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End Excommunication For Div'orced, Rewed WASHINGTON (NC) - Acting on a request from the National Conference of Catholic ishops (NCCB), Pope Paul VI as lifted the automatic excomunication that had been imosed on American Catholics who divorce and remarry. Church officials emphasized, however, that the action does not allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the sacraments of ,Penance and Holy Communion, nor does it change Church teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. According to Bishop Thomas C. Kelly, NCCB general secretary: "The intention of the lifting of the penalty is pastoral - to extend a reconciling gesture to divorced and remarried Catholics and encourage them to seek regularization of their status. It is important that it not be seen as either more or less than that." Archbishop Jean Jadot, apostolic delegate in the United States, relayed the Pope's decision in a Nov. 4 letter to Archbishop Joseph L. Bernardin of Cincinnati, president' of the NCCB. The penalty of automatic excommunication had been asked by the Third Plenary Council
of Baltimore in 1884. At their spring meeting in Chicago in May, 1977, the NCCB voted to Turn to Page Two
Bishop Deplores Line Veto As spiritual leader of over 300,000 Catholics in Southeastern Massachusetts, Bishop Cronin has deplored Governor Dukakis' line veto of the anti-abortion rider to the supplementary state budget bill. The Bishop noted that the governor's action further eroded pro-life attempts to uphold the sacredness of all human life arid reminded diocesan Catholics that efforts to eradicate the fact of abortion on demand have been continuously frustrated by the pro-abortion stance of the Governor. rln expressing his disappointment at the line veto, Bishop Cronin reemphasized the Church's firm and unwavering position on abortion. "It is my responsibility to be forceful and effective in promulgating the teachings of our faith on the fundamental question of human life," declared the prelate.
This Weekend • Optional reception of communion in the hand begins in all parishes of the diocese.
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Archbishop John Quinn of San Francisco is the new president of the National Council of Catholic Bishops (NCCB), elected by • The Thanksgiving Cloth146 votes to 112 for Archbishop ing Appeal will begin, with John Roach of St. Paul-Minneaemphasis on the need for polis on the third ballot at this lightweight clothing, infant week's fall general meeting of apparel and blankets. Collecthe bishops in Washington. In tion directions will be given all there were 10 candidates for in all parishes. the top office. In an interview prior to the meeting Archbishop Joseph L. Bernardin, outgoing conference president, assessed its achievements in the past three years. Increased political involvement It had to happen. A pingpong in pro-life issues, a clear player at the Hyannis motel statement of the Church's views housing last week's CPA con- on sexual morality through the vention was heard to remark, pastoral To Live in Christ Jesus, between swats at the ball, "I "an excellent record" on questhought they were certified pub- tions of national and internatlic accountants, but 1 just found ional social justice, and the sucout it's the Catholic Press Asso- cessful resettlement of thouciation." sands of Vietnamese refugees are among NCOB major succes* * * Delegates from the Monitor of ses, he said. Trenton, N.J. had an abrupt beBut, although there have been ginning to the first day of the no "crashing failures" by the convention. Wandering sleepily NCCB during those years, the into the lobby in search of. American bishops still face coffee, they discovered their car "many serious, continuing, longhad sprung a fuel line leak and term problems which are not gothe Hyannis fire department ing to be solved soon or easily," Turn to Page Three the archbishop said. • The annual Campaign for Human Development collection will be held.
Leader Among them are a "fundamental difficulty" among many Catholics in accepting the teaching authority of the Church; the continued legality of "virtual abortion on demand" in the United States; and the refusal of some Catholics to accept the Turn to Page Two
Funeral Friday For Fr. Galvin A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 tomorrow morning at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River, for Father William A. Galvin, who died on Monday. Bishop Daniel A. Cronin will be principal concelebrant and Father John Murphy, pastor of Holy Name Church, New 'Bedford, will be homilist. . Father Galvi~, 65, retired in 1971 for reasons of health. He was a native of Fall River, son of Michael Galvin and Elizabeth (Riley) Galvin, and graduated from St. Mary's grammar school and Durfee High School. Ordained in 1939 by the late Bishop James E. Cassidy, he had studied at St. Charles Seminary, Catonsville, Md., St. Mary's Turn to Page Two
• Catholic Press: Alive, Well, Living- In Hyannis
The Catholic Press Association has put itself on record as opposed to a National Communications collection scheduled to be voted on this week by the American bishops at their fall meeting in Washington. At the Eastern Regional meeting of the Catholic Press Association (CPA) hosted last week in Hyannis by The Anchor, Robert L. Fenton, CPA president, announced that the following telegram had been sent to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops: "CPA board of directors urges tabling television collection proposal pending completion of thorough analysis of national collections and gift-giving potential. Collection as planned overwhelmingly emphasizes television to near-exclusion of press, endangering Catholic publications with 25 million circulation by enabling parishioners to say
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contribution to this collection covers Catholic press subscrip. tions. We urge further study assessing impact on Catholic press, your least expensive and most effective instrument of evangelization." Fenton explained that the collection, if approved, would be taken up in all U.S. churches. Half the money collected would be used for television and other electronic media purposes and the other half would remain in participating dioceses. The CPA contends that the allocation discriminates against the print media and points out that after contributing to such a collection most churchgoers would feel they had satisfied their obligation to the Catholic press. Representatives of some 31 diocesan newspapers, magazines and other services were at the Hyannis meeting. Turn to Page Seven
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. F'r. Gah,in Continued from Page One Seminary, Baltimore and the Catholic University of America. Father Galvin was an assistant at numerous diocesan parishes and also served as chaplain for the Catholie Memorial Home. Fall River. He was named pastor of S~cred He'art parish, Taunton in 1969, the position from which he retired. The holder of a doctorate in canon law, Father Galvin held various positions in the diocesan marriage tribunal and was its officialis from 1964 to 197 I.
Continued from Page One ask the Pope to remove the penalty. which existed only in the United States. The move following a recommendation by the bishops' Canon Law Committee, whose chairman is Bishop Cletus F. 0' Donnell of Madison, Wis. Explaining the recommendation at the time, Bishop O'Donnell said: "It welcomes back to the community of believers in Christ all who may have been separated by excommunication. It offers them a share in all the public prayers of the Church community. It removes certain canonical restrictions upon their participation in Church life. It is a promise of help and support in the resolution of the burdens of family life. Perhaps above all, it is a gesture of love and reconciliation from the other members of the Church." Bishop O'Donnell also pointed out that the Church cannot recognize second marriages after divorce unless a Church tribunal has made a determination that the first marriage was nllll.
