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CHEER CAMP - The Bishop Feehan High School varsity cheerleaders, under the direction of moderator Lisa Serak, join with their campers at the school's annual summer camp. Feehan offers a variety of summer camps including volleyball, basketball and cheering.

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FATHER EDWARD J. Byington, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church, Hyannis, shows off the new Shrine to St. Francis. A renovation project was recently completed at the church and has brought even more people to the popular Cape Cod parish. (Anchon'Gordon photo)

Extensive renovations at C·ape Cod church blessed By MIKE GORDON ANCHOR STAFF

HYANNIS - Almost two years of work and planning came together July 18 for the community of S1. Francis Xavier Parish as it officially reopened its doors for worship following a nine-month, $1.4 million dollar renovation and expansion project of its church. More than 1,000 people helped

celebrate the special occasion including Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM, Cap., who was on hand to celebrate Mass and bless the newly renovated building. Many pastors from neighboring parishes including Our Lady ofVictory, S1. Pius X, Holy Trinity, and S1. Mary of the Assumption also concelebrated the 5 p.m. Mass. Tum to page 13 - Cape Cod

MASHPEE - In spite of a little drizzle outside, the July 23 evening scholarship fund-raising gala, "A Starry Summer Night," shined nonetheless, raising more than $300,000 for the S1. Mary's Education Fund. The fund provides need-based scholarships to

ALL FOR CHARITY - Enjoying the July 23 fund-raising gala on Cape Cod that benefited the St. Mary's Education Fund, are, from left, Jeannie and Michael Falzone, Susan Mullen, Marta Downing and event Chairman Suzanne Downing. (Photo by John E. Kearns, Jr.)

students at Catholic schools throughout the Fall River Diocese. Some 250 people attended the dinner at the Willowbend Club in Mashpee, which, according to Chairman Suzanne Downing, filled the room to capacity. She said the evening was successful "far beyond her expectations." Among measurable successes of the night was the fact that Downing, along with her co-chairmen, Sheila Feitelberg and Phyllis MacNeil, and a committee of 14, were able to meet the challenge offered by three principal benefactors of the event. Tum to page 13 - Education


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This year the boxes will be set up at the fire stations from July 31 through August 8. Collections of food at churches is set for the two weekends, beginning July 31 and ending Aug. 8. Last year, with the help of 14 parishes and local fire departments, the successful drive collected more than

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CHELMNO, Poland Mieczyslaw W. Swiercz, 60, husband of Bozena K. (Wiezykowska) Swiercz of Chelmno, Poland, and father of Father Pawel A. Swiercz,_ parochial vicar of St. Anne Parish, Raynham, Mass., died July 21. His funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday in St. Queen Hedwig Church in Inowroclaw, Poland. Professional Hearing Aid Center Swansea Professional Park Besides his wife and priest son, 1010 GAR. Hwy (Rt.6) Mr. Swiercz is survived by a daughOliveira entered the Holy Union on FALL RIVER - The provincial the Catholic Memorial Home. Swansea ter, Ewa M. Pawlowicz in Poland. team of the Fall River Province, Holy Sister deChamplain, also a native Aug. 22, 1949, pronounced her first Union Sisters, hosted a recent jubilee of Taunton, entered Holy Union on vows on March 25, 1952 and made dinner honoring sisters celebrating 80, Sept 17, 1939, pronounced her first her final profession on Aug. 22, 1958. 60, and 50 years ofservice to the com- vows on Aug. 26, 1941 and made her She received degrees from Villanova munity. final profession onAug. 15, 1946. She University, Bridgewater State College Honorees included Sister Joseph received degrees from Stonehill Col- and Providence College. She taught .. LANDSCAPE SERVICE Teresa Moran, 80 years;. Sister _ lege, Providence College and Ottawa at schools in Maryland, New Jersey 276 Meridian 51. • Fall River Adrienne deChamplain, 60 years and University, Canada. She taught on the and New York City; at Immaculate -~ 673-9426 Sister Mary Oliveira, 50 years. The elementary level at Sacred Heart and Conception and St Anthony schools . provincial team includes Sister .. St. Michael schools in Fall River, as in Taunton; and was principal of St. RlCHARDS.AGUIAA,OMl3r '.,. Theresa M. Horvath, provincial, and well as Sacred Heart School and Taun- Anthony's as well as St. Michael We are one ofFall River's oldestgardeners. Sisters Jean Carpinelli, Beverly ton Catholic Middle School in Taun- School, Fall River. She also served as . Let us put· over 36 years of experience to work for Furtado and Carol Regan, councilors. ton; at schools in the Brooklyn, N.Y., a special needs teacher, tutor and diyou~ Contact us if you have a lawn probiem or for a Sister Joseph Teresa, who will cel- diocese, and in Baltimore, Md. Sister agnostician for the Fall River Public free estimate. ebrate her WIst birthday next month, deChamplain was also on the faculty School System for more than 20 years. is a resident of the Catholic Memorial of Coyle-Cassidy High School in She was directress of novices for the Fully insured -No Job Too Big orToo Small Home, Fall River. A native ofTaunton, Taunton. Besides teaching, she was Fall River Province and volunteer coCOMMERCIAL Il INDUSTRIAL. RESIDENTIAL she entered the Holy Union on Dec. 8. director of religious education in par- ordinator of the Religion Program at 1919, pronounced her first vows on ishes in Massachusetts, New Hamp- Our Lady ofHealth Parish, Fall River. Aug. 27, 1921 and made her fmal pro- shire, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. She is currently pastoral minister at fessiononAug.26, 1927. Her ministry A Fall River native, Sister Mary St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River. was teaching in schools in Fall River 1F""'I:----:1'"""l1'~':lII'T,;~'!"!'!'1~......., and Taunton; Portsmouth, R.I.; Patchogue and New York City, N.Y.; • Prompt 24 Hour Servic.e ~ AutQmatic Deliveries and Baltimore, Md. She also served as • Call In Deliveries • BudgetTerms Available principal in schools in New York and • Free Estimates Portsmouth and at St. Joseph School, You Never Had Service Taunton. From 1939 to 1952she served Until You Tried Charlie'5 as provincial superior in Fall River. In 1974 she retired from active ministry We're located at ... and resided at Prospect Place until 46 Oak Grove Ave., Fall River 1996 when she took up residence at

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Cremation and burial at sea rites explained FALL RIVER - A statement from the Fall River Diocese this week points out that recent events have brought to the fore questions regarding the practice of the cremation of a body and burial at sea. "Diocesan offices for worship might find this an opportune time to renew catechesis on these questions for the benefit of pastors and pastoral ministers," the statement said. Excerpts in the statement came from July's Newsletter of the National Council of Catholic Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy and promulgated by the United States Catholic Conference. The statement and citations read: A helpful summary of the Church's teaching on cremation may be found in the 1998 statement of the Bishop's Committee on the Liturgy, "Reflections on the Body, Cremation and Catholic Funeral Rites." "The Church's belief in the sacredness of the human body and the resurrection of the dead has traditionally found expression in the care taken to prepare the bodies of the deceased for burial" ("Order of Christian Funerals" 411). "This is the body once washed in baptism, anointed with the oil of salvation, and fed with the bread of life. This is the body whose hands clothed the poor and embraced the sorrowing. Indeed, the human body is so inextricably associated with the human person that it is hard to think of a human person apart from his or her body. Thus, the Church's reverence and care for the body grows out of a reverence and concern for the person whom the Church now commends to the care of God" (OCF 412). Thus, while "cremation is now

permitted, it does not enjoy the same value as burial of the body.... The Church clearly prefers and urges that the body of the deceased be present for the funeral rites, since the presence of the human body expresses the values which the Church affirms in its rites" (OCF 413). However, "when extraordinary circumstances make the cremation of the body the only feasible choice, pastoral sensitivity must be exercised by all who minister to the family of the deceased" (OCF414). The rites for burial of the cremated remains of a body may be found in the appendix to the "Order of Christian Funerals." This appendix recommends that when cremation is chosen, the body be cremated after the funeral, thus allowing for the presence of the body at the funeral Mass. When pastoral circumstances require it, however, cremation and committal may take place even before the funeral liturgy. Any catechesis on the subject of cremation should emphasize that "the cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the corporeal remains of a human body. This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition" (OCF 416). While cremated remains may be buried in a grave, entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium or even buried at sea, "the practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping created remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires"

(OCF416). The cremated remains of the body may be properly buried at sea in the urn, coffin or other container in which they have been carried to the place of committal. When a body, or the cremated remains of a body are buried at sea, the committal prayer found in "The Order of Christian Funerals" at number 406 paragraph 4, is used. It reads: "Lord God. By the power of your Word you stilled the chaos of the primeval seas, you made the raging waters of the flood subside, and calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee. As we commit the body (earthly remains) of our brother (sister) N. to the deep, grant him/her peace and tranquility until that day when he/she and all who believe in you will be raised to the glory of new life promised in the waters of baptism. We ask this through Christ our Lord. R. Amen."

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Isolation and friendship In this era of instant communication it seems almost contradictory that America suffers from an isolation and loneliness epidemic. We are talking to our machines, our beepers and computers, but not to one another. More and more people are drawn away from each other and are living in an Internet world of fantasy. As a nation of mobile strangers we tend to build walls and fences to keep people out and ourselves enclosed. Because of the tremendous wealth pouring into people's pockets, a world of things has been substituted for a world of people. In fact, we are trying to make people into things disposable and recyclable as the moment demands. Because our culture thrives on a false sense of self-reliance, any notions of dependency are simply, taboo. All in all we are simply entombing ourselves. So many are essentially dead but they don't know enough to lie down; or to take stock of their lives. In study after study, doctors: clinical psychologists and sociologists have noted that these isolation trends are undermining our mental and physical health. What makes the issue even more deadly is that our false sense of self-reliance has cornered us into admitting that such a problem exists. We are becoming too proud to reach out. Our social order tells us that admitting to loneliness is a sign of . weakness. We fail to acknowledge that total self-reliance is a myth. Loneliness is not a sign of weakness. It should be an alarm signal' that we need people in our lives. One university study found that people who had no serious medical conditions but who lived alone or isolated themselves were twice as likely to. die over a lO-year period than people who had connections with society. The isolation mind-set is leading many people into serious depression and psychological anxieties. Evidence of this withdrawal can be found on all levels of society. There has been a decline in the number of Americans involved in church and parish groups, civic and community organizations, fraternal and political clubs. As people close their doors and lock them'selves into their rooms, this withdrawal trend will indeed continue, ,and the community and the individual 'will be the worst because 'of it. For no matter how busy our lives, it is essential that we make :room for others. The family is the first and most essential sOCial order to encourage and develop this reality. Parents simply cannot ~o their own thing while children are alone 'and substituting television and computer games for interpersonal family relationships. People need people, especially at the kitchen table. Church programs for farilily can be an essential factor in this process and faith belief can be a tremendous asset to bond people together. However, they can only be successful if they have a long.-term focus. Shopping around for the right status group is not an enduring frame of reference for good relationships. Church groups, whether for senior citizens or aimed at youth ministry, reflect well that friendsbip needs some degree of mutual dependency and obligation. In a world that avoids responsibility and accountability and worships only the self, the concept of relationships is foreign and to be avoided. Yet groups . cannot be artificially created or controlled. They must be sharing and dependent. The parish can be the one stable force in a community that not only brings people together but helps them to get to know one another. In a country continuously on the move, the par, ish is often the one place where people can meet on common ground with shared interests and beliefs. We need to take time to assess our priorities and share them in order to remove ourselves from isolation. Once we acknowledge our need for people is' when we open a door that will lead us to a life that is healing and satisfying.

