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Oceania assembly delves into strengths, weakness of its Church ~

Bishop O'Malley offers his reflections during the first week of the synod.

Editor's Note: Bishop Sean P. O'Malley is in Rome joining otller selected bishops at a Special Assemb(y on Oceania to take a hard look at the South PacifIC region and make recommendations for thefuture ofthe Church there. His rliflections on the first week ofthe synod being heldfrom November 23 to December 13 arrived at The Anchor in time for this week's edition. By BISHOP SEAN


ROME - St. Peter's Basilica was filled to capacity. Suddenly, the conch shell sounded with several loud blasts and the procession began. The bishops of the distant isles of the vast Pacific Ocean made their entrance, followed by the cardinaIs of the Roman Curia, and, finally, the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II. Four men arrayed in tattoos and loin cloths carried the Book of the Gospels on a Polynesian king's throne. The gifts at the offertory were borne by ladies in grass skirts and huge scapulars of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The Prayer of the Faithful was recited in Mareenne, Tongan, Maori, Samoan, English, and French. All of this was to mark the opening of the Synod of Bishops for Oceania. This synod is one of a series of international assemblies of bishops that the Holy Father has called as part of the Church's spiritual preparation for the millennium celebration of the year 2000,

SYNOD ADDRESS - Bishop Sean P. O'Malley delivers his comments to Pope John Paul II and members of the Special Assembly for Oceania being held at the Vatican. The intervention, or talk, included the bishop's input towards a working paper during the first week of the synod. Text of the bishop's address is on page 12. (Photo courtesy of L:Osservatore Romano)

the 2000th birthday of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. With next year's synod on Europe, all the regions of the world will have been convened. Besides the bishops of Oceania, which some describe as the floating continent, the Holy Father invited a few bishops from outside of the region: one bishop from Toronto, one from England, one from the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, the bishop of the Galapagos Islands, and the bishop of Fall River. I am very honored to have been asked, but also a little puzzled as to why. The first week of the synod has been quite absorbing. We have listened to 118 interventions lasting eight minutes each. They were given in English, French, Italian and even one in Latin. The comments were supposed to be directed to a working paper that had been prepared by a pre-synodal commission and which defines the theme of the Synod: "Jesus Christ and the Peoples of Oceania: Walking His Way, Telling His Truth, Living His Life." Some of the interventions were disturbing. Some missionaries spoke of the frustrations caused by the difficult challenges of limited resources and great isolation. One bishop spoke of his diocese which covers one million square miles of ocean. He has 3,000 Catholics and six priests, four of whom are over 70 years of age, to minister to them. In the missions in New Guinea, where I have three Capuchin classmates working, they speak over 700 languages and the transition from the Stone Age to cyberspace is an arduous journey. Part of Tum to page 12 - Synod

Special vespers service marks World AIDS Day ~ Hundreds gather in St. Mary's

Cathedral, Fall River for evening song to remember those who have died of AIDS By MIKE GORDON ANCHOR STAFF


FALL RIVER - Bathed in the light of candles and among the soothing notes of song, more than 300 people gath~red in St. Mary's Cathedral at dusk on the eve of World Aids Day to attend a special vespers service. The vespers service, written by Dr. Krysten Winter-Green, director of the AIDS Ministry Office for the Fall River Diocese, and musician-composer Glenn Giuttari, director of the Sine Nomine Choral Group, was led by Father Joseph M. Costa and included prayers, song and the recitation of more than 400 names of persons who have died of AIDS. "People have told me it was a beautiful service and very meaningful for the community," said Dr. Winter-Green following the service. "It's very prayerful and people have been very positive," she added before making rounds at the reception following the service to thank people for their attendance and participation. Vespers, which in Latin is the word for "evening," is the evening prayer of the Church and one of the two principal prayers in the Liturgy of the Hours. These prayers are said daily by bishops, priests, deacons and religious and were offered during this service to ask God's help for those afflicted with HIVIAIDS. The choir opened the service and was

followed by a solo piece featuring oboe and organ. Following the processional, presider Father Costa incensed the altar asking the Lord that the prayers of the evening rise up "like burning incense." An adaptation of Psalm 141:1-9 was prayed aloud with Father Costa and the congregation speaking alternate parts aloud. The prayer asked that the Lord would provide refuge: "Keep me safe: I have called to you, Lord, hasten to help me:' A Psalm prayer was followed by "In Oculis Dei" performed by the choir. A reading from 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 was followed by a moment of silence and the moving hymn "God of Day and God of Darkness," which asked that God "Show the Christ in one another," and "let us be one with you." A Canticle based on porTurn to page 13 - Vespers

SHARING SONG - Dr. Krysten Winter-Green, executive director of the diocesan Office of AIDS Ministry walks through the Cathedral with volunteer Scott Amaral following the vespers service on the vigil of World AIDS Day. (Anchor/Gordon photo)



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GETTING TO KNOW OUR SEMINARIANS Rev. Mr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk FALL RIVER - Rev. Mr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk is currently in his fourth year of theological studies at the North American College in Rome. Bom in Boston, he is the son of Dr. and Mrs. A.G. Pacholczyk. His family moved to Arizona where his father is a professor at the University of Arizona. After graduation from Canyon Del Oro High School in Tucson in 1982, he entered the University of Arizona and received four undergraduate degrees: in philosophy, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology and chemistry. Following college, Rev. Mt. Pacholczyk earned a doctorate in neuroscience at Yale University. He worked as a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital for three years prior to beginning fulltime theological studies at the North American College. Through prayer, reflection and spiritual reading, Rev. Mr. Pacholczyk came to the decision to follow the call to the priesthood. The writings of St. Therese of Lisieux influenced his decision especially. He has been involved in parish life at St. Stanislaus Parish here, Sacred Heart Parish in North Attleboro and Holy Ghost Parish in Attleboro. He has taught religious education and served in hospitals and in a soup kitchen. While at the seminary in

Rome, Rev. Mr. Pacholczyk has been involved with Vatican Radio. He was ordained a transitional deacon on

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St. Vin-cent'sHome wins awar~[f FALL RIVER - S1. Vincent's Home was recently honored with the Striving for Cultural Competence Award from the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA). It acknowledges St. Vincent's outstanding efforts to deliver services' effectively and respectfully to people of diverse cultures. Chosen as winner of the national award for the Northwest Region of North America, St. Vincent's has a 113-year history of creatively tailoring its programs and services to meet the changing needs of troubled children, adolescents and their families. Currently, there are more than 165 youngsters, ranging in age from five to 22, for whom St. Vincent's provides residential care in a variety of set~ tings in Fall River, New Bedford and Westport. Services include diagnostic assessment, emergency shelter, acute residential treatment, community-based homes, residential treatment facilities, special education programs and after care programs. "Since 1885, S1. Vincent's has reflected the racial and

ethnic make-up of the communities it serves," said Jack Weldon, executive director, in response to winning the award from CWLA. '~A. child's need has been the criterion for admission, not mce, religion or culture. Our staff knows that a troubled youngster needs respect and understanding of his or her cultural heritage as part of the process of healing and learning the skills he or she needs to live successfully," added Weldon. "That's why we give such importance to educating our'. selves about the diverse cultures represented by our young residents." Sister Catherine Donovan spoke recl~ntly of how St. Vincent's encourages an appreciation of diverse cultures among staff members and the children in their care. "During the b:,weekly meetings of our Continuous Quality Improvement team, NATIONAL AWARD - Mercy .Sister we plan programs that highCatherine Donovan, Mission Effectiveness light a different culture evCoordinator at St. Vincent's Home, Fall ery two months." The children in residence at S1. River, accepts the Striving for Cultural Vincent's seven faciLities are Competence Award from David encouraged to appreciate Liederman, executive director of the Child their own cultural heritage, Welfare League of America, at a confer- as well as the differing backence in Washington D.C. grounds of their fellow residents. CWLA paid tribute to the cultural competence recipients at its

Men's Ministry Isubcommittee . will hold meeting on Dec. 5 NEW BEDFORD-The Ad Hoc Diocesan Committee for Men's Ministry will meet Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m., at Holy Name Parish Center. Msgr. Thomas J. Harrington, pastor of Holy Name Church and secretary for Spiritual Formation and the Apostolates will lead the meeting and says that plans will be discussed for participation in the New England Conference for Catholic Men slated for April 24, 1999, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Cardinal Bernard Law, archbishop of Boston, will be principal celebrant of the Liturgy. Also on the meeting's agenda is sharing information regarding initiatives in the Fall River Diocese. Msgr. Harrington said that representatives of the various

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South Easton church advances planning for new parish center SOUTH EASTOK - Members of Holy Cross Parish here recently reached a milestone following more than two years of preliminary studies by commissioning Dennis Keefe as architect for its proposed new parish center. Holy Cross Father Richard Hockman, pastor, said the purpose of the ceremony at a recent Mass was "to ask for God's support in the overall undertaking and to com-

dress the parish's current and future needs, reported Father Hockman. Keefe was chosen after an extensive investigation and screening of architects. The committee reportedly was impressed with Keefe's innovative methods of blending new centers with an existing church building, resulting in a total expression of parish life. The architect's recent renovation of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross for the archdio-


