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Bishop Coleman names new vicar general, moderator ofthe curia By DEACON JAMES N. DUNBAR

DAN PATTERSON; far left, and Matt MacDonald, right, from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Seekonk, help raise a fence at the Guaimacan Mission. Seven young people and chaperones spent 10 days in Honduras assisting the people there.

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GUAIMACA, Honduras For seven young people from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Seekonk, a recent 10day trip to the Guaimaca Mission was an experience that changed their lives. Never before had they met such a people, seen such poverty or such hope and trust in God's providence. The young people traveled with adult chaperones Pamela Potenza and Bill Kearney. Each pilgrim carried suitcases full of medical supplies, formula, toothbrushes, clothing and blankets for the Honduran

people. They brought these everyday things that many Americans take for granted, but also brought the American spirit of helping others. Little did they know it was they who would leave changed by these welcoming and open people.. "It was unlike anywhere in America," said 20-year-old Matt MacDonald. "The people live day to day with no schedules or appointments. They have such peace and spirituality. They enriched us," he declared. Eighteen-year-old Dan Patterson said seeing 450 kids at a nearby orphanage made the Continued on page eight

Una Voce Cape Cod to host Sister Marchione SOUTH CHATHAM - Religious Teachers Filippini Sister Margherita Marchione, widely acclaimed for her book defending Pope Pius xn, will be the keynote speaker at Una Voce Cape Cod's first, annual Communion Breakfast on September 21 in Our Lady of Grace Church auditorium following the 9:30

a.m. Latin Mass. The Latin Mass is celebrated weekly at that parish and is fully approved by the Fall River diocese. Sister Marchione, professor emerita at Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Fulbright scholar and internationally recognized Tum to page 13 - Sister

Msgr. Perry said his new duties "will be whatFALL RIVER - Msgr. John A. Perry, who ever Bishop Coleman would like me to do. The this year celebrated his 401h anniversary as a moderator's task is to coordinate all the differpriest, has been appointed the new vicar general ent apostolates of the diocese. Yes, in a way it's and moderator of the curia for the Fall River dio- the running of the diocese from day to day. 1 have been around for a long time. 1 know the cese. Effective September 1, Msgr. Perry, pastor of priests and the priests know me." Msgr. Perry, who won't be St. Patrick's Parish in Falmouth staying as pastor of St. Patrick's since June 2000, will assume said he will "be moving on the duties formerly held by the sometime in October." man who appointed him, He said the most difficult Bishop George W. Coleman. thing he faces is that he no Named to the position of longer will be a pastor. ''That's vicar general and the first modwhy you become a diocesan erator of the curia on Sept. 15, priest, to become a pastor. And 1994 as part of an extensive re1 have had wonderful assignorganization of the diocese by ments, all the places I've been. former· Bishop Sean P. 1have been here at St. Patrick's O'Malley, OFM Cap., thenfor three years, and it is a speMsgr. Coleman continued fullcial place. It will be sad to leave time in those capacities until the people there. But for the named the seventh bishop of greater good of the diocese and Fall River on April 30 by Pope the Church we'll take the job." John Paul n. A native of Pawtucket, R.I., "It's going to be a different Msgr. Perry, 66, attended kind of life because I've been Attleboro public schools, in a parish setting for 40 years MSGR. JOHN A. PERRY graduated from Msgr. Coyle and 1 haven't done an office job," Msgr. Perry told The Anchor. "But 1 am High School in Taunton in 1955, and studied for the priesthood at the former Cardinal O'Connell looking forward to it." "I have known Bishop Coleman for all of those Minor Seminary in Jamaica Plain, Boston, and years and have respected and admired him and 1 St. John's Seminary in Brighton. He was ordained a priest Feb. 2, 1963 by just couldn't say no to him," he added. Tum to page 13 - Vicar General As vicar general and mod~rator of the curia

Two new pastors also announced All three appointments became effective on FALL RIVER - Bishop George W. Coleman has appointed two new pastors and reassigned an- August 15. Father Camara other. Father Camara, the son of Anthony M. The new pastors are: Father Michael Camara, who became pastor Camara Jr. and Rose (Correira) Camara, was. born in Fall of Our Lady , . . - - - - - - - - - - - - , River. He atof Health Partended ish in Fall Durfee High River, and; School and Father later went to Dermot St. Vincent Rodgers, College in who became Latrobe, Pa., pastor of St. where he reMichael ceived a Parish in bachelor's deSwansea. gree in reliReassigned gious educawas FatherRition in 1984. chard R. He then Gendreau, attended named pastor St. Vincent ofSt. Louis de France ParTum to page FATHER MICHAEL CAMARA 13 - Pastors ish, Swansea· FATHER DERMOT RODGERS






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®bttuary Sister Leonor Castro SSD FALL RIVER - Sister of St. Dorothy LeonaI' Castro, 81, a member of the Mt. St. Joseph Community on Monkey Wrench Lane in Bristol. R.I., died August 9 in Charlton Memorial Hospital. Born in Bristol, the daughter of the late Joseph and the late Irene Castro, she was educated in elementary schools there. She entered the Sisters of St. Dorothy in Staten Island, N.Y., and made her tinal vows on Sept. 3, 1946. She received a bachelor of science degree in education from Catholic Teachers' College in Providence: studied the P0l1uguese language at Providence College: and earned a Rhode Island State Certification in Adult Studies. Sister Castro taught in New York, Detroit. and Rhode Island, and locally in New Bedford. She worked among Portuguese immigrants acting as a court-appointed interpreter: distributing food and clothing to those in need: and assisting in their acculturation pro-

cess. She prepared many for the GED and taught classes in English as a Second Language. Sister Castro served ,in her home parish of St. Elizabeth's in BJistol as a minister of ttie Eucharist and as a lector. She spread the devotion to the rosary iii her later years by making hundreds of rosaries for distribution and teaching. From her childhood she belonged to the Children of Mary and Legion of Mary, and was a spiritual advisor to the Holy Rosary Sodality. She is survived by her community and nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Madeline Carr. Her funeral Mass was celebrated August 12 in St. Elizabeth's Church, BJistol. Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Bristol. . The George C. Lima Funeral Home, 367 High Street, Bristol, was in charge of arrangements.

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INSTALLED - Seminarian David C. Deston Jr., was installed in the ministry of acolyte by Bishop J. Kevin Boland of Savannah, in Immaculate Conception Chapel at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. '

SOlTIerset selTIinarian installed as acolyte EMMITSBURG, Md. .David Craig Deston Jr., of Somerset, Mass., was;among 17 seminarians from Mount St. Mary's Seminary installed recently into the ministry of acolyte during Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. Bishop J. Kevin Boland of Sa-



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DR. DAVID W. Kielty sits with Father Brian Harrington during a recent meeting of the New Bedford Serra Club. The ophthalmologist from Southcoast Eye Care was on hand to speak about the importance of being an organ donor and giving someone the gift of life or sight after. PRACTICE THE DEVOTION OF THE FIRST SATURDAYS,

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On December 10, 1925, Our Lady appeared to Sister Lucia (seer of Fatima) and spoke these words: "Announce in my name that I promise to assist at the hour ofdeath with the graces necessary for the salvation oftheir souls, all those who on the first Saturday of five consecutive months shall: , I. Go to confession; 2. Receive Holy Communion; 3. Recite the Rosary (5 decades); and 4. Keep me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the 15 mysteries ofthe Rosary, with the intention of , milking reparation to me.'" In a spirit of reparation, the above conditions are each to be preceded by the words: "In reparation for the offenses com~itted against the Immaculate Heart of Mary:" . Confessions may be made during 8 days before or after the first Saturday, and Holy Communion may be received at either the morning or evening Mass on the first Saturday.

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vannah celebrated the Mass, and opment, as outlined in The Roinstalled the candidates. man Pontifical: Deston, who hails from St. "Destined as he is in a speci\ll Thomas More Parish in Somerset, way for the service of the altar, is the son of David and Donna the acolyte should learn all matDeston. He is a 1998 graduate of ters concerning public divine UMass-Dartmouth. worship and strive to grasp their Seminarians become acolytes . inner spiritual meaning; in that as part of their progression to- way he will be able each day to ward ordination for the priest- offer himself entirely to God, be hood. As acolytes, they have an example to all by his seriousspecific responsibilities during ness and reverence in the sacred Mass and other liturgical cel- building and have a sincere love ebrations, but the ministry of the Mystical Body of ChJist, brings with it responsibility to the People of God, especially the each acolyte for personal devel- weak and sick."

In Your Prayers Please pray for thefollowing priests during the coming weeks Aug. 25 1974, Rev. Joseph F. Hanna, Founder, Holy Cross, South Easton Aug. 27 1960, Rt. Rev. Francisco C. Bettencourt, Pastor, Santo Christo, Fall River 1978, Rev. Msgr. Hugh A. Gallagher, Pastor Emeritus, St. James, . New Bedford Aug. 29 1921, Rev. Joseph DeVillandre, D.D., Founder, Sacred Heart, North Attleboro 1975, Msgr. William H. Harrington. Retired Pastor, Holy Name, Fall River Aug. 31 , 1993, Msgr. Armando A. Annunziato, Pastor, St. Mary, Mansfield 1996, Rev. Thomas M. Landry, a.p., Prior. Dominican Community, Fall River

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Archbishop, Reilly meet as reports disclose past abuse settlements BOSTON (CNS) - Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley of Boston held a "positive, frank and informative" meeting with Massachuselts Attorney General Tom Reilly recently as part of the archdiocese's continuing response to the clergy sex abuse crisis, spokesman Father Christopher

Coyne announced. "Archbishop O'Malley is hopeful that dialogue with the attorney general's office will continue and will foster the efforts oJ the archdiocese to bring openness about and healing of the scandal ofclergy abuse ofchildren, while promoting the protection of children in all ar-

Golftournament to benefit Saint Anne's Hospital a success FALL RIVER - Saint Anne's Hospital celebrated another success. ful sellout golf toumament at its annual event recently at the Fall River Country Club. This was the 21 SI year of the event and it raised more than $27,000 for the hospital's Compassionate Care Fund. This fund allows Saint Anne's to provide tinancial assistance for patients who cannot afford prescriptions, transportation, food and other basic medical services. It also provides for more comprehensive needs in the event of a

catastrophic or extraordinary circumstance. "Each year this tournament continues to grow," said Dan Abraham, golf committee chairman. "I am always impressed by the loyalty of our sponsors, players and volunteers." Men's Division first-place winners were: Greg Squillante, Brad Dean, Juan Santiago and Don Whalley. Women's/Mix·ed Division first-place winners were: Wayne Wood, Carol Verrochi, Mark Pavao and Jeremy Wood.

eas of society," Father Coyne said in a statement. The meeting took place three days after the release of internal archdiocesan reports detailing the handling of clergy abuse accusations and settlements made between 1994 to 2001. The previously confidential documents were disclosed August I I by the law firm of Greenberg Traurig, the Boston law firm handling 260 of the pending abuse lawsuits. A steering committee of five lawyers met at the Greenberg Traurig offices August II to begin

reviewing a $55 million settlement offer by the Archdiocese of Boston to 542 alleged victims ofclergy sexual abuse. "We've got to get into the nittygritty of our analysis and how we're going to respond," said attorney Jeffrey Newman, who represented Greenberg Traurig at the meeting. The newly released files document the sexual abuse allegations received by the delegate of the archbishop, who handled sexual misconduct by Church employees. Published reports state that the office received 210 new claims against Church employees between July 1994 and October 200 I. Though it is unclear when the actual incidents of abuse occurred, the attorney general's investigation concluded that no evidence of "re-

cent or ongoing sexual abuse of children in the Archdiocese of Boston" exists. The documents also show that the Archdiocese of Boston paid at least $21.2 million in settlements to 149 victims of sexual abuse durTllm to page 13 -





