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AN ANCHOR OF THE SOUL, SURE AND FIRM -HEB. 6: 19

FALL RIVER, MASS., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1977

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ill p~ople -Places-Events-NC News Briefs ill More But Less

Less Violence

UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. The world is producing more and more political refugees but showing less and less concern for their fate, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, the outgoing United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said . last week.

NEW YORK - A Methodist mInIster from Belfast expressed cautious optimism about the situation in Northern Ireland as he began a visit to the United States. "The level of violence at long last seems to be tapering off," said the Rev. Eric Gallagher, minister of the Methodist Central Mission in Belfast.

Special Responsibility MUNICH - The Christian publisher has a special responsibility in the discussion of fundamental human values, Bavarian Prime Minister H. C. Alfons Goppel said at a reception marking the silver jubilee of the Catholic news agency of Germany, KNA, held in Munich's Prince Karl's Palace.

Sister Councillors FATHER STEPHEN SALVADOR has been named Fall River area chaplain for Boy Scouts. He is associate pastor at St. John of God parish, Somerset.

Catholic nuns have been elected to city councils in Dubuque, Iowa, and Minneapolis. In Dubuque. Sister Carolyn Farrell, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, won a seat on the city council. Minneapolis voters elected Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet Jacqueline Slater to her first term on the city council.

Warns Dutch Bishops VABCAN CITY-In a tough speech, Pope Paul VI has urged the Dutch bishops to steer the Church in the Netherlands away from liturgical abuses and "deep disturbances in the field of faith and morals." Pope Paul told the seven bishops that turmoil in the Dutch Church since the Second Vatican Council has led to a "Cathofic identity crisis" in the Netherlands.

Ethics Code Needed WASHINGTON - Corporations should develop written codes of ethical conduct. and take steps to monitor and enforce those codes. a group of business, government. Church, academic and labor leaders recommended during a meeting at the Catholic University of America in Washington.

Just Workhorses FATHER JULIAN FUZER, president of the American Hungarian Catholic Priests' Assn., was among witnesses appearing before a House subcommittee to protest return of St. Stephen's Crown to Hungary.

WASHINGTON - St. John Neumann could be considered the patron saint of those who serve on the U.S. bishops' committees. because he performed "seldom acclaimed but necessary work" as a bishop, Cardinal John Krol of Philadelphia told his fellow bishops their fall meeting.

'Iniquitous Speculation' VATICAN CITY - Pope Paul VI has asked developed countries to give urgent priority to changing economic policies which they "impose on most of the world," and to end "iniquitous speculation" on food and arms. Addressing high level delegates to the 19th biennial meeting of the .united Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Pope Paul prodded world leaders to begin urgently needed large-scale programs to reform international economic and social dealings.

Churches Support Boycott

WHEREABOUTS of Bishop Hadrian Ddungu of Musaka diocese are unce.tain among reports of new persecution of Christians in Uganda.

NEW YORK - Support of the J. P. Stevens boycott was voted by the governing board of the National Council of Churches (NCe) at its semi-annual meeting in New York. By resolution. the NCC declared that it would "refrain from purchasing any goods produced by J. P. Stevens" until the boycott called by the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers union is lifted.

. Government Support LONDON - The British government fully supports the churches, including the Catholic hierarchy in South Africa, in their stand against apartheid, David Owen. the foreign secretary, said at a meeting with a delegation from the Justice and Peace Commission of the English and Welsh 'Bishops' Conference.

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Major Issue

GLASGOW, Scotland - Representatives of Scotland's leading Catholic organizations have warned Britain's ruling Labor Party that they consider abortion a major election issue. The warning came ofter an emergency meeting in Glasgow of the executive board of the Scottish Catholic Lay Apostolate Council, called to respond to the adoption of an abortion-on-demand policy by the Labor party's annual conference in October.

IT'S GRANDMA ETHEL now as Ethel Kennedy holds her first grandchild, daughter of Kathleen Townsend and her husband David.

20th Century P'ilgrims NEW YORK - One hundred Hispanic organizations have issued an appeal for amnesty on behalf of undocumented aliens saying they are "the pilgrims of the 20th century."

How Real? ROME - The Brothers of the Christian Schools, fifth largest male Religious congregation in the Church, are examining how real their commitment to social justice is, their superior general said. "If you announce an engagement for justice and are not engaged, it is useless," said the superior general, Brother Pablo Basterrechea, in an interview at the congregation's generalate.

MSGR. GENO BARONI, assistant HUD secretary, says Catholic parishes "can and must be used in the drive to revitalize the nation's cities."

Not a Miracle FITCHBURG, Mass. - A photograph showing Christ looking on at a Mass celebrated by Father Ralph A. DiOrio, a charismatic priest, was in fact a composite put together by a professional photographer. The photograph was believed by some to be genuine and to have miraculous qualities,

Revised Concordat ROME - The proposed revision of the concordat between the Vatican and Italy specifies that the Catholic religion is no longer the religion of the state. The proposed concordat revision. sent during the first week of November by Prime Minister Guilio Andreotti to committees of parliament, also provides that priests and Religious with vows are no longer automatically exe~pt from military service. but must request such exemption.

Protest in Paris PARIS - Five youths, shouting "Giscard assassin." disrupted a ceremonial Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral earlier this month when they threw antiabortion tracts toward President Valery Giscard d'Estaing.

NEW LEADER: Archbishop John Quinn of San Francisco holds news conference after election' as president of the -National Conference of Catholic Bishops and the U.S. Catholic Conference.


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F'ifty-Fifty Introduction of communion in the hand in the Fall River diocese went very smoothly. That was the consensus of priests from all parts of the diocese informally polled by Bishop Cronin as they gathered last Sunday at Holy Trinity parish, West Harwich, for the traditional Christ the King religious awards ceremony for Scouts and Camp Fire Girls. Pastors observed that the new option was followed by about half the communicants, and that for the most part age groups were evenly split as well. In one parish, however, a priest said he was surprised to observe that teenagers for the most part stayed with communion on the tongue, while senior citizens opted for the new rite. Many young children stayed with the old rite too, commented Father Martin Buote of St. Joan of Arc parish, Orleans, adding that apparently for them force of habit prevailed. It must be admitted there were a few problems. Like altar boys who didn't know what to do with the communion paten for hand recipients. Like children with grimy hands and ladies who didn't know what to do with their rosaries. And like the man who approached the altar ready for anything, with tongue and hands both outstretched, apparently under the impression it was the priest who had the option.

New Ministers Commissioned One hundrel) and nine Extraordinary Lay Ministers of the Eucharist were commissioned at ceremonies in St. Mary's Cathedral last Saturday, including representatives of 26 parishes, four hospitals, three high schools and the Taunton Middle School. Their names follow:

o COME, EMMANUEL: Christmas is on the minds of these youngsters fashioning Advent wreaths. First candles will be lit this Saturday night as diocesan families prepare for coming of Christ Child. (NC Photo)

Bishop's Action Supports Pro-Life In the strongest action yet taken by a Massachusetts bishop to indicate disapproval of the pro-abortion stance of Governor Michael Dukakis, Bishop Cronin last weekend rescinded permission for use of a diocesan

What the Bishops Did By Jim Castelli WASHINGTON (NC) - Completion of four years of work on a new National Catchetical Directory and money issues in the form of tough new guidelines for Church fundraisers and debate over the future of national Church collections-dominated the fall meeting of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) and U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC). The bishops also elected as new president, Archbishop John Quinn of San Francisco, and vice president, Archbishop John Roach of St. Paul-Minnnesota. In terms of time, the National Catechetical- Directory dominated the meeting. The bishops spent some 10 hours debating it before they approved it by a 216-12 vote. Unlike the 19th century Baltimore Catechism, the National Catechetical Directory is not Hself a textbook, but. a directory to help catechetical publisher. Each ordinary - the bishop who heads a diocese - is responsible for its implementation at the local level. The outgoing NCeB president, Archbishop Joseph Bernardin of Cincinnati said the directory reflects the understanding that catechetsis, the teaching of the faith, is an ongoing process and that the Church teaches through all its actions, not just in the classroom. The major matter before the bishops was a discussion whether to consolidate some of the nine existing national collections which, along with occasional national collections for disaster

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relief, raise almost $50 million a year. The bishops were bothered by two main problems. On one hand, they didn't want to go to their people for money so often that they seemed to be "extortionists," in the words of Cardinal Humberto Medeiros of Bostoo. At the same time, they were concerned that reducing the number of collections would reduce the amount of money they raised. The discussion was prompted by a request last November from the USCC Communication Committee for a national collection for use in evangelization through the communications media. That proposal fell 20 votes short of the' two-thirds vote of all 168 U.S. ordinaries it headed to pass. But the bishops did ~ote to extend the life of the collection for the Campaign for Human Development the bishop's antipoverty program until they agreed on a consolidation. Fundraising guidelines were produced largely in responses to fundraising' irregularities in Catholic institutions such as Boys' Town and the Pallottine Fathers' community in Maryland. They mean basically that路 Catholics will know more about who is asking them for money and how it will be spent. . Also, they can expect to receive fewer ballpoint pens, key chains and similar materials to in mail appeals. The guidelines say, "Requests for funds should not be associated with material objects which arc inconsistent TUrl! to Page Four

high school auditorium by the state's chief executive. Permission had been given to state authorities to use the auditorium of IBishop Gerrard High School in Fall River for a Nov. 21 "town meeting" at which area citizens could present views and question the governor on state programs and policies.

