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Retired diocesan priests still very much in the loop By MIKE GORDON ANcHoR STAFF FALL RIVER - With the decline of vocations in recent years the role of the retired priest is becoming more important to pastors and parishes everywhere. Retired priests can be found celebrating Masses during the week and on weekends throughout the diocese. They are eager to share their wealth of knowledge with others and are doing so with a smile. One such priest is retired Father Manuel P. Ferreira. He resides at the Cardinal Medeiros Residence in Fall River along with 17 otherpriests from the diocese many ofwhom are traveling to different assignments each week,

to make a difference. "It's great to be able to help out," said Father Ferreira. ''I keep in touch with my life as a priest and am able to fulfil my promise to the Church, the people of God and the diocese." Father Ferreira assists at St. John of God Parish in Somerset andEspirito Santo Parish in Fall River. He has been doing so for six years and also helps out at several' other parishes when needed. ''I enjoy celebrating the Eucharist and the opportunity to hear confessions or visit the sick. God still calls us to serve." Father Ferreira said oftentimes

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JOYOUS MOMENT - Transitional Deacon Jay Mello, center, listens prayerfully to Bishop George W. Coleman during Mass JUly 7 in St. Mary's Cathedral in Fall River. An overflow congregation witnessed his ordination to the priesthood. (Photo by Mike Gord0t;l)

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ALWAYS READY TO HELP - Father George F. Almeida is one of several retired diocesan priests who help out at parishes across the diocese. Here he is celebrating Mass at St. Anne's Shrine in Fall River. (Photo by Mike Gordon)

Anchor's Mike Gordon ending decade reporting diocesan news By DEACON JAMES N. DuNBAR

I didn't think that was possible," FALL RIVER - News reporter quipped Dave Jolivet, Anchor editor, Mike Gordon, whose breaking stories whose weekly column "My View and colorful photos reflecting on Pro- From the Stands" is sports oriented. ''I wish Mike and Kim the best. Life, youth and virtually every important faith issue in the Fall River Dio- Mike will always be a good Catholic cese made front-page news in The and that will cany him wherever he Anchor, ended a lo-year career here goes;' Jolivet added. It was his Catholic faith - and perthis week. Gordon, 35, who hails fromAttle- haps even The Anchor- that moved boro, will marry schoolteacher Kim- . him to apply for a job advertised in berly A. Furs tomorrow in St. John the the weekly. Last week, as Gordon switched Evangelist Church in Attleboro. The roles to become the interviewed, he couple will reside in Bristol, Conn. "Mike proved that one can be a recalled how after leaving a job in laYankee fan and a good Christian and Tum to page 10 - Living Stones

FALL RIVER - Transitional Deacon Jay Mello was ordained a priest by Bishop George W. Coleman before a packed church of clergy, family and friends at an II a.m. Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral, July 7. As the rite of ordination began

the transitional deacbn came forward in response to th,e call by the bishop to be ordained and serve in the Fall River Diocese. After he announced his readiness to enter the order of the presbyter he was greeted by heavy applause from those in attendance signaling their approval. "We gather with hearts fined

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with joy and happiness as our son and brother Jay Mello will be ordained to the priesthood," said Bishop Coleman, principal celebrant. Bishop Coleman addressed the deacon during his homily, speaking about what answering the call to priesthood represents.

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on Safari. But her work focuses on the side of TanMASHPEE - For almost a week, Amy Rumano zania that tourists do not see, where 90 percent of has enjoyed a brief vacation with family and revis- the people eke out a living on far less than $1 a iting memories with longtime friends day. who dropped by in this old Cape Cod Rumano, as Catholic Relief Sertown. vices Country Representative for Tan"The Cape and the beaches are rezania, oversees a program that tackles ally beautiful," Rumano told The Andisease, poverty, and fosters peace chor in a telephone interview last building in the diverse and ancient week. "But so is Tanzania and the great nation, whose continental history can tourist attraction, Zanzibar Island, off be traced back to the dawn of creation. its east coast," she added. "Everyone Since July 2006, Rumano, 38, has seen pictures of the beautiful working out of Dar es Salaam, the Mount Kilimanjaro." nation's principal commercial city, Amy Rumano works in an East Afdirects efforts that target the poorest rican country that is the dream locaof the poor, focusing on agriculture, tion for anyone who has wanted to go Tum to page 18 - CRS




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Pope plans to attend World Youth Day 2008 in Australia By JOHN THAVIS NEWS SeRvtcE


VATICAN CITY Pope Benedict XVI announced that he planned to attend World Youth Day celebrations in Australia in July 2008, and he encouraged young people to prepare for ''this marvelous celebration of the faith." Speaking at the end of his general audience July 4, the pope confirmed hopes that he would make the 10,000mile journey from Rome to Sydney for the international assembly with hundreds of thousands of youths. "One year from now we will meet at World Youth Day in Sydney!" the pope told a group of young peOple in Rome for a planning session. The pope tentatively was scheduled to arrive in Sydney July 17,2008, for four days of ceremonies. ''For many ofus, this will be a long journey. Yet Australia and its people evoke images ofa wanD welcome and wondrous beauty, of an ancient aboriginal history, and a multitude of vibrant cities and communities," he said The pope encouraged young people to prepare for WorldYouth Day by entering fully into the life of their local parishes. The more they participate enthusiastically in local Church events, he said, the more they will approach the megagathering in Sydney with "awe and eager anticipation." The pope underlined the importance of the theme of World Youth Day: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses to the ends ofthe earth." Receiving the power . of the spirit, he said, helps transform

uncertainty, fear and division intopurpose, hope and communion. He told the young people that today's world needs their faith, energy and love. Against a ''tide of secularism," he said, many young people are rediscovering the quest for authentic beauty, goodness and truth. "Some of you have friends with little real pwpose in their lives, perhaps caught up in a futile search for endless new experiences. Bring them to World Youth Day, too!" the pope said. Young Catholics should be courageous in witnessing to the Gospel and spreading "Christ's guiding light, which giv~s purpose to all life," he said. In his regular audience talk, the pope recalled the figure of St. Basil the Great, a fourth-eentury bishop and doctor of the Church. The pope held him out as a model of faith in action and a man who helped tum monastic life into the nucleus ofthe local Church community. The pope focused on St. Basil's special concern for the poor and needy. As bishop, he pressed governing authorities to do more to help those who suffered, and he made sure the local Church built schools, hospitals and charitable institutions, the pope said. The saint's pastoral activity, the pope said, flowed from his deep deivotion to the sacred liturgy, and the Church still possesses a eucharistic prayer bearing his name. 'We find in Basil an outstanding model of free, total and uncompromising service to the Church. May God give us the courage to imitate him," he said.

Pope: Scouting promotes moral maturation VATICAN CITY (CNS) Playing together, working on activities and sharing adventures, Scouts learn about nature, teamwork and service to others, Pope Benedict XVI said in a letter marking the lOOth anniversary of Scouting. The specifically Catholic form of Scouting, founded a few years later, "is not only a place of true human growth, but also a place of strong Christian proposals and true spiritual and moral maturation," the pope said in a letter to Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard of Bordeaux,

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president of the French bishops' conference. In preparation for l00th anniversary of the Scouts August 1, the pope wrote to Cardinal Ricard to praise the way Scouting has been embraced in France, but also to encourage the three separate French Catholic Scouting groups to work more closely together. Pope Benedict said troop leaders have a responsibility to lead their young troops to a true encounter with Christ and to an active involvement in their life of their parishes.


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A HALL OF PLENTY - The faithful attend Pope Benedict XVI's weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican July 4. (eNS photo/Giampiero Sposito, Reuters)

Pope's letter to Chinese Catholics points toward new path to unity By JOHN THAVIS

Chinese Catholics that the split between clandestine and officially registered churches may be understandable, but it compromises the Church's pastoral effectiveness. A divided Church, he said at the beginning of his 55-page letter, cannot evangelize effectively because it cannot be a witness of love and unity. The pope then gave several practical guidelines aimed at bridging the gap between China's Catholic communities. On perhaps the most crucial question -

the Church in China at the moment. For example, in discussing the VATICAN CITY - With his status of Chinese bishops, he canlong-awaited letter on China, Pope Benedict XVI has opened new didly stated that many of the bishops ordained without papal approspects for reconciliation among proval have later sought and obthe country's divided Catholic tained reconciliation with the pope. communities. How and when these divisions The problem, he added, is that can be overcome is now primarily most of these bishops have never up to Chinese Catholics. But the told their own priests or faithful pope has underlined the urgency that they have reconciled with of unity, inviting bishops and the Rome. It is indispensable for them Catholic faithful to move beyond to bring this fact into the public domain as soon as possible, he said. "suspicions, mutual accusations and recriminations" within A theme running through the papal letter is that the the Church. The pope knows that the healing Catholic Church in China is Certainly, the pope's letter was aimed in part at the process among Catholics in China one, not two. The terminolChinese policies that have will not happen overnight and may, ogy of the letter avoids emengendered such tensions. in fact, take many years. But, mean- phasizing a dichotomy beThe government requires while, he has sketched out the di- tween so-called "underregistration of bishops and rection and tried to clear the path ground church" and "official church," which itself is Church communities and to unity. significant. He also rejected uses this as a tool for control; some Catholics view registraefforts to create an autonotion as a serious compromise and whether local churches should reg- mous national church and took prefer to exercise the faith in a ister with the government - he aim at "entities desired by the outlined a margin of flexibility that state and extraneous to the strucsemi-clandestine manner. In language that was pointed went far beyond previous Vatican ture of the Church" that claim to but not polemical, the pope re- statements, in effect leaving it up place themselves above the bishjected state interference in Church to the judgment of the local bishop. ops. The pope clearly had in mind affairs and explained why the He also answered a question that Church's structure and activities surfaces at the grass-roots level of the government-sanctioned Chithe Church in China, when he en- nese Catholic Patriotic Associado not threaten the civil order. He also offered to dialogue with couraged lay faithful to participate tion, which was mentioned in a the government on the chronic in Masses and sacraments carried footnote in the same section. But the thrust of the papal letconflicts over bishops' appoint- out by government-registered bishments, Church jurisdictions and ops and priests, as long as they are ter was to encourage Catholics to diplomatic relations. work around these kinds of obin communion with Rome. The pope knows there is not a One of the most important ac- stacles, rather than allow them to lot he can do about the policies complishments of the papal letter divide the Church community. The pope knows that the healadopted by the Chinese govern- was that it finally brought into the ment. On the other hand, he has a open some of the sensitive issues ing process among Catholics in much greater opportunity to help that have been discussed behind China will not happen overnight resolve internal Church problems. closed doors for decades. Indeed, and may, in fact, take many years. That's where the focus of this let- the pope seemed convinced that But, meanwhile, he has sketched ter lies. openness, even if it brings some out the direction and tried to clear In effect, the pope was telling risks, is the best strategic path for the path to unity. CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE



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THE INTERNATIONAL CHURCH , heard of such an offer. The takeoverby Barnas politically split the Palestinian territ()ries of the West Bank and Gaza. Thb two territories are separated geo~hically by about 30 miles of Israel. I Khaled told CNS that the takeover has added fuel to an aI.rea4y bad situation, and he and his friends see no future for themselves. I, ''People are so afraid and are staying so quiet, waiting for }Vhat might . happen," he said ''We ary not sure it will be safe for (Christians) in Gaza." I Khaled said that even before the takeover, he was unable to find decent work despite his foreigrl-university degrees. He said he fears "that the unII


official discrimination against Christians in the workplace may become more officially sanctioned Fewer than 2,000Christians live among almost 1.5 million Muslims in Gaza. 'The situation is very bad for Christians. Now with Hamas it might be harder for Christians," Khaled said "If there is a job they prefer to give it to Muslims:' ''Ifeel really persecuted;' he added He said it was hard trying to decide whether to leave his home. ''It is hard leaving Gaza; it is my place. I know every place here, I know people here, but there is no choice at all for me as a young man here. It is so risky:' he said


SHEPHERDING THE FLOCK - Cardinal Peter Turkson of Cape Coast, Ghana, blesses jugs of water to be used as holy water recently during his two-day pastoral visit to the small village of Ekumfi Nanaben. The previous day, Cardinal Turkson held a question-and-answer session for the people, explaining the faith in easy-to-understand ways. Each month, Cardinal Turkson visits one of the 28 parishes in his archdiocese. (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts)


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Christian leaders in Gaza say life calm' after Barnas takeover By Juorrn SUDILOVSKY CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

JERUSALEM - Though Christian officials in the Gaza Strip said things have calmed down since the militant forces ofHamas took overthe Gaza Strip in mid-June, at least one Catholic expressed fear about the future. 'There is no panic. The condition has settled. There is a change from fighting to calmness, though we don't know what will happen," said Constantine Dabbagh, executivedirector of the Gaza office of the Middle East Council of Churches. He said that, while the security situation had improved within Gaza in the weeks after fighting between the Palestinian factions of Hamas and Fatah, Israel continues to attack Gaza, targeting what it says are Palestinian terrorists shooting Qassam missiles atIsraeli towns. Dabbagh said approximately 6,000 people from Gaza were stranded on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing, which has been closed since

the Hamas takeover. Among those stranded are Clnistians like his cousin. who tookhis eight-year-old son on vacation to Egypt and found himself .separated from his family in Gaza. Many sick people who went to Egypt for treatment also were waiting to be allowed backinto Gaza, Dabbagh said Msgr. Manuel Musallam, pastorof Holy Family Parish in Gaza, told a Dutch journalist he was not worried about the Barnas leaders' relationship with Christians, but was concerned about hoodlums taking advantage of the situation. He noted that secular Muslims are in the same situation as Clnistians in relation to Hamas and otherextremist groups. "There is a difference between Muslims and fanatics. So I am pr0tected by my 'family,'" Msgr. Musallam said 'The children ofsome Hamas leaders are in our school. We have good relations with them. "We fear only the fanatics. We do have fundamentalists. Christians are afraid, but not ofpersecution. They are