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the maorin&.-, The Advent journey We have entered into one of the most meaningful and beautiful seasons of the liturgical year, Advent. Its very meaning is . associated with Christians and the Incarnation'- As the season of "The Coming" it helps us once more bring our lives into focus. It directs us to the coming of Christ, not just in the celebration that surrounds Christmas, but to the expectation of the Second Coming. Because Christ has come once, he will come again. In a way, he never left for he is always present in his Church. Advent then, has a fuller meaning: of the past, present and future. In a very practical way we view the celebration of Advent as helping us reflect on the meaning of Christmas in all its fullness. This is difficult to do when Christmas decorations are displayed in stores long before Halloween. Thanksgiving is a mere interlude in the commercial process toward what are called "the holidays." Advent's significance is hidden by the gigantic commercial world of Christmas shopping, office parties and the expectation of gifts. Christmas is the most important commercial time of the year and somehow Christ is lost in all the glitter. In many' ways we have ourselves to blame. With declining Church attendance, the loss of family values and the crass programs of our social order, Churchgoers have little incentive to bring the holiness of the Advent season into their lives. In fact, many wiIrsimply be unable to center themselves in any spiritual setting because their lives are chaotic. H,oliness demands that we strive to be whole in our entire person. The wholeness is not a mere reflection of some analytic process, but one based on the true meaning and direction ()f one's life. Grace builds on nature. As a result, many are graceless because they simply will not or cannot come to grips with who they are as a person. It should be obvious that the world of Christmas shopping is not the remedy for a holistic approach to life and living. In fact, the harried pressures of the season tend to wear us out. We become frazzled in the hectic pace that the social order demands of us. People spend too much, drink too much and eat too much until they are simply exhausted mentally, spiritually and physically. When Christmas Day finally arrives they are usually under' the tree rather than exemplifying the true meaning of the season. We need Advent to bring light into our lives and celebrate this season amid the darkest days of the year. There are fewer hours of daylight. We should view light and darkness not merely on a natural plane, but as our response to divine revelation. The acceptance of Christ's presence in the world demands a vital decision, reflected in our conduct, which deinonstrates whether we are in darkness or light. For those whose lives center on compromise there is no in-between state for them. Their lifestyles make it an impossibility. Those who seek this ethical and moral dualism simply cannot be part of the light. The truth of 'light stands in direct contrast to the falsehood of darkness. Christ is always viewed in Jight. It is this truth that is the Christmas light. It reminds all of us in the Church family that we have a responsibility to live in that light and have no part in the compromises that are so often in the dark recesses of our minds. Our actions demonstrate our moral and ethical conduct as reflected by this dualism of light and darkness. As we prepare for the holiday, may we take time to determine who we will celebrate during these holy days. A reflection on our lifestyles and commitments is one way we can judge for ourselves if we really believe that light is a gift from. God which truly can dispel the darkness of this world. Advent is a marvelous time to make this decision. , . .

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As the heav.~ns tower ovelr the earth, so God's love towers over the faithful."

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"Hail to the Redskins" member, Father, kick-off is 1 p.m." The first draft pick of the Post to CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE ask divine aid was a Protestant minI had a one-game career in the ister. He was sent to do battle NFL. Let me tell you how it hap- .against the Philadelphia Eagles. We pened. knew it would be a terrible game. It's no secret. This year the Wash- Fans in both cities were calling it ington Redskins don't have a the "Toilet Bowl." To our shame we prayer. Or perhaps more accurately, got flushed. all they have is a prayer. , The next week, a rabbi was About the time our beloved. called up to ask the help of the AlSkins were 0-5, the Washington Post mighty against Minnesota. The concluded that they ne'eded out- Skins were swallowed whole by the side help. The Post began to enlist Vikings, 41 t07. Things were bleak the local clergy to invoke the aid in the dens of bureaucrats and lobQf the Almighty. It was meant as , byists. entertainment, of course, but in this After about a week of contritiQn town, people took it seriously. and repentance, the Post decided it One thing you have to under- was time to bring in a Catholic. I stand about Washington: Very few was called asa free agent against things unite us as a city. We are a the Giants. At the time the Redskins collection of transients. We have had a record of 0-7. The pressure no discernible accent, eating hab- wason. its or clothing styles. We have no I stayed up most. or" Thursday' common race, politics or religion. night, drafting and redrafting. I About the only thing we all share searched the Psalms for cries of the is a football team. So the Redskins desperate and despairing. I know matter to everyone: black and that God does not take sides in footwhite, rich and poor, Republican ball garnes, but I thought God might and Democrat, believer or atheist. hear the cry of the oppressed and I got a taste of this local passion downtrodden. in my first parish when a man The prayer appeared in the pareached his wrist out into the aisle. per the Saturday morning before as I processed in for the noon Mass the Giants came to town. Some and tapped his watch saying, "Re~ people called to say they had cut it


out and put it on their refrigerators, where all true football fans go at half-time. A miracle happened. The Redskins won! They actually beat the Giants, 21-14. I couldn't be~ lieve it! You路 would have tho'ught Washington had won the Super Bowl the way they gloated. The next day a woman calkd to tell me her husband was going into surgery. She asked for prayers, saying: "I figured if it worked fol' the Redskins, it can work for him." One friend of mine cailed the Red~kins' owner and told him that he should hire me as the tecJn intercessor and chaplain. I gotno of.:ers. I would have settled for a, season ticket or a one-time pass to a skybox. One man called and asked if I would pray for an end to the l'i'BA lockout. I told him I was strictly a one-sport prayer athlete. Some people begged the POSi~ for a follow-up prayer against Arizona the next week. But the Post wi:.ely recognized that it had strayed ::nto a theological quagmire. The paper gave up publishing prayers for the Redskins. The next week, the Skins lost 27-29 to Arizona in the last 2 seconds. I knew they should have called! Thus ended my NFL career.

Pope outlines old, new ways for Christians to observe the Holy Year ~ Indulgences gain new

approval as link between God's forgiveness and the sinner's penitence. By JOHNTHAVIS CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICANCrry -In a guide to the spiritual benefits of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, Pope John Paul II maintained the traditional practices of pilgrimages and indulgences, while introducing new calls for global solidarity and institutional soul-searching by the Church. In outl~ning old and new ways for Christians to take advantage of the Holy Year, the pope emphasized themes of forgiveness and penitence. His 29-page document, titled "Incarnationis Mysterium" ("The Mystery of the Incarnation."), proclaimed 2000 a holy year, beginning Christmas Eve 1999 and ending Jan. 6, 200 I, the Feast of the Epiphany. The document was read in front of St. Peter's Basilica and three other Rome churches Nov. 29. The document was accompanied by a five-page appendix explaining how all the faithful may obtain indulgences - in methods that range from visiting Rome basilicas to giving up cigarettes and alcohol for a day. The pope said seeking indulgences during holy years highlights the link between God's forgiveness and the sinner's penitence. An indulgence removes the temporal punishment due for sins that have been forgiven in confession; the penitent can alternatively apply the indulgence toward the souls of the deceased. As in the past, the Church will offer a plenary, or full, indulgence - one per day _. during the Holy Year for those who go to confession and Communion, and then perform a specific type of penitential act. As exp~aincd in the appendix, the penitence can assume mallY forms, including pilgrimage to a designated basilica in Rome, the Holy Land or in local Church communities; a visit to someone in difficulty like an older person or a prisoner; or abstinence for at least one whole day from unnecessary consumption, such as alcohol or smoking. Indulgences have a controversial history in the Church. They were sold during earlier centuries, a fact that helped cause the Protestant Reformation. The Church kept the practice of earning indulgences, but it is relatively unknown among Catholics tOday. Church officials said there was debate inside the Vatican about how to ha~dle the question in view of

the coming Holy Year: new spiritual features of the comCardinal Roger Etchegaray, in ing jubilee: the "purification of charge of Church planning for the memory" in a Church-wide examiyear 2000, said at a press confer- nation of conscience, promotion of ence that indulgences require a international solidarity and recogspirit of penitence, not a payback attitude. The sinner makes "an encounter with a merciful God. There i$ no price book" for salvation, he said. Archbishop Crescenzio Sepe, another jubilee planner, cautioned against' assuming that indulgences offer a shortcut to heaven. "People should not L..-_ _ think: 'I'll give up half POPE JOHN PAUL II looks out over a liter of wine and get a sea of miters at a recent meeting of bishto paradise!' The sacTh rtf tf d Ch rlS . r rifice must be the re- OpS. e pon I 0 ere lans ways suIt of an interior spiri- to celebrate the upcoming Holy Year in tual process," he Said. preparation for the millennium. In encouraging pilgrimages during the year 2000, the pope said they still had relevance as spiritual journeys in the footsteps of Christ. Pilgrimages should ideally involve fasting, prayer and repentance, he said. The pope also announced he would maintain the practice of the holy door - in St. Peter's Basilica and elsewhere - which represents the passage from sin to grace during the jubilee year. Pope John Paul outlined three




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nition of 20th-century martyrs. The pope said the coming jubilee will rightly honor the many martyrs of this century, especially those killed under Nazism, communism, and racial or tribal conflicts. The Vatican is currently putting together a list of 20th-century martyrs and will remember them in an ecumenical service scheduled for

May 7,2000. The papal document had a strong ecumenical and interreligious theme and expressed the hope that the year 2000 would increase dialogue among believers "until the day when all of us together - Jews, Christians and Muslims - will exchange the greeting of peace in Jerusalem."

