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Preparations are complete for the diamond jubilee anniversary of St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River. Marking the 75th year since the consecration of the mother church of the diocese, a Mass of thanksgiving will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Sunday by Bishop Daniel A. Cronin and a gala banquet will follow at White's restaurant. Hundreds of present and past Cathedral parishioners are _expected to make the occasion an opportunity for reunion and reminiscences. They will be

DCCW Supports Irish Women The Fall River Diocesan Courlcil of Catholic Women (DCCW), meeting in executive session at St. Theresa's Parish Hall in South Attleboro on Sunday, September 12th, with Mrs. Michael J. McMahon presiding, has issued the following statement. We have long deplored the l'eligious war in Ireland. The women of Belfast are now emerging "from behind the venetian blinds" and two peace rallies have been held with 1,000 at the first and 20,000 at the second and a third is being planned. Turn to Page Fifteen

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aided in remembering the many events that have marked the Cathedral's 75 years by a 78page parish history published in conjunction with the year-long anniversary observance. The history includes many photographs but many more were available and not used due to space limitations, noted Msgr. John J. Regan, Cathedral rector. He said that all the photographs are on display in the cathedral chapels and that a schedule of times when it will be possible to view them will be announced. The history itself, available at the Cathedral Rectory and priced at $3, is bound in Madonna blue, in tribute to Mary, parish patroness. Beginning with a foreword by Bishop Cronin which_ he pays tribute to the "solid Catholic faith which the founding clergy

and faithful of this great parish valued and practiced," the history continues with an introduction by Msgr. Regan in which he expresses gratitude to the parish history committee, headed by Robert Coggeshall, which worked for many hours in preparing the volume. The history proper begins with a short sketch of the early years of Catholicism in the Fall River area, "The first cotton mill was erected in Fall River in 1811," it notes. Eleven years later the first Catholic family, Patrick and Helen Kennedy and their five children, for five or six years the only known Catholics in what was then a small community of about 1600 people. The first Mass ,said in Fall River was celebrated in their home in 1828 and thereafter the Holy SacriTurn to Page Eight

Set Sessions for Priests On New Penance Rite In further development of the diocesan program for the implementation of the revised rite of penance, Bishop Daniel A. Cronin has announced that the fall Clergy Education Days will center on contemporary moral theology. Rev. James A. O'Donohue, professor of theological ethics at St. John's University, Brighton, win offer identical programs

for priests exercising the faculties of the Fall River diocese from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday,' Sept. 22 at Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River, and from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 at Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro. At each session the theologian will present two conferences: "What Is Taking Place in Moral Theology" and "The Nature of Sin in the Light of What Is Taking Place in Moral Theology." Cooperating with the c~ancery office, Rev. Michel G. Methot of the Diocesan Department of Education and Rev. Barry W. Wall, chairman of an ad hoc committee on the revised rite of penance, have made arrangements for Father ODonohue's apearances here.

Ordination Set For Saturday

Father James Prest To Speak Su.nday Rev. James Prest, D.P., professor of religious studies at Providence College for the past 11 years, will be the main speaker at the National Catechetical Sunday workshop scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth. Father Prest will speak on: "Christian People: Life in the Church," as he develops the Cat-

echetical Sunday Theme of Parish Faith Alive: The Spirit in '76." His presentation will be followed by a prayer service based on discipleship, with music provided by "The New Beginnings" of New Bedford. The speaker's background includes study at Harvard University, Andover-Newton Theological School and Boston ColTurn to Page Fifteen

Rev. Mr. Robert Paul Rousseau of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred B. Rousseau of St. Hyacinth parish, New Bedford, will be ordained by Bishop Daniel A. Cronin at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary's Cathedral, . Fall River. At 12:30 p.m. Sunday the new priest will be principal celebrant and homilist at a Mass of thanksgiving in his home parish. Concelebrants will include many diocesan priests, members of h... his congregation and members PREPARE FOR ANNIVERSARY: Parishioners preparof the Society of Jesus with ing for 75th anniversary celebration of dedication of St. whom he attended seminary Mary's Cathedral, Fall River, are, seated, Mrs. Leo Martin, courses. and standing, from left, Miss Eleanor R. Shea and Mrs. The ordinand attended St. Manuel Benevides. Turn to Page Fifteen

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Before returning the work to public display, museum restorers are attempting to recapture the original hues intended by the great 16thcentury artist. They said that the painting's color will be almost perfect and, at the same time, very different from before.

NEW YORK - Parishioners at a Croatian BOSTON - Father Daniel Hart will be orCatholic church here took up a conection after dained auxiliary bishop of Boston on Oct. 18 in Sunday Mass for the family of policeman Brian¡ the Cathedral of the Holy Cross here. Cardinal Murray, who was killed Sept. 11 by a bomb left Humberto Medeiros will be the principal conby advocates of Croatian independence who hicelebrant at the ordination Mass. Archbishop MONTEGO BAY - Bishop Edgerton Clarks jacked a TWA jetliner. "The people felt bad Jean Jadot, apostolic delegate in the United of Montego Bay has asked the Jamaican governabout what happened," Croatian-born Franciscan States, will concelebrate along with Boston's ment for a "more adequate explanation" of a Father Slavko Soldo, .an assistant pastor at the other auxiliary bishops and priest-friends of the . raid by security police on his cathedral's rectory parish, told NC News. , bishop-designate. in late August. Prime Minister Michael Manley said that the Church was not under any suspiM~et cion after police had justified their Aug. 27 raid MINNEAPOLIS -- More than 60 resoluby saying they were tipped off that guns were tions on women priests, homosexual acts, aborhidden in the rectory. Jamaica's 2.1 million tion and sex discrimination in language are people are living under a state of emergency deamong the more than 300 measures confronting cree issued by Manley in June to curb crime and BUENOS AIRES - The U.S. embassy here the 65th triennial g,eneral convention of the escalating violence. has delivered a proposal to the military governEpiscopal Church in the United States now in ment of Argentina that would allow five imsession. Other matters to be put before the prisoned La Salette seminarians to continue bicameral body include revision of the Book of their studies for the priesthood in Washington. Common Prayer, the Church's world mission LORETO, ITALY - A 17-year-old MilanThe proposal is sponsored by the La Salette and its budget of $14 rnillion 'a year for the next ese girl, reportedly paralyzed from birth, got up Fathers in the United States, who run a novithree years. from her wheelchair in the shrine of the Holy tiate in Cordoba, Argentina, where the five semHouse of Loreto here and walked to the altar inarians - four Argentines and one Chilean rail as the chalice was being raised during a were arrested last month on charges of posBOSTON - The English-language edition Mass for pilgrims. Many of those present folsessing "Marxist literature." Also arrested was of L'Osservatore Romano; Vatican City newslowed her into the sacristy where she met Archa U.S. La Salette priest, Father James M. Weeks, paper, has published the text of an address on bishop Loris Capovilla, Shrine director. He made 48, since released. the Church's teachings on life issues delivered no comment on the incident, but asked' the pil. by Cardinal HumbertCi Medeiros at a Pro-Life grims to join him in a prayer of thanksgiving to Day held last March at Assumption College unour Lady. HARTLEPOOL, ENGLAND - Bishop. Ander sponsorship of the Massachusetts Catholic thony Denis Galvin of Miri, Sarawak, who saved Conference and attended by a large delegation Pope Paul VI from assassination in Manila in from the Fall River diocese. 1970, died while on leave here Sept. 4. He was LONDON - Significant progress toward 57. ' RangE~rs doctrinal agreement between Anglicans and Father Peter Galvin said his brother died in Catholics on the key question of authority in the HOUSTON - An advocate of teamwork his sleep while visi~ing his family in.this northChurch has been reported by the Anglican- Roin patient care has urged Catholic chaplains ern town. The bishop was to return to Malaysia man Catholic International Commission at its meeting here to reject the "Lone Ranger" aplater this month. eighth meeting, held this month at Venice. But, proach to their work and become' instead an according to a communique issued after the "integral part of the hospital team." Speaking meeting, important difficulties remain to be at the 11th annual convention of the National VATICAN CITY - The Vatican Museums solved and the Commission will reconvene next Association of Catholic Chaplains, Carmelite are changing the colors in Raphael's "Transfigyear in Chichester, England. Father Roger Bonneau, chaplain at St. Joseph's uration," the artist's final painting.

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Necrology SEPT. 24 Rev. Joseph E.C. BO'Jrque. 1955, Pastor, Blessed Sacr~lment, Fall River SEPT. 26 Rev. John J. Donahue, 1944, Assistant, St. William, Fall River SEPT. 29 Rev. J.A. Payan, 1899, Founder, St. Matthew, Fall River SEPT. 30 Rev. John J. Griffin, 1963, Pastor, St. Paul, Taunton 1lllIllIlllIIUIIIIUIIIIlIllIlUUlllllllllIlllllU"lllllllmllllllllUilUlllllUllltllllllllllll11,'llIm,..

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UNION ST.-JEAN-BAPTISTE AT LA SALETTE: Most Rev. Daniel A. Cronin, S.T.D., Bishop of Fall River, left, was the principal celebrant of a special Sunday afternoon Mass at La Salette Shrine, Attleboro, during the pil-

grimage of the Union St.-Jean-Baptiste d'Amerique. Following the outdoor Mass, celebrated in French, Bishop Cronin, right, met with individual pilgrims who had participated in the annual rite.