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people express their gratitude for his help, after Masses. ''They are very grateful. They know there is a Sb6rtage of priests and the many responsibilities a priest today has." Father James Ferry is pastor at Espirito Santo Parish in Fall River. ''Having the help ofretired priests has a tremendous impact in the parish. It helps the active priests be able to do other things without being overburdened," he said. With daily Masses and several on the weekend as well as funerals, baptisms, weddings and parishioners going to the hospital, it's no wonder a priest might need assistance. In the last 20 years alone rectories that once held two or three priests are now housing only one and he might be in charge ofseveral parishes due to the decline in vocations. ''They really help out a lot and it's good that we can rely on them," said Father Ferry. ''They have a lifetime of pastoralexperience that we can tap into and its good to have them." Father Marie R. Hession is pastor at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Centerville and receives assistance from several retired priests including one from Montana. ''We have 10 weekend Masses so it's ablessing each week to have them;' Father Hession told The Anchor. ''Though a priest retires he does not retire from being a priest. It's see them thriving in their priestly ministry." According to Father Hession the assistance of retired priests is vital to the future of the Church. ''In the chal" lenge of the declining number of priests the work of the retired priest helps tremendously. We are going to end up being able to survive because of retired priests." He also felt that parishioners enjoy the ''variety of preaching." Retired FatherAlbert J. Ryan helps out at Holy Trinity Parish in West Harwich. The 75-year-old priest will celebrate his 50th year of the priesthood in 2008 and being able to reach out and help has been an enjoyable experience for him. ''If a priest is healthy, he should get out there and help make a difference. â&#x20AC;˘ We have some retired priests that despite illness are still going out there to help and that's very heroic." Father Ryan hears confessions at 11 a.m. Saturdays at St. Anne's Shrine in Fall River prior to celebrating the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Thursday. He also celebrates Mass several times a week at the Landmarlc in Fall River where nearly 30 retired religious Sisters reside. ''To rest is to rust;' he declared. ''It's fun to get out there and do it. Recently I had a parishioner come up to me after Mass and say 'I caught your act in another parish.' I enjoy it. I wanted to be a priest since I was six years old and I've loved every minute of it." Father George F. Almeida also helps out at St. Anne's Shrine. The pastor at Holy Trinity, Father Edward L. Healey, praised the efforts

of the many retired priests. ''For a parish like ours where we really run two churches over the sum. mer we have to have out~ide help. Retired priests allow us to maintain a Mass schedule that otherwise we couldn't. We have eight Masses each weekend between the two locations as well as weddings and funerals. It's a tremendous relief to us," he said. Father Healey added that there is a . lot ofcamaraderie amongst the priests and there is a lot of appreciation from the parishioners. "Father Ryan and Msgr. Ronald A. Tosti are here on a steady basis and we all enjoy the wisdom that they have to share. We will rely on retired priests more and more in the future because of the decline in vocations." Father Jose A. F. dos Santos is a retired priest who finds himselfin high demand because ofhis ability to speak Portuguese. He assists at Espirito Santo Parish as well as St. Michael's in Fall River. In addition he celebrates Mass on several Sundays each month at the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation House in Dighton as well as each Friday at Saint Anne's Hospital. ''I feel good because I can help and say Mass in Portuguese. Many people stop me after Mass and they are always thankful. They are also glad to have my help at the hospital and it feels good to be making a difference." According to Father dos Santos the retired priests are all happy to be mak- t ing a difference. "Being involved like I am keeps me busy. I'm also still involved in the Portuguese Charismatic Movement. I most enjoy the opportunity to say Mass and administer the sacramentofreconciliation. I relish the chance to help my fellow brothers and sisters to serve and love God. Father Richard L. Chretien is pastor at Notre Dame de Lourdes Parish in Fall River and also receives help from the local retired priests. He praised their work. ''They go out of their way to be helpful to priests throughout the diocese and we're thankful for their dedication." As in the other parishes, Father Chretien said the parishioners are "glad to have them" and their homilies are always well prepared. ''They have quite an impact across the diocese." Msgr. Thomas J. Harrington assists at Notre Dame de Lourdes Parish celebrating a weekly morning Mass and a Mass on Sunday. He also celebrates Mass at Immaculate Conception Parish. ,''You begin to know all the people after a while and they get to know you," said Msgr. Harrington. ''I know some of them quite well and I enjoy it. I'm glad to be there." In addition to celebrating Mass and hearing confessions Msgr. Harrington also helps with funerals when needed. When he's not practicing the saxophone at the Cardinal Medeiros Resi- . dence, Msgr. Harrington can be found crafting a homily for his next Mass. ''That's what I most enjoy;' he said with a smile.

ALL IN THE FAMILY - Attendees listen to a presentation by Dave Thomas at the annual meeting of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers in Denver June 27. More than 200 participants from dioceses and parishes across the country attended workshops and presentations delving into challenges and opportunities in their field of pastoral ministry. (CNS photo/James Baca, Denver Catholic Register')

Family life ministers consider challenges families are facing By JOHN GLEASON CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

they were better prepared to deal with the stress. But today military families have a much harder time dealing with that stress, Codden said. He noted that one reason is the military is relying more on National Guard members, many of whom are being activated to fight in Iraq and

mostly women, tum to their faith community for help. "Unfortunately, domestic violence is prevalent in every community and that means in our parishes too," she said. "A woman will feel trapped, like she can't escape, but what is interesting is that they often are allowed to leave the home to go to church. That's when you have the chance to reach

DENVER - More than 200 Catholic family life ministers from across the country came to Denver in late June to learn how to help families face such challenges as military life, mental illness and suicide, and domestic violence. The annual meeting of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers was "Unfortunately, domestic violence is out." held at the Adams Mark Hotel prevalentin everycommunityand that . Outreach to ~e~ could be ~ in conjunction with the 2007 means in our parishes too," she said. sunple as a. notice m. a bulletin Smart Marriage Conference, '~ woman will feel trapped, like she orcardsleftmpews~lthaphone sponsored by the Coalition for 't escape, but ~ha t'IS interesting .* *' th number to call. Garcia added that id . ere are many pIaces t0 h e pan Marriage, Family and Couples can IS that they often are alfowed to leave encouraged the ministers to conEducation, a nondenominathe home to go to church. Thafs when tact shelters for battered women tional organization. The theme of the family life you have the chance to reach out." and even other faith-based organizations. ministers' June 26-28 gatherThe opening seminar was coning was "Taking Our Ministry to a Afghanistan. Panelists Tom and Fran Smith ducted by Dave Thomas, of the New Altitude." The agenda included a Mass cel- traveled from Belleville, III., to Bethany Family Institute in Butte, ebrated by Denver Archbishop share what it's like when a family Mont., and former director of family Charles J. Chaput, presentations on deals with mental illness and sui- ministry at Jesuit-run Regis Univerthe making of a healthy married life, cide. Their daughter Karla, who sity in Denver, who spoke on the hidpanel discussions on ministering to suffered from bipolar disorder, took den and almost unknown pathways to holiness in marriage and family. families facing unique ~hallenges, her life in 2003. Smith said he believes the stigma The conference also was the stagan awards banquet, the election of officers and the kickoff of a cam- attached to mental illne~s is one rea- ing area for the kickoff of a program paign called "For Your Marriage," son that the numbers are so high. called "For Your Marriage," a series an initiative of the U.S. bishops to Both he an~ his wife encouraged ofradio and television public service the ministers to take a more active announcements asking what people strengthen marriage. In the panel discussion, Chris role in helping people come to were doing for their marriages, and Codden from the office of marriage terms with problems that can tear the unveiling of the Website,, which preparation in the Diocese of St. the fabric of the family apart. Sheila Garcia, associate director contains information and resources Cloud, Minn., detailed the specific needs of military families. When of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for for couples preparing for marriage this country had a draft, she told the Family, Laity, Women and Youth, and tips on how to keep their maraudience, military fainilies had an spoke on domestic violence, saying riage happy. The announcements idea of how the long-term effects that the ministers were in a unique were funded by the Catholic Comof separation could affect them; position to help as these victims, munication Campaign.


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STRIVING FOR DIGNITY FOR ALL - Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles reacts to the defeat of the immigration bill during a press conference at the Los Angeles cathedral June 29. He expressed disappointment that the bill died in the Senate and said it would have affirmed human dignity for immigrants. Attending the press conference with the cardinal were more than a dozen priests and Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala, far left. (CNS photoNictor Aleman, Vida Nueva) .

Catholic leaders react to Senate's failure to pass immigration bill they described as amnesty to illegal immigrants in the United States However, a statement from JaWASHINGTON - U.S. Cathoson Christensen, the e~ecutive dilic leaders expressed disappointrector of Catholic Charities of Coloment following the Senate's failure rado Springs, Colo., said the Cathoto pass a bill to reform the current lic Church has always been an "imimmigration system. migrant church." He referenced the Speaking on behalf of the U.S. parable of the Good Samaritan as a Conference of Catholic Bishops, message from Jesus that everyone Bishop Gerald R. Barnes of San is our neighbor. Bernardino, Calif., the chairman of Catholic leaders vowed to conthe bishops' Committee on Migratinue to support the immigrant comtion, said he was "deeply munity and to encourage legtroubled" that legislators islators to enact immigration were unable to agree upon "I, your archbishop, your auxiliary reform, and would continue legislation to reform immiyour priests and our entire to welcome immigrants. bishops, gration. Cardinal Mahony promCatholic Church are not giving Up," "The status quo is morally ised to keep the fight for imunacceptable and should not he said. 'We are here today to ask migration reform alive by be allowed to stand," he said. you not to become discouraged and working with elected offi"The U.S. bishops shall con- not to lose hope. We have to keep cials. His personal goal, and tinue to point out the moral fighting and we will keep fighting." the goal of the Catholic deficiencies in the immigraChurch, is to achieve immition system and work toward jus''Today's action to give up on the gration reform that protects human tice until it is achieved." bill leaves in place the status quo rights and guards the dignity of all Had it passed, the bill would - a deeply flawed, untenable and persons, he said. have established a path toward citi- much-criticized immigration sys"I, your archbishop, your auxilzenship for millions of illegal im- tem that is (in) desperate need of iary bishops, your priests and our migrants living in the United States reform," he said. entire Catholic Church are not givand would have strengthened secuCatholics in Alliance for the ing up," he said. "We are here tority along the U.S.-Mexico border. Common Good, an organization day to ask you not to become disMostly Republicans - but some that promotes awareness of Cathocouraged and not to lose hope. We Democrats as well- voted against lic social teaching, described the have to keep fighting and we will ending discussion on the immigra- Senate's failure to pass the bill as a keep fighting." tion bill June 28, effectively block- "political and moral failure." The ing its passage. statement said the organization was Opponents of the immigration disappointed in leaders of both parbill argued that the U.S. borders ties for not putting what they saw must first be secured before the as the "common good" above pargovernment expedited the citizen- tisan politics. ship process for the estimated 12 Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of million illegal immigrants currently Los Angeles spoke in Spanish at a in the country. Analysts have said press conference June 29 near the it is unlikely the immigration issue Cathedral of Our Lady of the Anwill resurface for consideration in gels. According to a translation of Congress before the 2008 elections. his remarks, Cardinal Mahony said Catholic leaders around the na- immigration laws in the United tion issued statements voicing their States were "unjust and immoral." 'frustration with the outcome of the Opponents of the immigration debate. Many Catholic leaders and bill worried about offering what


groups said the reform would have addressed an issue of moral concern, since millions of immigrants live in fear of deportation and separation from their families. The Senate's inability to agree on comprehensive immigration reform is a "monumental failure for our country," said Father Larry Snyder, president ofCatholic Charities USA. In a statement, he lamented the unchanged fate of illegal immigrants living in fear of deportation.


QUALITY TIME - Rita Dockswell of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Islip Terrace, N.Y., cflooses a sandwich as her 10-year-old daughter, Priscilla, looks onliduring the Mother and Daughter Tea at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, N.Y., recently. The event, sponsored by the Dioces~ of Rockville Centre's Respect Life Office, offered adolescent girls and their moms an opportunity to listen to speakers discuss a variety of topics including physical maturation, modesty, chastity, self-respect and health. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long IslandliCatholic)


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Opening wide our hearts Throughout the first two years of his pontificate, Benedict XVI has dedi-' cated himself to implementing the authentic spirit ofthe SecondVatican Council in the life of the Church. He was a peritus or expert advisor to one of the Council's most influential cardinals, and for that reason participated intimately in the work of the Council and the composition of its documents. In his pre-papal writings as well as in a major discourse given to the Roman Curia before his first Christmas as pope, he has distinguished the genuine spirit of the Second Vatican Council- which he says is found in Council's documentsfrom the so-called "spirit of Vatican II," which he states is not only not in the documents but is opposed in many of its manifestations to what the Council fathers actually taught. Benedict maintained in his December 2005 Curial address that one of the main errors ofthe "spirit ofVatican IT' is that it has promoted a ''hermeneutic of rupture" - the false interpretation that the Council was a clean break from the past. To be understood truly and implemented effectively, the Council, he said, must be seen through a ''hermeneutic of reform," a prism that stresses continuity with the living history ofthe Church while seeking, with the help of God, to make the Church be more faithful to its mission. This distinction between rupture and reform, between discontinuity and continuity, is fundamental to understanding Pope Benedict's motuproprio grant- , ing much easier access to'the celebration of the Mass according to the missal approved by Blessed John XXIIl in 1962 and devoutly used throughout the Council. The liturgical reform, intended by the Council, was meant to promote the "full, active and conscious participation ofthe faithful" in the celebration of the Mass. The novus ordo or "new order" of the Mass, promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1970, was meant to facilitate this type of interior participation, by allowing, among the most notable changes, the Mass to be celebrated in vernacular languages, the priest's facing the people, and far greater use of sacred Scripture in the readings ofMass. But these liturgical changes were meant to be understood as an organic development ofthe Latin rite, not a new rite altogether. For this reason, the Missal of Blessed John XXIIl was never abrogated, because its use was still foreseen besides the new "ordinary" Missal of his successor. Continuity with the past, however, was not the way the liturgical reform was experienced in many places of the Catholic world. The "changes" were communicated and experienced far more than the continuity. Not only did a general sense of"out with the old, in with the new" become widespread, but the oldwhich had always been Considered good and holy - soon came to be viewed by many as bad and harmful. Those who remained attached to the sacrality of the old rite were often made to feel like they were not being good Catholics. The generously-given and piously-appreciated treasures of many parish sanctuaries - such as ornate high altars built for Christ in the Eucharist and delicately carved altar rails where the faithful for generations devoutly received him - were treated in some places almost as worthless trash, jack- and sledgehammered to pieces and then discarded. Benedict, who lived through this confusing time, said that "in many places celebrations were not faithful to the prescriptions ofthe new Missal, but the latter actually was understood as authorizing or even requiring creativity, which frequently led to defprrnations of the liturgy that were hard to bear ... and caused deep pain to individuals totally rooted in the faith of the Church." The motu proprio, printed on page 12 of this edition alongside Benedict's .-- introoucTory' letter, is meant to try to heal that pain by restoring in the Church this sense ofcontinuity with the liturgical treasures ofthe Church. ''There is no contradiction between the two editions of the Roman Missal," Benedict explains. ''In the history ofthe liturgy there is growth and progress, but no rupture. What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all ofus to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church's faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place." The motu proprio is an attempt to preserve those riches. At a practical level, the impact ofthe motuproprio on the prayer life ofmost Catholics will likely be far more qualitative than quantitative. The vast majority ofthe faithful will still attend the Latin rite in the "ordinary form" ofthe Missal ofPaul VI reissued by John Paul II in 2000. The major change will be for those proportionately-few Latin-rite Catholics who wish to worship God according to the "extraordinary" form of the Missal 1962, many of whom have had to struggle to have easy access to that form of Mass. Qualitatively, Pope Benedict hopes that there will be a cross-pollination or ''mutual enrichment" between both forms ofthe one Latin rite. He says the old Missal can be enriched by the insertion of prefaces and propers of saints from the new Missal, as well through the use of the latter's much richer lectionary. The celebration of the novus ordo likewise can be enhanced he says by celebrating it with the sense of "sacrality that attracts many people to the former usage, [which] will bring out the spiritual richness and the theological depth of this [new] Missal." Benedict finishes by declaring the motivation behind the motu proprio: to bring about an "interior reconciliation in the heart of the Church" by making "every effort to enable those who truly desire unity to remain in that unity or to attain it anew." Benedict seeks to remove an obstacle to the reunion of those in the Society of Pius X as well as to make it easier for Catholics who have maintained their unity to have access to the Mass celebrated in a way they find more spiritually beneficial. He calls upon his fellow bishops, and through them all the faithful, to "widen your hearts!" (2 Cor 6:11-13), by generously opening them to "make room for everything the faith allows." May the Lord help all the Catholics of our diocese liberally anq lovingly to open up our hearts in this way, so that through the Mass in either form we may as one body lift them up to the Lord.


