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Leonard G. Cejka, Sacred Hearts, Fairhaven. William E. Constant, St. Mary, New 'Bedford; Alden Davignon,­ St. Theresa, New Bedford; Jean LaBelle, St. Julie, No. Dart­ DIOCESAN NEWSPAPER FOR SOUTHEAST MASSJg CAPE & ISLANDS mouth; Germaine Lagesse, Sa­ cred Heart, New Bedford; Vivian Vol. 27, No. 47 R. 'Lapre, St. Francis Xavier, Fall River, Mass., Friday, December 2, 1983 $8 Per Year Acushnet. Norbert F. Latimer, St.' An-. thony of Padua, New Bedford; Victor Lemos, Holy Name, New Cape and Islands Bedford; Sophie Machowski, St. William Burke, St. Anthony, Casimir, New Bedford; Carlota E. Falmouth; Pauline Cahoon, St. J. Marujo, Immaculate Concep­ • Patrick, Falmouth; Lillian Cam­ tion, New Bedford; John ~. Mur­ acho, O.L. of Cape, Brewster; ley~ St. John the Baptist, West­ Robert A. Collyer, St. John the port. Evang., Pocasset; Alice Creemer, Stephanie A. Patla, St. Hed­ St. Elizabeth Seton, No. Fal­ wig, New Bedford; Elda Poitras, mouth. Our Lady of Fatima, New Bed­ Martha Curley, O.L. of As­ ford; Leo F. St. Aubin, St. Law­ sumption, Osterville; Philip E. rence, New Bedford; Harry A. Dempsey, St. Pius Tenth, So. Sears, St. Anne, New Bedford;' Yarmouth; James J. Fegan, O.L. Gabriel B. Senna, St. Anthony, of Lourdes, Wellfleet; Hilda Mattapoisett. Foley, St. Mary, Nantucket; Charles O. Silva, Jr., O.L. of Eleanor Foster, St. Augustine, Mt. Carmel, INew Bedford; Caro.. j Vineyard Haven. .}ine Silveira, St. Mary, South Bernice N. Johnson, Holy Dartmouth; Rose Silveira, St. Trinity, West Harwich; Pauline Boniface, New 'Bedford; Cather­ Leonard, St. Margaret, Buzzards . ine Stanton, St. James, New , Bay; Margaret M. Macpherson, Bedford; Stella Supczak, O.L. ; O.L. of Victory, Centerville; Wil­ of Perpetual Help, New Bedford. .; liam McBride, Holy Redeemer, Donald Sylvain, St. George, Chatham; Mary Margaret Mc­ ~ Westport; Wilbur J. Teves, St. Devitt, St. Joan of Arc, Orleans. Kilian, New Bedford; John A. Antone J. Pina, St. Rita, Wojcik, St. Mary, Fairhaven. Marion; George A. R<lss, St. Fall River Area Peter, 'Provincetown; Eileen S. Thompson, St. Francis Xavier, Domingos Andrade, Santo Hyannis; Rita S. Willoughby, St. Christo, Fall River; Mary Costa UNDER DIRECTION of Glenn Giuttari, the Diocesan Choir and the Greater New Elizabeth, Edgartown. Bernard, St. John of God, Som­ Bedford Choral Society rehearse at St. Mary's Cathedral for a joint performance of Han­ erset; Leo Bienvenue, St. Louis Attleboro Area de France, Swansea; Agnes P. at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedlford. The first del's Messiah David M. Burke, St. Mark, At­ Black, Sacred Heart, Fall River; at the recently restored playhouse, the concert will feature Gerald P. such offering tleboro Falls; Kathleen Carroll, Jane M. Borden, St. -Thomas G. Doucette, Polly Maynard and Joanne Mercier as soloists. A 16-piece Dyck, Edward AWe­ St. John the Evangelist, More, Somerset. boro; Anne M. Chambers,' St. orche~tra will be led by concertmistress Ann Danis, (Gaudette Photo) Jeremias Botelho, St. Anthony Mary, Mansfield; Ruth V. Char­ ron, St. Mary, Norton; John A. of Padua, Fall River; Raymond Haug, St. Mary, No. Attleboro. W. Brogan, Immaculate Concep­ tion, Fall River; Albert Cartier, 'Model, point of reference' for nations Normand C. Prefontaine, Sa­ Holy Cross, Fall River; John cred Heart, No. Attleboro; Ed­ ward F. Tedesco, St. Theresa, Cassidy, St. Louis, Fall River; So. Attleboro; Jose C. Viveiros, Therese Chabot, St. Dominic, Holy Ghost, Attleboro; Agnes T. Swansea. Robert Chouinard, Notre Walek, St. Mary, Seekonk. Dame, Fall River; Mary DiGiam­ Taunton Area mo, Holy Rosary, Fall River; Elsie Abreau, St. Anthony, David Dunne, Jr., St: Patrick, WASHINGTON (NC) - The 6. The right "to exist and ed other families," Taunton; Joseph V. Andrade, Somerset; Ernest Edwards, St. Holy See on Nov. 2 issued a progress as a family" requires The 12-article charter, paral­ Immaculate Conception, Taun­ Stimislaus, Fall River; Dominick Charter of the Rights of the protection of the family's dignity leling other international chart­ ton; Angeline Aranjo, St, Ann, D. Faggioli, Sr., Our Lady of Family. calling it a "model and and stability; divorce "attacks ers of human rights, declares the Raynham; Leo A. Beauvais, St. Grace, Westport. point of reference" for the laws the very institution of marriage priority of the family over "the Jacques, Taunton; Walter Bie­ and policies of nations. and the family," state or any other community" Florence Labecki, St. Jean dak, Holy Rosary, Taunton. Its major points include· the Baptiste, Fall River; Herve La­ 7. Every family has the right as a "natural society" that has Luz Burgos, Spanish Aposto­ following: "inherent rights which are in· voie, St. Michael, Swansea; to full freedom of religion. , late, Taunton; Joseph Cambra, Yvonne Lavoie, St. Mne, Fall 8. "The family has the right alienable." I. All persons have the right Our Lady of Lourdes, Taunton; to choose freely to marry and to exercise its social and politi­ It declares marriage "the River; Irene Levesque, Blessed Rosalie Connors, St. Paul, Taun­ Sacrament, Fall River; Mary Lu­ establish a family or to remain cal function" and to form asso­ natural institution to which the ton; Rosalie Davis, Holy Family, single. mission of transmitting ·life is ciations to acpieve its socio­ iz, St. Bernard, Assonet. Taunton; James R. Dutra, St. exdusively entrusted" and says 2. Only through "the free and political values effectively. James P. McKnight, St. Wil­ Peter, Dighton. . 9. "An adequate family that any attempts "in any way liam, Fan River; Armanda Mello, full consent" of the spouses is James M. Goldrick, St. Jo­ to limit the freedom of couples poli<:y" by governments is need­ of Angels, Fall River; Ver­ O.L. there a real marriage. seph, Taunton; Raymond J. Har­ in .deciding about their children ed "in the juridical, economic, 3. Spouses "have the inalien­ rison, Sacred Heart, Taunton; onica Melvin, Our lady of Fati­ constitute a grave offense ma, Swansea; ~ntonio Nobrega, social and fiscal domains." to found a family" able right Josephine F. Hill, Holy Cross, 10. Working conditions and ,against human dignity and jus­ and to decide freely on fami'ly No. Easton; William R. Silva, St. St. Elizabeth, Fall River; John wages must respect family needs tice." size. Nunes, Espirito Santo, Fall Mary, Taunton; Edward J. Robi­ Rights of the family that it and rights. 4. "Human life must be re­ cheau, Immaculate Conception, River. outlines range from a right to 11. Families have a right to Maureen O'Rourke, Holy and protected absolute­ spected No. Easton. "decent housing," a suitable privacy to "economic conditions ly from the moment of concep­ Name, Fall River; Raymond A. New Bedford Area "physical environment" and which assure them a standard tion." Poisson, St. Mathieu, Fall River; Louise Regan, St. Patrick, Fall "basic services for the life of of living appropriate to their 5. Parents have "the original, Mary a. Almeida, O.L. of As­ primary and inalienable right to the family and the community." dignity and full development," sumption, New Bedford; Alice River; Ann Standish, St. Mary's from freedom of choice in reli­ 12. Families of migrants- im­ educate" their children, and pub­ Cathedral, Fall River; Jordan Beaulieu, St. Joseph, New Bed­ gion and in the education of lic authorities must assure the migrants, migrant workers, re­ ford; Anita BelHveau, St. Francis Travassos, Our Lady of Health, structures and means to assure fugees - "have the right to the their children tp the rights to of Assisi, New Bedford; Dorothy Fall River; Edward D. Tyrrell, /same protection as that ac<:ord­ those rights. Turn to Page Six Cahoon, St. Patrick, Wareham; Sts. ·Peter & Paul, Fall River. One hundred and two persons will receive the Marian Medllli in ceremonies at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary's Cathedral. The award, to be presented by Bishop Daniel A. Cronin, goes to mem'>ers of diocesan parishes nominated by their pastors as outstanding for devotion and service. The list of recipients and their parishes follows:


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Pope lauds cardinals


VATICAN CITY (NC) - Pope John Paul II recalled the contri­ butions of, the ·Iate Cardinals Humberto Medeiros of Boston and Terence Cooke of New York during a recent Mass in the Sis­ tine Chapel commemorating' cardinals and bishops who have died recently. . In his homily the pope out­ Hned the life of Cardinal Med­ eiros, who was born in the Portu­ guese islands of the Azores and' immigrated to Fall River as a teenager. Named bishop of Brownsville, Texas, in 1966, Cardinal Med­ eiros "defended the rights of immigrant workers and farm lab­ orers," the pope said. After he was named arch­ bishop of Boston in 1970, the cardinal "distinguished himself for his constant work for evan· gelization and for ecumenical dialogue," the pope added. Cardinal Medeiros died Sept. 17 of cardiac arrest .after under­ going heart surgery. He is bur­ ied with his parents in St. Pat­ rick~s Cemetery, Fall River. Cardinal Cooke, who died Oct. 6 after a battle with leu­ kemia, "went to his death with great faith and great serenity," the pope said. He recalled that the New York cardinal had spoken out for the gift of life during his final weeks. "Struck down in the full vigor of his pastoral activity by an incurable illness, he united himself with the cross of Christ with the full consciousness of a Christian, a priest and a bishop," the pope said.

