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By Jerry Fitteau WASHINGTON (CNS) - At their November meeting in Washington, the U.S. bishops are to vote on a pastoral ~lan for ministry with young adulrs. Also on the bishops' agenda are: - A proposed statement of economic justice principles. - Norms for Catholic higher education. . - Several liturgy decisions. - Plans for restructuring the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and U.S. Catholic Conference, the bishops' twin national conferences. - A proposal to provide $1 million to fund their national Office for the Third Millennium from 1997 to 2000. . - Various decisions on priorities, plans and budget. The Nov. 11-14 meeting could be the last one the bishops conduct as NCCB-USCC. One of the restructuring propo~als calls for merging the two conferences into one and renaming it the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, or USCCB. The 76-page draft document on young adult ministry is titled "Sons and Daughters of the Light: A Pastoral Plan for Ministry With Young Adults." Developed by the

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with a peer community - and suggests objectives and strategies for each goal. "A Catholic Framework for Economic Life" is a statement jointly proposed by the bishops' domestic and international policy committees. It seeks to boil down to 10 short statements the ethical framework Catholics should use "as principles for reflection, criteria for judgment and directions for action" in the world of work and economic life. "The economy exists for the person, not the other way around," says the first principle. "All people have a right to life and to the basic necessities oflife," says the fourth. Other principles address areas such as human dignity, the rights of the poor and needy and the rights and obligations of workers, owners, managers, consumers and government in economic life. The proposed statement comes 10 years after the bishops' landmark pastoral letter, "Liberty and Justice for All: Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy." Mercy Sister Sharon A. Euart, NCCB associate general secretary, has described the 10 principles as the equivalent of summarizing the Turn to Page 13


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St. John's Knights of Columbus Council #404 of Attleboro recently installed officers. Those installing were state advocate Thomas Ledbetter, district deputy David Fitting and district warden Robert Brady ~ Installed for the 1996-1997 Fraternal Year were Grand Knight Glenn M. Pyne, Deputy Grand Knight Brother Robert L. Nichols, M.S., chanCellor Michael Thomas, warden Kenneth Baptista. Also recorder Frederick }laine, treasurer Roger Giroux, financial secretary David Petrie, inside guard Paul Giroux and trustees PGK Robert Brennan and PGK George Goudreau. Recipients of the Family of the Month award have been Immediate Past Grand Knight George Goudreau, July; Brother Knight Michael Bouffard, August; Brother Knight Kenneth Baptista, September; PG K Brother Robert L. Nichols, M.S., October.

Representatives from the Dominican Sisters of Hope, based in· Fall River, recently attended a communications conference for women religious nationwide. , "Don't give up on a good story," encouraged Charles Schisla, Director of Public Information for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, responding to questions addressed to a media panel at the 1996 conference ofthe National Communicators Network for Women Religious(NCNWR), October 9-11, in Beech Grove, Indiana. ' Because the communicators for women religious feel they have a good' story to tell, they gathered REV. MSGR. Thomas J. Harrington, diocesan director for three d~ys t6 hone their skills of the Bishop's Charity Ball, introduces the 1997 honorary as communicationprofessi,onals serving nearly 100 communities of cochairs; John Forte, president, Cape Cod & the Islands Catholic sisters in the United Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Katherine Lancisi, presi- States. "Challenging Myths Focusing the Future',' was the dent, Fall River Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. theme of the conference where participants heard presentations on the public image of sisters, netCOD'S working professionally, and dia- ' loguing with media representatives. ANCHOR Speakers included Sister CathHOLDS erine Bertrand, SSND, 'executive A highlight of the annual BishClaire OToole of Fall River will op's Charity Ball in the Diocese of again chair the committee charged director of the National Religious Fall River is the presentation to with preparing the presentees. An Vocation Conference, and Sister the bishop of a group of young important rehearsal will be held at Catherine Harmer, MMS, psyOUR LADY'S ladies representing parishes from the Venus de Milo on the evening cl1qlogist, organizational cons~l­ RELIGIOUS STORE all geographic areas within the prior to this year's festive diocesan 'tant, and author. "In communicating. their image, religious need to diocese. This year 37 young women winter social celebration. The 42nd Man. - Sat. 10.'00 - 5:30 PM. will be presented and pastors are annual ~ishop's Charity Ball is tell the public about vowed life, GIFTS currently seeking in'terested indi- scheduled for Friday'evening, Jan- . corporate sense, and community," viduals. Generally, young women uary 10th, at the Venus de Milo sai~, Bertrand whose organization CARDS invited over 175 young adults to its are selected for this honor in Restaurant in Swansea.' re.,ognitionof service which 'they national conference in September BOOKS Proceeds of the Ball benefit the or their parents provide for their, many charitable institutions, apos- to hear what youth think of relig673-4262 parishes. Often the presentees have tolates and ministries which derive ious life. : been active in youth ministry, in their major funding from' the", ,Addressing the question of who '936 So.; Main St.• :Fall River assisting in the catecheiicafapos" Catholic Charities AppeaL An at-, religious' of .the: ,future' will ·be, tolate;'or as altar servers:'" ',' tractive souvenir program is pre- Har.mer challenged 'lilltener;s t~ .. pared each year in conjunction communicate to the public the with the ball, listing the benefactors who support the effort. Information 'about the process of subscribing to the ball can be obtained from your local parish or ' • Prompt 24 Hour Service • Automatic Deliveries from the Diocesan Office of the • Calli" Deliveries • Budget Terms Available Catholic Charities Appeal; PO • Fr. Estimates Box 1470, Fall River, MA, or by The Mass of Christian Burial calling (508) 676-8943. was offered Nov. 2 in the chapel of. You Never Had Service Mrs. Michael J. McMahon of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, 37 Until You Tried Charlie's Fall River, Chairperson of the Park St., Fall River, for Sister Hospitality Committee, is presently We're located at ... Beatrice Barrette, OP, 91, who establishing communication with died Oct. 30. The daughter of the 46 Oak Grove Ave., Fall River presentees of January, 1972, wo- late Leon Barrette and the late orca/I . .. men who as teenagers were pres- Alida (Cote) Barrette, she was 508-675-7426·674·0709 ented at the Lincoln Park Bal- born in Fall River and entered the Iroomin North Dartmouth to then Dominican community in 1926, Bishop of ,Fall River Daniel A. making her final profession as a Cronin. In each of ~he past several religious in 1932. . years, members of the Silver AnniShe served for 70 years in the versary group of presentees have areas of housekeeping, cooking . ~ ~ joined in the celebration, assisting and sewing in her community's members of the Diocesan Council convents in Fall River, North Dartof Catholic Women in seating mouth, Acushnet and Plattsburgh, guests and distributing programs. NY. Her survivors include two sisSecond and Rodman Streets • Fall River At the time of the formal presenta- ters, Eve Lafrance and Irene Leary, tion, members of the 25 year group both of Fall River. join their younger counterparts in extending gre~tings to the Most lI-lIl Reverend Sean P. O'Malley, OFM, ~~~ ~~~ 'i'''~: •• • • , ;,,\ Cap., at the conclusion of the fesSister Mary Placide, RGS, 91, tivities. Bishop O'Malley has insti- died Nov. 3 at Cranberry Pointe • Exquisite Handmade Crafts • Plants • Ornaments tuted the graceful gesture of offerHealth Care Center, Harwich, after ing to each presentee a blessed ...l~..~ , • Candles 69 years as a Sister of the Good rosary and he always has enough Shepherd. • Chinese Auction ...~\:. of these religious gifts available to A native of North Billerica and • Handsome Jewelry Table present to the more mature wo- , the daughter of the late William men who are reliving the excite- and Margaret Ann (Higgins) Cul• Raffles of all sorts I ment and'joy of a quarter century linan, she entered religious life in I I • Homemade Pastries ago. i i 927, dedicating herself to the serFor tickets to this memorable vice of troubled teenage girls and FULL KITCHEN .festival, contact your pastor or offering them vocational training OPEN ALL DAY diocesan headquarters. A most in secretarial, sewing and dorriest'ic Ample Parking In School Yard gracious invitation is extended to science skills. Her Mass of Christian Burial everyone to join Bishop O'Malley FREE ADMITTANCE on the occasion of the 1997 Bishop's was offered Nov. 5 at Good Shepherd Chapel in 'Marlborough. Charity Ball.

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changed reality of Catholic: sisters today: their lifestyle and commitment to community; their new ministries to a broader world mission; their function in public life; and their call to be prophetic in a world fraught with injustice. "Who we used to be is who a lot of people think we ought to be," said Harmer. "I believe religious life has a future. I believe the religious life Ijoined died about thirty years ago. We need to invite people into the reality of our world through the communication media. Whatever you do, don't giVI: up. In this information age, we nel:d people like you." , "In the past, so much emphasis was placed on what we do as sisters," commented Sister Donna Brunell, OP, Communications Coordinator of the Dominican Sisters of Hope wno have Centers of Hope in Ossining and Newburgh, New York, as well as in Fall River. "Today, the emphasis is on who we are. We're in the midst of enabling a new form of religious life to take shape. It's an exciting'time!" The NCNWR is a profe!:sional association for personnel rl~spon· sible for communications within religious congregations of women and has a twofold purpose: to promote understanding of women religious, enhance their iinai~e and advance their mission; and to provide a network of professional support and education for its members. ','

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Daily Readings Nov. 11: Ti 1:1-9; Ps 24: 1-6; lk 17:1-6 Nov. 12: Ti 2:1-8.11-14; Ps 37:3-4,18.23,27,29; lk 17:7-10 Nov. 13: Ti 3:1-7; Ps 23:16; lk 17:11-19 Nov. 14: Phlm 7-20; Ps 146:7-10; lk 17:20-25 ,Nov. 15: 2 In 4-9; Ps 119:1-2,10-11.17-18; lk il7: 26-37 Nov. 16: 3 In 5-8; Ps 112:1-6; lk 18:1-8 Nov. 17: Prv 31:10-13.1920.30-31; Ps 128:1-5; 1 Thes 5:1-6; Mt 25:14-30 or 25: 14-15.19-21


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SIXTH GRADERS from St. Anne's School i'n Fall River eagerly smile for the camera during an AIDS and the Arts program Oct. 28. From left, Sister Therese Bisson, OP, and Sheila Henry, project coordinator, two of the teachers who presented the session that day. (Anchor/M ills photo)

