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Convention celebrated all stages of life ~

an incredible Catholic." The convention began with a Mass in thanksgiving for the gift of human life. Bishop Sean P. O'Malley OFM, Cap., was principal celebrant and homilist. After attending Mass in the school's auditorium the attendees began a day fIlled with a flood of speakers who focused on the , sanctity of human life. In his homily Bishop O'Malley addressed the recent school-shooting tragedy in Littleton, Colo.! and the ad-

vancing culture ofdeath forwarded by the "slippery slope" of partial-birth abortions. "Our society is terribly flawed and we need to affIrm the sanctity of human life ... the life God gave us when we were born and the life he gave us By MIKE GORDON when we were baptized," said the bishop. ''The most powANcHOR STAFF erful weapon is love... it's stronger than death ... pierces the heart of an enemy and transforms that enemy into a FALL RNER - Internationally-known pro-life offibrother or sister." cial and speaker. Helen M. Alvare, encouraged several Part of the day found winners of the annual Pro-Life Eshundred attendees at the Fall River Diocesan Pro-Life Consay Contest reading their subvention last Saturday to "stick missions. They were awarded out" with their beliefs and "rea certifIcate and U.S. Savings member that our bodies and Bond by the bishop. The conminds are the instruments test is sponsored by the Diocthrough which the Gospel of esan Pro-Life Office and the Life will be spoken." theme of the essays was "UnIn a powerful presentation til No More Children Die and which focused on a recent No More Women Cry:' statement from the U.S. CathoDirector of the Pro-Life lic Bishops entitled "Living Office, Father Stephen A. the Gospel of Life: A ChalFernandes, praised the work of lenge to American Catholics," the students. "These essays she urged her audience to "trishow us how wise our children umph over the despair you see are. They want to make aborand carryon in prayer and tion unthinkable," he said. love for the Gospel of Life." Winners included Kaitlyn Alvare, director of planMello, first place, grades six ning and information services through eight, from Our Lady in the secretariat for Pro-Life of Fatima Parish, New BedActivities at the National Conford, and Amanda Grazioli, ference of Catholic Bishops' second place, Holy Cross ParHeadquarters in Washington, ish, South Easton. D.C., said the conference, held For grades nine through at Bishop Connolly High 12, Melanie Williams, a School, was her last speaking sophomore from Bishop engagement before taking time Stang High School, captured off for the birth of a child. first place and senior Joel ''The bishops' statement reMaxwell, also from Stang, minds us that we have basic placed second. goodness," she asserted. "It A second speaker for the calls on American Catholics to convention was Canadian be leaders and we must fIght KEYNOTE SPEAKER Helen Alvan~ comments to Bishop Sean O'Malley during her presenta- Mark Pickup who lives with for all people. You must put your faith and fact at the heart tion at the Pro-Life Convention at Bishop Connolly High School last weekend. To her right is Father chronic progressive multiple Tum to page 13 - Life of your public service and be Stephen A. Fernandes, director of the diocesan Pro-Life Office. (AnchodGordon photo)

Last Saturday's well-attended event keyed on hope and courage.

Parish phase of Charities Appeal opens Sunday

Anchor's production manager is also an award-~gnewsman ~

Dave Jolivet can wear many hats with ease. By JAMES N. DUNBAR

FALL RIVER - Today's Catholic newspapers, like their secular counterparts, are always looking for the allround newsperson and production whiz that can get the job done timely with accuracy, brevity and clarity. For The Anchor, that person is David B. Jolivet, a prize-winning writer during his tenure' with The Taunton Daily Gazette, and The Anchor's current production manager. A native of Fall River and a member of Notre Dame Parish, Dave, 42, honed his writing skills as a medical under-

writer for seven years at Aetna Life and Casualty and six years for Blue Cross as a fraud investigator in its Medicare program. Later a correspondent for The Herald News for fIve years, Dave was a writer and photographer for The Anchor for two years before heading to the Gazette where he was a sportswriter and later became editor of the Sports Department. He returned to the Anchor in December, 1998. It was during his two years at the Taunton newspaper that one of his sports stories won the coveted and prestigious first prize in the New England Press Association's 1998 Annual Better Newspaper Contest. Tum to page 13 - Award

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THE AWARD - and the man, Dave Jolivet.

111 parishes will begin to canvas.

FALL RNER - Sunday marks the beginning of the parish phase of the 1999 Catholic Charities Appeal throughout the Fall River Diocese. Often referred to as "Catholic Charities Sunday", this is the day when volunteer solicitors from many of the III parishes canvas households of fellow parishioners to receive contributions to the Appeal. Some parishes, in response to busy family schedules and expansive parish Tum to page 13 - Appeal

'PastoraLphuloiriggu'ideUries'are announced 'by diocese FALL RIVER - Father Ronald A. Tosti, the recently-appointed director of Pastoral Planning for the Diocese ofFaIl River, has released the following information on the state of the diocese and the pastoral planning process which he is beginning to implement ApPointed to the planning post in March by Bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., he is assisted by Associate Director Douglas M. Rodrigues. Father Tosti said that he is starting visitations t.o each of the 111 parishes in the diocese to speak with pastors

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THE STATE OF THE DIOCFSE Demographics The Fall River Diocese comprises Bristol, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties, and the towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Wareham in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. It covers approXimately 1,194 square miles. The total diocesaJ:} population is approximately 718,000, while the Catholic population includes approximately 357,000 people. The face and realities of the diocese have changed since its founding in 1904. New ethnic groups begin to populate the cities and towns. Shifts in local economies and an improved standard of living have influenced changes in demographics. More and more people have moved to the suburbs from the cities. Young families making their living in Boston cOl~tinue to increase the population, making their homes in towns such as Berkley, Dighton, Easton, Mansfield, and Raynham. Barnstable, Nantucket and Dukes counties have become the fastest-growing areas in the Commonwealth and in the entire New England region. During summer months, tourists flock to Cape Cod and the Islands, ,and many churches there provide services for thousands of Catholics on any given weekend. There is a great demand for Catholic education across the diocese, and more and more lay pe.ople are assuming active roles in Church ministry. While indicators show some parts of the diocese are "downsizing," such as the cities ofFall River and New Bedford, other areas, such as the Cape, the Islands and the northern sections of Bristol County, are growing exponentially. Parishes J. The diocese currently ministers to' the faithful in III parishes, inclusive ofthose staffed by both dioCesan priests and religious order priests. With these parishes there are a number of chapels and missions that serve both seasonal and year round Catholics (such as those located on Cape Cod). The greatest concentration of parishes is to be found in the cities ofFall


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In Your Prayers Please pray for the following priests 4.fring the coming week \ NECROLOGY .

\\ May 5 . 1973, Rev. Leo M. ~urry, Chaplain, Catholic Memorial Home, .' \ \ Fall River 1985, Rev. Albert Rowl~y;SS.CC., in residence, St. Francis Xavier, '\' _~.~ Acushnet . . \May 6 .---~<~/ ~ 1905, Rev. Thomas P. Elliott, FQundef,St.~Mary, Mansfield 1980, Rev. Asdrubal Cast¢lo"Branco,-Retired Pastor, Immaculate . Conception, New B~dford~:~\ \ - - - . 1994, Rev. ErneStE:'Blais, Pastor, Notre Dame de Lourdes, Fall Rive~~~/ . \ \ . \................. May 7 1958, Rev. Raymond P. Levell, 'S.J., Professor, Spring Hill College, Mobile, Ala. \ \ . ,. May~' 1940, Rev. J.E. Theodule Giguere; ~astor, St. Anne, New Bedford 1941, Rev. John P. Clarke, pastor,\S~. Mary, Hebronville




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River and New Bedford. In the former ground work necessary to develop there are 22 Roman Catholic parishes such a plan. This process involves (23 including St. Anthony of the collaboration with a broad range of Desert, a Maronite catholic. parish), . constituencies: diocesan administrathat off~r 101 Masses for the faithful tion, clergy, religious and laity. on any given weekend. In the latter, The pastoral planning process at there are 20 Roman Catholic parishes parish, apostolate and diocesan lev(21 including Our Lady of Purgatory, els actually entails six different steps: another Maronite Catholic parish), - development of mission statethat offer 127 Masses for the faithful ment; - data gathering and assessment; on any weekend. - an analysis of strengths, weakPriests . Within the diocese, there are 133 nesses and opportunities; active diocesan priests, and 101 ac- development oflong range obtive religious order priests (some of jectives and strategies; . whom serve in parishes), fora total of - creation of specific action pro237 active priests. The ratio of active grams; diocesan priests to the Catholic popu- evaluation of sufficiency of lation is 1:2684; total active priests mission statement and pastoral plan. 1: 1506. Because the face ofthe diocese and Since 1965 the diocese has expe- the needs therein are in a constant state rienced a 57 percent decrease in its offlux, pastoral planning is a continual number of diocesan priests. From process. After the recommended goals 1990 to 1997 alone the diocese expe- and action steps have been executed, rienced a net loss of 40 active dioc- they need to be assessed in terms of esan priests. whether or not they were viable and Church law mandates that priests will remain so in the face of new situaretire at the age of 75, although the tions and challenges. As a result,pastobishop ,has allowed for earlier retire- ral planning - while setting goals and ments (age 70). According to current action steps for a given period of timestatistics, if diocesan priests retire at is a cyclical process. age 70, by 2003 the total number oC However, it needs to be understood active diocesan priests will be reduced that all. members of the diocese, laity, by 27 persons. This being the case, by clergy and those in the apostolates, 2006 the Fall River diocese will no ·share a role in pastoral planning. To longer have parochial vicars (priest reiterate: while the clergy shortage assistants to the pastor found in the has spurred the planning process, paslarger parishes). If priests retire at 75, toral planning deals with more than 2008 will see the total number of ac~ simply the suppression and/or merger tive diocesan priests being reduced ofparishes. Pastoral planning focuses by 21 persons. Like:-vise, by that same upon a plan to develop and allocate year the diocese will no longer have resources, material, financial, and perparochial vicars. Both of these statis- sonnel-oriented, in order to fulfill a tics take into account a best-case sce- mission. One of the aims of pastoral nario. (given the current number of planning is to help develop criteria seminarians in formation do become for what constitutes a healthy and viordained priests, as well as no prema- brant faith community, and conseture retirements and/or deaths, and no quently to assist parishes in their own leaves of absence), growth and development. Because of PASTORAL PLANNING population shifts resulting in areas of Process growth and downsizing, the planning Pastoral planning refers to a com- process will undoubtedly require the prehensive process to formulate a stra- merging ofsomechurches. At the same tegic plan for the diocese, whose ulti- time, in areas within the diocese showmate goal is quality pastoral care. ing rapid growth and development, In 1997, Bishop O'Malley cre- the planning process will dictate the ated the Office of Pastoral Planning need for establishment of new parfor ~e purpose ofbeginning the back- ishes.


