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99 Laity to Receive Marian Medal Award
Ninety-nine members of the Diocese of Fall River will be honored on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Cathedral when Most Rev. Daniel A. Cronin, S.T.D. will bestow on each of them the Marian Medal. The December 5th ceremony i~ an annual event acknowledging the dedication of individuals in parish and/or diocesan affairs. This year, the award recipients are the following:
Mrs. Mary J. Langill, 60 Park St., Mansfield Mrs. Marcel A. Larriviere, 14 Carrier Ave., So. Attleboro Arthur Malo, ,122. Hawkins Street, Plainville Miss Marguerite M. Mondor, 36 Sturdy Street, _Norton
Mrs. Stella C. (Herbert) West, 136 Forest Avenue, Seekonk
CAPE & ISLANDS AREA Mrs. Joanne (George) Baker, 路49 Natal Ave., East Falmouth Mrs. Lenora (Edwin) BettenTurn to Page Five
Final Celebration Of' Bicentennial, Dec. 8 Holy Day Most Rev. Daniel A. Cronin, S.T.D., Bishop of Fall River, will be the principal celebrant and homilist of a 12:05 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The observance of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, will honor Our Lady as the 路Patroness of the United States and will close the year's diocesan bicentennial observance. Priests of the Diocese are invited to concelebrate with the Bishop and all diocesans are invited to participate in the Mass. Rev. Peter N. Graziano, Diocesan Bicentennial Coordinator ahd Rev. James F. Lyons, chairman of the Divine Worship Commission, will assist the Bisltop at the celebration. Father Graziano, commenting on diocesan participation in bi-
centennial activity, noted that 22 percent of parishes were involved in preparations for the Detroit Call to Action bicentennial conference and that schools and religious education classes emphasized bicentennial themes throughout the year. Special events included a Memorial Day Bicentennial Mass with Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen as homilist, a conference on ethnicity and race at Stonehill College, social justice study programs for priests and sisters, the Bicentennial-themed Bishop's Ball, a Bicentennial Americans program featured at the annual conference of the Diocesan Turn to Page Four
Attleboro John Farias, 34 Davis CircleJulien N. Forget, 21 Maple Street Henry C. Hebert, 163 Union Street Mrs. Zaida (Norman) Santiago, 14 Sheridan Circle No. Attleboro Mrs. Annette C. (Edward) .Lambert, 130 Ea. Washington Street . James D. Meegan, Mt. Vernon Drive Other Towns Mrs. Eileen A. (Raymond E.) Corrigan,' 32 Colonial Way, Rehoboth
VATICAN CITY (NC) - Before leading a crowd in the Sunday noon Angelus, Pope Paul VI told them that the start of a new liturgical year should emphasize the great value of time in their daily lives, and that it should be used for prayer and good works. "For us of the faith," the Pope said, "this is the first day of the cycle that regulates our prayer in the Church and (it is) the timepiece of our lives ... that governs the fleeting hours allotted to us to do good works that We might be saved." It is through time, the Pope
Vatican at UN
Asserts Immorality of Arms Race By Jeff, Endrst UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (NC)-The Vatican has told the United Nations that the arms race kills whether the weapons
are actually used or merely stockpiled. The arms race "morally misuses intellectual and economic resources that are absolutely in-
Cape Nurses Organize Msgr. Henry T. Munroe, Episcopal Vicar for the Cape and Islands and pastor of St. Pius X parish, South Yarmouth, has been named spiritual director for the newly formed Cape and Islands Chapter of the Diocesan Council of Catholic路 Nurses. First initiated in September, when an organizational meeting was held, the new chapter has 19 charter members, both registered and licensed practical nurses. Associate membership is open to student nurses. The chapter will hold five meetings a year, three in the central Cape Cod area, one in the Falmouth area and one in the Chatham area. The next Turn to Page Eleven
said, that eternal reality is comtnunicated to human beings. "This," he said, is the inestimable value of our present lives. Each hour is unique and we are accountable for every one. Every day is a precious gift for acquir-. ing eternal life." For the second year the Pope advised: "Do not waste. time, work with all your talent, with all your ability, and give each day the deliberate light of prayer." He urged his listeners to increase their charity toward those suffering injustice and hunger during the new year and to fill their days with good works.
dispensable for the liberation of the world's people from hunger, disease, illiteracy and powerlessness," said Mrs. Molly Boucher of the Vatican's observer delegation to the UN. Mrs. Boucher, from Vancouver, Canada, is also president of the .board of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. Turn to Page Three
Legion of Mary Reunion Sunday
GUEST OF HONOR: Bishop Daniel A. Cronin is guest of honor last Sunday at Mass celebrated by Rev. James E. Murphy at Taunton's St. Mary's Church for members of Spanish community. From left, Father Murphy, Bishop, Mrs. Isidro Morales, Mr. Morales. Mrs. Morales is among diocesans who will receive Marian Medal this Sunday.
The Legion of Mary of the Fall River diocese will hold its annual reunion at I :30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, New Bedford. All active members and spiritual directors of the nine Legion Praesidia in the diocese are invited to attend, as well as relatives and friends. Following Benediction in the church the program will continue in Mt. Carmel parish auditorium on Rivet Street. Msgr. Thomas J. Harrington is diocesan di!"ector of the organization, which is dedicated to performance of the spiritual works of mercy.
_ - - - I n This Issue-----~----------------~-------------l Diocesan Delegates R,eport on Detroit 'Call to Action' Page 3
Flying Hawk Woman, Moon Cloud Visit New Bedford School Pag,e 5
Immaculate Conception Wednesday Dec. 8 Holy Day of Obligation
Pastor Chief Cook For Ethnic SUppers At St. Michael's Page 6
Knights of Altar Serve Diocese, Get National Awards Pages 8-9
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IN THE WORLD
IN THE NATION
ITEMS FROM NATIONAL CATHOLIC NEWS 路SERVICE-----
a day of "rest and religious observance has been' part of the American tradition for over 200 years."
SAN FRANCISCO - "Love Cup," a program of sacrificial sharing by American Catholic children with youngsters throughout the mission lands, will be launched next Lent by the Holy Childhood Association, it was announced at its annual meeting here. The program is the brain child of Msgr. Robert ColI, pastor of St. Thomas More, Allentown, Pa., whose "Operation Rice Bowl" to help the world's needy was successfully inaugurated in u.S. dioceses during this year's Lenten season.
MARYKNOLL, N. Y. - Maryknoll Father William Woods, a missioner in Guatemala for 18 years, was killed last week when the plane he was piloting crashed in that Latin American country, it was announced here.
Ethnic Bias WAS~INGTON - The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has accused the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of ignoring discrimination against Catholic ethnics, such as Poles or Italians.
Wants Sunday Law NEW YORK - An official of the New York State Catholic Conference has called for a new Sunday closing law to replace one struck down by New York's highest state court as "unenforceable." Charles J. Tobin, Jr., secretary of -the conference, made the appeal before a State Assembly committee which sat here for hearings on legislation to replace the law which had regulated Sunday sales in the state until June. Local trade associations and some consumers also testified in favor of the conference's position that
Can't Do It ST. PAUL - It is discriminatory under Minnesota law for a landlord to refuse to rent an apartment to an unmarried man and woman on the basis of marital status alone, a' state hearing examiner ruled. Examiner Steve Mihalchick upheld the contention of the Minnesota Human Rights D'epartment that refusing -to rent to an unmarried couple is in violation of a 1974 law that forbids discrimination on the basis of race, color ,creed or marital status. The ruling is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.
Basilica for Philadelphia VATICAN CITY - Pope Paul VI has raised Philadelphia's Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul to the status of a basilica as a sign of his approval of the 41st International Eucharistic Congress held in that city last August. It is the 23rd U.S. church so designated and will enjoy several liturgical privileges, such as a special canopy for eucharistic processions, the right to a distinctive coat of arms and the use of a special bel!" in ceremonies.
Why Not? ROME Moral theologian Father Bernard Haering has declared here that he sees no reason why women could not be ordained priests. He said further that the Church is obliged to reconsider the issue in light of women's new social role. The German Redemptorist priest, writing in a question-answer column in Italy's largest weekly magazine, asserted that in his view Scripture and Church tradition do not stand in the way of ordination for women.
World Honor for Stang Sisters ROME - Several hundred of the world's Sisters have re-elected British Mother Mary Linscott as president of the 2000-member International Union of Superiors General (IUSG). She is superior general of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, who staff Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth.
TORONTO - Bishop G. Emmett Carter of London, Ont., told a convention of Ontario educators that when theologians teach contrary to the authentic teachings of the Church "they cannot be followed." Speaking at the annual conference of the Federation of Catholic Education Associations of Ontario in Toronto recently, Bishop Carter said theologians' have a right to probe, to suggest,. to propose and to deepen. "They do not have the right to decide what is the authentic teaching of the Church."
Necrology DEC. 11 Rey. Edward L. Killigrew, 1959, Pastor, St. Kilian, New Bedford
DEC. 13 Rev. Reginald Theriault, O.P., 1972, St. Anne's Dominican Friary" Fall River
DEC. 14 Rev. Msgr. John J. Hayes, 1970, Pastor, Holy Name, New Bedford
DEC. 15 Rev. Mortimer Downing, 1942, Pastor, Pastor, St. Francis Xavier, Hyannis
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AMONG'MORE THAN 150 RECIPIENTS of Boy Scout, Girl Scout and Camp Fire Girl religious program awards at Christ the King Sunday ceremonies at St. Jacques Church, Taunton, are, from left, Raymond Fredette, St. Joseph's,
parish, New Bedford; Joan Pinson, Holy Ghost, Attleboro; Dotti Quinlan, Oui Lady of Grace, Westport; Joseph Summers, Holy Trinity, West Harwich. Bishop Cronin presided at awards ceremony.
Diocesan Delegates Report on Detroit
Coyle-Cassidy High School, Taunton, will accept applicants and administer a placement ex· amination for new students at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. II, at which time students planning to enter in September, 1977 should report to the school. There will be a $3 fee payable at the time of application. Students need bring no records, nor need their parents accompany them. Complete information on courses, activities and financial aid available will be given at this time.
