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VOL. 50, NO. 38 • Friday, October 6, 2006

Diocesan priests find Pastoral Planning Days helpful, encouraging DAVE JOLIVET, EDITOR

NORTH DARTMOUTH - Approximately 75 diocesan priests convened at St. Julie Billiart Parish to learn more about Pastoral Planning, and to share ideas and concerns. "We were delighted with the turnout and the sharing of positive energies," said Father David A. Andrade, director of the diocesan Pastoral Planning Office. "There was a great deal of open and honest dialogue. Many of us left the two-day session very optimistic."


The priests watched a PowerPoint presentation from diocesan consultant Doug Rodrigues, outlining what Pastoral Planning is and isn't. "Doug's presentation was very informative and helpful," Msgr. Steven J. Avila, pastor of St. Mary's Parish in Mansfield, told The Anchor. Msgr. Avila, dean of the Attleboro Area Deanery said, "the planning days were invigorating for many of us. It brought new life Turn to page 20 - Planning

81. Thomas More Award recipients announced - Story on page 18


MEET THE SISTERS - NBC's Tim Russert shares a moment with his former elementary school teacher Mercy Sister t.ucille Socciarelli during the 12th annual St. Mary's Education Fund Fall Dinner held at White's of Westport. From left: Mercy Sisters Elaine Heffernan, Ellen Martin, Socciarelli, Russert and friend Margaret Mary Wagner. (Anchor/Gordon photo) I;

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PRAYERFUL PRESENCE - Nationally-known speaker and author Franciscan Friar of the Renewal Father Benedict Groeshel preached at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette October 2. The evening included the celebration of Mass and a eucharistic holy hour at which a relic of St. Theresa was venerated. (Anchor/Gordon photo)

WESTPORT - Tim Russert, editor and moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," has not forgotten his humble beginnings as a Catholic student at St. Bonaventure grade school. He shared that with a record crowd of more than 650, at the 12th annual Fall Dinner to benefit the St. Mary's Education Fund, September 28 at White's of Westport. At the end of the evening, a check for $690, 328, the largest in the fund's history, was presented to Bishop George W. Coleman to benefit needy and deserving Catholic children. , "I'm convinced I could not be doing whAt

I am today without the help I received from the most important teacher I ever met," said Russert regarding Mercy Sister Lucille Socciarelli, his seventh- and eighth-grade teacher in Buffalo, N.Y., who is currently a member of the Pastoral Care Team at Charlton Memorial Hospital. "In Catholic schools students have the opportunity to learn to read and write and learn right from wrong," said Russert. "It's essential that young people understand that they can have the same opportunities and achieve anything. One of them could be the next moderator of 'Meet the Press,'" declared the network's chief political analyst Turn to page 14 - Scholarships

New chaplain keeping spiritual flame lighted for Catholic Citizenship teams By DEACON JAMES N. DUNBAR NEW BEDFORD - Seeking the kingdom of God doesn't rule out Catholics' responsibility to make sure government stays on a good moral track, says the chaplain to Catholic Citizenship in the diocese. Incarnate Word Father Samuel H. Leonard, who is the pastor of St. Kilian's Parish in New Bedford, was named chaplain for the diocese-sponsored elections. issues group two weeks ago by Bishop George W. Coleman. Catholic Citizenship - led in the Diocese of Fall River by its public policy director, Bea Martins - encourages Catholic voters to be more active in the democratic process in an unbiased, non-partisan manner, in line with the statement from the Catholic

Bishops' on Faithful Citizenship. for those involved in election issues, esp~~ "As spiritual advisor I'm to help the team cially the non-partisan voter registration members keep their perspective on the spiri- drives that are currently underway in partual dimensions of what they're doing," Fa- ishes throughout the diocese to get-out th ther Leonard told The Anchor. Catholic vote in the upcoming November y "Otherwise they'll be caught up in what General Elections., Jesus called 'render to Caesar what is "My being named chaplain comes about Caesar's and to God what is because I have been active with God's'" he added. "And it's Bea Martins and we have easy for that to get out held talks," Father Leonarli of balance." noted. He said he sees his He said "we need to job "as assisting indi.I see the entire picture: that vidual people to keep a ?~., we are Church, and its job focus on our calling to b e . is to preach the Gospel. followers of Jesus." . Anchor graphic But its job is also to assist In an unofficial capacity. in. ~oc:r . ~,4 c ~ the secular government the past he led a retreat pnmanly ~ ~ to keep a focus on what



is morally correct. If I understand the original Constitution, it is based on a concept of morality ... that there is a God - name him whatever you want - that comes with a sense that we are creatures and are totally dependent on a 'higher power' to use the contemporary term. "I think we have lost that sense," he asserted. "Some Catholics vote just according to the party line because their family has always done that. So we get caught up in the politics, neglecting what St. Paul says: 'We do not here have, a lasting city ... we are simply pilgrims. Our citizenship is in heaven.'" But that does not mean we tum our back on the government, Father Leonard exTurn to page 14 - Chaplain





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Pope says interreligious dialogue must be tolerant, open By CINDY WOODEN CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME - Believing that each person is created in the image of God, the Catholic Church hopes all people will come to know the Gospel, but its primary approach to other religions and cultures must be one of tolerance and openness, Pope Benedict XVI said. During a meeting last week at his summer villa in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, Pope Benedict welcomed Hans-Henning Horstmann as Germany's new ambassador to the Vatican. Faith, the pope told him, increases people's commitment to the common good, which is marked by defending the life and dignity of all people, including those of other faiths and cultures. "The Church does not impose itself," the pope said. "It does not force anyone to accept the Gospel message because faith in Jesus Christ, whom the Church proclaims, can only happen in freedom. For this reason, encounters with others must be marked by tolerance and cultural openness." However, Pope Benedict said, tolerance, respect and openness "must never be confused with indifference, which is the opposite of the deep Christian interest in human beings and their good." ''True tolerance presupposes respect for the other, for the human being, who was created by God and whose existence was willed by God," the pope said. The Christian faith motivates Catholics to defend the "dignity, integrity and freedom" of each person, Pope Benedict said, and to work with all people of good will in defending others. The good of humanity is what leads the Church to defend traditional marriage and family life, he

said, and to oppose abortion, including cases in which a baby may be severely handicapped, because every human life "has value for God." Pope Benedict also asked the German government to defend the life and freedom of those requesting exile in Germany because of political or religious persecution in their homelands. The pope's remarks about tolerance were given special attention in the wake of continuing discussion about his comments on Islam during an early September speech at the University of Regensburg in Germany. Pope Benedict subsequently met with ambassadors from predominantly Muslim countries and with representatives of Italy's Muslim community, expressing his deep respect for Muslims, pledging to continue dialogue and encouraging joint Christian-Muslim efforts to curb violence. But the foreign ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference September 26 asked the pope "to retract or redress" the remarks he had made in Germany. The foreign ministers of the organization representing 57 nations from around the world said the pope's remarks "reflect (a) lack of correct information about the holy Quran, the Prophet (Mohammed) and the Islamic faith, at the time when the Muslim world was expecting from His Holiness, the new pope, to continue the promotion of the cordial ties which prevailed with his predecessors and with the Vatican" for decades. They also expressed concern that the pope's remarks might "engender a situation of tension between the Muslim world and the Vatican, to the detriment of the real interests of the two parties."

REACHING OUT - Pope Benedict XVI talks to ambassadors of Islamic nations and Italian Islamic leaders in a room at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, recently. The pope assured Muslims that he respected them and was committed to dialogue. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

EXCOMMUNICATED - zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, center, speaks at a press conference in Washington September 27 with the four prelates he recently ordained without papal approval. The Vatican said that all the prelates have incurred automatic excommunication. From left, Archbishop Patrick E. Trujillo, Bishop Peter Paul Brennan, Bishop Joseph J. Gouthro and Archbishop George A. .Stallings Jr. stand with Archbishop Milingo as he answers questions from reporters. (CNS photo/Paul Hanng)

Vatican says Archbishop Milingo, four others incur excommunication VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Recent ordinations made without papal approval have placed zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo and the four prelates he ordained under automatic excommunication, the Vatican said. Starting with his "attempted marriage" in 2001 until his September 24 ordinations of four bishops in Washington, Archbishop Milingo's actions have led him to "acondition of irregularity and progressive breach in communion with the Church," said a written statement by the Vatican press office. It said that despite the "patient vigilance" shown by the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI in hoping the retired archbishop would return to full communion with the Church, the archbishop's recent ordinations "have dashed such hopes." Because of the unapproved ordinations, "both Archbishop Milingo and the four ordained men are under a '[atae sententiae' excommunication, according to Canon 1382 ofthe Code of Canon Law,"the statement said. A bishop who consecrates a bishop without a pontifical mandate and the person who receives the consecration from him automatically incur the penalty of excommunication. The Vatican statement also said "the Church does not recognize nor does it intend to recognize in the future such ordinations and all the ordinations derived from them." It also added that the canonical status of the "four presumed bishops is the same in which they found themselves before ordination" by Archbishop Milingo. The four men, all ofwhom already claimed to have been ordained bishops in the Old Catholic Church, were leading figures the previous week in a "Married Priests Now!" convocation held by Archbishop Milingo in Saddle Brook,NJ.

Archbishop Milingo had told convocation participants that he was underVatican orders to stop his campaign for married priests or face suspension from ministry. A news release from Archbishop Milingo's group claimed the new ordinations would make the Old Catholic bishops "bishops of the Roman Catholic Church." The ordinations took place in Washington at Imani Temple, the headquarters ofArchbishop George A Stallings Jr., a former Catholic priest of the Washington Archdiocese who broke from the Church in 1989 to form his own African American Catholic Congregation. In 1990 Archbishop Stallings was ordained a bishop by bishops of independent Old Catholic churches. Archbishop Stallings was one of the bishops re-ordained byArchbishop Milingo. The others were: - Bishop Peter Paul Brennan of the African Orthodox Church and the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of the Americas, who according to one Website was first consecrated a bishop on June 10, 1978, and subsequently reconsecrated in October 1979 and twice more in March 1987. - Archbishop Patrick E. Trujillo of the Archdiocese of Our Lady of Guadalupe of New Jersey of the Old


Catholic Church in America, who was originally consecrated in 1997. - Bishop Joseph 1. Gouthro of Las Vegas, presiding bishop of the Catholic Apostolic Church International. Archbishop Milingo was archbishop of Lusaka from 1969 until 1983, when the Vatican asked him to resign because he refused to stop using healing and exorcism rituals that were judged to be inconsistent with Catholic teaching. In 2001 he married Korean acupuncturist Maria Sung in a mass ceremony arranged by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, which is now called the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. He subsequently separated from her at the personal urging of Pope John Paul II, but when he came to the United States this July to announce his "Married Priests Now!" movement, he said he was reuniting with her. In a telephone interview September 25, Archbishop Stallings laughed as he said, "According to Rome, we've all been excommunicated - which means absolutely nothing to anyone who understands that the Roman Catholic Church has neither ownership nor control over anyone's destiny and that the Roman Catholic Church is not the one who gives salvation."


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Cardinal Napier raps churches council for stance on same-sex marriage CAPE TOWN, South Africa ber churches to state their posi- ment has proposed a separate (CNS) Durban Cardinal tion," he said. Civil Union Bill to legalize sameWilfrid Napier, president of the Catholic Church officials op- sex marriage. The' Civil Union Southern African Catholic Bish- pose same-sex marriage. Bill is still subject to public comops' Conference, has criticized In December, South Africa's ment, but, if the "bill is adopted the South African Council of Constitutional Court gave Parlia- by Parliament, South Africa Churches for its "wishy-washy" ment one year to amend marriage would become the first African position on same-sex marriage. laws to include same-sex part- country to legalize same-sex "I do not believe the SACC ners. It said if Parliament did nor marriage. should be trying to state each act the legal definition of marMakue, an elder and lay leader member's theological or doctri- riage would be changed auto- of the Uniting Reformed Church nal teaching, especially not in a matically to include same-sex in Southern Africa, has called for statement that should be giving unions. a single law governing all forms only the basic Christian teachInstead of amending the exist- of marriage, not the two-law sysing," Cardinal Napier said in a ing Marriage Act, the govern- tem proposed by the government. letter to the council's general secretary, Eddie Makue. The cardinal's remarks were reported in Cape Town's Catholic newspaper, The Southern Cross. Cardinal Napier said the South African Council of Churches, of which the bishops' conference is a member, is not "doing itself or its member churches any favors Nutritious food, a good education, clothes and medical care, by issuing such a wishy-washy statement on the serious question children need these essential things to grow and reach their of marriage according to the potential. They also need love, encouragement and hope, gifts of long-standing Christian tradithe heart. tion." When you sponsor through Christian Foundation for Children The bishops' conference beand Aging, you give your support and your heart to a child, youth lieves the council "exists primarily to coordinate efforts by or aging person in a developing country. Your sponsored friend member churches," Cardinal will benefit from the chance to overcome the obstacles of poverty Napier said, noting that the counand from the knowledge that someone cares. cil "certainly is not there to reYou'll be blessed with an ongoing relationship as you get to place or speak for" member know your sponsored friend through letters and photos. And yo~ churches. also be able to write your new friend to share your prayers and "So, when it comes to contro-. versial issues, it is up to the memencouragement.

