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Bishop calls parishes to join in two areas· of Fall River ~

Three parishes in the city's South End would become one, as would three parishes in the Maplewood section.

FALL RIVER - In two areas of the city of Fall River, Bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., is asking parishioners of three existing, neighboring parishes to join together to create a new parish entity. In the South End of Fall River three parish communities, Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady of the Angels and St. Patrick, would be combined into one new parish. All three currently exist in less than a mile radius of one another. (Our Lady of the Angels and St. Patrick within 300 feet of each other.) In the Maplewood section that centers on Stafford Road, St. Elizabeth, St. Jean Baptiste, and St. William would come

together as one new community of faith. This change, however, will not affect St. Jean Baptiste School, which will remain open. Priests of the six faith communities involved explained the plan of the bishop to their parishioners at Masses last weekend. But which four church buildings would be closed in the joinings aimed at creating two stronger parishes in two houses of worship, is yet to be decided. The process to determine that would involve a Planning Task Force comprised of clergy and laity. The process is expected to take several months. The principal reason advanced for the plan is said to be the lack of priests . According to information released by the Diocese's Of-

fice of Communications, the move to create two parishes from six comes in response to changes in demographics in many areas in the Fall River Diocese, which stretches from northern Bristol County to Provincetown and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. These changes, dramatically seen in the older cities of Bristol County and in the burgeoning towns along Route 495 and on Cape Cod, are made more acute by the declining availability of priests to serve at the III parishes in the diocese. The diocese does not have the resources it once had for staffing parishes, the news release pointed out. Since 1965 it has experienced a 57% decrease in the number of priests. From 1990 to 1997 alone it has experienced a net loss of 40 Turn to page 13 - Parishes

E.J. Dionne, Jr., to speak at Education Fund dinner

SUPPORTERS OF LIFE: High school students from the Diocese of Fall River exchange glances with an infant at the Walk For Life held in Boston last Sunday. Story on page 15. (Anchon'Jolivet photo)

Nineteen to declare for candidacy to permanent diaconate in diocese EAST SANDWICH- Nineteen men will be admitted to candidacy for the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Fall River at ceremonies Sunday at 11 :45 a.m., in Corpus Christi Church here. Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM, Cap., will concelebrate the Mass during which the admission ceremony will take place. Assisting Bishop O'Malley will be Msgr. John F. Moore, director o( the

program. Father astor of Corpus in the program, :Ie rants. nge, assise ermanent ill be the deacon phen J. Avila will ies. idacy takes place ave reached mad demonstrated

other necessary qualifications. During the ceremony, the candidates publicly express their desire to be ordained as deacons and the bishop accepts their declaration. The current candidates comprise the sixth class for permanent deacons in the diocese and are currently in their second year of the formation program. The candidates and their parishes are: Gregory John Beckel, Christ the Turn to page 13 - Deacons

WESTPORT - Washington Post columnist EJ. Dionne, Jr., who grew up in Fall River and attended the former St. Mathieu's School there, will be honored guest and featured speaker at the fifth annual St. Mary's Education Fund Dinner, to be held Thursday, Oct. 28, at White's of Westport. Proceeds from the Fall Dinner support the fund, which provides need-based scholarships to students attending Catholic schools in the Fall River Diocese. In his column, now syndicated nationwide, Dionne excels in defining for readers the strengths and weaknesses of competing political philosophies. His analysis of American politics and trends of public sentiment is recognized as among the best in the business. He spent 14 years with -the New York Times, report- L..\ __ ing on state and local govE. J. DIONNE, JR. ernment, national politics, and from around the world, including stints in Paris, Rome and Beirut. The Los Angeles Times praised his coverage of the Vatican as the best in two decades. In 1990, Dionne joined The Washington Post as a reporter, covering national politics. He began his op-ed column in 1993. He is the author of two books, including the best-selling "Why Americans Hate Politics," which was published in 1991. Called "a classic in American political history" by Newsday, it won The Los Angeles Times book prize and was a National Book Award nominee. Following his elementary education at St. Mathieu's; Dionne attended Portsmouth Abbey in Portsmouth, R.I., graduating in 1969. He then earned a bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Harvard University and a doctorate from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 1994-95, he was a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and in 1996 he joined the Brookings Institution as a Turn to page 13 - Dinner


THEANCHOR- Diocese ofFall River- Fri., October 8, 1999



Fall River CYO center re-dedicated to Fathers McCarrick and Sullivan

Mrs. Agnes Ursula Heffernan FALL RIVER - Mrs. Agnes Ursula (Fahey) Heffernan, 97, a resident of the Catholic Memorial Home, died Oct. 1. She was the wife of the late William F. Heffernan and mother of Mercy Sister Elaine T. Heffernan of Swansea, Episcopal Representative for Religious of the Diocese of Fall River. Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Martin Fahey and the late Hanora (Kelly) Fahey, she was a lifelong resident of the city and a fonner member of SS. Peter and Paul Parish. Besides her nun daughter, she leaves another daughter, Carol A Halpin of Seekonk; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and Saint Anne's Hospital gratefully acknowledgos contributions to the Tribute Fund dUring August.' Through your generosity, our mission of "Caring for Our Community" is profoundly enhanced.

By MIKE GORDON by the Irish American Temperance the community and Church." ANCHOR STAFF nieces and nephews. She was also Father Sullivan served as Diocesan Society as an Irish cultural center the mother of the late William F. FALL RIVER - For 35 years Fa- director of the CYO program from where people would gather and soHeffernan, Jr., Edward M. Heffernan ther WalterA Sullivan and Father Paul 1959-1970. He was born on Oct. 2, cialize, according to Father Maddock. and Mary Lou Heffernan. The CYO was founded by Bishop McCarrick were the rocks of the 1924 here and ordained to the priestHer funeral Mass was celebrated Catholic Youth Organization here in hood by the late Bishop James L. Bernard Sheill of Chicago in the Monday in Holy Name Church, Fall the diocese. Each of the late priests Connolly on April 3, 1954. In addi- 1920s. He felt that discipline and . River. Burial was in St. Patrick's will be honored for their tireless dedi- tion to serving as director of the CYO moral' guidance would be found in Cemetery, Fall River. cation to youth when on Oct. 22 the program Father Sullivan wa,s also di- the fonn of a basketball or baseball. current CYO building at 403 Anawan rector of Cathedral Camp for a num- The fIrst director of the CYO in Fall Montie Plumbing Street, is dedicated as the "Sullivan- ber ofyears as well as diocesan direc- River was the late Father James & Heating Co. Gleeson, appointed by the late Bishop McCamck Catholic Youth Center," at tor of Catholic Scouting. James E. Cassidy a7 p.m. ceremony. Over 35 Years in the 1930s. The ceremony of Satisfied Services Currently the will include the Reg. Master Plumber 7023' diocese has 1,000 unveiling of two JOSEPH RAPOSA, JR. young people bronze plaques, 432 JEFFERSON STREET ages 10-21 inCYO each depicting a FALL RIVER 675·7496 programs includlikeness of the priest and a short ing basketball, biography, in the baseball and golf. stairwell leading Father Maddock to the gymnasium. said the diocese is Rent for ¢ per copy Each person passcommitted to pro• No $ Down • No Capita/Investment ing these memorividing opportu- Includes machine, service & supp5es als will view the nity for them and *(excludes toner & paper) legacy of Father that the young - Expert Repair of SHARP@ brand Sullivan and Fapeople get alot out office equipment ther McCarrick. of their involve. - Service from AttJe.boro to Wareham The evening FATHER PAUL F. MCCARRICK FATHER WALTER A. SULLIVAN ment. will include sev",Young 5()8.679-2650 ~ CDoM.N>\n:N;roC 0fAI..ER eral speakers including Bishop Sean Father McCarrick was born April people leam respect for one another, INDIAN SPRINGS PLAZA' SOMERSET. MA 02726 P. O'Malley OFM, Cap., Father 1, 1931 in Malden. He was ordained teamwork, principals ofChristian livFrancis Mahoney, Anthony Abraham, , to the priesthood on March 17, 1956 ing and sportsmanship," through the Superintendent of Fall River Schools by the late Bishop Jarries-L. Connolly CYO. "Our hope is that young people James Gibney and Michael McNally. and was appointed director ofthe Fall today will feel that they benefited from Refreshments will be served after the River area CYO in 1965. He succeeded the program and help out future genhis long-time friend Father Sullivan erations," Father Maddock said. 'Pl'H SHOE dedication. Father Jay T. Maddock, pastor of , as diocesan director of the CYO in ''It's a safe place where kids can Holy Family Parish, East Taunton, di- 1970 and served in that position for come together and spend time," he FOR AlliL DAY rector of the Dioces'an CYO since 24 years until 1994. He also founded added. "We're grateful to the people WALKING COMFORT 1994 and area director in Fall River the Bristol County Hockey League, who donate their time and lots of kids since 1982, said a big turnout for the served as director of the Bristol benefIt from the generosity of people dedication is expected. County Baseball League, was a mem- in the diocese." JOHN'S SHOE STORE an open invitation for ev'There's ber of the Attorney General's Task "People like Fathers Sullivan and 295 Rhode Island Avenue eryone to attend. It will be like a little Force on Drugs and served as chapMcCarrick left a very big legacy," FaFall River, MA 02724 reunion for many fonner CYO partici- lain to the Fall River Police and Fire ther Maddock noted. 'This is an oppants and friends," said Father Departments at various times. portunity for people who benefited PATRICIA CASHMORE,ucsw Maddock. "We expect there will be a The building itself is more than from them to honor the memory of good number of people because these l00-years-old and has served as the these two priests who were so involved Board CertifiedDiplomate two priests had a profound effect on home of the CYO program since the and meant so much to thousands of many people who are still active in 19405. It was built in 1897 and used young people."



