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Mass. bishops issue statement "In Support of Life" ,


It is the first time a collaborative effort by all four dioceses has been carried out.

FALL RIVER-Bishop Sean P. O'Malley is among four ordinaries issuing ajoint statement announcing a collaborative initiative in Massachusetts called "In Support of Life" to further the teachings of the papal encyclical, "The Gospel of Life." The initiative, released by the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, encompasses educational, pastoral and legislative aspects. It also represents the first time a collaborative effort has been carried out with resources from all four dioceses of Massachusetts. Cardinal Bernard Law of the Archdiocese of Boston, Bishop O'Malley of the Diocese

of Fall River, Bishop Thomas Dupre of the lives and support those who care for them." The statement continues Diocese of Springfield and "to meet these objectives, In Bishop Daniel Reilly of the Support of Life calls for endDiocese ofWorcester released of-life initiatives at the statethe statement, to be made wide, diocesan and parish levavailable by pastors through els to provide the best means parishes in each of the four arch/dioceses. of pastoral care, education and communication the In Support of Life specifiChurch can offer. We must cally focuses on the issue of also seek innovative apassisted suicide. In order "to proaches in public policy that make good and compassionaffirm life, not threaten it. In ate decisions for themselves the long term, our goal should and their loved ones at the end be 'nothing less than the reor life...the Church must probuilding of a "culture of life." vide clear guidance on the ofThe statement reads: ten complex issues occa"Jesus has proclaimed the sioned by the approach of. BISHOP O'MALLEY Good News that our lives are death. We must reach out to comfort those who suffer at the end of their a gift from God! As Pope John Paul II re-

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minds us in his magnificent teaching, The Gospel ofLife, this truth lies 'at the heart of Jesus' message' and so must animate our faith and works as followers of Christ." In the face of a burgeoning "culture of death," the Holy Father urges us therefore to mobilize "for a new culture of life." Taking the Holy Father's words to heart, we commit ourselves as Ordinaries of the four Roman Catholic Dioceses in Massachusetts to In Support ofLife, a strategic plan unprecedented in scope. In Support ofLife will address the threat posed by assisted suicide and the overriding need for compassionate care at the end of life. It will involve the collaboration of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference and each of the four Dioceses. We invite every Catholic in Massachusetts to participate in this mission. Turn to page II - Life

Abortion foes found guilty •

Pro-lifer ruled liable in racketeering trial plans appeal. By Bill Britt Catholic News Service


WESTPORT-One left the April 22 Fall River-New Bedford kick-off meeting for the 57th annual Catholic Charities Appeal with a head awhirl with statistics and a heart full of gratitude for' the Christlike work the Appeal has made possible over those 57 years. Consider: in 1997 alone, over 200,000 persons, Catholic and nonCatholic alike, were helped by Catholic Social Services as it reached out to the elderly, ill and disabled, children, the homeless and hungry and those with emotional problems. Among statistics: 100,000 visits to the hospitalized, 94,000 receptions of the Eucharist and 19,000 anointings in the nine hospitals in the Fall River diocese, made possible by around the clock coverage of those hospitals by 24 fulltime chaplains; -167 HIV/AIDS patients and their family members of all ages receiving emotional, spiritual and physical services from the Diocesan Office of AIDS Ministry; -120 women and 102 children provided with 1,600 days of emergency housing by the Catholic Social Services office; -Physically challenged chil, dren provided with a summer camp experience at Cathedral, Nazareth and St. Vincent's day camps; -6,310 adults and children assisted by Catholic Social Services' food pantry , -682 families, including 1,190 children, receiving basic needs assistance, also from Catholic Social Services; -2,241 persons in widowed support and separated/divorced support groups as well as 765 chil-

CHICAGO - After a gLiilty verdict was reache,d April 20 in his federal racketeering trial in Chicago, Joe Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, said he will appeal and


expects "a solid victory." In a statement, Scheidler said he had expected the defeat and charged that the By JAMES N. DUNBAR case brought against him and his co-defenFALL RIVER-This week's U.S. Disdants "was full of lies trict Court ruling that two pro-life groups and misstatements." violated federal racketeering laws in their Chicago's Cardinal behavior at abortion clinics, was cal1ed "a Francis E. George perversion of the RICO Act," by the direcalso lamented the de- tor of the diocese's Pro-Life Office. cision and said the "I think the decision by the court in Chiarchdiocese may get cago is primafacie a perversion of the Rackinvolved in the case. eteer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations The lawsuit, filed un- law if you apply it to people who are doing del' the Racketeer In- the best they can to preserve unborn human fluenced and Corrupt life," said Father Stephen A. Fernandes. Organizations law, "I align myself squarely, as I think any known as RICO, was American should, with Chicago Cardinal brought by the Na- Frances E. George's statement in which he tional Organization says it is a terrible blow to freedom of for Women and two speech. At the same time, perhaps we should abortion providers. take every occasion to say that those inDefendants were volved in pro-life ministry should never Scheidler's Chicago- engage in or foster or encourage acts of viobased organization; 1ence against any human person," Father Scheidler and two Fernandes asserted. other league leaders, He said it was "counterproductive and, Timothy Murphy and dysfunctional to be involved in a ministry Andrew Scholberg; of saving life by engaging in violent acts and Operation Res- against life." cue National, now What concerns pro-lifers, Father based in Dallas. Fernandes said, is that "we are convinced The civil suit of violence taking place inside the clinic charged that the de- against the women and against the unborn fendants used vio- L. Tu_"_n_to_p:,.a..;g:,.e_I_I__F._e"_n_a_nd_e_s i lence to prevent women from using abortion clinics. The jUry of four women and two ~en, which began d~liber­ ating April 16, found the defendants liable under the anti-racketeering law and awarded the two clinics more than $86,000. Turn to page II - Racketeer

Pro-Life director blasts ruling

CAMPAIGN KICKOFF - Hundreds attended the Fall River region's kickoff breakfast for the q7th annual Catholic Charities Appeal at White's Restaurant Wednesday. Funds raised during the appeal provide the financial backing for numerous programs, services and institutions sponsored by the diocese throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod. (Photo by John Kearns, Jr.) dren in a Rainbows support program that helps pre-schoolers through teenagers to face losses through death or broken families. Human Face, A human face was placed on these statistics by Mary-Lou Mancini of Catholic Social Services, who used pseudonyms in describing the problems pf many of the persons aided by the, agency. They included the tales of an unemployed fisherman seen sobbing on the sidewalk outside the Catholic Social Services oftice:as his wife ventured inside to ask for aid, explaining that the couple had not eaten for two days; of a Portuguese couple assisted in learning English

to facilitate their jobseeking; of young unwed parents-to-be steered away from abortion; of Guatemalan and Cambodian immigrants traumatized by witnessing the murders of family members and friends in their native lands; and of the highly successful BELL program, reported in the April 17 Anchor, which helps immigrants prepare for U.S. citizenship. Kickoff Kicking off the kickoff meeting was Appeal Chairman Michael J. Donly of the Diocesan Development Office, who noted that 85 percent of the work of Catholic Social Services is supported by the ApTurn to page II - Kickoff







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L Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., men . from all areas of the diocese joined others from throughout New En'FALL RIVER-Sister Ann Marie Phillips, 70, an educator and member gland last Saturday in Lowell for a of the Si's"ters or'the Holy Union of Sacred Hearts for more than 50 years, conference .ttt~med "Raised to d,ied Monday at Charlton Memorial Hospital" after an i11ness. She was for:. Greatness in qIrist." Speakers inmerly known as Sister Jan~ Raym~:>nd cluded Marc, Montminy, SUSC and resided at Holy Union Sisters founder of the Men of ,St. Joseph Residence, 570 Rock St.: Ministry; Bowie Kuhn, a former, Born here, she was a daughter of the late. baseball commissioner; Jim' Raymond J. and Jane V. (Carragher) Berlucchi,. executive director of ' Phillips. She was a 'graduate of Sacred Legatus, an organizati9n of CathoHeart Grammar School and iheformer Salic business leaders; and Deacon cred Hearts Academy and eJltered the Holy Rene Keida, a prison chaplain and Union Novitiate herein 1945. youth minister; Music was by John 'Sister Ann Marie received a bachelor of Po1ce. arts degree from Notre Dame of Maryland The closing liturgy had aernard in Baltimore anda master of arts degree in Cardinal Law as principal celebrant interdisciplinary arts and religious studies' and homilist and Bishop O'Malley from Manhattanville College of the Sacred among concelebrating bishops. Heart, Purchase, N.Y. She did post-gradu: Leading the diocesan attendees ate studies in psychology and spirituality. were Msgr. Thomas 1: Harrington, She taught at St. Edward's and St. SISTER·PHILLIPS, SUSC Brother John Sweeney, FPO, and . William's schools in Baltimore; at Holy Bud Miller, director of youth minUnion Preparatory School in Tiverton, R.I., at Bishop Cassidy High School inTaunton and at Sacred Hearts Academy istry for the diocese. Future opportunities for diochere. She was also the principal at Holy Union-Preparatory and Sacred esan men to deepen their relationHearts Academy. . . .Following her s~hool as.signweVts, Sister Ann ¥arie b~came.c:oordina- , ship with Christ include a Pentecost tor of religious education in Orlando, Fla., at Holy Angels 'School, retreat at Cathedral Camp, East Barrington, R.I., and Sacred Heart Parish here. She :was outreach coordinator at St. Luke's Health Care Ministry in Baltimore and pastoral associate in the Office of Christian Development at St. William of York Parish in . Baltimore. ' . Her most recent assignment was with the Office of Literacy Education· and Adult Development here. ' She attended the Basic English for Lifelong Learning Program at St. NEW BEDFORD-Two memAnthony Parish here in March 1994 and continued to coordinate and work bers of Our Lady of Guadalupe Par. in ~his program until April 14 this year. . Besides the sisters in her community she leaves a sister; Joan M. Daylor, ish here who are employees, of of Richmond, Va.; and nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the Catholic Social Services of the Fall late Raymond G. Phillips and U.S. Army Pfc. John F. Phillips, who was River diocese, are among 24 people killed in the Korean War. . chosen nationally for specialized Her funeral Mass was celebrated. Thursday jJ.l Sacred Heart Church.. leadership training. Buri~1 was.held Friday in St. Patrick's Cemetery:~ . . , Nairn Benavente; a Hispanic hous- . ing co~nselor, and Edwin Aldarondo, . a Hispanic 'advocate, were selected from hundreds that applied nationally NORTH DARTMOUTH-Word has been received here of the April 16 to participate in prestigious Hisdeath in Poland of Czeslaw Stanibula, father of Father Christopher panic Leadership Development InitiaStanibula, parochial vicar of St.. Julie Billiart Church. Mr. Stanibula was tive Pilot Program. the husband of Janina (Darmochwal) Stanibula. Their selection was jointly anFather Stanibula traveled to Poland where he celebrated the funeral litnounced by Father Paul E. Canuel, urgy for his father in the Church of the Transfiguration in Rachanie. Besides his wife and priest son, Mr. Stanibula leaves four other sons, director of the Hispanic Apostolate 'in .the diocese and Arlene Richard, Witold, Stanley and Peter Stanibula, all in Poland. McNamee, executive director of Catholic Social Services. Developed by the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry in the U.S., the program's goal is to foster Latino leadership based on Gospel values and vision of Christians as transforming agents of . Church and society. The theoretical and practical training is intended to fortify par. ticipants' ability to carry out projects in which they are involved. Benavente andAldarondo, who are involved in several parish ministries, will undergo a IS-day training program divided into three five-day sessions spanning four months. They will attend courses in Albuquerque, N.M., Santa Fe, Calif., and Chicago, III. In a joint statement, the two said, " We have grown in our conviction of the overwhelming need for lay leadership development for Hispanic Catholics. We hope that this leadership program will nurture us with all the necessary tools to con. tinue servicing the needs of our


Freetown, May 29 to 31 and 7 prayer meetings each first Tuesday at St. Joseph Church, Taunton, and each.. first Thursday at St. James

Church, New Bedford. Further information on the Pentecost retreat is available from Bud Mi lIer at 6782828.

RAISED TO GREATNESS':"-Among those attending Saturday's men's conference were, from left, Tony Medeiros of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Taunton, Father Stephen J. Avila, secretary to Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, who also participated, and John Polce, who led the music at the liturgy.

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Hispanic sisters and brothers, as ' founding organizations, CCHM well as' those of the entire Church." currently has 57 member organizaThe National Catholic Council tions. With headquarters in Los Anfor Hispani9 Ministry exists to pro- geles, Calif., it sponson, programs mote the effective presence of His- that are national in 'scope. It panic Catholic organizations and achieves its mission thrc;ugh advotheir constituencies in,the U.S. cacy, networking and convocatio.n of a nation'al congress of Latino Catholic Church and community: Organized'ln 199t'with 22 leaders every four years.