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Diocesan Council of Catholic Women to convene May 8 and Moderator of the Curia for. the Fall River Diocese, will be the celebrant of a Mass at 11 :25 a.m. and present Our Lady of Good Coun-


at 2:15 p.m., on "Abuse of the Elderly and Children." The Sisters of Life is a contemplative/active religious community founded in June 1991 by Cardinal John O'Connor, SOU T H archbishop of New York. DARTMOUTH - Sister Simeon Marie of the SisThrough prayer and apostolic works, the sisters are ters of Life at Our Lady of New York, Bronx, dedicated to protecting N.Y., will be the keynote human life and advancing speaker at the 46th Dia sense of the sacredness ocesan Convention of of all human life - beginthe Fall River Diocesan ning with the infant in the Council of Catholic womb and extending to all Women to be held Satthose vulnerable to the urday, May 8 at St. threat of euthanasia. Mary's Parish Center The sisters' work inhere. volves serving women , through spiritual counselThe theme of the ing, retreats, and speaking convention is, "Father, to evangelize the Church's Giver of Life, Help Us to Respect Life." teaching on the sanctity of SISTERS OF LIF~ - respond to the call human life. They also diRegistration opens at 8 a.m., followed by a to dedicate their lives to God and spread the rect the Dr. Joseph R. Stanton Human Life Issues business meeting. The Church's teaching on the Gospel of Life. president's address and Library and Resource Center, a clearinghouse of moderator's message will be at 9:45 a.m., and the princi- sel Awards. The afternoon session information available to schools, pal address will be at 10 a.m. Msgr. includes the new president's mes- pro-life organizations, sch9lars and George W. Coleman, Vicar General , sage at 2 p.m., and a panel discus- other interested people or groups.


Theme will key on sacredness of human life.

La Salette planning a workshop for women ~

The program will key on sharing, learning and healing. . .

ATIlEBORO, Mass. -Christine Homen, MSW, a licensed, independent clinical social worker and newest member of the staff at the La Salette Counseling Center, will be the presenter at a daylong workshop especially geared for women, Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Shrine. The session will be built on the theme, "Mothers and Daughters: Nuturing Ourselves and Each Other." It will include topics such as: early nurturing and maternal messages; impact of mother-loss and forming a sense ofself; mother care, role reversal and groundwork for understanding; and pathways to peace. Homen, who resides in South Dartmouth, said she decided to offer this particular program because mother/daughter issues come up frequently in her practice and she felt there is a real need for a day devoted to the issue. ''The Counseling Center is one of the services offered by La Salette under the direction of La Salette Father George Brennan, who is a licensed psychologist," said Homen. "We provide licensed therapy, clinical counseling and pastoral counseling services under one, roof. We service individuals, couples and families - and religious men and women too." ' Homen said that most of her practice to date has been women. "I mostly encounter emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, marital problems; those trying to manage their , anger or recover from traumatic experiences such as a hurtful childhood. We also have people who need to recover from griefand death. And many

families have communications problems." Many who come, to see Homen describe their concerns around religious issues, she said. 'They worry


about their faith in God, whether they have been forgiven, or whether they are good or not. Sometimes'we fmd that underlying those are really problems with self- esteem," Homen reported. "Often these scrupulous thoughts can be healed by a combination ofpastoral counseling and clinical knowledge." Although thf< worship is entitled "Mothers and Daughters..." there is no need for mothers to come to the workshop with their daughters and vice versa, she noted. Homen, a native of New Bedford, is a former religious sister. She received her master's degree in social work from Boston University and her undergraduate degree in psychology from UMass Dartmouth; "Most of my clinical work has been in health care," Homen said. Pre-registration for the worship is required. For more information' and to register, call the La Salette Counseling Center at 226-8220.






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will begin at 6:40 p.m. Quinn, who died May 12, 1944, and was buried in Nairobi, was an envoy to Africa. Even as her health declined, she worked for nearly eight years setting up hundreds of Legion of Mary groups, prompting thousands of Africans to become engaged in the Church's work of evangelization.

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immigrant cultures. universal term for thousands of exIf you choose socialjustice min- citing Church careers. "I am wond~ring whether lay istry, it will take you into ghettos Let's turn to our second quesministry is for me and, if so, will I and barrios, and have you mixing tion about a lay minister supportbe able to feed my family on its with the poor and disadvantaged, ing his or her family. salary?" not to mention public social serWith the exception perhaps of Many young people have these vices. serving in some places as a diocquestions, which a student recently It could be you are a gifted man- esan lawyer or architect, there are posed to me. Lay ministry inspires ager. If so, then what about serving almost no six-figure lay-ministry young people, but knowing it takes as a parish manager? Although it jobs. Chances are you will be in a money to raise a family makes sounds very secular, it is a ministry lower income bracket than most them hesitant. because' without it many ministers people your age. But this need not If you are considering lay . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - , be the case if you are an entreministry but are hesitant, what L .. I d' If preneur. ay ministry en s Itse to I know lay ministers who might help you to decide? The fIrst thing to do is to step creative ideas, and 路creative ilave complemented their salabackand view the entirety of lay ideas are always in demand ries by writing programs, books ministry. It consists of adult min- and well relAlafi,,.Ied. and columns pertaining to their v,. UI ministry. Many give lectures istry, 'which serves adults who desire to l~arn more about their .. around the diocese and counfaith, Catholic tradition, l i t e r a - . .try, and even have lectured in ture, art and music. can't function. Europe. Lay ministry lends itself There is family ministry, which . Don't overlook campus minis- to creative ideas, and creative ideas .serves families needing support in .try, which involves not only minis- m:e always in demand and well re. parenting; widows and widowers; tering to university and college stu- warded. single-parent families; t4e di- dents, but also teaching in their Not only arefresh, creative ideas in demand, but so are today's lay vorced and separated; and those classrooms. who are single and never have marOil the diocesan level, bishops ministers. In a recent article in America, ried. can. always use canon lawyers, If you like the idea of teach- given all the marriages and canoni- Joseph Harris wrote that there is a ing, then being a religious educa- cal problems they face. They are need to educate and produce 5,000 tor or director of religious educa- also now.employing lay chancel- new lay ministers each year in the tion might be just the ministry for lors. And then there are diocesan United States to keep up with our you. offices of religious education, lit- growing Catholic population. Perhaps you are a linguist urgy, Catholic education, migraIf you are attracted to lay minisand love the richness of other tion, communications, family and try, try it. It is not ordinary work, cultures. If so, multicultural youth ministry, to name a few that but it touches the supernatural. You ministry is your calling, espe- need lay ministers. are needed more than ever, and your cially since most American parThere are so many dimensions family won't starve if you are good ishes are now a mixture of new of lay ministry. "Lay ministry" is a at what you do. CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE


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Scholars name "Pieta', as' art best reflecting Gospel ~ It drew more votes than

said it "captures both the power and the humility of God, and both the humanity and divinity of Christ." Another Michelangelo work, the painting of the creation of Adam on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, was nominated by Joseph fl. Kelly, professor of religious studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland. Handel's "Messiah" was chosen by William R. Barnett, associate professor of religious studies at Le Moyne College, because "its text By JAMES BREIG includes the entire economy of salCATHOUC NEWS SERVlqE vation from both the Jewish and Christian Scriptures. Handel's ALBANY, N. Y. - If you want to achievement reminds all of the clas. see the essential teaching of Christ sical meaning of the Christian mesvisualized in art, look at the "Pieta" by Michelangelo. sage as wen as its rootedness in JewThat's what several ish tradition." The choice of Benedictine Fatheologians and 1 .'::J' ~< UnIversIty historians anofAmerica in ther James Wiseman, from the deswered when ~"7./W, 5~J Washington, partment of theology at Catholic they were asked "". / ; . ' \'. . f.. l who lauded University, was "any of the magthis question:. ,i;~~' the sculp- nificent photos that show the planet "Other than the 'II. " J ~r '~_\' ture "for its Earth from outer space." . . . .J,.,.... ... , Bible, what work Father Charles D. Skok, profes.', •. .... . '. beauty and MARC SCHWEDE of the Church of Annunciation in Buffalo, N.Y., of art best illumisor emeritus of religious studies at yells across the street to supporters of legal abortion near the clirlic nates or cap,Gonzaga University in Spokane, where slain Dr. Barnett Slepian worked in Buffalo. '(CNS photo by tures Christ's . ~ ,·'tJ ./ Wash., selected Leonardo da Vinci's ;::Michael Okoniewski) message?" ''The Last Supper" because "it has been the inspiration for They were responding to the many similar works of art fourth in a series in practically every of quesculture of the , world" and because t ion s posed to it "embodies the oria panel 1"~Jlftl( \~, gin of the cel~brationofschol:t : /~ \' of the EucharISt." afS from /~;.:...' i Three of the scholApril 25, 1999' '. ~ , ; ' , ars selected written Catholic Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina univerworks as their candisities \1 dates. "The Divine \ through:J" \ Com~dy," Da,nte's ,. epIc poem, IS the out the nation ........"" 'j~' ...., "great c,la~sic ''Dear children, Also today I call you to prayer. Little children, by The . • '~of ChrIstIan be joyful carriers of peace and love in this peaceless world. By Evangeculture," said fasting and prayer, witnes~ that you are mine and that you live lis t , '~......... Lawrence S. my messages. Pray and seek! I am praying and interceding for newspa-· Cunningham you before God that you convert, that your life and behavior per of ~ d,; \:',~)l.l from the theolalways be Christian. .~':,' f:... L.:";1,\ ogy department the Al"Thank you for having responded to my call." b any THE PIETA by Michelangelo sits inside St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. a~ the UniverDiocese, The 16th-century sculpture depicts Mary cradling the crucified body slty of ~otre OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE GROUP in an- of Christ. (CNS file photo) Dame. How ticipa. could you not tion of love a poet who MarUln Messengers . the coming millennilim. ·P.O. Box 647, Framingham, MA 01701. Tel. 1·508·879~9318 demptive act of Christ, which it rep- understood that a man could'iead Four panelists chose the "Pieta" resents...· you through hell and purgatory, which is on permanent display in Maureen A. Tilley, associate pro- but it took a woman to show you SL Peter's Basilica. Others found fessor of religious studies at the Uni- heaven?" '. All 'Welcome ,the }jest encaps~lation of the m~s­ versity of Dayton in Ohio, said that Francesco c. Cesareo, associate sage of Christ in "Messiah" orato- the "Pieta" ."portrays the image of professor of history and director of rio by George Frideric Handel, in God'siedemptive love in the battered the Institute of Catholic Studies at various books or even in the pho- an~ broken body of Jesus:" ' :. John Carroll, chose "The Imitation tographs of the -planet Earth sent .' Another vote for the "Pieta" came of Christ" by Thomas a Kempis from outer space. Diocesan Charismatic. Healing from Jesuit Father Robert Scully;'as- because "it embodies the notion , . "The: single '":lost impoitant ¥sista,nt ,)cofessor of history at Le that the truespiritual'life is the imi(' ; .Pseparation for Pentecost' ," .'. ' " .. tistic expression 'of the Christian Moyne College in~Syracuse, who tation of Christ;',~,

da Vinci's "Last Supper"; Handel's . "Messiah"; Kempis' "Imitation of Christ'", Dante's "Divine Comedy"; and photos of planet Earth from space.


faith is the masterful 16th-century sculpture, the 'Pieta' of Michelangelo," said Father Conrad Harkins, associate professor of theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in.Ohio. "The work perfectly captures Christ's message of total loving dedication to the Father," he added. "If art can be in~pired, who would deny the power that guided Michelangelo's hand?" Also selecting the "Pieta" was 'Jude P. •.•~'.,,' Dougherty, .dean ofthe .( ,l-" school of ;1' ph i loso-

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WESTPALMBEACH,Aa(CNS) - The Norton Museum ofArt in West Palm Beach reported thesecond-highest ticket sales of the five U.S, cities which hosted the blockbuster art exhibition 'The Invisible Made Visible: Angels from the Vatican." More than '110,000 tickets were sold at the Norton; the top attendance was 205,704 reported by theSt. Louis Art Museum, which had the longest run of the show.