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Foster Grandparents at $t. Anne's Hospital, Fall River, comfort children, chat with the elederly and generally add a pampering touch of friendliness to patient care.
under a federal program sponsored by Citizens for Citizens. They were recognized at an appreciation ceremony where they received certificates from Alice Bourassa, director of volunteer services.
Eleven women from Fall River totaled nearly 34,000 hours of service at St. Anne's last year
They are Elizabeth Callahan, Georgina Ferreira, Imelda Gagnon, Mary Grant, Agnes Hambley, Hilda Hanson, Mary LeVitre, Irene Plant. Doris Simon, Edna Theriault and Margaret Wagner.
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Nov. 19 through 27 has been proclaimed Nationa) Adoption Week by President Carter and by Governor Michael Dukakis and during this period the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange is asking citizens to consider the adoption of "special needs" children including those with multiple handi-caps, Down's Syndrome or varying degrees of retardation. "These children have much love to give and no one to receive it," says Sha Legnard of the Adoption Resource Exchange. "Waiting for a permanent home is a time of great pain and uncertainty," she continues, "and the less time a child has to wait the better. "A person's income or social standing is not what makes, good parents; rather it is the ability to understand limitations and problems. It takes a special person to understand these beautiful children. Let us help you find the right child to love! It's what life is all about." The Resource Exchange may be reached at 600 Washington St., Boston 02111 or members of the Fall River diocese may contact the Diocesan Department of Social Services at 783 Slade St., Fall River, for information on adoption procedures.
Annual Mass The annual Mass for deceased bishops and priests of the diocese will be celebrated at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at St. Mary's Cathedral. All priests are invited to concelebrate.
11 Million Last year 11 million pounds of clothing from the Thanksgiving Clothing Collection were shipped to 49 countries for distribution to needy families.
Vatican's continued ban on the ordination of women, Archbishop Bernardin said. In the interview, Archbishop Bernardin also spoke of the problems of juggling duties as head of an archdiocese and NCCB president; said he believes historians will give "high marks" to the papacy of Pope !Paul VI; expressed his conviction that "much of the turmoil in the Church is now passing away;" and urged adult Catholics to listen to young people and to give youths "the encouragement the witness - they need and deserve."
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OFFICIAL ASSIGNMENT Rev. Henry Kropiwnicki from Assistant, Our Lady of Fatima parish, New Bedford, to Assistant, St. Anne parish, New Bedford, effective Wednesday, November 23, 1977.
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Christmas Cards: Who Needs Christmas cards: who needs them? Members of St. Margaret and St. Mary parishes, Buzzards Bay and Onset, asked themselves that question. Here are their thoughts on the subject, as they appeared in their lively parish newsletter, "Pass It On:" Each year most of us make at least one comment about how expensive the Christmas season is, and how the true purpose for the celebration gets lost in tne shuffle. Surely one such aspect of the season is that of cardsending. The cards and postage are expensive. For most people the joy of sending and receiving cards has long ago evaporated. Here's an alternative proposal: Put the money you usually spend on Christmas cards and postage into the church's Emergency Fund to help people in
Sidelights Continued from Page One was busily washing down the parking lot to avoid a possible gasoline fire. With true Cape Cod hospitality the fire chief used his radio to summon a garage to the CPA member's aid.
Less easily helped was Father Francis Rimkus of the Boston Pilot, who swerved his car onto a sidewalk to avoid a motorist who ran through a stop sign. Toll: two tires, two rims. Father Rimkus, who had been en route to his family's Cape Cod cottage when he was abruptly halted, commented wryly: "1 tried to save the Pilot money by
need. It will be used this winter to help people who call at the Rectory because they lack shelter, heating fuel or medical supplies. """,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,.,,,,"',,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,.",,,,,,,,,...,, staying at my house instead of the hotel, and look what happened."
Convention favorites were the lively, lovely folksingers of St. Anthony's parish, East Falmouth. So carried away were people by "How Good Is the Lord!" their rousing recessional for the opening Mass that they burst into spontaneous applause for the singers, applause repeated at the convention's closing Mass, when the Veteran's Day school holiday permitted them to reappear. Also appreciated were Sister Anita Marie, MSBT and Betty Fitzgerald, both of St. Francis Xavier parish, Hyannis,' who sang and played for Thursday's Mass.
How do you go about contributing to the Emergency Fund? A basket will be placed in the sanctuary from the First Sunday of Advent (November 27) until Christmas. Simply put the amount you wish to donate in an envelope, and place it in the special basket. Remember, donations of any size will be helpful. On Christmas Day, we will publish a list of all who participated, so that your neighbors will know why they didn't get a card from you this year. If you wish your name on the list, be sure to write it on the donation envelope.
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It's been aLong Day... High in the mountains of Latin America, Father has been up since the crack of dawn ... saying Mass ... visiting the lady sick with tuberculosis on the other side of the valley... stopping by the school for a religion class ... seeing a roofer about some wind damage to the church ... holding a Novena service ... talking to a plantation owner about a job for one of the men of the parish ... attending a meeting of catechists who substitute for him in the outlying communities across the mountains ... Yes, Father's had a busy day ... and his feet know it! Because he has no other way to get around his immense parish. Father is helped in his work by the prayers of generous people like you, and by financial support you make possible through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Dedicated missionaries like this priest spend all their efforts in bringing Christ to the mission-poor. Would you make an effort to help them? Please send a special Thanksgiving sacrifice on their behalf.
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the Inoorin~ Grassroots on the Move Labels such as Liberal or Conservative when applied to personalities are sometimes odious. However, when they are used in reference to social movements they are often an accurate description of trends and events. For example, during the past 20 years or so, all the great issues obtaining national prominence have been raised by the liberals. Civil Rights, the Peace movement, ecological activities and the like have been the inspiration of those who would ehange the status quo. Now in the late seventies a new grassroots movement is becoming popular among the American people. This movement, however, is not the "darling" of the liberals, but seems to be a new brand of conservatism. Long thought the province of a "wasp" mentality, the new conservatism has not only changed its image but has bec9me activist in a. very real sense. Seizing on issues like the Panama Canal Treaty, gay rights and abortion, it is organizing a really dynamic political force that certain.ly will be an effective voice on the national scene. . The reason it will be effective is found in the fact that it has a large base of support from very divergent groups. Catholics in general will support anti-abortion legislation, "rednecks" will encourage retention of the Panama Canal, Mormons will be a base for a renewal of family life and many inner city people of all racial backgrounds are desperately looking for crime control. Rid of the country club and social status image while at the s'ame time ready to march and demonstrate, this neo-conservatism is trying to bury the extremes of the sixties while at the s.ame time bringing its cause to the American people with unprecedented dynamism. What all this will mean in American political and social life, one cannot yet judge. However, it is more than obvious that this new movement is not just a flash of light in the confused night of the American experience. If it continues to rally new groups to its causes while at the same time breaking down some of the old walls of separatism, then this country is in for a new experience that not only will affect our lifestyle but will also place new demands on each of us. Hopefully the upheaval will not be excessively demanding, for then the pendulum will swing too far right and the whole mess will begin again.
