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community of justice where all persons are recognized as equal before each other as they are before you."

Oldest Archbishop

Going Fast

PORTLAND, ORE.-Archbishop Edward D. Howard, the oldest archbishop in the world, will mark his golden anniversary as archbishop tomorrow. The 98-year-old churchman is the former head of the Portland archdiocese. The jubilee will be marked with a concelebrated Mass followed by a reception at the archbishop's home in Beaverton, Ore.

PHILADELPHIA-With less than four months remaining before the 41st International Eucharistic Congress opens here Aug. 1, 92,000 persons have already reserved rooms through its housing office. While the city's 5,000 hotel and motel rooms al'e booked for the eight-day spiritual gathering, thre are still 18,000 rooms open within a two-hour drive of the city. according to Spencer E. Guatney, housing coordinator of the event.

Drive Exceeds Goal

Fr. Flannery Resigns

BUFFALD-In the eight-county Buffalo diocese, plagued by an unemployment rate of about 14 percent, the 53rd annual Catholic Charities Appeal, known as "the drive that never fails" kept its reputation. Its Appeal Week ended with pledges and contributions totalling a record $4,426,527. That amount was 15 percent above the appeal goal of $3.85 million, and about $275,000 more than last year's total.

WASHINGTON-Father Edward H. Flannery 'has resigned as executive director of the Office of Catholic-Jewish Relations, National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB), to become director of the continuing education program for :lergy in the Providence, R.I., diocese.

Cardinal Prays

Portuguese Elections

BOSTON-Boston's top religious leaders, including Cardinal Humberto Medeiros, jooned politicians and an estimated 75,000 other people in a march against the violence that has inflamed tensions in this racially troubled city. Under a hot summer-like sun, Cardinal Medeiros said "the community is endangered by the lawlessness of violence unless the people recognize that higher law must guide all their actions." The churchman petitioned for the conversion of Boston "from a city of crisis to a city of hope; from a fearful people to a happy people; to a

LISBON-Returns of -nationwide parliamentary elections in Portugal gave pro-Western socialists a narrow lead over center and Marxist parties, indicating that voters in this predominantly Catholic country had responded to the bishops' pleas to stabilize democracy. In one of many last-minute appeals before the voting, Cardinal Antonio Ribeiro of Lisbon urged the electorate to refrain from supporting revenge and violence and be led by the common good in their choice of candidates for the 263seat national assembly.




Today, the Liturgy speaks of Christ, the "Good Shepherd." It reminds us of his tender love for us, a love which led him to "lay down his life" for us. As we reflect upon the Lord's care for us, we are reminded of our responsibility to "love one another" as he has loved us.





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VATICAN CITY-A 20th-century monk renowned for his manner in the confessional will be beatified in open-air ceremonies here Sunday, the Vatican has announced. Throughout his priesthood Franciscan Father Leopold of Castelnuovo spent from 10 to 15 hours a day in the confessional. He was born in Castenuovo (Hercegnovi) in the kingdom of Montenegro, which is now a part of Yugoslavia, but he lived in Italy most of his 76 years.

Faith of Poles ROME-An American Catholic historian said in a sermon here that the faith of Polish Catholics "lights a candle" for others who are "sorely and cruelly tried" around the world. Msgr. John Tracy Ellis, preaching at the American church of Santa Susanna, decried Church persecution in countries like China, Czechoslovakia and Lithuania. But even for them hope is not extinguished, he added. "There perpetually recurs the kind of hope that resides in the hearts and souls of the people of Poland, Whose profound and steadfast faith lights a candle in the east of Europe."

Mission To Lebanon VATICAN CITY-Pope Paul VI has sent a special peace-making mission to troubled Lebanon, where civil war has been raging for the past 12 months, to indicate the Pope's "paternal concern for the tragic situation in Lebanon, comfort the various communities tried by the conflict, and examine the possiblity of meeting the growing needs of refugees and the families of the victims, regardless of partisan considerations," according to a Vatican announcement.


Dearly beloved in Christ,


Renowned Confessor

Here in the Diocese of Fall River, we have annually an opportunity to express graphically our care and concern for those around us through our support of the Catholic Charities Appeal. As you know, the funds gathered in this Appeal support the many social, educational and charitable apostolates conducted by the Diocese. As the "Good Shepherd," Our Lord has the greatest love and concern for the disadvantaged members of the flock. It is to these, especially, that the agencies of the Catholic Charities Appeal render compassionate care in the name of the Good Shepherd. Many of our neighbors. stand in grave need of the services provided by apostolates of the Diocese. New areas of need constantly come to our attention. As Shepherd of the Diocese of Fall River, I want very much to be able to respond to such needs. To do this, I must rely upon the generous support given by each of you

in your local parishes, for it is in the parishes throughout the Diocese that the success of the 'Catholic Charities Appeal rests. Next Sunday, the parish phase of the Catholic Charities Appeal for 1976 will begin. Fellow parishioners will be calling at your home to solicit your contribution. I hope and pray ~hat you will respond in a generous manner. Last year, the Appeal realized mo~e than $960,000. As I noted in a recent report which you have no doubt read, your generous support enabled us to respond to the needs of many good people throughout the Diocese. I am heartily grateful for your support. I am confident that each one of you will come to the aid of your brothers and sisters with a generous response to this year's Catholic Charities Appeal. Assuring you of my prayerful wish that Almighty God will continue to bless you with every good gift, I remain Devotedly yours in Christ,

Bishop of Fall River


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Pope Paul VI Names Twenty-One Cardinals VATICAN CITY (NC) - The Vatican has announced that Pope Paul VI will create 21 new cardinals at a consistory to be

held here May 24. Among the new cardinals is Archbishop William Wakefield Baum of Washington,' D. C.; the

gland, who was ordained a bishop only a month ago. The Pope will also create two cardinals "in pectore" (in his breast), meaning that their names will be known only to Pope Paul himself. This is a practice often used to honor men working in socialist bloc countries or in politically difficult areas where their elevation to the Sacred College of Cardinals could provoke persecution. Portuguese Nuncio The only non-bishop named a cardinal was Msgr. Boleslaw

new primate of Hungary, Archbishop Laszlo Lekai of Esztergom; and Archbishop George Basil Hume of Westminster, En-

Bishop To Ordain Two New Priests At May 8 Cathedral Ceremonies Two deacons presently serving in parishes in the Diocese of Fall River will be ordained priests at ceremonies at St. Mary's Cathedral at 11 o'clock on Saturday morning, May 8. To be ordained as the newest priests of the diocese will be Rev. Mr. Stephen A. Fernandes, assistant at St. John the Evangelist Parish, Attleboro, and Rev. Mr. Edmund Rego, assistant at St. John the Baptist Parish, New Bedford. Most Rev. Daniel A. Cronin, S.T!D.. Bishop of Falll River, will be the ordaining prelate. Rev. Mr. Rego Born in New Bedford on June 16, 1944, Rev. Mr. Edmund Rego is the son of Joseph and Mary C. Rego of Our Lady of

Mt. Carmel Parish, New Bedford. After early years in the New Bedford Public Schools, he did graduate work at the Southeastern Mass. University, No. Dartmouth, and post graduate

work -at the University of Wisconsin and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. Turn to Page Five

Filipiak, dean of the Roman Rota, the high Church court. Other high prelates named for elevation to the college of cardinals were: -Archbishop Octavio Beras Rojas of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; ~Archbishop Juan Carlos Aramburu of Buenos Aires, Argentina; -Archbishop Hyacinthes Thiandoum of Dakar, Senegal; -Archbishop Lawrence Trevor Picachy of Calcutta, India; Turn to Page Five


Charities Parish Phase Begins This Sunday


At the Catholic Charities Ap. peal kick-off meeting held last Wednesday, Bishop Cronin sounded a warning that "if we are to maintain our own character and independence, I'm afraid we'll have to prepare to fund many' of our own services," Referring to St. Anne's Hospital, Fall River, recently denied a certificate of need for new construction by state authorities, the Bishop declared, "We want alternatives, not monop-

olies in education, health care and social services." At a message read at all Masses last weekend (full text on page 2), the Bishop returned to the theme of individual responsibility, noting, "As we reflect upon the Lord's care for us, we are reminded of our responsibility to 'love one another' as he has loved us." Exemplifying such individual responsibility, nearly 18,000 vol-

unteer Catholic Charities Appeal solicitors of the diocese will call on fellow parishioners this Sunday, May 2, for donations and pledges to the 35th annual Charities Appeal. An approximate total of 104,500 homes, representing more than 300,00 people will be visited between noon and 2 p.m. or from 1 to 3 p.m. in the diocese's 113 parishes. Bishop Cronin, in his sixth Turn to Page Five

Educators to Meet In Attleboro May 6- 7 REV. MR. FERNANDES

Dr. Milo K. Blecha, head of the the Laidlaw Science Series, will department of elementary edu-' speak and conduct a workshop cation and profe~sor of science on fundamentals of teaching education at the University of science at the annual diocesan Arizona and a senior editor of Catholic Education Convention, to take place Thursday and Friday, May 6 and 7, at Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro. Dr. Blecha, author and coauthor of numerous texts and articles in his field, has also produced several instructional science films for children, and At that time the Brothers in- has lectured and conducted Turn to Page Ten dicated that they would be unable to continue to staff Coyle as it had exIsted, but would remain in fewer numbers to help establish Coyle - Cassidy High Turn to Page Eleven

Holy Cross Brothers Leaving Taunton After discussion with the Brothers of Holy Cross ooncerning the details of a contract renewal for the' Brothers serving Coyle - Cassidy High School, the Diocese of Fall River has decided not to renew the contract at the end of this academic year. A review of the staffing needs at Coyle-Cassidy High School indicates that these needs can be adequately met in the future through the maintenance of two segments of the current faculty: The Sisters of the Holy Union and the lay men and women serving the school. The Brothers of Holy Cross understand the practical circumstances dictating this decision and will cooperate by finishing their service to Coyle-eassidyat the end of this current school year. The Holy Cross Brothers began their work in the diocese in 1933, when they came to open Monsignor Coyle High School in Taunton. They continued in that work until 1971, when Coyle merged with Cassidy High School.

Bishop to Offer DCCW Mass Guest of honor at the annual convention of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW), to take place Saturday at Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River, will be Bishop Daniel A. Cronin, who will address the convention at 3:15 p,m. and be principal celebrant and homilist at a closing Mass at 4 o'clock. Mass arrangements are under the chairmanship of Msgr. Anthony M. Gomes, Rev. James F. Lyons and Mrs. Robert Bernier, diocesan chairman of the Family Affairs Commission of the DCCW. Participants in a morning biTurn to Page Fifteen

AT KICK-OFF: At kick-off meeting of Catholic Charities Appeal, Msgr. Anthony M. Gomes, diocesan Appeal director, meets with Mrs. and Mr. Richard C. Fontaine. . Fontaine is diocesan lay chairman for annual drive.

