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FALL RIVER-Bishop Sean P. O'Malley named four new pastors as he announced clergy assignments in the diocese. Father David M. Andrade, currently the parochial administrator of St. Jean Baptiste Parish, Fall River, will become pastor there effective May 20. The other three new pastors, effective June 24, 1998, are: Father Freddie Babicluk, Jr., the parochial administrator of St. Patrick Parish, Wareham, who will become pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Fall River. Father James M. Fitzpatrick, parochial administrator of St. Patrick Parish, Fall River, who will become the new pastor of St. Mary Parish, North Attleboro. Father Timothy P. Reis, currently the chaplain at Falmouth Hospital, Falmouth, will become pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Taunton. Two current pastors have received new assignments. Father Arnold R. Medeiros, pastor of St. Mary Parish, Norton, will become pastor at S1. Patrick Parish, Wareham.

Father Robert A. Oliveira, pastor of St. Mary Parish, North Attleboro, will be pastor at St. Mary Parish, Norton. Both assignments are effective June 24. Effective July I, Father Edward J. Healey, chaplain at Cape Cod Hos-' pital, will also assume duties as director of pastoral ministry to the sick. Father Andrade was ordained to the priesthood May 31, 1986. A Taunton native, he has served as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Health Church, Fall River, and at St. John of God Church, Somerset. He had been the chaplain at St. Anne's Hospital and since 1996 has been advocate/auditor for the Diocesan Tribu-

nal. He has served as parochial administrator at St. Jean's since Jan. 14 of this year. Father Babicluk is also a native of Taunton. He was ordained to the priesthood Jan. 4, 1986. He has served as parochial vicar at Espirito Santo Parish, Fall River; St. Francis Xavier Parish, Hyannis; Immaculate Conception Parish, Fall River; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Taunton; and St. Patrick Parish, Wareham. He has also served as chaplain at the Taunton Catholic Middle School. He has been parochial vicar at S1. Patrick's, Wareham, since Jan. 14, 1998. Father Fitzpatrick, another native of Taunton, was ordained a priest Turn to page 3 - New pastors


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of the Appeal in the Cape Cod and islands deanery, reported a considerable increase in the numberofsuccessful contacts as the result ofthis effort in the area encompassing Barnstable County and the off-shore island communities. At the parochial level, many pastors will be launching follow-up procedures to enlist the participation of parishioners. Representative of that effort was Father William L. Boffa, pastor of St. Stephen Parish in Attleboro, who sought additional supplies to help the outreach planned in that parish community. Appeal headquarters is making supplies available to help pastors expand the solicitation process. Contributions to the Appeal may be made to any ofthe 111 parishes throughout the diocese or they may be addressed directly to Diocesan Headquarters, 344 Highland Ave., P.O. Box 1470, Fall River, MA 02722. Telephone inquires are welcome at (508) 676-8943. Early reported returns from the diocese include those from leading parishes in the separate geographic areas:


Members of media to meet WESTPORT-Members of the media from southeastem Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands will meet with Bishop Sean P. O'Malley and other diocesan communications officials at a May 20 noon luncheon meeting at White's of Westport, to mark World Communications Day in the Fall River Diocesl:, announced Father John F. Moore, secretary for communications. Paul A. Rixon, recently retired publisher of the Sun·Chronicle, Attleboro, will be the guest speaker. The program will include commentary from the bishop and time for dialogue by participants. Each year, Pope John Paul II asks bishops' conferences around the world to set aside a special day to focus on the work of communications media in our society. This observance, known as World Communications Day, is celebrated in the United States as wdl as in most other countries during the month of May in the weeks nearing Pentecost. Father Moore and John E. Kearns, Jr., diocesan assistant director of communications, have extended an invitation to representatives of newspapers, radio stations, local cable operations and television stations serving communities in the Fall River Diocese to attend the luncheon to get better acquainted, consider the vital role each plays in the community and to review mutual areas of concern. Reflecting on similar events held in recent years, Father Moore said,

FALL RIVER-The 1998 Catholic Charities Appeal has surpassed the million dollar mark with proceeds at press time at a total of $1.2 million. The report, by Msgr: Thomas J. Harrington, director of the Appeal, and Michael Donly, diocesan director of development, said the returns offer encouragement. But they noted that there remains a great deal of work if sufficient revenues are to be collected to support the endeavors of the diocesan offices by way of agencies, institutions and apostolates which the Appeal funds. Msgr. Harrington said that it is far too early in the process to experience any comfort. He said he and Donly agree that anecdotal reports from pastors and special gift coordinators tend to be encouraging. An exceptional amount of energy was devoted to promoting the Appeal and its needs 10 prospective friends in business and industry and in the professions and civic organizations throughout the diocese. FatherThomas C. Rita, area director Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Seekonk SI. John the Evangelist SI. Mark, Attleboro Falls SI. Mary, Mansfield SI. Mary, Seekonk


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MAY CROWNiNG-Michael Eppler, a second grader in the religious education program at Holy Redeemer Parish, Chatham, places a wreath on the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the parish's May crowning ceremony, traditionally held on the first Sunday of May. Michael was a member of this year's first Communion class.

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@biluarir6 Dominican Sister Margarita C. Velez DIGHTON-Sister Margarita Cecilia Velez, 73, a Dominican Sister of the Presentation, died at the Provincial House, 3012 Elm St., on May 10. Born Ines Velez Escobar in Medellin, Colombia, South America, she was the daughter of the late Guillermo Velez and the late Margarita Escobar. She entered the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation May 29, 1943, in Medellin, and professed her final vows in January 1951. She received bachelor's degrees in philosophy and modern languages and came to the United States in 1955 to continue studies in Washington, D.C. She spent the rest of her life primarily involved in the Hispanic Apostolate. Fluent in French, Spanish and English, Sister Margarita was a pioneer of the Spanish Apos-

tolate, not only in the Archdiocese of Washington, but also at national and regional levels. She became a citizen in 1962. After serving from 1993 to 1995 as the director of evangelization for the diocese of Brownsville, Texas, she returned to the Provincial House in Dighton" serving as the provincial secretary until her death. She leaves three brothers, Dr. Ignacio Velez and Ernesto Velez, of . Medellin, and Jesuit Father Luis Guillermo Velez of Bogota; four sisters, Helena Garcia, Mercedes STEWARDSHIP WORKSHOP-More than 60 people from area parishes attended the Londono and Sofia Velez, all of Stewardship Witness Speaker Workshop sponsored by the Diocesan Stewardship CommitMedellin, and Cecilia Anderson of ' tee at St. Ann Church in Raynham recently, Among those providing practical tips on presenVenezuela; and ni'eces and neph- tation of lay witness talks included, seated, from left. speakers Anne Levasseur, Christine ews. Her funeral Mass was celebrated and Dr. James Schwarz and committee member Liz Flynn; and standing, from left, Deacon Wednesday in the chapel at the Pro- John Welch, speaker Art LaChance, Father Marcel H, Bouchard, committee members Thovincial House. Following crema- mas Pasternak and Richard Pierce, Father Philip A. Davignon, committee member Edward Romano and committee member and speaker James M. Reilly. tion, burial will be in Colombia.

Mrs. Jennie A. Neylon ASSONET-Mrs. Jennie A. (Cholewiak) Neylon, 83, of5 Suzanne Drive, formerly of Fall River, died Saint Anne's Hospital gratefully acknowledges contributions to the Tribute Fund during April." Through your generosity, our mission of 'Caring for Our Community" is profoundly enhanced. ~







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Monday at the Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River. She was the husband of the late Edward F. Neylon and mother of Father Bruce M. Neylon, pastor of S1. Mary Church, Seekonk. Born in Fall River, the daughter of the late John Cholewiak and the late Maryanna (Guzik) Cholewiak, she lived in Fall River for most of her life and was educated in local schools. Before retiring in 1978, she had been employed for 15 years as a matron at the Fall River Park Department. She was a member of S1. Patrick Church, Fall River, and its Women's Guild and th~ Four Seasons Senior Citizens' Club. Besides Father Neylon, she leaves another son, John E. Neylon of Twin Mountain, N.H.; two daughters, Gail C. Noonan of Seekonk and Kathleen M.Oliveira of Assonet; a sister, Stella Gasior of Somerset; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Her funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday in St. Patrick Church. Interment was in St. Patrick Cemetery, Fall River.

Mrs. Corneille "Connie" D'Avolio LYNNFIELD-Mrs. Corneille "Connie" (Edwards) D' Avolio, wife ofAtty. Gerald D. D' Avolio, executive director of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, died Monday. She was a 1964 contestant in the Miss Universe Contest, qualifying as Miss Maine of 1964. Besides her husband she leaves a daughter, Lisa Foster of Bradford; a son, Assistant Atty. Gen. Gerald D. "Jay" D' Avolio of Lynnfield; two brothers, Reginald and George Edwards of Maine; and two sisters, Clarissa Pare and Priscilla Edwards, also of Maine. Her funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday in St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church by Cardinal Ber-' nard F. Law. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. 11111111111111111111111111111

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Parish nursing . program semlnar set/or June 13 FALL RIVER-The Congregational Health/Parish Nursing Program at Saint Anne Hospital will sponsor a seminar, "Medicine for Mind, Body, Spirit," June 13, 10 a.m. to I p.m., at Cathedral Camp, East Freetown. Geared for nurses, clergy, pastoral staffers, lay leaders and allied healthcare personnel, the program will be presented by Dr.Pamela M. Pettinati, chief of alternative medicine and complementary medicine and director of the Mind-Body Program at St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center, Brighton. The program is free, but preregistration is required. Deadline for registering is June 6. For information and to register call Dominican Sister Carole Mello at (508) 674-5741. '

Anniversary Mass An anniversary Mass for Edel Quinn, a former Legion of Mary envoy to Africa, will be celebrated May 18, 1 p.m., in St. Anthony Church, Mattapoisett. All are invited to attend.

