we don't want it right now. The saints longed for

death because they so strongly believed in the resurrection promise. . T~at IS wh~t makes Easter so specIal. At ~ tIme .when the ea~th a~ound us IS co.mmg to new hfe WIth grass ~reentng from the d~ad brown ofwmter ~nd pokmg up and baby an~mals bemg bo~n, ~e, too, are remmded of a new hfe m Go~,. one .that our forebears couldn t Imagme. . . W~en we cel~brate. the JOY of Jesus resurrectlon thIS Sunday, let's take a mo~ent to envision our own resurrectIOn and our attitude toward it. St. Ignatius wrote~ "God became human so humans can become divine." If we want to become divine and believe that we can, then the fear of death loses its sting.

For all of us but particularly those whose lives have been painfully touched by death in the past few years, I offer the following p~em for ~eflection this week. A f~lend sen.t It to me after my brother ~Ied. It SImply but b.eautifully reIterates the resurrectlon promise. Stand not by my grave and weep. I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am a diamond glint of snow. I am the sun on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awake in morning hush.

I am the swift. uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the shining stars at night. Stand not by my grave and cry. I am not there '" I did not die. Author Unknown

The significance of the Easter Vigil


JOHN J. DIETZEN Q. The priests in our parish have been talking about the Easter Vigil. I realize it is a special time for the people in the RCIA (Rite for the Christian Initiation of Adults). I am 60, and all the time I was growing up and raising children we never even heard of the Easter Vigil. Why is it so important today if it wasn't then? (Missouri) A. Any Catholic born before about the 1950s grew up during a period when the church's Holy

Week liturgy had deteriorated almost beyond recognition. We are now beginning to get back to its real significance and presence in the liturgical life of the church. Easter was the earliest feast celebrated in the church, for obvious reasons. The main. often the only. celebration of this feast was during Holy Saturday night. the night of the resurrection, what we now know as the Easter Vigil liturgy. That night. with the lighting of the Easter candle and other lamps. the reading of the Bible stories of God's revelation of his love. the baptism of new Christians and celebration of the Eucharist. was the perfect way to enter the joy of Easter. All these elements are part of the Easter Vigil ceremonies. As you hint in your question. as time went on. and for a variety of

reasons. this and many other magnificent liturgical treasures of our church became all but totally lost. For the Easter Vigil. the absolute low point came during the past few hundred years. including the first half of this century. Partly because Masses were not allowed to be offered after noon. the entire glorious ritual of the Easter Vigil was compressed into an hour or two early Holy Saturday morning. I remember serving in my home parish at this ceremony several times when I was very young. I also remember feeling even at that time that something was missing. The priest recited all the Scripture readings. prayers and blessings by himself quietly in Latin and then celebrated a simple MasS. much like any other weeklJay Mass of the year. It was all over by 8: 15 in the

morning. and the congregation consisted of perhaps two or three people. With no exaggeration. this was a tragic caricature of what once was and now is gradually becoming once more the highest point of our Christian liturgy. the supreme act of worship of the liturgical cycle. Beginning some years before Vatican Council II, the church realized the time had come to restore the Holy Week liturgies. with the Easter Vigil as the top priority. Once again this celebration of our Lord's resurrection is taking its place as the central liturgy of the year. All others either lead up to it or are built upon it. Perhaps this helps to see that the Easter Vigil is not. as some people call it, Ii "Holy Saturday Mass." It is the Easter Mass and celebration par excellence.

At our rectory we are at once amused and saddened by people who ask. "Does the Easter Vigil Mass count for Easter Sunday?" The answer is that the Easter Vigil celebration is the first and main Eucharist of the entire Easter season. All others, including those on Easter Sunday morning, simply continue the celebration that begins on that holy night. I hope you take the opportunity to participate in that liturgy in your parish. You may begin to realize what the church was missing for too many centuries. A free brochure answering questions Catholics ask about funeral regulations and customs is available by sending a stamped selfaddressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Holy Trinity Parish, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, III. 61701. Questions for this column should be sent to the same address.

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Fnday and rebIrth on Easter Sunday. We also celebrate them in our own spiritual lives - death to the fear of death and rebirth to the joy of eternal life, first celebrated on that first Easter 2000 years ago. We've ~ecome so accepting of eternal hfe that we forget what ~he fear of death must ~ave bee!1 hke before J.esus and hIS promIse of eternal hfe. Fear of death is one of the most basic fears in life, "the only fear,"


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can recycle through their own network. Junk dealers usually take some materials. Locate dealers in your area, and find out what they buy. Aluminum cans are the most widely recycled items. Newspapers, tied in bundles or bagged in paper grocery sacks, are also widely accepted. Try to find outlets for tin cans, glass jars and bottles, cardboard, glossy paper including magazines, and catalogs, and recyclable plastic. Some dealers might take these items but will not pay you. for them. Another form of recycling is to deposit all vegetable waste in a

compost pile. You need not have a large yard or an expensive system to compost. Materials abound today to tell you how to do it. If you recycle all aluminum, tin, glass, plastic, cardboard, newspaper and glossy paper, and compost organic matter, you'll probably have less than one small trash can per week for city trash pickup. Dealers tell us that there is no recycling unless there is a market for the recycled products. Support recycling by looking for the recyclable symbol on plastic items and buying paper products made from recycled paper. Become involved at the commun-

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Cardinals remind columnist of Easter promise By ANTOINETTE BOSCO

I woke up this morning, as I have every day in the past 12 months, with atapping at my window. I opened my eyes and smiled as I looked at my two cardinals -I've named them Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal- and thought of Easter. I first saw my cardinal couple on Easter morning last year. I had been awakened by a tapping on my large bedroom window. Much !


to my surprise, the female cardinal, with a scarlet beak and shadings of scarlet on the underside of her gray wings, was flying rhythmically at my window, hitting it with her beak. Her mate, Mr. Cardinal, was sitting on a nearby tree branch. That Easter was a difficult day for me. My son Peter had died two weeks earlier and our family was having a special private prayer gathering that day with a priest who had been a dear friend of Peter's. Yet as I looked at the cardinals, I found myself smiling. I also found myself talking to my son, telling him that if he had sent the beautiful birds to cheer me, that was great. I thanked him. Then I pasted flower pictures on

At that moment I began runthe window, worried that Mrs. Cardinal might hurt her beak if ning ahead of my mother. I have never figured out why. About a she continued flying into it. block away I suddenly saw a religThe birds were not the only sign for me that Easter is not a once-a- ious goods store. And there in the year event but an ongoing promise window was a plaque of the image I had just "seen" a block away in oflife forever. On my wall I have a plaque of the Sacred Heart of _ my mind's eye. Jesus, now faded from being my When my mother reached me companion for 47 years. she seemed puzzled at my behavior. I had 50 cents. I went inside This plaque came to me in a strange way. I was about 15 and and persuaded the clerk to take my money as down payment until I accompanying my mother on a shopping trip during Lent of 1944. could earn the remaining two dolAt that time I had developed a lars to buy the plaque. On Easter very strong devotion to the Sacred Saturday I was able to finally Heart. I remember suddenly see- bring my prize home. It has remained with me ever since, liki: a ing a picture in my mind of Jesus, his heart exposed and his hand continuous Easter. outstretched, as if to reach someI could perhaps write a more one kneeling at his feet. profound piece about the glorious

meaning of Easter. After all, it is the event that gave us the earthshaking message that life endures beyond our physical deaths. Easter should be talked about in the most marvelous poetry that could be conceived. But this year I have few words, only intense feelings about Easter and its promise of how love and life triumph. I smile at my birds and I reflect on my image of the Sacred Heart, and I am moved. For I know clearly that these are very personal signs of God's love, given to me in a special way at Eastertime to get my attention in a way I will never forget.