Thanks to All Just a few words of public thanks to everyone who contributed to make tt..e recent Eastern Regional meeting of the Catholic Press Association such a grand success. First and foremost, our gratitude to Bishop Cronin who gave The Anchor staff his support and personal encouragement to. host thl~ meeting here in the diocese.. Appreciation is also offered to the many delegates who attended the convention and especially to James Doyle, executive secretary of the CPA, Robert Fenton, CPA presi.dent, and Richard Daw, editor-in-chief of the National Catholic News Service. All who support the Catholic press, in particular our own Anchor readers, can be assured that this CPA meeting was not only an important event in our diocesan press history but also signaled a renewal of cooperation and goodwill among our brothers and sisters who endeavor by means of the printed word to fulfill the teaching mandate of Christ.
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, ph·otom,editation A priest ...chats informally ... after the Eucharist .. . He seems very much at home with the people · . . His face suggests . . . someone who listens with respect ... shares honestly and simply ... is genuinely interested ... and cares. He stands ... not above the people ... not apart from them ... but with them ... He is one of them ... His special robes ... symbolize his liturgical ministry · .. as worship leader ... His face suggests his pastoral ministry- ... as an open ... understanding ... compassionate . . . human being . . . called to serve the Christian community. This approachable priest ... at home with people · . . who seem equally comfortable with him . . . images Jesus . . . our unique High Priest . . . who is one of us ... one with us ... as the Letter to the Hebrews recalls: "Jesus the Son of God ... is our great High Priest · ... who has gone to heaven itself to help us; ... therefore let us never stop trusting him . . . This High Priest of ours . . . understands our weaknesses : . . though since he had the same temptations we do he never once gave way to them and sinned So let us come boldly to the very throne of God . . . and stay there to receive his mercy . . . and to find grace to help us in our times of need." (Hebrews 4:14-16)
Conference on Families By Jim Castelli WASHINGTON (NC) Shortly after he took office, Joseph Califano, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, announced plans for a White House Conference on the Family. That announcement was greeted warmly by organizations concerned with improving the quality of family life. So far, at least, those nongovernmental organizations have probably done more thinking about the White House conference than HEW, whos~ only
visible action has been changing the. meeting's name. It will now· be called the White House Conference on Families, as a result of pressure from groups who argued that "family" suggested one model - a husband, wife and three children. Using "families" acknowledges that there are many different forms of family - single parent families, childless couples, extended families and so on, according to Father Donald Conroy, family life coordinator for
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the U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC). But HEW seems about to move on the conference. It is now scheduled for late 1979, and it is hoped a presidential announcement about it will be made by mid-December. Califano is now looking for people to fill two key roles a chairman for an advisory council of 30-40 people and an executive director to head the conference staff. One reason for HEW's delay is that it had no money for the project until recently. But during the past year Califano has made informal contacts' with groups concerned about families. Califano also hired Sid Johnson, who worked with VicePresident Mondale when he headed the Senate subcommittee on children and youth, as a consultant for two days a month. Johnson now heads a Family Impact Seminar at George Washington University. HEW will get some help from Congress in drawing attention to the conference and sharpening its focus. Mondale's old subcommittee - renamed the subcommittee on child and human development in Senate reorganization and now headed by Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.) - has scheduled hearings on the conference for some time in February. The hearings will also focus on the results of a fiveyear study of families by the Carnegie Council on Children. Catholic Church agencies are also gearing up for the conference. Father Conroy and Msgr. Francis Lally, USCC secretary for social development an,d world· peace, have· had -several meetings' with Msgr. Lawrence Corcoran, executive director of the National Conference of Cat.holic Charities, and Brother Joseph Berg, an NCCC associate director, about Catholic involvement. When Califano wrote position papers on the family for candi· date Jimmy Carter, he relied heavily on mat~rial provided by the USCC and Catholic Charities, and Church figures expect Califano will be open to their recommendations now.
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Dear Editor: Thanks so much for the interview and subsequent story~ The Hispanics of Attleboro were very pleased by the exposure. Incidentally, a major employer called the rectory looking for college qualified high school graduates of Hispanic origin for employment. The call was a result of the Anchor article. Father Kevin Harrington Attleboro THE ANCHOR Second Class Postage Paid at Fall River, Mass. Published every Thursday at 410 Highland Avenue, Fall River, Mass. 02722 by the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fill River. Subscription price by mail, pOltpald $5.00 per year.
R1eligious Educ1ation for All, From T,ots Gr1andparents The importance of catechesis, not merely for the young but for adult Christians, was emphasized by the bishops of the United States again and again at last month's Synod in Rome. In line with that emphasis, the Catholic Education Center of the Fall River diocese offers assistance and materials for every the child and techniques in evok- choosing religious materials is ing faith responses from the chil- always a high priority at the age group, from tots to dren are found in various forms Education Center.