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Medical transport workers don't take life for granted KANSAS CITY, Kan. (CNS)- Parish in Topeka and the mother of Not many ofus can come home from seven-year-old Keaton and ll-yearwork each day' and say we have old Taylor. saved a life. But that would be a slow The whole experience of workday for Michael Smith, a parishio- ing as a flying nurse has reinforced ner of the Cathedral of St. Peter in Meeks' faith and belief in the preKansas City, who works for an am- ciousness of life. bulance service based in Lawrence. She recalled one young man who Smith figures he transports some suffered a stroke and was transported 150 people a year to hospital emer- by Life Star. Nobody, including gency rooms all around the region. Meeks, thought he would survive. But don't look for his ambulance on rn some ways, "flying an ambuthe road anytime soon. Smith is a lance helicopter is more demanding pilot for a company called Life Star, than flying Cobra or Apache路 attack and his ambulance is a helicopter. helicopters for the Missouri Air NaSince its founding in 1988, Life tional Guard in war zones, Smith said. . When he's cruising at 140 mph, Star of Kansas - operated jointly by St. Francis Hospital and visibility is a key issue. Flying at Stormont-Vail Hospital, both in To- night can be darigerous, especially peka - has transported more than laI)ding in unfamiliar spots, where 10,000 patients, according to direc- .Smith can't see power lines or other tor Greg Hildenbrand. obstructions. The Catholic values at St. Francis "My goal is to be in the air within Hospital resonate in a very real way five minutes," said Smith. "But in this highly stressful and challeng- there's a lot of pressure to get the ing' medical environment, aircraft there safely. The government Hildenbrand said. has very tight regs on when you can "TItis job qemands a tremendous fly. My job is important, but the degree of caring and compassion," medical crew's jobs are even more he told The Leaven, newspaper of important." the Kansas City archdiocese. "EvSmith usually doesn't learn the ery patient is having the worst day fate ofthe patients he flies. He knows of his or her life." that some don't make it. "As a pilot, The people Smith transports have I don't find out much after transportsuffered life-threatening accidents or ing the patient," he said. "What helps illnesses - sometimes hundreds of out is realizing that a high percentmiles away from the people who age of people do make it." could help them most. It is Smith's How does Smith remain calm in job to get them where they need to the midst of near-death situations go-fast. and the pressure to deliver patients A former military pilot, Smith quickly? flies a small, single-engine ''It's one of those jobs not everyEurocopter; it is fast and highly ma- body can do," he said matter-of-factly. neuverable, designed specifically to "But if you know someone's life is get in and out of tight spots. Smith's depending on you, you can'tbaCkout" crew consists of a paramedic and a When he speaks about his work nurse, who occupy the two rear seats. to schoolchildren or adults,: Smith On some of his flights, Smith is emphasizes that everybody takes assisted by air ambulance nurse health for granted. Tammy Meeks, who s'aid the tough"You have to have faith to do this est part of her job is seeing'children job, but you can't take life for who are critically ill or injured, es- granted," he said. "God has; given pecially those who don't make it. everyone talent. We can't w~te it. "Even in the short time we're in I've seen so much waste (due to) the air, you become close and create drinking and driving, or driving a bond. And I'm a mom," said without seat belts. Think of the harm Meeks, a member of Christ the King to your fantily, if not to you."

HIGH-FLYING HERO - Catholic Michael Smith pilots an air ambulance helicopter for Life Star in eastern Kansas. (CNS photo/ Monte Mace, The Leaven) .

CALLED TO THE TABLE - Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of Milwaukee celebrates Mass for the opening of the National Council of Catholic Women's general assembly at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee. More than 700 women attended the recent assembly. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, Catholic Herald)

At largest assembly NCCW has held, goal is to draw younger members MILWAUKEE (CNS) - Ap- to change its structure. councils, they depend more on a Web "rn the beginning when I started, presence and passing announcements proximately 850 women attended the biennial general assembly of the Na- it was very structured and attendance . by E-mail," said Schellman. "We tional Council of Catholic Women wasn't very good," she said. "rn the know for some of the members, the September 21-23, making it the larg- last five years we've changed our rntemet may be a foreign experience, est general assembly the group has perspective. If we want to reach out but younger women are finding us to young moms, we have to reach through the rntemet. I think things are held. Under the theme "Y~s, Lord, Your them where they are and make their happening on both ends of the age Servant Is Listening," thewomen at~ time beneficial." spectrum." "I think almost every council has tended workshops promoting leaderLawton said joining the NCCW ship and recruiting younger mem- to find new ways to reach out to new has been beneficial to her over the members," said Andrea Schellman, years. bers. -"I think it provides spirituality, and "We try to satisfY younger mem7 public relations director for the bers by creating events that are fun NCCW. "Everyone is so busy, I think women need and want spirituality," for them;' said Carlotta Lawton ofthe that's one reason it's so important to she said. "You don't get that through Diocese ofJoliet, m., in an interview have so much fun." the YMCA. Another way the NCCW has with the CatJwlic Herald, Milwauk~ "You get enriched by people who archdiocesan newspaper. "We make changed over the years is how im- share your values," Lawton added. "I sure we reach out in events that help port the rntemet and E-mail are to think I'm a better person because I their lives. When we have activities,: members. have met wonderful ladies through "rn terms of diocese and parish the years." we want to make" Lawton said some of the newer activities implemented in her diocese to attract younger members include ALBANY, N. Y. (CNS) - Sacred rn 1958, she was elected vice presigolf outings, knitting groups, a fash- _ Heart Sister Kathryn Sullivan, a pio- dent of the Catholic Biblical Associaion show and Christmas craft bazaar. neer of modern Catholic biblical re- tion, becoming the first woman to hold One way to get younger members newal and the first woman to be ac- .a major office in that organization. involved in the NCCW, according to cepted into the Catholic Biblical . From 1967 through 1988, she taught Lawton, is to ask them to start a pro- Association, died September 22 at in Catholic seminaries in Philadelphia. gram in their parish. Kenwood Convent of the Sacred" - New York and Rome. As Catholics "Bunco (a card game), knitting Heart in Albany. She was 101. were becoming more interested in and golf outings were all started by A funeral Mass for Sister Sullivan reading the. Bible after the Second younger members oli their own be- was celebrated September 26 at the Vatican Council, she was invited to cause there was an interest," she said. convent. She was buried in the cem- speak at institutions allover the world. "W0!TIen like to go o~t. We also find etery on the convent property. She was a member of more than 30 our bus trips draw a varied age group. When Sister Sullivan entered the professional organizations. "You have to look for events and field of biblical studies in the 1950s, The Philadelphia native was one programs that create an interest for women were not admitted to ad- of five children. She entered the young women, and if you don't know, vanced degree programs in Scripture Society of the Sacred Heart in 1928. talk to young women and ask what's . studies, so she studied privately unSister Sullivan taught in Sacred important in their life," said Lawton. . der Msgr. John Steinmueller, founder Heart schools in Philadelphia,' De"We have to be social to them and of the Catholic Biblical Association. troit, Newton, Mass., and New York make them wantto belong to our orShe and Msgr. Steinmueller co- City. In 1938, she returned to ganization by making it interesting wrote several books on Scripture. Manhattanville College, a school She also wrote on her own several founded by her order, to begin a and exciting." Lawton, a 30-year NCCW mem- books, articles and translations in long career as professor of history ber, said that over the years the orga- biblical studies, including Catholic and religion and, later, research pronization has made a conscious effort biblical manuals and textbooks. fessor in sacred Scripture.

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Speakers say Church needs to see mini~try, roles in new light

fall into the "pre-Vatican II," America. Hispanics have accounted "Vatican II," or "post-Vati'can II" for 71' percent of the growth in the 'I generations. Between 82 percent and U.S. Church since 1960, ana more 84 percent of people in the other than 50 percent of all U.S. Catho路three categories said helping the lics underage 25 are of Hispanic deBy PATRICIA ZAPOR with data about the Church's growth tions, and daily prayer life. The poor was very important, J,hi1e 91 scent, he said. CATHOLIC NEWS SERVicE and about what Catholics say are the Church's teaching against flbortion percent of the millennial c'ktholics Aguilera-Titus said there are still WASHINGTON If the most important elements of being' was listed as very important by 44 did so. ' ' problems suchas unwelcoming parChurch hopes to respond to who its Catholic. percent and the Vatican's teaching Russell Shaw, a writerII and a ishes and resistance to Hispanics as members are in the coming years, it One recent Life Cycle Institute authority named by 42 percent. member of Opus Dei, Msgr. Lorenzo leaders within the Church. will need to see itself in a new light, study of U.S. Catholics asked which Teachings about the death penalty The conference also included a Albacete, national director of Comsuggested participants in a confer- of a dozen things that might define and celibate male clergy were listed munion .and Liberation, and Mary keynote address by Cardinal ence orr the Catholic Church in the Church people consider to be as very important by 35 percent and Pat Fox, president of Voice of the Theodore E. McCarrick, retired America. "very important." At the top of the 29 percent;respectively, Hoge said. Faithful, each described, what draws archbishop of Washington, and a I The September. 20-21 confer- list, each with 84 percent responses, Since 1987, .the institute has , closing talk by E.J. Dionne, Washpeople to their organizations. ence hosted by The Catholic Univer- were "belief in Jesus' resurrection polled Catholics four times on topAlejandro Aguilera-Titus, associ- ington Post columnist and a senior sity of America's Life Cycle Insti- from the dead" and "helping the ics related to their beliefs and their ate director of the Secretariatfor His- fellow at. the Brookings Institution, tute brought together reports from poor," said Hoge. N~xt, at 76 per- ties to the Church. D'Antonio exanic Affairs of,the U.S. Collference as well as a panel discussing the P sociologists and pollsters, speeches cent, was "the sacraments, such as trapolated the data to look at how of Catholic Bishops, explained that Church's role in public policy and by a cardinal and a columnis.t and the Eucharist," followed by 74 per- different age groups of adult Cathothe next generation of U.S: Catho- another on the changing dynamics descriptions of newer .and growing cent who said "the Catholic lics see the Church and at.the depth lics will come largely from Latin of parish life. approaches to ministry, includin'g Church's teaching about Mary as the of their commitment t@ it. Opus Dei, as well as outreach to mother of God." For example, he said, what he Latinos and organizations such as Rated as very important by be- called "millennial" Catholics, or Voice of the Faithful. . tween 47 percent and 54 percent of those who have c~me of age since Sociologists Dean Hoge and Bill respondents were: teachings about 2000, are more likely to consider D'Antonio, both' on the staff of the same-sex marriage, involvement in helping t)le poor as very important Life Cycle Institute, set the stage social justice,'participation in devo- to their beliefs than are those who "



Cardinal sees signs of hope for U.S. Church WASHINGTON (CNS) - In the early 1960s, the future Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick was a young priest earning a doctorate in , sociology at The Catholic University of America in Washington. Some societal trends from that decade still resonate in the country and in the Church nearly five decades later, Washington's retired , archbishop said at a September 20 , conference on "The Catholic Church in America: 2006." He traced a de.cline in American Catholics livingout and understanding their faith to the "ethos of the 1960s, which we have not yet overcome." In that era, he said, people adopted an attitude of being "open to everything," and , people "opted out" of traditional morals and ideas about family life, society and their faith. "What happened when we all started to 'opt out'? We became a contraceptive society," the cardinal said. That mind-set, he said, has had terrible effects on .marriages and family life and'led to many having an abortion mentality on lif~ issues. .' It has led people to lose a sense of commitment to marriage, to God, to the priesthood and, religious life, and to workplace ethics, Cardinal McCarrick said. Cardinal McCarrick said the nation's 67 million Catholics seem to fall in one <:>Hour groups: those' who know and follow Church teaching; those who do not understand the faith; "cafeteria Catholics," who choose what to follow; and inactive Catholics who have decided not to belong to the Church at this time. ' The cardinal said the Church's greatest challenge is helping people know and follow the faith, at a time when most Catholics who are polled do not understand key

.// teachings such as the real presence help people learn what the Church of Christ in the Eucharist. really teaches. He said that the 1960s' mind-set Cardinal McCarrick also of questioning traditional morals af- praised the growing popularity of fected people's attitudes toward the movements in the Chur~h such a.s Second Vatican Council, which was the Neocatechumenal Way, unfolding at the same time. '''The Focolare and Communion and Church was saying all the right Liberation. things, and the vast majority of "These movements ~'and the (Catholics) were not reading" the Hispanaic presence - are bringing council documents," he said. life to parishes and life to the UTILIZING THE SACRAMENTS - Two priests listen to confesAnd he faulted some "in Catho- Church," he said. "The movements sions during the sixth a{mual St. John Bosco Youth Day, held relic education, people we counted have also given us a new openness cently on the grounds of: the Basilica of Mary, Help of Christians in on to tell us what the Second to life, to family life and vocations.". , Hubertus, Wis. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, Catholic Herald) Vatican Council was all about, (who instead)' told us what they wanted it to be about." Cardinal McCarrick said tbat too often Catholic schools and religious education programs declined in the decades that followed the council, "becoming touchy"feely rather than (about) doctrine, matter and form." Positions in the Shipping and Sannatiori Department exist for day or . h ours. . A decline in pastoral practice, evenmg i I . ,I in Mass attendance, in vocations and in people understanding and Sanitation positions involved intense cleaning duties. Work 6am following the faith has occurred in . 3pm generally on Tuesday and Saturdays and other optional days the Catholic Church, as morals during the week. , Ii . ' have weakened in society as a whole, the cardinal said, noting the Student hours also available for Saturdays and Sundays. Church also had to deal with the effects of the "sex scandal of the .. Shipping positions involve stickering baked goods, unloading, and transferclergy." ring product on the shipping equipment. But in the second half of his lecture" Cardinal McCarrick adStudent hours are available after school and on Sundays. dressed signs of hope he sees in , I, the Catholic Church i~ th~ United . ':1 States today. "There's so much路 No experience needed! hope in the Second Vatican Council. This really brought in the age of the laity," he said. The late Pope Must be at least 18 years of age or overJ John Paul II with his canonizations "made so clear that laypeople are





