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Catholic Citizenship's initiative to voters will appear in The Anchor ~

It hopes to motivate Catholics to become informed and to vote.

FALL RIVER - In coming editions, The Anchor will offer articles on Catholic Citizenship, a new initiative to educate Catholics on public policy issues - including the U.S. Bishops' message "Faithful Citizenship" - to voters across the region. With the help of former Boston mayor and former ambassador to the Vatican, Raymond L. Flynn, Catholic Citizenship means to get Catholics more involved in the political process through education and ensure that all Catholics are well informed citizens on the positions of their Church and the candidates when they head to the polls. Flynn, who visited the Greater Fall River Area and The Anchor a week ago, is delivering that message to throngs of Catholics. "I hope the people will take just 10 minutes a week after Mass

to help us educate the people in the pews about what is happening in Washington, D.C., and on Beacon Hill. It is vital we speak up on the issues of the day," Flynn said. Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., and the three other Roman Catholic bishops in Massachusetts - including Bishop George W. Coleman of Fall River - have given full measure to Flynn's new initiative as has the Massachusetts Catholic Conference. The MCC is the public policy arm of the Church in the Bay State. At the heart of the initiative is "Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility," a statement by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released in 2003. In it, the bishops wrote: "In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue and participation in the political process is a moral obligation." Tum to page 13 - Citizenship

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Diocesan Centennial Rosary Celebration set for October 11 Event at La Salette to complete anniversary observance By JOHN KeARNS, AsSISTANT DIRECTOR DIOCESAN OFFICE OF CoMMUNICATIONS

ATTLEBORO - The yearlong lOOth anniversary observance of the Fall River diocese will come to a close in a big way on Monday, October II, the Columbus Day holiday, with a Centennial Rosary Celebration planned for I p.m. at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro. All are welcome to attend. There is no charge for the event. A 12:30 p.m. preliminary concert will precede the afternoon's formal opening. Father George E. Harrison, chairman of the rosary event and pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Seekonk, said he is "looking forward to a great celebration." In the planning since 2001, the Rosary Celebration, Father Harrison explained, "offers us an won-

derful opportunity to give praise to God for all the graces and blessings that he has bestowed on the Fall River diocese in the past 100 years, and to pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our diocesan family as we begin our next century." He said that the program is designed to be multi-cultural and build on the overall centennial theme of "The Spirit Gives Life." (John 6:63) The Rosary Celebration will include a multi-lingual praying of the Luminous • ~. Mysteries of the rosary; a diverse musical program featuring a combined choir of voices from throughout the diocese; a colorful banner procession with representatives of diocesan parishes, schools and organizations; historical reflections; and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Bishop George W. Coleman will preside over the celebration. ''The afternoon certainly has many pieces to it, and it's all come together now thanks to the hard Tum to page 13 - Rosary

Ray Flynn, Maria Parker to speak at East Sandwich Catholic Unity Rally on October 17 - Page three.

Education Fund Fall Dinner is October 28 FALL RIVER - The annual St. Mary's Education Fund Fall Dinner will take place on October 28, at White's of Westport, beginning with a 5:30 p.m. reception. A multi-course meal and program will follow at 6:30 p.m. The St. Mary's Education Fund provides need-based scholarships . to students at Catholic elementary and middle schools in the Fall River diocese. Proceeds from the Fall Dinner benefit the fund.

Volunteer lay committees in four regions of the diocese are reaching out to businesses, community and academic leaders, and individuals to extend an invitation to sponsor a table or purchase a ticket in support of scholarship assistance. From the 1995-1996 through 2003-2004 school years, more than $3.4 million has been distributed from the St. Mary's EducaTum to page 13 - Fund



FIVE-YEAR-OLD Patricia Kinnane warms up by pushing her friend six-year-old Lexi Michael, at the annual Walk for Mother's and Children in Boston. The Pro-Life event attracted many people from the Fall River diocese. Both girls are from St. Stanislaus Parish, Fall River. (AnchotiGordon photo)

Champions of Pro-Life show their faith at walk in Boston By MIKE GaRCON ANcHoR STAFF BOSTON - Close to 1,000 children, mothers, fathers, clergy and senior citizens wearing their Pro-Life beliefs on their collective

sleeves for all the world to see participated in the October 3, Respect Life Walk to Aid Mothers and Children. Buses brought many people from the Diocese of Fall River to the Bos-

ton Common where the pilgrims heard speakers and music before making the 5K trek. Some held signs proclaiming ':.\lllife is meaningful;' ''Respect life, at any time;' and ''Help Tum to page six - Walk

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Heath Facilities' Pain,Management ,Resource Fair 'well received" By MIKE GORDON

clipped the article about the fair and "Managing Your Pain," by from The Anchor and that her' Kelly were held ,later in the af, WESTPORT - The Dioc- do'ctor said "I should go." ternoon. esan Health Facilities~sponsored The fair hosted more than 20 Part oL the day included a Pain Mariagement Resource exhibitors including many from presentation of a Proclamation Fair held September 29 at .the diocese. Presenters provided , signed by' Gov. ~itch Romney White's of Westport atdesignating September as Pain Awareness Month, to, tr'acted several hundred par~ ticipants and was declared "Thi~ is: a great event," said Kelly and Msgr. Edmund a success by many of those Goldstein. "It is by far the largest and J. Fitzgerald, Health Faciliin attendance. ties director. "I thirik it's a great day," most well attended pain' manage- , Amy Goldstein, Pain said Paul Batchelder of Fall mentlair being held todaY." Initiative Coordinator for River. "We are getting a lot - - - - - - - - - - : . . . - . - - - - - Massachusetts, made the of information." presentation and said she His wife, Mary Batchelder, , information on various aspects was happy to help organize the was all smiles as she examined of pain management and those event. "This is a great even't," the Therapeutic Activities in health care were able to earn said Goldstein. "It is by far the Booth with her husband. She a contact hour credit for attend- largest and most well attended iriformed, me that she had ing the education pJ:,ogr;tmu...:pain"management fair being _ - - - - - - - - -..... ' "Principals of-Pain Manage- held today." She added that the ment," presented by Registered fair is part of a national effort Nurse Cathy Schutt. to recognize September as pain Daily Readings "She was exceptionally well awareness month and many Gal 4:22-24,26Oct 11 received," said organizer Anne similar events were happening 27,31-5:1; Ps Marie Kelly shortly after the in other dioceses. '113:1-7; Lk presentation. "People learned a "We're very pleased with the 11:29-32 lot of new information and turnout and it's been a successGal 5:1-6; Ps Oct 12 we.'ve got a great turnout for the ful day," said Msgr. Fitzgerald. 119:41,43-45,47day." "Part of our philosophy is to be 48;Lk 11 :37-41 Kelly, a registered nurse and supportive of pain management 'Gal 5:18-25; Ps Oct 13 pain management edlli:ator and in our homes and it's great for 1:1-4,6; Lk 11 :42consultant with Diocesan Health Diocesan Health Facilities to be 46 Facilities, added "the goal was involved today. I'm thankful for Eph 1:1-10; Ps Oct 14 to educate as many profession- the work,and efforts of so many 98:1-6; Lk 11 :47als and members of the cominu- people who are helping to bring 54 . nity as possible..! think it's been this issue to the forefront." Eph,1:11-14; Ps Oct 15 "Education is power," de'33: 1-2,4-5,12-13; ,an exciting and successful day. ' A lot of hard work went into it." c1ared Kelly as she received the Lk 12:1-7· Sessions entitled "Use of proclamation. "We hope this Oct 16 Eph 1:15-23; Ps Opioids in the Treatment of Per- . helps people gain power 'over 8:2-7; Lk 12:8-12 .sistent Pain," by Dr. Lewis Hays pain." Oct 17 .Ex 17:8-13; Ps ANCHOR STAFF

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Corpus Christi Parish to host event October 17 EAST SANDWICH - A is to get lay Catholics to become Catholic Unity Rally will be held more inforIlled voters, to register at Corpus Christi Church on October 17 at 3 p.m. for all Cape Cod Catholics. Organizers of the event have announced that Ray Flynn, former Ambassador to the Vatican and former long time mayor of Boston, will be the keynote speaker. Joining Flynn will be Maria C. Parker, associate director of public policy for the Massachusetts Catholic Conference (MCC), the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in the commonwealth. The Catholic Unity RaUy is being organized by the Cape <;od. Pro-Life Alliance, a local group focused on unifying and educating. Flynn is currently president of MARIA C. PARKER "Catholic Citizenship," a group he formed at the request of Arch- and to vote. As Catholics, he says bishop Sean O'Malley and the we should not be voting for proMassachusetts bishops. He has choice Catholics. "Catholics visited parishes across the state to should first and foremost vote for encourage the laity to participate those candidates who have fundamental respect for the sanctity in the political scene. In recent interviews, Flynn of life. That is the number one isnoted that Catholics are not vot- sue for Catholic voters." His rally ing. "In Massachusetts alone, . topic will be,."Catholic Voters in . where Catholics make up 48 per- the Public Square." cent of the entire population and In a message from Fall River 53 percent of voters, 39 percent' Bishop George W. Coleman, he did not vote in the 2000 U.S. says, "It is my sincere hope that members of the Church throughpresidential election." The former ambassador's goal out Cape Cod will attend this im- .

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portant rally to hear and consider the responsibilities offaithful citizenship. Only if we are truly informed on the crucial moral issues that are being debated, can we as faithful Catholics exercise and fulfill our political responsibilities in a way that is consistent with our faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior." In her present capacity with MCC, Parker lobbies primarily on the life issues: abortion, euthanasiaand capital punishment, as well as related issues such as cloning, stem-cell research, and contraception. In 1998 she coordinated a statewide initiative for the bishops of Massachusetts entitled "In support of life to educate Catholics in the commonwealth on end-of-life issues and physician-assisted suicide." Her six-part Bos~on Catholic Television series, "Affirm Life," focused on the multiple dimensions of comfort and hope for the dying and the threat of assisted suicide. The mother of five, Parker graduated from Anna Maria College and also earned an MBA from the University of Rhode Island. She hosted a radio program for three years for the Diocese 9fProvidence, R.I., where she previously served