However, when the action came to the attention of diocesan school authorities and Bish-. op Cronin, the permission was quickly rescinded. A statement from the diocesan office of communications said: "A town meeting to be conducted by Governor Michael DuTurn to Page Seven

Fall River Area Sacred Heart: Michael Cote, Margaret Lager, Mary-Louise Mancini, Raymond Powers. St. Stanislaus: Adele Diskin, Joseph Gromada, Anna Reid, Michael Zwolinski. St. William: Leonard Bernier, James McKnight, Thomas Moore, Daniel Pingley, Sister Ruth Serman, RSM. St. John of God: Leo Barboza, Alfred Forneiro, Robert Rigby. St. Michael, Swansea: Richard Dumaine, Doris Gaudreau, Thomas Prevost, Charlotte Sagan. St. Anne's Hospital: Sisters Angela Francis Souza, OP, Camille Descheemaeker, OP. Union - Truesdale Hospital: Brothers of Christian Instruction David Touchette, Michael Barnaby, Robert Michaud, Roger Millette, Theodore Letendre. Bishop Gerrard High School: Ronald Roy, Cora Sullivan. New Bedford Area St. Joseph, Fairhaven: Anthony Blanchard, Carol Borges, Turn to Page Eleven

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themoorin~ Shalom The historic visit of President Sadat to Israel this past weekend was significant for not only what was accomplished but rather that it took place at all. Just to see an Egyptian president praying at the Dome of the Rock was in itself a moving moment in the pageant of history. In a very real way this truly exemplified the moving force of the Egyptian leader; he is a man of deep faith. , Only this faith could sustain him in his mission of peace; certainly not his brother Arab leaders. Only faith could give him the dream of. peace; certainly not the threats of the Palestinian Liberation forces. Only faith could give him the spirit of brotherhood that he shared with his enemies; certainly not his own friends ,who turned their backs on him. Whatever the future may bring, what we know now is that a faithful man has brought a glimmer of hope to a land bloodsoaked in hate. To the President of Egypt ... Shalom.

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ph'otom,editation A child . . . sleepy-eyed and puzzled . . . holds tight to the baby-carrier on his mother's back ... He seems unsure of what is happening . . . in the midst of a milling crowd . . . but appears more befuddled than afraid. His young mother smiles . . . radiating some of the joy . . . her son brings her . . . She looks proudly self-confident . . . capable of caring well for him. The two reveal something of life's polarity . . . between strength and helplessness . . . power and need . . . independence and dependence . . . The child 路 . . helpless, dependent and needy . . . trusts unquestioningly . . . his mother's strength . . . and her care ... He holds on to her ... She is his security ... his hope. Jesus says we must all become . . : like little children (Mark 10,13-16) ... trusting totally in One 路 . . whose strength is likened to a mountain . . . or a rock . . . whose care is greater . . . than that of a mother ... father ... or lover. We are called to be like this child . . . called to hold on . . . in the midst of confusion and challenge 路 . . to One greater . . . and more loving . . . than any other force. "Say to the Lord ... 'My refuge ... and my fortress ... my God ... in whom I trust' " (Psalm 91,,21).

and the Church released a survey showing that women are becoming more involved in decision-making roles in the Church. The Committee on Pro-Life Activities said the bishops would continue their campaign to restrict legal abortions despite campaigns by opponents which could stir up anti-Catholic bigotry. Deterioration In a related action, American leaders of the Catholic charismatic renewal took the opportunity of the bishops' meeting to warn the prelates that unless certain radical "steps" are taken, "Catholic Church life will continue to deteriorate." In a 3,500-word statement on the State of the Church, the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the 'United States said that "a process of disintegration of Church life in vital areas is apparenteto us." The paper recommended that adult conv.ersion be the Church's first priority in seeking "affective pastoral solutions in the present day crisis." That conversion must take place within a supportive local community, whether parish-based or not, the statement said, because "without the fellowship of brothers and sisters, personal conversion and renewal in the Holy Spirit is weak, cannot mature, and is often temporary."

In the old circus days, the sideshow was a place where one viewed the oddities of the human family. Well, the nation certainly was invited to a sideshow as it viewed the antics of the National Women's Conference held last weekend in Houston. It is difficult to understand why the taxpayers of this country are forced to pay $5 million for a meeting which was nothing more than a liberal and far left snow job. It is even more confusing to see three "first ladies" of UC Students Protest the land, Ms. Carter, Ms. Ford and Ms. Johnson, grace a 'Abortion Fee' platform that openly espoused abortion and lesbianism. SAN DIEGO, Calif. (NC) Under the dominance of Bella Abzug, the unemployed A group of students at the UniNew York politician, the people of this land were given a . versity of California at San Diego plan to seek a court inreal view of how smeared the American dream has become juction to stop the use of stuin today's life. It was more than evident that the business of dent registration fees to pay for the convention was indeed railroaded by the liberal and abortions. left elements of the feminist movement which Ms. Abzug The students have withheld a represents. It is impossible to see why open-minded libportion of their registration fee, erals would contradict their liberalism by refusing to make placing the money in a trust fund until the matter is resolved. room for opinions other than theirs. In fact, the fundaThe university, however, has demental right of free speech was itself impaired by their clined to accept the partial fees intolerance and prejudice. and has denied admission to However, this is not the end of the show. Its organstudents who do not submit the izers want the American people to dish out their hard.full amount. Continued from Page Three issued a six-page critique of the earned dollars again for a similar convention a few years popular book "Human Sexualhence. In the meantime, they wish to force the President with the apostolic purposes of ity" which was written by five Necrology to implement the recommendations that emerged from last the appeal." Catholic scholars, including sevIn the major address at the eral theologians. The committee weekend's meeting. , . November 25 meeting, Archbishop Bernardin rejected the book's suggested Rev. Philias Jalbert, 1946, Are they in for a few surprises! said the Church could not hope pastoral guidelines which indicaPastor, Notre Dame, Fall River Despite lack of equal coverage by the national media, to evangelize the 80 million "un- ted that adultery, homosexuality, November 26 another meeting, pro-family and pro-life, was held con- churched" in America if it could masturbation and sex outside of Rev. James R. Burns, P.R., first successfully evangelize marriage were acceptable in cercurrently in Houston. What was said at this second meeting not 1945, Pastor, Sacred Heart, Fall both "fallen away" Catholics and tain circumstances. River deserves equal coverage because those attending it will "practical" Catholics who go to November 27 have a say in the funding of another women's conference. Church but have no real underBut the committee said it Rt. Rev. Patrick E. McGee, welcomed continued theological This group of over 15,000 women heard from people standing of their religion. 1948, Pastor, St. Mary, North Several NCCB committees alspeculation in questions concernlike Dr. Mildred Jefferson who dared to say that she truly Attleboro so issued reports at the meet- ing human sexuality. November 28 believes in the American dream. Dr. Jefferson said to this ing: - The Ad Hoc Committee on Rev. Adrien A. Gauthier, 1959, convention which was unsupported by federal funds, "We - The Doctrine Committee the Role of Women in society Pastor, St. Roch, Fall River will win this fight for life and when we do, that victory November 29 will not be for ourselves, but for God, for America and for Rev. Francis A. McCarthy, all mankind." 1965, Pastor, St. Patrick, Somerset What Dr. Jefferson had the courage to say will not December 1 receive national prominence because liberal media and Rev. Phillipe Ross, 1958, Chapcongress will give this viewpoint neither time nor money. lain, Sacred Heart Home, New Thus it should be quite clear to all who support the position Bedford of life and family that they can no longer sit back and be Rev. Edward J. Gorman, 1964, OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER ,Pastor Emeritus, St. Patrick, the silent majority. The challenge has been hurled and a Published weekly by The Catholic Press of the Diocese of Foil River Somerset response must be made. 410 Highland Avenue There must not be another federally funded Houston Foil River Moss. 02722 675-7151 TIlE ANCHOR sideshow; there must be a federal government that will PUBLISHER Second Class Posta,e Paid ,t Fall River, listen to all the people and not just the few that can make Mass. Published every Thursday It 410 Most Rev, Daniel A. Cronin, D.O., S.LO. Hi,hland Avenue, Fall River, Mass. 02722 a lot of noise. Thus we urge our readers to keep alert, read FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR by the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fill and act, and we will be heard, we will bring new life to a Rev. JohnEDITOR F. Moore. M.A. Rev. Msgr. John J. Regan River. Subscription price by l'ftIII, postDlld ti~ people. 15.00 per year. .. ;:::~:,; .., Leary PreSl-路 fall R,vlr

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Advent Concert At Cathedral

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The first of three Advent concerts will be held at 7:30 P.M. Sunday, Nov. 27, at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River. Heard will be a performance of Marian music of the middle ages and renaissance performed by an Early Music Consort directed by Will Ayton. In offering music of the 12th 'through 16th centuries, the 16 musicians will use flutes, recorders, viols and the sardun, rackett, shawm, krummhorn and voices. Their program will include works from the Cantigas da Santa Maria, anonymous works of 14th Century Spain and England and compositions by Cabezon, Morales, deOrto and Praetorius. Ayton, director of the Consort, is a graduate of the Shenandoah Music Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory. He is presently music coordinator for Roger Williams College and associate director of the Brown Early Music Group. The performance will be held in the Episcopal Chapel of the Cathedral with entrance from Second Street. There is no admission charge. Glenn Giuttari, director of music for the Cathedral, will direct the second Advent concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday,Dec. 11, when the Cathedral Choir will offer a service of lessons and carols. The final concert will take place Christmas Eve with the choir heard in a half hour program prior to the 4 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass.

Knightly Friars With 215 members, the Providence College Friar Council of the Knights of Columbus is the fastest-growing student organization at the Dominican institution, with students from nearby Massachusetts comprising 34 percent of its membership. The council is the first in Rhode Island to receive six membership and activities awards in one year.