BISHOP CRONIN AND FATHER COLEMAN
Letter from the Director Dear Friends, Jesus, thrQugh His word and works, revealed God's plan. and路' promise,' giving hope "
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ceived him. "And he won the approval of all, and they were astonished by the gracious words that came from his lips." (Luke 4:22)
grandparents. The assistance began the moment one steps inside the Education Center at 423 Highland Ave., Fall River, where understanding and service seem to go hand in hand at the bookSLOre presided over with cheerful efficiency by Mrs. Helen Dolan. Throughout the day here, lines buzz and bells ring, all in the interests of Catholic education. The surprise (and sometimes shock) of having 10 or 12 more students than planned for arriving for religious instruction can be brought into calmer perspective by dialing the bookstore and getting the reassuring word that there are additional texts for additional students. Beginning teachers often browse through the shelves for that all-encompassing book that tells them how to keep Johnny from bothering everybody and at the same time par" ticipate in the living Word of God. The religious psychology of
in different books, books for enrichment in faith and background information for all stages of religious learning are always on display and constantly updated. Parents desiring to kindle the life of Christ in their pre-school children story books, while their unconcerned youngsters sample the selection of candies on the counter held in reserve for such visitors. The prayer life of the people of God is seen by all at the center to be of utmost importance and spiritual materials available to me-et all needs, including a selection of books on the topic of prayer and the pen, tecostal movement in the Catholic Church. The language of music is shared by lay people. clergy and religious throughout the diocese and religious records and songbooks for liturgies, class and home use are always in stock. Availability of staff members to those who need assistance in
A Special Person Occupying a very special position among those served by the center is the professional religious education coordinator. He or she is truly on the front line of service to the people of God and is a person who has been called to a ministry demanding energy, determination and perseverance. Sister Muriel and Sister Alice, both Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Victory, have combined their expertise to give the following description of the coordinator's ministry: Every coordinator faces theological issues in all areas of responsibility - the selection of texts; designing sacramental programs; planning and organizing retreats on a variety of levels; and the training of teachers, leaders, and other personnel - all have a theological basis. As master catechist, the coordinator must be aware of Turn to Page Seven
The Church today carries on the work of Jesus by its proclamation of the Gospel and by its living witness
to the Truth. This apostolate in the Diocese of Fall River is carried out by thousands of dedicated members of the Church. Religious education takes place in the Churches, \'
schools, parish centers and homes of our Diocese. It is ,
multi-faceted work accomplished in many ways, among which are formal courses for youth and adults, informal discussions and meetings and retreats and days of recollection. This Catholic Education supplement to the Anchor contains articles describing the varied methods used to hand on the message of Christ to others. The articles are written by teachers and students, religious and laity, principals and coordinators. I hope that they will provide an opportunity for you "to praise the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, who has bestowed on
in Christ every
spiritual blessing in the heavens." (Ephesians 1:3) Sincerely,
(Rev.) George W. Coleman Director of Education
Spiritual Vi,ew of Ed uClation Offered .by Catholici Schools Small schools, large schools, high schools, grade schools' - what makes Catholic schools different from all others? Students, teachers and parents involved in our diocesan school system were asked why they had opted for spiritually-oriented teaching and learning. Many answers were given, many reasons for the路 dents. It is being aware that others. Being open and sensitive choice, but one word was you are an individual to your to the thoughts and ideas of used again and again: Community the community of the faithful, sharing ideals and goals in life as in education, most perfectly summed up in the unity of the Eucharist. Herewith a sampling of responses to our survey: James Hoye, Coyle and CassIdy High Schooi, Taunton: What makes Coyle and Cassidy different? It is a multitude of things: the strong sense of community; every student that ever attended the school; the influence of the Brothers of,the Holy Cross, the dedication of the Sisters of the Holy Union. the witness of our lay teachers. Coyle and Cassidy is where you are as a student for four years of your life. You belong. Part of this community feeling is coming together to celebrate the Eucharist. Part of it is in athletics, whether participating or cheering on your fellow stu-
school - not just a number or another $550. What is special about Coyle and Cassidy? Everything!
Bishop Gerrard High School, Fall River: An integral part of our school life is our personal common prayer experiences, inchiding retreats custom-made to your personality and needs, specially prepared class liturgies, shared prayers and Christian living experieJ?,ces through the Christian Life Communities. Learning at our school goes beyond our building. Besides field trips, certain courses have been set up to make use of outside community facilities. There is no doubt about it, learning at Gerrard is sharing experiences, insights, questions and a few answers! What is special about an allgirl school? One difference is the freedom to be oneself without the pressure of impressing
others helps us to d,eal with our own lives. . Kevin Gallagher, Holy Family High School, New Bedford: Back when New Bedford harbor was filled with the giant ships of its whaling fleet, a small Catholic school appeared on the scene and Holy Family High began to enrich the minds of those who entered. I happened to have an aunt in the first graduating class who set a precedent for future members of my family. But this school year will be entirely different from any enjoyed by my ancestors . . . for this year the little brick building on Summer Street is no longer our home. Yes, Holy Family has moved to a new building. Spacious surroundings, a cafeteria, gym. more classrooms, are all truly inviting. But the question is, will the move break Holy Family's tradition of being a small. close Turn to Page Seven
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2--Education By Mr. and Mrs. James Lamb As parents of nine children who, over the past 23 years, have attended or are attending Catholic schools, the question we most often ask ourselves is "Why Catholic school - from kindergarten to college?" We have seen mind-boggling changes during that time. Twenty-three years ago our pastor preached, "All Catholic children must attend Catholic schools," Fifteen years ago, parents were begging to have their children admitted to Catholic schools. In the past five or six yea:,s, Catholic schols have chang,~d drastically because of lack of religious to staff our sch)ols, inflation and the changing attitudes toward the Church as an educator of our children. The externals of We have changed, but our beliefs remain unchanged. Twenty-three years ago, we firmly believed in the value of a Catholic education for our children. Today, we still believe that these values are valid. We are deeply committed to Catholic education, be it in the schools or in the parish CCD program. Through our ::nvolvement, we try to practice what we preach. Whether our sons or daughters share our beliefs, remains to be seen. The relationship our <:hildren have had with their many teachers, be they religious ,)r lay, has been a real plus in their development. We would not be
ONE REASON WHY PARENTS CHOOSE CATHOUC SCHOOLS,
Why Ch,o,ose a Catholic' Edutc,atioln? true to ourselves if we did not provide an atmosphere where our faith could be nurtured in our children.
By Claire Ruggiero It is difficult to put on paper exactly how I feel about Catholic education, but since I do have such strong feelings, I will read this and be guided. I am very concerned that my children will reach heaven and this is very hard to do with all the worldly influences that surround them. Taking the easy way through life may seem like
fun to youngsters, but it will never make them happy. I want my children· to have the happiness that will give them the strength to face life's problems and still be good Christians. Without a good religious foundation, it's even harder to offset all the lawlessness and violence we're exposed. to in life. I try very hard at home to instill in them the qualities and values they need to be good Christians, but I think it's important to give children every opportunity that will strengthen their faith and bring them closer to God.
I'm on a tight budget but am willing to spend so much on tuition because it means so much to me to have children educated on all levels. It it weren't for my own Catholic education, I doubt very much that I would have been able to recover from mistakes in my life. Now I understand more clearly the things I learned while growing up, and I consider myself fortunate for this chance to be a new person. With a good example at home and the religious training children get in a parochial school, there is hope for them to find peace and joy in a world filled with hatred and violence.
DECEMBER 10, 1977
By Judy Sullivan St. Pius X Parish, S. Yannouth Involvement' of a volunteer as a CCD teacher usually begins with a simple telephone call, but usually the task, once begun, takes them much further than they ever imagined. Over and over again the opportunity to serve as teacher for the parish's children gives the teacher a chance to grow. Perhaps as a coordinator the most exciting part of my job is to watch, to help and to pray with new volunteer teachers: to watch them become comfortable with who they are, so they can begin to share the gift that they are with the children and adults in our community; to help them become aware of new ideas, methods and materials available to transmit that gift; to pray for them and with them as we both grow closer to each other and God.
One Man's Comment "If I had it to do over, I would wish for a Catholic High School, which we did not have in the city in which I lived. I attended the public high school where everything seemed out of place and superficial. There was confusion, disorder and sadly no prayers or mention of God. With this lack, it is hard to save your soul."
