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13 diocesan representatives at Arizona meeting With CNS News reports "The needs never change. PeoThirteen representatives of the ple are cold, hungry, without love," Fall River diocese were among said John Coppinger of Brooklyn, nearly 1,006 people representing NY, national Vincentian president. 4,225 parish conferences of the But :'the poor are getting poorer. U.S. St. Vincent de Paul Society and the rich are getting complawho met last month in Phoenix, cent," he told The Catholic Sun, Ariz., for the 77th annual meeting newspaper of the Phoenix diocese. of the organization's national counEight busloads of delegates cil. toured a new St. Vincent de Paul Headed by Father Daniel L. feeding center in Phoenix. It will Freitas, diocesan Vincentian di- replace an existing dining room rector, delegation members were and incorporate a medical and newly-elected diocesan president dental clinic and other Sr. Vincent Joseph Gromada and his wife Alice; de Paul services. It will prepare Charles Rozak; Mr. and Mrs. Dav- thousands of meals a day to be id Martin; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Thi- served there and at 13 other lobault; Roland Ducharme; Mr. and cations.. Mrs. Steve Kulpa and Mr. and --Coppinger said the Phoenix dinMrs. Louis Chaves. ing room is just one of many proGromada, who attended the na- jects sponsored by councils across tional meeting as a proxy for Frank the country. He cited a program in Miller, immediate past president Laredo, Texas, which· has built of the diocesan Vincentians, was more than 100,000 independent sworn into his n~w post at a Mass living housing units for the lowoffered Wednesday night at St. income elderly in the last five Joseph's Church, Taunton, by years. Father Freitas and Msgr. Thomas Funding has come primarily J. Harrington, St. Joseph's pastor and Taunton district Vincentian' from the U.S. Department of Housmoderator: Ex officio, Gromada ing and Urban Development, but also became a trustee ofthe national . the St. Vincent de Paul Society paid initial expenses and coordiVincentian council. The Phoenix meeting included nates the work, Coppinger said. He also noted a project in Portofficial trustees' sessions but most land, Ore., in which society coorof those in attendance were there dinators lead volunteer teens supto share ideas about what works plied with tools, bricks and mortar and what doesn't in responding to the needs of the poor. . Turn to Page 10

Bishop.s' statement scores apathy among voters WASHINGTON (CNS) ~ U.S. voter apathy is "threatening to undermine the heart of our democratic traditions," the 50-bishop Administrative Board of the U.S. Catholic Conference said in a statement on political choices in the 1992 elections. The 24-page statement, "Political Responsibility: Revitalizing American Democracy," urged Catholics and all citizens to register and vote. It asked them to anaIyze issues and candidates from moral perspectives and "join with·' others in advocating for important values." The bishops said there is a "new urgency" to their latest statement - the fifth in a series issued before every presidential election since 1976 - because "we fear the political life of our nation may be losing the interest and participation of many Americans." They noted that "barely half' the nation's voters went to the polls in the 1988 presidential elections. In the off-year elections of 1990, they said, "only a third voted, the lowest turnout since World War II." The new political responsibility

statement was approved by the USCC Administrative Board at its September meeting. Following the pattern of previous statements, the board highlighted 17 current policy issues of "special relevance" at this time. It summarized the moral and public policy positions taken by the U.S. bishops on each issue. The issues, in alphabetical order, are abortion; arms control and disarmament; capital punishment; discrimination lind racism; the . econ'omy; education; euthanasia; family life; food, agriculture and environment. Also health; housing; human rights; immigration; mass media; refugees; regional concerns (with emphasis on Eastern Europe, Middie East, Latin America and Africa); and substance abuse. On some issues the bishops simply reaffirmed what they said in their 1988 statement. In many areas the bishops have Seen four years of little or no progress toward their goals - such as eliminating abortion, waging a new battle on poverty and homelessness,.establishingacomprehensive Turn to Page 10

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W ~Icome Christ is ,papal message SAL VADOR, Brazil (CNS) Pope John Paul II says the teaching of the Catholic Church contains the values needed to solve the social and personal problems of Brazilian Catholics. During an Oct. 12-21 visit to Brazil, a nation larger than the continental United States, the pope repeatedly addressed issues related to land and money, their distribution and their use. He also said families must be a top priority of the church's pastoral work. Pope John Paul asked Brazilians to be strong in their faith and to work for justice in their homeland. "Do not be afraid to welcome Christ and accept his power. This . was, in synthesis, the message which directed my thoughts during these days in Brazil," he said at the airport in Salvador before returning to Rome Oct. 21. . For their part, Brazilian Catholics asked the pope to use his influence to protect and improve their way of life. President Fernando Collor de Mello asked the pope Oct. 14 to "use the weight of your undisputed authority" to help knock down international economic barriers that he said keep developing countries poor. On Oct. 15, Rabbi Henry I. Sobel, leader of a 12-member delegation from the Jewish Confederation of Brazil, brought smiles to the faces of the pope and his delegation when he linked his request . for diplomatic'relations with Israel to the 13th anniversary of Pope John Paul's election' in October 1978. "According to Jewish tradition, 13 is the age of bar mitzvah, religious maturity," Rabbi Sobel told

the pope. "It is our fervent wish that your bar mitzvah brings with it the full ripening of CatholicJewish relations that will result from the normalization of diplomatic relations between the Vati-, can and the State of.Israel." At an Oct. 16'meeting with the leaders of indigenous tribes, the pope was asked by a spokesman "to carry our cry for justice" and for the protection, of traditional lands to the rest of the world. In a slum or "favela" in Vitoria, local schoolteacher Graca Andreatta told the pope, "We are still fighting but we are tired, very, very tired." The poor, she said in pouring rain, were looking to the pope for

help. "Please, Holy Father, we are too weak to pray. Ask God for us, take our cry for help to him, the cry of unemployed fathers, of oppressed women . . . of children who have never played." "The church wants to serve the poor in the spirit of the Gospel and for this reason has never ceased committing itself to comfort them, defend them and liberate them through innumerable initiatives and works of charity," said the pope, who donated $100,000 for the local church to build a pastoral center. But at the same time, he said, the church has a "wider perspective" pushing it to work to solve' Turn to Page 10

MR. AND MRS. PAUL CLARK, St. Mary's parish, South Dartmouth, were among 138 couples from 57 diocesan parishes who renewed their wedding vows at a St. Mary's Cathedral ceremony last Sunday. It was the 25th anniversary for the Clarks. Another photo page 8. (Studio D photo)


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FROM LEFT, at annual Bishop's'Night of Fall River Catholic Women;s Club, Fatber Vincent F. Diaferio, moderator; Barbara Sullivan, club vice president; Bishop Daniel A. Cronin; Catherine Audette, club president Msgr. John J. Oliveira, diocesan chancellor. (Studio , D photo)

World Youth Day observance set This Sunday marks the fifth diocesan observance of the annual World Youth Day. In parishes throughout the diocese, young people will gather to hear the Gospel in wbich Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, has his sight restored by Jesus and immediately becomes Jesus' follower. The theme for this year's World Youth Day, "Seeing with New Eyes - Acting in Solid-

arity,",is taken from this reading. Seeing with new eyes presumes an open heart seeking new and challenging experiences. Just as Bartimaeus resisted peer pressure, today's youth must take a risk to open themselves to God's perspective and to live out the Gospel. In their world, this could mean resisti~g consumerism or reaching out to their peers in need. The World Youth Day theme is also the theme of the third annual Diocesan Youth Convention, to be'held I to 8 p,m. November 3 at Bishop Connolly High School;'Fall River. Keynote speaker Paul Tonna, founder of Youth Focus, Inc" will challenge diocesan youth to respond to the Gospel call to build a society of justice and peace. Workshops will be available to young people involving such topics as teenage homelessness, environmental concerns, responding to AIDS, and Third World experiences.

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In keeping with the challenge to "act. in solidarity," representatives from several national, regional and local agencies will be on hand for a "Service Project Idea Factory':' offering youth the opportunity tQ work for social justice, A highlight of the day ~ill be "Youth Speak Out," a presentation in which two diocesan youth will discuss what it means to "see with new eyes and act in solidarity." Youth in the audience will also have the opportunity to share '. their ideas.. ' . " As ~his year marks the 100th. anniversary of Rerum Novarum. World Youth Day and the Diocesan Youth <:;.onvention also will celebrate a century of Catholic social teachings that have championed the rights of the poor and oppre'ssed.

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"The ultimate answer to abor..:, tion, I believe, lies in an .understanding oflove.... There are good parents who are tempted to encourage a daughter to have an abortion because they love her. Wouldn't it be a wonderful thing if they encour~ged her to protect her baby with the same kind of love that they are trying to show toward herT'-' Cardinal John J. O'Connor.

WASH INGTON (CNS) and to combat discrimination by Wben the U.S. Catholic bishops race or gender in corporati?ns. meet in Washington Nov. 11-14, It would also open up the possithey will face statements on the bility of USCC participati<>n in environment, children and Native shareholder resolutions urging American concerns and a new pol- more socially responsible company icy for socially responsible invest- policies - an area in which many non-Cath<>lic church bodies and ment of their conference funds. Meeting as the National Con- many Catholic organizations and ference of Catholic Bishops and religious orders have been engaged U.S. Catholic Conference, the for 20 years or more. It would systematize the alreadybishops will also be asked to: - Approve a statement on the existing policy of excluding from teaching ministry of bishops. the USCC portfolio corporations - Approve a new set of simpIi- 'that produce goods'or services in fied Scripture readings for use in .. armaments, abortion and contra, Masses with children. ception and the existing confer- Approve a statement on di- ence policy of using its investments ocesan councils of priests. ' to promote an end to apartheid in - Review current U.S. praCtice' South Africa. on holy days of obligation. 'the current policy places about - Establish norms for 'Iay . 25percentoftheinvestmentmar~et preaching in churches. off limits for the USCC portfoho, - Decide on a procedure for which is worth about $105 million. NCCB review and approval of Some priests, says the proposed new Scripture translations in the. statement on presbyteral councils, United States. . "are .not fully convinced that the - Vote on severalfinancial:mat-., . presbyteral council is an effective ! ters and on future conference plans pastoral instrument." and priorities. , But trust is necessary for counThe proposed statement on chil- cils to work, it added: "When the dren says the United States has presbyteral council meets in an "the highest divorce rate, the high- atmosphere of trust, it becomes a est teen-age pregnancy rate, the valuable element in the decisionhighest child poverty rate and the making process of the bishop." highest abortion r~tein the WestThe statement reviews the hisern world." torical, theologicial, canonical and It calls for "a spiritual and social practical dimensions of priests' reawakening to the moral and hu- councils and offers suggestions to man costs of neglecting our chil- impro.ve their effectiveness. It also· dren and families." says it may useful for a diocesan It challenges families, the church bishop to organize a forum for and public authorities to give new priests to discuss the document. attention to the needs of children The-decision to review holy days ana fiuuily life. ,'. " o f ~bligation in the United States 'Walso calls for 'international resulted from requests by'iildividpolicies addressing the needs of ual bishops, followed by a nationmillions of children suffering from _ wide survey in which more than 80 percent ofresponding bishop~ sai<! wars, poverty, hunger, disease and economic exploitation. .. they would like to reopen the "Renewing the Earth" is the title issue. , of a proposed statement urging Two-thirds of the nation's active reflection and action on the envir- bishops responded to the survey, onment and Catholic social teach- which included a "straw poll" on ing. various questions on individual The statement highlights current holy days and general· policies. environmental problems and deOf various options the bishops scribes caring for the environment are slated to vote on - all preas a "religious responsibility" based sented to them with no recomon a "biblical vision" of humani- mendation one way or the otherty'nelationship with all creation. the one that the straw poll inIt acknowledges that "Catholic dicated may be most likely to pass social teaching does not offer a is a proposal that would shift the complete environmental ethic," but observance of Ascension Thursit spells out a frameworkof Catho- day to the following Sunday. In lic principles for such an ethic. the straw poll 149 bishops favored It calls on .families, scientists, the shift and only 19 objected to it. theologians, business leaders, institutions and public authorities to work together to confront the massive problems and "save the planet for our children and generation.s , . yet unborn." Ministers to tile sick in homes, The proposed pastoral message hospitals or nursing h,omes are on the concerns of Native Ameri- invited to .attend a day of prayer cans declares that 1992, the year of and reflection to be presented by the fifth centenary of Columbus' the diocesan', office of Pastoral arrival in the Americas, is "a time Ministry to the :Sick from 9:30 for remembering, reconciling and a.m. t,o.3 p.m. ~ov.,2 at Our. Lady recommitting" the church :in' its :of Victory parish, C:ente.rville. . relationship with America's native ; Sister Roberta O'Connell, mll1people. , ::' ister at St.'Luke'sHoSpita( New It calls for greater recognition of ~Bedf6rd;and:Sister I.;ucille SocciNative American legal rights, the 'ardli who serves at Charlton promotion of Native American :Mem~rial 'Hospital,., Fall River, church leadership and participa- will present the program. Further tionin church life and mutual 'information: Sister Shirley Agnew, enrichment of the Gospel and :564-4771. Native American cultures. ' . ... Amends Proposed "Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines" for the . , "When we are preparing'to make USCC investment portfolio would amends to others, we 'must first formally commit the conference make amends to ourselves and for the first time to using its invest- forgive ourselves for the wrongs ments to promote community rein- we have done,"-Anne Wilson vestment by financial institutions Schaef

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themoorin~ Very Human Needs As the Bush administration continues its activities, let us not be led astray by the razzle-dazzle of foreign policy that often distorts our vision and distracts our minds. Lost in the whirl of jet stops, state meetings and diplomatic aplomb are the basic domestic issues that are haunting and hurting the home front.