'Detroit's Institute of Art reported the third~highest ticket'sales at 101,033. LosAngeles, where the show was on display at the Armand Hammer Museum ofArt and CulturaiCenter, reported about 61 ,500 tickets sold, and the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore reported about 54,000. The exhibit, which closed in West Palm Beach April 4, was headed to Ontario for a final, recently added show.



The exhibition explored the imagery of angels with prototypes of nonbiblical cultural and artistic traditions of winged victories, genies and semidivine figures of the Assyrians, Etruscans, Greeks and Romans. With over 100 rare and sacred objects dating from the ninth century B.c. to the 20th century A.D., it ineluded works of Raphael, Fra Angelico, Guido Reni, Ludovico Carracci and Salvador Dali.




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Strengths of the Church in 'America Shortly after a conversation with of Msgr. Gregory Smith, head of the some Catholic friends in which we Institute for 'leligious Education found ourselves in negative terri- and Pastoral Studies, based at Satory, worrying about the shortage cred Heart. The two men are longof priests, I had some positive good time friends who have connected fortune. their two universities with collaboI was invited to a talk given by rative programs dedicated to the John Dick, a theologian who ongoing formation of adult leaderteaches at of the Catholic University ofLeuven in Leuven, Belgium. I have carried his affirming words like a security blanket By Antoinette Bosco ever since: "This is no time for American ship in Church ministry. Catholics to be in the doldrums." I knew I was going to like this Dick, coordinator of international man the minute I met him when he research and programming at his held out his hand and said, "I'm university's European center for ethJack." With that kind of personal ics, said he has studied Catholics rapport, Dick, an expert on the prob- around the world, and, definitely, lems and strengths of the Church American Catholics are different. The Catholic Church in America in America, connected immediately with us, a small group sitting around "has the best educated laity and a table at Sacred Heart University priests; we are the most vocal, but in Fairfield, Conn. tend to speak only after some reflecWe were there at the invitation tion. Unlike Europeans, American

Catholics are not dropping out of the Church and have not become anticlerical; we are loyal to our priests. And we are nonhierarchical, [knowing] we're the Church," he said. He noted that Catholics comprise 25 percent of the most educated and affluent American population, and he saw a growing trend: "There's a certain status in being a Catholic." This said, Dick did not gloss over what remains a major problem, the diminishing number of priests. He quoted from a speech Archbishop Jean Jadot, the Vatican's ap" ostolic delegate in the United States from 1973 to 1980, made to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1976. Archbishop Jadot noted that in some places two priests were trying to do the work of four, some were "chronically tired and frustrated," and some literally "dying" from overwork. He told the bishops, "I am deeply convinced that we must seriously study the problem. When I say 'we' I mean bishops and priests, religious and laity, all together." Msgr. Smith commented that

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these words by the far-sighted Archbishop Jadot sounded as if they had been spoken today! Archbishop Jadot was selected for the U.S. post by Pope Paul VI. During the archbishop's tenure as apostolic delegate, more than 100 bishops were named. "The Jadot bishops," Dick said, "were priests who had more of a pastoral background, who were more American orie!1ted, believed in shared decision making, freedom of conscience and fundamental human equality." Archbishop Jadot, now 90, retired

and living in Brussels, has selected Dick to write his memoirs. Archbishop Jadot's tenure in the United States ended in 1980, and according to Dick this was for having a "management style" Rome found incompatible. But, Dick said, "there is still a positive, post-Vatican II momentum going on. History will be kind to Archbishop Jadot. He made an important contribution." Meeting and hearing Dick made my day and reminded me again that Christ's Church always will endure.

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Where the Church stands on the death penalty Q. There is much discussion in our state about the death penalty. The "Catechism of the Catholic Church" (No. 2266) repeats the "traditional teaching of the Church" that public authorities have the right to punish crimes with penalties commensurate with the crime, "not excluding, in cases of extreme gravity, the death pen-

Questions and Answers By Fathar John J. Dietzen alty." I'm really struggling with this issue. The pope and our own bishop seem to say the Church is totally against the death penalty. I cannot be the only one confused. Where do we stand? It would help me make an intelligent, convicted decision. (Massachusetts) A. Some confusion is understandable considering the movement in the Church's position, as reflected by Pope John Paul II and most bishops, over the past several years. First, the catechism itself is now much more explicit. A new article (No. 2267) in the revised edition repeats the traditional position, but then adds, "If nonlethal means are sufficient to protect and defend the security of persons, then public authorities must limit .themselves to such means." Today, it continues, the state has. other ways to make a guilty person incapable of further harm, "without definitively taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself." Cases in which execution of the offender is necessary "are very rare, if not practically nonexistent." In St. Louis this past January, Pope John Paul II repeated his appeal of last Christmas to build "a consensus to end the death penalty, which is cruel and unnecessary."

Anyone who has followed events of the past few years can understand why the pope plus an endless stream of bishops and other Catholic leaders have come to such a hard line about the evils of the death penalty. The major reasons might be summarized as follows. -The death penalty is applied with gross inequity. For example, 12 percent of the prisoners on death row are in Texas, which has about 7 percent of the population and leads the country in number of executions. Everywhere in the United States, those on death row are predominantly the poor and racial minorities. -No evidence exists that the death penalty. is a deterrent to crime. As the Texas bishops point out, states which have the death penalty have no lower rates of crime than states without it. ' -Many condemned to death have been later found innocent. At a recent conference at the Northwestern University Law School, reports showed that since 1976, when the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty, more than 500 persons have been executed. As of last year, of the 75 individuals scheduled for execution, one out of seven had their sentences reversed because of new evidence. Based on this percentage, it is reasonable to assume that nearly 500 persons out of approximately 3,500 now on death row are innocent and may be found innocent before or after they are executed for the crimes for which they are convicted. , As the 'only developed nation in the world which has the death penalty, the United States is in the unenviable company of countries like Iraq, Iran and China. There are others, but one that Church leaders (Catholic and others) often point to in their opposition is the simple dehumanization

of a society that officially kills any of its members, for any reason. One mother, whose child was viciously murdered, opposed the death penalty for the murderer, saying, ''There has been enough killing." Too often plain revenge is the real motive behind wanting the death of a perpetrator of a vicious crime. And, at least in the estimati.on of the pope, that is not a worthy Christian motive for any action. As Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver wrote at the time of the Timothy McVeigh trial for the Oklahoma bombing, the death penalty accomplishes nothing but "closure through bloodletting, violence against violence." The hope of the bishops and the pope is that we can be, and are, better people than that. A free brochure answering questions Catholics ask about the sacrament ofpenance is available by sending a stamped, self-addresSed envelope to FatherJohn Dietzen, Box325, Peoria, 61651. Questions for this column should be sent to Father Dietzen at the same



