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Investiture of nine monsignors draws large gathering from across the diocese. By JAMES N. DUNBAR

NEW MONSIGNORS - Prior to Sunday's ceremonies of investiture, nine priests who received papal honors had their photo taken with Bishop Sean P. O'Malley. Front, from left, Hev. Msgr. Stephen J. Avila, Rev. Msgr. John A. Perry, Rev. Msgr. Ronald A. Tosti, Rev. Msgr. John F. Moore, Rev. Msgr. Edmund J. Fitzgerald; back row, Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Harrington, Rev. Msgr. John J. Steakem, Bishop O'Malley, Rev. Msgr. Antonino C. Tavares and Rev. Msgr. Edmond R. Levesque. (Anchon'Gordon photo)

FALL RIVER - In colorful pageantry, nine priests of the Fall River Diocese accepted papal honors presented by Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., at a solemn mid-afternoon prayer service in St. Mary's Cathedral on Sunday. Hundreds of people from across the diocese applauded as the honorees - pastors of many attending and seen for the first time in their distinctive Roman purple cassocks or black cassocks trimmed in Roman purPle - received the papal rescript and sign of peace from Bishop O'Malley. In essence, the ranks of domestic prelate and their vestment's Roman purple or red color are symbolic of those chosen for distinction as being part of the papal household. The congregation chanted the afternoon prayers and song and at the concluTum to page.five - Honors

Diocesan coaches, athletes discuss mission, goals By DAVE JOUVET ANcHOR STAFF

TAUNTON - Long gone are the days when a high school athlete could look up to a collegiate or professional athlete as a role model. The sports world is saturated with money-hungry, arrogant, selfish and dishonest people who play the game for personal gain. The question today is from where will our student athletes find proper motivation and sports etiquette? The answer? From within. From their peers, coaches

and athletic directors. Last week, the Education Department of the Fall River Diocese sponsored a seminar at Coyle and Cassidy High School for all the ~oaches, athletic directors and student team captains of the four diocesan Ca~holic high schools as well as St. Margaret's Regional. School in Buzzards Bay. The seminar, entitled "To Playas Jesus Did: Athletics and the Gospel Mission of the Catholic School," was presented by Augustinian Father Richard 1. McGrath, presiTum to page 13 -Athletes

Couples mark gold and silver anniversaries By MIKE GORDON ANcHOR STAFF

FALL RIVER - More than 130 couples celebrating 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries gathered at St. Mary's Cathedral for a Marriage Jubilee Celebration Mass last Sunday and it was a joyous occasion for all those involved. Each of the couples renewed their marital vows and Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., thanked them for their commitment. "It's a great joy to c~lebrate this Eucharist with you today and ask God's blessing on you and your families," said the bishop. '''We are here to give praise to all of you for your commitment to married life. You are a blessing to your families, the Church and the country." The bishop was principal celebrant at the 5 p.m. Mass. Concelebrating were Fathers Edward J. Healey, Michael Racine and Horace' J. Travassos. Permanent Deacon Patrick J. Mahoney assisted. Marian Desrosiers, assistant director of the pro-life office, was the reader during the Mass. She and her Turn to page six - Gol4 and silver .

PETER AND LUCY Gerardi renew their wedding vows during a marriage jubilee celebration Mass at St Mary's Cathedral last Sunday. (Anchon'Gordon photo)

ST. PETER THE ApOSTLE CHURCH, PROVINCETOWN

Provincetown's St. Peter's marks 125th a~versary PROVINCETOWN -A festive weekend is planned at St. Peter the Apostle Church here,as pastor, Father John A. Raposo and parishioners mark the 125th anniversary of their parish by the sea and invite the summer residents who will return for the gala event and the public to take part. Tonight there will be a recital in the church at 7 p.m., presented by Edward Duff, organist, and baritone Sandy Nisbet. Following the recital, a friendship hour with refreshments and a showing of the film "Our Lady of Fatima," will be offered in the parish hall On Saturday the parish will hold its ninth annual Arts and Crafts Holiday Bazaar in the parish hall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More than 20 exhibitors will offer their handicrafts for sale, along with souvenir items of the anniversary, home-baked goods, a cafe and gift raffles. On Sunday at 2 p.m., the International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be hosted and hOl;lOred at a procession, followed by a prayer service and Benediction. An anniversary supper to be served in the hall during the later afternoon will wrap up the weekend. It was on Oct. 11, 1874, when U1yssesS. Grant was president and Pius IX was pope that Bishop Thomas F. Hendricken of Providence, R.I., conducted the solemn blessing and dedication of St. Peter the Apostle Church. The original parishioners were mainly faithfilled Portuguese fishermen and their families, who comprised more than half of the town's population at the time. Today, with a great mix of ethriicity, the parish welcomes all who profess their Turn to page 13 - St. Peter's

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Father Felician Plichta OFM HYANNIS - Father Felician Plichta, OFM Conv., 82, parochial vicar of Corpus Christi Parish, East Sandwich for the past 17 years, died Oct. ,12 at Cape Cod Hospital here. Born in Fall River, the son of the late Stephen and the late Mary Plichta, he was educated at Holy Cross Parochial School and B.M.C. Durfee High School ,in Fall River and at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, N.Y \ Father Plichta entered the St. Anthony of Padua Province of the Conventual Franciscan Friars in August: 1934. His first profession of vows was held at St. Joseph Cupertino Novitiate, Ellicott City, Md., on' Sept. 11, 1935. From 1935 until 1939 he studied at the Grande Seminary in Montreal, Canada, and at the University of St. Casimir in Lwow, Poland. On Oct. 4,1938; he made his solemn profession of vows and then studied at St. Hyacinth Seminary in Granby. He

MARYKNOLL, N.Y. Maryknoll Father David Ign::ttius Walsh, 84, a native of New Bedford, Mass., and a priest for 57 years, died Oct. 13 at St. Teresa's Residence, Ossining, N.Y. He had been a Maryknoll missioner to Bolivia for 42 years. Born in New Bedford, the only son of Patrick and Mary Walsh, he attended St. Kilian's Parochial School and graduated from Holy Family High School, New Bedford, in 1933. He continued his education at Maryknoll Apostolic Col-

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1942; Sacred Heart Church, Taunton until 1943; St. Hedwig Parish, Floral'Park, N.Y. until 1946; and at St. Stanislaus Parish, Cheh;ea, until 1960. From 1960 to 1964, Father Plichta was a vocations director, residing at the provincialate in' Baltimore, Md. He was a preaching minister residing at St. Anthony Mission House in Ellicott City, Md., from 1963 through 1964. He was guardian and. pastor at Holy Cross Friary and Parish in Fall River from 1964 to 1976 and served at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Friary and Parish in New Bedford until 1982. Father Plichta leaves two sisters, Celia and Helen Plichta of Fall River; two brothers, Frank • and Raymond Plichta, also of Fall River; and nieces and nephews. His funeral Mass was celebrated Monday at Corpus Christi Parish Center in East Sandwich. Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Fall River.

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lege in Clark's Summit, Pa., and was ordained a priest at Maryknoll Seminary in Ossining on June 21,1942. He was among the first Maryknollers assigned to work in ,a South American diocese, where he developed a command of the language, won the·people's respect, and opened the Cochap~mba Langu~ge School which coptiJ:tues,i.n operation today. ..' , In 1949 he returned.to, the U.S. to become spiritual director of students at Maryknoll Seminary, Brookline, Mass.; was later made a . procurator and served as 'Iocal superior of the Maryknoll Center in New York. In 1957 Father Walsh was reassigned to BQlivia where he di-

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FAIRHAVEN-Father Frederick George Furey, 80, a priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts 'of Jesus and Mary, and a member of ·th~ Perpetual Adoration ofthe Altar,' . died Oct'. 14 at St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford.. '. Born in Turner Falls, the son ofthe late James and Anna (Stowell)Furey,: he attended Keith Academy in Lowell. He received a degree in theology'from The Catholic University of America, a master ofarts degree in history from Boston College and a II!aster of arts in psychology from Ashland College in Ashland, Ohio. . Ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 1946 in Washington, D.C., FatherFurey held various positions ofresponsibility in the Sacred Hearts Fathers. He was pastor of Our Lady of Assumption Parish in New Bedford; was rector of Queen of Peace Seminary in Jaffrey, N.H.; was prin-

cipal of Pomona Catholic' Boy'" High School in Poinona:Calif., and for more than 30 years was chaplain .at Marion Correctional Institution in. Marion , Ohio~ while in re~idel\ce at Si. Mary's Parish iri'Marion. In 1998, Father Furey. withdrew from active priestly ministry and lived at Diunien .Residence in Fairhaven, the Congiegation's home for the aged and infmn brothers and priests. Father Furey is survived by two nieces, Karen Downes and Brenda Bruce; a nephew;L. Donald Shattuck; and the many priests, brothers and sisters of the Congregation. His funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m., in St. Joseph Church, Fairhaven. Burial will follow on the grounds of Sacred Hearts Provincial House. The Austin-Carney Funeral Home of New Bedford is in charge of arrangements.

