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Taunton parish triduum marks centennial of Franciscan province By DEACON JAMES N.


TAUNTON - When the bells of Corpus Christi Church on the East side of Buffalo, NY began peeling on Sept. 25, 1906, they signaled the inauguration of what was called at that time, ''The Polish Province of St. Anthony of Padua in the United States." The bells brought the joyful news to one of the largest communities of Polish people living outside of Poland that a province of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual had been created to serve their spiritual needs in a new country far away from the land of their birth. )'Because we are part ofthat province, we're celebrating its 100 anniversary here at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary from October 8 through 11

by hosting prayer days in honor of St. Anthony of Padua," said the pastor, Father David Stopyra, OFM Conv. Father Stopyra announced that Father Jude Winkler, also a Conventual Franciscan Friar priest from the province, an author, teacher, and workshop presenter, would conduct the triduum. "Father Winkler, who currently resides art St. Joseph Cupertino Friary in Ellicott City, Md., the headquarters for St. Anthony of Padua Province, is quite a guy," Father Stopyra said affectionately. "We're lucky to have him be with us, he's so busy. He travels throughout the USA, Canada and Ireland giving parish missions, retreats, workshops, days Tum to page 10 - Triduum

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MINISTERING TO MINISTERS - Father Jan Michael' Joncas, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, and well-known liturgical music composer talks on "Change and Transition in Ordained Ministry" to area priests and deacons last week at Stonehill College in Easton. Father Joncas, composer of "On Eagle's Wings," was in the area for a two-day series of presentations. (Anchor/Gordon photo) .

Catholic parishes in diocese will host registration for November elections Bishop George W Coleman approves and encourages involvement in Faithful Citizenship By

REALITY CHECK - The new John Paul II High School in Hyannis will welcome prospective students and their parents at three scheduled information session events in the next few weeks. (Anchor/Jolivet photo)

Parents, students invited to IPII information sessions in Hyannis By DAVE JOLIVET, EDITOR HYANNIS - When Pope John Paul II was alive, it seemed he made history wherever he went. Now, more than a year after his passing, he's continuing that trend. John Paul II High School, the first Catholic secondary school on Cape Cod, is offering prospective students and their parents the opportunity to attend one of three information sessions at the school on 120 High School Road.

"I'm looking forward to meeting with students and parents in our beautifully renovated auditorium on October 12, November 4 and November 30," Principal Christopher W. Keavy told The Anchor. The October 12 and November 30 sessions will begin at 7 p.m., and the November 4 session is scheduled for 9 a.m. Attendees can expect a presenTum to page 19 - Sessions





FALL RIVER - Catholics who will be voting in the November 7 General Elections in Massachusetts will not only be wary of who gets their votes, but how their chosen candidates stand on issues key to their faith beliefs. In the Fall River diocese, where Bishop George W. Coleman has approved non-partisan voter registration drives and "get out the vote" campaigns at local parishes, same-sex marriage is one of several topics on the minds of many Catholic voters. "Our Catholic voters must take a careful look at • the candidates," stated Bea Martins, public policy coordinator of 0 • ~.o0 River diocese. Noting that times have changed, Martins noted, "Voting along party lines as in former times doesn't take into account what the candidates stand for. We can't recommend anyone or who not to vote for because we are non-partisan. What we are saying is look at what each candidate endorses or supports and ask the question, 'Is it in line what my faith beliefs?''' She's hard at work readying teams of volunteers in a wide network to assist parishes that opt to hold

the registration in their churches; provide various applications for such things as absentee ballots; and get the actual voter registrations to town and city clerks by the October 18 deadline. Information on the registration is being provided parishes for insertion in their bulletins. The announcement is in English, Portuguese and Spanish.. Last year, 26 of the approximately 100 parishes in the diocese held voter registration. This year, Martins said the S number might jump to 50 ~ parishes, which now have , public policy advocates. The registrations are set to begin as early as this weekend in some parishes, Jl hi

met with their pastors and received their permission. Anchor graphic But most will be holding those on the weekends of October 7 and 14, "and no later in order to meet the deadline," she reported. "We consider this a service ... not political pressure;" she asserted. "Many parishes hold blood pressure clinics that serve the good of the body. This registration is for the good of peoples' morals and faith-filled lives." Tum to page 18 - November 0

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Pope expresses respect for Muslims, pledges to continue dialogue CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy more particularly religious freedom." The pope said that in the current (CNS) - Meeting with Islamic ambassadors and representatives, Pope world situation it was imperative that Benedict XVI expressed his deep re- Christians and Muslims join to prospectfor Muslims, pledged to continue mote human dignity and the rights that dialogue, and said Islamic and Chris- flow from that dignity. ''When threats mount up against tian leaders should cooperate to curb people and against peace, by recogviolence. ''Faithful to the teachings of their nizing the central character of the huown religious traditions, Christians and man person and by working with perMuslims must learn to work together, severance to see that human life is alas indeed they already do in many ways respected, Christians and Muscommon undertakings, in order to lims manifest their obedience to the guard against all forms of intolerance Creator;' he said. The pope closed his talk by recalland to oppose all manifestations ofvioing that Muslims worldwide were .lence;' the pope said. INCREASED SECURITY - Pope Benedict XVI, flanked by his bodyguards, arrives at his general ''As for us, religious authorities and about to begin the spiritual month of audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican recently. Security around the Vatican was discreetly political leaders, we must guide and Ramadan, and he prayed that they be increased following vague threats made by extremist groups on Internet sites. (eNS photofTony Gen- encourage them in this direction," he granted "serene and peaceful lives." , tile, R e u t e r s ) , When he finished, he was warmly apsaid. The unprecedented encounter at plauded. The meeting, arranged with unthe pope's summerresidence Monday was designed to soothe Muslim resent- usual urgency by the Vatican, was a VATICAN CITY) - Here is the Cologne last year, ''Interreligious and things, they train themselves toward ment over a'recent papal speech that formal audience and not a closed-door Vatican's English-language text of intercultural dialogue between Chris- sincere mutual understanding and to- citeda historical criticism ofIslam and exchange of opinions. In attendance Pope Benedict XVI's remarks in tians and Muslims cannot be reduced gether maintain and promote social the conceptofholy war. The pope later were ambassadors from 22 predomiFrench to Vatican and Muslim lead- to an optional extra. It is, in fact, a justice and moral values as well as distanced himself from the quoted nantly Muslim countries and 19 other ers at the papal summer residence in vital necessity, on which in large peace and freedom for all people" material and said he was sorry Mus- Islamic representatives based in Italy. After words of welcome by the measure our future depends" (Meet- (HNostra Aetate," 3). The lessons of lims had been offended. Castel Gandolfo Monday: Addressing the Islamic represen- head of the Pontifical Council for ining with Representatives of Some the past must therefore help us to seek Dear Muslim friends, I am pleased to welcome you to Muslim Communities, Cologne, Ger- paths ofreconciliation, in order to live tatives at Castel Gandolfo, the pope terreligious Dialogue, French Cardithis gathering that I wanted to arrange many, Aug. 20, 2(05). In with respect for the identity and free- alluded only briefly to the earlier nal Paul Poupard, the pope delivered in order to strengthen the bonds of marked by relativism and too often dom of each individual, with a view speech. Instead, he focused on assur- his talk in French; the Vatican immefriendship and solidarity between the excluding the transcendence and uni- to fruitful cooperation in the service ing Muslim communities that his pa- diately made available translations in Holy See and Muslim communities versality of reason, we are in great of all humanity. As Pope John Paul II pacy was not backtracking on the dia- Arabic, English and Italian. Afterward, throughout the world. I thank Cardi- need of an authentic dialogue be- said in his memorable speech to young " logue opened by the Second Vatican the pope greeted those present indinal Poupard, president ofthe Pontifi- tween religions and between cultures, people at Casablanca in Morocco, Council and developed in large part vidually, then posed for a photo and cal Council for Interreligious Dia- capable of assisting us, in a spirit of ''Respect and dialogue require reci- by his predecessor, Pope John Paul n. left the hall. The papal talk was broadcast live The pope expressed his "esteem logue, for the words that he has just fruitful cooperation, to overcome all procity in all spheres, especially in that on the Arab television network Aladdressed to me, and I thank all of the tensions together. Continuing, which concerns basic freedoms, more and profound respect" for Muslim you for responding to my invitation. then, the work undertaken by my pre- particularly religious freedom. They believers and said he wanted to con- Jazeera. Before the meeting, the Vatican The circumstances which have decessor, Pope John Paul II, I sin- favor peace and agreement between tinue to build bridges, especially begiven rise to our gathering are well cerely pray that the relations of trust peoples" (Address to Moslem Youth tween Muslims and Christians. Pro- spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico ductive dialogue, he said, will be based Lombardi, said the encounter was a known. I have already had occasion which have developed between in Morocco, Aug. 19,1985,5). Dear friends, I am profoundly on mutual knowledge, which ''with sign that dialogue was returning to to dwell upon them in the course of Christians and Muslims over several the past week. In this particular con- years will not only continue, but will convinced that in the current world joy recognizes the religious values that normal after a moment of misundertext, I should like to reiterate today develop further in a spirit of sincere situation it is imperative that Chris- we have in common and, with loyalty, standing. The spokesman said the pope's speech September 12 at the all the esteem and the profound re- and respectful dialogue, based on tians and Muslims engage with one respects the differences." He said historical animosities University ofRegensburg in Germany spect that I have for Muslim believ- ever more authentic reciprocal another in order to address the nuers, calling to mind the words of the knowledge which, with joy, recog- merous challenges that present them- should be left behind. The lessons of might even tum out to be "providenSecondVatican Council which for the nizes the religious values that we have selves to humanity, especially those the past, he said, should help Chris- tial" for dialogue. ''We hope the tension and sufferCatholic Church are the Magna Carta in common and, with loyalty, respects concerning the defense and promo- tians and Muslims seek "paths of recing of the past days make everyone tion of the dignity of the human per- onciliation" that lead to respect for inof Muslim-Christian dialogue: 'The the differences. understand the urgency of a renewed Interreligious and intercultural son and of the rights ensuing from dividual identity and freedom. Church looks upon Muslims with reIn that regard, Pope Benedict cited dialogue that is positive, trustworthy, spect. They worship the one God liv- dialogue is a necessity for building that dignity. When threats mount up ing and subsistent, merciful and al- together this world of peace and fra- against people and against peace, by Pope John Paul on the important is- capable of looking at problems in mighty, creator of heaven and earth, ternity ardently desired by all people recognizing the central character of sue of reciprocal respect for religious depth, and ready for 'self-criticism,' as who has spoken to humanity and to of good will. In this area, our con- the human person and by working rights, quoting from a speech the late the pope said;' Father Lombardi said. "If this happens, the speech in whose decrees, even the hidden ones, temporaries expect from us an elo- with perseverance to see that human pope delivered to Muslims in Mo- , they seek to submit themselves quent witness to show all people the life is always respected, Christians rocco: ''Respect and dialogue require Regensburg, with its intellectual courwholeheartedly, just as Abraham, to value of the religious dimension of and Muslims manifest their obedi- reciprocity in all spheres, especially in age ... will have been fruitful, perhaps whom the Islamic faith readily relates life. Likewise, faithful to the teach- ence to the Creator, who wishes all that which concems basic freedoms, even providential," he said. itself, submitted to God" ("Nostra ings of their own religious traditions, people to live in the dignity that he OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE Aetate," 3). Christians and Muslims must learn has bestowed upon them. DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER Dear friends, I pray with my whole Placing myself firmly within this to work together, as indeed they al"Published weekly except for two weeks in the summer and the week after perspective, I have had occasion, ready do in many common undertak- heart that the merciful God will guide Christmasby the Catholic Press ofthe Diocese of Fall River, 887 Highland Avenue, since the very beginning of my pon- ings, in order to guard against all our steps along the paths of an ever all River, MA 02720, Telephone 508-675-7151 - FAX 508-675-7048, E-mail: tificate, to express my wish to con- forms of intolerance and to oppose more authentic mutual understanding. ctw, Subscription price by mail, postpaid $14.00 per year. d address changes to P.O. Box 7, Fall River, MA, call or use E-mail address tinue establishing bridges of friend- all manifestations of violence; as for At this time when for Muslims the Member: Catholic Press ASSOCiation. New England PreSS ASbociation, Catholic News Service ship with the adherents of all reli- us, religious authorities and political spiritual journey of the month of PUBUSHER • Most Reverend George W. Coleman gions, showing particular apprecia- leaders, we must guide and encour- Ramadan is beginning, I address to all ~'~I:CUTlVEEDITOR Father Roger J. Landry tion for the growth of dialogue be- age them in this direction. Indeed, ofthem my cordial good wishes, pray- ftjEDlTOR David B. Jollvet NEWS EDITOR Deacon James N. Dunbar tween Muslims and Christians (cf. "although considerable dissensions ing that the Almighty may grant them REPORTER Michael Gordon Address to the Delegates of Other and enmities between Christians and serene and peaceful lives. May the PFFICE MANAGER Mary Chase Churches and Ecclesial Communities Muslims may have arisen in the God of peace fill you with the abunsehd Letters to'the Editor and of Other Religious Traditions, course of the centuries, the council dance of his blessings, together with POSTMASTERS send address changes to The Anchor, p.o. Box 7, Fall River, MA 02722. THE ANCHOR (USPS-54S.()2()) Periodical Postage Paid at Fall River, Mass. April 25, 2(05). As I underlined at urges all parties that, forgetting past the communities that you represent.

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Church leaders join in pleas for action to save Darfur population WASHINGTON (CNS) - As "been mounting among rebel groups, people around the worldjoined peace the Sudanese military and its proxy rallies, concerts, prayer vigils and militias, known as the Janjaweed. even a "yogathon" to press for action The offensive "has trapped innoto bring peace to Darfur in Sudan, the cent and defenseless civilians in the head ofthe U.S. bishops' international middle of the fighting," Bishop policy committee and others pleaded Wenski wrote in a statement released for more efforts to "end the killings, in Washington. And with the deteriorape and wanton destruction." rating situation, it has become "a Events in dozens of cities drew deadly challenge" to deliver humanitens of thousands of people on or tarian aid to the 2.5 million people around September 17, which was who have fled their homes and andesignated by peace groups as Glo- other million who are at risk of starbal Day for Darfur. vation, he said. A dozen aid workers Bishop Thomas G. Wenski of Orlando, Fla., the committee head, said despite hopeful signs of a peace agreement in the spring conflict has

Nun is beatified OXFORD, England (CNS) - A nun executed for sheltering Jews during World War II was remembered for her feminine example of holiness during her beatification in Hungary. Cardinal PeterErdo ofEsztergomBudapest, Hungary, said the martyrdom of Sister Sara Salkahazi of the Sisters of Social SerVice is "close to us, and her example is within our reach. Sister Sara "dedicated special attention to the dignity of women" and recognized the burdens of the working class, Cardinal Erdo said at the beatification Mass September 17 in front of Budapest's St. Stephen Basilica. Sister Sara, born in 1899, had a degree in education and founded Hungary's Catholic Women's League. Before she took her vows in 1930, Sister Sara was engaged to be married and worked as a bookbinder and journalist. In 1944 she was shot and thrown in the Danube River路 with Jewish people by Nazis for sheltering Jewish women and children at her convent. DIOCESAN TRIBUNAL FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS Decree of Citation Since his present domicile is un路 known, in accord with the provision of Canon 1509.1, we hereby cite Walter C. Phillips to appear in person before the Tribunal of the Diocese of Fall River (887 Highland Avenue in Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts) on October 12, 2006 at 2:30 PM to give his testimony regarding the question: IS THE RULLO路PHILLIPS MARRIAGE NULL ACCORDING TO CHURCH LAW? Anyone who has knowledge of the domicile of Walter C. Phillips is hereby required to inform him of this citation. Given at the offices of the Diocesan Tribunal in Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts on September 21, 2006. (Rev.) Paul F. Robinson, O. Carm~ J.C.D. Judicial Vicar (Mrs.) Denise D. Berube Ecclesiastical Notary



have been killed since June. He wamed that the cycle of violence in Darfur threatens to spiral completely out of control. "With more people being displaced, an already alarming state ofinsecurity that has hampered efforts to deliver humanitarian aid may degenerate completely," he said. BishopWenski said the U.S. bishops support a resolution authorizing the United Nations to take over an inadequately equipped and understaffed peacekeeping effort by the

African Union, and the appointment ofa special envoy to focus diplomatic attention on a lasting solution. In New York, Franciscan Father Michael Perry, consultant on Africa for Franciscans International, urged people to call members ~f Congress, write letters tothe White House, pray and to educate others about the situation in Darfur. I' In a letter to Franciscan friars and "partners in ministry," Father Perry explained that more th~ 400,000 people have died in Datfur and another 300,000 face the immediate prospects of hunger and starvation. "Darfur is the size o~! France and has a population ofover six million,"

he wrote. The war began in 2002 as a local revolt by fanners and others against the government's abuse of rights and its failure to provide protection from marauding raiders. Although the government and the main rebel group signed a peace agreement in May, neithet side has respected it, Father Perry said. In recent months the government has progressively blocked international aid agencies from delivering food and medical supplies to civilians who have been forcibly displaced by helicopter gunships, bomber planes and military forces. Rebel groups also have committed atrocities and not respected cease-fire agreements, he said.

