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Friday, June 19, 1987


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BISHOP DANIEL A. Cronin congratulates Antonio F. Medeiros, right, of Espirito Santo parish, Fall River, and John M. Sullivan of St. Bernard parish, Assonet, upon their admission to candidacy for the transitional diaconate and the priesthood. The rite was held June II at St. Vincent's Home chapel, Fall River. (Motta photo)

WARSAW, Poland (NC) Pope John Paul II's June trip to his homeland was a spiritual balm to Poland's often-frustrated Catholic population and a bitter pill for the country's communist government. Church and government planners had said the visit would be carried out in the spirit of dialogue. But in speech after speech, the pope challenged government policies. He called firmly for respect of religion, but also went into specific problems of labor, free associations, 'education and health care. Throughout the visit, the statecontrolled press kept alive the theme of the pope and the government as partners in an emerging "constructive coexistence" between church and state, a phrase used by Polish leader Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski on the trip's first day. In a speech that was an ode to state socialism, he cited the closeness of socialist policies to the pope's encyclical on work, "Laborem Exercens." In the days that followed, the pope responded with increasingly pointed language. He let his audiences know he was speaking both "to" and "for" them, and the

encounters seemed to confirm the church's role as the protector of Poland's political opposition. The trip gathered steam as it progressed, culminating in an unprecedented eucharistic procession through the streets of Warsaw June 14. As Archbishop Karol Wojtyla, the pope fought unsuccessfully for years to lead a similar march through Krakow's main square. Soon after his arrival, it became clear that the Solidarity movement, dissolved by the government in 1981, was to be a touchstone of his social critique. In Tarnow, the center of southern Poland's farming region, where he beatified Karolina Kozka, a local teenager killed while resisting an attempted rape, the pope on June 10 called for "full realization" of the "Rural Solidarity" agreements to aid private farmers, which the government never implemented. In stops June 11-12 in Szczecin, Gdynia and Gdansk, Baltic shipping centers where Solidarity was born during strikes in 1980, he said the word "Solidarity" was the Turn to Page Six

11 new deacons In the third such ceremony in the history of the Fall River diocese, Bishop Daniel A. Cronin will. ordain 11 men to the permanent PARISHIONERS GATHER at St. Mary's Church, Mansfield, for blessing and dedica- diaconate at a Mass at 11 a.m. tion of new parish center by Bishop Cronin, assisted by Father Armando Annunziato, left, tomorrow at St. Mary's Cathedral. Current regulations for the perpastor, and Msgr. John J. Oliveir~, chancellor. (Rosa photo) manent diaconate state that qualified unmarried men age 25 and older are eligible for admission. They may not marry after ordination. Qualified married men age 35 and older may be ordained with the consent of their wives. Permanent deacons work in parishes and in other ministries under direction of the bishop and the priests with whom they are associated. Tomorrow's service, to which admission will be by ticket only, will include participation by the deacons' wives, who will bring the ordinands' vestments of office to the altar, handing them to assist. ing priests or deacons, who will vest the candidates. The ordination will be in the context of the Mass, following the MARKING THE 25th anniversary of Marian Manor home for the aged in Taunton, Gospel. It will include the rites of Sister Dorothy Ruggiero, OP (left), provincial superior of the Dominican Sisters of the Calling and Presentation of CanPresentation who staff the home, and Sister Marie Therese, OP, its administrator, chat with didates. The presentation will be made by Father John F. Moore, Bishop Cronin at a celebratory banquet. (Rosa photo)

diocesan director of the diaconate program. After ordination, accomplished by the laying ofthe bishop's hands on the head of each candidate and a prayer of consecration, the new deacons will be vested and the bishop will present each with the book of Gospels. Music for the Mass and ordination will be by the Diocesan Choir and instrumentalists, directed by Glenn Giuttari. Deacon Manuel H. Camara will be deacon of the word, Deacon Robert D. Lemay will be deacon chaplain and Deacon James M. O'Gara will be deacon ofthe liturgy. Servers will be diocesan seminarIans. Sons and daughters of ordinands forming the offertory procession will be Tara Murray, Suzana Moniz, Marc Bousquet and Timothy Dresser. A reception for the deacons at St. Stanislaus School, Fall River, will follow the Mass. Throughout the weekend they will be further honored at family and parish celebrations. (Pictures and biographies of the ordinands are on page 2.)

( LOUIS A. BOUSQUET, St. Anthony of Padua parish, New Bedford, is the husband of Janet (Paull) Bousquet. They have one son. Deacon Bousquet is a security officer at New Bedford Institute for Savings.

RICHARD M. DRESSER, St. Francis Xavier parish, Hyannis, is the husband of Margaret (Kelleher) Dresser. They have four sons and seven daughters. He is a project engineer with Technical Plastics Corp., Attleboro.

PAUL "ol. MACEDO, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish, New Bedford, is the husband of Maria (deSousa) Macedo. They have one son and one daughter. He is a pharmaceutical technician at Macedo Pharmacy, New Bedford.


CLAUDE A. LeBLANC, St. Mary's parish, New Bedford, is the husband of Therese (Fecteau) LeBlanc. They have three daughters. He is a commercial/industrial sales representative for Commonwealth Gas Co., New Bedford.

JAMES MARZELLI JR., St. John Evangelist parish, Pocasset, is the husband of Joan (Belmore) Marzelli. They have one son and two daughters. He is a vocational special needs teacher in Boston.


JOHN deAMARAL MONIZ, St. Anthony of Padua parish, Fall River, is the husband of Liliana (Medeiros Carreiro) Moniz. They have one son and one daughter. He is a community liaison for the Massachusetts Migrant Education Program in Taunton.

AA. ROBERT G. L. NORMANDIN, St. Louis de France parish, Swansea, is the husband of Paulette (Jean) Normandin. They have one son and two daughters. He is a system test group leader for NOVA Biomedical, Waltham.

MARCEL G. MORENCY, St. Anne's parish, New Bedford, is the husband of Muriel (Viens) Morency. They have one living and two deceased sons and one daughter. He is retired.


JAMES M. O'GARA, Our Lady of Lourdes parish, Taunton, is the husband ofJudith (Cabral) O'Gara. They have three sons and four daughters. He is a group manager for the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service office in Brockton.


MICHAEL E. MURRAY, St. Ann's parish, Raynham, is the husband of Carol (Saba) Murray. They have one son and three daughters. He is director of systems sales for CODEX Corp., Canton.

JOHN WELCH, St. Ann's parish, Raynham, is the husband of Carol (Langille) Welch. They have two sons and one daughter. He is a toll test technician with New England Telephone Co., Brockton.

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Since 1985, celebration of daily Mass before 5 p.m. has been forbidden in Burundi, one of Africa's poorest countries, which is 65 percent Catholic. Church-state relations in Burundi had been so bad that last November Pope John Paul II sent a 1,200word letter to Burundi's bishops expressing his concern for the church's difficult situation. In his letter, the pope criticized the expulsion of missionaries, the jailing of priests, the nationalization of Catholic secondary schools and seminaries and the suppression of Catholic lay movements. In January the government prohibited religious instruction in the country's schools.


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2 Dominicans mark jubilees Two Dominican priests will celebrate anniversaries at a 10 a.m. jubilee Mass at St. Anne Church, Fall River, on Monday. Rev. Raymond Drouin, OP, will observe the golden jubilee of his priestly ordination, which took place in Rome July II, 1937; Rev. Pierre E. Lachance, OP, the 50th anniversary of his profession in the Dominican Order and the 45th of his priestly ordination by Bishop James E. Cassidy .on June 27, 1942. Father Drouin was born in Ottawa, Canada, July 5, 1914. After completing elementary and secondary education, he entered the Dominican novitiate at St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, in 1932. He pursued studies for the priesthood at the Dominican House of Studies at Ottawa, and at the Angelicum Pontifical University in Rome, earning the degrees of lector and licenciate in theology. He was a curate at St. Anne from 1940 to 1953, then was founding pastor of the parish of St. Joseph, at Prince Albert, Saskat~ chewan from 1953 to 1963, building the church and parish hall. In 1963 he returned -fo·-Pall River and was pastor of St. Anne for two four-year terms. He then took a two-year sabbatical during which he engaged in pastoral studies in Montreal and Lyon, France. In January 1973, Father Drouin became a chaplain at St. Anne Hospital, Fall River and was certified as a chaplain in 1975. He continued in this ministry until his retirement in March ofthis year. Father Lachance Father Lachance is a native of Fall River, where he was born Dec. 30, 1915. He received his elementary education at St. Anne School and his secondary formation at College de Montreal with the Sulpician Fathers. In July 1936 he entered the Dominican novitiate at St. Hyacinthe. He studied philosophy and theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Ottawa, where he

Appointment His Excellency, the Most Reverend Daniel A. Cronin, has approved the appointment by Very Reverend William Heffron, SS.CC., Pro~incial, of the Reverend Frederick Meyers, SS.Cc., as pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in New Bedford, effective July I, 1987.

received the degree of lector in theology. From 1944 to 1955, Father Lachance taught philosophy, theology and liturgy at the Dominican College, Ottawa. In January, 1955, he was assigned to missionary work in rural areas of Saskatchewan. Three and a half years later, he was assigned to St. Anne's, where he still serves. Except for the years from 1973 to 1978, when he was a curate and director of the parochial school, Father Lachance has directed St. Anne's famous shrine, which is visited by thousands of pilgrims yearly. Over a period of almost 28 years, he has also been involved in ecumenical and educational activities in the Greater Fall River area; has served for six years on the Diocesan Council of Priests; has done extensive historical research and written a number of articles on the history of St. Anne, and in 1975 published a history of St. Anne's schools. Since 1974, Father Lachance has been involved in the Charismatic Renewal in the diocese, both as spiritual adviser to Fall River area prayer groups and as a member ofthe Diocesan Service Committee. Parishioners of St. Anne and friends ofthejubilarians are invited to join them at Monday's Mass.