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The Elderly Loud and quick response from Provincetown residents concerned with an elderly and lonely woman apparently from their area was not only praiseworthy but, we are sure, comforting to the elderly there.· Msgr. Considine's courageous and tireless efforts over the years have made Fall River "a good diocese in which to grow old." Since 1937 the diocesan family has sought ways to express its concern for the elderly, often at a real but ready sacrifice. The waiting list of some 400 points to the fact that the Fall River Diocese is among the nation's leaders in providing for the elderly. With state programs years in arrears in providing promised help to such courageous institutions, the very fact of their survival is a tribute to the concerned diocesans who have sought to express their faith in the glowing terms of Christ's' Beatitudes. This Sunday will be an opportunity for all diocesans to join in a very graphic manner the concern that has been so well praised. The Catholic Charities Appeal is the energy behind our concern. May it be undoubted and unquestionable. May our venerable respect for life be not only the comfort and safeguard of the elderly but may it continue to be our well earned pride.

Missionary Agents Not long ago a well-intentioned police officer borrowed a priest's Roman collar and clambered out into a dangerous perch to save a distraught citizen. His heroic efforts were successful. However, the CIA's use of such methods lead us all to think over the means used. William E. Colby, former director of the CIA thinks such use of missionaries as spies to be "completely proper." It is more than separation of Church and State here. There is the real danger of absolutely destroying the cincerity and credibility of the Church and her ministers. The ends involved-saving a life, obtaining needed" information simply do not justify the means. If duplicity is used and allowed, all tru'sting collapses. "If the missionary feels the CIA is acting in a manner contrary to his mission, then he should not provide it with information," the ex-CIA director stated. However, once a pattern has been established, it may not be that easy for an individual missionary to make or follow through that decision. Let missionaries be well known for their interest, their courage, their sacrifice and their self-sacrificing love for their Master and not be suspect by governments or needy foreigners. The use of missionaries by the government is an interference in not only Church affairs but in the very sincerity that is the missionary's glory. True, the government will not suffer from such gained information but the Church, the missionary and religion as a whole stands to lose everything. Letters Welcome Letters to the editor are welcomed. All letters should be brief and the editor reserves the right to condense any letters if deemed necessary. All letters must be signed and contain a home or business address.


Published weekly by The Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River 410 Highland Avenue Fall River Mass. 02722 675-7151 PUBLISHER Most Rev. Daniel A. Cronin, D.O., S.lD. FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR Rev. Msgr. John Regan

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hospital and nursing home field and that all Catholic ethical and moral considerations should be relegated to personal conscience. They would march with the black community but never live with them, they would support prison reform but never visit one, they would not hesitate to be anti-Catholic but never antiSemitic. Support to Image


A woman walks alone . . . along the ocean shore · .. on a cool, brisk day ... The few gentle waves ... and the smooth expanse of sand . . . suggest a calm peacefulness. To walk alone at times . . . can be a healing experience . . . away from pressures of work . . . and pressing relationships of family and friends . . . alone with one's thoughts and feelings . . . alone with nature's freshness. To be alone . . . need not be lonely . . . In fact, being alone at times nurtures deeper bonds . . . with one's innermost self ... with others ... with nature · . . and with one's God. Quiet times alone . . . when we are peacefully in touch with ourselves and the world . . . can be special moments of sensing . .. that we are never alone . . . that we are loved . . . by Someone who is always with us ... even when all alone along an empty beach. Stillness is a sacrament . . . a sign amidst life's superficial scatteredness . . . of the presence of One · .. who bonds us with himself ... with each other ... and with the world.

For some readers this description and reflection might be just a pie in the sky dream. However, real factors are emerging that would give support to this image of the new bigotry. For instance, there are groups who think that all right to life groups are instigated by the Catholic Church and by some illogical deduction feel that as a result all Catholic charitable institutions should be taxed. They also believe that all and any attempts to restore prayer in public schools are the handiwork of Catholics. There also exists a liberal element that opposes with malicious determination any attempt by Catholics to lobby politically for their civil rights. What makes this position so insidious is that they alone feel that they have the market on civil rights and liberties. We, as Catholics, must be aware of these forces and factors in our society. We should not feel secure and comfortable just because there are so many of us today. The fallacy of this mentality is only too evident in other areas of the world. It would be well for each one of us to tune in and listen, to open our eyes and see the phony and pharisaical prejudice that really exists in our society with relation to the Catholic Church. Easy days are not ahead for the Church. Anyone who feels differently has already been taken for a ride by the limousine liberals.

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Limousine Liberals There is a strange sense of uncertainty beginning to show itself in many circles within the Catholic community here in the United States. It is basically a sense of apprehension and anxiety in relation to social forces and elements that once more threat' en the religious liberty of the the Ku Klux Klan. American Catholic commuThis new wave of religious bias stands directly opposite. It nity. What makes this inti- finds its roots and origins in midation so very different from the past experiences of the Church in this country is its source. The basic difficulty which seemingly is directed against the Church by various social forces, stems from the so-called liberal and enlightened exponents of our society. To be sure, labels are certainly difficult to define and place. However, it is quite evident that this new form of prejudice does not have its origins among the old haunts of such conservative groups as

what we might describe as the limousine liberals, that social group that has made it as far as education and affluence are con· cerned and has moved to the suburbs. The new bigots would be proabortion activists, would read the Real Paper or 'at least the Globe or the Times, and would feel that the American Civil Liberties Union was the only work force in the country. They would feel that all Catholic church property should be taxed, that Catholics should move out of the

Rev. J.E. Theodule Giguere, 1940, Pastor of St. Anne, New Bedford Rev. John P. Clarke, 1941, Pastor, St. Mary, Hebronville MAY 12

Rev. John F. daValles, 1920, Chaplain, United States Army MAY 13

Rev. Msgr. Osias Boucher, 1955, Pastor, Blessed Sacrament, Fall River.

Seminary Live-in 'Boys in the Fall River-New Bedford area interested in exploring the life style of a Franciscan hrother or priest are invited to a "Seminary Live-In" at St. Francis Seminary, Andover, this weekend. For further information they may contact Rev. Ciro Iodice, St. Louis Church, Fall River, telephone 676-8603.

Benedictine Oblates Benedictine Oblates will meet at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1 at Portsmouth Abbey, Portsmouth, R. I. for a chapter, followed by a conference, vespers and dinner. Reservations may be made at the abbey or with Mrs. Frank S. Moriarty, telephone 672-1439.

Catholic Charities Appeal Continued from Page Three year as honorary chairman of the Appeal, wrote in a letter to all parishioners this week: "Each year, the Catholic Charities Appeal provides the funds for the man~ social, educational and chantable agencies which the Diocese maintains. These apostolates respond to grave and urgent needs experienced by many of our neighbors. The results of last year's Appeal were highly gratifying, especially in view of the uncertain economic conditions, and we have been able to maintain our programs and to move into new areas of service. "However, although we received a record sum, our expenses have increased at a rate greater than the increase noted in the proceeds of the Appeal. Thus, our need this year is, quite literally, greater than ever before." All parishioners received contribution cards in the mail week and solicitors have been given their assignments of parishioners to be contacted. Solicitors are asked to make returns to their parishes immedi-

Ordinations Continued from Page Three Rev. Mr. Rego then entered the education field, teaching at the Dartmouth High School and chairing the Language Department at Bristol Community College in Fall River. Following his studies in philosophy' and theology at St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, Md., he was ordained a deacon on May 2~ 1975 by Bishop Cronin and assigned to St. John the Baptist Parish, New Bedford, to minister to parishioners there in that capacity. Rev. Mr. Rego will celebrate his First Mass 'at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, New Bedford, on Sunday morning, May 9, at 12:15. The homilist will be Rev. Mr. Ronald D. Wintheru1), a deacon of the Erie Diocese in Pennsylvania. Following the concelebrated Mass, he will be host at arece:,tion in the parish school au~ ditorium and there will impart first priestly blessings. Rev. Mr. Fernandes Rev. Mr. Stephen F. Fernandes, the son of John and Irma Fernandes of St. Mary Parish, New Bedford, was born April 4, 1950. After attending St. Joseph Parish School in New Bedford, he attended Bishop Stang High School in No. Dartmouth and entered St. John's Seminary in Brighton. During his preparatory years for the priesthood, Rev. Mr. Fernandes also taught in the Dartmouth School System for one year. He was ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Fall River on May 24, 1975 hy Bishop Daniel A. Cronin and has since then served at St. John the Evangelist Parish, Attleboro. Rev. Mr. Fernandes will offer his First Mass at St. Mary's Church, New Bedford on Sunday, May 9 at three o'dock in the afternoon, and will also be the homilist. Tum to Page Six

ately on Sunday afternoon. Each parish will be contacted Sunday evening between the hours of 8 and 9 p.m. and each area center will transmit the total amount of funds received Sunday to diocesan headquarters in Fall River. Ask Pledges 'Bishop Cronin in his letter to parishioners said: "Perhaps this year you might seriously consider the pledge system for your contribution to the Appeal. Hopefully, this will allow you to make a generous offering over a designated period best suited to your financial situation. The success of the Appeal depends upon the support given by the parishes of the Diocese. We received contributions during the Special Gifts phase of the Appeal, however it is principally to individuals and families in our parishes that we tum, and it is upon people just like you that the success of the Appeal actually depends. "Grateful for your support in the past and confident of your generosity to this year's Catholic Charities Appeal, I ask God's choicest blessings upon you and your loved ones." Diocesan director of the Appeal, Msgr. Anthony M. Gomes, said: "Ninety percent of the total funds of the Appeal comes from the parishes. If some parishioners are not at home Sunday, please call back. Such callbacks may put the parish over the top, thus surpassing its 1975 final total." Officially, the parish phase ends Wednesday, May 12. First Results First results from the Special Gifts phase of the Charities Appeal have been received at Appeal headquarters. They follow:

Special Gifts National $1000 Rev. Francis X. Wallace

$500 Rev. Msgr. John A. Chippendale Rev. Msgr. Francis McKeon

$400 Rev. Msgr. John F. Denehy

$300 Rev. Msgr. Hugh A. Gallagher Rev. Msgr. Thomas F. Walsh

$250 Rev. Rev. Rev. Rev. Rev.

Msgr. George E. Sullivan William A. Galvin Lorenzo H. Morais William F. O'Neill David A. O'Brien

$200 Rev. William E. Collard Rev. Msgr. Joseph R. Pannoni Rev. James F. Kelley

$50 R. J. Toomey Co., Worcester Walsh Bros., Inc., Cambridge Ki~kpatrick & Company, East PrOVidence

$25 H. Carr & Sons, Inc., Providence

Fall River $2200 Fall River National Bank

$700 Charlie's Oil Company

$500 Mr. & Mrs. John R. McGinnLeary Press

$400 Duro Finishing Corp.