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WASHINGTON (NC) CarAccompanied by Archbishop dinar Agostino casaroli,\ papal Pio Laghi, apostolic delegate in secretary of state, me~ I with the 'United States, the ,cardinal President Ronald Reagari Nov. met with the press at the White 22 to discuss the "intern~tional House after his session with,Reasituation, the main conce~n" of gan. In talks with the president, the Holy See, according to the cardinal. . "you can imagine, the Holy See Cardinal Casaroli a'1so report- ' can only talk about the main ed that both Reagan and Soviet concern, the international situa· 'President Andropov ha41. sent tion," Cardinal Casaroli said. "respectful and positive" reo ' "The Holy See is very much spouses to recent private Imess- concerned about it" and seeks ages from Pope John Paul II "to do what we can, which is urging peace and arms dontrol 'not verY much," he added.' He said the pope has received negotiations. Nov. 23 - a day after the car- :responses from ,both Reagan and dinars comments - the S'oviets Andropov to his appeal for peace. walked out of the two-y~r-old In both -eases, '''t.he answer was U.S.-Soviet negotiations dn re- respectful, was positive," he duction of medium-range; mis- Haid. "The word of the pope was sile arsenals in Europe. not rejected."



Asked agam to characterize Andropov's response, he reiter­ ated, "I'd say the tone and con­ ,tent of the answer was really respectful and positive." ' He said the Vatican does not worry that world leaders will prove irrespon~ible on the nu· clear al}lls issue because "we are confident" they will conduct themselves responsibly. In his brief comments to the press, he did not provide any details of his meeting with Rea· gan or his thoughts on arms control or another topic of interest to U.S. Catholics - Con­ gress' decision to allow formal diplomatic ties, between the United States and Vatican, in­ cluding exchange of ambassa­ dorial representatives.

The Massachusetts Icom- necessarily impact· the local Tuesday's meeting is being miSSion on Christian Unity, will church or congregation. coordinated; by Rev. Alan Pre­ hold a r~gional m~eting, o*n to "For example, the commission v~to, of Trinity United Metho­ the pU~hc at St. Vmcent s J;lome, recently made a very special re- dlst Church, Taunton. F~l1 River, from 9:30 a.~. to' port on a study aimed at some 12:15 p.m. Tues~ay. kind of ecumenical,consensus on The MeCU, .a 25-memberl body the church's future' ministry.

of representatives from d~nom- There was much diversity, as the

. " .. jUdicafori~s subject w~,s looked at through: , inations ' and ,throughout the' comrponwealth, the eyes pf perJions from both is headed by Rev. Warren ISave liturgical and non-liturgical tra­ age of St. Mary's parish, West- ' ditions. field.' I "We were able to see that our In a prepared statement, Father tl~rminology often gets in the Savage said commission fuem­ way of expressing ourselves bers hope to bring their mess­ age to all parts of tl~e statel duro clearly and precisely. What re­ form means to a Protestant is ing 1984. , \' quite different from what ft "We are inviting local dioce­ means to someone from the East­ san or denominationalecufueni;, em Orthodox t.radition. Yet cal bodies to join us, for tftese regional ,meetings," helsaid, what we can agree upon can "and, to share with us in }Vhat have a 'lasting effect upon the shape of the ministry of the to." ways the MCeU can b,e ofl ;ser­ tfll Christian church in the fu­ vice to them. , t.ure. ''Over the last 15 years' the "Our conning together with 10­ REV. ALAN \ PREVITO, MCCU has attempted, to f~ster serious dialogue between Chris­ cnl ecumenical bodies can be a meeting coordinator, dis­ tians on subjects which divide way of checking out our dia­ cusses its agenda with Fa­ us as well as unite us. This :kind logue on such important subjects ther Horace J: Travassos, of dialogue requires mu-eh! en­ with those who will be most di­ chairman of the Diocesan ergy and commitment to tackle rectly affe<:ted by our delibera­ . Ecumenical Commission. subjects of concern' which don't 'tiems," ,

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ROME (NC) At his first press conference as superior general of the Society of Jesus, Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach reaffirm­ ed the Jesuits' loyalty to the pope and agreed with Pope John Paul II that the order has "de­ fects" resulting in too much secular activity. "The Society of Jesus ,has no meaning and loses its very rea­ son to exist if it lacks distinc­ tive fidelity to the holy father and a special dedication to the Lord's church in its actual apos­ tolic embodiments," said Father Kolvenbach at a press conference at Jesuit headquarters in Rome. In a prepared statement, Father Kolvenbach said the pope was concerned about the Jesuits and said he agreed with the pope that the order has defects, in­ cluding "certain secularizing practices and attitudes, sacrific­ ing prayer for activity' that is too simply humanitarian, and adoptin'g socio-political modes of behavior that are determined by criteria that are not always evangelical in nature," The 54-year-old Dutch linguist who, until his election, had been rector of Rome's Pontifical Oriental Institute, said the so­ ciety would continue to work for peace and justice, but noted that suC;h work, "should always be undertaken in the name of the church, in communion with its pastors and not according to individualistic criteria and pers­ pectives,"

usee protests detention WASHINGTON (NC) - The U.S. Catholic Conference has joined the Catholic bishops of England and Wales in protesting detention of a South African Catholic Church official. Father Smangaliso Mkhat· shwa, general secretary of the South African Catholic Bishops Conference, was detained 1:!y po­ lice Oct. 30 after attending a prayer service at Fort Hare Uni· versity in Ciskei. Efforts to learn his whereabouts have been unsuccessful. , Msgr. Daniel F. Hoye, general secretary of the USCC, the public policy arm of the National Con­ ference of Catholic Bishops, wrote to SACBC president Bish­ op Denis Hurley of Durban say­ ing the USCC would urge Am­ erican officials and news media "to note the situation and take appropriate action," Ciskei is one of four black tribal homelands in South Afr-ica which the government declared independent as part of its policy of apartheid,. or strict racial segregation. Father Mkhatshwa, ' the first black general secretary of tl)e SACBC, is a leading sym­ bol of church opposition to apar­ theid. Saying the USCC was "out­ raged" by the actions of the Ciskei police, Msgr. lioye told Bishop Hurley that "we pray for the safe and prompt release. of Father Mkhatshwa' and sup­ port your efforts to free him,"

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silver jubilee Rev. John R. Foister, pastor of St. Anne parish, Fall River, will celebrate the silver jubilee of his ordination to the priest­ hood during a special noon Mass, Sunday, December 11. Very Rev. John Paul Driscoll, pastor of St. Lawrence parish and New Bedford area dean, will be the homilist. The St. Anne Chorale, unc;ler direction of Normand Gingras, will perform and ,lead the congregation in song. Following the Mass and under the cochairmanship of Donald Valcourt and Stephen Marcis­ zyn; the p~ish will host Father Foister and his guests at a ban­ quet and reception in St. Anne School auditorium on Forest Street. ·Bom in Fall River on Decem­ ber 6, 1931, the jubilarian was educated at the Brown School and Dominican Academy and at St. Anne and Blessed Sacrament parish schools; also at Mt. St.' Charles Academy in Woonsocket, and Our Lady of Providence seminary in Warwick. He prepared for the priest­ hood at St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, and at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where, at the Pontifical Gregorian University, he ob­ tained Licentiate in Sacred TheologY. degree. He was ordained a priest on December 20, 1958 by too Most Rev. Martin J. O'Connor, rector of the American College in Rome. In his pastoral ministry, Father li'olsterserved as associ­ ate pastor at St. Roch, Sacred Heart, .Notre Dame and St. Louis pQrishes in Fall River; St. Anthony' of Padua parish in New Bedford; and St. Louis de France jn Swansea. Before as­ suming ~is present pastorate in 1978 he was for two years pas­ tor of Sacred Heart parish, Fall River.



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the moorinstJ ~ea~e: Adven,t H@~®


There is no doubt that the movement for peace among the peoples of the world has special meaning ,at this particu­ lar time in man's hist9ric journey. More and more dp we see men and women coming together in public gatherings to witness to their desire for peace in the family of ban. A great impetus to the peace movement in this c04ntry was supplied by the American bishops' peace pastora~~ Its publication by such a prestigious church body' amid the tension of armament buildup in this country W;as a courageous and unprecedented action. I' Yet despite the ominous clouds on the int~rnat~onal horizon, we in the church should remember that we are 'preparing to celebrate the' enduring reality pf' the PHnce of Peace. , "," The liturgy of this holy time of Advent begins appro­ priately with the verse of thepnarmed prophet Is~iah: "They shall beat their' swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks." " " ,I In a ,recent address to the Pontifical AcademyI of , '" Sciences, our Holy Father gave powerful .witness tO the I words of Isaiah,· saying "Unarmed prophets have been the object of derision in every age, especially on the patt of shrewd politicians, the supports of power. But todayfuust not our civilization recQgnize that humanity has n'eetl of ~~ ,~~...:".:-~

