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Msg,. O'Neill Resigns Post has requested that for reasons of health he be relieved of his Diocesan office while remaining in pastoral ministry at Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Fall River. Bishop Daniel A. Cronin, in. announcing that he was ac* ceding to the request, indicated that he was simultaneously promoting Monsignor O'Neill from Administrator to Pastor of the . Fall River parish. It is expected that Monsignor O'Neill's resignation from the Diocesan directorship will be Vol. 20, No. 48, Nov. 25, 1976 effective in January of 1977. No Price 15c $5.00 per year successor was named, however Bishop Cronin stated that he is appointing an advisory committee to assist him in the selection For the benefit of sick and of a new Diocesan Director of shut-in persons, especially the Education. This committee, the Portuguese speaking, Mass will Bishop announced, will be be broadcast live every Sun- headed by Very Reverend John day at 12:15 p.m., beginning this P. Driscoll, Dean of the greater Sunday, from Our Lady of Mt. New Bedford area and Pastor Carmel Church, New Bedford. of St. Lawrence Parish in New To be heard on WSFB-FM (97.7), Bedford. Bishop Cronin paid tribute to the Mass will be celebrated in Portuguese by Rev. Joachim da the contribution made by MonSilva, CM. The program will in- signor O'Neill to the program clude a brief newscast, also in of reorganization of all educational apostolates in the Diocese Portuguese. which was implemented in 1973. The Mass replaces a previous radio Mass, offered by Rev. Luis The responsibility for coordinatA. Cardoso, which was heard at ing the total educational effort Turn to Page Five 8:15 a.m. each Sunday.

The Director of Education for the Fall River Diocese, Monsignor Patrick J. O'Neill, acting on' the advice of his physician,


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'Freedom to Hope' Theme Of FICA Meeting Here The annual Fall Institute of. Christian Action (FICA '76) of Christian Life Communities of the eastern region of the United States will be held this weekend at Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River. Theme of the conference will be "Dream Dreams: Freedom to Fill Our World with Hope" and over 120 participilOts are expected from points including Washington, D. C., Bangor, Me. and New York City. Christian Life Communities are successors to the Sodality of Our Lady, formerly active in most Catholic high schools. They seek to de-


velop Christian leadership in all areas of student life. The weekend program will deal with "areas of hope from which men and women will speak a,bout their experiences." Organizations to be represented will include the Rose Hawthorne Lathrop Home, the Rehabilitation Clinic, Nazareth Hall, the Children's Home and Alcoholics Anonymous, all in Fall River. Among speakers will be Rev. Alan Beauregard, M.S., La SaJette Shrine, Attleboro, and Rev. Richard Friedrichs, Providence. A keynote address will be delivered by Rev. William J. Cui-

len, S.J., of the Bishop Connolly faculty, who will also be in charge of the weekend program. Students from Bishop Connolly and Bishop Gerrard High Schools will proVide housing accommodations for out of town delegates.

WASHINGTON (NC) - The U. S. Catholic bishops have approved evangelization programs for the unchurched, fallen-away Catholics, members of other churches and Catholics themselves. At their fall general meeting the bishops voted to have the programs developed by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' (NCCB) Committee on Pastoral Research and Practices or by a special ad hoc group of bishops.

Anguish of Divorce Seen at Meeting They do care. They hunger for the Eucharist. Hundreds of Catholics, separated or divorced, ma"ny remarried, unable in many cases to¡ approach the sacraments, expressed their feelings with regard to the Church at an

open meeting held last week at Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River. They heard compassionate w,ords from Rev. Dennis J. Burns of the Boston marriage court. Turn to Page Eleven

The evangelization proposal was one of several related fo the mission of the NCCB-U. S. Catholic Conference (USCC) which were considered at the meeting. The bishops had discussed their conference's mission extensively at a general meeting last May in Chicago and the proposals were based on those discussions. Documentation presented to the bishops said the evangelization proposal is a way of furthering the Church's mission to bring the Gospel to "all strata of humanity and through its influence transform humanity from within and make it new." While everyone needs evangelization, the documentation said, the proposal focuses on the 80 million unchurched in the United States, who are defined as those "whose ultimate values are not reinforced through active participation in any Christian community." Turn to Page Eleven

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National 'Offering of Letters' NEW YORK - Bread for the World, an ecum~ . enical citizens' lobby concerned with world hunger, has launched an "offering of letters" to persuade Congress and the Carter Administration to develop a plan for an international food re. serve. President-Elect Jimmy Carter has supported a food reserve at the 1974 World Food Conference in Rome, but Bread for the. World says the proposal "is now at a standstill in thl~ absence of a positive U.S. response."

CRSExecutive NEWARK, N.J. - James J. Norris, 69, known worldwide for his anti-poverty efforts and refugee work and the only layman to address the Second Vatican Council, died here Nov. 17. The holder of numerous' paoal honors and awards from various governments, -Norris worked in Rome with then Msgr. Giovanni B. Montini, now Pope Paul VI, on refugee resettlement dur-' ing the post-World War II period. At the time of his death he was serving as assistant executive director of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the U.S. bishops' overseas aid and development agency.

Terrible Odds BOSTON - Intrauterine devices (IUDS) cause a 50-foI8 increase in chances of a woman's dying from spontaneous septic abortion, according to a government study. The conclusion reached by federal researchers at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta was published here in the New England Journal of Medicine. According to th~ study, "the increased risk of death for a pregnant woman with an IUD in place supports the

current clinical recommendation that the device should be removed when the pregnancy is first discovered."

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CHICAGO - The board of the National Coalition of American Nuns (NCAN) has elected Sister Judith Schloagel of Atlanta to a four year term as president. Sister Schloagel, 36, is a doctoral candidate .at the University of Georgia and a part time worker with woman prisoners in Georgia's prison system.

VATICAN CITY - Pope Paul VI has named 67-year-old Bishop Ernest Primeau. who resigned in 1974 as bishop of Manchester, N.H., a consultor to the Vatican Congregation for Bishops. Consultors to the Congregation, which has as its main task the recommendation of candidates for the office of bishop in non-mission countries of the Latin rite, are called on for advice in specialized fields such as Church law. Bishop Primeau heads Rome's Villa Stritch, residence for American clergy working at the Vatican.

Wo.rld Maryknoller Beaten . CARACAS, VENEZUELA - National guardsmen beat and arrested U.S. Maryknoll Father Daniel Driscoll as he led a demonstration protesting conditions in the slum town of Tacaqua near here. Father Driscoll was released after 12 hours in jail through efforts of Bishop Alfredo Rodriguez Figueroa, auxiliary of Caracas, who also filed a protest with the government of President Carlos Andres Perez. The bishop said the priests' protest was justified路 since the slum town of 3,327 inhabitants lacks health clinics, schools, adequate streets, transportation and other basic services.

Execution Demand Immoral VATICAN CITY - The Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano has said that convicted murderer Gary Mark Gilmore of Utah has no moral right to demand execution and that a court has no right to grant such a demand. The death penalty is rightly coming to be seen as an unacceptable affront to human dignity, the paper said. "There is a right to life, but there is no right to non-life,". wrote Franciscan Father Gino Concetti ,who often writes on theological matters in the paper, in comments on the Gilmore case.

Prophecies Called Hoax

Father D'Arcy .. LONDON - Rev. Martin C. D'Arcy, SJ, 88, died here Nov. 21: Known worldwide as an au. thor and lecturer, he was credited with aiding in the conversion of authors Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh to Catholicism. He was appointed mast~r of Campion Hall of Oxford University in 1933 and from 1945 to 1950 he headed the English province of the Society of Jesus. Among his

LORETO, ITALY - Pope John XXIII's former secretary has declared here that a highly publicized book of prophecies allegedly made by the late Pontiff is a hoax. .Archbishop Loris Capovilla, who has been editing the路 Pope's papers since the Pontiff's death in 1963, told journalists here that the supposed prophecies are not to be found among the reams of authentic papal writings in his possesion.

Necrqlogy DEC. 3 Rev. John W. McCarthy, P.R.. 1926, Pastor, Sacred Heart, Fall River

DEC. 4 Rev. Charles Ouellette, 1945. Assistant, St. James, Taunton DEC. 6 Rev. Joseph L. Cabral. 1959, Pastor. Our Lady of Angels, Fall River Rev. Msgr. John H. Hackett. 1966, Chancellor of Fall River Diocese June-December '1966

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since the figures are submitted voluntarily by the abortion facilities, some of which do not sub· mit complete data. The number, of abortions reo ported in the capital last year hit 22,721. In 1973 there were 40,812, but as abortions became more freshly available in other places, fewer women used t he district's facilities.



Of the 9,819 abortions on Washington women, 8,499 were paid .for by.Medicaid or performed free' at D. C. General Hospital.

Resignation The Most Reverend Bishop has acceded to the request made by Rev. Msgr. Patrick J.O'Neill to r:esign from the post of Director of the Diocesan Department of Education for reasons of health. Assignments Rev. Msgr. Patrick J. O'Neill, administrator of 55. Peter and Paul Parish, Fall River, as pastor of the same parish, effective Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1976. Rev. Joseph Nguyen Chinh, as assistant pastor at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, New Bedford, effective Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1976.

.The 'figures are not broken down by race, but ,87 percent of all babies deliver.ed alive here were black, arid officials say the proportion probably' ~as' the same for those aborted.