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The loss of an excellent priest By FATHER EUGENE HEMRICK

others. Thanks to Father Klein's receive. Too many of them are entrepreneurial spirit and the awe- alone. They're becoming circuitEvery so often God blesses us ' some results of that meeting, I riders, and often they receive more with someone special who pro- passed the idea on to colleagues criticism than praise. Good ideas are our best hope for foundly touches us. As a result, our for duplication. A result was the vision is broadened, enthusiasm widely read study "Grace Under maintaining a vital priesthood berevives and a new zest for living Pressure" on what makes priests ef- cause ideas not only energize, but courses through us. fective and happy (National Catho- generate power to move events and On July 12 I lost a dear friend lic Educational Association, 1995). people. Father Klein jumped on the who was like this - Father John One woman who read it said: "It idea with that beautiful enthusiasm Klein, a,priest of Chicago. At age tells it as it is. It is real, believable of his and said, "Let's do it, Gene!" 49 he returned to God. and rich." I need to add that it re- He then added this prophetic obAfter Father Klein's death, Fa- flects Father Klein's realism and servation: "Our priests have lost their ability to dream; they need to ther Don Nevins, pastor of St. rich imagination. I next met him on a boat - dur- dream more." Francis Assisi Church in Chicago, Though John never saw the said of him:' "He was just so real ing a Lake Michigan dinner. Each that they (the archdiocese) knew he year, Paluch Publications hosts a think tank materialize, the two would do anything for them. He was vocations seminar; during it, one years we spent working on it were just a very good priest." evening is set aside for a lake cruise. filled with his enthusiastic "let's do A real person, doer, excellent I told John on one such occasion it" spirit. priest and especially a man for our that I was thinking of writing a book , With the death of Father John on virtues. "That's a great idea. Do Klein, I have lost one of my most times: John Klein was all that! My first encounter with him was it!" he replied. His enthusiasm for spirited friends, and the Church has at my alma mater, Quigley Prepara- the idea triggered energies within' lost a great priest whose spirit is tory Seminary in Chicago, where me that sent me home, as no doubt especially needed today. To respond he was president. He invited me to it did many of his students and co- to the times we live in, the Church needs to dream much more. a meeting that he and John Myer, workers, saying "I will do it!" Before British Cardinal George the school psychologist, had conAs our friendship grew, I shared vened; its aim was to encourage with Father Klein the idea of creat- Hume recently died, he exhorted priests to share stories on their jour- ing a think tank for the Chicago the U.S. bishops, "Lead, don't suparea which would be especially ,press." He, too, like John Klein, saw ney to ordination. As simple as this exercise designed to support priests. Stud- how vital it is to dream, to cultiies repeatedly confirm that priests vate enthusiasm and the "let's do soun~s, it was revolutionary. Priests rarely share their life stories with need much more support than they it" spirit that accompanies it. CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE


Buffer-zone bill seen as veiled attack on pro-life activism BOSTON (CNS) -A measure being considered by the Massachusetts Senate calls for pro-life activists to be fined or jailed if they come within 25 feet of an abortion clinic - even if they want to just stand outside and silently pray the rosary. The bill, filed by Democratic Sen. Susan Fargo, states that existing laws do not adequately offer enough "public safety" in the areas around clinics. The measure states that people who are trying to enter abortion facilities have been harassed and intimidated and that they are emotionally and physically vulnerable to the effects of such activity. The solution, say the supporters of the bill, is to create a 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics that would keep pro-life activists away from those needing to enter the facility. If enacted into law, the bill would bring with it fines orjail time for those

who break it. "It's not a safety issue at all;' said lobbyist Gerald D'Avolio of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, public policy arm of the state's bishops. ''And there is a real First Amendment question at stake." D'Avolio's concern about violating the First Amendment - which guarantees the right to free speech, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly - is one that is being voiced repeatedly by observers ofthe bufferzone debate. "I don't think it's constitutional," said professor Dwight Duncan, who teaches First Amendment law at the Southern New England School ofLaw in North Dartmouth. "It's pretty clear that this (bill) is directed at expres-

sion - not public safety;' he said. Acts of violence committed against abortion facilities and abortion doctors have occurred in the Boston area and elsewhere in

the United States. But pro-life activists who spoke to The Pilot, Boston's archdiocesan newspaper, said those cases are the aberration, not the norm. In each instance, the killings were condemned by Church officials. 'This is not going to stop someone who wants to break the law;' said

William Cotter of Operation Rescue, a group that specializes in "sidewalk counseling" to women entering abortion clinics. Cotter said that his group is committed to legal, nonviolent work and that the bill would jeopardize 0peration Rescue's ability to do so. ''What they're trying to do is choke off the pro-life message;' he said.

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DURING A Mass at the Mount St. Rita Health Centre Chapel, Cumberland, R.I., Sister of Mercy Christine Kavanagh professed her final vows. She offered her life to God through the vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and service to the poor and sick. Sister Chris is the executive director of Re-Focus, Inc., a program which provides residential and vocational services for adults with developmental.disabilities.

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True friends are forever The Cenacle Sisters had a mission, "to group needing to be noticed. I responded I've learned in life that a true friend transcends time and路 place. A person who was awaken and deepen faith" by providing a immediately, "Yes, divorced and separated once in your life may have moved far away space for spiritual growth through prayer, Catholics." I told her I was one of these "forgotten people" and how desperately we or been out of touch with you for wanted the Church to recognize us. years. But then, somehow, you. re- ....---------~颅 . Sister Hall, a convert who because of her .connect, and time and distance dis.. own faith search had tremendous empathy solve. It's as if you've never been for others, jumped on this. We worked toapart. When that happens, you gether, with diocesan approval, to call a fIrstknow you're with a true friend. ever meeting, on a Sunday afternoon, for diI've just had that experience with vorced and separated Catholics throughout Sister Thelma Hall, a member of the By Antoinette Bosco the diocese to come to the Cenacle and to Religious of the Cenacle, a woman feel again their connection with the Church. I met and grew to love nearly 30 To our amazement, hundreds showed up. years ago. I used to make retreats at the Cenacle contemplation, guided retreats and reflective This was 1970. Sister Hall and I ran these programs for house in Lake Ronkonkoma on Long Island, programs adapted to the needs of people. I N.Y., the place where Sister Hall was sta- covered newsworthy stories generated at the several years, and then I moved to another . state. We lost touch, connecting only briefly tioned. At the time I was a single mother rais- Cenacle. Sister Hall told me that the work of the when I read her wonderful book, "Too Deep ing and supporting my children, and working as a reporter for The Long Island Catho- Cenacle was to reach people not reached by for Words" (Paulist Press), a guide to seeing lic, the newspaper of the Diocese of Rockville the traditional avenues offered by Church how the "central truth" of our lives is that . programs. She asked me iflcould-tltinkofa God passionately desires our union with him Center, N.Y.

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and that if we actively engage with God's love, a power results that can make this world the garden of paradise it was meant to be. Then, this summer I heard from Sister Hall. She has been directing retreats for many years at a Cenacle Retreat House in Bedford Village, N.Y., a town less than an hour's drive from my home! We got together, and it was a time of renewed joy. The years dissolved. The friendship was in even greater bloom than in the years past. Ours was no ordinary conversation. Sister Thelma Hall's wisdom, so rooted in Scripture, kept pouring out like healing balm, blended with compassion, humanity, openness and humor. Above all, she radiates an ardent love of life. This is the gift she has been giving to others for her 50-plus years as a nun. As for our friendship, it's just gotten better with the passage of time, in spite of the long absences. Friendship, also, is ''too deep for words" to adequately defIne.

Grandchild-spoiling motivations Everyone knows grandparents spoil grandchildren, especially when baby-sitting them, and then hand them back to the parents (former spoiled grandchildren who have it coming) in such a condition that it takes three days and several "time-outs" to re-sculpt them back into the model children that had originally been entrusted to the grandparents. There are many interlocking theories in this regard which I have just recently had the opportunity to field test. Background: Daughter and son-in-law wanted to take advantage of one of those Las Vegas boondoggles (sit through two hours of time-share sales torture and be re'Yarded with a 3 a.m. flight to somewhere else people want to swap your fantasy for your money). So they (the parents of our"two grandsons) asked us to buy round-trip tickets to their city so they could fly somewhere路 for free and bet the kids' future college tuition funds on video poker. Made sense to me. But back to spoiling the grandchildren. For many, many years my basic working

assumption - based on experience as both a spoiled grandchild and then as a parent of children who were spoiled by my parents was that the grandparents carried out the spoiling for two historic reasons: first, revenge; second, fun. It's just pretty much fun to do whatever the kids want, knowing full well it's only a short time until you hand the unraveled ball of human yarn back to its owners. This is sound. There's nothing like hunkering down with Otto and Bull (a k a "the grandsons") for a lemon yogurt and Coca-Cola breakfast while watching "101 Dalmatians" - especially if you pull the sofa up really close to the television and snuggle . in pillows and blankets. This, of course, should be followed by super-buttery toast dunked in hot chocolate - eaten in the front room on the floor while Grandpa (a k a "me") explains the CNN stock market report to Bull who, at three, has a sound grasp of supply and demand. Supply: "Any left?" Demand': "Can I have some?" Then there is the mushy theory embraced

by many baby boomers that spoiling grandchildren comes via retrospection - feeling one should have spent more time with one's own kids doing things like putting double

Yes, by the end of the day I was willing to feed, buy, transport and/or in any other way assuage either of those two young men in exchange for: a) quiet, b) stillness, c) quiet,

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The offbeat world of Uncle Dan . By Dan Morris doses of chocolate chips in the cookies and eating them warm with chocolate milk drunk straight from the carton. . Asbalm for the lately acquired guilt, one lavishes more time on the grandchildren. School's still out on that one. But I stumbled onto yet-another grandchild-spoiling motivation. This one overlaps with the old family life theorem that goes, "Raising kids is for the young."

Some of the grandchildren's conversations went like this: "Wanna finger-paint the TV screen? Be careful not to slop on the remote." "Wanna sleep with the dog? OK, but don't eat very much of its food." "Wanna play with your dad's , socket set? Be careful not to drop any of the big ones in the toilet. The big splashy sound wakes up Grandpa." Just for the record: Someone might claim grandparents spoil grandchildren so that the latter will love them. Doesn't hold water. That , kind of love is not for sale.

Comments are welcome. Write Uncle 'Dan at 6363 Christie Ave. No. 222, Emeryville, Calif. 94608; or e-mail: cnsuncle@yahoo.com.