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The deep "Jesus said to Simon Peter, 'Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.' Simon said in reply, 'Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.' When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing" (Lk 5:4-6). For the past two years, it has been a privilege and a challenge for me, each week in this column, to offer some reflections on the meaning and application of this passage from St. Luke's Gospel. The passage is one of my favorites from sacred Scripture, both for the nature of Our Lord's command, and the honesty and promptness of St. Peter's reply. Like every passage of the Word of God, its meaning is inexhaustible and its significance for us profound. And now, as I bring this column to a close; I consider some of the lessons Christ has taught me by this encounter at the Lake of Gennesaret. When the Lord told the Apostles to put out into the deep, the command must have sounded rather senseless. It was daytime, when the fish go to the bottom of the lake, where the water is cooler. This is why the Apostles had been working hard all night, trying to catch the fish while they were closer to the surface. Putting out into deep water during the day was simply not sensible practice for experienced fishermen. But this apparent futility did not prevent St. Peter from . obeying the Lord's command. After a short admission of his doubts, Peter follows the

master's instruction without further questioning. Still, we can imagine the comments and possible grumbling of the fishermen, as they rowed out farther: "Why bother? This doesn't make sense. It's a waste of time." The result, however, was far from a waste of time. By the guidance and intervention of the Lord, they caught so many fish that the nets were tearing. For each of us, putting into the deep means heeding the

Lord's invitation to go deeper in our faith. It means pushing away from what is safe and secure, what is familiar and certain, and what may also be rather shallow. It means going beyond a surface level practice of the faith that concerns only the bare minimum requirements of fidelity, and taking risks to follow Christ more closely and more deeply. Just as fishing the deep during the day is contrary to ' conventional wisdom, so is ' putting into the deep of our faith often contrary to popular cultural norms or even common notions of Christian fidelity. Putting into the deep 'means living according to the teachings of Christ, rather than the ways of the world. It means making' an investment in our faith, with trust that the Lord,will produce and magnify the returns, More specifically, putting

into the deep means following the teachings of Christ, with all that they require. It means not hesitating to reach and accept the conclusions of our faith, regardless of what they might be. In short, it means practicing the faith with integrity. In a world that increasingly rejects the revelation of Christ, putting into the deep often means remaining steadfast in fidelity, with a willingness to speak out and testify to the truth, and to take a stand for Christ, even in the face of opposition. It means living this life of faith with an eagerness to follow Christ, regardless of the necessary sacrifices or consequences. Taking such a stand often places us in the deep, where life is less familiar, less comfortable, less certain and perhaps less secure. This is how most of us feel when we're out over deep water, where we're surrounded by water on every side and we can't see the bottom beneath us. But the deep is where Christ asks us to go, knowing that he is there with us, to guide us and sustain us. He asks us to trust that by his intervention we will find great results when we lower the nets for a catch. Through the intercession of St. Pe,ter, the faithful and courageous fisherman, may we all have the courage to set aside our fears and the temptation to be satisfied with mediocrity, so that we can heed the Lord's call to put out into the deep. Father Pignato is chaplain at Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth and is secretary to Bishop George w: , Coleman.







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This is the latest in a series by one of which is his human developed in different directions. Father Thomas M. Kocik on the incarnatiOIi as Krishna. The non-dualist school of thought, represented chiefly by distinctiveness ofthe CatholU: The best-known part of the Sankara (788-820?), teaches that faith.' Mahabharat is the Bhagavadthe real center of our being is not Having surveyed the earliest Gita ("Song of God"). Composed "I" but Atrnan, the transcendent stages of Hinduism, let us now in the first century B.C., it remains the most popular source Self, which is identical with examine its subsequent history. of religious inspiration for The classical period, roughly Brahman. Hindus. Here, Krishna appears as spanning 500 B.C. to A.D. 500, A modified non-dualism was saw a trend towards the personithe charioteer of the warrior taught by the exceptionally longfication of the divine. Brahman, Arjuna. He instructs Arjuna on his lived Ramanuja (1017-II37). As he saw it, Sankara's nonthe supporting ground of all life and being, becomes personal as '::'Z: .. :l.;:•':" .•--,..... Brahma, the creator of all. Vishnu represents s ou wors p myse . (One recalls G. K. the aspect of Brahman Chesterton's deft line in that preserves and ~",\'~ByFather sustains the universe. Orthodoxy: "That Jones Thomas\M. Kocik Shiva, the third god in shall worship the 'god the "Hindu Trinity," is within him' turns out responsible for destruction and duty to fight in battle, on the ultimately to mean that Jones recreation. nature of the soul, and on the shall worship Jones.") Ramanuja ways to achieve moksha, release Just as the Vedas and therefore held that the self is from the cycle of birth and Upanishads were passed down genuinely, if ambiguously, orally for a long time before they rebirth. The best way is bhakti, distinct from Brahman even after were put into writing during the achieving moksha; at the same loving devotion to a particular time, he described the self as a Vedic period, so the great legends god. Jnana, the way of knowlof Hindu literature originated in . edge or enlightenment, uses the "distinguishing attribute" of oral traditions that were written Brahman. techniques of yoga to gain a clear near the end of the classical perception of one's deepest self The dualist school of Madhva (Atrnan) and God (Brahman). (1238-1317) goes even farther, period. The Indian epic Mahabharat (perhaps the world's Dhyana, the way of meditation, asserting that Brahman (whom longest poem) and the Ramayana Madhva worshiped as Vishnu) is concentrates on seeing through center around wars between wholly other than the world. the illusion of differences. For human clans, as well as the those who find these paths too There is a real and abiding conflicts of gods and demons: the difficult there is karma, the way difference between God and the entire cosmos, at every level, is world, between God and the of works: doing one's duty involved in the struggle between unselfishly, without seeking individual self, and between individual selves. Madhva's order and chaos, good and evil. In personal gain. description of Vishnu's dealings the Mahabharat, Vishnu assumes During the medieval period, both human and animal forms, 500 to 1500, Hindu philosophy with the human race will strike a



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chord with Christians: "~e glorious Lord confers knowledge on the devoted worship~r ... and absolves him from sin and leads II him to eternal bliss." It should be noted, however, that duiilism never entered mainstre~ Hinduism. As a result of contac~s with other cultures, Hinduism since medieval times has come to regard all religions as pl~ths to the same truth (Christianity is an example of bhakti). Many modem Hindus will tell you that the different gods whose i~ages they venerate at home and in temples are but so many manif~stations of the one God. The prayer of the priest opening temple ceremonies brings the relationship between Brahman and the various Hindu deities into focus: "You are without form, but I wo~ship you in these forms." Mored~er, the Indian saint RamakrisHna (183686) perceived the same savior figure in many different forms: "As when there is som~ disturII


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escape a life of crime and violence. Some don't know how. Some are never given the chance. I'm going on vacation soon, and I relish the time I can sit at Horseneck Beach with an ocean breeze in my face and an iPod stuck to my ears. The aforementioned folks never have the chance for vacation. They can't pack up the car and the kids and head to the ocean, or on a road trip, or even soak up the sun in their .back yards.

Some can't afford to do so, and I know that feeling well, There were too many summers when I couldn't afford to take the family away. But we were never in the dangerous situations these folks live in daily. For these brothers and sisters there are no golden .sunsets at the beach. No sizzling burgers on the grill, no rounds of golf, no air-conditioned restaurants, no coolers filled with ice cold Cokes. No hope. Period. I look forward to the time I'll be spending away from the office. But I hope I don't forget to keep my less fortunate brothers and sisters in my prayers. All those people who end up calls on a police scanner are neighbors in my own city, my. own county, my own diocese. Th(lleast I can do is pray for them. There should never be a vacation from that. I would like to wish my colleague and friend Mike Gordon and his new wife Kim all the best in all they do. Godspeed Gordons.



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bance in a far-off province, the king sends his viceroy to quell it, so wherever there is a decline of religion in any part of the world, God sends his Savior there." Accordingly, Hindus see Jesus as God's manifestation for the West and keep his image in many temples. This historical synopsis has shown the bewildering variety within Hinduism. While any generalization is unsatisfactory, we can identify at least four marks of orthodox Hinduism. These are: (1) acceptance of the Vedas as containing eternal truth; (2) belief in reincarnation according to the law of karma; (3) salvation conceived as unity with Brahman; and (4) the variously valued paths of salvation: meditation with yoga exercises, selfless deeds, and devotion to any of Brahman's numerous manifestations. Father Kocik is a parochial vicar at Santo Christo Parish in Fall River.

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The Good Samaritan ''What must we do to inherit etemallife?" This question asked to Jesus solicits the response that we recognize as the parable of the "Good Samaritan." The story reminds us to love the Lord our God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. The parable also calls to mind the many social justice issues that we are confronted with in today's society: People are suffering from poverty and hunger, the sick and the dying do not have proper care, people are homeless and without jobs. The message of the Gospel reminds us that as followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to reach out to those in need like the Good Samaritan. In order to truly understand the meaning of this parable, however, it is important to remain focused on the original question with which Jesus was presented - "What must we do to inherit eternal life?" In order

It is only when we put ourselves in this position, of the one in need, that we can truly understand what Christ has done for us. Sin has ruptured our relationship with God; it leaves us spiritually dead on the side of the road. We are in need of a Savior, someone who can rescue

to understand the deeper meaning of the answer to this question, one that goes beyond social justice and love for neighbor, we must look at the parable of the Good Samaritan in light of the other readings for this weekend. Instead of putting ourselves in the position of the Good Samaritan. as is often the case, let us irilagine instead being in the position of the person found on the side of the road, the person desperately in need of help. We might not be able to actually understand what it is like to be beaten and left on the side of the road, but how many times do we experience suffering and being weighed down by life's burdens. We can all relate with the psalmist who cries out "Lord. in your kindness and mercy, answer me, for I am afflicted and in pain."

us from our sinfulness. Christ is the answer! Jesus is the Good Samaritan! The Lord Jesus is the one that comes to save us in our time of need. He is the one who was with God the Father before the creation of the world. He is the God who became man and was crucified and died for us. He is the one who hears all of

our prayers. "What must we do to inherit eternal life?" The answer to this question, the answer to our salvation and our entrance into the heavenly kingdom depends not primarily upon what we do, but on what Christ has done for us. Christ is the one who comes walking along the road and finds us in need of his help. Here is where we find the answer to the question of how one can enter the kingdom of heaven, "by turning to the Lord in our time of need." As the Good Samaritan left two coins to care for the man until his return, so too does Christ leave something for us until his return, the sacraments. Christ gave us the sacraments to nourish us until he returns. The sacraments, especially reconciliation and the Eucharist, aid us in our efforts to inherit eternal life. Our salvation cannot be

totally passive, however. We can't simply think that we all just go to heaven; we must also personally respond to God's love. Mter Jesus has saved us, after we have received Christ's mercy and love, and as we continue to receive the sacraments, we must also imitate that love and become imitators of the Good Samaritan reaching out to those in need, to those less fortunate, to those who need to know that there is a God who loves them and wants them to live in his heavenly kingdom forever. Jesus, the image of God's love, reaches out to us in our time of need. In accepting the Lord's mercy and receiving the sacraments, in imitating that mercy and kindness to others we find the answer to the question of how we inherit eternal life.

Father Mello was ordained a priest ofthe Diocese of Fall River last Saturday.

Upcoming Daily Readings: Sat, July 14, Gn 49:29-32;50: 15-26a; Ps 105:1-4,6-7; Mt 10:24-33. Sun, July 15, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Dt 30:10-14; Ps 69:14,17,3031,33-34,36-37; Col 1:15-20; Lk 10:25-37. MOD,July 16, Ex 1:8-14,22; Ps 124:1-8; Mt 10:34-11:1. 'nIes,July 17, Ex 2:1-15a; Ps 69:3,14,30-31,33-34; Mt 11:20-24. Wed, July 18, Ex 3:1-6,9-12; Ps 103:1-4,6-7; Mt 11:25-27. Thurs, July 19, Ex 3:13-20; Ps 105:1,5,8-9,24-27; Mt 11:28-30. Fri, July 20, Ex 11:10-12:14; Ps 116:12-13,15-18; Mt 12:1-8. Sat, July 21, Ex 12:37-42; Ps 136:1,23-24,10-15; Mt 12:14-21. Sun, July 22, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Gn 18:1-10a; Ps 15:2-5; Col 1:24-28; Lk 10:38-42. MOD, July 23, Ex 14:5-18; (ps) Ex 15:1-6; Mt 12:38-42. 'nIes, July 24, Ex 14:21-15:1; (Ps) Ex 15:8-10,12,17; Mt 12:46-50. Wed, July 25, James, Apostle, 2 Cor 4:7-15; Ps 126:1-6; Mt 20:2028. Thurs, July 26, Ex 19: 1-2,9-11,16-20b; (ps) Dn 3:52-56; Mt 13:10-17. Fri, July 27, Ex 20:1-17; Ps 19:8-11; Mt 13:18-23. Sat, July 28, Ex 24:3-8; Ps 50:1-2,5-6,14-15; Mt 13:24-30. Sun, July 29, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Gn 18:20-32; Ps 138:1-3,6-8; Col 2:12-14; Lk 11:1-13. MOD, July 30, Ex 32:15-24,30-34; Ps 106:19-23; Mt 13:31-35. 'nIes,July 31, Ex 33:7-11;34:5b-9,28; Ps 103:6-13; Mt 13:36-43. Wed,Aug 1, Ex 34:29-35; Ps 99:5-7,9; Mt 13:44-46. Thurs, Aug 2, Ex 40:16-21,34-38; Ps 84:3-6,8-11; Mt 13:47-53. Fri,Aug 3, Lv 23:1,4-11,15-16,27,34b-37; Ps 81:3-6,10-11; Mt 13:54-58.