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Why Christ died Dear Editor: During the Easter season, let us remember why our Lord died on the Cross for us. We Catholics are fortunate to have the sacrament of penance. It is the ordinary way for us to get our sins forgiven. This sacrament is a powerful help to get rid of our weaknesses, grow in holiness and lead a balanced life. Theresa Tousignant' New Bedford

The Judging I meanit! I'm washing my hands of this thing; These bearded provincials are ready to riot! So give them the choice of their Nazarene king Or thieving Barabbas. But, gods, keep them quiet.

When Caesar decided to send me from home To car~take the empire's affairs in Judea, I visioned political respite from Rome In palm'"Calming languor fOf many a year. My dreams shan't be spear-pricked by this Sanhedrin Of sandaled fanatics decrying Messiah; Nor crazy disciples atoning for sin; Let them vox pop for the one they . t' Th e trut h 0 f t he matter IS no lOme .• j

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I felt it was important to see the dew on a daisy's petals before this flower goes. I ran like a child from flower tei flower, studying each shape and color found in the daisies, the sunflowers and the wild tiger lilies. The quiet of the morning was broken only by a chorus of singing birds. God's promise to make all things new was very clear'to me. I knew in my heart he would keep his promise to us, even as we proceed to destroy Qur planet; For the present, though,I was content with running from flower to flower, observing what I had taken for granted all these years. It was something I needed to do for myself, lest I forget what a daisy looks like, before this flower goes. Mrs. Jeanne M. Gagne Fall River

April showers benefit babies DETROIT (CNS) - Seventeen simultaneous baby showers in the Detroit archdiocese collected truckloads of clothing and furniture and hundreds of dollars in donations for area crisis pregnancy centers and pro-life agencies. Contributions were "double what we have been given before," when similar showers were held, said Diane Trombley of Detroit's Right to Lifespan. Coincidentally, the showers were held the same date as a Washington abortion-rights rally that drew 500,000 people. But the showers




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HESTER TRIBBLE, once homeless, pictured with a grandchild, turned her life around with the help of an adult education program at the former Sacred Heart College,· Belmont, NC. Now a social worker, she has leased a vacant dormitory building at her alma mater for $1 a year and hopes to establish a 140bed transitional facility for homeless women and children. (CNS photo)


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No Cure

April 18 1935, Rev. Hugh B. ,Harrold, Pastor, St. Mary, Mansfield 1956, Rt: Rev. John F: McKeon, P.R., Pastor, St. Lawrence, New Bedford 1984, Rev. Joao Vieira Resendes, Retired, Pastor; Espirito Santo, Fall River 1985, Rev. Wilfred C. Boulanger; MS., LaSalette Shrine April 19 1975. Rev. Msgr. Leo J. Duart. Pastor, St. Peter the Apostle. Provincetown 1990, Rev. Daniel E. Carey. Chaplain, Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River April 20 1954. Rev. Edward F. Coyle. S.S., St. Mary Seminary. Baltimore, Maryland 1970, Rev. James E. O'Reilly, Pastor Emeritus. Mt. Carmel. Seekonk April 22 1910, Rev. James L. Smith. Pastor, Sacred Heart, I aunton 1954, Rev. Thomas F. Fitzgerald, Pastor. St. Mary, Nant\l.cket

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lot, would permit a mentally competent adult diagnosed as terminally ill to write a revocable directive authorizing a doctor to terminate his or her life in a "painless, humane and dignified manner." It would protect physicians, health professionals and facilities from liability for following the provisions of such a directive.

The North American Conference of Separated and Divorced Catholics (NACSDC) plans a prayer day June 6 and an international conference in July. The prayer day, themed "Believing and Belonging - A Day of Spirituality and Unity," will be observed byNACSDC's New England Region witha 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. program at Newport County CYO Center, Portsmouth, RI. Included will be quiet reflection, small group sharing, presentations and a liturgy. Registration is recommended by May 29, though later registrations and walk-ins will be accepted. Registration for the event and for the international conference is being coordinated by Dorothy J. Levesque. . .exeGUtiw . direetor -of NACS DC and director of the Ministry with Separated, Divorced, Remarried and Widowed Persons ofthe Providence diocese, at 80 St. Mary's Drive, Cranston, RI02920, tel. (401) 943-7903.

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"And thou shouldst have one to comfort thy soul, and cherish thy old age." Ruth 4:15



Holy Saturday has got to be the bleakest day in the whole Church year. In the middle of the Easter Triduum, no Mass is said, no service offered; the church is bare. It wasn't always so. As an altarboy at old Ascension, I sometimes took part in a Saturday morning ceremony attended by no one except one priest and several servers. It was eerie, mostly walking around, reciting ancient prayers and blessing objects like holy water fonts. No Eucharist is offered on Good Friday, either, but there is an evening communion service commemorating Our Lord's death and burial. A goodly crowd attends, seeking to-Wind-llp hnl_iILl()Jn b~rritc:s marking this darkest day in the Church year. Daily Mass attendance rises during Lent, but many Catholics attend year-round. Most of us who try to get to Mass daily are retirees, senior citizens, or both. We have the time. My mother went to daily Mass at the Ascension when her children grew up and she lived close enough to walle She kept at it until she was mugged going home from Mass late one afternoon in her changing neighborhood, and she died a month later.



Not all daily communicants are old folks, however. I've known many across the years, but two stand out because of long daily Mass attendance despite demanding public lives. Michael J. Galvin of St. Paul, MN, is91. The former judge, state senator and railroad lobbyist has attended daily Mass for close to 65 years. "I thought it was an important way to renew myself," Galvin said, "and a great way to start the day... I began when I got married in 1928. I was grateful to the Lord for letting me become a lawyer.... I didn't promise (Him] anything. 1 just kept going." . . When senior federal district Judge EdwardJ. Devitt of Minnesota died last month at age 80, he had gone to daily Mass for more than 30 years. The former congressman and World War II hero told why in a very public way. In 1961 he wrote "Ten Commandments for the New Judge," which was widely reprinted~ No. 10 was simple: "Pray for divine guidance." He explained that "if you believe in a Supreme Being, you should pray to Him for guidance, Judges need that help more than anyone else."

BERNARD CASSERLY An early riser, Devitt favored 6:45 a.m. Mass at a tiny downtown church. Though retired, he presided over major trials such as last year's conviction of the Georgia bomber who killed a federal judge and civil rights attorney. Like many aging seniors, Michael Galvin entered a retirement home where his wife had lived for several years. Since the first of the year he has been limited to the four Masses a week offered at the home. -----On the other days he can find daily Mass on Mother Angelica's Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), which airs three Masses daily. . TV Masses are a godsend for shut-ins, though they do not fulfill the Sunday obligation, of course. But witnessing the Holy Sacrifice on TV on Sunday or weekdays can be a source of personal prayer and divine inspiration. You can't receive holy communion, naturally. On the other hand, there's no collection.