In Your. Prayel~s


RESURRECTION STORY-The Spiritual Life Committee of St. Rita Parish in Marion erected this inspirational scene depicting Jesus' burial place, including the crown of thorns, funeral shroud and spring flowers in the church sanctuary at Easter. Joan De Rugeris designed the display.

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Please pray for the following priests durtng the week NECROLOGY . April25 1940, Rev. lohn J. Wade, Assistant, Sacred Heart, Fall River 1955, Rev. Raymond 1. Lynch, Chaplain, Catholic Memorial Home,

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Rev. Gabriel Healy, SSCC Rev. Gerard A. Hebert :.. Rev. William Heffron, SSCC Rev. Mark R. He~sion Rev. Richard Hockman, CSC Rev. Msgr. Daniel F. 'Hoye, VE Rev. Daniel J. Issing, CSC

Legislation sought to allow immigrants to work In essence, the program would utilize community-based, non-profit • Catholic Social organizations to assist immigrants in Services is pressing obtaining and renewing employment authorizations. for a law that helps Immigrants assisted by REAP rerenew employment main eligible for welfare benefits unauthorization for til their income exceeds current elimany in this region. gibility guidelines. The program would reduce the state's oost of reFALL RIVER-In Bristol placing federal benefits denied to County, where thousands of local immigrants by the Federal Governimmigrants are barred from work- ment under the 1996 Welfare Reing because they lack authorization form, Holland pointed out. from the Immigration and NaturalAccording to 1990 census figization Service, help is on the hori- ures, there are more than 70,000 first zon. generation immigrants and their The Renewed Employment Au- families in Bristql County. These thorization Program, proposed leg- include approximately 34,317 nonislation authored by Catholic Social citizens, numbering 11,849 in Fall Services of Fall River, Inc., a dioc- River and 12,573 in New Bedford. esan agency, would assist the area's' Those amount to more than 12.5 immigrants to obtain and renew percent of the population$ of those cities. employment authorizations. Holland noted that while many of According to Atty. Frank HoIland, legal director of the Immigra- the immigrants already have work tion Law, Education and Advocacy authorization because they are lawProject at Catholic Social Services, ful permane'nt residents of the U.S. the proposed measure will corne be- or have been granted formal refugee fore the Massachusetts House of status, there are 10 categories of lawRepresentatives in corning weeks. ful residents who are required to reThe House is expected to vote on quest work authorization on a yearly ' whether to include REAP in its bud- basis. get package. In June, the state SenThe burden of providing legal asate will also vote whether to place sistance falls on Catholic Social SerREAP in its budget. The matter vices because it is the only agency would then go to the governor for south of Boston authorized by the approval. Department of Justice to represent Holland said that the proposed $2 immigrants at the INS regardless qf million state program has won the their ability to pay. support of such prominent local imWith only one immigration attormigration advocacy agencies as Fall ney and a parttime paralegal, CSS River's SER Jobs for Progress and continues to provide low~c()st or free the Portuguese Youth Cultural Or- . representation to immigrants across ganization. It also has the support the diocese. Those applying for work of New Bedford's Immigrants As- authorization comprise approxisistance Center. mately 80 percent of those seeking

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immigration assistance at the CSS. Holland said that half of those applying have children at home who are now relying on welfare, food stamps and other state programs for the needy. While these should· be available to those who need them, it is wasteful to provide them to people who want to work but cannot for lack of immigration services, the attorney pointed out. The dilemma is that if they work without authorization, they can be denied permanent residence and be deported to their home countries. . When immigrant parents cannot work, each three-member welfare household costs the state $8,388 in welfare benefits and food stamps alone. The important thing, says HoIland, is to allow eligible immigrants to work and have the dignity of paying taxes and supporting their families.

Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, agreed in an editorial. "Many public activities ~ but especially sporting events - are scheduled on Sunday mornings, creating a painfUl dilemma for children and parents. They must choose beBy CATHOLIC NEWS SEHVICE tween God arid soccer, which is an BOSTON - The Massachusetts unfair and an warranted pressure on Council of Churches, which repre- youngsters," the editorial Said. sents 15 Protestant denominations, "To be told to 'reschedule your has called on public officials and worship' is both insensitive and inpublic events planners to "avoid im- sulting - showing a lack of appreposing impediments to religious ciation for the needs of various worship" such as the scheduling of groups in our diverse culture as well youth sports on Sundays. as a lack of concern for injured sen"This issue causes considerable sibilities." conflict within families when chilThe editorial added that solutions dren are placed in the position of· have been found in different Massahaving to choose between church or chusetts communities, "but in every recreational activities," said the Rev. one of them, it began with clergy and Diane Kessler, the council's execu- parents speaking up and insisting tive director. that their children have the right to Rev. Kessler, a United Church of both play and pray." Christ minister, made the comments According to Father William in an announcement issued by the Wolkovich, pastor of SI. George Parcouncil about the effort. ish in the Boston suburb of "Some clergy groups have tried Norwood, "one of the retorts we get to address the problem in their indi- when we raise this issue is that vidual communities," she said, "but Catholics can go to church on Satour board ofdirectors felt it was time urday. But that isn't an eoumenical to take a broader approach and raise approach." this dilemma as a topic for public He added, "Parents af(~ torn bediscussion and education across the cause the kids are sometimes told state." they will be put off the team if they The Pilot, newspaper of the miss a game."

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When there is a Sunday practice session, "the students are told that it's optional,' but we all know that missing practice is really not acceptable and that the kids experience a lot of peer pressure," said Father Wolkovich. "As clergy, it is·our position that it is very unfair to make youngsters make a choice between church and participating in these activities."

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

EDITOR Rev. John F. Moore

GENERAL MANAGER Rosemary Dussault ~

NEWS EDITOR James N. Dunbar


It's confirmation season in most parishes; Bishops are out riding the circuit. Directors of religious education" are hyperventilating, getting their young charges ready to be interrogated by the successors of the apostles; Boys are buying their first real suits. Girls are getting their first formal dresses . Parents and Hyoung adults'" are flrguing about hairstyles· and whether Jr. can wear ~is new earring (or nose ring) when he goes up to l}ave the bi,~hop lay. .hands on him. ", , :.' In our p~ish cOJ1firmation~ill take plac~ in abig.striped tent. ~or the second year in a row, we have overfl~wed the w~lls of ou..r little church, I actually like these open,air confirmati.ons. They have a nice feeling, with the breeze, like the Holy Spirit, blowing where it will. The tent evokes the sense of an . evangelical revival, ·filled with Pentecostal fervor in the power of . the Holy Spirit. You can almost hear the preaching of the apostle Peter to the crowd on the first Pentecost. . Some' of our young people are reduced to nail biting when they contemplate the traditional grilling they will receive from the bishop in front of family and

,friends. I have wondered if we do this in the right order. Maybe we should confirm first and ask questions later, since the gifts of the Holy Spirit include Hwisdom, understanding, counsel and knowledge." Then we could ,see these spiritual gifts at work immediately. In recent years it has been a common complaint among parents, directors of religious education and clergy that today's confirmandi are not well prepared. It does seem that they are a little weak on some doctrinal content. Certainly they cannot recite the -catechism responses the way kids could.40 years ago. "But this does not' mean they are not interested ,in things religious or are poorly ·prepared. Their' grasp today is more experiential.than intellectual. In some ways they' haye a better ,hold of the central commandments ,of the'Christian life: love ofGod and love of neighbor. , In love of God, they see much better than I ever did at their age that· prayer is a spontaneous act of love for God. For example, last year. our adolescent theologians attended "Youth 2000," a retreat program for young Catholics. They were so impressed with the nighttime prayer vigil and eucharistic adoration that they wanted to replicate it in our parish.

This year they held an all-night lock-in (sleep-over) in the parish center, which fncluded. on their own initiative, a eucharistic chapel set upin our parish library. During the night they took turns praying in shifts for the prayer intentions they had collected from the parish over sev'eral weeks. It was touching to see them so sleepy-eyed in those huge baggy pants and ov(:rsized Tshirts, kneeling and sitting in prayer all night. . . In love of neighbor, I, think · they have a good und,~rstanding of the demands ofboth.iustice and charity. When 1 was.l;onfirmed . back in 1961, we may, have - 'memorized the corporal works of mercy, but we never thought that · getting ready for confirmation might actually. require us to do the corporal works of mercy. .' On their own initiative. our young teens' organized a blanket drive and gave out blankets, gloves, underwear and sandwiches to the homeles:; in Washington, D.C. They have also helped·to.plant trees"clean the · parish cemetery and fix up homes · of the elderly. They know through doing what I only knew in the, telling 40 years ago. That certainly is a wisdom and piety worth celebrating this confirmation season.

Violence reigns on TV, study says By MARK PATIlSON CATHOLIC NEWS SEFIVICE

making viewing decisions for children, and "make an effott to obtain WASHINGTON - The amount, as much information as possible and kind of violence shown on tele- about the content of programs bevision has not changed over the fore deciding what your children ..., past three years, according to the .... third and final annual National ,It said "the average AmeriTelevision Violence Study. can preschooler who watches While well-intentioned pro- mostly cartoons is exposed to grammers and producers may have tried to "limit or alter the nature of over 500 high-risk portrayals violent portrayals," the study said, of violence each year," with a "they were not cumulatively suffi- "substantial number" of highcient to significantly alter the tele- risk incidents 'occurring in vision environment overal1." children's programming The study, released this week, most often in cartoons _ all recommended that parents be day long until prime time. aware of three main risks posed to children when they see violence on TV: the learning of aggressive aUi- should watch," the study said. It also recommended that partudes and behavior, fear, and desensitization. ents recognize that certain types of Parents should also consider a violent cartoons pose particularly child's developmental level and the high risks ofteaching aggression to context of violent depictions when young children. "In particular," it

ILetter to the Editorl Lobby for school vouchers Editor: If Catholics really want to help Catholic education, they will write to U.S. SElnS. Edward M. Kennedy and John M. Kerry and their U.S'-Representative and tell them to vote for the voucher plan for private school education. This will be a tremendous help to parents and their student sons and daughters who are desperately trying to get a good Catholic education. And the amount they would receive under the voucher system would only be about a third of what it costs their hometown community to educate a student. Catholic Sen. Kennedy is leading the opposition to Catholic aid; Catholic Sen. Kerry· is also opposed to it, as are all of the Massachusetts con!~ressmen, most of whom are Catholics. Catholics should contact the legislators and tell them to vote for the voucher system to aid Catholic education. Frank Doherty Braintree, Mass. Letters to the editor are welcome if they are signed with the writer's name and address. Please mail to The Anchor, P.O.' Box 7, Fall River, MA 02722. ATTN: Letters to the Editor. '

Weekly General Audience Message Pope John Paul II Dear brothers and sisters, . In our catechesis on the Great Jubilee of the Year 12000, we reflect today on the second coming of Christ at the end of time. While Christians look forward to it in hope and work for its realization, that final event has already begun with the historical coming of Christ. Through Christ's passion, death and resurrection, humanity has entered into a new relationship with God, characterized by the offer of salvation. Christian eschatology is to be understood as a historical process already begun and moving toward its fullness. Since Jesus said nothing about when the end would come, attempted predictions ar'e baseless and misleading. He only .assures us that the end will not take place before his saving work'reaches a universal dimension through the preaching of the Gospel. The Son of Man is the divine judge with a human heart who desires to give life to everyone; Only impenitent attachment to evil can prevent him from bestowing this gift. Our hope is therefore firmly placed in Christ., the center of the universe, who draws all peoples to himself to grant them the abundance of grace and eternal life. I eKtend a warm I~elcome to the board of directors of the Major Superiors of Women Religious of the United States, and through you I greet all the members of your communities. I welcome the students from the universities of Tromso and Oslo, and the Ansgar group from Goteborg. Upon all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors, especially those from England, Canada, the United States, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan, I cordially invoke an abundance of divine blessings.

said, "a high-risk portrayal for learning is one that features an attractive character who engages in violence that is sanctioned and that does not result in any serious consequences to the victim." It said "the average American preschooler who watches mostly cartoons is exposed to over 500 high-risk portrayals of violence each year," with a "substantial number" of high-risk incidents occurring in children's programming - most often in cartoons - all day long until prime time. As with the past two years, the study's third year looked at one specific week of programming, focusing on 23 channels - four network affiliates, three independent stations, one public proadcasting station, 12 basic cable channels and three premium cable channels. TV shows were monitored between 6 a.m. and II p.m., for about 119 hours per channel. "Roughly three-quarters of all violent scenes show no remorse, criticism, or penalty for violence; violence is associated with humor about 40 percent of the time; over half of all violent interactions show no pain," the study said. While the study's authors - a collaboration among four public universities and the National Television Violence Study Council - said they had hoped to see some reduction in TV violence, "change, if and when it occurs, comes slowly... We would welcome such changes and the continuation of research that documents them." The University of CaliforniaSanta Barbara said its research shows that the way most TV violence is portrayed continues to pose risks to viewers. ' Violence continues to "pervade" U.S. TV, it added, with 60 percent of all shows containing violence, and prime-time programming with violent content up from 53 percent in 1994 to 67 percent in 1997. The report recommended that policymakers continue to monitor the nature and extent of TV violence, recognize that context is "an essential aspect" of TV violence, and continue research on TV ratings, with parental education a priority. For the TV industry, the report recommended, among other things, greater emphasis on strong anti-violence themes when violence is presented; reducing the number of high-risk portrayals for violence in children's TV, scheduling violent reality shows later in the evening; producing more programs that avoid violence; and exhibiting less justification and more frequent remorse, penalties, and negative consequences for committing violent acts. Regarding ratings, the study recommended: - presenting ratings orally as well as visually; - making warnings clear to parents that a show will contain highrisk portrayals of violence to children; - getting NBC and the BET cable channel on board in adopting the amended rating system; - considering further revision of the TV ratings to neutralize the "forbidden fruit" effect of children watching shows tailored to older audiences.