AIDS and Arts-a winning combination By Christine Vieir:l Mills Anchor Staff On October 28, 29 students at St. Anne's School in Fall River participa'ted in a pilot program that would teach them to take responsibility for their actions .. : and they loved it. "AIDS and the Arts - A Personal Responsibility Program" is the brainchild of Krysten WinterGreen, Ph.D" director of the Diocesan Office of AI DS Ministry. "Understanding AIDS as a global health crisis that has a ri,uilpreceden~ed potential for destroying human life is at the cor'e of [the office's) mission," she wrote in a statement describing the project. The new program, being tested this fall, is designed to engage the child on the moral, spiritual, physical and intellectual levels with the hope of changing attitudes and behaviors rather than just imparting information. As part of the program, the children learn about the role of the arts in religion and social change from artist and teacher Sheila Henry, project coor-' dinator. "The most rewarding part about the program," said Henry, "is the thoughtful answerS that the kids

give you during the di$cussions we have, It's clear they're really thinking about their lives, about the social implications of AIDS - not just that they don't get it but the effects that it has on poor co'untries." "This approach is a, bit countercultural," Dr. Winter-Green added,' "because it is an abstention-based" program." , During $he day long session, volunteer instructors work with regular'c1assroom teachers to presenta variety of'interactive topics'. The day, oegins wifh a' multiple' choice and true-false test to estab~ lish a baseline of cu~rent knowledge and follows with narratives about the 'lives of Saints Therese and Francis of Assisi, "lhese people wrestled with choices," Dr. Winter-Green explained. "We are teaching children to be personally responsible for their decision making and choices. It has to do with self-esteem and dignity." The learning continues with the basic facts of A IOS, explained in age-appropriate manner. The chil- , dren learn the correct definition of the disease, how it works in the immune system, and its lethality.

They present role-playing scenarios and share journals with their fellow classmates. They are tested periodically throughout the day to measure their retention of the information. "We also tell th,em the story of Simon," she continued, referring to a young Third World boy she had been sponsoring who died recently of the disease. She explained that the students connect with someone their own age and think about the role, povl.':rty plays ' in the spread of AI OS" The cu:rriculum, with its focus on commitment: self-respect and respect for others, is especially appropriate for sixth graders, according to Dr. Winter-Green, because they "find themselves at the juncture of childhood, early adolescence, and future young adulthood ... Thejunior high school years are a mixture of many roles and feelings and can be a time when the young person feels adrift and alone or perhaps isolated. "Debates such as those that revolve around the use of condoms," she continued, "do not address the issue of responsible social behavior or the voice of Turn-to Page 15

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A Renewed Hope From synagogue to temple and church, more young parents and children are in evidence. Some.say people return to religion when times are tough. On the surface, America looks prosperous and secure. However, just beneath the surface of our shallow self-image lurk many doubts that gnaw at the national conscience. The market might be up, but morals, are down; the gross national product might be in good shape, but people are not; prosperity might be a reality, but ethics are a mere fiction. The security sought by so many people in our land has become an elusive item. Many Americans thought that good times and prosperity would take care of them and their families; many are now waking up to the fact that what is truly good cannot be separated from God. Families endangered on all sides by our current materialism are now finding out that they must pull together and are realizing that their lives must be founded on faith and trust. Divorce, abortion,aadictions, suicide and abuse have wreaked havoc on families. Very few people in this country have remained unaffected by our ethicaL and moral plagues, but families have suffered most deeply. . Until the crass commercialism of our times, families were viewed as the foundation of our society; but today"public authorities have failed to recognize their obligation to recognize, protect and promote family values'. The well-'being of each individual is intimately linked with the healthy condition of the family, but our times have ignored this basic concept. Our society has also failed to admit that serious dist~rbances are caused in families by m'odern economic conditions and by the demands of an indifferent civil order. Many Americans are realizing that authority, stability and strong family relationships build society's foundation of freedom, security and interrelated ness. 'The political community has duty to honor and support the family, but today our civic structu&s'~re riot doing.that. In . many ways the family has been abandoned by the government, especially with regard to its failure to ensure the basic right to have children and to be free to bring them up in keeping with their parents' moral and religious convictions. In short, the. state has failed to protect the stability of marriage and the institu~ion of the family by its support of laws that are destroying the very cornerstone of our society. Promises have not been kept and stated ideals have not ~een realized. As a result, many young parents are coming back to a life o'f faith, returni~g to church.as a means of strengthening and renewing their families. Indeed, many religious scholars feel that a grassroots religious renewal is taking place i'n this country. For example, a recent suryey found that church school enrollments are increasing at a dynamic rate.. ' There can be little doubt that the human heart hungers for support and encouragement. More and more people are beginning to realize that they, can meet this need within a family-oriented religious life. So many have been drained by their lifestyles. They are e'mpty and are seeking something that will give their lives purpose and meaning. It is this urgency that is bringing and will continue tobring many back to a religious culture that offers direction and hope. Parents want their children to be good people and religion is once again seen as the means'to fulfillment Of that hope.

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Life's explanation .far beyo'nd science .

By Father Kevin J. Harrington ing for the complexity of living .I was amazed at the publicity organisms. recently generated iil'the secular No less an authority than James media over the statement made Shapiro, a biochemjst at the Unilast month by Pope John Paul II versity of Chicago, has written that evolution was in his opinion that "there are no detailed Darwi"more than just a theory." There nian accounts for the ev.olution of was nothing in the statement that any fundamental biochemical or made it either precedent setting or cellular system, only a variety of as noteworthy as the media seemed wishful speculations." 1"0 think it was. In it, the pontiff I remember only too well studyastutely pointed out that it is bet- ing fruit flies .in biology lab at ter to talk about "theories of evo- Providence College for a better lution" rather than a single theory. understanding of Darwin's theory What the secular press seemed of evolution, which successfully totally unaware of was that .the accounts for minor adaptations overwhelming majority of Catholic' related to natural selection. For educational institutions teach that example, the ratio of dark to lightGod can use natural processes to colored moths in Enghj,nd shifted. produce life. Any Catholic high when population made the lightschool biology class since the time colored moths more visible to preof Pope Pius XII could have testi- dators. A more familiar example fied to the reality that religion has in a less complex system is that of made room for science. Perhaps the survival of mutant bacteria the secular· media mistakenly when they become resistant' to grouped beliefs offundamentalist antibiotics. A less familiar examProtestants with those of Roman pie in a more complex system is Catholics. If so. such a mistake the change of the average beak size highlights just how alienated the of Galapagos finches in response secular media !lre from the present to altered weather patterns; But thinking of Roman Catholics. however fascinating theSe examMany Catholics scientists agree pies are, they fall short of convincthat all organisms living and dead ing me that there is no need of an are related by common ancestry. intelligent agent to account for the Few people would, quarrel with complexityenco.untered in a celluthat thesis. However. there has lar system. been no consensus in the scientific Michael J. Behe. associate procommunity that would eliminate a fessor of biochemistry at Lehigh theory of evolution that incorpo- University and author of "Darratesan.irytellige~tagent inaccountwin's Black Box:.The Biochemical

Challenge to Evolution," recently wrote in an Op-Ed piece published in the New York Times that Darwin's theory encounters its greatest difficulties in accounting for irreducibly complex cellular systems. An example of such a system is a mousetrap and a bacterial flagellum. To follow the argu:nent it is easier to understand the mousetrap than a bacterial flagellum but give it a try! Everyone assumes that a mousetrap is a product of human intelligence. R.ecall the cliche that you can always become rich if you can build a better mousetrap! A :nousetrap is an irreducibly complex system composed of separately built components: platform, hammer, spring and so on. Similarly a bacterial flagellum consists of a number of parts: a rotor, stator and motor. Genetic studies have shown that 40 different kinds of proteins are needed to produce a wl:>rking flagellum. Cellular life provel; much more complex than a mousetrap and gives many scientists rea.son to believe that the best scit:ntific explanations of the origins of life fall woefully short. . When the pope spoke of theories of evolution, he did not rule out the theory of intell!gent design. A century after Darwin. there are still a great many scientists who believe that the ultimate ex planation for life is beyond the realm o( science.


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It was at once a sad and joyful day September 19 at the St. Savior Day Nursery School in New Bedford as children, parents and fellow sisters bid Sister Casimira Wolejko, CR, a fond adieu. It was with a heavy heart that Sister Casimira retired after 35 years caring for little ones in the diocese, but her work with children has spanned more than five decades. Sister Casimira Woleiko was born in Lawrence. Mass", on November), 1915. As a child she later moved to Troy, New York, with her family. The highlight of her life, she says, was to become part of "the Sisters' community" which shejoined on August 15,1933. After her formation training, she began her work with the "littlest ones" at the Children's Home in Amsterdam, New York, in 1944. In 1961 the home was moved to New Bedford and renamed St. Savior's Day Nursery. There Sisters Casimira, Leandra and Rose were the first Resurrection sisters to open and manage a nursery in the Fall River Diocese. Sister Casimira also worked for many years as a sacristan for TV Masses for the sick and homebound. Serving and caring for children in her kind and generous way for

the past 52 years, Sister Casimira has certainly touched the hearts of several generations of preschoolers. "Many come back when they are married," she said, "and bring their own children." "The children are full of life and innocence," she continued, lovingly relating some of her favorite memories. "When we talk about God, they take everything to heart. You can do so much with them."

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When informed that the Anchor wanted to feature her life's ministry in an article, she was surprised. With a chuckle she said, "I have no story, I lived a simple life." The sweet-voiced retiree says she misses the children very much, but comforts herself with a lifetime of happy memories. She is now living at th·e Provincial House of the Sisters of Resurrection in Castleton, New York.