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'Families: whole ~nd holy Mark Boyer wrote a little book, "Home is a Holy Place." For him, home should be a sanctuary where God is alive and active in the ordinary things and events that surround us. He quotes St. Paul, "Do you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God and that,you are not your own?" In this light, he believes that through the Holy Spirit dwelling within you, God enters your home and transforms the ordinary. ' There can be little doubt that our current secular and materialistic social order separates the holy from the ordinary. It consistently proposes that the holy has no place in our daily living. It is best done only in sacred surroundings at the extraordinary moments of our lives. This being a valid evaluation is there no wonder that so many families are fractured and broken? They have failed to realize'that to be holy, a family has to be whole. The inability to achieve this wholeness, this vision of living and life, has shattered many families into dissolution. As a result, we have family courts and state agencies trying to pick up t~e pieces Of fathers, mothers and children. More and more energies are being evolved to seek ways' where holiness can be restored to families. Sad to say, the premise that realities outside the family can be the moving force that will bring families together is at best faulty. It is the internal and personal efforts of each and every family member to seek goals of wholeness that will help them to be holy. The state, cahnot mandate collective holiness. Only the individual in the per- ' son of the father, mother and child can' achieve this goal. This concept is not a mere pious intent of religion. It is one that is being openly espoused by some very strong and powerful media programs. Perhaps the most notable person who is seen daily on television is Phil McGraw, or "Dr. Phil," commonly referred to by program lead. Coast to coast he is attempting to highlight the American need that family is first. In his new book on this subject he offers plans to help families - pathways to mend and heal their brokenness. He also suggests ways for families to strengthen their existing positive priorities. Among the conc;erns which he shares with his, vast audience, there are some that are on the fast track to help the whole wellbeing of families. Too many families have fal~en into die "busy" trap. If they're constantly on the move within the sphere of multilevel activities, many feel that will be the solution to keeping everyone together. This idea is so far from the truth. Families must develop their own habits as a family, creating what Dr. Phil refers to as "personal rituals." For famllies that have even a,token participation in religious practices, this emphasis on "family rituals" can be a powerful incentive in developing a "whole and holy" rhythm to their collective and individual lives. He reflects on other important realities that should be part of family rules and boundaries to develop a family rhythm'. Active communication avoids crisis situations. Meet, things head-on rather that running fror.n them. Teach children values, manners and, respect. Does it sound all too familiar? It should; , The efforts of a Dr. Phil, along with the encouragement offered by Bill Cosby, indicate there is a dire need to repair, restore and renew family life across the face of the land. In these very uncertain times, the only way we will achieve certainty is by zeroing in on family life. In this process may we pray that families will go . about renewing the ordinary of everyday life as holy, that tpey indeed will be whole. ' .




As I watched the bishop of Anchorage fly from one parish to another in the video "The Invisible Church," my desire to be a missionary priest was renewed. "What an exciting way to nlinister," I thought to myself. Then'I wondered, "When flying over those snow fields in the wilderness, what would . The Executive Editor happen if the plane went down?" The video was shown to .bishops of mission dioceses at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill. Their meeting was hosted by the Catholic Extension Society, which helps f\tnd their work. FAURIVER 'Bishop Roger Schwietzof Published weeklY' by' the C~ttOlic Priss of th.e Diocese of Fall River Anchorage was there to answer 887 Highland AIienue P.O. BOX 7 my question. Fall River, MA 02720 Fall River, MA 02722-0007 "We are forever looking for a Telephone 508-675-7151 FAX 508-675-7048 place to make an emergency _ E-mail: landing if the occasion occurs," Send address changes to P.O. Box, call or use E-mail address he told me. This was one ofmany stories EXECUTIVE EDITOR of heroic priests, bishops and lay. Rev. Msgr. John F. Moore leaders, who serve our home EDITOR NEWS EDITOR OFFICE MANAGER missions. The more stories I David B. Jolivet James N. Dunbar Barbara M. Reis , heard, the more I realized that



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路 even though we live in a highly developed nation we must never lose the sense of being missionaries in our own country. But what does this niean? In Vatican Council II's . document 'The Decree on the Missionary Church," we are reminded that as God the Father sent forth his Son, and the Son sent forth the Holy Spirit to minister, so too we are to go forth. God did not stay home but came to live among us so that we could have a fuller life. Vatican II further reminds us that Christ served the poor, the sick and social outcasts in particular. Although he worked 路miracles, his main task was to spread the word that God loves us and that the way we best serve 路God is by loving others through our service. At the Extension meeting, one of the priorities that the bishops most wished to have funded was catechesis. They wanted their people to learn Chrlstian prin~ . ciples that give meaning ~o our struggles, accomplishments, fears, hopes and efforts to improve life.

Deep down, this reflects the virtue of hope. In the United States poverty is devastating, but more devastating is despair and having nothing to look forward to. Take for example a young American Indian who sees some of his finest people plagued by alcoholism or a migrant worker who constantly is taken advantage of. To whom do they tum? What sustains their spirit? The answer is the missionary , spirit witilessed by a bishop, priest, deacon or lay minister that says: "We care about you because God cares about you. Let's become a supportive Christian community that draws on God's strength to overcome. Do not be afraid, God is with us." The fonnation of faith . communities based on God's word is the heart of missionary work. I often wonder how the Church keeps going, given the scandals and the divisions it has experienced. I have to believe that much of what sustains us is the grace that comes from missionary work in our country.

Ready to erupt If by the time you read this, the history. Just like your "curse." Red Sox have been eliminated by So stop being such a bambino the California Angels, or if Mount and get a grip of the fact that the St. Helens has blown her top, Red Sox sold you to New York to then kindly disregard this column. finance a Broadway musical. It II' not, then read on and dream on because even if we're down two games to none right now, this could be the year. I wish I had a dollar for every time I've thought that, or said that, or prayed that, or pleaded that ... you By Dave Jolivet get the picture. But this really could be the year. Why? Because you can't win it, if you're not in worked out great for Y0\:l路 and it it! And we're in it! worked out great for "No, no, Nanette," so let it go. You've , It is so very difficult to make gotten far too much credit for the . the playoffs in Major League Sqx' demise over the years. Baseball, the New York Yankees Besides, the Sox unloaded a and Atlanta Br~ves not withstanding. n pl~i.this year who was much Think about it. This is only the more popular than you were back then. That's right Sultan of Swat, II th time the Sox have been in it's now "No, no, Nomar." How's the playoffs since 1918! That that for an off-Broadway produccomes out to once every eight tion? And for once, it wasn't the years. That being said, the Sox are Sox that got burned on a big deal. In fact, it propelled ~s into not going to go down without a the post season. Your spirit has fight. no hold on this band of free With all due respect to you spirits. And 'get this, the Red Babe Ruth, your charms are Sox have a dynamic duo in wearing down. Most of your Manny Ramirez and David power records have been surOrtiz that can stand up to you passed, and your hardball and gentleman Lou Gehrig. prowess is becoming ancient

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And Red Sox Nation? We're just waiting for a chance to put Mount St. Helens to shame. How nuts are we? I'm sitting here writing this column with an autographed picture of Ted Williams looking over my right shoulder, not to mention the Splendid Splinter bobblehead keeping it company. On my mantel (not Mickey), are a couple of Sox autographe,d baseballs. On my desk is a mini replica of Fenway Park. In front of me are photos of my wife and my nine-year-old at Remdawg's restaurant; myself and my nine-year-old in front of the Green Monster; and the banner for the 1918 Red'Sox hanging on Yawkey Way. On the wall is a 1918 championship pennant. To my right is a Red Sox flag, and just to add the right touch is my set of Curt Schilling stackab1es. And I'm just one fanatic in this lava flow of Bosox maniacs. Yes Babe, the Sox are in the playoffs and there's not a thing you can do about it. Mount St. Helens is rumbling on the west coast, and Red Sox Nation is rumbling on the east. The only question is


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afternoon of music featuring Craig Shadday of the Newport Navy Band on trumpet and David Martin~z, music director of St. Mary's Church, on organ, will be held October 17 at 3 p.m. , at St. Mary's Church in Newport. It is located on the corner of William and Spring streets. MISCELLANEOUS Bishop George W. Coleman will celebrate a Mass of ThanksgIVing on November 7 at 3 p.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral, for' couples observing significant wedding an'niversaries. If you would like to attend'please contact your parish priest as soon as possible.

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Notre Dame and the Klan I didn't quite know what to expect when I picked' political ~titution, sect, people or persons are eligible," up a book titled "Notre Dame vs. the Klan, How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan;' written As Tucker points out, 'The foreign person referred by University of Notre Dame graduate Todd Tucker to was, of course, the pope; the foreign government, and published by Loyola Press. the Vatican. Simmons had codified American antiI long ago had associated Notre Dame primarily Catholicism." with the legendary football coach Knute Rockne. It During World War I, Sirnmons determined to was hard to tune into the possibility that an intriguing "capitalize on the anxiety disguised as patriotism that historical event had pitted Notre Dame students he had sensed growing steadily' across the country." against the notorious hate group known as the Klan. The KKK "simultaneously took advantage of But it was not surpris-' , people's fear and validated it. It was a fear of .-----------ing that the book told of big trouble brought to the sinister foreign conspiracoIlege and its students by tors." the Klan, considering how The next Klan leader, militantly anti-Catholic D,C. Stephenson, this anti-black group escalated the hatred for became. I cheered when I "foreigners," mainly By Antoinette Bosco read the '-'happy ending." Catholics. His words During a "riotous ....---,;""..------L.t.......l~_JJo .. sounded so holy: "Can weekend" in 1924, Notre, . you qame another group Dame students and members of the Ku Klux Klan that is willing to fight for Christian virtue, for ''faced off in a violent confrontation in South Bend, Protestant values, for America as we know it should Ind.," said Tucker when I ipterviewed him. In this be? I joined to fight for Christian virtue, law and long-forgotten confrontation, the students defeated the ' order, pure Americanism." (He spent later years, disgraced as a sex abuser, in prison.) Klan. In short, the Klan felt, says Tucker, that linking' I want to point out that I probably wouldn't be Protestantism and patriotic values was magical. The writing about this book if that were the whole story. I Klan stood for restoring order, justice and a lost way found something more to focus on than that 1924 of life. They stated: ''Catholics can't be good Ameri''face-off.'' I found' that words and beliefs about "Christian values and patriotism" expressed back then cans." Thus, the fight at Notre Dame! are, eerily, being repeated today. Turner told me his overriding concern in writing The KKK was begun in 1866 by six Confederate this book was to tell a good story. He did. I truly was Army veterans, young men in their 20s, profoundly inspired to learn of the work done by Holy Cross bored. They began with elaborate pranks targeting priests and brothers to build this great school of blacks in the South. These "developed quickly into active terrorizing of the area's blacks;' Tucker writes. higher education, despite massive setbacks, both In the decades following, KKK leaders, led by financial and prejudicial. There is also something long-lasting to learn from one-time minister Col. William Simmons, developed this story. Reading this book I was struck once more a code to determine who could join: "Only nativeborn American citizens who believe in the tenets of by how easy it is to employ 'holy-sounding language the Christian religion and owe no allegiance of any to deceive people in any era. We must always be alert to this. degree or nature to any foreign government, nation,