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Archbishop says Vatican has high regard for U.S. Catholic colleges Bv ANTONIO M. ENRIQUE CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

STILL WALKING THE WALK - Amedeo Scaramouche, 101, walks near St. Martin Church in New Derry, Pa., in early July. Scaramouche was six years old when his family joined the parish. Nearly 96 years later he still walks to Mass every day from his home nearby. (CNS photo/Ed Zelachoski, Catholic Accent)

At age 101, Pennsylvania man still walks to church for Mass every day NEW DERRY, Pa. (CNS) Amedeo Scaramouche was six years old when his family joined St. Martin Parish in New Derry. Now, nearly 96 years later, Scaramouche walks to Mass every day from his home nearby. It is the home where the 101year-old man grew up, lived with his beloved wife, Susan, and their son, Albert, and where he continues to Jive, still lovingly tending his gar-

qen. ; He still remembers the iron fence that used to surround St. Martin ~hurch and its cemetery. Photographs he took at the request of one of the pastors are framed and hang on the back wall of the church. The parish celebrated its 150th anniver~ary recently at a Mass celebrated Greensburg Bishop Lawrence E.



Scaramouche sang in the parish choir for many years. Although he and his wife weren't married at St. Parish, their son served as an altar boy there. Scaramouche's life was tough. He suffered asevere facial injury in a sledding accident when he was a boy. He never went to high school. Instead, he joined his father in the coal mines.


"My pap was laying track (for the mines), and I was helping him. But I wanted to make more money so I began digging coal when I was 16," Scaramouche said in an interview with The Catholic Accent, newspaper of the Greensburg diocese. His father died later that year, and .it became the young man's responsibility to support his mother and younger brothers. "I took care of everything; I even paid off the land," he said. Later, he held jobs at Westinghouse in Derry and at a glass factory in Blairsville. He and wife Susan were married when the Depression hit. "When I got married, I hit the jackpot," Scaramouche said with eyes turning misty. "She was a wonderful person. Everybody loved her." The couple had been married for 67 years when Susan Scaramouche died about nine years ago. "She told me she wanted to die at home. I was feeding her one day and she said, 'I love you and I thank you for everything,'" he said. "I have her in my mind every day," he added. On November 25, Scaramouche planned to celebrate his 102nd birthday by singing at a parish Mass.











The archbishop devoted about half of his presentation to the need for these Catholic institutions to BRIGHTON -- One of the greatest contributions stress their Catholic identity, saying it must be an inCatholic institutions of higher learning can offer so- tegral part of their mission. ciety is their "uncompromising Catholicity," the secAccording to the archbishop, the Vatican began to retary of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Edu- realize the importance of emphasizing this Catholic cation told an audience that included presidents and identity after 1968, when Pope Paul VI's encyclical, faculty members from several Boston-area Catholic "Humanae Vitae" ("Of Human Life") on married love colleges. and procreation, met with widespread opposition Archbishop J. Michael Miller stressed the impor- among many Catholics in academia over its reaffirtance the Vatican places on America's Catholic col- mation of Church teaching prohibiting artificial conleges and universities in an address September II at traception. Jesuit-run Boston College Quoting extensively in Brighton. from documents and "Not unaware of this speeches by Pope John country's superpower staPaul n as well as Pope Benedict XVI, the archtus and despite the fact that only six percent of the bishop said the greatest challenge facing路Catholic world's Catholics are ...,.,......-..................... American, the Holy See higher education in the recognizes the unique role i; \ United States is strengthof the United States mthe ,................., ilio--.... ening its Catholic identity globalized world of and ensuring that identity higher education," he plays an important role in said. all aspects of a school, in"The health of the cluding decision-making. American institutions The Catholic witness matters a great deal to the must be institutional, he Vatican," he said. added. The address was sponQuoting from a recent sored by Boston College's speech by Pope Benedict, Church in the 21st CenArchbishop Miller said tury Center. The center that "a Catholic identity is describes itself as "a re- GOOD GRADES - Archbishop J. Michael Miller, in no way reductive but source for the renewal of secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Catho- rather exalts the univerthe Catholic Church in the Iic Education, speaks at Boston College's Ga,sson sity." U 't d Stat . . Hall. Archbishop Miller focused on the need for The archbishop also ~. e . es, eng~gIng In U.S. Catholic universities to embrace"their Cathourged Catholic colleges cntlcal. Issues fac~ng the Iic identity and to foster an integral humanism. and universities to be like Catholi~ commumty and (CNS photo/Gregory L. Tracy, The Pilot) advanCIng contemporary good Samaritans, becomreflection on the Catholic intellectual tradition." ing "academic Sam:uitans" who share resources with Archbishop Miller focused on the need for U.S. their counterparts in the developing world in need of Catholic universities to embrace their Catholic iden- such assistance. tity and to foster an integral humanism, counterbalArchbishop Miller reminded his audience gathered ancing those institutions that he said fragment knowl- at a Jesuit institution of the purpose of Catholic eduedge and leave out any reference to the faith. cation as understoOd by the Jesuits' founder, St. He challenged Catholic colleges and universities Ignatius: Catholic education aims to "help make God to be the leaven of academic renewal in this country. our creator and lord better known and served." He stressed that history shows the importance of "It is only by the fidelity to the Ignatius vision that religion and faith in the formation ofculture, and criti- Boston College will be able to save its place among cized any view that would ignore or deny the rela- the best Catholic universities in America and in the tionship between faith and culture, calling that an "er- world," Archbishop Miller said. ror of perspective." He also said that "every Catholic university ought Catholic colleges and universities must ensure the to reflect and to teach justice. A passion for justice role of faith is addressed in academia and "in society should be enshrined at the heart of what every uniat large," he said. versity values most - curriculum."

Seminary tradition ends with Quigley closing




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CHICAGO - The tradition of high school seminary formation in the Archdiocese ofChicago will come to an end next June when Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary closes its doors. . The archdiocese announced the closure September 19 before dismissing classes for the day. 'The changing patterns of vocation discernment have had a great impact in the ability to maintain a I high school seminary program," said the statement announcing the closure. "For many years Quigley has been lone of the few high school seminary preparatory schools in the United

States," it said. "Declining numbers ofstudents, along with growing costs per student associated with operating Quigley, have also led to this difficult but necessary decision." This year, Quigley has about 183 students, down from about 218 two years ago. The archdiocese will continue to find new ways to help its young people listen for God's call to the priesthood and religious life, according to the statement. Quigley was founded as Cathedral College <:if the Sacred Heart in 1905 by Chicago Archbishop James E. Quigley. Ground was broken on its

current site in 1916, under the leadef:ship of Archbishop George Mundelein. : By 1922, the minor seminary had more than 600 students - a number that increased to more than 1,300 by the 1950s. In 1961, the archdiocese oPened a new high school seminary on the South Side of Chicago, Quigley South, and rechristened the original high school seminary Quigley North. But by 1989 numbers had declined, and the archdiocese formally closed both high school seminaries and t;eopened a reconstituted Quigley in 1990.



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Newark ,archbishop 'greatly saddened' at marri,ed-priest campaign ·advocacy.

His marriage to Marla Sung in 2001 c~used'an interna~onal stir. After several months, 'at the per~' sonal urging of Pope Jolm Paul n, he left her and renouncdl the marriage, which was never rbcognized by the Church, and went on a yearlong retreat. . 'The archbishop, whO: has spent most of his life in Italy since 1983, came to the United States this summer and announced at iia July 12 press conference in Washington • "i that he was embarking ~m a campaign to restore to ministry an estimated 150,000 Catholic priests who have had to leave abtive mini . istry because of marriage. He also said at that time that he planned to reunite with his wife. He named his moven}ent "Married Priests Now!" . A press release on tre Saddle Brook conference sai~ participants included marri~d priests from Peru, Brazil, ~exico, Italy~


NEWARK, N.J. (CNS) - New- has threatened him with "can'oniWith Archbishop Milingo at the ark Archbishop John J. Myers said cal suspension" if he continues his meeting was Maria Sung Milingo,. he was "greatly saddened" at the advocacy of married priests. the Korean acupuncturist whom "Married Priests Now!" campaign He said· the threat, caning on the arch'bishop '''married'' 'in 2001 of Zambian Catholic Archbishop him to recant to Pope Benedict in a mass wedding ceremony arEmmanuel Milingo. XVI by October 15, will not deter ranged by the Rev. Sun Myung In a statement, the New Jersey him:.. Moon, founder of the Unification .' archbishop urged the African prelThe Associated Press reported Church, which is now called the ate to honor his ordination prom- that the first evening of the con- Family Federation for World·Peace ises and "undo the confusion and ference he showed an AP reporter and Unification. sorrow he is causing with his cur- a letter from Cardinal Giovanni Archbishop Milingo, 76, was rent actions" on behalf of priests Battista Re, prefect of the Vatican archbishop of Lusaka, Zambia, who have left ministry to. marry. ' Congregation for Bishops, urging from 1969 until 1983, when the Archbishop Milingo reportedly him to reflect on what he was do- Vatican asked him to resign betold more than 100 couples attend- ing and warning that his "behav- cause he refused to abandon mining a three-day conference for mar- ior, activities and public statements istries of healing and exorcism ried priest~ September 17-19 at a Jhese past few months are com- that Church officials judged to be hotel in Saddle Brook, in the New- pletely contrary to the obligation . inconsistent with Catqolic teachark archdiocese, that the Vatican of every bishop." ing.

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Canada and a dozen U.S. states. It quoted Archbishop Milingo as saying that the Church "is in a state of crisis because of the priest shortage" and reinstating married priests in active ministry would end the crisis. In his statement precedin'g ,the meeting, Archbishop Myers said Archbishop Milingo's actio~s "are' the teaching and disCipline of the Roman Catholic Church" and fly in the face of the archbi'shop's' reconciliation with the pope in 2001. "Those of us who answer the call tb holy orders in the Latin-rite Church give ourselves entirely to God," Archbishop Myers said. "Chaste celibacy - or to put it into more 'practical terms, the active agreement of a priest to forgo the bonds 'mid obligations that marriage entai,ls - permits the priest to dedicate himself compleiely to a new life of service."

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Proclaiming the gospel of work As he conc1udedhis apostolic pilgrimage to Gennany, Pope Benedict XVI gave one last gift to the crowds who had assembled at the Munich airport to wish him au/wiedersehen and those who were viewing on television. Along his journey he had taken the multitudes to the word of God and - applied it very concretely to their lives today. This is the way of the Church, he said, to look constantly at revelation so as to be able to respond to new historical challenges. , In his valedictory, he mentioned this principle and then gave a concrete application of it in the recent history of the Church. ''Today, September 14; marks the 25th anniyersary of the publication of the encyclical "Laborem Exercens," in which the great John Paul II called work 'a fundamental dimension of man's existence on earth' and insisted that 'the primary basis of the value of work is man himself.' Work, he observed, is therefore 'something good for man,' because with it 'man not only transfonns nature, adapting it to his' own needs, but also achieves fulfillment as a human being, and in a certain sense, becomes more human.' "On the basis of this profound intuition, the pope offered in his encyclical some gUidelines which are still helpful today. That text was not lacking in prophetic value, and I would like to recommend it to the people of my native land. I am certain that its concrete application would prove very beneficial in Gennany's present situation." That text is equally valuable to Americans fof ow: present situation. In this beautiful 1981 encyclical, which Benedict was recommending, his predeces'sor described that work was part of man's vocation from the very beginning. , . , In the first command in the Bi1;lle, the Lord gave the human person the mission to co-operate (work together) with him in bringing his work of creation to fulfillment "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish ... the birds ... and every living thing that moves on the earth" (Gen 1:28). God, who worked for the "six days" of creation and whom Jesus says "is still working" (In 5:17), made man and woman in his own image and likeness and called them to share in ' this work. ~ The firstway we do so is through pro-creation, when in the image of the Trinitarian communion-of-persons-in-Iove we "increase and multiply" that part of creation God deemed "very good." The second way we cooperate in ,bringing creation to perfection is through "subduing the earth" and exercising "dominion" over.allliving things. , Right from the beginning, before the Fall, the human person had re, ceived this mission, which shows not only the goodness of human work but how central it is for man's dignity, vocation and mission, After the Fall, both aspects of man's work became toilsome - procreation now would bring with it the "pangs of childbirth" for the woman and the work of subduing and having dominion would now bring "sweat" to one's brow (Gen 3:16-19) - but work would remain fundamentally g<?od - and in fact redemptive. The most important part of work, Pope John Paul II wrote, was not its ''transitive'' ,function of perfecting God's material universe, in cultivating the land, raising animals, and even, in modem times, making computer chips out of sand and life-saving medicines out of bacteria. It was the "intransitive" purpose of bringing God's greatest work - the human person - to perfection. Work done well gives the human person the opportunity to cultivate all the various hidden talents and potentials God has implanted in him - physical, intellectual, and spiritual- which are far greater than those he has inscribed in the earth. So 'great was Jesus' appreciation for human work in God's divine plan that he could not stop using it as the proper analogy for his preaching. In his teaching, he favorably mentions shepherds, farmers, doctors, sowers, householders, servants, stewards, merchants, laborers, soldiers, cooks, tax collectors and scholars and many more. He compares th~ work ofthe apostolate to the manual work of harvesters and fishennen. Jesus djd not merely praise ordinary human work bu~ shared in it. He spent the vast majority of his life in Nazareth as a manual laborer. His fellow Nazarenes knew him as a "construction worker" (the Greek word telawn, in Mk 6:3, means is broader than "carpenter"). Following his foster-father, Jesus entered into the world of human work, not as a "cover" until his "real work" would begin, but precisely to redeem ,noble human work in his process of redeeming the human person He called all his listeners; of whatever honest profession, to be saints. A few he called to leave their fishing boats or tax-charts behind to proclaim the Gospel. The vast majority he called to proclaim the Gospel by living that good news right where they were. That's still what Jesus does today. Most of his followers are called to live out their discipleship and apostolate, their vocation and their mission, in the family and in the workplace. They are called to become saints and bring others to sanctity through this "increasing and multiplying" and "subduing" and "dominion." One's desk, or sewing machine, or kitchen, or chalkboard, or operating room, or workbench or boat, is meant to become an altar which sanctifies not only what is given to God in work, but the giver as well. It is there that the vast majority of men and women are called to be sanctified and sanctify others through showing the original dignity and meaning of human work. Work is not principally about earning a paycheck, but about serving and loving others. When work takes on this meaning, the perfection of the human person continues, the work-place is evangelized, and God's'work is advanced. The 25th anniversary of "Laborem Exercens" is an opportunity for all of us, Catholics of whatever country, to reflect on the meaning of-human work - and specifically our work ~ in God's divine plan. A diligent construction worker fromNazareth waves to each of us today with calloused hands and says, "Come, follow me!" ...