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thea~ Rediscovering the weapon of peace When told that Pope Pius XII opposed his policies, Joseph Stalin derisively responded, "How many battalions does the pope have?" To someone convinced that might makes right, that the force of anargument or cause is determined by military power alone, the fact that the pope had no tanks, no bombs and no commandoes was all that needed to be said. In the last month, the worldly vulnerability of the pope has again been on display. Some Muslim extremists, who trust more in guns than in God, have called for his death. The irrational and violent overreactions to the pope's words in Regensburg have led many to begin to question whether dialogue and peace wit~ and within the Muslim world are possible, and have led others to ask whether a global war flowing from a clash of civilizations is inevitable. On the first day of October, during his Sunday Angelus, Pope Benedict indirectly responded to these anxieties by asking Catholics throughout the world to dust off one of the most effective arms in the Church's arsenal - one that would never have appeared on Stalin's intelligence reports - and put them to good use. He asked Cathqlics to lift up their rosary beads and pray for peace. Benedict began his appeal by inviting Catholics to imitate the example of Pope John Paul II, whom he called a "great apostle ofthe rosary," one who "kneeling with beads in 1:lis hands, i~ersed in the contemplation of Christ," would, among other things, help to bring down the empire Stalin built. Benedict called us to re-read his predecessor's beautiful apostolic letter on the rosary and to recite this exalted prayer as a family, as communities and parishes, for the intentions of the pope, for the mission of the Church and for the world. In his letter inaugurating the Year of the Rosary four years ago this month, John Paul II wrpte extensively about the connection between this prayer and peace. "The Church has always attributed particular efficacy to this . prayer," he said, "entrusting to the rosary ... the most difficult problems. 1,\t times when Christianity itself seemed under threat, its deliverance was attributed to the power of this prayer, and Our Lady of the Rosary was acclaimed as the one whose intercession brought salvation." Doubtless John Paul II had in mind the Oct. 7,1571 Battle of Lepanto, in which a coalition of European and Christian forces defeated the Ottoman Navy in a battle that many historians think was the only thing that prevented Europe from becoming Muslim. During that battle, rosary confraternities throughout Rome, led by Pope St. Pius V, prayed for God's assistance in. the battle. The almost miraculous victory and consequent gratitude to.God that ensued, led to the establishment of the feast of Our Lady of Victory one year later. That feast became, with路 the passage of路 time, the feast we celebrate tomorrow, Our Lady ofthe Rosary. "The grave challenges confronting the world at the start of this new millennium," John Paul continued, "lead us to think that only an intervention .from on high, capable of guiding the hearts of those living in situations of conflict and those governing the destinies of 'nations, can give reason to hope for a brighter fu~e." , The pope then articulated why the rosary is a particularly effective . means for bringing about peace. "The rosary is by its nature a prayer for peace, since it consists in the contemplation of Christ; the Prince of Peace, the one who is 'our peace' (Eph 2:14). Anyone who assimilates the mystery of Christ - and this is clearly the goal of the rosary - learns the secret of peace and makes it his life's project. ''The rosary is also aprayer for peace because of the fruits of charity which it produces. When prayed well in a truly meditative way, the rosary leads to .an encounter with Christ in his mysteries and so cannot fail to draw attention to the face of Christ in others, especially in the most afflicted. . "By focusing our eyes on Christ, the rosary also makes us peacemakers in the world. By its nature as an. insistent choral petition in harmony with Christ's invitation to 'pray ceaselessly' (Lk 18: 1), the rosary allows' us to hope that, even today, the difficult 'battle' for peace can be won. Far from offering an escape from the problems of the world, the rosary obliges us to see them with responsible and generous eyes, and obtains for us the strength to face them with the certainty of God's help and the firm intention of bearing witness in every situation to 'love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony""(Col 3:14). Pope John Paul II concluded his letter by saying that "a prayer so easy and yet so rich truly deserves to be rediscovered by the Christian community." . This month of October is a privileged occasion, his successor is saying, for each of us to make that rediscovery. , And like a modem day Uncle Sam, he is calling us all to join Mary's battalions. This is the means by which the "difficult battle for peace can be won."

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Nothing is hidden Have you ever been frustrated by having to wait for the truth to prevail? Whether in great moral causes, or in lesser, perhaps more personal matters, the truth does not always triumph immediately, . and we are sometimes .left to live with the injustice that results. For example, sometimes the truth is simply and stubbornly rejected by masses of people, such as in the abortion issue, 'and we find ourselves unable to persuade people of the truth. In other cases, we might see very clearly how the truth is misunderstood or obscured by those with hidden motives, but for reasons of obedience, confidentiality or charity, we must refrain from setting the record straight. IIi cases such as'these, we fmd it necessary to live with injustice, in order to protect other legitimate interests and values. Living with injustice and watching the truth be rejected or concealed can be very frustrating and discouraging. But when this happens, we can rely on and put our hope in the words of our Savior who said, "Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not ' be known" (Lk 12:2). . One of our Lord's promises to us was that the truth will ultimately prevail. In the new creation, when our Lord returns, there will be no more deception

and no more injustice. Until then, require revealing confidential there may be times when the truth information or uncharitably is hidden or blatantly rejected; but exposing the flaws of others. in the end, the truth will prevail. Sometimes, like our Lord, we just have to wait for the truth to Our Lord himself had to rely on this promise, as he fell victim prevail. to false accusations' and the kind The revelation of the truth was one of the reasons for our Lord's of hardness of heart that resists the truth. From the cross, Jesus Incarnation. As the holy man endured the injustice of those who Simeon said to Mary, when she . presented the infant Jesus in the mockingly questi0!1ed. his temple, "Behold, this child is set for the fall路 and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against, and a sword will pierce through your own soul also, that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed" (Lk 2:34-35). Our Lord's promise of the divinity: "If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross" manifestation of what is hidden (Mt 27:40). By a spectacular and the ultimate triumph of the truth also works as an incentive . display of his divine power, ' for us to keep our actions, our Christ could have proven his divinity arid prevented his death; words and our motives as pure, as but for'the sake our salvation, he innocent and as honest as possible. If we wait for the truth 芦hose instead to' endure the to be revealed in others, we must insults and slander, as he waited for his vindication to come three be willing to have ~e truth shine days later with the Resurrection. forth in ourselves. As Christians, we, too, And as we wait for the truth, we will grow closer to Christ, sometimes have to endure injustice for a while, for the sake because trusting in his promise that the truth will prevail is one of other values. Sometimes we more way to put into the deep in have to endure watching as the our faith in him. truth is rejected, in spite of our Father Pignato is chaplain at best efforts to defend and promote Bishop Stang High School in the truth. Other times, we have to North Dartmouth and is secrerefrain from clarifying the truth by defending our decisions and tary to Bishop Gel!,rge W. . positions, because doing so would Coleman.

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Animal rights v. h·uman welfare. Animals do not have rights Sometimes sincere people concerned with protecting innocent in the way that humans do. Animal human life will express sentiments welfare means that we recognize along these lines: "Animal rights that animals can be used for advocates are eager to protect all reasonable purposes, but should not kinds of animal life, but seem to be abused. ignore the most important animal of I was recently invited to all, the human animal. They are participate in a press conference on willing to save the whales, but abort a particular form of animal abuse. the humans. Protecting animals can never be as • •'•.•. important a task as protecting young humans from abortion, embryonic ~ stem-cell research or other :'::/,_ /-' •. ',' I ~<~-l' forms of experimentation." By Such a viewpoint, though Pacho'e~/;:;: . fundamentally correct, should not be taken to signify that animal abuse in our Rows of TV cameras assembled at society is an ethical issue that we City Hall in downtown Chicago to can forget about. Rather, concern hear a panel of speakers encourage city council members and the for exercising proper stewardship over animals ought to be a balanced mayor to uphold a recently-passed part of a broader concern to avoid ban on servingfoie gras in Chicago exploiting the vulnerable, wherever restaurants. The production offoie they are encountered. gras involves the repetitive forced The Catholic Church recognizes tube-feedings of ducks and geese. how man holds a special place in These animals have a pipe inserted into their throats to pump large cn:ation, while remaining an integral part of that creation. Made quantities of food into their uniquely in God's image and stomachs. This causes the animals likeness, he still belongs to the and especially their livers to balloon animal kingdom. Feet on the to many times their normal size. ground, head looking up to the From the enlarged livers, a delicacy stars, man exercises a limited ~ in the form of a creamy Pflte can dominion over the world and over then be prepared for customers in the remainder of creation, including upscale restaurants. As liver the animal kingdom. He perennially function and other organ systems faces the question of how properly become compromised, the bloated to exercise that dominion,which is animals become diseased and not an absolute right of domination experience considerable suffering. over God's creation. He is called to I was asked to give a statement reasonably use, rather than abuse, about the ethical concerns raised by the powers he has received. the mistreatment and industrialization of these animals. Speaking _ To be precise, we should not speak of animal rights but of animal alongside a Jewish rabbi, the


president of the Humane Society, a representative from a group called Farm Sanctuary, and several others, I found myself in the midst of an unusual gathering of people from widely different political and religious perspectives. The experience reminded me of how the Catholic Church is uniquely poised to speak across many

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not only to their weakness and vulnerability, but also to the vulnerability of our brother human beings. Interestingly, Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, once addressed the subject offoie gras explicitly during an interview with a journalist: "We cannot just do whatever we want with them.... Certainly, a sort of industrial use of creatures, so that geese are fed in such a way as to produce as large a liver as possible, or hens live so packed together that they become just caricatures of birds, this degrading of living creatures to a commodity seems to me in fact to contradict the relationship of mutuality that comes across in the Bible. "Animals too," he stressed, "are God's creatures and even if they do not have the same direct relationship to God that man has, they are still creatures of his will, creatures we must respect as companions in creation." When I gave my statement at the press conference, I mentioned that

when I had trained as a research scientist at Yale, I often had to deal with questions about research ethics, and about the use of animals in laboratory settings. I pointed out that while animals may be sacrificed or used humanely for legitimate purposes, such as obtaining food and clothing, or advancing serious scientific research, the use of animals to produce foie gras is clearly in another category altogeth~r. It is neither a humane nor a reasonable use of animals. The production offoiel,gras is instead oriented toward the satisfaction of a disordere9 desire, a disturbing desire to satisfy the human palate to the point of promoting serious animal mistreatment. Some old Catholic manualists might even advert to the term, "morose delectation" to describe the root problemof a disordered palate that prop1otes other disorders. Animals are an important part of God's creation, and we must live in an ordered way with them, exercising a responsible stewardship of the gift that they rJally are. •

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Even those animals used for legitimate purposes ought to be treated humanely with reasonable housing, care, food, companionship and pain control if needed. Animals are a vulnerable part of creation, and that vulnerability should continually prompt us to examine our decisions on how we relate to them: are we exercising a reasonable and ordered stewardship, or are we exploiting their vulnerability for selfish and disordered ends? To the extent that we are attentive to the weakness and vulnerability not only of our brother human beings, but even of our friends in the animal kingdom, we decide the sort of society we will become: either a society marked by respect, kindness and reason; or one that is marked by various forms of barbarism. Rev. Tadeusz Padokzyk, PhD. is a priest ofthe Diocese ofFan River, and serves as the director of Education at The National CatholU: Bioethks Center in Philadelphia. See www.ncbcemer.oa.


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Our Lady of Guadalupe Parisb at St. James Church seeks a music director for its 3 weekend English Masses. Vocal and organ/piano ability required. Openness to occasional bilingual liturgies sought. Pay is on a per Mass basis. . Please conta<;t Fr. Wilson or Deacon Larry at 508992-9408.

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Biology 101 Wow. It's been years since I've had a science class, but the New England Patriots gave me a big time biology lesson last week. In my last view from the stands, Iquestioned "How many legs can you pull off a spider or frog before it can't walk or jump any more?"· With Bill Belichick the answer is as many as he wants. When I posed the question, I didn't realize that some spiders and frogs can regenerate an amputated appendage. I know now. I also know I shouldn't question the "In Bill We Trust" mantra. It's not the first time I was wrong about the Home Towne Teams, and I pronlise it won't be the last. The Red Sox feU of the radar last week leaving an October void for area baseball fans. Once again its time to root for anyone but the Yankees. Just like old times.

Despite offering up a sub-par season by third-millennium standards, the Sox did provide some enjoyable moments. Watching David Ortiz pursue

Jimmie Foxx's Red Sox home run record was indeed a treat. Watching Big Papi do anything is a treat. He has the disposition of George 'The Boomer" Scott and the power of Ted Williams. Qobbenng 54 home runs was an incredible fete, especially considering no one in the grand history of the Sox ever did it. Add to that Ortiz's tying Babe Ruth's road home run record, and you have the stuff Red Sox legends are made of. And as the Sox ride off into the

2006 sunset, I tip a dirty, sweatstained cap to Trot Nixon. It would be nice to see Nixon in a Red Sox. uniform next season and beyond. He's cut from the same mold as Tedi Bruschi, giving maximum effort all the time. . Let's not forget to keep Jon Lester in our prayers as he wages a real-life battle against l~phoma. This should be an interesting off-season for Theo. What to do with Nixon? What to do with Manny? What to do with the starting rotation? What to do for a closer? It almost makes me yearn . for the season's first snowstorm to curl up with a good sports page and wait 'til next year. Meanwhile, the Patriots are sprouting more legs. I've learned my lesson about moaning and groaning about the Foxboro brain trust - until the next bad game. That's what fans do. Comments are wekome at






Holy Name Church and School are pleased to announce the revival of their HARVEST FESTIVAL on Saturday, October 14, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (early bird yard sale begins at 9:00 a.m.) on the school grounds facing President Avenue in Fall River. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.... Featured musical entertainment includes TOE JAM PUPPET BAND, THE VAGABONDS and JOHN SCOTTI. There will be pony rides, games, and face painting for the kids. For the adults there will be an apple pie baking contest, Chinese Auction, craft tables, baked goods, used pook sale and much more. The whole family can enjoy great food and lots of family fun activities. A raffle ~ill also be held - top prize of $500. II

The Southcoast J-1ealth Van will be onsite conducting a blood drive andiiroutine screenings. The Fall River Fire Department' will also be on hand with their Firehouse. For m~re information and contest entry, please feel free to': call (508) 674-9191.


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And the two shall become one flesh "And the two shall become one flesh" (Gen. 2:24; Mk 10:8). That's the message of today's Gospel- "And the two shall become one flesh." Our first reading and the Gospel are both on marriage. Now there's an institution which has fallen on some extremely hard times, and it seems secular society has been working overtime to try to totally destroy it. Unfortunately, they seem to be doing a very good job of it - 50 percent of the marriages today will end in divorce. But I think most people agree that one of the main problems of our society today is the breakdown of . marriage and the family. It has gotten so bad, they had to institute a "Family Day" two weeks ago to encourage families to eat together - isn't that sad? If all this weren't bad enough, and society hadn't

After thousands of years, caused enough havoc on secular society has the gall, the marriage, now they really want chutzpah, the temerity to to raise the ante and completely declare, "0 God, you got it all destroy marriage - they're wrong, marriage isn't just telling us "gay marriage" is the between a man and a woman, be all to end all. And, of course, our fearless politicians are embracing this like it is the greatest thing since sliced bread. As my mother used to say, "They don't have an . ounce of common "S;"'r sense." Joseph H. Maurltzen God himself instituted marriage between a man and a woman marriage should be between two people who love each other thousands of years ago (Mk 10:9). The institution of - two men, two women, or whatever." Of course, this just marriage predates all formal opens up Pandora's Box. In religions. All societies on earth, Canada three people have primitive and advanced, have always held marriage as' petitioned the court to allow them to marry, and in Belgium between one man and one woman, because it's part of a woman married herself. She Natural Law. It is in our nature said that she is the person she to know this. loves the most - welcome to

the "me generation." I'm not sure how you divorce yourself. With marriage being attacked on all sides and apparently ready to collapse, what in heaven's name could possibly save it? Well, get ready for a big surprise, because the cavalry is about to arrive and save the day. And just who is leading this cavalry charge? John Paul II! Yes, John Paul II, whose unbelievably amazing posthumous gift to all of us is going to save the day. George Weigel has called this gift a "time b9mb." It's a time bomb that will blow your mind, to use my generation's vernacular. John Paul II's incredible gift to all of us is ... The Theology of the Body - his theology on marriage and the nuptial meaning of the body. In this

theology he compares the complete self-giving conjugal union of marriage to the selfgiving union of the Trinity, Itself. Marriage is the closest thing on earth to the Trinity, because it reflects the Trinity. In the Archdiocese of New York, where the theology of the body is a major part of the PreCana marriage preparation program, they analyzed more than 2,000 evaluations of the course. Twenty-five percent of the respondents, who had been previously sexually active said they would now "save sex for marriage," and "definitely wanted to practice NFP." When you study John Paul II's theology of the body, "gay marriage" becomes an oxymoron term. The cavalry has arrived.