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'I LIVE MY FAITH', a new religious award for 9 to 11 year old Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Girls, is explained to diocesan leaders by Father Martin Buote, diocesan chaplain, and Rose Aleixo, Taunton (standing), diocesan chairman. From left, seated, Margaret Harney, New Bedford; Lucienne Dumais, Fall River; Mary Powers, Taunton; Emelda Cardozo, Westport.

Deacons Plan New England Meeting Directors of Permanent Diaconate programs, deacons and candidates from seven New England dioceses met last Sunday in Worcester to plan their first New England-wide meeting. The Fall River diocese was represented by Father John Moore, director of the Permanent Diaconate program, and John Schondek, a deacon candidate from St. Paul's parish, Taunton. It is estimated there are over 800 deacons and candidates in New England and since all share a common goal, diocesan 'directors conceived the idea of a meeting for men in the program and their wives. It will be held Sunday, May

7 at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, Conn. and is planned to emphasize "introduction and sharing," with each diocese explaining its program and deacons and candidates having the opportunity to participate in a program of selective ministry. A main purpose of the meeting, said Father Moore, is to bring the New England diocese

into a commonality of purpose as regards the Permanent Diaconate.

programs will be opened to ideas and concepts that might otherwise be lost in isolation."

"Each diocese," he explained, "has its own tailor-made program, but there exists a vast area of common concern in which the church would benefit by mutual understanding and the deacons and candidates would benefit by mutual support.

Father Moore said it was obvious at Sunday's meeting that there is great enthusiasm in New England for the restoration of the Permanent Diaconate.

"By means of this meeting these objectives will be well served and the various diaconal

Mission Appeals A request for religious arti· cles, Christmas and Easter cards and children's clothes has been received from Father Paul Cruz, St.' Thomas Church, Sasthamkotta P.O., Kerala, India. Cards are also requested by ,Father J. O. Pujol, SJ, Social Service Center, Seva Niketan, Sir J. J. Road, Bombay 400008, India. He is also in need of reading material, stationery, clothing, medicines and vitamins.

"When one considers," he said, "that it has only existed in the area for about seven years and already close to 300 men have been ordained, it is obvious that a vital force is emerging in our own backyards. In our diocese," he added, "18 men are completing their first semester of study as they continue their three-year journey to ordination."

The Christmas illuminations of La Salette Shrine, Attleboro, will open at 4:15 p.m. Sunday. Nov. 27, marking their 25th year. In that time the annual display has become the largest religious Christmas exhibit on the east coast and pilgrims from as far as Pennsylvania and Canada are expected to view this year's presentation, which will begin with a solemn blessing ceremony for a central manger scene. Theme for this year's Illuminations is "Jesus, King of Nations" and it will be carried out in displays utilizing tens of thousands of lights, in preparation since last February. The lights will be on from 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays through Sunday, Jan. 1. On weekends they will burn until 10 p.m. Masses will be celebrated and confessions will be heard every afternoon and evening and the shrine shop and cafeteria wiH be open for the convenience of visitors. There is no charge for viewing the display.

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It1s Fun to Play the Wholll·Be-Next-Pope Game By REV. ANDREW M, GREELEY

There may be a revolution in the Catholic Church this coming winter or spring just as there may be one in eastern Europe. It is clear that the Pope was seriously ill this

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MARY CARSON

No one enjoys a party as much as our little retarded daughter, Bobbie. She was in her glory the day of her brother's wedding. In spite of advance planning, there was still a crush getting everyone dressed in time. I had gotten Bobbie started and left her with socks and shoes to do herself. As we were walking into church I noticed her shoes were on the wrong feet.

By REV. JOHN B. SHEERIN, CSP

Why are so many off-beat cults flourishing today? Has President Jimmy Carter's evangelical religion anything to do with them? Some cults are evidence of a spiritual malaise in America but the President's Baptist religious faith is a solid, traditional religious belief. Of late, however,

By JOSEPH RODERICK

We spent last weekend in Vermont, finding a lovely place to stay and thoroughly enjoying the peace and quiet of our sister state, away from the telephone and the daily grind. It wasn't too long after we settled in to our weekend abode, however, that the kids discovered that there was no television. Melissa had brought sufficient reading matter to keep her busy, but Jason and his cousin were

summer, much sicker than newspaper reports would indIcate. While he has apparently recovered, it is now generally believed that there will be a conclave either this year or next to select a new pope. Pope Paul's repeated references to his own death are interpreted as revealing his awareness that his strength and health are slipping. His refusal to re-sign is thus interpreted as a decision based on his assumption that he will soon be dead, and

it is more appropriate to die in the saddle.

There was nothing I could do about it at the moment. She was wearing a long dress. Who would notice? I made a mental note to straighten them out between the Church and the reception. But during that time there was a four-week-old niece to be settled _with a babysitter, friends we hadn't seen in years, and a hem that had caught on a highheel on a foot that has much more experience with sneakers. 'I forgot all about 'Bobbie's shoes. The wed<;ling was marvelous. My three sons all work as com· mercial fishermen. They are always dressed in heavy rubber boots, dungarees and flannel shirts. Seeing them in white tux-

edos restored a mother's spirit. I'll admit that I'm quite a stiff, not particularly demonstrative. Bobbie is the exact opposite. She shows her love for everybody. There was a moment when the gro'om was standing alone on the dance floor. Little Bobbie ran to him, long skirt flying behind her. Her 6'4" brother put his arms out to her, stooped down to catch her, then swing her up in his arms and kissed her. She doesn't care that much about eating anything other than cold cereal, ice cream and peanut butter, so she wasn't interested in the dinner. The music and dancing were something else.

This synod was pale' compared to the one three years ago when many bishops spoke their minds only to be severely chastised by the Pope. They chose this time to be much more discreet. Indeed, thre was virtually no open discussion of the election of the next pope even though almost two-thirds of those who will vote in the election were in Rome during the synod. But

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behind the scenes there was great dissatisfaction, summed up by one delegate who said, "They made me waste a month of my life." Another told me, "We really didn't have a synod, it only looked like one." One hears it said repeatedly in Rome that at the beginning of the next conclave many cardinals will insist on a discussion of papal retirement and will only vote for a candidate who will make some sort of formal commitment to retire.

No one is sure whether any cardinals would mount such a revolutionary attack on papal power when push comes to shove, but if they do, the way would be open for a younger pope, a man in his fifties, perhaps like Florence's Cardinal BenelIi (particularly if there is time to forget how tough-minded he was as the present pope's assistant), or England's Cardinal Hume, who made a powerful impression at the synod.

She has a natural sense of rhythm, absolutely no inhibitions, and the enthusiasm to dance every number. She did. Occasionally she had no one to dance with so she danced alone. But then she discovered that if she walked up to someone who was just sitting there doing nothing and asked him to dance, he did. After several hours, she came to me and said, "My feet hurt!" Then I remembered. Shoes corrected, she started with new

groom, love for this new daughter . . . and thoughts for my other daughter, facing surgery on her skull. Fatigue from the wedding made my anxiety more intense as the priest started the Communion prayers: "Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world . . . " Bobbie snuggled up against me, reached up, and kissed my cheek. Agnus Dei ...

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The next day at Mass my thoughts were deep. There was so much to pray about . . , gratitude that the wedding had been so beautiful, thoughts for the future for the bride and

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we have been hearing about cults that have little or no relation to divine worship. Their concern is peace of mind and liberation from emotional tension. One such cult is a "laying on of hands" therapy. In the early Church, "laying on of hands" was a common ritual. It was believed that a sick person could be helped by a holy person who would pray over and touch him or her. Today hospitals and nursing schools are introducing the "touch." Dr. Dolores Krieger of New York University has taught over 3,000 nurses, therapists and

veterinarians the "therapeutic touch," Her main aim is to reach "the tension zones" that cause emotional or other distress but does not regard touching as productive of miraculous effects. Another ritual in the twilight zone between religion and mindhealing is Transcendental Meditation (TM). TM was brought to America by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a Hindu monk. It includes meditation in periods of relaxation, the uttering of a personal mantra (a two-syllable word), and a period of heightened consciousness. It now claims 500, 000 adherents and its adherents

are found in business offices and even in the armed forces. Many practitioners consider it simply a non-religious aid to self-development and peace of mind but Federal Judge H. Curtis Meanor, recently ruled that TM is religious in nature and he ordered it stopped in New Jersey public schools. One TM leader said, however, that "we transcend the state of consciousness, which has nothing to do with Christianity or Judaism or Hinduism," Or, as another TM practitioner said, "When I want to relax, I use the technique from TM. If I had any inkling TM was interfering with my re-

Iigion, I'd stop doing it," One fact is clear: There is at present in the United States an increase in cults devoted to "peace of mind," Forty years ago, we witnessed a nationwide movement designed to promote peace of mind. It was psychology with religious overtones, a cheap therapy that left behind a trail of heartaches and disappointed hopes. The proliferation of these current "peace of mind" medicines may be an indication of the spiritual restiveness and tension of the American people, a mood that might provoke a revival of the old "peace of mind" movement.

soon at a loss as to what to do without the boob tube. Luckily we had brought some cards and it wasn't long before the kids found some games in a cupboard.

children. Enough has been said about its ill-effects to fill untold volumes, but it still presents a quandary for parents. By not having television for the weekend our children used their own initiative and developed entertainment based on their own interests. They surprised themselves with their ingenuity and their ability to find creative and interesting things to do.

there was the need to draw on our own resources rather than

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And after the first panic subsided, Jason and John Rccepted the prospect of amusing themselves just as thousands of children have done before them. The first evening dragged a little for them until Marilyn and I joined in their games, but by the second day they were perfectly content and I am sure that had we stayed a week television would have been all but forgotten. I suppose the point I am trying to make is that television is too easy a medium for mesmerizing

As for the adults, we managed to get through the weekend without any football- and sport shows, without old movies, and news programs. The total loss as a result of not having television was minimal. Neither Marilyn nor I is really a television watcher so our loss was not too great, but even for us

She's the Top Sister Kathleen Gibney, SUSC, co-director of the University Apostolate for the diocese of Orlando, Fla. and a campus minister at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. for many years, has been named one of the top 10 women in her field in the nation. The honor came to the Fall River native at the annual meeting of diocesan campus ministry directors, held in New Orleans. A graduate of the former Sa-

cred Hearts Academy in Fall River, the religious is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Shea of Sacred Heart parish in that city. Prior to entering the campus ministry field she was on the Sacred Hearts Academy faculty and worked with the Franciscan Communications Center in Los Angeles in producing religious featurettes for television and radio. She holds a master's degree in performing arts from the Catholic University of America.