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.A priest who writes stories for children I number many authors in Roman collars among my favorites. But I can't remember a priest-author who wrote for the very specific audience of children. Now that is no longer the case, for I have met Father Richard Lewandowski, a priest of the Diocese of Worcester, Mass., and children's book author. His charmingly illustrated books, "Shooting Stardust" and "Babci's Angels," have just been published by Ambassador Books under the By name Frrich Lewandowski, as his grandmother called him. I read them to my young grandchildren, who asked me, "Please, read them again." That's the applause an author wants to:

hear! Both books deal with subjects that are hard to discuss with children - serious illness and

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death. Father Lewandowski and I met last summer in Worcester, and he told 'me over

A female on the Road-to-Emmaus? Q. My husband and I have a question about the two disciples who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus and ate with him (Lk 24: 13·35). Could they have been husband and wife? It appears they shared a home. One of them, Cleopas, is a man, but' his companion's gender is not indicated. Is. there any Catholic tradition to shed light on this? (Minnesota)

proper to limit these to impossible circumstances. If I'm confined to bed with a broken leg, or if I simply cannot sit through Mass because of a physical or emotional impairment, I am not "excused." The obligation just ceases to exist, since one is never obligated to do something which is impossible. Theologians traditionally teach that an excusing cause for the Sunday Mass obligation should be "moderately serious" ("mediocriter gravis"), a reason sufficient,

lunch that he had been inspired to write "Shooting Stardust" from personal experience. The book is a warmly written story of a young boy, Joey, who loses his brother. Joey is in much pain because he misses his brother so much and realizes his parents are feeling the same sadness. Then something happens - I won't give the story away - and Joey learns that his brother is happy in his new life and is also always with them. Father Lewandowski dedicated the book to his sister Carolyn Killelea, who died pre· maturely. He said that going deep inside himself to confront his own painful experience of death was therapeutic. The book, he says, conveys an important message: Love never dies; relationships transcend death, The publisher calls this "a consoling book for people too young to understand theology and redemptive suffering." The book has been endorsed by the "Why Me?" organization that helps families of children dealing with cancer. "Babci's Angel" is a tale of two young brothers; struck by tragedy, but it is an eminently joyful book that has to do with grandparents, Christmas, angels, and - ready for this? - toes. The crucial elements here are

love and prayer - not surprising in a book by a priest who calls his storytelling a ministry and "just part of my priesthood." Father Lewandowski, who is pastor :>f St. Camillus Parish in Fitchburg, Mass., and chaplain of the Newman Center at Fitchburg State College, explained that he began writing for children in 1996. That's when he became somewhat annoyed that the beautiful message of Easter was getting second place to the Easter Bunny. So he wrote a story about the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus, as seen through the eyes of a bunny, called, 'The First Easter Bunny." . He self-published it in soft cover, and it was a hit. Ambassador Books will publ1sh.a hard cover version on time for Easter '99. "He wants children to see beyond Easter eggs and bunnies, and he does this in a charming way," said Gerry Goggins, former editor of The Catholic Free Press in Worcester and now founder and publisher of Ambassador Books (Worcester, Mass.), 1-800-577-0909. Children who find "Shooting Stardust" and "Babci's Angel" under the Christmas tre~ this year will have a lasting gift.

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A. There is no tradition exactly, but the Dear Mary: My daughter and son-in- money from Dad and Mom encourages possibility you mention has been law have been married three years. They young couples to seek a more expensive raised often. ....----------want to buy a house, but have no down house than they can afford. They then emYou offer one reason. Another, payment and no money for closing costs. bark on a cycle of living beyond their means perhaps stronger, is the statement in We are trying to decide whether to lend in a style which may eventually haunt them. the Gospel according to John (19:25) them this money. We can probably afford Regular cash gifts for ordinary living exthat among the w'omen standing by it, but it may affect our retirement. Also penses seem to weaken rather than the cross of Jesus was the wife of we wonder if they should save· their own strengthen children. The gifts seem to liap a Clopas - same name but different down payment. - Pennsylvania By Father form as the man described in Luke. Both Gospels seem to assume the John J. Dietzen In their recent book "The Mil_ name would be recognized by other ... lionaire Next Door" (Atlanta, disciples. And John would likely have been familiar with the story in Luke's for example, to put aside urgent business of Longstreet Press, 1996), authors Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Gospel, written a number of years earlier. some importance. Danko provide a lot of information Naturally, we cannot know for sure. But Numerous examples are given involving there appears to be some likelihood that the considerable inconvenience or significant about giving and loaning money With Dr. James & two disciples on the road were husband and material or spiritual harm to oneself or oth- to adult children. Stanley and Mary Kenny Danko studied extensively housewife, both close to our Lord, who had suf- ers. _ holds with net worth of $1 million ... fered a devastating loss (so they supposed) Obviously, no complete list is possible. It or more. in the death on Calvary and were now sadly comes down finally to individual judgment, These affluent parents believe that the child's independence and drive. heading back )lome. keeping in mind the seriousness of the oblimoney spent on education for their chilGiving expensive household gifts gation and the central importance of the Eudren is a good investment. . rugs, lamps, china - can encourage a young Q. Is it a serious sin if we miss Mass while charist in Catholic life. . Affluent parents also believe that money couple to spend money they don't have in traveling on vacation? With the shortage Interestingly, vacation travel is one exspent to assist an adult child in beginning a order to upgrade other items in their houseof priests and limited schedules, it is not cusing cause nearly always mentioned. One always possible to attend Mass in a strange who takes this obligation seriously and ful- business. is a wise move. If you believe a hold. .' city. (Illinois) Helping a child buy a house, particu::arly fills it Iaithfully otherwise, and misses Mass child has the ability, the skills and the work because of a pleasure trip, can surely do so in ethic to run a business, and if you can af- a first home, is done frequently when parford to lose the money, investing in your ents can afford it. Help in buying a home A. As we know, the responsibility to par- good conscience. child is a mark of confidence and trust. seems to benefit adult children so long as ticipate in the Eucharist on days of obligaMost Catholics have, 1 believe, innate Certain kinds of help, say the authors, they do not buy more home than they can tion is a serious one. But there are situations good sense. about such matters. Some others, which excuse us from that obligation. I have learned, are less certain and maybe weaken rather t1)an strengthen children. afford. Sometimes the prospect of a hefty chunk of However, before you do it, consider these It needs to be noted first of all that it is not need to be reassured. questions: Will this gift or loan seriously impact your own lifestyle? If you must put off retirement, move to a smaller home, postpone the purchase of a needed car or even An unnamed wag on the Internet recently too large to slice lengtbwise, douse with Place one carcass on another, install eliminate vacations, you might feel resl~nt­ claimed that Martha Stewart's December to- Elmer's Glue, cover with "sparklies" and use fancy little wheels, paint brightly.- and ment which will spill over into your r,~lado list included blanching the Thanksgiv- as earrings. However, a couple of wishbones you have Cinderella's carriage. tionship. ' ing turkey carcass, spray-painting it gold, might be nice in this regard. Can you be comfortable having a child Sew a bean. bag into the carcass cavern turning it upside down and using it as a Don't worry. I am not going to go into a and you have a Turkey Beanie. . as a debtor? If you or your spouse tend to "sleigh" to hold Christmas cards. complete turkey skeleton accessory kick. Clearly, the possibilities are endless. I'm tease about money or nag about repaym~nt, This not only made me regret we already Yet again, the vertebrae could be strung into surprised the Turkey Organization for Mar- you would be better advised to give the had disposed of our turkey carcass, it put a unique necklace. money as a gift. If you expect the children keting (TOM) hasn't jumped on this. me to wondering how many other bets we Speaking of which, you could to express gratitude every time they see you, might be missing for that carcass. mount a carcass on your bedroom your relationship will suffer and may even I do recall a Cub Scout den whose mem- wall for a jewelry rack or for hangbe destroyed. bers blanched their families' turkey car- .ing ties. Or hats. Or exercise clothes: If you make a major loan, set up a loan casses, painted them mostly black, then fitDuct tape a carcass at the end of agreement in writing, and have the pers,:>ns ted them with little paper sails that created a long pole and use it for an offerresponsible for the debt sign the agreemtmt. pretty spiffy. replicas of a mythical pirate ing basket at church. A lot of the A written loan agreement is more, not I<:ss, ship. loose change might fall through important in a family situation than ill a Yes, I know what you are thinking. Out- though. . business situation. Putting all terms in writBy Dan Morris fitted with a headband, a carcass would In a pinch, I' Il bet you could eming prevents misunderstandings years la~er, make a dandy Freddy Kreuger (of "Massa- ploy a carcass as a colander. differences whic;h could sour family relacre on Elm Street" infamy) mask. Or a Actually, I think my neighbor, tionships permanently. hockey goalie mask. Or a "Man in the Iron Bud, uses a carcass as a swim-through toy If you have the means and the desire, help On the other hand, we don't want to creTurkey Carcass" mask. in his aquarium. ate a panic run on turkey carcasses. It might your children in ways that strengthen the:m. Turned hollow-side down and adorned Place one on the back of your commode be wise to consult Martha on this. Remind them l!nd yourself, as Stanley a.nd with a large plume, the carcass could work and fill with cute little soaps - in the Danko say, that there are a lot of things more as a Robin Hood cap. Or you could leave shapes of farm animals? Your comments are welcome always. valuable than money: good health, longevoff the f:cather, paint it bronze and presto Hold one up to your ear and listen for the Please send them to Uncle Dan, 6363 ity, happiness, a loving family, self-reliance, Roman foot-soldier helmet. sound of the Than~sgiving Day football Christie Ave. No. 222, Emeryville, Calif. fine friends. 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ON RETREATI Sisters Mary M. Duffy, Elaine Heffernan, Maria Cravedi and Paulina Cardenas pose with Father Richard Delisle, assistant director of La Salette Shrine, Attleboro, and keynote speaker, during the Rainbow of Cultures retreat. The day 9rew many staff members together to celebrate their work, cultures, and to strengthen spirituality.

