BUSY SUNDAY: At Sunday's Mass of thanksgiving marking diamond jubilee of St. Mary's Cathedral consecration, from left, Msgr. Robert L. Stanton; retired Bishop James J. Gerrard; Bishop Daniel A. Cronin; retired Bishop James L. Connolly; Msgr. Arthur W. Tansey; Msgr. John J. Regan.
Msgr. Stanton, Bishop Gerrard, Msgr. Tansey are former Cathedral rectors, Msgr. Regan is present rector. Right, at Catechetical Sunday program at Bishop Stang High School, Rev. James Prest, OP, main speaker with Sister Rita Pelletier, SSJ, associate religious education director.
Candlelight Ceremony On Columbus Holiday Bishop Daniel A. Cronin will preside and be principal celebrant at a diocesan-wide candlelight procession and outdoor Mass on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 11. A similar event last year, with the primary purpose of supporting the cause of justice and peace in Portugal,
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CCD Day, Cathedral Rites Add Up to Busy Sunday A highly successful workshop at Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth, plus a Mass of thanksgiving and a gala banquet, marking the diamond jubilee of the consecration of St. Mary's Cathedral, added up last Sunday to an event-packed beginning of the fall season for the diocese. Following a keynote address by Bishop Cronin, the workshop offered 36 small group sessions, many repeated for the benefit of the participants. They covered such topics as children of divorced parents, family religious education, retreats for confirmands, community outreach for teens and the particular problems of retarded children. Children from Buzzards Bay offered
a First Communion class 'demonstration, and a slide and prayer presentation prepared and taped by eighth graders on the theme of freedom demonstrated Turn to Page Thirteen
First Fridians Seek Members In a day of increased complexity, the Fall River diocese bo~sts of a club that's been going strong for over 30 years and is elegant in its simplicity. It's the First Friday Club of Fall River and members have issued the following statement' on its activities and structure. Turn to Page Twelve
Bishop Names Four Priests To Positions
'Most Rev. Daniel A. Cronin, S.T.D., Bishop of Fall River, today announced the assignment of two priests to social service and education posts and also two priests to parish ministries. Rev. Thomas L. Rita, Assistant Director of the Office of Social Services and Special Apostolates, will also serve as Diocesan Pro路Life Coordinator and 'Director of Diocesan Respect Life Progr/lm. Rev. Maurice' R. Jeffrey, Priest:Instructor at Bishop Gerrard High School in Fall River, will also serve as Chaplain to Bristol Community College. ,Rev. David Belliveau, S.J., has been appointed as Assistant Pastor at St. Patrick Parish, Fall River, effective Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1976. Rev. Paul McDonald, O.S.B., Turn to Page Three
drew 20,000 to participate in a tion for the suppression of Commarch from St. Mary's Cathe- munism and for all peoples opdral, Fall River, to Kennedy pressed by it. These were the Park, and an additional 10,000 principal requests made by the to attend Mass and recite the . Blessed Mother at Fatima. On this bicentennial year, also, it rosary at the park. This year's event will continue will pay public tribute to Mary, the emphasis on justice and the heavl'lnly patroness of our peace and will honor the 59th country." Representatives of virtually anniversary of the final appearance of Mary at Fatima, Portu- every parish in the diocese are gal, said Msgr. Luiz G. Mendon- expected to participate in the ca, diocesan Vicar-General and procession, which will begin at coordinator for the Columbus 6 p.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral, moving west on Spring Street to Day program. South Main, thence south to "It will be a penitential act," he said, "to pray for the conver- Kennedy Park. sion of sinners, to offer reparaTurn to Page Nine
Bishop Challenges Priests, Religious and Laity In the keynote address at the Diocesan Enrichment Day held on "Catechetical Sunday", Sept. 19, Bishop Cronin challenged clergy, Religious and laity of parish communities throughout the Diocese to make their Faith "come alive" in programs of religious instruction. Several hundred religious educators from all sections of the Diocese attended Enrichment Day, arranged by the Diocesan Department of Education, as the formal opening of the 1976-77 academic year. The .Enrichment Day, which
was held at Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth had as its theme: "Parish Faith Alive-the Spirit of '76". Describing the apostolate of catechetics to the gathering in terms of the document "Christus Dominus" of Vatican II, Bishop Cronin acknowledged his own primary responsibility, as Ordinary, to provide catechetical training precisely in order to "make men's faith 'living, conscious and active.", This responsibility, the Bishop continued, is one which he hap. Turn to Page Eleven
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A New Feature: "Question Comer"
Bartek Sports Column Resumes for Season
THE ANCHl?R-Oiocese of Fall River-Thur. Sept. 23, 1976
IN THE WORLD
IN THE NATION
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of two-minute speeches by 67 speakers.
Don't Pay, He Says
BERKELEY, Calif.-The 24-member board of the National Coalition of American Nuns, an organization of abollt 1,200 nuns active in social justice areas, has endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter for the presi路 dency. A leading .American Catholic historian, ~ Msgr. John Tracy Ellis, told NC News that, "as far as my recollection goes." such an endors('ment is "utterly unprecedented."
HOUSTON - A Benedictine priest urged members of the right-tO-life movement here to oppose abortion by paying taxes under protest and by Withholding money from pastors or bishops who are not outspoken in opposing abo:tion. "Never pay your. taxes until a policeman comes to your front door,"路 Benedictine Father Paul Marx said, " and when he does tell him: 'I don't want one cent of my money to be used to pay for abortive items.' "
Teachlels' Unions _WASHINGTON - A subcommittee made up of members of two U.S. Catholic Conferenl;e (USCC) committees has been formed to discuss unionization efforts' of lay teachers in Catholic schools. The eight-member subcommittee will be chaired jointly by Bishop William McManus, bishop--elect of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., and head of the USCC's education committee, and Bishop Joseph McNicholas of Springfield, Ill., head of the usec's social development and world peace commi~tee.
What :E:lse Is New? NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Almost all Catholic colleges and universities in the United States are in less than healthy financial condition, a major national studyl has concluded.
Womlen Priests MINNEAPOLIS - The Episcopal Church general convention has voted to admit women to the priesthood' and episcopacy, climaxing a battle which had kept the Church in turmoil since 1970. Concurring in a House of Bishops' 61 percent majority approval on the previous day, the House of Deputies' action made the ordination
rt won among both clergy and laity after a series
by name, said that the Episcopal Church's decision to change a "primitive Church tradition by just counting heads" was.."inconceivable" to the Catholic mind.
Justice for All RUI BARBOSA, BRAZIL - A U.S. Benedictine installed as third bishop of the Rui Barbos'a diocese told the congregation at his installation that he will try to create a community reflecting the love and care of Jesus Christ. "I will not hesitate to speak of justice when it is necessary," said newly installed Bishop Matthias W. Schmidt, 45. "But my concern is not only for those who suffer injustice, but for those who inflict it."
Irish Peace Movement
World MARSEILLES, FRANCE '\'"" The president of the French Bishops' Conference has said that the intense religious life in the Soviet Union is "Christianity's biggest volcano." Writing in his archdiocesan bulletin, Archbishop Etchegaray said that the Gospels "are copied by. hand, snatched away from tourists' and bought on the black market" in Russia.
LONDON - The peace movement which sprang up spontaneously in Belfast following the deaths of the three Maguire children on Aug. 10 is spreading to Britain. On successive Saturdays rallies will take place in cities in England, Wales and Scotland at the same time as meetings in va-. rious Northern Irish towns. The Maguire children were killed, and their mother very seriously injured, when a car, which had been hijacked by the Provisional IRA, went out of control when fired on by. the army.
Cancel Lefebvre Mass
BUENOS AIRES - A neo-Nazi group that has claimed responsibility for attacks on Jewish institutions here' has threatened to kill Archbishop Pio Laghi, papal nuncio in Argentina, along with others it considers leftists.
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, GERMANY - The management of the trade fair being h.eld here has announc~d the cancellation of a Mass that was to be celebrated tomorrow by traditionalist Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. The announcement was made after the chancery of the Rottenburg Catholic diocese informed the trade fair management that permitting Archbishop Lefebvre, who has been suspended frQm the priestly ministry by Pope Paul VI, to celebrate Mass would be considered an unfriendly act.
Ecumenical Headache VATICAN CITY - The Episcopal Church's decision to ordain women is a "real headache from an ecumenical point of view," a Vatican ecumenical relations official told NC News. The official, who asked not to be quoted
Necrologl' OCT. 3
Rev. Thomas J. McGee, DD, 1912, Pastor, Sacred Heart, Taunton OCT. 4 Rev. Joseph P. Tallon, 1864. Pastor, St. Mary, New Bedford . Rev. Joh~ J. Maguire, 1894, Founder, St. Peter, Provincetown
OCT. 5 Rev. Napoleon A. Mess,ier, 1948, Pastor, St. Matthew, Fall River OCT. 7 Very Rev. James E. McMahon, 1966, Pastor, Sacred Heart, Oak Bluffs THE ANCHOR Second Class Postale Paid a t Fall River, Mass. Published every Thursclay at 410 Highland Avenue, Fall River, Mass. 02722 by the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River. Subscription price by mill!, postpaid $5.00 per year.
CATECHETICAL SUNDAY: Among principals at Catechetical Sunday program at Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth, from left, Bishop Daniel A. Cronin; keynote speaker; Msgr. Patrick J. O'Neill, director, and Sist,er
Theresa Sparrow, RSM, religious education coordinator, of the Diocesan Department of Education. Right, Mrs. Thomas Dolan, facing camera, assists religious education teachers in selection of class materials.
THE ANCHORThurs., Sept. 23, 1976
Was Cape Pastor
DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER
OFFICIAL ASSIGNMENrS Rev. Thomas L. Rita, Diocesan Pro-Life Coordinator and Director of Diocesan Respect Life Program. Assignment effective Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1976. Rev. Maurice R. Jeffrey, Chaplain, Bristol Community College. Assignment effective Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1976,.