Father Mauritzen is pastor ofSt. Joseph's Parish in Woods Hole.

Upcoming Daily Readings: Sat, Oct 7, Jb 42:1-3,5-6,12-17; Ps 119:66,71,75,91,125,130; Lk 10:17-24. Sun, Oct 8, Twenty-seventh Sunday in ordinary time, Gn 2:18-24; Ps 128:1-6; Reb 2:9-11; Mk 10:2-16 or 10:2-12. Mon, Oct 9, Gal 1:6-12; Ps 111:1-2,7-10; Lk 10:25-37. Tues, Oct 10, Gal 1:13-24; Ps 139:1-3,13-15; Lk 10:38-42. Wed, Oct n, Gal 2:1-2,7-14; Ps 117:1-2; Lk 11:1-4. Thurs, Oct 12, Gal 3:1-5; (Ps) Lk 1:69-75; Lk 11:5-13. Fri, Oct 13, Gal 3:7-14; Ps 111:1-6; Lk 11:15-26

One pew ... at a time. It was August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption. On this particular day, my husband and I were attending an evening Mass with our children. We were running a little late and found ourselves arriving just as the opening hymn was being sung. As we arrived at the front entrance of the church, we could see that the Mass was well attended and we began to look for a pew with room for four people. As we turned the corner to go toward the back of the church, something unusual caught my eye. There in the

front, in the fourth pew were four seats available, on the aisle. Who had given up the coveted aisle seat and relinquished it to another parishioner? Alert the media. Kill the fatted calf.... As I made my way into the pew, the gentleman in the center of the pew was most certainly on the receiving end of many big smiles from me. He and his wife may have not realized just how much this small act of kindness meant to

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our family. How many times have we had to "squeeze in" past someone, to get into a pew? And how many times have we

sheepishly "turned sideways" to let someone "crawl over" us? And how many times has a pastor, or an associate or an usher had to ask everyone to "please move toward the center of the pews so that others can, be seated?" Why do most people feel more comfortable on the aisle seat? And why is the center of the pew so undesirable? Questions to ponder.... In my own experience, I have noticed that when I have chosen to greet newly arriving parishioners with a smile and move into the center of the pew, I feel an immediate connection to the people. On, the other hand, when for whatever reason, I have allowed the new arrivals to "squeeze" past me to the center, I sense that they may feel "less wel-

corned." Now, there are of course some valid reasons for desiring an aisle seat: 1. Pregnant women, or those who'have any other physical or medical reason that warrants easy access to the aisle; 2. Families with small children; 3. Those performing special ministries; 4. And, of course, if it is anticipated that the church will not be full, an abundance of aisle seats may be available for whom ever would like one. Invalid reasons for desiring an aisle seat: 1. I've got the motor running in the parking lot, and as soon as the host is in my hand-I am out of here; 2. I don't like other people; 3. It's not that I don't like other people, but being "sandwiched in" between "strangers" is, well, uncomfortable; 4. I was here first; 5. I've got season tickets. What follows is a range of possible "pew behaviors" from the least welcoming to most welcoming. I'm sure most Catholics have seen all of these. When people arrive at "our pew": 1. Look at them with it deadpan expression and then proceed to let them "crawl

over." And we wonder why some people don't come back?; 2. Look at them with a dead pan expression, get out of the pew, so that they can get in. Well, at least we didn't make them "crawl over."; 3. Look at them with a deadpan expression, and begrudgingly move into the center so they can be seated. Well, maybe our hearts not into it, but at least we're doing the right thing.; 4. Greet them warmly, and then step out of the pew so that they can go in - At least the people feel welcomed, hey - for all they know, maybe we really do need the aisle seat.; 5. Greet them warmly and then move into the center. Now this is beginning to look like true welcoming behavior.; 6. Sit toward the center of the pew, leaving space on the aisle. The people will feel your silent welcome. They will feel loved, welcomed, accepted. Changing the world, one pew ... at a time. I guess it's up to us, isn't it?

Greta MacKoul is the author and illustrator of "The Ocean lFlowers, A Parable of Love" and numerous articles. Greta and her husband George, with their children are members of Christ the King Parish in Mashpee.

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Back to the future Tuesday 26 September 2006 - SS. Cosmos and Damien Day -Port-O-Call: North Dartmouth Here I stand at St. Julie Billiart Church. We priests have just finished two afternoons of meetings on "Towards a Future of Hope," the continuing process of pastoral planning in the Diocese of Fall River. The host has been pastor Father Greg Mathias, who also directs the Diocesan Family Ministry Office next door. Bishop, priests, and the staff of the Diocesan Pastoral Planning Office (Father Dave Andrade, Barbara Britto, and consultant Doug Rodrigues) have spent this time together praying for

the guidance of the Holy Spirit and striving to answer the question, "What should the Diocese of Fall River look like in five years?" It has been a lot

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of work, but very fruitful. After eight hours, my mind and body are tired, but my heart is hopeful. I get to thinking about St. Julie's Parish itself. It was created from St. Lawrence Parish, New Bedford, in 1969. St. Lawrence parish, once called St. Mary's and located on Allen

St. was dedicated in 1821 by Bishop Cheverus of Boston. But Bishop Cheverus lacked sufficient priests to provide a resident pastor - and there were only three other Catholic churches in all of Massachusetts. Nine years later, the next Bishop of Boston, Benedict Fenwick, assigned the first resident pastor to the area - but Father Peter Connolly was sent to another church just built in Sandwich, once called St. Peter's but now relocated in East Sandwich and called Corpus Christi. The young pastor also ministered in New Bedford, Quincy, Easton, Foxboro and Walpole in his spare time. Understandably, he was seldom

The seasonforlhumblepie It's that time of year again, the season for pie. It's the delicious time of year when I begin to crave warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream melting on top, piping hot turkey pot pie with lots of gravy, and pumpkin . pie with whipped cream and a cup of steaming apple cider. Of course in the middle of June you'll hear me give the same rallying cry for pie, but at that time of year it's for fresh strawberry-rhubarb pie. Oh man, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. In late July, there is nothing better than a fresh blueberry pie with real whipped cream. Well, that is, until August comes along, and peaches are in season. Peach pie is oh, so very yummy with a glass of cold mille Obviously, I love pie. Give me pie and coffee for breakfast, and I'm the happiest woman in the world. Pie with afternoon tea outclasses any other mid-day snack. Pie for dessert beats all: There is only one kind of pie I don't like, humble pie. No matter how it's prepared, humble pie ends up being just a little too tart for my delicate palate. To tell the truth, when humble pie is being served, I get really "calorie" conscious; and quickly look around for someone' with whom to go halves. Unfortunately, humble pie seems to be God's favorite, and it is "in season" all year long. The Old Testament tells us "to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8). The New Testament implores us

to ~'do nOthin/out o~selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility'Tconsitler otfers better than YO\Jfselv~~" (Pllilippians 2:3), andio "numble;yourselves be~ore theLorqand~ew~ lift you up" (Jamest 4:10)'tAccording to 51. Augustine ()f Hippo, "Humility is the foun(tation of all the other virtues." the

Myth of Certainty," author ~. Daniel Tllylor .writes, "Htl!Pi!ity also helps bne recognize that the errors or wickedness of'T(,ne's <enemies' n6matter how grievous, do nOJ ensure one's own correctness or righteousness." Even if Our enemy is' wrong, it does not m~an that we are automatic!l1ly

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"GJanticle of tbe Creitures'~"St. Francis ofAssisi sings, "Praise and bless my~rd,~ve thanks and serve him in all humility." Obviously, Cbfjsti~~ who;are serious about growing in their re"ationships ~ith J~Sus ne¢ to acquire the taste for humble pie. My life's e~perie~~es lead me to believe that We grow in all virtues - h.tyi~wluded­ through experiential &lucation. That is, we le!lfO to be humble after we/have pridetUiIy fallen on our faces, ~t;uck QJII' feet in our mouths, of tripP!d over our own tongues. After we have done this one time tlO many, we le!lfO that being hUlllble enough to admit Our tf'finsgt¢ssions is far sweeter than ):)eing humiliated by the negative consequences of them. I suspect most married couples'come to humility after an overblown argument or two that could have been settled easily and quickly if one of them had simply said, "I'm sorrY. I was wrong. Will you forgive me?" In his book "The

sinful is' not the only way we can practice hUmility.'We know we are on the road to hUmi"ity when weclm let other people take the limelight, head up the project, or get a pat on the back without having to either butt in and toot our own horos or,sulk until someone asks, "What's the matter?" I he~d it said oIl~e thllt humility is "knowing our place before God." St. Augustine shows us this place with his expression, "Man is l1 beggar before God." What a beautiful image. OUr proper p()sture ):)efore God is on our knees in humble adoration, not strutting around like peacocks. Jt is tempting to say, "Oh, thank you very much, but I'm trying to cut down," when God comes around with the hunible pie. I think, however, that this is one kind of pie for which we need to forget the virtue diet, forget going halves, and instead say, "Go ahead, Lord, give me a double portion." Heidi is an author, photographer, andfull..time mother. She and her husband raise theirfive children in Falmouth. Comments are welcome at

home. Seems the modern concept of pastoral planning first surfaced in the Midwest. It's all about envisioning the future - doing the best we can with what resources we have on hand. Call that stewardship. It's all about developing and allocating clergy, religious, laity, structures, funds and properties to best fulfill the Gospel mandate, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations" (Mat 28:19). Good stewardship has always been this way. Doug Rodrigues gives us statistics. He has checked the data for accuracy again and again. He says continue to expect shifts in populations from urban to semi-rural suburban areas. He advises us to look to the expanding suburbs of Providence and Boston. Doug predicts we should anticipate a growing Catholic population, especially an influx of people from Puerto Rico. He says we should expect fewer and older priests and aging buildings. What to do? First, the good news - we don't have to reinvent the wheel. The rest of the country has devised strategies to deal with these issues. Of course, these will need to be tailored to our own situation. Also, each strategy has many variations and no single plan will work in all parishes. It will require that we change the way we think, perceive, an~ operate. So, what else is new? This is not top down, Doug insist~. It must percolate on a parish level. There is no "Grand Master Plan" revealed from on high. This, I think, is as it should be. The process of pastoral planning varies from diocese to diocese. The approacll may include: - closing/merging some churches; - parish oversight by a pennanent deacon or lay member of the faithful; - assigning one pastor to more than one parish;1 . - collaboration between parishes. In some situations, this

may also mean sharing central staff, resources, and leadership structures; - assigning one pastor (though perhaps not resident) to each parish and sharing Parochial Vicars; - organizing ministry among retired priests who are willing and able to participate; - a team of priests sharing parochial responsibilities, one of which is the nominal pastor. Our own parish priests most favored cooperation between parishes, then parish oversight by a trained pennanent deacon or lay person. Third was closing or merging parishes, especially those with empty pews and high maintenance costs. Last in preference was "team-ministry," Who's on first? So ended our sessions on pastoral planning. To me, it was a healthy exchange. Bishop Coleman and the diocesan offices are signaling willingness to consider any solution that works. The Office of Pastoral Planning has a vision, goals, objectives, a plan, and a timeline. Our priests are thinking "outside the box." They are flexible and open to possibilities. There is much creativity in their suggestions and insights. On Oct. 28, 1821, Bishop Cheverus, filled with hope for the future, came to New Bedford to dedicate the first church in what was eventually to become the Diocese of Fall River. Here we are just down the street but 185 years later, shy one month. Like Bishop Cheverus, we have come here to dream dreams. As Bishop Coleman remarked in the very last comment, the diocese moves ahead "with deep faith and great joy" - as we always have and will. The more things change, the more things stay the same. Father Goldrick is pastor of St. Bernard Parish, Assonet. Comments are welcome at StBernardAssone~aoLcom.

