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NAZARETH CAMPERS Brian Boissoneau (left) and Kenny Stanko were among those meeting Bishop Sean O'Malley during the bishop's first visit to the Westport grounds ofSt. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Boys and Nazareth day camps. Story, more pictures page 11. (Breen photo)
Republicans support life, school choice, also death penalty, gun' possession HOUSTON (CNS) - The platform adopted at the Republican National Convention in Houston reflects support for the U.S. bishops' stands on abortion and educational choice but differs from them on such issues as the death penalty, welfare reform and gun control. "We believe that most problems of human making are within the capacity of human ingenuity to solve," said the 95-page document approved with little debate. The platform's strong call for restrictions on abortion - including a constitutional amendment against it - was its most controversial selection in pre-convention discussion, "We believe the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed," the platform says, "We therefore reaffirm our support for a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the 14th Amendment's protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues for abortion and will not
A priest who in one way or another touched nearly everyone in the Fall River diocese during his years ofactive ministry died August 23. Msgr. Anthony M. Gomes, 77, was for 29 years pastor of Our Lady of Angels parish, Fall River, until his retirement in June, 1990. But that was only the beginning of his commitments. In September 1967, while remaining a pastor, he was named moderator of Fall River District I of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, coordinator of the, annual Bishop's Ball, and assistant director of the Catholic Charities Appeal. In 1969 he assumed directorship of the Appeal and in 1983 became diocesan moderator for the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, holding both positions, as well as that of Ball coordinator, until he , retired. Direction of the Appeal and Ball, both virtually year-round tasks, demanded much of Msgr. Gomes' time, but never interfered with 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily Masses at Our Lady of Angels, nor with daily home communion calls in the 1,300-family parish both before and after the 7 a.m. Mass. For many years the pastor was alone in the parish, with the exception of visiting priests who assisted
him with the nine weekend Masses at Our Lady of Angels. Despite his busy schedule, Msgr. Gomes seldom missed a University of Notre Dame football game, whether away or at home. A 1938 graduate of the university, his devotion to its team, which he served for years as a chaplain, was legendary, extending to the setting
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up of a Fighting Irish room at his rectory, from which souvenirs overflowed to his Catholic Charities office. His affection was reciprocated. In 1982 he was named Man of the Year by area Notre Dame alumni and he proudly wore a ring designed for members of the university's 1988 championship football team. Engraved on the ring are the words: "Truth-Love-Commitment." Those words, noted Jean Judge, retired Lifestyle editor of the Fall River Herald News, in a June 3, 1990 interview with Msgr. Gomes, recurred again and again in a volume of retirement tributes to the priest compiled by Diocesan Council of Catholic Women members. She added that "Through the years, he has tried to live by the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi and continued to believe that 'a priest comes to serve rather than be served,' that as Christ went about doing good, so should a priest." But the pastor shrugged off his crowded agenda, saying "God managed it; managed to give me the time to do it all. I've just been doing what I should be doingI've loved every day of it." The other day Ms. Judge recalled that after her interview appeared, Msgr. Gomes called her and comTurn to Page 13
Pope begs for peace in Balkans
LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy (CNS) - Pope John Paul II renewed his "pressing appeal" for peace in the former Yugoslavian republics after church officials gave fund organizations which advocate ,pessimistic assessments about endit." Despite efforts by Republicans ing the war soon. He supported "important interfor Choice and the National Republican Coalition for Choice and national initiatives" to work out a a comment by first lady Barbara peace plan to be carried out as Bush that abortion was a personal quickly as possible. The pope spoke Aug. 23 during issue that had no place in the platform, the abortion section of the his Sunday midday Angelus talk from Lorenzago di Cad ore, in the platform was not changed. On ed ucational choice, the plat- northern Italian mountains where form backed the right of parents he was vacationing. In the audience "to choose for their children among were refugees from Bosnia-Herzegthe broadest array of educational ovina, scene of fierce fighting. The papal appeal was preceded choices, without regard· to their by establishment of diplomatic income." It did not outline a specific pro- relations between the Vatican and gram of tuition tax credits or Bosnia-Herzegovina Aug. 20. The vouchers for parents of children in Vatican announcement expressed private or parochial schools. Pres- hope that the move would help ident George Bush has proposed a bring peace, But church officials witnessing pilot program that he has dubbed the fighting were pessimistic about the GI Bill for Children, The Republican platform also an end to the war any time soon. echoed the U.S. bishops' Adminis"The situation is getting worse trative Board's 1992 statement on from day to day," said Father Mila political responsibility or other Anicic, chancellor of the diocese bishops' statements on such issues of Banja Luka, in Serb-controlled as: Bosnia. - Opposition to public school "The Serb majority is putting into practice its so-called 'ethnic Turn to Page 13
cleansing,''' he said in a message prepared for the pope. Ethnic cleansing refers to Serb efforts to rid large sections of Bosnia of non-Serbs, mainly Catholic Croats and Muslim Slavs. Banja Luka has been declared the capital of the Serbian swatch of Bosnia. "It's not a matter of war, because Catholics possess neither arms nor provoke' incidents," said Father Anicic. "It's a case of irrational mistreatment - arrests and deportations - of houses destroyed and of the persecution of Catholics and Muslims inthe territories where they have lived for centuries," he added, Many Catholics have fled, while others, mostly men, are in concentration camps, he said. "Regarding women:children and the elderly, some have been murdered, while others - almost crazed .- hide in the woods," said Father Anicic. Pessimism also was expressed by French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, who visited Bosnia and Croatia Aug. 14-18 .as a papal envoy. "N 0 one can see a way out in the immediate future," he told Vatican Radio after returning.
Cardinal Etchegaray heads the pontifical councils for jus'tice and peace and "Cor Unum," the Vatican emergency relief agency. He visited the Serbian-besieged Bosnian capital of Sarajevo and camps for displaced people in Bosnia and Croatia. Archbishop Vinko Puljic ofSarajevo has criticized U.N. peacekeeping forces in his area of ignoring church requests for help in obtaining information about deaths and injuries among priests and other church workers in the republic. "It offends us to hear all the stories, by which they IU nited Nations] try to conceal their own avoidance of responsibility for defending the human right to life, as well as the sovereignty of a state which they themselves have recognized," Archbishop Puljic told Croatianjournalists. He charged the peacekeeping forces with serving the interests of the Serbians. "Whenever the Serb side has asked for a cease-fire, it was only to bring a new load of ammunition. Once we'd accepted this cease-fire and the ammunition was delivered, the war started again, even more ferociously," he said.
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DEDICATION CEREMONIES were held Aug. 16 for the Mark Gardiner Hoyle elementary school in Swansea (left picture). Believed the only school in the nation named for a 14-year-old boy, it memorializes the first student in the United States allowed to attend public school while suffering from AIDS. At right, Hoyle family members stand below a painting of their son and brother that hangs in the school library. From left, Mark's parents,
1~ Jay F. Hoyle, a teacher and eucharistic minister at S1. John Evangelist School, Attleboro, and Dale M. Hoyle; and his sister and brother, Kathy and Scott Hoyle. Mark, a hemophiliac, contracted AIDS in the course of medical treatment. The family are members of St. Dominic parish, Swansea. (Studio D photos)
African famine being ignored, say relief workers WASHINGTON (CNS) - The cameras bring the statistics into focus: bone-thin children, with ribs protruding and skin hanging in folds from their bones; bodies littering the roadways, because starving family members cannot exert the energy to bury their loved ones. Africa again is suffering from drought and famine, by most estimates worse than the Ethiopian tragedy of the mid-1980s. The worst hit is Somalia. Bernard Kouchner, French minister for health and humanitarian affairs, has called Somalia "hell on earth." "Children are dying at the end of the way to feeding centers, dying on the floor,in their mothers' arms," he said after an early August visit to the country. But other areas are also affected, and the situation is expected to get worse before it gets better. Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops' overseas aid and development agency, says an estimated 23 million people are at risk of starvation in the Horn of Africa, where Somalia is located, because of increased fighting, disease, lack of food and being pushed from their homes by the crisis. Millions of southern Africans face acute food and water shortages in the worst drought to hit the region this century. In May, Peter Shiras, CRS senior director of the African region, tes-
How to help WASHINGTON (CNS) Following are some of the agencies accepting donations for African relief: - Catholic Relief Services, 209 W. Fayette St., Baltimore, Md., 21201. (410) 625-2220. - American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19102. (215) 241-7141. - World Vision, P.O. Box 1131, Pasadena, Calif., 91131. (800) 423-4200. - UNICEF, 331 East 38th St., New York, N.Y., 10016. (212) 686-5522. - Care International, 660, First Ave., New York, N.Y., 10016. (212) 686-3110.
tified on the continent's growing troubles before a joint hearing of the House Select Committee on Hunger and the House Subcommittee on Africa. "In terms of the geography. of need, it is not far offbase to describe the needs as stretching from Cairo to the Cape," he told the hearing. "While East Africa and the Horn may be suffering from a different meteorological phenomenon than southern Africa, the effect on the populations is the' same: withered crops, dried-up water holes, dying animals and, most importantly, malnourished and dehydrated women and children, those who are always the most vulnerable." "Drought is just about everywhere in Africa," said Jennifer Habte, CRS spokeswoman. "But drought doesn't have to lead to famine. "Famine means you've run out of everything, and now you're dying," she explained, noting that Somalia and Mozambique face famine. Ms. Habte noted that Southern California has had drought for the last six years, but the situation is different in Africa. "What they have one year they eat in that year," she said, so a season without rain means people are in trouble because there is no reserve when the crops fail. New People Feature Service, a news service based in Nairobi, Kenya, reports that up to 30 people daily are dying of starvation in southern Madagascar, and nearly I million others could suffer by next February. The Indian Ocean island-nation has faced four years of drought. UNICEF has indicated that death from famine has already begun in Mozambique, and an estimated 3 million people there are at risk. Elsewhere, British foreign aid agencies - including the British bishops' Christian Fund for Overseas Development - reported that "unless a regular food pipeline into Juba (Sudan) is established urgently, a large proportion of the population will starve." \ Juba's population has swollen to 293,000 because of Sudan's nineyear civil war. The city is out of food, and people "face imminent starvation," the aid agencies said.
On July 18, the United Nations stopped relief flights to J uba after the rebel Sudanese People's Liberation Army withdrew guarantees of safe passage. The United Nations was scheduled to .resume its airlift in mid-August, but the rebels besieging the town said they would shoot at the planes. In Somalia, too, conflict worsens the situation. The British news agency Reuters describes Somalia as having "anarchy since clans that united to drive out dictator Mohammed Siad Barre 20 months ago turned against each otherin a jigsaw of ethnic hatred." Reuters said the two main warlords have established a shaky
cease-fire, but their fighters "now throw their energy into looting relief supplies while civilians starve." The Red Cross estimates that 1.5 million Somalis - about onequarter of the population - face starvation. Others say thousands of people are dying daily in the country, and one-fourth of all children under the age of 5 have expired. Some relief workers say the media ignored the situation and focused all of its attention on relief problems in the Balkans. U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, an Egyptian, called for
EDICTALCITATION DIOCESAN TRIBUNAL' FALL RIVER, M-ASSACHUSETTS Since the actual place of residence of ROBERT E. HOLMES is unknown. We cite ROBERT E. HOLMES to appear personally before the Tribunal of the Diocese of Fall River on Tuesday, September 8, 1992 at 2:30 p.m. at 887 Highland Avenue,Jall River, Massachusetts, to give testimony to establish: Whether the nullity of the marriage exists in the LAPALME-HOLMES case? Ordinaries of the place or other pastors having the knowledge of the residence of the above person, Robert E. Holmes, must see to it that he is properly advised in regard to this edictal citation. Jay T. Maddock Judicial Vicar Given at the Tribunal, Fall River, Massachusetts, on this 19th day of August, 1992.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 24 at Stonehill College, North Easton, for Father Paul Joseph Farber, CSC, who died suddenly Aug. 15 in Puno, Peru, where he was visiting the Holy Cross Missions as a representative of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. Father Farber was director of the annual fund at King's College, Wilkes-Barre, P A, and assistant superior of the Holy Cross Community at King's. A native of Pennsylvania, he entered the Holy Cross Community at Stonehill in 1962 and was EDICTAL CITATION DIOCESAN TRIBUNAL ordained in 1973 in Wilkes-Barre. FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS Except for two years of graduate study at Penn State University, he Since the actual place of residence of served his entire priesthood at BARRY JOSEPH SANTOS is unknown. King's College. We cite BARRY JOSEPH SANTOS to appear He is survived by two sisters and personally before the Tribunal of the Diocese a brother in Pennsylvania and of Fall River on Tuesday, September 8, 1992 at 10:30 a.m. at 887 Highland Avenue, Fall . another brother in Colorado, as River, Massachusetts, to give testimony to well as six nieces and nephews.
Whether the nullity of the marriage exists in the MAZURAK·SANTOS case?' Ordinaries of the place or other pastors having the knowledge of the residence of the above person, Barry Joseph Santos, must see to it that he is properly advised in regard to this edictal citation. . Jay T. Maddock Judicial Vicar Given at the Tribunal, Fall River, Massachusetts, on this 19th day of August, 1992.
as much attention to Africa as Europe. In an Aug. 7 letter to BoutrosGhali, Maryknoll Sister Marie Moore of her order's Office of Social Concerns commended his request. "The sustained coverage of the terrible situations in Yugoslavia and the states of the former Soviet Union is poorly matched by the sporadic and uneven coverage of the famine ... in Somalia and the silence about southern Sudan, where half a million entrapped civilians in Juba face starvation and death from bombing, burning (and) looting soldiers," she wrote.