them?'" , I, ~/i. . . .1 Developing his thoughts on this 'subject of peace, ,the ,_' .,~c~ ,,' ,I ,pope strove forcefully to'let his hearers know that Ireal Ne Photos peace is born not only from elimination of the hotbeds of war but from positive acts of justice. The work for p~ace 'Come and let us return to, the Lord.' Osee 6: 1 must be seen as a relentless struggle, not the passing f~ncy of enthusiasts. Sin, injustice and oppression never c~ase their efforts to enslave and destroy. Peace must be waged with equal persistence. In this context, the pope reflected that the OnlY\War that ,should be waged is that against hunger, disease and BY Father Kevin J. Harrington tuitively sensed a, world of times and those to come as a the death of millions of human beings whose lives could order going beyond mere chance. period of grace during which we A century ago the great Am­ be lived in dignity and happiness with the monies wbrld Grace certainly builds on na- should live according to the vis­ erican poet Walt Whitman -ture and God rarely int~rvenes ion of -love revealed to us in I powers spend each year on the arms race. wrote "A single mouse is miracle Christ. Our life should be the It should be obvious to all that the Catholic Church enough to convert a trillion in­ in history to change man's des­ more precious to us when we tiny; yet faith teaches that man is actively supporting those who feel threatened by ~we- fidels.;' The odds that a mouse can load the "dice" in his own consider our possibly 'uniqutl would evolve as it has are be­ some atomic warfare., favor through freedom 01' choice. position in God's creation. Ac­ ylDnd calculation. The church has become a moral leader in the search cording to quantum cosmology Our sun a~ we know it has a for peace, more meaningful than ever in this Advent sea~on. Another overlooked miracle stable lifetime of eight to 10 there is an infinitesimal chance But words of peace must become deeds of peace and for is the incredible diversity of liv­ billion years, therefore condi­ that the peculiar combination, necessary for that correct mix­ many this transition is more than difficult. So many in the ing' creatures. The genes that tions favorable to life as we ture of energy and matter will constitute the inheritance, of know it will not be eternal. ever duplicate itself to generate so-called peace movement demonstrate their peaceful in­ each species unite and dissociate There is therefore something tentions through violent actions. This gives their mqve­ to produce ever-fleeting, ever· special about our human species another creature capable of self­ awareness. ment a sense of ridiculous contradiction and causes a loss different combinations. This end· - that invited the Lord of all cre­ of credibility. To be perfectly frank, many of th~ antid.of less combinatorial system guar­ ated things, to become one of us. Our tools of technology have antees the diversity that gives so-called peace demonstrators'turn people off. I given us hitherto undreamed Jesus came to us both as a their versatility and pos­ freedom to affirm or destroy life. But it is imperative that the peace movement distapce species free gift from the Father and as sibBities. With this our power to make itself from the extremist, the radical and the ungovernable. the result of the free consent of Discoveries 'in physics bear a member of the human race Earth a better place to Hve or a This can be done when the quest for lasting peace becorttes we need to ask anew, "Why a moving force both among those who believe that it corhes out the theory that there has through the Blessed Mother's hell, did God become man?" Surely, been an incalculable number of life-affirming' yes to the mysteri­ from God and those who sincerely seek that God of peJce. universes with differing rates of I ous will of God. Our species is to save us from our sins! This quest should indeed be in the forefront of the expansion and differing physical mysteriously called into a rela­ mind of all Catholics as they share the church's longing constants. tionship with the eternal through for the Awaited One. / Many scientists believe that this marvelous intervention of EDICTAL CITATION·

only such a theory, postulating • God into our history. Peace indeed is' the stuff of Advent. , DIOCESAN TRIBUNAL

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most infinite period of time, can ac,:ount for the emergence of self-aware creatures such as our­ selves. The conclusions that can be ,re~lched by the unaided power OfFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE DIOCESE OF fALL RIVER

of reason do indeed boggle the Published weekly by The Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River mi:rtd. Even Albert Einstein, who 410 Highland Avenue shook the world of physics with Fall River Mass. 02722 675-7151 his discoveries, was not com­ PUBLISHER forted by them. But, dismissing Most Rev. Daniel A. Cronin, D.O., S.lD. the, statistical view of rea,~ity EDITOR FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR I with the ex.asperated comment, lev. John F. Moore Rev. Msgr. John J. Regal! "GDd does not play dice," he in­ . . . Leary Pre.. Rlv,r



entists have taught us uncount­ ed lessons 'aIJout the universe. If we destroy ourselves, it will not be ,because of failure of reason but failure of imagination.

Since the actual place of residence of GERARD HENRI MARTIN is unknown. ,We cite GERARD HENRI MARTIN to appear personally before the Tribunal of the Diocese of Fall River on Monday, December 12, 1983 at 1:30 p.m. at 344 Highland Avenue, rg"e~~v~I~Sh~assachusetts. to !lIve testimony

Christ came to share with us a vision of God's kingdom. Our imagination displays' before lis the ever changing picture of the possible, yet we cannot fully im­ agine how dismal is life without God nor how blissful it is in total union with him. We should -look upon our own

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Henry T. Munroe Offlclalls Given at the Tribunal, Fall River, Massachusetts, on this, the 28th day of November, ,1983,

THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Friday, Dec. 2, 1983

Family Night

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OPENING PRAYER Dear Father, tonight we are going to celebrate the wonder of our growth. We praise you for the gift of life and your nourish­ ment that has helped us to grow. Amen.

ACTIVny TIME Young Family This evening the fami.\y is in­ vited to stand back and look at and celebrate the growth and development of each family member. Bring out the baby books, pic­ tures, baby shoes, other memo. rabilia. Share with the chHd the events that surrounded his birth, Baptism, early years up to the present time. If you do not have a memorabilia box you might make one so that items related to his growing can be displayed in his bedroom, on his wall or on a shelf. You might begin a

tape recording of the chHd's voice which can be added to periodically.

Middle Years and Adult Families Arrange snapshots of the fam­ i.\y members at various stages of growth on a large bulletin board or cardboard. Exchange names and find fitting descriptions, hu­ morous captions from magazines to be put under each picture.

SNACK Hot apple cider, garnished with a stick of cinnamon.


der anguished parents who sub­ scribe to the myth that the fam­ ily should be a haven of peace and serenity. Let's face it. Kids fight. And, although this may surprise some, they fight as much in healthy families as in not-so-healthy families. The main difference lies in how parents handle it. First, they expect it as a nor­ mal, even positive, family activity. They know that where­ ever two or three children are gathered together, there wi\.! be some fighting. Secondly, they realize that it's in fighting with siblings that children learn to get along with other children, with future roommates and spouses, and with eventual bosses. The child who refuses to play fairly soon finds himself with­ out friends so he has to modify his behavior. That's how we learn. That's why "only children" have more difficulty coping with their own children's fighting and why they often have a tougher time in marriage than the ones with "Seven siblings. Learning to fight fairly is an important part of growing up but it's up to the parents to set olimits and rules on fighting. Here are the most common ones I've found in the healthy fami­ lies I studied. 1. Physical fighting and ob­ scenitieli are forbidden at all times. These include hitting, bit­ ing, kicking, and hair pulling. Parents let their children know

SHARING 1. Share one sign or indication that you are growing in some way, physically, in­ tellectually, et<:. 2. Share a positive thought about how another family member has grown re­ cently.

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CLOSING PRAYER -Scripture Reading: Romans 8:18-23 -or: Compose a family litany.. "For the power I have to . . . " All answer: "We praise and thank you, Lord."

Sibling. fighting

Sibling fighting - ever sinc,e Cain and Abel it's plagued parents. "Where have we gone wrong?" won­

can be fun. "Shadow Tag" must be played at night. Try to step on someone's shadow if you are playing near a porch light. Or try to catch someone with a beam of light if you are using a flashlight.


that these will not be tolerated and that children who hit will DOLORES face severe discipline from par- . ents. CURRAN the parents follow And through. In this way, children are forced to develop other ways of dealing with conflict. are made responsibIe for family 2. The kids' fight belong to peace. If they continue to fight them, not to the parents. I've for non-reasons, privileges like seen cases where a mother three ,TY or playtime are withdrawn. rooms away takes on the quarrel One mom keeps a list of "fjght­ of two children because she ing chores" on the refrigerator. views herself as family peace­ Whenever children start fighting keeper. This tells the children as a means of activity, she says, that their mother is responsible "You sweep out the garage," for any arguments they start. and "You clean the bathroom." In healthy famili,es, the parents Probably the biggest differ­ insist that those who fight must also learn to reconcile, not tum ence between these parents and it over to them when it escalates those who lament continual fighting is that parents in beyond their expectations or con­ healthy families stick firmly to trol. 3. Parents know that children their rules. By their behavior, fight for a variety of reasons, they let their children know that not because they hate each other. they can fight but that this fight­ Wanting parental attention is a ing is not going to intrude upon very common reason. Boredom an otherwise pleasant family is another. "He looked at me" atmosphere. Once the children is a classic reason. Often when 'learn this and know the parents the parent allows herself to get mean it, they are on their way swept up into a meaningless to developing conf.1ict resolution fight between two children, they techniques that will be of value join forces against her and it to them the rest of their lives. becomes a parent-child conflict. Many parents live in a constant­ Poor Is Better ly stressful' climate because of "Better the poverty which this. keeps to honest ways than the ·lot of a rich man who never 4. Healthy families do not al­ low sibling fighting to ruin their learned to speak truth." - Provo time together. When children 19:1 begin to fight, they ban them to their room, backyard, or else­ where until they're through. It's THE ANCHOR (USPS·S45-020). Second Class Postage Paid at Fall River, Mass. Published their fight and the rest of the weekly except the week of July 4 and the week after Christmas at 410 Highland Aven· flUlJily isn't made to suffer from ue, Fall River, Mass. 02720 by the cath· the hollering, name caHing, and olic Press of the Diocese of Fall River. Subscription price by mall, postpaid $8.00 tears. per year. Postmasters send address changes to The Anchor, P.O. 80x 7, Fall River, MA 5. Constantly-fighting siblings 02722.

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The idea drew enthusiastic support from the more than 200 Tel. 398·2285 bishops assembled for the synod, ."'\ who asked ,Pope John Paul II to \ finish development of the docu­ -, rlk~i ment in consultation with experts MEMBERS OF St. Thomas More parish, S9merset, led by Msgr. John J. Regan, pastor, hold and bishops' conferences around . th~ir second annual ~anksgiving dinner for fellow parishioners wishing to enjoy the the world. FUNERAL HOME, ·INC. holiday Despite the modest disclaimer with friends. (Gaudette Photo) ROGER A. LA FRANCE . that the charter is simply listing CLAUDETTE A. MORRISSEY DANIEL J. SULLIVAN existing, established rights, it C. LORRAINE ROY . I, •. \ presents sharp challenges to ex­ FUNERAL DIRECTORS isting laws or. policies of prob­ 15 IRVINGTON CT., NEW BEDFORD ably every country in the world. 995-5166' To Western democracies it President Reagan, in response Pablo Sedillo, secretary of His­ WASHINGTON (NC) - Dur­ challenges abortion, artificial ing the recent national Hispanic to a joint resolution of Congress, panic Affairs for the U.S. Cath­ Heritage Week in Washington, iHsued a proclamation designa­ olic Conference, emphasized the birth control, and in some coun­ WEAR. important issues facing Hispanics tries such as the United States Archbishop Robert F. Sanc}jez of' tEng the week to pay tribute to - unemployment and education, a policy of placing what the Santa Fe, N.M., praised the I"rich. the contributions of 'Hispanic­ Shoes That Fit· charter calls "unjust burdens" heritage" of Hispanics, whom Americans. Reagan started off including bilingual education ­ "THE FAMILY SHOE STORE" that he said must be faced on the exercise of the right of he called a "source 01 en~rgy" the week· by announcing his in­ educational choice. that should not be taken· for tlmtion to nominate Katherine throughout the year. To countries in the Soviet bloc granted. . I Ortega, a Hispanic from New In an interview Sedillo said. NEW LOCATION it challenges' state control of Mexico,. for U.S. treasurer. the high' unemployment rate Heritage Week activities in­ 295 Rhode Island Avenue

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cularly critical and "the 'report crimination against· professed exhibits and cultural eventsl! believers. on excellence in education show­ ed some very disturbing statis­ Third World governments are ~ Continued from Page Three tics" about education of minori­ challenged to provide stronger . ~ ~.. ~ Father FoIster as his liaison with ties. structural systems of basic ser­ For example, Sedillo said, vices and adequate distribution ~ DAilY 5:00 to 6:00 P.M.