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, , ATTLEBORO - The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette will host Jacqueline M .. Sitte October 23 at 9 a.m. for a program entitled "God is Rich in Mercy." The day will include NEW BEDFORD - The exploration, reconciliation and fourth annual candlelight prohealing. It will conclude' with cession in honor of Our Lady of, the celebration of Mass at 4 p.m. , Fatima will be held October 12 ' at 7 p.m. at Saint Anthony路 of To register call 508-222-5410. Padua Church,' 1359 Acushnet EAST FREETOWN - Em- Avenue. .It will include an outmaus, a cooed weekend retreat door procession, rosary and program for people aged 20-35 Benediction of the Blessed Sac-' who are seeking a deeper rela- rament. For more information tionship' with Christ; will be call 508-993-1691. held November 12-14 at CatheNEW BEDFORD - The dral Camp. A Mass celebrating the Emmaus Program's 30th an- first meeting of the Catholic' niversary iIi the Diocese of Fall Wom~n's Club of New Bedford River will take place at St. John will be held October 13 at the Neumann Church, 157 Middle- Wamsutta Club at 7 p.m. Guest boro Road:Sunday at 6 p.m. All speakers include Dominican, are invited. For more informa- Sister Fay Medina and. students tion call Barbara Hayden at 508- from Bristol Community ColContinuedfrom page one 336-9158. lege who will describe their alternative spring break mission will be illegal." FALL RIVER....,... Mass will experience. For more informa- , "Help us save the babies." Father Stephen A. Fernandes, Several speakers addressed' the , be celebrated October 12 at 7 tion call Ethel Cataldo at 508Qiocesan director of the Pro-Life crowd before the ,walk began, inp.m. at Holy Name Church and 994-8542. Apostolate, was encouraged at the cluding former Boston mayor and a healing service will follow. Confessions will be heard at 6 TAUNTON - St. Jacques number of young people participat- ambassador to the Vatican Raymond Flynn. He encouraged participants p.m. and the rosary'will be re- Church will celebrate its Cen- ing in this year's walk. "~ look around and see the pre- to go out and vote this November cited at 6:30 p.m. Benediction tennial Mass of Thanksgiving of the Blessed Sacrament will Sunday at 10:30 a.m. A banquet ponderance ofyoung people'and that because "you will determine the follow. For information call will follow at the Venus de Milo is very hopeful;' he said. "It's like a course ofthis country's future when 508-674-9877 . in Swansea. For more informa- family picnic. We've got babies in' you vote November 2. Pro-Lifers strollers and grandparents with canes ' have power in our own hands. You tion 508-824-7794. and all ages iri between. It's a great can make il difference." , , FALL RIVER - The fourth Susanna Brennan was next to annual candlelight procession in WEST HARWICH - A joy to see this atmosphere and see honor of Our t,.,ady of Fatima day of prayerand fasting will be that there is a sure future in the Pro- speak and carried a sign that read "I regret my abortion." She spoke about will be held October 12 at 7 p.m. held October 13 beginning at Life movement." Bea Martins, one 'of the chairat St. Anthony of Padua Church. 8:30 'a.m. at Holy Trinity For more information call 508- Church to celebrate the second man for the Greater Fall River Chap, 673-2402. anniversary of the opening of ter of Massachusetts Citizens For Our Lady of Life perpetual ado- Life, helped organize a bus for the MISCELLANEOUS -:- A ration chapel. Mass will be cel- trip and was encouraged by the nurn~ program entitleq "Gospel Cel- ebrated at 9 a.m. and silent holy ber of people that came from Fall ebrations of Prayer and Heal- hours are encouraged in the River and Taunton and said it is ' ing" will be held October 17 at chapel. For more information important to continue and champion noon at the Sturbridge Host call Jane J annell at 508-430- the Pro-Life cause. ',''We need to show a visible sign . Hotel and Conference Center, 0014. that we will fight for the unborn," 366 Main Street, Sturbridge. For more information call 508-791YARMOUTHPORT - Fa- said Martins. "We have to be' the 0610. Father Ralph A. DiOrio ther Roger Landry will lead a voice of those that do not yet have a _ will lead a healing group prayer morning of recollection Satur- .voice.': ' Natalia Arrance. a parishioner of October 26 at noon at the Cal- day beginning with reconciliavary Retreat Center, 59 South tioll at 8:30 a.m. at the Sacred ,St. Stanislaus Parish in Fall River, Street, Shrewsbury. For more Heart Chapel of Saint Francis was participating in her second Bosinformation call 508-791-0610. Xavier Church. It' is themed ton walk. She was joined by her FATHER STEPHEN A. Both events are sponsored by "Praying the Rosary More Fruit- nine-year-old daughter Courtney Fernandes leads walkers from The Apostolate of Divine Mercy fully." Mass will be celebrated and. said she felt it was important to the diocese at the annual and Healing of Worcester. come out and show respect for life: at 9 a.m. It will close with Benediction of the Blessed Sacra- "I'm glad to be here," said Arrance. Walk for Mother's and ChilMISCELLANEOUS - An ment at II :40 a.m. "I hope .someday that it [abortion] dren. (AnchortGordon photo)



the pain she suffered including many years ofdepression because she had an abortion. "Abortion hurts women," said Brennan. "An abortion is the single most devastating event in a woman's life. We were made to be nuriurers of children, not take their lives." , At 2 p.m. the pilgrims walked from Boston Cornmon down Commonwealth Avenue on the 2.5 mile route. The walk itself took just over an,hour and the warm weather kept marchers in good spirits. Some college-aged protesters held signs in opposition near the beginning of the walk, but they were greatly outnumbered by those who support the ProLife movement. For young Billy Cartrette ofHoly Trinity Parish, Fall River, this event was the fIrst Pro-Life event he attended and was glad he went. He thought it was important to be supporting the sanctity of all human life because "I don't believe in abortion. My grandparents instilled the values of respecting life in me." Father Fernandes walked for much of the march near a group of students from Bishop Stang High School and said he was glad that faith compels so many young people to stand up for the Pro-Life cause. "We know about the values of human life frOm its beginnings, but it's our love of God that turns that knowledge into action like this."

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Concerns of poor are at heart of Catholic Charities gathering DENVER (CNS) - The poor were a clear focus of concern at the Catholic Charities USA annual gathering September 23-26 in Denver. "We are mandated by our faith in God to have what we Catholics call a preferential option for the poor, to put a human face - God's face, the face of Jesus Christ - on the face of the poor," theologian Diana Hayes said in her keynote address. Preaching on the Gospel parable of the rich man and Lazarus at the gathering's main Mass, Archbishop Charles 1. Chaput of Denver summarized the message of the Scripture reading bluntly: "Basically it tells us that if we ignore the poor, we're going to go to hell." At a parish social ministry session, Alexie Torres-Fleming told how events 12 years ago at a parish in a poor neighborhood of New York City changed her understanding of the poor. It was 1992 at Holy Family Church, a Franciscan-run parish in the Bronx. Torres-Fleming, founder and executive director of the Bronx-based Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, said drug dealers had retaliated for a parish-sponsored march and prayer rally in front of a known crack den by setting a fire in the church. Disregarding danger to themselves, more than 1,000 peopleincluding grandmothers and grandfathers and young people pushing baby strollers - gathered at the church for a prayer service following the fire and marched through the neighborhood again in a show of mutual support. Torres-Fleming said the sight of so many marchers gave her renewed hope that people living in poverty had the collective ability to show their faith and continue their struggle for a better life. Catholic Charities USA is the national umbrella organization of U.S. diocesan Catholic Charities agencies. About 600 leaders of the diocesan agencies and other Catholic social service organizations from across the country attended this year's gathering, the theme of which was "Reaching New Heights of Faith, Hope, and Charity."

"Ourjob is not only to serve, but to be part ofChrist's mission to liberate," said Thomas A. DeStefano, Catholic Charities USA president. Father J. Bryan Hehir, former president of th~ organization, was presented the 2004 Vision Award. Father Hehir, now social services director of the Boston Archdiocese, started as president of Catholic Charities USA just two days before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States. He was cited for being a "longtime, clear and powerful voice" of the organization's theological foundation. In recognition of her commitment to children, Barbara O'Connell of Colorado Springs was presented with the organization's 2004 Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Award. Over the past 22' years, O'Connell has been a foster mother to more than 120 new-born infants, many with special health-care needs. The infants remain with O'Connell while Catholic Charities finds an adoptive home. Hayes, professor of systematic theology at Georgetown University, delivered the opening keynote address, taking her theme from the song, ''The Lord Hears the Cries of the Poor," based on Psalm 34. She said many Americans are only a paycheck or two, or perhaps an injury or serious ilrness, away from joining the ranks of the poor. She also noted that 45 million Americans lack basic health insurance while the number of children in poverty has risen to almost 13 million: . ''There is something very wrong in a country that claims to be number one, yet has a higher infant mortality rate than some so-called Third World countries, that has more hungry, more homeless and more abandoned citizens than many of the other First World countries with which we usually compare ourselves," she said. ''To answer Cain's question to God, 'Yes, weareourbrothers'and our sisters' keepers.' For to be Christian means to listen to and hear the cry of the poor and then to act on their behalf, treating them with respect and compassion," she said.

PICTURED IS a panoramic view of Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver during a recent sunset Mass, a highlight of Catholic Charities USA's national conference held in downtown Denver September 23-26. (CNS photo by Robert Linn, Denver Catholic Register)








YVONNE FLORCZAK-SEEMAN assists her children with their homework at their home in Westmont, III. Florczak-Seeman has found forgiveness"and compassion through Project Rachel; a post-abortion ministry ~hich marks its 20th anniversary this year. (CNS photo by Karen Callaway, Northwest Indiana Catholic)

Woman who had five abortions says Project Rachel saved her MILWAUKEE- (CNS) But Florczak-Seeman discovWhen she was 20, at a time when ered Project Rachel and forgivemost young people are on the cusp ness. She had tried other forms of of life, Yvonne Florczak-Seeman therapy, but nothing seemed to free wanted nothing more than to end her until she came to the program. her life. "Project Rachel relies on the forThat was until she found out giveness from up above," said about Project Rachel, founded in Florczak-Seeman, who is now marMilwaukee in 1984 by Vicki Thorn ried and the mother of two young to offer post-abortion reconciliation sons and a daughter. and healing. When Thorn decided to start her Florczak-Seeman was in her post-abortion ministry, there were second trimester of pregnancy and not many experts on what women had decided to have an abortion; it suffered following an abortion. Thorn, a member of St. would be her fifth abortion since her 16th birthday. Catherine Parish in Milwaukee, ~'To me they were just fetuses," originally saw Project Rachel only she said. "I was in total denial. I as an archdiocesan project. But it knew the routine, (I) lined up on a has branched out into more than bench with another 20 women, and 160 dioceses across the United waited for my number to be called." States and several countries. But having an abortion in her "I'm in awe of it," Thorn said. second trimester was more difficult, ''Twenty years later, and I'm still the vacuum louder and larger to ac- in awe. There is now a multitude commodate the more complicated of women who are free to walk, procedure. smile and laugh again. God has re"The pain was unbelievable," stored a mother's heart to them." she told the Catholic Herald, newsThorn was inspired to create paper of the Milwaukee Archdio- Project Rachel after helping a friend cese. ''This time I knew something who had given a baby up for adopwasn't right. I left the clinic and tion and aborted a second child. It swore I had survived the inconceiv- was through this friend's pain that able. I swore I'd never go to an- Thorn saw the need for ministry. other clinic." "She just kept telling me, 'I can Three days later, she said, she live with the adoption. I can't live started hemorrhaging, had to be ad- with the abortion,'" said Thorn. mitted to the emergency room and "After the abortion, the life of a was told she needed a sUrgical pro- woman unfolds, and the wounds cedure. ''The abortion had not re- remain to be very deep." moved the entire baby," she said. "It In 1990, Thorn founded the Nawas the first time, that procedure, tional Office ofPost-Abortion Recthat they said the fetus was a baby." onciliation and Healing to centralFlorczak-Seeman said her fifth ize the ministries rising up across abortion, when it was finally ac- the country. Today the center reknowledged she was carrying a ceives 300 to 400 calls a month baby, began for her "a lifetime of from across the world. unanswered questions as far as Thorn said she believes Project choice was concerned." Rachel gives women the strength She added, ''Choice was exposed to speak out about their experifor what it is, giving the woman the ences, in hopes of healing themright to end the life of her child. selves and helping others who may Having ended five lives, Iconcluded be in the same position. that I didn't deserve my own." She has found that as a result of