Father McGinley NEW YORK (CNS) - Jesuit Father Laurence J. McGinley, who led Fordham University for 14 years in the post-World War II era, died Aug. 15 at an infirmary for retired Jesuits on the Fordham campus. He was 86. Father McGinley, Fordham's president 1949 to 1963, was also a
founding director of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 19 at the Fordham University Church. Born in New York, Father McGinley was ordained in 1935. His brother James, who would later become president of Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., followed him into the Jesuit order. Father McGinley served for a time as director of Vatican radio broadcasts and later taught theology at Woodstock College in Maryland, his alma mater. From 1942 to 1948 he was Woodstock's prefect of studies, seminary regent and director of graduate studies. At Fordham he oversaw substantial construction on campus, in~luding a residence for Jesuits on the Fordham faculty and administration and a student center later named after him. In 1979, Father McGinley was named president emeritus of Fordham, and in 1985 his 80th birthday was celebrated with the establishment of the Laurence J. McGinley Chair in Religion and Society. 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 THE ANCHOR (USPS-545-020). Second Class Postage Paid at Fall River. Mass. Published weekly except the week of July 4 and the week after Christmas at 887 Highland Avenue. Fall River. Mass. 02720 by the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River. Subscription price by mail. postpaid $11.00 per year. Postmasters send address changes to The Anchor. P.O. Box 7. Fall River. MA 02722.
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Statement of Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap. On Tuesday evening [Aug.IS],1 met with eighteen victims and family members ofthe Porter case so as to be able to begin a dialogue with them, to ask forgiveness and to help bring about reconciliation. I listened to their stories and their pai~. We cried together, we laughed together, we prayed together. The victims told me that their number one concern is to protect children. I told them that I am their ally in this goal. One of.the concerns of the group was the refusalofthe insurance company to keep its commitments, thus undermining the mediation process that was to begin [this] week. Responding to the concerns ofthe victims for those of their number who are in dire need of professional help, I am establishing a fund to provide psychological counseling to those victims. The fund will be administered by the office of Catholic Social Services. I also tried to assure the victims that we are taking steps to formulate a comprehensive policy to deal with future cases of child abuse by Church personnel. I have established a committee to write a working document that will be reviewed by clergy,laity, and abuse victims before a final draft is written. I am also committing the diocese to an education process to heighten awareness and help prevent sexual abuse. The victims asked me about the criminal investigations in the Porter case. I reiterated my position that justice should be done in this case as in all others. I pledge my full cooperation to the district attorney and urge the clergy and faithful to do the same. As soon as possible I hope to visit the various parishes where the incidents occurred to offer a Mass for healing and reconciliation. In the meantime I urge all the Catholics of the diocese to be united with me and the priests as we pray for the victims and their families and seek new ways to deal with these serious problems both in Church and in society.
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themoorin~ A Matter of Local Survival Southeastern Massachusetts has some real environmental problems. The condition of the former Camp Edwards on Cape 'Cod is a hidden one. For decades the military has dumped toxic materials throughout the vast base. Some contend that all dump sites may never be uncovered, and even at those sites identified as polluted by lethal chemicals, little is rea~ly being done by way bf clean-up operations. The same can be said of the Acushnet River in the New Bedford-Freetown area. Its cleansing is proceeding at a snail's pace with little sensitivity exhibited towards local residents. Objections made to the burning of PCBs in heavily populated areas have fallen on deaf ears. Who really knows how badly this river is polluted? Certainly no responsible party has yet gone public with regard to this urban catastrophe. Other polluted areas such as the Myles Standish State Forest in South Carver and the Taunton River, which flows from Taunton to the sea, have been n,legated to the status of mere footnotes in reports. Despite these known environmental difficulties and those yet to be uncovered, the state government refuses to worry about our part of Massachusetts. The brilliant minds on Beacon Hill plan to clean up the Charles River and Boston Harbor. With an out-of-sight, out-of-mind attitude, the toxic wastes from this so-called cleanup are to be dumped into Massachusetts Bay, a pristine water area. The people of Cape Cod and its environ~had no say in this decision, despite the fact that it will directly impact on them. A YOUNG GIRL HOLDS HER STARVING BROTHER AT A FEEDING CENTER IN SUDAN Reacting to this, and much to their credit, Cape residents have banded together to form STOP (Stop The Outfall Pipe) and "The flesh being consumed, my bone hath cleaved to my skin." Job 19:20 are thus far effectively combating the vested interests that are disregarding the fragile ecology ofthe area. STOP deserves all the support it can muster. It is unthinkable to allow politics as usual when it comes to a matter of survival. The following guest commen- priesthood~ And that percentage is now. And the prevailing wisdom In another area, the state is approving a coal-burning power tary is from the Catholic. Free very, very small. in our society was not 10 make plant in the New Bedford! Freetown area and is ignoring Press, newspaper of the diocese of We may not agree with every incidents of sexual abuse public. opposition to this source of pollution. Worcester, and is by executive edi- priest we meet. Indeed, there Society in general seemed to probably isn't a Catholic alive who take an out-of-sight, out-of-mind . State standards for such plants are archaic and fail to meet tor Gerard E. Goggins. "The credibility of the priest- has liked every priest he or she has attitude, in the hope that the probfederal norms; but this seems not to matter when big business lem would simply go away. Of hood is being assaulted in the ever met. enters the picture. It should be recalled, however, that indus- media on a daily basis." But we know that when push course, we know now that attitude trial waste emissions are a prime, contributor tQ acid rain doesn't work. The words were uttered by a comes to shove priests are there probiems and that the building of a coal-burning facility is a priest at the presbyteral gathering for us. And we know it from But it is understandable that principals who wanted to protect totally unsound ecological decision in complete contradiction of the priests of the Worcester dio- experience. They have counseled us. They the reputation of their schools and cese in early June. to state clean air regulations. have consoled us. They have marnot expose children to embarrassThey reflect the agony that most As we continue to bury ourselves in our own waste and of us feel when we open a news- ried us, baptized us, buried our ing publicity, or police chiefs, or choke ourselves on our own pollutants, let us not forget that, ) paper or turn on the television and loved ones, heard our confessions, people who ran summer camps, or , day care centers, or parents whose we simply cannot fool Mother Nature. In the long run, she will hear another person say he was and visited us in hospitals. They have prayed with us and ch,ildren were assaulted ~y neighhave the last word. We are stewards of a fragile world and sexually abused by James R. Por- carried God's word to us. And when we refuse to assume our rightful responsibility towards ter, or hear of another case where a Sunday after Sunday, year after bors, or yes, even bishops in years past preferred to try and handle it, we are not only failing ourselves but our as yet unborn .,former priest or a priest is accused year, lifetime after lifetime, mil- things quietly. of sexual misconduct - as was descendants. , Times have changed. And what Rev. Joseph A. Fredette in local lennium after millennium, they have been there to celebrate Mass people thought was an expedient We should not remain silent and docile as an uncaring news stories last week. for us. way to deal with such things 30 bureaucracy .continu~s to plunder our environment. It is There is so much media coveryears ago or 20 years ago or even * * * age that sometimes it almost seems imperative that we actively support and encourage those 10 years ago, is no longer thought All right, we agree that the vast like we're in the midst of a pedoorganizations and groups whose effo~ts and hard work remind of as proper. Now, society wants philia epidemic - so much media majority of priests are good men us of our responsibility not only to preserve but to renew the coverage that sometimes it seems and that Catholics continue to to expose'the perpetrator and send him to jail. Maybe 20 years from gifts of nature entrusted to us.'Each of us should let our local that the media are taking a special have confidence in the institution now, society will want to handle it elected officials know that,we care about nurturing our envi- delight in the fact that a bad priest of the church. some other way. what about coverups? But has been exposed. ronment. The alternative in self-destruction. . Of course, the best possible way
Mentioning the unmentionable
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Just about everybody now agrees And in the kind of frantic envithat coverups are wrong. But hisronment that we live in today, it's easy to lose our perspective. It's' ,torically, that's the way society dealt with pedophilia. We covered easy ~o throw up our hands and it up. despair. Not just in churches, but in And although that may be easy, schools, in neighborhoods, beach it's a lot better to set the record clubs, scout groups. You name it. straight. And the record says that The answer was, to cover it up. instances of priests violating their To protect the institution, to protrust are very rare. tect the child, and to deal with the Several months ago, The New unacceptable, the unmentionable, York Times, in a page one story, the unspeakable. stated that among groups of men That doesn't necessarily mean dealing with children - teachers that no action was taken against or club supervisors or ministers or the offender. I n the cases of priests - the percentage of pedo- priests, they were frequently sent philiacs is the same. No more and to psychiatric hospitals where it no less. was thought that their "problem" The same percentage of pedo- would be cured. philes slip into teaching or coachBut pedophilia was even less ing or scouting that slip into the understood at that time than it is
to handle pedophilia is to develop a screening process that prevents pedophiles from becoming teachers or scoutmasters or priests. But so far, they continue to slip through the screening process. We will probably never, ever be free from the menace of pedophilia in the church or any other institution. Whether we like it or not, sickness and sin permeate every area of society. But there have always been weeds in the garden. Judas was the first to betray the Master's trust, not the last. I'm just glad that when Judas was exposed as the kind of apostle he really was that the other II apostles didn't throw up their hands in despair and quit.
AIDS called today's version of leprosy
Eucharist is love unlimited Sirach 3:17-18,20,28-29 Hebrews 12:18-19,22-24 Luke 14:1,7-14 There is a contradiction between the practice of many Christian churches and the teaching of the Christian Scriptures about participation in the Lord's Supper. While most regard the Eucharist as an outward sign of the doctrinal oneness already existing among us, the sacred authors consider it a help toward creating a unity which is not present. For one it is the celebration of oneness; for the other, the means to bring it about. We do not notice the contradiction because we overlook many scriptural passages which pertain to the Eucharist. We have developed our eucharistic theology by referring only to the "words of institution" in the Last Supper accounts. I remember spending time in religion class exploring the meaning of "This is my body...This is my blood." But, except for some discussion of Judas' participation in the Last Supper (did Jesus give communion to someone in the state of mortal sin?), we almost never used the Bible to determine the recipients of the Eucharist. Later I learned that the evangelists believed the meal's participants are just as important as the menu. Jesus is present in both. If we need a certain bread and wine for the Eucharist to be valid, do 'we also need a certain participant for validity? Today's gospel pericope is not just a scriptural version of Emily Post; it is an early Christian reflection on the make-up of the eucharistic community. We miss Luke's point when we take it out of Luke's context. Only by returning these .verses to their original place between Jesus' expressed desire to "...gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood..." and his famous parable of the great feast to which the invited refused to come -will we be able to understand Luke's theology. It is important to remember that every Gospel writer presupposes that the Eucharist, and the meals in which the historical Jesus participated are symbols of God's great, time-ending banquet. Luke especially conveys the allinclusiveness of this eschatological meal. Jesus invites everyone, even
DAILY READINGS Aug. 31: 1 Cor 2:1-5; Ps 119:97-102; lk 4:16-30 Sept. 1: 1 Cor 2:10-16; Ps 145:8-14; lk 4:31-37 Sept. 2: 1 Cor 3: 1-9; Ps 33:12-15,20-21; lk 4:38-44 Sept. 3: 1 Cor 3:18-23; Ps 24:1-6; lk 5:1-11 Sept. 4: 1 Cor 4: 1-5; Ps 37:3-6,27-28,39-40; lk 5:3339 Sept. 5: 1 Cor 4:9-15; Ps 145:17-21; lk 6:1-5 Sept. 6: Wis 9:13-18; Ps 90:3-6,12-17; Phlm 9-10,1217; lk 14:25-33
By FATHER ROGER KARBAN his enemies. But there is a twofold problem: some reject God's invitation while others limit it. The Lord can't do much about rejection, but he hammers hard at limitation. If not shortened, today's meal passages would begin with a discussion about an unclean man with dropsy. Jesus has just finished saying he invites everyone. Yet many in the community are still concerned with religious restrictions. Besides, the guests are so worried about where they are seated that they haven't even noticed the absence of a whole class of people. "When you give a reception," Jesus teaches, "invite beggars and the cripples, the lame and the bline." One of my newly ordained classmates in Rome did exactly that. On December 17, 1964, Bob Burton rented a bus and went around the city inviting every beggar he found to his first Eucharist and the meal which followed. Bob didn't seem to mind the "unti·diness" of the celebration, nor the fact that his local guests could give him nothing except their presence. Their acceptance of the invitation was reward enough. Later we all noticed the bond of love created between him and this group of '~outcasts." Yet when it comes to the Lord's Supper, neatness seems to be top priority. Long ago we stopped using regular unleavened bread and started employing "plastic poker chips." (They have few crumbs, come in manageable portions and store easily.) We left our homes and began celebrating in special buildings. (No interruptions, and the environment can be controlled.) And we started to demand strict doctrinal uniformity in the participants. (Easy to determine who'd "in" and who's "out.") We transformed an all-inclusive, untidy meal oflove into an "untouchable mountain" which only a chosen few were invited to ascend. Forgetting to "conduct our affairs with humility," we slowly turned into elitist religious snobs-those against whom the historical Jesus constantly fought. We still have much to learn about our faith. But perhaps the first step in this process is for all churches to admit that few of us actually are using the Eucharist as Jesus intended.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CNS) People with AIDS today are treated like those with leprosy were in Jesus' time, said Father J. Ronald Knott at an AIDS memorial Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Louisville. Those with leprosy - now called Hansen's disease - used to suffer not only from illness and pain but from rejection by the community and from the widespread belief that God was punishing them for their sins, said Father',Knott, pastor ofthe Cathedral ofthe Assumption. "Facing us today is a new leprosy," he said. "U nfortunately, not much has changed." He told the congregation of about 400 that even though AIDS is not a disease limited to homosexuals, it remains "shrouded in
Canon lawyers to meet in October
The Canon Law Society of America will hold its 54th annual meeting, themed "The Laity and the Church," Oct. 12 to 15 in Cambridge. The opening address, entitled "The American Catholic Laity: Questions of Authority, Autonomy and Conscience," will be presented by William V. D'Antonio, PhD, professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Connecticut and executive officer of the American Sociological Association. He will explore changes and trends in the laity's acceptance of formal church authority, influences of the laity's growing sense of autonomy, and the new sense of conscience emerging from this interaction. The second day of the conference will consist of caucuses on Black, Hispanic and women's concerns and seminars on various topics. A general session on Oct. 14 will discuss "The Role of the Laity in . the Church: Theory Meets Reality - Two Perspectives." It will explore the laity's role as defined in the 1983 Code of Canon Law and the experience of laypersons as church members and ministers. Copresenters will be Barbara Ann Cusak, JCD, associate chancellor and judge for the Milwaukee archdiocese and chair of the CLSA Lay Ministry Research Committee; and Janet M. Hoehnen, JD, instructor in civil law and church administration at St. Francis Seminary and associate in a Milwaukee law firm. The day's program will also include seminars and presentation of the Role of Law Award. Officers will be elected Oct, 14 and installed the following day. The conference's closing address will be A Response to Reflections on Laity and the Church, presented by Rev. Paul L. Golden, CM, JCD, vice president and assistant to the president of DePaul University, Chicago.