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Friday, August 22, 2003

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Keep our shoals as God made them Last week's massive blackout clearly demonstrated that the growing demand for energy is indeed a very serious issue in our social order. This demand is directly connected to the quality'of human life as a primary need. However, secondary needs cannot be ignored or underestimated which are connected to the structure of society. In a forthright letter the Catholic bishops of Northern Italy addressed this concern. They felt that there must be a serious study to discern among the diversity of human values placed upon energy and to determine the actual costs that are the result of so many different usages of energy. The question of pollution surfaces a very serious ecological problem that affects the health of so many people. Alternate forms of energy production obviously must be pursued. Solar, wind and water are the choices we must develop to safeguard the quality of life. We have no choice but to encourage pollution-free energy sources. The current debate concerning a proposed wind farm in Nantucket Shoals surfaces the choices that must be weighed in developing new energy production. One the one hand, windmills have proven a very reliable energy resource. Many countries in Europe have developed this concept of windfarming very successfully. The question at hand really centers on the location of the windfarm. Nantucket Shoals is a vibrant ecological treasure. Would the construction of huge windmills disrupt the balance of a priceless natural gift? Could it be a hazard to navigation? These and other questions indeed must be answered with a certitude before construction of such an energy resource. To approve an answer to the energy crisis, while at the same time destroying a natural treasure, seems rather contradictory. To tum Nantucket Shoals into a windmill factory is really not in the interest of the common good. In an ecological context, the community in question is not just the human community but also an ecological or biotic community. In theological reflections it is all of creation. It is not surprising that as people have become more aware of the earth's ecology and the risk of unrestricted economic growth, Catholic social teaching has come to think of ecology as an essential component,of the common good. As 'Pope John Paulllstated, "In our day there is a growing awareness that world peace is threatened not only by the arms race, regional conflicts and continued injustices among. peoples and nations, but also by a . lack of respect for nature." Ecology then, whether global, regional or local is by definition a good or a complex set of goods we share, and therefore one to which we bear a common moral responsibility. As the pros and cons of this local issue develop, it is necessary that we respect the natural environment which is an ordered whole. It is essential that every type of activity and alteration of the environment become carefully evaluated, riot only on the basis of economic consideration, but also with attention to the possible risk of destruction to the environment. The real challenge is not to preserve nature from the work of civilization, but to design civilization with an appropriate quality so that it verities and maintains the balance of nature. . So much of our living today is directed by the material side of human activity. As a result, the spiritual and ethical have become obscured. As we glance across the spectrum of nature, we must remember that we are only stewards of a very frail creation. We are not the masters of creation. Once again we must pray "Let the earth bless the Lord. and in particular. seas and rivers bless the Lord; you dolphins and all water creatures bless the Lord; praise and exalt Him above all forever." Keep ourshoals as God has made them. .

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Humor just might be a virtue By



,"Father, come on over here, I have something to show you." 'As I approached AJ., one of my favorite Capitol Hill policemen, he handed me a newspaper clipping that contained a list of . the funniest T-shirts of 2003 by Bob Levey of the Washington Post. Among them were: ''At my age, getting lucky is finding my car in the parking lot." "Some days you're the pigeon, some days you're the statue." "We got rid of the kids - the cat was allergic." "Hang up and drive." "In God we trust - others we polygraph." "Earth is the insane asylum of the universe." "My mind works like lightning - one brilliant flash and it is gone." Needless to say, I broke out laughing. When I left AJ.'s company, I felt lighthearted. What is it in humor that gives us this feeling? For one thing, humor makes us human. Take for example the sayings: "At my age getting lucky is finding my car in the parking lot," and, "My mind works like lightning - one brilliant flash and it is gone," The first saying admits that older age and its results is part of being human. The other admits that our minds aren't perfect: To be human is to

err - or go blank. In a very true way, when we laugh at ourselves we show that we are authentic human beings who admit our faults. We don't try to be someone we aren't. Humor also has a nice way of addressing a serious problem without becoming too serious. Take for example, "Hang up and drive." My guess is that most of us become irritated when we get behind a driver who is talking on a car phone. When I passed this joke along to a friend, her immediate reaction was: "That hitS the nail on the head. How I hate people who drive while on the phone." , Humor surfaces irritations and allows us to confront them without becoming too confrontational. It surfaces deep-seated dislikes and roots them out without disturbing the ground around them.

Most of all, humor allows us to laugh at the oddities of life, which, if left to themselves, can get us down. Take for example, "In God we trust":- others we polygraph." The daily news repeatedly carries stories of dishonesty. But we don't like being told that noted CEOs cheated innocent people or that our athletes are dishonest. Humor gives us a breather from the list of disappointments that come from living in a world filled with dishonesty. This breather gives us the energy to once again enter that world and deal more calmly with its vices. The next time you're out for a walk, be on the lookout for humorous T-shirts. One of them may be just what is needed to lighten your heart, help you breathe more deeply and feel more human.


The Anchor wishes to correct a misstatement of the facts regarding the settlement in the Porte'r case as described in an article from last week's edition. In that article the impression was given that attorney Thomas Hannigan had been the lead lawyer in the Porter settlements. In fact, Mr. Hannigan assisted Diocesan Attorney Frederic Torphy in those settlements. As quoted in the August 19 edition of the Boston Globe, Mr. Hannigan states: "a lot of the credit I'm getting should go to Fred Torphy. He was the lead negotiator in the case." Attorney Frederic Torphy served with distinction as the diocesan attorney during Bishop O'Malley's tenure in Fall River and he continues to serve Bishop George Coleman in that capacity.

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Friday, August 22, 2003

Same story, different chapter There arc some who would think cockpit of a fighter jet, is now a the olTheat history of the Boston Red body without a head, or a head without a body, depending on one's Sox couldn't get any weirder. But those would be people who aren't from New England, or Chicago. So the latest chapter in the Old Towne Team tale docsn't particularly shock us, although it surely must have raised a few eyebrows. Hot off the presses of By Dave Jolivet Sports /Ill/strated magazine came the chilling details of Ted Williams' posthumous perspective. predicament. It seems the man who In the desert heat of Arizona, embodied athleticism and was head and shoulders above the rest in the Williams' body is on ice in one

My View From the Stands

Prevost reunion WESTPORT - Msgr. Prevost High School was a small Catholic school for boys in Fall River, operated by Notre Dame Parish and later the Fall River diocese. The school. which was destroyed by fire in 1968, had more than 1,400 graduates in classes from 1938 to 1972. The Prevost Alumni Association recently sponsored a reunion at White's Restaurant, drawing more than 200 alumni, wives and special guests.

CLASS OF 1938 - The school's first graduating class celebrated its 65th anniversary. From left: Paul M. Boyer, Wilfred Roussin and Dr. Roland Chabot. Of the 24 members, seven are still alive.

CLASS OF 1943 - Celebrating their 60th anniversary were, seated from left: Ross Vandal and Raymond Levesque. Standing, Robert Pouliot, Robert Picard, Roger Lussier and Leonard Bernier. Also attending was Roger Petit.

CLASS OF 1953 - Marking 50 years were, seated from left: Ronald Cadoret, Gerald Levasseur, Edward Thibault, and A.A. Paul ~Heureux. Standing, Robert Robillard, Joseph Belanger, J. Normand Lapointe, Donald Poulin, George Gosselin, J. Robert Roy, Robert Saucier, Pierre Boudreau, Donald Desilets, George Moquin, Leo Lanouette, and Rene Canuel.

container, and his head in another. All in the hope that someday he can pull himself back together and live forever. At least that's what two of the Splendid Splinter's OFFspring think. Could it be his loving children hope to preserve the man's DNA to produce a whole flock of headless baseball legends? something that could really catch on in Sleepy Hollow, NY I say headless, because it's reported that Ted's noggin is not faring so well. At present, the Splendid Splinter is more accurately described as the splintered splendor. Through the years the Red Sox story has included chapters of many literary genres; happy endings, tragedy, comedy, and now science fiction. Yet, no matter what the Williams kids do with their father's remains, Sox fans will always remember his sweet swing, his wartime heroics, and the fact that the man could make a trout shake in its gills when he approach~d with fly rod in his hand. Meanwhile, Ted Williams rests in pieces. That's not the end of the story though. The 2003 Sox are writing a new chapter - one inspired by television's reality shows. The reality of this team, known by many as the "best offense in baseball," is that for mos.t of this season, they've feasted on the pitching staffs of the Tampa Bays and Detroits of the world. Notice that when they confront pitching staffs that actually have anns, like Baltimore, Oakland, Seattle, and New York, the best offense in baseball tumbles back down to earth. I still hope beyond hope for the Sox to win it all, but I'm not so blind to dismiss that good pitching can handle good hitting any day of the week. We're already losing the Yankees' taillights in the distance, and as we head down the stretch, I'm afraid our offense will be no match for Oakland's pitching, and we'll be on the outside looking in again come October. I know there are those who don't feel the same way. And I know that there are those who say I'm panicking. Even members of the Boston area media admonish fans like myself for giving up too early. But I think that many of the Boston sports writers are so far removed from knowing how die-hard Sox fans think. We've seen the collapse countless times, and we're just preparing ourselves. Can't they see that? Maybe I should maintain my cool- but look where it got Ted Williams! Unless the Sox start to bop the good teams from here on, reality TV in October on NESN will be Boston Bruins hockey. And then topics for the next chapter in Old Towne Team tale wilI be wide open. Dave Jolivet, editor of The Anchor, is afonner spo11s editor/ writer, and regularly gives onefan's perspective on the unique world of spo11s. Comments are welcome at


Letters to the Editor Editor: I have often wondered about Jesus' words, "For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew II :28-30). Taking on His yoke has never seemed an easy undertaking. I have often wondered particularly about the use of the word light in the same phrase as "burden." How can a burden be light? As I walk along life's paths with those I love and who are hurting, I have come to believe that the "burden" is not light meaning weightless but rather the light of revelation, the light is Christ. I have seen him in the faces of those bowed down so low in pain, and have been moved by love and compassion. Renecting on this thought the following poem carne to me: THE LIGHT IN THE BURDEN

The Yoke of the Lord weighs heavy 011 my heart. It bows me down in sorrow tearing me apart. Still I cling to His words which promise ease and light. How can it not be heavy when pain is dark as night? As I pray for understanding to grasp some ray of hope, I realize it is Christ, the Light which makes it easier to cope. As f walk along with those who carry the cross of pain today I shall/oak and see the peace of His saving light-filled rays. Jean Quigley, parish nurse, St. Peter's Church, Dighton

Editor: "People ask me," said Mother Teresa of Calcutta, "What wi II convert America and save the world?" My answer is prayer. .. come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in Holy Hours or prayer." Last weekend at the feast of the Blessed Sacrament, the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, from Our Lady's Chapel, invited the people of the Greater New Bedford area to do just that. The Friars had set up a booth located outside the Immaculate Conception Church that contained a wealth of il"1formation and religious articles. But, primarily, they had come to explain about Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration being held the Chapel (600 Pleasant St. New Bedford). Twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, Jesus Christ, Our Eucharistic Lord and the divine physician, is made available. Anyone can come to him, to praise him, to worship him, to pour out one's heart to him, to express sorrow, to beg favors, to be comforted, or to be healed of spiritual and physical infirmities. Jesus is present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the consecrated host exposed in the monstrance. Mother Teresa and the Friars invite you to spend one hour a week with Our Lord, in the Blessed Sacrament. For more information calI 508-996-8274. Mary Ann Booth, South Dartmouth