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Adult Education Gets P·ri·ority By Kay Connelly Whenever parish leaders sit down together at St. Margaret's in Buzzards Bay to do longrange planning they always place high priorities on adult education. Because people have different interests, and are on different educational levels, however, not every program is expected to appeal to every adult parishioner. This philosophy has resulted in a multiplicity of programs which appeal to the spiritual needs of parishioners during every phase of adulthood. Audiovisual aids are frequently used. As in many parishes, a parentsacrament program has been developed to help parents whose children are preparing for first Eucharist, first Penance, and Confirmation. Parishioners of all ages are attracted to midday Bible-study sessions under the direction of a highly qualified leader. Shorter-term Scripture study courses have been offered on the Acts of the Apostles, and the Old Testament. Adult Forums have discussed divorced Catholics, Alcoholism, Marriage Encounter, and the new rite of penance. Appreciation of the new rite is credited to being a direct result of the thorough catechesis given parishioners. Whenever feasible, simple refreshments are provided in connection with adult programs and a baby-sitting service is offered on the premises. These considerations have proven their value in the development of a stronger sense of community within the parish. Perhaps the most memorable experience of the past year was that of reviving the ancient Catechumenate program. Throughout the months of prayer and study of our two Catechumens, they were encouraged by the wholehearted participation of their parish-family in prayer and fast-
ing. We learned with them and rejoiced as they received their three sacraments of initiation into the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass. A newly-developed course in Basic Catholicism is planned for this year. Designed for Catholics and non-Catholics, its purpose is to review basic beliefs of our church and to. explain its structure and work. emphasis is Appropriate placed on the value of printed matter at St. Margaret's. Ad-
vent and Lenten folders are distributed offering suggestions to aid families and individuals in preparing for Christmas and Easter. Articles in the parish bulletin and newsletter are used to explain major liturgical changes such as the new rite of penance, the anointing of the sick, and the option of receiving communion in the hand. A favorite and traditional activity during the weeks of Lent is the Neighborhood Church Program, involving small groups
meeting in homes, studying scripture, praying and sharing a meal. The highlight of every group is celebration of the Eucharist in their neighborhood "church." When planning is finished, work has really just begun, and
all planners are constantly alert during programs to make sure everyone feels welcome. Basically, our goal, and to meet the tional needs parishioners.
evangelization is we constantly try continuing educaof St. Margaret's
CCD T'eacher Training "I hope the youngsters are learning as much as I am." "I never realized how much I would enjoy learning more .about my Faith!" "I never took the opportunity to reflect on my Faith as I do now." No, not the conversation of people who have gone off to some uriiversity to study theology - but the enthusiastic reactions of volunteer CCD teachers experiencing the thrill of watching their students light up to a new awareness of God. Early in the academic year many teachers acknowledge the rewards of trying to share their faith with another generation. They also acknowledge a need to study that faith with the guidance of a master teacher, coordinator or parish priest. The training programs and enrich· ment courses conducted and supported by the Diocesan Education Office attempt to meet these needs. Some such programs meet weekly for a 6 to 8 week period; others, such as in New Bedford, me~t monthly throughout the year. Introductory programs cover a wide area of basic religious material, while enrichment sessions offer development within specific catechetical areas such as Christ, the Liturgy, Sacraments and Scripture. They give the opportunity for continuing formation in the Faith, not only for those in-
volved in CCD classes but for all adults who want to take their faith practice more seriously. The programs are great community builders too! Where they are regionally organized people from different parishes meet to identify their needs. Pooling resources, valuable programs for volunteer teachers and others have been constructed, most with significant· success. The community-building aspect is further enhanced when the opportunity to celebrate is built into the program. While often serving to bring a training program to a joyful conclusion, these celebrations serve to stimulate teachers to bring that learning back home and to share their Faith with new enthusiasm.
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"I found my education in the Catholic school system to be of the highest quality. I attended St. Jean Baptiste School in my early years, then went on to Msgr. Prevost High School. Following graduation, I was accepted at Stonehill College. From my education I feel that I learned to have respect for others and that my parochial school background has greatly helped me in my daily life. I feel that the education I received in the Catholic school system has helped me to attain my goals."
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Yout.h Speaks Out By Ronald Bettencourt At 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month, people who have been on either an Echo or Emmaus retreat meet at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fall River to relive their experience. It's a chance to feel again that sense of community and love that makes an Echo or an Emmaus an event that deeply touches many. At each reunion, a group is selected to plan the program for the next meeting. Many programs reflect the experiences of Echo or Emmaus. Others are quite different, but all have the same purpose - to help us become aware of Christ as a very real force in our lives, in ourselves, and in others. One program concentrated on family relationships, another on the Stations of the Cross, but not in the traditional way. Slides showed the customary scenes of Christ on the road to Calvary, but also reflected His sufferings in the world today. An experience like this brings Christ close to our lives, because we are helped to recognize His presence in suffering people around around us. Some programs include a Mass with a definite theme. These Masses become a very real Eucharist, a very real thanksgiving. An important part of a reunion is that it is shared with friends. A Mass shared with friends in an atmosphere of caring and understanding is a wonderful experience. These reo" unions give us a chance to talk to people about God and what He is to us, what His place is in our lives. Many people feel embarrassed to discuss their feelings concerning God, but not as such a reunion as this. Of course, it isn't all serious. Over coffee and donuts, or milk and cookies, we talk very informally. There is always a lot of laughter. It's like any group of friends getting together for a talk, but we strengthen each other, share ourselves and God with each other, and continue to "pass it on."
By Claudia Soares St. John of God Church Receiving confirmation was a big step for me. At baptism my parents spoke for me and accepted the Catholic faith for me, but when I received confirmation I myself attested to my faith. This reinforced my basptism, helped me receive the Spirit more fully and offered me help to become a witness to Christ. Preparation for the sacrament . of confirmation required a great deal on my part. I had to look at myself and evaluate my posiin the church. Could I honestly say that I was a true Catholic? Or was I only wearing the label that says "Catholic"? These questions had to be answered before I could enter fully into preparation for confirmation. My initial preparation came from my home, where my parents sowed the seeds for my future beliefs. Previous religious instruction was also of importance. And, finally, the preparation received before confirmation helped me to accept and understand my reHgion and my faith commitment. My friends and I have grown in the grace and love of the Holy Spirit since we received the sacrament of confirmation. We struggle to gain life from the liturgy of the Church in a more conscious and personal way. Living our religion is important to us. We're learning to value life and people more intensely. We're coming cloer to God and closer to the people in our lives. Receiving confirmation was an important part of my religious life. I consider this sacrament integral to spiritual maturity. This is not saying that once one receives it he or she will be spiritually mature. But, rather, the sacrament is a step to "better understanding, and it brings us closer to spiritual fulfillment. Each person's experience of the Holy Spirit will be different. The important thing is that my friends and I allowed ourselves to be touched by the Spirit in a special manner at confirmation.. My personal prayer is that this explanation of confirmation can be related to by some people.