Members of the New England Conference of -Diocesan Directors of Religious education, including Father Michel Methot and Sister Theresa Sparrow, RSM, of the Diocesan Education Center, discussed the "New Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults" at a recent three-day meeting in Peterborough, N.H. They describe the sacramental approach to the initiation of adults into Catholicism as "a radical renewal effort of the whole of Christian life." , At the meeting Sister Theresa was re-elected treasurer of the educators' group. Father Wendall Searles, religious education director for the diocese of Burlington, Vt., and chairman of a committee of religious educators studying impact of the rite on New England Catholics, says that the restored rite of adult initiation into the Church will require "years of study and general introduction into parish life." The rite was restored by the Church in 1972, and has been available in English for the last four years. "The document," explained Father William J. McCaffrey, chairman of the religious educators, "does not center so much on the individuals seeking membership in the Church, as it does on the obligation of parish life to provide an atmosphere which encourages each individual to witness to his or her new faith as a member of the parish community." Implications of the rite for new Catholics lie in the longer period of preparation for reception of the Sacrament of Baptism. During this time, the individual learns and experiences the faith in a step-by-step process.

'Union' Seminary Changes Name SILVER SPRING, Md. (NC)The nine-year-old Washington Theological Coalition has changed its name to the Washington Theological Union to better reflect its status as the only Catholic "union" seminary in the East. Owned by six religious orders and located in Silver Spring, Md., a suburb of Washington, D.C., it was founded by six formerly independent seminaries - Augustinian College (Augustinian Friars), Capuchin College (Capuchin Friars), Holy Name College (Franciscan Friars), Holy Trinty Mission Seminary (Missionary Servants), Sacred Hearts Seminary (Sacred Hearts Mis~ionaries), and Whitefriars Hall (Carmelite Friars). More than 20 other religious orders also send students to the Washington Theological Union.

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One of the monthly series of days of recollection for Sisters of the diocese will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 at Our Lady's Chapel, 600 Pleasant St., New Bedford. Father Peter N. Graziano, diocesan director of social services, will conduct the program and celebrate a Eucharistic liturgy.

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PREPARING FOR THEIR PART in the annual Bishop's Ball are members of the Presentees' Committee, from left, Miss Adrienne Lemieux, Taunton; Miss Claire O'Toole, Fall River; Mrs. James A. O'Brien Jr., chairman, Fall River; Miss Angela Medeiros, Seekonk, Miss Dorothy A. Curry, New Bedford; Mrs. Vincent A. Coady, Somerset. Not pictured, Mrs~ William du Mont, Centerville.

Bishop's_ Action Supports Pro-Life Continued from Page Three kakis was scheduled in the auditorium of Bishop Gerrard High School in Fall River. After a careful review of the question, a decision to insist that the meeting be held elsewhere was made by the authorities of the Department of Catholic Education of the Diocese of Fall River. Bishop Daniel A. Cronin has reviewed this matter and upheld the Department's decision.

Anthony of Padua parish, Fall River, the first pro-lifer to address the governor. Eventually, in his only show of annoyance, he responded to Wilson W. Curtis of the Swansea Knights of Columbus, who described Boston' abortionist Bill Baird as a slaughterer of the innocent,"I answered those irresponsible and reckless charges when I was running for governor and I'm not going to do it again tonight."

but whether the right to abortion granted by the U.S. Supreme Court shoud be denied women unable to pay for the procedure. At this point he declared he could not imagine his wife and himself choosing abortion for themselves. On several occasions applause greeted pro-life statements such as the declaration of Pamela Smith, cpairman of the Greater Fall River Chapter of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, that "a majority of people in the state are opposed to paying t.heir own money for abortions (through tax-supported Medicaid)."

CHICAGO (NC) - Organized public protest can have an impact on network programming. Bob Newhart, star of CBSTV's "Bob Newhart Show," cited loss of commercial sponsors and affiliate station outlets by A·BC-TV's highly controversial "SOAP" series as such a successful grassroots program. Newhart, 48, and his wife Ginnie have three children -: Raben, 13, Timothy, 10, and Jennifer 6. As concerned parents, they exercise control over their television viewing. Moreover, the award-winning comedian has expanded his concern beyond his own family. A Catholic, he vetoed on moral grounds a script for his show which suggested the two main characters, Dr. Bob Hartley and wife Emily (portrayed by Suzanne Pleshette), had lived together before marriage. The "Bob Newhart Show" will end this year, Newhart told The Chicago Catholic, not because of poor ratings, but because he wishes to spend more time with his young family.

Success Recipe "A child early taught that he is God's child, with infinite strength at hand for the conquering of any difficulty, will take life more easily, and probably will make more of it." Edward Everett Hale

He reiterated his frequently "It is felt that considerable confusion would result if the expressed stand that the issue Governor's meeting were per- in Massachusetts is not whether mitted in this Catholic institu- abortion is in itself good or evil, tion at a time when the Bishop of the Diocese has publicly deplored the position Governor Dukakis has taken with reference to abortion. The Governor has on two occasions used his power of veto to frustrate measures aimed at protecting the unborn. "Reluctantly, therefore, it is.., necessary to veto the Governor's use of Bishop Gerrard High School auditorium so that all citizens, Catholic and non-Catholic, will understand that the clear and uncompromising position of the Catholic Church is pro-life." State officials quickly rescheduled Monday's meeting for the Fall River Middle School auditorium and at a press conference preceding it Dukakis said he "felt no anger at the denial of use of Bishop Gerrard High School," indicating that "abortion Was a very difficult issue, an issue of conscience." At the meeting itself, which was sparsely attended and • Gas Company makes complete installation - no chg. would have been even smaller • Gas Company maintains unit free - no service chg. without pro-lifers representing • You pay only $2.50 rental charge a month plus gas the Diocesan Council of Catholic usage Women, the Diocesan Council • Call 675-781 T for complete details of Catholic Nurses, the Knights of Columbus and Massachusetts Citizens for Life, the governor made no reference to its change $IW) . .~-- a month of location. only

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Bishops Study Clergy Alcoholism By Jim Castelli WASHINGTON (NC) - One of every 20 American priests is an alcoholic, according to it study prepared for the Bishops' Committee on Priestly Life and Ministry. Three of four alcoholic priests who receive medical treatment return to "sobriety," the study said. In a separate statement, the committee urged bishops to set up health boards to identify and assist alcoholic priests. The committee issued its statement and the accompanying study at the semi-annual general meeting of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington. "To the extent that alcoholism or chemical dependency enslaves the life of the priest, his personal growth in Christ is limited and his ministry of service to people is impeded," the committee said. "Our primary concerns," the committee said, "are the dignity and goodness of the priest as person and the effects of his alcoholism on the people whom he is called to serve." "The committee study was prepared by Jesuit Father Joseph Fichter, a sociologist at Loyola University in New Orleans. He indicated that the problem is worse than some Church leaders would like to believe, but not as bad as others fear. Father Fichter cited other studies which show that priests do not drink as heavily as either Catholic men or American men at large, and also that priests have a higher rate of men who do not drink at all (39 percent) than other groups. He noted that while the one • in 20 figure is lower than the one in 10 figure some people had cited, it is still higher than would be suggested by the large number of bishops and Religious superiors surveyed who described the problem of alcoholic clergy as "minimal." At the same time, he said, his study refutes the belief that there is less alcoholism in small dioceses than large ones; the proportions are about the same in both, he said. Father Fichter said the evidence suggests "that bishops and Religious superiors are fairly well aware of the problem of the clergy's alcoholism and are

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He also said that "all evidence points to the abandonment of the outmoded concept of using punitive measures." The committee recommended that each bishop who heads a diocese "place the weight of his authority" behind a program to treat alcoholic or chemically de-

pendant clergy. The committee recommended . the program of the National Clergy Conference on Alcoholism, a Chicago-based organization. But. bishop health volved cases.

the committee said, the should depend on the board and become inhimself only in "extreme"

sonnel board and diocesan clergy, "especially among the priests who are close friends of the alcoholic priest and who might tend to 'cover up' for him." The committee said the health board should have "a tone and spirit of loving, fraternal care." The board's members should include recovering alcoholics, including a medical person and a

priest if possible. The committee said "the growing number of successfully recovered priests should be utilized in the diocese . . . Some of these men are both apostolic and experienced in recognizing fellow alcoholics and doing what is necessary to serve them."