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Friday, August 22, 2003

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7151. ATTLEBORO -As part of its 50th anniversary celebration. the La Saiette Shrine will present a concert with Father Pat Saturday at 7 p.m. in the airconditioned church. He will be joined by Lucille Marchetti and the musical group' The Reconci leI's. The 23 rll annual Polish Pilgrimage Day will be held at the Shrine Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in its Garden of Worship. It will include rosary and the celebration of Mass. For more information 'call 508-222-5410. EAST FREETOWN Men of the Sacred Hearts are sponsoring a cooed retreat themed' "Your Relationship with God Through Prayer," September 7 at. Cathedral Camp. Sacred Hearts Father William Heffron will give several talks throughout the day. For more informatiQn call Al Hall at 508-995-0045. MISCELLANEOUS The next Retrouvaille weekend wi II be held September 12-14 and offers couples a chance to heal and renew troubled marriages. Rediscover yourself and your spouse and a loving relationship in marriage. For more information call 1-800-4702230 or the Diocesan Office of i Family Ministry at 508-9996420. MISCELLANEOUS Massachusetts Citizen's For Life Group has a 24-bour reo' source hotline telephone number dedicated to giving men and women important information on alternatives to abortion. Call 508-678-3030 for more information. NORTH ATTLEBORO -

A first Friday celebration including special guest Holy Cross Brother Joseph Esparza, will be held September 5 at Sacred Heart Church, 58 Church Street. It will begin with intercessory prayer at 6:30 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. and the program "The First Myster of Light: Baptism of the Lord," will follow. For more information call 508-6998383. NORTH DARTMOUTH - A Widowed Support Group will meet Sunday at 7 p.m'. at the Family Life Center, 500 Slocum Road. For more information call 508-999-6420. NORTH DARTMOUTH - A Divorced-Separated Support Group will meet August 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the Family Life Center, 500 Slocum Road. It will feature the video "Give Love," by Leo Buscaglia. For more information call Joanne Dupre at 508-993-0589. ORLEANS - A SeparatedDivorced Catholics Support Group will meet Sunday at 7 p.m. in the parish center of St. Joan of Arc Church. Guest speaker Mary Ann Eaton will address the topic "Knowing Yourself and the People Around You." For more information call Father Richard Roy at 508-255-0170. . WEST HARWICH - The Celebrate Life Committee of Holy Trinity Parish will hold its monthly holy hour Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the church. WEST MEDFORD - The Francis,;n Sisters of Allegany, N.Y.. will sponsor a day of prayer and reflection for women September 27. froin 12:30-3:30 p.m. at St. Raphael's Convent. For more information call Franciscan Sister Helen Rober"ts at 617471-7775. YARMOUTHPORT Father Roger Landry will lead a Morning of Recollection themed "Praying as Jesus Taught Us," September 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Route 6A. It will begin with the celebration of Mass and include adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and two talks on prayer. All welcome.


I have just said "no" to another got played in my young years was that I had to work hard each day request to donate my services for a good cause. That should be al) to justify my existence. there is to it. But it's not. I I remember many years back actually feel guilty for not being when my six children were still in elementary school that a neighbor always available to good 'people who want a chunk of my life, stopped in to visit me in late afternoon when I was beginning which is, of course, what we're giving when we give our time. to prepare dinner. I didn't like the Psychologists tell us that what interruption because it was one of happens to a lot of us adults is that we keep playing "old messages" instilled in us in childhood. Many of these are good, some inconsequential. Some make us feel uncomfortable, especially By Antoinette Bosco those that generate guilt. I've had many a laugh in gatherings with people like myself who were trained in those days when nothing went the good Catholic school "guilt right. I was very friendly, but I tradition." We remember being believe honest, when I told her I told that "an idle mind is the hadn't accomplished anything devil's workshop." Some nuns that day. She, also a mother, made us read and reread a poem asked,"Didn't you make breakabout time that ends something fast and pack lunches? Do the like this: "It's just a little minute, laundry?" And so on. I said "Of but etemity is in it." course I did." The message I personally .Finally, she smiled and said, absorbed from teachings like this "Oh, you mean you didn't do when I was very young was that I anything extraordinary today." It had to work evel)' minute or the struck me that she had hit it right. devil would get me. Tnis was It wasn't enough for me to have reinforced by my mother, who an ordinary day. I had to be able would have me working at to point to something more, to multiple chores, telling me, "Run, prove I had run, and not only don't walk." I think the tape that walked, that day. When she left, I

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sat down and had a conversation with the Lord, making a bargain. If heaven would help me stop listening to my "old tapes," I would still try to do good work for o~hers, but walkin~, not runmng. I have met so many people over the years who unconsciously demonstrate the messages they were fed in their young years. Those messages had taken root, remaining to haunt or help them over and over in their adult days. Som~ can't hold jobs because they kept hearing they were lazy, some can't lose weight because they constantly were told they had no discipline, some gave up on God because they were made to feel so sinful. The fortunate ones internalized how beautiful and loved they were. I,, made progress in dealing with my "old tapes" once I discovered that I couldn't learn the greatest lessons given to us by the Lord if I'm running. And I also learned how faithful Jesus was in assuring us that if we who are burdened come to him, he will "refresh" us. But I!'tay on guard, since those "old tapes" still lurk in the background to come back and haunt me, like when I say no to a telephone caller!

A guide for wedding photos? Q. My son will be married discretion. Thoughtful and in our parish church soon. We considerate guidelines, however, would like to know'what enforced evenly for everyone, exactly are the Church rules will contain the problem. for wedding pictures before, For some reason, certain during and after the wedding? pastors feel they should not (Illinois) allow any wedding photographs A. There are no general in church, anytime. To be honest, Church laws about wedding from my experience as pastor, I pictures, and to my knowledge don't understand that. But unless there are not even diocesan rules. the diocese has some guidelines In practice, decisions are left to each pastor. The assumption and hope is, of course, that pastors will establish rules based on consideration and respect for everyone involved, and By Father concern for the dignity John J. Dietzen and sacredness of the marriage ceremony. This means there will be (and if the local pastor is willing certain differences between to follow those guidelines), rules parishes. Parishes which might for each parish are what the have two or three weddings in an pastor wishes them to be. afternoon will, for example, need Q. A few years ago my wife to limit time for photographs and I, after consulting with our both before and after the ceremo- associate pastor, decided on nies, in fairness to everyone cremation after our deaths. involved. We've noticed that when the Wedding photographs are ashes are present for the important for the memories and funeral, the ceremony is called family records everyone undera memorial Mass. Why would standably desires. But nearly the ashes not be treated as an everyone also understands that embalmed body, with a white some control of picture taking, at cloth over the urn to recall least during the wedding cerbaptism, as when the body is in emony, is usually necessary.. a casket? (Ohio) Most families and photogra. A. As long as the family phers are reasonable and sensimeans no disrespect for the body tive, but not all of them always or for our faith, cremation is no show good common sense or longer forbidden. In fact the

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funeral rite of the Church explicitly provides for cremation ceremonies. (Introduction to the Rite of Funerals, and Canon 1,176) To respond to your question, even when cremation is planned, the Church urges that, if at all possible, the body of the deceased person be present for all funeral liturgies - vigil service, Mass and prayers of. =---"'-0 commendation at the end of Mass. Cremation would follow. This avoids the problem you present, since the body would be present at the Church's liturgy as for any other funeral. With permission of the bishop, however, cremated remains may be present in the church during the Mass. The Church does not enter into detail about the reasons for its special regulations for funerals with the urn of ashes present at the funeral Mass. There may be good theoreti路cal reasons for saying it doesn't make much difference since the body will soon be ';dust" anyway. But local culture and Christian tradition greatly influence feelings about death and burial, and these feelings need to be respected. Again, it may be good to consider the option of arranging for cremation after the funeml Mass.

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Catholic leaders oppose California law lilTIiting s.ales of hospitals By JOYCE CARR CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE SAN DIEGO - Church leaders are opposing a new California law which prevents the sale of Church-owned health facilities if'the seller prohibits the new owner from offering reproductive procedures, such as abortions and direct sterilizations. The law prohibits the state attorney general, who approves the sale of Church-owned and nonprofit health care facilities, from consenting to an agreement if the seller restricts the type or level of medical services the buyer can provide. It will prevent Catholic hospitals from requiring their buyers to follow directives that forbid procedures that are counter to Catholic moral teaching. Even before the measure was passed and signed into law in July, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer refused to approve the sale of a Catholic hospital until directives to limit reproductive procedures were dropped. The U.S. bishops' "Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services" require Catholic health facilities,

among other things, to provide adequate health care for poor people and pastoral care, especially administration of the sacraments, for patients. They also prohibit Catholic facilities from offering procedures such as elective abortions, direct sterilizations, contraception and assisted suicide. The law is "an unprecedented interference in the sale of property. Historically, sellers could put covenants on contracts for their buyers," said Father Michael Place, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association. The St. Louis-based CHA is the national leadership organization for more than 2,000 Catholic-sponsored health care systems, facilities, health plans and related organizations. Kent Peters, director of the San Diego diocesan Office for Social Ministry which advocates for Pro-Life issues, agrees with Father Place. "The law violates the freedom of Catholic hospitals to dispose of their property," he said. California Sen. Debra Bowen, who sponsored the bill, defended it.

"If a hospital or a clinic wants to abide by ethical and religious directives ... I completely respect that decision," Bowen added. "However, they shouldn't be allowed to require every subsequent owner of that hospital or clinic to abide by that same point of view." State Sen. Ray Haynes of Temecula, who opposed the bill, said the law will result in some BUILDINGS IN lower Manhattan are dark as dusk falls on hospital closures and some deals New York after a power outage hit major North American not being made. cities August 14. The cascading blackout covered an area of Ned Dolejsi, California Cathomore than 3,600 square miles in Ontario and the northeastlic Conference executive director, agreed. However, the conference ern portion of the United States. (eNS photo from Reuters) did not take a position on the measure, he said, because "it is not a direct affront to our religious liberty. The law allows Catholic hospitals to sell to buyers that are morally appropriate." VATICAN CITY (CNS) - A his regrets. Craig Barkacs, professor of Christian's faith journey should inHe assured them, however, they legal, ethical and international clude increasing one's love and ap- were in his prayers as he thought of studies at the Catholic University preciation for nature and a commit- "thousands of you in the splendid of San Diego, told Catholic ment to safeguarding the environ- scenery where you have pitched News Service that an argument . ment, Pope John Paul IT told Catho- your tents." could be made on both sides of lic Guides and Scouts. "Where everything speaks of the the issue. 'This is a task which is urgent Creator and his wisdom, from the "A seller should be able to for everyone today, but which majestic mountains to the enchantstipulate any terms in the sale or Scouts have always had, spurred not ing flower-covered valleys, you lease of property, and buyers can by some vague 'ecologism,' but by learn to contemplate the beauty of use the property for whatever a sense of responsibility which God and your souls 'breathe,' so to purpose they choose," he said. comes from faith;' the pope said. speak, opening to pmise, to silence Pope John Paul's message to and to the contemplation of the di20,000 Italian girls and boys partici- vine mystery," the pope wrote. pating in four national camps sponsored by the Italian Catholic Assoof Guides and Scouts was ciation chute, then, would be the "0" released at the Vatican. movies ("morally offensive"). The pope had been invited to The part that confuses me, visit one' of the camps, but he sent however, is how to know if we

Pope says Scouting promotes Christian concern for environment

The new 'L' classification For a long time I have been jealous of the people at the u.s. bishops' Office for Film and Broadcasting. They are paid to watch movies, and they never pay a late fine. Then they classify them so we will have an assessment of their moral character (the films' not the reviewers'). It's almost as good as being a sportscaster. Now I am even more jealous. They have expanded their classification alphabet to include an "L" - as in "lousy" (see page 10). You are probably thinking the same thing as I am: This opens the floodgate to the whole alphabet. We could have "K" movies: "Ketchup, killing and Freddy Kreuger." Or "S" flicks: "Special effects, no plot, no dialogue, no rhyme, no reason." Or "GP" ones: "Grandparents, take your grandchildren to this one." The new "L"-class movies actually replace the old "A-IV" ones - the latter being moving pictures judged as suitable for "adults with reservations." (Note: as I understand it, "AIV" did not mean you had to be an adult with the good sense to obtain advance seating; it meant you had to be at least 17 and that the reviewers wanted you to

know in advance that the movie featured contents that could make your goldfish blush.) The new "L" does not stand for "lewd," "licentious," "libidinous" or even "hlscivious." Maybe it could, but it

The offbeat world of Uncle Dan By Dan. Morris doesn't. It does stand for "limited adult audience." (Note: I am sure this does not mean the movies would be good for people who are not quite fully b.aked adults yet. At least I don't think so.) Director of the film office, Gerri Pare, told Catholic News Service the "L" designation offers "a more cautionary assessment" than "A-IV." Apparently "L" movies can include positive elements (nice scenery, clear diction, free nausea bags?) but are not to be confused with nice, straightforward "A-III films" ("adults"). Maybe jumping off a porch step is an "A-III" and falling off the roof is an "L." Leaping out of an airplane without a para-

are the adults who should morally justify attending an "L." On the one hand, you don't want to be a moral weenie. You want to show off your moral sophistication. You know, like reading "Playboy" for the articles. On the other hand, you don't want to send a mixed message to your children - or your own head for that matter. You know, like telling your 18-yearold that it's just fine for you to down three or four drinks every evening, but he or she should avoid alcohol because it's bad for her or him. The new "L" classification won't go on movies until November I. So; it might be good to take in as many "AIVs" as we can until then. And if you think about it, send a nice note to the hardworking folks at the bishops' film office (Office for Film and Broadcasting). Think of how much popcorn they must have to eat in a year.

