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Senit:e It} Ike CI11JJlrtt:& Pope John Paulll will mark the 2SU' anniversary oj his election as pope on ,~ October 16, and to celebrate that The Anchor in the coming weeks will run a variety ojphotos and stories about His Holiness and the events that have marked his pontifu:ate. The stories willJeature an overview oj his papacy and how he has inspired millions ojpeople, his love Jor youth, how the Church has changed, interviews with people who know and work with him, areas in which he has had a special impact, his role as a communicator, his evangelization and lifelong devotion to " the Virgin Mary, and what's in store as his pontificate continues.

Pope's lifelong devotion to Virgin Mary fundamental ·to his papal ministry






VATICAN CITY - Last year, as he began the 25th year of his papacy, Pope John Paul 11 publicly entrusted himself and the Church to the Vrrgin Mary, again displaying a lifelong personal devotion that he sees as fundamental to his mimstry. "I place everything into her hands so that with the love of a mother she wiD present it to her son," the pope said in St Peter's Square in October 2002. "I also entrust my future to her." He underscored his message by releasing an apostolic letter on the Marian devotion . of the rosary, calling it his "favorite prayer." The letter proposed the addition of new contemplative themes to the centuries-old prayer and announced a ''year of the rosary" to help Catholics rediscover its spiritual richness. Throughout his pontificate, the pope has shown a devotion to Mary that seamlessly integrates popular piety, theological scholarship and the expression of a personal, human relationship with the mother of God. As a young boy in Poland, the future pontiff- whose mother died when he was nine - prayed daily to Mary in his parish church and first donned the brown scapular, which Turn to page 13 - Pope



THE STEEPLE for the new Our Lady of the Cape Church in Brewster, left, ·ishoisted into position. At right, a cross is placed atop the new steeple. (Anchor photos by Bruce McDaniel)


Brewster parish brings hope to 9/11 anniversary

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BREWSTER - In April of 1961, then Bishop of Fall River James L. Connolly established the parish of Our Lady of the Cape and entrusted its spiritual care to the La Salette Missionaries. In October of 2002, then Bishop of Fall River, Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., broke ground for a new church building for the burgeoning faith community. Nearly one year later, an historic step in the construction process took place

when a 35-foot steeple was erected atop the nearly completed house of worship. And then a six-foot gold leaf-covered cross was affixed on the steeple. The date of that milestone was September 11. "The date of the erection of the steeple was chosen by the manufacturer (Campbellsville Industries in Campbellsville, Ky.)," said Our Lady of the Cape pastor, La Salette Father Bernard Baris. "It was chosen with no thought of the significance of the date. "People offaith define 'coincidence' as Turn to page 13 - Brewster

Pro-Life advocates readying for Respect for Life Walk ~

POPE JOHN Paul II blesses with incense the statue of Our Lady of Fatima during a prayer service in St. Peter's Square October, 2000. The pope entrusted the world and its future to the protection of Mary. (CNS photo from Reuters)

Hundreds of diocesan adults andyoung people expected to join 30,000 colleagues on three-mile trek.

NORTH DARTMOUTH - The number of young people and old alike from the Fall River diocese planning to take part in the 2003 annual Respect Life Walk to Aid Mothers and Children in Boston, is growing in leaps and bounds. The walk is sponsored by Massachusetts Citizens for Life, which, this year, is

celebrating its 30th anniversary of defending life in the Commonwealth. According to Father Stephen A. Fernandes, director of the Pro-Life Apostolate in the diocese, the walk, in addition to being a form of witness, is also a source of solidarity for all who embrace the Gospel of Life. "It is so encouraging to see many high school age and young adult walkers with us," he said. "Is this year the time for you to join us? Our Bishop George W. Coleman Turn to page 13 - Pro-Life

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Holy Union Sisters hold annual assembly HOLYOKE, Mass. - The United States Province of Holy Union Sisters gathered recently at Mont Marie Conference Center here for their annual Province Assembly. The theme for the gathering was "Our Moment, Embracing the New - Creating Our Future Together." The assembly included retlections and discussions. In a moving celebration of transition. Sisters Beverly A. Furtado, Gretchen Marlatt and Bernadette Sullivan inaugurated their term of leadership as the newly elected United States Mission Team. 'Sister Furtado is a native of Fall River; Sister Marlatt was formerly a pre-school teacher at Holy Fam-

ily/Holy Name School in New Bedford; and Sister Sullivan is a former principal of St. Michael's School in Fall River, Other orders'of business were reports on the Enlarged 'General Council in In~land and' an International Charism gathering in Rome; a presentation by Sister Frances Cavey entitled "Integrity of significance and challenge for Holy Union"; announcement of The Mother Helena Fund; a stewardship report on finances; a vocation/formation presentation; and a conversation with Holy Union Associates. The Sisters, Associates and guests gathered for liturgy and to acknowledge Sisters celebrating THE GATHERING Grandmothers of Our Lady of Victory Parish, Centerville, recently significant anniversaries. . celebrated their first anniversary with a pot luck luncheon. The group began last year on the Feast of St. Ann, out of concern for their children and their 171 grandchildren in today's uncertain times. They meet each Friday at noon to pray a novena to St.Ann. They hope the idea spreads across the globe to wash away the threat of terrorism worldwide.


THE NEWLY elected United States Mission Team of the Holy Union Sisters, top photo, recently began its term. From left: Sisters Beverly Furtado, Gretchen Marlatt, and Bernadette Sullivan. Each of the Sisters has ties to the Fall River diocese. Below, some of the Sisters of the United States Province at Mont Marie Conference Center in Holyoke, Mass., for their annual Province Assembly.


Coleman blesses the Children's Wishing Well in the new St. Joseph's Garden at Our Lady of Victory Parish. It was Bishop Coleman's first visit to the parish he ser,ved in the. early 1970s. Following the Mass and blessing, a recep~ion was held in the parish center where the bishop was able to spend time visiting with parishioners.

Daily Readings Sept 22 Sept 23 Sept 24 Sept 25 Sept 26 Sept 27

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Ezr1:1-6;Ps 126:1 ~6; Lk 8:1618 Ezr 6:7-8,12b,1420; Ps 122:1-5; Lk 8:19-21 Ezr 9:5-9; (Ps) Tb 13:2-4,6-8; Lk 9:1-6 Hg 1:1-8; Ps 149:1-6,9;Lk 9:79 Hg 1:15b-2:9; Ps 43:1-4; Lk 9:1822 Zec 2:5-9,1415a; (Ps) Jer 31:10-13; Lk 9:43b-45 Nm 11 :25-29; Ps 19:8,10,12-14; Jas 5:1-6; Mk 9:39-43,45,47-48


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K of C state officers installed WEST ROXBURY, Mass. The officers of the Massachusetts State Council of the Knights of Columbus were in-stalled at S1. John Crysostom Church in West Roxbury. The installation took place during Mass officiated by Bishop Richard Lennon. The State officers installed for the 2003-2004 fraternal year

were State Deputy Thomas M. Ledbetter of Roslindale, State Chaplain Father Michael C. Harrington of S1. Paul's Parish in Wellesley, State Secretary Richard F. Guerriero of South Weymouth, Vincent M. Rumasuglia of Malden, William F. Donovan of Walpole, and Michael J. Baldner of Hyde Park,

In .Your Prayers Please pray for the following priests during the coming weeks Sept. 24 . 1955, Rev. Joseph E.C. Bourque, fastor, Blessed Sacrament, Fall River Sept. 26 1944, Rev. John 1. Donahue, Assistant, St. William, Fall River 1996, Rev. Flavius Gamache, SMM, Lourdes Shrine and Retreat Center, Litchfield, Conn. Sept. 27 1991, Rev. John W. Greene, S.1., former teacher at Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River

Friday. September 19, 2003 tions said they expected that a majority would join within the 37 days stipulated by the agreement. Originally the archdiocese said 95 percent of the plaintiffs would have to sign on for the out-ofcourt agreement to be finalized. In the end it agreed to make the deal if the number of participants dropped to as low as 80 percent, and attorneys said room was left for an agreement even if the final number went below that. The total amount of the settlement will be reduced proportionally, however, for each plaintiff that does not join the agreement. Bishop Gregory said the landmark deal "demonstrates that the Church is committed to working out just settlements which seek to meet, to th'e extent possible, the

needs of people who have suffered terribly." . "These were among the cases that precipitated 20 months of soul searching by the Church," he said. "We are visibly seeking to heal our wounds caused by sexual abuse and moving forward as promised in the Dallas charter of 2002:' . The U.S. bishops adopted a national "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" at their June 2002 meeting in Dallas, five months after the revelations of repeated sexual predations by a number of Boston priests drew international headlines and provoked a nationwide scrutiny of how bishops had dealt with allegations of sexual abuse of children and with the priests who were accused.


GARY BERGERON clutches a copy of the $85 million settlement between 552 alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse and the Archdiocese of Boston as he and other victims leave the Suffolk Superior Court in Boston last week. His lawyer, Robert Sherman, is at left. The agreement is the largest financial settlement in U.S. Church history. (CNS photo from Re~ters)