St. Anthony of Padua top saint for Catholic readers The monastery had become the final rest- hear him. Oft~n he would preach in the maring place for the bones of Franciscan martyrs ketplaces and the town squares. ' CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE who had been killed by the Saracens in MoButler's "Lives of the Saints" tells us, BROOKLYN, N.Y. - St. Anthony of rocco. When a group of Franciscan friars came "Wherever he went, crowds flocked to hear Padua, a 13th-century Franciscan friar, is the begging at the doors of the monastery, he him and hardened criminals, careless folk most popular saint of the first 2,000 years of joined up with them and went to Morocco and heretics alike were converted and Christianity, according to a poll by The Tab- where he hoped to convert the Saracens. brought to confession."路 But illness hindered his preaching and let, newspaper of the Brooklyn Diocese. He is said to have had a magnetic 'The paper asked its readers to vote for he was forced to set sail back home. personality and "though undersized their favorite saint, and more than 350 balWhile at sea, his ship was blown , and inclined to corpulence," he poslots were cast in 140 parishes. off course, landing in Sicily. He met sessed a resonating voice which St. Anthony received the nod with 22 per- Francis of Assisi and as a member carried far. cent of the votes. Also getting considerable of his followers, he would travel Today, of course, people seek backing were St. Jude, 13 percent; St. Jo- around Italy, teaching peasants the intercession of St.Anthony to seph, 12 percent; St. Therese of Lisieux, the the true faith and correcting ,heassist in fInding lost objects, alLittle Flower, 12 percent; and St. Francis of retical views being spread by itinthough there seems to be little linkAssisi, nine percent. erant preachers. Though age of that practice to the Further down the list, there was some sup- more learned and more details of his life. A legthan port for Mother Cabrini, the fIrst American cosmopolitan end which has grown to be canonized; St. Paul, the convert turned Francis, it was under his around St. Anthony may disciple; St. Theresa of Avila, a doctor of the ' rule that Anthony be the source of the deChurch; St. Anne, the mother of Mary; St. pledged his life's work. votion. St. Anthony was Patrick, who converted Ireland; St. Benedict; A novice ran away St. Maximilian Kolbe; and St. Michael the well schooled from his and took with him a days in Portugal, and he Archangel. psalter which St. Anthony is particularly popular with was such a popular /', was bei ng . used by St. Italians because it was in Italy where he be- speaker came noted as a preacher and where he died t h a t Anthony. at age 36. But in fact he only spent about a churches He prayed decade of his life in Italy. could not " for its reHe was born in Portugal and his birth name t urn . was Fernando Bulhom. He first joined the When the Augustinians and was living in a monastery novice reST. ANTHONY of Padua is depicted in this painting by ceived a in Coimbra, the intellectual center of Portu- w 0 u I d gal at that time, when he met the Franciscans. come to Tommaso Giannotta. (eNS photo from St. Anthony's Guild) compel-

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ling apparition, he felt he had to return it. Tablet reader Gina Caridi, of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Astoria, remembered calling on the saint to help her find something in the summer of 1985 when her family was visiting the Vatican. "I took a lot of pictures of the pope," she said. "The camera was filled with these photos and then I lost the camera. There were about 50,000 people around. I prayed to St. Anthony and a few minutes later my daughter had the camera, which a policeman had found." Frances Frey, a former member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Williamsburg who now lives in Huntington Beach, 'Calif., told The Tablet that St. Anthony "has always helped me to find things. I should have been born on his feast day but instead I was born the next day." The feast of St. Anthony is celebrated June 13 and he is honored as a doctor of the Church" meaning that he was an eminent scholar and the Church has benefIted immensely from his work. St. Anthony also is the patron of the poor because of the people to whom he preached, and alms given especially to obtain his intercession is known as St. Anthony's Bread. "I always had my students pray to St. Anthony so answers would be found in their heads," said Dominican Sister Ann Melanie Conklin, a veteran of 49 years in the classroom. "It gave confidence to them to think and work at it. It helped my eighth graders."


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Naming baby Dear Dr. Kenny: I am pregnant with our first child. We are excited about giving him (or her) a name. How do we go about choosing the right name? (Ohio)

name of a sclint in the obvious hope that the:r child will emulate the namesake's virtues. In prac-

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In our society we all have at least two names. Our first name is a personal one. The second With Dr. James & iden tifies our genetic and family heritage. In Mary Kenny times past, the second name may have specified our town or geographic area. tice, the child may be named for a Christians have the custom of modern hero or heroine and the giving their children the personal saint's name added in the middle.

Children today can be given personal names for all sorts of good reasons. Models are selected from the areas of entertainment, sports, politics and human services. Michael (Jordan) and Sammy (Sosa) are popular today. Children are named after a remembered and valued family member or friend. Children have been named because the sound of the name pleases the ear. In Genesis (2: 19) it is written: "God fashioned all the wild beasts and all the birds of heaven. These

The Biblical significance of 666 Q. Could you comment on the Internet, the only stories I've come _2.ignificanceofthenumber666asit up with are pretty much fire and relateStotliiHeacltingsoftheeatho- - brimstone. What can you tell me? (Ohio) A. As you may

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lie Church? I am associated with a company that has used a prefix with these numbers on some recordS. Occasionally clients express concern about this. I understand the numbers are from the Bible.After searching the

know, the Book of Revelation in the New Testament contains numerous fantastic visions and apparitions apparently experienced by the ascribed author, John, the apostle. Briefly, tl1e visions an'd predictions describe in veiled language the persecutors of the early Christians, particularly the Roman government, and proclaim the final victory of good over evil, of Jesus and his disciples over their enemies.

In tl1e· 13tl1 chapter of tl1is book, the author speaks of an evil beast who will cause extensive destruction and suffering,-whose.mune,or tl1e num666. ber that stood for its name, Much controversy and speculation has taken place over the centuries about tl1e meaning of tl1is number. The most common interpretation refers it to tl1e Roman emperor Nero, certainly one of the cruelest among the persecutors of Christians. Unlike most modem languages, neither Greek nor Hebrew had separate symbols for numbers. Numerals were designated by appropriate letters: A for one, B for two and so on. Trying to find hidden meanings behind names in this way was not uncommon. The Greek name for Nero Caesar is Neron Kaisar. Transliterating tl1at into Hebrew, and tl1en adding up tl1e number equivalents of the letters, gives ~ total of 666. Even tl10ugh Nero had been dead for some decades before tl1e Book of Revelation was written, he remained a notorious symbol of tyranny, so maybe tl1ere's something to it. But we don't know. Interestingly, several ancient Scripture manuscripts and writings have tl1e number 616 instead of 666. If tl1e final "n" in tl1e name of Nero is removed, which is possible, the total for the letter-numbers is 616. In any case, tl1e controversy and attention given to this particular verse in Revelation is far beyond its importance in tl1is remarkable book. Some of the spiritually unbalanced fascination witl1 tl1is number may lie behind tl1e rest of your concerns. I have written several times over tl1e years about a company, also based in Ohio, which was accused in the grossest false and libelous manner of collusion witl1 tl1e devil, based on some elements in its corporate logo. The fact tl1at some of tl1e bizarre "evidence" offered to support tl1e charges were proven to be totally unfounded did not stop tl1e talk and tl1e rumors. It's anotl1er proof tl1at if people want badly enough to believe something, truth and the sinfulness of spreading falsehoods about someone else will not stop tl1em. Perhaps sometl1ing like tl1is 'is happening in the situation you describe.

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A free brochure answering questions Catholics ask about annulments is available by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to A DEVOTEE of St. Patrick descends from Croagh Patrick moun- Father John Dietzen, Box 325, Peotain in County Mayo of western Ireland following a recent pilgrim- ria, m. 61651. Questions for this column may age to the summit. Around 25,000 people joined in the annual hike be sent to Father Dietzen at the to honor St. Patrick, who is said to have fasted there for 40 days same address" or e-mail: and 40 nights. According to folklore, it was at the mountain that he. jjdietzen@aol.com.

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he brought to the man to see what he would call them; each one was to bear the name the man would give it." In naming the animals, he was empowered to care for them. Naming is important. The infancy death rate in many pre-industrial societies was so high that a child would not be named until after his first birthday. After that, with his name he was recognized as belonging, as a member of the family and tribe. Many native American tribes had the custom of distinguishing between a "true" name, a "use" name and an "event" name. Your true name was one of power. That was something you confided only to a few dearest friends. If your enemy was to learn your true name, he might gain power over you. Your "use" name was the one people called you by. Your "event" name was something you acquired because of your personal appearance or some remarkable, humorous or unusual occurrence. In this way, someone might be called "Sits by river" or "Looks me in the eye." Our custom of giving people nicknames is similar. "Whitei'

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and "Chipper" and "Lefty" are common examples. We give people names that reflect who they are or who we want them to be. The name-giver acquires a certain responsibility for the person. "Your father and I are the ones who have given you your name." First names in our society are special, and their use suggests friendship and intimacy. Sadly, telemarketers use first names to suggest they are our friends so we might buy the product they are pitching. I get angry when someone who does not know me calls me "Jim." That's the name that only my friends should use. You have many good but different reasons to choose this or that name. The process of naming is one of making the child your own. The name you choose will be a wish and a grace for your child. A name is a gift. You are wise to think much on it.

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Fourpriests hqve close call at ballpark during crane ,accident ~

Being late for a tour probably saved their lives. By BILL KURTZ CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

MILWAUKEE - Four priests of the Milwaukee Archdiocese found themselves running for cover when a tour of Miller Park suddenly became a terrifying occasion. The priests were present when "Big Blue," a 567-foot-tall crane, crashed into the future Milwaukee Br:ewers baseball stadium, killing three construction workers. The crane was lifting a 400-ton piece of the stadium's retractable roof into place.. "After a while, you think that we were just a few feet away as three men died," said Father Ken Knippel, pastor of St. Eugene Parish in Fox Point. "It's frightening, and you realize how fragile life is." One priest, Father Tony Zimmer, chaplain at Pius XI High School in Milwaukee, suffered a dislocated left shoulder when he stumbled after being told to flee the park. The other priests were Father David Reith, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Burlington, and Father Michael Petersen, associate pastor there. Father Knippel told the Catholic Herald, newspaper of the Milwaukee Arc.hdiocese, that the priests wer~ .to~r~~g the'parJc,as