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Diocesan Choir Sets Practices A special rehearsal will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2 at Holy Name School, Fall River, for diocesan choir members expecting to participate in musical programs for ordination ceremonies Saturday, May 8 and the Diocesan Bicentennial Mass, scheduled for Monday, May 31. Members are asked to bri"g their music. Those singing at the ordina. tion will meet at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River, one hour before the 11 a.m. c,eremony for rehearsal with the brass choir. LANTERN AWARD: At presentation ceremony for Other forthcoming choir appearLantern Award, given by Massachusetts State Council ances will be at the diaconal Knights of Columbus to Bishop Cronin for patriotism and ordination ceremony, Saturday, Christian leadership, are, from left, Joseph Arena, State May 22 'at the Cathedral, and at Deputy; H~mberto Cardinal Medeiros; Bishop Cronin; John the Bicentennial Mass. Regular rehearsals are schedW. McDeVItt, Supreme Grand Knight. uled for 10 a.m. Saturdav, May 8 at the Cathedral; 6:30 p,m. $200 Darwood Manufacturing Com- Sunday, May 16 and Sunday, pany A C Lumber Co. May 23 at Holy Name School; Frank N. Wheelock & Sons $150 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 30 Ideal Bias Binding Co. St. Anne Credit Union at 'Bishop Stang High School, Wolf Jewelry Co. Ashworth Brothers, Inc. North Dartmouth. Danfred Jewelers $100 Dr. James D. Coleman LeComte's Dairy Attys. Thompson & Reed Dr. & Mrs. John Malloy Dr. David Prial Paroma Draperies Continued from Page Three Thomas Walsh Moving Co. -Archbishop Emmanuel NsuTaunton Franconia Sportswear 00. buga of Kampala, Uganda; Beacon Garment Co., Inc. $500 -Archbishop Jaime Sin of Riveredge Printers, Inc. Particular Council, Society of Manila, the Philippines; Fall River Shopping Center As- St. Vincent de Paul -Archbishop Reginald John sociates $250 Delargey of Wellington, New In Memory of Rev. George B. Sacred Heart Conference Zealand; McNamee $175 -Archbishop Aloysio Lor$60 Immaculate Conception Con- scheider of Fortaleza, Brazil; John F. McMahon & Son ference -Archbishop Victor Razafi$50 $100 mahatratra of Tananarive, MadNorbut Mfg. Co., Inc. Atty. Richard Bentley ? agascar; Attys. O'Donoghue & O'Neil James Miles Insurance Agency -Bishop Dominic Ekandem of Engine Service & Supply Co. Mayor Benjamin Friedman Ikot Ekpene, Nigeria; Antone S. Feno, Jr. $60 -Archbishop Opilio Rossi, apSt. Joseph Women's Guild Nason Oil Co. ostolic nuncio to Austria; Simon's Supply Co., Inc. $50 -Archbisho Giuseppe Maria Coca Cola Bottling Co. McCabe Sand & Gravel Sensi, apostolic nuncio toPorAtty. & Mrs. William P. Grant $35 tugal; $45 Atty. Frank V. Phillipe -Archbishop Corredo BafiIe, Atty. Peter Collias Attys-at-Law Gay & Gay proprefect of the Vatican's Con$40 $25 gregation for Saints' Causes; Poirier Lincoln-Mercury Sacred Heart Men's Club -Archbishop Joseph Schroef$35 Atty. Henry G. Crapo secretary of the Vatican's fer, Paul B. Sullivan Insurance Poole Silver Co. Congregation for Catholic EdAgency, Inc. Doherty's Market ucation; and $30 The ,Mason Box Co., Inc. Bishop Eduardo Pironio, proF. W. Woolworth Company Fred F. Waltz Co., Inc. prefect of the Vatican's Congre$25 Frank Noone Shoe Co. gation for Religious. Mother's Club of Bishop Gerrard High School J. Fred Beckett & Son Fall River Luggage & Novel~U'II ROUTE 28 ty Workers Local No. 65 A WEST YARMOUTH Henry Jacobson Ph. 775-8883 Joseph M. Madowsky 'Briere, Sparks, Inc. Sterling Pile Fabrics "CAPE COD'S MOST EXCITING & EDUCATIONAL AnRACTION • • • FEATURING 9-FOOT Dr. Benjamin Leavitt B & S Fisheries of Fall River Towne Heating Co., Inc. Joseph A. Los Insurance INJOT Corrigan Apothecary BERT QUACKERBACK A. Soloff & Son, Inc. H. Schwartz & Sons, Inc. David J. Friar Atty. James Seligman Carousel Mfg. Corp. 1M Se"IG'io",,1 "ANO MATING DUCIC Our Lady of Angels Credit Union fAMILIES WlIO PlAY TOGfTHEI Will William Stang Assembly STAT·T06""EI' Grand Central Market Oil Heat Equipment, Inc. AQUA-CIRCUS National Glass Co. THIS COUPON WILL ADMIT ONE CHILD Fall River Fireplace, Inc. FREE ACCOMPANIED I., AN ADULT! .. PONY RIDES .. Ray's Auto Radiator Works -romousCOUPLlUfNTS OF A Williston's Auto Electrical Ser'LACKY • CINNAUON. 0., PIoylol ....111 vice CHANDlEI SHELL EXHIBIT Jet Gas Corp.

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Flow,er Wate,hers Enioy A WOlndlerful Spring By Joseph and Marilyn Roderick

What a surprising year for the garden! The sudden heat wave has pushed everything ahead and left us wondering what to expect in terms of bloom time. My diary shows that last year our first poppy bloomed on June 2 and now that same poppy has buds. Our irises showed buds on ness. The daffodils and tulips, along with the alyssum are like May 19 last year and they a French Impressionist canvas are visible now on April 25. and iI once again long for paints

We could list a number of similar examples, but this is the first time in our memory that a hot spell has pushed the season ahead so far. This leaves us wondering what wiIl happen next. WiIl the roses and lilies be a week ahead and will the raspberries produce early? It really doesn't make much difference if only we can escape a frost in the next two weeks, but it does create a novel situation for us here in Southeastern Massachusetts. This is the busiest Spring I have experienced in terms of flower watching. Like most gardeners eager to see the results of last year's planting, I make a practice of checking the garden every morning to see what has popped overnight. Do some of the new iris have buds, have the lilies I transplanted broken through the soil, etc, but this year I find everything seemingly happening at once. It is as if someone squeezed the season together and one has a vague fear that it will all result in nothing in the garden in July and August. Best Time This is always the best part of the garden year, however. We have broken out of the confines of the house and are eager to get at the physical work of tending the garden. Even such onerous chores as cutting the grass seem enjoyable. The garden, of course, looks great in the spring. Most of the spring flowers tend to hug the ground and the lushness which detracts from the July and August garden is absent. The spring colors are bright and cheerful especially after the dreary winter. The children used to come home from school talking about "new life" and of CO\lrc:p. thic: is the message of spring. No matter how often I've seen it, I cannot be less than overwhelmed at the sight of a flowering spring garden. Ernest Hemingway once said that he did not believe in God all year until he saw a daffodil in the Spring, and although I have a fifty-one week advantage over Hemingway, I can appreciate his feeling about God in the spring garden. In the Kitchen Most people think of a year starting in January but those of us who love gardens and cooking with fresh vegetables and herbs date our years from the growin~ seasons. April is a lovely month to begin a year, much better than cold, bleak January. There is so much hope and evidence of God in April that all years should begin with it. Suddenly what was just a yard full of sticks, twigs and hard, dry dirt is a vision of spring loveli-

and a brush and more talent than I know I possess to capture this on paper. Overnight the world has become as green as the Emerald Road to Oz and every flowering bush and tree is a perfect tribute to God's presence. This year the flowers and leaves have grown so rapidly that one could almost watch them and we just pray that the unseasonable warm spell that brought out this early beauty doesn't result in a freezing of buds .be~ore they open. In the kitchen the joys of spring cooking are just around the comer. The rhubarb is ale most up and I can almost taste the first pie, my father-in-law and Melissa have already planted the early lettuce and. tomato plants and just the thought of the 1'resh vegetables that will be coming makes one reach for the cookbooks.. Yes, the more I think about it, each new year should begin with April. Perhaps we could start a petition and at the same time abolish January altogether. This recipe comes from Mrs. Mena Krupa of St. George's parish in Westport and would be the perfect ending to a spring evening meal. Blender Custard Pie 4 eggs 2 cups milk Y2 cup sugar 3 Tablespoons butters or mar· garine Y2 cup biscuit mix 3Y2 ounces of cocoanut (optional) 1) Put all ingredients into blender for 1 minute. Pour into g-inch greased pie plate and sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake for 25 minutes at 400·. !Makes its own crust. 2) The next time I. try this recipe, I'm going to stir the cocoanut in at the end, not put it in the blender.

Ordinations Continued from Page Five He will be assisted by a cousin, Rev. Daniel 1. Freitas, pastor of St. John of God Parish, Somerset; Rev. Msgr. Patrick J. O'Neill, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Fall River, and Diocesan Director of Education, and Rev. Robert C. Donovan, assistant pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish, At'~ tleboro, his deacon supervisor. The music for the Mass will be led by the St. John's Seminary Choir under the direction of Rev. Francis Strahan. Following the concelel'rated Mass where other priest friends will join him, Rev. Mr. Fernandes will be honored at a reception in St. Mary's school hall.

North Dighton Women Cheer Senior Citizens The season's nearly over and the bright red, white and blue costumes are almost ready for retirement, but 25 members of St. Joseph's Women's Guild, North Dighton, are as infectiously enthusiastic about their unique apostolate of cheer as they were when it began 11 years ago. For that length of time they have begun rehearsals immediately after Christmas for a different-every-year variety show, which they present weekly from February to May for area nursing homes, hospitals and senior citizens groups. Sparkplug for the undertaking since its inception has been lively Mrs. Edward Roy who says cheerfully, "We don't get nervous. This doesn't take talent, just guts." But audiences disagree with her on the lack of talent, recognizing that it takes a combina. tion of perseverance, love of neighbor and, yes, talent to keep a project going for 11 years. The women write their own skits and the "patter" linking together their fast-paced production of songs, dances and novelty acts. They range in age from the 20's to the 70's, with one of the peppiest. members being 77-year-<>ld Mrs. Virginia Williams whose "strip tease" act must be seen to be believed. Bicentennial Theme This year's production has a bicentennial theme, featuring oldtime songs and much audience participation. Changes of costume, in addition to the basic red, white and blue outfits, come with almost every number and the St. Joseph's women have become experts at transportation of these and related props, as well as at the logistics of quick changes in crowded quarters. Accompanists are Mrs. Charles Brooks on the piano and Mrs. Joseph Amaral on drums. Mrs. Brooks, with a seemingly limitless repertoire of old-time songs, not only plays for the show but accommodates special

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LIVELY LADIES: Top, complete cast of variety show now in its 11th season of presentation at diocesan nursing homes, hospitals and senior citizens groups by members of St. Joseph's Women's Guild, North Dighton. Bottom, cast members share after-show party with residE;lnts at Highland Heights Apartments, Fall River. Director Mrs. .Edward Roy says show is so popular, some fans "follow us around to see it again." requests from audience members wishing to contribute their own talent to the production. Behind the scenes but important to the success of the February-May season are husbands and children who willing· ly keep home fires burning once a week for absent Moms. Mr. Roy also pays tribute to Msgr. Bernard Fenton, former pastor of St. Joseph's, and Rev. William F. O'Connell, present pastor. "It's a wonderful parish and we've always .been encouraged in this project," she said. Bookings are already coming in for next year's show, noted Mrs. Roy. Performances thi$ year have been at Marian Manor, Taunton; Lakeville Hospital, Lakeville; Lincoln Village, North Dighton; Madonna Man-

or, North Attleboro; Norton Senior Citizens; Catholic Circle for the Blind, Taunton. Also Morton Court Senior Citizens, Swansea; Brockton VA Hospital; Highland Heights, Fall River; Kennedy Terrace Senior Citizens, Somerset; at home for a St. Joseph's Guild potluck supper; and Dighton, Taunton and Berkley Senior Citizens. Tonight there's a show at the United Methodist Church, Dighton; and next Thursday the season will conclude with a performance for Ocean Grove Senior Citizens.

