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Today's economy hurts workers, says bishop WASHINGTON (CNS) - AIthough the U. S. economy has expanded in recent years, most American workers have not reaped the benefits, said the U.S. Catholic Conference's 1995 Labor Day .statement. "Most Americans have seen their income decline or just hold even.... Families must work longer hours with more members of the family in the work force to keep pace," said the statement by Auxiliary Bishop John H. Ricard of Baltimore, chairman of the USCC Committee on Domestic Policy. Bishop Ricard said that the new economy, dependent on service and information technology instead of agriculture or manufacturing, is "freeing for many" but causes "serious problems" for others. He said many American workers have found that old ways of doing business no longer exist and that the social contract between employer and employee has been replaced by "survival of the fittest." "Many people do not have the ability to make an effective and dignified contribution in this new economy," he said. "They do not have the sophistication or basic knowledge which would enable them to express their creativity •••.'.'




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will remain pastor of St. John of Bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Father Freitas understood well, God parish in Somerset. Cap., has appointed former dioceBishop O'Malley continued, "that san chancellor and vicar for finance ministries and social In announcing the appointments, the "important . .. f h . and administration Rev. Msgr. Bishop O'Malley commented on we Itare activities 0 t e diocese Thomas J. Harrington director of the work of Father Freitas as depended on a successf ul Catholic . the Catholic Charities Appeal and Appeal director over th~ past five Chanties Appeal." Rev. George B. Scales assistant years. The bishop extended the gratidirector. The appointments are "Father Freitas' dedication to tude of the diocese to Father Freieffective September I. the Catholic Charities Appeal is tas for his leadership. "In the name Both priests will continue in without question," the bishop said. of all who worked with you on the their parish assignments while as- "He has been the driving force Appeal as well as all who benefited suming their new posts. Msgr. behind the mechanics of the Ap- from the programs it funded, I Harrington is pastor of Holy Name peal, always there behind the scenes thank you, Father Freitas, for your parish, New Bedford, and Father encouraging clergy and laity alike commitment and diligence," the Scales is parochial vicar at St. to surpass totals of the previous bishop concluded. Mary's parish, Mansfield. year." Msgr. Harrington becomes diThis year's Charities Appeal, rector ofthe Charities Appeal with Msgr. Harrington will succeed Rev. Daniel L. Freitas, who has completed at the end of June, much experience in parish work Of six Brothers of Christian directed the Catholic Charities reached an al1time high of Instruction celebrating their 60th Turn to Page 13 Appeal since 1990. Father Freitas anniversaries in religious Aug. _ ___ __ __ ___ _ _ _$2,379,764.78. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 113 at a Mass at NotrelifeDame

Bishop Ricard also pointed out that since 1982, the stock market has increased by more than 400 percent while the average wage has fallen by 15 percent. He said that renewed growth in productivity accompanied by a decline in wages has caused "the largest gap between the rich and poor in the industrialized world." He added that with many companies downsizing, jobs are not only eliminated, but jobs remaining often pay less, are parttime and lack health benefits or pensions. "All of this has resulted in significant increases in the number of working families with children falling into poverty," he said. Bishop Ricard pointed out that those who own businesses have a moral responsibility to the larger society to create opportunities to work. He noted that the 1986 U.S. bishops' pastoral "Economic Justice for All" said work is so important that "all who can work are .obliged to do so." And quoting Pope John Paul's 1991 encyclical, "Centesimus An. nus," he said a society in which "economic policies do not allow workers to reach satisfactory levels of employment cannot bejustig .T.u.r.n.t.o.p.a..e_13


Four Fall Riverites mark 60 years in FIe community

FIRE rally sold out, organizers report Organizers of the Sept. 9 Cape Cod for Jesus FIRE rally have announced that all 2,256 seats in the Hyannis Melody Tent have been sold and that due to fire regulations standing room will not be available. The event is being sponsored by the Cape and Islands deanery of the charismatic renewal in the Fall River diocese. To be heard in the course of the day are Father Michael, Scanlan, Ann Shields, Ralph Martin and Father John Bertoluc:ci, who make up the FI RE (Faith, Intercession, Repentance and Evangelism) team. Bishop Sean O'Malley will be principal celebrant of a 4 p.m. Mass at

which Father Bertolucci will be homilist. Music for the day will be by the music ministry of Holy Trinity Church, West Harwich, directed by Eileen Sullivan. Also to be heard will be Shawnda Draeger, and Permanent Deacon Charles Andrade ofthe Providence diocese will be master of ceremonies. The Cape and Islands deanery of the charismatic renewal is directed by Father Robert S. Kaszynski, pastor of St. Stanislaus parish, Fall River, diocesan liaison for the renewal. Father William Norton, pastor of St. Joseph's Church, Woods Hole, is spiritual director.

Next week'!; rally has been in the planning stage for some six years by leaders of Cape Cod prayer groups who meet monthly for a day of prayer and also attend an annual retreat. Leaders say that when the project began they had only $300 in their treasury "but miraculously, as payments became due, we received the necessary money from 'little people's' donations. Scary? To be sure, but a real walk in faith. The Lord provided and continues to provide!" On Sept. 9, entrance to the Melody Tent will be permitted at 8 a. m. and the program will begin at 9 a.m., continuing until 6 p.m.

Chapel, Alfred, Maine, four are Fall River natives. They are Brothers Conrad Dionne, FIC, Robert Michaud, FIC, Normand Simoneau, FIC, and Louis Chouinard, FIe. Auxiliary Bishop Michael Cote presided at a Mass of Thanksgiving for the brothers' years of service at the chapel of Notre Dame Institute, headquarters of the American province of the Brothers of Christian Instruction. The four brothers attended the former Prevost High School in Fall River, all leaving the school before graduation to enter the brothers' community, where they completed their education. Brother Dionne Brother Dionne, the brother of

Mrs. Marion Dupuis ofSt. Joseph parish, Fall River, holds bachelors of arts and education degrees from Montreal University, master's degrees from St. Michael's College, Colchester, VT, and Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, and a doctorate in psychology from Fordham University, Bronx, NY. He has served in 10 schools in New York State, Canada, Maine, Michigan and Ohio, and while in Biddeford, ME, was rated by one pastor as "the best high school principal" he had ever known. He is also a noted sports enthusiast. Brother Michaud Brother Michaud holds a bachelor's degree from LaMennais College, a master's degree from St. Michael's College, and a doctorate in English from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. Turn to Page 13

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"Wounded healer" aids other cancer patients CHICAGO (CNS) -::- Cardinal meantime, he is keeping some of Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago his appointments scheduled months ' recently completed his radiation ago. A few weeks ago members of St. therapy, but while under treatment Ann parish in Lansing were not he helped other patients get well. One day at the hospital the car- sure a recovering Cardinal Berdinal noticed a woman on a stretch- . nardin would visit them Aug. 19. But they were certainly glad he er in obvious discomfort. He told her he would pray for her at his did. St. Ann has nearly 4,000 faminext Mass. "The next day he gave her a per- lies, but its "church,'~ built as eight sonal note. You could see the joy classrooms in 1950, seats only 500. in her face," said Anne McCall, a Seven Sunday Masses are held to radiation oncologist at Loyola accommodate the crowds. Parishioner Margie Guadagno University Medical Center. "She got better," Ms. McCall called the cardinal's visit "inspirtold The New World, Chicago's ing beyond words. It was so humarchdiocesan newspaper. "I can't bling to see someone in the middle take full credit. The cardinal pro- of so much trouble and pain to take time out to be with us." vided her with energy." The cardinal presided at the The cardinal was "really part of Mass at St. Ann as part of a routhe family" of cancer patients who gathered daily in a waiting room at tine visit to a parish. A week earlier, he was at St. Loyola, said Ms. McCall. He encouraged them and gave them small Patrick parish in Lemont to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of silver crucifixes blessed in Rome. "They wore them with genuine the church building. Some 450 pride," said Ms. McCall. "He's a worshipers squeezed into the church, which seats 320. holy man." The cardinal gave each of the 15 The cardinal completed 28 days of radiation therapy and chemo- altar servers a crucifix. "I won't wear it. I'll put it in a therapy treatment Aug. 16 and eNS/Reulers phOlO special place," said Stephanie Ciadoctors say he is doing well. DR. MARY ANN GLENDON loni,14. "We are very pleased," said Ms. After the Mass, the cardinal McCall. "He's very determined. Holy. See's intent at Beijing: He sticks to his diet. He follows his stood outside for a few moments .physicians' instructions. He's a very in searing 98-degree heat to pose for pictures with parishioners. strong person." . The treatment was needed to Then he made a brief appearance kill any microscopic cancer cells at the reception. "People were gracious enough that might have remained after doctors removed his pancreas and to let him go so he would not get too taxed," said Bonnie Bracken, other nearby organs June 12. "VATICAN CITY (CNS)'- 路~oices speaking for women who In mid-September the cardinal who helped plan the celebration. Pope John Paul II's choice of a have chosen to give their paraAug. 21 to 24 the cardinal atwill begin the "maintenance" phase professional woman with children mount priority to motherhood and other Midtended a retreat with of his treatment, receiving weekly . to head the Vatican delegation to family concerns." injections of a chemotherapy drug western bishops at Cardinal Stritch the U.N. women's conference reShe knows problems of single Retreat House in Mundelein. to kill off any growing tumors. flects the message the Vatican dele- and working mothers firsthand. Another cancer patient at Loygates plan to bring to the meeting. After a civil marriage in the 1960s ola helped by the cardinal was Women should have equal op- ended in divorce when her daughTheresa Cozzolino of Downers portunities in all areas of social ter Elizabeth was 2, she was a sinPAUL, Minn. (CNS) ST. Grove, a 34-year-old mother of and economic life, but when wo- gle mother for thre.e years before three. The cardinal visited her and The next 10 years are crucial for Catho- are also mothers they also she married attorney Edward R. sent her some of the flowers people lic colleges and universities to recom- have a right to special protection Lev, who is Jewish, in a Catholic mit themselves to fostering Cathohad given him. and support, said Vatican spokes- ceremony in 1970. They had a A 'convert to Catholicism, Ms. lic intellectual life, Commonweal man Joaquin Navarro-Valls. daughter, Katherine, in 1971, and Cozzolino said the cardinal gave editor Margaret O'Brien Steinfels The spokesman announced Aug. adopted another daughter, Sarah, said recently. "Catholic intellecher a sense of hope and peace. 25 that Harvard University law a Korean orphan, in 1973. "The presence about him -- he's tuallife is central to Catholic iden- professor, Dr. Mary Ann GlenNavarro-Valls said the positions so calm," she told a community tity," Mrs. Steinfels told a gather- don, would head the 22-member of delegations from Western Eunewspaper. "There's something ing of 450 leaders of Catholic Vatican delegation to the Sept. 4. rope and North America push a higher education. If Catholic colabout him .... It kind of gave me a 15 U.N. World Conference on narrow type of feminism marked leges and universities do not have renewed faith in my religion." Women in Beijing. . by "a negative attitude toward the The cardinal inten'ds to return that at the core of their mission, "The Holy See is not going to family," anger toward men and an whatever else they do to assert to his duties on a limited basis Beijing to defend motherhood, but uncritical support for abortion and their Catholic identity "would be a after Labor Day and to a fulltime to defend women," Navarro-Valls contraception. thin facade," she added. schedule by Christmas. In the said. "One segment of the argu~ On the other hand, he said, the ment is motherhood. Vatican and many developing "Women have the right to choose countries have a feminist agenda between having a profession, being that supports the equality of wosimultaneously a mother and hav- men while seeing them as equal ing路 a profession, and being a partners with men in the task of mother who dedicates her activity improving society and the lives of to the home," he said during a all. briefing on the Vatican's position. Pope John Paul, speaking Aug. Meanwhile Dr. Glendon, a 56~ 20 about women in connection year-old wife and mother of three with the Beijing conference, praised daughters, said she felt a great the growing influence of women in responsibility as leader of the Vat- business and economics. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., Women have the right to pursue ican delegation "because the Holy Bishop of Fall River, has announced the following appointments: See may be one of the very few a career, he said, but equal rights in the job market are meaningless Rev. Msgr. Thomas 1. Harrington, Diocesan Director of the Catholic Charities Appeal. without attention to "their nature 111111I1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111I1111I1111 and particular needs. THE ANCHOR (USPS-545-020). Second Rev. George C. Scales, Assistant Director of the Catholic Chari"Above all, the right and obligaClass Postage Paid at Fall River, Mass. ties Appeal. tion of women who are mothers to Published weekly except the week of July 4 and the week after Christmas at 887 HighEffective September 1, 1995 carry out their specific tasks within land Avenue. Fall River. Mass. 02720 by the family without being forced to Rev. Michael Carvill - Administrator, St. Louis Parish, Fall the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall take on added work must be reRiver. Subscription price by mail. postpaid River. spected," the pope said. $11.00 per year. Postmasters send address Effective September 15, 1995 At the same time, he said, a changes to The Anchor. P.O. Box 7. Fall River. MA 02722. woman's current or potential fam-

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ily duties cannot be use:d as路 an excuse to deny "equal opp ortunity for men and women, including in work outside the home." The pope called for se路nsitivity to the needs of working mothers, equal pay for equal work and other efforts to ensure th~it "being a woman and mother d.oes not result in discrimination." In his Angelus address a week later, Pope John Paul discussed the growing number of women winning elections to public office. The quality of politics, he said Aug. 27,obviously does no': depend on the gender of the politic:ian, but on his or her values, corr.,petence and commitment. Peacemaking is an especially important task for today's politicians, he said. To foster peace, an atmosphere must be created in which people have a sense of God's existence, a taste for beauty, love for tbe truth, a desire for solidarity, an ability to be tender and the courage to pardon others, he said. "How can we not recognize the precious contribution women can make to the creation of this atmosphere of peace?" he asked. The pope also mentioned the role of women in international organizations and meetings. He contributed to the process hy naming Dr. Glendon and I:l other women to the 22-member Vatican delegation to Beijing. The Vatican delegation, Navarro- Valls said, welcomes convocation of the Beijing confere:llce and supports its goals of promoting women's equality, health and education. The delegation will joi.n with others in condemning all forms of violence against women, which in the draft document includl~s rape, war, genital mutilation, forced prostitution and arranged marriages. The Vatican also wants the document to include an international condemnation of forced c:ontraception, abortion and sterilization, he said. In line with earlier international declarations on human rights, Navarro-Valls said, the Vatican wants the Beijing conference to recognize the rights parents have in educating and caring for their children. The Vati<;an opposes passages in the draft document that call for provision of cont.raceptives or abortion to minoni with~ out parental consent. The spokesman also said the delegation will encourage the conference to expand the draft document's discussion of women's health so as to avoid a n.arrow focus on reproduction and sexually transmitted diseases. , "While the official theme of this conference is 'action for eq uality, development and peace,' it has already been presented as a conference on 'the rights of women and their reproductive health,''' Navarro-Valls said. . "This reduction penalizl:s the interests of the majority of women," whose concerns in areas of health, education and economic development go well beyond problems connected to sexuality, he said.