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Newark arc~diocese helps return stolen artifacts

Coincidence or message

tion, from heing a guidance counselor to driving a I must be on every mailing list in the country. I school bus. ' . get bombarded with appeals for money. I send Now 62, he says his work with these people, money only to some, but I do read them all. This whose culture he deeply respects, has led him to week one of them struck me like a force from an"a whole new relationship with God. They find God other world. By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE in everything. Like St. Francis, they see animal life "Dear Mrs. Bosco," the appeal from the CathoNEWARK, N.J. - When the parishioners of St. Martin Church in lic Indian Mission in North Dakota began, "On SatLe Cateau, France, finally get back three sacred artifacts stole.n from urday, the 25th of April, with your permission, I . their church, they can thank the Archdiocese of Newark for helping plan to offer a Holy Mass in your honor..." out. I went into shock. April 25 is my late son Peter's Two monstrances and a reliquary that holds a tiny bone fragment birthday. Immediately, my eye caught the date the of St. Maxellendis, a Frenchwoman martyred in 670 A.D., were stoletter was written - March 18. Tears started to len from the church Dec. 6, 1996. stream down my face. That day bums in my heart.' On April 8 Sebastian Zegrean, a 23-year-old Romanian national On March 18, 1991, my beloved son Peter, age 27, who lives in Reading, Pa., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in By Antoinette Bosco Newark to charges of trying to import the stolen artifacts to the United committed suicide. I wondered, how did they know about me and States. Peter? The recent anniversary of his death had left Up to the time of the trial, the federal. government still seemed at a me still fragile. Also, of late thad been feeling that and everything as sacred." loss to explain to the media the religious significance of the artifacts I have to do more to help slow the escalating inci, But still, too many of the youths have: no family That's when Faith S. Hochberg, U.S. attorney for New Jersey, de.dence of suicide in every group in our country, from life. They're drifting away, becoming alcoholics, cided路to hold a press conference and invite as speakers Msgr. Richard Groncki, rector of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in New- youths to seniors. falling into hopelessness and despair, and becomAs I read the I~tter, I couldn't believe what Faark, and archdiocesan public affairs officer Michael Hurley. ing suicidal. Father Paluck wants to recmit a young "Our role," Hurley told Catholic News' Service "was to provide ther Casimir Paluck, the mission pastor, was writperson to minister to the social, spiritual and emoaccurate information as to what the items wer~ and make sure the ing. A "tragic epidemic" has struck their reservational needs of the young people. Thal~'s why he correct infortion: suicide. In the ,past four months, 43 youths sent the appeal letter. mat ion was !"'J'"~~';i':'T.""7'Yr-:::-----""7'--~~ attempted suicide; six succeeded. Six times the As we talked, we .both felt his letter, with the given to the national average! It was too much of a coincidence. dates and message that. were so personal to me, media." I had to check it out. I called Father Paluck to ask was no coincidence. I believe I was being led to M s gr. how he had found my name. know about this "tragedy of epic proportions," as Groncki told In fact, he didIi't know me. Apparently I had Father Paluck put it, so I could write about it and CNS he was contributed to the Indian mission in the past and help him get the word out. I must try to see'to it aware from was one of several hundred people to get this letthat sliicide is not shoved aside, shunned as a news reports ter. As for why he chose April 25 for the Mass, shameful thing. For it is a desperate choice, acted that the parishthis fine priest told me he selected it because it is out by people of all ages suffering intense ioners of St. the feast day of St. Mark, "a good day for the Mass." . "psychache." Martin were We talked a long time. I was impressed with his Like Father Paluck, we all must care enough anxious about devotion to the Native American people he has about these desperate ones, whose tragic deaths getting back worked with for many years, along with serving might be preventable_. (The Catholic Indian Misthe artifacts. "I parishes and being immersed in Catholic educasion is at Box 394, F~rt Yates, ND 585~:8.) hear there was great joy when they found out that the artifacts would be returned," he Dear Mary: We are planning a summer va-. a houseboat or other boat large enough for all. said. Again, learn from people in your area who have and looking for something out of the orcation Hurley dinary. Our school-age children do not' want to had such experiences and who are knowledgeable said. he go to places with beautiful scenery, and my husand enthusiastic about them. thought "it was appropri- . band and I do not want to'go to a theme park. I ate that the wonder what we might do to please everyone. church here be -Illinois on hand .since the church in Once children have reached school age, your France was not whole family can enjoy vigorous outdoor activity able to be here STOLEN ARTIFACTS - These religious in a setting completely different from the everyWith Dr. James & at this time. artifacts belonging to a French church were day. Such a vacation should challenge, refresh and Mary Kenny After all, we recently recovered. in the United States. U.S. invigorate all. Perhaps your 'family is ready for hiking and ~~~rch." ~e~~ agents will return the item~, valued at $13~,OOO, -backpacking. . If your, children are young , adults, you may be eral pr~secu- to the Chu.rchof St. Marti!) at L~ Cateau In t~e y'ou need, get to Learning to carry everything able to join a service group as a family. Habitat for tors said the Nord province. (CNS phQto from the Catholic your destination purely under your own power, Humanity builds houses all over the Uni'~ed States. artifacts even- Advocate) , me~t a phys,ical challenge"provide your own stimuSome Habitat program's enlist large nllmbers of tually will .be . ' lation,and enjoy moments of quiet and solitude volunteers to build whole homes in a week or two. returned to the church in Le Cateau, a town of 8,000 in the northeastare skills s,eldom found in modem living, ,Archeolo'gi,cal digs ~;e anot~er' altt:rnative for ern French province,of Nord. '. '. ,visions of hiking magnificent mountains While families with older children. Universities someOne'monstrance was valued at $60:000, .another at $55,000 and times sponsqr digs at wrich volunteen: are welthe reliquary, at $ 1;5,000. The items dated back to the 17t~, 18th and might stir your imagination, you need not go 89 far from home, especially for a first try. Pick remote come. A college or university in your are:a may of19th centuries. . ' . . fer such a program or may have information OD Customs officials said Zegreanfalsely identified the articles as a and interesting place. 'other prograIPs. . , . To avoid the considerable expense of outfitting picture frame and two candle sticks worth $275 when, on Dec. 17, 1996, he attempted to ship them by Federal Express from Lille, France, an entire family, borrow, trade or rent gear. I~ o'rAll of these vacations require more than merely der to get in shape, begin or continue an aerobic to his home in Reading. visiting a travel agent. Searching out o'pp,:>rtunities, But when the package arrived at the Federal Express mail facility exercise program for all family members. If you or plattni'ng, and preparing' yourself physically and in Newark a few days lat~r, U.S. Customs inspectors became suspi- your children have had Scouting or other outdoor menially take time, and effort. However, the anticicious because X-rays revealed the package contained something other experiences, now is the time to review your'skills. pation an,d planping can be welcoine parts of an than whl;l.t Zegrean claimed. . . Bicycling can provide an adventurous and chalexciting vacation. ' , . Already notified by French authorities to be on the alert for the lenging vacation. To prepare, begin to 'bicycle reguAU of these vacations are guaranteed to get you missing artifacts, Customs officials opened the package,. and took larly. away 'from the television, to challenge you menpossession of them. Zegrean was .arrested shortly afterward. Many local bike clubs offer group day trips. Try tally and phy.sically, to join generations in a comFrench authorities said they did not want to extradite Zegrean and some day trips and' get to know the members of mon task and to provide conversation for years to were more interested in prosecuting the thief or thieves with whom local clubs. From there learn what is available in come. Happy travels! . he collaborated. They have arrested a Romanian national living in longer trips by bicycle. You might want to join a France who they suspect was involved in the crime.. group tour in which your gear is carried in a van Reader questions on family living or child Joel Perrine, an official ofthe French Directorate of National Heriwhile you carry only a day pack. care to be answered in print are invited. Address tage, told The New York Times that thefts of religious artifacts had Boating is another option for a totally differ~nt questions: The Kennys; St. Joseph's College; 219 become more frequent in recent years in small rural churches, such as vacation. You might join with another family to rent W. Harrison St. Suite 4; Rensselaer, Ind. 47978. S1. Martin's, where there were no guards or other security. .

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What is the unforgivable sin? Q. I always turn to your column first, and now I have a question that has plagued the minds of Christians for centuries. . The 'sin of "blasphemy against the Holy Spirit," spoken of in the synoptic Gospels: What is it? According to the Gospels it is the only sin that will never be forgiven. Is there such a sin? If so, what is it? (Delaware) A. I'm not sure how many minds have been plagued by the question or how many people have lain awake at night wondering about it. It is more than a little interesting, however. Mark (3 :29), Matthew (12:31) and Luke (12: 10) all speak of a sin, or blasphemy, against the Holy Spirit. Matthew adds that the sin shall not be forgiven either in this world or the next. The most obvious explanation comes from the context in Matthew. Jesus, with the power of the Holy Spirit, has just cured a blind and mute man. Pharisees nearby claim the 'cure happened by the power of a devil. Jesus responds with the words we're discussing. To attribute to the devil an action done by God's power is, he seems clearly to' say, a sin, a mockery, of the Spirit of God. Many Christian commentators have tried to delve further into the subject. St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine, for example, believe that Jesus meant the sin of final unrepentance, a refusal to repent of one's seriously sinful rejection of God even at the moment of death. This probably remains the most common view, since it is total, final rejection of all helps the Holy Spirit offers to turn away from evil and toward God.. Another way of saying the same thing is that anyone who consciously and maliciously refuses the helps offered by the Holy Spirit to keep us from sin in the first place sins against the Spirit.

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on. All these gifts, according to Thomas, are effects of the presence of the Holy Spirit dwelling . within us. When we refuse to hope, when we refuse to acknowledge the majesty and power of God in our lives, we in effect tell the Spirit we don't need him. Repentance can be impossible, since in that frame of mind there cannot be enough humility for us even to admit we have sinned, that we need repentance at all. Whatever these Gospel passages may mean, there is finally one all-essential truth to remember. If we have sinned, our merciful and loving Father is always there with open arms, ready to receive us back. And the Holy Spirit is always present, ready to help us go there.