Staff members from across the Diocesan Health Facilities system joined together recently at Cathedral Camp, East Freetown, to participate in a retreat entitled A Rainbow of Cultures with One Future and offered by the system's pastoral care directors. It was based on this year's theme for Pastoral Care Week, Diversity of Cultures. Father Richard Delisle, assistant director of La Salette Shrine, Attleboro, and keynote speaker for the retreat, urged attendees to put prayer into their day and call on the Lord during times of need. "Father Delisle used his own life experiences and humor to show us how we touch lives just by who we are and what we bring to one another, especially in healthcare where

Missiofl Day celebrated at Marion Manor TAUNTON - While many things have changed over the past 36 years, dedication to resident care at Marion Manor has not and it was evident as the home celebrated its annual Mission Day recently. Each year on Mission Day, Marion Manor and Bethany House Adult Day Health Care staff gather to celebrate and renew the mission of care established by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation when the home opened its doors in 1962. This year's celebration featured a Mass celebrated by Father Edmund J. Fitzgerald, executive director of Diocesan Health Facilities. Marion Manor chaplain Father Hugh J. Munro and Father

Mark Dittami, concelebrated. Many staff members participated in the Mass which included an offertory procession representing each department in the home. A recommissioning prayer called staff members to renew their commitment to care, mission and service. Marion Manor's staff choir performed during Mass and a luncheon followed. "What is here," said Father Fitzgerald of the reverence in the chapel, "can be found on each floor in the way you care for residents every day." Marian Manor is spon-

sored by the Diocese of Fall River and is a part of Diocesan Health Facilities. It offers short term and extended care, skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, Hospice care and pain management.

MISSION DAY - Dot Donahue is all smiles as she greets Father Edmund J. Fitzgerald, executive director of Diocesan Health Facilities, following the annual Mission Day SHARING CULTURE - Marion Manor residents Mass at Marion Manor, Taunton. enjoy a presentation by Mulcahey Middle School stu- Residents and staff also shared a dents Hecmali Dueno and Antonio Gaya on Spanish luncheon. culture. It fit well with this year's theme of Pastoral Care Week, "Diversity of Cultures." The students were led by teachers Ana Healey and Yolanda Gonzales.


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The hot line is one part of a major effort by the Philaddphia Archdiocese to bring people back to the Church. Cardinal Anthony 1. Bevilacqua officially launched a media campaign Nov. 24 to bring Catholics back using radio and TV ads and billboards. Confession is "the normal channel which the Lord has provided for the forgiveness of sins," Msgr. Devlin told The Ca.rholic Standard and Times. "He gave his apostles the power to forgive.sins on the first Easter Sunday evening, and that power is passed on through the priesthood. It's his chief method for reconciling people to his Father." . He added, ''This is going to be a time of millennium grac\~. No one should stay away from the opportunity of receiving the !:acrament of penance, regardless of whatever sin they may have found themselves in." The purpose of the cam:paign and the hope of Church officials "is to guide people gently back to the sacraments, to offer them this special opportunity of grace," Ms'gr. Devlin said.

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able a Catholic institution to do more rather than do less," he added, pointing to "Ex Corde WASHINGTON ~ In his first Ecclesiae" as being helpful "in address to .the U.S. bishops as this regard." . president of The Catholic Uni- r--"'-d-o-n-o-t-b-e-II-'e-v-e-,-a-s-s-o-m-e"" Catholic institutions ne(:d to versity of America, Vincentian decide what they are and what Father David M. O'Connell said do, that there is a true di- they want to be and should be he is "deeply committed to lead chotomy between being a able to look at The Catbolic an institution that is unambigu- 'university' in the modern University of America for guidously Catholic at all levels." sense of the term and being ance, according to Father He said that holds true in C O'Connell. teaching, research, student life~ 'atholic," said The CathQlic "I believe that the time is spiritual formation and campus University of America presi- right for CUA to tum the page, ministry, governance and opera- dent Father David M. to learn from and then move tions. O'Connell during the bish- beyond some of the more diffi"I do not believe, as some do, ops' annual fall meeting in cult experiences of 'its recent that there is a true dichotomy VVl h' t past, to become the le2.der between being a 'university' in as mg on. among its Catholic peers," he the modem sense of the term and said.' being 'Catholic," he said during without an acknowledgment of Father O'Connell also urged the bishops' annual fall meeting a corresponding, even logically the bishops to promote .Catholic prior, academic responsibility University - founded by the in Washington. Father O'Connell said he and academic accountability," he U.S. bishops in 1887 as the nawould be "dishonest" if he said. . . tional university of the Church"claimed tensions do' not exist at' A "well-defined .and clearly in their dioceses "on a gr.and Catholic universities." Catholic identity and mission en- scale." MARK PATIISON


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Archbishop Cac.ciavillan given medal by Catholic University By CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON -Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, outgoing apostolic prb-nuncio to the United States, has been awarded The Catholic University of America's President's Medal. The medal was presented to the archbishop by Catholic University's new president, Vincentian Father David M. O'Connell, at a recent dinner hon-

oring the U.S. bishops during their . "On countless occasions you annual fall general meeting in have been the sign of the Holy Washington. Father's presence on our campus," Archbishop Cacciavillan, 72, Father O'Connell said. only the second Vatican ambassa"We count ourselves doubly dor to the United States, has re- blessed insofar as you are not only turned to Rome to become presi- Pope John Paul II's representative dent of the Administration of the as the apostolic pro-nuncio and Patrimony of the Holy See. He has Vatican ambassador to the United been papal pro-nuncio, or Vatican States, but you are also our neighambassador, to the United States bor here in Washington and our since June 13, 1990. very dear friend," added the priest.

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SEAITLE - Seattle Archbishop Alexander 1. Brunett has announced the archdiocese will reopen a formation program for the permanent diaconate. He made the announcement at a recent dinner for deacons and their wives. The archdiocese has not ordained a permanent deacon since 1989. The archbishop also announced the appointment of Father Stephen Rowan, associate professor of English at Jesuit-run Seattle University and a priest of the archdiocese, as director of the deacon formation program. Father Rowan taught at St. Thomas Seminary in Kenmore before joining the university faculty in 1977. He has taught at the Archdiocesan Catechetical Institute and has presented archdiocesan workshops on preaching. "Every deacon should have an assignment from me, and that assignment should be clear," the archbishop told the deacons and their wives. "Where that is not clear, there is often friction and difficulties." The archbishop reminded .the


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Msgr. McManus named . Auxiliary Bishop of Providence By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON - Pope John Paul II has named Msgr. Robert J. McManus, vicar for education ·in the Diocese of Providence, R.I., as an auxiliary bishop of Providence. Bishop-elect McManus, 47, is also rector of Our L~dy of Providence Seminary in Providence and director of the diocesan Office of Ministerial Formation. . The appointment was announced Thesday in Washington by Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, apostolic pro-mulcio to the United States.. In a statement, Providence Bishop Robert E. Mulvee hailed the appointment of Bishop-designate McManus, calling him "a widely respected and faith-filled priest of our diocese, as well as a native-born Rhode Islander." He said people of all faiths will find in the new auxi\iary bishop "a caring and approachable person of great faith and devotion, one who is very giving and most generous." Bishop Mulvee praised the bishop-designate for his deep spirituality and keen pastoral sense. "I am so very blessed to have Bishopelect McManus as my co-worker," he added, "and am confident that God will give the new bishop the strength and enlightenment to carry out the tasks that lie ahead." Robert Joseph McManus was born in Providence on July 5, 1951, .the son of Edward W. and Helen King McManus of Narragansett. He went to school in Providence, graduating from Blessed Sacrament School and Our Lady of Providence Seminary High School. After studying for the priesthood at Our Lady of Providence Seminary and The Catholic University of America in Washington, he was ordained for the Pro.vidence Diocese in 1978. The bishop-designate earned a master of di vinity degree at the Toronto School of Theology and a licentiate and doctorate in sacred theology at the Gregorian University in Rome.

His pastoral assignments included serving as chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital in Providence and at the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick. He also was associate pastor at St. Matthew in Cranston and at St. Anthony in Providence. He was named director of Ministerial Formation in 1986 and vicar for education the following year. He became rector of Our Lady of Providence Seminary earlier this year, and is expected to continue his duties in all three positions. The bishop-designate has served on the Advisory Board for Major Seminarians, and he was appointed an Honorary Prelate to His Holiness with the title of monsignor on Feb. 28, 1997. He also chairs the diocesan BioMedical Ethics Commission, the Advisory Board for the Continuing Education of the Clergy Fund, and the advisory boards for the Ministry Institute and the Permanent Diaconate. In a statement, Bishop-designate McManus said he was stunned by his appointment. . "The office of bishop is of such importance in the life and ministry of the Church," he said, "that priests usually imagine someone other than themselves being called to fulfill that awesome responsibility." But he pledged to serve with "unswerving loyalty and obedience." He said he is especially thankful that his parents will be able to participate in his episcopal ordination on Feb. 22. "My priesthood has been filled to overflowing with wonderful parishioners, many of whom have been inspirations of faith to me," he said. "I would ask them today to keep me in their good prayers ~ I prepare -to assume this new ministry in my own journey of faith." The statewide Diocese of Providence, headed by Bishop Mulvee since 1997, serves about 633,000 Catholics in a total population of nearly one million.