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layers of fear, phobias, and paranoia associated with homosexuality." "People - men, women and children - are facing certain death after painful and disfiguring suffering," he said. "Many face the isolation, shunning and abandonment offamilies, friends and sometimes church. The most tragic of all is when God's love for them is called into question and when compassion is measured out to them in stingy little thimbles." In a candle-lighting memorial during the Mass, nearly 100 people came up to light a candle in memory of a friend or relative who has died of AIDS. Some announced the name of the person they were remembering, others lit a candle in silence. Among those at the Mass, sponsored by the Louisville archdiocesan Respect Life Office, were Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly, who the previous week opposed a gay rights amendment to city laws, and several supporters of the amendment. Also present was Father Joseph Vest, administrator of St. Ann's Church, who two days earlier had expressed support for the amendment at an open-mike meeting of the board and surprised participants by announcing that he was gay. Archbishop Kelly told amendment supporters near the end of the liturgy, "Our differences may be unavoidable, but they're not intolerable." The amendment, to be voted on by the city's aldermen in late August, would change city laws to prohibit discrimination against gays and lesbians in housing, employment and public accommodations. The archbishop wrote that the church supports "the protecti.on of basic human rights for all citi-
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zens," but in some cases there may be legitimate reasons for denying someone employment or housing on the basis of sexual orientation. When Father Vest announced that he was gay, Archbishop Kelly said it would not affect his standing as a priest. "We have no reason to believe he's been unfaithful to his promise of celibacy," he said. In meetings with parishioners Father Vest explained why he spoke out and told them that he is in fact celibate. "In publicly stating that I am gay, all I did was state my sexual orientation," he said. "Probably because I used the word 'gay,'· people automatically associated me with their own precon.ceived notions about an active lifestyle. You should know that I adhere to my vows of celibacy. I am firmly living within the discipline taught by our church. I choose to be and am celibate." In opposing the gay rights proposal, Archbishop Kelly went against the position of his archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission and St. William's parish, which have endorsed the amendment.
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Last week, I sat in on one Of the saddest groups of women I ever met. All are in their 50s and 60s and all are caregivers. Several have parents iivingwith them who are :incapacitated. Others have husbands who need ongoing care due to Alzheimer's or strokes, and one , is the mother of an emotionally handicapped young adult. There was an undercurrent of
anger in these women stemming tion in 12 years. So life is just telecaregiving outside the nursing home vision and nursing." from the hand they have been is unpaid care provided by famidealt, but it was fused with guilt lies. Roughly three out of four Her voice cracked. "I know I for feeling angry, not at the loved sound ungrateful and awful but if caregivers of the elderly are women, one but at being the designated most commonly a daughter or he doesn't die soon, I hope I do." caregiver: wife. The average age of a wife The group did not react to her One woman's story represents who cares for her husband is 65. words in shock but in agreement the general experience of the group. Nearly one in three caregivers is and empathy. The year before her last child left over. age 74. With increasing longevity in 'our home, 'her husband suffered a One in three caregivers is poor culture, the average woman can debilitating stroke. That was II and nearly half,are in fair or poor expect to spend as many years caryears ago and, his condition remains ing for a dependent parent or health. One in eve~y three provides the same. He's not ill enough for a . services equivalent to a' fulltime spouse as for a dependent child. nursing home butis unable to feed job. ' Let's look at some statistics. In or' care for himself. . As unsettling as these statistics 1985, 1.4 million people over age "I'm just tired, of it all;",she said. problem lies in the are, a chief 65 lived in nursing homes. Another "If I want to go out for anything, I 5;2 million' were disabled enough inability of the caregiver to meet have to get someone in to take care to,need help with day-to-day tasks her own needs. Often, by the time of him. The: kids try to help but they have their own work and fam~ , such as food, dressing and bathing. she is freed from caregiving, she is i1ies. I have ,no adult conversation Each of these numbers is expected in need of care herself. to double by the year 2000. at home. I'm physically tired all A fine booklet, Take Care!: a' Between 80 and 90 percent of Guide for Caregivers on How to the time and I haven't had a va!=a-
Improve Their Self-Care, by Jayne Royse and Sheryl Niebuhr is available at $2.50 a copy including shipping from the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 919 Lafond Ave., St. Paul"MN 55104. It would be effective as a discussion guide or a gift for a caregiving friend. Because our elderly are society's, not just women's responsibility,.churches and other institutions need to begin looking at helping caregivers. Support groups such as the one I attended, respite days 'off with volunteers taking on care and freeing the caregiver occasionally, and discussion groups are a beginning. And iet's take time to honor and thank our caregivers occasionally. Who knows when we will join their ranks?
On pouring water into the wine at Mass
By FATHER JOHN J. DIETZEN
Q. Since water and wine are clearly part ofthe eucharistic celebration, if the celebrant fails to include water with the wine served to the communicants, I do not drink the wine because I feel it is not truly part of the sacrament. Our assistant always pours water into the beaker used for the con-
gregation. Other priests do not. Why do some priests overlook what seems so obvious' to me? (Missouri) A. Your concerns are entirely unnecessary. Pouring the water into the wine at the offering of the gifts is symbolic and has no'thing to do with the validity of the celebration or the sacrament. Various meanings have ,been assigned to this symbolic act. Perhaps the most common is that it signifies the union of our actions and our lives with that of Christ, which is of course one of the primary meanings of the entire eucharistic celebration. But the action is not required for validity.
'For this reason, and perhaps to Eight years later he was married avoid any false understanding of again, by a Catholic priest in the 'the mixing of the water and wine, local Catholic Church, without an it commonly is recommended today , annulment. that water be poured only into the I am now engaged to a divorced primary chalice at Mass, not into Catholic. Neither of us has an other containers of wine that may annulment. What is our situation? be used for Communion. What do we do? (Pennsylvania) What your assistant is doing is A. Ask your priest to connot forbidden. The other priests tact the priest who married your also have good and proper reasons former husband and his new wife for the practice they-follow. and obtain information'about the Q. I was married at' Mass in background of this second marthe church to a Catholic. After 30 riage. years my husband decided he did .not wish to be married to me or , Before his present marriage in to anyone else. We were divorc- the church some process would have been completed relating to ed.
your marriage together. You obviously are not aware of such a process, but it would have resulted in your.freedom to remarry in the 'church as well. Of course, before any marriage \ with your present friend can occur, he and the priest will also need to deal with his former marriage. A free brochure answering questions Catholics ask about receiving the Eucharist is available 'by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Holy Trinity Parish, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, III. 61701. Questions for this column should be sent to the same address.
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MARY KENNY Dear Dr. Kenny: My husband and I are divorcing. We have two children,8 and 10. He has agreed that I can have custody but he wants to be able to check their medical records when he wishes. I told him no, that if I have custody their medical records are my bu~i路 ness. What do you think?' (Philadelphia)
The divorce is between you and gives the school the legal right to your husband, not between either keep the non-custodial parent inof you and the children. Your hus- . formed. It also saves the hassle of band will continue to be their having to go through the custodial father after the divorce. parent for this information. To be a good father, he should "Both parents shall have direct have direct access to their medical access to all medical and dental records if he wishes, and to some records." Again, this recognizes other things as well. the right of the noncustodial parYour letter has prompted me to ent to stay informed. review a few rights that I include in "Both parents shall have comall my mediated settle,ments on plete phone and letter access at all custody. They should be routine, times." This means that if the omitted only for an unusual rea- "other". parent calls, the parent son. Including them will avoid having' custody' must bring the later hassles. Here they are: child to the phone and not give "Both parents shall have direct some excuse. It also means that access to all school reports, report letters cannot be intercepted, held cards and school schedules." This or censored.
They're By ANTOINETTE BOSCO
For some reason people tend to go through life with the expectation that all will go well. And guess what? Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn路t. When the smooth ride gets bumpy or downright destructive, we have to adjust our expectations and accept the fact that life comes packaged in shades of light and dark. Once in a while we may have a week that makes us wonder if there is something to the belief that the stars are temporarily roughing us up.
I recently had such a week. I was attending a memorial service for a dear woman who died at the age of 92. After the service, I was one of the last to leave the assembly hall. When I reached the parking area, I found the rear of my car damaged. It was a classic hit-andrun case. For the next few days I would lose a lot of time in getting the car repaired and operating 'again. But that was just the beginning of my probems. ' At work I was negotiating to rehire a woman who once had worked for me. I knew she was a capable newsperson, so I made her a good offer. Then, to my surprise, she declined. So I was back to square I in my search for a good worker. Then a coworker returned from vacation on crutches, having fractured his foot while playing basketball. I ended up working almost
"Should a dispute arise, or should either. party desire to change the custody and visitation agreement, both parents agree to observe two steps before returning to court." This recognizes that post-divorce child rearing is a process, not a once-and路for-all decided product, and that changes will be necessary as the children grow. The two steps are similar to standard grievance procedures observed by labor and management for the purpose of keeping every small dispute out of court. "I. Both' parents agree to talk directly with each other about the disputed issue on at least two occasions.
"2. If there is still no resolution, both parents agree to meet jointly with a mental health professional skilled in mediation on at least two occasions." This may not be what you wanted to hear. In divorcing, many parents want to have as little contact with their"ex" as possible. But the good of your children demands that you continue to work together as parents. Good luck in a hard task! Reader questions on family living and child care to be answered in print are invited by the Kennys; 219 W. Harrison; Rensselaer, Ind. 47978.
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double time because he couldn't put in his usual hours. .J was in a near frenzy with deadline pressure. At lunchtime I ran through pouring rain to grab a bite to eat. The driveway was wet and slippery. Not being careful, 'I slipped, fell and hurt my knees. Well, it went on like that. A friend who's into astrology told me something about Pluto entering one of my "houses," whatever that means. She warned me I would be in for a rough ride for the next three months. "Find a solid stake and hang on," she said. I was happy I don't believe in any of that. Since I usually fall back on a more Christ-centered kind of assistance to help me deal with trouble, I put aside the "bad stars" theory and thought about life. It occurred to me that while it's normal to be upset over misfortune, sometimes we exaggerated
our losses because our expectations have been messed up.' I had the expectation that I'd leave the memorial service and have a peaceful, productive day; that my former coworker would take the joband make my life a lot easier; that my present coworker would come back healthy and refreshed from his vacation; that I'd go out and get lunch, not injure my knees. As for why bad things happen, well, books have been written about it, but I for one really don't under-
stand why we have pain and suffering. Yet it shouldn't take a genius to figure out that if everything in life were easy, we'd never find out what powers we have or learn how to use them. If we never got uncomfortable, we'd probably never ask for God, question what life means or yearn for paradise. Setbacks can bear a gift: they can get us moving out of the comfort zone that keeps us locked into an ultimately deadly immaturity and locked out of a fuller life.
Pennies for poor promoted MANCHESTER" England (CNS) - Two-thirds ofthe British people would pay more income tax to tackle Third World poverty, according to a recent poll. The survey, commissioned by four aid agencies, showed that 71
percent of 1,400 people questioned thought Britain should increase its overseas aid. Some 69 percent said they would pay an extra penny on the pound - about one cent per U.S. dollar - in income tax, ifthe money were used to tackle Third World poverty.