Daily Readings May 18 Acts 16:11-15; Ps 149:1-6,9; In 15:26-16:4a May 19 Acts 16:22-34; Ps 138:1-3,7-8; Jn16:5-11 May20 Acts 17:15,22-18:1; Ps 148:1-2,11-14; In 16:12-15 May 21 Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47: 2-3,6-9; Eph 1:17-23 or Heb 9:24-28; 10: 19-23; Lk 24:46-53 May 22 Acts 18:9-18; Ps47:2-7; In 16:20-23a May 23 Acts 18:23-28; Ps 47:2-3,8-10; In 16:23b-28 May 24 Acts 7:55-60; Ps 97:1-2,6-7,9; Rv 22:12-14,16-17, 20; In 17:20-26

GUILD CELEBRATION-The Women's Guild of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Fall River recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with a banquet at McGovern's Restaurant which many of the past presidents attended. Pastor Father Gerald P. Barnwell, center, installed incoming officers that included, seated from left, President Helen Ouelette and Vice President Gladys Barre; and standing, Secretary Doris La Rue and Treasurer Lucille Laferriere.

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NECROLOGY May 16 1941, Rev. William McDonald, SS., St. Patrick, Falmouth 1960, Rt. Rev. Msgr. J. Joseph Sullivan, P.R., Pastor, Sacred Heart, Fall River ,. ./ 1981, Rev. Arthur C. dosReis, Retired Pastor, Santo Christo, Fall River .. May 17 1951, Most Rev. James E. Cassidy, D.O., Third Bishop of Fall River 1934~5! _/ May.19 1940, Rev. Ambrose Lamarre, OP 1941, Rev. Thomas Trainor, Pastor, St. Louis, Fall River 1988, Rev. Arthur C. Levesque, Pastor, Our Lady of Fatima, New Bedford May 20 1952, Rev. Antonio L. daSilva, Pastor, Our Lady of Health, Fall River

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FATIMA SCENE-Bishop Sean P. O'Malley blessed marble statues depicting the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal, on the lawn of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Swansea on Tuesday night following a Mass celebrating the 40th anniversary of the parish's founding. Pastor Father George F. Almeida, at left, purchased the figures in honor of his father and mother during a recent visit to Fatima. The statues arrived on May 8 and were erected just . hours before the cE~remonies.

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June 16, 1984. He has been parochial vicar at St. John Church, Attleboro; St. Francis Xavier Parish, Hyannis; and 5S. Peter and Paul Parish, Fall River. He has also servf:d as Catholic chaplain at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. He has been the parochial administrator at St. Patrick Parish since Oct. 8, 1977. Father Reis was ordained a priest on May 31, 1986. A native of New Bedford, he has been a parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish, South Dartmouth; St. Anthony Parish, East Falmouth; and St. John ofGod Parish, Somerset. He has been chaplain at Falmouth Hospital since May 1997. Father Medeiros was born in Capelas, St. Miguel, Azores. He was ordained a priest May 10, 1975. He


was parochial vicar at St. John of God Church, Somerset; St. George's Westport; S1. Anthony's in Taunton and Our Lady of Lourdes, Taunton. He was chaplain at Taunton Catholic Middle School from 1976 until 1988, when he was named administrator of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Fall River. He was named administrator at St. Eliz;1beth Parish, Fall River, in 1993 and made pastor of S1. Mary's, Norto,n, March I, 1995. Father Oliveira is a native of Fall River. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 23, 1977. He was named parochial vicar at Holy Name Church, New Bedford, in 1977, and in 1983 studied at The Catholic University of America in Washington,

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OFFICIAL His Excellency, the Most Reverend Sean O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap., Bishop of Fall River, has announced the following appointments: Rev. David M. Andrade, from Parochial Administrator of St. Jean Baptiste Parish, Fall River, to Pastor of S1. Jean Baptiste Parish, Fall River.

Effective May 20, 1998 Rev. Freddie Babiczuk, from Parochial Administrator of St. Patrick Parish, Wareham, to Pastor路of S1. Patrick Parish, Pall River. Rev. James M. Fitzpatrick, from Parochial Admini$trator of St. Patrick Parish, Fall River, to Pastor of S1. Mary Parish, North Attleboro. Rev. Arnold R. Medeiros, from Pastor of S1. Mary Parish, Norton, to Pastor of S1. Patrick Parish, Wareham. Very Rev. Robert A. Oliveira, V. F., from Pastor of S1. Mary Parish, North Attleboro, to Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Norton. Rev. Timothy P. Reis, from Chaplain at Falmouth Hospital, Falmouth, to Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Taunton

Effective June 24, 1998 Rev. Edward J. Healey, to Director, Pastoral Ministry to the Sick, while remaining chaplain, Cape Cod Hospital.

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D.C. He was named parochial vicar at S1. Mary Parish, North Attleboro, in 1994. He has served as diocesan director of Continuing Education for Clergy and Faithful since 1994. Since 1997 he has been dean of the Attleboro Deanery. He has also served as chaplain to the Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Girls in the New Bedford Area. He has been pastor of S1. Mary's in North Attleboro since June 1994. Father Healey was ordained a priest on June 6, 1987. He was named parochial vicar at S1. Pius X Parish, South Yarmouth, in 1987. He was appointed chaplain at Cape Cod Hospital in 1983, while remaining director of ministry to Hispanic Catholics on Cape Cod.



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.The merger of Daimler Benz and the' Chrysler Corporation should be 'a clear indication to aJ.! Americans that the European Union is indeed a rising superpower. The euro-dollar will be a challenge to our financial structJlre even without the participation of the isolated路British. Yet Britain too is feeling the power of the continent, with lowly Volkswagen buying its prestigious RollsRoyce company. These two events alone are very real indicators MEMBERS OF of Europe's new power. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION To date, many of our European dealings have been undertaken in CLASSES AT HOLY the framework of a post World War IT mind-set. The United States 'REDEEMER PARISH, tends to deal with a united Europe only in theory. Somehow we canCHATHAM,RECENTLY not bring ourselves to believe that the many nations and cultures that make up Europe could ever be united as a single world power. Having , GATHERED IN ITS lived in an international world where divide and conquer was the rule, SANCTUARY FOR A we somehow fail to recognize the need of others to be united. MAY CROWNING Our first failure was to ignore the reality of the Common MarCEREMONY TO HONOR ket. This economic union of European nations has changed the THE BLESSED VIRGIN. lives of all its participants. Improved living standards, financial security and the creation of investing opportunities have resulted from this economic wonder which has nurtured the present con"Then Mary said: cept of a stable European Union. Very often our view of Europe is My being proclaims as an American vassal, inward looking in political affairs but always se.eking the proverbial handout. ' the greatness of the The shoe is now on the other foot. The E.U. has been the real Lord, my spirit finds major force in the development of cohesive stabilized nations in Eastern Europe. The fact that Europeans consider diplomatic of- joy in God my savior!' fices a priority has helped them form a network with far-reaching Luke 1:46-47 influence. Their time tested skills in this regard have made our own diplomatic service seem mere political favoritism. Looking at recent appointments of American ambassadors, one quickly realizes that. political donations count for far more than diplomatic integrity. Sad to say, oUf professional diplomats are; too often the . .: ,,' product of political patsyisl11., ....-,.! . The E. U: is the 'major financiafbacker of efforts to cool many of the world's political hot spot~. In 1995, it gave Russia $1.5 billion to help its transition from Communism to capitalism. The U.S, gave only $234 million. -iii th2'Current -Asian crisis; fne~ E. U~ has contributed over $20 billion. Outreach to China, the other nations of Asia, and Latin Aineric3; has Jtlet with stunning success, while at home-the E.U. has been so helpful to the former'dictator-ruled By FATHER KEVIN J. HARRINGTON tionalpolitical situation in the light states of mid-Europe that it has led them successfully t9 memberof the Bible use two major argu' ship in the democratic family. . , The Apocalypse of John plays a ments. First is that all the propheThere are some mind-sets that this nation must achieve with re- prominent'role in the present cycle cies of the Old Testament relating gard to the E.U. if we are not to play the second fiddle. Our massive of readings for the Easter season. As to the first coming of the Messiah military imbalance has led us to look at peoples only as friends or we approach the year 2000, many were precisely fulfilled, tlius those people are speculating,on an "apoca- relatjng to his second coming will foes; but consider how the American taxpayer pays for this. lyptic scenario." I vividly remem- be fulfilled with the same precision. We have been led to believe that it is more important to buy a ber that at the height of the GulfWar In reality, Jesus does fulfill the bomber than to educate a child. The E.U. looks at its economic each side was conjuring up images Scriptures, but often in an unexexpenditures in a very different light. ofArmageddon, but both sides were pected way, and always with added As we journey into the new millennium, we Americans should wrong in regarding each other as meaning. That is why the authors begin to pay more attention to Europe. We will be dealing with a Satan or accusing each other of dia- of the New Testament did not hesitate to introduce changes into the continent that is using a single currency and whose influence around bolical motives and maneuvers. , There is nothing wrong with de- text or interpretation of the ancient the world is growing day by day. As communications become ever siring Christ's return, but to say prophecies by reason of the new more instantaneous, economies more interd~pendent and diplo- with certainty that it is imminent is things which came to pass in Jesus. matic skills more effective, the United States must take a look at another matter! Whocan forget Hal , It was not for naught that Jesus Europe as it is, not as it was. Our rather simplistic attitude' is out- Lindsey's popular book, "The Late ,promised that the Holy Spirit would dated and archaic, yet the roots of our culture are basically Euro- Great Planet Earth," originally pub- instruct as well as remind his pean. We have much more in common with the Europeans t,han lished in 1970 at the height of the apostles of all' that he had told them! the "old country" attitude. The E. U. will indeed be our partner if , Cold War. In the name of evangeli- This is why it is' futile to assume路 we give if'the attention and status it deserves.'It and we must cal Christianity, seven million cop- that all Old Testament prophecies ies were sold and people began to , were fulfilled literally and in detail. become equal partners. The Editor believe the beast from the abyss was What is important is..the meaning