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A question of authority This authority of authentic Division among Christians is of divine revelation is interpretation nothing new, and frequently today, possessed and exercised by the disagreements arise among those Church which Christ founded on who profess to be Christians about the Apostles, whom he commis.what it means to be faithful to Christ. sioned to spread his revelation Public debate about moral issues when he told them, "Go therefore such as whether or not human and make disciples of all nations, embryos should be destroyed for medical research, and whether or not ... , teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you" (Mt same-sex unions should be recog28:19). . nized as marriages, has divided This question of authority was many Christians who claim an equal right to decide what following Christ 'precisely one of the matters debated during the 16th century when requires. These disagreements and Protestants claimed the right to divisions among Christians interpret for themselves the meaning ingly boil down to a question of of divine revelation, leading to, authority: Who has the authority to say definitively what Christ taught and what is required .10 be a faithful Christian? . These disagreements. about tIle requirements of fidelity to Christ often result from differences and divisions over how to interpret the words of Christ in divine revelation. For among otherthings, debates over the example, did Christ mean to be number of sacraments and the understood literally when he said, existence of the real presence of "Call no one on earth your father" Christ in the Eucharist. In response, (Mt 23:9), or when he said, ''If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it - at the Council of Trent, the Church out and throw it away" (Mt 5:29), or held that the truth of the Gospel message is "contained in written .when he said, ''This is my body:' books and in unwritten traditions and ''This is my blood",(Mt 26:26, which were received by the Apostles 28)? from the mouth of Christ himself, or If each individual is free to else have come down to us, handed interpret for himself the correct on as it were from the Apostles meaning of Christ's words, then themselves at'the inspiration of the disagreements and controversies are Holy Spirit" (Session 4, First inevitable, given the various Decree). Therefore, the Council inclinations and motives among people. But if Christ "desires all men taught, it is the function of the Church to ''pass judgment on the to be saved and to come to the true meaning and interpretation of knowledge of the truth" (ITnn 2:4), the sacred Scriptures" (Session 4, it would not make sense that he left us without a way to understand the Second Decree)'. The Second Vatican Council correct meaning of his saving words, continued this teaching by insisting or to rise above the inevitable disagreements of interpretation. It is, that it is the Church that "carries out rather, eminently sensible that Christ the divine c;ommission and ministry of guarding and interpreting the . would have granted to someone the word of God" (Dei Verbum, 12). authority to interpret correctly and More precisely, it is the .authentically his words of everlastmagisterium, composed of the ing life.


college of bishops, together with the pope, who are the successors of the Apostles, to which Christ has entrusted this sacred task, and which exercises the authority of intewretatio~. Again, it was the Second Vatican Council which taught that the bishops are "authentic teachers, that is teachers endowed with the authority of Christ, who preach to the people committed to them the faith they must believe and put into practice" (Lumen Gentium, 25). Thus, when questions or disagreements arise about the meaning or application of Christ's words, it is his Church in which the authority. to answer and settle them lies. Consequently, it is not right, as many would try, to drive a wedge between Christ and his Church, by denying the existence of this authority in the Church, and thereby claiming that it is possible to be faithful to Christ, while rejecting the definitive teachings ofthe Church on matters of faith and morals. In' our efforts at evangelization, much deplnds on establishing the link between Christ and his Church, to whom he has given the authority to interpret his revelation to the world. Much depends on establishing the link between divine revelation and the authentic interpretation of it by the one to whom such authority' has been given. It just makes sense that if Christ meant for us to understand correctly his saving words that show us the way to etemallife, he would give his Church, to whom he entrusted his revelation, the authority to interpret those words. Thus, a desire to follow Christ necessarily entails desire to follow.the definitive teachings of his Church. Father Pignato is chaplain at Bishop'.5tang High School in North Dartmouth and is secretary to Bishop George w: Coleman.



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A deaf frog in Foxboro You can pull only so many legs off a spider before it's not able to walk any more. This may sound like a proverb from "The Old Farmer's Almanac;' but actually it's an apt description of the state of New England sports recently. The once great, proud Celtic tradition gave way to perpetual mediocrity when players like Larry Bird, Robert Parrish and Kevin McHale weren't adequately replaced. The Boston Bruins may have experienced a major metamorphosis this past off-season, but that remains to be seen. During the past few decades, the once-feared Bruins have become a J.Y. squad filled with no-name players that other teams look forward to playing to pad their stats.

" The Red Sox, in only two years, went from World Champion darlings to losing the likes of Pedro Martinez, Derek Lowe and

Johnny Damon. At press time, their fighting for their lives to come in a distant second to the Yanks. Well, at least we have the Patriots, right? Wrong. The same philosophy that brought three world titles in five years is seemingly returning the Pats to their not-so-storied history of being just another NFL team.

Diocesan pilgrims ready for Boston Pro-Life walk By MIKE GORDON, ANCHOR STAFF NORTH DARTMOUTH - Diocesan pilgrims will join with Bishop George W. Coleman Sunday at 1 p.m. on the Boston Common to be witnesses to the dignity of human life from the moment of conception to natural death as they participate in the annual Respect Life Walk to Aid Mothers and Children. Thousands of Pro-Life supporters of all ages are expected to participate in the peaceful family oriented event, which features several Pro-Life speakers and music prior to the 2.5- mile on Commonwealth Avenue. "This is an important occasion where young and elderly alike can show their commitment to the Pro-Life cause;' said assistant director ofthe diocesan Pro-Life Apostolate Jean C. Arsenault. "When you walk for life you are declaring your beliefs in a public statement and that's something we need to do as Catholics." The event is sponsored by the Massachusetts Citizens For Life Group and funds raised by the walk-a-thon benefit more than 40 Pro-Life agencies "including our own Pro-Life Apostolate," she said. 'We are grateful for the help and for all those who participate in this important cause;' saidArsenault. 'This walk benefits shelters for mothers and children, Project Rachel programs, crisis pregnancy centers, counseling services and many more agellcies. The donations are very important to our work:' The Greater Fall River Massachusetts Citizens for Life chapter is sponsoring a bus for those who would like to participate in the walk and do not want to drive into the city on their own. The cost if $5 for adults and $2 for youth 18 and under. The central pickup location is at ~ulateConcep-

tion Church on County Street in Fall River. It will leave promptly at 11 :30 a.m. A second pick-up, at the Taunton Galleria Park and Ride will occur at approximately 11 :45 am. Among those attending will be AI Silvia, a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, New Bedford. He has attended the Boston walk for many years and said he does so because, ''It's a form of witness and we as Catholics have an obligation to speak up for the unborn and the Pro-Life cause." Silvia added that he hopes the movement can get stronger and "people need to be more aware ofwhat it's all about. It's a safe walk and people should bring their families and make a day ofiC When asked what motivates him to participate, Silvia responded, "our Lord, who is the rock and my strength. He is the author of all life." Another long-time participant is Christine Cartrette from Holy Trinity Parish, Fall River. She plans to attend with her husband William and their two children Mercedes, 16 and Forest,lO. "It is the only public event in Massachusetts when we can see the" con"cern and outpouring ofsupport for the Pro-Life cause. A lot of people participate and it's something that my whole family enjoys. It's a nice afternoon and a good cause." " According to Cartrette, as Catholics 'We must put our faith into action and this is a terrific way to do so. I hope we can continue to be a positive force for the unborn and this is great way to show how much we care about" this issue." To reserve a seat on the bus call Dot Nicolau at 508-674-8695. Those who cannot attend are asked to join spiritually by praying for participants and for the Pro-Life cause.

The "In Bill We Trust," mantra we all bought into is wearing very thin with the fans ... and I suspect the players as well. Look into Tom Brady'~ face. There's no spark, no fire, no confidence, no fun. Belichick has s~cked. that dry. Adam Vinatieri, Willie McGinest, Deion Branch, David Givens - four missing spider legs without a replacement. Poor Tom Brady is just barely able to walk, let alone run an offense. Belichick has done something I didn't think was possible. No, not win three Super Bowls in four years. He's broken Tom Brady's spirit. We need a transfusion of talent and dedication, but no one is going to want to come play for the Pats. Why? They'll be paid less here, and they'll always be expendable. And there is no reward for loyalty and hard work.

Those really are boos emanating from Gillette Stadium, not chants of Bruuuuuuu. i It's not a salary cap issue. The Pats are well below. What is it then? What's up with Messrs. Kraft and Belichick? The Patriots will likely make the playoff this season, only because someone in theAFC East has to. ., I' Watch football on any given Sunday afternoon or night, or Monday night. You'll find many teams that.1ook better t~an the Pats. What we have in Foxboro is a team that will bow out of the Super Bowl hunt in the AFC Wildcard game next January. ,i" Too bad. We had thel:right personnel. One of my favorite jokes is the one about the struggling science student who needs a great grade on his project in order to pass. He develops an experiment with a frog. He cuts off one leg, tells the frog to jump, and it doei~' He II

documents it. "Frog with one leg still jumps." He does this for two more legs with the same outcome. Finally he cuts off the fourth leg and says, "Frog jump." The frog just sits there. He repeats this three more times. Finally he summarizes in his log, "Frog with no legs becomes deaf." Don't look now folks, but the New England Patriots can't hear a thing. But that's probably a'good thing because the sounds wafting from the arena on Route 1 in Foxboro are becoming quite nasty.

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Offering our suffering to God We live in a very sad and materialistic culture. Our worth is often measured by how much money we make, what we own, and how we look. What we do is often about accumulating possessions to show the world that we are successful and that we also have what it takes to buy nice things. We sacrifice our vocations, our children, the poor, the unborn, the marginalized, the disabled, and the uneducated, to pack our empty lives with worthless junk. St. James warns us, "Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries (Jas. 5:1):' James goes on to say, "You have lived·on earth in luxury and pleasure; you have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter. You have condemned; you have murdered the righteous one; he offers you no resistance

(Jas. 5:5-6)." Our suffering isJesus' These words were spoken SUffering. God never desires to the rich who persecuted our suffering, just as he never Christians. To those who desires sin and death. He lived in a time very much like only desires us. He wants us ours, during the golden era of to give of ourselves completely to him. the Roman Empire, when But sometimes we don't materialism and indifference to the suffering were the feel that way. Sometimes we vices held in esteem as virtues of success. Success was looked f1:1i1y of the ee upon as a blessing , 26th Sunday in from the gods and . Ordinary Time failure was a curse. But Jesus gave us By Father the gift of himself. By Ethan G. McCarthy offering himself on the cross, he shows us feel as if we have had more the way to salvation. He than our share of suffering shows us by his example that sacrifice is the way to eternal and the offering we give happiness and life. "Better seems more of an unbearable for you to enter into the burden. We become resentful and bitter towards God. kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be· But God is not the cause of thrown into Gehenna our suffering. Paulo Freire, (9:47b)." an educator among the poor

in Brazil, once wrote, "Under the sway of magic and myth, the oppressed see their suffering, the fruit of exploitation, as the will of God as if God were the creator of this 'organized disorder.'" Why become a follower of magic and myth? There are some who claim that when we become successful it must be a blessing from God; or when we are failures, God must be punishing us. God does not desire our suffering, but he does desire our sacrifice. He desires us to freely choose' him, even offering our suffering to him. He desires us to show others how to give of themselves completely to him, just as Jesus gave himself completely to the Father. We are called to be like

Christ. We are to show the way to those who are encountering Christ for the first time. Christ tells us, "Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward (Mk 9:41)." Don't be disheartened during moments of suffering. Offer that suffering to the Father during the Mass, which is the one and eternal sacrifice of Christ. Look around you and purge your life of those possessions that distract from your vocation and mission in life. Do whatever it takes to become true Christians.

Father Ethan McCarthy is a parochial vicar at . Immaculate Conception Parish in North Easton and a part-time student of Deaf Studies.

Upcoming Daily Readings: Sat, Sept 30, Ecclll:9-12:8; Ps 90:3-6,12-14,17; Lk 9:43b-45. Sun, Oct 1, 1\venty-sixth Sunday in ordinary time, Nm 11:25-29; Ps 19:8,10,12-14; Jas 5:1-6; Mk 9:3943,45,47-48. Mon, Oct 2, Jb 1:6-22; Ps 17:1-3,6-7; Mt 18:1-5,10. Thes, Oct 3, Jb 3:1-3,11-17,20-23; Ps 88:2-8; Lk 9:51-56. Wed, Oct 4, Jb 9:1-12,14-16; Ps 88:10-15; Lk 9:57-62. Thurs, Oct 5, Jb 19:21-27; Ps 27:7-9,13-14; Lk 10:1-12. Fri, Oct 6, Jb 38:1,12-21;40:3-5; Ps 139:1-3,7-10,13-14; Lk 10:13-16

Mr. Annan's confession especially the law students made clear, wittingly or not, in a that state which signed the U.N. recent off-the-cuff comment Charter had thereby handed over during the scramble to put core attributes of national together a U.N.-authorized sovereignty to the United multinational peacekeeping Nations. They went on to argue that, because ." , . of this hand-off, the U.N. itself exercised a kind of supranational sovereignty, and that this supranational sovereignty of the U.N. had been recognized as such by the Catholic Church. force for southern Lebanon. None of this stands up to "We will take the best peaceclose examination - as U.N. keepers where we can find Secretary-General Kofi Annan them," Annan said. "We don't have pools sitting in barracks you can choose and pick from." P.O. Box 2791 But if you don't have thatWorcester, MA 01613-2791 if you don't have a military 508-799-2903 FAX 508-829-9975 force capable of giving effect to your sovereign will, a capability' CHURCH RESTORATION SPECIALISTS you can deploy promptly and Keepers of God's Hous~JJ over which you can exercise effective command-and-control Interior Church Painting - how can you be said to exercise "~overeignty" in any Pew and Kneeler Restoration meaningful political or moral sense of the term? I say "moral," because Flooring defining the attributes of == FUND RAISING • LIGHTING • STAINED GLASS REPLACEMENT legitimate sovereign authority is WINDOWS • WOODWORKING • LITURGICAL APPOINTMENTS the first, and arguably the most important, contribution that the CALL FOR PROMPT PERSONAL SERVICE just war tradition makes to the YOUR SUPPLIER OF FINE world's reflection on morality ECCLESIASTICAL and world politics. And in the INTERIORS mainstream just war tradition, it is very difficult, if not

For the past 15 summers, I've had the pleasure of teaching some of the brightest graduate students from the new democracies of central and eastern Europe, along with some equally bright North American counterparts, in the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society, a three-week intensive introduction to Catholic social thought that's held annually in Cracow. Each year, the topi,cs of debate and conversation shift in light of whatever curve balls history has recently thrown us. This year, for example, I was struck by the insistence of some of my European students'-


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sible, to find any definition of "sovereignty" that would cover Annan's unhappy circumstances: finding a military force "where we can find them." And this is before we get to the question of whether the U.N. exercises effective commandand-control over its peacekeepers, a difficult case to make given U.N. peacekeepers' generally sorry record in the field as well as their involvement in, among other bits of nastiness, the sex-trafficking of young girls. The claim that signing the Charter means assigning core attributes of sovereignty to the U.N. also fails the test of empirical evidence. Take, for example, the sovereign capacity to wage war. Whatever the 191 signatories of the U.N. Charter thought they were doing when they signed and ratified it, and whatever the Charter itself may claim, and I don't think you can make a persuasive legal case that the Charter claims all legitimate war-making power for the U.N., the fact is that, in recent decades, U.N. members have engaged in more than 100 unauthorized wars in which millions of people have been killed. Which doesn't quite suggest that the nations of the world

have assigned the core sovereign attribute of war-making to the U.N., does it? As for the claim that the U.N.'s supranational sovereignty has been recognized as such by the Catholic Church, that, too, is an unsupportable proposition. Whatever the comments of senior churchmen at various unguarded moments, the Church's magisterium has simply not made the claims for the U.N. that my students believe it has. Why, then, did these young scholarly all-stars insist that the U.N. is something that it manifestly is not? Part of the answer has to do with very different concepts of "law" in continental Europe and in the Anglosphere. On the continent, black-letter law is what counts: the law is what the law says it is, period. In the common-law tradition of the English-speaking world, law has to have some tether to reality. Thus one crucial question for Catholic social thought in the 21st century is to help define more precisely the meaning, and limits, of that slippery concept, "international law" - and to do so precisely for the sake of advancing the rule of law in the world. George Weigel is a sen'ior fellow ofthe Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.