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Father Rene R. Levesque, retired priest; dies at 71 COTUIT - Father Rene Remy Levesque, 71, of Cotuit, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church, Fall River, from 1982 until he retired in 1995, died suddenly, Oct. 2, at home. Born in Fall River, the son of the late Romeo Napoleon and Adela (Remy) Levesque, he graduated from St. Jean Baptiste School, Fall River, in 1942. After graduating from Assumption College, Worcester in 1947, he studied there for two more years before beginning theological studies at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, Md. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop James L. Connolly on May 28, 1955, in St. Mary's Cathedral. Father Levesque served at St. Jean Baptiste Parish until 1960 when

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Joseph's in Attleboro from 1963 to 1968; was back at Our Lady ofGrace from 1968 to 1973; and from then until 1982 was pastor of St. George Church, Westport. He was then made pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Father Boehr Council 4753, of Tiverton,



He leaves a brother, Normand Levesque of Somerset; and nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Roland Levesque, and godfather to the late Mary Lou Levesque. His funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday in Blessed Sacrament Church, Fall River. Interment was in Notre Dame Mausoleum in Fall River.

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Dominican Father Pare, 83; assisted at St Anne's Shrine FALL RIVER - Dominican Father Jean Dominique Pare, 83, who had served as assistant director at S1. Anne's Shrine in S1. Anne's Church since 1967, died Tuesday at the residence, 818 Middle Street. Born in Fall River, the son of the late Napoleon and the late Aurore (Morin) Pare, he attended Saint Anne's School here and completed classical studies at the College of St. Jean in St. Jean, Quebec, Canada. After studies as a seminarian at the Dominican House of Studies in Ottawa, he entered the novitiate of the Dominican Fathers in

Father MacPhaidin steps down as Stonehill College president EASTON - Holy Cross Father port and know it Bartley MacPhaidin, president of will sustain and Stonehill College since 1978 encourage my will resign his position effective successor." June 30, 2000. The trustees In a letter to the community will now embark last week, Father MacPhaidin in- on the process of dicated that he will take a sab- finding a new batical before returning to serve president. The as President Emeritus, a position . board plans to to be especially created by the appoint the ninth board of trustees. president by the In his letter, Father start of the 2000MacPhaidin, 63, Stonehill's 2001 academic eighth president, stated, "At the year. beginning of my tenure I had set Father some goals for myself: academic MacPhaidin has reputation, name recognition, been instrumenadequate physical facilities to tal in guiding support our mission, and the the college, building of a Board of Trustees founded in 1948 that would be a second' to none, by the Congreand a backbone for the years gation of the ahead. These goals have been Holy Cross, substantially realized and on the through a period way we have set other, more com- of extended deplex goals for ourselves. These velopment. need younger and more energetic A native of leaders to carry them forward." Donegal, IreFATHER BARTLEY MACPHAIDIN He added, "As president, I land, Father have enjoyed a productive ten- MacPhaidin is a ure, but Stonehill's present stat- scholar and linguist. A graduate the late Father Patrick Peyton. ure results from the combined ef- of Colaiste Einde in Galway, he He received his baccalaureate forts of the entire College com- earned his bachelor of arts degree and licentiate in theology from munity," Father MacPhaidin from Stonehill in 1959 having the Pontifical Gregorian Universtated. "I am grateful for that sup- been directed to the college by sity in Rome in 1963, the same years in which he was ordained. In 1966, he joined the Stonehill faculty and went on to become a professor of religious studies. In 1978 he received his doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University. Well versed in Gaelic, English, Italian, German, French, Danish, Latin and Greek, Father MacPhaidin holds honorary degrees from the New England School of Law, Bridgewater College, the University of the Holy Spirit in Beirut, Lebanon, and from Yaroslavl State University in Russia. Because Father MacPhaidin has maintained a strong interest in Irish affairs, the Irish Cultural Centre of Boston named him as their Man of the Year in 1993 and presented him with its Outstimding Achievement Award.




S1. Hyacinthe, Quebec, in 1935 and took his solemn· vows in 1939. He was ordained a priest on July 2, 1941 by Bishop Edward McCarthy of Portland, Maine, in SS. Peter and Paul Church in Lewiston, Maine. Following duties as chaplain of the Catholic Orphanage in Montreal, he served from 1946 to 1951 as secretary to the provincial in Montreal. From 1953 to 1960 he was the assistant pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Church in Lewiston. From 1961 to 1967, he was chaplain of the Healy Nursing Home in Lewiston. Until his death, Father Pare not only assisted Dominican Father Pierre Lachance at the Shrine, but had taught at S1. Anne's School until 1985. He also had served as bursar in Lewiston and at S1. Anne's. Father Pare leaves two brothers, Raymond and Henry Pare of Fall River; three sisters, Helene Felix of Fall River, Jeanne Lachance of Somerset and Lucille Lachance of Swansea; and nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Claire McGovern and Louis Pare. His funeral Mass was celebrated today in S1. Anne's Church. Interment was in Notre Dame Cemetery.



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Politics and healthcare As political campaign 2000 warms up, one of the hot issues expected to influence voters is healthcare. There can be littie doubt that this country is remiss in the care of its citizens. Recently reported facts are that nearly 45 million Americans do not have health insurance. This reality is appalling in a country that currently iS,enjoying an economic boom. The Census Bl,lreau that issued the report offered some rather startling statistics. The increase of the uninsured was more than significant among poor children. Close to 24 percent of children in this category have been overlooked by the system. The bureau also said that the number of children under 18 without health insurance increased to more than 11 million. Cuts in Medicaid appear to be a cause of the growing number of uninsured. The numbers of people with ,Medicaid coverage has dropped. Less people have this security needed to live life fully, especially in times of sickness. Another reason for the increase is that many employers have cut back on health benefits. While they still offer coverage, they require employees to contribute more. But a great number of low-income workers simply say they cannot afford the premiums. A majority of the jobs in the marketplace are to be found in small business operations. These frequently do not offer health benefits. It is interesting to note that the number of women without insurance rose. to 21.3 million. There are many mothers with part-time jobs who have no insurance guarantee. All in all, the situation of the uninsured is grim. It should be a very real issue that all campaigners should respond to in a positive way. Sad to say, there is too much politics involved which fails to recognize people's needs. There are members of Congress who, along' with big businesses and insurance companies, are united to oppose any legislation on patients' rights. This infighting over healthcare by the respective parties, Democrat and Republican alike, is simply disgraceful. The so-called budget surplus, if there 'is one, has' not yet been truthfully addressed. It's 'like watching ,a -tennis match ,as the ball is sent back and forth across the court. The participants in the healthcare game are determined to win while the spectators only get a sore neck. While the poor and the not-so-poor suffer, capitalism is reaping unheard of profits and gains. Nothing is even trickling down to those in need. It has been the consistent teaching of the Church that everything necessary for leading a truly humane life must be made available to everyone. This includes food, shelter and clothing. ' But the goal will not be achieved if the individual is denied basic rights to good healthcare. Somehow in America, we have failed to meet this responsibility. It is very important for us to affmn that the social order requires constant improvement. As the Fathers of Vatican Council II stated, "It must be founded on truth, built on justice and animated by love. In freedom it should grow daily toward a more humane balance." It is obvious that in the United States an improvement in attitude and widespread changes in the social order must take place if these objectives are to be realized. In our self-destruct society, we are failing to raise the issue of indispensable human needs. Heil1thcare is one area of our life that must be addressed for the well-being of the common good. No American should be turned away from basic medical care because of the Capitol Hill crowd's budget antics. May we hope that those who are running for office heat the cry of the poor and offer a healing hand to assure every person that he or she is indeed able to share in the .bounty' of this land. '

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The revival of Romano Guardini By FAll-IER EUGENE HEMRICK

duce some-ofour most profound writ- ofcourage. ings on the liturgy. Courage, he said, "is the confiFather RomanQ Guardini must be His favorite book, "The Lord," dence requisite for living with a view smiling in heaven, just as I am here was written during the' Nazi regime. to the future, for acting, building, ason earth, over the recent revival of It is unlike any other, life of Christ suming responsibilities and fonning his works, which once again are written due to its blend of Scripture, ties. For, in spite of our precautions, available at bookstores. . philosophy, psychology, anthropol- the future is in each case unknown. For decades his writings have cen- ogy and poetry. But living means advancing into the tered my priesthood and found a ,..---, unknown region, which may lie place at the core of my homilies. He never experienced hap- before us like a chaos into which Those who read him will n o · d we must venture." doubt find other virtues of his to pmess uring his childhood FatherGuardini was deeply conrave about. But who was Father due to frail health and deprescemed about our changing culture. Guardini, and what did he pro- sion. At'one point he contemHe saw the power mother nature duce? plated suicide. Later he saw oncehadalltoherselfnowusurped He was born in Verona, Italy, these infirmities as a blessing, by humans, and he cautioned readin 1885, and when he was one ers ofhis book "Power and Responyear old his parents immigrated giving depth and weight to his sibility" not to forget that those reto Mainz, Germany, where he thoughts.' 'sponsible for using 'nature are stewlived his entire life. ~ • ards ofGod's creation. He never experienced happiFather Guardini feared that we p.ess during his childhood due to frail Father Guardinigained world- would play God rather than preserve health and depression. At one point wide fame from his book ''The Spirit God's gifts, l),nd in doing so would he contemplated suicide. Later he saw of the Liturgy." He told of being in a destroy ourselves. these infirmities as a blessing, giv- church in Palenno where he observed In his book ''The End ofthe Mooing depth and weightto his thoughts. peasant wo~shipers so caught up in ern World," Father Guardini said that At age 21 he felt called to the the liturgy that it was as if they were if tomorrow's leaders are to avoid priesthood, but was discouraged by gazing at heaven. He reflected on the Annageddon, they must face the truth his parents from following that call. stillness he felt: and not twist, hide or distort it; they Despite opposition he started semi"Stillness is the tranquillity of the must courageously cut through the nary studies at Freiburg, then inner life, the quest at the depths of mind-boggling confusion that tends switched to Tubingen where he met its hidden streams. It is a collected, to paralyze us when we seek the truth; a professor who opened his mind to total presence, a being 'all there,' re- they must cultivate the discipline dogma, science, art and philosophy., ceptive, alert, ready.... It is when the needed to pursue the truth with zeal. While at Tubingen, he also was soul abandons the restlessness of Father Guardini's writings are influenced greatly by the purposeful activity." filled' with a wisdom and life that Benedictine abbey of Beuron. It was ' In his book ''The Virtues," Father .speak to the very heart of the stupenat this abbey that he cultivated a love Guardini masterfully describes the dous challenges facing the third milfor liturgy. Later that love would pro- prophetic dimensions of the virtue lennium. CAll-IOUC NEWS SERVICE