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STffi UP our hearts, 0 Lord, !to, .prepare the ways of ,thine .only-be­ gotten Son; that through his coming we may at­ tain to serve thee with purified minds, who Inveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world with­ out end. Amen.

22 members of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Nurses at­ tended the 24th fall conference of Ute New England Council of Catholic Nurses, held recently in Providence. Presentations included a talk by Betty Hutton on her involve­ ment with Christianity and "Wit­ ness to Christ: An Historical Nursing Heritage," presented .by Josephine Dolan, RN. The conference was hosted by Providence Bishop LOI.Jis E. Geli­ neau and the Providence Coun­ cil of Catholic Nurses. New of­ ficers were installed at a Mass with Bishop Gelineau as princi~ pal concelebrant.

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AT THE RECENT annual banquet benefiting retired Sisters of Mercy, Msgr. Patrick J. O'Neill, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul parish, Fall River where Sisters of Mercy have taught for decades, chats with from left, Sisters Constance Monahan, St. Lawrence' convent, New Bedford; Mary NoellBlute provincial superior; and Rose de Lima Clark, administrator of St. Vincent's Home, Fall River. (Torchia Photo)

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Pilgrimage Dear Editor: A small group of parishioners from Holy Rosary Church, Taun· ton, was fortunate to be able to accompany Father Matthew Swizdor, the Franciscan healing priest from Chicopee and his group on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I wish I could adequately de­ scribe this intense' spiritual ex­ perience. To walk where Jesus walked and taught, and to visit the places where He suffered, died and was buried, were events beyond my poor powers of de· scription. My prayer Is that many readers will make this trip In the future and refresh them­ selves physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.

Finding God We flew to find you in the Upper Room The site of your Trans· substantiation. I could not find you here in the lonely absences Because I knew, 0 God, the crosses sent to me Were sent to widen my dimensions. In the flight's long hours I prayed and trusted. You ~re forgiveness in the Clouds with my contrition A:nd down below, relentless in the sea. I wa, filled with fear yet found a new grace For You pressed my face with

your loving hands And eased my a'Ching lungs and limbs. I felt uplifted in your glory and saw you everywhere, (Walking in the hot sands of Jerusalem when we arrived) . And knew the grandeur of you at the holy places. That Upper Room' un· familiar - so high, remote and vast (Da Vinci had brushed it to seem so close). Still I felt the compass of my heart point a steady, straight and true. I 'looked for you there with hungry heart, clean of hand and mind. ' I found you there at last, my

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Thank you Dear Editor: We, the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, wish to thank our families, friends and neigh­ bors who extended so much kind­ ness to us during the recent tragedy that took place at our Provincial House in Dighton. We express our gratitilde to the Dighton Police and Fire De· partments and the Volunteer Ambulance Corps., and to the staff at St. Anne's Hospital for responding immediately to our caIl for help. We are deeply grateful to Bishop Daniel A. Cronin who came to Dighton immediately and supported us by his presence. We also want to say "thank

you" to the Clergy of the Dio· cese, who. were with us during those first hours and even now continue to support us by their prayers. We want to thank the Clergy and faithful of all denominations, and Religious Congregations, in particular, the Dominican Fathers of Providence College who continue to pray and sup­ port us ,by their friendship. We wish to thank the Ameri­ can Red Cross and the Knights of Columbus of Providence Col­ lege who are meeting Sr. Vim­ ala's need for blood. Finally, we want to say '~thank you" to all those peopl~ who have been kind to us :in any way and whom we have not been able to. contact because we do not have their 'Correct address. Sr. Mary Patricia Sullivan, Provincial


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Sunday liturgies By O.K. Johnson

POCATELLO, Idaho (NC)­ Understanding the ~inisterial function of the parts of the Mass is the key to improving Sunday liturgies, said Holy Gh~st Father Lucien Deiss. The liturgist, Scripture scholar and musician recently conduct­ ed a ,liturgy workshop with edu­ cator-dancer Gloria Weyman in Pocatello. He told participants that un­ derstanding the Mass parts is "paying the price" needed to worship the Lord in eucharistic rites. ­ "Think about what the minis­ terial function of each person, each rite, each singing is:' the 62-year-old French priest said. "What is the ministerial func­ tion of the priest, the deacon? Why do we sing? What is the ministerial function of the en­ trance rite, the Sanctus, the Credo?" Liturgies can be significantly improved when each person realizes that only the best effort is worthy of the Lord, he said. "When our singing is at least not equal to the quality of the silence, it is better to remain silent." Father Deiss said parishes should use the best people they

have for each ministry, but that does not mean setting up an ex­ clusive, tight-knit group that· monopolizes minsterial functions. "Pay the price for the Lord and you will put a lot of happi­ ness in your life," he said. "Our liturgy is not perfect, but do the best yOl~ can on your own level." The highest ministerial func­ tion, he said, "is to meet Jesus' Christ. That is the ministerial function of the eucharistic rite. You can miss that point entire. ly." Directing workshop partici­ pants in singing, Father Deiss told them that .the role of a choir is to "help the congrega­ tion and that singing must be done from the heart. Referring to the practice of reading songs during Mass, Father Deiss said, "A song ·is not a song unless it is sung.... The Gloria is a hymn. Sing it or for­ get it." Preparation to incorporate dignity and beauty into the litur­ gy is also necessary, he said. "We must prepare with the greatest care our ministry." He urged rehearsing, even of an· nouncements, "~o that you say things in a nice way." Priests need to preside with dignity and beauty, he noted, urging priests not to destroy the dignity of the Gospel reading "by holding a missalette in the hand -like a chicken. That is a pity." "The Gospel acclamation is not an aoclamation unless it is acclaimed," Father Deiss said, commenting that· some congre­ gations are dour and show more spirit and vitality at football games. "The Lord did not say

'do something boring in -memory of me" He ~xPlained that the acclama­ tion also emphasizes the dignity of the word of God, which is why the procession should be treated with serious respect; the pulpit reflects the table of the word of God just as the altar re­ flects the table of the bread of heaven. "Instead of thinking just about fulfiHing the rubrics, let's think about what's good for the cele­ bration and what makes com­ mon sense," he said. Calling the parish community the "conscience of the church," he urged participants to per­ severe even "if your pastor doesn't accept what you do the fitst time." Father Deiss said, "We priests have been your conscience. You must be ours. Hand in hand we must walk toward the Lord. It is one step after -another and that could be a nice step."

Appointments The . Most Reverend Bishop has named Father Normand J. Boulet, associate pastor at St. Jacques parish, Taunton, as chaplain of Taunton area Scouts. Father William L. Boffa, as­ sociate pastor at Immaculate Conception parish, North Easton, has been named chaplain for the Daughters of Isabella in that town. Both appointments are effective immediately. .

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ROME (NC) - A Capuchin Christian unity by preaching in who spent most of his priestly his homeland, where there was life hearing confessions was a strong Orthodox Church. But canonized Oct. 16, at a time whe~ his superiors decided that be­ the world Synod of Bishops' was cause of his health and speech meeting to discuss reconciliation problems, he should stay in Italy. and penance. After spending several years The canonization of Father hearing 'confessions in several Leopold Mandic, who died in Italian cities, Father Mandic 1922 and was beatified in 1976, moved in 1909 to the Capuchin was -deliberately timed to coin- \ monastery in Padua, where he his confessional cide with the synod, -Pope John established room. He 'left· Padua only once, Paul II said. Because Father Mandic had a to make a pilgrimage to Lourdes, speech defect and could not France. Father ' Mandic . suffered a preach, he- devoted his ministry to the sacrament of penance. He fatal cerebral attack while pre· spent nearly every waking hour paring for Mass on July 30, hearing confessions in a tiny 1942. His confessional cell in room adjacent to his monastery's Padua is stiU the object of daily church in the northern ltaHan pilgrimages. ; city of Padua. Directly after the canonization, Despite suffering from eye and in speaking of the new saint to stomach ailments and crippling 100,000 Holy Year pilgrims in arthritis, the priest arrived at St. Peter's S'quare, the pope the room nearly every day to said "St. Leopold didn't leave minister to penitents who ar­ behind th!'lological or literary FATHER MANDIC rived from' aH over the country. works. He didn't fascinate us Born in 1866 in what is now with his culture. He didn't found hearing confessions, the pope social . institutions. For those added. part of Yugoslavia, Father Man­ Attending his ' canonization dic was the last of 12 children. who knew him, he was nothing He entered a Capuchin semin~ ,but a poor monk, small' and were 6,000 pilgrims, from the' " Yugoslavian region of Croatia ary in Italy at the age of 16 and sickly." was ordained when he was 22. His sainthood was in the per­ . and several thousand people He had hoped to promote formance of his pastoral task of from Padua.


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Armed with love SACRAMENTO, Calif. (NC) ­ Peacemakers, armed with love, are "stronger than the bomh," Bishop Francis A. Quinn of Sac­ ramento said in a prayer during a peace, symposium. Bishop Quinn, paraphrasing a text from Father Thomas Merton's writ· ings, urged symposiupl partici· pants to recognize ~emselves as "peacemakers arm~d with a therapeutic love whictt political leaders fear more th,n violent revolution, for violenc~ changes nothing. But love changes every­ thing."

"A better way to overcome ,legalism without succumbing to moral relativism, as proportion­ alism tends to do, is to recog­ nize that certain kinds of actions are always wrong because they are contradictory to fundamental goods or rights of human per­ sons. Thus abortion is always wrong because it deprives an in­ nocent human being of its funda­ mental right to life," he said.

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ST. LOUIS (NC) The church's ethical teachings can and should be applied to speci­ fic situations in Catholic health care facilities, Archbishop Dan­ iel E. Pilarczyk of Cincinnati said at a St. Louis workshop on health care ethics. The workshop was sponsored by the Catholic Health Associa­ tion of the United States and the Pope John XXIII Medical-Moral Research and Education center. The archbishop said that "geographic morality" - when, for example, the bishop of a dio­ cese permits medical procedures disapproved by a neighboring bishop - is not necessarily a re­ jection of church teaching. The bishop's task is "to make a prudential judgment about how the ethical directives for health care facilities fit into the com­ plexities of the individual situa­ tions which arise in Catholic health care facilities in his juris­ didion," the archbishop said.

health care for everyone, but is meant as a witness to the church in the context of sickness and wellness, said the archbishop. "We have to be careful about other people's consciences, but we also have to be careful about our own," he said.