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sons by constantly printing their tripe in their bigoted paper. ... After reading your fine editorials in the Anchor, I was glad I wrote to the Stapdard Times. Patience, Father, this too will pass away. John B. Davidson Fairhaven
Dear Editor: The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has strongly criticized Governor William Weld's decision to extend "domestic partner" benefits to homosexuals in the state work force, calling it "yet another chapter in the campaign to undermine the traditional family." The following letter appeared in A League statement said in part: "A radical social change redefin- the New Bedford Standard Times. Editor ing the family, which has not prevailed in the democratic process, is Dear Sir: about to be implemented by execIn the editorial of today's ediutive order. The governor's deci- tion, "Two words change everysion will be destructive of the fam- thing," The Standard-Times has ily unit by establishing a false and shown itself to be duplicitous and unwarranted equality between homo- disingenuous. These are not charsexual unions and the institution acteristics to recommend a newsof marriage. This proposal is not paper. about family benefits, but ideolThe Standard-Times editorialogy and empowerment, by coerc- ized that these are "Two words ing a reluctant society into accept- that someone should have - could ing the alleged legitimacy of the have - said to the victims months homosexual lifestyle and placing it ago, and that transform the mood on a level comparable to the tradi- of the discussion from here on." tional family. It is, as one homoHowever, The Standard-Times sexual spokesman said, an effort knew that the Diocese of Fall 'to recognize the validity of same- . River had no bishop, knew that sex relationships.' the authority ofthe administrator "This is classic special interest was limited, and knew explicitly politics, and an incremental step that the administrator could do towards extending health and pen- nothing that would in any way sion benefits to homosexual part- encumber the future bishop of the ners. Taxpayers, unfairly and in Diocese. In a letter which I wrote violation of their religious freeto The Standard-Times over two months ago, I reminded the newsdom rights, will then be forced to . subsidize behavior they believe to paper of this and concluded, be grossly offensive and gravely "Knowing this full well, it is diffiimmoral. If extended nationwide, cult to understand how The Stanpublic sector costs ~Ione could run dard-Times can continue to insist in the billions of dollars. that the Diocese of Fall River do c.J. Doyle, Director what cannot be done before the Catholic League ne}\' bishop takes possession!" Needham That my letter did not simply receive pro forma transcription and publication is proved by the fact that there was editorial comment which accompanied it. Dear Editor: Since Archbishop Cronin was I am writing with regard to the critical editorials concerning the named to the See of Hartford until church which have been appearing Bishop O'Malley was installed in in the New Bedford Standard the Diocese of Fall River, there Times. After four editorials and was no one who could offer an nobody apparently refuting them, apology in the name of the DioI took it upon myself to write a路 cese, or make any commitments regarding the victims of past abuse. letter to the editor. ... On July II he printed a letter However, there is someone in The Standard-Times who can answer from a Rita Hunt of Fairhaven. to the duplicity and disingenuousOn their editorial page they say ness of the most recent editorial, they will print any letter less than and who can make an apology to 350 words, yet they printed Rita Hunt's letter...even though it con- the Diocese of Fall River. Rev. Martin Buote tained over 775 words. St. Anne Parish There were two things abou~ New Bedford this letter that looked like collusion between the writer and the editor: the length of the letter itself plus the fact that ...she encouraged readers to write to the paper and Dear Editor: . "applaud" the Standard Times for I read in your paper (June 26 its position.... issue) that a proposal has been f always thought that the job of made to rewrite the "Our Father" a newspaper was to report the and the "Hail Mary" to eliminate news, not to investigate it, espe- the use of the "obsolete" language cially when district attorneys ad- using "thee" and "thou." vised that because of the statute of I will say, that as Father Archlimitations no ...action could be deacon, S.J., used to say - "I was taken.... not edified at the news." In one ofits editorials the paper I would like to point out that the said its only interest was in helping translators of the "Our Father" the 60 victims of James Porter; from the Latin were not handihowever, what they do not realize, capped by a lack of the words "you or perhaps they do, they are hurt- and yours." The use of "thee" and ing hundreds of good priests and "thou" was an attempt to show religious and thousands of layper- respect. As the priest says at the _
Mass every morning When he introduces the Our Father, we have the courage to call God "our Father" at Christ's suggestion. In the same spirit, the translator endeavors by the use of the terms "thee" and "thou" to acknowledge the difference in status between the one praying and the person prayed to. As Abraham said (Gen. 18:27), "See how I am presuming to speak to my Lord, though I am but dust and ashes." The translator must learn that, in changing from one language to another, there is more at stake than the meaning of the words. Too bad Shakespeare did not have their help. What would they do, with "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?" As for me, when I hear a group in church praying the rosary, I imagine I can see the holy nuns who conducted classes in parochial schools and CCD classes looking down from heaven, smiling happily at the sound. John F. O'Riordan Brewster
In perspective The following comments are excerpted from the parish bulletin of St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Johnston, RI. Editor All of us have been saddened and angered to learn of the deeply painful events of 30 years ago 'when Porter allegedly sexually abused children while functioning as a Catholic priest. As horrible and hurtful as these attacks may have been for the victims, their families, and the church community, I would like to raise a question of perspective. To accuse Church officials of a "conspiracy of silence" over events which occurred three decades ago is somewhat less than honest. Thirty years ago the Ladd School was'filled with physically and mentally disabled men, women and children simply because society then wanted to keep this part of our life silent and out of sight. Thirty years ago no one ever spoke in public about drug addiction, alcohol abuse, or sexual problems with the same openness and detail as we see in our schools or in the media today. In short, three decades ago Church officials, in dealing with James Porter as they did, acted no differently than the rest of society in their so-called "conspiracy of silence." To take the heightened media awareness and increased social sensitivity of the 90s and telescope it back 30 years simply does not work. If Church officials were indeed guilty of a "conspiracy of silence" in dealing with the Porter case 30 years ago, then so too were officials in politics, law, medicine, the media and education. If you agree with me, why not write a letter to The Providence Journal-Bulletin with your thoughts on this topic. Rev. John G. La Pointe Pastor
"NOW YOU see them, now you don't," St. Louis Auxiliary Bishop Paul A. Zipfel tells a woman who's about to watch him make the cigars he's holding disappear. (eNS photo)
Bishop doubles as magician
ST. LOUIS (CNS) - The 'great deal of fun doing it, mainly "Sneaky Priest" who recently per- because I see other people enjoyformed at the Midwest Magic ing it so," he told the St. Louis Jubilee in St. Louis has another Review, archdiocesan newspaper. title: bishop Today, bits ofthe Sneaky Priest St. Louis Auxiliary Bishop Paul are apt to pop up after the bishop A. Zipfel, an accomplished amahas talked more formally with teur magician, appeared with felconfirmation students. low magicians at the convention. He keeps magic separate from The bishop, 56, has been a stu- his teaching, but "they remember dent of magic since, at age 9, he more of [the magic) than they do of sent away for路a lO-cent book on what I have to say," he admitted. magic. He has practiced sleight-ofhand as a hobby since his high school days. He has found a magic trick can relax tensions and establish rapFather McSwiney Council #2525 port with pl;ople. Through the years he has carried small props in Knights of Columbus, Hyannis, his pockets to win smiles from will install new officers at 6 p.m. children, hospital patients, nurs- Sept. II at the council home. The installation will be coning home residents and others. An estimated 400 clergy of var- ducted by District Deputy Julio ious faiths were, in one sense, Barrows, Jr. of East Falmouth, bowled over when Bishop Zipfel assisted by District Warden Meldid his act for them during a vin Gonsalves of East Falmouth. national workshop on Christian The event will be followed by dinner and ladies night program. unity held in St. Louis. Officers to be installed are: One of his most spectacular feats is producing a bowling ball out of Grand Knight - John McBarron, West Hyannisport; Chaplain silk scarves. Many of the clerics "didn't Rev. John Ozug, St. Francis Xavbelieve he was a bishop," said Fa- ier parish, Hyannis; Deputy Grand ther Vincent A. Heier ofSt. Louis, Knight - Joseph Steele, South who planned the workshop pro- Yarmouth; Chancellor - George Wyatt, Marstons Mills; Recorder gram. A longtime member of the - James Hobert, Hyannis. Society of American Magicians Other officers named are: Fiand the International Brotherhood nancial Secretary - Robert of Magicians, Bishop Zipfel enjoys Bourque, Marstons Mills; Treareading about illusion and visiting surer ----: Henry Biela, Centerville; . Advocate - Alfred Morin, Cenother magicians. Among magician friends who terville; Warden - Andrew Dirksattended his episcopal ordination meier, Marstons Mills. Members are requested to call in 1989 was John W. Apperson of Granite City, III. "He could work John McBarron, 775-028I,Joseph anywhere he wanted," Apperson Steele, 394-4821, or any incoming officers before Sept. 5 for reservasaid. Apperson praises the Sneaky tions or information. Priest as someone who can do both "stage magic" before a full house and "close-up magic" before the watchful eyes of a handful. FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CNS)Led by the former interreligious Nowadays, Bishop Zipfel said, affairs chairmari of the Synagogue he turns down most invitations to Council of America, a group of perform, because episcopal duties Catholic and Jewish leaders have come first and he has no magic Dear Editor: established a Center for ChristianBecause I've never met you, this wand for a busy schedule. But "once I get into it, I have a Jewish Understanding at Sacred note is to share with you the fact. that now I know what the author' 1IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIlUJllllllllliliflIIIIIIIIIIIIII1I11111111111 Heart University, Fairfield, Conn. of those interesting Anchor editor- special and, without a father, that Rabbi Jack Bemporad of Temple ials looks like, after seeing your fact played an important part in Israel in Lawrence, N.Y., said the center will help Christians see proud picture with your graduat- my life. ing niece in the June 5 issue. Uncles are important. Best wishes Judaism as a living faith, not a. fossilized relic, and will help Jews Somehow the picture struck a to your niece and you. gain a new perspective on Chrisnote in my own past life with an Mary Hauser tianity. . uncle who seemed to think I was East Sandwich
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Vatican homosexual paper no mandate,. says bishop SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) At a parish liturgy offered for persons with AIDS and the virus that causes it, Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco expressed sorrow for "the hurt that many have experienced" over a new Vatican document on homosexuality. But he said the statement was "not a mandate" for bishops. The document, released in late July, was titled "Some Considerations Concerning the Response..to Legislative Proposals on the NonDiscrimination of Homosexual Persons." It provoked strong protests from homosexual groups, in part because it argued that "there are areas in which it is not unjust discrimination to take sexual orientation into account" in civil laws and policies. As areas where discrimination may be justified it cited adoptive or foster parenting, teaching and coachingjobs, and military service. Archbishop Quinn spoke about the document in a homily during a Mass concluding 40 Hours devotion at Most Holy Redeemer Church, a parish in San Francisco's Castro district, where the city's large gay population is most heavily concentrated. Each of the eight years that the parish has held40 Hours for AIDS and HIV patients, Archbishop Quinn has celebrated the closing Mass. He said that under the Vatican's own rules for understanding different levels of church documents, the new Vatican text "is not a mandate but a document intended as an informal aid to bishops look-
ing for assistance in dealing with problems of legislation." .. Vatican press officer Joaquin Navarro-Valls said the same thing in releasing the document, the archbishop noted. Navarro-Valls described the text as "a background resource offering discreet assistance" and said it was "not intended" either as an "instruction" or as a "judgment" about responses of local bishops to local situations. "In a more official document in 1986, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith held that given the complexity of these issues, the bishops would have to make their own judgments at the local level," Archbishop Quinn said. "Consequently," he added, "my policy and the policy of the archdiocese will continue to be what it has been: to affirm and defend the human and civil rights of gay and lesbian persons; to oppose unjust or arbitrary discrimination in housing or employment; to affirm and defend the church's teaching on marriage and the family; to affirm and defend the church's teaching on the distinction between sexual orientation and behavior; but especially always to remember that 'there are three things that last, faith, hope and charity. And the greatest of these is charity,''' He said that he, the bishops of California and the U.S. bishops as a group "have over a period of many years affirmed the human and civil rights of gay and lesbian persons, including the right to be free of unjust discrimination in housing and employment,"
Native American Catholics gather LOS ANGELES (CNS)- The deep, rhythmic thumping of Indian drums echoed across Loyola Marymount University's Los Angeles campus in mid-July as American Indian Catholics from throughout Southern California gathered for their third annual powwow. More than 400 Native American Catholics representing various tribes defied unusually wet weather to dance, sing and celebrate the ancient customs of their Indian and Catholic traditions during the two-day event. This year's powwow honoring Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was sponsored by the Native American Ministry Office of the Los Angeles archdiocese, with the support of the City of Angels Kateri Circle. In 1980, Blessed Kateri became the first North American Indian to be beatified by Pope John Paul II. Born to a Mohawk chief and Algonquin mother, Blessed Kateri converted to Christianity and led a vowed life of service teaching children about the Catholic faith and caring for the sick and elderly. She died in 1680 at age 24 and the church celebrates her memory on July 14. The Kateri circle was founded in 1987 both as a Catholic outreach to Native Americans and as a prayer group for Blessed Kateri's canonization. Morethan 150,000 Native Americans reside in the metro Los Angeles area, making it the largest urban concentration of Native Americans in the United States. Traditional tribal dances and chants are a central feature of the powwows. Brightly painted male
The Anchor Friday, August 28, 1992
The area around Holy Rosary began to change racially in the early 1970s. Membership dipped. When the parish reached its 90th anniversary in 1972, it was celebrated in a big way because some doubted the parish would be around to mark its centennial. The last two decades at Holy Rosary have been marked by change. The parish has had to cope with other parishes merging with it and its school being closed. The parish has adapted by reinventing itself. At the Palm Sunday Mass in 1983, Father William Stenzel, then MEMBERS OF the third class of permanent deacons of pastor, held a "funeral" for the the Fall River diocese and their wives marked the men's fifth parish as it had been. On Holy Thursday, churchgoers signed a anniversary of ordination at 8t. Ann's Church, Raynham, with charter member card signifying Rev. John F. Moore, director of the diaconate program as the rebirth of the church. Mass celebrant and homilist. A dinner and program followed Holy Rosary was reborn again in the parish center. From left, Deacons John Welch; Marcel in 1990 when All Saints parish Morency, Michael Murray, Paul Macedo, Richard Dresser, merged with it. Holy Rosary held a closing liturgy, then a liturgy to Father Moore, Deacons Robert Normandin, John Moniz, celebrate the merger. Fifteen flags, Claude LeBlanc, Louis Bousquet. Other class members were representing the ethnic groups now Deacon James Marzelli, unable to attend, and the late Deacon' a part of the parish, were marched up the aisle. James O'Gara. "The key was that at any given time these people were willing to let go of what has been and reshape the future," says Father Stenzel. Parishioners say the church always had an ability to adjust. Recalling the parish in the midfears, says Mrs. Molski. When she CHICAGO (CNS) - On Sun1960s, Ms. Molski says that "the lived in a predominantly white days at Holy Rosary Church on little Italian ladies who could barely neighborhood, her black friends Chicago's South Side worshipers were reluctant to visit. Her hus- speak a word of English were spill out of the pews to say the band, Ted, would tell the wpmen, . probably the most enthusiastic Lord's Prayer. Circling the church, they join "Just walk in backwards and say supporters of Vatican II." The parish recently celebrated you're leaving." hands. Black and white hands Holy Rosary is located in Chi- the feast of St. Charles Lwanga, a interlock. cago's Roseland, a predominantly saint dear to African-Americans. The picture of racial harmony black neighborhood. The parish is A seminarian from Uganda residcalls to mind an old Coca-Cola one of a few in the archdiocese ing at the parish helped plan the television spot featuring a multiMass. with a racial mix almost evenly racial crowd singing on a mounAfterward, a white parishioner divided between black and white. tain top, or a colorful Benetton slipped current pastor, Father There are also some Hispanics. advertisement with a cross-section Richard Creagh, a note. "I never of ethnic groups. In recent decades some other before had such a clear concept of . But the Holy Rosary parishion- churches in the city closed or God's universal, all-reaching love became all-black as whites moved ers are not actors simulating good for all his people," it read. out. cheer among races to sell a product. The two races not only pray together; they also play together. Whites and blacks visit each other's homes. They invite one another to weddings and family parties. Parishioners are not insulated from racial ill will. They say prejudice is common in the workplace Automatic Metered Delivery and in social settings. But, for them, Holy Rosary is a model of 24 Hour Customer Burner Service racial togetherness. Sonia Williams, an AfricanCom plete Heating Systems Installed American parishioner, says: "It Free Estimates Budget Plans sounds too good to be true. Like I'm lying. Believe me, we're a famYou Never Had Service Until You Tried CHARLIE'S ily. Race doesn't come into play." At Holy_ Rosary, friendships 674-8709 675-7426 cross racial boundaries: Marty Thomas, who is white, is the con46 Oak Grove Ave•• Fall River, MA. 02723 firmation sponsor for Larry Mills, an African-American teenager. Thomas is a friend of Mills' mother and lives near his aunt. He Pharmacy RECIS~~l:I~fr~=CISTS once took in Mills' grandmother after a fire ruined her house. Invalid Equipment For Rent or Sale "This is like a big family. 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SANDRA LEWIS, 3, performed tribal dances during the recent Kateri Circle Pow Wow in L.A. and female dancers clad in buckskin costumes and festooned in eagle feathers danced in a specially blessed oval-shaped area on the grass in front of the' university chapeL. Nearby, several canopied booths displayed all manner of American Indian crafts, artwork and food. Four large, authentic teepees also graced the grounds. The powwow serves an important social and religious function in the Native American Catholic community, but it is not solely a show or exhibit, according to Atonement Father Paul' Ojibway, archdiocesan director of Native American ministry.