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LEADERSHIP OPPOR1UNITY The Department of Education is seeking an ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL SISTER Casimira W olejko, CR, at left sporting a yellow ribboned corsage on her 60th anniversary in religious life, retired September 19 after more than 50 years working with children. Above, this 1983 photo shows sister Casimira with little Kathryn Connelly, one of that year's nursery school graduates. (Photos courtesy of the Sisters of the Resurrection)

for January 1997 appointment. The candidate must be: • a committed and practicing Catholic; • an enthusiastic supporter of Catholic Schools; • a seasoned teacher with significant experience in a Catholic School; • the holder of approp.ri.ate academic credentials and leadership qualities. -

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Mr. ~ames A. McNamee, Superintendent 423 Highland Avenue· Fall River, MA 02720 Applications close November 22, 1996

Fall River area CYO basketball season to begin Another season of Fall River area CYO basketball gets underway Nov. 8 with the annual CYO Jamboree beginning at.4:00 p.m. This yearly "kickoff event" runs through until 10:00 p.m. and features exhibition basketball games in the junior boys division as well as games', refreshments and dancing to the music of Expressions. On Nov. 9, another full day of games in the junior girls divisions will be featured and on the 10th, regular season play begins for the junior boys and prep divisions. Senior boys action gets underway on the 11th. Close to 1,000 young people bet ween the ages of 10 and 21, representing some 2.2 parishes in the Fall River area, are registered to participate in this year's CYO program. The CYO Center, located

on Ana wan St. in Fall River, is open seven days a week. During' the winter months it is open on Friday and Saturday nights as a center for young people to gather. A good portion of the programs at the CYO are funded by the Annual Catholic Charities Appeal of the Diocese of Fall River. Father Jay Maddock is the director of the Fall River area CYO, assisted by long-time associate director Albert "Val" Vaillancourt. Assistant directors this year are Rick LePage, Pat Burke, John Cabral and Matt Bednarz. Father Maddock expressed his appreciation to the parishes, coaches and parents for their work in allowing the CYO program to continue to assist a large number of young people. For further information on CYO activities people are invited tQ call672-9644.

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, Stretchin'g your prayer life into'.shap\e attention;" said Father Gober, "so we can see and respond to the presence of God in whatever we're Most of~s would probably agree experiencing." He added that the that one's prayer life in particular principles of yoga can be applied and prayer in general are difficult in many religious contexts. "In the West," he continued, .tasks on which to focus. The responsibilities of the workplace, "yoga has been marketed as a ~Iow \the household, the children and gymnastics but the postures that the my~iad other ways we keep you associate with yoga are not the most important thing. They're not ourselves occupied' leave us with the point." , little time to catch oUf breath, let alone time,to spend with our CreaThe' point, I soon learned, is tor. It is a sad commentary on ahirnsa and san/osha; nonviolence society, but even'more an unforand contentment. Contentment I tunate result of the pressures that understood as a sense of real quiet we so willingly heap on ourselves. and peace (not that this is always a common occurrence in daily life) Recently I attended a workshop, "Yogaand Spirituality," part of an but the idea of nonviolence proadult education series sponsored voked many interesting thoughts. by and held at ~a:SaletteShrine in Rarely does a day go by when Attleboro. It was led by Rev. Walwe don't give ourselves to violence in some way: slamming the' phone , lace G. Gober, an Episcopal priest and Ii therapist at the LaSalt;tte . on the credit card salesperson who 'Counseling Center. Wally, as the . h;~s' distud;>ed.a ,qu.ickly c.ooling 57-year,-0Id intr~duced, hi~self. ii,upper; 'Iaying:on th,e. ~orn when lives with his wife, also an Eplsc.o- . the'light turns'green to awaken the · pal priest, in Attleboro. He uses'. apparently dozing motorist ah~ad his degrees in arts, theology and of us; holding a grudge., The~e poipastoral counseling, coupl,ed.with sons violate us with anxiety and his certification as a yoga teacher, sometimes physical pain. to "help people be ,still and focus The eight-step method of yoga. ,on their prayer and on God."said Father Gober, begins with Yoga, meaning a link or tying intentions (I'arna) and promiSes (niyarna). F~cusing on thefruits of · together, began with th~ Hindu culture in India. It was developed the Spirit to shape the will (love, asa method of using certain relax- joy. peace, patience, kindness, ing postures a.nd breathing tech- goodness, faithfulness, gentleness niques to teach people to pay and self control), one must apattention. proach everything with these' atti"The essence of prayer is paying tudes.· . By Christine Vieira Mills Anchor Staff -

Job well done Dear Editor: Congratulations on an exceptionally well done issue (Anchor 10/ II /96). The pro-life co~erage, photos, and articles served as a great educational tool. . .... . Keep up the good work. 'A special thank you for the recent coverage of the Adult Education activities. . . Sincerely yo.urs in Clirist, Lisa M. Gulino Director of Adult Education Fall River .

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f;aflsjor, ~atholic. Ul#~Y Dear ·Editor: Wr; suffer yet another bitter defe~t at the han~s of the politicians we always seem in such a hurry to elect. ~. . . It is a source of constant amazement to me hpw the· Democratic politicians manage to fool otherwise intelligent Cath<?lics i~to voting. for them time after time. Too many of us appear to be more Interested in worshiping the political golden calves than in taking careful note of their determination to destroy anything that we should belic::ve in, . '. including the preservation of innocent human life. , I'd love to think that sooner or later we as CatholIcs could speak' with one loud clear voice on matters that concern us. Sadly, 1996 will not be the year that hears that voice. Bill Black Falmouth

"I like to think of yoga as water , shaping rock," said the instructor. In some cases "water shapes rock because of its gentle persistence. Yoga requires great patience. You can't get good results by forcing things." • Postures (asana) ancl breath (pranal'arna) are steps that quiet the bo'dy while pra/yalieen, dhar.ana and dhyana meditation quiet the mind: ",y ou never master a yoga posture," ·Father G,ober said. "'You get better at it. It's just a path. like spirituality." . .The final step is sarnadiii, a contemplative release. ' Many of my fellow workshop attendees had several yea.ts' experience with the art and 'f,)rm and "gave their input during a'n 'j'nfor, mal· class discussion. Stressed was , the patience necessary: "That's why ,they doh't sell a Nordil:~Yoga," . one wom'a'n said. .. "There w~re 20 of us galhered at the workshop that day, senio~ citizens, m'iddle-aged and ypung adults, all at different levc:ls of fit. ness. We all stopped tha': day, at our individual spots on the spiritua!,.path, to view the scenery. Not all of us will follow [he ways of the yogis,1:lut perhaps'p'Jrposely giving ourselves some inner quiet, letting God's hand touch our hearts so we might hear His gentle whispers, might unknit our brows and curl our lips into a smile.

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Dear Editor: , I just finished the article in the October 4th editio.n of the' Anchor titled "The Invisible Miracle of Catholic Schools." I am a mother of five children and a staunch supporter of Catholic schools, My hus-' band and I have sacrificed for the past.18 years to send our children through parochial schools, My youngest is presently a freshman at Bishop Feehan High,in Attleboro. " . . After reading your article I have to shout "Bravo! Bravo! Well done, good and faithful serv~nts," God is giving us a great victory over all ·the liberal opinion-leaders, policy-makers and teachers' unions. They dare not acknowledge Catholic schools and all the good that Catholic schools have done, because to do so is to acknowledge the failure of their own policies. Well done! Thank you, Jesus. Celeste Leydon North At.tleboro,

Q. In your column nearly two years ago; you As helpful and 'remarkable as these apocryphal mentioned other Gospels than the four we have. You Gospels may be, we need to keep in mind that they do specifically referred to. the Go~pel of Thomas and not and will not participate in the unique role the said the'text is available. Can you tell us where? four canonical Gospels have in Christian tradition : How many other Gospels are there? Why don't we and life. ' hear more about them? (North Carolina) . A. We are aware of several Gospels and other writings compos~d by. early Christians, which for a while held some prominence, but gradually fell along the wayside. . . They include the so-called Gospel of Mary, the AD.&we>~s Proto-Evangelion ("original Gospel") of James, the Apocalypse ofPeter and so on. By Father At leastseveral seem to have connections wit!l one of the gnostic sects, which for many years occasioned John J. Dietzen intense philosophical and theological conflicts within Christiim communities of the first 'centuries. - When we call Matthew, Mark, Luke and John the , For the most part we possess almost nothing of the actual texts, just a few isolated scraps of passages canonical Gospels, we mean they are the "canon," and a number of references to them in other the rule of Scriptural faith, the measure against documents. ' . which all Christian belief must be tested. The Gospel of Thomas is special for a number of We do not believe that everything in Christian life and doctrine. must be found in the Gospels; we do reasons. While scholars knew it existed, and quota· tions from it were numerous, the full,text only believe that nothing in our teaching and practice may became available about 50 years ago. .be cont~ary to the Gospels. .As the astounding story goes, two· poor Egyptian How did our four Gospels come to be acc€:pted as authoritative presentations of Christ and his mesmen were wandering along the upper Nile in 1945, near the modern city of New Hammadi, looking for sage, while the others were gradually laid asid.e? fertilizer. Under a rock they discovered a large jar, The answer isn't entirely clear, but our faith IS that which they suspected held a'magic spirit or' perhaps a the Holy Spirit guided the Christian communities to trel,lsure. . '. recognize and embrace Matthew, Mark, .LlIke and When they opened the jar, specks of brown papyJohn as authentic sources for a true relationship with Jesus Christ. rus flew out. Inside were 13 papyrus codices (books) Interestingly, the church has never considered from the ancient library of Nag Hammadi, including combining or harmonizing the four into one. Each of the complete Coptic text of the Gospel of Thomas. Since then, this Gospel has proven a priceless the four has its own unique Christology, its own essential portrait of Christ, which would be lost if all resource for New Testament studies. It differs from the canonical Gospels in that it is composed entirely were melted together.. . of 114 '''hidden sayings the .living Jesus spoke and . The Gospel of Thomas is available, among other Judas Thomas the Twin recorped." places, in a book of that na,me, published by Nearly half of these sayings appear one way of Harpers. another in'our four Gospels; but 65 are found dnly in A free brochure answering questions Catholics · Thomas. These parallels, and lack of parallels, signifask about cremation and other funeral regulations · icantly affect the study of the sayings of Jesus in the. and customs is available by sending a stampl~d self'synoptic Gospels. addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Holy Thomas may even be among the resources used in Trinity Church, 704 N. Main,St., Bloomington, Ill. 61701.' . some manner by the authors of Mark, Matthew and . Questions should be sent to Father Dietzen at the Luke as they composed their Gospels. Certainly' a .;jl!Q&J'l:,r~l.atipJl~Ijlrn.:Qfi!i.OIlJ~,sp,rt:exi~.ts.J~w$:~JHhem. ~.. :.,.~SJl;!.1l~.'P.4.dress. "'.')'. ~." .. ;~.:.: ~.,:" : It" '..11,.", :_~.:.r.:.'..JA'1' ...

