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Friday, August 22, 1997

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School expansion project officially underway By MIKE GORDON ANCHOR STAFF On the feast of the Assumption, a bright and sunny Aug. 15, groundbreaking ceremonies were held at Holy Name School, Fall River for expansio? of the school to include a parish hall/senior center, library and media center, an adqed classroom, office space, and storage space. Gathered at the school site at 850 Pearce Street were Holy Name pastor Very Rev. Francis L. Mahoney, diocesan Vicar General Msgr. George Coleman, Episcopal secretary Rev. Stephen J. Avila, transitional deacon Edward Murphy, principal architect Owen Haqkett, and a number of Holy Name parishioners. Construction is slated to begin laterthis month. The parking lo~ will be repaved upon completion ofthe main construction and a playground will be erected. According to contractors Rick Karvonen and Joe Luis III, on hand for the ceremony, the project should take approximately six to eight months to complete with landscaping being done next spring. Construction will not stop during t~e winter as the project will be closed in after three months, thus enabling work to continue. Karvonen and Luis have worked on numerous projects for churches in and around the diocese of Fall River over the past few years. In a prayer prior to the ground breaking Msgr. Coleman said; "When we serve the community we are God's co-workers. Let us pray that God win bring this project to a successful completion and that all who work on it will be Safe from injury." He extended congr~tulations to the people of Holy Name and especially Father Mahoney, who he 'said "had the vision for this project." ;The Holy Name Church itself has undergone renovations as part of the project, including repainting the inside of the buil,ding and acquisition of a new organ. Owen Hackett of Hackett Associates

GROUND BREAKING ceremonies for the Holy Name School expansion project got underway recently in Fall River. Officially starting the construction are, from left, Monsignor George W. Coleman, transitional deacon Edward Murphy, pastor of.Holy Name Very Rev. Francis L. Mahoney and Rev. Stephen J. Avila. (Anchor/Mills photo) and Architects designed and programmed the expansion for the school and has administered the general contract for the work. Budget for the project is about $900,000 according to Hackett and he said that it was hard to maintain. He said one unanticipated problem was the finding of unsatisfactory soil under the parking lot. Its removal added $35,000 to the cost of the project.

The expansion of the school will coincide with the seventy-fifth anniversary of Holy Name in 1998 and will add an additional 8,000 feet of space to the existing building, extending into the existing parking lot towards President Avenue. School enrollment in kindergarten through eighth grade will not change, but the project will "expand facilities in orderto keep up with the educational needs of the school," said

Father Mahoney. All the new construction being done will be handicapped accessible. Holy Name School was built in 1959 at a cost of about $400,000 and so far all funding for the most recent renovations has come from the parishioners themselves. The expansion is the first of its kind for the school.

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FUTURE SITE of'construction for the Holy Name School expansion is shown above. Construction of the project will begin over the next few weeks. (Anchor/Miqs photo)

PROPOSED PLAN for the Holy Name School, Fall River, expansion project. Also included but not shown is the repaving of the parking lot and addition of a school playground.


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Diocese of Fall River -

Fri., Aug. 22, 1997

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Caribbean churches urge to abandon Cuban embargo By RAYMOND SYMS PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CNS) - The Caribbean Conference of Churches has called on the U.S. government to lift its 35-year-old economic embargo on Cuba. The call to end the embargo was the main resolution passed at the conference's Sixth General Assembly in Havana in late July. Jesuit Father Malcolm Rodrigues of Guyana said in a telephone interview that the resolutions were in the hands of the conference's Continuation Committee. "The committee will meet in September to work on these resolutions to make them more 'concrete,''' said the priest, who, was recently elected to the committee. He said there were no objections from delegates when resolutions were proposed by the main body or the Resolutions Committee. Bishop Donald J. ReeceofSt. John's-Basseterre, Antigua, is a former Continuations Committee member. Contacted while visiting Montserrat, Bishop Reece said resolutions would be reshaped or rejected by the Continuation Committee. He explained that because of scheduling difficulties, very little time was available to discuss resolutions in detaiLI He said that because of this, his'biggest fear is that resolutions will never be implemented.

He was supported by another Catholic who preferred to remain anonymous. She said, "Most of the resolutions passed at the CCC's fifth assembly in 1991 were never implemented, ,so I think the problem will again " be implementation." She added that one reason for 'this may be denominational differences. "I think for the Caribbean, ecumenical movement to move forward, member churches must rise above the level of denominationalism still present.There's a lot of work still to be done about this." Bishop Reece said that during the Cuban meeting he was heartened by the mood of Cubans as they continued preparations for Pope John Paul II's January visit. A Cuban government official, who brought greetings from President Fidel Castro, said the people of Cuba were looking forward to the pope's first visit to the Western Hemisphere's only communist country. The Caribbean Conference of Churches comprises 33 member churches in 34 Caribbean territories. The Catholic Church is a founding member of the 24-yearold ecumenical organization, and among the 154 delegates attend-, ing the meeting were. 23 Catho~ ,: lics from different Caribbean ter-' ritories constituting the Antilles Episcopal Conference.

WITH OUTSTRETCHED ARMS, those gathered at Notre Dame Church in Fall River Aug. 17 commissioned travelers to France for World Youth Day celebrations this week with Pope John Paull!. Red, white and blue balloons decorated the church. (Anchor/Mills photo)

Pilgrims to Paris get diocesan send-off FALL RIVER-Notre Dame Church bedecked in red; white and blue balloons and French national flags, was filled with,excited energy Aug. 17 as dozens of young' people and their families gathered for Mass.

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ROSARY CRAFTERS (seated, from left) are Lena Bridges, Carol Spoor, Pat Canto, (standing) Eunice Grant, Diane Andrews and John Santos. .

Rosary Crafters say 'the more the better' One of the best loved prayers of the Church is Mary's prayer, the rosary, The practice of saying the rosary dates back thousands of years, and tradition tells us that Our Blessed Mother is pleased that the faithful honor her through its recitation. Having a special devotion to Mary, Carol Spoor and her husband, Archie, are dedicated to promoting the recitation of the rosary all over the world. They, along with some equally devoted craftspeople, have

produced over 6,000 rosaries which have been shipped to India, China, Poland, Russia, and to prisons throughout the United States. Once a month these industrious craftspeople assemble in a classroom at St. 'Bernard's Church, Assonet, and string the colorful beads into rosaries. At a recent workshop John Santos brought a carpenter's wooden tool box that held 380 blue rosaries that he had made at home. To date, John has' individually crafted over 3,600 ro-

saries; and Lena Bridges has produced over 1,600. The Rosary Crafters invite anyone who is interested in making rosaries to call 644-2645. Simple and enjoyable to string, the rosaries can be fashioned together at a workshop or completed at home and then shipped wherever they are needed. The Rosary Crafters feel that their creations will inspire Catholics worldwide to combine prayer and meditation while receiving insight into their own spiritual lives.

The liturgy, made complete by a versatile youth choir under the direction of seminarian Scott Ciosek, was the diocesan sendoff for the 89 pilgrims who left the following day for World Youth Day celebrations in Paris, France. Father George Harrison celebrated the Mass and gave an impassioned homily explaining the pilgrims' responsibility to bring what they have learned in Paris back to their daily lives. "A week from today we will gather for Mass again, only this time with the Vicar of Christ, Pope John Paul II," he said referring to the Aug. 24 Mass culminating the festivities. Father Harrison explained that when seeing the youth gathered in France "the world will look upon the face of Christ and the Church." Also concelebrating the Mass were Fathers John Perry, Michael Racine, David Costa, Richard Beaulieu, Marc Tremblay and John J. Oliveira. The pilgrims have been studying the Eucharist in preparation for the trip and hope to be "blessed, inspired and strengthened" by the experience. ,Those in Paris representing all corners of the Fall River diocese are Bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., Joseph Aguiar, Craig Aldrich, Aaron Almeida, Isabel Andrade, Nicole Bedard, Andrea Bertoncini, Carolyn Boff, Aimee Bronhard, Beth Boulay, Ellen Bredemeier, George Cabral, Bruce Canuel, Julie Cardoso, Vanessa Ciaccio, Scott Ciosek, Christine Coons, Rebecca Coons, Father David Costa, Luke Cote, Amy Dube, Lori Dube, Jonathan Ferry, Miles Flynn, Teresa Flynn, Paula Freedman, Cathleen Furtado, William Furtado, Marianne Grace, Brian Gundlach; Father George Harrison, Bridget Hughes, Jennifer Hughes, Dustin Humphrey, Erin Kelley, Jean Kelly, John Kelly,

Shanna Kelly, Garrett LaBonte, Barbara Lamy, Janet Lamy, Roger Lamy, Alice Marie Levesque, Bridgitte Levesque, Paul Levesque, Jr., Paul Levesque, Sr., Keith Long, Pauline Macedo, Jessica Medeiros, Vincent Medeiros, Louis Miller, Daniel Mitchell, Michael Moniz, Ryan Mooney, Monique Morrissette, Jill Napert, Mary Noone, Patricia Pasternak, Cathleen Paulson, Brian Pepin, Scott Pepin, Philip Pereira, Ann Perreira, Nancy Pires, Father Michael Racine, Sister Celine Teresa Rainville, Kevin Raposo, Nancy Raposo, Tanya Raposo, Jennifer Rezendes, Christine Riding, Kathleen Rioux, Janice St. Laurent, Maria Sa'Pimental, Debra Sardinha, Maria Elena Sardinha, Raegan Shaughnessy, Daniel Silva, Bethany Soares, Kenneth Stein, William Sylvia, Richard Szpala, Normand Tetrault, Jr., Katherine Vargas, M. Christine Vargas, Sarah Vargas, SCQtt Waite, Margaret Zammit and Nicholas zammit.