New Posts for Priests
Continued from Page One has been appointed Assistant Pastor at St. Lawrence Parish, New Bedford, effective Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1976. Father Rita Born in New Bedford, the son Bishop of Fall River of Louis and the late Veronica (Earley) Rita, Rev. Thomas L. Rita was educated at Holy Family High School, that city, and graduated in 1962. Following his studies at St. Mary's College, Kentucky, and l St. John's Seminary, Brighton, he was ordained a priest on May 2,1970. midst of a crowd, or living with Father Rita has served as an others in the same skyscraper, Associate Pastor at St. Mary working in the same office, fac- Parish, Mansfield and St. Antory, barracks or hospital, yet thony Parish, East Falmouth. He feeling alone or isolated?" the has a1so served as Chaplain to e asked. .. o. the Knights of Columbus, CounYes, we are Jomed m the to- cil 240' Assistant Director and gethernes~of sl}aring the sl;lJ)le" .then Director of, the 'CYa: in ~ati?n:alit!,prof~ssion or group .. Attleboro Area.,' m~~b~rship'B.ut.we are str~~g~ .. Father ,Jtlffrey ers, different mSlde and foreignRev. Maurice R. Jeffrey,. son ers to one ~nother:~' .of OliveF and Normande (PreTh~ Po?t,lfff claimed that to- vost) Jeffrey of New Bedford, day the I had become an or- was born Oct. 29, 1934. His early phan and stands alone among education was had at St. Joseph so .ma~y people without know- Parish School New Bedford' ing what its destiny is.': and AssumPti~n College. ' . But, the Chur~~: which !h~ Foil9win g his years of philPope. (lalled a super:familYosophy and' theology at St. rea~m~ beyond the family ~nd . Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, society, offers a program which he was ordained a priest on is "fu~l of light and community," April 2, 1960. he said. Parish assignments have taken
Church Super-Family Says IOld Worker VATICAN CITY (NC)-Speaking as one of the Church's "old workers," Pope Paul VI challenged young Christians to make the Church a "super-family" in a world of loneliness. Addressing nearly 8,000 people in the Vatican's modern audience hall, Pope Paid said tliat Christianity 'ofters community to' today's men and women, standin a lonely crowd. Pope Paul, who turns' age 79 this Sunday, told young Christians that "we old workers are waiting for you and calling out: it is time to construct! "Or rather, it is time to build up the builders-the apostle!! of the city of God." "How many times-perhaps even more than once a dayhave we found ourselves in the
Father Jeffrey to St. Jean Baptiste, St. Roch and St. Patrick Parishes in Fall River and St. Anthony of Padua Parish in New Bedford. Father Jeffrey has also served as Notary to the Diocesan Tribunal; Religion Instructor at the former Dominican Academy; Chaplain to Council 86 of the Knights of Columbus Since 1971, he has been the Priest-Instructor at Bishop Gerrard High School, Fall River and a motivating force behind many teenage activities in the Greater Fall River area.
A concelebrated Mass of Christ, the Eternal High Priest, was offered Monday at St. Joseph Church, Fairhaven, for Rev. Kieran To Rush, SS.CCo, who died Sept. 15 in New "(ork City. A resident of the Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, at the lime of his death, Father Rush was former pastor of Holy Redeemer Church, Chatham, and Our Lady of Lourdes, Wellfleet. He was born in Swinford, Ireland, on Oct. 9, 1910, came to the United States for his education at Washington, D.C. and was ordained there on June 8, 1948. As a priest he was a professor at Sacred Hearts seminaries in Wareham, Jaffrey, N.H. and Clones, Ireland and served as a curate at Holy Trinity Church, West Harwich, at Mt. Gilead, Ohio, Rochester, N.Y., where he was also a pastor. He was a superior at the Wareham seminary, in Washington, D.C. and at a House of Philosophy in Winona, Minn. He also taught in a high school of his community in Glendora, Calif. Bishop James J. Gerrard represented Bishop Cronin at the funeral Mass.. Interment was in the Sacred Hearts community cemetery, Fairhaven.
Bread for World The Cape Chapter of BREAD FOR' THE WORLD will hold its first meeting of the fall season on Monday, September 27, at 7:30 P.M. at Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville. The public is invited. EDICTAL CITATION
DIOCESAN TRIBUNAL FALL RIVER, MASS. Prot. No. M-89/76 Since the actual place of residence of Earlynn Hager is unknown. We cite EARLYNN HAGER to appear personally before the Sacred Tribunal of the Diocese of Fall River on September 28, 1976 at 1:30 P.M. at 344 Highland Avenue Fall River, Massa路 chusetts, to give testimony to establish: Whether the nullity of the marriage ex路 Ists In WH ITE路HAGER CASE? Ordinaries of the places or other pastors having knowledge of the residence of the above person, Earlynn Hager, must see to it that she Is properly adVised In regard to this edictal citation. HenryT. Munroe Officlalls Raymond P. Monty Notary Given at the seat of the Tribunal, Fa II River, MassaChusetts, on this, the 20th day of September 1976
"On The Cape"
ORDINATION: An expectant Rev. Robert Paul Rousseau of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament stands with Bishop Cronin before the ordination ceremony raising him to the priesthood. He is the son of Mr. arid Mrs. Wilfred B. Rousseau of St. Hyacinth Parish, New Bedford.
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THE ANCHOR-I)iocese of Fall River-Thur. Sept. 23, 1976
With. the opening of classes and various doctrinal programs, there are a few very important facts that all parents should carefully remember.
Parents must also be aware of the fact that no matter what their example and offer of knowledge may be, it will be the child who will judge and stand alone soon enough. Your daughter cannot have her ears pierced; your son cannot have his injury finally attended .to without your consent. But if the all important decision for or against abortion should have to be faced - you cannot interfere, the courts say. The religious formation your sons and daughters receive had better be good therefore. I
Their ability to- understand the Law of God, their habitual judgements to live in accordance with the directives and counsels of Christ, their love for and acceptance of Christ's Church, their fearless yet submissive discussions of reality had better be so carefully and strongly inculcated that they will be able to stand on their own two feet and responsibly, as Christians, choose. So, in view of the opportunities afforded and the threats present, parents beware. Your responsibility can- . not be delegated completely to a conscientious teacher, a detailed program or a well thought-out discipline. Your interest, your encouragement, your example are also absolutely necessary. We hail the "Parish Faith Alive - Spirit of '76" theme and program. But there is no parish without parishioners; there is no education without parental involvement. You may be cautioned to stay out of education where modern mathematics are involved; you cannot stay out of education where your children's religion, doctrine and morals are explained, urged and illustr.ated.
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A comparison of U.S. Catholic Conference
positions with those of the Democratic and Republican parties.
No matter how dramatically a teacher can expound on a religious, fact, no matter the historical, theological or pedagogical resources available and explained, the parents' 'place cannot be substituted.
Parents should he encouraged by the emphatic attention given to various religious programs for the education of their children. They must be cognizant of. such programs but they must also remember that such programs are only their own tools to better educate and prepare their own children.
First, there is no religious program can be devised, no matter what'the expertise of the architects, no matter how detailed the plans, no matter how endowed the project that can efficiently or long last without the parents' support, encouragement ,and close supervision.
Hours of intensive work, a long litany of illustrious authorities, facts and proofs and illustrations - are for nothing, if the parent:; do not reflect the truth of it all by example.
A chill, brisk afternoon ... in an almost empty picnic grounds, .. A woman cuddles two small children close to her . . . under her protective arms . . . warming them? ... reconciling them after a fight? . . . or just loving them? The scene suggests Jesus' sad words to Jerusalem ... and to all who fail in faith ... "How often have I yearned . . . to gather your children . . . as a mother bird gathers her young under her wings . . . but you refused me." (Matthew 23:37). Jesus' image echoes that of the Psalmist ... who describes true faith in a caring God ... "You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High . . . who abide . in the shadow of the Almighty ... Say to the Lord ... 'My refuge and my fortress . . . my God, in whom I trust' . . . With his pinions he will cover you . . . and under his wings you shall take refuge" (Psalm 91 :1-4). The Psalmist wonders aloud ... at God's intimate "care ... and at pe()ple's 'total trust in so loving a God . .. "How precious is your kindness, 0 God! ... children of mim take refuge in the shadow of your wings" (Psalm 36:7). Perhaps we might pray ... "Show your wondrous kindness, 0 God . . . hide me in the shadow of your wings" (Psalm 17:8).
litical group have added sub;;tance to such suppositions. Repeatedly they have attempted to show the American people that the Catholic Bishops are a separate entity unto themselves and with this premise as a base of action, they have tried to drive a wedge between the Bishops and , Church members. Substance, Not Perfonnance There is little doubt that the issues are real. The abortion issue has steamed up the political pot. Other social issues are most demanding of time and effort. However difficult the situation becomes, however, we should not and must not tolerate this attempt to divide Catholics on such a' basic concept as the role and place of the Bishops in the Church. We would be fooling ourselves if we denied that there are some Catholics who feel that the Bish.ops as a collective group have little influence in the Church. There are othe~'s who, for personal reasons see them as ineffective and still others who feel that they have failed in their leadership role. The vast majority of these objections are based on performance. What we are talking about here is substance.
In the entire spectrum of American politics, there lire few politicians who would dare treat our Jewish or Baptist brethren as they treat the Catholic com- munity. Thus, for Catholics who really do not care and share the substance of reality, it is about time we spoke our mind, used our influence and cast our ballot for those who would continue to guarantee our religous St. William's Church freedom rather than officially decide that we might cease to exist as a functioning and integral part of the fiber of this land.
REV. JOHN F. MOORE
The Politics of Division '
One of the more dangerous and divisive developments We must ever be aware of that is emerging in these days of presidential campaigning -trends and threats. In these early is the seemingly deliberate attempt on the part of some days of the presidential campoliticians to drive a wedge between the Catholic hierarchy paign, trend to separate and even deride the Catholic Bishand the members of the Catholic Church. The his- speaks for itself. Serious at- ops, treating them as a body "have been made by mem- functioning outside the totality toric implications of this tempts bers of the Democratic candi- of the Church, is indeed a threat rather sinister effort to sep- date's "staff to all but ridicule to the entire Catholic people of
arate the Bishops from their and push aside the efforts of the people are only too obvious. It presiding officers of the Nationhas~ been done before. From al Conference of Catholic BishHenry XIII to Hitler, politica] ops. OFFICIAL NEWSPAPEiR OF THE DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER practitioners have realized that For beginnings, they apparPublished weekly by The Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River by dividing a people of any ently didn't even know that given ethnic or religious persua- . " ;410' Highland Avenue there was such an organization sion, they can conquer them. and that Archbishop Bernardin Fall River Mass. 02722 675-7151 Thus, such an endeavor is was. its presiding officer. For a nothing new. What is new is that group that supposedly leaves PUBLISHER it is being done here in America. Most Rev. Daniel A. Cronin, D.O., SJ.D. nothing to chance, this seems To be sure, there are very to be either a case of crass igFINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR fuzzy liberals or devoted party norance or deliberate hostility. ACTING EDITOR Rev. Msgr. John Regan Rev. John R. Foister, SJ.L. Subsequent attitudes, remarks patsies who would" disagree ;'w~th "this sentiment. Yet. the r~~?rd and Âˇstatements by the same po,"~learY Press-F.II 'River
these United States.
Geh Fellowship Rev. Thomas Gariepy, CSC, son of Richard and the late Phyllis Anne Gariepy, Attleboro, has received a fellowship in the amount of $4400 from Yale University, where he is working towards a doctorate in the history of science and medicine. Father Gariepy is a graduate of Stonehill College and Notre Dame University.
The Permanent Diaconate
Attleboro Scouts Plan Camporee
The Married Deacon By Rev. John F. Moore The vast majority of the men ordained to the permanent diaconate are married. In either case be a man single or married, he must understand fully the current discipline of the Church,. which requires that an unmarried man may not remarry if his wife dies. If married he must be well adjusted in his family life.
The Catholic Scouting Committee of the Attleboro-Taunton area will sponsor an ecumenical religious camporee for Annowon Council Boy Scouts the weekend of Oct. 15 through 17 at Camp Norse, Carver. Prepared by Chaplains' Aides, the progsam will have as its theme "Free to Be God and Me," and, during the weekend services and instructions will acquaint participants with various ,aspects of Judaism, Protestantism. Mohammedanism, and the Roman and Melkite rites of Catholicism.
band's ministry of service, adding her unique gifts of love and understanding. She must recognize the need for growth and openness and therefore must often assess her own growth in commitment to her faith, relationship to her husband and others, and striving for those goals which reflect an awareness of the continual process of Christian development.