Author seeks to make saints, not rock stars, children's heroes ,


When Claire Jordan Mohan was substitute teaching, she ~sked her

"So I wrote one, which is still unRu~lish.ed.~. . ::---l1filt1ftH"hl-ggrr<alC:dlee~rs8--t'toO--JwN:rniute~abIlQouutL'..lth!!!e~iLr_---.!Thaf ihitlil. stcLwasa conheroes. She was dismayed when fidence-buiider for Mrs. Mohan, the parochial school students chose who wrote her next book about sports figures and rock stars. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. "I had always been inspired by But to her delight, one young girl picked Madonna. her and had collected a file of "In my naivete, I thought she information about her," she said. meant Mary, the Blessed Mother," "Mother Teresa did not want books said Mrs. Mohan. "Later, when I written about her while she was was reading their papers at home, still living, so it wasn't easy to get I realized her heroine was the pop- facts. I used newspaper articles, ular singer. That's when I decided library books and a Reader's Diyoung people really need Chris- gest article written by her brother." tian heroes." When they were unsuccessful in A mother of five and grand- finding a publisher for "Mother mother of II, Mrs. Mohan has Teresa's Someday," Mrs. Mohan since translated her dream into and her husband decided to pubfour books in a children's heroes !ish it themselves. That was the series. beginning of Young Sparrow Press Her latest publication, "I(aze's of Worcester,Pa., and "also the True Home," tells the story of beginning of a lot of learning" for Casimira Kaupas, a 19th-century the author. Lithuanian who founded the SisMrs. Mohan has an office in her ters of St. Casimir. It describes Lansdale home and does a lot of times far removed from televisions, writing during weekend retreats to phones and airplanes and tells of a a home in the Pocono Mountains. young girl who churned butter, Two thousand copies of the tended sheep and followed her star Mother Teresa boo~ were printed of faith to America. such a story hold appeal PRA YER PALS: Second-graders at St. Mary's parish, forDoes today's children? Mrs. Mohan, Fairhaven, visited nearby Our Lady's Haven nursing home who has taught fifth grade at Visrecently to meet their prayer pals. The pals exchanged handitation B.V.M. School in Norristown, Pa., for eight years, believes made, heart-shaped pins with their names and photos to symthat "students like to see people bolize the prayers for one another that will be said as the who have done great things as children prepare for their first communion. They will then children, but most books about return for Mass with,their Haven resident pals. heroes and saints don't take this Pictured: (top) resident Catherine Melia and pals Robert approach." "I try to weave common childFernandes (in back), Crystal Lagasse, Kristen Dion and hood concerns such as homesickBethany Manzone. ness, a family member's illness and Center: Theresa Fernandes, Elizabeth Owen and Shawna difficult decisions into my stories," Cordeiro with Mrs. Louise Couture. she said. "Each one conveys an Bottom: Danielle Tanque and her special prayer pal, greatimportant value, so that children learn about kindness without regrandmother Lillian Lemarie. alizing it." Mrs. Mohan started writing





decided to tell the children about a saint, the Indian girl Kateri Tekakwitha, but couldn't find a book I

f them have been sold. Distribution is by mail order to parochial schools or on foot to CathOlic and Christian'b'6okStores 111 the Philadelphia alea. Mrs. Mohan's next book was "A Red Rose for Frania," about Frances Siedliska, who founded the Sisters of the Holy Family. The author accompanied a group of Sisters of the Holy Family to Rome in 1989 to attend the beatification of their foundress. "My latest book picked me," Mrs. Mohan said. "The Sisters of St. Casimir saw my other publicatons and asked me to write about their foundress." She is especially pleased that "Kaze's True Home" is being translated into Spanishand Lithuanian. "The sisters plan to send copies to their mission in Argentina and to Lithuania, where there has been a real scarcity of paper and books in the native language."

Forbidden Fruit "While forbidden fruit is said to taste ~weeter, it usually spoils faster."-Abigail Van Buren

Medjugorje near bomb targets ROME (CNS) - Yugoslavian air force jets bombed targets near the Marian sanctuary of Medjugorje, sending pilgrims dashing for cover in the church basement, Italian press reports said. The attacks came during worsened ethnic violence in BosniaHerzegovina, a republic that had escaped much of the earlier fighting during the break-up of the Yugoslav federation. On April 7, air force planes bombed armaments factories in Citluk and Siroki Brijeg, reportedly killing several people. Both towns are near the village of Medjugorje, the controversial site of alleged Marian apparitions since 1981. April 7 was reported the first day in the history of the Medjugorje parish of St. James that Mass was not said in the church. The celebration took place instead in the rectory basement, pressed into service as an air raid shelter. Members of the group of reported Medjugorje visionaries, local pastors and others have appealed for humanitarian aid and political persuasion to end the fighting. In a fax from St. James Church, they said that the town is "seriously endangered." Approximately 100,000 Yugoslavian soldiers are in embattled Bosnia-Herzegovina, they said. Ethnic Serbians have declared their own state within the republic. The Italian newspaper La Stampa reported from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, that the attacks did not damage Medjugorje or the sanctuary. But when six bombs fell nearby, it said, scores of pilgrims, including many from the United States and Great Britain, were forced to take shelter in the basement of the St. James Church, where they were attending Mass. Since that time, pilgrims have been evacuated and it has been suggested that planned pilgrimages be delayed.

Pastoral Spanish program available NEWBURGH, N.Y. (CNS) A priest in the archdiocese of New York has developed a do-it-yourself language program in pastoral Spanish for clergy, religious and laity. Father Romuald P. Zantua, former chancellor of the Philippines diocese of Daet, says the package of two books and 12 hours of tapes emphasizing pronunciation is equivalent to two years of intensive language study. It includes 1,200 vocabulary words and homilies for major feasts, baptisms, weddings, the hearing of confessions and funerals. "The program allows people to advance at their own pace," he said. Father Zantua chose feasts to be included after consultation with his parishioners, who include immigrants from 13 Central and South American nations. "We asked them what feasts or events meant the most to them," he said. Chosen were Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Easter, Christmas Eve, New Year's Day and various sacramental celebrations. Further information on the program is available from Father Zantua at St. Patrick's Parish, 55 Grand Street, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.

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Covenant House plans social services NEW ORLEANS (CNS) - Covenant House plans by the end of summer to open a new community service center a few blocks from its New Orleans center to focus on social problems of teenage runaways. Sister Mary Rose McGeady, a Daughter of Charity and president of Covenant House said homeless teens have only a 3 percent chance of making it to adulthood without major intervention. "We want to reinforce education as the ladder to success," she

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Bishops expect criticism on women's pastoral WASHINGTON (CNS) - "If you're looking for something to criticize in this document, you'll find it," said Bishop Joseph L. Imesch of J otiet, Ill. He was referring to the third draft of the U.S. bishops' pastoral letter on women's concerns, released April 9. Bishop ImesQh knows well what criticisms the document faces: For eight years he has headed the bishops' committee struggling to write the pastoral, a document which is in close contention with the bishops' peace and economic pastorals as most controversial in the past decade. In a world in which millions of people still don't think of sexism as a problem, the proposed women's pastoral says it's not just a problem, it's a "sin." In a world in which many who do call sexism a sin would also say it is sexist for the church to exclude women from ordained ministry, the pastoral continues to support the church's "unbroken tradition" of "calling only men to ordained priesthood." In a U.S. Catholic society that has overwhelmingly ignored or rejected church teaching against artificial contraception, the pastoral recommends natural family planning as the approach for "couples who for serious reasons wish to postpone a new birth." Amid the passionately debated issues of women's roles in U.S. society and in the Catholic Church today, it seems unlikely that the bishops could have written any document on the topic without arousing everyone's anger on one issue or another. Yet the new draft is out there now, with 20,000 words of potential controversy - and apparently is finally headed for a vote. The U.S. bishops are to discuss it at a national meeting in June at the University of Notre Dame. Then when they convene again in Washington this November they are supposed to vote on it.