It is indeed difficult to comprehend the rationale for such behavior. One would think that the prime concern of the President of the United States would be the home front; but the situation seems more like that of the proverbial street angel and house devil. Our sole interest seems to lie in taking advantage of foreign developments while we neglect the hurts and needs of our own people. Why must international policymaking take priority over domestic issues? Is.our nation to be run on the rebound rather than by following well-thought-out policies? These are some of the questions that arise as our government involves itself in the so-called new world order. Yet what does it avail a man or nation to gain the whole world and lose its soul andspirit? This seems to be the question that Washington -has yet to answer. We might be doing a great job overseas but on the home front we are in a mess; and it is nonsense to say that we are coming out of a state of recession. More and more Americans are getting pink slips and fewer and fewer are finding jobs. Every step we take forward seems to be counteracted by a leap backward'. How can we achieve fiscal solvency when our banking industry remains a national scandal, with government bailouts benefiting even members of the president's family? As the country remains at a standstill, presidential pals are pocketing windfalls. The S&L scandal has been quietly pushed to the back burner while those victimized continue to wait in line for the return of their own hard-earned savings. In another area, Bush proclaimed to all that he would like to be known as the education president. Well, the lack-ofeducation president might be a more appropriate title. Our schools, especially those in urban areas, are rapidly regressing. As the administration plays its magic games with kids,learning is disappearing. The refusal to fund all levels of public education is nothing less than a slamming ofthe door on the American dream of individual opportunity. Neither public nor private education in this country can survive with the bandaid approach now being used. Intensive care is needed. Continuing with that nIetaphor, we should be appalled at the lack of concern evinced for health programs. Each day the sit'uation worsens. Health insurance costs are skyroc'keting; those without insurance are literally dying; hospitals are basically money factories hoping to generate sufficient funds for survival; Washington's indifference in face of the AIDS epidemic is scandalous. It is time for the administration to take a hands-on approach to vital domestic issues. Bush and his friends must stop mumbling and speak clearly to the problems of the American people. The opposition has no solutions. Congress is floundering. The courts are a scandal. The president is golfing. We must stop ignoring domestic problems while America goes down the drain. We might save Europe and the Near East, but we could lose ourselves. The Editor

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Ethical. issues abound in genetics WASHINGTON (CNS) - As "Geneticists mal<e every attempt ethics, and medical ethical codes their work closes in on altering to be non-directive," leaving de- probably cover most situations human genes, geneticists are grasp- cisions about what to do once physicians face, eliminating the ing with the ethical and moral genetic tests are completed up to need for an additional set of guideramifications of that goal, as well the individuals involved, he said. lines to be imposed, he maintained. as of the current uses of genetic But sometimes, interest in being Elsewhere, genetic ethics are afdata. supportive of a patient means help- fected by various cultuiil influAlready, the ability to test a - ing with a decision to end a ences. fetus of only a few weeks develop- pregnancy. In the workshop where Ms. ment for defects raises ethical quesCatholic institutions should be tions for physicians and genetic ready to guide people to a course Wertz presented her code, panelists counselors who know that the more in keeping with church and participants referred to some underlying reason for having such teaching that all life is sacred, said specific issues faced in their homelands, from a cultural bias against a test likely is to decide whether to . Father Baumiller. giving birth to girls in India to abort the pregnancy. . When prospective parents are Within the field there is mixed told their child will suffer from a Canada's need to limit access to reaction to efforts to adopt a code serious defect, church institutions fetal testing under the financial constraints of its socialized medica] of ethics for geneticists. need to step in to support them A Catholic priest on the genetics "instead of sending people to, at care system. 'Dr. Ishwar C. Verma, of the staff of the University of Detroit best, neutral, and at worst, hostile Mercy believes his peers already environments" where abortion may Genetic Unit at the All India Inwork under fairly high standards, be encouraged as an easy solution, stitute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, said India's parliament is but that caution is called for as the he said. considering a bill to outlaw use of field advances. "M9st people, when faced with At the International Congress a fairly difficult decision, want it amniocentesis for gender.selection. of Human Genetics held in Wash- to be over with," Father Baumiller In Indian culture, women are conington this month, the priest, Jesuit said. "We have to realize that very sidered to have less value than men Father Robert C. Baumiller pre- few of us choose properly all the and)t is common in so~e segments of society for parents to kill their sented a paper on how society time." daughters or to abort. female ranks the seriousness of various In a congress workshop session, fetuses. birth defects. a code of ethics was proposed for He was among thousands of Father Baumiller firmly believes medical geneticists - those who researchers and physicians from work with patients, as opposed to genetic research is for the best. around the world who attended "Genetics offers tremendous possessions on everything from how researchers - intended to protect sibilities into the future," he said. patients as well as practitioners. to construct a physical map of Dr. Dorothy C. Wertz of the He sees his role and that of the human chromosomes to the use of ·Catholic Church as providing a Boston University School of Public DNA in court cases. ·moral basis for using that potential.· Amid all the scientific discus- Health in Massachusetts said a Additional ethical issues will code like one she suggested would sions, however, was an ongoing consideration of what ethical stan- prevent imposition of restrictive :arise when science perfects human dards - if any - the field should laws and provide a moral bel}ch- :' use. of ·gene therapy, or altering mark for future generations about someone's genetic makeup to elimiadopt. Many people are familiar with accepted use of genetic informa- nate or compensate for deficiencies. genetic testing as it applies to tion. Also, she said, it could im- ·.In addition to repairing serious amniocentesis for developing fe- prove the moral climate for re- · phY.sical problems; science may tuses. Amniocentesis, a test offluid search and the image of the pro- 'perfec.t gene therapy to simply . au'gment ·ari otherwise "normal" from a pregnant woman's womb fession. Part of the difficulty in consider- . person's abilities. Then, such quesfor signs of genetic abnormalities such as Down's syndrome, also ing any code of ethics for genetics tion~ as whether someone's genetic makeup should be altered to augshows whether the developing baby is that the field is so broad., is male or female. Dr. Michael Kaback of the San ment intelligence or increase height In this area Father Baumiller Diego Medical Center in California will be raised. believes his colleagues already noted the genetics area at his. own ~'We [in the church] are going to strive for the highest ideals in university included immune sys- have to work along with it, support providing guidance about genetic tems, cancer, pharmacology and the people who need it, and try to testing, although sometimes that 15 other specializations, each fac- keep genetics a positive force," kind of support means helping ing different ethical issues. Uni- Father Baumiller said. "And we'll. patients take the easy route. versities tend to regulate research have to do that by being involved."


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child .. ." God must go up the JerTHE ANCHOR - Diocese of Fall River - Fri.; O<;t. 25, 1991 usalem road first to· show the way. They could never make it alone. . So much in our faith revolves Washington, with Monday's parThe overall goals of both meetaround how we answer the Lord's ticipants considering them in the ings are to strategize on ways to question: "What do you want me light of specific New England reinvigorate the climate of opinion to do for you?" Do we respond needs. They are Catholic identity; and commitment to the future of from a position of strength (like leadership; the Catholic school and U.S. Catholic schoo'ls and to comthe Zebedee brothers) or from an society; governance and finance; municate the story of the schools' honest position of wea-Rness (like and political action and public academic effectiveness and overall the blind beggar)? Do we request success. glory and honors, or just the gift of policy. Jeremiah 13:7-9 seeing on which road to Jerusalem Hebrews 5:1-6 the Lord is leading us? Does our Mark 10:46-52 CARING COMMITTED COMPASSIONATE selfless reply show that we really By FATHER ROGER We cannot understand today's understand Jesus and the differKARBAN N.B., Gospel pericope by itself. Mark ence he brings to our life, or is it, never intended it to be read alone. Suicide doesn't have to happen! just another attempt to force him No wonder the crowd, not the into being the God we think he It loses much of its original meanLord, tells Bartimaeus "to be silent" should be? Become Hot Line volunteer ing, for instance, when we forget when he cries out "Son of David"; last week's passage in which James Too bad the Christian communa complete turnabout from the ity so quickly lost Mark's original Please call 673-3777 and John demand the glory seats. Gospel's usual pattern of Jesus' message. Modem research has Only twice in Mark's Gospel Volunteers, caring 24 hours a day! does Jesus ask, "What do you commanding people not to speak demonstrated how helpful his about his messiahship. There is no want me to do for you?" here, of theology is. But in order to see it, Tom Clark Nathalie Kaufman Bartimaeus .and just before, of longer a "messianic secret" once we must read his Gospel the way Board Member Board Member James and John. The two brothers .Jesus 'comes into Jerusalem. Now he wrote it, and not just experience IIHITEDWf,Y. people refuse to acknowledge who it in the liturgical chunks with requested the wrong thing, while he is. . Bartimaeus, the true disciple, simwhich we are familiar. The theology contained in this ply responds: "I want to see." THE HOLY lA~D & ROME brief passage is some of the most This blind beggar shows a true In the footsteps of Jesus... basic in the Christian Scriptures. disciple's commitment by the way Everyone, even Jesus, mu~t respond he reacts to the Lord's call: "He FEB. 29/MAR. 10 1992 • $1,995 unselfishly to an invitation to die threw aside his cloak, sprang up, FATIMA (75th Anniversary) and came to Jesus." No delays, no and rise. Sister Ann Moore, CND, an Commemorating one of the greatest events in history! The Hebrews' author reminds associate superintendent of dioceattachments; just an immediate, Plus us that the Lord freely answered san schools, and MichaelJ. Donly, generous, spontaneous response his Father's call. He did what he headmaster of Coyle and Cassidy to the carpenter's invitation. ROME & ASSISI did, and became who he is, because High School, Taunton, were among Then, in contrast to James and MAY 8/MAY 15 1992 • $1,435 he was as willing to foilow his Fa- New England leaders in Catholic John, he answers the Lord's questher as we must be to follow him. education who met last Monday at tion perfectly. No Christian should '\ Tours escorted by spiritual directors and conducted in the Roman Catholic tradition. ever ask for anything else. Since "Christ did not" giorify himself..... Boston College for preliminary Departures from Boston direct. with first class services abroad. For inf~rmation he writes. Jesus knows our weak- discussion of topics on the agenda Jesus continually challenges us to write or 'call: nesses because, like us, he also had repent-to change our value systemsof a National Congress on Catholic ALL STAR TRAVEL, INC. we are to look at everything differ- to work throu'gh them so 'he could Schools for the 21 st Century. to be 1200 FALL RIVER AVE.• SEEKONK. MA 02771 give himself completely. ently. This seems to be why the held Nov. 6 in Washington, D.C. Phone: 1-800-649-3390 or 508-336-3090 Five centuries before Jesus, evangelists often inse':t "sight. mirThey and the. others at MonJeremiah describes the glorious acles" immediately after someone day's meeting are also delegates to return of his people from the (like James and John) has faith the Washington congress. It will Babylonian Exile in words which difficulties. The ability to see is include some 200 bishops, politi'pqm~ y. Xa ~~eJ:1. !\stpa.U Y$<?! ng .9,u~ 'cians· and educators from across ' essential. ""'.r'" .• Mark t;ven!l1~ntiops.Bartimaeus and leading themJrom BaQ¥lpl) t9 fhe"nation: Massachu'setts Sehate Jerusalem.. (ollowing Jesus ,"on the WilY." President William Bulger will be Yet not"ice how the prophet Weeks (and three chapters) ago, in Washington, as he was at Boswhen Jesus first predicts his pas- depicts the Jews. They are totally ton College on Monday. Others at sion, death and resurrection, he helpless: ..... the blind and the both gatherings include represenSaturday, November 2 warns Peter to "get behind me.;' laine... the mothers and those with tatives from Connecticut and 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. Then, just before the third predicRhode Island and several Boston tion, the gospel writer pictures College faculty and administration "those who follow" the Lord as ST. JOSEPH PARISH CENTER members. being "afraid." Now, at last, the Monday's conference was orSPRING ST. • NORTH DIGHTON evangelist describes a genuine "go ganized by Sister Clare. Fitzgerald, behinder": a follower who fear• Raffle • Bake Table director of the Boston College Oct. 27 lessly gives himself over to Jesus.. Catholic School Leadership Pro• 30 Local Crafters Exhibiting 1918, Rev. Fr'ancisco L. Jorge, Of course, Mark presumes we Assistant, Mt. Carmel, New gram, a 10-year program aimed at • Homemade Soup & Light Refreshments know where the road out of Jeriassisting Catholic school adminisBedford cho goes. His next pericope desAvailable trators in bringing a Gospel and 1967, Rev. Edmond L. Dickincribes Jesus' Palm Sunday entry son, Assistant, St. Mathieu, Fall global vision to their responsiinto Jerusalem! bilities. River Topics discussed at the Boston 1990, Rev. Joseph F. O'Donmeeting were also to be taken up in nell, Pastor, Immaculate Conception, North Easton Oct. 28: Eph 2:19-22; Oct. 28 1923, Rev. Alfred E. Coulombe, Ps 19:2-5; lk 6:12-16 Pastor, St. George, Westport Oct. 29: Rom 8: 181956, Rev. 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A few years ago my husband took early retirement from school administration and accepted a parttime position in a local university. The same year, our last child left home - well, not our last but our boomerang, the one parents send out but who returns for a year. Suddenly, I found myself freed