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the Soviet Union! But with the demise of the Soviet Union and the collapse of the Iron Curtain at the end of the 1980s, Lindsey's fame has vanished. Whether the beast was identified with the pope, Cromwell, Napoleon, Hitler or Gorbachev, the result has been the same: history goes on, and the predictions ofthe interpreters are consigned to the junkyard of exegetical curiosities. Yet history's inexorable disconfirmation of all such attempts never seems convincing enough to the next generation for it to refrain from speculating! The fundamentalist readings which interpret the current interna-

of the events on which people attempted to shed light by bringing up to date the ancient words of the prophets. The second argument relates to the meaning one gives to the word Israel. Fundamentalists assert that with the creation of the state of Israel 50 years ago, the end of the world and assault on that nation will follow. However, in both the Apocalypse and the remainder of the New Testament, it is clear that the word Israel has a primarily theological value: it is a way of denoting the people of God, not a clearlydefined political territory. There was no state of Israel in biblical times and so it is wrong to extrapo-

late' from what has become the modern state of Israel to determine the time and manner of thb end of the world. In my personal study of the Apocalypse I have found it a book impossible for me to put down. Ironically, the "last word" in the Apocalypse is, in fact, about beginning and beginning again: "Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all th,~ saints, Amen." This twofold "Amen" de.fines in a remarkable way the two voles of Christian existence. Since the risen Christ is the Alpha and Om'~ga, the principle of a new world, we say "Amen" to the future: "Coine Lord Jesus." But to say "Amen'" to the future is not to switch off or resign from the present. We a:lso say "Amen" to the present, welcoming it as an event of grace: "The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints." It is here and now that we must bear witness to the 1}ope that inspires us. Far from being a book that fills one with feelings of gloom and doom, the Apocalypse gave first century Christians the sure hope that the old order (the Roman Empire) was passing away and that the Lord Jesus would make aU things new. Even today the old order (any sinful dominant culture) is also passing away and our world is being renewed by the light of t::Je Gospel imd the surprising power of the Holy Spirit. This is why the Apocalypse is considered by the Church to be a most appropriate reading during the Easter season.

Localpriest attended nationalpriests' meeting reflect the polarization addressed in the Common Ground Initiative. But AND CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE he urged them to take into account the FALL RIVER - The Catholic different viewpoints of some priests Common Ground Initiative launched not present as they entered into their by the late Cardinal Joseph L. dialogue. Bernardin of Chicago served as the When one delegate reported that program theme for thE: recent annual he found ordinary lay Catholics unconvention of the National Federation interested in the kind of issues disof Priests' Councils in cussed under the ComEast Rutherford, N.J., mon Ground theme, reported Father Marc R. Msgr. Murnion said Bergeron, who attended. wide differences of outThe pastor of St. look often persisted unAnne Parish here, Faspoken even when not ther Bergeron is windopenly discussed. ing up his second threeTo another delegate year-term as a NFPC who said the Common board member for the Ground Initiative repreProvince of Boston. His sented an inward-lookresponsibilities were to ing attitude, Msgr. represent the four dioMurnion replied that ceses in Massachusetts the effort was intended as well as the dioceses to deal with polarizaof Maine, New Hamption in the church so shire and Vermont on FATHER BERGERON that it would not block the board. work Qn behalf of the "A Fall River priest has held this church's mission. office for many years and priests from Franciscan Sister Katerina Schuth, the Fall River Diocese have been a professor at St. Paul Seminary in members for the 30 years of the Minnesota and a member of the ComFederation's existence," Father mon Ground committee, has been enBergeron said. "The delegate's post. gaged in an extensive study of semiwill now pass to a priest of the dio- naries. She reported that a number of cese of Worcester and that diocese younger men entering the seminary will host the NFPC convention ill today believe in the need for "going 2001." back" to some period in the past they Following up on the opening ad- think was better, though they are too dress by Archbishop Oscar H. young to have experienced it. She Lipscomb of Mobile, Ala., Cardinal warned that absorbing these men as Bernardin's successor as chairman of newly ordained priests could present the Common Ground committee, ap- future difficulties. proximately 175 priest delegates and Father Donald J. Wolf, a priest of pastoral leaders devoted their morn- the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City ing and afternoon sessions to the and NFPC president for the 1997theme, "Standing on Common 2000 term, told CNS that the convenGround." tion session on Common Ground was To give the theme a specific fo- arranged in response to a letter Carcus, delegates were asked to hold dinal Bernardin sent a number of small-group discussions at the round groups when he launched the initiatables where they were seated, and tive. share their hopes and fears about how Although some prominent church the church would adapt to the dimin- figures, including cardinals, have ishing number of priests. questioned the validity of the ComMsgr. Philip 1. Murnion, director mon Ground approach, no one on the of the pastoral life center, said most NFPC board objected to it, Father of the delegates appeared to represent Wolf said. a "center-left" position, and so did not Another c;oncern Of the convention COMPILED FROM LOCAL SOURCE

Weeldy General Audience Message Pope John Paul II Dear brothers and sisters, In our contimling preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, we begin today a reflection on the Holy Spirit, to whom this year is particularly dedicated. The Holy Spirit's action and identity are gradually revealed in sacred Scripture. The Hebrew word "ruach" refers to the lifegiving breath of God. This breath was active at the moment of creation and continually sustains and renews created reality. In' the Old Testament, "ruach" often indicates the action of God's spirit, who guides the people. The spirit transforms weak men into the charismatic judges of Israel and descends in a more permanent way on the kings. God engages in dialogue with his people "by his spirit through the former prophets" (Zec 7, 12 l. Isaiah foretells the birth of one on whom the spirit of the Lord would rest, thus pointing to the New Testament understanding of the Spirit as person and as gift. Already the Old Testament emphasized two marks of the Spirit: his absolute transcendence, and his great power. Nothing that is good, true and holy in the world can be understood without reference to the spirit of God. I warmly welcome to this audience the ecumenical groups from England and WalE!s and the Lutheran visitors from Denmark. I eKtend a special greeting to the priests and laity from the Diocese of Thamarasserry and to the Brothers of St. Gabriel from India. Upon all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors, especially those from England, Wales, Denmark, India, the Philippines, Australia, Thailand, Canada and the United States of America, I invoke the abundant blessings of Almighty God.

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Memorial Day: Reading, writing, war By ANTOINETTE Bosco CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

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Harbor as I became an adolescent. It was later that the charm turned At first the rallying cry of U.S. sour when we saw our high schools patriotism had a romanticism about become nearly all-girl classes because it. Still young, we chanted hate- . the boys wanted to sign up for the war Germany, hate-Japan slogans, and we watched the first flag-draped cheered the young men in their coffin come into the church. glamorous uniforms, crunched cans I can't remember the names of for recycling, counted ration stamps many of my high school classmates, but I remember, by name, the boys in and bought war bonds, the Cathedral Academy who went from basketball to Okinawa and elsewhere, and never again walked the halls with classmates. Their pictures, for us never to forget, were in our yearbook. We, the teenagers of the'40s, were old before our time. I would look at the grieving mothers and could see so By DAN MORRIS clearly that they ha(i expected to raise

Graduation marches to a disturbing tune CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Once again we find ourselves entangled in that special time of year when our mailboxes are full of announcements of happy events - not the least of which are several hundred high school graduation announcements from persons who have our address and hope we will send back money. Rather than spend hours sorting through the cards to determine which ones might be an acquaintance or relative, many of us just. send along a quick check. Which brings up the agonizing question: Why do we have to make a special trip to the county seat to spend three hours begging surly county clerks for a certified copy of our child's birth certificate so we can register them for Little League when there is so much else going on? May and June are always jammed , with vacation planning, 25th anniversary receptions, end-of-school-year events, weddings, showers, ordinations, the opening of trout season and the NBA playoffs. And Little League. No wonder graduating high school kids think they deserve a trip to Maui or the Netherlands just because they lived through shop class and business English. Everyone is too busy to tell them otherwise. Well, that has to stop. Not all that long ago, high school graduates were pretty happy to receive a congratulations note from Aunt Sophie, a student deferral from the draft board and a clandestine bottle of Uncle Melvin's home brew. These days, parent "Graduation Party Committees" form in the fall. They fund-raise all year. They browbeat fellow families into believing their children's lives will not quite be full if they aren't gifted with some kind of exotic junket when they graduate. Wouldn't it be something if parents raised funds all year so they could donate a water system to a remote village in the name of the graduating seniors? Or if the graduates were given a . post-graduation stay at a retreat center rather than a week at Disneyland? Or if someone were to convince these wonderful young people that the pursuit of God should be just as important to them as the pursuit of a bachelor's degree or a job with a strong 40lK plan? Gosh, maybe more important? Somewhere along the line too many of us have acquiesced. We have let our soon-to-graduate children not only listen to the Pied Piper of self-absorption, we're singing along. Your comments are welcome always. Please send them to Uncle Dan, 25218 Meadow Way, Arlington, Wash. 98223.


their sons for life, never dreaming they would meet death so young, drawn by force into chaos and destruction brought on by war. For me, so young then, war itself became the enemy. By the time Vietnam exploded, I was the mother of seven. I was in danger of facing the unthinkable - that my two oldest sons would have to go off to war if that confused conflict in. Vietnam did not end. As a newspaper reporter at that time, I met the mothers of the dead, the missing in action, the prisoners of war and saw a destiny I could not face without protest. As it turned out, my sons didn't have to go to Vietnam. They both got high numbers on the draft lottery. But

I bled for others. We saw Michael, ·our friend, beautiful and facing a brilliant future when he went to Vietnam, and childlike and broken when he came back. He had been hit: in the head with a helicopter propeller after a mission. He survived, but with permanent brain damage. Now more than ever, I question what my father told me - that Memorial Day is a once-a-year prodding of our consciences to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. All of us who have ever known a classmate in a coffin, or a Michael, know we need to set aside Memorial Day for the opposite reason: not because we don't remember, but because we can't forget.