Prayer BlOX Blessed Mother, Let us, your children, experience grace, softness and a gentle appreciation of life. In everything we see the Father and through everything we can know Him. Please teach us to be givers and to recognize our reward in the quiet whispers with which He speaks to us. Amen.


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Letters Welcome Letters to the editor are welcomed. AU letters should be brief and the editor reserves the right to condense any letters if deemed necessary. AU letters must be signed and contain a home or business address.

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Office of the Permanent Diaconate 500 Slocum Road, North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2930 Telephone 508-993-9935 FAX 508-993-9950 This is a reminder that August 31st is the closing date for men to apply for the new Permanent Diaconate Class. It is the intention of the Permanent Diaconate Office to commence the full screening process in the fall.

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A SENDOFF PARTY was held recently for Sister M. Florence Gilmore, OP (shown third from left) administrator of the Rose Hawthorne Home in Fall River for terminally ill patients. She is leaving her post shortly and will be superior of her community's home in Atlanta, Ga. Also in photo (from left) are Sister Edwin, director of nurses; Sister Maureen Connolly, Op, new superior for the house; and Sister Rosaria, administrator. At left, staff, friends and patients on hand for the festivities enjoy sampling the array of foods. About 60 people attended the function, organized by Jackie Juttlestad, activities director. (Anchor/Mills photos)

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OFFICIAL The Most Reverenp Sean O'Malley, O.EM. Cap., Bishop of Fall River, has accede~ to the request of the Very Reverend Mark L. Curesky, Minister Provincial of the Conventual Franciscan Friars of Saint Anlhony of Padua Province, and has made the following assignments: The Reverend Da~id Slopyra, OFM Conv., Pastor, Holy Rosary Parish, Taunton .. The Reverend CyrIl Augustyn, OFM Conv., Parochial Vicar, Holy Rosary Parish, Taunton. I I

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During the past five years our diocese has witnessed the opening of two new Catholic grammar schools, and a Catholic parish middle school, as well as major expansion of a diocesan high school and a grammar school. . These facts validate the. national trend of renewal of Catholic schools. It's important for us to note this trend as we prepare for the upcoming school year. For example, Catholic per school enrollment has increased nearly' 220 percent in a 10-year period. Only .since last year there has been an increase of nearly 11,000 students across the nation. From this number we derive an important statistic. Minorities in Catholic schools number one in every four students. It is also noted that nonCatholics now represent 13.5% of the enrollment in Catholic schools. In an outreach to the entire community, over 4,200 Catholic schools offer extended care programs. More and more, Catholic schools are a vital witness to lay ministry in the Church. Ninety-two percent of Catholic school teachers are laymen and women, onen sacrificing a great deal in their support of Catholic education. Because of such dedication, the quality of Catholic schools continues to be outstanding,· both with regard to teaching and discipline. Overall, the present ratio of students to teachers in Catholic schools for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade is 17: 1, breaking down to 19:1 in elementary schools, 15:1 in middle schools and 14:1 in secondary schools. In many areas schools have waiting lists, even though over the past four years total nationwide enrollment has increased by almost 79,000 students. Dr. Leonard DeFiore, president of the National Catholic Educational Association, feels that Catholic schools are experiencing a true renaissance. This indeed is good news because it reflects a rebirth in mission. The mandate for the Church to teach is biblical. The Lord Himself told all in the church family "to go and teach." The Church, in fulfilling this divine instruction, is concerned with the whole of life; which is why she has an important role to play in the progress and spread of education. Time and time again, she reminds parents of their inalienable duty and right to educate their children, emphasizing that right includes the enjoyment of true freedom in their choice of schools. But sad to say, in this country harsh and unjust measures have been enacted to restrict this freedom. "Choice" is not the rallying cry of the American Federation of Teachers and its congressional lobbyists; in fact, they have done their upmost to restrict parental choice; and parents who exercise this right of choice are usually punished by unfair taxation procedures. Indeed, much that is wrong in American education stems from the refusal to support parental choice. Public authority, which has the obligation to oversee and defend the liberties of citizens, should see to it that parents are genuinely able to follow their consciences, free from duress or hardship. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the American way. Our close to three million Catholic students are often relegated by the state to the status of second-class citizens because of their parents' choice of schools. This restrictive policy is not democratic, never mind constitutional, despite the mind-set of the American Federation of Teachers in this regard. It is important to call to mind that the common welfare of society depends chiefly on the protection of rights. Maintenance of the right to religious freedom devolves upon the people as a whole, upon social groups and of course on government. Certainly protection and promotion of rights is an essential duty of the latter. It should create conditions favorable to the effective exercise of rights; and the right to educational choice should not be tokenism. It should be a national priority.

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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER Published weekly by The Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River P.O. BOX 7 887 Highland Avenue Fall River. MA 02722·0007 Fall River. MA 02720 Telephone 508-675·7151 FAX (508) 675·7048 Send address changes to P.O. Box 7 or call telephone number above

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A DEPICTION OF JESUS CALMING THE WATERS WAS SCULPTED IN SAND AT A DELAWARE BEACH . . BY RANDY HOFFMAN, NOTED FOR HIS RELIGIOUS ART.

"He said to them, 'Where is your courage? How little faith you have?' Then he stood up and took the winds and the sea to task. Complete calm ensued..•" Mt 8:26

Living a life hidden in God By CINDY WOODEN VATICAN CITY (CNS) - On the hill overlooking St. Peter's Basilica, the feast day of St. Clare of Assisi ended with juice and cookies being passed through a revolving cupboard. Through a wooden screen, Archbishop Giovanni Battista Re, the Vatican's assistant secretary of state, offered his best wishes to the Poor Clare nuns on the Aug. II feast of their founder. The eight contemplative nuns have lived in Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican gardens since May 1994 at the invitation of Pope John Paul II. The pope established the monastery to host a strictly cloistered community dedicated to "the ministry of prayer, adoration, praise and reparation" in silence and solitude "to support the Holy Father in his daily care for the whole church." Erecting the monastery as a sign of the important place of contemplative orders at the heart of the church, the pope said he would invite different cloistered orders to live, work and pray there for a period of five years. He asked the Poor Clares to serve the first five years, and he called Abbess Chiara Cristiana Stoppa from Assisi, Italy, to be the first superior. In accordance with the pope's wishes, the members of the monastery come from various countries to represent the universality of the church. In addition to the abbess, there are two other Italian nuns, a Croatian from BosniaHerzegovina, a Rwandan, a Nicaraguan, a Canadian and a Filipina. Pope John Paul could not personally welcome the nuns to their

new home in May 1994 because he was in the hospital recovering from surgery to repair a broken leg. Instead, he joined the nuns for evening prayer the following November for the feast of All Saints. In addition to presiding over the service in their chapel, he entered the usually off-limits cloister to visit their small library, where he spoke privately with the sisters. He told them to love contemplation, to live joyfully and to pray unceasingly for the needs of the church and for peace in the world. A small sign in calligraphy posted under the doorbell advises visitors that the Poor Clares recite the Liturgy of the Hours for the pope's intentions at 10 set times between 5:40 a.m. and midnight every day. Their simple, sparsely decorated chapel is open to visitors every day from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The mission of Mater Ecclesiae Monastery is not simply to be a place of prayer at the geographical heart of the church, Abbess Chiara said. "We.are here to live the heart of the church, which is total dedication to God," she said. ''This nourishes the whole life of the church," the abbess said. "Food is a simple thing, but it is essential for the body. In the same way, the church needs some people who are completely dedicated to this way of life, giving all to the Lord in a visible, corporal way. "Our mission of total dedication to God is not just an interior attitude that can be and is done in the midst of the world by many holy p~ople," Ab- " bess Chiara said. The role of contemplative communities in the church is very specific, she said, adding that little Mater Ecclesiae Monastery was designed to be a light shining on the Vatican hill. The nuns' cells, their workroom,