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The ethical directives, ap­ proved by the U.S. bishops in 1971 and reV'jsed slightly Sn 1975, reflect the ordinary teach­ ing of ,the church, the archbishop said.

When a physician asked Arch­ bishop Pilarczyk the difference between prudential judgment and situation ethics, he replied that standard ,Catholic moral teaching always involves "ten­ sion between principle and cir­ cumstances." Situation gener­ ally rejects the notion that some principles are unchangeable, he said.


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chance to put your kiowledge' I of the New England client base to work for them. \. Well. before you go calling your broker, you'd bett~r reread the back of your employment contract. Chances are gqod that it explicitly prohibits \ such a move, at least for a, certain amount of time after you quit (or are discharged). Suchl."covenants not to compete," \,as the contract provisions are calIed, are inserted to make sOre that workers in sales-sensitiye positions don't later engage in client piracy. . Although both business com· petition and choice of jobs are basic freedoms of. the American workplace, there may be some rules to keep things fair. \For ex· ample, the ,law recogn~~s and protects "trade secrets," develop· ed exolusively by one cdmpany, from poaching by othets who would like to benefit froin them for free.. I Similarly, in some highly com· petitive industries vyingl for a limited number of customers, development of a loyal clientele is a jealously-guafded as~et, formally calIed "goodwill." \ But the nature of-these busi~ nesses is such that ofte~ it is the sales representativ~ first and then .the company, that th~ client has grown to trust. It is the sales representativel , who knows he takes a twist\~n his

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scotch and water, not the company president It is no wonder then that the anti-c~m~etition clause to prevent mtmerant ~orkers from tugging on loyalty hnes emerged. Obviously, working once for Company A cannot forever bar you from working for Company B. There must be sensible limits. To begin with, in order for. such a covenant to be enforceable at alI, two basic facts must apply to your former job and the one you now seek: 1. COMPANY A's GOOD WILL: Your first employ· er's business must rely on customer goodwill; e.g., reo peat sales" or demonstrated reputation for excelIence in a given community. With. ,out this, there is nothing for you to unfairly com· pete for at Company B. Most businesses which stay in business have some goodwill established. 2. CLIENT-CONTACT JOBS: Your work at both places must bring you into direct contact with customers. If you're a bookkeeper for a milk company this should never prevent you from being a route driver for their competitor, even though as bookkeeper you knew all the customers' names. Obviously, the business must

be of a certain type to justify imposing such Hmits on employ· ee move1Jlent. Little, for. exam· pIe, would stand to be gamed by preventing a cashi 7r at StoP. and Shop from op/eratmg a register at Purity Supreme for any amount of time. Time <limitations are important in two places: a) length of time worked for Company A necessary to bind you to its anti·com· petition contract, and, more im· portantly. how <long you may be restricted. In the first case, it stands to reason that you have to ha~e worked l~ng enough to establish some chent contacts. If you quit after the training program or work for someone else, the anticompetition pro· vision should not preyent you, though s.ome other provision may. On the other hand, a couple of aggressive weeks may be aU . that's needed. As for the length of time you cannot compete, time limits vary. Some 10-year restrictions have been upheld, while other courts have set 90 days as the maximum. Each case is truly different, and.judged on the basis of its distinct facts. One neat rule used by some courts is never to impose the restriction beyond the time worked at the first job. If your sales territory is New England, a restriction covering a subsequent sales job in 'New

Mexico might seem more like harassment than protection of legitimate goodwi1~ interests. Just how far it may extend is a twostep process of I) identify­ ing the area in which your ex· . employer's good will exists; 2) the area in which your own work was centered, and then balancing the two. Not surprisingly, em· ployees in these ,lawsuits argue that the hands·off policy should apply only to actual customers held, while employers push for the more general (and more easily' enforceable) geographical limitation. Perhaps ·the most important thing to note is that, unlike the unauthorized use of confidential information or trade secrets men­ tioned above, competition with . an ex-employer is not illegal in itself - there must be some agreement in order to prevent it. The agreement can be oral though it's a 'lot easier to prove it in writing. Because of the na· tural inclination to protect our sense of economic freedom, the courts are reluctant strictly to enforce covenants nbt to com· pete unless.they are clear, speci­ fie and reasonable. In any case, whether you are emplo~er or employee, always be specific about your eXl>ectations on this point before entering any work contract. The Murphys are Braintree attorneys.


Jubilee day for religious to stress obedience By Sister Mary Ann Walsh

VATICAN CITY (NC) - Reli­ gious around the world have been invited to send representa­ tives to the Vatican for a Feb. 2 Jubilee Day for religious, a celebration aimed at emphasiz­ ing tjle obligation of religious to obey pope John Paul II as their superior. The celebration, one of ·a ser­ ies marking the Holy Year, will be highlighted by a Mass in St. Peter's, Basilica celebrated by Pope john Paul at 'which men and women Religious will renew their vows, according to the Vati· can's ~entral Committee for the Holy Year. Preparatory materials' include an Aug.' 30 Ietter to Religious ann~uncing the celebration and the Nov. 13 edition of VOsser· vatore Romano, which published a 16-page study of religious life prepared by the, .holy year com· mittee. The Aug. 30 letter says ~hat the Feb. 2 Mass includes renewal of vows "into_the hands of the holy father." The 16-page study stresses the' new C~e of Canon Law, es­ . peciaHy Canon 590, which states .

that in~~yidual members of are·

. Hgious ~ommunity "are bound to obey 'the supreme pontiff as their 'hig~est superior, by reason al/io of their sacred bond of.. obedience." The study notes that religious life exists within the church

not side by side with it. "The religious state ... is not seen vis a vis the church,' con­ fronting it and dialoguing: it as a stranger or as an equal," de­ clares the study. \: It adds that to talk about dia­ logue with the church "is ab~ surd," whether such di~logue is by an institution or by an individual. \ . The study emphasizes the ob­ ligation of religious to follow the new Code of Canon \' Law which was promulgated Nov. 27 and says that currently religious life is "in 'crisis.!' 1 "Confessors wilI no longer be I able to say to you that you are too good but they will ha~e to control with a little bit \more seriousness what it is you are doing before the expressed: will of the church," the study 'says. It adds that if confessors db' riot know what canon law dertiands of religious, then religiou~ • are obliged to teH them. The' stress on obedience also runs throughout other recent documents, such as the April 3 guidelines sent to the U.S. bish­ ops by the Vatican Congtega­ tion for Religious and Se~ular Institutes when the Vaticati· an·' nounced the formation 6f a commission, headed ,by Arch­ bishop John Quinn of San Fran. cisco, to examine religious \ life in the United States. ' "The religious .is pledged' to obey the directives of lawful su­


periors according to the consti­ have its constitutions approved See insists on the primacy of tutions of the institute," said if it dpes not include that obedi­ one person. That concept is the congregation, "and further ence means obedience to the difficult to accept for people ;ilccepts a particular obedience pope as highest superior," said raised in a democracy and used to the holy father in virtue of one religious. to working in teams." Ithe vow of obedience." The source noted that obedi­ The source also said that "a Vatican sources say it is rio ence to the pope 'has always poor sense of ecclesiology in the accident that the Holy' See' is ,been implied if. not stated in United States" will complicate litressing obedience. constitutions and that 99 per­ the problems. "There's a strong stress on cent of religious accept the fact. l "Religious life exists within obedience now and I think it is The changing stress on obedi­ the church and is nothing apart justified," said one official of ence will be accepted differently the Vatican Curia, the church's around the. world, said another from it," the source said. "Like central administration. "The source, predicting problems of it or not, the fact is that the church has the upper hand over pope is aware of what's happen­ acceptance in countries having ing in some areas, for example democratic traditions, such as the religious life. It's as simple as realizing that if you join the in the United States, where a the United ~tates. club you foHow the rules. A ll)~ .of people have tuned out the "The Holy See is saying that community is free to leave the pope and the Holy See. The pope the church is not a democracy," club but then it is no longer a iiI emphasizing the unity which the source added. "The Holy religious community·... should exist in the church." The' official added that the concept of dialogue promoted by many religious is not accepted by the Holy See and referred to VATICAN CITY (NC) - The walk. It haS a tile roof, a plain objections of some religious in Catholic Church in Poland has stucco exterior and anungabled the United States that they were acquired. the house where Pope ,attic. not consil1ted before the pope John Paul II was born and plans commissioned the study of U,S. to tum it into a museum. rt!ligious life. "If something is going to Vatican Radio reported that

come out I1rom Rome, the Holy the church .bought the house

See' does not have ·to sit down from the smaH town of Wado·

and dialogue about it before the wice in southern Poland, where

pi>pe sendls a o\etter. That's Karol Wojtla, now Pope John

crazy," the official said. Paul II, was born May 18, 1920.

Several religious who work The planned museum win dis· w.ith the Vatican point out that play memorabilia of the pope's obedience to the pope is not a . life and works. nEW teaching. What's new is It is a narrow,' twc-story

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Melissa Gilbert discusses 'Choices of the Heart' ,By Michael Gallagher NEW YORK (NC) - "Choices of the Heart" is an NBC tele­ vision movie about Jean Dono­ van, who, with Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel and Maryknoll Sisters Ita Ford and Maura Clarke, died three years ago, aJ.legedly at the hands of Salva­ doran National Guardsmen. It was a vicious crime for which the suspect-soldiers have yet to be brought to trial. "Choices of the Heart" will be broadcast on the night of Dec. 5, within three days of the Dec. 2 anniversary of the murders. Were it not, however, for Melissa Gilbert, who endeared herself to television audiences as Laura in "Little House on the Prairie," this profoundly moving account of an extraordinary young' woman who left behind a comfortable Jife and a success­ ful career to serve the poor of El Salvador might never have reached your home screen. All three networks, I was told, turned down the script because it was too controversial, and when it seemed as though it would never be produced, Miss . Gilbert came into the picture. She loved the part of Jean Donovan, and on the strength of the reputation and popularity she had gained from "Little House," "Choices of the Heart" went into production in Mexico last year. Recently' she told me how much the role of Jean meant to her. "I wall thrilled," she said, "that somebo(1y like John Houseman would think enough of my abil­ ity to offer me a role like that." Houseman, the distinguished pro­ ducer and actor (Prof. Kingsfield in "The Paper Chase"), is the

producer of "Choices," and was also the prime mover on "Roses in December," the splendid docu­ mentary on Jean Donovan. What did Miss, Gilbert like about the role? "Well," she said, "I always remembered something my mother told me when I was very young. If you have some kind of talent, some kind of ability, she said, Jts something that you've been given for a purpose. You've got to use it in the right way, for something that's impor­ tant. You must never abuse it. "And so I kept reading all these scripts, and they were all . so shallow - full of fluff or exploitation or both. And so even though I hadn't done my acting for a long time, and I was almost going crazy with nothing to do, I wouldn't take any of the parts offered me. Then John Houseman brought me 'Choices of the Heart,' and right away I knew it was for me."