Liturgy Week revitalizes diocesan liturgical ministers FALL RIVER - The liturgical apostolate for the Diocese of Fall River received a boost during a re'cent weeklong spiritual retreat and training for priests and lay people involved in liturgical ministries. More than 40 priests and 400 lay ministers participated in the renewal events sponsored by the Office for Continuing Education of the Clergy, Office for Divine Worship and the Divine Worship Commission headed Father Mark R. Hession and Father Jon-Paul Gallant. Serving as retreat master was Bishop Marcel Rooney, a Benedictine, who is the abbot primate of the worldwide Benedictine Confederation and chancellor of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Rome - the Holy Father's school of liturgy - which trains priests and laity to bring authentic Catholic liturgy and liturgical theology throughout the world. He is also advisor to the U.S. Bishop's Committee on Liturgy. The retreat for priests was held at Mirimar Retreat House in Duxbury.

The abbot based the spiritual renewal on the prayers contained in the "Rite of Ordination." He reminded the priests that their task was to put themselves "in the place occupied by Christ" if they were to be


TIffiANCHOR-Diocese ofFall Rivei-Fri., October 8, 1999 dynamic love of the Holy Trinity in ministries. During his homily at celebration of the Mass of the Guardian Angels on their feast day, Abbot Rooney urged the hundreds of lay leaders to be messengers of the Church's ~itur intheir£aIjshes.

faithful to their ordination promises. The workshop for lay liturgical ministers, at which Abbot Rooney was the keynote speaker, was held at Coyle and Cassidy High School in Taunton. Talks focused on the

During a session with a town meeting format, members of the Divine Worship Commission fielded questions from the assembly. The day ended with a "sending" prayer and blessing by Father Gallant.



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LITURGY WEEK - Father Jon-Paul Gallant, chairman of the diocese's Divine Worship Commission, and Bishop Marcel Rooney, a Benedictine abbot, look over the program for the spiritual retreat the bishop led for clergy and lay ministers recently.

Procession, Mass for peace, set on Columbus Day holiday candles, recite the rosary and sing Marian hymns in various languages. At approximately 7 p.m., depending on the time it takes marchers to arrive, the Mass for peace will be celebrated at St. Anne's, which faces . Kennedy Park at South Main and Middle streets. Disabled or elderly people should proceed directly to St. Anne's where ll; special area will be reserved for them.. The procession and Mass for peace has been held annually in the diocese since 1975.












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FALL RIVER - Members of the Fall River Diocese are invited to join Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., in the annual candlelight procession and Mass for peace on Monday, Oct. 11, Columbus Day. As in previous years, marchers will meet no later than 5:45 p.m., at St. Mary'sCathedral,comerofSpringand Second streets, to march approximately a mile to St. Anne's Church. The procession will begin at 6 p.m. During the procession along South Main Street, marchers will carry




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Stress management seminar set for Oct. 16 at White's WESTPORT - An educational program, "Self Care for Care Givers," centering on stress management and targeting diocesan healthcare workers, will be offered Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at White's of Westport. Sponsored by the Fall River Diocesan Council of Catholic Nurses,' the event will provide a setting, for learning the skills for recognizing, managing and avoiding stress. The attendees will also identify means of nurturing wellness in their personal and professional lives. ' Dr. David S. Weed, director ,of external operations for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, will lead participants through a stress in-

ventory and offer a basic relaxation technique. Time management, meditation and wellness will also be included in Dr. Weed's presentation. . Karen E. Tripp, RN, president and chief executive officer ofAromatherapy and Body Work, as well as a psychiatric nurse at Morton Hospital and Medical Center, will provide an overview of Holistic Nursing. Attendees will have an opportunity for a hands-on experience. The seminar is open to all healthcare professionals as well as the interested public. Educational credits are available. A lunch will be served.

Information on registration and costs are available by calling Margaret Quinn at (508) 993-5115.

K of C install officers

SANDWICH - The Sandwich Knights of Columbus, council 9444 recently held its installation of officers at St. Theresa's chapel in Sagamore. The installing team of Resident District Deputy John Griffin included former District Deputy Clifford Pearl and ~ Events are planned for . The event will include live con- Frederick G. Leach IV, Grand October 17atOurLady temporary Christian music by re- . Knight of the Mansfield council. gional and nationally recognized Honored guests included State of Mount Carmel Catholic music artists including Deputy James R. Sawyer and Parish hall in Seekonk. Angela as well as John Polce. There former Deputy John J. Donovan. will also be speakers, prayer, and a Knights were elected as folSEEKONK - The Young Adult live performance路 by painter Rob lows: Grand 'Knight, John A. Ministry offices of the Fall River Surette, who has developed a multi- Forte; Deputy Grand Knight, and Providence, R.I. dioceses will media faith experience on the life, Frank J. Mastroianni; Financial hold a "Young Adult Celebration death and resurrection of Jesus in- Secretary, Francis M. of Faith," Sunday, Oct. 17, 2-8 p.m., volving painting, slides, music and McLoughlin; Recorder, Roger at Our Lady of Mount CllJrmel Par- reflection. Pizza, soft drinks and Cote; Treasurer, Antonio snacks will be available. ish hall in Seekonk. Cambone; Chancellor, John A. , The event, for all those in their路 There will be opportunities for Ferreira; Warden, John J. Friel; InTHE 40TH annual Attleboro-Taunton Corporate Commun20s and 30s, single and married, is socializing and camaraderie and the side Guard, Thomas W. Dedrick; ion Supper and Mass,路hosted by the Taunton District of the Fall to offer an opportunity flOr young gathering will 'conclude with Mass. Outside Guard, Bruce Crocker; For. information on costs and Advocate, Mark Carchidi; Chap- River Council of Catholic Women, will be held on Oct. 19 at . adults to prepare for and celebrate the Jubilee Year 2000, a milestone directions caU Bud Miller or lain, Father Marcel H. Bouchard, Holy Rosary Parish, Taunton and members gathered recently Alexis Oliveira at (508) 675-3847. Lecturer, John C. Gorton; and .to finalize plans. Seated are, Attleboro District President Agnes in the Catholic faith. Trustees Robert A. White, Robert Rose and Helena Luxton; and standing, Taunton District president Maureen Papineau and Charlotte Pollard. K. Reilly and John H. Adams.

Young Adults prepare for millennium celebrations

Workers from Catholic Memorial Home pres~nt workshop FALL RIVER Aline Tetrault, RNC, in-service coordinator for the Catholic Memorial Home and Anne Marie Kelly, RNC, director of its staff development, recently represented the home and the Diocesan Health Facilities system at a conference in Chicago, Ill. The eighth annual Joint ComMELANIE RAND, right, an RN and Nurse Manager for the mission on Accreditation of Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, presents a plaque to Lillian Health Organizations' ConferFletcher, LPN, as its employee of the quarter. Fletcher has ence and Exhibition for Long worked at the home for 24 years and received a certificate of Term Care and Long Term Care Pharmacy's theme was "Crafting recognition and pin, a cash award and use of a reserved park- the Quality Mosaic," and Tetrault ing space. She was described as "someone who brings hap- and Kelly presented a workshop piness to everyone she cares for:' by fellow employees. entitled, "Enhancing Your Competency-Based Job Description! Evaluation and Pain Management Program." FALL RIVER - Diocesan pies, special care units for individuThe Catholic Memorial Home Health Facilities, a system of five als diagnosed with Alzheimer's dis- was recognized by the Joint Comskilled nursing and rehabilitative ease and related dementias and pas- mission as a facility with excellent care facilities sponsored by the Dio- toral care services. organizational practices in pain cese of Fall River, has produced a For a free copy of the video or to management as well as in compenew informational video showing arrange for a Diocesan Health Fa- tency-based evaluations and perforthe system's many innovative pro- cilities representative to address a mance improvement. Diocesan group or club meeting, call Julie' Health Facilities is preparing a comgrams and specialized services. The video, produced by Fire Cayer, director of marketing, at prehensive pain management proCity Pictures, illustrates the 679-8154. For more information gram to help other long-term care system's accredited pain manage- about Diocesan Health Facilities facilities implement a successful ment programs, short-term and ex- visit them on the world wide web pain management program for resitended-care rehabilitative thera- at dents.

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ALINE TETRAULT, RNC, and Anne Marie Kelly, RNC, of the Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, present their workshop at a conference for Health Organizations in Chicago, III.