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FARMER HOGGETT and Esme Hoggett proudly display the trophy and the talented pig Babe, who won the national sheep-dog trials, in a scene from "Babe: Pig in the City." The film's U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-I - general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G - general' audiences. (CNS photo from Universal Pictures)

'Babe: Pig in the City' film as sequel gets only three oinks By GERRI PARE CATHOLIC NEWS SERviCE NEW YORK - In 1995, a pink piglet named Babe won a worldwide following of fans in the heartwarming tale of a polite and plucky porker who thought he was a sheepdog. A sequel was inevitable. Now "Babe: Pig in the City" (Universal) finds him far from the family farm in the big bad city. Danger is everywhere, not only from nasty humans, but from other animals who nearly do him in before his altruistic nature wins them over. Even so, starvation isjust around the corner and sinister animal catchers are in their midst, nets ready to close in on Babe and company. Alas, this go-round is lighter on charm but fraught with the darker themes of helplessness in the face of homelessness in an ugly urban environment of dog-eat-dog, or pig if necessary. The settings and array of creatures are still delightful to behold. Picking up where the original "Babe" left off, farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) returns home with his prize-winning pig (voice ofE.G. Daily), ignoring lucrative offers to display Babe's sheepherding talents at faraway fairs. But all that changes when the farmer is incapacitated in a freak water well accident and the bank threatens to take away the farm. Instead, fretful Mrs. Hoggett (Magda Szubanski) takes Babe away, hoping to earn enough at the fairs to save the farm, but pig and woman never get beyond the city where they are stranded and Mrs. Hoggett is absurdly arrested in a mugging fracas. Meanwhile, Babe is back at their strange hotel where the only humans are the eccentric owner (Mary Stein) and her elderly uncle (Mickey Rooney) who soon depart the scene, leaving Babe to befriend the antagonistic animal residents clamoring for food. Sizing up Babe as a perfect patsy, a few chimps make a chump out of him, using Babe to distract the guard dogs, a snarling doberman and a vicious pitbull (both voiced by Stanley Ralph Ross), while they steal some provisions. And then the chase is on as Babe runs for his life, pitbull in dogged pursuit, until the tables are turned and the half-drowned pitbull is saved by the ever kind-hearted Babe. . Stunned by his generous gesture, the pitbull proclaims tei one and all, "What

the pig says, goes!" Joining their swelled but starving ranks is a new assortment of homeless animals cruelly tossed onto the streets by their uncaring humans. Meanwhile, the animal catchers close in on the hotel's illegal residents and cart them off to a iikely dire fate, leaving Babe and a few stragglers to save them, even as Mrs. Hoggett is released and rushes to reclaim her pig. . Again directed by George Mjller, who co-wrote and co-produced as well, this darker sequel only partially recaptures the endearing universe that the original Babe inhabited. It's simply not as light-hearted, and a few of the scenes, especially of the pitbull almost drowning while grotesquely hanging upside down, might disturb very young children. The comedy is also more slapstick than warm-hearted in its depiction ofMrs. Hoggett, who takes on more piglike char- . acteristics than necessary lind who has to carry an overlong climactic scene of comic chaos when she and all the animals crash a charity ball. Happily, Babe remains the brave and true-hearted hog he always was, inspiring others by his unfailing unselfishness. And the trio of singing mice ~till chirp the chapter titles in funny fashion while daffy Ferdinand the duck can't b~ kept down on the farm either. The visual backdrops are again enchanting, and the cityscape view is an amusing amalgam of landmarks from all around the world - one sweeping city whose skyline boasts the Eiffel Tower, the Chrysler Building, the Golden Gate Bridge and on and on. The novelty of the talking animals has worn off somewhat although the press notes claim the exact same number of real (as opposed to animatronic) animals were used during filming - an astounding 799. It's a relief when things finally work out for Babe and his urban animals and they head for the relative peace and quiet of the farm where once again farmer Hoggett utters the reassuring closing line, "That'll do, pig, that'll do." They seem to have done too much and too intensely this time; perhaps any future adventure will stick with the simplicity that made Babe beloved by all. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-I - general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G - general audiences.

WASHINGTON - Philadelphia Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua called the CBS airing of videotape footage of a mercy killing by Dr. Jack Kevorkian a "new low in journalism." Cardinal John J. O'Connor devoted his whole Sunday homily a week ago at St.. Patrick's Cathedral to excoriating Kevorkian and those who would kill the terminally ill' . instead of caring for them. Detroit archdiocesan spokesman Ned McGrath said, "What I saw on my TV screen is a publicity-hungry, unlicensed pathologist kill a visibly troubled, vulnerable man - and make a spectacle of it on national TV." Richard Doerflinger, associate policy development director for the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for ProLife Activities, said, "CBS is cynically exploiting the tragic death of a human being to boost ratings." Auxiliary Bishop William E. Lori of Washington said, "There is no justification for colluding with an unbalanced individual who is attempting to glamorize and promote the killing of. disabled people." Catholic bishops and others in many parts of the country tried, in most cases unsuccessfUlly, to get local CBS affiliates not to air the "60 Minutes" segment showing a man die at Kevorkia'n's hand. Kevorkian, who has acknowledged helping more than 120 people commit suicide, took his campaign to a new level by injecting lethal drugs into 52-year-old Thomas Youk of Waterford, Mich., . a Detroit suburb. He videotaped Youk's death, which he said occurred Sept. 17, and brought it to "60 Minutes," which aired the tape an<:\ inter- viewed Kevorkian Nov. 22. The video footage showed Kevorkian administering three successive injections, which he de-

scribed as a sedative to make Youk unconscious, followed by a muscle relaxant to stop his breathing and potassium chloride to stop his heart. Kevorkian told "60 Minutes" that with Youk's consent he administeredthe lethal injections himself in order to challenge Michigan authorities. "I've got to force them to act," he said. "They must charge me. Because if they do not, that means they don't think it's a crime." In recent years Kevorkian has been acquitted of criminal charges three times in cases in which he engaged in assisted suicide, setting

Youk what his religion was and Youk answered twice, "Catholic." In the program CBS reporter Mike Wallace at one point asked Kevorkian, "Vou killed him?" Kevorkian answered: "I did. But it could be manslaughter, not murder. It's not necessarily murder. But it doesn't bother me what you call it. I know what it is. This could never be a crime i:l any society which deems itself enlightened." He said if he is impri:;oned for killing Youk, he will starve himself . to death in jail. Vouk's wife, mother and broth-

MIKE WALL.ACE, of the CBS show "60 Minutes,'" walks with Dr. Jack Kevorkian. The Nov. 22 program included a scene of Kevorkian administering a lethal injection to a patient. (CNS photo from Reut.ers). up a lethal apparatus but having .the patient activate it. The video footage showed Kevorkian questioning Youk, who was in the terminal stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, and obtaining Youk's consent to administer the lethal injection. . At one point Kevorkian asked

ers supported Kevorkian, who said that Youk had lost use of his arms and legs, had difficulty breathing and swallowing and was lerrified of choking. Detroit archdiocesan spokesman McGrath called the footage aired by CBS "a 'snuff ta~e' - a video that shows one person intentionally killing another."

NEW YORK (CNS) - The follow- Catholic Conference classification is A- Wilson) while the other (Jake Busey) ing are capsule .reviews of movies re- n - adults and adolescents. The Mo-' tries to kill her to please their cra:~y mom. cently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic tion Picture Association ofAmerica rat- Director Dean Parisot's drawn路路out tale Conference Office for Film and Broad- ing is G - general audiences. of dysfunctional characters is a mindcasting. less, mirthless, but not painless experi''Home Fries" ence. Brief menace and violenc:e, some "The Rugrats Movie" (Warner Bros.) (Paramount) , Comic misfire about sexual innuendo and occasional profanAnimated tale based路 two dimwitted brothers ity. The U.S. Catholic Conferer.,ce clason the children's TV sewho accidentally kill their sification is A-II1- adults. The Motion ries in which five frisky philandering stepfather Picture Association ofAmerica Tating is toddlers get lost in a scary. whose pregnant girlfriend PG-13 - parents are strongly cautioned forest while trying to re(Drew Barrymore) falls that some material may be inappropriate 1IIIIlt for one brother (Luke for children under 13. turn the crybaby infant brother of one of them to the baby hospital. Directors Norton Virgien and Igor Kovalyov have the tykes survive assorted dangers and misadventures as they discover the meaning of friendship and helping the helpless. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-I general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G - general audiences. '.'A Bug's Life" (Disney) Vividly animated tale of a spunky ant (voice of Dave Foley) who rounds up several performing circus bugs, mistaking them for warriors needed to defend his endangered ant colony against marauding grasshoppers. DiSTU, TOMMY, Didi,Chuckie, Angelica, Phil, Lil and Spike are rected by John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, the animation and the main characters in the animated film, "TheRugrats Movie," feapacing are outstanding but young turing toddlers and babies who communicate among themselves. . children may find the intensity The film's U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-I - general of the menace quite upsetting. Some scenes of physical abuse patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G and verbal intimidation. The U.S. ~ general audiences. (CNS photo from Paramount Pictures)