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Q. A friend sent me your recent column about baby boomers and confession. I'm not a ''boomer.'' I'm only 25, but I could relate to the person who wrote to you. I grew up with a mother who was, and still is, angry at the Catholic Church. As a result, I was baptized and made first penance and Communion, but we had little involvement with the church. I now live in a different town and have established a relationship with God, which I would like to deepen by joining a parish, going to confession and becoming a practicing Catholic. But where do I start? I am asking for your brochure on confession, but it's deeper than that. Father, I was a promiscuous young lady in my early 20s. I also aborted a child at 20. Several years ago I joined a 12-step program, found God and realized he was there for me all those years I rejected bim. I pray several times daily now. Each Sunday I walk the two blocks to church, only. to walk back home.

I feel I'm not a "real" Catholic because of the abortion and the premarital sex. I consider myself pro-life now, but I feel I can't really be that becaUse I already committed the sin. My family is all fragmented alcoholism, drug abuse, anger at God and others, and so on. In becoming a practicing Catholic I would be alone in it. I'm scared to be a young lady alone in pews full of whole families. I guess I need advice, Father. What should be my first step? How can I, with all my sins, and not knowing how to do it, deepen my relationship with God and my church? (Ohio) . A. I was deeply moved by your letter, not only in·compassion for you, but because so many other "baby boomers" or post-boomers responded to that column in ways similar to your own. My only straight and honest answer for you is, God wants you back! , You have done some very wrong things. You obviously ackno\\:ledge that and are deeply repentant. However, whatever you have done is past, and there's no possibility or

need to unravel the degree of sinfulness. We just put that in God'!; hands in the sacrament of penance and rely with total trust on his forgiveness. Please give yourself time to sit quietly and read slowly and reflectively the first part of the parable of the forgiving Father (Lk 15: 1:1-24). Do this two or three times. Realize this father Jesus is talking about is God. And the father's anxiety to be reconciled to his child is God.'s attitude toward you. I hope others who think repentance, forgiveness and return ;}re out of reach will do the same. Finally, you can be sure you're not the only one in the church with the same kind of story. There are many, and a number of them feel as a::one as you do. Do what you know i1: right, pick up your life as a Catholic and move on. A free brochure outlining basic Catholic prayers, beliefs and moral precepts, is available by senlrling a stamped self-addressed envelope to Father Dietzen, Box 325, Peoria Ill. 61651. Questions for this column should be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address.

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ents do to shape and mold our children, to get them to behave as we Dear Dr. Kenny: I couldn't be- think they should. Whether a child's lieve my eyes after reading your behavior is good or bad, we can rerecent column on 'Getting Chil- spond in three ways: positively (by dren to Do Chores.' I have seven rewarding), negatively (by punishing) children, and they never expecte~ or we can ignore it. to be rewarded for making the bed Punishment is ordinarily a poor they sleep in, hanging up the clothes way to motivate children (or anybody) they wear, helping with the dinner in the long run. Punishment always dishes or putting away their toys. takes some time and attention, and They know they are part of a because of that provides "secondary loving family, a little community of gain" to the bad behavior. This is why togetherness. I might say 'hurry up' 'you hear the parental complaint: "The and we will go on a picnic or swim- more I get after him, the worse he ming! Sorry I do not agree with you gets. He's just doing it to get attenabout giving children a reward for tion." what they should be doing in the Time and attention are a reward. first place. (Missouri) We don't want to reward bad behavior. Better to identify what we want You must have had an unusual from our childre~ with a positive refamily. Most parents have difficulty sponse when they do their tasks. getting children to do household Rewards come in many forms. tasks, even daily routine chores that They include our time and attention, the children "should" do as members eye contact, gestures like "thumbs of the family. up," touches and a smile. They may Our focus as parents is on results, also include small food treats, points on achieving the desired outcome. 1_ or gold stars, small toys, privileges would not argue with what you say and trips (like picnics and swimming). has worked for you. It doesn't work Rewards are a way of saying thank that way for everyone. you for completing a task, even a reI like my job as a psychologist. I'm quired task. not sure, however, that I would conI don't understand your position tinue to do it if I did not get paid. that we should not reward good beDiscipline is all the things we par- havior, even though ,it's expec.ted. I

assume you are following the maxim: Virtue is its own reward. Virtue of itself may make our child feel good, but it's still wise to recognize when our child does what he should. One of my pet peeves is the parent who will not recognize: good behavior, but responds with a lecture and some punishment for misbehavior. You get whatever you "pay" attention to. I don't want to make the mistake of noticing only when my child fails to behave well, never when he does behave well. I am happy for you that your children behaved well for you without some way of rewarding them. For my part, I want to notice, to say thank you, to provide some tangible response when my children do well. Most fast-food places provide small token rewards just for entering their stores. Businesses recognize efficient work in many ways: with raises, time off, bonuses, etc. TIley do that because·it works. Parents should be at least that wise. Reader questions on family living and child care to be answered in print are invited. Address questions: The Kennys; St. Jos,~ph's College; 219 W. Harnison; Rensselaer, Ind. 47978.

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Columban father says lay missionaries are becoming the key workers in the evangelization effort. By JUDITH BANDY CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

DUBUQUE, Iowa -- At night as he wanders the poor sections of Santiago, Chile, Felix Doughty stops to talk with young people and persuade those who need drug rehabilitation to get help. Doughty isn't your typical missionary, according to Columban Father Charles Duster. He is a young layman from Fiji who works with a lay missionary team in Chile. And he just may be part of the future of Catholic missions, Father Duster told The Witness, archdiocesan newspaper of Dubuque. Father Duster, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who was in Dubuque recently, has spent all but eight of the last 24 years ministering in the Fiji Islands. Currently, he teaches canon law at the seminary there, but he also spends part of his time screening and training lay Fijians for mission work in other countries. The role of missionaries is changing, he said. The Society of St. Columban, which began in Ireland in 1916 as a missionary order, established its lay missionary program 18 years ago. Plans for the order's future were discussed in Chile at its recent General Assembly, a meeting held every six years. "In the past, missioning was thought to be the work of priests and nuns," said Father Duster. "But more and more the idea of lay people working side by side with clergy in the field is becoming the norm." Fiji has already sent four teams to Chile, Ireland and the Philippines. A fivemember team from Chile is currently completing its third year of service in Fiji. Sometimes, Father Duster said, lay people, such as Doughty, can reach people in a community. Laywomen have also been helpful in making contact with women of other cultures, such as Pakistani or Indian, where men and women don't intermingle. Unlike other programs, the lay missionary program in Fiji is faith-based, not skills-based. "You may be a nurse, but that's not what you are being sent to ·do. Your job is to share faith, organize neighborhoods, build Christian community," he said.

Keepers told: Dads are Church's future By BOB LAIRD CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - "If the future of the Church passes through the family, then the future of the family passes through the father," said the founder of a Catholic men's organization. Steve Wood, founder of St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers, was speaking at a conference at Our Lady of Angels Church in Woodbridge. It was the organization's first meeting in the northeastern United States. Wood related statistics on problems with the family today, and how many children have lost their faith, he said, because they never received it from their parents. The focus of St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers, he said. is to "fix Dad first and the kids will <:orne by themselves." "If you gave me a $100 million budget (to improve families), I'd rather take $10 and change Dad," said Wood, president of Family Life Center International in Port Charlotte, Fla. The conference, which attracted about 250 men, also featured Jeff Cavins, host of the "Life on the Rock" series on the Eternal Word Television

Network. Local speakers included Father Francis Peffley, associate pastor of the Woodbridge parish, and Hugh Williamson, a parishioner at St.'WiIIiam of York Parish in Stafford and former associate director of the Family Life Center International. Father Peffley, during his homily at Mass, challenged the audience to use St. Joseph as a role model. "St. Joseph is a man of honesty, character and integrity," he said. "As a father, we are given the grace to be a holy husband and father," Father Peffley added. "It's not just the priests and nuns who are called to holiness in the Church; every individual has a vocation to the universal call to holiness." Wood challenged the participants to go beyond the "spiritual goosebumps" that one receives when attending such conferences. St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers hopes to instill in husbands and fathers the ability not only to absorb intellectually the information presented at such conferences, but also to take positive action by applying it in their own families and marriages, Wood added.

Papal document keys on Sundays By JOHN TIlAVIS CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul IT is preparing a document on Sunday and the need to maintain it as a day of holiness, Vatican sources said. The relatively brief papal document is said to emphasize the obligation of the faithful to attend Mass on Sunday, except for serious reason. It also touches on the sensitive issue of Sunday work. The Church teaches that Sunday is to be a day of rest and grace, yet recognizes that abstaining from work is not possible for all. The document was still undergoing changes in early May and was expected to be published later this

year, the sources said. In addition to the Sunday Mass obligation, the text describes Sunday as a day for reflection and meditation and says this risks being lost today. Pope John Paul has spoken about the Sunday obligation of Catholics on many occasions. Yet Mass attendance continues to drop in some parts of the world, particularly Europe. Italian bishops recently expressed concern about the low level of Sunday Mass participation. According to a survey by a national Italian polling agency, just under 20 percent of Italian Catholics go to Mass on Sunday, compared to 28 percent five years ago. In Rome, the attendance rate was only 16 percent, the poll said.