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Better uses for nonproductive time According to articles I have read recently in the dentist's waiting room and on a barber shop bench, I waste way more time than I thought I did. And listen, I know how to waste time. I'd give you examples, but that would waste your time. You see, from one of the articles in a business magazine - "MagicYou Can Work in 60 Seconds" - I learned you might better spend your spare 60 seconds doing something to make yourself better off financially. Don't sit in a traffic jam and fume, it counsels. Instead, make tomorrow's to-do list. Practice power vocabulary. Dictate cOITespondences. Read a trade journal. Write a personal note to a client. . In short, time is money. Squeeze every nickel out of it. Or, argues another article, in a men's magazine, use "non-productive" time to exercise - times such as standing in bank lines, waiting "on hold," walking from one room to another, sitting in traffic. Do isometrics (like' pushing down on your desk, only don't become carried away, tum beet red and grunt). Bend over and touch your toes (not recommended for bank lines or traffic). Walk faster, take the stairs, tense abdominal muscles in the process (and remember to breathe). You get the idea. Don't waste time that could be better spent combating calories and building muscle tone. So here's my take on those articles: I can write one just like them, only coming up with 10 (it's. always 10) ways to us(~ spare wads of time to pray or seek religious education. In an essay titled something like "Your 60-Second Planner to a Holier Life," we would have subheads like: "How Many Hail Marys Can You Say Stopped at a Red Light?";



"Reciting the Litany of the Saints While Your Cotnputer Re-boots"; ''Tips on Memorizing Scripture Verses at a Bus Stop"; "Is It Wrong to Recite the Angelus While Waiting for Your Teenager to Say Something?";

The offbeat world of Uncle Dan By Dan Morris "Invest Your Laundromat Minutes in Studying to Become a Candidate for Religious Life"; ~'Conv.ersations with God on the Escalator"; "Contemplation in the Checkout Line Made Ea~y";

"Put TV Commercials on Mute, and Create a Holier You." . Naturally there will be those who argue that trying to shoehorn time with God into one's life verges on belittling "holy time." On the other hand, think what could be accomplished if you prayed for a client while doing isometrics with your steering wheel next time you're in gridlock. . Yet, on third thought, by reading this column you just passed up the opportunity to bum 20 calories and recite several rosaries while cutting coupo~s.

I think I'll twiddle my thumbs and sort this out.

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Cable to Titanic saved Jesuit student •

It also offered the scholastic who left the doomed ship in Ireland a lifetime of photos. By NANCY HARTNAGEL CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON - "Get off that ship - Provincial," said the cable to Frank Browne, an Irish Jesuit scholastic aboard the Titanic when the great ship stopped in Ireland, before its doomed Atlantic crossing in 1912. "He kept it in his wallet for the rest of his life," said Jesuit Father E.E. "Eddie" O'Donnell, curator of Father Browne's last photos of the Titanic and the other 42,000 pictures he took in a lifetime spanning 80 years, 1880-1960. Father Browne, who was ordained in 1915, would.later describe it as "the only time holy obedience saved a man's life," F,ather O'Donnell said. The young Browne had been given first-class passage on the early legs of the Titanic's maiden voyage by his uncle; Bishop Robert Browne of Cloyne, Ireland. He was to sail from Southampton, England, to Cherbourg, France, to Queenstown, now Cobh, Ireland. But when a rich American couple on board offered to take'him ~o New York, the young man, who was an avid photographer, wired his provincial for permission. Instead, he was back in Dublin at his priestly studies when the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank, killing more than 1,500 people. , Father O'Donnell has produced 12 volumes of Father Browne's photographs, including one on his home county of ~ork. The latest is "The Last Days of the Titanic," published in the United States by Roberts Rinehart. On a U.S. book tour, Father O'Donnell spoke with Catholic News Service in Washington Aprii 14, the eve of the 86th anniversary of the disaster. ' The curator, who lives at

Gonzaga College in Dublin, said he . sees the Titanic as a symbol oflife. "What's fascinating about it down the decades," he said; "is that we are all on the Titanic, and we never know when our particular iceberg is going to loom up right ahead." He said Father Browne's TItanic photos - reproduced around the world in 1912- come very early. in the collection. "These are of his- . toric interest because of where they were taken," he said. Several of the photos - of the Marconi radio room, gymnasium, dining room, reading and writing salon, and A-deck promenade were used by American filmmaker James Cameron to create sets for his Oscar-winning movie "Titanic." Father O'Donnell said he was "very impressed by the'movie" and "couldn't fault the sets." One scene recreated Father Browne's touching photo "of the small boy playing with his spinning top on the deck," he added. .The Jesuit said Father Browne sent his photograph of the Marconi room - a double exposure - to his brother with a note saying, "I don't suppose this is worth much. Throw it in the wastepaper basket." As it turned out, Father Browne's was the only shot ever taken of the ship's radio room,. "And even though it's a double exposure, it's the most valuable picture of the lot," said Father O'Donnell, .who put its worth at upwards of $100,000. Father O'Donnell said the entire collection, which he found in 1985 in a trunk at the Jesuit archives in Dublin; is valued at $3.5 . million. The original nitrate negatives have been transferred to safety film and reproduced as contact prints, said Father O'Donnell. And, because the originals arc;: "highly volatile in nature," he added, the Irish army ,soon' will dispose of them at an army range in the Wicklow·Mountains. He said Father Browne "went on to become what the London Times

described as one of the world's great photographers of all time," adding that his '''later photographs are fantastic." The curator said 35 more vol-

of th~ anchor being raised for the last time at Cork Harbor. Apart from its poignancy, the priest said, "It's an important picture because it shows the very part ofthe Titanic

O'Donnell is sure of the man. Had Father Browne remained aboard the TItanic, Father O'DoJ1jllell said, he "would have helped to put the women and children into the life-

JESUIT FATHER·E.E. O'Donnell points out an image from "The Last Days of the Titanic." He edited the book featuring images by Jesuit Father Frank Browne, a maiden voya~~e passenger who disembarked before the ship s~nk in 1912. (CNS photo by Nancy Wiecl1ec) urnes from the colle~ti'on are planned by,. Wolfho~nd p;ress, his Irish publisher. Subjects include the Aran Islands, 20 more Irish counties, ships, trains, Irish colleges and convents, Scotland and the cathedrals of England. The photographer, who was given good cameras by his uncle and free film for life by Kodak Europe, has been the focus of six TY documentaries and severai exhibitions, said Father O'Donnell. He is now helping to mount London and U;S. exhibitions for 1999 and 2000, respectively, of. Father Browne's 200 best pictures. Only one of the TItanic series is likely to be chosen, he said, a shot

boats." that hit the iceberg." , As c.h~plainto the Irish Guards One theory pfthe disaster. is that the ship's plates came apart be- . from 1915 to 1920, Father Browne, cause the iceberg ;beheaded· th.eir was wounded five times at the front rivets, 'Father O'D'onnell said. lines in Franc'e. "His jaw was "That picture .... debunks that story blown apart in 1917 and he was because there are no rivets in that badly mustard gassed in 1918," picture," he said. "The rivets were Father O'Donnell said. At his funeral, his wartime commander, recessed." Father O'Donnell, who was who also served in World War II, born in Derry, Northern Ireland, said Father Browne remained the entered the Jesuit novitiate at Emo, bravest man he ever met. "I think there is absolutely no Ireland, in 195~, a day after Father Browne was transferred to Dublin. question of how he would have beEmo had been his base as a' parish haved after the Titanic hit the iceretreat and mission preacher for al- berg," Father O'Donnell said. "And you can't say that about too many most 30 years. Though he "missed meeting people. I can't even say that about him by 24 hours," Father myself."

laile4 priest's protests land him in solitary lcell Americas, Fathe,r Bourgeois said he draw strength from Ard~bishop was weighing whether to treat his Oscar Romero, the four U.S. church ESTILL, S.C. - A few weeks current confinement as a way of women, the six Jesuit pri,~sts and into his six:month prison term for further declaring that he was being their two co-workers, and tbe many protesting at the U.S. Army School held as a prisoner of conscience, as , others silenced by those soldiers trained at the SOA," he continued. of the Americ'as, Maryknoll Father opposed to being a criminal. Since the late 1980s, Father On March 23, Father Bourgeois, Roy Bourgeois has been placed in . solitary confinement for refusing to 59, was among 18 people, includ- Bourgeois has led a campaign to ing several nuns over age 65, retir- close the School of the Americas, a work while imprisoned. ' In an open letter released April ees, college students and other U.S.-run school for Latin American 13, Father Bourgeois said he had clergy, who began six-month fed- military leaders. Its opponents say decided to refuse to work while at eral prison terms for stepping onto the school for years taught .students the federal prison in Estill until "the the grounds of fort Benning, Ga., , to deal with dissent by torture, kidU.S. Army calls for the prosecution during a protest at the School of the napping and murder. Some of its graduates have been implicated in of those SOA graduates responsible Americas in November. :'1 believe it is outrageous that .mass murders, torture, assassinafor all the suffering and death in 18 U.S. citizens who participated in tions and other crimes in tht:ir home Latin America." In an interview shortly before he a solemn memorial procession are countries. Among such crimes are the 1989 began his prison term, Father Bour- sent to prison for six months and geois told Catholic News Service hit with $3,000 fines while the SOA murders of six Jesuit priests, their he was considering not working graduates responsible for the mas- housekeeper and her daughter at during his imprisonment, despite sacre-of thousands are granted am- Central American University in San the consequence of solitary con-, nesty and will not spend a single Salvador; the 1980 assassination of day behind bars," Father Bourgeois San Salvador Archbishop Oscar finement. Romero; and the murders of three After previously spending more said in his open Jetter. "While in solitary confinement, U.S. nuns and a lay missionary later than three years in prison for his efforts to close the School of the I will be empowered by God and that year.


TITANIC IMAGE - Jesuit Father Frank Browne captured this image of a man walking the portside deck of the Titanic on its fatal maiden voyage. The priest disembarked from the ship four days before it sank after colliding with an iceberg. (CNS photo by Frank Browne, courtesy Roberts Rinehart Publishers)

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birth abortion as a procedure in which the abortionist "deliberately and intentionally deliver~ a living fetus or a substantial portion thereof into the vagina (to perform) a procedure the person knows will kill the fetus." Supporters of legal abortion said they would seek a court order enjoining the new law from being enforced. They say the new law is unconstitutionally vague because it could apply to first- and second-trimester abortions. They add the bill also lacks an exception to protect a woman's health. Calling partial-birth abortion "particularly repulsive and never medically necessary," Gihnore said

"Not only does it snuff out the life of children, it can place the lives of women in jeopardy." "This is a memorable day indeed for Virginia," said Virginia Society for Human Life president Louise Hartz in a statement. "By signing By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE into law the bill to ban partial-birth RICHMOND, Va - Virginia abortions, Gov. Gilmore will not Gov. James Gilmore has signed into only save the lives of unborn chil- . a law a bill banning partial-birth dren from a barbaric abortion proceabortions in the state. dure, he will also be protecting the Virginia became the 22nd state to lives of their mothers." ban partial-birth abortions, although States with partial-birth abortion court orders have blocked enforcebans now in-effect or soon to go into ment in 12 of them. In Kentucky, effect are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, bans Indiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, await a governor's signature. South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia The Virginia law defines partialand West Virginia. States where enforcement of the ban has been blocked at least temporarily are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, .Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey and Rhode Island. Michigan passed a ban in 1996 but it has been permanently enjoined. as the World out that agencies such By LYNNE WElL Tourism Organization, based in CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE Madrid, Spain, have warned of the VATICAN CITY - A Vatican increasing global use of the Internet diplomat urged global grass-roots ac- to promote child prostitution and sex tion against child pornography on the tourism involving minors. He said part of the problem was Internet, as well as Web sites promoting sex tourism involving children. that the age of sexual consent varied Msgr. Piero Monni, the Holy See's from country to ~ountry - it is 12 in representative to the World Tourism the Netherlands, for example, but 16 By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE Organization, made his remarks in the in Switzerland - so that what may April 8 edition of the Vatican news- be considered child pornography.or KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A fedmolestation in one place may be a le- eral judge has dismissed all that was paper, L'Osservatore Romano. "Government authorities have gal product in another. left of a $30 million defamation Msgr. Monni pointed out that Eu- lawsuit against the National Cathoshown themselves to be most powerless to do anything" about the prolif- rope-wide legal agreements on the age lic Reporter by Briggs & Stratton eration of Internet access to pornog- of consent and the exchange of po- Corp., a Wisconsin-based manufacraphy featuring minors and to sites for" lice information about child molestturer of small gasoline engines. adults seeking sexual contact with ers are now being considered. In an order handed down in Milchildren, the priest said. "It is extremely difficult, as expewaukee, U.S. District Judge Charles He called on schools, social ser- rience confirms, to be constantly vigivice centers and parishes worldwide lant against the mass of people who N. Clevert said the sole remaining to raise public awareness with cam- work (with child pornography) in plaintiff in the case, Briggs & paigns against Internet child pornog- many different countries," he said. Stratton spokesman George Thraphy. "But if the problem presents itself, it ompson III, had given the court no And parents, Msgr. Monni said, needs to be remedied, recognized and proof that the weekly newspaper defamed him or invaded his privacy need to be particularly vigilant to en- confronted on various levels." Sure that their children are not lured Blanket censorship ofthe Internet in its 1994 coverage of Briggs & into inappropriate contact with strang- was not the answer, Msgr. Monni Stratton layoffs in Milwaukee. Clevert said Thompson failed to ers over the Internet. added, as it would endanger free exMsgr. Monni noted that it has long pression. But he supported certain show proof of factual falsehoods on been known that pornographic video- restrictions, such as widely available the part of NCR or to provide evicassettes and publications featuring software intended to let p~rents de- dence that its staff acted with malminors have been made available for termine their children's access to the ice or reckless disregard for the sale via Web sites. He also pointed Internet. truth - essential elements of a defamation case. He said that on the contrary, "it is clear that the defendants thoroughly investigated the facts underlying the articles" and the record showed that Thompson, as comishes in the diocese. which is in south- pany spokesman, blocked NCR's By JENNIFER REED ern India. Th~ area covered by the dio- repeated efforts to interview comCATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE cese has a general population of 2 mil- pany officials before publishing the WASHINGTON - Pope John lion to 3 million people; 1PO.OOO of report. Paul II has named Father John Kalloor, them are Syro-Malankar Catholics. NCR publisher Thomas C. Fox who has lived in the United States "I hope to help our people in their hailed Clevert's decision as a vicsince 1985, to be the new bishop of spiritual development as well as help tory for the right of the religious the Syro-Malankar Diocese of the physical growth of the diocese press to make moral assessments of through the social, economic and corporate actions. Marthandom, India. "Ofcourse it is a surprise," Bishop- cultural development of the people The suit, filed in 1996; accused designate Kalloor said in a telephone in the area," Bishop-designate NCR, an independent Catholic interview from Incarnation of Our Kalloor said. weekly published in Kansas City, Lord Church, Philadelphia, where he Born in Kadamanitta, India, May of defaming Briggs & Stratton and has lived for three years. The 54-year- 19, 1944, he studied philosophy and old bishop-designate coordinates the theology atSt. Paul's Seminary in three top corporate officials when II Syro-Malankar missions in the TIruchirapalli and was ordained for the NCR published an investigative reSyro-Malankar Archdiocese of port on the impact of Briggs & United States. Stratton decisions to layoff workThe Diocese of Marthandom was Trivandrum May 5, 1973. Before moving to the United States, ers at unionized plants in Milwauestablished in 1996. "Most of the people are just ordi- he served as a pastor in Kilimannor, kee while it opened new plants in nary people, very God-fearing. Many then as director of St. John's Leprosy cheaper labor markets in the South. The article focused on the negaof them are converted from other Hospital in Pirappancode. Christian denominations. It is a very Before transferring to Philadelphia, tive effects of the layoffs on the undeveloped area of the country," he he lived for nine years at the Washing- lives of the plant workers and their ton, D.C., parishes of Holy Comforter families and on the broader Milsaid. He added that there are 50-60 par- and St. Cyprian. waukee community.