Out of the kitchen; on the way frdm a cooking schedule. After years of coodinating individual schedules and cooking times to find that precious 40 minutes of the day we could come together to eat, it was wonderfully liberating. Now we eat when we're hungry or when the food is done. We can live ort leftovers for days. Sometimes,' if we're involved in something, we eat popcorn for dinner. I better understand my mother who, when she was widowed, suddenly developed an odd eating pattern. After years of cooking three meals a day for a large family and insisting on punc'tual mealtimes, she began eating what she' felt like when she felt like it. The real shocker to me, though, is when our three young adults

return home for the holidays. They request old favorites which I, of course, am delighted to offer. . "Lasagne," says one. "Chicken enchiladas," says another. "Real macaroni and cheese," says the third who insists the cafeteria version is made "with Velveeta and candles." I comply. I take up residence in the kitchen. And I enjoy it. But I forgot how much and how often young people eat. Popcorn is merely a preface to dinner for them. I will never claim 'to be a good cook. But I do make good soups" so when the kids come home, I keep one simmering. Since their vacation hours are very different from ours, sleeping in until II a.m.

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and deciding what to do at 10 p.m., I've found that soups are the answer to breakfast,lunch, dinner, and wee hour snacks. Last Christmas, therefore, I made two' huge containers of their favorite, potato-ham, on a Monday. On Tuesday, I asked, "Where's the soup?" "Oh," said one, "we finished it last night." I am talking about two gallons of soup. My husband and I never had a taste. My kids and their friends had it for lunch, snack, and hors d'oeuvres.. Why did that please me so much? I must face the reality that I am more like most mothers than I like to admit. Simply put, we're delighted when our families devour, our cooking.

My husband reacts the same when our grown ones ask about car repairs, taxes, and resumes. He has' much wisdom to share on these. It 'seems we're on our way to becoming the ~ages of earlier generations: When our children ask for old favorites for dinner, they're asking for what they loved' as children. When they ask for advice, whether it's about the present or future, it doesn't matter. What matters is that we're the link between the two.

Taking control and kicking the smoking habit By Dr. JAMES & ,MARY

KENNY Dear Dr. Kenny: My problem is smoking. I smoke two packs per day. I have tried to quit many times. The longest I have lasted without cigarettes is one month. My psychiatrist toid me that smoking wasn't my problem, that something else must be bothering me. My family doctor told me I ~o'uld quit if I really wanted to. Our minister told me not to worry

about it, that we will all die whether 'we smoke or not. Each ti'me ' I fail, I get ~ore depressed. Help. - New York You do want to stop and with good reason. Good intentions, however, are not enough to end the cigarette habit. To be successful you need a plan that calls for daily accountability. Smoking is an addiction. Like alcohol and drugs, perhaps even more strongly, smoking induces both physical-tissue needs and psyhological desire. Also like alcohol and drugs, smoking is almost impossible to stop alone. What can you do to stop smok-

ing? The first step is to admit you are addicted and that you, need help. The second step is to inform 'yourself. I recommend two pamphlets. "The Twelve Step's and Traditio_ns" is available from AI-Anon Family Group Headquarters; Box 182; Madison Square Station; New York, N.Y. 10010. These 12 steps are a way of life for many alcoholics. They are equally valuable for smokers. ' "FreshStart" is a~ailable from the American Cancer Society; 4 W.35thSt.; New York, N.Y. 10010. This pamphlet has many helpful hints about managing the hard moments.

tasize images of hope and success. The sun rising.' Flowers growing. Crossing a bridge: Overcoming a difficult ob1itacJ~, Imaging is a combination .of relaxation and modern advertising. Add motivational' statements and tape your guided imagery. Listen to yourself. The key to success is daily motivation and accountability. Knowing that you must report your stats each night is a powerful method to keep you on track. Remember, your body. like our planet, Earth, is a beautiful and fresh creation of God. Don't pollute it. Reader questions are invited by the Kennys; 219 W. Harrison; Rensselaer, Ind. 47978 '

The third step is to set up a daily program and give control of your program to someone else. Most commonly, smokaholics use friends or family members to keep daily records of their progress. Two smokers might agree to keep tabs on one another's successes. Or you might prefer the help of your spouse. A middleschool child makes a good "scorekeeper." Have your "buddy" keep count on a calendar. Or design a chart to record your statistics. Include a silly reward for successes and a silly penalty for when you fail to achieve your goal. The fourth step is to add guided imagery. Use all five senses to#n'..

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ANTOINETTE BOSCO

My sister Rosemary struggled with her husband Frank to raise a big family on a barber's small income. Now, in the golden years, they should be able to relax and enjoy life, but fate had something else in store. Frank developed Parkinson's disease more than 15 'years ago, and Rosemary cares for him day by day. Her body, unfortunately, after

10 pregnancies, six operations and a weight problem gives her a hard time. Yet Rosemary is a born caretaker. She assumes the burden of caring for sickly aunts as well as our 83-year-old mother whenever care is needed. All in all, it's not surprising that Rosemary, despite being a woman of faith, had settled into a blue mood. I would tease her when I phoned, saying that I was calling to get the medical report, or sometimes, the gloom report. Well, things have changed., I called and she had the old lilt in her voice. She told me she had learned her life wasn't so bad after all. , Another of'pur sisters, Jeannette, had challenged Rosemary to end each day with pad and pencil, writ-

ing in "positive" and "negative" columns all the positive and all the negative things that had happened to her that day. Much to her surprise, at the end of the first week all the "positive" columns were far longer than the "negative" ones. One Sunday, the day of a new granddaughter's baptism, she could find no negatives, "not one," she emphasized. She was amazed and honest enough to admit she had gotten into the rut of e'xaggerating any~ thing negative that happened, letting this distort everything else. With her new perspective, she was going to change her attitude, and, as the old song goes, "accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative." What a great tool writing is.

When we put our thoughts and. feelings on paper, they force us to look at them with new and more honest eyes. I've known many people who kept journals and called these a therapeutic aid. Most, I'm sure, are familiar with how effective writing was and still is. For ex'ampIe, in Marriage Encounter, taking the time to actually put your feelings about your spouse into writing am! exchanging this letter with one another proves a power- . ful tool for communication. In "Facing Depression, Toward Healingthe Mind, Body and Spirit" (Twenty-Third Publications, Mystic, Conn.), author Michael Lawson, vicar of Christ Church in Bromley, England, suggests that help can come from "a pencil and paper and a quiet place."

Lawson recommends 'wntlOg answers to certain questions to get "a much clearer picture of what . may be going on within you." Some questions he recommends are: "Is there anything in particular worrying you? Are you about to do anything about it? Of all the things you are feeling, is there one that is most unsettling? "Is there some painful past event , or situation which may have something to do with your present feelings? Is there something that could happen that would really make a difference in the way you feel, now?" Putting your answers to questions like these down' in writing can give you a good picture of where you are, and, who knows, the answers might show.that things , aren't so bad with you after all.

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Q. I implore you to tackle an aggravating problem: lack cif com"mon sense among parents of small children at Mass. They fail to exert any control over their loud, fussing kids, even during the homily. Even in most churches that provide quiet rooms, pastors refuse to require parents of small children to use them or not come.

1 have changed parishes three times in the last two years because of this exasperation and currently do not belong to any.' , My concern takes me back to earlier days when childreJ'{attended Mass in a group under the,disci,,,pline, of a nun wh,o tolerated 'nothing short of rapt attention. (California) ", A. If you were a pastor who wished to deal with this .in a genuinely Christian like manner, how would you do it? Before giving your answer, it ' might be worth consideri'ng a few , facts. , I agree that some parents are not as considerate as they might be when their children disturb everyone in the vicinity. But they are

by no' means always neglectful, children are tho'ughtful about this, inconsiderate .parents as you as-, and I'm pr.oud of the piltience and sume. understanding of. the' rest ,of the Perhaps more often than not, people in church when thirigs don't those parents, sometimes single .always g6 smoothly. parents or Catholic partners in a ' . To some this may sound like a· mixed marriage, have exerted more simplistic approach, bilt my feeleffort and determination to be', ing is that', it is 'natural for'little therefor Mass than any of the rest childr~ii.tostc;:\V and fuss and someof us. , times cry. They're doing their best, their But (Unless, of course, they faith brings them, they're already, 'drown out the best part of my hassled enough in their lives, they've· homily!) I'd rather have them there come to ask !he help .of God (and than not, especially if their parents perhaps our understanding) and could not come without them. are usually the first to take it perNurseries and cry rooms may be sonally asjust one more put-down some he'lp, though any parish priest if we priests do what you suggest. will tell you they're not the whole I know this for a fact from my solution. own' experiences, . College students in our' comBy far most parents of small munity often tell us they like to

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'atteridpal:ish'Masses rather than liturgies. for:'students; orily. With :; old .pe.opl~:,and'-bal?ies'ai;1d every:,t~ing ,in betwee/l, ¥ass,i s, as on~ ~ student said;. "More tlie .way it ;: oughtto be':;' .;.; ',' ". ' : .' ;, ':Mayoe"she: has-caughi·on· to ;: somettiing the rest, of-us forgot. ' ! ,~.Iot of priests an~,.I~y ,p~ople will, I i\llagine, disagre 7,with \yhat 'I say. If anyone~ has another ,genuinely' pastoral answer to the alllike;'to :. question, .we'd.... ... : . hear it. I

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Dear Editor: Over the past few ,months so many have approached me and·the other sisters about the future of St. Anne's Hospital - often asking how they might help. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you ways that people can help St. Anne's Hospital and become part of our family. . • Volunteers: The hospital .is looking for people interested in giving a few hours a week. Volunteers are needed to be Patient Advocates for the Emergency Department, orthe Information Desk, to conduct children's tours, escort patients and much more. • Speakers' Bureau: The hospital has an active Speakers' Bureau and would welcome the opportunity to speak at any meeting on a variety of health-related subjects. We would also be willing to host an informational session here at the hospital. • Become informed: Word-ofmouth is the most effective means of communicating our story. We encourage people to learn more about the services offered at the hospital by contacting our Public Relations Department and inquiring about health-related programs which may be of interest. We host a number of educational programs which are always open to the public. '-.~ Contributions: As 'do many not-for-profit organizations, we count on the generosity of our friends and always appreciate whenever someone is able to make a gift. A popular way of giving is through our Remembrance Program, making gifts in memory or in honor of a loved one. If you are interested in further information, please call our development office at 674-5741, ext. 2020. We also welcome the opportunity to work with different groups interested in holding fundraisers for the hospital. On behalf of the Dominican Sis-

When the rains subsided and the wind,s calmed down the;beautiful I trees settled back into their resting and shading duties, I could not help but think that during this .. time they were soaking up all that moisture and nourishment and ,would in fact grow taller and stronger because of this summer ters of the' Presentation I would storm, We too grow and gain spirlike to thank you for all the sup- itual graces from all the storms of port and encouragement you have life. given to us. It is our sincere hope Jean Quigley that you will never need our servRehoboth ices, but if you should become ill I r hope you .choose to come to our hospital so we can personallyshow .-/ YOl\ how much we care. Sister Joanna Fernandes, OP Board Chairman NEW YORK (CNS) - A Cath, St. Anne's Hospital olic agency noted for its work in Fall River the Middle East is considering an expansion of activities in Eastern Europe. The New York-based Catholic Dear Editor, Near East Welfare Association has Early one summer mornirig I funded projects in the former Warwatched as torrents of windswept saw Pact zone in recent years; but rain poured over the planted fields now sees greater possibilities for near my home. The rain came so its expertise in the region, said the fast that the parched land could agency's president, Cardinal John not absorb its onslaught. As I J, O'Connor of New York. watched this spectacle, I thought "This year saw the liberation of about how our souls are some- the long-suffering Catholic times bombarded by downpours churches of Eastern Europe and of sorrow too. We'also feel unable the Soviet Union - and new opporto absorb all that is inflicted upon tunities of service for our agency," us. he said in the organization's recentDuring the storm _I saw tall ly-released 1990 annual report. stately trees tossed and whipped in The organization was established the wind but still they maintained by the Holy See in 1926 to meet the their dignity and stature. When we needs of refugees in Asia Minor are so tormented like these trees it and Eastern Europe, though in is faith and the help of God which recent years it has been most idenpreserves us and helps us to main- tified with projects in ,the Middle tain some semblance of order. East. It now "finds itself respondThose faith-filled roots, like the ing to major 'new pastoral and sturdy roots of my trees, seem to humanitarian needs" in Eastern withstand just about all life can Europe, a Catholic Near East press throw at us. release said.