LCWR hails papal document on consecr.atedJife The Leadership Conference of ented at the synod was a constant Women Religious' (LCWR) apsource of amazement." plauds the Apostolic Exhortation Sister Shreck said LCWR was on Consecrated Life issued in pleased to see that this document March ~y Pope John Paul II. renews the call for increased par"We are gratified by the positive ticipation by women in decisionand pastoral tone of the document making processes in the church .. and the pope's expressions of sup- LCWR's current "Benchmark" port for women religious," said project is identifying roles in the LCWR President Nancy Schreck, church that have traditionally been OSF. denied to women, Qut could be The pope's exhortation follows opened. the 1994 World Synod of Bishops One possibility for involvement which addressed "Consecrated Lift; specificlllly mentioned in the exand Its Role in the Church and in hortation was participation in the the World." Consecrated' life re- formation of future priests.' "We fers to that of sisters, brothers and call on the church to ta~e affirmapriests who take vows of poverty, tive actions to hire and promote chastity and obedience, .women in seminary faculties and Sister Doris Gottemoeller. pres- to increase resources for women's . ident of the Sisters of Mercy of the theological education." said Sister Americas, who attended the synod Schreck. as an auditor representing women's. religious congregations in the- Uni- . GOD'S ANCHOR ted States, said that "the rich:.,

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Father Joseph Costa moves on, servl:!d St. Vincent's well By Dave Jolivet Anchor stlliff FatherJoseph M. Costa,executive director ofSt. Vincent Special Education Facility, Fall River, will step down from his duties at St. Vincent's after 10 y€:ars' of dedicated service to the facility. Father

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come by and sily ,- hello to me. THE ANCHOR - Diocese of Fall River - Fri., Nov. 8, 1996 Obviously, the home had made an. impact on him and he took the time to come by and see us." Father Costa said that's what the home is all about; giving kids who are less fortunate than most some stability in their lives. In California, Father Costa will be taking courses ranging from basic theology to pastoral care. He said the program is designed for 'X.ovemfJer15 people of 40 and over, both lay and religious, who are changing 9am-3pm ministries. "I am looking forward to the experience, and I'm fortuSaturday, 'X.ovemfJer16 nate to be able to take advantage 9am-lpm of this opportunity," said Father Costa. "I do look forward to going • Children's Activities to California. ] reviewed a number • Baked Goods of places and this seems to be the • Crafts • Santa • Luncheon Daily best...and it doesn't snow where • Raffles • Jewelry • White Elephant I'll be." Well, Father Costa will return 85'lfp. wasliingtonStreet· 'lfp.Jtttfeboro,9vf)I . (508) 699-2740 to the cold and snow of New England, but he'll miss the brunt ofthe winter of'96. When he does return, ' his dedication to the priesthood ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ and the people of the Church will continue in a different way. What is certain is that through his hard MASHPEE COMMONS work, his faith in God, and his love PRESENTS for people, countless numbers of children have felt a sense of worth and belonging that they otherwise may not have known, All who WITH EILY O'GRADY know Father Costa offer him their '7RElANJ)'S GREATEST TENOR SINCE JOHN McCORMICK" prayers and good wishes.

review a pool of seri~)Us candi~ates and narrow the list, comprised of individuals, both lay and religious, solicited through -some national journals and through recommendations from those involved with Costa, after a six-month sabbatical at the School of Applied child care work. Selected candidates will be invited to visit the Theology in Berkeley, CA., will return to the diocese, maintaining home, ask questions and be interhis 'position as Secretary of Comviewed by the committee. "This munity Service, and more than process is very iml'ortant," said likely will be involved in parish, Father Costa. "We need someone work. "In May of next year, I'll committed to St. Vincent's for the long rarg e , for the next 10 to 12 have been a priest for 20 years, and ten of those years have been at St. - years." Vincent's," said Father Costa."I've been considering this for a It is with mixed emotions that couple of years, and it's time for a Father Costa takes his leave. "I . will miss the home. The children change in ministry for me." "The diocese is very grateful for are very important to me," he said, the fine work Father Costa has recalling an episode that took place done as director of St. Vincent's," in 1989 that has stayed with him. said Bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM, "I had just returned to the home in Cap. "We wish him well on sabbat- '89, and within the first couple of ical, and we look forward to his days, around 10 at night, I received returning renewed and refreshed." 'a visit from a young man who was Father Costa first served at the at the home when I was here in home from 1984-86. In 1989 he '84-86. He was in town visiting returned as an administrator and some friends and he just wanted to in July of 1990, he was named the executive director when Sister Mary Rose de Lima Clark, RSM, retired. When Father Costa returned in 1989, one of his assignments was to determine if the home could stay open. Within three years, he and his staff turned the financial problems around, and since then the home has been a safe, secure place for troubled children to get a chanc;e in life, A.J:!d the primary concern (juring this transitional period is the children. Father Costa will be part of the search committee for his replacement. Along with a local committee, a group recommended by the Child Welfare League of America will assist in the search. The Development Resource Group (DRG) AFTER lQ years of dedicated service to St. Vincent's from New York will work with the Home, Father Joseph M. Costa, here shown with Bishop Sean St. Vincent's board of directors. O'Malley, OFM, Cap., moves on. (Anchor/ Jolivet photo) David Edell of DRG has worked

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At the first of the Friday night I sessions of the 1996-97 year, Sept. ~ NEW YORK (CNS) - People 13, Suzanne and Brayton Shanley I ' who see the new movie on the life talked about one of the related of Dorothy Day, "Entertaining houses they have 'established, Angel,s: The Dorothy Day Story" Agape in rural Massachusetts, from Paulist Pictures, will learn Sabra McKenzie-Hamilton said not just about history, but about a there were now more than 140 C:atholic Worker movement that .Catholic Worker houses in the continues today. United States, each with a "differ- , At Maryhouse, where she died ent personality,'~and 10 or, more in in 1980, and the nearby St. Joseph other countries. Treena Lenthall, House, the homele'ss, continue' to who has been visiting from Ausbe sheltered, the 'hungry fed and tralia" said her country had two' the cause of the poor defended. Catholic Worker houses; the first No one has emerged, and apparently n,o one-has tried to one named for Dorothy Day. The Catholic Worker communemerge, as the successor of Dorothy ity also continues to make its traDay in leadership of the movement. But the community contin- , ditional witness for pacifism. ' "I came in 1990 during the prepues with a mixture of people who aration for the Gulf War," said have worked there since before her Brian Hynes. "I wanted to stop death, and new people who conearning money so I could stop paytinually come to participate in the life there for a time and then per~ , ing taxes." He and his wife now live in their haps move on. own apartment while, he works on Sabra McKenzie and 'Joseph a doctorate in theology at FordHamilton, who met when both ham University, but he comes back were serving in Central' America, to St. Joseph House an<;l takes on came to live at St. Joseph House, periods of responsibility that are married there and continue to come THIS UNDATED file shows the fronlof one of the first Catholic Worker homes on"First not called managing but just being in regularly from 'their apartment "on the house." Street in New York. Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movemen't, is the subject across the street. And carrying on Several people have a Fordham the resistance tradition, they had of a new feature film by Paulist Pictures. (CNS/ Marquette University Archives) their son, Adam, making his first , connection.'Michael McCarthy, a recent graduate, co'mes'down to the soup line for a· volunteer, and 90,000 copies of .the latest issue ginning, the work has been based demonstration with them this sumhelp on Friday evenings after they got her inside before she knew were printed: Most go to individu- on the lower East Side of Manhatmer before he was a month old. als, but some parishes, Newman tan, historically a low-rent di:>trict. ' Although the New York houses' teaching at 'a parochial school in what was happening. the South Bronx. But people seem ' Immigrants and other pOOl: peowhere Day worked serve as someBut once inside, she 'was capti- clubs or ~ther bodies get multiple copies, she said. ple.found places they could afford thing of the "cathedral church" of to come from every direction. vated by the kind ofJife she found. Amanda Atwood, a college stu"Who knows?" .was her answer there, and in the 1960s the area the movement, many other places Instead of some like herself taking have either Catholic Worker ho~ses dent in 'CaliforJ~ia, spent this past care of the needy who were housed toa question about the future of attracted hippies and other people or other ministries taking inspira- summer working with the com- there, it turned out all were caring .the paper. "Dorothy was very clear . with lifestyles that were very almunity. By what it is and does the tion from the movement. for each other. She recalled that that we sh~uld not ding too ,much ternative. Catholic Worker community acts , But now gentrification has arp'eter Maurin, a sort of peasant she found herself on the receiving to these things," she said. "If we rived, which means both a !c,SS of philosopher from France who is as a magnet that continually draws end whltn she was served a bowl of do, they cantake the place of God people in. ' ' , housing for the poor and a neighhonored as co-founder, taught that soup' by one of the "intellectually in our lives." Sincer~. <ubson, who broke with Continuing thlt ~q.ncern,for'a: tie, borhood climate that is "inh(lspittime should be taken for "clarificachallenged" men, as she described with the soil, there is still a Catholic .able to the poor,", said Joseplt tion of~hought." Maurin arid Day her Englff;h Catholic background , him. and atl;me point was planning to started the movement in 1933. Dorothy Day was a professional Worker farm in upstate New York. , McKenzie-Hamilton. The area still be a nun in a Hindu community, journalist', and started the Catholic It serves as a place for some to live , has many needy people, but inntead said she became involved,more by of the usual worry about a nl~igh­ Worker 'newspaper to inform peo- and others to visit on retreat. accident than intention. Walking But in New York, the changing borhood going down, at St. Joseph. ple about issues ofjustice for workalong near St. Joseph House one House you can hear appreher..sion ers. At this year's first Friday night charactet: of the neighborhood has day, she, was mistaken by men in meeting, it was announced that the become a matter of concern to about what it means for the poor August-September"issue would be some members of the Catholic when the neighborhood movement mailed the next Monday. It con- Worker community. From the be- is upscale. Montie Plumbing tinues to sound the same themes, & Heating Co.. with front page headlines such as "Sweatshops, Brand Names, Huge Over 35 Years of Satisfied Services_ Profits" and "IWW Union OrganReg. Master Plumber 7023 izer Fired.': ' JOHN'S SHOE STORE JOSEPH RAPOSA, JR. 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those days, so I think housing has tity as women in the church is cenbeen part of, our story from the tral to who we are. That question very beginning," she sa,id. was asked and a.nswered, at least Another project, Mercy Hous- implicitly, before we founded the ing, was begun in 1981 but vastly new institute. expanded following the merger in "There were those out there," 1991. It has developed or preserved she continued, "who said, 'Let's go nearly 3,000 units of affordable noncanonical ... and free ourselves housing and provided management up from all these restrictions (of for an additional 2,200 units. In church law governing women relithe past decade its loan fund has gious).' In creating the new instidirectly lent more than $61 million tute as an institute in the church, and provided leverage for nearly we dotted every 'i' and crossed $360 million more. every 't' and went through every hoop because it was important to In 1992 the Mercy Sisters tormed the Institute Justice Office to assist ' us that we re-founded ourselves as members with justice education an institute in the church. "What that means to everyone and advocacy. In 1993 they formed the Insti- in a day-to-day life, I am sure, vartute Education Office to provide ies greatly," she added. People employed by the church program and service support to "have an experience of it that is Mercy schools and teachers. The merger's scope can be seen . very enriching at times, very painin a list of some institutions the In 1994 they started an 1I1nova- , ful at times, problematic perhaps, tive pilot program, called Migrant but in the end it's still a deeply held ' Education Project, an:Ohio-based Sisters of Mercy of thf: Americas sponsor: mobile school and a service team value... ," she said. "What are the problematic situa-Twenty colleges and univerthat accompanies a group offarmsities. tions? 'They have to do with the worker families year-round on a migrant stream from Ohio to Flor- desire of some sisters - who are in - More than 50 secondary and pastoral work particularly -:- to , elementary schools or early child- ida and back. hood education centers. utilize their education, their gifts The chief target wa,s a group of for ministry, in ways which are -About 200 hospitals, longchildren who were ages 5 and 6 at presently excluded, particularly term care facilities, clinics or other the start of the project, to see how preaching and administration of health-related programs. their education could be improved -More than a dozen retreat the sacraments," she said. by providing continuity of teachers ,"It's a painful situation, but I and curriculum. centers and houses of prayer. "Our inspiration is the works of ' think people are supported by the mercy.... Today I'd c,haracterize "We also have outreach to their faith of the community and the our work as ed ucation, health care, ,teen-age brothers and sisters, to people with whom they minister. social and pastoral services," Sistheir parents, we havefamily activMembership in the church is the ter Gottemoeller said. ities.... There's all kinds of testing bigger value." involved to see that we're really She found reasons for hope in She said many Mc~rcy Sisters improving their educational status the expansion of women's roles in formerly in elementary education and hea.lth status," Sister Gottethe church in recent years and in have moved into other roles in par- moeller said. official church statements calling ishes: directors of religious education, music directors, liturgy direcWhen asked to identify kinds of for further adv~nces, but said there tors, pastoral associates or parish ministries in wh,ich t'he Sisters of is need for more "imagination how " Mercy are involved, Sister Gotteadministrators. that can be and the will to make it Under the banner of McAuley moeller paused after'ticking off a happen .... We have to hold the Institute, founded in 1983 and dozen or so. "Things,don't fit into church to its word." named after Sister of Mercy found- neat boxes," she said. 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Nun sa'ys TV giv~s.f~,~ilies unr~alistic e'xpectatioris, LOS ANGELES (CNS) - TV's a workshop on introd.u.cing clergy situation comedies and heavily to media literacy. sexual shows like "Baywatch" .or Showing a Calvin Klein ad that "Melrose Place" create a world of featured only the model's torso unbelievable expectatipns for fam-and part'of the arms; Violette said, ilies watchin'g the!b, a nun tolda "God did not create us being headrecent national conference on less, armies's." ", But the two women aiso offered 'media literacy:, "We see all these beautiful peo- a message of h~pe. They showed pie, allthese clever andwittypeo- how they have created parish lespIe, (and) we suddenly 'expect sons on media' literacy by using everyone'inour familyto~beclever music videos. and witty," said Sister I::ran TramUsing: ~fvideo by the band piets, a Sister of Charit}' who R.E. M. called "Everybody Hurts," works with the, Center for Relig- which shows the inner thoughts of ious Communication at the Uni- people in a tr~ffic jam, the women versity of Dayton in Ohio. . present it to their audiences as the "The e'verydayness o(Iife i's so Old Testament story of Job and disappointing,'" she added. "We his refusal to sin against God. can demand too much ofour famiThey have also created a 45lies. We can be so intolerant of miimte lesson around just one Billy their warts and their ordinariness." f Joel music video,' "River of More than 300 media activists, Dreams." . along with Catholic, public and Wnetzrak said that at one church private school teachers, met in presentation back home, "they saw· early October in Los Angeles to so much imagery (in that video) it discuss the still-young' academic' , was almost like feeding their soul." Another speaker, Boston docdiscipline of media li~eracy. Sister Trampiets said it is an umentary filmmaker Jean Kilinterdisciplinary movement "to bourne, criticized the media's unmake people critically aware, to realistic view on the ideal body get them critically autonomous." size. Promoters of media literacy say Up to 80 percent of all fourtha goal is to teach people to ana- grade-age schoolgirls are on some Iyze, synthesize and not take at kind of diet, Kilbourne said. While face value wh~t is in, Qr on, news- these girls are obsessed with being papers, radio, TV, billboards and thin likefashion models, she added, magazines. only 5 percent of Americans are Ramon Rodriguez, director of born with that perfect body type. The conference was sponsored the U.S. bishops' Catholic Communications Campaign in Washby the Los Angeles-based Center ington, said media literacy "is about for Mcaia'Literacy, run by Sister being able to distinguish between Elizabeth Thoman, a member of positive values and negative values the Congregation of the Humility in what we see, what we hear, what of Mary. . . we read." Some participants criticized the Two middle-aged moms from conference for having what they North Carolina brought the mes- said was a "too-liberal" slant. sage that we are all created in Robert Shaver of Reno, Nev., God's image, but the media doesn't said the conference was "very lib" portray us that way. erally persuaded, partisan. When I Gail Violette and Loretta Wnet- gO,back into the classroom and try zrak, who teach media literacy in to teach this, I'm gonna have probparishes and schools throughout lems with my parents from the the Diocese of Charlotte, N.C., led community that I work with."