Project Rachel, a huge campaign has erupted from those who have been hurt by abortion. Silence is no longer an option. ''Those hurt by abortion can be the greatest defenders of life," said Thorn. "We come from different walks of life, but all of our lives were ruined because of abortion," said Florczak-Seeman, today a resident ofWestrnont, Ill. In 1999 she founded Love From Above, a program that assists women who are dealing with postabortive concerns or are contemplating abortion by providing them spiritual guidance, counseling alternatives and employmentopportunities. ''The truth needs to be spoken. Our voices need to ring out across the nation," said Florczak-Seeman. ''The truth will only come from those who have been hurt. We know whether or not it's a baby. No <;me can take that away from us. No one can silence that." Today, Project Rachel links women and others affected by abortion to the help they need, existing as a network of caregivers. Father Ralph Gross, pastor ofSt. Margaret Mary Parish in Milwaukee, has counseled women with Project Rachel since the late 1980s. Since the moment he heard Thorn tell of the terrible aftermath abortion can cause, he dedicated himself to helping these women heal. 'The heart ofChrist is very big," said Father Gross. "He would never want someone to continue to be separated from a relationship with him. "I know abortion is so very wrong. At the same time, we must look at the life of the individual woman who had an abortion," he said. "She must be of concern to us. The Church really needs to become more warm, compassionate and caring to these women."

Friday, October 8, 2004


Church should work to reduce society's drug problems

FATHER TOM Alber poses with his vegetable oil-fueled car in Jefferson City, Mo. After Father Alber accepted a new assignment requiring him to travel 200 miles on weekends and spend a lot on gas, the priest purchased a 1978 diesel car that he adapted to handle vegetable oil as fuel. (CNS photo by Mark Saucier, Catholic Missourian)

Forget cooking; priest uses vegetable oil as car fuel By MARK SAUCIER CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ing Joshua Tickell's book "From the Fryer to the Tank," he was JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. convinced he could reconfigure a car to run on waste vegetable oil. What's silver, goes 70 mph and smells like a Fry Daddy in Lent? He even talked his brother Otto, In Jefferson City, it could be an engineer, into helping him with Father Tom Alber's car. the project. Just as gas prices started goThe priest did a lot of research ing through the roof, Father Alber and then bought a 1978 car "with accepted a new assignment reonly 384,000 miles" and a diesel quiring extensive travel. Covering engine that seemed to suit his for sick or vacationing priests and needs. For fuel, he was given 250 galcelebrating Spanish-language Masses in far-flung parishes lons of vegetable oil from Father meant he was driving, on Joe Hoi after a parish fish average, about 200 miles fry in Owensville. Father Alber set up a fileach weekend. By the time he finished reading tering system that cleans the "Add the meetings ... and a trip home once in a while Joshua Tickel/'s book "From the oil to the same level that is and I was spending $200 a Fryer to the Tank," he was convinced standard at the pump. He month on gasoline," said the he could reconfigure a car to run on also built a special adapter kit for the oil and placed a priest, who is in residence waste vegetable oil. at Immaculate Conception second 25-gallon tank in the car. , Parish in Jefferson City. The greater challenge The cost and his own curiosity led him to investigate af- cess of adding a mixture of wood was the fuel temperature. Because fordable alternative fuels. Before alcohol and lye - sodium of its thickness, vegetable oil must long, he was looking into the re- methoxide - to the vegetable oil, be heated to about 170 degrees newable resource technology of- what remains is biodiesel. It can before it enters the combustion fered by the diesel engine. be used undiluted or mixed with process. After experiencing flow When Rudolf Diesel began conventional diesel fuel in any problems with compacted hoses, working on a new engine in the . ratio without adversely affecting he began using a 12-volt heated oil filter. late 1890s, he envisioned some- the power of the engine. Right now he wants to make thing that could be powered by Father Alber's initial interest in an array of fuels. "His prototype biodiesel was cut short because, his car's use of vegetable oil more could be fed coal dust suspended as he said, he "didn't think it efficient and practical. Recently, in water, heavy mineral oil and would be such a great idea to run he went on a weekend jaunt that vegetable oil," Father Alber told an experiment involving fuel and took him more than 600 miles to The Catholic Missourian, news- chemical agents in a room under- Kahoka, Cedar Rapids and Milan before returning to Jefferson City. paper of the Diocese of Jefferson neath our church." With the additional tanks in the City. But he soon found out that he When Diesel started up his didn't have to manufacture trunk, he still would have had enough fuel left to fry some engine at the World's Fair in Paris biodiesel to get a cheaper fuel. in 1900, he had it running on 100 By the time he finished read- chicken and hush puppies. percent peanut oil. After Diesel's death in 1913, his engine was soon running exclusively on the cheap and abundant petroleumbased diesel. However, the basic design of his engine was never extensively altered and today's diesel motor requires little more than a timing change to run on biodiesel, a fuel made from vegetable oil. About 20 percent of vegetable oil is glycerin. When the glycerin is removed through a simple pro-

"Tragically, in some commuNEW YORK (CNS) - During a conference on substance nities drug abuse spans generaabuse, religion and spirituality, tions of families and is considered Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan normal behavior. For some, it has of Santa Fe, N.M., stressed that become an economic mainstay the Church can take an active role and accepted way of life." In his pastoral letter on the isin the prevention and treatment of sue, titled "From Despair to drug and alcohol abuse. "The Church seeks to be a sign Hope," the archbishop drew up an of hope: to serve, to reach out, to action plan for his archdiocese to help rebuild lives and to support begin to examine and address individuals and families in their substance abuse. He said the plan fight against drug and alcohol ad- is backed financially through diction," he said during a Septem- archdiocesan funds and special ber 22 conference in New York, collections that provide grants to sponsored by the National Center parishes with programs that adon Addiction and Substance dress drug and alcohol abuse. The Santa Fe Archdiocese's Abuse at Columbia University. Archbishop Sheehan, one of action plan, which he outlined in the keynote speakers, told partici- his keynote speech, stresses that pants that he became involved in families should do things together the issue of substance abuse"sev- . and that parents need to know eral years ago after leading a what is going on in their Good Friday pilgrimage that children's schools. It also urges passed a crime scene of a young parishes to provide youth activiman and woman who had been ties and professional counseling and support and said they should killed by someone on drugs. The young couple had been on open their facilities to groups like their way to a Catholic shrine Alcoholics Anonymous. The plan also urges individunorth of Santa Fe for Good Frials to do something about addicday services. "These senseless killings on tion. If they personally abuse drugs Good Friday moved me to real- and/or alcohol they should stop ize how terrible the substance doing so and seek help. People abuse problem was," the arch- should reach out to the addicted, advocate for better resources on bishop said. In 200 I, he decided he would abuse in their own neighborhood write a pastoral letter on the local and "frequent the sacraments." It also emphasizes that the Santa problem of drug abuse. To learn more about the problem, he had a Fe Archdiocese would continue its task force set up four public hear- task force on drug abuse and would ings on the issue where he lis- provide substance abuse education tened to about 90 people talk and support through Catholic about the impact of drug abuse Charities agencies. The archdiocese also works and possible solutions to what is with other church and community a widespread problem. "These testimonies and many groups to advocate for necessary others that I heard confirmed resources for drug prevention and studies indicating that New Mexi- treatment and encourages parcans were using illicit drugs at an ishes to work with neighborhood alarming rate and this was caus- organizations to promote safe ing terrible harm to the physical communities free from drug dealand mental health of individuals ers and gangs. Archbishop Sheehan said the and their families," he said. The archbishop added that lo- work that has started within his cal "priests and deacons have bur- archdiocese has not done away ied far too many young people with the problem of substance who are victims of this terrible abuse, just as professional counscourge" and that drug and alco- seling efforts have not eradicated hol abuse is often a "doorway to drug and alcohol problems, but domestic violence, broken fami- "we can and are making a difference," he said. lies, poverty and prison."









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NEW YORK - '~Postcards from Buster" is a new half-hour educational children's series from WGBH that weaves animation and live action to explore cultural diversity. It airs weekdays, starting Monday, October 11, on PBS (check local listings). · Created by Marc Brown, "Post· cards" is a spinoff of the popular "Arthur",book and PBS television series (also created by Brown). It follows the travels ofArthur's best friend Busier Baxter (voiced by Daniel Brochu), an' inquisitive, UFO-obsessed bunny winging his way across the country with his father (voiced by Marcel Jeannin;), who is piloting a furry rock band on its North American concert tour. Each episode is a different stop on the tour, with the various cities and small towns providing ample opportunity for Buster to explore diverse cultures and communities. As he hops from place to place, he makes sure to keep a videojour· nal of his adventures to send narrated video "postcards" back home to Arthur..His camcorder provides a seamless transition from the.series' cartoon. world to the real . . world, as each travelogue entry , consists of live-action footage of real people interacting with Buster. In the ftrst episode, "Meet Me at the Fair," Buster experiences life on a farm 'in Knox, Ind., where he gets to ride a tractor, do barnyard chores and watch a prize-winning pig ham it·up at a country fair. In the,second episod~ "A Sense

of Direction" (airing Tuesday, October 12), while atop the Sears tower in Chicago, he befriends a young Muslim girl; who serves as his tour guide around the Windy City, introducing him to its thriving 'Pakistani community, including an inside vie~ of her Muslim parochial school and mosque. 'Future destinations include Boston; San Francisco, Nashville, San Antonio, Miami and New Orleans,' as well, as pit stops in Canada and Mexico. Following in the instructional footsteps of past PBS Kids' series ("Mr; Roger's Neighborhood" and "Sesame Street" to name but two), "Postcards from Buster" combines lJC9\lC,l!tion and entertainment in a whimsieal way~which encourages multicultural awareness and respect. The series' travelogue format combined with Buster's natural curiosity offers the perfect vehicle for young viewers to survey regionallifestyles, as well as to learn about the customs and traditions of different ethnic~d religious" groups which m<Jke up America's pluralistic melting pot. ' . Though each episode imparts a breezy message. about friendship and tolerance, the' story lines are rather slim, but the series should prove.engagingenough for its tar;geted four-eight agf;range:. In 'conjunction with its new multimedia."PBS Kids Go" campaign, PBS is also launchin:g a Websiteto .complement the·series at http:// It features interactive games and additional resources for parents and teachers. tions, ,as well as some crude language and humor. The USCCB Office' for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG - parental guidance suggested.