Human Rights "Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, aocl must not be dedared to be contingent on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or sovereign." - Mother Teresa

'Pope to 'go to lJ nited Nations as respected world leader VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope John Paul II returns to the United Nations Oct. 5 as a dominant figure on the world stage. More than any previous pontiff, he has pushed "religious" teachings into the center of public debate, arguing that univ(:rsal moral norms, such as the sanc;tity of life, are not optional for con.temporary society. Last year he challenged U.N. population planners on abortion and birth control policies, and almost single-handedly steered an international development conference toward a moral debate on life and family issues. The pontiff and his aides took some flak for that. But at age 75, he seems more determined than ever to speak his mind, applying church teaching to technical questions such as economics, biology and demographics, and prodding individual consciences on what he has called a worldwide "moral crisis." His recent encyclical on pro-life issues, addressed to "all people of good will" and sent to government leaders around the globe, reflected the pope's sense of resolve. He has conferred with presidents, stood up to tyrants and preached to crowds of more than a million people. Since his election in 1978, he has used the world as a pulpit: decrying hunger from Africa, denouncing the arms race from Hiroshima, and promoting human equality from caste-conscious India. A native of Poland, he had a special interest and a key role in the demise of Europea,n communism. For years he criticized the moral bankruptcy of the' system, to applause in the West. His visits to his homeland helped light the fire of reform, which eventually led to the first noncommunist government in the Soviet bloc. In an astute politic:al move, he cultivated an ally in Mikhail Gorbachev, whose "glasnost" policies set the stage for the breakup of the Soviet Union and the return of religious freedom. Leadership today is often a question of personal rapport, and Pope John Paul has met with world figures across the spectrum. During his pontificate, every U.S. president has made a pilgrimage to the Vatican, including President Bin Clinton in 1994. . The pope's daily schedule of audiences typically inc:k1des a s.-l parade ofambassadors, prime_1tisters and directors of major i.ernational organizations. He has reviewed peace plans with Israen and Palestinian leaders, international economic policies with World Bank officials, and the flow of refugees with heads of U. N. and other agencies. In recent years, the pontiff nas made bioethics - relatively wncharted territory for a pope -' a key theme in his talks to civil authorities, medical experts and scientific researcher:~. These are often complex speeches defending the rights of the embryo, warning about genetic manipulation and calling on the scientific community to look closely at the ethical implications of their experiments. Many observers, including former U.S. ambassadors to the Vatican, say Pope John Paul's influ-


ence on world events has been tremendous. They have praised his sense of political savvy, a quality reflected less in the public realm than in behind-the-scenes efforts by Vatican diplomats. At the same time, his flair for the dramatic gesture has helped make him the most televised pontiff in history. Millions have watch-

ed him walk through crowds of African poor or visit a shantytown family in Latin America. As the pope himself has said, that's one reason he keeps going to these places: he knows the cameras will. follow, spotlighting human problems across the world. He has been a consistent critic of war and a booster of peace, and

during his papacy the Vatican has issued major statements calling for disarmament. His aides successfully headed off a shooting war between Chile and Argentina in 1978, an example of direct papal mediation. When Pope John Paul first addressed the United Nations in 1979, he emphasized how good relations

between states, as well as national well-being and stability, were tied to a proper understanding of freedom and respect for moral precepts. His words to the United Nations next month are expected to reflect this conviction and demonstrate again that he intends to keep prodding the world's conscience.



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The Malaise of Our Colleges The back-to-college season is in high gear. Thousands of high school graduates are beginning what for many is the biggest adventure of their young lives. Plunging into a totally new world, they are for the most part leaving the parental nest ·for the first time. Many will eventually be absorbed into 'the mediocrity of mainstream America. Others will leave the main highways for dangerous byways and will find themselves trapped in a maze of broken dreams. Then there will be the few who will become the movers. and shakers of tomorrow's society, among them Wall Street power brokers and captains of industry. And in . very few cases we will be blessed by saints. This forecast is ofthe general picture, but it is more difficult to predict how many of this fall's college freshmen will really find their next four years a time during which they will be challenged to achieve their full potential. Over the past decade there has been a notable decline in the core substance of education. From nursery school to graduate school, the stuff of knowledge is being pounded into a pragmatic paste incapable of nurturing a real thirst for learning. There has been a slippage which in many cases has brought schools and colleges to a state of stagnant mediocrity. In the public sector, funding of education on the national and state levels has been far from adequate. In the many political attempts to please voters by attempting to balance budgets, schools have become a target of choice. Our budget priorities are confused and confounding. We spend billions on arms that have the sole purpose of killing people rather than on schools to educate people. The money wasted by the Department of Defense would be far better used by our educational institutions. It is also sad to note that so many of our private schools are less worried about encouraging the pursuit of knowledge than about filling the seats in their classrooms:, Iff their.desperation to pay their bills, they ignore scholasti~ standards. Curriculum development and intellectual challenges take a seat far to the rear in such an atmosphere. Unfortunately, even some of our smaller Catholic colleges fall into this category and should really close their doors rather than produce poorly educated graduates. In short, statistics and surveys clearly show that the educational goals of our colleges fall far short of what they could and should be. In many ways, of course, they reflect the nature of the times and the confusion which permeates most of our society. But this should not be the case. Colleges and universities should be institutes that dispel doubt and lend stability to the social order. It is their task to set priorities that will influence the remainder of the lives of their graduates. The college years should be exciting and intellectually stimulating, but it is hard to inculcate this attitude in pampered young people who have lost the desire to rise to the challenge of scholarship and achievement. A sheepskin should signify far .more than the amount of money it cost in tuition, book fees and the student's room and board. If we can change this prevalent attitude toward a degree, perhaps we will once again see a renascence of our institutions of higher education.

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Immigration policy to concern Congress

WASHINGTON (CNS) - With paper by the Population Research Washington on August vacation, Center at the University of Texas many of the usual political players in Austin that concluded nonrefumissed some thought-provoking gee immigrants are no more likely to receive welfare than are nativer~search about one of the hot legislative topics for this fall - im- .:born poor people. migration. When it comes to Aid to FamiIn papers released during the lies with Dependent Children, "imrecent conference ofthe American migrants are less likely than statisSociological Association and at a tically similar natives to use welcongressional briefing, researchers fare," concluded research led by reported on how U.S. society is sociology professor Frank D. Bean, affected by immigration policy. using data from the 1980and 1990 Policies ranging from refugee censuses. financial support to admissions The House this spring passed a preferences for family members bill that would make most immiaffect areas such as welfare costs grants ineligible for food stamps, and contribute to migration from welfare, Supplemental Security InCalifornia to neighboring states, come, nonemergency Medicaid and the sociologists said. programs including foster care. When Congress returns to work Similar wording has been proposed after' Labor Day, it will take up . in the Senate. major bills intended to reform But according to the University both legal and illegal immigration. of Texas researchers, who studied The U.S. Catholic Conference, census data on those who receive Catholic Charities USA and other welfare and SSI, immigrants in church organizations have been general have been less likely to among groups active in trying to protect the interests of poor immi- receive welfare than similarly situgrants. Church advocates agree ated native-born citizens. Although U.S. immigration policy needs the 1980 census also found no changes, but stress that any policy greater use of SSI among immishould protect a basic right to grants, data from 1990 showed move across borders \0 improve immigrants - most notably, Asian .The Editor refugees - were receiving SSI one's life. more than elderly or disabled naIn hearings before the summer tives. break, claims and counterclaims Under the 1980 Refugee Act, all flew fast and furious about how -immigration affects society. Some refugees admitted to the United States are eligible for welfare, SSI, of the more contested issues are: -:Whether immigrants account Medicaid and other social profor more of the nation's welfare ·grams. The refugee law presumes OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE DIOCESE OF FALl,. RIVER expenses than do native-born that in fleeing their homelands, Published weekly by The Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River Americans and whether they should few people are able to bring much in the way of financial assets. 887 Highland Avenue' P.O. BOX 7 be cut off from such benefits. Legal immigrants must provide Fall River, MA 02720 Fall River, MA 02722-0007 - Whether immigrants - legal . or illegal - take jobs away from proof that whoever sponsors their . Telephone 508-675-7151 admission to the country has the native-born Americans. FAX (508) 675-7048 financial means to support them ~ Whether refugees should conSend address changes to P.O. Box 7 or call telephone number above tinue to be admitted with the pre- for a while. Illegal immigrants are sumption that they will stay per- not eligible for such benefits exGENERAL MANAGER EDITOR manently and be entitled to im- ceptin the case of medical emer. Rosemary Dussault Rev. John F. Moore mediate federal financial support. gency. ~ l~arv Pr~ss- fall R,vel Among reports released during Bean said at a press conference the sociologists' conference was a that the in<:rease in the number of


immigrants receiving SSI is largely attributable to an inllux of Asian refugees, many from Vietnam and Cambodia. The flies in the face of claims by advocates of a much stricter policy who say imm igrants come to the United States :;eeking such benefits, Bean said. The emphasis in immigrant admission policy on reuniting families actually may be responsible fol' bringing people who are more likely to need welfare programs. "It is not fair to blame th.: immigrants," he said. Georgetown University professor Charles B. Keely, who !:pecializes in international migration, said by entitling refugees to welfare .benefits, the 1980 Refugl~e Act "fundamentaUy altered the resettlement process." Keely said the current system leads to backlogs of applica.nts for family reunification and encourages illegal immigration by lax enforcement. William H. Frey, a demographer on the faculty of the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, de!:cribed immigration-induced flighl: from regions with high levels .:>f immigrants. "Many studies of immigration focus totally on economic impact," he said. "The'social-demographic impacts have not been given nearly as much attention." One ofthose effects has b€:en the flight 0(' poor and working-class natives from places like California to neighboring states wher€: there are fewer immigrants competing with them for jobs. "Californians account for 62 percent of Nevada's poverty migration gains and 56 percent of Oregon's over the [985-90 period," said Frey in his report for thl~ sociologists meeting. "They abo account for well over one-third of such gains in Arizona and Washington."


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Sirach 3:17-18,20,28-29 Hebrews 12:18-19,22-24 Luke 14:1,7-:14 "God, in your goodness you have made a home for the poor." The refrain for this's psalm (Ps 68) reminds us that God's kingdom challenges and subverts the worldly values of prestige, power, wealth, and physical perfection. As followers of Jesus, we are called to imitate God who "gives a home to the forsaken" and "leads forth prisoners to prosperity" (Ps 68:7). The reading from the Book of Sirach is a series of proverbs exhorting us to a life of humility and almsgiving. Such a life is not based on a shrewd calculation of how to succeed in the world but on a truthful acknowledgment of how we stand before God. In a line omitted from our reading we are reminded, "For great is the power of God; by the humble he is glorified" (Sir. 3: 19). Recognition of our utter dependence upon God's graciousness frees us from a frantic searching "into things beyond [our] strength" and makes generous sharers of our wealth through the giving of alms. The second reading completes the selections from Hebrews with a striking contrast between the assembly gathered on Mount Sinai to complete the old covenant and "the assembly of the first-born enrolled in heaven" to partake in the new covenant mediated by Jesus' blood. As the author of Hebrews loves to point out, the old covenant is understood as frightening, inaccessible and incomplete. Sinai is described as "an untouchable mountain" with "a blazing fire, and gloomy darkness and storm and trumpet blast." When the Israelites heard God's voice speaking words, "they begged that they be not addressed to them." In contrast, Christian believers are reminded that they have drawn near to an assembly which joyfully experiences the very presence of God. The heavenly assembly is described as "Mount Zion," "the city of the living God," "the heavenly Jerusalem," with "myriads of angels in festal gathering." Christian believers, although still pilgrims in this world, have already approached "God the judge of

Daily Readings Sept. 4: 1 ThE!S 4:13-18; Ps. 96:1,3-5,11 13; Lk 4: 16-30 Sept. 5: 1Thes 5:1-6,9-11; Ps 27:1,4,13-14; Lk 4:31-37 Sept. 6: Col 1:1-8; Ps 52:10-11; Lk 4:38-44 Sept. 7: Col 1:9-14; Ps 98:2-6; Lk 5:1-11 Sept. 8: Mi 5:]l-4a or Rom 8:28-30; Ps 13:6; Mt 1:116,18-23 or 1:18-23 Sept. '9: Col 1:21-23; Ps 54:3-4,6,8; Lk 6:1-5 Sept. 10: Wis ~1:13-18b; Ps 90:3-6,12-17; Phlm 9-10.1217; Lk 14:25-33 00









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By DR. PATRICK V. REID all," "the spirits of the just made perfect," and "Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant." In the Gospel from Luke, Jesus uses the occasion of a sabbath meal in the home ofaleading Pharisee to challenge the protocol and hypocritical pecking order of aristocratic society. To the guests who are pushing and shoving to get the places of honor at the table Jesus advises "go and sit in the lowest place" lest you be embarrassed when "some greater dignitary" arrives and you must shamefacedly give up your seat of honor and go and sit in the lowest place. Jesus' humorous example of an embarrassing reversal of seats at a banquet is more than a piece of worldly table etiquette. He is trying to shock the guests into realizing that God's rule subverts their own deeply ingrained social standards, and therefore he concludes by saying, "For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted." Jesus' admonition to the host i's even more shocking. Rather than invite as guests wealthy relatives and friends who will return the favor, the host is commanded to invite beggars and the disabled, the very ones excluded from aristocratic society and Temple worship (see Lev 21:16-23). In the parable which follows today's reading(Lk 14: 15-24), Jesus goes on to describe the messianic banquet as a feast where the rich invited guests exclude themselves by failing to accept the invitation. They are replaced by the poor and disabled when the angry master orders his servant, "Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in here the poor and the crippled, the blind and the lame." When there is still room, he commands his servant, "Go out to the highways and hedgerows and make people come in that my home may be filled." Those of us who assume that God values our standards of power, wealth and physical perfection would do well to listen to the master's harsh rejection of the wealthy invited guests: ". . . I tell you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner."