Father Fichter's - study was Health boards should have based on questionnaires filled the cooperation and approval of . out by 138 dioceses - a "rethe priests' council, diocesan per- markably high" 83.6' percent of

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Children of God Spea ker' 5 Topic Members of the New Bedford Serra Club will hear Ms. Catherine Dunfey at Assistant Pastors' Night Monday, Nov. -28, at White's restaurant, North Westport. Her topic will be "An Encounter with the Children of God," and she will discuss the attraction of cult groups for young people. The speaker's experience has included teaching, directJng communications for the Rome generalate of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and holding the position of dean of students at Emmanuel College. She is a member of the national steering committee of the International Foundation for Individual Freedom. The Serra Club is a Catholic men's organization concerned with promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

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Argues Editorial Dear Editor: Your editorial in the Nov. 3 issue of The Anchor entitled "What Did They Really Do?" is, in my opinion, reprehensible. In a diocesan paper, directed for information, edification, uplift, encouragement, inspiration of the people of God in this diocese, the editorial evaluation of the Synod sounds flip, brash, undignified, out of order. The editorial states that 200 Bishops from 100 dioceses of the world spent several weeks just simply for "a friendly meeting; a moment to exchange niceties; a time to say hello to old friends in the hierarchy." This sounds most unbelievable, if that is all they did, as the article implies. The Bishops are successors of the Apostles. They are keenly sensitive to their responsibility, their calling, their mission. Their coming together was not an ecclesiastical junket at the expense of the faithful. The appraisal of the Holy Father, Pope Paul VI, doesn't quite agree with the editorial. Nor does the statement of Archbishop Joseph L. Bernardin, president of the U.S. episcopal conference, who said: "The Synod has put emphasis on family and adult catechesis as crucial to the catechesis of children and young people, upon the importance of continuing education for the clergy, upon the need for sound doctrine and good methodology, upon the role of communities of faith as catechetical settings." Such a statement is quite different from the evaluation of the editorial in The Anchor that claims "the bishops of the Synod seemingly did not grasp that the message of the Gospel must be preached where the people are actually at, not where churchmen would have them be." It's sad that the dear bishops and the Most Holy Father did not receive admonition and guidance from The Anchor prior to the meeting. The author seems to have a special line to the Holy Spirit, as a self-appointed authority on "sentire cum eclesia." I'll vote for the Bishops and the Holy Father. Msgr. Henri A. Hamel New Bedford

We're Trying Dear Sir: Why haven't the Catholic newspapers mentioned anything about the horrible movies currently being prepared: "Five Faces of Jesus" and "The Passover Plot" which are full of blasphemy against our Saviour. I get impatient with the editors of these papers, for the above facts are things we should be told about so that we can vigorously fight against them bei~g shown. . . The clergy and laypeople should unite to fight such incidents, to abolish them and prevent a recurrence, always being

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Not once, but again and again, And when we are taking life's partner, Other hands may prepare us a feast, But the hand that will bless and ~mite us Is the beautiful hand of a Priest! God bless them and keep them all holy For the Host which their fingers caress; What can a poor sinner do better Than to ask Him who chose them to bless; When the death dews on our eyelids are failing May our courage and strength be increased By seeing raised o'er us in blessing The beautiful hands of a Priest!

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Not With Pope? Dear Editor: In reply to Barbara Reid's letter (Anchor, Nov. 10) do you think the Blessed Mother would be happy that Mary Carson is not 100 percent with the Pope whom her Son left us as his vicar on earth? "He who is not with me is against me!" Kay Mack Nantucket

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centrated ownership of farm land. The NCCW installed new officers during the convention. They are: Mrs. Anthony P. Hillemeier of the New Ulm, Minn. diocese, president; Mrs. Donald LeFils, of the Orlando, Fla. diocese, first vice president; Mrs. Ralph Meisner of the Peoria, Ill. diocese, second vice president; Mrs. V. A. Carlson, of the Kansas City, Kan. archdiocese, third vice president; Mrs. Raymond Edelbrock of the Detroit archdiocese, secretary; and Mrs. Clarence Steele of the Birmingham, Ala. diocese, treasurer. Mrs. James W. Leith of New Bedford, president of the Fall River Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, was elected to the NCCW national nominating committee. Mrs. Hillemeier, former NCCW first vice president and secretary, had been president and vice president of her diocesan Council of Catholic Women and represented the NCCW at the Detroit Call to Action con·· ference last year. She has urged the council to address the concerns of young women, to help improve the image of homemakers and to become more politically active.

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A. While we believe in the permanence indissolubility of marriage, we also know that it is sometimes morally and practically impossible for husbands and wives to live together in a home. Those circumstances may result from the fault (or illness) of one or the other .or both; but whatever the cause, a situation may be so serious as to threaten the life or health of those involved, including children. A legal separation or divorce in these conditions may be possible, or even necessary. And when the separation happens, nothing prohibits either party from receiving the sacraments of 'Penance and the Eucharist, unless, of course, either is conscious of serious unrepented sin. Note that this is not to say that the marriage bond is broken, or that he or she may marry another; only that they may live apart without losing their rights as Cath.olics. I must be clear that I am not here suggesting you do this. The facts as you give them surely indicate strong reasons' for a possible separation, but this kind of decision should be discussed far more deeply with your pastor or another priest, if at' all possible.

Taunton State Hospital: Sister Alice Desrosiers, SUSC. Coyle-Cassidy High School: Sister Margaret Higgins, SUSC. Middle School: Holy Union Sisters Rosemary Murphy, Dorothy Parker. Attleboro Area St. Joseph: Gerald Bourgeois, Gerard Proulx Sr. St. Mark: Ronald Bishop, David Burke, Thomas Laviano, Eugene Pastana. S1. Mary, Norton: Thomas Bryan, Lucille Charette, Ruth Charron, Joseph Daley. M1. Carmel, Seekonk: William Adair. S1. Mary, Seekonk:' Robert . Araujo. Bishop Feehan High School: Thomas Brennan, Sister Mary Enda Costello, SM, Sister Julie 'Payment, CSC, Christopher Servant. Cape Cod Area Our Lady of Victory, Centerville: Oscar Drinkwater, Sister John Michael, MSMBT, Benjamin Nogueira, Bernard O'Reilly, Edward Welch Jr. S1. Patrick, Falmouth: Charles Clifford, James Sawyer, Patrick Schmidt. St. Elizabeth seton, North Falmouth: James Colonna, Robert Mead. Holy Trinity, West Harwich: Constance Collinge, Ethel Crowley, Bernice Johnson, Jean Mason, Eileen Roderick, Rose Syl. via.

ALOYSIUS P. MULCAHY, 81, of St. Joseph parish, Taunton, has given a new meaning to "softball." For him it's the ball he holds in the picture above, made with a knitted or crocheted casing and innards of nylon or foam rubber scraps. It's soft and easily made, he explains ,and squeezing it A. Judging from my mail, is excellent muscle therapy there are lots more like you out there. For some reason even for victims of stroke or other Taunton Area they don't understand, the fremuscular diseases. It's also Holy Family: Rosaline Davis, quency with which such Cathan ideal indoor toy, he adds, Theresa Rogers. olics have been receiving this unlikely to damage houseImmaculate Conception: Louis sacrament of Penance has hold items or tots. And it Lamoureux. dropped off to nearly zero. Sacred Heart: Sister Loretto can be adapted as a ChristNow, perhaps because of all mas tree ornament or an Fromm, SUSC. the writing and preaching about S1. Jacques: Norman Hamel, Easter basket gift, he con· the renewal of that sacrament, Holy Union Sisters Rachel Mithey realize something imporcludes. chaud, Helen Poirier. tant is missing. He has distributed thouS1. Mary: Ralph Buckley, EdMany will perhaps not see sands of sets of instructions ward Duffy, Holy Union Sisters weekly or even monthly Conon making the balls and feels Maurice Louise, Mary Bridget fession as the thing for their their production is itself McGettigan, Marguerite Proulx, personal spiritual lives at this James McMorrow, Ernest Medtherapeutic for homebound eiros, time. But we all need, with Robert Perry. senior citizens. 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said, . "These kids like to learn. At home there were motivational problems, but that's not the case here/' Ms. Roach noted, "The children are given more responsibility." The Stonehill students say their students' parents include them in activities and that teacher-principal Mike Rhodes has even provided rattlesnake and prairie dog hunting expeditions.

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By Father Alfred McBride

Words carved over the entrance of a mid-western Benedictine monastery greet visitors with this message: "Peace to all who enter here." A serene atmosphere and deep inner peace do seem to pervade the grounds and members of monastic communities. On the other hand, charismatic prayer groups tend to have a distinctly different approach. Singing is bouncy and enthusiastic; arms are raised high in praise; participants clap their hands, speak or shout words of glory and thanks, laugh and cry and offer highly personal testimonies. The charismatic movement has apparently reintroduced strong feelings and emotions to prayer and worship. It proves Americans and American Catholics, or at least some of them, are very susceptible to the emotional appeal of enthusiastic religious movements. Others, however, find themselves uncomfortable, turned off or highly suspicious of that style for prayer and worship. They experience insecure, nervous or angry feelings when first attending a charismatic session; the highly emotional and external approach raises doubts about its stability, its lasting character, its orthodox basis. Cardinal Leon Joseph Suenens, the highly respected Archbishop of Brussels-Malines, Belgium, speaks to that matter in his recent publication, "A New Pentecost?" "The spontaneity of this prayer of praise, expressed by rhythmic movement, clapping of hands, hands raised or joined altogether in a sign of unity is especially appreciated by young people. It helps those who lend themselves to it to step out of their individualism, their inhibitions and their excessive cerebralism. "Sometimes people object to this as being too emotional. It is worthwhile analyzing this objection more closely. For if someone objects to the emotional character of a particular style of prayer, it can well be that he feels himself threatened by its personal quality. "We are so accustomed to formalism, ritualism, and conventionalism, that deeply personal prayer can present a challenge to our inhibitions. We are afraid' to be ourselves before God and before one another and hence we resort to a defense mechanism which labels as emotionalism what in reality is an authentic personal quality of prayer. "We tend to avoid emotion in our relations with God, or at least prefer to depersonalize prayer, just as we have today stripped and laid bare so many of our churches."