Martyrdom and the Christian future in Iraq In early June, I received a forwarded email from a correspondent who's done several tours in Iraq. He, in tum, had just heard from an Iraqi fellow-Catholic, a former translator for U.S. forces there, of the death of Father Raheed Ganni. The broken English of the Iraqi's email conveys the force of the scene better than I ever could: "Today 3 June, Sunday morning and after he did Sunday service in his church (The Holy Spirit) in AI-Nour neighborhood in Mosul, and while he and three of the [d~ons] of his church were leaving the church, stooped them a



group of criminals of the Jehadists of Muslims extremist who call themselves members of Iraqi Islamic State and very close to the church, because they were waiting them outside the church and asked them to get out of the car and at the wall of the church they shooted them and kill all them, in the same time they planted some IEDs close to their dead bodies to make more hurt and damage happen when peoples come to evacuate them. Their dead bodies stayed out side the church many



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hours in the street ... Actually I . know this priest since two years ago. He is a very nice guy, respectable man, kind, love the others, always like visit and help the poor

Peoples. After his graduation from Rome, he was able to find him a church outside Iraq and stay there I to do service for the expatriate of Iraqis, but he preferred to come back to Iraq to serve his own I peoples. He was always praying to stop this violence in Iraq. I ask God the mercy for him and for the other I martyrs." Subsequent traffic on the Catholic Internet circuit revealed a remarkable man. At his ordination in 2004, Father Raheed had evidently told a friend that h~ didn't expect to live more than two more years; God gave him three. Father Raheed was martyred soon after receiving word that he had been accepted for doctoral studies in Rome, and as suggested above,

his death had a biblical aura to it: like great Christian witnesses in the Book of Revelation, Father Raheed Ganni's body and the bodies of his three deaconcompanions were left in the street, unattended, until the IEDs could be disarmed and the remains of the saints taken into Father Raheed's church. I say "s~nts" with confidence, for there is no doubt that Father Raheed Ganni and his deacons are martyrs, killed "in hatred of the faith" by the haters who have created the current chaos in parts of long-suffering Iraq. We may, rightly, rejoice at the triumph of the martyrs. But we must also ask, now what? The Holy See's opposition to the use of force in Iraq in March 2003 is well known. Perhaps less well known is the widespread conviction in the Vatican today that a precipitous American withdrawal from Iraq would be the worst possible option from every point of view, including that of morality. Senior officials of the Holy See with whom I discussed the issue in May share the view of American analysts who are convinced 'that a premature

American disengagement from Iraq would lead to genocidal violence, Iraq's collapse into a failed state, chaos throughout the Middle East, and a new haven for international terrorists. That all of this would make life intolerable for Iraq's remaining Christians is pluperfectly obvious. The question of Iraq's Christians was discussed during June 9 meetings involving President Bush, Pope Benedict, and senior Vatican diplomatic officials. U.S. Catholics and all those committed to religious liberty must urge the U.S. government to bring every possible lever into play to ensure that the Maliki government in Iraq takes seriously the religious freedom provisions of Iraq's democratically ratified constitution, and moves to redress the plight of Chaldean Catholics and other Iraqi Christians who, too often, are being given three unacceptable choices: convert to Islam; face sometimes-lethal pressures to convert; or emigrate. May the intercession of Father Raheed Ganni and his companions hasten the day of peace with freedom and justice in Iraq.

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If life were a bowl of cherries Greetings from Northern Michigan, a region of the country known for its cherries. Every year around the 4th of July local cherries are celebrated here during the weeklong National Cherry Festival. Ironically, however, there are years when cherries need to be imported for the festival from Washington State because the home grown cherries are not ripe yet (the festival was moved up from late July several years ago to take advantage of the presence of July 4th tourists). Commenting on the irony of this situation a friend observed, "Our contemporary lifestyle doesn't help us understand the seasonality of life. We can have watermelon 12 months of the year because it is imported from Florida or New Zealand, but that is not the natural way of fruitfulness of the land or of fruitfulness in the Lord which comes in seasons. We want a steady stream of fruit or blessings from the Lord, like we want a steady steam of watermelon, but just as there are natural seasons for planting, growing, and harvesting, so too are there spiritual seasons for waiting, sorrow, blessings, and so forth." Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time

to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throwaway, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace." The older I grow the better I understand this Scripture, but I

still sort of like being able to eat watermelon in January, and I'm sure businesses in northern Michigan really like having the maximum number of visitors attend their cherry festival. Not everyone rushes the seasons of life, however. Some personalities are preoccupied with past. Unfortunately, both rushing and delaying the seasons of our lives can lead to unsatisfactory compromises and sometimes even rob us of the true fruit or blessings of a particular season. Here are some ideas on how to begin living in harmony with our present season of life. Overcoming a fixation on the future: A fixation on the future may reflect a lack of trust in God's love and his ability to take care of us. One way to overcome this is to maintain a prayer journal consisting of dated prayers and

their answers. Reviewing this journal periodically can buoy our confidence that God will be there in the future, just as he was in the past. If we are fixated on the future because we are unhappy with the present, we may need to pray that God would open our eyes to his presence even amid seasons of suffering, scattering, or mourning. Overcoming a preoccupation with the past: If the past was wonderful, we can let it stand like a welldeserved trophy, but we shouldn't haul it out and polish it at every possible occasion. Instead we should use past triumphs to help ourselves and others bring in new trophies. If the past was regrettable, we urgently need to forgive and move on. Ecclesiastes, quote above, states that there is a time to give up, to uproot, and to throwaway. We can't allow the past to weigh down our dreams like a ball and chain. We only pass through this life once. This was a great year for northern Michigan. For the first time in many years the local cherry crop ripened in time for the National Cherry Festival. Seizing the day, we visited a UPick orchard where we harvested a satisfying 30 pounds of sweet cherries. Ab, if all of life were only like a bottomless bowl ofripe, sweet cherries .... Heidi is an author, photographer, and full-time mother. She and her husband raise their five children in Falmouth.

9 McClellan in a brief moment of exasperation. I make a mental note: Good acoustics. You can hear every word spoken in the sacristy all the way in the last pew. The sacrament of confirmation for St. Joseph Church, North Dighton, and Annunciation of the Lord, Taunton, is jointly celebrated this year at Annunciation of the Lord Church. There's a large contingent of candidates from St. Joseph Parish including both high school students and adults. The presence of adults means that there are catechumens and Christians seeking full membership in the Catholic Church. All are well-prepared. They actively participate in the Liturgy. They even sing the hymns. These are good omens. It means Sister Judith Costa, SSD, the Religious Education Coordinator at North Dighton, and her team of catechists is doing a filie job. Opposite me in the sanctuary sits Father Tim Driscoll. I c;an tell by his roving eyes that he i~i scoping out the place. He is the next pastor of Annunciation of the Lord Parish, but people here have no idea who he is either. I'm snickering up the ample sleeves of my alb'- but with a straight face, of course. Following the cererrtony, supper is served in the church basement meeting room. As I am eating my lingui9a sandwich or is it called chouri90 in Taunton? - a woman sits down in the empty chair next to m~. We get to chatting. Suddenly, Sister Judy blurts out: 'Wait a minute! I know who you are!" My cover is blown. It was fun while it lasted. Father John Gomes, outgoing pastor of Annunciation of the Lord Parish and now replacing my friend Father Terry Keenan as pastor of Saint Mary's Church in South Dartmouth, jokingly warns, "Tim, I hope I don't read all about this in the Anchor." I answer, "You're too late, John. You should have mentioned that earlier. The pen in my pocket is a miniature recording device." My brother priests are forever teasing me about this

- but they are always too late. That's how I get so much material for this column. Priests read The Anchor to see if their name is in it. It very well may be. The day my transfer is officially published in The Anchor I receive a thoughtful phone call from Elise Dubois of North Dighton. She is phoning to welcome me to St. Joseph Church. How hospitable! Elise takes the opportunity to ask if I would prefer a formal or an informal welcoming event. Without batting an eyelash, I answer "informal." "Oh, good," she says. "So would we." And since my first weekend in St. Joseph Parish is to be the Fourth of July holiday, would I mind terribly if they held the reception the following weekend so that more parishioners might attend? That would be just fine, I assure her. The more, the merrier. I think to myself, "This new parish and I are going to be a good fit." Here I stand in my new parish assignment. Now what? I think it's time to walk the dogs. First things first. Father Goldrick is pastor of St. Joseph's Parish in North Dighton.

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holy hours, conferences, talks and holiday and holy day ser marking, he wanted a career in journalism. "At the time my parents, Wallace 1. Gordon m and events, parish anniversaries, oldchurches and new churches, Rosalie (Ravenelle) Gordon, and 1were members of Holy mergers, transfers ofpriests and new pastors. His photos of Ghost Parish inAttleboro. 1have a sister, Lisa Oark in North Catholics young and old, provided vivid portraits ofpeople Attleboro. Faith was always important growing up. 1 re- and events for Anchor schools and youth pages. He has also written extensively on the current issues of member going to St. Mary's Church in Mansfield with my grandfather and his strong faith stayed with me. Both my the day including abortion, same-sex marriage, and more parents are devout Catholics. I was with my grandmother, recently, immigration and attempts at its comprehensive whose neighbor subscribed to The Anchor. She knew I was reform in the Congress, to name just a few. "I think I've taken thousands of pictures in my stay at looking to get into journalism and saw the advertisement The Anchor, and I always made myself available ... often for a writer, let me know and I answered it." He was hired as a newsman in August 1997 by the late at the drop of a hat to travel out with camera in hand," Rosemary Dussault, former business manager of The An- Gordon said. And over the years he has been busily in constant conchor, and worked under the tutelage of well-known journalist Pat McGowan. She polished what he had learned at tact with representatives from the diocese's schools in arAttleboro High School and at Marist College where he had ranging for photos, stories, graduations and reporting on earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1994, followed by curriculum changes and change of personnel. "I'm always moved when I cover ordination ceremosome experience at a secular newspaper. Subsequently Gordon was assigned to accompany youth nies," he said. 'They are special. If one has never attended groups from the diocese as they traveled to Rome forWorld an ordination and the accompanying Mass, a person is missing something. Everyone Youth Day in 2000, and virtually every year for several . --'. years was "imbedded" with r-.. them for the annual bus rides to the Pro-Life March to Washington. D.C., to rally against the 1973 Roe v. Wade -';";-~'ci~; " . "<, " . s . . "'-"-::"-J on in the parishes, it's Gordon. He has coordinated the decision legalizing abortion. '~und the Diocese" column, He also covered Respect which gives thumbnail anLife marches in Boston over nouncements of ongoing acthe years. "Being in the Eternal City tivities, mostly gleaned from with young people who were parish bulletins. One of his greatest experiso overcome by being at the Vatican, the very heart of the ences as a newsman, says GorChurch, as well as with thendon, was covering the 50th anniversary of ordination of Fabishop and now Cardinal Sean O'Malley, was the experience ther Bento Fraga in 2006. of a lifetime," Gordon stated. "Father Fraga was our ''With my press credentials pastor at Holy Ghost in Attleboro when I made my first I was able to get to the second Communion. To see him celrow and Pope John Paul II ebrate that anniversary as a _ passed right by me and I was priest was a great moment for able to take a nice photo. me too." ':.\ndI think:covering those Another fond memory is trips to Washington are the ANCHOR PERSON OF THE WEEK - Mike when Gordon went to an asmost enjoyable memories I Gordon (Anchor photo) signment in New Bedford and will carry with me all my life. -. I remember spending a sleepless night on the hard floor of spotted a familiar face in the audience. "It was Mercy Sisa parish school's gymnasium, but it was all worth it. I recall ter Elaine Heffernan, who was coordinator of Religious the beauty of the National Basilica and seeing the large Education in Attleboro when I was growing up. She becrowd of believers making its way to the Supreme Court came the bishop's representative to religious Sisters and Brothers in the diocese and just recently retired. We bebuilding. I know that experience changed me." On those trips Gordon spent time interviewing young came fast friends over the years." The decade hasn't been all business. His principal hobby adults from parishes and schools across the diocese about their feelings and opinions as well as top Pro-Life officials, is owning and refurbishing antique electro-mechanical pinincluding Diocesan Pro-Life Director Marian Desrosiers ball machines and video games;and he hopes to continue and Bishop George W. Coleman too. They were reflected that. He also has a large collection of baseball cards and in his timely Anchor stories that painted a vivid portrait of memorabilia Over the years he's been able to maintain a the participants and their avid commitment. close camaraderie with classmates and close-knit old Gordon himselfwas active in the movement apart from his friends; and from time to time he's a winning poker player. Any last testimony? news duties for three years as a member of the diocese's ''My years at the Anchor have proven a faith experience Pro-Life Committee. 'The teens and young adults demonstrated to me a ... and have truly increased my faith. It's been a great exmature and active faith as Catholics and that was always perience and it's very hard for me to leave. I will miss working for the diocese. I learned a lot from you, Jim, and Dave refreshing and inspired me greatly," he added. It was no different talking with others in hundreds of Jolivet. I've met a lot of nice people and made some woninterviews as he traveled extensively, criss-crossing the dio- derful friends here too," Gordon reminisced. Mary Chase, office manager at The Anchor, is one of cese that sweeps in an "L" shape from Easton, Taunton and theAttleboros in the north, down to Fall River and the South many who will miss Gordon. "Who will work the archives for me as Mike has done Coast region that includes New Bedford, and extends out so readily and courteously over the years?," she asked rheto Cape Cod and the Islands. "Ifound laity and clergy open and candid over the years. torically. ''He's been so reliable, hardworking and friendly They have been positive on issues of faith and morals. In in everything he does. There's just a few of us here and we writing about people for the "Living Stones" or person of work so well together and so when one leaves it makes a the week column, I found them always to be marvelous difference." Any advice to pass on? role models for Catholics in how they lived their ftUth," he "We live in a secular world and there so many bad influsaid. "Everyone has a story and something to share ... in- ences out there, but there are so many good people, fine cluding those at food banks and parish pantries, and The Catholics, people with great faith who are constantly rising . Anchor tries to cover all of them as best it can as time and above the bad. Our job as newsmen is to inspire them to space allows. And while we are newsmen, one might say keep up their courage, and also tell their story," Gordon we are prejudiced newsman because we are doing it for said. Sound advice. Christ." Editor's Note: MiIu! Gordon con be contactedby emoil Gordon's beat covered Masses, liturgies, prayerservices, at