AT BANQUET: Bishop Cronin greets Sisters of Mercy at benefit dinner for retired Sisters at Mt. St. Rita Health Centre, .Cumberland, R'. "I. From left, Sister Mary Cecile Harrington, Our Lady of Lourdes,.Taunton; and Sister Mary, About 80 percent of the womAdele Thomas and Sister Mary Maurice Lonergan, Mt. St. Em who had abortioris were' unMary Convent, Fall River. ' married. Figures released here

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WASHINGTON (NC) - The nation's capital has hecome the first major American city in which abortions on residents are more common than births. The report was termed a "frightening first" by the Vatican's daily newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano. • In an editorial by Franciscan Father Gino Concetti, the newspaper said that men are "returned to the savage laws of the jungle under which the strong rid themselves at will of the un-

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Priests' Seriate Makes Changes


American Way As we reminisce on that delicious Thanksgiving turkey dinner and the opportunity we had to thank God for so many wonders we have come to take for granted while so many others still look at these with dream-eyed' hope, it might be well to reflect on a recent American style response. Recently, a Keene, N.H. youth's life was threatened , since he would have to be hooked up to a kidney dialysis machine but he had no indoor plumbing at home. A less than $100 per week salary and four children became added problems. But the response was heartwarming and typically American. Thousands of dollars came from all parts of the , nation to join in this "race for life." A seven-mile road race was organized; the boy's father had already given his son one of his own kidneys; bundles of $2 letters ioined in aid. , We wou'ld almost come to have expected long theoretical treatises on glorious abortion in the f~ce of such human threats or academic suggestions on how to bring such a threatened life to a comfortable end. The American way was to value the individual life, second the personal endeavors and find a way to express our love. "This is a great,' great country," responded a Granite state senator who was a great part of this magnificent response. "Anybody who wants to sell it short can't convince . me." Our Faith, blessed with the opportunities afforded by the American Way, should and does seek ways to express the value of life - the gift of the Creator, the renewal of the Savior and the opportunity of the Spirit. If we did not thank Him enough yesterday, make sure we do not forget to on Sunday next.

A New Year Philip Scharper, editor of Orbis Books, suggested that the Church be described as a "nomad people" rather than a "pilgrim people." "A pilgrim people," the editor said, moves toward a fixed destination and on a fixed route with the aid of a trained guide. It is an 'accidental' group, shaped with loose ,bo~ds which dissolve after the trip.", .. "But a nomad has no fixed destination - like the children of Abraham - and no route to follow and no trained guide. They wander to a place made holy by the action of God, led only by a pillar of fire and a cloud."

Following a long discussion on the pros and cons of restructuring, the Senate of Priests of the Diocese of Fall River put itself in the formal process of restructuring. The priests voted to suspend elections to the Senate-not to go beyond the month of March 1977-in order to allow the process of restructuring to be undertaken. The president, Rev-. Robert ,Kaszynski, asked for volunteers from each of the deaneries to form a committee to draft a reo, vised model for restructuring. The following committee was established: Rev. Philip A. Davignon, Attleboro; Rev. Thomas L: Rita, New IBedford; Rev. Timothy J. Goldrick, Cape Cod; Rev. Edward J. Byington, Taunton; Rev. John A. Gomes, Fall River; Rev. Robert Kaszynski, ex officio. The committee was instructed to study the question in depth. Members were given the latitude to receive input from other individuals or groups of priests (e.g., ,Peer Groups,' Deaneries). The next meeting of the Priests' Senate is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Catholic Memorial Home in Fall River.

AFFECTION A man ... and a woman ... husband and wife · . . sharing an intimate moment together . . . clearly enjoying each other's presence. An 'image of intimate affection . . . that reflects the happy experience of man and woman . . . who share a similar relationship ... 'that pulls at the hearts of others . . . who yearn to be loved by one special other . . . that surfaces the pain of many . . . whose affective bond with another has disintegrated. . A man . : . and a woman ... united in love . an image, too ... of God ... and us, His People united in a mysterious bond of affection ... we have come to call "grace." The Bible uses the language of. love . . . ronianc~ · .. intimacy ... to describe our -grace-bond with God: "With age-old love I have loved you" . . . our God assures us through the prophet Jeremiah (31 :3). Our response . . . secure in His faithful affection · . . is voiced by the bride in the Song of Songs . . . "My lover belongs to me ... and I to him" (2:16; 6:3;

stamps and welfare costs stemming from the high unemployment rate. Hunger, Abortion



Journalistic efforts at evangelizing was the theme of a conference,' reflecting the great hopes for the Universal , Church in the Third World. But with the beginning of the new liturgical year we should think of our role in the present modern world. Again we begin to reflect on the great mysteries, teachings and urgings of our Lord, Jesus Christ.


Again we shall seek the opportunities offered in a new year's liturgical. pele,brations, to make, the Faith known, unders'tood; . 'relished· and alive. .



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Some Crystal Balling Many people in Washington tive scene, is a possible scenario are still uncertain about just for new government action in what -to expect from the Carter some key areas: ' Administration. Some people -Jobs. Carter is committed expect a Roosevelt-style "100 • to taking strong action to reduce days" that will usher in a host the 7.9 percent. unemployment of new programs. Others believe rate, but no definite decisions Carter will go slowly and make have yet been made. Measures few changes at first. he is considering include a shortA better bet would 'be to ex- term tax cut and special aid to pect Carter to move forward, cities and localities suffering but not shoot from the hip; steps from high unemployment. will be taken, programs initiated, -National health insurance. but in a carefully planned, me- Carter is committed to such a thodical manner. program and, Ahmann notes, Matthew Ahmann, National backs an approach very close to Conference of Catholic _Charities, the one outlined in joint con· associate director for government " gressional testimony given by relations, notes -that having a Catholic Charities, the U. S. president and a congressional Catholic Conference and the majority fyom the same party Catholic Hospital Association. will make it possible to develop But Carter has said he will not comprehensive policies on jobs, 'mo:ve on such a prograIit' until welfare reform, national health the federal budget can handle insurance and energy. it; it. is expected that such a But, he adds, much will de- program would be phased in pend on the timing and exact slowly over the next four years. shape of Carter's initiatives and -Welfare reform. Carter has the degree of cooperation he /indicated that he would not go gets from Congress. slowly in this area. One reason The following, based on con- is that "welfare" expenditures versations with church leaders are already high because of high and others watching the legisla- unemployment benefits, food

-Hunger. On the international level, Carter is committed to food aid and agricultural development. Domesl!ically, he proposes placing food stamps and other food programs into a gu_aranteed income program, but, until such Ii program is passed, he is not likely to take a hard line on those programs. I

-Abortion. William Cox, director of the Nationai, Committee for a Human Life Amendment, says the new Senate will be about the same as the old on the question of a constitutional amendment to restrict abortion, although he notes several new senators-John Danforth {R-Mo.), John Heinz (R-Pa.). Ed Zorinsky (D-Neb.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.)-are strong backers of an amendment. Church leaders are also conwith the impact of changes in committee membership and chairmanship on some programs. cer~ed

Sister Maureen Kelleher, a member .of the staff of Net"Y0rk, an organization of nuns and others lobbying on social justice issues, is particularly concerned about the Senate Judiciary Committee which deals with juvenile justice, immigration and other important issues. Two of the nine Democrats on the committee-Philip Hart of Michigan and John Tunney of California-won't be back. Network worked c10sedly with both tm some key issues.. Hart was chairman of the anti-trust and monopolies subcommittee; he, may be replaced by Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) w.ho wpuld be at least as aggressive.

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Rev. Msgr. O'Neill Resigns As Education Director Continued from Page One of the Diocese had been given at that time to Monsignor O'Neill in a plan characterized by Bishop Cronin as a means for giving "a whole new thrust" to education in sound doctrinal and moral principles. "Our· parochial and diocesan schools, our institutions for the special education of the retarded, our catechetical efforts and our work in the area of adult education were all aspects of our overall educational apostolate," the Bishop said. "However, the coordination of so many different elements and

MSGR. PATRICK J. 'O'NEILL their consolidatiori into one efficient department was a very difficult challenge. MOl')signor O'Neill and the able staff at the Diocesan Department of Education met this challenge with great efficiency. The smooth functioning of our Department of Education today is a tribute to Monsignor's professional competence and devoted labor," Despite a diabetic condition which has at times caused him some measure of physical dis·

Former Teacher Here Will Be Deacon Rev. Mr. Paul Carrier, SJ, son of Mrs. Madeleine Carrier, Fall River, and the late Alphonse Carrier, will be ordained a deacon Friday, Dec. 3 at services in Oakland, Calif. He expects to be ordained as a Jesuit priest next spring, at which time he will celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving at Holy Name Church, Fall River. Rev. Mr. Carrier, a 1967 graduate of the former Prevost High School in Fall River, was for two years a faculty member of Bishop Connolly High School, also in Fall River. He is at present engaged in graduate studies in theology and in retreat work.

tress, Monsignor O'Neill has served in various parochial and administrative assignments since his ordination in 1957. He first began to serve in Diocesan educational apostolates in 1961, when he was named assistant superintendent of schools. Since that time, he has been engaged actively in educational work, as Diocesan Superintendent of Schools and as Diocesan'Director of Education. ' He spoke of his desire to devote his priestly energies to the pastoral ministry at Saints Peter and Paul Parish, to which he had been appointed in September of 1975, and indicated that he found it increasingly difficult to do this while continuing in the Diocesan Education directorship. No interruption in the operation of the Diocesan Educational Office is foreseen during the time that the special advisory committee named by Bishop Cronin conducts its investigations. The Bishop stated that he had asked the committee to complete its commission promptly.

LEADERS OF Bishop Connolly High School Christian Life Community in Fall River prepare to distribute 45 Thanksgiving food baskets. From left, JohI}. Keeley, Michael Dufault, Chuck McClimans, Michael Dwyer, Da.vid Pacheco, Edward McGuire, Andrew Mi· chaud, Brother Louis St. Pierre. FIC, Timothy Shea.