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Roving mutant rodents invade village! Sunday 24 September 2006 Port of San Francisco "lnnergize Day" - a day set aside for anyone who has said "I don't have time to do the things I want to do for myself" - annually, the first full day of autumn. Our Lady's Garden looks frazzled. I plant some chrysanthemums in an attempt to perk it up a bit. It still needs something. Indian com. I fill a basket with colorful com and set it on an old· tree stump. Perfect. That's when the chipmunk conga line forms. Tiny lis they are, each chipmunk eats like a horse. Mutants, I tell you. One

chomp. It's a kernel here, a kernel there. Eventually it's time to take a break, change your environment, study, pray, retool, sharpen your pastoral skills, catch your breath and be refreshed. It's no different with priests. In order to better serve, sometimes we need to step back from the daily pressure and gain perspective. More than person!!! develop~-rrfent,"it7not about some I get to thinking. Women"'i:iifd research project or about writing men in ministry are always that book. It's not about earning giving of themselves. There are another academic degree. It's constant challenges - new the spiritual tool called vacatio. pastoral, spiritual, theological It's difficult to translate, but and personal demands. Chomp, definitely not a vacation, more

kernel at a time, they eventually devour my com display. All that's left is a basket of withered corncobs. theparkin.glot of life Teaching my 16-year-old daughter how to drive reminded me just how dangerous parking lots are. Trucks crisscross in every direction. Pedestrians walk wherever they want. Few drivers feel obligated to follow the customary "rules of the road." How is one supposed to teach a new driver to drive safely in an environment where there are no hard and fast rules? Medium-sized parking lots that have no clearly painted parking spots, no right-ofways, and multiple exits/entrances are the worst. He or she who honks the loudest reigns supreme. Sakes alive, just give me regular roads with posted speed lim,its, stoplights, and lane markings. The same question applies to releasing out maturing children into today's society where there are no hard and fast moral rules. How do we teach them to live safely in a sociefy where moral relativism reigns supreme? Living in such a society is as dangerous as high speed driving in a mall parking lot the day after Thanksgiving. Thankfully, however, we are Catholic, so there is hope. The "Catechism of the Catholic Church" calls all laypersons "to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and directing them according to God's will." (CCC 898). The world gives so much negative press to the basic tenets of our faith, presenting them as rigid decrees from Rome that hold us, "good Catholics," back from really enjoying life to the . fullest, but it's simply not true. Directing all things according

to God's will by'following the guidelines of the Church is what gives us the freedom to enjoy truly wonderful things like healthy marriages, harmonious homes, and happy kids in this life, and eternal happiness with God our Father in the next life. The moral and ethical rules

given to us by God in holy Scripture, and from God through holy men and women of the Church, are given for our own good. They are like street signs, median lines, and speed limits that are posted to keep drivers safe, not simply because. some higher-up thought it would be fun to cramp our style of driving or living. Making simple family rules like bedtimes for young ones, curfews for older ones, finish~ ing one's plateata meal, and enforcing consequences for willfully breaking these rules lays the foundation for teaching our kids life's mOre important rules like modesty in dress and in speech, diligence in school. honesty in the work place. and chastity in dating and marriage. Rules like these accomplish the same end for families as the rules of the road do for drivers; they protect uS from harm, guide us in neg9tiating tricky relationships, and may even prevent our hair from going gray prematurely. No, I made that last one up, but I'm serious about the rest. Would we teach

'otu'teen drivers to ignore a street sign that says, "Bridge Closed to Unauthorized Traffic?" No, of course we wouldn't. So why would we, for example, ignore ourselves and thereby teach our kids to . ignore a Church sign that says, "sexual activity closed to unmarried persons" or "assisted suicide closed to people of all ages?" Living and teaching such ignorance would be putting our souls and their souls in mortal danger. In the 1970s song, "Big Yellow Taxi," Joni Mitchell (and more , '; recently Counting 'Grows) sings, "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot." Whether Mitchell meant it or not, that verse is perfect for our parking lot to life analogy. Paradise is a state of being everything is/ordered to eglory ofGod. If'We rip up. ;throw out, and pave over all that godly order, we are left with impermeable emptiness and chaos; a parking lot. If we live by the posted rules of the Jholic faith, no matter how .• ', world around uS is living, we are helping to bring about God's full and glorious kingdom here on earth; in a word, paradise. Showing our kids how to direct their lives according to ..<iod's will- how to follow the <;W~ ;Jife~giving rules oithe Church , how we keep not only their bodies, but also their mortal souls safe in the parking lot of life.. Heidi is an author, photogt:~J1her, andfull~tim~ .mother. ."~"'e and her husband raise their five children in Falmouth. Comments are welcome at


of a "time out." It's about having the leisure to grow in spirituality, wisdom, and ministry without feeling guilty. It's the life-long process named continuing formation. One such opportunity is called the sabbatical and it's often just what the doctor ordered. Sabbaticals for priests are holistic. What a difference just a month or so of "leisure" can make in a life of ministry. Ever hear of NOCERCC? It's an acronym for National Organization for the Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy. In their latest catalogue, NOCERCC lists 38 sabbatical programs worldwide. Some programs are just for priests, others include all pastoral ministers. There's one in Rome, and one in Wales; there are two in Ireland, two in Belgium, two in Jerusalem, and two in England. And, crickey, Australia has three. But you don't have to leave the country. There are 22 programs here in the United States. In some cases, closer might be better, since a priest is responsible for paying his own transportation costs. You already know someone in high places in the NOCERCC organization. The national president of NOCERCC is one of our very own diocesan priests - Father Mark Hession, pastor of Our Lady of Victory, in Centerville. The sabbatical program for priests of this diocese has proven to be a great blessing. Over the years, several of our priests have taken this opportunity. They return invigorated, ready and willing to resume their active ministry. Everyone benefits. It's not easy for a parish priest to take time away from parochial responsibilities. When it comes to a sabbatical, months of advanced planning is necessary. It's so wonderful when the people of a parish sup~ort their priest as he discerns. "We'll miss you, but go for it. You owe it to yourself." He also owes it to the people of God whom he serves. In this diocese, there are two kinds of sabbaticals. Both are for priests in active ministry who are in good health both physically

and psychologically. First is the one-month sabbatical. This is more than a study week, but less than a semester. You need to be ordained at least five years before becoming eligible, and you are eligible again every five years thereafter. You are responsible to find your own replacement. The other is the fullsemester sabbatical, not to exceed six months. You are eligible to apply for this after 10 years of ordination, and every 12 years thereafter. The Priest Personnel Board is primarily responsible for finding a replacement. Right now, Father Paul Canuel, pastor of our diocesan mission in Honduras, is relishing a sabbatical. He chose a threemomh program at the Vatican II Institute for Clergy Formation, located on the grounds of St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, Calif. Studies include theology and Scripture, as well as spirituality, interpersonal relationships, group dynarilics, and Church law. Paul likes the fact that the 25 priest-participants come from all over the United States and beyond. There are priests from Ghana, Zambia, Fiji, Philippines, Scotland, Canada, Puerto Rico and New Zealand. Paul reports, "The stories of these priests are outstanding- almost every one of them is a study in courage and devotion - really making one feel proud and privileged to belong to a group of people who have lived lives of service and sacrifice for love of God and God's people." Paul is also impressed with the seminarians living on the campus. He says, "There is a beautiful interchange between those who are preparing for the priesthood and those who have been working in the vineyard for some years. The seminarians are amazingly representative of the future of the priesthood." Now, that's really good news to us old fogies! Father Goldrick is pastor of St. Bernard Parish, Assonet. Comments are welcome at Previous columns are at

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worked as a meat cutter and was employed for 33 years at Otis Air Force Base retiring as a main, tenance supervisor. "My mother and father raised 14 children and they instilled good Catholic values in all of us. We worked hard, but we enjoyed it. I like helping the Church and making a difference." His wife noted, "It's important to give back to others." She

NEW BEDFORD - William E. Constant is a man who lives up to his name. He has as'sisted at his home parish of St. Mary's constantly since it was constructed in the 1950s. Wherever a helping hand is needed or something needs fixing, Constant is there and the help is certainly appreciated according to pastor Msgr. John J. Oliveira. "He is a wonderful faith-filled ~~:.{ 11"'$1.MCh6r~et$&.·.otilll~ approximately 700 man who is always and has a goal of ready to do whatmaking 1,000. ever is needed," "It's been a said Msgr. good life," said Oliveira. "He has Constant with a smile. It hasn't all been helping out since the church been easy though was built and treats as I found out it like it is his own when we were dishome. Each morncussing his service ing he opens the in the U.S. Navy. church, inspects it He served in the and "does minor Merchant Marine repairs if needed," from December of he said. "Constant 1942 to March also leads the ro1945 during World sary before daily War II and was Mass." traveling 400 miles The 82-year-old off the coast of AfConstant was born rica when his ship in Fairhaven and was torpedoed and has been a resident sank. of New Bedford "We spent six for 78 years. He days in a lifeboat A RARE REST - William E. Constant relaxes with his and his wife Flavia wife of 61 years, Flavia. He has faithfully prepared St. and I'll tell you I have been married Mary's Church, New Bedford, for morning Masses for did a lot of praying for 61 years and several decades. (AnchotiGordon photo) on that boat. I came have one son. They off watch and was met working together in a local bakery shortly going to get breakfast when something exploded. after high school. I knew it wasn't a drill and grabbed a lifejacket. Asked what motivates him, he replied, "I'm Days later we hit the only sandy spot on the beach motivated by the joy and happiness I see in for a 100 miles." He and 16 of the 18 crew mempeople's faces. That keeps me going." bers who survived were rescued 10 days later. And going he does, getting up at 4 a.m. nearly That idea of service followed Constant home every morning and arriving at the church at 5 a.m. from the war and he would join the St. Vincent to open the doors and get things ready. His list de Paul Society. He has been a member for more includes making sure that supplies are stocked than 50 years and said, "When I joined I was the as needed, checking and replacing light bulbs, youngest member, now I am the oldest." setting up the altar and preparing for the Mass Part of his desire to join St. Vincent de Paul and inspecting the outside of the church for dam- and help others came from an early memory of age. the group assisting his own mother and father Constant organizes the daily recitation of the when he was a boy. For years Constant helped rosary and says he gets a good feeling from do- deliver food to families in need and now coordiing that. The rosary is recited on Saturdays be- nates those efforts by phone. He served as the fore the 4 p.m. Mass and each week Constant is group's president for 12 years and in 2004 was a there to hold the door open and greet worship- recipient of the prestigious Top Hat Award. ers. When he's not at the church, Constant enjoys He has also been a collector for many.years, gardening and watching ballgames with his wife. He an extraordinary minister of holy Communion also enjoys music and singing. "We're starting to and brings Communion to the homebound twice wear out a little bit, but that's all right," he quipped. a month. ~ "He is truly an unspoken hero," said Msgr. No stranger to hard work, Constanthas a long Oliveira. "I wish we had 10 William Constants history of dedicated service of emplo)\ment and at this parish. He's an inspiration to others. Whenin service to his country. He started out deliver- ever anyone needs something, he's there to help." ing ice and oil when he was a young man and Submit nominationsforPerson ofthe Week at our then worked for several years in a baking com- E-lTUlil address:, or write pany, grocery store and sign store. He also to The Anchor, P.O. Box 7, FaD River, MA 02722.

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ofrecollection, adult education for the Franciscans arrived to be pastors of laity and religious communities." parishes in the Fall River diocese. Conventual Franciscans arrived at FatherWmkler will open the prayer days on Sunday October 8, with eu- Holy Cross Parish in Fall River in charistic adoration in honor ofSt. An- 1922. Due to declining numbers of thony at 7 p.m. priests, the Friars withdrew from adOn October 9, 10, and II, he will ministrating there in the 1990s. In 1997 celebrate daily Masses mornings at the parish was merged with SS. Peter 7:30 and a talk on Scripture will fol- and Paul Parish. In 1923, Bishop Daniel F. Feehan low Mass. Confessions will be heard turned over administration of Our each evening from 6:15 to 6:45. All of the evening devotions will Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish in begin at 7 0' clock. Taunton to the Friars. Father Michael On October 9, the evening talk at Drzewucki, OFM Conv., became the . ·'<:the,prayer service will be ''Who is St. first of nine Friars - including Father Stopyra - to serve the parish, Anthony?" The talk on October 10, will be, which had ministered to Polish immi''What Did St. Anthony Teach?" The grants since the 1890s. Franciscan priests began serving final talk on October II will be "Continuing The Heritage of St. Anthony." at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Father Stopyra said FatherWmkler in New Bedford as early as 1933. They also served at the has an extensive former St. Hedwig's background from which he draws his in New Bedford at material. He has writthe invitation of ten more than 200 arBishop James L. Connolly in 1951. St. ticles on various Hedwig's, which scriptural themes for was attached in 1992 magazines in the U.S. to Our Lady of Perand Italy, and continpetual Help Parish, ues to write for "The had ministered to St. Anthony MessenPolish residents in ger" and ''The Word that city since 1908. Among Us." He has The Friars have written more than 35 also served the comchildren's books, a munity at the former series of catechetical RELIQUARY OF St. Casimir's Parish brochures ''The Good ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA in New Bedford, News About" curwhich became a rently numbering 56, and various books on Scripture for adults. He has chapel of its mother church, Out Lady recorded more than 30 CDs on Scrip- of Perpetual Help. The changes in American society ture and several DVD's. Father Winkler joined the in the 1960s and '70s saw changes in Franciscans in 1971, was ordained a ministry focus for the province. As the priest in 1981, and will celebrate his assimilation of Polish immigrants had silverjubilee ofhis ordination this year. been virtually accomplished, there was Father Stopyra talked to The An- less need for ethnic ministry; the once clwr about the history ofhis Order and expanding field of Catholic high school ministry also began to contract, the province. The Conventual FranCiscans are a history of the province explained. Accordingly, the province's minpart ofthe worldwide Franciscan family founded by St. Francis ofAssisi in istry focus changed, with an evangeli13th century Europe. The first Con- zation effort in Ghana, West Africa, ventual Friars arrived in the U.S. in and increased attention to the grow1852 to help serve the increasing im- ing needs of the southwestern United States. migrant population. At the same time, commitments "We were formed from the Immaculate Conception Province, were made to specialized domestic known in the early 1900s as the 'Ger- evangelization and service efforts were man Province,' and its headquarters initiated with the establishment of were in Syracuse, N.Y.," Father campus ministries, a shelter for runStopyra, who shepherded the Taunton away youth, a lay ministry formation program, and the founding of the parish since 1997, told The Anclwr. The Friars ministered first in Texas Companions of St. Anthony, an outand later in the northeastern United reach ofaccompaniment and spiritual States. For the next four decades, the support to thousands of American primary ministry of the province was Catholics - creating, in effect, a the pastoral care and education ofPol- "Church without walls." Currently the Conventual ish communities in the Buffalo-BosFranciscans minister in 21 American ton triangle. Since the foundation of the prov- dioceses and archdioceses; as well as ince by a small band of Friars, hun- in Africa, Japan, the Philippines, Latin dreds of Franciscan vocations and America, in the Order's central administries have come into being to ministration in Rome, and at the serve the Church and the people of Order's Sacred Convent, the friary and basilica in Assisi where St. God. Locally, dozens of Conventual Francis is buried.


