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Pope says military action in Bosnia could be justified

TWO MEN pray with a third at a Promise 'Keepers crusade that drew 65,000 men to the Seattle Kingdome. (eNS/ Fetchko photo)

Promise Keepers draw C.atholic men MINNEAPOLIS (CNS) - A Christian, evangelical-style crusade that invites men to cheer for Jesus Christ in stadiums where they usually cheer for sports teams is attracting Catholic attention and participation. In the Minneapolis and Seattle areas, where Promise Keepers held conferences this month, Catholic have become active in the effort to promote spiritual n:vival in America. Steve Jenkins is a Catholic O1ember of the Community of Christ the Redeemer in West St. Paul, Minn., and the Promise Keepers' field representative for Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. He recalls that as he watched the seventh game of the 1991 World Series at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, he was thinking, "Wouldn't this be great to fill with people praising God." Some 65,000 m(:n did just that July 14-15 for a Promise Keepers "Raise the Standard" conference, one of 13 scheduled at stadiums around the country from April to October this year. Even with a $55 registration fee, the Minneapolis event sold out almost immediately.

LES COMBES, Italy (CNS)As a "last resort" to defend innocent civilians in Bosnia-Herzegovina, international military action could be justified, PopeJohn Paul II said. "This remains the last resort. There has always existed the principle of a just war, which is defensive. Even this type of war is ugly, but it [war] is that way," the pope told journalists as he ended a mountain vacation. The reporters asked his reaction to a July 21 decision by 16 European and North American countries to authorize NATO forces to bomb Bosnian Serb positions if attacks continue on U. N.-declared safe zones harboring thousands of Bosnian Muslims and Croats. "If one attacks and wants to trample the right to life and the right to exist, then there is the right to defense," said the pontiff. Pope John Paul said the Vatican was not advising the international community on how to proceed in Bosnia, but outlining the moral principles that should guide

specific political and military decisions. "Above all, we are concerned about those who are suffering, no matter which side they are on. And every day we see how much they suffer, including through the images on television," he said. For the past three years, Pope John Paul has pleaded for an immediate end to the fighting and for the sides involved in the Balkans conflict to treat peace negotiations seriously. He has also repeatedly asked the international community to devote all possible energy to mediating an end to the fighting. Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls told reporters July 22 the pope believes even a defensive war involves moral problems, which is why it truly must be the last resort for resolving conflict. "The priority now is humanitarian, to respond to the incredible sufferings of these thousands of people which have reached a level not seen in Europe since the Second World War," Navarro-Valls said.

The interdenominational men's ministry was started in 1990 by Bill McCartney, former football coach at the University of Colorado, and Dave Wardell. The first conference in 1991 drew 4,200 men. This year's series is expected to draw 500,000. The response "demonstrates the level of hunger of men to have a relationship with God," said Jenkins. He added, though, that most men think the conference is the main experience. "But that's just two days," he said." Actually, we're interested in the other 363 days. The conference is the ignition point. "It gives them ~ stronger desire to honor their wife and children, to really become male servant leaders," he said. All of that is supposed to come from seven promises: to honor Jesus Christ and model their lives on his; build support networks with other men; practice spiritual and moral purity; strengthen family ties; support their local church,es; bridge racial and denominational barriers for the sake of unity; and actively influence society. Turn to Page II

EXHAUSTED AFTER FIGHTING his way from Srebrenica to Tuzla in BosniaHerzegovina, a 14-year-old boy soldier rests near a Tuzla refugee camp. (eNS / Reuters photo)

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"The pope's priority is not political, strategic or military, but humanitarian," he said. He added that the Vatican had not been asked to mediate, although the papal nuncio in Bosnia met July 22 with Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic. Pope John Paul called on Catholics throughout the world to work for an end to the war through the use of prayer, "the great means we have at our disposal to obtain that which seems humanly difficult." The pope called for the prayers July 23 during his midday Angelus address at Castel Gandolfo, his summer residence south of Rome. "How can we not once again turn our worried attention to the martyred people of Bosnia?" he asked pilgrims gathered in the courtyard of his summer villa. "How can we not listen to their heartrending cry for help?" "With courage and generosity may everyone contribute to restoring the minimum conditions for peaceful coexistence in the Balkans," he prayed.


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Fri., Juiy"28, 1995

Condom decision rapped by C~tholic League The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has criticized the decision ofthe Massachusetts Supreme JUdicial Court allowing the public school system of the town of Falmouth to distribute condoms to high school students and junior high school students without parental consent. The league called the ruling "an assault on both religious freedom and parental authority, which usurps the rights of parents to control the moral and religious upbringing of their own children." The Falmouth program, which began in 1991, allows students to procure condoms from school health personnel or from vending machines in restrooms. This policy conforms to a 1991 recommendation by the Massachusetts State Board of Education, which encouraged schools to distribute condoms with "maximum anonymity and confidentiality." Catholic League Operations Director c.J. Doyle stated: "When the state, acting through the public schools, dispenses a condom to 'a , Catholic child without the knowledge or consent of his parents, then the government is effectively

encouraging Catholic children to ignore and violate the teachings of their religion, and is facilitating them'in doing so. This decision not only empowers public schools to override the authority of parents, but to discredit and devalue the moral and religious beliefs of parents in the eyes of their children. "This is not government neutrality towards religion, but overt government hostility to religion and religious values. As in the St. Patrick's Day parade decision, this court has shamelessly sacrificed constitutional rights to impose its own ideological preferences." The unanimous decision in Curtis et al v. School Committee of Falmouth, was written by Chief Justice Paul J. Liacos, an appointee of former Governor Michael Dukakis. Filing amici briefs in support of the Falmouth school committee were the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Jewish Congress, and Massachusetts Attorney-General L. Scott Harshbarger. Governor William Weld's Commissioner of Public Health, David Mulligan, hailed the decision, saying "It's the ruling we've always supported."

Hospital co~mittee names scholarship winners The Multicultural Healthcare Committee of Saint Anne's Hospital, Fall River, has awarded scholarships totaling $2500 to five young women as part of the hospital's effort to improve access to education and reduce cultural barriers faced by Greater Fall River area minorities. Nicole Silva and Joyce M. Coimbra received $500 Community Scholarships. Recipiel'ts of this award must be area residents, bilingual and bicultural Portuguese, Cambodian or Latino, entering or pursuing a degree in a healthcare profession at an accredited college or university, and be a graduating high school senior or a currently enrolled college student. Ms. Silva is studying cardiovascular technology at Northeastern University, Boston; and Ms. Coimbra is enrolled in the pharmacy program of the University of Rhode Island. Michele Bolger received a $500 scholarship awarded to an em-

ployee of Saint Anne's Hospital who is pursuing a degree in the healthcare fieId. At the hospital since 1987, she is currently a health unit coordinator and an emergency room technician and is attending Bristol Community College to obtain a nursing degree. ' Maria F. Ferreira and Maria A. Silva received $500 scholarships designated for employees of Saint Anne's Hospital or immediate family members who are bilingual Portuguese, Cambodian or Latino and pursuing it degree in healthcare. Ms. Ferreira; a clinical advisor at the hospital, is attending the University of Rho<;le Island, working towards a master's degree in nursing, and ultimately planning to be a nurse practitioner. Ms. Silva attends Northeastern University, and her mother, Barbara C. Silva, works in the medical records department at the hospital. Ms. Silva is majoring in Health Sciences and minoring in Health Care Management.

MULTICULTURAL Health Care Committee scholarship winners, from left, Joyce M. Coimbra, Michele Bolger, Maria F. Ferreira, Nicole Silva, all of Fall River, and Maria A. Silva, Brighton.

F ALL RIVER Diocesan Council of Catholic Women president Kitsy Lancisi, left, and Maureen Papineau, Organizational Services chairman, discuss plans for Stress-Free Leadership workshop. (Lavoie photo)

Leadership workshop's not to be missed "Do you know,the differences between old business, new business and monkey business?" query leaders ofthe Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. If you don't, you'll be certain to find out at a Stress-Free Leadership workshop to be held Sunday, Aug. 27 from I:30 to 4:30 p.m. at St. Julie Billiart parish center, 494 Slocum Rd., North Dartmouth. What's more, you'lI learn to determine if the sounds your parish council officers are making are "Go, team, go!", "Clique, clique, clique!",-or "Squeak, squeak,

squeak!"; or if your group's running like a'95 Greyhound bus or a 3-wheel stagecoach. "Give us a chance to help you get back on the road to success with the best mileage possible," urge the workshop planners. It sounds like fun, dress is casual, it's open to all officers and members, especially those assuming leadership roles for the first time, and it's all free, including the refreshments. What's not to like? Save the date! For further information, contact your parish council president or district council chairman.

The Diocesan Council of Catholic Nurses wil1 host the New England convention of Catholic :llUrses Oct. 13 to IS a.... the Cape Codder Hotel, Hyannis. Jeanne Watson Driscoll, M.S., R.N., will sp<:ak 0", "Empowerment" at 10 a.m. Oct. 14. CEU's will be awarded. Bishop Sean O'Mal1ey wil1 be principal celebrant at a concelebrated Mass at 10:30a.m.Oct. IS. Currently employed nurses, student and retired nurses arc: welcome to attend. Those unable to attend the three-day program may register for one or two days. Conference cochairpersolls are Joan Morin, West Hyanni:.port, and Dolores Santos, Hyannis. Registration information is available from Alice LeBlanc, (508) 995-0158, and Betty Novacek,. (508) 678-2373. Sept. 15 is the deadline for hotel reservations, which may be made by caIling (508) 771-路3000. Organizers remind Catholic nurses that it is essential that they unite in support of programs that protect and respect life at all its stages.