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Many feel that Americans are unabashed romantics. Certainly the advertising world of Madison Avenue has built a booming business empire on this perception. Caught between the nostalgic and mawkish, many American~are prime targets for romantic unreality, especially if it contains a good dose of schmaltz. Because of this mind set, it was with teary eyes and chokedup throats that the nation bid a fond farewell to a "little town that time forgot and the decades cannot improve." Gone is Lake Wobegon. La'st Saturday, the nation tuned in for the last installment of A Prairie Home Companion, the running account of smalltown life typical of so many American homes and hearts. More than three million radio listeners a week tuned in to relive old memories. Recognizing that his material was not as good as it had been, Garrison Keillor, the storyteller of Lake Wobegon, decided it was time to pull away and once more listen. What he gave to America was the dream of how things could be if we would step aside, slow down and see people and life as it could be. He presented a picture of the smalltown America that so many spend millions to find and then destroy. How often do city folk flee to the country, become more countrified than the natives and then by their sheer numbers ruin everything they had hoped to enjoy? Perhaps the popularity of A Prairie Home Companion was based on the fact that it portrayed a vanished society. Lake Wobegon fits right into this picture. It was everything a town could be, a town where "all the women are strong, all the men good looking and all the children above average." It's not to be found on any map, only in the heart. It's the home of remembrance, of baking powder biscuits, of the country store where if you can't find something, you don't need it,- of a friendly banker and a cast of characters that all of us have met one time or another at our kitchen table. The passing ofthe radio broadcast does not mean the disappearance of Lake Wobegon. This town will never disappear. We might not be nourjshed with a weekly infusion of its goings-on, but it takes time for the sentimental to disappear, if it ever does. What Keillor gave us was a neededjolt ofthe sort of remembrance that scares many people. In a social order repressed and crushed by Valium, Librium, cocaine and pot, A Prairie Home Companion helped us overcome our fear of memory. Today so many are scared of the present and running from the past. They ,have thrown out the people and places that nourished them and helped them grow and have clung to the greedy hope of material success. As a result, they have no place and no one to whom to turn when the falsities of their living become evident. Those who could identify with Lake W obegon were people unafraid of the past, who could laugh at their own expense and luxuriate in sentimentality. We will miss our trips to Lake Wobegon but perhaps its memory will help us appreciate what we have, where we have come from and some of the characters we have met. If this be American romaticism, then perhaps more people should journey to where people are friendly, neighbors are caring and life is simple. Searching for Lake W 0 begon is nothing more then fulfilling an American dream. FQ,r this we are grateful to A Prairie Home Companion. The Editor

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More faithful, fewer priests WASHINGTON (NC) - The 'U .S. religious priests assigned U.S. Catholic population went up abroad] just slipped through the about one-half of I percent last cracks" in the revision, he said. year, butthe number of priests and For the 1987 directory, names nuns serving them declined, ac- and assignments of religious priests cording to statistics in the 1987 in foreign missions were requested Official Catholic Directory. from the provincial headquarters The 1987 directory, issued in of religious orders across the early June, reported an increase in country, and an 18-page section the total U.S. Catholic population near the back of the 1,600-page from 52,654,908 at the start of directory is devoted just to the list1986 to 52,893,217 at the start of ings of American men religious 1987. Catholics make up about 22 serving in foreign missions. percent of the country's total popuBut the statistical summary at lation. the end of the directory, which In the same period the number pulls nationwide statistics together, of diocesan priests dropped from is based completely on data report35,155 to 34,471, for a loss of 684, ed by the nation's 34 archdioceses or just under 2 percent. and 152 dioceses. The number of religious brothIn 1986 and previous years, dioers was stable, registering a total ceses were asked separately for the loss of only II, from 7,429 to number of religious priests resi7,418. The number of sisters de- dent in the diocese and the number clined I percent, from 113,658 to of religious priests from the dio112,489. Permanent deacons rose, cese working in foreign missions. from 7,562 to 7,981. In 1987 they were asked only to list The reported number of relig- "religious priests in diocese." ious-order priests was down draWalsh said June 9 that it was matically, from 22,028 to 18,911, too late to recover the missing data but a change in reporting proce- to get accurate figures for the total dures seemed to be responsible for of U.S. religious priests in 1987, a major part of the apparent loss. but the publisher would certainly Dioceses were not asked to report review the problem in preparing separately on religious priests the 1988 questionnaire. working in foreign missions, and The directory depends on reports lack of data in that area made it from dioceses and religious orders. impossible to determine immed- As a result, large fluctuations iately what the total of religious sometimes represent changes in ways of counting or reporting priests actually was this year. In response to inquiries by Na- rather than in the actual situation. In other data reported by the tional Catholic News Service, Thomas Walsh, business market- new directory: - The Archdiocese of Los ing manager for the directory, said that the questionnaire to dioceses Angeles remains the nation's largwas revised last year in an effort to est with a Catholic population of make U.S. statistical categories 2,659,000, followed by the archdimore uniform with those used by oceses of Chicago, Boston, New the Holy See in its yearly statistical York and Detroit. - The number of Catholic colanalysis of the state of the church. "Unfortunately, this question [of leges arid universities listed dropped

from 243 to 238, but the number of students served rose from 545,461 to 556,337. - Catholic parish, diocesan and private high schools went down to, from 1,418to 1,408. The number of students served dropped from 766,744 to 754,714. - Catholic elementary schools, dropping from 7,865 to 7,772, served 2,030,598 pupils at the start of 1987, down nearly 70,000 from the previous year. - The number of high school students in Catholic religious education programs rose some 57,000 to 888,452, but the elementarylevel students in religious education fell about 130,000, to 2,972,588. The 1987 figures showed slight declines from the previous year in numbers of recorded infant baptisms, converts, marriages and deaths. The statistical summary in the new directory, reflecting changes over recent years in parish structure and administration, dropped "stations" and "chapels" from its listings and added "pastoral c.enters" along with the traditional categories of "parishes" and "missions." It recorded 830 pastoral centers in the first year of that listing. Ordinations, numbering 670 over the past year, were added to the directory's statistical summary for the first time in 1987. Reflecting changes in Catholic health care and social service institutions, the directory revised its categories in that area. New categories include dispensaries, homes for special care, child welfare centers, nurseries and special social centers. Previous categories of special hospitals, orphanages and asylums, children in foster homes, and homes for aged were dropped.

Kids as friends One ofthe greatest rewards "They're terrible. Look how baggy of parenting comes when we they are here." Back to the stacks for another can enjoy children as grown. five pair. Another mother, this one up friends. We share a history of an adolescent boy, rolled her

and memories which create a bond but we can put aside parental criticism and decisions and just enjoy being with them. No longer do we scan their dress and behavior with a parental eye. We simply accept them as we would a friend. Sometimes friends behave a little unusually but it doesn't bother us unduly because we aren't responsible for them. But it takes a lot of years to reach this point. I reflected on this shift from parenti child to friendship when I talked with a mother of a 13-year-old daughter the other day. They had gone shopping together for a special dress and the mother was beside herself. "It was ghastly. Anything she liked, I didn't and vice versa. We argued over colors, styles, prices and how 'awful' her body shape was. We were barely speaking by the end of the day." I laughed in empathetic recall. There was a time when I shopped with my teenage daughter that I vowed I would never do it again. I recall standing outside those little booths at ajeans store as she tried on and rejected some 20 pair. "Those fit nicely," I w.ould say. She withered me a look.

eyes at me and said, "After this, his father takes him shopping." 1 remember saying to my husband when we got home, "Just laugh. You have two sons coming up and your turn is coming." We resolved the teenage shopping fiasco by negotiation. I dropped my daughter off at the mall and after a day of shopping and narrowing her selections of shoes, dress or whatever down to three, she called me and I helped with the final decision. It wasn't a perfect resolution but it minimized the friction. Today this same daughter, now a/young adult, and 1 have a ball when we shop. We respect each other's tastes, giggle over outrageous fashions and give advice only when solicited. I don't caution her on prices because she's spending her money. She doesn't comment • on "old ladies" styles because she's no longer 15 and in possession of total wisdom. We do value each other's opinion, though, and chat about an apparel item like friends. Parents going through the teen years find it hard to imagine that in the near future they will enjoy conversations and time with their adolescents. But they will.

Don't give up! In 1969 Jesuit Father Karl Rahner wrote that a young man no longer comes to the seminary with undisturbed convictions of faith as in the past. Those convictions, once conditioned by a solid tradition and a supporting milieu, no longer exist, the theologian added. Father Rahner's statement raised a crucial question about society in the late I960s. It raises the same crucial question today. Do we live in a society which lacks the fertile soil within which priestly and religious vocations can prosper? In a paper given at the 1986 National Catholic Educational Association convention, Jesuit Father Charles Shelton answered that question in the affirmative. He cited several problem areas: -People, influenced by consumerism, are preoccupied with taking advantage of every possible convenience. -Thanks to the media explosion,' people prefer sensual satisfactions and excitement to solitude. -Uneasiness abounds about lasting relationships due to our "throwaway" society and the tenuousness of lifelong vocation choices. Another factor cited by Father Shelton is the strain on inner peace caused by world upheaval and nuclear despair. After reading such observations, does it seem as though all efforts to recruit candidates for priestly and religious vocations are doomed from the start - doomed in a society which does not tend to nurture many of the essentials of such vocations? Add to these woes of society another reality: the internal woes of the priesthood itself. There is the confusion many priests experience over their roles; the declin-

ing number of priests; the adverse publicity. Faced by such realities in society and in the church, what are those who are concerned about priestly and religious vocations to think? What should their attitude be? These realities can't simply be

June 20 1931, Rt. Rev. James J. Coyle, P.R., LL.D., Pastor, St. Mary, Taunton June 21 1926, Rev. Desire V. Delemarre, Pastor, Blessed Sacrament, Fall River 1948, Rev. Francis D. Callahan, Pastor, St. Patrick, Wareham 1964, Rev. Clement Killgoar, SS.CC., St. Anthony, Mattapoisett 1976, Rev. David O'Brien, Retired Pastor, SS. Peter & Paul, Fall River June 22 1977, Rev. Alexander Zichello, Pastor, St. Francis of Assisi, New Bedford June 24 1907, Rev. Bernard F. McCahill, Pastor, SS. Peter & Paul, Fall River June 25 1960, Rev. Raymond J. Hamel, Chaplain, St. Joseph Orphanage, Fall River 1941, Rt. Rev. Louis A. Marchand, Pastor, St. Anthony, New Bedford June 26 1931, Rev. Charles P. Gaboury, Pastor, Sacred Heart, New Bedford 1973, Rev. Msgr. Albert Berube, Pastor Emeritus, St. Anthony, New Bedford

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I love going to his university and hearing my 21-year-old son discuss his college psych projects and teaching. I learn much from him and about him. We can disagree like friends. It doesn't become a parent-child struggle. It's a joy to hear him joke about the vagaries of academia and talk seriously about future developments in his field. As adolescents mature into young adults, we parents must renegotiate our relationship with them. We can either remain judgmental and critical (and damage an adult relationship) or accepting and respectful. Sometimes it's hard to withhold parental-type comments but it's worth the pain. Our young adults must be given the opportunity to make decisions, poor as well as good. The struggles of earlier years can be forgotten as these young adults begin to evidence tolerance, good judgment and values. In spite of adolescent behaviors and parental heavyhandedness, we can become friends and appreciate each other in new roles. It does happen, folks, and it's wonderful.

By FATHER EUGENE HEMRICK wished away. In light of that, the risk is that we will lose hope, that we'll decide the vocations picture is hopeless. I think all who are concerned about vocations need to examine their attitudes, to see what negative images they have absorbed and how those images influence them. . Deep down have we given up, or come to believe that vocations don't really matter anyway, or that it is impossible to foster them? What is needed is a recharging of energies, a renewal of faith and of effort. Negative images based on some of the realities of our world can sap our energies, outweighing the positive in our approach to vocations.

Ordained deacon Rev. Mr. Gill C. Babeu of Holy Rosary parish, Taunton, has been ordained a transitional deacon for the diocese of Bridgeport, Conn. A graduate of the former St. Jacques School and Taunton High School, he also attended Bristol Community College, Fall River, Providence College and Holy Apostles College, Cromwell, Conn. 1I111111111111111111111111!1111UIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIlIIII. THE ANCHOR (USPS-545..{)20). Second Class Postage Paid at Fall River, Mass. Published weekly except the week of July 4 and the ~eek after Christmas at410 Highland Avenue. Fall River, Mass. 02720 by the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River. Subscri~tion price by mail, postpaid $8.00 per year. Postmasters send address changes to The Anchor, P.O. Box 7, Fall River. MA 02722.