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Friday, August 22, 2003

Seekonk area youth experience Guaimacan mission firsthand Continued from page one while in Honduras. "We slept in cots and ate a lot of in a variety of fund-raisers. They held a golf tourna. biggest impression on him. "The children gave us all rice and beans." , ment. a dinner and silent auction to help with the cost. They also had tortillas. chicken and spaghetti. Oth- "Father George E. Harrison, pastor of Our Lady of hugs and were very open. It was a really good experience to see how another cu Iture lives.'~ Mt. Carmel. was especially supportive." The young people worked in Sister F':,,'""""":'......-....,.n said Potenza who added that would like' Maria Ceballos' clinic sorting medicine. to organize another youth trip next sumentertained kids and organized games as mer when school is out. parents sought medicine and helped build Each of the young people said that it a residence next to the women's co-op. was difficult to come back to the United They also visited many different villages. States after such an experience. "It was spent time with the youth group. delivvery tough to leave ;ind be home." said ered clothing and medicine and assisted Joseph. Webb stated that "She didn't want at daily Mass. to be home." That plot of land where the pilgrims "My family was shocked that I got so worked will soon be a sewing co-op and much "Out of it," said Lynch. "I want to dorm. Eventually it will provide housing go back." He may just do that as he's been for high school children so they can go to invited to spend some more time at the school. . mission by Father Canuel. Potenza. for whom this was her third Webb said she felt a strong sense of trip to Honduras. said. "It was terrific to , community while in Honduras. "I felt bring young people down there. They r connected because of the roads. It was have such enthusiasm and a positive outlike a neighborhood should be. I've lived look." She went on to say that because in the United States for 18 years arid I've it's easy to get burned out on such a trip never feit that before." they built prayer time into each day and Joseph advised other young people to that "made a difference for everyone." try and make a pilgrimage down to the It wasn't all work though for the young Guaimaca Mission as she did. "They have people as they did have the chance to do to go," she asserted. "it's changed us all some horseback riding and enjoy some in so many ways." outings to other places' and villages. Thert<"You fall in love with these people." are 40-50 villages in the one parish and added MacDonald. distance between them is great so travel The two other young people who viswas done via a pick-up truck. This at ited the mission were Michaela Maynard FATHER GEORGE E. Harrison, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Jennifer Mota. times proved difficult because dirt roads Church, Seekonk, meets with young people and chaperones prior to their could be wiped out or paths changed draThere is 'still a great need fofitems and 10-day trip to the Guaimaca Mission in Honduras. From left front: Father supplies for the Hopduran people. Donamatically during a heavy rainstorm. . For Potenza. being back in Honduras Harrison, Lindsey Webb, Michaela'Maynard, Rebekah Joseph, Jen Mota, tions of eye and ear drops. anti-fungal was like visiting old friends. "It was like and Pam Potenza. Back row: Sean Lynch, Dan Patterson, Bill Kearney and cremes. chalk. notebooks. pencils, erasbeing with family." she said. "You want Matt MacDonald. ers. pencil sharpeners and clothing are to see certain people because you develneeded. For more information call 508oped a bond from before." ers compared their accommodations to that of a five- 252-6872 . . "Because they have so little they depend on God star hotel compared to what the native people have. so much more .... added Potenza: . Lynch went oil to say that one of his favorite parts Eighteen-year-old Lindsey Webb said she found a of the trip was playing drums with the band while at lot of peace' in Honduras. "It's easy to'see God's pres- Mass. "I got the congregation to dance." said Lynch. ence there. The people were very faithful. They were "It was a way to communicate without language. That financially poor. but rich in other ways." made me feel good." Eighteen-year-old Shawn Lynch said they stayed Fellow traveler Rebekah Joseph said she enjoyed in the dormitory that is part of the church property being around the young adults in the youth group. "We played soccer with them and that was a blast. They are just 'so happy. They want to show and teach you everything." Joseph speaks a little Spanish and quickly found that she was the translator for people when necessary. "I could communicate somewhat," she said, but still had difficulty at times. She plans to learn Spanish fluently now and said that h~lping a young 20-year-old woman and speaking with her about life brought her happiness. "That stayed with me," she asserted. "You didn't even have to speak Spanish to interact with people," declared Patterson. "We had a lot of fun just playing tag or games with the 路children.'路 One thing that made an impression on all the pilgrims was the night sky. Because there is such a lack of electricity'in Honduras it makes the stars seem that much more brilliant. "The sky at night was amazing," said MacDonald. "You could see shooting stars and the band of the Milky Way. It was breathtaking." While they were in Honduras pilgrims spent time with Father Joseph Blyskosz who ministers at St. Rose MATT MACDONALD introduces himself to chilMICHAELA .MAYNARD and Dan Patterson of Lima and St. Francis of Assisi Casa Cural Churches dren in Honduras at the diocesan Mission. While there, with Father Paul E. Canuel. Father Canuel was back spend time with young Honduran children during in the United States for hip replacement surgery. but MacDonald and other travelers spent time with chiltheir trip to the Guaimaca Mission. The two were will return when he is recovered. dren at an orphanage, handed out medicine and blanamong seven young adults to make the trip. . 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Cape Cod parishioner travels world as youth ambassador By MIKE GORDON

travel journal of his experience. "We learned about their government and history and it was a great experience," asserted Foley. "I wish I could do it again." The People to People program was originated in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and is currently being continued 'by his granddaughter Mary

origine people including the types of food they eat. "I liked the foods and they even did a war dance for us," said Foley. The hardest part of the 22-day tour was getting used to the time difference said the young ambassador. He communicated with his parents mostly through E-mail, but

train but students had the opportunity to go on several boats and even snorkeled HARWICH - Thirteen-year-old near the Great Barrier Reef. Patrick John Foley of Our Lady of the Cape ''That was my favorite part of the trip," Parish, Brewster, didn't idle away his sum-, said Foley. "We visited a farm where I rode mer vacation at the beach or in his neighhorses, milked cows, took a hayride and borhood. Instead, he was feeding kangaeven learned how to crack a whip. But the roos and koala bears in the outback as part reef was something I enjoyed the most." The youngster also learned how of a student ambassador program. to throw a boomerang and brought Foley participated in the People one home for his father and his to People Program July 3-25 visiteight-year-old brother Kyle. ing Australia and New Zealand with One of the highlights was intera group of young people from the acting with animals in Australia and Cape and California where he Foley had the opportunity to see learned about the history and culture many varieties. He fed kangaroos of different people and had many and even had a koala bear fall asleep unique adventures. in his arms. According to Foley it "I learned a lot about their culwas like holding a baby. tures, animals and way of life," said Other activities included a visit Foley. "It also made me more reto the Sydney Opera House, the site sponsible because I had to manage of the recent summer Olympics, a my money." harbor cruise, feeding dolphins, visThe student from Harwich iting an opal mine, rock climbing Middle School - and the son of and sand surfing where participants Barbara and John Foley of Harwich raced down a giant hill of sand on a - began the trip with other young sled. people from the Cape. They got to "It was a great experience and know one another during team buildI'm very glad I got to go," declared ing activities for many months prior Foley. "I also met a lot of new to the trip. They flew to California friends and we swapped E-mail where they joined more participants DURING HIS summer visit Down Under, Patrick addresses so we can keep in in the student ambassador program. touch." His mother, Barbara, said she was Foley of Our Lady of the Cape Parish, Brewster, Finances for the trip were mostly happy he could experience this once met a kangaroo, above, and a koala bear. provided by his parents, but they in a lifetime opportunity. did receive some assistance from "I thought it would be a wonderful experience for him," she said. "He left Eisenhower, People to People's chief ex- would also make phone calls on occasion. the local Lion's Club, Rotary Club and fully prepared and came back a changed ecutive officer. It seeks to promote peace The fIrst time it didn't work out too well Police Association and his mother was and goodwill with young people traveling for his parents as the phone rang at 2 a.m., thankful for their help. Foley will be givyoung man." One visit for the traveh,rs was to Par- around the world to learn about other but they soon found times to talk that were ing presentations to those groups now that liament where they learned about the people, cultures, governments and econo- a little more convenient. When he made he is home and recounting his many adgovernment and experienced a variety , mies. President George W. Bush serves as the phone call, Foley had just finished din- ' ventures. "I think it had a good impact on him ner and didn't remember that there is such of educational opportunities. They also an honorary Chairman. and he learned a lot," said Barbara Foley. While in New Zealand, the group ex- a large time difference. visited many museums as part of their Most of the travel was done by bus or "We're very proud of him." trip. Foley was encouraged to keep a perienced the everyday life of the AbANCHOR STAFF



My journey out of shyness By KAREN DIETLEIN CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE As soon as I opened my mouth, I wished I'd shoved my foot in there instead. In a fumbling effort to impress the cutest boy in Spanish class, I'd told the story about my dog and the espresso beans - a tale my parents found hilarious. But the boy looked at me like I was growing an arm out of my forehead. Or there was the time everyone was talking about spicy food in the cafeteria, and I mentioned the one about the guy I knew who could down a . whole bottle of Tabasco sauce in one gulp. The object of my affection turned green, and left the table for, I assumed, more pleasant company. My journey out of shyness

had taken a wrong tum, I thought - wrongly. I found out later he had left to meet with his guidance counselor. So it went in freshman year. For the most part, I was painfully shy in high school - so shy that when I attended my fIrst homecoming dance with gorgeous Danny, I sealed myself (and him!) in the room the school was using for a coat closet and stayed there the entire time so, I thought, no one could see how badly I danced. Not everybody is as bashful as I was at 15. But we all have moments when reticence tugs us back to wherever we just came from, back to the safety of our loneliness. Friends have told me their reasons for wanting to bolt in many situations: "I'm afraid she won't like me." "I don't want to

be embarrassed." "I never say the right thing." Sometimes we're afraid of the actual situation - class presentations are an example. Sometimes we're afraid we'll be

~~ Coming of Rge rejected in the end. Shyness squelches the dreams and goals of talented, engaging people. Shyness ruins moments that could, and should, be golden. But it's possible to flatten the butterflies that enjoy making our stomachs their favorite

vacation spot. Many people have told me that one of the best ways to conquer shyness is to realize that we are what we think we are. Positive attitudes about events and outcomes rev us up so we're onstage and ready to rock and roll, while negative ones leave us outside the arena, thinking that we can't even get tickets. My college history professor, who regularly stunned us with the sheer vastness of his knowledge, used to tell us that he wanted to hear our questions whether or not we thought they were idiotic. He'd answer each of us fully and frankly, and say that he had a great deal of respect for our ideas. We all have great ideas. It's expressing those ideas that's hard. It took me a while to realize

that, because we can't read minds we can't know ahead of time what grade a teacher's going to give, what our crush might say if we invite him or her to the Snow Ball or what reaction our latest outfit is going to have in the hallway. Worrying and stressing about rejection is fruitless. Back at the cafeteria, it hurt me that a friend would screw up his face into a disgusted scowl or treat me like I wasn't interesting at all. But the more he did that, the more I noticed that Eric was giggling. When I told him the story about my little brother and the Spock ears, he thought it was so funny that he nearly snorted cola up his nose. "Have you always been this funny?" he said. "I guess," I said. "I just didn't know it."