kitchen and refectory are housed in the remodeled Gardener's House, tucked up against an early 13th-century Vatican wall. The dusty-rose brick chapel, sacristy and tiny reception room were added to the house in preparation for its new role. A sloping lawn gives passersby a clear view of the chapel, but the house is surrounded by a fence and thick shrubs enclosing a garden. The nuns' lives revolve around reciting the Liturgy of the Hours and perform i ng manual labor in silence. They grow vegetables and flowers for Vatican altars in their garden, do calligraphy for certificates of papal blessing and sew for the sacristy of St. Peter's Basilica. With the exception of other Vatican residents who come to their chapel to pray, Abbess Chiara said the nuns have very little contact with people outside the cloister. Their witness to the importance of total dedication to God in prayer "is largely a hidden sign, but it leads ·people to ask questions, important questions," she said. But sY!TIbolism is not the point of their being in the Vatican. "It would be too little to be just a sign," th-e abbess said. At the latest feast day Mass, Archbishop Re told the nuns: "You live a life hidden in God. Have trust in the way you have followed Christ, totally consccrated ~o God in prayer and silence." ~


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Catholics back joint declaration

By JERRY FILTEAU

I , The assembly voted 958-25 to WASHINGTON (<;;NS) approve the Catholic-Lutheran The churchwide assem~ly of the "Joint Declaration on JustificaEvangelical Lutheran Church in tion," through which the Catholic America declared Aug!. 19 that' Church and subscribing Lutheran Lutherans and Catholics share a churches are seeking to articulate common understanding pf justifi- officially and authoritatively "a cation by faith, the central doctri- common understanding of our jusnal 'issue over which they split tification by God's grace through nearly 500 years ago. : faith in Jesus Christ." The chief Catholic ecumenical The vote came near tne end of one of the most ecumenically sig- representative at the Aug. 14-20 asnificant national meetings in sembly, Bishop Alexander J. ELCA history. Just the day be- Brunett of Helena, Mont., called fore, the I,OOO-plus voting assem- the joint declaration "both momenbly members who were: gathered tous and modest" - a historic step in Philadelphia approv~d a pro- toward full communion but "only posal declaring "full communion" one step." with three churches: the PresbyThe declaration does not claim terian Church (U.S.A.)i the Re- to cover "all that either church formed Church in America and the teaches about justification." But it United Church of Christ: The vote says it "does encompass a consenwas 839-193. sus on basic truths of the doctrine Then they narrowly qefeated a of justification and shows that the similar but separate proposal that remaining differences in its expliwould have established full com- cation are no longer the occasion munion with the U.S. J;:piscopal for doctrinal condemnations." It says that as a result of deeper Church. The vote - 684 for, 351 against-was a clear majority, but understanding achieved through six'votes short of the two-thirds years of dialogue, Lutherans do not approval needed to passl it. find in Catholic teaching today, nor The covenant with the three do Catholics find in Lutheran churches of the Refon~ed tradi- teaching today, the doctrinal errors tion - already approved'earlier by condemned by their respective each of those churches ~ means churches in the 16th century. Approval by the ELCA that each recognizes the; others as churches in which the Gospel is churchwide assembly marked the rightly preached and the sacra- beginning of a process by which ments rightly administer~d. Under the 123 member churches of the it, mutual sharing in t~e Lord's Lutheran World Federation will inSupper and exchange oflministers dependently evaluate and officially is possible. I endorse or reject the joint declaraThe failed vote on a Lutheran- tion, which was put in final form Episcopal concordat brqught evi- earlier this year. dent pain to many in the assemThe ELCA, with 5.2 million bly. The following day Ithey nar- members, is the second-largest rowly defeated a petition to recon- body in the federation and the secsider the vote immediately, but ond to act on the declaration. The they adopted a resolutioT) reaffirm- Church of Sweden, the world's ing their interim eucharistic shar- largest Lutheran church body, aping agreement with Episcopalians proved the declaration in principle and calling for work to: reach an last year, when its final drafting agreement of full communion by was not yet finished. Lutheran World Federation 1999.

Weekly General Audience Message Pope John Paul II I

Dear brothers and, sisters, Continuing our cat~chesis on the Blessed Virgin Mary, we note that the Second Vatican Council affirms that the church, contemplating Mary's sarletity and imitating her eltample, "preserves with virginal purity an integral faith, a firm hope and a sincere love" ("Lumen Gentiurp," Slf J. This is precisely what St. Augustine refers to as "virginity of the spirit" ("Traetatus in evangelium J oannes" 13, 12 J. Mafy constitutes a special model of the chaste life lived out of love fc?r the Lord. Thus, she inspires all Christians - young and old, married and single - to rediscover the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit and to respect its noble nature and purity. "Virginity of the sp,irit" also means adhering to the faith in its integral fullness, resisting the temptation to accept only part of divine revelation or to give limited, personal interpretations to the word of God. Mary held fast, wholly and completely, to revealed truth. Throug~ her intercession, the church herself will do likewise, ever walking the path of love in the light of faith. I am pleased to el't,end special greetings to the English- speaking visitors present at tpday's audience, especially those from England, the United Arab Emirates, India, Pakistan, Japan and the United States. As I prepare to leave tomorrow for the World Youth Day in Paris, I ask your prayers for this important event. Upon all of you I invoke the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. I

. members represent about 57 million of the world's 60 million Lutherans. The largest nonaffiliated group is the Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod in the United States, which has about 2.6 million members. For official approval of the justification statement on the Catholic side, the Holy See has been consulting with national bishops' conferences throughout the world on successive drafts of the declaration and is currently engaged in evaluation of the final version. On the second day of the Aug. 14-20 ELCA assembly, Bishop Brunett, chairman of the U.S. Catholic bishops' Committee on Ecumenical and InterreligiousAffairs, addressed a standing-roomonly group at the first of two hearings to discuss the joint declaration. "Both Roman Catholics and Lutherans see this moment as one of grace," he said. He reminded them of Pope John Paul II's comment this July, in his message to the ninth Lutheran World Federation assembly in Hong Kong, that a Catholie-Lutheran statement of shared faith on justification "will be significant for the whole ecumenical movement" and "an enormous encouragement to the search for Christian unity." Bishop Brunett also recalled the contributions of the U.S. CatholicLutheran dialogue to the growth in mutual understanding leading up to the joint declaration. In the U.S. dialogue's landmark 1983 statement, "Justification by Faith," he said, "a firm foundation was laid for the theological content of this declaration, a foundation that has served our churches worldwide." In the joint declaration neither side repudiates its 16th- century condemnations of teachings then imputed to the other side; instead, they say together that today those condemnations "remain for us 'salutary warnings' to which we must attend in our teaching and practice." At the time of the Reformation, Catholic authorities saw in Luther's teaching on justification by faith alone a denial of the necessity or efficacy of good works by humans as part of God's plan of salvation. Lutherans saw in the Catholic teaching on meritorious works a denial of the absolute primacy of God and the absolute inability of any person to merit justification by God or to attain salvation by his or her own abilities. In the joint declaration, a text of more than 9,000 words including its footnotes and endnotes, the signatory churches declare, "In faith we together hold the conviction that justification is the work of the triune God.... Together we confess: By grace alone, in faith in Christ's saving work and not because of any merit on 'our part, we are accepted by God and receive the Holy Spirit, who renews our hearts while equipping and calling us to good works." After an extended exposition of the differences that remain between Catholic and Lutheran

THE ANCHOR - Diocese of Fall River - Fri., Aug. 22, 1997 teachings, the declarationTeaffirms the fundamental agreement and says: "In light of this consensus the remaining differences oflanguage, theological elaboration and emphasis in the understanding ofjus-

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tification ... are acceptable. Therefore the Lutheran and the Catholic explications of justification are in their difference open to one another and do not destroy the consensus regarding basic truths."