Irish art will be shown in Brock1ton this summer

NEW YORK (CNS) _. An exhibition of Irish painting!! and sculpture is touring the United States, throughout 1995. It will be at the Fuller Museum in Broc:kton through Sept. 10. The exhibit, "Irish Art 1'770 1995: History and Society," features 42 works from the Crawford Municipal Gal1ery of Cork City in Ireland. Artists represented indude Seamus Murphy, Nathaniel Grogan, Daniel Maclise and Ja(:k B. Yeats, brother of poet W.B. Yeats. "This innovative and exciting tour represents the first major ,:xhibition of Irish paintings and s,:ulpSpecial interest sessions will con- ture in the United States," said sider revitalization of parish and . Peter Murray, curator of the diocesan liturgical structures; nurCrawford Gallery. . turing the spirit and skill ofliturgiThe works depict various elecal ministers; how parishes can ments of Irish life over the past 200 "celebrate life and live the celebra- years, including history, politics, tion"; and how liturgists can hanliterature, sports and the feminist dle stress and time management. movement. Further information about regThe exhibit is co-sponsored by istration and the conference is availIona College, through foundations able from the Federation of Dioce- established at the New Rocbelle, san Liturgical Commissions, PO N. Y., school by Joseph M. Murphy, Box 29049, Washington, DC 200 17, and by the Congregation of Chrisor from Rev. Jon-Paul Gallant, tian Brothers in memory of Brc,ther PO Box 2577, Fall River 02722. Edmund Rice, who founded the order at Waterford, Ireland, in 1802. The order began lona College in 1940 and its eastern U.S. province is located in New Rochelle. "We are proud to sponsor this wonderful exhibit," and Christian Brother James A. Liguori, president of the college. "This exhibit will help our students understand Prayer of Praise the influences of Irish heritage in Almighty and merciful today's society." God, you break the power Noting that Ireland's fine arts have been overshadowed by the of evil and make all things country's literature and mt.sic, new in your Son Jesus Murray said, "The quality of this Christ, the King of the uniexhibit will finally raise fine arts to verse. Mayall in heaven the respected position they so richand earth acclaim your glory Iy deserve."

Liturgy commissions set ,Providence meeting The 1995 national meeting of the Diocesan Liturgical Commissions will be held Oct. 5 to 9 at the Marriott Hotel in Providence, with the theme"Mysteryand Metanoia: Building Bridges between Liturgy and Life." Open to members of diocesan liturgy commissions, liturgists, pastors and church musicians, the program will "examine the roots of our commitment to the renewal, the 21 st-century reality of the paschal mystery and the living out of our mission in Christ," said Rev. Kenneth J. Suibielski, chair of the Office for Worship of the Providence diocese and also chair of the local committee preparingfor the October meeting. Major speakers will be Msgr. Frederick R. McManus, who will discuss "new and higher liturgical plateaus, reinforced by the past, looking to the future"; Rev. Robert Duggan, who will explore how believers "are to understand the dynamic interactions between liturgical ritual, conversion to.discipleship and today's cultural values." Also Rev. Regis A. Duffy, OFM, whose topic will be the way in which experience of the paschal mystery shapes the lives of believers and transforms rituals into "prophetic action-words" that proclaim the Christian mission to the world; and Sister Theresa F. Koernke, who will explain the mission of the ch'urch to shape the future, a mission which demands social ethics in addition to public worship. '

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Xaveriall brother recalls Babe Ruth

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What We're About

BALTIMORE (CNS) - "As kids we adored him," said Xaverian Brother John Joseph Sterne of baseball legend Babe Ruth. As the baseball world remembered the Babe on th,e 100th anniversary of his birth, Feb. 6, Brother Sterne recalled memories of three precious weeks in September 1920 when he traveled for a brief time with the Babe Ruth Band. The Babe Ruth Band - actually the St. Mary's Industrial School Band, rechristened in honor of its namesake's suclcess and popularity - was invited to go with the New York Yankees on a tour that took the team to Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, SI.. Louis, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. "Those were memorable days," said Brother Sterne, now 85 years old and living in a retirement home in Louisville, Ky. Those were the days men wore straw boaters until September and steamboats plied America's rivers. In 1920,George HC:l'man"Babe" Ruth was 25 and John Sterne was only 10. Both were taught at St. Mary's Industrial, a technical school in BaltimoTi~ run by the Xaverian Brothers. Xaverian Brother Henry Marino, who works at the brothers' provincial office in Ellicott City, Md., said St. Mary's Industrial, which opened in 1866, was, not a reform school, but "the brothers were incredible disciplinarians.',' In interviews with The Catholic Review, newspaper of the Baltimore Archdiocese, both brothers said that in those days people had such large families that they often sent a few of their children to schools such as St. Mary's if they had family difficulties. For instance, Brother Sterne recalled that the Ruth family was "busy with their bar, so St. Mary's raised their son from the age of 7 to 19 when the Orioles got him." As a student Brother Sterne was a non-Catholic who came from Washington, but at age 13 he entered the Xaverian Brothers' aspirancy program. His parents were divorced and he and his brother Louis were sent to St. Mary's. Brother Sterne played the coronet and his brother the clarinet. At the time John Sterne came to St. Mary's, George: Herman was gone, but his reputation remained. Brother Sterne n:called that the

"This is what we are about: We plant seeds that will one day grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities. We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for God's grace to enter and do the rest. We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and

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A YOUTHFUL BABE RUTH Babe loved the kids at St. Mary's. He said he was like a "big boy always." The brot~er thinks the Babe was popular because "he was himself a kid at heart. The brothers were fathers to him." ' The nickname "Babe" suggests his boyish love for the game of baseball, but according to the memoirs of Xaverian Brother Gilbert Cairns, who worked at St. Mary's Industrial School, the name came from a near accident. The young Ruth was in Fayetteville, N.C., trairiingwith the minor league Orioles and fresh out of St. Mary's. He had only the money the brothers had given him. When a friend offered him the use of his bicycle one day, Ruth rode past the hotel in Fayetteville where the rest of the ball players were staying. As he rode by, showing off the •

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new wheels, a truck nearly ran him down. A baseball scout named Steinman quipped, "If manager Dunn does not shackle that new babe of his, he'll ... be a Babe Ruth in the cemetery." The next day a Baltimore sports writer picked up the quote and used it in print. Brother Cairns recalled in his memoirs, "The name caught on like a porous plaster and stuck like liquid cement." As a postscript, St. Mary's Industrial School, 'which closed in 1950, is now Cardinal Gibbons High School. It has a case-full of photos of the baseball hero. Last fall, the school held a symposium in honor of the Babe, attended by his granddaughter, Linda Tosetti, and great-granddaughter, Robin Hettrick, both of Connecticut.

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Office for Lay Ministry Development in the diocese of Orlando. "We've always had lay ministry in the church. Only people didn't call it that," she said. "Today, with an educated laity, we hear people say. 'My ministry is my family,'" she continued. Nonordained ministers are pursuing education and formation and some have strong(:r professional credentials than ordained ministers. Even though laity "make up 99 percent of the church" and "are called to ministry through baptism," Ms. Rooney said "we're still in the transition which began with Vatican II 30 years ago." Many laity are volunteers, she noted, but a growing number are "professional or career ministers who are fulltime and salaried," serving as parish life coordinators, presiding and giving reflections at prayer services, conducting wakes, and ministering to the bereaved, and involved in adult education, counseling and spiritual direction. To help foster proper, training and formation for lay' ministers the National Association for Lay Ministry has developed national standards for pastoral ministers, which have been approved by the U.S. Catholic Conference for use in certifying pastoral ministers, associates, and parish life coordinators.

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A Golden Opportunity for All Announcement" of the proposed extension of commuter rail service from Boston to Southeastern Massachusetts via Taunton comes as great news. It is estimated that when completed this vital link will service at least 8000 commuters daily. Extended rail service will also be a boon to Bristol County in many other ways. It will open new housing opportunities, make job markets more accessible and gain new customers for' retail outlets. Apart from economic advantages, it will cut down on the wear and tear of rush-hour driving, facilitating travel and lessening dependence on our decaying, roadways and bridges. However, it would be desirable, as commuter rail plans are being finalized, to consider the transportation problems of Cape Cod, where narrow vision has too often led to narrow and inadequate roads. In fact; how can we envision the renewal of rail service without the companion vision and understanding of the need of expanded boat service to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard from New Bedford, which has an ideal port for container cargo service to the Islands. Such an undertaking would rejuvenate the New Bedford waterfront and bring jobs to an area that 'seems to be moving beyond recession into deep depression. The shoreside services needed by merchant shipping would not only lessen unemployment but would contribute to the upgrading of a really fine harbour; and with both boat and rail services available, tourism should flourish. An even greater economic boom could ensue if the concept of a New Bedford regional airport were to become reality. The local business community backs boat, rail and air possibilities and is ready to factor them into its own plans for expansion. The airport and piers are already connected by rail and a little hard work, diligent lobbying and citizen support could make this area of the Commonwealth a transportation hub. The state and towns need the tax revenue that could be engendered and area citizens would once again have a chance, of finding jobs near their homes. The provision of rail and sea facilities is a practical and workable proposal that would benefit an area that for too long has been the poor relative in the Massachusetts family. Real jobs help people and would release them from the vain hope of casino-generated wealth. Those who represent us must look for long-term solutions. The short-term promise of casino gambling will never revitalize the local economy. Only a few people really make a profit at the card tables and for communities to place their hope on revenues from professional gambling is sheer folly. With the reemergence of railroad service, it is time for us to realize that such concrete proposals are the true hope for economic progress in Southeastern Massachusetts. It is now a matter of priorities, and undertakings that are truly beneficial to the common good should become our prime concern. Let our mayors, selectmen, city councilors, representatives and senators come together as business has done and look beyond the quick fix. Developing rail, ferry, cargo and air service can be achieved with minimum expense and rewarding returns. Such endeavors would not be a gamble, a t~row of the dice or a roll of the wheel. They would be investments in the future of Southeastern Massachusetts, the Cape and Islands and a golden opportunity for all. The Editor