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Fluffy and formulaic romantic comedy about a presidential daughter (Katie Holmes) trying to fit in when she goes away to college, whose attempts at a "normal" student life are complicated by a knotty campus romance .. Though targeting 'tweeners, this lightweight love story, directed by Forest Whitaker, contains some behavior inappropriate for a PGrated movie. Underaged drinking and implied sexual situa-

"The Forgotten" (Revolution Studios) Absorbing, if not quite topdrawer, thriller about a mother (Julianne Moore) grieving for, the son killed in a plane crash, who is told that the boy never existed in the first place, prompting her to join forces with a retired hockey player (Dominic West), whose daughter allegedly perished with her son, and solve the mystery. Good performances, some genuine chills and tight - if formulaic - dire'ction by Joseph Ruben in the Shyamalan mode. Some rough language and profanity, and a few intensely jolting moments. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III - adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 - parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

A FISH named Oscar and a shark named lenny become unlikely best friends in the animated movie "Shark Tale." (eNS photo from DreamWorks)

eNS movie review NEW YORK (CNS) - A little fish's big fib lands him in an ocean of hot water in the eye-filling but otherwise underwhelming deep-sea · comedy "Shark Tale" (Dreamworks). . Combining cutting-edge computer animation with an ensemble of all-star voices, directors Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron and Rob Letterman are keeping their ftns. · crossed that their ftsh fable will reel in the same box-office success as Pixar's "FindingNemo."'Yet 'Yhile · both ftlms take place in sparkling l¥}uatic settings, the similarities stop there. In terms of story ~~. ch~cters, "Shark Tale" isafew fathoms -JJeI~w"Nemo." . ' '. '. . , . ~'Shark Tale'~centers on.Oscar (voiced by WI11Smith), ajive-talking small-fry ftsh with big dreams · and an even bigger mouth, living · in the Southside Reef, where he works scrubbing tongues at the 10cal Whale Wash. But when he takes undeserved credit for slaying Frankie (voiced by Michael Imperioli), one of the great white sharks menacing the coral community, Oscar becomes an instant celebrity. His "valor" earns him the title "Shark Slayer" and gains him entree to the good life at the top of the reef. His newfound fame also attracts the amorous attention of an opportunistic fin fatale named Lola (voiced by Angelina Jolie). But when word gets back to Frankie's dad, Don Lino (voiced by Robert DeNiro) - the godfather of the undersea underworld - Oscar suddenly finds himself up to his gills in trouble. His only hope is to strike an unlikely alliance with Lenny (voiced by Jack Black), Don Lino's sensitive other son - currently out of favor for being a vegetarian - who has neither the chops, nor the stomach, for the family business. While lacking the sharpness and heart of "Finding Nemo" (or for that matter Dreamworks' own "Shrek" movies), "Shark Tale" is, nevertheless, a delight for the eyes. The vibrant underwater environments are more fanciful than the naturalistic seascapes of the Pixar film. The Southside Reefresembles a fish-friendly version ofNew York City, with a central hub modeled


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after Tunes Square, including a giant screen flashing headline news stories by a reporter called Katie Current (voicedby real NBC's ''Today Show" anchor Katie Couric). . ... It is amazing how well the animators have managed to match the charaCters' personalities and mannerisms with those of the actors. This is especially true for Martin. Scorsese,. who provides staccato speech to Sykes, Oscar's puffer fish boss; drawn with Scorsese's bushy eyebrows. Rounding out the sea of voices are ReneeZell~eger as a sweet-na. tm"C9,W1g~IJ:!~Dlh9.9I<eq 9~ 9s~aI'(or aU t1ie'righfreasons',aiid Doug 'E. 'b,bug'aii<t Ziggy MID-ley as pair 'ofRastafarianjellYfi,sh wh9 provide some stingingly funny moments. ,Peter Falk even lends his larynx as Don Ira Fienberg, a Mafioso tiger shark who wants to see Oscar "sleeping with" the geftIte ,ftsh. What is missing, however, is one of those lovable, scene-stealing characters who win the audience over, as Eddie Murphy's Donkey and Ellen DeGeneres" Dory did in "Shrek" and "Finding Nemo," respectively. As in the "Shrek"ftlms, "Shark


Tale" is swimming with clever popculture references, including product placementsfor ''fishified'' brand names like "Coral Cola," "Old Wavy" clothing and "Kelpy Kreme" doughnuts humorouslyat times shamelessly - embedded into the scenes. In spite of its "Jaws"-junior setting, "Shark Tale" really owes much ofits inspiration to mob mov, ies like "The Godfather" and "GoodfellliS" and HBO's ''The Sopranos," which it delights in spoofing. Some viewers may feel that by identifying the gangsters with Italians, the film reinforces, however unintention3.J.iy, negative ethnic stereotypes. Also fishy are lines like ''May his stinking, maggot-covered corpse rot in the fiery depths of hell," which, despite the movie's message of tolerance, may send parents scrambling to find "Nemo." Due to that instance of violently descriptive dialogue and some mildly crude language and humor, the USCCB Offtce for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II - adults and adolescents. The Motion PicttireAssociation ofAmerica rating is PO - parental guidance suggested.

BBC withdraws'Popetown' toon LONDON (CNS) - A controversial cartoon program that lampooned the papacy has been canceled by the British Broadcasting Corp. following months of protests by British Catholics. The BBC announced last week that it would not broadcast the cartoon series "Popetown." The show was said to feature the pope as a childish retiree whose every fickle whim must be indulged. Thousands of Catholics had written the BBC in protest. In announcing the decision to cancel the show, Stuart Murphy, controller of BBC Three, said, "There is a ftne judgment line in comedy between scurrilously funny and the offensive. . "I knew when we developed the series that there was risk involved, but unfortunately, once we saw the ftnished series, it became clear that the program fell on the wrong side of that line," he said. Murphy said the comic impact

of "Popetown" did "not outweigh the potential offense it will cause." He said shelving the 10 episodes of "Popetown" had been an "extremely difficult and complex" decision to make. Cardinal Cormac MurphyO'Connor of Westminster, president of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, said in a recent statement that he was "very happy they have heeded my wishes and the concerns of Roman Catholics." Bishop Crispian Hollis of Portsmouth, England, chairman of the bishops' strategic communications committee, said the program would have offended "the Catholic community who hold the person of the Holy Father in the highest regard and affection." "Any attempt to belittle or diminish the pope's status as the leader of the Catholic Church is totally unacceptable, and not only to Catholics," he said.


Friday, Octob$r 8, 2004

Catholics taking personal attacks over politics, says archbishop

FIREWORKS EXPLODE over the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington recently. The display, part of the celebrations surrounding a eucharistic congress, was donated by Zambelli Fireworks International in honor of the company's former owner, George Zambelli Sr., who died last December at age 79. (CNS photo by Nancy Wiechec)

Speakers tell how two saintly lives were shaped by love for Eucharist By LYNNEA PRUZINSKY MUMOLA CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON - The lives of both Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Vietnamese Cardinal Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan were shaped by devotion to the Eucharist, two speakers recalled at a recent eucharistic congress in Washington. In separate presentations, Sister Nirrnala Joshi, superior of the Missionaries of Charity, and Elizabeth Nguyen, Cardinal Thuan's youngest sister, described the central role' of the Eucharist in the lives of the two courageous religious leaders. The two-day eucharistic congress - with the theme, "Heaven Unites With Earth" - was sponsored by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception' and The Catholic University of America. In her presentation, Sister Nirmala spoke of Mother Teresa, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity and a candidate for canonization. "Our mother (said), 'The closer we understand the living bread, the (more) fervent will be our adoration,''' Sister Nirmala recalled, adding that Mother Teresa had "boundless confidence in the power of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament." The foundress' faith in the Eucharist began at the age of five when she received her first Communion, Sister Nir.mala added. "Daily eucharistic sacrifice and adoration were her very life," she said. Mother Teresa's love of'the Eucharist became her legacy to the congregation she founded, she said. "All our works of love among the poorest of the poor are the prolongation of the eucharistic sacrifice we have offered," Sister

Nirrnala said. "In the eucharistic sacrifice, we bring the sufferings of all our brothers and sisters who live in poverty and hunger, in pain and darkness to unite with the sufferings of Jesus on the cross." For Cardinal Thuan, the Eucharist was sustenance through 13 years of imprisonment by Vietnam's communist authorities. With smuggled bread and wine, the Vietnamese archbishop brought Jesus to his fellow prisoners and converted his guards, recalled his youngest sister, Elizabeth Thu-Hong Nguyen. In her workshop to 800 participants, Nguyen noted how her brother helped remind their family that during the upheaval in Vietnam, even as they lost their home, jobs and roots in their native land, God's love remained. "While we appeared to lose everything, we still held the greatest treasure ever given to us unconditionally - the treasure of Jesus in the Eucharist," Nguyen said. Her brother, ordained a priest in 1953 and made a bishop in 1967, never lost sight of the Blessed Sacrament, even secretly saying daily Mass in prison. Cardinal Thuan was arrested in 1974 a few months after being named archbishop of Saigon. He spent 13 years in prison, including nine years in solitary confinement and several more years under house arrest. He was eventually expelled from the country and in 1991 went to Rome, where he worked until his death in 2002. Nguyen said her brother kriew the importance of the Eucharist early in life when, as a young altar boy, he volunteered to assist a priest in bringing the'sacrament to his aunt who was suffering from tuberculosis. Just as her parents feared, their son did develop the disease and spent years in the hospital recovering.

Later, as a newly ordained priest, Cardinal Thuan took chaplain assignments at prisons, prison camps and hospitals, which would prepare him for his own imprisonment. According to ' Nguyen, his greatest strength came from the Eucharist, for without it, he wrote, "we cannot live God's life." About 3,000 people attended the congress' closing M!lsS September 25, at which Washington Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick said the Church's treasure "is Jesus Christ in the Eucharist living among us and never forgetting us."