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I'LL BE YOUR WAITER - Cardinal Francis E. George chats with Chicago archdiocesan parishioners as he serves them salad in the courtyard of Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago recently. The dinner, at which the cardinal and other bishops of the archdiocese served the guests, was the final event marking the cardinal's 10th year as archbishop of Chicago. He was installed May 7, 1997. (CNS photo/ David V. Kamba, Catholic New World)

Centerville parish to host parish mission August 6-8 CENTERVILLE- Our Lady of preaches retreats and missions Victory Parish will host a mission throughout the U.S. ministering out entitled "He Touched Me," from of the Passionist Retreat complex August 6-8. Presented by Passionist in Houston, Texas. A Parish Mission is a retreat or"reFather Cedric Pisegna, the sessions will run at 9 a.m. with a morning vival" for the parish community. DurMass, and at 7 p.m. The ing this time the univermorning sessions will sal message of the Gosbe different than the pel and of the Church is evening sessions. preached. It is a time of Father Pisegna will God's special grace. preach at all Masses at Through prayer, the parish on August 4 music and preaching and 5. God's work, the misFather Pisegna prosionary tries to create an fessed vows in Septematmosphere through ber, 1985. He was born which people's hearts FATHER CEDRIC in Springfield, and will be moved. PISEGNA, C.P. graduated from UMassThe centerpiece of Amherst with a bachelor's degree the mission is the Lord Jesus Christ in social work. He has also studied and his paschal mystery. Jesus died philosophy at Southern lllinois Uni- so that we could be forgiven; he versity and speech and drama at rose so that we could know new life; Northwestern University in Chi- he will come again in glory to raise cago. us up and take us home to heaven. Father Pisegna graduated from New life is the goal and purpose of the Catholic Theological Union at the mission; the refreshing new life Chicago in May, 1990, receiving his that God offers us in the holy Spirit. master of divinity with Bible speAll are invited to attend. For cialization. He was ordained a priest more information call 508-775on June 29, 1991. Currently, he 5744.

Carmelite Institute to meet in R.I. PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Carmelite Institute ofNorth America will hold its national conference this year in Rhode Island, offering a variety oftalks, workshops, reflections, and liturgies over four days. It will take place July 25 to 29 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings in Warwick, R.I. The Carmelites are a Roman Catholic community of clergy, religious, and lay members, who this year are celebrating the 800th anniversary of their origins in the Holy Land following the rule ofSt. Albert to serve Jesus Christ in the spirit of the Old Testament prophet Elijah. The Carmelite Institute was founded in 1993 as a collaborative effort of Carmelite groups in the U.S. and

Canada to promote the following of Jesus Christ through studies in the Carmelite tradition. With its theme of'The Prophetic Dimension of Our Carmelite Rule," the July conference will look at what it means to be a Carmelite and the application of Carmelite witness in today's world. Scheduled speakers are from throughout the United States. Beyond its leadership board the Carmelite Institute has no formal membership, so anyone with interest is welcome to register for participation in the national conference. For details on the conference including registration information, please visit the Carmelite Institute Website at




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LIFT HIGH THE CROSS - The World Youth Day cross is carried at a rally of approximately 7,000 people in Sydney, Australia, July 1 after it arrived in the country the same day. (CNS photo/ courtesy of Kerry Myers)

He added that he learned as a youngster "not to compromise the opinion of many with the views of a few." Sebastian said that, unlike some of his unfinished songs, the anthem was inspired. "Words and melody came out in one go," he said. Bonnie Boezem,an, who produced the song and accompanying video clip available on the official World Youth Day Website, said Sebastian was "the "lost spiritual of any performer I have ever worked with." The Syracusel~ N.Y.-born Boezeman said ';Receive the Power" had the "anthemic appeal of being able to be I sung by thousands of people." Auxiliary Bishop Anthony

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Hundreds welcome World Youth Day cross as it begins Australian tour By DAN McALOON CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE SYDNEY, Australia - Hundreds of youth, clergy and laity watched the WorldYouth Day cross and icon of Mary and Jesus pass from young New Zealanders to youth representatives from every Australian diocese.

Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference, Australian Prime Minister John Howard and New South Wales Premier Morris lemma were among those gathered to welcome the symbols July I inside a lofty Sydney airport hangar where the more than

COME LET US ADORE HIM - A young woman kneels before the

World Youth Day cross at a rally in Sydney, Australia, July 1, after the cross arrived. The cross will travel throughout Australia in advance of the July 2008 World Youth Day in Sydney. (CNS photo/ courtesy of Kerry Myers)

12-foot-high World Youth Day cross was framed against the bulk of a Qantas jumbo jet. Archbishop Wilson said that for more than 20 years, the icon and cross had traveled the world "bringing the message of hope, peace and Christ's love for humanity." The archbishop predicted the 12-month pilgrimage through more than 400 communities and 28 Australian dioceses "would touch the lives of many young Australians" before the cross and icon return to Sydney for WorldYouth Day in July 2008. The cross and icon later were moved to the shrine of Blessed Mary MacKillop in North Sydney, but the pilgrimage formally began with young people carrying the symbols to a reception and concert at Sydney's Darling Harbor. Guy Sebastian and Paulini, both winners of the Australian Idol TV talent quest, premiered the anthem ofWorldYouth Day 2008, "Receive the Power," before the crowd of 7,000. Sebastian, a Pentecostal Christian, co-wrote "Receive the Power" with Gary Pinto at the invitation of the World Youth Day committee. The national contest for the anthem that drew 125 entries failed to find a suitable anthem for the event. "As a Christian I'm ready to stand up and witness for Our Lord - anytime," said Sebastian, 25. He said World Youth Day is "accessible to anybody who wants to come to this gathering and celebrate Christ." "My faith is my anchor in life," he said, "My singing has always been about glorifying God." He said his teen years singing in youth ministry on the streets had him "cop it from plenty of cynics."

Fisher of Sydney, coordinator of World Youth Day who lobbied for the song's acceptance, said "Receive the Power" encapsulates "the pneumatological theme" of World Youth Day 2008 perfectly. "The song comes from the last words Christ spoke to his disciples before he ascended to the Father and articulates the response of the faithful disciple to Christ's call, 'You will be my witnesses,'" he said. Besides being "an evocation of the eucharistic Lord," Bishop Fisher said the song also "cleverly recalls and unites the catechetical themes of previous World Youth Day themes, 'Emmanuel' (Rome), 'Light to the World' (Toronto) and 'We Worship You' (Cologne, Germany)."

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VATICAN CITY (VIS) - Given below is a non-official English-language translation of the Apostolic Letter "Motu Proprio data" of Pope Benedict XVI, "Summorum Pontifieum," concerning the use of the Roman liturgy prior to the reform of 1970. The original text is written in Latin. "Up to our own times, it has been the constant concern of supreme pontiffs to ensure ,that the Church of Christ offers a worthy ritual to the Divine Majesty, 'to the praise and glory of His name,' and 'to the benefit of all His Holy Church.' "Since time immemorial it has been necessary - as it is also for the future - to maintain the principle according to which 'each particular Church must concur with the universal Church, not only as regards the doctrine of the faith and the sacramental signs, but also as regards the usages universally accepted by uninterrupted apostolic tradition, which must be observed not only to avoid errors but also to transmit the integrity of the faith, because the Church's law of prayer corresponds to her law offaith.' (l) "Among the pontiffs who showed that requisite concern, particularly outstanding is the name of St. Gregory the Great, who made every effort to ensure that the new peoples of Europe received both the Catholic faith and the treasures of worship and culture that had been accumulated by the Romans in preceding centuries. He commanded that the form of the sacred liturgy as celebrated in Rome (concerning both the Sacrifice of Mass and the Divine Office) be conserved. He took great concern to ensure the dissemination of monks and nuns who, following the Rule of St. Benedict, together with the announcement of the Gospel illustrated with their lives the wise provision of their Rule that 'nothing should be placed before the work of God.' In this way the sacred liturgy, celebrated according to the Roman use, enriched not only the faith and piety but also the culture of many peoples. It is known, in fact, that the Latin liturgy of the Church in its various forms, in each century of 'the Christian era, has been a spur to the spiritual life of many saints, has reinforced many peoples in the virtue of religion and fecundated their piety. "Many other Roman pontiffs, in the course of tile centuries, showed particular solicitude in ensuring that the sacred liturgy accom, plished this task more effectively. Outstanding among them is St. Pius V who, sustained by great pastoral zeal and following the exhortations of the Council of Trent, renewed the entire liturgy of the Church, oversaw the publication of liturgical books amended and 'renewed in accordance with the norms of the Fathers,' and provided them for the use of the Latin Church. "One of the liturgical books of the Roman rite is the Roman Missal, which developed in the city of Rome and, with the passing of the centuries, little by little took forms very similar to that it has had in recent times. '''It was towards this same goal that succeeding Roman Pontiffs directed their energies during the subsequent centuries in order to ensure that the rites and liturgical books were brought up to date and when necessary clarified. From the beginning of this century they undertook a more general reform.' (2) Thus our predecessors Clement vm, Urban VITI, St. Pius X (3), Benedict XV, Pius xn and Blessed John xxm all played a part. "In more recent times, Vatican Council II expressed a desire that the respectful reverence due to divine worship should be renewed and adapted to the needs of our time. Moved by this desire our predecessor, the Supreme Pontiff Paul VI, approved, in 1970, reformed' and partly renewed liturgical books for the

Latin Church. These, translated into the various languages of the world, were willingly accepted by bishops, priests and faithful. John Paul II amended the third typical edition of the Roman Missal. Thus Roman pontiffs have operated to ensure that 'this kind of liturgical edifice ... should again appear resplendent for its dignity and harmony.' (4) "But in some regions, no small numbers of faithful adhered and continue to adhere with great love and affection to the earlier liturgical forms. These had so deeply marked their culture and their spirit that in 1984 the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II, moved by a concern for. the pastoral care of these faithful, with the special indult 'Quattuor abhine anno," issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship, granted permission to use the Roman Missal published by Blessed John xxm in the year 1962. Later, in the year 1988, John Paul II with the Apostolic Letter given as Motu Proprio, 'Eeclesia Dei,' exhorted bishops to make generous use of this power in favor of all the faithful who so desired. "Following the insistent prayers ofthese faithful, long deliberated upon by our predecessor John Paul II, and after having listened to the views of the Cardinal Fathers of the Consistory of 22 March 2006, having reflected deeply upon all aspects of the question, invoked the Holy Spirit and trusting in the help of God, with these Apostolic Letters we establish the following: "Art 1. The Roman Missal promulgated by Paul VI is the ordinary expression of the 'Lex orandi' (Law of prayer) ofthe Catholic Church ofthe Latin rite. Nonetheless, the Roman Missal promulgated by St. Pius V and reissued by Bl. John xxm is to be considered as an extraordinary expression of that same 'Lex orandi,' and must be given due honour for its venerable and ancient usage. These two expressions of the Church's Lex orandi will in no any way lead to a division in the Church's 'Lex eredendi' (Law of belief). They are, in fact two usages of the one Roman rite. "It is, therefore, permissible to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass following the typical edition of the Roman Missal promulgated by Bl. John xxm in 1962 and never abrogated, as an extraordinary form of the Liturgy of the Church. The conditions for the use ofthis Missal as laid down by earlier documents 'Quattuor abhine annis' and 'Eeclesia Dei,' are substituted as follows: ''Art. 2. In Masses celebrated without the people, each Catholic priest of the Latin rite, whether secular or regular, may use the Roman Missal published by Bl. Pope John xxm in 1962, or the Roman Missal promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1970, and may do so on any day with the exception of the Easter Triduum. For such celebrations, with either one Missal or the other, the priest has no need for permission from the Apostolic See or from his Ordinary. "Art. 3. Communities of Institutes of consecrated life and of Societies of apostolic life, of either pontifical or diocesan right, wishing to celebrate Mass in accordance with the edition of the Roman Missal promulgated in 1962, for conventual or "community" celebration in their oratories, may do so. If an individual community or an entire Institute or Society wishes to undertake such celebrations often, habitually or permanently, the decision must be taken by the Superiors Major, in accordance with the law and following their own specific decrees and statues. "Art. 4. Celebrations of Mass as mentioned above in art. 2 may - observing all the norms of law - also be attended by faithful who, of their own free will, ask to be admitted. "Art. 5. § 1 In parishes, where there is a stable group of faithful who adhere to the earlier liturgical tradition, the pastor should will-

ingly accept their requests to celebrate the riage, Penance, and the Anointing ofthe Sick, Mass according to the rite of the Roman Mis- if the good of souls would seem to require it. sal published in 1962, and ensure that the § 2 Ordinaries are given the right to celebrate welfare of these faithful harmonises with the the Sacrament of Confirmation using the earordinary pastoral care of the parish, under the lier Roman Pontifical, if the good of souls guidance of the bishop in accordance with would seem to require it. § 2 Clerics ordained canon 392, avoiding discord and favouring the "in saeris eonstitutis" may use the Roman Breunity of the whole Church. § 2 Celebration in ,viary promulgated by Bl. John xxm in 1962. accordance with the Missal ofBI. John xxm "Art. 10. The ordinary of a particular place, may take place on working days; while on if he feels it appropriate, may erect a personal Sundays and feast days one such celebration parish in accordance with can. 518 for celmay also be held. § 3 For faithful and priests ebrations following the ancient form of the who request it, the pastor should also allow Roman rite, or appoint a chaplain, while obcelebrations in this extraordinary form for spe- serving all the norms of law. cial circumstances such as marriages, funer"Art. 11. The Pontifical Commission als or occasional celebrations, e.g. pilgrimages. "Eeclesia Dd', erected by John Paul II in 1988 § 4 Priests who use the Missal of Bl. John (5), continues to exercise its function. Said xxm must be qualified to do so and not ju- Commission will have the form, duties and ridically impeded. § 5 In churches that are not norms that the Roman Pontiff wishes to asparish or conventual churches, it is the duty of sign it. the Rector of the church to grant the above "Art. 12. This Commission, apart from the permission. powers it enjoys, will exercise the authority "Art. 6. In Masses celebrated in the pres- of the Holy See, supervising the observance ence of the people in accordance with the and application of these dispositions. Missal of Bl. John xxm, the readings may "We order that everything We have estabbe given in the vernacular, using editions lished with these Apostolic Letters issued as recognised by the Apostolic See. Motu Proprio be considered as "established "Art. 7. If a group of lay faithful, as men- and decreed", and to be observed from 14 tioned in art. 5 § 1, has not obtained satisfac- September of this year, Feast of the Exaltation to their requests from the pastor, they tion of the Cross, whatever there may be to should inform the diocesan bishop. The bishop the contrary. is strongly requested to satisfy their wishes. If "From Rome, at St. Peter's, 7 July 2007, he cannot arrange for such celebration to take third year of Our Pontificate." (1) General Inplace, the matter should be referred to the struction of the Roman Missal, 3rd ed., 2002, Pontifical Commission "Eeclesia Dei." no. 397. (2) John Paul II, Apostolic Letter "Art. 8. A bishop who, desirous of satisfy- "Vieesimus quintus annus, " 4 December 1988, ing such requests, but who for various reasons 3: AAS 81 (1989), 899. (3) Ibid. (4) St. Pius is unable to do so, may refer the problem to X, Apostolic Letter Motu propio data, "Abhine the Commission "Eeclesia Dei" to obtain duosannos," 23 October 1913: AAS 5 (1913), counsel and assistance. 449-450; cf John Paul II, Apostolic Letter "Art. 9. § 1 The pastor, having attentively "Vieesimus quintus annus," no. 3: AAS 81 examined all aspects, may also grant permis- (1989), 899. (5) Cf John Paul II, Apostolic sion to use the earlier ritual for the adminis- Letter Motu proprio data "Eeclesia Dei," 2 tration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Mar- July 1988,6: AAS 80 (1988), 1498.