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HOMEWORK - This is just one of the 130 comic strips read on a typical day by Leonard Greenspoon, a professor of classical and Near Eastern studies and theology at Jesuit-run Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. He gives seminars on the use of religion in the comics. (CNS iIIustrationfThaves)

See you in the funny papers but will you find religion there? By MARK PAmSON

earnest high school athletic coach was written for eight years by Jerry WASHINGTON - On a typical Jenkins, co-author of the popular day, Leonard Greenspoon looks at "Left Behind" novel series. 130 comic strips. Greenspoon pointed to a series of It's his job. Part.ofit, anyway.. the strip that ran in 2001-02 about a Jewish teen, David Greene - the . Greenspoon'scans the funnies to same name, Greenspoon noted, as ON A MISSION - Bishop David L. Ricken of Cheyenne, Wyo., detect any religious undertones. On September 15, he spotted eight strips, Brendan Fraser's Jewish prep-school greets parishioners at St. Joseph's Parish in Ethete, Wyo., a misa "rather rich" day for that kind of character in the 1992 movie "School sion parish of St. Stephen's Indian Mission. This is one of the parcontent, he told Catholic News SerTies" - and the struggles Thorp had ishes supported in part by donations from the Catholic Home Misvice in a telephone interview. getting the football schedule changed sions. Jesuit priests have been serving there since the mid-1800s. ''I've been reading comic strips for so Milford High's football games (CNS photolWayne Nichols, Wyoming Catholic Register) I'm 60," said 55 years would end before the Sabbath began, Greenspoon, a professor of classical as well as Greene dating a non-Jewand Near Eastern studies and theolish teen at school. ogy at Jesuit-run Creighton UniverDespite the sheer number of strips Greenspoon reads daily, he was hardsity in Omaha, Neb., who gives semiETHETE, Wyo. (CNS) - Jesuit was established in 1887, St. nars on the use ofreligion in the compressed to name a specifically CathoFather Ron Seminara, pastor of St. Katharine Drexel provided financial ics. "I figured 15-20 years ago there lic character in any strip. Joseph's Church in Ethete, says he assistance that allowed Jesuit Father was some academic capital to be had "It would be hard to say that any loves what he does -.:. ministering John B. Jutz and members of his in something that I enjoy doing." of the Christian families are of any to members of the Shoshone and order's German province to found Some discoveries he's made? For particular denomination," he said. Northern Arapaho trib~s in western St. Stephen's in 1884 at the invitaone thing, there is a difference in how 'There's usually a male minister, they Wyoming. tion of a U.S. bishop. the comics treat the Old Testament may make a joke about the collecSince that time, according to diWhat he loves about his ministry and the New Testament. tion plate. It's Easter or it's Christis that he has the "opportunity to ac- ocesan records, more than 59 Jesuit "In the OldTestament, the Hebrew mas. So it looks like there's Chriscompany people with the struggles priests have served at the mission. Bible, the majority ofcomic strips are tians." in their lives," he told the "yorning Missionaries of the past and related to creation and the Garden of Although he says of the comics Catholic Register, newspaper of th~ present have overcome great disEden, Noah's ark and Moses, the Ten he reads daily that "they're all great," Cheyenne diocese. He said he enjoys tances to serve the people of Wyohe likes "Frank & Ernest" a lot, Commandments," said Greenspoon, helping the people find God in the ming. The statewide diocese, which mostly for the wordplay. Its creator, who also holds Creighton's Klutznick covers close to 98,000 square miles, word and in all that they do, chair in Jewish civilization. "If we Bob Thaves, died inAugust, although St. Joseph's and Blessed Sacra- is considered home mission territory look at the Torah, the five books of his daughter will help continue the ment at Fort Washakie are mission by the U.S. Catholic Church. It reMoses, that's the area that gets the strip. Coaxed into naming one he churches of St. Stephen's Indian ceives funding from the U.S. bishdoesn't like, Greenspoon said, "I most play. It's notjustAdam and Eve, think most people would agree 'Mary Mission on the Wind River Reser- ops' home mission office, supported but something on Methuselah, the vation in western Wyoming. St. by an annual appeal, and from the tower ofBabel, very rarely something Worth' is not great." Stephen's serves about.350 families. Catholic Church Extension Society. Father Seminara oversees all Bishop Ricken is a member of the three parishes with the help of two U.S. bishops' Committee on the other Jesuits, Fathers Daniel Gannon Home Missions. ~..., Wyoming was featured in the and Robert Hilbert. lj~~1IDoes God favor C~l. Does God f~4 This August, St. Stephen's and St. summer issue of Neighbors, a quarur. a political party?Lrtn LJ.SA Joseph's played host 'to Cheyenne terly publication of the home misBishop David L. Rieken, who cel- sions office. It reported that the dioagreelCJ ebrated Mass and perf()rmed a bap- cese is "hard pressed to meet the pastoral needs of more than 50,000 tism during a pastoral visit. The Jesuits currently serving in 76 parishes and misCatholics undecided these American Indians are follow- sions scattered across the plains." !=-~.-.:. The article said that Bishop ing in the footsteps ofthe Jesuits who founded St. Stephen's:in the 1880s, Ricken drives eight hours to reach with the help of St. Katharine his farthest parish and some priests strongly Drexel, who was born ~nto a wealthy may travel up to 250 miles every disagree Philadelphia family. She was dedi- weekend to offer Mass at their miscated to helping Amehcan Indians sion parishes. Currently, Wyoming II andAfrican-American~I' and used her has 47 active priests and 16 retired 60 50 30 20 10 30 10 20 40 40 family banking fortune to built mis- priests. The diocese also has 18 deaFrom a survey with 1,721 respondents and El margln of eJTOf of plus or mlnus4 percent. cons to help meet the growing needs sions and schools for them. Before the Diocese'l of Cheyenne of parishioners. Sowa!:: The Baylor RelIgIon 5uM!y C2006CNS CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

on Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." In cartoons alluding to the New Testament, the strips move "from action to words. The Sermon on the Mount has the largest amount" ofreferences, Greenspoon said. "'The meek shall inherit the earth' gets the lion's share ofthat." In scenes depicting Jesus' birth, "often the Magi get characterized," he added. "Once in a while you'll see the water turn into wine at Cana, or some other sayings of Jesus. "The Resurrection is seldom played out in comic strips," he said. Despite the categorization ofcontent, "what I'm actually interested in is the presupposition the cartoonist has about his or her audience," Greenspoon said. One of those is Johnny Hart, whose "B.C." strip has had more overt religious allusions than other widely syndicated comics. Greenspoon recalled "the famous Easter 2001 strip where a menorah turned into a cross. What was important was that he appropriated a Jewish symbol and turned it into a Christian symbol." He added, "I was talking with his syndicator and got the impression that there was a certain amount of concern (with 'B.C').All the cartoonists felt they needed to defend Johnny Hart against censorship." What probably escapes the attention of most readers of comics is that the "Gil Thorp" comic strip about the

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Video/DVD reviews NEW YORK (CNS) - The following are capsule reviews of new and recent DVD and video releases from the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. ''Ballets Russes" (2005) Superb dance film about the trendsetting troupe that began with the legendary choreographer Serge Diaghilev (and the participation of great artists like Picasso, Nijinsky and Stravinksy), and after his death came under the leadership of autocratic Russian Col. Wasily de Basil with the name Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo, and how, after some internecine struggle, splintered into two troupes, one keeping that name, the other calling itself the Original Ballet Russes. Having inter- . viewed many of the great dancers at a Ballets Russes reunion in 2000, filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine have juxtaposed priceless footage and still photographs of the great dancers in their youthful primes, making an incredibly poignant contrast. The various rivalries between the companies, and individual choreographers like Leonide Massine and George Balanchine give the narrative heightened dramatic interest. Pitch-perfect narration by actress Marion Seldes. The anamorphic DVD features numerous extras, including additional footage, stills galleries and a 12-page booklet by New York Times dance writer Jack Anderson. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classifu;ation is A-I general patronage. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America (Zeitgeist Video). "Goal! The Dream Begins" (2006) Familiar but satisfying sports drama about an undocumented Mexican migrant (Kuno Becker) who is given an opportunity to escape his father's (Tony Plana) hardscrabble fate and fulfill his dream of playing professional soccer when a former British scout (Stephen Dillane) visiting Los Angeles offers him a tryout with .~top-tier English soccer team. Directed by Danny Cannon, the film's feel-good underdog theme coupled with Becker's appealing performance scores, despite a formulaic script, underdeveloped characters and an overlong length. A few crude expressions, suggested drunkenness and carousing, implied sexual situations and some sports roughness, limiting its appropriateness to older adolescents and up. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A~II adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG - parental L-

guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children (BuenaVista Home Entertainment). - "Kinky Boots" (2006) Slickly made, well-acted tale set in central England of a stodgy young man (Joel Edgerton) who, to save his inherited shoe factory from ruin and keep its workers employed, cultivates a more profitable niche market by hiring a transvestite (the versatile Chiwetel Ejiofor) to design boots sturdy enough to be worn by drag performers, despite opposition from his practical-minded girlfriend (Jemima Rooper). Director Julian Jarrold's offbeat film - inspired by a true story - is fun but uneven, and fits the mold of British films about ordinary folk whose unsatisfactory lives take unexpected new directions, giving them purpose and transforming them into better people. Admirable lessons of tolerance aside, the cross-dressing element will not be to every taste. A few instances of profane, rough and crude language, some vulgar gestures, sensual onstage movements, and an implied premarital relationship. The anamorphic DVD contains four OK deleted scenes, commentary by Jarrold and the stars, and a IS-minute featurette on the actual factory that was the inspiration for the film. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L - limited adult au~ence, films whose problematic content many a<irtlts would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 - parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13 (Miramax Home Entertainment). "The Wild" (2006) Visually vibrant computer-animated movie about a New York City zoo lion cub (voiced by Greg Cipes) who finds himself on a ship bound for "the wild:' forcing his father (voiced by Kiefer Sutherland) and several zoo buddies (voiced by Jim Belushi, Janeane Garofalo, Richard Kind and Eddie Izzard) to break out of captivity and mount a rescue. In exploring its tender father-son theme, director Steve Williams' comedy-adventure balances enough humor and emotion to tame most hearts, despite a lackluster script and a deja-vu premise almost identical to that of "Madagascar." Some moments may be scary for very young children. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-I general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G - general audiences. All ages admitted (Buena Vista Home Entertainment).

AWAKE OR ASLEEP? - Alain Chabat, left, and Gael Garcia Bernal star in a scene from the movie ''The Science of Sleep." For a brief review of this film, see CNS Movie Capsules below. (CNS photo! . 20th Century Fox)

his relationship with his pregnant girlfriend (Jacinda Barrett), whose own parents' (Blythe Danner and Tom Wilkinson) marriage has gone sour. In holding up a mirror to postmodern love and its accompalC~' ~',()viile nying anxieties, director Tony Goldwyn provides some modest lCallJ)~UIII,e~ observations about flawed humanNEW YORK (CNS) - The fol- ity- especially the way we learn lowing are capsule reviews of mov- from our mistakes and how actions ies recently reviewed by the Office have consequences - but, on a for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. whole, the situations are contrived Conference of Catholic Bishops. and the characters read as more selfish than sympathetic. Several "Flyboys" (MGM) Truth-inspired World War I ac- racy sexual encounters, some with tion drama about a disparate group . partial nudity, a tacit approval of of young Americans (James premarital living arrangements, a Franco, Abdul Salis, Philip Win- gay sight gag, much rough and chester and Tyler Labine) who, crude language, scattered profanbefore the United States' entry in ity, some sexual humor and brief the war, volunteer for various rea- drug content. The USCCB Office sons with a French air squadron- for Film & Broadcasting classifithe Lafayette Escadrille - during cation is L - limited adult audithe pioneer days of aviation com- ence, films whose problematic bat and whose idealism is chilled content many adults would find by their experiences. Directed by troubling. The Motion Picture AsTony Bill, the film's appealing sociation ofAmerica rating is Ryoung cast and impressive aerial restricted. Under 17 requires acdogfight sequences are wasted' on companying parent or adult guardan episodic and overly long script ian. that never takes off dramatically "Saint of 9/11" (IFC) and lacks well-developed characSir Ian McKellen narrates this ters. Recurring wartime violence, moving tribute to Franciscan Father a scene in a brothel, a suicide, Mychal Judge, the New York fire some sexual innuendo, scattered chaplain who was the first official mildly crude expressions, profan- casualty of the World Trade Center ity and racial slurs. Ttle"USCCB terror attack of Sept. 11,2001. DiOffice for Film & Broadcasting rector Glenn Holsten's sentimental classification is A-ill - adults. documentary features heartfelt tesThe Motion Picture Association of timonials from those whose lives he America rating is PG-13 - par- . touched: firemen, alcoholics, the ents strongly cautioned. Some homeless, gays and AIDS patients, material may be inappropriate for along all too little footage of Father children under 13. Judge himself. Father Judge's ho"The Last Kiss" (Paramount) mosexual orientation and status as Uneven drama set in Wisconsin a recovered alcoholic are not about four friends, each at emo- avoided, but there's an unfortunate tional crossroads as they near 30, inference in the film that in minisfocusing mostly on an architect t~K:lO t!iose groups he was be(Zach Braff) with commitmentjit- ing more compassionate than the tel's whose fling with a college stu- church itself. Some disturbing im.....J_ dent (Rachel Bilson) jeopardizes ages of the World Trade Center, ref-

erence to his gay orientation and former alcohol abuse, and remarks offering questionable criticisms of the church. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-ill - adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. "The Science of Sleep" " (Warner Indl!pendent) Visually clever but unsatisfying drama set in Paris about an imaginative, if dysfunctional, young man (Gael Garcia Bernal) whose timid budding romance with his kindredspirit neighbor (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is complicated by his chronic confusing of reality and dreams. Writer-director Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") charms with inventive flights of fancy - by turns sweet and surreal-- but the film is sabotaged by Gondry's affection for dreamlike images over coherence. In English, French and Spanish with subtitles. Recurring rough and crude language, some sexual images and lewd humor, and a few instances of brief, partial, nonsexual nudity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is Aill - adults. The Motion Picture Association of Amt:rica rating is R - restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

Movies Online Can't remember how a recent film was classified "by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops? Want to know whether to let the kids go see it? You can look up film reviews on the Catholic News Service Website. Visit and click on "Movies," under the "News Item" menu.