Stewardship is a way of living faith that expresses our willingness to be partners with Jesus and one another in carrying on the work of the Kingdom.

WASHINGTON (CNS) - The Children's Defe:nse Fund (CDF) is urging churches and synagogues throughout the United States to join in the fourth annual nationwide observance of Children's Sabbaths Oct. 20-22. Among the materials available to help plan for the Children's Sabbaths is a more than 100-page booklet of resource materials for Catholic parishes. "I believe that helping childn:n and strengthening families must be a shared responsibility of families, congregations, communities, states and our nation," said Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund president, in an introduction to the resource booklet. "It is only together that we can weave a web so tight, so secure and so strong that no child will be left behind and no family isolated or bereft of the support and resources needed to raise healthy, moral, purposeful children," she added. This year's materials center on the problem of child poverty. Nearly 16 million children - one out of five - are poor in the United States today, the Children's Defense Fund said. The Catholic resource book includes organizing suggestions, liturgical ideas, sample homilies, bulletin inserts, and activity ideas

Sept. 3 1912, Rev. Thomas J. McGee, D.O., Pastor, Sacred Heart, Taunton Sept. 4 1864, Rev. Joseph P. Tallon, Pastor, St. Mary, New Bedford 1894, Rev. John J. Maguire, Founder, St. Peter, Provincetown Sept. 5 1948, Rev. Napoleon A. Messier, Pastor, St. Mathieu, Fall River Sept. 7 1966, Very Rev. James E. McMahon, Pastor, Sacred Heart, Oak Bluffs 1984, Rev. Raymond Pelletier, M.S., LaSalette Shrine, Attleboro Sept. 8 1868, Rev. Thomas Sheehan, Founder, Holy Trinity, West Harwich Sept. 10 1966, Rev. Hugo Dylla, Pastor, St. Stanislaus, Fall River 1969, Rt. Rev. Felix S. Childs, Pastor Emeritus, Sacred Heart, Fall River Sept. 11 . 1987, Rev. Joachim Shults, SS.Cc., Our Lady of Assumption, New Bedford The Anchor regrets that listings for Aug. 29, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 were inadvertently omitted from the Aug. 25 issue. They follow: Aug. 29 1921, Rev. Joseph Devillandre, DO, Founder, Sacred Heart, North Attleboro 1975, Msgr. William H. Harrington, Retired Pastor, Holy Name, Fall River Aug. 31 1993, Msgr. Armando A. Annunziato, Pastor, St. Mary, Mansfield Sept. 1 1985, Rev. Jorge J. de Sousa, Pastor, St. Elizabeth, Fall River


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What to do about pain Dear Dr. Kenny: I am constantly in pain. My back 'hurts no matter whether I move or stay still. I have had several surgeries, and my physician has tried numerous medications. Now they say I must grin and bear it. I don't know if I can. Have you any ideas? (Iowa) Try a "pain clinic" if you have not already done so. Most large cities have such clinics where a group of physicians specialize in treating, pain itself. , Pain can also be treated psychologically. That does not mean your pain is not real. ,Rather, it means that your mind is capable of some control over your pain centers. One obvious approilch is to pray. Ask for strength to endure. Ask for freedom from hurting. Read the Old Testament Book of Psalms for some prayer suggestions. The Book of Psalms is'trulY poetry, written by persons like yourself, who are in pain of all types. ' Offer your pain as a gift of your love for, your neighbor. Accept your pain, and ask God to free someone else from suffering or loss in your place. Another approach to chronic pain is to relabel or reframe. Think of the pain as something ottier than what it is. Imagine that your pain is a mel-

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ody. What does it sound like? Imagine it as a taste or a smell. Try to think of it in that way. Picture your pain in some way. An ogre? A storm? A dent in your body armor? Then imagine yourself dealing with the new entity. The most common psychological approach is self-hypnosis. Hypnosis is a state of altered consciousness, usually involving a narrowed mental focus. Hypnosis has been used as the only anesthetic in major surgery. The object is to concentrate on some image or sensation to the 'exclusion of all others. This sometimes happens in a sporting event when an athlete is injured but is so intent on the game that he fails to note his pain'. The first step,in self-hypnosis is to choose an object on which to focus, such as a lighted candle or your own breathing and concentrate your mind on it in a relaxed way. As you stare at the tiny flame, or breathe, imagine yourself settling deeper and deeper down, becoming more and more at peace. Once you ha ve a narrowed mental focus, you can do one of two things: - You can imagine yourself fixing the pain. Pretend you are a plasterer repairing a crack in the wall, a doctor putting on a cooling

By Dr. JAMES & MARY KENNY salve, an auto mechanic fixing a grinding motor. - Another possibility is to continue to relax. Pick a tranquil scene from your past. Us,: all five of your senses to recall the scene. What did it look like? Sound like? Taste like? Smell like? Feel like? Obviously this is a way of distracting yourself. It works. Or use other relaxation techniques, such as "tension( relaxation" or "deep breathing." Such techniques are explained in the first chapter of our parenting book, "Loving and Learning." Pain is both a physica.l and a psychological phenomenon. It can be treated in either or both dimensions. Mental ways to tn:at pain include prayer, relabeling and self-hypnosis. Reader questions on family living and child care to be answered in print are invited by the ll<ennys, 219 W. Harrison; Renssel8ler, Ind. 47978.

Why do kids try 'suicide?

A story that made the news this cruelty they met in school where By summer happened practically in peers ridiculed and humiliated my back yard. It concerned some them. The taunted girls felt broken, ANTOINETTE 15 high school girls from New Mil- hopeless and in terrible pain. ford. Conn .. who made a suicide So they came up with the idea of pact. As many as 10 of them death. If one 'committ~d suicide, BOSCO ~~,tempted to harm themselves. jind they'd all do it. Some of their some ended up in the emergency classmates were relieved that the By Father Eugene Hemrick "If it is God's work, God will give' roo'm of a hospital. 'situation had come out into the "When I look out during the you the energy. If it is your work, Doctors took the situation seri-. open, feeling the girls wo~ld get dramatic way to cry out fol' help in Responsorial Psalm and I see -par- you are probably going to get ously. They notified local news- the help they needed. their despair and self-hatred, it ishioners with their eyes closed tired." The media focused on suicide. papers. With school officials, they will certainly do some good. singing a verse, that just tou'ches ,One priest tells us that on his called a meeting. It drew an audit- Too bad some of their attention Some adults must ask the mselves me because they are praying, and tombstone he wants these words orium full of adults. teens. news- didn't also go to the other youths, why so many young people say somehow I am part of that. I am inscribed: "You really haven't loved paper and network TV reporters. the ones who say, as a,15-year-old "life sucks." Why do we find so helping make that happen and if it hasn't brought you some sufmany who have no sense of hope Some of the doctors were sur-' told me: "I would never kill myself. praying with them." This reflec- fering. And you are stupi4 to suffer I still look forward to growing up. about the beauty and adventure of prised at the media attention. They tion is one of hundreds found in unless it is because you love. But if shouldn't have been. When a team There~s no reason to end our lives." life, so many who have never felt the book "Grace Under Pressure: you suffered and -loved rightly, A 17-year-old girl told me. "They their connection to something What Gives Life to American you are going to be able to die of 15-yeiH-old girls talks about mass suicide,.that's news. think they have nowhere to turn. larger than this life - theil' loving Priests" (National Catholic 'Edu- singing." They don't know the answer, and God? Every reporter. there, including . cationai Association, Washington, Another priest sees it as his role me, kept asking whythe girls acted so they sense being lost. Life's not There are no easy answ(:rs, but 1995). to help teach society to reflect. , The book is based on a study of "We live in a society that really this way. We he~rd that the prob- 'perfect. but Jesus is always there everyone must work with c,)mpassion for the pn;vention of tltis desfor me." priests .ordained 10 to 30 years 'discourages reflection. We, have lem was not specific to New MilIf the New Milford incident puts truction of young lives. The. Ne\\ who are considered very 'effective beer commercials that say,- :Why ford and that it occurs throughout a spotlight on youth choosing a Milford incident underscor~d this. in their dioceses. I was a merriber ask why?' ... I think that we priests the nation, especially in the spring. ~Too many kids feel life is cheap, of the team tliat developed the have a tremendous amount to offer book, contributing as a researcher. ' to society; 'in tenus of teaching, that it has no purpose. They have Unlike a soCiological profile, leading others to reflect on their , no code of honor so they ~rift ... with no sense :'Grace Under Pressure~' goes be- , lives and being available for them ,go on day to day of future," said Dr. Simon Sobo, yond numbers, showing the human at those times when they do need head of psychi~iry at the 'New side of priests and what inspires . some reflection. I think we are a Milord hospital where several of them. hidden jewel." the girls ended up. The priests who speak in this To keep a balance in times of Sobo said that many of the teens book talk of sacred moments, but controversies, one priest advises they also talk of risk-taking, how this: "We have to I!ve with the gap. are shy, feeling isolated, shunned they deal with change and main- There is always going to be,a dif- and ridiculed by classmates. He mentioned the slogan they wear tain a sense of balance, the forms ference between who I am and of intimacy that enhance their lives, what I'm called to be. There have like a banner, "Life sucks. Long how they draw life from the people been priests that I've known who live death." The pendulum has swung to the they serve and how they view th,eir have left, who in many ways have extremes," Sobo said. "Kids are role in society. far greater qualities than I have. On the topic of change we hear, But when it came down to it, I more unsupervised and wild." He forexample, "I have enjoyed being don't think that they' were able to deplored the "casualness" of teens who see death as a way to solve on the razor's edge, always push· live with that gap." their problems, and the "containg it back just a little bit further," "Grace Under Pressure"'is like a or: "I am tired of packing. I want book of priestly proverbs which gious" aspect that would lead to a to settle down a little bit. But reveals the heart and soul oftoday's suicide pact. Three teens who called 911 when because I'm tired of packing doesn't priests. Although it studies priests they saw some of their fellow stumean I'm tired of change." considered to be effective by their One priest approaches change peers' standards, much of what it dents in trouble - from overdoses in biblical terms: "When change surfaces is found in all priests and' of aspirin and Tylenol, and one isn't working out so well, we have reveals the story behind their resil- from a cut wrist - didn't believe FRAN VERMILLION loads toys collected by the Dioceto resist the temptation to go back ience, and why so many, despite they were seriously trying to kill themselves, but just wanted help. san Council of Catholic Women of the diocese of Gary, IN, for to Egypt" or back to where we difficult times, continue' to be an were." delivery to Indiana Women's Prison for distribution to They spoke of how bleak life inspiration to those whom they On avoiding burnout we hear: serve. \yas for these girls. how much' inmates' children. (CNSj Callaway photo)

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Can "religion" be unhea.lthy? Q. Recently you wrote about the church's regulation that Catholics should not receive Communion more than twice a day. You commented, "The church knows from experience that :;ome Catholics tend to multiply good things, even Communions, in ways that are not spiritually helllthy." What other actlvHies are you thinking of? At what point are they not spiritually healthy? (Ohio) A. Numerous examples come to mind. I'm sure you are familiar with at least some of them. Perhaps the most obvious is chain letters concerning prayers to be said or even Masses to be attended. Readers st:nd me samples of these constantly. Recipients are urged to say a certain number of prayers to St. Jude, St. Anthony, our Blessed Mother or another saint and pass the letter on to a given number of friends. If they"break the chain" by failing to recite the prayers or send the message on, bad things will happen. Someone threw the letter away, so the story goes, and dropped dead four days later. Or conversely, an individual carried out the instructions and inherited $100,000. Those who carryon this kind of correspondence generally consider themselves devout Catholics and defend their actions with the excuse that anything is good if it gets people to pray more. Obviously, the church favors prayer. We have rosaries and novenas and other traditional, repetitive methods of expressing our persevering confidence in God's love. Jesus himself not only approves but encourages us to pester God aggressively with our prayers. (See, for example, Luke, Chapters II and 18.) It is clear, I believe, that the chain appeals described here have more to do with magic and manipulation of God than with genuine religious devotion and trust. Other sacramentals (actions, statues, medals, sacred pictures that may enhance our spiritual lives) are also a frequently abused part of Catholic spirituality. Like prayer, used properly they can be a joyful and playful exercise of faith and appreciation of the good things God has given us. For example, many Catholics, and sometimes othler Christians I know of, if they get desperate enough, place a statue ofSt. Joseph in their home or property as a sign of their prayers that they sell their house. From our Catholic view of things, at least. this makes good devotional sense. As one Catholic high school student put it when someone claimed these practices are superstitious: "That's not superstition. That's what makes being a Catholic fun." It is not unheard of. however, for ,certain enthusiastic persons to promote, even sell, "lucky statues" of St. Joseph, complete with instructions. I thjnk everyone would agree that this goc:s way beyond any legitimate, prayerful devotion. Lourdes, France:, is one of the major Catholic shrines in the world.The spring of water where the mother of Jesus appeared to St. Bernadette has been the site of many spiritual and physical cures. Today, however, "Lourdes' water" has become a major indus-


try, and the groups involved are by no means always non-Catholic. One newspaper advertises crosses with "lucky water of Lourdes" in each cross. Among the benefits promised are "miracles of good luck at numbers, racetracks and lotteries." Some groups offer "free" Lourdes water and its benefits, or other religious articles, to all who contribute a minimum "offering." One reader sent me an offer she received for a medal of Our Lady of Medjugorje. Several recipients "became lucky and succeeded in everything," says the ad. A few