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Diocesan parishes join with pope to ~upport World Mission Sunday ~

Msgr. John J. Oliveira, and of neighbor. "There are many tasks in the PA, director of the Church, but only one mission," diocesan Propagation Pope John Paul said. of the Faith Office, is "It is in this spirit ,that I, too, counting on the have sought to exercise the apgenerous members of ostolic ministry with which divine providence entrusted me the Fall River Diocese Oct. 16, 1978," he said. to support the Holy During the Angelus, the pope Father and the blessed a "peace bell" that a group of Albanian young people worldwide missions had molded from melted-down this Sunday. By CINDY WOODEN CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY -Pope John Paul II said he has tried to live his 21-year pontificate as a missionary supported by the prayers of Catholics around the world. "I ask everyone to continue to accompany me with their prayers so that I may faithfully carry out this service to the Church of Rome and to the whole Christian people," the pope said Sunday, the day after the 21 st anniversary of his election. During his midday Angelus address, the pope said the Oct. 24 celebration of World Mission Sunday is a reminder that all Christians share the call to be missionaries, whether going abroad to preach the Gospel or witnessing to Christian values by the way they behave at work or school. Evangelization, he said, is "made credible by the holiness of Christians and of Church communities which try to live as authentic children of God, putting into practice the double commandment of love" of God

shell casings. The bell will be installed Jan. 1 in the central square of Tirana, Albania's capital. The pope also asked for prayerful support of his pontificate during a morning visit to . Rome's St. Francis of Assisi Parish. According to the Vatican press office, St. Francis was the 288th Rome - parish. he visited during his 21year-pontificate. The Diocese of Rome has 328 parishes. The press office's list of statistics also said Pope John Paul has beatified 938 people during his pontificate and canonized 284. He has written 13 encyclicals, 11 apostolic exhortations, 10 apostolic constitutions and 37 apostolic letters, the press office said. Pope John·Paul has held more than 1,130 private meetings with political figures. Thirty-seven of the meetings were official state visits, while 769 were less formal audiences with heads of state and. prime ministers. According to-Vatican Radio,

St. Mary's Education Fund dinner is Oct. 28 FALL RIVER - With high hopes Home of New Bedford, an orphanof raising $500,000 for needy stu- age sponsored by the diocese. The dents at parochial schools across the interest from the fund provides diocese, planners are looking for- scholarships to students attending ward to next Thursday's annual St. parochial and diocesan schools. In each successive year, the fall Mary's Education Fund Fall Scholarship dinner at White's ofWestport. dinner has met with increased levThis year's fifth annual event els of success. This year, the Cape offers "cause for great optimism," _ Cod evening gala, ''A Starry Sumsaid Timothy J. Cotter, vice chair- mer Night," raised more than man of the board of directors of Fall $300,000. From 1995 to 1998, River Five Cents Savings Bank, and more than $750,000 has been raised" to benefit more than 1,300 elemenchairman of the dinner. A reception will be held at 5:30 tary and nearly 100 high school stup.m., and the dinner will follow at dents. These children continue to rely on the generosity of individu6:30 p.m. The Diocese of Fall River estab- als and businesses to reach beyond lished the St. Mary's Education themselves and-to identify and inFund, Inc., in 1991 from proceeds vite others to share their blessings of the sale of the former St: Mary's with those in need.

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Renewing our refugee policies . In recent testimony at a Senate symposium on refugees, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, chairman of the U.S. Catholic Conference's Migration Committee, -- stated, 'The United States is increasing abdicating its worldwide leading role ·in refugee protection:' The bishop is right,'and the facts speak for themselves. The Kosovo crisis aside, refugee admissions to this country· have dropped . drastically from 207,000 in 1980 to 78,000 this year. The U.S. government has set a policy that sharply curtails its response to refugees worldwide. In Africa, there are more than six million displaced persons. Con·f1icts in so many of the continent's countries continue to produce refugees who are victims of violence and torture and who have little hope of ever returning to their homes. Unlike people from Southeast Asia, there is a seeming bias when it comes to the suffering people of Africa. Today, the need is greater than ever for our government to develop adequate processing mechanisms to meet the need to resettle Africans. Another area of immediate attention is to be found among unaccompanied .-refugee children. This group is one of the most vulnerable among refugees, ,susceptible to unlawful military conscrip!ion, sexual and physical abuse and -slavery. In recent years, despite our abundant national resource, this country lIas welcomed only a handful of these children. During fiscal year 1997, the "United States accepted only one unaccompanied minor. This says much about . ·our lack of care and concern fOf;the suffering children of the world. Given the circumstances, the United States should be the leader and role model in extending open arms to, refugees. The immediate priority is to' reverse the steady, eight-year decline by raising the ceiling 'on refugee admissions. Families.should receive special attention. Refugee families resettle better when they are together. Preserving .families should be .at . . the very heart of our refugee program's. It is also important that the government work in close partnership with the many volunteer organizations that center on assisting refugees. In this way, fairness is assured as well as an effective process and cost efficiency. Volunteer agencies bring to the U.S. refugee program the support of important religious, ethnic and humanitarian components. The public/private partnership that this collaboration provides must constantly be strengthened. As Bishop DiMarzio reflected, "By renewing our commitment to refugee protection, we, as a people, serve bur own vital interests and act as an example to other nations. Moreover, we should remember that'we honor our own democratic values when we embrace our national tradition of compassion, which truly offers a beacon oflhdpe to all the \\torld's suffering."

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A special month This past week our Holy Father reminded the Catholic World of the Church's October custom of praying the rosary. This Marian prayer, the pope states, "has helped safeguard the integrity of the faith." The Church family will be sustained as it enters the new millennium committed to the rosary. The pope has asked Church members across the world to help draw the family to this dev()tion... .. One of the reasons why such widespread chaos is affecting our family life - in the form ofdivorce and separation - is that many have left Our Mother.. So many of our own people simply have no prayer life at the kitchen table. So many children come to first Communion c1¥ses totally unfamiliar with Catholic traditions. Some cannot even bless themselves, never mind say the rosary prayers. Somewhere along the line, th~ priority of family prayer in the home has vanished. Social and sports programs take prime place over prayers. This is tragic and we as families are suffering terribly. October is a wonderful time to bring the rosary to the forefront of devotion. Parish churches offer an effective way to renew the rosary prayers as a community e~perience, say, before daily Mass. Parish organizations can supply rosaries and instructions on reciting the beads can be given to' the parish family. Moms and dads could be reminded that a family that prays together stays together. As Mary nurtured Jesus in his family environment, so too will she be a mother to all. who call upon her, especially asking her for the care and concern our children so desperat~ly need in today's mixed-up world.

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FATHER MICHAEL RACINE OF ST. MARY'S .PARISH, SOUTH DARTMOUTH, CONGRATULATES HIS PARENTS~ DbNAI.,IL~Nb BARtt~RA' RACINE! -pdLLOWING THE RECENT COUPLES MASs'A'f'st: MARy~iSl'CATHEbR1\L),'LFALr RIVER. THEY CELEBRATED THEIR 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY.

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Lord, why did you frown on, the Red ,Sox? By DAVE JOUVET ANCHOR STAFF

Those of us who remember the "Baltimore Catechism" stating the way we get to heaven is to know God, love him and serve him. Well, let me tell you, I'm going to work extra hard, because I must get to heaven. I have to ask God one question if I get there. "Lord, why did you frown on the Red Sox?" As 'we close the millennium, The Editor those of us who are Red Sox fans throughout the Diocese of Fall River, and there are a plethora of us; are forced. to· watch another World Series 'go by the board with. out a Red Sox world championship. And, if that. weren't. bad enough, we have to watch the Yan. OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE DIOCESE OF FALL· RIVER- kees! (A second question for the Published weekly by The Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River .Lord might be, "Lord, Why did you love the Yankees so much?") 887 Highland Avenue P.O. BOX 7 Fall River. MA 02720 Fall River. MA 02722-0007 There are all too few members .of our diocese that have seen a Red Telephone 508-675-7151 Sox. world championship. In fact, FAX (508) 675-7048 the diocese was only 14 years old Send address changes to P.O. BOll 7 or calltelephons numbs.r above .(1918) that last time the Old Town Team raised the pennant. EDITOR GENERAL MANAGER NEWS EDITOR It can't be that there haven't Rev. Msgr. John F. Moore Rosemary Dussault James N. Dunbar been enough prayers said for our beloved Sox. All of New England

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is saturated with good Christian people - many of whom, I guarantee, have raised more·than a prayer or two for that elusive pennant. I know, I've heard it said that God answers all our prayers - but sometimes the answer is no. Sometimes... but always?!!! . The only comfort I can take from the perennial situation of "wait 'til next year," is Jesus' .quote in Mat. thew: ''The last shall be fIrst, anp the first shall be iast." But when?. As much as I want to ask God the reason for the pennantdrought in Beantown, I'm almost afraid to hear his answer. He might tell me, "Hey, I"ve given you 16 Boston Celtics world championships." My response would be, "Yes Lord, thank you .... but it's just notthe same as the Red Sox winning the whole ball of wax, Baseball is in my blood, and I just . feel so anemic." . Then, the Lord may bring up the Boston Bruins, and I would tell God, "Yes Lord, allowing me to grow up watching Bobby Orr play and bring home two Stanley Cups does ease the sting a little bit.... but baseball is in my blood, and I need a transfusion."

I'm pretty certain that the Almighty won't bring up the Boston! New England Patriots because that's a whole different cross to bear. And if I bring up the alleged "Curse of the Bambino," I'm sure the Lord will tell me that I shouldn't believe in such stuff. So I guess, the past 80 years has been full of coincidences. Like after selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1918, the Red Sox haven't won a single .championship and the Yankees have won 24. Or like Johnny Pesky holding on to the ball too long in . Game 7 of the 1946World Series. Or like Jim Rice breaking his arm prior to the 1915 World Series. Or like, dar~ I say 'it, Bill Buc~ner's . boo boo in the 1986 World Series. But, we are taught not to question the Lord. It's just that we Red Sox faps just get soooo frustrated. One championship.... just one.... that's all we ask. But your will be done. And I know I'm not supposed to question you God, but one last quick one. "If the Red Sox drought . is to be perpetual, why was I born in New-England?" The Lord's response, "It was either there or Chicago."