Iteering pOintl CENTERVILLE - A Mass for parents who have experienced the loss of a child will be celebrated at Our Lady of Victory Parish on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the parish center following Mass. AU welcome. For more information call Estelle Stanley at 775-43 19. CENTERVILLE-On Dec. 8, the Feast ofthe Immaculate Conc:eption, Our Lady of Victory Parish wit! join with churches throughout the nation in the ninth annual Night of Prayer for Life. Mass begins at 5 p.m. followed by Eucharistic adoration at 6 p.m. and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at II p.m. All welcome. FAIRHAVEN - The Spiritual Life Commission will present an Advent prayer service on Dec. 20 from 6-9 p.m. at St. Mary's Parish. A social will follow in the church hall. For more information call 992-7300. FALL RIVER - The annual senior luncheon will be held in the SI. Anne School auditorium on Dec;. 7 at 11:30 a.m. For reservations please call the schoo1at678-2152. FALL RIVER - Healing services are held at SI. Anne's Shrine on the first and third Sundays of every month at 3:15 p.m. Services will next be held on Dec. 6 and Dec. 20. All welcome. FALL RIVER - The children and youth of the religious education program ofSacred Heart Parish invile you to share in a Christmas pageant, concert and open house on Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. The pageant and concert will be held in the church with an open house reception to follow in the parish center. All welcome. FALL RIVER - Hospice Outreach will hold its annual Remembrance Service on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at Notre Dame Church. Anyone in the community who wishes to remember and honor a loved one who has died is welcome to attend

this candlelight service. MANSFIELD - If you or a loved one needs extra prayers or would like to join the Prayer Chain of St. Mary's Church, call Rita at 339-4483 or Marilyn at 339-2668. MASHPEE - Come share the Christmas spirit with those in nursing homes by joining the Cape Cod Young Adults of Christ the King Parish as they go Christmas Caroling Dec. 13 after the 5:30 p.m. Mass. They will meet in the church lobby. For more information call Heather Kirby at 548-2364. All welcome. NEW BEDFORD - On Dec. 5 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Holy Family Holy Name School will host a breakfast with Santa. For more information call 993-3547. NEW BEDFORD - The Courage group will meet on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the rectory ofHoly Name Church. Courage is a support group for homosexual Catholic men and women who are striving to live chaste Ii Yes. For more information call Msgr. 1110mas Harrington at 992-3184. The next meeting of Calix will be held on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Holy Name Parish center. Calix enlists Catholic men and women who are celebrating recovery from alcoholism, drug addiction and other dependencies. It supplements the spirituality ofthe 12-step programs of AA and NA with specific Catholic elements including Mass and the sacraments. New friends always welcome. NEW BEDFORD -- The Bishop Stang High School Alumni Association's annual Christmas social will be held on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in the New Bedford Art Museum. All graduates 21 and older are invited to view works by local artists and enjoy hoI'S d' oeuvres. For reservations call Mary Jane Roy, alumni director, at 996-5602 ext. 433.

NORTH DARTMOUTH Retrouvaille, a weekend program to help heal and renew troubled marriages will be held Jan. 15-17. It offers a chance to rediscover oneself and one's spouse and a loving relationship in marriage. For more information call 1-800-470-2230 or the Diocesan Office of Family Ministry at 999-6420. An inquiries are confidential.


Fitzgerald at 394-0323. WESTPORT - An evening of reflection and prayer will be held at St. George Parish on Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

SAGAMORE-All area women are invited to a morning of recollection on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Theresa's chapel, Route 6A. Confessions will be heard by a priest of Opus Dei.

WAREHAM - A celebration of Advent will be held on Dec. 20 from 4-6 p.m. at the Sacred Hearts Retreat Center, 226 Great Neck Road. This open house will feature refreshments and caroling. Come experience thejoy, peace and love of the holiday sea~on. All welcome. WEST HARWICH -A new musical rendition of Christmas will be presened by the Saints and Singers, a 45-member mixed chorus, on Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in Holy Trinity Church. All welcome.

By LYNNE WElL VATICAN CITY - The Vatican newspaper has panned "Saving Private Ryan." The Steven Spielberg-directed World War II epic, which reached European cinemas in October and November, creates "impact through violence ... and sentimentalism," said a recent edition of L 'Osservatore

Romano. At nearly three hours, the movie has extensive and detailed combat scenes, famously devoting almost all of its first 25 minutes to an up-close look at the D-Day invasion of France's Normandy coast, a tuming point in the war in Europe. As a statement about the human consequences of war, "Saving Private Ryan" is eclipsed by Stanley . Kubrick's "Full M~tal Jacket," the Vatican newspaper said. It added that Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove," "is a more convincing anti-war movie than that of Spielberg;" Conceding that the director, "the 1110st ingenious inventor of myths of the last 20 years," has made "a good film," the article said the movie's unflinching depiction of battle "risks being more tortum than documentary."

Although its use of violence and absurdity is "an obvious denouncement" of war, the newspaper said, the movie's point was overshadowed by its many patriotic references - such as "the messianic voice of Gen. Eisenhower (and) the quotations of Lincoln" - intended to create "the impression that the United States is 'the best,' even at war." The newspaper noted that "Ryan" has its defenders, but there is also "a troop of psychologists, moralists

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WEST HARWICH - The St. Francis of Peace Fraternity will hold its monthly meeting on Dec. 13 at Holy Trinity Church. Mass will be celebrated at I :30 p.m. A business meeting and refreshments will follow. Inquirers are welcome. For more information call Kay

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SANDWICH - The Christmas luncheon ofthe Emmanuel College Cape Cod Alumni Club will be held on Dec. 12 at the Daniel Webster Inn. Notre Dame Sister Janet Eisner wil1 be the special guest. For more information and reservations call Pat McGaffigan at 5483159 or Pat Marsh at432-6117. SWANSEA - The 1999 Bishop's Charity Ball will be held on Jan. 8 in the Venus de Milo Ballroom. Music will be provided by "Studio C" and prospective donors are invited to consider subscribing to the souvenir program book being prepared in conjunction with this year's ban. The ball provides resources for the Catholic Charities Appeal. For more information call Msgr. Thomas Harrington at 676-8943.

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the country was devastated by a terrible tidal wave that carried all the children from some villages out to

sea. Another part of the country is torn by civil war and the famous cargo cult.

REVERENCING THE WORD - Pope John Paul II kisses the Book of the Gospels presented him by a deacon after the Gospel had been proclaimed at a Mass opening the Special Assembly on Oceania. Earlier, the man at left, with others, representing the Church community in the vast South Pacific region that is Oceania, had carried the Gospel Book in on a ' Polynesian king's throne. (Photo courtesy of L:Osservatore Romano)

Consecration to the Divine Will Oh adorable and Divine Will, behold me here before the immensity ofYour Light, that Your eternal goodness rimy open to me the doors and make me enter into It to form my life all in You, Divine Will. Therefore, oh adorable Will, prostrate before' Your Light, I, the least of all creatures, put myself into the little group of the sons and daughters of Your Supreme FIAT. Prostrate in my nothingness, I invoke Your Light and beg that it clothe me and eclipse all that does not pertain to You, Divine , Will. It will be my Life, the center of my intelligence, the enrapturer of my heart and of my whole being. I do not want the human will to have life in this heart any longer. I will cast it ' away from me and thus form the new Eden of Peace, of happiness and or-love. With It I shall be always happy: I shall have a singular strength and a holiness that sanctifies all things and conducts them to God. ' Here prostrate, I invoke the help of'the Most Holy, Trinity that They permit me to live in the cloister of the Divine Will and thus return in me the first order o~ ,creation, just 'as the creature was created. . Heavenly Moth~r, Sovereign UfId Queen of the Divine.Fiat, ' take my hand and Introdu,ce me into the, Light of the Divine Will: You will be my ~ide, my most i~nder Mother, and wm teach me to live in , maintain myself ~ the order and the bounds bf the Divine,Will. Heavenly Mother, I consecrate my whole being to yo.ur Immaculate Heart. You will teach me the doctrme of the"Divine Will and I willlisteh most attentively to ' Your lessons. You will cover me with Your mantle so that the infernal serpent dare not penetrate iQto this sacred Eden,to entice me and make me fall into the maze of the human will. Heart of my greatest Good, Jesus, You will give me Your flames that they may burn me, consume me, and feed me to forin in me the Life of the Divine Will. Saint Joseph, you will be my protector, the guardian of my heart, and will keep the keys of my will in your hands. You will keep my heart jealously and shall never give it to me again, tpat I may be sure of never leaving the Will of God. My guardian Angel, guard me; defend me; help me in everything so that my Eden may flourish and be the instrument that draws all men into the Kingdom of the Divine Will. Amen. ( In Honor ofLuisa Piccarreta 1865-1947 Child of the Divine Will)

Needless to say, I am teaching them all about Fall River. Bishop Peter Quinn from the Diocese of Bunbury, Australia, is seated in front of me in the synod hall. When he learned that New Bedford was in my diocese, he immediately identified himself as being from the place where the ship "Catalpa" landed in Australia to help the Finian prisoners escape from the English penal colony and bring them safely to New Bedford. The dramatic escape was masterminded by the editor of The Pilot (now the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston). It is a small world. One of the people also路to address us was the master of the Dominican Order, Very Rev. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., whom I had Ipet atSt. Anne's Parish in Fall River. He gave a very eloquent, some would sa:y even poetic, intervention. ' This week, we have been meeting in small discussion groups. I have been assigned to the Frenchspeaking group with the Bishops of Tahiti (where the bishop and his coadjutor are relatives and share the same name), New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Taiohoe, and French Polynesia. Also in the group is a Father General of the Franciscans and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. There is also a married deacon, a religious sister, and a Trappist mon'k in our "carrefour." Last weekend, as my letter was read in the parishes of Fall River marking the opening of the "Yyar of the Father," I joined with the bishops and pilgrims from all over the world in the Basilica of Saint Peter where the Holy Father read his pastoral letter, the official proclamation of the Holy Year, entitled: "Mysterium Incarnationis," ("The Mystery of the Incarnation" ). At that Mass, as at every Mass, I prayed for the priests and people of the Diocese of Fall River, asking God's blessing on all of us as we,' too, like our brothers and sisters of Oceania, strive to follow Jesus Christ, "Walking His Way, telling His Truth, living His Life."