Holy Union Sisters .worldwide elect Fall River nun as superior general ~ Another nun with local

ties was elected to the leadership team. FALL RIVER - Holy Union Sister Carol Regan, a member of the Fall River Province, was elected superior general as delegates from across the world met at L'ile Blanche, Locquirec, Bretagne, for a collegial assembly. The 33 delegates representing Holy Union Sisters in the United States, Haiti, Argentina, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Belgium, Rome, Cameroon, Benin and Tanzania, met to elect a generalleadership team, assess the accomplishments of the past six years and set goals for the coming six years. Also elected was Holy Union Sister Helen Carpinelli of the Fall River Province. She will join Sisters Inez Marie Gutierrez ofArgentina and Sister Mary McMonagle of the Anglo-Hibernian Province as councilors. A native of Fall River, Sister Carol is the daughter of the late Francis and Mary Eleanor (Duclos) Regan. She was educated at Sacred Heart School and Sacred Hearts Academy here. She received her undergraduate degree from Hunter College, New York City, and masters' degrees from Washington Theological Union, Washington, D.C., and Loyola College, Baltimore, Md. She attended the Col-

lege of the Sacred Hearts here and the University of Maryland. Sister Carol's ministry in education was at St. Michael School in Fall River, Immaculate Conception School, Astoria, N.Y., and Sacred Hearts Academy here. She was program director/counselor of Siena Counseling Center in Bronx, N.Y.; coordinator of the Institute for Religious Education

and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College; and at the time of her election was director of the Sabbatical Program at Washington Theological Union. Sister Carol's service to her congregation included terms as coordinator of Personnel and Ministries, and as provincial superior of the Fall River Province and as a general councilor in Rome. Sister Helen is a native of

Camden, N.J. Her ministry included elementary and high school education in Tiverton, R.I., and Fall River. She also served as a pastoral associate in Maryland and Massachusetts, and as a hospital chaplain in Brockton. Service to her community included terms as administrator of the community's home for retired sisters in Fall

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PASTORAL VISIT - Bishop Sean P. O'Malley was celebrant of a recent, festive Mass in St. Bernard Church, Assonet, in honor of the parish's patron saint, which capped a two-day festival. Following the Mass the bishop joined clergy, parishioners, and civic officials in a half-mile procession in which a relic and statue of St. Bernard was carried through the streets of Assonet Village to the festival grounds. (Photo by Bob Adams)

Buzzards Bay resident makes right 'connection' in inner-city FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Prior to the start of fall classes, a college freshman from Buzzards Bay, Mass., lived and worked in an inner-city neighborhood in Bridgeport, Conn. Karen Harlan wasn't alone in her selflessness. The 1999 honors graduate ofWareham High School, and a parishioner of St. Patrick's, Wareham, shared the experience with 18 other Sacred Heart University first-year students in a unique program called Community Connections. For the better part of a week, the students cleared yards and performed other chores at Habitat for Humanity work sites, served food to the home-


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less in soup kitchens and assisted teachers in a bilingual elementary school. Evenings were spent together, often in reflection, at the St. Charles Parish Urban Center. "A lot of different groups here need help. If anyone wants to help, there's so much. to do," Harlan said a,s her week in Bridgeport drew to a close. Created in 1996, Community Connections is an outgrowth of Sacred Heart University's ServiceLearning program, which integrates community service into the curricula of 35 courses. Last year, about 95 percent of the 700 students enrolled in Service-Learning courses did their volunteer work in Bridgeport.

KAREN HARLAN, a Sacred Heart University freshman from Buzzards Bay, interacts with kindergartners at a bilingual school in Bridgeport, Conn., as part of the University's prior-to-classes outreach program, Community Connections.

For Harlan, the Community Connections experience seemed a perfect entree into college life. In high school, she served as vice president of the National Honor Society and played three sports, but was never too busy to reach out to the less fortunate. "For the longest time I've been doing community service at home," said Harlan, who has participated in walk-a-thons for AIDS, literacy and other causes, served as a tutor in high school and volunteered at her church. "So I knew this was something I wanted to do and would be comfortable doing." Harlan's assignments during the week included installing insulation at a Habitat home-to-be and painting a roof at the Bridgeport Area Youth Ministry. "It was hard work, but we got it done," she noted. Phyllis Machledt, Community Connections' founder and Sacred Heart University's director ofServiceLearning and volunteer programs, was tired but euphoric following her most recent stay in the inner-city. "I have a feeling this is a week the freshmen will remember for a long time, perhaps for the rest of their lives," said Machledt, who was assisted on the week-long odyssey by four upperclassmen and a graduate student. "Many times young people come into an experience like this expecting to change the world. What usually happens is they change and their perceptions change."

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WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A national survey of Catholics, oommissioned by Crisis magazine, found that those who are regular churchgoers are moving toward "more conservative habits of voting." Catholics also strongly ~upport raising the minimum wage -- with more than half saying it should be a top priority in Congress _. while nearly halfoppose efforts in Congress to end "no-fault" divorce for couples who have children under age 18. Steven Wagner, president of QEV Analytics, theWashington polling finn that conducted the survey fol' Crisis magazine, predicted at the luncheon that 30 million Catholics would vote in the November 2000 elections, compared to 19 million who voted in 1998. Partofthe reason for that high number, Wagner said, is that "10 critical Senate races will be taking place. in key Catholic states." And because 39· percent ofCatholics today are .'swing voters" - without a finn commitment to either party - those voters will "hold the balance of power in a presidential race:' he said. The QEV survey asked Catholics how often they attended Mass, and defined the subgroup ofthose who said they attended at least once a week as "active Catholics." The active Catholics are making a gradual shift toward the Republican Party, Wagner said. Asked at the time of the survey whether they supported Vice President AI Gore orTexas Gov. George W. Bush. for president, 44 percent of all Catholics chose the Republican Bush, while 26 percent selected the Democrat Gore. Another 26 percent were undecided, and three percent refused to answer. Voters defined as active Catholics supported Bush over Gore by 49 percent to 24 percent, a 25 percent spread that Wagner called "statistical[y insurmountable" by the effects of other voting. Among all Catholics, 21 ~:rcent were characterized as "dependable Democrats:' based on five surveyquestions related to the voting behavior, and23 percent were deemed "reliable Republicans."Another 18 percent did not vote, and 39 percent were swing voters. Among active Catholics, however, 19 percent were dependable Democrats and 30 percent were reliable Republicans. Just 12 perCent were non_voters, while the swing vote remained at 39 percent.

On six key issues, survey participants were asked whether they favored the proposal and, if so, whether they fellit should be a top priority for Congress. On raising the minimum wage, 53 percent said they favored the proposal and it should be a top priority; another 28 percent said they favored it, but it should not be atop priority. Only 15 percent were opposed, while four percent said they didn't know or refused to respond. Among the other issues considered: - Personal privacy: Giving individuals more legal control over how information about them is collected and used: 56 percent favor, top priority; 23 percent favor, not top priority; 16 percent oppose; four percent other. - Legal protection for public religious expression, such as prayer at public events and display of religious symbols in public buildings: 32 percent favor, top priority; 37 percent favor, not top priority; 23 percent oppose; eight percent other. _ - Strict enforcement of decency standards for television: 45 percent favor, top priority; 23 percent favor, not top priority; 28 percent oppose; four percent other. - Banning partial-birth abortions: 46 percent favor, top priority; 11 percent favor, not top priority; 33 percent oppose; 10 percent other. - Ending "no-fault" divorce: 14 percent favor, top priority; 21 percent favor, not top priority; 45 percent oppose; 20 percent "ther.' The survey also found widespread agreement thatAmerica is in the throes of a "crisis of declining individual morality," with 75 percent agreeing and 20 percent saying there is no crisis. By a three-to-one margin, Catholic respondents said the government is doing more to hurt (60 percent) than to help (20 percent) ''the moral climate in the country today." Two-thirds also said that ''the popular culture today - meaning TV, music, movies - seriously undermines the character and values of young people:' while only 20 percent said that it did not. Asked about the Catholic Church's "defense of traditional moral standards," 18 percent of Catholics said the Church "goes too far:' 24 percent said it "doesn't go far enough," and 52 percent said it "gets it about right." The margin oferror for the survey was' plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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AT AN outdoor Mass, Bishop Joseph Gossman gives Communion to residents displaced by recent flooding in Greenville, N.C, last week. The bishop of Raleigh visited communities hit hard by the rains of Hurricane Floyd. (CNS photo by Frank Morock, NC Catholic)

Raleigh, N.. C.. , bishop visits flood-ravaged areas By JOHN STRANGE

nap. Many people lounged outside in the sun. A medical crew was set GREENVILLE, N.C. - Bishop up at the entrance, offering tetanus F. Joseph Gossman of Raleigh visshots to visitors like a bank offers ited flood-ravaged Greenville and lollipops to children. came away with a reaffirmation of "Most of the people living there the human spirit. were very concerned about where "The human spirit is very viare they going to go when the shelbrant," Bishop Gossman said. ter closes,"· Bishop Gossman said. "Many people were quick to tell Most of the Spanish-speaking resiyou that they lost everything. But dents were sure that their homes, they were just as quick to thank most of them in trailer parks, God for their lives." had been destroyed or heavily Hundreds still isolated; damaged. Bishop Gossman But all was far from well in Greenville, one of hundreds of immigrants without homes, said that they were caught becommunities hit hard by Hurritween wanting to leave the shelcane Floyd. For example, while jobs look for any assister, and wanting to stay. Bishop Gossman and Frank tance. "One woman told me that Morock, diocesan director of , . . they were going to sleep in their communications, waited for 30 • car," the bishop said. Others , minutes in the Greenville offices of school-turned-shelter. , told him they had lost their jobs. Catholic Social Ministries, the 'These are 220 people who are Flooded farms and businesses had bishop said, about 20 different basically isolated," said Morock. no work for them. groups of people sought help. They sleep "head to foot" in the He said that the "pop wisdom" "I was really impressed at how school gymnasium where the smell being passed about the shelter that organized CSM was," said Bishop of sweat is "overpowering." there would be no government help Gossman. 'There was a huge trailer 'They're forced to sleep together for those who did not have a Social in the back," the bishop told NC with strangers in a stressfl.!l situa- Security number or a green card. Catholic, Raleigh's diocesan news- tion," Morock said. "We were there "We're going to do our best to help paper. "They didn't have any more when the sun was shining. I can't them," the bishop pledged. room." imagine what it must be like at An hour later a helicopter arAfter their visit with Catholic night." rived to drop off elderly cancer paSocial Ministries, a U.S. Army heliBishop Gossman and the others tients who had received radiation copter from nearby Fort Bragg ar- walked the hallways talking with treatments at a Greenville hospital. rived to ferry the bishop, Morock, the refugees, the Castillos and oth- The bishop and the others were Javier and Kathy Castillo ofCatho- ers providing translation for those flown back to Catholic Social Minlic Social Ministries, and a volun- who spoke only Spanish. Children istries. The bishop later celebrated teer to Wellcome Middle School on played basketball while some . an outdoor Mass for about 40 the outskirts of Greenville, where adults lay on the floor and tried to people at a nearby home. CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

more than 500 people have been sheltered since the storm. In the seven-minute ride, Bishop Gossman said, the chopper flew over the still-submerged Greenville Airport, the closed U.S. Highway 13, and dozens of homes that were like islands in the river. After more than two weeks since the storm had passed, there were ' still some 220 people living in the