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USCC Cites Feehan High For Religious Education Sister Elizabeth Doyle, RSM, chairman of the Christian Studies Department of Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro, has been notified that a high school religious education program developed by her ranks among the outstanding programs in the United States. Sister Ruth MoDonell, IBM, of the Department of Education

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Charismatics Set Prayer Day At Bishop Gerrard High

of the United States Catholic Conference (UseC) in communicating with Sister Elizabeth regarding her program, noted, "Success stories are hard to .come by these days, and we would like to ask you to contribute one of these." The USCC Department of Education plans to publish descriptions of successful programs for directors of religious education thro'ughout the nation and Sister Elizabeth's will be among those FINAL VOWS: Sister cited. Mar y K r y sty n a (left) The educator, who has been a Feehan faculty member for six and Sister Jane Theresa, years, stated that she was "over- both on the staff of St. Savwhelmed" that her program was iour Day Nursery, New Bedrecommended and added that she ford, have made their final will .be very glad to contribute vows as members of the to the development of better religious education programs, and Congregation of the Resurshe looks forward to sharing in rection. The ceremony took the work of others selected by place at the Eastern Provinthe USCC project. cialate of the community at Sister Elizabeth is also active Castleton - on - the - Hudin retreat work and spiritual renewal programs. In October she son, N. Y. Three other Siswill address a religious educa- .ters also pronounced final tors' meeting' on the topic, "Re- vows, one pronounced first flections on Retreats in Confir- vows and 13 renewed temmation Preparation." porary vows at an earlier

PHILADELPHIA (NC) - "If 'we abandon the moral sense that is taught in the Catholic schools. we might as well close (them)." Msgr. John Tracy Ellis, author, professor and Church historian made the comment during an interview here. Non-Catholic schools, Msgr. Ellis said, "probably have much more educational material, laboratories, and maybe more showed a large majority of trained personnel, but the moral Catholic parents favor Catholic sense is aU-important." schools and are willing to sac"In some instances that ele- rifice to 'keep them open. ment has faded out, and I think "I doubt that they would say there was a great confusion for that 'we think the training of many. I think the confusion is the mind is better in the Cathlifting. I think there is a return olic .schools.' to sanity." . The main ~Iement is the There has been a "dawning . thought of getting some kind of consciousness of the folly that moral training to protect them had gone on in many elementary against the almost ferocious soschools," Msgr. Ellis asserted. ciety that has descended on the As a result he feels parochial United States." schools are better off than they Money-Mania were eight or 10 years ago. "The intense practicality" of The "folly," the noted histo- Americans leads to their antirian said was "an excessive intellectualism," Msgr. Ellis eagerness for innovation." claimed" "The great goal of Change is a law of life, he added, American life is to make but "a fair number of people in money. Everything else is suborour schools had gotten into a dinate to that." sort of frenzy of change-any"The price Catholics have paid thing that came along so long (to be accepted in society) has as it was new." been tremendous, and seems to Msgr. Ellis said he is very en- be growing by way of loss of couraged by a National Opinion those things we once held as Research Center survey that saered,"the historian said.

ceremony. Final Mystery "Each mystery affirms the final mystery that is at once the ground and illumination of all lesser mysteries, the good and goal of our searching." . .,....chad Walsh

Members of charismatic prayer groups in the' diocese, th~ir families and friends are invited to attend a day of teaching on prayer to be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 at Bishop Gerrard High School, Whipple and Middle Streets, Fall River. Rev. George Maloney, S.J. of the Pope John XXIII Ecumenical Center at Fordham University will conduct the program, giving three 45-minute talks during the day. Two films, "Salt of the Earth" and "Light of -Christ," will also be shown. There will be no charge for' the day, but participants are asked to bring their own food for a meal and social period from 4:30 to 6:30p.m. Beverages will be available.

Clergy Changes His Excellency, the Most Reverend Daniel A. Cronin, Bishop of Fall River, has approved the following assignments affecting the La Salette Fathers: Rev. Rene Gelinas - Pastor, Our Lady of the Cape Parish, Brewster, Massachusetts Rev. Andre Patenaude-Assistant Pastor, Our Lady of the Cape Parish, Brewster, Massachusetts The assignments were effective September 3.

Further information is available from coordinators of the Bread of Life Community, which is sponsoring the program. They are Tony Botelho, Steve Feireira, Rev. Maurice Jeffrey, Charles Sullivan and Don Sylvain.

New Director Appointment of Rev. Eugene A. Green as director of the Stonehill College Center, Easton, has been announced. Father Green will administer the multipurpose facility and will expand its fine arts series. A graduate of St. Meinrad College, St. Meinrad, Ind., the Oratorian priest holds master's degrees from the Univ'er-sity of Kentucky and the University of Toronto. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and is a specialist in medieval Latin and modern Italian.

Placement Director EASTON MASS.-Miss Barbara A. Newman has been appOinted director of placement at Stonehill College. A graduate of Rutgers University, she will assist students and alumni in obtaining full and part-time employment.

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THE ANCHOR-C'iocese of Fall River-Thurs. Sept. 16,1976

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Rich Women Two conscientious women of Ireland have taken things into their own hands and brought thousands to stand and declare against the wa.r that is dividing their nations, even at great personal threat to themselves. They have lighted a dim but hopeful light in the thunderc10uded land of the Irish. Many have strengthened their courage and joined them. A new mild wind of hope has rustled the conscience:) of many. Welcomed then is the resolution of our Diocesan Council of Catholic Women supporting Betty Williams and Maired Gorrigan "that they will succeed where the politicians and diplomats have failed." "If the wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters and aunts unite behind these courageous women," the resolution reads, "PEACE will come to Ireland." Peace does not come to us by building high walls lest we hear the turbulence of the outside. A sharing in the struggle for justice, love and freedom is a valuable opportunity. Mary's 'fiat' has taught us much; now the voices of Judith, Debbora and Esther must also be heard clearly. Would that every woman's organization and guild throughout the nation take up the cry. The support to these heroic Irish women would be tremendous; the understanding that peace i:) a very personal commitment for which we all must toil would reap courage for us also:

Poor Bishop So very often we all get into the situation of being condemned whether we are for or against a particular position-damned if we do and damned if we don't. The Bishop of Peoria, Most Rev. Edward O'Rourke, found that out as he· judged his sudden mediator role aboard a hijacked airliner as it vacillated between America and Europe. He attempted also to mediate between the hostages and their God. But when the threatened felt secure on U. S. soil, some accused him of injecting panic in the episode by suggesting they should make their peace with God. The bishop was wron.g to instill fear ... he should have offered words of encouragement instead, said one safe ' hostage. In general, the hostages had words of praise for their kidnappers-until they heard of the resulting tragic murder of a police officer who scarcely had time to make his peace with God before the hijackers' exploding bomb sent him into eternity. Then it was a weak "we're sorry" that came from them. Religion is not all expendable balm to be used in leisure. It is a strength and inspiration during reality. Because of the seriousness of their plight, the Bishop replied, it was time to prepare for the afterlife. True, it was no time for make-believe either. How many of the hostages, had they died, would have been the first to point their finger at the good Bishop if they suddenly found themselves before their Creator and he had remained silent:' Religion is not a luxury ... it is a very important part of life-especially when life is threatened.

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CHICAGO - The president of the National Federation of Priests' Councils (NFPC) has expressed the solidarity of the federation with efforts of four U. S. bishops and others jailed in Ecuador "to share in the pastoral eJ$:periences of Latin 'America." At the same time Father James Ratigan wired President Gerald R. Ford to demand that, in compliance with recent legislation prohibiting military and paramilitary aid to governments not recognizing human rights, the law be applied to Ecuador. He also voiced his concern with the Ecuadorian embassy in Washington. "11l11'II1lI1Ilr"rlllth"'IIIII,"'IIIIII'IIUI11111I"'I'1111111'lll111'IIII""'llll'ltlllll.II""IIII'-

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A sense of peace pervades the sickroom ... The , priest signs the sick man's head with oil ... in the forin of a cross ... Family and friends surround the sick man · . . supporting him with their presence . . . and their prayers ... The small bedside crucifix silently suggests · .. the source of their faith and hope. They believe ... as do Christians of all traditions · .. that Jesus Christ ... himself no stranger to pain and weakness ... is alive and with us ... to bring us healing. The Sacrament of Anointing the Sick... is a sign ' of that faith . . . in the healing presence . . . of him whose word and touch ... made the blind see ...the deaf hear... the lame jump with joy ... and the tormented in spirit find peace. Their faith echoes that of the earliest Christian communities who followed the Apostle James's instructions . "Is there anyone sick among you? . . . He should ask for the presbyters of the church ... They in turn are to pray over him, . .. anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord ... This prayer uttered in faith will and the Lord will restore reclaim the one who is ill, him to health ... Hence pray for' one another, ... that you may find healing." (James 5:14-16)

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Shape, of the Electorate WASHINGTON (NC)-Amer· ica is in the process of becoming a nation of non-voters; participation in presidential elections has been declining since 1960 and only 39 percent of all eligible voters participated in the 1974 congressional elections. According to the U. S. Bureau of the Census, one of 10 Americans eligible to vote in the 35-64 age group has never voted. And despite all the support for lowering the voting age to 18 several years ago, only about half of those age 18-21 voted in the 1972 presidential election and only 21 percent of those in that age group voted in the 1974 congressional elections. A Census Bureau report shows that 31 percent of eligible registered voters who did not vote in ,1974 stayed home because of apathy, whether toward politics in general or toward that particular election, because they saw no difference between the candidates or because they felt their vote would not matter:

Forty-five percent of registered voters who did not vote in the 1974 elections said they could not vote because they were sick or could nbt get away from work, or for similar reasons; 24 percent gave miscellaneous reasons or did not report, according to the Census Bureau. When so many people do not vote, and when different groups vote in, disproportionate strength, it is legitimate to conclude that the system is not working as it was intended. For example, the Census Bureau show found that the groups which showed high levels of voter registration and voting ,were those aged 45-74, persons living outside the South, col-lege graduates, professional and technical workers and those earning more than $25,000 a year. Those with low voter registration and voter turnout-and, it can be concluded, with less political influence per person-include young people age 18-24, persons living in the South,

those with less than eight years of education, laborers and those earning less than $5,000 a· year. Blacks, Hispanics Nonwhites also register and,. vote less often than whites. A total of 63.5 percent of whites were registeresd for, the 1974 elections, while only 54.9 percent of blacks and 34.9 percent of Hispanics were registered. In the same election, 46.3 percent of whites voted, while only 33.8 percent of blacks and 22.9 percent of Hispanics voted. The Census Bureau also indicates that the shape of the American electorate is changing. The most striking change is that the number of eligible voters under 45 and over 65 is growing rapidly -almost 10 percent since 1972 -while the number of eligible voters in the 45-64 "middleaged" bracket grew only by 1.7 percent. The West in particular shows a sharp increase in both younger and older voters. The Census Bureau says these figures 'reflect low birth rates ~n the 1930s and the post-World War II "baby boom." According to the Census Bureau, blacks make up 10 percent of the 150 million eligible voters this year. Black voters are generally younger than whites; they are largely concentrated in the South, making up a majority of the eligible voters in the District of Columbia and more than onequarter of the eligible voters in Mississippi, South Carolina and Louisiana. Potential Strength Hispanics make up only 3.8 percent of all eligible voters, but they are concentrated most heavily in the West, where they represent 10.6 percent of all eligible voters. More than 35 percent of the eligible voters in New Mexico are Hispanic, as are 10-15 percent of the eligible voters in Arizona, California, Texas and Colorado. All of these figures put together make it clear that there is great potential strength among young people, senior citizens, poor people and minorities in terms of influencing national and local policy through elections. But until these groups become involved in the political process to the point of registering and voting in comparabJe proportions to the educated, white middle-class, their needs will remain unmet.


THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River":"Thurs. Sept. 16, 1976

Tlte Permanent Diaconafe

Unique Vocation By Rev. John F. Moore Msgr. Ernest Fiedler, executive director of the Bishops' Committee on the Permanent Diaconate, is' quite forceful in his insistence that deacons maintain their own identity, however tenuous and fragile. He discourages dioceses from forcing deacons to wear clerical collars or adopting the term "Reverend Mr." Clerical garb, he comments should be required only during liturgical celebrations. He is also concerned that deacons not become excessively confined to their home parishes. "I have to watch very carefully that deacons do not become confined to the role of associate pastor. The relationship is not vertical: bishop-priest-deacon. It is triangular, with the bishop having a relationship to both the priests and the deacons directly." Not alI might agree with this triangular relationship, but Msgr. Fiedler feels it is the best practical arrang~ment, given the evolutionary circumstances of the diaconate program. It also enforces the uniqueness of the diaconate vocation. Deacons and Msgr. Fiedler are strong in their assertion that theirs is a separate vocation. "The diaconate will not succeed if it is made up of a bunch of disappointed brothers, disappointed seminarians and disap- . pointed priests," Msgr. Fiedler says." This isn't the purpose of it. It is not a catch-all for dropouts from other vocations." This idea follows directly from the guidelines for the permanent diaconate formulated by' the Bishops' Committee. The deacon is more properly defined in terms of who he is rather than

Perhaps all this is summed up in a practical incident that occurred in the life of an ordained deacon. While others try to put this vocation into theological and philosophical terms, he brings out a note he received from a friend after assisting at the wake and funeral of the young daughter of a common friend of theirs: "I want to tell you how much it meant to see you at Mary Anne's funeral," the note begins. "As a father yourself, you cOl,lld well understand what the parents were going through. This saddest of deaths made so clear the unique, very important role that only married deacons can fill. We are lucky and blessed to have you in our parish."

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One thing that I also wonder, is this approved by the Pope or just someone's idea? If this brings people back to the Church, gr.eat, but I was taught that the Catholic Church was universal.

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ford High School and Bridgewater State College, he was a school teacher in Fairhaven before entering the Holy Cross community. He is active in the charismatic, cursillo and Marriage Encounter movements. As a deacon he will serve in Most Holy Trinity parish, Saco, Maine.

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It is with great shock and sorrow that we islanders found out recently that our privatelyfunded Nantucket Cottage Hospital performs abortions and has been doing so for a couple of years. I spent some of the happiest days of my life there having my eight children, receiving excellent care and thoroughly enjoying my stay. Now I find out this hospital murders unborn babies. I will never praise it again or contribute to it while this heinous slaughter of innocent life takes place within its walls. Sadly Kay Mack Nantucket

Mrs. Daniel Lachance Swansea The Catholic Charismatic movement received encouragement and support from the U. S. Bishops in a statement issued in January, 1975, which cited similar support from Pope Paul VI. In the Fall River diocese, Bishop Cronin has appointed first Rev. Cornelius O'Neill and presently Rev. Robert Kaszynski as his liaison with diocesan charismatic groups, of which some 15 are active in various parishes and institutions. Those associated with the movement are well aware of and frequently acknowledge its need for guidance from Church authorities. A feature story on a charismatic Mass celebrated at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River, appeared in our issue of June 26, 1975, of which we are sending you a copy.-Editor

Charismatic Mass Dear Editor: I wish you could feature some kind of article about this socalled Charismatic Mass. If these people who love Christ so much

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of FClII River-Thur. Sept. 16 1976

V,ocati'on to Rieligi,ous Life Possib,le for Handicapped, Last Sunday a. visiting priest helped out at our parish. His Mass was inspiring; his homily terrific. As I was leaving Church, I met a friend. She commented, "Where did they find him? He's great. I hope he stays here." By coinicidence I knew where he came from and I also knew he would man who has had osteomyelitis didn't qualify. not be staying with us. He Good Influence was in high school with my husband. He had osteomyelitis. His legs were weakened by the . necessary surgery. He completed high schOOl on crutches. He wanted to become a priest. But the rules of the local diocese required a candidate be above average mentally and a.lso in good physical condition.~A young

Fortunately, he spoke to one of the priests in his parish. The priest knew a missinonary bishop who needed priests so badly he would accept this young man. He became a priest . . . a great priest ... in the missionary diocese. He was here for a rare vacation because our pastor was

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having had both a mentally retarded child, and also a physically handicapped child. We've all grown because of them. Appropriate Apostolate I believe both the priesthood and religious orders could make room for both mentally and physically handicapped persons, by making available to them an appropriate apostolate. Granted, the retarded might not become preachers or teachers. But there are other attributes that would be valuable assets. Contemplative orders could use the handicapped who have a deep devotion, a child-like ded!cation to God. They can pray with an intensity and confidence that shames greater minds. True ... they might have difficulty keeping the silence. They are prone to exuberantly expressing their love ... love of God, love of fellow-man, love of life.

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thur. Sept. 16 1976

Layering Key to Success In Pla1nning Fall Styl,es Layers is a word that applies to more than cakes. Today it's the key to fashion success and if our intuition serves us, it's also going to be a way to keep warm in our usual chilly winters. Where do the layers start? Anywher~ you want them to with a blouse, well to the art of layering or a tee shirt and then, like self is the man-tailored suit style the proverbial cake, you just you will be seeing on fashionbuild them up. able women this fall. Many of these suits have matching vests and a skirt or trousers for whatever mood you're in. With one handsome outfit like this in your wardrobe, you can concentrate on matching shirts and sweaters, with a scarf or two for accent. I saw such a suit worn perfectly this afternoon on a friend 8y who is the owner and manager of two e"citing cosmetic stores MARILYN in the }3oston area. Diane is a busy career woman whose work RODERICK • necessitates that she always look well turned-out. Today she was wearing a carabsolutely spectacular with a amel gabardine pantsuit with handsome red print blouse and matching vest. With it she had a beautiful leather belt. This begun her layers with a classic same outfit would take on a dif- white open-collared blouse, and ferent personality with each she added the perfect final sweater or blouse used as a touches with natural material ncc~:laces and chains and a foun~:ation and nhile the basic printed scarf suit was quite costly it was so brown-toned simple and well tailored it would tucked into the neckline. She looked stunning in her shop do~ be usable for years. ing a make-up on a customer Dresses as well as suits can be but she would have looked layered and a dress with loose equally ~ell on a buying trip to sleeves and an open neckline, or New York. even shirt-like sleeves and a So layer away and try to shirt type neck lends itself beau- keep your winter wardrobe tifully to top a favorite blouse within a few shades so that you or turtleneck. can get great mileage out of Suit Layers each piece you buy as well as Something else that lends it- looking up-to-the-minute.·

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. CANDLEUGHT BALL: Finalizing pteparations for Candlelight Ball sponsored by Friends of St. Anne's Hospital are, clockwise from left, Mrs. Richard Cosimini, ball cochairman; Mrs. Robert Davidson; Mrs. Francis J. D'Errico; Mrs. Emile J. Cote. Event will take place Saturday night at Glen Manor House, Portsmouth, R. I., with dancing from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. to music of Bob St. Amour Orchestra. Hors d'oeuvres and a buffet will be served. Mrs. Philip Jameson is co-chairman with Mrs. Cosimini for annual gala, with proceeds benefiting the diocese's only Catholic hospital.

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• Continued from Page One fice was offered irregularly in the area by Rev. John Corry, who was responsible for Catholics in Taunton, Fall River and Newport. By 1836 Father Corry had spearheaded construction of a small wooden chapel on the site of the present Cathedral and by 1838 the Catholic population had grown to the extent that he decided to live in Fall River and thus became the first pastor of what was then known as St. John the Baptist parish. He was followed by Rev. Richard Hardey who served Fall River for a year, and then by Rev. Edward Murphy, who was to remain for 40 years, during a period when the Catholic population grew tremendously through the imm:.gration of many Irish fatnilie.> to work in Fall River mills. Seeing the need for a new church, Father Murphy in .1849 purchased land and contracted for the services of the most outstanding church architect in ·the lcountry, P.C. Keeley of Brooklyn, N. Y., who, the history wryly comments, had probably

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area became part of the Providence diocese, thus lessening the responsibilities of the pastor of St. Mary's. Father Murphy, thus' relieved, turned his attention to the education of the children of the parish, and in 1874 arranged for the first of many Sisters of Mercy to come to St. Mary's where they opened first· a private academy and then a free parochial school.