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The bishop of Fall River addressed the Gl~neral Congregation on Tuesday morning, Nov. 24 before 114 synod fathers.

Summary: "'Lumen Gentium' 32-33 reminded all bishops of their obligation to foster the unity of the faith and promote active apostol~.tes common to the whole Church. My presence at this synod is an el:pression of the universality ofthe Church under St. Peter's successor a.nd of the care for the universal Church that each bishop must have. J humbly thank the Holy Father for giving me this opportunity. Due 1:0 instant communication, migration, and the expanse of secularist culture, the peoples of the world face similar questions, particularly the most fundamental questions about religion and life. Oceania, like much of the world, faces the problems that have resulted from the split between faith and culture, between man and the Absolute Mystery at his origin and destiny. To halt the serious consequences of this phenomenon, and allow the human person to flourish, there needs to be a rediscovery of the religious dimension of human life, centered on the personal encounter'with Christ, the Incarnate God, the "center of history and the universe" (RH 1), th~ fulfillment of the human quest for truth, freedom and happiness. The Instrumentum Laboris refers to recentlyfounded movements and ecclesial communities as 'new ways of telling the truth of Jesus Christ in a secular society.' These movements and communities are indeed one of the strongest manifestations and fruits of the 'new Pentecost' brought about by Vatican II, as the Holy Father has stated repeatedly, as recently as this year's Pentecost Vigil. In 'Redemptoris Missio, ' 72, he wrote that when these movements and communities humbly incorporate themselves within parochial and diocesan structures, they are a gift of God for the new evangl~lization and missionary activity that should be 'spread ... and used.' As a local bishop and as a Franciscan, I wish to echo these words to my brother bishops of Oceania. While we must be vigilant and cautious about potential dangers posed by tht:se movements (cf. 'InstrumentLtm,' 31), and while there can occasionally be tensions between them路and the local church structures, there is also a danger that fear of these movements will deprive the local Church of renewal and a retrieval of the most fundamental aspects of evangelical life. Our efforts ::nust be more than bureaucratic programs and strategies and open to the Spirit and to a personal encounter with Christ, which should and will sustain the entire life of the Church. Like the birth of the great r,;:ligious orders; the grace-filled founding ofthe present communities and movements reflects the universal nature of the Church and serves the Church as a whole. They help people to respond to their baptisma:. call to holiness and experience the saving presence of Jesus Christ in their lives and in the Church, encouraging in them an evangelical ,:eal and witness. Bishops need to nurture these movements and help I:hannel their energies toward cooperation in the new evangelization. We need to prepare our priests and seminarians to work to integrate them in parish life. We ultimately need to follow the example of our Holy Father's welcome, support and paternal guidance of them in bringing to completion the good work God has begun in them."

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tion area served as a reminder to those gathering that AIDS does not discriminate between young and School, Fall River. old, single and married. One read One attendee said what struck him "For teenagers," another "We love was the emphasis of light in dark- you, miss your hugs, Dad," and those ness both in the service and church reading the panels were moved by itself. "The Church is at it's best the power of those messages. when it's praying," he said. 'These' Following the Litany for World people who have died are still with AIDS Day, "Beloved Lord God," us because they are remembered." was the prayer of the faithful and Hanging above the altar were two the Rite of Remembrance. CatheAIDS quilts made up of several col- dral bells rang out as the names of orful panels dedicated to persons AIDS victims were read aloud. who have died of AIDS. They and "The environment was very several quilts hanging in the recep- prayerful and vespers was a very appropriate prayer," said Father Costa. 'The reading of the names was very touching and it gave us an opportunity to raise up those names." Following a prayer of hope, Father Costa gave the final blessing asking that the Lord bless those afflicted with AIDS and that he hear the prayers of those gathered. Participants in the service were asked to fill out and drop off a red card which was a commitment for hope and healing. Prior to the service Dr. WinterGreen thanked people for attending and added that Bishop O'Malley, who is in Rome attending the Special Assembly for Oceania, called to send his thoughts and prayers.


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tions of S1. Paul's letters to the Ephesians was then recited by the congregation and presider followed by an antiphon, song, silence, and additional prayers. Local Catholic middle and high school children had submitted prayers to be used in the vespers service and Dr. Winter-Green said that they will all be eventually published in book form. The prayer chosen for the vespers was written by Beth Phalen of S1. Jean Baptiste




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THE ANCHOR- Diocese of Fall River - Fri., Dec. 4, 1998


Catholic Schools •


Catholic Yout

FIREHOUSE VISIT - First graders at Our Lady 'of Mount Carmel School, 'New Bedford, visit a fire station following the completion of their'study of fire prevention. Firefighters of Station No.6 gave the children a tour and let them climb on th~ pumpe~ and ladder !rucks. ~~~--:---:-:-' """':':'~ '"":'.

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NOMINATED! Principal Mary Ann Miskel of Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth, stands with seniors Bethany Soares and Mathew Arruda who were recently selected to represent the school in the National Honor Society Scholarship Program. They are eligible for one of 250 nationalscholarship awards of $1,000 each.


HELPING OUT ~ Principal Anthony ·Nunes of, Bishop . Connolly High School, Fall River, accepts a check for $2,000 from St. Francis Xavier student Frankie Orfanello for Connolly student Bethany Domingue and her family. Domingue suffered serious injuries in a recent car accident and pupils from the Acushnet school raised money to help meet hospital expenses. Principal Susan Boulay stands with students.

HYANNIS -The school year has been filled witli many academic, . spiritual, athletic and social activities for students and faculty at St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School so far, and new ideas and projects continue to make an impact at the school. In addition to traditional classwork, students have been incorporating each classroom's new television and video capabilities into their various subjects. The seventh and eighth grade science lab is hosting a small menagerie of animals for the study of ecosyste~s and both fifth and sixth grader~ have been focusing on electricity and weather. Mathematics continues to be an integral part of the students' curriculum as well as foreign languages with students studying Spanish, French and Latin in sixth, seventh and eighth grades respectively. Daily religion classes are broadened by weekly Mass attendance by individual homerooms, Father Thomas M. Kocik has been making regular visits to' the fifth, sixth and seventh grades' while Father Edward "J. ,Byington, pastor of St. Francis , Xavier Parish, teaches eighth grad~ ers three times a week. ' . :; 'The Blue' Angels, the school's · soccer team, 'recently completed a , very' successful season, winning ? nearly all .of its ,games. The 'crosscountr:y running :cl~b ,~ad str0!1g , membership and both the boys' ,and · girls' basketball teams are gearing up , for theif winter schedules, joined this ~ year by a new cheerleading squad. , 'Students' have also' enjoyed · rollerblading parties, barbecues, ice cream socials, dances and several field trips including a recent excursion ~o 'Boston for the Titanic exhibition. Academic testing for students interested in attending St; Fra.ncis Xavier next year will begin on December 5. A makeup test for those unable to sit for the first exam will be held in January and parents interested in more information can call Stephen Kenney, headmaster, at 771-7200.


LENDING'A HAND - Father Michael F. Kuhn, chaplain at Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro, and senior Jennifer Esmond sort through clothing at the, school's newly opened "Christ's Closet." The store provid~s free clean usee clothing to the needy and is open on the last Monday of each month. For more information on this project call Carlel Tirrell in the campus ministry office at 226-6223.

Feehan to host regionlal financial aid night ATTLEBORO - The guidance departments of Bishop Feehan, and Norton high schools will host a regional financial aid n:ight on December 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bishop Feehan school caJeteria. Eileen 0.' Leary, senior director of Studept Financial Services at Stonehill College, will explaiD the process, for applying for both institutional and federal financial ai.d. The meeting is open to the public. For more information call Neil Loew, director of guidance at 222-6073." '.,' '. , .. , ' , ' , The Feehan cheerleaders recently placed third at the Regional Ch~erlea9ing Finals at Framingham High S~hqoL ' They .qualified

for, the competition by finishing first at Hudson 'High School earlier this ~eason~ .... ". '. . I ' • . . . , Four sophomores r~ce"tJy ~ttended the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Program'lmd were joined by many oth~r student leaders from .southeaste'm .¥~ssa,chiisetts.. ·Chr,i.stopheF ~harr~n,' patriCk Lciew, Hilary Clareq ~nd Matthew Q~bson met "Yi,th business and commuQity l~ader~,to discu,ss. anQ .It?am ~b9ut Am'e,i'ica 's: ~ystem. 9f d~moc­ racy, free enterprise, voll.Jnteerism a.nd comni'unity service. Athletic Di'rector Paul O;Boy has been n'otifieCl that 'the following stud~nts li~ve.b~en, ~elected a~ Eastern Athletic Conference allstars for the 1998 fall sports season: Nick Coggeshall, Garrett Duffy and Ryan McMa,~us, ,boys' cross-country; Jennif~r Ca!1esi, Leslie Dubuc, Kri'sten Et~ensohn,' E:ate Gustafson, Alyssa Hondromihalis lind K:er~y ~urphy, girls-' cross-country; Marc Brag and Andres Gazzolo, boys' soccer; Malinda Williams and Naomi Williams, girls' soccer; Melissa Wright, volleyball; Tyler King, Dave Nighelli., John Stanovich, Brett Svendsen and John,Traversi, football; Livia Kelly, Kathleen McCann, Jacqueline Barnaby, Lindsay Pemberton and Danielle Petrone, girls' swimming.