I want to donate my eyes Q.I am 75 years old and in good health. But when the time comes, I would like to donate my eyes and any other parts of my body that can be used. Then I would like to be cremated with a memorial Mass afterward. How would I arrange to do this? (California) A. As always when I deal with these types of questions, I urge you to discuss your plans carefully and prayerfully with your family. What happens with one's body if it is to be cremated, for example, or donated for scientific purposes, can enormously affect the members of the family who are left behind. Children in a particular way, but all adults in their own degree, need opportunities for carrying out their grief over the loss of one they have loved. Presence with the body, even seeing it buried can (in our culture at least) be an essential part of that process. I'm not saying not to make such a decision; just talk it over thoroughly with those who will be affected by it. Details of how to arrange for offering one's body io scientific research or for organ transplants usually are available from your local hospital and often from the funeral director. Many states now have donor forms attached to driver's licenses. Your own secretary of state could provide that information. Your desire for cremation with a later memorial Mass is po.ssible. It would be wise to discuss details of that plan with your parish priest now. Q. I am a Catholic who was married in the church at age 16. I was pregnant and my mother insisted that we get married. Soon after the marriage my husband left me and I moved back with my parents. After six years I was divorced and five years later met a man who was never married and is Catholic. We married and had one child together. He adopted my children from the previous marriage and we have raised them Catholic. Is it possible for me and my husband to receive Holy Communion? I would love to be married in the church and receive the sacraments. Is this possible? (Pennsylvania) A. From what you told me a marriage in the Catholic Church between you and your present husband might well be possible. The only way to know for sure is to talk to a priest in your parish and ask him to help you with the necessary procedures. If you haven't already done so, please do it quickly. Good luck. Q. I am a Catholic married to a Presbyterian. We were married by a friend of his family, a minister in a Presbyterian church. My husband and I met with my parish priest before we married and he spoke with our bishop for "permission." No Catholic priest was present at our wedding. We have no written dispensation from the bishop or my priest so I want to be sure our marriage is valid in my church. What should I do? (Mississippi) A. My guess is that your parish



priest obtained a dispensation from the form of marriage, which simply means that the bishop gave a dispensation for you to be married before someone other than a Catholic priest. In such a circumstance the presence of a priest is not required for the validity of your marriage. Normally a priest will explain this carefully to the couple in preparing for the marriage. To clarify things in your own mind I suggest that you contact your parish priest again and ask him if this is what happened. . Because ofthe volume of mail, it is normally impossible for Father Dietzen to respond personally to correspondence. Questions for this column should be sent to Father Dietzen, Holy Trinity Parish, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, III. 61701.

BROTHER Charles St. James, FIC, a faculty member during the 1950s and 19608 at the former Msgr. Prevost High School in Fall River and now a member of the m"inistry department at Loyola University of Chicago, received the National Call to Brotherhood Enabler Award yesterday at the National Assembly of Religious Brothers annual convocation at St. Louis University. Brother St. James, a member of the Brothers of Christian Instruction since 1951, was born in Burlington, VT. He did his undergraduate work at St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT, and LaMennais College, Alfred, ME. He earned graduate degrees at Wayne State University, Detroit, and at Loyola University in Chicago. He was a high school teacher for IS years in Maine and Michigan as well as in Massachusetts and also a vocation counselor for seven years. For two years, he served as executive director of the Chicago-based National Conference of Religious Vo.cation Directors. He has served at Loyola of Chicago since 1979.


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Common language WARSAW, Poland (NC)Whether calmingshipyard workers with a prayer, cajoling youths or giving an impromptu lecture to first Communion recipients, Pope John Paul II was clearly at home in his most recent trip, and the chemistry of the encounters worked. In simple terms, he spoke their language. That is an important difference from the rest of the pope's frequent travels around the globe. Despite his polyglot abilities, the pope's less-than-perfect pronunciation combined with shaky sound systems often means that his lengthy speeches are not well understood. Not so in Poland. When a Czestochowa crowd chanted: "Stay with us," the pope shot back: "I can't." "Then take us with you." "U nfortunately, I don't think they'd let me take you on the plane," the pope answered. When Poles want to talk to the pope, sometimes they ,all speak at once. That's what happened at the Jasna (jora monastery in Czestochowa where, halfway through his prepared speech, the crowd of300,Ooo broke into "Sto Lat," a Polish song that goes, "May you live 100 years ..." The pope paused and said: "But you only live as long as God allows." A chant went up: "He will allow it'" In Gdansk, when workers began chanting "Solidarity" after the pope praised the independent trade union movement, he interrupted them, saying: "That's what I'm going to talk about" "I'm talking to you and, in a sense, for you:' he said. When the cry "Long live the pope" went on and on at an already delayed event, he cut it short with the quip, "Thank God I'm still alive,' and I'd like to talk a little longer." Speaking to young people in Gdansk, he let them know that he appreciates them, even when they keep him awake. "Every time I hear your chants under the window where I'm staying at night, I feel better," he said. In Poland, the pope speaks with spiritual and cultural authority. He-recites chapters from Polisb history, quotes Polish poets and recalls Polish ancestors. That makes his presence human and gives his message genuine acceptance. In Poland, where otber kinds of authority are routinely mistrusted, tbat is something special.

PaxChristi award ERIE, Pa. (NC) - Seattle Archbisbop Raymond Hunthausen is the 1987 recipient ofthe Pope Paul VI Teacher of Peace Award of Pax Christi USA, an international Catholic peace movement. Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit, Pax Christi president, called Archbishop Hunthausen "a firm, steady voice for peace, compassion and nonviolence."

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53 WOMEN' recently completed geriatric training at Fall River's Catholic Memorial Home. At their graduation, with instructor Mrs. Janet Brewer, LPN, center, are, from left, Maria D'Raposo, Rhonda A. Pryor, Judith Moniz and Lisete Ferreira. Guests were welcomed by Sister M. Shawn Bernadette Flynn, O.Carm., eMH administrator. Msgr. John J. Regan, director of Diocesan Health Facilities, was guest speaker. Sally Rose, RN, and Mrs. Brewer pinned the graduates and director of nursing Sister M. Paul Anthony, RN, gave them certificates.

Papal trip bitter pill for Reds Continued from Page One "pride" of local workers and that such independent trade unions were a basic worker's right. The remarks, many broadcast on national TV, contrasted with government assertions that the Solidarity era is over. Why did the pope insist on raising the issue? There may be no better example of his frequent point that the Christian faith must be lived publicly, in society and daily work. His talks aimed at deepeningthe relationship between church social doctrine and the Solidarity themes of freedom, pluralism and free association. But recognizing that in Poland's current political climate, there are few prospects for Solidarity's rebirth, the pope encouraged a "patient struggle" for human rights. One fear he expressed was that Poles' general feeling of social powerlessness could translate into moral degeneration - expressed as increasing corruption, black market dealings and family breakup.

In several talks, the pope took on Marxist tenets. The Marxist view of religion as alienating is wrong and has lost credibility, he told scholars at Lublin's Catholic University. He complained in a talk to invalids in Gdansk that while they must often wait long periods for medical treatment, state clinics are used for abortions. Speaking to women textile workers in Lodz, he strongly suggested the state was not doing enough to protect workers from workplace health hazards and said the state should see that mothers are not forced to work by economic hardships. In Gdansk, the pope urged 12,000 young people not to be fooled when "they try to convince you that what is 'scientific' and 'progressive' denies the Gospel." At the departure ceremony, a bitter Jaruzelski told the pope that he would take back to the Vatican an image of Poland but not its problems. In answer to the pope's proSolidarity remarks, Jaruzelski

added: "May the word 'Solidarity' be heard from this land for all people who continue suffering from racism, neocolonialism, exploitation, unemployment, reprisals and intolerance." Some observers suggested that the pope's bluntness might have lost him a possible 1988 visit to the Soviet Union. However, some predict there will be full diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Poland by the end of the year - and the pope prepared bishops for that step in a talk just before he left, saying it would be "abnormal" to have no diplomatic relations with a country so overwhelmingly Catholic. He appeared to defuse the political implications of such a move, however, by saying it would require the hierarchy to speak even more forcefully on human rights. It was another example of what the pope tried to demonstrate during the trip: that the church does not pay for dialogue and diplomacy with silence on social issues.

Sacred Hearts sister dies at age 103 The following appreciation of Sister Willibrord Kelter, SS.CC., who died June 11 at age 103, is by Sister Margarita Denis, sister in charge of Sacred Hearts House of Prayer and retirement home, Fall River. The Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday at St. Joseph Church, Fairhaven, for Sister WiIlibrord. Father William Heffron, SS.CC. East Coast provincial of the Sacred Hearts Fathers was the main celebrant. Father Frederick LaBrecque, SS.Cc. was the homilist. Numerous Sacred Hearts Fathers were concelebrants. Born in Bad Neuenhar, Germany on February 10, 1884, Sister WiIIibrord was the daughter of the late Jean Joseph Kelter (a mason by trade) and the late Gertrude (Witsch) Kelter. She was inspired to enter in the congregation after reading about the life of Father Damien - the Sacred Hearts Apostle of the Lepers. She loved his missionary spirit and she wanted to go far away. She felt if she stayed in her hometown there would be too many visitors and she wanted "God alone." She stayed home until she was 26

to help her parents run their 30room hotel. Sister Willibrord entered the Congregation ofthe Sacred Hearts in September, 1910, in Tongres, Belgium, was professed February 13, 1913 in Paris, and arrived in Fairhaven in September, 1913, where she stayed until the sisters' convent was sold in 1980.

grin and bright smile - she always looked happy. Throughout the years she maintained a strong sense of her German heritage. She spoke her native German and fluent French. English was her third language. Her strong religio~s spirit was visible until the very end. May she continue to obtain for us many zealous vocations.

Sister was a hard worker and did the "backstage work" on the farm, in the kitchen and laundry, cleaning and sewing. In her retirement convent in Fall River she fed her missionary spirit by decorating thousands of holy pictures to be sent to missionary lands. Her centennial celebration was highlighted by a Mass of thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop Daniel A. Cronin and recently he visited her and gave her a special blessing in the confinement of her room due to sickness. We will remember Sister WiIIibrord as a friendly, good-natured person; one young sister decided to enter religious life because of the witness of Sister's youthful

TARNOW, Poland (NC)When Pope John Paul II wants to speak out on a sensitive issue in his own country, sometimes just a name says it all. Poland's coqtmunist government, in approving. the itinerary for the pope's June 8-14 trip, insisted that a proposed visit to the tomb of pio-Solidarity priest Father Serzy Popieluszko be unofficial. The pope agreed but in the trip's first three days cited the priest as a model pastor on three occasions. To many observers, the pope appeared to be showing the faithful that he has not lost his touch in a Polish art: outwitting unreasonable government restrictions. The first time he pronounced Father Popieluszko's name, there was respectful silence for someone many Poles consider a martyr. The second time, there was applause. The third time, in a meeting with priests and nuns, there were smiles. "It is the priest who shares the lot of his own country, the priest who is close to all its experiences, the priest who remains always nearby," the pope said in a talk June 10 in Tarnow. "If we were to mention all such priests, to speak their names, how many would there not be? Where to stop counting? Perhaps with Father Jerzy,'" he said. Father Popieluszko, whose fiery anti-government sermons prompted government requests for church discipline, was kidnapped and killed by Polish security officers in 1984. In Polish seminaries, taped copies of his sermons are as easy to find as holy cards bearing the young priest's image. Possibly illustratina the old saying that "the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church," vocations are flourishing in Poland, and the pope underlined that fact by blessing the cornerstone of a new seminary in Szczecin. Church officials say priestly vocations have nearly doubled during the last J 2 years - the reverse of a worldwide trend. Polish seminarians currently account for about 30 percent of the European total.