Boston Archdiocese settles sex abuse case~ for $85 million路 cess, it would be important for me will continue to offer psychologiWASHINGTON (CNS) cal counseling to victims," he Less than six weeks after becom- to be involved in the dialogue." The Boston settlement sur- added. ing head of the Boston ArchdioThe costs of counseling are in cese, Archbishop Sean P. passed the $31 million thaJ vicO'Malley has reached the largest tims of ex-priest Rudy Kos re- addition to the legal settlement, financial settlement in U.S. ceived from the Dallas diocese in which is to be divided among parChurch history with hundreds of 1998 and the $25.7 million the ticipating plaintiffs in different victims of sexual abuse by Bos- Archdiocese of Louisville re- amounts to be determined by a cently agreed to pay to settle 243 mediator, depending on the severton priests. ity of abuse and other factors. "This is an important agree- lawsuits. About 200 of the lawsuits inment. ... I hope that all the vicFather Christopher J. Coyne, tims will choose to participate," Boston archdiocesan spokesman, volve claims of rape or sodomy. said Bishop Wilton D. Gregory of said part of the funds for the About 300 involve lesser forms Belleville, 111., president of the settlement will come from selling of abuse such as fondling. Parents U.S. Conference of Catholic surplus real estate and the arch- of alleged victims, who have su~d diocese will seek to recuperate for loss of consortium because Bishops. The settlement - for up to $85 part of it from insurance carriers. their children were abused, .acHe said he did not know how the count for 29 claims. million covering 552 lawsuits Right after taking over in Boscame at the end of several days archdiocese, already in debt from of intense negotiations in Boston previous settlements, would come ton, Archbishop O'Malley brought in a new lawyer, Thomas between lawyers for both sides up with the remainder. The archdiocese agreed to pro- H. Hannigan Jr., to try to reach a under a mediator, including a long evening session September 7, in vide the entire amount before the quick settlement with victims. Hannigan had been the lead lawwhich the archbishop personally end of the year. "Our actions say we admit our yer reaching a settlement with participated. Plaintiffs' attorneys said the mistakes, we've learned from our victims of ex-priest James Porter credibility of Archbishop mistakes," Father Coyne said. He in the Diocese of Fall River, when Archbishop O'Malley, who said the $85 mil- said the archdiocese. will do "ev- Mass., lion offer "maxed out" the erything humanly possible to O'Malley was bishop of Fall archdiocese's financial resources, make sure that this never occurs River in the 1990s. Although negotiations were played a major role in bringing again." "Obviously there is much behind closed doors, local media the parties to an agreement. Archbishop O'Malley, who more that needs to be done to reports over the past month said was attending a meeting of the bring about the healing and rec- that on August 8 Archbishop USCCB Administrative Commit- onciliation necessary for the sur- O'Malley made an initial offer of tee in Washington when the vivors of clergy sexual abuse," he $55 million, then came back with agreement was finalized, told his said. "That is why the settlement $65 million in response to the archdiocesan newspaper, The Pi- also includes elements other than plaintiffs' counteroffer of $90 lot, in a telephone interview that financial compensation, such as million to $120 million. The $85 continuance of the . million was described as a final he felt he needed to get involved the archdiocesan program to provide offer, with taking the cases to to reach a speedy settlement. "It became evident that it was counseling to survivors of sexual court as the only alternative. In earlier stages of negotiations necessary for the archbishop to be abuse by clergy." some plaintiffs said they want to "Certainly a monetary settlepersonally involved in the conversations .. , because at times your ment is only part of the process go to court anyway and do not counsel can speak for you, but at of healing," Bishop Gregory said plan to participate in the settleother times people want to know in a statement released in Wash- ment. While there was no immea direct answer from the archdio- ington shortly after the first news diate indication how many plaintiffs would participate, several cese," he said. "So it became evi- of the agreement. "That is why the archdiocese lawyers involved in the negotiadent, in order to expedite the pro-


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The elderly and the family Families, in the ideal, should live in such a way that its members learn to care and take responsibility for the young, the old, the sick .and the poor. There are times when some families are incapable of providing this help. It devolves then to otlier persons, other families and, in a subsidiary way, society, to provide for their needs. We believe that the Fourth Commandment reminds grown children of their responsibilities toward their parents. As much as-they can, they should give them material and moral support in old age and in times of illness, loneliness and distress. The words from the Book of Sirach are a constant reminder of this obligation, "0 son, help your father in his old age, and do not grieve him as long as he lives; even if he is lacking understanding, show forbearance; in all yourstrength do not despise him. For the Lord sets the father above the children, and he confirms the right of the mother over her sons. Whosoever glories his father will have long life, and whoever obeys the Lord will refresh his mother," . In our social order, these words of Scripture are an everlasting reminder of the need to care for aged and infirm people, especially family members. Yet, in some way this reality is being ignored. Just think about the heat wave in France during the last two weeks of August. More than 11,060 people died, most of them elderly and living alone. We know well that people are living longer lives. Time has a waY'of isolating people and families. Today, more people are living alone . than at any time in history. In a mobile society, too many people just get left behind. More than 20 percent of the American population moves every year. The concept of stability in family living is becoming a myth. We are in all truth a nation of strangers, Add in the factor of separated families and our out-of-control divorce rate, and we have even greater fractionalization. In such a situation the elderly are quickly forgotten or ignored. For years we have been exposed to the concept that everyone is, entitled to do whatever he or she wants as their lifestyle, This ego trip mind-set has fostered a myth that denies the reality of accountability and responsibility. Family becomes a secondary concern, The person, the individual, is important. Outreach to others, even in family concerns, has no role to pJay as one pursues self-fulfillment. The heat wave victims should clearly wake us up to the fact that we need each other. It's so sad to think that so many were buried in a common grave because no one came to claim their bodies, Other isolated elderly died slow and agonizing deaths because evt<n their families were not there to rescue them or bring them relief. Dr. Eric Klinenberg, a professor of sociology at New York University, reflected, "One reason we have trouble coming to terms with what happened in France and other places is that when massive numbers of people are alone, it is a social 'embarrassment. It is the kind of failure that can produce stigma, so no one wants to acknowledge it. It is a sign of a developing social breakdown. Everyone is implicated." As we attempt to deal with all the trouble of the times, let's hear ~d heed this message. May we not be afraid to affirm that the home and family is the natural environment for initiating a human being into solidarity and communal responsibilities. Children should be taughtfamily val.ues and to avoid the compromising and degrading influences which threaten human societies. In the wake ofdisordered industrial and urban development, we are setting aside the elderly in unacceptable' ways. The pastoral activity of the Church must help everyone to discover and to make good use of the role of the elderly within the civil and.ecclesial community, in particular within the family. The Executive' Editor



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"Father Hemrick; I recommend you don'fdo any qicycling for the time being." When I first heard my doctor's recommendation, I thought, "No problem. I still run and swil1}." Then the thought occurred, "But you can't compete in the yearly Chicago Triathlon you have done since 1980!" My whole world began to crumble at this thought because a triathlon is more than a oneday event. leis a ritual entangled in rituals. One of my most cherished rituals is having an event to look forward to. Working toward a specific goal each day adds special meaning to it. In fact, it is life-giving. A myriad of rituals go into' triathlon training, There are healthy diets to experiment with, and you forever are looking for exciting and better equipment. Evenings become more disciplined so that you are assured of obtaining pr.oper rest. Then there is the ritual of early morning runs - inhaling the' freshness of dawn and

mingling with fellow athletes. There have been times when jogging'through a light snowfall that I felt almost as if I were inside a Moriet post-impressionist painting with its beautiful blurred colors and ethereal ' atmosphere. Another enjoyable ritual is keeping a journal. It is a delight to watch as the number of miles you run grows and to reflect on your best runs. One rituai that especially touches me,is going to Chicago a week before the triathlon and testing my swimming skills in Lake Michigan. It is more than just • ·swimming. There is the sandy beach. The beautiful Navy Pier with all its festivities is right around the corner, and swimming along a shoreline with " Chicago's majestic skyscrapers as a backdrop adds up to one treat after another. Such rituals are not only a ' source of joy but are energizing. When they are curtailed for us, so is our life. Every day countless people receive bad'news from doctors . that rituals they enjoy must be curtailed. This may mean not ,

eating the things they enjoyed, And since rituals include other rituals, this may also mean giving up opportunities to go out with the gang like they used to do. For others it might mean having their car keys taken away, Cars, freedom and independence go together, and when one is curtailed so are the ~ others. How do we cope when we are no longer free to perform favorite rituals? For one thing, we might substitute other rituals· in their place. I switched to golf and found it an even greater joy than doing triathlons. Some people I know who have had car keys taken away have used their ingenuity in finding other means of getting around. In doing so they've felt the joy of "beating the game." The best advice, however, comes from spiritual writers who tell us that the loss of our earthly rituals is God's way of telling us that wtlat is most important of all is to learn how to leave them behind in order to practice the "ritual" of getting closer to him.

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Dana performance to benefit new Cape Cod school Are One Body," and the Pro-Life anthem, 'This Is My Body." Also representing Ireland in the

SOUTH YARMOUTH - Internationally renown Irish singer, Dana, will perform a benefit concert for the new St. Pius X School being built in South Yarmouth. The event, which will take place at St. Pius X Church, 5 Barbara Street, South Yarmouth, on September 26 at 7 p.m., promises to be a very special event. Dana has presented inspirational concerts of sacred and Irish traditional music all over the world, including World Youth Day events with the pope in Rome, Toronto and Denver. Listeners of all ages find her work uplifting and moving. Among some of her compositions are "Lady of Knock," "We


European Union, Dana is making a special trip to Cape Cod for this event, which will offer area residents a unique opportunity to see· her perform live. Special guests include Bridget Kelley, Mark and Nancy Girardin and the St. Pius X Music Ministry. For advance ticket purchases, contact the sppnsoring St. Pius X Men's Club at P.O. Box 972, South Yarmouth, 02664. Children under 12 and the St. Pius X Youth Group and Confirmation Class will be admitted free. For more information, call parish Music Director Mark Girardin at 508-432-3130.

Ecumenical service, set at New Bedford church NEW BEDFORD - The annual Ecumenical Recovery Service will be held September 25 at 7 p.m., at the Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on Mount Pleasant Street. The service is arranged by PAACA, a local resource that helps those in programs of recovery from alcoholism, drug addic-

tion and other dependencies. The public is invited to attend. The spiritual element of recovery will be stressed in the service and residents of halfway houses and recovery facilities throughout the region will be in attendance. Members of the 12-Steps groups are also invited to attend. The Rev. Dogba Bass, pastor

of St. Paul's Methodist Church in New Bedford, will be the homilist. Musical accol1)paniment will be provided by Paul Levesque and musicians from Life Teen at St. Mary's Parish in Fairhaven. Refreshments will be served in the Parish Center following the service.