tion, Monsignor ONeill's efforts quette University and the Uni- and again from 1963 to 1964. He was also at St. William's' parish, would not have borne such fruit- versity of Notre Dame. ful results. The veteran educator was for Fall River, in 1963. On the occasion of the Anni- 11 years chaplain of Bishop He served on the Dioecan versary of Pope Paul VI's Cor- Stang High School, North DartCommission on Sacred Art in 1974, Bishop onation in June of mouth, where he taught and was 1964 and on the synodal ComAlthough Monsignor O'Neill's departure from the Diocesan . Cronin had announced that the a guidance counselor. He has mission on Catholic Action from office had not been anticipated Holy Father had named several taught on college and graduate 1967 to 1968. He has been a at this time, each of the three prelates in the Diocese of Fall school levels and conducted Diocesan Consultor since 1968, departments within the overall River, among them Monsignor numerous workshops for school and served on the Diocesan Liapostolate is coordinated by an O'Neill, who was invested as a administrators and school board turgical Committee from 1971 " , throughout the coun- to 1972 and the Respect Life experienced educator. Sister Papal Chamberlain. Marion Geddes, R.S.M., serves as Prior to having been named try._ Committee from 1972 to 1973. Superintendent of Schools; Fa- by Bishop ~ronin as Diocesan Monsignor O'Neill is a past He is presently a me~ber of the ther Michel G. Methot is Direc- Director of Education, Monsig- president of the Department of Priests' Senate. . tor of Adult Education, and the nor O'Neill had served as Dioc- Chief Administrators of Catholic Msgr. O'Neill has one brother, Division of Religious Education esan Superintendent of Schools Education of the National Cathis headed by Sister Rita Pelle- since April of 1962. He received olic Educational Association. He Rev. Cornelius O'Neill, pastor of tier, S.S.J. the Doctorate of Education from has served on many committees St. James parish, New Bedford, and one sister, ~rs. Howard J .. Bishop Cronin personally vis- Boston College in 1966. for the National Catholic Educa- Melker, a member of Holy Name ited the offices of the Diocesan The Fall River native was tional Association and the De- parish, Fall River. Department of Education when born March 9, 1931, the son of partment of Education, Comthe announcement became pub- the late Patrick and Sarah (Coo- monwealth of Massachusetts. He lic in order to .pay tribute to gan) O'Neill. He graduated from was also Chairman of the IndeStang Assembly Monsignor O'Neill in the pres- Sacred Heart' parochial· school, pendent School Commission of Bishop Stang Assembly, Fourth ence of the entire staff and in Fall River ,and the former Mon- the New England Association of Degree Knights of Columbus, order to give all the ·assursignor Coyle High School, Taun- Schools and Colleges, the regionance that every effort would be ton, then entering Our Lady ,of al accrediting ~gency for New will sponsor a Portuguese Night Saturday, Nov. 27 at the Council made to provide for a smooth Providence Minor Seminary, England. Home on Columbus Drive, Fall transition to a new administra! Warwick, R.I. His priestly assignments have River. Dinner will be served at 1:10n. Bishop Cronin expressed his He holds a bachelor's degree included service as assistant 6:30 p.m., followed at 8 p.m. by sincere apreciation. to all Departmental staff members. not- from St. John's Seminary, Brigh- pastor at St .Thomas More par- dancing to the music of Bebe ing that without their collabora- ton and a master of education ish, Somerset ,from 1957 to 1962 and his Musical Tops. degree from Boston College. His post doctoral studies include semKC Council 86 inars on school finances at MarFall River Council 86, Knights of Columbus, will hold its annual children's Christmas party SHAWOMET Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Council 7 Perry ~~ Home on Columbus Drive. SpeGARDENS 'Our Heating cial guests "Will be children from Avenue 102 Shawomet Avenue ~III the Paul Dever School, Taunton. Oi/$ Malee The council will exemplify Somenet, Mass. Taunton Mass. ~MERICAN Second and Third Degrees SunTel. 674-4881 ~III. Warm Friends' day, Dec. 12, also at the home, 822-2282 and the third annual New Year's 31/, room Apartment Eve party will take place there. 4lh room Apartment



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The First Sunday of Advent is upon us and the children are prepared to enjoy the Christmas season. For more years now than I care to think about we have been celebrating Advent with the children in a ritual which has become quite meaningful to them. We' have changed and currants and soak them overnight in the rum or brandy. some of its aspects as the Cut up nut meats coarsely and children grew older, bu the add to pineapple-citron-lemon

Of all the gifts given to man by God, the ability to love has to be the greatest. Love cures, revitalizes, replenishes, restores. Last night I learned how love can turn exhaustion to exhilaration. The story really began years ago when Vatican Council II was in session in Rome. My husband, Dan, ing. And so a year and a half was working for a documen- slipped by. tation service covering the Chain of Coincidences

basic celebration has remained pretty constant over the years. Yesterday I was working on On the First Sunday of Ada mailing list for one of our vent, Stir-up Sunday, we make clients. It was late and I was our Advent wreath composed of tired, but I had a bit mor:e I DECORATORS: Among greens with four candles, three wanted to finish. . Suddenly an address on that members of large committee purple and one pink. On the list startled me. It was the same working on decQr for annual first Sunday and for a week folNew Jersey apartment house Bishop's Ball Friday, Jan. 14 lowing one candle is lit for each where Gary had lived. And the are Mrs. Edward C. Weil, St. night; followed by two on the Second Sunday of Advent and next name on the list, the first 'By Patrick's parish, Falmouth so forth. Also on Stir-up Sunday name was "Gary." I quit work, and told Dan the (left) ,and Mrs. James H. we make a cake or pudding with MARY circumstances. "Right now, be- Quirk, St. Pius X, South Yar- everyone helping. Our daily ritual is as follows:' fore we put it off again ... I'm mouth. Nearly 4000 yards of CARSON getting paper and we're writing material in 11 colors will be immediately after dinner we repair to the living room and one to Gary and Jo." 150 volunteers at used by of children lights the wreath Just minutes later, the phone pre-Ball work session to cre- candle. .This is followed by a Irehind"one of his degrees is in rang. Spanish literature. He speaks It was Gary ... calling from ate Caribbean setting at lin- prayer and a reading from the about 10 languages, and is an Arizona! coln Park Ballroom in North Bible. Normally the ohildren are encouraged to choose a favorite authority on the troubles in I' had been so tired a few Dartmouth. passage for the reading. We then Latin America, South America, miutes earlier. Suddenly, hear-' open one window of our Advent Ireland, and the Church. ing from him, my spirits were calendar and choose one piece He's written many books. soaring. of our nativity set to be placed They don't make the best seller The love we· feel for those VATICAN CITY (NC)-Fear- on display. In all this takes 20 lists because they are carefully people flooded through Dan and researched, accurate reporting, me, curing the cares of the day, ing that "Satan is destined to to 30 minutes. be the latest star of the silver On St. ,Nicholas Day we exbooks for thinking people. revitalizing ... restoring ... screen," Vatican Radio has change inexpensive but thoughtOver the years, Dan and I beGary called because he had a came good friends with Gary job he wanted Dan to do for warned Hollywood producers ful gifts. In addition we add one and his marvelous wife, Jo, who him, but we used the phone call against' playing with the devil' piece to our nativity set on this day. then lived in New Jersey, about to pick up all the pieces of the. in new films. The Jesuit-run radio station a two hour ride from our home last year and a half. As simple as the above may said Nov. 8 that about a dozen • New York. Unfortunately, it wasn't all films about the devil are in the sound, it is the most successful About six years ago I wrote all good news. Jo is not well. works in Holllywood. The in- liturgical observance we have my first book. I found that writ- She's had a stroke; last week spiration of these films is ever attempted with our children. We look back now on all ing it was one thing ... getting she dislocated her shoulder; and "clearly economic," it said. of the moments we shared with it published was quite another. . the arthritis has her paralyzed. The radio claimed that "The Pray for her ... it's a painful Exorcist," a 1974 film on satanic them and with other boys and Publishers don't want you without an agent; agents don't disease. Pray for him ... he's possession, earned more tha.n girls who came nightly during Advent to participate in our litwant you unless you are pub- nursing, homemaking, and try- '$100 million. • tle celebration. lished. Because Gary was known ing to make a living all at the "The Omen," a followup film In the Kitchen to publishers, Dan asked him to same time. of the same type, "cost a little . act as my agent. It was someHe says he's getting on in less than $3 million and has alWhile this isn't really the' what comparable ·to asking years ... and he is. He sounded ready earned for its producers week for our gardening and someone to nominate you for tired. But he has an indomitable $50 million," the radio said. ~ooking article, I felt that a disMiss America if you were 4' 2" spirit and wit ... an enormous, "Religious institutions are any- cussion. of Advent and a recipe and weighed 400 pounds. penetrating concern. And, an inthing' but enthusiastic about this for Stir-up Sunday' was more Yet Gary agreed, and much to credibly deep capacity to love. new interest in the devil," said important than order. This recipe, given to me by Miss Eleanor everyone's' 'surprise, including His dedication to Jo is obvi- the broadcast. Lenaghan of Holy Name parish his, the book was published very ous. But he also deeply loves the It recounted that police in in Fall River, was published in successfully. Church ... though he has little Philadelphia had to arrest· a A year and a half ago, Jo's patience with legalism, pettiness, father who after seeing "The this column over 10 years ago arthritis became so bad she and nonsense when it's foisted Omen," tried to "beat the devil" and I think it's worth repeating.. moved to Arizona. Dan and I off as doctrine. out of his son whom he consid- McCall's Famous Dark Fruitcake have been very busy since then, He deeply loves the oppressed, ered to be possessed. % lb. candied pineapple and personal things like corre- the unfortunate, the abused in Y2 lb. candied red cherries spondence have been forced into countries he's tried to help % lb. candied green cherries the background. So we lost through his writing. % lb. candied citron touch with them. But best of all ... he loves % lb. candied 'lemon peel Every once I'h a while, Dan Dan, me, and our family. It'S' 1 lb. golden raisins or 1 would say, "We've got to been a special gift from God. I Y2 lb. seeded raisins I write to Gary." But' it was al- thanked Him for the circum% lb. currants ways let slide because some- stances that allowed us to meet % lb. walnut meats JOSEPH J. COSTA JR. thing more immediate was press- Gary and Jo. % lb. pecan meats Painting Contra~tor % cup real brandy or aark rum :;. cups sifted all-purpose flour FALMOUTH, MASS. Y2 teaspoons each of mace and cinnamon ; " " " " " " " " " " " J Y2 teaspoon baking soda 5 eggs ~ ~ 1 Tablespoon milk By popular demand, we are repeating the greatesl package offered on Cape Cod. Your 3 Doll. 2 NIght Weelcend Includes: almond flavoring ~ 'SHEET METAL ~ %1 teaspoon * Excenent accommodations. T.V., phones * 2 Fun breaklasls lb. butter in our Heritage Room * 2 full course dinn~s in ?ur Granada , J. lESER, Prop. ~ Restaurant, featuring char broiled steaks, pnme nb, bakedy~f~d 1 cup granulated sugar shrimp. 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into the cup. Sift with the baking soda and spices onto waxed paper. Tq keep nuts and fruits from sticking together, mix with remaining Y2 cup flour in a large bowl. 4) Beat eggs slightly and mea· sure milk and almond flavoring into a cup. 5) Cream the butter well, then cream in the white sugar and brown sugar until light and, fluffy. Mix in the eggs, mi'lk mixture and flour thoroughly. Work batter slowly into fruits and nuts. Pack firmly. (Miss Lenaghan uses her potato masher here.) 6) Bake four hours and then remove from oven and let stand for a full hour. Then turn upside down on a wire rack and tear off brown paper. Do not store until completely cool. Before storing wrap cake in waxed paper and aluminum foil.