guests of architect Greg Uhen, a St. Eugene parishioner. Uhen's architectural firm designed the facade, exterior lighting and walkways, and a pedestrian bridge for the park, which has been scheduled for completion before the sfart of the 2000 baseball season. Uhen ''had reminded us we needed to wear hard shoes and long pants," Father Knippel said. ''Tony (Father Zimmer) forgot and had to go home and change. That took about 10 minutes and saved our lives!" When the crane crashed, Uhen and the priests were in the con.course area, behind where home . plate will be, "instead of being in the middle of the ballpark, where the thing fell," Father Knippel KANSAS CITY Archbishop James P. Keleher greets Iggy the iguana at Camp Polycarp in added. He said there was no oppor- Topeka, Kan.The camp, operated by a local parish, offers a children's summer enrichment tunity for any priest to minister to program that includes classes in zoology. (CNS photo by Mark Rowlands, The Leaven) the victims. "We had. been there about a minute, when we began to hear an awful grinding-noise,", Father Knippel recalled. He said Uhen told the priests, ''This is serious, we've got to get out of here. Run!"路 Outside the park, Father Knippel -By PAMELA REEB said, "we probably stood there for and Stallbaumer visited it together, ond century. CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE about 10 minutes" as dust and "Because St. Polycarp possessed then developed a '~Christianized" smoke briefly filled the air. "When such .energy and enthusiasm, and IDPEKA, Kan. -Camp Polycarp model to be used at their parish. I really started shaking is when I isn't your run-of-the-mill summer It took ayear to propose, design ' because he believed in passing on saw what had happened, in relation camp. and get approval for the camp. One thefaith to youth, he made for a wonto where we were." You won't find tents, mess kits or of the hurdles the camp had to over- derful patron," Stallbaumer said. , "My heart goes out to the work- outhouses, but you might find chil- come was finding a workable name. ''Those of us close to the camp have ers who worked so long and saw dren learning about King Louis XVI, ''We recalled an earlier conversa- developed a deep devotion to the their pals die," he added. "I can't studying developing stars or desaint and credit his intercession imagine ~e loss they're feeling." signing the best home pages this , . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - , with'the camp's success." side of virtual reality. ' Camp Polycarp has almost "Our emphasis is education Camp Polycarp, which is ofdoubled in size the past four years. and skill development, and we This year, almost 350 children, fered through Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish in Topeka, has given work to foster interest in and ages kindergarten throiJgh eighthsummer enrichment opportunities appreciation for various discigrade, have enrolled in classes to hundreds of children in and plines within the arts and sciranging from sign language and around the Topeka area for five ences,"says the camp director. zoology to art and astronomy. On years. The program is not a day average, a camper will take two care or a certified child-care pro- iw . . or three courses in the four~week gram, but focuses on offering its program. campers a fun, learning environment tion in which Father Bill jokingly Other programs focus on music, "My favorite fact is that we at- offered me several unique-sounding creative arts, cooperative games, pertract campers from 45 different saints' names for our second child forming arts, and the Renaissance. schools in and around the city," said who was about to be born," Prayer, fellowship, fun and learning Mike Stallbaumer, one ofthe founders , Stallbaumer said. ''Among them was are a part of each session. and current director of the camp. Polycarp, and as soon as Father Bill In addition to benefiting the "Our camp is designed to provide uttered the phrase-Camp Polycarp campers, Camp Polycarp offers the an educational boost and enrich- - we both instantly knew we had parish a unique opportunity to influment," he told The Leaven, newspa- not only a name for the camp but a ence others. Wholly self-supporting, per oftheArchdiocese of Kansas City. patron, too!" the camp is able to offer employment ''Our emphasis is education and skill St. Polycarp was born about the for more than 30 people, provide development, and we work to foster year 80 A.D. and was left an orphan equipment and supplies ,to the parinterest in and appreciation for vari- at an early age. After the death of his ish school, religious education proous disciplines within the arts and adoptive mother, Polycarp gave away gram and youth group, and be a sciences." his possessions and began to lead a springboard for tomorrow's teachers, The program was the brainchild of chaste life, caring for the sick and the Stallbaumer said. But the biggest Stallbaumer and former associate pas- infIrm. St. John the Evangelist ap- impact is on the campers. tor Father Bill Bruning. Father pointed him bishop of Smyrna, ''Many campers have gone fishBruning had participated in a similar which is present-day Izmir, Thrkey. ing, dissected an animal, looked program offered at a Kansas City pub- He guided his flock with apostolic through a telescope or sent e-mail for lic highschool several years ago. He zeal until his martyrdom in the sec- the first time at our camp," he said.

Camp Polycarp offers Catholic youngsters summer enrichment

Georgetown to launch research on Muslims WASHINGIDN (CNS) - Georgetown University's tics and civic institutions. . Among the project objectives are: Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding has received a $1.25 million grant to research the role and - to publish a volume of scholarly research on the JOHN "LITTLE BIRD" Anderson of the Lac Courte contribution of the Muslim community in American Muslim community in American civic life; OreiHes band' of Ojibway Indians gives the history of St. public life. --,. to conduct a national survey of Muslim commuThe three-year project will study the changing role nities;'civic/religious leaders and the Muslim populaFrancis Solanus Indian Mission' during the recent dedication . of a state marker near Hayward, Wis. The marker, giving the' of the American Muslim community as it becomes . tion; ' - to develop a Web site as a research tool on Mus114-year history 01 the mission, says the Ojibway we're im- increasingly visible. of the principal investiZahid H. Bukhari, one lims and Islam in America. pressed by the Christian devotion of a French-Canadian fur gators for the project, said the role of th~ Muslim The project will be guided by a natio'nal advisory trader who established a post there in 1800. Anderson is a community'remains misunderstood and under- board of recognized scholars on Islam. member of a local Catholic parish. (CNS photo by Sam studied, despite its growing influence in educa- . '. Funding for the projeCt is being provided through Lucero, Catholic Herald) tion, the marketplace, the business world, poli- the religion program of the Pew Charitable Trusts.


Jesuit-run magazine says hell is real By LYNNE WElL

editorial continued, "not because this is what God wants, but by the VATICAN CITY - Hell is real decision that man takes consciously and eternal and is the end chosen in life and confirms at the point of by those who turn away from God, death - for God or against God." said a respected Italian Catholic The choice, the magazine said, magazine. "is by its nature definitive and irrevocable: After death, a human be''The theme of hell, even though it has been addressed many times, ing cannot repent or turn back." continues to be actual," said an Hell is not a sign of God's unsigned editorial in the July 17 However, it does. not make anger, the editorial added, but edition of the Jesuit-run weekly, sense to affirm that the real an indication of human free La Civilta Cattolica. will. People can choose to apThe editorial's unnamed au- possibility of damria.f;dnte)(:'· proach God, it maintained, or choose to alienate themselves thors explained they were writ- ists, .but that in rearterm~ no from him - thereby choosing ing in response to a debate one is damned. their own permanent fate. launched in late 1998 in a popu- , lar secular Italian magazine, in I The publication noted that which a Florentine professor of lemodern Christian thinkers have gal philosophy called hell "a co- 'place,' but a 'state,' a 'way of be- "anguished" over "how the infilossal injustice, contrary to all the ing' in which a person suffers the nite goodness and mercy of God can be reconciled with the existprinciples of modern law, includ- penalty of the privation of God." ing the Italian constitution." This punishment, the magazine ence of eternal hell." The La Civilta Cattolica edito- said, is accompanied by "a 'pen"To resolve this serious probrial said that "God neither con- alty. of the senses,' which is ex- lem," it said, "it is necessary to make demns nor castigates, but ... give(s) pressed with the image of 'fire,' but clear that it is not God who coneveryone the grace necessary for which has nothing to do with the demns man to hell, but it is man self-salvation, grace which man in fire which we have experienced." who freely condemns himself to his freedom can refuse, in this way However, it does not make sense eternal perdition." . negating God's salvific will. to affirm that the real possibility of La Civilta Cattolica has 15,000 ''The Church prays to God for damnation exists, but that in real subscribers and is sold on news stands in 100 countries. It is the the salvation of all and entrusts his terms no one is damned. The punishments that the con- oldest continuously published sinful children to God's infinite mercy," the periodical said. How- demned undergo are eternal, the magazine in Italy. CATliOUC NEWS SERVICE

ever, it does not make sense to affirm that the real possibility ofdamnation exists, but that in real terms no one is damned." The editorial said hell is not a concept created by the Catholic Church. It explained that Church teaching clarifies the nature of hell by maintaining that it "is not a

Organizers continue groundwork for Encuentro justice conference By EWE HIDALGO CATliOUC NEWS SERVICE LOS ANGELES - More than 60 organizers and workshop participants met during the jubilee justice conference in Los Angeles to continue laying the groundwork for Encuentro 2000. . The national gathering and celebration of the U.S. Church's ethnic diversity and broad multicultural perspective will be held next July in Los Angeles. To encourage the spirit of Encuentro 2000 at every local parish in the year ahead, the U.S. Catholic Conference has developed a parish guide, "Many Faces in God's House: A Catholic Vision for the Third Millennium." Six three-hour

Church's identity and mission." He added, ''This is not just about Hispanics. Ifs about Africans, Europeans, Asians, Native Americans, and South Pacific Islanders. Encuentro 2000 will be an effort to bring all the different groups together." In Los Angeles, the country's largest diocese, with four million Catholics, Mass is celebrated weekly in more than 30 languages. Church leaders recognize that ifs not an easy task to strike a balance between the needs and aspirations of so many diverse groups. Areas offrequent tension within a faith community include adequately scheduling Masses in different languages, securing broad representation on the parish council, having equal access to parish facilities, and the fair use of the community's economic resources. In the social arena, racism, poverty, and violence concern many Catholic families. Encuentro 2000 provides a process of open dialogue to allow Where St. Paul preathed, 'The Gad participants to .ho made the world and all that is understand each In ll... does nol dwell in sanctuother's cultures aries made by human hands, nor and aspirations, is he served by human hands lessen tensions, bemuse he needs anything, rather overcome fears, it Is he .ho aim to mryane life and build strong and bretllh and emythina:' and united faith o 199fCIIS ....... communities.

sessions form the basic Encuentro 2000 process for the parish setting. According to Bishop Gerald R. Barnes ofSan Bernardino, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Hispanic Affairs and organizer of Encuentro 2000, "the central goal of 'Many Faces in God's House' is to build more vibrant and welcoming parishes, where Catholics from different cultural backgrounds are fully incorporated in the One Body of Christ." Bishop Barnes said that "the process brings together people of various cultures to share their stories and dreams, voice concerns, grow together in unity, celebrate the Catholic faith, and come to a deeper understanding of the

Holy Sites Stops Pope John Paull! intends to make in visits to the Middle East.

BirthplOOl of Abruhom, tbe Hebrew patriarch ~ a model of faith In Jew-

ish, Christian and Idamit trudilians. Nazareth:

PllK1I of Chrlsfs early life. Jerusalem: Where Jesus spent last days of his ministry on earth. Oty held saaed to Judaism, Chrtstianily and Islam.

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NCCB gives $25,000 to help rebuild burned synagogues WASHINGTON (CNS) - The U.S. bishops have contributed $25,000 to help rebuild three Sacramento, Calif., synagogues severely damaged by firebomb attacks in midJune. The donation was recently announced in Washington. Sacramento Bishop William K. Weigand, acting on behalf of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, gave a check to Rabbi Brad L. Bloom, ofCongregation B'nai Israel, at a presentation ceremony in Sacramento. Rabbi Bloom was representing the city's Jewish community. Pre-dawn fires were set June 18 within minutes· of each other at Temple B'nai Israel in downtown Sacramento and at two suburban temples, Congregation Beth Shalom and Kenesset Israel Torah Center. The Sacramento Bee daily newspaper reported that two brothers being held on murder charges in the shooting death of a gay couple are also chief suspects in the arsons. In a letter to Rabbi Bloom, Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza of GalvestonHouston, NCCB president, said that accompanying the donation was the bishops' "profound sense of solidarity with the Jewish people in this time of trial." The bishop noted that when the fIres tQok place, the U.S. bishops were in Tucson, Ariz., for their spring retreat-style assembly and at that time expressed "solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters who have been the victims of senseless violence." , ..1 During the assembly, Cardinal

William H. Keeler ofBaltimore, episcopal moderator for Catholic-Jewish relations, issued a statement saying the bishops condemned such terrorism and "the targeting of religious sites and the repositories of religious knowledge, culture and tradition." At that time Bishop Weigand was the one who informed his fellow bishops of the incident and on behalf of Sacramento Catholics expressed solidarity and assured the local Jewish community of prayers. In response Rabbi Bloom said that it was impossible for him to express his appreciation to the bishops. "I personally thank Bishop Weigand for his leadership during these difficult days," he added. .Rabbi Rosen said he was "overwhelmed at the generous support from the entire Catholic community. The best response to violence and hate is love." Rabbi Rosen pointed out that at this time "the Jewish community is remembering for nine days not only the destruction of the ancient temple in Jerusalem, but also the burning of our temple in Sacramento. Out of this double mourning comes hope and a tremendous affection that are pure gifts of love." The Sacramento Diocese has donated $10,000 toward the "Unity Fund" for the burned synagogues and another $10,000 toward the establishment of a Center ofTolerance to fight violence and hate.