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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Aug. 28, 1992
OXFORD, Ohio (CNS) - Before he secretly converted to Catholicism in 1970, Dominican Brother Julius A. Schreider, 65, was a Soviet mathematician and scientist searching for a spiritual home. Born'in 1927 to a family of Jewish agnostics in the Ukraine, he moved to Moscow at age 10 and attended Soviet schools, earning doctorates in mathematics and philosophy. He lived in Moscow's elite academic circles, published articles in scientific journals and in the 1950s was on the team that worked on the first Soviet computer. In an interview during a visit to the United States for a symposium at Miami University in Oxford, Brother Schreider described how his spiritual search in the 1950s and '60s drew him to religion and then to Catholicism - culminating in his secret baptism in 1970 in a small Catholic church in Estonia. Now as a Dominican brother he is teaching philosophy and ethics at Moscow's new Catholic college, which he helped establish last November - the first Roman Catholic' institution of higher learning to operate in Russia since the Bolshevik Revolution. He said as a young adult he felt th'at religion was "something very important. But ... I had no possibility to believe." But he had "some intuition of God" that he could not shake. As he came to recognize that the source of morality was religion, not science, "I understood that I must be baptized." He said his attraction to Catholicism grew from a 1960s meeting with Catholic intellectuals in Poland. He saw in Catholicism a place where his spiritual and'intellectual convictions could come together. With the collapse of communism, he founded and is chairman of the Catholic Spiritual Dialogue Club of Moscow. He has also
helped found a Catholic parish in the city, as well as the new college. Brother Schreider said he continues to work as a research scientist for $20 a month, because the new Catholic college can only afford to pay teachers $8 to $10 a month. He said the college started last fall with two classrooms in a former high school, 40 students and 10 faculJY members: six priests, two sisters and two Dominican brothers, including himself. "It is growing very quickly" and has begun accepting enrollees from other cities and correspondencecourse students, he said. The college students range from 18 to 50 years of age and come from a variety of backgrounds, he said. Some may go on to prepare for priesthood, others may become lay evangelists or social workers. The college does not yet provide formal religion courses, but Brother Schreider said church officials in Moscow and Rome are already discussing plans to upgradeit to a full seminary and Catholic university with theology, philosophy and economics faculties.
The Fall River Regional Nutrition Program, under the direction of the Council on Aging, has started a cold supper program. Every weekday, cold suppers are delivered with hot lunches to homebound elders who are in need of a nutritious balanced meal. A sample of the cold supper menus include chicken salad, tuna, sliced roast beef, and cheese tortellini. The meals are developed to meet the dietary needs of elder.s who are on modified diets. Interested seniors may call the Nutrition Program for eligibility requirements at 324-2825, Voice/ TDD 324-2000.
The not so-empty nest Today's tough economic conditions are keeping many adult children in their parents' homes. Some tips on.coping:
more fun, but I fear the As I got had more to do with the fact that I drove the teacher to school than myskil!. I have the Irish gift for languages, and my quartet of teachers helped me fall in love with the Teutonic tongue. I can see them all now: Peter Galin, Mathilda Holtz, Hermine Koenig and Miss Ape!. I joined the German club, the Deutscher Verein, and learned the poetry, songs and music of that storied land. Remember, that was in the mid-30s, and Hitler was just a crazy man in the newsreels. Each teacher had his or her own way. Galen, who had served in the Foreign Legion, loved to tell dog stories in different languages;. the dogs always barked the same: "Woof, woof." We had a lot of Jewish kids in each class, and Miss Koenig had a very sharp ear. "Speak German," she would say to those who tried to fool her, "not Yiddish." Yiddish is a mix of Hebrew and German many kids learned from their parents. I left my German classes with songs and poetry I still love to sing and recite. Heinrich Heine's "Die Lorelei" is a favorite. So is the sad tale of "Der Erl-Koenig," about the little boy dying in his father's arms. During World War II, I discovered that a haunting German song, "Lili Marlene," was a favor-
ite of both American and German soldiers. I still carry the German version around with me. I heard "Wie einst, Lili Marlene," sung in a smoke-filled night club on the waterfront at Bremerhaven, Germany, when I. was a merchant seaman delivering UNRRA wheat to the starving Germans in 1946. I was in the battered port of Bremen when I tried my classroom German on a young lad. "Geht dieser Strassenbahn in die Stadt?" I asked to see if the track led to town, "Yes," the mere child replied, in perfect English, "and it will be right along in 10 minutes." Great teachers open up new worlds for their pupils, and that's what my four German teachers did for me. I wonder where they are today. Miss Apel was 94 when she died, and my other Deutsch teachers appeared to be much older than she. If there had been a ser~ice, a reception or a wake, I'm sure some of Miss Apel's old students would have paid their respects. I would have liked to compare memories of those simpler days of long ago.
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"N 0 services will be held." They were just a few words in an obituary for a high school teacher of mine, but they reminded me of the wisdom of Church teaching about the need to bury the dead. Modern science and medicine have learned that survivors need a final act of separation to end the bereavement process, but public burial services have other important advantages. . . 'When the mortal life of Harriet K. Apel was over, there was no public gathering for any of her former students to say farewell, offer a final prayer or have a chance to reminisce about the impact a good teacher had on their lives. And Miss Apel taught a lot of students German, Spanish and English at North High School in Minneapolis, where she labored for 30 years. I had her for one semester of German, but I've never forgotten it. Almost everybody has a favorite teacher or two during high school, but I was especially lucky: in four terms of studying German I had four different teachers and when I resumed studying the language'in college, I was bored. All the high school teachers helped make German almost a second language for me, unlike the other tongues I studied. High school Latin was hard work but great training. College French was
I. If possible, establish the grown child's bedroom on a different level from yours such as a downstairs recreation room. 2. If your child is employed, even minimally, establish a monthly payment for rent and food. This will help ease your son or daughter into the realities of having an apartment. 3. Set specific ground rules on use of your house and car and stick to them. 4. Consider adding a second phone line - and having your adult child pay for it. Make it clear you expect payment for any long distance calls. 5. Decide in advance how much help you want on such daily chores as laundry, yard work, cooking and cleaning. It's your home! Your grown child lives with you by privilege, not by right. The Cranberry Scoop, Dennis Council on Aging, June 1992
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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Aug. 28,1992
Straight talk to pols from Bishop McFarland ORANGE, Calif. (CNS) - If Catholic teaching," Bishop McCatholic politicians feel compelled Farland said. by conscience to act contrary to But, he added, "one cannot act church teaching on an issue, they contrary to a formal teaching of must accept that the decision Catholic faith and at the.same time places them oqtside the Catholic say he is witnessing to the Catholic faith community, according ,to a faith." California bishop. If a Catholic in any profession, Bishop Norman F. McFarland including politics, feels he or she of Orange termed it "the worst "must 'act contrary to Catholic kind of intellectual prostitution" teaching in a decision of confor a Catholic to say that he or she science," Bishop McFarland said, believes abortion is murder but to "then that is what he must do; but then fail to restrict it because oth- he must not pretend that he is witers do not have the same beliefs. nessing to the Catholic faith by Writing on "Conscience and the that action or that he is free to go Public Square," Bishop McFar- to Holy Communion - which is land criticized the American "com- the sacrament that expresses the mandment" that says a politician unity of faith .. His action in that or voter "must never allow his pri-. case would simply be a lie." vate convictions of conscience to "To hold views that are antithetinto public life." icaHo what is integral to Catholic BOYS AT St. Vincent de Paul Camp greet Bishop O'Malley during his Aug. 20 visit. intrude "Reproached indeed is the legis- faith is not compatible with being (Breen photo) . lator who would consider impos- a 'faithful Catholic,'" he added. ing on his constituents a statute "What we look for in our Catholic that reflected a conscientious moral politicians is what we ask of every judgment, especially if that deter- . politician - to set an example of Days of celebration marked the The Aug. 6 anniversary celebra- · Joseph's parish, Taunton, where mination had a parallel in Catholic honesty, courage and virtue." teaching," he wrote. "Hardly less a end of the summer season at St. tion was a surprise for Father Boffa, he is parochial vicar. is the CathVincent de Paul, Catholic Boys who received a thank-you card' Mrs. Boffa and her husband, scoundrel, apparently, olic who would register in the elec~ and Nazareth day camps in West- signed by more than 200 campers who died in 1966, adopted the port as campers received a 'visit along with gift certificates for future priest in 1955 as a two-year- tion booth a conviction that coinfrom their new bishop and honored deep-sea fishing trips and a cook- old from a New York Catholic' cided with a religious teaching of camp director Father William L. out with staff members, family orphanage. At the time the family his church." 102 Shawomet Avenue Bishop McFarland dismissed Boffa for his 10 years of service. . and friends. lived in Connecticut. It included Somerset, Mass. such views as "nonsense." Bishop Sean O'Malley paid his older siblings John and Stephanie, The day culminated in dedicaThe only politician mentioned first visit to the camp grounds on adopted from the same orphanage. Tel. 674-4881 Aug. 20, when he and Msgr.John tion of the camp's newly rebuilt Stephanie is now Sister Eileen .by name in the statement was New baseball field, named in Father 3Vz room Apartment York Gov. Mario Cuomo, a DemJ. Oliveira were greeted by more Marie Boffa, a Daughter of St. Boffa's honor. In their first game 4Vz room Apartment ocrat. than 150 campers as well as by Mary in Connecticut. John, who , Bishop McFarland said Cuomo, Includes heat, hot water, stove reo Vincentians from around the,dio- on' the field, St. Vincent de Paul · married and had a child, diedsevcampers made the celebration friprator and maintenance service. who is Catholic, .welcomes the .cese. eral years ago. complete with a big victory over chUrch's "guiding moral norm on Mrs. Boffa moved to New BedBishop O'Malley conducted a . the Mattapoisett YMCA camp. ford 17 years ago when Father capital punishment which happens prayer service in the camp chapel to lend support to his own view." Among those sharing Father Boffa became a priest in the Fall and then toured the grounds, But on the issue of abortion, River diocese. meeting campers, counselors and Boffa's big day was his mother, MARRIAGE Cuomo "and some other politistaff members. Campers presented . Suzanne Boffa, who lives in New cians who claim to be Catholics PREPARATION the bishop with a Nazareth T-shirt Bedford. She said her son visits suddenly find it irr~sponsible to her two nights a week from St. as a memento of his visit. AT ITS BEST! legislate in the absence of a consensus view, and instruct us about (.h·e ..I Gift . the parameters of religion and ('.>r'ifieo'e For . I politics," he added. U'(>(·k(·,.d ..lu·oy "The bottom line is that you BOISE, Idaho (CNS) - Mark For Info Contact Bieter is learning more than work, must always follow your conscience ..-_.. TIM & BARBARA skills in his first job out'of college. no matter what the consequence, and this would include the possiHAYDEN The Idaho native, who works EE TEl. 336-4381 for the Union of Catholic Asian bility of a situation where your conscience did not agree with News in Bangkok, Thailand, has sharpened his writing skills, his understanding of Asian life and his appreciation for the Catholic Church. When he first found out about UCAN, he said it was "embarrassingly clear" how little he knew 24-hour banking, about Asia. "I majored in political science and journalism, but most of my classes dealt with Europe and America," Bieter wrote in a letter. Since he was hired, Bieter's knowMember FDIC/DIFM LENDER """""""" ledge of Asia has increased. He describes his experience as "a sort of mini-degree in Asian studies."