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Sist~r Butcher advised asking ciated with' retirement needs of LCWR and CMSM have ap- for extensions in filling out the aged members; and in Pittsburgh , proved the changes and the U.S. forms while legislative relief is they were given a crystal-ball look bishops will consider them at their sought,' and not paying bills sent at changes that likely await stillNovember meeting. If approved, by the agency. active religious. ' "Our strategy is to do anything they would take effect with the that will take more time," Sister 1992 collection. Retirement Needs Although $25.6 million was col- Butcher said: "The intent of Con~ Ongoing retirement needs of lected for the fund in 1990, the gress is clearly on our side." , aging religious and the issue of figure amounted to only $235 per Expected Changes where to put orders' investment eligible person. Religious communities must redollars were major topics at a Meeting participants were adalize that the church and society , recent Orlando meeting of the Na,vised that "throwing a little sand in have changed greatly in the last ' tional Association of Treasurers bureaucracy's wheels" may help of Religious Institutes. several decades and they must pr~­ them challenge federal regulations Another major concern was the pare to cope with more changes in they say should not apply to them. the future, according to Sister attempt by a federal agency to The federal Health Care Financreclaim Medicare money paid in Mary Jo Leddy of Toronto. ing Administration has moved to the 1980s to treat and maintain Addressing 650 sisters, brothers reclaim Medicare money paid for elderly religious. and priests attending the seventh care of elderly religious from 1983 national congress of the Religious Sister Mary Oliver Hudon"naFormation Conference earlier this tional director of the Tri-Con- to 1989. The agency says religious orders ference Retirement Office, told 700 fllo'nth in Pittsburgh, Sister Leddy are "employers" of their members, administrators and financial officcited several studies on religious a definition rejected by Dominiers at the meeting that the grant life in the United States which can Sister Mary Ellen Butcher, indicate the future "in broad outformula for the Retirement Fund executive director of the religious lines." for Religious national collection treasurers' group. That future will involve small may be changed to help orders "We are very much an anomaly non-hierarchical religious comwith the greatest need. in the w,hole Social Security sys- munities placing a high priority on "Half the congregations eligible tem," Sister Butcher said. "We contemplation she said. for retirement grants are 75 to 100 The crisis today is that "no one percent unfunded," said Sister were late in coming. We required really needs us," she said. "We Hudon, a School Sister of Notre specialized rules and regulations." U.S. religious were permitted to would be hard put to say there's Dame. ' The proposed changes call for enter the Social Security system in some place that specifically needs 1972. To figure the tax, "certain someone in religious vows." more considerati9n of an order's Religious communities won't inability to support aged members, perequisites provided by orders rather than its number of elderly, for their members" were deemed cope through worrying, planning or problem-solving, Sister Leddy so that "congregations in the great- wages, Sister Butcher said. "According to the Social Secur- said. "We won't come through this est need will be given a greater until the future opens, ihour heart's share of available funds," she said. ity regulations, this is' the only The real cost of care for older purpose for which the employer- and liBerates'the' visioIithh(H;~ and infirm members would be fac- employee relationship is to be as- , world is a place of promise, and this involves conversion." , tored in by a national average and sumed," she said. The Omnibus Budget Reconcilthe age level used to determine Sister Leddy, a member of the iation Act of 1989 left the 1983- Congregation Of Notre Dame de grants would rise from 50 to 60. The average age of U.S. nuns is 1989 gap in which orders are not Sion and author of "Reweaving Religious Life: Beyond the Liberal Model," said that soon conferences and self-examinations seeking to discern the future will no longer be needed. But first religious com-

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AT LAST SUNDAY'S cathedral celebration, Bishop Daniel A. Cronin stands with couples celebrating significant wedding anniversaries. From left, Mr. and Mrs. Donald McCarthy, wed 25 years; Professor and Mrs'. Antone Rodie, 65 years; Deacon and Mrs. Manuel Camara, 50 years. Readers. for the Eucharistic liturgy were Jos.eph Matthews and Mrs. Edward De Ciccio; gift bearers were Deacon and Mrs. Lawrence S1. Onge and Mrs. and Mrs. Arthur Cloutier. At the annual ceremony, which yearly attracts more couples, 62 par. ticipants marked golden anniversaries/and 63 celebrated silver. 13 other couples observed anniversaries of more than 25 years. (StudioD photo)


-Irish deportee Michael Cullen returns to U.S.

TaE ANCHOR - Diocese of Fall River- Fri., Oct. 25,1991

MILW AUKEE(CNS)- Atired but jubilant Mi<;:hael Cullen stepped off an airplane in Milwaukee with his wife and six oftheir 12 children Oct. I~, 'nearly two decades after bein'g deported to his native Ireland for U.S. antiwar activitie's. "We're home! free'" he 'exclaimed to family and friends gathered at Mit'chellinternational Airport in Milwaukee. He said he was finally granted a waiver after 18 years of-trying to gain reentry to the United States because "the hand of God intervened." Michael and Annette Cullen founded Casa Maria Catholic Work~ er Hospitality House in Milwau': kee 25 years ago. As a outgrowth of his work to house and feed the poor, Cullen joined peace activists in protests of the. Vietnam War. In '1968, as part of a group AT INSTALLATION ceremonies and a Mass for St. dubbed the Milwaukee 14, he set Patrick's Circle, Daughters of Isabella, held at St. John of God fire to Selective Service records. Church, Somerset, Bella Nogueira, left, was seated as regent He served nine months in prison for the action and was deported in by State Regent Virginia Corey, right. Father Stephen Salva1973. dor, center, was Mass celebrant. Other officers seated included Mrs. Cullen~ a native ot WisPatricia Isserlis, vice-regent; Bertha Hayden and Concorde consin, and the children all are Ferland, secretaries; Judith Dasilva, treasurer. U.S. citizens. This summer she and nine of the children came to the United States on the advice of ala wyer that new immigration rulings would provide a waiver for Cullen to return. When the waiver had not materialized by September, however, the family returned to Ireland" ST. MARY,NB ST. ANTHONy 01- THE DESERT, where Michael was a lay associate Youth group meeting and HalFR pastor at a parish in Cork. The loween party 6:30 t09 p.m. Sunday, Exposition of Blessed Sacrament school cafeteria; membership deadwaiver ca!J1e through shortly after noon to 6 p.m. with holy hour 5 to 6 line Oct. 30; information: Amy Bethe family's return. p.m. Nov. 3, St. Sharbel Chapel, 300 North Eastern Ave., FR. ' .,;During the"years of,exile~(j;ulleri;< <1~r.d,. 9?~:9J~].,:o..r, ~e!1. ~l/-sin~,~i, 7(J3: 8935. ,Lectors' evening of reflection 7 49~ said faith sO stained thdil'mily, O.L. VICTORY, CENTERVILLE p.m.' Oct. 29, chapel; speaker and Family Halloween party 4:30 to "Every time we were prevented social follow in parish center; those 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Confirmation' from coming back, we sat down who cahnot attend should inform parents' meeting 6: 15 to 7: 15 p.m. ,and asked what is God asking of Mary Vigeant. Women's Guild meetOct. 30, parish center. us. That was a grace. Otherwise we ing 7:30 p.m. Nov. II, parish center; would have been angry." guest speaker Jeanne Corliss on topic ST. MARY; FAIRHAVEN of nutrition. The Cullens intend to head north Newly-ordained Father David to a farmhouse owned by Mrs. Lupo, SS.CC.: has been assigned to ST. MARY~ NORTON St. Margaret's Church in Seat PleaCullen's father, enroll the children Choir rehearsals Tuesdays, 97 sant, Md. Baptism preparation meetPlain St.; information: Maureen in school and provide for little ing 7 p.m. Oct. 29. Cub Scouts meet Kelly, 285-7929. Michael, a Down's syndrome child. 6 p.m. Wednesdays, church hall; Mrs. Cullen works as a registered HOLY GHOST, ATTLEBORO boys interested irtjoining may attend Grades I through 6 catechists' nurse at a home for the elderly. with parents. Memorial Mass for ~orkshop II a.m. Nov. 2. ' "The big thing now is to root the deceased members Of parish 7 p.m. ST.'JOSEPH, TAUNTON family," said Cullen. "That's imNov. I; names of deceased will be , Halloween .children's liturgy 4:30 portant - family." entered in memorial book to be Sunday followed by parade p.m. Displaying his passport as a sign placed on altar during the Mass. around parish block and refresh- Teenagers Zachary Greene and of "the rightness of our being ments in church hall; children should Jeremy Poock will speak on the here," Cullen said ~e and his' wife ",:ear costumes; all parishioners welHolocaust and visiting concentranow feel "a great peace." come. tion camps 2 p.m. Nov. 3, church "We have to discern'now what hall. ' CONCERT, STONEHILL the future holds," he said. "We COLLEGE CATHEDRAL, FR want to serve the church in some Prominent Ukrainian concert Women's Guild annual Mass.for way. There's a sense about, that in pianist Vladimir Shamo will perdeceased members 7 p.m. Nov. 4, my bones." form8 p.m. Nov. 3,Joseph W. MarLady Chapel; meeting will follow tin,'Jr. Institute for Law and Society, with floral demonstration under Stonehill College, 320 Washington chairmanship of Mary Machado. St., North Easton. Free admission; O.L. CAPE, BREWSTER handicapped accessible. Catechists' workshop, liturgy and ST. PATRICK, WAREHAM potluck supper 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Grades I through 3 Halloween .J im'and Marie Sutherland are monthparty 7 to 8: 15 p.m. Oct. 29, parish VATICAN CITY (CNS) ly coffee hour chairpersons; to assist Mother Teresa of Calcutta is neg- hall; sponsored by youth group. call 896-5406. Natural family planning workshop 4'p.m. Sunday, 'parotiating with the Vietnamese -D. of I. ish center; information: 432-7192. government to establish a center Alcazaba Circle 65 Daughters of Catholic Daughters of the Americas Isabella, Attleboro, monthly meetfor orphans, handicapped' people meeting II a.m. Oct. 29 with cos metand the elderly, reported Vatican ing 7 p.m. Nov. 7, K. of C. Hall, ic~ presentation. 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Vincentians Continued from Page One for houses to Mexico. M.ore than tOO homes have been built in towns just over the U.S.-Mexico border. Coppinger said the project gives him hope for the future of the society. He said most current VincentiaQs are retirees with time on their hands and the good will to put it to use for the poor. But he' said the involvement' of' young people brings the society full circle to its origins, when it was comprised of young Christian men serving the poor. He said another ,major change for the society was its vote in 1973 to admit women, which also recalled the work of St. Vincent de Paul himself. As a priest in 17th-century France, visited homes of the poor, accompanied by women because he couldn't get men to help him. Coppinger said most parish groups can handle a call for assistance within 48 'hours. Usually two Vincentians visit a family to assess its needs and to bring food. "We're one of the few agencies thiitdoes home visits," he said'.