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sion received the ~pecial papal Mashpee. distinguish him from Father John blessing given by the bishop. In his homily, which mixed hu- Perry of St. Joseph's Parish, Fall Father Michael K. McManus, mor and pathos, Bishop O'Malley River. The two have been distinchancellor of the diocese, presented praised the dedicated service to guished not only by their chronoeach honoree to the bishop. Mon- the Church of not only the new logical disparities "as well as by signors named as Prelates of Honor monsignors, but all the priests in their contrasting shapes and volof His Holiness, who were robed in his diocese, and he called them to umes," said the bishop, jokingly Roman purple cassocks and sashes be holy, always happy and men of speaking of the rotund monsignor with white surplices proper to the prayer. and the tall priest. He told the liturgical ceremony were: Rev. "While some might legitimately laughing congregation that they Msgr. Thomas 1. Harrington, pas- ask why wasn't Father so-and-so is are regularly identified as "the hot~ tor, Holy Name Church, New Bed- not included among the new mon- dog and the hamburger." ford; Rev. Msgr. Edmond R. signori, no one can ask why these Bishop O'Malley especially Levesque, pastor, St. Anthony of men are being honored," the bishop welcomed and congratulated Msgr. Padua Church, New Bedford; Rev. said. "You, know better than I, how John Steakem "for being here toMsgr. John J. Steakem, pastor,'St. faithful these men are as priests, day. Jack, you are in our prayers as Thomas More Church, Somerset; how much they love the priesthood you face this terrible cross of canand Rev. Msgr. Antonino C. and how hard they work ... and the cer in your life. Please find strength Tavares, former pastor of Santo honor they receive from the Church - in our friendship. and our admiraChristo Church, Fall River, and cur- . is well deserved. They are but a sam- tion for you." rently retired. pling of our outstanding diocesan In honoring the new monsiMonsignors named Chaplain to priests." gnors, "we honor the priesthood of His Holiness, who were clad in In congratulating the new mon- Christ," the bishop said. While sacblack cassocks with Roman purple signors, Bishop O'Malley com- raments work by virtue of themtrim, buttons and sash, and white mented that: "Our Hol'y Father has selves even if a priest conferring surplices, were, Rev. Msgr. Stephen good taste." them is unworthy, "yet in our hearts J. Avila, secretary to the bishop; Noting that the parents of Msgr. we know that the better the priest, Rev. Msgr. Edmund J. Fitzgerald, Avila were present, the bishop the better the man, the better off pastor, St. John the Baptist Parish, joked that the monsignor's father the whole Church will be." Westport; Rev. Msgr. John F. wondered if the new title would Essential to the work of the Moore, pastor, St. Elizabeth Ann mean a n~w pay raise for his son. priest is that he must be a man of Seton Parish, North Falmouth; Rev. "Unfortunately that is not in the joy, Bishop O'Malley pointed out. "A sorry saint is no saint at all. Msgr. John A. Perry, pastor, St. John cards," the bishop quipped. Neumann Parish, East Freetown; Msgr. John Perry was another People must sense our joy and love and Rev. Msgr. Ronald A. Tosti, ,singled out by the bishop, who said when we celebrate the Eucharist and pastor, Christ the King Parish, his being made a monsignor was to sacraments ... and to share their joys

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Why people love ghost stories路 Ads for the movie "The Sixth Sense" showed an appe'aling young boy saying to Bruce Willis, "I talk to dead people." To find out what that was about, people, including myself, went running to the movie theaters. I was not surprised at this movie's success. Ghost stories always have been popular because fascination with the mysteries of life and death is human nature. I remember movies, going back to my teens, where ghosts were the By cehtral characters. In the 1930s and 1940s "Topper" and "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" started a rash of variations on the theme of the suddenly deceased person who comes back in somebody else's body. . Equal to the appeal of ghost stories is the

interest in angels and other supernatural be- tween this earth and the world we cannot see ings. Television programs like ''Touched By is very strong, indeed. an Angel," "Sightings", and even "UnexMany of us were taught in theology classes plained Mysteries" keep proving that stories , that one of the proofs for the existence of God is that every culture and society shows evidence of the quest for the eternal. Humans have sought God since the birth of consciousness. As for why this hunger is found in the human heart and who instilled such a relentless quest in humans, the answer can only be found in the dimension known as faith. Thus, our fascination with ghosts is rooted in our ancestry. Coming from an ItalAntoinette Bosco ian background, I would never question the intrusion of a spirit into our stories. If I did, my grandmother, who told me how she had, seen St. Joseph, would come back to haunt ' with supernatural happenings stir deep inter- me! Well, who's to say whether there are or est in viewers. Their popularity indicates that the desire in each of us to find the links be- aren:t. ghosts linking us to the other wodd?

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Certainly the world is full of mysteries. I learned that just from studying atoms., First we thought we couldn't smash'those infinitesimal mighty mites. Then we smashed them and found in their cores more energy and power'than possibly could have been imagined. Is any ghost story more remarkable than the mysteries the Creator placed inside an atom? What it all comes down to is excitement. The universe and human life are remarkable puzzles, designed by the Lord, who chose to be our mysterious God. And until we progress enough - in the next million years or so - to be able to gain more insight into ilie mystery, we' have our imaginations to entertain us with ghost tales and 0l!r faith to help us see and believe the remarkable,stories that tr~ly do link,us to the . supernatural world.

Subsidizing and collections baskets In a recent formal letter I was invited to be tional Conference of Catholic Bishops head- obvious endorsement potential. On the other an adviser to the American bishops. Well, quarters.) So I was not sure what to tell her. hand, this does not preclude the Knights of However, in the absence of facts --: which Columbus from taking a considered study not exactly all the bishops. OK, not even to the bishops themselves. It was a reader named , might have been daunting to another adviser of the ticket raffle potential an NFL franOlive in a Northeastern state where they talk - I nonetheless forged a formal reply to Olive, being careful to direct any spittle away like movie gangsters. But it was a formal letter. It had a stamp from not only the paper and envelope but and a return address. In addition, there were from my computer screen. The agenda, I formally told her, would no dried spittle markings on the envelope or on'the letter, which are common on many certainly be serious. But, I assured her, it missives from fans who write to share obser- would not contain any of the following: -Discussion of launching a pastoral letvations, 90ncerns, best wishes and sugges, tions - all in capital letters - of things they ter on the theology of face'lifts, or lifting any By Dan Morris wish for my anatomy to experience in the other part of one's self for that matter. It is self-evident that the cost of a face lift (etc.) immediate future. Olive wanted to know what I thought of would build a school in a Third World counthe upcoming agenda for the bishops' an- try and would be, therefore, not worthy of a , chise might bring with it. And it wouldn't nual meeting in Washington, D.C. I was em- pastoral letter. hurt the KnightS' insurance program's visbarrassed to admit they had not sent one to - Public consideration of the purchase ibility a bit. me - or to anyo'ne in my parish, because I , of 'a National Football League franchise. { -A pastoral letter on women and the asked around. Not even to Msgr. O'Kneel, Again, the bishops fully realize that the im- Church. They tried this one already and were our pastor. (I am pretty sure there was prob- mense investment in such a risky venture , sorry they had not read "Men Are From Mars, ably some kind of mailing glitch at the Na- , would place it as a low priority despite the Women Are From Venus" before they started.

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Education Convention is tomorrow at Bishop Connolly FALL RIVER - The annual Catholic Education Convention will be held at Bishop Connolly High School tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 3: 15 p.m. for catechists, school principals and teachers, directors and coordinators of religious education and deacons. It will feature more than 27 presenters, 60 workshops and a keynote address by Thomas

Gold and silver husband Joseph were celebrating their 2~th anniversary. Lucy' and Peter Gerardi of Brewster were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple attends Our Lady of the Cape Parish in Brewster, and Lucy said that the celebration was, "very special for us." They were both happy to attend and were among 80 couples celebrating golden anniversaries. ' , During his homily, the bishop spoke about the significance of a married couple's commitment and what that represents to others. "Mar" riage i~ a covenant between you two and God and your wedding rings are a sign of that covenant. The love pf God is in y.our spiritual unity and it is a sign that Jesus laid down his life for us. Your faith and love are a sign to young people of the beauty of marriage and God's I.ove," he said. '

Thibodeau, assistant professor of theology at Viterbo College, Wisconsin. Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., will lead morning prayer and according to Deacon Bruce J. Bonneau, director of religious education for the diocese, people are looking forward to the day. "It will be an opportunity to help teaches and catechists with their faith formation," he declared.

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The couples held hands during the renewal of vows and rededicated themselves to their marriages. Old and young faces were filled with smiles as spouses reaffirmed vows. Irene I';:.ing of New Bedford said it was "a special day" for her and her hushand Albert, parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. They recently returned from New York where they celebrated thei'r 50th'wedding an~ niversary. , The bishop thanked Jerry and Scottie Foley of the Family Ministry Program and all the people who helped make the celebration possible. He commented that if one were to take ,all the years that the couples have been married and extend them back through time it would be more than ten thousand years of mar- ried life. "We give thanks to God for all of you," he declared. '

-Launching a study to determine the optimum collection-basket style, shape and size. While some liturgical practices and objects need standardization) the bishops probably rightly assume that the principle of "subsidiarity" has to apply somewhere, and this is a good one. Parishes can select their own best collection tools, although apple boxes and Kentucky Fried Chicken buckets would be nearly always inappropriate. I hope Olive was satisfied. I do appreciate her alerting me to the , demands of potential consulting requests. , When does the Leadership Conference of Women Religious meet next anyway? Comments are welcome. Write Uncle Dan at 6363 Christie Ave. No. 222, Emeryville, Calif. 94608; or e-mail: cnsuncle@yahoo.com.

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Catechetics for children Q. Han eight-year-old child is vidual child depends on many cirunbaptized and wants to become a cumstances: the age of the child, reCatholic, is she required to go· ligious background and practice of through the RCIA (Rite for the the family, the parents' faith and Christian Initiation ofAdults)? Or practice of it, religious formation of the child in the pas~, what kind of support in living the Catholic faith the child will receive from 01\. .. family or friends • + after the bap.~ . By Father tism, and so on. John J. Dietzen It is important, in other words, that the can she be baptized and then par- child know, at his or her own level, ticipate in a parish religious-edu- what bei~g baptized means and cation program to receive the other what responsibilities are undertaken sacraments? in receiving. this sacrament. My grandchild is at this point, It is also critical, in fairness to and we would appreciate knowing the sensibilities and conscience of what steps to take. (Ohio) the child, that he or she not be enA. Children would normally not couniged to make commitments take part in an RCIA program be- (going to Mass on Sundays, prayer, fore entering the Catholic faith. An sacraments) which cannot reasonexception might be when the par- ably be fulfilled because of the relients are preparing to become Catho- gious circumstances at home. lic and explain the lessons at a These concerns and suggestions child's level as they go through the are spelled out more fully in the secprocess. tion ofthe RCIA ritual called "ChrisNo child who is old enough to tian Initiation ofChildren Who Have receive some instruction in the mean- Reached Catechetical Age," ing and practice of Christian and It is best to talk with the priest in Catholic faith should be baptized your parish, or other parish minister without that instruction. responsible for children's religiousThere is a procedure similar to education programs, and determine the RCIA that is designed for chil- the most appropriate steps for your dren. Whether or how that program granddaughter. would be appropriate for an indiQ. I am a Ukrainian Catholic.