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, age. ~Love for th~ unborn child who FALL'RIVER - The rouo",- sons the-se abortions are' done: The only with issues oiemploy~~nt an4 cent human life. We' have a chance to do some:' is in danger, 'love ,for the mother, ing i!! the text or Bishop Sean P. . tragiC truth is that this',procedure is 'econ0ll:lY is, a seri0lls ~ailur€? of our O'MaUey's homily at MaSs dur- ,:not so infrequent, and that it is usu- (:ivic respons~bility. O,ur 'Declara- ,thing in MaSsachusetts. DQri;t let love fo~: the abo,rii,onist. M~eting tion of Independence':says that life :Baby Hope's death be in '.vain.. Dr. Bernard Nathanson helped me . ing'the Pro-Life Convention at , ally. an el~ctive:operation. Bishop ConnoUy High Schooll8s~ "Dr. Martin Haskell, a partial-birth is an inalieA~ble right, l>U,t in 1999 Make your voices !ieard. , to understand the need to pray for weekend: " .' abortion provider, is quoted in con- the gove~ent i~ trampling ol!that, Our' experienc~ in the United abortionists. :r.h~y too are God's In a telegram sent by Pope John' "gtessionill testimony aS'stating that right ~d trying to us'!1'P the, right to ,States is p1ear. Legalized abortion ,'children. lust as Saul was a fanatic Paul II to the Ai'chbishbp of Den-- 80 percent of those abortions he per- life aqd to s,ubo~dina~ jt t~ the:: right ~as been a destru«tive fOrce in th~", persecutor of the C-,hurch and re, ver, the Holy Father expressed the formed were 'purely elective,' that , to privacy (of all things). . " :.,Jives ,0,f!Dany in~livi~uals,; e'spe- " sponsibl~.for the deathi~d imprisThe only positive aspect of the, cially wPll:len· who ar~9ft~n ,left onment of many Chris~ians and 'earnest hope that American soci- is abortion of healthy,.v~abies. Jbe ety as a whole will react to this other 20 percent aborted in the.act partial-,birth abortiQn controversy alone to bear the deep sorrow and, later, beca,me St. ,Paul, the_ Great latest act of violence among the of birthing were children with ge- is that it should prove to all reason- regret which follow the decisio ll to, Missionary Apostle; so t90, Dr. young by committing itself to pro- netic problems. Another 'provider,' able citizens just how slippery and destroy the life of an unborn child. ' Nathanson, who performed thoumoting and transmitting the moral Dr. James McMahon, submitted how steep the 'slippery slope' ac-' In our struggle against the evil' of sands of abortions, is now one of vision and the values which alone records to Congress showing the tually is. In Massachusetts, our State abortion, we, do not want to lose the greatest foes of abortion and can ensure respect for the invio- various reasons he' performed par- Legislature is poised to consider a sight of our need to be concerned recently has become a Catholic. lable dignity of human life.' tial~birth abortions, including the ban that would outlaw partial-birth with women who confront difficult Catholics, who pray and offer I hope that the massacre in Colo- young age of the mother, depression, abortion in the Commonwealth. I pregnancies. In, the Holy Father's sidewalk counseling at abortion rado will be a wake-up call for and cleft palate. The medical estab- appealto every Catholic and every Encyclical' Evangelium Vitae' clinics have witnessed to their deAmericans. Many have scoffed at lishment has made it clear that this citizen of good will to encourage ('The Gospel of Life'), Pope John sire to defend human life. It is cruthe terminology, 'culture of death,' is not a necessary procedure to guar- our public officials to enact such a Paul II addressed words of compas- cial that'they give a testimony of yet the growing body of evidence antee the safety of a mother. As Sur- law as quickly as possible. sion and hope to women who have , love and reconciliation that will is that our society is terribly geonGeneralC.EverettKoopstated This week the Boston Heraldre- had abortions (E.V.100). 'The touch the hearts of the women who flawed, and we need to reaffIrm our in the American Medical News ported that in Dayton, Ohio, a 22- wound in yOUr heart may yet be go there for abortions, as well as the unconditional commitment to the (Aug. 19, h e a led. hearts o'f the abortionists and their sacredness of life. 1996): "In Certainly staffs. We wantto distance ourselves In the Acts of the Apostles, St. no way can what hap- from those who react to abortion with Peter refers to Christ as the Prince I twist my pen e d violence, but we also want to deof Life. It is an Easter title for our mind to see was, and fend the right of pro-life people to Risen Savior. We are the disciples that the remains, hold peaceful demonstrations near of the Prince Of Life. It is not easy late-term t err i b I Y abortion clinics. Laws designed to at the close of the 20th Century to abortion as w ron g ; curtail their right to free speech are ch'ampion the cause oflife. The ab- described but do not discriminatory and unjust. surdity of making Dr. Kevorkian a you give in to The great challenge that we face celebrity ... the growing hostility know, pardis c 0 u r - is not just to change unjust laws, tial birth to human life on so many fronts. agement but to change people's hearts. It is I am very proud of the fact that then deand do not spiritual conflict that involves the the Catholic Church has provided struction lose hope powers of Light and Darkness. a consistent and unwavering de- of the un...The Fa- Some devils are cast out only by fense of human life. People were born child ther of prayer and fasting. We must begin surprised that our regard for the before the Mercies is with our own personal conversion sanctity of human life would ex- head is ready to and mending the broken relationtend even .to those whose crimes born - is a give you ships in our lives. Being disciples merit the severest punishment. As me d i c a I His for- of the Prince of Life, and witnesses I me~tioned in my pastoral, 'The necessity gi veness. of His Resurrection requires that we Gospel of Life vs. the Death Pen-" for ' the and His be deeply committed to life: the life alty,' it is the proliferation of abor- mother." peace in God gave us when we were born, tion in the modern world that has In an the Sacra- and the life God gave us when we caused the Bishops to re-examine appeal to ment of were baptized. the morality of the death penalty. the presiToday, we gather to witness to R e con The popularity of the death pen- dent not to ciliation. one another, to those of the housealty seems to flow from a weak- veto a ban You will hold of the faith, to those who share ened sense of the sacredness of on partialFATHER HERNANDO Herrera observes a display at the Pro-Life, come to our convictions. From here we will human life, rather than a careful birth abor- Convention at Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River. u n d e r - go forth as messengers to a society weighing of the ethical principles tion, the stand that that is largely indifferent or hostile that render the practice moral or American Cardinals, speaking in the week-old baby girl was born alive nothing is l:lefinitely lost, and you to our message. The more faithfully immoral. In the midst of so many name of all faithful Catholics in our during a partial-birth abortion and will also be able to ask forgiveness we live the life of the Resurrection, assaults on human life, the most country, stated: lived for about three hours, 'trau- from your child, who is now living the more we will be able to change .outrageous that we face in the 'The public has learned that par- matizing staff members at the hos- in the Lord. As a result of your own people's hearts. The most powerful United States in 1999 is partial- tial-birth abortions are performed not pital.' For the three hours that t]le painful experience, you can be weapon is love. Love is stronger birth abortion. No matter what you a few hundred times a year, but thou- baby girl lived, an emergency room among the most eloquent defend- than death. Love pierces the cloud call it, this procedure is the direct sands oftimes each year. It is learned technician rocked and sang to her. ' ers of everyone's right to life. of unknowing, it also pierces the killing of a child while it is being that partial-birth abortion is used pri- She was dubbed Baby Hope by the Through your commitment to life, heart of an enemy and transforms born so that it will be born dead. marily in the fifth and sixth months medical staff. , whether by accepting the birth of that enemy into a brother or sister. At the beginning of the abor- of pregnancy. The public has also Connie Boyles, the registered other children, or by welcoming and They tell the parable that upon tion debate, the pro-abortion co- learned that the vast majority of ' nurse who held Baby Hope after her caring for those most in need of Jesus' arrival in Heaven after the horts stated that abortion was not these procedures are performed on birth, said that the staff members at someone to be close to them, you Ascension. He was greeted by a host murder because the fetus (Latin for the healthy babies of healthy the hospital, which has not been will be come promoters of a new way of angels. After,the formalities, they child),. was not a human being, women' (MjU'ch 7, 1997). identified, have had to spend hours, ' oflooking at human life' (E.V.99). asked Him whom he had left behind only a glob of tissue. As the years It is a sickening thought that the in counseling and 'venting to get A commitment to 'The Gospel on earth to finish the work He had pass, it is painfully obvious that culture of death has advanced to the over the emotional trauma of the ' of Life' is a commitment to the begun. Jesus replied: 'Just a small the issue of when human life be- point where infantiCide is now seen incident' (Boston Herald, April 21, whole social teaching of the Church group of men and women who love' gins was only a ruse, and that re- ~ a right and where political lead- 1999). Those poor people in that· which challenges us to defend the me.' 'That's all?' asked the angels. spect for life has so eroded that a ers are so morally blind, or so cow- hospital must feel that they have right to life but also to nurture and 'What if this tiny group should fail?' child is not safe from abortionists ardly, that they could support par- been accomplices in a· murder. protect life after the womb.·The ram- Jesus replied: 'I have no other plan.' until its head emerges from the tial-birth abortion. No citizen of this What are we doing to the medical pant individualism and consumerWe who are the disciples of the mother's womb. country can in good conscience profession in the United States? ism of today have been strong al- Prince of Life must carry forth There has been much misinfor- chalk this up to 'legitimate plural- They named that little girl Baby lies to the culture of death. Our con- Christ's mission. The more we love mation circulated to try to justify ism.' Indeed, every person of good Hope. How fitting a name. She was victions that we are our brother's Christ, the more successful we will this barbaric practice. Those pro- will should be repulsed by this situ- born alive to help unmask the bru- keeper and that people are more be, the more we will love Baby moting this procedure have con- ation and work by all non-violent tality of abortion and give us hope important than things must be Hope, the Alzheimer patient, the sistently concealed facts about"the means possible for a ban on partial- that reasonable people who want lived out in our daily life. stranger, even the abortionist. frequency of partial-birth abor- birth abortion. to live a decent life will help to stop The response of believers must Ifwe are moved by love, no 'Plan tions, as well as facts about the reafor voters to concern themselves this tragedy, this assault on inno- always be one of love and of cour-, B' will be necessary.

It's time for youth ministry to kick into gear' By PATRICIA ZAPOR CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

justice, I'd call them up, just to ask, 'How are you?''' Moser said. ,''If I found a kid who's really distraught, I might talk with his parent or 'refer him to a professional counselor." Fifteen people were dead, iitCluding the two identified as the shooters. Another 23 were hospitalized for injuries from bomb shrapnel and gunshots. The two shooters, identified as Eric Harris and Dylan' Klebold, were ~d to have belonged to a group known as the ''Trenchcoat . , Mafia" that idolizedAdolfHitler and. had interests others corisideredec- . centric but not necessarily.harmful.

Moser said the incident underscores the need for communities to take responsibility for spotting young people with such dramatic problems before they tum to violence.' ''Everything in me screams that this kind of thing just can't continue:' Moser said. ' Those in ministry particularly need to be attuned to what's happening with young peopl~ throughout their communities, notjust within the bounds of their individual parishes, he said. Moser said crises like the Littleton

WASHINGTON'- Cleveland might be a thousand miles away from Littleton, Colo., but Greg "Dobie" Moser was worried about how teens in his town were taking' news of the massacre at Columbine High School. The morning after two students planted bombs and started shooting schoolmates at the Colorado school April 20, Moser, the executive direc- ' tor of youth, young adult and CYO ministry in the Cleveland Oiocese composed an e-mail message to youth ministers about how they could respond constructively. ' ''At times like these it is tempting to be overwhelmed by the power of evil and violence," wrote Moser, also chairman of the board of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry. 'The Gospel demands that we be a people of hope, and our hope needs to be directed into action." He suggested holding prayer services, offering parish education about violence, teaching mediation skills, and organizing community campaigns for violence prevention or to collect handguns. And if he were an active parish youth minister, Moser told Catholic News Service, he would have gone to schools his students attend to talk 0' to them about how the Littleton COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL students arrive in tears at events make them feel. "If I knew kids in my parish who Light of the World Catholic Church in Littleton, Colo., the day have a deep sensitivity to violence after two students shot and killed 13 people before killing or a deep commitment to service and themselves. (eNS photo from Reuters)

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NEW YORK - The following are home videocassette reviews from the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting. Each videocassette is available on VHS format. Theatrical movies on video have a U.S. Catholic Conference classification and Motion Picture Association of America rating. All reviews indicate the appropriate age group for the video audience. "At First Sight" (1999) Fact-based drama in which a wen-adjusted blind man (Val Kilmer), at the' urging of his architect girlfriend (Mira Sorvino), undergoes an operation which restores his sight but opens a Pandora's box of other difficulties that come to jeopardize their relationship and his previously secure sense of self. While overly sentimental, director Irwin Winkler's romantic drama is emotionally involving in exploring.the~nexpected pitfalls of asudden, drastic change in lifestyle. Discreet bedroom scenes, a flash of nudity, some profanity and an instance of rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III - adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 - parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappr;opriate for children under 13. (MGM) "Elizabeth" (1998) . Historical dramatization of the political intrigues and religious conflicts besetting England as the Protestant Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett) succeeds her half-sister, the Catholic Mary (Kathy Burke), to the throne, then comes to rely on the sinister Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush) to break the power of the Catholic nobles and other potential enemies to her reign as the Virgin Queen. Directed by Shekhar Kapur, . the picture turns a complex and confusing period of history into a series of highly dramatic tableaus depicting Elizabeth's development as a

royal fekinist, though the result never probes beneath the surface of events or motivations. Intense period violence including religious persecutions, torture and executions, sexual .situations and brief nudity. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-IV - adults, with reservations. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R - restricted. (Gramercy) "A Night at the Roxbury" (1998) Witless comedy about two nerdy brothers (Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan) who haunt local nightclubs until they stumble onto romance and success in spite of themselves: Directed by John Fortenberry, the brainless proceedings feature gratingly irksome characters whose dumb antics are thuddingly dull. Implied affairs, a discreet sexual encounter, crude expressions and a few instances of profanity. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-ill - adults.-The Motion Picture Association of America rating' is PG-13 - parents are strongly cautioned that som~ material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (Paramount) . "Stepmom" (1998) Pointed drama in which a devoted but seriously ill mother (Susan Sarandon) must learn to accept her ex-husband's glamorous young fiancee (Julia Roberts) whose . ~arenting skills are less than the mother wants for her two impressionable youngsters. Directed by Chris Columbus, the heartfelt tale is anchored by Sarandon's searing performance as it explores the painful aftermath ofdivorce for children and adults alike. A live-in relationship, sexual references and an instance'of rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-ill adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (Columbia TriStar)

TV programs of note NEW YORK (CNS) - Here are some television programs of note for the week of May 9: Sunday, May 9, 9-11 p.m. EDT (CBS) "The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn." Drama in which an elderly carpenter (Sidney Poitier) remains untouched by hectic 20th-century life until he becomes the target ofa greedy developer (George Newbern). Tuesday, May 11, 9-10 p.m. EDT (PBS) "Give War a Chance." A "Frontline" documentary exploring the bitter divide between military and civilian attitudes about what, where, when, and why Americans should

employ military force. Thesday, May 11, 9-11 p.m. EDT (CBS) ''Three Secrets." Remake of the 1950 film about three women, each ofwhom gave up a baby boy for adoption on the same day eight years ago, and now await word whether their son is the sole survivorofaplane crash. Wednesday, May 12,9-10:30 p.m. -EDT (PBS) "Swingin' With Duke: Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis." A "Great Performances" program honoring the 100th birthday of the late, great jazz composer and performer, Duke Ellington.