Why? "Well, Jean is a person that any actress should love to play. There's something about her that appeals to young people Hke me. We have plenty of material possessions - our nice clothes, our houses, our cars - but the most important thing is to be able to do something for some­ body else. To receive by giving. That's what Jean ~id. She's an inspiration to me. She was a hero, and young people today don't have any real heroes." Miss Gilbert said that ""Choices of the Heart" had recently been screened before what 'would have to be its toughest audience: Raymond and Pat Donovan, Jean's father and mother. What did they think of it? "They loved it," she said.

"And what was so wonderful was that Mrs. Donovan gave me Jean's old cross. You remember that prayer I say at the end" about God carrying you in diffi­ cult times? Well, I have it framed in my room 'now with Jean's cross." All Americans, Catholic or not, owe a tremendous debt to Jean Donovan and to Sisters Dorothy Kazel, Ita Ford and Maura Clarke. 'And now, I think, we also owe very much to Melissa Gilbert. It might be a long way from the Little House to El Salvador, hut she's made the journey. Thanks to her talent and dedication, the story of these four gallant women is now go­ ing to live· for millions of Am­ ericans who either never knew about them or to whom they were nothing more than' soon­ forgotten names on a newscast.

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friends who act like they are too good for me? A. For some surprising words about friendship, let's tum to the Book of Proverbs in the Bible. There an unknown wise man says, "A true friend is more loyal than a brother" (18,24). Perhaps this is one of the reasons we value genuine friend­ ships. Such loyalty presupposes other· qualities - sincerity, tact­ fulness, generosity,. truthfulness, respect and commitment. And surely such loyalty would rule out thinking that one is too good for her or his friends. The disturbing question you must face is this: Do I really want to be the friend of people who "act like they are too good for me?" Other troubling questions arise: Can such people be genuinely 'friendly? can persons who tend to be snobs also be sincere, tactful respectful and committed? How loyal can these friends be, especially in times of diffi­ culty? . . But even as these· questions disturb you, you may still want to be friends with these people, you may still' want very. mucI:t to belong to this crowd. So it would seem that this time and




this situation make it appropri­ ate for you to devote I' some thought to what frieJ;ldship should be. You might find it helpful to . I search for eight or 10 ways of completing this sentence: \


Feehan students recently par­ ticipated in '8 ·day of prayer' and fasting as part of Oxfam Amer­ ica's aniWal "FaSt for a World Harvest" to demonstrate com­ passion for the world's hungry. MoDay saved by fasting funds self-help ,devetopment projects in need areas of Asia. Africa and Latin America. Feehan's contribution was $233.40. o . 0

,. An evening of reco\lection for , . ,the Feehan.facuIty .will be held :- . Dec. 14 in the'Rcligiou~ Educ'a­ tion -Center, beginning wIth a potluck supper at 5:15 p.m. Fa­ ther Maurice· Proulx, M.S., will 'lead the recollection· program.

Coyle-Cassidy Congratulations go to Chris 'Lamb, Michelle Precourt, Emily LarocqlJe and Steve Rawlings who li'm;ned a recruitment 'team to bring the' C-e message to area junior hi~ ~ools; also to Mary Figlock,' Bill Orsi and Scott 'Lazarz 'rho organized tours fC?r' visiting prosp.ectlve students; and




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Stangites Debra Brodeur, Jill Pierce and Jeanne Bi'own were orchestra members for a recept Fall River Little Theatre produc­ tion of "Gypsy," Music director was George Campeau, also Stang's music director and also in the Gypsy orchestra was Terry Furtado,· the Spartans' band director.

attendance by diocesan youth at the next conference. ' The youth prayer groups, say officials, offer young charis­ matics instruction in Catholic doctrine, retreat programs, peer ministry and outreach services. It is hoped .that they will be established in each diocesan deanery.

Building Block prayer meeting

The media

The Building' Block Youth Group of Taunton recently spon­ sored a youth prayer group meeting at St. Jacques Church in that city.

Since I can remember, disen­ chantqlent with the media has never been so high. On radio talk programs, for instance, peo­ ple are up in arms· against the way world and national events have been handled.

the institutions of this or any other country. They can be in­ spected with an impartial, watch­ ful and undazzled eye. Their virtues and services should be noted and the opposite should be condemned. I think we should pray for re­ porters with incorruptible integ­ rity. We know that there are trustworthy I'eporters and cor­ respondents ,but of late there are many to whom I would not care to speak without a witness.

By Cecilia BelaJllger



Young men are fighting and dying for civil and religious Hb­ erties. It behooves us to respect each other's rights, not to allow self-seekers to put cracks in our foundation and most of aU not to despair of our country, this America the Beautiful for which so many have given their lives, their youth and their future.


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The service was >Jed by Jon "A good friend is someone Polce, charismatic· singer and who ... " recording artist from the Provi­ Abuse of freedom of. the press One young person completed dence diocese and music was by can be as fatal to a country as the sentence this way: "Pi good him and Building :Block musi­ deprivation of that freedom. friend is someone who sti~ks by cians, led by Dave Lewis, Manny you when three guys are \ ang­ Some media, instead, of en­ Medeiros and Bobby Lima. A ' ing up on you," lightening, inflame minds, omit­ final blessing was given by Fa­ . You might also consider this ther Steven R. 'Furtado, associate ting much that should be said, question: pastor at Mt. Carmel Church, picking and choosing only what they wish to present. Would I rather spend the New Bedford. evening with seven or Ieight Farewell to liberty when the Youth groups represented clever, funny, good-looking peo­ press has all the power. I've often . were from LaSalette Shrine, ple who act like they a~e too wondered if some reporters re­ good for me, or with one or two Attleboro; Mt. Carmel parish, port their· findings for a good I' New Bedford; Our ,Lady's Chapel, persons, not quite so clever, who end or for mere sensationalism. New. :Bedford; and Mt. Carmel are sincere, loyal and cotnmit­ I parish, Seekonk, as well as fiom ' Where the welfare of a nation ted? . I ' is involved, are we to listen only the Building Block. . Another question that must be to the press whose bottom line faced is this:' . The evening included counsel­ is seHing papers and. who seem Would it be better to endure ing, 'healing prayer and a fel­ to believe that the more con­ some loneliness as I search for lowship period. Slides were fusion and controversy the bet­ a genuine friend than to $pend shown of trips to charismatic ter, even when not justified. my time with people who Iseem youth conferences at the Univer­ to be ultimately phony' asfthey sity of Steubenville, Ohio, and Those are not gods ,who rule have fun putting me down? tlmtative plans were made for over the networks, the presses, Finally, it. might be well for you to consider which friends '. . are worth having and which are not., ,. \; : Send comments and queStions to Tom Lennon, 1312 Mass.jAVe. N.W., Washington, D.C~ 20005.



By Charlie Martin



to .the teachers who h.el~· in­

Wmen you were down

Thlay were never there

, , When you're all alone You really get to learn If you "et back up lltey're going to come around , All tII1e sycophants they love to make romance To the ugly sound of them' . what you want to hear ami you pretend. 'Cause they aD agree , . You're SUJ1'J'O"lM to have a better life

.But you're feeling worse

,And. they build you up til you fool! yourself

That you're something else . ,

And it's like a curse ,

'Cause you can't live up to· what they made of you

Anell they tell you that you're losin' friends

Losin' friends, losin' friends . ' ,

You got nothing to lose

, You don't nose whf'n' yon I~ fake friends You' go and te~ them you were' king of thehIil When you need a hand that was yesterday You see them laugh while you're on your knees And it breaks your heart 'cause you gave .so much And you elm't believe that you hIt the ground And you notice you've been Iosin' friends

troduce the visitors to CoC. . C-C Spanish students, land their parents hav~ the 'oppor­ tunity of going to Mexico duHng April vacation. on a tour organ­ ized by the American ~nstitute for ·Foreign :tu:y. 0 "


As at ~er diocesan highs. C-C stude~ts participated in the annual Oxfam America Fast for a World Harvest, . turning 'in moneys saved. to aid self-help programs.

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.. Preparations are underway for the . school's third annual Fekti­ . .. I' val of the Arts, .to take place Dec. i 0 'and to feature a ohe-' act play, "One Night in' iBet~le­ hem."

.:Bishop·" Stang The annual Christmas 'con­ cert, this year titled "Christnt~s WIShes," will take place at 7!30 p.m. Dec. 18 and will feature the school's concert band, mIx!ed chorus, glris' chorus and au,til­ iary marching band units.


Sung by Joan Jett and the BI8.ckhearts, written by J. Jett . and K. Laguna (c) 1983 by Jett Pack Music [lIOES ~NDSHIP defy definition? Certainly 'a list of the


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In your experience, what does it mean to be a friend? "Fake Friends" takes up the question of friendship. Joan Jett is one of the more famous rock stars. Formerly with the aU­ female band, the Runaways, she now tours extensively with the Blackhearts. ' Her song is 'about thinking someone was a friend when ac­ tuaUy he or she was interested only in what cou,ld be got from the relationship. Mrs. Jett says fake friends may try to build us up in flat­ tering or unrealistic ways. They may make us feel good for a while, .but as she says, "It's like a curse 'cause you can't Hve up to what they made of you," Treatment like that pressures us to be something we are not. What ,makes a real friend? A' place to begin looking for the answer is with people who ac­ cept us for what we are. . Real friends neither ignore nor condemn ,us for our mista~es. They give support and chaHenge us to recognize howw~ can grow and improve. A friend is someone we seek out to celebrate joyful events:' Friends help us to discover more about ourselves and about God. For God uses the human touch to help communicate his love, his challenge and his s!Jpport to us. Please address correspondence to Charlie Martin, 1218 So. ROo therwood Ave., Evansville, Ind. 47714.