Choosing your dream pastor For years dioceses have regularly prepared "profiles" of themselves to help the powers-that-be better select a bishop to lead and serve their part of the Catholic world. I hear a rumor that some parishes are now, in turn, doing the same thing to help dioceses better select priests or administrators to head them. I While I have not been included in any of this behind-the-scenes stuff, I applaud the effort and offer freely and without expectation of payment or praise (although both are truly nice things) a little survey form that can be sent to the powersthat-be for use as they, see fit to help them in this process. Simply select the choice which best completes the sentence. Add comments or crayon illustrations on Your own. The pastor I envision for my parish would raise funds by: I) Gentle persuasion. 2) Calling on terminally ill rich people from another parish. 3) Leading a political campaign to give Catholic churches a state m(;mopoly on slot machines. . The priest I envision for my parish would give homilies that focus on: I) Insights into Scripture and church teaching. 2) Getting me to the NFL game of the week on time. 3) Using words I understand. 4) The things about my spouse that bug me. 5) Not on money. The pastoral leader I envision for my parish would have a ministerial style I would describe as: I) Warm, approachable and caring. 2) Friendly as a used car salesperson but without the cheesy sports coat. 3) So compelling you are pretty sure you hear harp music in the background w~erever he goes. 4) Legal. The pastor I envision for my parish would have theological tendencies that would be considered: I) Pre-Vatican II. 2) PreVatican I. 3) Precambrian. 4) Postconciliar. 5) Progressive post-conciliar, but open to pre-post-Vatican 'II thinking. 6) Fuzzy. 7) Dry and bold, yet with a hint of sweetness. The pastor I envision for my parish would encourage parishioner involvement in parish life by: I)

days wearing it "may" bring you "everything you really need: health, love, fortune," on condition, of course, that you never take it off. All this is yours if you send $19.95 and consider joining a pilgramage to Yugoslavia. At what point does this sort of "religion" cease being spiritually healthy? St. Thomas Aquinas says it is when anyone carries religion too far, and gives more importance to externals of religious observance than to what is going on in the heart. (S.T. II-II, q. 93, a.2) In other words, it happens when we no longer see our relationship with Gqd as an interpersonal one of trust, love and caring, and begin to treat him as some thing, a guaranteed source of magic if only he is invoked and "worked" with the proper invocations or rituals. All this is one more indication that" we Catholics today need to read carefully and discriminately whateVer affects our faith, no matter how spiritual and devout the source seems to be.


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Consulting a cross-section of the parish. 2) Disbanding the parish council and demanding everyone attend an assembly in the gymnasium. 3) Mailing a mimeographed letter to all parishioners telling them it's their duty. 4) Threatening to move the statue of the Blessed Mother that has stood in the east nave of the church forever. If the pastor I envision was a television program, he would be: I) A National Geographic special. 2)"Unsolved Mysteries." 3)"Wheel of Fortune." 4) "Nightline." 5) "Rescue 911." The pastor I envision would begin new programs such as: I) Outreach ministry teams. 2) Providing a special seating section for people who hold hands during the Our Father. 3) Black-out bingo specials with extra cards for a dime. 4) Music lessons for the choir. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you have wild hopes for a thank-you note. (Technical note: I have no idea exactly where you should mliil this.) Pleased send comments to Uncle Dan, 25218 Meadow Way, Arlington, Wash. 98223.

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senting dioceses, parishes, local tion to helping low-income people and national organizations gath- to help themselves, and I salute the ered in Chicago Aug. 25-28 for many Americans who h'ave taken CHD's 25th anniversary confer- the initiative to improve and renew ence. They included Arlene A. their neighborhoods," Clinton's letMcNamee, director of the Dioce- ter said. san Department of Social ServiIn his first major address since his surgery and radiation treatces; Rosa Neto Lopes, now retired but a former volunteer in the ment for cancer this summer, ChiCampaign for Human Develop- cago's Cardinal Joseph L. Bernar.ment (CHD) component of the din said in the celebration's opening Social Services office; Craig Gas- session Aug. 25 that despite CH D's parde, community organizer for success in fighting poverty, the Social Services; and William Hen-country is more divided than ever . ning, e~ecutive direc.ora.nd Kent .. between "haves" ard "have nots" Killam, staff member of CORD and that the ongoing welfare reform (Cape Organization for Rights of debate is too much about economDisabled). ics and too little about people. The conference attracted poor When CH D was founded by the activists, middle-class church ad- V.S. bishops, the emphasis in its ministrators, bishops, a member work was on addressing poverty, of Congress, beneficiaries ofCHD- racism and injustice, said the carfunded programs and a White dinal. Today, society seems focused . House representative. only on welfare reform as a way of By the time CH D celebrates its saving money. 50th year, the pro¥ress of the "V nfortunately, the debate about quarter~century~111 see.m small m such reform seems to spring not so companson, predicted Bishop John much from an authentic concern E. McCarthy of Austin, Texas, in for the poor as from pragmatic a lighthearted bit off?rtune-telling concerns about the federal budget deficit and taxpayers' pocketat an Aug. 26 gala dmner. The $250 million collected by books," he said. "The federal CH D to date will have grown from budget and taxes are realities that its current level of 15 cents con- must be dealt with, but they should tributed per V.S. Catholic to $1 not be resolved apart from a sinper person, and have generated cere and objective consideration $1.5 billion, Bishop McCarthy of the common good ofall citizens." suggested. Cornel West, charismatic black Today's difficulties in relating Harvard professor, got the multithe work of CH D to the everyday racial conferees on their feet and lives of Catholic parishioners will revved up about their work. The rest of the world may be have disappeared, predicted Bishop operating at cross purposes to the McCarthy. "Wouldn't it be wonderful if, in values extolled by CH D·- a com2020, no parish council would meet mitment to nonmarket values "even without having·structured into the if we are the last ones in America meeting not just discussion about with them," West said. But the the food bank and visits to the CH D dedication to helping the sick," he said, but a concern about poor rise above the pressures of immigrants and other disenfran- economics, racism and classism is chised poor. clearly rooted in the words and In a more pragmatic discussion example of Jesus. of CHD's future, Los Angeles "We might get down and out Cardinal Roger M. Mahony said sometimes," said West. "But there's the key is to continue programs no cynicism in Christ's Gospel." The inspiration to work for it betbased on the work of justice. . "We must be able to view the ter future lies in knowledge that it world through the eyes of Jesus is work for the kingdom of God. CH D's rooting in Catholic social Christ and his saving mission," teaching, "even a Baptist brother Cardinal Mahony said. President Clinton sent a letter like me can chime in on," West. lauding CHD as shaping a bright- said. er future by helping to build the Throughout the conference, parAmerican community. ticipants told of experiences in "I applaud you for your dedica- their communities that brought

The 1995 National Meeting of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions will be held at the Providence Marriott Hotel from Oct. 5 to 9, ul1der sponsorship of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, and the V.S. Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy, It will be hosted by the Office for Worship of the diocese of Providence and the FDLC affiliate offices of the other 10 New England dioceses and archdioceses. About 230 attendees from around the country are expected, representing diocesan liturgy commissions, offices for worship, staff liturgists, pastors and church musicians. Local host, Fr. Kenneth J. Suibielski, director of the diocesan Office of Worship, noted that a one-day special interest sesliion on Oct. 7 is open to anyone who is interested. Registration for this session must be made in advance by Sept. 30. There will be no registrations at the door. The program will incLude a major address on the Passi.:m and the Heart of the Paschal Mystery by Fr. Regis A. Duffy, O.F.M.; and special interest and business sessions. The Providence diocesan Office of Worship may be contal:ted at (401) 278-4640 for additional information. 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111

them to organizations funded by CHD. Many were like Bertha Lewis, with Brooklyn ACORN, who told of first understanding so,;iety's unfairness when she saw new housing being built in her Phila. delphia neighborhood as a child and excitedly ran to tell her grandmother that they would be getting a new place to live. Her grandmother told· her the new high-rise apartments weren't for them. The lesson stuck with her. "Any strategy for the future better make sure they include us in those plans," she said. "Right now we - poor people - don't have any access. We have to be accoun~ table to poor people." At the conference's Sat'lrday night liturgy, Baltimore Cardinal William H. Keiler, president of the National Conference of Ca::holic Bishops and VSCC, summmized many of the hopes and in:;pirations of the people involved with CHD. "We look for that spark of holiness which every community needs to realize its full potential: th,~ vertical dimension of dependenl:e on God which this Eucharist celebrates," he said. "Here it is that one receives the strength to affirm human dignity, to plead for the means to slake that thirst for God's holiness which is related to H key beatitude." In a post-conference inter',iew, Mrs, McNamee indicated tha.t the Fall River diocese did not re,:eive any grants this year. However, the Diocesan Department of Social Services will be preparing preapplications for next year's grants. In addition, Mrs. McNamee p'Jinted out that the department will assist area groups that may be eligible for future grans. "We will aggressively pursue the possibilities of assisting local groups in obtaining funds. Our outreach will be better this year, and we wilLhelp those groups complete the D(:cessary applications," she said.