The document firmly denounces sexism and pronounces women's equality. But it declares that "the equality of men and women as persons is best served not by disregarding sexual difference but by taking this gift and reality into accouri{" . Among concerns the document addresses are: - Male-female relationships and the consequences of sexism in personal and family life. - Problems of societal discrimination against women, ranging from economic and career disadvantages to special problems such as the double obstacles faced by single mothers and women of racial and ethnic minorities. - The need for the church to advance women's church roles in all areas open to them and to combat sexist attitudes among Catholics through preaching and education. - Violence against women so widespread that "one woman in four will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime." - Pervasive.sexual exploitation of-women, ranging from prostitution and pornography to the exploitation of women in entertainment and advertising. In its conclusion the document calls for the establishment of commissions on women in church and society in every U.S. diocese. It sets out a 25-point education and action program for the U.S. Catholic Church; the commissions would work to implement the program at the parish and diocesa::1 level. The new document is titled "Called to Be One in ChristJesus." The significance of the title is easily missed unless one checks the biblical reference given on the next line - GaI3:28. That is the famous passage in which St. Paul tells the Galatians that among Christ's followers "there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus."


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Deliver was magic word for young Coloradans at papal Mass VATICAN CITY (CNS) Xochitl Ruiz, biting her nails nervously, didn't understand a word of Pope John Paul II's Italianlanguage speech - until he pronounced the magic word, "Denver." The 17-year.old Colorado high school student jumped halfway out of her plastic chair, hugged her friend and cried in a sharp whisper: "Yes!" It meant her city would host the pope and tens of thousands' of youngpeopleforthe World Youth Day rally in August 1993. "I'm happy. I'm surprised. I want to be on the planning committee. I want to work as hard as I can so everything turns out perfect," Miss Ruiz said in a burst of excitement. In the next seat, MinneapolisSt. Paul's Timothy Teuber smiled gamely and offered her a congratulatory handshake. And a dispirited Teresa Muniz of Buffalo, N.Y., kept a stiff upper lip: "We knew it could only be one out of three cities. But it's in the United States, and that's what counts." For the group of 12 young Americans, the pope's declaration at a Palm Sunday Mass April 12 was the moment of truth after months of lobbying and praying for their respective cities, the finalists in the search for the youth day site. But the young people were more than spectators at a papal announcement. During their six-day trip to Rome, they brought a distinctly American style that left an impression at the Vatican of multiracial teamwork, an activist faith and a willingness to rock the boat. World Youth Day '93 will likely be very similar. ,A smiling David Corral, a Native American from Denver, did highfives in the sunshine as the group sat beneath a cross in St. Peter's Square following the papal Mass. The day before, Corral caused a minicontroversy when, in a ceremonial meeting with officials of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, he said that the Vatican Library owned a rare Aztec book and "we'd like it back." "Since our language and names were replaced by European language and names, we'd at least like

to have our culture back," he said. Corral traces his ancestry to Mexico and believes the book belongs there. As startled officials sat in silence, council president Cardinal Eduardo Pironio gently suggested that the youth furnish the name of the volume and promised he would "look into it." "I hope so," replied Corral. "If the pope is truly concerned about the truth and our nation he will consider this seriously." Corral, 21, a student who is active in a Chicano cultural group, said afterward he thought the church needs to take a more critical look at its role in the conquest of the Americas. The papal visit, he said, will ~e "a good place for a protest" and an opportunity for the pope to clarify the church's position. The· Vatican Library, in fact, owns two Aztec manuscripts of only three in the world. The Codex Borgia is the more impressive of

the two volumes: a 14th-century theological treatise on the Aztec god Tonalpohualli, the seasons, the planets and the calendar. The Vatican Library prefect, Dominican Father Leonard Boyle, noted that Pope John Paul did, in fact, giye a precious 16th-century manuscript to the Mexican people during his last trip to there in 1990. But one high Vatican official said: "That was a gift. We never speak of restitution." Corral's appeal was a surprise to' the rest ofthe delegation, and they worried that too much would be made of the episode. Some even wondered whether heavily favored Denver might be scratched off the top of the list. For most of the Americans, the high points of the week were participation in a noisy papal meeting with Italian youths, the Palm Sunday ceremonies and Mass in the pope's private chapel. Teuber, 22, a youth minister in a Minnesota parish, was impressed

when the pope set aside his planned speech to young Italians and extemporized for 20 minutes. Overall, he said, European young people seemed more familiar with the Polish-born pope than the U.S. contingent. "A lot of people in the States would see him as conservative. But I think when they see the love he has for young people, that may change," he said. Buffalo student Amy Robinson said she glimpsed an unexpected side of the pope when "he broke with protocol and gave the kids a hug and a kiss after they spoke." Amelia Uelman, 23, a law student at Georgetown University active in the F ocolare movement, feels the pope's sincere interest in youth will probably win over a lot of people. "I think the pope senses that we're at a point in our lives where we're open to the radicality of the Gospel," she said. Denver's Miss Ruiz said she


DENVER ARCHBISHOP J. Francis Stafford reflects the frontier ambience of his Rocky Mountain archdiocese as he prepares to visit a rural parish courtesy of H~mrilerhead,his steed. Denver will be the site of World Youth Day 1993, a biennial event convened by the pope. (eNS photo)

hopes the visit will bring back young adults who are "leaving the church because they feel they're not welcome, or have no business there." "When the pope visits, it will make young people think: 'Hey, he's coming to see me,' and maybe this will convince them to become part of the church again," she said. The U.S. group included AsianAmericans, African-Americans, Hispanics and a Native American, as well as young people of European descent. They encountered unexpected media attention in the days leading up to the pope's announcement, when reporters frantically tried to discover which city would be chosen. When a monsignor of the laity council remarked to Miss Ruiz, "See you in Denver," she mentioned it to a reporter, who decided the cat was out of the bag and quoted her. Thus began a round-the-clock onslaught of intercontinental phone calls for the young Denver woman, who realized the monsignor might have meant any number of things. "I'm sick of talking about it," she told caIlers. A few days later, saying goodbye after practice for the Palm Sunday Mass, the papal master of ceremonies said offhandedly, "See you in Denver." Miss Ruiz simply rolled her eyes and stifled a laugh. After the announcement was made in St. Peter's Square the next day, the young people rushed over to greet a flag-waving American contingent in the front rows and shouted: "See you in Denver!" The phrase had become the unofficial slogan for youth day '93. "We should definitely put it on a T-shirt," said a youth. Father Dennis Schnurr, an assistant general secretary of the U.S. Catholic Conference who accompanied the youths to Rome, summed up their spirit when he told the laity council: "This is not a bashful group." A smiling council official, Guzman Carriquiry, said it was better that way. "I hope all the young people who come to Denver have this kind of enthusiasm," he said.