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Holy Cross Family Ministries publishes Alzheimer's prayer book By DAVE JOLIVET,

Wanting/only to do God's will, Ken Rose joyfully lives to serve路,others


working on this publication for NORTH EASTON - Nearly some time," said Holy Cross Fafive million families in the ther John Phalen, president of United States experience the pain Holy Cross Family Ministries. "The project and frustrastarted when tion of carwe were still ing for and stationed in about an Albany. Often Alzheimer's t im e s patient in Alzheimer's their famipatients and lies. The their famicondition is one of the lies don't least underknow where to look for stood and help. These most exasperating dismediations and rosary eases faced by the eldmysteries erly and help people those who to underlove them. stand the For this disease better." reason, Holy Cross FamFather ily MinisPhalen tries in "Keep praying with those who suffer knows firstEaston has from Alzheimer's. Even if they do not hand what published a know your name or remember all the the affliction prayerful words of the prayers, they know God's can do to a guide to name and they continue to experience patient his help patients an ever-growing need for God." - Fa- or her famther John Phalen. 'I d and family 1 y, an members those who live with Alzheimer's disease. care for them. His father was di"Pray with Me Still," contains ro- agnosed with the disease and he sary meditations and spiritual and his siblings experienced the support for patients, family mem- changes and heartbreaks that go bers and caregivers. "We've been Turn to page II-Alzheimer's


In 1994 some friends told him about a group of TAUNTON - During Mass several years ago, Ken people who were praying the rosary each week in the Rose heard the celebrant say, "Ask Jesus what he wants woods in Medway. "I went and a priest asked me if I you to do. Ask our Blessed Mother what she wants wanted to be prayed over," recalled Rose. "I said 'yes' and from that moment on, I learned how to pray the you to do." "So I did," Rose, a parishioner of Holy Family rosary and listen to God." Parish in East Taunton, told The Anchor. Since then, Seeking to add to his spiritual growth, Rose searched the 65-year-old has accepted God's call to serve oth- for a spiritual director. He was led to Holy Cross Father ers in many capaciFrancis Grogan. 'The ties. When he's not W3O;::;;;:6::;:;;;;::-c-:----::-~:::::z'----:-:v;7i"5f~;r.;:r::_:;:;;:;::~~ Holy Spirit just working as a forklift flowed from Father operator, Rose visits Grogan," said Rose. shut-ins; assists resi"When I learned that dents to and from he was aboard one of Mass at Marian the planes that crashed into the Manor in Taunton; purchases and disWorld Trade Center ' tributes "Pray With on 9/11, I felt a sense Me Still," the Holy ofjoy because I knew Cross Family Minishe saved the souls of tries' prayer book for the people on that Alzheimer's paplane. He wasn't suptients, family memposed to be on that bers and caregivers; flight, but was given and schedules devoa ticket. He was tion times for people meant to be there." who want the statue Rose eventually of the Scourged asked Holy Cross Christ in their Father John Phalen to be his spiritual dihomes, parishes or organizations. rector. "Father John "The fIrst time I introduced me to .' saw the statue of the 'Pray With Me Still,' Scourged Christ, I and Jesus asked that I bring the book to cried," said Rose. "I saw how much Jesus those who need it in truly suffered for all THE MARKS OF LOVE - This statue of the Scourged nursing homes and of us." Rose pur- Christ has visited countless homes and parishes in the their families," said chased one of the diocese and beyond. Ken Rose, a parishioner of Holy Rose. "I have a lot of statues and loaned it Cross Parish in East Taunton, shares this statue along with his time and compassion, to anyone in need of spirito homes an d par- tual uplifting. respect for Ken," ishes in this area and Father Phalen told in Maine and New Hampshire. "People are awed when The Anchor. "He promotes the word of God as best they see it in person," he said. His first statue was so in he can. He sees it as his apostolate." demand that he purchased a second. "A group of Rose gave several accounts of being placed in women in the Taunton area had been loaning a statue the paths of people who were in spiritual need. of our Lady and they wanted to bring the scourged He's had requests from people who had a dying statue with them as well. It was a reunion of Mother family member and wanted the statue of the and Son, so I can't break up that team." So Rose pur- Scourged Christ in their homes; he's encountered chased yet another for still more people to meditate family members ofAlzheimer's patients who have benefIted from "Pray With Me Still,"; and he alon Christ's love for us. Along with the statue, Rose offers a meditation on ways keeps the forgotten and forsaken in his the Scourging at the Pillar. It reads in part, "We do not prayers. "We can all help a soul in need with our like to look on suffering. We tend to avert our gaze prayers," he said. and isolate ourselves from it. Thus we do not see the When asked if he would be willing to be intersuffering of the poor, the downtrodden, the exploited viewed as an Anchor Person of the Week, Rose said, and the cruelly abused. We cannot let ourselves ig- "You should interview Jesus," because it's Christ and nore them in their misery, for what we fail to do for the Blessed Mother who guides Rose's mission. "All them, we fail to do for Christ." Rose had the medita- any of us have to do is ask Jesus and Mary, 'what do tion translated into seven languages thus far, includ- you want me to do?'" ing Chinese, to reach as many people as possible. Rose told The Anchor that since he decided to lisRose also receives from parishioners and friends ten to God and do his will, "I'm the happiest I've ever rosary beads and scapulars, which he in turns gives to been. And I have a beautiful two-year-old granddaughReligious Education students and anyone who could ter and another on the way. What could be better?" use them. Ken Rose simply does "the footwork." It's Jesus His faith life blossomed within the last 10 years. who does the rest. "Sometimes people thank me, but As a child growing up in South Boston and Dorchester, they really should thank Jesus. It's all him." he recalls going to church with his mom each week Submit nominations for Person of the Week at but not really knowing why. He said he dido't have a ourE-mailaddress:, or tremendous faith but "there was something tugging write to The Anchor, P.O. Box 7, Fall River, MA me to Mass each weekend." 02722.


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AlzheilDer's along with the condition. "Many people become fearful when a loved one has Alzheimer's," Father Phalen told The Anchor. "They're afraid they will be cut out of that person's life. Their mom or dad no longer recognizes them and the family members can feel disconnected. But it's very important for people to realize that they can still have a relationship with their loved one. The can still visit and sit with them and tell them what the relationship is." The book stresses that praying with an Alzheimer's patient has many benefits for everyone involved. The disease often takes the patient away from the present, but the past is still deeply imbedded in them. "A prayer like the rosary is very helpful," said Father Phalen. "The Our Father and the Hail Mary are often two of the first prayers a person learns as a young child." Reciting the rosary can take the patient back to that time and it provides them with comfort. "The rosary is known to lower blood pressure in people and it can provide a calming effect with Alzheimer's patients," he said. "It helps people know that God is still with them." Father Phalen shares some of his family's journey in the book. Also contributing was Beth Mahoney, mission director at Holy Cross Family Ministries. Mahoney wrote the preface and offers insights how Scripture can provide comfort and strength to the people involved. She also wrote rosary meditations for loved ones and patients to pray together. "Prayer is a big aid for patients and family," Mahoney told The Anchor. "It's one area that the patient can really relate to. There is a tremendous need for families to pray together. With the disease often comes a loss for words and awkwardness, and prayer and Scripture can provide comfort. The rosary is rhythmic and repetitive, often bringing calm and tender moments of shared prayer." Mahoney, who oversaw the publication of the book, added her professional and personal experiences dealing with the sick. "I've always been drawn to people in their final stages of life," she said. "It's a bridge to another life, and I try to assist them and the families by providing consolation. Alzheimer's patients go through changes they can do nothing about. But the family can change their thinking when they understand what their loved one is going through." Another contributor was Maggie Hume, a member of the Holy Cross Family Ministry Mis-

11 Just recently relea~ed, "Pray with Me Still," has made a strong, positive impact on m~by people. "I'm so pleased with how the book came out," said Father Phalen. "Many people who have bought it have told fue what a great source of comfort it is to them and the patient."; "Pray with Me Still" is a 64page book filled witll hope and comfort for those who need it most. Along with the sharing, the mediations and specific Scripture references, the book explains how to pray the rosary and also provides references of other related

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sion Commission in Albany. Hume cared for her mother, an Alzheimer's patient, for many years. She wrote rosary meditations for caregivers. For each of the 20 mysteries, Hume shares deep, personal experiences of caring for her mom. The combination of her sharing and the rosary mysteries is comforti~g and insightful. Holy Cross Family Ministries also sought the input from a psychologist, Father John Malecki from the Albany diocese, who

counsels and prays with Alzheimer's patients and families. To help the reader understand what Alzheimer's patients experience, Father Malecki added poignant case studies of three individuals. Mahoney wrote, "Many seemingly nonsensical words may tumble out," from Alzheimer's patients' speech. "The challenge is for the family member, friend, or caregiver to 'Listen to my soul,' as one frustrated patient instructed Father Malecki."



publications and resources for more information on the disease. "Our message is: Keep praying with those who suffer from Alzheimer's," wrote Father Phalen. "Even if they do not know your name or remember all the words of the prayers, they know God's name and they continue to experience an ever-growing need for God. To obtain a copy of"Pray With Me Still," visit the Holy Cross Family Ministry book store at 518 Washington Street, North Easton, or the Website at

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Broadcast to podcast to GodCast: Streaming faith to Catholic ears WASHINGTON (CNS) - If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear podcasts. That seems to be today's adaptation ofJesus' familiar exhortation. Podcasts are recordings that are prepared with actual radio broadcast material with one pair of ears in mind rather than a mass audience. The new venues are computers and iPods, the wildly popular personal muskstorage system. The term podcasting is derived from the iPod name. For one online Christian podcast directory, the most popular podcasts by far are by a Catholic priest, the late Father AI Lauer. Before he died four years ago, he had made a number of recordings - before podcasts became all the rage. A daily Scripture summary recorded by Father Lauer, who was the founder of Presentation Ministries in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, regularly gets more than 325 samplings, or "hits," a day on the Website Listeners who have taken the time to rate it give it three stars out of a possible five. Chris Jacek, webmaster for Presentation Ministries, said one of Father Lauer's first components of Presentation Ministries was a radio show. AIl of the tapes from close to 20 years of the show have been preserved, he added - and are still available on cassette tape and compact disc formats. "Because there's so many years of broadcasts, we have (recordings) for all days of the liturgical year," Jacek told Catholic News Service. "Someone goes back to refurbish them. We cut and paste certain parts together to get the correct prayers for the day and the correct readings." Presentation Ministries makes five new podcasts a week from the archived material. Jacek said he didn't expect Fa-

ther Lauer's IS-minute podcasts to become so popular so quickly. "I'm a bit surprised, but that's a relatively new site, so we have about 300 or so listeners per podcast," he added. "About half of them are regular subscribers." Other Catholic-related podcasts in the top lOO sites on and their rankings include: - Catholic Family Podcast, 37th with 12 hits a day. It bills itself as "family life viewed from the right." No ratings have been given by listeners. - Meditations from Carmel, 60th with 6.4 hits a day, and a fivestar rating from listeners. A Carmelite community produces them using, in their words, "the treasury of writings of the great Carmelite saints including S1. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross (and) St. Therese of Lisieux." - S1. Michael's RCIA Podcast, 67th with 5.5 hits a day and a fivestar rating as well. Produced by St. Michaet'Parish in Cranford, N.J., the podcast mixes Scripture passages, religious music and reflections on the daily readings. RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. There are 685 podcasts listed on the GodCast site. GodCast is a registered trademark of Craig Patchett and the GodCast Network. Of those podcasts, the Eternal Word Television Network's podcast was ranked 679th, and still waiting for its first listener. A closer look reveals, though, that every podcast on ranked 155th or lower has yet to be heard. In fairness, EWTN's podcasts have been offered in MP3 format at its own Website, for nearly a year. While some Catholic newspapers have prepared audi~ recordings of their material for the blind

and made them available on radio subchannels or on cassettes or compact discs, podcasts can bring an additional audience. The newspapers of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kan., and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., have inaugurated podcasts on their Websites - and www.diocesefwsb.orgtrODAY/podcast.htm, respectively. Today's Catholic, the Fort Wayne-South Bend paper, kicked off its podcast in September. With such events as the diocese's l50th anniversary and a eucharistic congress ahead, "we think it is very crucial to share the news through this exciting new technology," said a statement from editor Tim Johnson. It's taking time for the Today's Catholic podcast to get its sea legs in a virtual flood of podcasts. The number of listeners on the diocesan Website totaled 673 as of September 26, Johnson told CNS, but "in terms of popularity, all the bars came all the way across." Podcasting, already a popular innovation at Vatican Radio, offers an important new way for pastors to reach contemporary Christians through their digital jukeboxes, the influential Jesuit magazine La Civilta Cattolica said last year. The U.S. bishops' Catholic Communication Campaign plans to make the four radio programs it sponsors available for podcast and MP3 downloads to expand the shows' audience. is also a popular site for faith-related podcasts. In England, the Jesuits garnered 3,300 prayer session downloads March 1, the very first day of their podcast link at in countries as far away as Australia, Mexico and the United States.



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Brownback tells audience he prefers to debate based on reason WASffiNGTON - Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., told an audience at The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law recently that he does not use theology to debate issues on Capitol Hill, but instead uses reason. The Catholic senator, speaking at a two-day forum titled "Roundtable on Religion in the Public Square" and sponsored by the law school, stressed that although he is not a person who "checks his beliefs at the door" he is convinced that people of faith should not "seek to impose their faith beliefs on anyone." "We could argue all day on theology," he said, noting that he prefers to debate based on facts and science, which may be informed by theology, as a "way to move forward." He said his faith-formed ideas about the dignity of human life and the need forlaws to protect society's most vulnerable influence his views about public policy, but even in debates about embryonic stem-cell research he prefers to stick to scientific reasoning.

Peace tomorrow relies on justice today, Vatican official tells U.N. UNITED NATIONS - "Building peace for tomorrow requires doing ! justice today," a top Vatican official told the U.N. General Assembly. Italian Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, president of the Governor's Office for Vatican City State, addressed issues ranging from development and human rights to religious freedom and dialogue in his speech on the fmal day of the assembly's annual opening debate. The archbishop, :who was the Vatican's foreign minister before he took up his new post last week, warned that "failures to correct fundamental inequalities in : the world economic system are fast becoming lost opportunities to advance amoral alternative to war." He praised the Millennium Development Goals adopted by key world leaders including U.S. President i Geotge W. Bush but warned that "implementation has been lacking." He said, "The present lack ofprogress in the fields of development aid 'andCtrade reform threatens everyone's security and well-being." He added, "The surest way to prevent war is to address its causes."

Pope encourages bishops to proclaim truth about Malawi CAS,TEL GANDOLFO, Italy - Pope Benedict XVI encouraged Malawi'S bishops to "proclaim the truth" about social and moral ills, including the spread of AIDS, human trafficking and agricultural in'justice. He made the comments in a meeting September 29 with the bishops, who - as they do every five years - were making their "ad /imina" visits to the Vatican. The pope praised the Malawian bishops' .recent pastoral letter on the spiritual aspect of social renewal, saying it had drawn attention to some of the "social and moral evils afflicting 'the nation." The pope said, "Food security is threatened not only by drought but also by inefficient and unjust management of agriculture; jthe$Pread of AIDS is increased by failure to remain faithful to one partner in.marriage or to practice abstinence; the rights of women, childrenand the unborn are cynically violated by human trafficking, by domestic violence and by those who advocate abortion."