Jubilarian feted Among Daughters of the Holy Spirit, also known as the White Sisters, who celebrated 60 years in religious life on Pentecost Sunday at their provincial house in Putnam, Conn., was Sister Yvonne Therrien, who served at the former Bishop Stang Day Nursery in Fall River from 1927 to 1934. Formerly known as Sister Emma-Joseph, she is a native of Waterbury, Conn., and the daughter of the late Joseph and Emma (Desourdi) Therrien. Her other assignments over the years were in Connecticut and Vermont.

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Idle moments are few for Msgr. Gilligan BJ Pat McGowan At 89, Msgr. Francis J. Gilligan takes a brisk 4-mile walk several times a week, enjoys an occasional game of golf and puts in full workdays as director of the Society of the Propagation of the Faith for the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Among the Fall River native's many interests in St. Paul was membership in the archdiocesan priests' senate. That was why Fall River diocesan priests Fathers J oseph M. Costa and John A. Perry looked him up when they were in the city last month for the annual meeting of the National Federation of Priests' Councils. They learned that he would be in Fall River this month to officiate at the wedding of a greatniece. While here, seated in the Cathedral parish apartment of his sister, Miss Claire Gilligan, he took a little time to reflect on his past and present busy life. A graduate of the Cathedral grammar school, BMC Durfee High School and Holy Cross College, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1924, then earned a doctorate in sacred theology at Catholic University in Washington. In 1926 he became one of"three wise men from the East" who went to St. Paul in response to a request for priests from the late Archbishop Austin Dowling. The other members of the young triumvirate were Fathers William O. Brady and James L. Connolly, both now deceased, who became respectively archbishop of St. Paul and bishop of Fall River. Father Gilligan taught at the archdiocesan seminary for 29 years, then became pastor of a large St. Paul parish. In 1955 he was named a domestic prelate and in 1964 a prothonotary apostolic. He has had a lifelong concern for the causes of organized labor and interracial justice. He recalls a national AF of L convention in the 1930s which opened with a solemn high Mass and a study group of union business agents that sailed along perusing the papal encyclicals on labor until a bewildered participant pointed out that he and eight other members of t~e J.2-man group were Protestants. "We then brought in ministers to alternate with the priests in presenting subjects, but they didn't have the organized material we did," said Msgr. Gilligan, referring

to the encyclical study guides widely available. His championship of minority rights dates back to his days at Catholic University, where "Morality of the Color Line" was the title of his doctoral dissertation. As the longtime president of the St. Paul Urban League, he said that he frequently brought distinguished black speakers to the city. In pre-civil rights days, however, they were often told that previously confirmed hotel reservations had unaccountably been lost. Msgr. Gilligan remedied that by sitting in the hotel lobby before a black guest was due to arrive, having first sent a white person to check on the availability of rooms. "When the black person came and was told there was no space, I strolled over to the desk and pointed out that the previous person had been told there were plenty of rooms," he chuckled. "All of a sudden, rooms were found." But nowadays, Msgr. Gilligan observed, there is little labor unrest or interracial discrimination in the Twin Cities. What he characteristically neglected to mention was that he is among those to be thanked for that state of affairs. An omnivorous reader, the prelate mentioned Margaret Truman's biography of her mother, "Bess Truman," as a worthwhile book. He noted that he knew Harry Truman as educational director of the depression-era Works Progress Administration. "He was the same person as vice-president as he was on the WPA," he summed up. In his role as Propagation director, Msgr. Gilligan takes keen interest in a mission in northern Venezuela sponsored for the past 20 years by the St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese. "We have three priests and two nuns there," he said, "and the latest project is the building of a new church." The indefatigable prelate also hopes to rekindle interest in the Holy Childhood Association among archdiocesan schoolchildren. The official children's mission-aid organization of the church, it provides aid to children in 94 Third World nations and supplies educational materials to schools and CCD programs. "Children used to love 'ransoming' pagan babies," he mused, "and it would be good to reinterest them in the missions." If it can be done, he will do it.

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o what a tangled web we weave When first we practice to deceive .MILWAUKEE (NC) - Arguing that surrogate parenting amounts to illegally trafficking in human lives, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has filed a friend-of-the-eourt brief with the New Jersey Supreme Court in support of Mary Beth Whitehead, the surrogate mother in the "Baby M" case. Last March Judge Harvey R. Sorkow ofSuperior Court in Hackensack, N.J., ruled that a surrogate contract between Mrs. Whitehead and William and Elizabeth Stern was valid, and custody ofthe l-year-old girl was awarded to her biological father. Thejudge denied all visitation rights to the biological mother. Mrs. Whitehead was artificially inseminated with Stern's sperm, but she refused to give up the baby she had agreed to bear for $10,000 and sought custody. She has appealed the lower court's ruling to the New Jersey Supreme Court. In its brief, released in early June, the Milwaukee-based league argued that New Jersey's high court should overturn the lower court's decision because the surrogate parenting agreement, Mrs. Stern's adoption of the baby, and the termination of Mrs.. Whitehead's parental rights all violate New Jersey's existing adoption and child custody laws.

"If the surrogate parenting agreement is upheld," said league general counsel Steven F. McDowell, who wrote the brief, "individuals could bypass these laws (the state's adoption and child custody statutes) merely by contract. That means the state's laws would be rendered essentially meaningless." He said there was nothing "in the concept of surrogacy which would warrant treatment through any procedure other than New Jersey's child custody and adoption laws," both of which have strict requirements. McDowell noted that New Jersey law states that such requirements for private-placement adoptions were enacted "to prevent the trafficking for profit in human lives," and he added that the decision for the Sterns appears to be a violation of the statutes.

Aid still needed NEW YORK (NC) - Bishop Kidane-Mariam Teklehaimanot of Adigrat, Ethiopia, said in New York that although the famine in his country has been alleviated, people still need help. Rains were better last year, bringing a better harvest in most areas, he said, but food and extensive development is required. Bishop Kidane was interviewed at Catholic Relief Services headquarters.

The league's brief also argued that the surrogate parenting agreement unconstitutionally deprives Mrs. Whitehead of her constitutionally protected right to the custody and "companionship of her child." Even though the lower court upheld the surrogate parenting agreement, McDowell said, the court did rule as void a clause in the contract which would have prevented Mrs. Whitehead from having an abortion without the consent of Stern. The lower court said this provision violated the right to privacy established in the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973 legalizing abortion. Roe vs. Wade held that "only a woman has the constitutionally protected right to determine the manner in which her body and person shall be used." "However," McDowell noted, "the court failed to present reasons the abortion aspect of the constitutional right to privacy should be distinguishable from other aspects of this right, such as the right to bear a child or the right to raise a child which one has borne." . The league's brief also said that recognizing the validity of the surrogate parenting contract would create more legal, economic, sociological, cultural and psychological problems than it would solve.

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Meeting last Sunday at St. Vincent's Home, Fall River, representatives of New England dioceses elected two laypersons to the U.S. Catholic Bishops' National Advisory Council. As the current chairman of New England Regio~ I of the council, Bishop Daniel A. Cronin convened the meeting and presided at the election of a man and woman to serve a four-year council term, beginning Dec. I. The Advisory Council was formed after the closing of Vatican Council II as a means of keeping the U.S. bishops aware of the pastoral concerns of the church as Derceived by the laity. Its 62 members comprise one man and one woman from each of the 13 regions into which the United States is divided, men and women religious, priests, bishops and an at-large group of 18 persons. The resulting council has been

described as "the church in miniature" because of its racial, ethnic, occupational and geographic diversity, notes an explanatory pamphlet distributed by the U.S. Catholic Conference. Dioceses represented at Sunday'S meeting in addition to Fall River, were Boston, Bridgeport, Hartford, Manchester, Norwich, Providence, Springfield and Worcester. Frank Miller, diocesan president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and Claudette Armstrong, immediate past president of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, were the Fall River delegates. Election results will be announced at a later date. At the meeting, each diocesan representative summarized his or her background and apostolic activity in the past five years and offered a statement with regard to current major social and spiritual concerns of the church.

Following the meeting, Bishop Cronin noted that he had enjoyed meeting the dedicated representatives of Region I and that he was pleased the diocese had be~n privileged to host the gathering. Those elected from Region I will meet with the council twice yearly for three days to pray, study, deliberate and offer recommendations to the U.S. bishops. They choose" their own leadership, set their agenda and are free to consider any concern of the church, either as individuals or as a group. Immediately following each council meeting, the chairperson presents recommendations to a USCC board meeting. Such recommendations are often discussed at the· general meetings of the bishops and may also be sent to appropriate USCC committees for reflection and/ or action, notes the USCC pamphlet.



AT ADVISORY COUNCIL election, from left, front, Claudette Armstrong, Fall River; Kathleen Orshak, Manchester; Lee Zawacki, Worcester; Bishop Cronin; M. Diane Manning, Providence; Barbara Shine, Boston; Eleanor Rae, Bridgeport; rear, Stephen Burke, Providence; David Thorp, Boston; Dr. John Zawacki, Worcester; Richard Costello, Norwich; William Veroneau, Manchester; Frank Miller, Fall River. (Gaudette photo)

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with setting terrific examples for The name Carline Cronan should her and her siblings. "My father expected us to know be a synonym for "involved." They the Our Father, the Hail Mary and mean the same. Ms. Cronan, a lifelong member the Glory Be by the time we were of Taunton's Sacred Heart parish, two, " she smiled. "My mother was the world's is a colorful, happy and energetic woman with a lot of good news to greatest volunteer. She loved her veterans and she was well known share. When she's not busy as a public for that. "The third most important perinformation officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Div- son in my life," she said, "was ision of Banks, Ms. Cronan can be Msgr. Francis McKeon." The late Msgr. McKeon, who found working with veterans and lived to age 97, was Sacred Heart the homeless, her mission as a· Secular Franciscan, or singing so- Church pastor for 35 years and the prano in the Sacred Heart choir, . founder of East Freetown's Catheof which she's been a member dral Camp. since childhood. In recognition of When Ms. Cronan was a youngher good deeds, the Taunton Cham- ster, Msgr. McKeon was her "inforber of Commerce named her the mal guidance counselor, religious city's Woman of the Year last counselor and best friend. November. "I chose him as a model for my Ms. Cronan has been and is life," she said. involved in many religious and She became a Secular Franciscivic organizations. To list them can about seven years ago, through all would fill an Anchor page, but Boston's St. Anthony Shrine Fraa representative selection demon- ternity, and chose the name Sister strates her past and present com- Francis Anthony. mitment to God and society. Secular Franciscans try to "live She is or was a Taunton Family the Gospel life of St. Francis," she Committee founder; a volunteer at said, noting that she thinks that, Our Daily Bread soup kitchen; a like St. Francis, she's a nonmateworker in a cable television telerialistic person who "would rather thon to raise funds for World War spend my money helping others." II and Korean war memorials; She quickly adds that "Without president of American Legion Auxmy religion, I would be nothing. I iliary 103; a volunteer at Brockton have clay feet! I'm not an angel or VA Hospital. a saint. "I have a love affair with life! I Also the first nonveteran secretary of Taunton's AIlied Veterans really do!" Ms. Cronan's special love for Council and the only honorary life member of the Greater T.aunton working with vets comes in part Vietnam Veterans Assn.; organ- from her late brother Edward's izer and first president of the Great- experience. er Taunton Gaelic Society; a memShe explained that he died six ber of the Taunton Task Force on years ago, at age 55, after suffering Unemployment{ Affordable Hous- for decades as a result of World ing Commission; cowriter of her War II injuries. parish's original constitution; a So she's a friend to veterans. fill-in lector and cantor; Women's She has found herself holding drug Guild president; parish council addicts in her arms, trying to help secretary; and Christian Service them avoid total breakdowns. She Committee member. knows her city's street people by "People say that I'm a great name. volunteer," the modest Ms. Cro"We're placed on this earth to nan says, "but I wonder if I'm help one another," Ms. Cronan really selfish, because I love what says. "That's what life is all about. I'm doing." "Regardless of condition or cirShe credits her parents, the late cumstances, we should always treat Edward and Josephine Cronan, one another with dignity."