As an ordained minister of '" Wives Vital God's people, the permanent deacon is a sacramental sigI} The position of the deacon's which standing not apart but wife in the formation program among the people of God. If is of the utmost importance. married, he and his wife, wit- When a married man applies for ness the reality of Christian love 'a deaconal program there can which all must live. Together be no question concerning the they show the community how stability of his marriage or the to live in communion with God role his wife will play in the and their fellow m~n in every- total program. day life. And the program must introThe role of the wife of a per- duce the wives of the candidates -manent deacon will require a to the importance of thfilir enunique relationship" in the con- couragement, endorsement and temporary Catholic Church. For- example in helping their husmation program faculty must be bands create a better world and ever mindful of the place of community. It also should help wives and children of ordained wives of candidates understand clergy in a Catholic culture that their expectancies, attitudes and has never known them. practices relative to the major The deacon's wife must be a . challenges which will face them true support to her husband's as their husbands heed the call ministry and she therefore in a of Christ to serve others as pervery real way furthers the work manent deacons. of the universal Church. Truly, From the above it is quite evsuch a wife must share in the ident that a married man who development of a Christian comdesires to become a candidate munity centered around her hus- for the permanent diaconate must be a person who has demonstrated in his total life relationships a basic maturity, stability and psychological heal~ proportionate to the responsibilities he envisions as a deacon. Also it is more than evident that as he enters into the diaconal formation program his wife and family must not only consent and suport his candidacy but must of necessity enter into and become an integral part of 'the The Falmouth National Bank FALMOUTH. MASS program, as they are of himself By !ne VillaRe Green S'ince \82\ and his life.
THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River- Thur. Sept. 23, 1976
.K 'of C BALL: Norman A. Bowlin, former district deputy of Seekonk Council 5108, Knights of Columbus, is chairman fdr a Columbus Day Charity Ball to be sponsored by 13 Councils and four Assemblies of the Fall River diocese from 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Fall River Council Home, 1492 Columbus, Dr. Committee leaders include District Deputy Charles J. Cullen, honorary chairman. An honor guard will be directed by Faithful Captain Adrien J. Pelletier, Stang General Assemby. State K of C directors will lead civic and religious aignitaries expected to attend the ball, for which dress will be optional. Proceeds will benefit facilities for exceptional and otherwise handicapped children. Nazareth Hall, Fall River, was among grant recipients after last year's ball.
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Secret Fire "We are not left without light in the world; even in our own dulled and clouded hearts, when the radiance of God beats upon them, we see sometimes an answering gleam within, like the secret fire that sleeps' in the uncut gem." -Arthur Christopher Benson
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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thur. Sept. 23, 1976
Leba,nes,e Cultur路e F,estival Promis,es Taste Dielig,hts
Gr1eat Clhristia路n Sh,ake1out An,oth,er Pa,i'nful Experi,ene,e
By Joseph and Marilyii Roderick
Years ago, before~ Vatican II, a priest friend predicted what he called the "Great Christian Shakeout." He described it as a time when there would be a complete realignment of all Christian people. The division, he said, would be between Liberals and Consenratives of all denominations, instead Pope John's calling a Council. Curia's hold on power in the of the Protestant-C:ltholic The Church has been greatly dimindivision with which wle were ished by the Synod of Bishops so familiar.
With the advent of cold weather, we will be turning more to the indoors f.or warmth and comfort. There are still a number of things to be done outdoors, however, including the planting of bulbs and lilies. We usually try to get the latter in by late September or October. Lillies are not Fall River on Sunday, Oct. 3 from 3 to 10 p.m., preceded by difficult to plant and require a community concert at 8 p.m., only good drainage to en- Saturday, Oct. 2 at Diman Re-
which grew out of the council.
It was before Pope John XXIII
had even mentioned calling a council when he said this; I
MARY CARSON didn't know what he ing about.
Now it's beginning to look like we are on, the verge of his prediction coming true. We see many signs o:~ unity between Catholics and other Christians. Such subjects as the Eucharist and Papal at.thority are being discussed with reports of progress being made. Symbol of ,Threat But at the same time Arch.bishop Lefebvre is a symbol of a very real conflict. By saying he is a symbol, I don't mean to treat him lightly. I read one report of a' hundred people who travel a hundred miles each month to attend his Tridentine Mass. That's enthusiasm. But still, he is only one bishop out of thousands, and has only a few thousand followers out of many millions. Yet Pope Paul's extreme concern about his tiny seminary seems out of proportion . . . unless Archbishop Lefebvre is a a symbol of ~: much greater threat to unity. I believe the conflict E~xtends from top to bottom in the Church today. There ~re memhers of the Roman Curia who opposed
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Laity Split Today there are probably several Cardinals in the Curia who yearn for the good old days before Vatican II when their word was law. There is disagreement among bishops all over the world on many issues. Just take women priests as an example. Some bishops see no objection, others are adamantly opposed. In the Episcopal Church there are similar conflicting opinions among bishops. So you find some Catholic and Episcopal bishops agreeing with each other and disagreeing with fellow bishops in their own churches. Lay people, too, are split. I know of a Catholic family that goes to an Episcopal Church because the Mass there is closer to the old Mass they loved, than the new liturgy in the Catholic Church. They may not be tYllical, but there is a traditionalist parish near my home that' draws hundreds every week. They are not . all older people, either. And surprisingly, I've been told that not all of them are Catholic'S. The traditionalist Mass said there every Sunday is broadcast on the radio and attracts people of other Christian denominations as well as Catholics. I also understand there are supposed to be two hundred! such parishes in the United States alone. It seems to me that Pope Paul's entire pontificate has been one heroic effort to prevent a . split between conservative and liberals. But the division seems to be coming. Some liberals seem bent on banning the Tridentine Mass, and some conservatives seem bent on banning the writings of certain theologians. Each wants to drive the other out.. The Great Chrirstian Shakeout is coming! At the end of Pope Paul's reign it wouldn't surprise me if two popes are elected. The Church has survived this sort of thing in the past, but it will be a painful experience for all of us.
CHARITY BALL: Msgr. Anthony M. Gomes, diocesan director, of the annual Bishop's Charity Ball, has announced that' the annual planning meeting for the gala winter event will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at White's restaurant, North Westport. To take place Friday night, Jan. 14, at Lincoln Park Ballroom, North Dartmouth, the ball will have the Caribbean theme of "My Island in the Sun." It is co-sponsored by members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Diocesan Council of Catholic 'Women and proceeds benefit diocesan camps and schools for underprivileged and exceptional children.
Friends of Nazareth Slate Dinner Dance Friends of Nazareth Hall, Fall River, will sponsor a dinner dance with music by the Casino Royales from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 16 at St. Anne's Auditorium, 240 Forest St. The public is invited and tickets are available from parents, teachers and at Nazareth Hall, 887 Highland Ave., tel. 676-1572.
sure that they do not rot over the winter. In planting, some people advise placing an inch or so of stone in the bottom of the hole so that excess water can drain off. I have never bothered with this, but I make sure to place lilies in a spot which allows for natural drainage. Tulips, daffodils and similar bulbs may be planted until well into November. I like to plant similar kinds and colors in groups of a minimum of six bulbs or so rather than singly. I also find it more convenient to dig up a good-sized area' rather than merely punching a hole in the- soil for jusrone bulb. After digging to the necessary . depth with a spade it is a simple matter to add a handful or so of bone meal and then' turn this into the ground. The bulbs can then be planted at the. correct level. Again, tulips and daffodils need good drainage so that they do not rest in a damp area. Regardless of what bulbs are to be planted you should be sure that you buy top-size. These may be more expensive but are worth buying in the sense that they can be expected to bloom the spring after they are planted. Too often, low price bulbs are harvested prematurely and may take a year or two longer to bloom than top-size bulbs. In The Kitchen Living in this area is a joyful festival of ethnic celebrations from the beautiful yet simple church fiestas to the more elaborately planned annual festivals. A new festival is appearing on the area scene for fall of '76, a Lebanese Cultural Festival to be held at Bristol Community College's Elsbree Street campus in
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gional Vocational High School titled An Evening at Baalbek. Loretta George, a dear friend and one of the outstanding women of the area, has been very instrumental in organizing this festival in order that everyone can enjoy the exotic and meaningful customs of the Lebanese people as well as their delightful cuisine. I have been an avid fan of the gourmet foods of Lebanon since my first teaching assignment in a predominantly Lebanese district. Those early tasting days evolved into more. exposure as I patronized a hair dressing salon that has a close association with a nearby Lebanese restaurant. All this has led to a continued love affair with the exotic dishes of this culture. In fact, I'm as excited about this upcoming festival as are the members of the Lebanese-American community. The thought of being able to sample such delicacies as taobouleh, kibbeh, humus-bi-tehina, and savory eggplant dishes, brings visions of delight to my eyes and taste sensations to my palate. All gourmet cooks in this area will find a wealth of exotic dishes at this festival as well as a collection of these' recipes which may be purchased. While this will be the first area Lebanese festival of this type, I for one hope it will bec()me an annual event! While the Lebanese have a way with-' salads, there is no doubt in my mind that the king of them all is the magnificent tabbouleh, a green salad with a native form of cracked wheat known as bulgar.' Tabbouleh In the spirit of the Lebanese festival, this recipe was shared with us by Loretta George, a member of St. Anthony of the Desert parish, Fall River. 1 cup fine cracked wheat 1 Y2 pounds tomatoes, chopped 2 cups chopped green onions or scallions 3 cups parsley, chopped paper thin 1,4 cup fresh mint, chopped very, very, fine Y2 cup salad oil 1f.s cup lemon juice 11,4 teaspoons salt Y2 teaspoon black pepper Y2 teaspoon allspice 1) Wash the wheat in water until clear and then cover with water for 30 minutes. Drain and squeeze dry. 2) Mix together the tomatoes, onions, parsley, and mint. 3) Mix well the oil, lemon juice and seasoning. 4) Mix the vegetables and oils with the drainecl wheat. This salad may be served with lettuce, grape leaves, or even cabbage leaves. .