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Your recent column on receiving the Holy Mysteries (sacraments) in Eastern churches was, I believe, misleading. Catholics of all rites, Latin or otherwise, are allowed and encouraged to receive the Holy Gifts in each other's churches. If we are in full communion, there is absolutely no impediment to attending liturgies, receiving the sacraments and fuIrllling Sunday and holy day obligations with each other. (Pennsylvania) A. You are right, ofcourse. Whatever concerns and limitations exist for participating in the liturgies and sacraments of Eastern churches apply only to the Orthodox churches, those who are not in communion with the bishop of Rome. Participation in the liturgies and "Holy Gifts" (a wonderful phrase, commonly used iIi the Eastern churches for the sacraments) of churches united with the Roman pontiff is, as you say, not only permitted but strongly encouraged, so that the special charisma of each church might be better known. Thanks to you and others who wrote for this clarification. A free brochure answering questions Catholics ask about the sacrament of penance is available by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Box 325, Peoria, Dl. 61651. Questions for this column may be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address, or e-mail iidietzen@aol.com.

. The.. "culture of war" Dear Dr. Kenny: I heard mention on a talk show today of the "culture ofwar!' What do they mean? Is there something we can do withinourfamily to counteract this? (Illinois) Anthropologists deline culture as

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son 'on the globe gives us a fuller sense of what it means to work in the 'high-tech be human." , world, he says. Because the Church is global, By ELLEN NEERINCX SIGMON solitude, images God, the im- . he said, its members can help By GENE STOWE CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE portanceof prayer, being. a light each other across cultural lines. CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE . HICKORY, N.C. - Deacons for others, and the importance of "Mis~ion is from local church to and their wives in the Charlotte' being a servant and the crosses NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Past local'church," he said. "EveryDiocese were reminded during that come with it. methods of evangelizing will no't one gives and everyone retheir annual retreat in Hickory Josie Pais, wife of Louis Pais, a suffice in the high-tech world of cei ves and that is ecclesial comthey need to take time for reflec- deacon at St. Gabriel Parish in the third milmunion. It tion to find out what God has to Charlotte, talked about her role in lennium, Car.: will lead to 'say to them. her husband's ministry. dinal Francis sol i d a'r i t Y Their retreat leader also urged "I have to help him tune back E. George of "The Church is presented among the' them to make sure they spend time in to the family," she said. "It· Chicago told with a new phenomenon peoples. with one another. won't work if the wife is not sure. Catholic lead~ after2,OOO years _ the con"The invis- . "It is important for you to take Too many sacrifices have to be . ers recently at ible gift of the time to reflect on who God is made. They (the deacons) are re~ the University scious rejection of the GosChrist is made for you," said Sister Mary freshedandrenewedbyus.Iknow ·of Notre' pel by entire people and visible in cultures. Many of these pas tor i n g, Charlene Nowak, leader of the re- my husband is more effective (in Dame. cent retreat at the Catholic Con- his work with others) because of "T h e I h ave simply given preaching and peoples ference Cenhis marital. Church is presacramen tal ter in relation- sented with a Up on the faith itself. The life. He created Hie k 0 r y . "Family is supposed to be ship." new phenom. Gospel is not news, and it's a community," are first. You, as deacons, receive Barbara enon after ~: \ not good. We have to go in. he added. "He "You what your all the sacraments. Your wives Mac e r 0, 2,000 years "':V:-~ "".. and find again a new form shaped a group prayer is. You are a very important part of wife of Carl the conscious ,0.-;111I. :,' \ . ; / 'ofe,vpliess,'on " that continues need to be Macero Sr., reJ' ectio, n of ...., .-.. II' \..t:., ' A , . his presence who God these sacraments as well. Husa deacon at the Gospel b y ' : " . ! c . " . T -Cardinal Francis E. George now that he is wants you to bands, please remember, you St. Thomas entire people ' no longer vismarried your wives first." A qui n a s and cultures," ible." be." Sis t e r -Sister Mary Charlene Nowak Parish in Car din a I Cardinal Nowak; who Charlotte, George said. logians, students and other inter- George distinguished between is associate agreed. Old ways of evangelization, ested people from across the ;nculturation, when faith diadirector of the formation. program "I have to share him more, but including missions' to territories' Western Hemisphere attended. logues with a culture, and acculSaying that "humansolidar- turation, when cultures dialogue for the permanent diaconate in the part of my ministry is allowing him where people never heard the Diocese of Buffalo, N. Y, also to minister," she said. "It really is Gospel and missions to parishes ity is possible," Cardinal George with each .other. stressed how important it is for dea- important, though, for the wife to where baptized people are called noted that an Apollo 8 photo"The Church's job is to create a cons and .their wives to spend time mai"tain the balance in the rela- back to Christian life, are not suf- ' . graph of Earth from space shows climate where people want to come together.tionship." ficient in the global society, he no poli~ical or cultural divisionll up wit,h the answers," he said, . ' .... "Family is supposed to be first," Both Mrs. Pais and Mrs. said. but only a beautiful array' of ' .. ,,·"If·it is imagin'ed;, thegener-!I" she said. "You, as deacons, receive Macerosaid that their husbands' "Manyof these peoples have continents. "D i ffe re fie es osity that is there - both natuall the sacraments. Your wives are roles as deacons had enhanced simply given up on the faith it- have to be approached as a gift.. rally and by the grace of Christ a very important part of these sac- their marriages. "My respect for self," Cardinal George said. "The to be shared, not obstacles to be - will enable us to create a culraments as well. Husbands, please my husband has really grown," Gospel is 'not news, and it's not overcome," he said. "Every per- ture of solidarity." remember, you married your wives said Mrs. Pais. first." George McMahon, a deacon Sister Nowak, a member of the living in Morganton, also talked Congregation of the Sisters of St. about how becoming a deacon Felix of Cantalice for 43 years, is has enhanced his married life .. a retreat director and spiritual di- "It's been really beautiful;" 'he rector. During the retreat Sister said. "It has brought us together Nowak addressed other topics, in- as one. I've also been privileged cluding the sacraments, making' to baptize most of my grandchilGod alive for others, silence and dren." By PATRICIA ZAPOR notto consider the case isn't necessarily bad news CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE for supporters of voucher programs. Last year, the WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has court let a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling stand declined to review a Maine law that pays for rural that upheld the state's system of paying for vouch. students to attend private schools as long as they ers usable at religious as well as public schools.. are not church-affiliated. "The court has always said it would favor differA week after letting Arizona's program of tax ent approaches by different states," Chopko said. breaks for contributions to religious schools con- "The fact that the Maine Supreme Court has taken tinue, the court let stand a Maine Supreme Court one view of its own state law and reached one conruling that supporters of ' vouchers for parochial clusion and the Wisconsin Supreme Court reached schools hoped to have reversed. another cO'nclusion about its state law is not unThe court also declined by a 6-3 vote to recon- heard of." .sider the constitutionality of a New York attempt to Challenges to other states' programs are in varicreate a separate school district that serves only the ous stages of legal appeals, 'including a pending Satmar Hasidic Jewish community of one village. federal court trial of the validity of a voucher sysAnd it also refused to intervene in a Pennsylvania tem that is in its fourth year of a test in Cleveland, case in which the state Supreme Court said a sales Ohio. In the New York .school district case, the court tax exemption for: religious publications was unwas split about whether to reconsider its 1994 rulconstitutional. In the Maine schools case,the state Supreme ing over a special school district created for the Court had ruled against parents who wanted the state village of Kiryas Joel. Justices Sandra Day to include religious schools in its program of pay- O'Connor, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas ing tuition ,to public or private schools for students , voted to accept the case. Four votes are needed to . who live in remote areas without public high place an appeal on the high court calendar. schools. The U.S. Supreme Court turned down an In 1994, the court ruled that the state was wrong to have created a separate district for the disabled appeal of that ruling without comment. Until 1981, Maine included religious schools in children of the Satmar Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel. its program. But the rules were revised amid con- Virtually all the other children of the village attend cerns that the state was unconstitutionally support- private, religious schools. In the Pennsylvania tax case, the court left a state ing religious activity by paying students'tuition to ruling intact that overturned an exemption from church-run schools. Mark Chopko, general counsel for the U.S. Catho- sales taxes for the sale or use of religious publicalic Conference, said the Supreme Court's decision tions and other articles sold by .religious groups.