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Prejudice against immigrants no-win situation By Father Kevin J. Harrington One ofthe most distressing signs of our times is a growing spirit of hostility toward immigrants to this country. Congress appears to be on the verge of passing legislation severely limiting legal immigration. Such a hostile attitude is captured in the words of Rep. Lamar Smith (R) of Texas, chairman of the House subcommittee on'immigration, who is sponsoring a bill that would set an annual ceiling of 330,000 family-sponsored immigrants: "What's in the best interests of the American worker and the American economy is what drives us." Public sentiment is'being crudely manipulated ,by some politicians' to scapegoat the n~west comers to our shores as the root of all the economic problems that plague our nation. This is a cruel game that victimizes the very people who often work the hardest for the least amount of money and live in the least desirable urban areas of our nation, Our millionaire legislators prove beyond a reasonable doubt the wisdom enunciated in the early 19th century by Letitia Elizabeth Landon: "Few save the poor, feel for the poor." Growing up in the city of New Bedford during the 1950s and 1960s my experience of immigration was very positive. During my summer jobs I saw parents struggling in the factories to sustain their families with little hope for their own future

but with the dream that their children's lives would be better than their own. No amount of negative stereotyping can remove those images from my mind or heart. I saw my peers who immigrated from Cuba or the Azores strive to speak without an accent, play sports, excel in school and do everything they possibly could to fit in with our culture. There is a struggle to be accepted that is common to all new immigrants. In my experience, I have seen immigrants receive much support and encouragement from social agencies, fellow believers at ch1.!rch and neighbors who did not share their ethnic heritage. It was always understood that . each immigrant group would begin by cleaving to its own enclave but that when trust developed a true melting pot, could be achieved. Indeed, that proverbial 'melting pot is an apt metaphor if we think of the end result as a rich stew and not as a bland broth. We each need to take pride in our own ethnic roots and do what we can to preserve the unique value of each component of the stew. Forcing people to reject their roots prematurely brings the pot to a boil too soon and deprives our nation of its rich cultural diversity. Of late this positive image of immigrants has been overshadowed by headlines and hype over illegal immigrants who sneak over borders or cross the seas on homemade rafts or rusty freighters. The image

of the disheveled scrawny alien seems to have been indelibly imprinted on the American psyche. Apparently gone are the positive images of proud new citizens being sworn in under the American :f1ag. As a nation, are we returning to the shameful days of the Chinese Exclusion Act, signed by politicians who manipulated the common fear that little yellow men with queues would take over the economy because they were willing to work long hours for low wages? It is frightening to see history repeat itself. Opponents of immigration who argue that newcomers are depleting our social services need to take a closer look at the many immigrants who would rather go hungry than use food stamps or have their labor exploited than accept a welfare check. Politicians will ~tudy the fiscal impacl: of immigration and depending on preconceived notions will dt:termine what kind of reception our newest future citizens will recdve. The anti-immigrant sentiment is a dangerous one that poisons the very air offreedom that we all long to breathe. Not to be concerned about this issue is to doom ourselves to repeat one of the ug:liest pages of our nation's history. The impact of such a negative attitude goes well beyond our short.. or long-term economic interest and touches the very fabric of our Houl as a nation. Great nations, like great people, fall when they forget where they came from!


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show power of praye:r Genesis 18:20-32 Colossians :t:12-14 Luke 11:1-13 This Sunday's readings present graphic examples of the power of prayer. Let us approach our merciful God with reverence and confidence. as we sing this Sunday's psalm: "Lord. on the day I called for help, you answered me" (Ps

138). In the Genesis reading the Lord allows Abraham to bargain boldly for the sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the previous section, the Lord deliberates about telling Abraham his intentions: "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, now that he is to become a great and populous nation, and all the nations of the earth will find blessing in him?" Because of Abraham's role in the divine plan, the Lord does allow the patriarch to hear of his plan to investigate the injustices in Sodom and Gomorrah. Then the Lord said: "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great. and their sin so grave, I must go down and see whether or not their actions fully correspond to the cry against them that comes to me. I mean to find out. Assuming that a guilty verdict is inevitable, Abraham begs the Lord to spare the cities for the sake of the few innocent who may be there. It is noteworthy that he does not simply ask for the sparing of the innocent. like the family of his nephew Lot (see Gen 13-14, 19), but that the whole city be preserved because of the few righteous. Abraham actually intercedes with God for pagan sinners, and his argument is quite clever. He first asks the Lord, "Will you sweep away the innocent with the guilty?" , Presumably the Lord would answer "No," but before he can respond, Abraham rushes on to add. "Suppose there were 50 innocent people in the city; would you wipe out the place, rather than spare it for the 50 innocent people, within it?" Now Abraham has forced the Lord to agree to spare the whole city if he is to preserve his .reputation as "the judge of all the earth" who would not "make the innocent die with the guilty." Abraham's almost Promethean

Daily Readings July 31: Ex 32:15-24,3034; Ps 106:19-2.3; Mt 13:31-35 Aug. 1: Ex 33:7-11;34:5b9,28; Ps 103:6-13; Mt 13:3643 Aug. 2: Ex 34:29-35; Ps 99:5-7,9; Mt 13:44-46 Aug. 3: Ex 40:16-21,3438; Ps 84:3-6,8-11; Mt 13:4753 Aug. 4: Lv 23:1,4-11,1516,27,34b-37; Ps 81:3-6,1011; Mt 13:54-!i8 Aug. 5: Lv 25:1,8-17; Ps 67:2-3,5,7-8; IMt 14:1-12 Aug. 6: On 7:9-10,13-14; Ps 97:1-2,5-6,9; 2 Pt 1:1619; Lk 9:28b-36

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boldness in pushing God to the point of promising to spare the city for the sake of 10 innocent is a lesson to all of us to be courageous in voicing our concerns for justice and mercy to God. In the second reading, Paul continues his attack on those false teachers who wanted to introduce "circumcision" and certain exotic ascetical and religious practices into the Christian life at Colossa (see 2: 16-23). In contrast to the fragmented religiosity of his opponents, Paul presents the simple, straightforward truth that in baptism the Christian was buried with Christ and raised to a new life with him. God does not have some hidden debt against the past sins of a Christian which must be paid by strange penitential practices. Paul asserts: He rChristl pardoned all our sins. He canceled the bond that stood against us with all its claims, snatching it up and nailing it to the cross. The importance of prayer for the disciples is a theme that occurs repeatedly in Luke. He, more than

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PASSIONIST Father Vincent Youngberg will preach a mission July 31 through Aug. 4 at St. Mary's/Our Lady of ,the Isle parish, Nantucket. The mission will begin a year of reflection, renewal and reconstruction for the community as it prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 1996. Father Youngberg will be guest homilist at all weekend Masses July 29 and 30 and will invite parishioners, vacationers and/ or other interested Nantucket residents to attend his talks next Monday through Friday following 7:30 a.m. Mass. The talks will be repeated at 7 each evening, but without a Mass. His topics' will be Self-Acceptance; Fulfillment and Where It Is to be Found; The Power ofthe Spirit in Out' Lives; The Rite of Reconciliation and the Healing Aspects of Forgiveness; and What is Ahead of Us? On Aug. 4, several priests will be present for those wishing to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.

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the lesser to the greater. If a friend will rouse himself and his whole house because you come at midnight seeking bread for your guest, how much more will the heavenly Father respond when we ask. And if we who are evil give good things to our children when they ask, then "how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him." Such teaching should give us the confi-

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treatment advances availa, ' ble in the country and is an active participant in clinical research trials sponsored by by the National Cancer Insti, tute and many other com' prehensive cancer centers. Participation in such' trials allows Saint Anne's Hospi, tal to 'deliver many innova, rive treatment plans to pa, tients without necessitating that they travel long dis, tances. Many of the newest che, motherapy treatments are delivered safely and effec, tively by expertly trained staff at the Hudner Oncol, ogy Center, where oncol, ogy nurses provide therapy, support and help as they educate patients and their families about chemother' apy procedures. "Because of the many issues facing cancer patients, we [the center staff] become their caregivers both medically and emotionally," said Dr. Shparber.

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,Starting a business Dear Dr. Kenny: I have worked at several jobs, but now I would like to run my own business. I am 40 years old and the mother of two. I have taken several college business courses, and I would like to run a bookstore. I think it would be more challenging than working for others and would give me more time with my children, who are 10 and 12. Also, the children might be able to help me in the store,and thusfeel a part of it. It is an idea that excites me, but I worry that it may be too risky. - Pennsylvania Every, year thousands of small businesses open. Ninety percent last only a short time. Analysts say that lack of preparation explains most of the failures. Here are some' suggestions from women entrepreneurs who have started and run successful small businesses. . I. Define clearly what you want to do. Do you' envision a fulltime business, open 40 to 50 hours per week, growing steadily with you hope ~ more profit each year? Do you want a limited project? One bookseller I visited posted the delightful sign "Open weekends, other times chance or appointment" with the phone riumber.

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2. Define your market. Your college business courses have undoubtedly taught you the importance 'of marketing. Who will patronize you? How large a'population will you serve? Are there enough people among that population to support a bookstore? Do you have competition? Can you find your own niche, an area' no one else is serving? Can you offer more than one product or service? Might you have a coffee bar with homemade cakes and muffins as well as, a bookstore. Could you offer prints or artwork to increase interest in your shop? 3. Talk to owners ofsmall businesses in your area, Hear how they got started. They may be able to advise you about finanCing or suggest a good location. 4. Help for small-business owners abounds. Use it. The Small Business Administration offers litera' ture and workshops throughout the country. Check your newspaper, your library or government _ offices for information. Books and magazines can also answer many of your questions. Use your library. Ask the librarian for help. The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a volunteer organization which provides

Dr. JAMES & MARY KENNY free business counseling. Get more information on it from your nearest Small Business Administration office. B,efore meeting with SCORE advisers, you will need to prepare well: Determine your market; gather ideas for a location; determine the space you need; make a budget; plan possible avemies for financing. The discipline of careful planning will help you clarify exactly what you want to do and will give your adviser the ability to assess your chances for success. Starting a business is risky. But successful women entrepn:neurs agree unanimously that the challenge ofturning a dream into a real business is far more rewa,rding than working for someone else. Careful,and realistic planning can greatly increase your chanc:e for success. Reader questions on family living and child care to be answered in print are invited. Address questions: The Kennys; 219 W. Harrison; Rensselaer, Ind. 47978.

Making a special chapel Since opening a little more than learned with her pastor, Father a year ago, the perpetual adora- Donald Cahill. tion chapel at St. George parish in (Father Thomas McGread, pasTinley Park, Ill., has given people tor of St. Francis parish, visited the glorious opportunity of pray- the Fall River diocese in May to ing around the cloc~ in the pres- explain his stewardship program. ence of the Eucharist. Editor) According to the video, St. Named the Holy Family chapel, Francis is a parish where 85 perits focal point is the monstrance. , I had the privilege of praying in cent of the people go to, Mass this oasis of devotion to the Lord weekly and the collection hits some this year, and I was proud of my, $50,000 weekly, allowing the church son Sterling and his wife Bern- to subsidize tuition for Catholic adette, who were among those grammar and high schools. This amazing development of who actively advocated such a chapel at St. George's, where they community spirit was credited by have been pa'rishioners for over 30 the parish to the fact that they had , perpetual adoration. years. Every great accomplishment "I ,was moved tlY that," said begins with an idea and a dedi- Father Cahill. St. George's then cated, believer. That was Connie explored parish interest in round~ 'Bots, a member of the parish pas- the-clock praying, and some 700 toral council, whose explanation people said they would, sign up. for proposing a perpetual adora- With that response, Father Cahill tion chapel is,that''The Holy Spirit 'told M!i. Bots and her committee started to do some renewal in me. I to go ahead. think I was strictly the messenger." , The first problem was space. The inspiration came after Con- One stall of the priests' four-ear nie saw a video of St. Francis par- garage was vacant. It' had possi" ' ish in Wichita;'Kan., which had bilities. '! "It was feasible - and it was experienced an amazing'revitalization. She shared what'she had work!" said Jolin Schutzius, father