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Retake moral high ground on . detainees, bishop l-trges senators

Congress urged to resist pressure on last-minute bnmigraUon bills WASHINGTON - The United rogation and prohibitirig cruel, inhu- would legally protect U.S. interrogaWASHINGTON- As the House passed several bills reviving immigration States must regain the moral high man and degrading treatment or pun- tors who use techniques considered enforcement legislation that had been expected to be shelved, Los Angeles ground. when it comes to treatment ishment of people under the control by some to be torture. Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and Father Lany Snyder, president ofCatholic ofdetainees, said the chairman ofthe of the U.S. government. Bishop Wenski's letter reminded Charities USA, joined other advocates in urging members of Congress to U.S. bishops' Committee on Interna''When Congress adopted them, senators that U.S. troops and citizens resist partisan politicking on immigration. On September 21 the House aptional Policy. began to answer the the United States from the standards of abroad benefit proved three immigration-related bills, on deporting gang members, imto U.S. senators, Bishop profound moral question of how we In a letter the Geneva Conventions and that prisoning those who construct tunnels for smuggoog and empowering local "any report of prisoner mistreatment G. Wenski of Orlando, Fla., detain~es," Bishop Thomas should treat police to arrest illegal immigrants based only upon their immigration status. asked their support for legislation that Wenski wrote. 'This is~ue has a ma- by members of the armed forces of The previous week, the House approved a bill to build a 7QO-mile fence unambiguously rejects torture and jor impact on human dignity and on the United States or its allies could along about a third ofthe U.S.-Mexican border. All the bills must pass in the the way the United States is viewed seriously undermine U.S. efforts to " cruel treatment of prisoners. Senate as well. House and Senate leaders had said any chance for immigraabroad." . defeat terrorism." The letter came as. the Senate tion legislation was all but dead for this congressional session. With less weighed legislation that would govSince that bill was signed into law, The mistreatment of prisoners than two weeks remaining, however, some House leaders said they intended ern treatment ofthose detained by the the White House has encouraged re- "compromises human dignity," to attach the immigration enforcement provisions to appropriations bills United States, particularly at locations visions that would allow conditions Bishop Wenski wrote. 'There can be that must pass before adjournment. Ii such as the U.S. facility at under which the United States is not no compromise on the moral imperaCrisis over tainted spinach points to weaknesses in U.s. food safety Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where they bound to follow restridtions on how tive to protect the basic human rights WASHINGTON - Despite the protections Congress set in place a century " are not subject to rights granted pris- interrogations are conducted. of any individual incarcerated for any ago after the scandals over impure meat exposed by the novel 'The Jungle" oners on U.S. soil. The legislative efIn mid-September' a bipartisan reason." and the policies and procedures of the U.S. Department ofAgriculture and forts follow reports over the last group of senators came out against He said the bishops share conthe Food and Drug Administration, Americans - at least in the back of couple of years about ·the mistreat- President GeorgeW. BUsh's proposal, cerns about protecting U.S. soldiers their mind - are aware that food could actually harm them, if not outright ment of detainees held by the U.S. which would allow classified evi- and citizens serving abroad in times kill them. Every so often, events push this fear into the forefront. Botulism military or the federal government. dence to be withheld from defendants of uncertainty and danger, but the in canned soup, undercooked meat and mercury in fish are just some of the Bishop Wenski noted that last year in terrorism trials and aijow testimony nation "must not embrace a moralunsafe-food dangers face9 by the past generation. But nobody ever expected the U.S. bishops supported provisions that resulted from coercion. The ity based on an attitude that 'desspinach to join that list. "Popeye was probably turning over in his grave" at in the Defense Appropriations Act president also seeks an:interpretation perate times call for desperate meathe news, said Auxiliary Bishop Richard J. Garcia of Sacramento, Calif. setting uniform standards for inter- of the Geneva Con~entions that sures.''' 'This was a food that he helped sell kids on to get healthy and strong." As of I Monday 157 cases of illness resulting from eating spinach from Califomia containing the E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria have been documented by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The E. coli cases had spread across 23 states. Catholic organizations back bill to help disabled avoid nursing homes WASHINGTON- The U.S. Conference ofCatholic Bishops and two other national Catholic organizations have backed proposed federal legislation that would enable many people with disabilities to live in their communities . I . instead of in nursing homes. The legislation would help those with disabilities use Medicaid resources to choose independent living, with reliance on community-based services, over Medicaid-funded institutionalized care. In a joint letter to key House and Senate sponsors of the bill, the heads of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Policy, the Catholic Health Association of the United States and the National Catholic Partnership on Disability urged passage of the Medicaid Community-Based Attendant Services and SupportsAet, knownas MiCASSA. "Withthe services that MiCASSA would make available, more people with disabilities will be able to mOve from institutional care to lives ofindependence in their communities," the Catholic leaders said. Historian says archives erase claims Church did not oppose Nazism VATICAN CITY - Documents now available from the Vatican Secret Archives will allow scholars to rewrite history and erase claims the Church was not a staunch opponent of Nazism, fascism and other forms of totalitarianism, said a Jesuit historian. Jesuit Father Giovanni Sale, historian of the Jesuitjournal,fA Civilta Cattolica, said documents relating to the 19221939 pontificate of Pope Pius XI will have an impact on political and religious history. What emerges is an even clearer picture of the Church as being "steadfast in the fight against totalitarianism, against fascism, against Nazism, but also against communism:' he said in a recent interview with Vatican Radio. After years of preparation, the Vatican archive office last week opened up to researchers all the documentation from Pope Pius' preWorld War IT pontificate. An official at the Vatican archives told Catholic News Service that in the first week afterthe 1922-1939archiveswereopenea, between 55 and ~ scholars from all over the world were going through the documents each day. Cardinal questions whether European Union should admit Thrkey Ii LONDON - A British cardinal has questioned whether predominantly I' MuslimThrkey should be admitted to the European Union. CardinalConnac Murphy-O'Connor of Westminster said he had concerns that Thrkey's lslamic culture meant that the country would not integrate easily into a continent with a Christian heritage. In a radio interview, the cardinal challenged the position of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who has consistently argued for Thrkey's accession to the European Union on the grounds that its exclusion would be damaging. 'There may be another view that the mixture of cultures is not a good idea," Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor told BBC Radio 4's Today program. ''1 think the question is for Europe: Will the admission ofThrkey to theEuropean Union be something that benefits a proper Fall River· Bridg~water·. Somerset dialogue or integration of a very large, predominantly Islamic country in a Plymouth • Dartmouth'· Hingham continent that, fundamentally, is Christian?" "

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Catholic agency gives scholarships to West Virgini~ miners' families WHEELING, W.Va. (CNS)- who lost their lives and who sufMore than $50,000 in scholar- fered in these mining disasters ships is being awarded to fami- earlier this year." lies of West Virginia coal miners The scholarships are being through a relief fund sponsored provide~ through money raised by ,Catholic Community Services for the Miners Relief Fund, of the Wheeling-Charleston Dio- which totaled about $90,000 cese. through donations from parishes The fund, established after the and schools of the diocese and Sago and Alma mine disasters from outside contributions. earlier this year, will provide Bishop Michael J. Bransfield scholarships of $1,000 each to of Wheeling-Charleston said one member of more than 50 Catholics in West Virginia have families across the state to help been deeply affected by the minthem continue their education. ing tragedies this year and have Several of the scholarship re- given to the fund in support of cipients are family members of the families who have suffered. miners who died in the Sago "We are grateful to the many mine disaster in January, while .donors to the Miners Relief others have a family member Fund," Bishop Bransfield said. who is currently working in a "Their generous gifts enable the West Virginia mine or has worked Church to be a charitable arm of in one within the last year. One the people of our diocese." of the families has two scholarThe remaining funds will be ship winners who will receive used for counseling services and $500 each. other needs. Deacon George Smoulder, diA total of 19 miners have been rector of Catholic Community killed in mine-related accidents Services and executive director in West Virginia this year. The of Catholic Charities for the dio- state suffered its first mine tragcese, said that the diocese and the edy January' 2 when an accident social service agency are thrilled at the Sago Mine in Sago claimed that this assistance will be pro- the lives of 12 miners and left vided to the recipients as they miner Randal McCloy injured. pursue their educational goals. Just a few weeks later, the state Scholar~hip recipients "will faced its second tragedy January be going to different colleges, 19 when two miners were killed universities and training pro- at the Alma Mine in Melville. grams throughout the state of Two West Virginia miners West Virginia," Deacon Smoul- were killed in separate accidents der said. "It makes it very excit- in February. Another two miners ing that we're touching the lives were killed in separate accidents of families in different parts of in April and one miner was killed the state, in honor of the people in an accident in May.

Our readers respond - Letters to the Editor Satan at the helm

Who are the courageous?路

How sad it was to read about the riverboat ordinations ofpriestesses and deaconesses in Pittsburgh. "My Will Be Done!" would have been an appropriate title for the boat. We know who is at the helm ofthe "priestess" movement. We have met him countless times in our own lives. "Enjoy the cruise;' Captain Satan says. All too often we do, on his terms. Every time you read about "priestesses" or others publiciy injuring the Body of Christ, pray for them, please. They are persons, with bodies and souls. They are our ~isters and brothers. They need our poor prayers and small sacrifices; and we need theirs. No one's final destination should be hell. Thank God for the sacrament of penance. George A. Morton New York

Father David Pignato's August 16 column motives my response. It's a wonderful story of a courageous couple in a communist country who risk heir lives and those of their families by encouraging and allowing Mass to be said secretly in their farmhouse. At the time they were living under a "hostile" government and risked the danger of being sent to prison in Siberia. Because they decided to preserve their faith, other generations are able to worship freely. Today, many Catholic Churches are being built in the Ukraine and many Catholics are able to participate in liturgies and receive the sacraments. Thank God for these and other heroic Catholics who have stood up to a hostile government. My question is: What about Catholics today who are standing up in somewhat similar circumstances? Would they be considered courageous by Father Pignato? Although we don't consider ourselves courageous or heroic, we at Voice of the Faithful, truly faithful Catholics who are lectors, extraordinary ministers of holy Communion, parish council members, CCD teachers, etc., have to operate in a similar manner. We are not allowed to have our special Masses, liturgies, days of recollection, meetings, or even to publish notice of upcoming speakers or meetings in our parish churches. Even though we have yet to be welcomed in the Fall River diocese, we choose to follow Jesus, the Catholic Church, and also follow our hearts and continue to try to make our Church stronger, in spite of the odds. With due respect, I pray that some day soon, the Diocese of Fall River will recognize this and "put out into the deep with an act ofcourage," and keep the faith alive by inviting the Voice of the Faithful to share their thoughts, ideas, and hard work to help restore integrity to our Church. Meanwhile, we will quietly try to educate ourselves an~ others in order to pass on the faith and protectour children.

No choice at the polls The editorial on the Catholic duty to vote was certainly necessary considering the statistics that were quoted. Having only two-thirds of the eligible voters registered and, of. those, having only 40 percent actually vote does not bode well for true representation in government. A sad outcome of this is the moral quality of the candidates who run for election. The editorial mentioned the choice between two good candidates or between Jesus and Barabbas. What wasn't mentioned is that, more and more, the only choice is between Barabbas and Barabbas. I have voted in,every election for the past 30 years, and will continue to do so. What saddens me though is that now I find myself going to the polls to not vote for anY0I!e who is running for a particular office. It's a protest vote. Maybe I'll write-in a name. Possibly, if more Catholics voted, and voted with an informed conscience, we would still have a good candidate to vote for. .

Michael Aiello Forestdale

Carol Markey Mattapoisett

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Head of OpUS. Dei urges audience to transform ordinary life MONTREAL (CNS) - The head ofOpus Dei told a Montreal audience to be faithful in the small things and to transform ordinary life mto an ongoing conversation with God. Bishop Javier Echevarria Rodriguez said that people can come to Jesus in their ordinary lives by taking good care of little things. The bishop said before Jesus publicly ministered he also led an ordinary life. Bishop Echevarria spoke to a gathering of about 900 people in Montreal's Place des Arts September 16 as part of a North American tour that includes Van<;ouver, British Colombia; New York; San Francisco; and Houston. The next day, Bishop路路 Echevarria addressed about 1,50Q people at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto. Bishop Echevarria urged people to read the "Compendium ofthe Catechism of the Catholic Church" to form their faith and help them find ways to "transform daily life by offering it up to God." He called on spouses to "love each other crazily;' and he advised busy

parents to keep a family photo on their desks at work. "Look at the picture and fall in love more and more every day," he said. Taking care of children and family is more important than riches, Bishop Echevarria said, and husbands "have to have time in the home." Opus Dei is a personal prelature founded in 1928 bySt. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer in Madrid, Spain. Bishop Echevarria noted how much St. Escriva had prayed for Canada as hebeganhisapostolicworkinCanada. Opus Dei has more than 80,000 members worldwide. It ministers to a wider circle than its members through spiritual direction and faith formati9n. The movement is made up of ordinary men and women pursuing the sanctification of daily life while working and at home. The bishop said that God is in us, and he is concerned about every detail of our lives. He compared God's love to that of parents who are touched by little gifts from their children.

"We have to talk to him," Bishop Echevarria said. "He's not a being way off in the clouds. He is with us." Bishop Echevarria told a story about an Opus Dei member who had a repetitive job making screws in a machine that had to be watched carefully. With his thumb and machine oil, the man would make the sign of the cross on each screw he fed into the machine. The man wanted Christ to be with him in his work, he said. "In our life, everything is of importance;' he said. "The Lord is in all these things. There is nothing where he does not count." The bishop said that sadness happens when we are selfish. He said that service to others is the remedy for a consumer culture and external concepts ofbeauty. Service to others creates inner beauty, Bishop Echevarria said. He also encouraged people to receive the sacraments - in particular, reconciliation - on a regular basis. "It cleans our soul and brings joy back to our soul and brings us to a good relationship with God," he said.