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"American Splendor!' . (Fine Line)

A STUDENT at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind evaluates an image for the Braille book on the universe in July 2001. (CNS photo courtesy Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind)

Professor at university helps blind 'touch the universe' By





CHICAGO - When DePaul University astronomy professor Bernard Beck-Winchatz first ran across a Brai lie astronomy book for hlind students, he was intrigued and impressed. Thc book was "Touch the Stars," illustrated with raised line drawings to give blind people a way to learn ahout and interpret the cosmos. But then he began to wonder: Why should hlind people be limited to learning astronomy with line drawings when everyone else has access to the incredibly detai led images and information coming from the Hubble Space Telescope? Could that information be made accessihle for people without sight? Beck- Winchatz was determined to try. As associate director of NASA's Space Science Center for Education and Outreach at Vincentian-run DePaul University in Chicago, his responsi bi I ities include creati ng new education projects. His first steps included applying for funding through the Hubble education program run by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He also had to get in touch with Noreen Grice, the astronomer based at the Boston Museum of Science who had written ''Touch the Stars" to discuss the project. The result - ''Touch the Universe: A NASA Braille Book of Astronomy," published by Joseph Henry Press in Washington has received rave reviews from blind and sighted readers alike. In fact, Beck-Winchatz and Grice had to scrap their original plan to produce about 400 copies of the book in Grice's Connecticut kitchen after they presented a prototype at a conference and received several hundred orders within a week. "The hlind are a community that really hasn't been served," Beck-Winchatz said, noting there arc 10 million visually impaired

people in the United States. "There's very little available. But there's really no reason why a blind student couldn't become a research astronomer." Over the last 50 to 100 years, he explained, most astronomy research has shifted from the frequency of "visible light" objects that can be seen to frequencies that can only be picked up by scientific instruments. "We're all blind to X-rays. We're all blind to radio waves," Beck-Winchatz told The Catha" lie New World, newspaper of the Chicago Archdiocese. Grice, who wrote and developed the illustrations for the "Touch the Universe," said there were more challenges when it came to creating Braille illustrations based on the Hubble Space Telescope's detailed photographs than in doing the line drawings for her earlier books. Braille illustrators can use different patterns to suggest different colors or wavelengths, for example, but they cannot include too much information. "You can take the pictures and raise them up, but you have to simplify them," she explained. "What blind people do is take the small parts they can feel with their fingers and put them together into the big picture. We (sighted people) do the opposite: we look at the big picture and break it down into smaller parts." "Touch the Universe" includes extensive Braille captions to explain what people .are feeling, Grice said. That is important for people who have never seen the night sky, let alone a photograph of a galaxy or planetary nebula, Beck-Winchatz said. The book was tested by students at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind and at the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston. 'Touch the Universe" is available through online booksellers or at, the Website for Joseph Henry Press, an imprint of the National Academies Press.



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Bishops' film office to begin new 'L' classification for movies By


WASHINGTON - Beginning in November, the U.S. bishops' Office for Film and Broadcasting will change its A-IV - adults, with reservations - classification to a new "L" classification, designating films for a "limited adult audience" whose "problematic content many adults would find troubling." Gerri Pare, director of the New York-based . office, said the change reflects how more films are featuring disturbing elements that would limit the appeal to the mass audience despite the presence of other positive aspects. "With movies being more explicit these days in terms of violence, language, sexuality and themes, the designation 'L - limited adult ali-


dience' - offers a more cautionary assessment than the previous 'A-IV - adults with reservations,' which some interpreted as just slightly problematic but otherwise equivalent of a straightforward 'A-III - adults' classification," Pare said. 'The revised designation is clearer," she added. "While an 'L' film is not expressly '0 - morally offensive,' it is likely to contain material·that many Catholics would find troublesome." An example of a current film which would have been designated "L" if the new system· were in place is "28 Days Later," whose gruesome scenes of carnage tended to outweigh its philosophical concerns. The classification goes into effect November I.


Friday. August 22, 2003

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PAT SPECA illuminates the front window of her Baltimore home each night to provide a better view of her many religious statues and figurines. Although not a Catholic, she said she hopes the display will help young people develop a better appreciation for God and the Blessed Virgin Mary. (CNS photo by Owen Sweeney III)

Baltimore' rownhouse owners present their beliefs for all to see By



Across the street, three connecting row houses are decorated with statues of Jesus, Mary, Sl. Joseph BALTIMORE - In the Baltimore community and angels. A few other two-story homes also have of Highlandtown, the windows of some of the row crosses or favorite saints in full view. The homeowners say they decorate their winhouses present a virtual wonderland of things dows as a way of telling the world what they beCatholic. In Pal Speca's front window, a large statue of lieve. It's also a means of carrying on an old BalMary stands front and center, her hands out- timore Catholic tradition at a time when fewer stretched and her face radiating a tender gaze to- people seem willing to express their Catholic faith ward the street below. Three ceramic angels and in such a public way, they said. "It lets people know that we love Jesus," exvases holding plastic flowers surround the serene figure, while a white cross crafted from yarn by a plained Helen Giusto, a 77-year-old parishioner 90-year-old neighbor hangs prominently overhead. of Our Lady of Pompei and an immigrant from As striking as Speca's window shrine is during Rome. Giusto usually keeps her the day, it takes on even statue,of Mary in the winmore prominence when twilight falls. That's when The homeowners say they deco- dow along with two small the 74-year-old woman il- rate their windows as a way of tell- American flags. But when the statue is displaced by luminates the window with dozens of brilliant white ing the world what they believe. It's the air conditioner in the lights - including dan- also a means of carrying on an old summer, she'll occasiongling "icicle lights" that Baltimore Catholic tradition at a time ally place it atop the outside are popular at Christmas when fewer people seem willing to appliance. "I see kids on the street time. Dainty white lace express their Catholic faith in such and I ask them if they know curtains frame the colorful a public way, they said. Jesus and some of them say display. "It lets people know that we love they never heard of him," Even though she's a Baptist, Speca said she Jesus," explained Helen Giusto, a Giusto said. "I pray that this likes to decorate her win- 77-year-old parishioner of Our Lady will help people get to dow with Catholic sym- of Pompei and an immigrant from know him." Julie Ozarowski, a 78bols because she has a Rome. ' year-old parishioner of St. deep love for the Catholic Elizabeth of Hungary in faith and wants to send a message to young people that they can turn to God Highlandtown, said it touches her heart to see people on the street stop and admire her window and Mary when they're in trouble. "I just wish more people would show more re- display which consists of a statue of Mary perched spect for the Blessed Mother," said Speca, who between red and white roses. "Even the non-Catholics say they like it," said worships at Our Lady of Pompei Parish in Highlandtown and raised her children in the Catho- Ozarowski, who was a member of the Church of the Brethren before she became a Catholic. She lic Church. "I think this might stir our young people in the also decorates her basement window with a glass right way," she added. noting that the only thing figure of praying hands, a painted vase of the Saholding her back from joining the Church she loves cred Heart of Jesus filled with three yellow roses, so much is a sense that she "might not be good and an image of St. Joseph and Mary praying together. enough." "Not too many people decorate their windows "If you don't get the young people, it's going like this anymore," she said. "The older people are to fade away," she said. Speca isn't the only one who visually evange- dying off and younger people just don't have the lizes her community through the front windows. interest."

ILMINGTON, Del. CNS - If all goes as planned, in a couple of years the Diocese ofWilmington will ordain a married man as a priest, a first for the diocese. The Rev. Leonard R. Klein, a former Lutheran pastor who IS the married father of two and grandfather of one, has been received into the Catholic Church, and will begin two years of seminary training before he is ordained for Wilmington. Rev. Klein, 57, who was senior pastor at Christ Church in York, Pa., for the last 16 years, officially left the Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaJuly 15. Last month, he and his wife, Christa, and daughters Renate, 22, and Maria, 29, were received into the Church by Wilmington Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli. Daughter Maria, who lives in Baltimore, is married to a Catholic, and their daughter was baptized a Catholic. In the Uni(ed States over the past 20 years, as many as 70 married Protestant ministers have entered the Catholic Church and been ordained to the priesthood after they converted to Catholicism, according to Church officials. Most have been Episcopalian or Lutheran. Father William B. Kauffman, a former Lutheran pastor from Harrisburg,oPa., was ordained a priest for theWilmington diocese in 1990. Father Kauffman is unmarried. Rev. Klein, who was ordained in the Lutheran Church 32 years ago, informed the 1,000 members of Christ Church of his de-

cision in a letter. In it he described his growing struggle with some of the beliefs and policies of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and trends he sees. "What (Martin) Luther intended as a necessary reform on biblical grounds has tumed into a free-forall of private interpretation," he wrote, "and our own denomination is a sad case in point. Over the past several years I have had to come to grips with the fact that I am a Roman Catholic, and that i~ the positive reason for this radical move," In an interview with The Dialog, Wilmington's diocesan newspaper. Rev. Klein said his announcement came as a shock to many palishioners, but that most were supPOltive and positive. "Some of them have been more aware of my struggle than I knew. The palish council was enOlmously gracious," he said. Though he heard that some parishioners were "hlllt or angry," none had approached him directly, he said. "As a congregation Christ Church has the independence to continue on its faithful path, and I wish you evelY blessing as you continue to do so," he wrote. "But as a pastor I am tied to the officer corps of an army for which I can no longer tight." Rev. Klein told The Dialog that he and his family plan to continue living in York for the time being. He will commute to St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, about 50 miles south of York.