Bishop Likes 'Doggy Bags'
By Barbara Lenox
LAFAYE;TIE, La. ~C)-He l>repares his own meals, likes t-o cook oyster soup, prefers his coffee made from freshly ground coffee beans and spends his free evening reading or watching, television. He pays $150 ,a month rent for his apartment and, when aining out, is happy to take home a "doggy bag" to put in his freezer for future snacks. This description, which could fit many bachelors, actually applies to Bishop Gerard L. Frey of Lafayette. Bishop Frey has lived in an apartment in St. John Vianney Hall at Immaculata Seminary in Lafayette since June, 1974;' . "The diocese bought a home for me when I was first appointed bishop," he said. "But I really was not there enough to justify the expense." He heard that an apartment was available at the seminary, made the move, and the home was sold, "at a considerable profit for the diocese." Bishop Frey's quarters include a study and office located downstairs and a living room, sitting room, bedroom, kitchen and bath upstairs. All furnishings came from the home originally purchased for the bishop. "I'll stay in an apartment as long as it suits my needs," said Bishop Frey. "The nice thing about living here is that I have my privacy when I want it and there's company when I want it." The bishop was referring to the fac;t that other clergy, as well as seminarians, live nearby. , Watches Weight Bishop Frey brings a very per-
Thurs., Sept. 23, 1976
OUR LADY'S CHAPEL NEW BEDFORD A solemn triduum of devotions marking the 750th anniversary of the death of St. Francis of Assisi will take place Wednesday, Sept. 29 through Friday, Oct. I, with services held at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily.
sonal sort of availablity to his office through his simple approach to a lifestyle. He drives his own car on his frequent trips about the diocese. "Many times a priest will accompany me, but I really prefer to do my own driving," he said. ST. GEORGE, Because of his busy schedule WESTPORT with its many evening meetings, The Women's Guild will hold the bishop does not have time a registration tea from 1 to 3 for hobbies or sports. Like most p.m. Sl.lnday, Sept. 26 at the people, he is watching his rectory. New members are in-, weight and is presently on a vited to attend. The guild's regdiet. He no longer smokes. "I ular meeting will follow a potgave that up 20 years ago, beluck supper at 6:30 p.m. Monfore it was fashionable," he said day, Sept. 27 to which husbands with a laugh. and other guests are invited. CHAPLAIN IS WIFE: Mrs. Margaret Maher, Baltimore The bishop does prepare many Monday, Oct. 4 the unit will of his own meals while at home. wife and mother, talks with patient at University of Mary- sponsor a fashion and hair style He keeps breakfast simple-cof- land Hospital. Mrs. Maher, a former nurse at the hospital, show at Venus de Milo restaufee, toast, egg or cereal, and is part of an experiment in the Baltimore archdiocese dur- rant. fruit juice. He returns home ing which she and a nun worked as assistant chaplains in HOLY NAME, each day at noon prepares his own lunch, usually a sandwich . the absence of a priest. A member of the National Associa- FALL RIVER or a frozen "doggy bag" snack tion of Catholic Chaplains, the mother of four said she A few seats remain for a foheated in his microwave oven. would like to see women ordained as deacons. (NC Photo) liage trip to Vermont to be "There's no way I could possponsored by the parish Sunday sibly eat ail the wonderful food ST. HEDWIG, Oct. 3. Further information is OUR LADy OF THE CAPE, offered me on my visits to the NEW BEDFORD available at the rectory. BREWSTER Religious education classes for various parishes," he explained. The Women's Guild will spon- all grades will begin the first The parish choir will hold a So I tell the ladies to fix me a snack to take home. I've had reunion Sunday, Oct. 10, begin- sor a .farewell party and tea in 'week 'of October. Public school some really nice home-cooked ning with a Mass for living and honor of Rev. Roland R. Bedard children not yet registered may deceased members at 11:30 a.m., from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. contact Rev. Bruce Neylon at meals that way." ,Bishop Frey likes to keep his which will include a special 26 in the church hall. All pa- the rectory. dinners at night simple because music program by the present rishioners and friends are inVolunteers for the parish music program are needed, in"it's really hard to cook for just choir, directed by Jean O. Den- invited. New guild officers are Mrs. cluding guitarists, folk group one person without a lot of ault. . Mary Stackhouse, president; Mrs. singers and regular choir memRegistration of choir alumni, waste." He especially likes to prepare followed by' a social hour and Doris Craffey, vice-president; bers. Those interested may con,spaghetti, broiled steak or his banquet, will then take place in Mrs. Helen ,Brandon, secretary; tact the rectory. favorite ,oyster soup. When the church hall on Division Mr,s. Rosemary Sullivan, treasurSS. PETER AND PAUL, "er. asked for his recipe, he smiled Street; and shook his head. "Oh, I just Invitations have been sent to OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL, FALL RIVER Mrs. Edward D. Tyrrell and simmer onions and stuff in but- ·all known choir alumni. Any NEW BEDFORD Mrs. Edward F. Kelly are in ter, add the oysters and water, who have not been contacted The Women's Club will pre- charge of arrangements for a teason, and I've got oyster soup." may telephone R,egina Polek, . Who washes the dishes? "I do 993-7175, after 6 p.m., to make sent a fall and winter fashion public whist party to be held at review at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 at reservations. that, too," said Bishop Frey. Sept. 26 in the parish audito- the Father Coady Center. BLESSED SACRAMENT, rium at Rivet and Crapo Streets. FALL RIVER Tickets will be available at the Padre P'io The Women's Guild is accept- door and refreshments will be Programs dealing with the ST. STANISLAUS, ing reservations for a Saturday, served. cause for canonization of Padre Nov. 20 trip to New York, and ST. JOSEPH, FALL RIVER Pio will be presented by Mrs. a few seats remain for a trip to AITLEBORO Vera Calandra, director of the Polish and American foods Danbury Fair Sunday, Oct. 3, Rev. Daniel Hoye of the dioc- U. S. National Center for the will be available at 'a parish with reservations closing this council - sponsored Bicentennial weekend. Further information is esan marriage court will speak Cause of Padre Pio, at 7 p.m. Ball to take place Saturday, Oct. available from Helen Ouellette, on "Divorced Catholics and the Tuesday, Sept. 28 at St. Anthony Church" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Church hall, New Bedford. Also 16 in the school hall. telephone 674-4050. Sept. 28 in the parish hall. He speaking will be Padre Alessio A parish fall penny sale will ST. LOUIS, will discuss various aspects of Parente, OFM, Cap., of Padre take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday FALL RIVER divorce and annulment. Pio's monastery in Italy. in the parish hall and the anAn Oktoberfest dinner dance nual Appreciation Day party is featUring German foods, beer scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday. and music will be sponsored Saturday, Oct. 2 by the parish. Music will be by the Roman IV and tickets may be reserved by caIling 674-3047, 678-1503 or the Friary, 676-8603. ' Mass at St. Louis Church on *NORTON, West Main St., *NO. EASTON, Main St., Monday, Oct. 4, the feast of St. *EAST BRIDGEWATER, Bedford St., *NEW BEDFrancis, will be at noon and 6 FORD, Jet. Routes 140 & 18, *ATTLEBORO, 217 So. p.m. At 7:30 p.m. a film on St. Francis, the critically acclaimed Main St., *SOMERSET, Route 8, *RAYNHAM. Route "Brother Sun, Sister Moon" 44, *FAIRHAVEN, Route 8, *BRIDGEWATER, Route will be shown in the the parish 18, *MANSFIELD, Route 140, *FALL RIVER, Southhall, with special admission rates Plaza,R. I. Ave., *FALL RIVER, Griffin St., way for children.
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SACRED HEART, FALL RIVER Bingo is played every Wednesday evening in the school cafeteria to benefit the parish school. Doors open at 5 and play begins at 7 p.m.
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JUBILEE BANQUET: Hundreds of present, past parishioners met at banquet marking Cathedral jubilee. From left, at head table, Daniel Shea, Mrs. Michael J. McMahon, Michael McMahon, all on arrangements committee; Rev. Barry W. Wall, Cathedral assistant pastor; retired Bishop James L. Connolly; Msgr. John J. Regan, Cathedral rector; Bishop Daniel A. Cronin.
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The Deaf Hear Every Sunday morning the deaf "hear" Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Fall River, where the regularly scheduled-l0 o'clock liturgy is interpreted in sign language by Rev. Joseph Viveiros, assistant pastor, who is also director of the Diocesan Deaf Apostolate. Some 18 to 20 deaf residents of the Greater Fall River area are weekly attendants at the Mass, said Father Viveiros. They sit at the front of the large church, the more easily to see the sign language and, where possible, to follow the liturgy by lipreading. In addItion to the weekly Mass at Sacred Heart, he noted, a monthly area Mass is celebrated alternately in ,New Bedford and Fall River, followed by a social gathering. About 50 to 100 people are present for each such celebration. The addition of sign language to the parish Mass does not inconvenience other parishioners, although Rev. Mr. Gerald P. Barnwell, the deacon assigned to Sacred Heart, who was the homilist on a,recent Sunday, said that he tends to speak more slowly when he knows his words are being translated into signs. The translation cannot be exact, pointed out Father Viveiros. "There are only 500 signs, so I can't give a word for word version of what is being said." He does, however, mouth the sign version of the homily, so lipreaders among the deaf can get the message two ways --:.Or, if they prefer, can follow the homilist's lips and "hear" his entire message. A highlight 'of the Mass for the deaf comes when those in attendance sign the Creed as it is recited by other membe'rs of the congregation, their graceful hand gestures seeming to add a new dimension to the Eucharistic mystery. 'Father Viveiros stands beside the celebrant throughout the Mass, signing each prayer. Some signs are obvious even to the uninitiated, such as a heavenward gesture for God and the, opposite sign for Satan. And an emphatic "Depart," such as occurred in the gospel reading, is unmistak-able in any system of communication. Among Father Viveiros' plans for the Mass for the deaf are signed songs. Maybe some deaf and "croakers" among Sacred Heart's regular parishioners will be glad to get in on that project.
AT MASS FOR DEAF: Top, Rev. Joseph Viveiros interprets homily by Rev. Mr._ Gerald P. Barnwell; center, deaf in attendance sign Profession of Faith; bottom, Father Viveiros continues interpretation as Rev. Ralph D. Tetrault celebrates liturgy and Rev. Mr. Barnwell serves as deacon.
A three-day experience in goal-setting and getting to know each other was the unusual startof-school activity for faculty and some students and parents of Bishop Gerrard and Bishop Connolly High Schools in Fall River. They participated in a "We Agree" workshop at Bishop Connolly, designed to lead to the formulation of educational goals agreed on by consensus rather than by vote or unilateral decision of an individual in authority. . Involved were 46 Connolly and 37 Gerrard representatives. All faculty members of each school attended, plus selected students and as many parents as could arrange to devote three days to the program. One consensus opinion arrived at with no difficulty was ,that the experience was "exhauste<;t ing." Rev. Richard J. Wolf,SJ, Connolly principal, put it in scriptural terms when he reminded participants that "every creature groaneth and travaileth in pain." The pain came in trying to put principles of consensus into practice. "It's much harder than voting, but it's the way to go," sighed one weary group member. What the "We Agree" workshop does is provide procedures and techniques for "focusing on areas of agreement. Once such areas are established, it's easier to make decisions involvingpositive contributions from all involved say the workshop organizers. To lay the goalsetting groundwork, Connolly and Gerrard representatives got to know each other by means of a series of getting-acquainted and valueclarification exercises. They were then asked to solve typical school problems such as what would you do if a student had to have a C grade in a certain subject in order to enter college, but deserved only a D; or how would you handle honor students caught smoking pot. In working on the problems group members were asked to arrive at solutions to which everyone agreed. The process began by "brainstorming," considering many ideas, whether appropriate or inappropriate. From
H F High Student A Semi-Finalist Stephen M. Fontes, a resident of Westport and a senior at Holy Family High School, New Bedford, has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Stephen, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Fontes, is the top-ranking student in the current Holy Family senior class. His selection puts him in an E!lite category among all of this year's high school graduates. He is among the final 15,000 chosen from a starting group of more than one million students who took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, which serves as the qualifying examination for the Merit Scholarship Program in 1975. The list of semi-finalists represents the top half of one percent of the nation's most academically talented young people.