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Speaker says new 'culture of poverty' sweeping U.S. MINNEAPOUS (CNS)-Anew nalalien, another culture that is radi- $20,000 per year in 2006 is classified "culture of poverty" is sweeping the cally different ffom the one that domi-' as poor, according to U.S. govemment United States at a ''phenomenal and nates society," Boisvert continued. measurements.. frightening" rate, a speakertold Catho- 'The genera~onal1ypoor are usually' Catholic Charities agencies across lic Charities workers at the Catholic as confined by their poverty as if they . the nation are feeling the strain, FaCharities USA annual gathering, held lived in a maximum security prison." ther Snyder added.· in Minneapolis September 14-17. Poverty topped-the agenda at t:l:lls Since 2003, he said, the number of Generational poverty, in which two year's Catholic Charities USA confer- people for whom Catholic Charities or more generations of a family have ence and was the theme of a new has provided emergency ,services lived in poverty; is becoming an epi- .policy paper detailing the agency's such as food, clothing, temporary sheldemic in this cowitry, said Allison plans to "address what is a growing ter, and assistance paying utility bills -", Boisvert, justice and charity ininister problem in the U.S. and prescription medicafiori costs After several years of decline, re- has increased by about 30 percent. at Pax Christi Parish in Eden Prairie. Social workers need to understand cent indicators have shown an increase "Our work is not done," Father this new culture ofpoverty if they are in the number ofpeople living in pov- Snyder told conference attendees. to be effective advocates for those they erty in the United States, said Father In herkeynote ad£Iress, Cokie Robserve, declared Boisvert, who herself Larry Snyder, Catholic Charities USA erts, senior news analyst for National emerged from 'generational poverty president. Public Radio, spoke about the CathoCatholic Charities statistics reveal lic Church's political influence at the and worked for Catholic Charities for 22 years. some disturbing trends, Father Snyder ilationallevel. 'There is a language ofthe poor, a said. "For the first time since we have Roberts, a Catholic, praised the psychology of the poor, il.worldview gathered data, over 50 percent of Church's efforts to help the poor. of the poor," Boisvert said. "Every- people that we serve now' live below ''1 say get this poverty report into thing about them, from the condition the level of poverty in this country," the parishes," she said. "Organize of their teeth to the way in which they . he said. those armies of compassion, because love, is suffused and permeated by the A family of four earning less than that's where they are." fact of their poverty." Boisvert said at a young age she became acquainted with social service agencies as a consumer. ''1 began to use all ofthe social and psychiatric, health care and juvenile justice systems," she said. ''1 moved through the process as if it were some September 25, 2006 kind of warped matricUlation." When welfare officials learned . Medjugorje, Bosnia-Henegovina about Boisvert's heroin addiction, they gave her two options: clean up her life '!Dear children! Also today I ain with you and call all of or risk losing her children. Boisvert you to complete conversion. DeCide for God, little children, chose to clean up her life. ". and you will find in God the peace your heart seeks. Imitate ''Like so many recovering types, I went into the business that cured me the lives 'of saints and may they be an example for you; and I and I worked with the generationally will inspire you as long as the Almighty permits J:!le to be impoverished in many forms," with you. Boisvert said. ''But I've also watched "Th~ you for having responded to my call." the development and the final institutionalization of a permanent Spiritual Life Center of Marian Community underclass in the richeSt country in the 154 Summer Street world. Medway, MA 02053· Tel. 508-533-5377 "To be impoverished in the richest ~ Paid advertisement country-in the world is to be an inter-

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PRAYE~FUL REMEMBRANCE - Led by school director Father David A.Costa, the students and faculty of St. Mary-Sacred Heart School, North Attleboro, gathered around the flagpole before school to 'hold a prayer service for those wno di~d on September 11. Following a Scripture reading, the students recited prayers a~d the Pledge . of Allegiance. ,




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TAUNTON - St. Mary's Pri- environment; the inclusion of all mary School was recently granted members of the school commucontinued accreditation by the nity in the re-accreditation proNew England Association of cess including its well-detailed Schools and Colleges Inc. follow up procedure; its extensive' Founded in 1885, ~EASC is the outreach and community service nation's oldest regional accredit- efforts to its parishes, local coming association whose mission is munity, nation and the world; ,its the establishment and mainte- c'ommitment to updating and innance of high standards for all tegrating technology into the levels of education. The two goals, classroom and curriculum; its of institutional accreditation are adoption and implementation of school improvement and quality diocesan curricul urn guidelines and finally the collaboration of the assurance. Principal Brian M. Cote com- .administration, faculty and parmented "that there are three steps ents to develop feasible safety in the accreditation process: a policies and procedures. 'The Commission recomself-study conducted over the period of 18 months, which engages mended that the school continue the entire school community in to carry out a system for supervistructured analysis, self-reflec-' sion and evaluation of profestion, and planning in response to sional staff performance by utilizthe accreditation standards; a vis- ing its recently introduced proiting committee of five meIll;bers cess; mak~ time available on a representing NEASC were hosted regular basis for teachers to plan at St. Mary's Primary School from together and share students' April 30 ~ May 3, 2006 to vali- progress and achievements; and date the school's self-study; and clearly define long and short-term finally over the next couple years development needs. Cote added "this has been truly a follow-up process will be carried out to address the recommen- a professional and rewarding eX7 dations from the self-study and perience for our entire school those made by the visiting com- . community and as we plan for our centennial in September, the mittee." St: Mary's Primary School was school continues its long history commended by the Commission of maintaining standards of acaf6r: li,,:ing its mission to provide demic excellen,ce arid promoting students with a challenging and the integration of Christian reliquality education in a ,safe, car- gious values for the spiritual ing and Christ-centered learning growth of its students."

IT ALL ADDS UP - Teacher Kathleen Lemieux readies her first- and second-grade students at St. Anthony of Padua School, New Bedford, for a math lesson.

DINNER TIME - Families and students enjoy themselves during a recent welcome-back dinner at St. Anthony of Padua School in New Bedford. '

HONORING OUR. BLESSED MOTHER - Children from Our Lady of Lourdes School, Taunton, prepare to place a new crown of flowers on a statue of Mary. From left: Xavier Garcia, Kennedy Reyes, Caitlin Studley, Alexis Faria, and Ryan ,Hackett. Following the crowning ceremony, the students recited the rosary and sang. '








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Turning life around

School turns to prayer


following shootings PfITSBURGH (CNS) - Stu- gathered students that they were dents and faculty at Spiritan-run safe and that the university famDuquesne University in Pitts- ily will stick together. burgh, shocked at the on-campus "We are a tight-kni.t commushooting of five members o( its nity," he said. "What affects one men's basketball team, prayed for of us affects all of us." He called their recovery at a special Mass on everyone to think of the inon campus the day after the inci- jured students "and hold them in our prayers." dent. One of the players, Sam At the beginning of the Mass, Ashaolu, 23, a junior from Spiritan Father Ray French Toronto who had just transferred prayed, "If we have sinned, we to Duquesne, was shot in' the head pray for forgiveness," asking for and was listed in critical condi- "courage in these dark days." At a press conference that aftion September 18 at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. Two other ternoon, Dougherty said, "We are players remained hospitalized a community of faith, and so our after the shooting in the' early- first instinct, our first 'response, morning hours of September 17, is prayer for those who have been while two others were treated and wounded and prayer for their families." released. Pittsburgh television station Police were still seeking the gunman, although they had no name of WPXI reported that the gunfire a suspect, only a description. They happened after a dance attended by 200 people Saturday night and believe six to 12 shots were fired. "There is no doubt that our sponsored by the Black Student students are the victims. They Union. The dance was ending路 had no weapons. There is no evi- when the shootings took place. dence of alcohol or drug use Campus police working as secuamong our athletes. They did rity guards at the event said there nothing to provoke this sort of had been no hints of trouble prior violent response," said Duquesne to the shooting. president Charles Dougherty in According to the Pittsburgh a September 17 statement. "In- Post-Gazette daily newspaper, camdeed, we are proud of our bas- pus police believed the gunman was ketball team and the many other . not a Duquesne student but might Duquesne students who pulled have been a guest at the dance. the injured away from the scene, The university said it would provided first aid, and ensured make crisis counselors available timely access to professional for those students who need their medical treatment." services. Close to 10,000 students At the evening Mass, which are enrolled at Duquesne. attracted a standing-room-only Duquesne's basketball procrowd of 300, Spiritan Father gram has had only one winning Tim Hickey, director of campus season in the past 20. Last year's ministry at Duquesne, assured the team went 3-24.

LIFE WASTED You're always saying that there's something wrong I'm starting to believe it's your plan all along Death came around, forced to hear its sons And I know tomorrow can't be depended on I seen the home inside your head . All locked doors and unmade beds Open sores unattended Let me say just once that I have faced it, a life wasted I'm never going back again I escaped it, a life 'wasted I'm never going back again The world awaits just up the stairs Leave the pain for someone else Nothing back there for you to find Or was it you you left behind? You're always saying you'r~ too weak to be strong You're harder on yourself than just about anyone Why swim the channel just to get this far? Halfway there, why would you turn around? ; Darkness comes in waves, tell me Why invite it to ~tay? You're warm with rtegativity Yes, comfort is an' energy But why let the sad song play? I have faced it, a life wasted I'm never going back again Oh I escaped it, a life wasted I'm never going back again Having tasted a life wasted I'm never going back again Oh I erased it, a llfe wasted I'm never going back again Sung By: PearlJam : Copyright 2006 by J-R,ecords I thought that Se~ttle-based


grunge had disappeared! I was wrong. Out this summer is Pearl Jam's new self-titled disc. This is Pearl Jam's eighth studio album, but the first since 2002. While many critics see the group as holding "legendary" status in the rock pantheon, I've never been a fan of their garage-band sound. However, 15 years of success shows that they: have plenty of listeners who enjoy their musical approach. Getting airplay off the new CD is "Life Wasted." One reviewer commented that the, song might have been inspired by the death of Johnny Ramone, a longtime friend 11 of Pearl Jam front :'man Eddie Vedder. Whatever the context for the song's creation, it encourages us to consider our attitudes toward life. The song's charac~er says: "I have faced it, a life wasted." While he doesn't describe How he lived,' he mentions that "darkness comes in waves." He asks: "Why invite it to stay?" He seems resolved to "swim the channel" toward a more positive life, and since he's "h41fway there" he ~onders, "Why would you tum around?" He realizes that he's "tasted a life wasted," but now "I'm never going back." This character's comments invite us to think about mistakes. All of us make them, and in my life I've made some big ones. But like the person in this song, we can learn from the past and construct a better life. ' This starts by telling the truth about your life. Onl~ choices that flow from your integqty bring lasting peace and satisfa~tion. For ex1

ample, a party life oflots of drinking might seem appealing. But the abuse to your body and the lies you must tell to cover up your activities do not leave you feeling good about who you are. To move beyond this feeling of emptiness, tell the truth about what you are experiencing. Next, develop a plan for change.' Truthful insight gets you started. But real change occurs in gradual and specific steps. Developing a plan usually requiies guidance and support. Tell those you trust that a "life wasted" is no longer what you seek. Ask them for specific and practical ideas on how you might move out of your current dissatisfaction. Further, accept God as a sure ally. Only you can make the needed changes, but by asking God to be with you additional help arrives. Once you do so, look for coincidt;nces and surprise occurrences that unexpectedly lead you toward your new desire. Don't worry about how you've acted in the past. God's love always fills the present, and forgiveness is assured once you set out on a new path. Most likely, there will be setbacks. However, remain persistent. The combination of support from friends, God's guidance and your resolve can replace and heal even the worst of destructive and dark habits. No matter what you "wasted," today is still available. Choose again. Make th;s day of life a gift. Your comments are always welcome. Please write to me at: or at 7125W200S, Rockpon, IN 47635.

The comings a'nd goings Change can be a scary thing. This past month I watched a new class of freshmen come into our school and I was reminded of the anxiety that builds when we have to face something new. I've spoken to a number of students going off to college as freshmen or returning for a new year, and again there is a level of anxiety that builds. I'm sure that you are no different. Change puts us on alert. Fear and anxiety kick in. I call it the "comings and the goings." Personally, I've never been fond of comings and goings. Even when going on vacation, I seem to dread the comings and goings. Once I'm there, wherever "there" is, I'm fine; but the process of change and the newness of situations, causes that fear of the unknown to kick in and all of the "what ifs" to start. That's when I most need to remind

myself of this truth: God never changes. Scripture teaches us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is perfect love ... and perfect love casts out all fear. That is all of the stability we need. If we can hold onto the faithfulness of God, we will know that everything will be just fine. God is with us. Fear is useless, what is needed is faith. In the upcoming week, the Church will celebrate two angel feasts in its calendar. Today, September 29, is the feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, the archangels. On October 2,

we will celebrate the feast of the Guardian ~ngels. In the midst of all of our ,". comings and goings, God sends his' angels. They walk with us as protector's and guides, , gifts of the 'i Father, who would never: send us and npt take care of Us. There is sometimes confusion on the subject of angels. People often think that loved ones become their guardian angels, but " theologically, that is not accurate. Hurpan b'eings and angels are two separate ' creations. Loved ones may in fact have. the capability to watch over us, and certainly they continue to love us, but

they are still the human beings God created them to be. Angels are a separate creation, and each of us has a guardian angel to assist us throughout our lives. Trust in that. God is faithful. As we celebrate the feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, let us remember that God sends his angels to defend us, to speak to us, and to walk with us along the journey. There is an army of angels at God's command, and each of us is so precious in the eyes of God as to merit the help of a particular angel. May we come to rely on our guardian angels, listening for the ways in which they will speak to us and guide us through the comings and goings of life. Jean Revil is director of Campus Ministry at Bishop Stang High School, where she has taught for 27 years. Comments welcome at:



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Martins looks at the service seat. from several viewpoints: to assist Any newly elected members of older non-registered people; the House or Senate will not be young people just reaching vot- in place on November 9, the day ing age; new parishioners not yet the Legislature is slated to vote on registered; and parishioners who a proposed constitutional amendare unable to get out to the polls ment to ban gay marriage. But if in November weather and offer the measure is approved - and it them applications fOf absentee needs the support of only 50 legballots. "We have all the needed islators - it will have to be voted on again next year, when the applications," she reported. In a September 19 letter to his newly elected are indeed in office. "The results of these elections diocesan priests permitting the registrations, Bishop Coleman re- will send an important message to minded them of their rights and current incumbents about the diresponsibilities in regard to elec- rection in which the state is mpvtion-related activities in their par- ing on same-sex marriage," said ishes. The letter provided general Arline Isaacson, co-chairman of guidance concerning election-re- the Massachusetts Gay and Leslated issues. bian Political Caucu.s which is op"Parishes may host non-parti- posed to the gay-marriage ban: san voter registration drives and "When gay supportive legisla'get out the vote' campaigns," the tors replace antigay ones, that's a bishop wrote. very significant and a powerful "These activities provide an in- massage," said Isaacson, who exvaluable civic service that encour- pects to advance "at least a couple ages citizens to be more involved of seats" in the November elecin the democratic process. As tions. Several groups opposed to gay long as these activities are conducted in an unbiased manner, .marriage report they have distriband not on the behalf of any can- uted informational packages but didate or party, according to the have not worked for or against any steps described in the USCCB's candidates. Faithful Citizenship materials, "We're putting out voter guides they are permissible in the par- saying where the candidates stand ish," he added. on family values issues," said Kris The U.S. bishops' statement Mineau, president of the Massanotes that voting is not only a re- chusetts Family Institute, which sponsibility for citizens but places supports the constitutional a moral obligation as well. amendment. Same-sex marriage proponents "We don't have the money or are also focused on the races, hop- the media access so for the most ing to pick up several Massachu- part it's voter guides," said former setts House seats, especially in Boston mayor and gay marriage districts where opponents are opponent Raymond Flynn. leaving the legislature. If your parish does not have a One of the 10 seats being va- voter registration drive and you cated is that of Philip Travis, a would like assistance with getting Rehoboth Democrat, who is not an absentee ballo,t so you can vote seeking reelection. He is one of in November, Catholic Citizenthe most vocal legislative leaders ship has volunteers who would against gay marriage. help you complete the form. On Cape Cod Rep. Shirley Please call Bea Martins at 508Gomes of South Harwich, a Re- 678-3351 or Sue Belmore at 508publican, who opposes same-sex 677-9215 and they will connect marriage, is also giving up her you with a volunteer. PRAcnCE mE DEVOTION OF mE FIRST SATURDAYS, AS REQUESTED BY OUR LADY OF FATIMA


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New Web features bring the developing world closer to home NEW YORK - A way to help the Missions online; a chance for kids to be part of a club making a faith-filled difference in our world; a place to find out about the Christ-filled difference missionaries are making every day. These are just a few of the newer features on the Website of the Pontifical Mission Societies: "Since we went online with our new Website three years ago - and were 'launched,' in fact, by the late great missionary Pope John Paul II technology has improved and we've tried to be part of those exciting changes," noted Monsignor John E. Kozar, national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States. "We'll keep in step with those changes to bring the world to you on our Web - always working toward better supporting the proclamation of the 'Good News' of Jesus among the suffering and poor." The Pontifical Mission Societies now accept online credit card donations for three of the Societies: the Society for the Propagation of the Faith (for the pastoral and evangelizing programs of more than 1,150 mission dioceses in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands and Latin America); the Society of St. Peter Apostle (for the support of vocations to the priesthood and Religious life in theMissions), and the Holy Childhood Association (bringing help and hope, through the Catholic Church, to children in the Missions). To make such a donation, visitors can log on to the main Website address, or go directly to Another new Web address - - takes kids directly to the Website of Polly Parrot, the mascot of the Holy Childhood Association (HCA). There, young people can learn about children in the Developing World - and how the Church, with their prayers and support, is making a difference in the lives of so many young

people. There are also links on that site for religious educators and parents for free downloads and other information about the Baptismal responsibility of every Catholic to be missionary - to share their faith. "We update our Website almost daily with news from the Missions and other examples of both the growth of faith in mission countries and their everpresent need for our prayers and help," observed Monsignor Kozar. He also promises more to come this fall - such as an interactive version of the World Mission Rosary. "We look forward to your next E-visit," Monsignor Kozar said. "After all, we've got the world on our Web." For more information, visit the main Website address,, or any of the other new addresses ( or, which will lead you to any of the other pages in the main site. The Pontifical Mission Societies, active in some 120 countries throughout the world, work to animate the faithful to a universal missionary spirit, and to gather support for the efforts of the Church in some 1,150 mission dioceses in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands and remote regions of Latin America. There are four Pontifical Mission Societies: The Holy Childhood Association directs its efforts to elementary scnool age children, while the Society for the Propagation of the Faith seeks prayer and support for pastoral and evangelizing programs of mission dioceses from adults as well as high school and college students. The Society of St. Peter Apostle is concerned with gathering help for seminarians and Religious novices in the Missions. The Missionary Union of Priests and Religious is a spiritual apostolate, to form and to deepen the missionary spirit among those called to animate all the faithful in the missionary task.