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Governor Grasso: Devoted By John Butler ALBANY, N. Y. (NC) - Connecticut's Ella Grasso is much more than the first female governor who was not first a governor's wife. Devotion to family and neigqbor, support for women's rights, dedication to the protection of the sacredness of life and involvement in the local Catholic community are as important to Gov. Grasso as tending to the affairs of state. Her dedication to the state is evident in an 18-hour workday, the donation to the state of her income from speaking engagements (more than $20,000 last year) and a salary cut. But Ella Grasso, 57, an Italian Catholic raised in a suburban neigh-' borhood that she calls her extended family, governs Connecticut as if she were "not my brother's keeper but my brother's sister." "I should expect we are all part of our heritage," Mrs. Grasso told The Evangelist, Albany diocesan newspaper. "The things I have learned about the dignity of every man and woman and the value of every person, which are part of the precepts of Catholicism, affect my conduct." Besides her religion, -Gov. Gra~~o's hu~band and two children have also affected her political career. Throughout her rise from membership in the state legislature, to secretary of state, to Congresswoman to governor, she never relegated the needs of the Grasso family to the back burner. •..·When my children were very small, I only ventured as far as the capital which was 12 miles from our home. It was not until the kids let me out of the nest that I first went to Washington," Mrs. Grasso said. "I would not have gone to Congress while my children were young. It would have been too drastic an adjustment." Dr. Thomas Grasso, her husband since 1942, remembers the early hectic years of his wife's career. "We lived on the same street as Ella's parents, She would rush home from the capitol and meet her mo~her in the middle of the street to pick that evening's dinner." The Grassos have rarely been apart during their 34. years of marriage and Dr. Grasso scoffs at the notion that being the husband of the governor is a hardship. "I never think too much about it. We always share and cooperate, and we've always been friends," he s,aid. Someone who's Listening Gov. Grasso said, in describing their relationship, "We work and worry together. It's a real comfort to have someone to whom you can turn for advice and understanding. It is jnst good to know there is someone who is listening and supporting." One knack the Grasso's have acquired in coping with the rigors of political life, is to be private in a public place. "One of the secrets of people in public life is that you can be

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ELLA GRASSO alone together in a room full of people," Dr. Grasso said. For Mrs. Grasso, life in the governor's mansion does not mean leaving behind old friends and neighbors or even a temporary curtailment of he.r parish activities. The governor continues to serve on her parish council and works just as hard as they to help keep Connecticut's parochial schools open. In addition, she is a sponsor of The Transcript, newspaper of the Hartford archdiocese. Two causes .for which Mrs. Grasso has worked hard throughout her public life, women's rights and the right of the unborn to live - are still major concerns. Even though some might say it would take the expertise of a juggler to balance those beliefs, Gov. Grasso disagreed. "I believe very strongly that equality of opportunity is an area for which we need to give positive assistance," she said. "I feel equally strongly that life is

sacred and should be protected. I see no inconsistency between that view and being supportive of the feminist group." Educated in a parochial school, Gov. Grasso is particularly grateful to the Sisters of St. Joseph for her training. To this day she remembers and passes on the advice given her by one of the Sisters. "She was one of the most remarkable women I've ever met," said Mrs. Grasso. ..She told us that each of us had a special gift and we should find what our gift was and nurture it so that we could be the very best at whatever our role was in this world." Mrs. Grasso said that she always felt that her special gift was to serve. "The greatest aspiration of my life was to work for people," she said. "I have found that my greatest satisfaction comes in helping other people and in seeing the results that come from such actions."

The Parish Parade PubliCity chairmen of parish organizations are asked to submit news Items for this 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 than past events. Note: the same news Item can be used only once. Please do not request that we repeat an announcement several times.

HOLY ROSARY, FALL RIVER The Women's Guild will hold its annual Christmas party at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 in the church hall. Guests are welcome. An Italian dinner will be served, with entertainment to follow, and Santa Claus will make a visit. Gifts will be exchanged. Arrangements are in charge of Mrs. Raymond McGuire and Mrs. William Pacheco.

SS. PETER AND PAUL, FALL RIVER A whist party, open to the public, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28 in the Father Coady Center. Mrs. Raymond Polak and Mrs. Peter Sniezek are in charge of arrangements. ST. MARY, FAIRHAVEN A "mammoth penny sale" will be held at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 with over 400 gifts to be raffled and five complete turkey dinners to be drawn as a special feature. There will be no admission charge and refreshments will be available. Antone Da Luz and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Grenon are in charge of arrangements.

SACRED HEART, FALL RIVER Beginning this week, daily Masses wilt be offered in the convent chapel adjacent to the church. Special weekday Masses such as weddings, funerals and feastday liturgies will continue to be celebrated in the church. OUR LADY O.F THE ASSUMPTION, NEW BEDFORD The St. Martin de Porres Guild will hold its annual Christmas bazaar in the church hall from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28. Among features will be knit and crocheted arti.cles, plants, bliked goods, white elephants and children's games and toys. In' charge of arrangements are Mrs. Anna Jacintho and Mrs. Lottie Silva. In connection with the bazaar a spaghetti and meatball supper will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are limited and reservations will be necessary. They may be made with Miss Millie Silva, telephone 994-1765. ST. STANISLAUS, FALL RIVER Advent wreaths will be blessed at 4:30 p.m. Mass Saturday. Members of the Confraternity of Our Lady of Czestochowa will attend a conference this Sunday in the school hall in Polish at 3 p.m. and in English at 6 p.m. Also in the school at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, registrations will' be taken for a parish trip to Greece and Istanbul next spring. Tickets are now available at the rectory and from committee members for the annual New Year's Eve parish party. OUR LADY OF F~TIMA, SWANSEA The Tuesday Morning discussion group thanks contributors to its recent successful cake sale, which benefited Massachusetts Citizens for Life. The unit's next project is a "Sparkle Tuesday," with date to be announced, on which members and friends will "clean the parish basement until it sparkles," as a Christmas gift to the church. All wishing to donate elbow grease, cleanink supplies or refreshments to this activity are invited to participate. ST. PATRICK, SOMERSET The Couples' Club announces a Christmas buffet and dance to be held Friday, Dec. 3 at Pocas.set Country Club, Portsmouth, R. I. The meal will be served from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., with dancing to follow. Complimentary Christmas gifts will be distributed. Reservations will close Saturday, Nov. 27 and 'may be made by calling telephones 6735612, 677-9783 or 673-3683. ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, WESTPORT The Ladies' Guilc;l will have a whist party at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 in the church hall on Main Road, Central Village, with Lauretta Pattee as chairman. The public is invited, refreshments will be available and door prizes will be awarded.

God Clothed "Christ is God clothed with human nature." -Benjamin Whichcote

HOLY NAME, FALL RIVER A parish auction will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 in the school hall, with proceeds to benefit the school. Each family is asked to donate one item, either new or used, such as antiques, furniture, electrical appliances and tools. They may be dropped at the rectory or school or pick-ups may be arranged by calling Jean Beaupre, telephone 674-3029, or James Rezendes, 674-6337. OUR LADY OF ANGELS, ./ FALL RIVER A pre-Advent social, including a malasada supper and penny sale, will take place Saturday, Dec. 4. The parish, council will meet at 7 p.m. MondljlY, Dec. 6 in the church hall; and the Children of Mary will hold admission of new members and installation of officers at 7 p.m. Mass Wednesday, Dec. 8. New Year plans for the Council of Catholic Women include a January penny sale and a cake sale and trip to New York City in March. Further information is available from Mary Furtado, telephone 679-6607. The parish credit union will hold its annual meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 in the' church hall. HOLY GHOST, ATTLEBORO The annual Christmas Fair will be held in the church hall on Linden Street Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26 and 27, with hours'from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Portuguese specialties will also be available. Booths will include aprons, country store, arts and crafts, knit goods, jewelry, candy, baked goods, raffles and children's games. A penny social will beheld in conjunction with the fair. ST. LOUIS, FALL RIVER Mrs. Yvonne Crompton is chairman for the annual Christmas banquet and installation ceremony of the Women's Guild, open to guests and planned for 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 in the church hall. To be seated are Mrs. Raymond Rego, newly elected president, and Mrs. Anthony Rebello, vice-president, Mrs. Frederick Tuttle, secretary, and Miss Marion Fahey, treasurer, all re-elected. Reservations may be made with Mrs. Crompton or any officer. A "Gobblers Gambol" Thanksgiving dance will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 27 in the church hall on Eagle Street and Bradford Ave. Features will include a professional folk dancing demonstration and special Portuguese foods. Music will be by Bob St. Amour. Turn to Page Thirteen


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After the priest warmly welcomes and kindly greets the penitent, botl]. together make the sign of the cross. The priest then prays for the penitent who, at the end, answers: Amen.

New ·Rite

The priest either from memory or by reading may, if the situation is suitable, recite a passage of Scripture which speaks about God's mercy or calls us to conversion and a change of heart. When the circumstances permit, he may invite the penitent to read the text with him.


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The penitent confesses his or her sins; the priest, after discussing with In the reconciliation room or remodeled confessional area the penitent the penitent his or her spiritual state and giving appropriate counsel, as- may choose to kneel at the traditional confessional grille or seek a more signs an act of penance or satisfaction. personal face to face conversation with the priest.

THE. PICTURES ABOVE and on page 9 illustrating the new _rite of

throughout the diocese. Rev. Barry W. Wall, chairman of an ad hoc comdi~cesan

penance, which will be used beginning ihis weekend in the Fall River dio-

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cedure for administering the Sacrament, assisted by Cathedral parishioners

Illiler. Similar rooms have been installed or will soon be ready iil churches

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Of Penance


The extending of the priest's hands which may accompany the words of absolution is an impressive gesture which signifies the gift of the Holy Spirit, .the forgiveness of sins.

The penitent expresses sorrow for sin by reciting the familiar act of contrition, one of ten new prayers, or similar personal words of sorrow. Then the priest extends his hands or at least his right hand over the head of the penitent and pronounces the formula of absolution. At the conclusion the. penitent responds: Amen.