Pope Stresses Parish Life

When the pioneer pastor died in 1887, his priestly service had e~tended from a time when Fall River had one church, one priest and some 300 Catholics to an

VATICAN CITY (NC) - Pope Paul VI encouraged 7,000 visitors at a general audience here to love, support and share in the life of their parish. For each Catholic, the parish is his own distinctive community in the Church at large, the Pope' J said. "The Church," he said, "is a community, a unique society, at once spirjtual and visible, human yet animated by the sovereign action of the Holy Spirit. The local communities are the dioceses, and these are composed of parishes. "Indeed, each of the faithful lives in his own parish. We may call it his personal bell tower, it is his understandable and, in a certain sense, rightful preference." The Pope's message continued to develop the theme of building up the Church, which he has followed for several weeks. The idea of the Church as community, said the Pope, established in the New Testament and developed by the early Christian writers, was taught by St. Thomas Aquinas in eucharistic terms. "Speaking of the real meaning of the Eucharist," the Pope said, "St. Thomas spoke of the 'synaxis' (the eucharistic assembly), in which all who share communicate with Christ and, through Him, with each other."

Rare Occasion In succeeding years Rev. Christopher Hughes, St. Mary's next pastor, directed the paying of alI parish debts, an achievement marked by a ceremonial mortgage burning in 1900. And in 1901 St. Mary's was consecrated, a rare occasion in those times. The event was marked by a three-day celebration attended by bishops from many parts of the country. The next major event in the history of St. Mary's came in 1904, when FalI River was established as a diocese and the Turn to Page Nine

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S1. Mary's Interior in 1901

St. Mary's Cathedral Today

At Time of Consecration

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Continued from Page Eight granite church on Spring Street was named its cathedral. "The arrival of Bishop William Stang to take possession of the See was a signal for a great celebration," notes the new parish history. A pontifical Mass was fol. lowed by a huge parade. "From Father Corry to Bishop Stang, Catholicism in Fall River had witnessed great growth and significant changes and the priests and people of St. Mary's were instrumental in much of what had taken place." Other major events in parish annals came in 1903 when the White Sisters established a convent and home nursing service and later a day nursery in the parish and in 1907 when St. Mary's School opened across the street from the Cathedral. Major renovations within the Cathedral were ac'complished by Father Hughes's successor, Rev. James E. Cassidy, later to be-

The Mother Church come Bishop. He enlarged the sanctuary to accommodate episcopal ceremonies and added much to the building in the way of woodcarving, painting and stained glass. lOOth Anniversary The' parish history continues to detail the contributions of rectors and assistants over the years and mentions in particular the 100th anniversary of the founding of St. Mary's which was observed with a four day celebration in May, 1938. By 1951, at which time Bishop Cassidy was Ordinary of the diocese, the Cathedral was in need of massive renovations. While they were in progress, Bishop Cassidy died, to be succeeded by Bishop Connolly. By 1952 the renovation project was com-

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pleted, coincidentally with the' 100th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of the church. The occasion was marked with a solemn Mass of Thanksgiving. Over the years literally hun-

dreds of events of major signifcance, including ordinations and yearly Holy Week ceremonies, have taken place within the Cathedral walls. A "special relationship" has existed with the

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present Bishop, the Most Rev. Daniel A. Cronin, notes the parish history, since "he is the first Bishop in the history of the Diocese ever to have resided at the Cathedral rectory." Thus the mother church celebrates the 75th anniversary of consecration, and thus it looks to the future with undiminished vigor.

Lauds Church Human Rights • Defense In Latin America By Richard Higgins

police and the Church inevitable. And now it is occurring," WORCESTER Mass. (NC) "My arrest was just a part of Catholics in Latin America are a larger pattern of political viliving a "glorious hour" by de- olence throughout Latin Amerfending human rights against re- ica," said the priest, who has pression by military and polit- spent the last eleven years as a ical dictatorships, a U. S. priest missionary in Argentina worksaid here. ing among the poor and with The priest, La Salette Father semiarians. "People are arrested James M. Weeks, was recently and disappear and sometimes are held prisoner by the Argentine found dead later. Clergy who government for possessing "sub- speak out are threatened and versive literature" including jailed. The situation is growing worse and demands action. Fear Church documents. "The Latin American Church and intimidation are the order should be honored that it is be- of the day." Father Weeks detailed a twoing attacked for its promotion and defense of human rights, week ordeal of fear, physical for its nonviolent commitment¡ abuse and "spiritual strengthento the Gospel," said Father ing," during which he often Weeks, who was released Aug. feared that the police "would 17 after being held for two carry out their threat to kill me weeks in an Argentine jail and and the seminarians,'" expelled from the country. "I woke up from my afterFather Weeks and five La noon siesta with eight Argentine Salette seminarians - four Ar- policemen, dressed as civilians, gentines and one Chilean-were standing over me holding maarrested Aug. 3 in the private chine guns. They harassed us, quarters of their Cordoba, Ar- broke up our house, robbed us, gentina, seminary as part of a blindfolded and gagged some of government crackdown on al- the seminarians while searching leged political subversion. for some subversive material." The five seminarians, all in The priest said he and some their 20s, are reportedly still of the seminarians were beaten alive and are being held in the during the six-hour arrest which Cordoba penitentiary. began at five p.m. He said the In an interview here, Father police, who initially claimed to Weeks broke his self-imposed the leftist guerrillas, accuseu embargo on news about his ar- them of being either "Marxist, rest and imprisonment and the Communists or CIA agents," , political situation in¡ Argentina "Then they took us to the since his return to the United central police station, where we States. Deploring the "terrible" were interrogated and also condition of human rights in blindfolded for three and a half A.rgentina, he said that "gov- days before transferral to a secernment persecution" of the ond jail," he said. Church's social justice efforts "In jail, they didn't lay a finhad "made a clash between the ger on me but the conditions

were terrible. It is winter in Argentina. There were not enough blankets or any heat in the jail, so we froze. Also, we could not wash or change clothes for 10 days. The toilets in the jail flushed all night, every night, and the TV blared the same violence all night, as if it were some kind of psychological torture," Father Weeks said the evidence against him and seminarians was "all circumstantial. No decent court of justice in the world could have convicted us," "There was some pro-Marxist and some anti-Marxist literature in the students' quarters of the seminary," he said, "including books on the theology of liberation,' which is a legitimate branch of theological study today," The most incriminating" piece of evidence against the group was a record of protest songs given to one of the seminarians as a gift, he reported. "The search for arms and socalled subversive literature is a pretext for cutting off the efforts of those of us working among the poor sections of the population," Father Weeks said. "It seems QS though working in the barrios is considered subversive because it is Communist activity," The priest said the goal .of the five seminarians and himself in their work among the poor was "to be with them in their suffering and to live the demands of the Gospel in all its implications." He described the young seminarians as "wonderful young men who want to serve God and their fellow man."


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E;ishops Meet with Presidential Candidates Carter M1eeting

Ford Meeting

WASHINGTON (NC) - The general secretary of the National Conference of CathoUc Bishops (NCCB) has criticized some media coverage of a meeting between six Catholic bishops and the Democratic candidate for president, Jimmy Carter. In commenting on the meeting immediately after itH conclusion, the NCCB president, Archbishop Joseph Bernardin oJ: Cincinnati, said the bishops "continue to be disappointed" with Carter's un· willingness to support a constitutional amendment to restrict abortion. Some television networks and newspapers treated Archbishop Bernardin's statement as an attack on Carter, whose abortion position the bishop:; have criticized in the past. "The media contributed to the impression that the meeting was much more confrontational than it was," Bishop RauHch, who attended the meeting, told NC. News. "Just because we were disappointed with his position on abortion doesn't melln the meet. ing was hostile or co,nfrontationai," he said. The meeting was not hostile, Bishop Rausch said, but was "a very open and honest discussion." "It is unfortunate that the im-

WASHlNGTON (NC) - The president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Joseph Bernardin of Cincinnati, characterized an hourlong meeting with President Ford as "courteous and a good exchange of information"-the same phrase he used to describe an Aug. 31 meeting with the Democratic presidential nominee, 'Jimmy Carter. But there were some differences in Archbishop Bernardin's summary of the Ford and Carter meetings. He said the bishops were "encouraged" but "not totally satisfied" by Ford's position on a constitutional amendment to restrict abortion, while they were "disappointed" in Carter's unwillingness to support an amendment. Archbishop' Bernardin also indicated that the bishops feel a "deep concern" over the increase in federal funding of abortions. in recent years and showed concern about the Ford administration's role in such funding. Carter has said he opposes federal funding of abortion. The bishops also spent more time discussing social welfare issues with Ford than they did with Carter. Following the Carter meeting, Archbishop Bernardin said there were "no significant differences" with Carter on these issues; he said there were "differences in approach" to these issues between Ford the bishops and that 'lmany of these differences still exist." Archbishop Bernardin said "we urged the President to be more sensitive to human needs" and called for "an acknowledgement of the legitimate role of government in a free society." In an opening statement to Ford, Archbishop Bernardin emphasized the issues of· abortion, employment, domestic and world hunger, problems of illegal aliens and human rights in foreign policy. "As concerned citizens who are also moral and spiritual "leaders," he said, "we desire effective federal action to protect and foster the sanctity and dignity Qf life at every stage of its development and by every appropriate means available to our society." Archbishop Bernardin also restated the position that the Ohurch neither endorses nor opposes candidates. Acknowledging that much media coverage has .given the impression that the bishops back Ford because of his support for an abortion amendment, Archbishop Bernardin said he would issue a further clarification if this misconception persists. "If any person honestly looks at the record, at what has been actually said by the conference and by me as a spoJtesman for the conference, he would have to agree with my contention that we have neither endorsed nor opposed any candidate nor any party," he said in an interview after the meeting.

BISHOPS MEET CARTER: Following an hour-long meeting with Democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter in Washington, Archbishop Joseph L. Bernardin, 'president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, tells reporters- "there was a good exchange of information." Behind him is Bishop James S. Rausch, general secretary of the NCCB, one of six bishops who met with Carter. . pression was given that we met in an' atmospher of hostility or distrust," he said. 'Bishop Rausch said the. "best" story he has seen on the meeting was the one issued by NC News Service.