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Spiritual View of Education . Continued-Supplement Page 1 high school with much spirit? Thus far, I can honestly say NO! The school still. has its unbelievable spirit and enthusiasm and we are working for an even better Holy Family High.
Other current projects are work in hospitals, in CCl;> programs and in political offices. 'Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth: The Church Is Alive! This was the theme of a convention planned by the Religion Department for Stang students last month. Over 40 representatives of various areas of Church ministry spoke to students and guests at a day beginning with Mass celebrated by Bishop Cronin and continuing with sessions on social justice, pro-life, spiritual life and religious vocations.
Bishop F~an High School, Attleboro: Feehan is different Students from a 15-mile radius converge on the campus each morning and the last one is still here some evenings after 10 o'clock. "But, Mom, I had dramatics," or band, or Science Careers Club, or a game, or - the list is almost interminable, and it is defFrom Elementary Schools Initely, undeniably essential! Holy Name, Fall River: The Nearly every year, there are students from overseas; this year, atmosphere of our school is they come from Germany, Hon- "one of openness, trust and friendship, offering us the opduras, and Ireland. Senior Ann Marie O'Neil puts portunity to grow spiritually, it this way: "Feehan is just the academically, and physically. Our teachers are available right size. Everyone here, especially the administration, is in- after school for extra help, they terested in the student and what share their time in extra-currihe//She will be doing in the fu- cular activities, and they take ture. There is an atmosphere a real interest in us. They teach here that enables everyone to good leadership by their own example and show understandbecome involved very easily." '\Upon coming to Feehan in ing and concern for our probmy junior year, I had to be lems. At Holy Name, we are taught taught the correct way to study," notes Mary Ellen Marcelino, values that will help us become senior. "My grades have im- responsible adults. We learn that proved considerably, and I study a good foundation for life is on a regular basis. The most im- based on caring, respecting and portant thing Feehan has done sharing whatever gifts we have for me is to challenge me to do with all of God's people. my very best in school. Our Catholic Education affords us time each day to study Bishop Connolly High School, who God is for us here and now. Fall River:' Traditionally, Jesuit This atmosphere permeates our secondary education has been identified with excellence in ac- whole day so that values come ademic training. Today, how- through ,to us in all subject areas. ever, we realize the need to do more than prepare students for Russell Lewis, Sf. Anne, Fall higher education - we want River: A Catholic school is the young people in our schools where you learn to love and to experience the fullness of'life care for one another. At St. in a Christian dimension. Anne School, this responsibility We are one of the first schools is taught the teachers underin the country to offer a pro- stand the students and give gram of community-oriented their time to help each one. service. Known as the Human Once, when I didn't understand Awareness program, it offers a science problem, my teacher seniors the opportunity to par- helped me to write it out. Also, ticipate in a variety of service the students accept you for what programs. These have included you are, and give you a chance work with special education to do your best. When I first public school children, with ex- came to St. Anne's this year, I ceptional pupils at Nazareth didn't have many friends, so I Hall, and with the elderly in just sat in the schoolyard after ways ranging from running er- lunch. Then, one of the boys rands to spending time with asked me to play football. I those who seldom have visitors. told him that I wasn't that good
at it, but he didn't care about that. He still wanted me to play. Friendship sums it all up. In a Catholic school, we are taught to love God and other people. I'm glad I go to St. Anne School. Claire Allard, Notre Dame, Fall River: If you visit the first floor of our school, housing kindergarten through fourth grade classes, you might find students almost anywhere! That's because, after a specific skill in language arts or math has been introduced to the class, each student works at an activity which stimulates, reinforces or reteaches the skill on a more individual basis. One child may be rocking away while reading a favorite book. Another may be on the carpeted floor matching syllables or unscrambling sentenc~s. A small group may be reinforcing A,B,C order with the use of telephone boks as they look up numbers of friends and relatives. The aroma of popcorn permeating our school is not uncommon either. It's often used as a "positive reinforcement" on Friday after a busy week. One must admit that things have changed since the 50's, but that's a sign of the progress Notre Dame has made in the education of our priceless possessions!
Religious Education for All Continued-Supplement Page 1 growth levels, faith development, methods and modes of evangelization and skills and techniques of communication. Program design calls for knowledge of the importance of goals and objectives, time-lining, measuring and evaluating the effectiveness of parish programs. The coordinator's ministry is to proclaim and pass on the Word of God. Each course of instruction has its source in Scripture so that even from infancy, "they have known the Scriptures, the source of the wisdom through which faith in Jesus Christ leads to salvation." (2 Tim. 3:15). All good catechesis leads to meaningful worship. To provide celebrations of growth, learning, sacrament and life, the coordinator needs training in liturgical practice adapted to the occasion, life situation of the participants and the dignity of the liturgy-setting. Coordinators need to interpret the Church's teaching on moral issues; to give guidance in behavioral change demanded by the Gospel message; to echo the call of the bishops to the demands of justice and peace in our changing times. The role of coordinator calls
for one who can relate comfortably to clerics, parents, teachers, youth and children as well as to the sick, the aging and the bereaved; one who has developed a loving sense of presence which can listen, empathize and minister to others with care and healing. Managerial skills are valuable in the operation of a good religious education center. Professional cordinators are expected to maintain an office, keep records, files, budget, and enable others to function well through the use of such necessary equipment and supplies. In order to meet the demands of this role and sustain mental and physical health the coordinator must be empowered by a life of personal prayer and deep faith. With all the expertise a coordinator brings to a parish, he or she must be accepted as an integral part of the parish ministry. Like Jesus, who is teacher and revealer of the Father, the prayer and ministry of parish coordinators can be summed up in His words, "To them I have revealed your name, and I will continue to reveal it, so that your love for me may live in them and I may live in them." (John 17:26).