Brothers help familie's hit 'by Hansen's disease KHON KAEN, Thailand (CNS) ing the houses, all the same design. - 40 families affected by Hansen's The Montfort Brothers of St. disease (leprosy) now live in homes Gabriel, who first came to Khon they helped build through a project Kaen in 1968 and worked primaror-ganized by Montfort Brothers. ily with families afflicted by the The homes were built to provide disease, also provided electricity, more dignified housing for the water and a multipurpose hall in families, who lived in cramped the center of the new homes. conditions in Non Sombun, about Bishop George Phimphisan of 265 miles northeast of Bangkok, Udon Thani, which covers Khon reported UCANews, an' Asian Kaen province, blessed the group church news agency based in of homes, called Our Mother of Thailand.' Perpetual Help Village, at a cere-. The director of the Non Som- mony at the community's Montbun Lep,rosarium asked the Mont- fort Hall. fort Brothers to provide the housMontfort Brother Sirichai Poning in' 1993 after many familie's chika, provincial superior and began registering with the center president of the St. Gabriel Foun-. as an alternative to begging in dation, turned the project over to Tamanon Warnissorn, deputy minBangkok or other cities. In two years, Montfort Brother' ister for communicable diseases,of Philip Neri raised 1.95 million the Thai Public Health Ministry. baht (US$78,000) from the St. Meanwhile, InfanUesus Sister Gabriel Foundation, schools, Dominic Srisanphang, adminialumni and others, and the fami- strator of Holy Redeemer School, ' lies finished construction in Decem- founded 30 years ago in Khon ber. Kaen for children of families with Each of 40 families received Hansen's disease, said a new school 40,000 baht in building materials building is badly needed. ' and provided labor as their conThe government \las been helptribution to the' project. They had ing but will not provide a new . ' to' fonow'specificati~ns'f()t'buildc"" building,: Sister'Srisanphang said.

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WASHINGTON (CNS) - Few- cations to the priesthood or religer Parents encourage their chil- ious life because of concerns that dren to consider. a religious voca- their children will be lonely or·not tion because of an altered "concept give them grandchildren, said of success" in the United States, Father Reker. Parents may also be according to the direqor of the influenced by the negative media U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Vo- images prompted. by the sexual cations and Priestly Formation. misconduct "ofa tiny percentage Father Timothy T. Reker, a ,of priests," or because of the parpriest of the' Diocese of Winona, ents' own, attitudes toward the ,Minn., who has headed the secre- church,Father Reker said. . tariat since July; wrotea'b6ut "VoThe priest said that cases of sexual misconduct "are an embarrasscations: When Parents Just Say No" in the November issue of ment to all Catholics," but added Catholic Digest. that "it needs to be recognized ... "Support for religious vocations that as horrific as cases ofpedois indeed weak among those whose philia are, they involve a. tiny persupport is most needed - par- centage of priests." ents," said Father Reker in the "When parents have difficulty, Catholic Digest article. with the church, encouraging sons "Apparently, priestly and relig- and daughters to serve in the church ious life, which ·were acceptable, becomes complicated," he contineven highly. regarded career ued. "It is easy for a parent to pass choices decades ago,' are less so on a bias or agenda without realiznow," said Father Reker, who was ing it: in snide comments, negative commenting on a recent stuay of judgments, biting critiques. young adult Catholics by the Cen"As a result, some young perter for Applied Research in the sons may never know the church ApostQlate. as a place of comfort and chalThe study showed that although lenge, of helping others, and of ' 36 percent of young men and 24 meeting God," he said. percent of young women had Father Reker said the U.S. thought about a vocation to the bishops' three-year national strat-' priesthood or religious life, only egy on vocations, called"A Future 26 percent of young men and 15 Full of Hope," rightly states that percent of young women had re- parents "must be included as imported parental encouragement of portant partners in building a posthat possibility. itive climate for vocations." He said the church must "address In the past, "success meant head-on parents' attitudes toward steady employment and a regular paycheck" and "service in the success, their understanding of church was honorable," Father church and 'vocation, and even their images of religious life." Reker wrote. In an interview with the Florida "Now, however, as U.S. CathoCatholic in Orlando, Father Reker' lics have advanced economically, they've changed their concept of said he recently aske9 high school success," he added. "Today, it fre- boys if they would like to be priests quently includes massive earning someday. Their first response was, power, accumulation of 'wealth, '''How much do you make?" and a prestigious profession." That concept' of success also causes parents to pre'ssure their children "to major in business or another lucrative field rather than in English,.history, art, philosophy or ed ucation," Father Reker wrote. "The advice that 'teachers don't make much money' is heard in the same homes where parents demand , quality schooling," he added. "The irony escapes them." '.. ""'B'Ut"J"aTe i'lt g. it tsb'di !leo'U;r.B'ge·vo~r."." . J.'J ••.•