Arms Race Continued from Page One Speaking to the General Assembly's political committee, Mrs. Boucher said it seems the worst kind of "madness," when enough arms already exist to destroy humanity 25 times over, to continue their produc~on, testing, and proliferation. The committee was nearing the conclusion of a month-long general debate on some 20 disarmament proposals. On simple humanitarian grounds, Mrs. Boucher said, the world needs a comprehensive ban on nuclear and thermonuclear tests, an end to proliferation of nuclear weapons, ana the prohibition of incendiary and other specific conventional weapons. The Vatican delegate noted that in 1968 Pope Paul VI welcomed the UN nonproliferation treaty as a "first step" in the direction of a total nuclear weapons ban and general and complete disarmament. The Vatican signed that treaty in 1971. Mrs. Boucher complained, however, that. the treaty has fallen far short of expectations. Although 96 countries subscribe to the treaty, the "dismal fact" remains, she told the committee, that unless all states embrace it, the treaty cannot hope to achieve its purpose of ending the spread of nuclear weapons to more countries. Mrs. Boucher said the Vatican is "vitally interested" in SovietAmerican talks in Vienna and on the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT). , Pending a comprehensive test· ban treaty and a successful con· clusion of the SALT negotiations, the Vatican calls on the nuclear powers to declare a moratorium on further development and production of nuclear arms, she said. She also called for the prohibition of "dubious weapons" which are "morally repulsive and contrary to traditional principles including the laws of humanity and the demands of public con· science." She included in this category napalm and other incendiary weapons, delayed-action weapons, small caliber projectiles, and blast and fragmentation weapons. Calling them "diabolical," Mrs. Boucher said these weapons, by reason of their indis- . criminate nature and pernicious effects, approach the destructiveness commonly attributed to nuclear warfare.
THE ANCHOR-Diocese of fall River-Thurs., Dec. 2, 1976
Coyle-Cassidy Slates Exam
. THANKSGIVING WEEKEND. was appropriate time for Mass of gratitude for 60 years of parish Hfe at Holy Cross Church, Fall River, where Bishop Cronin congratulates Rev. Cyprian Sondej, OFM Conv., pastor, after concelebrating Mass and giving homily. A hanquet for parishioners and friends followed the liturgy.
F'irst Friday Club To Hear White Abe White, former CYO coach and a member of the Fall River school committee, will speak at the First Friday Club annual Sports Night meeting, to follow 6 p.m. Mass tomorrow at Sacred Heart Church, Fall River. Sons of members and guests are invited to attend the session. White, long associated with area baseball, is a Fall River Boys' Club member of 54 years standing, during which time he has coached many club teams, as well as units from other organizations, including the Sacred Heart School CYO baseball team,
No Plains "There are no plains in the spiritual life; we are either going uphill or coming down." t\rchbishop Fulton Sheen
which he coached for well over a decade.'
Two Priests' Bury Parents Two diocesan priests offered burial Masses Monday for their mothers. Rev. Henry S. Arruda, assistant pastor at 'Immaculate Conception parish, New Bedford, was principal celebrant at the lfuneral Mass of his mother, Mrs. Emilia (Moreira) Arruda, . at S1. Michael's Church, Fall River. Rev. John J. Murphy, CSC, pastor of Holy Cross parish, North Easton, conducted rites for his mother, Mrs. Mary Murphy, at St, Theresa's Church, Watertown, Mass.
Diocesan delegates to "A faith was not shaken in the ca· Call for Action," the Detroit pacity of the American Catholic bicentennial conference spon- Church to raise a prophetic 'sored by the National Confer- . voice. ence of Catholic Bishops, reRev. George W. Coleman, port their impresssions and reNewman chaplain to the stu-· actions to the unprecedented dents of Cape Cod Community gathering.' College and assistant pastor of Rev, Michel G, Methot, Dioc· Our Lady of Victory parish, esan Director of Adult and Cler- Centerville: It was without doubt, the most well-organized gy Education and assistant pastor, Sf. Lawrence Church, New congress I have attended. I saw Bedford: The very first impres- Catholics from every state and sion I experienced in the work- from differing racial and ethnic ing session was that of great backgrounds. American Indians love for the Church, a call to from the western states ex· respond to universal needs for pressed their love and appreci· social justice rather than to al- ation of the Church. 'Blacks from low group interest to narrow the our large cities look to the vision and purpose of this con- Church to assist in the battle ference. . against discrimination. A priest The delegates did not come who' ministers to migrant workfor a theological conference and ers on their trek through the they produced no expert doc:' wheat belt told how his people ument. It is naive in places but need help and assistance from it comes from the depths of peo- the Church. An immigrant· from ple's longings, and that can't be an Eastern European country reo ,dismissed. Some recommenda- minded us that the Church tions are unrealistic, to be sure, must not forget those who do but the gospel message demands not have the freedom to worship. The Church in America with that we broaden our horizons its great diversity assembled in and go after the seemingly impossible. At this conference, my Turn to 'Page Eleven
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Safe Abortions The U. S. Supreme Court has' continued its devaluation of innocent fetal life by lifting a mask under which many abortion steps are taken. . The state cannot, according to our Chief Justices, legislate concerning the safety of abortion procedures in the first trimester. Striking down such safety regulations in the State of Indiana by a vote ot 6 to 3, the judges in fact said that abortions need not be performed by doctors in hospitals or licensed health facilities. Was not one of the chief reasons for the push for .abortion to free women from being abused by quacks of all kinds? If it was said, it surely does not seem to be the case. Now, apparently, anyone can do it anywhere and safety cannot enter the picture! Of course, the safety of the unborn infant was done away with by the Court some time ago; it simply negated its existence. Now the safety of the mother, one of the ,reasons for the "law" to begin with, goes the same way! When will we learn that to successfully threaten a life is to threaten everyone's life. There is never a "safe" abortion. At least one will die each time in the endeavor. Now we hear that it is fine if.even two die. It really does not matter once life has been devalued' whether the instrument is a gun, a dagger, a scalpel or a judge's gavel.
Regretful Sacrifice ?' ,
Recent events in South Korea and the Philippines bid us wonder if the great sacrifices borne by the American people were really that much worthwhile. True, in the name of stopping Communism, countless Americans gave up their lives· or will walk through life maimed and bearing incurable pain. Were the sacrifices appreciated? State and Church are in crises in both the countries. Persecution flays at the Church in the name of good order. Where is that freedom for which our men died? Maybe we should look to the Korean War and the Pacific Theatre of Operations as not really over. Communism has apparently been checked at least outwardly but the tyranny against which we fought and identified with Communism still remains. Our men must not have died in vain. Both Korea and the Philippines should understand that the freedom for which we fought should not enshrine a political dictator, enslave a people or be used as the battleground to stifle all religious conviction. Veterans' organizations who rightly honor their fellow soldiers' great sacrifices should remember that the war is far.from over. Their protests against tyrannical governments which have made a mockery of their sacrifices should be loud and clear. The American Church too, conscious of the sacrifices that gave the opportunity to Koreans and Filipinos to be free, should strongly protest the 'strongarm tactics which seek to silence their co-religionists. Surely, we do not expect Koreans and Filipinos to adopt American practices to the letter but we should definitely expect them to value the freedom that cost Americans so dearly.
@rhe ANCHOR OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER
Published weekly by The Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River 410 Highland Avenue Fall River Mass. 02722 675-7151 PUBLISHER Most Rev. Daniel A. Cronin, D.O., S.T.O.
Rev. Jo~n R. Foister, SJ.L.
Rev. Msgr: John Regan ~leary
Holy Day Continued from Page One Council of Catholic Women, and issuance of two pastoral letters on the Bicentennial and Social Justice by Bishop Cronin. Additionally, nearly every diocesan organization and parish sponsored special activities and programs in the course of the year.
'Urban renewers ... tear down a building ... crashing into walls that once provided shelter ... into rooms that experienced unseen acts . . .. of tenderness and harshness ... caring and disregard ... celebration and desacration ~ . . life and death. Workers paid to destroy ... to demolish ... what once was a sanctuary of community ... and nurturer of creativity ... in order to make way for new buildings ... more hospitable to people ... more stimulating of creativity ... With their steel instruments of destruction ... they. tear down ... to build up. The dust rising from the rubbled walls . . . chokes one with sadness . . . for something has died .. . but the cleared space ... expands one's heart ... to sense possibilities for new life ... latent in the scarred space. Tearing down is part of every upbuilding ... in renewing cities and people ... Dying contains seeds . of new life ... which blossoms only through death. As God sent His prophet Jeremiah ... so he sends each of us f' • • into our own hearts . . ..and into our world ... "to root up and to tear down, to destroy and demolish, to build and to plant." (Jeremiah 1:10)
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Signs of Hope Ten years ago the prophets of doom were predicting that the Church they knew couldn't survive change. They thought that Pope John just opened a can of worms when he called Vatican II and that .the council was to be the death knell of the faith.Well, a lot of water has gone under not the comforting and secure chair that held so many the bridge since those days easy well-insulated bodies. The sociand the Church is still very ety in which we live and in
much alive and well. To be sure, we still have some dying echoes of the unreal past that emerge with their depressing prophecies of gloom. However, for the most part they have either left the active ministry or retreated into their own private heresies. And some who still lurk in the dark corners of negativism are heretics by their own definition. As the Church journeys into the late seventies, it has many signs of hope. Outwardly, it is
realization is in itself a hopeful sign of maturity, growth and development. Many members of the Church have found new dimensions of the Gospel message in the Cursillo movement, in the Charismatic renewal and in Marriage Encounter. One cannot deny that such movements have their enthusiasts who tend to extremes. It will ever be thus. However, these movements bring thousands of the faithful together. each week to pray, to receive the sacraments and to live the teachings of Christ. As they develop, they ~re becoming structured and defined, thus emerging as an organized positive force in the life of the Church. Too, many of these movements have brought new life to parishes once dulled by inertia. They have given people the courage to work actively for Christian principles in our society, as evidenced by Birthright. They are also a positive force in the renewal of family life in a society that seems to be rushing headlong to the divorce court. Clergy Too
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"As Catholics," said Father Graziano, "we can be proud of the fact that the Catholic Community of the United States, to my knowledge, not only joined hands with other religiou;; groups in celebrating the Bicentennial, but we were the only major religious body that took this event so seriously by urging our people to discuss and reflect upon the issues of. 'liberty and justice for all' in a contemporaray religious context."
The clergy too are realizing that the old life style with its sedentary implications is passe. Parish priests are getting together to share ideas, examine needs and above all to pray as brothers. As a result some barriers such as seniority, national hackground and personal differences are being eradicated. Much of the reo newal of a meaningful liturgical life in .the Church stems from clergy who really do care, who keep up to date and who are not afraid to realize that their lives must be continually renewed.