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Parents, (By Nancy Ginalski) St. Patrick's Church, ,somerset Two years ago my teen-age daughters informed me that I had been chosen to go on a retreat with them as a chaperone and table leader. Wow! I thought this would be a marvelous time to get all my personal interpretations across to all these teen-agers whorr. I felt could certainly benefit from my many years of experience. What a revelation I got! Just about this time I was asked to take on a CCD class of freshmen. At our chur::h there is a two-year program for freshmen and sophomores in preparation for confirmation. This seemed like a very big rl~sponsi颅 bility and I was not sure I could hold the attention of a class for that length of time. So I just p'ut it out of my m.ind and thought, "Well, if I don't give an answer, maybe they will get someone else." . September came and I went on retreat with the folk group. Well, I soon realized I was no': going to show anyone anything. These beautiful young people gave of themselves and their time to each other so freely that it really affected me. By the end of the weekend I was still not sure that I could teach unknown teenagers how to become good witnesses to Christ but I was beginning to feel maybE~ they could teach me something! Two weeks later I met my class. These were not the same kind of teenagers I had spent a retreat with! They wel"e defiant and slouched in their chairs daring me to show them anything. Well, I couldn't quit now! My first idea was to share with them my feelings, I told them how I felt and that I was !lcared because I was unsure 01' myself. The way the air c:eared was almost miraculous. They took almost protective attitude towards me and this continued all during the year. Whenever. one got out of line someone else would remind him or her that this was serious business. During the two-year prcgram we had three young people join our group completely on their own because they sensed flomething was going on in this dass. Although they started mostly out of curiosity they stayed because of the love and respect we had for each other. I am sure this love was based on the knowledge that we are all God's children and ther,~fore all worthy of love and respect. As simple as this idea may
sound. it is rare in today's world and when our youngsters find it . they thrive on it. Three of our group are teaching CCD this year to the "little ones" and there are two baptisms taking place in a family that was so impressed with the good effect the church had on their oldest that they want their younger children to be part of it also. How can I doubt my God's love when he gives me such beautiful chapters to my life! It has not all been easy or perfect and many times I ask if this involvement is really worth my time and emotional attachment. My answers always come from my teen-age friends. They say they need me to prod them and remind them of where they should be going. I still question many things in this life but the purpose of my being here is never one of my questions. I know that I am here to love and be loved in return and after all, was this
not Christ's message to us all? Sister TMrese Anne, St. Stanislaus, Fall River. St. Stanislaus School these three words spell Community to anyone entering the little red brick building on Rockland Street. Small though it be, it houses a variety of activities almost every day of the week. From Monday evening confirmation classes to Friday evening Polish lessons, people are called forth to join community through every affair. People at St. Stan's dare enough to be different. The theme of this school year is for each person to become Sign-Servant. Each is in community the servant representing all of man before God. IBut what really makes our school different is that it is the fertile ground in which our community is nourished to grow. There is a strong spirit that shakes the walls of existence in our school, a strong bond of love permeating the heart of
each member, and this love calls forth action. The first action we take is prayer. The whole family of St. Stan's becomes more united in prayer - as seen in our weekly Eucharistic worship. My husband and I both teach in the departmentalized upper grades at St. Joseph's School, Fairhaven. We were introduced .to the present day Catholic educational system as undergraduates in college. We were impressed. After graduating, we felt honored when openings allowed both of us to teach in the same Catholic school. Today we are working toward a master's degrees and find a beautiful life and future with Catholic education. I am sure everyone is aware of the decrease in religious vocations and the closing of parochial schools, but this does not mean the end. of Catholic schools. Among with the religious; there are dedicated laity
taking on their teaching role, not as a job, but as a real vocation. It is not the pay, the union, or summer vacation that attracts a Catholic school teacher. It is the students and faculty. My husband and I find it a beautiful experience' to share with our fellow teachers the desire to care, to understand, and to reach every child because he or she is that extra special someone. Working with teachers who share these same beliefs yields a more efficient group of instructors and an atmosphere conducive to mutual growth. Scholastically, education in Catholic schools is tops. At St. Joseph's we share with the public schools the use of text and workbooks. Public school workshops are also. open to our teachers and the diocese also has professional days and workshops for further enrichment. Religion is our extra subject, taught 45 minutes a day and LIVED THE ENTIRE DAY.
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ST. MARGARET AND ST. MARY, BUZZARDS BAY, ONSET "Sara's Christmas Shoppe" will be' open to parish children up to age 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Here youngsters can shop for their parents, choosing from knickknacks, costume jewelry, planters, crafts, toiletries and other items, all priced at .50 each. Adults will be on hand to aid in selection and gift wrapping and attendant parents will be served refreshments while they wait. (They will .not be allowed in the' shop - a surprise is a surprise.) Donations for the project may be left at the rectory at any time. The Searchers is a new group of young people meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. weekly at St. Margaret's Center. A post-confirmation replacement for traditional high school religion classes, it aims to offer social, spiritual, educational and apostolic experiences to members. Deborah Hough is president, aided by Karyn Gasper, secretary, and Carol Monte, treasur~r. ST. PETER AND PAUL, FALL RIVER The parish spiritual life committee will sponsor a day of recollection open to all Greater Fall River women from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. Conducted by Sister Theresa Sparrow, RSM,. diocesan. eoordinator of religious education, it will have as its theme "We Are The Light of the World." The pro-
gram will include two talks, the opportunity to receive the sacrament of penance, Mass and a supper. HOLY NAME, FALL RIVER Ministers of intercessory prayer will attend a prayer ser· vice at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 in the church. All parishioners who would like to pray in a special manner for the parish family are invited to be present. Holy Name School pupils and CCD class members are asked to bring canned goods or other gro~eries to classes this week for use at the parish bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 19. Other bazaar donations may be left at the rectory. HOLY CROSS, FALL RIVER The parish will sponsor a smorgasbord and dance Saturday, Nov. 19 with dinner served following with music by the from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and dancing Lee Drewniak orchestra. Tickets are available at the rectory or from committee members. Men's Club members. will attend a communion breakfast following 8:15 a.m. Mass Sunday, Nov. 20 and the Rosary Sodality will hold its breakfast following the same Mass Sunday, Dec. 4. Also on Sunday, Dec. 4 a jewelry party will be held in the parish hall at 2 p.m. The Men's Club announces a basket of cheer raffle for Sunday, Dec. 18, with tickets at the rectory or from members. HOLY TRINITY, WEST HARWICH The Ladies' Association will hold its annual Christmas fair at the church hall from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.
Featured will be a snack bar, hand knits, Christmas items, aprons, stuffed animals, jewelry, homebaked goods and a white elephant table. ST. BONIFACE, NEW BEDFORD The annual Christmas bazaar will be held in the church hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satllrday, Nov. 19, with specialties including handcrafts, dolls, toys, plants and homebaked foods. An open kitchen will serve authentic French and German dishes. ST. JOSEPH, ATTLEBORO Boy Scouts will hold a weekend camping trip at Camp Norse and Cub Scouts will have a sleep-over in the school building tomorrow night. On Saturday the Cubs will begin study for the Parvuli Dei award. A coffee hour will follow 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. Masses this Sunday and at 9:15 Mass the BEE People will present canned goods for Thanksgiving baskets. Toys and trading stamps are needed for the Christmas bazaar. Donations may be left at the rectory.