JON VOIGHT stars as Mary Noah and Steenburgen is Noah's wife Naamah in the NBC miniseries "Noah's Ark." The series based on the Bible story will air May 2 and 3. (CNS photo from NBC)

'Lost & Found' is mostly lost By GERRI PARE CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE'

NEW YORK - David Spade makes a lackluster leading man in pursuit of a French cellist in the wan romantic .comedy, "Lost & Found" (Warner Bros.). Co-written by Spade, who hogs center stage most of the time tossing off snide remarks, he plays Dylan, a restaurateur instantly infatuated by new neighbor Lila (Sophie Marceau). She is a beautiful French emigre struggling to start a career as a cellist whose only other interest is her scrappy dog, Jack. Dylan conceives a lamebrained scheme to steal and conceal Jack, then become the hero when he returns the mutt to a grateful Lila. . Naturally complications arise both with the pesky pet - and Lila's former fiance, (Patrick Bruel), who suspects Dylan of being a dastardly dognapper. The paper-thin premise is stretched out to movie

film Capsules By CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE NEW YORK - The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S.. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting. "The Harmonists" (Miramax) Beguiling fact-based story set in early 1930s Germany recounts the rise ofa beloved six-man singing group, the Comedian Harmonists,' who were forced to break up at the height of their popularity because three members were Jewish. Director Joseph Vilsmaier's handsome period drama resonates with the understated horror of the growing Nazi threat that was soon to engulf the world in war. Subtitles. Fleeting violence, sexual situations and

length but proves to be little more than a TV-level sitcom. Marceau is only called upon to be gorgeous, which she is, but she can generate no romantic sparks with snippy Spade. The humor is sometimes mean-spirited orjust tasteless, as when Dylan's chubby gofer (Artie Lange) goes through mounds of doggie doo in search of a lost ring. Just as offputting is a young boy who is casually makes accusations 'of sexual molestation if annoyed by older guys. All in all, aside from being visually pretty most of the time, the laughs just aren't there and the movie is better left lost than found. Due to a few crude sexual references, fleeting nudity, much toilet humor and an instance of profanity, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III - adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 - parents are strongly cautioned that some ma-. terial may be inappropriate for children under 13.

brief nudity. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III - adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R - restricted. . "Life" (Universal) Bittersweet comedy hi' which Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence spend six cantankerous decades stuck together on a Mississippi prison farm after being wrongly convicted of murder. Director Ted Demme attempts to blend profane comedy with more serious concerns about injustice and institutionalized racism but it's an overlong, rocky road.

Movies Online Can't remember how a recent film was classified by the USCC? Want to know whether to let the kids' go see it? Now you can look film reviews up on America Online. Once you're cOlUlected to AOL, just use the keyword CNS to go to Catholic News Service's online site, then look for movie reviews.

Some violence, mild sexual innuendo, intertnittent profanity and recurring rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III - adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R - restricted. "Pushing Tin" (20th Century Fox) Quirky comedy in which the intense professional rivalry between two air traffic controllers (John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton) spills over into their personal lives to threaten their respective marriages (to Cate Blanchett and Angelina Jolie). Briskly directed by Mike Newell, the characters' finely tuned performances poke fun at the macho world of controllers whose splitsecond decisions mean life or death in the skies. Brief violence, theme of infidelity, fleeting nudity and some profanity and rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is AIII - adults. The Motion Picture Association of America ra~ing is R - restricted.

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Ukrainians study for priesthood at U.S. Ukrainian seminary By LIUYA KOVALYK CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON-PetroZvarych has ~ome from Ukraine to Washington to answer a call. "I have the feeling I am'called by God to serve the faithful and the Church," said Zvarych, who with 23 other students from his homeland is in the United States to study for the , priesthood at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Washington. They have arrived from southwest Ukraine, which is predominantly Catholic, to master a nine-year theology program that includes one year of intensive English. The students will learn how to celebrate Mass in both languages - Ukrainian and English. Eventually, they are to be ordained for the Ukrainian Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Ukrainian archdiocese has about 78,000 Catholics in 78 parishes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Sixty priests, whose average age is 60, provide pastoral care in these parishes. For 28 parishes, there is only one priest for every two parishes. Spurred by the lack of parish priests for U.S. Ukrainian Catholics, Ukrainian Archbishop Stephen M. Sulyk of Philadelphia came up with the idea to invite young men from Ukraine to study at St. Josaphat Seminary. "They (the Ukrainian students) have volunteered to leave their homeland of Ukraine to serve the spiritual needs of our Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States," Archbishop Sulyk said in an interview with Catholic News Service. The Philadelphia Ukrainian Arch-

diocese pays the $20,000 annual tuition for each of the seminarians. One condition he placed on the young men was that they must work for the archdiocese at least five years. After that they are free to minister in Ukraine or any place with a Ukrainian population. But the archbishop hopes they will stay in the United States. Another condition was celibacy. The Eastern rites of the Catholic Church admit married men to the priesthood in their regions of origin but do not permit marriage after ordination. In the United States, celibacy has been required for those rites since 1929. According to Archbishop Sulyk,

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some of the students have left St. Josaphat Seminary and returned to Ukraine because they had difficulties with English, or they weren't committed to celibacy. The seminary rector, Father David Clooney, said that the average age of the students is from 20 to 27. The group includes two deacons, who are to be ordained priests in a year. The priest described the students as intelligent and gifted and as having a great deal of courage for coming to study here. . ."Now I can say that six or seven will be ordained priests. For the others, it is too early to say. They have a process to go through and time for decision," Father Clooney said.

DUBLIN, Ireland (~S) - Beginning in June, St. John's College in Waterford, Ireland, will no longer accept candidates for the priesthood, becoming the second Irish seminary to close in less than a year because of declining enrollment. Father Liam Power, Waterford and Lismore diocesan spokesman, said closing the seminary had been a possibility for several years, but the recent "sharp decline in student numbers made the closure inevitable:' The seminary currently has 13 students.' In September, St. Peter's College in Wexford, in the neighboring Diocese of Ferns, stopped enrolling seminarians. Bishop Brendan Comiskey of Ferns said the number of enrolled students, 14, was too low for ideal formation conditions. When St. John's enrollment dropped to 17 students, Bishop WilliamLeeofWaterfordandLismoreset up a consultative committee of priests, religious and laity to examine the seminary's future. The committee recommended closing the seminary. .In a letter to Catholics of the diocese, Bishop Lee said: '1 have to agree with the recommendations. But taking into account the reality of falling vocations in recentyears, it has become clear that St. John's

viable future as a major seminary. We all hope and pray that this fall in vocations will be temporary and that the day will come, before too long, when many young men will once again come forward to offer their lives in the special service of the Lord," he said. St John's College was founded in 1807.

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Bishop Lynch plans to cancel debt of neediest parishes in diocese fer from an enormous debt." He'll also ask his diocesan finance counforgiveness as theme of cil, he said, "to see how we as the Jubilee Year 2000; calls local Church can contribute to this jubilee debt forgiveness." for communal The bishop also called for incelebrations. creaSed promotion of the sacrament of reconciliation as the jubilee year By STEVEN SIMS approaches. CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE 'I would like to use this time beST. PETERSBURG, Fla'. tween now and Easter of next year ... Bishop Robert N. Lynch of St.'Pe- to invite oUf people back: to the celtersburg has plans to absolve parish ebration of the sacrament of recondebt, to gather the faithful for a dio- ciliation," he said in a homily delivcese-wide communal Mass, and to ered!during' Holy Week. He offered promote perso'nal and' sacramental the'services of himself andhis'Colreconciliation as ways to celebrate lege of Consultors to preside at communal pe,,!ance services throughout and usher in Jubilee Year 2000: Bishop Lyn,ch said he w'ahts to the dibcese during Lerit of 2000. Bishop Lynch also said he wants begin 2000 as "a year of forgiveness, as a year of favor from' the to see the celebration of a diocesewide communal Mass at a time, date Lord." Recalling the biblical practice in and place to be determined during ancient Israel of absolving all debt 2000. 'The Eucharist is ... at the heart of for a jubilee year, which was every 50 years,' the bishop said he wants who we are and what we do as priests to see that made manifest in his dio- and as Catholics," Bishop Lynch cese for 2000 by a forgiveness of said. "It is the finest expression of debt owed by some of its less well- thanksgiving that we can have." "There are many good things endowed parishes and institutions. He said he would meet with his happening in this Church," Bishop diocesan College of Consultors, and Lynch said. "Let us first of all forask the group "to take a look at those give one another, so that we might institutions and entities in our dio- better be able to bring others to forcese which are most in need and suf- give and be forgiven." ~ He points to


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ROME-While Romania's Orthodox bishops did what they felt was necessary to keep their church going under cOnUnunism, they should admit that their collaboration hurt people, especially the nation's Eastern-rite,Catholics, an Orthodox archbishop said. Shortly before Pope John Paul IT was scheduled to arrive in Romania, Orthodox Metropolitan Nicolae Corneanu of Timisoara detailed the extent of his own collaboration and apologized for not helping his persecuted Eastern-rite Catholic neighbors. In an interview with Il Regno, an Italian Catholic magazine, the Orthodox prelate also discussed the pope's May 79 visit as well as Catholic-OI:thodox relations in Romania , Metropolitan Nicolae wid the magazine, published in late April, that he was named a bishop in 1962 when the communist regime had a complete hold on the country and'its institutions. To accept leadership of a diocese meant going along with the government and with its efforts to control religious life., "I could have acted differently, but at that time I thought that for the good of the (Orthodox) church I hact to make ' comproiniseS with the regime;' Metropolitan Nicolae told

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Consecration to the Divine Will Oh adorable and Divine Will, behold me here before the immensity of Your Light, that Your eternal goodness may open to me the doors and make me enter into It to form my life all in You, Divine Will. Therefore, oh adorable Will, prostrate before Your Light, I, the least of all creatures, put myself into the little group of the sons and daughters of Your Supreme FIAT. Prostrate in my nothingness, I invoke Your Light and beg that it clothe me and eclipse all that does not pertain to You, Divine Will. It will be my Life, the center of my intelligence, the . enrapturer of my heart and of my whole being. I do not want the human will to have life in this heart any longer. I will cast it away from me and thus form the new Eden of Peace, of happiness and of love. With It I shall be always happy. I shall have a singular strength and a holiness that sanctifies all things and conducts them to God. Here prostrate, I invoke the help of the Most Holy Trinity that They permit me to live in the cloister ofthe Divine Will and : thus return in me the first order of creation, just as the creature· . was created. '.. . Heavenly Mother, Sovereign and Queen of the Divine Fiat, .;" . take my handanq introduce me,int,O the,Light oLthe Divine· . Will. You will ~e' m} guide; .my most tender Mother,and will .•teach me to live and to niaintain myself in the order and the \ . .' ~ounds of the Divine Will. Heavenly Mother, I consecrate IJlY' .. . , 'whole being to Youdmmaculate Heart. You will teach me the ..., :. doctrine of the.Divine Will anq I, ~ili listen most attentively to .: ' ·,r. Your lessons. You will cover with Your mantle so that the infernal serpent dare not pen~trate into this sacred Eden to en~ tice me and make me fall into the maze of the human will. Heart of my greatest Good, Jesus; You will give me Your flames that they may bum me, consume me, and feed me to form in me the Life of the Divine Will. Saint Joseph, you will be my protector, the guardian of my heart, and will keep the keys of my will in your hands. You will !<eep my heart jealously and shall never give itto me again, that I may be sure of never leaving the Will of God. , My guardian Angel, guard me; defend me; help me in everything so t~at my Eden may flourish and be the instrument that draws all men into th(~ Kingdom of the Divine Will. Amen.