Within the context of history, which the Church exists does the Church will always have its not offer the false security of difficult fimes and moments. yesteryear. Any change brings Of its very nature it will always corresponding difficulties and be thus. Yet these difficulties adjustments. Many people have .can be challenged, if not overnot been able or have refused come, by a people who refuse to to make the adjustments that sit back and lock the door to are the demands of change. Yet any type of change. Today we this has not in any way dimin- are seeing that many people ished the reality of the Church who really do care, now know in its witness to the Gospel . that change does not m~an demessage in today's world. struction but rather renewal. We We are beginning to realize are beginning to see a pilgrim that this message may take people who truly reali~e that many forms of expression. This things go better with hppe.
tHE ANCHOR. Thurs., Dec. 2, 1976"
1976 Marian Medal Awards
Continued from Page One court, Pease Point Way, Edgartown Thomas DeMont, County Road, Oak Bluffs Miss Rosemary T. Frizzell, 364 Old Harbor Road, Chatham Mrs. Mary Glowacki, Old South Road, Nantucket John T. Grace, Off Conwell Street, Provincetown James A. Hayes, 127 Highland Drive, Centerville Mrs. Barbara A. (John) Hill, 84 Adams Street, Bourne John D. Medeiros, Newtown Road, Santuit John F. Nelson, 8 Pine Street, Monument Beach Miss Rita M. Rose, Holbrook. Ave., Wellfleet Mrs. Gertrude (John) Santry, Little Cove Road, West Dennis Bradford Sylvia, Edgartown Road, Vineyard Haven Mrs. Margaret C. (Edward) Weil, 14 King Street, Falmouth John R. Wilson, 343 Williston Road, Sagamore Beach FALL RIVER AREA ,. Assonet Miss Gertrude A. Gould, High Street, Assonet Fall River Mrs. Doris E. (Robert) Bernier, 209 North Eastern Avenue. Mrs. Mary Ruth (Thomas F.) Burke, 241 Montgomery Street Vincent Andre Campbell, 215 Anthony Street Raymond Canuel, 15 Baker Street Mrs. Mary Cassidy, 521 Division Street Miss Margaret Constantine, 272 Albert Street Charles J. Cullen, 1295 Locust Street Mrs. Annette (Augustino) Gagliardi, 252 Bailey Street Mrs. Elizabeth (T. Noel) Harrison, 83 Warren Street Mrs. Irene (Frank) Hrycin, 488 East Main Street Leonard Lavoie, 77 Fulton Street Mrs. Lorraine Lima, 400 Ferry Street Mrs. Angela (Carl) Mello, 57 Goss Street George Nugent, 912 Robeson Street John S. Oliveira, 644 Grinnell Street Mrs. Sophie Pinkoski, 108 Hamlet Street !'vT;"''' Mary Raposo, 632 Tuckr~r Street Uanwl F. Shea, Jr., 73 Cottage Street Albert R. Vezina, Jr.,' 48 Park Street Edmund Vieira, 76 Tripp Street Somerset Joseph H. Camara, 149 Irving Avenue Raymond McConnell, 31 Cardinal Road Leonel Parent, 26 Taft Avenue Swansea Wilson' W. Curtis, 666 Stevens Road Francis W. Mehlmann, 32 Bushee Road Manuel Silveira, 47 Chestnut Street Westport Mrs. Phyllis (Stanley) .Chrupcala, 591 Sanford Road Clarence Kirby, 213 Main Road NEW BEDFORD AREA Acushnet Mrs. Maria Fernandes, 12 Park Avenue
Mrs. Helen M. (Alcide) Frechette, 28 South Main Street Mrs. Deolinda (John) Rosario, 336 Main Street East Freetown Raoul J. Gagnon, Point of Pines Road Fairhaven John E. Keary, 12 John Street PaulO. Kruger, Sr., 1 Blossom Street Edward L. Ogara, 117 E. Winsor Street Mattapoisett Mrs. Mary Ann (John) Brennan, Prospect Road New Bedford Mrs. Beatrice Arruda, 17 Atlantic Stre.et Mariano Baptista, 236 Mt. Pleasant Street Mrs. Clara Brista, 14 Transit Street . Mrs. Josephine R. (Dominic) Catalano, 57 Westview Street Mrs. Jeanne (Frank) Chartier, 280 Acushnet Avenue Mrs. Dorothy DeCicco, 110 Pine Grove Street Joseph Gonet, 294 Clifford Street Raymond Laliberte, 216 Cedar Street J .. Ernest LeBlanc, 101 Nye Street Joaquim B. Livramento, 384 Purchase Street Edward V. MacKay, 342 Orchard Street "Mrs. Helen (James) Mosher, 39 Park Street WaIter S. POlek, 38 Emery Street George Pratt 18 Kearsage Street Mrs. Colombe (Harry) Proudfoot, 77 Jouvette StJ.:eet Mrs. Agata Turbak, 318 Harwich Street North Dartmouth Mrs. Elizabeth A. (Mart'in) King, 45 Alpha Street Mrs. Agnes E. (Alfred) Tremblay, 194 Old Westport Road Wareham Mrs, ~rene (Rioy) Franklin, Marion Road TAUNTON AREA Taunton Mrs. Barbara (Francis)" Cardoza, 282 Somerset Avenue Mrs. Victoria Carew, 114 Washburn Street Mrs. Helen A. (Manuel) DeCosta, 1142 Bay Street Mrs. Helen (James) Lamb, 651 Norton Avenue Mrs. Estella R. Margarido, 13 Whitehill Street Mrs. Carmen Morales, 149 Washington Street Mrs. Rita (Leo) Murphy, 1734 Bay Street John E. Reilly, 5 West Weir Street Wilfred V. Saint, 13 Monica Street Orville C. Smith, 304 West Britannia Street Other Towns Miss Helen P. Derby, 64 Pond St., North Easton Mrs. Miriam (Albert) Fleury, 10 Birch Road, South Easton Robert M. McGuirk, 216 Bedford Street, North Dighton Mrs. Mary (Joseph) Medeiros, 2010 Somerset Avenue, Dighton Mrs. Catherine (Norman) Poirier, 198 Stonybrook Road, Raynham Mrs. Theresa A. (Harold) Rogers, 25 Battle Row, East Taunton
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MOON CLOUD left, and her mother, Flying Hawk Woman, are Thanksgiving guests of honor at St. James-St. John kindergarten, New Bedford, where children dressed appropriately to greet them.
Children Learn Indian Customs To celebrate Thanksgiving, Idndergarteners of St. JamesSt. John School, New Bedford, invited Flying Hawk Woman (Jayne Stairs) of Rochester, a Seneca Iroquois descendant of the Wampanoag trioe, and her daughter Moon Cloud (Deborah Silva), a member of the Hawk .Clan to talk to them and the. other students at the school about Indian customs and dress and to demonstrate Indian dances. The Visitors distributed Indian corn as a gesture of friendship and greeted their young audience with Indian handshakes. They told the children about the annual pow-wows held in the state, at which Indian foods are enjoyed, traditional dances are held and jewelry are displayed. Moon Cloud said she has two children, Sparrow Hawk, 2, and Stoning Bear, seven weeks old, who left the hospital where he was born in traditional Indian clothing, carried on a cradle board on his mother's back. Explaining that Thanksgiving is not a time of rejoicing for
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Dear Editor: About the letter of Edward Acton, Hyannis (Nov. 18): I wonder why he wrote two different letters on the same sub. ject to two different papers. In the Cape Cod paper he used much stronger language, especially about the Irish Democrats and the Catholic Democrats. He also named the Catholic Senator and accused him of greater sins than Nixon. Also said the Catholic Democrats had crucified the former President. Doesn't he know that money was contributed to the campaignand by law had to be spent on the campaign and reported as such. " I wonder does Mr. Acton know what it is all about. Mary Mitchell / South Yarmouth
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Has N,o Ea,sy Answers for Wise Man
Family Spirit Manifested At St. Michael's Suppers By Joseph and Marilyn Roderick
Now, some time before Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in a city far to the East, a Wise Man ~as pondering his chronicles,' and searching the skies. Back and forth he paced-papers to parapet-speaking within his heart: "Verily, it must To keep peace he returned the appear soon. The times are food to the house. As he stooped right." He summoned his to put the food away, coins wife to tell her the marvel- jingled in his pocket. ous news, the incredible findings of his studies. "It has been foretold. A king will be born; .. in Bethlehem. A star-of outstand-
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ing brightness - will light the way. r must go to Him." And she answered: "How can . you speak of leaving? Our house needs repair ... and you are always here with your papers. You haven't taken care of the courtyard ... and the weather is turning cold. And this room ... nothing but disorder." And verily, she slammed the door as she left. But the wise l'nan continued his study. He retraced the paths of the planets across his papers. He was absolute~y certain. His calculations all matched the work of his friend, Melchior. He started eating in silence, still thinking over his notes and calculations, proving and reproving that the appearance of the star was imminent. His' wife iqterrupted his thoughts. "After we eat, you clean up outside. We have company coming for the. weekend, and. I want to impress them." He made his way outside, and began working, but soon found himself caring for his own camel ... and packing his saddle bags. His wife called from the window: "Bring that take of cheese back in here. That's for the. company."
Her eyes narrowed. "Why are you carrying our money?" "Wife, the others are bringing Him gifts. We have little, but I will give of what we have." GOLDEN JUBILEE: RelaHer anger rose. "You haven't tives and friends from six paid the taxes, the roof leaks, states, including a planeand I must feed my relatives. load from Georgia, were Give me the money!" He emptied his pockets and _present for the golden jubireturned to his study. It was dif- lee Mass of Sister Mary Amficult to review his calculations. adeus, RSM, celebrated by His eyes were misty. Bishop Daniel A. Cronin last It was growing late. He went Saturday at Mt. Saint Rita down and ate the evening meal, Convent, Cumberland, R.I.in silence for his part. A native of St. Kilian parish, But his wife was still fearful that he would leave. "Let your New Bedford, the jubilarian friends go. They can afford to served for 48 of her 50 years give to this unknown king. We in religion in schools of the can't." . Fall River diocese, including Again he returned to his study. St. Mary's Cathedral, St. The sky was growing dark. Once more he searched it from his Joseph and St. Louis, Fall window.... and there it was! River; Holy Name and St. There was no mistake. It was .James, New Bedford; Our unbelievably vivid. He could feel Lady· of Lourdes, Taunton; the star drawing him. and St. Mary's, North AttleHe heard hoofbeats outside boro. Semi-retired, she is ... a knock at the door ... and a call, "It is I, Melchior. Are now a part time teacher at . Mercymount Country Day you ready? We must hurry." As he opened the door, the School, Cumberland. light of the star flooded his courtyard. Melchior asked, "Are you com- . ing with me?"