Bishop Pilla doing well after surgery CLEVELAND (CNS) - BishopAnthony M. Pilla of perate at his mother's home once he is released from the Cleveland was doing well following prostate surgery hospital, said Auxiliary Bishop A. James Quinn ofCleveSept. 28 at the Cleveland Clinic, the bishop's surgeon -land. said. The auxiliary bishop, who is oversees the western "The bishop is doing very well. He's recovering region of the diocese, will also oversee diocesan affairs nicely. We expect him to make a full recovery," said Dr. during Bishop Pilla's recovery. Bishop Quinn said the bishop was grateful that the Eric Klein, co-director of the prostate center at the Cleveland Clinic. surgery went well and he urged prayers for his recovery. Klein said the recuperation period will last at least a "I hope the people will continue to pray for his conmonth. tinued good health. We want him to come back feeling He added that no chemotherapy will be necessary refreshed and ready," Bishop Quinn said. because the cancer was detected early: The cancer, the In a letter to pastors and diocesan staff, Bishop Pilla most common in men, was discovered during a recent asked them to "please keep me in your prayers." routine checkup, the doctor said. "I regret any inconvenience my absence might cause, Bishop Pilla, who will turn 67 on Nov. 12, will recu- but I trust in-your understanding," he wrote.

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CATHOLIC ARTIST Gloria Thomas created a series of 21 paintings depicting Church history for the jUbilee year 2000. "Incarnation:' which shows the Annunciation, Christ's baptism, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension, is the first in the series. (CNS photo courtesy New Hope Publications)

Artist salutes jubilee with painting tillleline By NANcy tiARTNAGEL CAlliOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON -Catholic artist Gloria Thomas began celebrating the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 nearly three years ago, when she started work on 21 large oil paintings that form a timeline of Church history. The 53-year-old Thomas, who became a Catholic 23 years ago, is a parishioner at SS. Peter and Paul Church in the Diocese of Lexington, Ky., her hometown. Before she conceived the project, she told Catholic News Service in a phone interview, she thought how remarkable it was "being one of the people- alive at this tremendous anniversary of2,000 years ofChristianity." She wondered how the Church and people generally would mark the jubilee, she said. "I felt that we had a tremendous opportunity to celebrate ourselves, to return thanks to God and also to bear witness to this tremendous gift of Christ that we have." Most of the paintings - each is a 2-foot by 4-foot canvas - currently are displayed in Christ Episcopal Cathedral in Lexington. The fIrst painting depicts the incarnation of Christ, with each succeeding work representing a century in Church history. The 18th- and 19th-century paintings were fInished but not yet framed, said Thomas, and she was still working on the 20th century. But she predicted the last three works would soon complete the timeline in the cathedral exhibition. Her research for the project was ''totally consuming," the artist said. For example, the fifth-century panel shows St. Augustine; barbarians invading Eu-

rope; Pope St. Leo the Great meeting Attila the Hun outside Rome; St. Patrick; and the conversion ofClovis, king of the Franks. Despite this limitation, she believes the paintings show "the whole sweep of the Church." "In an hour, either listening to the audiotape that goes with it or reading the captions under," she said, ''you could come away with a real sense of the depth and continuity of the Church, even though it nowhere near approaches the real scope." Though plans are not yet finalized, Thomas expects the paintings to make a circuit of Catholic and possibly other Christian churches during 2000. The St. Martin de Porres Lay Dominican Community in New Hope, Ky., a community of six families which runs a publishing house among its several ministries, is preparing an exhibit kit of the timeline for use by parishes, schools and other institutions including 21 full-color, quality poster reproductions of Thomas' paintings; a companion brochure; an audiotape of the artist guiding listeners through 2,000 years of Church history; and a book with additional commentary for each century written by historian Warren Carroll. Thomas feels the kits will make the paintings "accessible to the Catholic faithful, which is what I'm aiming at. ''I have committed myself to doing everything I can do to praise God for his Church in the year 2000," the artist explained. '~fter that, I've got to get back to trying to make a living."

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Ministry ofMary a 'theological gold mine' for women, author says By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN


WASHINGTON - The ministry of Mary offers a "theological gold mine" for discussions on the role of women in the Church, according to the author of a new book on Mary. But Redemptorist Father Jim McManus, author of "All Generations Will Call Me Blessed: Mary at the Millennium" said Mary also plays a central role in Church discussions of social justice matters and ecumenism, among other issues: "Pope John Paul II has said that

God the Father entrusted his Son to the ministry of Mary," Father McManus said in a recent interview with Catholic News Servicl.::. "When looking at'the ministry of women, this offers a theological gold mine for people to reflect on." Such a reflection could "open the doors to all kinds of ministries by women," which are already "growing at a fast pace," he added. Father McManus, a London-based Irishman who served for nine years as provincial superior of Redemptorists in the Unitl.::d Kingdom, is now visiting severa] U.S. cities while on sabbatical. Crossroad Publishing Co. in New York commissioned the book on Mary, based in part on familiarity with Father McManus' other books, including 'The Healing Power of the Sacraments" and "Hallowed Be Thy Name." . Although the priest, a moral theologian, had no particular expertise in

Mary, he took the assignment because "I had known Mary all my life, and I'm a preacher and I often preach on Mary." "" He viewed the book as "a lovely opportunity to tell other people how Mary is known in the Church and how we can get to know her through devotions." The fIrst four of the book's eight chapters look at how Mary is depicted in the Scriptures, by the early Church fathers and in later Church teaching. The second half ofthe 184page book deals with Mary's place in the devotional life of Catholics and other Christians. Father McManus said the key to Mary's role in the Church during the third millennium is found in the "Magnificat," her prayer of complete faith in God, contained in the first chapter of Luke. The MagnifIcat is not simply a hymn of thanksgiving for the grace God has given to Mary; it is more like a manifesto of salvation, a proclamation of the fIdelity of God to his promises and the defInitive inauguration of God's kingdom," Father McManus wrote. " . One chapter is devoted to how many Christian churches are returning Mary to a place of honor in their worship services, after centuries of neglect prompted by what Father McManus called political rather than theological differences between the Catholic and Protestant churches. As a result, devotion to Mary was rejected in the Protestant churches, and the Bible - identified more strongly with the Protestants - was rejected for decades by many Catho"lics, he added. But Martin Luther "had a tremendous devotion to Mary to his dying day;' Father McManus said, "and he preached at least 65 sermons on Mary." Today devotion to Mary is fInding a place again in the life of the Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist and Anglican churches, and there is a thriving international Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary, founded 30 years ago, the author said.

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"GEORGE CLOONEY, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube star in "Three Kings." (CNS photo from Warner Brothers)

'Three Kings' is a different war, Dlovie NEW YORK (CNS) - The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting.

sification is A-III - adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R - restricted.

adults, with reservations. The Motion Picture Association ofAmerica rating is R - restricted.

"Dog Park" (Lions Gate)

"Random Hearts" (Columbia)

Thin romantic comedy in which a Toronto office worker (Luke Wil"Three Kings" (Warner Bros.) Going AWOL at the end of the son) mopes over having to share Gulf War with a map indicating the his dog with an ex-girlfriend location of hidden gold, four Ameri- (Kathleen Robertson), then mopes "can soldiers (including George over a children's TV show reader Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice (Natasha Henstridge) while sharing Cube) get sidetracked protecting his bed with a sexually liberated Iraqi villagers opposed to Saddam nutritionist (Kristin Lehman). Hussein from marauding loyalist Writer-director Bruce McCulloch's soldiers. Director David O. Russell contri ved story of charmless mixes intense action with spurts of singles falling in and out of relasudden satire and frenzied visuals tionships while searching for true to ultimately suggest political hy- love is tiresomely repetitive, woepocrisy as well .as the insanity of fully "unamusing and less than inwar and its cost in human terms." teresting. Several bedroom scenes, Some fairly graphic violence, a sexual innuendo, brief rear nudity brief sexual encounter and recur- and some rough language as well ring profanity and rough language. as profanity. The U.S. Catholic ConThe U.S. Catholic Conference clas- ference classification is A-IV -

After discovering that his wife and the husband of a congresswoman were having an affair when both were killed in a plane crash, a Washington cop (Harrison Ford) becomes romantically involved with the man's widow (Kristin Scott-Thomas), jeopardizing her reelection. Director Sydney Pollack explores the painful aftermath of adultery in a plodding drama whose melodramatic subplot is similarly uninvolving. A discreet sexual encounter, brief violence, minimal profanity and" an instance of rough language". The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R restricted.