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news Briefs Blurring arguments on assisted suicid.8i ... PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) - Opponents .of doctor-assisted suicide say Gov. John Kitzhaber is blurring arguments surrounding the controversial iss.ue, ~hich this November comes up for a second vote. In early August, the Democratic governor, a former emergency room··physician, told' The Orego.. nian daily newspaper that he supports assisted suicide, even though he voted against 1994's Measure 16, which legalized the practice in. the state. The governor cast assisted suicide as a matter of patient choice, saying ,he thinks it unethical to prolong a death. Suicide foes counter,saying tilEd Oregon's Death with Dignity Act calls for ending a patient's life, not simply halting medical procedures. .

South African church wants to cancel debt CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) - South African church leaders have urged cancellation of international debt, saying the repayment of money borrowed by the apartheid government is severely hampering South Africa's development. At a lecture in Cape Town organized by the archdioce~~Q justice and peace commission, Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndugane of Cape Town said South Africa and other developing countries "have an albatross around ttleir necks as they struggle to keep pace with the demand for debt repayments." Mike Pothier, coordinator of the Cape Town justice and peace commission, said South Africans are in the ironic position of being expected to pay back money borrowed largely for the purpose 'of oppressing them.

Vote to keep religion in school ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland (CNS) - Newfoundland's bishops said they are counting on the support of parishioners in the church's longstanding battle over religious education rights in the province. "A 'Yes' vote is for schools where God is left at the door," the four bishops said in a letter read in the parishes the weekend of Aug. 9-10. "A 'Yes' vote is for a secular public school system. A 'No' vote is a vote for keeping religion in our schools," they said. It is also a vote for "keeping the cross oil the wall, the Bible in the classroom and the school names we have come to cherish."

Orthodox leader to visit ·U.S. BALTIMORE (CNS) - Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, will spend nearly a month in the United States begirining Oct. 19. "Patriarch Bartholomew has this in common with Pope John Paul II. He loves to travel;' said Archbishop Spyridon, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, at a Baltimore press conference Aug. 12. The patriarch's U.S. visit will include meeting President Clinton at the White House, a liturgy at Madison Square Garden in New York with some 20,000 Orthodox Christians, and a "service of prayer and praise" at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumpt.ion in Baltimore, the first Catholic cathedral built in the United States.:' .

Clinton issues 'religious IreedOiD guide" WASHINGTON (CNS) - Federal employees in their workplaces may wear religious emblems, discuss religion and invite fellow workers ·to join their faith under new religious freedom guidelines President Clinton sent Aug. 14 to heads of all federal agencies. The guidelines say.that if employees can get together in a cafeteria at lunch to discuss politics or sports, they can't be barred from using the lSame, time and space to discuss the Bible or· th~ Koran. A0r'l0uncingthe guidelines at a press conference in. the Old E;xeclitive Office Building, Clinton said, "Religious freedom is at the heart· of what it means to bean American:' .

New relaxed rules lor widowed deacons

VATICAN CITY (CNS) ~ The Vatican has relaxed some of its rules for releasing priests from the obligation of celibacy and for allowing widowed permanent deaconlS to marry again. The rules make it much easier for deacons to marry while continuing their ministry. It also eases the process for laicization of priests who marry in civil ceremonies but who later are in danger of death. The' new rules also make it clear that while the Vatican usually does not consider laicization requests from priests under age 40, it will do so "when grave scandal is present:' ", ..

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Can God and science mix? solute space and time and changed all former views of what his colleagues called ''the fabric of the universe." In recent years, several eminent physicists have acknowledged that their discoveries seem to point to the .conclusion that we and all of creation are not here by accident. All has been designed by a supernatural architect.

Do you ever feel as if a series ofevents is sending you a message? Over a few recent days, everything I came across had to do with outer space, the cosmos, extraterrestriallife, quantum theory, God in history and whether science and religion are friends or foes. It was a barrage: the incredible photos from Mars, followed by speculation about water that used to be there and the life it might have contained; an episode of 'The X-Files" with strange visitors from outer space; an article in the Sunday NewYork Times magazine titled 'The Cosmos According to Darwin" about physicist Lee Smolin's radical theory that "black holes and bubble universes hold the key to life, beauty and us"; and a review of "Contact," a movie abqut communicating with aliens in other galaxies. Then, coincidentally, when I was standing at one of my bookcases a book fell out, followed by another. In the first I had inserted a clipping of an interview with a Jesuit astrophysicist titled ''Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? - and Other Theological Questions." The second book was "Quarks, Chaos & Christianity, Questions to Science and Religion," by John Polkinghorne, a physicist and Anglican priest. So I ask, didn't all this mean I was supposed to write a column today on this subject? Actually, I have always been interested in these questions. I majored in chemistry and science in college and spent endless hours seeking to learn what was of science and what was of God. I reflected on Galileo's struggle with the church, which gave him such griefover his discoveries in astronomy. And I meditated on his belief that there is a book of Scripture and a book of nature, and that both were written by God. Thus, there is no conflict between God and science. Now physicists have made great strides, with much credit to - some might say with great confusion caused by - Albert Einstein, the great 20th-century physicist whose theories put permanent holes in the notions of ab-

By Antoinette Bosco

This is a modem version of one ofSt. ThomasAquinas' arguments for the existence of God: the argument from design. It was'the clincher for me in my youth. When I graduated from the College of St. Rose, the study of science had convinced me there is a God. When scientists as eminent as Sir John Eccles, a Nobel laureate in physiology, argue that every scientific discovery points to incredible mysteries and harmonies that could only come from a divine hand, what I long ago discovered is affirmed. No matter what mysteries of creation are unraveled by science, none will ever disprove God. Rather, each new discovery only points up all the more the genius of the Creator. There is no contradiction between science and religion. As Polkinghorne put it: "Our scientific explorations are insights into the rational order with which God has endowed his universe. Our experiences of beauty are a sharing in his joy of creation.... Our religious experiences are encounters with his hidden presence.... We are God's creatures."

Uncooperative children Dear Mary: I have two children, ages 10 and 7, and they are out 'of control. When we ask them to do something, they say no. When we order them to do something, they ignore us. I know we need to get control before they get older. - Massachusetts You are right to recognize that unless you want to have a very difficult time with adolescents, you need to gain control now. Reasserting parental control is more difficult than maintaining steady control . throughout. Approach this task by following these basic guidelines: Start small, define your objectives specifically, follow through. Failure to follow these three guidelines probably accounts for most breakdowns in discipline. Start small. Pick those things about your children's behavior which bother you most. Select only one or two areas to discipline. Do'you want them to do household chores? Keep rooms neat? Complete homework? Define your objectives. This task is much more difficult than it first appears. You needlo pick behaviors that arespeci flc, that are. under the control of you and your children, and that you can observe and measure. Here are some ex~mples of poor objectives: Get good grades (not under your control); be respectful to your parents (not specific, cannot .be measured); keep your room neat (not defined specifically enough to measure.) : Here are some objective"s you might set if they are important to you: Work at homework one hour per night Sunday through Thursday; make bed, and pick' up clothing on the floor each morning before school;· clean room by completing a checklist of tasks each week before noon on Saturday; take out tras~ every evening after dinner. Follow through. Giving a direction or an order to a child is like a contract. Each time you give an order, you must take the time and make the effort to see that it is carried out. If one of your children is responsible for taking out trash each night after dinner, then each night one parent must see that the task is completed. If your child forgets or refuses, the parent must physically accompany the child to pick up the trash container, take it outside and deposit it. No shouting. No begging. No threats. Most children will feel so silly being accompanied by a parent when theY' take out the trash that they will begin to do the job alone. Continue to monitor each evening. Since you are trying to regain control, there isno .

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point proposing these changes. Simply announce the one or two chores or responsibilities you expect from them. Ignore protests or refusals, but listen to objections. Their objections might give you clues about structuring the task. For example, if one child observes,

Family Talk With Dr. James & Mary Kenny "You're never here Saturday mornings," then you cannot schedule room cleaning for that time because you cannot monitor it. If your children object that they do not have homework every night, you might first verify with the school how much homework is being given. On homeworkfree nights you might assign your own alternative learning activity, preferably something fun and interesting. Drawing, craft work or a family game of Scrabble might qualify. , Obviously there is much more to discipline of children than giving orders. Establishing and maintaining control requires work. Follow the three guidelines until your children are doing the one or two things you require. Continue to use the guidelines whenever you add more responsibility throughout their growing years.