Scala Santa attract devout, especially in Lent VATICAN CITY (CNS) - On a rainy day late in Lent, an Italian women tried to explain to some teen-age tourists the spiritual benefits of quietly climbing the "Scala Santa" [Holy Stairs] on their knees, When it was clear the giggling youths didn't understand her, the woman made a sign of the cross and left the building, which is formally called the Sanctuary of the Passion. According to tradition, the shrine's 28 marble steps were climbed by Jesus when Pontius Pilate brought him before the crowd on Good Friday and handed him over to be crucified. "Some Romans don't know where St. Peter's is, but they all know the Scala Santa," said Father Carlo Fioravanti, superior of the Passionist community that cares for the ~hrine. Roman parishes organize Lenten visits to the Scala Santa where the faithful pray, perform the penitential act of ascending the ~tairs on their knees, often receive the sacrament of penance, then attend Mass. The shrine also is a common

stop for foreign pilgrims on their way to or from the Basilica of St. John Lateran, across the street. Legend credits St. Helen, mother of the Emperor Constantine, with bringing the stairs and many other relics from Jerusalem to Rome in 326. Even with skeptical tourists stopping by and with giggling youngsters testing their balance by trying to kneel their way up stairs without using their hands, a solemn atmosphere prevails at the shrine, where at least one confessional is staffed from 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. every day. The steps, given a protective wooden covering in the 1700s, ascend to the Santa Sanctorum, the private papal chapel during the Middle Ages. The chapel takes its name from the Latin inscription above the altar: "There is no holier place in all the world." Father Fioravanti said the chapel was not only a private place of prayer for popes in the eighth through 13th centuries, but it housed a number ofrelics from the Holy' Land and some remains of early Roman martyrs.

Most of the relics and other treasures were transferred to the Vatican in 1905. But one object of Roman affection remains and is one of the few things visitors can see from the grill-covered windows that are their only current way of viewing the chapel interior. The object is a silver- and jewel-covered picture of Christ that was carried in papal processions through Rome as early as 756, when Pope Stephen II led prayers asking God to save the city from the Lombard invasion. For centuries the Byzantine image, described as "acheiropoieton," meaning not painted by human hands, was venerated by citizens pleading for deliverance from natural and human-made disasters. The chapel, the stairs and a

mosaic on the outside of the building are all that remain of the Lateran "patriarchium," the site of the papal residence and central church offices from the fourth to the early 14th centuries, when the popes fled toAvignon, France, there to remain until 1377. In the late 1500s, the three elements were incorporated into one building, which has become a rare preserve of early medieval art and artifacts in a city that offers a feast of the renaissance and baroque. Father Fioravanti said it is certain that the stairs were not manufactured in Western city; they are made of marble found only in the East. He also said it is fairly certain that St. Helen brought them to Rome from Palestine. "Are they the stairs which Jesus climbed? We can't say, but from the early Middle Ages pilgrims have ascended them on their knees in a penitential act." the priest said. When the stairs were placed in their current position leading up to the Santa Sanctorum in 1589, they were carried at night in a candlelight procession and were laid

from top to bottom so workers could install them without stepping on them. "The medieval concept of a relic was different from ours," Father Fioravanti said. "We say it is a relic if it is certain that it belonged to or was touched by a holy person. Otherwise, it has no value. "But back then, a relic was a symbol that brought to mind Jesus, Mary or a saint," he said. The stairs are lined with frescoes of familiar Holy Week scenes, including the Last Supper, the washing of feet and the crucifixion. After Easter, workers will move into the old papal chapel to begin restoration and a bit of detective work. Father Fioravanti said the stairs will be open to pilgrims during the chapel restoration. He also hopes that once the work is done, pilgrims will again be allowed into the chapel to pray. During an exceptional private tour, he pointed to dips in the marble around the altar. "Do you know how many thousands of pilgrims had to pass here, pray here, to leave those marks?"

THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Apr. 17, 1992


Vatican urges dioceses to use media better


CARDINAL LAW blesses the oils of the sick, catechumens and chrism at the Chrism Mass Tuesday. (Hickey photo)

Cardinal Law celebrates Continued from Page One All present were greeted with prolonged applause. Cardinal's Homily Cardinal Law's homily focused on the second reading of the Mass, taken from the Book of Revelation. The oils blessed at the Mass, he said, "remind us that Jesus Christ is the faithful witness of the Father's love in his saving death on the cross and a faithful witness to the union of love that is the triune God. "The healing strength of the oils," he said, "speaks to us of the love of Christ." Asking for prayer for priests, the cardinal pointed out that they "serve God's holy people preeminentlyat God's holy altar." At the close of the liturgy, the cardinal had special words of praise for "the magnificent choir," composed of the Cathedral Choir, directed by Madeline Grace and the Diocesan Choir, directed by Father David A. Costa. The organist was Larry Poulin and the cantor was Elaine Nadeau. Press Conference At a brief press conference following the Mass, the cardinal was asked what he hoped his legacy might be. "I hope to be remembered as a bishop who tried to be a good and holy pastor," he responded, adding "If I leave one-hundredth of the legacy of Cardinal Medeiros, I will be satisfied." Asked for reactions to the justissued third draft of the U.S. bishops' proposed pastoral letter on women's concerns, the cardinal admitted he had not had time to

read it, but "I'll read it by Jl.\ne," he declared. At that time the bishops will meet at the University of Notre Dame and will discuss the draft, expected to be voted on in November. Noting that the lengthy Fall River Mass was his second of the day and was only part of his busy schedule, he was asked the secret of his energy. "I try to focus on the Lord," he responded, then added, "I think it's partly good genes!" New Auxiliaries The new Boston auxiliary bishops, announced in Boston by Cardinal Law after the official announcement in Washington by Apostoiic Pro-Nuncio Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, are Father John P. Boles, pastor of St. Paul Church in Cambridge and Chllplain of the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Center, and Msgr. John R. McNamara, pastor ofSt. Brigid Church in South Boston and a decorated retired admiral. Their episcopal ordinations will be May 21 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. Asked at the Fall River press conference about the good fortune of Boston in being assigned two new auxiliary bishops at a time when requests from other U.S. dioceses have been denied, the cardinal pointed out that they were filling slots vacant for more than a year. The 2,500 square mile archdiocese serves 1.9 million Catholics in over 400 parishes. Bishop-designate Boles, 62, was born in Boston and attended Boston College High School and St.

John Seminary School of Theology, earning advanced degrees in guidance and counseling and education from Boston College. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1955. Among his assignments have been a post as parochial vicar at St. Edward's Parish in Medfield and as a teacher at St. Sebastian's School, where he later was headmaster. He was appointed in 1971 as director of education for the archdiocese. In addition to his work at St. Paul Parish and the Harvard-Radcliffe Center, he is a member ofthe archdiocesan Priests Personnel Board and was named episcopal vicar for the Boston region in 1987. He will be central regional bishop. Bishop-designate McNamara, 64, a native of Worcester, attended St. John High School, Holy Cross College in Worcester, St. John Seminary College and St. John Major Seminary, both in Boston. He was ordained a priest in 1952 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1988. He became Chief of Chaplains and retired with the rank of rear admiral. Bishop-designate McNamara was named a prelate of honor to Pope John Paul II in 1985. In 1988 he returned to the archdiocese and became pastor of St. Brigid parish in South Boston. He will be regional bishop for the Merrimack region.