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Pope thanks God for:gift of priesthood at jubilee celebration at St. Peter's Basilica By Cindy Wooden change which reaches its culmina- placed upon your person; he has tion in the redemption accomp- guided your apostolic and misVATICAN CITY (CNS) - Fifty lished by the Word' of God 'n- sionary steps in every part of the years after a simple ordination world," 'said the cardinal from , ceremony in a private chapel in carnate." The priest, he said, "is the minis- Benin, who heads the CongregaPoland, Pope John Paul I',cele"ter and servant of the redeeming tion for Bishops. brated his priestly jubilee in St. . work of Christ. Accepting the invi"Once again in recent days the Peter's Basilica with thanks to tation to follow Christ, the priest Lord has called you to share with God and all those who helped him himself becomes a girt to human- him in a very particular way the on .his journey. ity so that every man and every weight of the cross," Cardinal After the Nov. , Mass, the pope woman may draw with abundance Gantin said, referring to the pope's announced that he would share from the fountain of grace which Oct. 8 hospitalization for an appersonal details of that journey in .flows from the Rede¢mer." pendectomy. a book to be published in mid. '" extend my gratitude to the The pope walked with relative November by the Vatican. many people whom i have met on ease down the long center aisle of The pope's voice vibrated with the way and who, in various ways, the audience hall, shaking hands emotion during his homily for the have helped me in the journey' and offering his blessing to the Mass, concelebrated by the bishops have made in all the$e years," the thousands of people who came for and priests of the Diocese of Rome. pope said. . the concert. . '" give thanks to God because Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, dean Although his words were a bit he has allowed me to celebrate the of the College of Cardinals, offered. slurred at times as. he thank~d the Holy Mass every day in these 50 prayers and best wishes to the choir, orchestra and Austrian years, beginning the first of Nopope at the beginning of the congovernment, he stayed in the hall vember 1946," he said. . cert, noting particularly the hunafter the concert to shake hands "Beklre me pass images from dreds of thousands, of. iniles the with dozens of well-wishers. · the long gone ,day when, in the pop~ has traveled t:o preach the 'The jubilee celebrations were to early morning, accompanied by a' Gospel and the exain'ple of faith'in- continue with a Nov.7-10 gathersmall group of relativ(:s and friends, God he has given: through 'his .. ing at the Vatican of priests-from , presented myself at the residence suffering. around the world who also were of the archbishop of Krakow on "The Spirit of qod has been -ordained in 1946. Franciszkanka Street to receive priestly ordination," he said. "With emotion I see myself once again lying on the floor of the private chapel," he said. '" hear the singing of 'Veni Creator' and the litany of saints. I await the imposition of hands. I accept the invitation to proclaim the Good News, to guide the people of God, to celebrate the divine mysteries... "They are unforgettable memories which I relive today with indescribable gratitude to the Lord," he said. 'But beyond the event' itself and the many people whl) helped along the way, the pope said, '" fix my · gaze deeper to try to understand the mystery which has accompanied and enclosed me throughout these decades. "As a priest, God has called me· to be a man of the Word, a man of the sacrament, a man of the mystery of faith," he said. "Despite the length of time passed, the words of the Psalmist continue to flow from m~ heart: 'The favors of the Lord' will sing forever; through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.''' Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the pope's vicar for the Diocese of Rome, opened the liturgy, thanking the pope for "the joy, the dedication and the fidelity, the undivided love with which you live POPE JOHN Paul II uses inc~nse to bless an image of your priesthood each day." Mary in St. Peter's Basilica Nov. I during a Mass to celebrate The way the pope exercises his ministry, 'he said, "shows how close the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a priest. (eNS/ God, rich in mercy, is to every perReuters photo) son and encourages us to be faith· ful disciples of our one Lord." On the eve of the anniversary, Pope John Paul attended a performance of Handel's "Messiah," ,HIGH SCHOOL a gift to him from the Austrian . 373 Elsbree Street government. Fall River, MA 0272.0 After the two-hour concert by a Salzburg chamber orchestra and a • (508) 676-1032 (A.D. Office) Catholic choir from Linz, the pope fax: (508) 676-8594 said Handel's work recounts in music what God has done for humanity, "that mysterious ex-

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-Consecration to the Divine Will Oh adorable and Divine Will, behold me here before the .immensity 'of Your Light, that Your eternal goodness may open to me the doors and make me enter into It to form my life all in You, Divine Will. Therefore, ohadprable Will; prostrate before Your Light, I, the least of all creatures, put myself into the little group of the sons and daughters of Your Supreme FIAT. Pros.trate in 'my nothingness, I invoke Your Light and beg that It clothe me and eclipse all that does not pertain to You, Divine Will. It will be my Life, the center of my intelligence, the enrapturer of my heart and of my whole being. I do not want the human will to have life in this heart any longer. I will cast it away from me and thus form the new Eden of Peace, of Aqppi-, ness and of love. With It I.shall be always happy. I shall have a singular strength and a holiness that sanctifies all things and conducts them to God. Here prostrate, I invoke the help of the Most Holy Trinify, that They permit me to live in the cloister of the Divine Will and thus .return in me the first order of creation, just as the creature was created. Heavenly Mother, Sovereign art9 Queen of the Divine Rat, take my hand and introduce-me into. the Light of the Divine Will. You will be.my guide, my most tender Mother, and ",!ill teach me to live in arid to maintain myself in the order and the bounds of the Divine Will. Heavenly Mother, I consecrate' my whole being to Your Immaculate Heart. You will teach me the , doctrine of the Divine Will and I will listen most attentively to Your lessons. You will cover me with Your mantle so that the infernal serpent dare not penetrate into. this sacred Eden to' entice me and make me fall into the maze of the human will. Heart of my greatest Good, Jesus, You will give me Your flames that they may burn me, consume me, and feed me to form in me the Life of the Divine Will. Saint Joseph, you will be my protector, the guardian of my heart, and will keep the keys of my will in your hands. You will keep my heart jealously and shall never give it to me again, . that I may be sure of never leaving the Will of God. My guardian Angel, guard me; d~fend me; help me in everything so that my Eden may flourish and be the instrument that draws all men· into the Kingdom of tb.e Divine Will. Amen.

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did not think twice about what was happening there. "Looking back, I' ask myself where was my social conscience ... where was the church?" he said. "I look. back and am embarrassed and ashamed to admit that at that time I had no social awareness at all." Bishop Gumbleton said his eyes were really opened in 1967 when· he became pastor of Holy Ghost parish, a small black parish in nQrtheast Detroit surrounded by fouf white parishes. "I never realized how' harassed black people really were until my parishion~rs shared their stories," he said. "What I discovered was even worse in a sense;.the extreme racism within the Catholic Church." T~ere Were priests in neighboring parishes who would not offer' Communion to black Catholics, an'd Catholic schools that would not accept black students from the parish, he said. He cited the fortner apartheid government in South Africa and the Nazi government in Germany. as obvious examples of structural social injustice. But other examples of social injustice are more subtle, he said. Holy Ghost, for example, was a .mission of an inner-city parish seven miles away, despite the fact. that there were 75 to 80 white P!ir~ ishes between the two. "Everyone . of t~o~e white parishes could have accepted those people as a mission," Bishop Gumbleton said. "N one of them would, so the archdiocese simply went along with that arrangement....., . "That is institutional. racism, telling black people that they're not good enough to belOllg to a ' white parish," he said. A more recent example of institutional racism, he said, was the .closing of two inner-city parochial hi'gh schools in Pontiac. A new Catholic school was built that was supposed to accommodate th~ students fr'om the closed schools . "Where do you suppose they bought the land to build the new hi&h school -'- totally outside the city of Pontiac," Bishop Gumbleton said. "All the poor kids within the city of Pontiac had no way to get to that school: No bus was proyided. _ "To me it was clearly another example or'racism on the part of the Detroit Archdiocese;: he added. "That has happened consistently throughout the years in the Catholic Church," He told the Marquette audience that "perhaps' there are some instances here with the indigenous' people, N!\tive Americans, where the Catholic Church has discriminated against them individually or institutionally." Bishop Gumbleton called affirmative action "one of the few ways in which we can truly take positive action to overcome the social sin of racism," He decried California's Proposition 209 - which would end affirmative action programs in the state - as a proposal which· attacks poor minorities. "I hope that all of us put ourselve's into this effort, even to the point that we may become tired and sore, but knowing that our souls will be at rest if we are truly' working to end racism, to end all structures of social injustice," .he said.

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U .8. holiday postage stamlps include Madonna-and Ch:ild WAS H INGTON (CNS'f-This eight days dufingwhich onf:jar-6'f year's U.S. holiday postage stamps oil miraculous,ly kept the Jerusainclude not only a Madonna and lem Temple's holy light burning Child for Christmas, but also one after the Temple was rededicated commemorating Hanukkah, the by the Maccabees more thari'2 100 eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights. _years ago. The ninth candle'is' the There also are secular images of "helper," the one used to light the the season: ice skating, tree trim- . others. . ming, a child'~ dream of Santa. At the unveiling at the: B'nai When the U,S. Postal Service B'rith Klutznick National Jewish displayed designs for its 1995 Museum in Washington, Sml)trich commemorative stamps in'late said Hanukkah has become !iome1994, a Victorian angel had re-' what secularized because it falls in placed the Madonna and Child the C"ristmas season. "But in my family, that is not the .C-hristmas stamp, breaking a 16-" case," she said. "We would sit year tradition. But, the negative reaction that around the light of the menorah followe,d, including protests from and sing ~ongsby. the light of the President Clinton to key congres- candles. The warmth of the evensional committees, prompted an ing has a lot of meaning to mf', and about-face. the celebration focuses on the .. As long as I'm postmaster lighting of the candles." general there's going to be a Julia Talcott, a Boston-hased Madonna (stamp)," Marvin Runartist who also used the cut-paper yon pledged early in 1995, and a technique, designed this year's Madonna and Child stamp was contemporary stamps, a blo,:k of prod uced in time for Christmas four holiday scenes, plus a single stamp depicting an ice skater's 1995. This year's Madonna and Child fancy backward loops. stamp is a detail from the oil paintWright said the contemporary ing"Adoration of the Shepherds," stamps "celebrate family, sharing done' by Italian artist Paolo de a'nd the winter season through the Matteis i'n 171 i. The painting is in eyes of a New Englander." The the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts block shows family memben: sitin Richmond, where the stamp ting before a holiday hearth, trimwas issued in a Nov, I ceremony. ming a Christmas tree and del:vering gifts in tne snow, with the The Hanukkah stamp was un- fourth showing a sleeping child veiled earlier this year as the first dreaming of Santa and preser..ts. stamp in a new series called "HoliThe Postal Service said the day Celebrations." It was issued "Holiday Celebrations" series will jointly by the United States and reflect a different cultural or ethIsrael during October. nic holiday each year, and an.Hannah Smotrich, a graphic nounced Oct. 30 that the 1997 series stamp will feature the Afrio:andesigner and instructor at the Corcoran School of Art in WashiijgAmerican holiday Kwanzaa. Accordton, used the cut-paper technique ing to Wright, future stamp is:;ues to design t)le stamp, which shows a might highlight the Islamic fa!;t of contemporary menorah of nine Ramadan or Cinco de Mayo, the multicolored candles. May 5 Mexican holiday marki::lg a Eight of the candles recall the military victory.