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"Even on the West Coast of the United States I think we tend to ignore the importance of this continent where two-thirds of the world's people live," he said. Bieter edits news stories from the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Singapore and other areas · in Southeast Asia, a job which he said has improved his writing skills. "There are about 300 reporters writing for UCAN throughout the continent, but most of them are HOME FIELD: Father William Boffa is right at home on not professional journalists and the ballfield dedicated in his honor as he throws an inaugural do not have English as a native ball. (Breen photo) language," hi said.
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"Ye'arbook lists'just the facts about the global church VATICAN CITY (CNS) - If you're on the lookout for "leading indicators" of church trends around the globe, try dipping into the Vatican's recently published Statistical Yearbook, The 450-page annual is loaded with facts on the church's personnel and institutions, but it's never been a bestseller. The volume receives its most thorough thumbingover in the Secretariat of State, the nerve center of the Roman Curia, . which tries to spot hopeful signs and incipient problems. This year's book brings statistics up to date through 1990. When Vatican experts take out their highlighter pens, here are a few of the numbers they might mark: - The world's total Catholic population stood at 928.5 million, plus about 5 million "uncounted" in places like China. That represented nearly 18 percent of the world population - exactly the ratio of 10 years previous. Over that period, the greatest percentage growth- was in Africa, while some slippage occurred in Europe. - Catholics in East European countries are finally being counted. There were officially 2 million Catholics in Belarus and 2.5 million in Ukraine. ,But these two places had the lowest ratio of priest-per-Catholic on the continent. - The number of priests worldwide reached 403,000 in 1990 marking the first increase in decades. The biggest gains were registered in Africa and Asia, with i:leclines continuing in Europe and
the Americas. In the United States, the total dropped about 600 from 1989. Butthe global gain was good news for the Vatican. - The bad news was that the average pastoral workload kept growing heavier. There were 2,303 Catholics per priest in 1990, compared to about 1,500 per priest in 1970. The worst ratios were in Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Belarus, Angola and Honduras - showing that the problem extends across many regions. The United States, on the other hand, continued to have an exceptionally healthy ratio of one priest for every 1,026 Catholics. - More than one-fourth of the world's parishes are now without a resident priest. The number is especially high in parish-heavy Europe, so the situation is not as bad globally as the statistics might suggest; elsewhere, 85 percent of parishes still have priests. Most "priestless" parishes are administered by a neighboring cleric. But especially in North America and Europe, parishes are gradually being entrusted to deacons, nuns and lay people. Thanks to this, the number of "entirely vacant" parishes has actually dropped. , - The number ofseminarians is on the increase, up 13 percent over the last five years, with the biggest gains in Africa and Asia. This helps explain why some Vatican officials are seriously talking about African "missionaries" in coming years for places like Europe.
- Church schools continue to survive in most places, with about 160,000 institutions serving some 44 million students. Both numbers are up from 1980, and the fastest growth was again seen in Africa, where enrollment jumped more than 50 percent. - Two statistical indexes of religious practice might give cause for concern. In Europe, the number of baptism~ per 1,000 Catholics hit an all-time low of 10.6 - a statistic that primarily reflects a plummeting birth rate. In Africa, a similar index for church marriage declined again; that's one reason Pope John Paulo II and others keep stressing the importance of the sacrament of matrimony to African Catholics. - In marriage annulment requests, U.S. Catholics still provide the bulk ofthe world's cases: 50,000 ' out of a total of 70,000 introduced in 1990. The backlog in the United States is proportional, with more than 40,000 cases carried over from year to year. The statistics also show that annulments were obtained in about four-fifths of the cases, most on grounds of"invalid consent." - Surprise, surprise: Italians still dominate the Vatican administrative offices. The numbers show that-Italy had 85 bishops, archbishops and, cardinals working in the Roman Curia in 1990, nearly half the total. That's about the same percentage as 1980 -no doubt a comforting statistic in some Vatican circles.
Ancient 'Spanish liturgy finds new life 'at Vatican VATICAN CITY (CNS) - A Arabs"). The local faithful kept liturgical curiosity from medieval the rite alive until Toledo was Spain, after struggling centuries reconquered in 1085 by King Alfor survival, has found its way to phonse VI of Castile. the altar of St. Peter's Basilica. The king, following the advice Pope John Paul II celebrated of his monastic advisers, promptly this year's Ascension Day Mass in tried to suppress the rite himself. It the ancient Mozarabic rite, a two- was an age in which liturgical dihour liturgy recently restored to its vergence was considered a politioriginal "purity" by the Spanish cal challenge. But the .Mozarabic church. faithful held out. The ceremony was a rare examEventually, a compromise was ple of liturgical diversity in the reached: six local parishes were Western church, where the Roman allowed to keep the unique rite rite is nearly universal. and to pass on their "membership" As the Vatican's master of pon- to immediate family members. The tifical ceremonies whispered in- Mozarabic community has been structions in his ear, the pope shrinking ever since, and now num- ' worked his way through the un- bers only a few hundred families. familiar Mass. It was the first time Regular use of the rite has been a pope had celebrated the rite, limited to a chap.el of the Toledo used today only by a small number cathedral. of Spaniards. But just when it seemed the rite Despite its limited following, would die out, the Second Vatican the pope said it was important that Council reawakened interest in this "significant ecclesial and cul- locall'lturgies. In 1982, a panel of tural reality not be relegated to experts began consulting early oblivion." In a sermon, he noted ,manuscripts and stripping the that Spaniards had defendedthe Mozarabic rite of its liturgical liturgy "even to the point of embellishments. When the restored version was finally brought out martyrdom." The survival of the Mozarabic this year, the pope was eager to rite is a story of tenacity. Dating â€˘ inaugurate it in St. Peter's Basilica. While Eastern-rite churches have from early Christian times in Visigothic Spain, it began disappear- long had their oWn liturgies, other ing from most of the Iberian Western rites - including those in peninsula in the II th century, after North Africa and Europe - have Pope Gregory VII decreed .the long died out. The one other exception is the Ambrosian rite in Milan, Roman rite for all of Europe. The liturgy was preserved, how- Italy. Innovative liturgies such as that ever, in areas occupied by Muslims - especially the city of Toledo used in Africa are a different mat- where its adherents were called ter, Vatican officials said. What is "Mozarabic" (literally, "amid the often called the "Zairese rite," for 0
example, is actually a set of adaptations within the framework of the Roman missal. Another church official pointed out that the Vatican feels safe resuscitating a historical rite, but is much more wary of innovative liturgies for younger churches in places like Africa. The Mozarabic rite will now be allowed throughout Spain on special occasions, but Spanish church leaders said the goal is not to promote expanded use. One distinguishing feature of the Mozarabic Mass is its emphasis on "dialogue" between celebrant and congregation, to the point of inserting an "Amen" after every phrase of the Our Father. Another unique element comes during the communion rite, when the celebrant arranges nine pieces of the host in the shape of a cross, to represent chapters in Christ's life and death. The rite has no elevation of the Eucharist after the consecration, and no final blessing. The Mass is generally said in Spanish - though the pope celebrated in Latin, oprobably the original language at the time of the Visigoths. For the 800 Spanish pilgrims who came to Rome for the event, the Mass was an unexpected recognition of their' ancestors' perseverance. For the pope, it was an occasion to prove - as he said in his homily - that the universal church makes room for "legitimate variety" of local communities, as long as unity is not damaged.
BACKED BY the Italian Alps, Pope John Paul II arrives at Lorenzago Cadore in mountainous northern Italy. (eNS/ Reuters photo)
Pope scopes Alps LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy (CNS) - Pope John Paul II arrived in the northern Italian Alps Aug. 17 saying his two-week stay would be a period of convalescence, but he did give a nearby peak the hiker's eye. "We hope to be able to climb up there," he said,looking at Mount Tudaio just three weeks after leaving a Rome hospital. The pope and a small entourage,"inkllidirig his' perso'nar physician, flew to Treviso by plane, then to Lorenzago di Cadore by helicopter. Dr. Renato Buzzonetti, the pope's physician, said the air in the Alps "is like a doctor without a license." The pope was continuing his recommended two months of convalescence in Lorenzago di Cadore, a small town north of Venice. He had originally planned to go there on vacation in July. Father Sesto da Pra, the pastor ofthe Lorenzago parish, told Vatican Radio, "We trust that the fresh clean air of our mountains will help restore him completely." The air apparently has curative powers. The pope has been taking long mountain hikes, even in the rain, said Joaquin Navarro-Valls, papal spokesman. "I see him completely recuperated," Navarro-Valls told Vatican Radio Aug. 25. The spokesman, who has a doctor's degree in medicine, has been with the pope during his August vacation.
"In fact, I am seeing the pope take long walks, even uphill," said Navarro-Valls. The hikes have taken the pope to altitudes over 6,000 feet above sea level, he said. "Several days ago there was an intense rain, but it in, no way stopped the pope's walk planned for the day," he added. "Raincoats were pulled out and the pope continued walking under the rain," he said. Navano-Valls said the pope plans a public recitation of the Angelus on Sunday, Aug. 30.
Joint commission VATICAN CITY (CNS) - The Vatican and Israel, in a major move toward diplomatic relations, have formed ajoint commission to study church-related problems in Israel and Israeli~occupiedterritories. "This is the first official step toward a clear objective: the establishment of diplomatic relations," Vatican spokesmanJoaquin NavarroValls said in announcing the initiative. Progress toward that goal will depend on "how these problems are resolved, one by one," he said.
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:"Republicans Continued from Page One clinics that provide birth control or abortion referrals. - Support for efforts to abolish the last vestiges of apartheid and establish democracy in South Africa. - A pledge to fight pornography and "the use of public funds to subsidize obscenity and blasphemy masquerading as art." - Opposition to legislation that legally' recognizes same-sex marriages and allows same-sex couples to adopt children. The Republican platform accused the Democratic Party, along with "elements within the media, the entertainment industry [and) academia," of "waging a guerriIla war against American values." "They deny personal responsibility, disparage traditional morality, denigrate religion and promote hostility toward the family's way of life," it said. But the document diverges from the bishops' views in its support for the death penalty, opposition to gun control and call for welfare reform based on requirements that recipients fulfill certain obligations such as marriage, school attendance or work. "Families on welfare with schoolage children must be required to send them to school or provide adequate home education in order to continue receiving public assistance," the platform said. "Young adult heads of welfare households should be required to complete appropriate education or training programs." Catholic leaders in several states have opposed efforts to reform local welfare programs along those lines. In their 'political responsibility statement, the bishops have called for a U.S. policy on refugees that ensures "the preservation of temporary refuge for all refugees and the provision of international refugee assistance at levels that ensure the dignity and human rights of all uprooted peoples." The Republican platform does not specifically address the refugee issue, but a Republican-issued comparison of the two parties' platforms criticized the Democrats on that topic. According to the GOP, the Democratic platform extends a "blanket invitation of sanctuary ... to 'politically oppressed people everywhere' without describing how they will house or adjudicate hundreds of thousands of claimants who may accept." On foreign policy issues, the picture is mixed. On the Mideast, the platform pledges support for a negotiated peace process that guarantees Israel's right to exist in safety - goals that the U.S. bishops also have backed. But while the bishops favor "recognition of Palestinian rights" including their right to an independent homeland, the Republicans vow to oppose an independent Palestinian state "or any entity which wiIljeopardize Israel's security." The platform praises democracy in EI Salvador and Nicaragua but makes no specific mention of aid to them or to nearby Guatemala. The bishops have opposed military aid to EI Salvador and Guatemala and urged the Bush administration to release aid to Nicaragua. The bishops and the Republicans agree on the need for a peaceful transition in South Africa to a
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Msgr. Gomes dies at 77 Continued from Page One plained," "Too much sugar; could have used some salt." The prelate's "golden career" was celebrated June 14 of this year when hundreds crowded Our Lady of Angels Church and parish hall for a Mass and reception honoring his 50th anniversary of ordination.
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TRAVELING IN Fatima, Portugal, in July, Sister M. Romanus Saleeba, RSM, of Mt. St. Rita Convent, Cumberland, RI, met Bishop Sean O'Malley, who was soon to be installed in her native diocese. Sister Saleeba regularly visits relatives in Seekonk.