Letter from Pope Benedict to bishops on 'Summorum Pontificum' VATICAN CITY (VIS) - Given below is the text of the English-language version of Benedict XVI's Letter to all the bishops of the world concerning his Motu Proprio "Summorum Pontifieum," which was published today: "With great trust and hope, I am consigning to you as pastors the text of a new Apostolic Letter 'Motu Proprio data' on the use of the Roman liturgy prior to the reform of 1970. The document is the fruit of much reflection, numerous consultations and prayer. "News reports and judgments made without sufficient information have created no' little confusion. There have been very divergent reactions ranging from joyful acceptance to harsh opposition, about a plan whose contents were in reality unknown. "This document was most directly opposed on account of two fears, which I would like to address somewhat more closely in this letter. "In the first place, there is the fear that the document detracts from the authority of the Second Vatican Council, one of whose essential decisions - the liturgical reform - is being called into question. "This fear is unfounded. In this regard, it must first be said that the Missal published by Paul VI and then republished in two subsequent editions by John Paul II, obviously is and continues to be the normal form - the 'Forma ordinaria' - of the Eucharistic liturgy. The last version of the 'Missale Romanum' prior to the Council, which was published with the authority of Pope John XXIII in 1962 and used during the Council, will now be able to be used as a 'Forma extraordinaria' of the liturgical celebration. It is not appropriate to speak of these two versions of the Roman Missal as if they were 'two rites.' Rather, it is a matter of a twofold use of one and the same rite. "As for the use of the 1962 Missal as a 'Forma extraordinaria' of the liturgy of the Mass, I would like to draw attention to the fact that this Missal was never juridically abrogated and, consequently, in principle, was always permitted. At the time of the introduction of the new Missal, it did not seem necessary to issue specific norms for the possible use of the earlier Missal. Probably it was thought that it would be a matter of a few individual cases which would be resolved, case by case, on the local level. Afterwards, however, it soon became apparent that a good number of people remained strongly attached to this usage of the Roman Rite, which had been familiar to them from childhood. This was especially the case in countries where the liturgical movement had provided many people with a notable liturgical formation and a deep, personal familiarity with the earlier Form of the liturgical celebration. We all know that, in the movement led by ArchTum to page 13 - Letter



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bishop Lefebvre, fidelity to the old possibility of a wider use of the In return ... widen your hearts Missal became an external mark of 1962 Missal would lead to disar- also!" (2 Cor 6:11-13). Paul was identity; the reasons for the break ray or even divisions within par- certainly speaking in another conwhich arose over this, however, ish communities. This fear also text, but his exhortation can and were 'at a deeper level. Many strikes me as quite unfounded. The must touch us too, precisely on this people who clearly accepted the use of the old Missal presupposes subject. Let us generously open binding character of the Second a certain degree of liturgical for- our hearts and make room for evVatican Council, and were faithful mation and some knowledge of the erything that the faith itself'allows. "There is no contradiction beto the pope and the bishops, none- Latin language; neither of these is theless also desired to recover the found very often. Already from tween the two editions of the Roform of the sacred liturgy that was these concrete presuppositions, it man Missal. In the history of the dear to them. This occurred above is clearly seen that the new Missal liturgy there is growth and all because in many places celebra- will certainly remain the ordinary progress, but no rupture. What eartions were not faithful to the pre- form of the Roman Rite, not only lier generations held as sacred, rescriptions of the new Missal, but on account of the juridical norms, mains sacred and great for us too, the latter actually was understood but also because of the actual situ- and it cannot be all of a sudden as authorizing or even requiring ation of the communities of the entirely forbidden or even considered haqnful. It behooves all of us creativity, which frequently led to faithful. "It is true that there have been to preserve the riches which have deformations of the liturgy which were hard to bear. I am speaking exaggerations and at times social developed in the Church's faith from experience, since I too lived aspects unduly linked to the atti- and prayer, and to give them their through that period with all its tude of the faithful attached to the proper place. Needless to say, in hopes and its confusion. And I ancient Latin liturgical tradition. order to experience full communhave seen how arbitrary deforma- Your charity and pastoral prudence ion, the priests of the communities tions of the liturgy caused deep will be an incentive and guide for adhering to the former usage canpain to individuals totally rooted improving these. For that matter, not, as a matter of principle, exthe two Forms of -the usage of the clude celebrating according to the in the faith of the Church. "Pope John Paul II thus felt Roman Rite can be mutually en- new books. The total exclusion of obliged to provide, in his Motu riching: new Saints and some of the new rite would not in fact be Proprio 'Ecclesia Dei' (July 2, the new Prefaces can and should consistent with the recognition of 1988), guidelines for the use of the be inserted in the old Missal. The its value and holiness. 1962 Missal; that document, how- 'Ecclesia Dei' Commission, in "In conclusion, dear brothers, I ever, did not contain detailed pre- contact with various bodies de- very much wish to stress that these scriptions but appealed in a gen- voted to the 'usus antiquior,' will new norms do not in any way eral way to the generous response study the practical possibilities in lessen your own authority and reof bishops towards the 'legitimate this regard. The celebration of the sponsibility, either for the liturgy aspirations' of those members of Mass according to the Missal of or for the pastoral care of your the faithful who requested this us- Paul VI will be able to demon- faithful. Each bishop, in fact, is the age of the Roman Rite. At the time, strate, more powerfully than ,has moderator of the liturgy in his own the Pope primarily wanted to as- been the case hitherto, the sacrality diocese. sist the Society of St. Pius X to which attracts many people to the "Nothing is taken away, then, recover full unity with the Succes- former usage. The most sure guar- from the authority of the bishop, sor of Peter, and sought to heal a antee that the Missal of Paul VI can whose role remains that of being wound experienced ever more unite parish communities and be watchful that all is done in peace painfully. Unfortunately this rec- loved by them consists in its being and serenity. Should some problem onciliation has not yet come about. celebrated with great reverence in arise which the parish priest canNonetheless, a number of commu- harmony with the liturgical direc- not resolve, the local ordinary will nities have gratefully made use of tives. This will bring out the spiri- always be able to intervene, in full the possibilities provided by the tual richness and the theological harmony, however, with all that has Motu Proprio. On the other hand, depth of this Missal. been laid down by the new 'norms difficulties remain concerning the "I now come to the positive rea- of the Motu Proprio. "Furthermore, I invite you, use of the 1962 Missal outside of son which motivated my decision these groups, because of the lack to issue this Motu Proprio updat- dear brothers, to send to the Holy of precise juridical norms, particu- ing that of 1988. It is a matter of See an account of your experilarly because bishops, in such coming to an interior reconcilia- ences, three years after this Motu cases, frequently feared that the tion in the heart of the Church. Proprio has taken effect. If truly authority of the Council would be Looking back over the past, to the serious difficulties come to light, called into question. Immediately divisions which in the course of the ways to remedy them can be after the Second Vatican Council centuries have rent the Body of sought. "Dear brothers, with gratitude it was presumed that requests for Christ, one continually has the the use of the 1962 Missal would impression that, at critical mo- ' and trust, I entrust to your hearts be limited to the older generation ments when divisions were com- as pastors these pages and the which had grown up with it, but in ing about, not enough was done by norms of the Motu Proprio. Let the meantime it has clearly been the Church's leaders to maintain or us always be mindful of the words demonstrated that young persons regain reconciliation and unity. of the Apostle Paul addressed to too have discovered this liturgical One has the impression that omis- the presbyters of Ephesus: 'Take form, felt its attraction and found sions on the part of the Church heed to yourselves and to all the in it a form of encounter with the have had their share of blame for flock, in which the Holy Spirit has Mystery of the Most Holy Eucha- the fact that these divisions were made you overseers, to care for rist, particularly suited to them. able to harden. This glance at the the Church of God which he obThus the need has arisen for a past imposes an obligation on us tained with the blood of his own clearer juridical regulation which today: to make every effort to un- Son.' "I entrust these norms to the had not been foreseen at the time able for all those who truly desire of the 1988 Motu Proprio. The unity to remain in that unity or to powerful intercession of Mary, present norms are also meant to attain it anew. I think of a sentence Mother of the Church, and I corfree bishops from constantly hav- ,in the Second Letter to the dially impart my apostolic blessing to evaluate anew how they are Corinthians, where Paul writes: ing to you, dear Brothers, to the to r~spond to various situations. "Our mouth is open to you, parish priests of your dioceses, "In the second place, the fear Corinthians; our heart is wide. You and to all the priests, your cowas expressed in discussions about are not restricted by us, but you are workers, as well as to all your the awaited Motu Proprio, that the restricted in your own affections. faithful."


Our readers respond I The straight stuff Each time I o~n The Anchor and read one of your editorials I silently shout, yes! They speak to all of us, Catholics who long to hear the straight, unvarnished wordS of our faith! No reticence or apologies to those who publicly scorn the teachings of our Church but show up at the Communion rail. No sidesteppmg the preaching ofChrist's truths as he gave them to us. No failure to proviCJe nourishing bread, not marshmallow flu1{. So too the artiqles by Gail Besse. Unhampered by "political correctness;' she reports what has happened, not what liberals wish., Far from "winning fair and k}uare," skullduggery, threats and bribes were the order of the day on Beapon Hill. Led by ''Catholic'' Senate President Therese Murray, House S~ Sal DiMasi and other "regular communicants;' true marriage was brought down with chicanery and clear violation of our constitutional rights. " Thank heaven ~- and our Massachusetts bishops - for the creation of Catholic Citizedship, a solidly faithful lay group devoted to participation on ~e political, bl짜tleground For those newly heartened by the words in The Anchor, joining Catholic Citizenship will give you a voice that will promote further ilie defense of our beliefs. Patricia Stebbins East Sandwich I The GoldeJl Rule, Greatest Commandment, and tolerance In response to ,three letters in the June 29, Anchor, there appears to be tremendous energy by individuals who have been busy gathering signatures and attending rallies in order to diminish the integrity ofothers, all the while slamming educators who have in their estimation ''failed to teach" through ''poor cath:hesis ... for the last 30 years." Calling legislators "religiously impoverished" is also unfair and irresponsible. Being a religiotIs educator for 25 years, my efforts focused on the Golden 'I Rule, the greatest Commandment, and yes, tolerance for our brothers and sisters. Bearing false witness against entire groups ofhuman beings was not in my syllabus, btit witness to Christ's own kindly endeavors was. No human has the authority to pass judgment on another's personal life, no true "Christiap" points accusatory fingers claiming others "aberrant;' and no God that Iknow ~ndones hateful language in the pages of Catholic newspapers. Former students of mine have: excelled in academics, stood up for the rights of others, become loving teachers and parents, handled difficulties through God's grace, and found happiness when they helped others. They are the conduits for our future and I for one have faith in them. From Luke 6, 1,'Do notjudge others not condemn others ... Give to otliers, and God Will give to you. The measure you use for others is the one God will use for you." II Diane E. Troy South Chatham II




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Lawmakers, clergy offer ideas for marriage supporters "Remember in November '08" By 'GAIL BESSE ANCHOR CORRESPONDENT