Golden Wedding Mr. and Mrs. Leo A. Martin, St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a concelebrated Mass Easter Sunday.

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Some .150 Religious of Jesus and Mary from across the nation met last week at the JesusMary Mission Center in Fall River for a three-day conference ending Sunday. It had the dual purpose of evaluating the community's effectiveness in the contemporary Church and preparing for a general chapter of the international order to be held next year in Rome. The Fall River meeting was led by Mother Gertrude Belanger, RJM, American provincial, whb is a native of Notre Dame parish, Fall River, where her 82-year-old father still resides. A graduate of Notre Dame School and the former Jesus-Mary Academy, she has headquarters at the Jesus-Mary Provincial House in Hyattsville, Md., but frequently visits Fall River in the course of her duties. She said that "Seeking Together" was the theme of the provincial conference and that it sought to clarify new paths of ministry for the Jesus-Mary Sisters. "We remain dedicated to education in the broad sense," SR. LORETTO FROMM said Mother Gertrude, "and we is charity and kindness toward consider work such as that of one another. The old command, parish religious education coor"Judge not, lest........ Unfortun- dinators and CCD teachers to be ately. some people (to use Jesus' part of our ministry." Some community members are words to the Pharisees and hypocrites) "strain out the gnats public school teachers, she said, some are nurses, caring for reand swallow the c'amels." tired Sisters at the province's To conclude on this to"'ic of clothing, I simply would like to two retirement facilities, one in ask all who find clothes a hin- Hyattsville and the other, opened drance to their faith in the relig- last October, in the former ious women of today to read and Jesus-Mary Academy quarters in reflect seriously on the Gospel, Fall River. Quest Program and to try to look beyond the Mother Gertrude admitted that externals and actually find out just what Sisters are doing to- scarcity of vocations to the iday. Many that I I<tnow are 270-member American province .sincerely, unselfishly and often remains a problem but said she quietly, without show spending hopes "this will improve with long hours everyday in !:ervice time as we work through the of the Church. What makes a confusion the Church has been Sister a Sister is not what she undergoing' in the past 10 years, wears. but what she is. I'd love and young women become more ,to call a moratorium to all talk about clothes and challenge all to get down to the business of working with each other, without knocking each other. Complicated Issue My final response to Father Greeley is in regard to his statement that "relevant, advanced nuns don't attract followers'." This issue is a complicated one and certainly cannot be explained in a few sentences. However, it is my opinion that one reason for the decrease. and it is incorrect to say the "absence" of followers in not due to relevancy (that would be absurd and ironic), but to the changes FINAL PROFESSION: Sisin society at I'arge. The disintegration of family ter Helen Anne Pullin has life has definitely had its effect made final profession as a on vocations to religious life. Missionary Servant of the With the increase in divorces and separations has come a de- Most Blessed Trinity in cerecline of family stability and an monies at the community'S increase in emotional instability motherhouse in Philadelphia. in youth. And yet, to live a She previously served in the celibate religious commitment in Fall River diocese in St. this modern world demands a tremendous amount of emotional Francis Xavier parish, Hystability. If permanent commit- annis, and is now stationed ment to one person in marriage in Beloit, Wise. is becoming increasingly difficult, then it shouldn't be hard to understand that a permanent point them out as realistic commitment to celibate life- causes for a lack of vocations to .style in community is also religious life on one hand, and becoming increa'lin~ly difficult. a greater need and desire for an I do not make these remarks intimate marital relationship on to be condemnatory in anv way the other. of those who have suffered (Next week; Sister Loretto broken relationships. I only explains her ministry.)

'R,elevant Advanced Nu'ns' Fi,nd Taunto,n Defend,er By Sister Loretto Fromm, SUSC What sparked .my decision to write the following was an article entitled "Relevant, Advanced Nuns Don't Attract Followers," written by Father Andrew Greeley, printed in the April 1st edition of The Anchor. I ·am a 29year-old .Sister of the Holy Union and am presently working asa ReligIous Education Coordinator in Sacred Heart Parish in Taunton. As a member of my Community for almost 10 years, I have experienced the many changes that have taken place within the Church and within religious orders during this period. My primary intention in this article is not to defend or explain .these charges. Many opportunities through literature, 'lectures and living examples are available for this. My reason for writing is twofold: first, to respond to Father Greeley, and secondly, to offer a reflection on my own ministry in an effort to help ,those who are ,sincerely trying to understand the Sister of today. . Let me first comment on Father Greeley's article. Frankly, I was disgusted with his sarcasm. To quote him: "The habits are gone. nuns can smoke and drink and tell dirty jokes just like priests. They can stay out as late as they want and go wherever they want, and, protest as much as thev want. Isn't progress wonderful?" My ouestion to Father Greeley would be: does he consider smoking (excessive), drinking and the telling of dirtv jokes especially commendable for priests? As for the time of comin~ and ~oing. all adults have that freedom of choice. Let's hope we all use it maturely. Enough for that. 'In regard to the topic of clothing, again I must be frank. I am tired of hearing about it. The only relevant nun is the nun living out the Gospel message. What she wears while doing this is unimportant. If she is really living out her commitment she is recognized as "Sister." In Street Clothes I realize the years of tradition embedded in our Church and I sincerely understand and can appreciate the difficulty some have in getting used to seeing Sisters in street clothes. However, if we reflect on what Jesus described in Matthew 22 as the greatest commandment: "You must love . the Lord your God with all your heart and with your soul and with all your mind......and you must love your neighbor as yourself," and if we take this commandment seriously, I think the clothes issue will fall into its proper perspective. And even more important, those who have a tendency to be sharply critical of Sisters who do not wear the habit or a symbol, may even have a change of heart and of tongue. I am in no way directing this last remark to those Catholics who simply prefer Sisters to be identified by a symbol of some sort. The point I'm trying to make here is that there is one thing that has not changed from the beginning of time, and that

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Religi,ous of Jesus-Ma,ry Pr:ep,a,re for R,o,me Parl,ey

AT PROVINCIAL MEETING: Religious of Jesus-Mary from American province meet at Fall River Mission Center to prepare for 1977 general chapter in Rome. From left, Sister Denise Renaud, Hyattsville, Md., Sister Claire Lebreux, Fall River Superior; Sister Gertrude Belanger, provincial superior; Sister Pauline McMurray, Hyattsville Sister Rita Marie Emond, faculty member at Bishop Gerrard High School, Fall River. Fall River house, founded in 1876, is first U.S. mission of international community. interested in being apostolic Sisters." She spoke with enthusiasm, however, of the community's five-year-old Quest program which enrolls college-age girls for summer service in inner-city areas and in Appalachia. She said there are plans to expand Quest to a year-round program next year, under direction of Sis-

ter Janice Farnham of Woonsocket, who recently addressed students at Bishop Gerrard High School, Fall River. While in Fall River Mother Gertrude took the opportunity of seeing not only her father but two of her four sisters still residing in the area, Mrs. Irene Murray of Fall River and Mrs. Roxie Goddu of Somerset.

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"If you have something to do, came along step by step. You the sooner you do it the better." get in the habit of doing things That's the philosophy of Msgr. and you don't find it difficultRaymond T. Considine, for al- it grows with you~ After a while most 40 years director of dioc- you get an instinct for making esan homes for the aged, and it what you hope are right deciis probably the reason why the sions"." Recently Msgr. John J. Regan Fall River diocese leads New England and is very close to first and Rev. Lucio B. Philippino in the country in Catholic facil- have joined the diocesan health ities for the aged. As someone facilities team, said Msgr. Conexpressed it, "This is a good di- sidine. For most of the past four ocese in which to grow old." decades, however, he has carried Msgr. Considine's long in- the ball alone. volvement with care of the elOver the years, his work has derly, an important part of the involved much construction and work of the Catholic Charities renovation as the diocesan Appeal, began in 1937 when he homes have been established, spearheaded a fundraising drive one by one. They are, as well for the Fall River Catholic Me- as the Memorial Home, Our morial Home. Lady's Haven in Fairhaven, both "I was sharing a rectory with staffed by the Carmelite Sisters the late Bishop Cassidy," he re- for the Aged and Infirm; and counted, "and by association Madonna Manor, North Attlewith him I got interested in the boro, and Marian Manor, Taunhomes for the aged. After I ton, directed by Dominican Sisconducted the appeal, I then di- . ters of the Presentation. rected the Memorial Home and Not a diocesan home, but the others as they came along. ranking as a community instituIt would have been difficult to tion, said Msgr. Considine, is do it all at one time, but things Sacred Heart Home of New Bed-

ford, staffed by the Grey Nuns of Quebec. And the Rose Hawthorne Lathrop Home of Fall River, which cares for patients of any age, but primarily tJ1e elderly, is also in a special category. Can Serve 700 Altogether, the diocesan homes can serve 700 elderly, and there is usually a waiting list of about 400 vacancies. It is hard to say, explained Msgr. Considine, how long a particular person might have to wait for admission to one of the homes. "If someone's need is desperate, we will try to care for him as quickly as possible," said the director, "and much also depends on the type of care required. At one time we might be able to accommodate an ambulatory resident sooner than one requiring bed care-or at another time the situation might be reversed." Usually, said Msgr. Considine, a person is placed in his or her Turn to Page Nine


Rev. Lucio B. Philippino

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Priests' Hostel, Fall River

Birthday Party At Marian Manor, Taunton

A Glorious Tradition Continued from Page Eight own area. "We try not to place a Taunton resident in Fall River, for instance. We want to keep people near their friends and families." Once accepted, he stressed, an elderly person need not fear for his future. "We take care of people for life. If a person in one of our homes goes to the hospital, he doesn't have to worry that he's lost his place with us. It's saved for him." Most often, however, all nursing care needed is provided at the home. "When we began," said Msgr. Considine, "we had 90 residents at the Memorial Home, cared for by 18 Sisters, a maintenance man and one chef. Now we have 350 people on the staff of the Memorial Home, caring for 191 residents. The shift in proportions reflect the fact that life expectancy has increased. People live longer but also have long drawn out sicknesses and need much more nursing care." Speaking of the fact that the

Catholic Memorial Home and its associated Priests' Hostel for retired or convalescing clergy, have beautiful views of the Taunton River, Msgr. Considine noted that when the Home was built its out-of-the-way location was considered ideal for the elderly. Now, he said, downtown locations, such as those of the Madonna and Marian Manors, are prized. "People want to be in the mainstream." In that connection he recalled that Bishop Cassidy had once been surprised to see a Memorial Home resident sitting in front of the house watching traffic, rather than enjoying the river view. "I told the Bishop that the man wanted to see life. Then a while later the Bishop was sick in bed a few days and on his first day up he told me how he'd enjoyed sitting by the window observing the passing scene. I reminded him of the man at the Memorial Home, and he said, 'Now I see what you meant.''' 'But residents of all the homes do more than watch the activ-

ities of others. Schedules include regular birthday parties, dances, movies and a wide range of oc'cupational therapy. Not Only Job Supervision of four homes is by no means Msgr. Considine's only job. He is also in charge of the diocesan office of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and is pastor of St. William's parish, Fall River, as well as being a trustee of St. Anne's Hospital and the Rose Hawthorne Lathrop Home. He is casual about his achievements. "The fact that you're doing something worthwhile makes life palatable," he observed. He is much beloved by those for whom he is responsible. An incident reveals why. Speaking recently about the multifarious nursing home specifications mandated by state and federal codes, he sighed, "They have so many rules, but no one ever asks, 'Are the people happy?' .. He has always asked that question.