THE ANCHORSeot. 23, 1976
'WE AGREE': Participants in 'We Agree' workshop for faculty, students and parents of Bishop Connolly and Bishop Gerrard High Schools, Fall River, are, from left, Mrs. Irene Lake, parent; Paula Hinman, student; Sister Elizabeth McA~liffe, RSM, principal, all from Bishop Gerrard; and Rev. Richard Wolf, S.J., principal; John Nagle, student; Mrs. Gertrude Rheault, parent, representing Bish op Connolly.
Agree' Workshop these, the unworkable were discarded and the pros and cons of all others were considered. In the process some minds were changed and some modifications.
of previously unacceptable ideas made them more generally satisfactory. The basic principle follo.wed was: "General ideas unite, specifics divide. If dis-
October Candlelight Procpssion Continued from Page One Music for the occasion will be by the 100-voice Diocesan Chorale, directed by Rev.· William G. Campbell and there will also be congregational participation in singing. Father Campbell, assisted by Msgr. John J. Regan and Rev. Daniel L. Freitas, will also supervise sound and lighting arangements at Kennedy Park. Preparations for the Mass, expected to be concelebrated by 60 or more priests, will be handled by Rev. John J. Oliveira, vicechancellor of the diocese. In case of rain the Mass will he offered in St. Anne's Church, opposite the park on South Main Street. Rev. R. Gabriel Blain, OP, will be in charge of such alternate arrangements. Father Blain is also in charge of procurement and distribution of the candles to be used in the procession. Erection of the 'outdoor altltr and decorations at Kennedy Park will be the responsibility of Rev. Luciano Pereira, aided by members of Espirito Santo parish, Fall River, which sent
one of the largest delegations to last year's procession. St. Louis Church on Bradford Avenue, on the north side of Kennedy Park, will serve as a vestry for concelebrating priests under direction of Rev. Paul Rotondi,OFM. Emergency and first aid services will be supervised by Rev. John R. Foister. Participating parishes will provide procession marshalls and bearers for a statue of Our Lady of Fatima which will be carried by each delegation in turn along the march route. Parishes are also asked to provide their own signs and banners if desired, and their own ciboria and altarbreads for use at the Mass.
agreements are irreconcilable, move the discussion to the next level of generality." Took Time The technique is obviously time-consuming and not, stress workshop organizers, a tool for every situation. But for large areas, such as formulation _of general school goals, a statement agreed upon by all is obviously valuable. Not surprisingly, neither the
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Gerrard nor Connolly group emerged from the three days with a neat set of academic goals. But both indicated that the workshop was a fruitful opening of communication lines and that meetings will continup. and involve more parents and' students than did these initial sessions. Bishop Connolly High School, said Father Wolfe, will concentrate on developing I;:onsensus statements in the areas of student and parent involvement and "learning how to Jearn." Bishop Gerrard participants arrived at two statements said Sister Elizabeth McAuliffe, RSM, principal: We agree that parental involvement is essential for the total development of the school community. Therefore we seek the active support of the parents in· our efforts to help each student achieve her full potential. We agree that student involvement is a vital priority for the realization of the full potential of the school. Therefore encouragement and direction must be given to the student in order that she be aware of her personal worth and her role in relation to the entire school community. This will generate in the student individual growth, a recognition of Christian values and a realization of her rights and responsibilities. A statement on the school as a community remains to be developed at future Gerrard meetings. The workshop was sponsored cooperatively by the two Fall River schools as an expensesharing measure with small group sessions held separately. It was conducted by Dr. Howard H. Kingsley of Fitchburg State College, using a program preparp.d by the Institute for the Development of Educational Activities, a Kettering Foundation affiliate.
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By FArnER JOHN mETZEN Q. Our study club ha.s a question. We know that the Church has defined that Mary died 'and was taken to heaven, body and soul. Apart from Chrisl, is there anyone else we know al~out who is already in heaven,. body and soul? A. Our knowledge of life after death is very limited when it comes to sufh questions. Words like "past," "present," and "already" puzzle us I!reatIy, because we know that in the next world, time and space as we know it here on earth probably does not exist. It's hard to talk about when or where s·:>mething happens after death, in words that make any sense to us still earth-bound humans. We don't know the .:ondition in eternity at this moment of most of those who h~,ve died. Some believe that, at the time of Jesus' death and resurrection, many (or all?) of those who died accompanied Him in His final victory over death - in other words, shared in His resurrection. This is not, however, a necessary part of our beliefs as Catholics. We believe, of course, that Jesus is risen from tne dead, and that Mary is now with Him, in
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her complete personality - body . and spirit. As for any others, when alI is said/ and done, we can at best speculate. IncidentalIy, your question contains a mistake that is not greatly significant, but is interesting. Through the centuries since Mary left this life, a relatively few theologians have questioned whether she realIy died - or whether, perhaps, she was preserved from even that effect of original sin by her Son and' the Father. The predominant belief has always been, I believe, that she did die. However, when Pope Pius XlI defined. the doctrine of the Assumption of Mercy (Apostolic Constitution "Munificentissimus Deus," (1950) he dodged that controversy by simply saying that Mary was assumed into heavenly glory "when she finished her course of life on earth" (The Latin text says ". . . . expleto terrestris vitae cursu.") While Mary's assumption is an article of faith, it is not defined doctrine that she died. Q. Aren't most Catholic publications very cons"!rvative? How do you explain this?
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PRAYER AT FAIR: Members of Interfaith charismatic group, all employees of Wisconsin state fair, sit in quiet prayer as carnival rides whirl in background. Group meets twice weekly to pray, sing, study Scripture, speak of God. (NC Phot~)
Island of Peace Amidst Carnival Noise By Ethel Gintoft
WEST ALLIS, Wis. ~NC) State Fair was a spectacular of the senses. Colors were in perpetual motion as ferris wheels circled perpendicularly to the ground and Matterhorn cards snaked more or less parallel to it. The heavy odor of greasedipped ft'ench fries and griIled hot dogs drifted through the air. And the sounds. They pounded A. I couldn't explain it beat your ears. Machinery grindcause I don't believe it's true. In ing. Generators droning. Ba,rker!: production and editorial tech- barking. Children screeching. niques, many publications leave Motorcycles defying gravity, a lot to be Qesired in their ef- roaring up the sides of the forts to be up to date. If you're motordome at peak speed. speaking about social and politBut the din didn't bother the ical issues, however, apart from two women inside the camper the comparatively few which parked among other trailers openly espouse and present one within a step of the Glass House viewpoint - the conservative and the tent where "giant killer viewpoint - I believe the more rats" entertained and the spot common feeling is that most where the Super Himalaya Catholic publications are, if any- promised "America's fastest thing, on the liberal side. thrill ride." It seems, in fact, that most With quiet and peace in their Catholic magazines and news· eyes, they talked of God and of papers are, especially in matters prayer. They spoke of being of social justice, war and peace, saved, of studying Scripture, of the liturgy, and similar concerns wanting life to be more holy considerably more liberal than. and beautiful for the 1,000 Royal the majority of Catholics. But, American show personnel who for that matter, so are the en- handle the fair's carnival, and cyclicals of modern popes, and who travel together each year the Qfficial statements of the from May until December. Dorothy Murray, 57, a CathAmerican bishops during the past generation. olic, and Trudy Jones, 26, a BapQuestions for this column tist, are "sort of" co-leaders of should be sent to Father Dietzen an interfaith charismatic prayer in care of The Anchor, P.O. Box group. 7, Fall River 02722. A group of about 15 carnival people meet twice a week for three-hour sessions "which wouldn't break up even then if
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we didn't have to get back to work."" Abouth half the group is Catholic, Mrs. Murray said. The others are Lutheran, Baptist and United Presbyterian. Some live on the train, some in trailers, some in hotels. But they manage to get together in the park, in campers, or in the shelter of one of the rides to read Scripture, sing, praise the Lord, question and answer, Mrs. Murray considers herself a homemaker and works only as \ a relief for ticket selIers. Her hUsband George, who manages the motordome, has been in carnival business for 40. years. Mrs. Jones, whose husband runs the Matterhorn ride, handles the microphone. "Our prayer brings us release from fear," the dark-haired Mrs Jones said. "In this kind of life you're so subjected to evil drinking and stealing. In this atmosphere, money seems to be the whole purpose of the show. We ,work hard for six months, and everybody's so concerned about getting money for the winter that they tend not to care how they get it. It's hard. That doesn't enhance our image. So many people already look on us as gypsies or tramps. Bring Jesus "We just try to bring Jesus to the show people so they won't be so absorbed with money," she continued, "so they will be more grateful for what God has given them." The two women said they seemed to be led by the Spirit to start the prayer group. "It
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just seemed to come together," Mrs. Jones remarked. They split up their roles according to their talents. "I seem to be the spokeswoman," Mrs. Jones said, "but Dorothy is the spiritual leader." Mrs. Murray explained, "God didn't just come to me and say 'Talk.' Trudy is my mouth. Her ministry is reading and speaking. My ministry is praying. I can't get away from the prayer." Both women said they speak in tongues. Mrs. Murray said she feels closer to Jesus since the prayer group started in June, even though for ,16 years she has been a daily communicant. A mother of five, she is also an extraordinary minister ,of communion for St. James parish in Orlando, Fla., where she and George have 'their permanent home, a member of the Carmelite Third Order and of the Legion of Mary. As a Carmelite she prays the daily office. Mrs. Murray believes strongly in the healing effect of prayer. Her husband was stricken several years ago with spinal meningitis. Eight weeks ago he had brain surgery. "He has pulled through," she said. The effects of prayer are being felt by other members of the group, she added. "They don't ,seem to get so angry. They deal with audiences more honestly. They call customers back to pick up their change. And they're more concerned about other people. "It's so powerful, I can't comprehend it. I'm so at peace. I used to worry about things. Now I just completely give myf;elf to God," Mrs. Murray exclaimed, her eyes shining behind her glasses.