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www.lhm.org/redboots/ computer users can see a full-color electronic storybook of characters, download movie clips, receive the latest broadcast information, order a free children's storybook, enter contests to win the "Red Boots" video, or read the story of the first Christmas.

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The路 Church &. Cyberspace "Red Boots" is' based on a German folk tale. It tells of Hans, a grouchy, withdrawn shoemaker who sees Christmas as a time of greed. With the' help of an angel and his pet crow, Aldo, Hans experiences the magic of the season and begins to understand the true meaning of Christmas. "Red Boots," a production of Lutheran' Hour Ministries, won the Gabriel in the "Religious .:.... National Release" category.

Rosary organization and Ignatius Priess are among several Catholic organizations that can now be accessed on the Internet in a cybercity known as CatholiCity. By Christmas, over 100 more organizations are slated to go on line, along with interactive chat rooms and bulletin boards - features that are usually only available from giant Internet services like Compuserve and America Online. CatholiCity is a division of Catholic organizations the Mary Foundation, one of on line at CatholiCity the world's largest producCLEVELAND (CNS)- ers of Catholic audiotapes, The Blue Army, the Family based in Cleveland. The Mary Foundation designs and builds the World Wide Web pages of national organizations found in CatholiCity free of charge. The site - accessed by the address http://www. catholicity. com is also free to the consumer. Once connected, the user will see.a city landscape with a school, a church, a grotto, a marketplace, a post office and ~n airport.

Other organizations already on line in the city include Father Patrick Peyton's Family Rosary organization, the Franciscan University of Steubenville and St. Jude Media, which publishes Catholic fiction. For information on SHANNON WALSH (left) and Nadine Connell, both of CatholiCity, write P.O. Box Attleboro, recently spoke at a Rotary Club luncheon to give an 26101, Fairview Park, OH account of their experiences at the Rotary International Youth 44126. Conference at the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater this past summer. Standing with the Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro, students is Paul Oliveira, president ofthe Attleboro Rotary Club and a 1972 Feehan grad.

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Bishops gather in D.C. Continued from Page One 200-page pastoral "on the back of a holy card." Liturgy will again occupy a substantial part of the bishops' agenda, as it has for several years now because of the massive project of approving the first completely revised English Sacramentary in more than a quarter-century. They are to vote on liturgical texts for the proper Masses for diocese!! of the United States to be included in the U.S. Sacramentary and on the final two segments, 7 and 8, of the general Sacramentary as proposed for use throughout the English-speaking world. The Sacramentary is the book of Mass prayers and instructions used at the presider's chair and at the altar. If the proposed actions are completed, the bishops could wrap up their work on the new Sacra mentary by next June and submit it to Rome for the necessary confirmation of their decisions. In other liturgical matters, the bishops are to debate and vote on: - Guidelines for televising the liturgy.. - Adaptations in funeral rites when cremated remains are present. - A new statement of guidelines for the reception of Communion. The proposal for Catholic higher education norms is titled '''Ex Corde Ecclesiae'; An Application to the United States." "Ex Corde Ecclesiae" was Pope John Paul II's 1990 apostolic constitution on Catholic universities. It contained general norms for Catholic higher ed ucation throughout the world and asked bishops' conferences to develop particular norms adapting and implementing the general norms. In the process of working on appropriate implementation in the United States, bishops across the country have engaged in local discussions with Catholic higher education officials. The bishops' committee working on U.S. norms has had extensive consultations with Catholic college and university presidents and Catholic scholarly societies. The proposals for restructuring the NCCB-USCC are to be presented by the ad hoc Committee

on Mission and Structure headed by Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago. For Cardinal Bernardin, who was informed this summer that he is likely to die within a year from cancer in his liver, leading the committee caps a long career of national service that goes back to the late 1960s, when he was first general secretary of the newly formed NCCB and USCe. The restructuring proposals facing the bishops this November focus on more general areas, such as the proposal to merge the two conferences into one, a proposal to have fewer committee heads and more regional representatives on the Administrative Committee, and a proposal to set aside more time before and during national meetings for informational exchange and discussion or for regional sessions. Several of the proposals, if adopted, would set the framework for a series of more specific decisions, such as mergers of some committees, that would have to be made in the next few years. On Nov. 10, the day before the meeting starts, there are three workshops for bishops who are interested. In the morning there are separate workshops on the church and science and on marriage preparation. In the afternoon there is a workshop on ongoing implementation of the bishops' national vocations strategy.

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.St. Joseph's - 100 years Continued from Page One The first Mass in the new church was celebrated by Father Quirk on Christmas day, 1910. The following Sunday, Jan. I, 1911, the bishop dedicated the beautiful English Gothic style church, constructed of red brick with white stone trim and a slate roof. InN ovember or 1944, the parish collected $50,000, the nucleus of a building fund for a school to provide Catholic education for the youth of the parish. Construction was delayed because of war shortages; but in 1948 a house on Lowell Street was purchased for a convent and a kindergarten was opened in September, 1949, with morning and afternoon sessions held in the lower church. Finally, in April of 1953, ground was broken for a 10room school located between Sher-

idan and Frien4 Streets and on May 4, 1954, Bishop James L. Connolly dedicated St. Joseph's School. Over the last 100 years, the parish has been well served by hundreds of parishioners a~d religious. Its pastors since Nov. I, 1896 have been Rev. William H. Curley, Rev. John W. Quirk, Rev. Edmund J. Ward, Msgr. Patrick H. Hurley, Rev. Ambrose L. Bowen, Rev. John J. Murphy, Rev. William E,. Farland, Msgr. Thomas J. Harrington, Rev. Raul M. Lagoa and Rev. Joseph D. Maguire. Much of the information in this history was compiled by Frances Guay, a St. Jos~ph's parishioner, who spent over II year researching and preparing a Jubilee Year- history book of the parish.

A MASS commemorating the IOOth anniversary ofSt. Joseph's parish, Taunton, was held last Sunday. From left in the foreground are Msgr. Thomas J. Harrington, former pastor at St. Joseph's; Deacon John J. Fitzpatrick; Bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM, Cap.; and Rev. Joseph D. Maguire, the current pastor.


HFHN receives endowment Ed Murphy has been an active member of Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury, Mass, for the better, part of 50 years. His childhood roots, though, were nourished by Holy Name parish, New Bedford. In an effort to give back to the parishes the many blessings they have given through educatjon a'nd spiritual guidance', Murphy has established the Yl\tes : Murphy Educational Trust scholarship. Through this 'educational trust endowment fund Holy Family -' , Holy Name School will receive '$7,500 annually in perpetuity. As was stipulated by Murphy, the purpose of the ,endowment is to provide 'scholarships for the. , benefit of students attending Holy Family - Holy Name School and to aid dedIcated faculty members' to further their education as a benefit to themseives and their students: An advisory board will be established by Msgr. Thomas J. Harrington, pastor of H'oly Na'me parish, to. oversee disbursement of , these funds. Once estabiished, the ad\iisory board Will determ'ine requirements fOT eiigibility. This information' will theilbe sent to all families with attending Holy F~m颅 ily ~Holy Name School.'

STUDENTS-AT Our Lady of.Mt. Ca~'me'l School, New Bedford celebrated October as the~osary month by gather.iQg in the hallways each day to pray the rosary., The sixth grade students helped the kindergarteners make rosary' decades. Shown are (top photo, from left): Ryan AltaidinI1'o, Marissa DeMedeiros and Adam DeFrias (bottom ,photo, from left) Lori Cancela, Alyssa Magano and Jon Madeira. " '

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It was a successful fall athletic Inductees were: Burgundy Ap- ... The nursery class of 3-year-olds season for the girls' swim and vol- plegate, Jeffrey Bears, Lauren led, by Mr's. Parker and Mrs, Sanleyball teams at Bishop Feehan Bentley, Kathleen Cassidy, Michael tos went on a (ield trip to Keith's Cataldo, Kristen David, Donna Orchard, had a hayride and got a High School, Attleboro. The swim team shared the Flanagan, Susan Foell, Katherine pumpkin to take home, All fall art Southern Conference. champion- Haskins, Amanda Jones, Adam projects' were proudly hung in the ship with Seekonk, compiling a Kulcyck, Stacy Lombardi, John hallway outside the classroom for dual meet. record of 10-0-1 and McManus, Maura Nelson, Aman- 'everyone to see, The nursery class extending their -unbeaten streak 'da Poholck, Sarah Rando, Jona- also hopes to be taking,a field trip, which began in the fall of 1993, than,Solomon, Neha Shroff, Kathto Brooklawn Park to play in the The girls succe'ssfully defended ryn Skitt; Stephen Smith, Laura fall leaves 'and collect pine cones to their league championship at tbe Sullivan, Hillary Swenson, Marmake bird feeders. all-league meet earlier this month, garet Taylor, Erica Thomas, Laurie 'Mrs. Lavallee's pre-K class has Junior Rebecca Dea'n led the way Vincent and Lindsey Wolf. visited the fire station and learned with school records in the 100The football team held its annual about fire safety,路 made applesauce yard butterfly, the 100-yard back- Parents' Day e!irlier this month. and visited an orchard.' stroke and the 400-yard freestyle The' parents of the players and 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 relay. cheerleaders were prese'nted with tor, theology teacher Rene C;ipri-' The volleyball team concluded flowers and had their picture taken 'ano, participated in a "Rock-aits season with an impressive 17-3 with their son or daughter prior to thon" to raise money for junior record and a share of the Eastern the game versus Oliver Ames High Ann~ Marie Oegasse who i~ underAthletic Conference championc School. Parents of the senior ath- going a bone marrow transplant. ship. . letes were introduced ~t the outset . Guidance counselor Catherine National Honor S~ciety of the game, and were provided BrandleyrecentIy attended a Guid26 juniors were inducted into with a reception in the school's ance Counselor Tour Program, the National Honor Society. Guest foyer immediately after the 'game' .sp'onsored by the New Hampshire speaker for the event was Dioce-' in'theauditclrium"gymnasium: College and University Council. san Superintendent of Schools Soph()mores Erin Anderson and The tour provided college piaceJames McNamee. Moderator Di~ . Catherine Servant attended the ment professionals with theopane Crane (Language Dept.) initi- H ugh O'Brian Youth (H OBY) , portunity to visit nine private colated a new tradition by presenting Leadership Seminar at Middlebci- leges and three public colleges each gi~r with a yellow rose and rough High School last week. The within the state university system. each boy with a yellow bouton- girls were selected by the guidance It provided counselors with comniere, and,they in turn were asked department as demonstrating outprehensive information about acato present them to an individual standing leadership potential. The demic programs, financial aid and who had inspired them academic- . seminars had several sessions covstudent life, and an opportunity to' ally. meet with admissions officers, ering issues of leadership, governPresident Monika Rothemich, ment, education and industry, faculty and college students, includvice president EIi~abeth Gallishaw Members of the st\.!dent body, ing graduates of their local high and secretary Lisa Gentes presided under the direction of the school school now attending colleges in over the ceremony. - Outreach group, and its modera- . New Hampshire. .