WoJ'ld Communications Day to focus on children VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has asked the Catholic Church to focus on the influence the mass media has on the world's children when it marks World Communications Day in 2007. "Children and the Media: A Challenge for Education" is the theme chosen by the pope, 'said U.S. Archbishop John P. Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. In a statement, Archbishop Foley said the theme "underlines the need for parents and educators to realize the important formative influence of the media in the lives of children." In mOSt dioceses, World Communications Day 2007 will be celebrated May 20. A papal message on the theme is expected to be published January 24, the feast of S1. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers and journalists.

Communion & Liberation Head Defends Pope In regard to the attacks against Benedict XVI by Islamic exponents, Father Julian Carr6n, President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, issued a statement to the tens of thousands of C&L membersthroughout the globe. "Concerning the accusations against Benedict XVI, three things are evident: 1) The pope certainly did not want to offend Islamic believers, but to call everyone to a correct use of reason; 2) the pope has a clear awareness of some extreme aspects of the vicissitudes of Islam, which are truths of history before the eyes of all; and'3) there is an intolerance of peaceful criticism that is intolerable, both in terms of the preconceived positions of certain Islamic exponenls, and in terms of the indifference and superficiality of many Western commentators. We stand by the pope. In affirming that 'not acting according to reason is against the nature of God,' Benedict XVI said a . true thing that holds for anyone, beginning with us Christians. This position of the pope saves the possibility for an authentic religious experience for every man, and permits an encounter in peace. It is not a question of a clash of civilizations, but the elementary experience of the 'poor of spirit" 'of every religion: those who live a reasonable relationship with God, beginning from the needs for truth, beauty, justice, and happiness that are in the heart of every man, and precisely for this reason cannot follow the violent degenerations of those who, in the name of an ideology, reject reason for a power, be they in the West or anywhere else.


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Video/DVD reviews NEWYORK (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. "Backdraft" (Anniversary Edition) (1991) Deep-rooted conflicts boil over when a rookie Chicago firefighter (William Baldwin) is placed under the command of his estranged brother (Kurt Russell) during the investigation of a string of arsonrelated murders. With the terrifying nature of fire emerging as the real star of the movie, director Ron Howard ambitiously tackles a relationship story, a murder mystery ll11d a special-effects action movie with modest success. Some grisly shots of charred bodies, very brief nudity, fleeting sexual innuendo, occasional fisticuffs and intermittent rough language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-ill - adults. (Universal Studios Home Video). ''Laurence Olivier Presents" (1976-1984) Terrific collection of six plays that Olivier - whom many rate as the greatest actor of his generation - produced for television under his banner. Even in the twilight of his career, Olivier was still an impressive presence. He appears in all but "Hindle Wakes." The plays include Eduardo de Filippo's Italian classic "Saturday, Sunday, Monday" (1978) featuring Mrs. Olivier - Joan Plowright - and Frank Finlay; Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' (1976) witli Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner; Harold Pinter's ''The Collection" (1976) with Alan Bates and Malcolm McDowell; William Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba" (1977) with Joanne Woodward and Carrie Fisher; Stanley Houghton's 1912 "Hindle Wakes" (1976) with Donald Pleasence; and, as a bonus, an adaptation ofJohn Fowles' ''The Ebony Tower" (1984) by John Mortimer with Roger Rees and Greta Scacchi, which originally aired on PBS. The latter contains some brief (mostly long-shot) rear nudity. Print quality is good, if a little soft, as were the original broadcasts. Though the film versions of"Cat," "Sheba," and "Saturday" (the last with Sophia Loren) are superior, these make for a fascinating comparison. Solid adult entertainment (Acorn Media). ''Loverboy'' (2006) Well-acted if bleak story of a psychotic woman (Kyra Sedgwick) -emotionally scarred in childhood - who sets out to get herself pregnant and who later becomes an overly protective mother to her young son (eight-year-old Dominic Scott Kay). Actor Kevin

Bacon's big-screen directorial debut shows skill, and performances are fine all around (including those of Matt Dillon, Campbell Scott, Sandra Bullock and Bacon, himself), but those elements are outweighed by a basically unlikable protagonist (Sedgwick's empathetic portrayal notwithstanding), deliberate pacing and a fairly predictable plot. Promiscuity, some brief sexual encounters, some crude language, an act of animal cruelty, suicide, and a murder attempt. (Universal Studios Home Video). ''The Proposition" (2006) Artful but unsparing 1880s-era Australian outback Western in which a Bri~ish law enforcement officer (Ray Winstone) gives a . gang member (Guy Pearce) the chance to save his jailed kid brother's life, provided he finds and kills his vicious older brother (Danny Huston). Director John Hillcoat's uneven film from a Nick Cave script is well acted, including performances by Emily Watson as the officer's delicate wife and John Hurt as a drunken bounty hunter, and is not without moral ·complexity, but the violence and bloodshed are exceedingly hard to take. Pervasive brutality and violence, beatings, murder, rough language and a nongraphic but disturbing rape. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L - limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would frnd troubling. (First Look Home Entertainment). "10th & Wolf" (2006) Truth-inspired crime drama about a young Marine (James Marsden) who returns home to South Philly and is dragged into the violent life of organiZed crime he sought to escape when, strongarmed by a federal agent (Brian Dennehy), he reluctantly agrees to turn I!101e for the FBI, betraying the trust of his mobster cousin (Giovanni Ribisi) who is being investigated. Solid performances aside, director Robert Moresco recycles cliches and fails to add anything new to the genre, compounding the film's troubling violence and expletive-laden tough talk with a brutal action climax where the protagonist's moral misgivings are swayed to bloody revenge. Recurring strong violence, including graphic shootings, knifings, beatings and a garroting, a fleeting sexual image, an adultery theme, some partial nudity, drug content, and pervasive rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L - limited adult audience, fIlms whose problematic content many adults would frnd troubling. (THINKFilm):

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"Open Season" (Columbia) Wacky, warm ahd reasonably • .11 d come d·y Witty computer-ammate about a domesticatbd grizzly bear (Martin Lawrence) who, trying to find his way back to comfortable civilization after being released into the wild, befriends a runty, motor-mouthed: mule deer (Ashton Kutcher) 'and bands together with a motley menagerie of woodland creatur~s to run some hunters out of the fprest. Directed by Jill Culton and Roger Allers (with a co-director credit to Anthony Stacchi), the film's thin plot "

is padded with slapstick, but vibrant visuals, nutty gags, a playful tone, and an amiable message about friendship make this enter~ taining fare for all but the youngest viewers. Some mildly rude language and humor, a few scenes of hunting menace, some innuendo and comic action. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-ll- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG - parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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with a good education and a strong importance of the St. Mary's Eduspiritual and moral foundation. cation Fund. "I hope many young people can They will be able to say, 'I went to school in the Diocese of Fall River have the same opportunities I reand I am ready to soar.' For that ceived from my Catholic educaand for all that you stand for I am tion," he said. "From it they can receive knowledge and love ofthe eternally grateful." The evening was hosted by Lord that will sustain them through NBC Channel 10 meteorologist their lives." Chris Myron, third-year princiJohn Ghiorse and included musical preseritations by students from pal at Notre Dame de Lourdes St. Mary-Sacred Heart School, School in Fall River, agreed and said North Attleboro, led by Father the endeavor of St. Mary's EducaDavid Costa, and Bishop Connolly tion Fund, "strengthens the world we High School students Danielle live in and I hope all these talented people coming together realize what Trial and Rebecca Pacheco. Trial gave a rousing rendition a difference they make. I see every of "America the Beautiful," and day what a difference Catholic eduPacheco accompanied her on pi- cation can make in a young person's ano. A welcome was given by life." A recognition award, the TimoNicholas M. Christ, chairman of the 2006 Fall Scholarship Dinner thy J. Cotter "Friend of Catholic Education Award," was presented Committee. Following the presentations by to Frank and Eileen Ward· by the elementary school students George Milot, superintendent of Russert ran towards the departing schools in the Fall Rivet diocese. To date, the Wards have donated' students and gave each passing singer a high five. $2 million towards the new Pope Attendee Father Brian J. John Paul IT High School and have Harrington, pastor of Our Lady of .recently pledged another million in Mt. Carmel Parish, Seekonk, was matching donations. The school also a product of a Catholic edu- will open its doors to students in cation and believes strongly in the the fall of 2007. Milot said it was exciting to Our Lady of Fatima to Sister Lucia, Blessed have such an outstanding speaker Jacinta and tJlessed Francisco July 13, 1917 as Russert. "He gave an inspiring "I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate talk about the Catholic values he Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If learned growing up and we're my requests are 'heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be grateful to have such a terrific perpeace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing son here tonight. He remembers wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the his roots and the great foundation Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world. In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved."

and award winning author. Sister Socciarelli, convinced that Russert; her former energetic student needed an outlet, put together a school newspaper for him to edit and he recalled, "That was my first job in journalism and I fell in love with it." Asked about what advice he would give young people, Russert shared a story about a letter he presented to his son when he began studies at Boston College. "I gave him three bits of advice," he said. "Study hard, laugh often and keep your honor. If you can do that you'll have a great life." Monies from the event include those raised at a Summer Scholarship Dinher on Cape Cod. It will provide need-based financial scholarships to hundreds of students at Ca~olic elementary and middle schools in the diocese. Russert attended Catholic schools his whole life and closed his address by thanking those attending the fund-raiser for making a difference in the lives of young Catholic students. "Because of you, hundreds of young boys and girls will have the opportunity to enter into the world

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he received in Catholic schools." In a video presentation featuring young students reflecting on why they enjoy attending a Catholic school, Sister Mary Jane Holden, principal at St. John the Evangelist School in Attleboro, thanked those who make a "Catholic value oriented education," possible and said, "the Saint Mary's Education Fund helps our students and helps build a stronger Church for the future." Coyle and Cassidy High School Seniors Greg Jordan and Jordan Trubiano were on hand to assist as ushers and praised their Catholic education. "It's opened up a lot of good things for me and made me a better person," Jordan stated. Trubiano agreed and expressed enjoyment in the opportunity to live out her faith through the school's various community service projects. "Going to Coyle and Cassidy has given me a deeper understanding of my faith and what it's all about," she said. , Russert presented a gift bag to his former teacher. "I was pleased and proud all at the same time in having him here," said Sister Socciarelli said with a smile. "It

was very exciting. I had him as a student in 1963 and he still remembers me. That's humbling." Director of Development Michael J. Donly called the event a success and was thankful for the "tremendous effort," made by all those involved. "Because of the St. Mary's Education Fund we have'703 students who are able to attending a Catholic school who might not otherwise be able to. I don't think anything else sums it up better than that." Nearly 8,400 children are en-J rolled in the Catholic schools of the diocese and more than 1,000 applied for financial assistance in the hope that they might attend one of those schools in 2006. To date more than $5.2 million has been distributed from the St. Mary's Education fund to nearly 5,000 children. . Bishop Coleman closed the evening with prayer and thanked the many supporters of Catholic education who make such an endeavor possible. "With the extra money we will be able to help more families next year and I thank all of you for making this a success and for helping to form the lives of future generations."


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A SIZEABLE CHECK - Chairman Nicholas M. Christ and Mary Doherty present a $690,328 check to Bishop George W. Coleman for the St. Mary's Education Fund. It will provide need-based scholarships to Catholic school children. (AnchotiGordon photo) .

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"Jesus did not teach that. He said, 'Seek first the kingdom of heaven.' But that is part of the scene. Our country is in trouble because we have lost our sense of God." When it was suggested that he had his work cut out for him as chaplain to a group involved in elections and getting out the vote, Father Leonard mused, "It seems the Lord has been training me well." Indeed he has.' In an interview with The Anchor two months after being ordained a priest on March

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19,2004 - after 42 years of married life and the death of his wife Mary, in March 1998 - Father Leonard said it seemed his role as husband, father and grandfather providtfd an uncommon background and understanding of people and living that are key assets in his priestly mmistry. Now 72, he has been pastor at St. Kilian's for two years, an~ prior to that was the parochial vicar there for two years. Earlier he had served as a seminarian and spent his diaconate ministry there as well.


Australian cites evidence he says shows Shroud of Turin is authentic By KERRY MYERS CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE SYDNEY, Australia - A newly published book cites new scientific evidence challenging claims that the Shroud of Turin is a fake and reasserting that it is the burial cloth of Jesus. In·"The Shroud Story," author Brendan Whiting argues that results from carbon dating carried out in 1988 - suggesting the shroud dated from medieval times - are anomalous and that "there is nothing about the Shroud of Turin that prevents it from being over 2,000 years old." • . The 1988 results sparked headlines from The Times in London: "Official: The Shroud of Turin is a fake" and The New York Times: "Test shows Shroud of Turin to be a fraud, scientist hints." An Australian author and researcher, Whiting now points to research by eminent.U.S. chemist Raymond Rogers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico that shows the sample used for the carbon dating was polluted by fragments of invisible mending done to the Imen cloth in the MiddleAges. The book, which took four years to write, details the history of the shroud, a 14-foot by four-foot linen cloth that bears the life-size image of a man bearing wounds consistent with scourging and crucifixion. It is now housed in the Turin cathedral in northern Italy. Whiting says that Rogers, who has since died, reportedhaving detected that fibers from an area of cloth

. directly adjoining the tested sample had a gum coating not found on fibers from the main part of the shroud. "He identified the coating as most probably gum arabic, noting that it was common practice for gum arabic to be used during weaving repairs, to hold the threads," Whiting said. , He said Rogers found cotton fibers in the tested sample area of the cloth but no cotton fibers in a sample . taken from the main part of the shroud during extensive examination back in 1973. Whiting said this fact had not been discovered by the coordinators of the tests because, although the original protocol had called for the chemical analysis of the samples prior to their destruction during testing, thethree testing laboratories did not perform the analysis. Whiting also cites an earlier finding by Leoncio -Garza-Valdes, a microbiologist at the University of Texas, that the presence of bacteria on the sample was another reason for the distortion of ~heJest results. In 1993 Garza-Valdes discovered that the linen fibers ofthe shroud containedIungus and bacteria that had formed a symbiotic relationship, creating' a "bioplastic coating" on the fibers, which rejuvenated the linen. Whiting quoted the scientist as saymg that laboratories had tested "a mixture of carbon from the original1inen and new carbon from the bioplastic coating produced by the bacteria. It was this that caused the shroud to be dated as medieval."