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good. We have to go in and find again a new form of expression." His talk was part of a threeday conference organized by the university's theology department to consider waysto implement Pope John Paul II's apostolic exhortation, "The Church in America." .More than 60 bishops, theo-

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Catholic bishops speak out on marriage prep, cohabitation· Editor's Note: The recent focus by the National Catholic Bishops' Committee on Marriage and Family on the growing practice of unmarried couples living together and the ancillary issue of marriage preparation, points up the undermining of society itself and the lack of commitment in many Christian marriages. In order for clergy, pastoral ministers and the laity to have adequate information on the issues, The Anchor, in upcoming editions, will offer the text of the report as published in the CNS documentary service, "Origins." The following is the second in. stallment of the series: PART!: EMPIRICAL INFORMATION ABOUT COHABITATION AND MARRIAGE

or temporary alternative to marriage is a primary reason (Bumpass, National Survey of Families and Households paper No. 66, 1995). The percent of couples being married in the United States declined 25 percent from 1975 to 1995. The Official Catholic Directory reported 406,908 couples married in the Catholic Church in 1974; in 1995, it reported a 25 percent decline to 305,385 couples. - Only 53 percent of first cohabiting unions result in marriage. The percentage of couples marrying from second and third cohabitations is even lower (Bumpass and Lu, 1998; Bumpass, 1990; Wu, 1995; Wineberg and McCarthy, 1998). Ten percent to 30 percent of cohabitors intend never to marry (Bumpass and Sweet, 1995). -All first-world countries are experiencing the phenomenon of cohabitation and the corrosive impact it has on marriage as the

time. - Forty percent of cohabiting households include children, either the children of the relationship or the children that one or both partners bring to the relationship (U.S. Bureau of Census, 1998, Wu, 1995; Schoen, 1992). - Median duration of cohabitation is 1.3 years (Bumpass and Lu, 1998; Wu, 1995; Schoen and Davis, 1992). Previously married persons cohabit more often than never-married; two-thirds of those separated or divorced and under age 35 cohabit. They are more likely than never-married cohabiting couples .to have children in the household, and they are much less likely than never-married to marry their current partner or someone else (Wineberg and McCarthy, 1998; Wu, 1995; Bumpass and Sweet, 1989). Those couples who are in a cohabiting relationship and who - Those not completing high come to the Church for marriage school are almost twice as likely to preparation represent only a percohabit as those who complete colcentage of the total cohabiting lege. Forty percent of college gradupopulation. Nonetheless, to ates, however, do cohabit at understand and respond to some time. Only 26 percent of women with college dethem one must appreciate grees coha1?it, compared to some aspects of the broader 41 percent of women withphenomenon of cohabitaout a high school diploma. tion. This, in turn, is set The higher the level of eduwithin a context of widespread sexual activity outcation, the more likely the side of marriage. In this seccohabitor is to marry the partner (Qian, 1998; tion we provide highlights of what social science has Bumpass and Lu, 1998; Thornton, Axinn, discovered about cohabitaTeachman, 1995; Willis tion in general and with and Michael, 1994). specific reference to cohabiting couples who eventu- Women are likely to ally marry. (3) cohabit ol)ly once, and that with the person they subse1. How Widespread Is Cohabitation? quently marry; men are more likely to cohabit with Cohabitation is a pervaa series of partners sive and growing phenom(Bumpass and Sweet, 1989, enon with a negative im'reachman and Polanko, pact on the role of marriage 1990). as the foundation of fam- Individuals, espeily. The incidence of cocially women, who experihabitation is much greater enced disruption in their than is indicated by the parents' marriage are more number of cohabiting The NCCB's committee inforlikely to cohabit than those couples presenting themmational report offers no recomwho had parents with stable selves for marriage.· mendations for action but rather marriages (Axinn' and Slightly more than half of reflects on the state ofthe issue. Thornton, 1992; Kiernan, couples in first-time co1992; Black and Sprenkle, habitations ever marry; the overall percentage of those who center of family (Bumpass, Na- 1991; Bumpass and Sweet, 1989). - Persons with low levels of remarry is much lower when it in- tional Survey of Families and cludes those who cohabit more Households paper No. 66, 1995; ligious participation and who rate than once. Cohabitation as a per- Hall and Zhao, 1995; Thomasson, religion of low importance are more manent or temporary alternative to 1998; Haskey and Kiernan, likely to cohabit and less likely to marry their partner than those who marriage is a major factor in the 1989). 2. What Is the Profile of the consider religion important and declining centrality of marriage in practice it. There is no difference family structure. It is a phenom- Cohabiting Household? The profile of the average co- in frequency of cohabitation by reenon altering the face of family life habiting household is both ex- ligious denomination; there is a sigin first-world countries. - Eleven percent of couples in pected and somewhat surprising. nificant difference in cohabitation the United States cohabited in Persons with low levels of reli- frequency by level of religious par1965-74; today, a little over half gious participation and those ticipation (Krishnan, 1998; Lye and of all first marriages are preceded who have experienced disruption Waldron, 1·997; Thornton, Axinn by cohabitation (Bumpass and-Lu, in their parents' marriages or a pre- and Hill, 1992; Liejhroer, 1991; 1998; Popenoe and Whitehead, vious marriage of their own are Sweet, 1989). - In general, those in cohabitlikely candidates for cohabita1999). - Across all age groups there tion. Persons with lower levels of ing households are more indepenhas been a 45 percent increase in education and earning power co- dent, more liberal in attitude and risk oriented than cohabitation from 1970 to 1990. habit more often and marry less more (Clarkberg, It is estimated that 60 percent to often than those with higher edu-. noncohabitors 80 percent of the couples coming cation. The average cohabiting Stolzenberg and Waite, 1995; to be married are cohabiting (U.S. household stays together just Cunningham and Antill, 1994; ,Bureau of the Census, 1995; over one year, and children are Huffman, Chang, Rausch and Bumpass, Cherlin and Sweet, part of two-fifths of.these house- Schaffer, 1994; DeMaris and . holds. Men are more often serial MacDonald, 1993). 1991). To be continued with: 3. WhatAre - Overall, fewer persons are or repeat cohabitors, moving choosing to be married today; the from woman to woman, while the Reasons for Cohabitation? in decision to cohabit as a permanent women tend to cohabit only one the October 29 issue of The Anchor.

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VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has sharply criticized the author of a new book about PopePitis XII and said his claim to have spent months researching Vatican archive material on the topic was abs,olutely · false. It said the book "Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII," by English journalist John Cornwell, should be approached with caution by readers who have-been led to believe the work reflects serious scholarship. The comments came in an unsigned article published Oct. 12 by the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano. The Vatican article noted that Cornwell has no academic degree in history, -law or theology, all of which figure largely in his book. Cornwell said he began his r~­ search with the idea of exonerating Pope Pius XII for his policy of prudent silence during World War II, but concluded instead that the pope was an anti-Semite who played into Hitler's hands and failed to condemn the Nazi persecution of Jews.

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Cornwell said he was the first researcher to be grant~d a<;:cess to the archive of the Secretariat of State. The Vatican said this was "completely false," and that numer. ous scholars have seen documents' from the archive. It said Cornwell had consulted only two series of documents regarding Bavaria and Austria between 1913-1921; documents from 1922 onward remain closed to the public, the Vatican said. Cornwell wrote that he worked in the archives :'for months on end," but the Vatican said he was there only for a three-week period in 1997, often for very brief visits. He claimed that he discovered in the archive a 1919 letter written by the future Pope Pius XII, which he said reveals anti~Semitism; Vatican officials have denied that the letter's contents were anti-Semitic. Cornwell described the letter as having lain in the Vatican archive "like a time bomb until now"; in fact, the letter was known and published in a 1992 study of VaticanGerman diplomacy, the Vatican said.

EMMY LAYBOURNE (left), Mark McKinney and Molly Shannon star in the comedy "Superstar," a ridiculous Catholic high school farce. (CNS photo from Paramount Pictures)

'Superstar' is a ntindless Catholic high school farce NEW YORK (CNS) -The fol- ciation of America rating is PG-13 lowing are' capsule reviews of mov~ - parents are strongly cautioned ies recently reviewed by the U.S. that some material may be inapproCatholic Conference Office for Film priate for children under 13. and Broadcasting. "Joe the King" (Trimark) "Superstar" (Paramount) Gloomy tale of a bitter 14-yearMolly Shannon brings her. TV old (Noah Reiss) burdened by an comic skit character of a klutzy abusive alcoholic father (Val Catholic adolescent to the big Kilmer) and neglectful mother screen but the thin story of her high (Karen Young), whos(: petty thiev·school hi-jinks as well as some far- . ery escalates until he is shipped off cical religious stereotypes are only to a juvenile detention center. Fooccasionally amusing. Director cusing on a myriad of characters Bruce McCulloch fails to find who treat no one wiih respect, much humor or any wit in the dim writer-director Frank Whaley's de·proceedings whose dopey central pressing study of alienation is snailcharacter grows increasingly tire- paced and largely uninvolving. Jusome, unsympathetic and ulti- venile theft, fleeting violence, drug mately irritating. Considerable abuse and rear nudity, a crass sexual ·sexual innuendo, comic religious reference and Ipuch profanity and stereotypes, occasional vulgar lan- rough language. The U.S. Catholic guage and a sexual expletive. The Conference classification is A-IIIU.S. Catholic Conference classifi- adults. The Motion Picture Assocation is A-IV -adults, with reser- ciation of America rating is R vations. The Motion Picture Asso- restricted.