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Ursuline nun, arrive to pick up Maryknoll Sisters Ita Ford (Mari Gorman) and Maura Clarke (Mary McCusker), who have just returned from a conference in Nicaragua. A short distance from the air­ port, when Jean stops her mi­ crobus at a roadblock, armed men in civilian clothes step out of the shadows. From there the story gives us flashbacks of Jean's life. We see her in Irelarttl during NOTE a junior year abroad and then Please check dates and coming under the influence of times of television and radio a tough Irish priest (Martin programs against local list­ Sheen), who says to her much ings, which may differ from the same things that Ignatius the New York network sched­ Loyola must have said to Fran· ules supplied to The Anchor. cis Xavier. Jean reluctantly begins to ,look New Film more deeply into herself and her "Venti" (MGM-UA): Barbra faith. The results are not im­ Streisand is Yentl, an intelligent mediately apparent. She takes and witty Jewish woman of turn a good job in Cleveland, em­ of the century Eastern Europe, a barks on a period of conspicuous time when only men studied in consumption and starts falling in love with a 'young doctor religious schools. Tutored secret­ (Peter Norton). ly by her father (Nehemiah Per­ soff), himself a Talmudic scholar, Finally, however, in a decision she determines after his death that startles many, she goes to to dress as a man and enter a EI Salvador for two years of yeshiva or religious school. missionary work. There she There she excels but finds her­ overcomes fear and uncertainty, self attracted to a handsome inspired by her three closest student already engaged to be companions and the charismatic married. When the engagement figure of the soon-to-be-martyr­ is called off by the father, Yentl ed Archbishoup Oscar Romero. is persuaded to become. the Though "Choices, with quite bridegroom instead: All is re­ admirable restraint, doesn't de­ solved more or less happily when pict the final ordeal of Jean and Yentl brings handsome student her companions, it makes abun­ and his beloved together by emi­ dantly clear what happened to them. grating to America and less re­ strictive educationa,1 prerequis­ Melissa Gilbert, despite her ites. youth, is as near-ly perfect a Based on a story by Isaac Jean as one could hope for. She Bashevis Singer, the film spends catches Jean's sense of fun and much of its time laboriously radiates conviction. The supporting cast is uni­ showing how a male-dominated society oppresses women. At formly good, with MaTi Gorman center stage throughout is Miss and Mary McCusker standing Streisand, who also produced, out for the quiet conviction and directed and co-authored the warmth they bring to the roles script. Although her many fans of Ita and Maura. There are shortcomings, most may not find this too much, others will be unconvinced by of them due to the nature of her performance, unmoved by the low budget of television her songs and wearied by seeing films, but the' defects of "Choices" are insignificant com­ her in every scene. pared to the tremendous emo· Evocation of period and, set­ tional impact that it generates. ting is excellent, as is the re­ "Choices" is a story of love, spectful treatment of religious faith and greatness of heart. belief. The complications result­ Though it is too mature for very ing from Yentl's disguise as a young children, it should be a male and entering into a mock must for Catholic teen-agers, marriage to another woman make some of whom' might discover the film inappropriate for young here, for the first time that faith viewers. Because of this and can be quite exciting. some suggested nudity, it is Religious Broadcasting - TV ·rated A3, PG. Sunday, Dec. 4, 10:30 a.m., TV Program' WLNE, Channel 6, Diocesan It's unlikely that 100 milIon Television Mass. A'mericans wiU watch the tele­ Mass Monday to Friday every vision movie "Choices of Heart" week, 11:30 a.m. to noon, at 9 p.m. on Dec. 5, but this ac­ WXNE, 'Channel 25. count of the spiritual awakening "Confluence," 8 a.m. each of well-off Jean Donovan of, Sunday on Channel 6, is a panel Westport, Conn., and' her death program moderated by Truman in El Salvador deserves such an Taylor and having as permanent audience as much as "The Day participants Father Peter N. Gra­ After." ziano, diocesan director of social "Choices" begins with friends services; Right Rev. George at the airport in San Salvador. Hunt, Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Jean Donovan (Melissa GHbert), Island; and Rabbi Baruch Korff. "Breakthrough," 6:30 a.m. a lay missioner, and Sister Doro­ thy Kazel (Pamela Bellwood), an each Sunday, Channel 10, a pro·

ports watch

Coyle-Cassidy Trl-City Champioll1 The Coyle and Cassidy har­ riers have retained the Tri-City cross-country championship in competition with Taunton and Bristol-Plymouth Regional high schools. The Warriors of Coyle and Cassidy, who finished their regu­ lar season with an 8-1 record have now won the Taunton Tri­ City crown twice equalling the record of Taunton High. Bristol­ Plymouth is winless in the an­ nual tournament. The Coyle­ Cassidy girls' team also won the annual meet. In addition to the Tri-City crown Coyle-Cassidy also cap­ tured the Southeastern Mass. Conference dual meet title and the conference meet champion­ ship. In Thanksgiving Day foot­

ball, the Bishop Feehan High Shamrocks romped to a 26-7 tri­ umph over Coyle-Cassidy. Senior fullback Peter Luongo, 'who rushed for 140 yiards, scored three touchdowns for Feehan on runs of 3, 67 and 11 yards. Ted Roediger scored the other Fee­ han touchdown and ran for the two extra points. Tim Dermody scored on a one-yard run for the Warriors. Feehan and Coyle­ Cassidy finished the season with identical 7-3 records. Worthy of mention are the outstanding performances of Jeff Pontes and Bob Hargraves as Durfee' High's Hilltoppers de­ feated the New Bedford Crim­ son, 17-7, on the holiday for the first Durfee victory over New Bedford since 1972.

eyo Hockey Posting the highest team score of the season Fall River North defeated Somerset, 9-4, and re­ tained first place in the Bristol County CYO ,Hockey League. In the companion game defending champion New Bedford pinned a 7-3 setback on Mansfield and strengthened its hold on second place. Goals by Peter McDonald, Gary Parsons, Scott Durocher and Scott Orton gave North a 4-0 first-period lead before Peter Morse scored for Somerset in the closing moments of the period. Parsons, Marc Gallagher and Mario Pasqua scored for North, Morse and Bob Pendrake for Somerset in the second period. Last period goals were

by Durocher and Orton for North, Dave Plumer for Somer­ set. Dave Gerwatowski scored twice Tony DeMoranville, Scott Allen and John Carroll once each for New Bedford while Dave Morganelli, Mike Cassidy and Eric Waldman scored for Mansfield. Games starting at 9 p.m. Sun­ day in the DriscoH Rink, Fall River: New Bedford,vs. Somer­ set, Fall River North vs. Fall River South. The standings: Fall River North 6-1-1 (won, lost, tied), New Bedford 5-2-1, Mansfield 4-4-0, Fall River South 3-5-0 Somerset 1-7-0. '

Cougarettes On All-Star Team Michelle L'Heureux, Karen Pontbriand and Terri Travers of Bishop Connolly High School have been named to the 13­ player all-star volleyball team of the New Bedford Standard­ Times. Other volleyball all-stars on the team are Kristen Paul and Diane Daniello, Case; Andrea Costa and Kristen Sullivan, Dur­ fee; Chris Reagan and Jodi Li­ zotte, Somerset; ieryl Braga, Dartmouth; Sue Chadwick, Fair­ haven; Kathy Baggerly, Old Ro­ chester; and, Tracy Kaliff, West­ port. ' The Hockomock League has announced some of its aH-star teams. Listed on the field hockey team are Diann Reynolds (the all-star captain), and ,patricia Tobin, Oliver Ames; Pasha Travers, Patty Drury and Diane Leary, f;anton; Barbara Carbone, Foxboro; Tricia Kennedy, Frank­ lin; Sarah Andrews, King Philip; Danielle Lamarre and Joanne Lamarre, Mansfield; Laura Bru­ nell, North Attleboro; Dawn '0

Fitzhugh, Sharon; Dianne Blom­ strom and Lin<la Pellegrino, Stoughton. ' Named to the league's all-star soccer team are Gregg Muscar­ ella (aU-star captain), Sean Spil­ lane, Steve Murphy and Daniel Fitzgeral, Foxboro; Tom ,Phillips, Gary Lippert, Joe Gruscek and Matt Sousa, Franklin; Andy MueHer, Peter Russo, Larry Rausch, King Philip; Kirk Mur­ phy and Mike Sheppard, North Attleboro; and',' Buddy Lamp­ lough, Stoughton.

More food needed VATICAN CIIY (NC) - All countries must increase their food capacity ·to provide needy countries with basic foodstuffs," declared Pope John 'Paul II re­ cently. He noted that "a small number of countries holds al­ most half of the world grain reserves" and said that develop­ ed countries have an obligation to reduce "excessive consump­ tion" and to lower food prices.

Symbols following film reviews indicate both general and Catholic Film Office ratings, which do not always coincide. General ratings: G-suitable for gen· eral viewing; PG-parental guidance sug­ gested; R-restricted, unsuitable for children or younger teens. Catholic ratings: AI-approved for children and adults; A2-approved for adults and adolescents; A3--approved for adults only; A4-separate classification (given to films not morally offensive which, however, require some analysis and explanation); O-morally offensive.

THE ANCHOR­ Friday, Dec. 2, 1983


gram on the power of God to touch lives, produced by the Pastoral Theological Institute of Hamden, Conn. "The Glory of God," with Father John Bertolucci, 7:30 a.m. each Sunday, Channel 27. "MarySon," a family puppet show with moral and spiritual perspective 6 p.m. each Thurs­ day, Fall River and New Bed­ ford cable channel 13. "Spirit of tihe Bride," a talk show with William Larkin, 6 p.m. each Monday, cable chan­ nel 35. Sunday, Dec. 4 (SPN) "World Report" - NC News weekly report on religious, ethi­ cal and moral concerns. Sunday, Dec. 4, (ABC) "Direc­ tions" - A report from the Vati­ can. I Sunday, Dec, 4 (CBS) "For Our Times" - Religion' in Am­ erica. On Radio Charismatic programs are heard from Monday through Fri­ day on station WICE 1210 AM' Father John Randall, 9 to 10 a.m: and 11 to 12 p.m.; Father Edward McDonough, 8:12 a.m.; Father Real Bourque, 8:41 a.m. Father McDonough is also on WMYD from 1:30 to 2 p.m. each Sunday. Sunday, Dec. 4 (NBC) "Guide­ line" - Today's guest is Father William Byron, president of the Catholic University of America.

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Advent service: 7 p.m. each Friday of .,the season.