BOSTON - People of faith might score more success in future culture war battles if they glean some lessons from the recent marriage amendment defeat. That conclusion comes from supportive lawmakers and clergy, and through the powerful testimony of a former national "gay rights" advocate. Only 45 of the state's 200 legislators voted June 14 for the citizen referendum that would have let Massachusetts voters legally define marriage as a heterosexual union. "I respect those 45; they gave their word and they stuck by it," said Richard Guerriero, past State Deputy of the Massachusetts Council Knights of Columbus and one of the amendment's original signatories. But gay activists are now publicly targeting some of the 45 loyal lawmakers for defeat in the next election. Lesson one: remember in November '08. "If people truly are upset that their right to vote was taken away, they need to remember," Rep. Elizabeth Poirier of North Attleboro said. "They need to come out and support us. The responsibility rests now with the public." Hold elected officials accountable, added Sen. Robert Hedlund of Weymouth. "At the very least, people can be aware of issues and check roll call votes," he said. Lesson two: defend God's plan for human sexuality by bringing morality and health issues into the public debate. "As a practicing Catholic, this issue was a no-brainer for me, but it wasn't for a lot of others," said Rep. Todd Smola of Palmer. Observed Father Robert Doherty, pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Revere, "If we see somebody going the wrong way down Route 128, we have to say, 'Look, we don't hate you, but you're going down 128 the wrong way.'" . He recently presented Rep. Paul Donato of Medford with a Celtic cross for his "courage under fire" in supporting the amendment. "We have to uphold what we believe. Remember the 'Soupers,'" Father Doherty said, referring to those Catholics who renounced their faith in exchange for soup during the 19th-century Irish Potato Famine. "Don~t get depressed. Just recall that as Mother Theresa said, God only asks that we persevere." Father James Rafferty, pastor of St. Paul Parish in Hingham, noted, "We'll regroup, double our efforts, and try again to win the hearts and

minds of people and our legislators." , One hopeful lesson - a reminder that God can indeed soften hearts - came to light July 3 with the revelation that a national gay activist had renounced his former lifestyle.. Michael Glatze's riveting firstperson account, "How a Gay Rights Leader Became S~aight," was published in WorldNetDaily,, an online news agency. As cofounder of "Young Gay America" EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY - Participants prayed and sang during the fifth anniversary magazine, Glatze had been a me- rosary vigil to end abortions at Framingham Union Hospital. dia darling - quoted on PBS, in "Time" magazine, and asked to speak at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. For many of the 16 years that he By GAIL BESSE was actively homosexual, Glatze Whittlesey told the gathering that she converted to RoANCHOR CORRESPONDENT said, "I was sure, thanks to culture man Catholicism as a result of the example of Pro-Life and world leaders, that I was doing FRAMINGHAM - One-year-old Marianna Kammer Catholics she had met in the Reagan White House. She the right thing." smiled out at the world from her mother's arms through- said that for several reasons, there is good news now on But God kept gently prompting out the peaceful rosary vigil to end abortions at Framingham the Pro-Life front, ''the longest social struggle in U.S. him to seek the truth. Finally, he Union Hospital. A living advertisement for the gift of life, history." read the Bible, the "number one , she was the youngest of a hundred participants that sunny One hopeful sign is the recent U.S. Supreme Court ban self-help book," and discovered the Saturday morning. on partial-birth abortion. Also, some states are enacting love that his heart had always Also praying on the sidewalk nearby was Faith incremental abortion restrictions, such as parental consent longed for. Whittlesey, former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and laws, that spare at least some children and young mothers. "In my experience, 'coming out' director ofPublic Liaison under President Ronald Reagan. Another good sign is that the small Central American from under the influence of the ho- She and Marianne Luthin, director of the Archdiocese of country of Nicaragua has bucked world pressure and outmosexual mindset was the most lib- B.oston's Pro-Life Office, later spoke at the vigil's fifth an- lawed all abortions, which could spark renewed Pro-Life erating, beautiful and astonishing niversary breakfast at St. Stephen's Parish Hall. efforts in Latin America. thing I've ever experienced in my The vigil began as it has each third Saturday, with an 8 The third reason for hope is that upcoming elections life," he wrote. "Part of the homo- a.m. Mass celebrated by Father Albert Stankard. Partici- and presidential debates will be a chance to discuss aborsexual agenda is getting people to pants then walked to the Metrowest Medical Center sing- tion publicly. ''It's a time for us to educate and inform stop considering that conversion is ing hymns and praying, where some hospital visitors cast people. We must talk about religion and politics:' Whittlesey even a viable question to be asked, curious glances. Other drivers signaled thumbs-up. said. let alone whether or not it works. I 'There is tremendous guilt on the part of one-third of Raising public awareness is one of the vigil's goals. believe that all people, intrinsically, 'This makes us visible, which can give others the courage the women in the U.S. who've had abortions:' she said. know the truth." 'Thank God for programs like Project Rachel, which are to speak up:' Father Stankard said. In an interview with Concerned healing thousands of women and men." Women for America, available Luthin noted that Project Rachel, for post-abortion counonline at, Glatze seling, is one of three programs offered by theArchdiocese's concluded that "homosexuality is Pro-Life Office. Other programs include parish outreach death to your soul," and he had and Pregnancy Help, a crisis pregnancy center based in opted instead to "choose life." Brighton with a satellite office in Natick. Lesson four: Be educated and Whittlesey urged listeners, who came from throughout visible. Having "one nation under the MetroWest region, to pray and "speak courageously God" doesn't happen by accident. with gentle persuasion." Several loyal lawmakers said "It's most important that we explain to young people that prior to the vote, they he~d far that the life issue is the first and most important one, and more from the amendment's oppothat we back our clergy in proclaiming this," she said. "Supnents than from its supporters. port crisis pregnancy centers or give shelter to a young "I knew that deep down the supwoman yourself. Talk about China - how women's report was there, but people just were productive rights are limited there by forced abortion after not as vociferous as the gays and the first baby. Our trade officials need to raise this issue." lesbians," one representative said. Also, Whittlesey said, Catholics need to break: the silence Another agreed. "The opposishrouding abortion statistics. ''We lost 3,000 people on Seption was a minority, but they were tember 11:' she said. ''But abortion killed 3,000 more on much more organized when it came September 12, and then 3,000 more on September 13. How to physically being out there - callcan this be? Because not enough people speak about it ing, visiting the State House, vol'This is a battle for hearts and minds. Remember, small unteering to hold signs. For some groups of people can do great things. It's up to us," she of my peers who bailed out, that's said. what tipped the balance." Father Stankard noted, "We're hoping we can move Sen. Hedlund added, "Unless we God to move people's hearts. Someday, all of us could be know history and start teaching civconsidered disposable." ics at a young age, people won't While it's known that abortions are done at clinics like understand what it took for us to PATRONESS OFTHE UNBORN-Araeeli Machuca Planne4 Parenthood and large urban hospitals, people are have our freedoms." of Mar1boro holds a poster of Our Lady of Guada- often surprised to learn they're also done at some commuAnd finally, Catholics need to lupe, patroness of the unborn, during the rosary vigil nity hospitals like Framingham Union, Sturdy Memorial .to end abortions at Framingham Union Hospital. Tum to page 18 - Remember , Tum to page 18 - Vigil

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Welcome "Priests are established coworkers to the order of bishops. They are called to the service of all people. Impart to everyone the word of God that you have received with joy. Practice what you teach and let it be nourishment for , the people of God." The bishop encouraged him to carry out the ministry of Christ with constant joy and love. "Dear son, strive to bring the faithful together in one family. Keep before your eyes the example of the Good Shepherd. He came to seek out and save what was lost. By word and example build up the house of the Lord." Following the homily, the candidate pledged his obedience to the bishop and his successors. The deacon then prostrated himself in th~ front of the altar as the bishop and other priests knelt in prayer. At this time the Litany of the Saints was sung. Bishop Coleman then imposed hands on Deacon Mello symbolizing the invocation of the 'Holy Spirit. This "laying on of hands," was then repeated by priests in attendance as he knelt at the altar. The impositiqn of hands was followed by the prayer of consecration, completing the priestly ordination. The new priest was vested with stole and chasuble, the liturgical vestments of a priest, by Father William Callahan, OSM Conv. The bishop then anointed Father Mello's hands with the oil of chrism, as a sign that they are,consecrated to do God's work,

Continued from page one Family members brought the gifts to the altar and the bishop symbolically handed a chalice to the new priest. At the conclusion of the rite, Bishop Coleman knelt and received the new priest's first blessing. In a moving gesture, the bishop and priests offered the newly ordained a sign of peace. Father Mello joined the concelebrants and distributed Communion. As the Mass ended, Father Mello was greeted by a round of applause by the congregation and a spirited one by his fellow priests in the sacristy. His mother, Natalie Mello, beamed with happiness following the ceremony and stated, "Words can't describe how I'm feeling. I'm very, very proud of him." The new priest was noticeably moved throughout the ordination and said of becoming a priest, "Praise God. This is such an awesome feeling." He will be spending the summer traveling to parishes throughout the diocese giving homilies on vocational discernment. "I look forward to sharing the joy of this day with others as I visit p~rishes in the diocese and encourage families to promote vocations," he concluded. After that he will return to the North American College in Rome to complete studies for a licentiate in ecclesiology - the study of the Church in relationship to Christ and its role in the salvation of all mankind.

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Identical twins are ordained priests in Green Bay Diocese By PATRICIA KASTEN CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

GREEN BAY, Wis. - In a first in its nearly 140-year history, the Diocese ofGreen Bay has or:dained twins to the priesthood. Fathers Joel and Ben Sember, 27, were ordained June 30 by Bishop DavidA. Zubik at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay. Father Andrew Kysely was ordained with them. To mark the occasion, Bishop Zubik used artifacts from previous bishops of Green Bay, including the crosier of Bishop Joseph Melcher, Green Bay's first bishop, who served from the founding of the diocese on Dec. 3, 1868, to his death in 1873. The two oldest sons of James and Marion Sember of lBurlington, who are identical twins, recently completed three years of training at the Pontifical NorthAmerican College in Rome. Father Ben will return there this fall for studies in canon law. For the summer, he will serve at the diocesan marriage tribunal and help at three local parishes. Father Joel will immediately begin parish work, serving as associate pastor at two parishes. He also will work in campus ministry at the Newman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. ''Rome is neat," he said. ''It's an experience, both in terms of culture and faith, but I really am looking forward to doing pastoral ministry." The priesthood was not in the picture for them at the start. The twins were not raised in the Catholic faith and attended several churches in their youth. Their father had been raised Catholic, but was not practicing; their mother had been a Presbyterian. Father Joel, especially, had an adjustment period when the family which includes five younger siblings


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DOUBLE VISION - Benjamin Sember, left, and his twin brother, Joel, pose for a photo with Bishop David A. Zubik and Andy Kysely at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Gr~en Bay, Wis. The bishop ordained the three men priests for the Diocese of Green Bay June 30. (CNS photo/ Rick Evans, The Compass) - joined Sacred Heart Parish in Sherwood when the twins were 12. They later joined St. Mary Parish in I' Chilton. "At first, I was pretty put off by the Catholic Church," he told The Compass, GreeD. Bay's diocesan newspaper. 'Th~ idea of having to obey some pope, and the idea ofpraying to saints; it all seemed kind of strange to me. It was something I struggled with abd I started to ask a lot of questions.'l Those questidns led to more questions and ultimately "led me deeper and deeper into wanting to choose the Catholic faith," he added. Before long, tp.eir father was a sacristan at Sacred Heart and later St. Mary and his soris became altar servers. Their pastor,was a frequent family visitor. I' As he got tOiiwitness that priesthood in action, especially as an altar server, Father Ben grew to appreciate being part 9f the celebration of Mass. ,He also noticed a difference between the Catholic approach to faith and the PrQtest;mt approach. For Father JOel, the questions he Commercial & Industrial Gas/Oil Burners I

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had about the Catholic faith continued and led him into more study. And it taught him patience. Both twins said their parents have been supportive along the way - although both remember when their mother had been wary of both the faith and of religious vocations for any of their children. Father Joel said that his parents have always had "a very active and lively" faith that has led them to "really look for an eter- , . ___ nal kind of belief." The brothers said they enjoyed having each other to share their seminary journey with, although Father Ben said he wishes p,eople wouldn't always just see them as ''the twins" but as people with "very different personalities." Father Joel pointed out that they enjoy different hobbies too. Father Ben is more into writing, photography; biking, martial arts and running. Father Joel enjoys biking, soccer and basketball and maintained a small Website about seminarian life. But Father Joel said having his brother at his side so long has mostly been an asset. "He's been there to encourage me when I needed it. And to tell me to quit complaining when I .-< needed that, too."

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FINE ARTS - These students from Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro were winners in the 55th annual Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards. Their work will now go on to a national competition. From left: Halee Tallerida, Caroline Phinney, Sean Murphy, Jess Murzychi, Chris Ryan, Chase Montecalvo and Patrick Vale. Not pictured are Lauren Kroger and Rachel Riendeau.

YOUNG SCHOLARS - Eighth-graders from St. John the Evangelist-School, Attleboro, celebrate their 2007 graduation. Father Richard Roy, pastor, celebrated the Mass. With Father Roy are eighth-grade teacher Katherine Tully, and Principal, Sister of the Cross and Passion Mary Jane Holden.



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PATENTS PENDING? - These two students from Holy Name School, Fall River, earned awards during the school's recent Invention Convention. Nicholas Piques, above, took second place for his "Door Decor and More," project while Allison Benevides, below, captured honorable mention for "Cell Phone Jewelry."


HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE - St. Mary-Sacred Heart School seventh-grader Mary Kate Petterson captured first place in its annual .science fair for her project, 'Which Dandruff Shampoo Works Best." Other first-place winners at the North Attleboro school included Thomas Marcotte, Olivia Cortellini, Elizabeth Howard and Cassidy Teixeira.



HELPING THE NEEDY - Students from St. Anne's School in Fall River, left and above, display toiletries they collected during a recent community service project. Students in all grades participated and collected items were given to the Salvation Army to distribute to those in need.



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SPECIAL RECOGNITION - Bishop Feehan High School faculty member Kathleen Legg, chairman of the Attleboro school's theology department, recently placed second in the National Catholic Educator of the Year Award sponsored by Catholic Family Life Insurance. From left are CFLI board members Paul Pinnsonnault and Louise Champigny, Legg, and school Principal Bill Runey.

AWARD WINNER - Julia P. McLaughlin, second from left, was recently awarded the Angela T. Durfee Memorial Scholarship at the eighth-grade commencement exercises for Seton Academy for Girls held at St. Joseph's Church in Fall River. The scholarship was established to honor Angela Durfee, a 2003 graduate of the Academy, who was killed in an automobile accident ,in 2006. It is awarded each year to an eighth-grader who most exemplifies the qualities Angela possessed. Julia is the daughter of Stephen and Patricia McLaughlin of Fall River. From left: Richard Durfee, McLaughlin, school President Nancy Sturchio, and Barbara Durfee Medeiros.