WASHINGTON (NC) - Cuban President Fidel Castro has promised a U.S. Catholic Conference official he will allow 348 current and former political prisoners and their families to emigrate to the United States, the USCC announced June 9. Msgr. Nicholas DiMarzio, executive director of the USCe's Migration and Refugee Services, obtained the commitment from Castro while in Cuba last month for an immigration seminar. Castro indicated that exit permits will be issued for 204 persons on a USCC list of political prisoners and for an additional 144 persons still imprisoned and not on the USCC list. It is believed the additional 144 have all been in prison at least 10 years. Last September the U.S. Catholic Conference and Cuban officials negotiated the release of III political prisoners and their families. The USCC lists of political prisoners were compiled through parish and grass-roots contacts with the help of Miami Auxiliary Bishop Agustin Romlln, who is in contact with U.S. communities of CubanAmericans. . Bishop Roman is a native of Cuba who was deported when Castro came to power. According to the statement, the USCC effort is the result of a January 1985 meeting when a delegation of U.S. bishops, in Cuba for a pastoral visit, presented the names of 146 political prisoners to Castro and offered to assist in their relocation in the United States. It is expected the prisoners, former prisoners and their immediate families will be transported to the United States in small groups, the statement said.

Toot your horn priests told HELENA, Mont. (NC) ~ Catholic priests "have not tooted our own horns" about the priesthood 'enough with young people, says Bishop Elden Curtiss of Helena. Young people often view priests' lives as "routine, boring and unspectacular" because they are unaware of"the incredible variety ofexperiences we have," Bishop Curtiss wrote in his diocesan newspaper, The Montana Catholic. 'He said that priests should tell others, especially young people,' about their "peak experiences." He cited the camaraderie of the priesthood, the joy of "celebrating liturgy and reconciling sinners and holding an infant in our arms in baptism," the friendships, the satisfactions, the shared experiences of prayer and spiritual growth, "our song and laughter, our hobbies and creativities." Instead, he said, "we have been intimidated" by negative or romanticized images of the priesthood, and "we have not shared our positive experiences." "We have to break out of this holding pattern," the bishop said, "and begin to shuck the confused, long-suffering, irrelevant image of the priesthood which has been painted for us by people who do not understand our lives or our ministry or our joy."


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SISTER RITA Pelletier, SSJ, left, and Kathie Barboza, religious education coordinators at St. Mary parish, New Bedford, and St. John of God parish, Somerset, recently held a day of recollection for participants in adult education programs at their parishes. The Tuesday Morning Angels from St. Ma~y's traveled to St. John of God parish for the event, markmg completion of nine years of weekly meetings at St. Mary's. Mrs. Barboza, borrowing the idea from Sister Rita, began a similar group at St. John of God, where participants known as the Tuesday Morning Glory Group. Father Damel L. Freitas, pastor of the Somerset parish, hosted the prog~am and prepared a luncheon for participants.

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If you decide he must.leave, you need to handle your gUilt. To feel guilty about asking uncle to leave implies that you alone can make him happy. Uncle has ma.naged for75 years, most of them ~Ithout you. Should he leave, he might be forced to make other contacts, new relationships which will enrich his life. Be humble enough. to acknowledge that a move might benefit uncle. Others may respond to him better than you do. Emphasize that you need your independence and that you have never made it on your own. Tell him your concern that your sons take responsibility. Accept the fact that there will probably be some hurt and anger. Plan constructive ways to continue the relationship. Many people find it easier to deal with older relatives when they are out of the home. Perhaps you can continue to have him eat dinner with you frequently and in turn continue to call on him for the tasks he does so well. Do yourself, your boys and uncle a favor. Make the decision one way or the other and live with it. • Reader questions on family bving and child care to be answered in print are invited. Address th,e Kennys, Box 872, St. Joseph s College, Rennsselaer, Ind. 47978.

Faith renewed at Medjugorje was in Yugoslavia for Holy Week. She went "not to find miracles but Medjugorje is a tiny village in to get to know God better." Yugoslavia which is attracting pilMrs. Suddaby reported that in grims from around the world to Mejugorje she experienced a what is being reported as a visitastrange phenomenon, a pulsating tion by the Blessed Mother. of the sun. Though not officially accepted Father Donald Heintschel, assoby church authorities, the visits ciate general secretary of the U.S. are said to have begun in June Catholic Conference, said that the 1981 with the appearance of the church is "investigating MedjugorBlessed Mother to six children in determine what is going Medjugorje. on." The general position of the The apparitions are said to have church on such matters, he emphacontinued daily ever since and sized, is that they "are considered Mary's message is unchanged. Ac'" to be not true until proven to be cording to reports, Mary says that true." the world faces a "great catasBut regardless of what the final trophe" which only can be turned church judgment is, Medjugorje away through prayer, sacrifice and penance, and that sin is the cause of the lack of peace in the world. So long as people continue to ignore God, the message continues, By Hilda Young they will never see peace. I don't think I am oversensitive . Recently I spoke to two pilgrims about turning 40 on some vague who went to Medjugorje. Karen date this year. Oh sure, the chilMoran is 30, a graphics artist. She dren claim that when the insusays she reached a point in her life rance man asked the date of my a few years ago where she wanted birth 1 throttled him with his tie, to understand her faith more. She shook his head and screamed, "Why heard of Medjugorje through a do you ask, big guy? How many parish group. good years do you think I have "If Our Lady was appearing lem" They exaggerate. Besides, what somewhere in my lifetime, I felt this was such a blessing I wanted do they know? Old to them is 'to partake of this gift firsthand," someone who doesn't need a parshe told me. What struck Ms. ent to get them into a movie, Moran the most was "the rever- someone who is surprised A-Ha is a rock group and not an expresance the people had." She also described what happens sion, someone with hair that doesn't in the room where the children are look like it was combed with a dull said to see Mary. The children, the lawn mower. . youngest now 16, go to the center I admit I do regret believing the of the room, kneel and look up. myth that aging is a gradual proThe apparitions are short now, she cess. Untrue. I went to bed one added, not as lengthy as they were night last week and in the morning at first. I couldn't believe what I found in Mary no longer appears to two the mirror. I think it was the mornof the children because they have ing after the kids told me they were now received the "10 secrets" con- studying history and wanted to· taining the total message Mary know if Jerry Lee Lewis was a said she would give them. comedian or rock 'n' roll star from The other woman I spoke with "the good old days." is a nurse, Jean Suddaby, 53. She In a matter of less than eight By Antoinette Bosco

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your letter, it is all right to meet your own needs. Noone, including God, is going to second-guess your decision. No one, including God, expects you to do more than you can. If you cannot handle having your uncle live with you, you cannot. That's all right. It is time to take action. Set a deadline, perhaps two weeks, then decide either 1) I am going to welcome uncle as a part of our family and communicate this to my sons. We shall all deal with the problems and enjoy the benefits his presence involves. Or 2) I am going to insist that uncle leave, help him make other arrangements and suggest positive ways we can keep in touch. Either decision is acceptable. Although you lean strongly toward aski~g un~le to leave, !here are consideratIOns on both Sides. As a helpful person, uncle sounds almost too good to be true. You feel he threatens yo~~ ind.ependence, that all the gIVIng IS onesided from him to you. Since uncle likes living with ~o~, yo~ and your boys must be gIVIng him s~~ething he. need.s, perhaps stablhty, companionship, a chance to be needed. You seem to be giving to each other. Perhaps you can talk out this feeling of threat with a good confidant and deal with your own need to prove yourself.

will remain the mystery of how the Catholic faith was revitalized in a communist country and how thousands of people came to find peace and inspiration there. Admittedly, the country also has profited economically from the surge of tourism. Like Jean Suddaby, some pilgrims have come back with a mission. "I have a very strong desire to pass on God's word as expressed through Mary," Ms. Suddaby said. But the fact that so many have discovered peace in a communist country may be the real miracle of Medjugorje - regardless of what the final finding of the church's inveshgation may be.

The challenge of facing 40 hours, my laugh lines had sagged into guffaw gullies. If I held .my arms out to the sides and shook them, it was three minutes until they stopped moving on their own. My chin had abandoned ship. My hair had taken on the luster of rusty steel wool. "What's the big deal about turning40, Mom?" my daughter chirped at breakfast. "Just think. in a few years you' 50 and look back at . 40 and think how young you are." "With that logic," I said, "I can hardly wait for arthritis and senility." "Just think of all the career women who are waiting until they are 35 to get married and have children," she babbled on. I did think about it. She was right. They were almost as old as I am, right? And think of all the things they had missed: scraping melted crayons out of the toaster, fainting from blowing up party balloons, getting calls from school nurses that begin, "Don't worry. The paramedics have ruled out concussion." Women have turned 40 before me. I can surely do it too. But why so soon?

Reaching through preaching PATERSON, N.J. (NC) -Good preaching may do more than any other single thing to draw people closer to their church, according to results of a survey of Catholics in the diocese of Paterson. "Homilies affected practically everything in the parish. The quality of preaching was really the lens through which Catholics view the church and their parish," said Father James Mahoney, diocesan vicar for planning and priorities. Father Mahoney oversaw the survey in 1986 and reported on it in an interview and a four-page special report in the Paterson diocesan newspaper, The Beacon. The survey, taken among a random sampling of diocesan Catholics and Beacon readers, was intended to help establish diocesan planning priorities. Father Mahoney said the importance of homilies was one of the "most startling" findings of the survey. The way people rated homilies in their parish was the strongest indicator of how they felt about the church, he said. Nearly three-fourths of the people said the homilies they heard were excellent or good. Only one-quarter rated them fair or poor. Those who rated homilies highly tended to feel closer to the church, expect more from it and "have a warmer religious imagination," the priest said. In comparison with other survey data, "the quality of preaching edged out even the friendliness of priests as the thing which had the greatest impact upon people's lives," he said. Improvement of preaching emerged as a significant priority for the diocese, Father Mahoney said. He said priests should relate homilies closely to their congregation, seek feedback on them from parishioners and at least occasionally have their preaching video-

taped and professionally critiqued. Other survey findings: - People said they feel closer to God than they did five years ago. - More spiritual direction and opportunities for prayer and formation ranked high among concerns. - Most ofthose surveyed "really liked their parish leaders." - Few said they read the Bible, and in general there was little religious reading. - Participation in the sacrament of reconciliation was low. Only 40 percent said they went to confession once a year or more, 42 per.:ent said less than once a year, and 17 percent said they do not use the sacrament at all. - Those surveyed ranked "social justice" and "meeting the needs of the poor" low on church priorities. However, Father Mahoney said this was misleading. "Actually, those surveyed showed no less of a commitment to the poor, but it was to specific programs," he said. "There was not much support for generic programs like changing unjust conditions. People just don't know what that means." He said the low participation in the sacrament of reconciliation was disturbing, but not surprising. "For the whole Catholic population, penance has been the least successful in terms of renewal since Vatican II," he explained.