Our Rock and Role Learning to wait well By CHARLIE MARTIN

I Will Wait Aboard his ship he stops to stare. Needs to smell her, touch her hail!'. Says, "I can't be without her." Tonight he's going to be without her.


"It's late now," she says. Makes her mind up; goes to bed. Another night alone without him. Another night alone in Charleston. When I wake to find the solace of· All that we've become I can't wait to make the promises I've been leE!ry of. I'll be there waiting for you In the morning when timeo have changed. I'll be there through the ;ic:s and all. Standing like your soldiers You hold your secrets. Through the days when I need to be alone I will wait for you Through th8~ 'l~a8 and all. She was left behind so they could stay. "Got to feel him;' this she prays. It would make her feel so much better. I want to feel so much better. Written by Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker, Jim Sonefeld Sung by Hootie and the Blowfish Copyright (c) 1998 by Monica's Rel4ctance to Lob/EMI April Music, Inc. (ASCAP) WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? No matter what your age, waiting is a part· of everyone's life. Waiting is also a theme of this special season that the church calls Advent. During this time we are not just waiting for Christmas. We are learning how to wait well. Consequently, my attention was drawn to Hootie and the Blowfish's latest hit "I Will Wait." The song is getting lots of airplay as an introduction to their new CD "Musical Chairs." The song relates how two

individuals miss each other. The guy is "aboard his ship" while the girl faces "another night alone witpout him, another night alone in Charleston." They appear to miss each other intensely. It would "make her feel so much better" if he were beside her. As for him, this time of waiting makes him aware that "I can't wait to make the promises I've been leery of," presumably to marry. The song do~s not say how they handle this time of waiting. Yet, when we know how to wait well in life, there is a . much better chance that we

will experience personal satisfaction and meaning. Whatever you may be waiting for, here are some suggestions on how to wait well: 1. Have a plan. When reaching a certain goal is important, don't just wait. Act. What practical steps need to be taken this week if you are to move another st(fP closer to the goal? ' 2. See in your mind how your life will improve by reaching the .goal. "See" in the present tense, as if you were already living out this goal. Feel what it is like to be living in this new way. 3. Show faith in the power of waiting. Speak in positive terms about how you are moving closer. to attaining your goal. When you doubt, acknowledge what you feel, but don't dwell on these thoughts. Instead, ask God to help you refocus on the importance of the goal. 4. Turn to God not only in times of doubt, but each day as you wait. Share with God your hopes, your vision of how your life can change and grow, and your satisfaction at seeing yourself grow nearer to the goal. 5. When 'the time of waiting grows long, share your feelings of disappointment, even despair, with those who love you. All of us gG through such emotions. They do not mean that the goal will not be reached. They are just part of the present moment. They, too, will pass, if you do not try to hide them away. Allow God's love and the love of others to heal this hurt, and then, once more, refocus on your goal. Waiting can be a challenge, but it can bring new understanding to those who wait well. Let this holy season of Advent, these few short weeks before Christmas, teach you how to wait.

Your comments are always welcome. Please address: Charlie Martin, 7125 W ·2008, Rockport, IN 47635.

Diocese of Fall River -

Fri., Dec. 4, 1998


Tips for that anxietycausing first date By CHRISTOPHER CARSTENS CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Is there anything more anxietyprovoking than a first date? Going out with somebody new, you take a risk. This new experience could be really great - or utterly dreadful. -Will he (or she) like you? -Will you talk nonsense all night and make a fool of yourself? -Could this person be really special - or even "the one"? -Will you get a call in a few days or be snubbed forever? You can't know for sure, but the stress caused by all the worry can ~ake you a wreck. I've known lots of teens - and more than a few single grownups - who worried themselves sick the night before a first date. Often that anxiety can make a really good time almost impossible, Who can be charming when he's nervous enough to throw up? Here are a few thoughts on first dates. ~Remember that there's no such thing as love at first sight. . There's chemistry, but the really dependable affection between two people grows over time. -If the first evening is absolutely magical, be careful with your heart. This may well be as good as it gets. After a really great first date, people sometimes spend months - even years - hoping fOr a repeat. It may be impossible. Magic is magic - and often has no contact with reality. -Think of each date as an experiment. You're learning about another person and about yourself. As long as you're learning, you can't lose. Notice what happens, what makes you comfortable and happy, and what makes you anxious and unhappy.. Remember, it's a date, not a relationship. There aren't any major commitments here - just an afternoon together. If you hit it off, fine. If you don't, the world won't end. A bad date doesn't make you a loser, and a good one won't make you a winner. As long as you keep learning, you'll keep growing. That's the goal. -On the first date, resist the temptation to talk about your last

boyfriend or girlfriend. Don't discuss your life's problems, no matter how interesting they may be.

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flge FOl YOCIllt • "BOUT YOunt This is a date, not a therapy appointment. Most of us like being around positive people. -On any first date, remember that sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn't. Perhaps you'll hit it off and really want to see this person again. Still, sometimes you .can hardly wait to get away. Remember, this date is an experiment. You're learning. If you have a really wonderful time, and you'd like to see more of this person, there's a really good way to signal your interest. At the end of the date, let the person know, "I really enjoyed this." That's all that's needed. Resist the temptation to plan a future together - even in your head. If you find yourself thinking that at last you've found the right one, and you'll be together forever, keep your mouth shut. Even one word of this on the first date may be enough to scare off an otherwise perfectly interested dating partner. Finally, after any first date, call your best and most loyal friend. Being with somebody new can be confusing. Talking your experiences through with somebody reliable is a great way of getting your bearings straight. That's the best antidote for post-date dizziness. Your comments are welcome. Please address: Dr. Christopher Carstens, c/o Catholic News Service, 3211 Fourth St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017.





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'THE ANCHOR - Diocese of Fall River - Fri., Dec. 4, 199~

Prayers, Donations Urgently Needed

Indian Mission Director Pleads for Help Special to The Anchor THOREAU, NM "Lord, when did I see you hungry and. feed you?" "When you did it for one of the least of my people, you did it forme." Mau25:40 As Catholics around the globe prepare to celebrate the holy seasons of Advent and Christmas, the director, priest, sisters, lay missionaries and staff of a New Mexico Mission school are concerned about urgently-needed help. They work daily to make quality Catholic education a reality for American Indian children in their care. These children "do withouf' as a way oflife ... will you help them? For many ofour students, the school at St. Bonaventure Mission is their "last hope." Trusting in God, everyone at the Mission prays for help to pay our month to month bills, St. Bonaventure Mission started a school more than adecade ago when the founder realized the

Indian children in the Mission's CCD classes didn't have even ttie most basic reading and writing skills. Today over 300 children, most of them Native American, join in prayer to keep their school from closing. Mission staffbelieve education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.. The Indian boys and girls attending St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School live with the following realities: .-55% of the Navajo.

.McKinley County has the highest alcoholism rate in the United States.

Thirty dedicated lay missionaries teach and carry out the other work of the Mission. This "other work" includes maintaining. the buses and vans which travel the remote mesas to bring the children to school; preparing two nourishing meals daily for the children; and'bringing both food and water to aging Navajos living in poverty in remote areas of the barren Reservation, New'lay missionaries often ask, "Can' this be AmericaT' They've experienced failure in other schools or inability to get to school from great distances.. Will you help? Gifts made to St. Bonaventure Indian-Mission and School are taxdeductible. Theschool also qualifies ""M G'f " lor at:.-h'm~----lts,--~,

population. cannot read or write; • McKinley County (where the Mission is located) has the highest poverty rate (43%) in the state; • The suicide rate among. Navajo teenagers is ten times higher than for- their age ' . th e US gro~p In . ' popu Iatzon at large. ..---,-.-.~--r-:._~' . ~---.

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The shining eyes of these Navaio "angels," part of last year's preschool'pageant, reflect the' hope of all at' St.· Bonaventure - to keep the school open ... to give 300 children the skills they will need to break the cycle of poverty and to live a Spirit~filled life. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •0 • • • • • • • •


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I'm turning to you for help. My concern is for the children' and elders served by St Bonaventure Indian Mission. Without caring friends like you we can't exisl:. Please' help make quality education· a reality for needy Navajo children.

• ••. Also,.with early cold weather this year, families need •• warm clothing, blankets, heating fuel and repairs to their

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: homes. Your generosity and love will bring love and, • hope into struggling lives.

: In this special season of gratitude and giving, l want • to be sure each child receives at least one gift at • Chr.istmas, and that elders in need will have good food :. for a, holiday meal.


1 can't meet these needs without your help. Please

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become part of this life-g~ving work! I don't want to have to say "no~' to even one child or one elder who needs help. Will you join in our love for these First Americans who live in such difficult circumstances?

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Bob O'Connell, Director : St. Bonaventure Indian Mission & School • :. P.S. Please be generous. Give hope to these Navajo children:~ :

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Please check here ifyou would like·to receive.a beautiful rosary hand-strung with reconstituted'turquoise'nuggets and silver-plated beads as a.token of appreciation for your gift 0/$100 or more. Please check here ifyou to receive a sterling silver cross, set with turquoise, mqde by our local Indian artisans, as a token of appreciation for your gift of $35 or more. It is a unique piece ofjewelry you will wear-or give-with pride.


Please check here ifyou would like to receive a video showing the work you make possible, along with the missionaries serving at S(; Bonaventure Indian Mission and School, as a token ofappreciation for your gift of$15 or more. Please check here if you would like a 1999 St. Bonaventure Mission calendar with envelopes for monthly giving. 9926 YGWOII

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Help from The Anchor Readers St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and· School Eastern Navajo Reservation, P.O. Box 610, Thoreau, NM 87323-0610


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