What is a Prayer Meeting? A Prayer Meeting is a weekly gathering of Christians to give praise, tl:1anks, honor and love to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It's a time we gather in community, to praise God on a one-to-one basis as the Holy Spirit moves us. A Prayer Meeting is not a discussion club, a therapy session, or a time for counseling. We come to give our full attention to Jesus - through the help of the Holy Spirit. A Prayer Meeting has 2 purposes:

1. To praise, worship and honor God 2. To build upthe Body of Christ as brother and sisters How long do Prayer Meetings last? Usually a minimum of 1Yz hours. Matthew 26:40 "How is it that you were not able to watch with me for one hour?' Do I have to raise my hands and pray like the others do? No - you should pray as you feel comfortable, as if you were alone with Jesus. Pray as you feel comfortable, but respect others and the way they feel comfortable praying. Do I have to say "Praise the Lord" or "Alleluia?" No- you do not have to say or do anything you are not comfortable with. Just keep open to the Holy Spirit and pray however you wish - JUST PRAY.

Is a Prayer Group a parish organization? No - a prayer group is made up of individuals that get together weekly as a family for the purpose of giving Jesus the praise He deserves. The first and primary purpose of all prayer is to praise and honor the God who created us and give us all the gifts and blessings we enjoy each day. How willi grow spiritually? Attend the prayer meeting each week, read from the Bible at least 15 minutes daily, talk to the Lord throughout the day and take time to listen to Him. What should I keep in mind when attending a Prayer Meeting? Come at least 4-5 times before making judgment. Pray as you feel comfortable - let others do the same. Pause between songs, readings and teachings to allow the Spirit to work. Don't concentrate on others - concentrate on Jesus and you. All ages are welcome - we are all children of God. Don't be afraid. you are with friends. If you have any questions. ASK. Please don't leave until you get an answer. Finally, "My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and never stop improving your knowledge and deepening your perception so that you may always recognize what is best. This will help you to become pure and spotless and prepare for the Day of Christ when you will reach the perfect goodness which Jesus Christ produces in us for the glory and praise of God. " Phlllpplana1:9-110

Below is a list ofprayer groups in the Fall River diocese. Attleboro Holy Ghost Church 71 Linden St. Attleboro, MA 02703 Monday 7 p.m. La Salette Shrine 947 Park St. Attleboro, MA 02703 Thursday 7:30 p.m. Cape Cod & Islands Corpus Christi Church 324 Quaker Meeting House Rd. E. Sandwich, MA 02537·2170 Monday 8 p.m. Holy Trinity Church Route 28 • Damien Hall W. Harwich, MA 02671 Thursday 7:30 p.m.

Espirito Santo Youth Group - English 311 Alden St. Fall River, MA 02723 Friday 7 p.m.

St. Joseph's Church 51 Duncan St. New Bedford, MA 02745 Tuesday 7 p.m.

Espirito Santo Church· Portuguese 311 Alden St. Fall River, MA 02723 Sunday 5:30 p.m.

North Attleboro St. Mary's Center 14 Park St. North Attleboro, MA 02761 Thursday 7 p.m.

Holy Name Church 709 Hanover St. Fall River, MA 02720 Tuesday 7 p.m. Our Lady of Health - Portuguese 642 Cambridge St. Fall River, MA 02721 Thursday 7 p.m.

Our Lady of the Cape Stoney Brook Rd. Brewster, MA 02631 Wednesday 7 p.m.

New Bedford Immaculate Conception - Portuguese 136 Earle St. ' New Bedford, MA 02746 Wednesday 7 p.m.

St. Augustine's Chapel 56 Franklin St. Vineyard Haven Martha's Vineyard, MA 02568 Monday 7:30 p.m.

Our l..acti of 1he AssurTptial- PortugJeSEl 54 S. Sixth St. New Bedford, MA 02740 Monday 7:00 p.m.

St. Francis Xavier 347 South St. Hyannis, MA 02601 Tuesday 7:30 p.m.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel 230 Bonney St. New Bedford, MA 02744 Thursday 7 p.m.

St. Patrick's Church 82 High St. Wareham, MA 02571·0271 Thursday 7 p.m.

Our Lady of Mt. Garmel • Portuguese 230 Bonney St. New Bedford, MA 02744 Thursday 7:00 p.m.

East Falmouth St. Anthony's Church 167 E. Falmouth Highway East Falmouth, MA 02536

Sacred Heart Church 341 Summer St. New Bedford, MA 02740 Thursday 7 p.m.

Fall River Blessed Sacrament Church 2492 S. Main St. Fall River, MA 02724 Friday 7:30 p.m.

North Falmouth St. Elizabeth Seton Church 481 Quaker Rd. N. Falmouth, MA 02556 Thursday 7 p.m. Ravnham St. Ann's Church - Bilingual 660 North Main St. Raynham, MA 02768 Monday 7:30 p.m. Seekonk Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Taunton Ave. Route 44 Seekonk, MA 02771 Wednesday 7 p.m. St. Mary's Center 385 Central Ave. Seekonk, MA 02771 Thursday 7:30 p.m. Somerset St. John of God 996 Brayton Ave. Somerset, MA 02726 1st Thursday 7 p.m. Taunton Coyle Cassidy High School Adam St. Taunton, MA 02780 1st &3rd Thursday 7 p.m.

St. Anthony's Church - Portuguese 126 School St. St. John the Baptist - Portuguese Taunton, MA 02780 344 County St. Saturday, 8 p.m. New Bedford, MA 02740 Friday 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Diocesan Service Committee


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Wichita confirms 2,000 during outdoor liturgy By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE WICHITA, Kan. - Pope John Paul II's personal representative to the United States challenged thousands of confirmation candidates to accept the responsibility of publicly professing their faith and accepting God in their lives. While a crowd estimated at more than 20,000 people looked on, Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, papal pro-nuncio to the United States, delivered that message during an outdoor Mass in Wichita, where nearly 2,800 young people received the sacrament of confirmation. The archbishop asked those gathered to seek the "superior perspective" in all things of life, including the human quest for beauty, power and riches that the world's young people seem to find so attractive today. "Unless there is a superior perspective for these things and a vision for superior values, the youth cannot be good, and cannot be good

people of tomorrow," he said. The archbishop joined Bishop Eugene 1. Gerber of Wichita and 17. other bishops and abbots from throughout the Midwest in administering the sacrament of confirmation during a Mass held at Cessna Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University last week. It was the single largest gathering of Catholics in the 111- year history of the diocese and one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States this year. Confirmation candidates, who processed into the stadium with their sponsors, wore white robes with a special medallion on a red ribbon around their necks. About half of the candidates were from the Wichita area, but many others traveled up to three hours with family, friends and other supporters to pray and participate in the confirmation Mass. The event, dubbed ''Confirmation '98," is part of the Diocese of Wichita's process of spiritual preparation for the jubilee called Disciples

2000. Because Pope John Paul II has designated 1998 as the Year of the Holy Spirit, Bishop Gerber decided it would be the ideal occasion to call together the entire diocesan family to celebrate the Holy Spirit, with a special emphasis on the sacrament of confirmation and its influence upon the young. Archbishop Cacciavillan noted Pope John Paul II's great love and

esteem for the world's youths, and he thanked diocesan officials for inviting him to attend Confirmation '98 and be the principal celebrant of the Mass. "This confirmation celebration was a very meaningful and beautiful message delivered to the city," said Archbishop Cacciavillan. "Hopefully the youth will be the first to feel the responsibility now to profess their faith and their acceptance

of God and the Spirit." Before the confirmation Mass, a 'youth rally was held outside Cessna Stadium. Rally leader Justin Stroh, a Minneapolis-based singer, songwriter and Catholic performer, stre~:sed the importance of "Confirmation '98." "Not just the sheer numbers of people," he said, "but in what confirmation means in the spiritual life of each person here."