'Jakob the Liar' strains to tug at viewers' heartstrings ByGERRI PARE


NEW YORK - Despite its good intentions, the Holocaust movie "Jakob the Liar" (Columbia) feels false and contrived. The tragicomedy stars Robin Williams in the title role as a Polish widower in a 1944 Jewish ghetto who is thought to be hiding a radio, an offense punishable by death. What he is actually harboring is a 10-year-old girl (Hannah Taylor Gordon) who sneaked off one of the trains bound for the camps. Jakob does manage to overhear on a Nazi soldier's radio that Russian liberators were drawing close to Warsaw, and by sharing that hopeful news with his barber pal (Bob Balaban) prevents his imminent suicide. But another friend (Liev Schreiber) assumes Jakob kept a forbidden radio, spreads the word throughout the ghetto and suddenly Jakob is admired as a daring leader whonow feels forced to keep up the ruse to keep up the spirits of his fellow sufferers. Although the ghetto doctor

(Armin Mueller-Stahl) sees through Jakob, he reminds him that there have been no suicides since Jakob brought them all hope with word of the approaching Russians. Soon the reluctant hero is chosen to head a rebellion against the Nazis even as their ghetto is about to be emptied for a one-way train ride to doom. Earnestly directed by Peter Kassovitz, the film strains to achieve poignancy when undercut by a intrusively chirpy music track and gallows humor that often sounds forced. The halting pace also makes the film's shortcomings seem more obvious as scenes drag on and the actors employ heavy, artificialsounding accents.

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A good cast can't do much with slack material, including Alan Arkin as one of the few who thinks a concealed radio will only bring more misery down on the ghetto. Oddly enough, the "Anne Frank"type subplot seems so familiar it fails to stir much emotional involvement, and young Gordon isn't yet up to such a role. Williams gives, for him, a restrained performance, but not one that moves viewers to laughter and tears as Roberto Benigni did in his emotionally resonant "Life Is Beautiful." The film is based on it 1960s novel by Jurek Becker and its message of hope is commendable, although the movie's fInal flourish with a dual ending does border on toying with the grim reality of the Holocaust. Due to some violence, suicides and an implied pre-marital relationship, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-II1- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 - parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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custom, he will stop walking Nov. 1 and will spend the winter in a small Maronite hermitage in the Carmel Mountains. "What the pilgrim does is bring out the best in people. It brings out what is in their heart. I am the Lord's servant, who goes around collecting the 'spiritual fruit' of hope, faith

catches the attention of the tourist police, who are on the alert for any CATliOUC NEWS SERVICE possible trouble as the millennium JERUSALEM - Everybody is approaches. called upon to serve God in a differAlthough he has been misent way, says George Walter, 58, who treated, he said he also has had the also goes by the name "Pilgrim privilege to see the goodness in George." people. Walter says he has been called to In a Siberian village, only the be Jesus' feet. town atheist who lived in For more than 30 a tiny home with his wife years, Walter, who spent and six children offered 12 years in the seminary him hospitality, he said. in the Pittsburgh Diocese, In Israel, an elderly has been traveling to Jewish man who drove by shrines and depending on Walter on the road invited the goodness of people for him home and waited for his survival. He has two hours outside to make crossed most continents sure the pilgrim did not get and has more than 30,000 lost as he made his way on miles to his credit, walkfoot. The man's wife preing at about three miles pared a meal for him and per hour. did his hmndry when he While he will accept arrived. food and an offer ofa place ''There are good people to sleep from people he in every country. This man meets, he never accepts .didn't share my faith, and transportation, and more he didn't even believe in often than not, when he is God, but he had a good given money, he passes it heart," said Walter. on to those who are more "In the end, Jesus will in need. not ask you what church "I am a sign that every you belong to, and God person on earth is a pi1will look only to see if he grim just passing through can see his Son in you. It this life," said Walter as does not matter what he sat in a secluded garwords you speak; words are easy. What matters is den of a Jerusalem monastery overlooking the what is in your heart." Kidron Valley and the Old '. ~ Walter carries four City. He had been given denim bags containing lodging there for a few GEORGE WALTER walks the desert land food, water, a sleeping bag and tent, and clothdays. "I am a reminder to all near the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem in mid- ing. He has worn out three not to get attached to September. He has been a pilgrim of the world pairs of sandals on his worldly things and to for more than 30 years. "I am a reminder to all journey. The latest pair he know what is the meaning not to get attached to worldly things," he said. fashioned himself in of God. The only thing I (eNS photo by Debbie Hill) Alaska out of tire rubber have is my relationship and nylon tie-down truck straps. with God, and people see In 1996, before he began his trek that I am happy. This says to people and love. I would like to give these that this is the most important thing, acts of kindness to the Lord for his to the Holy Land, Walter attended a general audience with Pope John that what makes you happy is not birthday," said Walter. Dressed in a patched-up denim Paul II. material things, but your relationtunic, carrying a large wooden cross "I wanted him to know I was ship with God," he said. Walter arrived in the Holy Land with an icon of a San Damiano cross walking to the Holy Land and I in September and planned to stay from Assisi attached to it and sport- wanted his blessing for my walk," through the millennium. As is his ing a long flowing beard, Walter said Walter.


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Pro-lifers criticize ruling on partial-birth abortion By CATliOUC NEWS SERVICE

The appeals court ruling was based in part on the'pecuWASHINGlON- Pro-life leaders in atlcast two states liarities of the individual laws. For instance, the court said criticized a federal appeals court ruling overturning laws that Nebraska's statute includes such a broad description inArkansas, Iowa and Nebraska banning partial-birth abor- that it encompasses far more than the specific procedure tions. the Legislature was trying to prohibit The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of ApThe rulings are the first considerpeals in St Louis Sept. 24 ruled that The 8th U.S. Circuit ation oflaws banning partial-birth aborthe laws create an undue burden on the Court of Appeals in Sf. tion by a federal circuit court. right to have an abortion and therefore Louis Sept. 24 ruled A statement from the legislative diare unconstitutional. rector of the Iowa Right to Life ComIn Arkansas, the director ofthe Little that the laws create an rnittee said the appeals court ruling Rock Diocese's Respect Life Office, undue burden on the showed "blatant disregard for innocent Anne Dierks, told Catholic News Ser- right to have an abortion human life:' vice last week that she hoped the state's and therefore are un"Most appalling is the factthataborattorney general would appeal the rultion providers overturned the law by ing to the u.s. Supreme Court, but that constitutional. arguing that 'partially delivering a livshe hadn't heard any such plans yet. - - - - - - - - - - . . ing fetus before killing it' applies to With the 1997 law held up in court even first trimester abortions," said since its passage, there was an attempt in the Arkansas Samona Joy Yentes, ofIowa Right to Life. Legislature this year to pass another bill barring the aborThe 8th Circuit includes the states of North Dakota, tion procedure, typically used late in pregnancy, but the South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri' and effort failed, Dierks said. Arkansas.

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"indus to protest at papal visit PANAJI, India (CNS) - Hindu nationalists are planning to hold a march against conversion to Chris•tianity to coincide with Pope John Paul U's Nov. 5-8 visit to India. The World Hindu Council, a global network of pro-Hindu grouJJ5', is organizing a "chariot march against Catholic atrocities" that will pass through Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh

and Rajasthan states before arriving in New Delhi Nov.4, leaders said. World Hindu Council officials refused to divulge the details, but confirmed that the march would start from Goa, a Catholic stronghold in western India, where Hindus say Church leaders used Inquisition-type tactics to suppress the Hindu religion and convert their ancestors.

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Brother says Indonesian militia sought priests for confession By CAlliOUC NEWS SERVICE KUPANG, Indonesia - Many pro-Indonesia militiamen are haunted by guilt after killing innocent people ' in East Timor, said a religious brother. Our Lady of Mercy Brother Franciscus Lengkong, head of his congregation's community house in Dili, said that at the height of the atrocities in East Timor following the attack on the home of Bishop Carlos . Filipe Ximenes Belo, ,many militiamen sought priests to confess their sins. , "They came to our community house every day asking us to hear their confessions. But we told them we are not priests and that they should seek priests still staying in town," Brother Lengkong told UCA News, an Asian church news agency based in Thailand. He spoke in the western Timor city of Kupang, capital of Indonesia's East Nusa Tepggara province. Several militiamen said they felt guilty after killing innocent people and wanted to confess, but there were no priests left in Dili, he said. "We knew from them that three priests, namely Jesuit Fathers Karl Albrecht and Tarcisius Dewanto, and Father Hilario Madeira, parish priest ofSuai, had been killed," said Brother Lengkong. Our Lady of Mercy Sister Marliana Laia told UCA News that before being forced to leave Dili, she and two colleagues were free to move from their convent, where 700 prointegra~ion and pro-independence supporters were sheltered, to the home of Bishop Belo, apostolic administrator of Dili. AN AUSTRALIAN soldier guards a suspect being quesThousands were feared dead in tioned in Liquica, East Timor, after U.N. troopl? launched a massive violence blamed on pro-In- surprise raid on a militia stronghold, forcing pro-Indonesian donesia militias and Indonesian troops following an overwhelming fighters to flee into the hills. (eNS photo from Reuters) vote for independence rather than in.tegration with Indonesia in the re- nel, who told them that all other nuns vent had been ransacked and looted. cent autonomy referendum. The re- had left Dili for western Timor. "But we were surprised when we sults of the Aug. 30 ballot were anHowever, Sister Laia said she and entered the chapel. We found a bumnounced Sept. 4. the other two nuns returned to Dili ing candle before the statue of the She said she and her two col- the next day, boarding the truck re- Blessed Mother Mary. Someone might leagues were forced to leave the con- turning to transport more refugees. have prayed there while others were vent by Indonesian military person- The three nuns found that their con- looting the convent," the nun said.