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John Michael Talbot a busy, busy DloIik; he releases '46th albuDl By MARK


do that because it's cheaper. It makes touring fun and doable." WASHINGTON - John Michael Talbot may be 路The tour bus, Talbot said, "symbolizes everything the busiest monk since Trappist Father Thomas Merton. I'm not," but "this is how I'm reaching out to our culTalbot has released his 46th album, "Signatures," ture. It's an itinerant ministry." with 15 of his compositions that he rerecorded with the Talbot added that he does most of his television Sinfonia of London and St. Michael's Singers from watching from hotel rooms on the road, but he said afCoventry Cathedral. ter a few days "you feel dull." The bigger challenge, he A Catholic layman who heads the Arkansas monas- said, is returning to the monastery. "Being in a hotel tic community he started, Talbot gives about 50 con- room, where someone cleans up after you, is addicting; certs a year. He also has written 15 books and conducts 'You mean I have to clean up the floor?''' retreats. And that's just part In the early 1970s, Talbot of what he does. was part of the band Mason Talbot acknowledged Proffit with his brother, Terry. that in the face of a hectic Then, both embraced an ministry there is a continual evangelical brand of Chrischallenge to lead a life of tianity and started releasing simplicity, which is the albums infused with Chrismonk's calling. In fact, he tian themes. John Michael even refers to Father Merton Talbot became a Catholic 25 in finding the spiritual susteyears ago. Talbot told CNS he nance he needs each day. "Time with God is the doesn't depend on the Ch.istian Booksellers Association most important reality in a believer's life," he told or the Gospel Music AssociaCatholic News Service in a tion to sell his books and altelephone interview from bums, but guessed from book Eureka Springs, Ark., headand CD purChases at his conquarters of the Brothers and certs that 30 percent to 40 perSisters of Charity, the comcent of his audience is Protmunity that Talbot founded. estant. "Although nobody "But he's the one who gets shows their (denominational cut back." membership) card," he said Talbot added, "I look to with a laugh. spend 20-30. minutes with . He admitted when he beGod, two times a day if you CATH.OLlC MUSICIAN ~ohn Michael gan his monastery, an intecan, once if that's all you can Talbot, pictured here performIng at a Phoe- grated community ofcelibate do. Of those 20 minutes of nix event in 1998, has released his 46th and married monastics, "I prayer, two'~inutes are of album. (eNS file photo by Nancy.Wiechec) had all those highfalutin' contemplatIOn. Thomas ideas about what (monastic) Merton said if you get those two minutes, that's all you life was." It turned out, Talbot said, that it was "cooking need." dinner, washing windows, planting seeds, washing cars, He said he has thought '.lbout how other religious doing dishes - doing the Lord's service." figures fared with balancing the monastic life with their It gets to a point, Talbot said, where in community public ministry. "They all had to get out," Talbot said, you have to "grow a green bean for God." and "deal with all of the culture. I call it 'using all things Monastic life, Talbot added, requires a lengthy comwithout attachment.'" mitment. "You've got to give it a good 10 years," he Over the years, simplicity has become "a fact of life" said. "Most people will not get it in three to five years. for Talbot. For his concerts, "we roll into parishes in a For we Americans, that's too much for us. We're fast" big old tour bus. There's four to 12 people in a bus. We food Christians." CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Two Catholic prelates to serve on U.S. body on religious freedom By


professor of constitutional law at WASHINGTON - A Colo- the University of Nebraska, "also rado archbishop and a New named by Daschle. They join reappointed memMexico bishop will serve on the U.S. Commission on Interna- bers: - Felice D. Gaer, commission tional Religious Freedom. President Bush announced chair and director of the Jacob August 13 that he has appointed Blaustein Institute for the AdDenver Archbishop Charles J. vancement of Human Rights of Chaput to the commission. The the American Jewish Committee, prelate will join Bishop Ricardo reappointed by House Minority Ramirez of Las Cruces, N.M., on Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. the nine-member panel estab- Nina Shea, director of the lished to moniCenter for Relitor religious . gious Freedom A Catholic bishop has at Freedom freedom abroad . and make rec- always served on the com- House, reapommendations mission since it began op- pointed by to the govern- erating in 1999. Members House Major-' ment on the serve one- or two-year ityLeaderDensuhject. terms and are named ei- nis Hastert, RBishop Ill. - Michael Ramirez was th er b the president or by named to the House and Senate leaders K. Young, commission in of the two parties. commission June by Senate vice chair and Minority professor at Leader Thomas Daschle, D-S.D. George Washington University A Catholic bishop has always Law School, reappointed by Senserved on the commission since ate Majority Leader Wi IIi am Frist, it began operating in 1999. Mem- R-Tenn. bers serve one- or two-year terms - Richard D. Land, president and are named either by the presi- of the Ethics and Religious Libdent or by House and Senate lead- erty Commission of the Southern ers of the two parties. Baptist Convention, reappointed Bishop William F. Murphy of by Bush. Rockville Centre, N.楼., ended a One seat remains to be filled two-year term in May. He fol- by Pelosi. Under the law creating lowed Washington Cardinal the commission, three members Theodore E. McCarrick as a com- are named by the president; four mission member. by the congressional leadership of Other new members of the the party not represented by the commIssion include: Khaled president and two by congresAbou EI Fadl, a law professor at sional leaders of the president's the University of California-Los party. Angeles, who was named by Their membership on the comBush, and Preeta Bansal, visiting mission is effective immediately.


Agency calls for increase in aid to North Korea HONG KONG (CNS) - Caritas Internationalis is calling for more relief assistance to North Korea. The international charity said donations to North Korea have dropped due mainly to political tensions sparked ~y the communist country's nuclear weapons program, reported UCA News, an Asian church news agency based in Thailand. Kathi Zellweger, director of international cooperation at Caritas Hong Kong, told UCA News that Caritas Internationalis voted at its 17th General Assembly, held in Rome in mid-July, to continue humanitarian aid to North Korea. Zellweger said Caritas Coreana, relief agency of Korea's Catholic bishops, and Caritas Hong Kong made the proposal to call attention to North Korea's needs. In April, Caritas launched a $2.67 million drive for North Korea and has raised 30 percent of that total so far, Zellweger said. Caritis now hopes it can raise 70 percent of its original goal, Zellweger said. "If there is not enough aid to the people there, the most vulnerable, such as children in residential care, the sick and pregnant women, would be most affected," she added. Zellweger said the food shortage and the healthcrisis remain key concerns, so Caritas will continue to help North Korea improve its agriculture sector and

provide the country with basic medical equipment. Last year, North Korea withdrew from the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons, expelled U.N. nuclear inspectors and reportedly restarted nuclear reactors that could produce plutonium to make nuclear weapons. These moves drew condemnation from the Korean bishops, among others. Large donor nations such as the United States, China, Japan and South Korea decreased aid to North Korea as a result. Zellweger said Caritas Coreana is the largest of 40 organizations donating to the Caritas North Korea program, providing up to $500,000 a year. "There is not much we can do," she said. "We will continue to appeal to donors from different countries and, hopefully, we can find some new donors." The collapse of the Soviet Union, North Korea's main supporter, in 1991, and a series of natural disasters have left many of North Korea's 22 million people without enough food. Zellweger said the situation has been worsening since the mid-1990s, when natural disasters exacerbated a structural economic decline. "Although acute malnutrition has decreased, the impact of long-term food deprivation is visible everywhere," Zellweger said. Since 1995 Caritas has given $27 million in humanitarian aid to North Korea, and donations from South Korea have totaled $3.9 million.


Friday, August 22, 2003



YOUNG PARISHIONERS from All Saints Church in Woonsocket, R.I., cheer as Jesse Manibusan performs at the Live 28 Holy music festival in Salem. (CNS photo by Gregory L. Tracy, Boston Pilot)

City known for witchcraft 'transforDled' by Catholics SALEM, Mass. (CNS) - Salem is known the world over for its involvement with witchcraft and the occult, but last week hundreds of Catholics from around New England - most of them young adults and teens - anived in search not of potions and spells, but of prayers and adoration. Live 2B Holy, the third annual all-day Catholic music festival, created by Proud 2B Catholic, transformed the Salem Common into a makeshift house of prayer. "Naturally people tend to tie in the witch thing and the spilitual battle - and there's definitely that aspect of it - but there's so much more to this festival than just that," said Peter Campbell, founder and coordinator of the free music festival. "Anytime you have a gathering like this, it geLS people excited about their faith." According to Campbell, approximately 25 coordinators and 100 volunteers put together the event. Lining the common were several white tents, where palticipants were invited to delve into different aspects of their Catholic faith. In the tent for eucharistic adoration, young people silently adored the Blessed Sacrament; in the confession tent, lines of Catholics waited as six priests absolved penitents of their sins; in the music-and-ministry tent, speakers such as Steve Colella of the Boston Archdiocese's Office ofYouth Ministry, and his wife, Kmi, of the Office for Young Adults, exhorted listeners to deepen their faith.

Vicar General Bishop James L. Connolly in Sl. Mary's Cathedral. Fall River. From 1963 to 1980, he was a parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish, Oak Bluffs; Sl. Peter the Apostle Parish, Provincetown; St. Mary's, New Bedford; and Sl. Julie Billian, North Dartmouth. He served as pastor at Our Lady of Victory in Centerville


In the center of it all, an enormous stage with live performers such as Tony Melendez, Steve Angrisano, Jesse Manibusan and the Irish Christian band Ceili Rain entertained the festival-goers, as throngs of teens danced to the beat of the music. The day held something for everyone. "This is just amazing," said Pat Sullivan, a 17-yearold from St. Brendan Patish in Bellingham. Clad in a T-shirt with the words "Just Live It" emblazoned on the front, Sullivan shook his head in awe. "Just to see people getting together to worship the Lord like this is amazing. I am tmly blown away by the entire experience," he said. Andrea Segovia, a 15-year-old from St. Charles BOtTomeo Parish in Bmnswick, Maine, drove more than three-and-a-half hours with a'friend to get to the concert. "I just love concerts like these. This is awesome," she said. "This is really good stuff," declared David laPointe, father of a 16-year-old, who drove 10 teens from his parish, St. Michael in Exeter, N.H., to the festival. "I am absolutely impressed by the quality of the performers, as I am by the music itself," he said. "It gives the kids their own vehicle to worship God in their own way." The festival concluded with a vigil Mass, celebrated by Father Oscar Pratt, director of vocations for the Archdiocese of Boston, with close to 1,000 people in attendance.

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until 1995, when he was appointed pastor of St. John Neumann Parish in East Freetown. He was the pastor at St. Patrick's in Falmouth beginning in June 2000 and until this newest appointment. Msgr. Perry has been a chaplain at UMass-Dartmouth and Bishop Stang High School in

North Qartmouth, been a diocesan consultor and secretary for Ministerial Personnel, and served as dean of the Cape Cod and the Islands Deanery. On August 19, 1999, he was named a monsignor, chaplain路to His Holiness Pope John Paul II, and invested on Oct. 22, 1999 at ceremonies in St. Mary's Cathedral.

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historian, will talk about her book, "Yours Is a Precious Witness," which has been acclaimed by religious and lay scholars alike. The book is a memoir set in Italy during World War II, and through in-person interviews combined with solid anecdotal evidence recalls the lives of Catholics and Jews alike. It remembers the main events of the Holocaust, the effects it had on Italian Jews, and the efforts of several religious orders, the

Vatican, and Pope Pius XII to save them from Nazi atrocities. Sister Marchione's book, one of more than 30 on a wide span of topics, has become a platform for her worldwide speaking engagements. She flatly and unequivocally refutes the modern-day criticism of the Vatican and Pope Pius XII, and contends that because of countless acts of individual heroism by Italian Catholics, approximately 85 percent of the Jewish

population in Italy was saved from the hotTors of the Holocaust. Tickets for the event, which includes a catered full buffet breakfast, can be purchased at Sullivan's Religious Article Store in Hyannis; at Our Lady of Grace Church following the I p.m. Mass on Sundays; or by phone from Una Voce Cape Cod at 508-430-1229. Our Lady of Grace Church is located on Route 137, South Chatham.

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Seminary in Latrobe, receiving a master's degree in divinity in 1988. Father Camara had entered the Franciscan Friars, Province of Immaculate Conception in 1973, and was a brother with the community for 15 years. His ministry included teaching at Christ0pher Columbus High School in Boston, and he was dean of students and assistant headmaster at Serra Catholic High School in Mckeesport, Pa. After attending St. Vincent Seminary, he was ordained to the priesthood, by Bishop Virgilio Lopez, OFM, of the Diocese of Trujillo, Honduras, at St. Michael's Church, Fall River on May 27, 1989. Father Camara has served at St. Kilian's, St. John the Baptist, and Our Lady ofMt. Cannel parishes in New Bedford; Holy Family Palish, East Taunton; and St. Michael's Parish, Fall River. He was also chaplain at Saint Anne's Hospital, Fall River. Father Camara was incardinated into the Diocese of Fall River by Bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., on Feb. 17, 1998. Prior to his being named pastor of Our Lady of Health Parish, Fall River, he was appointed administrator there in June by then BishopElect Coleman.