Latvian Archbishop asks Russia to end squabbles By JONATHAN

ropean Union, Imants Liegis, accused Moscow of using Russian minority grievances to "destabilize the WARSAW, Poland - A Latvian country." archbishop has urged the Russian The Moscow sanctions caused a government to stop interfering in, 29 percent drop in Latvian stock """!"' .... ' prices. Managers . disputes over citi- ,... Managers~of Latvia's 70 of Latvia's 70 zenship rights of Latvia's Russian largest companies warned largest companies minority. in mid-April that sanctions warned in mid"If the probId 160 000 . b April that sanclems are solved cou cause , )0 tions could cause losses in the republic's main here, then every- fl' h . d' . 160,OOOjoblosses thing can be IS ery; cosmetiCS, me Icme in the republic's main fishery, cossorted out," said and transport industries. Archbishop Janis metics, medicine MASSIVE CONFIRMATION - More than 2,000 young people dressed in white dot the Pujats of Riga, Latvia. "But ifMos- and transport industries. field of the Wichita State University football stadium for their confirmation Mass May 3. The cow continues to interfere, the situMoscow has maintained interceremony was the largest single event held in the 111-year history of the Diocese of Wichita, ation will become unstable." mittent pressure on Latvia since its Kan. (CNS photo by Christopher Riggs) The 67-year-old Church leader September 1991 independence. spoke in a telephone interview amid a growing crisis over the position of ethnic Russians, who make up a third of Latvia's 2.5 million inhabitants. their causes. has transcended academia. Envi- women connect with their own traRussia imposed sanctions on â&#x20AC;˘ Feminine imagery seen "There's something about this ronmentalists were attracted to its dition. "When God is refen:ed to Latvia in March following amendtradition that people really identify theology of the creating God. Those with a feminine pronoun, it's a great playing role in ments to a 1994 Latvian citizenship with," says Notre Dame de Namur in interreligious dialogue recog- way for women to connect with renewed interest law. The amendments would delay Sister Camilla Burns, whose class nized that nearly all religious tradi- Scripture," she says.. by women. the right of non-Latvians beyond age "Wisdom literature was very on Wisdom literature draws crowds tions contain teachings similar to 40 to seek naturalization as citizens. of students at Loyola University's those in Wisdom and seized on its important for the fathers of the By HEIDI SCHLUMPF The Latvian government promInstitute of Pastoral Studies. church," says Father Leo unifying potential. CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE ised to modify the law in mid-April "The Wisdom literature is about Yet much of its attraction has Lefebure, a professor of systemafter criticism from Western govCHICAGO - The story of Job the art of living. It's about being been for feminists craving feminine atic theology at Mundelein Semiernments. However, 688,000 resi- is one of the best known in the Old human," Sister Burns said. ''There's images of the divine. nary in Chicago. He has written derits could be denied Latvian citi- Testament, and most people have something very compelling about Wisdom literature contains nu- an article detailing the c1ea:r prezenship before the year 2000. merous references to Lady Wis- cedent from the early church for heard of the proverb "Pride goes that." Archbishop Pujats said he be- before the faiL" The Wisdom books of the Old dom, or "Sophia" in Greek. Al- affirming Sophia as an image and lieved Latvians, whose numbers Even Generation Xers can sing Testament include Proverbs, Job, though there is some disagreement name for God. were reduced to 52 percent by So- the chorus of the Byrds' "Turn, Ecclesiastes, Sirach:Solomon, Song as to whether Sophia refers to a "The divine in Christ can be viet-era immigration, had a right to Turn, Turn." of Songs and some Psalms. quality of God or a description of named either masculine as 'logos' or protect their national culture. He They are full of advice about God, many feminist scholars have feminine as 'Sophia,''' he exp1:lins. Still, many Catholics are relaadded that in the Latvian city of tively unfamiliar with the Wisdom avoiding gossip, being a good grasped onto the image because of By pointing to the universal exDaugavpils, Latvians constitute just literature in the Old Testament. neighbor, being just in your busi- its ability to expand the metaphors perience of God, it provides an op13 percent of the population. ness dealings and other details of for God beyond exclusively male portunity for dialogue with other But that's changing. "The small Latvian nation canreligions. "And it breaks us out of Once seen as a, "country everyday life. Wisdom literature ones. not pose any danger to the great cousin" to the more popular sal- often holds up the deeds of the righ"I think women almost instinc- any literal image of God as male," Russian one," Archbishop Pujats vation tradition in the Hebrew teous while criticizing those of the tively connect with this image," said he said. said. Though he expects the image Mercy Sister Mary Ruth Broz, coScriptures, Wisdom literature is wicked or foolish. He added that Catholic ties with . becoming popular with people Although the familiar story in director of Wellstreams Center of of Sophia to become more hmilLatvia's Russian Orthodox Church hungry for Scripture that applies the Book of Job has enjoyed wide Feminine Spirituality in Chicago. iar in the future, he is unsure of remained good and said he believed to their everyday lives. Environ- appeal for centuries, the other "It really enables them to get in the long-term impact. "It':; too the tensions could be ended if "big mentalists, feminists and those in- books of the Wisdom tradition have touch with the sacred within them- early to tell if Sophia will repowers" kept their distance. emerge as a central naml: for selves." volved in interreligious dialogue been seen as problematic. 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Full story of abortion drug still untold By CATHOLIC


WASHINGTON - A pro-life spokeswoman for the U.S. Catholic bishops said news reports on results of U.S. testing of RU-486 are incomplete and fail to examine what she called "the appalling psychological ordeal" that use of the abortion regimen causes. Helen M. Alvare, director of planning and information for the

U.S. Catholic bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, was commenting on recently released data on the Federal Drug Administration's first formal testing of RU"486. The Associated Press reported April 29 that the U.S. testing found that the drug ended pregnancies in 92 percent of test subjects. The procedure was considered a success if pregnancies were ended within 15 days of taking the drug.

In the study, published in the

New England Journal ofMedicine, the drug was slightly less effective in this trial than in earlier Euopean studies. Company officials say they expect the drug to be on the market in 1999. The RU-486 abortion procedure is a two-day regimen used to terminate early pregnancies. It involves two types of medicationRU-486 itself, which is mifepristone, and a prostaglandin.

Partial-birlh abortions banned in Wisconsin •

Gov. Thompson signs bill outlawing thl3 immoral practice and setting stiff penalties for its violation. By CATHOLIC


MADISON, Wis. (CNS) - Gov. Tommy G. Thompson has signed into law a bill banning partial-birth abortions in Wisconsin. In a statement release:d by his office in Madison, the Republican governor said, "Partial-birth abortion is a morally repugnant and ethically corrupt procedure that will not be tolerated in Wisconsin. It is unconscionable to termi-

nate a life when the child is in the midst of being delivered into this world." The bill Thompson signed was passed by the state Assembly on a 77-17 vote last May and by the Senate on a voice vote March 26. It prohibits the controversial procedure unless the mother's life is endangered, and makes performance of partial-birth abortions a Class A felony punishable by life in prison. "This issue has captured our hearts, for the people of Wisconsin will not stand for a procedure so heartless to occur in our state," the governor said in his statement. "This is a matter of humanity. Banning partial-birth abortions is simply the right thing to do."

Wisconsin became the 23rd state to ban partial-birth abortions, although court orders have blocked enforcement in 12 of them. In Kentucky and Oklahoma, bans awaited a governor's signature. States where enforcement of the ban has been blocked at least temporarily are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey and Rhode Island. Michigan passed a ban in 1996 but it has been permanently enjoined. States with partial-birth abortion bans now in effect or soon to go into effect are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Florida mulls 'Choose life' license plates By CATHOLIC


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida drivers will be able to purchase "Choose life" specialty license plates in the near future, if Gov. Lawton Chiles signs a bill that has received final approval in the Legislature. The yellow license plate, which features a crayon-style drawing of a smiling boy and girl above the "Choose life" slogan, will be one of 40 specialty plates available for an additional fee from the state's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Opponents in the Legislature said it would mark the first time that a license plate had been approved which carries a political message. They warned of a potential for road rage and mentioned the bombings and shootings at abortion clinics. But Rep. Tom Feeney, a Republican who sponsored the legislation, said the plate does not urge that the laws on abortion be overturned. "It advocates a personal and private choice," he said. ''This is a prochoice tag." Choose Life Inc., a nonprofit organization developed to promote the plate, raised the $30,000 application fee.and the $22,000 needed for statewide marketing of the tag. The group also gathered more than 14,000 signatures from those who said they would be willing to buy the plates. Russ Amerling, secretary and treasurer for Choose Life, said proceeds from the license plate, which would be sold at $15 above the regular fee, plus a $2 processing fee, will go "to help women who are committed to carrying their child to term and placing himlher in an adoptive family.' "No funds can go to any organization that performs abortions, advertises for or refers women to abortion services," he added. The Respect Life Office in the Diocese of Orlando voiced its support for the effort in a letter and

agreed to help get the word out to other diocesan directors. "We believe in the philosophy behind the plate, but we're leaving it up to parish communities to

decide whether they want to take part in the effort," said Deborah Shearer, director of the Respect Life Office, during the campaign's early days.




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A poll commissioned by Morality in Media in February showed that 59 percent of those surveyed said the FCC should work harder to enforce the broadcast indecency law and wanted the ban extended to midnight, while only 28 percent thought the TV rating system was an effective alternative to enforcement of the indecency laws. "More than ever, TV viewers need the know-how at their fingertips to fight back," said a statement by Morality in Media president Robert W. Peters.

"Deep Impact" won't be remembered By GERRI PARE CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

, the flood of humanity tries to get out of the way. When the special effects take center stage, they are spectacular, but one has waited a long time for the payoff and it's over all too soon. Nonetheless, the street-level and bird's-eye views of Big Apple skyscrapers being dwarfed by the gargantuan tsunami are eye-popping. Since the real danger of an Earth-comet collision, while remote, exists, it is almost welcome that there is not the typical lastminute, completely happy ending.

While sure to have a big impact on its box-office opening weekends, "Deep Impact" may have only slight impact on viewers' memories. Because of a massive natural catastrophe, suicidal and sexual references, occasional profanity and an instance of rough language, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -adults. The Motion Picture Association ofAmerica rating is PG-13 - parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

NEW YORK - A death toll in the millions is predicted when a comet larger than Mount Everest is discovered on a direct collision course with Earth in "Deep Impact" (paramount). First observed by high school astronomy buff Leo (Elijah Wood) and confirmed by an astronomer (Charles Martin Smith) -whose death in a fiery car crash provides a gratuitous action movie opening - the comet's existence has been kept secret from the public. Enter ambitious network reporter Jenny (Tea Leoni), who stumbles onto the literally earthshattering story, forcing the president (Morgan Freeman) to admit to the world it is true, but that a manned spacecraft (led by Robert Duvall) loaded with eight nuclear warheads is being sent to explode the comet. As directed by Mimi Leder, the movie then follows four story threads as Armageddon approaches. There is the White House plan to save a million people, most chosen by lottery, in an underground cave should the spacecraft's mission fail. Meanwhile, Jenny's career soars but her relationship with her divorced parents (Vanessa Redgrave and Maximilian Schell) changes dramatically. Young Leo is chosen in the lifesaving lottery and can bring his family but is more concerned about his girlfriend (Leelee Sobieski, looking like a juvenile Helen Hunt). Lastly, the "Messiah" spacecraft lands on the comet and four crew members try to set the warheads deep in its surface -and fail. With only four implanted, the resulting explosion simply creates two comets still on course, one of which will hit off the Carolinas, creating a tidal wave that will drown the entire Eastern seaboard, the other's power even more devastating and final. Unfortunately, as a disaster epic, the thrills are few and fleeting while the personal stories appear contrived - and are allowed to become schmaltzy. MORGAN FREEMAN stars as President Beck in the acFreeman's gravity in the role is tion thriller "Deep Impact." The U.S. Catholic Conference clasappropriate, but underlines that the movie could use a sprinkling of , sification is A-III- adults. The Motion Picture Association of comic relief that never materializes. America rating is PG-13 - parents are strongly cautioned Instead there are predictable scenes that some material may be inappropriate for children under of mass panic and clogged roads as

13. (CNS photo, from PararnountJ~ictures)

.NEW YORK (CNS) - The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting.