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Apr. 29, 1976

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OUR LADY OF GRACE, WESTPORT Rev. Maurice Lamontagne, former pastor, will show slides and speak on the early days of the parish at a meeting of the Council of Catholic Women to be held Tuesday, May 4 in the church hall. Following the program he will meet with parishio· ners at a social hour. Tickets for a fashion show scheduled for Wednesday, May 19 at White's restaurant will be distributed at the meeting. A bicentennal fashion extravaganza and dinner will be sponsored at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 19 at White's restaurant by the Council of Catholic Women. Co-chairpersons are Mrs. Wilfred Noiseux and Mrs. Andre Latessa, with Mrs. Stanley Chrupcala, council president, as honorary chairperson. HOLY NAME, FALL RIVER Following 6 p.m. Mass Tuesday, May 4, Women's Guild members will attend an installation banquet in the school hall. First Communion will be received at 9 a.m. Mass Saturday, May 22. SACRED HEART, FALL RIVER A communion supper is scheduled by the Women's Guild to follow 6:30 p.m. Mass, Monday, May 3. Meat pie will be served in the school cafeteria and the speaker for the evening will be Rev. Kenneth J. Delano. Mrs. Marilyn Coughlin and Mrs. Jackie Serra are in charge of arrangements.

ST. JOSEPH, ATTLEBORO The parish bowing team will hold its banquet at the Plainsman restaurant at 7:30 tomorrow night. Also tomorrow night, the third session of a line dancing class will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 in the parish hall. Knights of the Altar will attend 9 a.m. Mass Saturday, May 1 and hold a luncheon meeting in the school building. The regular Knights meeting will take place at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, May 2 in the school, with diocesan seminariains as guest speakers. ST. WlLUAM, FALL RIVER New Women's Guild officers are Mrs. Frank Krauzyk, president; Miss Grace Flanagan, vicepresident; Miss Irene Boodry, secretary; Mrs. Michael Biszko, treasurer. Members will receive corporate communion at 8 a.m. Mass Sunday, May 2, followed by breakast in the parish allpurpose room, with Mrs. Jeannette Dooley as chairperson. A parish Bicentennial Night will take place in the center on Friday night, May 21, and a Maybasket whist, also in the center, is scheduled for Sunday, May 23. Mrs. Florence Synnott- heads a committee making arrangements for the annual installation banquet, to 1?e held in June.

ST. STANISLAUS, FALL RIVER Holy Rosary Sodalists will attend a communion breakfast Sunday, May 2 in the school, following 9 a.m. Mass. The 25 Week Club will hold a banquet and dance at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 1 in St. Anne's School hall. The Bicentennial Parade committee will meet at 7:30 tonight in the lower church hall. Preparations are under way for a postponed visit of Cardinal Medeiros to the parish Saturday, May 8, to enroll members in a spiritual association. The Cardinal will celebrate Mass in Polish and afterwards greet parishioners at a reception in the school. The Men's Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 2 in the school hall. Plans are being made for a Polish-Russian excursion \Aug. 11 through 25. Further information is available at the rectory. The ceremony of Anointing of the Sick will take place at 4:30 p.m. Mass Saturday, May 22 and at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. Masses Sunday, May 23. ST. GEORGE, WESTPORT A May Basket Whist will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 1 at the school hall. Refreshments will be available. Bingo is played every Wedneday, with an early bird game at 7 p.m. and regular play commencing at 7:30 p.m. There is ample and well-lit parking available. .The annual communion supper and dance co-sponsored by the Holy Name Society and Womens Guild will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 8 in the school hall with music by the Buddies. . BLESSED SACRAMENT, F~L


The Men's Club will celebrate its eighth anniversary at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, May 15 with a roast chicken supper in the parish hall, followed by dancing to the Misty Blues Orchestra. President Eddy Brault, chairman for the event, announces' that tickets .are available from him or any club member. IMMACULATE CONCEPT.ION, FALL RIVER Women's Guild members will meet in the church hall at 7:15 p.m. Monday, May 3 to make preparations for participation in a living rosary at 7:30. Mrs. Edna Cook is in charge of rosary arrangements and Mrs. Anne Fleming 'will be hostess for a coffee hour to follow.

Educators to Meet Continued from Page Three workshops on elementary school science throughout the nation. He has acted as consultant for the U.S. State Department and for several publishing houses and is active in affairs of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Teachers. Assn. Dr. Jefferson Dr. Mildred F. Jefferson, a general surgeon at Tufts New England Medical Center, will speak on the second day of the convention. A summa cum laude graduate of Texas College, Tyler, Tex., she is the first black woman graduate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jefferson, an anti-abortionist and president of the

National Right to Life Committee, recently made headlines when she condemned federal harassment of Catholic hospitals for their refusal to perform procedures they deem morally objectionable. Not a Catholic, the 48-yearold surgeon deeply admires the Church's stand against what she describes as "utilitarian medicine, which calls pati~nts consumers and medicine the health care industry." Numerous workshops and small group sessions will take place during the convention, responding to requests of classroom teachers and religious educators of the diocese. A Mass with Bishop Cronin as principal celebrant will open the meeeting Thursday morning, and

Schools Vocations, Aged On Bishops' Agenda WASHINGTON (NC) - Statements on Catholic schools and on the elderly, guidelines for diocesan vocation offices and proposed changes in the ordination ritual for permanent deacons are among the topics slated for the spring meeting of the U.S. bishops in Chicago. The bishops will also take a look at themselves during the meeting May 4-6, with both a general session and workshops dealing with the basic purposes of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB). The proposed statement on Catholic schools reaffirms the bishops' commitment to them as institutions which "offer the SS. PETER AND PAUL, FALL RIVER Women's Club members attending a theatre party at Chateau de Ville Wednesday, May 5 will leave at 5:30 p.m. from the A&P parking lot on Stafford Road. ST. JOSEPH, NEW BEDFORD A half hour of adoration will foHow 7 p.m. Mass. Friday, May 7. This observance will continue the First Friday of each month until August, in spiritual preparation for the Philadelphia Eucharistic Congress. Under the direction of the Men of the Sacred Heart, the Pilgrim Virgin statue will .be brought to the church Saturday evening, May 8, remaining through Saturday, May 15. Evening devotions will be held nightly following 7 p.m. Mass.

best opportunity for children and young people to receive a complete Christian education. Moreover, the statement pledges "to continue to seek and foster means of strengthening outof-school religious education for the very large number of Catholic children who do not even have access to Catholic schools." Noting indications that Catholic schools are educationally effective and enjoy support among Catholics, the proposed statement says "our task is .Jess to win su~port for the schools than to mobilize the support which already exists." The statement was prepared by the education committee of the U.S. Catholic Conference Turn to Page Eleven

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Opposes Novak's Romantic Approach to Ethnicity

California Farm Workers' Initiative Certain to Pass

I gather that Mr. Michael Novak has written about me to all the papers brave enough to risk the wrath of the local Ordinary by carrying this column. Everyone knows, Mr. Novak asserts, that I turn against my friends and denounce them, expecting More recently, Mr. Novak has them to continue to love me turned to commenting on the even after theY'¥e been de- religious problems of the profesnounced. However, Mr. No;. sional class in the "Christian

vak assures dium of his I'm sure, you will be

me through the meletter, he still loves. gentle reader, that glad to know that.


However, such a letter is enough to make me want to vomit. It is, alas, typical of the pietistic, romantic, patronizing emotionality that passes for serious American church. The only appropriate ~nswer to it in the intellectual discussion in the arena of public controversy is, who the hell cares? Unfortunately, in the present state of things, what Mr. Novak feels about me and what I feel about him are apparently far more important than the possibility that there might be serious intellectual differences between us that deserve to be discussed quite independently of how I happen to relate to my friends. Respect for Evidence Yes, that's right, I said "intellectual," and I'm not sorry about it either. Mr. Novak may not think it appropriate to his ethnic heritage to discuss ideas. I leave that to him to work out with other Slovaks. But he must excuse me-we poor benighted Celts have always had the intolerable notion that ideas are important. So 'Mr. Noavk can engage in bargain-basement psychiatry about my personality. I will keep the discussion on the level of intellectual differences of the sort which ought to be discussed but never will be: 1) When philosophers and theologians invade the marketplace of social commentary, are they to be held to the same respect for evidence for their assertions to which social scientists are held? I say yes; Mr. Novak apparently thinks not. He speaks authoritatively about ethnics without either having collected empirical data about them or having spent substantial amounts of time (months or years) in ethnic communities recently observing them. All Undocumented Some of what Mr. Novak has said about ethnics is insightful, some dubious, some certainly wrong; but all of it documented. There is great flexibility in being expert on a subject without having to be restrained by limitations of evidence, but, I'm sorry, I don't think that such expertise is responsible.

century." He assures his readers that members of the professional class are not likely to have religious experiences. I wonder where he gets his proof. Our data say that pretty near a majority of college-educated Americans have had at least one intense religious experience-a finding which calls into question m9st of what Mr. Novak says in his article. 2) Is Mr. Novak's approach to white ethnics as a disadvantaged or under-privileged group within America justified? He thinks it is. I'm prepared to admit that people like him and me on the fringes of the intellectual elite are the objects of systematic discrimination, but my data (18,000 cases) show that the Eastern and Southern European Catholic groups have become more successful financially. than English Protestants in the country. Disadvantaged economically we are not. Realistic Approach 3) Is Mr. Novak's romantic approach to ethnicity an embarrassment to both the serious scholars and the serious community organizers working in the same field? One invariably hears this said behind his hack. I'm the first one to say it to his face and in public. That might be considered a mark of respect in another age. 4) Is the EMPAC ~Ethnic Millions Political Action Committee) a realistic approach to ethnic activism in the United States? It may be, but I am unaware of anyone else of those who have participated with any depth in the ethnic revival who thinks so. How many millions ~oes the "M" stand for in terms either of active membership or potential membership? If Mr. Novak wants to .argue with me in public about those points I shall be happy to do so. If he wants to discuss friendship and love, I suggest he do it with his spiritual director. ® 1976, Universal Press Sy'd'c'te

U.S. Bishops Continued from Page Ten (USCC), chaired by Bishop William E. McManus, auxiliary of Chicago. Defend Seniors In a strongly worded proposal, the bishops condemn discrimination against senior citizens and defend their rights - to life, decent income, jobs, health care, food and housing. The proposed statement recom'mends ways in which church agencies, individuals and civil authorities can heal "the rupture between sbciety and its elderly members." The statement was prepared by the USCC committee on health affairs, headed by Bishop Maurice J. Dingman of Des Moines.