Father Gendreau Father Gendreau was bom in Fall River, the son of Louis and Blanche (Proulx) Gendreau. He attended the former Msgr. Prevost High School in Fall River and later attended Stonehill College in Easton, where he graduated with a degree in French in'1963. In 1974, Father Gendreau received a master's degree in counseling psychology from Boston College. He later attended St. John's Seminat)' in Brighton, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fall River at St. Mary's Cathedral by Bishop

James L. Connolly on May 3, 1969. Father Gendreau has served as a parochial vicar at Sl. Michael's and St. Louis de France parishes in Swansea; Sl. James Parish, New Bedford; and St. George's Parish, WestpOlt. He was named pastor of Sl. Stephen's Parish, Attleboro in 19H6, and served there until 1993, when he was assigned as pastor of Sl. Joseph Pmish, North Dighton. In 1994, he became pastor of Sl. Michacl' Palish, Swansea, until he was named administrator of Sl. Louis de France Parish, Swansea in June of this year. Bishop Coleman then named Father Gendreau as pastor of Sl. Louis de France. Father Gendreau has also served as chaplain at UMass-Dartmouth from 1981 to 1986; was on the Priest Senate; and was a member of the Priest Spiritual Lite Committee.

Father Rodgers Father Rodgers, the son of Thomas Rodgers and Sarah (McLcrnon) Rodgers, was bom in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1962. He attended Sl. Augustine High School there, and later attended Borromeo College Seminary in Wickliffe, Ohio. graduating in 1984. He went on to allend Oblate College in Washington, D.C., where he eamed master's degrees in theology and divinity. Father Rodgers then attended Capuchin College in Washington. He was ordained a priest on June I, 1991 in Pittsburgh, Penn., by Bishop Donald Wuerl. Prior to his being named administrator of Sl. Michael's Parish by then Bishop-Elect Coleman in June . of this year, Father Rodgers had served as a parochial vicar at Santo Chtisto and Sl. Michael's parishes in Fall River, and Our Lady of Vict01)' Parish, Centelville.

SettleDlents ing the documented years. Insurance companies for the at'chdiocese paid out much of the amount. Father Coyne told The Pilot, Boston archdiocesan newspaper, that the settlements were not publicized because the policy at the time was based on what he called a "culture of protection" - "not only of the children, but of Church priests (and) of people's reputations." This manner of handling allegations "treated all equally," in that the identities of both the alleged victim and the accused priest remained private. Moreover, he said, the "nature" of the review board and the delegate of the archbishop who handled allegations of abuse was one of confidentiality, "because the work of the delegate and the review board was to protect victims." Even the names of those sitting on the review board remained confidential. In hindsight, Father Coyne said, the archdiocese has seen that it "did not respond adequately" by failing to realize that "the most important


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thing was healing," nOl confidentiality. The start of the sexual abuse scandal in January 2002 "showed us how far we needed to go," he said. While some victims have challenged the archdiocese to improve the pending setllementoffer, Father Coyne described it as fair. "Archbishop O'Malley's ofter of $55 million aims to help bring healing" to the victims and the archdiocese, Father Coyne told The Pilot. He went on to describe the $55 million a "substantial offer, a good offer" and one that Archbishop O'Malley hopes "will result in an expeditious resolution" to pending clergy sexual abuse cases. If approved, it would be the laI'gest settlement of clergy abuse allegations since the scandal broke. Last year, the Archdiocese of Boston reached a$IO million settlement with 86 people who said they were abused by former priest John Geoghan.

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Friday, August 22, 2003

Surf's up at Catholic-run youth camp at North Carolina's Outer Banks By JOHN



NAGS HEAD, N.C. - If Jesus and his apostles had been surfers. surely Christ would not have calmed lhe seas in Chapter 8 of the Gospel of Matthew. But the youths at a Catholicrun surfing camp on the Outer Banks recently probably could have used the Lord's help just the same. It was lhe tirst day of camp, and an onshore wind was driving in tall. tough waves, breaking one after anolher. Rain spattered againsl the youths' wetsuits. which are not normally needed on Norlh Carolina summer beaches, bUI necessary lhis day, wilh waleI' temperatures in the low 60s. "It feels like I'm getting hypolhermia," said a shivering Charley Yales. II, of Kill Devil Hills, as he wrapped a towel around his shoulders. "It's harder then it looks." But Charley was back in the waleI'I 0 minutes later. The Holy Redeemer Surf Camp got its start two years ago when Suzanne Blackstock, Holy Redeemer Parish's youth and young adult minister, was planning her summer programs. In an interview with the N.c. Catholic, newspaper of the Raleigh diocese, she said she realized her ideas tended to be slightly "girly," heavy on things like baby-sitting and scrapbooks, and she wanted the program to appeal to some of the guys as well. Blackstock approached parish- . inner and surfer John Buscemi about slaging a surting demonslration for the vouths, and lhe conversation quickly led to Buscemi suggesting a surf camp. With help from the Whalebone Surf Shop in Nags Head, she said, il wasn't long before the camp. was ready to go. "We couldn't have done it without them," said Buscemi of

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the shop and owner Jim Vaughn, who offered a 50 percent discount for camp lessons, and the use of wetsuits and boards. "They've been very, very generous," said Blackstock. Campers pay $125 for three days of camp. "Anybody is welcome:' Blackstock said. Because Holy Redeemer is located in a top summer resort area, half of the campers are from as far away as Oregon, half are locals. At one camp a grown man participated with his son. Last year and this year Holy Redeemer offered two camps, three days per camp, with 15 to 20 participants. Blackstock said it's a natural for the Outer Banks Catholic community. "It gives us the opportunity to do something unique because of where we are," she said. There is even a built-in religious component, she said, as participants feel closer to God through nature and creation. "The beach does that sort of automatically," she said. "People find retreat at the beach." To capitalize on that feeling, Blacksiock said, campers eat lunch, donated by local businesses, at the church in Kitty Hawk. After lunch,' they discuss Scripture passages· that focus on Jesus and water. During the July camp participants talked about Jesus calling his disciples on the shore of the Galilee. During camp they studied passages about Jesus calming the seas. But on the Outer Banks, the ocean didn't calm down for the rest of that week. Heavy rains washed out some sessions, so the campers got together on the beach later that week. The water temperature never improved, and Blackstock and the campers came . up with a new motto: "Holy Redeemer Surf Camp - Hypothermia is fun!"


~:i!i;~~ A YOUNG man heads out to the waves during a parishsponsored surf camp at Nags Head, N.C" recently. Sponsored by Holy Redeemer Parish of Kitty Hawk, the three-day camp includes time on the waves and time to reflect on Scripture passages focused on Jesus and water. (CNS photo by John Strange, NC Catholic) .

TWOYOUNG men watch as Missionaries of Charity superior general Sister Nirmala Joshi unfolds a flower representing peace and hope at the opening of Asian Youth Day in Bangalore, India, recently. About 1,000 young people from 20 countries and more than 300 dioceses took part in the siX-day celebration focused on ways they can become peacemakers in an often violent world. Sister Joshi, head of the order founded by Mother Teresa, told the delegates that if each of them loves God and neighbor, "you become a warrior" for peace. (CNS photo from UCA News) . .

Brother urges religious orders to ~larify 'what Dl~kes us different' By JOSEPH DUERR CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

gious life in the U.S. will spring from," he added. Brother Sammon said there are many definitions LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Renewal of religious life in of identity, and the one he suggested is "that feeling of the United States involves making choices'that "give knowing who you are and where you are going." That's a clear sense of who we are and what makes us differ- what many religious communities had prior to the ent," a Marist brother told some 210 leaders of male Second Vatican Council, he noted. "You could differentiate one (community) from religious communities who met in Louisville. Brother Sean Sammon, general superior of the another, ministries were clear, lifestyles :-vere clear," Marist Brothers, said the task facing religious is to make he said. "Today, we long for the sense of who we are and where we are going." . ' "necessary choices involved in formulating a unique and People are not looking for fresh identity for our instithe last word on this question, The studysaidmany Catholics could he said, but they are looking tutes and give of ourselves fully to the task of revitaliz- not describe what a religious brother for choices to be made. ing our way of life." was and that they would not recom- "When young people come To do this, he saId, "we mend to their daughter that she be- to us and say, 'What are you must face that foundational what do you cherish and come a sisterbecause they could see and question offaith and identity: hold dear?', what do we tell on whom or what do you and no difference between being a single them? It's a critical question." layWoman and a religious, he said. I set our hearts?" Since Vatican II, efforts Brother Sammon, author have been made by religious of the' book "Religious Life to address the identity quesin America: A New Day Dawning," gave a keynote tion, said Brother Sammon. But "we have been unspeech at the annual assembly of the Conference of successful in explaining to ourselves and to others just Major Superiors of Men held at Louisville's Galt who we are and what we cherish and hold dear." House. One problem over the past 40 years, he said, is that He cited one study to demonstrate the confusion "we've been talking to ourselves rather than to the among Catholics about the identity of religious in the wider Church." He suggested that the process of reUnited States today. The study said many Catholics newal of religious-life should be done with lay people. "Religious life needs to be the Church's living could not describe what a religious brother was and that they would not recommend to their daughter that memory of what the Church can and must be," he exshe become a sister because they could see no differ- plained, and this "has to be done today with lay men ence between being a single laywoman and a religious, and women." he said. Brother Sammon said the "real crisis in our lay life" In forging a new identity, he mentioned three things: since the end of Vatican II has not been the "apparent "discovering founding charisms but freeing them of lack of vocations in many parts of our world. The real their historical trappings," being the "signs of the times" crisis has been the crisis of significance and of spirituand being "converted." He called the latter the core ality." issue: "a profound change of heart, to center our lives He said the concerns of religious will "begin to be in Jesus Christ and his good news." resolved when we start simply and self-consciously "I believe this is where the new identity for reli- to be ourselves once again."


Friday, August 22, 2003

Pierogi power draws people from far and wide to festival By STevE EUVINO CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE WHITING, Ind. - What do a guy in a pasta suit, a woman dressed as pastry, a priest pushing a lawn mower and people dressed as their grandmothers have in common? They're all participants in the annual Pierogi Festival in Whiting. Where else but at Pierogi Festival would you see a parade featuring the Dancing Bushas, the Society for the Preservation of Adolescent Behavior, a Polish motorcycle gang and Slovak surfers? Where else would Msgr. Joseph Semancik, former executive director of Catholic Charities in the Gary diocese, be asked to judge the "Taste of Pierogi"? "It's one of the greatest honors in my life," said the monsignor, somewhat tongue in cheek. The Pierogi Festival held in late July each year is about having fun and paying tribute to an East European food. Spell it pierogi or pirohi. Fill the pan-flied dumplings with potato, sauerkraut, cheese, apricot or plum butter. It makes no difference. People flock to Whiting to rekindle old fliendships, visit the craft booths and sample pierogi. St. John the Baptist Parish in Whiting ran one of the pierogi booths. Geni Tumidalsky was busy taking orders, and the booth had already 11m out of potato pierogi. "I love it," Tumidalsky said of the annual festival. "You see all the people - some of them are classmates." A graduate of St. John the Baptist's parish grade school and Whiting High School, Tumidalsky said patish volunteers, ages 65-90, make and freeze pierogi by the dozens. They make about 12,000 of them. At the start of the three-day festival, Tumidalsky predicted all that frozen pierogi would be gone by

the second day. "They love it," she said of the volunteers. "It gets them out of the house." "I see people I know - it's like homecoming," Josie Bolek, a former St. John parishioner now living in Calumet City, told the

Northwest Indiana Catholic, Gary's diocesan newspaper. "The basic thing is participation in the community," said Precious Blood Father John Kalicky, pastor at St. John the Baptist. The big 10-' cal turnout "shows we are part of the community," he said. If Father Kalicky is the parish's pierogi promoter, then Precious Blood Father Gary Scherer is the lawn-mower man. Bringing up the rear of the parade were 25 to 30 adults making up the precision lawn-mower brigade. While the term "precision" may be a stretch, the participants do have fun - at whatever they're doing. "It's nice - a family-oriented thing," said Father Scherer, making his third appearance' in the pushmower unit. "Families bring their kids, and it's a local, fun thing to do." Families also come to see Mr. Pierogi, also known as Matt Valuckis. A parishioner at St. John the Baptist, Valuckis has been playing Mr. Pierogi for five years. Gayle Kosalko, executive director of the local Chamber of Commerce, said Mr. Pierogi has become a cultural icon for Whiting. "Every year we have parents tell us their children believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and Mr. Pierogi," Kosalko said. Gregor, involved in other community events, said that while Pierogi Festival started as a "babushka thing," she is amazed "how much the young people love it. I have never heard anyone make fun of it. They think it's the coolest thing."