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of 10 and a key laborer for the project. Time, talent and matl:rials were donated. In nine weeks the garage went from a rough food pantry 10 an elegant chapel witli an entrance and bathroom - and no debt. "Every, time we needed help, there was help. The money po,ured in," my'son said, again attrib'lting this to the Holy Spirit. - Truly these are devoted Chris- , tian people 'who believe that what the world needs now is prayl:r and how you top prayer ofifered the presence of the Lord? , Father Cahill.called the chapel a wonderful,suc'cess. He said: "We have beautiful, very large parish, with a 'real, sense of family, I'm convinced it's the power of prayer. .. '. We're in hloom.' "

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Time-killers as you 1wait We do many things to make our homes safer from potential catastrophes - such as installing smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, security systems and dogs trained to identify our cousins-in-law. But most of us neglect other forms of natural disaster. Example: teen sons or daughters not calling when they are going to arrive horne later than an agreed-upon time. Despite haranguing to the otherwise, many young people do not realize a parent's blood pressure and anxiety barometer rise exponentially for every minute that child is late. Some of these young people live with us. Adult imaginations that have lain dormant for decades leap to life. Thus, it is wise to have a contingency plan for such possibilities. - Read the Bible. Try this from Jeremiah (31:16-17): "Thus says the Lord: Cease your cries of mourning, wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow shall have its reward, says the Lord, shall return from the enemy's land. There is hope for your future, says the Lord; your sons shall return to their own borders." - Barter with God. This is like praying and making a few future plans at the same time. Case in point: In exchange for the safe return of oldest son I still owe God at least one trip to a Marian shrine, a month at a Guatemalan mission, six months' of First Friday Masses and time on my knees in the parish weed patch. - Address Christmas card envelopes in advance, ,even if it's April.

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(with a capital "C") is not always so innocent of more specific connotations. For some Christians, the term catholic church properly refers only to the universal church as it existed before the division between the Eastern (Oriental) and Western churches nearly 1,000 years ago. For others, whether or not they claim allegiance to the church of Rome, catholic ha$ become nearly snyonymous with Roman Catholic. I nsofar as this is true, it is understandable if believers in Jesus Christ who are not Roman Catholic are sometimes reluctant to profess belief in the catholic church, small "c" or not. Speaking historically, of course, the name Christian doesn't fare much better. When the disciples of Jesus were first called Christians in Antioch (Acts 11 :26), the multiple varieties of Christians we know today did not exist. As we all know, however, at least in common speech the name Catholic has by now assumed a far more limited meaning than the name Christian. Q. A book we are studying refers to the "mystical beauty of the Odes and Psalms of Solomon." The Bible doesn't contain these books, unless they are under an-

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You'll be doing productive work plus keeping your mind operating in a positive mode. (Personal note: Store the envelopes in a place where you will be able to find them in December.) - Rehearse a sarcastic welcomehome speech. Or make a list of potential beginning lines. For example: "The reason I hold this 2X4 in my hand is because I love you," or "I've changed my mind about tattoos. Wlfre going to have your home phonenumber done on your knuckles," or "Don't make things worse by telling me you were in line for Mother Teresa's autograph." - Make a list of punishments and curfews and banishments and extra chores and ways you can make their lives miserable for at least several years to come; crumple and toss it when the door opens. - Crack out old home movies, photo albums or videos. Seeing old shots of the kids in diapers makes you less likely to kick them in the place you used to dust with ,baby powder and zinc oxide. =- Buy a video thriller like"Airport '75" and keep it handy. Play it and chant, "See, things could be worse." - Say the rosary. Your comments are welcomed by Uncle Dan, 25218 Meadow Way, Arlington, Wash. 98223.,. .

other name, but we would like to know more about them. Can you help? (Ohio) A. You won't find them in the Bible. The 42 Odes of Solomon, accompanied by "psalms" obviously meant to imitate the Psalms of Scripture, were written by an unknown Christian author in the early part of the second century. The hymns are exalted meditations on basic themes of Christian revelation. Some are remarkable and unique in Christian literature, so much so that certain groups considered them almost equivalent to books of Scripture. While references to these hymns appear often in other Christian works, the actual texts were only discovered early in this century. The latest English translation of which I'm aware was published in 1912 by Cambridge (England) Press. Perhaps it is now out of print, but it's worth a search. A free brochure outlining basic Catholic prllyers, beliefs and practices is aVllilable by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Holy Trinity Church, 704 N. Main Street, Bloomington, III. 61701. Questions should be sent to him at the same address.

Attending service at Catholic cathedral a first for queen LONDON (CNS) - Queen Elizabeth, head of the Church of England, will attend a service in a Catholic church for the first time, said Buckingham Palace. The queen has accepted an invitation from Cardinal George Basil Hume of Westminster to a Nov. 30 ecumenical service marking the 100th anniversary of Westminster Cathedral in London. The service will include hymns and prayers, but not a Mass, according to Ithe announcement. "It is the first time the queen has been to a full service at a Catholic cathedral or church," a palace spokesman said, adding it is a "notable anniversary and the right decision at the time." The Duchess of Kent last year became the first member of British royalty to convert to Catholicism since 1685, when King Charles II joined the church on his deathbed. The duchess,. married to Edward, the Duke of Kent, who is 18th in line to the throne, flouted a law dating from the 1700s that bars members of the monarchy from becoming Catholics. Traditionally, a member of the royal family who has married a Catholic has had to renounce any claim to the throne, but because the duchess was an Anglican at the time of her marriage, the Duke of Kent's position remains unaffected. The duchess needed permission from Queen Elizabeth to leave the Church of England. Westminster Cathedral is near the 11th-century Anglican Westminster Abbey, where monarchs are crowned and buried. Both are situated in central London near the Houses of Parliament.

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A LITTLE COFFEE helps the work along as board members of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women make preparations for the annual Bishop's Night on Cape Cod, to take place Tuesday, Aug.' 8, at Tara Cape Codder Hotel, Hyannis. Standing beside Msgr. Henry T. Munroe, Cape and Islands District V moderator for the council, is Kitsy Lancisi, DOCW president. (Lavoie photo)

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WASHINGTON (CNS) - For Her research and interviews with parents while raising their own 75 years the National Council of former officers and staff members children, and Mothers Outreach Catholic Women and its diocesan uncovered countless stories of wo- to Mothers, linking at-risk expeccouncils across the nation have men at work quietly behind the tant mothers with community , ,services. taken on all kinds of issues, from 'scenes over the years. Forexample, in their post-World promoting modest dress to caring "How much these women have for refugees and the environment War I effort, NCCW members , done for the country has hardly to addressing many social justice provided anything needed by war been known," said Mrs. O'Halloconcerns in between. victims, including food and clothes. ran, who hopes her book m.ight Holding a proud place among , They also spoke up on legislative playa small part in changing t.hat. councils is that of the Fall River issues with a special concern for "I admire them; without th,~m I diocese, whose members have sup- wome!l and girls. don't know where the country During an era when child labor ported and worked for unnum~ would be," she added. bered good causes, among them and adult sweatshops were still As to what the NCCW migh't do diocesan'Catholic'Charities, which legal in some states,,the women at in the next 75 years, Mrs. O'Hallobenefit from the upcoming Bish- the first NCCW convention voted op's Night on Cape Cod and the to endorse the U.S. Labor Depart- ran hesitates to make predictions. "I'm not a prophet, I'm a histoannual Bishop's Ball, held in Jan- ,ment children's and women's buuary, both sponsored by the dioce- reaus because of their efforts "in rian," she said. She does think the organization san council, which shares sponsor- regard to protective measures for will become smaller because woship with the St. Vincent de Paul women and children." Over the years members have men have so many more opporSociety in the case of the Bishop's Ball. given significant contributions to tunities in today's church than did their predecessors. The National Council, which Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. has its headquarters in Washing- bishops' overseas relief and devel"The expanded role of women in direct church involvement atton, is a federation of some 8,000 opment agency, and were the first organizations of Catholic women Americans to raise money for tracts the same kind of ideali,stic in the United States. Formed the Mother Teresa in 1960 before her Catholic women today who origisame year women won the right to work became famous. nally joined NCCW in the past," vote, it has always adapted to Today, the organization's con- she notes in the conclusion of her changing times and never been tinued concern for women and book. "For many years, such 'Wo"stuck in the past," said Ruth girls continues in campaigns men saw in this long-established O'Halloran, author of a book against the abuse of women, por- national Catholic organization an chronicling the organization's 75 nography and abortion. Special opportunity for service to the years. programs include Respite, helping church when few other roles were Mrs. O'Halloran presented the women -to care for their elderly open to them." book to Annette Kane, executive director of NCCW, during a ceremony last month which was part of the yearlong celebration of the organization's anniversary. ' Writing "National Council of Catholic Women: The First 75 Years," was not something Mrs., O'Halloran set out to do. But when asked to take it on, she 'couldn't refuse, she told Catholic News Service in a telephone interview from her home outside Portland, Maine. She wrote both a dissertation and a shorter, more popular book on the NCCW's history as part of her work towards a doctorate in church history at The Catholic University of America. ' Mrs. O'Halloran spent six months in Washington poring through boxes of documents stored at Catholic University and volumes of the organization's minutes and publications at the headquarters' . office. Her expenses were paid by DURING HIS recent visit to Slovakia, Pope John Paul II a grant from Our Sunday Visitor , Institute, takes time for a lakeside stroll. (CNS/ Reuters photo)


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'PARTIAL BIRTH' ABORTION PROCEDURE viving for months on a spoonful of rice and raw corn. "The sad part about it was that the people in that camp who were preparing to die clapped and petted Lin. They were happy in the moment of their dying. They were just overjoyed," Campbell added. On the plane trip to the United States, Lin looked out at the clouds and asked his father, "Are we in heaven so we can see Mom?"