.Serendipity rules DETROIT (NC) - A funny "'knew the parish they were close thing happened to the archdiocese to but if not, we gave them the of Detroit on its way to finding a name of the nearest Catholic few good men to be future priests church, plus the pastor's name and - it also found some people inter- phone number," Father Bueche ested in becoming Catholics. told The Michigan Catholic, DeBillboards, newspaper and mag- troit archdiocesan newspaper. azine advertisements, and televi"We talked to each person for sion commercials boosting voca- about five minutes about how great tions to the priesthood were part it was for them to reach out to the of a new archdiocesan media cam- Catholic faith. We gave them a paign. strong affirmation pitch" which But Father Gary Bueche, arch- stressed "how much the pastor diocesan vocations director, said would love to hear from them and about 25 non-Catholics called his how the parish would welcome office during the first month ofthe . them with open arms." A couple of men who called campaign with' questions about about becoming Catholics also joining the church. His office also has received 100 raised the possibility of the priestinquiries about the priesthood and hood. "We really never planned on three call~ from young women anything like this happening," said about religious life. Many ofthe non-Catholic callers the pleased priest.







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SISTERS OF ST. JOAN of Arc Florence Paquin, top, and Viola Morin, who serve at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River, do their grocery shopping. The poultry, if the cathedral staff is lucky, will be used for coq au vin, a French dish of chicken with wine that Sister Morin served to Pope John Paul II during his 1979 visit to Boston. (Motta photo)

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Listen to us, say laity WASHINGTON (NC) - Lay persons want the Vatican to take into account their experiences before making moral and doctrinal statements affecting them, said an American participant at a meeting to prepare for this fall's world Synod of Bishops, set for Oct. I to 30. The American, Francis J. Butler, is president of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities, or FADICA. He cited the call for lay input after returning . from the May 21-25 meeting in Rome. . He was one of 150 lay persons, including four Americans, invited to the meeting, sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Participants came from 56 countries for the meeting, at which 35 cardinals and bishops were observers. Lay people at the May meeting felt that the church needed "more participation of laity in formation of church teaching," Butler said. Participants acknowledged that the church does not rely on public opinion polls to decide doctrine but felt the "beliefs and practices of the faithful" should be considered in formulating statements, he said. Such consultation, he added, coincides with the tradition of "sensus fidelium," the sense ofthe faithful. Butler said that those at the meeting were particularly critical of the recent document from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine ofthe Faith which condemned all forms of in vitro fertilization. The participants, who were invited to share their "experience as laity," also felt that a "sense of ownership" of the church "is missing" among Catholics, Butler said. They complained that a "sense of elitism" marks the church and leads 'people who feel that they have failed - through divorce, for example - to say that they "no longer feel a sense of belonging in the church." Because the church is "too concerned with the integrity of the faith," he said, "we push people outside." Meeting participants,

comprising people from variou~ professions, including medicine, education, law and journalism, also said the laity want to do more in the church, Butler said. They observed that currently priests "try to'play every instrument instead of being orchestra leader." They want the church to "set the agenda for society" and be "more involved in politics," that is, "be out there leading," said Butler. The church has to do more "to enable laity to get out and influence society," he summed up. Other issues at the meeting, he said, included the need to: - Emphasize integrated spirituality linking prayer and work. Canonize more lay persons. - Reach out more effectively to hurt and alienated persons. - Provide more instruction on teachings of the Second Vatican Council. - Provide continuous catechesis by educating Catholics from baptism until death. - Pay greater attention to the issue of women in the church, including use of altar girls. o


No Red carpet for Polish pope By NC News Service A Soviet official's statement that the government has no plans to invite Pope John Paul II comes after several months of speculation that the first papal trip to the Soviet Union would take place next year. The speculation was based on statements made by Russian Orthodox officials and the pope. The Orthodox held out the possibility of inviting the pope to Moscow celebrations next year to mark the 1,000th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in what is now the Soviet Union. The pope said he would go only if he could also visit heavily Catholic regions of the Soviet Union. But on June II Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman Boris Pyadyscev said "We have no plans to invite the pope to the Soviet Union."

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Rome joins sacred, secular VATICAN CITY (NC) - Wandering between Gucci's and St. Peter's, visitors to Rome are often struck by the Eternal City's startling mixture of the sacred and the secular. It seems nearly every block sports a church or an image of the Madonna beneath which roam shoppers and seminarians, hustlers and white-robed Missionaries of Charity, scantily clad tourists and package-tour pilgrims from around the world. From a brand of pants called "Jesus Jeans" to a regular Sunday newspaper cartoon which features Christ on the cross discussing the events of the day with a voice from heaven, Romans make a show of not taking their role as the traditional center of Christendom too seriously. The Vatican, temporal headquarters of the mystical Body of Christ, may capture this mix of spirit and body best of all. The disconcerting proximity of the sacred and the secular was particularly in evidence June 6, when the pope met President Reagan for the third time of his pontificate, then ceIebrated an outdoor Mass in St. Peter's Square to inaugurate the Marian year and Pentecost, the birthday of the church. According to press spokesmen, the 55-minute private chat between the head of the world's most powerful country and the leader of the .

world's most populous church primarily concerned issues of disarmament and East-West relations. The pope reinforced this message in his brief public speech afterward, when he called for an end to the arms race and "greater trust between peoples and nations." So what must the pope have been thinking when among the people he greeted in the presidential entourage was the man with the codes capable of launching World War III? Maj. Ron Thomas, with a black satchel known as "the football" handcuffed to his wrist, shook hands with the pope and received a papal medal. Inside the "football" are the authorization codes the president would need to unleash U.S. nuclear forces. Perhaps at no point in his pontificate has the pope come so close to the reality of the nuclear threat as when he greeted the president of the United States and his everpresent aide. In the heart of the Vatican, where President Reagan said one feels the power of a moral force "stronger than the evils that bef~ll mankind," the promise of the Spirit and the potential for nuclear holocaust were suddenly juxtaposed in a handshake. That evening the sacred and the profane came together in an inci': dent more common to this city. It occurred during the three-

hour Mass inaugurating the Marian year and Pentecost. Not long after the pope, speaking against the torch-bedecked facade of St. Peter's, said "the church that is in Rome has gathered this night to give a special sign of its sharing," someone seemed to take his words a bit too much to heart. A wiry, olive-skinned man with the slight smell of alcohol on his breath fell in line with the thousands of other pilgrims waiting patiently in the midnight chill to receive Communion. Unlike the others, however, one of his hands slipped into the wallet pocket of the Irish pilgrim in front of him. Only when the would-be thief noticed he had been caught in the act of"sharing" by someone watching nearby did he step quietly out of line and beat a hasty retreat. Pickpockets are as plentiful as churches in Rome, but preying on communicants at a papal Mass takes the locals' casual disregard for things sacred to unexpected limits. However, like a firm handshake with nuclear reality or the papal headaches of administering a citystate within a state, petty thieves in the shadow of St. Peter's are another reminder that this church is not located in some golden city on a hill but right in the heart of the problems, distractions, needs and skepticism of real men and women. And Romans don't let it forget that.

Wrong path VATICAN CITY (NC) - Pope John Paul II recently told natural family planning experts that Catholic teachers who contradict church teaching against contraception "guide couples down the wrong path." Speaking at the Vatican to participants in a national conference on the Billings method of natural family planning, the pope also urged them to teach the full Christian message regarding human sexuality, not simply a method for regulating fertility.

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Do mission work, not maintenance, cardinal tells evangelizers WASHINGTON (NC) - When it comes to evangelization, too many Catholics. "are doing maintenance work. Not enough are doing mission work," Cardinal J 0seph L. Bernardin of Chicago told a Pentecost Eve national teleconference on evangelization. Speaking to an estimated 35,000 viewers at more than 200 sites across the country, Cardinal Bernardin called on Catholics to be "fishers'¡' who invite others into the church. Another speaker, George Gallup Jr., called for evangelization tailored to meet special needs of Catholics. The teleconference, called Pentecost '87, was sponsored by the Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Association. It was broadcast from Washington via satellite by the Catholic Telecommunications Network of America. Its focus was on evangelizing active and inactive Catholics as well as the 90 million unchurched U.S. residents.

Cardinal Bernardin told viewers that all Catholics "must be made aware that they are called to be active participants, not mere observers, in the church's mission." He suggested reviving the ministry of "the fisher" that was part of the original Confraternity of Christian Doctrine developed in the 16th century by St. Charles Borromeo. "The 'fisher' visited Catholics at home, inviting some, reconciling with others. This or a similar ministry would offer a remedy for those who feel that we neglect or abandon them." he said. Too many Catholics "are doing maintenance work. Not enough are doing mission work ... Too many Christians are lukewarm," the cardinal said, allowing "the toxic vision" of consumerism to shape them, their children and their world. "We are called, instead, to a holiness that is countercultural. The world cannot afford to have


the body of Christ be in collusion with the idolatry, agnosticism and atheism of the consumer vision," he said. Gallup, president of the Gallup Poll, focused on the 90 million U.S. "unchurched," people who have attended church less than two times in the past year. According to a 1985 survey, 24 percent of U.S. Catholics - about 16.5 million people - were unchurched. Gallup called for evangelization tailored to Catholics. "The best form of evangelization for Catholics is simply an invitation to join a warm, loving parish community. Family members and peers -young people evangelizing young people and so on - are probably the most effective evangelizers." Now is a good time for renewed emphasis on evangelization because U.S. Catholics are in the middle of a religious revival, according to Gallup. Although weekly Mass attendance has declined, he said, there has been "a dramatic upsurge

of participation in nearly all other types of religious activity." The pollster called for improved treatment of the separated, divorced and remarried and for more Bible study programs. He urged priests to be sensitive to their impact on people, saying "a large number of Catholics left the church because of bad experiences with priests and many are prevented from coming back by fear of similar experiences." Paulist Father'Don Pologruto and Carrie and Gary Kemp of Minneapolis focused on evangelizing inactive Catholics, detailing how their team invites the inactive to attend a three-week program of sharing sessions, then a 12-week .. instruction series. "In our ministry, we attempt to reopen channels of communication between the church and those who feel isolated from it," Mrs. Kemp said. By the end of the third sharing session, "the group has become

community to one another, at least some of the anger has dissipated and what seems to be a process of faith conversion has begun to take place," she said. Father Pologruto urged: ",Let's not be Sunday evangelizers only. Let's remember that God is with us all week long, wherever we are, and especially when we are dealing with other people. We are Jesus' hands and feet and heart here on earth." Paulist Father Alvin A. Illig, director of the National Catholic Evangelization Association, called the seven-hour teleconference a liistoric moment in evangelization, "the printed word and the electronic word brought together to give glory to God's revealed word." Father Illig called Pentecost '87 "the beginning of annual satellite events" and said plans are already underway for next year's teleconference. Similar conferences are planned for every Pentecost Saturday until the year 2000.