Prayer group activities:

Christmas party 8 p.m. Dec. 7;

.healing Masses 7 p.m. Dec. 14,


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similar nonprofit activities. Fundrafslng pro­ Jects may ba advertised at our regular rates. obtainable from The Anchor business office, tele8hone 675-7151. n Steering Points Items FR .Indicates Fall River. NB Indicates New Bedford.


Women's Guild Christmas party: Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m., parish center. Members are asked to bring gifts for nursing home residents. FIVE HOUR VIGIL

All are welcome to attend the monthly five-hour vigil held in diocesan churches. This month's service will begin at 8 tonight at Blessed Sacrament Church, Fall River, opening and closing with Mass and including a holy 'hour, ·recitation of the rosary and time for private .prayer. There will be ,a coffee break at 10 p.m. 5S. PETER


SpIritual life committee chair_ man is Cynthia Strojny. CYO president· Michael Mar­ tin will represent his organiza­ tion on ,the parish council. CYO­ ers will attend 11 a.m. Mass Dec. 4. Reunion Mass: 6:30 p.m. De'c. 5 for confirmation candidates 7:45 Dec. 5, school. . Education committee meeting: 7:45 Dec. 5, school. ·DOMINICAN LAITY, FR

S1. Rose of Lima chapter will meet at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Dominican Convent, 37 Park 51. The. session will begin with Mass. Members are asked -to bring a Christmas gift for a re­ tired sister.



St. Nicholas feast: program of Lessons and Carols 8 p.m~, Dec.



Women's Guild Christmas din­ ner: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6, school ,hall. \: ST. JOSEPH, FAIRHAVEN . CCD retreat for first-gr~ders: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3, St.


Joseph School. . Advent prayer service: ~,a.m. at school each Monday of' Advent. All welcome. \ ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI'I'NB

Women's League Christmas party: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6, church hall. \ " ST. JACQUES. TAUNTON'

LaSalette Shrine pilgriqlage: for. CCD students in ~rades 9 and 10, 6 p.m. Dec. 6. Parents of ;these students will meet lat 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the CCD center to discuss the adolescent sexual­ ity component of the parishtcon­ firmation program:' The narish Advent wrea h is being lit by memb~rs ·of the Ifirst or ser.ond grade CCD class with ,their families at weekend M~sses. Volunteers needed to aid in CCD center housekeeping 'Sat­ urday morning; also one 'aide for grade 6 class Sunday mbrn­ ing. Information: 238-6394.\ I FIRST ,FRIDAY CLUB, FR

Members will meet at 61'10­ night· for Mass at Sacred Heart church, followed by a supper meeting in the sc~ool hall.



Dames Patronesses will hold a Christmas party for residentS of Sacred Heart Home at 1 p.m. Dec. 4, including entertainment, gifts and refreshments.' Mrs. Normand Brassard, presid~nt, will present a special gift to the home for the use of .all residents. '_

Volunteers needed for church SOMERSET

Trim-a-tree open house:rec­ decorating: 1 p.m. Dec. 18. Senior citizens: Christmas tory, Sunday evening, Dec. 11. party noon Dec. 8, Thad's Steak Bring an ornament! LaSalette .pilgrimage: 5:30 to House. Legion of Mary holy hour: 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14, leaving from . church parking lot and return~ 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16. ing to hot chocolate in the par­ ish center. Call rectory for IBL. SACl!lAMENT,FRBus ,trip to LaSalette Shrine: transportation, if, needed. '5 p.m. Dec.· 7. Information: LEGION OF MARY Helen Ouellette. Annual reunion: O.L. Mi. Car­ IDATHOLlIQ COMMUNITY, mel Church, New Bedford, 2 IE. FREETOWN p.m. Dec. 4, including Benedic­ Bible study: 7:30 p.m., first ,tion,' prayers and a socIal gath­ lind third Sundays.

ering. All welcome. CCD: FIrst communion candi_ ST. JAMES, NB dates and families: special litur­ Ladies Guild Christmas party by 9 a.m. Dec. 4; grades 1 to 6: and meeting: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, <:lasses 10 .to 11 a.m. each Sat­ urday; grades 7 and 8: 7 to 8 parish 'hall, featuring a Christ­ p.m. each Tuesday. All classes mas chorale 'by .the Stetsonaires. Prospective altar ,boys, grade a:t Cathedral Camp. 3 or older, are asked to contact Boys interested in altar ser­ Father Richard Gendreau. vice: practice 9 to 10 a.m. Dec. 3 The parish ,has received a set Charismatic prayers meeting: of ,the. Cathoiic Encyclopedia 7 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday, which will be available for use camp chapel. _ Advent program: .Monday <>f the parish staff, CCD teach­ ers, students and all others in evenings 7:30 p.m. need of ·the information it cov- . ers. ST. STANiSLAUS, FR Holy Rosary Sodality Christ­ mas social: 2 p.m. Dec. 4, Kolbe SEPARATED/DIVORCED, NB A support group meets at Hall. , 7:30 p.m. each Sunday at Our ST. 1I_0UlS de. FRANCE, Lady's Chapel, New Bedford. SWANSEA. December schedule: Dec. 4, "A Parents of first penance can­ Christmas Carol"; Dec. 11, Mass dEdates: meeting following 9:30 and social hour; Dec. 18, wine H.m. Mass Dec. 4 in the youth and cheese' party. Counseling ce:nter. -available at every meeting. An­ Confirmation retreats: week- nulment information sessions: ends of Jan. 14 and 15 and 1 p.m. each Saturday. Informa­ -Jan. 21 and 22. :Adult volun­ ,tion: Father Edward Holleran. teers needed to help cook the OFM, 996-8275. Tetreat meals.. . Ladies 'of St. Anne: Christmas ST. ANNE, FR Jesse Tree ceremony: 4 p.m. pa.rty 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Eileen Mass Dec. 10,. Dl~rling's restaurant. entertain­ ml~nt by Somerset High School SACRED HE~RT, FR Jazz Chorale. Exposition of the BlessE~d Sac­ NOTRE DAME, FR rament: following 12:05 p.m. :Ouring Advent a 7 .p.m. Mass Mass each Monday of Advent, is celebrated Monday through 'concluding at 4 p.m. with Eve­ Friday in the rectory's Lourdes nin~ Prayer and Benediction... Chapel. Gifts for nursing home pa­ C·hildren and grandchildren tients _may be left under .the of Women's Guild members are church Jesse Tree this weekend invited to a Christmas party at or next weekend. Families are 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Notre Dame invited to make symbols for the School. Jesse tree each week and place them on the tree when they attend Mass.. ' ST. JOHN EVANGELIST,




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Holy Year Attleboro area cel­ ebration: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Father Robert Kaszynski will speak on 'Adventas the season of hope and the service will include ex­ position of tHe Blessed Sacra­ ment, imparting of the jubilee indulgence and the opportunity to receive .the sacrament of penance. .


Ladies' Association: ecumeni­ cal tea 2:30, this afternoon, church hall, beginning with Benediction service. IMMACULATE CONCEPT.ION, TAUNTON

Instrumentalists needed !for the ensemble which meets, at 8 p.m. Wednesdays in the church loft; tenors needed for the choir which meets at 7:30 p.m. Mon­ days. Instruction for the Girl Scout I Live My F:'aith Award began l~st night in the parish center. The Junior Scout Troop 'has several openings. Information: 823-4488.



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St. Kilian's ,Support Group will hold a dutch treat dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Thad's Steak House, New Bedford. In­ formation: 998-3269. O.L. VIC.TORY, CENTERVILLE

New choir members needed; rehearsals 7:30 p.m. each Thurs­ day. Ultreya: parish center 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3.


New altar boys' installation:

11:15 a.m. Mass Dec. 4, with re­ hearsal at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 3 in

,the church. Youth group organizational meeting: 7 .p.m. Dec. 4, Holy Name School. CATHERINIAN CENTER

Advent day of prayer: 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11. Information: Sis­ ter Judith Brunell, OP, 996-1035. ST. MARY, NB

A piano is needed for school use. Any donor may call Karen Besse, 995-8305. CATHOLIC WOMAN,'S CLUB, NB . Christmas meeting: 7:30 ,p.m.,

Dec. 7, WamsuUa Club. Music by Young at Heart Senior. Sweethearts. ST. DOMINIC, SWANSEA Lector needed for 5:30 p.m,

Mass Saturday. Information: janet Barbelle, 674-0180. FAMILY LIFE CENTER, N.DARTMOUTH

Permanent diaconate retreat weekend: tonight through Sun­ day. New Bedford deanery meet­ ing: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 5. Lamaze Prepared Childbirth class: Tuesday evening, Dec. 6. Christmas ,party: workers at St. Patrick's parish, Fall River, 6 p.m. Dec. 7. SECULAR FRANCISCANS, POCASSET

.St. Francis of the Cape fra­ .ternity meeting: 7:10 p.m. Dec. 6, St. John's 'parish center, Po­ casset. Mass and talks .by Father Edwin Dirig, OFM and Fred ·Jones, SFO. All welcome.

Mass precedes steel plant vote WEIRTON, W. Va. (NC) ­ After an evening of prayer and rallying, steelworkers in Weir­ ton voted ·by a 7-1 margin to buy Weirton Steel from its parent company. The vote last month to accept the Employee Stock Ownership Plan, made Weirton Steel the largest employee-owned com­ pany in the world. The employees voted to pay National Intergroup $386 million for the mill by 1998, and to as­ sume $192.3 \ million in debts. Workers also had to accept a 32 percent· pay' and benefit re­ duction and fewer days off. Last year National Intergroup had announced plans to sell or shutdown the Weirton plant, which employs over 11,000 peo­ ple. The possible shutdown threatened not only Weirton Steel, but the .Weirton commun­ ity itself. . On the eve of the vote, Cath­ olics attended a special Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Weirton. An ecumenical candlelight ceremony followed at the steel plant. Edwin Mullaney, deacon at St. Paul parish in Weirton 'and a 28-year Weirton Steel employee, was the' homilist. "I guess you could say that it has been raining here in our valley for the past 18 months ­ ever since National Steel an­ nounced they would not put any more capital investments into Weirton Steel," said Mullaney. "We have come a 10pg way in the past 18 months, but our ordeal is not yet over," he said. "We need only recognize God's help and have the faith and courage to accept the help he gives to us."


Vol. 27, No. 47 Fall River, Mass., Friday, December 2, 1983 $8 Per Year Mary a. Almeida, O.L. of As­ sumption, New Bedford; Alice Beaulieu,...