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Challenges Priests, Religious and Laity Continued from Page One pily shares, as an entrusted mission, with clergy, Religious and laity who labor as religious instructors. The Diocesan Enrichment Day, the Bishop noted, provided the occasion for renewed dedication to the goal of providing education and foundation in the faith for all, but particularly for youth "in a manner adapted to the needs of the times." During his talk, Bishop Cronin announced "that 150 Religious and 2,612 laity will be actively involved in CCD this year. In speaking to those involved, the Bishop pointed out: PRIESTS "Certainly the leadership and supportative role of the priests in the parishes cannot be minimized. I urge once again all our priests to support strongly programs in religion classes, their involvement in these classes - whether in parish schools or in religious education programs - and also by their availability for liturgical celebrations. "You have been most dedicated to this vital apostolate in the past," the Bishop acknowledged, "I ask each of you to increase your zeal for the teaching of the Faith so that the Faith may truly come - alive in the parishes. "In a special way, I urge you to reach out to those families whose children are not under catechetical instruction. Let not your laudable concern for those already in religious education programs cause you to forget the innumerable children whose religious instruction is being totally neglected by their parents. COORDINATORS "In recent years, the role of coordinators in religious education programs has taken on a momentous importance in the parishes. "As you know, full-time professional coordinators are invaluable in working with parish priests in planning objectives and implementing programs for each area of religious education -from programs for the child preparing for the sacraments of Penance and Eucharist to adult programs in religious education. "Our parish coordinators are also most helpful in recruiting those in the parish who serve as teachers, and not only in recruiting teachers but in provid- ing them, on the local level, with appropriate training in catechetical methodology, classroom organization and presentation. "They also help keep teachers aware of happenings on the diocesan level, alerting them to special workshops, lectures and days of enrichment such as this one. "I mention this to call to your attention the fact that coordinators, as they aid the smooth and successful functioning of our parish programs of instruction, are invaluable instruments in making PARISH FAITH ALIVE. "I want to assure you that I am extremely grateful. At the same time, I urge you to even greater dedication. TEACHERS
"Those who are truly the
pulse of religious education are those in the classroom - the teacher, the catechist ... It is you who most directly lead your parish communities and individual members of the faithful toward maturity of Faith, for you are in direct contact with those who come for the instruction of the apostles. "It is you who truly make the Faith come alive in your parishes, for your very presence in the classroom is a dramatic witness to the Faith, and oftentimes, I am sure, inspires and strengthens faith in those you teach. . ".It is interesting that the GENERAL CATECHETICAL DIRECTORY notes that 'textbooks are aids offered to the Christian community that is engaged in catechesis.' However, it is quick to stress that while 'the texts do have great value in that they make it possible to present fuller exposition of the witnesses of Church tradition and of principles that foster catechetical activity ... no text can take the place of a live communication of the Christian message. This you are. This you do by your living Faith and your readiness to share and explain the Faith, 'teaching as Jesus did.'~' EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
tional guidelines established regarding textbooks, facilities and budget. I would ask those to whom these guidelines apply to be aware of them and to strive to implement them. "Very important guidelines were promulgated regarding the preparation of our boys and, girls for the sacraments. As we noted: 'Reception of the sacraments of the Eucharist, Penance and Confirmation should be preceded by a two year catechesis. Where possible parents should be involved in the preparation of their children, and should be provided with special sessions to inform them of the program being presented to their children.' "In this way, parents too are reminded that they have a key role to play in bringing Faith Alive. It is in their core community, the family, that the Faith takes root. By their example of living Faith, they are really the first teachers of their children in the ways of the Faith. Thus the more parental involvement in sacramental programs, the better. "Working together," Bishop Cronin concluded, "-Bishop, priests, Religious and laity, dioc~ esan educational personnel and most especially all engaged in religious education programs in the parishes-may we, 'teaching as Jesus did,' be instruments of the Spirit in '76-the Spirit of Christ the Holy Spirit. May that Spirit make Faith Alive and vibrant in our parishes' right here right now."
"I would certainly be remiss if I did not acknowledge the dedicated work of our Diocesan Department of Education, both in our parochial school and religious education programs. "They share in a very' profound way the mission of the bishop to carry on the instruction of the apostles and thus bring Parish Faith Alive. It is for this very reason that from Priests of the Attleboro Deanthe beginning of my pastoral ery will sponsor a Parish Famoffice as bishop of this Diocese ily Day from 2 p.m. to dusk I have desired to be intimately Sunday, Sept. 26 on the grounds involved in the ministry of the of La Salette Shrine, Attleboro. Department of Catholic Educa- The program will begin with rection. itation of a Scriptural rosary, "This I shall continue to do, . procession, homilies and Benenot to make the already difficult diction and continue with a muduties of the staff more tedious sical presentation by the "Rays but to manifest emphatically of Sunshine." and graphically that the work Parishioners will then be of our Department of Education welcome to picnic on the shrine is inexorably connected with the grounds and participate in varifundamental teaching office of ous planned activities. The the bishop, that it is almost not deanery includes parishes in Ata Department at all but more tleboro, North Attleboro, South properly the diocesan instrumen- Attleboro, Attleboro Falls, Seetality through which the Bishop .konk, Mansfield, and, as a guest, can share his responsibility as St. Martha's parish, Plainville. teacber of the Faith. Rev. Robert C. Donovan, chairman of the group planning GUIDELINES the family day, noted that there "As you know, last March will be no rain date. some very basic guidelines were established for religious' educaBetter to Die tion. Much that was contained "It is more necessary for the in those guidelines I have alluded to in the course of my words soul to be healed than the body; to you today concerning the for it is better to die than to roles of parish priests, coordi- live iIl."-Epictetus nators, and teachers of religion. "However, there were addi-
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country. At the same time" Kaiser says, "every elite group but one felt that labor's influence SHOULD be much less than they perceived it to be; many said that labor should be stripped of any real iilflence ... Intellectuals-professors and leadBy ers in the arts and sciencesjoined the others in registering MSGR. the opinion that big labor was too big and too powerful." GEORGE G. This reminds me of a curious HIGGINS colloquy that took place the day before Labor Day on a network television program between a them. With slight variations .in well known reporter and UAW style and emphasis, they end up president Leonard Woodcock. saying, in unison, that the labor The reporter, who probably movement, having lost its pris- earns as least five to 10 times tine fervor and militancy, has as much as the highest paid auto alienated itself from the younger worker, kept insisting, in the generation and has sold out or form of a series of rhetorical capitulated to the Establish- questions" that the UAW, by ment. demanding a wage increase and Politicians ,who are being op- more time off, is contributing posed by organized labor tend to inflation and doing a grave to say the opposite. To hear injustice to unorganized workthem tell the story, our country- ers: Woodcock, who is a master is in grave danger of being taken at keeping his cool, was much over by the labor movement. more patient with his distinThey would have us believe, for guished interlocutor than I example, that George Meany would have been. That's for sure. will be the real President of tHe Split the Difference United States if Jimmy Carter is elected in November. In any event, labor's critics are completely at odds with one Political License another. As indicated above, That's the line that Robert some think that the labor m.oveDole, among others, has been ment is going to the dogs, while handing out in recent weeks. others are convinced -or 'at Does he mean to be taken seri- least pretend to be - that its ously? I rather doubt it. He is' ever-increasing power represents simply indulging in poetic-or a clear and present danger to political-license, which is par the commonwealth. It was ever for the course in the presiden- thus - and presumably always tial campaign. It goes without will be. saying that if Meany had come For my own part, I would be out for the Republican ticket, inclined to split the difference. Dole would undoubtedly be Organized labor i~ neither as singing a different tune. So it weak as some of its "liberal" goes in the grand and glorious critics think it is, nor as strong game of American politics. as some of its more co.nservaBut politicians (including some tive critics make it out to: be. Nor, who would give their eye teeth in my opinion, is it as strong as to get Meany's endorsement) it ought to be, given the fact are not· alone in saying that or- that only 25 percent of Amerganized labor has become too ican workers are organized. It powerful. Robert Kaiser, who will be time enough to worry covers labor for the Washington about the possibility of its takPost reports. on the basis of a tng over the country after it has recent Harvard survey of "elite" doubled its present membership.
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KNOW YOUR FAITH Can God's Word By DEACON STEVE LANDREGAN
Humility, wounded and bleeding from the effects of selfishness and sin, cries out to be healed . . . to be made whole again . . . to know love and peace. Humanity's need is our need. Each of us suffers as all humanity suffers. ':Each of us bleeds from the wounds inflicted by selfishness and sin . . . our own and others'. Each of us seeks healing for our brokenness, each of us longs for the tranquility and security of love and peace. Salvation means healing. The history of salvation is the history of God the Fathl~r offering the healing salve of His love and peace to His wounded children. The Father's invitation to healing and wholenesH is made known to us by His Word.
The Word of God is both creative and healing (John 1,1-3). That which has the power to create also has the power to recreate, to restore, to heal. But what is this Word of God? How does it reach men and women in need of healing today? How is it heard over the din and clatter of a world rushing madly after the mirage of selffulfilment? For us as Christians the whole self-revelation of God attested to in the Old Testament can be called the Word of God, but it is in the person of Jesus that.. the Word of God becomes flesh and is fully revealed to ,us. Jesus is both the proclaimer of the healing promise of the Father. and the Healer. His words proclaim the Good News of salvation and His mighty deeds or miracles witness to the Turn to Page Thirteen
Faith Healing and Miracles
By RABBI MARC H. TAl"ifENBAUM Do miracles and faith-healing -now so prominent in the nation's press-play any role in Judaism? The answer to that question must begin with a look into early biblical history, Ancient Palestine-the cradle 0:[ Judaism, Christianity and Islam-sat at the crossroads between Mesopotamia and Egypt. The~l! societies were dominated by emperorworship, animal divinities, human sacrifices to Molo,:h, sacred prostitution, and other forms of paganism. Inevitably, there was a spill-over from theSE: societies of religious and cultural influences onto the soil of Palestine. Historians and archeologists now document that popular superstitions, fanciful legends, and beliefs in miracles were plentiful among the common people, and even among some of the rabbis and non-Jewish leaders. Doctor Solomon Schechter, a great rabbinic theologian disclosed that
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a cursory study of the Talmud and the Midrash rabbinic commentaries on the Bible) "yielded a harvest of not less than 250 miracles," including frequent reference to wonderworkings of the rabbis in firstcentury Palestine, among whom was Jesus of Nazareth. ("Studies in Judaism, pp. 122 s.) The rabbis, it is important to underscore, made determined attempts to limit reliance on the miraculous, even as they sought to stamp out sorcery, witchcraft, superstition, and satanism. Faith without miracles, they believed, is superior to faith that depends on the crutch of miracles. In a sense they anticipated the Gospel of John 20, 29, which states, "Blessed are they that have~not seen, and yet have believed." Bible Miracles Clearly, the Bible refers to a number of miracles - manna from heaven, water hewn from a rock, the miraculous plagues against Pharaoh and the Egyptians. The rabbis who shaped Judaism did not underestimate the value of miracles, but rather sought to harmonize miracles with the scheme of creationand, when possible, to give them a natural, plausible explanation that respected human intelligence. The world was created by the Divine Law, not arbitrarily. Even miracles, they thought, are within the law and Turn to Page Thirteen
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By MSGR. JOSEPH M. CHAMPLIN "Coming together as God's family, with confidence let us ask the Father's forgiveness, for he is full of gentleness and compassion." That invitation to repent, one of three official versions contained in our Roman Missal, leads into the penitential rite of Mass. It acknowledges that all of us are sinners-bruised and wounded persons in need of healing. During this brief ritual we confess our sinfulness in a general way as a group or community and seek the Lord's pardon. Here are a few observations about the revised penitential service: * This is ~ot intended to replace or to be the occasion for the sacrament of Penance. Instead, the Church wishes it to serve as a time to admit we are sinners even while we hope we are in God's good graces. There are strong theological, liturgical, legaf and pastoral reasons why the Church discourages the sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance within Mass. That type of, healing' best belongs in a different situation. Nevertheless, the penitential Rite itself has the power both to forgive our lesser faults and dispose us for God's saving action later in the Eucharistic liturgy. * The shorter, simpler "Confiteor" -or "I confess to almighty God" in our present missal represents a return to the oldest formulas in the Church's tradition. Horizontal Aspect It brings out more clearly two notions about our sinfulness. First of all, sin not only rup-
"THE NEW CONFITEOR (of the Mass) reminds us that we can sin by omission as well as commission," Msgr. Joseph M. Champlin writes. CIA beggar is ignored as tourists cross a bridge between Texas and Mexico. (NC Photo) tures our relationship, with God, of these least ones, you neit also breaks or weakens our glected to do it for me." * I frequently notice priests bond with others. Sin's vertical dimension. "I confess to al- and, consequently, other particmighty God," has, in the past, ipants, sign themselves with the Turn to Page Thirteen been quite evident to us; sin's horizontal aspect, "and to you, my brothers and sisters," was not always so keenly stressed or Continued from Page One apparent to Catholic Christians. In this year of emphasis on The restored formula links both together in a more correct bal- Our Lord in the Eucharist, why not join a group that has been ance. dedicated to this devotion for Secondly, the new Confiteor many years? reminds us that we can sin by The First Friday Club of Fall omission as well as commission. River has been in existence for "In what I have done, and in over 30 years and is most diswhat I have failed to do" suc- tinctive because of its structure. cinctly re<;alls, particularly No dues, no ritual, no initiathrough the last phrase, Jesus' tion, no uniform; not even a warning that He was hungry, badge. Nothing but one phone thirsty, or in trouble and we' call each month to ask if you did not respond. "As often as plan to attend. you neglected to do it to one It is a men's club with members from every parish in the Fall River area, who gather each month" from October to June, to adore Christ in the Eucharist. On the way, of course, they make the "nine Fridays"; some of them many times over in the subjects of the deaceased, and course of the years: cleared by the local bishop, who Whether you be 16 or 90 plus, must conclude that no scandal all you need to do to become a exists for Catholics. member is to attend one First A further condition is that the Friday, and be welcomed. Mass, appropriately, is at name of the deceased may not be mentioned "in the eucharistic Sacred Heart Church, corner of prayer, since that mention pre- Pine and Linden Streets, Fall Imposes full communion with River, at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at the school cafeteria, the Catholic Church." opposite the church. Signed by Cardinal Franjo By 7 o'clock the tables are Seper, prefect of the congregaeleared and a talk is given, usution, the decree's text was really by a member of the clergy. leased here by Archbishop Jean Every effort is made to comJadot, apostolic delegate in the plete the program by 8 p.m. United States. There are no requirements for The decree explained that re- delegations to wakes or hospital quests for Masses for deceased visits, except by choice of indiChristians of other faiths usu- vidual members, but prayersally are related to the departed abound at every meeting for all having shown "special devotion members, living and dead. and honor for the Catholic reliAre you interested? Call 674gion or (having) held public of- 3008 prior to Wednesday, Sept. fice a( the service of the whole 29 and leave word that you will civil community." be present on Friday, Oct. 1.