He leaned against the frame of the door, and silently shook his head. He stood there, and watched, till he could see him no longer, as Melchior rode off. The light of the star glistened on his tears as they softly rolled down his face. He wasn't sure :if it was the incredible beauty ... the justification of his calculations ... or his wife. Christmas-a time of such joy :-sometimes brings sadness, for something we cannot control prevents us from doing what we want, doing what we should.
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In the· Kitchen Life becomes even more hectic as we draw nearer to Christmas but every now and then in the hassle of daily living we come across some very pleasant moments. I encountered such a moment the other evening when I went to a Portuguese supper at St. Michael's parish in Fall River, an event that many parishes sponsor as
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I mention this because, with Christmas approaching, readers may have someone in the' family who would love to be able -to ARMAND ORTINS, Prop. spend the long winter hours ahead puttering around the ~"""'."""""""; house and enjoying an inside 'garden. My own experience in this area has been very rewarding and I suspect that any gardener could find some excit~ The Post Office has increased from ~ , 13 to 25 cents its charge to THE, ing use for a fluorescent garden , ANCHOR for notification of a sub-, ~ scriber's change of address. Please: setup in the home.
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In the past few years interest has grown by leaps and bounds in growing indoor plants. What was once the province of the elderly has now caught the imagination of the young and middle-aged. Whenever we are introduced as a gardener we are inundated by questions about indoor an annual or semi-annual festiv. plants. Gardening, in fact, ity.St. Michael is unique howis almost synonymous 'with ever, is that the chief cook
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is the J?astor Father Oliveira, a charming host as well as the James Beard of the clergy in our area. But aside from the delicious food, unique and spiced to perfection, and the delightful music there is an atmosphere that for just a little while makes one remember the goodness of people and the warmth of family relationships. From toddler to senior citizen, all are represented at any festivities sponsored by this parish but even more so at the ethnic suppers, and it's quite wonderful to see the respect paid to the nged and the love shown ·to the young. Here truly, family life at its best can be viewed. To an outsider, such as I, St. Michael's appears to be made up of people who have been in the parish for generations, neighbors who are bound together by a common cause, the church, and then the newly immigrated, again complete with family units. Though differing in length of time in this country, older parishioners show much warmth for those newly arrived, and there is a welcoming aura for everyone. Joe and I are very fortunate that Mrs. Tillie Souza, one of the leading workers of the parish, remembers to inform us of each event they hold so that we too 'can enjoy the warmth and joy of St. Michael's. One reason I love the holidays so much is that they give me the opportunity to try some new recipes. I tried this one the other evening when we had a house gathering and everyone seemed to enjoy it. MannaJade Spice Ring 1 ~ cups sugar . 1 cup butter or margarine 4 eggs 3% cups flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1'4 cups milk % cup orange marmalade 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 recipe icing 1) In a large bowl cream together the sugar and butter or margarine till light. 2) Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after eacb addition. Add vanilla. 3) Stir together the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Remove 2 cups of the batter to small bowl and stir in the marmalade and spices. 4) Pour half the remaining batter -into greased and floured 10 inch fluted tube pan. Spoon marmalade batter over; top with remaining plain batter. 5) Bake in· a 350· oven for 55 to 60 minutes or until cake tests done. Top with your favorite icing recipe.
in either group are asked to contact the rectory. SS. PETER AND PAUL, ..md snacks will be available. FALL RIVER A whist party, open' to the ~lighlights will incl.ude a turkey basket raffle, a door prize and public, will be held at 1:30 p.m. a $500 drawing. Guild members Sunday, Dec. 5 in the Father are asked to bring in baked Coady Center. Mrs. Noel P. Har. goods for this event on Sunday rison, chairman, will be assisted afternoon or Monday evening. in arrangements by Mrs. Herbert Bennet. ST. MARY, HOLY NAME, MANSFIELD The Mansfield High School FALL RIVER Donations are requested for Choir will entertain at the Catholic Women's Club Christmas a parish auction· to be held at party Thursday, Dec. 9 at the 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 in the school hall. Articles such as church hall. Members are reo minded to bring a .50 exchange used furniture, tools, glassware, gift and a matching monetary toys, bicycles, records and housegift for the St. Vincent de Paul hold items may be left at the school hall or rectory. L9-rge Society. items may be left at the school ST. MARY'S CATHEDRAL, hall or rectory. Large items wiJl FALL RIVER be picked up on request. Mrs. Irene Monte and the Hill- . An Advent penance service top Serenaders will entertain at will take place Monday evening, the Women'~ Guild Christmas Dec. 20. party slated for 6:30 p.m. Mon- ST. STANISLAUS, day, Dec. 6 in the parish hall. FALL RIVER Miss Virginia A. Martin and her Parishioners are invited to atcommittee will be hostesses. tend a Christmas concert at the SACRED HEART, Polish National Church on CenFALL RIVER tre Street at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. Past presidents of the Wom- 5. Christmas wafers (oplatki) en's Guild are in charge of arrangements for the unit's Christ- will be available at all Masses mas party, to be held at 6:30 the weekend of Dec. 11 and 12 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 in the and the traditional "breaking of school cafeteria. Entertainment the wafer" will take place at will be by Kiah O'Brien and the all Masses the following weekSomerset Group and refresh- end. ments will be served. Parishioners are asked to join The guild extends congratulain making handcrafted Polish tions to its president, Mrs. Christmas ornaments for the Thomas Murphy, and her hus- sanctuary Christmas trees. Materials are available from Sister band on the birth of their baby girl. Felicita. Formation of a parish choir A bus trip to New York is· and of a Catholic Golden Agers planned for Saturday, Dec. 4. Club have been announced. Cars may be left in the schoolThose interested in membership yard for the day.'
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.
ST. GEORGE, WESTPORT The Women's Guild will sponsor a whist party at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 in the school hall on Route 177. ST. JOSEPH, NEW BEDFORD The Couples' Club will, hold a Christmas dinner-dance beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 in the parish hall. Dancing till midnight will be to the music of the Bob St. Amour orchestra. Tickets may be reserved by calling 995-6300 or 995-0438. ST. PATRICK, FALMOUTH In honor of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Falmouth Knights of Columbus, will sponsor a rosary service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. The public is invited and rosaries will be distributed to those in attendance. ST. JOSEPH,. ATTLEBORO The annual Christmas bazaar, "Joyeux Noel," will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 in the school building. Features will include a country store offering homemade baked goods, cider, cheese, pickles, peanuts, candy and freshly made popcorn. Also in operation will be a craft corner, "The Stitchery," booths with wood and pottery items, a plant table, jewelry and used and refinished miscellaneous items and toys. To be raffled are a dollhouse, a handpainted clock, a decoupage, a ceramic manger set and several afghans. Babysitting will be offered and there will be a snack bar. OUR LADY OF ANGELS,
FALL RIVER A malasada supper and penny sale will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. New Year events for the Council of Catholic Women will include a January penny sale and a cake sale and bus trip to New York City in March.
ST. JOSEPH, TAUNTON The Women's Guild will hold a Christmas sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 in the church hall. With a theme of "Mrs. Santa Claus and Her Friends," features will include a Chinese auction, a cake table, white elephants items, Christmas decorations, fancy work and plants. Santa Claus will visit his wife 'and greet young visitors in the course of the day. ST. THERESA, SOUTH ATTLEBORO ~ The Confraternity of Christian Mothers will meet Monday, Dec. 6 for Mass, followed by a business session and Christmas party. Members and guests
This Christmas you'll be remembered in the Midnight Mass in Bethlehem. The celebrant. Archbishop James Beltritti, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, will offer the Mass for the members and benefactors of this Association. . . . How better can we say thank you? In 18 mission countries (where Catholics, though few, are mostly of the Eastern Rites) the Holy Father OUR helps millions because you read this column. GIFT 'Blind boys in the Gaza Strip (not one of them a y6~ Christian) are learning rug making, basketwork, the ABCs, at the Pontifical Mission Center for the Blind. Lepers in India are cared for by native priests and Sisters. The poor have the Gospel preached to them in Egypt, Iraq, Iran and Ethiopia.... This season especially, won't you remember the missions in your prayers? Our priests and Sisters depend on you. They ask the Christ Child to bless you always!
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ST. STEPHEN, ATTLEBORO An instruction session for those wishing to learn how to make pads for the Rose Hawthorne Home will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 in the rectory hall. Reservations for the Women's Guild Christmas party Monday, Dec. 13 will close Dec. 6. They may be made with Mrs. Julian Marquis.
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Parishes Celebrate· Past, Look to Future
A CENTURY (top picture) was marked by Notre Dame parish school, Fall River, with a Mass of thanksgiving, preceded by a pageant depicting highlights in the school's history. Participants, all Notre Dame pupils, with Msgr. Alfred J. Gendreau, pastor, are, from left, Kristen Piment.a, Kevin Theriault, Edward LePage, Thomas Lambert, Robert Fiola, Celeste Lachance, ClaUdine Cloutier, Denise Perry, Jeffrey Crepeau, Lisa Hamel, Monique Tremblay, Richard Dussault, Elaine Turcotte, Judith Francoeur. Center, members of Holy Cross parish, Fall River, brightly garbed in Polish national dress, participate in entrance procession for Mass of thanksgiving marking church's 60th anniversary. Bottom, Rev. Edmond R. Levesque, pastor of Our Lady of Grace parish, North Westport, checks construction progress on new parish center.·
New S·edfordites Set Yule Fete The Christmas meeting of the Catholic Woman's Club of New iJedford will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the Wamsutta Club, County Street, New Bedford. Mrs. Carl D. Fontes, president, will preside at a brief business meeting, after which a holiday program will be presented by the Bishop Stang High School choral group. Members are asked to bring a gift-wrapped present for a child at Regina Pacis Center, marked for age and sex of the recipient. Mrs. John Ferro will be in charge of hospitality for the evening and Mrs. Gerald A. Morrissey will be in charge of program arrangements.
A meeting of the Literature Department of the Fall Riyer Catholic Women's Club scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 5 has been rescheduled to Sunday, Dec. 12.
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Cape CCD N'ight CCD directors and coordinators of the Lower Cape Cod area will sponsor a religious ·education program from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 at Holy Trinity parish, West Harwich. Including a liturgical celebration and conferences on "Prayer and the Christian," the evening will' be conducted by Rev. James J. Haddad, professor of theology at St. John's Seminary, .Brighton, and director of the Pastoral Institute of the Boston archdiocese.