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IMMUNIZATlONS, FR AREA Free immunization clinics for children in Fall River and surrounding towns will be offered to public and private! parochial school students from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, July6 through September4, according to the following schedule (all addresses in Fall River): Mondays: Healy School, 726 Hicks St.; Tuesdays: Watson School, 935 Eastern Ave.; Wednesdays; St. Anne School, 240 Forest St.; Thursdays: Carroll School, 117 Hood St.; Fri" days: Doran School, 101 Fountain St. Immunization is required for kindergarten entrance and is also available to all students eligible for extended immunizations required by state law. Parental consent forms and certificates of previous immunizations should be brought to clinics. BUILDING BLOCK MINISTRIES, TAUNTON Bible-sharing program meets 7 p.m. Wednesdays, room 203, Coyle and Cassidy High School, Taunton; area young adults (18 and older) welcome; the program uses the Biblesharing series developed by Father John Burke, OP, executive director of The Word of God Institute; information: Tony Medeiros, 824-8378. COPES COPES Grief Support Group meets 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, St. Anne's Credit Union, Swansea; all welcome; information: Joan McIntyre, 674-1363. CATHEDRAL CAMPS, E.FREETOWN St. Mary parish, No. Attleboro, weekend retreat, today through Sunday. Fowler School, Fall River, picnic 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Diocesan Altar Boys' Day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

ST. JOAN OF ARC, ORLEANS Parishioners Jennifer Kelley of Eastham and Elizabeth Marino of East Orleans have been awarded Women's Guild scholarships; they will attend Mt. Holyoke College and the University of Rhode Island. Feast of Corpus Christi holy hour 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Visitation mission, No. Eastham, includes exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. ST. MARY, SEEKONK Cursillista meeting 7:30 p.m. June 30, CCD Center. Adult Bible discussion 7 p.m. Wp.dnesday and 9:45 a.m. Thursday. Parish youth newsletter available in sacristy. Softball 6 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. June 28, North School field. ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI, NB New Women's League officers: Lucy Grande, president; Anita Belleveau, vice-president; Mary Kane and Dorothy Ellis, secretaries; Germaine Ferreira, treasurer. HOLY GHOST, ATTLEBORO The parish congratulates its new Mordome, John Luiz Gaspar of Snowcrest Drive, and welcomes new secretary Mrs. Florence Fournier. A Montfort Fathers representative will speak at weekend Masses. Exposition of Blessed Sacrament after II a.m. Mass Sunday until 4 p.m. Benediction; English holy hour 3 p.m.; Portuguese holy hour 2 p.m.; all welcome: ST.MARY,NB Parishioner Claude Leblanc, a candidate for ordination to the permanent diaconate tomorrow, will participate in a Mass of thanksgiving at 10: I 5 a.m. Sunday; breakfast! reception follows, school hall. The parish welcomes six new eucharistic ministers. VINCENTIANS iJiocesan Vincentians will attend the 21st Northeast Regional St. Vincent de Paul Conference June 26 to 28, Mater Dei College, Ogdensburg, NY; bus leaves St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River, 7 a.m. June 26. FAMILY LIFE CENTER, NO. DARTMOUTH Engaged Encounter begins today. Divorced and Separated meeting Monday. Parish Family Ministers meeting June 26.

AT A RECENT overnight retreat for 23 parish religious education coordinators, held at Cathedral Camp, East Freetown, attendees included, center and right, Kathleen Burt, SS. Peter and Paul parish, Fall River, and Pat Stack, Sacred Heart parish, North Attleboro. Sponsored by Sister Eugenia Brady, SJC,leftin photo, and Sister Elaine Heffernan, RS M, associate directors of religious education for the diocesan Department of Education, the overnight offered opportunities for prayer and thanksgiving and presentations by Sister Mary O'Brien, RSM, a director of religious education for the diocese of Portland, Maine.

ST. DOMINIC, SWANSEA Holy Ghost Brotherhood 80th anniversary Mass 10 a.m. Sunday. Rosary 6:40 a.m. weekdays and Saturdays. Country Gardens Nursing Home Mass 2 p.m. Wednesdays; persons wishing to help wheel patients to chapel area welcome at 1:30 p.m. ST. LUKE'S HOSPITAL, NB Eucharistic minister training session begins in September; sacristans, lectors, musicians, office workers also needed; information; Father Bruce Cwiekowski, chaplain, c! 0 St. James Rectory, 233 County Street, New Bedford 02740. ST.ANNE,FR The parish school congratulates its 31 eighth-grade graduates; Home and School Association Awards went to Melanie Malone, David Patykewich, Kathleen Cote, Thomas Whiting and Brantley Hunsir.ger, its Christian Living Awards were presented to graduates David Lepage, Beverly Marques and Suzanne DeSa. Father Pierre Lachance, OP, parochial vicar, 674-565 I, seeks parish and Dominican memorabilia; the Dominican Fathers arrived in the parish 100 years ago on Nov. 22. SS. PETER AND PAUL, FR New Women's Club officers: Barbara Mendoza, president; Doris Dawson, vice-president; Connie Stankiewicz and Mary Tyrrell, secretaries; Frances Tyrrell, treasurer. Exposition of Blessed Sacrament before and after all Masses Sunday, to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi. SACRED HEART, TAUNTON An organizational meeting for a testimonial for 35-year church organist and choir director Mrs. Harvey (Joanna) Alden was held Wednesday; the celebration will follow 4 p.m. Mass Sept. 26. ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST, POCASSET Rosary after 8 a.m. Mass Saturdays throughout tHe Marian Year. Father Daniel Driscoll, SVD, mission director for the Divine Word Fathers, will speak at weekend Masses. ST. LOUIS de FRANCE, SWANSEA Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Coroa are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary with a Mass of thanksgiving. Feast of Corpus Christi holy hour 3 p.m. Sunday includes Benediction. ST. JOSEPH, FAIRHAVEN Parishioner Anita Rose was recently honored for leadership and community involvement at an American Association of University Women state convention. Fairhaven Homecoming Welcoming Day Mass 9:30 a.m. June 28. Sign-up for prayer for renewal program at Sunday Masses. Youth group plans summer events; information: Wayne St. Pierre, 9992299. ST. GEORGE, WESTPORT Hospitality Sunday in honor of fathers June 21, Father's Day. The parish thanks Boy Scouts and leaders for landscaping in front of the parish hall. ST. MARY, FAIRHAVEN New Parish Council members: Barbara Despres, Rita Costa, Fred Nunes, Anita Alferes and Louise Alfonse. New trustee: Donald Mulcare. ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, HYANNIS Parishioner Richard M. Dresser, a candidate for ordination to the permanent diaconate, will participate in a Mass ofthanksgiving at 10 a.m. Sunday.

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SISTER Mary Inez, RSM, left, and Mrs. Eva Martineau, teachers at St. Jean Baptiste School, Fall River, were recently honored at a reception marking their retirement. Sister Inez began at St. Jean's in 1978 and has taught since 1928, when she was a postulant. Mrs. Martineau has taught kindergarten at the Fall River school since 1961. At the party, Father Rene G. Gauthier, St. Jean's pastor, commended the women for their combined 8S years as Catholic educators. CATHEDRAL, FR The parish welcomes new altar boys Joseph Botelho, Gregory Correia, Gary Lima, Glen Marois and Ronald Robitaille. Vincentian meeting 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, rectory. ST. STANISLAUS, FR Parish school graduate Gary Zukowski, to attend Bishop Stang High School, is the recipient of this year's Women's Guild scholarship. Feast of Corpus Christi family liturgy 10:30 a.m. Sunday; solemn procession follows liturgy; evening prayer at 6:30 p.m. The parish thanks acolyte Nicholas Weglowski for his dedicated service, especially at daily Mass. SACRED HEART, FR Sister Marie Cordis, OP, administrator of the Rose Hawthorne Lathrop Home, Fall River, thanks parish sewing group members for their service. LaSALETTE SHRINE, ATTLEBORO Healing service, led by Father Andre A. Patenaude, MS, 2 p.m. Sunday, with hymns of praise, celebration of the Eucharist and teaching on "Healing the Wounded Father Within"; all welcome. Wayne Weible talk on Marian apparitions at Medjugorje 7 p.m. June 25, Garden of Worship. IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, TAUNTON Our Daily Bread soup kitchen collection weekend of June 28. K olC COUNCIL 86, FR Elections 6 p.m. July 13. CHRIST THE KING, COTUIT/MASHPEE Novena to St. Jude after 8 a.m. Mass Thursdays, St. Jude the Apostle Chapel, Cotuit.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS, FR Greater Taunton! Fall River chapter meeting 7:30 p.m. June 22, St. Louis de France school building, Buffington St., Swansea; information on this self-help support group for bereaved families: Sandra Sousa, 823-5240. . MEN OF THE SACRED HEARTS, NBAREA Greater New Bedford Men of the Sacred Hearts concelebrated Mass and five-hour prayer vigil, 7 p.m. June 26, Sacred Hearts Church, Fairhaven; Father Matthew Sullivan, SS.CC. will be principal celebrant; Father William Penderghest, SS.CC., will be homilist. Exposition of Blessed Sacrament foHows Mass; a Mass at midnight will honor the Immaculate Heart of Mary. NOTRE DAME, FR Last folk group performance of season at 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday; singing resumes in September; persons interested in joining may contact Claire Amiot, 678-7419. Corpus Christi feast procession follows 4 p.m. Mass tomorrow.

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Bishop Feehan High School Four recent graduates of Attleboro's Bishop Feehan High school have been honored by the Commonwealth Scholar Program. Michelle Gagnon, Christine Kilduff, Paul Lambert and Raymond St. Pierre have received grants of$1000 from the program, which aids out~ standing high school seniors attending public institutions of higher learning in Massachusetts. At Feehan, all belonged to the National French Honor Society. . Michelle Gagnon will attend the University of Lowell. A National Honor Society member, she was active in sports and was a volunteer physical therapist, as was Christine Kilduff.

Ms. Kilduff will attend Bentley College. She was a member of the NHS, the Medical Career Club, the Theatre Company and the Junior Classical League, receiving honors in Latin. Paul Lambert, who will enter Bridgewater State College, was a Feehan student councilor, a crosscountry runner and a member of the NHS, the literary club and the debate team. Raymond St. Pierre, also to attend Bridgewater, was active in the Math Club and the Feehan choir and was school organist for two years. His academic awards included one in economics.

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SSe Peter and Paul School celebrates Flag Day If you ask Manny Medeiros, a sixth-grader at Fall River's SS. Peter and Paul school, what the Stars and Stripes mean to him, you'll get a brief answer, but one full of conviction. "Freedom!" The youngster and his schoolmates recently participated in a Flag Day ceremony at the Catholic elementary school. Massachusetts State Senator Thomas C. Norton and Marianne Arruda, representating Fall River Mayor Carlton Viveiros, were speakers. Seventh grade students Amy Peterson and Daniel Britland raised the flag to begin the June II event. After welcoming remarks by Miss Kathleen A. Burt, principal, and a salute to the flag, Ms. Arruda and . Senator Norton addressed their young listeners. "Why should we pledge allegiance to a flag?" the senator asked. "Because it is a symbol of freedom!" He told the students that the

first Flag Day, commemorating the 100th birthday of the Stars and stripes, was held June 14, 1877, and that the first time an American flag flew over a schoolhouse was in 1812, in Massachusetts. .The flag, he said, is "a symbol of an idea." Norton also spoke about Francis Scott Key and the origins of the National Anthem. He presented Miss Burt with a state flag and a plaque commemorating the day's program. Directed by Raymond Silva, Fall River's B.M.C. Durfee High School Band was to perform musical selections including The Star-Spangled Banner. Grade six students recited a poem, "The 50 Stars of Old Glory," and guitar-playing second-grade teacher Patricia Benoit led students in a patriotic singalong. School families, friends and neighbors also attended the ceremony.