In May, 1975, Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr. worked a minor miracle by persuading all the parites involved in the California farm labor dispute to support a compromise Agricultural Labor Relations Act-the first statute of its kind enacted anywhere in ernir, to his credit, has refused the United States. That took to give in to their unreasonable a lot of doing on the gover- demands. While he is willing to nor's part. Only after a series negotiate with them through norof marathon meetings, which he personally chaired, could the parties finally reach a' consensus.

TO SPEAK: Rev. Georges Bissonette, AA, former pastor of the American parish in Moscow, will discuss curBy rent U.S.-Soviet relations at a family communion breakMSGR. fast following 9:30 A.M. GEORGE G. Mass Sunday, May 2 at Holy Redeemer Church, Chatham. HIGGINS Alumni of Assumption College, Worcester, where FaThe last of those meetings has ther Bissonette is a faculty member, are invited to at- been described by Cesar Chavez, president of the United Farm tend. Workers of America (UFWA),

Taunton Brothers Continued from Page Three School. There are three brothers currently teaching at CoyleCassidy. During the 43 years that the Brothers have worked in Taunton, over 4500 students have henefited from their influence. 125 graduates have entered the priesthood or religious life. Many other graduates have been prominent in public service, professions and business in this area and throughout the country. In commenting on the decision, Reverend Monsignor Patrick J, O'Neill. Director of Education for the Diocese of Fall River, stated, "This area has been enriched by the presence of the Brothers of Holy Cross for 43 years, Although we shall miss them, we hope that they will continue to serve young people elsewhere for many years to come."


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as "the strangest meeting in the history of California agriculture." The UFWA was represented , but Chavez himself was not present. That created a problem for the growers-or so they told the governor. Before signing on the dotted line, they wanted Chavez to give his personal pledge that the UFWA would stick to the agreement and would not pull a fast one on them by returning to the Legislature at a later date demanding changes in the statute. Matter of Time The governor's staff arranged to have Chavez' response relayed to the meeting by telephone from UFWA headquarters in La Paz, ,Calif. When the call came, the governor hooked a speaker to his phone so that everyone could hear the conversation. I have been told by people who were present that when Chavez gave his unqualified support to the bill, the parties assembled around the goevernor's desk, and the growers especially were jubilant. The next morning, when the results were an· nounced, the public was also jubilant or, in any event, greatly relieved. It was generally agreed on all sides that it was now only a matter of time until the California farm labor dispute-so costly to all concerned-would at long last be resolved in an orderly and peaceful manner. By hindsight we know that was wishful thinking. The growers, Who exacted a pledge from Chavez that he would not try to amend the governor's bill, have double crossed both the governor and UFWA. For weeks they have been trying to amend the statute outside the legislative process in a desperate last-ditch effort to thwart the UFWA, which to their consternation, has won at least 70 percent of the elections, held thus far under the new staute. Their conservative minions in the California Legislature have refused to fund the Agricultural Labor Relations Board-the agency which administers amendments. The gov-

mal legislative channels about possible amendments to the law, he has made it clear that he will not succumb to blackmail. Headed for Trouble In the short nin, the growers may seem to have won this battle. But they will almost certainly lose the war. For all prac,tical purposes, they havesucceeded in putting the Agricultural . Labor Relations Board out of business. But as Jack T. Pickett, editor of the leading agricultural journal, California Farmer, warned them several weeks ago, "If the board ceases to exist, we are headed for very big trouble. In fact, the minute the board dies the UFWA will start circulating an initiative (to be submitted (to a referendum of the California voters in November). That initiative would pass by a tremendous margin. Remember that an initiative measure cannot be changed, repealed, or amended by the Legislature." The growers for their own good, could have listened to Pickett. He knew exactly what he was talking about. The UFWA, tired of waiting for the Legislature to come to its senses, has already decided, in Chavez' words, "to bypass the politicians in Sacramento and go directly to the people of California to ask them to guarantee farm workers the right to vote. This appeal will take the form of an initiative, to make the Agricultural Labor Relations Act safe from unscrupulous tampering." Pickett is certain this initiative will pass by a tremendous margin. So am I.



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II Irony, Tragedy, Healthy Cynicism BY MICHAEL NOVAK In Chicago, when they indict a Catholic politician, his standing with the voter does not always decline. Mr. Dooley once voiced the proverb: "When a fella says, 'Tain't the money, it's the principle,' it's the money." I find myself that when I hear a politician speak about "morality" and "reform" and "trust" and "faith," my stomach begins to squirm. I know he's out to get me, even if I don't know how yet. The experience of being a Catholic in America is to be portrayed in public almost always as less than moral. Even when we only play bingo, many think us immoral. On aid to parochial schools, on abortion, on almost ,any issue, if Catholics take one position, that's the position treated as less moral than the opposite. When anti-war protestors marched in the streets, that was treated as conscience and moral 'witness. (Even so, more working



Expectations of.a Confessor

What do you expect of the priest who hears your confession? Do you, as a woman, hope he will hold you in the delicate regard Jesus did during a period of history when women were not treated so delicately? ',.




people were against the war than academic people. The sons of the former, not in college, were being drafted.) When antiabortion protestors brave a minus-ten-degrees wind-chill in a January demonstration in Washington, they are treated like unenlightened bigots. The language of American public life is a predominantly Protestant language. More specifically, it is the language of the dissident, evangelical and Puritan strain of Protestantism. The "saints," perfectionists and purists came to this country. They set the temperature. Americans describe almost everything in a moral language, Doth in international and domestic affairs. Liberals speak of "compassion" and "justice." Conservatives speak of "morality" and "the solid, traditional virtues that make this nation great." You would think that our political parties were in reality rival churches, rather than instruments of power, interests, and pragmatism. Americans seem Turn to Page Thirteen

Do you anticipate the priest wiII be a leader, friend and patient teacher in much the same way that Christ was leader, friend and patient teacher to the Apostles? Borrowing a technique from two Chicago colleagues, I asked a group of priests from Kansas City, Kans., plus mixed audiences in Salinas and Atascadero, CaL, to write down anonymously their expectations of a confessor. The extremely honest, reflective responses indirectly give us a good, contemporary picture of the ideal priest who celebrates the sacrament of Penance. * Availability and interest were at the top of the list. "As a priest I just want him to be available for confessionall too often we get the feeling today we are only tolerated by our brother priests especially when our confessions are primarily devotional. "Is he glad I came? Does he show it? Is he interested in me


as a person, in how I feel and hurt? Does he listen?" * Allowing the penitent ample time was another frequent answer. A parent wrote: "Someone who doesn't rush me. After getting up my courage to go to' confession, I need time." A Kansas City priest looks for "a priest who listens, who never butts in when I am talking." Another from that diocese expects in the priest "a sense that it is important to be celebrating the sacrament 'Of Penance and that I am not interrupting his 'busy' schedule." A lay person at Salinas remarked: "Once a priest said Jesus must love you very much. < I think of that so very often when I feel tempted." Appearance of Weakness This observation came from a, priest religious: "At my age (69) I want a confessor who would encourage me and give me a more vivid sense of faith. He should put me in a more personal touch with Christ, but, perhaps, what is more important, give me greater assurance that I am in God's good graces." * Some mentioned their desire for a patient, non-scolding approach. "As a priest I need a confessor who is kindly, tolerant of my sometimes clumsy way of expressing things." A Sister pleaded: "Confession has not been easy for me. I have already scolded myseif and I don't need another. I want to be told in words that God loves me." Turn to Page Thirteen

BY STEVE LANDREGAN Jesus stands at the center of the Gospel. He is the Good News that is His message. He is both proclaimer and inaugurator of the Kingdom. He is the healer of the sick who makes the blind to see and the deaf to hear. He is the One who announces salvation to the poor and freedom to capt~ves. It is He who does all this and then confronts us with the fundamental question: "Who do you say that I am?" Jesus' question separates men into believers and non-believers, into those who answer "You are the Christ, the son of the Living God," and those who respond you are in league with Beelzebub!" Two groups in the Gospel "The pharisees are well born, educated, influential, epitomize the responses of all men for all time to the presence pious and faithful in their religious observances," Steve and proclamation of Jesus. They Landregan writes. "They have a real esteem for Scripture are the Pharisees and the and revelation." This 6th century mosaic depicts the phariTwelve. see and the publican. (NC Photo) The Pharisees are well born, educated, influential, pious and If the Pharisees are well born, faithful in their religious ob- paint of the Pharisees is of a servances. They have a real es- group of proud, self-righteous, educated and influential, the teem for Scripture and revela- elitist, bigots, so concerned with Twelve are, by comparison, as tion. Their teachings are based trapping Jesus that they never unlikely a group of world changers as could be found in the on oral tradition as well as the hear His message. Father John McKenzie attrib- Roman Empire. written law, a fact which gives For the most part they are them a flexibility other contem- utes the hostility of the Pharisees porary Jewish sects do not pos- to the fact that Jesus threatened fishermen from Gallilee, hardsess. They are the ecclesiastical their position as religious lead- ened, honest simple men with an liberals of their day with firm ers, and describes their basic adequate but unsophisticated messianic hopes centered on a fault as their refusal to admit knowledge of Scripture and Jewcoming Kingdom of God and a that Judaism could reach any ish traditi{)ns and expectations. In place of the hostility of the further development beyond resurrection of the dead. Pharisees, the Twelve view JeIndeed, it would seem that themselves. sus with awe and wonder, not 'Blind Fools' such a group would welcome The Pharisees of Jesus' tiine fully understanding Him but reJesus' proclamation of the Kingdom, but instead they are sus- seem more tragic than anything sponding to His call with a faith picious and hostile from the be- , else. There is no more apt de- that makes up in zeal what it .ginning of the Gospel accounts. scription for them than Christ's lacks in sophistication. The Evangelists picture the The portrait the Evangelists own ... "blind fool." Twelve as anything but folk heroes. The human shortcomings of each is 'brought into sharp focus as they argue over which is to be the greatest, or became overly protective and gave warmth and dignity to His By Fr. Augustine P. Hennessey, C.P. manerisms. But never were His officious in trying to protect gracious ways so conspicuous Jesus from others, even little Even the early Christians did as they were in the last week children. not always find it easy to be or 10 days of His life. They try the patience of gracious when they were asked Shortly before He started His Christ and drive Him to say in to contribute alms for the poor. last journey to Jerusalem, Sa- exasperation, "Philip, after I ,When St. Paul wanted to urge lome, the mother of James and Turn to Page Thirteen the Corinthians to be generous John, knelt in the dust of the toward their impoverished neigh- road to. ask Him to give them the bors, he had to allege the gra- places of honor on His right Cornwell Memorial ciousness of the Lord toward hand and on His left when He them as a motive for being gra- would come into His kingdom. Chapel cious toward others. "For you He had recently warned them know the graciousness of our about the sufferings and humilDignified Fu.neral Service Lord, Jesus Christ," he wrote, iations which awaited Him in WAREHAM "how, being rich, He became the holy city. Graciously lookpoor for your sake, so that ing over the head of this mother 295¡1810 through His poverty, you might who was just following her heart, be made rich" (2 Cor. 8:9) He Jesus threw a challenge at her reminded them that they were sons. "You do not know what enriched by the gift of personal you are asking. Can you drink OUR LADY'S salvation through the gracious- of the cup that I am to drink of?" RELIGIOUS STORE ness of Jesus. ','We can," they said. His reply 936 South Main Stâ&#x20AC;˘ Graciousness of bearing in His had a note of gracious patience everyday encounters was for in it. It was kindly without beFall River Jesus an external sign of His ing soft. "From the cup I drink (Corner Osborn' St.). inner yearning to enrich the of you shall drink. Sitting at my COMPLETE LINE OF . lives of His friends by an out- right hand or my left is not mine FI'RST COMMUNION GIFTS pouring of His love for them. to give. 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We Are Saved by His Graciousness Continued from Page Twelve my Father:' Both mother and sons could feel reassured without the feeling of being rebuffed. (Matt 20' 20-24) . . Son ~f Abrah~ On the FrIday evemng befo~e Jes~s died, He and an enthusIastlc band of followers were drawing near the gates. of the city of J~richo. Outside. the wall, the blInd begga~ BartIm7as was clamoring ~or ~IS attention a?d kept s~outmg, I~on of I?avld, have pity on me. The blmd man's noisiness. did. seem to make him a publIc nUIsance, and people c~ose by began to. scold him for It. Jesus passed him by but then suddenly stopped and called to him. Others passed on the call. "You have nothing whatever to fear from Him," they said "Get up! He is calling " ' YO~~rtimeas threw off his cloak, jumped up, and scampered across the' road to Jesus. "What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked quietly. "Rabboni," the blind man said, "I want to see." Bartimeas must have been quivering with expectancy and joy even before Jesus touched him. We can almost catch a note of playfulness in our Lord's reply: "Be 'On your way!" said Jesus "Your faith has healed you" :(Mk. 10: 46-52). The news of the miracle spread quickly. By the time Jesus and his followers got through the city's gates it looked as if everybody in Jericho was out on the streets to see what He looked like. One man in the crowd felt really lost; he was insignificant looking, .unpopula:, and considered a traitor to hiS own country. Little Zacheus wanted to see Jesus but the crowd was too tall for him to catch a glimpse of our Lord. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree along the road where Jesus was traveling. When Jesus came to the spot, He stopped, looked tip, and said, "Zacheus, hurry down. I mean to stay at your house today." The crowd resented our Lord's request for hospitality from the town's tax collector and murmured "He has gone to a sinner's house as a guest:' Jesus heard their criticism, listened to the tax collector's system for achieving fair play il} his hazardous job, and uttered words which gladdened the little man and rebuked his critics. "Today salvation has come to this house, for this is what it means to be 'a son of Abraham. The Son of Man has come to search out and save what was lost" (Luke 19: 1-10).