MATT VALUCKIS of St. John the Baptist Church in the community of Whiting, Ind., leads a parade during the city's annual Pierogi Festival in late July. He said local residents know him more as Mr. Pierogi rather than by his name. (CNS photo by Karen Callaway, Northwest Indiana Catholic),

A HELICOPTER dumps water on a forest fire in Sant L10renc Savall in northeastern Spain recently. Five people from the same family died in the fire and more than 500 people were forced to evacuate their homes in the area. Pope John Paul II offered special prayers for the victims of fires that were burning in several European countries. (CNS photo from Reuters)

Want to live to be 100? 'Follow the rules,' says centenarian nun By TANYA CONNOR CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Asked what she does now, Sister Woods replied, "Just sit." However, Sister Julie LEOMINSTER - How do you live to be Ciccolini, health care center administrator, noted that she is "extremely up on all the latest 100? "Follow the rules - health rules, Church news." Sister Woods said she used to pai nt portraits, rules and common ordinary sense rules," said Sister Mary Juliana Woods, who celebrated that but she can no longer see well enough to read prayers. But she is better off than she expected. milestone July31 with a Mass and party. "I thought .. , I'd be totterOn August 2, the Sister of ing along with a cane," she the Presentation of the said. "I have the cane, but I Blessed Virgin Mary marked hope I'm not tottering." She 100 years as a Christian. "I said she can't move fast, but was baptized at two days old. added quickly, "I don't c.reep And I didn't squall, they tell along." . me." she said in an interview Asked what changes she with The Catholic Free Press, has found most amazing in newspaper of the Worcester 100 years, Sister Woods rediocese. plied, "Radio and TV and the She was baptized at St. cars." Leo's Church in Leominster. But also people, she added. When she was nine her famIn her day, "working people ily moved to Boston, returnwould go in and take whatever ing to Leominster in 1918. job they could handle." Now, She then left for a couple she said, "they never stop beyears to go to Maine to take ing educated." care of an aunt. Some of her former stuAt age 12 she decided she dents, who include priests, wanted to be a nun. In 1926 SISTER MARY Juliana sisters and doctors, still send she entered the Presentation order and what she thought Woods sits with her rosary in their greetings, she said. "Two or three of them will 'would be a brand new world. her hands at the convent of "I said goodbye to cake, the Sisters of the Presenta- remember a scolding I gave," goodbye to ice cream, tion of the Blessed Virgin she said, but added that she algoodbye to candy," Sister Mary in Leominster, Mass. ways scolded in a soft voice. Woods said. (CNS photo by Tanya She recalled she had to have But she was in for a surprise Connor, Catholic Free Press) a talk with two "mischiefmakers," and years later each when, on her first day at the one thanked her for doing convent, which was Washington's birthday, the sisters had "Wash- that. One former student told her he never forgot ington pie" for dessert. She also was didn't expect to see the nuns chatting at dinner because her talk about lightning. One day her class was "frozen with fright" she thought they had to be silent, she recalled. She took her final vows in 1928 and spent the at the lightning, Sister Woods recalled. "Are you frightened?" she said she asked next 48 years as a teacher, serving at a number of elementary schools in Massachusetts, Connecti- them. "And little heads bobbed," she said, becut and Rhode Island. She retired in 1976 and cause they were too scared to talk: She asked them to put their pencils down retiJrned to Holy Family Convent in Fitchburg, Mass., where she did sewing, answered the door- "carefully, quietly, slowly," so they could concentrate on what she was about to say: She told bell and "what have you," she said. In 1989 she moved to Presentation Convent they were safe from the lightning in their school in Leominster and now lives at Presentation and they could sit back and enjoy it because' God's show is even better than the movies. Health Care Center.

Fall River diocese marks its centennial The following are the next in a series 'of historical sketches of the parishes comprising the Diocese of Fall River, founded in 1904. The series will run in chronological order from oldest to newest parish, according to diocesan archives, concluding in March, 2004, the centennial anniversary of the diocese. Please note that ALL parish histories will run in the order they were founded - including pa;;shes that have been suppressed or merged. Histories ofmerged parishes will run according to the time-line.

St. Joseph's Parish,. Attleboro ATILEBORO - Just after the turn of the century 13 Franco-Americans approached Bishop William Stang, the first bishop of the new Fall River diocese and asked for a parish, to serve the needs ofthe French-speaking community of Attleboro. . The request was met and on Sept 19, 1905, St. Joseph's Parish was established and Father Napoleon Messier appointed its first pastor. The parish was named in honor of St Joseph, who, the French-Canadian descendents said, resembled their lifestyle of hard work and devotion to Jesus and the Blessed Mother. From Oct 1, 1905 until April 1, 1907,Mass was celebrated, in Latin and French at a rented


vices of the Sisters of the Holy Cross from Montreal to run the school. . By 1924 the parish considered completing the ch~h but a costly fire in the spring of 1925 mvished the rectory. The dream·became a reality on Oct. 13, , 1929 when Cardinm Rouleau, archbishop' of , Quebec, who was a friend of Father Berube, blessed and dedicated the new ch~h. Father Philias Jmbert was the next pastor and reduced the debt and made improvements. The debt was eliminated under pastor F~­ ther Albert Masse who took over in 1937. His death in 1950 brought the parish great sor-' row. . ~ilityin~SecoooCoogreg~oom~~h Pastor Father Anatole Desmarais raised on Park Street funds for a new school, and. his successor, Under the direction of Father Messier, Msgr. Ubmde Denault led the parish dOTing . property at the corner of South Main and its 5()'h anniversary celebrations. Maple streets was p~hased and the building, Father Roger Poirier assumed the pastor~ of the ch~h's basement was started in July ate in 1970 and had the sad decision to close 1906 at the cost of$ I5,750. Bishop Stang pre- the parish school in 1972 because ofeconomsided as the cornerstone was laid on Oct. 7, ics. 1906. The ch~h was renewed and refurbished During Father Messier's five years as pas- under Father Ernest Bessette who became tor, the parish grew from 180 to 370 families, pastor in 1974. and a school and convent were built. Subsequent pastors were Father Roger The second pastor, Father Arthur Savoie, Levesque, Father Paul Canuel, and Father arrived in 1910. He died in February 1913 ' Kevin Harrington, while Father John Sullivan and was succeeded by Father Antoine Berube., was the administmtor of the parish in the late . Under his long pastomte he obtained the ser- 19908.

The c~nt pastor, Father Michael Carvill, ish Apostolate, and Norma Ferns is parish secF.S.c.B., was appointed on Aug. 1,2000. In retary. The rectory is at 208 South Main St., residence are Father Vmcent Nagle, F.S.C.B., Attleboro, MA 02703. It can be reached by and Father Luca Brancolini, F.S.c.B. ~ar­ phone at 508-22&-1115; by FAX at 508-22&lotte Santos is coordinator of religious educa- 0234; and by E-mail tion, Sister Alicia Lopez is leader ofthe Span- Its Website is


St. :Joseph's Parish, Fairhaven FAIRHAVEN - The history.of St. Joseph's Parish began with three priests belonging to the Congrega, tion of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Father Marie-Bernard Pierson, Stanislaus Bernard and

Hilarion .Eikerlirig' arrived in' the United States on May 19, 1905. They came to Fairhaven at the invitation of Bishop William Stang, the first bishop of the Diocese of Fall River, and opened a monastery at

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the comer of Spring and Adams streets. The first Mass was celebrated in Phoenix Hall, Center and Main streets, on May 21, 1905. At the monastery the first baptism was on June 5, and the first Mass - and the first funerm as well - were on July I, 1905. On Sept. 24, 1905, the cornerstone of the original St. Joseph's Church was laid in ceremonies conducted by Msgr. James E. Cassidy, chancellor of the diocese. He was to become the diocese's third bishop. The ch~h was dedicated on Feb. 11, 1906 by Bishop Stang. That same day, a bell, the gift of Mrs. Mahoney ofMattapoisett, was hung in the steeple. The original wooden church served the needs of the parish for about 20 years. The growth of the Catholic population in 12'airhaven, however, required that a larger structure be built. On Sept. 14, 1924, the cornerstone for the new church (the current structure) waslaid by Bishop Daniel F. Feehan, the second bishop of Fml·River. The building was designed by the firm of Leary & Wmker, and constructed by William "'''young of243 Adams Street, amember of the parish. Dedication ceremonies for the new ch~h were conducted ,by Bishop Feehan on May 3, 1925. A solemn Mass of Dedication was celebrated by the pastor, Father Bernard.

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Christian formation of our parish youth has been a serious priority from the earliest days of the parish. Beginning in 1908, the original church contained classrooms for parochim education. After the new church was built; the old structure was redesigned to serve exclusively as a parochial school. It fulfilled that function until the current school building was erected at the corner of Spring and Delano streets. This edifice was dedicated on Oct. II, 1964 by Auxiliary Bishop James Gerrard. Since 1908, the work of instructing the young people of the parish has been carried on faithfully with the guidance ofthe Sisters ofthe Sacred Hearts. The history and life of the parish have been closely linked with that of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The three priests who first served the parishioners of St. Joseph's were also the pioneers for setting up the American branch of the Congregation. From the heritage of these pioneers, the Congregation has expanded to California, Texas and Washington, D.C., as well as Japan, India, the Bahamas, Mozambique, Ireland and England. Father Marie-Bernard Pierson was the first pastor of St. Joseph's Parish. He served in that capacity from 1905 until his death in 1917. His tenure was interrupted between

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1910 and 1912 when he went to North Fairhaven, then called Oxford Village, to establ,ish Sacred Hearts Church. During that period and mso from 1917 to 1944, Father Stanislaus Bernard served as the pastor. The pastors who succeeded him, all members of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts ofJesus and Mary, included: Father Egbert Steenbeck, Father Clement Killgoar, Father Thomas Lyons, FatherJerome Lane, Father Columban Moran, Father John Brennan, Father Ambrose Forgit, Father William McClenahan, Father Columban Crotty, Father Patrick Killilea, and Father William Heffron. For nearly 100 years of history, St. Joseph's Parish has grown to become a vibrant, life-giving community offaith which continues to look toward the future with hope. Through the intercession of St. Joseph and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, it continues to strive towards living more fully the current mission statement. The current pastor is FatherRobert ~arlton, SS.Cc. The permanent deacons are Douglas Medeiros and Robert Lorenzo. Mary Lorenzo is director of religious education and Dorothea Coderre is school principal. The rectory is at 41-43 Wmnut Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719-2953. It can be reached by telephone at 508-994-9714; by FAX at 508-9794659; and by E-Mail at

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