Prayer of the Penitent (This is one of many prayers of contrition that may be used, or the penitent may express himself in his own way) My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In


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and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior J路esus Christ suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy.


Absolution After giving absolution the priest says: "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good" and the penitent concludes: "His mercy endures forever." Then the priest dismisses the penitent with a prayer or a blessing. The penitent may respond: "Amen" or "Thank you" and goes forth to perform the penance.

God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and. peace and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


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By Father John Dietzen Q. What is the prophecy of St. MaIachy? It is supposed to foretell a terrible time for the Church during the rest of this cenwry.

BOARD OF EDUCATION of St. Anne's parish, Fall River, is regulatory body operating all educational programs of parish. Members opened school year with a retreat made jointly with representatives of other parish groups. Unit is composed of 10 elected members and the pastor, an ex-officio member. Among its present concerns are clarification of its goals and definition of its relationship to other persons and groups involved in parish education. It is proposed that the parish school prinCipal and the coordinator of religious education will serve the board as co-equal executive officers, each responsible for implementing relevant board' and diocesan policies. The coordinator organizes and directs the parish CCD program and supervises other educational programs which have their own directors. Thus there is a director for the new parish retreat movement and appointments of directors of youth and adult education are expected in the near future. Furthermore, the board is working with other parish organizations in developing a cooperative communications network to the end of building and strengthening the parish community. From left, se~.te~, Rev. Gabriel 'Blain, O.P., pastor; Mrs. Claire Beaulieu, vice-president; Sister Julie Pintal, O.P., religious education coordinator; Mrs. Charlotte Sherman, Rev. Pierre E. Lachance, O.P., school director and resource person; standing, Normand Valiquette; Paul Matton; Raymond Morin, president; Roger Dumont; Normand Morrissette; Andre Plante. Not pictured: Normand Boule; Richard Deg~gne. ... ............ """ ...

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Pastoral Conference Set for Providence PIITSBURGH (NC) The fourth annual convention of the National Pastoral Planning Conference (NPPC) is to be held Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at the Holiday Inn-Downtown in Providence, R. I., Father Richard L. Conboy, chairman of the NPPC coordinating committee, announced here. Bishop Louis E. Gelineau of Providence will give the keynote address on the convention's theme "Pastoral Planning: An Integrating Ministry." The conference will include a day-long simulation exercise in which participants become planners in a variety of situations made up from data gathered from pastoral planning offices around the country by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) in Washington, D.C.

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A. One is tempted to say first of all that anyone might foretell a terrible time for the Church almost any time and he'd probably be right. Sorry to disappoint you, however, the famous prophecy of S1. Malachy can hardly be said to have even that in its favor. Legend is that Bishop St. Malachy of Ireland wrote" this prophecy shortly before his death in 1148. It pretends to designate 111 successors of Pope Celestine II, who lived about the time of St. Malachy. The successors are not mentioned by name, but by short verses, said to characterize the man or his time as pope. The first 60 or so are quite clear, and bear some re'semblance to the popes they refer to. After that, however, the prophetic verses become so general many of them could refer to nearly any" pope any time. The whole document is now known to be a forgery of the late 16th century - just about the time the prophecy becomes suspiciously vague. Forgery or not, it seeins to be "rediscovered" about every 10 years. Q. With all the changes and confusion in the religious life (changes of habits, and rules, and refusing to do some kinds of work, like teaching) do you think the Sisters will be around much longer? (Louisiana)



A. Yes, I think Sisters-religious communities of women will be around a long time. There has been, and will always be, an important place in the Church for the witness of the celibate life for men and women, and for those with life commitments of Christi!ln confidence and poverty. They help to carry (as good husbands and wives do in their vocations) important and. unique messages of God's love and fidelity that men will always need. As they have in the past, forms and structures will change drastically. And some religious " communities have naively shared the illusion, suffered by. many others in the Church, that a change of rules in itself can somehow make a: community or an individual more Christian. There are, however,' numerous deeply dedicated women religious, in many different communities, working hard at personal and interior renewal of life, which Pope John said is the beginning and heart of any worthwhile refonn in th~ Church. First, of course, this includes a loving, unselfish concern for their own religious community, and for the needs of the families where they serve. Ever since Abraham, God's will has been worked out through man's humble, prayerful, and patient wiJIingness to change. There's no reason it should be different for women religious. Questions for this column should be sent to Father Dietzen in care of The Anchor, P.O. Box 7, Fall River 02722.

SIXTY YEARS: Members of "Holy Cross Church, Fall River, will mark 60 years of parish life at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, when Bishop Daniel A. Cronin will be principal celebrant and homilist at a Mass of thanksgiving, followed at 1 p.m. by a banquet a~ White's restaurant. Since 1922 the parish has been administered by the Conventual Franciscans and the present pastor is Rev. Cyprian Sondej, OFM. Conv. Among concelebrants at Sunday's Mass will be Rev. Felidan Plichta, OFM, Conv., a parisli native who was Holy Cross pastor for 12 years until his assignment last year to " Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, New Bedford.

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Rabbi Tanenbaum Answers Fr. Greeley's Charges

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By RABBI MARC H. TANENBAUM (Rabbi Tanenbaum, national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee, has been a pioneering leader and thinker in Jewish·Christian relations during the past 25 years.)

In a column published in this newspap~r on Sept. 30, the Rev. Andrew M. Greeley made a series of rather intemperate and unsubstantiated charges against me. In evaluating Father Greeley's assertions, I believe the following facts, which were omitted from his column, must be taken into horrendously from anti-Semitism could be expected to harbor susconsideration. When he and picion and hostility toward their [ were both lecturers at a oppressors who were Christian;

recent religious education institute in Cincinnati, Father Greeley volunteered that he had some "substantial research findings" revealing a deterioration in ecumenical relations in recent years, and particularly, a growth in anti-Catholic feeling in- the Jewish community. The statement startled me because in my exterv sive travels throughout the country in recent years I found just the opposite to be true. I told Father Greeley the American Jewish Committee ,would want to have whatever in. formation he possessed so that we could deal with it in a responsible way. We therefore invited him to present a paper setting forth those research findings before our Interreligious Mfairs Commission meeting in Washington on May 12 - our most important national deliberative body on Jewish-Christian relations. In his presentation on that occasion he offered no evidence whatsoever in support of his contention of the supposed rise of anti-Catholicism in the Jewish community. He, nevertheless, pursued the matter and on May 24th, sent me a proposal for studying the "problem." His proposal included some research findings on which he had apparently based his sweeping charges qf anti-Catholicism among Jews. One study was conducted in 1952 by Ben Gaffin Associates and the other in 1965 by the George Gallup organization both conducted prior to the conclusion of Vatican Council II. In light of the fact that the most significant improvement in Catholic-Jewish relations have in fact taken place during the past ten years since Vatican Council II the validity of his so-called "findings" appeared ql\estionable, to say the least. IBeyond that, the Gaffin study on which Greeley rested his charge, was based on a total national sample of 125 Jews. Greeley himself, recognized the inadequacy of that research and said so in these words in his May 24th letter: "... the author of the analysis was reluctant to make a vigorous public case based on a sample of 125 Jews, and in part because both Jewish and Catholic agencies did not choose to take the findings seriously." Aside from the limited and inadequate sample, neither the Gaffin nor the Gallup research made any attempt to distinguish between the attitudes of Jews boron in Eastern Europe or of those who were American-born. European Jews who suffered

American-born Jews could be expected to reflect more positive attitudes. Last week, the Rev. Edward H. Flannery retired after 10 years of service as executive secretary of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Secretariat on Catholic-Jewish Relations, during which he visited every major city in the United States. In a speech on the present state of Catholic-Jewish relations,. Father Flannery said: "I take my hat off to no Christian as to knowledge and experience of the Jewish community in the United States, and I have been amazed by the lack of antiCatholicism in the American Jewish community. Anyone who knew what has happened to Jews in history at the hands of Christians would be amazed, as I am, by the paucity of antiCatholic feeling there. "I believe the persecution of Jews is the greatest persecution in history - 23 centuries long. Any sociologist Who deals with the present time cannot understand his data unless he becomes a historian and understands how the' present situation came to pal.s. This, of course, applies to Father Greeley, the priest critic of the Jewish community to whom I am referring." As to Greeley's allegation that I reviewed "every word" of the paper that he delivered to the American Jewish Committee, and that I suggested changes - all of which he followed, that is simply not so. While I read the paper in advance and, at this request, suggested certain changes - the only changes that Father Greeley did, in fact, make were the removal a gratitous and vicious attack on "the intelligence and competence of the Catholic hierarchy;" and a totally unjustified attack on Jewish organizations. He ignored all other comments.and criticisms. Finally, I deny categorically that anyone at the American Jewish Committee, myself included, made any attempt in any way whatsoever to "terminate the funding" Greeley's research or to have him fired. In fact, ~ am told that his foundation grant has been renewed. There are objective problems between Catholics and Jews, as there are between all groups who compose the human family. But these are being faced seriously and honestly between responsible representatives of, the American Catholic and Jewish communities. Shrill invective and vituperative polemics impede that process' rather than aid it.