To acquire a quick fix on the rise of monks, think of Egypt, Ireland and Italy. Ascetics. Nomedic intellectuals. Common sense farmers. The first of them appeared in Egypt around 330. They emphasized asceticism, withdrawal from the world (desert life) and forms of piety that to us seem eccentric to say the least. Paul of Thebes wore palm leaves and dined on a half loaf of bread brought to him by a crow. And don't forget Simon Stylites who lived on a 60-foot high column, exposed to the elements. About 360, St. Basil wrote a Rule which tempered much of the oddity, but the emphasis on personal asceticism remained. Far different were the Irish monks who flourished after the conversion of Ireland by Patrick. They grew up in a country that was tribal and nomadic and maritime. Further, it was so hospitable to Christianity that it welcomed the new religion without violence or martyrdoms. Irish monks were ardent students of the Bible and remarkably gifted in the arts. And they enjoyed roaming the seas. This accounted for their religious colonizing of the Celtic lands and eventual movement into France, Switzerland and parts of Germany. Wearing long white habits, carrying curved staffs, bearing holy books in waterproof bags around their necks, they bore the Gospel and their cultivated monasticism into Europe. 'But the Europeans needed more than Egyptian ascetics or Irish culturalists. It needed

MSGR. LIGUTTI with a 90-year-old pioneer of the Granger Homestead project of depression days. (NC Photo)

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"Every spoonful of earth is full of gold. God Almighty must be laughing at us because we do not know how to use it better." The comment is typical of Msgr. Luigi Ligftti who at age 80 views the earth as a prodigious source of riches and blessings which man generally has yet to envision clearly. Or, as he expresses it, "Man is a beggar sitting on a chair of gold." Luigi Ligutti, born of a peasant farming family in Italy, raised in the American farmbelt, has been in love with the land and its tillers all his life. In 1912 he brought with him from Italy to Des Moines, Ia. the tenaciousness, the capacity to hang on, and the strong, simple but clear faith of his peasant farming roots. In the U.S. he quickly found ways of translating these characteristics into a lifetime devoted to improving the living conditions of farm people in the U.S. and throughout the world. Reviewing Msgr. Ligutti's ac~ complishments, Bishop Edward E. Swanstrom, the former head of Catholic Relief Services, recalled that it was a "concern for the crucial issues of humanity human misery, hunger and starthat shaped Msgr. vation Ligutti's life." Young Father Ligutti was a priest in a rural America badly hit by the great depression of the '30s. Its effects wiped out many farmers and left rural America wallowing in debt and difficulty long after the general economic recovery had begun.

Among his first successes was a project destined to provide homes and mini-farms for coal miners living in his parish of Granger, Iowa. Most of these miners worked 150 days a year at best and earned no more than $800 a year. Father Ligutti saw that they needed not only roofs over their heads but a source of food even in the leanest of times. He began by organizing the Granger Homstead project, using government funds to build 50 homes on 225 acres of farmland outside Granger. When the project ran into bureaucratic snags, he travelled to Washington to plead his case. It was approved and became a "New Deal" showcase. From Granger, Ligutti's path led to writing, speaking and organizing on an ever-broadening level. He became the key official of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference and thrust upon the national scene as a leader of rural sociology. The national level soon evolved into the international world, where he tirelessly organized congresses, meetings and study groups, all aimed at improving the lot of the poor, especially the poor farmer. The social action encyclicals of three popes were his guide. He became a spokesman for the stateless refugees of post-war Europe, opposed racial discrimination and became the champion of keeping immigrant families together despite discriminating national policy and ethnic preferences. Turn to Page Thirteen

farmers. And out of Italy came a third monastic movement to respond to this need. The common sense farmermonk arose from the genius of St. Benedict. Blending ascetism and humanism, Benedict created a community that would convert the swamps of Europe into golden meadows. With stabilized monasteries he offset the wanderlust of the monks. But with the call to move out into all of Europe, his monks traveled, not for wandering's sake, but to settle new territories. The stunning achievement of the Benedictines and after them the Cistercians was to lay a firm economic base for Europe in millions of acres of well managed farmland. Basically, they taught the tribes how to farm, keep records, plan ahead and invest in the future. The dominance of the Benedictine style over the other kinds of monasticism was due in large measure to is practicality and to the push given by Pope Gregory the Great, who saw how valuable the pragmatic Benedictine way would be for the Church and for the future of Europe. Of course Benedictinism didn't just train farmers. It also produced an immensely attractive prayer life and spirituality. With the divine office, mediative reading of the Bible, emphasis on fraternal and communal charity and the tradition of hospitality to be shown to Christ the Guest, these monks路 carved out a Christian life style that inspired millions, helped evangelize Europe and gave birth to a multitude of other types of religious orders.

The Third Church By Thomas E. Quigley There's a quiet revolution going on in the Catholic Church today and it will decisively shape what our children and certainly their children will know as church in the third millenium after Christ. Swiss missiologist Walbert Buhlmann calls it the coming of the Third Church, the church of the Third World, of Africa, Asia and especially Latin America. One could argue, in fact, it's already here except that we in the so-called First World" Europe and North America, continue to fix our gaze, as McLuhan puts, on the rear-view mirror. We look at where we've just been and imaging that's a fair picture of the future when it doesn't even describe where we are today. Roughly half the world's Catholics are today in the southern hemisphere, the Third World. Fully a third are in Latin America and before the century is out - less than 23 years away - at least half of the world's

projected 1.2 million faithful will be on that one continent. More than numbers are involved. The shape texture and coloration of the Church are undergoing a major change as the center of gravity moves southward. Because we live at the tail-end of the Second Church's predominance, that of the "European" Church, and in a "European offshoot" - the United States - that still wields inordinate (but rapidly diminishing) power in the world, the changes that are all but inevitable are also hard for us to imagine. But Buhlmann is persuasive, at least in general outline. His First Church was that of the East where Christianity began and initially took root. The Second Church flourished in Europe from the beginning of the Middle Ages to the dawn of the modern era and has continued to be the paradigm for THE Church, what Lennie Bruce called irreverently but not inTurn to Page Thirteen


The Third Church Continued from Page Twelve accurately "the only THE church." But the dramatic presence of the African churches at Vatican II and the explosive creativity of the new Latin American church clearly portend the coming of the Third World Church. Even within the United States third-worlding of the Church is moving space. Two months ago more than a thousand Hispanic Catholics met in Washington for a kind of Spanish-speaking Call to Action conference, debating resolutions that had come from regional meetings in which 100,000 people participated. One statistic stands but: Hispanic Catholics already make up a quarter of the Church's population here and they are on the move. The Third Church, like the Third World, may be in the escendancy but it's strictly an uphill process. So there is struggle going on and it is struggle, more than shifting population or conversion trends, that explains why the Church of Latin America and Africa and Asia - and

Msgr. Ligutti Continued from Page Twelve Msgr. Ligutti was the first permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. During the Second' Vatican Council he was a specialist advisor to the Council Fathers and had the joy of seeing one of his pet proposals the establish.ent of the Pontifical Commission for Justice and Peace - become a reality. An advisor to presidents and popes, engaged in a lifelong struggle in behalf of the poor and displaced, Msgr. Ligutti nevertheless has never lost his small-town humility and humor. As he once wrote while visitin17 Teheran, "There are 1,2000,000 asses in Iran. I am leaving on Monday: no use in crowding the joint."

of the migrant and refugees and oppressed within the First World -is coming into its own. The goal of this struggle is the just society, a world that has overcome all forms of oppression and domination. For Third World Christians, for the Third Church therefore, the goal is one of liberation: personal liberation from selfishness and sin; political liberation of nations and races from exploitation; and the final conversion through history of the human race into the Kingdom of God. For us in the globe's northern half, the Third World demands are as much an opportunity for our own growth as a challenge to our complacency. How we deal with the explosive Panama issue, for one example, may tell a lot more about us than we realize.

Ethnic Interest Rises at Shrine ,Ethnic pilgrimages to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. have reached unprecedented levels since the Bicentennial, say shrine officials. Recent pilgrim groups included Croatians, Cubans and Lithuanians, while Italians and Slovakians are s(,:heduled for October and Hispanics will attend the annual celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12. "Ethnic pilgrimages have always been a part of the shrine's history," saysshtine archivist, Shawn Perry. "and it is filled with chapels given by every major Catholic ethnic group. However, since the Bicentennial we've noted an historic rebirth of interest in ethnicity and ethnic pilgrimages:'

Stab of Prayer "Like an opiate, sin drugs a conscience to drowsiness and stupor. Prayer stabs it wide awake:' - John A. O'Brien

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. . the universe is still in a development stage By Cecilia Belanger

I recently attended a lecture with five students. Three were Catholic, one Jewish and one Lutheran. The topic was "Ecology - a Theological Perspective." The six of us were impressed by the talk. We went to the students' union, around a table and suddenly found ourselves all talking at once. Miriam: I never fuought about it before but it suddenly struck me that the universe is still in a development stage, a process that has covered billions of years. There's an unfinished character about everything.

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that churches have been afraid of diversity and differences of color and race. They've been afraid of even class and economic differences. They've been concerned with status. Maybe that's why I don't attend. Miriam: Nathan's right. The ideal church to me would be one where everyone is welcome. It seems to me that of all places, the church should be that place. Can you walk into any church and feel welcome? Of course not!