Vietna'm soccer team, gets kick out of U .8. visit ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CNS)A team of teenage Vietnamese soccer players played a Catholic high school team in Alexandria as part of a whirlwind U.S. trip organized by a Connecticut priest. The players from Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, and Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, a Washington suburb, formed a strong bond in the few days they lived and played together. "The kids were superb," said Bishop Ireton soccer coach Pete Johnson. "They really hit it off well together. The whole atmos, phere was very warm." Father Philip J. Cascia, pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Prospect, Conn, founded and heads an organization which arranges international visits by U.S. and foreign school teams. He went to Vietnam in March with soccer and wrestling squads from a Conncecticut high school. The visit by the Hanoi high school team to the United States is the first ever by any Vietnamese team. "We hope to do more exchanges with Vietnam because of how well this trip worked out," Father Cascia told the Arlington Catholic Herald, diocesan newspaper. "The Vietnamese are having a great time. They've really adapted' well and reacted to their host families well. Students from both countries showed us they really know how to make friends." While in Washington, the Vietnamese players also attended a reception on Capitol Hill and toured the White House. The players later went to Connecticut to play four high school teams there. They also toured New York City and met with Cardinal John J. O'Connor.

Unacceptable "When we accept violence in any form as commonplace, our sensitivities become dulled. When we accept violence, war itself can be taken for granted."- The Challenge of Peace. no. 285, U.S. Catholic bishops, 1983

',Papal m.essageinBralil voi~e 'of God"

Continued from Page O,ne ' "the causes of poverty and misery at their roots." At an Oct. 14 Mass in Sao L~i~, the pope said the "authentic injustice" evident in the huge gap Qetween, rich and poor in Brazil "is tied to the problem of the distribu- tion of land and its rational use." He called on the government , institute a land reform program so that "injustice will give' way to justice." But the pope said "invasion" of the land by the landless is not the answer to the problem. The church respects the right of individuals to own property, but private ownership should thwart God's plan that the earth should provide the livelihood of all, he said. ' Another land invasion condemned by the pope was the encroachment of miners, loggers and ranchers in traditional Indian areas. At a Mass in Cuiaba, capital of Mato Grosso state, which is called the "Gateway to the Amazon," the pope called protection of the environment one of the "great moral problems" of contemporary society. Protection of the environment is part of the quistian duty to protect l,iie..... l!c:.: added. The pope spoke of the importance of the family in talks to Brazilian lay leaders in Campo Grande and to children in Salvador. In Campo Grande, the pope IN HOMECOMING WEEKEND events at Coyle- said a family attitude of openness Cassidy High School, Taunton, athletic director Bill Tranter and joyful acceptance of children presents plaques to families of two inductees to the Coyle- creates an atmosphere where young Cassidy Sports Hall of Fame. Top: Tranter with Dr. Michael, people are more likely "to hear the

and give a generous response by entering the priesthood or religious life.. ' ' , The basic'o!:lligation ofiay Catholics, 'he said, is' to form strong families. ' In Salvador Oct. 20, the pope told thousands of children, most of whom were under 12:"You are important becau~e you are the futur~ of the nation, important because you are the future of the church.' Do you' k~ow that?" , , "There cannot and must not be, abandoned children, nor children without a family, nor boys and. girls living on the street," he said. "There cannot and must not be children used by adults for immoral purposes', for drug trafficking, for grave or petty crime, for practicing vice," the pope continued.. "The pope asks and demands in the name of God and of his Son that there cannot and must not be 'children assassinated, eliminated on the pretext of preventing crime," he said. Brazilian and international human rights organizations reported that 472 Brazilian children, most of whom lived on the streets, were 'killed in I990. The majority of murders are blamed on efforts by business people to "clean' up" the streets in front of their businesses, where the children beg or steal from patrons. On Oct. 18 the pope beatified Amabile Lucia, Visintainer, more widely known as Mother Paulina, ;. founder of the Little Sisters ofthe Immaculate Conception.

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Bishops'message Continuea from Page One national health care system or making human rights concerns a central part of U.S. foreign policy. Other elements were new to the 1992 statement, such as including Eastern Europe among foreign 'policy concerns and adding euthanasia and substance abuse to the list of pressing domestic issues. The 1988 commentary on arms control and disarmament was rewritten for 1992, reflecting the new challenges of the post-Cold War era. ', As in the past, the board stressed that the bishops do not endorse candidates or tell Catholics how to vote. The Catholic laity, as Catholics and as citizens, have primary responsibility for ,engaging in the political process, the bishops said, but added that the bishops' responsibility is "to analyze the moral dimensions of the major issues of our day" and "to keep alive the values of the Gospel as a norm for social and political life." On specific policy issues, the board said: - On abortion, "the right to life is the most basic human right, and it demands the protection oflaw." The bishops back a constitutional amendment to restore the right tQ life of the unborn, federal and state legislation to support that right, programs to assist pregnant women' and children, and "public funding policies that encourage childbirth over abortion." - On arms control and disarmament, the United States should

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Mbeki led a to-person ANC delegation, which was the central black activist group at the conference. Other black political groups that participated with smaller delegations were the 'pan-African Congress, the Azanian People's Organization and the Inkatha Freedom Party, which is the major rival of the ANC. Some 40 U.S. corporations sent executives to the conference, inCluding Xerox, Coca-Cola, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Ford, General Motors, Manufacturers Hanover Trust, Chemical Bank, AT&T & MCI.

begin making preparations for en'''move beyond Cold War assump- try or re-entry into the post-aparttions." It must take advantage of heid, democratic South African "new opportunities" to restrict economy which is coming," said a nuclear and conventional arms . top official ofthe African National worldwide. Congress at a University of Notre Thenation should "redirect re- Dame conference. sources from excessive military The recent conference路 was an spending" to help the poor at unprecedented gathering of South home and abroad. African activist organizations, exec- Capital punishment brings utives of U.S. corporations and with it ~:erosion of respect for life, U.S. government officials. in our society." The bishops oppose Thabo Mbeki, director of inter~ it because of"the value and dignity national affairs for the African of human life." National Congress, or ANC, said - "Discrimination based on sex, that "millions of South Africans Herman Cohen, U.S. assistant race, ethnicity or age" is "a grave will expect a new government to injustice and an affront to human deliver real economic progress secretary of state for African affairs, dignity." It "must be aggressively along with the beautiful political led the U.S. government delegaresisted by every individual and settlement that brings a non-racial tion to the conference and gave a presentation of U.S. policy regardrooted out of every social institu- democracy." tion and structure." Mbeki acknowledged that a ing South African economic develOn other issues, the bishops sound' economy will need the .in- opment. opposed racism, called for increased volvement of foreign companies Last July President Bush lifted job opportunities, recommended and investment of foreign capital economic sanctions against South human development support over and that such enterprises will only , Africa, which had been imposed military assistance in foreign aid be attracted to a stable social and by Congress in 1986 to punish the matters, asked equitable tax sup- political environment. government there for its policies of port for non-public school pupils The ANC recognized that "it racial separation. Bush ended the and rejected assisted suicide or would be necessary to talk to these sanctions when South African Pres"deliberate hastening of death" for people - to as many as possible as ident F. W. de Klerk instituted a the seriously iII., soon as possible," Mbeki said. number of reforms, though Bush They also advocated family and "We want to .say, 'Don't wait acknowledged "much remains to medical leave laws, child care pro- until路 a democratic government is be done." grams and pro~family policies in ,in place to start thinking about Several anti-apartheid groups, general; called attention to hunger 'economic engagement in our coun- including the ANC, were critical and malnutrition; supported famtry,' " he said. of Bush's decision and wanted the ily farms; urged attention to enFor now, though, the ANC mainsanctions to be upheld. ' vironmental issues; and recom- tains its policy against economic By lifting them Bush removed mended national health ca'n:: re- engagement in South Africa, a form, low-cost housing programs policy Which has included calling. bans 0rt, among other things, new loans and investment in South and strengthened human rights for foreign companies to pull out Africa, imports of gold coins and policies. , of the country as a way to pressure other goods from corporations run Other concerns included regula- the ruling Afrikaans minority to by Pretoria, trade in technology tion of mass media, refugee reset- end its policies of racial discrimiand commercial air service. tlement and substance abuse. nation and to relinquish power.


S'alvadoran death squad ta~get sa:ys····· she'll continue refugee work Major aims ofthe refugee organWASHINGTON (CNS) - A and eight of her 13 brothers and 22-year-old Salvadoran woman, sisters have been killed since 1980. ization, which she helped found at interviewed during a U.S. trip she The young woman was born in the age 15, are to see to it that Salvamade after receiving' four death village of Los Amates in the Sal- dorans displaced by the war can go threats, says the intimidation only vadoran department of Chalate- back home to relatively stable enstrengthened her resolve to con- nango, a region that has suffered vironments; to convince the army to end military operations and tinue aiding fellow Salvadorans heavy casualties during the war. displaced by war. Ms. Lopez said she has been arbitrary bombings;-and to stop The young woman, Maria Mir- taken captive on three occasions. the military draft, which, Ms. Lopez tala Lopez Mejia, commented that Subjected to various methods of said, the sons of the nation's a major obstacle to peace in EI torture while in military custody, wealthy are allowed to bypass. She opposes U.S. military aid to Salvador is that the war effort has she said she still suffers the effects EI Salvador but says "humanitar..: grown to such an extent that some of blows to the head. 50,000 Salvadorans rely on the Ms. Lopes said the first death ian aid for reconstruction, food, army for their livelihood and see threat against her, which she re- . health, to assist orphans and for few other job opportunities. . ceived Sept. 12, stated that, "just education" is much needed. While she was pleased with the Ms. Lopez and the Christian as we eliminated the Jesuit priests accord recently reached at the Committee for the Displaced in EI of the University of Central AmerSalvador, the refugee organization . ica) we will behead one by one" the United Nations by Salvadoran for which she works, are among leaders of the Farabundo Marti .President Alfredo Cristiani and National Liberation Front. The five. rebel commanders, Ms. Lopez recipients of the 1991 Rothko FM LN, as it's known, is the Sal- noted that the nation's vice presiChapel Award for Commitment to Truth and Freedom. Five such vadoran rebel organization engaged dent and a top military official in battle with the nation's military have said they will not accept it. awards, each of which comes with The accord, which followed an $10,000, are to be presented Dec. forces. 8. Accusations of guerrilla invol- 18-month negotiating process, Rothko Chapel, which also annu- vement, she said, continue to be covere.d a·broad range of security ally gives out an award named for levied in EI Salvador against and economic issues related to slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar "anybody who wants change ... r~integration of the FMLN rebels Romero, is an international church just as they were against Archbi- into civilian life after a ceasefire. Such an accord "will be difficult and art gallery built by Houston shop Oscar Romero and the Jesfor some [in the military) to accept. uits." philanthropists in 1971. She said she is certain those There are so many whose hands As secretary of human rights responsible for the threats against are stained with blood .... and so and legal affairs for the Christian her are linked to the Salvadoran many who' would have to' find Committee for the Displaced in El another way to make a living," military. Salvador, founded in 1984, Ms. Ms. Lopez said. "Who are those responsible for 'Lopez helped establish an internaBut there are also members or' tional network to respond to human the massacre of the Jesuits? They the military she termed "moderare members of the military. They rights abuses. are colonels like Benavides," she ates," who have begun to realize Ms. Lopez, whose family has said, making reference to Salvad- that "nobody's going to win the been devastated by her nation's oran Army Col. GuillermoA. Ben- war.' The offensives of November II-year-old civil war, said the avides, convicted Sept. 28 for his 1989 made that clear. The FM LN threats against her came in writing involvement in the 1989 murders has power. The army has power.... in September from a group called of six ~esuit priests;' the.ir house- Their efforts prod uced a lot of desthe Salvadoran Anti'-Communist truction and a stalemate," she said. keeper and her daughter. Front, known by its Spanish initials While in the United States, Ms. The most recent threat against as FAS. Lopez plans to.visit church workers Ms. Lopez, posted on the door to in the archdiocese of New York, "This is a front organization for her office Sept. 24, came with a Detroit, St. Louis, San Francisco the death squads so well known in blood-stained candle which said and Milwaukee. She said she inEl Salvador," she told Catholic "FAS, the hour has come," and to return to San Salvador in tends news Service in Washington. five coins to be used to pay for her November. Ms. Lopez' father, who was infuneral. A copy of the threat was volved in rural organizing efforts, also sent to the office via fax.

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Saint's blood: trick or miracle?