On the corner ofMain Street Just tryin â&#x20AC;˘to keep it in line You say you wanna move on and You say I'mfalling behind Can you read my mind? Can you read my mind? .I never really gave up on Breaking out ofthis two-star town I got the green light , I got a little fight I'm gonna tum this thing around Can you read my mind? Can you read my mind? The good old days The honest man The restless heart The Promised Umd A subtle kiss That no one sees A broken wrist And a big trapeze Refrain: Oh weill don't mind Ifyou don't mind 'Cause I don't shine If you don't shine Before you go Can you read my mind? It'sfunny how you just break down Waitin 'on some sign I pull up to the front ofyour driveway With magic soakin ' my spine Can you read my mind? Can you read my mind? The teenage queen The loaded gun The drop-dead dream The chosen one A southern drawl A world unseen A city wall And a trampoline (Repeat refrain.) Slippin' in myfaith Until/fall He never returned the call Woman, open the door




Don't let i~ sing I wanna breathe thatfire again She said I don't "lind Ifyou don't mind 'Cause I do~'t shine I Ifyou don't shine Put your b~kI on me Put your back on me The stars are"blazing Like rebel dJononds Cut out ofthe sun Can you read ~y mind? Sung by The Killers, Copyright 2006 by 1~1mul The Killers' ''Hot Fuss" introduced the group to mainsveam pop/rock. Their second disc is' "Sam's Town." Whether this CD will be as successful II ' as the quartet's debut remains unclear. Currently getting lots of airplay on Top-40 stations is their current hit "Read My Mind" Commentators lion "Read My Mind" vary on their interpretations about what the song ~eans. Many see the lyrics as autobiographical, reflecting lead singer Brandon Flowers' life journey. Flowers w~ born in Las Vegas but grew up in ia small town in I Utah. Apparently he always wanted to escape this small town environment and return to the trenetic activity of LasVegas. Eventually he did, and now The Killers work out of that city. Other interpretations see the song as referring to the end of a relationship, one that the song's character does not want to be over. Regardless of the purpose, the song ~ks us to be careful when attempting to read another's mind. Ii When communicating in any relationship, attempting,to read another's mind is the pathway to misunderstanding and hurt. Co~unication often has many levels beyond what is actually stated. However, assuming what the various messa~es mean is just

guessing. The opposite of trying to read someone's mind is asking for clarification of what anotheris saying. Asking for a restatement tells another that you value what is being said and you want to be certain ofthe other's intention. All of us have a need to feel genuinely understood. Another helpful approach to communicating well is summarizing what you think the other was attempting to say. After making this summary, ask if you have correctly heard hislher message or if important parts were missed. Try to summarize not only the words being expressed but also your sense of what the other is feeling as he/she is speaking. Validating another's feelings is one way to increase understanding between both of you. Often this leads to further conversation and better communication. Part ofboth of th~ approaches is the focused work of real listening. When we listen we show that we care about what the other is saying. We put aside our own quick responses andjust try to take in the other's message. This sense of caring is especially important when you and someone else are working through a conflict. Never skip this step when addressing conflict with another. Sure, you want to come up with possible resolutions for the current difficulty, but answers are not the primary need; understanding is. As you build the bridge to understanding, many times the intensity of the conflict itself will dissipate. The steps I've outlined are much more. helpful than attempting to read another's mind. They demonstrate how much you care - and will enhance all of your relationships. (Comments are welcome at:

would not be ablell to describe the joy we would experience. You must realize by now that the lure of materi!l things is not going to quiet the restlessness in our spirits, or fill the void we sense in our lives. We . need to feed our hunger for God with God, nothing plse will suffice. Our prayer lives must increase at a faster pace thah our possessions. Our spiritual wiring I\eeds to be upgraded more often than our cell phones or computers. So how do w~ do it? Our spiritual wiring is fine tuned every time 'we read Scripture, attend f"1ass, or invite God in through our personal prayer. Sitting in silence before the Blessed Sacniment can , increase our capacity to be aware

of God's presence. Walking the beach without the earphones, but just listening for God in the sound of the waves could be a great start. Take some time for just being instead of doing. When is the last time you were consciously aware of the sound of the wind through the trees in your back yard? When is the last time you looked for God in the eyes of the person you were talking to? So much of prayer is about intention. If we intend to meet God, God will not disappoint us. Make a plan and work the plan and you will discover, as I have, that the more we pray, the more we want to pray. We really are wired for God. Jean Revil is director of Campus Ministry at Bishop Stang High Schoo~ where she has taught for 27 years. Comments welcome at:



Wired for God I recently had the great privilege of hearing Bishop Blase Cupich of Rapid City at a conference attended by more than 200 theology teachers, campus ministers, and service directors. In his presentation, Bishop Cupich said that young people were "wired for God." That phrase has been in my head ever since. How true it is. And so many young people don't even know it ... that's the saddest part. You are growing up in a culture that is immersed in a consumer mentality and wants you to believe that your happiness, your fulfillment will come from the things you buy. The iP.hone just hit the market. Do you have one yet? The iPod wasn't enough? Our cell phones don't have enough gadgets? We are so concerned with being

technologically connected; we are beginning to be incredibly unconnected. And that's leaving us empty, disillusioned, and often superficial. Bishop Cupich is right ... we are wired for God. St. Augustine said the same thing when he said that we have been formed with a God-shaped hole inside, and our hearts are restless until they rest in God. We are hungry ~or God's touch, somehow aware of God's presence, searching for a deeper union with him all the time. Even when we don't know what we are searching for, something inside us is looking for Truth ... and that means we are looking for God. We seem to have this innate sense that there is more to life than all of the

things we accumulate, and we want to Know what that something more is. Along with being so up to date with all of the technological advancements the world has to

offer us, we need to focus on the advancements we can make in our spiritual wiring. If we were as hungry for faith development as we are for that iPhone, we would be in much better shape. If our anticipation for meeting God was as strong as our anticipation of getting the next gadget, we



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~charistiCAdorati~;--J ATTLEBORO - Perpetual eucharistic adoration is held at St. Joseph's Church, 208 South Main Street. For more information call 508-226-1115. FALL RIVER - Exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held Fridays following the 8 a.m. celebration of Mass at Notre Dame de Lourdes Parish, 529 Eastern Avenue. For more information call 508-679-1991. NEW BEDFORD - Perpetual eucharistic adoration' is held at Our Lady's Chapel, 600 Pleasant Street. For more information call 508-888-7751.

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ATTLEBORO - A healing service in Portuguese will be held July 22 at 4 p.m. at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, led by Father Manuel Pereira. For more information call 508-2225410.

ATTLEBORO - Singer musician John Polce will bring his Bethany Nights program to the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette Shrine July 27 at 7:30 p.m. For more information call 508-222-5410 or visit the Website: NEW HAVEN, Conn.-The exhibit "Joan of Arc: Medieval Maiden to Modem Saint" is now open at the Knights of Columbus Museum, 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven. Admission and parking in the museum garage are free. For more information call 203-7722130.

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ATTLEBORO - The annual Vietnamese Pilgrimage Day will be held July 29 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette. For more information call 508-222-5410. ATTLEBORO - The Life in the Spirit Prayer Group will meet July 24 at 7:15 p.m. at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette. For more information call 508222-5410. FALL RIVER - The 136th annual solemn novena and parish feast honoring St. Anne will be held July 17-25 at St. Anne's Shrine and Parish. Mass will be 'celebrated in the Shrine at 6:30 p.m. on July 20. Dancing will follow from 7:30-midnight. Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. in the parish on July 21. A procession will follow. For more information call 508-674-5651. FALL RIVER - A soup kitchen

is open on Mondays from 5-6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church Hall, 160 Seabury Street. Volunteers are' welcome to assist beginning at 4 p.m. FALL RIVER - Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and friendship to Hospice patients at Beacon Hospice, 45 North Main Street. Free training is provided. Volunteers are also needed to knit blankets for patients and make memory quilts for families of patients. For more information call Christine Miller at 508-324-1900. NEW BEDFORD The Donovan House, a transitional home for women and children, seeks volunteers to share their time, knowledge and skills. Training and ongoing support will be provided. For more information call 508-999-5893.

~e Activities ATTLEBORO - The 4:30 p.m: Mass on July 28 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette will be for the unborn. For more information call 508-222-5410. ATTLEBORO - Pro-Life advocates picket and offer prayers on Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30-9 a.m. at "4 Women's Clinic," at the comer of Park and Emory streets, where abortions take place on those days. Participants are needed to pray and picket to help save the lives of unborn children. HYANNIS - The Cape Cod ProLife Group welcomes volunteers to pray the rosary on Wednesday mornings at 10 o'clock in front of the abortion clinic located at 68 Camp Street.

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MATTAPOISETT - Camp Angel Wings, a two-day camp experience for children and teens who have lost a loved one, will be held July 28-29 at the YMCA Camp Massasoit. The camp helps reduce the sense of isolation while improving self-esteem for children and teens who share similar experiences in grief. For more information call Catherine Wrobel at 508-984-0202. NORTH DARTMOUTH Project Rachel, a ministry of healing and reconciliation for postabortion women and men is available in the diocese. If you are hurting from an abortion experience and want help call 508-997-3300. NORTH DARTMOUTH- The Diocesan Divorced-Separated Support Group will meet July 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Family Life Center, 500 Slocum Road. Open meeting - any topic can be discussed. For more information call Bob Menard at 508-673-2997.

Please pray for these priests during the coming weeks July 12 Most Rev. Joseph P. Delaney, Bishop of Fort Worth, Texas, 2005 July 13 Rev. Arthur P. Deneault, M.S., La Salette Father, 1979 July 14 Rev. Nicholas Fett, SS.CC., Pastor, St. Boniface, New Bedford, 1938 Rev. Edmund J. Neenan, Assistant, Sacred Heart, Oak Bluffs, 1949 Rev. Vmcent F. Diaferio, Pastor, Holy Rosary, Fall River, 1998 July 16 Rev. Bernard Pereot, O.P., Founder, St. Dominic, Swansea, 1937 Rev. Matthew F.. Sullivan, SS.CC. Retired Chaplain Bristol. County House of Correction, .Fonner Pastor, St. Mary, Fairhaven, 2002 July 17 Rev. WJ.1liam 1. Smith, Pastor, St. Jacques, Taunton, 1960 Rev. Edmond Rego, Assistant, Espirito Santo, Fall River, 1981 Rev. Ernest N. Bessette, Retired Pastor, St. Joseph, Attleboro, 1997 July 18 Rev. Adalbert Szklanny, Assistant, St. Patrick, Fall River, 1%8 Rev. Lionel G. Doraisi, SSS., 1984 July 19 Most Rev. Daniel F. Feehan, D.O., Second Bishop of Fall River, 1907, 1934 Rev. Francis M. Coady, Pastor, SS. Peter & Paul, Fall River, 1975 Msgr. Joseph R. Pannoni, Retired Pastor, Holy Rosary, Fall River, 1992 July 20 Rev. Joan Medeiros, Retired Pastor, St. EliZabeth, Fall River, 1983 July 23 Rev. Patrick F. Doyle, Founder, SS. Peter & Paul, Fall River, 1893 Rev. George B. McNamee, Founder Holy Name, Fall River, 1938 July 25 Rev. Michael 1. Cooke, Pastor, St. Patrick, Fall River, 1913 Rev. Raymond R. Mahoney, SS.CC., Fonner Pastor, Our Lady of Assumption, New Bedford, 1984 July 26 Rev. Msgr. Alfred I.E. Bonneau, P.R. Retired Pastor, Notre Dame de Lourdes, Fall River, 1974 July 27 Rev. Damien Yeary, SS.CC., Fonner Pastor, St. Anthony, Mattapoisett, 1981 July 29 Rev. Mathias McCabe, Retired Pastor, Sacred Heart, Fall River, 1913 Rev. Charles P. Trainor, S.S., St. Edward Seminary, Seattle, Washington, 1947 July 30 Rev. Francis Kiernan, Pastor, Sandwich, New Bedford, Wareham, 1838 July 31 Rev. Daniel Hearne, Pastor, St. Mary, Taunton, 1865 Rev. Hugh J. Munro, Chaplain, Marian Manor, Taunton, 2003



Local actress to perform one-woman play about Mother Teresa on July 21 FALL RIVER - Immaculate Teresa and five different individuArt Ministries will present a solo als from society, which inClude a prayformance, "Person-to-Person: homeless man, an elderly w9man, A Mother Teresa Project," July 21 and a handicapped woman. Christin has been exat Good Shepherd Parish in Fall River at 7:30 perimenting with p.m. prayer-based theater for more than five years. In Created and performed by Christin 2003 she started a minJezak with original muistry called Immaculate sic by Nate Jezak and Art Ministries at Good lyrics by Mother Shepherd Parish in Fall River which toured the Teresa, this project is Diocese of Fall River the fruit of much re" search and contemplaand beyond. She tion of Mother Teresa's earned a master's degree in theatre from beliefs on human digVillanova U,niversity nity. As part of the, proand a bachelor of arts degree in theater from cess, Christin spent five CHRISTIN JEZAK Bridgewater State Colmonths working with Mother Teresa's Sisters of the Mislege. Admission is free. All are invited sionaries of Charity, in Norristown, to attend and enjoy a night of Penn. The project consists of Mother laughter, tears, and inspiration.

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WASHINGTON - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver urged those gathered at the Tekakwitha Conference Mass June 30 in Washington to follow in the footsteps of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha and follow Jesus Christ as she did. "In many Catholic circles today, we speak a great deal about inculturation in the Church: the place where the good news of Jesus and our cultures meet," said the archbishop in his homily. "The only true, authentic inculturators are not theologians, or bishops, but the saints." More than 700 American Indian Catholics gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the Mass and the closing of the 68th annual Tekakwitha Conference, held in the Baltimore Archdiocese. Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, for whom the conference is named, was a member of the Mohawk tribe. She was born to a Christian Algonquin mother and a Mohawk father in 1656 in upstate New York along the Hudson River, and was baptized by a Jesuit missionary in 1676 when she was 20. She was devoted to prayer and cared for the sick. She died in 1680 at the age of 24. In June 1980, she became the first Native American to beatified. The Mass included traditional American Indian music with drums and chants. The penitential rite was accompanied by a smudging ceremony where clippings of sage, cedar, sweetgrass and tobacco were burned for purification and healing. Along with bread and wine, the presentation of the gifts included com, beans and squash, which are traditional American Indian foods. Archbishop Chaput, who has headed the Denver Archdiocese since 1997, is a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi tribe and the first American Indian archbishop in U.S. history. The only other American Indian bishop is Bishop Donald E. Pellote of Gallup, N.M., who attended the conference but was unable to stay for Mass. Archbishop Chaput, who began attending the conference 25 years ago, said it is a time for American Indian Catholics from different regions to unite and support Blessed Kateri's canonization. "We gather to share in our Catholic faith and our commibnent to be good Catholics after the fashion of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha," he said in an interview with Catholic News Service. "But also there's the sense among native peoples of a relationship that exists across the

fact that there are so many, many languages and tribes represented. Every nationality likes to have their own people recognized." Native Americans came from as far as New Mexico and Alaska to take part in the conference, held this year at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County. The location changes each year. Last year's conference was in Burien, Wash., and next year it will be in Edmonton, Alberta. Conference participants attended seminars and workshops to learn how they can better celebrate their Catholic faith while embracing their American Indian heritage. Although the Tekakwitha Conference was established in 1939, it did not exist in its current form until 1977, when ¥sgr. Paul A. Lenz was appointed executive director of

the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions. The conference was in danger of being discontinued, but Msgr. Lenz gave it his full support and for the first time invited lay American Indians to attend. Until then, it had been mainly a support and advisory group meeting of missionary priests. Msgr. Lenz, who retired this April after 30 years as bureau director, pushed for the beatification of Blessed Kateri, and in 2005 was appointed by the Vatican to serve as vice postulator for Blessed Kateri's cause. He said one more miracle is needed before she can be named a saint, but two are currently being considered. "Active work is being done," he said. "I hope she'll be canonized soon."

WOMEN AT PRAYER - Women pray during a local Catholic feast honoring the Icon of the Mother of God in the village of Budslav, Belarus, JUly 2. (CNS photoNasily Fedosenko, Reuters)

CLEANSING RITE - Mohawk Marvin Phillips holds up a smudging bowl and feather during an American Indian ritual at the Tekakwitha Conference Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington June 30, as part of the penitential rite during the liturgy. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

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