I'd rather own a cat I've noticed a very interesting worry as I reveled in each victory and mentally crumbled trend this baseball season. It appears that when I write good with each loss. When I reached my early things about the Boston Red 20s, my parents gratefully Sox, bad things happen to the handed me over to Denise. And Boston Red Sox. Conversely, in the 25 years since I've when I write bad things about become my spouse's problem, the Old Towne Team, good mom and dad have been free of things happen to the Old Towne my maniacal Red Sox behavior, Team. When this column appears, there wiII be only 10 games remaining in the regular season. With each win becoming more important than the next, the only thing I can say right now By Dave Jolivet about the Sox is that they stink! (I'll do anything to win!) With that being although I don't think they've said, allow me to move on to ever fully recovered. another Sox issue. Through the Yep, for the last quarter of a years, in all areas of life', I've century, Denise has shouldered been called many things. Some the burden - since day one I deserved, and some not so might add. It was in October of deserved. But deserved or not, 1978 that we were married, and none have made such an impression on me as when I was she patiently watched as I sweated out the end of that recently called "a Yankee fan in baseball season, wondering if Red Sox." the Sox in the World Series Ouch! would affe.ct my wedding I realize that not everyone is reception plans. They didn't. going to agree with the contents She's gawked in amazement of this column. In fact, it as I once hurled a chocolate wouldn't be any fun if they did. chip cookie at the TV screen, BullO actually describe me as a aimed at Jim Rice in the 1986 Yankee fan? Ouch! American League ChampionThere are no greater witship Series. (Note to mom and nesses of my passion for the dad - that's the only time I've Sox than my mom and dad. done such a thing!) Ever since the Red Sox bug bit Even God knows how much me in the mid '60s, my parents of a Red Sox fan I am. He kept have gazed upon me with me out of harm's way during wonder, awe and at times great

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the '86 World Series. I never saw the ball roll through Bill Buckner's legs because I was on .a Cursillo retreat weekend at La Salette that night. Only the Good Lord knows what I would have otherwise done! I eat, breathe, sleep, live and die with the Boston Red Sox, and when I complain about them, it's because I'm exercising my inherent right as a Sox fan to moan and groan. But to call me a Yankee fan? . Ouch. Perhaps this anecdote will illustrate what the Sox mean to me. Just this week I was driving my eight-yearold to school. She was caught up in all the Hurricane Isabel' hoopla and had a million questions. Eventually the conyersation turned to God, and she said, "God doesn't make mistakes, does he dad?" "Nope," I started, then corrected myself. "Just one," I continued. "He made cats." Knowing my disdain for felines, . my daughter chuckled. "Two, dad," she added. "He made the Yankees." Tears of pride welled in my eyes. Someone understands me! Me, a Yankee fan? I'd rather own a cat. Dave Jolivet, editor of The Anchor, is a former sports editor/writer, and regularly gives one fan's perspective on the unique world of sports. Comments from cat owners are welcome at

51 Hospital offers cancer education' FALL RIVER - The Hudner Oncology Center at Saint Anne's Hospital has recently announced its fall schedule of education and support programs for patients with a cancer diagnosis. All programs are free and will b~ held at the hospital. They are as follows; "Get Fit, Live Fit," begins September 29 and meetsMondays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. This is a filness program for women with cancer including cardiovascular strengthening and flexibility exercises. "Common Ground," also starts on September 29 and will meet Mondays from 9-10:30 a.m. This program offers education and support for men diagnosed with prostrate cancer. It is facilitated by a licensed social worker.

"Reflections," begins September 23 and will meet Tuesdays at4 p.m. It is a breast cancer program offering encouragement in a supportive environment for women. It will be led by a licensed social worker and nurse practitioner. "General Cancer Support Group," meets Thursdays from 45:30 p.m. It is open to anyone with an active cancer diagnosis. On October 8 the hospital will offer the program "Relaxing Yoga for Cancer Patients." This eightweek series of classes will be held on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. in the Nannery Conference Room. For more information about these and other programs visit Saint Anne's on the Web at:

Author of book on Mercy Sisters to hold book signing in R.I. RIVERSIDE, R.I. - Playing a pivotal role in the development of American society·through the establishment of hospital, schools and other institutions, John Fialka states that Catholic nuns are the first feminists in his book "Sisters: Catholic Nuns and the Making'of America." Focusing on the Sisters ofMercy who taught him as a high school student in Iowa, the former Wall Street Journal reporter shows how the sisters became the first group of independent, professional women, who created and managed some of the country's most important charitable organizations. The Sisters of Mercy Regional Community ofProvidence will hold

a book signing on September 24 at St. Mary Academy-Bay View, Pawtucket Avenue, Riverside, R.I. The event, which begins at 4 p.m., will include a short talk by Fialka, followed by a reception and book signing. Among the nuns mentioned in the book is Sister M. Consilii Reynolds of the Providence Regional Community, whose encouragement helped another woman decide to join the order. Copies of the book will be available or you may bring your own copy to be signed. For more information, contact Mary Alice Conlon, 401-333-6333, extension 14 or



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Respecting the' United N.ations in the cause of bringing help to more spewing out hateful No way could one have comments about this body. I avoided feeling horror August 19 suffering people they didn't know personally but embraced think that bias against the when the news reports showed as brothers and sisters. I was not United Nations still is rooted in photos of the shattered U.N. surprised to see written memQri- the controversy in the late'40s compound in Baghdad, hit by a als in honor of these humanitarwhen the United Nations was deadly exploding bomb. The Publicity Chairmen are Departure time is 1t30 a.m. from news was devastating. Twentyian workers, one notably and being formed over whether such beautifully presented by a body, bringing in so many asked to submit news items for. Immaculate Conception Church, three people were killed, . this column'to The Anchor, Fall River. The walk begins at 1 including the head U.N. envoy Secretary General Kofi Annan. nations, would be "communist." I think we should be P.O. Box 7, Fall River, 02722. p.m., from Boston Common. For Sergio Vieira de Mello, . aware of the humanitarName of city or town should more information call Dot Nicolau and more than 100 U.N. - - - - - - - - - - - ian causes and work be included, as well as full at 508-674-8695. aid workers were done by this body in its dates of all activities. DEADwounded. They were MISCELLANEOUS - A unarmed civilians w.ho . 55 years of existence. In LINE IS NOON ON FRIRachel's Vineyard Weekend Re- had gone to Iraq on a October alone the DAYS. United Nations has set Events published must be treat will be held November 14-) 6 humanitarian mission to aside several dates for of interest and open to our for men and'women struggling with bring aid to the people. By Antoinette Bosco important causes. general readership. We do not the pain of abortion. Participants I was deeply touched experience the gentleness; mercy carry notices of fund-raising October 16 is the day when I read the account activities, which may be ad- and compassion ofJesiJs. It is spon- of De Mello~s last the United Nations vertised at our regular rates, sored by the Life and Family Min- hours, told by U.S. Army 1st Most heartwarming was a proclaims as World Food Day to obtainable from our business istry Office of the Diocese of Provi- Sgt. William von Zehle, a heighten public awareness Of . huge book placed on a table for dence. Eor more information call retired fire chief and Army office at S08r67S-71Sl. the world food problem and all of us visitors to consider. All Donna Warner at·401-785-9625. strengthen solidarity in the who visited the United Nations reservist· who lives in the town ATTLEBORO FALLS - A were invited to write their own stru'ggle against hunger and next to mine in Connecticut. He NEW BEDFORD - St. Jo- was' the first to reach the man he comments on this tragic developreplica of the image of Our Lady malnutrition. They've set aside of Guadalupe will be on display seph-St Therese Church is aSking only knew then in that black October) 7 for the eradication ment. I felt so truly a part of a September 22 from 1-7 p.m. at St. people to join their Rosary Drive rubble as "Sergio." of poverty by promoting world community we pay little Mark's Church, 105 Stanley Street. for Peace in this year dedicated by awareness of the need to end attention to as I saw the lines, the With his bones broken, The event will include Benediction the pope as the Year of the Rosary. pinned down and likely bleedparagraphs and even some verses, . poverty and destitution in all of the Blessed Sacrament. For more Add your recited rosaries to their ing internally, de Mello's main countries. October 24-30 is in different languages and signed information call Evelyn Boler at drive now through October 16. For concern was for the others, Disarmament Week, set aside to by visitors from other countries. . more information' call Therese asking: "How is everybody? 508-761-4017. highlight the danger of the arms The ones I could read all had one Beaulieu at 508-995-2354.. race, propagate the need for its bottom line: a plea for peace in How many people were hurt?" FALL RIVER - The "Seniors _ cessation and increase public the world. It was an urgent call Von Zehle said all he kept in Motion" program helps seniors NEW BEDFORD - Volun- thinking was, "He's in a world understanding of the urgent that these deaths not be in vain, and handicapped individuals obtain teers are needed for a Hospice Pro- of hurt, and he's thinking of tasks of disarmament. ·that they inspire people worldmobility equipment including mo- gram in the Greater New Bedford other people." . To me, it is sad that our ' wide to demand peace. torized and manual wheelchairs and and Wareham areas to provide country has not underscored the It always amazes me that in I was so touched by what I is usually available at no cost. For emotional support to their patients read that I decided to make a importance of having a body like conversations with people at more information call 1-800-594- and their families. Training sessions private' pilgrimage to the United various meetings, if the subject the United Nations dedicated to will be offered from 12:30-3 p.m. Nations to pray for these 1225. of the United Nations comes up gaining and maintaining human at the Southcoast Home Care Cen- . victims, who were truly martyrs there invariably will be one or rights throughout the world. HYANNIS - The "Fes~ival of t~r, 28 Sconticut Neck Road, Music: Sing of Mary;" will be held Fairhaven, October 6, 8, IS, 17,20, September 24 at 7:30 p.m. at St. 22, 27 and 29. For more informaFrancis Xavier Church, 347 South tion call Deanna Upchurch'at 508Q. Is it true that a Catholic though the death penalty already sentence much more often than Street. It will feature music of many 984-0200 ext. 1102. ' was abolished years ago in . juror who votes for a death the more affluent). varieties including Hispanic and sentence commits a sin? In our . Europe, Canada and most other There are also staggering Brazilian communities. RefreshORLEANS - A Separated-Di- diocese recently, a man condeveloped countrites. regional inequalities. Approximents will follow. For more infor- vorced Catholics SupportGroup will victed of murder received a life . I give this brief background mately 80 percent of the execumation call Marilyn Lariviere at meet Sunday at 7 p.m. in the parish sentence. A defense attorney because it is an important part of tions in the United States during 508-775-7781. center of St. Joan of Arc Church. had told the jury (two memthe answer to your question. If I the last 27 years took place in nine Carol Hamblet Adams, author of bers were Catholic) that the understand correctly, you are Southern states, nearly a third of MASHPEE - The Upper "My Beautiful"Broken Shell" will be Catholic Church does them in Texas. There is Cape Ultreya will meet tonight guest speaker. Widowed people and not allow its members a'lso of course the larger from 7-8:30 p,m., at Christ the King those who have experienced a loss to vote for capital question of whether, and Church. are also welcome. ~or more informa- punishment. (Louisihow, we human beings tion call 508-255-0170. ana) ever have the right to MASHPEE - The Third OrA. There is no directly kill one another. WEST HARWICH-TheCel- question that today the der of Carmelites will meet SunIn such drastic situaday at 5:30 p.m. in St. Jude's ebrate Life Committee of Holy Trin- strong teaching of the tions, serious and consciBy Father Chapel at Christ the King Church ity Parish will sponsor a holy hour Catholic Church is that entious individuals must John J. Dietzen for prayer, rosary and study. For September 28 at I:30 p.m. in the the death penalty is act out of their own sincere moreiriformation call Dottie . church. Attendees are asked to bring unjust and immoral, at· and well-formed conCawley at 508-477-2798. a friend and pray to end abortion. asking whether voting for the least in nearly all cases. Nine sciences, considering the above

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MISCELLANEOUS - Father Bernardino Giuseppe Bucci, author and co-founder of the Association of the Divine Will, 'will give a talk on the servant of God, Luisa Pic~arreta and the Divine Will, Satur~ay from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at St. Luke's Church, )32 Lexington Street, Btelmont He will deliver the same talk Sunday from 7:3010:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church, 1015 Shirley Street, Winthrop. MISCELLANEOUS - A motor coach sponsored by the Massachusetts Citizens for Life, will transport walkers to the Respect Life Walk in Bosto.n October 5.