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) Kralis has "a narrow view of our The "fusillade of personal at- faith." tacks" in the current presidential Kralis told Catholic News campaign is infecting the debate Service that she sent the E-mail over issues among Catholics, said to a private group of people Archbishop Harry 1. Flynn of St. who understood that she was Paul-Minneapolis. referring to information about "One wonders why the Chris- the archbishop's stand on tian values of charity toward one whether Catholic politicians another and the American value who support keeping abortion of fair play have been aban- legal should be allowed to redoned," he wrote in a recent col- ceive Communion. umn in The Catholic Spirit, his Kralis criticized Archbishop archdiocesan newspaper. Flynn in a column that appeared "This uncharitable, biased and September 16 on the Website of reckless substitute for what for- Renew America, an organization -merly was fair-minded commen- that supports the views of Alan tary and fact-based dialogue has Keyes, a Catholic and the Repubfound its venomous way into our lican candidate for the U.S. SenCatholic family," he wrote. ate from Illinois. The same colArchbishqp Flynn specifically umn also appeared in The Wancriticized Barbara Kralis, who .derer. writes for The 'Wande1'et?rrin in- â&#x20AC;˘ Referring to an earlier coldependent national Catholic umn by the archbishop, Kralis weekly newspaper based in St. said he would allow Catholic Paul, and who posts columns on politicians favoring keeping abortion,legal to receive Comvarious Websites. She had previously criticized munion. She said that in her unthe archbishop, saying he has left derstanding of Church teaching the door open to giving Commun- such politicians should be deion to Catholic politicians who nied Communion and that the bishop is responsible for seeing, favor keeping abortion legal. Archbishop Flynn wrote that that this is carried out. Archbishop Flynn said in his Kralis recently circulated an Email asking people if they had a column that the Eucharist "should ''file'' or any "scuttlebutt" about not be an occasion for political him for an article she was prepar- scrutinizing and judgments." A bishop's role is to assist ing. Church authorities are legiti- Catholics in making choices mately subject to "fair and bal- based on Church teachings, he anced evaluations of our actions" said. Regarding the reception of the by journalists, he wrote. "Such editorial examinations and con- Eucharist, the archbishop said the clusions ought not, however, be responsibility for deciding determined by 'scuttlebuW or pre- whether to do so rests with politicians after an examination of conceived biases." Archbisbop Flynn wrote that conscience.

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Bishop Dupre indicted on child rape charges but won't be prosecuted gee in the Springfield area. Attorney Roderick MacI:.eish, SPRINGFIELD - In what he who represents the bishop's acacknowledged was "a very un- cusers, also told reporters earlier usual situation." Hampden this yea-r that the bishop had a County District Attorney William sexual relationship with the other Bennett indicted retired Bishop alleged victim when the man 'was Thomas L. Dupre of Springfield between 15 and.20 years old. ' However, Bennett stated at a, on two Charges of child rape, then quickly decided not to prosecute press conference that, upon investhe bishop. tigation by his office, he found no Bishop Dupre was the first evidence that "(Bishop) Dupre U.S. bishop to be indicted on personally aestroyed or illeg'ally criminal charges of sexually abus- concealed evidence of sexual mising a minor, although three oth- conduct by other Church offiers have admitted such abuse and 'cials." resigned because of it since 1993. Flatly c?ntradictin!? assert~?ns Indictments unsealed from a by others m the days followmg HAITIANS CARRY goods as they walk along a ,flooded road outside of Gonai~es, Haiti, Hampden County, whjyh w~[e <)i:le?Yj§B?P'S ~e~!gnati?n, ~ennett handed up by a grand JUry Sep- addeo, Our InvestIgatIOn re- recently. U.N. peacekeepers beefed up security in Gonaives after desperate hur~l~ane surtember 24 and unsealed Septem- vealed no evidence that any offi- vivors fought each other to get at emergency food supplies. More than 1,600 Haitians have ber 27, charged the bishop with, cials of the diocese were aw~e died in floods caused by Tropical Storm Jeanne. (eNS photo from Reuters) the "statutory rape of two boys at of these allegations of sexuallllisdiverse times commencing in' or conduct by (Bishop) Dupre until about 1976 and 1979 and prior to these matters became public and their 16th birthdays, that is, in that therefore there Wl!S no evi1979 or 1980." dence of any collaboration, conCiting health reasons, Bishop spiracy or joint ,venture by Dupre'retired as head of the (Bishop) Dupre and members of Springfield diocese February 11. the Church to keep these matters By CAROL GLATZ . ficials assess further needs. swept across the Caribbean in , CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE ' Shortly after the announcement quiet." , Catholic Relief Services, the more than a decade. that Pope John Paul II had ac"' He said he would give the reVATICAN CITY - Pope U.S. bishops' international relief Haiti has been especially hard cepted the bishop's resignation, suIts of his investigation to pros- John Paul II dedicated $100,000 and development agency, has pro- hit this year; in May, floods killed The Republican daily newspaper ecutors in New Hampshire, New to fund relief efforts in flood- vided $500,000 to purchase food more than 1,000 people and dereported that he had been accused York and Canada, whe~e t~e stricken Haiti. and health and hygiene supplies, stroyed many towns and villages. of sexual misconduct by two men. bishop allegedly abused hIS VIC- - Through the Vatican's charity said Sheyla Biamby, CRS spokes- Haiti is the poorest country in the Within hours of the grand tims. arm, "Cor Unum," the pope ear- woman in Haiti. ,. Western Hemisphere; 80 percent jury's unsealing of its indictment, Benneh said he had no indica- marked the money to help Caritas Biamby told Catholic News of the nation's people live below Bishop Dupre's attorney, Michael tion yetof whether other jurisdic- Haiti purchase drinking water, Service in a telephone interview the poverty line. Jennings, entered a plea of not, tions or federal au,thorities might food and medicine after the string that security was a major issue in "Hurricane Ivan did great damguilty with the court. Then I decide to prosecute the bishop. of powerful tropical storms and Gonaives, with aid trucks being age in my Diocese of PensacolaJennings, who had known about Reacting to the legal develop- hurricanes that recently hit the looted before reaching the poor. Tallahassee, as in other parts of the substance of the indictment ments, Springfield Bishop Timo- Caribbean. Water and hunger also were is- this country, but nothing can comfor some time before it was made thy A. McDonnell said, "Now, The pope's gift was anno~nced sues as a result of the lack of se- pare to the devastation and loss public, immediately asserted the more than ever, we need to be a after Caritas Internationalis curity and poor condition of the of life suffered by the people 'of people of faith; now, during these launched a major appeal for fund- roads. Most of Gonaives restatute of limitations defense. Gonaives," Florida Bishop John The statute of limitations for difficult" and challenging times, ing relief efforts in Haiti. mained under three feet of water, H. Ricard said in a letter to Archrape of a child in Massachusetts we need,turn to our God. Caritas is,seeking $900,000 in she said. . bishop Hubert Constant of Cap "Our.thoughts and prayers are . funding and donations to provide. has changed from six to 15 years About 1,000 Haitians fled to the Haitien, president of the Haitian after the victim's 16th birthday.' with all those involved. We join supplies to tens of thousands of cathedral in Gonaives, 400 to the bishops' conference. Bennett said that even 'with the' them in hoping for healing and people left homeless by Tropical home of Bishop Yves-Marie Pean Bishop Ricard noted that while longer reporting period, the some measure of peace." of Gonaives and another 300 to the aid agencies such as Caritas and Storm Jeanne. , bishop's accusers had come to The day of his' sudden retireMudslides triggered by heavy Caritas compound in Dolan, out- the U.S. bishops' Catholic Relief authorities well beyond the period ment, Bishop Dupre entered St. '. flooding killed more than 1,600 side Gonaives, she said. Services have moved quickly in allo\\ied by law. Luke Institute.' a psychiatric treat- people and injured 100,000 more Though not as powerful as responding to the Haitian disasThe indictment was consistent ment facility in Silver Spring, ,in Haiti after the storm hit the is- other hurricanes and tropical ter, more aid was needed. _with earlier accusatio~s brought Md., that specializes in substance storms this year, Jeanne has been land in mid-September. "We call on our government to to the media and Church investi- abuse, sexual and other behavAt least another 1,000 people the deadliest and is considered to go well beyond the limited aid gatorsalleging that then-Father ioraJ proble~s of clergy and reli- are reportedly still missing and be the worst tropical storm to have thus far announced," he said. -" , . Dupre abused a 12-year-old refu- gious. feared dead. ' By FATHER BILL POMERLEAU CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope gives $100,000 toward relief efforts in flood-stricken Haiti


"The hardest-hit region is the city of Gonaives and the surrounding-area. The damage was NEW YORK (CNS) - In a about 2~200 'including family, catastrophic for residents, all of ' ceremony marked by ancient friends and parishioners of the whose homes and buildings were ritual, contemporary prayers and new bishops. flooded, some beyond repair," the Bishop Walsh has been the Caritas appeal said. greetings in three languages, two , The U.N. World Food Program priests of the New York Archdio- pastor of St. Elizabetl1's Parish in,. cese were ordained auxiliary bish- Washington Heights' for six years, estimated some 175,000 people in ops at St. Patrick's Cathedral. served for two years as secretary Haiti have been left without food, Auxiliary Bishops Gerald T. to the"late Cardinal Joh~ J. water and electricity. Walsh and Dennis J. Sullivan" 'O'Connor and was director of Caritas said the emergency both known for their work among Catholic Charities' Department of funding wo~ld supply kitchen the poor and immigrants, received Family and Children's Services. utensils, sleeping bags, tents, standing ovations before and af- Bishop Sullivan has been pastor medicine, chlorine and clean ter the rite of ordination Septem- , . of SS. John anli Paul Parish in drinking water to 2,000 families ber 21. Cardinal Edward M. Egan Larchmont for a year and previ- in three different ¢Its of Haiti. of New York ordained them and ously was pastor of St. Teresa's A Caritas emergency rewas the celebrant and homilist at Parish on Manhattan's Lower sponse'team also has been disTWO GIRLS wait in line for food and water in Gonaives, a Mass ,before a congregation of East Side for 21 years. patched to help local Caritas of- Haiti. (eNS photo from Reuters) -

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work of so many persons who rosary will call to mind the faithserved on the various sub-com- filled history of the diocese and mittees," Father Harrison noted. ask God for his continued blessThe Centennial Rosary Cel- ings on all that is done in this loebration will take place outside on cal Church. the grounds of the Shrine under a At the beginning of the fifth massive tent with seating for more mystery the Blessed Sacrament than 3,000 persons. will be brought to the altar in proAn area will be reserved inside cession to inaugurate the diocesan the tent for the handicapped and . observance of the Year of the the celebration will be signed for Eucharist recently announced by Pope John Paul II. the hearing impaired. Father Harrison reported that Upon completion of the rosary, some parishes have hired buses to Bishop Coleman will offer a retransport parishioners to the flection and then lead the BeneShrine. diction service. Among those expected to parMusic leaders Mark Girardin ticipate, according to Father of St. Pius X Parish, South Harrison, are the diocese's two Yarmouth, and Eric Carreiro of surviving former bishops, Arch- Our Lady of Mount Carmel, bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Seekonk, anticipate that the choir Cap., now of Boston, and retired assembled for the day from parHartford Archbishop Daniel A. ish music ministries throughout Cronin. the diocese will include approxiThe five Luminous Mysteries mately 100 singers. will be prayed in different lan"We've planned the musical guages to echo the rich ethnic elements to reflect the diversity makeup of the diocesan commu- and ethnicity of the music heard nity. The meditations and inten- in the diocese, and we've tried to tions offered in the context of the choose songs that are well-known


so choir members and congregants will be familiar with them," Girardin said. The celebration will feature choir-led traditional and conte'm, porary hymns, instrumentalists, meditational pieces, songs in Portuguese and Spanish, and a med. ley of Marian hymns. David and Kathy Harum, parishioners of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Attleboro, will serve as masters of ceremonies during the celebration. High school students from parish religious education programs and di: ocesan schools will be ushers. The celebration is expected to conclude at approximately 4 p.m., and participants will leave with a special souvenir being prepared for the event. For this year only, this Rosary Gelebration will take the place of the annual procession and Mass for Peace traditionally held in Fall River on Columbus Day. The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette is located at 947 Park St., which is Rte. 118.