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"Partial··birth" abortion bill woul,d ban procedure WASHINGTON (eNS) - A bill banning a controversial type of late-term abortion was approved, last week in a 20-12 pSlrty-line vote of the House Judiciary Committee. The "Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act" would make illegal a specific type of abortion usually used at 24 weeks of pregnancy or later (see illustrations above). H.R. 1833 would impose fines and a prison sentence of up to two years on physicians who perform such abortions, and allow the fa- . ther or, if the mother is under 18, the maternal grandparents, to sue for damages. Women who have such abortions would not be subject to prosecution. Opponents of the bill, among other arguments, said it was the first step toward legislation banning all abortions; and that the bill constituted the Congress practicing medicine without a license by , banning a procedure that doctlJ.s should have the option of using if they feel it is in the patient's best interests. Some supporters, including committeechairman Rep. Henry Hyde, R-III., agreed that la ws banning all abortions are their goal. Others emphasized the brutal nature of the procedure in qut:stion, noting that alternate methods of lateterm abortions are available for

the "tragic" cases of fetal abnormalities discovered late in pregnancy that were being emphasized by bill opponents. . Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass, suggested that if the bill's supporters believe the procedure constitutes murder, as Hyde and a couple of other Republicans on the committee have said, they should have made the penalties more in keeping with a charge of murder. "Politics is the art of the possible," said Hyde, conceding that it would be much harder to win support for a bill with ha~sher penalties. Rep. Charles T. Canady, RFla., the' bill's sponsor, said he believes that morally abortion and murder are the same, but acknowledges that in U.S. law they are clearly different and that he. ha~ never used the term murder for the procedure. The only amendment approved that makes a substantive change in . the bill eliminated the possibility of a woman who receives such an abortion suing the physician for damages. Rejected were amendments that would have eliminated the prison term or permitted "partial-birth" abortions for the health of the mother, except for when the mother's life is at risk.

.··ill GUIDED by a teacher's hand, Lin Hakiruwizera pedals a tricycle. (CNSj Methe photo)

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A HOSPITAL ch;1plain prays with a patient. Scientists are catching up with what religious people have always known: prayer changes things. (eNS/ Fetchko photo)

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Prayer changes things ST. LOUIS (CNS) - Christians have been saying it for centuries - prayer can heal. And now some scientists are agreeing. A recent study by psychologists at St. Louis University School of Medicine says that although there is not enough scientific evidence to definitively prove a correlation between prayer and healing, results of experiments over the past 30 years "encourage further study." "The Effect of Prayer on Physical Health: Experimental Evidence" was written by Paul Duckro of the university's Health Sciences Center and Philip R. Magaletta of the psychology department. Their article was published in the J oumal of Religion and Health, a quarterly magazine based in New York. "Although this review provides a stimulating and rich foundation for further study, there are not enough scientific data' at this time to indicate with certainty that prayer directly causes better health or improved healing," said Duckro. A professor of psychiatry and hu- . man behavior, he is director ofthe Program for Psychology and Religion in the university's division of behavioral medicine. In their study, Duckro and Magaletta looked at various studies conducted in the past 30 years 'on the direct effects of prayer on physical health. A 1969 study, for example, divided 18 children with leukemia, into two groups. Families in a Protestant church in another city were asked to pray daily for 10 of the children. The other eight received the same medical treatment but no prayer. After 15 months of prayer, seven of the 10 children prayed for were still alive, and only two of the eight in the control group had survived. Other studies reviewed by the scientists focused on germination of seeds and growth of seedlings,

eliminating many'of the variables inherent in studying human beings. Those studies consistently found that positive prayer increased growth by 5 percent to 35 percent over seeds not prayed for. "A complication making impossible a facile interpretation of the results was the fact that prayer for 'no growth' also seemed to result in more successful germination and growth," Duckro and Magaletta noted. The St. Louis researchers made several suggestions for future studies linking prayer and health. "Critical to such future endeavors will be a thorough knowledge of the disease being studied and strict control for the effect ofvariabies other than prayer which are related to outcome," they said. They also urged consideration of "whether some types of prayer, or some persons praying, might be more effective than others" and closer research on the frequency and duration of prayer in the studies. "The association of religious faith and physical health has been demonstrated in a wealth of studies," they said. "Now more than ever before, both science and religion seem ready. to open up previously protected 'assumptions to empirical observation." Duckro and Magaletta looked at many of the same studies reviewed by physician and author Larry Dossey in his 1994 book, "Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine." Dossey, who co-chairs the panel on mind / body interventions in the Office of Alternative Therapy at the National Institutes of Health, looked at 130 scientific studies on the effects of prayer in healing. More than half showed that prayer dramatically improved the health of the person or object prayed for, he said.

She's helpe'd8,OOO troubled teens LA CROSSE, Wis. (CNS) An incident 79 years ago led in a roundabout way to the honor that Myldred Jones recently received from Viterbo College in La Crosse. When Ms. Jones was 6 years old, one of her friends didn't come to Sunday school. When she asked why, her mother said the child had to go away because her parents didn't take very good care of her. Myldred's mother took her to see her friend at juvenile hall, with bars on the windows and guards at the doors. The matron took away the toys Myldred had brought for her friend. "When 'I grow up, they're not going to put little girls in places like that," she told her mother. The thought stuck in Ms. Jones' head for many years as she served in the U.S. Navy for 17 years and retired as a lieutenant commander and used her training as a social worker and teacher to help countless people, especially teenagers. It was still in her mind in 1979 after she had retired, when she instructed her lawyer to rewrite her will to bequeath funds to create it.' home for runaways. Her lawyer advised her to start the hpme while she was living, and Casa de Bienvenidos (House of Welcome) Youth Center was born.

Since then, some 8,000 troubled teens and their families have been served by Casa, located in Los Alamitos, Calif. Eighty-five percent ofthe youths ultimately return home or go to live with another relative. For her accomplishment, Ms. Jones was given the Pope John XXIII Award by Viterbo College. It is given to those committed to service in the spirit of Pope John XXIII.. Ms. J ones told the Times Re-

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view, La Crosse diocesan newspaper, that Casa "is a testimony of God's love for teenagers." She said Casa has two objectives: to get teens off the street "and into a loving and compassionate home" or to reunite them with their families. "Thai: takes a lot of prayer and faith," she said. The young people who come to Casa are often drug abusers and sexually active, and may have been on the streets for years. They may come from abusive families or have parents who are ad.dicts or simply lack the parenting skills to care for children. Casa residents receive individual, group and family counseling, education and a place where they can feel safe, Ms. Jones said. Because Casa can care for only a few youths at a time, Ms. Jones sought other ways to assist teens in need, founding Project SaJe Place, through which local businesses place signs in their windows to let young people know that they can come there for help. She also initiated a hot line that y,)uths in distress can call for counsl~ling. A driving force behind Ms. Jones' work is her Catholic faith. She is a member of St. Hedwig parish in Los Alamitos and a lay member ofthe Secular Franciscans.

Hoop dreams come true for grandma:s NEW ORLEANS (CNS) - The so you don't scratch people but life since then, but this was super, TV commercial shows'Larry J ohn- . that doesn't change the angle of an super basketball." son ofthe NBA's Charlotte Hornets elbow.'" The Dominican-Ursuline: rivalry dressing up like his "grandma" in The Silver Slammers sent two is never far from the surfal:e when designer sneakers and siam-dunk- teams to the recent National Senior these grandmothers compete, even ing his opposition. Olympics in San Antonio, one for though they're now teammates. But real grandmamas - the players ages 55-60 and one for In 1950, Ursuline defeated DoElmwood Silver Slammers - once players ages 60 and up. minican 40-28 for the Catholic city competed against each other as The senior Silver Slammers teenagers at St. Mary's Domini- breezed through the competition, title. But because Ursuline had can High .School and Ursuline winning all five games and routing scheduled a school retreat, the Academy in New Orleans. Now the Golden Girls of Oklahoma 22- Ursuline Sisters who ran the: school they're among the best senior 7 for the gold medal. The junior refused to allow the ba!:ketball women basketball players in the Silver Slammers won their first team to take part in the state playoffs. country. three games before losing 27-24 to As the city runner-up, DominiSuffice it to say their playing the Sweet Swishers of Pennsylvacan gladly filled in and路 came home style isn't coached by Emily Post. nia. in the quarterfinals. with the state championship. "We thought ladies of our age For Gail Young Compagno, a "I still have the newspaper headwould be a little less aggressive on the court, but we're just as aggres- senior player, winning the three- line: 'Ursuline Gets the Glory, But sive as we were in high school," , on-three national title evoked mem- Dominican Gets the Trip,'" Mrs. said Lorraine Rizzuto, who found- ories of Dominican's Louisiana Russo said. "I remember when we were making our retreat, we were ed the basketball program for . state championship in 1950. "It took me 45 years to feel this out in the courtyard and Dominiwomen ages 55 and up in 1992. A 1953 graduate of Dominican, way again," she said. "Of course, , can passed by in their trucks yelling and clapping. We haC! a treshe said, "You don't wear jewelry I've had seven children and there's and you keep your fingernails short been an awful lot going on in my mendous school rivalry."

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Cuomo raps cuts affecting POIOi' CHEVY CHASE, Md. (CNS) - A Department of Housing and Urban Development official blasted recent House-approved cuts that affect the poor and criticized 'the lack of an outcry against those cuts. Summer youth jobs and the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program will bear the brunt of $17 billion in budget recisions OK'd by the House, i.aid Andrew Cuomo, HUD assistant secretary for community planning and development. HUD its,elf, he said, was the target of $7 billion in recisions - 25 percent of its budget. "But they can still find $200 billion for a tax cut, half of which wiJI go to people making more than $100,000 a year, and they can still find $183 billion for a capital gains tax cut, half of which will go to people making more than $200,000 a year," Cuomo said. Cuomo spoke at thl: eighth "Pastoring in African-American Parishes" workshop sponsored by the National Black Catholic Congress and held in Chevy Chase, a Washington suburb. He pinch-hit for HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, who was in Oklahoma City in the aftermath ofthe Aprill19 bombing. The son of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, Andrew Cuomo also hit the "deafening" silence over the recisions. With the cuts, "they're saying to these cities and these people, 'You're out,''' Cuomo said. "Why wasn't there a cry across this nation that said, 'No!... Wle're going to call, we're going to phone, we're going to fax. We're not going to let it happen!'" In a question-anel-answer session after his remarks, Cuomo added, "There seems to be an apathy among the pl:ople who are getting shafted again. It's like, 'I'm getting shafted. I'm always getting shafted,''' he said. But by not fighting the cuts, he added, 'it's sure death.... Cuomo also challenged churches to take a more activist role in fighting cuts and speaking up for the poor.