WEST MEDFORD - The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, N.Y., will sponsor a day of prayer and reflection for women September 27 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at St. Raphael's Convent: For more information call Franciscan Sister Helen 'Roberts at 617-471-7775. WESTPORT - An educational seminar themed "Who Meets the Spiritual Needs of the Patient," for all health care workers and the general public will be held October 4 from 9 a.m.. to 2 p.m., at White's of Westport. For more information call Betty Novacek at 508~67.8-2373.




years ago the American bishops taught that "violence is not the solution; it is the most clear sign of our failures .... We cannot teach that killing is wrong by killing" ("Confronting the Culture of Violence," J 994). The following year Pope John Paul II noted the growing opposition to the death penalty, and said that cases where executing the offender is necessary are "very rare, if not practically nonexistent" ("The Gospel of Life," 56). These kinds' of statements have been repeated numerous . times by Church leaders here and throughout the world,

death penalty is automatically and objectively a sin. The answer is no. The Church's teaching is .' clear, but it does f10t decree that kind of penalty. It is not, however, just that simple and easy. The opposition to capital punishment is based on many factors, including the large numbers of people sentenced to death but later proved innocent; racial inequalities (nonwhite murderers are given the death sentence at a much higher' rate than whites, and killers of white people are executed far more often than killers of black people); and social inequalities (poor defendants receive a death

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Friday, September 19, 2003

Pope John who? He also bypassed any discus- . It's an old habit in Amerision of the relationship becan presidential politics: when tween democratic politics and your campaign is going sour, civic virtue. attack the Vatican. The KnowKennedy's eloquence - "If Nothings tried it with some success in the 1840s. James G. this election is decided on the Blaine famously failed to distance himself from a supporter's attack on "Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion" in 1884 - and lost to Grover Cleveland by a hair. Now, in the By George Weigel oddities of history, it's a Catholic of Irish descent who's taking basis that 40,000,000 Ameria similar tack. cans lost their chance to be The day after the Vatican president on the day they were released a statement which taught that Catholic legislators baptized, then it is the nation as a whole that will be the have a moral obligation to loser in the eyes of Catholics oppose gay "marriage," and non-Catholics around the Senator John Kerry (Dworld, in the eyes of history, Massachusetts) blew his welland in the eyes of our own coiffed stack. "Kerry raps people" - probably blunted Pope," ran the full-page the fangs of bigotry among headline in the Boston Herald. As, indeed, the senator did. "It some fever swamp Protestants in 1960. But it did little to is important not to have the advance the national debate on Church instructing politithe relationship between cians," a "fuming" senator said. "President Kennedy drew religiously-grounded moral values and American public that line very clearly in 1960 life. As Senator Kerry eviand I believe we need to stand dently reads him, John F. up for that line today." Kennedy was the prophet of So the pope had "crossed what Father Richard Neuhaus the line." But whose line? has called the "naked public Perhaps Senator Kerry should square" - an American public be reminded that the name of arena in which no one's the pope is "Pope John Paul," religiously-informed moral not "Pope John Fitzgerald." judgments have a place. And what line? However Senator Kerry's outrage much it may have dampened also smacks of the opportunisanti-Catholic bigotry during tic. Would Senator Kerry have the 1960 campaign, John F. charged that the pope had Kennedy's address to the "crossed the line" if the Greater Houston Ministerial Vatican had said that a vote in Association hardly constitutes of re-segregating favor a definitive Catholic statement America's restaurants and on Church and state - or on schools would be "gravely the relationship between a conscience formed by Catholic immoral"? Very unlikely. Would Senator Kerry object to understandings of moral truth the Vatican informing Catholic and American democracy. Not politicians that a vote in favor only did the Kennedy speech of repealing minimum-wage fail to note that religion laws was "gravely immoral"? Jewish and Christian convicWould Senator Kerry object to tion - informs and sustains a Vatican document proposing the religious tolerance of the that Catholic politicians had a vast majority of Americans.

The Catholic Difference

Virginia bishop retires; Cardinal Keeler to administer diocese WASHINGTON (CNS) Pope John Paul II has accepted the resignation of Bishop Walter F. Sullivan of Richmond, Va., and named Cardinal William H. Keeler of Baltimore as apostolic administrator of the diocese. Bishop Sullivan turned 75, the usual retirement age for

bishops, on June 10. He had headed the Richmond diocese since 1974 and served as an auxiliary bishop there for four years before that. The changes were announced in Washington by Msgr. Leopoldo Girelli, charge d'affaires at the apostolic nunciature.

moral obligation to protect the environment? Of course not. Whatever else it mayor may not have been intended to communicate, Senator Kerry's displeasure appealed to several core Democratic constituencies crucial to his quest for the presidency: gay activists; secularists who champion the naked public square; liberals who believe, with Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court, that "liberty" means the unfettered expression of personal willfulness, as long as it's "between consenting adults" and "no one gets hurt." That's the. debased notion of liberty that underwrites the abortion license - and only a bear of very little brain would think that that issue wasn't lurking in the background of Senator Kerry's blast at the Vatican. (Not that there's much doubt of where the junior senator from Massachusetts stands on this front - and it isn't in defense of the inalienable right to life.) , Senator Kerry argued that "Our founding fathers separated Church and state in America." That's true and it isn't. The Framers wisely forbade any federal establishment of religion - a national state Church. They did this to foster the free exercise of religion, not to create a public

arena shorn of religiouslyinformed moral arguments. The "wall of separation" is Thomas Jefferson's interpretive (and tendentious) metaphor, not the Constitution's text. Surely a

serious candidate for president should know that much.

George Weigel is a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D. C.

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Bishop Stang volunteer team· builds homes and 'friendships GARY, W.Va. - A group of eight faculty members of Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth, put their faith into action in the mountains of West VIrginia last month. Kathy Crosson, Terry Dougall, Rose Grant, Cecile LaRochelle, Jackie McCarthy, Karen Quintin, Jean Revil and Kathy Ruginis trekked to the mountain town of Gary to spend a week working with McDowell Missions, a Christian ministry organ,ization that services the needy of McDowell County whose homes had been damaged or destroyed by major flooding over the past few years. For five busy days, the group replaced a roof,


CAPUCHIN FRANCISCAN Father Luke Guastella, 82, takes a spin on rollerblades at St. Lawrence Abbey in Beacon, N.Y., recently. The supposedly retired friar continues to work in ministry when he's not busy building a kayak or bicycling. He has spent many years as a missionary in Africa, has a pilot's license, worked as a chiropractor and caught crocodiles in the Zambesi River. (CNS photo by Chris Sheridan)

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removed and replaced walls, and loaded and 'un~ loaded rubbish and debris from a number of renovation sites. To a person, the eight agreed the days were long and the work strenuous, but they shared it sense of being the hands and feet of Christ to brothers and sisters in need. ' . Not only was the journey a major help to the people of Gary, but it was also an excellent teaching example for the Bishop Stang students to whom the faculty members returned. As is usually the case when helping others, the group of eight found, the experience rewarding, team-building, prayerful and fun.

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Friday, September 19, 2003




As beatification nears, Church looks at Mother Teresa's legacy By CATHOLIC


Delhi, vice president of the Catholic Bishops' ConCASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy - As the Octo- ference of India, told a Vatican news agency that ber 19 beatification of Mother Teresa approached, the Indian bishops have asked Prime Minister Atal Catholic leaders marked the sixth anniversary of Behari Vajpayee to declare October 19 as a national her death and reflected on the Nobel laureate's holiday. legacy. Archbishop Concessao told Fides, news agency Pope John Paul IT said that Mother Teresa was a of the Congregation for the Evangelization of good example of modem missionary enthusiasm. Peoples, that the holiday was appropriate because "The Apostle Tho"Mother Teresa was mas, St. Francis Xavier loved and respected by all and Mother Teresa of Indians for her work Calcutta are but a few of ;unong the poor." the outstanding examples The bishops' conferof the missionary zeal ence, in a formal presenwhich has always been tation to Vajpayee, enpresent in India," the couraged the prime minpope told Indian bishops ister to send a government during their "ad limina" delegation to Rome for visits to the Vatican. The the ceremony "as this is a bishops, who make such great occasion for every visits every five years to Indian," not just Catholics. . report on the status of their dioceses, met with The bishops also asked' the pontiff at his summer the government "to celresidence outside Rome. ebrate the great event by During a recent prayer instituting a national service in Calcutta, India, award for social workers marking the anniversary in honor of Mother of Mother Teresa's 1997 Teresa." The award death, Sister Nirmala would inspire others "to Joshi, who succeeded her live a life dedicated to the as superior general of the poorest of the poor," the Missionaries of Charity, bishops said. said the religious order Arc h b ish 0 p still holds on to Mother Concessao said the bishTeresa's "dream to enter ops are still waiting for China." Vajpayee's response reThe nuns have not garding the holiday, as been invited into China POPE JOHN Paul II greets Mother Teresa well as his authorization yet, but "it will happen," at a service in St. Peter's Basilica in this photo for the state-run television she said at the from June 29, 1997. Pope John Paul II allowed network to broadcast the con g reg a t ion's Mother Teresa's cause for sainthood to move beatification ceremony motherhouse in Calcutta. forward more quickly than other cases by dis- live from the Vatican. In the meantime, each Sister Nirmala said the pensing with a five-year-waiting period. (CNS Missionaries of Charity file photo by Arturo Mari) of India's bishops has continue to carry out . been encouraged to work Mother Teresa's work with leprosy patients, the des- for local proclamations of an October 19 holiday titute, abandoned people, children, AIDS patients and for local broadcasts of the ceremony. and the sick. Archbishop Concessao met with Vajpayee in late She said that while no new initiatives have been August to discuss a variety of proposals in connecstarted since Mother Teresa died the sisters have tion with the beatification. opened houses in 10 more countries - Algeria, New Delhi officials plan to rename Willington Chad, Djibouti, Finland, Israel, Kazakstan, Mali, Crescent Road in the capital as "Mother Teresa New Zealand, Norway and Thailand. Road" and to erect a statue of the nun at one end of In Rome, Archbishop Vincent Concessao of New the street.