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II Regno. "Now I must confess my sins with all sincerity;' the Orthodox prelate said. "I did not fulfill my obligations as a bishop, because I did not protest against the regime. "I have disgust for what I did on certain occasions;' he said. "For example, many priests and faithful were imprisoned when I was bishop. Some of my priests protested against the communist dictatorship and were persecuted. I did not protect them." Metropolitan Nicolae also said he went along with a government order that nuns had to be at least 50 years old and monks had to be at least 65; he did not protest when the governmentsent the younger religious away from their monasteries. ' He also apologized for how he had treated Bishop loan Ploscaru, who was then head ofthe outlawed Eastern Catholic Diocese of Lugoj. When Bishop Ploscaru went to celebrate the funeral ofa priest who lived with him, the director of the cemetery, which the govemment had placed under Orthodox administration, turned him away. "When I was told what happened, I approved what the administrator did. I did not tell him, 'You were wrong;" Metropolitan Nicolae said. The metropolitan returned the Lugoj cathedral to Bishop Ploscaru in 1992, along with a donation to repair

AN ORTHODOX nun attends a liturgy at the Orthodox Patriarchy in Bucharest, Romania. Pope John Paul is set to visit Romania May. 7:.9. About 70 percent of the country's population is Orthodox. (eNS photo from Reuters) the church and replace vestments and litUrgical vessels. Metropolitan Nicolae also told Il Regno that he supports the Eastern Catholics' claims to all church property seized by the government in 1948 and given to the Orthodox. "If the church belonged to the Greek Catholics, it should be returned to the Greek Catholics;' said the archbishop. More than halfof all the churches that have been returned to the Catholic community in the past nine years have been those formerly used by Orthodox in Metropolitan Nicolae's diocese. To pave the way for the pope's visit, the Greek Catholics promised not to sue for recovery of their property, but to submit claims to a Catholic-Orthodox commission.

Russian priest says new Vatican II texts might aid ecumenism WARSAW, Poland (CNS)-Asenior Russian priest said a new translation of Second Vatican Council documents could improve ecumenical relations with the country's Orthodox Church: "Russia's small Catholic community lacks specialists and professionals, and this won't be a panaCea for all our troubles," said Father Vadim Shiiikevich, chancellor of the Catholic Church's 'apostolic administration for European Russia. "But at a'time of deep crisis in ecumenical ties, it'could be important for contacts with Ortho-

dox Christians who've had no previous dealings with the Catholic Church, especially more liberal figures who feel some good will toward us. ''All Catholics will now have access to readable texts, while Russian society will also have the chance to learn about our Church;' he said. 'The new Russian-Hmguage edition, translated bya Ukrainian-born non-Catholic, Andrei Koval, was released April 10 at a\cover-price :of $1.50, and is the first since the 19608. , In an interview with Catholic News ServiCe, Father Shajkievich said a col-

lect~on of Vatican II documents from the 1960s had containe~ "very literal and barely comprehensible translations" from the Latin original. He added that the new edition had required an "effort of inculturation," including adaptation ofWestern theological terminology and the creation ofnew'concepts not previously known in Russian. . The new translation 'follows the publication of, a Russian' edition of the 1994 "Catechism of the Catholic Church;' as well as the 1997 start of work on a Catholic encyclopedia.

Pope to make weekend visit to Armenia in. July .VATICAN CITY (CNS) -Pope John Paul II plans a weekend trip to Arrnenia in 'early July, his 'first to the former Soviet republic. The July 2-4 visit was announced by officials of the Armenian government and the Armenian Orthodox Church. Vatican ,sources confirmed the dates and said discussion was continuing on the details of the papal program. . The visit was formally proposed at the Vatican in late March when the pope met with Catholicos Karekin of Etchmiadzin, patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church, along with

Armenia'n President Robert Kocharian and Armenian Catholic Patriarch Jean Pierre XVllI Kasparian. At that time, the pope praised the faith of Armenia; which dechired itself an officially Christian country in 301. The pope said the faith has endured despite invasions, occupation and communist attempts to impose atheism. . The pope told Catholicos Karekin that a personal visit to Armenia would be an opportunity to "reinforce our ties and affirm Christian unity." Citing recent improvements in relations between their churches, the pope said

the regrettable divisions of the past must not continue to have a negative impact on Christian, life today. About 94 percent of Armenians belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church, which has enjoyed a renaissance since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the declaration of Armenian independence in 1991. The Armenian Apostolic Church is one of six independent Oriental Orthodox Churches. They are in cominunion with each other but not with the Catholic Church or with the Orthodox churches that split with Rome in the 11 th century.

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Dr. William 1. Cashore, a professclerosis. He gave a rousing address Activities of the National Conference on physician-assisted suicide and its of Catholic Bishops and the Knights sor of Pediatrics at the Brown University School of Medicine, spoke threat to the disabled. He encouraged of Columbus. those gathered to enter into other It consists of four, massive, on fetal viability and ethics. He people's worlds and feel their pain doubled-sided panels and a center brought the audience vivid descripand anguish because that's what display depicting the story ofthe pro- tions of the horrors of partial-birth Jesus would do. life movement and its commitment abortion and stressed the importance "Christ speaks to the hearts of to the,child, women, God and the sa- of getting people to think. people today. Embrace the handi- credness of all human life. It was set "At the core ofevery pregnancy is capped, the old, immigrants and the up in the lobby of the school and its the presence of a human being existsick because that's whatChrist would imagery offered a powerful message. ing. Rejection of a pregnancy is the do. We should ache with compassion . rejection of someone's life," said for humanity. We are called to include Cashore. everyone in the human family," dec In a closing talk, Maria Parker, clared Pickup. project director for the Massachusetts Holy Union Sister Celine T. Catholic Conference's "In Support Rainville, who was attending the con" 'of Life," the 'statewide initiative on r vention for the first time, said she was end-of-Iife and "assisted suicide" is\ impressed V/ith the presentations. sues, declared' thaLthe "right to 'The speakers weJ:C excellent. I found choose has taken forefront over 'them to be:veryinspiring and they .. what'srighti'We are called to b!lild a; \ \ each touched on some important new culture'of life and put our faith points.":,': into action," said Parkefland she.outBishop O'Malley also praised the '\ lined what people could do: speakers ~nd the.effort put forth for ."People need to pray and stay inthe gathering. "We're'delighted to fanned. They need to write letters to have assemoled such wonderful the editor or articles stating ilieir-opinspeakers whose expertise' and life ion on life. Discuss issues with your experience are so importanqo ex-'~ family and friends. Call your legislaplain the pro-life cause. I'm very tors, teach others or volunteer to fagrateful to the Pro-Life Office and cilitate an educational evening at staffand all those who worked so hard your parish," she added.. on the convention." Marian Desrosiers, assistant direcAs pan ,of th~ convention attendtor of the Pro-Life Office, said that ees were treated to a special display the convention day is very imporcalled "TI)e People qf Life: A Story, . tant for the diocese. "It is a opportuof Faith, Hope and Love," which ~ nity for us"to gather:together and cel~' came from Washington, D.C.artd has ebrate with our bishop the sanctity an 18-month waiting list. It-is sponof all human life. It's a great resource .•-MARK PICKUP. sored by the Secretariat for Pro-Life for people and a very inspiring-day."







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Dave's story copped N.E.P.A.'s top award for highest achievement in a daily newspaper in the Gazette's circulation category. The N.E.P.A. judge in that category wrote of Dave's entry: "Great story! It was wonderful to read about everyday people who decide to come together to accomplish a feat that has no financial award. Did a good job helping me feel some of the grueling pain they went to. I like the imagery that was shown through the blind biker's words." The story, which brought Dave the award "For highest achievement in writing a sports story," was among 4,000 entries New Englandwide from more than 200 newspaper in a really tough competition. What won for Dave was a story that began when he received a phone call about a young woman who was an employee at a physical therapy center in Middleboro. "She and her boyfriend had just completed a cross-country bicycle race. It was on a tandem bicycle and her boyfriend was legally blind," Dave recalled. "The annual race was not done for financial reward. But these two trained hard for the race which began on the West Coast and cycled through the Rocky Mountains and ended up in Atlanta, Ga." From the interview of the couple Dave drew upon and dramatized the agonizing physical pain the couple endured during the trek and the grand elation of their efforts. "The young man was the only blind person to cycle in the race," said Dave. In August of 1997 the story appeared in the Gazette. "Actually it was my wife, Denise, who suggested that I submit that story for the entries at that time," he said. "I submitted it along with a couple of

columns I had written. It ~as aft~rI and it was a dream realized. If I had left th~ Gazette that Managing hadn't taken it I would have always Editor Terry Mercer called me to wondered and thought 'what if?' It say that I had won an award. I was is great and I love being back at thrilled at the time to know I had The Anchor. I have always considwon an award, but I didn't know it ered The Anchor as family." was first place. I was stunned when As production manager, Dave is I found out. I have always loved to responsible for formatting the pages write and I went to school to learn of The Anchor; setting stories and about writing. While at Aetna and .selected pictures on the pages. He Blue Cross I had written for differ- is also responsible for the creative ent publications. Add to the fact that design, layout and positioning of I love sports, made s!lch ajob a won- advertising. His expertise in selectder for me. I'm proud ~o have re- ing the fonts of type and design use ceived such recognition." of the print are instrumental in helpThe award was presented on ing setting the style of the diocJanuary 29 at the World Trade Cen- esan weekly. His skills as a newster on Boston's beautiful waterfront man are essential in offering a critiin conjunction with the 1999 An- cal eye to local copy and wire news, nual Convention and Trade Show. as well as the re-writing that is alWhile he misses writing sports lied to the direction of the paper. story, Dave doesn't mind not hav- Proofreading the copy is another ing to work the grueling night hours of Dave's skills that can't be overthat took him away from his wife looked. Dave graduated from St. An~e's and family. "The hour~ - 4 p.m. to midnight - and including holidays School and Durfee High School, and and weekends, didn't lend them- received a bachelor's degree in Enselves to family life. I'm a sports glish from UMass-Dartmouth when fanatic and it is truly eRjqyable to it was the former Southeastern Masbe able to watch sports again. Work- sachusetts University. He is married to the former Dening the sports desk doesn't allow you to watch games, just report on ise Belanger and they have three them. It meant more to me to be children: 19-ye'ar-old son Benwith my family and yes, watching jamin, 16-year-old daughter, Lauren and four-year-old daughter, games now is a big plus." As for his writing skills, Dave Emilie. A few years ago, the family intends to keep polishing them. In lost another son, David Joseph, recent months he wrote the inter- when he was three-days-old. Dave esting story on the retirement of and Denise are eucharistic minisveteran Anchor writer and editor ters at Notre Dame. The talented newspaperman Pat McGowan. "I may do some freelance work on my own time to keep also finds time to play the guitar. He has played with the Folk Group in shape," he said. "I am very, very fortunate to be at Notre Dame and performed for able to come back to The Anchor," the Cursillo and Emmaus moveDave asserted. "It was a difficult ments in this diocese. "For my own decision when I left. But I had a amusement I play rock 'n roll," chance to be full-time sports writer Dave said, laughing.