"What more perfect mission for the church than to be the engine of development in every community," he said. "Every neighborhood, every county through the nation has a church. Why isn't the church the community center, the development center, the job center, the affordable housing center - yes, even the homeless shelter?" He issued a particular challenge to the Catholic Church. "The Catholic Church has a convenient separation of church and state when it works for the church," he said to applause in response to a questic;>n. "There are some issues that it delves into when it decides to delve into (them)," Cuomo said. On abortion, for example, "the church can tattoo public officials. The church can threaten excommunication. "But what about those broader issues?" he asked. With computers, phones and fax machines at parishes and Catholic institutions, "you could be waging a war that helps people in this nation." He ticked offa number of HUD programs, many by their abbreviations: "CDBG, HOME, SBA, empowerment zones, JTPA. It sounds like alphabet soup, but the people in this room ought to know those initials like you know the names of the disciples." Cuomo was referring to: CDBG, Community Development Block Grants; HOME, home investment partnership grants that go to the states for local housing strategies to increase home ownership by low-income familie$; SBA, Small Business Administration; JTPA, the Jobs Training Partnership Act passed in the last years ofthe Reagan administration and co-sponsored by then-Sen. Dan Quayle, R-Ind., and Sen. Edward Kennedy, ' D-Mass. Left behind in the rhetorical dust of the cu:rrent debate are the poor, Cuomo said. Cuomo acknowledged failed programs of the past, "but don't throw out the baby with the bath water."

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He gave tht: example of public housing built in the 1950s and '60s. "It was a mistake from the day they laid the first brick," he said to applause. Housing projects were "literally on the other side of the tracks," he added. The prevailing attitude, Cuomo said, was, "Let's take this problem, sweep it throughout the city, put it all in one place and buiJd it up as high as you've got to, close it up, wall it off and let's get away from it." In the midst of whittling down 60 programs to three and sending staff from Washington to field offices, HUD officials learned there is no substitute for community input and involvement, Cuomo said. . "They don't want your paternalism and your handout," he added. "They want what everybody else wants: a job."

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Pr()miseKeepers Continued from Page One Jack McMillan of Sacred Hear parish in Bellevue,Wash., said he feels the Promise Keepers philosophy has worked in his life. He told The Catholic Northeast Progress, newspaper ofthe Seattle archdiocese, that he has participated in a small interdenominational group of Christian men for 12 years. They met:t at lunch to pray, read the Bible and share. Two years ago they attended a Promise Keepers c;onference in Boulder. "It was a tremendous time," McMillan said. Toward the end of the conference, founder McCartney encouraged the men to gather regularly in small groups to focus on Christ, pray and share their pain. McMillan's group felt thc~y were doing most of that, "but we were not sharing our pain," he said. "We've worked on that for a couple of years and it's been a powerful experience." "Y ou center around Christ and his word and develop a prayer life together. It's helped me to look at my life in terms of relationship more and maybe achievement and self-promotion less." Promise Keepers has been criticized as a "good old boy" club

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Opus Dei subject of Chicago controversy CHICAGO (CNS) - The Chicago archdiocese has announced it will not sell its former college seminary in Niles to an all-boys high school affiliated with Opus Dei. Following a vote by the Archdiocesan Finance Council and consultation with the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council, the archdiocese decided against accepting an $8.75 million offer submitted by Northridge Preparatory School for the seminary property, which closed last September. "The underlying issue is the fact that Northridge Preparatory School is closely related to Opus Dei, a worldwide institution which has been officially recognized by the Catholic Church," said a statement released by the archdiocese. "While its stated purpose is to spread in all sectors of society a deep awareness of the universal . call to a life of holiness" according to Second Vatican Council teaching, "Opus Dei has been the subject of considerable controversy," the statement said. Although Opus Dei does not own or directly fund Northridge Preparatory School, mem bel'S founded it in 1976 and comprise two-thirds of its faculty. It currently uses a former Catholic elementary school in Niles for its 208 students. Despite the decision not to sell to Northridge, Chicago Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin said he would like to promote dialogue between Opus Dei representatives and those who have concerns about its vision of the church. . Father William Stetson, delegate vicar of Opus Dei, said he welcomes the opportunity to clear the air about misconceptions people may have about Opus Dei, but said he regretted that he was not allowed to address such concerns at a Presbyteral Council meeting. He compared voting without: input from Opus Dei "like the jury that hears the prosecution but not the defense." Canon law requires consent of both the College ofthe Archdiocesan Consultors and the Archdiocesan Finance Council, as well as of the Holy See for any transaction in excess of $3 million. The consultors had voted 6 to 5 to consent to the sale, but because the vote was so close, they advised Cardinal Bernardin to seek input from the Presbyteral Council. Subsequently, the Archdiocesan Finance Council voted 10 to 5 to withhold i~s consent to the proposed sale. The controversy surrounding the sale only touched on larger issues of concern about the relationship between the archdiocese and Opus Dei, said Father James Kaczorowski, Presbyteral Council chair. He said he had received many letters and phone calls from prie'sts who feel they have been unfairly criticized by Opus Dei members. But according to Father Stetson, most complaints about Opus Dei members lack credibility because they are made anonymously or they i'ncorrectly identify people as members of the unique "personal prelature" established by Pope John Paul II in 1982,54 years after its founding by now Blessed Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer. In the Chicago archdiocese, 12

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In line or out is new Vatican stance VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Morality at the Vatican took a new turn this summer, when employees were told they had to live exemplary lives in line with church teaching - or face possible dismissal. In the past, vague promi~es of upright behavior and church fidelity were made by Vatican employees when they were hired. But a new set of regulations issued in mid- July requires workers to sign on the dotted line.' The "Declaration of Moral Commitment" was immediately attacked by the Association of Vatican Lay Employees, whose secretary said the group's lawyers would do everything possible to challenge the rules before they go into effect in October. But Venezuelan Cardinal Rosalio Castillo Lara, head of the Vatican City State, defended the new regulations and took the occasion to remind workers that· employment at the Vatican was "a privilege and an honor" that also has financial advantages. Employees must sign the onepage declaration in the presence of a special delegate. They must promise to be faithful to the pope, to accept and respect all church teachings on moral and doctrinal issues, and to rigorously keep the rule of secrecy that applies - in theory, at least - to all Vatican operations. The signer agrees that disciplinary action, including firing, can be taken if there are serious lapses in job performance, morality or "profession of the Catholic faith." The new regulations require supervisors to make a twice-yearly evaluation of employees' "behavior, professionalism and performance." The new code also requires Vatican employees to refrain from joining organizations or public demonstrations deemed "incompatible" with church teaching and the nature of the Holy See. For one Vatican official, the new regulations only state the obvious. "This just reminds people why they are working at the Vatican. One aspect ofthisjob is that you have to live the faith you.prcifess, and we're holding you to it," he said. Discussing employee evaluation, one official said, "Right now, employees at the Vatican don't get any feedback at all, whether they're doing a good job or a 'bad one. That's going to change." But others pointed out that the Vatican is not set up to deal with all these evaluations. For one thing, there is no central personnel office and for another, there are different personnel codes for different Vatican departments. That's probably fine with Pope John Paul II.. He may be pleased

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July 12, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls discouraged reporters from showing up in Introd, the alpine village that hosts the pope, saying that this vacation was to be "strictly private." The pope brought along only a little homework: he reviewed drafts of his apostolic letter on the African synod and his major address to the United Nations this fall. But even the official Vatican announcement this year described the stay as a "period of repose." Papal health is a perennial topic at the Vatican, and especially for this pope, who has undergo'ne surgery or hospitalization several times: after an assassination attempt, to remove an intestinal tumor and gallbladder, to repair a dislocated and fractured shoulder and to reconstr_uct a broken thigh bone. After his slow r~covery from the 1994 thigh bone operation, the pope is now moving around better than he has in many months, although his thin black cane is always at hand. Vatican sources had said in late June that the pope was scheduled for a yearly check-up at Rome's Gemelli hospital before going on vacation. The visit was to include a routine CT scan to make sure there was no recurrence of an intestinal tumor.

But a few days later a Vatican spokesman said there would be no check-up - prompting many observers, including one of thl: pope's own doctors, to wonder W:ily. Dr. Corrado Manni, who has been the pope's anesthesiologist at Gemelli and who has been saying for years the pontiff should slow down, publicly encouraged his patient to d? the tests. "Whether it's before or after his trip to the mountains doesn't matter, but these tests should be performed," Manni told reporters. He said any patient with a similar history, "even if his name wasn't John Paul II," should have an annual checkup. "Any of us would like to have the pope's physical condition, considering his age, but he is too stressed," Manni said. Maybe the journalistic "'blackout" on this year's vacatic,n gave the pope some extra peace of mind. Italian reporters met him when he arrived at Introd, but he didn't answer q"uestions. For journalists, it looked like the start of a long two weeks. Even in years past, however, covering a papal vacation has been a little like fishing with a bare hook - rarely has any neVis been pulled in. The pope's hiking r-outes are always a well-guarded secret, and no reporter has ever managed to track down the papal party in the woods. The rest of the time thl: pope spends in his chalet, reading or conversing or praying, and reporters never get to see any of that, either; all of which shows that "papal privacy" may not be such a contradiction in terms.


Holy 'Father: I shrunk the archdiocese MEXICO CITY (eNS) - A ico City Archdiocese will be divided bishop from a small town sud- into four church jurisdictions, denly finds himself chosen to head roughly along the lines offour curthe world's largest archdiocese, rent archdiocesan vicariates. situated in his country"s cosmopolMexico City will remain the see itan capital. city of an archdiocese that will But no sooner has he assumed , retain the distinction of being the its spiritual leadership than the center of the ~exican church. But pope confers upon him the seem- the important Marian shrine of ingly contradictory and mathe- the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadmatically impossible task of reduc- alupe is to become part of a new ing the number of a.rchdiocesan diocese of Guadalupe. Certainly the heart, if not the faithful from more than 18 million to less than 8 million in little more soul, of Mexican Catholicism, the Virgin of Guadalupe has been the than a year or so. This could be the story line for a patron saint of Mexico since, acHollywood box-office hit, perhaps cording to the legend, her appeartitled "Holy Father, I Shrunk the ance in 1531 to an impoverished Archdiocese." Or it might be the Indian on the outskirts of modernplot of a futuristic novel in which day Mexico City. Thus for the Mexico City archreverse evangelization reigns, a diocese, separation from the site of kind of reverse image of the parathe Virgin's miraculous appearance ble of fishes and 10IlVI~S. after more than four centuries, is a But what is actually happening blow, symbolically and economirepresents an ironic twist for newly-named Archbishop' Nor- cally. Revenues from pilgrims to the basilica are said to be in the berto Rivera Carrera" 53, of Mexmillions of dollars annually. ico City. But perhaps the best man for the On July 26, the Mexican prelate ticklish job at hand is Archbishop assumed the responsilbility of spir- Rivera, whose only previous episitually guiding more Catholics than copal post was his nine-year tenure any other bishop worldwide. Then as bishop ofthe provincial diocese he immediately set about reducing of Tehuacan, in Puebla state, with his institutional authority by pre- 444,000 Catholics. siding over a plan that will downThe archbishop has shown himsize the 465-year-old archdiocese self to be a man who can adhere to in terms of area and its number of Vatican mandates. In 1990, he Catholics. closed a seminary in his diocese In the culmination of a project which had trained more than 160 approved by Vatican authorities priests for impoverished southern over the objections of the arch- Mexico, after two fellow Mexican bishop's immediate predecessor, prelates sent as Vatican apostolic Cardinal Ernesto Corripio Ahu- visitors found the seminary's didacmada, the 950-square-mile Mex- tic methods too radical.