campus and then, said his brother, THE ANCHOR - Diocese of Fall River - Fri., Sept. I, 1995 "went to the bank and asked to borrow $40,000. When he told the officials that he had nothing to put spectively; and in Jack's memory Jack Hickey's life comes through up against the loan, he got laughed Dismas supporters and his family the daily work of the Dismas at. But in the end he got the money. Jack always had a way of members come together annually ~ouses; and o.n the day of his entry in Nashville for a New England- tnto eternal life, surely Jesus said getting what he wanted. He was a style c1amboil. to him as to Dismas, "Today you great organizer." But the biggest celebration of will be with me in Paradise." Once the first house was established, Jack solicited other private donations, to the extent that former university chaplain Beverly Asbury CHRISTIAN PRO-LIFER dubbed him "God's con man." Indeed, the Prison Project became HELPER ApOSTOLIC so popular that the university later adopted it as a Vanderbilt proADVISOR TRUE gram; then Jack started calling his RESTORER own program Dismas House after HOLY the good thief who hung on the MEDICATOR cross next to Jesus. ANTI-ABORTIONIST ONE At Dismas House, homeless exprisoners were fed, had a place to CAREGIVER THOMAS PASTERNAK sleep, were tutored and supported LOVING PharmacJIf INSTRUcrOR by the Vanderbilt students who lived with them and acquired skills INFALLIBLE 202 Rock Sf. SPECIALIST to help them re-enter society. Fall River That first house served 20 priCHARITABLE THERAPEUTIST soners and subsequently the Dis679-1300 The NIlIoIllI CIlhoRc Phal1l1llclstI Guild oltha United StItes mas House program spread to other parts of Tennessee and to other states. Today there are 10 houses, five in Tennessee, two in Vermont and one each in New Mexico, Indiana, and Worcester, N•• rus photo MA. There is also a similar program in Belfast, Ireland. . FATHER JACK HICKEY, 0) Within the 10 U.S. houses, there are 109 places for residents with an average of 12 beds per house. Volunteers regularly visit 48 prisons and jails and 24 U. S. college campuses are involved in the Dismas program. FAMILY FESTIVAL By Bill Breen first 10 years of ministry were Jack left Vanderbilt in 1984, spent on college camnuses, as cha- going to Atlanta to study. He then Fri., Sept. 1 - 6:00-10:00 PM In 1978 I was a flreshman at plain successively to' the Univer- served at a Dominican mission in Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Sat. & Sun., Sept. 2-3: 12:00-10:00 PM sity of Virginia, Charlottesville; Mississppi until he was diagnosed TN, a homesick teenager lost in a of Tennessee, Memwith stomach cancer. the University world of tough studies, strange Mon., Sept. 4: 12:00-7:00 PM phis; Union College, Albany, NY; '. "He went on with his life as best surroundings and Southern drawls. he could," said his brother. "In his' Fireworks Friday Night I had grown up in Mansfield and," and Vanderbilt. While at Union College, he met; last year, he would get so frus~' with the exception of short trips to Ethnic Foods * Games & Raffles * Crafts two other Dominicans, Fathers . trated. He would say, 'I'm so the Canary Islands and to Ohio, young... I'm not going to be able to Regis Ryan and Anselm Egan. had never ventured out of MasFlea Market * Entertainment * Midway Together they worked on a project see this thing [Dismas House] sach usetts. seeking to make professional mem- through.''' Monday-Family Day: From 12:00-5:00 In Nashville, I joined the bers of the Albany community . By 1986, Jack was in great pain. Cathedral of the Inca;'nation parride all the rides for $8 aware of the problems of the poor He returned to Massachusetts, ish, where I felt welcomed and and also opened a home for stu- spending his final weeks at his even taught CCD. But I still felt dents where they paid as much for brother's home in South Dartsomething missing. HISPANIC HEALING SERVICE room and board as they would mouth, and died at Saint Anne's It was at a campus service for have living on campus, usirig money Hospital, Fall River, Jan. 25, 1987, World Harvest Day that I first met Sun., Sept. 2:00 PM at age 51. He lay in state at St. left over to found a h:gal clinic for Father Jack Hickey, OP, the VanMary's Cathedral the night before derbilt chaplain, and got yelled at the poor. When Jack became Vanderbilt's his funeral Mass, which was atBIBLE STUDY for calling him Father Hickey. chaplain in 1972, he was responsitended by scores from all parts of "It's Jack," he said. Wed., Sept. 10:00 AM & PM ble for the pastoral and liturgical the country and all walks of life. A couple of days later I visited needs of the university's Catholics Today Candy Markman and him at his office and tearned that Dr. Horgan continue with Dismas we were both from the Fall River and taught a class in medical ethics, but he went beyond those standHouse as executive director and diocese; and throughout my four years at Vanderbilt, we talked about ard duties, developi'ng the Van- director of strategic planning recommon experiences inNew Eng- derbilt Prison Project. Among those working with him on it were land. With Father .Jack, home Candy Markman and Terry Hordidn't seem that far away and gan. Christ seemed real close. "Jack saw Christ in the most John Daniel Hichy was born despised of all - the convicts May 6, 1935 to John and Edna and spent the latter part of his life (Mooney) HickeyofSS. Peter and trying to alleviate the lot of those Paul parish in Fall River. FALL RIVER ATfLEBORO CAPE COD NEW BEDFORD in prison and those released to a "Jack was very active at SS. 783 SLADE ST. 261 SOUTH ST. 10 MAPLE ST. 59 ROCKLAND ST. Peter and Paul," said his brother largely unforgiving world," said P.O. BOX M - SO. STA. HYANNIS 226-4780 997·7337 Dr. Horgan. Gerry, an assistant principal at 674-4681 771-6771 At the plan's inception, students Dartmouth High SchooL "One of tutored prisoners to help them the biggest influences in his early • INFORMATIONIREFERRAL • ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAM pass their G ED test$ and the priyears was Msgr. John Boyd at St. • ADOPTIONS • PARENT/SCHOOL CRISIS soners visited Vanderbilt to disVincent's Home in FaJI River." INTERVENTION PROGRAM cuss their life with Students. But • CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT Jack and Gerry's sister, Mar• PREGNANCY & PARENTING SERVICES garet Ann, also heard God's call- Jack and the students quickly • COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION realized that such an exchange was ing and served him as a Carmelite • REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT • COUNSELING not sufficient. Many of the prisonnun until her death in 1994. The • ST. FRANCIS RESIDENCE FOR ers had no place to go upon their trio's father still lives in Fall River. • INFANT FOSTER CARE WOMEN • FALLRIVER release. So Jack's next dream was Jack, a 1953 graduate of BMC • SOCIAL ADVOCACY of building a house Jor such perDurfee High School, Fall River, sons and of having students living SPONSORSHIP: then attended Provid(:nce College. • SHELTER SERVICES FOR WOMEN in the house with them and aiding SOUP KITCHEN & CHILDREN • NEW BEDFORD "I believe that it was those people them in their efforts to re-enter at the college who influenced him SPECIAL APOSTOLATES to become a Dominican priest," society. APOSTOLATE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIE~ The Prison Project had no money said his brother. APOSTOLATE FOR SPANISH SPEAKING The young man was ordained to and certainly no house, but that PRISON MINISTRY the priesthood in 1962, just after did not stop Jack. He found a his graduation from college. His house for sale near the Vanderbilt

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Sept. 1, 1995

Caught between generations'

"They made me take the Mo'ther dowln" By Mitch Finley Folk music was hot in the late '50s and early '60s. Groups like Peter, Paul and Mary, the Chad Mitchell Trio and the Brothers Four had hits galore. The group that sparked the "commercial folk music" craze was, of course, the Kingston Trio. Formed by Dave Guard, Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds, the group's 1958 recording of "Tom Dooley" was a megahit followed by other hits including "MTA," "Raspberries, Strawberries" and "A Worried Man." In 1961 Dave Guard left the Kingston Trio, and his replacement was a talented young singer and song writer, John Stewart. With Stewart on board, the Kingston Trio recorded hits such as the Pete Seeger composition, "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" "Greenback Dollar" and "Reverend Mister Black." In the mid-1960s, like many other successful groups, the Kingston Trio was swept away by the Beatles and other "British invasion" groups, finally disbanding in 1968. John Stewart went on to a successful solo career, including an LP, "California Bloodlines,"

overwhelming. Sometimes it helps to break it down into its many tiny components. What do you have to do for your parent? For your children? For your spouse? For your job? For yourself? The lists may be long, but no one item is overpowering. - Prioritize your tasks. Making those lists helps. Getting Mom to the doctor obviously is more important than vacuuming her apartment. - Give away some of the lowpriority duties. You can hire someone to clean the apartment. The local bakery can supply the brownies you're supposed to send to the next Cub Scout meeting. - Get support for yourself. Groups for caregivers and organizations that focus on your parent's particular illness or condition can WASHINGTON (CNS) - The be helpful. Doctors, social workers Catholic Communication Camand the area agency on aging (inpaign is launching a nationwide formation is available by calling toll-free movie review line Sept. 6. senior information and assistance, The launch comes after a pilot which is listed in the phone book) program last summer involving can give you local contacts. four U.S. dioceses attracted more - Write it down. There is no than 20,000 calls. way a person can remember all the things you need to remember: dates .. The number is (800) 311-4222. It's being billed as "(800) 311,and schedules, information from 4CCC" in promotional advertising. doctors, therapists, pharmacists, The line offers reviews of six teachers, coaches, your boss, your current top-grossing movies, plus spouse, your kids. a recommended "video of the week" Your day may seem completely selected by the U.S. Catholic Conpacked. But if you jot down your ference Office forFilm and Broadown "to do" list, you may discover casting. periods of free time when you can The movie line will be available take a short break and recharge to users of both touch-tone and your batteries before you have to rotary-dial telephones. go, go, go again. The reviews are capsule plot and content summaries similar to those that appear in Catholic News Service, which distributes the Office for Film and Broadcasting reviews to Catholic newspapers. The recorded reviews will include the USCC classification, Motion Picture Association of America rating, and.a brief description of material viewers may find offensive. Ramon Rodriguez, CCC national director, said the movie review line's launch is appropriate in light of Pope John Paul II's World Communications Day 1995 statement, "Cinema: Communicator of Culture and Values." In the statement, the pope encouraged families and individuals to exercise good judgment in using movies as "an opportunity for growth" rather than "an occasion of harm." The CCC has sent promotional material to Catholic publications throughout the United States with the theme "Don't Select a Movie in the Dark," touting the toll-free line as "the best way to go to the movies." The Office for Film and Broadcasting usually reviews four new movies each week, so the menu of movies on the review line is likely ~~ to change completely over any YOUNG CATHOLICS gather in the Colorado moun- two-week period. tains for a youth retreat sponsored by the Youth 2000 program The reviews are written by Henry of the Denver archdiocese. (CNSj Baca photo) Herx, director of, the film and By Monica and Bill Dodds People caring for children and aging parents have been called the "sandwich generation," and it's a good description. Pressure comes from both sides, and sometimes it's no wonder a 24-hour day and seven-day week just aren't <:nough time for all you have to do. Even more pressure can come from trying to meet an impossible standard. Others - your friends, coworkers or perhaps even your spouse - seem able to handle their situations. You, however, can't do all you're supposed to do. You feel inadequate, guilty. You think you're letting everyone down. Perhaps if you just worked a little harder, slept a little less, sacrificed a little more.... If you find yourself in that situation, these suggestions may help. - Remember there is no one "right" way to do things. Trying to imitate what others have done probably isn't going to work. Each case is unique because the personalities and problems are unique. - If you don't take care of yourself - time to eat, sleep, catch your breath and pray :- you will quickly burn out and be of little use to anyone, including yourself. This is not a sprint; it's a marathon. Someday it will end, but that may be a long time from now. If you do not pace yourself - sometimes even pamper yourself - you won't be able to keep going. That's not because you are weak; it's because you are human. - The "big picture" can be

which critics today still list as one of the greatest albums ever recorded. All t'his is by way of preface. Not long ago I obtained a copy of a recent collection of songs by John Stewart. Its title, "Teresa and the Lost Songs," piqued my curiosity. "Teresa?" I wondered. "Teresa who?" As it turned out, John Stewart wrote and recorded a song about Mother Teresa of Calcutta. I slipped the audiocassette into our tape deck and listened, becoming both delighted and curious. The refrain for "Teresa" goes like this: "Teresa fell without a whimper, / Higher orders make no sound. / In the Omega hills of the new awareness / They made me take the Mother down. / They made rile take the Mother down." Two of the verses: "She is a person of the promise, / A higher soul who never rests. / She is the poor,est of the poor, / She is the best of all the best. / (Repeat refrain.) "In the scheme of things it doesn't matter, / Crying children, there's a sound. / Hungry people in Calcutta / Would 'never take the Mother down." (Repeat refrain.) I tracked down John Stewart by phone at his home in Virginia as he

prepared to leave for concerts in Scotland and England. I found that he grew up Catholic, graduated from a Catholic high school in California and is a Catholic to this day. John explained the lyrics of "Teresa." The song was in~pired two years ago at a place ill upstate New York called the Omega Institute. Invited to teach a course on song writing, John brought along some paintings he had done of Mother Teresa. Some of John's students suggested he hang his paintings in the dining hall, so he did. Soon, however, the powers that be at the institute insisted that he take them down. They didn't want people to get the idea that the institute had Roman Catholic connections. John was, to put it mildly, irritated, so he wrote a song t(, express his feelings about the Omega Institute and his admiration for Mother Teresa. "In the Omega, hills of the new awareness / They made me take the Mother down." Two other enchanting songs iii this collection also have roots in John Stewart's Catholic imagination: "Songs of All the Angels," and "Wings of St. Michad."

Toll-free movie reviews start Sept. 6 broadcasting office, and Gerri Pare, a staff member of the office. Herx in 1962 was the founding director ofthe Archdiocese of Chicago's Center for Film Study, later affiliated with the National Legion of Decency. Two years later, he started the

Organ transplants program topic at St. Anne's Hospital Due to advances in medical technology, transplantation of organs has become a routine'procedure in American medicine. In a coordinated effort to provide information on the life-saving techniques made possible through transplantation, the diabetes education and support group of' Saint Anne's Hospital, Fall River, is sponsoring a program entitled "The Gift of Life." It will be presented by Ginnie Teed, hospital development coordinator in the New England Organ Bank, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in the Nannery Conference Room of Clemence Hall, directly behind the hospital, with parking and entrance available on Forest Street. More than 35,000 Americans are waiting for life-saving or lifeenhancing organ transplants and an average eight people in the nation die every day while on waiting lists. The October program offers opportunity for community members to learn more about organ transplantation and to discuss any question or concerns they may have with professionals. It is free and open to the public. Professionals wishing to obtain continuing education credits for attendance will be charged a $5.00 fee, payable at the time of admission. Pre-registration for "The Gift of Life" is required and can be made by calling Saint Anne's Hospital at (508) 674-5600, ext. 430, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 29.

legion's monthly publication, Catholic Film Newsletter. In I g65, the Legion of Decency was renamed the National Catholic Office for Motion Pictures and became a part of the USCC. Herxjoined the office's New York staff in 1968 and .it was renamed the Office for Film and Broadcasting in 1969. He edits "The Family Guide to Movies and Videos," which offers capsule reviews of 7,500 movies now on video. He has also developed media education pr,)grams, including "The Media Mi.rror: A Study Guide on Christian Values and Television," a two-ye:ar project involving teachers in J() dioceses. Ms. Pare, before joining the USCC, was director of promotion and publicity for MCA TV, and had worked in the film department of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Catholic Action back WARSAW, Poland (CNS) The announcement by Poland's bishops that Catholic Action was being re-established nationwide was widely seen to signal the future shape of lay involvement in Polish church life. "Christians do not need additional authorization to talk about the faith," the bishops said in a pastoral letter read in Poland's churches. "But participation in Catholic Action will offer a new occasion to express co,mmon responsibility for the churc:h, and to overcome the anonymity, of faith through an organized apostolate." Catholic Action is a group organized under the direction of local bishops whose members pledge to bear Christian witness in their daily lives, applying and morals in whatever level of Hociety they are involved.

THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Sept. I, 1995


Handicapped Cub Scouts .strive to do their best

IF PEOPLE lpassing by the house of Baltimorean and Secular Franciscan Joe Niziolek

don't know that the pope is coming to town, it's not his fault. (CNS/ Walker photo)

Tom's of Maine sees: market for lethics MINNEAPOLIS (eNS) - 'Religious values, ethic:al business practices, concern for employees and caring about the community are marketable commodities, Tom Chappell recently told Catholic health professionals. The founder of Tom's of Maine said his company manufactures personal care products that are natural, additive free and environmentally friendly. Tom's toothpaste, for example, is free of preservatives, never artificially flavored, sweetened or made with dye, and all Chappell's products are "cruelty free," meaning tested without the use of anima!!;. "Our products appeal to a growing population out there that shares the same values," he told the Catholic Health Association's annual convention in Minneapolis. Efficiency and performance are important to success, said, but for Tom's of Maine a Irevised company mission statem,mt 10 years ago was the key to integrating financial success with social responsibility and environmental sensitivity, he said. At the time, the company already had grown from a half-million dollars in sales to $5 million annually but "success had become an empty experience," said Chappell. An Episcopalian, he said that, in reflecting on his faith, he remembered the Gospel challenge to make proper use of God's gifts and recalled the scriptural image of society as one body and the responsibility to serve others. "I found I had traded in some religious values for some worldly values," he said. He began to question how people in his company talked about customers as types

instead of as individuals, and how private business wasn't really private but "always in relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, communities and the' environment." As a result of a mission statement developed by the company's board of directors, Tom's of Maine contributes 10 percent of pretax earnings to charitable endeavors, and encourages employees to use 5 percent oftheir work time to volunteer service to the community.