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Catholic Press Convention Continued from Paj::e One They heard Bishop Daniel A. Cronin keynote the convention in a homily at its opening Mass, saying "To realize what we're about, we must go back to the Lord himself and what he was about. He sent his apostles to preach the Good News and it has continued since in many ways, including the way of the Catholic press the written word. "We should have in the back of our minds Palestine and Jesus spreading the Good News . . . Our work builds bonds of affection and gives stability to a confused world. The Catholic press is a magnificent arm in the catechetical work of the Church." Convention speakers included George K. Walker and Joseph Haggerty of the U.S. Postal Service, who discussed second class mailing regulations and invited mail users to join Postal Customer Councils set up in large use areas to provide a forum for bringing problems to the attention of post office officials. Walker said, in response to a query, that even though it is calculated that elimination of Saturday mail delivery would save about $400 million yearly, "this idea is dead." The importance of a close relationship between diocesan directors of communication and diocesan newspaper editors was discussed by Brian Wallin, director of communications for the Providence diocese. Noting that a diocesan communicator is a "relatively new breed of media animal," he said that such a person shares the Catholic press goal of "spreading the gospel message through the mass m,edia, "and that commuicators and editors should work together rather than assume an adversary relationship." Fenton and James A Doyle, CPA executive secretary, shared a session at which they reported on CPA lobbying efforts to hold down postal rate increases for religious publications and also discussed a recent international Catholic press meeting held in Vienna. At the meeting Doyle presented a preview of a CPA commissioned Gallup poll on American Catholic readers, which showed that diocesan papers got generally high ratings for readability and appearance but were considered lacking in their presentation of social issues. The CPA secretary also said that the association now comprises 365 magazines, newsp!lpers and allied organizations. Fenton, following Doyle, said that the CPA hopes to follow its initial study with individual critiques of member publications, in-depth studies of current public attitudes towards religion and presentation of results in workshops for CPA members. Like their secular counterparts, Catholic newspapers are becoming "use"-papers, said Richard W. Daw, director of National Catholic News Services, banquet speaker for the convention. He said that leading daily papers are offering an increasing number of service features to readers and that Catholic papers
should follow the lead and "present news in ways that readers can apply in daily living," emphasizing consumer affairs that "speak to a person's pocketbook." Daw pointed to a one-sentence report on a television newscast of the recent Vatican lifting of the excommunication penalty on American Catholics who divorce and remarry. He said it was an example of an important story barely mentioned by the secular media that can be fully and clearly covered by the Catholic press. The former Associated Press bureau chief warned that writers should keep in mind "the guy in the third pew from the rear. Write for him," he said. "Keep it simple." He added that he believed the Catholic press is at the beginning of a period of reevaluation. "I think this will have profound effects for years to come on the Church we love," he said. A concluding convention session was open to comments from delegates and was led by Thomas J. Kilbridge of the Boston Pilot. Among topics discussed were pros and cons of accepting political advertising in diocesan newspapers, editor-publisher relationships and circulationbuilding techniques. Reminding delegates of the purpose of the Catholic press, Father John Moore, Anchor editor, declared in his homily at the closing convention Mass: "Sometimes we get caught up in circulation and ads and forget our main point is to be messengers of the Good News. We have a faith commitment to the Catholic press - otherwise, what's the use? What's it all about?" Anthony LaCamera, television critic for the Boston Herald American, spoke at the luncheon concluding the three-day meet~ ing, pointing out that "for the first time in history parents have lost control over what
comes into their homes." He said that television has immeasurably lessened the influence of home, sch()ol and church, especially with its "nightly avalanche of gratuitous violence." Replying to critics who call boycotts of sponsors of undesirable shows a form of censorship, LaCamera demanded, "If networks and sponsors are playing the money game - why not we? "They say they can't preach values but the absence of values is itself a value." Discussing "Soap," the critic said that he and other advance viewers were shocked, not by its subject matter, but by the way sex and dirty jokes were dragged into the story. He said that the ABC network was disappointed by the program's reception. "It's in 18th place in ratings and sponsors aren't rushing to it, and it may be dropped after its first 13 weeks." In general, LaCamera summed up, "The Church has failed to realize the impact of television. Talk show hosts expound on Catholic doctrine and no one speaks with authority for the Church. We need full time spokespersons who can be heard in such circumstances." Next year's Eastern Regional CPA meeting will take place in Pittsburgh, while a national CPA meeting is scheduled for San Diego next spring.
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ST. PATRICK, FALMOUTH Mrs. Megan Jones of the State Department (>f Environmental Management will speak at the Women's Guild meeting planned for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 in the parish hall. All area women are invited to attend. ST. DOMINIC, SWANSEA The Women's Guild wU hold its annual Christmas bazaar from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 in the church center on Route 6. Malassadas will be sold while they last and a tea room will serve lunch or snacks. Homemade items av,:lilable will include baked goods, arts and crafts, Christmas ornaments and lollipops. Also on sale will be plants, religious goods and jewelry and there will be numerous raffles. Santa Clals will visit from I to 3 p.m. Donations may be brou.~ht to the rectory and a final work party will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. The guild will hold a r~gular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21. Painting will be d~m01'J'o strated and plans made for a Christmas party. ST. JOHN OF GOD, CHURCH, SOMERSET Miss Deborah Pavao, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Pavao, has been named as parish pre· sentee for the Bishop's Ball. She is a Bristol Community College student and teaches in the parish CCD program. Memorials for the new church are now being accepted, including pews, stations of the cross and stained glass windows. Further information is available at the rectory. ST. MARY, NEW BEDFORD The Couples Club will hold a Christmas dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 3 in the school hall on Illinois Street; Music will be by the Tradewinds and tickets will be ,!lVIiHable at the door or may te reserved by calling 995·2846. A door prize will be awarded and a continental breakfast s'~rved at midnight. ST. STANISLAUS, FALL.RIVER The annual Christmas ba:laar will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 in the school hall on Rockland Street. Homemade crafts, international foods and many Christmas items will be on sale. SS. PETER AND PAUL, FALL RIVER The junior CYO will elc(t officers at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 and Tuesday will also be the ticket deadline for a joint CYO installation banquet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. Senior CYO members will sponsor a Thanksgiving dance at 7 p.m. Satu:~day, Nov. 26, with music by AI Oli· ver. A Thanksgiving Eve Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. Parishioners are asked to bring food for holiday baskets and clothing for the annual drive. ST. HEDWIG, NEW BEDFORD Holy~osary Society merr..bers will hold a card party at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 in the church hall on Division Street. Refreshments.
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