Champagne's source HAUTVILLERS, france (CNS) - Benedictine monk Dom Petrus Perignon, known as the man who "invented" champagne, gets his due honor in this region where soil and climate combine to produce grapes the French consider ideal for making what is now the drink of toasts and celebrations around the globe. But Reims, the region's chief city, has the larger champagne houses and gets most of the visitors, who come to see the cathedral where French kings were crowned as well as the chalk caves where champagne is !;tored, turned and given its sparkle. The village of Haut.villers, which

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri" July 28, 1995

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MARIE ANGELEY

COYLE & CASSIDY High School headmaster Michael J. Donly hasa,nnounced appointment of Mrs. Marie A. (Castro) Angeley as dean of students replacing Anthony S. Nunes who has been named principal of Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River. A 1972 graduate of Coyle and Cassidy, Mrs. Angeley holds a degree in education and mathematics from Bridgewater Statt: College and is enrolled in the Catholic School Leadership Program at Boston College" She has taught mathematics for 16 years and has been mathematics department chair for four years. She has also moderated the school National Honor Society chapter and has chaired various committees concerned with student and and faculty evaluation and professional and spiritual development. As dean of students, she will be responsible for student activities and discipline, and will work with the headmaster in formulating policies to guide student life. Mrs. Angeley and her husband Michael live in Taunton and have two children, Jeffrey, 18, a 1995 graduate of Coyle and Cassidy who will enter the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and Kerrie Jean, 16, a Coyle and Cassidy junior. The family belongs to St. Mary's parish, Taunton, where Mrs. Angeley is a lector.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Last spring, as Pope John Paul II announced a controversial archbishops' appointment in EI Salva'dor, a group of church scholars were discussing historical lessons on the election of bishops. The pope's appointment illustrated his determination to make his own choices. The scholars' proceedings showed how local churches had more direct input in past centuries. The Salvadoran appointment was noteworthy because it was for the archdiocese of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in 1980 after his outspoken criticism of human rights abuses and the role of the military. His successor, Archbishop Arturo Rivera Damas, who died last year, also used the pulpit to speak out on human rights issues. The pope selected someone in a

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A 12-year-oid 'voice, against violence' Hello, my name is Bethany disabled persons. Now we children Domingue and 1am 12 years old. 1 can help pass· this bill along.· have organized a campaign called This campaign has not only'been . the Children's Campaign Against . started in my school by me, but Violence. The purpose ofthis,cam- also in other schools by child ten ' paign is to stop the use' of harmful who want to put an end to the "aversives" on people who are dis- torture 'being done to people with abled. Aversives are things that disabilities. These children also are used to change the behaviors saw something that they believed. of persons with disabilities by, in was wrong. and' inhumane .and some way, inflicting pain on them .. wanted to do something about it. ,These av,ersives are illegal If done So far the campaign: is ,also' . to a nQn-disabled person, but are operating with the folloWing stucalled treatment if done to a dis- dent leaders' in the following abled, person., These "treatments", schools: " ,. ar~ ,inhumane ,and. ~re, not even Allison Randall in the, Seeallowed to be used on animals. 1 konk Public School', think .that if they are n'ot' all~wed. Mar.isa Toomey·in Holy to ~e used'on u~, then they shouldn't ,Name, Fall River·, be aliowed to be used .on anyone, 'and Kathy, Wilson ·in the' disabled or not. These method's Swansea Schools. . ' are not working. The people get You can be a student campai'gn used to punishment and go b~ck to leader in your school, too! If you·· their old behavior. are interested, or 'would like to The Children's Campaign know more about this topic, conAgainst Violence's sole mission is tact me,. Bethany Domingue, to stop the use of these aversivesin through the Apostolate For Per-' our state. For years the adults in sons With Disabilities at 243 Forest· various organizations have been St., Fall River, MA02721, and trying to pass a bill, House Num- give, people with disabilities the ber 3358, that protects the rights of equal rights that they deserve,

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ESPIRITO SANTO~ School, Fall River, has. announced that 1965 graduate Rev. Joseph M. Costa .has been named a 1995 Catholic Elementary School Distinguished Graduate by the National Catholic· Educational Assn. '. Father Costa, now executive director of St. Vincent's. Resid~ntial/ Special Education Treatment 'Center in Fall River, is also' a gr~duate of ~ishop Stang, High School, North Dartmouth. ',He'holds a . master's deg'ree in social.work, from Boston College. " ! The NCEA citation recognized his "outstanding personal and professional achievements" and his pursuit of "the nighest possible standards." . He exemplifies, said the ci-' tation, the way in which ".Catholic schools educa'te people to take leadership roles in and beyond their communities." ,

PITTSBURGH (CNS) -Joyce Luncher has the loo'k ofthe awardwinning swimmer she ·is. Trim, tanned; poised and outgoing, she has captured the Coaches' Award on the swi'm team at The Catholic . University of America' for two years running and this summer swept three events at a major national competition, breaking records in all categories. And all without her right arm. Beforeshe was born, the umbilical cord twisted around her arm, cutting off circulation. The arm ends near the elbow, and Ms. Luncher wears a prosthesis. The 20-year-old Catholic Uni~ versity junior is working this summer as assistant manager at the Highland Aqua Club in the Pittsburgh suburb of Penn Hills. "I don't think of myself as 'disabled.' 1 never had my hand, so I, don't miss it. And I have the use of my arms," she says, quickly scooping up a cup by bringing together her left hand and the prosthetic right arm. In the National Wheelchair and Amputee Championships in Boston this summer, Ms. Luncher swept the breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly events and was named outstanding female athlete. Ms. Luncher's been swimming competitively since age 4 and al., tlJQugh over the years she's tried soccer an<:l track, "swimming.is my " sport," she told the Pittsburgh Catholic. Tom Calomeris her coach at Catholic University in Washington, said Ms. Luncher "gets no special privileges. She just improvises,"

"Her specialty is the buttl:rfly," he said. "It's an undulating s':roke, like, a dolphin. She demands more of her hips, spine and kick." After graduating from high school, Ms. Luncher had three goals in selectirig a college: that it be Catholic, have a competitive swim team and have a good school of engineering. ., ' Catholic University appealed to her from th,e beginning. It was in Division 3 athletically and, realistically assessing her own swim speed, she considered this her most challenging leve~. She's doing well scholastically, too, ending last semester with a 4.0 average'. She plans a.career in biomedical engineering, hoping to help design better prosthetic devices.

Who's Who Diane Figueiredo, daughter of Kenneth and Philomena Figueiredo Of Corpus Christi parish, East Sandwich, and a graduate of St. Michael's College, Colchester, VT, has been included in the 1995 edition of "Who's Who among Students in Ame~ican Universitie;s and Colleges.", '

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ODE TO MY FAMILY Understand the things that I say Don't turn away from me '<;ausla I spent Half my life out there You "muldn't disagree Oh you see now Do you see Do you like me Do you like me standing there Do you notice Do you know Do you see me Do you see me Does anyone care? Unhappiness, Whereas when I was young And we didn't give a damn 'Cause we were raised To see life as fun And take It If we can My mother, my mother She holds me Did she hold me When I was out there My futher, my father He lilted me Oh he liked me He lilted me Does anyone care? Understand what I've become It wasn't my design And Ipeople everywhere think I'm something better thanJ am But I miss you, I miss 'Cause I liked it 'Cau!1e I liked It When I was out there Do you know this Oh y,ou know You did not find me You ,did not find Does anyone care Does anyone care? Written

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"Ode to My Family" is The Cranberries' latest hit off their "No Need to Argue" disc. I like this Irish group both for the sound and the messages their songs offer.

This cassingle invites us to consider the role of family in our lives. What life is like for us as we grow up at home seems to have some lasting effects. When this experience is posi-

tive and nurturing, we tend to develop an enduring inner strength. However, when emotional support is jacking, we sense an emptiness within ourselves that often lasts long into our adult years. Even when we are fortunate epough to grow up in a caring and suppcntive environment, no family is perfect. At times, we do get hurt by parents and siblings. Learning how to talk about these hurts helps to heal painful memories. Then we can focus more clearly on the good that our families bring into our lives. Apparently the person in the song had a positive experience of her fa1l1ily. She remarks that she felt cared for by her mother and "liked" by her father. She longs for the emotional support she knew "when I was young." Now she feels alone and asks, "Does anyone care?" Perhaps she now lives some distance from her family. When positive connection with our families is not available on afrequent basis, we need to look for other communities where a loving support system can be found. This is one of the purposes of a parish. If after high school your education or your work takes you away from home, look around for a parish you can join. On a college campus, the campus ministry center is a place to investigate. I worked in campus ministry for several years and can attest personally to the strong bonds of Catholic community found there. If a job takes you a way from your childhood family, explore several parishes in your new area. Look for a celebration of liturgy that lifts your spirit and search out programs for young adults: We all need a sense of family, a place where we know we belong. When life takes you away from loving interaction with your family, remember that getting involved with a Catholic parish can help to fill part of this need. Your comments are welcomed by Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, IN 47635.