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serving with her usual carefulness. M~ry had an ~xtravagant idea whlc.h she conflde~ ,to ~o­ body. So It wahs a bsurpnste w en she entered t e anque room with a pound of costly perfume with which she anointed the feet 'Of Jesus. While she was drying His feet with her hair, the fragrance of the aromatic ointment filled the whole house. It aggravated those bystanders who thought her action was sinful waste. Judas Iscariot was especially indignant and protested loudly ".Why was this perfume not s~ld? It could have brought 300 silver pieces and the money have been given to the poor." . Suddenly, the clear, calm vOice of Jesus was heard. "~eave .her alone. Let her keep It agamst the .day they prepare me fO~:~ bUrIal.. The poor you al ~ have With you but me you Will not aUways tlave" (John 12; 1-11). From the house of Bethany to the hill of Calvary, Jesus co~­ tinued along the road. to HIS death the following Friday. He met many others along .the way. And always He remamed the gracious healer of our hu~an helplessness. To. Judas g.reetmg Him with a tral~oro~s kiSS, He voiced a heart-plercmg .lament, "Judas, are you betraymg the Son of Man with a ~iss?" In the presence of Herod s sen~uo~sness, He met such !rIvolIty with an aloof silence au:ned at making ~ man. sea,rch hiS 0:vn soul. With PIlate s searchmg questions, He answered so searchingly in return that the governor wondered about the ~e~ning. of this meek and maJestlc prIsoner. .. Even Barrabas, the seditIOUS murderer, received n? scorn from Him. The Cyreman who was comman~eered in service to help carry HIS cro~s t~ Calvary felt rel~ctant turmng. mto budding faith. The weepmg women along the road to Calva~ were offered gratitude for thel~ tears but deep concern for their own future sorrows. And t?e go~ thief on the cross beSide Him was blessed with a gift of God's graciousness envied by all of us -an unqualified promise of pa~­ adise. We are saved by HIS graciousness.


"When anti-abortion protesters brave a minus-lO degrees wind-chill in a January demonstration in. Wash~ng­ ton" Michael Novak writes, "they are treated lIke enlIghten~d bigots. The experience of being Catholic in America is to be portrayed in public almost always as less than moral."

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Continued from Page Twelve disillusioned when politics is politics. They want politics to be moralit~. The history of the Irish has taught them a certain cynicism about Anglo-Saxon politics. The history of the Eastern Europeans, the Italians, the Germans, and the Latinos has also taught them a deep sense of tragedy, irony, and healthy cynicism. The Catholic people, in general, are not afraid of politics, even dirty politics. We're used to it. That's all our people have known. Ironic Underside Even in America, we're used to the hypocrisy of public statements. In Pennsylvania, just to be put on the line in mines, or mills, immigrant laborers had to pay a bribe. Those on the bottom of the American ladder know the way the system works. We have been on the bottom. ~n some ways, man~ of ~s stIll are. The Puert~ Ricans. m New York, the Chicanos m many cities. In Pittsbur~: two .out .of every three famIlies With mcomes under $6,000 per year are "foreign stock." Blacks are .not the only sufferers in the Umted States. Being born Catholic is to learn early that human individuals are often sinful, evil hypocritical, and unreliable.. It is to know from a thousand years of expeContinued from Page Twelve rience that neither the State nor have been with you all this time, other institutions are, finally, to you still do not know me?" and be trusted. It is to know that "Take your finger and examine high hopes and great dreams my hands. Put your hand into my are often, even usually, disapside. Do not persist in your un- pointed. That tragedies occur in belief, but believe!" every life. That there is an It is the most human of all, ironic underside to every bright impetuous, bumbling, weak cottony cloud in the blue sky. Peter, who is chosen to lead the What Catholics had to learn in Twelve . . . called, taught and America was a belief in hope finally sent forth by Jesus to and happy endings. Most of our turn a world around by His love. families never knew those beNot "blind fools" but the "light of the world" is' the appellation He gives them. SHAWOMET What separates "blind fools" from the "light of the world?" GARDENS It is not their origin, their ed102 Shawomet Avenue ucation, their piety, their faithSomerset, Mass. fulness to religious observances, even their love for Scripture. Tel. 674-4881 What separates them is how 3Yz room Apartment , they respond to the presence and 4Yz room Apartment proclamation of Jesus when He confronts them with the fundaIncludes heat, hot water, stove, reo mental question ... "Who do you frigerator and maintenance service. say that I am?"

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fore. But we retain a certam healthy skepticism. On earth, human beings have no lasting home. America itself, land of the great dream, ~as many ironic, tragic, and cymcal aspects. Those who understand their Catholic heritage are seldom shocked. Some of us, indeed only feel truly happy when everything is going badly. When things go well, we begin to .be afraid. We don't expect realIty to go well. "Something must be wrong. Watch out." Still, many of us today have Protestant heads and Catholic stomachs. We've learned to be optimistic, highly moral, and future-oriented; we like to "look for the silver lining" and to be hopeful. But we know in our stomachs that, just as our grandmothers predicted, it will probably all end badly. Wise women, our grandmothers. It is a sign of maturity to have a tragic sense, a nose for irony, and a deep streak of cynicism. From these, humor springs. The Catholic people tend to laugh often deeply, and all the way to th~ stomach.


Continued from Page Twelve * The following expectation which occurred a few times impressed me: "I look for one who is conscious of his own sins and gives the appearance of weakness, not one who appears strong." * An updated, firm, prayerful, wise confessor. A Sister in California wrote of her hope for one "who realizes life is not stagnant, but full of tensions, who keeps himself updated, who is deeply spiritual and prayerful a person as possible." A priest from the same section 'Observed: "St. Theresa of Avila when asked whether she would choose a holy or a smart confessor, said, "a smart one." So would I. He should also be firm, but never forget sins are an offense against God and not against him." Two final comments of interest from lay persons: "A friendly, non judgmental listening, non-mechanical praying, a feeling that I'm a unique person. He must be present, not going through the motions. Must it be a priest?" "I am not sure I expect anything from the confessor. At the present time I do not use the sacrament of Penance because as a young person it stirred up so much guilt in me as to not be helpful but rather a hindrance to emotional balance. I am very much interested in the face-toface concept you describe. Then I would expect attentive, receptive listening."

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By The Dameans

Livin' for the Weekend Come on darling, let's go downtown, Come on darling, let's groove From Monday to Thursday I'm dead on my feet Most of the time, too tired to eat When I try to read the paper, I faIl fast asleep. But as soon as Friday rolls around, I lay all my weekly burdens down. I put on my glad rags and paint the town. Livin' for the weekend Livin' for the weekend Livin' for the weekend 'cause that's when I party down Soon as ole Monday rolls around agaIn I've got to put all of that partying to an end. Then I've got to start that. same ole grind, With those five-day-week men. Sometimes I get frustrated through the day, I take off early with a cut in pay, At the time I don't really care, Because I done took all that I can bear. by K. Gamble, L. Huff, C. Gilbert (c) Mighty Three Music, 1975, BMI

STANG ACIDEVERS: Jeanne Arthur, sophomore at Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth, stands with painting which received Certificate of Merit at Massachusetts Region Art Fair. Right, Stephen Capella is congratulated by Stang principal George Milot on his selection as National Merit Scholarship finalist, honor achieved by only .5 percent of American high school seniors. Stephen plans engineering career.