DA YTON, Ohio(CNS) - Vatican officials are urging Catholic dioceses to develop pastoral communication plans and to learn to use communication technologies that are on the cutting edge, according to a nun who helped draft a recent Vatican document on media. The Vatican message comes at a time when the recession has caused many dioceses to cut funding for their communication offices or lay ofrstaff. Those cutbacks trouble Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, president of Unda-USA, the national organization of Catholic communicators, and executive director of the University of Dayton's Center for Religious Telecommunications. Sister Zukowski, a member of the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart, helped write the church's pastoral instruction on social communications, released in March by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the media policy arm of the Vatican. Titled "Aetatis Novae," from the Latin "at the dawn of a new era," the document includes practical guidelines for pastoral planning in communications and is designed as a supplement to "Communio et Progressio," the 1972 pastoral instruction on social communications. "My fear is that the Catholic Church will wake up at 'the dawn of a new era' in the 21 st century and realize it can't speak the language of the new culture because it doesn't know it," Sister Zukowski said. Catholic leaders are beginning to realize the power of the media and its impact upon culture, but very few dioceses have a communication plan and few seminaries

and ministry formation programs in the country offer courses in communication, Sister Zukowski noted. She added that the University of Dayton is the only Catholic university in the country with a ce'nter for the study of religious telecommunications. Sister Zukowski suggests that dioceses develop' an "integrated" pastoral communication plan that "weaves itself in all ministries of the church." Even in tough economic times, she said, dioceses can develop more cost-effective communication strategies by planning, budgeting and consolidating communication efforts. The Catholic Church in Third World countries has embraced alternative media, Sister Zukowski said, with the emergence of more than 400 radio stations in Latin America, the development of a computer network among Latin American episcopal conferences and the use of videocassettes among groups in villages and towns. "They want to understand the media culture because they want a voice. They keep finding creative ways to realize their mission," she said. .

Mother's Day gifts SAN ANTONIO (CNS) - San Antonio's Catholic bishops have joined religious leaders of other denominations in urging that illegal handguns be turned in to the city during the week before Mother's 'Day, May 10. They said Mother's Day will be a special day of prayer for the family and for an end to violence in society. The actions came after a three-week city campaign for turning in illegal weapons netted only 20 guns.

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Apr. 17, 1992

By Charlie Martin

WHAT BECOMES OF.THE BROKENHEARTED? By Tom Lennon Rush, rush, rush! Write that book report.. .. Get to the teen club meeting.... Iron those blouses.... Go to the basketball game.... Call your boyfriend Hurry to your parttime job Study for the exam.... and on and on. Is your life a fast-moving treadmill that never seems to slow down? Does it seem like you don't have time even to catch your breath? Then you might want to pause and look at, of all things, one of the laws of your church. Consider this as the church of Christ trying to come to your rescue. Here are the exact words found in the Code of Canon Law: "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass; they are also to abstain from those labors and business concerns which impede the worship to be rendered to God, the joy which is proper to the Lord's Day or the proper relaxation of mind and body" (Canon 1247). These words are like those of a popular song of the 1960s that urged "slow down, you're moving too fast!" And most teens know that they're not the only ones who rush, rush, rush. So do their moms and dads and countless other adults. All of us need to slow down occasionally, and the church asks us to do so on Sundays insofar as we can. Take a break, it says. Rest your body and spirit at least every seventh day. Give yourself some Sunday Rand R (rest and relaxation).

About a century ago Pope Leo XIII had this to say about the Sunday break: "Rest from labor is not mere idleness, or an occasion for spending money, for excessive pleasure; it should be rest from labor consecrated by religion." But is all this merely idealistic, far moved from the practicalities of life? That question, plus the others that follow, is designed for discussion by you, your family or friends, and perhaps your religion class. What should the proper celebration ofthe Lord's Day be in the 1990s? Here goes. How might you use Sunday to strengthen family ties? Is it really all to the best to d'o on Sunday an hour's worth of work that could have been done at another time? What do you think of watching six hours of sports on Sunday? Why do you think Pope Leo XIII seemed to frown on "mere idleness"? What could take the place of idleness? What does it mean to rest? End of questions. Time now for you, your family, friends, and classmates to start talking about Sunday Rand R. Time also to recall the words of a sacred writer, Nehemiah, who wrote long ago,. "Today is holy to the Lord your God. Do not be sad, and do not weep for today is holy to our Lord. Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the Lord must be your strength" (8:9,10)

I walk this land of broken dreams I have visions of many things Happiness is just an illusion Filled with sadness and confusion. What becomes of the brokenhearted? Who has loved has now departed I know that I've got to find Some kind of peace of mind Help me please. The roots of love grow all around But for me they come tumbling down Every day heartache is growing a little stronger I can't stand this pain much longer I walk in shadows searching for light Cold and alone, no comfort in sight Hoping it brings me someone who cares Always moving but going nowhere I search alone, I don't succeed though Someone's love is pulling me All is lost there's no place for me All that is left is an unhappy ending I'll be searching everywhere Just to find someone who cares I'll be looking every day I know I'm gonna find a way Nothing's gonna stop me now I'll find a way somehow What you got to know is What becomes of the brokenhearted I'm gonna do I'm gonna do the best I can girl Written by James Dean, Paul Riser, William Weatherspoon. Sung by Paul Young (c) 1992 by MCA Records Inc. DEVASTATING LOSS filled What would happen to his beautiful vision of healing, of their hearts. What oftheir lives? Would they too be crucified compassion, of hope that leads like this man of dreams that to miracles? Their minds surthey had followed for the past faced no answers. They could three years? only sit in the silence, each with

his or her own brokenheartedness. Perhaps this was the scene on that first Good Friday evening. Jesus now lay in the tomb. For those who had loved him, no glimpse of the Easter soon-tocome lifted their spirits. Like the words of Paul Young's recent chart hit, for these disciples "all that is left is an unhappy ending." The song title asks: "What becomes of the brokenhearted?" Easter is the shining answer. The loss, the emotional grief, the confusion, all of this will be healed. Easter is so much more- than a remembrance ofdistant events. It is more than a day that comes once a year, invit'ing us to wear new clothes and do silly but fup. things, like search 'for colored eggs. Rather, it is God's promise: No hurt, no loss, no brokenheartedness will remain forever. Even while we are lost in life's pain, God's healing begins to enter our lives. ' Easter is God's way of saying that he will give us strength and hope to start again. WIlen life's brokenness shatters our dreams, God walks with us. When "happiness is just an illusion," God will stand with us in the midst of our sadness. When we are "cold and alone," with "no comfort inside," God will plant new hope in our hearts. This Easter, look at all that hurts in your life. If you feel like those who sat with their loss on Good Friday, risk to bring your pain to God. Hear God's promise. Realize that God will not abandon you to your despair and grief. Easter is the day for healing life's brokenheartedness. Your comments are welcomed by Charlie Martin, R.R. 3, Box 182, Rockport, In 47635

Paper or plastic? By Hilda Young My husband' and I were about to pay for our groceries at the supermarket whe,n the clerk asked, "Plastic bags or paper?" "Plastic," I replied. "Paper," spouse replied. The clerk looked at the boy who was going to bag the groceries and rolled her eyes. I think I heard her mumble, "Here goes another one." My husband crossed his arms and rocked.back on his heels. "We have enough of those smooshy, wimpy plastic bags wadded up alongside the refrigerator now to line seven families' garbage cans," he said out the side of his mouth. I poked him with my elbow. "Have you ever tried carrying soggy bathing suits in a paper bag?" "It's barely spring, Hilda," he grunted. "Time for smelly gym clothes," I noted, "and Betty needs all she can get for diaper bags." "Try wrapping packages or starting a fire with one of your cellophane wads," he said irritably. I narrowed my eyes. "Try braiding a placemat with a paper bag." "That's wacko to begin with," he shot back. "Besides, Marie likes

the coloring contest on the paper bag, John wants some for book covers, Mikey likes them for big paper gliders and you know I like to shake popcorn in them." The clerk was drumming her fingers on the register. "Maybe you could go half and haln" she suggested. "What about Betty's diapers?" I asked. "Stumped me there," clerk muttered. "Ever tried cutting ey~ holes in a plastic bag and using it for a Halloween mask? Hah.'; spouse countered. , "Shall we flip it coin?" offered the clerk. ' "No," I said. "Let him fight his way into a paper bag this time. But he has to write the check." "I thought you brought the checkbook," he said. I won't repeat what I think I heard the clerk mumble under her breath.