It also tries to reduce packaging and encourages recycling paper and plastics., The company's mission spills into its relationship with its suppliers and its community of Kennebunk, Maine. Tom's of Maine worked with one supplier to switch to reusable totes to deliver raw materials to its plant instead ofthrowaway boxes. And it helped Kennebunk give curbside recycling bins to all area homes.

CLINTON, Iowa(CNS)- Sand candles were the craft dujour at a recent meeting of Cub Scout Pack 155 in Clinton. Sand candles - made by pouring hot wax into a mold hollowed out of sand and often decorated with sea shells, rocks and other sundry items - make a perfect gift for parents to set alongside the plaster hand mold and the Christmas tree ornament made from a jar cap and a photo of their beloved child. Pretty ordinary. Pretty ordinary, that is, unless the youngest Cub in the pack is 28 years old. In Pack 155 all the Scouts are adults with learning disabilities who live at Arch homes from the mentally retarded in Clinton. The group meets once a month in the basement ofSt. Paul Lutheran Church thanks to a Boy Scouts of America program that makes it possible for mentally handicapped adults to participate in Cub Scouts no matter what their age. Founded 20 years ago by Franciscan Sister Marilyn Wisor, the three Arch homes and one apartment house in Clinton provide semi-independent living facilities for mentally handicapped residents. Assistants live at each home to help the residents. The Clinton homes have their roots in the larger international organization, L'Arche, founded in 1964 by French Catholic layman Jean Vanier. The men of Cub Scout Pack 155 might stand a little taller than their younger counterparts, but at heart they have the same sense of childhood wonder and energy as 8-, 9-, and 10-year-olds. All six pack members have earned their first badge, the Bob-

cat, since the pack was formed in January. While uniforms in the right sizes are hard to come by, Kenny Johnson, a newcomer to the Arch homes, didn't let this small obstacle stop him from showing his Scout pride. He wore his Bobcat badge paper-clipped to his T-shirt collar. But the Cubs will not be without uniforms for long. The pack's Cubmaster, Teresa Sechre!!t, plans to purchase Cub hats, wolf scarves and vests for them. Ms. Sechrest agreed to Cubmastel' despite her own handicaps epilepsy and cerebral palsy that inhibit use of the right side of her body. She said her problems help her relate to the pack members. "I didn't think I could be in Scouting," she said. But when her own son was in the Tigers, a Scouting organization that comes before Cub Scouts, "a den mother said, 'Yes, you can' become a Scout leader, so I decided to take this job on," she said. Ms. Sechrest said she sees many similarities between her experience growing up and the daily lives of the special members of Pack 155. "If they could have had something like this when I was growing up, then I could have been in Girl Scouts," she said. Too often people laugh and turn away from people with special needs, she said. But the members of Pack 155 take the Cub Scout motto - "Do your best" seriously. .. As long as they do their best, that's all we can ask of them, and they're doing the very best they can do," Ms. Sechrest said.

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Our Lady's Monthly Message From Medjugorje August 25, 1995 Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina

TEENAGERS in south Beijing sew leather coats in a shop where they work up to 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for about $100 a month. The rights of women workers throughout the world are on the agenda for the Fourth World Conference on Women to be held in Beijing this month. (CNS/Reuters photo)

"Dear children, today I invite you to prayer. Let prayer be life for you. A family can not say that it is at peace if it does not pray. Therefore, let your morning begin with morning prayer and in the evening end with thanksgiving. Little children, I am with you and I love you and I bless you and I wish for everyone of you to be in my embrace. You cannot be in my embrace if you are not ready to pray every day. Thank you for having responded to my call."



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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Sept. 1, 1995

Grape juice, low-gluten hosts permissible in rare cases sume alcohol, the use of must, or WASHINGTON (CNS)路- In a major new ruling on reception of , unfermented grape juice - "mustum" in Latin - ought to be a last Communion in special cases, the resort. Vatican Congregation for the Doc"The preferred solution contrine of the Faith has listed rules tinues to b~ Communion 'per under which bishops can let alcointinctionem' (by intinction, dipholic priests use unfermented grape ping the host in the consecrated juice in place of wine. wine), or in concelebration under The congregation again ruled out use of hosts totally free of the species of bread alone," he gluten, on~ of the compon{:nts of wrote. The letter said that "permission wheat flour, reaffirming a 1982 to use low-gluten altar breads ... ruling on that questio'n. may be granted by ordinaries to But for the first time it ruled explicitly that "low-gluten hosts , priests and laypersons affected by celiac disease, after presentation are valid matter, provided that of a medical certificate." they contain the amount of gluten Such low-gluten hosts are valid, sufficient to obtain the confection it said, if there is enough gluten to of bread" and provided that other make real bread and if no foreign conditions for valid eucharistic materials are added or procedures hosts are met. used that, would "alter the nature The new norms also for the first of the substance of the bread." time apparently formalize in writThe letter said the local bishop ing a churchwide norm that future or religious superior is responsible candidatesJor the priesthood who for assuring that any must or lowsuffer from alcoholism, alcohol gluten bread used for the Euchaallergy or celiac disease should not rist meets the J:loly See's norms. be ordained. THE POPE visits the Pontifical Marinelli Foundry to But it said there is no Eucharist "Given the centrality ofthe celeif completely gluten-free hosts are inspect a peace bell he will present to the United Nations bration of the.Eucharist in the life used: "Special hosts 'quibus gluti- during his October visit to the United States. (eNS / Reuters of the priest, candidates for the num ablatum est' (from which the photo) priesthood who are affected by gluten has been removed) are celiac disease or suffer from alcoholinvalid matter for the celebration ism or similar conditions may not of the Eucharist." be admitted to holy orders,~' it The Vatican had approved the says. use of some so-called gluten-free Msgr. Dennis Schnurr, general hosts for celiac sufferers in Ireland secretary of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Aug. , in the 1970s. But in October 1982 the doctrinal congregation withVATICAN CITY (CNS) - Last Gardens, workmen were finishing 23 that at least with regard to drew the permission. In 1983 the spring brought an air of renova- a little-publicized underground proapplicants to the priesthood who bishops of England and Wales ,tion to the Vatican;where the old ject as they tarred a new groundsuffer from alcoholism, that norm reflects in writing the actual Vati- asked Rome to reconsider the ban. and the new sometimes blend - or . level surface. Reports at that time and since collide - in strange patterns. can practice on a case-by-case basis Was this another concrete "bunhave indicated that there was some A bird's-eye tour of the 130-acre in recent years. He said he was not ker" to protect Vatican manustate would find men at work, aware of the Holy See's past prac- confusion as to what was or was scripts? No - just part of a maganot permitted. slowly modifying the unique landtice with regard to celiac sufferers. A Welsh bishop told his priests scape of fountains, frescoes and zine reading room for Vatican Atonement Father Patrick J. Library visitors. Cogan, executive coordinator of in 1983 that the gluten-free hosts facades. the Canon Law Society of Amer- could be used until Rome came Take the new hole in the wall of In the Vatican Bookstore, the out with a definitive ruling, but an the Tower of Nicholas V, one of updated Vatican phone book finally ica, said the norm wa's proposed in Irish bishop told Presentation Sisthe oldest parts of the Vatican arrived in May after a three-year terms of a theological principle that deserves "serious considera- ters in his diocese to stop baking complex, beneath Pope John Paul wait. The holdup was caused by a tion," but the letter does not carry and distributing them. II's apartments. Workmen had to phone system overhaul, including In 1989 a British medical team the weight of law to create a new blast through about 10 feet of a switch from seven-digit to eightreported in a letter to the New brick and' stone to create an digit numbers. legal impediment to ordination England Journal of Medicine that from which a bishop cannot disentrance for the relocated offices Meanwhile it:! the Vatican Musetests of several so-called glutenpense. onhe Vatican bank. ums, solvents and solutions that that they were free hosts revealed Rome has consiste'ntly ruled that In the spirit of modernization, eat through centuries of dirt and actually low-gluten, not gluten-free. wheat flour must be used to make the bank entrance boasts electronic grime' are being daubed onto After news of the latest Vatican security doors: two glass cubicles bread used for the Eucharist. But Renaissance frescoes after the specletter became public, an official of that seal you into limbo for a few the gluten in the wheat, or more tacula'r cleaning of the Sistine England's 30,000-member Celiac specifically the vegetable proteins seconds before releasing you to the Chapel ceiling. Society told CNS that hosts cur- bank's inner sanctum. (Wait for called gliadens which are found in In the Chapel of Pope Nicholas, rently in use for celiac sufferers in gluten, can cause severe damage to the green light, please!) The rosaryFra Angelico's delicate 15th-cenEngland were completely gluten- slinging nuns and priests who make the intestinal lining of celiac suftury frescoes depicting SS. Lawfree. But a member of the Poor up most of the bank's clientele ferers. rence and Stephen are coming Clares convent in York, which The disease, also known as celiac look' perplexed - but hey, it's back to life. Nearby, behind a makes such hosts, was unsure sprue, is especially common in Ireprogress. , shrouded scaffold, Raphael's freswhether they were gluten-free or land and Great Britain, where about Inside, one ascends marble steps one in 1,500 people is affected. In simply low-gluten. to the domelike main chamber of cO,."The School of Athens," is also getting a cleaning. Cardinal Ratzinger's letter made . the tower, where a steel chandelier the United States about one in no mention of the traditional solu- now hangs from the ceiling and 18 2,500 people is affected. Back at St. Peter's, the phrase tion offered to celiac sufferers, to tellers do business. Six c1osed- "etched in stone" is losing some of The new decisions on church receive Communion ,only under circuit TV cameras record it all on its significance as workmen prepolicy came in a two-page letter the species of wine. from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, pare to remove from the basilica's video. Msgr. Francis J. Maniscalco, prefect.of the doctrinal congregaBank employees are proud of porch a marble inscription commedia spokesman for the NCCB, their new vaultlike quarters, but memorating the visits of two tion, to presidents of bishops' consaid that solution remains because some eyebrows were raised when Orthodox patriarchs. ferences around the world. by not addre~sing it at all, the let- the historic tower came under. For priests suffering from alcoThe inscription has only been ter leaves it in place. holism or alcohol allergy, the letassault by jackhammers and power there since 1987, but the pope Mary Jane Owen, executive direc- drills. , , ter restores to the local bishop the wanted it updated to include a ref-" , tor of the National Catholic Office , power to exempt a recovering Up the road toward the Vatican erence to the third such visit, that for Persons with Disabilities, said 'alcoholic priest from consuming of Ecumenical Patriarch Barthoshe was disturbed that a disability wine at Mass. lomew I. The chiselers are hurrysuch as. celiac disease would preU.S. bishops were able to do ing to finish the new stone; the old vent someone from being consithat from 1974 to 1983 by reason one will either go into storage or dered for the priesthood. ofa special permission from Rome, on the scrap heap. In fact, it's the "Vulnerability is part of the lesbut from 1983 on all such requests ,second time the inscription has son of life," she said, adding that worldwide had to be referred to been redone in the last 30 years. some of the most effective priests Rome for individual rulings. "Maybe they should write these Cardinal Ratzinger wrote that she knows are those who have had things on paper, as we do," quipped even for priests who cannot,con- to face their own vulnerability. one curial officiaL

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ROME (CNS) - An Italian nun who became"the pope's nurse" died the day after a hospital visit from her former patient. Sister Ausilia Cortinovis helped the pope recover from a 1981 assassination attempt and when he heard that she was gravely ill with cancer, he went to Rome's Gemelli hospital Aug. 23 to pray with her and give her the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. She died the next day, still holding the rosary the pope h2.d given her. She had told friends, "I'm dying happy now because I've seen the pope." Sister Ausilia, 61, was a nurse for 30 years at Gemelli, w:here the pope was rushed by ambulance after he was shot in I ~81. She is said to have spent the entire night by his bedside, and to have followed' every stage of his subsequent recovery. When the pope left the hospital, she helped provide nursing care at the Vatican and.later helped ~are for him during hospital :;tays in 1992 for an intestinal tumor, and in 1993 and '1994 when he was treated for falls and a brokl:n thigh bone. The nun's role was never publicized, and it was only on Aug. 13 that the pope mentioned her by name, in a talk about the many women who help the sick Hnd suffering. He said he had experienced their generous service firsthand. "I am thinking especially of Sister Ausilia," he added. A member of the Mari,a Bambina religious order, Sister Ausilia was until recently head of the nursing team at Gemelli's surgicHI clinic. She is believed to have been the unnamed nun interviewee: in the late French writer Andre: Frossard's book about the po pe, "Be Not Afraid!" The nun in the book described the pope as "a very easy patient" who adapted well to the hospital routine. She related an incident during his first recovery: "I said to him, one day when he didn't want to leave his bed: 'Most Holy Father, you must get up to regain strength.' He laughed and said, 'Well, well, Sister has got over her shyness.'''