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Catholic Citizenship seeks to come unified and committed to see every parish implement the these issues, above any party loybishops' call to action by assist- .alty or special interests, then all ing people to register to vote. candidates for public office will Flynn told The Anchor during compete for our vote." his visit that one of the major deCatholics are 6.5 million strong ficiencies Catholic Citizenship in the United States, Flynn said, aims to address is the large num- comprising the largest religious ber of Catholics not registered to voting block in the country. vote. Catholic Citizenship is hoping . He noted that in the 2000 elec- to identify one Public Policy Adtion, 39 percent of the more than vocate per parish in the various three million Massachusetts Massachusetts Catholic dioceses, Catholics did not vote, and 17 who will organize a team to help percent were not even registered. communicate and carry out the Flynn blamed apathy or an in- mission. creasing division among Catho"Our goal is to see campaigns lies for that. . organized by parish instead of Flynn said his goal is to pro- pre~inct; voting Catholic first and mote both education and involve- Party second," Flynn asserted. ment by Catholics. More information about "Ideally, we seek to get to the Catholic Citizenship can be found http:// point where all candid~t'e,s"a're ",Jon the Website: Pro-Life, pro-family and promote policies to alleviate the suffering of our poorest citizens," he said. "When Catholic citizens beII


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tion Fund to over 3,800 children in diocesan elementary and middle schools and to more than 300 students in the high schools. In the current academic year it is expected that more than $600,000 in financial aid from the fund will be distributed to nearly 700 students. "The costs of Catholic education are increasing, and many deserving families are unable to meet those rising costs without help from others," said Bishop George W. Coleman recently. "It is through the St. Mary's Education Fund that we attempt to assist these needy families as they work to make their children's dreams come true." The Fall Dinner is only one of two events held each year to support the St. Mary's Education Fund. Those organizing the dinner realize how important it is to increase returns from the evening, particularly as more and more families apply for help' from the fund each year.



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According to diocesan Development Director Michael J. Donly, who coordinates the application process for the St. Mary's Education FU!ld, the number of applicants has nearly tripled since 1998, increasing from 333 in that year to 979 in 2004. Fall Dinner chairman Nicholas M. Christ expressed his thanks to committee members for their efforts over the past several months on behalf of the St. Mary's Fund. ''They should be commended. They're spending a good amount of time approaching potential contributors and asking for their commitment to the dinner and the fund it supports," he said. Working with Christ on the Fall Dinner are four area chairmen and their committees. Members are as follows: In the Attleboro area, chairman William H. Adair and George Agostini, Robert Haggerty, Robert Hoag, Russell Morin, Paul W. Scanlan, and Donald Smyth. In the Fall River area, chairman

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for the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations (WUCWO). One of the member organizations affiliated with WUCWO is the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW). As a member of NCCW. she has addressed many diocesan councils of Catholic women on various topics. She was invested as a Dame of Malta at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York in January 2000. Father Marcel Bouchard, pastor of Corpus Christi

Church, will welcome attendees and preside at Benediction at the conclusion of the event. . The program will include music, including solos by Father Rodney Thibault, parochial vicar at Corpus Christi. The church is located at 324 Quaker Meetinghouse Rd., East Sandwich, at Exit 3 off Rt. 6. All are invited. There is ample parking and the Catholic community of Cape Cod will also enjoy visiting the beautiful new church which was dedicated just a year ago.

508-995-1631 Christ, vice-chair John Feitelberg, and Ann Ramos Desrosiers, Gary Fealy, Karl Hetzler, Beth Ann Higgins, John P. Kinnane; Christian Lafrance, Maria C. McCoy, Michael J. McNally, Joan Medeiros, Hank Nadeau, George Oliveira, Thomas Pasternak, Atty. Richard M. Peirce, Anthony Riccitelli, Rep. Michael Rodrigues, Sandra Sevigney, and Rolande Sullivan. In the New Bedford area, chairman James Kalife and Atty. Michelle Carrier-Trial, John G. Hodgson Jr., Michele Pratt, Michael Reis, Marcel Sirois, Frank Sousa, and Carl W. Taber. In the Taunton area, chairman Harold J. Rose Jr., vice-chair Michael J. Tabak and Joseph Baptista, Michael Benjamin, Allan Colleran, John Correira, Judy Morin, Louis Ricciardi, Victor P. Santos, and Atty. Elizabeth Teixeira. Anyone interested in supporting the Fall Dinner or obtaining more information on the St. Mary's Education Fund, is encouraged to contact Christ, any listed committee member, or Michael J. Donly at the Diocesan Development Office at 508-675-1311.


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On December 10, 1925, Our Lady appeared to Sister Lucia (seer of Fatima) and spoke these words: "Announce in my

name that I promise to assist at the hour ofdeath with the graces necessary for the salvation oftheir souls, all those who on the first Saturday of five consecutive months shall: 1. Go to confession; 2. Receive Holy Communion; 3. Recite the Rosary (5 decades); and 4. Keep me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the 15 mysteries ofthe Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me." In a spirit of reparation, the above conditions are each to be preceded by the words: "In reparation for the offenses , committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary." Confessions may be made during 8 days before or after the first Saturday, and Holy Communion may be received at either the morning or evening Mass on the first Saturday.









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Friday, October 8, 2004

"Si~teenth Youth Convention scheduled for October 24

MEMBER$ OF the percussio"n section follow Drum Major Kerrie Follett during their first place performance. Pictured are Anne Marie Landry, Margaret Bouchard, Matt Hall, Joshua Jost and Jacob Lees.

Bishop Feehan marching band places first at New" England competition MALDEN - The Bishop Feehan High School Shamrock Marching Band won first place in their division for the second consecutive week" at the New England Scholastic Band Associa"tion (N.E.S.B.A.) Malden/

Melrose Invitational. They also Taylor of Mansfield, Taylor has garnered the awards for Best Per- been teaching at Bishop Feehan cussion and Best Music. The" for 14 years. Shamroc;;ks achieved the third Bishop Feehan will host Attlehighest score overall at the com- boro and other area high schools in petition. Feehan's marching band a competition at McGrath Stadium, is under the direction of Joseph _on October 16 starting at 6 p.m.


IN CELEBRATION of the feast of the Holy Cross, Father John Sullivan blesses the crucifixes which will hang in classrooms and offices throughout Holy Family-Holy Name School in New Bedford. Earlier in the prayer service students processed with their classroom crucifixes to present them for ble"ssing. -~,


FALL RIVER - The diocesan Office for Youth Ministry will hold its 16th annual Youth Convention at Bishop Connolly High School here on October 24. The Youth Convention is an annual opportunity for high school youth to gather, learn, share, and celebrate their faith. This year's convention is built on the theme of "Living Justice, Proclaiming Peace." The phinni1'!g team for tl)is year's convention has been hard at work since August. Father David Frederici of Our Lady of, Victory Parish, Centerville, is the convention coordinator. Assisted by youth ministers across the diocese, graduates of this year's 2004 CLI have also been actively involved in the planning. There are five planning teams; all headed by adult youth ministers and CLI grads who are working on the finer details of the event. Teams will plan and conduct registration, opening prayer, liturgy and support. The event will be emceed by CLI graduates Alex Gibbons of Our, Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Seekonk, and Kate Smyth-Hammond of Our Lady of "Victory Parish, Centerville. Tony Bellizzi, a nationally known Catholic evangelist, will keynote the event. Bellizzi, a religious educator, retreat director, and youth minister, has more than - 30 years of experience. He holds a master's degree in theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary -arid currently serves as director of the Religious Catholic Youth Ministry of New Rochelle, N"y' - " Dedicating his extraordinary talents to a full-time ministry of service'in the Church, Bellizzi has touched the hearts of thousands of young people and adults. In addition, music for the liturgy will be provid~d by Bernie Choiniere of Boston, a fresh, new and exciting voice in contempo-

- rary Catholic music. He has focused his gifts to uplifting youths while spreading the Gospel message with confidence and hope. He is the music director for St. Mary's Life Teen in Foxboro and is director of music for all liturgies at Resurrection Parish in Hingham. For the past eight years Choiniere has been a keynote presenter and concert artist for rallies and youth conventions across the country. Some of his credits include opening for Jars of Clay at Foxboro Stadium and performing at Fenway Park at Jubilee 2000 for 15,000 young people where his song "I'll Be Your Child" was chosen as the theme song for the event. He has also enjoyed performing at World Youth Days Toronto, the Philippines and in Rome. The day will consist of a keynote address by Bellizzi followed by several "workshop sessions on topics related to Justice and peace. Some of the workshop topics will be: discipleship, music, relationship of politics and religion, morals and values, leadership development, and "a workshop on the Church's teaching on just war. Bishop George W. Coleman will greet the youth as they gather for the convention at noon. A town meeting, designed to address the issues confronting youth, and the questions they may have about their faith, will also be held during the day. Pizza will be served during the mid-day break. " The event will conclude with a Mass planned by the CLI youth. Father Jeff Cabral will celebrate, Father Frederici will be the homilist, and priests of the diocese have been invited to concelebrate. The event is expected to conclude at 6:30 p.m. " Re~tration is now underway and is due by October 13. For additional details, contact the Office for Youth Ministry 508-675-3847.

MAKI NG PLANS for the 16th annual diocesan Youth Convention are Diocesan Youth Council members, front, from left: Chris Gregorek, Father David Frederici and Elena Sardinha; back row"; John Hanlon and Father George Harrison, sec~etary for youth.