Divorce Continued from Page One But although he admitted, "I have seen cases where the only mature decision a person has made is that of getting a divorce," he stressed that there is "no separate moral law for the divorced," that "sacramental, indissoluble unions" must be re. garded as such. Father Bums, a doctor of canon law with wide experience in Church legislation concerning marriage, noted that there is much misinformation about divorces. "Divorce itself does not incur excommunication," he stated; "although attempted remarriage after a civil divorce does incur excommunication in American church law. "However," he continued, "there is a principle in law that restrictions are to be interpreted as narrowly as possible and favorable rulings as broadly. In the case of divorce and remarriage this would almost mean you'd have to remarry as a gesture of contempt for the Church in order to incur excommunication. In fact, most attempted remarriages are for such reasons as love, loneliness or desire for security, and imputability. of guilt is very limited." It was further- explained that excommunication and the right to receive the Eucharist are not identical issues. Even if one is not excommunicated however, his or her irregular marital status could present a problem as far as regular reception of communion is ,concerned. Divorced persons who do not remarry, it was pointed out, are always free to approach the Eucharist. The priest characterized the whole' problem of divorce and remarriage as "an agonizing issue. We keep pleading and praying ,for the light. of the Spirit and there is probably no question in the Churoh being studied so seriously or intensively. "We are dealing with the struggle between understanding a divine command and responding to the pastoral needs of a faithful people," he said. "There are no easy answers but the Church must respond even if she cannot give full comfort." Psychological Factors Developments in the psychological sciences, said Father Bums, have made it possible to grant annulments of many marriages. "Marriage should be beTum to Page Sixteen

clearly distinguished from the Continued from Page One The bishops voted to instruct technical and strategic types of the NCCB pastoral committee in ' statement that could be issued consultation with the Committee at other levels of the conference. on Priestly Life and Ministry, to Concerning the sanctifying begin preparing for consulta- role of the conference, the bishtions in each of the 12 NCCB ops referred to various conferregions on the evangelization of ence committees: implementation the unchurched. To be held by of new sacramental rites through the end of 1979, the consulta- study texts and other aids, contions are to provide a forum for tined stress on the spiritual life priests, Sisters and laity to ex- of priests, evaluation of guidechange ideas about ministering lines for marriage preparation, to the unchurched at the parish the development of ways to proand diocesan levels. mote family life and strengthen The bishops also assigned the marriages, and support for other development and distribution of movements in the Church, such model programs of parish visita- as the Legion of Mary and tion to the pastoral committee. Charismatic Renewal. The bishops also voted to have Doctrine to Clarify the staff of the NCCB-USCC The bishops approved having the NCCB Committee on Doc- general secretary develop a trine take a more active role in clearing house of information on clarifying the issues that con- pastoral councils and other forms front the Church today. The of shared responsibility and to change in the committees func- consult with diocesan pastoral tion is intended to aid the con- council personnel on how the ference and individual bishops NCCB staff might be of further to address doctrinal errors more assistance. They voted also to quickly and to enable the NCCB nave the general secretary seek to increase participation of the to teach more effectively. U. S. Bishops' Advisory Council, The proposal developed from which includes priests, Religious concern expressed in the bishops' and laity, in the work of the discussions last May about main- conference. taining "purity of Catholic doctrine," which they consider a priority in their mission. The change in function for the Although lights will be turned doctrinal committee involves adding staff. An executive direc- on the previous evening, La Sator is 1'0 be appointed for the lette Shrine, Attleboro, will offipastoral committee. He will also cially open its Christmas Illuserve as staff to the doctrinal minations season at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, with a solemn blessing committee. In this capacity, he will fol- of the Christmas crib. With the low current trends in theology, theme "Jesus, Gift of Light," the develop materials on specific display will continue from 5 to questions placed before the com- 9 p.m. weekdays and till 10 p.m. mittee, suggest areas for NCCB weekends, through Sunday, Jan. statements, assemble theological 2. The sacrament of penance consultants, prepare criticism of will be available every afternoon theological errors when neces- and evening during this time. sary, promote dialogue with the In connection with the illutheological community through minations preview, at 9 p.m. meetings with the committee and Saturday night, at the Shrine staff, arrange annual bishops' cafeteria, Rev. Andre Patenaude, seminars for continuing theolog- MS, widely known as Father ical education, and offer service Pat, will release a new record to individual bishops on local album. Titled "Christmas with questions. Father Pat at La Salette," it will include several original compoStudy Ecelesiology sitions. The bishops also assigned the doctrinal committee to study new trends in ecclesiology, the section of theology dealing with the nature, constitution, members, mission and functions of the Church. The bishops voted to assign the NCCB-USCC general secreContractors & Industrial tary to develop a new philosRichard Sousa, 'Inc. ophy of conference statements. Locations in A number of bishops had said the specific kinds of issues with FALL RIVER & SOMERSET pastoral and theological perspec619·8991 Fall River tives to be addressed by the 672·1051 Somerset .body of bishops should be more

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KNOW' YOUR FAITH Preaching to Children By MSGR. JOSEPH M. CHAMPLIN In any parish with several priests we normally find the younger clergy relate best to the children and teenagers. They are closer to them in age, share more of their interests and poss~ss that joy, enthusiasm and interest which attract youth. Jesuit Father Richard P. English is an exception to the rule, or perhaps proof that one can be young in heart and spirit, even if older in years. For the first two decades of his priesthood, Father English conducted retreats for teens, initially at Gonzaga Retreat House in Monroe, N. Y. and then at St. Ignatius outside Buffalo. , His' superiors, after those 20

years, gave him a sabbatical, an opportunity for several mopths of study and research. He put the time to good use, updating his theology and getting a clear picture of the best in postVatican II thought. He then accepted an assignment as associate pastor at a Florida parish. Almost immedi-' ately he began a weekly liturgy for chilidren and with careful and creative planning found he could by means of these special Masses, communicate today's theology, to the children and through them to the adults. Directory Principles Many adaptations were necessary. In making them, Father English followed principles contained in the Roman "Directory for Masses with Children." Turn to Page Thirteen

Jesus in His People


By FATHER JOHN A. GEIGER Sisters eVIdently hadn't hea'rd about retirement yet when I was in grade school at St. John's in Logan, Ohio. In many ways, though, you 'couldn't tell, Wimples, veils and all that covered some of the signs of old age, like grey hair. They couldn't all have been that old, however. A few of them are still living and I'm not exactly a kid any more. But Sister Helen Marie, my first and second grade teacher, had to be one day older· than God. The little wisp of a woman hadn't forgotten the tricks of the trade, though. She taught us our numbers and letters and had us endlessly tracing circles so that we'd stave off writers' cramp. I learned the first two, but the writing vaccination never took. The small nun's really special gift,. however, was her tender

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love. We learned the closeness of our God and the earthiness of our faith from her and our aged pastor, Father James Nevin. I can still remember how they showed us the inside of the confessional. I even remember the exact spot where I knelt to receive· first Communion. • I recall, too, how Father Nevin showed us that water for Baptism is ordinary water. He told a story about a man who was in a bad accident' and was in danger of death. 'Someone came along, he said, and asked him if he had been baptized. He hadn't and indeed he wanted it. But when the stranger came back from the near-by creek with muddy water in a rusty can, the injured man reacted. So did we. Then the kind old pastor told us how Jesus was baptized in the muddy water of the Jordan and the class never forgot that water for Baptism really is ordinary water. Growing Ears Father Nevin died when I was in the third grade and Father Bobby Brown came to care for the parish for a while. Wow! What a difference! He was a young, plump, jolly man, who was always on the move, and often took some of the older boys with him when he went. We really thought they were lucky. Tum to Page Thirteen

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Did Jesus Experience Life as We Do? By FATHER ALFRED McBRIDE, O.Praem. "Jesus Christ is like to us in all things, except sin." That Jesus Christ was human in toe blunt sense of being born as a human baby, growing up as an adolescent and developing into mature manhood is self evident from the New Testament testimony. The question of His humanness assumes this fact. He hungered and ate. He grew tired and slept. He wept at funerals, laughted at celebrations, drank wine at weddings, and sang at Passover feasts. He shivered in winter, sweat' in summer and ached with life's numerous and petty afflictions. Discussions about being human today,_ of course, rarely dwell on these simple observations. It is not physical traits of humanity that claim our attention so much as the psychological ones. Did Christ get in touch with His feelings? Look at Him weeping by the tomb of Lazarus, one of his !Jest friends. Did he bother with people's illnesses? Listen to the blind, the lame and the deaf whose afflictions He healed. Did He permit His defenses to be breached? Could people get through to Him when He appeared to resist? Go. over the story of the Syro-Phoenician woman pleading to have Him cure her daughter. Jesus seemed determined' to reserve His healing powers for Jews only, "the sheep of the house of IsraeL" Yet the engaging "typescript of that case study" shows how the woman uses persistence and the clever byplay about food for dogs and crumbs for puppies to affect Jesus and cause Him to change His mirid. The other side of that story is that Jesus did not have a closed mind. He was open to persuasion and change. Humanly speaking, He could be touchedand He was. Was He above being an advocate for His case? Did He refuse to enter into persuasion and argument Himself? Review the story of Jesus and His encounter with the woman at the well. No modern trained guidance counselor could be more in touch witIl the subtleties of human relationships than was Jesus in that memorable vignette. She brought Him a problem that included five failures at marriage and a sense of emptiness in her faith. Put Her at Ease Far from responding to her as a crass answer man, Jesus created a situation of acceptance with all possibility of threat removed. He made her feel at ease and gently urged her to talk through her problem. He cle~rly possessed the quality of "sensitivity" so much prized today. The four phases of that scene, (1) small talk about water (2) the spiritual meaning of water

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greatest· testimonies to Christ's capacity to show us how to be human in .the fullest sense of the word. The poet Coleridge Turn to Page Thirteen

Jesus Did Become a Man ••• By FA'rHER JOHN J. CASTELOT Did Jesus experience life as we do? A believing Christian and especially a Catholic can give only one answer: Of course! It is a formally defined doctrine of the Church, based on the data of the New Testament, that when the Son of God became man, He did not cease to be a divine, But He became a man, with all the limitations and weaknesses to which any real man is subject. . Recalling the New Testament teaching on Jesus' humanity is no simple task. If the Gospels were biographies of Jesus in the modern sense, it would be relatively easy. There would be a straightforward record of His words, deeds, and sentiments. But such is not the case. As the bishops of the world put it, in Vatican II's "Constitution on Divine Revelation," par. 19, the apostles handed on to their hearers what Jesus had said and


done. But they did so "with that clearer understanding which they enjoyed after they had been instructed by the events of Christ's risen life and taught by the Spirit of truth." By the time the I Gospels were given their present form, the Christian communities had reflected in faith on the mystery of Christ for several decades. The Gospels give us the fruit of this reflection and apply it in varying ways to the actual lifesituations of the communities for which they were written. The Gospels are inspired interpretations of the historical Christevent in the light of post-Resurrection, post-Pentecost faithand the important word here is "interpretation." Writing with' a developed realization of the full identity of Jesus as Son of God as well as Son of man, the Evangelists retrojected their faith .in His divinity into their accounts of His human career. ConsequentTurn to Page Thirteen

Jesus Did Become A Man Continued from Page Twelve Iy, it is not always easy to distinguish historical fact from faith-interpretation. Still, making allowances for the unique character of the Gospel-form, we get a clear picture of a very human Jesus. Grew in Wisdom Like all of us, He began this - life as a helpless, dependent baby. He had to grow in awareness of the world about Him. His growth in knowledge, like ours, depended on the physical development of brain capacity. He had to learn how to walk, talk, pray and eventually how to saw a board and drive a nail. More importantly, He had to develop self-awareness, ego-identity, in the usual way, by a variety of interpersonal relationships. "Jesus for his part, progressed steadily in wisdom and age and grace before God and men" {Lk. 2,52).