Boston Archdiocese to hos,t sacred relic Qf St. John Vianney BRIGHTON - The miraculously incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests, will be on view at St. John's Seminary on October 12 for priests, seminarians and religious and on" October 13 at St.. Mary's in Waltham, and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on October 14 for the general public. This is the first time since his canonization thatthis sacred relic has left France. This is a rare opportunity to venerate this sacred relic, one of God's miracles. The schedule: OctoberJ2 12 noon - Hi p.m. - Veneration of relic. Priests available for confession. 12 p.m. - Procession of relic into St. John's Chapel. 2:30 p.m. - Rosary for vocations led by seminarians. 5 p.m. - Exposition of Blessed Sacrament. 5:30 p.m. - Evening prayer led by Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, preached by Father Phillippe Caratge, moderator of Sanctuary of St. John Vianriey. 6 p.m. - Benediction followed by light refreshments. 7 p.m. - Talk on the life of St. John Vianney by Bishop Bgnard, bishop of Belley-Ars, France. 10 p.m. - Night Prayer. October 13 St. Mary's Waltham Day of Veneration for the general public 4 p.m. -' 10 p.m. - Veneration

of relic. Priests available for <;on- Boston - Day ofVeneration for the general public fessions. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Veneration of 4 p.m. - Veneration begins. 5:30" p.m. - Rosary for voca- . relic. Priests available for confessions .. tions. 6 p.m. ---, Talk on the life of St. ,9 a.m. - Mass. 12 p.m. - Rosary for vocations. John Vianney. 7 p.m. - Mass.· 2 p.m. - Comple!ion. 10 p.m. - Night prayer. For information contact the October 14 Archdiocese of Boston Vocation Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Offi.ce at 617-746-5949.



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STUDENT ADVOCATES - Holy Union Sister Marie Baldi, principal of St. Michael School, and second-grade teacher Sonia Bjerre, right, from Holy Name School,both in Fall River, take advantage of a photo opportunity with NBC's Tim Russert at the St. Mary's Education Fund Fall Dinner. (Anchor/Gordon photo) ST. MARY'S FUND FUN - Students from St. Mary-Sacred Heart School in North Attleboro perform for attendees of the 12th annual St. Mary's Education Fund FallDinner at White's Restaurant in Westport. They were accompanied by pastor father Oavid A. Costa on piano. (Anchor/Gordon photo)

STARS OF THE DAY - Students at St. John the Evangelist School in AttleBoro held a talent show recently to entertain family and friends showcasing their vocal, dance and musical skills. More than $400 was raised through a good-will offering and will be donated to a local charity. Michelle Sheehan is pictured front. Back from left: Siri Devlin, Kelsey Sheehan, Brianna Burley, Bridget Gay, and Melissa Sheehan.


.LET'S GET HOPPING - Principal Arleen M. Booker of Our Lady of Lourdes School, Taunton, and her students raised nearly $4,000 in their annual Hop-a-Thon to fight Muscular Distrophy. She is pictured with Steve Lacey of Channel 5 News and third-graders Ryan Twohig and Joseph de Mello. It raised the most of any participating school. .

EXECUTIVE SEssioN .These students were recently elected to the student council at Notre Dame de Lourdes School in Fall River. Front from left: Student Council Moderator Angie . Dallaire, Andrea Murphy, Alexandra Durand and Kelsey Oliveira. Middle: Allison Lake, Lindsey Rebelo, Kyle Barboza, Ryan Nestor and Michael Chicca. Back: Jennifer Casey, Shaundry Swainamer, Allison A SUPER SUPPER - Bishop Feehan High School teacher Louis Pereira, Amanda Cordeiro and Gazzola shares a smile with freshman parent, Judy Marchione of Jared Crumley. Attleboro, during a recent pot luck supper for students and parents. The event attracted more than 250 parents and students. Guest speaker Richard Armour addressed parenting in the 21 st century. .



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Forgiveness is one of the essentials By CHARLIE MARTIN "NOT READY FOR NICE"

LITTLE HEROES - Four-year-old kindergarten students from Blessed Sacrament School get a hands-on demonstration of a water hose from firefighter Richard Vanwieringen, right, and Lt. Thomas Kizewski of the Milwaukee Fire Department. Fire department representatives visited the school after students in Cathy Dudzik's kindergarten class reported a house fire across the street from the school's playground during recess September 13. Shortly afterward, three of the children rushed to their teacher to report black smoke billowing out of a house. All the children watched from the safety of their classroom window as the firetrucks zoomed down the street. During the visit, children received firefighter hats, cQloring books and badges. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, Catholic Herald)


But I'm still 'waiting Sung by Dixie Chicks Copyright 2006 by Sony

Forgive, sounds good Forget, I'm not sure I could They say time heals everything Does forgiving also mean forgetBut I'm still waiting ting? I'm through, with doubt Not necessarily, according to the There's nothing left for me to Dixie Chicks. Three years ago, at the figure out onset ofthe Iraq War, they offered their , I've paid a price, and opinion against that choice of war. I'll keep paying While speaking one's opinion is about Refrain: . as American as it gets, what resulted I'm not ready to make nice stunned members of the group. Many I'm not ready to back down radio stations stoppcid playing their I'm still mad as hell music. Thousands offans condemned And I don't have time them as ''unpatriotic.'' Overall, they To go round and round and round faced a variety of professional costs. It's too late to make it right Just out is their first disc smce those I probably wouldn't ifI could difficult events. "Taking the Long 'Cause I'm mad as hell Way" re-establishe& their place in Can't bring myself to do what it is today's music. Off the CD is the single You think I should "Not Ready to Make Nice." I know you said In previous columns I have said that Why can't you just get over it the way of Jesus is the path of peace It turned my whole world around and nonviolence. U.S. Catholic bishAnd I kind of like it ops reaffirmed this beliefin their stated I made my bed, and I sleep opposition to the war.' In this column I like a baby won't further explore the moral opWith no regrets, and position to war but instead will give I don't mind saying my attention to what the song adIt's a sad, sad story dresses, that is, the inyJortance offorThat a mother will teach giveness. . : ' her daughter I don't know if tile song's lyrics That she ought to hate a stranger reflect the Dixie Chicks' personal exAnd how in the world perience. Yet, whatever the song's inCan the words that I said tended focus, these words apply to Send somebody so over the edge anyone who has been hurt by anThat they'd write me a letter other: "Forgive, sotlnds good; forSaying that I better get, I'm not sure I ~uld. They say shut up and sing . time heals everything, but I'm still waiting." . Or my life will be over Forgive; sounds good Forgiveness is never easy. Those Forget, I'm not sure I could who move to forgiveness quickly may They say time heals everything be avoiding their ~eeper and more .

pained feelings, pretending that everyt:hillg is OK. Yet, as difficult as the process is, being able to forgive remains an essential part of being today's disciple of Jesus. . Each person working toward for-· giveness deserves support, safety and understanding. As the song suggests, this is especially true when one remains "mad as hell." The woman in the song is "not ready to make nice." She still is dealing with her anger, which is a normal response to hurt. It takes time to face one's anger and release it; usually such a release is not a one-time event. Further, forgetting has nothing to do with forgiving. As long as one's neurons still function, it is impossible to forget what occurred. Rather, forgiveness depends on a choice. This choice includes the decision to wipe the slate clean and start !\gain with the person who hurt you. You do not deny or suddenly lose your memory of the incident. Instead, you reinvest your trust in another, though slowly, one step at a time, and possibly with some newly defined adjustments in the relationship. True and enduring forgiveness builds on patil?nce and perseverance. Ultimately, it is the one who forgives who is set free from the past And true, the passing oftime helps to heal a hurt, though even mor¢ important is the healing presence of God. Forgiveness is one ofthe most spiritual of human qualities. Your comments ore always welcome. Please write to me at: or at 7125W 200S, Rockport, IN 47635.


The value ofprayer an~ sacrifice Every day we should lead lives of prayer and sacrilice. Every day we should resolve, with God's help, to resound, share and celebrate the Good News of Jesus Christ We should do this, every day, to honor Christ and grOw:in intimacy and friendship with him. How exactly do we do this? In my parish, for example, catechists and youth leaders try to instill the value of prayer and sacrifice in all our young people. Let's begin with prayer. During the month of October our Faith Formation Program's students and youth members, along with their families, gather once a week to pray the rosary and reflect on its mysteries. We honor our Lady in prayer and in song, asking her to intercede for us and to help bring about peace in our world, beginning first in our own homes. I often sense that young people are shy or afraid to pray in community. This always'happens at the start of our Octobt:r rosary. But, as the prayer goes on, the fear subsides and they realize t4at they are a part of something bigger than just themselves - they are'a team, many united as one for a common cause.

Through prayer, they learn to let go become self-sufficient, but will rely of the "me only" attitude. upon the Spirit for wisdom and I know it's not easy to let go; it's strength when helping others. There .is no shame in not knowing a hard sacrifice. Let me share with you seven ways that have helped everything~ There is no shame in them and I think will help you. knowing that we can't do everything They are called The Significant alone. This is where the Holy Spirit Seven. comes in. Know your limitations. First, time with God is a priority. Worship is one part of this time with God. Follow Jesus' example and find a place for spiritual renewal. Your parish youth group is such a place; it's all about life giving. It will benefit from your invest'ifcBY Ozzie racheco ment in a personal relation" . \ ship with God. If you were asked to describe your relationship Prayer is the third of The with God, how would you answer? Significant Seven. But, here, we Is it cold, wann, or hot? Would you pray especially for youth - it keeps .consider GOd to be your best friend? our focus on each other sharp. Whom do you pray for every day? The second way is all "bout selfcare. This is essential. Effective Ask God to bless their daily lives, to youth know that they cannot give surround their families with love, what they do not have. You can't and to help you be a-Channel for give support to others and their God's grace. families when your own home is The fourth is the study of God's disrupted. You can't listen to another Word. Above all, this provides young person when you are falling insight. Our natural responses often asleep. God has given us human are not the same as God's. We need limitations so that we will not to be transformed by the renewing



ofour minds. Daily Scripture looking for God in each of life's reading shapes our lives. Faith challenges: this helps others believe. sharing brings us cloSer to God. . How do you make',sense of life's . circumstances? When you include Putting it into action our God in the overall picture, your . belief in God's Word. The fifth: the best gift you give is response to challenges is filled with hope. . yourself. Life-giving relationships are possible when you are truly These seven practices help to form our youth·group's vision on the present wit!} other young people. That happens when value of prayer and sacrifice. They you listen actively to what are incorporated in our profession of others say. Such presence is faith for ministry, to which we are all frightening unless you have committed: ''I promise to stand up invested time in getting to for Jesus in this world and live the know one another. true Gospel of life. :As a member of our parish and youth group, I Connec~g yourself to your community is the promise to have an open heart and sixth significant practice. mind, allowing JesUs to be the center This builds your selfof my life, and receive him in holy esteem. If your relationships foster Communion at Mass every week. I community involvement, then you promise to be an active member of help build and grow that community our youth group and participate in in many ways. Community connecall spiritual, service and social events tions can be as simple as inviting to the best of my ability. I promise other young people to be involved in to respect the differences in my plannillg and developing service peers and always look for the good opportunities where young people that exists in them. I make this promise in truth and in faith in the make a difference in lithe lives of name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and others. All young people have my savior!" something to offer. With a little encouragement, they can make Ozde Ptu:heco is Faith Formasignificant contributions. tion director at Santo Christo The last of the significant seven is Parish, Fall.River.



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Four to receive St. Thomas More Award at October 15 Red Mass By JOHN



FALL RIVER - Four members of the justice system will be awarded the coveted St. Thomas More Award for distinguished service at the annual Red Mass on October 15, at 3 p.m., in St. Mary's Cathedral. Bishop George W. Coleman will be the principal celebrant of .Mass, which is hosted each year by the Fall River diocese to ask God's blessing on those who work ill the legal system and to recognize members of that community

More, a 16th-century English layman and lawyer martyred for opposition to the divorce of King Henry VIII and for refusing to renounce papal authority. New Bedford attorney Joseph P. Harrington heads up the Red Mass Planning Committee, which nominates recipients for the awards. Sabra became first justice of the New Bedford District Court in 2000. She also currently heads the Drug Court in New Bedford. She was first appointed to the bench in 1997 and served in a variety of dis-



for their work. The Red Mass is so named because of the color of the vestments worn during the liturgy, which is the Mass of the Holy Spirit, whoo will be invoked upon those in attendance Dominican Father Brian J. Shanley, president of Providence College, will be homilist. The St. Thomas More Awards are presented at the conclusion of the Mass. Traditionally, ajudge, a lawyer, a court personnel member, an~ an ecumenical recipient are honored. Recipients this year are Judge Bernadette L. Sabra of Somerset, who is first justice of the New Bedford District Court; Attorney Robert J. Marchand of Fall River; Attorney Anastasia Welsh Perrino of South Dennis, who is assistant register of the Barnstable Probate and Family Court; and Judge Malcolm Jones of Dartmouth, who is a retired justice of the Bristol County Probate and Famoily Court. With its roots in 13th-century Europe, the Red Mass is a longstanding tradition in the Church and is widely celebrated in dioceses throughout the United States. The St. Thomas More Awards are unique to the Red Mass celebration in the Fall River diocese. They are named for St. Thomas

trict courts and in the. Appellate Division for the Southern District. Prior to becoming a judge, she was in private practice in Somerset for more th~ eight years with her husband, Attorney Steven Sabra. She also worked as an assistant corporation counsel for the City of Fall River. She graduated with honors from Boston College Law School and began her legal career as an assistant in the Consumer Protection Division oftheAttorney General's Office. From there she went on to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office where she was a criminal prosecutor in both District and Superior Courts. She has s~rved as co-chairperson of the Child Care Advisory Committee for the Fall River District Court as well as on the board of directors of local agencies such as the Stanley Street Treatment and Resource Center, Inc., where she was also treasurer, and the Fall River Family Resource Center. She is a past member of the board of trustees of the St. Philomeona School in Portsmouth, R.I. She lives in Somerset with her husband and their four daughters ranging in ages 16 to 25. Theyattend St. Thomas More Parish in that town. "I was very surprised and honored to be nominated for the award," she said. "Having been a