Holy Father urges Catho~ic families to pray rosary for peace in world, home By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy - As the Year of the Rosary moved into its final phase, Pope John Paul II encouraged Catholic families to pray the rosary for peace in the home and in the world. Addressing several hundred visitors at his summer residence outside Rome last week, the pope prayed to Mary to help Christians "rediscover the rosary as a simple but very profound prayer." "When it is recited well, the rosary leads one into the living experience of the divine mystery and brings to hearts, families and the whole community that peace which we need so much;' he said. On Oct. 16, 2002, the pope proclaimed the special year when he signed his apostolic letter,

"Rosarium Virginis Mariae" ("The Rosary of the Virgin Mary"). The pope said he was looking forward to one of the final events planned to highlight the rosary: a visit to a Marian sanctuary at Pompeii in southern Italy October 7. Last week, as the Church celebrated the day of Mary's birth, the pope invited Christians to meditate on the joyful mysteries of the rosary. The five joyful mysteries include the announcement of Jesus' birth to Mary and early moments in the life of Christ and his mother. "In these mysteries, Mary helps us learn the secret of Christian joy, reminding us that Christianity is above all 'good news' that has its center, in fact its very content, in the person of Christ," he said.

POPE JOHN Paul II smiles as a child is held up to him at the end of his Sunday blessing in the courtyard of the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo in Italy recently. (CNS photo from Reuters)

Pope says religions must help to restore broken hopes for peace By CINDY WOODEN CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE . VATICAN CITY - When the twin towers in New York fell after the September 11 terrorist attacks, many people's hopes for a future of peace also fell, Pope John Paul II said. "Peace cannot be built on mutual ignorance, but on dialogue and encounter," the pope said in a message to an interreligious meeting on peace sponsored by the Rome-based Sant'Egidio Community. The recent meeting in Aachen, Germany, was the community's 17th international gathering designed as a follow-up to Pope John Paul's 1986 gathering ofreligious leaders in Assisi, Italy. In 1986, the pope said, "the world was still divided in two blocks and oppressed by the fear of nuclear war. Seeing how urgent was the need people felt to once again dream of a future of peace and prosperity for all, I invited believers from the world's diverse religions to gather in prayer for peace." Unfortunately, the pope said, the yearning for peace expressed at the Assisi gathering was not acted upon quiCkly or carefully enough. Instead, the pope said, too many leaders chose the path of developing special interests and spending money on other priorities, particularly on military weapons and machinery. "We remember the tragic attack on the twin towers of New York," he said in the message read to the gathering. "Unfortunately, together with the towers, many hopes for peace alSo seem to have crumbled," Pope John Paul wrote. The more people get to know, understand and respect each other, he said, the more able they

will be to "disarm the violent and call them back to reason and respect." Pope John Paul told the leaders of the world's major Christian communities and churches that he prayed efforts to promote Christian unity would increase. Addressing the Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and other nonChristian leaders present, the pope encouraged increased efforts to recognize each other as children of the same God and to promote mutual respect. "With the weapons of prayer and of dialogue we will walk on the path toward the future," the pope said. Andrea Riccardi, the founder of Sant'Egidio, told the gathering, "There is too much pessimism around us, and it is presented as realism." He encouraged the religious leaders to "have the courage to spark the hope of our world, to have the courage to make it dream, to dream of peace, which is the most beautiful and realistic dream of humanity." Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, the former chief Ashkenazi rabbi of Israel, told the gathering that he is "more pessimistic than 10 years ago" about the hopes for peace in the Holy Land. However, he said, the fact that Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders from the region continue to dialogue and to participate in gatherings like the Sant'Egidio meeting means that some hope still exists. "Everything can be resolved by talking and dialoguing," he said, "but if someone starts shooting, you cannot talk." The Middle East peace process will not go forward until acts of terrorism stop and both sides begin talking to each other again, the rabbi said.



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NBC continues to push envelope NEW YORK (CNS) - NBC continues to push the eiwelope by introducing some racy new programs which, without their vamped-up sex quotient, are clearly just derivative, stale shows that rehash familiar themes. However, one bright note is the sweet "Miss Match" starring Alicia Silverstone, whose charm helps to hide some of the program's flaws. None of the shows can be' wholly recommended as appropriate family viewing because of mature themes and the casual (and by now pervasive in practically all network shows) attitude toward premarital sex. NBC's new fall series at a glance: - "The Lyon's Den," Sundays, 10-11 p.m. EDT. Rob Lowe returns to Washington in this law drama in which a do-good lawyer is plucked from an inner-city law clinic to replace the managing partner of a lucrative and possibly shady law firm who died mysteriously. Holds Promise: This mixture of soap opera-melodrama and lawyerly intrigue is strangely appealing with the love-to-hate sleazy characters pitted against an implausibly good and decent guy as a potential hook for audiences. - "Las Vegas," Mondays, 910 p.m. EDT. Drama set in Sin City which revolves around a high-stakes

casino's surveillance and security team headed by James Caan. Some Interest: It's all smoke and mirrors as fast cuts, sharp camera angles and low necklines are used to distract audiences from shallow characterizations and mediocre writing. However, Caan and newcomer Josh Duhamel have a certain zing in their master-apprentice interactions that can be appealing. - "Whoopi," Tuesdays, 88:30 p.m. EDT. Comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg as the owner of a small New York City hotel where her unemployed lawyer brother hangs out a shingle and an opinionated Iranian handyman keeps things lively. Some Interest: Stereotypical characters and jokes that can be racially and politically charged may be insulting to some or just plain funny to others. The topical humor may get a mixed reception depending on which side of the political fence the viewer is on. - "Happy Family," Tuesdays, 8:30-9 p.m. EDT. ' Christine Baranski and John Larroquette star as soon-to-be empty-nesters who find their three adult children may not have turned out as well as they thought. Now they end up seeing them more often than when the kids were living at home. Holds Promise: The writing .is

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WASHINGTON (CNS) Pope John Paul II's new book of . Meanwhile, another new NEW YORK (CNS) - ABC is adding three poetic meditations is now on sale book related to Pope John Paul more law-enforcement related dramas to its primein more than 400 Catholic book- was named "the pick of the time lineup this fall, which, with the exception of stores and other venues across the crop" among tributes com- "The Practice" and its news magazines, makes country. memorating the pope's 25th an- ABC's serious programs all about cops and rob"The Poetry of John Paul 11- niversary by Publishers Weekly. bers. Roman Triptych: Meditations" "John Paul II: A Light for the Although ABC has no outstanding new programcontains three poetic meditations World" contains ISO-word per- ming, its lineup is not bad, with the exception of by the pope on God as the begin- sonal remembrances from sev- one sitcom which, with its slightly divisive storyline ning and the eral Church about gay fathers, may stir up some debate, or simending of huleaders and ply fade away because of subpar writing. man life and on 'The Poetry ofJohn Paul several 400ABC's new fall series at a glance: the beginning ,,- Roman Triptych: Medi- word essays - "10-8," Sundays, 8-9 p.m. EDT. and the ending on themes Action drama about a Brooklyn-born rookie cop of his own pon- tations" contains three po- such as sexual in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. etic meditations by the abuse in the ti ficate. Some Interest: A bit heavy-handed on the police These are the pope on God as the begin- priesthood, fraternity side with all the teasing and harassing the first poems by ning and the ending of hu- human rights, established cops give the newbies, but if writers can the pope pub- man life and on the begin- the death pen- even out the balance between comedy and drama, lished during ning and the ending of his alty, labor and it may find an audience. his papacy, said racism. It also - ''I'm With Her," Tuesdays, 8:30-9 p.m. EDT. an announce- own pontificate. has photos Sitcom about the kismet romance between a ment from the spanning the humble high school teacher and a curvy Hollywood U.S. bishops' Department of pope's reign and an introduction movie star. Communications in Washington. by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Holds Promise: Good'writing and chemistry beThe book - which features Annan. tween the leads, but the writers have left no room full-color artwork from the Casa "This coffee-table book, with for romantic tension by establishing the couple in Buonarotti and Albertina Mu- memorable full-color images by the first episode, and fish-out-of-water scenarios seum and several pages of the official Vatican photographers may tire soon. pope's original handwritten text and reflections by many people - "It's All Relative," Wednesdays, 8:30-9 p.m. - is being published by USCCB who have had personal encoun- EDT. Publishing, the publishing arm of ters with John Paul, may be the Sitcom in which opposites attract as an Irishthe U.S. bishops. pick of the crop," the publish- Catholic young man falls for an upper-crust Harvard The book is available in En- ing industry trade magazine gal who's been raised by two gay men. glish (100,000 copies) and in wrote. Problematic: Teetering on the edge of caricature Spanish (25,000 copies). "A Light for the World" is for both sets of parental characters (one as bullyInformation on how to order published by Sheed & Ward and ing, headstrong Irish Catholics and the other as "The Poetry of John Paul II has been produced in conjunc- snippy gay men), the show condones the homo. Roman Triptych: Meditations" tion with the USCCB. The book sexual lifestyle while eliciting laughter from hodirectly from the USCCB is avail- is scheduled for publication in mophobic jokes and put-downs of blue-collar workable on the conference Website at: mid-September. ers.





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smart, insightful and a few times even laugh-out-Ioud funny. Baranski and Larroquette have a convincing relationship. The sLipporting characters, however, need to be better fleshed out, and the mature situations do not make it family fare despite the show's name. - "Coupling," Thursdays, 9:30-10 p.m. EDT. Sitcom about six thirtysomething singles who are either involved, formerly involved, or looking to become involved with one another, and basically just "hang out." Sound familiar? . Don't Bother: Aside from the wall-to-wall sex talk that is supposed to pass for witty repartee, the pilot's blatant rip-off of a "Seinfeld" episode is just one example of how this "Friends" replacement-hopeful sinks to new' lows in its quest to imitate the edgier cable TV shows with its coarse atti,ude toward sex. Based on a BBClHartswood Films series. - "Miss Match," Fridays, 89 p.m. EDT. Drama about a young divorce lawyer (Alicia Silverstone) who has a knack for matchmaking despite her profession. Good Bet: The show takes a refreshingly pleasant look at·finding true love, and Silverstone's charm and infectious smile help hide the program's few flaws.