A devout son in a devout family, He became increasingly conscious of experiencing a special, indeed a unique relationship with His heavenly Father. This relationship eventually involved a mission which we now call messianic. Did this mission crystallize for Him on the occasion of His baptism in the Jordan? Possibly.

Experience Life Continued from Page Twelve once wrote that when joy leaves one's life, then nothing can be achieved any more. The Samaritan woman left that well and the presence of Christ brimming with joy and song. If contemporary thought likes to stress achievement as a way to selffulfillment, it would do well to draw upon how Jesus evoked that experience in a lonely and frustrated woman so many years

ago. Why is the question of Christ's humanness brought up at all? Do we not all pray, "Blessed' be Jesus Christ, true God and true man!" Of course we do. But there is a neverending struggle to preserve both elements of Christ's existencethe divine and the human. How often we say that the divine appears through the human. How seldom we reflect how magnificently this occurred in the, existence of Jesus. Do you want to know what God is like? Look at Christ and see how splendidly human He is in the way He responds to people. 'People could get through to Him, love Him, experience His peace, be swept up by unimaginable visions and hopes. Never has history seen a more human - and humane - person. .And what was it all for? So we could never again go wrong in wonaering what God is like. Not only did Jesus commu. nicate His pleasure and creativity but He also remained vulnerable to people. They could get at Him. They could betray and deny Him. They could leave Him alone when He needed them most. What greater sign of humanity do we need? Yet He persistently loved, forgave and called people back to Him. What better way could we come to know of God?

The Evangelists interpret this event by using Old Testament allusions and imagery which would suggest that it was something like the so-called inaugural visions of the great prophets. At any rate, Jesus went directly to the desert to struggle with the implications of His mission. Should He attempt to meet the razzles-dazzle expectations of His contemporaries or follow the path of humble, suffering service charted by the Servant of Yahweh in Second Isaiah? This seems to have been the choice which confronted Him in the temptation experience-and we know what His decision was. Now He was ready to carry out His mission, and it entailed all sorts of authentically human joys, and sorrow. The Gospel' of Mark especially portrays the humanity of Jesus; not that the others do not, but Mark does so most viv.:idly. Jesus' relatives think He is out of His mind (3,21); He is presented as a carpenter, son of Mary (6,3), unable to perform any miracles at Nazareth (6,5 ff), unwilling to be called good (10,18), ignorant of the time of the Final judgment (13,32), seemingly abandoned by God on the cross (15,34). In a perfectly human manner He turns to look, asks information, prays to God, suffers, dies. He feels human sentiments: anger, pity, displeasure, affection, sadness. His human will is quite distinct from the Father's: He prays to be spared the horrors of the passion, and in the next anguished breath accepts the divine decree. Yes, Jesus shared fully in our humanity.



Continued from Page Twelve But Father Brown didn't stay long. Father John Everman came to be our pastor. He was a resourceful man who liked to kid people. And even though he rambled in his sermons, we liked him. Many years later when I was assistant pastor under Father Everman at St. Aloysius parish in Columbus, he told me how much discipline trouble 0111 Sister Helen Marie had with the first and second graders. So he said he went into the class one day and asked the children if they knew why Sister's· ears were covered. They didn't, of course, "Because she has big ears," he said. "And when you talk when you're not supposed to, they grow. You don't want Sister's ears to grow, do you?" Yes, Jesus walked the earth in my young life. The hyperbole, the parables, the temper and the loving care and sacrifice were all there in the people whom He sent.

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Continued from Page Seven .ST. ANNE, FALL RIVER A youth retreat for high school students will be held at St. Dominic Savio Youth Center, Peacedale, R. I. this' weekend. The Jack D'John Trio will ap· pear at the school auditorium this Saturday night at a buffet dance organized by the Parish Committee. ST. MATHIEU, FALL RIVER A Christmas sale sponsored • by the Council of Catholic Women will take place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 27 in the parish hall. Handwork, novelties, pastries, candy, toys \ and a white elephant table will WITH CAREFUL and creative pla-nning, writes Msgr. be featured under the direction Joseph Champlin, special liturgies can communicate today's of Mrs. Lionel Dugal and Mrs. theology to the children and through them to the adults. Nelson JUliu~, co-chairmen. The council's regular monthly Priest holds microphone for youngster as she gives readmeeting will'take place Tuesday, ing at children's Mass. (NC Photo) . Nov. 30, following 7 p.m. Mass, to be offered for deceased members. A coffee hour and a film showing of recent church renContinued from Page Twelve priest In this process the ovations will be on the agenda. For example, he normally em- Jesuit priest turns to a variety Mrs. Paul Lecour is chairwoman. ploys only one scriptural read- of visuals for assistance. Once Mrs. Raymond Poisson, chair· ing, the Gospel. Article 42 sup- again, the "Directory" encour- woman of a Christmas dinnerports that approach: "If three or ages such innovations: dance to be held Saturday night, "The liturgy of the Mass con- Dec. 11, notes that tickets are even two readings on Sundays or ·weekdays can be understood tains many visual elements, and still available and may be obby children only with difficulty, these should be given great tained from council members or it is permissible to read two or prominence with children. This si at the rectory. only one of them, but the read- especially true of particular vis- ST. JOSEPH, ing of the Gospel should never ual' elements in the course of the NEW BEDFORD liturgical year, for example, the be omitted," The Religion Impact CommitArticle 48 states: "The homily veneration of the cross,' the tee will sponsor the second in a in which the Word of God is un- Easter candle, the lights on the series of four programs from 7 folded 'should be given great feast of the Presentation of the to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, prominence in, all Masses with Lord, and the variety of colors Titled "Marriage-Then What?" children. Sometimes the homily and liturgical ornaments," (Ar- the program is designed 'for the engaged, the married, the diintended for children should be- ticle 35). Poes all of this bear spiritual vorced, "and those who live come a dialogue with them," fruit? ,Large crowds at the liturFather English has taken gies sustained over several years with the married." those words to heart. His hom- say something about the draw- ST. JOSEPH, ilies, seek to involve the young- ing power of this approach. AITLEBORO ster actively and frequently inA "couple to couple" teaching Comments from adults are clude dialogue between celebrant program in natUral family planlikewise quite convincing: and children. ning methods will be presented "We used to drag the kids to frOm 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, In the sermon he first tells a church. Now they drag us." Nov. 30 in the parish hall. story from that day's 'Gospel, "They used to sing pop songs next creates a picture of the An outdoor advent wreath will from the radio, now they sing be blessed following 5 p.m. Mass scene, then urges his little lisSaturday, Nov. 27 and the inteners to make of this a mov- songs from Mass," door display will be blessed during, talking picture, employing ing 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, all of their senses to do so. FiNov. 28. nally, Father English helps them Need mortgage to get the idea behind this huor home From Love man incident in the life of Jesus. improv.ement money? "Not from necessity was Thus he gives his hearers a Christ a debtor to death, but Make NBlS your home port. story, picture, movie and idea. from love of God and. man.'" -St. Thomas Aquinas


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PARENT-TEACHER NIGHT at Dominican Academy, Fall River, began with prayer service (top), with singing led by guitarist Sister Paulette, included demonstrations of gymnastics (bottom) and line dancing. Parents, faculty also joined in affirmation of values of Catholic education.

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By CECILIA, BELANGER A student complained that she is tired of the word creativity, that she hears it a dozen times a day until it's lost all meaning for her. We do live in times of glamorous catchwords, and I suppose creativity has become one of them. There appears to be a widespread notion that the mere creation of something is automatically a beneficial act. This is pure nonsense.' It is possible to create chains as well as chapels. It is possible to create fear as well as frescoes, beastiality as well as bridges. Acts of creating must ultimately be judged according to the substanc~ and the impact of that which is created. There are moral consequences to human actions. In 1960 Alexander Sol, zhenitsyn wrote a play, "Candle in the Wind." The plot centered on biofeedback. The protagonist of the play, Alex, is not sure it is wise to tamper mechanically with the human personality. He is uneasy lest happiness induced :;e


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artificially will dehumanize the patient. Alex comments to the selfconfident director of the lab, "You once said you feel like a relay runner-that you would be proud to pass on the baton of Great Physics to the twentyfirst century ... Well, I'd like to help pass on to the next century one particular baton-the flickering candle of our soul." Also in the play, a senior scientist who had been riding the crest of fame and fortune on the frontiers of technological experiment, begins to put his life into perspective as death approaches. Sadly he says to his daughter, "I've lived in this evil den of happy people and it has swallowed me up ... That's how my life's been wasted, the life everyone calls a happy one," You Never Know An American engineering student touring in Denmark visited an artist's studio. There he' saw a hand-lettered sign, "A cobbler never knows how far these shoes must go." When the young man asked about it, the artist replied, "Several years ago I had my shoes repaired by an old cobbler-he always rtk turned them as good as new. One day I asked why he spent so much time repairing myoid shoes, when he could have made much more repairing shoes for the wealthy of Copenhagen. He pointed to that ~ign over his, workbench. I decided to copy it and hang it near my easel. A painter too never knows how far his art may go-to either help someone-or to disturb his soul." Not Good Enough? There are those who say the human race is not good enough to survive. This is a statement the Christian immediately brushes aside. He knows that Turn to Page Fifteen

Life In Music

Recent activities at Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro, included a field trip to Salem for members of the sophomore honors English classes. The trip supplemented readings on witchcraft trials and a study of "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. Math Club members took part in a meet at Attle~oro High School last week and prospective journalists attended a oneday workshop in broadcast communications at Graham Junior College. The program included radio and television production, explanation of techniques of journalism, engineering and electronics. Two Feehan freshmen were among recipients of the Marian Award' at ceremonies held Sunday at St. Jacques Church, Taunton. To earn it, Anne Spinale and Lisa Pettingill completed a 20-week program which included visits to nursing homes, donations of clothes to the needy and work with underprivileged children. Ten-Year Reunion Jerry Flanagan, Feehan '67, now admissions counselor for St. Michael College, Winooski, Vt., is organizing a 10-year reunion for his classmates and would apreciate assistance in locating them. He says his 180 fellow graduates "are spread far and wide and bringing them together is a challenge," Sister Elizabeh Doyle, chairman of Feehan's religious education team, is organizing oneday Christian Marriage Seminars for seniors, who will participate in them in groups of 2Q. Turn to Page Sixteen