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Undefeated! That's the label that the Boys' JV sciccer team at Bishop Connolly.High School, Fall River, . is proudly wearing at the end of this fall season. With.Head Coach Joe Rocha' and Assistant Coach John Cabral at the helm, this team of talented players amassed a record of 13-0-4. "We've got some tremendous freshmen and sophomores playing for us," noted Coach Rocha,'Citi'ng the statistics to' back up the claim: On offense freshman, Chris Cote -9 goals, 5 assists; freshman, Ben Albritton - 8 goals, 6 assists; freshman, Mark Bender - 5 goals, 4 assists; freshman, Kyle Armstrong - 5 goa'ls, 2 assists; and on defense sophomore, Matt Cote 10-0-3 as keeper with a 0.692 路goals against average, was outstanding all season. "The team starte'd,slowly (with a few ties) and then finished very strong," said -Coach Rocha." He noted the leadership of sophomore captains SalJ1 Nadeau at sweeper, JerfKaram at forward, and David Silvia at fullback. "We had the offel)sive punGh backed up with solid defense by Sam and (freshman) Ben Totushek". Along the way there were key wins against traditionally strong teams: 2-0 and 4-1 over Oartmouth; 2-1 over Durfee; 3-2 over Somerset. A particularly inspiring victory

came against Diman. After trailing 3-1, the heart of this te'am shone through as it stormed back to pull out a 4-3 win. _ With the futl,lre of boys' soccer looking bright it is also worthwhile to note that the girls' JV soccer team and the girls' JV volleyball team both turned in outstanding performances this s~a颅 son and not to be overlooked is l:he boys' cross country team. It's sporting a strong group of sophomores who have been improving . with every race. The girls' team, with some competitive fre!,hmen, is also looking good. With all the varsity teams pla'ying well down the stretch the next fall sports season should prove to !:Ie exciting. At press time, the girls' varsity soccer team.,had defeated Medway (1-0) and Qoyer-Sherborn (2-0) 'to advance to-the final four in the South Sectional State Tournamen.t.

Our Lady of Fatim:il Club officers were recently elected at Our Lady of Fatima High School, in Warren, RI. One Stlldent from the Fall River d'iocesl:, Erin Flynn of Swansea, was elected to the office of secretary of the Drama Club. .


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AIDS and the Arts Continued from Page Three conscience that intimates responsibility for choice." She suggests that sixth grade is the time to begin the journey toward a healthy value system that will uphold good moral choices.

ST. ANNE'S SCHOOL sixth graders b4sily create their own messages to the world promoting AIDS prevention. (Anchor/ Mills photo)

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Art projects take up most of the afternoon and the children are free to paint their own messages about what they have learned that day and share them with the class. These surprisingly thoughtful and thought-provoking projects will be displayed at the World AI DS Day Mass to be held December I at St. Pius X Church in South Yarmouth. Seven schools, 235 students in all, are expected to be reached this fall by the program: St. Joseph School, Fairhaven; Dominican Academy, St. Anne's School, St. Jean Baptiste, and SS Peter and Paul in Fall River; Taunton Catholic Middle School; and Holy Family-Holy Name School in New Bedford. The volunteer teachers as well as the project coordinator have been trained through a five-day course given by the Latino Health Institute in Cambridge. The teachers present that day agreed that the

children really got a lot out of the program. "The kids were very receptive and very polite," said Joan Cuttle. "One of the most difficult things for teachers is keeping up the momentum of a full day," added Sister Therese Bisson, OP, "but the children keep you going because they are really interested." And the children, what do they say? One group agreed that it would be easy and important to tell their friends about what they had learned. "I would tell' them what we learned, only in a shorter time," said Mike Carreiro. ' Justin Owsney chimed in, "It's important because they're close friends and we don't want them to get AIDS." "I'd tell them to keep away from needles and drugs," Kimberly Flynn explained, adding a detailed explanation of how AI DS is transferred through blood. Sheila Henryand Krysten WinterGreen aren"t surprised by what they're hearing from the kids because "it's an approach we believe in." They feel the children are smart and that they will make a difference in the future.


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CAPE & ISLANDS The Cape and Islands chapter of the Council of Catholic Nurses will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at St. Anthony's Church, East Falmouth. Discussion topic: "Compassion Ministry: Counseling Women," presented 'by Debbie Sotirkys. All Catholic nurses welcome. Information; Debbie Sear,le, 420-1837.

SEPARATED/DIVORCED NORTH DARTMOUTH ST.MARY~CATHEDRA~ Separated and/ or divorced' per- ANNIVERSARY MASS sons and others interested are invited . Couples celebrating their 25th or to a meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 13 50th anniversary of marriage are at Bishop Stang High School, 500 . invited to attend 5 p.m. Mass Nov. Slocum Rd., North Dartmouth. 19, to be celebrated by Bishop Sean Patricia Correia will speak on "Sur- O'Malley. viving the Holidays." ST. MARY, SEEKONK ST. DOMINIC, . An Advent wre'ath program includSWANSEA ing a prayer service and refreshFood bags will be distributed after ments will be held from I to 3 p.m. all Masses this'weekend. Nov. 30 in the church hall. All welcome: Information: 761-5491. ST. MARK, ATTLEBORO FALLS Red Cross blo.od drive 2 to 7 p.m. Nov. 21, parish halL Information: Neil Dold, 699-6252.

·ST. ANNE~ HOSPITAl" FR A Saf~ Sitter class will be held at the hospital Nov. 9 and "10. Information: 674-5600, ext. 2480. CATHOLIC WOMAN'S CLUB, NB' . Meeting 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at CATHOLIC WOMAN'S Days Inn, 5()0 Hathaway Rd., New CLUB,FR . The Catholic Woman's Club of .Bedford, will feature Antone Souza speaking on W.H.A.L.E. Men are Fall River will meet at 7:30 p.m. invited to attend, and members are' Nov. 12, at Holy Name School audasked to bring canned goods for the itorium, 850 Pearce Street. Mrs. needy. Beverly Nawrocki, president, will ST. PATRICK, welcome new members Lorene StegFALMOUTH man, Dolores Mowery, and Monica Ventura. Following a business'meet"The Woman Jesus Called Mothing,entertainment will be provided' er," an ecumenical program, will be presented at 7 p.m. Nov. 18. All . by the :'Morton Morningstars." Upper Cape churchwomen are welcome. PAX CHRISTI, CAPE COD Meeting 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, reliST. THERESA'S gious education center ,of Our Lady CHAPEL, SAGAMORE of Victory parish Centerville. All All women welcome at recollecseeking'peace invited to attend. tion program 3 to 5 p.m. !'i·ov. II. CURSILU)" F'R b'iO'CESE ....... An inform'ation meeting for those interested in the Cursillo retreat will be held 7:30 p:m. Nov. 10 at St. Patrick's parish hall, 306 South St., Somerset.

STONEHILL COLLEGE, N. EASTON Discussion of causes'of Holocaust 2 p.m. Nov. 10, Martin Institut~ CHRIST THE KING, MASHPEE .auditorium by Christopher BrownSt. Vincent de Paul Ce!1ter is open ing and panelists from Brandeis Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. Uniyersity and Stonehill. All wel- .to 3 p.m. on Route 28 in Cotuit, 2.8 come, handicapped accessible. miles east of the Mashpee rotary. Men, women and children's clothing BIRTHRIGHT: available at low cost. A Rose for Life MARTHA ~ VINEYARD, project sees a rose placed before the VINEYARD HAVEN Blessed Sacrament each week by a Volunteers needed for this pro-life parishioner as a prayer for the alternative to abortion. Information: unborn. 693-4137.

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THIS "GREEK CHAPEL" is located in th~ Catacombs of Priscilla, one of five catacombs in Rome' which are currently open to the public. The Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology is working year-round to restore at least four other catacombs in time for mil.lennium celebrations. (CNS photo)

Cardinal seeking renewal in Christ CHICAGo.(CNS) - Cardinal Joseph I.. Bernardin said the aim of the Catholic Common Ground Project is to help U.S. Catholics rise above hardened party lines and find "renewal in' the splendor of the truth revealed.in the person of Jesus who is our Lord a nd savior." The Chicago cardinal made the remarks in an emotional in-' augural address Oct. 24 for the project. The cardinal announced' the common grollnd effort in mid- . August and soon afterward learned that he faces death from cancer within the next few months. In his address he said'he' is "even more committed than. before" to the

project. "A dying person does not have time for the peripheral or the accidental," he told nearly 300

people gathered for the inaugural event at Chicago's Sheraton Hilton and Towers.

Stang to hold S·part.an homecoming All Bishop Stang High School, 1:00 p'.m. at the Hugh J. Carney No. Dartmouth, grads are invited Memorial Stadium. The alu.mni to the Annual Homecoming Day have organized a cookout fol]owto be held November 9. The cele- , ing the football game to provide bration gets under way with Mass an opportunity to visit with fe:llow at 10:30 a.m.at St. Julie's (next Spartans. There will be a minimal door to Stang). Following Mass" charge to cover the cost of, the . the grads will gather for compli- cookout only. mentary refreshments in the R~se­ Call the Alumni Office atStllng, anne Barker Memorial Library at tel. 993-8959, to RSVP. Questions Stang. . may be directed to Mary Jane The Spartan football game ver- Roy, Alumni Director. , sus Bishop Feehap kicks off at


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