"T.G.I.F." is the slogan that arouses more passion in most Americans than most 'any other expression. Friday afternoons find students yelling for glee in school corridors; the freeways jammed with travelers; singles going over the phone book, and nightclubs gearing up for the biggest surge of the week. It's the weekend and the chance to test the fantasies of the entire week. The spirit of excitement that the O'Jays create in their latest single is exactly what most people feel who look for the relief of Friday afternoon. There is something necessarily joyful about having time to break away from work and see another side of life. There is a need to recapture the childlike spirit of play and spontaneity which keeps our personalities fresh and interesting. We need to be reminded that life is more than money or books or deadlines. Having the weekend to look forward to helps to drive us on and pulls us over the rough spots. Sometimes, when our motivation is waning, the thought of play and rest ahead is th.e only thing that will call forth an extra effort from us. However, as good as the weekend is for us, there are also some pitfalls. The O'Jays are singing about "livin' for the weekend" as though it were the only real moment of living in the entire week. The other five days might seem devoid of life altogether. We might even wonder if, by missing life on most other days, we might also miss it on the weekend. Life is not something that happens on rare 'oc,casions, but is rather a moment-to-moment experience. If we do not see it moment-to-moment, we may also miss it when the weekend comes. It is true that work and study can he drudgery, but they should also offer some satisfaction. They should challenge our creativity, offer a channel for our talents, lead us to deeper involvement with people and provide. some sense of accomplishment. Unless life is liveable from moment-to-moment, our attempts to "party down" soon become empty rituals of esca:-e. Instead of refreshing us, they will merely deaden us to life, and then only for a time. Real leisure is important to living because it carries us away from mere routine and opens a new awareness of life. It taps new talents and allows us to play with possibilities. Leisure helps us to step hack and appreciate life all over again. That is why the Lord rested after creation and asked mankind to "keep holy the Sabbath." We step into leisure on the weekend to become more aware of life in the everyday, not just to escape it. Leisure is for discovery ... "Be still, and know that I am God." (ps. 46:10)

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Q. They tell me I'm too old to by Tom Lennon crY but that doesn't stop me. An eighth-grader who lives When I was a child tears were a next door to me is wrestling relief. I cried openly, frankly, with the problem of whether to before everyone. I wanted people give up his paper route. He to knw I was hurt and in pain, wants more free time, but he or ashamed and humiliated. Now also likes money. that I'm 18 I cry in my room My niece, who is 14, is trying where no one can see me and to decide whether to spend all then they think everything is all the money she has earned baby- - right, but it isn't. I don't want sitting on an expensive aquar- people to make me feel guilty ium. or childish because I need to You too may be discovering cry-to get things off my chest. that you now have more deci- I feel that I'm less a person now sions to make. It's a part of that I have grown up. I'm supgrowing up, and as the years posed to stop being human, stop go by your decisions will be feeling pain. That's for the birds. ever more eventful. Should you Just tell me anything. I don't start smoking? Should you drink care. I know you won't preachbeer? What subjects should you you never do. I'm tied up in take in high school? Should you knots with no one to tum to go to college? Would you marry who understand. Jane D.or remain single? A. If you have a crucifix in Life abounds with decisions, your room just turn to it and big and small. What they all add up to is the kind of person you shed your tears at the feet of will become. Thirty years from Him whose great heart broke now you may be a pleasant, re- even while He shed His tears. sponsible person, or you may be I'm sure that Jesus cried many one .of life's losers, self-centered, times more than are recorded in the gospels. Who can write mean, hard-to-be-with. about those times when He was In the long run your biggest decision will center on this alone and felt forsaken? No one. question: What is life all about? Or everyone. We can all imagine in our The answer will involve what you think of Jesus and the mes- own loneliness and ostracism sages He sends your way how he must have felt, after He through Scripture and the events had done so much. The rejection of life. Can His words about was unbearable, the lack of unlove be taken seriously in this derstanding that He had not messed-up world? Will you pray come to earth to be a leader in to Him now and then-and con- the sense that it was expected veniently overlook what He of Him. His disciples felt He had asks of you the rest of the time? failed-and failed them. This was a situation that Jesus Will you become His close friend, or will you little by little shut faced. He would have been imJesus out of your life complete- pervious to all ordinary human ly? These million-dollar ques- emotion if He had· not felt it tions are linked with your hap- deeply, had not cried, had not piness now and forever. In one felt alone, misunderstood, abandoned. In your unhappiest moTurn to Page Fifteen

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ments, Jane, share your strained nerves, your inner wounds with Him. No sadder thing can happen to anyone than what happened to Jesus. He says farewell to Galilee where He had done so much good-and was to be forgotten. All the tenderness and love, the thought and energy which He had lavished on His work left very little mark at this time. We attest to the greatness of His character that He survived this test and came out of it triumphantly. Jesus cried over Jerusalem; He looked with tears upon a recreant Caphamaum, but they were not tears of weakness, but of pity. With all the emblems of "defeat" around Him He speaks of a peace He has which the world can neither give nor take away. His confidence in Himself rises in proportion to the scorn the world pours upon Him. We lose nothing by turning to Jesus. He more than compensates with His love. Loneliness in Home This "loneliness in the home" of which you speak is pathetic. There is a pathos in this subtle kind of loneliness-good people, decent and honorable, miles Turn to Page Fifteen

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Schoolgirls Making Impact On Schoolboy Sports Circuit Sheepishly he said, "She's good, very good. She beat me last year too." She, in this case, happens to be Lori Holmes who plays first singles on the Case High of Swansea tennis team. Lori is only one of the many girls in the Commonwealth of MassaHowever, things have changed. chusetts and the Diocese of Under the new regulations girls' Fall River who is making an programs must be funded on an impact on the "schoolboy" equal basis with boys', practice athletic circuit. Until legis~ation was passed a few years ago, girls were prohibited from participating on interscholastic teams along with male counterparts. Since many schools had no girls' sports, or at best limited programs, the aspiring young female athlete had little opportunity to develop her skills. These girls that did participate in sports d\d so in programs that were characterized by inadequate budgets, limited practice facilities and time, and nonqualified coaches.

facilities and time must be shared equally and more qualified personnel are being hired to coach the girls in all sports. Most area schools now offer girls extensive programs that run throughout the scholastic year. In the fall field-hockey and cross country are the dominant activities, basketball is number one during the winter months as indicated by the interest shown in the State Schoolgirl Championship Basketball Tournament held this past winter.

No Partiality Shown in Competition Volleyball, gymnastics and swimming are popular in many schools. Hockey is big in the greater Boston area and will undoubtedly gain support locally. In the springtime the girls, like the boys, have their busiest season. The numbers participating in softball, track, tennis and golf is growing annually. According to the State guidelines, girls may participate on the same team with boys, in non-contact sports, if the school does not have a girls' team in that sport. Consequently, more and more girls are trying out for the "boys" team. Girls who do make the various clubs do so on ability. As one coach aptly phrases it, "There's no partiality shown in competition. Everyone is trying to win. Maybe, if your opponent happens to be a girl you try a little harder. But, -the girl is also out

to prove she belongs on the team. It makes for great competition." The young man quoted in the opening paragraph put things into perspective when he said, "No, I'm not embarrassed. I gave my best and she beat me. She's a good tennis player and can play anyone in this league." The athletes have no difficulty accepting the fact they may be participating against girls. The general feeling is that if they are good enough they deserve to be on the team. There is no denial of the fact that girls have been discriminated against in the past. The inroads made into once-forbidden territories are easily discernible. Little League Baseball, mini one-on-one hockey, the growth of the women's professional golf and tennis circuits, lady jockeys and umpires are only a few examples.

Lori and Gigi Lead Case High Cardinals It is only right that the girls be afforded the same opportunities in high school athletics as the boys. There are many young women throughout the diocese who are taking advantage of those opportunities and who are rapidly developing into excellent competitors. It will not be long before we

can read a headline that says, "Cardinal Netmen Win" and not be the least bit surprised to read that two or three of the netmen are girls. Read the next summary of Case's tennis match. Lori Holmes plays first singles while Gigi Greenless plays second singles. Case is also having a winning season, to no one's surprise. . Anyone wishing to see the girls in action should view to-

day's Southeastern Massachusetts Division III match at Somerset. Miss Holmes will play Somerset's number one Ron Paquette while Miss Greenless meets the Blue Raiders co-captain Miss Carol Lemaire.

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focus on youth ••. Continued from Page Fourteen apart, yet searching and groping for some measure of oneness, some degree of communication, some kind of relationship and sharing, yet it never comes. There are those little fences, invisible, yet tough and strong, shutting people out from one another. S.N. Behrman has a character speak for such as these in his play, Rain from Heaven: "There's some awful fence in my mind and in my spirit and you're on the other side, and no matter what I do I'll never be able to break through to you-never." Then the woman speaks, "We're all shut behind our little fences, Rand." That's a touching kind of loneliness. It takes a great deal of courage to try to transform it. I think if we talk right out about crying and loneliness we're on the right road. I know this, Jane. If I had a problem and needed a kind and gentle spirit to listen, you are the kind to whom I would go.

DCCW Continued from Page Three centennial program saluting the nationalities represented in the Fall River diocese have been announced. They are, for the Irish, John McAvoy, Fall River; Polish, Mrs. Wanda Widak and Miss Linda Widak, Taunton; Portuguese, Joao L. Da Costa, Fall River. Also French, Raymond Delisle and David Carrier, Fall River; Cape Verdean, Mrs. Frank Almeida, New Bedford; Puerto Rican, MrS. Lydia Cormier, New Bedford; Lebanese, John A. Monsour, Fall River.

1. True, unless touched intentionally.

2. False, he is allowed eight warm-up pitches. 3. False. 5. False, manager may not go back to the mound while the same batter is up.


In the next two weeks priests will gather at La Salette Center for Christian Living in Attleboro for the third annual diocesan Theology Institute. To be held in two separate sessions, May 3 through 5 and May 12 through 14, the institute will be conducted by Rev. Raymond E. Brown, SS" who will review "The Church in the New Testament." Using modern scriptural methods, Father Brown will attempt to explain the origins and growth of the Christian community, its sacraments and its implications. The importance of understanding Church origins for comprehending the contemporary Church will be emphasized.

Last week we ran the final questions in this season's baseball quickie quiz. The answers to those questions follow:

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READY FOR ACTION: Erin Sullivan of Coyle-Cassidy High School is ready to play ball, as spring athletics get under way at the Taunton school.

Million Dollar Question Continued from Page Fourteen way or another you constantly have to make decisions about Christ and the meaning of your life. In those years when the Lord was visible on earth, two groups of people reached decisions about him. The Pharisees and the Twelve Apostles sum up the responses of all men of all time to the presence and the words of Jesus. These two groups of people were sharply different. Making Decisions

Wealthy, educated, and influential, the Pharisees were faithful in observing the religious practices of their time. They had a deep respect for Scripture and looked for the coming of the kingdom of God. But something was terribly wrong. Instead of welcoming Jesus, many of them were suspicious, hostile, proud, bigoted, and sought to trap Jesus. Apparently they thought He was a threat to their position as religious leaders. And their main fault seems to have been a refusal to admit that their Jewish -religion could become any better than what it was. Jesus called them "blind fools." Most of the Apostles were fishermen, tough, honest, simple men with a fairly good knowledge of Scripture and of the Jewish hopes for a messiah. At first-and even second-glance, you wouldn't expect them to change the world. You might even wonder why Jesus chose them. Although they liked the man who had called them to a new life, they didn't fully understand Him. They ar-

gued in a petty way about who would be greatest in His kingdom, and, acting like bigshots, they tried to keep children away from Him. At one point, bumbling, weak, impulsive Peter denied he even knew the Lord. And Thomas' stubbornness after the resurrection led Jesus to· say, "Take your finger and examine my hands, put your hand into my side. Do not persist in your unbelief, but believe." Despite these serious flaws, the Apostles looked on Jesus with wonder and love. In the end they responded fully to His call and made the decision to try to live as He had. They became not "blind fools," but the "light of the world. From now till the end of time, people will be making decisions about Jesus. Day by day and in a thousand ways, many persons are now saying, "I'll go with the Lord. I'll try to be friendly and helpful, and put up with hardships patiently. I'll go on hoping no matter what happens. Even if I goof up something awful at times, I'JI keep on trying to love God and the people around me. But always, other decisions are possible. They can lead to tragedy and doom. II


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