Public Mass for Deceased Non-Catholics Approved WASHINGTON (NC)-Public Masses for deceased non-Catholic Christians may now be offered under guidelines in a decree issued by the Vatican's Doctrinal Congregation. Permission for such Masses was given in the form of exceptions to the general rule forbidding the practice, a rule which remains in effect. The guidelines that there is "no difficulty about the celebration of private Masses" for the deceased of other Christian faiths, and added that one reason for the ruling against public Masses is "consideration due to the conscience of these deceased persons, who did not profess the Catholic faith to the full." Exceptions are now permitted if the Mass is explicitly requested by relatives, friends or
Busy Sunday Continued from Page One techniques applicable to parish programs. Closing the program, Rev. James Prest, D.P. of the faculty of Providence College spoke on "Christian People: Life in the Church," stressing the importance of the teacher in te catechetical program. "Texts and audiovisual materials are only tools," he said. "The teacher- is all-important. What kind of teacher you are is determined by the kind of life you lead. Are you convinced of your faith and follow it in your own life?" The speaker told his listeners to remember that their pupils "are only children, not all bad or all good. Take them as they are!" His address was followed by a prayer service on discipleship, with music by "The New Beginnings," Mary Lou Buba, Denise Despres and Jackie, Leo and Marie Racine, all of New Bedford. At Cathedral As principal celebrant and homilist at the ,jubilee Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral, Bishop Cronin told a congregation including many pioneer parishioners, "It is a like-minded, wellknit, loving community of believers who today commemorates the consecration of this church 75 years ago and gives thanks to Almighty God for his manifold blessings. To the sacrifices made in faith by the early parishioners have been added the loving sacrifices of succeeding generations. Love for their, parish; love for their Church, love for their priests, love for each other in a true sense of community have always characterized St. Mary's parishioners nnd that is what brings us all here today in gratitude to God." Noting that the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Fall River diocese would occur in 1979, the Ordinary announced that observances would include "embellishing the Cathedral appropriately and making any adjustments indicated by the liturgical requirements of the decrees of the second Vatican CounciL" A banquet followed the Mass, attended by hundreds of present and past parishioners, with retired ·Bishops James L. Connolly and James J. Gerrard among guests of honor, as well as priests who are natives of the Cathedral parish or who have served it in the past. Greetings of the city of Fall River were expressed by Mayor Wilfred C. Driscoll.
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Can God's Word Really Heal Me ? Continued from Page Twelve healing power of His proclamation. Jesus' life death and resurrection to glory are the ultimate healing of our brokenness. This healing effected by Jesus is for all men and women of all time. It is at the same time the Word of God fulfilled and the Word of God to be proclaimed. That all men and women might know and share in the healing accomplished by the Word made flesh, the Apostles
were commissioned by Jesus' to preach the healing Word. God's Word A~ the community of the apostles and disciples preaches the words which were handed down, it grows in understanding of its realities. It nourishes it and proclaims the Word to men and women desperately' in need of salvation. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Church .brings forth from its o\fn beginnings the New Testament ... discern-
Faith Healing and. Miracles Continued from Page Twelve not without. Thus, God foreordained the splitting of the Red Sea and the pausing of the sun at Joshua's bidding. The order of creation was held thereby not to have been interrupted. Miracles were part of the cosmic plan, but a subsidiary part, much as irratic comets are occasional and temporary eruptions in the design and harmony of the planets. The role of faith-healing was similarly helo in check by similarly held in check by its abuse to the manifest peril of sick people whose misplaced trust in a naive healer could prevent the obtaining of authentic medical, and later on, psychiatric care. A classic text which faith-healers appeal to is that of Exodus, 15, 26 which describes how the bitter waters of Marah are made sweet for the thirsty Israelites. Lord That Heals "If you will diligently harken to the voice of the Lord, your God," the Bible declares, "and will do that which is right in His eyes, and will give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I have put upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord that heals you." At Marah, the Israelites found themselves threatened with one of the plagues of Egypt, undrinkable water. God delivered them from this, and similarly, if they were obedient, He would
protect them from the diseases which afflicted the Egyptians. Just as a father requires faithful obedience in order to guide his family in life-giving ways, so a physician requires obedience--but only for the purpose of securing the patient's welfare. Thus the image of God as physician, rabbinic Judaisem affirms, is to communicate the message of God's. loving care for His obedient and faithful people, and not to suggest that simple reading of a passage of the Bible or ecstatic prayers are substitututes for good medical or psychiatric care. Indeed, in ancient times a popular tendency developed to use the Exodus 15, 26 passage as a charm, and the rab· bis condemned this reliance on magic as a denial of true faith which could forfeit a person's claim on the future life. Hille, the first century rabbi, who was a compatriarch of the Apostles, summed up the rabbinic attitudes toward over·' reliance on miracles in this way, "The giving to man of his daily bread is as wonderful a miracle as the cleaving of the Red Sea."
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Continued from Page Twelve c:ross at the words "May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life." . There is nothing drastically wrong about that gesture at this point, but it simply is not called for by the missals directions. Moreover, it does mar the work of simplification accomplished by the Vatican II liturgical decree. Article 34, for example, states: "The rites should be distinguished by a noble simplicity. They should be short, clear, and free from useless repetitions." When I first learned how to offer Mass over 20 years ago, there were some 50 signs of the cross within the celebration. Pope Paul VI's Roman Missal calls for this gesture only at the beginning of Mass, over the gifts and at the liturgy's conclusion. Better to make this sacred sign a few times well and carefully, _than many times poorly and in a hurry. Litany of Praise * The third form of the penitential Rite, e.g., "Lord Jesus, you healed the sick: Lord, have mercy," "Lord Jesus, you forgave sinners, Christ, have mercy," "Lord Jesus, you forgave sinners, Christ, have mercy," "Lord Jesus, you give us yourself to heal us and bring us strength, Lord, have, mercy," is a litany of praise for the Lord which implores His mercy. The eight models given indicate the pattern which should be followed when celebrants and liturgy committees compose original versions. The invocations, addressed to Christ, ought to be brief, direct and adapted to the season, feast or day's Gospel. While sometimes referring to the reconciling, healing mission of Jesus, they should not, however, be turned into a kind of confession of sins or examination of conscience. Since the revised Mass's introduction, this latter development has become common in our country. "For the times we have . .. , Lord, have mercy," is a patterned approach which is appropriate in a Penance service, but not for the penitential rite of Mass.
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THE ANCHOIt-Diocese of Fall River-Thur. Sept. 23, 1976
In Music By The Dameans
STILL THE ONE We've been together since way back when Sometimes I never want to see you again But I want you to know after all these years You're still the one I want whisperin' in my ear. You're still the one I want to talk to in bed You're still the one that turns my head We're still havin' fun and you're still the one I looked at your face every day but I never saw it 'til I went away When winter came I just wanted to go deep in the desert I longed for the snow You're still the one who 'makes me laugh You're still the one that's my better halt We're still havin' fun and you're still the one
HAVEN FOR RUNAWAYS: Youngster says "no" to blood test, but nurse Brenda Castro (left picture) is persuasive at Covenant House, New York City home for runaway teens. Founded in 1968 by Franciscan Father Bruce Ritter (right), the project has expanded from one small apartment to seven converted tenement buildings with a capacity of 75 young people. (NC Photos}
Covenalnt House Never Closes Doors
By Chris Sheridan NEW YORK (NC) - It was in 1968 that a young Franciscan priest moved to the Lower East Side of Manhattan to begin what he termed "a ministry of availability." His concern was the ,thousands of young runaways who converge every ye.ar ·on the streets of Manhattan. Father Bruce Ritter saw a desperate need to provide shelter and health services for these youngsters, who are generally ignored or unknown to the traditional child care agenc:ies. At first all he could offer was the use of his apartment and some small services thanks to the generosity of friends. He named. his facility Covenant House and his goal was to provide immediate emergency residential services for the homeless and nomadic. Over the years the goal of Covenant House has not really changed, but the facility has since expanded to include seven Greenwich Village area resid. ences, converted tenement build- ings and brownstone!:, which have a combined capacity of 75 boys and girls. It provides two basic services: a residential program which includes a short-term and longterm component and a program of runaway adolescent boys. Both programs include support services provided by Covenant House and other agenci,es. Covenant House is unique because it is the only f~lcility of its type in New York spllcializing in the needs of 16 to IS-year-old runaway youngsters. Its doors are never closed, but more often than not it has to turn away teenagers because of spnce limitations. "When I first started," said Father Ritter, "these kids were
mostly white middle class spinoffs from the flower culture who were drifting back and forth between Haight-Ashbury and the East Village." " Youngsters who knock on Covenant's doors today are a different breed - urban nomads, self-emancipated minority group kids. They are usually between the ages of 14 and 17, according to Father Ritter, and they do not fit the classical definition of a runaway, a youngster escaping from a decent family structure. The stories the youngsters tell are distressingly similar - families falling apart, sexual and other forms of abuse, or not being wanted at home. "These kids," said Father Ritter, "fall between the cracks of the institutional services theoretically set up to help children in need." Needy youngsters arrive at Covenant House via many many
routes - Family Court, the police, church groups, Bureau of Child Welfare. The facility has eight futI-time 'priests and nUns working in its various residences, as well as a battery of other professionals, including medical personnel.