"Artemisia" (Miramax) Melodramatic French production based on the life of 17th-century Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi (Valentina Cervi), who at age 17 falls in love with the painter (Miki Manojlovic) hired to give her drawing lessons until her father discovers them in bed, her lover is sentenced to prison for rape and she goes off on her own to start her painting career. Writer-directorAgnes Merlet changes the historical record of the 1612 rape trial into an upbeat feminist romance which turns Artemisia into a modem woman breaking with the artistic and moral conventions of her time. Subtitles. Several fairly graphic sex scenes, some nudity and occasional rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-IV adults, with reservations. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R - restricted.

''Black Dog" (Universal) Contrived action thriller in which an ex-con truck driver (Patrick Swayze) is coerced into transporting assault weapons across state lines while' pursued by murderous hijackers and federal agents. Directed by Kevin Hooks, the result is standard TV-movie fare. Intermittent violence, occasional profanity and an instance of rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III - adults. The Motion Picture Association ofAmerica rating is PG-I3 parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

multiple sclerosis. Director Michael Winterbottom chronicle!: the effects of the insidious ailment on the athlete and his lover with unsentimental gravity that gives way to an uplifting climax. Sexual encounters, brief nudity, occasional profanities and frequent rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III - adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

"The Hanging Ga:rden" (Goldwyn) Pretentious Canadian clunker about a homosexual (Chlis Leavins) who returns home after a lO-year absence to attend his sister's wedding, then wallows in painful recollections of his abusive childhood and unhappy adolescence. Writer-dire:ctor Thom Fitzgerald paints an ugly picture of a wildly dysfunctional Iri:ih Catholic family in picturesque Nova Scotia, but the intercutting of past and present, the real and the imagin ary, proves hopelessly artificial and (:motionally unconvincing. Some depi ction of sex acts, religious caricature, bathroom humor, incessant rough language and frequent profanity. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is 0 morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R - restricted.

"Clockwatchers" (BMG) Office drama in which four temporary secretaries bond, then are gradually tom apart when they come 'under suspicion after other employees' personal items begin disappearing. Director Jill Sprecher's character study proceeds sluggishly but succeeds in exploring the frustrations of being treated as a disposable corporate cog. Sexual references, petty thievery, a few profanities and an instance of rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III - adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG13 - parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

"A Friend of the Deceased" (Sony Classics) Glum comic tale set in Kiev, Ukraine, where an unemployed translator (Alexandre Lazarev) who has hired a hit man to kill him changes his mind but cannot cancel the contract so hires yet another hit man to kill the first one. Director Vyacheslav Krishtofovich creates grim social satire from the economic instability in post-Communist Ukraine, which is seen as having left ordinary people adrift without a moral compass. Subtitles. Brief violence, fleeting nudity and sexual situations. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III - adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R restricted.

''Go Now" (Gramercy) A young soccer-playing Scotsman (Robert Carlyle) working as a plasterer in Bristol, England, begins a serious love affair (with Juliet Aubrey) only to find himself facing life in a wheelchair when he is diagnosed with




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Ministry at UMass Dartmouth will sponsor a program entitled "The Sacred Journey," where participants will have the opportunity to walk a labyrinth as ~ form of spiritual pilgrimage. To register call Sister Madeleine at 999-8872 or 996-1305. Space is limited. FALL RIVER-Hospice Outreach will present a Discussion About Grief for Widows and Widowers on May 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. It will be held on the 4th floor at 502 Bedford Stteet. Preregistration is required. For more information call 673-1589. FALL RIVER-Bishop Sean P. O'Malley will celebrate a Mass for Pentecost at 7 p.m. May 30 at St. Mary's Cathedral. Music and readings will be in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French. All welcome. For more infonnation call 822-2219 or 679-6732. FALL RIVER-The Cursillo Movement of Fall River will hold a diocesan Ultreya on May 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Notre Dame Church. All welcome. For more information call Frank Lucca at 6796329. MANSFIELD-Catholic Social Services will spbnsor an adoption information session on May 31 at St. Mary's Parish Center from I :30-4:30 p.m. for those interested in adopting a domestic newborn, older/special needs or international child. For more information call 674-4681. MASHPEE-A Mass of remembrance for infants and children who have died will be held at Christ the King Parish, May 31 at 10 a.m. Family members are encouraged to attend and enroll their loved ones' names in the book of remembrance, read at Mass. All welcome. NEW BEDFORD---The next business meeting of Hyacinth Circle Daughters of Isabella will

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Deaths prompt Church's stance on suicides .



VATICAN CITY - Two recent suicides - of a Swiss Guard at the Vatican and of a bishop in Pakistan - prompted questions about Catholic Church teaching on suicide. While the Catholic Church - considers suicide an affront to God, the giver of life, ahd an offense against the bonds of love and friendship which tie people to one another, in most cases the church avoids passing moral judgment on a person who felt pushed to such an extreme. Vatican officials were preparing the funeral of a Swiss Guard who committed suicide after murdering his commander and the commander's wife when news reports came that a Pakistani bishop com~itted suicide May 6. The bishop reportedly took his own life to protest a death sentence issued against a Christian convicted of blasphemy. . A funeral Mass was celebrated for the路young Swiss Guard in the Vatican's St. Anne Church the day after a funeral in St. Peter's Basilica for the Swiss Guard commander and his wife.


For路much of this century, the Catholic Church prohibited public funerals and Catholic burials for those who committed suicide. The prohibition was contained in the 1917 Code of Canon Law, but was dropped from the new code promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 1983. Joaquin Navarro-Valls, Vatican spokesman, said the change was in line with "a greater I,lnderstanding of human psychology, especially regarding certain illnesses, including very serious forms of depression." , The spokesman, who trained as a medical doctor and holds a degree in psychiatry, said such illnesses could allow someone to appear to-function normally, but to experience such interior anguish "that it seriously places in jeopardy human freedom and can lead to an act of suicide;" "Reflection on this has led to the conclusion that some forms of suicide can be considered the result of an illness in which human freedom was,s~riously damaged. This person does not have the fullness of his freedom. Therefore, if he is a victim because his freedom is not fully functioning, this act is not morally imputable,"

Navarro-Valls said. The spokesman referred to the young Swiss Guard as "a victim, of himself, but still a victim." Criminal guilt, he said, would

be up legal authorities to determine and moral guilt would be determined "obviously, by God alone." At the same time, he said, the

church has a pastoral. obligation to ensure that the .Catholic burial of a victim of suicid.e does not give scandal and does not contribute to the anguish of others.


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Consecration to the Divine Will Oh adorable and Divine Will, behold me h~re before the immensity ofYour 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 ofYour 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 pave a , singular strength and a holiness that sanctifies all things arid conducts them to God. Here prostrate, I invoke the help of the Most Holy Trinity that They permit me to live in the cloister of the Divine Will and thus return in me the first order of creation, just t~e creature was created. , Heavenly Mother,.sov~reignand路Queenof the Divine Fiat, take my hand and introduce me into the Light of the Divine Will. You will be my gl,lide, my most tender Mother, and will teach me to live iri and to maintain myself in the order and the bound~ of the Divine Will. Heavenly Mother, I consecrate my whole ~ing to Your Immaculate Heart. You will teach me the doctrine of tne Divine Will an,d 1 will listen most attentively to Your lessons. 'You wilLcover me with Your mantle so that the infernal serpent dare not penetrate into this sacred Eden to entice me and make"me, fall into the maze of the human will. Heart of my greatest Good, Jesus, You will give me Your flames that they may bum me, consume me, and feed me to form in me the Life 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 keep my heartjealously and shall n~ver give it tl? me again, th~t. I may be sure of never leaving the Will of God. '. My guardian Angel, guard me; defend me; help me in everything so that my Eden may flourish and be the instrument that draws,all me!1,into tne Kingdo~ ,of the Divine Will. Amen.