Vatican-backed porn parley set for 1992 WASHINGTON (CNS) - A meeting backed by Pope John PauUI to plan how to combat illegal obscenity and child pornography ,on an international scale is slated for early 1997 in Rome. It will be held "with Pope John Paul's endorsement and support," said Chicago Card'inal Joseph L. Bernardin. It will explore expansion of efforts of the Religious Alliance Against Pornography, a coalition of U.S. religious leaders, said Alliance vice chairman Cardinal Bernardin, who announced the meeting earlier this month at the group's annual' conference in Washington. Alliance members include toplevel representatives of the Catholic, Protestant, Mormon, Greek Orthodox and Jewish denominations. The alliance,sought Vatican support "both because of the Vatican's international presence and because of the stand it has taken regarding pornography," Cardinal Bernardin said. At the Washington meeting the alliance honored several persons for working against obscenity and child pornography, including Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles, who received the alliance's annual religious leadership award. Last February, at a Los Angeles forum on pornography, Cardinal Mahony called on the United Nations/to "identify and impose sanctions" on countries which traffic illegally in pornography. "Pornography is no more acceptable in the ne~ world order than are slavery, apartheid, cocaine smuggling or germ warfare," he said.

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Pope's tough assignment, says lensman VATICAN CIT)'. (CNS) When the man in the viewfinder is the pope and the backdrop is the' Vatican, any photographer might feel a little intimidated. James Stanfield, who has photographed everything from rats to Byzantine artifacts for National Geographic magazine, drew his toughest assignment last year - to provide an "insider's" view of the Vatican and PopeJohn Paul II for a'new book. After several months and more than 1,000 rolls offilm. Stanfield said he "started to panic." "For a while, it just wasn't coming." he said. "I felt I was in over my head." Stanfield had shadowed the pope at public functions for weeks on end. becoming a familiar figure to security personnel and the papal entourage. But he still hadn't seen the private side of the pontiff, and he needed those shots to complete the photo-essay. , To convince the pope that he was serious. Stanfield presented him with a set of 15 color photographs from thework-in-progress. That made a difference, he said, and doors began to open. He was eventually allowed to photograph the pope in the Vatican gardens. in his private chapel, stepping out of a Vatican elevator and in his room above St. Peter's Square. Those around the pope gradually opened up, too. Swiss Guards tipped him off about band rehearsals and local birthday parties. The pope's private secretary joked about the "amerykanski" who used up so much film, and every now and then slipped him into private papal audiences. Even Pope John Paul began to take a personal interest in the project, touching base with the photographer to ask how it was going. "I was told I'd need patience, and it was true. I didn't know how much I'd need," Stanfield said ' after completinJLhis work. Stanfield spoke at a Vatican presentation of "I nside the Vatican," a picture book with text that National Geographic is publishing in 10 languages. It's the first time the society has launched an international project of this magnitude,

Beatifica'tion'set for Opus De~ head " ROME (CNS) - Pope John Paul II will beatify Opus Dei founder Msgr. JQsemaria Escriva de Balaguer at the Vatican next spring, a spokesman for Opus Dei said in Rome. The ceremony, scheduled for May 17 in St. Peter's .square, is expected to draw Opus Dei members from all over the world, the spokesman said. In July, the congregation for Sainthood Causes and the pope decreed that a miraculous cure was attributable to the intercession 9f Msgr. Escriva, clearing the way for his beat~fication. The cure involved a 70-year-old Span,ish nun who reportedly recovered overnight from a tumor in 1976. She died 12 years later. Msgr. Escriva, born in Barbastro"Spain, in 1902,founded Opus Dei in 1928. Opus Dei, Latin f~r "God's work," has a membership of some 75,000 lay members and 1,300 priests, who practice a disciplined spiritual life and are encouraged to integrate their faith and their professional work. Msgr. Escriva died in 1975, and his sainthood cause was introduced in 1981. Opus Dei officials say his cause has moved forward with unusual speed in piHt because the organization has been able to provide such ample documentation of his life.

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VA TICAN ALTAR boys play pinball machine in a room above St. Peter's sacristy in this photo from "Inside the Vatican," a National Geographic Society book to be released in 1.0 languages Nov. 4. (CNS photo by James L. Stanfield Š 1991 National Geographic Society)

according ,to National Geographic officials. Stanfield, a Methodist, said he had always be'en impressed with the Vatican's "color, mystery and secretiveness," but discovered a more human side on his assignment. He first encountered the Vatican while working on a 1985 piece for National Geographic magazine. Editors at that time raised the idea of a book. and Stanfield returried, periodica'lly to add to his Vatican portfolio. From last December 'until April. he worked full-time on the project. taking some' 75.000 pictures. His respect for the pope and papal stamina grew.

"He's the hardest working person I've ever seen. and he thrives on this and never seems to tire," said Stanfield. .

Gneof the book's best photos is a portrait of the pontiff, standing in golden light, with a calm but intense expression on his face. "It looks almost like a painting done during a sitting, and it is probably the most majestic image in the book.- But it was taken' in a p~rislirba~effie'ii't; a'nd -ttrl\;'(i,,'e'Hia about 100 screaming Roman children at his feet." said Stanfield. The book covers the standard museaumand monument territory. but also provides glimpses of daily life behind the Vatican walls: a nun preparing lunch at a Vatican Ciiy preseminary, hand~repairing a section of 16th-century tapestry, and a grimacing Swiss Guard recruit struggling to unbolt his rifle. There are no "scandalous" photos - unless you count the one of altar boys playing pinball above . the sacristy of St. Peter's Basilica. Stanfield said that to get that picture. he had to return five or six times for the right "mood,lighting and expression." Stanfield was allowed into many of the Vatican's forbidden nooks and crannies, such as the "Room of Tears" where newly elected popes first put on the papal vestments. His biggest disappointment, he said, was not being allowed to photograph the Polish nuns who do the pope's co'oking, laundry and other household chores. . "I asked three or four times, and the answer was always no," he said. He had to settle for a silPHOTOGRAPHERSphm~ houette shot of the nuns during the graphed in this shot of James' pope's morning Mass. Stanfield lining up a Vatican The Vatican Library is currently scene. (CNS photo from Na- hosting an exhibit of Stanfield's photos, including one sequence tional Geographic) that never made it into the book. The four pictures show a black cat leaping up, turning a door handle, pushing the door open and walking into a Vatican kitchen- where a nun stands in welcome. Unfortunately, Stanfield said, prints of ,the sequence arrived at National Geographic offices six minutes after the book. received final editorial approval.

LONDON (CNS) - A religious "miracle" hailed by the Italian city of Naples every year for more than 600 years can be recreated with skills probably known to medieval alchemists, according to Italian scientists writing in the magazine Nature: Believers in the miracle say a sealed sample. of the clotted blood of St. Januarius-has inexplicably turned to liquid three times each year since 1389. The event draws crowds of thousands to Naples Cathedral in Italy and a television audience of millions and any hitch in the process is seen as, a bad omen for Naples. But organic chemist Luigi Garlashcelli of the University of Pavia and his colleagues say they had created a jam-like gel that simulates the properties of the alleged saintly blood. ' The phenomenon is an example of thixotropy, they said, the ability of certain gels to turn to liquid when shaken or stirred. Their compound consists of then a mixture of calcium carbonate and hydrated iron chloride, lightly s'prinkled with salt water, all of which were available in the 14th century, when the liquefaction ceremony began. . The iron chloride is found around active volcanos - such as nearby Mt. Vesuvius. With gentle shakiQg, the dark brown mixture liquefies. Left to stand, it becomes a gel.again. the researchers say medieval alchemists could have made it. . "The chemical nature of the Naples relic can be established only by opening the phial, but, a domplete-:anRtysistisl fdr.01pMi-fby the Catholic Church," they said. "Our replication of the phenomenon seems to render this sacrifice necessary." In 1989, however, a team of Italian medical researchers using equipment measuring shifts in the color spectrum of a given substance concluded that vial contents included oxyhemoglobin - a compound found in arterial blood. ' Liquefaction has been recorded three times a year almost without fail since the Middle Ages but last May the substance was said to have liquefied two days behind schedule, a delay some interpreted as a sign of the saint's displeasure - another disappointment for the city after its fabled soccer team had earlier lost a crucial game.

Shro.ud of Turin temporarily moved TURIN, Italy (CNS) - The Shroud of Turin is 'being temporarily relocated so that the chapel, which houses it can be restored. The shroud, believed by some Christians to be the burial cloth of Jesus, is to be moved to an area behind the main altar of the cathedral of'Turin, archdiocesan officials said.' There visitors will be able to see the silver casket that hoMs the cloth. The shroud itself has been placed on exhibit only three times this century. It appears to bear the image of a crucified man. Normally it is kept in the Guarini Chapel, part of a former Savoy family palace adjacent to the cathedral. Last year, the chapel was 'closed indefinitely to visitors after a piece of marble fell from the ceiling.


PBS critic calls on media to promote positive values WASHINGTON (CNS) - Discussion of values belongs in the national dialogue, and the media must recognize the influential role it has in that discussion, PBS-TV critic Michael Medved told a group of church leaders in Washington. rvtedved, cohost ofthe 3D-minute weekly movie review show "Sneak Previews," made his comments in a speech to the Religious Alliance Against Pornography, a multifaith coalition of top church leaders. . The alliance, which met recently . in Washington for its annual conference, aims to fight illegal obscenity and .child pornography, but Medved devoted most of his speech to decrying today's popular culture. "It's not just pornography that destroys," Medved said, "I believe the popular culture destroys destroys hope, destroys, values, destroys the very idea of the family." Medved said he was "not calling for censorship," but for the media to deal with the fact that they convey value messages. . "Images matter," Medved said, because they constitute "values. NEIL PATRICK Harris, star of"Doogie Howser, M. D." being implanted into the souls of (eNS photo) young Americans across the country." He said popular culture bears some responsibility for increasing crime, illegitimate births and suicide among U.S. teenagers. "Much of it," he said, "has to do WASHINGTON (CNS) - ABC- tive failure." In plainspeak, that with the fact that increasing numTV last summer bragged about the .means teenage girls get pregnant bers of young Americans are getf/lct that Doogie Howser would more easily than adults, even when ting their basic standards, their basic vision of the truth from the lose his virginity at 18 on the they're careful. According to the report, even junk,from the garbage they're tak"Doogie Howser, M.D." series. The plot development, which with "perfect" use teenage girls on ing out of their TV sets and their aired Sept. 25, was heralded in the pill have a more than 10 per- . radios and in the movie theaters terms usually reserved for birth cent chance of getting pregnant, and on videos." He cited what he termed anticompared to 6 percent for the announcements. parent messages that say to youths "This year Doogie is going to general population. At the summer previews for that "kids know best." lose his virginity," producer Vic "What concerns me most is the Rauseo told TV writers in Los reporters, actor Neil Patrick HarAngeles in July. But Doogie won't ris, who plays Doogie, said he had continual message undermining get married because he's "too been getting "a lot of flak" because marriage and undermining the family," he added. Doogie hadn't had sex. young" for that, Rauseo said. "Two-thirds of American adults "Kids all around him are doing Executive producer Linda Morris said the episode would be this and he's not," said Harris. But are married," he said, "but how one might expect more depth f~om many films come out in which socially responsible. married people are the heroes?' "Human beings are sexual, and a brilliant physician. Doogie's having sex offers plot Almost none. teenagers are human beings," she "Whenever you see marriage said. "And if you're going to have possibilities. - Wanda could find herself portrayed in movies in 1991," he sex, do it responsibly, do it carefully, do it with a lot of thought." pregnant and Doogie, while con- added, "it's almost a sure indica- . For Tinseltown, responsibility sidering performing an abortion, tion iCs going to lead to murder." means don't have sex with strangers could agonize over ending the life Among films in this category, he and use contraceptives. (Doogie of the extension of his brilliant said, were "Sleeping With the Enemy," "Mortal Thoughts," "A used a condom when he had sex self. Kiss Before Dying" and "De- Dr. Howsercould write child with Wanda before she went off to college.) Permanent commitment support checks at 19. The gesture ceived." Hollywood's promotion offilms could start in 1992 and continue to is a non-issue. on single parents also undermines Ironically ABC, which airs"After- 2010. - The duo could break up, the family, he said. school Specials" for youths on "We have a whole spate of diasuch issues as pregnancy, AIDS Wanda could feel used and Dooand adolescent mental health, gie could say, "Gee, these things pers and formula comedies," he undercuts itself by playing up pre- seem to mean so much more to said, citing "Three Men and a Baby," '''Look Who's Talking," giris than to guys." marital sex. - They could get married now "Baby Boom" and "Little Man Isn't it too bad that Doogie, who was so brilliant he graduated . and divorced at 19. There's no Tate." The message from Hollywood is from medical s'chool at 14, can't stigma to divorce, but it's high on that "babies are great, but they're see that sex belongs in a perman- heartbreak. ent commitment? "Doogie Howser, M.D."became best enjoyed without the inconDid Doogie miss the obstetrics popular without Doogie becom- venient entanglements of marriage. lesson on contraceptive failure rate ing sexually active. If all creator That is a poisonous message to America's young people." among teenagers? Didn't psychol- Steven Bochco can think of for He called on citizens to inject ogy class tell him that adolescents plot development is a little sex, he change so quickly that someone a ought to quit the computer key- "the issue of values into the national dialogue," even if it means .teenager goes ga-ga over in high board. If ABC can't speak the obvious "occasional corporate boycotts, school looks blah-blah a month - the only sure way to avoid pressure." irtto college? "That's not censorship," said Like any good medical practi- AIDS and pregnancy is through Medved. "It's using capitalism, it's tioner, Doogie needs to do research. . abstinence - it ought to give up its For instance, the May{ June 1989 "Afterschool Specials." There's no using your commitment and your issue of Family Planning Perspec- sense in spending millions to be feeling to try to oppose corporate tives touched on the fact that the insightful in the afternoon and irresponsibility." Hollywood leaders need to "beyounger you are the more likely then airing mindless, irresponsible come responsible corporate citiyou are to experience "contracep- programming at night.