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Spelling bee winner finds honesty the best policy said. "After I found it was the winner who pointed it out, I thought CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE that was something special." LA CROSSE, Wis. - FifthPaul and Bethany cOl:npeted in grader Paul Frederick, 11, was a two-student runoff. Bethany named winner of St. James Catho- spelled "authentic" correctly, while lic School's spelling bee, but he Paul misspelled "monstrous," addknew his spelling of the word "can- ing an "e" before the "r." Later, delabra" was Bethany said of wrong. Paul's honesty, "I "I told the teacher I thought it was reDuring the bee, classmate looked it up (cande- ally nice. He Bethany Conry, have to do labra) in everything I didn't 10, had spelled it that." could find," Paul said. correctly, but she Bethany's was mistakenly parents decided ~twasn1everspeHed disqualified. to do something 'I-e,'" Then he re- nice for Paul, too, Then it was Paul's turn. He turned his first-place giving him a Chigave the moderaBulls ribbon and silver pin. cago tor what he duffelbag, since thought she he's a big Bulls wanted, the misspelled "c-a-n-d-I- fan. e-a-b-r-a." Bethany's mom, Jane, said, It happened to be the same word "You know, we hesitated doing that knocked him out of the spell- anything. We felt like we were paying bee last year, and he was cer- ing him, (but) we just wanted to do tain he had misspelled the word something because ... how many again this time. Yet he was still kids would do that?" named the winner. She added, "I'd like to think my That night, Paul's mother, Mary, daughter would have done the same told him, "You do what you want. thing had the situation been reversed. But I think it's a wonderful She did spell it right." Paul checked every available re- lesson that you do the right thing source and .his computer, but and it doesn't hurt you in any way couldn't find his spelling as correct. and you feel better about yourself." The next day, he told his teacher, Paul's story has been published Linda Birkle, he had misspelled the in local newspapers, and one news word. "I told the teacher I looked agency wrote a story that has been it up in everything I Mula find," published across the nation, resultPaul said. "It wasn't ever spelled ing in supportive letters written to 'I-e.'" Then he returned his first- him from Pennsylvania and Caliplace ribbon and silver pin. fornia. Paul has also become a hero at When St. James principal Patricia Tschumper heard about the school, although some boys at St. situation, "I thought it was the loser James were peeved at him for givwho had discovered the error," she ing up his win to a girl.



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Shal~oub) has just ~een hired as ..the,janitor, ' '; ,NEW ,YORK. - ·~'Paulie!1; Hoping to' befriend the 'sad(D~eamWorks) is a most unusual, sack bird, Misha is instead inparrot: 'afraicl of doing what sulted when Paulie imperiously comes naturally - flying .2.. but calls him'a "mop monkey!" But fearless when it comes to ex- this bird is no 'nerd; he' can actupressing himselfyerbally 'in,' ally converse' with hlJmans. Af.ways 'that a're much more than, ter a,.litt'Ie prompting, Paulie shares with his new buddy how well, parroting. This minor comic channer, di- he' ended up as an experimental rected by John Roberts, isn't reject stuck in dungeon drearicomparable to "Babe," the dar- ness.' ling talking-gig movie from a , And so the tale· flashes back few years back, but it does strive to its once-upon-a-time era when for a fairy-tale sweetness in the just-born Paulie came to live with 'shy, 5-year-old Marie (Hallie midst of all its sassiness. And that sassines.s is pro- Kate Eisenberg). They th'rived in · vided by the feathered title char- . each other'.s company as he'seacter, Paulie (voice of Jay <:retly began to talk to her, genMohr), who, as the movie opens, tly helping her to overcome 'her has been consigned to a base" .sfuttering. But their promise to ment cage in an animal research ·.,arways stay together ended institute where lonely Russian abruptly when Marie's insistence immigrant Misha (Tony that Paulie could really ·talk



NEW YORK (CNS) - The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting. . , "Nightwatch" . '(Dimension) Edgy thri~ler in which a law student (Ewan McGregor) working n~ghts as a morgue attendant finds. he's been framed for the · murder of several prostitutes when an investigating detective (Nick N6lte) und":" "covers evidence 'tying him:' ~"• • • •IJIi!IiI""~IIIIi_~'~ to the crimes. Directo,r'Ole BornedaJ sustains th~ pi,cture's ominous atmosphere and sense of dread until an implausible ending ruins its credibility. Some violence .and ,rough language;, sexual situations, brief corpse nudity and occasional profanitY.1'he, U.S. Catholic Conference classi fication is A-In - adults: The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R - restricted. , "The Player's Club" (New Line) Cheap exploitation piece about a single mother (LisaRaye) working her way through college as a nude dancer' in the sleazy bar of the title. Written and directed,by rap singer Ice Cube, the bogus story is little more than a transparent pretext for exhibiting nude dancets, a variety of sexual encounters and acts of violence in and around the club. Numerous sex scenes, nudity, violence including a rape, frequent rough language and occasion~l profanity. Th~U.S. Catholic Conference classification is 0 . :. . .,. morally offensive. The Motion 'Picture Association of America rating is R - restricted.


PAULIE - Hallie Kate Eisenberg as Marie befriends a special parrot that can understand human language in "Paulie." The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-II - adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG':"""'- parental guidance suggested. (CNS photo from Dream Works Pictur~s)

prompted her worried parents to (Bruce Davison). Shaihoub tiring a kind of gentle return the bird for a refund. Now the ,emboldened janitor. warmth to their roles that makes , Ever intent on fin'ding little decides enough is ~nough: Paulie tl]e movie generally familyMarie again, Paulie embarked on milst be liberated and reunited ' (riendly.. Small chilClren, howa series of mIsadventures with with his original'owner. ever, rpight be ~lightly upset by sUbseq~ent'owner~. N9sedivi,ng ; While the, s<;ript is limited by th~ way, tile animals ~re caged from appearing in a mlJ,gic act to .its ~ne-joke premise:of. a truly a,nd Paulie's smart mouth does being in a paWl}sl:t.qp, ..P~Hrlie )alkip,g p.~rf\l~, ~~~.S!!~~~c~~!~,he .H1~e.F 2n~,~~~~C?X:IJrtf~sio,nP\lr~n,ts lucked out· when'iPurchased~y m.eet.s, along the w,ay ;giv~ the 'Wight ,n·ot. appr,eci ate. , New' Jersey widow Ivy~ (Gena story some heart; m~kes ' : But"by and large, the movie Rowlands); whose intention to it a .pleasant if not remarkable is about friendship, (:aring and . drive Paulie cross~country'to movie. Davison has less to work .overcoming fears where the auMarie's: new California home is with as the cardboard v.illain of dience' is just expected to accept only partially fulfilled., the piece and the less time spent ,that PauJie is so special he can Next came parrot-loving cafe in', the institute the better. ' think, talk -;- and enteltain viewowner Ignacio (Cheech Marin), Paulie'sparrot personality ers for 90 minutes. "Paulie" who made Paulie'the star of his flickers .fro~ gullibility to wise- doesn't completely succeed, but parrot song-and-dance show un- ,cracking sarcasm iii ways that it's a noble,effort refreshingly til a dastardly birdnapper (Jay keep'the story from simply crash-devoid of violence, sexual situaMohr) plucked Paulie. ' landing during his cross-country tions and gross ianguage. Disaster struck when this odyssey. Due to a rude expn~ssion and owner turned out to be a thief A total of 14 Blue-crown a muttered instance of profanity, who used Pauli~ as an unwitting Conure parrots were used to por- the U.S. Catholic Conference accomplice. This got Paulie sen- tray Paulie, with a back-up classification is A-II - adults tenced to a life stay at the re- animatronic version used when and adolescents. The Motion Picsearch institute and his subse- the real thing proved impossible ture Association of America ratquent basement banishment by in certain scenes. ing is PG - parental: guidance "Sonatine" (Miramax) • villainous ~cientist Dr. Reingold . Marin, Rowlands and suggested. Violent Japanese tale of an aging, world-weary gangster (Takeshi Kitano) whose boss sends him to settle amob turf war in a ·distant l~cale where he comes to realize he has, been betrayed and turns to taking revenge on his former colleagues. Also written and directed by Kitano, the story centers on a series of bloody killings · which are giv~n a .disturbingly comic edge until t~e proceedings , culminate in a nihilistic bloodbath and suicide. Subtitles. Much gory , . violence, sexual situations with fleeting nudity and frequent rough By Catholic News Service language. The U.S. Catholic Conference Classification is 0 - morof the U.,S.-based· Catholic , tation of the Book of EX.odus story ally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is VATICAN CITY - Vatican League for Religious' and Civil of Moses and features the voices R - restricted. of Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bulofficials were among the nu- , Rights, also has been consulted. merous r~ligious leaders conAfter each screening, audience lock, Val Kilmer and Steve Mar"Speci'esII'" (MGM) . sulted during the development members are asked to offer feed- tin. It is expected to reach cinemas Pedestrian bilt gory sci-fi sequel in which an astronaut (Justin of a cartoon based on the life back to DreamWorks staff at the by the end of 1998. " "DreamWorks said there will be ·Lazard) returns from Mars unaware he is carrying an alien creature of Moses. site. in his body which soon takes control, compulsively mating with The Los' Angeles-based DreamWorks was founded in no promotional tie-in to the film. women who die after bearing alien offspring until the monster is DreamWorks studio has been 1994 by producer-director Steven While expressing re:luctance to , tracked down by a team of alien slayers (Michael Madsen and Marg screening an incomplete version Spielberg, film and music pro- ,publicize the film, the studio has Helgenberger). Directed by Peter Medak, the boring, unimagina- of the 90-minute'animated film, ducer David Geffen and Jeffrey released a few minute!:' worth of tive story is as senseless as its one-dim~nsional characters, and the "Prince of Egypt," for Christian, Katzenberg, the former Walt excerpts for use in teie:vision enbloody visuals of the monster skewering people with its 'tentacles Jewish and other leaders in vari- Disney executive responsible for tertainment and news accounts of are particularly noxious in the mating scenes. Graphic images com- ous locations worldwide. "The Lion ,King," "Aladdin" and its development. After the Vatican screening, bining sex and violence, some nUdity, rough language and profan.Little Mermaid." Members of the Pontifical "The ity. The U.S, Catholic Conference classification is 0 - morally Council for Social Communica- Katzenberg was present for the Italian national newspapers and television stations carried stories offensive, The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R tions viewed it at the Vatican in March screening at the Vatican. - restricted. March. William Donohue, head "Prince of Egypt" is an adap- on the project.