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Knights of the Altar Serve Diocese Altar boys: they come all shapes, sizes and degrees of devotion, from imps who drive curates crazy to youngsters faithful to their commitment all the way from struggling out of bed on wintry mornings to serve early Masses to putting in extra hours at weddings, funerals and special liturgical services. The Fall River diocese has its share of both types but is possibly more blessed than most in its high number of boys who take the job of acolyte very seriously. One such is 14-year-old David Bowlin, a ninth grader at Attleboro High and Supreme Grand Knight of Knights of the Altar (K of A) of St. Joseph's parish, Attl' Joro. Last week he was recognized as one of 12 outstanding Knights in the U. S. and 44 foreign couritries at a glittering award ceremony presided over by Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Dailey of Boston. As well as a certificate and medallion from K of A headquarters, David received letters of congratulation from Bishop Daniel A. Cronin, Governor Michael Dukakis, Congresswoman Margaret ~eckler, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, State Sen. John Parker and Attleboro Mayor Raymond Macomber. Asked jokingly, "What about the Pope?" Rev. Normand J. • Boulet, K of A chaplain, admitted that yes, a letter had been requested from His Holiness but that unfortunately it' hadn't yet arrived. The award and th~congratula tory letters recognized the remarkable leadership displayed by David as head of the K of A, a super-active group for which David is the second national award winner. Members have served so many bishops they've lost count, two were in Rome for the ceremonies accompanying the elevation of Cardinal Medeiros, and David was on national television earlier this year when he participated in bicentennial lantern-lighting ceremonies at Boston's Old North Church commemorating Paul Revere's ride. Fun and games are not forgotten either and the Knights participate in splash parties, trips to baseball games, "sleepovers" in St. Joseph's parish hall and frequent field trips to area points of interest. David and his fellow officers are responsible for 57 Knights, ranging from fourth grade apprentices through high schoolers, who graduate into St. Joseph's Junior Corps and become lectors and ushers for the parish. Manual Alphabet The Knights include a deafmute, for whose benefit many boys have learned the manual alphabet, said Father Boulet. o
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were recently instrumental in helping form a K of A unit at St. Ann's parish, Raynham, with Rev. Herbert Nichols as director and Albert P. Ribeiro Jr. as Supreme Grand Knight. As a Thanksgiving vacation project the Raynham K of A 'made a bicycle pilgrimage to La Salette Shrine, Attleboro, a two-hour bike trip from Raynham. Once arrived, said Father Nichols, "the first stop was th(' shrine chapel, where they gave thanks to God for a safe journey." The boys then watched erection of the famous La Salette Christmas lights display and topped their pilgrimage by ascending the shrine's "holy stairs" on their knees. OUTSTANDING KMGHT: Supreme Grand Knight David Bowlin of Knights of Altar, They returned to Raynham by St. Joseph's parish, Attleboro, holds certificate recognizing him as one of 12 outstanding supper time, "a little weary, a Knights in the United States and 44 foreign. countries. With him at presentation ceremony little sore and a little proud," are, from left, Rev. Normand J. Boulet, assistant pastor; Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Dailey concluded Father Nichols. The Raynham K of A proof Boston; Rev. Ernest Bessette, pastor; John Morin, senior acolyte supervisor for parish. gram, expl~ined Supreme Grand (Photo courtesy of Frank Adams, Attleboro Sun Chronicle) Knight Albert, is quite structured, with advancement in rank coming as boys master various aspects of religious study and altar service. Colors of cords worn with the white K of A cassocks indicate a boy's rank, he said. Also proud of an active Knights unit is Our Lady of the Isle parish in Nantucket, where some 16 boys are members, following the ranks and awards program and enjoying such extras as off-island trips to Boston and other points. Supreme Grand Knight for Nantucket is John Topham. Material for the K of A program is available from headquarters in Marseilles, III., but advice and help for parishes wishing to organize K of A is BROTHERS ALL: Some of 11 sets of brothers who serve altar at St. Joseph's parish, as close as Father Boulet, who will be glad to provide further North Dighton, with Rev. William F. O'Connell, pastor. information to questioners. He noted that the boys tradi- have commented that they found ing," he said. He notes that the whole protionally accompany funeral pro- .the solemnity added to the cemTen men form a corps of ac- gram is simply summed up by a cessions to the cemetery after a etery rites by the presence of olyte supervisors, aiding with little prayer card given each boy: requiem Mass. "Many people the robed acolytes very comfort- the many K of A activities. Knight of the Altar serve every - The priest is an East Coast Mass advisor to the national organ- As if it were your first Mass, ization and as such he and Su- As if it were your last Mass, preme Grand Knight David' As if it were your only Mass. ~
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By Father John Dietzen
Q. Women in the Catholic faith are encouraged to participate in church activities which include serving on school boards, parent-teacher organizations, parish council, liturgy committees, and other planning groups. Others play a vital role in religious education as nuns, CCD teachers, or just plain mom. Women have been the backbone of many Right to .Life groups. They are also asked to be readers at Mass and distribute Communion. And yet, our daughters are not permitted to serve Mass• What is the reason? Does the Church really teach that women are inferior? (One priest I asked said that was nonsense; but I wonder.) Perhaps this restriction was reasonable in the past, but it certainly does not make sense in 1976. (Ohio)
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.EVERYONE HAS GIFT OF HEALING, in broad sense, says Father Francis MacNutt,
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God Wants People to Lay Down Lives' For Him, Charisma tic Says
By Stan Koma TORONTO (NC)-God wants people to lay down their lives for Him," a CatMlic charismatic leader told thousands attending a charismatic renewal conference here. The leader, William Beatty, coordinator of the Alleluia Community in Augusta, Ga., said his own decision to follow' Christ "cost me my life. "The Lord kept asking me for more and more," he said. "Leave your eXElcutive career, your comfortable home, move to the black neighborhood, teach. "If you say: God and, God but, God if, it's not going to happen." He urged the assembly to make a "heart decision" for. Christ. Describing his years as a high school teacher, he said students are not impressed by religious talk. "The students say: 'Don't tell me, show me that' the Gospel makes a difference.' " Beatty was one of the main speakers at the Ontario Regional Conference of the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church. Another speaker was Domin·
ican Father Francis MacNutt, director of Merton House in St. Louis, who has written about the healing ministry in which he is involved. Everyone has the gift of healing, interpreted in the. broad sense, Father MacNutt said. "JeGUS encourages you to pray for the sick. All of us should pray for the sick in our own families, community, wherever there is need for healing. Healing is not an extraordinary ministry, but an ordinary ministry." Prudence Needed But some have a special gift of healing, he said. "There should be people in every parish, at every prayer meeting involved in the ministry of healing. But we need to be prudent." Father MacNutt, who said he has been involved· personally with pealings, said most of them take time. ·Besides encouraging appropriate medical care, those involved in the healing ministry need to be persistent in their prayers, he said. "There are risks," Father MacNutt said, "The risk of fail-
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sive series of Latin theology textbooks, for example, was published by ail American theologian in this century. In the volume on the Sacrament of Orders, he reflects a long theological trend when he says that women should not be allowed -to have the office of teacher because of their "natural condition of inferiority and subjection." Being weaker, they are inept for the heavy lahors of the social and ecclasiastical Iife."(!!) Their moral feebleness "is manifest in lightness of judgment. in credulity, and in the fragility of spirit by which she is less able to rein in the passions, particularly concupiscence." This was written in 1962, but the idea is not new. St. Thomas Aquinas said women cannot really be said to be continent, "just as brute animals are not able to be continent, for there is nothing in them that is able to oppose the appetites." No wonder so many Catholics feel there's an urgent need for some radical rethinking of the position and rule of women in the Church!
A. Yours is a difficult question to deal with because the ure ... and the. risk of success." entire picture of the ministry He said the deepest healing of women in the Church is quite needed in God's people is to confused. know that God really loves them. The law, of course, is clear: "In praying for healing," he said, Women are not eligible for drdiQ. My question has to do "ask Jesus to tell the person God nation to the diaconate or the . with morality,· I suppose - the loves him." priesthood, or for installation meaning of obscene. Obscene . Archbishop Philip Pocock of into the ministries (formerly means something lewd or imToronto told -the'conference that minor orders) of Lector (Reader) pure. But now I see it used to if charismatics want to be on or Acolyte. Other liturgical reg- describe other things. A remark safe ground in interpreting Scrip- ulations, however, allow women; in a Catholic publication quoted tures and prophecy, they should at least in some circumstances, a speech by a high government regard the magisterium (teaching to perform nearly all the func- official, .and said it was obscene. authority) of the Church as the tions of both Reader and Acol- How do you explain that? (It had ~inal court of interpretation. yte, except what we would call nothing to do with sex at all.) serving Mass. "When you stand with the In his· Apostolic Letter on the A. The definition you give Holy Father and the bishops, reform of Minor Orders (Aug. for obscene may be the common you are on safe ground," he said. 15; 1972), Pope Paul lists the one, but it is not the basic mean· Describing charismatic prayer duties of Reader;' Reading the ing of the word. The adjective and responsorial comes to us from Greek drama. groups in the Toronto archdi-. Scripture ocese as loyal to the Church and psalm, presenting the intentions In certain Greek plays hideous "orthodoxy," he said these of the prayer of the faithful, di- crimes were committed; eyes characteristics are very impor- recting singing and other par- were put out, parents killed their ticipation by the faithful, pre- children, and vice versa, and the tant. paring other Scripture readers, bloodiest monstrosities were He exhorted the gathering to ' and "instructing the faithful for perpetrated. However, these be open to the Holy Spirit and the worthy reception of the sac- were usually done "ab" or "ob to let the Spirit be their light. raments." All these can be and scaenam" - literally, off the are often done by women. scene, offstage, because they Archbishop James A. Hayes Acolytes serve as extraordi- were considered too loathsome, of Halifax, N. S., a leader in Canada's charismatic movement, nary ministers of the Eucharist, too cruel, to be laid openly be,encouraged Catholics to help and as assistants to the deacon fore decent and civilized men. Thus, whatever is repulsive, "build up" the Church through and priest during the Eucharistic liturgy. They may also expose or otherwise shameful in cruel, the gifts given to them. the Blessed Sacrament for Ad- man's dealings with his fellow "We need to minister and oration, and instruct others in man, came to be labelIed as obone another as we've never their function in the liturgy. scene. Sexual immodesty is, needed one another before." Again, of these four acolytes' therefore, just one and perhaps Calling for social action to duties, Church law now allows one of the lesser types of obfeed the hungry, give drink to two of them, the first and fourth, scenity'abounding in the world. the thirsty, help the sick, Arch- to be performed by women. A good example from Scrip~ bishop Hayes said: "If we are No one, to my knowledge, has ture is Isaiah's prophetic denot helping the poor and lonely, given any reason why this should scription of Jesus in His Passion. it is not the Church of Christ." be. If closeness to the Eucharist The future Servant of God, said is the criterion, distributing Com- Isaiah, would suffer so violently munion seems of higher dignity that He would become as '''one than hringing the wine and water of those from whom men hide O'ROURKE and holding the paten. their faces." In that sense, what Fqneral Home Concerning the inferiority of was done to Jesus in His suffer· 571 Second Street women, there are some embar- ing and death was truly "obrassing theological traditions that scene." . Fall River, Mass. must be faced, because they can6'79-6072 Questions for this column not help but influence attitudes MICHAEL J. McMAHON and regulations about women's should be sent to Father Dietzen Registered Embalmer role in the liturgy. in care of The Anchor, P.O. Licensed Funeral Director Perhaps the latest comprehen- Box 7, Fall River 02722.