judge for a moderate amount of time I certainly never expected any award for anything at this stage of my career. I'm very pleased. I have attended the Red Mass with my husband for a number of years and it is an impressive event and a nice way to gather judges and lawyers in the court system and people from all walks of life. I'm very humbled and awed' to be in the company of so many great people who had received this award in the past." Marchand has practiced law for 30 years. After many of those years as a partner in law firms, he opened his own law office in ~all River in 2002. A good deal of his general practice involves wills, trusts, and probate matters. He is an active member of local, regional, and state bar associations, serving on many of their boards and committees, and is a past president of both the Fall River and the Bristol County Bar Associations. In the community, he has been involved in several non-profit agencies including Steppingstone, Inc., of which he was president for 16 years and is now a board member, the United Way, and the YMCA. He is also a life member of the Appalachian Trail Conser. vatory. He ~as received recognition for his many contributions to his profession and to civic life. In 1997, the Massachusetts Bar Association presented him its Community Service Award and this year the ~ristol County Bar Association and the New Center for Legal Advocacy gave him the Pro Bono Publi'co Award. As an involved parishioner of SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Fall River, he has served as president of the parish council, as a member of the parish finance council and education committee, as a Religious Education teacher, and in the parish kitchen. He and his wife Margaret Ann have two grown sons. They are also grandparents. "It's amazing for a kid who hails from the Flint to receive this award," he said. "It's a great honor. It came as a surprise. I'm following in some great footsteps -like Atty. Joe Hanify from Fall River and Atty. Joe Harrington from New Bedford." Perrino was appointed to her post as assistant register of the Barnstable Probate and Family Court in February 2003. She is primarily responsible for assisting attorneys and litigants without coun-


sel with the procedures of that court and working with its judges to oversee day-to-day operations in the courtroom. After her graduation from Suffolk University Law School and her admission to the Massachusetts Bar in 1989, she spent 14 years in private practice at two Cape Cod law firms, LaTanzi, Spaulding & Landreth in Orleans and then Quirk and Chamberlain, P.C:, in Yarmouth Port. Dunng that time she was a frequent guest lecturer to organizations on probate law, estate administration and guardianship procedure. She is an active member of the Barnstable County Bar Association and is currently serving as its clerk. In the past she has served on the boards of directors of Independence House, a shelter for battered women and their families, and of Nauset, Inc., an organization providing assistance to mentally challenged individuals. Perrino is a member of St. Pius X Parish in South Yarmouth and worked on the fund-raising committee for the construction of the St. Pius X Elementary School that opened two years ago. She is currently very involved in the St. Pius X Middle School, which opened

ment age. He earned his law degree from Boston University School of Law and has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1954. While serving as an assistant attorney general under Edward W. Brooke he drafted legis~ation, which merged the New Bedford Institute of Technology with the Bradford Durfee Technological Institute in Fall River to become the Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute, now the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. As counsel to the then Institute's Board of Trustees, he did the necessary legal work to acquire the land in Dartmouth on which the campus is located. In 1970 and 1971, he served as city solicitor for the City of New Bedford. Since his retirement from the bench, he has continued to work as of counsel to the New Bedford firm of Rusitzky and Russell, specializing in mediation. He worships at the Tifereth Israel Synagogue in New Bedford. The retired justice is' married to Mary Ellen Jones and is the father of two sons. . "I was extremely honored and humbled when I received the news



this fall. She is married to Thomas Perrino, also an attorney on Cape Cod, and they have two sons. "I was very humbled and flattered when I received the call informing me of the award," she told The Anchor. "I am very grateful for it. I hope I can fulfill the exemplary qualities that people seek to achieve ... which this award inspires. I am very fortunate and blessed." Jones practiced law in New Bedford for 35 years until his appointment as a justice in the Probate and Family Court in 1989, where he served for 11 years before reaching the mandatory retire-

of the award. I didn't see it coming," he stated. "I'm appreciative and look forward to receiving it. It is hard to see what I've done in my lifetime for people to recognize me in this way. At any rate, I think it's wonderful that people of all faiths can work and live together in this world in a healthy way. doesn't - as seen in the events in the past couple of weeks - it really upsets me." The Red Mass is open to the public. Tickets for the dinner that will follow can be obtained from Attorney Harrington at 508-9966765. Contributing to this story was Deacon James N. Dunbar



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ATTLEBORO-An hour-long Bible Study of Mark's Gospel will be presented by La Salette Father Donald Paradis tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the Reconciliation Chapel at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette. It will continue Saturday mornings until November 15. For more information call 508-236-9068. FALL RIVER - Sacred Heart Church, 160 Seabury Street, hosts exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Monday following the 8 a.m. Mass, until 2:30 p.m.

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ATTLEBORO - The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette will hold a blessing of animals tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Garden of St. Francis. Following the blessing there will be an opportunity to honor a relic of St. Francis. For more information call 508-222-5410. BRIGHTON -Alumni ofSt. John's Serninary are invited to its 2nd annual alumni dinner October 27 beginning with informal tours of the seminary at 4 p.m. A holy hour will follow and reception and dinner will begin at 6 p.m. For more information call 617-7465448 or via E-mail at EAST FALMOUTH - First Saturday devotions, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council No. 813, will be held tomorrow immediately following the celebration of the 8 a.m. 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 ofthe Sacred Hearts Fairhaven Chapter, will be held tonight at 7 at St. Mary's Church. A holy hour and refreshments will follow. FALL RIVER - A soup kitchen is open for dinner on Mondays from 5-6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church Hall, 160 Seabury Street. Volunteers are welcome. FALL RIVER - The Diocesan Choir will resume monthly rehearsals beginning October 10 at 7 p.m. in the Bishop's Chapel at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. Tenors and basses are especially needed. For more information call Madeleine Grace at 508-678-1054. FALL RIVER - Bishop George W. Coleman will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for couples observing significant wedding anniversaries, including the first year, October 22 at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. For more information contact your local parish. 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 508-6744681. FALL RIVER - In honor of Pulaski Day, a wreath laying ceremony will be


held October 15 following the 8:30 a.m. Mass at SS. Peter and Paul Parish at the General Casimir Pulaski monument at Pulaski Park. A social will follow in the parish center. For more information call 508-676-8463. 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 508-644-2645. 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 Tuesday of each month in the basement of St. Mary's Church, 783 Dartmouth Street. For more information call Brock Cordeiro at 508-979-8930. SWANSEA - A blessing of animals will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the parking lot behind St. Francis of Assisi Church. For more information call 508-675-7206.


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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.

FALL RIVER - The Fall River area Men's First Friday Club will meet tonight at 6 for the celebration of Mass at Good Shepherd Church, 1598 South Main Street. A meal and a talk by guest speaker Bernard Herman will follow in the church hall . 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, a yard sale and raffle. For more information call 508-674-9191. NEW BEDFORD - A spaghetti and meatball dinner will be held October 25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Home, 359 Summer Street. For more information call 508-996-6751.

Peace Procession and Mass set for October 9 By DEACON JAMES N.

Maryann J. DeMelo; sister of 'Father Ralph D. Tetrault "

NEW BEDFORD Mrs. Maryann 1. (fetrault) DeMelo, sister of Father Ralph D. Tetrault, a retired priest of the Fall River diocese, died September 29 in St. Luke's Hospital following a long illness. Born in New Bedford, where she resided for most of her life, she was the daughter of the late Nonnan and

FAIRHAVEN - Sacred Hearts Father Thomas McElroy has been appointed parochial administrator at St. Joseph's Parish in FaiIhaven, following consultation by Bishop George W. Coleman and the Congregation ofthe Sacred Hearts of J~sus and Mary. He replaces Sacred Hearts Father Christopher Santangelo, who is currently following the procedural process mandated by the Congregation 0$;···············,;X:::"""""""""}S


WXour Prayers Please pray for these priests during the coming weeks October 10 Rev. James C.J. Ryan, Assistant, Immaculate Conception, North Easton, 1918 Rev. Boniface Jones, SS.CC., Chaplain, Sacred Heart Home, New Bedford, 1987 Rev. Joseph A. Martineau, Retired Pastor, St. Theresa, New Bedford, 1990

October 11 Rev. James A. Downey, Pastor, Holy Ghost, Attleboro, 1952

October 12 Rev. Felician Plichta, OFM Conv., Parochial Vicar, Corpus Christi, East Sandwich, Former Pastor Holy Cross, Fall River, 1999

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Rev. Dennis M. Lowney, Assistant, Sacred Heart, Taunton, 1918 Rev. Msgr. Edward B. Booth, Retired Pastor, St. Mary, North Attleboro, 1972 Rev. Frederick G. Furey, SS.Cc. Former Pastor, Our Lady of Assumption, New Bedford, 1999 Rev. Andre P. Jussaume, Pastor, St. Louis de France, Swansea, 2003

ATTLEBORO - A Grief Education Program is held Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 6:308 p.m. at the La Salette Retreat House, 947 Park Street. For more information call 508-222-8530. BREWSTER - "Come Walk With Me," a program for those dealing with the death of a loved one, will meet tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. in the parish center at Our Lady ofthe Cape Church, 468 Stony Brook Road. For more information call Eileen Miller at 508896-4218.

the late Mary (Langford) Tetrault. She was a graduate of Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth and attended Bristol Community College. Besides herpriest brother, she leaves a son, GeorgeSean DeMelo ofHanover; four other brothers, Nonnan Te1rault of Margate, Aa, Wayne and Paul Tetrault of New Bedford, and Gregory Tetrault

ofWestport; four sisters, Susan BryonRoyster of Gloucester, Nancy Rochon of Leesburg, Fla., Pamela Silva of Dartmouth, and Valerie Fogarty of Worcester, and nieces and nephews. Her funeral Mass was celebrated Monday in Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Fairhaven's 81. Joseph Parish has new parochial administrator

Rev. David I. Walsh, M.M., Maryknoll Missioner, 1999 Rev. James J. Doyle, C.S.C., Holy Cross Residence, North Dartmouth, 2002


Anne's prior to Mass. The five decades of the rosary recited in St. Anne's will be led by religious and laity in English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish. Bishop George W. Coleman will be the principal concelebrant and homilist at the Mass. The choir from Espirito Santo Parish in Fall River will lead hymns and sing the Mass. Participants, many of them corning by buses from all comers of the diocese, are asked to gather by 5:45 p.m. in the area of the St. Mary's school yard. They are to bring their own candles. A limited supply will be available at the cathedral. Those who are in wheelchairs, are handicapped or disabled may proceed directly to St. Anne's Church where a special area will be designated for them. ,Parking will be available near St. Anne's.

FALL RIVER - Literally lighting a path to peace, hundreds of religious and laity will cany candles, sing hymns and pray the rosary as they join in the annual procession and celebrate a Mass for Peace on October 9. The evening candlelight procession that includes groups from many parishes canying banners and flags, will begin at 6 p.m., at St. Mary oftheAssumption Cathedral on Spring Street, and wind south on South Main Street to St. Anne's Church at Middle Street, where the Mass will be celebrated at 7 o'clock. They will be joined by hundreds more who traditionally line the streets in the six blocks the procession will travel en route to the shrine church. The centerpiece for the procession is a statue of Our Lady of Peace, which will be carried by men from participating parishes. It will be enthroned before the altar in St.

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



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and the Fall River diocese to examine an allegation of misconduct made against Father Santangelo several weeks ago, a news release from the Congregation's Communications Office on October 1, explained. Father McElroy said that the pr0cess in motion is conducted under a strict code of confidentiality. But he said he was able to disclose that the alleged conduct did not involve a minor; did not take place in the Fall River diocese; that Father Santangelo, who was assigned to St. Joseph's in November 2005, had denied the allegation and is willingly complying with the process. The investigative process is underway by civil authorities and appointed members of the Sacred Hearts religious community, the news release indicated.

The Congregation is accredited by Presidium, Inc., an organization that assists religious orders in developing and implementing professional standards to ensure the quality of their • ministries. In his announcement to the St. Joseph Parish community at Masses on the weekend of September 30-0ctober 1, Father McElroy acknowledged the concern that many parishioners expressed when Father Santangelo's month-long, scheduled vacation apparently became extended. Father McElroy requested that prayers be offered "asking God for justice, truth and peace for everyone involved;' the new released stated. The Congregation would continue, as it has since 1905, to provide pastoral service to the St. Joseph's Parish community, according to the release.

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and perspective for the task before aU of us. The meetings gave us as priests the opportunity to share our concerns, needs and visions as well." Msgr. Avila also stressed that while there is an urgency to the Pastoral Planning process, "we have to strike a balance between planning carefully and not panicking." Father Michael Ciryak, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Swansea, found the sessions very beneficial. "It was an outstanding tumout of priests, a great gathering. "Msgr. Ronald A. Tosti and his team led us to this point and now



Vatican organizes forum to help Catholic TV stations share resources gress has been asked to contribute two to four programs on DVD that could then be rebroadcast or distributed totally free of charge by other companies and channels. The idea for the television program bank came out of a meeting between council members and an Italian Catholic television representative, said Msgr. Enrique Planas Coma, retired manager of the communications council's film library. In a February interview with the Argentine news outlet Analisis Digital, the monsignor said the Italian rep-

Father Dave Andrade, Barbara Britto and Doug Rodrigues have picked up the ball to take us to the next step." Father Ciryak praised Rodrigues' presentation saying, "it helped all of us to focus on who we are, what our needs are and how we should respond to those needs." He added, "everyone is using their talents and gifts to remain a Eucharist-centered community. It was nice to get together as priests and to have our shepherd, Bishop George W. Coleman there with us."

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) - The Vatican has organized a forum to help large and small Catholic television stations around the world network and share resources so they can thrive in today's technologically driven world. The Pontifical Council for Social Communications is sponsoring an October 10-12 World Congress of Catholic Television in Madrid, Spain, in an effort to promote high quality programming, sound management and professionalism in the world of Catholic television. U.S. Archbishop John P. Foley, head of the council, told joumalists at a recent press conference that the increasing number oftelevision stations and audiovisual productions that promote the church and the Gospel have prompted the Vatican to create "a space for dialogue" and networking for station managers, program producers and journalists. Even though there are at least 2,000 Catholic television stations in the world, only 250 people will be able to take part in the upcoming congress, he said. Budget constraints as well as the desire to keep things small and informal led to the limitations, said council officials. Archbishop Foley said they want the congress "to foster a true exchange of experiences" in order to help the new efforts being made by Catholic television stations and production companies. People are also invited to follow the congress' proceedings online at or The congress also will mark the start of the first global program bank coordinated and run by the communications council. Every production company and television station attending the con-

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