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Would-b,e doctor ·says he's helping hum~nity with 'Veggie Tales' "VeggieTales" videos have been sold. Nawrocki emphasizes that the aua c'ucumber, Ohio man dio and video materials espouse no .becomes biggest specific theology, but simply use Bible verses and stories and references to God. producerofchHdrens An education professor from lllinois' videos with a religious Wheaton College advises the commessage. pany on content, and all of the merchandise that has spun offfrom the sucBvTRICIA HEMPEL cess of the video is intended to point CATliOUC NEWS SERVICE the kids back to the stories, he said. Bob and Larry conclude each epiCHICAGO - In 1993, Ohio nasode with the tag line, "Remember tive Mike Nawrocki informed his kids, God made you special mother that his lifelong plan and He loves you very to be a pediatrician was bemuch." ing shelved. There are a dozen videos For the woman who had - including ''The Gourds just lovingly purchased a . Must be Crazy," an offbeat copy of "Gray'~ Anatomy" Trekkie version of the story as a gift for the son in preof Zaccheus the tax collecmed, it had to be difficult tor; and "Rack, Shack and news to hear. Benny," which places the And Nawrocki was startBook of Daniel's characters ing a career as a cucumber. of Meshach, Shadrach and In his salad days at the Abednego into more modUniversity of Illinois, ern circumstances, when Nawrocki planned to attend they refuse to worship the medical school, but service giant chocolate bunny to humanity in another form erected by their boss, Mr. was beckoning. He applied Nebby K. Nezzer. The story to the Peace Corps, thinking of Jonah and the whale is in he would teach biology in current production and posAfrica At the same time, Phil sibly could mushroom into Vischer, aclose friend and felBig Idea's first featurelow puppeteer from his days length theatrical release. at St. Paul Bible College, purThere are also educational sued with Nawrocki his idea materials, including a "Veggie of producing quality children's videos with reliTown Values" kit for use in vacation Bible camps or summer gious messages. MIKE NAWROCKI is one of the creators Sunday schools and adaptable That year, his role as the of the popular "Veggie Tales," a series of for tots, kids or teens. voice of Larry the Cucumber in the children's video children's videos with religious themes. (eNS But there's still one ~um­ "Where's God When I'm photo by Tricia Hempel, Catholic Telegraph) ing question: Why vegScared?" earned him a place etables? Is it because every in the hearts of many,a child who sees Tales" were not created as a substitute child, regardless of race or ethnic herimonsters under the bed. for Sunday school or formal religious tage, can identify with them? Or beSix years later, he is writer, director education, but rather, as an alterna- cause they are so often the underdogs and co-creator of Big Idea's "Veggie tive to Saturday morning cartoons. Big on most kids' menus of choice? Tales," one of the fastest growing line Idea, based in the Chicago area, does "That's a great thought," said of children's videos on the market. not consider itself to be a Christian Nawrocki, looking embarrassed. "But And, Nawrocki told The Catholic Tele- media company, but rather, a media actually, we chose vegetables because .graph, newspaper of the Cincinnati company with a Christian view. they were the easiest things for us to Archdiocese, he knows that "what I' m To date, more than six million animate." ~ Afterplaying the role of

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NEW YORK (CNS) - The fol- mental view offamily life and amuslowing are home videocassette re- ing animals. It is, however, overviews from the U.S. Catholic Con- long and the music by Richard and ference Office for Film and Broad- Robert Sherman is undistinguished. casting. Each videocassette is avail- The U.S. Catholic Conference clasable on VHS format. Theatrical sification is A-I - general patronmovies on video have a U.S. Catho-_ age. The Motion Picture Associalic Conference classification and' tion ofAmerica rating is G - genMotion Picture Association of eral audiences. (Disney) America rating. All reviews indicate "October Sky" ,(1999) the appropriate age group for the Uplifting tale set in 1957 rural video audience. W~st Virginia where a miner's son ."Baby Geniuses" (1999) (Jake Gyllenhaal) defies his father's Comic' misfire in which a mega- (Chris Cooper) insistence he come lomaniacal doctor (Kathleen Turner) work in the mines and instead enintent on raising brilliant toddlers lists three schoolmates to help in a secret underground lab is out- build a functioning rocket in hopes smarted by two-year-old twins who of winning a college scholarship. wreck her elaborate plans. Director Director Joe .Johnston's atmoBob Clark's insipid take on babies spheric, fact-based drama captures as miniature, wise-cracking adults the impoverished community, fais unappealing, dull and overacted milial conflicts and the dogged by both Turner and her clueless as- ambition of youngsters to persevere sistant, Christopher Lloyd. Some . and better themselves with higher cartoon violence and mayhem and education. A mining tragedy, fleeta few crude remarks. The U.S. Catho- ing parental abuse and a few mutlic Conference Classification is A-ll tered profani'ti~s. -The U.S. Catho- adults and adolescents. The Mo- lic Conference classification is Ation Picture Association ofAmerica Il - adults and adolescents. The rating is PG - parental guidance Motion Picture Association of suggested. (Columbia TriStar) America rating is PG - parental "The General" (1 998} guidance suggested. (Universal) Fact-based account of the crimi"Two English Girls" (1972) nal career of Martin Cahill Director Francois Truffaut has (Brendan Gleeson), Dublin's best- made the perfect companion piece known gangster who graduated for his previous "Jules and Jim," from petty thefts in the slums to with the situation this time neatly running his own mob from an ex- reversed as a man (Jean-Pierre pensive home in a posh neighbor- Lelmd) falls in love with two sishood where he lived with his wife ters but is unable to make a comand children as well as from an- mitment to either. Some viewers other home where he lived with his will find the situation completely wife's sister, until his assassination . amoral, and often ridiculously roby an Irish Republican Army gun- mantic, but as a picture of life at man in 1994. Directed by John the turn of the century, with its very Boorman, the picture views Cahill formal etiquette, suppressed emowith some sympathy as a rebel tions and artificial manners, it against conventional society, the couldn't be better. Subtitles. Sexual police, the Church and the IRA situations. The U.S. Catholic Conwhich demanded a share of his loot, ference classification is A-IV but balances its colorful depiction adults, with reservations. Not rated of his criminal exploits with some by the Motion Picture Association of their painful 'consequences, in- ofAmerica. (Fox Lorber) cluding l)is br:utal death. Some . "Virus" (1998) hard-edged' violence; detailed Murky monster movie in which . criminal activities, sexual situa-. the cre~_ (led by J~ietee Curtis, . tions, brief nudity, frequent rough William Baldwin and Donald language and oCl;;asionai prof~nity. Sutherland) a sinking tugboat The U.S. Catholic Conference clas- seeks refuge onboard·a mysteri, sification is A-IV. - adults, with ously empty:Soviet vessei only to . reservations. Ute Motion Picture discover murderous alien life forms . Association of America rating is R on· board that interpret human life ' . - restricted. (Columbia TriStar) as a virus to be destr<;>yed. Diredor . ''The Happiest Millionaire" (1967) John Bruno allows' by-the-book Musical biography of Anthony shoot outs between humans and J. Drexel Biddle (Fred McMurray), robot-like creatures to grow tirean eccentric turn-of-the-century some in an often ludiCrous specialmillionaire who kept alligators as effects thriller. Some gory sci-fi,viopets, collected prizefighters and lence, occasional profanity and in. alternated a family program of termittentroughlanguage. Thc'U.S. physical fitness with hymn-sing- Catholic Conference classification ing. Directed by Norman Tokar, it is A-III - adults. The Motion Pichas all the usual Disney staples: ture Association of America rating some innocent romance, a senti- is R - restricted. (Universal)

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ference classification is A-TIl tale ofthree African-American budThe Motion Picture Asso- dies, one of whom (Taye Diggs) ciation ofAmerica rating is PG vacillates about taking his vows parental guidance suggested. ~ilm hours before his wedding while "Eyes Wide Shut" another (Omar Epps) recalls in (Warner Bros.) flasi:Jback their awkward teen-age Failed cautionary tale about fumblings with the opposite sex. uncontrolled sexual desire as a Essentially a coming-of-age tale, smug Manhattan doctor (Tom director Rick Famuyiwa presents Cruise) contemplates infidelity overly familiar macho posturings NEWYORK (CNS)- The folafter his wife (Nicole Kidman) tells to limited comic effect before the lowing are capsule reviews of movof an urge she once had to run off .' three are prepared to accept mariies recently reviewed by the U.S. with a handsome stranger, but tal commitment. Sexual situations, Catholic Conference Office for . when he sneaks into a satanic cult's brief violence, fleeting rear nudity, . sex orgy, he bardy escapes with minimal profanity and much rough Film and Broadcasting. "Autumn Tale" (October) his life and returns home a sobered language. The U.S. Catholic ConDroll French look at mid-life man. Director Stanley Kubrick's ference classification is A-III final work is a major disappoint- adults. The Motion Picture Assorelationships when a widow in her ment because the characters, espe- ciation of America rating is R 40s (Beatrice Romand) learns her cially the doctor, lack sufficient restricted. best friend (Marie Riviere) has selected a potential suitor (Alain emotional depth to make the conLibolt) for her through a personal trived story dramatically credible, Movies Online ad, while a friendly college stuthough the ritualistic orgy seCan't remember how a recent dent (Alexia Portal) tries to match quence is convincingly degrading film was classified by the as a male fantasy of lust. Graphic the widow up with her former USCC? Want to know whether sex scenes, full nudity, drug use teacher. Directed by Eric Rohmer, to let the kids go see it? Now and rough language. The U.S. the picture is quite satisfying deyou can look film reviews up Catholic Conference classification spite the contrived complications on America Online. Once you'~ and predictable outcome because is 0 - morally offensive. The connected to AOL, just use the Motion Picture Association of the characters are warmly human keyword CNS to go to Catholic and their concerns earn our symAmerica rating is R - restricted. News Service's online site, then "The Wood" (Paramount) pathy. Subtitles. Some sexual reflook for movie reviews. Drawn-out but warrri-hearted erences. The U.S. Catholic Con~dults.