Priest remembered ROME (CNS) - In Jerusalem and on Mount Carmel, the Discalced Carmelites will muk the 50th anniversary of the de:ath of one of their members who uied to save Jewish children from th,~ H 010caust. Events marking the: an'niversary of Father Jacques :Bunel's death opened in Jerusalem with a screening of the film "Au Revoir Les Enfants," which tells the story of the three Jewish boys he hid from the Nazis in occupied France. Father Bunel, who hid the hoys in the school he helped found near Paris, was arrested with them in January 1944 and sent to a con-, centration camp in Germany. He was among the sick and weakened survivors liberated by the Ameri- . cans at Mauthausen in May 1945, but died less than a month later at a hospital in Austria.

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Four mark 60 years in brotherhood Continued from Page One He has served in eight schools in Canada, Maine, New York State and Massachusetts and at Walsh College, Canton, OH. His Massachusetts assignments were to the former Prevost High School and to Bishop Connolly High School, both in Fall River. Brother Simoneau Brother Norma nd Simoneau holds a bachelor's degree from McKinley-Roosevelt College, Chicago, I L. He has served in schools in New York State, Maine and Massachusetts, in the latter assignment at Prevost High School. He

was also plant manager for the motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, MI. In retirement he lives at the Brothers of Christian Instruction residence in Fall River. Brother Chouinard Brother Chouinard has held mission assignments in East Africa and the West Indian .Ocean for the past half century. In Uganda he taught at Kitabi Seminary, taught and was headmaster at St. Mary's College, Kisubi, taught at St. Henry's College, Kitovu, and was headmaster at St. Leo's College, Fort Portal.

Spiritual films need edge VATICAN CITY (eNS) - The oldest film in the Vatican's collection is a 99-year-old, black-andwhite movie of Pope Leo XIII in the Vatican gardens. The film, which la.sts less than five minutes, shows the pope getting out of a carriage - with bowing and kneeling ailtendants going to a bench, sitting down and reading. The pope looks up and waves after someone apparently explains these are moving pictures. Shortly after the invention of the motion picture 100 years ago, Pope Leo acceded to french inventor Louis Lumiere's request to film him, but said he would withhold his blessing of the new invention until it could be determined whether moving films offc:red anything "useful and edifying." While certain films still draw criticism and even outrage, the church now views th«: cinema as an art that can inspire people even when the story is not overtly religious, said a Jesuit who teaches courses and gives retreats linking theology and the movies. The change can be seen in two papal statements: one by Pope Pius XI in 1936 and the other this year by Pope John Paul II. Pope Pius, in an encyclical, said the more the motion picture industry develops, "the more pernicious and deadly it has shown itself to morality, religion and even to the very decencies of human society." The letter urged bishops throughout the world to follow the U.S. episcopacy's example of classifying films according to moral suitability and promoting the "Legion of Decency." The Legion has been resurrected in recent weeks and Catholics are once again urged to take its pledge to stay away from films deemed morally objectionable. Pope John Paul's message said that while the church has sometimes disapproved ofspecific films, the movie industry has "often dealt with themes of great meaning and value from an ethic~1Ll and spiritual point of view." As an art form and an expression of culture, a film does not

have to be explicitly religious to edify, said Canadian Jesuit Father Lloyd Baugh, a professor at Rome's Gregorian University. "A Jesus who i$ tall, blond, blue-eyed and surrounded by beautiful people doesn't work," he said. "Religious films, to be spiritual, have to have an edge; they have to challenge," Father Baugh said.

New Appeal leaders Continued from Page One and in multiple diocesan assignments. A New Bedford native, he was ordained in 1964 and then was parochial vicar at St. Francis Xavier parish, Hyannis; and Immaculate Conception parish, Fall River. After graduate studIes at Catholic University, Washington, DC, he served in the chan,cery office as vice chancellor; chancellor, and episcopal secretary. He was rector of St. Mary's Cathedral from 1978 to 1986, when he returned for further studies at Catholic University. In 1987 he was named pastor of St. Joseph's parish, Taunton, serving there until June of this year when he was assigned his current pastorate in New Bedford. Msgr. Harrington has served on the diocesan marriage tribunal since 1968. He has been vicar for finance and admini~tration,chaplain for the diocesan Legion of Mary and spiritual director for the Taunton District St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was named a domestic prelate with the title monsignor in 1974 and dean of the Taunton deanery in 1990. Last October Bishop O'Malley app'ointed him Secretary for Spiritual Development/ Apostolates in his reorganization of diocesan administration. Father Scales is a Worcester native who moved to Cape Cod as a child. In 1981 he earned a bachelor of arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, and two years later entered St. John's Seminary in Brighton. He was ordained in 1988 and since then has served at St. Mary's parish, Mansfield.

He also taught at St. Thomas More College, Ihungo, Tanzania; and in the Seychelles Islands in the West Indian Ocean taught at Seychelles College, the Teachers' Training College and the Polytechnic school. In retirement, he is in residence in the Seychelles. No photog:raph was available for Brother Michaud.

Labor Day message Continued from Page One fied from an ethical point of view, nor can that society attain social peace." Bishop Ricard urged employers to recognize their responsibility to their workers by providing a living wage, unemployment protection, a decent work environment and the right to organize and bargain collectively. He also said society must affirm the social contract between employees and employers by ensuring that everyone who can work has the opportunity to do so. He called on business and government leaders to "reflect on the human consequences and moral dimensions of our changing economy" and to "renew the social contract which offers dignity to workers and puts work at the center of our national economic life."

COLUMBUS, Ohio (CNS) The $1.25 million bequest of a Toledo diocesan priest to the Pontifical College J osephinum not only will provide scholarships for seminarians but also will establish a fund for their retirement 40 years later. Father Blase J. Cupich, president and rector of the college, said, "I believe we are soon to become the only institution of higher learning anywhere that promises both a job and retirement benefits!" The Father Virgil J. Reidlinger Josephinum Seminarian and Clergy Support Fund was set up with money accrued through years of frugal living and skillful


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September-Fest! Family Festival ST. PATRICK'S CHURCH FALL RIVER Corner South Main & Dwelly Streets

September 8,9, 10 FRIDAY 6-10 P.M. SATURDAY 11 A.M.-10 P.M.

SUNDAY Noon - 5 P.M.

Turkey Dinner 5:30& 7 P.M.

Chowder &Clamcakes 3 P.M.

Live Entertainment! • Giant Rame! • Games! Penny Sale! • Crafts! • Pony Rides! Booths! • White Elephant Hall! • Dunk Tank! Face Painting! • Pie Eating Contests! • Bake Shop!

Saturday Nite: 8 P.M. "Shades Of Blue" Concert under the Stars. Bring a lawn chair or blanket!

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Our Catholic Schools • Our Catholic Yout Bishop Connolly High School The 1995-96 school year opens at Bishop Connolly High School with enrollment up, including a 131-member freshmen class, largest in the last seven years. New principal Anthony S. Nunes welcomes students and faculty "to the challenge of a new school year and a new beginning." Faculty and staff will gathe~ for a liturgy and general faculty meeting and planning session Sept. 5 at 8a.m. New faculty members include Rev. David Costa, chaplain; Ms. Jennifer Constantine, religion;

Seniors will report at I p.m. Sept. 6 for orientation, school photos and book sales. They will be dimissed at 3 p.m. Juniors report Sept. 7 at 8 a.m.; dismissal will be at 10 a.m,; sophomores at 11:00 a.m. Sept. 7, dismissal at I p.m. Students will be able to order the 1996 yearbook when they purchase their texts.

Mrs. Louise Dacey, librarian; Rev. Lawrence Jerge, C.S.C., community servic.e director and religion; Maurice Ouellette, religion; and Michael Vieira, social studies. Nunes has also announced the appointment of Brother Walter Zwierchowski, F.I.C., as the religious education department chairperson. The freshmen class will report to the school auditorium Sept. 6 at 8 a.m. for orientation, book purchases, school photos and an abbreviated run-through of a typical schoolday schedule. Lunch will be served. Dismissal will be at 1:30 p.m.

Classes will begin Sept. 8, which will be a full school day. A liturgy celebrating opening of sch,)ol will be offered Sept. 21 at 10 a:m.

Bishop Feehan.High School Bishop Feehan High School opened its doors for the 1995-96 school year this p'ast Wednesday. Its enrollment of 764 students represents the third successive yearly -increase, and the largest enrollment in the school since 1989. Pt:incipal george Milot welcomed 75 staff members, including '12 new teachers, a new chaplain, a director ofdevel.opment' and a new vice principal. eNS/Miss ~~,~tana Pagea~t photo

New members are Pat Kelleher, vice prinCipal of academic affairs;

Christopher Servant (Feehan 1966), director of development; Father Greg Mathias, chaplain; English teachers are Dr. Regina Silvia, who will assume chairmanship of the department, Michael Atwood (Feehan 1989),.Todd Carges (Feehan 1991), and James Sanford. Theology instructors are Daniel Bowen, Christopher Boyd, Rene Cipriano (Feehan 1989), and Hemres Leal; health instructor is Jeffrey Cavallo (Feehan 1990); fine arts, Michael Dias; science, Frank Kelley; mathematics, Charles Be-

.noit; office staff, Joanne (,rinnell (Feehan 1966). Feehan has added 30 minutes to the school day, with a starting time of 7:45 a.m. and dismissal at 2: 15 p.m. Among new additions to the curriculum is a required study skills program for all freshmf:n and sophomores. In addition, a selected group of 44 freshmen will work with a study skills mentor who will meet with them daily thro'ughout the school year. .


'Faith remains ~op pri,9fity for Miss Montana

St. Joseph's captures CYO baseball title

i. St. J osejJh's; Fall River, capfinals by knocking off Holy Ghost, Fontes,with coaches Denis Latured the'Greater Fall River CYO Tiverton, RI, and then defending tour and Scott Tripp. Baseball League championship champions, St. William's, Fall River, who had won first place in HELENA, Mont. (CNS) - The She will focus, on compassion, with a series sweep of the best-ofthe regular season with a 20-5 duties of being Miss Montana 1996 love and respect "as stepping stones three series against Holy Name. record. . WASHINGTON(CNS)·- Two won't keep Aubrey Hiller from to'reinstatingJamily values into St. Joseph's won the title game 13Members of this year's cham- Catholic universities have received continuing her work as a coordi- our society," she said. "I think that 2, as pitcher Mike Souza allowed pionship team include: Nelson grants from the Joseph P. Kennedy nator of youth ministry for the through education we .can make' just five hits and two runs, while Dias, Marc Rebello, John Aguiar, Jr. Foundation in Washington to Helena diocese. . some big changes in the way that striking out 10 batters. St. Joseph's "Top of my priority list," said family values are being presented won the first game 4-3 with a sixth- Eric Alberto, Eric Terceiro, Jason help mentally handicapped childinning, four-run rally. Ledoux, Dave Machado, Mike ren and adults receive Catholic Miss Hiller in an interview after to our young people." They arrived at the champion- Souza, Steve Melo, Sean Connell, religious instruction. Duquesne winning the beauty title in Billings.. Her platform i!lcorporates a She will compete in the Miss number of different issues because ship series by defeating Notre Clinton Choate, Julio Moniz, Brian University in Pittsburgh and the America pageant next year. she thinks that a lot of societal Dame, Fall River, two games to . Cordeiro, Ryan Pavao, Busch University of Dayton in Ohi 0 each "My faith has always been a problems - alcohol anc;l.drug one in the semi-finals. Holy Name, Tripp, Frank Rocha, Josh Rod- received a grant of$45,000 through Fall River, which had finished last rigues, Troy Rocha and Mark a program named for Rose Fitzgepriority in my life and it will con- abuse, a lack ofvaJ~es and morals, tinue to be a priority," she said. "It teen gangs and: in the regular season, reached the . Charest. :The manager was Brian rald Kennedy. doesn't. take a back seat to very crime - are a resuit of weakened ' .many things, except for sometimes family values. my family. If I were to lo~e sight 9f that, then I would lose sight of who Aubrey is." .. In fact; her youth work' might BEVERLY HILLS, Clilii~:(tNS) complement the Miss Montana - The lyrics of today's top.songs duties, said Miss Hiller, a member will be deciphered and scrutinized of Pope John XXIII parish in in a new magazine sched't1led to Missoula. .. . . debut in Sept. Music Monitor will The 21-year-old thinks it's a bow with a 15,00Q.,copy run, learning experience to work closely said its publisher. andma~aging with high 'school students. "n feel editor, Charlie Gilreath: RO~k; rap, very blessed for that qpportunity," . dance; countrya!ld R&B:'lyrics she added. . will all be reviewed. A m«;)ck-up . She served on the· Diocesan version ofthe debut· issue gives not Youth Council during the 1991-92 only the title, artist and label for school year and as an adult repreeach song, but it~ story and any sentative last year. slang or other language worth.not. "I learn more frorn. th()se high: ing. Thereare als9 one-Ietteradvi-' school students than I· do some- sories fO't: 'songs when warr~nted: times fr<:>m my books at school," "S" for sex or potentially' offensive said the junior at the University or' slang, '~V'" for' violence, "D" for Montana, who is majo'j-ing in or-: drugs, and "L';' for potentially ganizational.communications. offensive language.·. .. "They're a good sounding board for different ideas, and hopefully' they'lI feed,.in ideas also," she added. . . ,,,:.~., "", ,~;, ".;. / /.. . . . ~~., ,/.\ As Miss Montana for the next' J~' year, Miss Hiller will travel to'· INTERVA1~.SrrY Christian Fellowship'meinbersat-Tulane University in New Or:teans schools throughout the state and. talk to students about family gather. tp sing and discuss Scripture. Less seriously, they plan to visit every coffee shop in the values, which is her platform 'issue. City. (CNS/Perry photo) .' . -.