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That story "most accurately" reflected the tone of the meeting, he said. The NC News story detailed Archbishop Bernardin's statement on the discussion between the bishops and Carter on Democratic platform positions on issues such as hunger, poverty, housing, edUcation and health care. Archbishop Bernardin's statement described the meeting as "co.u.rteous" and said there was

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things were going fine. The passengers were confident the demands of the hijackers would be met and that we would be set free." When the hijacked plane touched down at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, the situation grew more critical, according to Bishop O'Rourke. "Captain (Dick) Carey, who incidentally did a marvelous job, called me to the cockpit and told me the situation was much more critical than people thought," said Bishop O'Rourke. Over the intercom Bishop O'Rourke relayed the seriousness of the situation to the passengers, "asking all believers to make peace with God and their fellow man." The bishop gave ~eneral absolution to all Catholics aboard. Several Catholics had made private confessions earlier in the ordeal. In regard to charges of some passengers . aboard the plane that Bishop O'Rourke was fatalistic in his comments to the pass~ngers, the bishop said: "The captain of the plane was in charge. He explicitly asked me to serve the passengers spiritually. The people making these charges may not be speaking from the point of view that I had. I was not only concerned for the physical well being of the passengers but also their eternal well being."

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Sept. 16,1976

California Farm Workers Have Right to Justi~e

Catholic Protesters Silent On Anti-Catholic Bias

In 1935, after years of labor strife, the U.S. Congress adopted the National Labor Relatiqns Act guaranteeing the right of both craft and industrial workers to organize, vote for the union of their choice, and bargain collectively with employers. Farm workers were specifically excluded gathered 728,000 California voter signatures to put the labor from that law at the urging law on the general election balof rural legislators whose lot. On Nov. 2, 1976 the people votes were needed to pass the NLRA. Farm workers have been denied the basic right to vote for the union of their choice for more than 40 years.

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MSGR. GEORGE G. HIGGINS On May 5, 1975, labor and grower representatives and key legislators met _with Governor Edmund (Jerry) Brown Jr. to hammer out a compromise version of a collective bargaining law for California farm workers. During the final negotiating session, the Governor connected his phone to loud speakers in his office and put in a call to. Cesar Chavez, president of the United Farm Workers, (UFW), because the growers insisted on knowing whether the UFW leader would accept the compromise law. Chavez agreed to the compromise and promised that the UFW would abide by its terms. The growers made the same commitment. By late May, 1975, all parties (growers, UFW, etc.) had agreed to the provisions of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act (ALRA). The Act passed the California Assembly 64-10 and the Senate 31-7. Gov. Brown I signed into law on June 5, 1975. Chavez immediately began a 1,000-mile march to explain the law to farm workers. Strikes halted. Chain store boycotts stopped. By Feb. 6, 1976, over 350 secret ballot elections had been held. The UFW won a clear majority despite the fact that many grape and lettuce growers were openly campaigning for the Teamsters. Delicate Compromise At that point the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (A1.RB). ran out of money, and the growers demanded changes in the law as the price for providing additional funds. The Governor reminded them that the law was a delicate compromise which they had supported. He ·also argued that it was too soon to amend a law that was only five months old. The growers and their friends in the legislature persisted in opposing ALRB's budget. As a result, on Feb. 6, 1976 secret ballot elections for farm workers stopped. By late March the legislature still had not provided funds for the Board. This forced the UFW to take a different tack. In 28 days in April, UFW and its supporters throughout the state

of California will decide whether farm workers have the right to vote for the' union of their choice. The Farm Worker Initiative (Proposition 14) has a simple" objective: to guarantee to farm workers both the right and the BACK TO SCHOOL: It's opportunity to vote in secret ballot elections for the union "back to school" for a New of their choice. The Initiative Bedford Maryknoller after calls on the legislature to provide the necessary funds to op- 34 years in the priesthood, erate the law. It cancels the ex- all spent in the missions of isting ALRA and substitutes the Bolivia. Father David I. language of a new Act. The Ini- Walsh, M.M. will attend a tiative, if adopted, can only be three-month Mission Renewamended by a vote of the people of the state. Proposition 14 sim- al Program held at Maryply asks the people of the State knoll, N.Y. for updating of to insure that those who work missioners. in the fields will never again be Father Dave, as he is betdeprived of the right to ter known to the people of vote in secret ballot elections the Archdiocese of Cochato determine their own future. bamba and Santa Cruz, has I strongly support its adoption.

Pro, Con Views On Mao.Regime "I had, as a Christian, no hate for the man, but I deplored Mao Tse-Tung's actions and all he stood for," Cardinal Paul Yu-Pin said in Taipei, Taiwan on the day of the Chinese leader's death. "Mao was responsible for the liquidation of scores of millions of Chinese," Cardinal Yu-Pin said. "Among the freedoms he abrogated was that of religion. Foreign missioners were all expelled under Mao and there have been innumerable Christian martyrs. After the Communists took over Nanking, I was condemned to death in absentia. As a Catholic, I forgive." Mao Benefits Speaking, however, on the benefits of the Mao regime a former missionary said that apart from restrictions on preaching the Gospel, the Chinese people "gained more than they lost." "There was' an expression in the old days that the only freedom the peasant had was to die," said Vincentian Father Frederick A. McGuire, development director for the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) in Washington. Father McGuire, 71, served as a missionary in China from 1932 to 1949, with the exception of a year in the United States in 1945-46. He was in Hong Kong during 1950. At the time the Communists came to power in 1949, he was general secretary of the Catholic Central Bureau in .Shanghai. . Earlier this year, Father McGuire, who speaks Chinese, vis-' ited the People's Republic of China for three weeks and his observations were generally fa-vorable.

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been the pastor of the parish of Santa Ana de CalaCala for eight years. .... He served as Mission procurator and was regional superior of Bolivi~ froIl\ 1945 to' 1948 when he was forced to return to the US for reasons of health. Upon his return to Bolivia Father Walsh was reassigned to Santa Cruz and was pastor of the urban parish of San Roque before coming to Cochabamba. .Since the beginnings of Maryknoll, the Fall River diocese has had many representatives in its ranks. The late Father John J. Toomey was among the early missioners who went to China in 1922. Father Ernest Maihlot, also deceased, worked in Japan from 1931 until the outbreak of World War II. Fathers John Considine and William Fletcher, two of the more famous Fall River priests, are now living in retirement after more than 50 years in the priesthood.

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perfectly. right in protesting against discrimination when the victims are the liberals' officially sanctioned "minorities." But why are they so silent when the victims are their own people? And curiously enough they seem to be opposed to colonialism when it is practiced in the Third Wotld but speechless on the subject of colonialism in Eastern Europe and in Ulster. You find yourself wondering why. Why is it all right to ignore Russian or British oppression in Europe but raise cain about white colonialism in Africa and Asia? You get the impression that the problem with the Poles and Lithuanians and Ulster Catholics is that they are white. Maybe that's it.

ity," Sage Press, Beverly Hills, California) has proved beyond any reasonable doubt that Polish aM Italian Catholics with college degrees are systematically underrepresented in high prestige Dead Silence occupations - indeed the underrepresenta~on is one-half as Various types from the ·genlarge as that of blacks and three- eral secretary of the USCC on fourths as large as that of His- down have dashed off to Capitol panics. Hill .in recent years to issue all I have waited patiently for kinds of advice to the United cries of outrage' on this subject. States about every imaginable From the non-Catholic liberals problem of social justice - most there hasn't been a word. But recently the "right" to food. what about such Catholic pro- None of these statements showed testers as the Catholic Commit- much professional competence tee on Urban Ministry, the Office or intelligence but they sure of Justice and Peace of the were enthusiastic. United States Catholic ConferBut dead silence on the subject ence, 'the Center for Concern," of anti-Catholic discrimination in "America," "Commonweal," or the upper levels of American sothe "National Catholic Report- ciety. Again, you wonder why. er"? Outrage at discrimination . I don't know the answer, but against blacks, Latins, Jews, until someone explains it to me, women, the Third World; but I'll continue to call this selective Poles and Italians? Who cares outrage hypocrisy and treason. about them? Maybe, as one JewBetter Than Miracles ish writer said, they deserved Jt because of past persecution of "Suffering out of love of God Jews. is better than working miracles." ":"'St. John of the Cross. Their Own People In other words, American so~ ciety can go right on discriminat- & ing against Southern and Euro-

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KNOW YOUR FAITH Ills God Really Present to Me Today? By DEACON STEVE LANDREGAN Remember when you first met your husband or wife? Maybe it was at a party, or in a classroom, or at church. With us it was at a swimming party. Twenty-five years ago. What was it that' first attracted you? Probably something like her eyes, or his broad shoulders, or. perhaps ar., appealing smile. Chances are that. it was something external that had the effect of making you want to learn more about thi.s person. While you were dating, during that period that used to be called courtship, your husband or wifeto-be gradually revE~aled more about him or her real self to you. You learned about his fears, her likes and anxieties, but you learned only as much as he or she wanted you to know about the real inner person that was behind the beautiful eyes or broad shoulders. After marriage, as love developed and trust increased, you' eacb began to lower the last defenses until, ideally, you became truly one in flesh through becoming one in heart and mind. All ihis is by way ':>f showing that revelation is the stuff of life. Each day we are involved in revealing to other!. and having others reveal to 1,;,S.