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He added, "I didn't really under- going to embrace nonviolence or nonstand the content of what he was talk- existence.'Those are the rules. Sorry, I HOLLYWOOD....:...Everysooften . "ing about. Ilearned later that he was didn't make them up." the news will record actor Martin 'extremeIyc6nservativeandlwouldn't . He told' a story of meeting Mother Sheen standing up for what he belie\res . have agreed With him today. But I met Teresa in Rome in early 1991 in an . effort to get Pope John Paul IT to have in. Sometimes the news will record him, arid I liked him an awful lot" Sheen has a broad resume on screen. the Vatican City-State petition the Sheen for si!:ting down for what he believes in, and getting arrested for it. On television, he's played two Kennedy World Court in the Hague to end the , Unlike the plethora of stars who ,brothers: Bobby in 'The Missiles of fighting between the United States descend on Capitol Hill'in Washing- October" and John in "~nnedy." He and Iraq in the Persian Gulf. "Mother was just fascinated with ton to make their case for federal fund- also appeared in the made-for-TV mov-ing for their petcauses, Sheen has, over . ies 'The Execution of Private Slovik;' this World Court. Can you imagine the past 20 years,lent his body as well 'The Fourth WISe Man;' ''Catholics,'' Mother Teresa never heard of the as his fame for host of causes that "Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story" World Court?" Sheen recalled. An American Catholic lawyer who wouldn't.ordinarily attract a lot of at- and ''Gettysburg.'' On film, Sheen has appeared op- accompanied Sheen had drawn up the tention from the mainstream media. Take, for instance, protesting toxic posite his son Charlie in ''Wall Street;' writ to present at the World Court and waste leaks near his hometown ofDay- and been a star or featured player in explained to Mother Teresa how the ton, Ohio. Or getting arrested World Court judges disputes between nations. outside the SchooloftheAmeri-' """'r'T1r-~'r'\"1 cas in Fort Benning, Ga., in a "She looked off wistfully at one point and she said, 'But civil disobedience action. Or protesting the presence of how do they make them obey?''' Sheen said. nuclear weapons just about anywhere in the country. The meeting bet\Veen As a boy, Sheen said, "I had Sheen and Mother Teresa a taste of what it was to took place on a Wednesday. She agreed to ask the pope to struggle, to be aware of other meet with Sheen and the lawpeople's suffering. And that never left me." .. ~ yer when she talked with him But "I didn't start being acthat Thursday. Sheen said the , tive until I was in my 40s;' he pope agreed to such a meetadded, crediting his activism ing, but the war ended that to the Holy Spirit. . night, so "we gathered in that "I came back to Catholilittle. chapel (of the Missioncism when I was 4,1. Ihad abanaries of Charity) for a Mass of doned it for many years. But I thanksgiving that Friday morning," Sheen said. came back to a very different church," Sheen said. "I came After war's end, Sheen said, back to the chUrch of (Jesuit Mother Teresa voiced her conFather) Daniel Berrigan, of cern about the scourge ofAIDS. .'~She.thbtigl1t~thata·,miracle Philip Berrigan, the Plowshares, .the peace movement, ture for AIDS would come the Catholic Worker, Dorothy through Medjugorje, where Day, the activists, these were they were having the visions MARTIN SHEEN, center, plays U.S. Presi- of the Holy· Mother In my church. The nonviolent Jesus interested me more than dent Josiah Bartlet in the new NBC drama se- MedjugOlje for 10 years at that anything else." ries 'The West Wing:' (CNS photo from NBC) time," he said. Sheen, in an interview'with "I was astonished. I said, Catholit News Service, was asked if such films as "Gospa," 'The Ameri- 'Mother, do you mean there's going he thought he had ever lost acting work can President," "Catch-22," ''The to be a poof miracle out of because of his activism. Andersonville Trial," and "Gandhi." MedjugOljeT 'Oh, no,' she said. 'It will "lhope so. Otherwise it wouldn't He portrayed Catholic Worker co- be a medical miracle. They are no less cost me anything. I think anything of founder Peter Maurin. in "Entertain- miraculous.' value has to cost you something. Oth- ingAngels: The Dorothy Day Story." ''What a revelation that is," Sheen erwise you have to question how valu- And Sheen threw himself into the role said. ''We think ofmiracles in terms·of able it is, or is not," he replied. of the disillusioned Army captain in 'poof.' Medical miracles are equally "But there are probably any nurn- . Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam epic God working through someone in a ber ofjobs that I was denied because ''Apocalypse Now;' suffering an emo- human way." of my activism, but I'm equally cer- tional breakdown during the pro- . . Sheen, in a more mystical'mode, tain that there are an equal number longed location fIlming in southeast expressed his awe at the human face that I got becaiJse of my activism- .Asia of God on earth. people who were supportive, but never "If going in, if at the start of that, 'The miracle is God chooses us. said anything except to hire me." somebody would have told me, 'Mar- That's the hardest part to accept. A It is more likely sheer talent that tin, this is going to happen to you, child gets it. A 'simple person gets it. landed Sheen the role ofthe president, knowing you could die, would you You get intellectual and you can't get Josiah Bartlet, in NBC's new hitdrama want itTAnd I'd say, 'No!Idon'twant it. God chooses to come through us. 'The West Wmg." any part of that. Take the cup away, I That's the miracle," he said. But don't look for Sheen to have don't want to see that cup.' But I think '1 was always interested in the poof life imitate art and inject himself into we have to accept the cup as offered, miracle. You know what that is? Poof! next year's presidential~race. not altered;' Sheen said. Make her better. Poof! Get me this. '1 think it's on-the-job training for ')\nd I always want to alter the cup. Poof! Make that happen. Poof! Dear the most part," he said of the chief I see itcoming and I run and I say, 'No, God, poofthis and poofthat;' he said. executive's job. Sheen said he doesn't no, I'm not home.' 'Well, all right Can ''And occasionally God will do that. have the right attitude for the position. you pour some out?' 'Can you put Boom, a miracle. But God wants to 'The United States has a lot of in- some sugar in it?'We all want that cup come through us. God·'s miracle is terests in the rest ofthe world and when altered;' he continued, "and the great speaking to us." they are interfered with or threatened, people, including great artists and Movies Online their response is a violent one and a . great statesmen, great leaders, all of Can't 'remember how a recent military one. I would not further that them, they take the cup as offered, not film was classified by the USCC? means for solving problems;' he said. altered." Want to know whether to let the Sheen was born Ramon Estevez It was after that breakdown that he kids go see it? Now you can look - it's still his legal name. He. bor- returned tq his Catholic faith and put film reviews up on America rowed his stage,surname from Arch- his activism into high gear. Online. Once you're connected to bishop Fulton 1. Sheen, whom Martin That activism "comes from my AOL, just use the keyword CNS Sheen called "the fIrst televangelist. faith and my humanity," Sheen said. to go to Catholic News Service's And I loved him, but he was more ap- "I believe that Jesus was nonviolent online site, then look for movie pealing to me as an actor. I thought he and he calls us to a nonviolent discipleship. And I think we are either . reviews. was a very. good actor.':

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Iteering pOintl ASSONET - St. Bernard's Legion of Mary is sponsoring a Day ofAdoration for Vocations on Sunday immediately following the 10:30 a.m. Mass. It will include a talk by a seminarian at 11 :30 a.m., prayer of the rosary at noon, the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. and Benediction at 4 p.m. All are welcome to spend some time with Jesus and pray for vocations. ATTLEBORO - The La Salette Shrine will hold a blessing of the carnerstone of its new church on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Nova Alianca Marching Band will provide music and refreshments will follow. All welcome. The Shrine will host singer musician John Polce on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of song, witness and prayer. All welcome. A workshop, "Managing Holiday Stress," will be held at the Shrine on Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christine Homen, a therapist at the Shrine Counseling Center will lead the program. All welcome. For registration call 2225410. CENTERVILLE - The Cape Cod Widowed Support Group will be holding its next meeting on Oct. 27 from 1:30-3 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory Parish. The topic will be "When Change is Forced Upon Us." For more information call (617) 267-5258.

p.m. All welcome. NEW BEDFORD - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held at St. James Church, 233 County Street, on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Rosary will be prayed from 5-6 p.m. All welcome. NEW BEDFORD - The Prayer Group of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church will meet on Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. for the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, rosary, prayer, reflection, a Marian talk and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. All welcome.

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SOUTH YARMOUTH - The parish nurses of St. Pius X Parish will sponsor a Day of Recollection and Professional Growth on Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Parish Life Center. Sacred Heart Sister Nancy Kehoe will present the program and all nurses and health care givers are welcome. For reservations call Marylee Meehan at 771-5856.

FAIRHAVEN St. Mary's Parish invites all to attend its "Millennium Moment," a free lecture offered by Lisa Gulino, director of adult education for the diocese, on Oct. 26 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the church basement. For more information call 992-7300.

SWANSEA -A Mass, that includes the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at St. Michael's Church. It is sponsored by the parish Outreach Committee and all those struggling with ill health are invited to attend. Refreshments will be available following the liturgy. All welcome. SWANSEA - The 30th annual dinner of the Mount St. Rita Heath Centre of Cumberland, R.I. will be held on Nov. 7 at noon at the Venus de Milo. For more information or reservations call Mercy Sister Evangela McAleer at 333-6352. WESTPORT - "Westport Creatures, Great and Small," an exhibit of papier-mache artwork by students of Saint Vincent's will be presented on its campus, 573 Adamsville Road, on Sunday from

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NORTH DARTMOUTH-A Separated-Divorced Support Group will meet on Oct. 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the Diocesan Family. Life Center, 500 Slocum Road. All welcome. .

EAST FREETOWN - The fourth annual Young Adult Bread of Life Retreat will be held Nov. 26-28 at Cathedral Camp for single and married people in their 20s and 30s. There will be music, speakers, discussions, food and Eucharistic adoration. All welcome. For more information contact Bud Miller at 675-3847.

FALL RIVER - A new statue of Our Lady of Grace will be blessed by Bishop Sean P. O'Malley on Oct. 26 at a 7 p.m. Mass at Holy Name Church. It is a replica of the Medjugorje statue made in Italy and the evening will include prayer of the ro~ary at 6:40

WESTPORT -A free Education Resource Fair entitled "Caring for our Aging Loved Ones," will be held at White's of Westport, 66 State Road, on Nov. 7 from 11 :30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will include interactive booths, exhibits and live presentations. It is sponsored by Caritas Christi Health Care System, Saint Anne's Hospital and Diocesan Health Facilities. All welcome. For more information call 679-8154 or 2355056.

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NEW BEDFORD - An "End of Life Issues" course to discuss the Church's response to physician-assisted suicide will be held on Monday evenings beginning Oct. 25 through Dec. 13 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Mary's Parish, 106 Illinois Street. It will also focus on societal attitudes towards death and dying and pain management. All welcome. For more information caJl Lisa Gulino at 678-2828.

NORTH ATTLEBORO - Sacred Heart Church, 58 Church Street, will host a First Friday Celebration on Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. It will feature a Sacred Music Concert and Vespers by the Stonehill College Chapel Choir. There will be no intercessory prayer or Mass, but Adoration will begin at the close of the concert and continue through the night until 3 p.m., Saturday. For more information call 699-8383. All welcome.

FALL RIVER - A Healing Mass will be held at Holy Name Church on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Rosary will be recited beginning at 6:40 p.m. Eileen George will be guest speaker. All welcome. For more information call 679-6732.