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boundaries. now use solicitation methods which enable direct returns at Masses this weekend or a response by mail. Others use acombination ofmethods. In any case, the goal is the same: to invite diocesan Catholics to help reach out, a~ Fall River Bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., said, "to tens of thousands of our brothers and sisters, both families. and individuals, who are living in need of our services and our assistance." Funds raised in the Appeal provide support for diocesan sponsored pro-.. grams, services and institutions tjU'oughout southeastern MassachuseUs, Cape Cod and the Islands, Last year, approxim~tely 200,000 people received some form of assistance through various diocesan agencies. In a recorded message played last weekend at many parishes, Bishop O'Malley reminded parishioners mat: "the faces of the needy in our area to-: day are as diverse as the faces that Jesus encountered while He walked this earth." In order to help them, he continued, we must act together, as a diocesan family, to complement the resources available in local parishes. Last year's Appeal raised $2.9 million, and the bishop noted that 94 cents of every dollar contributed went directly to the agencies and programs servicing the needy within the diocese. . . +:'.

Among services m",i ~ po?Sible by the Appeal are five regi' ,nal offices fo~ Catholic Social Service[,'.ummercarnl' opportunities for the; ~nd icappeL: emergency housing, in.ant and fostc~ care, family ministry, y(" lth program" help for those with HIV i' 'uAIDS, fen: pantries, pastoral care a; area hospital, and the weekly Televi~ion Mass fc' the sick and homeboumJ. Bishop O'Malley went on to say that there is much more work that needs to be done in order to respond to th:: increasing numbers ofpeople who WI1' to the Church for assistance. One's contributions to the Appea: may be made through a :.:me-tirnedonation or through a pledge payabk . over JO months. ContributioDSto thd999Appea" may be sent to the Clull"eities Appea" Office, 344 .Highland Ave., P.O.Qo:. :1470, FaIl River, MAOZ722; by car . ing'676-3200;, or droppoo otT ~t an: parish in the diocese.


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,academic vice princip~l ATILEBORO- Bishop Feehan High'School Principal George A. Milot has announced that Katen' Brennan has been selected as its new Academic Vice Principal effective June 1. Brennan hils been a teacher at the 'school since 1984 and is a fonner chainnan ofthe:Foreign Lan- ' guage Departm'ent. She路 will fill a position that is currentlyheld by the principal and an administrative assistant. Vice Principal Brennan's primary

duties will include the supervision of teachers and development of both curriculum and scheduling. The Rhode Island native holds teaching certificates in both Massachusetts and Rhode ISland as well as professional affiliations with the American Association of.Teachers of French, the Massachusetts Foreign LanguageAssoeiation and the National Catholic'Education Association. She is a member of St. Mark's Parish, Attleboro Falls.


FIRST PLACE - Bishop Feehan High School majorette's squad took first Rlace at this year's New England Majorette Association Championship in Brockton. From left, front row are: Pamela Godsoe, Robin Bassett and Kate Oliveira; back row: Amy De ,Carvalho, Erin Thomas, Christina Hayes, Kate Kellogg, Jenna Reardon anc~ Alicia Moran.

. NEW ACADEMI.C vice principal at Bishop Feehan, Karen Brennan and Principal George A. Milot.

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DIS T,I N G U I~ H E D GRADUATE Victor Pinheiro, city councilor for 路Wa~d Six in New Bedford, receives .the' Distinguished Gr~duate Award at Our Lady o~ Mount Carmel School,New ~edford, from Principal. Rosiemary' daSilva and Pastor IFather Henry S. Arruda. Pinheiro graduated from the sC.hool in

NEW BEDFORD- Students in Teresa Souza's third grade class at Holy Fiill.1ily-Holy Name School have been studying spring and路life. Their focus has been about leaming to appreciate their own lives and the lives of others. As part of the unit, when Students do a help'ful thing they receive a special paper seed with their name on it to be prominently displayed at the school. '

, Fourth graders 'will be visiting the schooner "Ernestina" and the New Bedford Whaling Museum on May 8 where they will compare and contI:ast the 'fishing and whaling industrie~. Through hands-on experience~ students will gather information from volunteers and crew members and add to the knowledge' they've gained in the classroom. The trip is funded through a grant by the Island Foundation.


. BOWL-A-THaN - First and second graders from Espirito Santo School, Fall River, enjoy its annual bowla,;,thon fund-raiser at Holiday Lanes, Somerset. The winning class was honored ~ith an ice cream party and afternoon at the Discovery Zone.

TEAMWORK - Fifth graders Mitchell Neill and Katherine . Sousa from Our Lady of Lourdes School, Taunton,"are shown working on their winning science project: "How Can You Identify the Kind of Charge Given to a Balloon." The students placed first for their grade at the school's recent science fair.

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Massachusetts Catholic students adopt East Timor cause By MARK PA1l1S0N " CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON - There"they stood on a drizzly lunch. hour on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House, hundreds of miles from their home, putting into words and actions what they felt in their hearts. White House demonstrations are usually done by an older generation of protesters. But grade schoolers from St. Mary School in Danvers, Mass., near Boston, knew they had to speak up for their convictions. So, during their school hoiiday week, 17 of them, accompanied by five adults, drove to Washington to promote the cause of peace and independence for East Timor. The White House protestApril 21 was just one stop in their journey. Their first taste of protest was in front of the Indonesian Embassy in Washington the day before. Indonesia~s annexation of East Timor in 1976 has sparked a sustained outcry and won a Nobel Peace Prize for Bishop Carlos Felipe Ximines Belo of Dili, the East Timorese capital. The students say they weren't looked down upon or condescended

to because oftheir youth, but because this was Ute first trip to Washington , for many. of them, there was a bit of an intimidation factor. ''A lot of the cops were laughing" during the .emgassy protest, said eighth grader Dave Soter. Eighth-grader Kendra Smith took credit for the idea of a trip. "I started the whole thing," she said - a fact corroborated by St. Mary teacher Bob Doolittle, who with his wife, Katherine, helped chaperone the trip. The students also had meetings scheduled with Sens. John Kerry and Edward M." Kennedy of Massachusetts and with Reps. John Tierney and Thomas Capuano, all of whom are Democrats, to discuss the East Timor situation. Brittany Clifford, a sixth-grader, said the students had collected 218 signatures on a petition to ask for peaceful change in East Timor. As for White House and museum tours, "we don't like that boring stuff," said seventh-grader Jenn Hudon, She said Indonesians at the embassy waf11ed during a conversation after the student protest. "We asked

ers" to be executed by Indonesian paramilitary forces, he added. "Beaten, dying, brave. East Timor is still not silent," a narrator intoned near the end of the drama. The group closed with a chant: "Send the U.N. Send food..Send medicine."


The children headed back to Danvers April 22. That day, as talks were held at the United Nations to find a political solution, pro-Indonesian militias broke a day-old ceasefire and effectively sealed off the Timorese capital of Dili.

them simple questions, and they talked for hours· trying to cover for themselves," Jenn said. While outside' the embassy, students met a couple of adults protesting the East Timor situation who got arrested for civil disobedience. The students' demonstration took the form of a 10-minute drama, with a couple ofstudents serving as narrators and the rest about evenly split between Indonesian soldiers and East Timorese. " ''We speak for them because they are our friends,': one of the student narrators said. ''We speak for them ~ause they are our heroes." Using wooden sticks for rifles, they re-enacted beatings and J:Ilassacres carried out against the Timorese by the Indonesian military. The violence continues, Doolittle said after the performance. He said he could not reveal the names of Timorese with whom he has been in contact, but said a Timorese priest STUDENTS FROM St. Mary Patish in Danvers, Mass., told him, ''We're in danger day by" act out the violence of attacks on citizens of East Timor durday." ing a demonstration in front of the White House April 20. The ''We think some of them ar:e dead," Doolittle said. "They were activists. 12- and 13-year-olds brought messages from young people They had a list of250 (Timorese) lead- of East Timor to Washington. (eNS photo by Leslie Kossoff)

After Littleton By AMY WELBORN CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE I sit down to write these words at 1:30 in the morning, bleary-eyed and numb after hoW's in front of the television. Within a lOO-foot-radius; my children sleep - a little girl and two teen-

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age boys who went to. school today and returned to me safe. Tomorrow morning they \Yill rise, and I will send them off again and wait - and trust And at this moment, two time zones away, high in ancient mountains, other parents sit in other homes. Yesterday morning they also trusted, but now the rooms within their sight and hearing are darlc and empty. Their children lie dead in a library, a cafeteria, a halIway - lifeless in a place that was once a school but is now a bloody mausoleum. By the time you read this you will know much more about the group of self-proclaimed outcasts called the Trenchcoat Mafia; from clues left, a picture will probably have emerged to begin to answer why, even if the reason is beyond reason. And you will hear blame: that it was the parents' neglect; that teachers and administrators ignored warning signs; that it was the music they listened to, the movies they watched, the video games they played; that it was the fault of a violent society; that schools don't spend enough money and resources helping troubled kids; that the killers were picked on; that it was the guns no kid should be able to have. Perhaps it was one or two of those things, perhaps all of them. But even without knowing the entire story, amid all the competing ex-

planations and (yes) excuses, we can be sure of one tIling. We can rest our case on one factor that underlies all of the above and rnixes into a destructive horrific stew of camage. It was evil. . " To carefully construct pipe bombs filled with nails and plant them around a school. To walk into a room of human beings, shoot them, listen to them beg for their lives and say that's just too bad: This is evil. Whatever its cause, this is what those acts in Littleton, Colo., expressed: complete disregard for the value of human life, and I mean complete. Consider the depths to which one would have to go to kill so ruthlessly and purposefully, and then end the thing by taking one's own life. Somehow, somewhere, evil wove its way into hearts and rninds made for good, and there is nothing else to call it. The arguments will be hurled fast and furiously over the next few weeks. Teens trained to be responsible gun owners will protest that the massacre shouidn't cast a shadow on them. Members of the subcultures initially implicated as factors .-:... Goths, devotees of industrial rock, Marilyn Manson, Rammstein - will defend themSelves," saying" they never killed anyone. Kids who spend hours staring at games with names like ''Mortal Combaf' and ''Resident Evil" will say the same things. And I suppose they are right. But the fact is that some of the most powerful and attractive elements of adolescent subculture advocate nihilism, amorality, violence and the glamour of "darkness." Go to the official Marilyn Manson web site. See if it doesn't give you serious chills: As morning breaks, I go to the Internet news groups to see what's being said about this. There is universal horror, but sprinkled among the grief are the following: -"Twenty-five rumored to be dead.... But hey it's a start:' --'-"Twenty-five dead....Not bad." Just a few voices among the many. But I think we know now, that's all it takes.