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The threat of assisted suicide is unprecedented in scope. The issue is being debated in the public arena, including the Massachusetts state legislature. Euthanasia is the topic of conversations in homes, schools, and churches throughout the Commonwealth. Many persons fear the approach of death, and the prospect of suffering tempts them to consider assisted suicide as not a crime but a personal right. Such a drastic change in our law would be utterly tragic. Even those opposed to assisted suicide may worry that they will lack the necessary understanding or resources to make good and compassionate decisions for themselves and for their loved ones at the end of life. Consequently, the Church must provide clear guidance on the often-complex issues occasioned by the approach of death. We must reach out to comfort those who suffer at the end of their lives, and support those who care for them. To meet these objectives, In Support of Life calls for initiatives at the statewide, diocesan and parish

Racketeer The money represents damages in compensation for security ·costs each clinic incurred. Under the federal statute, the judge could decide to triple the damage award. "We expected a defeat during this round," Scheidler said in his statement. "The plaintiffs' case was full of lies and misstatements. It was nearly impossible to sift through it all to discern the truth:' But he was optimistic about his appeal. "We're expecting a solid victory at the appellate level, if not sooner after post- trial motions are filed," Scheidler said. Cardinal George also issued a statement on the day of the decision. ''The Archdiocese of Chicago will consider joining in the appeal of the decision by filing an amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) brief," he said. Scheidler's attorney, Tom Brejcha, said he questioned the constitutionality of the law. "RICO is terribly flawed," he said. "Combined with use of federal or state extortion statutes againstthose who would engage in peaceful, nonviolent civil disobedience, RICO tramples the First Amendment:' Cardinal' George called the decision unjust. ''The decision in this case effectively equates freedom of speech with racketeering;' said the cardinal. ''The decision very likely will have a chilling effect on freedom of speech and religion for those who oppose the violence of abortion:' Comparing the pro-life fight with that of .the African-Americans in the 1960s, thel cardinal said: "If the courts had been used


levels to provide the best means of pastoral care, education and communication the Church can offer. We must also pursue public policies that affirm life, not threaten it. In the long term, our goal should be nothing less than the rebuilding of a "culture of life." Aware of the challenges before us, we turn to Jesus on the cross and Mary at the foot of the cross. Jesus endured the pain of crucifixion so that we might enjoy a new and glorious eternal life. Mary endured the pain of seeing her Son crucified, testifying by her presence to the power of love. Because they know the suffering that can accompany death, we pray to Jesus and Mary with confidence: Help us to comfort those who suffer from life-threatening illness-and those who care for them-in ways that affirm the gift of life! Help the Gospel ofLife renew our own hearts, our own homes, our own parishes, and our own institutions of service! Help us to proclaim the Gospel of Life in ways that can reach all per -

Continued from page one to stop the organized sit-ins at lunch counters throughout the South in the '60s there would have been no civil rights movement." The cardinal said he wouid continue to pray for the defendants in the case. The chief architect of the antiracketeering statute, University of Notre Dame law professor G. Robert Blakey, has said that the case against Scheidler and the others is " a nightmare for anybody who wants to picket:' He said the law was passed to be used against org~nized crime and drug cartels. Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry had been a defendant in the lawsuit, Which was filed in 1986, but in late 1997 he signed a settlement agreement that removed him as a defendant. . Initially, the lawsuit was filed under federal antitrust laws. NOW and the clinics alleged that Scheidler and the Pro-Life Action League conspired with other anti-abortion activists to restrain interstate commerce by their efforts to close abortion clinics. In 1988, NOW added Operation Rescue, Terry and others as defendants, and also pursued several additional counts under the anti-racketeering law. The case produced a land.mark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1994, when t~e justices ruled unani.mously that abortion protesters need not have an economic motive to be prosecuted under RICO. . Last year, U.S. Dis.rict Judge David Coar certified NOW as the class representative in the case.

sons ofgood will, changing hearts and minds through the power of a love thatcherishes life! The success of In Support ofLife will depend not only on Divine Providence, but must also depend on every diocesan office, each parish, and all Catholics. Working together we will make a difference in building up the culture of life and civilization of love. Over the coming months, you will hear more about how you can get involved. For the sake of life, please join us!"

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When you consider what driving represents, it is no wonder that asking an aging parent or loved one to give up driving is such a difficult task. Adult children and their aging parents often disagree, not only on when, but also on who should make the decision. Who and when, however, miss the point. Instead, we should be asking "What are valid reasons to stop driving?" Answering this question' requires separating the facts from emotions, and sensitive communication. The values associated with driving are no different for the teenager, the baby-boomer or the senior citizen. Driving represents freedom and independence. There is a sense of power and control over how, when and where a person can go, without depending on someone else's schedule or convenience. I have found in my work as a geriatric care manager that asking senior citiMassachusetts Catholic Confer- zens to consider giving up driving is an affront to their self-esteem. They have told me that being asked to give up driving makes them feel threatened, ence Board of Governors or that their competence or intelligence is in question. So it is important to be very clear about the reasons why a senior is being asked to stop driving. 'Ii' Bernard Cardinal Law, Although older drivers have fewer fatal accidents than drivers in their twenArchbishop of Boston ties, drivers over the age of seventy-five have the second highest accident rate, after the sixteen to twenty-five age group. While the younger group's acci'Ii' Most Rev. Sean P. O'Malley, dent rate is often associated with inexperience, the senior's accidents are ofO.EM. Cap., ten related to slowed reflexes, which is a normal part of the aging process. Bishop of Fall River Age-associated vision and hearing impairments may also contribute to an increase in this age group's accident rate. 'Ii' Most Rev. Daniel P. Reilly, Medical problems such as heart disease or emphysema may create diffiBishop of Worcester culty for the older driver. Medication side effects, such as drowsiness, can contribute to the cause of accidents also. Alzheimer's Disease and related 'Ii' Most Rev. Thomas L. Dupre, dementias impact on a person's ability to remember and to make goodjudgBishop of Springfield ments, resulting in a person getting lost or taking risks. Substance abuse, especially alcohol abuse, is not uncommon in senior citizens. There may be a longstanding problem with drinking, or it may have developed recently as an attempt to cope with life's changes and losses. The reasons to stop driving, then, are physical and medical. But when combined with the values of freedom, independence, power, control and selfContinuedfrom page one esteem, an emotional confrontation is almost inevitable. Dealing with the child, and also the violence, not a facts rather than emotions requires sensitive communication. Preparing a script and putting yourself in the shoes of the older driver can help. physical one, against the conscience "Dad, you have to stop driving! Mom and I are so worried that you might of the folks who are at work in the have an accident." No matter how well intentioned or true this statement is, the clinic," stage is set for resistance. What are the facts? Have there been any accidents, He took the opportunity to an- traffic tickets or several close calls? Are there normal age-associated changes nounce that Project Rachel, a in reflex time, vision or hearing? Is Dad easily startled by honking homs or priests' training seminar sponsored another driver suddenly cutting in front of him? Are there chronic medical by his office, will be held April 28, problems? Is there a memory impairment? Using this information, the script 11 a.m.-3 p.m., in the parish hall at can be rewritten, sparing Dad's self-esteem. "Dad, I love you and I am conHoly Name Church, New Bedford. cerned about you. You've gollen a ticket and you had that fender-bender two "The purpose of the seminar is days ago. You might have a medical condition that is affecting your driving. to assist priests in meeting an ever- Would you please consider seeing your doctor to have it checked out?" This kind of an approach may be met with relief or continued resistance. increasing need shown by women, who, a week, a year or 10 years af- It may help to brainstorm about alternative methods of transportation or to ter an abortion, are overcome with offer to assist with driving. In many communities public transportation and grief and remorse, sorrow and the help from volunteers (senior centers, churches/synagogues) can supplement feeling of separation from the child, family assistance. If older drivers are unable to voluntarily give up driving when they absoGod and communion with the Church. Project Rachel is a way of lutely must, then the issue must be addressed more aggressively. When pubsensitizing priests to be prepared to lic safety outweighs personal autonomy, it may be necessary to enlist the help of a physician. The Registry of Motor Vehicles offers a driving competency assist these women in reconciliatest and the Alzheimer's Association offers helpful hints for assisting persons tion," he explained. with dementia to give up driving. Although no one involved in proAlthough there are no hard and fast rules, age is not the criterion for givlife ministry can accept violence ing up driving, but performance and ability. Keeping to the facts and commudone in ·the name of the pro-life nicating with compassion will achieve far greater results than an implied comapostolate to anyone associated with mand. Recognizing what giving up driving means to the older driver may an abortion clinic, "I'm not saying ease the resistance and the emotional pain associated with yet another loss. that either Operation Rescue NaDeborah Osuch is a certified Geriatric Care managerfor Diocesan Health tional or the Pro-Life Action League . Facilities' Care Manager Program, based at Our Lady's Haven, Fairhaven, included in the court case have ever and is also certified in gerontological nursing. She may be reachedfor referbeen involved with violence. I don't rals and consultation at 999-4561. know the facts in the case, but I would be shocked to learn that they had. We must understand that the reason for the pro-life effort is be"The Ancient Birthplace of Good Times" cause of the violence taking place inside the clinic that we are trying "Enchanting Ireland" with Re~ Albert Ca~one. Lowell to prevent. 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peal. Also urging support of the annual drive was Msgr. Thomas J. Harrington, Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities. A videotape developed by Bill Breen depicted the wide range of Catholic Social Services programs. Speaking at the end of the kickoff meeting, Bishop Sean P.

O'Malley noted his pride at hearing Mrs. Mancini's report and realizing the far-reaching effect of Catholic Social Service's activities. He said he had been making a special study of the Epistles of St. Paul and was impressed by how he too had to take up collections to aid his new Christians-and how grateful

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ROME - The Shroud of Turin, which many believe once wrapped the body of Christ, goes on display in April for the first time since 1978. More than a million people including Pope John Paul II - ar~ expt;cted to view the sh'roud during its showing i~ 'the cathedral of Turin', Italy, Apri~ 1,&-June 14... It will be the first pUblic showing'since scientists in 1988 'used controversial carbon-14 techniques to date the linen cloth to the Middle Ages. Since then, those dating methods have been faulted by other experts, and the debate about the authenticity of the cloth has continued unabated. The shroud bears an image of a man about 6-feet tall with blood

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stains on the neck, wrist, feet and are'required to book in advance. chest ---,' signs that appear ti)'cor- Another- public display of the cloth respond with the wounds:ofChrist is 'scheduled for the'year' '2000. suffered during his crucifixion. This spring's shOWing of the The cloth has long been-an 'object shroud h~s generated a fresh wave of devotion"although the Church of· interest in the subject, includhas never pronounced judgment on , ing a cover story in Time magazine, whether it is Christ's burial cloth. a number of new books and more A year ago, a fire causegexten- than one Internet site. Italian telesive damage to the Turin cathedral, vision was to broadcast an open~ but the shroud Was carried to safety ing Mass. celebnited by the arch~ by firefighters. ' ' , . bishop ofTurin, Cardinal Giovanni The .pope:wilnravel to tHe Saldarini, who acts as custodian of northern Italian City to,see the the Cloth in the pope's name. shroud May 24.'Unlike the other . ,Among the new books on the viewers, tne pOntiff wiii not have shroud is "Unlocking the Secrets to endure long lines or the two- of the Shroud," whose U.S. author, minute maximUl:n time limit for Dr. Gilbert R. Lavoie, presents eviviewing. dence to suggest that ~~e image on Archdiocesan officials have es- the linen is that of an upright man tablished a pre-viewing itinerary who is not standing on the ground for crowds that may reach up to but is suspended in midair. 50,000 people per day. The 700Lavoie asks whether the shroud yard route includes photo and writ- might not carry the imprint of the ten information about history and moment of Christ's resurrection research on the shroud, as well as and suggests that St. John may a feature documentary film. have even seen the image on the T~ose coming -to see the shroud cloth in Christ's empty tomb.