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51. Vincent de Paul members urged to greater advocacy efforts ATLANTA (CNS) , - Advo- primarily in one-on-one encacy must occupy a greater por- counters in private homes. "Adtion of the attention of members . vocacy has always been part of of the Society of St. Vincent de our mission," said national exPaul, the organization's na- ecutive director Roger Playwin. tionalleaders said at their 89th "Historically, it has been national meeting September 3- one-on-one: Mrs. Jones is get7 in Atlanta. ting her water shut off, so we "We'know the poor," said intervene with the .water comnational president Gene Smith pany. We never spent as much in his state of the society ad- energy on policy advocacy as ,dress September 4, "and we we are now." hear their needs firsthand." The society is uniquely positioned Montie Plumbing to address the challenges of & Heating Co. speaking with and for them "to Over 35 Years try to change policies that reof Satisfied Services flect negatively on them," he Reg. Master Plumber 7023 said. JOSEPH RAPOSA, JR. The organization has more 432 JEFFERSON STREET than 100,000 volunteers who FALL RIVER 508-675-7496 ACTRESS JENNIFER O'Neill, spokeswoman for the "Silent No More" campaign, speaks served 14.5 million'poor people out against abortion in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington September 10. She last fiscal year, but they did it

and other women who have had abortions gathered at the court building as part of an ongoing project to raise the awareness of the harmful effects of abortion on women and families. The campaign is a joint effort by the National Organization of Episcopalians for Life and Priests for Life. (CNS photo by Paul Haring)


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cappella rendition of "Amazing CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE Grace" at the end of the proWASHINGTON Ten gram, told Catholic News Serwomen, including actresses Jen- vice that she joined the Cathonifer O'Neill and Melba Moore, lic' Church last year, and is a stood in front of the U.S. Su- member of Holy Cross Parish preme Court September 10 to in New York City. urge women who are thinking She was introduced during about having an abortion to re- the program as having had "several" abortions. "I've been consider. All 10 women had undergone healed," she told CNS. Moore added, "Africanan abortion - some of them multiple abortions - and testi- Americans used to know it was fied to their post-abortion re- a terrible thing to kill your children. But nobody talks about, grets. The. women's appearance was it" now. She said she would continue part of a new campaign, Silent No More Awareness, to help to promote post-abortion healwomen with post-abortion heal- ing for women: "I'm too mature ing. The campaign also asks pas- a born-again Christian to sit tors to conduct services in their back." churches to promote healing for O'Neill, the 2003 recipient women who have had abortions. of the Proudly Pro-Life Award The campaign is jointly spon- from the National Right to Life sored by the Catholic organiza- Committee, said acting roles tion Priests for Life and the Na- for her have been more sparse tional Organization of Episcopa- "since I fell in love with Jesus lians for Life, known as NOEL. Christ. That was 15 years ago. There is a. Website, http:// There's not much room in lywood for those who profess with information on the cam- their love for Jesus Christ." paign, as well as a toll-free teleDuring the program, phone number, 800-395-4357, to O'Neill said she had her abor- ' help women in crisis pregnancies. tion at age 22 or 23 after her The toll-free line is operated then-fiance "went ballistic" by the National Network of upon learning she was pregPregnancy Centers and refers nant. O'Neill had one child at people in crisis pregnancies to the time, but said she suffered nine miscarriages after the a pregnancy center near them. Priests for Life associate di- abortion. "With every miscarrector Janet Morana and NOEL riage I had, I felt I was being national director Georgette punished," she added. "If you're considering an Forney, co-founders of the campaign, called for the devel- abortion," O'Neill said, "talk to opment of a wide-ranging study someone who's had one." Missy Smith of Washington, to measure the after-effects of who said she had two abortions abortion on women. Moore, who sa'ng an a and six children, said she "just

crumbled" when she learned in the late 1990s of what she called "trafficking in> baby parts" - abortionists selling organs and other parts of aborted fetuses to hospitals and research facilities. Smith founded WAKEUP - Women Against the Killing and Exploitation of Unwanted Persons to combat this. "All of us (who have had abortions) know the sex of our child. Many of us have even named them," Smith said. Until mothers who have undergone abortions meet their unborn children in heaven, she added, "we shall always feel unrequited." Anita Reyes of Santa Fe, N.M., became pregnant II days after marrying her husband. She carried the child to term. But when the boy, now a seminarian, was eight months old, she became pregnant again and by then knew her husband was abusive. Fighting back tears as she told her story, Reyes said she had an abortion two days before Mother's Day in 1978. Afterward, "I tried killing myself three times," she said, because of the guilt she suffered. She and her husband divorced. At a church healing service a few 'years ago, Reyes said, she saw Jesus walking toward her. "He looked into my soul and said, 'I forgive you,'" she said. She ultimately found the courage to tell her seminarian son about the abortion. "I know that God does not throwaway his gifts," Reyes said. "All of us have a little .saint in heaven."




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Archbishop of Canterbury to meet with pope, at Vatican By CINDY WOODEN CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE


VATICAN CITY - Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, will have his first meeting with Pope John Paul II in early ' October at the Vatican. The October 4 meeting, which was organized immediately after Archbishop Williams' February 27 enthronement, coincides with a service at which the archbishop formally will install English Bishop John Flack as his new representative to the Vatican and director of the Anglican Center in Rome. Archbishop Williams' October 2-5 visit to Rome and to the Vatican will take place less than two weeks before a gathering he has convoked of the primates who head the 38 churches that make up the Anglican Communion. The archbishop called the meeting following the August 5 election of th,e Rev. Gene Robinson as th~ Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, making him the first openly gay man to be elected head of a diocese belonging to the Anglican Communion.

The election was controversial within the U.S. Episcopal Church as well as within the Anglican Communion; some leaders expressed fears of a schism. Archbishop Williams called the October 15-16 meeting of the Anglican primates to aiscuss ways to "preserve our respect for one another and for the bonds that unite us." , While a Vatican official said "the present tensions within the Anglican Communion" would be discussed at meetings between , Archbishop Williams and members of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, "the visit is first and foremost an opportunity for Archbishop Williams to meet the Holy Father and members of the council." Bishop Flack said the meeting was planned as an occasion for the pope and the archbishop "to get to know each other, rather than as a discussion of one particular issue." . "It would be wholly misleading to bill it as a discussion of current tensions within the Angli-~ can Communion," Bishop Flack said. "What will come up at the meeting; we do not kno~."

AN AFGHAN girl named Frozan, three, stands by the door of her house, recently destroyed by police in Kabul who said it was built illegally. The United Nations said it was concerned about the forced evictions of a group of Afghans, in Kabul and the bulldozing of their homes by police, apparently to make way for houses for government officials. (CNS photo from Reuters)

CUBAN WOMEN touch the glass encasing the statue of the Virgin of Gharity of Cobre il,1 Havana after it was carried in procession through the capital of Cuba on her feast day, September 8. The Virgin attracts widespread devotion among Cubans as the country's patron. The origins of this representation of Mary holding the, Christ Child date back to 1608, when workers found a'small statue floating in the waters of the Bay of Nipe. On its base was written: "I am the Virgin of Charity." The statue was taken to the village of EI Cobre. Many believe it to be miraculous. (CNS photo from Reuters)

Cuban bishops seek national dialogue, criticize repression HAVANA (CNS) - The Cuban bishops have criticized government repression of dissidents and asked for a national dialogue based on the hopes and realities of the people rather than on "MarxistLeninist ideology." A 14-page statement asked for clemency for the 75 dissidents who were given long prison sentences earlier this year and rebuked the government for executing three people after summary trials. The three had hijacked a boat in an effort to flee Cuba. The bishops also asked for greater religious freedom, including freedom to establish a school system, access t9 government-controlled media and greater participation by Catholic l~ty in public life. ' The statement was made public 'September 9 and dated September 8, the feast of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre, Cuba's patroness. News reports said the government allowed ,outdoor processions by Catholics to honor the patroness in some parts of the country; but not in others. . Although the statement criticized the government, the, document steered clear of supporting dissident groups or programs. It said the Churc~ has a right to participate in discussion of political issues to promote human and civil rights while remaining neutral in partisan politics. The Church does not support specific political projects but believes that citizens should be free to choose which programs to support, it said.

This neutrality is important because "some hope that the Church would become an opposition party and others that it would allow itself to be tamed by the polidcal regime in power," it said. The statement criticized efforts to maJ.1ipulate groups within the Church "to carry out a political role" foreign to the Church's mission or to develop "a type of men, tality which conceives theology as an instrument of liberation in this world (and) which aims to achieve, social changes through confrontation." The government's harsh measures against dissidents "have , closed down the road to freedom of expression and understanding among Cubans," it said. Pope John Paul II's 1998 trip raised hopes of a more open, tolerant and pluralistic society, but the government has dashed those hopes, it said. ' Instead there is "an increasing return to the language and method~ belonging to the early years of the revolution" in which society was ruled by the state ideology, it said. The ideological treatment of problems "makes difficult the possibility of critical dialogue," it said. The country needs a new "civil . ethic" marked by an "open culture" that seeks to narrow the gap between "the realities and hopes of citizens," it said. As an example of the ideologi,cal approach to society, the statement said that the bishops' normal channel to the government is

through.a religious affairs office that is a part of the Communist Party structure and not a government agency. The statement said the bishops remain firm in their plans to foster a "constructive and reconciling dialogue" that would include Cubans who have fled the island. The bishops are aware that their proposal "is not well received 'by the nation's authorities and by some Cubans living outside the country," it said. Regarding Church-state issues, the statement said the bishops are ready to negotiate with the govern'mentto loosen religious restrictions. The statement asks for permission to build new churches, for a , greater number of foreign priests and religious to work in Cuba, for greater access to the media and for permission to develop an educational system. Catholic laity must be allowed to fully participate in the nation's labor, professional and political life, it said, alluding to discrimination against believers in public life. The statement came during a prolonged period of problems for the government of Fidel Castro. The U.S. economic embargo and falling sugar prices have increased domestic poverty. A developing civic movement seeks economic and political reforms through a ~ferendum. Castro's repression of dissidents has drawn widespread criticism from world political and religious leaders, increasing the country's international isolation.

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CARDINAL EDWARD M. Egan blesses a large "bell of remembrance" outside St. Peter's Church in lower Manhattan on the second anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. The fateful day of September 11 was marked around the globe with remembrances, services and prayers. The bell at St. Peter's tolled more than 2,800 times recalling those who perished in the attacks. (CNS photo by Chris Sheridan) Editor's note: the following tribute to the victims of September 11, 2001 was written by 94year-old Mildred Allen of Falmouth, a long-time parishioner of St. Patrick's Parish, Falmouth.