Surprise "There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved; it is God's finger on your shoulder." - C. Morgan

HOLY WEEK at Dominican Academy, Fall River, began with a Li~ing Stations of the Cross dramatized by fourth graders under direction of Sister Irene Comeau, SSJ. Costumed as in Jesus' time, the students moved prayerfully through each station as it was narrated for an audience of classmates, parents and teachers. "This is not a play, it's a prayer," Sister Comeau told students, Other Holy Week events were a prayer service, Eucharist and seder meal commemorating the Last Supper of Jesus and his apostles. (Gaudette photo)

In our schools St. James-St.John Seventh and eighth grade students at St. James-St. John School, New Bedford, recently participated in a science fair, with projects exploring such topics as water purification, salt, insulation, and acid rain. Winners Marissa Oliver and Julia Cardoza continued to a regional science fair at Bristol Community College, where they earned second place finishes. Also winners at St. James-St. John were Danielle Bill and Willow Hoagland. Each winner received a trophy, and six honorable mention ribbons were awarded. Judges were students and faculty from UMass-Dartmouth. Students in grades 4 to 6 prepared for future science fair participation with an exhibit earlier this month. The classes also participated in a mission project for the month of March, designing "Welcome Spring" cards for students at the Kennedy Donovan Center of New Bedford. The project began an outreach program to be continued in those grades. ' Sixth-grader Ann Signorella and first-grader Kara Dreher received plaques as winners in a drug awareness poster contest sponsored by radio station WBSM.

St. Jean Baptiste Two eighth graders at St. Jean Baptiste School, Fall River, have earned recognition for achievements in baseball. James Mitchell was chosen to represent the Fall River Little League at the National Little League Conference in Boston April II. He participated in a parade and received a baseball uniform from another country. Classmate Shaun Skeffington has been selected for the New England Mariners Junior Olympic Baseball Team. Practices will be held at Brandeis University, Waltham, for regional and national tournaments to culminate in Iowa this summer.

...~,~ EGG ART: A Ukrainian Easter egg created by the Nicholas Welych family of Syracuse, NY. To make such eggs, beeswax melted over a candle is applied with a special stylus to create traditional patterns and symbols. The wax resists the dyes into which eggs are successively dipped. The final step is removal of all wax by gently heating the completed egg over a candle. (eNS photo)

Students break from traditional break WASHINGTON (CNS) Many of the college students headed for Florida on their spring break this year weren't looking for parties, beach volleyball games or blasts. Instead, they were trading their week off for hard work at low or no pay on behalf of Haitian refugees, migrant farmworkers or other groups needing help. "They've done a very good job," said Sharon Brown, administrator of the Haitian Refugee Center in Miami, of the more than 40 law school students who volunteered a week of their time to process asylum applications for Haitian refugees. "They've worked 10- to 12-hour days, for up to six days in a row," she said. "And the quality of their work has been very, very good, even better than some attorneys, because the attorneys are so rushed, but the students can give ea(:h client as much as eight hours, if necessary." Ms. Brown said students have come from law schools at Case Western Reserve University, Yale and the University of Pittsburgh, and are expected from Harvard. Columbia, Boston College, Boston University, Notre Dame and the University of Florida. Each student pays for his or her own transportation and housing in Miami. Further north in Florida, a group of students from Trinity College in Washington spent their spring break living and working in the migrant farmworker community of Apopka. The Trinity students worked in a community health clinic, a local credit union, the public schools, in ' hothouses or in the fields of Apopka, where most people barely earn the minimum wage and few receive medical benefits or sick leave.. "These students certainly make important contributions to the families who live in Apopka," said Sister Seton Cunneen, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur and director of Trinity's office of campus ministry, who organized the trip and accompanied the students. "But I think the real purpose is to open our students' eyes to the needs of others, and instill in them a strong sense of service to their community that they will maintain throughout their lives," she added. Another volunteer effort receiving assistance from college students was the distribution of fruit and ice water by Franciscan Friars to the estimated 15,000 thirsty beachgoers in Daytona Beach. This year, the fifth in a row for the Franciscan effort, 12 Franciscan brothers volunteered one-week shifts on the beach March 8 to 29. Student volunteers from EmbryRiddle University assisted with the project. "We're not here to preach at the kids verbally but rather to preach by our presence, cheerfulness, gentleness and generosity," said Brother Bruce Michalek from Albuquerque, N.M. Across the country, nearly 30 students at the Holy Cross-affiliated University of Portland spent their spring vacation working with migrant workers in a rural area 30 miles southwest of Portland, Ore. Lucy Estrada, a 21-year-old sophomore education major from Wood. land, Wash., was a migrant worker herself when she was a child. "I now want to put something back into the community by teaching migrant cqildren," she said. Fourteen students from Francis-

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A BETTER BREAK? Franciscan volunteer Brian Kranick of the State University of New York at Albany makes friends with EI Salvadoran refugee children at a shelter in Buffalo, NY. (eNS photo) can-run Quincy College in IlIinois Works of Mercy Volunteer Program at the Franciscan University went to Kansas City·, Mo., for a of Steubenville in Ohio, which weeklong volunteer tenure with the Habitat for Humanity program,' gives students the opportunity to work with underprivileged childwhich builds homes for people in need. ren, the sick, the homebound, the "I think college students lonely, children with various hanthroughout the country are bedicaps and womeri with crisis pregnancies. coming more aware of the need to look outside themselves in order One of the nation's largest to make a difference," said sophspring-break projects, called Appalachian Work Fest '92, omore Amy Wolthusen of Glen brought 218 students ~ all that Ellyn, Ill., Quincy's Volunteer Network student coordinator. could be accommodated - from Some college students or recent 18 colleges and universities to Kentucky's remote and impovergraduates give more than a week ished Jackson County. to help others, through the yearlong Franciscan Volunteer MinisThrough the work-study protry. Currently, 15 young volun- gram begun by the Christian teers are working with the needy in Appalachian Project, the volunBuffalo, N.Y., Boston and Phila- teers spent a 40-hour week paintdelphia. ' ing, scraping, roofing and instalBrian Kranick of Schenectady, ling new windows, siding, doors, walls and foundations for 20 homes ~.Y:, is ~)lle of fouryoungvolunteers who works with teens, the of Jackson Country's elderly and homebound, the elderly, refugees handicapped, as well as low-income and the needy at Sts. Rita and families with children. Patrick Parish in Buffalo. He has "I had an excellent time discovtaken a year off from the State ering things about myself, fellow University of New York at Albany Christians and God through servto volunteer; he receives room, ing those in need," said Bethany board and $75 a month in return. Caswell of Aquinas College in "Y ou see people with a lot of Grand Rapids, Mich. "Incredible. Tiring. Cold. Misproblems," Kranick said. "They need so much. So you try to help, erable. Painful. Numb. Sore. to make them feel at home. You Bruised," said Jennifer Ludlow of feel humble, like, it's a holy path the University of Kansas about the you're trying to walk." experience. "The best time of my Another year-round effort is the life."