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The nature of mystery Q. In your column some weeks ago you say that heD is at least theoretically possihle, but we don't know if anybody is there. It seems that fear or heD is not one of your favorite pastoral incentives. You quoted the pope as asking whether a God wbo loved us so much could permit anyone to be "condemned to eternal tor-

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pao;;toral incentives, as it was not for Jesus. He warned us to be watchful, that God's invitations were refused only with great loss and suffering. But his constant. predominant appeals were to our own

faith and trust in bim, and to the love of his and our heavenly Father. which appeared among us in and through Jesus himself.

Is God everywhere or what? I was standing in our driveway yesterday holding the starter pull rope from the lawn mower in my hand and thinking maybe I should start a new spiritual

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flower: flying kites, climbing onto your roof for fun.

I was holding the starter handle because Ijust had yanked it totally free of the mower - "ka-toing" chord and all. The reason I was mowing the lawn is because I could not go into town to work on a project there because my little work truck (nicknamed Tonka) would not start. Dead battery. Might as well do something. The reason I could not charge the battery is because oldest son had burrowed the charger last week and taken it to his place. He was not home. I laughed. Certainly this was a message from God for me to contemplate his cosmic sense of humor. I did. He's funny. It became clear. I must consider founding a "Spirituality of Cosmic Silliness," or better yet - the "He

coloring in coloring books, eating mashed potatoes.

Be Where You Be" divine awareness movement. Disciples could be called He-Be Jeebees. I read where Eastern and Western contemplation folks are always comparing notes on how best to put themselves into contact with the divine, into sync with God - into some kind of oooey-gooey oneness with creation, God, the Spirit (yahda, yahda, yahda). Well, we He-Be Jeebees would have just one mantra word: "duh." This is short for, "Well, of course, God is all around us and with us and present to us at all times. for Pete's sake. We all know that. We're just too dense to realize it most the time." Dub. We would develop spiritual exercises that help us focus on divine ubiquitousness. For example. loading a squirt gun. Then shooting someone with i t . · . Just the acl of loading the squirt gun makes yoo smile and feel ooey-gooey, to say nothing of the divine joy of shooting, say, your oldest son. Another example: playing horseshoes. If playing horseshoes with your buddies isn't a great way to know God was serious about that "where two of you" stuff, I don't know what is. And when you make a spectacular "ringer," you can boast, "Is God good, or what?" Duh. One of the He-Be Jeebees' ministries could be constructing horseshoe pits around the wurld, notably in weedy vacant lots in the inner city. An indoor equivalent spiritual-awareness exercise we might encourage is pinochle or even cribbage.

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tery, particularly a myslery of faith, by denying or minimizing one part and exaggerating the other. The balancing act may not be comfortable, or as neat as we would like, but that's the nature of mys-

ment." Yet the pope also says in the same book ("Crossing tbe Thresbold of Hope") that Matthew's Gospel speaks clearly of those who wiD go to eternal punisbment. Your attempt to portray the pope as being soft on beU by quoting bim out of context is most unfortunate. You say we don't know it anyone is in heD. The same argument cotild1lesatd about heaven. Have you ever met anyone who bas been there? Was anyone ever good enough to see God in beaven? (indiana) A. Can you really envision Pope John Paul II as "soft"' on anything important? Far from being soft, he was making clear that, in this malter of achieving salvation. we are dealing with a mystery, and we must be careful to treat it as such. A mystery is simply a combination of two or more facts which we know to be true, but which seem to be incompatible, to cancel each other out. How can there be three divine persons, each of them God. but only one God? How can Jesus be the infinite, all-perfect God and at the same time perfectly human, with all the imperfections that implies except sin? How can something which hy every ordinary criterion is a simple piece of bread be the body of Christ? There are even a multitude of natural mysteries. How can an object, which to all human appearances is a totally inert thread of glass. conceal movements conveying a billion particles of energy and power? No one really understand that either. At any rate, one cannot attempt to "solve" a mys-

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I suppose we'd have to be careful not to claim too many things as devotional practices of the He Be Where You Be divine awareness movement. Or people would be accusing us of trying to find God in just about everything we do. Duh.

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1884, Rev. Peter J.B. Bedard, Founder, Notre Dame, Fall River 1962, Very Rev. James F. Gilchrist, CPM VG., Vicar General of the Congregation of the Fatbers of Mercy 1987, Msgr. James E. Gleason. Retired Pastor, St. Patrick, Falmouth August2S 1974, Rev. Joseph F. Hanna, Founder. Holy Cross, South Easton August 27 1960, Rt. Rev. Franciscu C. Bettencourt, Paslor, Santo Christo, Fall River 1978, Rev. Msgr. Hugh A. Gallagber, Pastor Emeritus, St. James, New Bedford Aognst29 t92 t, Rev. Joseph DeVillandre, DO, Founder, Sacred Heart, North Attleboro 1975, Msgr. William H. Harrington, Retired Pastor, Holy Name, Fall River

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Fri., Aug. 22, 199'7

WASt-lINGTON. D.C.-The opening of a new school year provides an

exceDent opportunity for familes to focus on creating practices and traditions in preparation for the Great Jubilee 2000.

The fall edition of The Family Piece, an NCEA newsletter, suggests six practices and traditions which families can begin at home: Breaking bread together. The Holy, Spirit nurtures life, love, and unity. Bread is a natural symbol for life and breaking bread together is a symbol in many cultures for unity and love. In fact, "breaking bread" is an early Christian name for the Eucharist.

On Sundays or other special days, bake or buy a loaf of unsliced bread or a large tortilla or other kind of bread. Place the bread on a white or colored cloth or napkin in the center of the dinner table. Before eating. a parent or another adult holds his hands over the loaf and asks God's blessing on the

bread and all who share it. He or she then breaks off a piece of the bread, holds it up and offers a prayer of thanks to God for whatever he or she feels especially thankful for that day, eats a piece of the bread and then passes th"" 1...... ..,( ......h ... ."... ,,+

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the table, all join and pray the Our Father. Sunday Bibie sharing' Sunday is a special day of rest, reflection, prayer and family - sometimes difficult accomplish in taday's hectic world. Consider spending a few minutes after breakfast or dinner talking about the scripture

readings and the homily presented during the Liturgy of the Word. Or you may wish to achieve a better understanding of Sunday's readings by discussing them on Friday or Saturday. Colors of the seasons: During the liturgical year, the Church reminds us of the "seasons" of Christ's life and our own (birth, death, health, sickness, success, and failure) by changing liturgical colftlrs. These liturgical seasons can

help us reflect more deeply and enter more meaningfully into Iife's passages. Select ,3 central place in your home to exhibit the color of each season: Advent-violet; Christmas season-white: Lent-violet; Easter season-white and

Ordinary tiime-green. Use colored cloth or poster board or you might use the liturgical color as background for personal or family mementos, flowers, reli-

gious symbols, or art work If you spend time each day at your computer at home or work change the color of your screen-saver each season to ap-

proximate the color of the Church season. Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Christians down through the centuries have experienced the effects or fruits of the Spirit's presence in their lives. The Catechism of the Catholic Church cites twelve "fruits of the Spirit" as traditional charity, peace, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, self-control, joy, patience, goodness, gentleness. modesty, and chastity.

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of the Holy Spirit. Select one dove each month and talk about the meaning of the fruit of

the Spirit identified on that dove, thinking of how to practice that virtue. Family Heroe5' We best leam of the presence of the Spirit from people's lives. In contrast to taday's cultural glamorization of athletes or entertainers as heroines or heroes, draw attention periodically to the family's closer to home ~saints" with a small "5." Some are alive, while others may be long

dead, but remain part of the family and Church community. Use photo albums or videotapes to reca" and celebrate family members.