By Charlie Martin

RESPECT YOURSELF Now if you disrespeet everybody That you run into How in the world do you think Anybody's supposed to respee( you? If you don't give a heek about The man with the Bible in his hand Just get out the way and let The gentleman do his thing You're the kind of gentleman That wants everything their way Take the sheet off your face boy It's a brand new day. Respeet yourself If you don't respect yourself Ain't nobody gonna give a good hoot Na na na Respect yourself If you're walking around Thinking that the world owes You something 'cause you're here You're going out the world Backward like you did when You first eame here You keep talking about the president won't stop air poDution Put your hand over your mouth when you cough. tbat'll help tbe solution You euss around women and You don't even know tbeit names Then you're dumb enough to Think that it makes you a big oJ' man. Reeorded by Brute Willis. Written by Mack Rice and Luther lncram. (e) 1971 by East-Mempbis Music Corp (copyriaht assigned to Irving Music Ine. 1981) and Klotldike Enterpr~ Ltd. Bruee Willis, of TV's "Moonlighting" fame, does some musi~l moonlighting of his own. The

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Coyle and Cassidy Lisa Robinson, who graduated this month from Taunton's Coyle and Cassidy High School, is one of over 200 Massachusetts AFLI CIO Labor Scholarship winners. " She was presented the Keeches and Mallen Award at a dinner at the John F. Kennedy Library in Dorchester. Miss Robinson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Robinson of North Easton. Her father is a member of Local Union #1044. The union-sponsored scholarships are open to all high school seniors. Winners are selected on the basis of scores on a labor history examination and an essay on a labor issue of current interest. Over 2000 Massachusetts high school' seniors competed for the 1987 scholarships, funded by over $95,000 contributed by union members. Miss Robinson will attend Bryant College.

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SS. PETER and Paul School third-graders Renee Duhancik and James Miranda participate in Flag Day ceremonies. (Motta photo)

title of his latest hit gives all of us some good advice: "Respect Yourselfl" '"

1982 graduate Frank E. Biedak, a member of Taunton's Holy Ros.ary parish, is the recipient of the 1987 Outstanding Scholarship Award of the Medical Record Association of New York State, Inc. The award goes to a person who demonstrates superior scholarship, integrity, initiative, enthusiasm and professional potential.

As the song suggests, life can be empty and disappointing without self-respect. Individuals low on self-respect find little worthwhile in themselves or others. They are more likely to think "that the world owes you something 'cause you're here." Such an attitude alienates others and leads most of our efforts toward failure. In contrast, people who respect themselves realize the importance of their lives. They refuse to take chances with their future. They say "no" to drugs, drinking and driving, or to any other action that might endanger their lives. Self-respect also brings selfappreciation. Individuals strong in self-respect recognize their gifts and talents. They enjoy being themselves and take pride in what they accomplish. This self-confidence allows them to be more tolerant of others. Self-respecting individuals respect the right of others to make decisions and live by their own values. They preserve their own identity while at the same time encouraging others to develop theirs. Perhaps the surest sign of selfrespect is generosity. The care that self-respecting individuals show themselves flows outward to others. They are willing to share the best of themselves with others, like their caring, their drive for success, their gratitude and their laugbter. Each of us can be this type of person. Indeed, life does .treat people differently. We do not all possess the same backgrounds, looks or talents. Yet each of us is a true reflection of the God who made us. Respect this innate goodness in yourself and keep finding ways to express it. Your eomments are always wei· come. Please write: Charlie Martin, 1218 S. Rotberwood Ave., Evansville, Ind. 47714.

The school's all-night post-prom party has won the 1987 Safe and Sober Post-Prom Award of Middleboro's Pathways Prevention Center: a video of the prom and party and a plaque for the school.

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DARCELL Crone of St. Augustine School for the Arts in South Bronx, NY, is impressed by celebrated jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, a re~ cent school visitor. (NC photo)

A Mass for deceased student Patty Sullivan, who would have graduated next year, will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the school chapel. Her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Sullivan, invite friends to attend.

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Parents and Friends Club will install officers Sunday at White's restaurant, Westport. Richard Levesque will be the new president. His associate officers are Michael Leahy,' Mrs. Georgette LeComte, Mrs. Mary Carroll, Mrs. Margaret 16 girls and 13 boys recently . Hopkins and Mrs. Patricia Congraduated from Fall River's Notre don. Dame School, several receiving • scholastic achievement awards. Six will attend Fall River's Bishop At a recent sports awards pres- . Connolly High School. entation, students Melissa SweeIn a stepping up ceremony, kinney and Chris Leahey were named dergarteners received certificates the school's athletes of the year, of achievement from teachers Liland James Nightingale won the lian Taylor and Lisa Texeira. Peter Machado Memorial Award. Songs and poems were presented Sarah Hurd and Scott Rix were by students Kelli Griffin, Tonya named 1987's Scholar-Athletes, and Alves, Michael Neves, Jordan students Donna Baxendale, Pat Emond and Kristen Menard, and Daly and John Pereira received student Justin Silvia gave a reading. sportsmanship awards.

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America built for young, eHA assembly told PITTSBURGH (NC) -Catholic health care leaders must hear the "cries of life" in their patients, in their staff and in themselves because God is the source of that cry, inviting all "to co-create the future," a priest told more than 1,000 Catholic health professionals at the recent 72nd annual assembly of the Catholic Health Association, held in Pittsburgh. Association members represent 612 hospitals, 267 long-term care facilities and 59 health care systems. Keynote speaker Father John Shea, professor of systematic theology at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Ill., said the "first moment" in the formation of a religious identity is hearing a "cry of God" in life's situations. He said health care personnel may hear the cry from sick children, anxious patients, doctors and

nurses, hospital administrators, chaplains or in "the silence of waiting rooms." In a general session on aging, Dr. Ken Dychtwald, psychologist and gerontologist from the Age Wave consulting firm in Emeryville, Calif., pointed out that "society built America to fit the young." He noted that 100 years ago people's life expectancy was 45. He added that even today, when life expectancy has reached age 75, everything from furniture to lighting to bus steps accommodates the young. By the year 2000 there will be 16 million people over age 85, he said, stressing that most elderly are not ailing, as many Americans believe. He said health care professionals often have a negative view of the elderly simply because they see them when they are ill.

Deliver us from temptation the death knell to their hopes and dreams. We read of youth who have, Temptation looks good to youth. made it big in the adult world. They can't see the evil lurking in They have more money than they the depths of what seems to be know how to deal with, more "okay." But do adults do much temptations and more companions better? of the evil variety. It's a sad scene Isn't it strange that Jesus was all around. tempted even on the cross? "If you If they are Christians one should are the Son of God come down counsel them to read the story of from the cross!" He didn't fall for the temptations of Jesus in the it. What an example. What a model. wilderness. Try to explain to them One gets so tired' of hearing athwhat that story means today and letes called models for youth. how it applies to our lives. Young people don't need idolatry! We live in an X-rated world! They need something greater. What was once not acceptable is The harm done to youth via now welcomed with open arms or drugs and alcohol is spiritual. What a shrug of the shoulder. is more evil in a product than that Bad language sells books and it causes an extinction of reason? grosses millions for movie pro- And when this is voluntary, where ducers. God's name is no longer lies the guilt? In the youth or in the held in reverence. The "coolest" adult who set the example? among youth's companions are I have heard people laugh at those who take it in vain the most. those who speak of temperance. Noone seems to point out to Yet they attend church and hear, young people that they live in their what the Bible says about strong own wilderness and that the temp- drink. Lead us not into hypocrisy! tations around them are sounding By Cecilia Belanger

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New Films "Wish You Were Here" (Atlantic) - British director David Leland's sensitive, bittersweet evocation of a youngster's coming of age in a 1950s English coastal town focuses upon her sexual initiation, disappointments with her father and encounters with a male-dominated working class society. The sexually explicit but emotionally accurate portrait of a young woman's discovery of self-worth and meaning includes vulgar language and brief nudity; it deals positively with the question of abortion but simplistically with the practice of birth control. A3, R "Roxanne"(Columbia) - Written and performed by Steve Martin, this contemporary version of the Cyrano de Bergerac play is an unfunny combination of slapstick, physical comedy and perfunctory sexual tease. Costar Daryl Hannah shows us how remarkably untalented she is. Violence, dumb jokes and casual acceptance of premarital sex. A3, PG "Million Dollar Mystery" (DeLaurentiis) - Light and fluffy comedy-adventure filled with car chases and demolition features an ensemble cast on a greedy search for $4 million in hidden payoff money. Rough language and sexual sight gags are brief and. restrained. Violent stunts are a bIt too intense for the very young. A2, PG Films on TV Tuesday, June 30, 9-11 p.m. EDT (CBS) "So Fine" (1981) Ryan O'Neal and Jack Warden star in this failed comedy. O'Neal, a college professor, is forced by thugs to take over his father's fashion business. Adultery and obscene langauge.

JOHN LUCIANO, hospitalized a~ter an auto~obile accident receives his Bishop Connolly High School diploma from Bi;hop Daniel A. Cronin in a bedside ~eremony at S1. Anne's Hospital, Fall River. Looking on are hiS parents, Arestides and Maria Luciano. The family are members of Our Lady of the Angels parish, Fall River.

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Friday, July 3, 9-11 p.m. EDT (ABC) - "Wolfen"(1981). Albert Finney stars as a detective investigating three brutal murders in New York City, apparently the work of some wolflike creatures. This thriller provides a conventional indictment of society but its sense of moral indignation doesn't justify the violence and graphic depiction of blood and gore. A3, R

TV Program Friday, June 16, 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. EDT (ABC) - "They Have Souls Too." - This Closeup documentary offers a compassionate look at the mentally ill. Producer Helen Whitney, known for a previous documentary on St. Joseph's Abbey, Spencer, treats mental illness with sensitivity and intelligence. She shows how society has failed to provide adequate care for s~me three million Americans clasSIfied as mentally disturbed and showcases centers and programs that treat them as people whose problems are surmountable. For instance, a woman with a long history of mental 'illness explains that her recovery is largely dueto a Russian Orthodox priest, Father Tom Hopko, and others in his parish who stood by her through her mental turmoil. This final segment demonstrates the spiritual dimension suggested by the title. Father Hopko says there were people around her upon whom she could rely for help and encouragement until her mental problems were finally "cornered by grace." Religious TV Sunday, June 11 (CBS) - "For Our Times" - Rebroadcast of a program about the problems and treatment of dyslexia, the learning disability that affects 10 percent of the population. Religious Radio Sunday, June 11 (NBC) "Guideline" - John Taylor, author of"Storming the Magic Kingdom," a book about the corporate takeover of the Walt Disney Company, discusses insider trading on Wall Street.

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