Religious superiors to hear Dr. Collamati on 'Deus Caritas Est' NORTH DARTMOUTH Major superiors of religious in the Fall River diocese meeting at their annual meeting October 17 at the Family Life Center here will hear an address on Pope Benedict XVI's Encyclical "Deus Caritas Est" (God is Love). The keynote talk will be given by Dr. Ernest Collamati, chairman of the Religious Studies Department at Regis College in Weston. Bishop George W. Cole!Jlan will be present and available for questions, reported Mercy Sister Elaine Heffernan, the bishop's representative to religious, who is coordinating the meeting. Prior to his appointment at Regis, Collamati was chairman of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at St. Mary of the Woods College in Indiana. After recdving his bachelor's degree in humanities at Providence College, he received his master's degree and doctorate in theology at the University of' Notre Dame. He has participated in activi-

ties funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Lilly Endowment. His writings have appeared in Horizons and the Journal of Religious Education, and he was a contributing colum-

national levels, Collamati has addressed Religious Education conventions, Catholic teachers meetings, National Catholic Education Association conferences' and workshops, and conventions for Catholic school personnel. He is married to the former Susan Mastroianni, a member of the theology department at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, and they are the parents of two sons.

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nist for The Criterion. He is frequently called by the television media for commentary and analysis of Church news. A popular keyhote speaker at the diocesan, local, regional and

NORTH DARTMOUTH - Religious Brothers and Sisters, and priests from several orders and congregations will meet tomorrow at S1. Julie Billiart Church for the annual Day of Recollection for Religious. Bishop George W. Coleman will be the celebrant of an 11: 15 Mass. La Salette Father John P. Sullivan is the guest speaker. The day begins at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and a 10 a.m. conference.


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Around the Diocese ~ ':!'o' .,,) IHealing Masses ATTLEBORO - A Hispanic Healing Service will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette. For information call 508-2225410.

[!-ectureslPresentations ATTLEBORO - The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette welcomes Franciscan Friar of the Renewal Father Benedict Groeschel for an evening of prayer and adoration October 2 beginning with the celebration of Mass at 6:30. A relic of S1. Theresa, whose feast is October I, will be presented during the eucharistic holy hour. A good-will offering will be accepted in support of Father Groeschel's ministry. For more information call 508236-9056. NEW BEDFORD - A living rosary, sponsored by the Legion of Mary, will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph-St. Therese Church. A procession will begin in the school yard at 2:45 p.m. For more information call 508-995-2354.

IMiscellaneous ATTLEBORO - A Pax Christi group will meet October 3 at 7: 15 p.m. in the Reconciliation Chapel at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette. They gather to pray, study and act for peace and justice. For more information call 508-222-5410. EAST FALMOUTH - Recitation of the John Paul II method of the rosary, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council No. 813, will be held October 7 immediately following the celebration of the 8 am. Mass at St. Anthony's Church, 167 East Falmouth Highway. Refreshments will be available. FAIRHAVEN - Our Lady's Haven seeks volunteers to assist at the nursing facility in transporting residents to and from their rooms to meals, activities and daily Mass. People are needed during the week and on weekends. For more information call Manuel Benevides at 508-999-4561. FAIRHAVEN-A First Friday Mass, hosted by the Men of the Sacred Hearts Fairhaven Chapter, will be held October 6 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Church. A holy hour and refreshments will follow.

cession of S1. Francis of Assisi. Dog, cat and other pet medals will be available. WEST HARWICH - A day of prayer and fasting, in conjunction with the 13th annual international week of prayer and fasting to end abortion, will be held October 2 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church. Morning prayer will be held in the chapel and Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. It will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 4:30 p.m. For more information call Jane Jannell at 508-430-0014.

NORTH DARTMOUTH -A weekend retreat for men and women, sponsored by the Legion of Mary, will be held October 13-15 at the Family Life Center, 500 Slocum Road. The retreat master will be Father Sharbel Francis Mary Hayward, a Franciscan Friar from Our Lady's Chapel, New Bedford. For more information call 508-995-2354.

ISodal Events ATTLEBORO - Musician John Polce will bring his Bethany Nights Pr0gram to the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette tonight at 7:30 p.m. It will include music, prayer and healing. A goodwill offering will be taken. For more information call 508-222-5410. EAST TAUNTON - A Taunton area Ultreya will be held at Holy Family Church on October 5. Mass is at 7 p.m. FALL RIVER - The Fall River area Men's First Friday Club will meet October 6 at 6 p.m. for the celebration of Mass at Good Shepherd Church, 1598 South Main Street. A meal will follow in the church hall and features a talk by guest speaker Bernard Herman. For more information call Daryl Gonyon at 508-6724822. FALL RIVER - Holy Name Church and school will hold a Harvest Festival October 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the school grounds. Musical entertainment includes Toe Jam Puppet Band, The Vagabonds and John Scotti. Pony rides, games and face painting will be available for children. There will also be a pie baking contest, craft tables, yard sale and raffle. Attendees are encouraged to donate blood. For more information call 508-674-9191.

FALL RIVER - Catholic Social Service seeks Portuguese-speaking volunteers to work with elders in a group setting once a week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a local parish. For more information call Juraci Capataz at 508-674-4681.

NEW BEDFORD -A church bazaar will be held October 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. For more information call 508-992-3184.

FALL RIVER - The Catholic television program "Good News For Life," sponsored by the Communications Department of the diocese, will present the next part in the Christian's Ask Series "Assisting the Sick in the Final Phase of Life," October 4 at 9:30 p.m. on the Portuguese channel.

SANDWICH - "Hearers and D~rs," a Cursillista reunion will take place at Corpus Christi Parish on October 14 beginning with an II :30 a.m. Mass celebrated by La Salette Father Roger Plante. Witness and lunch will follow. For information call Marie Basile at 508-648-1388 or E-mail

FREETOWN - Mother of the Sorrowful Heart Rosary Crafters are making and sending handmade cord rosaries to Missions all over the world. They are available for teaching and demonstrations. For more information call Carol Spoor at 508644-2645. HYANNIS - A rosary for children of the world will be recited Sunday at 5 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church. Those who cannot attend are asked to unite themselves with people across the world by praying the rosary for this intention at that moment. SOUTH DARTMOUTH - The Knights of Columbus Bishop Stang Council No. 4532 are seeking good Catholic men to become new members. It meets on the first Thesday ofeach month in the basement of St. Mary's Church, 783 Dartmouth Street. For more information call Brock Cordeiro at 508-979-8930. TAUNTON - The Franciscan Friars of Our Lady of Rosary Church, Bay Street, will hold its annual Blessing of Animals tomorrow at II am. in the church parking lot. People are encouraged to bring all pets for the special blessing through the inter-

ISupport G~ups ATTLEBORO - A Grief Education Program is held Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. at the La Salette Retreat House, 947 Park Street. For more information call 508-2228530. ATTLEBORO - A separated-divorced support group will meet October 5 at 7 p.m. at the La Salette Retreat House, 947 Park Street. For more information call 508-236-9083. BREWSTER -"Come Walk with Me," a program for those dealing with the death of a loved one, will meet October 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the parish center at Our Lady of the Cape Church, 468 Stony Brook Road. For more information call Eileen Miller at 508-896-4218. NEW BEDFORD - Courage, a support group for those dealing with samesex attraction but striving to lead chaste lives will meet tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church rectory, 233 County Street. For more information call Father Richard Wilson at 508-992-9408.


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tation from Keavy outlining what the historic school will offer students for years to come. "The presentation is roughly one-and-a-half hours and that will be followed by a question and answer period and then we'll listen to feedback from students and parents," said Keavy. "We'll also be giving the students and parents survey cards to complete, giving us an idea of what they think about topics such as transportation, uniforms and extra curricular activities." Keavy will be "taking his show on the road," to three area Catholic elementary schools; St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School in Hyannis, St. Margaret's Regional School in Buzzards Bay, and St.

Pius X School in South Yarmouth. The new principal indicated that some students and parents may be able to gather information at his visits, but the information sessions at the JPIT auditorium will be for those who can't attend the road sessions and for students and parents of those currently enrolled in public schools who would like to learn about the school. Renovations on the former Barnstable High School are on schedule. The new school will open its doors to students for the first time next September. "We're in good shape for next year," said Keavy. He also told The Anchor thatthe academic planning process is running smoothly. "We have a four-

year plan in place and it's going well. The school and the diocesan school department have developed a very solid plan. "We'll be hiring teachers in the spring, and at that point we can refine the curriculum with the teachers." Entrance exams for the opening next September will take place at the school on December 2. Keavy said a registration form is available on the school's Website,

Registration for any of the three information sessions is not necessary. For further information about the school, visit the Website, or call 508-862-6336, or contact Keavy by E-mail at

Cape parish to host talk on defense of marriage SOUTH YARMOUTH - Father Roger Landry will speak at St. Pius X Parish Education Center on Station Avenue on October 14. His topic is, "Faithful Catholics and the Defense of Marriage." The program will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a buffet luncheon catered by Ardeo's. Father Landry is executive editor of the Fall River diocesan newspaper, "The Anchor" and pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in New Bedford. After receiving a biology degree from Harvard, Father Landry studied for the priesthood in Maryland, Toronto and for several years in Rome. After his 1999 priestly ordination, he returned to Rome to complete graduate work in moral theology and bioethics at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Rome. He speaks widely on the thought of Pope John Paul IT and current issues of faith and culture. In November the Massachusetts Legislature will again convene [>..

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___ !~_rQ~~_~~~y~~~_ Please pray for these priests during the coming weeks October 3 Rev. Msgr. Arthur G. Considine, Retired Pastor, St. Mary, South Dartmouth, 1991

October 5 Rev. Jean D. Pare, O.P., Assistant Director, St. Anne Shrine, Fall River, 1999

October 6 Rev. Stephen B. Magill, Assistant, Immaculate Conception, North Easton, 1916 Rev. Roland Brodeur, Uniondale, N.Y., 1987

October 7 Rev. Caesar Phares, Pastor, St. Anthony of the Desert, Fall River, 1951 Rev. Msgr. ArthurG. Dupuis, Retired, Pastor, St. Louis de France, Swansea, 1975 Rev. Andrew Jahn. SS.CC., Sacred Hearts Seminary, Wareham, 1988

October I) Rev. Paul J. Dalbec, M.S., La Salette Shrine, Attleboro, 2000

jointly to consider the right of citizens to vote on the issue of limiting marriage to one man/one woman in our state. It is important that people be well informed as to the importance of retaining traditional marriage as well as insisting on their rights to have that vote.

Father Landry's talk is sponsored by the Cape Cod Family Life Alliance with active membership in 14 communities on the Cape. Tickets for the event including the luncheon are $10 and may be obtained by calling 508-8338432, no later than Oct. 11.

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Guam pilgrims dedicate Our Lady of Camarin statue at national shrine WASHINGTON (CNS) - As a young boy growing up in Guam, Msgr. Brigido Arroyo gazed upon a statue of Our Lady of Camarin while offering prayers to Mary. The priest saidhe remembered asking Mary for guidance on his future. ''Gradually she led me into the priesthood;' said Msgr. Arroyo, who recently marked the 45th anniversary of his ordination. On September 17, after traveling 24 hours and crossing the international dateline, Msgr. Arroyo joined more than 500 pilgrims - including about 50 from Guam - for a Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington to dedicate a statue to Our Lady of Camarin, the national symbol of Guam, for a new oratory at the shrine. The statue for the oratory is a replica ofthe one that stands in the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Agana, Guam. This image of Mary has been the national symbol ofGuam and all the Mariana Islands for more than 300 years. The Mass was celebrated by Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl and Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron ofAgana 'There is a deeper place for us to gather as we turn to our Blessed Mother today in prayer;' Archbishop Apuron said 'There is a deeper place where we must look at ourselves, discover our real need and then tum to God, and to his son Jesus Christ and

his Spirit, to ask them to bless us, to give us what we need, and to send us home having found the cure that this pilgrimage may offer us." In his homily, he said that the faithful seek a miracle,just as the Chamorro people on the Mariana Islands - the largest of which is Guam - have sought protection from typhoons, earthquakes, wars and disasters for 300 years through Mary's intercession. For the people of the Marianas, Mary is symbolized by the wooden statue of her rescued from the sea and placed in Agana's cathedral-basilica, he said. The archbishop said the Lord is "everlasting reliefto souls which grow weary in their search for absolute truth. Our Lord is with us every day - every day, even though every day may feel, at its beginning, like a journey to get through, full of obstacles and discouragement." Mercy Sister Marian Therese Arroyo, Msgr. Arroyo's sister, composed the Mass of Our Lady of Camarin in the native Chamorro language and traveled from Guam to lead the music for the liturgy. Immediately after the liturgy, participants followed the statue in procession to its place of enshrinement behind the main altar ofthe upper church. The statue's journey from Guam to Washington began in late 2004 when members ofthe Catholic Daughters of the Americas-Our Lady of Camarin Court requested and received permission for inclusion of the statue.

PUTTING ON A HAPPY FACE -Debbie Ogram of the Secular Franciscans helps paint children's faces at the annual Polish Picnic held recently on the grounds of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, Taunton. Behind her, Carol Spoor prepares to hand out rosaries, literature and religious articles to fair patrons. At right, chairmen of the event, Kevin Kiernan, left, and John Kearns Sr., return eucharistic vessels following the celebration of an outdoor Mass.



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Dramas produced by Family Theater Productions help Latinos cope with daily issues of life in America

END OF A LONG JOURNEY - A replica of the statue of Our Lady of Camarin is seen during its dedication at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington September 17. (CNS photorrony Fiorini, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception)

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actors Ricardo Montalban, Lucy Gallardo and the late Eduardo L6pez Rojas. Family Theater Productions released the first radio novela produced by and for U.S. Latinos in 1997. All of the some 300 Voz Latina programs mimic the appeal, humor and provocative story lines of popular Hispanic TV soap operas, but also engage the body and soul. In 2003, Family Theater Productions launched Voz Latina: Radio for the Latino Explosion as the name of its Spanish-language radio project. Since 1947,FamilyTheaterProductions has produced more than 900 radio and TV programs in English, Spanish and other languages featuring hundreds of celebrities, with more than 10,000 broadcasts worldwide. Founded by Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, CSC, the organization is a member of Holy Cross Family Ministries, Easton, Mass. Family Theater Productions uses mass media to entertain, inspire and educate families. For more information, go to or call tollfree 1-888-264-4611.


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