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Gives Personal Reactions To Meeting in Detroit
Delegates Report on Detroit
The new emerging leadership of the American Catholic church must face the fact that it has two choices: It either deals with blunt but competent moderates or it deals with the far-out flakes. The Detroit tent show makes it clear that thus far the leadership mess? I think there are two has chosen the latter. You things they can do: First of all, can wonder why. But. as they they can initiate a processs of do the post mortem on the convening an authentically repDetroit wonder radical of the
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and turned it .into a grab for power over the American church. They might ask themselves how the secretariat of the U.S.C.C. (or part of it) was captured and coopted in such a venture. They might wonder how such a group could persuade the cardinal archbishop of Detroit that they spoke for the Catholic "people," How many Irish political leaders, Italian lawyers, Polish real estate men, German bakery owners, Slovak engineers, Croatian architects, etc., etc., were represented at the Detroit fraud? The answer is that they were notand that they're the" American church in much greater part than those who were at the meeting. So if it is messianic nuns unimpeded by data you want, fellas, fine; the Notre Dame game of October 23, 1976 was a delight to watch, but then you get what you deserve. Do I sound arrogant? OK, I am, if that's the way you want it. I will be more arrogant: My colleagues and I have spent the last ~ years studying the American Catholic population. We know more about it in more minute detail than anyone in the country. You exclude us from your mediCine showsthat's all right; we've got other things to do. But it is us or people like us on the one hand, or the crazies on the other. You pays your money and you takes your choice. I don't much care, personally. I don't like going to meetings and I have long since given up any hope of having an impact on the church for the rest of my life. I am too blunt for the bishops and too sane for the crazies. That's all right; there are other things to do. But I am furious when I see the Catholic tradition and the Catholic population, sold down the river, humiliated, disgraced, , and betrayed by untrained, incompetent zealots who do not know a damn thing about the past history or the present greatness of American Catholicism. Two Things How can the ,administrative board pull out of the Detroit
resentative, democratically elected group of American Catholics to refute the claim of the Detroit menagerie to speak for anyone but themselves. Secondly, they can commission on a regular systematic basis high quality professional research on American Catholicism. For example: The National Opinion Research Cente~ (roundly denounced by the hierarchymost of whom I fear did not read "Catholic Schools In a Dec1inning Church") shows that only 30 percent of the Catholic population support the ordination of women while more than half "strongly" oppose it (women more than men). Now I happen to believe that· women should be ordained, but. the claim of the crowds of crazies at· Detroit that the "people" want ordination of women is just plain false. If they want to win the "people's" support, the cultists are going to have to get allies-and of course that's the last thing messianic types want to do. I suspect that the NORC finding on the ordination of women was never quoted in Detroit because no one there had read it. Who cares what the ordinary laity think? I am arguing that the bishops should care-because now it is either the ordinary laity or the kooks, the researchers who can study the' ordinary laity or the visionaries who hear voices in the night. As I say, it is OK with me either way. McCready's wife, (a lovely woman) does not, understandably, like him away at meetings. I would sooner write poetry or fiction than interact with bishops. You pays your money and you takes your. choice. But was "Catholic Schools In a Declining Church" really worse than Detroit?
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Continued from Page Three ute of the meetings we were Detroit to discuss how liberty asked to attend and he never and justice could be brought to left early or took recesses; he all. It was the end of one phase plodded along with so much digof the program, but in many nity and wisdom. He is definitely ways it was also a beginning. something I will never forget. Sister Elaine Heffernan, RSM, My strongest criticism of the religious education director, conference is time. I really feel Holy Ghost parish, Attleboro: Iil the material covered should reading over the eight areas of have been just half! It was althe program, I found-them very ways time, time, time! carefully prepared, open to a Mr. and Mrs. John Ross, repwide range of views within the resenting married couples with Church, most of all, thought- families, St. Mark's parish, Atfully concerned with how we tleboro Falls: We were very imas Catholics may use our influ- pressed with the sincere way in ence to bring about a better which Cardinal Dearden opened society. the conference. He mentioned There are among the actions that not only did the people deproposed some things that I be- serve an answer to their queslieve are unfortunate. But there tions, but would get one. His are many -things proposed that I openness and sincerity were believe most Catholics could consistent with the bishops that identify with enthusiastically. I attended. They shared, work and think we have to remember that were open and responsive to the this meeting brought together a people, but most of all, they cross section of the Church. The listened. final decisions will be made by We also felt that there were the bishops, but they will have many activist groups present who the feeling of the people of God. came with specific issues in The assembly showed 'a great mind. We too, question if the diversity of views among Cath- majority of the delegates were olics on social arid church issues. representative of the average Mrs. Charles Bardelis, bicen- Catholic. However, they cared tennial coordinator for St. Pat~ enough about their church and rick's parish, Falmouth: I had their cause to bring their feelthe education of the public ings and insights on Liberty and school children gnawing away Justice before the delegates. inside of me. This issue was a What ~s to be one of the stepchild to the whole issue of highlights and most enjoyable papers on the Church and Ed- parts of the stay in Detroit was ucation; and I knew my con· the people we traveled and ~cience would not permit me to shared with. For this and the sit through my assignment with- chance to be heard we are out recommending that some- thankful. thing be done about this! David Costa, representing At our working sessions I rose youth, senior at Coyle-Cassidy to a microphone and initiated High School and a member of the motion to have a separate Sacred ..Heart parish, Taunton: section for public school chil- I participated in the group dealdren. There were about a dozen ing with the parish in the neighothers who wanted to be a part borhood. We agreed there must of this subgroup, which was be a strong sense of a Christian multi-ethnic, including Cardinal community within the parish beMedeiros, Bishop Daley, two fore anything else can be estabsisters, a representative from the . lished. Another major concern military ordinariate, a priest and of ours was the training and six lay people. We worked' very continuing education of parish well together and when we re- ministers as instruments of parturned to the whole committee ish leadership. on education they readily acIn Detroit I listened to many cepted our amendment (see sec- concerned Catbolics, broadmindtion on Church, Recommenda- ed and conservative. All things tion Three; 'Education, Article considered, I think the three Seven). days produced many serious and We knew we wouldn't make constructive ideas. I sense that the newspapers as we certainly the Catholic Church's social acweren't controversial, but we tion plan in the US during the felt we were probably going to next five years will be a very affect more people than any of demanding one. the controversial issues ever I will always remember "A would! Call to Action." It gave 'me in· I was so impressed with Car- sight into the problems facing dinal Medeiros, who was so will- the Church. Being able to reping to work and listen to every- resent my diocese and the youth one. He was so much a part of was indeed an honor in which I the peopl!;!. He didn't miss a min- take great pride.
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KNOW YOUR FAITH Hearing: What Is It ? By FATHER ALFRED McBRIDE, O.Pra~.
forms of healing. Hence the sacraments - especially those of Baptism, Eucharist, Penance and Some of the happiest faces anointing-are regular events of you will ever see are on people healing for all people who becomirlg home from the hospital lieve. or rising from a sick bed. Along Still, this broader and deeper with a birth or a wedding, the notion of healing does not exbest news we can hear is that a clude the necessity of looking at beloved friend or relative is well the healing of physical ills by again. Healing is always good the gift of the Spirit. This gift news. So wonderful an experi- of healing seems to have been nce is it that the healed one will more commonplace in New jump for joy"':"'as in the case of Testament times. In subsequent the lame man in Acts. "And times, the gift was narrowed to leaping, he stood and walked· lives of the saints, shrines such and entered the temple with as Lourdes and the practice them, leaping and praising God." among some Protestants known Acts 3,8. as "faith healing." In recent history, the growth The gift of healing is tirelessly reported in the New Testa- of the scientific mind, coupled ment. Isaiah foretold that heal- with the marvelous advance of ing would be a sign of the mes- medicine, had moved the possi.sianic times. (IS. 35,5-6) While bility of a spiritual gift of healthe term healing is usually re- ing to the margin of Christian served for the ture of the sick'- practice. Some began to view the body, the deepest healing is the old healing stories as myth, or cure of the sick soul. Salvation else psychosomatic cures that Tum to Page Thirteen and redemption are the supreme
Praying For Others By
MSGR. JOSEPH M. CHAMPLIN I was deeply touched on my initial Marriage Encounter when I received a note indicating about 50 couples at home were praying for me throughout that weekend experience. Moreover, it become clear those assurances of praise on my behalf were neither empty promises nor mere token symbols of loving support. These husbands and wives really prayed at home, in church during Mass, before meals, some even at 2 or 3 in the morning
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with alarms set for the desig• nated hour. Such petitions are both helpfui and healing. We have the Lord's own example and promise about the power of prayer to aid others in distress. In addition, however, the awareness that a community of believers cares enough to mention your name in prayer has by itself a very healing effect on the hurting person. We have found that to be the case with the General Intercessions or Prayer of the Faithful at our weekend and weekday Masses. The sick and sorrowing are pleased and encouraged when they hear or learn their situation has been placed in prayer before the entire worshiping congregation. Petitions like these form an appropriate part of the General Intercessions, but their concerns should reach beyond the immediate needs of a few or of the local area. Article 45 of the Missal's General Instruction explains that in the "prayer of the ,faithful, the people exercise their priestly function by interceding for all mankind. It is appropriate that Tum to Page Thirteen
What Was Jesus' Mission? By _ FATHER JOHN J. CASTELOT One of the most engaging ti· tles given to Jesus by Christian tradition is "Divine Physician." Even a superficial reading of the Gospels .. reveals how justified this title is. On almost every page we see Jesus healing ills of all kinds. This particular activity was an essential part of His messianic mission. When John sent some of his disciples to Jesus, they said: "John the Baptizer sends us to you with this question: 'Are you He who is to come or do we look for someone else?'" (At that time He was curing many of their diseases, afflictions, and evil spirits; He also restored sight to many who were blind.) Jesus gave this response: "Go and report to John what you have seen and heard. The blind recover their sight, cripples walk, lepers are cured, the deaf hear, dead men are raised to life, and the poor have the good news preached to them" (Lk. 7,20-22). Jesus' reply alluded clearly to Is. 35,5-6, part of a poetic description of the return from the Babylonian Exile in terms reminicent of the Exodus from Egypt. The New Testament, in its turn, interpreted the Christevent as the Ultimate, definitive Exodus from sin to salvation. And so Jesus could point to His work of healing as a sign that the messianic age had dawned, that He was "He who is to come." Jesus' miracles must be kept in proper perspective. In an age not long past they were often presented as "proofs" of His divinity, as if divinity was something that could be demonstrated by a chain of reasoning! Used in this way,· their intimate relation to Jesus' mission was perceived only dimly, if at all. That mission involved inaugurating of the reign of God. This, in tum, called for overthrowing the reign of evil, personified by Satan. That is why there is frequent mention of Jesus' casting out of demons. TIlose assaults on· the forces of evil were not all exorcisms in the technical sense; real diabolical possession is a rare phenomenon. Sin the Enemy In the popular mind, however, there was a close tie-up between demonic actions and all ills: physical, psychic, cosmic. Consequently every cure, every demonstration of power over nature's destructive forces pointed to Jesus' messianic victory over the forces of evil. And this was His mission. His cures were not something extrinisic to that mission, signs posting to its validity, although within limits they can be so used. The arch-enemy of God's reign in people's hearts is sin; this is the enemy He ca'me to conquer. In Matthew's story of Jesus
"THE ARCH-ENEMY of God's reign in people's hearts i~
sin," declares Father Castelot. In the new rite of penance sm can be discussed on a face-to-face basis as in this , demonstration. (NC Photo) birth, the angel tells Joseph, "She is to have a son and you are to name him Jesus because he will save his people .from their sins" -(Mt. 1,21). His very
name spells out His life's purpose: victory over sin. Of course He did not cure every afflicted person in Galilee Turn to Page Thirteen
Is Absolution AMagic Eraser? II By FATHER JOHN A. GEIGER Although Jesus healed many people of physical ailments, He was very careful to teach that this was not the main reason why He came. The evangelists were also careful to call those miracles "signs," especially of the forgiveness of sins and of the healing it leads to. This, of course, smacks us with the' question: When is our healing complete? A wound obviously isn't healed if it's still festering or sore. It isn't even healed completely when the scab falls off. Last week a lady told me that her daughter, who had broken her leg, was still limping after the cast was off because she had not yet regained confidence. So, although we would like to hope for instant healing, most wounds simply don't and won't heal fast. When we attempt to translate this into spiritual need, I'm afraid we are prone to forget the axiom: Grace doesn't destroy or contradict nature, but completes it. The penchant to draw a strict line of distinction between nature and supernature has caused terrible confusion. And speaking of supernature, I wonder when Kellog's will finally send the four Superman records I ordered with three "Pep" boxtops and $4.75. The myth of man changing instantly from weak Clark Kent into a powerful being is intriguing that he always does it privately before the effect becomes public?