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Consecration to the Divine Will Oh adorable and Divine Will, . behold me here before the immensity of Your Light, that Your eternal goodness may open to me the doors and make me enter into It to fonn my life all in You, Divine Will. Therefore, oh adorable Will, prostrate before Your Light, I, the least of all creatures, put myself into the little group of the sons and daughters of Your Supreme FIAT. Prostrate in my nothingness, I invokeYour Lightand beg that it clothe me and eclipse all that does not pertain to You, Divine Will. It will be my Life, the center of my intelligence,' the enrapturer of my heart and of my whole being. I do not want the human will to have life in this heart any longer. I will Cast it away from me and thus fonn the new Eden of Peace, of happiness and of love. With It I shall be always happy. I shall have a singular strength and aholiness that sanctifies all things and conducts them to .God. Here prostrate, I invoke the help of the Most Holy Trinity that They pennit me to live in the cloister of the Divine Will and thus return in ,me the first order of creation, just as the creature was created. Heavenly Mother, Sovereign and Queen of the Divine Fiat, take my hand and introduce me into th.e Light of the Divine Will. You will be my guide, my most tender Mother, and will teach me to live in and to maintain myself in the order and the bounds of the Divine Will. Heavenly Mother, I consecrate my whole being to Your Immaculate Heart. You will teach me the doctrine of the Divine Will and I will listen most attentively to Your lessons. You will cover me with Your mantle so that the infernal serpent. dare not penetrate into this sacred Eden to entice me and make me fall into the maze of the human will.' Heart of my greatest Good, Jesus, You will give me Your flames that they may bum me, consume me, and feed me to fonn in me the.Life of the Divine Will. Saint Joseph, you will be my protector, the guardian of my heart; and will keep the keys of my will in your hands. You will keep my heart jealously 'and shall never give it to me again, that I may be sure of never leaving the Will of God. My guardian Angel, guard me; defend me; help me in everything so that my Eden may flourish and be the instrument that draws all men into the Kingdom of the Divine Will. Amen.

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modify animals in order to improve ef!lbryos before implantation in the human health and living condi- womb is immoral, because it.repre.sents a selective method that results tion.s; --.-:.. the environmental risk of ge- in the destruction of "sick" emnetic modification of plants should bryos, and in general is used along By JOHN THAVIS be evaluate~ on a case-by-case ba- with "in vitro" fertilization, which . CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE is rejected by Church teaching; sis; - gene therapy designed to - as genetically altered foods VATICAN CITY - Vatican ex- . perts voiced a "prudent yes" to ge- are put on the market, health effects treat a human disease or predisponetic engineering of plants and ani- should be carefully monitored, and sition ·to illness is acceptable, as mals; but restated Church objec- consumers should be informed that long as the risk is proportionate to the benefit; . tions to human cloning and other the foods have been alten:d; germ-line gene therapy, deof aniThe academy said the use biotechnologies that modify the mal organs' as transplants in humans signed to prevent onpassing of gehuman genetic code. Members of the Pontifical Acad- offers potential advantages, but netic defects from a parent to a emy for Life presented two volumes. said such transplants should be child, is ethically unacceptable of documents Oct. 12 on ethics and considered morally unacceptable because it involves a high-risk genetic technology, the result of for the time being because of the technique used on embryos, usumore than two years of discussion risk of transmitting serious diseases ally coupled with "in vitro" ferand study. . from animals to the human species. tilization, and because it poses a Regarding strictly human ge- long-term risk to future genera"We give it a prudent 'yes,'" Bishop Elio Sgreccia, vice presi- netic techniques, the academy said: tions; - di~ease-screening for - human cloning, or the reprodent of the pontifical academy, said. "We cannot agree with the position duction of. a genetically copied people getting married, applying · of some groups that say it is against human being, is immoral because for ajob, or deciding to have chilthe will of God to meddle with the it violates the human dignity of the dren, for example - is morally genetic make-up of plants and ani- individual and because the procre- . licit under certain conditions: It mals. The experts said plant and ation technique used is morally il- must benefit the physical and . emotional health of the indianimal genetic engineering could . licit. - the human genetic code, hu- . vidual undergoing the test; it must help solve chronic human problems man embryos and human cloning riot be used as a discriminatory · like world hunger. "But we give a clear 'no' to hu- procedures should never be pat~ method; the. subject must give his or her consent; the individual's man cloning, even if it is aimed at ented; . - prenatal genetic diagnosis is privacy must be respected; and producing organs" for therapeutic acceptable in cases of medical need, the diagnosis of genetic disease. use." A summary of the academy's as long as the health of the mother must be presented to the subject only when he or she has reached findings said: arid child are respected; - it is licit to genetically - similar genetic diagnosis of adulthood.

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Dutch bishop.urges WestelJ1 Catholics to examine spendiDg lla'6itS By JOHN NORTON CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE VATICAN CITY - To be faithful to the Gospel, Catholics. in Western societies need to regularly examine their spending habits and cut back on unnecessary items,' a Dutch bishop said. Bishop ,Adrianus Herman van Luyn of Rotterdam also urged the Synod of Bishops for Europe, which met Oct. 1-23, to make an "incisive appeal" to Western societies for a substantial reduction of sPending and of the "egotistical u.se of the earth's goods." The bishop's appeal coincided . with an international study indicating that 16percentofthe world's popu~ lation consumes 80 percent 'of the planet's resources. The U.S. World Resources Institute said that Americans, who account for four percent of the world's population, produce onethird of the world's automobiles and account for one-fourth of all energy ·consumption worldwide. 'The abyss between the rich and the poor is becoming ever wider," Bishop Van Luyn said in an interview Oct. 15. In many countries, people "cannot satisfy the primary needs of human life, while we satisfy one desire after the next" , Catholics in Western countries have a responsibility to protect human and social values from the "domination.of economy," he said. And to be a credible voice, they themselves must rediscover the cardinal virtue of temperance. 'The Gospel is full ofrecommendationsfor a moderate, even poor, life;' Bishop Van Luyn said. "If we Catho-

lics want to follow the Gospel, we must each ask ourselves if our style of life corresponds in some way to it - and then, draw the conclusions. "For example, if I don't need a' powerful automobile, why can't I be content with a more economical· model?" he asked. Bishop Van Luyn, a Salesian, said his appeal to the synod was inspired by visits this year to East Timor and former Soviet countries; where he was overwhelmed by the desperate poverty in which people live. 'The two experiences really struck me;' he said. "I knew then that I had to speak about solidarity (at the synod) - a concrete, effective solidarity." . In his address to the synod Oct. 5, he said local churches and bishops' conferences must "denounce economic structures which produce inequalities and invite both public authorities and society at large to make significant sacrifices based on solidarity with the poor in their own country and in other nations." Concrete areas he identified in which the Church can promote soli~ darity in public debate include: _ - Recognition of the rights of migrants, refugees and minorities. . - Norms to protect the environment - Denunciation of a 24-hour-aday, seven-day-a-week economy, which stunts family and social relationships. - Defense of human life from conception to natural death. - International debt relief, especially for the poorest countries. - Codes of ethical conduct for multinational corporations.

To credibly preach solidarity, Christians must practice it, he said. "If we - Christians, Catholicsparticipate in this public debate, we must be sincere enough to make an examination of ourselves as a Church at every level: dioceses, bishops, priests, faithful, families, parishes, etc.;' he said. Bishop Van Luyn said that areas for examination included one's house, car, eating habits, free time and vacations, but giving specific examples of what might constitute intemperance was "risky," because each person had to do their own soul-searching. '1 can't tell someone, 'You can't have a second house,'" he said. ''What I'm suggesting is that everyone who wants to follow the Gospel frequently examine the level of their daily lives." Bishop Van Luyn said Christians are called to give not just from their excess, but even from what they consider necessary. , "Remember the Gospel story of the poor widow at the temple?" he said. "We must be prepared to make real sacrifices for people who are so Poor.they don't even have what we would consider the minimum needed to live." The rediscovery of temperance "can and must become a credible and convincing contribution to the new evangelization;' he said, because it is key to development both in "spirifuallife and an authentic solidarity." 'The virtue of temperance is an indispensable condition to fulfillment of the one necessary thing: Ipv- . ing God with one's whole heart and loving one's neighbor as one's self," he said.


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dent of Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, III. Father McGrath is an educator, author and lecturer who focuses on maintaining Catholic principals in all aspects of education. "I saw Father McGrath give a presentation at a National Catholic Education Association meeting a few years back," said Augustinian Father William T. Garland, diocesan Director of Education. "For about a year now, we've been working to get him to come to the diocese. We're very concerned about maintaining a Catholic identity in our sports programs. That. should be a focus for all educators. It's important to place an emphasis on values. Students and coaches should be on the same page." 'This is the first time that the four diocesan Catholic high school sports programs met on something other than the field or the court:' said diocesan Superintendent of Schools, James McNamee. Father McGrath's seminars came in two phases. The first phase was for the coaches and athletic directors. Nearly 130 individuals were present, and credit must be given to this group for attending on a night when Game 1 of the first-ever post-season m~ting of the Red Sox and Yankees was played. Father McGrath told the adult gath- " ering that they must remain true to the Catholic school goals of teachihg the Gospel ofJesus Christ and promoting Gospel values. He said the focus of athletics is to strive for excellence, not winning at all costs. ''Each of us is called to develop our full human p0tential and God given talents," said Father McGrath. "Athletic taIen~ is ability given us by our creator, who expects us to use it. ''Winning as the sole and overriding goal may lead to corruption, abuse of people, loss of focus, and words, actions and attitudes opposed to the Gospel mission of the schooL" The coaches and ADs were given an outline, explaining how to teach and mold young minds via athletics, preparing them for the future in all aspects of their lives. The following day, Father McGrath spoke to a gathering of 150 team captains from the five schools. He explained that they were chosen as team captains, "not because they were the best looking, or the most popular," but because they had demonstrated leadership abilities. And

St. Peter's faith in Jesus Christ and his Church. The church was remodeled extensively in 1956 when replastering of the structure was done and a general cleanup undertaken. The work con-tinued from 1958 through 1974 with new kneelers, new rooms in the rectory, a new altar and sanctuary repairs, new stained glass windows and a new heating system. Complete repainting of the interior and exterior of the house of worship followed. The unique mural in the sanctuary was painted by local artist Eugene Sparks in 1968. It portrays St. Peter in two scenes: one as his faith wavers and he sinks beneath the waves; and the another after his faith was renewed and Christ hands him the keys of the kingdom and made him the foundation rock of the Church. Cemetery renovations began in 1952 and the parish hall was built in