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zens in terms of the cultural environment," he said. "Pollution of the culture, pollution of our young people is just as serious, just as devastating as pollution of the air and the water, and has to be addressed," Medved said. Hollywood "can spin around and turn on a dime," he said, noting the current move to air programs about ecology. He also noted that due to pressure from the AI DS lobby, the use of condoms is appearing in movies and television. "If Hollywood can suddenly turn around and send a message about condoms, then I believe Hollywood can send a message about families, about marriage, about the dignity of marriage, the beauty of marriage - not another film, please, in which husbands and wives batter each other," he said. The meeting also included a brief address by Federal Communications Commissioner Ervin S. Duggan. Duggan applauded alliance efforts and said there was

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I. Have time for God each day. Without God, none of the day's gifts would exist, including your very own being. Pause each day to thank God for your life, the world ofcreation around you and the ways each of us can grow and change. 2. Take time for joy. Sometimes teens, or any of us, rush through the day without ever taking time to enjoy it. Indeed, some days have lots of responsibilities packed into them. Yet, even on these days, we can stop and ask: What do I need now?

By Charlie Martin

THE PROMISE OF A NEW DA Y

By Linda Rome How important is the college application essay in a college's decision to accept a student? What are admissions officers looking for when they read those hard-wrought words? Laryn D. Runco, director of admissions at John Carroll Uni~ versity in Clevefand, Ohio, looks at the essay as only part of the whole application. "We look at the essay first as a writing sample l;lnd second as a means of insight into the student's character. If I had to overgeneralize, the essay can help us to know the student better as stu'dent and as human." John Carroll, like many schools, gives a choice of three different questions on its application: What are your goals for college and your future plans? What are your future plans for serving the needs of individuals and society? . What is the biggest risk you've taken in your life and what did you learn from the experience? ' "I find out about the student as a student from three things," said Ms. Runco. "From the quality of the high school curriculum, the relationshp of :the grades to the

curriculum and test scores such as the SAT or ACT. I want to know, Did this student challenge himself or herself! "I learn about the student as a person from extracurricular activities, the counselor and teacher recommendations, and from the essay or the personal interview.. "The essay," said Ms. Runco, "has its'most weight in helping us understand the student as a person. For us, a weak essay is not cause enough to turn a student down." Ms. Runco also mentioned a few common problems with college application essays. . "Sometimes students don't let their personalities show. They write a nuts-and-bolts piece that doesn't reveal their character. Instead, they reveal what) going on. around them. "Poor presentation is another problem. That includes ·illegible handwriting, typos, poor spelling and grammar." .Getting too much help with an essay can backfire, Runco warns. "If y<?u can tell, it makes a character statement. ' :'What I really want," she said, "is for you to be yourself and tell me.apout 'you.''', . '

Athletes back anti-porn campaig'n ' NEW YOR'K (CNS) - Athletes They include the American' against porn will highlight MoralFamily Association, Americans for ity in Media's fourth annual White Responsible Television, the NationRibbon Against Pornography Cam- 'II Coalition on Television Vio-' paign during national Pornography lenc~ and the National Christian awareness Week Oct. 27-Nov. 3. Association. They will be featured on more In endorsing the TV blackout, than 200 billboard ads proclaim- morality in Media president Kevin M. Beattie said the organization ing "Real Men Don't Vse Porn," according to Patty McEntee, spokes- hopes that the effort sends a mes-' woman for M'orality in Media. sage ,"that Americans are fed up Among athletes backing the with the bombardment of gratuinational campaign are 'charles tous sex, violence and' blatant Mann, defensive end for the Wash- mockery of Judio-Christian valington Redskins; Dave Oravecky, .u e s . " · ff:>rmer pitcher for San Francisco Giants, who recently had his arm amputated;'Storm Davis, Kansas e C ·Ity Royals pitcher; Bobby Bell Jr., retired. star of th.e N.Y. Jets and Chicago. BearS.; and Jeff Tupper, ,retired sta.r· of Kansas Cl' ty Chl'efs, ,·St'., Loul's Cardl'nals Jennifer Sevigney ofSt. Bernard's and Denve'r Broncos. . . . : parish, Assonet, a senior at ApponeDuring the. campaign, :p·orn. quet Regional High School, and op~on~nts are urged to d~spl~y Bishop Connolly High Schooljunwhl.te nbbons to·tell·local dlstr~ct' iors Christine B~urids and Wil~" attorneys that they want obscemty, '. Ham Losch are attending a. national ta~s enforced and store owners conference of Young Leaders' this). that they don't. want porn sold, ~eek in' W~shington, DC. . Ms. McEntee. said. .; ' . The conference, sponsored by ::The. campal~n also IS .urgl~g t~e . ',the Congressional Youth Leader~ eight ~tates wJ:lIc.h remain Without . ship Coullcil, hosts 350 outstande(f~ctlve obscemty laws .to enact, 'ing high '~chool' students from anti-porn measures, she ~ald. Those across the nation selected on' 'the statesNare Ala~ka, Mame, Monbasis of academic acheivement, 18na, ew MeXICO, Oregon, Sou.th leadership and citizenship. Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia. Themed "The Leaders ofTomorMoralityin·Mediaalsoannouncrow Meeting the Leaders of Toed,it emJomid ';Turn Off TV Day," day," the six-day conference <;onOct. 29, an effort backed by se~- cludes on Sunday. Activities have eral other TV.·activistgroups. included welcome remarks from

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EaiIe's caIling Perhaps an immediate break And he's caIling Your name from tasks is needed, or time Tides are turning, bringing just to look at the world around Winds of change us, or time to call a friend. 3. Spend part of the day on Why do I feel this way The promise of a new day an activity of special meaning The promise to you. For some people, this The promise of a new day activity is found at school or As through time work, because these people The earth moves .genui:nely enjoy what they do, Under my feet Othe.rs mig~tJind: f!leaning in a One step closer hobby or special activitie's, like To make love complete athletics. ·Making this choice What has the final say brings time for doing what you The promise of a new day just love to do. And so time over time 4., Our joy is also connected What will c!,!ange the world with other people. The promise No one knows of each day also offers us the So the only promise possibility of doing something ·Is a day to live, to give. for others. Think first of those And share with one another you live with. What.can you do See the wisdom for someone in your home that From mistakes in our past helps that person have a better Hear the younger day? Generafion ask Also, consider the wider huWhy do I feel this way man family. How can you use The promise of a new day your interests, talents or perAnd so time over time , sO,nal gifts to help o~hers l\ttain What will change the world more enjoyable. lives? Spend No one knows' part of each day focusing on So the only promise others' needs. Is a day to live, to give, 5. Take time to dream. NurAnd share with one another ,' . ' .. '. " :::. . Written by P. Lord, S. St. V~ctor, .Y.J~ ~mi.t~, P, ~b~ul:. .•.. " ':ture,<Jn,innl!J:-Y!lijop oC~o}V,YOJl Sung by Paula Abdul (c) 1991 by Virgin Records America Inc. 'want your hfe and the hfe of the WHA l DO YOU have in The potential is all there. The planet to change; grow and be common with everyone' else? choices <Ire upto us" healed from h1.!rt..God's grace\s Each of us has this day to How can we get the most out always available to us..God improve our lives and reach out of God's gift of this day? Much invites us to decide ho~ we will to others. We each wake up to is determined by how we use the use it. the "promise of a new day." day's time. Twenty-four hours Allow, your; imagination to Paula Abdul's new'release represe'nt a short time. Yet, by create a future that fills each emphasizes this message. In the focusing on the present, we .get' new day with what you want promise of a new day we can more out of the gift of·life..'·' most to give. to, and receive move. "one step closer to make . To enjoy the promise of each' from, life. love complete." Each d'ay is a new day, I suggest we have a Your comments are welcomed "day to live, to give and share variety of goals in each 24 by Charlie Martin, R;R. 3, Box with one another. hours: 182, Rockport, IN 47635.

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members of Congress on the floor of the V.S. House of Representatives; a panel discussion led' by prominent journalists at the National Press Club; a simulation of presidential decisionmaking titled "If I Were P,resident"; and. visits to diplomatic embassies and V .S. congresspersons. .In a mock congress on gun control, students will assume roles of V.S. representatives in debating, lobbying and voting on proposed handgun legislation. Miss Sevigney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. MarkSevigney of Assonet, is editor of her school yearbook and was' select~d for ~ho's' Who Among ~mencan High ..Sch?ol : Students In 199p and 1991: She IS a lector at St. Bernard's. '

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St. Joseph's School The following students ~f ·St. ' Joseph School, Fairhaven, were inducted into the school's Safety Patrol by Officer MacyJoseph on October II: Douglas Costello, cap- ' tain; Amanda Davies, lieutenant; Megan Rebeir, sergeant. Also, Kathleen Foley, Joel Sali, turi, Rebecca Shaw, Charmaine' Smith, Kyle St.Jacques. Also, Shannon St.Jacques, Alyssa LaBrecque, Christopher Olson, Priscilla Pope, ,Matthew Trahan." " " 'Safety Patrol moderator is Clliu~ . detteL,eBlanc, 7th gradehome-' room teacher. ..'

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K,R 1ST E NGl~ E EN E, daughter of Mr. and .,Mrs. Philip Greene ofTamlton', has , been selected as 'a winner in the' University of Massachusetts at Amherst's Chancellor's T~lent Award Program 'competition for 1992,· .. , ,A senior at Coyle-Cassidy High School, she is offered a scholarship with a four-year waiver of tuition if she enrolls at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst:


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Bishop Connolly High School

COYLE-CASSIDY High School H~mecoming Queen nominees and their escorts, from left: Jonathan O'Reilly, Laura Watson, Jen Nunes, Sean Levesque, Kristen Lounsbury, Jake Winslow, Tricia Larivee, Neil Morrison, Jen Dale, Scott Weldon. Tricia Larivee was named 1991 Homecoming Que~n for the Taunton school. (Bre~n photo)

Bishop Stang High School Junior class rings will be blessed at a Ring Day Mass celebrated by Father Steve Avila tomorrow at Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth. The evening will continue with a dinner for juniors andtheir parents, followed by a student body dance.

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Bishop Stang has joined MASSnet, a statewide science education computer network designed to improve direct communication among science educators through conferencing software. The network providesaccess ··to information' on statewide events such as workshops; grants and fellowships; curriculum; laboratories; in-service training and workshops; new technologies; and student activities such as science fairs. MASSnet is affiliated with the national conferencing network CSSS PSlnet (Council of State Science Supervisors People Sharing Information Network), a cooperative project of the National Science Foundation, CSSS and IBM, which connects science and math educators and various agencies across the nation.

college application process through department chairs. Pictures of the the fiv~-year-old College Aware- new students were posted on the ness Program for Stang Seniors: first floor bulletin board along In three days of workshops, with a welcoming message. students reviewed their academic • .record and learned how to write application essays and obtain This month and throughout Norecommendations. vember Stang representatives are The program was followed by a visiting local communities to meet Senior Parent Night at which Sher- with prospective students and their man Rosser, associate dean of parents. Over 150 current students admissions at Boston College, offered to participate in attracting reviewed the admissions process. future students. A parents' group Transfer students, meanwhile, is also being formed to make parwere recently welcomed at a day ish and other organization contacts, and an "In-Home Gather.during wh}ch tl:t.ey e.njoy<:d sna,c.k~ .before school, received certificates . iogs" pr'ogram'offeringinformation of welcome, and discussed school about Stang at a Stang family's activities with guidance staff and home will be expanded.