Franciscans seek ways to live values DENVER (CNS) - About 400 Franciscan men and women from the United States and Canada recentIy met in Denver to examine the Franciscan North American experience. "We North Americans not only have a different way of living, we have a different way'of thinking from the rest of the world," said Franciscan Father John Quigley, chief executive officer of Franciscans Network, which sponsored the event. "We have a different way of experiencing Jesus a~d Francis of Assisi." Keynote speakers at the August event included Rosemary Haughton, Robert Bellah and William Foege. Although not Franciscans, they challenged the participants to live their traditional Franciscan values in the 21 st century. Ms. Haughton, a theologian and author, suggested that Franciscans with their traditional charisms of poverty and fraternity examine ways to give witness to "alternative economies" that mitigate against greed, competition and self-sufficiency. Bellah, a sociolgist and author, criticized the "spoiled moral environment" of North America with its widening gulf between rich and poor. He said that the tradition and faith life of worshiping communities holds the key for those who hope to understand and transform culture. Foege, a physician who directs the Carter Center at Emory University in Atlanta, raised the question of how North American society would be remembered in history. He said that real needs are often subject to the greed of the affluent, citing as an example the fact that the $3 billion necessary to wipe out infant mortality worldwide is not available, even though that amount
is spent daily on weapon production and distribution. At a separate gathering of lay Franciscans in Ohio, Bishop Charles J. Chaput of Rapid City, S.D., a Capuchin Franciscan, told participants to go against secularism in this "cultural war we're experiencing." At the 14th Nationaf Congress of the Secular Franciscan Order, the bishop criticized "Catholicbashing." Saying the worst attacks on the church come from within, lie urged Franciscans to work for reform "with respect and affection."
Aug. 29 1921, Rev. Joseph DeViIlandre, D.D., Founder, Sacred Heart, North Attleboro 1975 Msgr. WiIliam H. Harrington, Retired Pastor, Holy Name, Fall River; Director of Fall River cemeteries Sept. 1 1985, Rev. Jorge de J. Sousa, Pastor, St. Elizabeth, Fall River
ton Dec. 16, 1914. He was the son of the late Antonio J. and Maria (Baptista) Gomes. After graduation from Notre Dame, he prepared for the priesthood at the Seminary of Angra, Terceira, Azores, and at St. Bernard's Seminary, Rochester, N.Y., and was ordained June'4, 1942, by the late Bishop James E. Cassidy. From 1942 to 1953, he was parochial vicar at St. John the Baptist parish, New Bedford, then was briefly at St. Anthony of Padua parish, Fall River, before serving at Santo Christo, Fall River, until 1961, when he was named pastor of Our Lady of Angels. On Nov. 29,1987, Msgr. Gomes, who had been named a Domestic Prelate with the title of monsignor on April21, 1964, was raised to the rank of Pronotary Apostolic, the highest honorary designation for a monsignor. Other positions Msgr. Gomes held over the years included service on the Diocesan Board of Consultors and with the Family Life Bureau, pr~cursor of the present Diocesan Office of Family Ministry. He also worked with preCana and Cana Conference programs for eng!lged a~d married couples. In the Fall River community, he was chairman of the city Council on Aging, a director of the United Way and a member of the Community Service advisory board. In retirement, Msgr. Gomes lived at the Priests' Hostel, Fall River. The Mass of' Christian Burial was offered for him yesterday at Our Lady of Angels with Bishop Sean P. O'Malley as principal celebrant and many priests of the diocese as concelebrants. Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Taunton.
Priests to deacons? VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Becoming permanent deacons is a possibility for some married men who say they were secretly ordained during Czechoslovakia's communist rule, says Prague Archbishop Miloslav Vlk. Another option is working as priests in the Eastern rite, which allows a married priesthood, he said in a Vatican Radio interview. The permanent diaconate is a possibility for married men whose ordination is in doubt and who want to work in the Latin rite, he added.
. Councilor named VATICAN CITY (CNS) - New York Cardinal John J. O'Connor has been named by Pope John Paul II as a' member ofthe Pontifical Council for the Family. The council promotes church teaching on family matters and helps Catholic families carry out their mission of education and evangelization. In recent years it has sponsored seminars on abortion, drug abuse and marriage preparation. Cardinal O'Connor heads the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
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By Linda L. Rome and Make Friends." The other I was ferrying two teen-age boys choices are common mistakes back and forth to summer band .people make when trying to toss practice every day, hoping to play' the conversational ball. In fact, says Gabor, "I encourthe invisible mother eavesdropping on a spirited with-it teen conversa- age people to think about keeping ' the conversational ball in play, tion. much like a game of tennis;" The What did I hear? The bigO. Zero. Nothing. Silerice reigned after object, of course, is to keep the ball the obligatory "How.are you?" in the air as long as possible. and the equally obligatory re~ The version we play around our sponsel "Fine," dinner table has a few rules to help , . At first I tried to help,launching, us all: conversationat.balloons that sank, 1. Do notinierupt the other under the weight' of one-word "person. replies'. . . . '2. Ask questions that can't be' ' Then I thought they werefeeling answer~~ by a,simple yes or no; inhibited. because, ormy "mother presence," and' I. attempted' total ,3. Make sure everyone gets Ii ',,' invisibility to, no avail. La'fer I, chance to.talk. questioned my son" and h'e' ,4. Don't make negative comshrugged. ments; they're a turn-off; I noticed it wasn't just this pair. (To get a -free tip sheet on conNot only'between peers, but at the dinner table, at family gatherings versation skills, man a stamped and even, at parties, conversation self-addressed envelope to: Don Gabor, "50 Ways to Improve Your seemed to be a monologue or a Conversations," Box 715, Brooksilence marathon. , For all the media attention to lyn, NY 11215.) the importance of,communication, the convivial art of conversation is a skill too often overlooked. And good conversation is a skill, much like any other that can be learned Recent box office hits and practiced. Try this little quiz to help you 1. Unlorgiven, A-IV (R) rate your conversational skills. 2. Death Becomes Her, I. You are at a party (or family A-III (PG-13) reunion) and you see someone 3. Raising Cain, A-III (R) who looks interesting. You a) hope 4. 3 NinJas, A-III (PG) the other person comes over and 5. A League of Their Own, says hello; b) introduce yourseif A-II (PG) and ask the other person's name; 6. Mo' Money, 0 (R) 7. Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, c) walk away, assuming such an A-II (PG) interesting person would never 8. Whispers In the Dark, speak to someone like you. o (R) 2. You're past the, hello, how9. Sister Act, A-III (PG) and who-are-you stage with a per10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, son you only know from your A-III (PG-13). math class., You a) start talking, nonstop about the time you had. the flu, never stopping to ask a question the other person could answer; b) ask an open-ended question based on information you noticed about the other person. For example: ~'What did you think of Magic Johnson and the Olympic Dream Team?" - because you saw this person carrying arourid Recent top rentals the latest Sports Illustrated; c) fold 1. The Hand That Rocks the your arms and give one-word Cradle, 0 (R) responses to every question' the 2. Hook, A-II (PG) other person poses - without 3. The Prince 01 Tides, mentioning any' other topic 'of A-IV(R) , interest. 4. Rush, A-IV (R) . 3. Which of the followingis the 5.' Juice, 0 (R) . sign of a good conversationalist? 6. ' Stal'l Or My Mom Will You a) argue about minor details; Shoot, A-II (PG~ 13) b) listen for free information from 7. Shining Through, A-III (R) the person. For example, the other 8. Star Trek VI: The Undis~ 'person mentions she watched a TV covered Country, special on American needlework. A-II (PG) You can mention your grand9. Cape Fear, 0 (R) mother's antique quilt; c) be a 10. Grand Canyon, A-Ill (R) know-it-all. If you answered "b" for the best FATHER BILL BAKER celebrates Mass at the annual Emmaus community summer ways to improve your conversapicnic at Cathedral Camp, East Freetown. The chasuble he wears belonged to the late Father tional skills, you're on your way, Thomas Mayhew, a longtime supporter of the Emmaus and ECHO retreat programs for young according to Don Gaber, author I of "How to Start a Conversation 漏 1992 CNS Graptics LIst courtesy 01 Va.lt!ty adults and youth. (Hickey photo)
concerns the past, asking us when we should be willing to let go of former experiences. For the woman in the song, to "say goodbye to yesterday, these are words that I'Il'never say." The song's question is an important one: Should you never "look back" but "keep your head held high," and refuse to ask "why"? When God gives us life, we By Charlie Martin also receive a past, the pres~nt This Used to Be My Playground and a future. In my opinion, the most imThis used to ~e my playground portant part of this threefold This us~d to be my childhood dream division of time is right now This used to be the place I ran to the present. How we live and Whenever I was in need of a friend enjoy this day, filling it with as Why did it have to end much love as possible, is what And why do they always say counts most. Don't look back Yet b'oth past and future inKeep your head held high our present. How we fluence Don't askthem why , feel today often is colored by. Because life is short what has gone on in the past. And before you know Yesterday'S joys and hurts You~re feeling old have a way of spilling into our And your heart is breaking nows. When we, learn from our Don't hold onto the past memories' and they 'give us the Well that's too much to ask incentive to live in rewarding This used to be my playground .' ways right now, then indeed the This, used to be my childhood dream past becomes a valued teacher This used to be the place I ran to offindingthe best in ourselves. Wheneve,r 1 was in need of a friend However, when feelings from Why did it have to end" , the past block or distract us And why do they always say !rorri e'xperiencing today's joy, . No路regrets, ,then we need inner healing to But I wish that'you were here with me . get beyond what keeps us,from Well then, ther,e is hope yet being happy. I can see your face' As for the future, it is-the gift In a secret place of promise;, No ,matter how'we You are not just' a memory , are doing today, the future offers Say goodbye to yesterday hope and new possibilities. These are words that 111 never say , God's gift of the imagination This used to be my playground' our guide for picking what we is This used to be my pride and joy want to create and' what we This used to be the place we ran to want from the possibilities That no one in the world could dare destroy available to us. Yet if we live This used to be our playground' only for tomorrow, we miss This used to be our childhood dream today. This used to be the place we ran to The. best way to look upon I wish you were standing here with me _ the future is as a treasury of This used to be a playground potential, calling us to perceive This used to be our childhood dream what can be done today to fill Thi~ used to be the place we ran to our lives with love. The best things in life are always free Personally, I am slightly Wishing you' were here with me inclined to side with Madonna. Written by Madonna and Shep Pettibone, sung by Madonna, I am not completely willing to (c) 1992 by Sire Records Co. say goodbye to yesterday. Together with the promise of WOULD YOU LIKE to have filming" A League of Their tomorrow, we can use learnings Madonna, Tom Hanks and Own." Now off the movie sounddrawn from the past as pathtrack comes Madonna's latest Geena Davis hang out in your ways to finding today's joy. hit, "This Used to Be My Playneighborhood? That happened last summer in my southwestground." Your comments are welcomed by Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box The film is a nostalgic look at ern Indiana area. 182, Rockport, IN 47635. These and other stars were women's baseball. The song also
'Teen abortion p"rotesters risk arrest in Milwaukee MILWAUKEE (CNS) - Meg ,Schlosser is a typical teenager who takes drivers education, socializes with her friends and enjoys breaks from class. But unlike many of her peers, she has also been arrested twice because of her activity with Missionaries to the Preborn. Both times she was charged with disorderly conduct for attempting to break through police lines surrounding abortion clinics in Milwaukee. Recent protests to block entrances at Milwaukee clinics have been organized by Missionaries for the Preborn and Youth for America. More than 500 people were arrested in the protests that began in June. "I get scared every time I go and I start shaking, but then I remember God is on our side and he will take care of us," Miss Schlosser said in an interview with the Catholic Herald, newspaper of the Milwaukee Archdiocese. "It's not pleasant to be in jail and what I'm doing - getting cuffed and dragged hurts a lot but it is really nothing compared to what the babies go through," she added. Miss Schlosser, 15, always considered herself pro-life, but she initially disapproved ofthe "rescue" tactics practiced by the Missionaries. "I did not believe it was OK to break the law, but then I saw a program on Christian TV 30 and realized it was God saying one thing and man saying another," she said. She is not alone in her pro-life work. Her brother Rob, 18, and sister Katie, 12, have also been arrested. She and her family are members of St. Mary's Parish in Elm Grove, Wis.
The family's previous pro-life activities involved selling roses, the symbol of the movement, or joining in a life-chain exercise. The youths' mother, Barbara, said she was proud of her children. "When God says one thing and man another, you follow God's law no matter what the risk," she added. When the parents went to jail to get their daughters, they were ordered to pay two fines of $139 each for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. This prompted the father, an attorney, to volunteer his services to those who have been arrested. Meg, Katie and a friend, Ashlea Marincic, defended their civil disobedience in interviews with the Catholic Herald. Each of them still had scars and bruises from a recent arrest. "I'm old enough to have an abortion and those could be friends of mine going into the clinic," said Miss Marincic. "If I was going into the clinic for an abortion [pro-choicers] would call me a responsible young woman who is making a decision, but because I am rescuing, suddenly I am brainwashed and they call me a child." The youths said they have been encouraged by the increase in numbers of local people, especially Catholics, attracted to the grassroots effort against abortion. While the recent protests attracted people of all faiths, the majority of the protesters belonged to evangelical congregations. "It doesn't matter what religion we are - we are all part of the Church of Jesus Christ and what it comes down to is while we all disagree theologically, we agree on pro-life. We're going to put aside our differences and save babies." Meg said.