Alex: We need to find some place where the words "love and peace"· are more than rhetoric and jargon. People become frightened when newness presents itself -even a better newness. But thank God, not all people. Thank God for those who aren't too timid. Miriam: This is what killed off religion for many. There seems no sense of purpose or reason for existence in some churches. The dullness could be overcome with more delving and

........................................in our diocesan schools Holy Family The Red Cross Blood Program is richer by 23 pints of blood donated by students at Holy Family High, New Bedford. Coordinating the bloodmobile program were John J. Finni, principal, William P. Gushue, vice-principal, and Mrs. Evelyn Ponichtera, school nurse. The Booster Club, including parents and other HF supporters, has announced plans for a February ham and bean supper, a March dance and a supermarket program in April. Members will serve refreshments at a school open house for prospective students and their parents, to be held Monday, Dec. 5. Recent field trips have included a tour of literary New England by freshmen and sophomore English students, who visited Salem's House of the Seven Gables and the homes of Emerson, Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott and Thoreau in Concord. Juniors and seniors attended 8. production of Macbeth in Boston and juniors also toured the Freedom Trail in that city. Congratulations are in order for HF senior Leonard Hirst, who has been named to the allstar soccer team of the Southeastern Mass. Conference, Division II.

St. Anthony Recently the Parent Booster Club of St. Anthony High School, New Bedford, sponsored a Walk-A-Thon for the benefit of the school and students, under the leadership of Donald St. Gelais.

A Walk-A-Thon is a fundraising affair. Each participant asks neighbors, relatives and frie'nds to sponsor and pledge money for his/her efforts. ,Pledges ranged from one penny to 50 cents per mile. A total of 106 students and teachers participated in the walk. It started from the school yard on Nye Street, proceeded north along Ashley Boulevard into Acushnet, then to Fairhaven and back west to the school, a distance of 10 miles. Adequate weather conditions permitted easy walking and about $2500 was raised for St. Anthony High School. The three students who obtained the most pledges received awards. They were: Michele St. Gelais, Robert Silvia and Diane Fabian. "Recently," writes Abel Alves, "our school relived one of its most cherished traditions, Induction Day. This St. Anthony High School rite is a remarkably lovely and solemn occasion during which seniors are inaugurated as grauates to be." The ceremony opened with an impressive procession down the aisle of gothic St. Anthony Church. The actual induction rite began after the seniors had reached their seats. Members of this year's Student Council pledged to uphold the High School's pr.oud heritage, after which the Seniors Class proceeded to the Sanctuary, where each asked a faculty member ·to invest him or her in cap and gown. Many tears could be seen in the eyes of the graduates-elect, as they realized that this would

Turnabout was fair play, howbe their last year at our grand ever, and Monday was girls' tag old school. "An attentive student body day. then listened to their principal, Tuesday brought as "clash Mr. Dennis Desnoyers, offer day," when all students, instead words of encouragement and of seeking "put together" enpraise. With deep feeling he re- sembles, sought the ultimate minded all present that they clash. were t1)e Church, and the future Wednesday began with celeof our faith would be up to bration of the Eucharist. At the them. - offertory, canned goods and "Many students were deeply foods for Thanksgiving dinners moved by his remarks, 'and felt were presented for needy famthat this Induction Day experi- ilies in' the Taunton area. ence would remain a lasting After Mass came a rally for memory of their years at S.A.H." Thursday's football game, highlighted by a skit contest among classes, and an animated film prepared by the art department. By James Ho)'e Coyle-Cassidy High School in A reception for returning alTaunton was alive with activity unmni and faculty followed the on the week preceding Thanks- rally and a dance for alumni giving, as the annual Spirit was held Wednesday night. Week, sponsored by the StuThe week led up to Thursday dent Council, got underway. November 17 marked the and THE GAME with crosstown opening of the week, with nom- rival Taunton High School, then inations for homecoming queen two more dances rounded out being made by the Student activities; a dance for students Council, the National Honor and guests Thursday night and Society, the football team, and one for parents and friends of Cassiday Saturday evening. the Senior class. Decoration of the school got under way, with seniors responsible for the foyer, juniors, the first floor corridor, the second Students attended the annual floor corridor and freshmen, the Thanksgiving liturgy this week, stairwells. during which they offered The C-C men unusually quiet Thanksgiving baskets and were last Friday, the day of "tag day" led in song by the Feehan folk competition. Each boy received group. a name tag in homeroom and if The folk group and chorus of he spoke to a girl during the the Attleboro school also parday, he had to give her his tag. ticipated in a pre-Thanksgiving The contest brought out the ecumenical Service of Gratitude girls' ingenuity, and many boys at First Baptist Church, North left school in the afternoon tag- Attleboro. less. - Students in world affairs and

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reflecting, with more pursuing about one's purpose on this earth. And then turn around and do something about it! Ted: How often do we hear people say, "No one cares for me." I heard it just this morning from a classmate. He said, ""No one really cares for me." And I couldn't make him feel any differently. Alex: I had a teacher who called this feeling "the battle that is waged in every life." He also said. we are all fugitives, fleeing from our enemies which are often fear and anxiety. We hide in caves of loneliness. Then we get caught up in this dark mood of "no one cares for me."

. economics classes attended a "Whole World Celebration" in Boston recently, enjoying singing, dancing, cultures and customs of more than 50 ethnic groups; while science students heard a lecture at the Museum of Science on ecologically sound ways of producing food and developing communities. Junior Ann Follis will repre~ent Feehan at Student Government Day in April; and senior Marilyn Castro is the school candidate for the annual DAR Good Citizenship Award. Four faculty members have been commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers: Thomas Brennan, Christopher Servant, Sister Mary Enda and Sister Julie. Freshman class officers are Catherine McDonagh, president; David Doucette, vice-president; Robert Latta, treasurer; Betsy Lavallee, secretary. Additionally, each freshman homeroom has elected a student council representative. Future Business Leaders Club will sponsor a spelling bee in December, while band members are rehearsing for competition in the Mass. State Marching Band contest and busily selling cheese to raise money for a Washington trip in the spring. James Dillon, band director,· is also holding auditions for a jazz band. Math buffs participated in meets at Sharon High and Taunton High. And parents will meet next month to hear explanations of new financial aid forms for colle::;e applicants.


Interscholastic Sports

IN THE DIOCESE

By BILL MORRISSETTE

Hockomock Names All-Star Teams The Hockomock League announced its all-star selections in girls' field hockey and boys' and girls' cross-country. Champion Franklin placed four on the field hockey team, including all-star captain sophomore Patricia Socci, center halfback. The others are sophomore Bernadette Corbett, centerforward; sophomore Janet Vignone, goalie and sophomore Sharon Giuliano, fullback. Runnerup Canton placed senior Paula Monahan, center forward, junior Lisa Smith, left halfback, and, senior Nancy Billie, also left halfback. Others on the all-star team are senior Susan Kasser, Sharon, center halfback; Linda Neilsen, also of Sharon, center forward; senior Rita Brosnan, King Philip, left halfback; senior Cathy Woodhams, King Philip, center halfback; junior Cindy McKay, right inner; senior Sandy Dargis, North Attleboro, inner; and,

senior Andrea Gomes, Oliver Ames, right halfback. Despite a fourth-place finish in girls' cross-country Sharon placed two on the all-star team, sophomore Sheila Condon and junior Trisha Condon. Champion Canton's junior Andrea Kershaw, junior Gabriel Lessard, Franklin, and Amy 'strack, Stoughton, round out the starting five. Claire Gouthro, King Philip, Karen Hjerpe, North Attleboro, and, Vicki Govatsos, Canton, are the alternatives. Seniors 'Faust and Jim Kent of champion Oliver Ames are among the five selected for the boys' cross-country stellar combine, which also includes senior WaIter ColIins, Foxboro, juniors Bob McCormack and John Loiselle, both of Sharon. Senior Paul Lupica, Oliver Ames, junior Ed Marcotte, Foxboro, and senior Charles Single, Stoughton, are the alternates.

Attention Turns to Winter Sports The high school football season wiIl be history before this day ends and attention now turns to the winter sports, which wiIl be upon us in another three weeks or so. In basketball, the Southeastern Mass. Conference's Division One gets an early start, launching its 1977-78 season on Dec. 20 with Durfee at Barnstable, Somerset at Dartmouth, Bishop Connolly High at New Bedford and Attleboro at Fairhaven.

Taunton has a bye. Divisions Two and Three start on Jan. 3. There wiIl, of course, be plenty of pre-season exhibition games but we'll get back to that in a later issue. Girls' basketball gets underway on Jan. 2 in the Central Division, Jan. 3 in the East and West Divisions. In ice hockey, Division One starts Jan. 3 Division II on Dec. 29, and, Division Three on Jan. 2.

Southies Just Keep Rolling Along Tom Burke scored four goals to lead undefeated, untied Fall River South to its seventh victory in a row, a 7-0 win over Taunton in a Bristol County Catholic Hockey League game in the Driscoll Rink, Fall River, 'last Sunday night. Runnerup New Bedford got a three-goal effort by Ken Letendre in its smashing 12-1 decision over Fall River North and Somerset nipped Westport-Dart-

mouth, 3-2, to gain sole possession of third place. South now has 14 points and retains a four-point lead over New Bedford in the standings. Somerset has six points, North five, Westport-Dartmouth four, Taunton three. Next Sunday night, also in the Driscoll Rink, it will be Somerset vs. Fall River South at nine o'clock, New Bedford vs. Taunton, 10 and Westport-Dartmouth vs. Fall River North, 11.