Favorite play mediums By Dan Morris I read that a British "environmental designer" wants to take credit for being the first to put forward the theory of"loose parts" for children's play areas. He tells us, this single man does, that children prefer to play in areas that have "flexibility" -lots of objects with which they call build, throw, jump, roU, fly and create motion, noise thrills. Children prefer lumber, old inner tubes and cardboard boxes ("loose parts") to expensive jungle gyms, he says. I suspect I'm not the only parent who read that story and thought, "Hey', where've you been, sport?" Just yesterday I watched the neighbor children dismantle their noninexpensive, store-bought teetertotter. Within an hour they ha'd made it into a slide, a fort, a ladder, a pretend canoe and a balancing beam. Mr. Environmental Designer proclaims that water and sand are two of children's favorite "play mediums." .

I suspect this is not much of a surprise to. a large population of parents who have experienced washing machine ball bearing ground into BBs by sand; who have witnessed large dogs and small cats giving toddlers sandbox lessons; who have seen entire sets of silverware disappear under three inches of sand. And water? Learning to turn on the garden hose is about as close to a religious experience as most 3year-olds get. It even beats discovering that their bedroom slippers wiU float in the toilet, at least for awhile. .


This guy suggests parents consider building a little hill in the back yard so the kiddies can climb, lie and roll on it. Hey, I say give'em a serving spoon or a garden trowel and they'll build their own. : If this guy thinks he has invented "loose parts," then"what have these kids in the neighborhood been doing all these years with the packing boxes and wood crates in our basement? .

White Men Can't Jump, A-III (R) 2. Basic Instinct, 0 (R) 3. Wayne's World, A·III (PG·13) 4. My Cousin Vinny, A·III (R) 5. Ladybugs, A·II (PG·13) 6. The Cutting Edge, A·III (PG) 7. Fried Green Tomatoes, A-II (PG·13) 8. The Lawnmower Man, A-III (R) 9. Beauty and the Beast, A·I (G) 10. American Me, A·IV (R)

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Pope launches aid VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope John Paul II is allocating $1 million to prime a new papal development foundation formed to help Latin America's needy majority. The aim is to show "the loving solidarity of the church toward the most abandoned 'and those most in need of protection," the pope said in the decree establishing the fund: The effort is aimed at improving conditions for Indians, blacks and mestizo farm workers by promoting "agrarian reform, social justice and peace in Latin Americas said the papal decree.



THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Apr. 17,1992

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ST. STANISLAUS, FR Mayor John Mitchell will speak at Seniors Club meeting I p.m. April 20. LaSALETTE SHRINE, ATTLEBORO Easter sunrise service 6 a.m. Sunday with Rev. PauJ Rainville, MS, beginning at tomb of outdoor stations and continuing in People's Chapel. Easter ceJebration for children 2 p.m. Sunday, Shrine Theater. Father Joe Ross and LaSalette youth group will present program including short film and Easter eggs for -children 10 and under accompanied by an adult. Information: 222-5410. 234 Second Street Fall River, MA 02721 Web Offset Newspapers Printing & Mailing (508) 679-5262

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SEPARATED/DIVORCED CATHOLICS, CAPE COD Support group meeting beginning with hospitality and welcoming of new participants 6: 15 p.m. April 26, St. Pius X parish center, S. Yarmouth. Father Dick Roy will facilitate discussion on "Children of Divorce - Responding Creatively to Their Needs" beginning at 7 p.m. Information: 362-9873 or Father Roy, 548-1065. CATHOLIC WOMAN'S CLUB, NB Executive board meeting 7 p. m. April 22, St. Lawrence rectory, 110 Summer St., NB. ST. ELIZABETH, EDGARTOWN Guild will sponsor Easter ham dinner for all ages I p.m. Sunday, church hall. Reservations: 627-7174 SEPARATED/DIVORCED CATHOLICS, FR FR area support group meeting 7 p.m. second Tuesdays and fourth Wednesdays, Our Lady of Grace Church, Westport; spiritual director Father Gerard A. Hebert. O.L. CAPE, BREWSTER Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Our Lady Queen of the Seas, will hold first meeting of 1992 II a. m. April 21, parish center. ST. BERNARD, ASSONET' Easter sunrise service 6 a.m. Sunday, Hathaway Park; refreshments afterward. All welcome. ST. LOUIS de FRANCE, SWANSEA Ladies of St. Anne Sodality meeting 7:30 April 22, parish hall; "The Kids on the Block" puppeteers will perform. The puppets, used to teach children about disabilities, are sponsored by the Fall River Arts Lottery Council, Greater Fall River American Red Cross and the United Way. D. of I. Hyacinth Circle 71 Daughters of Isabella meeting 7:30 p.m. April 21 ; entertainment: "The Easter Parade."

Dubious Virtue "The virtue of some peopJe consists wholly in condemning the vices of others."-Herbert Samuel

St. Joseph's School relives Holy Week, Easter Students at St. Joseph's School, Fairhaven, relived the events of Holy Week and Easter in a special program on Wednesday. The experience began with a Palm Sunday celebration led by Father Kevin J. Harrington of St. Patrick's parish, Fall River. The children, waving palm branches, walked from the school to St. Joseph's Church led by third graders costumed as in Jesus' time and a live donkey. Father Columban Crotty, SS.Ce., Sacred Hearts Fathers provincial, then led students, some costumed as the apostles, in a Holy Thursday experience in the church basement. The children shared bread and grape juice as Father Crotty explained the Eucharist. A hill on the school grounds served as Calvary for a Good Friday program led by Fath~r Patrick Killilea, SS.Ce., St. Joseph's pas e tor. The children saw three crosses on the hill and three students dressed as Roman guards as Father Killilea placed a large red heart, representing Jesus' love for us, on the center cross. Students then handed over paper "broken hearts" to be burned as a sign of repentance and seeking new hearts to love as Jesus does. The Easter Vigil was celebrated in the school as Father Jim Nickel, SS.Ce., pastor of St. Mary's Church, Fairhaven, lit the Easter candle and led children in renewal of their baptismal promises. All then entered the auditorium, set up as an "Easter Room" containing symbols of new life: an Easter tree, bunnies and chicks, colored eggs, butterflies, flowers and balloons. Each child was given a cross made of bread dough and decorated with a flower. . The theme of new life was then illustrated as fourth graders dressed in brown cloaks as caterpillars wound their way around the room, then opened their cloaks to reveal colorful butterfly wings and the greeting" Alleluia!" A group of parents, coordinated by principal Sister Muriel Lebeau, SS.Ce., created decorations for the event, and Diane Stapleton made the butterfly costumes.

13 new dioceses VATICAN CITY(CNS)- Pope John Paul II has announced major changes in Polish church jurisdictions, adding 13 new dioceses and eight new metropolitan sees. The purpose is to create smaller, more manageable dioceses, said a Vatican statement which explained that the restructuring was made possible by the end of communist rule.

Meals for Charity LaSalette Shrine, Attleboro, will sponsor the second of four scheduled Meals for Charity 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 25 in the Shrine cafeteria. Proceeds will benefit the Attleboro Council of Churches Soup Kitchen, The Literacy Center of Attleboro, The Road Back, and Tri-Hab Women's House of Woonsocket, RI. Participants will share a meal of ham and beans, brown bread, cake and a beverage for $4.50, or $2.50 for children under 10. Information: 222-5410.

A HOLY WEEK and Easter experience at St. Joseph's School, Fairhaven: Palm Sunday, led by Father Kevin Har- . rington; Holy Thursday with Father Columban Crotty, SS.CC.; Good Friday with Father Pat Killilea, SS.Cc.; and the Easter Vigil with Father Jim Nickel, SS.Cc. (Hickey photos)


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