God uses the ways of men to reach men's minds and hearts. And this is the key to understanding Divine Revelation. God speaks to us where we are in a manner that we can understand. Our first contact with God's self-revelation Is in the world around us. The existence of a power greater than man was evident to the most primitive men from the beauty and mystery of nature. The miracle of reproduction, of life and death, of the fertility of man, animals and the plant life that provided men with berries, fruit and grain, caused our ancestors to recognize a divine power in nature. In the presence of such natural revelation, man understandably fashioned and worshipped fertility Gods. Divine Creative Power 9thers stood On the shore and contemplated the endless sea or reflected upon the infinite vastness of the sky and saw the creative power as being the sun or the moon and fashioned and worshipped sky gods. It is easy for us to und~rstand early man's reaction to God's self-revelation in nature for we share his feelings of awe and wonder as we enjoy a magnificent sunset or night sky punctuated with numberless stars. Turn to Page Thirteen

I. co-lead groups in which members are involved in the search for clearer identity for themselves. Often, a!? [ sit in the groups, I am keenly aware of how difficult it is for most of the well people to reveal themselves. Revelation of how we genuinely feel comes so hard and yet, if it is done in the context of love and concern, it is so freeing. Saints, as Francis of Assisi, are enfleshed models of how God's revelation "works." They have the power in their own beauty to 'call m: or reveal us to ourselves. They are like God's revelation which, invites us to be as the Lord made us. A poem by Galway Kinnell, recently published in the New Yorker, expresses how Francis of Assisi touched th'in,gs in such a way that they revealed themselves as if energized from within: "Though sometimes it's necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness, to put a hand on the brow of the flower and retell it in words and in touch it is lovely until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing." One way of experiencing

By MSGR. JOSEPH M. CHAMPLIN

We come to church for Mass in various moods: sometimes tired and sleepy, usually preoccupied with personal concerns, and often quite Isolated from or unaware of those others who have gathered for the same purpose. The Introductory Rites of our revised Eucharistic liturgy seek to deal with these attitudes. Those ceremonies attempt to stir us up, to lead us gently from our daily preoccupations into an atmosphere of prayer and to form out of separated individuals a worshiping community. For years I have spent the 15 THE ENTRANCE SONG at the Mass is important in minutes prior to Mass either helping the assembled people to become a unified comstanding out in front of church munity, Msgr. Joseph Champlin writes. These participants or walking from pew to pew at the Eucharistic Congress add clapping in a black liturgy greeting parishioners. This is a fatiguing and occasionally awk- accompaniment to their opening hymn. (NC Photo) ward task, but the labor bears rich fruit in many ways. It lifts of ' the altar and the congregaThe group of people gathered people out of their isolation and tion's comfortable response to for worship, nevertheless, is can give them a warm sense of thflt greeting likewise aids in more than a mere secular assembelonging. generating a community feeling. , bly or a purely human group. But the priest or parish helper At Holy Family we also now The Sign of the Cross, that who does this type of welcom":- and then invite the congregation most renowned symbol of our ing should exercise a certain re- to introduce themselves to their faith and of the Trinity, begins serve or care in that function. neighbors in the pews. Turn 'to Page Thirteen From the 'irst Christian days those pre-Mass moments have been opportunities for the faithful to become recollected, to leave aside their noisy, busy, troubled worlds and to grow in tantly one who predicted the fuBy awareness ot God's special pres- 'FATHER JOHN J. CASTELOT ture. He was, quite simply, one ence at' the celebration. An empowered to speak or to write early church law in Egypt, for God revealed Himself in the other persons is through feeling example, directed the psalms to history of His people. It is so from God's point of view. Most secure on their presence. be recited while the faithful ar- easy to say that-and so true- of the great prophets whose serWords alone don't make up rev- rived; in our day, private or but just what does it mean? How mons have come down to us elation. I have a friend who is public recitation of the rosary, was this history a revelation of were concerned almost excluvery non-verbal and yet there the reading of devotional pray- God? Well all by itself it wasn't. sively with the contemporary are times when I think I know ers, or just quiet reflection It needed men with the insight scene: Amos and Hosea with the dismal situation which led her more than others from serves a parallel purpose. to 'interpret it, to see the hand shortly to the fall of the North-whom I've heard reams of The greeter, then, must have of God guiding it and, humanly words. We experience God's a delicate touch, working to speaking, to see God reacting to ern Kingdom; Isaiah with the revealing Himself in the healing build a community, but not in- it. It' needed men graced with obstinacy of King Ahaz which presence which others bring us. truding much on those precious prophetic inspiration, men who brought Judah under the heel Such was and is the base of the minutes of intimate, silent, high- could translate the divine action of Assyria; Jeremiah with the myopia and weakness of kings Judea-Christian tradition: God ly personal, preparatory prayer. into meaningful words. who on a suicidal course of acacts in history-my history, our However, the Introductory The history of God's people tion for their people; Ezekiel history together relational his- Rites do have as their purpose was hardly spectacular. Israel with the tragedy of the exile. tory not textbooks of history., "to make the assembled people was just another tiny MediterSometimes the hard test of. faith a unified community." The EuThese prophets were conraO\~an country, ,occasionally enis to experience Him in our his- charist is a communal celebracerned immediately with what joying its brief moments' of tory, whether it is the death of tion and group worship. we may call "history in the peace and relative prosperity. one close to us or Hitler's act The entrance song helps Most of the time it was subject making." At the beginning of of genocide. achieve that goal. Its function, to powerful empires: Assyria, their careers they were favored Yet we cannot deny that again to quote the Roman Mis- Babylonia, Persia, Greece, Rome. with extraordinary religious exGod's revelation is very con- sal's General Introduction, is Inwardly it was torn by dissen- periences known commonly, as crete and among us. Jesus' claim "to open the celebration, deep- sion, civil war, intrigue, assassi- inaugural visions (see Isaiah 6; was to be the revelation of wlio en the unity of the people, intro- nation. Its kings were for the Jeremiah 1; Ezekiel 1). The reGod as Father is. He came duce them to the mystery of the most part a sorry lot, leading sult of these experiences was among. us. I recall reading books season or feast, and accompany their people eventually to exile an unshakable conviction of bewhen I was younger which the procession." (Articles 24-25). and near exttnction. It would be ,ing sent to speak the Word of seemed to indicate God's nature Community Feeling sheer fantasy to imagine that the Lord, to give His viewpoint as necessarily whipping around. Catholic and Protestant music neighboring nations ever even on what was happening. Also the world spreading out His directors would do well to get dreamed that they were dealing they were given, not precisely a glory to overpower us. That together on this matter. We with the chosen people of God. "message," a detailed program, may be true, I do not know. Catholics generally sing too few But the Israelites were con- but a deep injunction of some I know that I have difficulty verses for the hymn to achieve vinced that was just what they facet of the divine nature. imagining God as spectacular, its community and theme devel- were. Why? Because there were Against this background they but then I don't like Barnum and oping effect; Protestant worship men in their midst with the di- were able to judge events and Bailey either. contrariwise normally insists on vinely given insight to penetrate persons from God's point of One sure image prevails of every verse, even to the point beneath the shabbiness and see vi~w - and so to preach. God of Justice 'God's revelation. It, is called of the congregation's exhaustion. the divine meaning of it all. In their preaching, which ex"light" by John's Gospel. Light A celebrant's "Good morning, An Israelite prophet was not everyone," after his reverent kiss primarily or even most imporTurn to Page Thirteen Turn to Page Thirteen

II God's Re1l'elation Reveals Us Too By MARY MAHER

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Continued from Page Twelve presses God's judgment and becomes thereby His Word. they tell us a great deal about God' Himself. It is their inspired reo' action to "history in the making" through which God reveals Himself in history-rather indirect. but then how could it have been otherwise? Thus the vehement denunciation by Amos of the incredible social injustice of his day reveals God as a God of justice, one who is deeply concerned with the poor the oppressed, the disadvantaged. one who cannot countenance injustice, oppression,' callous indifference to human misery. The very moving book of Hosea, in which God is portrayed as heartbroken by the infidelity of His people, yet waiting with open arms for their return, reveals Him as a God of love and eager forgiveness, but one who cannot shut His eyes to infidelity. idolatry. Thus does God reveal Himself in history through the ag~n­ cy of these inspired men of the . Word: not in coldly spelled out statements. but functionally. dramatically. There were other prophetic figures also; they did not preach about the present but wrote

about the past. They took the raw data of Israel's history, a sad history as we have seen. and Interpreted it from God's point of view, thus becoming in their own way instruments of God's self-revelation in history. The prophets used the spoken word; they used the written word. Looking back from the disaster of exile, they fashioned a history Which amounted to a national examination of conscience. Why are we here-we, God's people? Over and over again we were unfaithful to His covenant with us. He loved us, He made us His own. He gave us a land. He gave us everything. and we turned our backs on Him. We are here only because God is a loving God. a generous God, a Father, a spouse, a King, a Judge: all of this and much more is revealed in the history of the people as interpreted by men endowed with the prophetic insight to penetrate cold events and to recognize God revealing Himself through them. Were it not for their inspired understanding and writing. this poignant lament of Yahweh in the book of Hosea might have been tragically final: When Israel was a child I loved him, out of Egypt I called my son. The more I called them. the farther they went from me•... Yet It was I who taught Ephraim to walk. who took them in my arms; drew them with human cords. with bands of love; I fostered them like one who raises an infant to his cheeks; Yet, though I stooped to feed my' child, they did not know that I was their healer (11:1-4).