Says Science Greater Threat Than Marxism ROME ~NC) - The greatest threat today to the values the Chinch defends is not Marxism but the possibilities for human manipulation offered by scientific developments, Bishop Mark J. Hurley of Santa Rosa, Calif., said in Rome. "My opinion is that Marxism as a philosophy, as a social doctrine, started, had a big impetus, has seen its zenith and is on its way down," Bishop Hurley said in an interview. "I ,think advances in science will be with us when Marxism is long dead.", The prelate, who is chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee for Human Values, said the com-

mittee regards the effect of science- and technology as a far greater problem than Marxism. Genetic engineering is now in the industrial stage, he said, citing a firm in Sausalito, Calif., that advertises being able to guarantee a couple the sex of a child.

Cancer Grant WASHINGTON (NC) - The Vincent T. Lombardi Cancer Research Center at Georgetown University will erect a fivestory cancer facility, using a grant of $4.1 from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and funds raised from private donors.

Street's His Classroom

THE ANCHORThurs., Nov. 24, 1977

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By Cliff Foster

WASHINGTON (NC) - Robert Hoderny is a religion teacher at Washington's Archbishop Carroll High School. Sometimes his classroom is in the street. "You just can't sit in a classroom and theorize about the problems of the world," said Hoderny, who with 30 of his students picketed the offices of the National Rifle Association of America protesting the NRA's opposition to gun control. The student pickets, all seniors, are enrolled in an honors religion course, which Hodern says is "not so much on Catholic doctrine as it is on Christian consciousness - taking a more humane look at the world." After researching the gun control issue and listening to representatives of the NRA and the National Coalition to Ban Handguns, the students voted to take a public stand and picket the NRA and White House. The students' concern is reflected in a letter they sent to Harlan Carter, executive vice president of the NRA. "Our support of gun control legislation is based entirely on our belief in the right to life ... A national gun control law could prevent thousands of senseless deaths each year, and we feel that these lives are infinitely more important than the right to possess guns." The NRA's Carter met with some of, the Students for nearly two hours on the first day of their demonstration. Later, an NRA spokesman said, "The students have the right to do exactly what they're doing." Hoderny, a Vietnam veteran who has a master's degree in theology, said gun control is just one of many contemporary issues his students are required to discuss and write about. In addition, each student works 40 hours a semester in a soup kitchen near one of Washington's poorest neighborhoods. "I believe the world is in real need of redemption." Hoderny said. "If we want a just world, people have to be individually just . . . watching these kids is exciting." The students credit their teacher with raising their Chris-

Report Decrease In French Clergy PARIS (NC) - In the 10 years between 1966 and 1976, the number of priests in France dropped from 41,000 to 32,000 and, if that trend continues, will fall to 10,000 in the year 2000, the Paris daily Le Monde reported. The permanent diaconate restored after the Second Vatican Council to carry out certain functions formerly reserved to priests has not attracted many men in France, which has only 45 permanent deacons. Increasingly priests are helping lay persons to assume greater responsibilities in the Church and more French priests are working full-time at secular jobs.

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thur., Nov. 24, 1977

The Parish Parade ST. HEDWIG, NEW BEDFORD

Publicity chairmen of parish organizations are asked to submit news Items for thll column to The Anchor. P. O. Box 7. Fall River. 02722. Name of city or town should be Included, as well as full dates of all activities. Please send news of future rather lhan Dast events. Note: the same news Item can be used only once. Please do not request that we repeat an aMouneement several times.

St. Hedwig Seniors will meet Thursday, Dec. 1 at the parish hall. December activities will include a public card party at 11 :30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, and a Christmas party at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, also at the hall. Another party will be held at noon Thursday, Dec. 8, at Thad's Steakhouse.

ST. ELIZABETH, EDGARTOWN

A holiday bazaar will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 in the church hall. A snack bar will serve chowder and sandwiches and booths will offer boutique items, Christmas decorations and holiday foods, including the locally famous malassadas of Mrs. Jerry Viera.

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ST. CASIMIR, NEW BEDFORD A whist party will be sponsored in the church hall by the Holy Name Society at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.

Mrs. Raymond J. Polak is chairwoman of the Women's Club public whist at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 in Father Coady Center. Parents of 9th graders preparing for confirmation will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 in the center. The education committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. for an open discussion of ~indergarten pros and cons. CYO officers will be installed Tuesday night, Nov. 29, following a spaghetti supper. Acts for a senior CYO Gong Show in January must be registered with emcee John Lake, telephone 674-9064 by the end of November.

Twenty- Third Annual

Bishop's Charity Ball Honoring Most Reverend DANIEL A. CRONIN, S.T.D. FOR THE BENEFIT OF Underprivileged and Exceptional Children 8 P.M. TO 1 A.M. DANCING In The Cocktail Lounge To BUDDY BRAGA'S ORCHESTRA AND In The Ballroom Featuring The MEYER DAVIS ORCHESTRA with EMERY DAVIS IN PERSON

9 PM. TO I A.M. FRIDAY 路EVENING JANUARY 13th LINCOLN PARK BALLROOM Auspices of THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL AND THE DIOCESAN COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN

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ST. ELIZABETH SETON, NORTH DARTMOUTH The Women's Guild of this new parish will sponsor its first Christmas fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Mrs. Daniel Lynch and Mrs. Dana Freeman will be co-chairmen. Highlights will include a visit from Santa Claus with the opportunity for photographs, booths featuring handmade items and a snack bar. To be raffled are a weekend for two at a seaside resort and an original oil painting. ST. JOSEPH, NEW BEDFORD All are invited to the monthly parish evening of prayer, to be held at 6:45 Wednesday, Nov. 30 and to include rosary, Mass, and a prayer and sharing session with an All Saints theme. Refreshments will be served. OUR LADY OF LOURDES, TAUNTON The Mothers' Guild and the Holy Rosary Sodality will cosponsor a Christmas bazaar from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 3; and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 4. A puppy will be among raffle items and Santa Claus and his photographer will be present from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Booths will feature homemade articles, a "country store" with straw wreaths, brooms and other craft items, and Christmas decorations.

Notice Due to space limitations, effective with our issue of Thursday, Jan. 5, 1978, we will no longer carry news of fundraising activities in the Parish Parade column. This includes bingos, dances, suppers, bazaars and other profit-making eventS; We will continue to carry notices of spiritual programs, club meetings, youth projects and similar nonprofit activities. Fundraising projects may of course be advertised at our regular rates. This is a polley in effect at many diocesan newspapers to the satisfaction of both readers and advertisers路. ST. MATHIEU, FALL RIVER The Council of Catholic Women will hear Mrs. Ronald Baptista speak on career and finishing school programs at their meeting set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 in the school hall. Mrs. Bertrand Desmarais, chairperson, invites members to bring friends. Plans will be made for a Christmas dinner dance Saturday, Dec. 10, for which tickets are available from Mrs. Rene Delisle or Mrs. Nelson Julius. ST. STANISLAUS, FALL RIVER A spiritual guidance day for members of the Confraternity of Our Lady of Czestochowa will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30. Advent wreathes will be blessed at a candlelight Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. ST. PATRICK, FALMOUTH The Women's Guild will hold a party plan luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2 in the parish hall. Proceeds will go to exceptional and underprivileged children of the diocese. Tickets are available from all members.

ST. JULIE, NORTH DARTMOUTH The third annual "Merry Marketplace" will be presented by the Ladies' Guild from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The works of craftsmen from several New England states will be on sale, there will be a special room where children can do their Christmas shopping and have their gifts wrapped, and snack bar specialties will include kale soup, sandwiches and various beverages. ST. JOSEPH, NEW BEDFORD A Christmas festival will be sponsored by the school from I to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 in the school hall. OUR LADY OF ASSUMPTION, NEW BEDFORD S1. Martin de Porres Guild will hold its annual Christmas bazaar from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 and following all Masses Sunday, Nov. 27. A snack bar will be open on Saturday and a full breakfast will be Sunday available after all Masses. Booths will offer handmade articles, pastries, white elephant items, jewelry and plants. ST. JOHN BAPTIST, NEW BEDFORD Parishioners have been working for several months on handcrafted articles to be sold at the annual Christmas bazaar, to take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 and from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 27. Also available will be candies, jellies, jewelry and white elephant items. A snack bar will offer clam cilowder, sandwiches, malassadas and beverages. Donatil;ms of bazaar items may be left at the rectory. ST. JOSEPH, ATTLEBORO An outdoor Advent wreath will ,be blessed following 5 p.m. Mass Saturday, N"ov. 26, with the first candle lit by Knights of the Altar apprentice Gregory King. An indoor wreath will be lit by apprentice William Durocher at 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, Nov. 27. SACRED HEART, FALL RIVER A teacher training session will be held tomorrow and the parents' program for those receiving First Penance will take place Monday, Nov. 28. The final lectors' workshop will be Tuesday, Dec. 6. ST. MARK, ATTLEBORO FALLS The Women's Guild will meet for Benediction at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 in Madonna Manor chapel. A meeting will follow at which two money trees will be awarded and Gary Schmidt, North Attleboro magician, will entertain. HOLY NAME, FALL RIVER Ninth and 10th grade girls interested in cheering for the parish prep basketball team may contact Cathy Macri, 674-8947, before Saturday, Nov. 26. ST. JOHN OF GOD, SOMERSET A Building and Memorials Committee meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 in the rectory. Kits will be distributed, and Memorial Week will begin Sunday, Dec. 4.


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AN ANCHOR OF THE SOUL, SUREAND FIRM VOL.21,NO.47 FALLRIVER,MASS.,THURSDAY,NOVEMBER24, 1977 15c,$5PerYear -HEB. 6:19

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