~IS~ER R.O~E McGead~, .who h.e~ds New York's Covenant House, chats with a young man 10 aJob tralOlOg and transItional hVlOg program at the house. She says growing up is a lot tougher for toda,y's children than it was in her youth. (CNS photo)

THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall Rive~:-Fri., JUI'y 28,1995

By Amy Welborn Even during the summer, I can't get away from my students. Anytime I go to the grocery store down the street, I can look down the line of checkers and baggers and count them. Erin and Nancy and Aimee are checking today. Keith, Lisa and Kelly are bagging. They're working hard during summer vacation because they really need the money. College is coming up, car payments have to be made, and a little spending money always comes in handy. Most of my students have jobs. They work in the grocery store, they're waitresses and they do yard work. It's a good way to spend your summer. No question. I just wish they'd quit once school starts. There are, it is true, some students who are in real need. They attend a private school, and part of their income goes to tuition. They have to make money for college. Some students can handle it. I've taught some very smart kids who don't have to invest as much time in homework as others. One girl who is a babysitter for my children and a student in a public high school told me in April as a senior, "I haven't had any homework since January." Those kids can manage school and a job too. But they are the exception. Most young people who try to carry a full load at school and also work find that something gets sacrificed in the process. . Usually what suffers is school. Ask a student who is having a hard time staying awake what the problem is and you almost always hear the same answer. "I had to ,close last night at work." Or, "I had to work 5 to 9, so I couldn't start my homework until 10." And if they're honest, the great majority of kids admit that they really don't need the money they make from work. But they sure do want it.. They want a new car, and that costs money. They want to buy CDs, clothes and a new television for their room. Do you really have to have all these things? Is it worth the price you pay? Unfortunately, the answer I get to those questions usually is "yes." For many kids, a new car of a specific make is infinitely more important than learning. It's interesting, but I have found that the kids who work out of true need are also kids who refuse to let' their schoolwork suffer because of their job. It's those who work just to have money to spend on luxuries who end up with low grades. I don't know the answer. Some of my students quit their jobs during the school year but most do it not to have more time for schoolwork, but for athletics. Many of my students, too, have

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grown up in homes where both parents worked endless hours d uring the week, not just to put a roof over their heads but to make sure that roof is over a certain house in a certain prestigious subdivision. Is it any wonder these students value money and what it can buy over everything else, including their schoolwork and their health? Yes, young people can learn valuable lessons and skills in the ~orkplace. But they will be spend1I1g the next 40 years of their lives working. Can't they spare four years for school?

School kids place in environmental contest PHILADELPHIA (CNS)-Students at St. Francis de Sales School in Philadelphia were so concerned about the link between pollution and asthma among children that they turned their interest into an award-winning science project. The school recently won $5,000 as second-place winner in a national environmental science competition. The project - which began in Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Jeannette Lucey's eighth-grade class in 1993 and continued with the 1994-95 class of eighth-graders - examined childhood asthma in the inner city and its connection to automobile pollution. Students based their project on a federal study that showed people who live in the inner city are more likely to suffer from asthma. They also found that children missed more than 10 million days of school in 1990 because of asthma. So, they launched STEP, Students Trying to Eliminate Pollution, organizing a meeting with local and state transit authorities, city officials and a state representative to examine the issue. Sister Lucey said her students knocked on doors and found people who were willing "to kick the car habit" and take public transportation in order to reduce air pollution. They wrote letters to all schools in the Delaware Valley, encouraging other students to ask their parents to ride public transit. When transit workers went on strike in March 1995, "the kids collected money themselves and sent very expensive telegrams to the union people" complaining that the increased numbers of cars on the road as a result of the strike were hurting their breathing, said Sister Lucey. The school was chosen as a finalist in the environmental contest and was the only Catholic school in the country to place in it. The award money will be used to promote the mass transit campaign.


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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-'-Fri., July 28, 1995

Iteering pOint, . ST. WILLIAM, FR All welcome at Bible study meetings with video and discussion 7 p.m. each Tuesday, parish center; and at Cribbage Club for both players and those wishing to learn the game at 7 p.m. each Thursday, also in the parish center. ST. JOAN OF ARC, ORLEANS The 9 a.m. Mass on Monday and Wednesday will be discontinued during August.

ST. ANTHONY OF THE DESERT, FR Exposition of Blessed Sacrament noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 6, with Holy Hour 5 to 6 p.m. in St. Sharbel Chapel, 300 North Eastern Ave. Exposition also takes place 9 a.m. to midnight every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. All welcome. CORPUS CHRISTI, E, SANDWICH ~'We Remember" Mass 路of healing will be offered for families who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or in early infancy 7 p.m. Aug. I, parish center. Families will be able to place their child's name in a book to be placed on the altar. All family members invited to attend. Summer parishioners ,are invited to use the parish library which offers books, videos, audiotapes, magazines and many free pamphlets, cards and booklets.

ST. MARY, N. ATTLE. Adoration of Blessed Sacrament each First Friday from 7 a.m. until the beginning of9 a.m. Mass Saturday. Evening prayer 7 p.m. Friday and prayer at 8 a.m. Saturday. Information: Joan Provost, 699-2430. OFFICE OF AIDS MINISTRY The office, located at Room 225, Clemence Hall, 243 Forest St., Fall River 02721-1798, is seeking "care coupons," gift certificates for supermarkets, pharmacies, movie theatres, restaurants or fast food facilities for use by persons living with or affected by HIV / AIDS. ST. ANNE, FR Distribution of food for SHARE . program II a.m. to I p.m. July 29, school cafeteria.

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SS. PETER & PAUL, FR A Month's Mind Mass for the late Msgr. Patrick J. O'Neill will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7. All are welcome. SS. Peter & Paul was Msg,r. O'Neill's first pastorate. COMMUNITY NURSE HOSPICE, FAIRHA VEN Hospice of Community NU.rse will begin a five-week volunteer training program Sept. /9 for those wishing to help provide friendship, support and practical assistance to the terminally ill and their families. Information: JoAnn Beaulieu, 999-3400. O.L. VICTORY, CENTERVILLE All welcome at Marian Hour of Prayer 3 to 4 p.m. each Tuesday in church. TAUNTON STATE HOSPITAL Volunteers needed in many hosp'ital areas; flexible hours. Information': Sanford Ep'stein, volunteer services director, 824-7551 or (617) 727-7978, ext. 127. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, FAIRHAVEN Volunteers needed to' aid Fairhaven family make home r'~pairs. Both time and materials needed. Information: Don Fredette, 992-8969 or 999-4436.

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SACRED HEART, N. ATTLE. First Friday celebration 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 4 will include presentation by Rev. Dick Roos, SJ, a former faculty member at Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River, and now director of Eastern Point Retreat House, Gloucester. An author, teacher and spiritual director, he will discuss the topic "Is God Talking to Me?'; and will answer questions such as "Why doesn't God answer my prayers?", "Why does my prayer seem one-way?" and "If I think I hear God talking to me, how do I know it's real?" The discussion will begin at 8 p.m., following 7 p.m. Mass, which Father Roos will celebrate. After a coffee hour, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will continue until 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. The parish also has a prayer chain with 26 members. Requests for prayer may be made to Patricia Desrocher, 695-2517; Eva Blake, 699-4820; or Marilyn Buck, 399-6109. HO'SPICE OUTREACH, FR Volunteer aid is needed during the day Monday through. Friday. Those wishing to deliver supplies and equipment to Greater Fall River area patients, using the hospice van, or to give office assistance may call Cindy Eastwood, 673-1589.

IT WILL BE a big weekend at LaSalette Shrine, Attleboro, starting at 7:30 tonight when Christian music artist John Polce will offer an evening of music, prayer and witness, the second series of "Bethany Nights" held the last Friday of each month. Members of the LaSalette prayer group will be available for anyone wishing to be prayed over and anointed. At 6 路p.m. tomorrow, July 29, 14 singers and groups will participate in a summer Gospel night at the shrine's outdoor chapel, moving indoors in case of rain. Those to be heard will include David Carruthers, Excel, New Breed, Three in l:Iarmony, Sons of the Lord, Heather Johnson, Ralph Graham, Ladee, Little James Mason, the Silver Lining Gospel Singers and MRJ, a children's Gospel rap group. Sunday's schedule includes a 2 p.m. healing service and, for the first time, a celebration of families. It will start with 12: 10 p.m. Mass at the outdoor chapel and will include liturgy, music, .games and entertainment, with free balloons and free drinks. Music for the Mass and an afternoon concert will be by St. Louis de France contempO'rary choir of Swansea. Families may 'bring picnics or patronize the shrine cafeteria. For more information on any event or to receive the shrine's summer-fall calendar, call 222-54'10.

NEW YORK (CNS) - Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of Santa Fe, N. M., recalled a time when the bishop. of Dallas kept diocesan funds in a suitcase under his bed. Since then, handling of church finances has improved signficantly, said the archbishop and others attending a recent symposium in New York. But they also saw the need for further change, both to minimize the danger of embezzlement and to aid church management and planning. The symposium was sponsored by FADICA, Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities. FADICA has a membership of some 40 foundations and carries out projects related to their common interests. The invitation-'only event drew about 70 participants, mostly executives and people on the boards of FADICA members. "Embezzlement can and will occur in any environment," warned Kenneth W. Korotky, finance director of the U.S. Catholic Conference. He said the bishops had seen a "growing problem of fraud" and have named a committee to produce guidelines to "minimize the risk." The guidelines will eventually be distributed to all dioceses. Korotky appeared on a panel resporiding to a presentation by John R. O'Brien, the diocese of Buffalo's finance director, who reported on corrective steps taken after his predecessor was found to have stolen $1.5 million. He said these actions "started at the top," with the bishop appointing an independent committee of five people from the business community. One committee recommendation that was implemented was establishing an independent audit committee separate from the outside auditor. Several symposium participants suggested that clergy get more training in financial management and rely more on qualified lay members both as volunteers and as professional employees. Another panelist was Kathy J. McKinless, a partner in the Washington firm of Peat Marwick who is responsible for auditing the archdiocese of Washington, The Catholic University of America and sev-

eral other Catholic clients. Calling for both more comprehensiveness in church financial statements and more consistency in diocesan reporting, she cited the example ofa diocese she does not audit that failed to include a separately incorporated endowment fund in its r~port. The financial officer explained, "We didn't want to look too rich." She and other participants said attorneys sometimes want cl~rtain operations left off financial rf:ports to reduce the danger of assets involved in those operations bc:coming the object of lawsuits directed at the diocese. Ms. McKinless insisted, however, that anything presented to the public as a diocesan financial report should include everything pertinent to diocesan financ(:s. Participants also heard Jack F. Benware, finance director for the archdiocese of Chicago, report on development and handling of a financial crisis there. He said that when he took his post, four m':>nths into the 1987 fiscal year, he asked for a copy of the budget and was told it had not yet been compl.eted; and that when he asked for the financial report on the first quarter, he was told the archdioce!ie did not do such reports. When he asked for a cash forecast for the year, none was available. He (:ould not get an employee list. And he found 40 percent of the parishes had not yet sent in their budgets. The situation ended only when banks refused to lend any more money to cover deficits, he said. At the crisis point in 1990, projections indicated that the arcildiocese might be $100 million a year in deficit by the mid-I990H, he said, adding that because the ':risis came so suddenly in the awan:ness of many priests and others, the result was "lots of anger." Pe:ople at diocesan headquarters were: suspected of "hiding the money.," he said. Finally the archdiocese clo:>sed some 40 parishes and schools, increased parish assessment!: by more than 50 percent and started expecting parishes to balance their budgets. ~ey to gaining sup:port for these steps, .he said, W21S a communicatio~ process involving pastors.


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