(In Honor of Luisa Piccarreia 1865-1947 Child of the Divine Will)

VATICAN SWISS GUARDS carry the coffin of Swiss Guard Cedric Tornay into S1. Anne Church for his funeral May 7 at the Vatican. According to investigators, Tornay killl~d himself after shooting to death Swiss Guard Commander Alois Estermann and his wife, Gladys Meza Romero, May 4. (CNS/Reuters photo)

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VATICAN CITY (eNS) Within days of the shooting death of the Swiss Guard commander, the Vatican issued a terse denial to reports that the officer had'spied for a Communist government. In a two-sentence statement May 8, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said a report by a Berlin tabloid newspaper that Col. Alois Estermann had passed documents to the former East German secret police was "not being given the le'ast consideration." "It is not the first time that incongruities' (have been) written about an honest' man," the spokesman ,add~d. , The Bei-liner Kurier said May 7 that files kept by the government in Eas~ Berlin, which were archived after' German unification, showed that from 1981 to 1984 Estermann sent at least seven reports to the secret police agency known as the Stasi. The story, repeated in other European newspapers but not

confirmed, said the Stasi would have welcomed assistance from a Swiss national with a Vatican passport and proximity to the pope. A spokesman for the agency responsible for archiving the Stasi material said it was too early to tell conclusively whether Estermann was路the agent mentioned in the files. . Estermann joined the Swiss Guard as an officer in 1980 and attracted international attention in May 1981 when he leapt to Pope John Paul II's side to try to shiel,d him from an attempted assassination in St. Peter's Square. 'The pontiff recalled that act in remarks at a general audience, and Esterrnann was praised for his faithful service to the Holy See at a funeral Mass in St. , Peter's Basilica. Estermann and, his ~ife were killed in their home on the night of May 4, hours after Pope John Paul had pro~oted him to head of the corps. Investigators found that Cedric Tornay, a guardsman with an apparent grudge against Estermann, shot the couple at close range with his service re-

volver, then turned the gun on himself. Ninety minutes before the shooting, Tornay left a note in French for his mother with another guardsman. Vatican investigators examined the note and gave it to the family. The Vatic,an declined to reveal the contents, citing respect for the family's privacy. Without naming their source, an Italian news agency and a number of Italian papers published the message May 8. Among other thing:s, Tornay wrote that he had be,~n unfairly denied an award, "the one thing that I wanted" after suffering "all the injustices" of mom than three years in the corps. "I swore to give my life for the pope and it is exactly this that I am doing," Tornay wrote. The Vatican issued no comment on the note, or on remarks by Tornay's family 2.nd friends to Italian and Swiss media casting doubt on investigators' findings that the guardsman had suffered a momentary "fit of madness."


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attend convention FALL RIVER-Bishop Connolly High School principal Anthony S. Nunes and Brother Richard Lunny, CFX, academic principal, recently attended the 95th annual convention and exposition of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) in Los Angeles, California. "Catholic Education: Spotlighting the Mosaic" was the theme for the convention and delegates from all levels of Catholic education participated in more than 400 professional workshops and sessions. Topics included special education, early childhood development, religious education, school boards, curriculum, and legal issues/public policy. "It's always encouraging and very affirming to see so many dedicated Catholic educators from allover the country come together and celebrate the gift that we are to the Church's teaching mission," said Nunes about the convention. Guest speakers included ambassador Alan Keyes, writer of nationally distributed current affairs column; Mary Higgins Clark, author of the book "Where are the Children?"; and Dr. Michael Berenbaum, president of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. The convention also featured general sessions and liturgies and nearly 700 booths. Over ten thousand delegates attended.


Our Rock and Role Love goes unseen By CHARLIE


If You Could Only See If you could only see The way that she loves me Then maybe you would understand Why I feel this way About our love And what I must do. If you could only see How blue her eyes can be When she says When she says She loves me. Well you got your reasons And you got your lies And you got your manipulations They cut me down to size Saying you love but you don't You give your love but you won't.

MATH AWARDS-Connolly students Marc Normandin and Michael Teixeira, second 'and third from left, receive certificates of merit for their outstanding achievement in the Massachusetts Association of Mathematics League Competition. Presenting the awards are Math Department Chairperson Carol Pesce and Principal Anthony Nunes.

(Repeat first verse) Seems the road less traveled Shows happiness unraveled And you got to take A little dirt To keep what you love That's what you gotta'do Saying you love but you don't You give your love but you won't You're stretching out your arms to something that's Just not there Saying you love where you stand Give your heart when you can. (Repeat first verse twice) Written by Emerson Hart Sung by Tonic Copyright (c) 1996 by PolyGram Records Inc., EMI Blackwood Music/EM and M Music Publishing (BMI)

GO COUGARS! Students from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in New Bedford took part in the 1998 News Bowl USA Contest on current event knowledge. More than 60,000 students participated nationwide. Eighth grade students (shown above) placed fourth in their division among the teams entered from Massachusetts.

A READER in Evansville, Ind., sent me these touching comments about the new chart hit from Tonic, "If You Could Only See." She wrote: "I am a divorced mother with only one 'son. I know by my son's words and actions that I am talked bad about by my son's father and the father's family. I want my son to know that I think about

him all the time and that I love him very much. Every time I hear Tonic's 'If You Could Only See,' Ican't help but think of my son." Her wordS witness to the power of music. Music helps us recognize and release the feelings stored in our hearts. Clearly, the song is not addressing a mother-son relation-

ship. Yet, what a song describes and how it affects a listener can be two diJIerent things. The song makes the point that love is not always noticed by others. Sometimes, what we give by caring is not appreciated. As the woman's letter says, we can't control how another person experiences our gift of love. The woman has no power over what others say about her. Yet, I want teens to know that the choice to love always creates good. It may nOl: establish the connection with another that you desire, but loving another never is just lost effort and energy. Let's say you really care about someone. You try to support him or her in positive ways. At 'the same time, you want to date this person. However, he or she is just not interested in more than friendship. You might feel like saying "If you could only see." Probably you will feel disappointment. However,"choosing to continue caring about the person also means accepting his or her decision not to date. Naturally, this does not mean giving up on dating altogether. You can still date others while remaining a friend of the first person. As Christians, we try to live as Jesus did. We believe that love makes a difference. In fact, we believe that love is the difference. Yes, there will be times in loving others when we will say to ourselves, "If you could only see." But we still go on loving.

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Ellie sat outside my office, wads of tissues clutched in her hand and friends anxiously fluttering about. "I have to talk to you," she hiccuped. Accompanied by her "personal assistant," Ellie shot into my office and onto a chair even before I had the door fully open. "It's OK," she gulped, waving what now looked like a giant spitball toward her friend. "She knows. She's a part of it, too." Ellie and Jill were in big trouble. Not with a teacher or an administrator, mind you, but with a group with much more power: their peers. It seems that Ellie and Jill kept a certain notebook. On the lines of this pure white paper, they penned pages and pages of none··too-complimentary words about classmates. They also passed not(~s to each other with the same generous theme, and these notes were stuffed in the book - a slam book, as it's called in some places. Can you guess why Ellie was upset (in a state of hysterical fear would be a more apt description). The notebook had be(~n found. A classmate - not a friend, not an enemy - found the notebook,

which one of the girls had left on top of the lockers. The classmate read through it. Then, for some strange reason, she did something odd. The girl herself

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described it as a sort of quest for justice, but whatever her reason she did it. She took the notes that mocked Guy and handed them over to Guy. She sorted out the notes that made fun of Susan and helpfl,llly passed them on. After she'd finished her mission of spreading those particular epistles to all concerned, she proceeded to share the notebook with a rapidly expanding group of interested parties. This had started in the morning, and now, after lunch, Ellie and Jill were starting to hear about it. People they'd called friends to their faces discovered that the girls gleefully dissed them behind their backs, made crude jokes about them and even insulted their parents.

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Kids who weren't privileged to move in the exalted circles of the popular discovered why, and read what the movers and the shakers of their class really thought about them. Of course Ellie was upset. Now, Jill wasn't thrilled either, but being of a clearer head than her friend, was able to take responsibility. "We shouldn't have done it," she said to me simply. "It was wrong." Ellie could admit it too, but neither could she stem her fury with the future private investigator who'd found the thing. "It wasn't hers" she pouted, "and she shouldn't have taken it." Granted, so the next period I found little Sherlock Holmes, talked with her and then got all three of them together after school for an apology session. There wasn't any serious trouble that came out of it. One boy who was rather cruelly targeted in the "Collected Works of Ellie" assured me that he was OK, even though he didn't quite get why she had to be so mean. Ellie gulped that yes, indeed, she had learned her lesson. She wouldn't ever write stuff like that down again so it could be found. And if she did write it, she'd throw it away as soon as possible. .Was that the only lesson Ellie should have learned? Shouldn't she have been alerted to the harm that the vicious side of her personality could inflict on others and even herself, and committed herself to doing something about it?


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• OFFICE HOURS • MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 8:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. SATURDAYS • 8:00 A.M. TO 12 NOON OFFICE CLOSED SUNDAYS & HOLIDAYS INCLUDING MEMORIAL DAY The Office for both Sacred Heart and St. Mary's Cemeteries is located at 559 Mt. Pleasant Street • New Bedford. MA 02745 Telephone: (508) 998-1195 SHARING A LAUGH-Students from St. Stanislaus School, Fall River, enjoy a pizza lunch following a special Mass for middle school students at Notre Dame. From left are Jeff Dzialo, Kyle Pankowski, Steve Moniz and Danny Whipp, who were among hundreds who helped devour over 250 pizzas. (Anchor/Gordon photo)





THE ANCHOR- Diocese of Fall River - Fri., May 15, 1998

We are so much more than ~ care. In fact, the Diocesan Health Facilities can provide just the right amount' of care you or your loved ones need at any stage. Our community programs are designed to help elders or adults with disabilities maintain independ~nce at home for as long as possible. Short-term rehabilitative therapy programs rebuild strength for a return home after a hospitalization. Respiratory therapy makes breathing easier. Award winning pain management/palliative care programs give life new meaning to residents by allowing them to enjoy new friendships, activities and independence, pain-free. The programs also ease suffering in the final hours of life. Specialized Alzheimer's disease and dementia units offer a dignified therapeutic living environment. Pastoral care providers recognize the spiritual aspects of healing~ And as always, we consider family members essential members of our care team. Come visit us and see why Diocesan Health Facilities are making a difference in so many lives.

Visit our website:

Catholic Memorial Home Fall River, MA Telephone 508-679-0011

Madonna Manor North Attleboro, MA Telephone 508-699-2740

Marian Manor Taunton,MA Telephone 508-822-4885 ,


Our Lady's Haven Fairhaven, MA . Telephone 508-999-4561

Bethany House Adult Day Health Care




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Taunton,MA Telephone 508-822-9200

Geriatric Care Manager Fairhaven, MA Telephone 508-999-4561


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