Celebrate birthdays by taking time to talk about the good qualities of the individual being honored. Spirit of Compassion and Justice, As Jesus began his ministry, he announced to his astonished family, friends. and neighbors in Nazareth that tht

Lords Spirit had anointed him to reach out to the poor and the blind. to captives and the oppressed (Luke 4,14-21). The Gospels show how he carried out that mission of compassion and justice. To respond to the Spirit's call to share in Jesus' mission, visit nursing homes and soup k~tchcns, not as "tourists" but as caring, helpful friends. Work in an ongoing way with individuals or groups who need aid, e.g. immigrants, the

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Finding the Holy Spirit

Cathol ic School teachers receiving training • over the wi re WASHINGTON, D.C.-As millions of Catholic school students return to classes this fall. many of their teachers also will be hitting the books-but in an innovative way. Serve Our Schools. a nonprofit educational corporation training Catholic school teachers, is using technology to build an interactive distance learning network that is serving as a "virtual pulpit" across North America. "We face unprecedented challenges to educate the younger generations," said Monsignor John Jordan, Serve Our Schools' executive director. "Through satellite courses supplemented by audioconferencing services, we're reaching Catholic school teachers across the United States and Canada." Serve Our Schools offers six courses to orient and train teachers. Course designers work with the University of Notre Dame's Golden Dome Productions to prepare the presentations for broadcast. They are then broadcast live via satelilite directly into the school buildings where teachers work. A network MCI audioconferencing bridge enables teachers to ask questions of the instructor. even after the satellite broadcast has ended. 'The Serve Our Schools initiative is a good example of one technology supporting another." said Philip Knell. president and general manager of network MCI Conferencing. "While the satellite broadcast allows teachers to see the presenter, audioconferencing is the link that makes the courses truly interactive." Through donated services. 1200 teachers across the United States and Canada were able to dial into a recent audioconference call. While the instructor was presenting, the rest of the audioconference was in "listen only" mode, so that the only person who could be heard was the presenter. Participants signaled when they wanted to ask a question via their touch tone keypads. Serve Our Schools works in partnership with the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). which includes membership from all sectors of Catholic education in the United States and Canada. NCEA provides expertise in the basic mission of Catholic schools, assists in identifying presenters and participants for the courses, and helps provide infonnation on the programs to dioceses, religious orders. chief administrators and teachers in Catholic education. Serve Our Schools' mission is to train Catholic school teachers in their work of evangelizing young Catholics. This mission is accomplished through interactive satellite learning delivered to local Catholic schools.

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Fri., Aug. 22, 1997

Stepping out of incivility By

FATHER EUGENE HEMRICK

A couple I have known for years just broke up, and I must admit I thought it was coming. During meals the husband or the wife would viciously cut the other down. It was like being on a battlefield. Incivility has reached such a point in society that we now have organizations solely devoted to monitoring it. Civil discourse was the topic of a recent panel discussion at the Woodstock Theological Center in Washington. Representatives of the media, government and the field of research discussed this concern. Their comments apply equally to homes, government, the business world and the church. What causes incivility? How can it be curtailed? Incivility occurs when people are disposed to approach the discussion of issues as a battle between truth and falsehood. This is the attitude that a discussion is a competition in which someone must win. An adversarial posture is assumed, pUlting the other person on the defensive. What is needed is an appreciation for collaboration. The goal of a discussion is not to defeat someone, but to champion truth and to explore it together. Interestingly, the field of psychology has devised a system to uncover relationships that encourage or hinder civility. The system works by asking how you feel in the presence of another. -Do you feel you are in a child-to-parent relationship in which someone always is in need of correction? -Dr, is it like an aduIt-to-adult relationship in which two people mutually have faith in each other and function as equals? Pope Paul VI captured the essence of an adult-to-adult relationship when he reminded us that dialogue is our most powerful means of creating church unity and that to use dialogue effectively we need to be humble and kind. Humility requires that we know our shortcomings and act maturely. Kindness encourages us to maintain a mature and respectful disposition toward another So that the best is brought out in him or her. Among factors behind the current incivility in society are the six-second media messages and lQ-second coverage of news developments, according to the Woodstock panel. Ours is an age of short, quick answers to important questions. And this encourages us to jump to conclusions and to speak without thinking, or to say bombastic things in order to capture attention. Think about it! Is anything more insulting than to ask a wellthought question and receive a curt, thoughtless response? Pope Paul VI reminded us that good dialogue also requires clarity. We need to think through what we say before we say it and avoid conveying the sense that we have no time to talk. I would say that dialogue is the art of patiently choosing words so that they don't come across as bombshells or lack sincerity. The Woodstock panel unanimously felt that the better people know each other, the better their chance ofavoiding incivility. One U.S. representative told of an effort to achieve civility on Capital Hill. It seems a bipartisan retreat was organized, with a number of Democrats and Republicans going off together by train to Hershey, Pa. The train ride and time on retreat gave them an opportunity to . get to know each other as persons, not opponents. "Once you know somebody, it's a lot tougher to criticize" that person, the panelist said. I might add that Christ chose to bring peace by nurturing friendship and care among members of the human family. 禄.

FATHER MARTIN GOETZ poses with cut-out figures of "Star Trek, the Next Generation" characters Lt. Data and Captain Jean-Luc Picard. The Clinton, Iowa, priest has collected hundreds of pieces of memorabilia from his favorite science fiction series. (eNS/Stewart photo)

Priest sees message in "Star Trek" By STEVE STEWART CLINTON, Iowa (CNS) - His Clinton parish office overflows with hundreds of pieces of "Star Trek" paraphernalia but his interest in the series goes beyond his vast collection. Father Martin Goetz says the show's story lines show a possihle future where humanity has learned to cooperate ins~d of destroy, not unlike the vision路thristiims share. "Star Trek is a world full of hope," Father Goetz told The Catholic Messenger, newspaper of the Davenport Diocese. Although be started his collection, most of it has been given to him by parishioners and friends. Father Goetz said that once people found out about his interest the gifts began flowing. His items include paraphernalia from the "Next Generation" series and its spin-off series, the Star Trek movies and the original television shows. There is everything from life size cutouts of Star Trek characters to lighted paperweights ofthe Starship Enterprise that play the Star Trek theme song. He has the Star Trek encyclopedia and a latex mask of the android Data, a character from the Next GenenItion series, not to mention coffee mugs, posters, action figures, pins and bumper stickers. Though he has other hobbies, such as running, be said gathering Star Trek memorabilia is "a passion."

"So. yes, I'm a Trek addict:' he added with a laugh. The 3I-Year-<lldpriest said his interest in Star Trek began in 1991. At first he hated the series, he recalled. B,n after watching a fewepisodes at the insistence of friends he

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depth to the program than he had realized at first. In the Star Trek universe people have risen above much of what is negative in the world today. People work together for the betterment of humanity instead ofcompeting to attain wealth and power. They respect the environment and there is no poverty or starvation. Father Goetz said he thinks this idealistic world could be the world

of the future. "I believe in the goodness of people, and I do have a lot of hope for the future," he said. When he sees children helping out in the community, and parishes coming together to help others, he said that's when he can really see the possibilities portrayed in Star Trek taking life. Star Trek makes him think, he said. And themes from the series often find their way into his homilies. For example in one homily he drew on the theme of the fifth Star Trek movie, 'The Final Frontier," even though he, like many Trekkies, didn't like that particular movie. In 'The Final Frontier;' the crew of the Enterprise travels to the center of the universe on a search for God. When they get there they don't find God, but discover another truth - they learn the importance oftreating each other with love and respect. "Isn't that what we should all be doing?' he asked, searching for God and loving one another. One time he drew on a TV episode where a character named Worf was debating whether to take his own life.

Mostly, he said, he just uses concepts from the series to illustrate a point. "If something hits me, then I'll write it down and maybe use it one or two years later;' he said. Father Goetz said the "Next Generation" characters are inspiring for

him also. He calls Data and Captain Picard his heroes. Data, as an android, is constantly searching for ways to become more human. That search for 路"humanness" is something Father Goetz admires because he thinks that's what everyone should be striving to reach. And "Picard has the heart of an explorer and the soul of the poe!.... I'd like to be remembered like that," he said. He said ifhe didn't think the examples from Star Trek were good ones, he wouldn't use them. He thinks people relate to the stories. A few people have raised eyebrows in the past about his interest in Star Trek, but be said once they get to know him they usually understand. 'They have to accept it, because that's who I am," be said. "I find that I'm a human firsl and a priest second."

Changes in Sacramentary WASHINGTON (CNS) - The U.S. bishops have approved the first new version of the Sacramentary, the book of prayer.; used at Mass, in more than a quarter-century. It must now be sent to Rome for confinnation. Here is an example of how Mass prayers will he changed when the new

Sacramentary is poblished. In the current Sacramentary, the opening prayer for the Third Sunday of Lent reads: "Father, you have taught us to

ress our weakness, and, when we are

bowed down by the knowledge ofour guilt, lift up our bearts with the assurance of your mercy. We ask this

through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever:' In addition, the new Sacramentary offers three alternative opening prayers for each Sunday or major

feast, drawing on themes from the readings of the day.

overcome our sins by prayer, fasting

The first alternative opening

and works of mercy. When we are discouraged by our weakness, give us

and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever

prayer for the Third Sunday of Lent, for Year A, reads: ''0 God, living and true, look upon your people, whose dry and stony hearts are parched with thirst. Unseal the living water of your Spirit; let it

and ever." In the revised Sacramentary the

spring, leaping up to etemallife. Thus

confidence in your love. We ask this

through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you

same prayer will read: "0 God, source of all mercy and gCKJ<1ness, in almsgiving, fasting and prayer you have shown us a remedy for sin. Listen with love as we con-

become within us an ever-flowing may we worship you in spirit and in

truth through Christ, our deliverance and hope, wbo lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, boly and might God for ever and ever."