Vatican denies U.N. claim it gave up opposition to faJ;11ily planning VATICAN CITY (CNS) -TheVatican said its position on family planning remains unchanged, despite a U.N. official's claims that the Church no longer presses for references to natural family planning methods in U.N. documents. , During a London presentation of the 1999 World Population Report last week, Nafis Sadik, executive director of the U.N. Population Fund, claimed the Holy See had ceased opposing U.N. family planning programs. But in a two-page statement Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls responded that ''the ~oly See has not changed at all its well-known position.'~ " He said the Holy See rerriainedopposed tocontraception, abortion and' "morning-after" drugs that have an abortifacient-effect. In addition; the Vatican continues to campaign for an understanding of sexuality'that takes into account the whole good of the person, he said. Navarro-Valls cautioned against interpreting Vatican support for consensus conclusions of major U.N. documents as endorsement of each specific point contained. According to news reports, Sadik said during this summer's five-year review of a U.N. plan for slowing population growth that the Vatican, though maintaining its stance against contraception, gave up seeking to include reference on natural methods of regulating births. 'They believe the debate has been lost," Sadik said.

"Even strongly Catholic countries, such as Honduras and Malta, have family planning and sexual health programs, and the Church has let it go. 'This doesn't mean that the Church at the top has changed its position," she said. "But it is accepted that the international community has accepted that family planning is one of the human rights of women." Navarro-Valls cautioned against misinterpreting Vatican endorsement of documents that contain words like "contraception," "family planning," "reproductive rights," "female-controlled methods," "the widest- possible range of family planning services," "new options," and ''underutilized methods." "The .satisfaction of the Holy See at the consensus reached in documents in which (these words) are adopted cannot be interpreted as a change in its well-known position regarding 'family planning' services, which do not respect the freedom of ~arried people, human dignity and the human rights of those concerned," he said. At the same time, the Vatican spokesman said that the Holy See has "never championed procreation at any cost." Because of the "sacred significance" of the transmission of human life, he said, the Holy See underlines the responsibility parents have to decide whether to have a child or not in a given moment.

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Sources say Vatican to make Kosovo its own diocese tus should not be interpreted as a Vatican plug for Kosovo's political independence from Serbia. "If the change were to have come in 1991, or in the 1980s when the Kosovars first began asking for independence," it would have understandably been seen as political, he said. But coming now, a Vatican decision to give the territory ecclesial independence would have less political resonance, he said. Redrawing the juridical boundaries ofChurch territory "doesn't mean that Kosovo is separated from Yugoslavia," he said. Meanwhile, the Vatican continued to encourage reconstruction and reconciliation in Kosovo. Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum ", the Vatican's charity office, visited Kosovo last week in a bid "to contribute to the rebuilding of

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - The Vatican plans to make Kosovo, currently administered by the Skopje Diocese in Macedonia, a free-standing diocese, said sources in Rome.· Auxiliary Bishop Marko Sopi, who ministers to Kosovo's 60,000 mainly ethnic Albanian Catholics from the southern city of Prizren, was to be the new diocese's bishop, the sources said. No timetable was given for the planned changes. "It's something I do expect to happen," Archbishop Rrok Mirdita said in a telephone interview from his residence in Tirana, Albania. Since Macedonia gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, "It's a very natural, logical thing to do," he said. "Now that Macedonia is a separate political state, it is logical that Kosovo no longer fall under it." Archbishop Mirdita said the proposed change to Kosovo's Church sta-


peaceful cohabitation in the region, where all, Albanians and Serbs, have the right to build their home," according to a Vatican statement. Archbishop Cordes visited with Catholic aid organizations in Prizren. Catholic ReliefServices, the U.S. bishops' international relief and development agency, is the implementing partner in southern Kosovo for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. More than $30 million has been raised for reconstruction and refugee repatriation, the statement said. Archbishop Cordes celebrated Mass in the nearby town ofBishtazhin on Oct. 3, the anniversary of a local Marian feast, for an estimated 15,000 people belonging to Christian and Muslim communities. Ethnic Albanian political leader Ibrahim Rugova had been expected to attend the liturgy, but decided against it at the last minute for reasons of security.

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active diocesan priests. which are staffed by only one It is possible that within four priest.) years the total number of active Parishioners are being invited to priests could be reduced by 27 participate in the process of forming solely on the basis of retirements the two new parishes. The process is without considering losses due to expected to take several months afillness or death. ter which the bishop would confer Besides those projections, other with the Priests Council. In order for the new parish to be factors were considered in the bishop's decision. These include created from the three existing sacramental accessibility for the ones, all three parishes would have faithful, parish statistics, availabil- to be "suppressed," a term used in ity of ministries, administration of Church law by which a parish loses properties, and parish plant facili- its identity for the sake of creating, in this case, a new parish comties. In addressing the issue of pasto- munity with other suppressed parral planning for the diocese, ishes. The result is that in both Bishop O'Malley wrote earlier this areas of the city, three parishes will year, "Our task is to decide how best close and one new parish will be to put our human and material re- created. Althougn Bishop O'Malley said sources at the service of God's Kingdom. We must strive to help par- he understands that the changes ishes move beyond their boundaries will be difficult for some, it is his and cooperate with one another in prayer parishioners will not dwell on the loss of parish identity, order to further God's Kingdom." The bishop is assisted in parish but rather on the coming together planning by Rev. Msgr. Ronald A. of three equals to create a new viTosti, director of the diocesan Of- brant community. In the process ofjoining together fice of Pastoral Planning, and Douglas M. Rodriques, assistant direc- it is inevitable that two church tor. In past months, Msgr. Tosti has 'buildings - the worship sites of visited all of the parishes involved, parishes - will have to be closed speaking with pastors and collect- in both of the new parish configuing data and has compiled an as- rations. At this point, no decision has been made as to which two sessment of each. . Rather than existing on their churches will be the "homes" for own, the combination of parishes the new parishes. Several factors in the South End into one and those will need to be considered in this of Maplewood into another would decision: ample space for the new form two stronger parish commu- parish community; the condition nities which would better utilize the of the physical plant; and available diocese's resources and will even- and ample parking space. The process to oversee the cretually allow for better quality pastoral care. (Interestingly, in both ation of the new parishes will incases, the resulting parishes' demo- volve the participation of pastors graphics and sacramental statistics and representative parishioners. It would not equal many of tlie grow- will be facilitated through the deing parishes in Northern Bristol velopment of a Planning Task County and on Cape Cod, most of Force comprised of clergy and la-

Fairhaven; Jose Horacio Medina, St. Anthony's, Taunton; Dennis Gregg O'Connell, Corpus Christi, East Sandwich; MauriceArthur Ouellette, St. Lawrence's, New Bedford; David Brian Pepin, Our Lady of Fatima, New Bedford; Albertino Fernandes Pires, Immaculate Conception, New Bedford; Joseph Ernest Regali, Sacred Heart, North Attleboro; John Edward Simonis, St. Patrick's, Falmouth; Raymond Louis Vaillancourt, SS. Peter and Paul, Fall River; and Thomas Michael Wrobel, St. Stanislaus, Fall River.


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Ity, In order that appropnate consultation will take place. Among those things that need to be considered in the planning process, are: sacramental accessibility, Mass scheduling, coordination of religious education, parish ministries and organizations, administration and disposition of properties, the naming of the parish, (but not the church itself which is chosen as the new worship space); and opportunities for collaboration between the involved parishes.. The task force will draw up a pastoral plan for the suppression/ creation according to the Parish Planning Task Force Schedule published by the Office for Pastoral Planning.

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TEACHER BARBARA Leach of the St. Joseph School, New Bedford, congratulates winners of the Kevin Michael Pillsbury Memorial Scholarship Award. Yearly it awards three essay winners in fourth or fifth grade a $500 tuition credit in memory of classmate Kevin Michael Pillsbury who died of cancer at age 10. This year's winner were, from left, fourth graders Elizabeth Labelle and Priscilla Macedo and fifth grader Jasmine Liarikos. Forty students submitted essays which were judged by the Pillsbury family.

MONSIGNOR THOMAS Harrington addresses students at Holy Family-Holy Name School, New Bedford during a recent liturgy. Students celebrated their challenge to "Light the Way to a New Millennium," and were commissioned to serve as Jesu's did. Fathers John P. Driscoll, Christopher Gomes and Michael Racine concelebrated.

SIXTH' GRADER Sierra Lima, seated in middle, holds "Millennium Max," a project that she and some classmates are working on with teacher Ann DeFrias at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in New Bedford. The wooden doll, a take-off on the "Flat Stanley" story by Jeff Brown, will be sent,around the world and 'students will keep a travel log of its adventures. Through correspondence of people who bring Max to new places, the students will learn about other people and cultures and ho'N. others are greeting the new Millennium. Below, ~eventh grader Brian Moniz, left, and second grader Christopher Andre smile after completing a cooperative learning project. Older students worked with younger ones on the project in which students described a picture in detail and their partner tried to draw it.