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Theologian says martyrdom not just relic of Church's past ~

Christians are dying for the faith every day in Latin America as they try to perfect the world and themselves. By CHRISllNE DUBOIS CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

SEATTLE - For Hispanic theologian Maria Pilar Aquino, martyrdom is not a relic of the Church's past. The present-day murders of people killed while working among the oppressed in Latin America fuels her passion for theology and for justice. "The list of persecuted and martyred Christians continues to grow today, and there are no real signs that indicate that it is going to end in the near future," Aquino told a standing-room-only crowd recently at Seattle University. ''This reality of systematic per-

secution is being suffered by the Church because of its deliberate commitment to the struggles of the marginalized for basic human rights," she said. Aquino, associate professor of theology and religious studies and associate director of the Center for the Study of Popular Catholicism at the University of San Diego, reflected on "the identity and mission of the Church when they are lived within a world of sin." She drew heavily on the work of the late Jesuit Father Ignacio Ellacuria. He was rector of Central American University in San Salvador when in 1989 he and five other Jesuits and their housekeeper and her daughter were murdered by Salvadoran soldiers in their quarters. "If the ultimate purpose of divine revelation is the salvation of the world," she said, "the authentic revelation of the Christian God does not occur among those who oppress the world with their injustice, but

among those who seek to save the world from this injustice." Those who work for justice, she noted, will certainly be persecuted, and even killed, for their efforts. But their deaths, like Jesus' death, are only "a transient stage." Aquino recalled the words of Salvadorian Archbishop Oscar Romero before his assassination 20 years ago: "I must tell you that as a Christian, I do not believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me, I will rise again in the Salvadorian people. '" A bishop will die, but God's Church, which is the people, will never perish." She spoke at length of her experience with Mayan communities in Guatemala. "My mind raged with feelings of anger and helplessness as I saw the impunity with which the powers of this world continue to do their injustice," she added. Theology, she said, has given "a saving meaning to this anger and

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THEANCHOR-Diocese ofFall River-Fri., July 30, 1999 this passion, but my contact with the persecuted communities is what keeps them alive." ''Although the night of injustice is so long," Aquino concluded, ''these men and women live in hope and in joy because we embrace the gift that God has given to us: the vocation to open new paths of justice until the coming of the final aurora in which God is all in all things."

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said. CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy - Society should reHe pointed out that in the very countries where the examine its values concerning the elderly and adjust elderly are moved out of mainstream life, "young its comportment toward them accordingly, Pope John couples, in fact, find grandparents an indispensable Paul II said. help." "In industrially and technologically developed so"On the one hand," he said, "the elderly person is cieties, the condition of the elderly is ambivalent," marginalized, while being sought after on the other." the pontiff said, explaining that old people are beA long life has intrinsic value, the pope said, becoming less integrated into family and social life while cause life itself is a gift of God. Beyond that, he added, "their role belife experience is comes ever more accompanied by important, above "understanding all in the care and (and) lessons of education of which the elderly grandchildren." person is the cusThe 79-yeartodian." old pope made "For this reahis observations son," the pope on aging with noted, "in all cultures, old age is visitors outside the papal sumsynonymous with mer villa in wisdom and equilibrium." Castel Gandolfo Pope John noting that Mon, ';; Paul pointed to day commemorated Sts. Joachim Biblical verses ., , indicating reand Anne, traditionally considered to have been .,;;.::.", ,_,.tJ_,;..:r-:-..,'_"";';:=_..J person "does not Mary's parents. This occasion POPE JOHN Paul /I has called on society to re-examine ask to be re"induces me to its values concerning the elderly. "In all cultures, old age is lieved of old age and its burden" say a word or two about old age synonymous with wisdom and equilibrium:' he said in his ad- but prays to God and its value," dress at Castel Gandolfo, Italy. (CNS file photo by Bill not to abandon him. Pope John Paul Wittman)

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Pope sends condolences, representative to king's funeral By CINOVWOODEN CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II praised the late King Hassan II of Morocco as a great king who tried to lead his people toward "spiritual and material progress." In addition to sending condolences to Morocco, the pope asked Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, dean of the College of Cardinals, to represent him at the recent funeral of the king in Rabat. The 70-year-old king died July 23 after 38 years of ruling the pre-

dominantly Muslim country in North Africa. Writing to the king's successor, King Mohammed VI, the pope said he wanted "to express my profound condolences to the royal family, the government and all the Moroccan people." The pope said King Hassan "presided over the destiny of his country with the desire to lead it along the ways of spiritual and material progress." Pope John Paul said the king's words and actions in hosting a 1985

papal visit to Casablanca and the king's efforts to promote dialogue about the status of the city of Jerusalem showed he was "a man who wanted to develop dialogue among believers and contribute to establishing peace among nations, particularly in the Middle East." The pope prayed that "the merciful God would welcome King Hassan II into his light and peace," and he asked God to assist King Mohammed in following his father's footsteps, building "the kingdom in agreement and solidarity." .

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Polish cardinal blesses foundation for Siberian cathedral with hope By CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

and the United States. IRKUTSK, Russia-APolishcarThe cathedral, designed by Poldinal blessed the foundation for a sec- ish architect Andrzej Chwalibog, is ond Catholic cathedral in Siberia, expected to be maintained by the which is to be the seat ofthe region's region's 30,000 ethnic Polish Cathonewly appointed bishop. lics, mostly descended from 19thPreaching at an open-air Mass on century deportees. the site at Irkutsk, Cardinal Jozef An earlier Catholic cathedral in Glemp of Warsaw Irkutsk was turn~ said the future Im"Erecting a cross on Si· into a concert hall after being taken maculate Concep- berian territory is a visible over by the former tion Cathedral sign that religious life is would have sym- dee/oening in this region," Soviet govern-, bolic meaning. ment. "Erecting a Cardinal Glemp ~id. The Apostolic cross on Siberian - - - - - - - - - - - . Administration of territory is a visible sign that religious Eastern Siberia covers an area of four life is deepening in this region," the million square miles, from about the cardinal said. "It is a region soaked in western border of the province of the blood of exiles, identified above Krasnoyarsk east to the Pacific Ocean all until recently with human suffer- and north to the Arctic Ocean. It is ing and persecution for the faith." bordered on the south by Mongolia, The Mass was concelebrated by China and North Korea. The area has eastern Siberia's Polish apostolic ad- about 16 million people. The cathedral's cornerstone was ministrator, Bishop Jerzy Mazur, as well as Archbishop Francis T. Hurley laid in September 1998 by ArchofAnchorage,AIaska, and his brother, bishop John Bukovsky, apostolic retired Bishop Mark J. Hurley of nuncio to Russia. Santa'Rosa, Calif, Archbishop Hurley Cardinal Glemp was in Irkutsk, a , has sent missionaries to the far east city of 700,000, during a three-week of Siberia for 10 years. pastoral tour of Russia, which ends Many of the administration's this week .at, the eastern port of priests and nuns come from Poland Vladivostok. , '

Consecration to the Divine Will Oh adorable and Divine Will, behold me here before the immensity of Your Light, that Your eternal goodness may open to me the doors and make me enter into It to fonn my life all in You, Divine Will. Therefore; oh adorable Wlll, prostrate before Your Light, I, the least of all creatures, put myself into the little grol,lp of the sons and daughters of Your Supreme FIAT. Prostrate in my nothingness, I invoke Your Light and beg that it clothe me and eclipse all that does not pertain to You, Divine Will. It will be my Life, the center of my intelligence, the enraptUrer of my heart and of my whole being. I do not 'want -the human will to have life in this heart any longer. I will cast it away from me and thus' fonn the new Eden of Peace, of happiness and of love. With It I shall be always happy; I shall have , a singular strength ~d a holiness that sanctifies all things· and conducts them to God. Here prqstrate, I invoke the help of the Most Holy Trinity that They permit me to live in the cloister of the Divine.Will and thus return in me the first order of creation, just as the creature was created. Heavenly Mother, Sovereign and Queen of the Divine, Fiat, take my hand and introduce me into the Light of the Divine Will. You will be'my guide, my most tender Mother, and will teach me to live in and to maintain myself in the order and the bounds of the Div.ine·Will: Heavenly Mother, I consecrate ,my whole being to Your Immaculate Heart. You will teach me the doctrine of the Divine Will and I will listen mqst attentively to Your lessons. You will cover me with Your mantle so that the infernal serpent dare not penetrate into this Eden to entice me and make me fall into the maze of the human will. Heart of my greatest Good, Jesus, You will give me Your flames that they may burn me, consume me, and feed me to fonn in me the Life of the Divine Will. ' Saint Joseph, you will be my protector, the guardian of my heart, and will keep the keys of my will in your hands. You will keep my heart jealously and shall never give it to me again, that I may be sure of never leaving the Wtll of God. My guardian Angel, guard me; defend me; help me in everything so that my Eden may flourish and be the instrument that draws all men into the Kingdom of the Divine Will. Amen.

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Cleaning of 10th~centurycoins reveals classic image of Christ By JUDITH SUDILOVSKY CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

on the coins. 1)lere is a big cross behind him, and he has a big head and eyes like on the icons of the 5th century," Hirschfeld said. "These are very rare coins, and it is the first time they were found in Israel." He said the largest ,collection of

JERUSALEM - Recent thorough cleaning of a horde of 10thcentury coins discovered last year in Tiberias have revealed 60 rare "Jesus coins" bearing an image of Christ. Coins of this type, known sci.,.4 entifically as "anonymous folies" because they neither contain the4~:''! name or image of the ruler of " f,,'t?~ the time, were minted briefly ,"'7" , for 80 years at the end of ~, the 10th century by ~< Christian kings in / Constantinople, said p, Hebrew University Ar- ' chaeology Professor , Yizhar Hirschfeld, who led the dig at '.' the site of ancient I Tiberias. \ The coins, along , with some 20 additional coins and another 1,000 bronze '\ items from the Islamic ' period, were among the largest cache of objects from that period ever discovered in Israel. Although uncovered last year, it was not until the cleaning of the coins began this year that archaeologists realized the magnis,uch coins is housed at the tude of their find. The coins are engraved with an •Dunbarton Oaks Center for Byzanimage of Jesus and with Greek in- tine Studies in Washington, D.C. scriptions proclaiming "Jesus the The coins found at the Tiberias dig Messiah, the King of Kings" and are now on display in a new "House of Bronze" exhibit at the Hebrew "Jesus, the Messiah, the Victor," Hirschfeld said.Normally Jesus was University Institute ofArchaeology. 'not used as symbol on coins, he Hirschfeld said the bronze "Jesus coins~' were minted as a form of proadded. "You can see Jesus very clearly paganda by the Christian kings at

the end of the last millennium in response to the rising tide of Islam. Although they were not of high monetary value - .valuable coins were made of gold - the Jesus coins seem to have had a special significance similar to that ofa religious medallion for Christian pilgrims. The items were found in three large clay -pots hidden under the floor of a structure, apparently where the building owner had hidden the metal objects and coins out of fear of invasion by the Crusaders at the end of the 11 th century. The Crusaders invaded and destroyed ancient Tiberias, which at the time had a mixed population of Jews, Muslims and Christians. The coins and bronze items remained well concealed in their hiding place and were not plundered by the attacking forces. ''These coins show that the owner was possibly a Christian and if not, then that he had contact with the Christian population of Tiberias. T~is find also demonstrates that there were Christians in ,Tiberias at that time and that pilgrims from Constantinople came to Tiberias - otherwise we would not have these coi ns here," said Hirschfeld. "It is nice at the end of the second millennium to find these coins in the same place they were hidden by the unknown owner at the end of the last millennium."