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2. "I had expected a high academic sophistication with a good demic credit course in modern- solid background in Catholic Catholic theology was introduced teaching. But the students just at Wellesley College, and follow- didn't have it. They are very ining are the observations made by telligent and respond well to acathe teachers about the students. demic study, but they don't 1. "The students are surpris- know much about the Catholic ingly unsophisticated about both church." 3. ".I had expected students to traditional and modern theology. I thought they would be into so- be much more interested in social issues, but they're not into cial issues, but they wanted to that at all. They want to know know what to believe to be good about Augustine, Aquinas and Catholics. They wanted to know biblical criticism. They're asking the personal implications of beclassical questions about the na- ing Catholic - birth control, the ture of God." Turn to Page Fifteen
You're still the one who makes me strong You're still the one I want to take along We're still ha\'in' fun and you're still the one Changing our love is growing old Even though we grow' old it grows new You're still the one that I love to touch You're still the one and I can't get enough We're still havin' fun and you're still the one By John and Joanna Hall Sung by Orleans; Siren Songs BMI Two elderly people stood within a circle of family and friends. The gathering was silent, as they joined hands and gently spoke to each other - "I promise to be true' to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love and honor you all the days of my life." The scene was a 50th wedding anniversary celebration, and I had been asked to bless the guests of honor and hear them renew the vows they had made to each other so long ago. I couldn't help smiling at the thought of two people living in love longer than I've been alive. It was a joyful experience with the couple's grown-up children, and the children's children and a few children on the way. As I stood before them and watched and listened, I knew this was not a couple bound to each other just by laws !lut by the bond of faithful love. Here was a couple who had lived for each other so long and could still say "you're still the one." . There are many ingredients in a successful love relationship, but one of the most crucial is the ability to deal with hardships, disappointments, and' suffering. Living in love with a person does not at all mean constant bliss. There is also struggle, misunderstanding, loneliness, and fear. Love can exist between two people precisely because their fidelity to each other does not demand joy at every moment. They are convinced of the goodness and the rightness of their relationship and can wait in patience even when the bad times seem so long. Fidelity in love exists between those who have made longterm commitments to each oter, whether it is the fidelity of God for his people or a husband and wife for each other. Far from growing stale, the time and discipline of fidelity helps love grow, to be open to the future with excitement. "Changing our love is growing old. Even though we grow old it grows new."
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Thurs., Sept. 23, 1976
IN THE DIOCESE
By PETER J. BARTEK
Pre-Season Optimism e:tnd Hope Quickly Changes to -Reality In the waining days of Summer, while most high school students are enjoying the final days of their vacation, area schoolboy gridsters report to football practice to begin preparation for the coming season. Two a day sessions were the rule but the participants complained the watchful eye of Coach Paul O'Boy, the team labored diligentnot as they drove on with ly to build that esprit de corps the hope that their hard for a winning campaign.
work, dedication and desire The goal was clearly establishwould -culminate in a successful ed, to be ready for rival Northseason. Optimism reigns in every Attleboro on opening day. The camp as the- season begins. Most schools conducted pre- Feehan coaching staff spent season workouts on their own 'hours preparing offensive and practice fields, but some others defensive game plans, with packed their bags and traveled forces rallied behind co-captains to distant sites to work without Peter Jordan and Robbie Lee to insure that all would be ready. interruptions. Bishop Feehan High of AttleWhen the Shamrocks left the boro for example, journeyed to confines of Camp Burgess they Camp Burgess in Sandwich. were optimistic. If all went acThere the Shamrocks underwent cording to plan the efforts exthe rigors of double sessions, tended would pay dividends. utilized the camp's recreational But, alas, "the best laid plans of facilities during free time. Under
M~nsfield Contender in Balanced Hockomock On Saturday last, Feehan faced Philip High of Wrentham are reality in the form of the Red being mentioned. All three have Rocketeers from North; The Red been traditional also rans, who and White was not to be de- appear ready to pose a serious prived, they too had worked hard challenge to the perennial powfor the curtain raiser. Led by a ers. In last Saturday's action Canpotent offense attack the Hockomock League powerhouse ton bowed to a good Silver Lake team 28-6, King Philip rolled stormed to a 34-6 triumph. North's decisive viCtory has over Boston English 34-6 and to support the belief that it is Mansfield trounced Norton 32-0. It has been approximately a again among the contenders for Hockomock League honors. How- decade since Mansfield ruled the ever, unlike past years, the Hockomock circuit. The Green Rocketeers are not being cast in Hornets' loyal fans have waited the role of "strong favorite." patiently for them to climb back According to Hockomock follow- into contention" It is obvious ers there is more balance in the from their vociferousness that circuit this year than in recent they really expect this "to be memory, with no team. having a Mansfield's year." clear-cut advantage. Judging from its performance Speculation is that the big -against Norton, Mansfield does three North Attleboro, Franklin have somthing to cheer about and Stoughton, will have to be The Hornets are big, aggressive beaten before any of them can . and determined. They will be in be discounted. None of them, on the thick of the pennant race. paper, is as dominant as in past If Mansfield does have a team years; but it would be a mistake weakness,it is lack of speed. to take any lightly. Whether the club's strength ca~ The phrase "could be their offset that one deficiency will year" is being bandied about be known within the next few whenever Mansfield, or King weeks.
New Bedford at Dartmouth in Game of Week Most of the teams in the 21school, three-division Southeastern Massachusetts Conference will be engaged in non-league games this Saturday, when virtually all area teams will be in action. However, there are three Conference games on the -docket. In the only Division I game scheduled, New Bedford will meet defendi~ champion Dartmouth. The Whaling City eleven, who opened the campaign last week by defeating cross-town rival, Vocational, 25-0, hope to establish themselves as heir to
the crown by ousting the Indians. Conference observers have tabbed the game as game of the week and possibly the championship game. A year ago Dartmouth lost its opening contest to the Crimson and White and then went unbeaten for the duration of the season. In effect, the loss cost the Indians a berth in the State superbowl.playoffs. While a single game does not make a season, this clash will go a long way in determining the fate of both clubs. Case High of Swansea will
PREPARING FOR SEASON: Bishop Feehan Shamrocks prepare for football season at training session at Camp Burgess, Sandwich. From left, Co-captain Peter Jordan, Coach Paul Q'Boy, Co-captain Robbie Lee.
focus on youth Continued from Page Fourteen sacraments, marriage - but they more fundamentally wanted to know the intellectual grounds for being a Catholic." Barbara Allison, president of the Wellesley Newman Club, explained why students didn't know much about Catholicism:"Up to the fifth grade I had the Baltimore Catechism, but after that I got the beginning of the new liberal religious education. We were shown a lot of pretty pictures of flowers and such, and taught that God is love, and that relationships were important. But no one really explained the intellectual grounds of faith or , church teachings." Students generally were enthusiastic -about studying Catholicism in a non-parish environment, but some complained about the limited reading in classical theology. I think this gives us an insight into the minds of some students. Why they quit their. churches after high school. There are those who want their faith to be groUnded intellectually. There are others who don't care. Those who dOJ;l't have a. faith that is grounded intellectually all too easily fall victim to scientific and philosophical caricatures of """I"""""""""""""I"llrrllllll'!"""""1111""""'II'IIIIII'I'lllllllllln""'11"""'II'..
host Msgr. Coyle-Bishop Cassidy High of Taunton Saturday in a big Division II game. Both clubs are legitimate title contenders in the weill-balanced bracket. Barnstable will be in Dartmouth to meet Bishop Stang High in the only other II contest slated. Division III action will commence next week.
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Christianity, or else "they park their brains in neutral when it comes to correlating faith and life." Began in Antioch In answer to several requests over the past few months, I thought this was as good a time as any to get into the meaning and roots of the word "Christian" and after much reading and discussion, I found the word means different things to different people. As stated above it all began in Antioch-the city that was at one time the capital of the Roman province of Syria and called itself the Queen City of the East. Dr. Ernest T. Campbell writes that if Antioch had not fallen into obscurity and been taken over by Islam in 638 it is likely that the Greater Antioch Chamber of Commerce would have posted signs on every highway: '''Welcome to Historic Antioch! Disciples First Called Christians Here A.D. 44!" He continues: "In recent days, the word has been tossed around more than ever, the question some ask being, Was it for better or for worse that this name was bestowed on the followers of Jesus? "It was a welcome development. It showed - the young church had push and could not be ignored: Regional designations no longer applied. This young, vibrant church had burst its earlier geographical bounds. PatH lmd Barnabas had done a good public relations job.. It showed to all that Jesus Christ was central to theit efforts and that the term 'Christ' should figure in the name. But it seems that people forget that to be called a 'Christian' carries with it greater responsibility than to be called a Cath-
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olic,/a Congregationalist, a Baptist, An Anglican, a Methodist, Presbyterian or a Unitarian. To be designated by any denominational name does not necessarily, I have observed, carry with it the responsibility of being a Christian. That we see daily. There are three places in which the name occurs in the New Testament and in each case it is used by an outsider. At Antioch it was given to the church by people who were outside the faith.. When St. Paul was on trial for his life before King Agrippa, the ruler was moved to sneer, "Almost thou persuades~ me to be a Christain!" The third instance has to do with a reference in 1 Peter where it is clear that 'Christian' is a category of crime against the state. Peter writes, "For no one of us must suffer as a murderer or thief or criminal or revolutionist-but if a man suffers for being a Christian he must not be ashamed of it but must do honor to God through that name. Henry J. Gadbury, an authority on that era beyond the New Testament period said that the 'earliest writers did not use the term, which suggests it was not a name accepted by the Christians themselves. Why the lack of interest in the name? The traditional answer, according to Dr. Campbell, is because it -was given by outsiders. Maybe it was a nickname perhaps hissingly and sneeringly used. William Haslitt has described a nickname as "the hardest stone that the devil can throw at a man." We are not in the business of crystal balls and analysis and why names wer~ given or why the words 'Christianity' or 'Christendom' are too broad and too general to satisfy many. We know that it is "Christ in you" that counts, a commitment that is faithful and sometimes painful.
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