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Chinese diocese has no bishop, few priests YUCI, China (CNS) - The only diocese in northern Shanxi province without a bishop finds that having only 10 priests is a big restraint to evangelization. China's Yuci Diocese has only five young and five elderly priests, including its 87-year-old Vaticanappointed administrator, Father Joseph Yang Leshan, reported UCA News, an Asian church news agency based in Thailand. Due to the shortage of church management personnel, the former church-run clinic in the Yuci city church compound has been closed, Father Charles Wang Dingyuan, 34, told UCA News Aug. 2. Several novices with medical training have had to give up their profession for the time being to work as administrators, the priest continued. The pending move of the current Yuci parish away from the central

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area of Yuci, 250 miles southwest' of Beijing, will also affect evangelization and pastoral activities negatively by making the church less accessible, Father Wang said. . Most Catholics in the city live near the present church, he noted. On the other hand, the new and bigger church, on which construction is under way and expected to be completed by the end of 1998, will be able to accommodate the local Catholic community. The existing parish church was formerly a chapel used by nuns and is too small to accommodate the hundreds of Catholics, especially during feast days. Yuci was separated from the Archdiocese of Taiyuan, and in 1932 it became an apostolic prefecture run by Italian Franciscans. It became a apostolic vicariate in 1944 and a diocese two years later. By 1953, all foreign missionaries were expelled. Under government administrative restructuring, a former northern area of Yuci Diocese in which Catholics were concentrated was placed under the gove~nment-ap足 proved Taiyuan Diocese, and the number of Catholics in the Diocese .of Yuci has dropped to about 20,000. '

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

Siberian Catholics celebrate new freedom NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia (CNS) - The first Catholic cathedral was inaugurated in Siberia at a Mass hosted by the region's apostolic administrator. In a message marking the occasion, Pope John Paul II called on Siberian Catholics to make full use of their recovered freedoms by cooperating more closely with Orthodox and other Christians: The inauguration of the newly built Transfiguration Cathedral and pastoral center in the regional capital, Novosibirsk, was held Aug. 10. Archbishop John Bukovsky, the . Vatican's Moscow-based nuncio to Russia, was principal celebrant at a Mass celebrating the event, which was attended by 11 bishops and 140 priests. Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, apostolic administrator of European Russia, also attended. The ceremony included the symbolic handover of keys to Bishop Joseph Werth, apostolic administrator of Siberia, and the installation of altar relics from Sts. Antoni Boboli, Rafal Kalinowski and Teresa of Lisieux. Archbishop Francis T. Hurley of Anchorage, Alaska, represented the National Conference of Catholic Bishops at the dedication. Benefactors ofthe new cathedral and adjoining pastoral center include dioceses, religious communities, lay organizations and individual Catholics, as well as the U.S. bishops' Office to Aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. Media reports said a group from the nearby Russian'Orthodox parish of St. Alexander Ne.vsky had attempted to disrupt the" Mass by distributing anti-Catholic leaflets. However, news media also re-

ported that Novosibirsk's Orthodox bishop had sent a friendly message, which was read during the Mass. Orthodox and Protestant representatives also attended the inauguration, together with an envoy from Russian President Boris yeltsin. The Transfiguration Cathedral on Gogol Street was initially dedicated Christmas Eve 1996 and will be the seat of 44-year-old Bishop Werth, an ethnic German who was appointed apostolic administrator of the world's largest Catholic Church region in May 1991. The adjoining pastoral center will also house a curia and seminary, as well as a residence for the bishop, who previously ministered from a rented high-rise apartment. Up to 2 million Catholics, mostly descended from Polish, German, Lithuanian and Ukrainian deportees, are believed to be living in Siberia. The region's 100 registered Catholic parishes, currently served by 64 priests and 69 nuns, stretch from the Ural Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, and each parish covers an average 75,000 square miles. Two U.S. Maryknoll priests, who were to remain in Russia as ,missionaries, accompanied Archbishop Hurley. The arrival of Maryknoll Fathers Ben Zweber and Ed Schoellmann, who were to ,be assigned to Khabarovsk, brought to six the number of American priests serving in far eastern Russia. The papal message said the his~ toric occasion could be'seen as c{)nfirming that Siberian Catholics were now able to "live in an atmosphere of regained freedom" after "heavy and painful persecution" under Soviet rule. ' However, he said, Catholics

should cooperate in spiritual rebuilding with Orthodox and other non-Catholic denominations that also experienced the effects of stateimposed atheism. "Spread over a boundless distance, isolated and persecuted, Siperian Catholics -were able to give a generous testimony of faith and ~ttachment to the pope in past years," the pope's message continued. , "The presence of a bishop, an heir to the Apostles, and the regaining of a visible identity by the people of God opens up a new opportunity for them, full of fervor for participating in the church's spiritual rebuilding." Preaching at the Mass, 'Bishop Werth said he hoped the 250-seat cathedral would also become a pilgrimage center in years ahead. He added that the building, whose foundation stone came from Rome's St. Peter's Basilica in 1993, was the first major Catholic building in Siberia, where Catholics have previously shared 18 small, mostly wooden churches and a handful of prayer houses. St'. Kazimierz Church in Novosibirsk, a city that originated with the building of the trans-Siberian railway in the'19th century, was consecrated in 1908 but destroyed under Soviet rule. The Jesuit order, whose Spiritual Development Center, founded in the early 1990s, is attended regularly by members of various denominations, also runs Novosibirsk's pre-seminary college and Catholic TV company and helps with administrative and pas- ' toral'duties for the apostolic administration. Bishop Werth is a Jesuit.

'Strawb'erry workers find Catholic support By MARK PAmSON WASHINGTON (CNS) Catholic support continues for California's strawberry workers, who are in the midst, of an ongoing fight to win union recognition and contracts. The National Catholic Rural Life Conference, based in Des Moines, Iowa, threw its support behind the strawberry workers at its recent national meeting. "Strawberry workers face child labor, fields treated with dangerous pesticides and sexual harassment in the fields. While, a few of the employers treat their workers well, many are mistreated," the rural life conference's resolution said. The resolution urged "growers, workers, cooler owners and union organizers to work toward just wages and improved working conditions for all strawberry workers." . The United Farm Workers filed a complaint with the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board Aug. 8, charging that at least four strawberry companies conspired to defraud, deceive and coerce strawberry workers, using a 'front group. The UFW complaint charges that the Agricultural Workers of America, while presenting itself as a worker organization, was created by the strawberry companies with the intent of rooting out- the UFW, said UFW President Arturo Rodriguez in an Aug. 8 telephone conference call. While Rodriguez voiced his hopes that the agricultural board

would take "some immediate action" on the union's charges, "I'm always hoping for the best. I'm always hoping for immediate action." According to a priest who has aided the UFW, the companies have warned the strawberry workers, who are overwhelmingly Catholic, that priests who come outto the fields to talk to them "are not real priests." Father John Pedigo, parochial vicar at St. John Vianney Parish in San Jose, Calif., told Catholic News Service that while he was not mentioned by name, he has been pointed out as having a questionable status. He said the situation has stirred deep c'Onfusion in the minds of strawberry workers. He recalled walking away after a conversation with some of the workers. "After I left, there was some discussion: 'Was he really a priest? waS he really a priest?''' Father Pedigo said. UFW organizers estimated 30 Catholic priests were helping in the cause to win representation and contracts for the strawberry pickers in'California, in addition to lay, people and deacons. There are about 12,000 to 13,000 strawberry workers in the Watsonville-Salinas area ofCalifornia. The state produces about threefourths of the nation's strawberries. The unionization drive got an assist from Bishop Sylvester D. Ryan of Monterey, Calif., in a pastoral statement issued shortly before a massive demonstration support-

ing the workers. Some 30,000 people came from around the nation for that rally in mid-April. While some growers treat their workers fairly, "it is clear there are employers and growers who consistently violate the rights of workers in the worst possible way," Bishop Ryan said. "Because of the way in which power is distributed in a free market economy, without the right to join a union workers sometimes may be - and in fact have been pressed into a choice between an inadequate wage and inhumane working conditions, or no wage at all," he added. "The right to freely join a union belongs then to every worker in an inalienable way morally as well as legally," the bishop said. Father Pedigo told CNS that the unionization drive is fundamentally about securing a place at the bargaining table for the strawberry workers. "All we're asking is that we have an open dialogue," he sai~, "so the workers can have some determination of their destiny." Father Pedigo said that until recently, some growers violated past agreements by refusing to rehire workers they believe are sympathetic to the union. The priest said his sense of solidarity keeps bringing him out to the fields"so ~e can say, 'Christ stands with you. You are the body of Christ,' so they can find their support from other people." .