Museum exhibit traces impact of Crusaders in Holy Land By JUDITH SUDILOVSKY

reconquered Jerusalem and is seen as a Muslim hero, and various detailed maps of Jerusalem. JERUSALEM - A newly In addition, everyday utensils opened exhibit at the Israel Musuch as combs, spoons, coins, game seum in Jerusalem traces the impact pieces, ceramic dishes, and jugs are the Crusaders had in the Holy Land. Some of the items shown in displayed. Examples of the swords, "Knights of the Holy Land: The daggers and chain mail armor worn Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem" by knights and their horses into have never been displayed previbattle also are exhibited. ously. Eight Crusades were undertaken The exhibit includes architecfrom 1095 to 1270 in varying efture, ceramics, games, religious relforts to capture and recapture the ics and manuscripts. The exhibit inHoly Land, and several hundreds of thousands of Eurocludes rare artifacts such --:::--_ _ as two reliquaries ofthe r--:-~:-T"" pean Christia.ns took part Holy Cross from the in the. ~xpeditions. Holy Sepulcher made of Thousands of the Crugold and inlaid with saders never made it to their destination, but jewels. A small sliver of what was believed to be died en route from hunger, disease and cold. part of the original cross Once in Jerusalem on which Jesus was crucified is displayed. and the Holy Land, through a tiny window though, they established cities with churches, in the case. hospitals, craftsmen and "For us what is imbustling marketplaces." portant is the case," said But they also left bad curator Silvia things: the tense relations Rozenberg. "According among the population. to.Iegend, the Crusaders .' found the real (;ross and Until their arrival there had took pieces from it and MUSEUM CURATOR Tamar Neuhaus carries been tolerance among the different groups. All this send it all over Europe in special cases. But I a 12th-century Crusader holy water font at the Is- disappeared with the arcannot say if what is in- rael Museum in Jerusalem. (CNS photo from rival of the Crusaders," Rozenberg said. side the case is a part of Reuters) CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

the real cross. But the case was made here and so demonstrates the high level of artistry present here at that time." Also included in the collection are manuscripts from the scriptorium of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher such as the }>salter of Queen Melisende with its richly decorated multicolored and gold engraved illustrations, manuscripts from the scriptorium of Acre written by historian William of Tyre, a letter from Saladin, who in 1187


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Planning for the renovation be- Masses have been celebrated in the Masses over the weekends for about 6,000 people during the summer." gan in January of 1998 when Fa- church despite construction. "We've managed to have daily Other things visitors will find difther Edward J. Byington, pastor of St. Francis Xavier, and the build- Mass here the whole time. We ferent in the church are new wood ing commission began to look for would hold it in the naive while altar floors with deep red oriental architects to take on their project. the wings were being completed rugs, donated by parishioners. Father Byington said that it was and we moved it into the east wing One of the most stunning addisomething that needed to be done. when that was completed," said tions is a painting of Jesus wel"The church has two wings in Father Byington. coming little children into his presaddition to the main seating area, In addition to the shrines to ence. It was done by an artist from but these three areas were not re- Mary and St. Joseph, there is a third Providence, R.I., and financed by ally connected before. People's shrine, dedicated to the patron parishioner Dr. Paul Canniff. view of the altar and celebrating Canniff was once a parishioner of priest were obstructed before," exSacred Heart Church, Fall River plained Father Byington. where Father Byington was The project opened up stationed and a stained the three areas to the alglass window at the tar increasing the size parish inspired the of the church, but idea for the paintmaintaining its ing. It is located becharacter. "What . !.". tween two new we've done is crying rooms in " ", the east wing. given ever.yone an unobstructive '- , Twice each view of the altar, week the parish's but maintained St. Vincent de the basic charPaul society acter of the sponsors a church. It has food pantry and with the the same Cape Cod kind of renovation feel to it," said has added a Father small food Byington. closet where parishioners "We wanted to expand, can leave but not donations loose its of non-perhistoric A NEW painting adorns one of the wings at St. Francis Xavier ishable feel." Parish, Hyannis. The church has undergone a $1.4 million renova- foods. "One T h e tion and officially reopened this summer. (AnchodGordon photo) of our parishioners project added new pews, bringing seating saint of the parish, Francis Xavier. refurbished the stations of the capacity from 900 to 1,200, re- It was due to the generous dona- cross," said Father Byington who placed existing rugs with a marble tions of parishioners, even as con- was beaming as he explained the floor, added cenfralair condition- struction was underway, that led various changes his parish has uning, a new sacristy, a new sound to its addition. Also coming is a dergone with its renovation system and speakers and new new pipe organ just in time for project. He was particularly proud of a marble steps outside of the Christmas. church's main doors. New banis~ "I'm so happy with the work and new addition outside of the church ters are also being added, but they the way everything has come to- on an access ramp. He explained are still being galvanized. gether," said Father Byington. "All that they have always had an exit "The toughest thing was mov- the parishioners are very pleased door with a ramp, but now there is ing the baldachino backwards to and they've all told me they're ec- a sensor that will trigger the door to open automatically as parishiowhere it is now," said Father static with the renovation." Byington. "That was a lot of work. St. Francis Xavier has a long ners make their way up the handiIt's always easier to build from the history on the Cape and it was built capped accessible ramp. A button ground up in construction." The in 1874. Originally called St. inside opens the door automatibaldachino or arch is the area di- Patrick Church, it was moved to cally. Even though the main conrectly behind the altar where the its present location at 347 South crucifix is usually found in most Street around 1903 and dedicated struction is completed and churches. At St. Francis Xavier, it in 1904. It's name was changed Masses are back in the church, was moved backwards to open up then to honor the Jesuit mission- there are still little things that the area in front and to the left and ary, St. Francis Xavier, who is the need to be done. Each of the pews right of the altar. Two shrines, one patron saint of Catholic missions. will eventually be fitted with a The second pew from the front padded cushion and the church to the Blessed Virgin and the second to St. Joseph, which once were in the east wing is where former clock which rests below the choir located near the front of the altar, President John F. Kennedy and his loft has not yet been fitted with are now found beneath stained wife sat when they attended Sun- its hands. Father Byington was very glass windows of the east and west day Mass while staying at the Compound in thankful for all those who made wings providing a clear view of Kennedy Hyannisport. A plaque adorns the the renovation project a reality Mass for everyone. Construction began in October pew now and there are many visi- and put in hard work. "We had a of 1998 and was completed the tors to the church during the sum- really excellent building commitsecond week of June this year. The mer months and "Mass attendance tee," he said. "We met every Tuesparish has been celebrating week- is up considerably," said Father day afternoon to discuss the project and various needs." The end Masses in the gymnasium of Byington. "There are 1,000 year-round pa- committee consisted of parishioSt. Francis Xavier School, due to the large attendance, but daily rishioners, but we celebrate 14 ners Joe Da Luz, Steve Kenney and Dick Peckham. Construction was done by Mills City Construction Co. of Lincoln R.I. and Robinson Green Beretta was the architect. "It's a very historic time in the Cardinal George topped the list, VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago along with Cardinal Christoph life of our parish," said Father Byington. The House of God has was among those named by Pope Schonborn of Vienna, Austria. Other new members included now been prepared for the 21 st cenJohn Paul II to a Vatican agency cultural experts at pontifical uni- tury and we challenge ourselves for preserving Church patrimony. The Vatican announced nomi- versities in Rome and Italian re- to receive our spiritual nourishnations to the Pontifical Commis- gional and national authorities on ment within these walls and bring sion for the Cultural Heritage of the cultural preservation and restora- the faith and love of Jesus Christ to all whom we meet." tion. Church last week.

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Education Three couples, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Carney, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Flatley and Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Vanderslice, each stated that they would match whatever funds the committee raised, up to $50,000 per couple. Downing and the committee then set a goal of raising $150,000 through table sponsorships and ticket sales. As The Anchor went to press this week, the committee had raised $152,000 with some donations still coming in. This, combined with the generous matching funds, yielded $302,000 in gross proceeds from the event. In his briefremarks after the dinner, Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., thanked all for their presence and for the support of the St. Mary's Education Fund. He reminded supporters that their generosity" enables youngsters who need financial assistance to attend Catholic schools. As an example, he spoke of one Cape Cod family with six young children, where the father worked as a fisherman but was unable to meet tuition costs. Because of the

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St. Mary's Education Fund, the two eldest children, a son and a daughter, will be able to attend Holy Trinity Elementary School in West Harwich in the fall. The bishop also noted the ongoing study to formulate a strategic plan for Cathol ic education on Cape Cod and its preliminary findings which call for an expansion of Catholic schools. The St. Mary's Education Fund was established by the Diocese of Fall River in 1991 from proceeds of the former St.Mary's Home of New Bedford, a diocesan-sponsored orphanage. The interest from the fund provides scholarships to students attending Catholic schools in the diocese. In 1995 a fall scholarship dinner was held in order to meet increasing requests for more and more children seeking partial tuition assistance. Three years later, in 1998, the first annual summer dinner was held on Cape Cod to further benefit the fund. From 1995 to 1998 more than $750,000 has been raised to assist more than 1,300 elementary and nearly '100 high school students.

A CHALLENGE MET - Co-chairmen Phyllis MacNeil and Sheila Feitelberg chat with Bishop Sean O'Malley at the Willowbend Club in Mashpee during the soiree that raised a whopping $300,000 to assist needy students to attend Catholic schools in the Fall River Diocese. (Photo by John E. Kearns, Jr.)

Our Lady's Monthly Message From Medjugorje July 25, 1999 Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina ''Dear Children, Also today I rejoice with you and I call you to prayer with the heart. I call all of you, little children, to give thanks to God here with me for the graces which He gives to you through me. I desire for you to comprehend that I want to realize here, not only a place of prayer but also a meeting of hearts. I desire for my, Jesus' and your heart to become one heart, little children, pray and rejoice over everything that God does here, despite that Satan provokes quarrels and unrest. I am with you and I lead you all on the way of love. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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BISHOP FEEHAN High School track coach Bob ~Homme, sociai studies teacher Ed Gagnon and Father Paul A. Caron of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Acushnet, were all part of the school's recent "Coogan's Moonlight Mile" race. It was named in honor of former Shamrock Mark Coogan, an Olympic marathoner in 1996.

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... MATH CHAMPS: The eighth grade math team of St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School, Hyannis, placed first in the National Math Fax competition for Catholic Schools. Team members, from left, are John Cabral, Ben Komar, Barry Schwenk, Doug Crabtree, HeCither Johnson, Chris Steinke, Steve Connetta, Riley Williams and math teacher Robert Fougere. ~ MATH WHIZ: Seventh grader Andrew Hartnett of St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School, receive~ congratulations from Headmaster StE)phen Kenney, left, and math teacher Robert F. Fougere on finishing first in the Continental Math League. Students from more than 200. schools participated and Hartnett was one of 18 students in the country to achieve a perfect score in this year's competition.

We at TheAnchorwould like to encourage youth group leaders and parents to send in summer photos ofparish youth group activities. We know many children are taken on field trips and spend time at camps so please let us share in your fun. Make sure to identify students by name and parish and include a number where you can be contacted if there are any questions. Forward photos to: The Anchor, 887 Highland Ave., PO Box 7, Fall River, MA 02722, Attention: Mike Gordon.