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THIS ONE'S FOR YOU This one'll never sell, they'll never understand I don't even sing it well, I try but I just can't. But I'll sing it every night, and I'll try to keep it in. 'Cause this one's for you, this one's for you. I've done a hundred songs from fantasies to life, But this one's so real for me that I'm the one who cries, And I sing it every night, and I fight to hide the tears, 'Cause this one's for you, this one's for you. This one's for you wherever you are, To say that nothing's been the same, Since we've been apart. This one's for all the love we once knew, Like everything else I have, This onets for you• (c) 1976 Artists Records, Inc. Written by: B. Manilow M. Panzer Performed by: Barry Manilow "I write the songs that make the whole world sing," boasts Barry Manilow in his previous hit "I Write the Songs." His song spoke about making the "young girls cry," as well as proclaiming "I am music, I write the songs." In "This One's For You," Barry Manilow offers another quality of the artist - the quality of expressing one's personal feelings, regardless of what the public thinks. In fact, he opens with "this one'll never' selL" He is simply not concerned about the money. He continues 'they'll never understand," indicating that he is not interested in influencing others' thinking. He is not even concerned ab~ut making it a masterpiece, which concerns many artists. He says, "I don't 'lven sing it well." The songs special quality is "this one's for you". Sincerity and expression from the heart is it's impact.. Sincerity, from the Latin, literally means "without wax." Thus ' the real is what is present. The artist makes his point because he speaks from his "leart with sincerity. Often when someone puts aside a well '>repared speech or sermon and, speaks from within himself, the most profound effect results. When the teacher moves from a prepared class to communicating himself or herself, o;tudents frequently say how great the class was. What hap"lens is that the real person comes through, with all the human imperfections, but genuinely. Manilow hopes by revealing this deeper self through this song that the person he loves "will hear me sing" and come to know how special she is and how much she's missed. The games we play, the things w!: do to impress people, our masks, fronts and attempts to be professional, so organized, hide who we really are. These things are our protective armor. Our challenge in life is to take off this armor. When we do, we can honestly respond to the question: "Will the real you please stand up?"



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Traditional Rivals Collide As Gridiron Curtain Falls The curtain fell on the 1976 scholastic schoolboy gridiron season as ancient and traditional rivals collided in the annual Turkey Day classics. Some of the glamour usually connected with these games was missing, with no "championship games" on the docTaunton, the newly crowned ket. However, the stakes champion of the Southastern were high with community Massachusetts Conference Divipride on the line. Tradition- sion I, was looking for its eighth ally Thanksgiving games draw large crowds as many townsfolks begin the day's celebration by watching and cheering on their local eleven. Enthusiasm runs high from the spectator standpoint, as well as from players reaching for the final moment of glory. In ~he mid-sector· of the diocese the Msgr. Coyle-Bishop Cassidy High game with Taunton gained the attention of an entire city.

successive win of the campaign when it traveled across town to battle the Conference's Division II titIist. Coach Frank Almeida's Tigers opened the campaign with a heartbreaking loss to Plymouth-Carver, then lost 6-0 the following week. However, the Jeff Paulson led offense took over from there and has been unstoppable. Taunton exploded for 48 points against Durfee High of Fall River in its last outing with Paulson scoring four times. .

Durfee Hopes "Anything Can Happen" Is True Coyle has been devastated by injuries over the latter ~rt of the season but stilI has the talent to test the Tigers. Two Conference Division I games dotted Thursday's schedule although they had no bearing on the championship. Coach Sullivan, in this his first year at Durfee High has t' I seen hI's ch arges s rugg e through a winless Fall. The HilItoppers were out for a measure of revenge and satisfaction when

they hosted New Bedford, while Fairhaven was at Dartmouth in the remaining Division I contest. The Blue Devils have had a successful, although not championship, season in this their first in the large school bracket. Regardless of the season record fans in the greater Attle' . boro area evaluate the campaign by what happens on Thanksgiving morning with Attleboro and North Attleboro.

JUST CHECKING, FATHER: Rev. Steven R. Furtado says All Saints' Day Mass with special care at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Taunton, surrounded as he is by a wide assortment of canonized saints. Off the altar, they're fifth graders at Our Lady of Lourdes School, each garbed as his or her heavenly patron.

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students at Bishop ConLast Sunday the annual Hunnolly High Schol, Fall River, ger-Awareness Walk was held joined one billion people in the by students from Connolly and world last Thursday in "Fast for . Bishop Gerrard High Schools. a World Harvest Day." This Afte~ a three-hour walk around event is held annually on the the Fall River reservation, they Thursday before Thanksgiving returned to Connolly for a and participants donate money Thanksgiving liturgy celthey would have spent on food ebrated by Rev. Richard Wolf, to Oxfam-America, an interna- . SJ, principal, then were served tional famine relief organiza- a Hunger Meal in the school tion. The Connolly administra- cafeteria. Moneys raised from tion matched moneys donated by the project. will help provide the students and a check for Christmas parties for retarded $165 was sent to Oxfam. Turn to Page Sixteen

Disastrous Ending Threatens Blue Raiders A month ago Somerset was riding the crest of an unbeaten season and a shot at the Super Bowl, then the roof fell in. The Blue Raiders have not won in their last three starts. While the year has to be termed successful by comparison to the past few, in the minds of Somerset gridsters a Thanksgiving victory over Case High of Swansea was essential to prevent a "disastrous" ending. Seekonk has been the surprise team in the Conference this Fall. The Warriors were expected to be also rans but instead proved to be legitimate contenders who

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Anguish of Divorce Continued from Page Eleven tween adults," he explained. "If unknowing children enter into a union, nQt realizing what it entails, it cannot be called a true marriage:~

Using psychological guidelines, he said, in Boston alone, where formerly about five annulments were granted yearly, thus far this year over 400 have been allowed. "!t's not because we're lax in the law, but because we know the law; not because we don't respect indissolubility, but because we understand human fragility." There remain, however, cases where annulment 'is not possible, he emphasized. "But the Church does- understand the hurt, damage and pain in the lives of the divorced. "From their own longing for the sacraments," he suggested, "the divorced should appreciate the pain felt by priests and bishops when they cannot answer the full human needs of divorced, separated Catholics."

Bishop Connolly Continued from Page Fifteenchildren and senior citizens and will also aid in scholarship funding for this weekend's Chiistian Life Communities' institute to be "held at Connolly. Connolly's Thanksgiving fund drive has topped all previous collections. Spearheaded by a rejuvenated Christian Life Community (CLC), the total collected went over $1000, with one homeroom alone bringing in over $100. With the money CLC members purchased food for 45 food baskets, which were presented as offertory gifts at class liturgies Thanksgiving Eve. Also at the liturgies a special choral group was heard, directed by Mike Dwyer. In the afternoon faculty and students distributed the baskets to designated families. Planned for December by the CLC is a Christmas party for area children, to be held at the sc.hool. Another party will entertain senior citizens, either at Connolly or at the nursing homes where they reside.


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Pain, Bitterness The longing and pain surfaced at small group discussions and at a general session follQ.wing Father 'Burns' address. ' "They'll take our money in the collection, but we can't be sponsors for baptism," said one man bitterly and a common complaint was attitudes towards children of divorced parents. "I worked three jobs to send my children to parochial school," said a mother, "and they were told I was going to hell because I was divorced." "Priests have a lot to learn about divorced people," was a general reaction and resentment was expressed that "priests can get dispensed from their sacrament and get married, but -we can't." Many divorced Catholics said they had not realized- that if they remained unmarried they could approach the sacraments; and few even knew of the existence of a marriage court. Such situations, pointed ouf Father Burns in a closing summary, underline the need for priests to go out to the separated and divorced members of their flocks. "Go to them, don't wait for them to come to you," he urged. To a comment from the audience that "you can go to different priests with a problem and get different answers - they should all be educated to the same viewpoint," Father Burns responded, "Remember, the Church is a pilgrim people. Christ didn't give us saints and angels to run the Church, just fallible human beings trying to discern the will of God. "The Church can't give univocal answers to every question. That would be going back to the era when the priest had all the answers. We're trying to develop adult responsibility, and we can't have that and the security of the old way when we always knew if we were right or wrong -but we were being treated like children. Pain is part of human life and we can't force the

Bishop Feehan Continued from Page Fourteen The first day, held earlier this month, included a film, discussion with a married couple, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cardello, and an explanation of human sexuality by an obstetrician, Dr. John Coughlin. Also on the program was a study of the psychology of relationship, presented by Ms. Donna D'Aloia, and a consideration of Church law affecting marriage, offered by Rev. Daniel Hoye.

Church to an answer she can't give." Diocesan Services Also during the program, services of the Catholic Counseling Services and marriage court of the diocese were explained by Rev. Peter N. Graziano, Diocesan Director of Social' Services, James Carson of the Counseling Services and Rev. Daniel F. Hoye of the marriage court. Father Graziano characterized the counseling program as "a means of comforting people" and Father Hoye' explained the marriage court as a resource for those who feel for various reasons that they are not married in the eyes of the Church. He said that the court makes no _ charge for its services' and that it may be approached directly at its 344 Highland Avenue of-

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The day following the open meeting, Father Bums conducted a workshop on canonical and legal developments in church marriage law for about 100 priests of the diocese, also sharing with them the findings of the previous evening.

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Rev. Michel Methot of the diocesan office of adult education said that all attending the open meeting who expresssed interest in the possibility of forming support for divorced or separated Catholics will be contacted at an early 'date. Others not at the meeting, but interested in such groups may contact him at the adult education office, 423 Highland Ave., Fall River 02720.

EDMONTON, Canada (NC)All seven Catholic bishops of the province of Alberta have expressed firm opposition to proposed legislation that would make civil marriages and premarital counseling mandatory within the province. In a joint letter to Helen Hunley, provincial minister of social services and community health, the bishops said the proposal for compulsory civil ceremonies and counseling "would seem to intrude unnecessarily into the religious and human relationships of many Albertans with their churches at a most significant and momentous time of their lives."

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