Glendon to receive U.S. Catholic award CHICAGO (CNS) - lvlary Ann Glendon, a Harvard law professor who headed the Vatican delegation to the U.N.-sponsored women's conference in Beijing in '1995, has been chosen to receive the 1997 U.S. Catholic Award. The award, established ,in 1978, is given annually to recognize individuals who have made important contributions to issues facing women in the Catholic Church. Claretian Father Mark Brummel, editor of U.S. Catholic magazine, praised Glendon for her work "as an advocate for women ;and the family, advancing what she calls 'the real well-being of women' and giving a fresh and compelling voice to the persistent challenge with which the faithful have been struggling for years." : "Professor Glendon has approached these challenges with a vision that is committed tei finding common ground among divergent

views - a rare and significant gift that she never seems to tire of sharing," he added. The 1997 U.S. Catholic Award is to be presented to Glendon at a reception Aug. 25 in Chicago. She is a graduate of the undergraduate,

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BISHOP FEEHAN High School, Attleboro, girls' basketball captain, senior Monique Le Blanc of Cumberland, stands with her team at a recent basketball summer camp for area youth held at the school.

, EIGHTTO 12YEAR OLDS hit the field at Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River, for a summer soccer program. Connolly soccer coaches Anthony Presto and Dave Audet were impressed with the large turnout of children for the camp, the first of its kind for young children at the high school. At left, Chelsea Cousineau works on juggling the ball while Jason Oliveira, right, sets up for a shot on goal.

BISHOP CONNOLLY Fiigh School, Fall River, announces-its class officers for the 19971998 school year. Senior officers are (top, from left) Joe Pacheco, treasurer; Christina Rodrigues, secretary; Daniel Lang, student body president; Krissy Lefebvre, class president; and Alex Medeiros, vice-president. Junior officers (center) are Andrew Jenkins, president; Alison Coakley,' secretary; Dawn Brooder, vice-president; Sam Nadeau, treasurer. Sophomore class officers (above) are Sean O'Connor, president; Ingrid O'Reilly, secretary; Kate Lowney, vice-president; and Michael Fasy, treasurer.


THE ANCHOR - Diocese of Fall River - Fri., Aug. 22, 1997

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:Stomp Lately I've been going through Some things that really Gotmedown i I need someone, Somebody to help me come and Turn my life around I can't explain it I can't obtain it: Jesus your lov~ is so It's so amazing It gets me high: Up to the sky And when I think About your goodness It makes me w~nna i

Refrain: I Stomp Makes me clap, my hands Makes me wal1lna dance and Stomp : My brother cali:'t you see I've got the victory Stomp ! I

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I promise the sfomp The whole stOI'rlP Nothin' but the :stomp Written by Kirk: Franklin Sung by God's ,Property Copyright (c) 1~97 by Lilly Mack Music (8MI) Gospel music on ~TV? Yes, God's ProI,erty's "Stomp" is the first 'Gospel I music video on MTV It also is getting lots of air play on local rock stations. : Actually, I consi~er the song more of a "Christian rap," if there is suchl a catI egory, than true Gosnel. No matter how you c1ass~fy this

single, it's bound to set your feet moving and lift your spirit. The song addresses a reality of life: hard times. In the words of the rap: "Lately I've been going through some things that really got me down; I need someone, somebody to help me come and turn my life around."

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Who has the "magic" to accomplish such a feat? The song's response is: "Jesus, your love is so, it's so amazing; it gets me high up to the sky." In fact, it makes the person in the song want to "stomp, makes me clap my hands and stomp." Now there's an antidote to the blues! The song conveys immense enthusiasm for God's presence. However, not everyone will experience this urge to stomp and dance because of feeling God's care. Sometimes'recognizing God's presence brings something more like a sense of quiet assurance. We feel that we are not alone as we face, the challenges life brings., Disappointment and despair are the ene111ies the song mentions. Even in the midst of such diffic':lltJe~ljng~ 00<) comes to support, us. Our God is ~lso the God of miracles. Yet,some of these miracles are not quick fixes' of immediate problems. Rather, they take the form of' strength for living with the hurt and of avenues that lead toward healing. ' Suppose you are cut from an athletic team that you very much hoped to make. This is a major disappointment. God might not present you with a magic solution that suddenly enhances your athletic ability. But you might discover many friends at y.our side helping yoti deal with, this hurt. Or other opportunities might unfold that open up new paths to satisfaction for you. Through such experiences we gain a deeper sense of trust and faith in life, in ourselves and in our God. Realizing that God walks with us as we learn life's diffiqultlessons and make needed adjustments may not make you want to stomp. However, if you let it, the spirit of a beautiful smile will grow within you.

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Gaining Perspective During the Teen Years By AMY WELBORN In the rocky journey toward adulthood, one of the most tempting detours is the one under the sign marked "But ..." You can fill in the blank. "I know I was rude, Mom, but you were rude, too. You started it. You kept nagging at me." "I didn't understand the reading, but it was just too hard, anyway, and the teacher's supposed to explain things." "I want to get all my work done, but I'm just too upset about my boyfriend." It's the last category of excuses that really interests me. As a teacher, I hear it on a weekly basis, along with the whispered pl~a, "Jenny's late to class because she's in the bathroom crying. Could I go make sure she's

OK?" One of rriy' male students once reflected, in a' puzzled tone of voice, "Why is it that every day there are sophomore girls crying in the hall?" Who knows. Adolescence is a rough time. Someone said, "Your teen years are the best years of your life." I don't know who that person is, but I would be very frightened to meet him or her. My own memorie~ of my teenage years are marked mostly by emotions offear, anxiety, and deep confusion about who I was. Most of the teens I know seem to feel the same way. Every day is filled with ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies which are exaggerated in their effect because teens just don't have the life experience to understand that this, too, snail pass. ' It's called perspective.

A 35-year-old who has been through a couple of broken hearts and several dating relationships has experienced the healing power of time and the sense of being able to look back and see how everything works out for the best, how we can bring positives out of negatives. A 14-year-old can't see that. And it shows. In the tears, the distractibility, the temptation is to just stop everything in',your life in order to wallow in emotion. "I'm too upset. I can't come to class." "My parents are going through hard times. I can't do any work at home." Well, those situations are tough, but you're not in kindergarten anymore. The tea<;her can't take you aside, dry your tears and give you a lollipop to make it all better. , After all, when you're in the work world, are'you going'to be able to rush out of a meeting because you need to go to the bathroom and cry because' you got stood up last night? Is your boss going to accept a late report because your mind was on family problems? Are you going to be able to be late to work every day because you have to work things out with a spouse or talk with a friend about a difficult situation? No. You'll have to buckle down, swallow hard and'be professional. It's:noteasy, because sometimes, w,hatever pain you have seems to fill up so much space in your brain, there's no room for anything else. But if you want to be a responsible adult, you have to try. Life goes on. Excuses or not, life does go on.

Special awards given at Stang Senior awards were presented recently during a Baccalaureate Mass at Bishop Stang High School. A new award this year, The Spartan Award is presented to the senior who best displays citizenship and service beyond the school service requirements. The recipient is well respected by students and faculty, a determined, disciplined and responsible individual who best displays school spirit. The Spartan Award for 1997 was presented to Jonathan Perry of New Bedford. He is the son of Barry and Tove Perry, and will attend UMASS-Dartmouth this fall. The

award is voted on by the Principal of students, Dept. of Chairpersons, and a student council representative. ' Also awarded was ,the President's Award of Excellence, presented each year to the senior who exemplifies the highest ideals of Bishop Stang. Nominated by faculty, this student is a true role model for his peers in the areas of religious values, academic excellence, student involvement, and dedication to the school. The award this year was presented to Charles Burke, Jr. He is the son of Suzy and Charlie Burke and will be attending Fairfield University in the fall.


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THE ANCHOR - Diocese of Fall River - Fri., Aug. 22, 1997

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