For help with homework he went to the top PHILADELPHIA (CNS) When students have trouble with homework, they usually ask their parents for help. Not Christopher Fritz. For a seventh-grade assignment at St. Ephrem School in Bensalem, Pa., he asked Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The general gladly obliged, especially since the student was reporting on one of Powell's heroes, 2nd Lt. Henry O. Flipper, America's first black military officer. "We could do anything we wanted, but our teacher wanted us to choose something from around the time of the Civil War," said young Christopher, who picked his subject from a story he read in Reader's Digest magazine. But the student, who will be an eighth grader this year, had a hard time finding more information on Flipper. In a recent interview with The Catholic Standard and Times, newspaper of the archdiocese of Philadelphia, he said he knew Flipper was the first black graduate of West Point and that he rode in a cavalry unit referred to as the Buffalo Soldiers. He also knew Flipper was court-martialed and dishonorably discharged in 1881. Almost a century later, he was
cleared of the charges and given back full military honors. After unsuccessful searches for more information, Christopher decided to ask Powell for help, remembering that the Reader's Digest article said the general had researched Flipper. So the 12-year-old wrote Powell, saying he wanted to try all sources of information before he took another subject. I n a large envelope marked "Official Business," Christopher received a personal letter, a copy of Soldier Magazine with an article on the Buffalo Soldiers, photographs of the Buffalo Soldier monument in Kansas and a biography of Flipper, "An Officer and a Gentleman," which Powell wanted returned. With the new material, Christopher learned that Flipper had been charged' with conduct unbecoming an officer, due to his friendship with the daughter of a white commander. In 1976, a Georgia teacher and congressman had the charges cleared. " Christopher kept his source of information secret until he turned in his report, which included photos, illustrations and a copy of a thank-you letter he'd sent Powell. Not surprisingly, he received 100-plus for his project.
The Anchor Friday, August 28, 1992
MADE IN THE SHADE: Seven-year-old Megan Rock, left, convincingly advertises lemonade at the stand she and Amanda Decker, right, set up on the campus of Loyola College in Baltimore. The two were attending Camp Lemonade Stand, a money management program for 7- to lO-year-olds. (CNS photo)
Coyle-Cassidy Coyle-Cassidy High School, Taunton, will begin the 1992-93 academic year with faculty and staff meetings Aug. 31 and Sept. I. Seniors are to report from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. I to pick up schedules and purchase books. Sept. 2 will be a full day of orientation for freshmen, uniforms required, beginning at 7:50 a.m. Juniors will report from 10:30 a.m. to noon and sophomores from 12: 15 to 1:30 p.m. to pick up schedules and purchase books. Sept. 3 will be a full day of school for all students. There will be no school Sept. 4 or 7, with classes resuming Sept. 8. Bus transportation will be available for students outside Taunton beginning Sept. 2. Taunton school bus service begins Sept. 9. The Coyle-Cassidy guidance department reports that 96 percent of the school's 140June 1992 graduates are continuing their education this fall at 62 institutions throughout the United States. Michael Deady has been named head basketball coach, succeeding William Tranter, who will remain Coyle-Cassidy's athletic director. Deady teaches social studies at Coyle-Cassidy and will also be on the football coaching staff. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he previously coached basketball at Portsmouth Abbey and was a"ssistant football coach at Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth. Last year he wasjunior varsity basketball coach at Coyle-Cassidy.
Taunton Catholic Middle School TCMS will begin its 21st school year on Sept. 2, when fifth- and sixth-graders will report from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Seventh- and eighthgraders will report at the same time Sept. 3. On both days stu-
dents may enter the school at 7:45 a. m. and will assemble in the gymnasium for a greeting from principal Kathleen Simpson and for homeroom assignments. All students will report from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 4. No lunches will be served on the first threedays of school, and there will be no Taunton public school busing until Sept. 9. Carpool arrangements may be made by calling the school office. The first full day of school will be Sept. 8, when a 9:30 a.m. opening-of-school liturgy will be celebrated by chaplain Father Arnold Medeiros and area priests. Parents and friends are invited. A few openings remain in some grade levels; for information con_ tact Mrs. Simpson at 822-0491 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
St. Anne's School
also attended a workshop Aug. 25 with four speakers: James Newton of Cartographers Plus presented a map-making workshop to enhance the social studies curriculum. Sister Terrisina, C.P., took participants for a "Walk Through the Liturgical Year." Principal Irene Fortin held unit meetings and assigned coordinators, and Thomas Gibney from the District Attorney's office discussed legal liabilities of teachers. The pre school staff participated in C.P.R. certification for infants and children sponsored by the American Red Cross. On Sept. 2, Dr. Daniel Marwil will speak to the faculty on working with attention-deficit children. He will explain how teachers and parents can best work together to assist thes~ children. Father John R. FoIster, pastor, will preside at a faculty I staff iiturgy Sept. 8. A faculty meeting will follow. The theme "Catholic Schools - Good News on Education," which will be carried out throughout the year, will be introâ€˘duced when each class is presented a square of the school's quilt to decorate. Preparing the quilt over the summer was eighth-grader Katie Menard.' " St. Anne School opens with an enrollment of 560 children representing 39 parishes. Open house for parents and guardians is planned for 7 p.m. Sept. 17. The Opening School Liturgyis planneil for I p.m. Sept. 18 at St. Anne Church. New faculty are welcomed: Sister Patricia Cusdy, R.S.M., reading assistant; Sister Elizabeth Roy, fourth grade teaching assistant and extended care supervisor;" Ms. Jeanne Dube, grade 7 teacher; and Ms. Mary Varao, kindergarten assistant.
St. Anthony School Grades I through 8 will report to St. Anthony School, New Bedford, for three half days, 8:25 to II :30 a.m., beginning Sept. 9. Uniforms will be required from the first day. Preschool and kindergarten begin Sept. 14. Teachers Nicole Berche and Susan Pratt will be available at an open house 9 a.m. to I p. m. Sept. II. Extended care begins at 6 a.m. Sept. 9 under the direction of Sherri Santas. Afternoon care will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Parents are to use the Ashley Blvd. entrance for dropping off and picking up their children. Computer classes begin Sept. 14 under the direction of Sister Agnes Shannon. An opening-of-schoolliturgy will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Sept. II and an open house for parents to visit classrooms and teachers will be held Sept. 17.
The school year begins at St. Anne's, Fall River, on Sept. I for students in grades I through 8. Morning extended care services will be available at 7 a.m. that day and school dismissal will be at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10 and II will be full days of school. Students should bring lunch since hot lunches will not be served until Sept. 14. Kindergarten pupils with last names beginning with the letters A-K will attend a half-day session Sept. 10 and those with names " beginning with L-Z will attend a John Gledhill and Eric Hophalf-day Sept. II. Three-year-old preschoolers will kins, both of St. Mark's parish, attend a get acquainted hour 9 to " Attleboro Falls, were among men IO a.m. Sept. 10 and four-year- participating in a summer volunteer program sponsored by Glenolds will do likewise on Sept. II. mary Home Missioners in VanceSept. 14 will be a full day for fourburg, Ky. Their work included year-olds and Sept. 15 will be a full day for three-year-olds. Both making home repairs and renovations, assisting in a health car/groups begin full schedules Sept. facility and working with emotion16. The afternoon extended care ally or mentally handicapped persons. Further information on the program begins Sept. 10. Teachers have been working on volunteer programs is available curriculum and revising report from Glenmary at PO Box465618, cards and progress reports. They " Cincinnati, OH 45246-5618.
LaSALETTE SHRINE, ATTLEBORO Father Andre Patenaude, MS, will perform an outdoor concert at 6:30 --. - .. --. , "" "--', p.m. tomorrow and conduct a healing service at 2 p.m. Sunday at the shrine. The concert, the last in the shrine's outdoor summer concert series, will feature songs from the priest's latest album, "Father Pat Sings of Mary." CATHEDRAL, FR The performance will take place Bishop Sean O'Malley will cele- in the outdoor chapel, indoors in brate 9 a.m. Mass tomorrow in case of rain. Concertgoers are invited observance of his 22nd anniversary to attend 4:30 p.m. Mass prior to the of ordination. show. Information: 222-5410. Father Patenaude's television proRETROUVAILLE Retrouvaille is a Catholic program . gram is featured on various cable for troubled marriages, including stations; for a schedule call 222-9254. couples who are separated or diVINCENTIANS vorced. The program consists of a Taunton District Council monthly weekend experience with no group Mass 7:30 p.m. Sept. I, St. Joseph's discussions and three months of Church, Spring St., N. Dighton. follow-up sessions. For information Meeting will follow in parish center. on Sept. 18 to 20 weekend, call Phil Fall River District Council meetand Diane Caruso, 429-6293. In- ing Sept. I at St. Anthony of Padua quiries are confidential. Church, FR. ST. STANISLAUS, FR Congratulations are extended to parishioner Robert T. Pereira, 1992 graduate of Bishop Connolly High School, who was among a group of Please submit parish and students who worked eight hours a organization news items for day all summer to prepare the school this column to The Anchor, for the reception following the installation of Bishop O'Malley. P.O. Box 7, Fall River, Volunteers are needed to assist in 02722. Name of city or town moving furniture to St. Patrick's should be included, as well School, which will temporarily host St. Stanislaus School this fall. Movas full dates of all activities. ers will gather at the trailers in the Please send news of future Grotto at 8 a.m. tomorrow; trucks rather than past events. are needed. Due to limited space and ST. MARY, FAIRHAVEN Adult Scripture discussion group also because notices of will begin fall meetings Sept. 10 at strictly parish affairs northe home of Larry and Elaine Ferreira in North Dartmouth. mally appear in a parish's own bulletin, we are forced ST. ANTHONY ofthe DESERT, FR to limit items to events of Exposition of Blessed Sacrament general interest open to nonnoon to 6 p.m. Sept. 6 with holy hour 5 to 6 p.m., St. Sharbel Chapel, parishioners as well as par300 North Eastern Ave. ishioners at no charge. We do not normally carry notices of fundraising activities, which may be advertised at our regular rates, obtainable from The Anchor business office, telephone (508) 675-7151. On Steering Points items, FR indicates Fall River; NB indicates New Bedford.
THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Aug. 28,1992
Iteering pOintl CORPUS CHRISTI, SANDWICH A Scripture study series will begin Sept. 24 with sessions 9:30 a.m. or 7: 15 p.m. Thursdays. Early registration is requested; forms available in vestibule. Information: Dotty Peluso, 428-9456. WIDOWED SUPPORT, ATTLEBORO Attleboro area support group meets 7 p.m. Sept. 4, St. Mary's parish center, N. Attleboro, to formulate agenda for the coming year. All widowed persons welcome.
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ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS The Ancient Order of Hibernians, the largest Irish Catholic organization in North America, is seeking to form a New Bedford-Fall River division. The organization, which currently has 18 divisions in Massachusetts, recently formed new divisions in South B'oston, Quincy, NatickFramingham and Plymouth. Persons interested in the expansion effort should call or write Michael F. Joyce, division organizer, P.O. Box 622, Manomet 2345, tel. 224--3253, or Art Tobin Brodeur, 34 Vine St., NB 02740-5633, tel. 994-3032. D.ofl. Alcazaba Circle 65 Daughters of Isabella, Attleboro, first meeting of fall season 7 p.m. Sept. 3, K. of C. Hall, Hodges St. Pizza party will follow. NATURAL FAMIL \! PLANNIN G Classes will be held at St. Mary's parish center, Mansfield, beginning 2 p.!}l. Sept. 13; to preregister contact Jon and Maureen Howey, 3394730. . ST. MARY, N. ATTLEBORO Bishop O'Malley will celebrate a 4 p.m. Mass of healing and reconciliation for the parish and community tomorrow in the main church.
. HOLY HEROES: Billie Walter, a California teacher, displays the holy heroes dolls she created for preschoolers. The soft, stuffed dolls, modeled on Bible characters, are (from left) Joseph, Baby Jesus, Mary, John the Baptist and Guardian Angel. (CNS photo)
Dolls introduce tots to "holy heroes" SUNSET BEACH, Calif. (CNS) - Ninja Turtles and Barbie dolls, watch. out! The Holy Heroes are coming. The heroes are soft, stuffed dolls for Christian kids, modeled on Bible characters that will evangelize toddlers, says the preschool teacher who created them. Billie F. Walter, who belongs to St. Anne's Parish in Seal Beach, Calif., created Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus dolls, as well as St. John the Baptist and a Guardian Angel doll. It's an idea that came to her after 18 years of running a preschool. "Every day I would see kids cuddle toys and see the effect it has on them, so I thought why not something spiritual?". said Ms. Walter. She made a Baby Jesus doll, which was an instant hit with her preschoolers. "Everyone wanted to hold it; it's pretty much worn out now," she said. Ms. Walter said the dolls give youngsters real role models and teach them about spiritual realities instead of worldly images of what is desirable. "When a little girl sees a Barbie doll, the message is that what you look like and the things that you have are very important," she said. "The'Ninja Turtles are good guys, but their karate chops are aggressive, violent behavior. "Kids take on what they see and are told. At a young age, they
believe everything they're told. By age 4, their personality is pretty well developed. We're building the next generation with our little children, and toys give them concepts that will be with them for life - I take that seriously." Ms. Walter hopes her Holy Hero dolls will teach small children not only about the real characters they represent, but qualities that can be imitated. "Joseph, for instance, was a man who did what God asked him to do. He was a good provider - he worked, and we all have to work," Ms. Walter said. Each doll looks the part of its Holy Hero. John the Baptist wears a-flannel leopard skin and has a green grasshopper embroidered on his hand. The Guardian Angel has little wings sewn on its back and is dressed in white. Baby Jesus is in blue, Mary in pink flannel and Joseph in brown. Each doll is about 12 inches high except Baby Jesus, which is smaller. Made of soft cloth, with no parts to pull off, each is handmade and no two are alike.· Information on the dolls, or a kit to make the doll at home, is available from Billie Walter at Shepherd's Flock, P.O. Box 1213, Sunset Beach, CA 90742. Virtue Is Consolation "Vice stings us even in our pleasures, but virtue consoles us even in our pains."-Charles C. Colton
HOUSE CALLS: If the poor of Wilmington, Del., can't go to the doctor, the doctor will go to them in this 35-foot van complete with an examination room. Shown here with officials of S1. F'rancis Hospital in Wilmington, the traveling medical unit provides health care to residents of the city's poorest neighborhoods. S1. Francis."JIospital cosponsors the outreach with the Ministry of Caring, Inc., in the Wilmington diocese. (CNS photo)