Massacre of the Innocents The sky high giants

Time, and time, and time again

Came crashing down

Courageous and selfless women and men

Tower One -

Tower Two

We cried in horror

Saving the trapped from being doomed I They themselves become entombed.

This can't be true

The world around us mourned and wept

While evil laughed and fixed his crown.

We who live on -

owe them a great debt

Today our nation grieves anew

Their suffering and sacrifice

As it returns, again to view

We can never repay

This sad and holy place

Bravery and honor rode high that day.

We pray in silence -

it has God's Grace.

We must strive mightily to right this wrong

Unsung heroes and volunteers

Prove love of country is

Police and firemen without peers

As true and as strong

From far and near in many ranks

Evil will one day be buried in hell

We owe them all our boundless thanks.

The world will then ring every Liberty Bell.

Brewster God's way of remaining anonymous. September II is most significant because of the destruction of the World Trade Towers representing death and chaos; and the erection of our steeple and the cross, representing hope and life. One needs to remember the religious significance of the Gospel message of death and resurrection." Completion of the new church is scheduled for November. Plans for the new church began in 1998. The original church building, constructed in 1963, was no longer adequate for the growing parish. In 1963 there were 250 families in the parish compared to the most recent numbers of 2,500 families plus summer visitors. The new church will seat 850, . 300 more than its predecessor, and will have additional parking

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and other facilities, including an elevator. While the building itself is new, it remains faithful to the original architectural design of the 1963 edifice and to Cape CodNew England traditions. The stained glass windows and other church dec,orations will speak of various Cape Cod elements: the ocean, lakes, woodlands, fish, and shells. From these elements, four main symbols will be incorporated in the design: fish - a first-century symbol of Christ; scallop shells - a symbol of faith and baptism; La Salette cross - symbol of salvation and logo of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette who founded the parish in 1961 and continue to staff it; and a pineapple - Gape Cod symbol of welcome and hospitality.

Much of the work on the church has been delegated to local artisans. The baptismal font and water fonts were designed and cast in bronze in nearby Truro; wood carvings are being sculptured in Sandwich; and a table and other furnishings are being built at other Cape Cod locations. Richard Jones of Rockland, Mass., is the archit~ct and Travi Construction of Norwell, Mass., is the general contractor. On future anniversaries of the tragedies of September II, people will remember the heavy loss of life and the despair that followed, and the faith community of Our Lady of the Cape in Brewster will also recall the raising of their parish steeple and cross and the joy that followed - and the Gospel message of death and resurrection.

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he wears even today under his white pontifical robes. As a teen-ager he dedicated his life to her during a visit to the Marian shrine at Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, Poland. As a theologian, he wrote about Mary as a mother figure who could unite all people. As a bishop and later as pope, he chose as his motto ''Totus Tuus, " Latin for "completely yours," and addressed it to Mary. When elected pope in 1978, he spoke of Mary in his first speech, saying he had accepted the office of the papacy in a spirjt of humility to Christ and in '.'complete trust in his most holy mother, the Madonna." . As pope, he dedicated the world to Mary during a specially proclaimed Marian year, traveled to Marian shrines around the globe, and wrote an encyclical exalting Mary's place in the Church. He began leading the rosary on the first Saturday of each month at the Vatican. During a jubilee year ceremony in 2000 with bishops from around the globe, he renewed his entrustment of the world to Mary's care. After he was shot and seriously wounded May 13, 1981 - the feast of Our Lady of Fatima - he thanked Mary for having guided the bullet and saved his life. His certainty that he owed his life to Mary became clearer when he ordered the third secret of Fatima published in 2000; it spoke ofa "bishop in white" falling down in a hail of gunfire, which Vatican officials said could be interpreted as referring to the assassination attempt. The pope beatified two of the three Fatima children whose visions of Mary in 1917 included the three secrets. In 2002, he went to Mexico to canonize Juan Diego, the visionary of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The pope has called Marian shrines worldwide a ~'geography of the faith," and he's made an effort to visit


them in each of his foreign travels. Rarely does a day of public activities go by in which the pope does not mention Mary or her role in the Church. In 1995, he began a series of weekly audience talks on the Virgin; it lasted more than two years. At that time, the pope's high praise for Mary and his statement that "Mary's place is highest after Christ" prompted speculation that he might be preparing to name Mary "corredemptrix" (co-redeemer). At the Vatican's request, an international theological commission studied that question in 1996 and unanimously voted against such a move. The pope accepted the recommen- . dation. Marianist Father Johann G. Roten; director of the International Marian Research Institute at the University ofDayton, Ohio, said the pope's personal devotion to Mary also has helped spark a Church-wide grassroots revival of classical devotions that fell out of favor in the immediate aftermath of the Second Vatican Council. Father Roten said the pope's 1987 encyclical, "Redemptoris Mater" ("Mother of the Redeemer"), has had "quite an impact" on Marian theological studies, particularly because of its emphasis on the human and maternal presence of Mary in the Church. In contrast to some past interpretations of Mary as a more abstract "mirror image ofChrist," the encyclical describes her as a fellow believer "who reacts to Jesus Christ in loving obedience" and thus is a "model of faith" for all believers, Father Roten said. He also noted that over the years the pope has adopted the phrase "entrustment" to Mary rather than using the more traditional word "consecration." This is a conscious decision to use a word that has more personal overtones, Father Roten said.

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will lead the delegation from our diocese. It will be a joyful, reverent and peaceful afternoon." Parishioners from across the diocese can sign up for a reserved seat ~s transportation is being arranged by each parish. Details will be available in the parish bulletins. Those who cannot make the peaceful and family-centered walk, which begins at Boston Common, are asked to consider sponsoring a w,illker. Last year, the diocese received $2,000 from the walk, much-needed revenue for the mission of the Pro-Life Apostolate here. "Any amount you are able to donate would be a great support both for the walkers on that day and for the work of the diocese throughout the year," a bulletin from the Pro-Life Apostolate noted. Donations may be made to Pro-Life Committee members in the parishes. Bishop Coleman will be the concelebrant at an 11 a.m., Mass on October 5, which is Respect

Life Sunday, at which Boston Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., will. be the principal celebrant. The Mass, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington Street, Boston, will inaugurate the celebrations. Those intending to make the walk may want to modify their routine in order to attend the Mass. It was also announced that the Apostolate will host an Awards Dinner November 20 in the Whaler Restaurant at New Bedford's Days Inn, at which the John Cardinal O'Connor Award for Support ofthe Gospel Of Life, will be presented. The speaker at the dinner will be Hadley Arkes, the Edward Ney Professor of American Institutes at Amherst College. In inviting all to join in the march, he said, "Let us all pray for increased respect for the dignity of human life, created and redeemed by God. Every human life has its origin in the heart of God!"

Friday, September 19, 2003

Diocesan schools among those receiving funds for disadvantaged students

THE 13TH annual Thomas P. Keyes Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament was held recently at Fall River Country Club. The event remembers Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River, graduate Tommie Keyes. Above, from left: Edward Keyes, Jennifer Currier Tavares, Mary Jane Keyes, Principal James McNamee, Rebecca Honohan and Andrew Rego. At left, Eddie Keyes with Bishop Connolly Alumni Director Anne Marie Fayan.

~ STUDENTS FROM Coyle and Cassidy High School, Taunton, wer.e all smiles as they started the school year recently.

BOSTON - The Parents Alli- their local public school districts, ance for Catholic Education re- Catholic schools will be able to cently announced the award of access instrumental materials, more than $4 million in federal education technology and specialmoney over the next six years to ized t,eaching training," said Steve assist Massachusetts Catholic Perla, executive director of schools in ensuring that disadvan- PACE. "All of that· will enhance taged students are reading profi- the reading outcomes for our eliciently by the end of the third grade. gible students." Catholic schools in the Diocese At the behest of PACE, the of Fall ~ver receiving assistance states' Department of Education are: 'Holy Trinity School, Espirito has set aside an annual amount of Santo School, Notre Dame School Reading First funding for all eliand St. Anne School, in Fall River, gible non-public schools and this and Our Lady of Lourdes School new system creates two funding in Taunton. . streams in each district. This unThe finds have be made avail- precedent'ed arrangement makes able through the federal Reading it easier for Catholic schools to First Program established under . access and best utilize the federal the No Child Left Behind Act of funds to which they are entitled 200r and administered in the under law. Commonwealth by the state De·Catholic schools, including partment of Education. In mak- those in the Fall River diocese, are ing this award, priority has been· now better able to address the ingiven to public school districts dividual learning needs of their and non-public schools with high most vulnerable youngsters. concentrations of disadvantaged Thirty-two Catholic schools will students who need improvement be among those served by this . in reading. program in the 2003-04 school ,"Working cooperatively with year.

RYAN MCAULIFFE of Norton displays the trophy he won as International Champion of this year's Knights of Columbus 2003 Free Throw Basketball Competition. He registered the highest score among 180,000 young people. From left: Thomas M. Ledbetter, Barbara McAuliffe, Chad McAuliffe, Norm Corriveau, Ryan and Timothy McAuliffe.

Diocesan yout.h named International Champion ~ STUDENTS gather books for' a morning class. The school is one of four Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Fall River.

NORTON - Ryan McAuliffe M. Ledbetter and Grand Knight was recently declared the Inter- Norm Corriveau of St. Mary's national Champion by the Council No. 11690 of Norton, folKnights of Columbus in its annual . lowing the ceremony of installing Free Throw Basketball Competi- K of C State Officers. tion. He took first place after regThe Knights conduct the Free istering the highest score among Throw Competition each year for some 180,000 young men and boys and girls ages 10-14. The women in the United States and results from the state and provinCanada. cial contests are forwarded to the The Knights of Columbus Knights of Columbus Supreme Championship Trophy was pre- 'CouncilOffice in New Haven, . sented to McAuliffe by the Mas- Conn., where the international sachusetts St~te Deputy Thomas winner is determined.