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JERUSALEM - An Israeli parliamentary committee has called for a halt to the beatifica-

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. Oh adorable and Divine Will, behold me here before the im-.' . m~nslty ofYql,lr Light, t~aiYour eternal goodness may open to me the doors and make me, enter intp I~ to form .~y .life all. iIi Yo~"Divine Wi.ll. Therefore, oh adorabl~ WW, pr9str(j.te,Pefo~ Your Light, I; the le~t.of all creatures, put myself into tl)e little, ' group of the sons and daughters of Your Supreme FIAT. Prostrate in my nothingness, I invoke Your, Light and beg that it ' clothe me and eclipse all that does not pertain to You, Divine Will. It will be my Life, the center of my intelligence, the enrapturer of my heart and of my whole· being. I do 'not want the human will to have life in this heart any longer. I will cast it away from me and thus form the neW Eden of Peace; of happiness and of love. With It I shall be always happy: I shall have a ' singular strength and a .holiness that sanctifies all things and conducts them to God. Here prostrate~ I invoke the help of the Most Holy Trinity that They permit me to live in the cloister of the Divine Will and thus return in me the first order of creation, just as the creature was created. . Heavenly Mother, Sovereign and Queen of the Divine Fiat, . take my hand and iritroduce me into the Light of the Divine Will. You will be my guide, my most tender Mother, and will teach me to live in and to maintain myself in the order and the bounds of the Divine Will. Heavenly Mother, I consecrate my whole being to Your Immaculate Heart. You will teach me the doctrine of the Divine Will and I will listen most attentively to Your lessons., You will cover me with Your mantle so that the infernal serpent dare not penetrate into this sacred Eden to entice me and make me fall into the maze of the human will., Heart of my' greatest Good, Jesus, You will give me Your flames that they may bum me, consume me, and feed me to ' form in me the Life ofthe. Divine Will. Saint Joseph, you will be my protector, the guardian of my heart, and w~ll keep the keys of my will inyour hands. You will keep my heart jealously and shall never give itto me again, that I may be sure of never leaving the Will of God. . My guardian Angel, guard me; defend me; help me in everything S,o that my Eden may flourish and be the instrument that draws all men into the Kingdom of the Divine Will. Amen. ( In Honor of Luisa Piccarreta 1865-1947 Child of the Divine Will)

tion process of Pope Pius XII bec~use of what it sees as his lack of action in stopping the murder of Jews during World War II. "We must stop the train which will make a saint out of PopePius XII, who during the time of the " Holocaust was sileillin the face of the ho'riots;"'saiJ tIl'eCJiairwolhan'" of the irilluigraiiol1 '~nd 'absorption committet:i;'NllOniiBlumeilthal:"'!' ''Too many trains left never to return. History wiIrnot forgive us ifwe are silent today'on this process," said Blumenthal. She made l her remarks after her committee' , recently reviewed the Vatican's SHROUD OF TURIN-A midsection detail of tho Shroud statement 011 the Holocaust, "we" . of Turifl,shOws ,what appears to be the imprint of a man's Remember: A Reflection on the face. The shroud, believedby many to be the burial cloth of Shoah," which was released at the Christ, ,wil,1 be on public display at, the cathedr,al o'f Turin in Vatican in mid~March. The document's defense of Italy April 18-~une 14. (CNS photo from KNA) Pope Pius XII reopened a bitter debate about the role of the wartime pontiff and whether he did all he should have done to save Jewish lives. Professor Yitzhak Minervi, mented the' widespread use of torformer ambassador to Rome, told By CATHOLIC NEWS .SERVICE tl\re against government opponents. the committee, "For (the Vatican, SAO PAULO, Brazil - Pope The r~velations, published in a 1986 Pope Pius XII) is almost a saint, but for us he is'not the same'thing. John Paul II ~ccepted the resigna- ~ook called "Torture in Brazil," --, documented more For the sake of the friendship tion of Cardinal ...than 280 types of which exists between Israel and the Pau,lo Evaristo torture and named Vatican, the process towards saint- Arns and named Arc h b ish 0 p more th2;n 440 torhood must be stopped" as it has Claudio Hummes turers. been in other cases. In 1973, the carThe sainthood cause of Pope of Fortaleza, Bra~ dinal sold his orPius XII was opened at the Vati- zil, to replace him. Cardinal Arns, nate residence and can in 1974 and no major steps on its s,urrounding the cause have been taken since 76, has served as park to support then. It is common for experts to archbishop of Sao church workers study such causes for decades be- Paulo since 1970. It was the world's who helped slum fore reaching any decisi,ons. dwellers, The committee members asked largest archdioLike Cardinal the Israeli Foreign Ministry to for- cese until it was split in 1989., Arns, Archbishop ward their request to the Vatican. The cardinal CAR L ARNS Humme~;, 63, is a Minervi also criticized the DINA Franciscan. He was Vatican's statement about the Ho- became famous for his work on born in locaust as being insufficient and behalf of the poor and downtrod- Montenegro, Brazil, Aug. 8, 1934. expressed his disappointment. "We didn't expect a condemna- den, including political prisoners He was ordained a priest in 1958 tion of Pope Pius XII," he said. and victims of torture. From 1979 and received a doc~orate in philoso"But it is not possible that he is until 1985, when the military re- p,hy in Rom~ in 1963. Archbishop portrayed as someone who fought gime was replaced by a civilian Hummes was nal1)ed bishop of government, Cardinal Arns directed Santo Andre in 1975 an.d in 1996 against racism." , a clandestine project that docu- was named archbishop of Fortaleza.

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Former Anglican clergyman ordained Catholic priest •

He says his giving up the Anglican faith was not related to its ordination of women. By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

CASTRIES, St. Lucia - The first former Anglican priest to 'be ordained tothe Catholic priesthood in the Caribbean said giving up his Anglican faith had nothing to do with the ordination of women.

"If the Catholic Church decided tomorrow to change its stance on the issue, I would have no problem accepting it," he said. The priest, Father Leslie Lett, described his decision to join the Catholic Church as a long and painful journey. "The insecurity was terrible, and I lived with it for several years before I finally took the decision," he said. Father Lett, 60, and his wife joined the church at the same time, in June 1996.


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and servea the Anglican commu'- . nity in Barbados for many years. Before his ordination, he said-he was "deeply grateful" for his years' as an Anglican priest and finds no Archbishop Kelvin E. Felix of conflict with what he believed forCastries, St. Lucia, presided over merly. Father Lett's Catholic ordination. "Many Catholics do not appreBishop Donald J. Reece of St. ciate that when it comes to faith, John's-Basseterre, Antigua and Anglicans are very close to them. Barbuda, and Bishop Malcolm' They tend to bracket all who are not Galt of Bridgetown, Barbados, as- Catholic as 'Protestant,'" he said. sisted. . "But like many Anglicans, I alSeated at the front of the packed ways accepted such Catholic docchurch were Father Lett's wife, trines as the real presence of Jesus Phyllis, and their two children, Paul in the Eucharist and was perfectly and Anna, who traveled from Bar- at home with practices such as debados for the ceremony. votion to the Blessed Sacrament Father Lett was born in Antigua and veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints," he said. Father Lett said he always had a keen interest in papal encyclicals, which he finds "inspiring." He noted that now he would be able to discuss them openly. "I had to be careful about quot-

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ing'the papal ebcyclica:ls' be{Or~. People would accuse me of being too radical, even of being a Marxist!" he joked. Catholics and Anglicans in St. Lucia, as well as around the Caribbean, expressed mixed reactions following Father Lett's ordination. Father Lett said the negative remarks were not unexpected. "Some people have friends who have left the priesthood because of celibacy and wonder how I, a married man, can be a priest. I quite understand that," He said. Before the ordination, Archbishop Felix issued a pastoral letter to the Catholic community outlining the procedure of Father Lett's acceptance by the Caribbean bishops' conference and the Holy See. The archbishop urged Catholics to welcome Father Lett because "the Catholic Church must always be and be seen as a reconciling Church."

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A MAbNOURISHED woman and a .childcolleei:t.,.pieces ofgrain fromtne grbund at a World Food Pcogtam distribution poiAt in Thie~hou; Sudan, April 1$,. Aiqag~n~ies said a famine'in Sudan-was worsening, andthousands of people would b.e,at ris~ unlessmo~e food is deliv~red to the region. (CNS photo fr9m Reuters)

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"Angel Flights Southeast" offers emE~rgency flights for Cuban patients. ByTOMTRACY CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

BOCA RATON, Fla. - The president of the Boca Raton Pilots Association says the time may be right to start flying privately owned, single-engine aircraft on humanitarian missions to Cuba. "We can make some small contribution in the humanitarian sense and close the gap in a sense between Cuba and the U.S.," said Dave Freudenberg, a member of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Boca Raton. "With our change in U.S. policy (regarding direct flights to Cuba) and since I knew Catholic Charities was open to more contact with Cuba, I called my parish and asked how we could be of help, knowing that the pilots had already expressed an interest in going to Cuba," he told The Florida Catholic, newspaper of the Palm Beach Diocese. "Hopefully, we are far enough away from Miami not to attract the dissident concernS about this," he added, appar~ntly referring to Cu-

ban-American organizations and individuals in that city who favor continuing a hard line approach toward Cuban President Fidel Castro. Only Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services is currently authorized to fly medicine and other emergency supplies to Cuba. President Clinton recently lifted the ban on oirect flights and government officials are reportedly still working on new guidelines.for the _f l i g h t s . ' But Freudenberg said he is hoping the federal government, Cuban authorities and local Church officials will consider his offer. He said he recently wrote to Miami Auxiliary Bishop Thomas G. Wenski with his proposal. Bishop Wenski has accompanied many of the CRS missions to Havana. The pilots association, when it met recently, voted 50-2 in favor of seeking the means to fly the- humanitarian missions to Cuba. "A couple members of the group questioned it, so we toc:>k a vote," Freudenberg said. "The vast majority of the pilots are'very anxious to enter into something like this and I have had several calls from people saying they would love to contribute to fueL" Freudenberg, a stock brokerage

vice-president and native of Cincinnati, regularly flies voluntary missions for Angel Flights Southeast, which provides emergency transportation for medical patients with life-threatening and their families. He has flown more than 20 missions to Gainesville, including transplant and cancer patients in need of special medical care at hospitals there. Pilots are like boating enthusiasts: "They always want to go somewhere they haven't been yet - the more.-exotic, ,the better," Freudenberg said. "I am hoping we can come together with about 20 or 30 aircraft to go down there. Pilots from all over the state called saying they wanted to join." "I am not worried about somebody being killed or injured, but airplanes getting damaged and getting out of there. Would insurance companieslet us go? I don't know about the runways in Cuba and I am a stickler for safety," he said. Meanwhile, the pilots association will have to wade through federal restrictions and get a response from CRS as to whether the· proposal is feasible. "Most of our members are from the Jewish community. I tell them all, 'You all have the rabbi connection, I have the pope,'" chuckled Freudenberg.

JERUSALEM - In a ceremony dating back to the Middle Ages, U.S. Jesuit Father Drew Christiansen was inducted as an honorary canon of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. ' In a short service held at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher recently, Latin-rite Patriarch Michel Sabbah of Jerusalem conferred the title on Father Christiansen and thanked him for his work. Father Christiansen, former director of the U.S. bishops; International Justice and Peace Office, is now the seventh foreigner to hold the title. Local priests are made titular canons. "There is a uniqueness to being attached to the holiest church in Christendom. It is significant because Jerusalem is the mother church," said Father Christiansen. "This is a sign of solidarity between

the Church in Jerusalem and the Church in the United States. What I am happiest about is that we were able to establish strong relations" between the two churches. Father Christiansen said he hoped his honor would make American Catholics more aware of the church in the Holy Land and lead them to express their fellowship with the church and to work on behalf of peace between Israelis and Palestinians in the region. A canon is a dignitary attached to an archdiocesan cathedral. In the Middle Ages, the canon's duties were to chant the Divine Office or psalms in the cathedral and sometimes to advise the archbishop, or in some cases, to share in the governance of the local church. Today it is largely an honorary office, said Father Christiansen, and although it is not used much in Western Europe, the title is still used in places such as Ireland and Mexico.



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LATIN-RITE PATRIARCH Michel Sabbah (right) inducts U.S. Jesuit Father Drew Christiansen as an honorary canon of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem April 15. The title is an honorary one which dates back to the middle ages. (CNS photo by Debbie Hill)

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Several fifth and sixth grade stu, NEW BEDFORD-The sixth grade at Holy Family Holy Name dents from the school have been visitSchool recently completed the Jun- ing the Savoy Nursing Home: throughior Achievement Program. Julie Silva out the school year and many have parguided students through five weeks ticipated in this communit.y service of learning about trade in our country project. Afternoon visits ha\'e allowed and around the world and lessons in- students to fulfill the school"s mission volved much group work and coop- and bringjoy to residents ofthe home eration. One of the biggest eye-open- as well as listen to a wealth of life exers for students was a lesson on for- periences from residents. Fifth grade eign currency and the discovery of teacher Laura Chevalier and Savoy achow little value there is in monies tivities director Sheila Hawes are difrom ma!1y of the world's countries. . rectors and supervisors of thf: program.