Our Rock and·Ro.le A metal band sings of unity By CHARLIE MARTIN· CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

One Affirmative may be justified Take from one give to another The goal is to be unified Take my hand be my brother The payment silenced the masses Sanctified by oppression Unity took a back seat Sliding further in regression One The only way is one I feel angry I feel helpless

Want to change the world I feel violent I feel alone Don't try and change my mind Society blind by color Why hold down one to raise another Discrimination now on both sides Seeds of hate blossom further The world is heading for mutiny When all we want is unity We may rise and fall but in the end We meet our fate together

AN ACQUAINTANCE asked me to listen to Creed. I'm not much into metal- just too many decibels and too much screaming that's supposed to pass for music. However, I was drawn to Creed's song "One" off their disc "My Own Prison." The song's message is simple and yet so important for how we live: "We may rise and fall but in the end we meet our fate together. One, the only way is one:;' As the song suggests, we need to see that our differences as humans are small compared to what we have in common. We all know the most basic fact related to this truth: Every human is made to the image and likeness of God! Every human being. The person in the song states that "I feel angry, , feel helpless." He wants to "change the world," and yet; the frustration of trying to act leaves him also feeling "violent" and "alone." (What does this mean? I'm not sure, but as an aside at this particular time I must say that when anyone feels violent, it is time to talk to someone about this - to trusted adults in our lives. Living "alone" with feelings of"violence" isn't viable.) The person in the song cannot understand why society would "hold down one to raise another." Yet he possesses more power than he recognizes. Here are some suggestions on how you can enhance respect for each human being, even while you are a teen: 1. Practice tolerance. Refuse to go along with jokes about your peers who happen to be different in some way. I know that this would take courage, but walk away when others ridicule individuals. Show others you be, lieve that we are all created and cared for by God.

One The only way is one I feel angry I feel helpless Want to change the world I feel violent I feel alone Don't try and change my mind Written by TremontiiStapp; Sung by Creed; Copyright (c) 1997 by Wind-up Entertainment Inc.

2. Dare to be an independent thinker. Throughout history, societal beliefs often have conflicted with Christian points of view. Consider, for example, that the people of Iraq are our brothers and sisters. In the words of the song, we are "one" with them. Yet, the violence of economic s<U:lctions and bombing have created a situation where 5,000 children a month die. Do you think God loves Iraqi children less? Many religious leaders, including Pope John Paul 11, have condemned this policy. Even as a teen, your voice has power. Find out the names of your U.S. senators and representative. Write to them and ask for a change in our policy that destroys so many Iraqi families. (Your Senator's Name, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC. 20510; Your Representative's Name. U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC, 205 I5.) 3. Be generous with your money. Sure you have CDs to buy and concerts to attend. I love music too and do the same. However, each of us can look at ourfinances and ask, "What members.of the human family can I help, even if only in a small way?" I challenge you to come up with $5 a month to donate to a charitable organization. 4. Begin to consider what you will do in the future. Your work will be a powerful way to make our world "one." What areas of life do you have passion for? How can this passion lead you to serve others? Can our world become "one" through respect and love? Jesus thought so. Your comments are always welcome. Please address: Charlie Martin, 7125 W 2008, Rockport, Ind. 47635.

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,umn to The Anchor, P.O. Box 7, 'Fall Riyer,02722. Name of city or town should be included, as well as full dates of all activities. DEADLINE IS NOON ON MONDAYS. Events published must be of interest and open to ourgeneral readership. We do not nOrmally carty notices 'offundraising activities, which may be advertised at our regular, rates, obtainable from our business offICe at (508) ,675-7151. ATTLEBORO-The 12th annual Pro-Life Rosary and Mass, .sponsored .by the Massachusetts State Council ,Knigh~s of Columbus,. will ,be held at the La Salette Shrine on May 8 at 2:30 p.m. All welcome. HYANNISPORT - The Holy Cross Club of Cape Cod will hold its alumni dinner 'on May 6 at the Hyannisport Club, Irving Avenue Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 430-9911. MANSFIELD - The Mothers' Group meets in the Rose Garden building behind St. Mary's Church every Tuesday from lOII :30 a.m. Come socialize and meet other area women. AU welcome. A playroom for children is available. For more' information

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call Tricia Collins 'at 339-4240. 'NEW BEDFORD - The Men of SaintJoseph,a 'group of local Catholi.c men, willhoId· its monthly evening of 'spiritual devotions on May 6 beginning at 7 p.m. in Holy Name Church. Mass will be held and ,the evening will also include Exposition of the Blessed .5acrament, the rosary and quiet prayer. Refreshments' served. All Catholic men welcome. SAGAMORE- All area women are invited to a morning of recollection on May 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Theresa's Chapel, Route 6A. Confessions will be heard by a priest of Opus Dei. STOCKBRIDGE - The sixth annual Irish-American Day of Prayer will beheld at the Divine Mercy Shrine on May 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m..!t will include Mass, a May Procession, prayer and song. All welcome. For more information' call Jimmy Sullivan at (617) 471-3388. TAUNTON - An open house will be held at Marian Manor, 33 Summer Street, on May 1'3 from 47 p.m. as part of National Nursing Home Week. Refreshments will be

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GIARWITESVILLE, Va (CNS~ ,the production of a broader array of TAUNTON - A Mass spon- -Proposed eJi;periments that would different cells and tissues. 'In. contrast,· embryo stem-cell resored by the Tauntdn District require the destruction of live human Council of the St. VIncent de Paul embryos were labeled "grossly im- search fails the testofthe Nmemberg Society will be held onl May 3 at 7 moral" and "clearly contrary to the will Code, which Doerflinger. said "dep.m. at Sacred Heart Church. It will of congress," in testimony delivered manded that we never inflict death or .be for the intention of the canoni- by an official ofthe U.S. bishops' p~ disabling ·iqjury on any 'unconsenting . individwil of the human species simzation of Blessed Frederic Ozanam life office. Richard M. ;Doerflinger, ~iate ply for the sake of bel.lefit to others." and in memory of dec~ased memEven if .the bioethics commission bers. The regular mo~thly meet- director for poli~y development in the bishops' Secretariatfor ~LifeActivi­ ,did not accept that argument, ing will follow in the Rarish hall. I ties, testified that "any policy based on Doerflinger added, embryo stem-cell WAREHAM~ A celebration a distinction between 'spare' and 're- . research should be deemed unethical in honor of Blessed IDamien de search' embryos is both morally inco- "because it needlessly relies on the destructionof life to advance medical Veuster will be held on 'May 16 on herent and practically unworkable" He was referring to a Clinton ad- goals which can be achieved in nonthe grounds of .the Sa~red Hearts Community Retreat House, 226 ministration proposal in. 1994 to make destructive ways:' Doerflinger detailed :his reasons Great NeckRoad. It will, begin with a distinction between the two on the a healing prayer and olltdoor Mass grounds that destroying spare embryos why it is immoral for embryos to be at 3 p.m. and include time to so- may be less ini.rnoral than destroying destroyed, oreven created,forresearch cialize and relax on the retreat embryos specifiqilly created for re- purposes. ''Mo¢ly, if it is wrong to create a ,house grounds. All welcome. For search. The House, in a 1996 vote, rejected making that distinction. human embryo for the purpose of demore information call 295-0100. I o Doerflinger testified April 16 in structive ~h, that is largely beWEST HARWICH - St. Charlottesville before the National Bio- . cause destroying embryosfor research Francis of Peace Fratbrnity will . ethics Advisory Commission,' created purposes is itself wrong:' he said. ''Creating embryos for research purhold its monthly meeting on May by President Clinton in 1995 to give . 9atHolyTrinityChurc~.Masswill guidance on ethical issues surrounding poses is wrong because it treats this distinct human 'being, with his or her be celebrated at 1:30 p.'in. A busi- medical technology .and research. He said promising research has been own inherent moral worth, as nothing ness meeting andrefres~ments will follow. Inquiries are weJcome. For conducted in the past two years on the more than a disposable instrument for more information call Kay use ofadulthurnans' stem cells for both someone else's benefit," Doerflinger the transplantation into patients and ·added. Fitzgerald at 394-0323~

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TOLEDO, Ohio - The only parish in the Toledo Didcese that claimed to owe its origin to the vi-' sion of the Second Vatidn Council has closed after 27 years.' The Community of the Risen Christ celebrated its fi~al liturgy on its Easter feast day. The closing involved people ,and mohey: there was not enough of eith~r to keep I· going. Core membership waS down to two dozen adults and several chi!I dren. However, about 45 people.attended the fmal Mass in ~he chapel ofNotre Dame Academy, a Catholic • high school that had rented worship space to the community Ifor more . than three years. Dan Donovan, one of two lay coordinators, said the pduc parish budget was about $30,000 a year. At the end, it was aboutl$1,6oo a month. Sharon Fitzgerald, the Iother coordinator, told _ the Catholic Chronicle diocesan newspaper .that .she views the community as "the· \ product of our times." "We were a post-Vatic,an II (response). We were flush with the idea we could do it all. We were no longer 'traditional Catholics,'" ~he said. ''The excitement of planning your own liturgy, providing yo~ education, teaching your own kids, being


active in roles that had been reserved to priests and sisters was pretty exciting." But the excitement wore off. "We had started out with lots of stay-at-home moms," she said. "And nearly all those people went back to work." Fitzgerald said the time crunch eventually hit everyone with outside jobs and there just were fewer people to do all the work. In addition, said Donovan, "we had some key members that just moved away when some ofthe larger corporations left Toledo." The community was among dozens of experimental or floating parishes that sprang up after Vatican II. Formation of this canonically "personal" parish in 1972 followed two years of meetings by a lay group. By choice, the community always had ,a "quarter-time" :pastor. Father Mike Madden, the last of five pastors, served the longest at 12 years. There have been 36 lay coordinators, with eight serving more than once. The parish also experimented with single coordinators, two- :and three-member teams and a 12-member council. One of the guidelines ofthe late Bishop John A. Donovan, who headed the Toledo Diocese in 1972, was that the parish temporarily liniit membership to 100 adults and their children. It gained permanent status in 1976. The number of households stayed close to 100 but membership peaked at well over 3oo,including children. The Community of the Risen Cluist had no geographical.boundaries and chose not to own"property. It rented space for Sunday liturgy.

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Lay coordinators handled routine administration. Decisions affecting the community were made by members at general meetings where the priest, like everyone else, had one vote. Donovan, a former Marianist brother, said the liturgy "always was central," and parishioners worked hard on it. '}\t one time we had three music groups, so one didn't have to do it every week," he noted. He said ·the demise of post-Vatican II experimental parishes doesn't mean they failed. "An awful lot of what weexperi·mented with is now becoming fairly normal - more exciting liturgies, more lay management of parishes," he said. "I think there's a lot of prayer groups and spirituality that you didn't see 20 years ago." According to Donovan, the Catholic Church needs to use something like this model until it "can solve the priest shortage problem." But, he acknowledged that' the community's decision-making process was flawed. It "got-away from ·us," he said, "because we were too patient with some people who were too disruptive." . Fitzgerald said the reaction of'the parish closing is similar to a divorce: "Get on with it! Get a life!" . Donovan~s wife, Liz, a former lay coordinator, likened the closing to a death. '}\ person dies and (at the funeral) you appreciate. all the things that person had and that you shared during your lifetime," she said. "I kind ·of feel like thafs where we are, that we've shared so many good things. And what happens after that is in God's hands."


LastSaturday'swell-attendedevent keyedonhopeandcourage. ~ Diocese's 111 parisheswill KEYNOTESPEAKERHelen Alvan~ commentstoBishopSeanO'Malley...