Is there an analogy here? I'm OK, You're Not A number of years ago a man I was instructing complained that whenever he and his wife had a spat, she'd trek off to confession for the peace of forgiveness and leave him hanging. What had happened to the public effect of that private transformation? Or was the transformatioJ:l real for her? The healing wasn't complete. Why? I think the trouble rises from our attempt to think Of absolution as a magic eraser. It isn't. The application of the medicine the clean bandage or the cast""': confidence in faith that God forgives us as soon as we're open to receive Him - certainly are instant. But what about continuing soreness and that scab? And what about regaining confidence to walk without limping? Do we divide our lives into two compartments--one for private peace with God and the other for our public wars? That's insane. How in the world can we say, "Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us," without blushing if we use our sacraments that way? . Contrary to popular assumption, the Church has never promoted public confessions for private sins. But complete healing even for private offenses· requires at least enough publicity for real reconciliation. Public penance in an earlier age was prescribed for sins that were known publicly. The classic example was St. Ambrose's command that the Roman emperor-was it Theodo-· sius? - dress in sackcloth and Turn to Page Thirteen
11 Praying For Others Continued from Page Twelve this prayer be included in all Masses celebrated with a congregation, so that intercessions may be made for the Church, for civil authorities, for those oppressed by various needs, for all mankind, and for the salvation of the world." The usual order of petitions to be followed touches on the needs of the Church, then public authorities and the salvation of the world, next, those oppressed by any need and, finally, the local community. Practical HintsHere are some practical suggestions with regard to the General Intercessions: The petitions should include specific and contemporary concerns not limited to abstract generalizations. The late night television news on Friday, the Saturday morning paper and the radio reports will readily provide issues on the minds of that weekend's worshipers. Spontaneous petitions from the congregation are normally ineffective for large Sunday Masses. They tend to be subjective and inaudible. The people's response ought to vary, but not too often.. In the latter instance, the community's lack of familiarity with the frequently changed phrase will bring an uncomfortable insecurity and result in a weak sung or spoken reply.
Jesus' Mission Continued from Page Twelve during His ministry there. Had the healing of physical and emotional ills been His ultimate purpose, this would pose a problem. 'But through His cures and over and above them, He aiming at the real evil: sin. One particular miracle brings this out clearly: the cure of the paralytic whose friends let him down through an opening in the roof into the presence of Jesus. What they wanted was unmistakably clear. But before He granted their unspoken request, He said to the paralytic: "My son, your sins are forgiven" (Mk. 2,5). This went to the heart of the matter; the physical cure which followed was secondary. This does not mean that Jesus was indifferent to human suffering as such, that He used illnesses simply as opportunities to demonstrate and effect His victory over sin. The Gospels eloquently testify to His deep sympathy and concern. The plight of the afflicted moved Him deeply. In Mark's account of a leper's cure, was read: "Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and ~aid: 'I do will it. Be cured.''' (Mk.l,41). Interestingly, many ancient manscripts read "Moved with anger!" who among us has not experienced a frustration bordering close upon anger at seeing horrible suffering? In addition to many accounts of individual miracles, the Gospels give impressive little summaries, i.e., "As evening drew on, they brought him many who were possessed. He expelled the spirits by a simple command and cured all who were afflicted, ..." (Mt. 8,16; see 12,16; Mk. 6.53-5~).
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Attractive banners displaying the congregation's response facilitate a strong reply, even when alternated, for example, every month. A concluding petition, "For your personal intentions," accompanied by a suitable silent pause, individualizes the General Intercessons and has proven very popular in our parish. Those who assemble for small group Masses, as on weekdays, and voice on-the-spot petitions need to be reminded occasionally that the Prayer of the Faithful has a worldwide vision. We as a congregation pray not only for our family and friends, but for all mankind. Parishioners should every now and then be publicly encouraged to submit the names of persons in need to the parish priests or committee in charge of the General Intercessions. Then when someone has been unfortunately omitted, the responsibility falls on the total community rather on the human, limited person or persons who prepare the petitions.
Reparation Vigil Tomorrow Night A five-hour First Friday vigil of reparation to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary will be held from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Health Church, Cambridge Street, Fall River. The service will begin with a votive Mass of the Sacred Heart celebrated in Portuguese; and a second Mass, honoring the Immaculate Heart of Mary, will be celebrated in English at midnight. The rosary will be recited in Portuguese and a holy hour will be conducted. There will be a coffee break at 10 p.m. All are invited to participate in any part or all of the services.
Absolution Continued from Page Twelve beg for prayers at the entrance of the Cathedral in Milan because of injustice to the citizens of Thessalonica. The emperor did it because he knew the need for complete healing. Too bad there wasn't an Ambrose around during the Watergate fracas. And what about our own squabbles? What parish doesn't have them? Public celebration of God's mercy and its power to heal us completely makes grand sense. Let's not resist the movement of the Spirit in the' fantastic reforms of our day. They're rooted in almost 2,000 years of practical experience.
"THE DEEPEST HEALING is the cure of the sick soul," writes Father Alfred McBride. "Still, this deeper notion does not exclude the necessity of looking at the healing of physical ills by the gift of the Spirit." Charismatics gather at shrine to ask for physical healing. (NC Photo) coming from the Holy Spirit. They do not reject the possibility of healing by- certified doctors, nor do they establish any principle -that would exclude psychiatric help-had they known of it. The biblical record simply reserves the possibility of healing through the power of tpe Spirit as one of the approaches to a compassionate treatment of the sick. . Hence the attitude toward healing should be broad enough to include all people who have cinical interest in helping the sick to get well. But perhaps in an oversimplified way, there should be a healing community in which body doctors, mind doctors and "soul doctors" could work together for the total good
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of the patient. The goal after all is the full health of the person-bodily, psychic and spiritual. The Church- has always held to the possibility of cures resUlting from spiritual means. To this day, three miracles are required for the canonization of a saint. At the same time, the Church remains every bit as sceptical as any scientist about a given cure until it seems demonstrably to be of divine origin. Anyone who has read the critical approaches of a Devil's Advocate in canonization procedures or the strict evaluation procedures of the authorities at Lourdes is well aware that the Church does not advocate a naive view of miracle cures. What is unfair and unwarranted' is the assumption that such a cure can't happen. It is one thing to deny the possibility and quite another to admit the possibility while taking a long, prudent and critical look at _the matter. Yes, healing comes in many forms and from many sources. Let us praise God that such Good News - Gospel- is still all around us.
Hearing: What Is It ? Continued from Page Twelve possessed no particular spiritual origin. If biblical people claimed there was some connection between sin and sickness, contemporary people cO,ijntered rather that there was a: link between one's psychic health and physical well-being. In addition, we all know bizarre stories of people who refused common sense medical care and relied upon a miracle cure to handle illness with the tragic result of death in some cases (as in appendicitis). The growth of the charismatic renewal, with its testimonies - about healing, raises the questions again for our time. Biblical writers testified to the possibility of a gift of healing
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In what will become an annual ceremony, class officers and student members of the StudentFaculty Board of Bishop Gerrard High School, Fall River, were formally installed in their various positions. The ceremony, to which parents of inductees were' invited, included an opening prayer, an address by Sister Elizabeth McAuliffe, principal, and a reflection on the school motto, "Be the Best of Whatever You Are." Inductees pledged to work for the good of the school community and carry out the duties of their positions and then were invested with insignia of their office. The ceremony concluded with singing of the Gerrard alma mater.