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with those abilities come responsibiliDerek Stephanian, a senior at Coyle ties. Father McGrath told the student and Cassidy in Taunton, is a member athletes that the younger students look ofthe ice hockey team. ''Given the vioup to them and they should be role lent nature ofthe game, it is difficult to models for their younger peers. ''Make easily show the values of sportsmana point ofgetting to know the younger ship on the ice. But, representing a RICHARD MACHNOWSKI players on the team, by name," he said. Catholic school, we work hard not to ''Make sure you show ,a genuine in- " let our emotions get the best of us." Registered Funeral "I don't find it difficult to set a terest in them. Invite them to responDirector & Embalmer sible outings involving other team- good example at our events," said Lisa mates. You will make lasting impres- Augusto, a senior cheerleader from (508) 995-5005 sion on them." Bishop Feehan High School in AttleThe athletes also learned that their boro. ''Peoplecan see the different stan472 Ashley Blvd. behavior on the playing field should dards that naturally come out." New Bedford, MA 02745 be exemplary. They should perform When asked ifhe sees a difference at their best, not complain to officials, playing against a public school, Matt r-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ DaPaolis, a senioron the football team and track squad at Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth, said, 'They work as hard as we do preparOctobe,r 24, 1999 ing for a cOhtest. The difference may be that we are able to play with class representing a Catholic school." iss ion must WhileSt. Margaret's of Buzzards be the passion Bay doesn't have as rigorous an athletic schedule as do the high schools, of every.Christi~n;.a the students in the kindergarten passion for the salvathrough grade eight institution, are learning the meaning of team play and tion of the world. athletic development by playing other schools in the area. Karen ...There must be unHoffmeister, a physical education ceasing prayer to nourteacher at the school and coach of the soccer and basketball teams, says the ish the desire to carry students at St. Margaret's can see the Christ to all men and difference between the values of a Catholic school and those of a secuwomen. " FATHER RICHARD R. lar one. 'They hear the language of Pope John Paull! McGrath, OSA, addresses an others sometimes, and they know it isn't right," she said. 'That, and other assembly of Catholic high school schools see that we play all ofour kids, This World Mission Sunday, be Christ's witness to all athletic captains at Coyle and not just the best ones. We have stupeoples! Cassidy High School last week. dents in grades four through eight (AnchodJolivet photo) playing for us. That sets an example Pray for the Church's worldwide missionary work. for others to see." Christa Allen, an refrain from rough language, and re- eighth-grader and member ofthe socOffer generous financial help for the spect their coach's decisions. In shoft, cer and basketball teams attended with Missions through the Propagation of the Faith. Hoffmeister. ''We want to win as much playas Christ would play. After Father McGrath's presenta- as anyone," she said. ''But we want to tion to the students, he asked them to do it with a Christian attitude." The Society for THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAItH gather as a school group and discuss No one knows the future ofprofesReverend Monsignor John J. Oliveira, V.E. with theirADs what their athletic pro- sional sports in this country, but it 106 Illinois Street • New Bedford, MA 02745 gram is doing right and where it needs doesn't look bright. On the other hand, Attention: Column ANCH. 10/22199 to improve. After the discussions, rep- the future of athletics at our diocesan Please accept my gift jor World Mission Sunday of resentatives from each school relayed Catholic schools looks very promisto the other schools their strengths and ing. The athletes and their mentors $100 0 $50. 0 $25 0 $10 0 $ (other) know what their goals are, and how to weaknesses. Name-------------------Following the seminar, Jill attain them. Address _ ''Athletics is important in the broad Boulay, a senior at Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, and a mem- context of preparing for real life," said City State Zip - - ber of the soccer and softball teams Father McGrath. "Have your life prithere said, ''We set the tone for the orities in order: Your relationship with Please remember The Society for the Propagation of the Faith game by praying as a team before the God flfst, then family and friends, when writing or changing your Will. game. It's important for other teams to school work and then athletics." see that tone we are setting."

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1953 with money saved by Msgr. John A. Silvia, who served the parish from 1924 to 1951. Tne parish school was constructed in 1967 with money set aside by Msgr. Leo 1. Duart, who was pastor from 1951 through 1975. It subsequently closed and was sold to the Provincetown School System. The grotto of Our Lady of Fatima outside the church was begun in 1951. It was sponsored by the Provincetown Court of the Catholic Daughters ofAmerica, Provincetown fishermen and Monsignor Silvia. The lovely chapel atop the hill at the cemetery was built in 1976 with money that Monsignor Duart had bequeathed for that purpose, and with the help of the local St. Vincent de Paul Society. The Calvary sculpture in front of the chapel was donated by former pastor Father Manuel C. Terra, as a gift from his will. He served the parish from 1893 through 1924.

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FOURTH-GRADER Whitney Shapiro of Holy Trinity School, West Harwich, listens as biologist/anthropologist Jeff Corwin talks about a boa constrictor during a recent science assembly. Corwin is the host of the Disney channel's "Going Wild:' in which . he and a camera crew film wild animals in exotic places. The Massachusetts native also had a blue and 'gold macaw and central African fenne fox with him for the presentation.

CYO issues Sportsmanship award FALL RIVER - Albert "Val" Vaillancourt, the associate director of the Fall River Area CYO Baseball League, announced recently that Kris Salvas of St Louis de France Parish, Swansea, was named the recipient of the 1999 Umpires Sportsmanship T~ phy. Each year only one player from the league is recognW:d with the award and it seeks to emphasize the CYO's goals for young peopleofplaying hard, work-

ing together and winning and loosing with class and dignity. Vaillancowtsaid Salvas fulfills all ofthose requirements. ''He is a credit to his parish, family, the league and himself:' stated Vaillancourt. Each manager in the league nominates one player for the award and the winner is selected by the league umpires. Salvas reCeived a trophy and his name will be.inscribed on a plaque on pennanentdisplayattheFall RiverCYO Center.

STUDENT COUNCIL officer elections were recently held at Bishop Feehan High School,' Attleboro, for the 1999-2000 school year. Those named, from left, are Vice President Alana Papa, Corresponding Secretary Brielle Cataldo, President Kristie Donovan, Recording Secretary Katie Doolin, and Trea.. surer Tim Downing.

EIGHTH-GRADER Stephanie Gay of the St. Margaret Regional School, Buzzards Bay, passes asoccer ball to teammate, sixth-grader Ashley Stafford during a game against New Testament School of Plymouth. It was the first game of the season for St. Margaret.They are coached by Karen Hoffmeister.

. THE NEW student fund-raising committee of Coyle and Cassidy High School, Taunton, met for the first time recently. Those involved wanted to raise student awareness about the importance of the financial aid program at their school and get more students involved. From left, are Brian Cardoza, Nicole Mann, Liz Bonner, Kelly Marra, Brandon Cabanna, Richard Forbes, Katie Alves and Sean Kinney.


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You've Got a Way You've got a way with me , with me I can't believe the way Somehow you got me to Refrain: It's in the way you You get through to me believe want me (Repeat refrain.) In everything that I could be It's in the way you hold me Bridge: Oh, how I adore you I've got to say The way you show me Like no one before you You really got a way Just what love's made of I love you just the way you are You've got a way it seems It's in the way we make love (Repeat refrain.) You gave me faith to find my You've got a way with words It's just the way you are dreams You get me smiling even when Written byTwainlUinge You'll never know just what it hurts Sung by Shania Twain that means There's no way to measure Copyright (c) 1997 Can't you see? You got a way What your love is worth by Mercury Records

HOW MANY hits can Shania Twain get off one disc? Her CD "Come on Over" was released almost two years ago, and still, singles released off it make the charts. Her latest hit "You've Got a Way" can tell us , something about a happy marriage. Most teens are too young to be considering marriage, but teens and teachers expect'to discuss the sacrament of marriage in religious-education classes. I hope these comments can be useful in that discussion. "You've Got a Way" is a litany of the positive possibilities that a healthy marriage develops. The.' woman in the song tells her partner, "Somehow you got me to believe in everything that I could be." She says her partner has "a way" to give her faith to tind her dreams. She also appreciates their sexual relationship. And she sings, "There's no way to measure what your love is worth." I have written about growth amid the struggles in marriage, but teens need to see that a couple can grow through what is enjoyable too. From my own marriage of now 20 years, and from the many couples I work with in my ministry, I have learned this:

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Notes on some friends and their money By CHRISTOPHER CARSTENS CAlliOUC NEWS SERVICE

I'm lucky God'has'given me so many good friends. I learn a lot about my life, apdabout life in general, by what makes them happy and what drives therri crazy. ' When I've got my head solidly on my shoulders, I can figure out a lot about my own life by considering the lives of my friends. Lately, I've been thinking about my friends and the effect of money on their lives. Two in particular come to mind. Brady washes windows in houses, apartment buildings and small businesses. He's not one of those fellows who hangs from the skyscrapers on long ropes; he climbs a ladder. He's hard-working, honest and good at what he does. People who hire him are likely to hire him again. My friend Brady lives in a converted garage he rents from a young married couple. H"'s one of the happiest people I know. Then there's Lynn. She owns an international manufacturing business. She founded it herself and built it from nothing into a multimillion dollar concern. She's hard working, honest and good at what she does.

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Buy this brand ofshoes. Drive this car. \year this makeup, this cologne. Ads exist to coiwince you that if you give the company money, they can g~ve you happint)ss.,It's U!l empty proffilse. : ,': _ Still we believe it., As soon as you graduate from high school, they'll start sending you credit cards. Lots of young people - still teen-agers - find that they can max out one credit card and then simply get another. It's a dangerous addiction, giving the illusion that you can have stuff now, and then pay for it painlessly down the road. What happens is that the stuff is lostor broken or worn out or simply out of fashion, and you're still paying for it. The promised happiness never materializes, and the bills never go away. Brady and Lynn live contented lives because they spend time with the people they care about, they each have clear ethical priilciples that they live out consistently and each turns to God for guidance on a daily basis. Lynn has more money -lots more money - but she isn't happier than Brady. For happiness isn't about the quality of things you buy, it's about the quality of the life you choose.

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