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STEVE LANDREGAN WRITES: "There were 55 kids on our block. We discovered ... the best way to reach the whole bunch was to start with one." (NC Photo)

Is God Really Present to Me Today

Continued from Page Twelve Just as a Renoir or a Van Gogh reveaIs the existence of an intelligent being behind the work of art. but tells the viewer nothing about the nature of that intelligence. God's selfrevelation in nature does little more than witness to the presence of a divine creative power. For all its wonder and beauty. Continued from Page Twelve creation tells us nothing about the formal liturgy and is Immethe nature of God. diately followed by a scriptural Because God wants men to greeting. know Him as He really is and The latter either speaks to the because within each man He has people as St. Paul did to the implanted a hunger to know Christians or follows a common God and a need to worship Him, formula taken from Old TestaGod goes beyond the witness of ment times (Ruth 2.4). That nature to reveal Himself' more phrase. "The Lord be with you." completely to us. aptly declares God is truly presAs our children grew up there ent in this family of believers were 55 kids on our block. assembled in his name. (Matt. Sometimes it was pretty chaotic, IS, 20; 2S,20). • but we discovered one thing "This greeting and the peoearly. the best way to reach the ple's response manifest the mys- . whole bunch was to start with tery of the Church that is gathone. If. for instance. my wife ered together." (General Introbaked a fresh batch of cookies duction, article 2S). and we opened the front door and revealed the fact to anyone Such a transition from the LOS ANGELES (NC)-Guess of the 55, almost miraculously noisy world through quiet pray- who's pushing Latin? the remaining 54 would show ur> er to a communal spirit and the The Los Angeles Board of at the back door with grubby sense of our Lord's presence re- Education has voted to accept quires some time: It also presup- an $S2.000 federal grant to help hands hopefully extended. poses a prayerful approach and students in 25 city schools imGod. wishing to spread the a belief in the sacred or tran- prove their English by learning Word about the great gift of scendent. love He had for all His children Latin. A priest with those qualities Leni I. Posner. coordinator of chose one, not the best, nor the who processes down the aisle. specially funded programs, said worst, but just one of the gang reverences the altar with care. . the program would focus on to spread the Word. Thus a single tribe, one welcomes his people warmly and fifth and sixth grade in schools greets them with a message of where students have been iden- among many. Abraham and his children became the special faith will have well prepared the tified as "disadvantaged." congregation for God's Word The program is titled "Extend- means of God revealing His love and Body which follow. ing Reading Comprehension and desires to all the others. God manifested Himself in the Skills Through Language Transfer." It will teach students to life and history of Abraham's identify English word families children. He spoke to them from Latin roots, prefixes, suf- through prophets and through Continued from Page Twelve allows us to see but it also al- fixes, plurals, and abbreviations. His actions on their behalf. He Children will be taught, for. made a covenant with them, and lows us to know where we go and how we go. It warms and example, that the Latin word inspired them to commit to writgives us strength to experience "mater" is the root for the En- ing all that He had said and ourselves as wellbeing. as good. glish 'words "mother" and ma- done so that they and others might know Him as'He really is. God's revelation reveals us to ternity." Three parochial schools will God and Man ourselves. Sometimes the light of knowing certain things about also share in the funding-Santa But each of us has a way of ourselves seems dark-we don't Rosa in San Fernando, St. John seeing things through the prism like to know unpleasant things. the Evangelist ·in Los Angeles, of selfishness and not so surprisOther times we experience "peak and St. Genevieve in Van Nuys. ly Abraham's children, like their The program is funded under ancestors, sometimes undermoments" of our goodness. our the Title IV of the Elementary stood God as they wanted to and own glory. and Secondary Education Act. not as He really was. Revelation is very near to us. It is so near that we may simply But just as a lover will go to To Remake Them need to relax and take a look at great lengths to reveal his love God's story being told in our "God breaks hearts to remake to the beloved. God finally reown. them."-K.T. Hinkson vealed Himself fully in the hu-

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man life of Jesus, who. as God and man. Is the fullness of God's self-revelation. "To see Jesus is to see His Father (John 14:9). For this reason Jesus perfected revelation by fulfilling it through His whole' work of making Himself present and manifesting Himself: through his words and deeds, His signs and wonders. but especially through His death and glorious resurrection from the dead and final sending of the Spirit of truth." These words taken from The Second Vatican Council's Constitution on Divine Revelation contain the answer to how God speaks to each of us today. God speaks to each of us through Jesus. Through His words and deeds. His signs and wonders. His death and resurrection and through His Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth. Jesus speaks to us today because He is alive in His Word, in His church. the community that is His Saving Presence in the World, all of which, through His Spirit within us reveal to us the fullness of God's love and fulfill our basic hunger to know Him and to worship Him. As any loved would, God speaks to us where we are in a manner that we can understand so that we can become one in heart and mind with him.

Continued from Page One Hyacinth grammar school in New Bedford and received his high school education at Eymard Preparatory Seminary, Hyde Park. N. Y. Following high school he entered the Blessed Sacrament novitiate in Barre. Mass., taking first vows in 1970. As a novice he attended Holy Cross College. Worcester. then transferred to John. Carroll University, Cleveland. from which he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in religious studies. From 1973 until June of this year he attended the Jesuit School of Theology In Chicago, earning a bachelor's degree in sacred theology and a master of divinity degree from Loyola University. also in Chicago. Rev. Mr. Rousseau has published articles in various spiritual magazines in the fields of liturgy and spirituality. Following ordination he expects to continue for several years his present assignment as a member of the Blessed Sacrament community serving St. Joseph's parish. Old Town, Maine. He then plans advanced study in liturgical and pastoral theology.

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lHEANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Sept. 16,1976

page New Vocatit[)n Program Re,ady

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In Illinois DEKALB, (NC) - Students at Northern Illinois University here who are interested in learning more about the pries1:hood will now be able to Jive in a' Christian community how;e before making the decision to go into the seminary. The community program, developed by the Rockford diocese to begin this fall, is "not a seminary program or a house of priestly formation. It iB not even a House of Prayer - though we hope it will be a prayerful house," according to Father Robert Sherry, diocesan vocation director. "The focus is on the individual as a member of a g:~oup seeking out the Lord's wiI:I for himself," Father Sherry Solid. "This is a pressure-less program. No one will be forced to enter a seminary or pressured into the priesthood." Life of Service Father Sherry furthe'r described the house as "a place where a young man can corr.,e to consider a life of service in an atmosphere of Christian community living. While involved in their college studies, these men will have a special opportunity to live together for mutual support in education, service and prayer." Father Sherry said he believes the new diocesan program is the only one of its kind in the United States. "There are some thi:ngs being done on campuses in connection wi!h seminaries but this is a project independent of a seminary and really focusing' on giving an individual a chance to decide about his vocation, "0 Father Sherry said. To qualify for partic:,pation in t}le program, young mEn are-expected to have a definite interest . in the priesthood; must be high school graduates able to meet entrance requirements for graduate school theology and should have demonstrated leadership abilities and "are serious about living our Gospel valUES, having demonstrated this in the past," according to Father Sherry.

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SHARE PROBLEMS: Youth, age share many problems, points out Cecilia Belanger, both being told they have freedom, no responsibilities. But as a retiree told a 17-year-old, "What good is freedom if you have to depend on others, for food, money, transportation?"

focus on youth • • • by Cecilia Belanger 1 was asked to be part of a program given by Red Cross youth not too long ago. They were gathered from all over the state, each with a different story to tell of the particular service in which they were engaged. Their proud leaders were with them. 1 immediately got the feeling that this was going to be quite a day. It was. As one teenager after the other told of his or her experiences in working with those who needed one kind of service or another, or just someone with whom to talk, 1 was moved by the sincerity and compassion of these young people. Youth and the elderly have much in common. One 17-yearold said his parents were constantly telling him that this is the best time of his life, that he doesn't have responsibilities therefore no problems. He disagreed with that, saying he had many problems of which they knew nothing. But to show you how much in common this youth had with a retired senior citizen, listen to this: "I get the same thing. I'm told how lucky 1 am to be retired and have all this freedom. What good is freedom if you have to depend upon others for food, money and transportation?" Youth finally found an ear that would listen and understand. As did the elderly. "I like work~ng with and talking to old people," said another teenager. (I know we all _wish someone would come up with another term than "teenager" and "senior citizen," but we use them with respect. "When my parents said it wasn't important that 1 wasn't invited to a

certain event 1 wanted to attend, my friertd at a home for the elderly told me she knew just how 1 felt and how disappointed 1 was. My parents just sort of laughed it off." Elderly Tolerant A study, recently completed by New York State University at Buffalo showed that retired Americans appear, more tolerant of today's youth than middleagers or even adults in their late 20s. Dr. Arthur G. Cryns and Dr. Abraham Monk of the University feel that the elderly are beginning to look upon young persons as allies in a fight against a hostile world. Turn to Page Fifteen

Largest Ever Student Body

At Feehan Bishop Feehan High School has opened its doors to the largest enrollment of students in its 16-year history, approximately 827 students. Members of the Student Council were on hand last Wednesday to assist with freshman orientation, but previously the school corridors were buzzing all day Tuesday as faculty members met for departmental and general meetings in preparation ,for the academic year. In the morning Rev. Brian Harrington,' chaplain, offered Mass and following coffee, Sister Mary Faith Harding, RSM, principal addressed the 'teachers, noting the challenge to each person in the large numbers of students selecting Feehan. Turn to Page Fifteen

Hello, yea, it's been awhile Not much, how 'bout you I'm not sure why I called I guess I really just wanted to talk to you And I was thinking maybe later on We could get together for a while It's been such a long time And I really do miss your smile We could go walking through a windy park Take a drive along the beach Or stay at home and watch TV You see it really doesn't matter much to me I won't ask for promises So you don't have to lie We've both played that game before Say I love you, then say goodbye I'm not talking about moving in And I don't want to change your life But there's a warm wind blowing, the stars are out And I'd really love to see you tonight by Parker McGee «c) 1976 Atlantic BMI) Not every boy-girl relationship is meant to end in _marriage. But such friendships are at the same time real, important and valuable. So it is unfortunate when someone does not understand that love through friendship is a great gift that should be cultivated. This song reminds me of a good friend, a girl whom 1 have known for a long time. When we manage to work out a visit, even though we may not have seen one another for two years, it is as if we were together the day before. I have always valued the easy, trusting nature of our friendship, the sense of freedom that came from believing that the other ;)erson really cared. England Dan's and John For-deoley's new song focuses on this kind of free relationship. The lyrics offer two fine ideas. First, as the years have passed, it has become clear that there was a lasting feeling between the singer and the girl. And so he longs to return to someone who has done something good for his life. The second thought is especially refreshing. He sings: "I'm not talking about moving in" , and I don't want to change your life." The key to the song is the air of freedom. He Js not looking for change, only for enjoying a person who has always been important. . '!he tone of "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" is pOSItive. Far too often, relationships turn into "all-or-nothin,g affairs." The' last verse sets out the bad scene that the guy ~oped to avoid - a scene where people are forced into saymg more than they mean. And so he sings: "I won't ask for promises, so you don't have to lie." "I:d Really Love To See You Tonight" does good things. It remmds you of all those people you should call just to tell them how special they are. And the song gives fine counsel about the freedom necessary if we are to maintain those im')ortant relationships which unfold the varieties of love. If you were to discuss this song you might ask yourself why it is that people play the game of "I Love You Then Say Goodb.ye." Is it possible for friendships to be totally free and unselfIsh? What about your own dealings with people? Are they free or grasping? , (All correspondence: ,Box 2108; Baton Rouge, La., 70821) '.