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When your parents divorce By M. REGINA CRAM CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE It was a day of blistering heat, so we ate dinner on the porch, not that it was any cooler out there. I was 17 and not especially interested in my parents' lives. Still, I did notice'that my father was eerily quiet at the table. After a few minutes of awkward chitchat, dad cleared his' throat, said something about how he no longer wanted to be married to my mother and walked out. We listened as he climbed the stairs and packed his things. An hour later, my father was gone. The next two years were a blur of divorce proceedings that changed our comfortable lives. My sisters and I hated that our parents were living in separate towns, in separate homes, in separate worlds. It was weird visiting my dad in an apartment, and eventually there were new spouses with stepfamilies and stephouses. Very weird. Life at home was ' strange, too. My younger sister became angry and rebellious. Money was tighter than ever before, and sometimes I cried for no reason. I missed hearing my parents' laughter. Many years have passed since that sweltering day, but it's still hard. I wish I could tell you it's not, but I'd be lying. The hurt has softened though, and the anger is gone. Maybe I've just learned to live with it. In a lot of ways I was lucky. My childhood was full of neighborhood kickball games and family outings and tons of laughter. The arguments didn't start till I was in high school, and even then my parents were careful to not bad-mouth each other. Lots of kids don't have those

advantages. But no matter how it happens, divorce shatters lives. In the early days of the divorce, my friends were my lifeline. They listened to me over and over again as I cried about my hurts, and they picked up the pieces when I fell apart. I thank God for them. My parents helped too, which must have been hard since they had hurts of their own. My mom taught me to of be resilient, not brittle. Dad showed me how to forgive. My sisters made me laugh again. I've talked with a lot of teens who have lived through their parents' divorces, and they always talk about feeling like it was their fault. They usually say that it helped to talk with their parents about it. And they say it takes time to heal. It does take time to heal. Not long ago my parents came for a visit that I thought might feel awkward. I needn't have worried. As I mashed the potatoes for dinner that first night, my parents sat in the next room reminiscing about old times. The stories started to pour out, and they began to laugh, starting softly and then exploding into rolling waves. It was just like they used to laugh, and it transported me back to a world when our family was whole. I wanted that moment to last forever. It didn't last forever, but it made me look at my parents with new appreciation for who they are, rather than only for what we have lost. It made me realize how much we have healed. And it reminded me that even though God had not taken away our problems, he had ,been accompanying us on the journey.

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PASTORAL COUNCIL co-chairmen Lawrence Bucci and Billy Larson flank Bishop Michael Saltarelli at his office in Wilmington, Del. The bishop recently appointed Larson, 17, to help lead the diocese's lay advisory board. (eNS photo by Don Blake, The Dialog)

:Teen named to co-chair bishop's pastoral council in WilDlington By JANE HARRIMAN CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE WILMINGTON, Del. - In a move that diocesan officials say could be a model for other U.S. dioceses, Wilmington ,Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli has appointed a 17 -year-old high school senior as co-chairman of his pastor~1 council, the bishop's highest lay advisory board. In announcing the appointment of Billy Larson, a senior at ArchmereAcademy in Claymont, the bishop said that having a young person as a leader "in an adult context, on the most important lay advisory board to the bishop. makes a statement that there is a place for the young; they don't have to wait for tomorrow." Diocesan officials believe Larson is the only young person in the country to help lead a bis~op's pastoral council and Larson hopes his appointment will inspire other young people to participate more in the Church. "My generation is very spiritual," he said. "but some look at faith as a connection with God an~ not necessarily with Church. That's halfway. But we have such a strong connection to God tha~ it is something the Church can use." As the council's name implies, the group advises the bishop on pastoral matters in the diocese, as opposed to tackling administrative issues. In addition to the bishop and diocesan chancellor, the counci I has 15 members, in-

cluding two diocesan priests, one religious priest and two sisters. Larson is also about to begin a term on the pastoral council of his parish, St. Mary Magdalen in Wilmington, but the inclusion of young people in parish leadership positions is more often the exception rather than the rule. Nothing in diocesan or parish policy discourages such participation, however, said Bishop Saltarelli, and he would like others to follow the diocese's lead. "My hope is that we will be a model," he told The Dialog. Wilmington's diocesan ~ewspa足 per. He said that in some of his early discussions as bishop of Wilmington he heard that some young people felt disenfranchised by the Church. "I shared that I had always had youth representatives on my parish councils when I was a pastor - and the light went on," the bishop said. Before long. a youth representative was added to the bishop's pastoral council. And, according to the bishop, "the youth report has seemed to be a highlight of our meetings, very articulate and honest." Lawrence Bucci, who has been chairman of the pastoral council since 1998 and will now share that role with Larson, agreed. He said having young people on the council is "nothing but a positive" and that the youth members frequently have great questions.


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which motivates the other council members. On the diocesan council, a youth representative reports on programs and activities in parishes, schools or Catholic Youth Ministry and gives an opinion on issues the bishop presents for review or on matters brought up by other council members. One of the persistent concerns in dioceses throughout the country is that young people drop out of religious education or stop attending church after they are confirmed or go away to college. "I've long said young people leave the Church not because they are bored or rebellious but because they are not invited to stay," said Patrick Donovan, the diocese's director of youth ministry. He hopes Larson's appointment is seen as an invitation to young people. Larson said questioning the faith is part of growing up and something that young people shouldn't be discouniged .from. "We want to get information for ourselves and then make up our own minds," he added. Given that respect and leeway, he believes most of his peers will decide to adhere to the faith and the Church. Larson, who wiII be 18 in November, is a state champion tennis player who hopes to go to Dartmouth College, major in political science and then possibly go to law school.






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

St. Anne's Parish, New Bedford


NEW BEDFORD - The history of St. Anne's Parish has its foundations in St. Hyacinth Parish which was formed from the southern part of Sacred Heart Parish in September of 1888, to care for the rapidly growing FrenchCanadian families. In October, 1904, Father Antoine Berube, who had founded St. Hyacinth's, purchased for $5,200 a large lot bounded by Brock Avenue and Ruth, Salisbury and David streets. It was his intention to build a school on the property for children of St. Hyacinth's who lived in the city's South End. The two-story school, St. Jean Baptiste de LaSalle; was blessed . by Bishop William Stang on Dec. 18,1905. Within a year 160 children reflected the burgeoning number of French-speaking families in the area. The school was staffed by the Sisters of the Hqly Cross and Seven Dolors. In April, 1906, a delegation of residents approached Bishop Stang with the proposal to have a Mass celebrated each Sunday in a chapel on the school's second floor. It increased to two Masses the following year. The parish census of 1907 made it clear to Father Berube that it was time to divide St. Hyacinth's Parish. He

brought his concerns to Bishop Daniel A. Feehan who founded St. Anne's Parish on July 18, 1908. Four days later Father Orner Valois'arrived from 路Notre Dame de Lourdes Parish in Fall River to become the first pastor. Religious societies were formed: Enfants de Marie for the unmarried women, Les Dames de Saint Anne for the married women, Ligue du Sacre Coeur for men and teen boys, Societe Sainte Agnes for younger girls, Societe Saint Louis de Gonsague for boys, and the funerary society of the Union des Prieres. The. St. Vincent de Paul Society followed and later Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. That there was enough people for all these groups is attested toby the parish census of 1908: 245 families, 1,161 persons. By 1912 the parish listed 465 families and 2,340 parishioners. . The Canadian migration was . slowing by this time and more of the new members of the parish were coming from France and Alsace. However, one more important migrant came from Canada to make a lasting presence. In June, 1911, the founder of credit unions in Canada visited New Bedford arid influenced Father Valois to establish such an institution.

A charter was granted on Aug. 3, 1911, and Saint Anne Credit Union was founded. It eventually became a community rather than just a p垄sh organization. Pastors following Father Valois included, Father Napoleon Messier, Father lE. Theodule Giguere, Father Armand Levasseur and Father Roland Boule. A new brick church, of Georgian colonial design to meet parish needs with an 800- seat c;apacity, was dedicated by Bishop Cassidy on July 15, 1948. A new rectory was compl~ted in 1962. The school closed in 1977. Today parts of the building are used as a drop-in center for children of working parents, and by various self-help groups. Today, there is very little of a French presence in the parish and all the liturgical services in the parish are in English. Any protracted conversations in the neighborhood are in Portuguese or Spanish, or the language of a new immigrant population. The current pastor is Father Martin L. Boute. The deacon is Marcel G. Morency. The rectory is located at 890 Brock Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02744. It can be reached by telephone at 508997-9271, or by FAX at 520-8321896.


St. Hedwig's Parish, New Bedford NEW BEDFORD St. 'Hedwig's Parish was organized in October, 1908. Prior to that, all the Polish residents of New Bedford were communicants of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in the city's North End. Father Edward A. Uminski, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, was full of apostolic zeal for souls. In 1906 he purchased a tract of land on the southeast comer of Delano and Second streets and supervised construction of the first church for the convenience of the Polish immigrants in the South End. Father Uminski and his assistant, Father John Mard, commuted to serve the little church. The mission church was made a parish in 1908, named S1. Hedwig's and Father Mard became the first pastor, serving until October, 1909. Father Stanislaus Basinski was the next pastor and when he returned to Poland in 1912, Father Francis A. 'Mrozinski succeeded him and acquired a rectory at County and Jouvette streets. It was moved to the south side of the street and land to its east was purchased for a new church. Although ground for the new

edifice was broken in 1928, unemployment and the Depression forced its postponement. Following the death of Father Mrozinski, Father Norbert Zonca, OFM Conv., pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, was appointed administrator of S1. Hedwig's. In 1951 Bishop James L. Connolly invited the Conventual Franciscan Fathers to administer the parish, and Father Stanislaus Kozikowski, OFM, Conv., was named pastor. He conducted a census, led decorating of the outside and interior of St. Hedwig's, and made alterations and improvements to the church basement for use in parochial activities. Subsequent pastors included Father Edwin Agonis, OFM Conv.; Father Emil Tokarz, OFM Conv.; Father John Bambol, OFM Conv.; Father George Roskawitalski, OFM Conv.; Father Chester Kicia, OFM Conv.; and Father Sebastian Slesinski, OFM Conv. A new church was built on Division Street between Acushnet Avenue and South Second Street and dedicated Nov. 12, 1961. When the Franciscan Friars decided to leave St. Hedwig's in

1992, the parish was attached to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish and its administrative offices moved there. On July 31,1993, Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., established a formal, canonical parish for the Hispanic Catholic Community in the New Bedford Area and named it the Parish of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and stipulated that it was to share the facilities of St. Hedwig's Parish. Father Paul E. Canuel was appointed the first pastor of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. The former rectory is currently the convent for the missionary sisters Misioneras Guadalupanos de Espiritu Santo, who carry out the Spanish Apostolate in the Fall River diocese. Father Ramon Dominguez is currently the parochial administrator of St. Hedwig's and Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. The church is at 73 Division Street, P.O. Box 40605, New Bedford, MA 027440006. S1. Hedwig's can be reached by telephone at 508-9968703; and Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe at 508-996-5862. Both parishes may be reached by FAX at 508-992-2208.



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