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RECOGNIZED-James Ouellette from Citizens-Union Savings Bank presented awards to these Espirito Santo students for outstanding participation in the Fall River school's recent calendar raffle prc;:>gram. Pictured with OuellE~tte and school principal Patricia Benoit are students Daniel Santos, Amy Pavao, Jordan Levesque, Michael Machado,. Jacob Miguel, Max Raposo, Kendra DeOliveira and Tom Landry.

AWARD WINNERS! Eight students of St. Mary's School, New Bedford, were award recipients at the 37th annual Massachusetts Region III Science Fair. They are (left to right front row): Casey Bandarra, Daniel Shea, Andrew DeMello, John Pepin, qnd Sara Maltais; Leslie Ann Stevens, Katelin Bandarra and Sarah Roy (back row)~ Their science teacher is Cathy LaCroix. .

SPECIAL DAY-Students at St. Joseph's School, Fairhaven, recently shared lunch with their grandparents at the school's annual Grandparents' Day. Children ana: guests shared a special meal in the decorated cafeteria and enjoyed time spent in the schoolyard following the festivities.

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MAKING POTTERY-Fourth graders at St. Francis Xavier School in Acushnet recently completed a two-week pottery project under the direction of parent and professional potter Susan Amaral. Students in Kerry Gray's fourth grade class learned how to make ceramic bowls and about the different tools and methods involved in pottery.

ATTLEBORO - Bishop Feehan High School principal Georgf: A. Milot has been notified by the National College Testing Board of Prince;ton, New Jersey, that juniors Theresa Grenier, Megan Keams and Erin Savolainen have scored among the top one percent of all juniors nationally who took last year's Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). The students await fiJrther notification of selection as National Merit Scholarship winners. Athletic Director Paul O'Boy has announced the appointment of Stephen F. McGonigle as the school's new head football coach. The 32-year-old served as an assistant coach and special tearns coordinator for Feehan's 1997 state championship team. He is an '83 alumnus and teaches US and world history at the school. Language department chairman Diane Crane announces that ~,even students were inducted into the National Latin Honor Society. They are Margaux Stevenson, Meredith Benz, Matthew Ward, Leanne Cannon, Matthew Harnois, Stephen Finocchi and John McManus. Senior Jonathan Salomon has been named an all-American scholar by the United States Achievement Academy. Jonathan is a member of the debate team and one of the top ten students in his class. He plans to attend Brown University in the falL Joan la Croix, science department chair; announces the winners of the grade 9 sCience fair as follows: Colin Whooten, first place for his project "Hydroponics"; Patrick Ward, second place for "Can Common Household Chemicals Disperse a Fresh Water Oil Spill"; and tied for third were Jennifer Canesi "Effectiveness of Sunblocks" and Kristen Ettensohn "Botanical Pesticides."

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, eots don't want their kids hanging .out on the streets at nig~t - and TQday I had the lo~eliest after- for g90d reasons. Many of our city . noon and evening: I went out with neighborhoods are patroIled by £!1Y buddy, Father Bill, and we:, drove around in some of our town's beautiful old neighborhoods. '. -l5:'~ Later on, both of iny kids came "\' '-~I ., over, one at a time, and I fed each bfthem dinner. They'regrown, and sometimes it seems like we hardly get to talk. Tonight I got tQ have time alone with each of them.· . • 'ABOOT YOUTtt As soon as the secolJd one left, I got on the phone and caIled a friend - just to talk about whathad happened. The events in my life seem gangs, and in the suburbs people to become more real when I talk live so far apart there's no practical about them with somebody who way that teens without cars can get cares about my experiences. together in the evening. That's a real loss, and many The iI}1pulse to share life over the phone is especiaIly strong in teens who spend time in other counteenagers; and their' parents often tries come back toAmerica and feel don't understand. Many adults see almost imprisoned in their homes the phone as a tool, and they get· at night. They understand, but they puzzled, and even a bit peeved stiIl feel trapped by the fears that when they see their teens talking for keep our teens inside the house af. hours abou~ who said w.hat to ter dark., whom. So, if you can't talk face to face, • "Why do you spend so much the next best thing is the phone. The time with that telephone in your same impulse'that takes teenagers face? Do you need that thing to in safer places to the streets, town breathe?" squares and country stores draws WeIl, no, not exactly. modern American teenagers to the But the teen years are a time for phone. Those long talks with exploring friendship' and for find- friends are an important part of ing out about your place in a com- growing up, plex network of so~ial relation.., If you talk on the phone when ships. Parents. understand that their you should be doing your homekids learn about "realIife" by work- work, if you're on the phone at miding at ajob, by dating and by going night or nobody else can use the to schooL ., phone when they need it, there are What they sometimes miss is the problems. importance of talking about these But conversation with friends is experiences, the added levels of a treasure for anybody and an immeaning and understanding that portant part of learning about life teens gain by sharing their lives for teens. When parents keep their teenagers at home in the evening, with each other. I grew up in a rural community they should expect that those kids where the teenagers all got together will spend a good deal of time on at the country store after school and the phone. In my next column, I'm going did their talking ·around the CocaCola machine. In the towns of to write about some reasonable France, Italy and Mexico, I've rules parents can make about using watched the teens pour out into the the phone. evening, gathering in· the town Your comments are welcome. square for talk and laughter. It's an Please address: Dr. Christopher Carstens, c/o Catholic News Serabsolutely normal impulse. But it's different in urban vice, 3211 Fourth St. N.E., WashAmerica. Mostly, American par- ington, D.C. 20017.

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at the shrine on May 9. Itwill begin at 2:30 p.m. with an introduction of drgnitaries and -recitation Qf -the· rosary's 15 decades. The 4:30 Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Sean O'Malley.

CENTERVILLE-The Emmanuel C911ege Club of Cape ties, which' may be advertised at .Cod will hold its annual memorial our regular rates, obtainable from. Mass on May 5 at Our Lady of Vicour business office at (508) 675- tory Parish at 11 a.m. A luncheon 7151. . will follow and Sister Janet Eisner, SND, president of Emmanuel ColATTLEBORO-The Christian lege, will be the guest speaker. For musical group "Spirit" will perform more information and reservations iJ.t La Salette Shrine's coffeehouse call 432-6117 or 548-3159.' series at 6:30 p.m. on April 25. The A community rosary prayer to three brothers share their music to hon9r Mary, the Mother of God, will celebrate God's love and invite those begin at 7 p.m. May 7 at Our Lady attending to bring canned gonds for of Victory Parish. Weather permita local food pantry. ting, it will be held outside on the A healing service will be held at rosary walk. AU welcome. the shrine on April 26 at 2 p.m. It will include Mass and the opportuEAST SANDWICH-A free nity for people to be prayed over and four-week course offering informaanointed individually. All. are wel- tion and guidance to caregivers, encome. titled "Caring for Elders at Home," The 11 th annual pro-life living is .being offered at the Sandwich rosary and Mass, sponsored by the Council On Aging, 270 Quaker . Knights of Columbus,' will be held Meetinghouse Road. It will begin on April 30 and run from 7-9'p.m. Classes will continue on May 7, 14, and 21. For more information or to COL:.UNS CONSTRUcnON register call Janet Timmons at the CO., INC. COA office at 888-4737. GENERALCONTRAeTORS FALL RIVER-The O~tholic Campus Ministry office of Bristol 33 Swindells Street Community College is sponsoring a Fall River, MA 02723 lecture entitled: "Church Annulments: What? Why·? How?" at 7 678;;5201' p.m. April 29. It will take place in the Commonwealth College Center and will be led by Father Jose Sousa of the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal. All are welcome. For more informatiOn call Sister Annette Bibeau at 678-2811, ext. 2247.

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by Maria Rocha of Rhode Island and include healing prayer. For more in- ,FALL RIVER-St. Anne's formation or to.register please call Hospital School of NursingAlum- _Pat or Norma at 947-4704. nae Association will hold its annual '. MASHPEE-A young adult communion/scholarship supper May 3 at 5 p.m. in the hospital prayer group meets the 1st and 3rd chapel. It will be followed by a buf- Wed. of each month at 1':30 p.m. in fet dinner. 'To register call (by April the chapel of Christ the King 27) 763-2609. ' Church. All are welcoml~. For more information call Heathl~r Kirby at FALL RIVER-The Diocesan 548-2346. Office of Family Ministry will conNEW BEDFORD--A prayer duct a workshop entitled "Marriage in the New Millennium," on May 3 group from Otir Lady of Perpetual from 1-4 p.m. at the Cathedral. Help Church .will meet at 1 p.m. School Hall. BarbaraMarkey, N.D., April 28 for recitation of the Divine Ph.D., from the Archdiocese of Mercy Chaplet, prayer and reflection, a Marian talk, recitation of the Om~ha,Nebraska will lead the workshop. For registration informa- rosary and Benedicti.on of th.e tion call the Office of'Family Min- Blessed Sacrament. All are welistry at 999-6420 or inquire at your come. local parish. NORTH DARTMOUTH-A FALL RIVE~-The chamber Divorced and Separate:d Support choir Sine Nomine will perform a Group will hold·an open meeting on 'spring concert May 3 at the Cathe- April 27 at the Family Life Center, dral. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. and 500 Slocum Road from 7-9 p.m. All feature musical psalms and reflec- are welcome. tions by 20th Century and Renaissance composers. All are welcome. RAYNHAM-Members of the For more information call 222-9191. Taunton District Council of the Saint' . Vincent de Paul Societv will hold - FALL RIVER-The Fall River their annual observance (If "Ozanam . Widowed Group will meet on'April Sunday" on April 26 with a 5 p.m. 27 at 7 p.m. in the St. Mary's School Mass at St. Anne's Church. Bishop hall, Second Street. Caroline O'Malley will be principal celebrant Halliwell will be the guest speaker at the Mass and Fathers Joseph - and all widows and widowers an: Costa and Manuel Fem:ira will be welcome. For more information call concelebrants. A banquet will folAnnette Dellecese at 679-3278. low in the church hall. 2295.

FALL RIVER-A first anniversary Mass will be offered at Sacred Heart Church at 6 p.m. on May 1, for Father Walter Sullivan, who died May 1, 1997, after a six-year struggle with cancer. At the time of his death he had been pastor of St. Mary's Parish, South Dartrttouth, for FALL RIVER-The riext meet- 15 years. His friends arid former ing of the Office ofAIDS Ministry's parishioners of St. Lawrence, New Family and Friends Support Group Bedford; St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall will be held on April 27 from 3-4:30 River; and Sacred Heart, Taunton, p.m. in room 128 of Clemence Hall, where he served before going to 243 Forest Street. ··A support group South Dartmouth, are invited to atfor persons living with and affected. tend. by HIV and AIDS will meet on May . 12 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. in the LAKEVILLE-Hi's Landsame location. Both support groups Bethany House of Prayer will hold meet quarterly. For more informa- a workshop entitled "God's Love tion or to attend call 674-5600 ext. For Us" on May 2. It will be given


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SANDWICH-A program entitled "Diabetes: Facts and Fiction" will be held on April 28 in the conference room of the Cape Heritage Rehabilitation and Nursi:ng Center, 37 Rte. 6A. It will be presented by Cape Heritage Me;dical Director, Dr. Robert McGowen from 9-10 a.m. and refreshments will be .served. All are welcome.

Stewardship group planning workshop RAYNHAM-The Diocesan Stewardship Committee will hold a workshop April 28, 7 p.m., in the parish center of St. Ann Church, 600 North Main St., here. The purpose of the workshop is to trai.n witness speakers to in their parish's stewardship program, as its growth has created an increasing demand for such speakers. . Witness speakers am married, single or widowed people who share their knowledge and experience of stewardship and the part it has played in their commitment 10 family, Church and community. Father Marcel Bouchard, chairman of the Stewardship Committee and pastor of Corpus Christi Parish, Sandwich, will be one of the speakers at four 20-minute presentations that will be followed by questions and answers. He is a member of the board of directors of the National Stewardshp Conference. Other presenters will include James and Christine Schwarz and James M. Riley. James Schwarz is a licensed psychologist and his wife Christine i~ a registered nurse. They are members of Sacred Heart Parish, North Attleboro. Riley is a real estate broker who has been active in the stewardship' program since its inception in 1993. He and his wife Joanne have been witness speakers in various parishes in the diocese. They are members of St. Mary Parish, Mansfield. To make reservations :md for information call Father Bouchard at 888-0209.


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