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Sept. I, 1995

LEARN TO BE STILL It was just another day in paradise As you stumble to your bed You'd give anything to silence Those voices singing in your head. You thought you could find happiness Just o\'er that green hill You thought you would be satisfied! But you never will Learn to be still. Weare like sheep without a shepherd We don't know how to be alone So we wander around this desert And wiind up following the wrong gods home But thE: flock cries out for another And they keep answering the bell And one more starry-eyed messiah Meets Il violent farewell Learn to be still Learn 'Ill be still. Now the flowers in your garden They don't smell so sweet Maybe you've forgotten The heaven lying at your feet. There are so many contradictions In all these messages we send (We keep asking) How do I get out of here Where do I fit in? Thouglh the world is torn and shaken Even if your. heart is breaking It's waiting for you to awaken And someday you will Learn to be still Learn to be still. You just keep on running Keep on running. Written by Don Henley/Stan Lynch, sung by Eagles, (c) 1994, Black Cypress Music/Mantanza Music/The Night Rainbow Music (ASCAP)

HOW MUCH quiet time do you take each day? The Eagles ent;ourage this question in their n:cent release, "Learn to Be Still." This is one of the four new cassingles off their "Hell Freezes Over" CD. Most of our da,ys are filled with activity. We have work or

school responsibilities, sometimes both. Each day seems governed bya schedule of things to do, people to meet and deadlines to complete. The song suggests two costs of a life fueled by overactivity. The first cost comes from seldom pausing to evaluate what

brings lasting meaning into our lives. In the song's words, "yeu thought you could find happiness just over that green hill; you thought you would be satisfied, but you never will." Indeed, we need to "learn to be still" if we are to hear the inner voices that tell us what matters most. The second <:ost is more subtle. At times, people are so busy striving toward their goals that the joy available here and now is not recognized. The lyrics describe how this occurs: "Now the flowers in your garden, they don't smell so sweet; maybe you've forgotten the heaven lying at your feet." Certainly, it is important to have goals and, once they are set, to work toward them. However, each day is a gift. We need to pause long enough to receive the blessings available to us now. In Catholic teaching, we are fortunate to hear about the value ofbeing"still." We havea name for the practice of learning to be still: prayer. To pray, it is good to set aside time from activity. Prayer invites us to slow down our lives long enough to understand where our busyness is taking us. is prayer? It is pausing to listen to what our hearts seek, what our lives need. It is pausing to discover how God can guide and help us. There is no right way to pray. Some people enjoy using practices and words, like the rosary. Others just share the feelings and needs of their hearts with God. Some put on their favorite music and allow the sound to turn down the chatter in their minds. Then, within the inner stillness, they see how to redirect their activity toward their most important priorities. Clearly, society teaches us little about how to be still. We can be thankful that our religious heritage offers us an alternative to the world's hyperactivity. Comments may be sent, to Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, IN 47635.

Collegilans finish cross-country abortion protest WASHINGTON (eNS) - Students from the Franciscan University of Steubenville have completed a three-month cross-country walk to highlight the pro-life cause. The group, Crossroads: From Coast to Capital, wound up the trek Aug. 20 in Washington witha rally at a park across from the, White House and a march to the steps of the Capitol. Members had started May 20 in San Francisco. "We averaged 30 to 40 miles a day, walking in shifts to cover every mile," said Jean Tomer. "We went through thunderstorms, blazing Midwestern heat, even ankledeep snow in the mountains in early June." The students usually camped out at night, but stayed in rectories and homes when they could. Each morning began with Mass, followed by walking all day -- sometimes into the night. "Our sacrifice of walking was partly our prayer for ending abortion in the United Sta,tes," said the group's founder, Stephen Sanborn. Carrying pro-life signs and displaying a banner on the group's RV camper - the combined head-

quarters, first aid station and mobile campsite for: the students on their journey - the Crossroads members spoke to pro-life and youth groups in cities and towns alopg the way and joined in, protests in front of abortion clinics. . They also conducted their own straw poll on abortion with those they met. "All the things we hear from the media, that most Americans are pro-choice, seemed to us'to b.e very wrong," Sanborn said. "We saw something completely different out there." Crossroads member John Vercillo said about 90 percent of the people they encountered supported them. ' Often the group lacked money for food and gas expenses for the next day. Yet in answer to their prayers, new supporters would appear, sometimes, with money, sometimes with lunch or dinner. Once when the camper broke down in Reno, Nev., the repair shop owner waived the $400 bill when he found out why the group was crossing the United States. Still, the walkers were discour-

aged by many people's apparent apathy on life issues. "People who are pro-life need to know that they are in the majority, despite what the media want them to believe," said Crossroads member Erin Muth. Hecklers dotted the route. One motorist rorced a Crossroads member to dive off the road. A driver in Kansas threw coat hangers at the walkers. And in Washington four people hissed and shouted insults at them. But Crossroads members vow to continue and expand their efforts. "It isn't enough to simply pray to support the pro-life cause," Sanborn said. "With prayer comes action. We need to act on our beliefs. We need to witness to the truth."

By Amy Welborn A few words, if you don't mind, about an only child. The only child is a member of a much-maligned bunch. "Spoiled brats" is the phrase most frequently used to descibe us, and indeed there are times when I am dealing with a particularly obstreperous, demanding student that I think to myself, ''I'll bet she's an only child." Most of the time, believe it or not, she is. But you see, it's OK for me to say that because I'm an only child myself and have been for 35 years. Since it's too late for any change in my family status, I always will be one of those "bratty" only children. I can say what I please about my own kind, right? An only child has good times and bad, just like any other child. There are advantages: lots of attention and particular ease in dealing with adults. There are disadvantages: solitude, even when you may not want it, and perhaps some difficulty in relating to peers. When the only child reaches teen and young adult years, new problems crop up that no one in the family probably ever considered before and which no one but an only child could understand. Parents, take note. One of the most difficult things about being an adolescent only j::hild is that since no other child come before or after us, everything we do comes under intense scrutiny. When we make our teen-age mistakes and embark upon our youthful rebellions there have been no older siblings to pave the way with their transgressions. Nor are there any younger siblings present to distract parents with their own problems and activities. No, parents always have plenty of time and energy to fret and wor.ry over the sins of the only child. . . . And even if no one has said so directly; the only child is saddled with high expectations of achievement. For children function as a sort of crystal ball on the future for parents. Even if we shouldn't, we can't help but hope that our children will go farther and accomplish more than we did. We pray that they avoid our mistakes and make no major new ories of their own. With the only child, that dynamic


of hope and expectation is intensified because there is only one object of all this parental energy. I went to a craft show once where an artisan was demonstrating his craft of wood burning. His tools were a magnifying glass and the sun. When he used the glass to focus the rays on one spot it burned the wood quickly into the design of the spectator's choice. Family life produces powerful, complicated energy of its own. When those rays of hope and disappointment, joy and tragedy are concentrated on a single target, the one on whom those rays shine can often feel burned by the heat. So, you parents of an only child might playa little imaginative game to help you ease up on these kids. Imagine that you do indeed have another, older child and he is the sorriest human being ever to walk the earth. Everything that's bad, he's done it and more. Then take a look at your real child. Do his mistakes and differences with you seem so important now? Probably not. Maybe you can relax and accept your only child for the person he is!

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MEN OF THE SACRED HEARTS Men of the Sacred Hearts will sponsor a day of reparation for men Sept. 10 at Sacred Hearts Seminary and Retreat House, Great Neck Road, Wareham. Theme: Restore all things in Christ. Featured speakers: Fathers Albert Evans, SS.CC. and Gabriel Healy, SS.Ce., and John Malloy, Men of the Sacred Hearts. Information: Don St. Gelais, tel. 995-5609, or Octave S. Pimentel, tel. 992-5402. .

HOSPICE OF COMMUNITY NURSE, FAIRHAVEN A series of bereavement discussion groups begins Oct. 4 and run through February 1996, on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Main office, Community Nurse (Bradford Russell Building), 62 Center St., Fairhaven. The topics run from one to four weeks, and include "Young Widows, Young Widowers,'" "Unrecognized Grief," "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," "Coping With the Holidays," "Memories Can Heal," "One Day at a Time," and "Coping With Stress and the Long Winter." For more information or a schedule of events; Sue Vincent, L1CSW, Bereavement Coordinator. tel. 999-3400. ST. FRANCIS OF PEACE FRATERNITY, W. HARWICH St. Francis of Peace Fraternity will hold its monthly meeting on Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, W. Harwich. Mass will be celebrated by Father Cornelius Kelly, O.F.M., who will speak on "Voluntary Suffering." Business meeting, discussion and refreshments will follow. The rosary and peace prayer will be recited at the new outdoor shrine at I :30 p.m. Inquirers welcome. Information: Dorothy Williams, tel. 394-4094. DAUGHTERS OF ISABELLA, ATTLEBORO Daughters of Isabella, Circle 65 will meet Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in Knights of Columbus Hall, Hodges St., Attleboro.


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COMPANIONS OF ST. ANTHONY In celebration of the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Anthony of Padua, a "pilgrim relic" of the' saint has recently been removed from his tomb and placed in a reliquary which will be at St. Stanislaus Basilica in Chicopee Sept. 26. On that day, buses to the basilica will leave from Holy' Cross Church, Pulaski St., Fall River (corner of Warren St.), at 9:30 a.m. Reservations: tel. 672-2093, or 674-0297. ST. MARY, NO. ATTLEBORO Because of Labor Day weekend, the Sept. healing service with Father William Babbitt will be held Sept. 10, 2:30 p.m. at the church. All welcome. ST. LOUIS, FR The St. Louis Women's Guild will meet Sept. 6 in the church hall at 6:30 p.m. All fashion show models are asked to attend. SACRED HEART, NO. ATTLEBORO Newly ordained Father Mike Racine will be guest speaker tonight at a First Friday celebration. Liturgy begins at 7 p. m. and the program is. scheduled for 8 p.m. in the parish hall with the theme "We All Have a Call to Serve." All are welcome. ST. THERESA'S CHAPEL, SAGAMORE An afternoon of recollection for women will be held Sept. II at St. Theresa's Chapel, Rte. 6A, Sagamore. Confessions will be heard from 2:30 to 3 p.m., and at 5:00 p.m. by a priest of Opus Dei. All area w~men welcome. ;-:"0=

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EWTNpraised Dear Editor: On the feast of the Assumption, Aug. 15, 14 years ago,the EWTN Catholic cable TV network began transmitting to the United States. The achievements of Mother Angelica and her staff are overwhelming! Besides celebrating the 14th anniversary of the EWTN network on Aug. 15, EWTN spread to Europe, Africa and Central and South America. This is a tremendous gift of God! . During her Tuesday evening "Family Night" program, calls came in to Mother Angelica from many areas, which shows that people hunger for the Word of God. Asone caller put it, "We know it is E WTN who has helped us sustain our faith!" We are grateful to Colony Cablevision for giving us 24-hour coverage of EWTN and we look forward to viewing the coverage of Pope John Paul II's visit to the United States October 4 to 8. Alice Beaulieu New Bedford

For True Light God of love, Father of all, the darkness that covered the earth has given way to the bright dawn of your Word made flesh. Make us a people of this light. Make us faithful to your World, that we may bring your life to the waiting world. Grant路 this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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LL Cool J sang for pop,e during 1979 U ~S. visit HOLLYWOOD (CNS) - LL wanted to do then was to hear my Cool J made his name as a rapper, record on the radion," he said. "I but even before that, he was a didn't know anything abolJt publishing. I didn't know anything singer. One of his first performances about incorporating." was iIi a grade-school choir singAs a young teen-ager, he said he ing for Pope John Paull! in New sent tapes of his music tl) every York during the pontiffs first U.S. label he knew of. Since he couldn't visit in 1979. And when the pope afford to buy a lot of records, he returns to New York in October, would go to record stores and "my grandmother's going to love copy the addresses 'of labels from it," LL Cool J said. the album covers. In 1979, young James Todd He made his first album at 16. It Smith was a student at St. Bonavsold a million copies. "It was nice," enture School in Queens. "That he said. But "between thl: [high was a. beautiful experience," he school) football team and the cool said. He added that when he wanted guys hanging out in the bathroom, to be an altar boy, he was too I don't think the first record went . young, and by the time he was old over too well." enough he was already pursuing a LL Cool J, who won a Grammy music career. for the album "Mama Said Knock Today,LL Cool J still keeps a You Out" - which, he is pleased positive orientation. And he puts to note, contained no profanity his money where his Catholic faith addressed the ongoing controversy is. over rap lyrics. He's started his own record label, POGo It' abbreviation for "the "You can't judge what someone Power of God," he said. He gave it is feeling unless you've walked in that name to give it "spiritual overhis shoes. I think in rap music tones" and "to keep God involved," there is definitely room for somehe said. It will release its first thing more positive, but at the album next year, he added. same time there are reasons and LL Cool J pays attention to conditions for people to (!xpress POG in between his own music themselves the way they are," LL career and his latest acting effort, Cool J said. NBC's "In the House," seen 8:30-9 "So what are those conditions? p.m. EDT Mondays. He stars as Are they economic? Are they culan injured NFL superstar who rents out his house to cut expenses . tural? What is the problem:' What exactly is goin' on? I think a lot of while he trains for a comeback. the gangster rap music is really a "The first shows were incredicry for help more than a thTf!at. It's ble. I learned a lot," he said. He's a cry for help. Like an animal that had supporting roles in "The Hard is wounded, it fights back, it comes Way" with Michael J. Fox and out of a corner and just trieH to get James Woods, and "Toys," which you." starred Robin Williams. His first He added, "It's OK for people to film was a performance in the rap want to hear something positive film "Krush Groove." for their children. That's some"It's not as easy as I attempt to thing I try to do in my m'Jsic as make it look," he said to laughter. well. But at the same time we need "I had a lot of fun. I hope to learn to figure out what it is that people more about the art form as the are feeling and the conditions that show goes路 on." are surrounding the people and He recalled hearing the first why it is they are feeling thai: way." rappers when he was 9 or 10. "AliI


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