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Diocesan feet hit the street for Pro-Life causes By DAVE JOUVET ANcHOR STAFF

BOSTON - Despite paralyzing traffic jams thousands of pro-life supporters, including hundreds from the Fall River Diocese, descended on Boston last Sunday to take part in the Massachusetts Citizens For Life annual Walk For Life. Among the diocesan contingent were many students from the four diocesan Catholic high schools, and a number of diocesan youth groups. Assistant Director of the Diocesan Pro-Life Apostolate, Marian Desrosiers, was very pleased with the showing from the high schools. "We saw another increase in the numbers attending from our diocese, especially in the youth," she said. "I want to thank them and the adults who encouraged them to come. It's a great witness to the sanctity of life to see so many young faces in a public arena sticking up for life and for truth.'It's very noticeable." Father Hernando Herrera, chaplain at Coyle and Cassidy High School, was encouraged by his school's participation. "We just started a pro-life group at the school last year, and some of them attended the march," he said. "Also, other students who aren't in the group wanted to come along. All of them were inspired by the speakers and they were impressed to see so many high school students involved," Bishop Stang was represented by 42 students. "I am impressed with the number who chose to attend," said Stang chaplain Father Craig Pregana. "I am also impressed with their enthusiasm. They believe in the pro-life message. Not just the unborn, but the elderly, the sick and the poor. They enjoyed the walk and they were struck by the number of youth and high school students who took part," Members of the pro-life group at Bishop Feehan High School accompanied their chaplain Father

YOUNG AND COMMITTED - High school students and youth group members from throughout the Diocese of Fall River marched in the Walk For Life in Boston last Sunday. (Anchor/Jolivet photo) Mike Kuhn. "The students were very impressed," said Father Kuhn. "This is the first year for our prolife group and their first year at the walk, so they didn't know what to expect. They were impressed by all the people here, and especially by all the people from the Fall River Diocese. "We're gearing up to attend the Pro-Life walk in Washington D.C. this coming January, so this was a good experience for them," Students from Bishop Connolly High School were also part of the march. Prior to the walk, that began on Boston Common, Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston addressed the large gathering. He told them that people who don't understand the pro-life

BISHOP ELLIOTT G. Thomas, left, of the Virgin Islands, and

Cardinal Bernard Law, of the Boston Archdiocese were part of the PIe-walk rally in Boston last weekend. (AnchotfJolivet photo)

movement see it as a group of violent radicals who force their opinions on others. "Violence is not of God," said Cardinal Law. "It is of the devil. This movement is not about violence, it is about love. "We care about all people, not just life in the womb. The poor are getting poorer in this country, and the pro-life movement cares about the poor, the aged. We're against capital punishment. Every human being has the right to be loved by every other human being. If you're not pro-love for every human life, then you're not pro-life," Accompanying Cardinal Law was Bishop Elliott G. Thomas of the Virgin Islands. "I come from a large family, I'm the fifth of eight children," said bishop Thomas. "And I thank my parents that I'm here today. We can all thank our parents that we are here today. I am pro-life. Choose life according to the Scriptures. I will do everything in my power to preserve life," One of the most emotional happening of the day came just prior to the walk. MCFL members were selling T-shirts with the face of an infant on it. The infant, Tyler, is now two years old. He was introduced to the marchers along with his adoptive parents. But what surprised and delighted the crowd was the public appearance of his biological parents. The couple went to a pro-life counselor with the fate of their unborn child still a mystery. They elected to put the baby up for adoption. Their appearance with their biological son and his adoptive parents before thousands of people showed courage and was a tribute to the pro-life movement in a very tangible way. The importance of the adoption process was clearly evident by the overwhelming response of the gathering. The march group ranged from the tiniest infants to senior citizens. Banners and signs identifying parishes, youth groups and organizations, appeared among the throng as they marched peacefully through the closed-off streets of Boston.

Some chanted pro-life messages, others sang and still others recited the rosary. One could sense the power of praying the rosary. Typically, the marchers were met by small bands of pro-choice advocates. Some taunted the marchers with the chant, "Kctepyour rosaries off our ovaries," A group of young women from a fourth floor apartment window shouted to the march-



ers, "It's our bodies." The response from one walker was, "What about the little body you're killing?" There was no response from the hecklers. The purpose of the walk was to raise money for various pro-life organizations. The funds are used to buy blankets, diapers, and other necessary items for infants and mothers. And on a larger scale, some money goes to secure adequate housing for single mothers and their babies. On the minds of many pro-life supporters is the upcoming vote in the U.S. Senate on the partial-birth abortion ban bill. Massachusetts Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry, have consistently voted against the bill that would ban the heinous procedure where a baby about to be born is killed and removed from the mother's womb. The two Senators have also supported President Clinton's veto of the ban. Prior to this month's vote, prolife supporters are urged to contact Senators Kennedy and Kerry and ask them to support the ban and oppose efforts to weaken or defeat the bill. There are several ways to contact the senators. Through U.S. Mail, they can be contacted at Honorable Senator Kennedy (or Kerry), U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510. They can be contacted via telephone at the U.S. Capital switchboard, 202-224-3121. The E-mail addresses are: and The FAX numbers are 202-2242417 for Sen. Kennedy, and 202224-8525 for Sen. Kerry.



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Iteerlng pOlntl ATTLEBORO The La Salette Shrine will observe the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary this Sunday with a 3 p.m. service in the chapel. It will be led by La Salette Father Manuel Pereira. All welcome.

Publicity Chairmen are asked to submit news items for this column to TheAnclwr, P.O..Box7, Fall River, 02722. Name ofcity or town should be included, as well as full dates of aU activities. DEADLINE IS NOON ON MONDAYS. Events published mw,t be of inurest and open to our gellleral readership. We do not normally carry notices of fund-raising activities, which may be advertis~d at our regular rates, obtainable from our business office at (508) 675-7151.

FALL RIVER - In recognition of National Food Drive Month, The Landmark at Fall River Assisted and Independent Living Facility will hold a food drive for the month of October. Canned goods and non-

perishables can be left in its lobby, setting and newcomers are always 400 Columbia Street, and all dona- welcome. For more information call tions will benefit local charities. For 771-6771. more information call Lucia Wood, director of marketing, at 324-7960.. NEW BEDFORD - An informational presentation, "Life's HardFALL RIVER - A morning of est Job: Parenting! Ways to Make prayer, praise and teaching will be it Easier," will be held on Oct. 18 at. held tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. 7 p.m. at Holy Family - Holy Name at St. Stanislaus Church, 36 School, 91 Summer Street. It is. preRockland Street. It will include sented by Samya Yamin Brownell guest speaker pastor Father Robert and will give an overview of the S. Kaszynski and is sponsored by most common parenting problems the Diocesan Service Committee. and their solutions. Coffee and doAll welcome. nuts will follow. All welcome. HYANNIS - A support group for parents, families and friends of gays and lesbians will be held on Oct. 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Catholic Social Services building, 261 South Street. Meetings offer support in' a safe and confidential


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NORTH DARTMOUTH - A Separated-Divorced Support Group will meet on Oct. 11 from 7-9 p.m. at the Family Life Center, 500 Slocum Road. Guest speaker Joanne Dupre will address the topic "Taking Care ofYourself." All welcome. OSTERVILLE - The Ladies Guild of Our Lady of the Assumption Church will meet on Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. A fashion show will follow. All ladies of the parish are welcome. SEEKONK - A Celebration of Faith for both single and mar-

ried persons in their 20s and 30s will be held on Oct. 17 from 2-8 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish hall. It will include prayer, socializing, guest speakers, music, Mass, refreshments and a live performance by artist Rob Surette. For more information call Bud Miller at 678-2828 or Lora Morgan at (401) 278-4525. TAUNTON ~ The Cursillo movement of the Fall River Diocese will mark the start of its 36th year with Mass celebrated by Bishop Sean P. O'Malley on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's Parish. Anyone who has ever lived a Cursillo is welcome. For more information call Barbara Gauthier at 823-4116. TAUNTON - St. Anthony's Parish, 126 School Street, will celebrate the annual Feast of Our Lady of Fatima tomorrow with a 6 p.m. Mass. Father John J. Oliveira, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, New Bedford, will be homilist and a candlelight procession will follow Mass. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will follow. All welcome.

NCCB official praises passage of fetal protection bill WASHINGTON (CNS)-An official of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities praised legis. lation passed by the House Sept. 30 that would make it a crime to harm or kill a fetus in the womb. Helen Alvare, director of planriing and information for the prolite secretariat, said the Unborn Victims ofViolence Act that passed with a 254-172 vote "embodies simple justice by extending federal protection to defenseless victims of violent crimes." The legislation protects unborn children whose mothers are physically assaulted, maimed or murdered. It is the first such measure proposed at the federal level, al-. though 11 states have laws protecting the unborn who are victims of violent throughout their period of prenatal development. The federal legislation establishes that if an unborn child is injured or killed during a federal crime of violence, then the assailant may be charged with a second offense on behalf of the second victim, the unborn child. The bill would apply this twovictim principle to more than 60 existing federal laws dealing with acts of violence. It does not apply to any abortion to which a woman has consented, to any act of the mother, or to any form of medical treatment. Opponents of the bill claimed that giving separate rights to the unborn would undermine the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. The Clinton administration said the president would veto the bill in its present form. To date, the Senate has not taken up similar legislation. In a letter to Congress in September, the Justice Department said that identifying the fetus as a separate and distinct victim of a crime could be seen as "gratuitously plunging the federal government" into a complex religious and scientific issue. On the House floor, Rep. Charles Canady, R-Fla., said there was nothing in the Roe v. Wade decision that prevented Congress from "giving

legal recognition to the lives of unborn children outside the parameters of abortion marked off in that case." And in response to those objecting to use of the term "unborn child" in the legislation, Canady said their dispute was a based on an "apparent lack of knowledge of the widespread use of the term" throughout various decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals. He said all the objections to the bill stem from objections to recognizing the value oflife in the womb. "I would humbly suggest that those who have embraced principles that drive them to oppose eminently reasonable legislation such as this should re-examine the principles they have embraced:' he added. In his remarks during the debate, Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ., said the legislation "recognizes in law the self-evident truth that an assault on a pregnant woman is an attack on two victims. BothIives are precious. Both lives deserve protection." The legislation "doesn't diminish existing law concerning violence against women in any.way, shape or form, but adds new penalties and seeks justice for the harm or death suffered by the child:' he said. If enacted, he said, "our laws against violence will be stronger, tougher, more comprehensive." Alvare in her statement noted she was "especially gratified" that members of Congress were "not swayed by the argument that because unborn children are not protected against abortion, they may not be protected from any harm." Such reasoning, she said, is an ''unworthy and inhumane line of argument." Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee, said the bill "simply puts federal law behind the common sense recognition that when a criminal attacks a pregnant woman, and injures or kills her unborn child, he has claimed two human victims."


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