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Sept. 16, 1976

CYO -Hockey Sets 25-Game Season Entering its fourth season, the CYO-sponsored Bristol County Hockey League will hold tryouts for New Bedford, Taunton, Seekonk, Dighton, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Attleboro and Raynham skaters at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 at the Driscoll Rink, Fall River. Somerset, Westport, Dartmouth, Freetown and Lakeville skaters will be selected at 9 p.m. Sunday Sept. 26. Fall River area skaters were chosen last Sunday. All skaters must be born after Jan. 1, 1956 and be at least 16 years of age. All games are played on Sunday evenings and a limited number of high school players will be eligible if they follow local headmasters' rules. Teams are expected to represent the Fall River, Somerset, Westport-Dartmouth, New Bedford and Taunton areas and Rev. Paul F. McCarrick, CYO diocesan director, notes that. there . are many roster vacancies, so newcomers are encouraged to attend the tryouts for their areas. Players are provided with league jerseys and socks but must supply all other equipment. lnjury waivers must be signed and a season fee of $40 will be requested. A 25-game league schedule has been planned.

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Someone Wasn't Listening "Give to our backs the fleetness of the hind so that the hand of the enemy will never touch them as they cross often into the promised land. Grant that· we may enjoy such a winning season that at the Superbowl we "Oh God, who has promised may see the Saints go march- , that the Saints will one day ing in. Amen." reign in glory, we beseech you The archbishop prayed, and to hasten that day. Now is the. acceptable time. Prepare a wel- the Saints played, but somebody come for Mr. Mecom· (Saint wasn't listening . . . The Dolowner John Mecom) and a phins won, 20 to 7. Amen. proper mansion for Mr. Stram (Saints' coach Hank Stram). May the Saints in our line reContinued from Page One member that. the biblical turning of the cheek has already Our prayers are with Betty occurred during the past season Williams and Maired Corrigan, at an unbiblical rate of 2-12. the organizers of the women, "Grant that the defensive line that they will succed where the may be as effective as the politicians and diplomats have avenging angel and the offen- failed. Women from both Protsive line the rock of salvation for the quarterback. May you estant and Catholic Districts of strengthen the arm of the quar- Belfast participated in these terback and, if needed, uphold rallies. If the wives, mothers, it as you did tl~at of Moses all grandmothers, sisters, and aunts during the fray until victory is unite behind these courageous won. . women, PEACE will come to I Ireland. We commend them for their brave stand and pray no harm Continued from Page On~ lege. He is a candidate for the will come to them or their famdegree" of Doctor of Sacred The- lilies in this long overdue cruology at St. Thomas University sade. in Rome, where he expects to defend his thesis in December.

NEW ORLEANS (NC) - Before the New Orleans Saints final pre-season game against the Miami Dolphins in the Superdome, Archbishop Philip Hannan gave the, following invocation: .

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TENNIS, EVERYONE: Tennis is rapidly becoming America's most popular .participation sport and Mike Dennen of Coyle-Cassidy High School, Taunton, is right in the swing.

focus o,n youth .

Continued from Page Fourteen "Neither group plays a promInent role in the American power structure because they're not part of the working force," said Dr. Cryns, "and both are perceived by others as belonging to a leisure class." "Young Horizons" feels that teenagers and the elderly Continued from Page Fourteen have other common ,problems. Reminding her hearers of the Linda Page, in an excellent arChurch's stress on the allevi- ticle, writes, "Both groups are ation of the hungers of the hu- victims of more stereotyping man family in the recent Eucha- than any other age groups. ristic Congress, she stated, Teenagers are often thought of "These students and their par- as destructive, irresponsible and ents expect a good, solid Cath- self-centered. The elderly are olic education ... We must sat- often portrayed as slow, grouchy isfy their hungers; we dare not snd overly-demanding." No wonder youth and the hand them a stone." elderly are getting together and New Faculty getting along together, and it's New Feehan faculty members hard determining who's helping are John Arruda, science, Sister whom the most! Finds Warmth ~uzanne Beaudoin, sse and One young lady said, "I can't Thomas Brennan, mathematics; Sister Noel Blute, English; Sister tell you how much I look forLinda Michalczyk, English and ward to the days when I visit a science; Mr. Daniel Kiley, En- special nursing home. The lady glish; Mrs. Nancy Mowry, phys- I've 'adopted' is there waiting ical education; Sister Rita Pratt, for me with arms outstretched religion; Sister M. Ricarda Wob- and I walk right into them and I feel like crying. I don't get by, reading specialist. this kind of warmth at home." Sister Mary Edna Costello has An elderly lady wrote, "I returned to the Feehan English would rather read· about what department after a year in En- young people are doing than gland" teaching at St. Catherine, about my contemporaries. Our Academy, a Sisters of Mercy lives for the most part are beschool in London. In addition to hind us. It would be nice to see Sister Mary Faith, principal, to it that our youth get on the Paul B. O'Boy, vice principal, right track, and they can't do it and Rev. Brian Harrington, chap- alone. I like the openness and lain, there are 23 Sisters of Mer- freedom of 'Focus.' Wish we'd cy, two Sisters of Ste.Chre- had something like that when I tienne, two Sisters of the Holy was in my leens." Cross, and 20 laymen on the Courses in Understanding Feehan facuIty. Some. California high schools

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Sept. 16, 1976

The :Parish Parade Publicity chairmen of paris, organizations are Isked to submit news Items for this column to The Anchor, P. I). Box 7, Fall River. 02722. Name of city Dr town shOUld be Included. IS well as full dates of III activities. Plelse send news Ilf future rather than past events. Note: tile same news Item can be used only once. Please do not request that we rapeat In announcement several times.

ST. CASIMIR, NEW BEDFORD

prayers, art projects and singing and will be held twice a month on Saturdays. Children from parishes neighboring St. Casimir's are invited to participate in this program and may register following the Sept. 19 liturgy. ST. MARK,

The religious educ:ation pro- AlTLEBORO FALLS, gram of the parish, c:oordinated The- Women's Guild will open by Gary J. Belliveau, will open at 11:10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 its fall season at 8 p.m. Monday, -with a children's liturgy and Sept. 20 with Benediction in the commissioning ceremony for - church, followed by a meeting teachers. A pre-school class for at which Jane Young will dis4 and 5-year-olds will be in- cuss selection and care of plants. cluded in the education program The social hour will be in charge this year. It will offer basic of Ellen Belt.

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SACRED HEART, FALL RIVER

The Men's Club will start Bingo is played every Wedits fall season with a roast beefsupper Saturday night Sept. 18 nesday night- at 7 p.m. in the at the church hall. Dancing will school cafeteria, with doors follow to the music of the open at 5 p.m. for the convenCharlie and Company Orchestra, ience of early arrivals. Refreshments are available and there is formerly the Jardinaires. Planned for the weekend of a lighted parking area. Proceeds Oct. 2 and 3 is a foliage trip to benefit the parish school. Lay persons are needed to "The Balsams," Dixville Notch, N. H. Guests are invited and fur- . join the parish lector corps and ther information and reserva- volunteers may contact Rev. Jotions are available from Edward seph Viveiros for further inforBrault, club president, telephone mation on this apostolate. 673-5062. HOLY NAME, SACRED HE;ARTS, NORm FAIRHAVEN

A parish mission renewal week conducted by Rev. Walter J. Fox, OFM, is in progress and will conclude tomorrow with services at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

FALL RIVER

A magazine sale will be conducted by parochial school chil'dren beginning Wednesday, Sept. 29, and parishioners are requested to make subscription renewals tlirough this avenue. Also requested in order to obtain school equipment are receipts from purchases at Almac's supermarket. Women interested in joining the Women's Guild ~ay contact Mrs. Thomas Stanton, membership chairman, at 678-1797. A parish foliage tour to Vermont will be held Sunday, Oct. 3. Reservations may be made by calling the rectory. ST. STANISLAUS, FALL RIVER

Keep your- eyes on the road, your mind on the speed limit, and your foot ready for the brakes. Drive extra carefully now that school is open. Let the children get to school on time, even if it means that you are late! Watch out for the

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The parish will sponsor a Columbus Day weekend trip to Puerto Rico. Further information is available at the rectory. Confirmation classes will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20 and parish commissioning of all Christian Doctrine teachers will take place at 10:30 a.m. Mass this Sunday. This Mass will also be a family Mass throughout the year. An appreciation Day party will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday Sept. 26 for all parish volunteers. A penny sale is planned for Saturday, Sept. 25 with Tom Pasternak as general chairman. Tickets are available from him or any committee member and donations of gifts may be left at the rectory. The parish council will sponsor a dance on Saturday, Oct. 16, in the school hall, with tickets available from Mrs. Alice Gromada. Polish and American foods will be served. ST. JOSEPH, AlTLEBORO

Cub Scouts will hold their first pack meeting of the season at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 in the parish hall. SACRED HEART, NEW BEDFORD

A Bicentennial mini-bazaar will be sponsored by the parish from 5 to 11 p.m. tomorrow and from 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the parish center and on the church grounds. There will be games and refreshments will be available. Featured at 8 p.m. Saturday will be a drawing for three cash prizes and 50 other awards. ST. JOSEPH, TAUNTON

The parish council will hold its first fall meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21 in the rectory. All parishioners are welcome to attend.

CANDIDATES: Among women received as candidates for the Sisters of Mercy of the Province of Providence after completing a two year pre-candidacy program are, from top, Linda Michalczyk of Pawtucket, a member of the faculty of Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro; Linda Thompson, Westport, a nurse's assistant at Fogarty Hospital, Woonsocket; Elizabeth Larkin, Raynham, on the faculty of Nazareth School, Attleboro; Josephine O'Connell, Cranston, a child care worker at St. Aloysius Home, Greenville.


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