Bishop Feehan Trudy Patch has been named freshman class president at Feehan High. Also at the Attleboro school, the girls' volleyball team has closed the season with a 4-4 record. Members were pleased with a newly introduced rotating captain system. Seniors expect to take the Armed Forces Examination tomorrow, while members of all classes are looking forward to a Spell-In at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, to be sponsored by the English department and the Future Business Leaders organization. Senior Lynne Stack wiH rep. resent Feehan in the annual DAR Good Citizen contest. She was chosen by students and faculty on the basis of dependability, leadership, service and patriotism. ~ew Ski Club officers are headed by Greg Pube and David Smith, co-chairmen, while Linda Pavao and Jude Bertone will coach the sophomore cheerleaders for JV basketball games.
Bishop St_ang Bishop Stang High School, No. Dartmouth, recently sponsored a Respect Life Art/Essay Contest, one several efforts to acquaint students with issues challenging the value of human life. Peg O'Neill captured the first place slot in the essay contest. Using the stream of consciousness technique, she imagined herself an older woman being "allowed to die" by her children and reflecting that it was her own attitudes in early life that generated the lack of sensitivity for future generations. Three students received honorable mention tor their essays: Anthony DeSorrnier, Ann Lamoureux, and Susan Desrosiers. Susan's entry Was an original song dealing with the rights of of the unborn. Charlotte Stone received top art honors with a charcoal sketch of an old man holding an infant; and Deborah Tonelli received honorable mention for a decou-page entry.
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AT INDUCTION: Participants in first annual induction 'ceremony for student officers at Bishop Gerrard High School, Fall River, are, left, Sister Elizabeth McAuliffe, principal, presenting insignia to Janet Witkowski, senior class president; right, Jeannine Melanson, Janet Witkowski, Janine Landry, Joyce Makara, Kim Drewniak.
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By CECILIA BELANGER Sometimes it is easier to say we believe in Jesus than to be like Jesus. One story involving the Black Panthers in those turbulent 60's comes to mind. The Panthers were holding a rally on the village green in a New England town. One of the churches decided to serve sandwiches and lemonade to them. An elderly lady was among those serving the refreshments. Suddenly a towering gian't of a man came over to her and thundered, "I speak violence!" She merely smiled up at him and said, "Sorry, my friend, I only speak English. Have a sandwich." And he did. And this is respect, that people can have differing philosophies and still respect each other's humanity. Parents Reveal God In the 'story of Tobit and Tobias we see a father who is not preaching. He is setting an example. He is forming a boy. A boy whose heart lay where the eagles gathered in Jerusalem; and when he got there he knew that this was what he wanted to do - to know more about God. Parents, be fair to your children early in ,life. Try to dowhat is right and just. Your child is watching and listening. Don't cOJ;lfuse him. You are the first revelation of God to that child. People sometimes fail to see this. They think God is somewhere else. Perhaps the most important thing the behavioral sciences have told us is that we cannot know who we are in respect to other people. And they tell us this begins at three monthsothers say even younger. So that. children experience God long before they go to church or religion classes. They experience Him when they are being loved. People ask, "What about those children who don't go to church -who don't attend classes in religion?" Who dare say that if
they live in a home where the parents are loving, caring, decent and honest, that these children are not experiencing God? These children' are being taught . religion without either parent realizing it. God takes care of his own. This is not to advocate staying away from church or religion classes, but to point out that it is not for us to make judgments regarding the superior spirituality of ourselves as opposed to that of others. The child is watching and listening and often it is his own home that impoverishes him, that cheats him of that necessary experience of God. Don't give children the kind of God they will walk away from. Watch Ourselves One of the most important parts of a child's religious education is that his parents go on pushing back the hOrizon Turn to Page Fifteen
Lying in bed with the radio on Moonlight falls like rain Soft summer nights spent thinking of you When will I see you again? Soft and low the music moans I can't stop thinking about you Thinking about you I didn't know it would be so strong Waiting and w~ndering about you I didn't know it would last so long Nights are forever without you. Curtains still dance with the wind and sky The sun will be coming up again soon But I just can't sleep thinking of you Here alone with the moon. Written by Parker McGee (p) 1976 Atlantic BMI) "Nights Are Forever Without You" sets a scene where there is too much night and too little sleep. It oppresses a guy whose heart moans more loudly than the radio because of the absence of his loved one. If you are a teenager who has lost a boy or a girl friend, this song probably calls up in you the nervous and anxious experience of an uncertain future. If you are married and your husband or wife is .distant, the song will remind you of how painstakingly you count the days until reunion. Or if for some reason you are separated for life, the song's title line about forever nights will strike even harder. The lyrics remind you of the truism that love changes time. When you are in love, the clock seems to move faster and work becames easier. Love' brings melody and lightness to the chiming of the hours. Separation from someone you love does the opposite. The clock seems to grind to a halt, or at least to move in maddening slow motion. Time advances with excruciating slowness. Oddly enough, it is often the times of separation that do the best things to lovers. When reunion comes, togetherness is frequently at its sweetest. Distance often forces people to get in touch with their feelings, to put their values in order, and to communicate their love more clearly.
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Undefeated Bulldog Eleven Misses Super Bowl Berth Only six Eastern Massachusetts schoolboy f.ootball teams compiled an undefeafed and untied record in 1976. One of the.clubs to accomplish the feat was Old Rochester Regional High School of Mattapoisett and the Southeastern Massachusetts Conference. Unfortunately, in spite of the sequently, on a, point basis, the Bulldogs finished fourth in the unblemished slate, Coach ratings. Only one of the RegionFrank Oliva's Bulldogs will als' four non-league games was not have the opportunity to compete for the State's Division 4 championship in the December 4th high school Super Bowl. Old Rochester's failure to qualify for the post-season extravaganza is attributable to two facts. First, a team must be showered with a certain amount of luck to gain a berth and secondly, the Regionals' non-league schedule was not as demanding as is necessary to gain top ranking. In the luck category O.R. fell just short. Of the six unbeaten schools in Eastern Mass. four were competing for berths in the Division 4 play-offs. Con-
played against a higher division team and,' as a result, the point value of its opposition was less than those of Ho~liston, Hanover .and St. Patrick's of Watertown, the first three divisional finishers. While there is some disappointment at- the Mattapoisett school at not qualifying; all concerned can take satisfaction in the team's accomplishments. Undefeated teams are rare. To attain that type of perfection requires hard work, dedication and skill. Coach Frank Oliva, his coaching staff and entire squad are to be congratulated on a job well done.
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"GIVE THANKS to God the· Father for Everything" was theme of Thanksgiving Mass celebrated at Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth, with Bishop Cronin as principal concelebrant and food basket~ for distribution to needy adorning altar. From left, Rev. Manuel P. Ferreira, Rev. John J. Steakem, Bishop, Rev. John J. Oliveira, Rev. Stephen Fernandes, Rev. William P. Blottman, Rev. Callistus Bamberg, OFM.
focus on youth .•. Continued from Page Thirteen and wrestling with the idea of God for themselves. They should leave behind-and fast-the less creditable ideas that came out of their own development. They don't have to be ashamed of them. It is-or will be-to their r;:redit that they outgrow them. Far more important than keeping an eye on our children's \lehavior is keeping an eye on our own, listening to what is coming out of our own mouths.
Jesus' Parents The boy Jesus was formed by a mother who loved the scriptures and knew them, by a foster father who also knew and loved them and was a just man. Jesus learned to tell stories from his mother. He learned about wine skins from Joseph, about weaving fabric and not cutting holes in it to patch old garments from Mary. He learned about herbs and growing things. He
loved his environment. He spoke about it poetically. Don't you think that Jesus was formed, too, because he lived with people like Mary and Joseph? With this kind of par· ent? They, too, were the book for him-the first ·book. And Jesus read deeply from both books. No child respected his parents more. There was always open· ness and honesty between them. and he showed them his courage. We can all imitate him in some way. At some point in our lives we come to understand God's will for each of us. We must be patient. These things don't just come zapping out of the air. We hear things daily ringing in our ears. Our minds , are touched. Then, one day the spirit taps us on the shoulder, and our hearts are touched, and we are on our way. It takes three things to attain a sense of significant being, some one said: God, a soul, and a moment. Those moments when we get tired of talk and meetings, of typewriters and halls of ·learning, and we decide to go to the front lines of life-out to meet needs wherever they are. Not the needs that are all tightly packaged ,and to whom others are also catering, but out to those for whom no one cares. These are the things we do because we cannot help ourselves. This, for some of us, is where we are most likely to find God.
Taunton Wins Mythical Championship Although Old Rochester was the only undefeated team within diocesan limits, Taunton gains the distinction of finishing first in the mythical Diocesan championship race. The Herringtowners, winners of the Southeastern Mass. Conference Division I crown, earned the title on the basis of their victory over loop rival Dartmouth and the spectacular manner in which they ended the campaign. Coach Fra\lk Almeida's Tigers won their final eight games of the Fall, all with relative ease, after being edged in their first two contests. There was little doubt after Thanksgiving morning that the Tigers deserved the number one spot. Dartmouth, likewise, firiished the year with a flair. The Carlin Lynch coached Indians tied New Bedford in the season's opener, then lost to Taunton. From that
point on they were unstoppoble as they finished the season with a 7-1-1 mark.
There are 29 schools within the diocese that compete in football. In determining the top lOin the mythical Diocesan circuit, three major factors were considered. First, the team's over-all won-loss record, next the relative strength of its opponents and finally head-to-head meetings if applicable.
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New Titlists Crowned in All Circuits The 1976 schoolboy grid cam- Super Bowl. Where was Lady paign is now history. New cham- Luck when needed? pions have been crowned in all Luck also deserted the coaches local eircuits. Taunton ousted Winslow over the latter part of Dartmouth in the race for the the campaign. Coach Steve Winslarge schools' S.E. Mass. Confer- low of Coyle saw his Warriors ence Division I title. Coyle be- win seven in a row and thEm, came heir to the Division II in large part due to injuries, lose throne vacated by Fairhaven, the final three games of the who moved up a bracket, and year. At Somerset, Coach Ed Old Rochester rules in Division Winslow looked on as much the III.. Mansfield regained suprem- same fate befell his Blue Raiders. acy in the nine team Hockomock The individual scoring leader League after a nine year within the diocese this Fall was drought. , running back Frank Oliva of Old Coach Tony Day's Mansfield Rochester, Coach Frank Oliva's eleven lost only a single game son. The power back accounted this FaIl, a 21-20 verdict to for 18 touchdowns and 5 two point conversions for a total North Attleboro. That one point of 118 points good for an 18 cost the Green Hornets an ap- point lead over his nearest compearance in the Division 3 petitor Bill Paulson of Taunton.
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