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Priest uses creative approach to keep youths engaged during retreats' By STEVE EUVINO

the teens would begin to appreciate their gifts and consider using, MERRILLVILLE, Ind. them to make the Church and the Those who think it is hard to talk world a better place. to teen-agers, especially about God, He also showed ,a short Disney should meet Augustinian Father Northwest Indiana Catholic, documentary film about Carla Terry Deffenbaugh, who has been Gary's diocesan newspaper. Johnston, a collegiate gymnast who The priest, who is based at the has one arm and who also had to leading youth retreats for 30 years. And even though deal with a seasonending knee injury. he is much older than She went on to become his audience, Father a national champion. Deffenbaugh has no After the movie, the trouble keeping the attention of a group of ' priest asked the teens to consider the things teens. He also speaks they take for granted, openly on subjects as well as the handisuch as sexuality, caps they have overmanic depression, divorce and suicide. ' come. Issues raised by participants included Carole Sluce, stress, parents' diyouth minister at Our vorce, weight probLady of Consolation lems and an obsession in Merrillville in the with how others Gary diocese, likes viewed them. , the priest's energy Fat her level. , Deffenbaugh gave "He just keeps go;i teens a sheet of paper ing; there's no rest," i, r........... she said. "He's a lot listing the apostles, inoffun, but the kids re- E::..,A-'-a-L-IN-O-FO-L-O-E-O-N-i-Ck-A-d-a-m-s-t.... ,:j""'es路tllillo....m-a-k....e.:..h-is.....W-a....Jy cluding Judas, along with each one's traits. speet him." According to through a maze during a teen retreat in August at Our He then' asked the Sluce, the theme of a Lady of Consolation Parish in Merrillville, Ind. The aim young people which of retreat the priest led at of the retreat, presented by Augustinian Father Terry Jesus' followers they her parish in August Deffenbaugh, was to help young people not take any- were most like. When he directed a was 'This is not a bor- thing, including their senses, for granted. (CNS photo retreat last year at the ing retreat; everything by Karen Callaway, Northwest Indiana Catholic) , Indiana parish, he used will be different." For Father Deffenbaugh and Austin Friary in Matteson, 111., and a different approach, one he calls Sluce, that meant serving breakfast is also the author of three books with an experiential meditation on the when dinner was expected and vice a fourth on the way, has conducted Crucifixion. He brought all the ,instruments versa; opening the retreat by hav- retreats for 35,000 young people. He recalled that at one retreat a oftorture that Jesus would have ex. ing the young people walk through , a maze blindfolded to give them an girl who never liked her name perienced. He then asked his young impression what being blind is like; changed her mind after not being audience to close tht!ir eyes and envision themselves being crucified. and replacing their name tags with able to use it. "I've had teens cry" during that At the Our Lady of Consolation tags bearing names of biblical characters. Anyone using his or her real retreat, Father Deffenbaugh hoped experience, he said.. :, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

PEE WEE football player Andrew Choi of the St. Joseph's Chargers in Mechanicsburg, Pa., scores a touchdown after making a catch during a recent game in Mechanicsburg. The Chargers are undefeated this season and went undefeated last year when they won the Catholic Football Association Super Bowl. (CNS photo by Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness)

name received a squirt frqm Father Deffenbaugh's loaded water pistol. "We're forcing them to not take things for granted, even their name," Father Deffenbaugh told the

Which set of commandments are we fQllowing? By KASE JOHNSTUN CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE


The boy couldn't open the door. Already shy, his face began to turn completely red; his veins popped from his forehead. While others stood around and laughed, he continued to struggle with the door, frustrated and petrified, angry, scared. Many watched the boy's struggle. Many did not laugh, many did, but everyone watched. His hands grasped the cold metal, and he wiggled it back and forth, but the door would not open. Probably it was not the difficulty of the task but the laughter and glaring eyes of his classmates that made the door stick. After about a minute for the

onlookers and an eternity for the sophomore, a sweet girl ran in and gently pushed the door open for him. His flustered tongue mispronounced her name as he ran through the door. She turned, not afraid of anyone, and chastised the group for their rudeness. At this point I want to borrow an idea from a homily on recent Sunday outlining new commandments that have been placed before us by the society we live in~ Speaking to adults the homilist said, "Thou shall buy the most expensive car, although thou cannot afford it," and ''Thou shall not be voted off the island," referring to the overwl1elming abundance of reality TV shows. He then, of

course, convinced the congregation not to follow these new commandments strictly, as tltey are not those of Jesus. For a teen-ager the list is

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flge longer than for an adult: Thou shall wear the coolest jeans. Thou shall pick on the kid who does not wear the coolest jeans, have the coolest hair or drive the coolest car. Thou shall not stick up for those in p.eed, and thou shall not stand up against

peer pressure unless you plan to be attacked by those same pressuring peers. Thou shall avoid eye contact with the teacher so as not to be called upon. Thou shall not let others know how smart you are so as to avoid ridicule. As the bishop noted, these are not the commandments we should be living by. Is it worth it to nag parents for something you want? Many parents have dropped their heads and given their children everything they need to make them happy, a trend that leads to spoiled children and parents who are broke. Is walking away from a situation better than standing up for someone weaker in the hallways?

Is playing dumb in order not to be labeled a "nerd" worth the consequences that come later from not doing your best? Is standing around for a laugh, watching someone else struggle with a door, worth the feeling you have 10 years later as you write a column for and about teens. I'll tell you, it's not. The "new commandments" that we follow today can be overturned. They can be denied. They can be changed. While all of the students followed the "thou shall not help someone in need because thou shall then be ridiculed yourself' commandment, the one girl who helped out followed an older one, "Love your neighbor as yourself, and as God loves you."




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Rich- Bible heritage, Part V: People of the Sinai By JOHN HEIRD

A CATHOLIC mother and daughter pray before a Marian grotto tucked into the inside wall of the compound of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Tehran, Iran, after evening Mass recently. Vatican officials estimate that there are only about 10,000 Catholics left in Iran. (CNS photo by Cindy Wooden)

Iranian Cathollcstisay, they're free, but keep low profile By CINDY WOODEN CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE


TEHRAN, Iran - The repression and fear that accompanied the first years of the Islamic Revolution have abated, but it seems no one is fully convinced that there is smooth sailing ahead for Catholics in Iran. Iran's Catholic bishops declined to be interviewed by Catholic News Service in September, and Vatican officials and priests in Rome familiar with the life of the Iranian Catholic communities would talk, but would not be named. In conversations with five people at the Vatican and in Iran, the general impression was that reforms in Iran under the presidency of Mohammad Khatami have benefited Catholics, but it is still prudent to keep a low profile. "We've survived through discretion," one priest said. "I'm ,sorry we're so careful," he said. "I know it sounds ridiculous, but you just never know." Iranian Christians and members of other religious minorities report discrimination in employment and in university a~ssions because the admission exams include tests on knowledge of Islam. But they also believe that security forces keep track of who enters a church, temple or synagogue for services - a charge denied by the' government. The Vatican's ,statistical yearbook reported that at the end of 2002, there were about 25,000 Latin-rite, Chaldean and Armenian Catholics in Iran. A Vatican official said, however, that the figure was "very optimistic. We believe there are about 10,000 Catholics out of about 150,000 Christians in Iran." The country's total population is about 69 million, an estimated 99 percent of whom are Muslim. 'The number of Christians and of other religious minorities in Iran is shriiling each year.



The U.S. State Department's annual report on religious freedom, released in mid-September, cited a U.N. study that said, "Christians are emigrating at an estimated rate of 15,000 to 20,000 per year." "They all would emigrate if they could," said an informed source in Rome. ' For the Vatican, however, "it is important that they remain," an official said. "It is the only hope for dialogue," he said. "If you don't know each other and live together, how can you respect each other? "Every person who leaves is a defeat. It is a defeat not only for the Church, which loses some of its presence, but it is a defeat for the gQvernment, whose citizens , want to leave," the Vatican official said. ' "For the Holy See, the more Christians emigrate, the more we run the risk of fundamentalismit is easier to spread false ideas about Christians and about the West. People need to see each other and know each other; it is the only way to promote moderation," he said. When a reporter, accompanied by a government-approved translator, approached Christians in Iran, they said they felt free to attend Church services and to practice their faith at home. Individuals can bring a Bible and other religious literature into the country for their personal use, but if the texts are in Farsi - instead of in Armenian or their native tongue - they run the risk of being questioned about possible proselytism. The Vatican official said the Church does not have a problem with requiring Iranian Catholic students to know about Islam if the instruction is not aimed at converting the children. Conversion from Islam is illegal in Iran, and conversion to Catholicism in the country is extremely rare, a priest said.

tribal sheikhs and all are immediately subject to Aside from the warriors from different nations the commandant of the Egyptian military at different times throughout the millennia and garrison at Qal at un-Nakhl, under the intellifrom miners of precious metals in the south, the gence department of the Egyptian War Office. Sinai has been left, for the most part, to a people Maybe the government is trying to learn the described best as pastoral nomads. Their way of secrets of survival! The impact of tourism is causing dramatic life was primarily dependent on the domesticae tion and herding of animals and partially on changes to their lifestyle, resulting in fewer and agriculture. It involved seasonal ' fewer Bedouins able live as their forefathers did. Many customs, however, remain. movement in search of new and As in the past, the basis of Bedouin renewed pasturelands. Here's a fascinating society today is the clan organizalook at the Bedouin. tion. Every tent repreThese people are sents a family. Every , ancient and our camp makes up a understanding comes clan. A number of not from the archaeolkindred clans make a ogy of the Negev and tribe. All members of the Sinai, but from the same clan consider documents excavated in each other one blood and Mesopotamia and Syria and superior. (See the from observations of the similarity to biblical records). Bedouin that still exist The tent and its few household today in the wastelands contents are individual propof the Sinai. ' erty, while water and pasturage The most significant are tribal property. The spirit of the ancient texts date from the clan demands unconditional loyalty third Dynasty ofUr (ca. 2060to fellow clansmen. The society in 1950 B.C.). From this, we can which they live levels everything safely say that our ancient ' down. predecessors in faith, the The strong belief in tribal patriarchs, Abraham and those superiority and in return tribal who followed would fall into the security gave him the support to :' classification of desert peoples. survive the hostile Sinai. A sheikh, Texts discovered at ancient Mari on the chosen by tribe members, represents the clan. Euphrates River, that date to 2000 B.C. (again, However, he is not an absolute authority since the time of Abraham), show strong similarities the tribal council conducts the major affairs. between the nomads described therein, and the , To the Bedouin, the Arabian nation is the life of the people of Genesis (Gen 12:4-9; 13:1noblest of all peoples, purity of blood, way of 18). Their periodic agriculture (Gen 26:12-14); life and above all, noble ancestry. their herds of sheep and goats (Gen 30:25-43); A Bedouin man is aristocratic as well, looking and their wells (Gen 21:25-34; 26:15-22) are all upon himself as the personified perfection of amazing in their similarity. .' . creation; A Bedouin woman lives in a polygaThe Bible gives other glimpses into nomadic mous family within a patriarchic system, in life in the Sinai: Exod 2:15-22; Deut 26:5; Judg which the man is the master. Nevertheless, she is 5:24,6:1-6; 1 Sam 25:2ff; Ps(s) 78:55, to name a at liberty. Considering the long absence of her few. The lifestyle in the Sinai and the Negev is ' husband and other male clan members, she is the also shown in the history of other biblical master of her and her family's lives. peoples, such as the Edomites, Moabites, Happy Digging! Ammonites, Midianites, Ishmaelites, Kenites and Dr. John Heird is a Bible historian and the Arameans - all documented by ancient, archaeologist. He is a writer and lecturer on texts. biblical backgrounds and the former developIt would be inaccurate, of course, to say that ment director for the Diocese ofliJtle Rock. the Bedouins today are no different than their ancestors 4,000 years ago, but they do help us imagine life in the time of Abraham. One of the most lasting impressions of modem travelers to the Middle East (Israel, Egypt or Jordan) on the fringes of the Sinai .... (~I is the Bedouin. They are visually " striking. There are \ approximately ,oJ' 5,000 Bedouin ~~..o.~ who thrive as seminomadic Arabs in BEDOUIN WOMEN spin goat hair gathered from their flocks. Courthe Sinlrl; all are . governed by their tesy of Biblical Archaeology Society. .'






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