CYO baseball All-Stars named A,

FALL RIVER - The Fall River Area CYO Baseball League announced the rosters for the 1999 All-Star teams. Tht<y are: . AMERICANS

Brian Mauricio, Jason Warren, Joey Sanft, ~an Woolfrey, Dennis Medeiros, Mik~,Richard and Bob Knapp from Holy Name; and T.J. . Lebreux, Joey Net~, Kns Salvas, . Rick Ferreira.and Chuck Simmons

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SEVENTH GRADER $arah Freire (left photo) from Holy Family-Holy Nam~ School, New Bedford, helps Jeff Corwin of the Disney show "Going Wild with Jeff Corwin; with a snake during an educational program. Students attending the program leamed路about animal behavior,conservation and ecology. Itfeatured several guests including a boa constrictor and blue macaw. David Leitao, a graduate of Holy ~mily-Holy Name School (middle photo), visited his former school to speak to students about reaching goals, being a team player and putting God first. Leitao works as an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut. Father John P. Driscoll was influential in Leitao's life when he was a student. Holy Family-Holy Name School, recently recognized its dedicated secretary Nora Marinelli (right photo) for her hard work. Principal Cecilia M. Felix praised Marinelli saying, "Sheis always willing to go beyond the call of dUty. She is an example to all of us to serve as Jesus did."


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Mastering the game, but missing the, world By CHRISTOPHER CARSTENS CATMOUC NEWS SERVICE

It was one of those clear, sunny, beautiful summer days. We were in northern Minnesota on a large, flat boat with a powerful motor, driving north through a chain of lakes linked by the King Edward Narrows. The water was a deep, sparkling blue. The sky was almost cloudless. Moving through n~rrows no wider than a freeway, the deep woods on the left were the United States, and the forest on tl}e right was Canada. And in the back of the boat sat my junior-high-aged niece, transfixed by her pocket video game. Here we were, in the heart of wilderness beauty, and she was making some animated figure jump

games: You give them all your attention and concentration for however long you play, and it can become big chunks of time. In return you get nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Don't even try that old line, "It helps me be comfortable with computers." Kids these days start playing on computers before they go to preschool. The average American teen-ager is as comfortable with computers as with hamburgers. Many ways of having fun give you something back. If you playa game of cards, you get to talk with other people as the cards are shuffled and dealt. With a board game or a puzzle, the conversations around the table are most of the fun. But a video game isolates you. The only' conversatio\1s are about who has the next turn, and, ''Wow,l

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flge over the foxes and grab coins. I'm not a big fan of video games. Personally, I've never been able to get past Level One on any of them. I get bored. But I have watched friends and family members pour hour after hour into the beeping, squeaking, squawking little boxes. My niece may have gotten to the next level, but she missed the lake. That's the problem with' video

just beat Level 27 and killed Mongo the War Wizard." The pocket video game is antisocial. Its message is loud and clear: "Go away and leave me alone." Then there are books. Reading can look like an isolated activity, but I think there is an important difference. When you read, you engage your mind with that of another human being, the writer. Whenever you read a book, you come away knowing a little bit more about the world and how people work. Books make you smarter. People who read books for pleasure do better in school, they do better on standardized tests and more of them graduate from college. I'm not saying that the video games make you dumber. I just don't believe they have any positive effect. , In a subtle but powerful way, the video games take you away from

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whatever lies before you. Playing them is something you do instead of experiencing real life. In moderation, that's fine. When does it become a problem? Television, video games and much of the time people spend on the Internet are electronic ways to turn otherwise useful hours into warm air and vent them into the atmosphere. If it helps you relax, fine. Just ask yourself how much relaxation time you can afford. An hour a day? Two hours? Three? Me? I'd say about half an hour a day, max. After that, you're throwing away time you need to spend interacting with real life. You have a lot to learn, and you won't learn any of it from a video game.

Your comments are welcome. Please address: Dr. Christopher Carstens, c/o Catholic News Service, 3211 Fourth St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017.

Our Rock and Role When it's time to move slowly By CHARLIE MARTIN' CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Sometimes You tell me you're in love with me Like you can't take your Pretty eyes away from me. It's not that I don't want to stay, But every time you come too close I move away. (Refrain) I want to believe In everything that you say 'Cause it sounds so good

But if you really want me, Every time that I'm alone Move slow. , I wonder why. There's things about me Hope that you will wait for me, You just have to know. You'll see that Sometimes I run, You're the only one for me. Sometimes I hide, (Repeat refrain.) Sometimes I'm scared of you. I'll just hang around But alii really want And you'll see Is to hold you tight, There's nowhere I'd rather be. Treat you right, If you love me, trust in me Be with you day and night. The way that I trust in you. Baby, alii need is time. Sung by Britney Spears I don't want to be so shy. (c) 1999 by Zomba Recording Co.

BRITNEY SPEARS is the latest pop rage. Want about relationships. No matter how good a relaproof? Check out any of her gadzillion sites on tionship seems, there will be problems and conthe Web! She's only 16, but she's one of today's flicts. Navigating these difficulties is,a skill gained through a variety of relationships. top music idols. .Part of moving slowly is making clear the level Her CD "Baby One More Time" is one of the year's holtest sellers. The song "Sometimes" off of commitment to the relationship. Going out with someone is not a statement about the future. this disc has a message teens need to hear. The heart of "this message is: In teen-age ro- Rather, it expresses an openness to discovering mance, "move slow." She sings, "You tell me you're more about the other person. . Sometimes teens who are dating don't realize in love with me," and she adds, "I want to believe in everything that you say 'cause it sounds so that they need frank discussion about each other's good." Yet, she says, "Sometimes I run, sometimes personal goals and values. What does each of them seek from life? What values are most important I hide, sometimes I'm scared of you." . . It could be that this response is her common for the human beings that they want to become? sense. The feeling of being.in love 'is easy to How important is God to them? What does each experience, but it should not be confused with' of them hope to be doing five years, or 10 years, the type of love that builds a valuable relation- from now? , For example, if one of them intends to go away ship. As she wisely says, "There's things about me you just have to know" (and she needs to for education or work, getting involved in an ex\ know about him!) before either of them can un- clusive relationship will only lead to heartache. derstand what this romance:means. She knows Bet~er for them to state these hopes, enjoy each she needs time. She sings that she hopes "you other's friendship, but realize that now is not the time to build a committed relationship. will wait for me." I admire how the girl in this song has stopped I would also caution this girl about the fellow's attitude. Wanting to move so quickly might re- to listen to her genuine feelings. Being "scared" veal his need to control the relationship. Or he is telling her something important. , Listening to one's inner "voice'" requires might be in love with being in love. Neither situawareness and maturity. No matter what happens, ation leads to real happiness. The song does not say how long they have . this ability will help her to manifest 1110re of the been dating or how old they are. If they are still in goodness that God has placed within her. YOQr Comments are always welcome. Please high school, the girl is showing common sense. . Getting attached to one person.during the te~n addr~ss: Charlie Martin, 7125 W 2008, ..,.: , years leads to rriissing out on important I.~ssons . ,Rockport, Ind. 47635.' ".,

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Iteering pOintl ATTLEBORO - The musical group Spirit will perform at the La Salette Shrine Garden of Worship tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. All welco~e. ·Refreshments will be served. Those attending are invited to bring lawn chairs. The 10th annual Catholic Tent Revival will be held Sunday beginning at 7 p.m. and run through Aug. 4 at the Shrine. Each night will feature a guest preacher and music will be provided by John · Polce and friends. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation. All welcome. For more information call 222-5410.

begin a training program for volunteers in September at the Fairhaven town hall. Training will help volunteers provide friendship, support and practical assistance to terminally ill patients and their families. Sessions will be held in the morning and early evening. For more information or to register call Gloria Richard at 999-3400. FALL RIVER - The eighth annual Chris Leahey Road Race will be run Sunday at 9 a.m. at Bishop Connolly High School. Runners can sign up until 8:30 a.m. For more information call 674-4400 or the school at 676-1071. All welcome.

CENTERVILLE - A Marian FALL RIVER - Saint Anne's Hour of prayer including rosary and Chapletof Divine Mercy is held ev- . Hospital has announced the sched· ery Tuesday from 3-4 p.m. at Our ule for its mobile mammography Lady ofVictory Parish. All welcome. van as follows: Aug. 3, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at SSTAR, 400 Stanley FAIRHAVEN - The Hospice St.; Aug. 12,8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Community Nurse Association will at TruMe~ 1,528 Newton St.; Aug.

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. - Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann, 57, who resigned July 22 as head of the Santa Rosa Diocese, has admitted to having a sexual relationship with a priest who is suing him and ·the diocese, according to his attorney, Joseph Piasta. "The bishop did regretfully have a personal consensual relationship with Father Salas that was inappropriate for both of them as priests," the attorney said in a statement sent by fax to Catholic News Service. "It is NORTH DARTMOUTH .:.... unfortunate that Father Jorge Hume Salas and his attorneys are now using RetrouvailIe, a program to help this consensual relationship as a weapon against Bishop Ziemann and the , heal and renew troubled marriages, diocese." Bishop Ziemann's resignation was announced at the Vatican July 22. will be held Sept. 10-12. It offers a chance to rediscover oneself and Archbishop William 1. Levada of San Francisco was named apostolic adone's spouse and a loving relation- ministrator of the diocese. The Vatican said Bishop Ziemann's resignation was accepted under .ship in marriage. For more information call 1-800-470-2230 or the provisions of canon law regarding health or other serious reasons. In a statement read at Masses in the Santa Rosa Diocese, Archbishop Diocesan Office of Family MinisLevada said Bishop Ziemann apologized to the people of the diocese and try at 999-6420. All welcome. asked their forgiveness. Archbishop Levada voiced his solidarity with them SOUTH YARMOUTH - An and asked "surely all of us are deeply saddened by these developments, evening of Christian fellowship and which have taken an emotional toll on the priests and people alike." Bishop Ziemann recruited the priest from Costa Rica to work in the drama will take place on Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Pius X Parish Santa Rosa Diocese's Latino community. He was ordained in 1993 for the Life Center with a one-man drama- diocese. According to diocesan attorney Paul Gaspari, the priest admitted tization entitled,' Blessed Damien. stealing $1,200 from the collection at St. Mary of the Angels in 1996. He For more information call Jean was removed from the parish but reassigned to another parish after spending time at St. Michael's, a treatment center for priests and religious brothKelly at 398-8177. ers in St. Louis, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat daily newspaSWANSEA - The Vocation .per. Both Piasta and Gaspari said that because he knew the $8 million lawAwareness Group of St. Michael's Church will hold a prayer service suit was pending, Bishop Ziemann decided to resign mlher than expose for vocations on Aug. 4 from 7-8 the diocese to scandal. "His choice was letting the suit be filed or the payment of money to p.m. at the church. All welcome. Refreshments will be served after the purchase silence," Gaspari said. "The bishop made it clear he was not going to expose the diocese to that." service. Bishop Ziemann is a California native who was an auxiliary bishop in WEST HARWICH - The St. Los Angeles beTore being appointed to Santa Rosa in July 1992.

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FALL RIVER - Holy Name Church will hold a Healing Mass on Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. It will include Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and the opportunity for people to be prayed over'individually. Confessions will also be available. All welcome. For more information call 679-6732.

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