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St. Mary's School

St. Mary's School, New Bedford, is buzzing with activities after school hours, among them: Cribbage Club. A new club this year offering a card game excellent for enhancing math skills, this activity for grades 3 through 5 students'meets 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Advisors are fifth grade teacher Debra Letendre and Trudy Fatula and Colette Madeiros. • * * * Stamp Club. A club that has The Stang chapter of Amnesty been in existence for many years International has elected as officers Kara Roth, president; Yvette which enhances students' knowlMorais, vice president; Rosemary edge, interests and learning expeFernandes; treasurer; Anabela rience. The club reconvened in Vasconcelos, corresponding secre- October in observa'nce of Stamp tary; and Andrea Perkins"rec()rd- Collecting Month. Open to grades 3 through 8 stl,ldents as well as ing secretary. parents arid adults willing to assist, Junior Christine P~tenaudewill the club meets 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. provide cartoons and other graph- , Wedn~sdays under the guidance ics for Amnesty's northeast reof Sister Rhea Quintin. . gional newsletter. ' Chess Club. Members partici* • • * pate in competitions with other New to Stang are faculty mem· area school chess clubs. Open to bers John Schratwieser, teachi~g grades 2 through 8 students, the social justice and personal morality, and music instructor Suzanne club meets 2:'45 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, advised by Dani,el Larkin. Christie. ' '" Schratwieser is a native of Hunt':· . Recorder' club. A new rilUsicil1 ington, NY, and a graduate of: club in whi(\ fJu~aphone ;an,d ' Fairfield University with a, miljor soprano recorder are being taught. For students in grades 3 through 8, in religious studi!:s: , . Ms. Christie, a graduate' of Em- it meets 2:45 t9 3:30 p.m. Mondays manuel College with a major ,in with eighth grade teacher Diane ' , 'music education, is currently Shenlc studying for an MAT in creative Computers. Computer teacher arts at Bridgewater State College. Marge Mello has an open door, In addition to her classroom duties, policy after school and encourages she offers instrumental less'ons grades I through 8 stude.nts to after school. , work on various projects including electronic journals, the school • * * • Seniors recently explored the newspaper, or educational games.

Seventh graders can work on their slide show. Pen Pals. Last year during Catholic Schools Week, the sixth graders (this year's seventh grade) wrote letters to Catholic schools around the country and exchanged information on their school and city and state. During the summer Karen Boutin continued her friendship with'an Oklaho'ffia pen pal. Liturgical Committee. A new committee formed to organize various liturgical events at S1. Mary's, including First Friday observances and an All Saints' Day liturgy. On First Fridays, students will visit the memorial chapel at various times during the day anq all are encouraged to attend the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and 7 p.m. Mass which conclude the observance. At the All Saints Day Mass 9 a.m. Novl I, several students will

Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River, has concluded a week of events marking its 25th anniversary. Tim Devitt, '88, won the Oct. 13 SK Silver Anniversary Road Race with a time of 17:42. He was also awarded the prize for male alumni runner. Winners in other categories were: Bill Boardman, masters male; Ron Robillard, submaster male; Greg Sullivan, open male; Kevin Donnelly, male student. Also, Ann Bell, female master; Ann Marie Barnaby, submaster female; Liz Fasy, open female; Rita Kane, female student; and Cara McDermott, female alumna. Faculty members running in the race were Anthony Presto, who finished ninth overall; AI Valco~rt, 15th overall; Ann Marie Barnaby, 20th overall; and Ted Pettine, 30th overall. In the Fall River Cross Country Championship Race Oct. 14, the Connolly boys' and girls' varsity and boys' junior varsity teams finished second to Durfee High, which swept the competition. Connolly junior Mike Donnelly won the boys' varsity race, becoming the first male runner eyer to repeat as champion since the city championship was begun five years ago.

St. James-St. John On a recent Saturday, 30 families from' St. James-St. John School, New Bedford, volunteered to clean the school grounds. Mothers, fathers, children, faculty and principal all worked together weeding, raking, trimming, and mowing the lawn. Drinks were served to the thirsty workers. Mayor John Bullard stopped by to say "hello" and praise the good work done by all. The effort resulted in satisfaction and pride in the appearance of .the school. Judith Stoltenberg is offering violin lessons to students in grades four through eight throughout the school year. In addition, Cindy Guilbeault has begun teaching art to the students in grades four through eight. The course will cover art history, theory and workshop projects. Mrs. Guilbeault is also offering an after school program for promising students. 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 .

dramatize the lives of various saints. During October religion classes have focused on two major themes: respef:t life and vocations. The Respect Life Month observance continues today with a living rosary themed "The Gift of Life." The liturgical committee plans to inform parents and parishioners ~ell in advance of specialliturgies so that families can plan to attend.

Students from Connolly, Durfee and Bishop Stang High School peformed in a Silver Anniversary concert at Connolly Oct. 16. The, students joined in the last musical piece presented by the Boston College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Neal Hampton. Matthew Tracy and Sarah Provost represented Connolly. 260 students, parents and teachers enjoyed the music of Spectrum Sound at an anniversary dance Oct. 18. Bishop Daniel A. Cronin celebrated a Silver Anniversary Mass Oct. 20. Concelebrating were past and present members of the Connolly Jesuit community. The Notre Dame parish choir provided music for the celebration. , The Mass was follow.ed by a Silver Anniversary banquet at White's of Westport. .

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Elected officers of the Connolly Alcohol and Drug Awareness Team for the school year were Paul Cabral, president; Monica DeSilvia, vice president; Terry Carreiro, secretary; Tonya De Melo, treasurer; and Kim Tripp, parent coordinator.

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Athletes of the month for September were Maria Davis, goalie for the girls' varsity soccer team, and Mike Iacovelli, leading scorer for the boys' varsity soccer team. The boys' varsity soccer team has qualified for postseason play in the state tournament. Both the boys' and girls' teams are currently in second place in their leagues.

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri.,Oct. 25, 1991

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ST. MARY, SEEKONK Children's choir will lead music at 10a.m. Mass Sunday; members meet in loft at 9:30 a.m. Confirmation students will collect canned goods at church doors Nov. 2 and 3. Halloween dances 7:30 to 10 p.m., church basement: junior high Nov. I; high school Nov. 2. Youth confirmation candidates will be contacted Sunday for interviews. ST. DOMINIC, SWANSEA Pro-life meeting 9 a.m. tomorrow, center. Video on "Marian Appari. tions in the 20th Century" 7 p.m. Nov. 3, center. O.L. HEALTH, FR Thursday Eucharistic devotions: noon Mass followed by exposition of Blessed Sacrament for private adoration and prayer until5: 15 p. m. rosary and Benediction, followed by Mass. Youth group Halloween dance 7 to II p.m. tomorrow, parish hall. CHRIST THE KING, MASHPEE' Five-session training program for Little Rock Scripture Study Program leaders begins 9: 15 a. m. Oct. 29; information: Millard Cramp or Alice Barton, 477-3672; Scripture study will begin after Jan. I. RCIA candidates meet 8 p.m. Oct. 28.. Applications at parish office for Nov. 8-10 girls' and Dec. 6-8 boys' ECHO weekends. ST. JOAN OF ARC, ORLEANS Women's retreat Nov. I to 3, Passionist Monastery, W. Springfield; information: Dot MiI,lette,255-4067. Food pantry holiday donations pro- . gram continues with peanut bOtter, jelly and beef stew requested this'. week. ST. ANNE, FR St. Jude Novena services 2 arid 7:30 p.m. today, tomorrow and Sun,day, shrine. Webelos-grade 4 meeting 6 tonight, school. Cub Scout pack meeting 7 p.m. Sunday, school.

Iteering pOintl Continued from Page Nine ST. ELIZABETH SETON, N. FALMOUTH Scripture study Sunday; information: O'Keeffes, 548-8735. Junior choir rehearsals 4:30 to 5: 15 p.m. Wednesdays. Youth group-sponsored Halloween costume and pumpkin party for children ages 3 to 124:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 29, hall. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and best _decorated pumpkin. SACRED HEART, N. ATTLEBORO Youth group Frightful Friday Halloween party 7:30 to 9 tonight, church hall.

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ST. PATRICK, FALMOUTH Youth group-sponsored Halloween party for grades I through 4 children after 5:30 p.m. Mass tomorrow; children may wear costumes . to Mass. Rehearsal for new altar servers II a.m. Nov. 2, church. Mass for blessing· of new stained glass windows in chapel 4:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Youth choir rehearsals 6: 15 to 7: 15 p.'m. Wednesdays, church; information: Pat Fetters, 540-3781. Parish, choir is preparing for Advent and Christmas;' rehearsals 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. ST. THOMAS MORE, SOMERSET Adults who wish to become Catholic or who have not yet received sacraments of Eucharist or confirmation may join RCIA catechumenate process beginning after 10: 15 a.m. Mass Nov. 10; information: Father John Sullivan, 673-7831. Youth group junior high Halloween dance 8 to 10:30 tonight, parish center. ST. JOSEPH, WOODS HOLE "We Break Bread Together" session after 10 a.m. Mass Nov. 3. Items for holiday food drive may be left in church hall beginning first Sunday in November. Adult spirituality or Church history seminar planned for7:30p.m. Mondays Nov. II to Dec. 2; signup list at back of church. HOLY NAME, NB Grades 9 to 12 youth group organizational meeting 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Nov. 6; information: 996-8654.ST. ANNE'S HOSPITAL, FR Junior volunteer orientation tomorrow. Program open to teenagers 14 to 18 who can work one day a week after school or on Saturday morning. Information: volunteer department, 674-5741 ext. 2080. SEPARATED/DIVORCED CATHOLICS Attleboro area meeting 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, St. Mary's parish center, 14 Park St., N. Attleboro. Information: 695-6161.

SACRED HEART, NB ST. GEORGE, WESTPORT Vincentians have begun holiday Girl Scout crafts meeting 7 tonight, food drive; baskets for donations at hall. Youth Mass 9:30 a.m., bapfront and rear of church. A statue of tisms2 p.m., Biblestudy7 p.m., first St. Jude has been erected in the communion parents' meeting 7 p.m., churchyard through generosity of an all Sunday. Children's choir rehearanonymous donor. salsbegin 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29. ST. LOUIS de FRANCE, ST. MARY, N. ATTLEBORO SWANSEA Names for remembrance in All Altar boys are needed; informa- Souls Day Masses and throughout tion: Butch or Betty Paul, 674-8544; November may be placed in collecDeacon Bob Normandin, 676-0029. tion basket at Masses this weekend . or Oct. 31 and Nov. I. ST. JULIE, N. DARTMOUTH First Eucharist students' and par- ST. ANTHONY, NB ents' Mass 9 a.m. Sunday. Youth Choir rehearsals 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesministry Halloween haunted barn days and following 10:30 a.m. Mass and pumpkin patch for parish child- until noon Sundays; selections range ren 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday; rain date from classical (English/ Latin) to Monday. traditional French anthems and carols. Choir accom panies 10: 30 a. m. FR DISTRICT"CATHOLIC Sunday Mass and is now preparing COMMITTEE ON SCOUTING Girl Scouts ages 8 through high for Christmas. New members welcome; information: Michel Labens, school may sign up for classes to 996-1686. . work for religious awards 5 to 5:30 HOLY ROSARY, TAUNTON p.m. Oct. 28, St. Mary's Cathedral All Souls Novena of Masses Nov. School, Second St., FR. Parents should accompany their daughter. 2 to 10; envelopes for submission of 'Available awards are The Family of names for remembrance at church God for third year Brownies, I Live entrances. My Faith for Junior Scouts,and the ST. PATRICK, FALMOUTH Marian Medal for Cadettes. Climaxing a month of Respect Life activities, a prayer service folSS. PETER AND PAUL, FR CYO-sponsored children's Hal- lowed by Benediction will be held at loween party 6 to 8 p.m..Oct. 29, 5 p.m. Sunday and will be signed for Father Coady Center; CYO members the hearing handicapped. All are welcome. will decorate 7 p.m. Sunday. HOLY NAME, FR ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, Respectlifej vocations prayer serHYANNIS vice 3 p.m. Sunday; will include The parish welcomes Sister M. rosary, homily, benediction. WoHumilita Aker, MSBT, who will live men's Guild communion breakfast at the Missionary CenaCie on South following 10 a.m. Mass for deceased St. and who will be doing pastoral members Nov. I; speaker: Father visitation. Mark Hession. ST. JOHN EV ANGELIST, WIDOWED SUPPORT POCASSET Taunton area meeting 2 to 4 p.m. Little Rock Scripture Study proSunday, Immaculate Conception gram Wednesdays beginning Oct. rectory, Bay St. Cape Cod area 30. ECHO weekend for junior and meeting (new time) I:30 to 3:30 p.m. senior high school girls Nov. 8 to 10, Sunday, education center library, Craigville Conference Ce'lter, CenChrist the King parish, Mashpee; terville; information: Jan Travis, topic "Planning for the Future." 759-9719. Information: 428-7078.

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